Oracle’s stock jumps as company returns to growth

Oracle CEO Safra Catz delivers a keynote address during the Oracle OpenWorld conference on September 17, 2019 in San Francisco. Oracle CEO Safra Catz kicked off day two of the 2019 Oracle OpenWorld with a keynote address. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images News | Getty Images Oracle shares rose as much as 6% in extended trading on Thursday after the software maker reported fiscal first-quarter earnings and quarterly guidance that were better than analysts had expected. Here’s how the company performed: …

‘Special Friendship:’ New Book Reveals Courtship Between Trump and Kim Jong Un

In a series of letters reportedly obtained by Bob Woodward for his new book, Rage, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un called President Donald Trump “Your Excellency” and said their relationship was like a scene from a fantasy film. The Washington Post and CNN published details from more than two dozen letters the leaders sent after the 2018 summit in Singapore, the first time a sitting U.S. president had met with a leader of the North. The missives add new …

‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ To End In 2021: ‘End Of An Era’

Keeping up with the KarJenner clan is about to get a lot harder: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is concluding its 14-year run in 2021. The family announced the news in a statement they simultaneously shared to Instagram on Tuesday evening, telling fans that “with heavy hearts” they will say goodbye to the reality show that’s run for 20 seasons. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family …

20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is The Best Kind Of Feel-Good Movie

Kate Hudson has a line in “Almost Famous” that is cheesy, overwrought and perfect. I think about it often. Her character, aptly named Penny Lane, says to fledgling 1970s rock journalist William Miller (Patrick Fugit) while driving around San Diego one night, “I always tell the girls, ‘Never take it seriously.’ If you never take it seriously, you never get hurt. If you never get hurt, you always have fun. And if you ever get lonely, just go to the …

Boris Johnson is ‘fascinated’ by Donald Trump, says ex-diplomat

Lord Darroch, a former British ambassador to the US, has said Boris Johnson is fascinated and inspired by Donald Trump and is intrigued by the US president’s patchy relationship “with the facts and the truth”. In a new book serialised in the Times, Darroch said Johnson must share the blame for his resignation as ambassador to Washington, which followed the leaking of diplomatic cables disparaging Trump. Darroch wrote that Johnson had been “fascinated” by Trump on visits to Washington as …

For first time, a woman to head Canada’s Space Agency

Canada’s Space Agency will have a female president for the first time in its 31-year history September 3, 2020, 8:22 PM • 1 min read OTTAWA — For the first time in its 31-year history, the Canadian Space Agency will have a female president. The government announced Thursday that longtime public servant Lisa Campbell will take over as head of the agency. Campbell replaces Sylvain Laporte, who has been president since 2015. Campbell has spent the last two years as …

Poland marks 40 years since key pro-democracy agreement

Poland is celebrating 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc’s first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation’s history By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press August 31, 2020, 12:57 PM • 3 min read WARSAW, Poland — Poland on Monday celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc’s first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course …

The Milwaukee Bucks Led the Way as Athletes Took a Stand Over Jacob Blake. Players Decades Ago Helped Win Them the Power to Speak Up

When the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night, in protest of the police shooting of a Black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., they were not alone. On Wednesday and Thursday, not only were NBA playoffs and WNBA games delayed, but athletes from Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer also refused to take to the field; football practices were nixed and hockey games postponed. And …

China Secretly Built A Vast New Infrastructure To Imprison Muslims

This is Part 1 of a BuzzFeed News investigation. For Part 2, click here. This project was supported by the Open Technology Fund, the Pulitzer Center, and the Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism. China has secretly built scores of massive new prison and internment camps in the past three years, dramatically escalating its campaign against Muslim minorities even as it publicly claimed the detainees had all been set free. The construction of these purpose-built, high-security camps — some …

Wildfires Raging in California Are Some of the Largest in the State’s History

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Lightning-sparked wildfires in Northern California exploded in size Friday to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes and other structures as reinforcements began arriving to help weary firefighters. More than 12,000 firefighters aided by helicopters and air tankers are battling wildfires throughout California. Three groups of fires, called complexes, burning north, east and south of San Francisco have together scorched 991 square miles (2,566 square kilometers), destroyed …

