Foreclosure filings picked up in October up despite moratoriums

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsAttom DataCoronavirusforeclosuresTRD Insights Share via Shortlinkcenter_img (iStock)Despite federal and state moratoriums, foreclosure activity in the United States ballooned last month.Nearly 12,000 properties had some kind of foreclosure filing in October 2020, up 20 percent from last month but down 79 percent from October 2019, according to a monthly report from Attom Data.That largely continued a trend of growing foreclosures that began the month before, when many states ended relief measures that had protected homeowners hurt by the pandemic.“It’s a little surprising to see foreclosure activity increasing in spite of the various foreclosure moratoria that are in place,” said Rick Sharga, executive vice president of Attom subsidiary RealtyTrac, in a prepared statement. “It’s likely that many of these properties were already in the early stages of default prior to the pandemic, or are vacant and abandoned, which makes them candidates for expedited foreclosure actions.”ADVERTISEMENTAmong states, October foreclosure filings were the highest in South Carolina, where one in every 6,133 housing units had one, according to the report. For metropolitan areas with at least 1 million residents, Birmingham, Alabama, led with one for every 1,933 housing units, up 51 percent from last month.Foreclosure starts (lis pendens) increased nationwide in October. More than 6,000 properties started the process last month, 21 percent more than in September but 79 percent less than a year ago, according to the report.For metro areas with more than 1 million residents, foreclosure starts were highest in New York City. There, 485 lis pendens were filed in October 2020, up 12 percent from the 433 lis pendens filed last month but down 71 percent from the 1,679 filed a year earlier.Sharga said foreclosure starts have tended to increase most in coronavirus hotspots with higher unemployment rates than the national average. New York City is getting close to a second wave of coronavirus infections, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a news conference today.The city has clocked more than 1,000 new cases in each of the past five days. Foreclosures have also ramped up, especially in minority neighborhoods, according to an analysis from the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development.Repossessions by banks have increased nationwide as well. Lenders foreclosed on 2,577 properties in October, up 28 percent from the prior month but down 81 percent from a year ago. In Birmingham, banks repossessed 233 properties, the most of any U.S. metro area. Repossessions were also high in Philadelphia (98 properties), New York (97), Chicago (62) and Miami (52).last_img read more

The9 locks down Cross Fire 2

first_imgThe9 locks down Cross Fire 2Publisher signs $500 million-deal for five-year Chinese exclusivity window on sequel to Smilegate’s $1 billion free-to-play shooterBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 25th November 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareRelated JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The9 Limited has snagged the licensing rights for the sequel to Tencent’s hit free-to-play shooter Cross Fire. The company today announced that its joint venture with Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Oriental Shiny Star Limited, has reached a deal with Cross Fire developer Smilegate that will give it exclusive publishing and operation rights in mainland China to the Korean studio’s upcoming Cross Fire 2. Oriental Shiny Star will have that exclusivity for five years, but those rights will come at a steep cost. The company has agreed to pay $50 million to Smilegate at the outset, and up to $450 million on top of that for royalty payments and bonuses upon reaching development and operational milestones.Smilegate bills Cross Fire as the “most played FPS in the world,” with 500 million players worldwide and a record of over 6 million concurrent players. In 2013, research firm SuperData pegged it as the highest grossing online game of the year, bringing in $957 million worldwide, more than $300 million ahead of second place League of Legends. Cross Fire debuted in 2007.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 11 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

China: Solar industry estimated to make full recovery by Q2

first_img TAGSChinasolar power Previous articleIPPs to challenge Eskom’s force majeure on wind farmsNext articleFrance and SA enjoy partnerships in energy and water sectors Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Finance and Policy This reduced workforce has cut the supply of critical components for PV modules such as cells, connectors, or glass, and made it almost impossible to ship completed products due to the closure or partial closure of transport routes, and ports. As restrictions gradually eased, manufacturing in China slowly resumed from late February, and has the potential to reach full capacity by the end of Q2 2020, according to research firm IHS Markit. Solar PV outlook Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Tight restrictions on people movement havebeen quickly put in place by governments in almost every major solar market inthe world in an effort to curb the spread of the disease are makingincreasingly challenging to complete installations. The most likely scenario assumes that restrictions will be slowly lifted throughout Q2 2020 and Q3 2020. IHS Markit new solar PV outlook forecasts105GW in 2020, a 16% Y-o-Y decline from 2019 global installations. Read more about:ChinaSolar power RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Featured image: Stock COVID-19 will also severely hit the planning and kicking-off of new projects in Q2 2020. Despite this majorglobal health and economic crisis, IHS Markit believes the mid-termfundamentals for solar PV growth continue to be strong, including continuedcost reduction, the need for greater resilience and autonomy, low-carbon energygeneration, distributed generation and scalability. Some markets may benefit from renewablesbeing featured in the stimulus packages that will be required to help economiesrecover, but the general financial environment will impact heavily on demandfor all types of PV systems. However, the severity of the globaleconomic downturn triggered by the pandemic will prevent a rapid recovery thisyear. If this is the case,China will once again account for more than 40% of global installations in2020, as it did each year between 2016 and 2018. In great contrast tothe rest of the world, IHS Markit is increasing its forecast for PV installationsin China in 2020 to 45GW – 5GW higher than the general market expectation. Almost all large projects originallyplanned for completion in Q1 2020 will be impacted in some way, and roof-topinstallations will grind to a halt. The hardest-hit regions will be Europe, India and the rest of Asia given that they were some of the largest regions for solar deployment in recent years. Throughout March, as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread around the world, disruption to supply has quickly turned to an unprecedented stall in global demand, switching the industry almost overnight from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ markets. Beyond the colossalshort-term disruption that solar will face in the remainder of 2020, thebroader question is whether or not there will be a fundamental change to theoutlook for solar worldwide under a new economic scenario with low-pricedconventional resources. IHS Markit predicts activity will return tothe market in the second half of the year but gradually, depending on segmentsand countries. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation BRICS The view is that,after this major short-term disruption, installation growth will resume from2021 to continue the growth trajectory that solar PV has seen in the lastdecade. In this exceptional environment, it is assumed that the rapid recovery of demand in H2 2020 will be aided by Government support in order to protect its domestic manufacturing and installation base. Following theoutbreak of COVID-19 in China in late 2019, solar manufacturing was severelydisrupted in Q1 2020 as the Chinese national holiday was extended andrestrictions were placed on movement. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Ex-West New York resident insists that Hector Hernandez abused ex-wife

first_img Richard kentz your an ass!!! Obviously you stand behind women beaters!!! Wait is this the same Cheryl that used to live in town ? Didn’t her younger son get accused of rape ? which is why they left town ?? Ex-West New York resident insists that Hector Hernandez abused ex-wife Wait but you said she owes you cs for you your brother and your sisterBut your brother is not your father son So how does that work …. A woman who grew up in West New York, who calls Jackie Melendez – the ex-wife of West New York United commissioner candidate Hector Hernandez – a friend, swears “on her children’s lives that he hit her,” even though she never witnessed the domestic violence first hand. By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewCheryl Ramos Morar, 41, who says she moved from West New York to Roswell, Georgia about eight years ago, says that although she never saw Hernandez hit Melendez, she believes there is plenty of evidence to support that claim.“There was at least one incident, from 2005, where Hector was banging, kicking the door [of their apartment] and threatening to killer her,” Morar said over the phone. “She was hiding behind the couch, shaking, as I tried to calm her down.”She added that she has been “very good friends” with Melendez for many years, also noting that with graduated from Memorial High School with her sister in 1988.“I would swear on my children’s lives that he hit her,” stating that she saw Melendez sporting “black and blues” multiple times during her marriage with Hernandez.Morar also claimed that Hernandez had “a girlfriend” at the time who would call and threaten Melendez.Hernandez, along with his son – Hector Hernandez, Jr. - unequivocally denied Melendez’s claims of years of domestic abuse (per Hudson County TV) in an interview with Hudson County View on Saturday, said he was “at a total loss for words” over Morar’s allegations.“We’ve [Cheryl and I] never had any problems, any issues. I’m good friends with her brother, whose a teacher in town, and her mother – who still lives in the housing authority. I also coached her son in baseball,” he said over the phone.“I don’t understand where this is coming from. I’m at total loss for words. It just makes no sense. I can’t even make heads or tails out of it.”Robert DiVincent, the longtime executive director of the West New York Housing Authority, told Hudson County View he never heard of any complaints of domestic violence between Hernandez and Melendez – who lived in a housing authority building when they were married.“Nothing was ever reported to me,” he said succinctly. Hector time to sue Frank Ferriero and Felix Roque. Kim Hector Jr I with u girl …. Not against youThanks for defending this women women no other would alex DuPont alex DuPont May 12, 2015 9:56 am at 9:56 am May 15, 2015 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm Bayonne Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say alex DuPont Bill Kevin Peralta let’s see what column D has to say about this…. get help Hector! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cheryl Hey “bill” how dare you make up such awful things about someone’s child!!!!! This woman spoke up in defense of her friend so you turn around and try to take some skeletons out of HER closet? WNY has some sick people living there. I don’t care how kind this man appears to be, at one point and time he hurt this woman and for that he should be called out May 11, 2015 8:31 pm at 8:31 pm May 15, 2015 4:13 pm at 4:13 pm May 11, 2015 8:42 pm at 8:42 pm May 17, 2015 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm Pay day for Sanchez Dirty Dan June 16, 2015 7:37 pm at 7:37 pm May 18, 2015 4:46 am at 4:46 am Listen….. I am not a [email protected] or a coward! I use my real name and I’m not afraid of Hector and honestly I could care less about WNY politics. I left there to have a better life for my children. As for you Mr. Bill….. Maybe you should get your story straight!!! My son has never been accused of rape or anything otherwise you f&cking moron!!’ Like I said….. The truth shall come to light!!!’ He should just admit it and apologize and beg for forgiveness!!! For the rest of you cowards that have something to say I am an open book I have nothing to hide!! Don’t accuse just ask! Yea i Do….. Your story still sucks May 11, 2015 6:07 pm at 6:07 pm What does that have to do with anything !!!! She not her brother nor that has anything to do with this unless MR HERNANDEZ IS A Rapist too!!!! So don’t go there buddyNice try , bash someone who put the self out there and doesn’t hide behind a comment like u do!!! She came forward straight up and told all with her Government name ….. Bill lmaoo bill gtfoh Gage May 13, 2015 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm Like I told the reporter I HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE NOR GAIN!!!!! Oh that’s right!…… I got paid all the way in GA!! LMFAO Noooo buddy Wiley’s out …… So new commissionersNew ways …. And get ready because what I hear is you’re getting fired from housing And I think you owe your mother and apology and rethink everything your father has done to her and put her through and all the abuse she had to Indore You should be ashamed of yourself for letting another man put his hands on your mother Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus Lmfaoooooo u lost By a 1,000 votes Now eat your wordYou whole team go ahead a take that “L” You bunch of “D’s”. Ha ha ha ha ha Lmaoooo LMFAOOOOOO YOU GUYS LOSTTTTTT HA HA. ANOTHER FOUR YEARSSO. GO CRY YOUR TEARS THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BEAT WOMEN AND LET KIDS DRINK IN YOUR HOME YOU LOST BY A 1,000 VOTESO WHAT U GONNA SAY NO HEC JR I HEARD YOU GETTING FIRED FROM HOUSING LMAOOOOO TAGScherly ramos morarhector hernandezjackie melendez SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR natasha This is all so sad how people still have things to say. Especially mr. “Alex”. I hope arguing with an 18 year old, who is my little brother, helps you sleep at night. Everyone please have a blessed night. May 12, 2015 2:58 am at 2:58 am alex DuPont May 18, 2015 8:22 pm at 8:22 pm Hector Jr Talk is cheap. I met Hector Hernandez, his daughter and son at the election poll. Hector Hernandez is a family man who has the love and respect of his children. Who cares what the rest of the small minded people say.center_img Donna M. LaBella Yea Alex you guys won its ok! I just hope this town is ready for 4 more years of terrible government May 12, 2015 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm Crime It’s very nice for you to stand behind this woman! Her child was the victim of abuse not the abuser!!! Lmfao people need to check their facts before opening their mouths! Cheryl’s son was like 4 or 5 when he was abused by a teen..How can you rape someone at that age (4-5) morons!!! The other family left the building secretly! I’d love for Cheryl to see your comments so she could kick your ass! I’ve known her for years and I know her family and they are tough as hell…. Can’t wait to send her this one! Cheryl Another Anonymous WNY Loser Hector Jr Jerseys finest May 12, 2015 2:08 pm at 2:08 pm alex DuPont May 13, 2015 8:40 am at 8:40 am Jerseysfinest May 11, 2015 6:41 pm at 6:41 pm alex DuPont Dear Mr. John Heinz I want to express my sincere apologyI really thought you were only one-sided reporter, thank you for this report I truly apologize for the comment I made you early , I should’ve not judge the book by its cover. You have proved to me and many others that you are not a one-sided reporter… Thanks again and keep up the good work I’m just reading this all now. And you people are a joke. Especially you Alex (pete) you all need to leave my brother alone and stop talking shit about him. Days after the election and you guys still have something to say. I don’t get it? alex DuPont News By John Heinis – May 11, 2015 5:06 pm 27 May 11, 2015 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm May 11, 2015 6:11 pm at 6:11 pm Yep have a gret day ! We’ll see what happens Ex-North Bergen DPW supervisor loses appeal to overturn corruption conviction May 14, 2015 9:29 am at 9:29 am 27 COMMENTS Cheryl May 11, 2015 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm richard Kentz I love how every time someone comes forward to accuse him (hector Hernandez) He swears up and down , that he is the best of friends with the abuser or the accuser… But let me guess they sent her a check to all the way in Georgia…. Why can’t he just say .. Hey it’s true I made a mistake or TAKE A POLYGRAPH AND mr. Junior it’s funny how you always got something to say but I doubt you would of call anybody to help your mother out , just by the way you talk to her all this week…. THIS WAS A BRAVE!!!!! Thing you did ms. Cheryl … Thanks for coming forward the people who know this is true believeYou !!!!!! May 11, 2015 5:23 pm at 5:23 pm Wait. but on facebook this same girl said that she witnessed this first hand. as both Jackie and Hectors Kids I just want to say that her accusation is completely false. why would any of his kids meaning me, my brother, and sister want to live with him if he was a woman beater? I can assure all of you guys that if he did ever lay a hand on my mother I personally would have called the authorities and have him arrested. What kind of people will stoop so low to stand behind liars. that’s what I don’t understand. Hector Hernandez is completely innocent. should I remind everyone all these accusations are coming on the eve of an election day? C’mon guys lets wake up here May 11, 2015 5:32 pm at 5:32 pm May 13, 2015 11:43 am at 11:43 am Facebook Twitter NewsWest New York May 11, 2015 8:43 pm at 8:43 pm alex DuPont Previous articleMoody’s drops Union City’s credit rating, says ‘outlook negative’Next articleCan Mayors Felix Roque or Nick Sacco be unseated on Election Day? John Heinis June 16, 2015 7:48 pm at 7:48 pm what ever happens happens But I kno one thing that won’t happen Your dad being commissionerMaybe maybe deVincent Will give him a job cleaning the hallways in the housing building May 12, 2015 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm May 16, 2015 7:04 pm at 7:04 pm Hector Jr for BOE. He is a victim so now lets vote him in at the BOE. Of course the allegations are true. Hey Hector, Jr. are you still having illegal drinking parties in your house? alex DuPont Ok it’s over now and I’m still sticking to my story. Anyone want to say something now? Comments are closed.last_img read more

