H&R Block closing 400 locations

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How much longer until H&R Block bites the dust? The once dominant tax preparation company has fallen on hard times thanks to the popularity of do-it-yourself tax software like TurboTax. According to this KCRA report, the company will be closing 400 smaller locations.

H&R Block is everywhere — and that’s a problem.

The company said it plans to close 400 smaller offices after it lowered its sales and profit margin outlook for the rest of the year. H&R Block’s stock plunged nearly 20% Wednesday.

During a conference call with analysts after the closing bell Tuesday, H&R Block CEO Jeff Jones said the decision to shutter the offices was part of its annual review and that the stores were mostly smaller ones.

The company does not plan to cut any jobs as a result of the closures, a spokeswoman for H&R Block told CNNMoney. She said that the stores being closed are all within five miles of other H&R Block locations.

H&R Block may be suffering from a Starbucks-like phenomenon — having too many locations that are within close proximity to other ones.

The increased popularity of do-it-yourself tax software like TurboTax is also hurting the company.

Jones noted that many people, including millennials, still want assistance when doing taxes.

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Attorney: Deep State has weaponized security clearances to block Trump appointees

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Entrenched bureaucrats are using the vetting process for security clearances as a “weapon” in order to block President Trump’s appointees, according to a new Wall Street Journal piece.

In the op-ed, security clearance defense attorney Sean M. Bigley writes about representing a senior Defense Department official who called out “cronyism” at a Pentagon office and faced clearance revocation as a result.

In the course of representing Adam S. Lovinger, Bigley wrote that he has had a “front-row seat to behavior that only a year ago I would have dismissed as a conspiracy theory.”

“You have very hostile, entrenched bureaucrats, folks who are not a fan of President Trump, and they have essentially decided security clearances are the low-hanging fruit. They are using security clearances as a way … to keep people out of the bureaucracy who will execute the president’s agenda,” Bigley said Friday on “America’s Newsroom.”

Bigley said the longer Trump’s nominees are blocked from Senate confirmation, the longer “acting officials” can remain and attempt to “govern through the administrative state.”

He said the recent case of VA secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson followed the same “playbook,” as the Navy admiral was accused of workplace misconduct and eventually withdrew himself from consideration.

“You sort of throw unverified allegations against the wall, see what sticks, and in the process really destroy people’s careers,” said Bigley, calling on the Trump administration to realize the “extent” of the problem and for Congress to hold hearings on the matter.

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Israel Continues to Block and Sabotage Peaceful settlement in Syria



 


It is well known that Israel has been supporting the so-called opposition operating in Syria in order to overthrow the legitimate government of Bashar Assad since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Another Tel Aviv’s goal here is to gain full control over the Golan Heights which Prime Minister B. Netanyahu is currently using to provide the militants from Syria with weapons.

Besides, the fighting jihadists striving to break the war-torn country are receiving medical care in Israeli hospitals. “Israel has been always stood by our side in a heroic way,” confirmed Moatasem al-Golani, the spokesman for the rebel group Liwa Fursan al-Joulan also known as Knights of the Golan. “We wouldn’t have survived without Israel’s financial assistance, food and weapons supplies.”

To be noticed is that the Israel Defense Forces have set up special paramilitary training camps, both in terms of imparting military, paramilitary and terrorist skills and as an opportunity for radical indoctrination. According to Inside Syria Media Center’s military correspondents on the ground, the Israeli military has been providing weapons and ammunition as well as intelligence support and a full-scale air support.

Thus, Israeli AF (IAF) have carried out more than 100 airstrikes on Hezbollah and the Syrian Arab Army’s positions. Moreover, the IAF have intensified their activity by conducting an air attack on the Syrian airbase T-4 on April 9, and also on the Ash-Shayrat and Ad-Dumayr air bases on April 17, 2018.

Furthermore, there has recently appeared new evidence of Israel’s increasing supplies to the radicals affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA). This assistance mainly consists of providing arms and weapons as well as money to buy ammo at the black market.

Local activists report that in late March – early April the contacts have intensified between the Israeli intelligence officers and the representatives of the Syrian armed groups acting in the area of Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The Israelis handed over to the militants some bags, boxes and cases, contents unknown, probably ammunitions, medicine and food rations.

