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  • Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.

    Fedor Konyukhov landed 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Northam, where he started his journey on July 12, about three hours after he flew over the same town on his return, flight coordinator John Wallington said.

    "He's landed, he's safe, he's sound, he's happy," Wallington said from the landing site. "It's just amazing."

    "It's fantastic — the record's broken, everyone's safe. It's all good," he added.

    Konyukhov's gondola — a carbon box 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) high, 2 meters long and 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches) wide — bounced twice over 200 meters (yards) in an empty field and tipped on its side before the support crew grabbed it to prevent the deflating balloon from dragging it farther, crew member Steve Griffin said.

    "He's got a

    Read More »from Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
  • Clinton Makes ‘Safe’ Choice of Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate

    Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is Hillary Clinton’s choice as vice president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced her choice of running mate on Friday, opting for a highly regarded politician with plenty of experience but little panache.

    Clinton texted her decision to supporters late Friday and is expected to make a joint appearance with Kaine in Miami today before they head for the Democratic National Convention. "I’m thrilled to tell you this first,” the text read. “I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate. Welcome him to my team.” 

    Clinton’s VP List May Have Just Gotten a Little Shorter 

    Kaine, 58, a centrist Democrat with an impressive resume from a key battleground state, is a popular choice among many of the convention delegates, although more liberal Democrats are concerned about some of his views on trade and banking industry regulation. 

    The former Richmond mayor, Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chair, is viewed by many as Clinton’s

    Read More »from Clinton Makes ‘Safe’ Choice of Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate
  • Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings

    MUNICH (AP) — The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, authorities said Saturday.

    Investigators searched the German-Iranian man's home overnight and found a considerable amount of literature about mass killings, including a book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill," but no evidence that he was linked to extremist groups such as the Islamic State. They believe he acted alone.

    All of the people killed were Munich residents, including seven teenagers, authorities said.

    Germany's top security official Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said other information showed the shooter, whom he identified only as David, had researched a 2009 school shooting in Germany, and the bomb and gun attacks in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people exactly five years ago Friday.

    "There was material found in the

    Read More »from Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following their meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin(US Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.Thomson Reuters)
    Russian warplanes bombed a garrison used by US and British forces in Syria twice last month, despite being warned by a US surveillance aircraft flying nearby that the base was not occupied or being used by members of ISIS.

    The airstrikes — which hit the base in southeastern Syria just 24 hours after 20 British special forces had left and killed four US-backed rebels — appear to have been Moscow's way of pressuring the US into sharing military intelligence and coordinating more closely with the Russians in Syria, The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous reported.

    Moscow initially told the Pentagon that it thought that the base was being used by ISIS, according to the report. It later claimed that US Central Command's refusal to provide Russia with the garrison's coordinates was largely to blame for the incident.

    Nearly a month after the first incident, Entous

    Read More »from It looks like Russia purposefully bombed a base used by the US to force Washington's hand in Syria
  • LONDON (Reuters) - The remaining shops belonging to Britain's collapsed department store chain BHS will close down in the next four weeks at a potential cost of 5,000 jobs, Sky News said on Saturday.

    Loss-making BHS fell into administration in April and Sky said administrators were expected to announce the closure of the remaining 114 stores on Monday.

    BHS's demise left its pension fund with a deficit of 571 million pounds ($809 million) and came a little more than a year after retail tycoon Philip Green sold it to Dominic Chappell's Retail Acquisitions Ltd for a nominal sum.

    Green has faced widespread criticism for his role in the demise of BHS and in June was grilled for six hours by British lawmakers when he admitted he had erred in selling the business to Chappell, a serial bankrupt with no retail experience.

    Parliament's Business and Work and Pensions committees are due to publish their report on BHS's collapse on Monday.

    Read More »from All of British retailer BHS's stores to close in next four weeks - Sky
  • How to get out of debt

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    Maybe it was a big, unexpected expense. Maybe it’s crept up so gradually, you didn’t realize it. But no matter how it happens, we — almost all of us — find ourselves in debt at some point. It might be just enough to make you uncomfortable, or perhaps it has become a crushing, sleep-stealing weight you know you can’t handle anymore.

    There are four basic ways to dig out of debt, be it a small or big amount. You need to look at your debt and your income honestly and figure out which option is best for you.

    You can sit down with pencil, paper and calculator and build a realistic budget that lets you pay off your bills on a consistent and effective basis, pay for your basic needs and — if you stick to it — gives you all the peace of mind you need to get through it.

