The real mountain lions of LA County

first_imgFor years, a male mountain lion ruled the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California. Dubbed P1 by scientists, he feasted on deer and sired 22 cubs. But P1’s kingdom was surrounded by freeways and suburbs, and troubles arose. The details of inbreeding and murderous conflict are revealed online this week in Current Biology. Charting the ups and downs of P1 and his kin, scientists have discovered a steep decline in genetic diversity. Eventually, they say, planners will need to create a corridor to connect this small group of predators to other populations of mountain lions—if they want the population to survive.It’s rare to have a large carnivore living in a megacity. Like other top predators, mountain lions (Puma concolor) need a large range—about 1100 square kilometers for a healthy population to persist. That makes life for mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, which span 660 square kilometers, a bit cramped. In the second half of the 20th century, the habitat became cut off from mountains to the north. The study is “dramatically documenting impacts of isolation by highways,” says Paul Beier of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, who has studied mountain lions in the Santa Ana Mountains, to the east. The isolation of the Santa Monica population was probably gradual, starting with the construction of the Ventura Freeway in the 1950s. Housing developments on either side of the freeway reduced the amount of habitat that the cats could easily travel through. When researchers started studying coyotes and bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 1996, they weren’t even certain mountain lions still existed in the park.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In 2002, a remote camera snapped a picture of P1. “It’s amazing that we even have a large carnivore,” says Seth Riley, a wildlife ecologist with the National Park Service (NPS). Riley and other NPS staff captured P1 and other mountain lions by setting foot snares (the latest versions send a text message when tripped) and fitted them with GPS collars. Evolutionary biologist Robert Wayne of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed DNA from samples of blood, as well as fur and scat left on trails. The DNA revealed low genetic diversity, compared with other populations, although there aren’t any apparent physical problems. Among large carnivores in North America, only Florida panthers are in worse shape. The genetic analysis also revealed that P1 was the top cat. For years, he alone mated with two adult females in the park. The problem was the lack of room for his offspring. Juvenile mountain lions must disperse from their birthplace, because their fathers monopolize the females. As far as researchers know, only one juvenile has escaped. In February 2012, researchers received a photo of a young male in Griffin Park, a 26-square-kilometer urban refuge to the east. After he was trapped, genetic analysis suggested he had come from the Santa Monica Mountains, traveling about 30 kilometers and crossing Interstate 405 and the Hollywood Freeway. “Now he’s stuck in this tiny dead-end home range with no breeding opportunities,” Riley says.Back in the Santa Monica Mountains, P1 had snapped. He killed one of his sons, and, for no apparent reason, a daughter as well. Then, even more inexplicably, he killed one of his own mates. “It doesn’t seem like a good strategy,” says Riley, who is baffled. In 2009, the researchers discovered another worrying development: P1 had bred with one of his daughter, reducing genetic diversity.  The good news is that one mountain lion has crossed into the Santa Monica Mountains, although it may have spelled the end for P1. In 2008, NPS caught a young male, which they named P12, just north of the Ventura Freeway. They gave him a tracking collar, and in February 2009, they saw that he crossed the freeway in the middle of the night. (It’s not clear that P12 dashed across the freeway; he may have taken the one underpass.) Not long after that, P1’s collar was discovered near a ranch. The researchers noticed rocks nearby, with blood from an unidentified panther, so the collar may have come off in a fight. He hasn’t been seen since. By that time, P1 was old and it’s possible that P12 subsequently killed him, Riley says.P12 brought fresh blood to the population. He had eight offspring, passing on genes from the north. Unfortunately, P12 has also mated with one of his daughters. The lesson is that just a single immigrant can rapidly improve the gene pool, but that further inbreeding will erode that progress just as quickly. “The idea is not novel, but the dramatic confirmation is a wake-up call,” Beier told Science in an e-mail.It’s not clear how long the mountain lions can persist by themselves in the park. A postdoc has joined Riley and Wayne to analyze the viability of the population. Ultimately, these mountain lions will need better access to other habitat and individuals. (Moving mountain lions into the park is a last-ditch option, Riley says.) After a young mountain lion was killed by traffic, the California Department of Transportation added new fencing to funnel animals toward the road that crosses under the freeway, but Riley says it’s not a good passage for mountain lions. “In the long run, we need a tunnel or an overpass to be effective.”last_img read more

College Football Fan With Team’s Logo Tattooed On His Throat Tried To Fight Cops After Rolling Minivan

first_imgOregon's mascot staring at something on the sideline.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: The Oregon Ducks mascot at Cowboys Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Jacob Benjamin Hefner has the Oregon Duck tattooed on his throat, and the state outline on his right cheek.One would think that, as an ink-proven fan of Oregon football, he would have been somewhere to watch the team’s big game against Washington State on Saturday.Instead, minutes after kickoff, he had rolled his minivan off the road in Southern Oregon. That is where the trouble started for Hefner.When police arrived, the Oregon football fan threatened them with a gun. He wound up arrested on weapons and drug charges.Hefner’s mugshot, via The Oregonian:Oregon man sporting full-throated Ducks tattoo rolls minivan, fights deputies, cops say https://t.co/fEFK1CFoQx pic.twitter.com/8DGrRsSyYO— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) October 22, 2018More on the standoff, from the paper’s report:A deputy arrived at the scene of the crash and found him agitated and bleeding from his nose and mouth, according to the probable cause affidavit.Hefner, who also has a crude outline of the state of Oregon tattooed on his right cheekbone, later ducked into his van and returned with a stainless steel revolver, prompting a brief standoff with the deputy, authorities said.That ended with Hefner on the ground as the deputy pressed his boot against the suspect’s skull and threatened to shoot him if he moved, court records show.The authorities found that the gun that Hefner brandished was stolen months ago. He was also in possession of 12 grams of methamphetamine, per the report.Along with the weapons and drug charges, he faces counts of reckless driving, driving with a suspended license, and resisting arrest.[The Oregonian]last_img read more

