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An appeal for funds to repatriate the bodies of the Kurdish family killed in a crash on the M6 last Thursday raised more than € 60,000 one day after it was set up.

Karzan Sabah; his wife, Shahen Qasm; and their eight-month-old daughter, Lina, died in a three-vehicle crash on the motorway near Ballinasloe in Co Galway last week.

The family was from Kurdistan and had been living in Ireland since 2017.

A GoFundMe page was established on Monday night by family friend John Carey with a target of € 40,000.

By around 10.30pm on Monday it had slightly exceeded that amount with more than 1,500 people having donated. By Tuesday morning, more than 2,400 people had donated, and the amount raised had exceeded € 60,000.

“You would not have met two nicer people, who loved Ireland and touched the lives of those they met. Many of us didn’t get to meet Lina, and she never got to meet her family in Iraq, ” he posted on the page.

“We now desperately want to repatriate them back to their families in Erbil in the Kurdish region of Iraq so that they can be close to their loved ones. It would have meant a great deal to Karzan and Shahen.

“Please give what little you can, and we can try and bring some sense of comfort to those people affected by this awful tragedy. The more we raise, the easier it will be for their families,” he posted.

Thursday night’s crash occurred at about 7.40pm on the M6 motorway at Poolboy, Ballinasloe, after driver Jonasz Lach entered the motorway on the wrong side and crashed head-on into the family’s car. All four died at the scene.

A third car was also involved in the crash. The driver of this car was travelling alone and was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

An investigation is ongoing, and gardaí have appealed for witnesses.

Mr Ahmed (36) was originally from Erbil in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. He studied agriculture at university and moved to Plymouth, England, in 2011 to study for a masters before moving on in 2017 to complete his PhD in agriculture at NUI Galway.

He had recently been offered a job as a lecturer in Carlow.

One donor on the GoFundMe page said Mr Ahmed was due to start in their lab in Carlow soon and that he was “such a genuinely lovely person and was so enthusiastic to start with us”.

“He had so much to offer and I was excited to learn from him,” the person wrote.

Others offered messages of condolences to the family and friends.

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Britain’s petrol supply ‘improving’ as Johnson denies Brexit is root cause

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Britain’s petrol retailers have said the supply to the pumps is improving but more than one in three filling stations were out of fuel on Tuesday and the government predicted that queues would continue for a number of days.

Prime minister Boris Johnson said the situation was stabilising and called on motorists to hold back from buying more fuel than they need. “We are starting to see situation improve, supplies coming back on in the normal way,” he said. “I urge everyone to go about their business in the normal way.”

Although the supply of petrol to the pumps has improved since the weekend, when more than two in three filling stations had run out, there were long queues at forecourts across the country on Tuesday. Labour leader Keir Starmer joined calls from unions for key workers to be given priority access to fuel stations to ensure that they could continue to get to work.

“The government has reduced the country to chaos as we crash from crisis to crisis. And the government is not gripping this. I spoke to the haulage sector this morning, to the businesses that are absolutely in the middle of this, and they are beyond frustrated.

“And these were their words – they said, it’s a government that is denying there’s a problem, then blaming somebody else and then coming up with a half-baked plan. What I would do is give priority to key workers this week, and I would issue enough visas for lorry drivers for long enough. At the moment, there aren’t enough visas,” he told the BBC.

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The government has agreed to issue 5,000 three-month visas for lorry drivers from the EU but Britain needs tens of thousands of drivers to make up for those who have left the country, retired or are awaiting driving tests. Frank Huster, chief executive of the German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association, said drivers who left Britain after Brexit would not be tempted back with short-term visas.

“The labour market on the European continent has gratefully accepted these workers – they are now lost to re-employment in the United Kingdom, ” he told Reuters. “The new UK visa regulations – especially the temporary ones – will not change this.”

Welsh first minister Mark Drakeford said the visa scheme was derisory and exploitative and showed the arrogance of Mr Johnson’s government.

“It is hard to imagine a government that has made a more derisory attempt to solve a problem of their own creation,” he told the Senedd in Cardiff. “The idea that people are going to be willing to uproot themselves and come back to this country for a matter of weeks only to be told by the UK government they will be discarded again on Christmas Eve when they no longer have a use for them is simply … the arrogance of it is breathtaking.”

