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That Old Black Magic

Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!Sir Walter Scott (Marmion. Canto vi. Stanza 17)

{Marmion} epic poem by Walter Scott about the Battle of Flodden published in 1808 ... The poem tells how Lord Marmion, a favourite of Henry VIII of England lusts for Clara de Clare, a rich woman. He and his mistress, Constance De Beverley, forge a letter implicating Clara's fiancé, Sir Ralph De Wilton, in treason.

{Battle of Flodden Field} fought in the county of Northumberland, in northern England on September 9, 1513, between an invading Scots army under King James IV and an English army commanded by Thomas Howard. It ended in a bloody defeat for the Scots. This conflict began when King James declared war on England, to honour the Auld Alliance — an alliance between Scotland, France, and Norway which had its origins in the Orkneyinga saga and the colonisation of Normandy ... Although principally a military and diplomatic agreement, the alliance also granted "dual citizenship" in both countries. Thus, its influence also extended into the lives of the Scottish population in a number of ways: including architecture, law, the Scots language and cuisine, due in part to the Scottish mercenaries participating in French armies. Scots also greatly enjoyed having their choice of France's finest wines.

{P&O shareholders back Dubai bid} The deal with the Dubai government linked firm will create the world's third-largest ports group. Shareholders voted 99.5% in favour of the 520 pence a share offer, according to P&O chairman John Parker. It means victory for Dubai Ports after a bidding war which saw its rival, Singaporean port operator PSA International, withdraw from the race.

That old black magic has me in its spell; That old black magic that you weave so well; Icy fingers up and down my spine; The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine; Baby down and down I go, all around I go In a spin, loving the spin that I'm in; Under that old black magic called love.That Old Black Magic

{Democrats plan bill to block Dubai-US port deal} Two U.S. Democratic senators said on Friday they would introduce legislation aimed at blocking Dubai Ports World from buying a company that operates several U.S. shipping ports because of security concerns. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Hillary Clinton of New York said they would offer a measure to ban companies owned or controlled by foreign governments from acquiring U.S. port operations. "We wouldn't turn the border patrol or the customs service over to a foreign government, and we can't afford to turn our ports over to one either," Menendez said in a statement. P&O, the company Dubai Ports World plans to buy for $6.8 billion, is already foreign-owned but the concern is that the purchaser is backed by the United Arab Emirates government. The UAE company would gain control over the management of major U.S. ports in New York and New Jersey, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Miami, sparking national security concerns.

Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company

The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is usually known as P&O, is a British shipping and logistics company which dates from the early 19th century. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Its head office is in London. In February 2006 shareholders agreed to a £3.9 billion sale to Dubai Ports World ... On October 23, 2000 P&O demerged its cruise business P&O Princess Cruises plc. In April 2003 P&O Princess came together with the Carnival Corporation to form Carnival Corporation & Plc. In June 2004, P&O sold its 25% stake in Royal P&O Nedlloyd, a major container shipping business into which its container operations had been merged in 1996. The container company was later (June 2005) purchased by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. The operating profit for 2004 was £268.3 million.

 • Carnival Corporation & Plc :: Anglo-American corporation which is the world's largest cruise operator, comprising 13 cruise brands, including Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line in North America; P & O Cruises, Cunard Line, Ocean Village and Swan Hellenic in the United Kingdom; AIDA and A'ROSA in Germany; Costa Cruises in Southern Europe; and P & O Cruises in Australia. Carnival Corporation & Plc, which caters for more than 2 million passengers a year, has headquarters in Miami, Florida, USA and London, England. It is a dual listed company which means that there are two separate holding companies which have different sets of shareholders but share ownership of all the operating companies in the group. Neither of them is a subsidiary of the other. Carnival Corporation is the larger of the two holding companies. It is incorporated in Panama. Up until 2003 it was a separate company and the market leader in the United States cruise market. CEO Micky Arison and his family own 47% of Carnival Corporation. From 1988 to the late 1990s, the corporation ventured into the world of charter airlines, with Carnival Airlines. Carnival Corporation, which is incorporated in Panama has its primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

 • P&O Nedlloyd :: worldwide ocean-going container shipping line, headquartered in London and Rotterdam, and owned by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group (Maersk). The company was formed by merging P&O Containers and Nedlloyd Lines, in December 1996 as a 50/50 joint venture of P&O and Royal Nedlloyd representing the liner shipping interests of the two companies. In April 2004 Royal Nedlloyd purchased the remainder of P&O's share to make it a wholly owned division of Royal Nedlloyd, and the company was listed on the Euronext Amsterdam as Royal P&O Nedlloyd NV. On its own, it was the third largest container transportation and shipping carrier in the world, with routes connecting all parts of the globe. (2004 Revenue $6.71 billion U.S. Dollars). Expanding in 1998, the line purchased Blue Star's container business. The company also acquired the container business of Harrison Line (based in the UK). Further expansion came with the buyout of Farrell Lines (US-based) in 2000. In May of 2005 Maersk announced plans to purchase P&O Nedlloyd for 2.3 billion euros. The combined company would be by far the largest shipping company in the world with about 18% of world market share. Maersk completed the buyout of the company on 13 August 2005, Royal P&O Nedlloyd shares terminated trading on 5 September. The new combined entity will be called "Mærsk Line" starting February 2006.