TSC Gets Jacking Systems Contracts from Zentech

first_imgzoom Recently, EMER International Ltd. (EMER), a wholly owned subsidiary of TSC Group Holdings Limited (TSC) won a contract from Zentech,Inc. (Zentech) to supply the complete jacking systems for its new design of jack-up rig; the R-550D. The jacking systems will be produced in China under the total control of TSC, reducing overall delivery time. The contract is valued at between US$14 to 16M.The R-550D is a high performance, three legged, jack-up drilling rig, designed for worldwide service in up to 400 feet (121.9m) of water depth. Design features include a large extended reach cantilever, a zero discharge system, a high speed preloading system, a high pressure drilling system, a high volume storage system and many other features which increase safety and operating efficiency. The design has been approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and meets requirements of various fast growing emerging markets.TSC believes that R-550D rigs will be well received in the market and become a customer choice for replacing aging platforms. Moreover, the R-550D drilling platform is competitively priced.Zentech is a Houston based marine engineering and naval architecture consulting firm specializing in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries. The company has an over 30 year history of providing innovative engineering solutions, and employs professional staff of over 160 in six international locations. Zentech’s expertise encompasses dynamically positioned semi-submersibles, drill ships, jack-ups, barges, fixed offshore platforms, fabrication yards, floating production systems, risers and pipelines.TSC is currently one of the world’s few comprehensive solution providers for offshore rigs. Through providing solutions that include design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance, TSC continues to grow strongly on its path to be an established and highly reputable industry player in the offshore and land rig equipment and services business segment. Notably, TSC is set to deliver a jack-up package for the Yantai Raffles H212 SUPERM2 jack-up, which became the first 300 foot platform to receive ABS/CDS2011 certification.As Zentech’s exclusive OEM provider, TSC will provide access its ABS certified jacking systems. The single tooth jacking system’s 1,000 kip capacity, is at the highest domestic level and is capable of supporting 400 foot platforms, such as the R-500D and JU2000E. Through providing critical jacking system equipment manufacturing, TSC is now able to provide customers more choices.TSC, November 26, 2013last_img read more

Urmila Matondkar quits Cong cites petty inhouse politics

first_imgMumbai: Actor-turned-politician Urmila Matondkar on Tuesday announced her resignation from the Congress within six months of joining it and unsuccessfully contesting the maiden Lok Sabha election, owing to “petty in-house politics”. The announcement by Matondkar, who had bagged 2,41,431 votes across six segments of the Mumbai North seat, came as a huge embarrassment for the Congress which is struggling to keep its flock together ahead of the Maharashtra assembly polls, slated to be held next month. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Matondkar, who joined the Congress in March this year, was defeated by BJP stalwart Gopal Shetty in the polls. In a statement, Matondkar observed the key functionaries of the Mumbai Congress are either unable to or are not committed to transform the party. “I have resigned from the Indian National Congress. My political and social sensibilities refuse to allow vested interests in the party to use me as a mean to fight petty in-house politics instead of working on a bigger goal in Mumbai Congress,” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Matondkar said the first thought of resignation came to her mind when she realised that “no action” was being taken despite her “repeated efforts” on her letter dated May 16 addressed to the then Mumbai Congress presidentMilind Deora. In her letter, Matondkar had criticised the conduct of Sandesh Kondvilkar and Bhushan Patil, close associates of Sanjay Nirupam, a former Mumbai Congress president. “Thereafter, to my utter dismay, the letter containing privileged and confidential communication was conveniently leakedto the media, which according to me was an act of a blatant betrayal. “Needless to say, no one from the party was apologetic or even concerned towards me for the same despite my repeated protests,” she said. Matondkar claimed some of the persons named in her letter for the “shoddy performance” of the Congress in the Mumbai North contest were “rewarded with newer positions” instead of fixing responsibilities. “It is obvious that the key functionaries of the Mumbai Congress are either unable ornot committed to bring about a change and transformation in the organisation for betterment of the party,” she said. Matondkar’s statement is mum on her next political move. However, she added that she stood by her “thoughts and ideologies” and will continue to work for the people “with honesty and dignity”.last_img read more

Opinion Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross facing another disappointing evening

