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first_imgJun 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The United States’ second case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed last week after a series of additional tests were run on samples from a beef cow that had originally tested negative last November. See also: The Western blot test requested by the inspector general was positive the week of Jun 5. USDA scientists ran another IHC test the following week, using different antibodies from those used in the November test, and this time the result was “weakly positive,” the fact sheet states. As described by USDA at the press conference and in a fact sheet, the testing history in the case is complex. Officials also said the IHC test is not a standardized test. Dr. Danny Matthews, an official from the United Kingdom’s Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, who participated in the USDA news conference, said, “There is no single commercially available off-the-shelf IHC method at the moment. I don’t think there’s any two laboratories, for example, that use identical methods.” But the USDA’s inspector general, Phyllis Fong, was troubled by the conflicting results and asked for the Western blot test early in June, without Johanns’ knowledge or consent, the report said. It said Johanns had been “irked” by her move. The outcome prompted the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to change its BSE testing protocol. From now on, two kinds of confirmatory tests—immunohistochemistry (IHC) and the Western blot—will be done when an initial rapid screening test is inconclusive, officials announced on Jun 24. A Jun 26 Associated Press report said the USDA had resisted calls for more tests on the cow after the IHC test in November was negative. The story said consumer groups and scientists had urged the agency to run a Western blot test and seek confirmation from the lab in England. About 388,000 animals have been tested since then. “One positive test result out of 388,000 tests in our enhanced surveillance program indicates that the presence of the disease is extremely, extremely low in the United States,” Johanns said. He said further that the additional testing in this case has probably boosted the credibility of the USDA BSE surveillance program. “Otherwise if you had come to the wider world with data on 400,000 animals that you’d tested but you still had this unresolved [case] in the background, those people who have experience with the Biorad ELISA would have challenged that interpretation and possibly accused you of suppressing that information.” The screening test on the cow in question was inconclusive, and a confirmatory IHC test used at the time was negative. But in early June, at the request of the USDA’s inspector general, a Western blot test was run and came back positive. The USDA then ran further IHC tests and also sent samples to the international BSE reference laboratory in Weybridge, England. Those tests also were positive, the USDA announced. In a March letter to Consumers Union, a USDA official said the Western blot test would not have given a more accurate result and confirmation from the British lab was not needed, the AP reported. News of the second US case came almost precisely 18 months after the first case was revealed on Dec 23, 2003. That case involved a Canadian-born cow in Washington state. The finding triggered a big expansion of the USDA BSE testing program, starting in June 2004. At a Jun 24 news conference, USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford said, “We are quite certain we have identified the [cow’s] herd of origin, but we want to be sure. So we’re doing DNA testing.” The cow had a very low level of abnormal prion protein in the brain, and it was distributed unevenly, the agency said. Those findings may explain why the November IHC test missed the signs, officials said. Jun 24 USDA news release Matthews also commented, “I can’t explain how the standard method at Ames [the USDA lab in Ames, Iowa] did not detect this particular case at the time.” In other comments, Clifford said the “molecular protein patterns” seen in the infected cow resembled those seen in BSE cases in France but were unlike those typically seen in British cases. USDA fact sheet on testing history of infected cowhttp://www.usda.gov/documents/vs_bse_ihctestvar.pdf Matthews and USDA officials agreed that the rapid screening test used by USDA, the Biorad ELISA, is reliable. “It’s naturally assuring that most if not all of your cattle have been tested using the Biorad ELISA,” he said. The cow had been tested under the USDA’s BSE surveillance guidelines because it couldn’t walk when presented for slaughter. In the news release, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns said, “I am encouraged that our interlocking safeguards are working exactly as intended. This animal was blocked from entering the food supply because of the firewalls we have in place. Americans have every reason to continue to be confident in the safety of our beef.” Henceforth, USDA scientists will consult periodically with Weybridge scientists to determine which of the antibodies available for use in IHC confirmatory tests are best for use in the United States, the agency said. The reference laboratory in England subsequently ran a series of tests on samples provided