It is headed by Chef de Mission Eileen Nangan, who said they are ready for the games and have prepared well to challenge the other Pacific Island countries.“Like all other Pacific Island countries, we all want to go back not empty handed but with pride and happiness and Team Vanuatu will be one of the teams that will be aiming for medals during this game,” she said.She said the advance team are here to see for themselves the preparation and also get the feel of the atmosphere and the spirit of the games in the country. She has been accompanied by 5 officials. Four of them will be observing the preparation and organisation of the event as Vanuatu will be hosting the event in 2017.Ms Nangan, who is from East New Britain and married to a Vanuatu man, says out of the 28 sporting codes, they will be participating in only 13.She said the special event that will be closely monitored is the Para table tennis where two of her disabled athletes will be participating.Team Vanuatu will be taking part in cricket, beach volleyball, boxing, karate, taekwondo, netball rugby touch, rugby, athletics, table tennis and tennis.Ms Nangan told PNG Loop that a total of 156 athletes will be participating excluding the officials.In terms of the games preparation, she said PNG has been preparing well and will host the games successfully.
A small contractor, who also moonlights as a “PH” taxi driver “to make ends meet”, was stabbed to death on Saturday night allegedly by one of his part-time employees over money.Michael Ali, 31, the father of a two-year-old daughter, of Quarry Village, Siparia, Trinidad died some three hours after the attack while undergoing treatment at the San Fernando General Hospital.A 42-year-old fruit vendor has since been detained. The suspect, Police said, was released from jail about three weeks ago.“Michael didn’t deserve that,” cried Ali’s grieving uncle-in-law Jaglal Singh. He described Ali as an honest, hardworking man who always looked out for others.“With all his (suspect’s) faults, he (Ali) still gave him a chance and carried him to work with him in Princes Town.“He owed him a little balance (money), because the lady (person who hired Ali) didn’t pay him all the money she suppose to pay him, for him to pay his workers,” Khan told Newsday. He said Ali explained the situation to the suspect asking him to “hold on” as he was going to work “PH” to make up the money to pay him.However, about 20:00h on Saturday, Khan said the suspect arrived near Ali’s home and began cursing and “carrying on” for his money. Khan said he was forced to intervene. “I cross the road and gave the worker $200 hoping that would have calmed him down, but it didn’t.” Relatives said the man pulled a knife and stabbed Ali in his upper chest.“Michael was like a son to me, very respectful and someone you could trust. He worked very hard,” Khan said.Investigations are continuing. (T&T Newsday)