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									B6                                                                                                      DAILY COMMERCIAL                                                                 Sunday, December 25, 2011




Brazilian police seek Chevron’s indictment
        STAN LEHMAN                  tion to the police, said                       ern coast of Rio de
        Associated Press             Fabio Scliar, head of the                      Janeiro state. Transocean
                                     Federal Police depart-                         Ltd. is the drilling con-
  SAO PAULO — Federal
                                     ment’s      environmental                      tractor for the well.
police have concluded
                                     affairs division.                                “I am convinced that
their probe into an oil                 Among them is George                        Chevron’s policy regard-
spill off the Brazilian              Buck, chief operating                          ing the drilling of wells in
coast last month and are             officer     for   Chevron                      Brazil is a reckless one,
recommending that pros-              Corp.’s Brazilian division.                    and should the compa-
ecutors charge oil com-              If indicted and convicted,                     nies be found guilty, they
panies Chevron and                   he and the others could                        could be permanently
Transocean with crimes               face jail terms of up to 14                    banned from operating in
against the environment,             years each, Scliar said.                       Brazil,” Scliar said.
a top official said                     Oil started leaking at                        Chevron       said    the
Thursday.                            the site of a Chevron                          indictments sought were
  Authorities also asked             appraisal well Nov. 7,                         without merit.
that charges be filed                about 230 miles (370 kilo-                       “We will vigorously
against 17 people for fail-          meters) off the northeast-                     defend the company and
ing to provide informa-                                                             its employees,” the com-
                                                                                    pany said in an emailed
                                                                                    statement. “Chevron is
                               The Historic                                         confident that once all
                                                                                    the facts are fully exam-
                           Lakeside Inn                                             ined, they will demon-
                             Celebrating 128 Years!                                 strate that Chevron re-
                                                                                    sponded appropriately
                                                                                    and responsibly to the
    A traditional fine dining experience                                            incident.”
           in a timeless setting...                                                   No one answered the
  • Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner                                             telephone at the office of
  • Thoughtfully prepared nightly specials                                          Transocean’s Brazilian
  • An elegant atmosphere for anniversaries                                         office.
    and celebrations including 87 guest rooms and suites                              Brazil’s Environment
  • Weekly a la carte Sunday Brunch                                                                                                                                                    RIO DE JANEIRO GOVERNMENT / AP
                                                                                    Ministry fined Chevron
                                                                                    $28 million, 50 million      In this Nov. 18 file photo released by Rio de Janeiro's government, vessels work to clean up an oil
                  • Live Jazz Trio every Friday 7-10 pm                                                          spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
                           in Tremain’s Lounge                                      reals ($27 million) but
                    •Live Jazz Piano every Saturday                                 has said the company
                                                                                    could face further penal-       Chevron has said the drilling is conducted off- de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
                      in Tremain’s Lounge 7-10 pm
                                                                                    ties.                         spill occurred because shore, and that is where It wasn’t clear if these
                                                                                      Last week a federal the company underesti- Chevron’s work is con- operations would be
  352-383-4101 or 800-556-5016                                                      prosecutor filed an $11 mated the pressure in an centrated. The company affected by any decision a
   100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora, FL 32757                                       billion lawsuit against underwater reservoir.                     does own lubricant-man- judge makes on the fed-
                                                                                    Chevron Corp.                   Most of Brazil’s oil ufacturing plants in Rio eral prosecutor’s lawsuit.



