HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: Darwin HMAS Darwin Seizes 449 Kilograms of Heroin View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Heroin May 15, 2014 View post tag: 449 View post tag: Kilograms HMAS Darwin operating in the Indian Ocean in international waters, 40 nautical miles off the east coast of Somalia, intercepted a suspected drug smuggling dhow on 13 May 2014, seizing 449 kilograms of heroin with an estimated street value of $132 million dollars. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Seizes Darwin’s Commanding Officer, Commander Terry Morrison, said the seizure removed a major source of funding for terrorist and criminal networks which included Al Qaeda, the Taliban and Al-Shabaab.“I am very proud of the hard work and determination of the ship’s company in HMAS Darwin during a particularly long and challenging interdiction,” Commander Morrison said.“Due to the hard work of many previous ships deploying to this region, we have been very successful in intercepting illegal narcotics smuggling.”Darwin’s boarding party discovered the hidden drugs contained in 20 bags each weighing between 20 to 25 kilograms.As part of Operation SLIPPER, HMAS Darwin is deployed on patrol under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the UK led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.Commander of Operation SLIPPER in the Middle East Area of Operations, Major General Craig Orme, said Australia’s commitment to the CMF contributed to the Indian Ocean’s security and the trade which flowed through it which was important to global, regional and Australian strategic interests.“HMAS Darwin has made a considerable impact on the drug smuggling networks operating in the Indian Ocean. This is an excellent outcome and highlights the good work being conducted by ADF members on Operation Slipper,” Major General Orme said.CTF 150 is responsible for enforcing maritime security in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions to counter terrorist acts and related illegal activities, which terrorists use to fund or conceal their movements.Commander of CTF 150, Commodore Jeremy Blunden of the Royal Navy, said the drug haul was the CMF’s seventh significant seizure this year.“The interception of heroin traffic is an important part of the work of the CMF as some of the profit from the trafficking of heroin goes to extremist and terrorist organisations,” Commodore Blunden said.The CMF works to defeat terrorism, prevent piracy, encourage regional engagement, reduce illegal trafficking of people and drugs, and promote the maritime environment as a safe place for mariners with legitimate business.HMAS Darwin has conducted several previous drug seizures including over 1 tonne of heroin with an estimated street value of $289 million dollars. HMAS Darwin is the 57th individual Royal Australian Navy ship deployment to the Middle East Area of operations since 1990.[mappress]Press Release, May 15, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Speech: Crime Minister addresses government work to tackle modern slavery