Then-junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) takes a free throw during an exhibition game against Walsh Nov. 3 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 93-63.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe last time Ohio State fans saw Aaron Craft and LaQuinton Ross, both were crushed following a first-round NCAA Tournament exit at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y.Well, Craft and Ross, as well as Buckeye fans everywhere, could very well be disappointed again, this time as the result of an event in another New York town.After months of combines, workouts and physicals, it has become increasingly unlikely that either Craft or Ross will hear his name called at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday in the 2014 NBA Draft.While Craft and Ross led the Buckeyes through the majority of the 2013 to 2014 season in Columbus, neither player projects very well at the NBA level, each for very different reasons.For Ross, the problems are more scattered and not centered around one fatal flaw.On the offensive end, Ross is little more than serviceable in every area, which means there may be too many skills to develop for him to become a quality NBA player.For example, Ross is a decent perimeter shooter, but doesn’t shoot well enough to qualify as a dangerous outside threat. At times he can drive to the rim, but doesn’t do so consistently enough to be a dominant scorer. He’s shown signs of a post-game, but he simply doesn’t have the size to be a legitimate inside presence.For these reasons, NBA scouts may view him as an average offensive player, rather than a real scoring threat.The problems for Ross, however, don’t stop there.On the defensive end, he is a liability, which is certainly problematic for any NBA team.The motor just isn’t there – on either end quite frankly – and he’s not going to be athletic enough to guard NBA players at the small forward position. In a league in which defensive intensity plays a big role,, Ross’ defense is a big hole, further pushing him down the lists and the draft boards of any NBA team.Finally, there are a couple of intangibles that I touched upon above that cause for concern.First of all, Ross arrived at the combine with added weight, but according to multiple reports, it wasn’t a healthy weight. Rather Ross seemed pudgy with the unathletic weight that no team wants to see. That simple appearance points to a lack of work ethic that has followed Ross for years and could put him even further in the proverbial hole.Then, there were the numerous times Ross seemed completely lost on the court – times when, even on offense, Ross seemed disengaged, out-of-touch and in a daze. That lack of focus is certainly not a trait that an NBA scout wants to see, especially from a so-called “leader” of an elite college basketball program.Finally, Ross was often timid in the big moments.Sure, he hit the big shot against Arizona to send the Buckeyes to the Elite Eight in 2013, but in the most recent campaign, Ross didn’t shoulder the load that he was expected to. He was often absent when the team needed the big point or the big play, which may have been the cause of OSU’s struggles near the end. That inability to handle the biggest moments is certainly not a plus for any player, especially a team’s best offensive threat.The 6-foot 7-inch, 239-pound Ross has legitimate NBA size, but the aforementioned flaws may cause too much concern for any NBA team to handle.On the opposite end of the spectrum, Craft’s NBA career may be in jeopardy for purely physical reasons.Craft’s well-documented character, work ethic and intellect would almost certainly be enough to get nearly any NBA prospect drafted, but he certainly isn’t getting the looks many expected him too.Defensively, Craft may be the best this 2014 draft class has to offer. His 6-foot, 2-inch frame is enough to guard just about any point guard in the NBA and his defensive intensity and ability may be second to none.Defense is his biggest strength, that’s not the problem.Craft’s offense, and only his offense, is the problem and may prove a fatal flaw.While his defensive ability may be NBA-worthy, his offensive ability was barely worthy of an elite Division I basketball program.Don’t get me wrong, Craft made big plays when they counted most – a testament to his immense value as a player and a leader – but overall, his offense is a bit cringe-worthy, especially for an NBA scout.His jump shot is hitch-filled, he’s not athletic enough to create his own shot at the NBA level and while he was able to make his way to the basket for layups, it may be a bit more difficult for him to do so consistently at the NBA level.Again though, to fill a final roster spot, could you ask for a better option?A guy who’s willing to work to do what it takes to make his dreams come true and to help his team to make it to the next level.Plus, should there ever be any defensively-centered situations, Aaron Craft is a guy any NBA coach would love to have on the floor.If Craft’s offensive shortcomings prove fatal in terms of his draft stock, I believe he will definitely break camp with an NBA team. His offense may be the project of all projects, but his defense and off-the-court charisma are definitely traits that every NBA team wants in their locker room and not many other players can boast.Overall, draft night may be a disappointing one for these former Buckeyes, but things may not be all bleak in the grand scheme of things.Ross could definitely benefit from some time overseas, maybe playing in Europe and honing his offensive skills, while Craft could certainly find his way onto an NBA team before the 2014 NBA season tips off. read more

Minibus driver accused of speeding misconduct charged

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSpeeding minibus driver fined $150,000October 23, 2018In “Court”Bank teller robbed by lone bandit in minibusNovember 21, 2018In “Crime”Berbice serious accident: Drunk driver suspended from driving for 2 yearsAugust 19, 2017In “Court” The minibus and its driver David LewisA 48-year-old minibus driver was on Tuesday morning arraigned at the Lenora Magistrate’s Court after he allegedly verbally abused a passenger who was traveling in his minibus, BSS5193, after she requested that he drove slower.David Lewis of Tuschen, East Bank Demerara was charged for having an overloaded minibus, speeding and misconduct.According to reports, the passenger, a nurse- identified as Jeneal Lewis- claims that the driver was driving at a speed of 140mph, which frightened her.As such, she said that she requested that Lewis slow down.However, this reportedly angered the man, who began to boast of having some 23 years of driving experience without being involved in an accident.He further allegedly told the young nurse that she can report the matter as he is not afraid of the Police.At that point, the young lady requested that he stop the bus as she intended to discontinue her journey with him.The nurse, in her complaint, said that it was then that Lewis told her “you are a very stupid girl. Same thing you frighten will kill you.”Following the experience, the passenger made a social media post on Facebook where she not only pin-pointed the driver, but also his minibus.This reportedly angered the driver who allegedly insulted the woman further on social media.The matter was the reported to the police.On Friday Lewis was granted $10,000 bail and is expected to return to court on September 17, 2018 for trial. read more