Mr Johnson has dismissed that there is any connection between Britain’s supply chain problems and Brexit but he indicated on Tuesday that he expected shortages to continue for a number of months.

“What we want to do is to make sure we have all the preparations needed to get through to Christmas and beyond, not just in supply for petrol stations but all parts of the supply chain,” he said.

“We want to make sure that as the economy continues to recover and we continue to see the global recovery suck in demand of all kinds, like the lorry drivers, that the UK is prepared.”

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Pregnant Kylie Jenner gives tour of her HUGE new luxury home wearing tiny crop top

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Billionaire Kylie Jenner showcased her growing baby bump in a white cropped top and even gave a tour of her massive new $36.5million luxury home as she took part in Vogue’s highly popular 73 Questions video series.

The pregnant 24-year-old mogul talked a lot about her famous family and revealed that she and Travis Scott have not chosen a name for their second child as they are waiting to find out the gender.

Like several of the other episodes of the series before it, the star casually walked around her multi-million dollar property in Holmby Hills – which has been referred to as a ‘resort compound’ – while an interviewer could be heard behind the camera asking several questions.  

Big reveal: Billionaire Kylie Jenner showcased her growing baby bump in a white cropped top and even gave a tour of her massive new $36.5million luxury home as she took part in Vogue's highly popular 73 Questions video series

Big reveal: Billionaire Kylie Jenner showcased her growing baby bump in a white cropped top and even gave a tour of her massive new $36.5million luxury home as she took part in Vogue’s highly popular 73 Questions video series

Stunning: Like several of the other episodes of the series before it, the star casually walked around her multi-million dollar property in Holmby Hills - which has been referred to as a 'resort compound' - while an interviewer could be heard behind the camera asking several questions

Stunning: Like several of the other episodes of the series before it, the star casually walked around her multi-million dollar property in Holmby Hills – which has been referred to as a ‘resort compound’ – while an interviewer could be heard behind the camera asking several questions 

Toward the end of the clip artist and producer Joe Sabia congratulated Kylie on the pregnancy before asking if she and the 30-year-old Houston-native rapper have chosen a name. 

Kylie – who revealed she was pregnant with an Instagram video earlier this month – replied: ‘Well, we need to find out the gender first and we decided to wait.’

Their first child, three-year-old daughter Stormi, was featured throughout the clip as Kylie revealed her first word was ‘dada.’  

Kylie – who welcomed the child with rapper Travis Scott – said that Stormi’s first word was ‘dada.’ 

'Well, we need to find out the gender first and we decided to wait': The pregnant 24-year-old mogul talked a lot about her famous family and revealed that she and Travis Scott have not chosen a name for their second child as they are waiting to find out the gender

‘Well, we need to find out the gender first and we decided to wait’: The pregnant 24-year-old mogul talked a lot about her famous family and revealed that she and Travis Scott have not chosen a name for their second child as they are waiting to find out the gender

Family first: Kylie and 30-year-old rapper Travis seen with Stormi at The 72nd Annual Parsons Benefit in New York back in June

Family first: Kylie and 30-year-old rapper Travis seen with Stormi at The 72nd Annual Parsons Benefit in New York back in June

The self-made billionaire went on to add that her daughter’s favorite music is also from her father. 

Stormi made a cameo appearance in the video as she opened the door with Kylie before running into the backyard.

Kylie’s mom Kris Jenner was also featured in the clip as she pushed her granddaughter on a swing and even asked a couple of questions.

'Just how much patience I have': Mother Kris Jenner and three-year-old daughter Stormi also made cameo appearances as the momager even got to ask a couple questions including: 'What was the thing that you learned about yourself when you first became a mother?'

‘Just how much patience I have’: Mother Kris Jenner and three-year-old daughter Stormi also made cameo appearances as the momager even got to ask a couple questions including: ‘What was the thing that you learned about yourself when you first became a mother?’

The 65-year-old momager queried: ‘What was the thing that you learned about yourself when you first became a mother?’

Kylie answered: ‘Just how much patience I have.’ 

Kris then asked: ‘What was the best part about growing up in a big family?’  

