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Driver in fatal collision in Galway had history of mental health issues

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The man who fatally collided with a family of three in Galway last week, while driving the wrong way on the motorway, had suffered from serious mental illness in the past and was facing dangerous driving charges.

Gardaí are still trying to establish what caused Jonasz Lach (42) to drive the wrong way up the M6 at speeds of up to 120km/h before the crash.

Mr Lach was the sole occupant of a vehicle when it collided head-on with a car carrying Karzan Sabah Ahmed, his wife Shahen Qasm and their eight-month-old daughter Lena.

All four people were killed instantly in the crash which occurred at about 7.40pm on Thursday on the M6 motorway at Poolboy, Ballinasloe.

Another motorist travelling in the opposite direction suffered non-life-threatening injuries after their vehicle was hit by debris from the crash.

Gardaí had initially considered whether Mr Lach had become confused or had lost control of the car, leading him to enter the motorway on the wrong side.

However, evidence suggests that, apart from travelling in the wrong direction, he appeared to be in control of the car and aware that he was driving dangerously.

Slip road

Mr Lach is believed to have entered the motorway on the wrong side via a slip road before driving for between one and two kilometres, while flashing his lights at oncoming motorists.

Suicide or a psychotic incident of some sort are currently the main theories behind his motivation.

Gardaí are continuing to interview family and friends of Mr Lach in an effort to establish his frame of mind at the time. Investigators have been told Mr Lach had been known to suffer from manic episodes.

Mr Lach was originally from Poland but living in Fisherman’s Wharf, in Portumna, Co Galway where he worked in a supermarket. The married father of two was remembered locally as a keen fisherman and musician.

He had been living in Ireland for about 15 years, including for several years in Ballinasloe.

According to informed sources, he had suffered several severe mental health episodes in recent years, leading to contact with the Garda and the HSE. It is understood that following one incident he spent time at an in-patient facility.

Mr Lach had been due to appear at Blanchardstown District Court on several counts of dangerous driving relating to a recent incident on the M50 in Dublin. He also had one conviction for possession of cannabis.

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Viral Russian Parody of Smash Hit ‘Hideaway’ Depicts Typical Village Life (Music Video)

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And on a lighter note …

One of upsides of life in Russia is the rich sense of humor here.  

Here’s a parody of “Hideaway” by Canadian pop diva Kiezsa, (original video below) which gave the previously unknown starlet an astounding 90 million views on Youtube within 3 months of its release in February 2014.

The parody was made by the amateur comic dance duo, “Bonya and Kuzmich” of Perm, a provincial Russian city 800 km east of Moscow.  

It has 5 million views on the Russian internet, but hasn’t really broken out into an international audience. 

Before discovering internet stardom, Bonya was a shoe saleswoman, and Kuzmich a cafeteria cook in Perm.

It has a lot of witty references to Russian country life.

Enjoy!

Here’s the original by Kiezsa:


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German doctor faces charges after administering thousands of self-made vaccines

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A millionaire German doctor is facing criminal charges after vaccinating an estimated 20,000 people with a self-developed vaccine against Covid-19.

Some 200 people were queueing for a jab at the airport in the northern city of Lübeck on Sunday when police arrived and closed down the improvised vaccination centre.

A police spokesman said doctors had already administered about 50 vaccines: not from BioNTech or Moderna or another recognised producer, but a home brew by Dr Winfried Stöcker.

The controversial doctor, who is also the owner of Lübeck airport, insists his jab is 97 per cent effective against Covid-19.

Dr Stöcker was not present, did not administer vaccinations and faces no charges, according to his lawyer Wolfgang Kubicki, a leading member of Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP), which is part of Berlin’s new coalition government.

Lübeck state prosecutors see things differently. On Monday, they announced an investigation into four doctors, aged between 61 and 81, for involvement in the unauthorised vaccination centre.

Dr Stöcker may also face legal action for running an unlicensed vaccination campaign, which is considered a criminal offence under Germany’s Medicines Act. 

Contacted by the Bild tabloid, Dr Stöcker said he had not submitted his vaccine for approval because the process would “take too long and cost millions”.

“We have a responsibility to the patients, not the state, but the police stopped everything,” said the 74-year-old.

In May 2020 Dr Stöcker claimed to have developed a traditional vaccine – without any external assistance – similar to that used against tetanus, using inactive pathogen cells to activate the body’s immune system.

The doctor says he tested the jab on himself and some 100 volunteers before rolling out the vaccinations around the country. In total, he claims some 20,000 people have received a dose of his vaccine.

“Some 2,000 of them are under observation, no side effects were noted to date,” he said. “There were virus breakthroughs in 10 people.”

‘Lubecavax’

On his website, he says his “Lubecavax”, a three-dose vaccine, has proven highly effective. Some 376 friends and colleagues were vaccinated with the substance during the summer, he wrote, and “97 per cent developed high concentrations of antibodies against coronavirus”.

“In our view the ‘Lübeck vaccine’ is safe, effective and presumably the most suitable vaccine for children,” he adds in a blog post. “Doctors have the right to mix together compounds that they believe will help people.”

In this assertion he is drawing on a 2000 German constitutional court ruling which forbade federal authorities from prohibiting an experimental treatment of two doctors using stem cells.

News of the rogue vaccination has horrified German medical authorities. The Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is responsible for approval of medicines and vaccines in Germany, said on Monday it had offered Dr Stöcker assistance with testing in September and December of last year, but that he had not responded to the institute’s offers.

The hurdles to vaccination licensing “are deliberately high”, the institute added, “to ensure the maximum possible security for participants in clinical trials”.

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Denmark school closes due to suspected Omicron Covid-19 case

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Odense Municipality confirmed the closure in a statement on Monday after informing parents and pupils on Sunday evening.

The Danish Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed) said on Monday morning that the case is suspected of being linked to the new Omicron variant.

READ ALSO: Denmark does not rule out new travel restrictions after Omicron variant detected

The authority recommends contact tracing up to “third” contacts, or people who have been in contact with suspected close contacts to the confirmed or “first” case.

Pupils and teachers in the same class as the confirmed or “first” case are considered “second” contacts, with close contacts to the class the “third” link.

People who fall into these categories are asked to isolate at home until they have tested negative on the fourth and sixth days since the potential contact.

The school is closed as of Monday while contact tracing is undertaken.



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