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شروع تأسیس رستوران ایرانی

رستوران ساز از ابتدای شکل‌گیری ایده برای سرمایه‌گذاری و راه اندازی رستوران تا زمان به ثمر نشتن پروژه، در کنار شما می‌ماند.

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تاسیس رستوران ایرانی

وقتی تمامی مراحل قبل برای راه‌اندازی رستوران ایرانی پشت سر گذاشته شد، تیم مؤسس وارد میدان می‌شود. اکنون این تیم باید با توجه به تجارب، تخصص و مهارت‌های خود رستوران شما را به بهترین نحو ممکن تأسیس کنند. اگر قرار باشد رستوران ایرانی شما به دست تیم ما راه‌اندازی شود، مطمئناً موارد زیر در زمان راه‌اندازی در نظر گرفته می‌شود:

کپسول های  اکسیژن پزشکی

Bajajlifecare قدیمی ترین و معتبرترین نام در بین تأمین کنندگان کپسول  کپسول  اکسیژن در سراسر هند با بهترین قیمت و رقابتی است. قیمت ها در تولید کنندگان کپسول های  کپسول  اکسیژن در هند بهترین و بسته هستند.

 

Bajajlifecare دارای طیف گسترده ای از کپسول های  کپسول  اکسیژن و کیت های کپسول  اکسیژن از 0.5 کیت است که به مدت 10 تا 10 دقیقه بطور مداوم با ماسک بینی یا ماسک صورت اکسیژن و سیلندر جامبو – کپسول  اکسیژن 46.7 Ltr (نوع D / 200 cft) کار می کند این کپسول های  اکسیژن بهترین هستند برای بیمارستان ها ، کلینیک ها و مرکز اکسیژن درمانی ، کلینیک ها و سالن های اکسیژن.

 

ما طیف کاملی از سیلندرهای پزشکی و اکسیژن و تجهیزات پزشکی و لوازم جانبی مورد نیاز برای اکسیژن درمانی را داریم.

کپسول های  اکسیژن پزشکی
کپسول های  اکسیژن پزشکی

کپسول های  اکسیژن دار فشرده شده باید:

  • زیر پوشش ، ترجیحا در داخل ، نگهداری شده و خشک و تمیز نگه داشته شده و در معرض گرما یا گرما شدید قرار نگیرد

و به دور از سهام مواد قابل احتراق است.

  • به طور جداگانه از سیلندرهای صنعتی و دیگر غیر پزشکی ذخیره می شود.
  • برای حفظ جداسازی بین سیلندرهای کامل و خالی ذخیره شده است.
  • در چرخش سخت بکار رفته است به گونه ای که ابتدا سیلندرهایی با اولین تاریخ پر شدن استفاده می شوند.
  • جدا از سیلندرهای پزشکی دیگر موجود در فروشگاه.
  • سیلندرهای اندازه F و بزرگتر باید به صورت عمودی ذخیره شوند. سیلندرهای اندازه E و کوچکتر باید ذخیره شوند

به صورت افقی

 

در صورت استفاده از کپسول  اکسیژن ، مراقبت های ویژه ای انجام می شود:

  • برای نوزادانی که غلظت الهام گرفته از آنها نباید بیشتر از 40٪ باشد به دلیل خطر ابتلا به آن

فیبروپلازی خلفی

  • برای بیماران سالخورده برونشیت مزمن که در آنها غلظت الهام شده فقط باید در مراحل بالا باشد

از 1٪ و احتمالاً نباید از 30٪ تجاوز کند.

  • در محفظه هایپر برقی در مدیریت شرایطی مانند مسمومیت با مونواکسید کربن ، بی هوازی

عفونت ها و بیماری ایسکمیک حاد. تبانی ممکن است بعد از چند ساعت در 3 bar (g) رخ دهد.

برای اطمینان از مناسب بودن ، نظارت دقیق بر میزان اکسیژن روی نفس ، خون و بافت لازم است

غلظت بیش از حد نیست.

در جايي كه بيمار در معرض عواملي است كه براي ريه ها سمي است ، مانند پاركوات ، استفاده از

از اکسیژن اضافی باید اجتناب شود.

کپسول  اکسیژن فشرده غیر قابل اشتعال است اما به شدت از احتراق حمایت می کند و نباید از آن استفاده شود

نزدیک منابع احتراق.

در کاربری و استفاده از سیلندرهای گاز کپسول  اکسیژن به مراقبت احتیاج دارد.