    You can ask a credit counseling company for help. This is a good solution if you have a lot of unsecured debt, such as credit card debt for which the interests rates are high or

    Read More »from How to get out of debt
  • ChryslerChrysler PacificaDMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZDZQZRZSZTZU

    It is not an exaggeration to say that if, today, I had to choose one vehicle to drive for the rest of my natural life, it would be this 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited.

    I wouldn’t be thrilled about it—I’ve got the fob of a Porsche this week—but there it is. #minivantruth.

    Why? Because minivans rock, a priori. Easy midrow entry, two rows of flippy-foldy seats, flexible cargo space that can handle 4X8 plywood, and the blessed, Promethean gift of sliding side doors. Many minivans have dual-screen entertainment systems with headphones, which act on restless children just as the lightest touch of a rubber mallet. What’s not to love?

    Also, in the fast-evolving segment of three-row people movers, latest is greatest.

    The Pacifica minivan, a crown-jewel segment for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is coming off a $2 billion redesign that should keep it technically relevant for some time. It only has to outlast me.

    You might ask if minivans are so great,

    Read More »from Rumble Seat: Chrysler Pacifica is a minivan minus the shame
  • Clinton-Kaine Ticket Emerging as Strong Advocates for Tech Policy, Says CTA

    ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate:

    “We congratulate Sen. Kaine on receiving the vice presidential nomination. Secretary Clinton was the first major 2016 presidential candidate to unveil a dedicated tech and innovation policy agenda – recognizing the value of the Internet of Things, the importance of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and the removal of barriers that stifle new innovators – and we hope to see her and Sen. Kaine continue the discussion on these key issues throughout the campaign.

    “Throughout his political career, Senator Kaine has been a supporter of free trade and other issues critical to the technology

    Read More »from Clinton-Kaine Ticket Emerging as Strong Advocates for Tech Policy, Says CTA
    Contact:
    Consumer Technology Association
    Bronwyn Flores, 703-907-7976
    bflores@CTA.tech
    www.CTA.tech
    or
    Izzy Santa, 703-907-4308
    isanta@CTA.tech

  • 5 things to know about Tim Kaine

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    Tim Kaine was named late Friday as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate. Despite his protestations as recently as this week that he was too dull to get the nod, his selection was viewed as a lock by Friday morning. Clinton announced her pick via social media and text message.

    Here are some facts about the U.S. senator from Virginia:

    Doubling down on experience: Like his would-be boss, Kaine has both executive and legislative experience. Elected to the Senate in 2012, the 58-year-old had been governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. At the helm of the Old Dominion, he oversaw a state whose unemployment rate didn’t spike as much the country’s did overall during the Great Recession. It’s a fair question whether that performance can be credited to Kaine’s stewardship or the fact

    Read More »from 5 things to know about Tim Kaine
  • Buy These 4 Stocks Before Their Dividends Double (Again)

    Today I’ve got good news and bad news for you—and four stocks with dividends destined to double soon.

    First, the good news: S&P 500 companies are sending out more dividend cash than ever before. According to FactSet, dividends per share (DPS) are at an all-time high, hitting $43.90 in the 12 months ending in April, up 7.5% from the previous 12-month period.

    The bad news? The party’s ending … or at least winding down. That’s because stalling earnings growth is forcing companies to dig deeper into their profits to keep the dividend parade rolling.

    Dividends and Earnings: On a Collision Course

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    Right now, a record 44 S&P 500 companies have payout ratios above 100%—so they’re paying out more in dividends than they earn, something they clearly can’t keep up indefinitely. And over the next 12 months, FactSet sees overall DPS growth slowing even further, to just 4.9%.

    The Crucial Factor Most Investors Overlook

    The slowdown is particularly bad news if you’re relying on your investments for

    Read More »from Buy These 4 Stocks Before Their Dividends Double (Again)

Blog Posts by Simplus Information Services

  • Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A cold and exhausted 65-year-old Russian balloonist came back to Earth with a bruising thud in the Australian Outback on Saturday after claiming a new record by flying solo around the world nonstop in 11 days, officials said.

    Fedor Konyukhov landed 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of Northam, where he started his journey on July 12, about three hours after he flew over the same town on his return, flight coordinator John Wallington said.

    "He's landed, he's safe, he's sound, he's happy," Wallington said from the landing site. "It's just amazing."

