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Brittney Griner wears Black Lives Matter Hoodie to Court On Day 5 of Drug Trial

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Brittney Griner’s drug trial resumed on Tuesday, July 26. The slow-moving trial began on July 1 and is expected to drag on for five months

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After a major renovation, the Windsor hotel that served the homeless during the pandemic reopens to the public

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After A Major Renovation, The Windsor Hotel That Served The Homeless During The Pandemic Reopens To The Public

WINDSOR (KPIX) – After months of providing accommodation for the homeless during the pandemic, a hotel in Windsor has undergone a massive renovation. Now it has reopened but owners now face a different set of challenges.

The Windsor Holiday Inn opened in 2017. First it faced the threat of wildfires, then in 2020 business plummeted at the onset of the pandemic.

That’s when the landlords and Sonoma County reached an agreement to rent rooms to the homeless community.

“Very, very hesitant to want to go this direction, but it was just one of the possible ways to get through this time,” said Nick Desai Jr., General Manager/Owner of Holiday Inn Windsor Wine Country.

Desai saw occupancy rates fall below 10% after the pandemic began. Not only did he face the possibility of huge financial losses, but he knew he would have to lay off employees. The family then took an unconventional step to keep the business going.

“For us, we know we’ve done a good thing for the community. We know we’ve done a good thing for ourselves and our staff. We met this facility afloat and we were able to open it again to the public,” says Desai.

About half of the 100 rooms were rented out to those who were homeless during the pandemic. Once the contract was completed with the county, the next hurdle appeared.

“In 6 weeks, we transformed this whole place back into a hotel, restaurant and bar,” Desai said.

Everything in the hotel has been steam cleaned. Mattresses, bedding and carpets have been replaced. Many inspections were carried out before reopening to the public.

Was there some kind of fear about how people would perceive this property?

“There were and still are,” Desail said.

It was a risk Desai was willing to take knowing that it would take time to change some people’s perceptions. He says if given the opportunity again, he would make the same decision knowing he was able to help some of the most vulnerable people in the community during the pandemic.

“Yes, there are people who will take it for granted, but the majority of them were working people who just couldn’t afford housing in this neighborhood.”


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ASK IRA: Is Jimmy Butler at power forward a potential Heat solution?

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Ask Ira: Is Jimmy Butler At Power Forward A Potential Heat Solution?

Q: I can see a lot of variations from Erik Spoelstra on both the guard spots, testing Jimmy Butler at power forward, testing Omer Yurtseven at starting center, with Bam Adebayo at the power forward – Moodi.

A: The idea of Jimmy Butler taking significant minutes at power forward has been floated since P.J. Tucker departed and no replacement was added And, yes, in many permutations, it certainly could work, particularly as teams downsize later in games. The question, though, comes down to Jimmy and how much he would be willing to play at the four, banging against bigger players. But it would be a means of unlocking more of the Heat’s perimeter potential in Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo, and even Max Strus, Gabe Vincent and Duncan Robinson. Jimmy at the four can get three of those others on the court at the same time.

Q: Omer Yurtseven appears to be putting in quite a bit of work at AmericanAirlines Arena. – Lash.

A: Actually, the work has been at FTX Arena (same place, different name). But, yes, his effort has been noticeable, and he certainly has made it noticeable with his posts on social media. Both efforts (the work and the publicizing of the work) appear to come with intent on putting pressure on Erik Spoelstra for playing time. Omer Yurtseven’s role will be one of the more intriguing elements of training camp, including how he is utilized in various rotations.

Q: Retiring numbers is usually for people who spend the majority of their careers on said team. People who when you think of them, it’s in that team’s jersey. With the way people switch teams now, retiring every jersey for every star who won a title with them would be crazy. – D.S.

A: This was in response to the likelihood of the Heat retiring LeBron James’ No. 6 in addition to the Heat and the rest of the league retiring No. 6 for Bill Russell. The issue here is precedent. The Heat retired Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 32 after he spent 3 1/2 seasons with the Heat, went to the NBA Finals once, and won one title with the team. So if you do that, how do you not honor No. 6 after James spent four full seasons with the team, went to four NBA Finals and won title titles? As with various halls of fame, once precedent is set, it is difficult, if not impossible, to walk back the standards.


