PPE production soars but quality, distribution issues remain

first_imgTopics : Quantity does not equal quality for the Indonesian textile industry, which has contributed to a production surplus of personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet demand during the COVID-19 health crisis, despite complaints from users over quality and distribution.The country now has the monthly capacity to produce 394.82 million surgical masks, an increase from just 150 million masks prior to the pandemic. As a result, Industry Ministry data project a surplus of almost 2 billion surgical mask by the end of the year.The soaring production, which began in April, stemmed from the changing business in the textile industry during the pandemic and government demand due to prior supply shortages, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang said on Tuesday. However, national demand would still be prioritized, he said.The nationally produced PPE include high-grade ISO 16604 standard coveralls for doctors and health workers at hospitals and AATCC 42 standard coveralls for test-site attendants, according to COVID-19 task force data.The ministry projected a deficit only for N95 masks by the end of the year, when demand for the product is expected to surpass the actual number of produced masks by 5.39 million units.Despite the industry’s success in avoiding PPE shortages, many health workers who are using the products are complaining about the quality of locally produced PPE.“While the majority of the products have already passed the medical standards, many doctors are complaining that the coveralls are too heavy and uncomfortable. This is the reason why we could not take in all the locally made PPE products,” Health Ministry crisis center head Budi Sylvana said during the same discussion.He added that many small hospitals and clinics also refused to use washable PPE and preferred instead to purchase disposable products, as they did not have the systems in place to disinfect PPE.“There are cases of COVID-19 infection among medical workers that are caused by unsterile PPE. Not all hospitals have the ability to sterilize the PPE correctly,” he said.Budi said small hospitals and clinics usually used a third-party laundry service that was not equipped with the tools for proper sterilization.Besides being uncomfortable, Indonesian Hospital Association (Persi) secretary-general Lia Gardenia Partakusuma also complained about the distribution process of PPE to hospitals.“Sometimes there’s a delay in PPE shipment due to a lack of supply, among other things. Hospitals need a steady supply of PPE to operate,” she said.Persi data show that, on average, medical workers at 800 COVID-19 referral hospitals in Indonesia require 20 PPE per COVID-19 inpatient per day.“As the PSBB are currently being relaxed, hospitals need more PPE to handle [additional cases],” she said.The country recorded more than 33,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, with more than 1,900 deaths, government data show.center_img “The textile industry was trying to sustain its factories by diversifying its products, which include surgical masks, cloth masks and coveralls. It led to significant growth of PPE production,” he said during an online discussion.As demand dwindles, many textile industries are suffering from low factory utilization due to the government’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain COVID-19.As a result of the surplus, the Industry Ministry asked the Trade Ministry to revise a regulation that restricts the export of PPE so that it can begin exporting abroad.“The oversupply condition must be addressed with the right policy to capitalize on the huge export potential for PPE,” Agus said, referring to Ministerial Regulation (Permendag) No. 23/2020.last_img read more

Arsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille

first_imgArsenal confirm £72m club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille Comment Advertisement He enjoyed a superb campaign last season, scoring 22 times and laying on 11 assists in Ligue 1 – only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (33 goals, 7 assists) was involved in more goals.Speaking about the move, Pepe told Arsenal’s website: ‘Being here is very emotional because it has not been easy for me. I have come a long way and struggled a lot and so signing for this great club is a big reward.‘It was my family and my agents [who encouraged me to make the move].‘We talked and thought a lot about it. It was at the time of the CAN [Africa Cup of Nations] as well, we thought a lot during, before and after the CAN.‘It was important to make the right decision and I am convinced that Arsenal is the right choice.’Pepe’s arrival continues a busy summer of transfer activity for Arsenal, who have already signed Gabriel Martinelli, William Saliba – who returns to Saint Etienne for the 2019/20 season – and Dani Ceballos on loan.The Gunners are also believed to be looking to offload Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and want to sign a replacement centre-back, as well as Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, before the window closes.Where will Arsenal finish in the 2019/20 Premier League season?1st0%2nd0%3rd0%4th0%5th0%6th0%7th or lower0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterThursday 1 Aug 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.7kShares Pepe’s arrival smashes the £55m Arsenal paid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have confirmed the club-record signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, with the Ivory Coast international signing a five-year contract at the Emirates.Unai Emery has been eager to add a new winger to his squad this summer and after being rebuffed by Crystal Palace for Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal stepped up their pursuit of Pepe.The north Londoners have agreed to pay an astonishing £72million for the 24-year-old, beating off competition from the likes of Napoli, and he becomes the most expensive African footballer of all time.Pepe jetted into London on Tuesday and successfully passed a medical, as well as posing for pictures in his new club’s shirt and putting pen to paper on his contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal will reportedly only pay £20m up front this summer, with the rest paid in installments over the next five years, while Pepe will earn in excess of £100,000-a-week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWelcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

