Boston rally in support of Francisco Rodriguez, Oct. 13.A noontime crowd of immigrant rights organizations, community leaders and unions rallied on Oct. 13 in front of the Massachusetts State House to demand justice for Francisco Rodriguez on the three-month anniversary of his detention. The demonstrators also spoke out in solidarity with all 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S.Groups representing immigrants and migrants and a broad array of union and community supporters are waging a campaign to pressure state officials to release Rodriguez from the Suffolk County House of Correction. They are also demanding a halt to Department of Homeland Security deportation proceedings against him and others languishing in detention.Rodriguez is an active and vocal member of Service Employees (SEIU) Local 32BJ and a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was detained by immigration officials during his check-in on July 13 at Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Burlington, Mass. While he was held in detention, his spouse gave birth to their baby, Josue Mateo. Rodriguez was not permitted to be present at the birth, nor has he yet held his newest child.This kind of devastating separation from loved ones is a cruel reality for thousands of detainees. But fiercely determined people continue to fight to turn the tide and free Francisco Rodriguez and others.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) together with 18 other organisations express their full support to Vice-President Věra Jourová following attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government. In a joint-letter, the 19 organisations urge the European institutions to be firm and address the severe deterioration of the rule of law and media pluralism in Hungary. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Hungary News Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site May 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Organisation RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more September 30, 2020 EU: RSF and 18 NGO express their support to Věra Jourová, after attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Orban HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU 30 September 2020 Dear President von der Leyen, Dear President Michel, Dear President Sassoli,We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our full support to Vice-President Věra Jourová following attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government. We also want to reiterate our call to the European Commission and the European Council to take strong action to address the severe deterioration of the rule of law and media pluralism in Hungary. The full interview made by Vice-President Jourová in Der Spiegel on 25 September 2020 regarding Hungary, and Viktor Orbán’s administration, was based on data, research and facts. The issues in Hungary, especially concerning media pluralism and freedom, are well-documented and echo warnings by civil society, including through research by international organisations, as well as the European Parliament’s decision to launch the Article 7 procedure. Over the last 10 years, the Hungarian authorities have actively restricted the space for civil society and independent media to operate freely. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has dramatically deteriorated, with new press freedom violation cases being reported weekly by journalists and civil society organisations. So far, the lack of concrete response from the European Union has only contributed to giving more space to Prime Minister Orbán to trample on the rule of law, democracy, and press freedom. The Article 7 procedure still has not progressed, and the two complaints launched in 2016 and 2018 inquiring about the misuse of state aid to favour pro-government media have not received any responses. Ahead of today’s publication of the first EU Rule of Law report and this week’s European Council, we urge:The European Commission to remain firm and use all the political and legal tools to stop the dismantling of the rule of law, democracy and media freedom by the Hungarian authorities. This includes fully backing the Article 7 procedure, immediately increasing scrutiny of the use of EU funds and investigating the unfair and non-transparent distribution of state advertising and the independence of its Media Council under the revised EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive.The European Council to adopt strong conclusions on the EU Rule of Law conditionality clause, with an effective voting system leading to sanctions in case of serious and systematic breaches of the rule of law by any Member State. The European Commission must continue, despite any political attack or force of undue pressure, to meet the vision set out in the September 2019 mission letter to Commissioner Jourová. Some of the current interventions and measures undertaken by the Commission, including the pending European Democracy Action Plan and the EU Rule of Law report, have the potential to be ambitious and far-reaching and could uphold EU values for generations to come. We remain at your disposal for any further information and look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely,Alliance Internationale de JournalistesAssociation of European Journalists (AEJ)ARTICLE 19Committee to Protect JournalistsEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)European Media InitiativeFree Press Unlimited (FPU)Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)Index on CensorshipInternational Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)Lie DetectorsOssigeno per l’InformazioneReporters Without Borders (RSF)South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)The Daphne Caruana Galizia FoundationThomson Media (TM)Transparency International EU to go further HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression February 10, 2021 Find out more
Variations in clay mineral assemblages have been widely used to understand changes in sediment provenance during glacial and interglacial periods. Smectite clay minerals, however, have a range of various elemental compositions that possibly originated from multiple different sources. Therefore, it might be crucial to distinguish the various types of smectites by analyzing their elemental composition in order to verify the sediment provenances with certainty. This hypothesis was tested for the clay mineral characteristics in a marine sediment core from the southern Drake Passage (GC05-DP02). Rare earth elements and ε NdεNddata had previously indicated that fine grained detritus was supplied from the Weddell Sea to the core site during interglacial periods, when the sediments contained more Al-rich smectite (montmorillonite). Indeed, marine sediments collected close to the Larsen Ice Shelf on the eastern Antarctic Peninsula continental shelf, western Weddell Sea embayment, show more Al-rich smectite components as compared with other possible West Antarctic sources, such as the Ross Sea embayment or King George Island, South Shetland Islands. Furthermore, two types of smectite (Al-rich and Al-poor) were identified in core GC360 from the Bellingshausen Sea shelf, suggesting that during glacial periods some sediment is derived from subglacial erosion of underlying pre-Oligocene sedimentary strata containing predominantly Al-rich montmorillonite. This finding reveals different sources for smectites in sediments deposited at site GC360 during the last glacial period and during the present interglacial that show only minor differences in smectite contents. For the interglacial period, two groups of smectite with a wide range of Al-rich and Mg–Fe-rich were identified, which indicate delivery from two different sources: (1) the detritus with high contents of Mg–Fe-rich smectite supplied from Beethoven Peninsula, southwestern Alexander island and (2) the detritus with higher contents of Al-rich smectite (montmorillonite) possibly derived from the subglacial reworking of pre-Oligocene sedimentary strata. These results demonstrate that the elemental compositions of smectites can be used to differentiate the sources of smectites in marine sediments, which is an important tool to define sediment provenance in detail, when down-core changes observed in clay mineral assemblages are interpreted.
4. Neither Babe … There’s a lot to like about the grainy, low-res video below, and not all of it has to do with Babe Ruth’s and Lou Gehrig’s visit to a Stockton baseball field in 1927, not long after the Yankees’ World Series sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates1. There’s no virtual strike zone superimposed on the screen.2. There’s no announcer yammering on and on about launch angle, exit velocity, wins above replacement and defensive shifts.3. In fact, there is no announcer at all.
Sol Plaatje appears on the cover of thelaunch edition of Wordsetc, the first of the“iconic writers” to feature on themagazine’s cover. Phakama Mbonambi, publisher ofWordsetc. “I’ve always loved readingbooks and quality magazines,” he says.By Lusanda NgcaweniThe last few years have seen remarkable new interest in local South African literature. The Time of the Writer, Franschhoek Literary Festival and Cape Town Book Fair have become not-to-be-missed affairs, boutique bookstores are popping up all over, and everyone seems to belong to a book club. A significant part of this trend is the appearance of new South African literary magazines, with Wordsetc and boeke Insig both launched in December 2007.“I’ve always loved reading books and quality magazines,” says Phakama Mbonambi, publisher of Wordsetc. “For me, presentation is just as important as content. It doesn’t matter if you are well-known author, if your writing style is not inspired, I won’t be captivated, regardless of what you have to say. I’m a partisan of a beautiful sentence.“Even at varsity I’d take the little pocket money I had to buy GQ, not because of its fabulous fashion – which I couldn’t and still can’t afford – but because I discovered gems of well written stories between those glossy pages. And of course the models were also great to look at,” he says.“As a journalism student, I scrutinised these publications, and picked up a lot about the various ways of packaging stories; the wonderful intros and depth of research; the use of language; the design and photography. I later discovered The New Yorker and was blown away by the varied nature of the articles, and the amount of space dedicated to them. The New Yorker pretty much wrote about any subject and did it beautifully. Since then I’ve fantasised about having something similar locally.”Quarterly literary publicationAnd thus the seed of Wordsetc – the title means “words, etcetera” – was planted. Fast forward a few years and in December 2007, the launch issue hit the shelves. Mbonambi as editor and publisher, and his two friends Zamani Xolo (creative director) and Barney Luthuli (financial manager) are the force behind this quarterly literary publication.Publishing is a risky business. Multiply that by a thousand, add to that a couple more hundred, and that’s how much more risky self- or independent publishing is. The number of magazine titles that have fallen by the wayside in the last year alone could probably save a rainforest or two. But Mbonambi won’t let me rain on his shine, he is determined to make this work.“The magazine market may be saturated but I believe Wordsetc stands a huge chance of survival because it is groundbreaking,” he says. “By focusing on literature it appeals to the intellect. We are talking to a niche audience that can afford to buy this title, with or without an economic slump.“Subscriptions are crucial to ensuring that the title thrives. Because of its nature, Wordsetc appeals beyond affluent and literary-minded individuals. It has potential to be distributed on a subscription basis to institutions of higher learning, public libraries, companies and government departments. If these distribution channels could be adequately explored, the survival chances improve markedly.”Literary giants and new writingsThe willingness to deal with the problems that come with publishing a literary journal is linked to Mbonambi’s passion for the subject matter. “South Africa has a rich literary tradition,” he says. “We’ve produced a number of literary giants such as Sol Plaatje, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Es’kia Mphahlele, Zakes Mda and many others. Wordsetc pays homage to these writers through profiles, features and essays.”Sol Plaatje appears on the cover of the launch edition, the first of the “iconic writers” that will be a feature of the magazine’s cover. “Sol Plaatje was an accomplished and colourful writer and politician who was way ahead of his time.” says Mbonambi. “We wanted to honour him and tell his story to a generation of South Africans who do not know it, and of course to highlight his literary side. In the second edition we’re leading with Es’kia Mphahlele, the godfather of South African literature.”While acknowledging the past and highlighting the greats, Mbonambi is determined to explore new literary territory. “The idea is also to record new writings in South Africa and explore themes that are applicable to our age. While the past cannot be dismissed or willed away, I felt that some themes had been done to death in South African literature. Just because a writer is black, for example, his story doesn’t have be set in a squatter camp.”Many of the magazine’s contributors are authors and they will be happy to hear that “the idea is to provide them with a platform to dazzle. Readers get to sample their prose and thoughts, know their wishes, desires, frustrations, hopes, ideals and so on. After being titillated, the idea is to go out and buy their works.”Mbonambi has to get people to buy the magazine first and this is expecially difficult in a country where there is not a great reading culture.“Unfortunately, the market is tiny, which is why Wordsetc is so niched. Wordsetc readers appreciate a home-grown product with substance; something they can proudly show off anywhere in the world and proudly display on their coffee tables,” says Mbonambi. “In order for the reading market to grow, libraries have to be supplied with new, quality books so that those who can’t afford to buy books can also enjoy the pleasures of reading.”Advertising and distribution challengesNaturally a bold venture like this produces challenges, the major one being attracting advertisers and although this is the case with any new title, Mbonambi is frustrated with the “myopia” of some media planners. “They keep asking for ABC figures, completely disregarding the environment in which a client’s ad will be placed,” he says.“What is particularly heart-breaking is the number of book publishers who are reluctant to support a literary journal, yet they claim to be concerned about the poor reading culture in this country. You’d think they’d be quick to embrace a title that promotes South African literature. Thankfully, some publishers can see Wordsetc’s potential and have supported us. I’m very grateful for that.”Distribution is another obstacle that new publishers have to negotiate. “It took a long time to get into Exclusive Books and the top 20 CNA stores; I could only get in there after I got a distributor. A positive is that I got a chance to cultivate relationship with many independent bookstores nationally,” says Mbonambi. “These shops help fill the distribution gaps where Exclusives and CNA are not available, though personally distributing to these bookstores has been costly.”Mbonambi has had to learn quickly along the way: “The fee for using a distributor is exorbitant. They take half of the cover price plus R1.30 per all copies handled. Which points to one thing – never rely on the cover price. Rather push for advertising revenue and bulk sales. Another distribution pain is going to a major bookstore and finding your copies buried underneath other titles.”With any funding but their own “yet to materialise”, there is little money for marketing. “We’re relying on word-of-mouth, bookstore promos and media interviews for now,” says Mbonambi.Fortunately there has been a positive response from people in the industry. “Authors are excited to have a literary platform for their work, while some visionary publishers recognise its potential as a vehicle for promoting books. Readers are equally impressed. They appreciate the fact that something different has come on to magazine shelves. We’ve had a lot of compliments about the content, photography and design.”About boeke InsigBoeke Insig is an Afrikaans literary magazine-cum-book club published by New Media Publishing and Media 24. This quarterly, which launched at the end 2007, has Ruda Landman (former Carte Blanche leading lady), hosting a “book table” over breakfast or lunch where she interviews authors featured on that issue’s cover. Subscribers receive discounts to these book tables, and get book vouchers and discounts on some books. boeke Insig managing editor, Jomarie Dick, says the reader response has been very encouraging and that subscriptions are growing steadily.Useful linksWordsetcBoeke Insig
Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… antone gonsalves Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cable operators#Cisco#entertainment industry#interactive tv#movie studios#pay-tv#television#TV#TV networks#videoscape unity Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cisco grabbed some of the limelight at the Consumer Electronics Show by unveiling a cloud-based video platform for service providers like cable TV companies. A lot of hubbub was made over technology, which would deliver movies and TV shows on any device at any time. But in all the oohing and aahing over the new product, Cisco and partners left out one important detail: TV lovers will be paying a lot more for these services.Videoscape UnityCisco’s Videoscape Unity is a content-delivery platform for the living room. Software embedded in a set-top box would enable subscribers to watch content from a TV, tablet and smartphone. Cable operators would be able to deliver, for example, a Major League Baseball game on the TV and provide simultaneously stats on the players on an iPad.In addition, the technology would be able to recommend movies and programming based on a person’s TV habits, and a cloud-based digital video recorder (DVR) would let subscribers record content for viewing later from any device. The platform would also have a social media element. Viewers will be able to chat with friends on Facebook and Twitter.For the pay TV industry, Cisco’s platform provides a much better business model for squeezing more money from subscribers. In general, cable operators today charge more by adding channels to packages. However, the cost of content is high and good programming is scarce. Just think of how many times you’ve searched dozens of channels and found nothing you really want to watch.Changing Business ModelsWith technology like Cisco’s, cable operators will have to worry less about the number of channels they offer and focus instead on charging more for the services they provide. For example, European cable operator Liberty Global rolled out last year its Horizon platform that provides similar services to Cisco’s product. Horizon represents a “whole brand new revenue stream,” Balan Nair, chief technology officer for Liberty, says.“With our Horizon product when we launched it, we didn’t have anymore-new channels, but we charged quite a bit more for that product,” Nair said during a panel discussion following Cisco’s announcement. “And it was just based on the fact that you got a whole bunch of new features and some ancillary services.”Using technology to sell more products to subscribers is behind much of the excitement over products like Videoscape Unity. But whatever money comes in won’t go only to the cable operators. Deals will have to be made with movie studios and TV networks, and possibly Apple, which currently dominates the tablet market.With Apple, Nair made it clear that Liberty Global prefers not to offer its service through an app sold in Apple’s App Store. “There’s a whole bunch of other ramifications associated with that, especially in the economics of delivering that content,” he said. Liberty would rather use a browser plug-in to deliver programming via the web.New Content DealsContent providers have already put cable operators on notice that they will need to sign licensing deals to let people watch on multiple devices. New contracts will also be needed, if cable operators plan to let people view programming on a tablet outside of the home.Another issue is whose customer is the viewer? Is it the cable company, the content provider or the TV network? Also, who gets access to valuable information, such as TV habits, and how is revenue from services and advertising shared?“Part of the challenge is how does this stuff get glued together so that it’s intuitive and seamless to the user, understanding the fact that there are business models that are very important that need to exist or change or evolve,” panelist Joe Inzerillo, senior vice president for multimedia and distribution for MLB.com, said. “This content, this professional content, is not created for free and that’s sort of the elephant in the room. How do you get there?”Until new revenue sharing and licensing agreements are made, it’s unlikely cable operators and content providers will sign up for Cisco’s or any other new platform for TV. For example, Cox is committed to Videoscape Unity, but it hasn’t said whether it would include a cloud-based DVR, according to CNET.Indeed, the use of such a service has been challenged before. In 2007, the TV and movie industry sued Cablevision for launching what it called a “networked DVR.” Instead of having the video recorder functionality within the set-top box, the cable operator stored recorded programming on a remote server, reducing Cablevision’s hardware cost by taking the DVR out of the box.Cablevision won the suit on appeal in 2008, but that has made movie studios and TV networks even more cautious in letting cable operators use the cloud to provide content to subscribers.In time, deals will get made as the home entertainment center evolves from static viewing to a more interactive experience. But as business models are built around services, as well as programming, consumers will have to look at their current cable TV bill and decide how much more they are willing to pay.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.
The experienced colorist is able to pull fast keys to ensure the session progresses at a quick pace. Here are a couple of actionable DaVinci Resolve tips to make sure your keys are effective.All images from ShutterstockDigital colorists pull keys on any and every object in the frame throughout their careers. Clients always ask to tweak skin tones, but elements such as clothing, hair, teeth, lips, scenery, product packaging, or practical lights are all fair game.Here’s the first image we’ll be working with. We should be able to get a nice clean key of the girl’s skin as it is naturally separated from the background.Hue Width, Saturation Low and Luminance LowCreate an initial qualification by selecting the eyedropper tool and clicking and dragging across the part of the image you want. You’ll often find that your initial selection won’t include all the values you want, and choosing the Add Color Range tool can be slower than knowing what to adjust next.Using the eyedropper tool, this is our initial key. Not bad, but we can do better. Read on…Activate the highlight mode and increase the Hue Width. This will fatten out the qualification, often to include the tones you need. I don’t find myself adjusting Hue Center, Soft or Symmetry as often as Hue Width. If you’ve performed a good initial selection with the eyedropper, you’ve already got a good center hue, and you’ll be wanting to select an area that is defined enough to process, so it won’t be too softened out. Symmetry adjusts the highs and lows of the hue qualification, something I haven’t found crucial for most keys.Adjusting the Hue Width may be all you need to move on. If not, try adjusting both Saturation Low and Luminance Low to include or exclude as needed. Many times I won’t need to touch the Highs of both controls.Increasing the Hue Width gets us a key that includes more of what we want.When you’ve pulled a good key, don’t forget to blur it by increasing your Blur Radius, an important