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Google is rolling out Android 13 to Pixel devices

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Google Is Rolling Out Android 13 To Pixel Devices

By August 16, 2022, 3:31 PM IST (Released)


Android 13 update is now available for Google Pixel devices with some interesting updates. Google said other Android phones will get the update later this year.

Android 13 is coming to Pixel devices starting today and the annual update is much earlier than expected considering Android 12 will be released in October 2021 and Android 11 will be released in September. 2020. Google confirmed that Android 13 is also available on Android Open Source Project.

The latest Android won’t have as many major visual updates as Android 12, but the listed features look promising enough to improve the Android experience. Google is also doing its best to provide a tight-knit ecosystem, like Apple’s, for seamless workflow across Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks.

In a blog post on Monday, Google introduced Spatial Audio for supported headphones that enable head tracking. The tech giant also previously announced that it will be updating the Pixel Buds Pro to feature Spatial Audio support.

Along with this, Android 13″ adopts Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio, a new Bluetooth audio standard which results in lower latency than conventional audio. This allows you to hear sound that is more in sync with the source of the sound, reducing delay”.

Android 13 will also allow users to copy and paste content across phones and tablets. You can copy something on one device and paste it on another for easy multitasking. Another cool feature is Chromebook messaging, which will allow you to send and receive messages from your laptop.

Google has also updated the security of the new Android. Now you won’t have to share your entire library with an app and can select only the specific photos and videos they need to access. Clipboard access has also been restricted and will clear after a specified period so that your personal information such as email address, phone number or login credentials are safe on your device.

The biggest visual upgrade on Android 13 is the customization of non-Google apps to match your phone’s wallpaper theme and colors. The media player has also received an update that adapts its look and feel. For example, when you’re listening to music, the media player highlights album art and has a playbar that dances as you progress through a song. It even works for media played through Chrome.

People who speak multiple languages ​​will now be able to assign specific languages ​​to individual apps so they can keep their phone system in one language and have individual apps in a different language.

Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi and others will get the update later this year.


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What’s next in the Ravens’ offensive evolution? Their pre-season opener might have offered some clues.

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What'S Next In The Ravens' Offensive Evolution? Their Pre-Season Opener Might Have Offered Some Clues.

Greg Roman’s playbook, always a subject of intense scrutiny in Baltimore, is always evolving, always growing, a living document in a sport in constant upheaval.

The Ravens offensive coordinator said at the start of training camp there was “20 percent new” in his calling inventory. Then there’s the collection of run-pass-option concepts that coach John Harbaugh later said just wasn’t fully “exploited.” Who knows what else is hiding in there? Ravens players describe the breadth of Roman’s playbook as they would a Cheesecake Factory menu.

“You’d think it’s just run, run, run, until you get here and see how thick and big the playbook is,” running back Mike Davis said, at his freshman year in Baltimore last week. “I was just surprised at the size of the playbook.”

More interesting than what’s in the playbook, however, is what it’s actually called. Roman wants to use what he has in Baltimore. And even with most of the Ravens’ starters absent from Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, the 23-10 victory could prove to be a preview of the next iteration of Roman’s offense. .

Most striking was the Ravens’ reliance on games under center. In six of the offense’s first seven games on Thursday, quarterback Tyler Huntley didn’t line up in the shotgun or pistol formation, as the Ravens did 96% of the time last season. according to Sharp Football Stats, but behind centers Patrick Mekari and Ben Powers.

Of Huntley’s 35 games on Thursday, including those canceled by penalties, he was under center for 14 (nine running games, five passing games). It wasn’t the dominant play structure for the Ravens’ offense in the first half; Huntley took 19 shotgun snaps, including seven in a row late in the second quarter as the Ravens moved quickly down. He also took two from the gun, according to a review of the game’s movie.

It can be tempting to extrapolate season trends from a pre-season opener. It can be equally tempting to dismiss games as completely meaningless. But even a modest attacking embrace under center would be a stark contrast to the Ravens’ 2021 offense.

