All Blacks to honour Meads with special jerseys in Dunedin

Meads died last Sunday aged 81 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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Lock Sam Whitelock has already said he would donate his number five jersey from the match that doubles as a Bledisloe Cup game to the Meads family and Read said the team had thought of what else they could do to honour his legacy.

“We’ve certainly touched on him throughout the week,” Read told reporters in Dunedin of the memory of Meads. “We’re paying a great tribute to him on our jersey tomorrow night so the guys will certainly treasure that.

“It won’t necessarily win us the test match, we have to do that ourselves,” he added, without giving any further details on how the jersey will look.

The All Blacks won the first game of the southern hemisphere competition 54-34 in Sydney last week to put them within sight of retaining the symbol of trans-Tasman rivalry for a 15th successive season.

They manner in which they won the game — racing to a 54-6 lead in 48 minutes before conceding four unanswered tries — has given both sides cause for optimism ahead of the second match and Read said he expected a backlash from the Wallabies.

“You just have to look at the footage of the last 20 minutes of the game last week. We know how dangerous they can be,” Read said.

“We slightly took our foot off the throat and if we’re not there mentally, they’re a team who can do that. They’re dangerous, they’re hungry, they’ve certainly got a point to prove.”

Read, however, added his side also had a point to prove after coach Steve Hansen called the second half in Sydney some of the ugliest rugby he had seen from his team, with pundits also questioning the ineffectual impact of the replacements.

“We weren’t happy with the last 30 minutes of last week. That was probably a great kick in the guts for us,” Read said.

“The key from our point of view is to start again, to make sure we earn the right to do those little things that came off…

“It’s really simple stuff from our point of view — it’s looking after the breakdown, making sure our ball carries are really strong. That allows us to get quick ball.

“It’s the same for us every week but especially this week.

“A big thing this week that we’re playing for as well… with Colin and obviously the Bledisloe Cup is treasured from our point of view.”

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by John O’Brien)

Bishop won’t name Modern Slavery Act date

The Australian government remains committed to eradicating slavery but there is still no time frame for adopting a Modern Slavery Act.

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said a key outcome of the Bali Process in Perth on Friday was that business leaders had committed to a work plan, and the meeting had also helped the commonwealth become better informed for a Modern Slavery Act.

“The time frame is as soon as possible, but given that we will have to undertake further consultation I won’t put a specific date on it,” she told reporters.

“However, the work that has been undertaken in preparation for this meeting and the discussions we have had at this meeting will inform our deliberations. This is invaluable work.”

The federal government has instigated two parliamentary inquiries into adopting a Modern Slavery Act, which will be similar to laws introduced in the UK in 2015, but the committees are yet to provide their final reports.

Ms Bishop described the Bali Process as a world-first regional meeting, bringing government ministers and business leaders together to discuss practical ways to combat slavery.

“It is an intolerable fact that slavery exists in the 21st century through bonded labour, through labour market exploitation (and) through slavery-like conditions,” she said.

“Human trafficking and modern slavery have no place in our world today and global leaders have committed to eradicating slavery.”

Ms Bishop said the forum had ministers from 45 countries and representatives from three United Nations agencies, who made powerful statements about their commitment to end slavery.

She said business leaders had committed to protecting the rights of migrant workers and ensuring transparency in global business supply chains.

Samsung heir guilty of bribery, sentenced to five years’ jail

Lee Jae-Yong’s penalty could leave the giant firm rudderless for years and hamper its ability to make key investment decisions.

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The vice-chairman of Samsung Electronics, 49, arrived at Seoul Central District Court on a justice ministry bus handcuffed, bound with white rope around his dark jacket, and carrying an envelope of documents.

Lee was found guilty of bribery, embezzlement, perjury and other charges centred on payments and promises by Samsung totalling 43.3 billion won (around $40 million) to Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-Sil.

The court found the money was in return for policy favours including government support for Lee’s hereditary succession at the group, after his father was left bedridden by a heart attack in 2014.

The defence had denied the charges, saying Samsung was pressured by Park to make the donations under duress – and that Lee was not aware of them and did not approve them. Four other top Samsung executives were also convicted and received sentences of up to four years.

Lee’s lawyers said he would appeal.

‘Ruling family’

The verdict could add impetus to new President Moon Jae-In’s campaign pledges to reform the chaebols.

The firms have long had murky connections with political authorities in South Korea, and past trials of their leaders have often ended with light or suspended sentences, with courts citing their contributions to the economy.

The Lee clan directly owns about five percent of Samsung Electronics shares, but maintains its grip on the wider group through a byzantine web of cross-ownership stakes involving dozens of companies.

The court said Park was aware that Lee wanted state approval for a controversial merger of two Samsung units in 2015, seen as a key step to ensuring his accession.

