AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland is treating as suspicious a fire which seriously damaged a white coloured Ford Transit van in the small car park opposite Sunderries Road in Sandside, Dumfries.The fire was discovered at around 12.20am on Thursday 19 October 2017 when a loud bang was heard from the area. The Fire and Rescue Service were alerted and extinguished the blaze on their arrival. At this stage the fire is being treated as deliberate.Constable Lawrence Nelson at Dumfries said “we have had reports about a group of people hanging around the area of Sunderries Road/Stakeford Street earlier in the evening and we want to hear from anyone who can help us in this investigation. Callers can contact us at Dumfries on the 101 number.
Rugby League The Madang provincial government under Governor Peter Yama is supporting the 2018 Madang rugby league competition. This was announced by the president of Madang Rugby League, Pii Ipara during the launching of the league’s 2018 season at the Madang Resort Hotel last Friday. Ipara said during the 2017 annual general meeting under his leadership it was unanimously agreed that the provincial government would sponsor the 2018 season. “As such we will be playing for the Yama Cup this season. MRL is fielding seven teams which will be competing to win the inaugural Yama Cup. They are New Town Panthers, Takara 1 Hawks, National Gaming Control Board Knights, Brian Bell Home Centre Pythons, GPS Lawyers Velas, Royals and Brothers. Northern Confederation Development Officer Robin Iveke launched the MRL season. Ipara said the launch attended by several potential sponsors, including Brian Bell, RD Tuna Canners, Takara 1 Finance, and education institutions such as Madang Teachers College, Divine Word University and the PNG Maritime College, was a success. Ipara said rugby league is not only a sport but a contributing agent of change in socio-economic development such as stimulating business opportunities for informal business for mothers to selling soft drinks and snacks. He added that when Madang is hosting big games it would be hosting players from other centres arriving and these players would be accommodated at hotels, motels and guest houses in Madang. He said Madang is looking forward to entering a team in next year’s Digicel Cup competition with the support of the Madang government. Five women’s teams are also taking part in the MRL competition this year. These are New Town Panthers, Takara 1 Hawks, Home Centre Pythons, Sisters and Knights. Ipara thanked PNG Rugby Football League, under the chairmanship of Sandis Tsaka for creating the pathway for rugby league as a sport that is promoting gender equality and participation and for the creation of the national women team in PNG Orchids.