APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-The push by Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations has left some chiefs wondering whether the national organization is overreaching on its mandate.Some chiefs in Saskatchewan and Quebec crafted a resolution aimed at curtailing the national organization a day after the AFN unveiled plans to not only get rid of the Indian Act, but also the Aboriginal Affairs department.“The chiefs-in-assembly have not mandated the Assembly of First Nations to formally engage in a process with the federal government on their behalf on legislation that impacts and or abrogates inherent and Treaty rights,” reads the resolution, which failed to make debate Wednesday despite efforts by some chiefs to have it reach the floor of the assembly. “First Nations are the only ones who can negotiate, repeal or amend the Indian Act or negotiate the development of federal legislation with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.”The resolution was backed by Thunderchild First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass from Saskatchewan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck from Quebec.The resolution is expected to reach the floor for the debate Thursday, but many of the Saskatchewan chiefs who wanted to speak to it will already be on their way home, said Chief Raphael Paul, from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan.Policy analyst Russ Diabo, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, said the resolution was a bit of an “overreaction.”Diabo said Atleo has made it clear it is up to the chiefs to drive the process to change a system that is irreparably broken.Paul, however, said Saskatchewan chiefs feel that the focus of the AFN seems to be dominated by the interests of British Columbia chiefs, who form Atleo’s power base.“We are from Saskatchewan (and) B.C. has a different perspective on the treaties and they have to respect our perspective,”said Paul. “We have to protect our perspective on how we interpret our treaties.”No treaties were signed in B.C. and First Nations there have embarked on crafting modern day agreements.Paul said there needed to be more consultation before major initiatives get announced.“There was a lack of consultation, we need to be consulted before we make any move on our inherent and treaty rights,” said Paul. “I want this group to listen to us too. I was in Calgary when the all night session took place and we voted (Atleo) in and he said ‘we are going to respect your treaties’ and that is why we voted (for) him when he said that.”Atleo, in his opening speech, attempted to preempt these concerns by highlighting the uniqueness of the numbered treaties which cover Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, parts of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.“Regardless of your specific First Nation-Crown relationship, (whether it is) pre-Confederation, numbered Treaty, modern Treaty or other agreements, we are all pursuing our own way forward based on rights and responsibilities,” Atleo said in his speech. “It is so clear to me that we all must work together and support one another.”Atleo appears to have caught the attention of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who remains open to a historic meeting with First Nations leaders which could happen as early as this fall.In a letter from Harper to Atleo, released by the AFN, the prime minister said he was also willing to hear more about Atleo’s proposals to get rid of the Indian Act and reform the treaty implementation process and the settling of comprehensive claims.“A number of factors need to be examined when considering broad-based reform proposals, such as your recommendations to eliminate the Indian Act and reform the federal approach to treaty implementation and comprehensive claims,” wrote Harper, in the June 21 letter. “I am interested in learning more about your proposals.”Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, a former Innu leader, said Wednesday Ottawa would be willing to explore removing the Indian Act and replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that was the will of Atleo and chiefs.
APTN National NewsIGLOOLIK — Local RCMP have shot and killed a man at his residence in Igloolik, Nunavut.RCMP have said in a statement that they were “checking the well-being” of a man at his home when he advanced toward officers wielding a weapon and uttering threats. During the confrontation, he was shot by an RCMP officer, and later died of his injuries at the local health centre.The nature of the weapon the man was holding is unclear.RCMP said that an investigation will be launched into the incident, and that the Major Crimes Unit is en route from Iqaluit to secure the scene. They also say that it is “too early at this point” to determine what set off the confrontation.An officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries at the scene.
