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Official election results: Fraser’s Downtown Development Authority passes by 1 vote

The area highlighted in yellow on the map are the boundaries of the downtown development authority district now that it was approved by Fraser voters.
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Fraser’s ballot issues A and B, which were related to the formation of a Fraser Downtown Development Authority, both passed according to the official election results released April 11 by the town. The unofficial results released April 3 had Question A failing by four votes and Question B tied. Official results may include ballots from citizens and military personnel living abroad known as UOCAVA ballots and returned discrepancy ballots.

The results for trustees and mayor did not change.

Ballot issue A passed by one vote with 43 votes in favor and 42 against. Ballot issue A asked voters to approve an authorization of a total debt amount of up to $25 million over the 30 year lifetime of the downtown development authority.



Ballot issue B passed with 45 votes in favor and 40 against. This ballot issue allows for the formation of a Fraser Downtown Development Authority, which is often referred to as a DDA, to implement a plan of development within the specified area.

What is a downtown development authority?

DDAs are quasi-governmental entities whose primary objective is to create a development plan for the central business district and facilitate the economic development of properties within the district boundaries. They plan and develop public facilities, like streets, sidewalks and parking garages in the district.



At least five, but no more than 11 members serve on the authority. The Fraser Board of Trustees appoints members to serve on the DDA. One member must also be a member of the board. Employees of the town cannot serve on the DDA.

How’s it funded?

Ballot issue A provided a debt authorization for the

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Press Release | New UN report calls for trillions more in development investment to rescue Sustainable Development Goals

New UN report calls for trillions more in development investment to rescue Sustainable Development Goals 

Bold actions needed to scale up SDG investment and reform global financial system

 

UNITED NATIONS, 9 April 2024 – A new UN report today says financing challenges are at the heart of the world’s sustainable development crisis – as staggering debt burdens and sky-high borrowing costs prevent developing countries from responding to the confluence of crises they face. Only a massive surge of financing, and a reform of the international financial architecture can rescue the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2024 Financing for Sustainable Development Report: Financing for Development at a Crossroads (FSDR 2024) says urgent steps are needed to mobilise financing at scale to close the development financing gap, now estimated at USD 4.2 trillion annually, up from USD 2.5 trillion before the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, rising geopolitical tensions, climate disasters and a global cost-of-living crisis have hit billions of people, battering progress on healthcare, education, and other development targets.

“This report is yet another proof of how far we still need to go and how fast we need to act to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. “We are truly at a crossroads and time is running out. Leaders must go beyond mere rhetoric and deliver on their promises. Without adequate financing, the 2030 targets cannot be met.”

With only six years remaining to achieve the SDGs, hard-won development gains are being reversed, particularly in the poorest countries. If current trends continue, the UN estimates that almost 600 million people will continue to live in extreme poverty in 2030 and beyond, more than half of them women.

“We’re experiencing a sustainable development crisis, to which inequalities, inflation, debt, conflicts and climate disasters have all contributed,”

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Five Airships In Development Today

Airships seem to be experiencing something of a back-to-the-future moment. TheZeppelinsand other massiveairships of the 1920s and 1930s are infamous for their dramatic disasters. The Hindenburg disaster of 1937 made it seem like the lid had closed onairshipsfor good. But not so fast. Airships never entirely disappeared and have been used for tourist flights, intelligence gathering, and other functions. If hurdles can be overcome, they could be transformative in transporting heavy and bulky cargo worldwide. Here are five airships under development today (plenty more airships are being made, such as the Solar Airship One).



5 Airlander 10

Originally designed for the US Army, the Airlander 10 may soon be taking tourists on luxury flights around the world.

Company:

Hybrid Air Vehicles

First flight:

2012

Length:

298 feet

The British Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10 is one of the most advanced modern airships in terms of production stage. One prototype has already been built; first deliveries are expected in 2026. Intelligence gathering is one of the uses of airships still retained in the military. It was initially built for the US Army as the Long Endurance Multi-intelligence Vehicle (LEMV) but was eventually canceled by the army.

An Airlander 10 airship flying in the sky.

Photo: Hybrid Air Vehicles


Instead of being shelved, the developers sought a new application for their design.Hybrid Air Vehiclesstates that Airlander 10 can stay airborne for up to five days, carry up to 10 tonnes of payload, and travel up to 4,000 nautical miles. The airship requires minimal infrastructure and a highly customizable payload module. One of the touted potential uses is luxury tourist flights over the Arctic.

Related
Cool: The Airlander 10 Airship Is Set To Run Tours To The Arctic

Hybrid Air Vehicles plans to have its Airlander 10 run on hydrogyn fuel

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Outrage: Rampant coastal development in Egypt

In February 2024, a controversial US$35 billion deal was agreed between the Egyptian state and the UAE’s state investment vehicle for the development of Ras Al Hekma, considered one of Egypt’s most prized Mediterranean beaches. Since 2013, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been competing with globalist institutions such as the IMF for control of Egypt’s economy, with land and property sold in an attempt to save the country’s ailing economy. 