کپسول های  اکسیژن دار فشرده قبل از قرار گرفتن در نزدیکی بیمار باید تنظیم و آزمایش شوند. انجام ندهید

سیلندر را روی تخت بیمار قرار دهید مگر اینکه جایگزینی مناسب برای نگه داشتن سیلندر وجود داشته باشد.

سیگار کشیدن باید هنگام استفاده از کپسول  اکسیژن فشرده ممنوع باشد.

در هیچ شرایطی نباید روغن یا گریس برای روغن کاری هر قسمت از پزشکی فشرده استفاده شود

کپسول  اکسیژن یا تجهیزات جانبی مورد استفاده برای انتقال گاز به بیمار.

در جایی که کرم های مرطوب کننده برای استفاده با صورت یا در معابر بینی لازم است ، کرم های روغنی استفاده می شود

نباید استفاده شود

بررسی کنید که دستها تمیز و عاری از هرگونه روغن و چربی باشد.

در جاهایی که از ژلهای الکلی برای کنترل آلودگی متقابل میکروبیولوژیکی استفاده می شود ، اطمینان حاصل شود که همه الکل وجود دارد

قبل از جابجایی کپسول های  کپسول  اکسیژن یا تجهیزات ، تبخیر می شود.

مصرف سطوح بالاتر اکسیژن می تواند خطر سمیت ریوی در بیمارانی که بوده است را افزایش دهد

Bleomycin ، Amiodarone و Nitrofurantoin یا آنتی بیوتیک های مشابه تجویز می شود. در این موارد اکسیژن باید

با احتیاط اداره شود و در سطحی که ممکن است پایین نگه داشته شود.

اکسیژن بر بارداری و شیردهی تأثیر منفی نمی گذارد.

در شرایط عادی ، اکسیژن با سطح آگاهی تداخل نمی کند بلکه بیمارانی که نیاز دارند

پشتیبانی مداوم اکسیژن به ارزیابی فردی در مورد توانایی رانندگی یا کارکرد آنها نیاز دارد

دستگاه.

سمیت اکسیژن می تواند همانطور که توسط:

  • فیبروپلازی رترولنتیکولار در نوزادان نارس در معرض غلظت اکسیژن بیشتر از 40٪.
  • سمیت سیستم عصبی مرکزی شامل سرگیجه ، تشنج و از بین رفتن هوشیاری فقط پس از آن

2-3 ساعت قرار گرفتن در معرض اکسیژن خالص در 2 یا بیشتر جو ، به عنوان مثال. ورزش و غواصی در اعماق دریا.

  • درد پشتی همراه با سرفه و مشکلات تنفسی ، که با سیگار کشیدن بدتر می شود

و قرار گرفتن در معرض هوای سرد بعد از تنفس اکسیژن خالص در فشار اتمسفر برای چند ساعت

 

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The gadgets and software that could help us return to the office

Vodafone’s heat-detection camera captures a person walking into an office building.

Vodafone

As employers around the world figure out how best to return workers to the office, tech companies are hoping that gadgets and software could help the process.

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns have left offices around the world empty. And while there’s been lots of talk about the benefits of flexible working, there are still some workers who want to experience life in the office again.

But to do that, companies need to make sure they have strict health and safety regimes in place. Tech firms big and small have been developing everything from wearable devices to thermal imaging cameras to help businesses equip their office spaces for the future.

Distancing

Tharsus, a U.K.-based robotics group, is mostly known for designing robotics and automation systems for firms like online retailer Ocado and telecommunications firm BT. In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the firm developed wearables for workers to wear around their necks to help with distancing themselves from colleagues.

The hardware — which looks like a futuristic smart necklace — sends out alerts to wearers every time they come into close proximity with another worker. Tharsus is looking to roll the technology out in a number of workplace environments, including offices, warehouses and canteens.

U.K. robotics firm Tharsus has created wearable technology that alerts workers when they’re too close to each other.

Tharsus

The tech is currently being trialed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, an independent research institute based in Coventry, England. The facility houses manufacturing titans such as Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens and General Motors.

“Bump is like traffic lights, which improve safety and at the same time improve capacity,” Tharsus CEO Brian Palmer told CNBC. “Analysis of Bump traffic data enables the volume of people in the workplace to increase, safely.”

It’s somewhat evocative of contact-tracing apps, another tool that companies — and governments — have been considering as part of their reopening plans. These apps rely on Bluetooth or location data to notify users if they may have been exposed to the virus.