(Wab Kinew. Photo by Anthony “Thosh” Collins)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWab Kinew is considering a run for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, APTN National News has learned.Kinew, an award-winning journalist and educator whose name recognition has grown since he hosted CBC’s 8th Fire series in 2012, was expected to come to a decision as early as Tuesday, according to source who would be involved in heading up a campaign team.The source said Kinew, 32, was seeking spiritual advice before making a final decision.“He is doing sweats this evening,” said the source, who requested anonymity until Kinew made a final decision.A “full-fledged” organization is in place and ready to back him and includes experienced hands who’ve been involved in national leadership campaigns dating back to the National Indian Brotherhood, the pre-cursor to the AFN, said the source.If he decides to run, Kinew would be vying to lead an organization at one of the lowest ebbs of its history following the sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo, said the source.“You can’t agree on anything, there is no trust, there is no leadership…You are at your weakest point and you have a powerful adversary,” said the source. “You need to be strong, you need to have a strong voice…That’s what the AFN needs, that is what First Nations need, that is what Idle No More needs.”The source said Kinew reminded him of Noel Starblanket who was National Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood from 1976 to 1980. Starblanket became chief of his community, Starblanket First Nation, at age 24.“Starblanket came out of nowhere and he had an awesome run,” said the source. “He could mobilize people, he was emotional, he had conviction…He went on to become a great national chief. Prime ministers feared him. He was a powerful leader.”Starblanket also helped the NIB transition into the AFN, said the source. The AFN is at a similar cross-roads, said the source.The AFN’s chiefs will decide on the electoral process to replace Atleo during a planned meeting in Ottawa on May 27.The national chief of the AFN is elected by First Nation chiefs.Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is widely expected to again seek the leadership of the AFN. Bellegarde is making phone calls seeking support, but his flip-flop on Bill C-33, the First Nation education bill, and his opposition to the Confederacy of Nations, which is supported by chiefs in his own region, may have fatally weakened his chances.Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak is also facing pressure to run for national chief. Nepinak, however, is currently planning on seeking re-election to continue leading the AMC.Nepinak is expected to back Kinew if he puts his name on the AFN ballot.“Nepinak is a part of a very powerful movement, the historic numbered treaty group, it’s a pretty big block,” said the source.Kinew most recently left his mark on mainstream Canada through his robust defence of Joseph Boyden’s Orenda novel on CBC’s Canada Reads, a type of literary Survivor where books get voted off the island until only one remains.Kinew is also a correspondent for Fault Lines, a flagship Al Jazeera documentary program. His work with the international news network has taken him to Yemen, the U.S.-Mexico border and Elsipogtog to cover the explosive shale gas protests in New Brunswick.Kinew has won the Adrienne Clarkson RTNDA Award, and a Gabriel Award for his journalism.He is also director of Indigenous inclusion at the University of Winnipeg.APTN National News could not reach Kinew Monday firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
The Los Angeles Kings were the top team in the NHL this season, according to the most predictive team statistic hockey’s analytics movement has to offer. Now they’re down two games to none against the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, and in real danger of being eliminated in the first round. How rare is it to see a “fancystats” darling like the Kings fail this early in the chase for the Stanley Cup?First, a bit of background is in order. One of the major breakthroughs in hockey analytics came within the last five years, when analysts realized that instead of relying on conventional indicators like winning percentage or even goal differential, a team’s future performance could be more effectively predicted by its rate of puck-possession. One proxy measurement for this comes under the silly-sounding name “Fenwick close,” which measures the percentage of all even-strength shots taken by a team in its games, after adjusting for score effects. (Overall Fenwick looks at a team’s shots directed at the goal — including missed shots but excluding blocked shots — expressed as a percentage of the total shots in the game.)Since Fenwick became widely available in the 2007-08 season, the close measure has had an impressive résumé in the NHL postseason. From 2008 to 2010, two of the league’s top regular-season Fenwick close teams have won the Stanley Cup (Detroit in 2008 and Chicago in 2010) and a third came within a game of