zoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based container port operator DP World handled 71.4 million TEUs across its global portfolio of container terminals in the full year of 2018, with gross container volumes growing by 1.9% year-on-year on a reported basis and 2.9% on a like-for-like basis.The company’s Asia Pacific & Indian Subcontinent terminals saw a container throughput of 32.9 million TEUs last year, a rise of 3.2% YOY on a like-for-like basis.In addition, terminals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa handled 29.5 million TEUs, and terminals in America and Australia recorded 9 million TEU, up by 3.1% and 0.9%, respectively.The UAE handled 15 million TEU in 2018, down 2.7% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 36.8 million TEU in 2018, a 0.8% improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 1.4% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“We are pleased to see that our global portfolio has delivered growth on top of our strong prior year performance and despite the uncertainty with global trade,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Our Europe and Americas portfolio saw strong growth with continued ramp-up in London Gateway (UK), Yarimca (Turkey) and Prince Rupert (Canada), while performance in Africa remains robust driven by Dakar (Senegal) and Sokhna (Egypt). In the UAE, the softer volumes were due to the loss of low-margin throughput, where we remain focused on high margin cargo and maintaining profitability.”“In 2018, we have made good progress in strengthening our product offering which will enable us to participate in a wider part of the supply chain and offer smarter long-term solutions to cargo owners. Looking ahead to 2019, we expect our portfolio to continue to deliver growth and our focus remains on delivering operational excellence, managing costs and disciplined investment to remain the trade partner of choice. Given the steady volume performance of our portfolio, we are well placed to meet full year 2018 market expectations,” he concluded.Related:DP World Buys Additional Stake in DP World AustraliaDP World Inks Acquisition Deal for Chilean Port Operator
The blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.”Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers”, says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach. Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.
We all know that every to-be bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day and it is very important to follow a proper skin care regime to have that glowing and hassle-free skin on your big day. Experts list down some pre bridal skin care regimes every bride should follow to look her best on her D- Day:4Diet: A perfect diet is a must for a to-be bride to get in shape. You can start working on your diet 2-3 months prior to your wedding. However, if you’re short on time, it is highly recommended to start with the diet right away! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThings to be avoided include spicy food, tea, coffee, cigarettes and rich, fatty foods. It is recommended to include lots of fruits and green vegetables in your diet to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.Drink minimum 2-4 litres of water every day. It not only keeps your body fit and helps lose weight but also helps to keep your skin hydrated and acne free. Besides diet, a small tip is to keep your worries away as it aggravates oily skin. Do it yourself skin care Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For iily skin mix 5 tablespoons of fullers earth, Orange peel and Sandalwood powder each. Mix this all well and keep in a jar. Remember to exfoliate your skin twice a week. Whenever you wish to exfoliate, mix it with rose water and two drops of tea tree. Apply, massage for a minute and rinse off.4For dry skin mix 1 large pinch Oatmeal, 1 tablespoon Fresh Cream, 1 crushed almond and 2 drops of sandalwood oil. Damp your face with water. Massage this scrub cream gently and rinse off. 4For combination skin mix 1 tablespoon cream, ¼ tablespoon granular coffee powder. Use two drops of rose oil with it to exfoliator.Facial oils4For oily skin mix 2 drops of Tea Tree oil, 1 drop Lemon oil and one drop Jojoba oil. Take a few drops of this mixture and gently massage into your skin. Apply a hot towel as a compress to your face for a few minutes to aid penetration of the oil.4For dry skin, It is important to layer your moisturizers and conditioners for this skin type to trap in the moisture and oil. Mix 3 drops of Sandalwood oil, 1 drop of geranium oil, 1 tablespoon almond oil and 2 teaspoon castor oil. Take a few drops and apply on your face and don’t forget to massage well. You can use a hot compress and apply a moisturizer to get a soft and smooth skin.4Go for excellent skin treatments available to treat various skin issues. Diamond polishing, Beauty light oxygen therapy,Vitamin C serum oxyjetting, oxy clear face therapy, are excellent treatments for above issues. Rather than opting for regular facial choose any of these in consultation with your Dermatologist. 4Brides undergo a lot of stress and get nervous worrying about their D-day look. In order to prevent headaches, restlessness and dark circles, they should drink plenty of water and have a minimum of 7-8 hours sleep. 