Massive face mask, hand sanitizer shortage hit regions

first_imgShe said the school initially made 50 bottles starting on March 3, but demand soon began to rise in other areas, such as Jombang in East Java, Jakarta and Bali. Now, 32 students are involved in the making of the product, which they named Covid. One bottle of Covid hand sanitizer costs Rp 13,000 (US 91 cents).Hand sanitizers commonly sold stores have a 70 percent alcohol content, but the school’s product contains 96 percent to better ward off coronaviruses such as COVID-19 and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Deniar said.“We add aloe vera gel and glyceride to the formula so that the product won’t dry out your hands,” she said, adding that the school had filed for a production permit to ensure the products were safe and of good quality.Residents have reported a shortage of masks and hand sanitizers following the government’s announcement of two confirmed COVID-19 in Indonesia earlier this month. As many as 500, 60-milliliter bottles of hand sanitizers with 96 percent alcohol content are now produced every day by students of Prajnaparamita State Vocational School in Malang, East Java.The school started making its own brand of hand sanitizers following a major shortage in pharmacies and drugstores as people scrambled for protection against the COVID-19 coronavirus.“We’re just trying to make up for the shortage. We regularly make hand sanitizers every semester,” the head of the school’s Clinical Pharmacy major, Deniar Wulandari, said on Thursday. As of Monday, Indonesia has recorded 27 positive cases of the disease.Meanwhile, in Blitar, several drugstores said they still received customers looking for masks, which have been sold out since early February. “We’ve already put up a sign telling customers that we don’t have any face masks, but they insist on asking for them,” drugstore clerk Lina told The Jakarta Post last Tuesday. She added that her store had been unable to stock up on face masks for more than a month, after customers started buying them in boxes for their migrant-worker relatives in countries that have been hit hard by COVID-19, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Many Indonesian migrant workers are originally from Blitar.Yenry Sumarlin, the director of Sumber Waras drugstore, the largest drugstore in Blitar, said demand for face masks spiked when President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced Indonesia’s first positive COVID-19 cases on March 2. He said Sumber Waras still had some N95 face masks in stock and they were being sold for Rp 50,000 per piece – more than triple their normal price of Rp 15,000 per piece.Cheaper types of face masks, he added, had been out of stock since mid-January. Yenry assured that his store would not allow customers to buy face masks in large numbers, saying each customer was prohibited from buying more than five pieces. In Semarang, Central Java, the Central Java Police arrested three residents for alleged price gouging in the wake of the buying frenzy.The three had reportedly been caught stockpiling face masks and hand sanitizers and reselling them at almost nine times the original price.“We have confiscated 4,000 face masks as evidence, as well as hand sanitizers. One box of masks originally cost Rp 30,000 to Rp 40,000, but they were selling them for Rp 275,000,” Central Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Iskandar F. Sutisna said last week.He said several areas in Central Java, including along Java’s northern coast (Pantura) highway and Brebes and Kendal regencies, had already run out of face masks and hand sanitizers because the hoarders had bought them all.In Jambi province, all three pharmacies in Kuala Tungkal, West Tanjung Jabung regency, ran out of face masks a month ago.“We don’t buy from distributors anymore. The price [of face masks] in Jakarta is already high; we don’t know how to sell them here,” Cece, the owner of Manjur Pharmacy in Kuala Tungkal, told the Post recently.A face mask in Kuala Tungkal usually costs Rp 1000 or Rp 35,000 per box containing 35 pieces. One box now costs Rp 400,000. “That’s not a decent price for this city,” Cece said.Meanwhile, in many other cities in Jambi, a face mask costs Rp 4,000 to Rp 8,000 per piece.Jambi Health Agency head Samsiran Halim said the agency was ready to distribute 700,000 surgical face masks and 7,800 N-95 masks. However, they will only be given out to people who are sick, he added. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