step for executing seamless corrections.I adjusted both the Luminance Low and Saturation Low to get a bit more of her hair. There’s a tradeoff because I’m also now getting some values in her jacket that are the same tone as her hair and skin. It’s up to you to determine whether you’re okay with affecting this part of the image in service of improving the hair. You can also choose to exclude the jacket using power windows. If so, read on. Don’t forget to blur your key.The qualification tab has many parameters for precisely dialing in the part of the image you want to key. Knowing how all of these affect keys is essential, but several have more of an immediate impact that you’ll find yourself adjusting more than the others. Identifying and understanding which qualifier parameters get you better keys will keep you from guessing what to change and will save time in session.Use Power Windows to Choke KeysSometimes, the subject’s skin will have the same red-yellow values as something else in the frame. You’ll have to decide if your skin correction is worth affecting this other element in the interest of making the talent look their best.This is a harder image to work with since the model’s skin is a similar tone to the background, but we’re up for the challenge.Sure enough, when we pull our key we’re getting the background, as expected.You may opt to create power windows to restrict the limits of your key, especially if your correction is a large move.Here’s our skin tone correction. I thought she was a bit too saturated and yellow.The added benefit to using power windows is that you can create an Outside Node to affect what’s outside your correction.Add Outside Node lets us process everything that’s not in the skin tone key we pulled earlier, allowing us other creative possibilities.Our resulting grade. I cooled it off quite a bit for a look favoring a bit more color contrast.Don’t Go Nuts on Exposure. Use Power Windows InsteadWhen performing the correction on the keyed image, you can make large moves on the color information, adjusting saturation, hue, and tint in substantial degrees. This isn’t the case for luminance values. Large exposure adjustments will cause your footage to break down fairly quickly, depending on which camera you’re shooting with. Artifacts are the last thing you want on a shot with tons of nodes.The experienced colorist uses discretion with keys, and knows when not to use one. When lightening or darkening in large amounts, it’s better to use a power window without a qualification.Track When NecessaryIf you’re improving skin tones on a relatively stationary subject, it may not be necessary to track. Many times the qualification will suffice. Resolve’s tracker, while fast, is not always perfect, and in a high-speed client session you want to execute fast changes in the allotted time, and the tracker may actually slow you down.Brush Up on KeyingCreating clean keys is one of the most important skills to possess for the colorist executing professional work. Understanding the qualification tools, as well as knowing when to not use them, are just as important.Check out some of our other color grading articles below.Color Grading: Bleach Bypass Looks in DaVinci ResolveThe Isolated Color Look in DaVinci ResolvePopular Fashion Looks in ResolveWere these DaVinci Resolve tips helpful? Got any secrets to pulling better keys? Share the goods in the comments below!
Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving had 16 points and 10 assists, Al Horford added 15 points and eight rebounds and Boston wrapped up an unbeaten preseason.Rookie Malik Monk scored 21 points to lead the Hornets, shooting 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Dwight Howard had 12 points and six rebounds in his first home game.CELTICS: Jaylen Brown showed he can defend multiple positions, blocking point guard Kemba Walker and forward Marvin Williams on back-to-back possessions. … Gordon Hayward had 13 points.HORNETS: Michael Carter-Williams (knee) will not be ready for the regular season opener, coach Steve Clifford said. Nic Batum (elbow), Jeremy Lamb (groin) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) did not play. Rookie Dwayne Bacon went 4 for 4 on 3-pointers, accounting for all 12 of his points.UP NEXT: Boston (4-0) opens the regular season against Cleveland on Tuesday. Charlotte (1-3) hosts Dallas on Friday.HEAT 117, WIZARDS 115Jordan Mickey’s 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left gave Miami the win.Bam Adebayo scored 15 points, Tyler Johnson scored 14 and Josh Richardson had 13 for the Heat.Jason Smith scored 20 points on 7 for 8 shooting, and John Wall finished with 16 points and eight assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. had a strong game, with 10 points and 14 rebounds.WIZARDS: Bradley Beal scored 15, Mike Scott had 13 and Otto Porter Jr. scored 11 for Washington, which led by as many as 13 and never trailed by more than three. WATCH: Get to know Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena in 7 questions “The big key is I want him feeling fresh, peaking by Game 1,” Spoelstra said. “He’s in great shape, great spirits and we’ll just keep moving forward.”Dragic, Miami’s leading scorer last season at just over 20 points per game, expects to be full-go when Miami’s regular season starts Wednesday in Orlando. He said Spoelstra recognized how much the European title run — the emotional toll if nothing else — took out of him.