Consulting giant PwC, for instance, developed an app for corporate clients to track employees who come into close contact and alert human resources staff if they may be at risk of coming down with the virus. The app has been tested in the company’s Shanghai office.

However, contact-tracing apps have faced criticism from privacy advocates concerned they could be too invasive. Officials and experts have also said the apps deployed so far haven’t yet been a “game changer” in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

U.K. robotics firm Tharsus has created wearable technology that alerts workers when they’re too close to each other.

Tharsus

While different from contact tracing, Tharsus’ solution is similar in that it aims to measure proximity. Bump relies on radio frequencies to send out signals to users if they get too close to each other. As far as privacy is concerned, Palmer said the tech was compliant with EU privacy laws and that data wouldn’t be shared with third parties.

“We designed Bump with this in mind and to ensure wearers don’t need to sacrifice data privacy,” he said. “All data is available to an individual business and their team members alike. Everyone can see who collected data, when and why.”

“Other app-based solutions only notify users if social distancing fails ‘after the event’ i.e. after they have been exposed to risk,” he said. “Bump provides real-time protection from the risk in the first place.”

Temperature screening

Meanwhile, thermal imaging cameras have also been suggested as a potential way of helping bring staff back to the office. The cameras use infrared technology to detect radiating heat from a person and then estimate their body temperature.

British telecommunications firm Vodafone is deploying heat detection cameras made by surveillance tech maker Digital Barriers. The cameras are currently in use at the training ground of English rugby club Wasps, however Vodafone said they will also be used in offices, typically by an entrance or reception area.

Vodafone’s thermal imaging camera positioned by the entrance of an office building.

Vodafone

“The device uses both thermal and HD cameras to deliver reliable, real-time body temperature screening accurate to within +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius and can screen up to 100 people every minute,” said Anne Sheehan, director of Vodafone Business U.K.

Responding to concerns over whether the cameras could infringe workers’ privacy, Vodafone said its cameras are a “temperature screening solution only.”

“The data it gathers is only relevant at that particular point in time,” said Sheehan. “The device doesn’t include technologies such as facial recognition and it cannot be used as a tracking device.”

But like much tech being proposed to return life to some level of normality, health officials have cast doubt on the use of thermal cameras in trying to detect and contain virus cases. The World Health Organization for instance has said temperature screening alone “may not be very effective.”

And while some tech companies are figuring out ways of detecting symptoms and regulating exposure to the virus, others are seeking to eradicate it.

UV lights from Signify pictured in an office site. The Dutch firm claims its lights can be used against the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

Signify

Take ultraviolet lights, which have previously been used to kill bacteria, for instance. Some firms, such as Dutch lighting maker Signify, are hoping the technology can be applied to the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19.

The World Health Organization has warned people not to use UV lights on their skin due to the dangerous levels of radiation that they emit. But Signify aims to use the lights to disinfect surfaces in offices and other settings like schools and restrooms.

And science may be on the company’s side. Signify tested its own UV lights with researchers at Boston University, who found that exposure of the virus to UV light helps eradicate it. Signify is now ramping up production of the lights.

Communicating

One trend the pandemic has accelerated is the use of software to communicate and collaborate remotely. Platforms like Zoom, Slack and Microsoft Teams have seen a surge in demand with entire workforces forced to adapt to telecommuting. Cisco’s Webex video-conferencing app saw a record 324 million users attend virtual meetings in March.

“There’s been a seismic change in the last few months in terms of working,” Chintan Patel, Cisco’s chief technologist in the U.K., told CNBC. “It goes without saying that what’s taken place has been incredible.”

The Cisco Webex app logo is displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the background.

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The question for these platforms is whether they can continue this momentum as shelter-in-place measures ease and businesses start to reopen. Executives said there would be a continued need for such services as businesses adopt a “hybrid” approach of keeping staff at home while some employees return to the office.

Patel said touchless technology such as voice-activated intelligent assistants could help with holding virtual meetings from the office. Cisco’s video technology is also capable of measuring how many people are in a meeting, he said, adding this was compliant with EU privacy laws.

Still, it could be some time before a majority of office workers are back in the office. Many large tech companies are now offering workers greater flexibility over their working situations due to Covid-19 — Twitter has gone so far as to let employees work from home “forever.”

According to a YouGov study commissioned by identity management software firm Okta, just 29% of European workers surveyed between April and May wanted to go back to the office full-time. That figure fell to as low as 24% in Britain.

Meanwhile, 55% of workers felt they were equipped with the necessary hardware for working at home, while 56% said they had the appropriate software. YouGov surveyed over 6,000 people across the U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands.

“If you really have to bring everyone to a meeting together, something extraordinary will have to happen,” Julien Codorniou, vice president of Facebook’s Workplace app — a rival to Slack and Teams — told CNBC. “I hope the office will be a place for more meaningful interactions.”

Commuting

Finally, there’s the issue of how workers will get to the office. It’s easy to see why many people in big cities like London and New York might be anxious about the idea of taking public transport, potentially being packed in like sardines on a busy bus or subway. And driving in such areas can be far from ideal.

Several start-ups are hoping to convince authorities and consumers that two-wheel electric vehicles like scooters and bikes might be able to solve this problem. In the U.K. that’s particularly relevant, since the government has recently made it legal to ride e-scooters on roads. A number of trials are getting underway across the country. 

Electric scooters from Swedish start-up Voi pictured in London.

Voi

New York City has also approved the private use of e-scooters and bikes, and will allow e-scooter operators to apply for permits in the city, with the exception of Manhattan.

It is hoped the devices will offer a safer and more environmentally-friendly alternative for people commuting to the office.

“This is about getting the public back to work moving again in a safe way,” Richard Corbett, the U.K. general manager at Swedish e-scooter firm Voi, told CNBC.

“Authorities are using the current opportunity as an opportunity for challenge,” said Per Brilioth, CEO of VNV Global, an investor in Voi.

“That’s been the ongoing trend, to reduce — not take away completely — but reduce the need for cars and fossil fuel for transportation into something that’s cleaner in every aspect.”

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Invite For Grand Ayodhya Event Names 3 Others With PM Modi

Invites have been sent to some 150 people for the elaborate “Bhoomi Pujan” organised on Wednesday

New Delhi:

Two days before the grand Ram temple ceremony at Ayodhya, the invite with a saffron theme has been unveiled. The invite mentions Prime Minister Narendra Modi and names three more, indicating a vastly trimmed guest list in the time of COVID-19.

Five people will be on the stage – PM Modi, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Mahant Nritya Gopaldas.

Apart from these names, the invite also has an image of the idol of “Ram Lalla” or infant Lord Ram. Invites have been sent to some 150 people for the elaborate “Bhoomi Pujan” organized on Wednesday in the middle of the nation’s coronavirus fight.

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The invite has an image of the idol of “Ram Lalla” or infant Lord Ram

PM Modi is expected to establish a 40 kg silver brick for the symbolic start of the construction of a Ram Temple that has been central to the BJP’s core agenda and election promises for decades.

The Ram Temple will be built after years of dispute over the 2.77 acre site where the 16th century Babri mosque stood before it was razed by Hindu activists who believed it was built on the ruins of an ancient temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram.

In November, the Supreme Court said the site would be handed over for the building of a temple and an alternative five-acre site would be given to Muslims.

The mega function organized by Yogi Adityanath will miss some of the key faces of the Ram temple campaign in the BJP – LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Mr Advani and Mr Joshi, both invited on the phone, will reportedly join the event virtually to observe coronavirus precautions. Uma Bharti said she would, for the safety of the PM and other guests, stay away from the event and visit the site after everyone was gone.

Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants, has also been invited.

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Alibaba expanded during the SARS health crisis — and its co-founder has advice to share

Leading a company through a crisis is no mean feat — and for some, it can be their undoing. But for those that get it right, it can be an opportunity to set the business apart from the pack. 

That was the case for Chinese technology giant Alibaba Group, executive vice chairman and director of Alibaba’s entrepreneur fund Joe Tsai said in a recent interview.

Now an e-commerce giant worth some $678 billion, Alibaba was about to launch Taobao, its online marketplace for consumers, in 2003 when crisis struck. China was hit hard by a then-novel coronavirus outbreak known at SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which forced businesses to shutter and people to shelter in their homes.

Leading amid crisis

Joe Tsai, co-founder and executive vice chairman, Alibaba Group.

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That might have been it for the nascent company. But instead, Tsai and his 17 co-founders, including Jack Ma, decided to pivot. They implemented what was then a novel — and clunky — work-from-home system to ensure the launch went ahead on time.

“We wanted to make sure that when customers emailed or called us, we could serve them,” said Tsai. “Obviously, the first thing you want to do is make sure your employees are safe and working in conditions where things continue to function. As long as that’s in place, they can continue to serve their customers.”

