Authentic Seacoast Company, Strait Area Chamber of Commerce Classic Fine Foods, Sydney and Area Chamber of Commerce Clearwater Seafoods LP, Halifax Chamber of Commerce Eel Lake Oyster Farm, Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce Gidney Fisheries Ltd., Digby and Area Board of Trade Pierce Fisheries, Shelburne and Area Chamber of Commerce Seafoam Lavender Farm, Pictou County Chamber of Commerce Spa Springs Mineral Water Company, Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Woodmaster Tools, Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce Cedar Bay Grilling Company Ltd. of Blandford, Lunenburg County, today, May 26, was named the province’s 2016 Exporter of the Year at the annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards in Halifax. “Cedar Bay Grilling provides a great example of the success Nova Scotia businesses can achieve as exporters,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Congratulations on being named the province’s Exporter of the Year. You and all the companies represented today are making important contributions to the Nova Scotia economy and our future as a trading province.” Cedar Bay Grilling Company Ltd. and nine other Nova Scotia businesses, recognized by their regional chambers of commerce, received honours for their accomplishments in exporting. They were: “Congratulations to the 2016 Exporter of the Year, Cedar Bay Grilling, and all the nominees,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We at Nova Scotia Business Inc. look forward to working with these businesses, and many more, to build export capacity so they can thrive in our ever-changing global economy.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. also unveiled its new ConnectNS Export Café program. Launching fall 2016, the program will offer exporters from the province access to Global Advisors program in strategic markets. “Current notable gobal advisors include the Canadian ambassador to Switzerland and Cape Breton native, Jennifer MacIntyre, as well as Hollywood producer and Dartmouth native, Bill Bannerman,” said Ms. Broten. Information about the Export Café program can be found at http://connectns.ca and information about the Export Achievement Awards can be found at http://exportachievementawards.ca . Press kits including access to videos, company profiles with photos, and export facts are available at http://novascotiabusiness.com/eaamediakit .
The number of prosecutions brought for sexual offences has risen to its highest level ever, jumping 22.5 per cent on last year.In total 11,995 defendants were prosecuted in 2015-16 for sexual offences other than rape, up from 9,789 the year before. The figure has steadily increased since 2012, but never as steeply as in the past year.Sexual offences range from non-consensual sexual touching to serious sexual assault.The vast majority of defendants were men, with women accounting for just 2.7 per cent, and of those prosecuted 78 per cent were convicted.The Crown Prosecution Service’s Violence Against Women and Girls report showed that convictions for rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse have reached a record level. The use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to humiliate, control and threaten individuals is risingAlison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart.Defendants prosecuted for sexual offencesLong description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.column series with 2 columns.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying Values.Chart graphic.Defendants prosecuted for sexual offencesDefendants prosecuted for sexual offences – Highcharts CloudValuesDefendants prosecuted for sexual offencesSeries 12014/20152015/201602k4k6k8k10k12k14kHighchartsChart context menu 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. The Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said the internet had contributed to the overall rise in cases of offences against women, up nearly 10 per cent to 117,568.Ms Saunders warned of a “growing trend” of offences perpetrated on or through social media.”The use of the internet, social media and other forms of technology to humiliate, control and threaten individuals is rising,” she said.Contributing to the total were 206 revenge pornography prosecutions, after new laws to tackle the crime were introduced in April last year.The offence of disclosing private sexual images without consent carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. Ms Saunders said the internet had also enabled other offences, with defendants in controlling or coercive cased relying on “tactics such as GPS tracking and monitoring phone or email messages”.The conviction rate for rape cases rose to 57.9 per cent of the 4,643 cases brought.However in recent months the CPS has been criticised for prosecuting cases than have ended in collapse.In May a judge criticised a police officer and the CPS for their handling of accusations of gang rape against four agricultural students, which fell apart just as the trial was due to start. He said they bore responsibility for failing to disclose “game-changing” evidence to the defence teams of the men.At the time, the police force said they and the CPS would review the judge’s comments “to learn the lessons of this case.”CLARIFICATION: This article reports the finding of the VAWG report that the conviction rate for rape rose in the year 2015-16 to 57.9 per cent of prosecutions brought. We wish to clarify that though these cases were initially flagged as rape, CPS data show that the majority were eventually prosecuted in the principal offence category of ‘sexual offences including rape’. A breakdown of outcomes in this category is not available.
IF A GARDA called to your door and asked about your main concerns regarding your area, what would be your response?This is what gardaí in some areas of Dublin’s north inner city are trying to find out as they sit down with members of the public as part of the Small Areas Policing Programme.They are going door-to-door to introduce themselves to residents of their designated area and to scope out their concerns.Pat Leahy, Chief Superintendent of Store Street Garda Station, told TheJournal.ie that the survey can take anywhere between five minutes and two hours to complete.Find out more about the Small Areas Policing Programme here >This all depends on whether they catch someone as they’re running out to work, or if they come across someone who has been waiting to speak with a garda about these issues for years.Leahy said that the entire survey revolves around quality of life issues.“The activity that has been generated from this has just exploded for us,” he said.The survey looks at how the resident’s perception of their local area, whether they like it, feel safe, or expect to be a victim of crime.They can tick boxes to highlight issues such as drugs, homelessness, and violent crimes.It then moves on to the resident’s perception of the force.It asks how they feel An Garda Siochana have performed in the past, what changes can be made to better suit their needs, and how the gardaí can tackle individual issues in the area.The result is, in theory, that gardaí can reassign resources to more effectively tackle quality-of-life issues, and in turn crime.See the full survey below:Click here to view Page 1 >Click here to view Page 2 >