Morningside Asks: Could it be You?

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by MorningsideWe haven’t found the right Job Developer yet! So, now may be the perfect time for you to join the best.Morningside has been a premier provider of employment services to adults with disabilities in Western Washington for more than 50 years. As a Job Developer you are responsible for developing assessment and job opportunities for clients with disabilities in their area of interest. In addition the job developer will ensure all services include ongoing, clear, and professional communications with all significant individuals and groups to maximize positive outcomes and establish and maintain professional relationships with the business community. Bring your sales skills and ability to close the deal and we will train you to be a Job Developer and support our mission of full inclusion for adults with disabilities in the workplace.Morningside’s main offices are located centrally on Plum and Legion Streets in Downtown Olympia – a convenient location for clients near bus lines and services.Your knowledge of the Thurston County business community, sales and/or marketing experience, great business sense, excellent communication skills, and sense of humor are just what we’re looking for in our next Job Developer. A desire to assist adults with disabilities secure and maintain employment a must. Work is largely performed independently in the community but your ability to be part of a team is critical.Tasks include contacting local employers to locate appropriate jobs in occupations of interest to the client and assisting employers to combine, recombine or customize tasks appropriate for the client. This position is highly visible in the community, requiring interaction with a variety of employers, funding sources and businesses in a wide range of environments including marketing, education and making presentations. Knowledge of the Thurston County business community a real plus. We offer:A fun work environmentSatisfaction for assisting adults with disabilities to secure employmentFull benefits after 60 days of employment include medical, dental, vision, and LTDMatching 403(b) retirement plan10 paid holidaysGenerous leave program – 18 days earned per yearWork-life balanceFor more information about Morningside please visit our website. Click here to apply online.Closes November 7, 2016EEO/AA All applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national originNo telephone calls pleaselast_img read more

Raiders mailbag: Hard Knocks, potential trades and much more

first_imgIt’s that time of year again, folks.The combine is only a week away and before you know it, the Raiders will be on the clock at No. 4.You guys came strong with the questions this week. We’re talking potential trades, first-round mocks, free agency and more. Lets get right to it.1. @JPERO_15: Landon Collins for Derek Carr? I didn’t know it was comedy hour, Jake.2. @JCups45: Hard Knocks if the Raiders stay in Oakland for the 2019 season?I certainly hope so. If you have Jon Gruden, …last_img

Clunky start and a standout rookie performance highlight Warriors’ loss to Lakers

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry decided he was going to shoot it before tipoff.“That was choreographed since, like, yesterday. I was just going to shoot it. Christen Chase Center the right way. Obviously it went airball, but obviously I thought it was fitting to take a wild shot like that and get everybody excited.”It was just 22 seconds into the game, but Curry got the ball and heaved from almost 40 feet out and missed everything but the floor. Curry’s early airball reflected some initial …last_img