by the USDA. Among them was an IHC test using different antibodies from those used by the USDA in November; the result this time was positive. However, experts from the lab confirmed the accuracy of the USDA’s November IHC test, concurring that the case could not have been confirmed from the sample used in that test, the USDA said. The USDA said the infected cow was at least 8 years old, born before the government banned feeding of cattle (and most other mammalian) protein back to cattle in 1997. As previously reported, the carcass was kept out of the human food chain and was incinerated. Officials have not revealed where the cow came from. When the confirmatory IHC test was done back in November, USDA scientists also did an additional, experimental IHC rapid test “for academic purposes,” according to the fact sheet. The test showed some abnormalities, but because the test was not a validated procedure and because two approved IHC tests were negative, the abnormalities were not reported. Transcript of Jun 24 news conference “Effective immediately, if another BSE rapid screening test results in inconclusive findings, USDA will run both an IHC and Western blot confirmatory test,” the USDA said in a news release. “If results from either confirmatory test are positive, the sample will be considered positive for BSE.”last_img read more


first_img The search for the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year has narrowed with the announcement of the four regional winners for 2014. They are: Midlands: David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire North: David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire South East: Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk South West: Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset The national winner will be announced at a celebration lunch at The Counting House, an historic Fuller’s pub in London, on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Whoever wins the title of London Pride Steward of the Year will receive a weekend break in London, complete with accommodation for two nights in a Fuller’s Central London Hotel. They will also win advertising space in the local press to promote their golf club. The competition, now in its eighth edition, is run jointly by England Golf and Fuller’s and aims to identify the golf club steward who provides the most welcoming and enjoyable experience at the 19th hole. Club members, visitors and golf club managers put forward nominations for the 2014 title. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 12 stewards – three from each region – by representatives of England Golf and Fuller’s, with the help of 2013 Stewards of the Year, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire. The shortlisted stewards were all visited personally and the regional winners were selected after the candidates were judged on their level of commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. The 12 regional finalists were: South West Kevin Brown of Sherborne Golf Club, Dorset Nick Jones of Long Ashton Golf Club, Gloucestershire Gemma Tucker of Bath Golf Club, Somerset North Will Gill of Otley Golf Club, Yorkshire Maureen Hanlon of Sale Golf Club, Cheshire David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire Midlands Sheila Cardwell of Maxstoke Park Golf Club, Warwickshire David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire Sue Walker of Shrewsbury Golf Club, Shropshire South East Tony Brown of Bishops Stortford Golf Club, Hertfordshire Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk Rebe Tatem-Harrison of Newbury & Crookham Golf Club, Berkshire 16 Mar 2015 Search narrows for England’s Steward of the Year last_img read more


first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – Changes at the Oceanic Bridge not only include its refurbishment but also who operates the drawbridge.Oceanic Bridge control room.As county and local officials convened Friday, May 18, to celebrate the opening of the county bridge connecting Rumson to the Locust section of Middletown, Monmouth County Freeholder Director John P. Curley talked about the switch to a private company for the Oceanic Bridge and three other county spans.“The county took a hard look at the operation of our four county drawbridges,” he said. It was determined it would be more cost effective to contract the operation to a private company, as opposed to continue using county, unionized employees.Beginning on Jan. 1, the county contracted with Draw­bridge Services, Inc., Pom­pano Beach, Fla., to operate the Oceanic, Rumson-Sea Bright, Shark River inlet and Glimmer Glass bridges.The county had 23 employees – 19 operators and four chief operators – working on those bridges, Curley said this week. With the signing of the agreement to privatize the operation, “right off the bat we saved $576,000,” in salary, benefits and pension costs.New Jersey, according to Curley, is the last state on the eastern seaboard to use government workers to man the bridges.