The Texas Military Preparedness Commission last week awarded $14.1 million to four Texas communities for projects intended to bolster the standing of local installations in a future round of base closure, covering needs such as security enhancements and a new air traffic control tower.The awards stand out as state lawmakers had not allocated any funding over the past six years for its Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant program. Last week’s awards will be followed on March 31 by a new batch of grants totaling almost $16 million, the amount leftover from the Legislature’s $30 million appropriation for the fiscal 2016-2017 biennium.“[This initiative] sends a strong signal to our local military and to the Department of Defense that says Texas is serious about its military installations and increasing the military value of its installations, and this is one action that delineates that,” said Bob Murdock, director of San Antonio’s Office of Military Affairs.San Antonio received the largest award, $5 million for a project that will connect the area’s military installations to an alternative water source.Val Verde County and the city of Del Rio will receive $4.3 million to construct a security control center at Laughlin Air Force Base’s main entrance that will correct numerous security and logistical challenges.“This grant is crucial in order for Laughlin to uphold the highest level of security and protection for the over 4,000 military personnel on the base,” Rep. Will Hurd (R) said in a press release. “This award not only strengthens Laughlin and the community, it ensures that future generations of student pilots and base personnel are provided the security they need to continue training those who serve in the best Air Force anywhere on the globe,” Hurd said.Wichita Falls’ $1.75 million award also will go toward improving security at an installation’s main gate; in this case, by improving the appearance of the streetscape outside the main entrance to Sheppard AFB. Under a project with a total cost of $3.5 million, the city will acquire and demolish abandoned properties near the gate, and also build transit and welcome centers.City manager Darron Leiker credited Wichita Falls’ award to its pledge to provide at least a 50 percent local match to the state grant.The city of Houston was awarded $3.1 million to construct a new air traffic control tower at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, a project intended to bolster the installation’s ability to operate missions that protect the region from aerial attack.“With all the refineries and chemical plants around the Port of Houston, we’ve got major national security assets in the Houston area that really need to be protected,” John Martinec, chairman of the Ellington Field Task Force, told the Texas Tribune in August. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, January 22, 2019:#1) Wilmington Commission On Disabilities MeetingThe Wilmington Commission on Disabilities meets at 6:30pm in the Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John Miller School Committee Room at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Colonial Life For The 18th Century FamilyWindsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) is holding a presentation entitled “Colonial Life For The 18th Century Family” at 2:30pm in the Activity Room. In this session, Abigail describes how a colonial family provided for their basic needs. Using primary sources like the family’s probate inventory, learn about which items were important for survival and how they were made. Audience members are encouraged to explore reproduction artifacts just like those that were a part of everyday life. Explore the importance of craftsmen and imported goods. Discover how a family not only survived, but thrived! Open to the public.#4) Creative Writing Skills Group Meeting At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Creative Writing Skills Group Meeting at 7pm. Learn and apply creative writing tips, tools, and techniques shared by published authors and other writing experts. Open to all who want to improve their creative writing skills and get their work published. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials in advance. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras. Register HERE.#5) Tech Buddies Drop In At LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting a Tech Buddies Drop-In from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 26, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, May 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Moudud AhmedBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Saturday proposed that the next general elections could be held under an interim poll-time government like that of 1991 based on a consensus of all political parties.Also former law and parliamentary affairs minister, Moudud Ahmed made the proposal at a discussion meeting, apparently in response to the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) denial of BNP’s demand for holding the next polls under an election-conducive government.After scrapping of the caretaker government provision through the 15th amendment to the constitution by the then AL-led parliament in 2011, the present constitution stipulates that the general elections shall be held with the incumbent government at the helm of power.Against this backdrop, country’s primary opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies have long been demanding for the installation of a neutral election-conducive government during the polls to keep the election free from the influence of the government machinery as well as from the ruling party.BNP and its allies even boycotted the 10th parliamentary election held on 5 January 2014 as their demand was not met at that time.But, the ruling AL has long been denying BNP’s proposal, arguing that such a provision is not in the constitution.“The next elections could be held based on consensus the way the 1991 general elections were held,” Moudud told the discussion on the election-time government organised by a pro-BNP civic body – Jatiyatabadi Prajanma ‘71 – at the National Press Club.He went on saying, “Present crisis is political in its nature. So, it cannot be avoided showing the excuse of constitution. Constitution is meant for people, but people are not meant for constitution. There is no scope here to see constitution as a bigger issue.”The BNP leader referred to the formation of the interim government led by justice Shahabuddin Ahmed in 1990 and said an arrangement was made for holding the elections going beyond the constitution at that time.“That was done for very political reason, not because of the constitution.”The BNP leader also echoed BNP’s other leaders’ claim that the election commission has devised a roadmap for the next polls only to reinstate the ruling AL in power.“If you see the roadmap carefully, you will see that words and phrases like ‘level-playing field’ or ‘equal opportunities for all political parties’ are absent in the roadmap,” he added.Presided over by Aminul Islam, the discussion meeting was also addressed, among others, by Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury and Jatiya Party (Zafar) leader Ahsan Habib.