    "It's fantastic — the record's broken, everyone's safe. It's all good," he added.

    Konyukhov's gondola — a carbon box 2 meters (6 feet, 7 inches) high, 2 meters long and 1.8 meters (5 feet, 11 inches) wide — bounced twice over 200 meters (yards) in an empty field and tipped on its side before the support crew grabbed it to prevent the deflating balloon from dragging it farther, crew member Steve Griffin said.

    "He's got a

    Read More »from Russian balloonist lands safely in Australia after 11 days
  • Clinton Makes ‘Safe’ Choice of Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate

    Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia is Hillary Clinton’s choice as vice president. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee announced her choice of running mate on Friday, opting for a highly regarded politician with plenty of experience but little panache.

    Clinton texted her decision to supporters late Friday and is expected to make a joint appearance with Kaine in Miami today before they head for the Democratic National Convention. "I’m thrilled to tell you this first,” the text read. “I’ve chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as my running mate. Welcome him to my team.” 

    Clinton’s VP List May Have Just Gotten a Little Shorter 

    Kaine, 58, a centrist Democrat with an impressive resume from a key battleground state, is a popular choice among many of the convention delegates, although more liberal Democrats are concerned about some of his views on trade and banking industry regulation. 

    The former Richmond mayor, Virginia governor and Democratic National Committee chair, is viewed by many as Clinton’s

    Read More »from Clinton Makes ‘Safe’ Choice of Tim Kaine as Her Running Mate
  • Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings

    MUNICH (AP) — The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding more than two dozen others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, authorities said Saturday.

    Investigators searched the German-Iranian man's home overnight and found a considerable amount of literature about mass killings, including a book titled "Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill," but no evidence that he was linked to extremist groups such as the Islamic State. They believe he acted alone.

    All of the people killed were Munich residents, including seven teenagers, authorities said.

    Germany's top security official Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said other information showed the shooter, whom he identified only as David, had researched a 2009 school shooting in Germany, and the bomb and gun attacks in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people exactly five years ago Friday.

    "There was material found in the

    Read More »from Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following their meeting in Moscow, Russia, July 16, 2016.  REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin(US Secretary of State John Kerry attends a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.Thomson Reuters)
    Russian warplanes bombed a garrison used by US and British forces in Syria twice last month, despite being warned by a US surveillance aircraft flying nearby that the base was not occupied or being used by members of ISIS.

    The airstrikes — which hit the base in southeastern Syria just 24 hours after 20 British special forces had left and killed four US-backed rebels — appear to have been Moscow's way of pressuring the US into sharing military intelligence and coordinating more closely with the Russians in Syria, The Wall Street Journal's Adam Entous reported.

    Moscow initially told the Pentagon that it thought that the base was being used by ISIS, according to the report. It later claimed that US Central Command's refusal to provide Russia with the garrison's coordinates was largely to blame for the incident.

    Nearly a month after the first incident, Entous

    Read More »from It looks like Russia purposefully bombed a base used by the US to force Washington's hand in Syria
  • LONDON (Reuters) - The remaining shops belonging to Britain's collapsed department store chain BHS will close down in the next four weeks at a potential cost of 5,000 jobs, Sky News said on Saturday.

    Loss-making BHS fell into administration in April and Sky said administrators were expected to announce the closure of the remaining 114 stores on Monday.

    BHS's demise left its pension fund with a deficit of 571 million pounds ($809 million) and came a little more than a year after retail tycoon Philip Green sold it to Dominic Chappell's Retail Acquisitions Ltd for a nominal sum.

    Green has faced widespread criticism for his role in the demise of BHS and in June was grilled for six hours by British lawmakers when he admitted he had erred in selling the business to Chappell, a serial bankrupt with no retail experience.

    Parliament's Business and Work and Pensions committees are due to publish their report on BHS's collapse on Monday.

    Read More »from All of British retailer BHS's stores to close in next four weeks - Sky
  • How to get out of debt

    ShutterstockDMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZQZRZSZTZU

    Maybe it was a big, unexpected expense. Maybe it’s crept up so gradually, you didn’t realize it. But no matter how it happens, we — almost all of us — find ourselves in debt at some point. It might be just enough to make you uncomfortable, or perhaps it has become a crushing, sleep-stealing weight you know you can’t handle anymore.

    There are four basic ways to dig out of debt, be it a small or big amount. You need to look at your debt and your income honestly and figure out which option is best for you.