“What this does is it keeps the county at an arm’s length, away from liability,” the freeholder said, meaning the private company would be the first recourse against any possible litigation. “Plus,” Curley said, “we don’t have to deal with employee conflicts,” as would be the case with union members.The county employees are members of Communication Workers of America Local 1032. Phone and email messages to the local’s Ewing office this week to speak to the president, Patrick Kavanagh, were not returned by press time.Drawbridge Services operates 50 bridges, mostly in Florida, but also in Washington, D.C. In addition to the four in Monmouth County, the company operates one in the Atlantic City area, the company’s president, Daniel Porter, said.Drawbridge Services has 37 workers employed in Monmouth County to man the four bridges; they all live in the areas where they work, Porter said.Among those employees are “a handful” of former county bridge tenders, he said. All of his employees go through company training, including classroom instruction and on-site lessons, he said. Instruction is based on U.S. Coast Guard regulations and state and federal transportation regulations.“It’s going very good,” since taking over, Porter said this week. “The customer [Monmouth County] is satisfied.” Curley said the bulk of county bridge workers were incorporated into other departments, with special attention given to longer serving employees who were approaching retirement.The county’s move, Curley said, “shrinks the size of government,” and has no downside, that he has detected.The Oceanic Bridge work was completed and opened last Friday after seven months and $3.5 million worth of repairs. The project was completed a week ahead of schedule and on budget, but its closure since last October forced drivers to take lengthy detours, and had local businesses worrying about downturns in their sales as inconvenienced customers sought out other locations.last_img read more


first_imgBy John Burton |RED BANK – Borough Councilman Michael Whelan sees a way to offer modest relief from traffic congestion and offer visitors a ride around the downtown.He wants the Scooter Dudes to handle it.Whelan said he’s been in talks with the operators of the newly formed company, Scooter Dudes, to allow them to operate in the borough’s downtown area for a proposed 90-day trial period.The company would use its small, jitney- style vehicle (think a larger version of a golf cart), that can hold up to six passengers, to transport people around to various stops in the commercial and arts district.“It’s kind of a modern, cool idea,” Whelan said.The thought is people could use some of the available valet parking in the district or other remote parking locations and then take this cart to be chauffeured from a restaurant to, say, the Two River Theater or the Count Basie Theatre to catch a performance. Or the reverse, allowing people to travel from the theaters or other entertainment venues for a nightcap or dessert, without worrying about having to again jump into the car to try to get a highly sought-after parking space closer to the destination.“It’s a fun way to experience the downtown,” Whelan said.Marc Feaster, a Shrewsbury resident, is co- owner of Scooter Dudes, which has taken ownership of two vehicles in the last couple of weeks. This spring, Feaster and his family traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, for his daughter’s college graduation. “And we happened to jump into one.” The cart played music while it took the family around “and we thought it was really cool,” Feaster said.He and a business partner saw an opportunity and “we thought it would be kind of a fun thing.”“They’re cute and fun little vehicles and I think it’ll really help,” the downtown, said James Scavone, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, the management and advocacy organization for the commercial Special Improvement District.Whelan will be offering a resolution at the next Borough Council meeting on Sept. 13 seeking support to allow for a trial period for the service. This can be done at no cost to the borough. “He’s buying them, insuring them, he’s providing all the workers,” Whelan said of Feaster’s efforts. “We’re not doing anything other than allowing him to operate.”Scooter Dudes would operate initially during peak hours, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.During the trial period, Feaster doesn’t plan on charging riders; he hopes to underwrite the operation through advertising by local businesses on the LED board on the vehicles and inside on customized digital tablets.If the program continues, “At some point the patrons will have to pay something,” Feaster said. And while the price hasn’t been determined, “It’ll be less expensive than an Uber,” he added.Scavone, Whelan and other borough officials are currently working on establishing a proposed route for the vehicles and “working out the kinks,” Whelan said. And should it be approved by the governing body, Feaster hopes to have it up and running by late September.last_img read more


