Nova Scotia trade executive Kelly Carter will be honoured with the 2005 International Business Plan Award. Ms. Carter achieved the top mark across Canada in the International Business Plan component of the FITTskills curriculum, and will be honoured at the Forum for International Trade Training’s (FITT) national conference this week. The Forum for International Trade Training is an organization that develops and provides programs and professional certification in international trade. Its programs and certifications are designed to prepare businesses and individuals to compete successfully in world markets. Ms. Carter, a trade development executive with Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), will receive her FITTskills diploma on Wednesday night. “I’m truly honoured to receive the International Business Plan Award,” said Ms. Carter. “The skills and knowledge I’ve developed through my FITTskills training apply directly to my everyday work.” On Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, delegates will gather at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax for the ninth annual national conference. The event is being held for the first time in Atlantic Canada. The conference provides opportunities for delegates to network with other professionals in the industry, and to strengthen their international business skills and strategies. The conference offers a range of workshops and speakers. Keynote speakers include Colin MacDonald, CEO, Clearwater Seafoods; Albert Bohemier, CEO, Survival Systems Ltd., and; Stephen Poloz, senior vice-president and chief economist, Export Development Canada. Dinner, presentation of the FITT educational awards, FITTskills diplomas, and certification of international trade professionals will conclude the two-day event. Ms. Carter will join 41 Nova Scotians who have completed the FITTskills Diploma. “Congratulations to Kelly and to everyone involved in bringing the FITT conference to Halifax,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “With the support of talented and knowledgeable trade professionals like NSBI’s Kelly Carter, Nova Scotia companies continue to be successful in today’s truly global market.” 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 companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.
The presenter asked: “We talk about you as being British but you were born in Hungary, Australian citizenship, and I seem to remember that the Australian High Commissioner when you won the quarter-final said ‘Great to see an Aussie win’ and we were saying ‘Great to see a Brit win’ – so what are you?” Ms Konta laughed incredulously before she replied: “I was actually born in Australia to Hungarian parents but I’ve lived here for half my life now almost and I’m a British citizen and I’m incredibly proud to represent Great Britain… I’ve represented Britain in the Olympics so I’m definitely a British athlete.”Hundreds of people on Twitter sprang to defend the tennis star, who moved to Great Britain in 2005. John Humphrys was patronising to Johanna Konta….even saying: “Are you really a Brit then?” …he could work for passport control! #r4today— Vivid Ricky (@VividRicky) July 18, 2017 One listener asked the presenter to “grow up”, writing: “Note to John Humphrys: Johanna Konta isn’t a politician. She is a tennis player that brought joy to millions during Wimbledon. Grow up.”Another suggested alternate employment for Mr Humphrys, writing: “John Humphrys was patronising to Johanna Konta….even saying: ‘Are you really a Brit then?’ …he could work for passport control!”The BBC has been contacted for comment. This is a cringeworthy interview. Johanna Konta didn’t get through but being subjected to this is beyond the pale #r4today— AliceHeywood (@22carrots) July 18, 2017 Veteran BBC presenter John Humphrys has been accused of xenophobia and sexism after an interview with British tennis star Johanna Konta. Listeners to BBC’s Today Programme on Radio 4 were incensed to hear him question Ms Konta’s British citizenship after she made it to the semi-finals of Wimbledon.The 26-year-old had to clarify that she had lived in the country for half of her life – and that she had represented Britain in the Olympics. Another fumed: “What an appalling interview with Jo Konta by John Humphrys. Very impressed with how she kept her cool and calm.” 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. One user wrote: “John Humphries interviewing Konta – aggressive, sexist, patronising, inaccurate and xenophobic. How is this allowed BBC?!” Well done to Johanna Konta for dealing with that nonsense from Humphrys #r4today— Adam Shaw-Mellors (@adamshawmellors) July 18, 2017