Sala pilot's family seek donations to restart search for David Ibbotson | UK News | Sky News

Sala pilot’s family seek donations to restart search for David Ibbotson | UK News | Sky News

The family of a pilot who remains missing after a plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala crashed into the English Channel have set up a fundraising page to restart the search for his body.
While Sala’s body has been recovered and formally identified , David Ibbotson’s remains have not yet been located.
The 59-year-old’s family say on a fundraising page that “this tragic time” has become more difficult since the search was called off.
A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Wednesday that poor weather conditions led to a “difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close”.
Mr Ibbotson’s family want to lay him to rest and “cannot bear the thought of him being alone”.
Image: Nantes have retired the No 9 shirt in honour of Emiliano Sala The light aircraft, which was found in a privately-funded search, remains underwater.
Sala was on his way to join Cardiff City from Nantes when the plane crashed 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Guernsey on 21 January.
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Before the start of the game at Southampton, the stadium observed a minute’s silence, with players gathered around the centre circle while Sala’s picture was displayed on the big screen.
Stadium pays tribute to Emiliano Sala
Cardiff were granted permission to wear shirts embroidered with a yellow daffodil – the national emblem of Wales and the colour of Sala’s former club, Nantes.
“It has been a tough couple of weeks. We knew we had to give our all today,” said Ivorian defender Sol Bamba, who scored the first goal for Cardiff in their 2-1 win.
“A lot of things were going through my mind. I knew Emiliano. I know he was looking up there. The victory and the goal is for him.”
Nantes are to retire their No 9 shirt in honour of the forward.
City manager Neil Warnock said the moment he received confirmation of the footballer’s death “was strange” and described Sala as “somebody who could do something special”.
He added: “Our thoughts are with David Ibbotson and his family as well. His family will be going through hell.”
Image: David Ibbotson was from Crowle in Lincolnshire In their statement, Mr Ibbotson’s family said: “We are relying on the kindness of goodhearted people to help us raise the much-needed funds to help us find our beloved dad, husband and son.
“As a family 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 cannot bare the thought of him being alone – we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”

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Brexit firm with no ships has ferries contract cancelled | UK News | Sky News

A firm with no ships that was to ensure ferries kept crossing the Channel in a no-deal Brexit has had its contract cancelled.
Seaborne Freight’s £13.8m contract had attracted widespread criticism after it emerged the firm owned no vessels suitable for carrying goods or vehicles.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said it had decided to terminate Seaborne’s contract after Irish company Arklow Shipping, which had provided backing to the deal, stepped away.
A DfT spokeswoman said: “Following the decision of Seaborne Freight’s backer, Arklow Shipping, to step back from the deal, it became clear Seaborne would not reach its contractual requirements with the government.
“We have therefore decided to terminate our agreement.
Image: Labour had called on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign “The government is already in advanced talks with a number of companies to secure additional freight capacity – including through the port of Ramsgate – in the event of a no-deal Brexit.”
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last month defended the decision to award Seaborne Freight a contract, claiming it was “not a risk”.
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The party said in a tweet: “When is the PM going to take action and accept that Chris Grayling is not up to the job.”
Seaborne was one of three companies awarded contracts totalling £108m in late December to lay on additional freight crossings to ease the pressure on Dover.
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Further controversy followed when emerged the firm copied its terms and conditions of business from the website of a takeaway.
The firm had said it was on track to start twice-daily sailings by the end of March – when the UK is due to leave the EU – having initially planned to launch Ramsgate-Ostend crossings during February.
The company said in a statement in December that it had been working since 2017 on plans to reintroduce ferry sailings from Ramsgate starting in early 2019.
The DfT said it stood by the robust due diligence carried out on Seaborne Freight and added no taxpayer money had been transferred to the company.
Paul Messenger, Conservative county councillor for Ramsgate, said he was pleased the contract had been scrapped as the deal would have meant the town’s historic docks would have suffered.
He said: “Ramsgate should not be used as a sacrificial lamb for ‘Brexit No Deal Resilience’ as at best it could only service a 3% contribution to cross channel [roll-on/roll-off services] if a ferry link with Ostend was established.
“The DfT have done the right thing by pulling away from Seaborne as they were proven to be not fit for purpose.”

