Volunteers from around Nova Scotia were honoured at the province’s 42nd Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony today, April 4. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, Premier Stephen McNeil and Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard celebrated 65 family, youth and community group volunteers nominated for their selfless contributions by their municipalities. Among those honoured were Family Volunteer award recipients Nancy and Bernie Schultz of Dartmouth who co-founded the Last House on the Block Society in 2012. Their non-profit organization reaches out to people recovering from addictions, abuse and homelessness. Their main fundraising project is called Santa Under the Bridge, providing hundreds of Christmas bags containing hand-knit scarves to people in their community. The scarves are made from three different colours of yarn to represent the diverse people they are trying to help. “Just like that little ball of yarn that most people would throw away, people in early recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction and mental illness and the homeless often feel the same – that society has thrown them away,” said Ms. Schultz. “But working together, we can make something beautiful. Our winters are so dark and cold, so if we can give somebody a little bit of hope during this time, we’ve fulfilled our purpose.” “Volunteering is part of what it means to be Canadian and it is why Canada is consistently rated as one of the best places in the world to live,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. “I believe that Nova Scotians go further and volunteer – often at a personal cost – to ensure that all our citizens feel they are valued, respected and have a chance to live a good life. This is part of what makes Nova Scotia such a wonderful province.” Julia Kuhn, of Halifax, was the recipient of the Youth Volunteer award this year. She has given her time and support to many different organizations, including Feed Nova Scotia, the Interact Club, Gender Sexuality Alliance, Brigadoon summer camps, Rotary Club, and the IWK where she has been a youth volunteer for 11 years. “For me, helping in any way I can, for as many people as I can, is so important,” said Ms. Kuhn. “I want to help people feel better emotionally and to provide comfort for those who need it. You never know the impact a small gesture of kindness can have on someone.” For details about all award winners around the province, visit http://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/ .
While those two websites however seemed to operate without a glitch, the hacker said that the database server of those websites were breached and the database was leaked in a pastebin post. A hacker going by the name ‘Davy Jones’ claims to have hacked several government websites in Sri Lanka, the latest being the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) website.According to E Hacking News the hacker said that the websites of Rupavahini television (State TV) and Sri Lanka One had been hacked last week. E Hacking news also said the hacker went into the One SriLanka website and extracted all data with 1,000 e-mail IDs and passwords, in a separate pastebin post. The paste also included a mediafire download link that contains the dump comprised from One SriLanka TV Web site.Last week, Davy Jones also hacked into the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment’s Web site, and leaked the database on a pastebin in a similar manner. Last week, the official Web site of Sri Lanka Media Center for National Security (MCNS) had also been hacked and defaced by a hacker calling himself Game Over. (Colombo Gazette) The hacker had breached the SLPA website. While the main page had not been defaced a Web page with a path to the “admin” folder was uploaded.