New Zealand, Oct 29 (AP/UNB) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan spoke with people working in the mental-health field and encountered a flightless native bird as they continued their tour of New Zealand on Monday.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on the last leg of a 16-day tour of the South Pacific. They began their second day in New Zealand by visiting the Maranui Cafe on the Wellington coast, where they spoke to people offering mental-health support through helplines, social media and other programs.
Prince Harry last year spoke out about his own struggles with mental health, telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper that he'd sought counselling after years of suppressing his emotions following the death of his mother Diana, the Princess of Wales, in a car crash when Harry was 12.
At the cafe, Harry talked about the need to remove the stigma from mental health and to encourage people to talk about how they feel.
"Everyone needs someone to turn to, right?" he said.
The couple then took a helicopter to the Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island where it was raining as they were welcomed by an indigenous Maori tribe. Harry told them the forecast had been for even worse weather.
"From my wife, myself and our little bump, it's a blessing to be here," Harry said, making reference to Meghan being four months pregnant.
The couple strolled along on a sandy beach and came across a weka bird, with a ranger saying that they're New Zealand's version of a monkey because they're very cheeky.
New Zealand is home to a number of flightless birds, the most famous being the kiwi. The couple is due to visit a kiwi hatchery later on their trip.
The couple also plans to meet young people training to be part of the film industry and go on public walkabouts in Auckland and Rotorua before leaving on Wednesday.
The couple earlier visited Australia, Fiji and Tonga on their tour.
Wellington, Oct 28 (AP/UNB) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are due to arrive in New Zealand on Sunday afternoon for the final stop of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.
Prince Harry and wife Meghan are scheduled to spend four days in New Zealand, where they will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, go for a trail walk in a national park, meet young people training to be part of Wellington's film industry, and visit a hatchery for New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi.
The couple are due to arrive on the same plane as a number of competitors returning from Sydney's Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
On Saturday, Prince Harry ended the games in Sydney with a speech in front of a crowd of 12,000 people at the closing ceremony, in which he thanked the 500 competitors from 18 nations.
"Our competitors have helped turn the issue of mental health from a sad story to an inspiring one," Harry said. "They want to live rather than just be alive."
The prince said that while the Invictus competitors were often called heroes or legends, they were just ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things and reminding everyone that no challenge is too difficult to overcome.
Harry and Meghan, who is four months pregnant, have also visited Fiji and Tonga on their tour.
Tonga, Oct 26 (AP/UNB) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Friday dedicated two forest reserves in Tonga as they continued their trip of the South Pacific.
Prince Harry said Tonga is leading by example and "understands deeply" the impact of environmental changes because the islands of the archipelago are directly affected.
Harry and wife Meghan visited Tupou College to make the dedication. The high school was founded in 1866 and is believed to be the oldest in the region. It's home to the last remaining forest on Tonga's main island, Tongatapu. The other reserve is on the island of Eua.
"Planting trees and conserving forests helps us in so many ways," Harry said. "It is a simple but effective way to restore and repair our environment, clean the air and protect habitat."
The couple dedicated the two reserves to the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy environmental initiative, which was started in 2015 and has been signed on to by 42 of the Commonwealth's 53 countries.
Earlier in the day, the royal couple visited an exhibition celebrating Tongan handicrafts, including traditional mats and tapa cloth. They also met with political leaders.
Tonga, home to just 106,000 people, is also known as the friendly islands. It was a British protectorate before gaining independence in 1970 and remains a part of the Commonwealth group of nations.
On Friday afternoon, the couple left Tonga bound for Australia, where they began their 16-day tour of four nations.
They are returning to Australia to catch the final days of the Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. The games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.
After Australia, the couple will finish their trip with a four-day visit to New Zealand.
New York, Oct 26 (AP/UNB) — James Karen, a prolific and beloved character actor whose hundreds of credits included memorable appearances in "Poltergeist" and "The Return of the Living Dead," has died. He was 94.
Karen's friend Bruce Goldstein told The Associated Press that he died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He had been battling respiratory ailments.
