Apple Emails Users: Final Cut Studio (FCP7) Is Finally Dead

first_imgFinal Cut Studio programs will no longer launch in macOS upon the release of High Sierra. It is the official end of FCP7.When I first started writing for PremiumBeat in 2015, I mentioned that is was time for editors to stop cutting in Final Cut Pro 7. Well, for those still working in FCP7, a warning: Your time is officially running out.In an email that just went out to Final Cut Pro users, it became official. You will no longer be able to launch FCP7 on a Mac with the latest OS, High Sierra.Here is the official email from Apple: Dear [Redacted]:Our records show that you may be using applications included in Final Cut Studio. We wanted to share some important compatibility information about these applications and macOS High Sierra, which will be available this fall.Older versions of Apple pro video applications — including applications in Final Cut Studio — will not launch on a computer running macOS High Sierra.New versions of Apple pro video applications — including Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 — are compatible with macOS High Sierra. You can purchase these applications on the Mac App Store.You can learn about the transitioning from older versions of Final Cut Pro to Final Cut Pro X here.For more information about compatibility of Apple pro applications on macOS High Sierra, please view this support article.Sincerely,AppleLooking for options other than FCP7? There are plenty of other NLEs out there.If you are determined to stick with Final Cut Pro, FCPX is still a viable option after the program has received major updates since launch.Adobe has made major strides in bringing editors, motion graphics artists, and more into the Adobe Creative Cloud with Premiere Pro now bundled with After Effects, Audition, Photoshop, and more.Blackmagic is increasingly gaining popularity with its free version of DaVinci Resolve 14, which is no longer just a color grading program but also an NLE and major audio mixer.Even AVID recently released Media Composer First, a free version of their industry standard NLE.More articles on other NLEs:Sick of Premiere Pro? Try Editing in DaVinci ResolveThe Future of Creative Cloud: Insights from Adobe Video WorldProfessional Video Editing Tips and TechniquesHitFilm 4 Pro: Easier, Faster, and Sexier Than After Effectslast_img read more

Cyclonic storm alert in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha government on Thursday ordered immediate evacuation of people from coastal villages after the deep depression over west-central Bay of Bengal intensified into cyclonic storm.The system was likely to move north-westward and cross south Odisha by Thursday midnight. Under its impact, squally wind speed may gradually increase to 60-70 km per hour. District Collectors of Ganjam and Puri have been directed to move people from vulnerable pockets to safer places.Taking stock of the situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cancelled holiday of government employees in Ganjam, Khordha, Nayagarh, Puri and Gajapati districts on Friday and asked collectors to take appropriate steps to handle any crisis. Meanwhile, heavy rain lashed different district since Wednesday evening. Three districts received average rainfall between 50 mm and 100 mm. The districts are Jagatsinghpur- 90.4 mm, Kendrapara-59.9 mm and Balasore- 52 mm.last_img read more

Indian App Firms Cash in on Modi’s Rupee Note Switch

first_imgIndians are slowly adjusting to life after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise decision to ban almost 90% of the bank notes in circulation. Related Itemslast_img

NCAA: Heavy Bombers blast Generals

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The Generals played without their injured Cameroonian import Hamadou Laminou, whom they severely missed.EAC had to bleed for points, shooting just 23 percent from the field and 36 percent from the free throw line.The 6-foot-8 Laminou suffered a season-ending ACL injury last week.JRU climbed to 3-3 while EAC, which turned the ball over 22 times and only had nine assists, slid to 3-4.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netErvin Grospe spearheaded a big first half and Jose Rizal University dumped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-48, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Grospe scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in the first two quarters, where the Heavy Bombers outscored the Generals, 37-21, and never looked back.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We really prepared hard for this game because we’re coming off a loss,” said Grospe, who fell a point short of matching his career-high, in Filipino.The Bombers, who bounced back from a 54-48 loss to the San Beda Red Lions on Aug. 4, never letup in the second half to extend their lead to as high as 35.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJRU got a lift from first-year forward Abdul Sawat, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.“Coach and my teammates just gave me confidence,” said the 19-year-old Sawat, who hails from Davao, in Filipino.last_img read more

Delhi: Kicked in stomach, tenant miscarries

first_imgA woman suffered a miscarriage after she was thrashed by her landlady and the landlady’s brothers at her residence in Mandawli on Sunday evening because of a dispute over her rented apartment.Anjum, 27, who was pregnant with her first child, had to be rushed to the Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital after being kicked in the stomach by Pushpa Devi’s brother.Zia Ul Haq, the victim’s brother said: “Pushpa Devi (the landlady) has been harassing us. She came to the house with her brothers and started throwing out our belongings. When Anjum protested, they kicked her in the stomach which caused the miscarriage.”Dr Veer Singh, medical superintendent of the hospital, said: “She had to undergo an abortion and there are no external injuries. Her condition is stable.” Haq also said Pushpa had been trying to forcibly throw them out of the house despite them having paid Rs 2 lakh as rent for the next two years on May 13.”My sister’s husband paid Rs 2 lakh as rent to the landlord. But the landlady put her husband away at a rehab centre claiming he was mentally unstable. We showed the agreement proof to the police,” he added.Meena, the victim’s sister said, “Those men also thrashed me. Anjum’s husband was not at home so they took full advantage of that and beat us. They threatened to pour acid and burn our faces.”The police have registered a case under section 452 (housetrespass after preparation for hurt, assault and wrongful restraint) and 316 (causing death of quick unborn child by act amounting to culpable homicide).advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Veterans analyse Hockey team’s disappointing performance in Doha Asian Games 2006

