Nicky Hilton: Paris Should Date Someone ‘Older’ After Chris Zylka

No one ever said that finding The One was an easy feat. Nicky Hilton, however, has a piece of advice to give to her older sister, Paris Hilton, regarding the type of man she should date after her split with ex-fiancé Chris Zylka.

“I would like to see her with someone a little older than her, that she can learn from,” the designer, 35, told Us Weekly at FIJI Water at the MONSE Resort 2020 Runway Show on Saturday, June 1.

When asked about whether there was a particular person she had in mind for the “Best Friend’s A—” singer, she simply replied “no.” However, she noted how she does see similarities between her relationship with Paris and the bond her daughters Lily and Teddy share.

“Yes, there’s definitely an introvert and an extrovert sister. And they get along so great — I love it,” she shared with Us. “There’s nothing stronger than a sister bond. So I love seeing it in my own children.” (Nicky and husband James Rothschild have been married since 2015)

Paris, meanwhile, notably called off her engagement to Zylka, 34, in November 2018 after he proposed to her in Aspen with a $2 million engagement ring in January 2018.

“I said Yas! So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life,” she previously wrote on Instagram. “My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist.” Paris was engaged twice before to model Jason Shaw and fellow heir Paris Latsis, respectively.

Paris has dated since her headline-making split from Zylka. A source confirmed to Us in March that Paris “hooked up” with comedian Jack Whitehall, who also briefly dated Kate Beckinsale. However, Paris also revealed to Us in March that she has “never been better” as she has been “so busy” focusing on work.

With reporting by Lexi Ciccone

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Neil Woodford’s ex wife tells how he dumped her for younger secretary

Ex wife of fallen City guru Neil Woodford who is facing the fury of investors after shutting them out of their savings tells how he dumped her for his younger secretary while they were out walking their dogs

  • Neil Woodford was Britain’s best-known fall manager but has fallen from grace
  • Though they divorced years ago, Jo Woodford still has money invested in his firm
  • Woodford left his wife for a 6ft blonde secretary 17 years younger than Jo
  • He also set up home with his new love just 70 yards from the home where Jo lived
  • The fund manager is battling to save his empire after years of poor performance

Jo Woodford was left high and dry by her ex husband Neil who abruptly ended their marriage and left her for a younger secretary

Like the tens of thousands who placed their savings in her ex-husband’s failing investment fund, Jo Woodford knows exactly how it feels to be left high and dry. 

Before Neil Woodford abruptly ended their marriage – ‘ripping my world from beneath me’ – the couple were happy, or so she thought.

Her husband was Britain’s best-known fund manager and his Midas touch was credited with ‘making Middle England rich’. He was even feted by the Queen. 

Last week, the reports of his fall from grace, as dramatic as his overnight rise, left Jo riveted. Even though they divorced many years ago, she still has money invested in his firm.

It emerged that after his stock picks tanked, Woodford stopped customers taking their money out of his flagship Woodford Equity Income Fund, prompting nationwide fury. 

The fund – whose assets have fallen by almost £6 billion in just two years – is now expected to be closed for many months.

When customers learned that Woodford creamed off huge bonuses, they grew angrier still. In the space of a few days, the former City darling became public enemy number one.

Jo’s own life-altering loss at his hands came one Sunday morning in February 2007 while the couple were walking their four German Shepherd dogs in the ten-acre grounds of their manor house near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. ‘He said he was leaving,’ Jo recalls, her voice trembling.

There was someone else and it couldn’t have been more humiliating. The other woman was his secretary, a 6ft blonde who was 17 years younger than Jo.

To add further insult, her husband, now 59, set up home with his new love in the gamekeeper’s cottage – just 70 yards from the main house where Jo remained, alone.

On several occasions over the next few months her rival would pull up her horse alongside her and looking down, remark haughtily: ‘Isn’t it time you left?’

Britain’s best-known fund manager has suffered a fall from grace after he stopped customers taking their money out of his flagship Woodford Equity Income Fund, prompting nationwide fury

In an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Jo recalls how ‘the whole of Henley knew of the affair’ before her, and says she believes her failure to bear children contributed, in part, to the break-up.

She survived a rare cancer in her 20s – at one point she was given six months to live – and believes the chemotherapy left her infertile.

Jo is also critical of Woodford’s decision to remove money from his business – as much as £63 million – and says she still has a ‘substantial’ sum of her own invested with him. Perhaps surprisingly, she predicts he will be able to turn his affairs around.