Just weeks later, Taobao was launched as planned on May 10, 2003. The self-imposed quarantine became a watershed moment for China’s economy, as domestic consumers turned to the internet to order goods online. 

Tsai said that steadfast commitment to the mission was instrumental to the company’s success — and remains so today: “Fast forward to today and our focus on the customer is still an absolute priority.” 

Advice for entrepreneurs

That offers an important lesson for start-ups struggling with today’s Covid-19 pandemic, the entrepreneur continued during his wide-ranging discussion with Tony Wong, co-founder and CEO of e-commerce platform, Shopline.

Specifically, business owners should focus on the core goal of their business. If that still remains, even amid the downturn, then it’s worth carrying on.

You have to go back to why you founded the business in the first place. Look at what the mission was and the problem you were trying to solve.

Joe Tsai

executive vice chairman, Alibaba Group

“As an entrepreneur, I don’t think you should chase ideas. I think you have to go back to why you founded the business in the first place,” said Tsai. “Look at what the mission was and the problem you were trying to solve. And if the same problems still exist and the same customers are still there, then it makes sense to continue your business.”

“But if you’re just chasing ideas, then you don’t have the passion. You’re chasing it because it’s a money-making opportunity and not because you really love pursuing your mission. Let your mission guide your direction.”

Just like for Alibaba, that may mean innovating and coming up with new ways to reach that goal amid current limitations.

“You can definitely look inward to change your bad hand,” said Tsai. “Let’s say you’re in the restaurant business and the restaurant has shut down — there’s nothing you can do about it. (But) I think a lot of companies now are thinking of alternatives.”

“Just because the restaurant’s shut down, customers don’t stop eating and the alternative is adapting to takeout. The adaptability of the business is very important. Teamwork and internal communication are key to adapting to a new normal,” he said.

— CNBC’s Tom Huddleston contributed to this report.

Don’t miss: Three lessons for entrepreneurs from inside Alibaba’s Taobao University

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Patna vs Mumbai Police On Cop’s “Forced Quarantine”; Nitish Kumar Speaks

Sushant Rajput death case: Vinay Tiwari was sent to Mumbai to lead the Bihar Police’s probe.

Mumbai/Patna:

The turf war between Bihar Police and Mumbai Police over the probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput took a more serious turn after the Bihar police chief accused Mumbai Police of “forcibly” quarantining an officer sent to Mumbai to lead the probe. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reacted to the tussle, saying it is “not political”.

Nitish Kumar said this morning, “Whatever happened to him (Vinay Tiwari) is not right. It is not political. Bihar Police is carrying out its duty. Our DGP will speak to them.”

The Bihar police chief, in late-night tweets, alleged that a senior IPS officer sent from Patna was “forcibly quarantined” by civic authorities in Mumbai.

“IPS officer Vinay Tiwari reached Mumbai today from Patna on official duty to lead the police team there but he has been forcibly quarantined by BMC officials at 11pm today,” Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey tweeted late last night, along with a photo of the officer’s hand that has a quarantine stamp showing the isolation period till August 15.

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Patna police officer Vinay Tiwari was quarantined by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with his hand stamped indicating the isolation period till August 15.

“He was not provided accommodation in the IPS Mess despite request and was staying in a guest house in Goregaw (Goregaon),” the Bihar police chief said.

Police officer Vinay Tiwari has been quarantined “as per the present guidelines for domestic arrivals at Mumbai Airport”, Mumbai’s civic body said. Mr Tiwari reached Mumbai on Sunday to aid the junior officers already in the city. Another tweet posted by the state police chief has a video of Mr Tiwari, in a blue t-shirt and a mask, showing his quarantine stamp.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police sources say that while they have offered full cooperation to the team from Patna, the Bihar Police team has not followed protocols and courtesies that are due while conducting investigations in the jurisdiction of another force, especially when there is an on-going investigation.

Sources say Bihar Police has not kept Mumbai Police informed about its moves and the people it wants to question in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June. After reaching Mumbai on Sunday, Mr Tiwari said he was in the city to supervise his team and that they will probe all possible angles in the case. “Mumbai Police are probing the case as per their style and we will do so as per ours. If required. We will also record the statements of Bollywood celebrities whose statements were recorded by the Mumbai Police,” he said. “The investigation is progressing in a proper way and we are going in the right direction. Our team is here to get all the important documents related to the case,” he added.

“We are trying to speak with the DGP and other officials there. I don’t have more to say on this,” Mr Pandey said this morning.