                                                                                                                     Best Buy cancels some online orders
                                                                                                                             MAE ANDERSON                 The shortages are a black       tives for online shopping
                                                                                                                               AP Retail Writer        eye for Best Buy, which has        in years to come,” Hottovy
     Successfully Representing Mesothelioma & Lung                                                                     ATLANTA — Best Buy              beefed up its online cam-
                                                                                                                                                       paign to fight off intense
                                                                                                                                                                                          said.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Online sales are up 15
                                                                                                                     has alerted some cus-
   Cancer Victims for Over 25 Years Throughout Florida                                                               tomers that it will not be
                                                                                                                     able to fill their online
                                                                                                                                                       competition from online
                                                                                                                                                       retailers and discount
                                                                                                                                                                                          percent to $32 billion so far
                                                                                                                                                                                          this holiday season, while
                                                                                                                     orders, just days before          stores. And the holiday            total sales are up just 2.5
                   Florida Lawyers Representing Floridians                                                                                             season is crucial for retail-      percent.
                                                                                                                     Christmas.
                                                                                                                       The largest U.S. specialty      ers like Best Buy because it          Even though online sales
                                                                                                                     electronics retailer said         can make up to 40 percent          are a huge boon for retail-
                                                                                                                     late Wednesday that “over-        of annual sales.                   er, the shift has already
                                                                                                                     whelming demand for                  Some glitches should            created some problems.
                                                                                                                     some products from                not be a surprise with such        Discount retailer Target
                                                                                                                     Bestbuy.com has led to a          a massive surge in online          Corp’s site crashed in
                                                                                                                     problem redeeming online          shopping this year, ana-           September because of
                                                                                                                                                       lysts said, but there is a risk    overwhelming demand for
                                  Terrell Hogan                                                                      orders made in November
                                                                                                                     and December.                     of a backlash.                     Missoni for Target, a limit-
                             (904) 632-2424 • 800-850-8410                                                             The Minneapolis com-               “It is a hiccup for the         ed designer line of cloth-
                             233 East Bay Street, 8th Floor • Jacksonville, Florida 32202                            pany declined Thursday to         company,”                 said     ing, home goods and
      Alan Pickert                                                                          Anita Pryor                                                Morningstar analyst R.J.           accessories.
                                   www.FloridaAsbestos.com                                                           specify how many orders
                                                                                                                     are affected or which prod-       Hottovy. “They were kind              Best Buy benefitted
                                                                                                                     ucts are out of stock.            of behind the curve build-         when its now-defunct rival
                                                                                                                                                       ing out their online chan-         Circuit City went out of
                                                                                                                                                       nel. They’ve done a good           business more than a year
                                                                                                                                                       job investing in it, but if        ago, but its suffering as
                 ARE YOU PLANNING TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION                                                                                      you make a lot of rapid            Americans hold off on big
                              IN LAKE COUNTY FOR 2012?                                                                                                 changes, inevitably there          ticket items and search for
                                                                                                                                                       are going to be growing            deals online and at discoun-
                                      TO QUALIFY FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION,                                                                              pains.”                            ters.
                                     BEFORE JANUARY 1, 2012 EACH OWNER MUST:                                                                              The canceled orders                In order to compete, Best
           1. Be residing on the property.
           2. Have legal title to the property in the form of a RECORDED instrument.
                                                                                                                                                       probably won’t make a big          Buy has expanded its online
           3. Be a legal and permanent resident of the State of Florida. The ways to prove residency are:                                              difference for Best Buy’s          offerings, cut back on
              (a) Lake County Voter’s Registration dated prior to January 1, 2012,                                                                     holiday sales this year, but       square footage in the U.S. by
              (b) A REGULAR Florida Driver’s License dated prior to January 1, 2012 (relinquishing out-of -state license),                             it may lead to more cus-           closing stores and sought to
              (c) Florida Automobile Registration and License Plates for all vehicles dated prior to January 1, 2012.                                  tomers looking elsewhere           expand internationally. In
             (d) If not a U.S. Citizen, a “green card” and a Lake County Affidavit of Florida Resident in addition to (b) and (c) above.
           4. Complete application with Lake County Property Appraiser's Office by March 1, 2012.                                                      in the future, he said.            its most recent third quarter
                                                                                                                                                          “The risk is any con-           ending Nov. 26, Best Buy
   ON JANUARY 29, 2008, VOTERS APPROVED AMENDMENT ONE, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO TRANSFER YOUR “SAVE
                                                                                                                                                       sumers affected by can-            said its net income fell 29
   OUR HOMES” ASSESSMENT CAP (PORTABILITY) TO YOUR NEW PROPERTY. IF YOU MOVED INTO A NEW HOME
   IN 2010 OR 2011 AND HAD A PREVIOUS HOMESTEAD IN EITHER 2010 OR 2011, YOU MUST COMPLETE AN APPLI-
                                                                                                                                                       celed orders will be willing       percent as it cut prices in
   CATION FOR THE TRANSFER OF THIS BENEFIT BY MARCH 1, 2012.                                                                                           to explore other alterna-          popular categories.

                               TO QUALIFY FOR THE SENIOR CITIZEN EXEMPTION:
         1. You must meet the above requirements for homestead exemption
         2. Be at least 65 years old by January 1, 2012
         3. The total adjusted gross income for the year 2011 for all persons living in the household on January 1, 2012
            cannot exceed $26,203.
         4. Complete application with Lake County Property Appraiser’s Office by March 1, 2012.

    YOU MAY APPLY IN PERSON AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND
    BRING DOCUMENTATION FOR THE ABOVE WITH YOU OR YOU MAY VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT
    WWW.LCPAFL.ORG FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO FILE BY MAIL. THE FILING PERIOD FOR ALL EXEMP-
    TIONS ENDS AT 5:00 P.M. ON MARCH 1, 2012.
                                            LAKE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER’S OFFICE
                           MAIN OFFICE                                                      THE VILLAGES OFFICE
                           320 W. Main St.                                                  902 Avenida Central
                           Tavares                                                          Village Green Office Center
                           8:30 a.m.-5:00p.m.                                               Lady Lake
                                                                                            8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
                                                                                            TUESDAY & THURSDAY ONLY
     THE MAIN OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON DECEMBER 26th AND JANUARY 2nd. THE VILLAGES OFFICE
     WILL BE OPEN DAILY IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

    HOMEOWNER(S) NOTE: YOUR EXEMPTIONS DO NOT "FOLLOW YOU". IF YOU HAVE MOVED FROM A PREVI-
    OUS HOME TO A NEW ONE DURING 2011, OR THERE IS ANY CHANGE IN YOUR EXEMPTION STATUS, YOU
    MUST FILE A NEW APPLICATION BY MARCH 1, 2012.
   HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS, WHICH ARE STILL VALID, WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RENEWED AND
   RECEIPTS WILL BE MAILED BY JANUARY 15TH. PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 195.022, FLORIDA STATUTES,
   THE PROPERTY APPRAISER MAY REQUIRE YOU TO RESUBMIT AN ORIGINAL APPLICATION FOR EXEMP-
   TION. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF THIS IS NECESSARY.

            ED HAVILL                         LAKE COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER                                         (352) 253-2150
                                                 WEBSITE: WWW.LCPAFL.ORG

								
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