Bill Cosby’s wife blasts media and accusers, compares case to Emmett Till

first_imgRon Galella/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby’s wife spoke out for the first time since the comedian was found guilty of sexual assault — taking shots at the media and her husband’s accusers, and comparing the case to the infamous lynching of Emmett Till.Camille Cosby, who has been married to Bill Cosby for 54 years, said Thursday in a lengthy statement that she believes “an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law. This is mob justice, not real justice.”At one point during her statement, Camille Cosby said her husband’s “unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs.”“Since when are all accusers truthful? History disproves that,” she said before comparing Bill Cosby’s trial to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy who was lynched in 1955 after a white woman falsely accused him of flirting.She also called for a “criminal investigation” into the district attorney’s office that prosecuted Bill Cosby’s case.“This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life,” Camille Cosby, 74, added. “If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone.”Bill Cosby was found guilty last week of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand more than a decade ago. With this verdict, Cosby faces a maximum 10-year sentence on each of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.Lawyers for the comedian said they plan to appeal.In addition to the comparison to the Emmett Till case, Camille Cosby also likened The Cosby Show creator to Darryl Hunt, who was wrongfully convicted in 1984 for the rape and murder of a white copy editor.Camille Cosby echoed Cosby’s publicist, Ebonee Benson, who also compared the comedian’s trial to Till, on Good Morning America last week.Camille Cosby said in her three-page statement that she believes Constand’s testimony “during trial was perjured; as was shown at trial, it was unsupported by any evidence and riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”“Moreover, Bill Cosby’s defense team introduced the testimony of a witness who confirmed that the district attorney’s witness admitted that she had not been sexually assaulted, but that she could say she was and get money,” Camille Cosby wrote, “which is exactly what she did.”Meanwhile, Constand wrote in a tweet last week after the verdict was handed out: “Truth prevails.”ABC News reached out to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and lawyers for Constand, but didn’t immediately hear back.Camille Cosby closed her statement by thanking “the witnesses who courageously came forward at trial to testify as to the truth, as well as those witnesses who would have done so but for the judge preventing them from testifying.”“Someday the truth will prevail. It always does,” she concluded.Camille Cosby’s statement comes as her husband is on house arrest, awaiting sentencing.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bishop speaks out after delivering soul-stirring sermon at Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s royal wedding

first_imgSteve Parsons – Pool / Getty Images(NEW YORK) — All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day Saturday, except for the nearly 14 minutes when the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry made history with a soul-stirring sermon at St. George’s Chapel that is still generating buzz.“It’s been remarkable and very surprising,” Curry said today on “Good Morning America” of the reaction to his sermon.he New York-based Curry, who’s the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, made history again as the first American to preach at a British royal wedding.Curry said it was Meghan and Harry’s decision, in consultation with leaders of the Church of England, to include him in the wedding.“I didn’t believe it because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,’” Curry recalled. “I said, ‘Get out of here; it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’”Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wed Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in front of about 600 guests and a worldwide audience of billions.Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, spoke in his royal wedding address about the power of love and at one point quoted U.S. civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world,” the bishop said Saturday. “Love is the only way. There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalize it. There’s power, power in love.”King’s daughter, Bernice King, immediately recognized her late father’s words.She tweeted, “#MLK quote at the #RoyalWedding. Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!”What to know about Bishop CurryCurry was installed as the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church in 2015, according to the church’s official website. He was elected to a nine-year term.A descendant of African slaves, Curry, 65, was born in Chicago, according to his official bio.After attending school in Buffalo, New York, he graduated from Hobart College in 1975, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1978. That same year, he was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, and went on to work as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen’s in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.Later, he became the rector of St. James’ in Baltimore, until he was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.Curry is passionate about social justice issues, marriage equality and immigration policy. He has authored three books: “Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World,” “Songs My Grandma Sang,” and “Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus,” and is a regular speaker in houses of worship and at conferences around the United States and internationally.Married to Sharon Clement, Curry is the father to two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.Read Bishop Curry’s full royal wedding sermon HERE.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Shaq on paying for Jazmine Barnes’ funeral: “Just the right thing to do”

