United States Marine Field McConnell
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April 8, 2016
1. Abel Danger (AD) claims that the late Ian Cameron – former Chairman of White's Club – and his son David Cameron modernised a centuries-old bookmaker service by laundering White's Club death-pool bets through HSBC and its tax-haven clients.
2. AD claims that HSBC and fellow Serco shareholders used Serco 8(a) hit teams to stage the 1993Waco siege where – allegedly – White's Club bookmakers took bets that if any ATF lives were lost more than 20 black UK citizens would be put to death for those acts.
3. AD claims that Serco shareholders led by HSBC and the UK government used a London property owned by a company registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) to stage the spy-in-the-bag murder of Gareth Williams where – allegedly – White's bookmaker took bets that if Gareth was found to have hacked any Clinton Foundation donors, he would be put to death.
4. United States Marine Field McConnell (http://www.abeldanger.net/2010/01/field-mcconnell-bio.html) invites FBI Director James Comey, a former-director of Serco banker HSBC, to investigate the apparent role of Serco's 8(a) companies, Clinton Foundation donors and the White’s Club death-pool bookmaker in the contract killing of Gareth Williams in August 2010.
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"A senior Conservative MP called on Mr Cameron to be "completely open" in his tax affairs rather than deploying a "careful choice of phrases" when responding to concerns from the media. Mr Cameron, who has pledged throughout his premiership to clamp down on the use of offshore tax havens, may have avoided reference to the past because he inherited £300,000 from his father’s estate after he died in September 2010. His father's wealth, built at least partly on his offshore dealings, also helped pay for Mr Cameron’s Eton education."
"Revealed, former HSBC boss's tax haven: Leaked documents show executive tried to avoid paying by placing £8m town house in offshore company
Michael Geoghegan tried to avoid tax on his £8million Kensington town house by placing it in an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands
Geoghegan was not a UK resident and was not domiciled in the UK for tax Bank's current chief executive Stuart Gulliver also came under scrutiny
By JAMES SALMON BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 23:54 GMT, 7 April 2016 | UPDATED: 07:05 GMT, 8 April 2016
Details of how top executives at HSBC brazenly used tax havens were revealed yesterday.
Leaked files show how the bank's former boss Michael Geoghegan tried to avoid tax on his £8million town house by placing it in an offshore company in the British Virgin Islands.
Mr Geoghegan worked for HSBC for almost 40 years – mainly abroad – before finally retiring in 2010."
"The Waco siege was a siege of a compound belonging to the religious group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military between February 28 and April 19, 1993. The Branch Davidians, a sect that separated in 1955 from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was led by David Koresh and lived at Mount Carmel Center ranch in the community of Elk, Texas, nine miles (14 kilometers) east-northeast of Waco. The group was suspected of weapons violations, causing a search and arrest warrant to be obtained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The incident began when the ATF attempted to raid the ranch. An intense gun battle erupted, resulting in the deaths of four government agents and six Branch Davidians. Upon the ATF's failure to raid the compound, a siege was initiated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the standoff lasting 51 days. Eventually, the FBI launched an assault and initiated a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the ranch. During the attack, a fire engulfed Mount Carmel Center. 76 people died, including David Koresh.
Much dispute remains as to the actual events of the siege. A particular controversy ensued over the origin of the fire; a government investigation concluded in 2000 that sect members themselves had started the fire. The events near Waco, and the siege at Ruby Ridge less than 12 months earlier were both cited as the primary motivations behind the Oklahoma City bombing that took place exactly two years later."
"The PM’s trip to China reminds Guido that he has a little factoid that he hasn't seen anywhere else, namely that during Dave's 1985 gap year he worked for Jardine Matheson, before going up to Oxford. Young Cameron worked for three months in Hong Kong as a 'ship jumper' for Jardine Shipping Agencies. Dave was responsible for attending to ships when they called at Hong Kong. His tasks ranged from taking care of all the formalities with the customs and immigration authorities, to looking after travel and personal arrangements for crew members. Did his time in Hong Kong teach him to work hard and invest wisely – or did it encourage him to squander his salary in the bars of Wan Chai? Guido can confirm that there are many exciting diversions for a young man in Hong Kong…
The political relevance of this is that Jardine Matheson is one of the original Hong Kong trading houses or "Hongs" and Jardine Matheson’s early profits were based on selling opium to the Chinese. When the Chinese emperor tried to ban the trade, the company called on Britain to intervene, leading to the 1839 Opium War. This is not viewed well in China, something to be borne in mind when the former lackey of the oppressors is lecturing them about human rights…"
"'British spy' found dead identified as Foreign Office worker
Body of Gareth Williams, 31, was found stuffed in sports bag in the bath of his central London flat Gareth Williams from Cheltenham, who was found dead in a flat in Pimlico.
