Articles written by: Sonia Dale

Pictish fort relics preserved by Viking fire found in Moray

Archaeologists have uncovered significant finds in the ruins of a Pictish fort in Moray believed to have been burnt to the ground by Viking invaders in the 10th century. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have unearthed a huge timber-laced wall that likely stood more than 6m high. They believe this would have disappeared if not preserved by the blaze. […]

Illegal immigrants admit £125,000 Grenfell Tower fraud

Two illegal immigrants who falsely claimed more than £100,000 in accommodation and pre-paid credit cards by posing as victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are facing jail. Elaine Douglas and Tommy Brooks, who are Jamaican nationals, were put up in hotels for almost a year before staff at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) realised the flat they […]

NZ U20 side named to face Japan

New Zealand Under 20 Head Coach Craig Philpott has named his side to open their World Rugby U20 Championship campaign in France tomorrow morning. Jay Renton celebrating a try at the 2018 Oceania rugby U20‘s final Photo: © Sportography / Oceania Rugby 2018 Head coach Craig Philpott said the team has adjusted well in France and players were looking forward […]

The name game: rugby‘s latest goodwill offering

Opinion – Last night a clip started making its way around social media. Called #SayMyName, it‘s a group of Super Rugby players correctly pronouncing their own names for the benefit of the audience. It‘s directed at the fact that some of the most prominent names in Aotearoa, the ones that get called out when they handle a rugby ball, routinely […]

Djokovic finding form at Rolland Garros.

Novak Djokovic may not be firing on all cylinders but the former world No.1 is safely through to the third round of the French Open. Novak Djokovic Photo: PHOTOSPORT The Serbian, seeded only 20 due to his recent injury absence, will now face Spanish 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut after a straight-sets win over Jaume Munar. Munar may be ranked […]

Jewels harness race meeting in jeopardy

Ten horses have potentially been exposed to drugs while on their way to this weekend‘s prestigious Harness Jewels meeting in Cambridge. Harness racing trainer Natalie Rasmussen. Photo: NZ Harness The horses, nine of which are from the Mark Purdon-Natalie Rasmussen stable, were traveling from Auckland to Cambridge for the event when the possible contamination happened. The trainers, two of the […]

Pulse continue unbeaten run

The Pulse have maintained their unbeaten record in the ANZ netball premiership with a record 71-40 win over the defending champions the Southern Steel. Central Pulse shooter Tiana Metuarau Photo: Photosport Ltd 2018 It‘s the Pulse‘s highest score in the ANZ Premiership and their their biggest winning margin ever in their eleven year history and also the first time […]