Mbappe donates to Sala pilot David Ibbotson search fund – BBC News
Image copyright Getty Images/David Ibbotson Image caption Emiliano Sala (left) was on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson French football star Kylian Mbappe has donated £27,000 to a fundraising appeal set up by the family of missing pilot David Ibbotson.
Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was flying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January.
The footballer’s body was recovered from the wreck on the seabed, but Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found.
Former England captain Gary Lineker has also donated £1,000.
By Sunday evening more than 7,000 donations had been received, pushing the total raised to more than £130,000 of the page’s £300,000 target.
World Cup winner and Paris St-Germain forward Mbappe, whose full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin, donated under the name Elie Lottin.
Lineker linked to the page from his Twitter feed, saying: “Here’s the Go Fund Me page should you wish to help this poor family”.
Image copyright Go Fund me Image caption Kylian Mbappe has given £27,000 to the search page for missing pilot David Ibbotson The light aircraft was en route from France to Cardiff when it crashed two days after the Argentine striker’s £15m transfer to the Bluebirds was announced.
An official search was called off on 24 January, but Sala’s body was found after an appeal launched by his agent raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search.
Who owned the plane Sala died in? Minute’s silence observed at Cardiff game Saints fans caught making Sala taunts Launching their own appeal, Mr Ibbotson’s Quote: : “We are trying to come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of two incredible men.
“To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more difficult.
“We can not bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”
Haile Selassie: Why the African Union is putting up a statue – BBC News
Image caption The statue was unveiled at the opening of the annual Africa Union Summit A statue of Ethiopia’s last emperor has been unveiled outside the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The likeness of Haile Selassie is being given pride of place outside the $200m (£154m) building in recognition for his role in establishing its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
But that might not be the first thing that springs to mind on hearing the name Haile Selassie. The name is perhaps more easily connected with Jamaican singer Bob Marley and Rastafarians.
So who exactly is Haile Selassie, and how did he come to be worshipped as a god by people living thousands of miles away?
First things first: why is he getting a statue? Haile Selassie was more than 30 years into his reign when he helped establish the OAU. Its first meeting, in May 1963, was held in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia – which has never been colonised although it was subjected to a five-year military occupation by Mussolini’s Italy – had served as a symbol of African independence throughout the colonial period.
Now other countries were finally gaining independence, and this was a chance to bring nations together to fight against colonisation and white minority rule while also co-ordinating efforts to raise living standards and defend their sovereignty.
“May this convention of union last 1,000 years,” Haile Selassie, who spent a year preparing the city for the meeting, told the gathered delegates.
Image caption Haile Selassie was Ethiopia’s last emperor As it happened, the OAU ceased to exist in its original form in 2002, replaced by the African Union (AU).
But his role in establishing the union has not been forgotten, and the statue is a way for the AU to recognise Haile Selassie’s contribution.
So, how exactly did he come to be seen as a god? It all comes down to his coronation in 1930, and a “prophecy” made by a Jamaican black rights campaigner, Marcus Garvey, a decade earlier.
Garvey had told his followers in 1920 they should “look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand”.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Rastafarians believe Haile Selassie was the messiah So, when a black man called Ras Tafari was crowned in Ethiopia, many saw that as a sign the prophecy had come true.
In East Africa, Ras Tafari (“chief” Tafari) became Haile Selassie (“power of the trinity”). Almost 8,000 miles away in the West Indies, Haile Selassie became God (or Jah) incarnate – the redeeming messiah – and Ethiopia, the promised land.
In short, the Rastafari movement was born.
Did Haile Selassie believe it himself? Well, he certainly didn’t try to dispel the belief when he visited Jamaica in 1966. The emperor was greeted by thousands, desperate to get a glimpse of their god. Among the devotees was the wife of a young Reggae musician, Bob Marley, who was away in the US.
Rita Marley would later describe how she saw nail marks on Haile Selassie’s palm as he waved at her. It was a moment of religious awakening, and when her husband returned, they embraced the belief.
Three years earlier, Rastafarians had begun to move to Ethiopia and a piece of land Haile Selassie had put aside for black people from the West in 1948. After the visit, the numbers grew larger. Today, the community numbers about 300 people.
But followers were presented with a conundrum after Haile Selassie died in 1975, a year after he was deposed in a Marxist revolution. After all, gods cannot die.