first_imgWhat’s going wrong? Who is to blame? What can be done? PARGAT SINGH, EX-CAPTAIN, MULTIPLE OLYMPIANFlawed plans, half-hearted execution, coaching changes.The IHF bosses who have done nothing for 14 years.Revamp the IHF at the top and nurture grassroot talent. ASLAM SHER KHAN, 1975 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, SELECTORState level hockey is,What’s going wrong? Who is to blame? What can be done? PARGAT SINGH, EX-CAPTAIN, MULTIPLE OLYMPIANFlawed plans, half-hearted execution, coaching changes.The IHF bosses who have done nothing for 14 years.Revamp the IHF at the top and nurture grassroot talent.ASLAM SHER KHAN,  1975 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER,  SELECTORState level hockey is dead, supply lines are choked off.The IHF’s ruling clique. Hockey is not insurgency.Declare a moratorium on international participation.M.M. SOMAYA ,  OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980,  FORMER CAPTAIN.Failure to adapt to rule changes and limited focus of government and corporates towards the sport over time.Rather than a blame game, long-term planning into state infrastructure is needed.Upgrade coaching methods and communication tactics between players.GURBUX SINGH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1964,  SELECTORToo many things. Hockey is only the No. 3 sport, it is vanishing from schools. Astroturfs are too few.The entire country-the players, the coaches and most of all, the government.Improve fitness of the players for the astroturf. Our fitness levels are very low.BALBIR SINGH,  THREE TIME OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1948,  1952,  1956.Over-dribbling on the field and an overall failure to reinvent.Everyone: players, coaches, officials, the government.Start from scratch: a talent pool, a coaching system.M.P. GANESH,  EX-CAPTAIN, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SILVER MEDALLISTPlayers did not leave aside material issues and work hard.All of us in hockey. Time for some serious introspection.Form a professional thinktank that can find answers.MERVYN FERNANDES,  OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980Neglecting basic skills, lack of understanding between players and the failure to play well in one-on-one situations.Viren Rasquinha’s last minute omission was bad timing; it affects players’ psycheImprove junior, sub-junior coaching ; you can’t be taught how to score at the top.advertisementHARIPAL KAUSHIK OLYMPIC AND ASIAN GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST,  COACHA lack of planning at all levels. There is no uniformity in coaching, no standardisation of talent-spotting.Not the players but the IHF bosses. Their elections are a farce, they are in it for power.Boot out the current IHF, debar them from contesting elections in the future.MOHAMMED SHAHID,  OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1980,  EX-CAPTAINThe players are not focussing on their game, they lack cohesiveness and hardly play as a unit.The players. This was the best team we had but there was no commitment.Cater to the game at the state nurseries. The state level scenario now is pathetic.ASHISH BALLAL ASIAN GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST IN 1998.It is a bad time… the team has potential but is mismanaged. Bad planning and bad selection policy hurts it.Players need to be more professional, management more transparent.Keep IHF secretary K Jothikumaran out.last_img read more


first_imgA complaint has also been received against former A complaint has also been received against former Karnataka and India pace bowler Dodda Ganesh and N Girish but the Ombudsman has not received any reply from the duo. The duo have been directed to send a reply to the charges by July 16, failing which the application against them would be decided ex parte, the Ombudsman has declared. The complaint lodged against Shukla is over his wifes ownership of a news TV channel whose ad slots are sold by Star India which also holds the broadcast rights of matches conducted by BCCI since 2012. But IPL GC chairman Shukla had replied that Star was not the official broadcaster of the Twenty20 League. Shukla had further stated that it was the BCCIs Marketing Committee that grants broadcast rights for cricket in India after a transparent bidding process and he was not a member of that committee at the time of awarding of the rights or at present. He had also stated that the sales agreement between Star and the TV network his wife owned was entered into on a purely commercial business consideration since the two entities have been working together for the last 20 years and was also similar in nature to the sports broadcasters arrangement with other media houses. “The Ombudsman is of the view that this is not a fit case for taking any action, since no case is made out for conflict of interest in Mr Shuklas role as per the BCCI Rules on Conflict of Interest. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” Justice Shah said in his order. PTI SSR DK AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane’s hat-trick highlights 14-goal day

first_imgHarry Kane’s hat-trick stood out on a day that was filled with goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Kane scored his first-ever World Cup hat-trick and England’s third-ever in the tournament history as England thrashed Panama 6-1 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium to kick off the goals galore on Sunday, which saw 14 goals scored across three matches.The England-Panama match had seven goals while Japan and Senegal’s thrilling Group H fixture saw four goals as the two nations played out a 2-2 draw in Ekaterinburg. The third match was the only game where only one team scored in the day as Colombia thrashed Poland 3-0.Sunday’s 14 goals scored was the most on a single day, where a maximum three games were played since June 10, 1990. On that day as well, 14 goals were scored. Another interesting stat is that after the half way mark of the World Cup (32 games), there still hasn’t been a game where a 0-0 scoreline has been recorded this year.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEThe day started with one way traffic at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium as England hammered five goals past the World Cup first timers in the first half itself. John Stones opened the scoring for England from a corner. The Manchester City man lost his marker and jumped high before heading it home in the 8th minute. Kane then put England 2-0 ahead when he converted from a penalty that Jesse Lingard earned in the 22nd minute. Lingard got England’s third with a curler into the top corner. Stones then got his second when he headed an easy ball home from a beautifully worked free-kick before Kane converted another penalty at the stroke of half-time to end the half on a high.advertisementFIXTURES | POINTS TABLEIn the second half, Kane got his hat-trick goal in the 62nd minute after a Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot deviated and looped over the goalkeeper to go in and give Kane his fifth goal of the tournament. Panama’s euphoric moment came when Felipe Baloy scored in the 78th minute after the English players switched off from a free-kick.Harry Kane hat-trick vs Panama helps England reach last 16Japan and Senegal then played out a thrilling Group H encounter, where the Blue Samurais came from behind twice to level the game 2-2 and come out with a point.Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. He tapped the ball into the net after goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima was unable to control a shot from Youssouf Sabaly. Japan struck back in the 34th minute when Takashi Inui scored with Japan’s first shot on goal, but Moussa Wague restored the lead with a shot high into the net in the 71st. Coming on in the 72nd minute, Honda then scored in the 78th minute, knocking the ball past two defenders standing on the goal line, to give Japan a 2-2 draw.Kane wants England to believe after reaching last 16In the last match of the day, Poland were handed a 3-0 drubbing by Colombia in Kazan. Colombia’s World Cup campaign roared back into life with the victory, which delivered a warning to their rivals and sent the disappointing Poles tumbling out of the tournament.Falcao leads charge as Colombia hammer sorry PolandDefender Yerry Mina scored the opener in the 40th minute with captain Radamel Falcao and winger Juan Cuadrado putting the gloss on the Group H win with two goals in five minutes in the last quarter as the desperate Poles chased the game.Midfielder James Rodriguez, winner of the Golden Boot at the last World Cup, returned to the starting lineup after injury and played a part in two of the goals as Colombia got back on track after their opening loss to Japan.last_img read more