Their life together wasn’t always so gilded – they first met at the Trustee Savings Bank in the mid-1980s. She was a 30-year-old working-class girl from East London who worked as PA to the chief executive, while he, at 25, was a junior analyst. They married in 1987 and lived in a modest house in suburban Maidenhead.

Their fortunes, however, transformed overnight in 2000 when Woodford made millions of pounds by avoiding the dotcom stock market crash. He had stubbornly stuck to his guns – and against the wishes of his bosses – by refusing to invest in the bubble around technology companies.

With their new-found wealth, they bought Fingest Manor, a Grade II listed property with a team of household staff. They also bought a picturesque farm on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. Exotic holidays and Ferraris followed. But 20 years later the dream turned sour.

Jo recalls: ‘We went out for a walk on a Sunday morning. Neil seemed out of sorts and I said to him, ‘What’s up? You seem very down and low, and I can’t seem to do the right thing.’

Horse-mad Neil Woodford with Madelaine, the 6ft blonde secretary he left wife Jo for in 2007

He said, ‘I’m leaving.’ I said, ‘What do you mean, you’re leaving?’ He said he had spoken to an estate agent and already had a flat lined up that he was moving in to.

‘My world was just ripped away from beneath me, it was just unbelievable. I was shocked, and remained shocked for a long time.’

Looking back, Jo said there were ‘signs’ that she hadn’t noticed at the time. ‘He wanted to do his hair differently and clothes were going out of the wardrobe – ‘I don’t like this any more’ – and I thought it was a bit of a mid-life crisis. But it was much worse than that.’

He revealed to Jo that he was leaving for his secretary Madelaine White, who was 12 years younger than him. She said: ‘This all came out of nowhere, all I had said was, ‘How are you’ on a Sunday morning walk. I couldn’t grasp what he was telling me. I ran all the way from the top of the fields where we were right down to the house, with the dogs chasing after me.

‘I arrived at the house and he followed me in. That’s when I said, ‘Who might it be then?’ He wouldn’t tell me at first. I said, ‘Come on, is it so and so and he said no. I said, is it Madelaine? Then he said, ‘Yes, and we’ve been together for six months.’ It turned out all of Henley knew about it, the office knew because they made it quite open at the Christmas party.’

Madelaine, then 35, had been Woodford’s secretary at Invesco Perpetual, based in Henley-on-Thames, for several years before the affair began. Jo said: ‘I found out they had a little love nest in Henley where they would get together. I said to Neil, “Couldn’t you have gone any further than the end of your desk if you weren’t happy?”‘

In truth, cracks in the marriage had surfaced a few years earlier. Jo said: ‘He moved out for three months but soon came crawling back. I know it sounds bad but I took him back because I felt like I was partly to blame. I had been spending more time away from him at the house in Devon. I escaped there really because I was going through a horrible early menopause and I was not in a good place.’

After that, Jo said their marriage was ‘better than ever,’ but the shock revelation that he was in a relationship with Madelaine was the final curtain. If being jilted for a younger woman was not bad enough, Neil then announced to Jo’s dismay that he intended to move Madelaine into the marital home at Fingest Manor. First they made do with the gatekeeper’s cottage. He bought Madelaine several horses and a brand new £95,000 horse box.

The ‘poisonous atmosphere’ during this period still makes Jo shudder. ‘While I was walking the dogs, Madelaine would ride up to me and say: ‘Isn’t it time you left?’

‘I got that many times, believe it or not I kept my dignity. It was a very unnecessary year, it didn’t have to be like that. It took me a good seven years to get over it. Why would you do that to someone? I will never be able to forgive him for that year, what he put me through.’

Jo said she had to fight through the courts to get a decent divorce settlement which eventually had to be decided by a High Court judge. She said: ‘The divorce battle was acrimonious but I felt I was in court against her rather than him.’ Jo claimed Madelaine ‘completely changed’ Neil and that he seemed ‘scared’ of her. She added: ‘He is no longer the man I knew but then again, did I ever really know him?’

She said they had to hurriedly divide up all of their possessions in one day because Neil was worried about upsetting Madelaine.

Jo said: ‘He said, ‘I can only do it this weekend because Madelaine is away riding.’ He was so nervous about upsetting Madelaine, that she would be cross that we had spent time together…I was finding it all very bizarre and depressing about him. I thought, ‘Where is your backbone? Where is the man I thought I knew? Madelaine is an insecure lady, even until this day. After the divorce was over and done with, and we were happy with the settlement, me and Neil would keep in touch once or twice a year.

