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Quechee, VT Strategic Exit Advisors LLC, a growing business financial services firm, is now open for business in Vermont. SEA provides owners of privately held companies with business valuation, exit planning and mergers and acquisitions advisory services. The New England office is the companys third. Other offices are located in Princeton, NJ and Doylestown, PA Craig Allsopp, a founding partner of SEA, will lead the firms business growth efforts in the region. We chose the Upper Valley because its a growing business hub, accessible to other parts of New England and a great place to live, said Allsopp, who recently moved from the Princeton area. Its as simple as that. SEA helps business owners consider their options for maximizing value while minimizing taxes as part of the planning process for selling or transferring their companies. With baby boomer business owners starting to retire, we are on the verge of the largest generational wealth transfer in history, says Allsopp, who was CEO of Internet Publishing Group prior to its sale in 2002.We aim to put business owners in a the position where they can reap the benefit of their hard work and convert their ownership interests into cash either by selling to a third party or transferring their companies to family members or key employees. SEAs client base includes manufacturers, auto dealers, business service companies and distribution firms. The companys web site is www.seadvisorsllc.com(link is external). Meet Our Partners &Craig O. Allsopp is a founder of Strategic Exit Advisors and a Certified Business Intermediary®. He is a former executive and publishing company CEO with more than 25 years of experience working with B2B companies. He holds a Masters Degree from Penn State University and earned his Financial Planning certification from Boston University. Craig is a member of the Business Enterprise Institute and speaks and writes frequently about exit planning and private company ownership.Curt A. Cyliax is a founder of Strategic Exit Advisors and a Certified Public Accountant. He is a veteran business intermediary and certified equipment appraiser whose exit planning and transaction experience includes working with business owners in the manufacturing, distribution and education sectors. Curt is a member of the Institute of Business Appraisers and a former Board member of the Pennsylvania Business Intermediaries Association. He is a graduate of Drexel University. Rob W. Waring is a partner in Strategic Exit Advisors and a Certified Public Accountant. Rob is a graduate of Lehigh University with more than 15 years of financial experience in both public accounting and senior financial management roles. His experience is primarily with high-growth businesses in the pharmaceutical, chemicals and consumer products industries and includes responsibilities for acquisitions and divestitures as well as corporate finance work.
By Yolima Dussán/Diálogo May 17, 2018 The Colombian National Army located and simultaneously dismantled three cocaine paste labs belonging to the organized armed groups (GAO, in Spanish) of Los Pelusos, the Gulf Clan, and Los Puntilleros. The operations, which took place in three departments on April 9, 2018, were carried out within the framework of Plan Victoria, following the strategy of the Persistent Threat System (SAP, in Spanish), as the Colombian government calls the post-accord threats. Units from the 9th Land Combat Battalion destroyed a cocaine paste processing lab belonging to Los Pelusos GAO in the municipality of Sardinata, department of Norte de Santander. Authorities found 800 liters of cocaine paste being processed, along with 420 liters of gasoline. Los Pelusos is a drug trafficking GAO associated with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish). The 17th Brigade dismantled a second structure in the municipality of Dabeiba, department of Antioquia. Troops arrived at a lab belonging to the Gulf Clan, and seized 540 liters of cocaine paste being processed. “Narcotrafficking fuels the conflict that the country is experiencing,” Army Brigadier General Juan Carlos Ramírez Trujillo, commander of the 4th Brigade, told Diálogo. “If there’s coca, there’s violence; if there’s violence, there’s conflict. If we want to have a department, areas, and a country without violence and without conflict, we have to eradicate coca.” The third lab was located in the municipality of Cumaribo, department of Vichada, where troops from the 8th Division found a structure in full production used by Los Puntilleros. Inside, they found 350 kilograms of coca leaves and 700 liters of cocaine paste being processed. “This is a joint and interagency job executed by the country’s forces and different government institutions,” Colonel Miguel Ángel Vásquez Acevedo, commander of the Colombian Army’s 28th Brigade, told Diálogo. “The operations we carried out against Los Puntilleros aimed at handing them over to the courts.” Authorities identified Los Puntilleros in 1980. They are concentrated in the region of Orinoquía, in the east of the country. The GAO operates through two front groups, the Bloque Meta and the Bloque Libertadores del Vichada, comprising over 70 men including members of paramilitary groups known as self-defense groups. Antioquia free of coca crops The department of Antioquia has between 2,500 and 3,000 hectares of coca planted. “We have eradicated 200 hectares to date in 2018 [May], and we are continuing with forced eradication in a broad area. My goal is to eradicate 700 hectares of coca in Ituango, Briceño, Valdivia, and part of Bajo Cauca, Caucasia, and Cáceres,” Brig. Gen. Ramírez Trujillo said. “In 2018, we made 358 arrests in this area where other organized armed groups, such as FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] remnants, operate; from the ELN, we made seven more. With the most recent interventions, we seized 12 cocaine paste labs in this area.” By the end of April 2018, the Army had neutralized 48 members of the Gulf Clan in the municipality of Ituango, department of Antioquia. The most important arrest was the narcotrafficker alias Móvil 9, who was known to be responsible for coordinating all the actions of this GAO in the municipality. The department of Antioquia is conducting a campaign known as “Antioquia free of coca crops,” led by the local government, with the support of public forces. This is a full-frontal offensive. The narcotrafficking chain begins with illicit crops. The substance arrives transformed through microtrafficking in various places of Medellín, the department capital, and generates violence, homicides, and lack of security in urban areas. “Operations against narcotrafficking have increased throughout the country. This is a transnational crime that transforms very quickly, and it is necessary to attack it constantly,” Col. Vásquez said. “We are constantly reorganizing our strategies. We no longer eradicate spraying glyphosate from airplanes; we now do manual eradication, which is more difficult. The crop substitution programs have begun, but they take time.” Persistent Threat System The current strategy to combat this scourge is based on a complete vision of the drug trafficking supply chain movements. SAP refers to a comprehensive analysis of the problem and the best way to attack it. Up to 2017, the Colombian Military Forces looked at GAOs only in terms of their fighting capacity; now, they see them as a system composed of different subsystems, one being armed and the other being command and control, where leaders are placed in top, second-tier, and third-tier levels. There is a third subsystem of logistical infrastructure focused on sustaining the group through workshops where they make uniforms, boots, and other logistics items for administration, arms, and communications. The fourth subsystem identified is the financial system of illicit income derived from extortion and other crimes. Finally, the infrastructure subsystem, including the areas of operation, storage, and campsites, completes the organization. “When we attack the Persistent Threat System, we attack the entire chain. A group cannot subsist without having all its components functioning,” Brig. Gen. Ramírez told Diálogo. Specialized groups inside the Army focus on targeted operations against each subsystem. “When we talk about persistent threats, we mean threats to national security that are persistent because they don’t go away,” Brig. Gen. Ramírez Trujillo concluded. With this new vision, the Colombian National Army informs citizens daily about its coordinated operations to strike the narcotrafficking chain. The offensive has no end date, but the goal is to eradicate coca plantations from Colombia.