 • A.P. Moller-Maersk Group :: international business consortium involved in a variety of business sectors, primarily transportation. The company is more commonly known simply as Mærsk (or internationally Maersk) and is most well known for its large shipping business. It is the largest container ship operator and supply vessel operator in the world. Mærsk is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, but also has offices in more than 100 countries worldwide. The group has more than 60,000 employees. Container Terminals :: A.P. Møller-Mærsk operates more than 35 private container terminals around the world, most in 50/50 joint ventures with port-administrations. Nearly 15 of these were originally Sealand Corp. terminals, taken over in Nov. 1999. Locations in North America: Los Angeles Pier 400, Tacoma, Oakland, Port Elizabeth, Portsmouth, Miami, Charleston, Houston, Port Everglades, New Orleans, Baltimore, Kingston (Jamaica); Far East in Shenzhen East CT (China).

On Sunday September 30, 2005 The Sunday Times reported that P&O was in takeover talks with Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. On November 29, the P&O board announced that it would be recommending an offer of 443 pence per share, worth £3.3 billion (US$5.7 billion) to its shareholders [2]. Ironically in early December P&O regained its status as a FTSE 100 company when BPB plc was taken over, but will be shortlived. A bidding war commenced when Singapore's PSA International made a £3.5 billion offer, which Dubai Ports World then topped with a bid of £3.9bn (US$7bn) [3]. Despite speculation that it would make a higher bid from PSA withdrew and in February 2006 shareholders voted in favour of the offer from Dubai. [4]. The combined group will become the world's third largest ports operator.

M/V al-Salam Boccaccio 98

Egyptian ROPAX (passenger/roll on-roll off) ferry, operated by El Salam Maritime Transport, that sank on 3 February 2006 in the Red Sea en route from Duba, Saudi Arabia, to Safaga in southern Egypt ... The Boccaccio was purchased in 1999 by El Salam Maritime Transport, headquartered in Cairo, the largest private shipping company in Egypt and the Middle East, and renamed al-Salam Boccaccio 98; the registered owner is Pacific Sunlight Marine Inc. of Panama.

{El Salam Maritime Transport} Egyptian ferry operator that operates a fleet of fifteen vessels on Red Sea routes between ports in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The company is the largest private shipping company in Egypt, and transports over one million passengers a year.

{At Sea. Missing ‘cruise liner’ is a ferry; bodies reported} Pictures of the ferry on the El Salam website appear to be of a different ship, in P&O livery, and pictures purporting to be of three other ferries all show the same picture of another P&O vessel.

{Viking Venturer} Viking Venturer was built in 1975 by Aalborgs Værft A/S, Ålborg, Denmark, for service between Southampton and Le Havre. The UK port later transferred to Portsmouth. In 1985 Viking Venturer was substantially rebuilt with an extra vehicle deck by Schichau Unterweser AG, Bremerhaven, creating one of the ugliest ships of all time. In December 1987, ownership passed to P&O European Ferries, and in 1989 she was renamed Pride of Hampshire. In 1994 her route was transferred to Portsmouth-Cherbourg, when P&O chartered the two ex-Olau ferries for Le Havre services. Pride of Hampshire was replaced by the new Pride of Cherbourg (3) (ex-Isle of Innisfree) in 2002, and was sold to El Salam Maritime as the Pride of El Salam 2.

Port Authority

In the United States a port district is a type of special-purpose district formed by residents of an area to create and support economic development within that area. Port districts are generally governed by directly elected commissions.In addition to owning land and levying taxes, port districts can also operate shipping terminals, airports, railroads, and irrigation facilities.