4Brides should also try having green vegetable juices like aloe vera, cucumber, spinach etc.They have anti-oxidant properties that help in bringing natural glow along with benefits that creams and lotion promise.4In the mornings, use a good cleanser that is suited for your skin type.4At night, use a good make-up remover along with cleanser. Keeping make up overnight clogs the pores and leads to breakouts.4Use a moisturizer daily and protect your skin from sun by using a good sunscreen4Use a good exfoliant to exfoliate your skin at least thrice a week.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global January 23, 2017 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. A virtual data room (VDR) is simply a more secure — though still virtual — version of the conventional cloud storage that has been accepted and so widely used by individuals and businesses alike.Related: 5 Ways Your Employees Are Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Data SecurityAccording to Webopedia, “VDRs are assumed to be secure and confidential virtual meeting rooms where buyers, attorneys, accountants and other professionals can review sensitive documents.”No business that is serious about carrying out pertinent business dealings with an external party in an efficient, private and secure way should oppose the idea of a virtual data room. Why? Because, while it is more or less the same as conventional cloud storage, a VDR assigns priority to security and privacy.It is also the direction many companies are taking. As Rob Koplowitz, vice president and principal analyst for Forrester Research, told a business publication, “The space around sharing content externally is being pushed by the nature of our work today across organizations, and pushed by the cloud, which is the natural place where content can be shared.”There are many scenarios in which using a VDR could be of immense benefit to your business. Here are a few:1. VDRs are the best way to preserve documents.In a digitally dependent world, where information is king, the need to preserve data in a secure and “non-biodegradable” way is of paramount importance. Virtual data rooms have almost the same grade of security as high-level financial agencies like banks. With a VDR, you can be sure that your private information will not be affected by natural and manmade disasters, fire or flood.According to Zach Clayton, writing in the Huffington Post, “Virtual data rooms have become an integral part of M&A transactions, as businesses find that their ever-expanding data needs to be managed and shared in a way that saves time, improves efficiency and enhances security. Since their introduction 10 years ago, virtual data rooms have replaced laborious and paper-heavy due diligence processes, often resulting in increased valuations and shorter deal cycles.”Related: 10 Data Security Mistakes Startups Can’t Afford to MakeIn fact, physical documents can get damaged and lost and often need constant care to keep them in legible condition. With time, papers begin to pile up, making it more difficult to manage and access your business documents.A virtual data room however, takes care of this problem very efficiently. It eliminates all the difficulties associated with traditional record-keeping. As long as your business uses a VDR alongside multiple backups of all your documents, through to the present day, there is almost no chance that you will ever lose anything.2. VDRs entail a much lower setup and operational cost.With a physical data room, your business cash flow will likely be affected, as money will continually seep out of your business’s coffers. There’ll be the matter of renting a physical space to store your documents and keep them under constant surveillance.And then let’s say you have some potential investors or an auditor, perhaps, coming to look at your sensitive company information: You may need to worry about the additional cost of the time you’ll spend with them, and their hotel stay.If you decide to get started with a VDR, on the other hand, all you will need is a computer system and access to your documents: no need to worry about rent, surveillance, transportation or lodging fees.3. VDR is the poster child for accountability.Investors love accountability, and using a VDR will help you show you have this attribute — in spades. Having all your company information stored in one place tells potential investors that you have nothing to hide, ultimately increasing your trust rating.The relationship you’ll build between your business and its investors, by using a VDR, will be worth its weight in gold over time.4. Global accessibility and the integrity of VDRs may attract higher investor bids.Your VDR is on the internet, which means that it can be accessed by investors from anywhere across the globe.Also, with a well-structured VDR, these investors will have access to whatever important documentation they need to make informed decisions concerning bidding. This mixture of global accessibility and quality information may well translate into a higher monetary gain.Related: How Social Media Jeopardizes Data SecurityThe integrity and transparency of your VDR service may persuade more investors to want to bid on your business. More people, more bids, more gain. If you own a small business that plans to attract funding, you should definitely consider going virtual.