Asus makes ZenFone 5z cheaper again in India: Should you buy it now?

first_imgWhen it comes to making flagship smartphones, Asus is a step ahead from the others with standout ideas. This year, we saw the Asus 6z utilising a unique Flip Camera module to get rid of the notch and offer an extremely versatile camera experience. Even last year ZenFone 5z offered an astonishing proposition with an impressive set of cameras and great battery life. In fact, it was the first major Android phone to debut with a display notch.Ever since it launched last year in India, the ZenFone 5z has received numerous price cuts to make it a better proposition against its arch-rivals – the Poco F2 and OnePlus 6. The ZenFone 5z is Asus’ only offering in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment and Asus is still selling it despite launching 6z in India. Recently, Asus dropped the price again on the ZenFone 5z a few days ago and now the base variant (with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage) starts at Rs 24,999. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage now costs Rs 28,999.At these prices, there are a couple of new phones that in some way or the other fair better than the ZenFone 5z. However, Asus is still selling the phone and seems to be interested in selling it in the near future as well. Is it worth buying now in mid-2019?Asus ZenFone 5z – Why you should buy it–The ZenFone 5z is old but it is one of the few phones in the market to still come with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The Snapdragon 845 is no slouch by any means even today and if you love gaming, this chip can still support it. In the ZenFone 5z, the Snapdragon 845 performs well and despite running a heavy ZenUI 5, it can easily run any Android application one can throw at it.advertisement–Unlike the Poco F1 which is only focused towards a cheaper price tag, the ZenFone 5z is a premium flagship built with all the modern materials people expect in a flagship. The phone gets Gorilla Glass protection and flaunts Asus’ classic concentric circle gradient at the back.–If you don’t like phones with a pop-up camera, this is probably one of the very few options under Rs 30,000 to sport a conventional display. It sports a big notch but at 6.2-inches, the screen is more than big enough to watch movies or play games.–The ZenFone 5z comes with a pair of good cameras. There’s a combination of a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel wide-angle camera at the back. While it may not be as good as the setup on the Asus 6z, it still offers a decent photography performance nonetheless.Asus ZenFone 5z – Why you should avoid it–In 2019, smartphones have started adopting modern notch-less design trends. Phones such as the Vivo V15 Pro, Oppo F11 Pro, Redmi K20 and Realme have all gone for notch-less display design. These designs feel more modern and offer more screen real estate. In comparison, the ZenFone 5z feels dated with its huge notch and a fat chin. The LCD screen is good for consuming content but it can’t compete with the modern fullscreen OLED displays most of its rivals offer. The Redmi K20 starting at Rs 21,999 is a viable alternative with more modern features.–The ZenFone 5z comes with the powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset but its arch-rival – the Redmi K20, comes with the more modern Snapdragon 730 chipset with more efficient Kryo cores. Therefore, going for the newer model might make more sense if longevity is primary for you.–Most importantly, the ZenFone 5z is more than a year old now. Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 at similar prices offers better and more versatile cameras, a bigger battery with fast charging support, a modern gradient design, a fullscreen AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and the cool-looking pop-up camera. The ZenFone 5z seems to be at a major disadvantage when you compare it with its rivals.ALSO READ | Asus 6z review: The coolest Android flagship for geeks and camera lovers ALSO READ | Asus ROG Phone 2 debuts with Snapdragon 855 Plus but other features make it most exciting gaming phone ALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 5Z review: The OnePlus 6 killer?last_img read more

Disaster Season Is Here: Keep You and Yours Safe With These Disaster Preparedness Tips