Photograph: SWNS Sam Jones and Helen Pidd
Wednesday 25 August 2010 19.46 BST
Last modified on Saturday 9 January 201616.19 GMT
An MI6 worker whose body was found stuffed into a sports bag in the bath of his London flat was identified locally today as Gareth Williams, a 31-year-old Foreign Office employee.
It was reported tonight that a postmortem carried out on the intelligence officer was inconclusive, but showed he was not stabbed to death. Reports suggested he had worked at GCHQ, the government's secret listening service in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and had been on secondment to MI6, the secret intelligence service. It is thought he could have been dead for up to two weeks. …
Landlord's name is a Russian joke Gareth Williams was found dead in a flat rented from a company called New Rodina. Details of the company ownership are hidden because it is registered in the British Virgin Islands and not listed with Companies House.
Land registry documents show property was bought for £675,250 in 2000 with a mortgage from the Royal Bank of Scotland and remortgaged twice, in September 2005 and February 2006.
The documents show the owner operated through a law firm called Park Nelson which occupied a rented office in Bell Yard, off Fleet Street, but no longer appears to exist.
New Rodina, which means "new home" or "new homeland" in Russian, is a familiar one for Russian speakers, and may have been part of an in-joke among GCHQ employees relocated to London. Typically, Russians who live abroad refer to their adopted country as a "new rodina". "There is an element of joke in it. Russians like this kind of wordplay," one Russian said.
The name raises the possibility that either Williams, or his superiors, may have been working on clandestine material relating to the Kremlin or Russia's ubiquitous intelligence services.
Relations between Britain and Russia have been slowly improving, but have not recovered from the diplomatic fallout following the polonium murder of the former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, in November 2006. That led then foreign secretary David Miliband to expel three Russian diplomats in 2007. The government still refuses to cooperate with Russia's post-KGB spy agency, the Federal Security Services.
Another possibility is that Williams's Pimlico flat is Russian-owned. Affluent Russians make frequent use of offshore companies. London is popular with rich Russians, many of whom have homes in the capital or educate their children at top private schools.
"New Rodina is the kind of name you could give to a company offering flats and services to newly-arrived Russians seeking a foothold in London," one Russian said."
"Spy found dead in a bag 'had infuriated his MI6 bosses by illegally hacking into secret US data on Bill Clinton'
Gareth Williams's body was found in a bag at his London flat five years ago
Spy illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton
Personal voicemail messages left by the spy were deleted after he died
By JENNY STANTON FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 10:49 GMT, 30 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:56 GMT, 30 August 2015
The British spy whose body was found padlocked inside a bag in his flat had illegally hacked into secret data on former U.S. president Bill Clinton, it has been revealed.
Gareth Williams, 31, was discovered in a holdall in the bath at his London home five years ago this month, but the mystery surrounding his death has never been solved.
Today, it has been revealed the spy had dug out a guest list for an event Clinton was due to attend as a favour for a friend.
The hack breached Mr Williams' security clearance and this sparked anger among MI6 bosses as tensions rose with U.S. security services over the spy's transatlantic work, The Sun on Sunday has reported.
A source said: 'The Clinton diary hack came at a time when Williams' work with America was of the most sensitive nature.
'It was a diplomatic nightmare for Sir John Sawers, the new director of MI6 at the time.'
The paper has also reported that voicemail messages Mr Williams, a maths genius and expert cryptographer, left for family and friends were deleted shortly after his death.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that detectives who investigated the mysterious death believe he was murdered and that his killers then broke back in through a skylight to cover their tracks.
The claim centres on the revelation that part of the forensic equipment placed in the flat after the body was found was moved – despite the fact the building was under armed police guard.