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 21, 2018 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read We should be afraid of collective stupidity. What I am referring to is millions of people displaying a lack of intelligence, particularly in areas where humans have made intelligence breakthroughs in the past.Think of common school subjects like reading, writing and arithmetic. We are collectively more intelligent in these areas today than centuries ago, but many of us are slipping back in time despite being surrounded by modern technology.How is it happening? Artificial intelligence is replacing or competing with human intelligence. It’s called cognitive offloading. We are outsourcing part of our intelligence to technology. When this happens, our own intelligence atrophies. If this plays out over several generations, some foundational intelligence will be lost for most humans.Related: Humans vs. Machine: Blue Collar Tech Startups Side With HumansBob High, Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson, puts it this way: “Our tools tend to be most valuable when they’re amplifying us, when they’re extending our reach, when they’re increasing our strength, when they’re allowing us to do things that we can’t do by ourselves as human beings.”Artificial intelligence often replaces real intelligence.A common example today is spelling. With the emergence of spell-check in Microsoft Word, auto-correct or voice-to-text in iMessage and auto-complete in Google, many of us use artificial intelligence to replace (not augment) our own intelligence. Words like beautiful, pneumonia, schedule and appreciate are frequently misspelled. We simply don’t know how to spell them correctly.A common example in the future could be audible machine-based language translation. The promise of this advancement in artificial intelligence is that we’ll be able to speak into a device that instantly translates and vocalizes our words into any language we want. That sounds amazing, right? That depends whether we use the artificial intelligence to replace our own intelligence. This AI shouldn’t be an excuse for humans to stop learning other languages. Instead, it should be an opportunity to for us to reach more people around the globe or increase the speed with which critical messages are disseminated.AI is an incredible tool when it’s applied correctly. When we use artificial intelligence to augment our own intelligence, our skills are amplified but remain intact. It’s sometimes called intelligence amplification (IA). For example, augmented vision is a concept of layering data on top of what we already see. Think of real-time Yelp reviews in your line of sight when you walk in front of a café. It doesn’t replace our underlying vision.Related: Robots May Replace Some Jobs, But Your Human Team Members Should Be There to Guide ThemThree ways to keep your real intelligence intact.Here are three simple ways to ensure your real intelligence isn’t entirely replaced by artificial intelligence anytime soon.1. Practice math without a calculator.A calculator can be a time-saver, but it’s not meant to replace our ability to do math. If you’re using a calculator or other mathematical tools as a crutch, try multiplication and division by hand. What is 286 multiplied by 9? Or 142,500 divided by 4,655?Our ability to do basic math will ensure we don’t forget how to calculate a tip, validate the total amount on an invoice or bill or convert teaspoons to tablespoons when cooking.2. Drive to your next appointment without GPS assistance.Google Maps and Waze are pervasive today. These apps are standard operating procedure for Uber or Lyft drivers. The intelligent applications are meticulously plotting out each left and right turn, and updating routes in real-time. If you’re using this form of AI each time you get from Point A to Point B, try looking at the route on a map and then navigating to the destination on your own.Reading maps and navigating from one place to another builds spatial reasoning skills (i.e., seeing with our mind’s eye). In contrast, GPS systems allow us to follow directions without assembling a picture of where we’ve been.3. Get a free brain test and re-test periodically.The irony is that in the pursuit of technological advancement, we may actually lower our intelligence collectively. We are absorbing more and more content. We download podcasts, scan social newsfeeds, search the internet and read online publications. These activities are typically bite-sized and done while multi-tasking. The trouble is that we are neglecting deep processing, which is more often associated with reading long-form books. Deep processing is the brain’s ability to focus, remember and build meaning through previous knowledge.Related: Ready or Not, It’s Time to Embrace AITry a brain test such as Cambridge Brain Sciences to gauge your short-term memory, reasoning and verbal ability. You can establish a baseline in order to better assess if you’re trending downward.With the leaders of Facebook, Google and other influential technology companies investing incredible sums in artificial intelligence, you might argue basic skills are becoming obsolete in the digital age. Maybe we can offload several forms of intelligence. However, the benefits are likely to have other setbacks. Case in point: It would be a shame if the advancement in driverless cars renders current or future generations unable to drive on their own should the need arise. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals