“Absolute hysteria here in #Wellington including a sobbing fan who was comforted by the Duchess herself!” local journalist Natalie Oliveri tweeted, along with photos of the sweet moment. “Meghan spent quite a while talking to the crying teen - one of the sweetest moments on the #royaltour so far!”
This touching meeting between the pregnant former actress and an adoring fan comes just two days after she delivered a moving speech at the close of the Invictus Games in Sydney on Friday.
“It’s such an honor to be here tonight with all of you and supporting my husband at the Invictus Games, which he founded four years ago,” she stated. “In a short span of time, the games have evolved into an international platform of some of the best athletics and sportsmanship you could ever witness, coupled with a camaraderie and close-knit community, which can only be defined as the Invictus spirit.”
She went on to discuss a veteran named Ryan Novak, with whom she and Harry gotten acquainted with and learned his inspiring story.
“When their son Ryan suffered a severe injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down, doctors said he would never be able to walk again,” she said. “But after speaking to his mom, Karri, it was clear that it was through Ryan’s strength of spirit, and with the unwavering support of his parents, that he was able to prove all of those doctors wrong.”
“Not only has Ryan competed in sailing, swimming and athletics this week, but when Harry and I saw him at the finish line of the sailing competition, he literally jumped into our boat -- with dexterity and ease, by the way -- to give both of us a hug," she added. "Seeing Ryan’s mom on the water that day, waving a flag to cheer him on, was a moment I will never forget."
(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump condemned “all forms of evil,” including anti-Semitism, after a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh left 11 people dead in what’s being investigated as a hate crime.
“We mourn for the unthinkable loss of life that took place today,” the president told a gathering of young farmers in Indianapolis, pledging the full resources of his administration to investigate the crime. “Our nation and the world are shocked.”
Trump pressed ahead with a campaign rally in southern Illinois Saturday night, where his roughly 70-minute remarks were more sotto voce than usual. He veered little from his usual script, though, of attacking Democrats including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Maxine Waters of California.
“If you don’t mind, I’m going to tone it down a little bit, do you mind?” Trump asked the crowd assembled at an airport hanger at Southern Illinois Airport. It’s time, said Trump, to “renew the bonds of love and loyalty that sustain us as Americans.”
Barnstorming in an effort to hold on to Republican majorities in Congress in the Nov. 6 midterms, the president has eight or more rallies planned, from Florida to Montana, over the next week. He said Saturday he would also go to Pittsburgh in the wake of the shooting.
Earlier, before boarding Air Force One, Trump said the Pittsburgh incident may have ended differently had there been armed personnel inside the synagogue. The comment could reopen a bitter debate over gun-control laws and the political influence of the National Rifle Association, less than two weeks from midterm elections.
“If they had some kind of a protection inside the temple maybe it could have been a very much different situation,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. should “stiffen up” its death penalty laws. Earlier, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the Department of Justice will file hate crimes and other charges against the defendant, including ones that could lead to the death penalty.
History of Shootings
“We believe this is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, said in a statement.
Trump joined his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism upon her marriage, and Vice President Mike Pence in condemning anti-Semitism. He told reporters on Air Force One that he’d spoken to the mayor of Pittsburgh, to Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s governor, and to his daughter and her husband Jared Kushner about the shooting.
Places of worship, from churches to a Sikh temple, have been common sites of fatal shootings in the U.S. That includes the 2017 shooting at First Baptist Sutherland Springs in Texas that left 26 dead, and the murder of nine parishioners, all black, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Colombia, South Carolina, in 2015.
Meanwhile, a movement to arm teachers took root earlier this year after the massacre of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“It hurts every time I see these headlines and then the political inaction,” David Hogg, a Stoneman student who’s become a gun-control advocate, said on Twitter. “Squirrel Hill my heart is with you. We will fight for you every single day.”
The president is receiving regular updates on the shooting and its aftermath from Mike Burnett, senior director for counter-terrorism, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
A suspect, Robert Bowers, 46, surrendered and was in custody. Bowers entered the synagogue armed with a high-powered rifle and at least three handguns, Bob Jones, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, said at a press briefing.
‘I’m Going In’
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights legal advocacy group, produced a Twitter message from an account with the name Robert Bowers blaming HIAS, a Jewish nonprofit agency that helps resettle refugees, for bringing “invaders in that kill our people,” adding, “Screw your optics. I’m going in.”
Officials haven’t yet said whether or not there was armed security at the Tree of Life Congregation, located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood about 10 miles (16 kilometers) from downtown. Many Jewish houses of worship and community centers in the U.S. have boosted security in recent years in response to attacks or threats.
Jones, who’s been with the Bureau since 1996, termed the crime scene the worst he’d seen. The FBI will be taking the lead as the investigation continues.
U.S. and foreign leaders decried the shooting. Israeli Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video message that he “was heartbroken and appalled.” Officials from Netanyahu’s administration are headed to Pittsburgh.
Former President Barack Obama, who spent eight years as griever-in-chief through a string of grisly mass shootings, said on Twitter that the U.S. needs to both fight the rise of anti-Semitism and consider new actions on guns.
