Nova Scotians will have the opportunity to hear from a familiar Canadian face. Mike Duffy, host of Mike Duffy Live on CTV, will be the guest speaker at the 2008 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards (EAA). The awards gala will take place on Thursday, May 22, at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax. Mr. Duffy is a member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has received numerous awards as well as three honourary degrees from the University of P.E.I., Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario. Mr. Duffy has also been nominated twice for the Best in Business award by the Washington Journalism Review, and was selected by Chatelaine magazine as one of Canada’s 10 sexiest men. The awards, presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, are designed to honour exporters’ growth, innovation, partnerships and business volume, and to recognize contributions exporters make to the economy. “Nova Scotia has been recognizing its top exporters for the past 25 years through the Export Achievement Awards,” said Peter MacKay, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency . “The annual EAA gala underlines the value our governments place on exporting, while promoting exporting to a broader audience.” Mr. Duffy has been exporting his knowledge of Canada’s political life across the country and is considered an Ottawa insider. “Mr. Duffy is an excellent addition to this year’s Export Achievement Awards,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We’re excited to have a person with Mr. Duffy’s knowledge and experience join us for this year’s event gala.” The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards ceremony is the province’s foremost annual exporter-recognition event, attracting more than 500 people. It showcases the successes of Nova Scotia’s talented export companies. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit www.exportachievementawards.com . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital.
Kolkata: A floor tile popped up creating a gap on Dakshineswar skywalk triggering tension among a section of the devotees who visited the temple on Wednesday afternoon.The hawkers, who have put up their stalls on the skywalk, expressed their concern in this regard. Kamarhati Municipal Chairman Gopal Saha said there was nothing to worry about as the floor tile popped up probably because of the excessive heat. At times, similar incidents take place during summer at other places too. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaExperts and engineers rushed to the spot to assess the situation. The damage will be repaired soon. Security personnel and the local authorities put up a barricade around the damaged portion of the skywalk. The reason behind the incident is yet to be confirmed. Local residents questioned how could a floor tile in the newly constructed skywalk pop up. Some local resident said around 1 pm they heard a loud thud. Many devotees were on the skywalk on their way to temple when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayPeople saw the floor tile coming out creating a wide gap on the skywalk. The security personnel deployed at the skywalk rushed to the spot and cordoned-off the damaged portion. According to Saha, the skywalk remained operational after the incident as experts said there was no risk. Firhad Hakim, the State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, said there was no crack in the floor of the skywalk and possibly there could be some welding problem.