Australia-UK: First non-stop flight arrives in London from Perth

The Qantas 787-9 Dreamliner has a longer range than its predecessors The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport.

Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours.

The airline is using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which is twice as fuel-efficient as the Boeing 747.

It is part of ambitious plans by Qantas to add ultra long-haul flights to its schedules.

Chief Executive Alan Joyce has called the new Perth-London service a "game-changing route". How UK-Australia travel evolved to one flight

Qantas announces non-stop London to Perth route The low-cost airline changing the way we fly Can long-haul air travel also be low cost? Speaking at an event ahead of the inaugural flight, he said the earliest Qantas flights between Australia and the UK – known as the "kangaroo route" – had taken four days and involved seven stops. Passengers in Perth are preparing for the first non-stop flight from Australia to the UK, which will last 17 hours. ️🇦🇺🇬🇧Look at how it compares to the original ‘kangaroo route’ ✈ #5liveBreakfast — BBC Radio 5 live (@bbc5live) March 24, 2018 Report Western Australia’s […]

NHS: Over 3,000 more midwifery training places offered

More than 3,000 places on midwifery training courses are to be created over the next four years in England as part of plans to meet NHS staffing demands.

The government has announced a 25% boost in training places, which it said amounted to the "largest ever" increase in NHS midwives and maternity staff.

It follows a similar plan for nurses which was announced last year.

The Royal College of Midwives welcomed the move but said training more midwives was only half of the problem.

The plan needs investment and time to make it work, the RCM added.

An extra 650 midwifery training places will be created next year, followed by 1,000 new places for the three subsequent years.The news came after midwives, along with more than one million NHS staff, were offered pay increases of at least 6.5% over three years. The £97m bill for ‘midwife shortage’ The making of a male midwife Meet the ‘backpack midwife’ bringing healthcare for all Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt will officially announce the measures at an event on Tuesday.Alongside the increase in training places, Mr Hunt will promise mothers that they will be seen by the same midwife throughout labour, pregnancy […]

David Davis says a deal with EU is ‘incredibly probable’

It is "incredibly probable" that the UK will reach a final deal with the EU, the Brexit secretary says.

David Davis defended planning for a stalemate, saying it was like having home insurance when "you don’t expect your house to burn down".

He also hit back at Tory Eurosceptic concerns about what has been agreed so far.

Last week prominent backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg accused the government of giving away "almost everything". Owen Smith ‘stood by principles’ on Brexit

EU agrees guidelines ‘in seconds’

Protesters throw fish in Thames in Brexit protest But speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Davis said the UK had succeeded in getting a transition deal for the period after March 2019 and moving talks onto trade, adding: "So I don’t think Jacob’s got a point."He insisted a solution could be found to avoid introducing physical border checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, saying a "whole lot of technology" was available to achieve this.And challenged on the EU’s controversial "backstop" proposal of Northern Ireland effectively remaining in the customs union, he said the "overwhelmingly likely option" was a free trade and customs agreement which would make finding a […]

J.K. Rowling Blames Liking Transphobic Tweet On ‘Middle-Aged Moment’

J.K. Rowling has denied intentionally ‘liking’ a transphobic tweet.

The ‘Harry Potter’ author came under fire from fans after they spotted she had liked a post containing a slur against trans women, referring to them as “men in dresses”.

The tweet read: “I was shouted at by men at my first Labour Party meeting aged 18 because I asked them to remove a page 3 calendar. I’ve been told to toughen up, be louder, stronger, independent. I’ve often not felt supported. Men in dresses get brocialist solidarity I never had. That’s misogyny!”

While the tweet no longer appear in her likes, the fact she had liked it originally was captured by Twitter users and circulated.

After the matter was brought to her attention by Pink News , her rep issued a statement insisting it was a “clumsy” and “middle-aged” mistake.

They said: “I’m afraid J.K. Rowling had a clumsy and middle-aged moment and this is not the first time she has favourited by holding her phone incorrectly.”The author recently found herself in trouble with the LGBT+ community, after it was revealed the new ‘Fantastic Beasts’ film will not address Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality.Rowling revealed he was gay after she’d penned the final Harry Potter book, […]

Jeremy Corbyn ‘Does Not Have Anti-Semitic Bone In His Body,’ Ally Says As Mural Row Engulfs Labour

Senior Labour figures have defended Jeremy Corbyn after he appeared to endorse a “horrible” anti-semitic mural.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald claimed Corbyn “does not have an anti-semitic bone in his body” while deputy leader Tom Watson said “very, very sorry that people feel hurt” over how the leader’s office handled the row.

Corbyn claims he was defending “freedom of speech” and did not closely examine the controversial mural – which he has since conceded was antisemitic – before making a supportive post to street artist Mear One on Facebook in 2012.

A complaint has been made to Labour’s National Executive Committee saying that Corbyn has brought the party into disrepute.

Watson branded the image a “horrible antisemitic mural that was rightly taken down”.

Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, he said: “That is why Jeremy has expressed deep regret and apologised for that and has actually said that it’s right that the mural was taken down.” Mike Kemp via Getty Images He added: “I’m very, very sorry that people feel hurt by this and that’s why I think it’s right that Jeremy has expressed regret for it.“He said that he didn’t see the mural, he was talking about free expression and […]

Boris Johnson Calls Vote Leave ‘Cheating’ Claims ‘Utterly Ludicrous’

Boris Johnson campaigning for Brexit in front of the controversial Vote Leave bus Boris Johnson has branded claims Vote Leave “cheated” during the Brexit campaign “utterly ludicrous” as demands for answers over spending intensified on Sunday.

