Star Wars Day is here! Celebrate May the 4th with some of our favorite Star Wars behind the scenes videos.As a filmmaker who grew up in the 80s, the Star Wars universe has long been a massive influence. Years and years of “making-of” documentaries and photos only served to fan the flames of inspiration. So, to celebrate Star Wars Day, let’s pull back the curtain on the legendary space opera’s production with a handful of Star Wars behind the scenes clips.These are the videos you’re looking for… /waves handThe Sound Behind the LightsaberFirst up is the genius of Academy Award winning Sound FX Designer Ben Burtt. Burtt is the man behind some of the greatest Sound FX in the history of film with Indiana Jones, E.T., WALL-E, and, yes, Star Wars to his credit. In this video from the Star Wars archive, Burtt explains how he crafted the iconic sound of the lightsaber.The Artist that Designed Star WarsRalph McQuarrie was a legendary concept artist whose design work helped flesh out the universes of such pop culture properties as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battlestar Galactica, Cocoon and Star Trek. But he is most remembered for creating the look and design of Star Wars. One of the first Star Wars images to capture the public’s imagination was the original concept art of Luke versus Vader, seen below.We found a great documentary on McQuarrie and his art which is broken into five parts, the first part which you will find below. More Boba Fett!Just because we think Boba Fett is so awesome and actually appeared so little in the original trilogy, we’re always trying to find ways to see more of our favorite bounty hunter. Here’s a classic behind the scenes look at the original Boba Fett suit with Sound Designer Ben Burtt hosting.This look matches the original Ralph McQuarrie concept art of Boba Fett in his white uniform, which you can see the image below. Making Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceYeah. We know. The Prequels. Controversial at best. While many would like to gloss over their existence, we have to applaud the time, effort, and vision of Episode I. It was the last Star Wars film to be shot using film stock until, of course, J.J. Abrams announced that Episode VII would be shot on film. It was also the last time we saw the use of a practical Yoda puppet.Of course, some digital cameras were used on The Phantom Menace, primarily by the special effects team that used these. In the end, George was so impressed with the workflow capabilities of digital, Episodes II & III both used Sony CineAlta digital cameras. The Making of a SagaOur favorite Star Wars behind the scenes look is the amazing documentary titled From Star Wars to Jedi: The Making of a Saga. This documentary gives us a full overview of the original trilogy and a fantastic inside look at how George Lucas and his cast and crew crafted, in our opinion, the greatest film franchise of all time.Remember this is part one of nine, so be sure and check out the additional parts. Want more great behind the scenes action? Then check out these additional articles from PremiumBeat.David Fincher Fest: Behind the Scenes of ‘Gone Girl’ and MoreBehind the Scenes: Creating Amazing Visual Effects for The Walking DeadVideo Editing Behind-the-Scenes: Saturday Night LiveWhat are your thoughts on this Star Wars behind the scenes roundup? Which episode of Star Wars is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below and may the force be with you!
MUMBAI: The Congress has appointed Eknath Gaikwad as Acting President of the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee, following Milind Deora’s resignation. Deora, 42, confirmed his resignation as president of the party’s Mumbai unit earlier on Friday, conveying his “final” decision in a letter to Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Balasaheb Thorat. In his letter Deora said he had also informed Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha, of his decision. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In its statement, the party said it “appreciates the contribution” of Milind Deora, who has earlier hinted at the possibility of a more central role in the party’s leadership structure. Deora, who replaced Sanjay Nirupam as Mumbai Congress chief shortly before the 2019 Lok Sabha election, first announced his resignation in July, after the party suffered an embarrassing rout in the national election; the Congress won only 52 seats and was wiped out entirely in Mumbai. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAt that time, the party’s Working Committee had yet to accept his resignation or choose a new leader. Friday’s resignation letter comes shortly before Assembly elections in Maharashtra, where beating the BJ0P-Shiv Sena alliance will be a difficult proposition for a Congress that won only 36 of 288 seats in the 2018 polls. By comparison, the BJP won 124 seats and the Shiv Sena 61. While announcing his resignation in July, Deora had highlighted the challenges facing the Congress in Maharashtra. He pointed out that the party needed to negate the impact of the Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, which secured around 40 lakh votes in the general election, most of which came from Dalit and Muslim pockets. The Congress has apparently heeded his words, with the party considering a tie-up with the VBA. In July, Milind Deora resigned after a meeting with former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who had, by then, also declared he would resign, sparking a desperate search for a new party president that ended last month with former president Sonia Gandhi being handed temporary charge.”I had accepted MRCC president-ship in the interest of uniting the party. I felt I should also resign after meeting Rahul Gandhi,” Deora said at the time. “I have suggested a three-member panel (to oversee the city party unit) and am being consulted by leaders to identify names” he said. Deora said, adding, “Needless to say, I will continue to guide and unite the Mumbai Congress”. His decision invited criticism from Sanjay Nirupam, who questioned his motive. “A resignation comes with a feeling of sacrifice. But here a moment later, a ‘national-level’ position is being sought. Is this a resignation or a ladder to climb up? The party should be cautious with such ‘hard-working’ people,” he tweeted in Hindi.
People outside the Senate in Ottawa encouraging the upper chamber to pass the UNDRIP law Bill C-262. Photo: Justin Brake/APTNJustin BrakeTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsThe Senate must pass Bill C-262.That was the message delivered outside the Senate of Canada Wednesday morning in Ottawa, where NDP political staffers, Assembly of First Nations staff, NDP MP Nikki Ashton and grassroots people gathered to advocate for the swift passage of Cree MP Romeo Saganash’s private member’s bill on Indigenous rights.“We are not just asking. We are not just urging. We are demanding that they stand up for Indigenous rights, for human rights, for Indigenous peoples, and for all Canadians who believe that we must go forward, we must support Bill 262,” Ashton said, calling for people to hold Senators, MPs and the prime minister to account.(“As you know it’s been a real struggle to get this bill through,” Independent Senator Lillian Dyck told the crowd gathered outside the Senate. Photo: Justin Brake/APTN)The proposed United Nations Declaration on the Rights Of Indigenous Peoples Act is caught in the middle of a heated dispute in Canada’s upper chamber, where Independent and Conservative Senators have squared off over the legislation many believe would significantly improve the quality of life for Indigenous people in Canada.If passed in its present form, C-262 would require Canada “to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” according to the bill’s current text.But Conservative senators are demanding a length of debate that would effectively kill the bill on the order paper when Parliament rises for summer break later this month.They maintain the legislation could have unintended legal and economic consequences.On Tuesday the Senate’s Aboriginal Peoples standing committee voted to move C-262 without amendment to the third and final reading, giving the private member’s bill an against-the-odds chance of becoming law.But in the heated rush to beat the clock, Conservative senators are accusing Indigenous and Independent senators of impeding free speech and breaking Senate rules, while some are accusing the Conservatives of running out the clock.