We may propose it was the next batch of the so-called help to the Syrian militants controlled by Israel. Tel Aviv, thus, seeks to maximize the support in order to get them ready for an offensive of the Syrian troops and Lebanese Hezbollah in the south of al-Quneitra Governorate.

Obviously, by supplying opposition groups in southern Syria, Israel aims to block and sabotage not only the peaceful settlement of the conflict but also the demilitarization of the Syrian-Israeli border in the Golan Heights in accordance with Agreement on Disengagement between Israel and Syria.











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Major armed police operation in Brussels as officers ‘block gunmen in building’ (WATCH LIVE)

The incident is taking place near a primary school attended by approximately 350 pupils. The children have been taken inside the building as a safety precaution.

A security perimeter has been established, with a witness telling RTL Info that police have ordered residents of the neighborhood to stay inside their homes.

Witnesses told RTBF that armed police and snipers are at the scene. Police helicopters are also flying above the area.

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Sessions Is Helping to Block the Release of the FISA Memo

Jeff Sessions was to be the Presidents right hand man. He was to prosecute the enemies of the United States. Instead, he has provided these criminals with cover. Now, Sessions is blocking the release of the FISA memo.

 

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Watching Pig Rush To Save Friend On Slaughter Block Will Change How You See These Animals Completely

Pigs are remarkably intelligent and emotional creatures who form sincere social bonds. Their mental capacity is so advanced that they are often said to have the intelligence comparable to that of a three-year-old human. Scientists have stated that pigs have the emotional ability to empathize, and videos of pigs comforting each other in times of distress, such as on a factory farm or slaughterhouse truck, prove that pigs are far more advanced and complex than most people perceive them to be.

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In the above video, we see further proof that pigs are intelligent and empathetic with meaningful social bonds. We witness the disturbing scene from a pig slaughter operation, and as one pig struggles against the fate of merciless butchering, another pig rushes to the rescue! Squealing and running toward the killers, who jump in fear, there is no doubt that the pig is trying to save the life of his dear friend.

This video, although difficult to watch, shows what happens to intelligent and emotional pigs across the globe each and every day. Many people insist on reducing the worth of these beautiful animals to nothing more than a commodity, so please make sure to share this video and encourage others to see all animals as someones not somethings.

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Outrage as MPs abandon legal bid to block release of ‘black cab rapist’ John Worboys

Justice Secretary David Gauke told MPs in the Commons on Friday that it would “not be appropriate” to judicially review the decision around Worboys’ impending release, which was approved by the Parole Board.

The decision contrasts with what Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said just last week. Lewis said the government was doing “everything we can” to keep Worboys behind bars.

Gauke admitted that the decision “will disappoint the victims in this case and members of this House given the crimes for which he has been convicted.” He added: “On a personal level, candidly I share those concerns.”

Former black cab driver Worboys, 60, was jailed in 2009 for assaulting 12 women in London. He would offer his victims champagne laced with drugs after falsely claiming he had made a large lottery win. He is believed to have sexually assaulted over 100 women in total, police say.

The former stripper and porn actor was ordered to serve at least eight years in jail, and was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection (IPP), which meant that he could be kept in prison indefinitely so long as he was deemed to be a danger to the public.

In November, however, the Parole Board approved Worboys’ release. Two of his victims have been crowdfunding for legal representation to challenge his release, and say they only found out he was leaving prison through the media.

The government’s announcement it would leave the Parole Board’s decision is already proving unpopular, with enraged members of the public taking to social media to air their disgust.

“Worboys serves 28 days per rape victim,” one Twitter user pointed out, tagging the incorrect profile for 10 Downing Street.

Another called for the Parole Board itself to be put away for their decision.

Others questioned how long it will take for him to attack again.

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Blaze in Manchester apartment block brought under control

LONDON (Reuters) – Firefighters battled a blaze in an apartment block in central Manchester, northern England, on Saturday, with one person taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.

The Manchester fire service said 12 engines had been dispatched after flames engulfed several apartments on the ninth floor of the 12-storey building.

“The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here,” the service later said.

Britain is still reeling from a fire that ripped through the Grenfell Tower social housing block in west London that killed 71 people on June 14.

That fire was Britain’s deadliest since World War Two, gutting the 24-storey building that housed a multi-ethnic community living in a poor area within one of London’s richest boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Mark Heinrich and David Evans)

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