Australian uranium exports to double

first_imgAustralia’s uranium exports stand to double in value within the decade to above A$1 billion from A$570 million currently as the nation steps up to increasingly fill the gaps between world uranium supply and demand.The prospect was outlined at the 2007 Paydirt Australian Uranium Conference in Adelaide by Australian Uranium Association Executive Director, Michael Angwin. “Australia cannot isolate itself form the search for additional energy sources,” Angwin told the record 380 delegates to the conference. “Significantly, middle Australia has shifted ground considerably and positively on uranium exploration and mining and there is now a much larger groundswell of support for an expansion of this potential,” he continued.“This shift has occurred under the influence of a high level of economic understanding, including the link between jobs and exports, awareness about climate change and growing appreciation that uranium does not produce carbon dioxide emissions in generating electricity. Uranium demand is expected to increase by 50% in the next 25 years and will exceed supply within the next decade, allowing an opportunity for Australia to double its uranium exports and double its uranium earnings within the next few years.”Angwin warned that while uranium mining had shifted into the Australian mainstream, it needed bipartisan acceptance. He said this would create a more stable uranium mining investment climate in Australia in parallel with a ‘fit-for-purpose’ regulatory environment. “Australia’s uranium industry has an excellent operational record and this should generate public confidence in our ability to expand our local exploration and mining,” Angwin said.Also at the Paydirt Conference was Paul Holloway, Minister for Mineral Resources Development, who noted that the number of delegates attending the conference had doubled from the 2006 figure, showing the rapidly increasing focus on uranium issues and uranium mining in Australia.The conference was held on March 22-23 in Adelaide, South Australia, the state that Holloway commented has been the clear leader in mining policy development in the country for the last three years. “Here in South Australia we are very proud of our PACE initiative – our Plan for Accelerating Exploration. We launched it about this time three years ago. At that time our exploration expenditure was just under A$40 million, which represented 4.9% of the national spend. In 2006, that figure reached A$191 million, which is 13.2% of the national spend. There is the proof that PACE is working.“Had we just maintained our 4.9% share our total would be approximately A$71 million. But our share is growing, proving that our exploration expenditure really is accelerating and that PACE is working. Adding to the excellent exploration data is confirmation from the Fraser Institute that the performance of South Australia’s mining sector is among the best in the world. According to the respected Canadian institution’s annual Survey of Mining Companies, South Australia now ranks fourth in the world in terms of mineral potential – a rise from sixth place in last year’s survey, and 18th place the year before that.“There are many reasons to explore in South Australia, but I especially want to mention two. The first is that in South Australia, we help fund exploration. The drilling partnerships are a well-known part of our PACE initiative. The second reason is that if you find something you want to mine here, you will pay the lowest royalty in the country for new mines – 1.5%. I suspect our low royalty rate is not too well known outside of South Australia. We feel well justified when we claim that South Australia is THE pro-mining state in Australia.“This state has also led the debate about changing the ALP’s ‘no new mines’ policy. The Premier wants it to change, the Deputy Premier wants it to change, I want it to change, and in recent times you may have read that our Transport and Energy Minister Patrick Conlon also wants the policy to change. Importantly, the Federal Party Leader Kevin Rudd has also publicly supported policy change in this area. According to the ABS, 56% of the uranium exploration activity in Australia is taking place right here in South Australia.“During the past twelve months, the money spent on exploring for uranium in South Australia has topped $30 million – that’s the highest figure for 25 years. With around 60 exploration companies and prospectors currently holding more than 200 exploration licences for uranium in South Australia – and a growing list of Adelaide-based uranium explorers listing, or proposing to list, on the Australian Stock Exchange – this state’s uranium industry is in very good shape.“South Australia’s two – soon to be three – mines operate under the strictest, most environmentally protective, most anti-proliferation legislation in the world. If Australia doesn’t supply the demand for uranium, other countries that take these responsibilities far less seriously, such as Kazakhstan, will. This is an important matter for our state.“It makes me smile every time I think about that mine to our north but it’s not just about Olympic Dam. That mine is already approved. Changes to the policy won’t affect them. The ALP needs to change its policy because here in South Australia, there are projects that are well on the way to beginning the approvals process. Projects such as Curnamona Energy’s Oban prospect and the Quasar/Alliance Resources Beverley Four Mile deposit.“Potentially, we have two mines up for approvals in the next 12 months. This represents millions of dollars of investment and hundreds of jobs. Other projects such as Marathon’s Mt Gee deposit are coming along nicely. The State Government is very confident that the no new mines policy will change, allowing South Australia’s competitive advantage in the uranium sector to come to the fore. “When the federal policy changes, it is likely that it will then be up to each state to change its own policy. It’s my opinion that South Australia will move fairly quickly to change our policy. I encourage investors to remember that they will be welcome here in South Australia,” concluded Holloway.last_img read more

President Trump tweets GIF from WrestleMania in reference to CNN

first_img July 2, 2017 at 11:45 pm Donald Trump Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTrump On Activist Investor Taking Stake In AT&T: CNN Is ‘Bad For The USA’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:40 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Regardless your views on him, this, by itself, was funny. July 2, 2017 at 9:02 pm 6 COMMENTS Google+ Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback WhatsApp Levon Hughey President Trump reveals Linda McMahon will be part of his 2020 reelection campaign July 2, 2017 at 8:56 pm Now Playing Up Next pacs To quote Jameson…”Hulk Hogan…Andre…SOMEBODY HELP US!!!” July 3, 2017 at 5:13 pm Comments are closed. Videos Articles Report: Prosecutors Interviewed Cohen Concerning Trump Organization Probe Goldberg tweets he knocked himself out during match on Friday, WWE Superstar returns Ric Flair posts an update on his health following surgery, promises to be back up soon George Facebook 72mike72 July 2, 2017 at 9:34 pm Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s sad day for this country when the POTUS is posting juvenile videos to twitter. Don’t suppose McMahons supplied this? Trump On Activist Investor Taking Stake In AT&T: CNN Is ‘Bad For The USA’ Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund President Donald Trump made headlines on Sunday morning when he tweeted a GIF from his appearance at WrestleMania 23 back in 2007 where he tackled Vince McMahon.The GIF has the CNN logo on McMahon as Trump tackled him and threw punches at ringside from the event at Ford Field 10 years ago.Trump has been battling with CNN publicly for months now, including his now infamous moment where he deemed the network “fake news” to reporter Jim Acosta.You can check out the tweet below.#FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 here’s a question, doesn’t he have a nation to run instead of feuding with networks and news anchors? July 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising No, Trump’s people can subscribe to the WWE Network and pull the clip from there.I would buy a subscription myself, but I don’t know how much it costs. jay313 Levon Hughey Twitter Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Peter Thiel says Googles AI work in China is bad for America

