In January, citing a need to focus on its core brands, Summit suspended publication of 30,000-circ. Bank Advisor magazine.Whelan said Summit has since formed a partnership with fellow trade publisher Source Media in which Source acquired certain rights associated with Mortgage Originator Magazine. The partnership allows Source, which publishes Origination News magazine, to fulfill MOM’s subscriptions and take on its advertisers through the end of the year.Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.“It’s a win-win for both of us,” said Whelan. A Source spokesperson did not immediately return requests for comment.According to Whelan, Summit still owns the titles and rights to the publication, and could consider a relaunch “at some point.” But that “most likely wouldn’t be before January 2011, at least,” he said. Summit Business Media has suspended publication of monthly financial title Mortgage Originator Magazine. The June issue will be its last.Launched nearly 20 years ago, Mortgage Originator carried a paid and controlled circulation of 15,000. Summit acquired the magazine about a decade ago.“It’s a strong brand that was an acknowledged, established part of our portfolio,” Summit senior vice president John Whelan told FOLIO:. “But, it’s been caught in the eye of the storm in terms of the worsening economic conditions. The readership has been impacted heavily.”An editor and an independent sales manager were laid off as a result of the closure, Whelan said. Group publisher John DeCesare will remain with the company.
John Jordan/The Texas TribuneA new mobile app launched after Santa Fe High School shooting last month will allow Texans to report on suspicious activity happening in their own communities and schools. The iWatchTexas app, introduced this week, will help Texans report potential crimes, terrorism or threats to school safety, according to Gov. Greg Abbott, who directed the Department of Public Safety to develop the app. “Our law enforcement officers often rely on vigilant Texans to help keep communities safe, and this new tool will give everyone the ability to quickly and easily communicate with authorities and help prevent future tragedies,” Abbott said in a news release Friday announcing the app.The app can now be downloaded from the App Store for iPhone users and Google Play for Android users. Plans were already underway for the app before the shooting three weeks ago at Santa Fe High School, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured. Afterward, Abbott introduced a school safety plan that called for expanding the app’s use “to enable and encourage parents, students and teachers to easily report potential harm or criminal activity directed at school students, school employees, and schools.”The plan also called for more school protections and mental health screenings. In addition, Abbott asked lawmakers to consider “red-flag laws,” which allows judges to temporarily seize a person’s firearms if they’re considered an imminent threat. Reporting a threat on the app can take fewer than five minutes, and reports are reviewed by law enforcement analysts after they’re submitted, according to the Department of Public Safety. Officials suggest citizens may report suspicious activity like strangers asking questions about building security features and procedures, unusual chemical smells or vehicles left in no-parking zones at important buildings.“Amid the growing threats to public safety by malicious actors, we want to remind the public that they can be law enforcement’s greatest resource to combat those intent on harming others, including innocent schoolchildren and administrators,” said Steven McCraw, the director of the Department of Public Safety. Officials noted that all reports are confidential, but the app is not meant to be used to report emergencies — those seeking immediate help should call 911. Share
U.S. Appeals Court In Chicago Again Upholds Laws Banning… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.29.19 7:00pm A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Cook County, Ill., gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, affirming a lower court decision that found the regulations to be constitutional.The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that two gun owners, who sued over the gun control measures in the county where Chicago is located, “have not come forward with a compelling reason to revisit” since the last time the same court examined a similar challenge — out of the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, which was also sued after passing an assault weapons ban. In that case, the 7th Circuit said that the Second Amendment “does not imperil every law regulating firearms.”In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider the case. That meant the appeals court’s decision that local governments have latitude in regulating firearms stayed in place, and on Thursday, the three-judge panel refused to revisit that decision.The plaintiffs, Troy Edhlund and Matthew Wilson, argued that Cook County’s ban on assault weapons was so vague that it could potentially make it illegal to possess semi-automatic firearms that were not assault weapons. The duo said the gun regulations impinged on their right to bear arms. In contending that the Cook County case was distinct from the Highland Park challenge, lawyers for the two gun owners wrote that the “frequency of the criminal threats faced” in the Chicago area should be considered in deciding whether restrictions infringe on a gun owner’s Second Amendment rights. The court, however, did not find that logic persuasive, saying the gun laws did not prevent citizens from acquiring other types of weapons for self-protection. “Our discussion of self-defense focused instead on the availability of other means for citizens to defend themselves,” the court wrote. “This is a question answered by the particular locality’s laws, not by its crime rates.”Gregory Bedell, a lawyer for Edhlund and Wilson, did not return a request for comment by NPR. The case can be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which has become more conservative since the justices rejected the Highland Park case in 2015.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. M. Spencer Green
Kolkata: A businessman was shot at in South 24-Parganas on Saturday night.The injured person was shifted to a Kolkata hospital as his condition became serious.The businessman was shot at on Saturday night at Dholahat in South 24-Parganas. The injured person identified as Pulakesh Mondal was returning home riding his bike. Near Milan More area, a few miscreants blocked his way and tried to snatch his valuables away. Primarily, the miscreants tried to take away the mobile phone but were resisted by Mondal. When Mondal got down from the bike and tried to stop the miscreants, one of them fired a round of bullet aiming Mondal and fled the scene. The bullet hit Mondal on the left side of his chest and he fell on the ground. Hearing the sound of a bullet being fired, locals ran to Mondal and rushed him to Diamond Harbour Sub-Divisional Hopsital. Later on Saturday night, Mondal was shifted to a hospital in Kolkata. None has been arrested in this case till Sunday night.
Kolkata: The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 29, 2020. The venue for next year’s book fair will be Salt Lake Central Park, with Russia being the theme country.”In 2020, the IKBF will start two days earlier than 2019. The Chief Minister has assured us that she will formally inaugurate the fair on January 29,” said Sudhansu Dey, director of Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, which hosts the IKBF every year. Dey met Banerjee at her chamber in the state legislative Assembly on Tuesday and finalised the inauguration date. The fair will be held for 12 days. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that the IKBF 2019 that started from January 31, witnessed a record sale of books worth Rs 21 crore and witnessed a turnout of 23 lakh visitors. Guatemala was the theme country for this year’s book fair. Several countries from across the world attended this year’s edition of IKBF, which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala. It may be mentioned that the IKBF had shifted to the Salt Lake venue in 2017, with the state government taking up a total renovation of the Milan Mela ground opposite Science City, which used to be the venue earlier.