Few actors had so long and diverse a career. He appeared in Elia Kazan's 1940s stage production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," which starred Marlon Brando. He befriended Buster Keaton in the 1950s and had a brief role in one of the silent star's most unusual projects, "Film," an experimental short written by Samuel Beckett.
He met Marilyn Monroe at the Actors Studio in New York and filmed a commercial with the Three Stooges. He was directed by Oliver Stone in "Wall Street" and David Lynch in "Mulholland Drive." His TV credits ranged from "Dallas" and "The Waltons" to "Seinfeld" and "The Larry Sanders Show."
Millions knew him as the friendly man with the glasses in TV ads for Pathmark. Others remembered him as the foreman in "Return of the Living Dead," the boss in "The China Syndrome" or the notorious Mr. Teague, the real estate developer who moves the headstones — but not the bodies — in "Poltergeist."
On Twitter, Kevin Smith, Gilbert Gottfried and Joe Mantegna were among those sharing tributes. His admirers also included George Clooney. When Clooney received a lifetime achievement award from The American Film Institute earlier this year, he spoke about Karen. He called him a "wonderful character actor" and remembered getting a call from his wife, Alba. She told Clooney that Karen was near death and wanted him to write his obituary.
"So I got out a bottle of booze — pen, paper — and I sat down and I spent the whole night writing about who I thought Jimmy was, his character, what he meant to us," Clooney said.
"A week goes by, then a month. That was four years ago. I called Alba and said, 'What the hell.' She said 'Yeah, Jimmy's doing fine. He just wanted to know what everyone thought about him while he was still alive. He got a bunch of people to do it.'"
Karen was born Jacob Karnovsky in Wilkes-Barres, Pennsylvania. He was interested in theater from an early age and, according to his friend Leonard Maltin, the movie critic, turned down a contract with MGM because he wanted to work on the stage.
His years in the theater led to a close bond with Keaton. In 1957, he and Keaton appeared together in a revival of the play "Merton of the Movies" and they remained friends until Keaton's death in 1966. Karen later hosted a Keaton documentary made by Kevin Brownlow and was among those sharing memories in "The Great Buster: A Celebration," a documentary by Peter Bogdanovich that was just released.
"Jim and Alba had a beautiful apartment in Los Angeles and he had a corner devoted to Buster memorabilia, including one of his hats," Goldstein told The Associated Press. "He would let me invite friends over and have them try on the hat."
New York, Oct 25 (AP/UNB) — Tony Hoagland, a prize-winning poet admired for his candor and sharp, off-beat humor, has died at age 64.
Jeff Shotts, executive editor of Graywolf Press, told The Associated Press that Hoagland died Tuesday at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The cause was pancreatic cancer.
A native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Hoagland published several works of poetry and essays about poetry. The titles helped sum up his take on life: "Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty," ''Application for Release from the Dream" and "Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God," which came out in June. Three of his books had been released since 2015.
"It was a long battle with cancer, and he cheated it a couple of times," Shotts said. "He was very productive near the end and I think the work helped keep him alive."
His style could be off-hand and unpredictable. In the poem "A Color in the Sky," his thoughts wander from love and sex to a dogwood tree between a police station and liquor store that is "losing its mind."
Hoagland was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award for his 2003 collection "What Narcissism Means to Me," and his other honors included the Jackson Prize, given to poets of "exceptional talent" who deserve greater attention. Prize judges called him a "poet of risk."
"He risks wild laughter in poems that are totally heartfelt," the citation read, "poems you want to read out loud to anyone who needs to know the score and even more so to those who think they know the score."
Hoagland attended several colleges and received an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. He taught writing at the University of Houston and at Warren Wilson College outside of Asheville, North Carolina. He is survived by his wife, the writer Kathleen Lee, and a brother, Christopher.
The poet reflected on mortality in the recent poem "I Have Good News," in which he confides his feelings about being sick for "the last time."
"You will begin to see the plants and flowers of your youth,
And they will look as new to you as they did back then?_?
little lavender bouquets arranged in solar systems
delicate beyond your comprehension"