‘I had a very good outcome from the divorce and was happy. I’ve known him since he was 25 so why would I not keep in touch with him? I am not vindictive, I want to move on. I would text him a couple of times a year to see how he was but Madelaine put a stop to it.’ One of Neil’s employees messaged her three years ago to say that Neil was ‘really sorry’ but she was not to contact him any more.

‘Neil did not have the balls to call me or text me himself,’ she said.

Jo believes one of the factors in her divorce from Neil was that she failed to give him children. She had survived the rare cancer in her 20s and believes the chemotherapy and radiotherapy left her infertile. But she claims that Neil and his late mother Pamela were shockingly insensitive to her about it.

Jo said: ‘He used to say, ‘Who am I going to leave all this to?’ I thought, ‘Well, I don’t mean to have all these miscarriages.’ I did my best. I lost two sets of twins, I had about seven miscarriages in all.

‘It was not for the want of trying. Then I had a stillborn boy and that was the end of it for me. I had a bout of depression. I think I realised I was 39, I’ve got to stop this. I thought I’ve got to be grateful for what I have rather than chasing what I can’t have.

‘He is quite a selfish man, quite like his mum. When I was a child I was taught to offer my last sweet – if you have one left you offer it and if they take it, then tough luck.

‘But what he was taught by his mum was, ‘He who gets there first, gets most.’ That’s how he was brought up, and really I should have seen it as a warning sign.

‘The first thing she said to me when I came out of the hospital having lost the little boy, after many years of miscarriages, was not, ‘How are you?’. She said to me, ‘Well I’m never going to be a grandmother now.’ ‘

Jo admitted it was painful to discover eight years ago that Madelaine had given birth to a boy with Neil. The couple also now have a five-year-old daughter. She said: ‘It hurt, but also I am happy for Neil because that is what he wanted.’

Neil and Madelaine now live in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, in a house bought for £13.7 million in 2013. They built a state-of-the-art equestrian centre and Neil has taken to competing in amateur three-day eventing.

Jo said: ‘Madelaine is obsessed with horses so Neil has got in to it. We had some ponies in Devon which we adored but it’s funny to see him on a horse. He was always more interested in bashing up Ferraris around race tracks.

‘An old neighbour of mine told me she used to share stables with Madelaine years ago – before she met Neil – and Madelaine told her that her one aim in life was to find a man who could set her up in the equestrian world. Well, she’s got what she wants in life.’

Despite all that her ex-husband put her through, Jo revealed she still has ‘substantial’ funds invested with him and that she remains optimistic that he ‘will come up smelling of roses’ despite his current financial woes.

Woodford is battling to save his empire after years of poor performance prompted investors to withdraw billions of pounds in recent months. On Monday, he took the drastic step of stopping savers taking money out of the Woodford Equity Income Fund. The move has sparked a backlash from investors and from the wider fund management industry.

Prestigious wealth manager St James’s Place fired Mr Woodford last week from managing £3.5 billion of client funds. Investment firm Omnis also sacked Mr Woodford from running its £330 million Income & Growth fund.

The once-feted fund manager now faces probes by Parliament and City regulators at the Financial Conduct Authority. But he has refused to cut £100,000-a-day management fees he earns for locked-out savers.

Jo revealed: ‘I have lost a lot of money since last March. My financial advisers are saying, ‘Look, enough is enough, Jo’ but I am loath to part with my money. I did move a substantial amount of money out of his fund last year and put it elsewhere, but I kept a substantial amount of money with him.

‘I don’t know the man now, people change or do different things depending on who they are with, maybe, but I can’t help but think when I was with him that his decisions were always made from hard work and that is why I hope he still does that, that he wouldn’t have made those decisions lightly.’

However Jo, like many of Woodford’s investors, has questioned the high sums he has paid himself in recent years. Woodford paid himself and his business partner Craig Newman nearly £37 million in the 2017-18 financial year. In all, he has taken around £63 million out of the business in the past five years, although an undisclosed amount was reinvested or given to charity.

Jo said: ‘Has he lost his marbles? That’s what people are saying. It was disappointing to hear he paid himself such a lot at a time he’s not performing very well. To me that looks like is he going to exit somehow.’

Last night, Woodford and his wife Madelaine declined to comment.

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Cardi B Shows Off Her Swollen Feet As Side Effect of Surgeries

Cardi B is showing rather than telling us what sort of toll her recent cosmetic surgeries are having on her … in the form of a foot flash that’s pretty damn shocking to see.