first_img Share your voice Politics Comments 3 Tags Investor Peter Thiel is again criticizing Google’s relationship with China. Getty Images Peter Thiel is doubling down on his criticism of Google. The Silicon Valley investor wrote in a New York Times op-ed Thursday that the search giant is hurting the US by sharing its artificial intelligence technology with China. Thiel, one of President Donald Trump’s highest-profile supporters in the tech industry, said it’s “shocking” that Google would work with a rival country, because AI is such a beneficial military tool. He wrote that AI is “valuable to any army — to gain an intelligence advantage, for example, or to penetrate defenses in the relatively new theater of cyberwarfare, where we are already living amid the equivalent of a multinational shooting war.”He also points to an AI lab Google opened in Beijing two years ago, as well as the company’s decision to stop work with the Pentagon on Project Maven, an initiative that uses AI to improve the analysis of drone footage. Google decided not to renew its contract after its employees protested the project. Soon after, CEO Sundar Pichai released a set of guidelines that said Google wouldn’t develop AI for weapons but would still work with the US military. Google declined to comment on the op-ed. But in the past, the company has noted that it doesn’t work with the Chinese military. Thiel’s comments come weeks after he accused Google of having a “seemingly treasonous” relationship with China and urged a probe by the FBI and CIA. After Thiel’s comments, Trump tweeted that he would “take a look.” Last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he met with Pichai to discuss the company’s work in China. After the meeting, Mnuchin said he has no security concerns about Google’s work in the country. Two days later, though, Trump tweeted that there “may or may not” be security concerns. Peter Thiel Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Can Science Keep Deep Sea Miners From Ruining the Seafloor

first_imgMatt SimonHawaii’s Mysterious Coral Reefs Turn Out to Be Super Weird More on Marine Biology Ocean explorers and entrepreneurs have been thinking about how to scoop up mineral-laden deposits on the seafloor since the HMS Challenger dragged a few up in a bucket during its globe-trotting scientific voyage in the 1870s. A century later, the CIA used deep sea mining as a cover story for a secretive plan to recover a sunken Russian nuclear sub.Now, it’s a serious engineering proposition. Companies in Belgium and the UK are testing crawlers and rovers to suck up potato-sized nodules on the seabed. And companies backed by Chinese, Japanese, and Korean governments are investigating the idea of drilling into the sides of underwater volcanoes or breaking off chunks of inactive hydrothermal vents—both places where minerals are deposited over time.But some conservation groups worry that this seabed suction and the resulting clouds of sediment will kill sea life that can’t move out of the way: tiny sponges, corals, and slow-moving mollusks that exist nowhere else. And a group of scientists are trying to get ahead of the problem, working with the would-be miners to build dredging technology that will minimize environmental destruction.Andrea Koschinsky, a marine geochemist at Jacobs University in Bremen, is studying just how much sediment impacts seafloor life—and if there’s a way to prevent robot harvesters from creating the plumes. The effects of seabed mining are a lot like trawling by fishing boats, Koschinsky says. Both leave scars on the seabed that remain for years, although studies have shown that some animals eventually return and recolonize disturbed areas. “We will not know for sure the complete effects on the deep sea ecosystem, should we decide to do deep sea mining,” Koschinsky says.Those operations plan to dredge up three-inch mineral nodules, deposits of manganese, nickel, copper, cobalt, and various rare earth elements—objects formed over millennia, as phytoplankton ingested and then concentrated the minerals that spewed out of deep sea thermal vents. They’ll site the nodules with roving drones, scoop them up with a crawling robot, then lift them 7,000 to 10,000 feet from the ocean bottom to the ship in a suction pump or elevator-like mechanical lifter. From there, the nodules will be loaded on a cargo ship and taken to a processing plant, where they’ll either be bathed in chemicals like arsenic or cooked at high temperatures to recover the valuable minerals.The Yukon of deep sea mining is a place called the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone, a remote region about 500 miles southeast of Hawaii that stretches a thousand miles toward Mexico. That’s where DEME group, a Belgian dredging firm, plans to launch a full-scale pilot dredging operation in 2019. But before the dredging begins, Koschinsky and lab director Laurenz Thomsen are prepping a series of laboratory tests in Holland to find out what could go wrong—and if it can be prevented.Koschinsky is studying how quickly the seabed recovers over time from mining operations. She’s using data from earlier commercial tests in the early 2000s and comparing them to more recent views of the same place. Thomsen, meanwhile, has built a seabottom crawler called “Wally” that is collecting data about mineral deposits at hydrothermal vents. He tests new modifications in a swimming pool-sized tank on the university campus.About two hours drive away, at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Engineering in Kiel, Germany, Jens Greinert leads a separate team of engineers and physical oceanographers trying to build a better nodule harvester for DEME. “We want to figure out what makes the least impact,” Greinert says. “The mined area is buggered up anyway. If you put another 5 centimeters of sediment on top of 20 centimeters it doesn’t matter. What you don’t want is to impact the area outside the mined area.”Greinert says his team is experimenting with boosting the amount of suction into the harvester, which seems intuitive. Spewing out a bigger and thicker cloud of bottom sediment with larger bits of material may force the plume to settle more quickly and cover a smaller area, at least according to preliminary tests in the lab. These tests are part of an environmental impact statement that Greinert is writing as part of the German government’s collaboration with the DEME group. If all goes well, Greinert will be aboard the German oceanographic research vessel Sonne in March 2019 to monitor the DEME dredger as it picks up nodules. Matt SimonThese Stunning 3-D Models Are Helping Unravel the Mysteries of Coralcenter_img Matt SimonUnraveling the Mystery of the Ocean’s Twilight Zone “All mining is environmentally destructive, and seabed mining will be environmentally destructive,” says Conn Nugent, director of seabed mining project for the Pew Charitable Trust. “We are most worried about people pretending to know what’s going to happen without it having happened yet. All the extractive studies saying it’s going to be different, financially and operationally. Any number of things could go wrong.”For her part, Koschinsky thinks that it’s better to work with the mining companies. “This is a question we are discussing as to exactly who we are helping,” she says. “We might help promote a development that might have disastrous consequences in the future. But if we don’t develop our best knowledge, it might happen in a way that is much more harmful.”The scientists have another incentive, too: Deep sea mining gets them access to an ecosystem they might not otherwise get to explore. Watching wildlife near a construction site on land (or even a sun-splashed coral reef) is pretty easy. But trying to count the number of deep sea fishes, clams, or sea worms 10,000 to 15,000 feet below the surface is nearly impossible, where light rarely penetrates and populations are tiny. “You might see some individual species only once,” says Koschinsky, “and you don’t know what their larvae look like or how they reproduce.” But with mining as a call to action, the German government is funding environmental studies on these remote areas.Of course, the scientists’ concerns could never materialize. The International Seabed Authority has regulated the minerals in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone since the early 2000s, and the Jamaica-based authority is taking comments on a new set of environmental regulations governing the mineral leases. These new rules should be finished by late 2018, and they could change who’s allowed to mine where.And, double of course, nobody has technically figured out how to harvest deep sea minerals and still make a profit. One partially built deep mining ship is in dry dock after the company hired to build it ran out of money and defaulted on an $18 million payment this month. And once operating, it takes about $50,000 a day to run a deep sea mining ship.“We’ve taken a conservative look at the worst-case scenarios,’ says Christopher Williams, director of UK Seabed Resources, a London-based subsidiary of Lockheed Martin that plans a pilot project to mine the seafloor in 2019. “Even given those numbers, we don’t see it as a pipe dream. We see it as a realistic process.” In this slow-motion race to reap seafloor riches, some companies will likely go under. But scientists say even so, they are hoping learn a lot about new forms of marine life. Maybe, even, the devices they build now could one day be used to explore seas on other planets.last_img read more

