Australia

PNG falls behind in world league rankings

It is the worst it has been for the code which is considered the national sport in the country.

PNG, which was usually in the top five in past years, has dropped out of sight and now sits at number 14, plunging three place from 11th spot out of 35 countries in the new  RLIF World Rankings issued recently.

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

  Yamizard Ryacudu said Indonesia had “never disrupted or caused disruptions in other countries” and it expected the same of other nations regarding Papua and its long-running independence movement.

“There are countries that are getting involved in the issue of Papua. For us, Papua is [part] of the united Republic of Indonesia. The united Republic of Indonesia extends from Sabang [in Sumatra] to Papua. There is no other solution, that’s it, that’s the way it is,” Ryacudu said in Sydney on Monday.

Australian official to officiate at DWU ceremony

In an official program circulated through email to the former DWU students, it says the Polish Consul in Sydney Ms Regina Jurkowska will give her speech followed by the keynote address by Ms Moules.

The programs says the blessing and dedication will start at 9am in Sir Peter Barter Auditorium where DWU President Fr Jan Czuba will give his welcome address  in the presence of former DWU students who have been part and parcel of DWU since its establishment.

Australia launches new agriculture program for PNG

This program will provide practical assistance to the public and private sectors to increase the export of horticulture and agricultural produce to regional and international markets.

It will also help increase domestic agricultural production and export for those living in rural areas.

Australia’s High Commissioner Counsellor Rod Hilton says Australia’s development partnership with PNG is increasing assistance for private sector led economic growth in PNG to create jobs and reduce poverty.

Activities under the PHAMA

Christmas Island detainees in 'stand-off' over Iranian refugee's death

One detainee is receiving medical treatment following a riot at the facility.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said it was hoped order would be restored in the coming hours.

Weather devastated provinces to get Aussie aid

PNG will get a $5 million package to:

·         improve food security for about  500,000 people by providing seed stock for drought resistant crops; 

·         determine water and sanitation needs across at least six provinces in partnership with non-government organisations (NGOs);

·         support vulnerable groups including children, women and the elderly through church health services;

New Zealand beat Australia to retain Rugby World Cup

Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma'a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back.

With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control.

And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away on to Ben Smith's clearing kick at the death history was made, with New Zealand also becoming the first three-time champions of the world.

Craig Joubert treatment unfair - Cheika

The governing body issued a statement on Monday saying the South African had not made the "appropriate decision".

Cheika, whose side won Sunday's match 35-34, said: "No other referee has had this stuff put out there like that.

"I would have liked my mates to back me up a little more."

Former top referee Jonathan Kaplan, who has mentored Joubert during his career, questioned whether World Rugby should be "criticising one if its own assets".

Australia defeat Wales 15-6

Wales paid a high price for failing to make their extra numbers count when the Wallabies were reduced to 13 men for seven minutes in the second half.

Fly-half Bernard Foley kicked all Australia's points, with Dan Bigger twice on target for Wales.

Australia now face Scotland in the quarter-final on 18 October, with Wales against South Africa the day before.

It was Wales' 11th consecutive defeat against the Australians, a run going back to 2008.

Australia delay team announcement

Coach Michael Cheika was due to announce the line-up at 08:00 BST.

But the former Leinster boss will wait until after their Thursday training session to do so - with Wales naming their team at 11:00 BST.

Australia's Israel Folau (ankle) and wing Rob Horne (shoulder) are doubts while Michael Hooper is suspended.

Waratahs full-back Folau came off in the 66th minute of the 33-13 win over England last weekend.