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Car Talk / Re: The History Of Lexus And Milestones Reached From 1989 To 2019 by AbujaBlue: 12:29pm On Feb 22
ucsquare:
no pictures..?and people are commenting not knowing what they are commenting on..

Exactly. Time for some action. Below is an early Lexus concept model, followed by the first generation LS-400 inside and out. This was the first Lexus car released in 1989 (pictures from Wikipedia).

OP or other good Samaritans can fill in the rest.

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexus_LS

Car Talk / Re: The History Of Lexus And Milestones Reached From 1989 To 2019 by AbujaBlue: 11:11am On Feb 22
KrystosCJ:
Post other pics showing the evolution of the Lexus brand in the listed timelines. That would help!

Indeed, at least a pic of the first car would have been nice. Quality is more important than quantity, OP. The mods here should insist on that before any front page push.

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Politics / Re: Nigeria Has Taken Over South Africa As Africa Biggest Economy ~ BBC by AbujaBlue: 12:34pm On Feb 20
If the OP has credited this to the BBC, then the OP must provide a direct link to the BBC article. That screenshot could be years old or manipulated.

That this is on the front page as the election nears sets a very dangerous precedent. Nairaland cannot allow for this kind of fake news to be glorified on their front page.

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Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 9:26am On Feb 18
TobiAbuja:
It is so painful to watch a family grieve like this sad At least Sala is at peace now. RIP.

It is for any family but the way he went makes it all the harder. They might not even find a culprit for the accident. Hopefully they can slowly move on now.
Sports / Re: Emiliano Sala Buried In Argentina by AbujaBlue: 6:00pm On Feb 17
RIP Emi.

See this thread posted 10 hours earlier than this one for many more photos of the funeral.

https://www.nairaland.com/5028483/peace-last-emiliano-sala-finally

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Sports / Re: Arsenal Appoint Marcellinus Anyanwu As Coach Of Youth Side by AbujaBlue: 5:57pm On Feb 17
Good for him, though the key words Arsenal youth team in Dubai were missing from the title. He won't be rubbing shoulders with Ozil and Ramsey. Maybe in the future? Who knows.
Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 10:28am On Feb 17
Let's not forget also about David Ibbotson. His family are still trying to find funding for that search to which Mbappe has donated 12.5m Naira.

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Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:52am On Feb 17
RIP, Emi.

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Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:46am On Feb 17
Photo 13: Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock (left) comforts Emiliano Sala's father, Horacio Sala, at the cemetery in Santa Fe. Kenneth Choo, Cardiff City owner, is seen behind them.

Photo 14: Mercedes Taffarel, mother of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, right, is comforted by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois

Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:40am On Feb 17
Photo 9: Nantes players show their respect

Photo 10: Neighbours observe funeral

Photo 11:Horacio

Photo 12: Romina wraps herself in her brother Emiliano's grey hoodie.

Sports / Re: Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:36am On Feb 17
Photo 5: The car carrying the remains of Emiliano Sala leaves Progreso. Thousands of well-wishers travelled to the town near Santa Fe to pay their last respects to the 28-year-old who sadly died in a plane crash earlier this year.

Photo 6: Children wait for footballer Emiliano Sala's coffin to depart from Progreso.

Photo 7: Neighbours of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala wait for his remains to depart for Santa Fe.

Photo 8: People leave flowers on Emiliano Sala's coffin at the cemetery in Santa Fe, Argentina where he is due to be buried this afternoon.

Sports / Peace At Last: Emiliano Sala Is Finally Laid To Rest In Hometown (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:36am On Feb 17
Mourners have been paying their final respects to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala in his native Argentina.

The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.

A wake was held at the club Sala played for as a youth in his hometown of Progreso before the funeral started later on Saturday.

Among those who attended was Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock.

"I would like to find a responsible person...someone who says to me: 'this happened'; but, well, it seems this was just an accident," said Sala's aunt Mirta Taffarel.

Sala was killed when a single-engine light aircraft, flown by pilot Mr Ibbotson, crashed near Alderney just two days after he became Cardiff City's record transfer.

His body, which was recovered from the wreckage following a privately-funded search last week, was repatriated to Argentina on Friday.

It was then driven from Buenos Aires to the Sante Fe province, where Sala grew up.

Outside the wake, fans draped a banner reading 'Emi, nunca caminaras solo' or 'Emi, You'll Never Walk Alone'.

"It's as if he was a member of my family," said a sobbing Lucia Torres, who lives nearby.