{Port Authority of New York and New Jersey} bi-state agency (operated pursuant to an interstate compact) that runs most of the regional transportation infrastructure including the bridges, tunnels, airports and seaports within the New York-New Jersey Port District. This 1,500 mile² (3,900 km²) District is defined as a circle with a 25 mile (40 km) radius centered on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. Established on April 30, 1921 as the Port of New York Authority, the name of the agency and its form of operation were changed to their present form in 1972. Airports operated by the Port Authority include JFK and LaGuardia; Other facilities managed by the Port Authority include the Lincoln Tunnel, Holland Tunnel and the George Washington Bridge, which connect Manhattan and northern New Jersey, &etc. September 11, 2001 Attacks :: The devestating terrorist attacks and subsequent collapse of the World Trade Center buildings had an immense impact on the Port Authority. As the Port Authority's headquarters was located in 1 World Trade Center, it became deprived of a base of operations and sustained a great number of casualties. The Port Authority lost a total of 84 employees, including 37 Port Authority Officers and it's Executive Director Neil D. Levin. Governance :: The Port Authority is a financially self-supporting public agency that receives no tax revenues from any state or local jurisdiction and has no power to tax. It relies almost entirely on revenues generated by facility users, tolls, fees, and rents.

{Port Authority of NY & NJ} If you need information about cruises from the Port of New York, please note that the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey does not operate the New York Cruise Terminal. It is operated by P&O Ports North America for the City of New York.

{P&O Ports North America} P&O Ports North America, Inc is the P&O Ports company responsible for all port operations in North America as well as for pursuing development opportunities in the ‘Americas’ Region – incorporating North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. P&O Ports North America is now the largest independent stevedore and terminal operator on the US East and Gulf coasts with operations in most ports from Maine to Texas. P&O Ports North America entered the Canadian market by acquiring Casco Container Terminal and Canadian Stevedoring in February 2003, handled by P&O Ports Canada. In January 2006, P&O Ports North America and Tampa Port Authority announced they had entered into a long-term contract to operate terminals at the Port of Tampa for general and refrigerated cargo. Additionally, P&O Ports North America, Inc. and Tampa Port Authority announced an agreement for P&O Ports North America to operate the recently completed Hooker’s Point Container Terminal with the long-term goal of substantially increasing container handling at the Port. Corporate Profile :: P&O Ports is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O), a name synonymous with the maritime and shipping industry since its incorporation under Royal Charter in 1837. The modern day P&O is a global shipping and logistics group listed and publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews acquisitions of U.S. companies by foreign entities, and is comprised of 11 U.S. agencies, including the Defense, Treasury and Commerce departments, as well as (most recently) the Department of Homeland Security.

{White House Defends Port Sale to Arab Co.} The Bush administration on Thursday rebuffed criticism about potential security risks of a $6.8 billion sale that gives a company in the United Arab Emirates control over significant operations at six major American ports. Lawmakers asked the White House to reconsider its earlier approval of the deal ... The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, run by the Treasury Department, reviewed an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies. The committee's 12 members agreed unanimously the sale did not present any problems, the department said ... The Homeland Security Department said it was legally impossible under the committee's rules to reconsider its approval without evidence DP World gave false information or withheld vital details from U.S. officials. The 30-day window for the committee to voice objections has ended. DP World said it had received all regulatory approvals. "We intend to maintain and, where appropriate, enhance current security arrangements," the company said in a statement. "It is very much business as usual for the P&O terminals" in the United States.

{John William Snow} Ph.D., J.D. (born August 2, 1939), is the 73rd and current United States Secretary of the Treasury who replaced departing Secretary Paul O'Neill on February 3, 2003. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on January 13, 2003 and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. Snow was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSX.

{CSX Transportation} Class I railroad in the United States, owned by the CSX Corporation. It is one of the two Class I's serving most of the east coast, the other being the Norfolk Southern Railway.

{CSX Corporate Structure} CSX Corporation is the parent company of several direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries, including: CSX Intermodal, Inc.; CSX Real Property, Inc.; CSX Technology, Inc.; CSX Transportation, Inc.; The Greenbrier Resort Management Company; Total Distribution Services, Inc. and TRANSFLO Corporation. Each subsidiary is a separate and distinct company. As used in this Internet site, "CSX," "CSXT," or "CSX Transportation" refers to CSX Transportation Inc., and "CSX Corp." or "CSX Corporation" refers to CSX Corporation. CSX Corporation authorizes use of the CSX service mark to CSX Transportation, Inc., and other CSX Corporation subsidiaries.

{Greenbrier Resort} five star resort in White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. For most of its history it was owned by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. It is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of CSX Corporation ... In the late 1950s the U.S. government approached The Greenbrier for assistance in the creation of an Emergency Relocation Center to house Congress in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust. The classified, underground facility was built in conjunction with an above ground addition to the hotel, the West Virginia Wing, between 1959 and 1962. For thirty years the owners of The Greenbrier maintained an agreement with the federal government that, in the case of an international crisis, the entire resort property would be conveyed to government use, specifically as the emergency location of the legislative branch ... The bunker's existence was not acknowledged until The Washington Post revealed it in a 1992 story; immediately after the Post story, the government decommissioned the bunker. The bunker is currently closed for public tours.


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