Her daughter replied simply: ‘Never a dull moment.’

The massive yard was featured heavily in the video as she snagged the 19,250 square foot property for a whopping $36.5million in May 2020.

More than a home: The massive yard was featured heavily in the video as she snagged the 19,250 square foot property for a whopping $36.5million in May 2020

More than a home: The massive yard was featured heavily in the video as she snagged the 19,250 square foot property for a whopping $36.5million in May 2020

Privacy please! Kylie - who has topped Forbes' list of youngest self-made billionaires for the past two years - gravitated to the ultra private looking compound, which is protected with a 24/7 guardhouse

Privacy please! Kylie – who has topped Forbes’ list of youngest self-made billionaires for the past two years – gravitated to the ultra private looking compound, which is protected with a 24/7 guardhouse

Bright idea! All the rooms are flooded with beautiful, natural light leading to a breathtaking pool area

Bright idea! All the rooms are flooded with beautiful, natural light leading to a breathtaking pool area

What's cookin' good lookin'? Inside, the enthusiastic home cook can serve up some treats in the professionally equipped kitchen

What’s cookin’ good lookin’? Inside, the enthusiastic home cook can serve up some treats in the professionally equipped kitchen

Kylie gravitated to the ultra private looking compound, which is protected with a 24/7 guardhouse and has seven bedrooms and 14 baths.

The kitchen is professionally equipped so any Michelin starred chef will be able to whip up an epic several course meal.

No doubt there are plenty of options for entertaining as the estate features both an outdoor projection screen in addition to a home theater. 

Bars, games rooms, a gym and an all star sports area with pickleball and basketball give both the adults and kids plenty of ways to spend their time. 

Entertainment: There are plenty of nooks to chill and relax in

Entertainment: There are plenty of nooks to chill and relax in

Luxury: Outside there is a stunning pool, fire pit and an outside projection screen

Luxury: Outside there is a stunning pool, fire pit and an outside projection screen

Party spot: There is a complete bar and game room for the adults to pass time in

Party spot: There is a complete bar and game room for the adults to pass time in

Discount!? Though $36.5million seems like quite the splurge, Jenner actually got a decent deal on the property, which was originally listed at $45milllion

Discount!? Though $36.5million seems like quite the splurge, Jenner actually got a decent deal on the property, which was originally listed at $45milllion 

Outdoors boasts a stunning pool, a fire pit, and a mature palm tree for a tropical touch.

The home also features two guest apartments with kitchenettes and living rooms, and two additional suites with private patios and entrances, perfect for Kylie’s inner circle.

Though $36.5million seems like quite the splurge, Jenner actually got a decent deal on the property, which was originally listed at $45milllion.

Squad goals: She was asked to describe her mother and sisters in one word for the video and she answered (pictured from left to right): Kris is 'strong', Khloe is 'gracious', Kim is 'loyal', Kourtney is 'very loving', and Kendall is 'confident'

Squad goals: She was asked to describe her mother and sisters in one word for the video and she answered (pictured from left to right): Kris is ‘strong’, Khloe is ‘gracious’, Kim is ‘loyal’, Kourtney is ‘very loving’, and Kendall is ‘confident’

Kylie was named Forbes’ youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire in 2019 then again in 2020. 

In 2019, the star unseated Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, 35, as the youngest-ever self-made billionaire – he was 23 when he made his first billion 13 years ago in 2008 

However the publication declared Kylie was not actually a billionaire in May 2020 as they claimed that she fabricated financial documents to support the false claim that she was.

 In a detailed report based on public financial disclosures, Forbes at the time accused the family of creating a ‘web of lies’ and says Kylie, 22, has inflated the size of her business and success. The publication accused her of ‘lying about company figures and forging tax returns’ to be dubbed a billionaire.

Kylie later blasted the publication on Twitter as she wrote: ‘what am i even waking up to. i thought this was a reputable site.. 