first_imgUser stevepb / PixabayNo matter where you live, nature always seems ready to drop the hammer square on your head. In the Southeastern states, hurricanes can deliver destruction on a biblical scale. Out west, if it’s not wildfires ravaging acre after acre, it’s earthquakes ripping apart the very land below us. On the plains, tornadoes slice swaths through farm, field, and town alike. In Hawaii, the goddamned mountains explode.And that’s just what we have to deal with here in America — don’t even get me started on monsoon flooding or tsunamis. Oh, also there’s civil unrest or terrorism or a military attack. The sobering fact is that no matter where you live, you are always at some level of risk of confronting a disaster, be it natural or man-made. Your chances of surviving a disaster and your potential to reduce the severity of its impact on you, your family, and your household depends primarily on two factors. One factor is how well you respond after disaster strikes. The other is how well you prepared beforehand. And the latter has a dramatic impact on the former.Don’t pretend it can’t happen to you. (But do hope it won’t!) Follow these disaster preparedness tips and be ready to face that tornado, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, Russian invasion, or horrific combination of all of those plus a tsunami thrown in for good measure.Be Prepared, Generallyschfer / Getty ImagesGeneral disaster prep means having your basic needs covered for at least three days of unaided survival. Stock enough food and water for the people and pets in your home, keep critical documents like passports and deeds and such in a secure spot (ideally a fireproof box), and make sure you have enough of your medicines, baby care products, and other such necessities.Know how to quickly shut off gas lines, the water, and the electricity (broken gas pipes, plumbing, live wires exposed after, say, a tree falls through the roof? Not good) and check your home for potential flooding issues. This means ensuring windows are properly sealed, gutters are clear, the foundation and roof are in good shape, and so on. And if you live in an area prone to fires, clear dried brush and brambles and anything that could easily ignite with a spark. Also note which objects could present a danger if hurled aloft by high winds; that way, you will remember to secure or move them in the event of a hurricane or tornado. No one wants impaled on their own patio umbrella.During many disasters, you can shelter in place. But I still recommend (and yes, I absolutely practice what I preach) having a go-bag on hand. Also known as a bug-out bag, this is a kit stocked with all the essentials you’ll need for a few days of survival away from home. You can assemble your own, but I use a VLES Designs go bag because it comes loaded with everything from first aid supplies to water filtration products to hand-crank/solar radio/flashlight/charging station device.And unlike many bug out bags, the VLES go bag also leaves some dedicated space empty for your specific needs, like medicines, allergy-safe foods, and any critical objects. They also send some detailed literature that will help you curate your go bag and prepare your mind for worst case scenario reactions, and a prepared mind is just about as important as a ready bug-out bag.Finally, on the general disaster preparedness front, you should periodically check government resources that post information about potential (or impending) issues, as the earlier you know about coming trouble, the better prepared you will be to confront it.Check these sites with your morning coffee……for some lighthearted reading. Or rather for some grim but critical information.Be Prepared, SpecificallySo you have your food and water stockpile, your medicines, baby gear, comfort objects for the kids, and your bug-out bag all prepped and ready? And you know how to lock down potential problems in and around your property? Solid.Now, let’s talk about a few specifics.Hurricane Preparedness TipsBlend Images – REB Images / Getty ImagesThe good news is that with hurricanes, you usually have a few days of advanced warning to prep. The bad news is that a powerful enough hurricane may well tear the roof off of your house. So first…Know where you will shelter during the storm. Choose a room with minimal windows and strong walls, and consider hunkering down under a solidly-built table.Secure the windows and doors. You should have storm shutters installed or else pre-cut pieces of plywood and nails or long screws handy. Cover glass doors as well, and make sure all windows and doors are locked and bolted during the storm.Study your evacuation routes. If you have to clear out, most communities have designated places to which you should go.Top off the gas tank and check the tires. Make sure your vehicles are in good working order, are ready to roll, and aren’t at risk from falling trees, power lines, and so forth.Secure your property. Move or lash down objects that might go flying, put sand bags around ground level doors and windows, and make sure any nearby storm drains are clear.Plan for flooding. Be ready to move to higher floors, but always have access to an exit option, such as a window or balcony door. Never shelter in an attic or any other space in which you could be trapped by flood waters.Charge your phones. And charge backup battery packs or computers and other such devices that can be used to provide power. Plan on the electrical grid going down for a number of days.Earthquake Preparedness TipsSemba Hisayuki / EyeEm / Getty ImagesWith a hurricane, you might have a whole week to prep. With an earthquake, you might get a few seconds of heads up as you phone blares out an alarm. Or maybe you’ll have no heads up at all. I lived in LA for 12 years and never dealt with more than a tremor, but I stayed ready, sir. Like this:Keep a pair of shoes under your bed. Earthquakes are great at shattering windows and shattered glass all over the floor can ruin your day right quick. (Yes, just like in Diehard.)Don’t hang heavy or sharp objects over beds, cribs, or kids’ play areas. A picture frame, trophy, or any other object that could bludgeon or puncture has no place hanging over you, so to speak, when the walls might start shaking.Secure large objects. Use straps to secure water heaters, stackable laundry units, flatscreen TVs, tall pieces of furniture, and so forth.Know where you will shelter. Doorways used to be the go-to, but these days the Red Cross recommends you get under a stout table or desk. And if you’re in bed, stay there; curl up and hold on.Stock at least two fire extinguishers. And be ready to immediately shut off the gas until you are sure the lines did not break. Check for gas leaks after any quake, even a small one.Wildfire Preparedness TipsMichael Held / UnsplashWith a wildfire, evacuation is usually the best way to stay safe. Stay tuned and wait for the order to get out, and plan ahead where you’ll go when it comes.Keep your prized possessions at the ready for removal. And keep your car stocked with survival supplies, as it may becomes home base for a while.Clear brush, dried leaves, and anything around the home that could easily combust. And don’t forget to clear the roof.Get an air purifier. If fires are burning in your area, close all windows and doors and add extra sealing if needed (plastic wrap and tape, e.g.) and run the purifier, staying in the same room with the unit as much as possible.Soak the roof. If embers threaten your property, use a hose to preemptively soak your home’s roof. Also consider wetting down bushes, the deck, and so on.Get respirator masks. If you need to evacuate, you will likely be doing so in smoky conditions. Good respirators will go a long way toward keeping you and your family safe in the process.Tornado Preparedness TipsNikolas Noonan / UnsplashTornadoes can send cars flying through the air. Don’t be outside when one touches down near you.Designate a safe space in your home (or office) to which you’ll retreat during a tornado. This should be an interior room without windows and without objects that can cause injury as they fall should the property be shaken by the twister. Ideally, you would have a basement or storm cellar that would provide you with the best form of protection.Clear your property of as many heavy objects as you can, and consider securing the others. If your grill always sits in one place, for example, anchor it to the ground. And take care of any dead trees that are particularly susceptible to high winds.If you are caught outside, get to a low, flat area that is away from structures, trees, and loose objects. Do not shelter under a bridge, roadway, or in structures like a parking garage.If you take all these precautions and plan carefully, we’re confident you’ll be confident in weathering any disaster mother nature or man can toss your way. 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Eagle Bulk Secures USD 265 Mn Refinancing