Intact Protein Remnants Found in Dinosaur Eggs

first_imgA new record for soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil was reported in Nature: collagen in dinosaur eggs from the early Jurassic.The Nature paper is all over the news, but not all the science reporters are mentioning the most damaging admission to long ages: the preservation of organic material in fossil sauropod eggs from China, said to be 190-197 million years old from the early Jurassic – 100 million years older than the previous record. The Nature paper by Reisz et al. states, “This discovery also provides the oldest evidence of in situ preservation of complex organic remains in a terrestrial vertebrate.” Here’s how Chris Palmer reported it in Nature News:But it is not just the age of the fossils that is notable, the researchers say. Spectroscopic analysis of bone-tissue samples from the Chinese nesting site revealed the oldest organic material ever seen in a terrestrial vertebrate. That was surprising because the fossilized femur bones were delicate and porous, which made them vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater, says Reisz.“That suggests to us that other dinosaur fossils might have organic remains,” he says. “We just haven’t looked at them in the right ways.”The organic material is thought to be collagen. The researchers reported “organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces.” They mentioned Schweitzer’s “controversial” reports of dinosaur soft tissue and corroborated them by their own methodology:The embryonic bones were also studied using synchrotron radiation-Fourier transform infrared (SR-FTIR) spectroscopy. In contrast to previous studies of organic residues based on extracts obtained by decalcifying samples of bone, our approach targeted particular tissues in situ (Fig. 5). This made it possible to detect the preservation of organic residues, probably direct products of the decay of complex proteins, within both the fast-growing embryonic bone tissue and the margins of the vascular spaces (Fig. 5a, b). This is indicated by the multiple amide peaks revealed by both infrared (1,500–1,700 cm−1 strong band from amide I and II, and 1,200–1,300 cm−1 weak band from amide III) and Raman spectroscopy (amide A peak at 3,264 cm−1) (Supplementary Figs 6.1 and 6.2). Previous reports of preserved dinosaur organic compounds, or ‘dinosaurian soft tissues’, have been controversial because it was difficult to rule out bacterial biofilms or some other form of contamination as a possible source of the organics. Our results clearly indicate the presence of both apatite and amide peaks within woven embryonic bone tissue (Fig. 5a), which should not be susceptible to microbial contamination or other post-mortem artefacts.References in that quote were to Schweitzer’s 2005 and 2007 papers. The Supplementary Material indicated that mathematical manipulation was necessary to see the amide peaks:The orginal FT-IR amides peaks from the organic residues of Dawa (Lufeng) embryonic limb bone were convoluted, and provided relatively little detailed information (Fig.5, main document), showing a big unresolved hump around 1600 cm-1. Deconvolution is a mathematically based process to reverse the effects of convolution on recorded data. The deconvoluted peaks shown above match well known secondary structures of protein. Thus, it can be concluded that complex proteins were preserved in our specimen.A table after this statement shows that they identified typical secondary structures of protein, such as alpha helices, beta sheets, and side chains – i.e., actual protein structures, not just amino acid “building blocks” of protein.Science Now said the researchers “suspect” the presence of organic remains, but maintained some caution on the grounds that it’s hard to rule out contamination. “Still, if the evidence holds up, the find could finally tip the scale in favor of soft tissue preservation,” the article said. The BBC News and New Scientist didn’t mention the organic remains, but Science Daily did, based on a press release from the University of Toronto where Robert Reisz works. He said, “To find remnants of proteins in the embryos is really remarkable, particularly since these specimens are over 100 million years older than other fossils containing similar organic material.” Live Science briefly mentioned the soft tissue, and added an Image Album about the story.National Geographic completely ignored the soft tissue evidence, but did add this detail: the eggshells were found crushed, and the bones were sorted and concentrated. Reisz presumes they were buried in a flood: “It became inundated, the embryos were smothered by sediment and water, and [they] basically rotted and fell apart,” he said. The original paper described what the site looked like: “completely disarticulated skeletal elements at various stages of embryonic development… with calcium carbonate nodules often surrounding tightly packed appendicular skeletal elements.” What does this imply? The paper continues,We interpret the bone bed as a para-autochthonous assemblage, formed by low-energy flooding and slow inundation of a colonial nesting site. The host sediment is a heavily bioturbated, massive siltstone, throughout which are dispersed isolated skeletal elements, eggshell fragments and the small, fossil-rich nodules of calcium carbonate. There are no preserved nest structures or uncrushed eggs.It would seem that vulnerable, porous bones buried underwater in silt subject to bioturbation would have difficulty preserving the dinosaurs’ protein parts for 197 million years. It would also seem that a low-energy local flood by a riverbank would not leave “massive siltstone” filled with bone fragments.Interesting that the Brits at BBC & New Scientist (as well as NG) ignored the most important part of the story, the soft tissue, as if trying to protect their national hero Charlie from embarrassment. The other articles simply assumed that soft tissue can last almost 200 million years! Why isn’t anyone seeing the obvious? Chris Palmer admitted that the eggs were “vulnerable to the corrosive effects of weathering and groundwater,” making it unbelievable that up to 197 million years passed without obliterating the proteins. Who are you going to believe, evolutionary scientists or your own eyes?Notice also that Reisz suggested soft tissue would likely be found in other dinosaur fossils. Why haven’t they all been looking? Evolutionary theory often dictates what scientists look for and what they expect to see. Thank goodness Reisz & team made an effort to find the protein signal, even if they didn’t dwell on the implications for geological dates. This is a hot topic for creation research. Unfortunately, when they try, they are often severely criticized for (1) poor technique or (2) agenda-driven bias (example to be forthcoming). As if those problems never occur in the secular world.Multiple reports now from different parts of the world are making a watertight case for soft tissue in dinosaur bones. Critics of the reports are not necessarily driven by respect for the evidence, but by fear of what it means to evolutionary geology, evolutionary dating and the whole evolution industry. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA invests in aquaculture