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first_imgJanuary 14, 2009 – After performing stereotactic transperineal prostate biopsy on 747 patients, researchers concluded that forty percent of men with prostate cancer may not even know they have it, according to research study published in a recent issue of Urology. The study by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago revealed the standard office biopsy procedure often isn’t enough to properly detect prostate cancer. This new research will be published in an upcoming issue of Urology. Researchers used an advanced biopsy technique called stereotactic transperineal prostate biopsy (STPB) on patients with persistent elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels who previously had at least one negative office biopsies. All patients had received transrectal prostate biopsies (TRPB), administered by a urologist. “Men who have negative transrectal biopsies and continue to have elevated PSA levels should consider STPB because 40 percent will harbor malignancy,” said Michelle Braccioforte, director of research and education for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago. “Our level of confidence is greatly enhanced with regards to the presence or absence of cancer, and more specifically, the exact location of the cancer within the prostate.”STPB is performed by taking a median of 40 samples of the prostate through the perineum while the patient is under general anesthesia. Performed as an outpatient procedure, it allows more comprehensive sampling, compared to the transrectal method, which takes fewer samples through the rectum. In addition, by taking more samples during STPB, the exact location of the cancer can be pinpointed. Between April 2004 and January 2008, 747 patients with high PSA levels were studied. All patients had been tested using TRPB at least once and all results had been negative. All patients received the STPB. Biopsy results identified the presence of cancer in 291 (39 percent) of the patients. “The information obtained from this kind of comprehensive biopsy allows us to design and perform more sophisticated treatment plans”, says Brian Moran, M.D., medical director of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago and the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center (www.prostateimplant.com). This procedure is also a stepping stone towards focal therapy, where more limited treatment can result in less side effects, yet achieve cure rates equal to more radical forms of treatment.” For more information: www.chicagoprostatefoundation.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | October 23, 2018 | By Greg Freiherr WEB EXCLUSIVE: SBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients With its shorter course of treatment,… read more Amar U. Kishan, M.D., presents data about stereotactic body radiation therapy at ASTRO 2018. News | Quality Assurance (QA) | July 08, 2019 PTW to Feature New Dosimetry Technology at AAPM 2019 At this year’s American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) show, July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, PTW will… read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | January 31, 2019 Stereotactic Radiotherapy Improves Long-Term Survival in Stage-IV Cancers The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates stereotactic radiation can extend long-term… read more News | Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) | November 01, 2018 SBRT Considered Safe Treatment Option for Patients With Multiple Metastases The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used… read more Related Content News | January 14, 2009 Stereotactic Biopsy Reveals Undetected Prostate Cancer News | Lung Cancer | April 23, 2019 New Study Redefines Therapeutic Dose Guidelines for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Non-small cell lung cancer is a common cancer for both men and women. Many people who are diagnosed with this type of… read more center_img News | Ultrasound Imaging | May 28, 2019 Improved Imaging for Prostate Cancer Could Lead to More Effective Treatment Engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are working to improve imaging methods in order to make medicine more… read more News | Radiation Oncology | October 30, 2018 High-dose Radiotherapy Greatly Improves Survival in Patients Once Thought Incurable October 30, 2018 — In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggre read more Feature | ASTRO | October 30, 2018 Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018 October 30, 2018 — The American Society for Radioth… read more The picture shows that time series signal is extracted from a series of ultrasound frames for classification. Each patch across a number of frames inside the prostate is classified into either cancerous or normal tissue. The image at the lower right corner shows the overall result for those frames. Image courtesy of Pingkun Yan and researchers from NIH, University of British Columbia and Queens University. News | Radiation Therapy | July 05, 2019 Aktina Medical Partners With Elekta for Global Distribution of Interlocking SRS Cones Aktina Medical announced that Elekta Instrument AB, based in Sweden, will offer and distribute the Aktina line of… read more The Beamscan 3-D water phantom with the Varian Halcyon radiotherapy system. Image courtesy of PTW. News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more last_img read more