first_imgPregnant women have enhanced curvature of the lower spine, which helps them support their babies during pregnancy.  Obviously, this must have evolved that way because emerging apes rising to their feet had different physiological needs.  Most science news reports are echoing this theme from a paper in Nature1 without any qualms about the Lamarckism or teleology of such language.    For instance, the EurekAlert entry begins, “The transition from apes to humans may have been partially triggered by the need to stand on two legs, in order to safely carry heavier babies.”  Why living apes do not feel this need is not explained, nor how a need triggered the kind of random mutations that would conspire to produce a complex set of adaptations.    The article on PhysOrg envisions evolution rising to meet that need:Walking on two feet, which happened early in human evolution, presents a unique challenge during pregnancy because the center of gravity shifts far in front of the hips, destabilizing the upper body and impairing locomotion.  This is not the case for animals that walk predominantly on four legs such as chimpanzees, or even other bipeds.    To accommodate this shifted center of gravity, women’s spines have evolved to help offset the additional weight in the abdomen during pregnancy, so that the back muscles are not taxed in counter-balancing the destabilizing effects of the baby’s weight.Very clever of evolution to engineer this solution.  Evolution is never ever in question in such claims.  The only question is how evolution did it:When human ancestors first became bipedal, they set the human lineage off on a different evolutionary path from other apes, but in so doing created special challenges for pregnant mothers.  One exciting discovery is that the ability of human females to better carry a baby to term while standing on two feet appears to have evolved at least two million years ago.  The researchers studied two hominin fossils that were approximately two million years old, one of which – presumably a female – displayed three lordosis vertebrae and one of which – presumably a male – displayed fewer.    Early human women lived very strenuous, active lives, and pregnant females were forced to cope with the discomfort of childbearing while foraging for food and escaping from predators,” [Daniel] Lieberman [Harvard] says.  “This evolution of the lower back helped early woman to remain more mobile during pregnancy, which would have been essential to survival, and appears to have been favored by natural selection.”  The original paper speculated that the demands of upright-walking females would have exerted a strong “selection pressure” for this adaptation, but did not even attempt to identify a chain of mutations that could have pulled it off.2  EurekAlert added this just-so story: “…the fall in body hair in primates could have brought on bipedality as a necessary consequence, through the strong selective pressure of safe infant carrying, as infants were no longer able to cling to their mother’s body hairs.”    Articles with similar claims can be found on National Geographic News and Associated Press.  The rest of the news media tend to echo these announcements with only minor variations.  None ever questions the evolutionary angle; design is always attributed to a Darwinian process.1.  Whitcombe, Shapiro and Lieberman, “Fetal load and the evolution of lumbar lordosis in bipedal hominins,” Nature 450, 1075-1078 (13 December 2007) | doi:10.1038/nature06342.2.  Sample: “Given the demands of fetal load and the importance of pregnancy for fitness, one predicts that natural selection has operated on the unique anatomy of the hominin lumbar region to mitigate the biomechanical problems that females confront.”Evolutionists need to learn to walk upright.  To walk uprightly is to be a person of integrity, balance, poise and righteousness.  There is no way on earth anyone could ever know the things they are claiming.  They see a wonderfully designed adaptation, and cast these pearls before swindling old Charlie.  Here again we see evolutionary scientists and their lackeys in the press crawling all over the floor, paying homage to the Head Pig.  The original paper’s first words, like those of a baby saying da-da, are “As predicted by Darwin…”  Wise king Solomon said, “Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly” (Proverbs 15:21).  Stand up, man, woman, and take a stand for uprightness of heart and mind. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Wang’s ultimate point is that everything has changed. The business model is different. The need to differentiate IP has new importance. All barriers are breaking down, be they cultural, geographic or architecturally. It’s all a different game. And there will be all kinds of affects, including a lot of people finding that they don’t fit in this new world of the cloud. Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Breaking down the different aspects of a cloud computing platform can be no simple feat. That’s especially true with Windows Azure. The service has multiple components. Ray Wang, an industry analyst, broke down the different components in a research report for companies in the vast Microsoft partner ecosystem gathering this week in Washington, D.C. for the Worldwide Partners Conference.About 14,000 people are attending the event. Microsoft executives said the record attendance is due to a few factors, in particular the interest in how Windows Azure will play out for the future of their businesses.Wang breaks down Azure into its three categories:Microsoft Windows AzureMicrosoft SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services)Microsoft Windows Azure Platform: AppFabric (formerly .NET Services)He points out that companies need to really focus on what layer of the service they plan to focus their energies. Those four layers include infrastructure, orchestration, creation, and consumption.Wang spoke to 71 partners for the research report they produced, which details