“I’m disappointed that we are rushing ahead with consideration of this bill without many important questions having been clearly answered,” Northwest Territories Senator Dennis Patterson said Tuesday morning as exchanges among senators in committee heated up.Watch Todd Lamirande’s story on the debate in the Senate over Bill C-262 Last year the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs heard from 71 experts and witnesses during 11 meetings over almost four months.The bill, first introduced by Saganash in 2016, was passed without amendment and referred to the Senate, where C-262 proponents say Conservative senators have employed delay tactics to stall the bill’s progress.On Tuesday the Conservatives proposed amendments to each of the short bill’s six clauses, plus the addition of a seventh clause.Clause 2 of the bill affirms that C-262 cannot “diminish or extinguish existing Aboriginal or treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada that are recognized and affirmed” in the Canadian constitution.Patterson said Tuesday, “there should be a provision that passage of this bill will also not have the effect of increasing or expanding such rights.”Each of the Conservatives’ proposed amendments was voted down by the majority Independent senate committee, and committee members voted on a five-minute time limit for each senator to speak to the proposals.Saskatchewan Conservative Senator David Tkachuk accused Senator Lillian Dyck, the committee chair, of impeding the Conservatives’ freedom of speech.As Dyck attempted to hold a vote on one of the Conservatives’ proposed amendments, Tkachuk spoke over her and read aloud a letter from Alberta United Conservative Party Premier Jason Kenney to Justin Trudeau warning against the passage of C-262 and its perceived threat to economic interests.Senator Murray Sinclair, the bill’s Senate sponsor, told APTN News he and his colleagues were ensuring the committee’s plan to deal with C-262 in a timely manner was fulfilled.“There had been agreement at the outset by the committee that we would deal with this bill in four meetings, and this was our fourth meeting,” he said.Patterson, the bill’s Senate critic, told APTN Tuesday that he planned to raise a question of privilege in the Senate chamber Tuesday evening, and to ask for the bill to be returned to committee.“It’s not at all appropriate to limit debate on amendments, especially for the critic of the bill.”“I’m very concerned about the time allocation and the fact that my ability to speak was denied.”Patterson’s question of privilege Tuesday afternoon prompted a debate that carried into the evening.NDP MP Nikki Ashton speaks at a rally outside the Senate Wednesday morning, urging all Senators and MPs, incl Justin Trudeau, to advocate for the passage of #UNDRIP bill C-262, which has met resistance from Conservative Senators. @APTNNews #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/O39n1uzJjf— Justin Brake (@JustinBrakeNews) June 12, 2019After hearing arguments from those who believed Dyck and the Aboriginal Peoples committee broke procedural rules, and arguments from those who believe the accusations are part of the Conservatives’ effort to orchestrate the end of Bill C-262, Senate Speaker George Furey reserved his decision.The declaration represents the global minimum human rights standards for Indigenous peoples and has been ratified by the UN General Assembly, and by Canada.On Tuesday a coalition of First Nations and human rights groups issued a joint statement refuting the claim that the bill has been rushed, and that its passage into law could have negative impacts on the economy.“Bill C-262 calls for a process by which federal laws can be reviewed in a systematic and collaborative way to ensure that Canada’s commitment to uphold the UN Declaration is being met. It would be up to Parliament to enact any required legislative changes identified in this process,” says the statement, signed by Amnesty International, the First Nations Summit, the Assembly of First Nations, the Metis Nation, and others.“Because there is no basis for claims that C-262 has been rushed, our Nations and organizations call on all Senators to ensure the Bill is brought to a vote in a timely fashion and passed into law during this session of Parliament.“If, instead, some Senators continue to employ procedural tactics to essentially kill the Bill, and oppose the human rights of Indigenous peoples, this will be a very regressive and shameful landmark in the history of the Parliament of Canada.Dyck stopped at Wednesday’s rally on her way into the Senate.“As you know it’s been a real struggle to get this bill through the Aboriginal Peoples committee,” she said, citing Conservative resistance.“Keep up the talking, keep up the protest, because this bill is so important,” she added. “We cannot let it die.”firstname.lastname@example.org@justinbrakenews