BLOG: ICYMI Corrections Secretary Wetzel talks Prison Reform on 60 Minutes

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: ICYMI Corrections Secretary Wetzel talks Prison Reform on 60 Minutes Criminal Justice Reform,  Prison Reform,  The Blog,  Videos Recently, Secretary of Corrections John E. Wetzel appeared on “60 Minutes,’’ talking about prison reform in this country and the improvements we’re making here in Pennsylvania.Click here to watch the full “60 Minutes” episode featuring Secretary Wetzel.The national CBS news show, featuring Wetzel, compared America’s corrections system to the German system, where they reportedly have less prisoners and get better results, including lower recidivism rates.“More now than any time in the history of our country we have the right and left agree that we’ve, frankly, screwed up the corrections system for 30 years and it’s time to do something different,’’ Wetzel said. “It really starts with understanding that a human being’s value isn’t diminished by being incarcerated.’’As a nation, we spend about $80 billion to incarcerate about two million offenders. Although the United States has only 5 percent of the world’s population, it has about 25 percent of the world’s inmates.Pennsylvania’s prison population has steadily declined in recent years and is now just under 50,000 offenders. Ninety percent of those individuals will be released someday.That’s where the German corrections’ system claims to focus its energy and efforts: rehabilitation in order to successfully reintegrate offenders into society.German officials contend the key to their success is having correctional officers who are well-paid and well-trained in areas of psychology, communication skills and conflict management.Psychologists also devise personalized prison plans for all new inmates, preparing them from the first day for successful reentry, offering counseling, vocational and educational training. Offenders who successfully follow the plan earn greater freedoms and early release.There are problems with the German system, Wetzel noted, such as drugs, gangs and Islamic radicalization. They try and counter it all with counseling.While there are certainly things about the German approach that would not make sense for Pennsylvania, there are opportunities for us to learn. Accountability is necessary, but so is focusing on successful reentry. Rather than punishment for punishment’s sake, it’s equally important for us to place an offender on a path to leave a life of crime.“In our culture, when we think about the criminal justice system,” Wetzel said, “we don’t want to think lenient. We don’t want to think soft. We got here by being tough on crime. I think we’re getting away from it by being smart on crime, and smart on crime happens to be more lenient.’’“Smart on crime,” in Pennsylvania, includes similar initiatives, such as more intensive staff training and incentivizing offenders through good behavior, such as housing units outside the prison walls, but still within the correctional confines.Pennsylvania has also upgraded, modernized and increased its educational and vocational programs for offenders to better prepare them for the workforce. It also imposed performance-based contracts for its halfway houses, offering financial incentives for better outcomes and lower recidivism rates. The goal is always a successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals back into society.The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections has also improved the treatment of offenders with mental health issues, which comprises one-fourth of our total prison population. Mental health awareness training is mandated for staff and peer support training is offered to inmates.Wetzel and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ staff, under the leadership of Governor Tom Wolf, are continuing to make great strides not only to reduce the number of offenders, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to improve the success of those who will return someday to their families and our communities.Such programs as the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which redirects resources to the front-end of the criminal justice system with treatment, prevention and diversionary programs, have already won bi-partisan support from our state leadership. Governor Wolf said it best, our goal is and always will be less crime, less victims.At the end of Sunday’s news segment, “60 Minutes’’ reporter Bill Whitaker asked Wetzel if Americans are ready for the huge mind shift toward a different sort of prison system.“It’s crossing the Grand Canyon is what we’re talking about,’’ Wetzel said.But in Pennsylvania, we’re already taking the first steps on that long journey to a better place. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img April 11, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Governor Wolf to Sign Bill Enabling Pennsylvania to Comply with Real ID