‘all i see are a number of inaccurate statements and unproven assumptions lol. i’ve never asked for any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. period’ 

A different time: Kylie was also queried several times about starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as she was asked about something she wishes the cameras hadn't captured

A different time: Kylie was also queried several times about starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as she was asked about something she wishes the cameras hadn’t captured

'Probably my stripper pole episode': She was referring to the first ever episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians which aired in October 2007 which showed a nine-year-old Kylie trying out a stripper pole which Kim had gifted to Kris and Caitlyn

‘Probably my stripper pole episode’: She was referring to the first ever episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians which aired in October 2007 which showed a nine-year-old Kylie trying out a stripper pole which Kim had gifted to Kris and Caitlyn

Meanwhile, Kylie kept her look simple for the Vogue video as she sported a long beige coat cut out at the sides to show off her body over a white cropped top and blue jeans. 

Her raven-colored tresses were worn down flowing over her shoulder as her make-up was topped off with dark lip. 

Many of the 73 questions were about Kylie’s family life as she was even asked to describe her sisters and mother in one word.

She said Kim Kardashian is ‘loyal’, Khloe is ‘gracious’, Kourtney is ‘very loving’, Kendall’s ‘confident’, and lastly mom Kris is ‘strong’. Kylie also added that the daughter most like her mom is herself. 

Kylie was also queried several times about starring on Keeping Up With The Kardashians as she was asked about something she wishes the cameras hadn’t captured.

'Kylie Baby is a brand that I started when I became a mom and I just wanted conscious and safe baby care': The mogul also talked about her latest venture named Kylie Baby

‘Kylie Baby is a brand that I started when I became a mom and I just wanted conscious and safe baby care’: The mogul also talked about her latest venture named Kylie Baby

The star replied: ‘Probably my stripper pole episode.’

She was referring to the first ever episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians which aired in October 2007 which showed a nine-year-old Kylie trying out a stripper pole which Kim had gifted to Kris and Caitlyn.

The mogul also talked about her latest venture, Kylie Baby, as she said: ‘Kylie Baby is a brand that I started when I became a mom and I just wanted conscious and safe baby care.’

In the Vogue clip, Kylie also revealed that her favorite food is sushi which she can’t currently eat and that her pregnancy cravings are currently frozen yogurt and California-favorite In-N-Out Burger.

Kylie Jenner’s lavish property empire

$15million plot of land (5 acres) in Hidden Hills 

Jenner made a record-breaking $15million purchase on 5 acres of land in Hidden Hills in May 2020.

She is not the only A-lister who has purchased the property as Miley Cyrus had bought it in 2015 as her horses lived there but never built a home on it as she sold it three years later.

Wow factor: Jenner made a record-breaking $15million purchase on 5 acres of land in Hidden Hills in May 2020

Wow factor: Jenner made a record-breaking $15million purchase on 5 acres of land in Hidden Hills in May 2020

$36.5million Holmby Hills compound

Purchased in April 2020, Kylie’s new spot is billed as a ‘resort compound,’ sprawling over 19k square feet and boasting four guest houses. It also has a private guardhouse, professional kitchen, and several at-home bars.

The property was originally listed at $45million, meaning Jenner got a discount.

Fit for a billionaire! Kylie snapped up a $36.5million 'resort compound' in LA's Holmby Hills neighborhood in April 2020. It was originally listed at $45million

Fit for a billionaire! Kylie snapped up a $36.5million ‘resort compound’ in LA’s Holmby Hills neighborhood in April 2020. It was originally listed at $45million

$12million Hidden Hills mansion

Kylie snagged her current home in 2016, meaning she’s been there longer than any of her other abodes. The 13,200 square feet property is nestled on 1.4 acres of land.

Though she just bought a new place, it doesn’t look like she has plans to sell anytime soon, as the home is not listed anywhere. 

Current spot: Jenner's current home is a $12million Hidden Hills mansion that sits on a 1.4acre plot of land

Current spot: Jenner’s current home is a $12million Hidden Hills mansion that sits on a 1.4acre plot of land

  

$13million Beverly Hills investment home with Travis Scott 

Kylie and Travis decided to pick up their LA home  in 2018 as an investment, but did stay their with daughter Stormi briefly.

Talking about the home to People, a source said: ‘Kylie and Travis’s new Beverly Hills house is spectacular. It’s contemporary, but very warm at the same time. The property is also very private.’

Long term plans: Kylie and baby daddy Travis Scott bought a $13million Beverly Hills house as an investment in 2018.