The deal was opposed by shareholders who said it wilfully undervalued shares of one of the firms. But it eventually went through after the national pension fund – a major Samsung shareholder – approved it.

Analysts differ on the potential impact of the verdict and sentence on Samsung.

Lee has been Samsung’s de facto leader since his father fell ill, but his lawyers and ex-members of the former elite Future Strategy Office (FSO), which dictated the vast group’s overall direction and major business decisions, sought to portray him as naive and inexperienced.

“Samsung will not be doomed without Jay Lee,” said Geoffrey Cain, the author of a forthcoming book on the group. “It’s up to the specialists to make their own decisions.”

Samsung appears to have been unaffected by Lee’s absence so far — he was detained in custody in February — with flagship subsidiary Samsung Electronics making record profits on the back of strong demand for its memory chips.

But Chung Sun-Sup, the head of corporate analysis firm chaebul长沙桑拿按摩论坛,, said major chaebol decisions on large-scale acquisitions or investments “are often endorsed by the patriarch of a ruling family”, and with Lee in prison the firm “may move more slowly than before”.

Its shares have soared in recent months, but were down 1.05 per cent on Friday afternoon after the verdict.

The ruling is seen as a strong indicator of the likely outcome in Park’s trial, as some of the charges against the ousted head of state her are inextricably linked to the accusations Lee faced.

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Business and governments commit to ending modern slavery in the Indo-Pacific region

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop said her government was committed to introducing an anti-slavery act modelled on the UK act from 2015, which would force big business to report their efforts to eradicate abusive work practices.

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“The UK act focused on ensuring that large businesses over a particular level were required to report what they were doing in relation to ensuring transparency in supply chains and the steps they’re taking against modern salvery,” she said.

But she refused to commit to a timeline for implementation.  

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— Julie Bishop (@JulieBishopMP) August 25, 2017

Ms Bishop co-chaired the meeting with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi, and business co-chairs Australian mining billionaire and philanthropist Andrew Forrest with Indonesian media mogul Eddy Sariaatmadja.

This was the first time the six year old intergovernmental Bali Process had included corporate leaders, in a move which Mr Forrest said had the power to end the practice of slavery in the Indo-Pacific.

“It is true that some 32 million people in the Indo-Pacific region suffer the servitude and incarceration of slavery,” Mr Forrest said. “But it’s also true that business and government have come together for the first time, and we have the power to end it. This has never been done before.”

Mr Forrest said there was “three-quarters of a trillion dollars’ worth” of global supply chains represented in the meting and called for a global network of independent commissioners for companies to call upon to confidentially investigate suspicions of slavery in their supply chains. 

He called upon governments in the region to enact legislation to force companies to report their anti-slavery processes. 

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Lions optimistic despite AFL spoon threat

The wooden spoon may yet land at Brisbane but Lions coach Chris Fagan says their AFL ladder position will be “irrelevant” after already rating his first year at the helm a success.

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Fagan said the Lions would bounce into the 2018 pre-season full of confidence, even if they go down to North Melbourne in Saturday’s Gabba clash and finish last.

Brisbane can finish as high as 15th with their sixth win of the year but Fagan believed they had already achieved something that couldn’t be measured on a points table this year — self belief.

“The finishing position on the ladder is irrelevant,” Fagan said.

“It is where you are at the end of the season and how you have improved, and we clearly have.”

Fagan admitted it was a very different situation when he arrived late in 2016 along with football manager David Noble.

“When myself and David turned up here last year there probably wasn’t a lot of belief around the club for whatever reason but that has changed now,” he said.

“Our players really think that they can compete and make progress.”

Fagan admitted he didn’t want the season to end after Brisbane had notched a 4-7 tally since the round 11 bye, including near misses against Western Bulldogs and Melbourne.

Either way Fagan believed Brisbane had plenty of momentum going into the 2018 pre-season, even if they ended up with the dreaded spoon.

“We may or may not be (last) after tomorrow’s game but in the second half of the season we are far from the bottom team,” Fagan said.

“We were in the first half, the ladder told us that.

“But if you do a ladder from round 12 it is a pretty different story.

“It’s good that we are getting to the end of the year and feeling positive about ourselves, that we have grown as a team and a club.”

Meanwhile, Fagan cleared Dayne Zorko to play North despite the star midfielder spending time in hospital with a leg infection after last Sunday’s loss to the Demons.

“He spent a bit of time in hospital this week, was on antibiotics, on a drip but got out middle of the week — he’ll play tomorrow,” Fagan said.

Eric Hipwood (knee) is in doubt.

The Kangaroos will hope to celebrate defender Scott Thompson’s 200th game with their seventh win in nine games against Brisbane.