The theory supports his family's suspicions he was murdered by 'agents specialising in the dark arts of the secret services'.
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"Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank
Leaked files reveal identities of wealthy donors with accounts in Geneva Donors gave as much as $81m to Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation Hillary Clinton expected to make inequality a key issue of any 2016 campaign
The charitable foundation run by Hillary Clinton and her family has received as much as $81m from wealthy international donors who were clients of HSBC's controversial Swiss bank.
Leaked files from HSBC's Swiss banking division reveal the identities of seven donors to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation with accounts in Geneva.
They include Frank Giustra, a Canadian mining magnate and one of the foundation's biggest financial backers, and Richard Caring, the British retail magnate who, the bank's internal records show, used his tax-free Geneva account to transfer $1m into the New York-based foundation.
Hillary Clinton has expressed concern over growing economic inequality in the US and is expected to make the issue a cornerstone of her widely anticipated presidential campaign in 2016. However, political observers are increasingly asking whether the former secretary of state's focus on wealth inequality sits uncomfortably with the close relationships she and her husband have nurtured with some of the world's richest individuals.
Giustra's Swiss HSBC account, created in 2002, contained up to $10m in the 2006-2007 period. Lawyers for the mining magnate said that he held the account for investment purposes, and that it was in compliance with Canadian laws that required disclosure of foreign assets.
Caring was legitimately permitted to keep his assets offshore by a hereditary quirk of UK tax law, under which he is registered as "non-domiciled", courtesy of his Italian-American father. The HSBC records suggest Caring's $1m donation was paid in return for former president Bill Clinton's attendance at a lavish costume charity ball organised by Caring in St Petersburg, Russia.
Another Clinton foundation donor who had a HSBC account in the tax haven is Jeffrey Epstein, the hedge fund manager and convicted sex offender who once flew the former president on his private jet for charity events in Africa.
The identities of Clinton supporters who banked with HSBC in Geneva are contained in internal bank data leaked by a HSBC computer expert turned whistleblower, Hervé Falciani.
The leaked files have now been obtained through an international collaboration of news outlets, including the Guardian, the French daily Le Monde, CBS's 60 Minutes and the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
It is not unlawful for US or other non-Swiss citizens to hold accounts in Geneva and there is no evidence any of the Clinton donors with Geneva accounts evaded tax. However, Switzerland’s secretive banking laws have for years made it a destination for the super-rich.
Under US charity law, the non-profit, which was founded by the former president in 2001 as the the William J Clinton Foundation, is not required to disclose the identity of its donors.
However, in late 2008, amid concern over potential conflicts of interest for Hillary Clinton, who was on course to become President Barack Obama's secretary of state, the foundation launched a public database of its donors along with a rough estimate of the sums they have given.
It reveals seven foundation benefactors linked to HSBC bank accounts in Geneva, who have donated, in total, as much as $81m.
In a statement, the nonprofit, which was renamed the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in 2013, said its commitment to donor transparency goes significantly beyond what is required by US law.
"We are a philanthropy through and through, and we take pride in our programs, our efficiency, and our transparency, and we rely on donors to help fund our work, including support of enterprise partnerships in South America that are creating jobs; efforts to improve access to early childhood education in the US; and development programs for small-holder farmers in Africa," said Craig Minassian, chief communications officer for the Clinton Foundation.
"The Clinton Foundation has strong donor integrity and transparency practices that go well beyond what is required of US charities, including the full disclosure of all of our donors. The contributions of these donors are helping improve the lives of millions of people across the world." Minassian did not comment specifically on the foundation's receipt of $1m from Caring in in December 2005, a donation made in return for Bill Clinton's attendance, the previous month, at the lavish charity ball in Russia.
Caring arranged for 18th century Russian costumes, borrowed from the Hermitage Museum, to be tailor-fitted for each guest at the event at Catherine the Great’s Winter Palace. Photographs from the event in November 2005 show Bill Clinton, dressed as a Russian general, partying with other VIP guests such as Elizabeth Hurley. Entertainment was provided by Tina Turner and Elton John.
Caring guaranteed funds were raised for the British children's charity NSPCC and also, courtesy of his personal transfer from the HSBC account in Geneva, the Clinton foundation.