first_imgzoom Connecticut-based operator of dry bulkers Eagle Bulk Shipping has entered into a series of refinancing transactions totalling USD 265 million.As a result of these transactions, agreed through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Eagle Bulk Shipco and Eagle Shipping, the company has extended the maturities of the outstanding debt of its subsidiaries through 2022 and achieved additional financial flexibility with respect to its free cash flow.Specific benefits associated with the refinancing transactions include extension of tenor on all outstanding debt through 2022, payoff of the PIK note bearing a cost of approximately 15%, reduction of annual interest expense by approximately USD 2.6 million, elimination of exposure to rising interest rates on approximately 60% of company’s debt and facilitating the potential payment of dividends and alternate uses of cash flow, including fleet expansion.“The successful refinancing of our balance sheet on favorable terms is a strong endorsement by our lenders and the capital markets of the company’s business model,” Gary Vogel, Eagle Bulk’s CEO, said.“Through this process, we have also created the financial flexibility to pursue accretive opportunities and explore other ways to return value to our shareholders,” Vogel added.Each of the following financial transactions closed on December 8, 2017:The net proceeds of USD 195 million from a previously announced offering by Eagle Shipco of senior secured bonds with a coupon of 8.25% due November 28, 2022 were distributed to the company upon the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent.Eagle Shipping entered into a USD 65 million credit agreement consisting of a term loan facility in an aggregate principal amount of up to USD 60 million and a revolving credit facility of up to USD 5 million. The credit agreement matures on the earlier of five years from the initial borrowing date under and December 8, 2022.The net proceeds from the bonds, the credit agreement and cash on hand were used to repay in full the amounts outstanding under the prior credit facilities.Eagle Shipco entered into a revolving credit facility in an aggregate amount of up to USD 15 million. The super senior facility matures on the earlier of December 8, 2022 and three months prior to the final maturity of the bonds.last_img read more

Suspect in Edmonton attack officer stabbing given last chance to find lawyer

first_imgEDMONTON — A man accused of trying to kill a police officer and of running down pedestrians in Edmonton has been given one last chance to find a lawyer before one is appointed in his case.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who faces 12 charges, had been ordered to appear with an experienced lawyer provided through legal aid.That lawyer, Greg Lazin, told court that he attempted to meet with Sharif at the Edmonton Remand Centre twice in the past week but Sharif refused.A judge asked Sharif why and, through an interpreter, Sharif said he wanted to pick his own lawyer.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil said he wouldn’t tolerate any further delays and gave Sharif until May 2 to find a lawyer.Sharif was charged in October 2017 after an officer outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game was struck by a speeding car then stabbed and, hours later, four pedestrians were struck by a cube van.Belzil reminded Sharif that a four-month jury trial is scheduled to begin this fall.“You have to co-operate,” he said.Sharif has already parted ways with at least two lawyers since he was charged.Elizabeth Wheaton, an assistant chief Crown prosecutor, said her office was prepared to bring forward an application for a lawyer to be appointed.The judge said that if Sharif does not have a lawyer at his next court appearance, he would hear the Crown’s application.“I’m going to give you one more chance,” Belzil said.If Sharif does not have a lawyer at the next court appearance, the judge said he would hear the Crown’s application.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN maritime force takes part in rescue after ship sinks off Lebanese

Members of the maritime task force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had rescued at least 35 survivors and recovered the bodies of eight others by 5 p.m. local time today, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping operation. Three more people have been rescued by other ships in the area.The cargo ship, known as Danny F II and carrying livestock, sent out a distress signal last night after it capsized about 10 nautical miles from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Media reports say the ship had been sailing from Uruguay to Syria.UNIFIL dispatched three ships – the frigate Zeffiro, the mine hunter Laboe and the supply ship Mosel – to the scene last night and the mission said the rescue operation is ongoing, but is being hampered by difficult weather conditions.Survivors of the sinking are being provided with immediate medical care aboard the UNIFIL ships before they are transported ashore in Lebanon.“This is a very tragic incident and our UNIFIL maritime task force peacekeepers are doing their utmost to save the lives of the victims,” said Major-General Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander of the mission. “We hope that our joint efforts with the Lebanese navy will help minimize the number of casualties.”The maritime fleet has been deployed since 2006 in the wake of that year’s war between Israel and Hizbollah, and is tasked with helping the navy secure its territorial waters and prevent the unauthorized entry of arms or related material by sea into Lebanon.Last week the task force rescued a crew member from a merchant ship that had sunk off the southern Lebanese coast and in 2008 the force rescued 14 people from a disabled vessel. 18 December 2009The United Nations maritime task force serving off the Lebanese coast is taking part in a search-and-rescue operation today to try to save the lives of the crew of a cargo ship that sank last night in rough seas. read more