first_img5 November 2007After being neglected for much of the past, South Africa is giving its small-scale fisheries industry a major boost by investing R100-million over the current financial year to establish aquaculture projects in all four of country’s coastal provinces.Addressing delegates at the National Summit on Subsistence and Small-Scale Fisheries in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the initiative was a new milestone in crafting policy and ensuring proper management of subsistence and small-scale fisheries.“We acknowledge that this sector of the fisheries has not received the attention it deserves, as we have in the past not had a dispensation for small-scale fishers,” Van Schalkwyk said. “I am proud of the partnership that has been developed between our department, communities and [non-governmental organisations].”He explained that the R100-million Marine Aquaculture project would consist of various developments in the four coastal provinces for 2008/09, including:An abalone farm in Gansbaai, Western Cape.A finfish farm for silver cob or yellow tail in Saldanha Bay, Western Cape.Abalone ranching in Port Nolloth, Northern Cape.A finfish farm in Qolorha, Eastern Cape.A finfish farm in Sokhulu, KwaZulu-Natal.The development of a state hatchery.The global demand for fish products, the minister said, had increased in recent years, while supply capture fisheries had been decreasing.“Following this trends, capture fisheries in our country are in decline, affecting some 28 000 direct jobs that are allocated in areas characterised by high unemployment,” he said.Van Schalkwyk also pointed out that South Africa imports more fish products than it exports, with studies showing that the country imported 200 000 tons of fish per year, valued at about R700-million, between 2000 and 2004.“In this context, aquaculture presents a good opportunity to diversify fish production to satisfy local demand, export opportunities, and the creation of new jobs.“Currently the marine aquaculture industry in South Africa contributes 0.005% to the country’s GDP (gross domestic product) and provides 1 200 direct jobs,” he said.“This is modest compared to countries like Chile, with a GDP contribution of 1.4% and 60 000 direct jobs, a GDP of 1% and 4 200 direct jobs in Norway, and a GDP of 0.06% and 670 000 jobs in Vietnam.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Basic Education Committee condemns burning of schools in Limpopo

first_imgParliament’s Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has expressed its concern and condemns in the strongest possible terms the burning of schools and infrastructure in Vuwani, Limpopo, during recent protest action.Committee Chairperson Ms Nomalungelo Gina said the community needs to take cognisance of the education of the learners. “The destruction and burning of state property will not resolve the issue. The only parties that are disadvantaged are the learners who are not receiving teaching at the moment.”She said the community has every right to protest, but this should not include the destruction of infrastructure. “This is a school term in which all learners will be writing exams and learners need the educational support and teaching they can get. Protesters should be mindful of the effect this will have on Grade 12 learners, who in the next few months will have to sit for their final examinations. Protesters should remember it is their children, cousins and neighbours who will be negatively affected by this action.”The Committee has urged all interested parties, traditional leaders, community leaders, education officials and law enforcement authorities to speedily reach a solution to address the matter so that the education of these learners can continue.For media enquiries or interviews with the Chairperson, please contact:Rajaa Azzakani (Ms)Parliamentary Communication ServicesTel: 021 403 8437Cell: 081703 9542E-mail: razzakani@parliament.gov.zalast_img read more