”I condemn this incident. I would like to ask Maharashtra Chief Minister and Home Minister that the entire country wants to solve Sushant Singh Rajput’s death mystery. Bihar Police officials have been coming to Mumbai nowadays in connection with this case but you are not supporting them. You did not quarantine them but when an IPS officer came ahead to solve this case, he was forcibly quarantined,” said Vinod Mishra, a corporator and BJP leader in Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), said.

Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14.

The Bihar police started a parallel investigation after the actor’s family filed a case in Patna.

This investigation is focused on charges that money was transferred from Sushant Singh Rajput’s bank account.

Mumbai Police has so far recorded statements of nearly 40 people, including those from the actor’s family, his cook as well as people from the film industry including filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt.

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From travel pods to private jets, affluent travelers are eager to make vacations happen

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Millions of Americans have altered their travel plans amid the pandemic, with some switching to road trips this summer and others postponing long-haul air and sea travel till next year or beyond.

But one demographic — the affluent vacationer — appears to be more optimistic, making plans and holding onto reservations made pre-coronavirus. Industry experts see this resilience among luxury travelers as an encouraging sign a rebound might be just around the corner. How the wealthy are traveling, however, is evolving, too.

“Affluent travelers tend to be a little more comfortable with the wait-and-see scenario,” said Misty Belles, managing director at Virtuoso, a global network of 1,100 travel agencies and more than 22,000 travel advisors specializing in luxury and experiential travel.

“Because they’re well-versed at travel and it’s such an ingrained part of their lifestyle, our clients are really more in that sit-and-wait camp — especially if there’s no financial penalty for them to do so.”

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Jon Grutzner, president of Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold— two high-end guided vacation brands owned by Cypress, California-based The Travel Corporation — said he’s heard Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch refer to luxury travel advisors as “the canary in the coal mine” regarding travel recovery. “We’re seeing that that really is the case,” he said. “Their clients are the first guests who are coming back and feeling more comfortable with travel.”

Belles said Virtuoso has polled affluent travelers and found that 39% were ready to travel within three months, and 66% were ready to immediately board an airplane.

For his part, Grutzner says Insight and Luxury Gold currently enjoy an 80% “save rate” on customer bookings.

Jon Grutzner, president of guided vacation companies Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold, in Pisa, Italy.

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That means 8 out of every 10 customers are either keeping their reservations as is, rebooking for a later date or taking a future travel credit — rather than canceling outright for a refund. (The two brands have dropped tour departures through November but do plan to run Christmas market  trips to Europe, said Grutzner.) “That’s a good sign for us and for travel, that travelers are feeling comfortable in continuing to keep those reservations,” he said.

While 2020 “was pretty much a wash” for Insight and Luxury Gold, bookings for 2021 are strong. “It definitely far outpaces what we’ve done in previous years,” Grutzner said. “People are coming back and we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Pent-up demand among luxury customers is leading them to book heavily for the first through third quarters of next year, and even into 2022, he added — despite a rise of about 12% in prices of late.

Meanwhile, certified travel counselor Anne Scully, president of McCabe World Travel in McLean, Virginia, said her agency booked a respectively healthy $1.6 million in trips in June. The agency normally does $60 million per year.

Where are they headed?

Those well-off vacationers staying in the U.S. are booking places with flat or dropping infection rates, said Belles. “Places that have low [Covid-19] numbers, lots of wide open space and and good testing facilities seem to be where people are gravitating,” she observed. “A couple of our hotels in Maine are almost completely 100% committed through the rest of the summer.”

Scully has been booking mountain resorts like the St. Regis in Aspen, Colorado, and Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, for well-heeled families. “Ski resorts are extraordinary summer destinations,” she said. “You’ve got that beautiful fresh air out there, and you can social distance very easily at properties like that.” Luxury RV self-drives, some with butler service, are also selling, she added.

While affluent travelers did shift to more domestic bookings early in the pandemic, they’re now starting to reserve trips abroad — even though border restrictions between the U.S. and many popular destinations, including Canada, most of the European Union and even the Bahamas, are still in effect. Nonetheless, Grutzner said he saw a shift from domestic to abroad in bookings starting in early July.

We’re seeing an uptick in exclusive use. People are even taking over small boutique hotels.

Misty Belles

managing director at Virtuoso

Scully just rebooked a client who’d canceled a summer private charter to Europe on a Venice Simplon-Orient-Express rail journey across the Continent this October, book-ended with stays at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice and Claridge’s in London. “Now, fingers crossed that things will open up,” she said. “We did negotiate with our partners saying, ‘look, if they’re not allowed in as Americans, what kind of penalties will there be?’