“I always want to practice and play,” Dragic said. “But sometimes your body or your head doesn’t allow you to do that. He’s good at reading players. He knows what you need. Maybe he saw something that probably was not hard to see. So I crashed a little bit, came back and now it’s on to a new goal here in Miami.”A look at Wednesday’s preseason games:CELTICS 108, HORNETS 100ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary HEAT: Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters also got the night off to rest. … Mickey’s 3-pointer was the third lead change in the final 36 seconds. … The Heat had 78 points off the bench.UP NEXT: Washington (3-1) visits New York on Friday. Miami (3-2) plays Philadelphia in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday.76ERS 133, NETS 114Dario Saric scored 26 points and Joel Embiid, playing for the first time since agreeing to his $148 million extension, added 22 as Philadelphia got its first win of the preseason.D’Angelo Russell scored 24 for Brooklyn in its preseason finale.76ERS: J.J. Redick had 18 points for Philadelphia, which held a 52-37 rebounding edge. … No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz didn’t play.NETS: Caris Levert scored 16 and Jeremy Lin added 14 for the Nets, who led by 10 early — then got outscored by 35 points over the rest of the half, and eventually trailed by 36.UP NEXT: Philadelphia (1-3) meets Miami in Kansas City, Missouri on Friday. Brooklyn (3-1) opens the regular season Oct. 18 at Indiana.ROCKETS 101, GRIZZLIES 89James Harden shot only 2 for 13, missing all eight of his 3-point tries, but scored 18 points to lead Houston. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ It has been a preseason like none other for Dragic, who spent his summer carrying his native Slovenia to its first European championship and winning MVP honors at that tournament. But it also meant Dragic came back to Miami late last month worn down by the physically and mentally spent from the grind of that tournament, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to basically not use his starter for most of the preseason.Dragic didn’t like the idea at first. He knows now that it was the right move.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like my head is clearing,” Dragic said Wednesday before sitting out Miami’s home preseason game against the Washington Wizards. “I’m OK. Physically, I feel great. Mentally, I’m hungry again for basketball. That’s what we want to achieve and that’s the feeling we want for that first game.”Dragic hasn’t officially been ruled out for Miami’s preseason finale in Kansas City on Friday against Philadelphia, but he isn’t likely to play. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Miami Heat’s Jordan Mickey (25) shoots over Washington Wizards’ Tim Frazier (8) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Miami. The Heat won 117-115. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Goran Dragic usually needs to play in preseason games to get ready for the season.This year, the Miami point guard needed to not play.ADVERTISEMENT Trevor Ariza had 16 and Clint Capela added 15 for Houston. Andrew Harrison led Memphis with 17 points.ROCKETS: Chris Paul returned from right shoulder soreness, and shot 3 for 12. … The Rockets were 14 of 45 from 3-point range, with Eric Gordon alone going 2 for 12.GRIZZLIES: Mario Chalmers and Marc Gasol each scored 12 points. … Mike Conley, on his 30th birthday, had eight points on 3-for-10 shooting.UP NEXT: Houston (4-0) hosts San Antonio on Friday. Memphis (2-2) hosts New Orleans on Friday.TRAIL BLAZERS 113, SUNS 104Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len were ejected in the fourth quarter after a scuffle.Meyers Leonard made his first five 3-point tries and finished with 17 points for Portland. Josh Jackson had 22 and Mike James added 19 for Portland.TRAIL BLAZERS: Starting guards CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard combined for 23 points on 9 for 28 shooting. … Ed Davis grabbed 12 rebounds in 17 minutes.SUNS: Marquese Chriss had 13 points and 12 rebounds. … Eric Bledsoe missed all eight of his shots. … Phoenix had 40 points in the second and third quarters combined, then scored 43 in the fourth.UP NEXT: Portland (4-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Friday. Phoenix (1-3) hosts the Brisbane Bullets on Friday. View comments