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One person dead after fire rips through luxury 5-star hotel on shores of Lake Lomond

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One person has died in a fire which ripped through a luxury 5-star hotel popular with top footballers this morning.

Four others, including a child, were rushed to hospital following the blaze.

Visitors staying at Cameron House hotel, near Balloch on Loch Lomondside, Scotland, evacuated the premises at around 6am.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the plush hotel, which also houses a busy spa and restaurants, to rescue trapped residents Glasgow Live reports.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed four patients – three of whom, including a child, are believed to be from the same family – are being treated at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

“The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 6:41am on Monday, December 18 to reports of a fire that had taken hold within Cameron House Hotel, Balloch,” a spokesperson for the fire and rescue services said.

“Operations Control immediately mobilised four appliances and an aerial appliance to the scene.”

The hotel is one of the loch’s best known and iconic businesses, proving popular with Celtic and Rangers players over the decades and celebrities and public figures visiting or working in Scotland.

One guest posted footage on Twitter as the building was evacuated, which was then quickly taken down.

The same witness reported that smoke was pouring from three floors of the building.

Ambulances were also in attendance and traffic in the area has also been affected with delays on the roads surrounding the hotel and loch.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland: “We received a call to assist with fire crews after a fire was reported at Cameron House hotel on Loch Lomond around 6.45am.

 

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South Africa returness receive a token from Lagos State Governor

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State gave N20,000 to each 315 Nigerians evacuated from South Africa.

This second batch of returnees arrived a week after another 187 Nigerians fleeing xenophobia came back from South Africa. The returnees arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The flight, which originated from the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg was received by Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Air Peace Chairman, Allen Onyema. Also on ground was Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, Senior Special Assistant to the Lagos State Governor on Diaspora.

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Australia: protesters demand urgent measures to stop environmental catastrophe

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Thousands of students took to the streets of Australia and other Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to kick off a global strike demanding world leaders gathering for a UN Climate Action Summit adopt urgent measures to stop an environmental catastrophe.

“We didn’t light it, but we’re trying to fight it,” read one sign carried by a student in Sydney, as social media posts showed huge demonstrations around the country including outback towns like Alice Springs.

“The oceans are rising and so are we,” read another sign held by a protester wearing school uniform in Melbourne.

Similar protests, inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are planned in some 150 countries on Friday. The aim is for students and others from around the world to speak in one voice about the impending effects of climate change on the planet.

The strike will culminate in New York when Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel prize for her climate activism, will spearhead a rally at home of the United Nations headquarters.

Thunberg noted the “huge crowd” in Sydney in a tweet, which she said would set the standard as the strikes moved across Asia, Europe and Africa

By early afternoon, the Sydney protesters were overflowing out of a 34-hectare (84-acre) open space in the city. Similar crowds were reported in Brisbane and other state capitals.

Danielle Porepilliasana, a Sydney high school student, had a blunt message for politicians like Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, who told parliament on Thursday that students should stay in class.

“World leaders from everywhere are telling us that students need to be at school doing work,” she said, wearing anti-coal earrings.

“I’d like to see them at their parliaments doing their jobs for once.”

The UN summit brings together world leaders to discuss climate change mitigation strategies, such as transitioning to renewable energy sources from fossil fuels.

The issue is particularly pertinent to low-lying Pacific islands, which have repeatedly asked wealthier nations to do more to prevent rising sea levels.

Children in the Solomon Islands protested on the shoreline wearing traditional grass skirts and carrying wooden shields in solidarity with the global movement.

In Thailand, more than 200 young people stormed into the environment ministry and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change.

Source: Reuters

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