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Sala pilot’s family seek donations to restart search for David Ibbotson | UK News | Sky News

The family of a pilot who remains missing after a plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala crashed into the English Channel have set up a fundraising page to restart the search for his body.
While Sala’s body has been recovered and formally identified , David Ibbotson’s remains have not yet been located.
The 59-year-old’s family say on a fundraising page that “this tragic time” has become more difficult since the search was called off.
A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Wednesday that poor weather conditions led to a “difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close”.
Mr Ibbotson’s family want to lay him to rest and “cannot bear the thought of him being alone”.
Image: Nantes have retired the No 9 shirt in honour of Emiliano Sala The light aircraft, which was found in a privately-funded search, remains underwater.
Sala was on his way to join Cardiff City from Nantes when the plane crashed 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Guernsey on 21 January.
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City manager Neil Warnock said the moment he received confirmation of the footballer’s death “was strange” and described Sala as “somebody who could do something special”.
He added: “Our thoughts are with David Ibbotson and his family as well. His family will be going through hell.”
Image: David Ibbotson was from Crowle in Lincolnshire In their statement, Mr Ibbotson’s family said: “We are relying on the kindness of goodhearted people to help us raise the much-needed funds to help us find our beloved dad, husband and son.
“As a family 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 cannot bare the thought of him being alone – we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”

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Seattle struggles with unusually heavy snow – BBC News

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Parts of the US Pacific Northwest are being covered with unusually high levels of snow.
The region, more used to rain than icy conditions, has been hit by a series of wintry storm systems.
The National Weather Service says parts of Seattle have received more than 10.6in (27cm) of snow so far this February – the highest amount in 70 years.
Forecasters have warned of more to come on Sunday and Monday. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption In the city’s Gas Works Park, it was not just sledges being ridden Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A giant inflatable unicorn pool floor carried several people down the steep hill
Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma and Portland International airports in recent days. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A boy is photographed sledding in the city’s Phinney Ridge neighbourhood Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The neighbourhood’s snow-covered roads were transformed by some residents into a wintry playground
Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, declared an emergency across the state on Friday.
He has encouraged residents to stay off the roads. Seattle police have been trying to house the city’s homeless in shelters. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Despite conditions, notoriously resilient US postal service workers remained out in Seattle on Friday
About 50,000 residents are said to have lost power across the state, US media report.
More central areas of Washington state have been inundated with snow drifts of up to 3-4ft (1m-1.2m) in places, the Associated Press reports. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More used to rain, residents have been scrambling for winter materials Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Seattle’s grocery stores have been photographed scarce in essentials
Recent cold weather and snow has been affecting other states too.
More than 120 people were rescued on Thursday from a Sierra Nevada, California, resort after being trapped by snow for five days. Sprinklings of snowfall have even been reported in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because of how unprepared Seattle was for recent weather, some have jokingly labelled the recent storms as Seattle’s “Snowpocalypse” or “Snowmageddon” on social media.
Residents from elsewhere in the state, and further afield in the US, have been mocking them for not being able to cope with conditions. All photographs copyright to Getty Images. Related Topics

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Why some stores have pulled their self-checkout machines News

