‘Your delicious wife’: Macron’s startling comment to Aussie PM

Lucy Turnbull, wife of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Pascal Rossignol/Pool Photo via AP, File)


Lucy Turnbull, wife of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. (Pascal Rossignol/Pool Photo via AP, File)

SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump’s infamous comments about Macron’s wife?

Whatever the case, Macron raised eyebrows in Sydney on Wednesday by calling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s wife “delicious.”

Wrapping up a joint news conference during his brief Australian visit, Macron moved to thank the Turnbulls for their hospitality.

“I want to thank you for your welcome, thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome,” he said.

The comment quickly sparked some lighthearted reaction on social media and in the Australian press amid lively conjecture about the French leader’s intent.

“Macron just said he wanted to thank Malcolm Turnbull and his ‘delicious wife’. You can take the man out of France but …,” tweeted Alice Workman, a journalist.

Australian ABC News tweeted, “Lost in translation: Emmanuel Macron thanks the PM’s ‘delicious wife.’”

Despite Macron’s deadpan delivery, some observers felt he may have been making a joke. Turnbull had just mentioned Macron’s imminent lunch with members of Sydney’s French community and had followed with comments about French gastronomy and wine.

Pardoning generalizations about the French obsession with food, Macron minutes earlier had also been talking about shrimp, picking up on Turnbull’s comment relating to China’s growing influence in the South Pacific, when the Australian leader said that “big fish cannot eat little fish, and little fish cannot eat shrimp.”

Others felt Macron may simply have slipped up in his use of English, since the French word for delicious — delicieux — also translates as “delightful.”

The more mischievous may have even considered Macron’s comment to possibly be a tongue-in-cheek reference to Trump’s visit …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


Wrong radio frequency. Wrong runway. FAA releases findings of SFO close-call investigations.

SAN FRANCISCO — Following more than a year of close-call runway mishaps at San Francisco International Airport, the FAA has determined most were caused by pilot errors, including one potentially disastrous incident when an Air Canada flight crew failed to respond to repeated orders to abort their landing to avoid hitting another plane on the runway.

The FAA findings, obtained exclusively by this news organization, cover four investigations at SFO dating back to December 2016 involving three questionable landings and another plane taxiing to take-off, but not a notorious near miss on July 8, which is being investigated by the NTSB. The FAA also revealed that the airport has significantly buttressed its ground radar system and shut down a confusing taxiway, while the federal agency sent a special team to the facility earlier this year to determine why planes were lining up for wrong runways and taxiways.

“San Francisco seems to have more of these issues,” said Ross Aimer, a retired United Airlines pilot and CEO of Aero Consulting Experts who has been following the SFO incidents. “San Francisco is very, very unique because its runways are so close together that it can create a problem. It was designed years ago for a small operator, but now it’s one of the biggest in the world.”

The airport has undergone additional scrutiny since the July 8 incident involving an Air Canada plane that nearly landed on an SFO taxiway crowded with four fully loaded aircraft. That investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is still ongoing.

SFO spokesman Doug Yakel said the airport is “absolutely” safe, noting that just last week it was re-certified by the FAA in its annual safety inspection and commended for its efforts to continually improve. Yakel said the airport has constructed runway safety areas, along with runway status lights, which …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


White man guilty of Charlottesville assault on black man

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white Arkansas man charged in the beating of a black man during a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been found guilty of malicious wounding.

News outlets report 23-year-old Jacob Scott Goodwin was found guilty Tuesday for the August attack on 20-year-old DeAndre Harris.

The jury recommended a sentence of 10 years, with the option of suspending some time and a $20,000 fine.

Harris suffered a spinal injury, a broken arm and head lacerations that required eight staples after the parking garage assault. Three others were arrested.

Goodwin claimed self-defense. However, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nina-Alice Antony says it was Goodwin who wanted to square off.

The rally was held to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

…read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


Rhee, who helped bring taekwondo to US, dead at 86

By Harrison Smith | Washington Post

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, a Korean-born martial artist who settled in Washington, D.C., and helped popularize taekwondo in the United States, preaching a philosophy of “truth, beauty and love” while teaching members of Congress how to kick and punch, died April 30 at an assisted-living community in Arlington, Virginia. He was 86.

The cause was complications of shingles, said his son Chun Rhee. When Rhee was diagnosed with the disease, about six years ago, it brought an abrupt end to a training regimen that included 10 sets of 100 push-ups each day.

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At 60, he had performed one of those sets in less than a minute during a House committee hearing on aging. For his 80th birthday, he performed a set in 50 seconds before a crowd of onlookers in the Cannon House Office Building.

Few martial artists were as accomplished as Rhee, a onetime aircraft mechanic in the South Korean military who exchanged fighting tips with fellow martial artist Bruce Lee and boxer Muhammad Ali, and taught taekwondo to columnist Jack Anderson, actor Chuck Norris and Washington Redskins coach George Allen.

Rhee “introduced Korean martial arts to the United States,” said Keith Yates, president of the American Karate and Tae Kwon Do Organization. “There are people all across the United States who can trace their martial arts heritage back to him.”

A 10th-degree black belt who could break a board with his foot while balancing a glass of Coke on his head, Rhee was responsible for two crucial innovations in taekwondo. He created modern safety equipment for martial artists – foam padding for the head, hands and feet – and devised the martial arts …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World


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