Province Invests in Tourism Icons Including Peggys Cove

first_img Peggy’s Cove – $2 million Halifax waterfront – $ 1.5 million Cabot Trail – $1 million Bay of Fundy, including Annapolis Royal – $750,000 Lunenburg Waterfront – $750,000 The province will invest in five iconic tourism sites to enhance visitor access and experiences, and help motivate people to travel to Nova Scotia. Business Minister Geoff MacLellan announced today, July 25, that Peggy’s Cove, Bay of Fundy, including Annapolis Royal, the Cabot Trail, the Halifax waterfront and the Lunenburg waterfront will receive funding through the new Tourism Revitalization of Icons Program for significant tourism infrastructure projects. The province has committed $6 million over three years. “These iconic tourism sites attract travellers from around the world and it’s important we do all that we can to ensure they have exceptional experiences once they are here,” said Mr. MacLellan. “These investments will create more opportunities for private sector tourism operators and help keep our sector growing.” The program will be administered by Tourism Nova Scotia, the Crown corporation responsible for marketing the province and maximizing the value of tourism to the provincial economy. “These tourism icons help differentiate Nova Scotia from other travel destinations,” said Michele Saran, CEO of Tourism Nova Scotia. “They are recognized nationally and internationally and deliver the unique and authentic Nova Scotia experiences visitors look for.” Tourism Nova Scotia will quickly begin working with partners to identify the best plan for each icon site. Develop Nova Scotia will lead the planning and implementation of tourism infrastructure enhancements at Peggy’s Cove, which will include consultation with community and business stakeholders. Additional program partners and projects will be announced once confirmed. The following amounts have been earmarked for each site over the next three years, starting in 2018-19:last_img read more

Stocks move higher as investors pivot after broad selloff

NEW YORK — Stocks moved broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday as investors pivoted to riskier holdings a day after taking shelter from the latest salvos in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.Investors snapped up technology, industrial and bank stocks. Encouraging overseas developments helped paint a more stable economic picture, despite the ongoing trade war. Politicians in Britain are seeking a less chaotic exit from the European Union and political tensions in Hong Kong have eased.Chipmakers, which have been at the mercy of trade war volatility, did much of the heavy lifting for the technology sector. Intel rose 2% and Nvidia rose 2.3%. Apple rose 1.2%.Banks rose broadly as bond yields climbed. JPMorgan Chase and PNC Financial both rose 1%. Higher bond yields allow banks to charge more interest on loans.Industrial companies were also among the biggest gainers. Honeywell rose 1.9% and United Technologies rose 1.8%.Investors moved away from safe-play holdings, such as utilities and consumer product makers, which lagged the market.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 1.49% from 1.46% late Tuesday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 rose 0.7% as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 170 points, or 0.7%, to 26,290. The Nasdaq rose 1%.OVERSEAS: Asian stocks moved broadly higher. The Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged 3.9% as word spread that the government would withdraw an extradition bill that had set off three months of protests in the region.Stocks in Europe moved broadly higher following the latest developments in Britain’s plans to exit the European Union. Britain’s parliament will attempt to defy Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his plans to pull out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a withdrawal agreement. Leaving the EU without a deal that covers trade and other issues could result in economic chaos for Britain and complicate trade with member nations in the EU.DISSAPOINTING DRUMSTICKS: Tyson Foods fell 4.8% after the meat producer slashed its 2019 profit forecast because of commodity costs and a fire at a beef processing plant. The company and its competitors are all facing higher costs for animal feed such as corn because flooding delayed the planting season.BAG HANDOVER: Tapestry rose 3.7% after CEO Victor Luis resigned from the upscale handbag maker less than a month after it warned investors about a profit slump. The company has been struggling with its Kate Spade brand, which it bought in 2017. It also owns the Coach brand.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

NSPCC in Mumsnet row after defending Girl Guides transgender policy

The NSPCC has become embroiled in a row with Mumsnet users after defending the right of transgender girls to join the Girl Guides. The children’s charity called off a planned live event about keeping children safe from abuse on Friday after users repeatedly asked questions about allowing transgender children into single-sex spaces. Users raised concerns about children who identify as female, but who were born male, sharing changing rooms, shower facilities and dormitories with other Girl Guides. Other participants asked about the increasing number of children who are deciding to live as a different gender while still at school. A staff member posted to say the event had been cancelled “because the questions here are so focused on gender identity, the feeling is that the NSPCC campaign itself and the NSPCC’s specific safety messages are unlikely to get much of an airing.” In a statement to the site the NSPCC said it “doesn’t consider there to be specific child protection concerns in relation to trans-inclusive policies.” The spokesman added: “Trans young people are at particular risk of physical, sexual and emotional abuse from peers.”This can heighten the risk of abuse by adults as children turn online for support and access to networks of those sharing similar views and feelings. Mumsnet users have built up a reputation for being particularly focused on transgender issues, and the stance of some members has been described as “transphobic”. Justine Roberts, Mumsnet founder and CEO, told the Daily Telegraph that the site “will always have a great deal of sympathy for vulnerable and oppressed groups but we are also committed to freedom of speech.”Sometimes these two principles come into conflict, rarely more so than in the recent debate about what it is acceptable to say, or not to say, about trans people, and changing opinions about gender and sex.”She added that the debate over transgender people’s rights had tested “to the absolute limit” the site’s ability to host “civilised discussion”. “But we fundamentally believe that with a bit of an effort all round then we can allow all voices to be heard and that by allowing all sides to be heard we can move towards a constructive compromise,” she said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With a bit of an effort all round then we can allow all voices to be heard and that by allowing all sides to be heard we can move towards a constructive compromiseJustine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO “There should be high-quality, statutory relationships and sex education, alongside strong school safeguarding policies, to ensure that all children are kept safe in schools.”The Girl Guides policy, which emerged last year, says that members “are entitled to use the facilities of the gender that they self-identify as”.  read more