South Sudan UN officials Security Council condemn deadly attack on peacekeepers

“The Secretary-General is appalled by the attack,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “He condemns in the strongest terms the killing of five Indian peacekeepers and two UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) national staff and five civilian staff contractors.”Mr. Ban “recalls that the killing of peacekeepers is a war crime that falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court,” the spokesperson said“He calls on the Government of South Sudan to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice,” the statement continued. In their separate statements, Mr. Ban and Ms. Johnson expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers, colleagues and civilians killed in the attack, as well as the Governments of India and South Sudan. “At least nine additional peacekeepers and accompanying civilians were injured, and some remain unaccounted for,” according to the latest information from UNMISS.The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York said about 30 peacekeepers were escorting a civilian convoy when they were ambushed by some 200 armed, unidentified men near the settlement of Gumuruk in Jonglei. A firefight erupted as the Indian peacekeepers tried to protect the civilians. The Indian peacekeepers “fought courageously,” DPKO said, adding that the attack was “a deliberate targeting of the United Nations.” Speaking from Juba, Ms. Johnson said the UN Mission remains resolute in assisting the people of South Sudan, “This attack will not deter UNMISS and its peacekeepers from working to protect vulnerable communities in South Sudan.” “UNMISS is determined to continue its work in supporting authorities ensure peace,” she added.In a press statement read out on behalf of the 15-member Security Council, Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana of Rwanda, which holds the rotating presidency of the UN body for the month of April, reiterated “full support to UNMISS and the troop contributing countries” in South Sudan.The UN has been increasingly vocal in recent weeks about the need for increased protection of civilians in Jonglei state. South Sudan faces considerable security challenges, in particular, in Jonglei state and the tri-state area of Lakes, Warrap and Unity.Last week, the UN mission released its findings into a probe of a cattle raid on an 8 February attack near Walgak in West Akobo in which at least at least 85 cattle herders, mostly women and children, were killed.According to a Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UNMISS investigation found that a group of armed men, allegedly members of the Murle community, attacked the Lou Nuer pastoralists as they were migrating to grazing areas. The OHCHR Spokesperson called on the South Sudanese authorities to immediately launch an investigation into this gruesome attack and bring the perpetrators to justice in order to end the cycle of violence and prevailing impunity. UNMISS said the attack represented the highest single loss of life since an increase in inter-communal violence began several months ago.Speaking to journalists yesterday in Juba, Ms. Johnson had urged the Government and the local communities to break the deadly cycle of violence spurred by inter-communal violence and attacks by armed groups, “The destabilization of Jonglei must stop.” read more

Test Your Scam Smarts With Online Fraud Quiz

first_imgStay on target Cyber scams have come a long way from the Nigerian princes of yore.Most people think they can spot a fraudulent text or email from a mile away. But as criminals become more sophisticated, stealing your money (or worse, your identity) is becoming as easy as taking candy from a baby.Think you’re too smart to get scammed? Test your detective skills in this online quiz, part of a UK-based campaign to tackle fraud.The eight-question exam is more stressful than I imagined; after all, I wanted a good score—confirmation that I can’t be easily fooled into handing over my life savings because I’m empathetic and a “friend” and their “family” were “mugged” on “vacation.”Carefully read over each prompt before making a decision; think of this as a real-life situation that could cost you more than 50 cents per text message sent. Take Five provides the correct answer and an explanation for each issue.Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Take an eight-question quiz to test your detective skills (via Financial Fraud Action UK)Led by Financial Fraud Action (FFA) UK and the British government, Take Five To Stop Fraud Week (Jan. 22-26) aims to raise awareness about, well, financial fraud.“Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud—that no one should ever contact them out of the blue or ask for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into moving money to another account,” the Take Five website said. “The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.”So, next time you get an email from the plumber notifying you of changes to their bank details or a text from the bank asking you to call a certain number, take five and think about whether it is a genuine or deceitful request.If you’re unsure, don’t be afraid to call the person or organization directly to corroborate.“Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam,” the site said. “Only give out personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust, and that you are expecting to be contacted by.”For more, see FAA UK’s advice on phone, text, email, and online scams. Feds Bust Hundreds of Email Scammers WorldwideFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Antiviolence summit slated

first_imgMichelle Bart is surprised at the low registration numbers for the upcoming No More National Anti-Violence Summit. The topics being addressed at the conference seem particularly relevant given the recent political climate, said Bart, who heads the Vancouver-based National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation.“We started 2017 with a terrorist attack. Violence is out there, and we can’t ignore it,” she said, referring to the Istanbul nightclub attack that killed 39 people during New Year’s celebrations. “We can definitely prevent violence in our own communities and families, but we’ve got to do it together.”The conference has been held annually since 2009 and is always on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The location, however, has alternated between Portland, Vancouver and Southern California.Last year, more than 200 people attended the conference — called the Southwest Conference Against Trafficking — in San Bernardino, Calif., three weeks after the Dec. 2 mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others. The 2 1/2 -day conference was swept by the FBI, Bart said.This year’s conference is at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Jan. 12 and 13. The coalition against violence is partnering with YWCA Clark County and the No More Campaign to hold the conference. Speakers and workshops will cover topics such as human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence and policing in America.last_img read more

Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked Xbox Avengers Game of Thrones and