"It's something I can't understand nor accept because it hurts so much. The town has been in darkness since 21 January."

"He represented a lot for us," said Daniel Ribero, president of Sala's boyhood club San Martin de Progreso.

"We're a small village and Emi was a celebrity, the only player to turn professional."

Ahead of the service, the club posted a message on social media saying: "We are waiting for you ... like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever. Eternally in our hearts."

Text: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-47254939

Photos: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6711727/Emiliano-Salas-body-cremated-today-Argentinian-home-town.html



Photo 1: Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois (centre left), and family and friends of Argentina football player Emiliano Sala carry the star's coffin during his funeral in Progreso, Argentina today. Sala's brother Dario is pictured on the far left

Photo 2: Romina, Emiliano's sister, mourns

Photo 3: Horacio, Emiliano's father, at funeral

Photo 4: Carina Mercedes Taffarel (centre) mother of Emiliano Sala looks at the coffin after a vigil as she is comforted by relatives at Sala's boyhood club San Martin de Progreso

Foreign Affairs / IS Schoolgirl Wants To Return To UK From Syria To Have Baby, Has No Regrets by AbujaBlue: 12:56pm On Feb 14
One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK.

In an interview with the Times, Shamima Begum, now 19, talked about seeing "beheaded heads" in bins - but said that it "did not faze her".

Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, she said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home for her baby.

She said she'd had two other children who had both died.

She also described how one of her two school friends that had left the UK with her had died in a bombing. The fate of the third girl is unclear.

'It was like a normal life'

Bethnal Green Academy pupils Ms Begum and Amira Abase were both 15, while Kadiza Sultana was 16, when they left the UK in February 2015.

They flew from Gatwick Airport to Turkey after telling their parents they were going out for the day. They later crossed the border into Syria.

After arriving in Raqqa, she stayed at a house with other newly arrived brides-to-be, she told the Times.

"I applied to marry an English-speaking fighter between 20 and 25 years old," she said.

Ten days later she married a 27-year-old Dutch man who had converted to Islam.

She has been with him since then, and the couple escaped from Baghuz - the group's last territory in eastern Syria - two weeks ago.

Her husband surrendered to a group of Syrian fighters as they left, and she is now one of 39,000 people in a refugee camp in northern Syria.

Asked by Times journalist Anthony Loyd whether her experiences of living in the one-time IS stronghold of Raqqa had lived up to her aspirations, Ms Begum said: "Yes, it did. It was like a normal life. The life that they show on the propaganda videos - it's a normal life.

"Every now and then there are bombs and stuff. But other than that..."

She said that seeing her first "severed head" in a bin "didn't faze me at all".

"It was from a captured fighter seized on the battlefield, an enemy of Islam.

"I thought only of what he would have done to a Muslim woman if he had the chance," she said.

"I'm not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago," she told Mr Loyd.

"I don't regret coming here."


Will Shamima Begum be allowed to return to UK?


Shamima Begum was legally a child when she pinned her colours to the Islamic State mast. And if she were still under 18 years old, the government would have a duty to take her and her unborn child's "best interests" into account in deciding what to do next.

But she's now an apparently unrepentant adult - and that means she would have to account for her decisions, even if her journey is a story of grooming and abuse.

Another British jihadi bride, Tareena Shakil, who got out of the war zone with her child, lied to the security services on her return and was jailed for membership of a terrorist group.

If Ms Begum got out of the country, that is the kind of charge she could face - along with encouraging or supporting terrorism.

But that's a long way off. Assuming she made it to an airport, the UK could temporarily ban her from returning until she agreed to be investigated, monitored and deradicalised.

Social services would also certainly step in to consider whether her child should be removed to protect him or her from radicalisation.

But Ms Begum said the "oppression" had come as a "shock" and said she felt the IS "caliphate" was at an end.

"I don't have high hopes. They are just getting smaller and smaller," she said. "And there is so much oppression and corruption going on that I don't really think they deserve victory."

She referred to her husband having been held in a prison where men were tortured.

A lawyer for the family of Kadiza Sultana said in 2016 that she was believed to have been killed in a Russian air strike.

Ms Begum told the Times her friend had died in a bombing on a house where there was "some secret stuff going on" underground.

She added: "I never thought it would happen. At first I was in denial. Because I always thought if we got killed, we'd get killed together."

'Scared this baby is going to get sick'

Ms Begum said losing two children "came as a shock. It just came out of nowhere, it was so hard".