When Will BCFP and Ginnie Mae Get a New Head

first_imgWhen Will BCFP and Ginnie Mae Get a New Head? Michael R. BrightKathy KraningerThe nominations for Kathy Kraninger to head the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) and Michael Bright to head Ginnie Mae was confirmed by the Senate Banking Committee today. Both the nominations now move to the Senate for a further vote to confirm them to these posts.While Kraninger’s nomination was passed with a close vote of 12-11, Bright’s nomination received a majority vote of the committees.Speaking to open to executive session, Committee Chair Mike Crapo said that if confirmed, the nominees would play an important role in “supporting our financial system, protecting consumers, overseeing the market for consumer financial products and services, or facilitating a global trade of U.S. goods and services.”Kraninger was nominated by President Trump in May to head the consumer watchdog and if confirmed, she would take up the responsibilities currently being handled by Mick Mulvaney, Acting Director, BCFP. Her nomination has been a contentious one from the start, with senators especially pointing out to her lack of experience to handle the responsibilities of the Bureau. At a banking committee hearing in July, members of the committee had asked some difficult questions related to her role at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where she currently serves as an Associate Director. They also asked what one could expect from her if she was confirmed as the Director of BCFP.If confirmed as Director of the BCFP, Kraninger had said that she would, “focus solely on serving the American people.”During her testimony, Kraninger hinted at pursuing a similar path as the current Acting Director Mick Mulvaney. She said that she had four initial priorities for the Bureau if confirmed as Director. The first priority she said would be to make the Bureau “fair and transparent.”Secondly, Kraninger intends for BCFP to work closely with other financial regulators and the States on supervision and enforcement. Third, she said, “The Bureau must recognize its profound duty to the American people to protect sensitive information in its possession.”And lastly, she said that she would look at making the Bureau “accountable to the American people for its actions, including its expenditure of resources.”Bright’s nomination, on the other hand, has proceeded smoothly. Nominated to head Ginnie Mae in May, Bright had said that he intended to continue Ginnie Mae’s ongoing work to strengthen and modernize the agency as well as ensuring that the security of the FHA, VA, and USDA loans it oversees to ensure better security price and lower rates for borrowers of these loans.“Between the work we have done administratively at Ginnie as well as the language recently passed into law, we have taken a major step towards rooting out behavior that was threatening the very viability of the Ginnie security, and thereby threatening the viability of the VA, USDA, and FHA programs we support,” Bright said. “We will not tolerate this behavior, and we now know that Congress stands with us. Collectively, our efforts are working. We can already see that in the form of a better security price, which directly translates into lower rates for FHA, VA, and USDA borrowers.”Read more about Kathy Kraninger’s nomination:Kraninger: ‘Will Make BCFP Fair and Transparent’ August 23, 2018 682 Views Banking Committee BCFP Consumers FHA Finance Ginnie Mae USDA 2018-08-23 Radhika Ojhacenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newslast_img read more