HSBC notes on Caring's accounts contain an instruction to "transfer [$1m] to Bill Clinton's Foundation as a contribution following his involvement in the Charity Function [Caring] organised at the end of November".
HSBC files: why the public should know of Swiss bank's pattern of misconduct Scores of clients of lucrative operation are already under criminal investigation amid claims of their involvement in drug smuggling, frauds and terror financing
It is not against US law or charity regulation to accept donations from non-US citizens, or from overseas accounts, but the Swiss ties of some high-profile donors arguably contradict stances taken by the Clintons and others on the broad issue of taxation of the rich.
“One of the issues that I have been preaching about around the world is collecting taxes in an equitable manner, especially from the elites in every country,” Hillary Clinton told audience of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2012, when she was still secretary of state. “It is a fact that around the world, the elites of every country are making money. There are rich people everywhere. And yet they do not contribute to the growth of their own countries. They don’t invest in public schools, in public hospitals, in other kinds of development internally."
She added: “And so it means – for leaders – telling powerful people things they don’t want to hear."
A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment about her family foundation’s receipt of money from donors with accounts in Geneva. It is unclear whether the foundation has ever questioned the offshore status of supporters, although foundation officials stress they thoroughly vet contributors regardless of where the donation originated from.
Giustra, the Canadian billionaire who made his fortune funding mining operations, is one of the foundation’s most generous supporters. The total sum donated by Giustra is unknown but could be significantly more than the minimum $50m the foundation indicates comes from his foundations, including the Vancouver-based Radcliffe Foundation.
He is on the record as having donated $31.1m to the foundation in 2007 and, later that year, pledged a $100m commitment to tackling poverty in conjunction with the Clinton foundation. Giustra’s generosity has earned him unique access to Bill Clinton, making him one of an elite handful of philanthropists who have accompanied the former president for overseas charity events.
Another is Epstein, the wealthy financier who was jailed for 13 months in 2008 for soliciting sex with underage girls. The HSBC files show Epstein connected to several Geneva accounts, one of which was in his own name and contained $3.5m.
He gave $25,000 to the Clinton charity in July 2006, the year after he was arrested following a complaint he sexually abused a 14-year-old teenager in Florida, according to tax disclosures from Epstein’s New York-based nonprofit, the COUQ Foundation.
Cash pilgrims and bricks of money: HSBC Swiss bank operated like cash machine for rich clients Cache of leaked data show how throughout 2005, scores of account holders arrived in Geneva, often emerging with currency foreign to Switzerland
Epstein, who reportedly keeps much of his wealth in the US Virgin Islands, where he owns a private island, did not respond to multiple requests for comment about his HSBC Geneva accounts.
Other HSBC Geneva clients who donated $1m or more to the Clinton foundation include ex-Formula One racing driver Michael Schumacher, billionaire businessman Eli Broad, and the French hedge-fund manager Arpad Busson.
Schumacher has been a resident in Switzerland for around 20 years. A year before his recent ski accident, which left him with serious head injuries, Schumacher told a reporter that he and other rich foreigners would leave Switzerland if the country halted its tax privileges. Broad did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Lawyers for Busson said he had been a Swiss resident for most of his life until 1996, and retains business interest in the country.
Another client of HSBC Geneva to donate to the Clinton foundation is Denise Rich, the ex-wife of the late billionaire and commodities trader Marc Rich, who fled to Switzerland in 1983 after being indicted by US authorities for tax evasion, fraud and racketeering. Mark Rich was was controversially granted a presidential pardon by Bill Clinton just hours before the former president left office in 2001. Denise Rich contributed as much as $500,000 to the Clinton foundation. Now 70, she is reported to have recently renounced her US citizenship, becoming tax-resident in Austria. She did not respond to multiple requests for comment."
"As a consequence of the British Government taking an 81% shareholding in the RBS Group following the 2007-08 financial crisis, the group was required by a European Commission ruling to sell a portion of its business, as the commission regarded the shareholding as state aid. Royal Bank of Scotland unveiled plans in 2009 to resurrect the dormant Williams and Glyn's brand name in preparation for the divestment of its Royal Bank of Scotland-branded retail banking business in England and its NatWest branches in Scotland.
