Security ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries have agreed to coordinate efforts to tackle human trafficking online and eliminate forced labour from supply chains, as part of a series of measures to combat modern slavery across the globe.At the G7 security meeting, Building a More Peaceful and Secure World, which concluded in Toronto, Canada on Tuesday, ministers made 9 commitments on behalf of the G7 which will be vital to protecting those vulnerable to trafficking.These included co-ordinating and sharing information and intelligence on the emerging threat of online trafficking, working with businesses to end forced labour in our economies, and clamping down on the financial interests of those who profit from trafficking.UK Minister for Security, Ben Wallace, said: Modern slavery, human trafficking and forced labour are barbaric crimes that devastate the lives of some of the most vulnerable across the globe. The UK government has led the way in tackling this crime and in 2015 Theresa May introduced the Modern Slavery Act to give our law enforcement agencies the tools they needed to identify and protect victims and bring perpetrators to justice. But truly ending this global crime demands a global response, which is why I am so proud of the agreements reached with my G7 colleagues this week. These commitments represent a real step forward in the international response to this truly horrendous crime. They also committed to encourage the Roma-Lyon group on transnational organised crime and terrorism to explore the feasibility of a common public messaging campaign. work with business and civil society to eliminate trafficking in persons, forced labour, child labour and all forms of slavery, including modern slavery, from G7 economies, by developing legislative, regulatory or policy frameworks, as appropriate strengthen procurement practices to eliminate trafficking in persons, forced labour, child labour and slavery from global supply chains and work to build a culture of consumer awareness welcome the objectives of the ‘Call to Action to end Forced Labour, modern slavery and human trafficking’, recognising that legal definitions vary from country to country uphold and promote the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Trafficking in Persons Protocol (Palermo Protocol), consistent with national reservations, understandings and declarations combat trafficking in persons by partnering with the private sector and civil society to counter illicit financial flows stemming from trafficking in persons, including by leveraging financial intelligence and the work by the Financial Action Task Force and its global network, as well as investigating and prosecuting improve information sharing and data exchange within the existing legal framework, explore opportunities for cross-training and draw from best practices and lessons learned from efforts to counter terrorism and efforts to counter transnational organised crime – for example, by continuing to work with the INTERPOL Global Task Force on human trafficking share information and best practices on support for and reintegration of victims co-ordinate efforts and share best practices on how to address the use of the internet to facilitate trafficking in persons At this week’s meeting, G7 ministers also recognised that women and girls account for the majority of trafficking victims worldwide and therefore the need to ensure the global response is gender-sensitive and grounded in respect for human rights.The G7 agreed to:
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Justin Gatlin says he will boycott the BBC and other British media outlets in protest at their “biased” reports of the 100m final in Beijing.The American, who has twice been suspended for doping, won a silver medal behind Usain Bolt. The race had been built up as a battle between “good and evil” in some quarters.“He’s saved his title, he’s saved his reputation – he may have even saved his sport,” BBC commentator Steve Cram said as Bolt crossed the line just 0.01 seconds ahead of favourite Gatlin. Twitter footage showed commentators from the corporation celebrating Bolt’s win, while Gatlin is understood to have avoided three different interviewers from the broadcaster afterwards. Gatlin’s agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, told the Guardian: “Justin, as well as I, feel that the British media and journalists have been extremely unkind to him.There’s been nothing positive said about him now for some time. Every characterisation is solely about doping and vilifying him. “So, to maintain his own dignity and self-respect, he feels it best not to speak to them.It’s very unfortunate, but he’s been hurt tremendously by these attacks. And as human beings, we should be better than that. “The BBC in particular should report without lacing their comments and reporting with biased views.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Keta Business College (KETABUSCO) defeated defending Sprite Ball Champions in the boys’ division, Mfantsipim School, 48-40 to win the 2019-2020 tournament. The Sprite Ball Championship is an annual inter-high schools basketball tournament in Ghana.The College becomes the second Senior High School from the Volta Region to win the Sprite Ball Championship, the 14th to be organised in 13 years, after Keta Secondary School, also based in Keta beat favourites PRESEC Legon 25-18 to lift the trophy in 2014. KETABUSCO served their opponents bitter revenge by defeating them in the opening games and at the finals for kicking them out of the tournament last season.Keta Business College had been favourites throughout the tournament having remained unbeaten in all five matches to the final.For their award, each player was presented with a certificate and a medal and a cash prize of GH¢2,000 to the entire team. The team also produced the Most Valuable Player, Prince Gidisu and Best Coach, Mr Senyo Ashiagbor.Mr Senyo Ashiagbor, the coach said his side did its homework after the defeat the team suffered in the previous season and was satisfied they paid back Mfantsipim School by “beating them back to back.” Mr Yaw Sakyi Afari, Head of Rite Sports, organisers of the Championship was thrilled by performances of participating schools for this season and congratulated KETABUSCO for putting up a “wonderful” show, which won them the trophy.Mr Afari, however, advised them to present stronger front next season “because winning the tournament is not a big deal but defending the title is the difficult part.”He called for more support towards the development of girls’ basketball saying, he was not impressed about the overall performance in the girls’ division. Dr Seth Kwami Anani, President of the Old Students of KETABUSCO (Coronats) in an interview with Ghana News Agency said “nothing can be more exciting than this win” and added, “the school crowns its 80th anniversary with National Sprite Basketball championship win means we have started the year on a good note.”The Sprite Ball Championship headlined by Coca Cola Company came off from Friday and Saturday at the El Wak Stadium, Accra with 20 teams in all, 12 from the boys division, 8 from the girls’ division and saw Shama Senior High School in the Western Region carrying the day in the girls’ division.