the benefits and risks of the new models that come with Windows Azure.The AdvantagesWang provides six benefits of Windows Azure:Faster deployment times and client adoption. Greater pool of development resources. Recurring revenue streams. Improved TCO and margin for differentiated IP. Opportunity to break out of the Microsoft client base.Lower application lifecycle costs. And six risks:Potential loss of account control to Microsoft. Increased competition for development resources. Shift to volume business. Decline in upfront profit and revenue collection. Accelerated globalization and market competition. Increased self-hosting and integration costs. In terms of advantages, the potential for a recurring revenue stream and the total cost of ownership and differentiated IP are clear opportunities. On recurring revenue streams:“A key component of SaaS/Cloud is utility pricing. Partners that build IP and solutions will move to a more stable subscription revenue model. Most billing will move from upfront to monthly or quarterly.”And total cost of ownership:“The cost of development and time to market will decrease. The result – improved margins and better ROI for new product development. Partners can test scenarios with the Microsoft Azure ROI calculator.”As for disadvantages, costs and competition are going to be a huge struggle, especially as pricing models change. Subscriptiopn services provide long-term benefits but the changes are signiicant for companuies used to getting half of its revenues up front. Competition will only intensify, making mindshare a critical aspect of drawing customers. That’s a sign that community management will become increasingly important.Risks associated with self-hosting:“Partners that self-host will face long term cost challenges. As Microsoft, Amazon, and Google build out large scale data centers, their cost of delivery will reach 1/10th of a partner’s ability to host by 2015. Moreover, data, process, and metadata integration among various cloud platforms remains the most complex challenge. Partners who can not scale in integration and data center costs will find themselves burdened with a new legacy cost structure.”And with increased competition:“With SaaS/Cloud, every partner, ISV, and SI solution offering is competing for mind share. Competition for solutions goes global, cross-platform, and cross industry. Partners must prepare to compete for mind share among all the technology vendors offering solutions.”last_img read more


first_imgThe reigning Defensive Player of the Year claimed the hardware after bagging 1,038 points, powered by 410 statistical points (SPs), 426 media votes, 52 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.Cabagnot, the league’s pacesetter for the whole conference, was at second as he gathered 746 points, after nabbing 410 SPs, 235 media votes, 26 player votes, and 75 votes from the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was a close contest up until the end, with Ross and Cabagnot finding themselves statistically tied at the end of the semifinals.Ross averaged 13.19 points, 5.19 rebounds, and a league-best 8.06 assists, to go with 2.94 steals, while Cabagnot tallied 5.13 markers, 6.56 boards, 5.06 dimes, and 1.19 steals for the conference. What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES The mercurial import netted 1,174 points built on 451 SPs, 517 media votes, 56 player votes, and 150 votes from the PBA.Rhodes averaged 27.38 points, 10.19 rebounds. 1.81 assists, 1.75 blocks, and 1.25 assists, while helping the Beermen advance to the championship duel.He was the first import from San Miguel to win the honor since Gabe Freeman bagged the Best Import award for the second time in the 2010 Fiesta Conference.Star’s Ricardo Ratliffe finished second with 943 points, followed by Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (706 points), and TNT’s Joshua Smith (536 points).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Beermen backcourt partners even vouched for each other.“His numbers speak for itself,” said Ross of Cabagnot. “What he’s done for our team, the clutch moments he’s had for us, it sums it up. He’s so crucial for our team with the sacrifices he’s made and he’s been there at the top for the whole conference.”Cabagnot said the same of Ross, saying, “He’s been playing excellent for us, not just for this conference but also for the whole year.”TNT skipper Jayson Castro was at third with 630 points, followed by three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel (530 points), and GlobalPort slasher Stanley Pringle (415 points).Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel dominated the night with reinforcement Charles Rhodes emerging as the winner of this conference’s Bobby Parks Best Import award.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Australian boxing great tells Horn: Don’t give Pacquiao space Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn probably one of the tightest races in the 42-year history of the PBA, defense won it in the end.Chris Ross emerged as the Best Player of the Conference for the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as he edged San Miguel teammate Alex Cabagnot for the highest individual plum of the conference on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


