Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Acadian Seaplants of Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. took home the award for Exporter of the Year at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards, held today, May 21, in Halifax. “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants for being named the 2015 Exporter of Year, and to all of the companies recognized today,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “Export success like we are seeing exemplified by these companies will help us reach the goal set out by the OneNS Commission to increase the value of our exports by 50 per cent, creating more jobs and a more prosperous future for our province.” Acadian Seaplants and eight other Nova Scotia companies, recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce, received honours at the ceremony. They were: “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants and all the nominees. Exporting is about relationships and understanding best practices, that’s why events such as the Export Achievement Awards are important,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s mandate includes working with export companies and being focused on generating a return on taxpayer investment because every $1 million of exports can create between five and 15 new jobs.” The event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre and included information sessions for participants throughout the day. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs for seasoned exporters was presented in the morning by Birgit Matthiesen, and an afternoon session on Going Global for first-time exporters was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc. The Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a number of other sponsors. For more information about the awards, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .
Senior Deputy Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysooriya with Senior State Counsel Suharshi Herath appeared for the Attorney General. Senior Counsel Anuja Premaratne with Rasika Balasuriya, Yuran Liyanage appeared for the accused, while Counsel K.V. Thavarasa appeared for the aggrieved party. Counsel Darshana Ranmuthuge appeared for the State Witness. All five suspects accused in the murder of former Tamil National Alliance Jaffna district Parliamentarian Nadaraja Raviraj were acquitted and released by the Colombo High Court last night.Among those freed were Navy intelligence officers and the unanimous decision was reached by the jury after a one month long trial. Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town in Narahenpita in November 2006 when he was driving his vehicle along Matha Road. The CID recovered vehicle and a weapon alleged to have been used in the killing.