25th July 2013. Canberra Times photo taken by Chris Dutton.Brumbies in Johannesburg South Africa.Coach Jake White at training in Johannesburgjoburg 003.jpg Photo: [email protected]上海夜网m Jake White, the new director of rugby at the Durban Sharks, returns to Canberra when they play the Brumbies on May 10.
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ACT Brumbies chief executive Andrew Fagan is expecting Jake White to get a ‘‘warm reception’’ when he returns to Canberra as the Durban Sharks director of coaching next season.

And codehopper Sonny Bill Williams could find himself wearing a Waikato Chiefs jersey at Canberra Stadium next year in an Anzac Day grand final twilight rematch in the 2014 Super Rugby draw, which will be released on Tuesday.

White was halfway through a four-year deal with the Brumbies before he sensationally walked out on the two-time Super Rugby champions because he missed out on the Wallabies coaching job.

On Monday, less than three weeks later, he signed a three-year deal with the Sharks, who will play the Brumbies at Canberra Stadium in round 13 on May 10.

It will give Brumbies fans the chance to let the World Cup winning coach know exactly what they think of his abrupt departure.

Fagan thought it would be a positive response, after terms of a release were agreed to allow White to coach again. There was a clause in his contract preventing him from coaching for 18 months if he walked out on the province.

‘‘It will provide some added interest and I’m sure he’ll get a warm reception at the stadium,’’ Fagan said. ‘‘He’s been a fantastic coach for us, he’s well respected by the people of Canberra.

‘‘I know there was some disappointment at the manner of the exit, but I think they’ll remember his feats down here.’’

White’s return wasn’t the only highlight of the draw for Brumbies fans. They’ll get a Anzac Day clash, which doubles as a grand final rematch, and a repeat of their semi-final at Loftus Versfeld.

Williams’ future is once again up in the air, with the part-time boxer considering whether to return to the Chiefs or stay with NRL champions Sydney Roosters.

If he does switch back to rugby union and join the reigning Super Rugby champions, he’ll be part of the  Anzac Day twilight game at Canberra Stadium.

He was meant to play in the rugby league Anzac Test there earlier this year, but pulled out due to a knee injury.

It will be the Brumbies’ second home clash on the celebrated day, having hosted the Johannesburg Lions in 2008.

‘‘We wanted to play a New Zealand team on Anzac Day this year, particularly given it’s the 99th year celebration of Anzac Day, and to pick up the Chiefs in a grand final rematch is absolutely fantastic,’’ Fagan said.

‘‘We requested they try and make it a twilight game, so it will really complement the other activity in the day and it’ll be a massive clash at Canberra Stadium.’’

The Brumbies play all of last season’s finalists and open next year against the Queensland Reds at home. They also host arch-rivals the NSW Waratahs in round four and return to face the Pretoria Bulls, who they beat in last season’s semi.

Rugby convert Benji Marshall will also come to Canberra, after leaving NRL club Wests Tigers and signing with the Auckland Blues. They play the Brumbies in round eight.

‘‘It’s a fantastic draw for the Brumbies and supporters,’’ Fagan said. ‘‘We kick off with two massive games with the Reds in our first home game and followed by the Waratahs a few weeks later, so to have our two biggest-drawing games of the year in the warmer months is fantastic.

‘‘The Bulls have probably been the most successful South African team over the last six or seven years and it’s always tough playing them in Pretoria. The guys enjoyed an historic semi-final win just a few months ago and I’m sure that will give them confidence.’’

The Brumbies will finalise the panel that will decide White’s replacement later this week, with the internal appointment of Stephen Larkham or Laurie Fisher likely.

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Daniel Wells is again a Syd Barker medallist and again he has tied with one of his North Melbourne teammates to do so.
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Wells joined key defender Scott Thompson on Monday night as equal winner of the Roos’ best and fairest for 2013 after a thrilling count at Crown Palladium.

It is the first time Thompson has earned the club’s top honour and completes a career year for the 27-year-old, after he was also named full back in the All-Australian team.

Wells, who was also awarded life membership on Monday night, won his first Syd Barker Medal in 2011, when he tied with Andrew Swallow.

There was nearly a three-way tie this year after Todd Goldstein fell just short of joining Wells and Thompson, who polled 50 votes each.

Goldstein, who had an outstanding season in the ruck, finished just one vote behind on 49, coming in ahead of key forward Drew Petrie on 46 and emerging youngsters Ben Cunnington and Ryan Bastinac, both on 45.

Thompson’s triumph is the latest chapter in his storybook emergence as an A Grade performer. It was not that long ago that the reliable full-back was playing club football for South Barwon in the Geelong Football League.

Wells’ second gong is due recognition of the explosive and consistent player he has become.

Wells, who played every game, led the Roos for inside 50s, finished third for disposals – averaging 21.3 a game – and finished second for goal assists. He also contributed 35 goals himself – fourth overall for the team.

It appeared Thompson might claim the medal outright after he held the lead coming into the final rounds of the season, but missing the last three games cost him.

Syd Barker Medal

1. Scott Thompson 50

1. Daniel Wells 50

3. Todd Goldstein 49

4. Drew Petrie 46

5. Ben Cunnington 45

6. Ryan Bastinac 45

7. Jack Ziebell 43

8. Lachie Hansen 41

9. Sam Gibson 41

10. Aaron Mullett 40

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Asian tourists in Melbourne. Photo: Eddie JimFederal politics: full coverage Ken Henry’s speech on prosperity
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Victoria’s economic strengths will sweep it ahead in the next 20 years, positioning it to capture the demand from Asia’s middle class for everything from better food to better education and better returns on its savings, a report by consultancy firm Deloitte forecasts.