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As the upcoming trial for Chinese national who faces federal charges for trespassing at the Mar-a-Lago approaches, the mystery in whether the accused is a foreign spy continues to linger.Yujing Zhang is accessed of breaking into the Trump-based hotel, and then lying to Secret Service agents.The 33-year-old Shanghai business consultant fired her public defenders in June to act as her own attorney, and has reportedly struggled with pretrial hearings, and setting up Monday’s scheduled jury selection.Prosecutors have accused Zhang of manipulating the hearings by insisting she understands complex legal concepts, but will then say she doesn’t understand a simple question and turns to her Mandarin translator.Zhang reportedly speaks fluent English.Additionally, prosecutors have filed under secret seal evidence that they say has national security implication.However, Zhang has not been charged with espionage.The Secret Service said when agents detained Zhang at Mar-a-Lago she was carrying a computer, a hard drive, four cellphones and a thumb drive containing malware, although agents later recanted that accusation.Agents said Zhang told them she brought the electronics to Mar-a-Lago because she feared they would be stolen if left at her nearby hotel, but in her room they allegedly found a device to detect hidden cameras, computers, $8,000 in cash plus credit and debit cards, all in plain view.The Chinese Embassy in Washington did not respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment on the matter.Chinese Officials attempts to contact Zhang in jail, where she is being held without bail, were unsuccessful, according to reports.If convicted, Zhang could get six years in prison.
22 Jan 2016 England’s command performance wins Costa Ballena title England staged a command performance to win the Costa Ballena Quadrangular Tournament in Spain for the fifth time.The team were on top form throughout the championship, defeating Finland, Germany and finally Spain by the same scoreline of 7-2.Lead coach Paul Ashwell commented: “The week has gone very well. We have had a great team spirit, a lot of fun and the standard of golf has been excellent. I’m very proud of everyone involved.“It’s a great way to start the year and the players will all have lots of positives to take into their early-season events.”The team, from England Golf’s A squad and captained by Tony Moran, was: Ben Amor (Marlborough), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Will Whiteoak (Shipley) and Andrew Wilson (Wynyard).Leading scorers were Hilleard and Enefer who were both unbeaten, taking 5.5 points from their six games.England set the tone for the championship early in the first match against Finland, securing a win and two hard-fought halves in the foursomes, before going on to take five of the six singles. Ashwell commented: “We had very good fight backs to get halves in two of the morning foursomes. That gave us momentum which we carried into the afternoon singles.”On the second day, against Germany, the team won all three foursomes before facing a stiff singles challenge. Four of the games went to the 18th and one to the 17th, but England proved the stronger finishers, winning four of the six singles. “It was a great afternoon, with excellent golf and some very tight matches,” said Ashwell.That result gave England a healthy lead going in to the final day’s play against Spain and they kept up the pressure. Another strong foursomes performance meant they took a 2-1 lead into the singles, where they conceded just one point.England last won this trophy in 2014 and then lost on countback to Spain last year. Their previous victories were in 2001, ’05 and ’06.Final positions: 1 England 6pts, 2 Germany 4pts, 3 Spain 2 pts, 4 Finland 0pt.England resultsEngland 7 Finland 2FoursomesAndrew Wilson & Will Whiteoak halvedJosh Hilleard & Will Enefer halvedBen Amor & Scott Gregory won 5&4SinglesWilson won 3/1Whiteoak won 3/2Hilleard won 2/1Enefer won 2/1Gregory won 3/1Amor lost 1 downEngland 7 Germany 2FoursomesWilson and Whiteoak won 3&2Hilleard and Enefer won 1 upGregory and Amor won 1 upSinglesWilson won 4/3Whiteoak lost 2/1Hilleard won 2 upEnefer won 1 upGregory lost 1 downAmor won 2 upEngland 7 Spain 2FoursomesWilson & Whiteoak lost 4/2Hilleard & Enefer won 5&4Gregory & Amor won 3&1SinglesWilson lost 5&4Whiteoak won 1 upHilleard won 2&1Enefer won 5&4Gregory won 5&3Amor won 5&4Click here for full details