On 27 September 2013, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group confirmed it had agreed to sell 308 Royal Bank of Scotland branches in England and Wales and 6 NatWest branches in Scotland to the Corsair consortium. The branches are due to be divested from the group in 2016 as a standalone business operating under the Williams & Glyn name."
"In July 1994, Cameron left his role as Special Adviser to work as the Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton Communications. Carlton, which had won the ITV franchise for London weekdays in 1991, was a growing media company which also had film-distribution and video-producing arms. Cameron was suggested for the role to Carlton executive chairman Michael Greenby his later mother-in-law Lady Astor. Cameron left Carlton to run for Parliament in 1997, returning to his job after his defeat.
In 1997, Cameron played up the Company's prospects for digital terrestrial television, for which it joined with ITV Granada and Sky to form British Digital Broadcasting. In a roundtable discussion on the future of broadcasting in 1998 he criticised the effect of overlapping different regulators on the industry. Carlton's consortium did win the digital terrestrial franchise but the resulting company suffered difficulties in attracting subscribers. Cameron resigned as Director of Corporate Affairs in February 2001 in order to run for Parliament for a second time, although he remained on the payroll as a consultant."
"Disowned by Cameron, the raffish men-only club that his father once ran
By HARRY MOUNT FOR THE DAILY MAIL
PUBLISHED: 22:15 GMT, 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:22 GMT, 19 July 2013
As the BBC is embroiled in yet another row over sexism after presenter John Inverdale's poorly judged on air-comments, and MPs scramble in Westminster to condemn male-only establishments - just down the road, at White's in St James's, it is very much business as usual. The exclusive membership only establishment - the 'original 'old boy's club' - is the grandest, oldest and most notoriously difficult to gain entrance to. Once, every Prime Minister from Robert Walpole in the early 18th century to Robert Peel in the mid-19th was a member, and the club boasts a bar which 'has not shut for 200 years'. But White's - to which only one woman, the Queen, has ever been allowed entrance - was quietly disowned by David Cameron in 2008, despite his father Ian once being chairman. The Prime Minister is said to be the only member to have left of his own free will.
Here, HARRY MOUNT takes a look at the history of Britain's most notorious male only club - where rakes, rogues and royals have drunk side by side.
The Culture Secretary Maria Miller would, it's safe to say, disapprove of White's, the grandest, oldest, raciest gentlemen's club in London.
But, then again, she's unlikely to be invited to visit. The only woman who's ever been entertained there is Her Majesty the Queen.
All-male clubs have been the subject of Mrs Miller's ire this week as she attacked the men-only policy of Muirfield, which is hosting golf's Open Championship.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister gave her his full support. A spokesman for David Cameron condemned such all-male clubs as looking 'more to the past than they do to the future'.
But Mr Cameron was not always so high-minded.
Until fairly recently he was a member of the notorious White's club, just up the road from St James's Palace. Indeed his late father, Ian, was its chairman. But the future Prime Minister tactically resigned when Leader of the Opposition because the all-male club didn't fit with his vision of modern Conservatism. It is said that he is the only member to have left of his own free will – and not by death or shameful forced resignation.
The club was founded in 1693 as a hot-chocolate house by an Italian, Francesco Bianco, whose name translated into Francis White – and thus White's. It soon graduated to more intoxicating practices, notably heavy drinking and gambling.
For centuries, it has taken pride in its reputation as the hardest of the London gentleman's clubs to get into.
The Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, said there were only two things that an Englishman cannot command – being made a Knight of the Garter or a member of White's.
There is a long waiting list to join and many applicants are still blackballed – rejected – by existing members. New members must be vouched for by 35 signatories and membership is more than £850 a year.
The late journalist Auberon Waugh – whose father Evelyn was a devoted White's member – was blackballed in 1995 by anonymous enemies at the club. In the Spectator, Waugh retaliated, writing of the 'insecure, big-bottomed men who think that membership of White’s gives them some sort of social cachet ... White's has always had its fair share of s***s and twerps and pompous bores'.
Since then, the 'White's Club S**t' has entered club slang to mean the worst sort of nasty, selfish, pompous show-off.
Still, in its 300-year history, the club has played host to some illustrious members and a glittering array of politicians.