The rapper posted a photo Saturday of her two feet side-by-side, and they looked like straight-up cankles, on account of how swollen they appear to be. She captioned her photo, “Look how swollen my feet get every time I take flights my stomach gets even more puffy.” 

Cardi went on to explain that the swelling is just one reason her docs have recently told her to lay off of performing because “my feet and stomach burn when I get puffed up.”

She also seemed to be taking a shot at a story we did about the complications she was dealing with from her liposuction and breast augmentation procedures — in which we pointed out that her having to cancel a show actually increased ticket sales for the rescheduled booking. Cardi wrote, “NOT due to ticket sales. Stop fakin s*** f*** outta here.”

For the record, TMZ never directly linked Cardi’s surgery complications to ticket sales — we simply pointed out that one thing fortuitously happened after the other … that’s all.

And, ticket sales did, in fact, go up for an event she was supposed to perform at in Baltimore this Spring. After pulling out and the gig getting postponed … we’re told an additional 4,600-plus tickets were sold, on top of what had already been issued.

Back to Cardi’s pic though … this has gotta be THE visual representation of having your dogs barking. Feel better, CB. 

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C.C. Sabathia Prepares for His Goodbye to Cleveland. Or Maybe Not.

CLEVELAND — C.C. Sabathia was scheduled to be a starting pitcher at Progressive Field on Saturday for the 125th, and probably last, time in his career. This season, his 19th, is also his final one. Way back when, he made his major league debut in Cleveland as a hard-throwing 20-year-old on April 8, 2001.

“It just feels so comfortable to be in this park,” Sabathia said on Friday. “Coming up here and being here for so long and just knowing where everything is in the stadium. It’s like home.”

Even though Sabathia has not worn a Cleveland Indians uniform in 11 years, and has been a Yankee since 2009, the fact that he started out here still means a lot to him. He was an Indians first-round pick in 1998. He spent the first seven and a half seasons of his career with them, winning a Cy Young Award in 2007 and making three All-Star Game appearances. Three of his four children were born in Cleveland.

“This place is special to them,” said Sabathia, whose family was expected to be in attendance on Saturday.

There is at least one way for Sabathia to make one more appearance on the Progressive Field mound this season: to play in the All-Star Game here on July 9. All-Star Games, after all, are celebrations for fans, so why not celebrate Sabathia?

He entered Saturday with a 3-2 record and 3.61 earned run average over nine starts. He has served two stints on the injured list this season because of his degenerative right knee — and might need more time off in the months ahead for rest and treatment because it even hurts to walk. So while other pitchers will be more deserving of an All-Star selection based on performance, none would have Sabathia’s significance.

He also entered Saturday with 249 career victories. Only 13 pitchers in baseball history have won 250 games and struck out 3,000 batters. When he reached the strikeout milestone last month, Sabathia became the 17th pitcher — and only the third left-hander — to do so.

And in a sport that has seen the number of black players fade over the decades, Sabathia is just the third with 3,000 strikeouts, joined by Bob Gibson and Ferguson Jenkins.

Given all this, some of Sabathia’s teammates believed it would be fitting to see him back in Cleveland for the All-Star Game.

“It’d be more of a gesture for a guy who has had a Hall of Fame career type of thing,” Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton said. “That would be nice and cool.”

Even if reached that far, center fielder Aaron Hicks said Sabathia would have to feel comfortable taking part.

“C.C. has a big thing about honoring the game,” Hicks said, adding: “He doesn’t want to be a guy that takes somebody’s spot. But I think it would be cool.”

Although the format has changed, fans still vote for All-Stars. Pitchers and position player reserves will be chosen through a combination of player voting and choices by Major league Baseball.

In his 20th and final season, Derek Jeter, a presumptive Hall of Famer, was voted into the 2014 All-Star Game by fans despite hitting .272 with a pedestrian .647 on-base plus slugging percentage in the first half of the season. Mariano Rivera, elected to the Hall of Fame this year, was more deserving of his All-Star selection for his on-field play in his final season: He had a 1.83 E.R.A. in the first half in 2013.

“Nobody has ever said anything to me about it,” Sabathia said when asked about the possibility. “But yeah, if that was something the league would want and the players would be for it, that’d be awesome.”

Ideally, though, Sabathia may prefer the four days off in July to spend time with his family and rest his knee. He has pushed through the pain because he wants to win. When asked if he was sentimental about his potential final game in Cleveland on Saturday, Sabathia deflected. “We’re trying to win every day, so there’s really no room for none of that mushy stuff,” he said.