US coronavirus deaths top 1,100 for a third day in a row

first_imgThe United States on Thursday recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19, marking the third straight day the nation passed that grim milestone as the pandemic escalates in southern and western US states.Fatalities nationwide were recorded at 1,118 on Thursday. Deaths were 1,135 on Wednesday and 1,141 on Tuesday.Even though deaths are rising in the United States for a second week in a row, they remain well below levels seen in April, when 2,000 people a day on average died from the virus. The United States on Thursday also passed a total of more than 4 million coronavirus infections since the first US case was documented in January, according to a Reuters tally, reflecting a nationwide escalation of the pandemic.The United States took 98 days to reach one million confirmed cases of COVID-19 but just 16 days to increase from 3 million to 4 million, the tally showed. The total suggests at least one in 82 Americans have been infected at some point in the pandemic.The average number of new cases is now rising by more than 2,600 per hour nationwide, the highest rate in the world.As the epicenter of the US outbreak has spread from New York to the South and West, federal, state and local officials have clashed over how to ease lockdowns imposed on Americans and businesses. Requirements that residents wear masks in public have become the subject of a fierce political divide, as many conservatives argue that such orders violate the US Constitution.US President Donald Trump, a Republican who has rejected a nationwide mask rule and been reluctant to wear one himself, this week reversed course and encouraged Americans to do so.’Wear a mask, avoid crowds'”We have to do our mitigation steps: Wear a mask, avoid the crowds. We won’t see hospitalizations and deaths go down for a couple of weeks because [they are] lagging indicators, but we are turning that tide,” US Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir told the Fox News Network in an interview.Trump told a White House briefing on Thursday that hot spot states may need to delay re-opening schools by a few weeks but pushed for most students to be able to return to classrooms in the fall.Schools have become another point of contention. In Florida, the state teachers’ union has sued to stop in-class instruction. Florida reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19 deaths on Thursday at 173.Florida’s health commissioner said earlier this month that schools must reopen, but Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has since said that parents should have the option to keep their children home.Trump administration officials have said a quicker reopening is essential to get the staggered economy moving again, a central plank of the president’s re-election campaign.Trump also said he would no longer hold part of the Republican Party’s nominating convention in Florida in August because of a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.”The timing for this event is not right,” Trump told the White House briefing. “It’s just not right with what’s happened recently, the flare-up in Florida. To have a big convention it’s not the right time.”Trump has been holding his first coronavirus briefings in months without the experts on his task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Fauci, who became a household name in the early days of the pandemic, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday on Opening Day of the truncated Major League Baseball season at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.Trump’s rival for the presidency, Democrat Joe Biden, blasted his handling of the pandemic in a campaign video aired on Thursday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Apple on cusp of $2 trillion milestone, defying pandemic

first_imgChina and the future Can Apple maintain its juggernaut pace of growth in the current environment? Some analysts think so, pointing to the need for replacement smartphones and 5G upgrades.Daniel Ives at Wedbush Securities says Apple “has a ‘once in a decade’ opportunity over the next 12 to 18 months as we estimate roughly 350 million of Cupertino’s 950 million iPhones worldwide are in the window of an upgrade opportunity.”But Apple faces risks from heightened tensions with China, since it not only manufactures iPhones and other products there, but also relies on that market for a large chunk of sales, Greengart noted.”Apple’s biggest risk point is that they are so concentrated in China,” Greengart said.With the Trump administration threatening to ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat, Apple may face headwinds, the analyst said.”If Apple can’t offer WeChat, it will be difficult to sell iPhones in China, since that’s almost like a second operating system,” Greengart said.Any retaliation against Washington by Beijing could cause troubles for the iPhone maker, he noted.On the other hand, Greengart noted that Apple may have leverage because of its extensive Chinese operations, which employ hundreds of thousands of people, mainly through subcontractors.”It would be hard for China to put Apple out of business without causing massive unemployment,” he said. If it reaches $2 trillion, Apple would be the only company other than Saudi Aramco to hit the milestone.Even as other large tech firms have shot higher on robust demand during lockdowns, Apple has outpaced its rivals by delivering strong sales of gadgetry including wearables and tablets, along with new apps and services which have gained ground during the global health crisis.”Apple has been wildly successful in building out its platforms, mitigating the fact that iPhone sales had peaked, by building products that surround it and services that enhance it,” said Avi Greengart, analyst with the consultancy Techsponential.”It all feeds back into the cycle for Apple.” Apple at home The quarter showed a modest rise in smartphone revenue, buoyed by the new entry-level iPhone SE, and robust increases in sales of iPads and Mac computers, in demand for remote education and work-from-home buyers.Services made up more than one-fifth of Apple revenue as it expanded its offerings in music, digital payments, streaming television and boosted income from its App Store. Apple has also extended its lead in the smartwatch market amid growing interest in health and fitness applications.”Apple entered the pandemic strong and the company’s products are an even more foundational part our lives today as we work, live, and play from home,” said Gene Munster of Loup Ventures in a research note.Goldman Sachs analyst Rod Hall said markets appeared surprised by Apple’s strong results and noted that “consumers and institutions are clearly spending even more than we had anticipated to support both work from home and study from home.” In the past quarter ending in June, Apple reported profits rose eight percent to $11.2 billion and revenues jumped 11 percent to $59.7 billion. Apple is on the verge of becoming the first $2 trillion American company following a gravity-defying surge that has highlighted the value of its iPhone ecosystem during the global pandemic.Shares in Apple have roughly doubled from March lows, an astonishing performance which has lifted chief executive Tim Cook’s net worth to $1 billion for the first time, according to a Bloomberg Billionaires Index calculation.A dip in Apple shares left its market value at around $1.87 trillion Tuesday, ahead of Big Tech peers Amazon and Microsoft (both at $1.54 trillion) and Google parent Alphabet ($1.0 trillion). Steady tiller A major factor in Apple’s success has been leadership from Cook, who took over just ahead of the death of Steve Jobs in 2011.”He didn’t invent anything, but what he has done is keep a firm hand on the tiller, steering the ship and keeping the culture intact,” said analyst Laura Martin at Needham & Company.”He deserves a lot of credit for making the most out of Steve Jobs’s inventions.”Cook was not one of Apple’s founders and his salary, by Silicon Valley standards, was a relatively modest $3 million in 2019, along with a bonus of $7.6 million. But the value of his stock grants has pushed him into the club of billionaires for the first time, according to Bloomberg.Cook “deserves a tremendous amount of credit because Steve Jobs was a hard act to follow,” Greengart said.”Many companies started by singular individuals falter when those founders leave or pass on. But Apple has taken the foundation that Steve Jobs built and built on it extensively without losing the soul of what makes Apple Apple.” Topics :last_img read more

Half of FTSE 100 companies could buy out DB funds in 10 years: report

first_imgMore than half of the top 100 listed firms in the UK will be able to secure an insurance buyout for their defined benefit (DB) schemes within 10 years, according to a report by consultancy Barnett Waddingham.The firm’s research paper – FTSE 100 dividends vs deficit contributions – showed that 55% of FTSE 100 company DB schemes could secure a buyout by 2029. This figure increased to 70% if companies diverted an extra 6% of profits into these pension schemes, Barnett Waddingham said.If 7% more of current shareholder payouts were put into contributions, then 30% of FTSE 100 schemes would be in a position to conduct a buyout in the next five years, the consultancy reported.Combined post-tax profits of FTSE 100 companies with DB schemes rose from to £134bn (€149bn) in 2018, from £57bn in 2009, it said. However, as profits have risen, payments to shareholders – through dividends or share buybacks – have risen even faster. In contrast, deficit contributions to DB schemes fell by 10% over the same period to £8.3bn per year, Barnett Waddingham said.Putting a bigger share of profits into pension schemes would drastically accelerate the endgame journey, the consultancy said, and allow companies to de-risk much sooner.Stepping up contributions was also the best way to keep potential regulatory action at bay, the group added. The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has been scrutinising the balance between dividends paid to shareholders and contributions to pension funds.Nick Griggs, head of corporate consulting at Barnett Waddingham, said: “Political instability and economic uncertainty is growing, and has the potential to disrupt both pension scheme deficits and companies’ abilities to pay them down.“And following record dividends, and recovering profits, many companies will also be coming under increasing pressure from TPR to adequately fund their DB pension schemes and strike a more even balance between payments to shareholders and those to plug scheme deficits.“Having a robust, coherent plan in place for the DB endgame journey will be the best defence against any intervention from TPR, as it will take comfort from the framework that has been put in place.”Griggs said tackling pension liabilities had been a key challenge for FTSE 100 companies since the financial crisis.“Thankfully, the total pension deficit has been slowly shrinking on the back of recovering asset prices and the contributions paid by companies,” he said. “The DB endgame is increasingly a realistic short-term focus for many companies and the dividend versus deficit contribution balance is a key lever for those nearing the end of their journey.”last_img read more

New home sales building in Qld

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50Queensland is leading the nation in terms of new home sales, with the state the only one to record a “significant increase” over the past quarter.The finding was contained in the HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states. Generic image of a builder inside a house under construction. Source: iStockSpeaking of the overall national uplift in sales, HIA economist Angela Lillicrap said new home sales bounced back in September to “return to levels seen during the latter half of 2018”.“Sales increased for the second consecutive month by 5.7 per cent,” Ms Lillicrap said.“This improvement in sales is a welcome reprieve from the steady decline that emerged in late 2018. “It remains too soon to confirm that we have passed the bottom of the cycle, but this result does highlight that we are not likely to see further material falls in new home sales.” A bird’s eye view of Villa World’s Killara.For the month, new home sales were up in all states except for NSW, which declined by 0.3 per cent for the month and 12.1 per cent for the quarter.In Queensland, sales were up 1.7 per cent for the month of September, while the increases were even higher in Victoria (up 11 per cent), South Australia (18 per cent) and Western Australia (13.6 per cent). Frasers Property Australia’s Brookhaven community.But those increases were not enough to lift those states, with Ms Lillicrap revealing that national new home sales remained down by 1.5 per cent compared to the June quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe only state to record a “significant increase” was Queensland, which recorded a 6.9 per cent increase in new home sales compared to the June quarter, according to the report.“Going forward, moderate population growth, particularly from interstate migration, will sustain the underlying demand for new houses in Queensland,” the report said.Ms Lillicrap said other policy factors would also help bolster new home sales in the future.“The easing of APRA’s lending restrictions and the RBA’s rate cuts have started to have a positive impact on the new home market,” Ms Lillicrap said.“With the addition of the Governments First Home Loan Deposit scheme likely to see an additional increase in first homebuyer activity, we expect that the improvement in new home sales will be sustained.” Yeerongpilly Green’s Green House apartments. Photo: Suppliedlast_img read more

Government sticking to decision to implement National ID Cards

first_img Sharing is caring! “We have indicated that this Government will go ahead with the national ID Card. The Commission has agreed that they would manage the issuance of the National ID cards. We have requested assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat,” he said. Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica is seeking technical assistance from the Commonwealth Secretariat to implement a National ID Card. While the Opposition United Workers Party has called for a voter ID card, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told Kairi FM’s Heng Program on Tuesday, that Government is committed to the implementation of the National ID Card. Share Skerrit said the matter is very delicate and sensitive. Share “Antigua has a voter ID card and the last CARICOM meeting, the Prime Minster Baldwin Spencer indicated that they want to move towards a national ID Card and he was requesting technical support from the OAS. He said to me that it may be good for all of us to do it together rather than countries doing it independently,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Government sticking to decision to implement National ID Cards by: – July 27, 2011 He also noted that the project will become a regional project. 15 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Sixth annual Modified Stampede this Saturday at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – The stampede is on!After getting pushed back by bad weather last month, the sixth annual Modified Stampede will hit the track at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday night, May 19.In addition to a $750-to-win IMCA Modified feature, Saturday night’s action will also include a full card of championship chase action featuring the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Hobby Stocks with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m.Woodward, Okla.’s Cole Traugott is the reigning Modified Stampede champion, racing to his se­cond consecutive event win last year ahead of defending track champion Clay Sellard and Randy Wil­son.While Traugott has a pair of Modified Stampede victories to his credit, other past event winners include David Murray (2015 and both nights in 2013) and Brendon Gemmill (2014).Tickets for Saturday’s Stampede are $15 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30.last_img read more

Hazard crowned ‘Red Devil’ player of the year

first_imgRelatedPosts Chelsea complete signing of German international De Bruyne wins Premier League Player of the Season Manchester City not perfect against Lyon, Guardiola says Eden Hazard was named Red Devil player of the Year 2019, Belgian Football Union (RBFA) announced on Monday. The public in fact elected Hazard by voting via the federation’s website. The Belgian national captain, who moved from Chelsea to Real Madrid in summer, has compiled five goals and seven assists in eight international games in 2019. The title: “Devil of the Year,” has been awarded since 2015. Kevin De Bruyne was the first winner in 2015 and Dries Mertens won the award in 2016. Since then, the 28-year-old popular winger, Eden Hazard, has won the public’s last three votes. Thirteenth in the last Ballon d’Or, Hazard already has 106 matches for the national team and has totaled 32 goals, the second best total in the history of the Belgian selection behind Romelu Lukaku (52). This year, the Belgian Number 10 made the difference in two games against Russia, the toughest opponent of Roberto Martinez’s team in the qualifying group for Euro 2020. With two goals in Brussels in March and a new double, combined with a decisive pass for his brother Thorgan in Saint Petersburg, Hazard once again confirmed his status as technical leader on the pitch. Belgium will be one of the favourite nations for the continental title next summer.Tags: Belgian Football UnionEden Hazardkevin de bruyneRed Devillast_img read more

Man U budget N6.4b for Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Manchester United are reportedly set to sign Odion Ighalo on a permanent deal this summer. The 30-year-old has impressed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since his arrival from Shanghai Shenhua, registering four goals in his first eight appearances. Ighalo joined the Red Devils on a six-month loan from the Chinese outfit in January, but United are said to be making plans to bring the former Watford man to Old Trafford on a permanent basis. According to The Daily Mail, Ighalo’s loan deal is set to expire in May, and his parent club Shanghai have set a £15 million (N6.4 billion) price tag on the striker. The report also claimed United may have to negotiate an extension for the Nigeria international’s loan should the Premier League run until June amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ighalo chalked up 39 goals in 99 appearances for Watford between 2014 and 2017.Tags: Odion IghaloOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Tamadhor takes Fairyhouse plunge

first_img That was certainly a pleasing seasonal reappearance for Kevin Prendergast’s filly. In her juvenile days, the daughter of Arcano did very little wrong in four outings. She finished second to subsequent Newmarket Guineas heroine, and narrow Oaks runner-up, Legatissimo, at Galway before getting off the mark at Leopardstown. The Friarstown runner is a consistent type with a couple of other runner-up finishes as well, including at Listed level. Prendergast was of the opinion that the lack of an outing counted against his charge in the big one at the Curragh, where she ended up a shade less than four lengths off the winner, Pleascach. That form got a boost when Qualify, four places behind Tamadhor, went on to pip the aforementioned Legatissimo at Epsom last Friday. One of two from the Classic generation in this five runner field, Tamadhor is top-rated on a mark of 106 and she drops back to what is possibly a more suitable seven furlong trip now. Michael Halford and Shane Foley bid to win this event for the third year in succession, and they are represented by 2014 victor, Slipper Orchid. The admirable six-year-old comes here on the back of a nice effort at Naas recently. Vitally Important was an impressive winner on that same June 1 card at the Kildare venue, but Geoffrey Chaucer could be a more formidable challenger. The Ballydoyle colt is assessed as being just 2lb behind Tamadhor, on 104, and though he needs to step up on what he has shown of late, the drop in trip and the addition of a tongue-strap could help. It must not be forgotten that Geoffrey Chaucer won the Group Two Beresford Stakes at two. Reported to have got “quite pacey” in his work, the four-year-old is a fascinating participant on the anticipated lively surface. Elsewhere, Vitello (6.00) and Stop And Linger (7.30) should be borne in mind for the couple of maidens on the card. The Book Tickets On-Line At Race takes centre stage on Wednesday evening’s programme at Fairyhouse, with Classic form on show as Irish 1,000 Guineas sixth Tamadhor has her first outing since then.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more