The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation received two awards for excellence in business communication at the Canadian Public Relations Society annual conference and awards ceremony in Regina, Tuesday, June 16. The NSLC won a Silver Award in the multi-media projects (internal) category for the social responsibility campaign, Plight of the Reaper, and a Bronze Award in the print projects (external) category for its 2008-2009 annual report, The Faces of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. “We are proud to be recognized nationally by our peers and experts for work in two key areas of our business. We are honoured to be placed shoulder-to-shoulder with the best work in Canada,” said Rick Perkins, vice-president, communications, Corporate Responsibility and Business Development. The Plight of the Reaper social responsibility campaign continued the NSLC’s tradition of using a light-hearted, humour-based approach when dealing with a topic that often uses consequence-based messaging. The Plight of the Reaper campaign asked, Who would lose if everyone in Nova Scotia enjoyed alcohol beverages responsibly? The answer was obvious – only the Grim Reaper would suffer since increased incidents of responsible drinking means fewer alcohol related deaths. The Faces of the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation is a coffee table style book that brings critical business information to a personal level. The report, produced by Sean Williams Marketing Group, integrates key financial information and standard data while celebrating the people that make it all happen. The NSLC recognizes its special ingredient to ensure on-going success is its people. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the largest single banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning more than $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,500 Nova Scotians, offering almost 6,000 products from around the globe through 160 retail outlets, and 2,100 licensees. The NSLC is driven to be a sustainable and community focused organization helping to make Nova Scotia an even better place to live.
Karunanayake said the Mattala Airpot, Srilankan Airlines and Hambanthota Investment zone will have Public Private Partnership Investment (PPP) without selling off or privatizing any assets of the nation as alleged by former President and his allies which is malicious and misleading.“It is pity that even certain trade unions are making the same allegations giving life to the vicious circles of those politicians. After the budget – 2017 was presented in Parliament Mahinda Rajapaksa has unleashed another canard to say that the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is to be privatized. At the time the Government has taken the steps to convert the country into a manufacturing economy all stake holders representing all sectors of the economy have hailed the budget as a positive step towards it. The Government perceives these acts by former President as malicious and misleading attempts with an ulterior motive to jeopardize the economic development of the country,” the Finance Ministry said.The Government says the assets of this nation was sold off to foreigners during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Accordingly, the Hambanthota Port which failed to bring return on its huge investment will be converted in to a joint venture between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China with the equity of over one billion US dollars.This, he says, will enable the Government to retire a sizeable portion of the loan obtained for the Hambanthota Port. The Minister said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his recent visit to China held successful discussion with Chinese authorities to convert these credits into equity. However the Finance Minister says no sooner this Government came into office it took the initiative to retake the land given freehold to China bringing them under the Sri Lankan jurisdiction. (Colombo Gazette) “The cost for Hambanthota Port and Mattala Airport initially made as unsolicited proposals were later doubled at the time of implementation. As a result the government’s revenue gradually deteriorated to an average of 11 % of the GDP,” the Finance Minister said. “The land of the Army Headquarters at Galle face and a land at Hambanthota were given as a freehold to a foreign company to construct Hotel complex. At that time there was a 100 % levy on land purchased by foreigners. But this was waived off by the previous Government at the behest of the then Minister Basil Rajapaksa. In addition, at the Colombo Port city the then Government not only gave the foreign company the portion of reclaimed land as freehold but also excluded it from the Sri Lankan jurisdiction as well,” the Minister said. The Government today rejected allegations raised by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and insisted that National assets are not being sold.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the previous Government put the Nation in a debt trap making the country unaffordable to bring any returns on its development.