Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before he was killed in a plane crash, accident investigators said today. Tests on the striker’s body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness, the report says. His blood was found to have a 58% Carbon Monoxide reading - a 50% reading can cause death.
High levels of CO
Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in the Channel on January 21, three days after he had signed for Cardiff City. Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but Mr Ibbotson has not been located. An inquest earlier this year ruled that Sala died from severe injuries to his head and upper body, however, today’s findings suggest he could have been killed before he hit the water.
The findings are the latest around a crash that has becoming increasingly tangled. The case raised fears over how footballers are treated as they transfer between clubs. An interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) revealed Mr Ibbotson did not have a commercial flying licence. Indeed, Sala’s body was only found after his family brought in professional wreck-hunters to find him after officials called off the initial search. Last week, two CCTV workers admitted accessing footage of the post-mortem examination of Sala.
John Bercow has said he will “fight with every breath in my body” to stop Boris Johnson from proroguing parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit without the consent of MPs. The House of Commons Speaker, who has previously said he did not believe it would be possible to suspend parliament to force through no deal, gave his strongest signal yet he was prepared to personally intervene if necessary. Do you think proroguing Parliament to deliver Brexit is a good idea? Read the full story (Guardian) and have your say below:
Ukip leader: Jailed Tommy Robinson 'courageous'
The new Ukip leader has called English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson “courageous” and praised the actions that led to his imprisonment for contempt of court. Speaking on LBC radio, Richard Braine said: “He has done an extraordinarily courageous thing to bring attention to a vast number of crimes occurring in this country when the police were told to look another way while these crimes went ahead.” Robinson is serving nine months for contempt after he nearly caused a sex abuse trial to collapse. Read the full story here (Yahoo News UK)
Half of UK children don’t know what a stinging nettle is
British children struggle to identify common wildlife and plants – including conkers. Research involving 1,000 kids aged five to 16 found less than half were able to identify stinging nettles and a quarter didn’t know what a conker is. Some 82% failed to recognise a bumblebee, just under a quarter couldn’t identify a robin, a similar percentage didn’t know what a badger looked like, and nearly half failed to identify a puffin. Read the full story here (HuffPost UK)
Forget man's best friend - a pug named Pancake proved to be the perfect pal for a dog more than twice his size who was too afraid to leave its kennel. One-year-old Fraser, a large cane corso with cropped ears and a docked tail, had a nervous disposition, despite what some may consider an intimidating appearance. But six-month-old Pancake's confidence rubbed off on his new larger companion, making the unlikely pairing the best of friends, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said. (PA Media)
That’s the height (1.6m) of an enormous penguin that has been identified from fossils in New Zealand. Standing taller than the Batman villain of the same name – who was played by the 1.47m high Danny DeVito in Batman Returns – it was of the crossvallia waiparensis species - one of the oldest and largest penguins known to have existed. And it would have been tough work trying to p-p-p-pick it up, as scientists say it weighed between 70kg and 80kg. Read the full story here (The Guardian )