Interview: Filmmaker Bradley Olsen and His FCPX Documentary “Off the Tracks”

first_imgIn a new documentary, Off the Tracks, Bradley Olsen explores why Apple made those fateful decisions when designing Final Cut Pro X.April 12, 2011. The date Apple unveiled what they anticipated was the future of video editing: FCPX. I was on a drive back from NAB when it all happened. I was sitting in the car’s passenger seat reading live updates from attendees on Twitter. Like many others, I was initially excited about what seemed like the future of video editing. I learned how to edit on the older version of Final Cut, and I was ready to embrace what was coming next.Leading up to the release, skepticism started to grow. Then, FCPX was officially released. First impressions were tragic. I personally remember cutting one project with it and then promptly downloading Premiere Pro and never looking back. Apple expected some criticism from the filmmaking community for their radical changes but not to this level. Final Cut’s user base plummeted, and many users, just like me, quickly jumped ship for Premiere.Image via “Off the Tracks.”The best thing that ever happened to FCPX was that launch.—Sam Mestman, President of LumaForgeYears later, it seems like FCPX is finally making a comeback. Through vast updates, improved features, better performance, and a growing users base, it’s becoming an NLE of choice once again.A new feature-length documentary by filmmaker and editor Bradley Olsen, Off The Tracks, explores the reasoning and logic behind Apple’s bold decision to try to revolutionize video editing. The film features the original Apple engineering team members behind FCPX as well as Hollywood editors, directors, and filmmakers. The film offers more insight into why Apple decided to flip Final Cut upside down and a look at those early filmmakers who chose to embrace the platform.We sat down with Olsen to discuss the film and the overall reactions to FCPX across the industry.Premium Beat: Apple did some marketing for films cut on FCPX like Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Do you know of any other major films being cut with FCPX?Bradley Olsen: Sadly, Final Cut is largely ignored in Hollywood today. I believe that the filmmakers behind Focus and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot will continue to use Final Cut on their upcoming features, but they are the outliers. They’ve proven Final Cut can be used on large productions and that it has many advantages. However, there are still some workarounds to get Final Cut to work on those kinds of projects from the technical side. As Apple puts more attention into professional workflow features, such as built-in collaboration, that will enable industry movers and shakers like Michael Cioni and Sam Mestman to push Final Cut Pro X in Hollywood without any more excuses. But behavioral changes are very hard in an industry that’s very much set in its ways. I hope my documentary can be a tool to open some eyes and allow Final Cut to gain more acceptance because post-production in Hollywood is largely stuck in the past, and there is a desperate need for them to change. The rest of the world is quickly embracing new ways of doing things, and I am very interested to see how that shapes the kinds of projects we see in the future.Image via “Off the Tracks.”PB: How have critics of FCPX responded to the film?BO: We debuted Off The Tracks at LACPUG last month, and many people in attendance were not fans of Final Cut Pro X. We got a really good response from the audience: they were laughing in all the right places and got really into it — much more than I expected, actually. Afterward, more than a few people approached me, saying “You know, I hated Final Cut X when it came out, but your documentary has convinced me to take another look.” That was incredibly rewarding to hear. I made a huge effort to include different points of view about this controversial topic, and based on the response I got there, I think the documentary handles it in a balanced and fair way.PB: Did Apple have any input into the film?BO: What makes this project legitimate for the viewer is that it is was made independently of Apple. I made it without Apple’s input or permission. It reflects my honest opinions about Final Cut Pro X. There are many opinions expressed, especially about how Final Cut X was released, that you would never find in any Apple marketing material. I addressed real concerns people have with Final Cut Pro X head-on in a way that Apple probably wouldn’t be comfortable with. However, by the end of the movie, Final Cut Pro X is shown a very positive light, so I hope Apple is happy with what I made.You can watch the feature-length documentary Off the Tracks right now on VHX.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Best F[r]iends: Greg Sestero on Making Movies With Tommy WiseauInterview: Filmmaker America Young on Stunts, Directing, and PersistenceA Conversation with Lucian Read, Cinematographer of America DividedInterview: Actor Amy Stewart on the Work-Life Balancing ActInterview: Producer Toby Halbrooks Shares Indie Film Insightslast_img read more