first_img Government That Works,  Press Release,  Real ID Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced he will sign Senate Bill 133 now that the bill was altered to remove problematic change made in the committee process.Governor Wolf’s full statement:“I want to thank Senator Ward and her colleagues for their cooperation with PennDOT and my administration to ensure Pennsylvania can comply with the federal REAL ID law. I am hopeful that the House will not make further changes and I can sign this bill in its current form when it reaches my desk.This bill achieves the primary goal of allowing Pennsylvania commuters and businesses to avoid disruptions related to noncompliance.Once the 2012 noncompliance law is repealed, PennDOT can begin working with the federal government to update its systems to complete compliance. We will work diligently to ensure the process is as consumer friendly and affordable as possible. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf to Sign Bill Enabling Pennsylvania to Comply with Real IDcenter_img May 24, 2017last_img read more

Noosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ

first_img Suburb Median price Annual change in median price TOP SUNSHINE COAST SUBURBS FOR HOUSE PRICE GROWTH Suburb Median price Annual change in median price More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoSunshine Beach $1,750,000 33.2%Yaroomba $965,000 27.8%Minyama $1,165,000 26.2%Sunrise Beach $1,000,000 19.8%Moffat Beach $910,000 12.1%Doonan $966,250 11.3%Noosaville $1,080,000 9.9%Bokarina $840,000 9.8% Palmwoods $555,000 8.8%Pomona $530,000 8.2% Lauren Tregear, 29, and partner, Khye Fromader, 34, with their two-year-old son, Tommy, outside their house in Peregian Springs. The Noosa region is seeing tremendous growth in house and unit prices. Photo: Lachie Millard.NOOSA’S median unit price has hit a record high of $715,000, making it the most expensive property market in the state.Despite apartment markets in other locations bearing the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, the average unit price in the idyllic coastal haven increased 3.8 per cent in the three months to June 30, and is nearly 14 per cent higher than it was the same time last year.Over the past five years, unit prices in the region have grown more than 63.5 per cent, while in Noosa Heads alone, they have surged a staggering 99 per cent in that period. The view from the balcony of a unit on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads.House prices also continue to rise, with the median increasing 1.9 per cent during the June quarter to $836,724, on the back of five-year growth of nearly 48 per cent.Local agents say the region is seeing unprecedented interest and more profitable sales than ever before, despite being mostly inaccessible to buyers from outside the state.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland says the region is benefiting from being a domestic holiday location, with an influx of southeast Queenslanders flocking there once intrastate travel restrictions eased. Similar to its housing market, the low volume of listings is supporting the unit market with demand generally outstripping supply. Main beach at Noosa is always popular with locals and tourists.REIQ chairman Peter Brewer said Noosa had always been sought-after for its laid-back lifestyle, beautiful beaches and ecological areas, but the pandemic and the region’s strict population cap had only increased demand — particularly for luxury apartments. ”The Sunshine Coast has achieved something few jurisdictions elsewhere have managed; it’s maintained relatively high levels of well-performing property markets in defiance of COVID-19 — particularly the jewel in the region’s crown, Noosa,” Mr Brewer said.“With our borders still closed to both New South Wales and Victoria, that hasn’t deterred buyers from both Sydney and Melbourne in their search for property to purchase without ever having seen the property in person.“The ability for people to work remotely now is completely changing the paradigm and they’re happy to pay top dollar for whatever they can get their hands on.” Noosa’s laidback lifestyle and pristine beaches are part of its appeal.Lauren Tregear and her partner, Khye Frohmader, have lived in Noosa since they were kids and could not imagine living anywhere else.“We definitely consider ourselves lucky,” Ms Tregear said.The couple built their first home together in Peregian Springs three years ago and have watched house prices rise since.The area is slightly more family-oriented and more affordable than Noosa Heads or Sunshine Beach.Ms Tregear said she could not believe the interest in the region since COVID-19, particularly from people buying properties without setting foot inside them.“I’m not surprised people would want to live here,” she said.“I don’t think I could ever buy sight unseen, but I guess the area sells itself in a way.”The other regional market that outperformed in the June quarter was Toowoomba, where the median house price increased 1.4 per cent to $360,000. The unit market was equally healthy, with a median price rise of 3.2 per cent to just shy of $304,000 over the three months.Toowoomba was also the best performing major region for vacant land, with the median price increasing 9 per cent. The best performing unit market over the past five years was Centenary Heights, wherethe median unit price jumped more than 32 per cent.The REIQ says vacant land stocks have been absorbed and new home construction is set to boom between now and the end of 2020.Because Toowoomba is not heavily reliant on the tourism sector to sustain its economy, the closure of the Queensland border did not have a significant impact on the broader market in the region, according to the REIQ.The region is not overly reliant on the tourism trade so the market is expectedto continue to thrive post-pandemic. center_img TOP SUNSHINE COAST SUBURBS FOR UNIT PRICE GROWTH Alexandra Headland $438,000 15.3%Noosaville $550,000 13.4% Marcoola $410,000 9.3%Caloundra $490,000 8.8%Buddina $507,500 6.8%last_img read more