Long term plans: Kylie and baby daddy Travis Scott bought a $13million Beverly Hills house as an investment in 2018.

 

$2.7million Calabasas ‘starter home’

Jenner picked up her first home while just 17-years-old in 2015. She chose the location because it was close to sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. It’s reported that she dig extensive renovations in order to satisfy her ‘edgy’ tastes.

When the house sold to entrepreneur Nikki Eslami in 2017, Kylie is said to have made a $500k profit.

First timer: Kylie first home was a $2.7million Calabasas spot which she bought at just 17. She made a $500k profit when she sold it two years later in 2017

First timer: Kylie first home was a $2.7million Calabasas spot which she bought at just 17. She made a $500k profit when she sold it two years later in 2017

 

$6million Hidden Hills ‘mini-mansion’ 

Kylie upgraded in 2016, purchasing a space that was nearly 2000 square feet bigger than her previous digs. It was reportedly home to six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home theater, and a four-car garage with epoxy floors.

Jenner sold the spot in 2018 and though it was a private sale, it’s reported she made $1million in profit.

Leveling up: Kylie upgraded in 2016, purchasing a $6million space that was nearly 2000 square feet bigger than her previous digs

Leveling up: Kylie upgraded in 2016, purchasing a $6million space that was nearly 2000 square feet bigger than her previous digs

$4.5million ‘office home’ right next door

Jenner decided to become her own neighbor just three months later, picking up the pad immediately next door. Her plan was to make the space into a home office but she  put the house on the market just five months later.

It sold to to hockey player John Schiavo in 2017 for about $750k more than she bought it for. 

Jenner decided to become her own neighbor when she purchased a $4.5million 'office home' right next door

Jenner decided to become her own neighbor when she purchased a $4.5million ‘office home’ right next door

 

$5million plot of land in Hidden Hills

Jenner originally purchased this vacant piece of land in 2017 with plans to make a garden and horse farm but things never came to fruition.

But she decided to ditch the plot about 10-months later, still making a profit as she offloaded the undeveloped land for $5.35million the following August.

A lot of nothing: Bought in 2017, Kylie originally planned to make a garden and horse farm but she offloaded to $5million plot for a $350k profit a little more than a year later

A lot of nothing: Bought in 2017, Kylie originally planned to make a garden and horse farm but she offloaded to $5million plot for a $350k profit a little more than a year later

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‘Pandemic bonus’ will not impact FG’s budget plans – Tánaiste

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said he is not concerned that the cost of a “pandemic bonus” could threaten his party’s plans for a tax and welfare package in the upcoming budget.

He also said the Government is exploring the possibility that tax credits, along with an extra bank holiday, could be used to reward retail staff for their work during the Covid-19 emergency.

Mr Varadkar said a mooted extra bank holiday would also be linked to remembrance of the more than 5,000 people who died from Covid-19 in Ireland.

Mr Varadkar, Minister for Enterprise and Trade, made the remarks during a trip to Washington DC where he is meeting his Biden administration counterparts and promoting Ireland as a location for inward investment.

Health workers and gardaí have sought inclusion in any pandemic bonus scheme and Mr Varadkar suggested last week that the wider civil service should benefit too.





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Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has warned that the cost of a bonus for all public sector workers in the shape of two weeks’ extra holidays could be in excess of €1 billion.

Asked if he has any concern that Fine Gael’s wish to see tax and welfare packages included in the budget could be threatened by the cost of a pandemic bonus, Mr Varadkar replied: “No, I don’t.”

He said: “I think if there is going to be a pandemic bonus – and I think there should be – it’s likely to fall into this financial year in terms of cost.

“It would ideally be paid before the end of this year, therefore would not impact on the budget for next year.”

Speaking on Monday, Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien said the bonus could take “various forms”.

“We don’t want a situation whereby public and private are pitted against each other. That’s not what it is; this is about recognising incredible work that happened in this country right the way through the pandemic. And many people right the way through from health to transport to retail really, really stepped up and went above and beyond, so that’s something that will be discussed further at Cabinet this week.”

Meanwhile, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan suggested bus and retail workers should be considered for any pandemic bonus.

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