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Ibrahim Galma, Senator Hope Uzodinma (M) on or about the 5th day of March 2018, NYSC, announced this on Thursday after supervising a low-key Passing out Parade (POP) for the corps members in Lafia. born in 1991, He has been charged with a Class B felony of burglary and two misdemeanors: criminal mischief and theft of property. where they are extremely qualified, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Norfolk, who is scheduled to give remarks here this afternoon,D. who is running to unseat Sen Heidi Heitkamp D-ND Many of them brought along enthusiasm for tax cuts abiding faith in President Trump’s administration and a heavy skepticism of the media brushing aside concerns that the president is beset by investigations and scandal"I like his tax cuts I like his immigration control plans There’s not too much that I don’t agree (with)" said Marcella Bercier a Fargo resident who brought her daughter to the event She’s pleased with the recent Republican tax overhaul which she said has already boosted her paycheck and she’s unperturbed by recent press on Stormy Daniels the adult film actress who says she had an affair with the president "I didn’t hire him to be my pastor I voted for him to be my president What he did as a private citizen . I would have to cast the first stone wouldn’t I"Many guests felt similarly about the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller examining potential collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia Despite a stream of indictments issued by Mueller’s team many of the president’s supporters saw political machinations at work"It gives me no hesitation It’s just a thorn in his side" said Chris Berge another guest waiting in line when asked about both the Stormy Daniels matter and the Russia investigation "I’m not concerned about that at all"Likewise for Jordan Smith 22 and a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead But Smith echoed some other guests’ hesitation to embrace the $13 trillion spending bill signed by Trump last week balking at the bill’s funds for Planned Parenthood its high price tag and especially the way it was "rushed through at the last minute" ahead of a government shutdownBut Smith knows who he supports Asked if he had any other thoughts about the visit he parted with a quick phrase:"Trump-Pence 2020" he saidIn a much-anticipated "60 Minutes" interview Daniels said she believed she was doing the right thing when she accepted $130000 from a company linked to Trump attorney Michael Cohen to stay quietThe hush agreement allowed her to protect her career and her family she said according to a transcript of the show And she was concerned about her family’s safety after what she described as a scary episode in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 shortly after she first tried to sell her story to a tabloid magazineDaniels said she was taking her infant daughter out of the car to go to a fitness class when someone approached her"A guy walked up on me and said to me ‘Leave Trump alone Forget the story’ " Daniels told journalist Anderson Cooper "And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said ‘That’s a beautiful little girl It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom’ And then he was gone"Daniels said she didn’t know the man and she provided no evidence to back up her claim according to the transcriptBut she said she remained fearful over the years After the Wall Street Journal reported on the $130000 payment Daniels signed what she now describes as a false statement denying the affair In the "60 Minutes" interview she said she signed the statement under pressure from her former lawyer and business manager"They made it sound like I had no choice" she said While there was not any threat of physical violence at the time she said she was worried about other repercussions "The exact sentence used was ‘They can make your life hell in many different ways’ " Daniels told Cooper"They being " Cooper said"I’m not exactly sure who they were I believe it to be Michael Cohen" Daniels repliedCohen has denied threatening Daniels In the run-up to the "60 Minutes" broadcast Michael Avenatti Daniels’ attorney said repeatedly on cable news programs that his client would talk about threats she received because of her allegations against TrumpNeither Cohen nor his lawyer could be reached immediately for comment He told Politico earlier this month that he has "never threatened her in any way and I am unaware of anyone else doing so" He has also previously denied that Trump had an affair with Daniels Daniels’ former business manager did not comment Her former attorney Keith Davidson said he cannot speak publicly until Daniels waives attorney-client privilege but he does not believe that her assertions on "60 Minutes" "represent a fair and accurate description of the situation"The White House did not respond to a request for comment SundayThe "60 Minutes" broadcast comes just 72 hours after former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal spoke to CNN about her own alleged affair with Trump before he was elected president McDougal has sued to break free of a confidentiality agreement that was struck in the months before the 2016 election for which she was paid $150000 McDougal says she signed her contract with the parent company of the National Enquirer which is helmed by a friend of Trump’s and which bought her story not to publish it but to bury itDaniels also has filed a lawsuit to break free of her hush agreement naming Trump and the company linked to Cohen as defendants She told "60 Minutes" that she decided to speak out "because it was very important to me to be able to defend myself"Representatives of Trump have dismissed the allegations saying that the affairs never happened and that Trump had no knowledge of any paymentsBut the two prime-time interviews – along with a judge’s decision this week to let a defamation lawsuit filed by former "Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos who alleges Trump groped her move forward – have intensified the spotlight on the president’s history with womenTrump and his wife were 1000 miles apart as Daniels told her story: Shortly before the interview aired Trump flew back to Washington from a weekend trip to Mar-a-Lago his Palm Beach Florida estate First lady Melania Trump remained in Florida where she usually spends spring break according to a spokeswomanTrump complained to associates at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend about the attention the media has given Daniels according to people familiar with the conversations who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candidThe "60 Minutes" interview began a few minutes after its scheduled 7 pm start time thanks to an NCAA basketball tournament game that went into overtime On the program Daniels described meeting Trump at his Lake Tahoe hotel room during a celebrity golf tournament weekend When she asked about Melania – to whom he had been married less than two years and with whom he had an infant son – he did not want to talk about it Daniels said"He brushed it aside said ‘Oh yeah yeah you know don’t worry about that We don’t even – we have separate rooms and stuff’ "They spent several hours together over dinner and he told her that he wanted to get her onto "The Apprentice" his reality television show Then Daniels went to the bathroom and when she returned he was sitting on the bed"I realized exactly what I’d gotten myself into And I was like ‘Ugh here we go’ " Daniels told "60 Minutes" Unlike McDougal who professed to have loved Trump Daniels said she was not attracted to him and had gotten herself into a "bad situation"Though she didn’t want to have sex with Trump she considered the sex consensual "I was not a victim I’ve never said I was a victim" she saidTrump called her frequently over the next year and she saw him a few times but they never again had sex she said He continued to say he wanted to get her a spot on "The Apprentice" In July 2007 about a year after they met he asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel to discuss a development related to "The Apprentice"They spent four hours together with Trump touching her leg and talking about "how great it was the last time" Daniels said When she asked about the development he said he would let her know the following weekShe said she took her purse and left The next month he told her that she would not be on "The Apprentice" – and they never met againDaniels whose real name is Stephanie Clifford gave an interview about the alleged affair to the tabloid In Touch in 2011 But that interview – which allegedly sparked the threat in Las Vegas – was not published at the time because Cohen threatened to sue according to "60 Minutes" relying on two former employees of the magazine In 2016 during the final months of the presidential campaign she again started talking to media outletsShe was offered "a large payday multiple times" for her story but turned it down she said on "60 Minutes"Instead of giving another interview she and her former attorney struck a deal with Trump attorney Cohen according to the "60 Minutes" interview and Daniels’ lawsuit In late October just days before the presidential election she was paid $130000 in exchange for her silence the lawsuit saysBeyond titillating details of a porn star’s alleged affair with the now-president the "60 Minutes" interview explored the legal implications of the alleged effort to silence Daniels The payment has become the subject of complaints to the Justice Department and the Federal Election CommissionCohen has said that he made the payment without reimbursement though he has not said what it was for The government watchdog group Common Cause argues that the payment was intended to influence the 2016 election by silencing Daniels and therefore was an illegal in-kind contribution to Trump’s campaign Cohen has called the Common Cause complaints "baseless"On "60 Minutes" Trevor Potter a former chairman of the FEC appointed by President George HW Bush said he believes the payment could be seen as a campaign contribution and could create an "enormous legal mess" for Cohen and Trump He said the problem is particularly acute for Cohen if he was not reimbursed because he far exceeded the individual legal gift limitAvenatti Daniels’ lawyer disputes the notion that Cohen was working in his personal capacity when he arranged the hush-money agreementIn the "60 Minutes" segment he said Daniels’ former lawyer sent her nondisclosure agreement to Cohen at his Trump Organization office in Trump Tower and he showed what he said was the Fed Ex confirmation The cover letter with that document refers to Cohen as executive vice president and special counsel to Donald J Trump the Trump OrganizationThe White House has denied that Trump knew anything about the payment to DanielsCharles Harder a lawyer representing Trump in the Daniels case did not respond to a request for comment Sunday Neither did representatives of the Trump Organization or the Trump campaignWhile her newfound status as a household name has improved her marketability increasing her fees for strip club appearances speaking out carries real financial risks for DanielsIn her lawsuit filed earlier this month she argues that the agreement she signed – which requires that she stay silent on matters related to Trump and take any dispute to secret arbitration – is null and void because Trump did not actually sign the document But if the court holds that the agreement is valid Daniels could owe a hefty billEach violation of the agreement carries a $1 million penalty In court documents filed last week Cohen said Daniels had breached the contract at least 20 times and he intends to collect at least $20 million from herAuthors Information: Frances Stead Sellers is a senior writer at The Washington Post?

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