This was resolved after it was argued Haile Selassie’s body was just his earthly body.
Also, it should be noted, Garvey was never a believer. In fact, he was a critic of Haile Selassie.
What was he really like? Opinion is still split over whether Haile Selassie was good for Ethiopia or not.
A Human Rights Watch report accuses him of acting with “official indifference” to famines in various regions of the country and attempting to conceal the famine of 1972-72, in which an estimated 200,000 people died.
He is also known to have violently cracked down on people who opposed him during his reign.
Image copyright AFP Image caption Haile Selassie’s statue joins that of Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah, another AU founder Marcus Garvey was unimpressed after he fled Ethiopia in 1936 following the invasion of Benito Mussolini’s troops a year earlier, describing Haile Selassie as a “coward” and calling him out for “the terrors of slavery”. The practice was not outlawed in Ethiopia until 1942.
Academic Yohannes Woldemariam has gone as far as to argue that Haile Selassie should be remembered as a dictator . Indeed, he created a constitution which placed all power in his hands and those of his descendents.
Many Eritreans also loathe him, pointing out their country was annexed by Ethiopia under Haile Seleassie’s rule in 1962, giving impetus to an independence struggle which finally ended in 1993.
But Haile Seleassie’s supporters argue he was a great leader and moderniser, who was one of the first African leaders to become a figure on the global stage.
His appeal to the League of Nations after his country was invaded is still remembered today – not least because it forms the basis of Bob Marley’s 1976 song, War.
And – as the AU’s statue to him reminds people – he was a great advocate for pan-African cooperation, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to have an effect on millions of people across the continent today.
New Zealand wildfire: Thousands of people evacuated near Nelson – BBC News
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption New Zealand wildfire: Residents flee as fire spreads Thousands of people have been evacuated from a New Zealand town as firefighters battle a wildfire stoked by winds in the country’s South Island.
The blaze, which began six days ago near the city of Nelson, is now threatening the town of Wakefield.
A state of emergency has been declared and about 3,000 people have fled their homes in the district of Tasman.
Strong winds were expected, and officials warned that Sunday could be a “critical danger point” for the fire.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she hoped “the weather plays ball”.
The blaze is thought to be the worst forest fire in New Zealand since 1955.
Nelson MP Nick Smith said the entire region was a “tinderbox” and its 70,000 residents were “on edge.”
Twenty-three helicopters and two planes have been deployed to tackle the blaze. Rain forecast for the area on Tuesday is expected to miss the fire zone.
Fires of this size are unusual for New Zealand, with local media calling it the worst bushfire in 50 years.
Taxmen dig up graveyard, unearth gold and diamonds | India News
CHENNAI: Income tax officials who searched Saravana Stores ‘brahmandamai’ and realty firms Lotus Group and GSquare in Chennai and Coimbatore for more than a week had to dig up some graveyards to unearth unaccounted cash, documents, gold and diamonds, worth several hundred crores of rupees. In all, Rs 433 crore unaccounted income has been unearthed at the three business establishments. About Rs 25 crore in cash, 12kg gold and 626 carats diamonds were seized.
The simultaneous searches at 72 places belonging to Saravana Stores owner Yogarathinam Pondurai, his associate Ramajayam alias Bala, owner of Lotus Group and GSquare, and their associates would have come a cropper if not for the leads officials got about a vehicle carrying valuables and documents doing the rounds in the city. “Before our teams reached the spot, the assessees got information about the searches. Some police officials alerted owners of business establishments including Pondurai and Bala about possible I-T searches as heavy police protection had been sought and many cars were hired by the I-T department to transport officials,” said a senior I-T official.
“Pondurai and Bala put most documents, huge amount of cash, gold and diamonds in an SUV and instructed the driver to just keep driving across the city. Their staff deleted all records from the computers and CCTV footages. Following questioning, we came to know about the SUV carrying cash and valuables. We intercepted it with the help of police. Not much could be seized from the vehicle, but we got information about several bags of valuables buried in burial grounds and dumped in some buildings,” said the official.
In all, 433 crore unaccounted income has been traced in the three business establishments.