winning the trophy (Detroit in 2009). The track record for Fenwick close leaders after that is more spotty, with zero league finals berths among them, but those teams still advanced to the conference finals twice in three seasons. So in recent years, it’s pretty unheard of for a team like the Kings — this season’s Fenwick close No. 1 — to fall in the first round.But that’s only a six-season sample. What about similar teams before that? Unfortunately, we don’t have the data to compute Fenwick prior to 2007-08, but we can estimate it for older teams using regression analysis. As I and others have shown before with historical plus/minus in the NBA and historical QBR for NFL quarterbacks, if you want to estimate a newer metric for years before it was tracked, you have to find statistics that were tracked at the time and are correlated with the advanced metric in question (assuming the data meets the requirements for regression).After performing such an analysis on hockey stats website BehindTheNet’s Fenwick close sample from the 2007-08 through 2012-13 seasons, I found three conventional metrics that together explain roughly 88 percent of the variance in team Fenwick close:Shots-per-game differential: This one’s pretty obvious: Fenwick is, at its most basic level, a measure of how much a team outshoots opponents.Point percentage: This variable works as a proxy for score effects, which cause a team in the lead to go into a defensive shell, artificially suppressing its shot differential.Power-play goals-per-game differential: This factor essentially measures whether teams are getting more power plays than their opponents, in addition to the quality of a team’s power-play unit — both of which will affect SPG differential without affecting Fenwick.*(* Note: I didn’t use actual PP goals allowed when calculating the differential — the model works best when it uses the team’s real number of PP goals scored on the offensive side, but on the defensive side multiplies the league’s average PP percentage by the number of PP chances allowed by the team per game.)Here’s a plot of our estimated Fenwick close versus actual Fenwick close for the years in which Fenwick was recorded (the NHL average is always exactly 50 percent):As you can see, the results of the model track very closely with reality. That means the model can also give us a “most likely” Fenwick close for teams in seasons before BehindTheNet’s data was available (going back to 1987-88, which is as far back as NHL.com lists shots per game by team). We can also compute the probability that any given team would have been the NHL’s Fenwick close leader if the statistic had been kept during the season in question.Here’s a table summarizing the yearly league leader in Fenwick close each season going back to 1987-88, along with that team’s number of playoff wins. For years before 2007-08, I list the three teams most likely to have led the league in Fenwick close, as well as the probabilities that each in fact did. For pre-2008 seasons, the playoff win totals are weighted by the likelihood that a team was the NHL’s actual leader in Fenwick close.If the Kings do fall to the Sharks after only picking up a win or two, it would be a historically low performance for a Fenwick close leader. In just seven postseasons was it likely that the league’s Fenwick close leader won fewer than four playoff games, which would be indicative of a first-round series loss. And only one playoff year (1993) saw the weighted mean of likely Fenwick close leaders drop below 2.4 playoff wins. (If we assume the Kings and Sharks are evenly matched and the home team has the NHL’s standard 55 percent home-ice advantage in each remaining game, Los Angeles should only expect to win 1.8 games over the rest of the series.)Meanwhile, the median and mean number of playoff wins for Fenwick close leaders going back to 1988 is eight, enough to win a couple series.While leading the league in Fenwick close isn’t necessarily a guaranteed path to the Cup, Fenwick close leaders usually go relatively deep into the NHL playoffs. The Kings are hoping to keep that trend alive, but the odds are pointing to LA becoming one of the most disappointing advanced-stats favorites in a long time.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme. The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive season.Speaking with JIS News, Manager, Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time, but are encouraged to take them home for Christmas. However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, persons who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form. They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-size photographs, a valid identification and must be 25 years or older. According to Miss Dixon, a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities. If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.“I am pleading to Jamaicans to open their homes this Christmas to a child who is really excited (about) joining a family and sharing in the experience of love, joy and peace during this time of the year,” she said.For further information about the programme, persons may visit any of the CPFSA offices across the island, telephone 948-2841-2, or send an email to email@example.com. The deadline for submission of application is December 15.Release: JISphoto credit: shutter stock Related Items:
The Publishers Information Bureau’s 2008 year-end report made it painfully official: Ad pages in consumer magazines took a massive blow last year, dropping 11.7 percent when compared to 2007. While some like Scholastic Parent & Child (28 percent) and Technology Review (21.5) saw significant ad page gains, the ailing financial market severely impacted niche publishers, with some of those serving the auto, business/finance, home and music industries taking the hardest hits.Many publishers are looking for new ways—from increasing accountability to regrouping product offerings—to meet advertiser expectations and capture their ad dollars in 2009. Increasing Accountability, ROIJohn Pledger, vice president and group publishing director of NewBay Media’s Music Play Network and Pro Audio Group, projects first quarter 2009 ad revenues for his groups will be down roughly 10 percent. “In the large-circulation guitar segment, our larger, more corporate advertisers with multi-brand/product lines that had typically run multiple insertions—at an appreciably high yield—are now pulling back to single insertions and, in some cases, going dark completely through the end of the year,” he says. In addition to asking for rate reductions, Pledger’s advertisers, like many others, are looking for more quantifiable buys. In turn, Pledger says he and his team are developing resources to help his clients sell, including a new online resource for both manufacturers and end users dedicated exclusively to music industry product listings and retail locations. The site will incorporate both peer and professional product reviews and product demo videos. “Manufacturers and retailers will have the opportunity to promote national or regional promotions, in-store events or other specials they have going on,” says Pledger. Increasing accountability also is a priority at Hachette Filipacchi Media’s Car and Driver and Road & Track. According to John Driscoll, vice president and group publisher, while total ad revenues are down overall, he’s seeing his advertisers increase their spend in areas other than print—namely online, events and research.“The auto industry is at the epicenter of the current financial crisis and our titles have been impacted because our core client base—car companies—are under extreme pressures right now,” Driscoll says. He and his team this year will work to expand the Jumpstart Automotive Media partnership, a sales program launched in June 2007 that includes more than 350 “measurable” digital products and brand extensions, including events, radio and CRM.Reexamining Product Grouping As one of the larger niche/enthusiast publishers, F+W Media hasn’t been immune to the ad revenue falloff. With ad revenues declining (starting most notably in September), F+W last fall underwent a company-wide reorganization, grouping its products not by channel but according to 15 “communities,” each led by a publisher/editorial director.“We believe this will help sales of all of our products as there are many cross-selling and also cross-content opportunities,” CEO David Nussbaum tells FOLIO:. “Although we are not forecasting much in the way of revenue growth, we believe that our margins will grow handsomely as we leverage the market expertise that was not resident in the vertical organization will be resident within communities.”Nussbaum is forecasting new “organic growth products in the several million dollar range.” Also as part of the new structure, F+W has e-commerce and offline marketing teams managing customer relationships and launching online stores for each community. “It’s clear that when the economy is difficult, people rely on their hobbies as a way to ‘escape,’” he says. “We believe the ad downturn we’re seeing is manageable.”
.Electricity and gas connections of a building that housed a chemical warehouse were cut off at city’s Bakshi Bazar area on Saturday noon amid protests by locals, reports UNB.It was part of a drive launched in the aftermath of the 20 February fire at Chawkbazar that has so far claimed 71 lives.In the morning, the taskforce formed by Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) to evict chemical warehouses in the Old Dhaka was forced to stop in the face of unrest by locals.DSCC mayor Sayeed Khokon later joined the drive around 2pm and cut off the utility connections.Chawkbazar police said a DSCC team found a chemical warehouse at a residential building on Joynag Road in the morning. Locals started agitation when the team tried to disconnect electricity and gas lines, forcing the taskforce to halt the drive.Representatives of Fire Service and Civil Defence, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited, Department of Explosives, officer-in-charge of local police station, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, and Dhaka Power Distribution Company were present.
