Vanuatu Paralympic Committee keen to increase participation in Paralympic Games

VPC Athletics Coach and Programme Manager, Mary Estelle Mahuk said the committee has identified a few athletes.

Mahuk said they are in the process of attaining a classification certificate from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) once borders are open.

Each athlete is required to undergo mental and nutrition preparations to receive a classification certificate.

The preparations are focused on training and competition components that will ensure a par athlete is self-reliant and independent once he/she enters a training field and a competition track.

Early Action Rainfall Watch training held in Vanuatu

Health centre workers, school principals, community disaster and climate change committees and Vanuatu Red Cross Society branch officers from Shefa and Tafea Provinces participated in the training.

Currently, many locations in Vanuatu like offshore Efate islands, Aniwa are experiencing prolonged dry conditions with impacts such as limited water.

Drought is often-although not always-associated with El Niño in Vanuatu.

An El Niño event in 2015/2016 led to water shortages and crop failure causing health issues and school closure.

25 officers receive training on role of RTI Officers in Vanuatu

. It was officially opened by the former deputy chairperson of the Rights to Information Steering Committee, Evelyne Toa Wednesday.

Twenty-six enthusiastic participants from government ministries, departments and statutory bodies are taking part in the programme.

In her speech, Toa acknowledged UNDP-PRAC for sponsoring the training and for its continuing assistance to the Vanuatu Government since the initial stages of the development of RTI in Vanuatu.

Vanuatu fisheries and Police Maritime officers undergo VMS training

The training was done through the assistance of the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and conducted by the FFA VMS Manager, Ramesh Chand and the FFA VMS Technical Personnel, Daniel Koroi.

The VMS is a cost effective satellite-based tool for the successful monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of Fisheries activities.

It provides the Fisheries Department with accurate and timely information about the location and activity of all regulated fishing vessels.

Leadership training for Vanuatu police officers

It is a training conducted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) joint with the Vanuatu Police Force (VPF) Human Resources Team and funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry of Justice.

Australian high Commissioner Jenny Da Rin officially opened the training and highlighted its importance.

The training will be conducted for four days with presenters from the University of the South Pacific, Ministry of Justice, PICP and the Commissioner of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force.

Wallabies settle in the west

Staying in Penrith for the first part of the week, the Wallabies are removed from the usual Moore Park surrounds of other Sydney weeks, a change skipper Michael Hooper is enjoying.

“The facilities are fantastic out here, so we're able to stay and walk to our grounds and really have that focus on footy and connect with the people out here,” he said.

Though they’re out of the inner-city bubble, things are starting to get real fast for the Wallabies and Hooper, for one, can’t wait.

Team Vanuatu well into training schedule in China

The team which comprises of 190 athletes from boxing, archery, beach volleyball, judo, table tennis, athletics, female football, karate and taekwondo has been training four hours a day for the past three months in China.

The training comes under the Vanuatu Sport Technical Support Project.

Archery coach Francis Runa said their training is very tough.

He said they train in different stages starting from elastic training to shooting on the range of 30-50 metre.

Teleconference training for Vanuatu karate referees ahead of Pacific Mini Games

The training was organised by Vanuatu Karate Federation with the support of Van2017.

“This is a first as each time a Karate competition is organized referees have to come from other countries such as New Caledonia or Fiji to run the bouts as we do not have certified referees in Vanuatu,” said Jack Manuel, Sport Competition Manager (SCM) for the Vanuatu Karate Federation.

“However, thanks to the Van2017 and the Vanuatu Karate Federation, the 18th March, training is a step closer to the realization of a long time dream of all Karate lovers and practitioners.”

Vanuatu U20 team starts training

Head coach Etienne Mermer called on the players to come to the training.

“We have been training for OFC competition but today (Thursday) we are training for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea,” Mermer said.

South Korea will host this year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in six different cities.

A total of 24 countries will take part in the tournament from the May 20 to June 11, 2017.


Photo by OFC - Vanuatu U-20 captain Bong Kalo 




Pacific islands boost electoral standards with Commonwealth support

The senior electoral representatives will be supported by the Commonwealth Electoral Network, the Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand Electoral Administrators (PIANZEA) Network, and the Fijian Elections Office as they seek to increase awareness of globally-recognised standards for credible and inclusive elections.