When Jacqueline Burnett discovered that her local Canadian Tire in Toronto recently removed its self-checkout machines, she was ecstatic.
“I can’t say enough with how impressed I was,” said Burnett, who prefers to interact with a cashier and believes many others feel the same way. “I think they’re on to something.”
In an era where retail automation appears inevitable, at least a few Canadian Tire stores in Toronto, plus a small grocery chain in the U.S., are bucking the trend: Instead of adding self-checkout machines, they’re removing them.
Self-checkouts, which were created to provide convenience for customers and cut costs for companies, have become an indelible part of the retail landscape. But the machines have also sparked a backlash from shoppers who complain that they can be difficult to use and threaten cashier jobs .
“Basically, they’re asking us to do their work,” said Burnett.
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— @ARTYinTO CBC News identified three Canadian Tire stores in Toronto that recently removed their self-checkout machines.
The retailer declined to say whether any other locations have followed suit. It said in an email that each of its stores is independently operated by an associate dealer who decides “what checkout experience works best for their customers.”
CBC News found three Canadian Tires in Toronto that recently got rid of their self-checkout machines. (CBC)
Of the three Toronto Canadian Tire stores that pulled their machines, one responded to a request for comment.
Associate dealer Tim Tallon said his location had four self-checkouts and because they were old, they were inefficient and kept breaking down.
“It was a bit of a pain,” he said.
He removed the machines last summer and created a queue system — much like the clothing chain Winners — where all shoppers wait in one line for the next available cashier.
Some Canadian Tire stores, including this one on Toronto’s Lakeshore Blvd., have customers wait in a single line for the next available cashier. (CBC)
Tallon said the single line moves quickly and he’s received positive feedback from customers.
“I just think it’s more efficient and we’re quite happy with it,” he said. “I can’t see us going back to self-checkouts in the near future.”
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Diego Fuentes shops at Tallon’s store located in Toronto’s Stockyards shopping district. He said the new system is a timesaver — unlike self-checkout.
“When you have to weigh things, and you have to check the product code, all that stuff, it’s a waste of your time.”
Fuentes is also happy the machines are gone because he worries about their potential impact on retail workers.
“It becomes the norm and people get used to it. And sadly, it means [cashiers] just lose their jobs.”
Jacqueline Burnett isn’t a fan of self-checkout machines and is glad her local Canadian Tire in Toronto got rid of them. (Submitted by Jacqueline Burnett)
The Canadian Tire store where Burnett shops also created one line for all customers after removing its self-checkouts. She said the wait for a cashier is much shorter now.
“I think that they’re going to find they have a happier customer base.”
Goodbye self-checkout
In the U.S., PCC Community Markets is saying goodbye to all its self-checkouts, which the grocer started adding to stores in 2008.
Two of its newest stores never got the machines and PCC says it will have completely removed the ones installed in its other nine locations by May. In their place, the Seattle-based co-op is adding an express lane, operated by a cashier.
“It’s right for the experience we want to create,” said Heather Snavely, PCC’s vice-president of marketing.
PCC Community Markets in the Seattle area is getting rid of self-checkouts at all its grocery stores. (PCC Community Markets)
She said the co-op ran a test last spring in one of its stores, where it compared the number of people who used self- checkout versus going to a cashier.
Two-thirds of customers chose cashier lines, she said. This led PCC to conclude self-checkouts just weren’t a good fit for a chain that focuses on community.
“The majority of our shoppers prefer that interaction with someone,” Snavely said. “You can’t create connection at a kiosk or community at a kiosk.”
Change is inevitable
Despite some stores pulling their self-checkouts, retail consultant Marion Chan said the tide is still turning toward automation.
“It is inevitable, like any technological change,” said Chan, owner of TrendSpotter Consulting in Toronto.
She said many people, especially younger shoppers, like the ease of self-checkout. However, a retailer might choose to remove the machines because some customers still find the technology cumbersome, said Chan.
“It is a cost-savings — but if it’s really annoying people, then it’s probably not worth it.”
Some Canadian Tires are adding self-checkouts. This location in Calgary announced on Facebook in July that it had installed four machines. (Canadian Tire/Facebook)
But as technology advances, Chan predicts many retailers will eventually move to a completely cashier-less format and more consumers will embrace the automated checkout process.
“Like any technological change, we will get pulled into that vortex.”
Kyle Ross, of Summerside, P.E.I., says he’s already been pulled into the self-checkout vortex: When shopping, he checks out using a machine whenever he can.
“They are very convenient and make for a quick trip in and out of the store,” he said. “Usually no lines at all — it’s very fast and I find them very simple to use.”
Why many Canadians don’t love self-checkout And while some Canadian Tire stores have ditched their self-checkouts, other stores have added machines . The retailer reports that the ratio of self-serve to full-service checkouts in its stores has remained constant over the past year.
Still, Burnett hopes that the self-checkout-free format at her location catches on.
“It’s a good plan for the future. It’s not old-fashioned in my opinion.”
About the Author Sophia Harris
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Sophia Harris has worked as a CBC video journalist across the country, covering everything from the start of the annual lobster fishery in Yarmouth, N.S., to farming in Saskatchewan. She now has found a good home at the business unit in Toronto. Contact: sophia.harris@cbc.ca
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