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

Maersk jack-up lands more Martin Linge work

first_imgNorwegian oil and gas company Equinor has exercised two options of two months each for the Maersk Drilling-owned Maersk Intrepid jack-up rig to continue working at the Martin Linge field offshore Norway.Maersk Intrepid; Source: Maersk DrillingIn addition, the parties have signed a further two-month extension in direct continuation of Maersk Intrepid’s current contract, which in total will keep the rig on contract until the end of August 2020. The options and extension have a total contract value of $60 million, Maersk Drilling informed on Thursday.During the contract period, Maersk Drilling will complete the previously announced series of upgrades of Maersk Intrepid to turn the jack-up into the first hybrid, low-emission rig and set a new standard for low-emission drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The upgrades combine the use of hybrid power with low levels of NOx emissions, adding data intelligence to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. The project is supported by a grant from the Norwegian NOx Fund, and by Equinor’s decision to introduce compensation formats to stimulate emission reductions.In addition to the hybrid power and low-emission upgrades, Maersk Intrepid will be outfitted with the NOVOS drilling system, further enhancing the rig’s digital profile. The system assists the driller in executing processes consistently and enables interfacing with third-party advisory algorithms to enhance drilling performance, the rig owner explained.“We are proud to continue supporting the development of Martin Linge. It’s great to be able to continue our long-standing cooperation with Equinor, to expand this with the ongoing hybrid, low-emission rig project, and by implementing drilling automation to prepare for the future,” said Morten Kelstrup, CCIO of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Intrepid is an ultra-harsh environment CJ70 jack-up, designed for year-round operations in the North Sea. It was delivered in 2014 and has been operating in Norway ever since.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s lacrosse names team captains for 2015

first_imgHakeem Lecky, Henry Schoonmaker, Kevin Rice, Tom Grimm and Dylan Donohue have been named Syracuse’s captains for the 2015 season, head coach John Desko announced Friday morning.Lecky, Rice and Schoonmaker are all seniors, while Grimm and Donohue still have two years left at SU. The five were elected captains by their teammates.Rice was a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association second-team All-American last season, leading SU in points (80), assists (44) and ranking second in goals (36). His five points per game were fifth in the country and his 138 career points are seventh among active players throughout the country.Donohue led the Orange in goals last season with 37 and was third in points with 54. The USILA honorable mention All-American was third in the country with a 52.9 shooting percentage.Lecky will be serving as a captain for the second straight year and has 33 career points, including 17 last season. Schoonmaker, a USILA honorable mention All-American from last season, has 47 career points, 17 coming last year, and has scooped 57 ground balls in three seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGrimm is one of the Orange’s top short-stick defensive midfielders, playing in 27 games in his career with four assists. Comments Published on October 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Warriors star Klay Thompson has no issue with Lakers rumors

first_imgThe 28-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and has previously spoken of his desire to remain with the Warriors.However, reports have linked Thompson with a move to the Lakers to link up with LeBron James should he not receive the deal he wants.A group of Lakers fans in attendance at Oracle Arena chanted “We want Thompson” during Saturday’s showdown and Thompson is taking the interest surrounding his future as a compliment.”Look at the bright side, it means you’re wanted so it means you’re doing something right and it’s part of our business,” he said. “People love — especially when free agency season comes — speculating who’s going to go where and who’s going to shift the dynamics of the NBA and it’s good for our sport, it draws interest.”FinalKlay: 28p/2a/5rKD: 21p/11a/5rDeMarcus: 18p/4a/10r/2bAndre: 17p/4a/3r/1s/1bSteph: 14p/2a/4rAlfonzo: 7p/3r/1bDraymond: 4p/7a/3r/1s/3bKevon: 2p/1a/8r/2s/2b— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 3, 2019Thompson, a three-time NBA champion with the Warriors, believes the speculation will have no bearing on his relationship with his teammates.  “I don’t think so because not many teams think they have the chance of winning the title but we are one of them and that’s the only thing on our minds and I don’t think it really affects us,” he added.”We’re all grown men, at the end of the day. Whatever we decide to do, we’re all brothers and we’re not going to hold any grudges because it’s business.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr was equally level-headed when asked about the Lakers fans chanting for Thompson, adding if he was among them he would be joining in.”They should want Klay, if I were sitting with them I’d chant the same thing,” he said.While Thompson prospered, Stephen Curry had a rare off night, eventually making 14 points after missing his first eight shots and not making a basket until midway through the third quarter.But Kerr was philosophical about Curry’s performance. “We’re probably spoiled with him, you see a night like tonight and nobody can believe, including the coaches, that he hasn’t made a shot through three quarters,” he added. “It shocks you because you expect every one [shot] to go but it just reminds you that they are all human and they have tough nights.”But what makes Steph stand out is that even on a tough night he finds a way to get going after three quarters of zero field goals.” Klay Thompson has no issues with speculation regarding his future as he believes it proves he is “doing something right.”The Warriors guard returned from illness to help Golden State down the Lakers 115-101 with a 28-point showing on Saturday.last_img read more