The development of Ras Al Hekma is part of Egypt’s construction frenzy amid collapsing currency valuation, a mountain of debt and high inflation. Other major projects, led by the state and funded by unclear sources, include the New Administrative Capital near Cairo, as well as a new city on the Mediterranean coast at El Alamein. The anonymity of the architects of the city is matched by the anonymity of its architecture; the fifty towers completed or in construction are copy‑paste designs that can be found in many developments hastily constructed around the world: evidence of the flattening power of global modernity. A group of six towers mimic the 2010 Marina Bay Sands towers in Singapore designed by Moshe Safdie, but with far less architectural finesse and at a smaller scale. 

Development along Egypt’s other coast, on the Red Sea, began after the 1979 peace treaty with Israel and the eventual return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian sovereignty. Hotels were built in seaside resorts, most notably Sharm El Sheikh, to host package tourists primarily from Germany, Russia, the UK and Italy. These highly controlled tourist developments were designed for international guests; Egyptians were – and still are – obliged to show identification at checkpoints merely to enter the peninsula. 

The Mediterranean coast, on the other hand, was not marketed to international tourists, and instead attracted wealthy Egyptians, mainly from

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Webflow in Web Powerhouse is tag-teaming web development in the Philippines

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Webflow has picked a passionate team of web developers to lead the webflow movement in the Philippines. And the local world of web development must take pride that a young Filipino is tasked to take charge here.

The San Francisco-based American company provides software as a service for website building and hosting. According to W3Techs, Webflow is used by 0.6% of the top 10 million websites. The company is on a mission to elevate the bar for web design and quality, craft digital experiences that inspire and engage and to making a positive impact on both its clients and the community. 

And it has chosen a Filipino web developer Richard Pines to be its brand ambassador to the Philippines — a very promising location for web developers to prosper, according to the latter.

“It’s an honor, and a big challenge for me, to take charge and represent Webflow in the country,” said Pines, Pines, CEO of Web Powerhouse, Inc. and literally the Webflow Ambassador to the Philippines.

Pines, 23, is particularly excited that Web Powerhouse, a web design and development company that works along the line of “representing the true quality and creativity of Filipino works,” is on the right track with Webflow.

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“Webflow believes in collaboration, innovation, and continuous learning, and Filipino web developers particularly the new ones, must be able to cash in on opportuities like this.”

Pines noted that Webflow, unlike WordPress, is a really good platform. “WordPress is prone to attacks and viruses. Webflow, on the other hand, is the exact opposite because it is a closed platform. It does not use plugins.”

Like Webflow, Web Powerhouse also offers competitive benefits, flexible work arrangements, and a fun, creative atmosphere. Web Powerhouse, powered by Webflow, already has 30 employees in just

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How AI is Changing Web Development and Design

Web development and design dynamics have unfurled into a realm where Artificial Intelligence (AI) isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a bedrock for the next generation of digital innovation. Emerging tech in AI is poised to redefine the sites and platforms we visit or create daily. From streamlining coding processes to crafting mesmerizing user interfaces, AI is an ally here to stay, and its presence is only set to grow. How could AI technology be used in the real world to complete IT and web development projects? Or should you hire a professional web developer instead?

How will AI-driven approaches change the way web development services are rendered? Can we anticipate more intuitive, responsive websites that meet users’ expectations and exceed them? Indeed, integrating AI into web development services promises a future where websites adapt in real-time to the changing dynamics of user interaction. The implications are profound, signaling a shift towards digital spaces that are more personalized, efficient, and, above all, user-centric.

AI script in the web development code

Web development is akin to a complex interlacing of digital storytelling and problem-solving eminence. In the past, developers spent arduous hours in coding and debugging, leaving little room without room for experimentation. Fast forward to the present, AI is not just a technological springboard but a co-author in the website’s narrative. AI programming tools, like Codota and Kite, are becoming the right-hand companions for developers worldwide. By learning from a colossal database of existing code, AI can predict the next lines a developer needs, cutting down coding time and minimizing errors. This means faster development cycles and the possibility of aspiring developers dreaming bigger without the hurdle of a steeper learning curve.

Designing with the “genius” of AI

A new age for website builders and similar web dev tools? AI’s

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Akufo-Addo sometimes jokes with his comments on issues

Economist and leading member of NPP, Kwame Pianimleading member of NPP, Kwame Pianim” width=”295″ height=”177″ /Economist and leading member of NPP, Kwame Pianim

An economist and a leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwame Pianim, has come to the defence of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and some of his remarks that have sparked public outrage in recent times.

According to him, the president often makes jokes with his commentaries and does not intend to offend anyone.

This comes after two recent instances where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said things that got the public displeased.

The first instance occurred when the president met the residents of Mepe after they were affected by the Akosombo and Kpong Dams spillage.