These Before And After Photos Show The Damage In Beirut After The Massive Explosion

Dozens of people were killed and thousands more injured after a gigantic explosion tore through Beirut on Tuesday, pulverizing entire neighborhoods and devastating a nation facing political and economic crises, as well as the coronavirus pandemic.   Lebanese authorities have said they suspect the disaster was caused by almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate being stored unsafely at a warehouse at a port in the capital city. The force of the explosion was estimated by scientists at the University of …

Indigenous protesters in Brazil demand COVID-19 protection

Dozens of Indigenous people have blocked a major highway in Brazil’s Amazon to pressure the government for help in protecting them from COVID-19 3 min read NOVO PROGRESSO, Brazil — Dozens of Indigenous people, many daubed in black paint representing their grief and fighting spirit, blocked a major highway in Brazil’s Amazon on Monday to pressure the government for help in protecting them from COVID-19. The Kayapo Mekragnotire people blame authorities for the deaths of four of their elders and …

Belarus’ president remains defiant after largest protest in country’s history, NATO ‘closely monitoring’ situation

An aerial view of protesters during a demonstration on August 16, 2020 in Minsk, Belarus. There have been daily demonstrations in the Belarusian capital and elsewhere in the country after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory in the August 9th election that critics allege was fraudulent.   Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has rejected calls to quit following his contested re-election, warning that the former Soviet republic would “perish as a state” if it was forced to repeat the vote. Opposition protesters …

China’s purchases are ‘lacking’ but the U.S. is still ‘happy’ with the trade deal, ex-White House negotiator says

The U.S.-China trade deal is more than just about buying more American goods, said a former top White House trade negotiator on Friday. “There is a whole structural side to this deal and on the structural components, whether it comes to intellectual property, financial services, market access and having China change some of its laws on agriculture, China is more or less, doing what it said it was going to do,” said Clete Willems, a former deputy director of the National Economic Council.   “And …

New York City’s Museums To Reopen As State’s COVID-19 Numbers Continue To Tick Down

New York City’s museums and cultural institutions were temporarily shuttered by the pandemic and kept closed even as the state entered Phase 4 in July.   New York City’s museums and cultural institutions will be allowed to open up again later this month, for the first time since being temporarily shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the city’s museum can open back up again beginning Aug. 24. “New York City’s world-class cultural …

Iran arms embargo: US has ‘never been so isolated’

Iran has hailed the UN Security Council vote that rejected a US bid to extend an arms embargo on the Islamic republic, saying Washington has “never been so isolated”. In the Security Council vote on Friday, the US got support only from the Dominican Republic for its resolution to indefinitely extend the arms embargo on Iran, leaving it far short of the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption.   Eleven members on the 15-member body, including France, Germany and …

Erdogan: Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal

Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. [AP] Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador after agreement between the Gulf state and Israel to normalise ties was revealed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. The Turkish foreign ministry also said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behaviour” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.   Palestinian leaders denounced the …

‘It’s a Struggle They Will Wage Alone.’ How Black Women Earned the Right to Vote

The 19th Amendment, ratified a century ago on Aug. 18, 1920, is often hailed for granting American women the right to vote. And yet most Black women would wait nearly five decades more to actually exercise that right. As the centennial of that Constitutional landmark arrives amid weeks of Black Lives Matter protests that have called for greater recognition of Black women’s contributions to society, historian Martha S. Jones aims to make sure that the Black American women who fought …

How windy is it on Mars? Sand ‘megaripples’ offer a clue.

The sandy landscape of Mars is home to plenty of severe weather, including the odd dust storm so large that it can be observed by telescopes on Earth. But its day-to-day weather remains something of a mystery. Now, a new study that monitored the subtle movements of huge ripples of sand on the Martian surface suggests that Mars may actually be windier than researchers thought. It’s not uncommon to find wavelike features, known as “megaripples,” in some deserts of Mars, …

Exercises for Back Pain

There are workouts for pain in the back that focus on including more strength to the muscles which participate in arching the spine. The rash injury is really an outcome of ligament tears or disc problems that have been pushed. Clients always have a choice to carry out other techniques consisting of hitting the deck. This is executed by putting their arms on top of their stomachs for about 10 to fifteen minutes. An option of such is using a …