The sleuths also seized 25 crore in cash, 12 kg gold and 626 carats diamonds. The protracted operation ended only after nine days. “We have got evidence of huge business transactions between Pondurai and Bala. About 284 crore unaccounted income was traced in Pondurai’s business establishments and about 149 crore was detected in the two firms owned by Bala,” he said.
The I-T department has engaged a team of IT professionals to reconstruct all the data deleted from the seized computers.
Pondurai, Bala, their partners and business associates were dealing in huge amount of cash, the official said. “A property worth 180 crore was bought by them, entirely using cash, in Chennai,” said the official.
It took sustained questioning to extract information from owners and employees of all the three companies, officials said.
On Rahul Gandhi’s Rafale ‘lies’, BJP’s point-by-point rebuttal | India News
NEW DELHI: The BJP today hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for “peddling lies after lies,” about the Rafale deal. This comes a day after Rahul attacked PM Narendra Modi over a defence ministry note cited in a media report expressing strong objections to the “parallel” negotiations by the PMO in the deal for the French fighter aircraft.
Countering the “lies” with “facts”, the BJP shared a list of 10 statements made by Gandhi and said, “It’s difficult to track all his lies, but we’ve tried to track major lies peddled by him on #Rafale.”
Good Morning, folks. While you are starting a new day of honesty and hard work, #LiarRahulGandhi is preparing to… https://t.co/dfKEuoxFL7
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549684858000
The BJP accused the Congress president of “twisting” a report which appeared in a French media house saying that making Reliance an offsets partner was a tradeoff for Dassault to secure the deal with India. The party said, “Both Supreme Court & Dassault CEO said Indian govt had nothing to do with choosing of offsets partners.”
Lie No.1: #LiarRahul tried to twist some report in a French media house to say making Reliance an offsets partner w… https://t.co/qLJ9hyrvZS
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549684952000
Accusing Rahul Gandhi of trying to create a false impression that the Supreme Court has found grave irregularities with the deal, the BJP slammed him for indulging in ‘cheap propaganda’ on a sub judice matter. “The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions filed by Congress proxies and held government has done no wrong,” the tweet read.
Lie No.2: #LiarRahul tried to create false impression that SC has found grave irregularities with the deal. Indulge… https://t.co/CHexPIE0dg
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549685134000
Lie No.4: #LiarRahul said ex-French President Hollande called PM Modi a thief and that Indian government had asked… https://t.co/ujlnlPzweK
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686068000
The BJP also accused the Congress president of quoting multiple numbers at multiple places for the supposed price of aircraft in UPA deal. In Parliament, he Quote: d the price as Rs 520 crore, in Karnataka Rs 526 crore, Rajasthan Rs 540 crore and in Delhi Rs 700 crore. “He deserves Nobel for lying,” the BJP said.
Lie No.6: #LiarRahul Quote: s multiple numbers at multiple places for supposed price of aircraft in UPA deal • Parli… https://t.co/WdkEjKrqhk
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686181000
Lie No.7: #LiarRahul said that the processes and procedures laid down for military acquisitions were flouted by PM… https://t.co/o9kTZHMR7Y
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686236000
Lie No.8: #LiarRahul said UPA negotiated price of Rs. 526/520/540 (one place, one price) crore per aircraft, while… https://t.co/zNeY7IeRQy
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686452000
From one year, liar hasn’t understood that complete operational package includes weapons, spare parts, supporting i… https://t.co/bVxH9sdPfb
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686453000
Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi and his “partner in crime” newspaper, the BJP said that if they had faith in their “discovery”, they should’ve ideally wanted to approach the SC with these “discoveries.” “But they know they won’t stand a chance. Even now, we challenge liar to approach SC with his new ‘evidence’,” the BJP tweeted.
Lie No.9: #LiarRahul said decision to procure 36 aircraft was made to benefit political “cronies” and has harmed Ai… https://t.co/7mHHPxuC99
— BJP (@BJP4India) 1549686507000
On Friday, Rahul Gandhi had demanded answers to questions raised in the media report, saying it is now “crystal clear” that the “watchman” is the “thief”, an apparent reference to PM Modi’s alleged cronyism in the Rafale deal.
Rahul’s offensive drew a counter-attack from Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman who dismissed the media report on the internal note in the ministry of defence(MoD) dated November 24, 2015, as “flogging a dead horse” and alleged that the opposition was playing into the hands of multinational companies and vested interests.
(With agency inputs)