According to Sports Info Solutions, quarterback Lamar Jackson had just 12 backs under center all last season, going 1 for 10 for 20 yards. Forty-six NFL quarterbacks had at least that many kickbacks under center last season. Dallas Cowboys backup Cooper Rush, who threw 47 total passes last season, 335 less than Jackson, tied Jackson with 10 of those passes. Case Keenum had 21 attempts under center in just seven games (two starts) with the Cleveland Browns.

With more passes under center Thursday, the Ravens’ offense coincidentally looked more like the Titans. Huntley’s first passing play was a contraband action play on a tight two end formation. After faking a transfer to the left, he turned right and found wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who had been beckoning inside as if he were a blocker, cutting through the grain and into the flat for a 3-yard completion.

The depth of Ravens talent at short end and fullback — Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely have provided near-daily highlights in camp, and Nick Boyle and Patrick Ricard can be punishing blockers — should force defenses to use larger and slower groups of staff. The speed of stretching the field from wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay should stress defenses after the snap. With game action looks growing longer below center, Jackson might have bigger windows to throw away.

“The stuff under center, definitely, I think we’ll probably be able to do some of that stuff more effectively this year, just with the way we’re built,” Roman said Sunday. “I think you might see a little more.”

At the start of pre-season, returns under the center also have practical advantages. Ravens quarterbacks coach James Urban said Saturday that he learned from former Philadelphia Eagles coach and current Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid that “you teach the quarterbacks not to fall under center”.

“So we do a lot of that in training camp,” Urban added. “I think it’s very, very important to learn how to drop. We did in the game the other night. And then as you evolve, or in terms of protection, it’s certainly sometimes easier to be in [shotgun]. But it’s easy to feel what that throw feels like when you have to separate from the line of scrimmage and do it – catch and drop. Now transition into that same feeling, that same timing. This is what we do.

Thursday’s game also hinted at changes to the Ravens’ running game. In 2019, during Jackson’s one-season supernova, the Ravens used the gun formation — in which a running back lines up behind the quarterback in a modified shotgun set — on more than half of their games, according to Football Outsiders. In 2020, with their early success declining, the rate fell to 44%. Last year, amid injuries to their offensive line, running backs, and Jackson, their gun usage dropped again, to 28 percent.

Against Tennessee, Huntley only had the two gunshots. When Anthony Brown came on to start the second half, the Ravens’ attack under center was all but gone (three snaps). Still, they relied more on shotgun looks (17 shots) than gun looks (eight shots).

Roman called his offensive philosophy “medieval,” a description that’s best reflected in the Ravens’ power play — double teams, hauling linemen, big manning packages. But with the arrival of first-round pick Tyler Linderbaum, the Ravens added an immediate-impact center that thrived in Iowa with zone concepts, where linemen are responsible for blocking an area, not a space. .

With more shotgun hits, the Ravens could change the “starting point” of their zone runs, an area of ​​weakness last season. Their top two running backs in 2021, Devonta Freeman and Latavius ​​Murray, had 335 yards on 89 carries in and out of the zone last season, or just 3.8 yards per carry, according to the SIS. On all other carries, they average 4.6 yards per carry.

More and more teams are turning to out-of-bounds play, and for good reason — because “it worked,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said Tuesday. Two of the NFL’s most influential offensive innovators, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay and San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, built their running game structure around this concept.

“I think just doing defensive linemen, linebackers moving from sideline to sideline, it gives you a crease,” Campbell said. “For one guy to get it wrong, you can get more out of it. And so you absolutely have to move in unison to build that wall and be able to travel together, and if a guy gets out of position, it’s like special teams: you kind of have to replace him. So it’s hard. …

“I think the greatest thing you can do [as an offense] it’s shuffling, keeping the teams guessing. If you know exactly what a team is going to do, you’re more likely to stop them. But if you can mix things up and complicate things, you’ll just give yourself a little edge, which you need in this game.”

How much change is happening in Baltimore? The answer could be clear in about a month. Or maybe not. Asked about his attacking tendencies in Thursday’s game, Roman said: “I really don’t think there’s much to read about it.”

But he added: “We’re going to mix it all up.”

