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Moment devastating fire that killed two guests broke out at five-star Loch Lomond hotel after night porter put hot ash in a cupboard with newspapers

Dramatic footage shows the moment a devastating fire broke out in a five-star hotel before laying waste to the whole building and killing two guests. CCTV captures staff trying to fight the flames in the reception of Cameron House Hotel on December 18, 2017 and comes as the night porter who caused the blaze was sentenced.  Christopher O'Malley, 35, was spared jail but ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work for accidentally starting the fire by emptying hot ash in a plastic bag into a cupboard full of newspaper.  Just three days earlier he had been told not to use the plastic bags and, in an August audit, fire experts had highlighted the combustibles inside the cupboard as a risk. The resulting fire that gutted the hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond killed guests Simon Midgley, 32, and Richard Dyson, 38, from London by way of smoke inhalation. Today Cameron House Resort (Loch Lomond) Ltd, owner and operator of the hotel was fined £500,000 after admitting fire safety failings.  The ho

Joe Biden and Donald Trump have still not spoken, White House says - and letter from the ex-president will stay private

President Joe Biden plans to keep his letter from Donald Trump private, the White House said on Friday, and revealed the two men still haven't spoken. 'There are no calls to report,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at her briefing. 'I don't have any update on the letter.' 'He plans to keep it private,' she said of the note. Trump honored the presidential tradition of leaving a letter in the Oval Office for his successor. It was unclear if he was going to do so given his challenges to the election results and his false claims it was stolen from him. But there was a letter waiting for Biden on the resolute desk when he entered the Oval Office on January 20th.  'The president wrote a very generous letter,' Biden said at the time. 'Because it was private, I won't talk about it until I talk to him. But it was generous.'  The letter will eventually become public - all notes outgoing presidents leave for their successors become ar

Air Force plans to add privacy curtains to B-52 Bombers for female crew members who need to use the restroom as more women join the ranks - but there is only a urinal onboard

The Air Force plans to add privacy curtains to its fleet of B-52 Bombers as more women join the military.   Earlier this month, the Air Force put out a statement soliciting information from textile companies about installing curtains around toilet facilities inside the aircraft.  'As the B-52 continues to fly long duration missions, especially with mixed crews, there is a higher need for privacy during rest room activities,' officials wrote in the release.    The bombers - known officially as Boeing B-52 Stratofortress - were produced between 1952 and 1962, a time when hardly any women served in the Air Force.  The Air Force plans to add privacy curtains to its fleet of B-52 Bombers as more women join the military. One of the aircraft is seen flying through the sky in a photo taken in 2003  Up to five crew can cram onto each Bomber, but space is tight inside  It was not until 1976 that females were accepted into the service on an equal basis with their male counterparts.   As s

FEMA asks the Pentagon to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to meet Joe Biden's goal of 1.5 million shots a day

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has asked the Pentagon to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine to meet Joe Biden's goal of 1.5 million shots a day. The Pentagon's top spokesman announced Thursday it had received a request to assist with getting shots in the arms of Americans across different parts of the country.   'The Department of Defense has received a request from FEMA for assistance in administering COVID-19 vaccine at various locations across the country.  'The Department is evaluating the request, and what kinds of support it can provide,' Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a statement. Kirby said that 'given the significance of the request it will be reviewed urgently but carefully' to determine what military assets can be safely made available to help the vaccine rollout. 'As Defense Secretary Lloyd has said, DOD is committed to do as much as it possibly can to assist the whole-of-government effort against COVID-19,' h

FBI lawyer who altered crucial email used to wiretap Trump aide Carter Page gets probation and is cleared by judge of acting out of 'bias against Trump'

A U.S. judge on Friday declined to impose a prison sentence for an FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to falsifying a document during the agency's investigation of contacts between former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia. Judge James Boasberg ordered Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted to altering an email used to justify a government wiretap of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, to serve one year's probation and 400 hours of community service. He had already been fired by the FBI. Special Counsel John Durham had sought up to six months in prison, suggesting Clinesmith acted out of 'political or personal bias' against Trump. Defense lawyers asked the judge for no prison time, saying his action was a mistake. They noted that he and his wife are expecting their first child in March. Falsified document: Kevin Clinesmith was an FBI lawyer who handled a wiretap warrant for Carter Page which he illegally altered Probe: John Durham brought the charge against

New species of chameleon where the males have unusually large genitals for sex with bigger females is discovered

A new miniature species of chameleon where the male is much smaller but has unusually large genitals in order to have sex with the much larger female has been discovered during a recent research expedition in Madagascar. An international team of researchers, led by the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM-SNSB) from the German city of Munich, discovered the bizarre chameleon in the North of Madagascar, East Africa. The discovery was announced on Thursday and published in the open-access Journal of Scientific Reports. The joint team of scientists named the new species Brookesia nana. With a body size of just 13.5 mm (0.53 inches), this Nano-Chameleon (Brookesia nana) is the smallest known male of the roughly 11,500 known reptile species When asked about the inspiration behind the name, Frank Glaw, curator of Herpetology at the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology and lead author of the study, told Newsflash: 'The inspiration was, of course, the smallness of the species. 'Th

Between a Rocky and a hard face: Bulgarian counterfeit gang used awful fake Sylvester Stallone passport to advertise their services

Bulgarian criminal gang used a fake passport in the name of the Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone to advertise its counterfeiting services to potential clients, prosecutors said Friday. Four gang members were charged for counterfeiting-related crimes with two other men charged on other offences, prosecutors said in a statement. The passport in Stallone's name - giving the 'Rocky' actor Bulgarian nationality - was found during a search of one of the gang-members' homes in the city of Plovdiv. Prosecutors believe it 'was shown to customers as an example of the high quality of their workmanship' in faking documents. Bulgarian gang used a fake passport in the name of the Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone to advertise its counterfeiting services to potential clients, prosecutors said Friday The search was part of a police operation conducted earlier this week in several Bulgarian regions with the participation of agents of the US Secret Service and assisted by Eur

YouTuber is arrested for faking a medical emergency in Times Square by slumping behind the wheel of a car in 'dangerous stunt'

A YouTuber was arrested after making it appear as though he had passed out behind the wheel of a car in New York City's Times Square and needed medical attention.   Zeeshan Saroya - known on YouTube as Prince Zee - staged the incident on January 10, at the intersection of Broadway and West 46th Street.  Two weeks later, Saroya posted a video on YouTube that showed the preparation of the stunt, as well as the aftermath of it. Since premiering on January 25, the video has racked up more than 150,000 views on YouTube.  Scroll down for video  Pictured: Zeeshan Saroya, known on YouTube as Prince Zee, who was arrested this week 'So I decided to test New Yorkers again and this time I passed out during traffic in Times Square NYC. this was hella crazy!! yall better subscribe cause I got mad crazy videos coming out. love yah,' Saroya wrote in the YouTube description.  According to ABC7, Saroya, 30, lives in Queens. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the arrest himself on Twit