The report, Positioning Australia for Prosperity? Catching the Next Wave, predicts that six ”super-sectors” will grow faster than the rest of the global economy. It says Australia generally, and Victoria specifically, has unique advantages in almost all of them.

”The next wave of Australia’s prosperity will come from sectors that are much more evenly distributed across Australia than the minerals are,” co-author Chris Richardson told Fairfax Media. ”Asia’s demands will widen out from iron ore and coal to a bunch of other things.

”The times will suit Victoria. It is superbly positioned to capitalise on Australia’s next boom.”

The Deloitte report forecasts that around the world, six sectors will outpace other industries in growth over the next 20 years: gas, tourism, agriculture, health, international education and wealth management.

It assumes that Australia’s world-class health system will remain focused on serving Australians, but sees the other five sectors as having strong export potential.

Crucially, the report assumes that in the long term, the Australian dollar will settle 15 per cent less than its present level, at around US80¢. Apart from its plunge during the global financial crisis, that is lower than the currency has been for some years.

The report concedes that most of these industries depend on the dollar being at a competitive level. Most have gone backwards in recent years, as the dollar has averaged more than $US1. Agriculture has been shrinking relative to the rest of the economy for a century.

But Deloittes forecast that growing population and wealth in Asia’s fast-growing economies will drive a new demand for high-protein foods such as meat, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.

Victoria exports more food than any state, and Deloitte argues that the switch in Asian demand will be ”tailor-made for Victoria’s farmers, with their great strengths in dairy and horticulture”.

It ignores CSIRO warnings that climate change will reduce the productivity of the Murray-Darling basin, and assumes there is water to spare for Victoria to move into intensive horticulture to meet Asia’s demands.

International education became Victoria’s biggest export industry in the last wave, and while it has been severely dented since 2009 by the high dollar, poor quality courses and the murder of an Indian student, Deloittes forecasts that the numbers of ”globally mobile students” will grow by 7 per cent a year, creating big growth opportunities.

The report says that Australia’s natural attractions and reputation as a safe, democratic country will make it attractive to the growing numbers of Asian tourists.

It says there is potential for Australia’s wealth management firms to export their services, to manage the savings of the swelling numbers of Chinese and Japanese retirees. The funds industry is based in Melbourne.

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Typhoon Fitow barrelled into China’s east coast on Monday, packing winds of more than 200 km/h, after hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated and bullet train services were suspended.
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At least three people were reported killed, all of them near the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, the state broadcaster CCTV said.

Parts of Zhejiang, which borders the commercial hub Shanghai, saw nearly 29 centimetres of rain over 17 hours from Sunday to early Monday, while areas in Fujian to the south saw up to 16 centimetres, the official China News Service said.

In the hard-hit county of Cangnan in Wenzhou, more than 1200 homes collapsed and damages amounted to hundreds of millions of yuan, China National Radio said.

One of the victims, 55-year-old Ni Wenlin, died “after strong wind blew him off a hill” late Sunday, Xinhua news agency said, citing municipal flood control authorities.

Another person died of electric shock, CCTV reported.

In Fujian the typhoon snapped electricity poles in half, leaving power lines on the ground, and bent iron road signs out of shape, the radio reported.

In the coastal city of Ningde, a village leader told the Beijing Times that huge waves had damaged a 200-hectare seaweed farm, on which nearly 100 families depended for their livelihood.

At least 59 bullet trains in Zhejiang were cancelled, along with 22 flights from the provincial capital Hangzhou and 27 in Wenzhou, Xinhua said.

Sections of highways were shut and more than 350 buses from Wenzhou were cancelled.

Forecasters said the storm was expected to move north-west but weaken quickly.

But continued rainstorms were expected due to another typhoon, Danas, which was set to hit Japan’s main islands on Monday.

Packing winds of up to 180 km/h near its centre, Danas was battering the southern Japanese chain of Okinawa, where more than 50 flights at Naha airport were cancelled while schools were shut, according to local media.

The Japanese meteorological agency issued an alert for strong winds and high waves, while urging residents to remain on guard for floods and landslides as well as lightning and tornadoes.

Local authorities in Okinawa and Kagoshima separately issued evacuation advisories to some 6500 households, public broadcaster NHK said.

In China, authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands and issued the country’s highest alert on Sunday as Fitow approached the mainland.

The storm was packing winds of up to 151 km/h on Sunday night as it moved towards the coast.

Winds rose to 201 km/h in parts of Wenzhou, Xinhua reported later, citing local flood control authorities.

Zhejiang has so far evacuated more than 574,000 people, while in Fujian 177,000 have been displaced, it said.

Two port workers in Wenzhou were missing and may have fallen into the sea, the agency added.

Xinhua quoted the weather centre as saying it was unusual for a typhoon to come ashore in China’s south-east during October, at the end of the storm season.

Chinese maritime authorities also issued red alerts, warning of storm tides and waves. Fishermen were urged to return to port and local authorities told to prepare harbour facilities and sea walls for high tides.

In Zhejiang more than 35,000 boats returned to harbour while in Fujian nearly 30,000 vessels were called back, according to Xinhua.

Named after a flower from Micronesia, Fitow has hit just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi wreaked havoc in the region, leaving at least 25 dead in southern China.

AFP

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