“You’ve got to protect your clients,” she added. “Relationships matter in creating trips right now.”

Sea and river cruises are also selling at McCabe World Travel, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extending its No Sail Order for ships carrying at least 250 passengers in U.S. waters through Sept. 30. Scully thinks cruise lines might come out even stronger post-pandemic. “Remember, they were dealing with the Norwalk virus for years, and lived through it,” she said. “They literally have doctors and health facilities on board.”

Virtuoso agencies are reporting jumps of 30% in river cruises and 4% in general cruises for January, said Belles, adding that “cruisers are just incredibly loyal.”

Travelers feel comfortable taking such planning risks because cruise lines, hotels, guided vacation companies and other travel providers have in fact loosened restrictions and cancellation policies, according to Belles at Virtuoso. “And as long as those cancellation policies stay lax, and I think they will continue throughout 2020 to be that way, there’s no need cancel right now,” she said. 

For example, Insight and Luxury Gold, along with other The Travel Corporation companies, are reducing trip deposits to $99, allowing changes of dates and destinations across brands, and instituting a Peace of Mind promise to calm traveler nerves. They’re also fine-tuning product to meet pandemic-era needs, introducing wellness directors charged with ensuring hygiene on escorted trips and a Small Private Group Option version of standard tour departures.

“With groups of as small as 12, we can take our current departure dates and for a surcharge make them a small, private group option for them,” said Grutzner. “We’re seeing guests wanting the comfort of traveling with, first of all, like-minded people and then, second, having more of these intimate experiences that you get with a guided vacation versus doing it on your own.

“We are listening to our travel partners, specifically the travel advisors, whom we recommend our guests book through,” he added. “And they say the demand is is being able to travel with your friends and extended family.”

Who are they traveling with?

Indeed, in its polling, Virtuoso found 76% of affluent travelers would consider a so-called vacation pod to enable and/or ease travel faster. A “pod” can be  a group of healthy relatives or friends traveling together and sharing quarters to limit exposure to pathogens.

“There is a strong desire to be with others,” said Belles. “So traveling with another family, whether it’s relatives or a similar family who have been social distancing in the same way, allows for a more social vacation experience.”

Pods or no pods, affluent travelers are also snapping up charters on yachts and private jets, she added. “We’re seeing an uptick in exclusive use,” Belles said. “People are even taking over small boutique hotels.”

Affluent travelers are turning to exclusive use of hotels, boats and private jets amid pandemic-era health concerns.

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Villas and private homes, even more so than hotels, are also prime accommodations option, said Scully at McCabe. She herself couldn’t get the Spring Lake, New Jersey, home she and her sister like to stay in with their families because it was booked solid as of early summer. 

Belles says wealthier vacationers have been booking short stays at stand-alone properties, villas tied to resorts and larger hotel suites for working vacations with their families and then “extending and extending and extending” as pandemic lockdowns wax and wane.

“They’re planning to go for a week and then they realize there’s no need to rush back to their residence,” she said.

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Cop “Forcibly Quarantined”: Patna vs Mumbai Police In Sushant Rajput Case

Vinay Tiwari is heading a Bihar Police team which is in Mumbai to investigate.

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Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey on Sunday charged that Vinay Tiwari, the IPS officer from Patna who is in Mumbai to probe a case related to Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, has been “forcibly quarantined” by civic authorities in the metropolis.

Mr Tiwari is heading a Bihar Police team which is in Mumbai to investigate an “abetment to suicide” case on the basis of a complaint filed by the late actor’s father in Patna.

“IPS officer Vinay Tiwari reached Mumbai today from Patna on official duty to lead the police team there but he has been forcibly quarantined by BMC officials at 11 PM today,” Bihar Director General of Police (DGP) Pandey tweeted.

“He was not provided accommodation in the IPS mess, despite request, and was staying in a Guest House in Goregaon,” he said.

Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, was found dead at his Bandra residence on June 24.

Last month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s father lodged an FIR in Patna of “abetment to suicide” naming actress Rhea Chakraborty, said to be close to the dead Patna-born actor, and her family members as accused. Tiwari was posted as the City SP (East) in Patna.

The Mumbai Police, which is also probing the death case, have so far recorded statements of nearly 40 people, including those from Sushant Singh Rajput’s family, his cook and people from the film industry that include filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, film critic Rajeev Masand, director-producer Sanjay Leela Bhansali and filmmaker Aditya Chopra.