“There is no place in our society for violence against innocent people, especially violence motivated by race, religion, or sex,” Norm Coleman, a former U.S. senator from Minnesota who chairs the Republican Jewish Coalition, said in a statement. “The level of hate in this country is out of control.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Trump to show leadership in fighting extremism in the U.S.
“We urge President Trump to immediately convene an emergency meeting of religious leaders to help stop the slide to extremism in American Society,” Rabbi Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, dean and associate dean, said in a statement released Saturday night in Vienna.
With U.S. elections looming on Nov. 6, Saturday’s incident comes a day after a Florida man was arrested and charged in connection with mailing at least 13 suspected explosive devices that targeted high-profile Democrats including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Jewish billionaire-philanthropist George Soros, and the cable network CNN.
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On Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim opened up about why she’s hesitant to have more children.. She and her husband Kanye West currently have three children (Saint, North, Chicago), and Kim said that he wants more, seven to be exact. But given the amount of gun violence in this country, in particular school shootings, Kim isn’t sure that’s a good idea. “I feel like the world is just so different now than when I grew up,” Kim said, “so I’ve been kind of hesitant about having more kids because it literally keeps me up at night thinking about how my kids will survive in a crazy world like this.” The episode was taped shortly after 17 kids were murdered in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, something that was weighing on Kim’s mind when considering having more children. “As a parent, in general, the thought of bringing your kid to a school and having them not come home because of a senseless shooting is definitely something that a consumes me a lot,” Kim said. “It’s like everyday there’s something so traumatizing, it just makes you not feel safe.” Kim and Kanye, with daughter North, were compelled to attend the March For Our Lives rally in Washington D.C., and Kim later met with some of the organizers. Kim was so inspired that Kanye might get his wish. “I feel like the whole next generation is so together and is gonna change the world,” Kim said, “and like, we can have another one.”
On Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian opened up about why she’s hesitant to have more children. She and her husband, Kanye West, have three children (North, Saint, and Chicago), and Kim said that Kanye wants more, seven to be exact. But given the amount of gun violence in this country, in particular school shootings, Kim isn’t sure that’s a good idea.
“I feel like the world is just so different now than when I grew up,” Kim said, “so I’ve been kind of hesitant about having more kids just because it literally keeps me up at night thinking about how my kids will survive in a crazy world like this.”
The episode was taped shortly after 17 kids were killed in a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., something that was weighing on Kim’s mind when considering having more children.
“As a parent, in general, the thought of bringing your kid to a school and having them not come home because of a senseless shooting is definitely something that consumes me a lot,” Kim said. “It’s like every day, there’s something so traumatizing, it just makes you not feel safe.”
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, Kim and Kanye, with 5-year-old daughter North, felt compelled to attend the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and Kim later met with some of the organizers. Kim was so inspired that Kanye might get his wish. “I feel like the whole next generation is so together and is gonna change the world,” Kim said, “and like, we can have another one.”
Check out what Kim Kardashian says is the silver lining to Kanye’s support of Trump:
The one thing Kim Kardashian likes about Kanye West’s support of Trump
Kim Kardashian sat down on The Alec Baldwin Show, where the reality star admitted that she thinks Alice Marie Johnson would still be in prison today if her husband Kanye West wasn’t a Trump supporter. “I do believe she would still be in prison,” Kardashian told Alec Baldwin. “Alice and I spoke about this. We spoke on the phone yesterday, and we've spoke about this a few times. She always says, Alice always says, ‘If it wasn't for Kanye speaking up in support of Trump,’ then she would still be in jail.” Earlier this year, Kardashian met with Donald Trump at the White House, where she successfully persuaded the President to grant a pardon for Johnson, who was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, after playing a small part in one drug deal. “She was the phone mule,” Kardashian explained to Baldwin. “She didn't know who, she didn't know how much, what kind of drugs. She didn't know anything. She had to say one sentence. Some weird sentence, and that was it.” Kim also admitted that it was in the wake of her Paris robbery, which took place two years ago, that she began to take interest in prison reform, and that Johnson was just the beginning for her. “I think I just want to continue doing what I'm doing. I feel like I have a voice. They're listening. We're making, you know, positive things happen. I'm very focused,” Kardashian told Baldwin, who then asked what her next move is. Kardashian responded, “The bigger goal is to get these bills passed that really change the laws to, you know, make the distinction, between, you know, crack and cocaine completely separate and just start getting people out.” Kardashian also shared that she is currently putting up her own money to fund cases that she’s passionate about, and that she reads letters and stories from people in prison all the time. However, she won’t just take on any case. “I felt like Alice Johnson found me. You know? Like, I connected with her, so I really do have to connect,” said Kardashian. While Kardashian has become an advocate for criminal justice reform, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star still maintains that she’s not “so into politics” and, unlike her husband, she knows where to draw the line. “I wasn't really into politics as much until, I think, more recently. And even so, I'm not so into politics. I'll find something that I believe in, and I figured out how to use my voice in that area, but as far as when it does come to my business, to me, it's all very separate.”