• World
    Quartz

    Wuhan’s traumatized residents warn that the lifting of lockdowns is “not the end”

    As the disease has spread around the world, with reported cases and deaths in the US and other European countries now far outstripping that of China and once unimaginable lockdowns now becoming the norm everywhere, the early days of the pandemic in Wuhan now feel like distant memories. At the start of the lockdown there, videos and posts circulated widely on Chinese social networks depicting the desperation of the situation. Hospitals were overwhelmed amid an acute shortage of testing kits and beds.

  • Business
    Refinery29

    How Tall Is Barron Trump? A Very Serious Investigation

    The journalistic tradition of determining the height of a public figure is a long and storied one. While we can’t be certain that fledgling New York Times reporters hunted down clues in 1860 about the comparative heights of presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln (6’4”) and Stephen A. Douglas (5’4”), there’s no doubt that the men’s relative stature was of great interest to the electorate at large. (After all, Douglas’s nickname was “Little Giant” and, some 160 years later, Lincoln remains famous for his height — among, you know, other things.)In more recent years, similar investigations have been launched to determine the heights of everyone from Tom Cruise (5’7”) to Jake Gyllenhaal (5’11”) to Adam Driver (6’3” aka So Big). There’s even a website, the estimable CelebHeights, devoted to the topic. (Which, by the way, the only better place on the entire internet is FamousBirthdays, which affords a really generous interpretation of the word “famous.”)But, it isn’t only celebrities whose heights are of interest today, politicians’ heights are still a topic of conversation; the myth that the taller of any two presidential candidates is the one who always wins is still pervasive, if demonstrably false. However, while some people might be interested in the respective heights of Bernie Sanders (6’0”) and Joe Biden (also 6’0”), or are perhaps invested in the height of President Donald Trump (either 6’ ½”, down from 6’2” at his peak, or 6’3”), we are only interested in the height of one of the other current residents of the White House: Barron Trump. At 14 years old, Barron is the president’s youngest child, but he’s also, possibly, his tallest. As a recent photo of Barron revealed, the teenager is now towering over his parents, with whom he is currently sheltering in place, despite being not “as happy as he could be.” We can only hope that Barron’s Oedipus complex one day brings this national nightmare to an end. pic.twitter.com/jbO6BcULuF — Daniel Denvir (@DanielDenvir) April 6, 2020But, “towering over his parents” is not a height. So, how tall is Barron Trump?Interestingly, the internet has no definitive answers. A quick Google of “how tall is Barron Trump” simply confirms the fact that Barron is, indeed, tall, and then offers up the information that Donald Trump is 6’3” — though that is almost certainly not true, as the President has, in the past, said his height was 6’2” and, as is the case with many septuagenarians, is presumed to have shrunk a bit in stature. Still, though, Barron is taller than his father, so is 6’1” — at least.  Barron is also taller than his mother, Melania, whose height is said to be 5’11”; Melania is most frequently photographed wearing heels, which would make her appear to be closer to 6’1” or 6’2,” making Barron even taller than that.As is the case with pretty much all 14-year-olds, Barron wasn’t always as tall as he is now. (Obviously!) But because Barron has been not infrequently photographed during the precise years when most people experience significant growth spurts, his suddenly looming stature has become a point of interest. Where once it was possible to just say about Barron, “wow, he’s tall,” as compared to his notably tall parents, now there are calls for NBA scouts to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, because, wow, he’s tall.Barron and his parents are not the only tall people in the Trump family. Don Jr. (6’1”), Eric (6’4”), and Ivanka (5’11”) are also objectively tall. Tiffany is not particularly tall (5’8”), but that’s not really so surprising, is it? Another prominent member of the Trump clan, Jared Kushner, is also tall (6’3”), and is one of those people whose height can be measured beyond mere inches, and verges into emotional measurement territory. (Kushner has been described as being “Slenderman-tall,” by me, to a friend. Slenderman is a cool 8’.)Unfortunately, there are virtually no recent photos of Barron with any of his siblings or sibling-in-laws that we could use to determine if Barron is definitively taller than either Eric (6’4”) or Kushner (6’3” or 8’, depending). But, that’s fine anyway, since the one thing of which we can be certain is that no matter how tall Barron is now, he’ll be taller soon, since most boys don’t finish growing until they’re 16, which is almost a full two years from now for Barron. And, according to one internet height predictor tool, by then, Barron might be 6’7″. To which we say, good for you, Barron. Good for you. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Was This Barron Trump Joke Okay?Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, & Ali Wong Team UpTrailer For Beware The Slenderman Is Terrifying

  • Sports
    The Independent

    Kyle Walker ‘should never play for England again’ after hosting sex party during lockdown, says Ian Holloway

    Ian Holloway believes Manchester City should get rid of Kyle Walker and has called on Gareth Southgate not to pick the defender again for England after he broke lockdown restrictions last week.Walker issued an apology at the weekend after it was revealed he invited a friend and two escorts to his house for a ‘sex party’ last Tuesday, with the ill-advised soiree going against the Government’s social distancing regulations that are in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.Walker’s actions mirrored that of Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, who was also forced to apologise after he attended a friend’s flat believed to belong to former teammate Ross McCormack the previous weekend, despite the British public not to have any interaction with people from other households.Walker was also caught up in a second incident at the weekend, with former England captain Wayne Rooney reported to have been warned by police after he met up with the Manchester City defender while out on a walk with his family.City are investigating Walker’s actions and he is expected to receive a heavy fine and reprimand for his actions, but current Grimsby Town manager Holloway believes that his defiance of the Government regulations should be enough for the defending Premier League champions to sell Walker as soon as possible – particularly in light of the tragic news that manager Pep Guardiola lost his mother Dolors Sala on Monday after she contracted coronavirus. “First off I’d like to send my love and best wishes to Pep as he’s lost his mum,” Holloway told Talksport. “The reality of that and then you have one of your players (Walker), it’s almost brainless. What on earth are you doing having a party like that? It’s bang out of order. I’d be looking to get him out of the club, that’s not right and it’s so irresponsible.“You end up believing in your hype and you think you can control the world.”Holloway added that 48-cap England international should never play for the Three Lions again, claiming that it goes completely against what is expected of a national team player.“Totally. It beggars belief,” he said. “Where’s the discipline? Where’s the actual discipline?”The former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers boss believes that the actions of Walker and Grealish show how the current climate has shown the world has its priorities wrong – particularly when it comes to the wages paid to those who are making the difference during the coronavirus crisis.“It’s so disrespectful to generations and generations who fought for us, it’s all wrong,” he said of those who continue to go out.“I think the world is upside down, the top money should not be paid to entertainers, but the people keeping us safe on the frontline and the Government need to make sure these doctors and nurses are paid the top money so people want to do that for real.”

  • World
    USA TODAY Opinion

    Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis

    China’s response was inept, dishonest and utterly inconsiderate of the world. We need to teach the Chinese government a lesson.