Her first child, a girl, died at the age of one year and nine months, and was buried in Baghuz a month ago.

Her second child - the first to die - died three months ago at the age of eight months, of an illness that was compounded by malnutrition, the Times reports.

She told the paper she took him to a hospital. "There were no drugs available, and not enough medical staff," she said.

As a result she said she was "really overprotective" of her unborn child.

She said this concern also contributed to her decision to leave Baghuz.

"I was weak," she said. "I could not endure the suffering and hardship that staying on the battlefield involved.

"But I was also frightened that the child I am about to give birth to would die like my other children if I stayed on."

She said she remained scared her unborn baby would become ill in the refugee camp.

"That's why I really want to get back to Britain because I know it will be taken care of - health-wise, at least," she said.

She said she should be giving birth "any day now".

"I'll do anything required just to be able to come home and live quietly with my child."

Tasnime Akunjee, a lawyer who was instructed by the Bethnal Green girls' families after they ran away, said the families had told him they now wanted "time and space to process what's happened".

Security minister Ben Wallace said he could not comment on Ms Begum's case for legal reasons but said any Britons who had gone to Syria to engage or support terrorist activities should be prepared to be questioned, investigated and potentially prosecuted if they came back to the UK.

He said there was no consular assistance in Syria so any Briton wanting help would need to find consular services elsewhere in the region.

Asked whether the government would be rushing to bring home people such as Ms Begum, he said: "I'm not putting at risk British people's lives to go and look for terrorists or former terrorists in a failed state."

He added that while the UK had a duty of care to children of Britons in Syria, he also had a duty towards all UK citizens and would do what was "proportionate and necessary" to keep people safe.

Sir Peter Fahy, a retired senior police chief who led the Prevent terrorism prevention programme at the time the girls ran away, said if Ms Begum did return to the UK, the authorities would first detain her and investigate whether there was enough evidence to mount a prosecution.

He said he could understand why the government was "not particularly interested" in facilitating her return.

"If the woman was showing complete remorse, it would be completely different," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

He said it would cost a "vast amount of money" and the biggest challenge would be for local police to keep her safe.

They would have to ensure she did not become a lightning rod for both right-wing extremists and Islamic extremists and did not try to justify her position and actions, he added.

IS has lost control of most of the territory it overran, including its strongholds of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.

However, fighting continues in north-eastern Syria, where the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) say they captured dozens of foreign fighters in recent weeks.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47229181


Photo 1: Ms Begum was 15 when she left the UK in 2015

Photo 2: "I'm not the same silly little schoolgirl who ran away four years ago," Ms Begum said

Photo 3: Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum (l-r) in photos issued by police

Food / Re: Endangered Turtle Butchered By Residents In Lagos. Photos by AbujaBlue: 12:52pm On Feb 12
dinocy:
The turtle wouldn’t have lived forever so better to die serving a purpose or saving a life from starvation.

Sea turtles live for an average of 80 years, longer than the miserable wretches who felt entitled to take the life of such a creature. Disgusting.

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Travel / Re: See Bizarre Medieval Football Game That Still Takes Place In Scotland (photos) by AbujaBlue: 6:59pm On Feb 10
More photos from recent Ba game in Jedburgh on the Scottish/English border.

Travel / See Bizarre Medieval Football Game That Still Takes Place In Scotland (photos) by AbujaBlue: 6:59pm On Feb 10
Ba game is a version of medieval football played in Scotland, primarily in Orkney and the Scottish Border (where the photos below come from)

Ba is basically mob football, or village football, where two parts of a town have to get a ball to goals on their respective sides. The two sides are called the uppies or the downies, depending on which part of town they were born, or otherwise owe allegiance to. The ball must be manhandled, and play often takes the form of a moving scrum. The game moves through the town, at times going up alleyways, into yards and through streets. Shops and houses board up their windows to prevent damage. Unlike traditional mob football, people are generally not hurt from play.

In Jedburgh (photos below), play starts at the Mercat Cross in the centre of the town. The uppies, who first entered the town or were born south of the Mercat Cross, hail (score) the ba at the top of the Castlegate by throwing the ba over a fence at the Castle. The downies, who first entered the town or were born to the north, hail by rolling the ba over a drain (hailing used to be done by throwing the ba over a burn which has now been built over, the drain is directly above the burn) in the road at a street just off the bottom of High Street.

