British Airways pilot jailed after being found drunk in cockpit before take-off

An airline pilot who went to work drunk has been jailed for eight months in the UK.

Julian Monaghan, a former pilot for British Airways, was arrested on January 18 of this year after a technician smelled alcohol on his breath as he prepared a Boeing 777 for take off on a flight that was scheduled to travel from London to Mauritius.

The former pilot was was removed from the cockpit in handcuffs past passengers that had already boarded.

Monaghan was sentenced to eight months in prison at Lewes Crown Court yesterday.

During sentencing Judge Janet Waddicor said airline passengers are "entitled to feel that they are safe" on flights the BBC reports.

British Airways planes (File picture).
British Airways planes (File picture). Source: istock.com



Watch: Trump stuns Kim by asking photographers to make them both look 'thin'

US President Donald Trump may have offended his new-found friend Kim Jong Un by appearing to fat-shame the North Korean leader as they met for a working lunch during their historic summit in Singapore.

As the two leaders stood on opposite sides of the table for a photo opportunity, Trump prompted photographers to make them look "handsome and thin".

"Getting a good picture everybody? So we look nice and handsome and thin and perfect," he said.

A video camera then focused on Kim as Trump's comment was translated for him, and the North Korean leader looked taken aback and not amused.

Kim is reportedly tetchy about his weight gain.

Video of the dining room incident has gone viral, and it's not the first time Trump has taken aim at the North Korean leader's weight.

"Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat'?" he tweeted last November as tensions between them escalated.

"Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

Time will tell.


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'God hates the hands that shed his blood' - Queensland anti-abortion protestors accost women outside clinic days after protection legislation passes

Just a few days after New South Wales passed legislation forbidding anti-abortion protesters from accosting women using clinics, a woman has been filmed doing just that.

Buzzfeed has obtained video of an incident on Saturday where young women were accosted by an un-named protestor outside the Options Clinic in Spring Hill, Brisbane.

In the video, the protestor can be heard telling a woman, "God hates the hands that shed his blood".

"Just shut up! That is so traumatic!" the woman replies.

"We're here to help you."

"I don't want your help!"

The protestor is seen to be holding a small plastic doll of a foetus, which she uses as a prop in another confrontation.

"This is a little 12-week-old baby," she says.

"That little one that you have has a heartbeat, 10 fingers, 10 toes and God hates the hands that shed his blood."

Following the publication of the video, Queensland deputy premiere Jackie Trued said they show why establishing safe zones outside clinics for women is critical.

"I think some of the harassment that we have seen of women trying to access healthcare has been absolutely disgraceful and I think it is important that as lawmakers we make sure that women are kept safe in their time of need."