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Two chipmakers are the best bet on future tech growth, long-time tech investor Paul Meeks says

One of the world’s largest companies – Apple – has carried the tech sector higher this year.

The iPhone maker has rallied nearly 45% in 2020 and set another record high as recently as Friday, a day after a blowout earnings report.

But, Apple isn’t the only way to play strength in the sector, according to long-time tech investor Paul Meeks who manages the Wireless Fund.

“Probably my favorite ideas, not necessarily in the near term because I can’t predict the near term but over the next couple of years, are two semiconductor-related names,” Meeks told CNBC’s “Trading Nation” on Friday.

His first pick is Micron Technology, a chipmaker that has lagged a broad rally among the semiconductor stocks this year.

“I think they will double their stock price over the next two or three years, whereas some of the marquee tech stocks I think will continue to outperform but they can’t double from here,” said Meeks.

Micron is down 7% in 2020, while the SMH semiconductor ETF has gained 18%.

“Then the other one that I like is semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer ASM Lithography. Those two are probably my favorite ideas for tech over the next couple of years,” he said.

While those are his top ideas, he says any tech investor should at least be exposed to some of the market’s biggest companies including Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

“We’re in a tech world and everything else is just revolving around us in the periphery,” said Meeks. “Perhaps you don’t like those valuations, there’s some that I don’t like at any particular time. But, these all are stocks that are probably over time, if you’re a serious tech investor, must haves.”

Disclosure: WIREX holds Micron, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

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BS Yediyurappa Tests Covid +ve, Hospitalised, Daughter Also Positive

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted that he had tested Covid positive (File)

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Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted late Sunday night that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a brief post on Twitter, Mr Yediyurappa said that he was fine but had been hospitalised on the advice of doctors. While his daughter Padmavathi has also tested positive for the virus, the Chief Minister’s son, Vijayendra, has tested negative.

The Chief Minister’s media team has said he has been admitted to Manipal Hospital. Mr Yediyurappa, 77, also requested those who had come in contact with him to be wary of Covid symptoms and self-isolate.

“I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self-quarantine,” the Chief Minister’s tweet read.

The testing of the Chief Minister was done as part of the routine weekly tests he undergoes along with his staff. The results of Mr Yediyurappa’s gunmen and security staff, around 50 of them, are expected today.

Staff members at Mr Yediyurappa’s home office, Krishna, had tested positive early last month. 

At that time Mr Yediyurappa said: “I am going to discharge my duties from home from today for the next few days in view of some of the staff in the office-cum-residence Krishna testing positive”.

Mr Yediyurappa had also met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala in Bengaluru on Friday. State Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai was also present at the meeting.

The Chief Minister is the second high-profile political leader to confirm testing positive for COVID-19 today; hours earlier Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted similar news.

Mr Shah, 55, too said he was “fine” and that he had been hospitalised on the “advice of doctors”.

The minister also asked all those who had been in contact with him over the last few days to “please isolate yourself and get your tests done”.

The Home Minister was at a cabinet meet last week, at which top colleagues, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were present.

All Covid norms, including social distancing, were followed at that meeting, sources said.

Last month Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for the virus as well. He has been in hospital since then and tweeted today to say that he was well and, minutes after Mr Yediyurappa tweeted his Covid positive status, he posted a get-well-soon message.

“I pray to God for your speedy recovery, Yediyurappaji,” Mr Chouhan wrote.

Mr Chouhan had tweeted a message for Mr Shah too. “Home Minister Amit Shah, may God help you recover soon, so you can serve the nation with full energy. Our best wishes are with you,” his tweet read.

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also tweeted, saying: “I wish BS Yediyurappa a speedy recovery and to return with good health to continue his work for the people”.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit also tested positive today, Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital, where he has been admitted, said. He is asymptomatic and clinically stable.

On Sunday morning the virus claimed the life of a UP minister – Kamal Rani Varun, 62, died at Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

Over the last 24 hours, 54,735 cases were reported, taking the total number of cases to 17,50,723, data from the Health Ministry showed.

The continuing spike in cases over the past weeks comes as India gradually re-opens its economy after more than four months of the world’s strictest lockdown. Unlock3, the third phase of easing of restrictions, came into effect on Saturday.

It took just 185 days for India to cross the 17-lakh mark after the first case was reported in Kerala in January; it took 110 days to record the first 1 lakh cases. More than 60 per cent of total cases in the country and over 50 per cent of total deaths have been recorded in July.

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