In his address, he told them that even though they usually would not vote for him, as president, he is the father of the nation and that he is committed to his duties.

The second instance was when the president told the chiefs and leaders of Ekumfi, in the Central Region, that he turned a blind eye to their developmental needs because they voted out the NPP MP for their area during the 2020 elections.

In both instances, the president came under severe public criticism for being insensitive, divisive, and partisan.

But Kwame Pianim speaking on Joy News’ AM Show on February 26, noted that the president was just being funny and not malicious.

“Nana sometimes has a serious mere. People don’t know that he is funny, he likes to tell jokes. When he was talking about the disaster on Volta Lake, he said, ‘I am not here because of politics, I know you don’t vote for me but I am here because I am the father of the nation and there is a disaster so, I have to be here’ and the people

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Proposed new Virginia ‘tech tax’ sparks backlash from business community

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Trade associations representing hundreds of companies that do business in Virginia have come out swinging against a proposal to expand the state sales tax to cover digital goods, something Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed and Democrats endorsed in their budget legislation.

Both chambers of the legislature included the new sales tax on purchases like streaming subscriptions, cloud storage and online downloads in budget plans they passed;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas” class=”link “the two-year budget plans they passed last week. The Senate went beyond the House of Delegates in also applying it to business-to-business transactions.

In a letter sent to lawmakers beginning Tuesday, the Northern Virginia Technology Council and other business-focused lobbying and trade organizations said the General Assembly should reject the proposed “tech tax,” which budget documents from both chambers show is estimated to generate over $1 billion in revenue over the next two-year state budget. At a minimum, the letter said, if policymakers move forward with the proposal, they should broadly exempt business-to-business transactions — or companies may be forced to pass along costs to consumers or move to other states.

“The proposed tech tax hike would put Virginia companies at a significant competitive disadvantage in industries where global competition is high and margins are narrow. The tax will very likely impact hiring and reduce internal research and development investment, the majority of which is currently concentrated here in Virginia,” Jennifer Taylor, president and CEO of the group, said in a statement included with the letter, which a representative of the organization shared with The Associated Press.

The Technology Council says on its website it has nearly 500 members, ranging from Fortune 100 companies to academic institutions and government contractors.

Additional interest groups, including the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, a data center coalition and a

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Interim govt reacts to President Alvi’s objections on summary for NA session

Islamabad: The interim federal government addressed President Dr. Arif Alvi’s concerns regarding the returned summary for convening the National Assembly’s inaugural session, the sources privy to the development said on Tuesday.

The sources said that the caretaker federal government urged Dr. Arif Alvi to reconsider his decision and convene the National Assembly session by February 29. It stressed that the constitution does not mandate the allotment of specific seats before calling the session.

The sources from the government emphasized that Article 91 does not stipulate that the session cannot be convened if the House is incomplete.

 In response, the federal government clarified to Dr. Arif Alvi that, under Article 91 of the Constitution 1973, the president lacked the discretion or authority to delay the National Assembly session.

The government highlighted that the president’s authority is limited to adjourning the ordinary session of the National Assembly under Article 54 of the constitution.

The summary submitted to the president requested the summoning of an extraordinary meeting of the National Assembly for the oath-taking of newly elected members.

Under Clause 2 of Article 91, it is obligatory to summon the National Assembly within 21 days of the election, reiterated the caretaker government in its response. Even if the President does not call the session by February 29, the session will proceed as scheduled, as per the government’s stance.

Earlier, Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf scheduled the National Assembly session for Thursday, February 29, for the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected MNAs. The session was summoned under clause 2 of Article 91 after President Arif Alvi declined to do so, citing incomplete lower house status due to pending decisions on reserved seats.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will preside over the inaugural session at 10 am on Thursday, administering the oath to the newly elected members

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Eight details you may have missed on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s website | Royal | News

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry clapping at Invictus Games

Details you may have missed on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new website (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle both shocked fans around the world as they quietly unveiled a brand new website and redesign – sussex.com, in the evening of February 12.

At first glance, the striking website appears neat, clean, and easy to navigate, however, on analysis of its contents and design, there are remarkable omissions, interesting language choices, and unusual features on the site.

The couple has been warned by critics, that using the Sussex title and the royal crest for commercial use could provoke the Palace, with one source telling the MailOnline they could have “real trouble”. Others have since leapt to the couple’s defence stating it is their own “family name” to use.

The rebranding comes amid rumours that the couple may be looking for more production companies to work with, and the site acts as a “one-stop shop” for their work, fueling speculation that the Sussexes are trying to breathe new life into their media careers.

At Express.co.uk, we have created a list of the eight details you may have missed on The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new website.

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1. No mention of King Charles or wider Royal Family

Despite the landing page being titled ‘The Office of Prince Harry & Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’, there is absolutely no mention of King Charles, and therefore no mention of Prince Harry’s relation to his father.

Unlike the Royal Family’s official

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