Among its old members are the Duke of Wellington, the Regency dandy Beau Brummell, George IV, William IV, Edward VII and Winston Churchill's son, Randolph. Prince Charles is a member and held his Bollinger champagne-fuelled stag night at the club before his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer.
Prince William is said to be a member.
The club has also attracted its fair share of rogues.
White's was implicated in the great 'Cambridge Spies' scandal. Some have claimed that the recruitment and subsequent movements of Guy Burgess, Donald Duart Maclean, Kim Philby and Anthony Blunt were orchestrated from the club's bar.
Meanwhile, in his novels Evelyn Waugh used the club as the model for 'Bellamy's', the home of 'grandee and card sharper, duellist and statesman'.
Certainly, gambling has always been part of the fabric of White's. In William Hogarth's 1733 series of cautionary paintings – The Rake's Progress – the rake is driven mad by losing his fortune at the gaming tables of White's."
"Serco awarded new European External Action Service IT contract
Serco has secured a new service contract to deliver a central management service for IT classified systems. The services will be delivered in Brussels with all staff executing the service holding security clearance up to 'Secret UE' level to access the classified zones. The duration of the contract is 4 years and it is valued at 9,000,000 EUR.
The European External Action Service is the European Union's diplomatic corps. It supports the EU foreign affairs chief (High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton) in conducting the common foreign and security policy. It has Delegations around the world working on behalf of the people of Europe and representing the EU as a whole. The EEAS manages the EU's response to crises, has intelligence capabilities and cooperates with the European Commission in areas which it shares competence with.
"Preparing the 8(a) application package
You do not need to pay anyone to prepare your 8(a) application. SBA designed the application forms so the applicant can complete the application. However, a consultant can assist in completing the application. Please be advised that no one can guarantee that an application for 8(a) program participation will be approved. The application process is intended to assure that each applicant receives a fair, unbiased review, free from favoritism and influence. Any irregularities in the application review process should be immediately referred to the SBA Inspector General.
Definition of Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Individuals Socially disadvantaged individuals are those who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identities as members of groups without regard to their individual qualities. The social disadvantage must stem from circumstances beyond their control.
In the absence of evidence to the contrary, the following individuals are presumed to be socially disadvantaged: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans (persons with origins from Latin America, South America, Portugal and Spain);
Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, and Native Hawaiians);
Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Japan, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Samoa, Guam, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands [Republic of Palau], Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Laos, Cambodia [Kampuchea], Taiwan, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Macao, Hong Kong, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru);
Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal);
And members of other groups designated from time to time by the SBA.
In addition, an individual who is not a member of one of the above-named groups may apply for 8(a) certification. However, the applicant must establish social disadvantage on the basis of clear and convincing evidence.
Economically disadvantaged individuals are socially disadvantaged individuals whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities, as compared to others in the same or similar line of business and competitive market area who are not socially disadvantaged. For purposes of program entry, an individual whose personal net worth (excluding the equity in their personal residence and business) exceeds $250,000 will not be considered economically disadvantaged.
A woman-owned business may be recognized as a "socially disadvantaged firm" if the owner is a member of one of the groups for which social disadvantage is presumed. If the woman is not a member of one of the groups for which social disadvantage is presumed, she must establish her individual disadvantage on the basis of clear and convincing evidence that she has suffered discriminatory treatment because of her gender and that this treatment has impeded her entry into or advancement in the business world. SBA will consider any pertinent evidence but will give particular attention to evidence of discriminatory practices suffered in the areas of education, employment and the business world."
"Serco do a bunch more that didn't even make our story: As well as thanking God for his success, CEO Chris Hyman is a Pentecostal Christian who has released a gospel album in America and fasts every Tuesday. Amazingly, he was also in the World Trade Centre on 9/11, on the 47th floor addressing shareholders [such as Wells Fargo with an insured interest in the leveraged lease on the WTC Twin Towers]. Serco run navy patrol boats for the ADF, as well as search and salvage operations through their partnership with P&O which form Defence Maritime Services. Serco run two Australian jails already, Acacia in WA and Borallon in Queensland. They’re one of the biggest companies In the UK for running electronic tagging of offenders under house arrest or parole."
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