first_img Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Disclosure: The Super Bowl aired on CBS, the broadcast arm of CNET’s parent company.  This post first published on Jan. 25 and was updated as new ads debuted.  See All Yes, that was Tom Hanks’ measured, familiar voice getting all Ken Burns-ified in a Washington Post ad for that highlighted the role of journalism, and honored those who’d risked or given their life for it, such as slain Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The ad sparked some controversy — from Donald Trump Jr., for one, and Post journalists who say the paper could’ve found a better use for its money. But even though “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is still an eye-roller of alliteration, this is a well-done ad. 5. 2 Chainz won’t keep his receiptsDo rappers really have to photograph receipts for the bling they buy? Adam Scott tries to get 2 Chainz to save paper receipts for his seafood towers and sports car made of ice, but the rapper has Expensify for that. You can also watch the whole video, which features a gold toilet. They made a song for this. Super Bowl 2019 Now that the Super Bowl ads are out in the wild, it’s time to do what human beings do best: rank things in an orderly fashion. On Sunday night, the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. You could watch highlights of the game, or you could join us in ranking the ads. Which is weird, pointless and perfectly representative of what it means to be a human being in the year 2019. But it’s also fun. And look — there were some good ones. Actually, one really, really good one that might have been the highlight of the whole Super Bowl.There was a pretty good crop of commercials this year. Here, in order of what we thought ruled, are some of the best Super Bowl ads, starting with that one with kids playing the Xbox. 1. Microsoft: ‘We all win’ Regular gaming controllers don’t always work for children with disabilities. That’s where Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller comes in. “I never thought it was unfair,” one young gamer says in the company’s ad. “I just thought, ‘Hey, this is the way it is and it’s not going to change.'” Ads aren’t supposed to make people cry. Comments 7. Alexa wants a Pringle Two guys are stacking different varieties of Pringles to make unusual flavor combinations, but their Alexa smart device wants in on the fun. Sometimes, it can be sad to be a robot.  We selected this, purely for the Funky Town bit. Inspired. When you play the @GameOfThrones, you either drink a @BudLight or end up like @TheBudKnight. #ForTheThrone #SBLIII— HBO (@HBO) February 4, 2019 Tags 19. Sprint taps double threat Bo Jackson Super-athlete Bo Jackson meets a mermaid and a horse with wings in Sprint’s Super Bowl 2019 ad titled “Best of Both Worlds.” Paul Marcarelli, the Sprint spokesman formerly known as the Verizon spokesman, also appears in the 30-second spot, as do a few cute robots.  This is at the bottom because I hate ads that make the celebrity read the bit that says, “why don’t you just tell them the company’s message” and that’s supposed to be the joke. Share your voice 16. Budweiser feels the wind Few companies have as many memorable Super Bowl ads as Budweiser. This year, the company is hyping its use of wind power, thanks to Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind and a Dalmatian whose ears fly in the breeze as the famous Clydesdales trot past a field dotted with wind turbines. This ad has a dog in it. A good dog. 13. The Avengers get ready for the end gameMarvel gave us a quick glimpse of the devastating aftermath of Avengers: Infinity War — and the determination of the surviving superheroes to set things right. “Some people move on,” the voiceover intones, “but not us.” The teaser trailer ad leaves off with a reminder that Avengers: Endgame is coming in April. Rally the troops. 6. Amazon drafts astronauts, Harrison Ford Alexa, the voice of Amazon’s Echo, can do many things, but as seen in this ad, perhaps she shouldn’t allow Harrison Ford’s dog to order its own food, or connect podcasts to Forest Whitaker’s electric toothbrush. If an ad has Harrison Ford, you know it’s a big deal. 15. Tony Romo takes it easy in Skechers The former Dallas Cowboys QB demonstrates a number of lazy-man items that make his life easy. He’s selling slip-on Skechers shoes, but the funnier ones involve a golf hole so big a small car could fit in it, and an elaborate way of exercising his dog. 18. Sad Michelob robot In another Michelob ad, a buff robot shows how it can blow all the puny humans away in running, boxing and golf, then is sad when it realizes even all the workouts in the world won’t allow it to enjoy a beer. This is why Skynet is inevitable. 2. The Batmobile swings by Walmart  Classic movie cars like the Back to the Future DeLorean, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters and Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine rush to Walmart to pick up groceries in the company’s commercial. Reads the tagline: “Order groceries online. Pickup for free. No matter what you drive.”  Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices. CES 2019: Take a look at all the cool new gadgets for 2019. 17. Mercedes-Benz aims high  In Mercedes-Benz’s ad for the A-Class, a random guy gets godlike powers that force the world, and its people and animals, to do his bidding. It’s a great commercial, but we have serious concerns about what happens to Free Willy and Ludacris. Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20center_img 3. The Mountain destroys the Bud Knight I cannot believe the marketing execs over at Budweiser allowed the CANON BUD KNIGHT to be destroyed by The Mountain from Game of Thrones. This is sacrilege. This will not stand. The NFL Experience opens in Times Square 11. Pepsi gets defensive Pepsi plays off the fact that people wanting a cola tend to ask for their rival, Coke, and are often asked by the servers if a Pepsi is OK. Overhearing this exchange, Steve Carell defends the drink, and gets a little help from Lil Jon and Cardi B. Really, Pepsi is missing out if they don’t find a way to sell that sequined can. Fun to watch absolutely everyone selling out hard. 9. Hyundai’s hellish elevatorHyundai’s commercial has actor Jason Bateman as the manager of a elevator to all kinds of horrible situations, including jury duty, car shopping and sitting in the middle seat of a plane next to a sick passenger. The latter highlights Hyundai’s Shopper Assurance program. One of those ads that’s just… actually funny? reading • Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Xbox, Avengers, Game of Thrones and more Super Bowl 2019 Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar 20. The Dude returns for Stella Artois It seems like The Dude (Jeff Bridges) from The Big Lebowski, with his love for bowling and White Russians, would roll his eyes at rich Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) from Sex and the City. But in commercials, anything can happen. In an ad for Stella Artois beer, Parker decides to order a Stella instead of her traditional cosmo, and Bridges’ Dude rejects his beloved White Russian for a beer as well.  This ad is bad. It’s a bad idea. And I’m upset Jeff Bridges did this. 39 Photos 8. Bublé vs Bubly Singer Michael Bublé is apparently irritated that the flavored water Bubly almost, but not quite, has copied his name. In this clip, he’s caught in a convenience store marking up the cans. Sorry, I just can’t resist Bublé and his overwhelming charisma. • 31 4. Washington Post thanks journalists May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot 10. Backstreet Boys meet Chance the RapperIn two short teasers for a Doritos ad, 1990s boy-banders The Backstreet Boys seem to be auditioning Chance the Rapper for a role in their band, but he’s just not getting that patented Backstreet choreography down. Game of Thrones Amazon Microsoft Apple 14. Audi reconnects man with his grandpa Audi’s E-Tron commercial seems to reunite a man with his grandfather in an automobile-centered vision of heaven, before a swift Heimlich maneuver apparently saves the man’s life, sending him back to his office life. TV and Movies Sports 12. Buffy fights bad skin Olay created a mini horror movie, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Sarah Michelle Gellar and a creepy masked stalker. He doesn’t know what he’s up against, taking on the legendary Slayer. Neat idea. last_img read more