    You can sit down with pencil, paper and calculator and build a realistic budget that lets you pay off your bills on a consistent and effective basis, pay for your basic needs and — if you stick to it — gives you all the peace of mind you need to get through it.

    You can ask a credit counseling company for help. This is a good solution if you have a lot of unsecured debt, such as credit card debt for which the interests rates are high or

    Read More »from How to get out of debt
  • ChryslerChrysler PacificaDMAMBMCMDMEMGZBZDZQZRZSZTZU

    It is not an exaggeration to say that if, today, I had to choose one vehicle to drive for the rest of my natural life, it would be this 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited.

    I wouldn’t be thrilled about it—I’ve got the fob of a Porsche this week—but there it is. #minivantruth.

    Why? Because minivans rock, a priori. Easy midrow entry, two rows of flippy-foldy seats, flexible cargo space that can handle 4X8 plywood, and the blessed, Promethean gift of sliding side doors. Many minivans have dual-screen entertainment systems with headphones, which act on restless children just as the lightest touch of a rubber mallet. What’s not to love?

    Also, in the fast-evolving segment of three-row people movers, latest is greatest.

    The Pacifica minivan, a crown-jewel segment for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is coming off a $2 billion redesign that should keep it technically relevant for some time. It only has to outlast me.

    You might ask if minivans are so great,

    Read More »from Rumble Seat: Chrysler Pacifica is a minivan minus the shame
  • Clinton-Kaine Ticket Emerging as Strong Advocates for Tech Policy, Says CTA

    ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, regarding presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s selection of Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate:

    “We congratulate Sen. Kaine on receiving the vice presidential nomination. Secretary Clinton was the first major 2016 presidential candidate to unveil a dedicated tech and innovation policy agenda – recognizing the value of the Internet of Things, the importance of licensed and unlicensed spectrum and the removal of barriers that stifle new innovators – and we hope to see her and Sen. Kaine continue the discussion on these key issues throughout the campaign.

    “Throughout his political career, Senator Kaine has been a supporter of free trade and other issues critical to the technology

    Read More »from Clinton-Kaine Ticket Emerging as Strong Advocates for Tech Policy, Says CTA
    Contact:
    Consumer Technology Association
    Bronwyn Flores, 703-907-7976
    bflores@CTA.tech
    www.CTA.tech
    or
    Izzy Santa, 703-907-4308
    isanta@CTA.tech

  • 5 things to know about Tim Kaine

    ReutersHillary Clinton and Sen. Tim Kaine — a former Virginia governor — wave to the crowd during a campaign rally at Ernst Community Cultural Center in Annandale, Va.DMAMBMCMDMEZBZBRZDZDRZFZGZHZQZRZSZTZU

    Tim Kaine was named late Friday as Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate. Despite his protestations as recently as this week that he was too dull to get the nod, his selection was viewed as a lock by Friday morning. Clinton announced her pick via social media and text message.

    Here are some facts about the U.S. senator from Virginia:

    Doubling down on experience: Like his would-be boss, Kaine has both executive and legislative experience. Elected to the Senate in 2012, the 58-year-old had been governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010. At the helm of the Old Dominion, he oversaw a state whose unemployment rate didn’t spike as much the country’s did overall during the Great Recession. It’s a fair question whether that performance can be credited to Kaine’s stewardship or the fact

    Read More »from 5 things to know about Tim Kaine
  • Buy These 4 Stocks Before Their Dividends Double (Again)

    Today I’ve got good news and bad news for you—and four stocks with dividends destined to double soon.

    First, the good news: S&P 500 companies are sending out more dividend cash than ever before. According to FactSet, dividends per share (DPS) are at an all-time high, hitting $43.90 in the 12 months ending in April, up 7.5% from the previous 12-month period.

    The bad news? The party’s ending … or at least winding down. That’s because stalling earnings growth is forcing companies to dig deeper into their profits to keep the dividend parade rolling.

    Dividends and Earnings: On a Collision Course

    image1-7-25

    Right now, a record 44 S&P 500 companies have payout ratios above 100%—so they’re paying out more in dividends than they earn, something they clearly can’t keep up indefinitely. And over the next 12 months, FactSet sees overall DPS growth slowing even further, to just 4.9%.

    The Crucial Factor Most Investors Overlook

    The slowdown is particularly bad news if you’re relying on your investments for

    Read More »from Buy These 4 Stocks Before Their Dividends Double (Again)

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