Iloilo City launches pioneering Summer Arts Festival 2020

first_imgMayor Jerry Treñas launched the IloiloSummer Arts Festival 2020. It aims to promote Ilonggo arts and culture. ILOILO City – The city government isembarking on a new program towards make Iloilo the art capital of the country. “Art is for everyone and anyone,”stressed Treñas. The Iloilo Summer Arts Festival 2020will be from April 3 to May 17 and would showcase various art forms – visual,performing, literature, crafts, even horticulture, and culinary. “We indeed have a beautiful city witha rich cultural heritage. Here is where the past meets the present. We’refurther enhancing it through the arts,” said First Lady Rosalie Treñas,chairperson of the art festival committee. center_img It won’t be an elitist affair, hestressed, as it is open and would involve everyone — artists, those from theacademe, civic and art organizations, businesses, and barangays. Supporting the MICE (Meetings,Incentives, Conventions and Events) thrust of the city government, the SummerArts Festival will be held annually, said Mayor Treñas. Art festival committee members includeoverall advisor and renowned artist Manny Garibay, artist Ed Defensor; from theacademe, Elisa Baliao and Melanie Padilla; Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Arts(ILOMOCA) represented by Allyn Canja and Jennifer Palmares-Fong from Magaworld;Annie Sartorio for dance; Eric Divinagracia for theater; Daniella Caro forfilm; Miguel Davao and PG Zoluaga for music; and peers and art lovers RaisaTreñas, Rose Arenas and Leny Ledesma./PNlast_img read more

Roderick Larry Bailey, 88

first_imgRoderick Larry Bailey, 88, born July 17, 1928, with God’s grace exchanged his earthly life for one of immortality Sept. 22, 2016.A 1946 graduate of St. Paul High School, Rod was a devout Christian, farmer, rural mail carrier, historian, humorist, Mason and lifelong resident of Decatur County.Rod married his sweetheart, Mary Louise (Lee), on May 11, 1947. Theirs was a love proven to have lasted a lifetime. Together they successfully raised four grateful children on the Tlinkatonda family homestead.Rod is survived by his wife and children: Sandra Silver and husband Greg; Larry Bailey and wife, Charlotte; Nancy Nolan and husband, Tom; and Lloyd Mark Bailey and wife, Judith; along with 10 loving grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.Roderick was the last surviving of six children born to Lloyd David and Frances Varble (Reed) Bailey.He was preceded in death by his parents; along with siblings, Dr. Lyle Bailey, Pauline Steen, infant Mary Ellen Bailey, Ivan Bailey and Donald Bailey; and infant granddaughter, Sarah Silver.The family expresses a special thanks to the staff at Major Hospital and Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville for the care and respect they extended to Roderick and his family.Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St., St. Paul, IN 47272.Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the funeral home, followed by burial at Van Pelt Cemetery in Waldron.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Heartland Hospice, in care of the funeral home.Online condolences may be shared at www.glennegeorgeandson.net.“He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6We love you, Dad. “You bet!”last_img read more

