Celebrities Speak Out Against Hunger In New Video

first_imgSeveral members of the Feeding America Entertainment Council are stepping up and speaking out against hunger by taking part in a video call-to-action.Video: Speak Out Against Hunger: Hunger Action Month 2012The celebrities include multifaceted entertainer Nick Cannon, television personality Samantha Harris, registered dietitian and Cooking Channel host Ellie Krieger, Food Network and talk show star Rachael Ray, actress and television host Alison Sweeney, and music mogul and entrepreneur 50 Cent.These six hunger-relief advocates recorded a montage video which joins their words into on unified message: together, we can speak out against hunger.The video is part of Feeding America’s efforts to promote Hunger Action Month which began September 1. Advocates from across the country have joined Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to Speak Out Against Hunger this September. As recently reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 50 million people in the United States, or 14.9% of Americans, are struggling with hunger.There are several ways to help raise awareness this month to help shine a light on the 1 in 6 Americans facing hunger: Watch the celebrity montage video and share it in your social spaces, like Facebook and Twitter Like your local food bank and Feeding America on Facebook Donate your Facebook status to hunger Go Orange and update your Facebook and Twitter avatar to show your support of hunger-relief Share a hunger fact with your friends Send a postcard to your local elected official and speak up for national nutrition programs Volunteer at your local food bankTo learn more about Hunger Action Month, please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org. 

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Bahamas Minister of National Security Addresses Illegal Firearms Zero Tolerance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – During his Contribution in The House of Assembly on the Speech from The Throne, on October 4, 2017, Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames said, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, murder rates in the Caribbean are higher than in any other region of the world.“The CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Regional Task Force on Crime and Security recently commissioned a report on the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Caribbean,” Minister Dames said.   “The Report noted that a major factor contributing to the surge of guns-related criminality in the region is the trafficking of narcotics, which has facilitated the availability of firearms.”With that regional context in mind, Minister Dames said, stakeholders know that law enforcement partnerships, intelligence, drug interdiction and gun control must be the focus over the next five years.He pointed out that, as delineated in the speech from the throne, the government is focused on making the nation safer through a number of strategic priorities, including the following: a Zero Tolerance approach to crime; the establishment of a Guns and Gangs Unit; the establishment of a DNA Lab; the detection of financial, commercial and cyber-crimes; and enhanced training across Law Enforcement Agencies.Minister Dames added that other priorities include strengthening partnerships in regional, hemispheric and international organizations; the creation of Neighborhood Safety Programs; engaging members of The Bahamas’ religious and civic communities; increasing youth employability through the Citizen Security Project; anti-corruption legislation; establishing a National Intelligence Agency; and the creation of a Parole and Probation System.He noted that the speech from the throne also articulated a number of ways in which the Government seeks to modernize the Parliamentary and elections processes of The Bahamas including the establishment of an Independent Electoral Commission and Boundaries Commission, the introduction of term limits for Prime Ministers, and the introduction of a recall system for non-performing Members of Parliament.“We are determined to deliver on these commitments; a promise we made to the Bahamian people prior to the May 10, 2017 General Elections,” Minister Dames said.When speaking of the Zero Tolerance Approach, Minister Dames said that, since May 2017, the police had executed the new zero-tolerance approach with precision through aggressive anti-crime operations throughout the capital with a focus on crime hot-spots, prolific offenders, persons with firearms, gang members, persons in violation of their bail, drug peddlers, shutting down drug houses and persons in violation of the nation’s traffic laws.“This new strategy is reaping positive results,” he stated. “Between May and September 2017, the police have arrested over 269 persons for an array of serious offences ranging from murder to robbery.   They have seized over 125 illegal firearms, and 5,316 rounds of ammunition.  In addition 9,381 fixed penalties (traffic tickets) were issued to drivers in violation of our traffic laws.“The police have also ‘ramped up’ their drug interdiction efforts by executing over 140 anti-drug operations since May of this year.   During this time period, over 10,332.15 pounds of marijuana and 1,428.87 pounds of cocaine have been seized.”Drug Enforcement Officers, he added, had executed over 120 search warrants on suspected drug houses and have also searched over 1,186 persons.  A total of 627 persons had been arrested for drug-related offenses, 528 of whom were subsequently charged and placed before the courts, Minister Dames noted.“This clamp-down has resulted in many well-known drug houses, which were operating for far too long in our communities, to be finally shut down,” he said. “Despite these successes, there remains much work to be done.”By: Eric Rose (BIS)Photo caption:  Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames speaks in the House of Assembly, on October 4, 2017.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose) Related Items:last_img read more

Amazon Studios the nascent production arm of the

first_imgAmazon Studios, the nascent production arm of the online retail giant, is moving into kids and comedy following its launch 18 months ago. 
The company set up Amazon Studios in November 2010 to develop scripts and produce feature films and has 15 projects currently in development. 
It will now produce kids and comedy content for its online television service Amazon Instant Video.It will option one new project per month and the creator of each series, if commissioned, will receive US$55,000 (€42,000) and up to 5% of ancillary revenues.The company has hired former 20th Century Fox and Comedy Central executive Joe Lewis to develop comedy series and National Geographic Kids exec Tara Sorensen to develop kids programming.“Amazon Studios wants to discover great talent and produce programming that audiences will love,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “In the course of developing movies, we’ve heard a lot of interest from content creators who want to develop original series in the comedy and children’s genres. We are excited to bring writers, animators and directors this new opportunity to develop original series.”last_img read more