first_imgLorenzo Bevilaqua/ESPN Images(HOUSTON) — Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has done it before, he will do it again, and he does not to be praised for it.The basketball legend, who often goes by “Shaq,” paid for the funeral of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Texas.O’Neal explained his decision to pay for the funeral in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. For him, it was a matter of right and wrong:“Funerals… ten, fifteen thousand [dollars], that’s not going to hurt me, but for people to have to try to scrum money together to bury their little, beautiful daughter… nobody should ever have to go through that. So, I didn’t want them to have to go through that… It was just the right thing to do.”A local of Houston, Shaq was disturbed by Jazmine’s death and wanted to take action.“I’m watching the news, and I saw the story, and it just touched my heart. And I saw how devastated that mom was. And then to end the story… they had to raise money for the funeral? I can’t have that.”This is not the first time Shaq has paid for the funeral of a grieving family. He says he does not want credit for his altruism. Rather, he feels he is fulfilling a duty to ease the pain of a grieving family that he has the means to help.Jazmine was riding with her mother and three sisters through northwest Houston on Dec. 30 when a gunman opened fire. Jazmine, who was sitting in the backseat of their car, was shot in the head and killed. Her mother was wounded in her left arm. Two men were charged in her death.Houston Texans’ wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins also pledged to donate his $29,000 game check from the team’s playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts to help pay for Jazmine’s funeral.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Doctor charged with performing hysterectomies without content: Federal investigators

first_imgWestern Tidewater Regional Jail(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) — Federal prosecutors have accused a Virginia doctor of performing surgeries on women — such as hysterectomies and removing their fallopian tubes without their consent according to court documents.Javaid Perwaiz, 69, faces several charges related to insurance fraud as a result of an investigation that began in September 2018 after the FBI received a tip from a hospital employee who suspected he was “performing unnecessary surgeries on unsuspecting patients,” according to the criminal complaint, filed Friday in the Eastern District of Virginia.The unidentified patients would advise hospital staff that they were there for their “annual clean outs” and were not aware of the procedures they were undergoing, the affidavit states. In addition, hospital staff “had a difficult time” keeping up with the doctor “as he ran from procedure to procedure,” charging documents say.Perwaiz has a practice in Chesapeake, where he lives, according to the court documents.A preliminary review of Medicaid claims from his patients revealed that certain patients were subjected to repeated surgical procedures, with some occurring on an annual basis, the affidavit states. From January 2014 to August 2018, Perwaiz allegedly performed surgery on 40% of his Medicaid beneficiaries, which amounted to 510 patients. About 42% of those patients underwent two or more surgeries, according to the court documents.The review also revealed that Perwaiz allegedly had a “propensity to conduct bundled surgeries,” involving laparoscopy, dilation and curettage, and lysis of adhesions, the affidavit states.On one patient, Perwaiz allegedly performed annual D and C surgeries based on a diagnosis of endometriosis, according to the court documents. On at least one occasion, she was scheduled for the procedure without having appeared for an office visit, and in 2011, Perwaiz allegedly treated her for an ectopic pregnancy.From 2011 to 2014, Perwaiz allegedly asked the patiently “routinely” whether she planned on having another baby, the affidavit states. In 2014, when the patient sought treatment from a fertility specialist, that doctor advised her that “both fallopian tubes were burnt down to nubs, making natural conception impossible.”The court documents alleges that Perwaiz removed that patient’s fallopian tubes without her consent or knowledge.In another case, in 2012, federal prosecutors say the patient thought only her ovaries would be removed but was “shocked” when she awoke from surgery to discover that Perwaiz allegedly performed a full hysterectomy, which he documented as an “elective surgery”on her medical record. That patient learned that there were less invasive procedures available when consulting with another doctor, according to the court documents.The last surgery listed in the court documents occurred on Oct. 19 of this year, in which Perwaiz allegedly performed an abdominal supracervical hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and lysis of adhesions on a patient who later told investigators that she “never made complaints” regarding pelvic pain, pelvic pressure or constant cramping, despite what was written in her medical chart on Sept. 30. The patient also stated that she told the doctor she did not want a hysterectomy, but he allegedly told her it was the “best option” and did not discuss other treatment options or the risk of surgery.Perwaiz’s medical practice submitted three claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield for that patient on Oct. 28 and was later reimbursed $942.22 for the partial hysterectomy, according to the affidavit.Federal prosecutors have charged Perwaiz with “executing a scheme” to defraud the Virginia Medical Assistance Program and Blue Cross Blue Shield by submitting false and fictitious claims from 2010 to about October of this year, according to the court documents. He is also be charged with making false and fictitious claims to Blue Cross Blue Shield for the patient he treated in October for providing her with medical care that “did not present with the symptoms listed” and that she did not need.Perwaiz was arrested Friday and was still being held at the Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk, Virginia, as of Sunday. His attorney, Lawrence H. Woodward Jr., did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.The affadavist lists other instances in where Perwaiz was under investigation related to his medical practice. In 1982, Perwaiz lost his hospital privileges at the Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, “due to poor clinical judgment and for performing unnecessary surgeries” and had been invested by the Virginia Board of Medicine for performing surgeries, predominately hysterectomies, “without appropriate medical indications and contrary to sound judgment.”Perwaiz was ultimately censured for poor record keeping, according to the court documents.In 1996, Perwaiz pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion, and his medical license was temporarily revoked but later reinstated in 1998, the affidavit states. He has also been the subject of at least eight medical malpractice lawsuits, charging documents state, in which plaintiffs allege he “falsified patient records to justify a medical procedure, failed to use less invasive techniques, performed as many as 30 surgeries in one day, and provided substandard care that resulted in irreparable permanent injuries to three patients and life threatening injuries to another two patients.”He was still wearing green scrubs when he made his initial appearance at the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, where he was ordered to be held without bond, according to the newspaper. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A wave of venture capital is pouring into construction tech sector