The Foreign Secretary tweeted that the designated Leave campaign “won fair and square – and legally” after allegations by whistleblower Shahmir Sanni it used separate pro-Brexit group BeLeave to dodge strict spending limits set by the Electoral Commission.

Vote Leave has strongly denied wrongdoing and said the £625,000 donated to BeLeave was within the rules.

A string of MPs took to the airwaves on Sunday to say Vote Leave, and the Government ministers involved, have questions to answer.

Johnson, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt are among the government ministers who campaigned with Vote Leave.

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “The leaders of Vote Leave are senior cabinet ministers. We need answers about what really went on.”Former Cabinet minister and Tory MP Nicky Morgan said allegations the officially-designated Brexit campaign “cheated” on spending were “very concerning”.“Democracy is a very important and very precious thing,” she told LBC.“If people start thinking they can go around undermining the law on […]

Check out this non-binary photographer’s captivating male portraits

A model photographed by Larry Hamilton (Photo: Larry Hamilton) Larry Hamilton is a portrait photographer with an incredible eye. Hamilton identifies as non-binary and trans femme, and uses the they/them or she/her pronouns. They love photographing people and have a particular passion for beautiful men.

Hamilton was raised in a small suburb of Maryland, before relocating to Philadelphia for college. They moved to New York City straight after graduation ten years ago. Besides photography, they are also an actor. Larry Hamilton, self-portrait (Photo: Larry Hamilton) ‘Saying I was a gay man never quite felt honest’

When did Hamilton realize they were non-binary? And how difficult or easy was it to come out as such?

‘My gender experience has been, and continues to be, a bit of a journey,’ they tell GSN.

‘Saying I was a gay man never quite felt honest; but, I also did not feel like a trans woman. Those were the only options I knew and I didn’t have the language to describe exactly how I felt.

‘In my work as a photographer, I like to dare the person I’m shooting to tap into their most primal place, or the animal inside. It’s also where I try to connect […]

Kenya rules forced anal exams are unlawful

LGBTI people in Kenya face widespread discrimination (Photo: Pixabay : CC0 Creative Commons) An appeals court in Mombasa, Kenya, has ruled that the use of forced anal examinations by the state is unlawful.

The ruling came about following a challenge launched by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC).

It launched the case following the treatment of two men arrested in Kwale, Kenya, in 2015. The men were subjected to forced anal examinations in an effort to find out whether they had engaged in anal sex and were gay. They were also forced to undergo HIV testing.

Representing the men, the NGLHRC argued that the use of forced anal exams was tantamount to torture. It said the exams represented a violation of the right to privacy and dignity, as set out in the Kenyan constitution. ‘Historic win’

A five-judge bench delivered their ruling today.

Head of Legal Affairs at NGLHRC, Njeri Gateru, welcomed the court’s decision.‘We are thankful that the Appeal Court has put Kenyan citizens’ rights first. With this ruling, the judges are saying that we all deserve to be treated with dignity and afforded our basic rights, as enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution.‘The humiliation and pain caused by […]

Kameron Michaels: The internet cannot handle Drag Race’s beefy queen

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10’s Kameron Michaels. | Photo: Kameron Michaels / Instagram The thirst is real for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10’s resident beefcake Kameron Michaels.

On and off screen, people are screaming over this muscle queen outside of drag.

During her big entrance on the show, Kameron says: ‘I auditioned for Pit Crew, but this is gonna be way more fun.’

Then in this premiere episode of Drag Race, the queens begin untucking out of their entrance drag looks. Kameron Michaels. | Photo: Instagram Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams looks at Kameron Michaels and screams: ‘Oh my god! I have a new crush.’

Eureka O’Hara then says in a confessional: ‘Miss Kameron is looking so juicy. Standing over there all fine and tattooed, from neck to navel.’

Back in the workroom, Mayhem Miller looks Kameron up and down. Then she says: ‘Why didn’t anybody say there was actual trade up in here? She’s smuggling ham and shit.’ Oh my favorite day again #transformationtuesday . . . [hair: @bobbiepinzdotcom] — Kameron Michaels (@KameronMichaels) March 7, 2018 ‘Bodybuilder Barbie’ And the shocked reactions to this self-confessed ‘bodybuilder Barbie’ are offscreen too. Many took to social media to quench their collective thirst.One Twitter user […]

Milk’s boyfriend, ballet star James B. Whiteside, on their open relationship

James B. Whiteside (Photo: Charles Ludeke | Loverboy) James B Whiteside is the gay Renaissance man that you might not have heard about.

The New York-based performer is a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, sometime drag queen (Ühu Betch) and singer (JBDUBS). He’s also the partner of former RuPaul Drag Race contestant, Milk (Daniel Donigan).

Whiteside has just done an exclusive photo shoot with Loverboy magazine. Besides posing for some playful and sexy photos in his home city, he gives an insight into his relationship and many interests. James B. Whiteside (Photo: Charles Ludeke | Loverboy) ‘I fancied myself as a little 10-year-old Judy Garland’

He puts his love of music down as the primary reason for being drawn to dance.

‘My first love is music, it’s the reason I dance. I started with jazz, tap and acrobatics. I fancied myself as a little 10-year-old Judy Garland. My love of ballet was acquired over years of arduous training and exposure. Now I couldn’t live without it.’

Asked about his sideline in drag and pop performance, has anyone in the ballet world ever told him to tone down the gay side of things if he wants to progress? Whiteside as his […]