“Avengers: Endgame” is slated to hit theaters April 26. Early tracking shows the superhero movie is set to be another blockbuster for Disney and Marvel: Estimates put its box office take at between $200 million and $260 million during its first three days of release.The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. It’s a direct sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.” Both were directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.It’s unlikely the “Avengers: Endgame” content that has hit the internet — even assuming it’s authentic — will hurt the movie’s performance at the box office. Fandango said it sold five times as many tickets for “Endgame” as it did for “Avengers: Infinity War” in the first seven days of sales, while Atom Tickets said the movie sold twice as many tickets in its first week of presales than “Aquaman,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Captain Marvel” combined. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scene A massive trove of spoiler-heavy video clips, screen shots and other info from Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is reportedly circulating online.According to a CNBC report, “Avengers: Endgame” screen shots, GIFs, short clips, and detailed posts have recently surfaced on Twitter and Reddit. It’s not clear what the source of the leaked footage was.Variety has not independently confirmed the leaks. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.The pirated “Avengers: Endgame” footage is subtitled in Arabic, and “appears to have been recorded during a screening of the film judging from the theatre seats visible in the frame,” Gizmodo reported. Footage from the film that leaked online runs about five minutes, according to the Verge.In a letter posted Tuesday on Twitter, the Russo Brothers — who directed the movie — urged fans to keep spoilers to themselves so they don’t ruin the enjoyment of others (although they didn’t specifically cite the leaks). “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence,” they wrote, including the hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame in the tweet. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Is Disney’s Domination Good for the Box Office? Popular on Variety Related
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — One of the drawbacks associated with using semiconductor lasers is that many of them can only produce a beam of a single wavelength, and can only send that beam in one direction at a time. There have been efforts to tune lasers so that different wavelengths can be achieved, but these lasers still emit light only in one direction, and one wavelength at a given time. All that could change, though. Harvard University scientists Federico Capasso and Nanfang Yu , in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have been working with an international team to develop a laser that offers multibeam emission. Citation: Building a more versatile laser (2009, November 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-versatile-laser.html Scientists demonstrate highly directional semiconductor lasers The special grating directs laser beams. Illustration by Nanfang Yu, simulation results from the computer modeling and 3D illustration software. Explore further “Usually semiconductor lasers can only emit a single wavelength. Our design, though, allows us to emit beams in different directions, as well as beams of different wavelengths,” Capasso tells PhysOrg.com. Capasso believes that this work with fellow scientists at Harvard, and from the Institute of Quantum Electronics in Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. in Hamamatsu, Japan, will lead to a number of uses in a variety of applications in the future. He refers to the group’s efforts as “beam engineering.” The results of the latest simulations and experiments the group has done with multibeam lasers can be seen in Applied Physics Letters: “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers.”The secret to the success of these lasers, Capasso explains, is the specially designed collimator used to direct the beams. “We realized that by designing a special collimator with two different gratings, we could create a beam that comes out to you at a certain angle, and another beam that comes out at a different angle. This essential allows us to use diffraction and interference to design beams to our specifications.”Previously, Capasso and his peers had shown how a plasmonic structure with aperture grating on a laser facet could collimate the beam that emerged. Taking this principle, the international team decided to split the beam of a quantum cascade laser into two different beams by using successive plasmonic gratings to define different lengths and periods on the laser’s facet. The result was that it was possible to create two different beams – of different wavelengths and heading in different directions – with the same laser.“We have created a multi-functional laser,” Capasso insists, “that has a lot of potential. Not only can this add to the functionality of lasers as we have them already, but there is also the possibility of new applications in the future. This beam engineering will make lasers more efficient, since it requires more focus on designing the facet, rather than having to build an entire laser for each application.” Some of the possible applications include fiber optic communications, interferometry, spectroscopy, holography, and LiDAR (light detection and ranging).Capasso hopes that this work can be continued in the future. “We want to be able to steer the beam in real time, rather than having to set it ahead of time. Real time beam steering has been done by using multiple lasers in complicated maneuvers, but we hope to be able to use beam engineering to do it with a single laser.”More information: Nanfang Yu, et. al., “Multi-beam multi-wavelength semiconductor lasers,” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/95/161108/1 Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.