first_imgQuestionable goaltend vs. SMU seals UCLA win.UCLA, the No.11 seed in the South, just upset sixth-seeded SMU 60-59 in truly bizarre fashion. The Bruins had possession of the ball after an awful SMU turnover, trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining. They ran their offense and got the ball in the hands of point guard Bryce Alford, who had hit 8-of-10 three-pointers up to that point.Alford launched an off-balance three-pointer from the left wing. From the release, it looked like it was going to fall short. SMU center Yanick Moreira thought the same thing, and he jumped up to corral what he thought would be an airball.Except, it wasn’t. Moreira was ruled to have goaltended the shot, and Alford was awarded what would be the game-winning three-pointer. SMU’s final two shots fell short.Did the refs get it right? You be the judge.last_img read more


first_imgVANCOUVER — West Vancouver police and the BC Coroners Service are investigating the death of a man who was found lodged in a clothing donation bin.Police say an off-duty physician walking near Ambleside Park found the unresponsive man stuck in the bin’s opening on Sunday morning.The man couldn’t be resuscitated, despite efforts by a BC Ambulance Advance Life Support team and West Vancouver Fire crew members.A police news release says the 34-year-old Vancouver resident was pronounced dead at the scene.The man’s family has been notified and his name is not being released.While the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, police say there’s no indication of foul play.The Canadian Presslast_img


first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Porn actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85 million to an attorney who worked at his former law firm, a California judge ruled Monday in an order that holds the potential presidential candidate personally liable in a lawsuit over back pay.The Los Angeles judge ordered the payout the same day a separate ruling came down evicting Eagan Avenatti LLC from its office space in Southern California after four months of unpaid rent.In the case over back pay, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Landin ruled that Avenatti personally guaranteed a settlement with attorney Jason Frank, who said Eagan Avenatti misstated its profits and that he was owed millions of dollars.Avenatti, who is best known for representing Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump following an alleged 2006 affair, did not appear at Monday’s hearing and never filed arguments in the case.He told The Associated Press that Frank owes him and the firm $12 million “for his fraud.” He did not provide details and declined to comment further. It’s unclear whether Avenatti has filed any litigation in the matter against Frank, whose attorney said Frank doesn’t owe Avenatti a dime and that saying so is defamatory.Avenatti, who is toying with a possible 2020 presidential run, can appeal the ruling but since he never filed arguments about why he shouldn’t have to pay the $4.85 million, any such effort would be “dead in the water,” said Frank’s attorney, Eric George.“He’s managed to delay this for ages,” George said. “At the end of the day, this is money that’s owed. No matter how you try to spin it, it comes back to the fact that he took money, it wasn’t his and now there’s a judgment saying it’s owed to my client.”Frank had worked at Avenatti’s former firm under an independent contractor agreement and was supposed to collect 25 per cent of its annual profits, along with 20 per cent of fees his clients paid, court documents say.“It’ll be important to keep an eye on him and sources of money that are coming in, see what his assets are, and take it from there,” George said.Meanwhile, Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Moss issued an order Monday terminating Eagan Avenatti’s lease from office space in Newport Beach and ordering the law firm to pay $154,000 for four months of back rent. No one appeared in court on behalf of the firm.Monday’s developments came five months after a U.S. bankruptcy court judge ordered the firm to pay Frank $10 million. The $4.85 million for which Avenatti is now personally liable is in addition to that judgment.In July, the Justice Department accused Avenatti of making misrepresentations in the bankruptcy case and said his former law firm owed more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes.Avenatti’s lawyer said at the time that the matter had been resolved. The Justice Department insisted that settlement negotiations were continuing but the debt was still owed.The ruling against Avenatti comes a week after a federal judge dismissed Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against Trump, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch that Avenatti has released.Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a composite sketch of a man she said threatened her in 2011 to keep quiet about an alleged affair was a “con job.” Avenatti has appealed the ruling.The defamation claim is separate from another lawsuit that Daniels filed against Trump, which is ongoing. Daniels was paid $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement signed days before the 2016 election and is suing to dissolve that contract.___Balsamo reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey contributed from Washington.last_img read more

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