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Jeff Bezos Attends Amazon’s $1 Billion Lord of the Rings Prequel

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Jeff Bezos Attends Amazon'S $1 Billion Lord Of The Rings Prequel

Bezos joined the show’s stars and filmmakers for a launch event at Culver Studios in California

Los Angeles:

It’s been dubbed the most expensive show ever made, but the producers of Amazon’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ described its billion-dollar price tag as a ‘bargain’ during a lavish world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

The highly anticipated television series, which launched on September 2 on Amazon’s streaming platform, is believed to be a personal obsession of Jeff Bezos, multi-billionaire founder of the online shopping giant turned streamer.

Set in the world of JRR Tolkien’s books, thousands of years before the Oscar-winning “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, the series is set to span five sprawling seasons, each with 10 episodes.

Bezos joined the show’s stars and filmmakers for a launch event at California’s Culver Studios on Monday night, where the first two episodes screened before a spectacular light show featuring dozens of illuminated drones.

Executive producer Lindsey Weber said the show’s $1 billion cost was “a very eye-catching title that people like to talk about” but promised viewers would “see that the money is really on the screen. “.

Speaking to AFP on the red carpet, Weber said the exorbitant cost came from “installing for five seasons”.

“If you look at what it costs to make a feature film, by that comparison, we’re really a bargain,” she added, using a term for mega-budget blockbusters released by top studios. of Hollywood.

“The Rings of Power” is set 4,000 years before the film trilogy and the original books, in a fictional “Second Age” – a historical period sketched out in less detail by Tolkien’s writings.

The show features a wide cast of actors who are not widely known to global audiences.

Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo play younger versions of the elves Galadriel and Elrond – characters already familiar to fans of the “Lord of the Rings” films.

“It’s an epic adventure story, with universal themes and a real labor of love – we all worked really hard on it, and I just hope people enjoy it,” Aramayo said during the Monday premiere.

“They built a city, with a wharf and ships floating in it – it’s mind-blowing and really, really amazing to be able to play on some of those settings.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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“I will never play in Brazil again”

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“I Will Never Play In Brazil Again”

Ex-Chelsea and Arsenal player Willian appears to be returning to London with Fulham, but what went wrong with his return to Brazil?

The winger was so desperate to get away from the English capital last year that he terminated his contract at the Emirates, losing up to £20million in wages.


Willian left Arsenal on bad terms

And Had A Similar Experience At Corinthians

And had a similar experience at Corinthians

But just a year later, the two-time Premier League winner called it a day back at Corinthians, terminating another contract by mutual consent.

Unfortunately, the reasons are far more sinister this time around, as talkSPORT South American football expert Tim Vickery explained.

“He tore up his contract,” Vickery said. “He had a contract until the end of next year with Corinthians.

“On the pitch it didn’t go as disastrously or as badly as his spell with Arsenal, he was maybe a little disappointing but he had his games.

“Corinthians, certainly the weekend, before he left, were second in the league still in the cup, in the final stages which are taken very seriously, they were only knocked out of the Libertadores this week so it’s not not a disaster.

“He had his moments, there were one or two games where he completely stripped the opponent naked, but I think even him would say it didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

Willian Won Five Trophies At Chelsea, Including Two Premier League Titles

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Willian won five trophies at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles

“But that’s not why he’s leaving, he’s leaving because his sincerity here is absolutely vital and to get applause he says ‘I’m never going to play in Brazil again, I don’t want that’.

“When he was here before, he left in 2007, so in those 15 years the atmosphere in Brazilian football went crazy partly because of social media and he repeatedly received threats on social media.

“Right from the start he was saying ‘it’s not acceptable’ threats on his social media, the social media of his wife, his two daughters, his father his sister and he said ‘I’m not going to put up with this. , I do not have it’.

Posting to his Instagram after his departure was confirmed, Willian, 34, wrote: “As I say goodbye to Corinthians today, I want to thank the club for the opportunity to wear this shirt again and the fans who have been very supportive of me.

“Unfortunately, due to the constant threats that my family and I have faced, I have made the decision to terminate the contract, understanding that it would be better for me and for the club.

“I wish the club the best and God bless everyone.”

He later told Globe Esporte: “I didn’t come back to be threatened.

“When Corinthians lost a game or I didn’t play well, my family received death threats and rants on social media.

“At first they targeted my wife and daughters, after a while my father and sister were also bombarded with messages.”

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