first_imgThis is a significant achievement, and today’s panels will seek to build on this progress.Because, we want to see businesses make year-on-year progress. Whether they are already industry-leading in their approach, or mapping their supply chains for the first time.We also want to see more businesses supporting their suppliers to introduce key protections for workers, from the implementation of the Employer Pays Principle to tackle exploitative recruitment fees, to the global brands we have seen sign up to IndustriALL’s ACT initiative.Legislation, alongside growing consumer awareness, has transformed business culture.Across all industries, senior business leaders are engaging with the fight against forced labour for the first time.But we cannot be complacent.Businesses need to be more vigilant than ever to understand their risks, undertake targeted interventions and measure progress.They are not alone. The scale of the challenge means that it can only be tackled by government, business and civil society working together.In November, the Prime Minister announced a joint agreement with the fashion sector in the UK to work together to eradicate forced labour in their supply chains.And crucially, at last year’s G20 summit, she committed to publishing a statement on the steps the UK government is taking to eliminate exploitation in our own supply chains.Fundamentally, though, the reach of government extends only so far.It is up to individual businesses to take steps to eliminate forced labour in their own supply chain.There is a moral – and commercial – imperative to ensure that products are made by people living in freedom, working with dignity, and earning a fair wageConsumers care about how their products are made, and more so in the fashion industry than many others.There is a growing number of responsible investors who want to make sure the right protections are in place.By being here today you have shown that, like us, you want to improve your approach.I ask you all to take what you learn today and share it with your suppliers, your clients and your competitors.The British government will do everything in our power to eliminate the scourge of modern slavery and human trafficking.We remain resolute in our commitment to strengthen our response to this threat and improve protections for the most vulnerable workers across the globe.I welcome the determination and work of our friends and allies in Europe and across the worldWith our European friends, we are acting in defence of the values that we as nations hold dear.Nothing will change that.We will remain as committed to the eradication of modern slavery and human trafficking as we are today.Together, we can build a future where forced labour and exploitation are, truly, a thing of the past.Merci Beaucoup. ensure transparency their supply chains start to map suppliers beyond tier one identify high-risk areas and introduce tailored steps to support the most vulnerable workers Welcome everybody, I am absolutely delighted to be here and thank you so much to the Ambassador to the British Embassy for hosting today’s event and it is a very fitting time in terms of the UK and its battle against modern slavery and human trafficking to hold an event this month because this month marks a milestone I the Uk’s fight against human trafficking.This month marks the 15th anniversary of the Morecambe Bay disaster.In one night, more than 20 people drowned when they were cut off by the tide, while picking cockles off the Lancashire coast in the North West of England .The workers were Chinese nationals, trafficked into the UK in shipping containers.By the time they realised that the sea water was rising, it was pitch black, and extremely cold. They could not speak English, and were unfamiliar with the area, or the tidal patterns on the treacherous mud flats.For each pound of cockles that they picked, they received less than 9 pence.The disaster was a wake up call to many that forced labour, human trafficking, and slavery are not evils of the past.They are with us today, and their victims are hidden in plain sight.In England, Morecambe Bay is known as a nature reserve and holiday resort.The fact 20 people could be trafficked there from the other side of the world and forced to work – with no one noticing until it was too late – brought home to us all the awful reality of slavery and human trafficking in the 21st Century.Globally an estimated 40.3 million people are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, including some 16 million in forced labour in the private sector.Overall, labour generates $150 billion in illicit profits annually.No sector is immune. Workers in labour intensive industries like manufacturing, agriculture, construction and manufacturing are particularly vulnerable to abuse.And as we gather in Paris ahead of fashion week, we must remember that the textiles sector, with its complex global supply chains, is also a susceptible trade.The industry faces significant risks, but also with clear opportunities for innovation to improve the lives of workers.Since the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed over 1,000 workers, much of this work has accelerated, but there remains a tot to do.We know that women – who make up 75% of the workforce in fashion supply chains – are particularly at risk.That is why the UK is investing in programmes to improve protections for female textile workers.The Department for International Development’s Work in Freedom initiative has now reached half a million female textile workers in India and Jordan.Through our gender equality at the Workplace project we are partnering with brands including Marks & Spencer, SuperDry and Levis to promote worker’s rights and tackle forced labour and sexual violence in the Indian garment sector.This project has now benefitted more than 14,000 women.We should take a moment to recognise the good work fashion companies are doing as well.Many are already changing their purchasing practices to reduce pressures on their supply chain that can lead to exploitation.Companies like H&M have developed a Fair Wage strategy and commissioned the Ethical Trade Initiative to review their work and publish the findings.We’re also seeing new innovations that are helping to accelerate progress and I’m delighted that we have the Open Apparel Registry here today.Tools like their transparency map are crucial in enabling collaboration between different brands to identify risks in the supply chain.As Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, I am proud that the UK is a world-leader in tackling modern slavery and human trafficking.In 2015, we introduced the Modern Slavery Act to tackle slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, and human trafficking.The act gives law enforcement agencies the tools to deal with offenders and provides enhanced protection for victims.And, of particular relevance to this conference, the UK is the first country to require businesses to report on how they are preventing forced labour in their global supply chains.Under the landmark ‘transparency in supply chains’ provision in the Modern Slavery Act we have seen thousands of transparency statements published.And I am pleased to announce that today we have appointed Sara Thornton as the UK’s new Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, to lead our work and help the UK eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking.Ms Thornton is one of the most senior police officers in the country and brings her wealth of expertise, experience and independence in seeking justice for victims of crime.Effectively tackling forced labour requires leadership not just at home, but internationally as well.At the UN General assembly in September last year, the UK launched the ‘Principles to Combat Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains’, with the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.These principles commit governments to implementing a range of measures that help address modern slavery and human trafficking in global supply chains.And, as we meet in Paris, I am proud that the French government stands alongside us in their determination to eliminate human trafficking and labour exploitation.Here, there is a legal requirement for companies to publish their mechanisms to identify, assess and mitigate exploitation risks.And, since legislation was introduced on both sides of the Channel, we have seen businesses:last_img read more

Iheanacho Focused on Real Madrid Clash

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEKunle Adewale with agency reportKelechi Iheanacho has put aside the brace he scored in Manchester City’s 4-2 defeat away to Southampton last Sunday and is now focused in helping the Citizens qualify for the final of the UEFA Champions League. City is away to Real Madrid tomorrow in the second leg of the semi final clash.“We need to put this result (the defeat to Southampton) behind us and focus on the UEFA Champions League game against Real Madrid on Wednesday,” Iheanacho told City TV monday.While admitting that a lot of things went wrong with City’s game plan, the former Under-17 World Cup winner insisted that they cannot afford to dwell in the past now.“So many things went wrong in the game. We lost so many balls and did not defend quite well.“We lost. We are not happy but we will try and put this behind us and come back stronger.“We have to keep our heads down and focus on the upcoming games,” stressed Iheanacho.The Nigerian forward is looking forward to winning the remaining two games to make top four finish possible for City to guarantee a Champions League slot.“We have two games left now and we have to focus on winning them so we can finish in the top-four and qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.“I scored two great goals which were important for me and for the team as well but unfortunately we lost so the goals won’t mean (much).Iheanacho headed home City’s first goal in the 44th minute before completing his brace 12 minutes from time with a supremely-taken curler which left the Saints goalkeeper, Fraser Forster with no chance. He has now scored seven league goals this season but he continues to keep his feet firmly on the ground.The City starlet has netted seven times for the club this season and acknowledges that it is a healthy return.“I am pleased with my performance getting goals in the Premier League and having come through to the first team this season.“I have to continue working hard to get more goals and help the club (do well) in Europe.“I have to continue working hard because nothing is enough in football.“I have to convince (the manager, Manuel Pellegrini) that I deserve to be in the City first team).Iheanacho has scored 13 goals in all competitions for City this season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more