Karlnoski captures career first Friesen Empire State Series win

first_imgDUNDEE, N.Y. (Oct. 24) – After the third time he drove away from the rest of the field, Rich Karlnoski raced to his career first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series feature win. Karlnoski won his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour heat by most of a straightaway Friday at Yates County Speedway. He was checking out before a lap 18 caution in the main event, then pulled ahead again following the restart. The victory was worth $400. “That car was just perfect,” Karlnoski said after piloting the 2008 Ellis, with a self-designed rear end and Steve and Patty Damon-built engine, to the winner’s circle. “When this car is right, it’s perfect.” Karlnoski stayed in front following several early restarts. He was already negotiating lapped traffic and coming up on a tightknit group of six more cars when the late caution flew. “I was trying to figure out how I was going to get by and that caution came out at just the right time,” said Karlnoski, who motored away when the green came back out. Chris Fleming, Gary Smith, Scott Sebring and Eddie Sites completed the top five. Point leader James Cornell was eighth. A long-time Late Model driver, Karlnoski enjoyed the tutelage of Paul Beach for much of his career and won his first IMCA Modified championship at his hometown track this season. The 100th event in tour history brings the 13th annual series to a close this Saturday, Nov. 1, when the Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series returns to Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood during National Quarter Mile Dirt Track Championship Weekend. Feature results – 1. Rich Karlnoski; 2. Chris Fleming; 3. Gary Smith; 4. Scott Sebring; 5. Eddie Sites; 6. Kurt Decker; 7. Matt Cole; 8. James Cornell; 9. Bob Maynard; 10. Keith Lamphere; 11. Gary Roberts; 12. Ray McClure; 13. Tom Eiklor; 14. Dan Burman; 15. K.C. Cole; 16. Harry Ely; 17. Mike Stoddard; 18. Ken Buck; 19. Brad Sites; 20. Jared Spalding; 21. Tony Harris; 22. Matt Jones; 23. Brandon Smith; 24. Tyler Stoddard.last_img read more

Red-hot Fever lands Supreme

first_imgChampagne Fever put up a superb front-running performance to get Ireland off to a great start at the Cheltenham Festival in the opening William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old (5-1), who had stablemate Un Atout for company for most of the way, with hot favourite My Tent Or Yours always close behind and looking a major threat as they turned into the straight. There was nothing in it between Champagne Fever and the sweetly travelling My Tent Or Yours as they jumped the final flight, but the front-runner responded to every call and forged ahead up the hill to win by half a length. Jezki finished third, a further two and a quarter lengths away. Press Associationcenter_img Walsh said: “He jumped like a stag and travelled really well. It’s magic – he just came alive the last fortnight. I didn’t ride him work last week but I was watching him work at the Curragh with Willie and we both kind of looked at each other. It was scintillating. “Patrick (Mullins, the trainer’s son) has always maintained he was a two-miler and an out-and-out galloper – he was dead right. He wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, but I knew AP (McCoy) was coming to me as I could feel the crowd revving up. “But, in fairness, when AP got to him, he stuck his head down and away he went again.” Mullins added: “It was a very brave performance from the horse to lead like that and jump like that. Ruby said he heard Tony McCoy coming up behind him and the horse just took off with him. “He knew he’d lots of horse. Ruby was trying to steady it and ride a tactical race – he obviously got it spot-on. It was fantastic to watch him coming up the hill. “He’ll go to Punchestown next and next season will all be about chasing. We’ve schooled him and he already jumps fences better than hurdles – he is electric over a fence.” McCoy said of My Tent Or Yours: “I was beaten by a better horse.” last_img read more

Goalkeeper Adrian pens new West Ham deal

first_img “This is a proud moment for myself, my family and friends and I am really happy to have signed my second contract with the club,” Adrian said. “I feel really happy for the club and the fans. I never imagined this kind of relationship with the fans. I spent 16 years at Real Betis and it was difficult to leave your home. But from the moment I arrived in London the West Ham fans had a special relationship with me. “For me this is a really good moment and I just want to enjoy it. This is my third season here and I want to stay here for a long time.” West Ham have enjoyed a strong start to the season and currently sit third in the Barclays Premier League table ahead of Saturday’s visit to Sunderland. The club are also set to move into the Olympic Stadium for the start of the 2016/17 campaign and Adrian admits their new home was a factor in his decision. “Next season is really important for the club,” Adrian said. “I have enjoyed playing at Upton Park and I want to enjoy playing in the new stadium. “It is a big step for the club and I am really excited about this moment.” Adrian has committed to remaining in east London until 2017 while the Hammers have the option to extend the Spaniard’s stay by a further two years. The 28-year-old moved to West Ham from Real Betis in June 2013 and has since cemented his place as the club’s first-choice stopper. Press Associationcenter_img West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has signed a new two-year contract with the club.last_img read more