Three country legends get their due recognition among country music’s elitePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 27, 2018 – 3:10 pm On March 27 the Country Music Hall Of Fame announced its three 2018 selections for induction: Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West. All three musicians left an indelible mark on the music industry, even beyond their native country genres, and they have the pedigrees to prove it.Singer/songwriter West won Best Country & Western Vocal Performance — Female GRAMMY at the 7th GRAMMY Awards for her 1965 hit “Here Comes My Baby.” Along with Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, West is still considered one of the leading ladies of country music.Swing fiddler Gimble, one of the most important fiddlers in the genre, earned his first GRAMMY win for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 36th GRAMMY Awards for “Red Wing” and his second and final career win in the same category at the 38th GRAMMYs for “Hightower.” https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/978657017329078272 Johnny Gimble, Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West Selected For Country Hall Of Fame Skaggs is a man of many instruments, several genres, a composer, and producer, but first associations place him with a mandolin playing bluegrass. He’s won an impressive total of 14 career GRAMMYs for country and bluegrass. His most recent win was for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Love Remains.For these three country dynamos, the formal induction ceremony into the Country Hall in their honor will take place later this year.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Country Hall Of Fame To Add Gimble, Skaggs, West johnny-gimble-ricky-skaggs-dottie-west-selected-country-hall-fame News Facebook Email Twitter
Equifax breach: You can now file a claim for your share of the $700M settlement John McAfee ‘released from confinement’ How to become a privacy ninja: Use these journalist tools NSA aims to up its cybersecurity game Now playing: Watch this: Annette Riedl/picture alliance via Getty Images Robinhood warned its customers in an email Wednesday that their passwords may have been stored in plaintext. The stock trading service said it discovered the issue on Monday night, when it found “some user credentials” stored in readable formats on its internal systems.”Your Robinhood password may have been included,” Robinhood said in the email. “We resolved this issue, and after thorough review, found no evidence that this information was accessed by anyone outside of our response team.”Still, it recommends changing your password.A Robinhood spokesperson told CNET sister site ZDNet via phone that not all users were impacted, but did not say how many were. Passwords are now being hashed using the Bcrypt algorithm, according to a help page, ZDNet added. Share your voice Inside a password-free future Tags 2:46 Security on CNET null Computers Security 0
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) escort arrested suspected militant Mamunur Rashid (C) in Dhaka on 20 January, 2019. Photo: AFPA Dhaka court on Sunday placed Md Mammunur Rashid, an accused in Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery cafe attack case, on a five-day remand, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Court judge Kanak Barua passed the order in the afternoon when investigation officer (IO) of the case and assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)-3 Kafil Uddin sought a ten-day remand for the accused.Earlier on Saturday night, RAB men arrested Md Mammunur Rashid aka Ripon aka Rezaul Karim aka Reza, a surah member of banned militant outfit JMB and also the supplier of money and arms to the cafe attackers.Acting on a tip-off, a team of the elite force conducted a drive in Boardbazar area and arrested the JMB member along with Tk 150,000, said RAB officials.The terrorist attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July, 2016.Twenty-one people were identified to be behind the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in gunfights at different times.On 23 July in 2018, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the Holey Artisan cafe attack case.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.
Valve, a US-based video game development company, shared a sneak-peek of eight new features and changes that it’s planning to work on in 2019, earlier this week. Let’s have a look at some of these new features that Valve is working on shipping this year. Store discoverability One of the things that Valve is focussing on is store Discoverability. “We’re working on a new recommendation engine powered by machine-learning, that can match players to games based on their individual tastes (on steam)”, reads the valve blog post. It will be working on bringing forth more broadcasting and curating features. Valve also mentioned that it is constantly analyzing and assessing the design of Steam, its online game store. Steam China Valve is working on bringing Steam to China. The company has teamed up with Perfect World, a Chinese Game development company, to bring Steam to Chinese users. Valve will update more regarding this in the upcoming months. New Events System Valve will be focussing on upgrading the events system in Steam. This will allow users to highlight the interesting activities within games such as tournaments, streams, or weekly challenges. Steam TV and chat The Valve team is going to be expanding Steam TV beyond broadcasting the specific tournaments and special events and will provide support to all games. Additionally, it will also be shipping a new steam chat mobile app. The app will let its users share their favourite GIFs with friends. Steam PC Cafe Program Valve will also be shipping an all-new PC Cafe Program that will allow players to have a good experience while using Steam in thousands of PC Cafes Worldwide. For more information, check out the official Steamworks announcement. Read Next Valve’s Steam Play Beta uses Proton, a modified WINE, allowing Linux gamers to play Windows games SteamVR introduces new controllers for game developers, the SteamVR Input system