The laddies' game starts at midday and the men's game at 2pm. Both games run until the last ba has been hailed. Most years this means that both games are running at the same time. There is no boundary as to where the game is played, with most of the play occurring in the town centre. This can prove awkward for shoppers, trying to avoid getting caught up in the game, and shopkeepers, who put shutters on their doors and windows.

Photos: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-47170409
Info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_game

Crime / Watch As Speeding Van Drives Inches From Schoolboy In UK (Photo, Video) by AbujaBlue: 8:47pm On Feb 08

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpd15I8lWC8

This is the heart-stopping moment a driver skipped a set of red lights and nearly mowed down a 14-year-old schoolboy.

The shocking video shows a Ford tipper jumping the lights, narrowly missing the terrified boy, who was just inches away from being hit.

The driver, Ian Gruber, 39, was tracked down thanks to dash cam footage which was recorded from a nearby HGV driver. He was charged with dangerous driving.

The incident took place on 15 November, 2018 at 3.30pm in Ewell, a leafy suburban area in the borough of Epsom in Surrey. The video shows other school children nearby and the lights clearly on red.

PC Keiron Palmer, a roads policing officer from Surrey Police, said: 'This incident is a sharp reminder of what can happen if you are caught driving dangerously.

'Fortunately the 14-year-old was not hit, but things could have worked out very differently. This incident also demonstrates the important part dash cam footage can play in bringing about a successful prosecution.'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6679071/Tipper-truck-misses-schoolboy-inches-driver-jumps-red-light.html

Politics / Re: 1,000 Pastors Storm Abuja To Endorse "God's Anointed' Buhari - Sahara Reporters. by AbujaBlue: 4:03pm On Feb 08
Please show me where the 1,000 are? I see closer to 10

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Sports / Sports Store Removes Image Of 'Suggestive' Lady In Scotland Kit (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 7:28pm On Feb 07
Scotland's official football kit retailer has removed a suggestive photo advertising women's football strips after a father complained.

JD Sports came under fire after using a model with ripped jeans, posing provocatively, to sell the female version of the official shirt.

Pictures of the men's and children's versions were presented in a more traditional standing pose.

The Scottish FA asked JD Sports to remove the image and it did.

Both the retailer and the SFA apologised "for any upset caused".

'Everyday sexism'

Father-of-two Simon Kemp made his complaint after going online to buy new Scotland tops for his family.

In a social media message to the Scottish FA, he said: "Looking forward to taking my kids to the Women's World Cup and thought I would buy new shirts for us all.

"So please explain why the official seller @JDSports has presented the boys and men as athletes, yet the female model is more "traditional" #everydaysexism ."

He added: "And by the way, my daughter plays football too, as do thousands of girls. What kind of example does this set for them?"

He also complained that kits are sold for men, women and "boys", not "children".

After he tweeted the images, the photo was changed.

'Strengthening equality and diversity'


Mr Kemp said: "I'd like to think we made the world a slightly better place."

A spokesman for the The Scottish FA said: "We apologise for any offence that this image caused. As soon as this was brought to our attention we contacted JD Sports to request its removal, which JD Sports immediately acted upon.

"At the Scottish FA, we are absolutely committed to further strengthening equality and diversity in Scottish football and promoting the girls' and women's game across the nation."

The business development manager from Argyll and Bute is taking his daughter - a keen footballer - and his son to France in June to watch Scotland v England at the Women's World Cup.

But he was shocked to see the women's kit sold in what he believed was inappropriate compared to the men's and children's versions.

A spokesman for JD Sports explained it "occasionally test alternative product styles online to appeal to the full range of customers" who visit its site.

He added: "While the principal images used for this product online were modelled in the traditional sportswear style, an alternative fashion-led image was tested for a short time.

"Following comments from one customer and discussions with the Scottish FA, this image has been removed. The product is now only displayed on our sales channels in the traditional style, and our photography guidelines have been reviewed to ensure this doesn't happen again.

"We remain committed to promoting and supporting the Scotland Women's teams in the build-up to the FIFA Women's World Cup this summer, and apologise for any upset this has caused."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-47157357


Photo 1: The image that has caused such uproar, showing the men and boys version of the kit in a normal stance, while the female has ripped jeans and sits in a 'sexy' pose.

Photo 2: A twitter user complains

Photo 3: The corrected version of the Scotland kit now on the JD Sports website.

Sports / See Photo Of Sala's Dog Patiently Waiting For Her Master To Return (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 2:05am On Feb 06
Romina Sala, the sister of missing footballer Emiliano Sala, has posted a truly heartbreaking image on social media.

Romina shared a picture of the 28-year-old Argentine forward's dog, Nala, staring out into the distance and accompanied it with a powerful message: "Nala is waiting for you, too..."

Since Sala lived alone, he got Nala soon after moving to Nantes in 2015 to keep him company. It has been reported that one of the reasons Sala flew back to France was to make sure Nala was ok and to take her to the kennel and start the process to bring her to Wales with him.

http://www.sportbible.com/football/news-salas-sister-posts-picture-of-his-dog-waiting-for-him-to-return-home-20190204

Sports / Re: Body Found In Sala Plane Wreckage. Photo Released Of Plane Underwater (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 1:04pm On Feb 04
Reacting to the news that the plane has been found, Emiliano heartbroken father has revealed his anguish after the plane carrying the footballer was found on the seabed of the English Channel.

A private search team discovered the wreckage on Sunday morning of the Piper Malibu aircraft carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

Horacio Sala told Cronica TV in Argentina: "I can not believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I'm desperate.

"I communicated with them every day, but since I do not have Whatsapp it's hard to call them or call me.

"They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane."

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/emiliano-salas-heartbroken-father-reacts-13949380

Photo 1: Horacio Sala reacts to news of find.

Photo 2 and 3: Emiliano and family.

Sports / Body Found In Sala Plane Wreckage. Photo Released Of Plane Underwater (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 12:58pm On Feb 04
One occupant of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been seen in the underwater wreckage.

A search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed the sighting on Monday morning.

It added it was now considering the next steps.

The "substantial amount of wreckage" of the plane, which went missing on 21 January, was found on Sunday morning after a privately-funded search was started.

The flight was carrying Argentine striker Sala and pilot David Ibbotson from Nantes, north west France, to Cardiff after Sala completed his £15m move to Cardiff City.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47118340



Photo 1: Photograph of plane underwater taken by submersible operated by the The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)

Photo 2: Site of wreckage

Photo 3: AAIB's Geo Ocean III Ship, which is now handling the retrieval of the wreckage

Photo 4: FPV Morven, equipped with specialist sonar to sweep the seabed. It found the wreckage.


(Photos: Sky News, Daily Mail)

cc Lalasticlala

Sports / Re: Plane Carrying Missing Footballer, Emiliano Sala Has Been Found! by AbujaBlue: 12:28pm On Feb 04
obingo25:
straight to the black box to further investigations.

Unlikely that the plane will have a black box. They are not mandatory for small planes.
Travel / Re: Polar Vortex: Breathtaking Photos Shows How Insanely Cold It Is In America Now by AbujaBlue: 2:04am On Feb 04
Explorers:
Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota.


Throwing boiling water into -20°c air.

These oyibo kids. Shirtless in such temperatures?

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Pets / Re: Nigerian Lady Punishes Her Dog For Chewing Her Iphone (Photos) by AbujaBlue: 12:12am On Jan 27
In any other country but this one that dog would be taken away from her and she would be banned from ever having dogs again.

If she was not such a god-awful owner with no sense of training this would not have happened in the first place. She should be the one tied to a tree.
Family / Re: Body Of 2-year-old Boy Trapped In Well For 12 Days Is Found In Spain(Pics) by AbujaBlue: 12:09am On Jan 27
To lose two young sons in two years must be incredibly hard going for them. RIP.
Travel / Re: Archaeologists Discovered Remain Of Explorer Who Named Australia In London(Pics) by AbujaBlue: 1:21pm On Jan 26
iRyan:
I still don't understand how you name a land against the already existing name given by the aboriginals. that is just the height of white supremacy. disgusting

The aboriginals did not have a name for Australia, they still call it Australia today. They do have their own place names, many of which carry the same name today (e.g. Uluru is preferred over Ayer's Rock).
Sports / Emiliano Sala's Sister Heartbreakingly Urges Search To Continue (Photos, Video) by AbujaBlue: 2:48am On Jan 25

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toDNyGiy8ZA

Emiliano Sala's sister urges rescue workers to resume search for missing Cardiff City striker


Emiliano Sala's sister has appealed for police to keep looking for the missing Cardiff City striker after the official search was called off.

Guernsey Police announced an end to the search, which began on Monday, saying the chances of survival were "extremely remote".

Sala's former club Nantes reacted with anger at the decision to formally call off the search for his missing plane and demanded it be resumed.

Sala's sister Romina also appealed to authorities to continue looking for him, saying he is a "fighter".

She said: "Please don't stop the search. We appreciate the effort but please don't stop the search.

"At the bottom of my heart I know Emiliano is a fighter and he and the pilot are somewhere in the middle of the Channel. They are not going to give up so please don't stop the search."

Romina Sala is understood to have met agent Mark McKay, who was representing Nantes in the transfer, in Cardiff on Thursday and was shown WhatsApp messages sent from Emiliano to McKay in the preceding days, in which the player expressed how happy he was.

Her emotional plea came after Harbour Master Captain David Barker released a statement which said: "My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.

"Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700sq miles - with a significant amount of this searched more than once - and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger.

"We reviewed all the info available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.

"The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote. Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot at this difficult time."

He added his thanks to all those involved in the search and said although everyone on the final aircraft has returned to the UK, the incident remains open.

Vessels and aircraft in the area will be asked to keep a lookout for any trace of the plane, a request which Mr Barker said would "continue indefinitely".

Cardiff said in a statement on Thursday evening: "At this time of immeasurable sadness, our thoughts are with the family and friends of both men on board, the fans of both FC Nantes, Cardiff City, and their connections around the world."

The club's owner Vincent Tan added: "Monday evening's news shook everyone at Cardiff City FC to the core.

"We were looking forward to providing Emiliano with the next step in his life and career. Those who met Emiliano described a good-natured and humble young man who was eager to impress in the Premier League.

"The response from the football community has been truly touching and we place on record our sincere thanks to those who have sent messages of support. We also thank everyone involved with the search and rescue operation, and continue to pray for Emiliano, David Ibbotson and their families."

https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11704/11616671/emiliano-salas-sister-urges-rescue-workers-to-resume-search-for-missing-cardiff-city-striker

Photos (Daily Mail):

Romina Sala during news conference, and family photo shots in happier times.

Sports / Re: "Dad, How Scared Am I": Emiliano Sala's Last Words As Plane Goes Down (Pics, Vid by AbujaBlue: 4:29pm On Jan 24
A very sad update:

Sports / Re: "Dad, How Scared Am I": Emiliano Sala's Last Words As Plane Goes Down (Pics, Vid by AbujaBlue: 3:45pm On Jan 24
Guernsey Police
‏ @GuernseyPolice

1.20pm update

The island of Burhou has been searched by foot. No trace of the aircraft or those on board has been found.

Further information will be released once it is available.

Sports / Re: "Dad, How Scared Am I": Emiliano Sala's Last Words As Plane Goes Down (Pics, Vid by AbujaBlue: 2:45pm On Jan 24
BonkoINC:
He is not dead

Local authorities addressed the Burhou Island concerns. Read below:




"Burhou is a small uninhabited island about 1.4 miles northwest of Alderney, with no landing stage as such. Visitors have to use a small inlet and in rough weather it is impossible to land.

But rescuers say the area has been thoroughly searched since the plane disappeared off radar during a flight from Nantes to Cardiff.

John Fitzgerald, of Channel Islands Air Search, said the island and surrounding area had been searched "many times".

He said: "It is is really a puffin reserve, it is tiny but you can land on it. The plane and helicopters have been over many times since Monday night, but they haven't seen anything in that area.

"It is only a few hundred metres long and it has been saturated by helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. We are airborne at the moment searching in that area. The flares I have seen pictures of are most likely aircraft trails."

Mr Fitzgerald added that the direction of the wind and tide on Monday night would make it highly unlikely they would be found there.

Guernsey Police resumed their search for the missing plane on Thursday morning and did say the island is one of the area they are focusing on. Weather in the area is a lot calmer on Thursday morning.

They tweeted that they would commence a coastal air search, focusing on the small islands of Burhou, Alderney and Sark, as well as the Casquets rocks, and the north coast of the Cherbourg Peninsula."

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/emiliano-sala-search-rescuers-address-15724505


Photos of Burhou Island.

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Sports / Re: "Dad, How Scared Am I": Emiliano Sala's Last Words As Plane Goes Down (Pics, Vid by AbujaBlue: 2:36pm On Jan 24
geezynoni:
is that a concrete evidence that the plane was going down?

From the recording, Sala himself says there is something wrong with the plane and wonders whether rescuers will be sent. It is not an unreasonable assumption to suggest the plane is losing altitude (even slightly) given that all contact was lost with it.

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