Partial lunar eclipse tonight to last three hours

first_imgNew Delhi: Sky enthusiasts in the country can witness a three-hour long partial lunar eclipse early Wednesday, when the Earth will move between the Sun and the Moon. The eclipse will begin around 1.31 am on Wednesday, the research and academic director of M P Birla Planetarium in the city, Debiprosad Duari, told PTI. The greatest partial eclipse when the Moon will look the darkest will be around 3 am. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Skywatchers should not miss this chance since there will be no proper lunar eclipse till 2021,” he said. The celestial phenomenon will be visible entirely from all parts of the country, besides parts of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Duari said. The Moon will remain partially eclipsed till 4:29 am on Wednesday. So it is a golden opportunity for the sky enthusiasts in the country as the eclipse will be visible almost throughout the night, he said. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us On Tuesday night, only a part of the Moon will pass the Earth’s shadow. Around 3:01 am on Wednesday, 65 per cent of the Moon’s diameter will be under the shadow of the Earth, Duari said.Elaborating on the celestial phenomenon, he said it takes place only at full Moon night, when it, the Sun and the Earth are in a perfect straight line. As the Sun’s rays fall on the Earth, its shadow falls on to a patch of space. When the Moon enters the patch of shadow there is lunar eclipse. Advertise With Us The patch of shadow is actually composed of two cone-shaped parts – one nestled inside the other. The outer shadow or penumbra is a zone where the Earth shadow is partial and blocks some, but not all of the Sun’s rays. In contrast, the inner shadow or umbra is a region where the Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. When only a part of the Moon passes through the umbra, a partial lunar eclipse is seen. If the entire Moon passes through the umbral shadow, then a total eclipse of the Moon occurs, he said. India will witness the next lunar eclipse on May 26, 2021, when it will be a total one, he added. When asked, he said lunar eclipses are completely safe to view with the naked eye. One does not need a telescope to watch the lunar eclipse although a good pair of binoculars will enhance the experience, Duari said.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a 3a XL specs leak Early launch on cards

first_imgIn the last one year, we have been hearing rumours about mysterious mid-range Pixel phone series, which Google is specifically making it for emerging markets like India. But, so far it never materialised. Now, for the first time, names and also the features of the alleged Pixel mobiles have surfaced online.Google is indeed working on the affordable proprietary phones dubbed as Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL, a watered down versions of the original Pixel 3 and XL models launched in October 2018, 9to5Google reported citing reliable sources.If the tipsters are to be believed, Pixel 3a will come with a 5.6-inch OLED screen with a 2220x1080p resolution having 440 ppi (pixels per inch) display density. Inside, it is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset with 4GB RAM and a 3,000mAh battery, which is good enough to keep the phone running for a whole day under mixed usage. Pixel 3 Lite aka Pixel 3a leakedRozetked.meAs far as the imaging hardware is concerned, the Pixel 3a is said to house a 12MP primary camera on the back and an 8MP shooter on the front. With Google photography software onboard, consumers assured of getting top-notch quality shots on par with flagship phones.On the other hand, the bigger sibling Pixel 3a XL will sport a 6.0-inch OLED display, but the rest of the hardware features are yet to be ascertained.However, both the Pixel 3a and the 3a XL are expected to come with Titan M embedded security chip to store sensitive information and protection, e-SIM support, Active Edge squeezable feature, which will trigger Google Assistant to perform any actionable function and fetch information from the Internet for that matter. Also, come with 18W fast charging capability via Type C port. Pixel 3 Lite leakedRozetked.meAlso, Google plans to offer the new Pixel 3a series in two colours—Clearly White & Just Black. If need be might release a third shade, which is yet to be ascertained but will come to the market so that the company can sell more units. Other rivals Apple, OnePlus too, offer multiple colours, which come several months after the launch of the original model.When will the new Google Pixel 3a series make its debut?Early last year, rumours are rife that mid-range Pixel phone would launch around July-August, but never happened, however, Pixel 3a series might break covers at same time-line might in 2019, a few months before the Google’s October hardware, which will witness the launch of new Pixel 4 series.It can be noted that Google is hosting I/O 2019 in May, so we might expect a big announcement of the Pixel 3a and release it to the global markets in the following month.Going by the recently leaked features of the Pixel 3a series, it is certain to do well in India and other emerging markets. It will definitely give a good fight to Motorola, Honor, Huawei, Xiaomi and even OnePlus, provided the prices are cost-effective. 10 Crazy Facts About Google Closelast_img read more

Tata Group files caveats against ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry

first_imgThe ongoing corporate battle involving India’s biggest corporate house — Tata Group — kept rumour mills busy on Tuesday, with the latest being the Tata Group filing caveats against ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry so that he does not get any ex-parte order by the courts against his removal.The caveats have been filed in the Supreme Court, the Bombay High Court and the National Company Law Tribunal, according to the BusinessLine.On the other hand, 48-year-old Mistry dismissed reports that he has filed similar caveats against Ratan Tata, Dorabji Tata Trust, Tata Sons and the Tata Group with the Tribunal.”A caveat is a notice filed by a party fearing legal action seeking notice before action. Tatas have filed caveats seeking notice from Cyrus Mistry fearing legal action. Cyrus has not filed any caveats,” his office said in a statement.The day saw Tata Group stocks largely falling, but not by a margin that was being speculated. The biggest drop among stocks that are part of the Sensex was in Tata Steel, which closed 2.51 percent at Rs 415.50, while TCS and Tata Motors ended with minor losses on the Bombay Stock Exchange.It is a Narayan Murthy moment for 78-year-old Ratan Tata, who handed over the leadership to Mistry in December 2012 after 21 years, only to return four years later. A similar episode was played out by Infosys when it recalled Narayan Murthy in June 2013.Ratan Tata, who has replaced Mistry as the interim chairman of Tata Sons, asked Group CEOs and Managing Directors to focus on work.”The companies must focus on their market position vis-à-vis competition, and not compare themselves to their own past. The drive must be on leadership rather than to follow,” he said in his communication to the executives.Seeking to allay misplaced fears over potential changes after the rejig at Tata Sons, he said, “We will evaluate and continue to undertake those that are required to. If there is any change, they will be discussed with you.”last_img read more