Still, Sabathia made time to relive some of his past. On Friday, he recounted memories of past teammates and experiences that made him who he is today. He saw familiar stadium staff as he walked around Progressive Field. As he has done throughout his final season, he spoke to children from a local Boys and Girls Club, which he attended as a child in Vallejo, Calif., his hometown.

He stopped by his favorite place to eat — Dave’s Cosmic Subs in Westlake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland — for an Italian sub before Friday’s game. He visited his old house and caught up with some past neighbors. An outdoor basketball court Sabathia’s late father built there made him nostalgic.

“That court still being up means a lot because he worked on that so hard,” he said. “And it was a big deal that he was able to do that and the fact that it’s still there was pretty cool.”

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You can now buy Love Island's Casa Amor if you've got a spare £2.5 million

Love Island’s infamous Casa Amor, where couples are either made or broken, is up for sale to tune of an eye watering £2.5 million.

The four-bedroomed sprawling villa is located just down the road from the main Love Island house on the Spanish island of Majorca, where 14 singletons are already up to their eyeballs in drama.

According to the RightMove listing for the property, the house was designed by an unnamed but award-winning local architect and has a ‘sensational feeling of space and flowing movement throughout’.

Sounds lovely.

As well as it’s own private pool and collection of fruit trees, there’s also a yoga studio or massage room depending on your mood and the property even has it’s own vineyard.

Of course, the real selling point is the fact that it has been used as the second filming location for the incredibly popular dating show Love Island.

Who wouldn’t want to own the spot where Chris and Kem had their very first meeting of minds when they rapped Skepta’s That’s Not Me, or where Josh met his (now ex) girlfriend Kaz?

Ah, memories.

Perhaps the idea of buying a house a group of lusty reality TV contestants have lived in will be offputting for some potential buyers, but we’re sure they would have boiled all the sheets and swept the place clean like an episode of Minority Report.

As for this year’s Love Island, we saw the first boy booted out of the villa on Saturday as none of the girls chose to couple up with lovely Callum.

Poor lad.

At the dramatic recoupling ceremony, Lucie was forced to finally choose between Tommy and Joe after a week-long love triangle had dominated the show.

She decided to stick with Joe, meaning Tommy was coupled up with new girl Molly-Mae who had invited him on a hot tub date earlier on in the episode.

Tonight, the island will be rocked by a brand new arrival in the shape of 21-year-old model Danny Williams from Hull.

Obviously, we hope there’s fireworks.

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Kyle Lowry, nearly traded six years ago, is Raptors’ journeyman on verge of first NBA title

TORONTO – Kyle Lowry has come a long way in six years without moving.

Lowry thought Toronto had traded him in 2013 to the New York Knicks as part of a rebuilding effort. But the Knicks backed out at the last minute, and the Raptors put their rebuild on hold.

Now, Lowry – a journeyman turned All-Star – is on the verge of his first NBA championship. After three teams in his first seven years. After ups and downs with the Raptors. After losing to LeBron James and Cleveland in three consecutive playoffs. After the team fired head coach Dwane Casey. After Toronto traded his best friend DeMar DeRozan.

The Raptors defeated Golden State 105-92 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday and took a 3-1 series lead. If the Raptors win a fourth game in this series – perhaps Game 5 Monday in Toronto (9 p.m. ET, ABC) – the title will be meaningful to all Raptors, but maybe just a bit more to Lowry.

“We didn't do nothing yet,” Lowry said. “We haven't done anything. We won three games. It's the first to four. We understand that. They're the defending champs, and they're not going to go out easy. They're going to come and fight and prepare to play the next game, and that's how we're preparing ourselves.”

There is a growing sense, though, the Raptors will stop Golden State’s attempt at a three-peat. The Warriors are beat up, injured, gassed and struggling to keep up with Toronto.

The Raptors have been relentless throughout the playoffs, but especially in this series, and they embody Lowry’s dogged ethos. His statistics don’t stand out: 13.3 points, 6.8 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 35.4% from the field and 36% on three-pointers.

“One of the best things about this team is that you don't have to put a burden of 20 to 25 points on him, because he's going to defend, he's going to lead the team, he's going to make those tough plays,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He just instinctually does that game after game after game.”


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But Lowry is a case where his impact is greater than statistics. He has drawn three charges, deflected 10 passes and if a loose ball is on the floor or going out of bounds, Lowry will dive to save it.

“There's something about that guy that I just believe in. It's incredible,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. “We have been through so much, and he's a winner. There's no other way to put it – he's a winner. He's been hit upside the head from every different angle, whether it's personal, everything, and he survives it. Like every day he comes, he comes to win. Doesn't matter what mood he's in, like he comes to win.”

In Game 4, he had just 10 points on 3-for-12 shooting (no threes) but he had seven assists and three steals.

“I’ve always just wanted to win,” Lowry said. “My approach was always to play hard and do everything as hard as I possibly can to (do) whatever it takes to win games, and that was the most important thing that I've always done.”

He had a big statistical effort in Game 3 with 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds and made 8-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-9 on three-pointers.

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It was also the game where he dove into the stands to save the basketball and ended up in the middle of the controversy involving Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens, who gave Lowry a push and told him to “Go (expletive) yourself” multiple times.

Lowry was irate in real time, then calmed down with the help of his teammates en route to a win. He handled the situation as well as possible in real time, and the following day, he expressed the proper amount of disgust at Stevens’ behavior.

He was direct and calm when he said Stevens should no longer be part of the NBA. That story isn’t going away, but it faded with another Raptors victory and the possibility that Golden State won’t win another championship this season.

When the Raptors traded DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, Lowry was hurt. Ujiri and Lowry had a long conversation to clear the air.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (Photo: Dan Hamilton, USA TODAY Sports)

“This year there was a really good moment where we sat down and we really talked about what we wanted to accomplish, and it's a tough conversation but these are conversations that you have to have,” Ujiri said. “I did understand how Kyle felt when obviously we made the trade and it was tough. DeMar is his best friend. I do understand that completely. That's the toughest part of the business that we all talk about.”

As much as it hurt to see his friend traded, deep down Lowry understood his best chance to win a title was alongside Leonard.

At one point early in his Raptors tenure, Lowry thought he would be on the move again.

“When I first got traded here I didn't really know what to expect,” Lowry said. “I thought I would be here a couple years and be out of here. But the organization is unbelievable, the ownership is unbelievable, management has been great. We have had great people come through here, players, coaches, and just kind of grown for me.”

Seven seasons later, Lowry, the Raptors and Toronto are close to something that seemed so far away for so long.

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Trump deal with Mexico a win for 'hostage-taking': former WTO chief

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The migration deal imposed on Mexico this week by U.S. President Donald Trump under the threat of punitive tariffs was a victory for “hostage-taking” over international rules, a former head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) said on Saturday.

Late on Friday, the United States and Mexico struck an accord to avert a tariff war when Mexico agreed to expand a contentious asylum program and deploy security forces to stem the flow of illegal immigration from Central America.

Mexico made the concessions after Trump threatened to slap escalating import tariffs of 5% on all Mexican goods from Monday if the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador did not do more to tighten its borders.

“My reaction is it seems that hostage-taking works. That’s my reaction,” Pascal Lamy, a former director-general of the WTO, told Reuters in a telephone interview, saying that Trump’s actions went against the spirit of international diplomacy.

“If there’s a rule of law, it’s because people believe it’s better than the law of the jungle. And many people don’t like the law of the jungle because some are strong, some are weak, and they don’t want the strong to always step on the weak.”

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the remarks by Lamy, who has criticized the American president’s use of tariffs in the past.

Trump, meanwhile, has blamed the WTO for not doing enough to defend U.S. global trade interests, and in August 2018 threatened to pull the United States out of the organization.

Global markets have been roiled in recent months by the Trump administration’s aggressive use of tariffs to assert U.S. economic power, fanning concern about the stability of multilateral institutions that grew up after World War Two.

A former European Commissioner for Trade who headed the WTO from 2005 to 2013, Lamy has been a staunch defender of that rules-based system. His criticism of Trump’s tariffs reflects wider misgivings about the United States going it alone.


Mexico sends around 80% of its exports to the United States, giving Trump ample leverage to put pressure on Lopez Obrador over a surge in migrant apprehensions on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Lamy said it was understandable that Mexico had sought to extricate itself from the tariff bind, but noted it ran the risk of facing more threats from Trump in future.

He was in “absolutely no doubt” that the WTO would have found in favor of Mexico if Lopez Obrador had asked the trade body to arbitrate the dispute with Trump, a process he said would have taken around two years for a definitive ruling.

“The U.S. president is taking trade decisions that are in total violation of the WTO rules,” Lamy said.

“That was the case with these Mexican tariffs. The notion that you put a tariff because there are too many people crossing the border is just miles away from any letter and spirit of the WTO agreement. Which is why I qualify this as hostage-taking.”

Turning to Trump’s clashes with the WTO, Lamy said it was still not clear whether the U.S. president was more interested in reforming the organization, or neutralizing it.

Lamy said Trump had complaints worth heeding, noting that some WTO rules currently made it hard to constrain Chinese trade practices that have caused frictions.

But he said the rest of the world needed a fallback plan if the United States decided not to abide by international rules.

“The others have to find a way to stabilize the multilateral rules-based system,” he said, “even if the U.S. want to kill it.”

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Bunny Shaw, the ‘Zion Williamson of Soccer,’ Mixes Size and Spontaneity

MIRAMAR, Fla. — Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee last month, Khadija Shaw allowed herself a quiet moment of self-congratulation. She was the first in her family to receive a college degree. She had persevered through tragedy, having lost three brothers to gang-related violence in Jamaica and a fourth to a car accident. And now she was headed to the Women’s World Cup with Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz, with a chance to become a breakout star.

“I did well,” Shaw, 22, who is known as Bunny, told Brian Pensky, Tennessee’s soccer coach. “I did well.”

World Cups have a tendency to produce breakout stars, players who previously performed under the public’s radar but who, given a global stage and a moment in the spotlight, suddenly burst into the broader public consciousness. Shaw, a goal scoring force on a team appearing in its first World Cup, could be this year’s model.

At 5 feet 11 inches, Shaw is sturdy and strong at forward, but also quick and inventive, with a spontaneity developed from playing pickup soccer with boys in Spanish Town, Jamaica, outside Kingston, the capital.

“She can play four feet tall and 10 feet tall,” said Hue Menzies, Jamaica’s coach. “You can’t teach it. She’s got the technical ability to do a lot of things women her size don’t do. Being in the streets does that.”

Pensky called Shaw “the Zion Williamson of soccer,” a reference to the former Duke basketball star who entranced the nation last season as a freshman with a guard’s deftness and a forward’s body.

“That’s Bunny,” Pensky said. “She’s 5-11, strong yet quick and fast, with soft feet, a great brain and the tools of a 5-6 midfielder.”

Several weeks before Shaw graduated from Tennessee with a degree in communications, the United States State Department issued a travel advisory for Spanish Town, warning American tourists not to visit, saying, “Violence and shootings occur regularly.”

It seems harsh to reduce the history of a place to a warning to stay away. Spanish Town is a former capital of Jamaica, home to one of the oldest Anglican churches outside England. But there was grim resonance for Shaw in what the advisory cautioned.

Three of her brothers have been shot to death. In August 2017, the day Shaw went to Tennessee from a junior college in Florida, one of her cousins was wounded in Spanish Town in a drive-by shooting but survived, Pensky said. A friend said that Shaw grew reluctant to answer her phone, fearing more bad news on the other end every time it rang.

“Her life could have gone a whole other way,” Pensky said.

At one point, Shaw briefly considered giving up soccer and returning home to her family. But, she said, the sport brought her comfort and solace.

“It frees me up,” she said. “I don’t think about nothing when I’m on the pitch other than I really want to win. I’m free, relaxed. I don’t really focus on anything. I use it as motivation to keep going.”

Fans may still be getting to know Shaw, but top clubs are not. Multiple news outlets reported on Thursday that she had signed a two-year contract with F.C. Girondins de Bordeaux in the thriving French women’s league. She has been on this path since elementary school, playing in her front yard, or in the street, in Spanish Town with her brothers and other boys from the neighborhood. It was a dangerous place, she has acknowledged. Sometimes while walking home from practice, she once told The Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel, she would saunter into crime scenes. Yet amid the danger, she said, her sport provided an oasis.

At 7, she began playing pickup soccer against boys as old as 15 or 16. They believed in her, she said, and told her she would be the future of the troubled community. They did not try to hurt her when they played in the yard or in the street, she said. Still, she asked them “to play me rough” because she wanted to be familiar with the muscularity of soccer when she got older and the games became formal and meaningful.

“The boys kept me going; they were with me,” Shaw said. “When I was feeling down, they would come to my house and they would yell my name. If I didn’t come, they would come in the house and pull me out.”

Until the Reggae Girlz, as Jamaica’s national team is known, became the first Caribbean nation to qualify for the World Cup, women’s soccer had been largely dismissed in Jamaica. Many considered it too rough and unfeminine. But at a young age, Shaw began to kick anything that would roll. Bottles. Stones. Boxes. Bags. Figurines. The remote control. Sometimes she played barefoot, and sometimes — when her mother was not home — she even played in her dress shoes.

“My mom would always get mad,” Shaw said with a laugh. “But she and my dad realized this is what I really wanted.”

One criticism of American soccer is that it is too organized, that athletes don’t play enough on their own, away from coaches, the way they do in basketball. Creativity can suffer, the theory goes. That is not the case for Shaw, who relied on ingenuity and inventiveness to succeed on makeshift fields, against boys who were bigger and faster. It is evident in her intuitive style, the way she wheels on a shot while facing away from the goal or cheekily chips a lob over a goalkeeper. The way she seeks contact, which Menzies, the coach, is seeking to lessen as a way to keep her from repeatedly being injured.

“She depends on her size to hold off defenders, but she’s got to separate quicker so it won’t be so combative all the time,” Menzies said. “She’s got to save her career.”

By age 14, Shaw was playing on Jamaica’s under-20 national team. In high school, she collected 128 goals and 72 assists. Last fall at Tennessee, she scored 13 goals in 15 games and was named the Southeastern Conference’s offensive player of the year. Now she has arrived at the World Cup.

“Bunny’s been through a lot of adversity,” Menzies said. “She knows she’s on a path to greatness. In the neighborhoods, soccer’s an opportunity to have a little bit of joy. Football is a cure. She’s part of that.”

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Happy BFFs Day! Celebrate With Your Favorite Besties from KUWTK, Very Cavallari, LADYGANG & More!

Need a hug? A test dummy for your new gadgets? How about a good cry? Real tears aren’t mandatory and come on, what’re best friends for!

Kylie, stop it with the fake crying. You’re really good at that,” Kendall Jenner tells her sis in this heartwarming compilation video spotlighting some of E!’s favorite BFF pairings doing what they do best: maintaining sweet, often sassy friendships that are generally super easy to relate to, obviously!

“I know,” Kylie replies with a playful smile and actual tears in her eyes.

So, if you’re wondering how to celebrate your own personal partner in crime on this year’s National Best Friend Day—which is today, June 8, in the U.S.—consider toasting with the E! family.

From Kristin Cavallari and Kelly Henderson‘s crack-up colonic recap on Very Cavallari to Jac Vanek‘s unfortunate sock ambush on LADYGANG (being her BFF and all, Keltie Knight knows full-well how much her pal hates feet), laugh along with these platonic duos during a few of their most memorable throwback moments.

And pray your best bud doesn’t take too many tips from Dr. Terry Dubrow, who has colleague Dr. Paul Nassif trying out “new medical devices” in the office near the compilation’s end because “we don’t want to test on animals.”

Clearly, Dr. Nassif takes friendship pretty seriously. 

See the hilarity ensue in the full video above!

Watch a brand new episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians Sunday at 9 p.m., only on E!

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Girl, 13, fighting for her life and 27 injured after fairground ride broke

A 13-year-old girl is fighting for her life and 27 others have been injured in an accident involving a fairground ride in southern Spain.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning while San José de la Rinconada – a small town near Seville, Andalusia – was holding its annual summer fair.

It is believed a spinning disc ride, called ‘the Super Cooking Pot’, fell apart after experiencing an electrical failure, reported Diario de Sevilla.

However, the full circumstances around the accident are not yet clear.

The teenage is girl is reportedly in a critical condition and is being treated at the Virgen del Rocio Hospital in Seville for serious head injuries, reported the news site.


Nine of the injured were taken to local hospitals, said Seville’s municipal emergency services, after they were called to the scene at around 1.50am.

Four teenage boys, aged 12 to 14, are also being treated at a separate hospital with one of them currently in intensive care.

Another four are being treated for fractures and other injuries but are said to be in a stable condition.

Town hall officials of La Rinconada said in a statement that the ride had passed safety inspections before the fair took place.

In 2014 a 12-year-old girl died after suffering an electric shock from the same type of ride at a fairground in a nearby town.

Officials added the site has been cordoned off while investigations are underway to establish what may have caused the machinery to malfunction.

They said they hope victims will make a ‘quick recovery’, while the town’s mayor Javier Fernández said the accident had left everyone ‘without words’ and are seeking to find who is responsible for the ride’s technical difficulties.

He added: ‘We hope that our boys and girls will recover from what they experienced today both psychologically and physically.’

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