first_imgAn office built in a shipping containerInvestment in the sector totaled $6.1 billion last year, nearly double what was invested in 2017 and a 1,632 percent increase from the $352.1 million invested in 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal.So far this year, around $4.3 billion has been invested in construction tech, putting 2019 on pace to break last year’s record.Goldman Sachs is a leader in the trend and invested into at least five firms this year, including a $95 million investment into the British modular housing firm TopHat. It also led a $34 million round of fundraising for Built Technologies, which sells a platform for lenders to track construction loans.Some see modular construction technologies and other labor-saving advances as good bets because of the nation’s shortage in skilled construction labor. A 2017 survey found one-third of contractors nationwide have turned down work because they don’t have the labor.ADVERTISEMENTModular construction — in which parts of a building are built off site for on-site assembly — is seeing endorsements by builders too. The Chun family recently secured funding to build a modular AC by Marriot hotel in Manhattan. It’s billed as the tallest modular hotel in the world.Investors are also attracted by big payouts secured by other investors when companies they bet on were bought out. Michael Berolzheimer, founder of investment firm Bee Partners, told the Journal that he netted seven times his investment when software maker Autodesk acquired a company he invested in. [WSJ] – Dennis Lynch  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Sim’s Travel adds a third Irizar integral

first_imgSim’s Travel, based in Holmrook, Cumbria, has purchased a DAF-powered i6S integral.It has been supplied by Irizar UK (01909 500514) as part of a move towards overall Euro VI compliance.The i6S is Sim’s third Irizar integral in three years. Director Andrew Sim says the powertrain is a major reason for its continuing business. Sim’s Travel has opted for ZF’s Traxon automated manual gearbox.“We took our first modern DAF-powered coach in 2007, and we have a very good relationship with local dealer Solway DAF. It undertakes our service work and inspections.”The latest coach is a 12.9m model with 53 i6 Plus seats and a centre toilet. Aircraft-style overhead luggage lockers are fitted along with USB charging points and a drinks machine.last_img read more