April 8, 2015 4 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When you’re new to business, it can be hard finding the funds to hire a lawyer to write a contract. You’re intelligent, and you know you could tweak a template document if you could just find one. Maybe, too, you’re working with people across the country and it makes little logistical sense to mail them the contract and wait for them to sign it.Related: 10 Affordable Tools to Help Online Entrepreneurs Succeed You’d love a tool that lets you write, sign and manage contracts electronically, then store them in the cloud. But you’re not sure what’s available.Here’s the answer: seven free or cheap resources worth checking out.Form repositories 1. Orrick Startup FormsThis resource features corporate formation documents (for Delaware corporations), founders’ stock purchase documents, director- and officer-related documents, employment & consultant documents, technology-related documents and equity-compensation documents. You can download these documents for free after confirming that use of these contracts and documents does not indicate a client-attorney relationship with Orrick.2. FindLaw Small Business Forms & ContractsThis resource features a range of forms, contracts, checklists and other resources for creating, managing and dissolving a business. It includes a Business Balance Sheet, Business Deductions Checklist, Debt Collection Documents, Going Public Due Diligence Checklist, Federal Consumer Credit Laws Checklist, Notice and Articles of Dissolution, Operating Budget, Profit and Loss Statement, Settlement and Distribution of Assets Checklist and Software License Agreement Provisions. You can preview the documents before you download them as mobile apps.Related: Get Business Agreements in WritingMobile apps 3. ShakeThis mobile app allows you to create and sign agreements for a range of purposes. There’s a DJ agreement, several freelance agreements and agreements for confidentiality, renting, buying and loaning money. Shake was named a top app to watch in 2014 by Business Insider, and has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Contract source web apps 4. DocracyDocracy is a collection of contracts and other legal documents socially curated by everyday users. The service offers reputable, transparent sources and social proof to ensure quality documents. The first version of Docracy was created at an all-night TechCrunch hackathon. The founders had had trouble finding reasonable documents running their previous business, and realized that others had the same problem. With backing from First Round Capital, Vaizra Seed Fund, Quotidian Ventures and Rick Webb, Docracy today provides a place to share your documents and download new ones, as well as sign them electronically.5. LegalZoomYou can register an LLC or incorporate on this legal website as well as download contracts and other legal forms individually, for $14.95. The extensive library of documents houses affidavits, bills of sale, and agreements relevant to business, entertainment, event-planning, household issues, human resources/employment, intellectual property, internet/technology, landlord/tenant, lending, loans/promissory notes, nondisclosure agreements, retail and service-related topics.Contract management web apps Once you already have the contracts you need, these services will help you manage and use your contracts.6. ContractuallyFrom Contractually, you can import existing documents to create your company’s template library. You can then edit the contract within the site and collaborate with others to change the document before each party signs it, using the site’s s e-signature feature. Contractually keeps records of all changes to the document and who made them, and also automatically sends a PDF of the contract once it’s been signed.7. SignNowWith SignNow, you can collect signatures by email or create a link that you can post anywhere. You can collect signatures on any device, and signatures will look like real ink. Manage the users in your organization with SignNow’s teams feature. You can collect information from forms into CSV format. With SignNow, you can send contracts in bulk, obtaining up to 1,000 signatures at a time. SignNow integrates with SalesForce, Office365 and Google Apps. Want to set up your iPad so that users can complete a single document without access to the rest of your account? Put SignNow in kiosk mode.Related: 3 Online Tools To Find Funding Enroll Now for Free
The list of Alabama’s “Failing” Public Schools has been released.As in 2017, most on the list are Highschools, but 11 Elementary Schools are also on the list.In the Tuscaloosa City Schools System, Central High and Paul Bryant Highschools are on the “Failing” school list.No Elementary Schools in Tuscaloosa City Schools System are on the list.See the full list of failing schools here.