The April 16 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech University, as well as a gun scare at Bonita High School in La Verne on Friday and similar incidents across the nation have people wondering what can be done to prevent school violence. Many officials say that there is already an effective program in place to safely and anonymously report troubling or even criminal behavior around schools and communities before a tragedy occurs. WeTip, a nonprofit group operating continuously since 1972, has operators standing by 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at its Rancho Cucamonga call center. Tips received by WeTip officers and passed on to law enforcement have helped solve more than 15,000 crimes in the past 30 years. The Covina-Valley Unified School District has been part of WeTip’s school safety program for 12 years, said Marsha Evers, the district’s supervisor for student welfare and attendance. “There are countless cases where WeTip has gotten information on a weapon or a threat, where a student was going to hurt another student,” Aguilar said. “You don’t hear about them in the news so much because we were able to intercede and get to the root of the problem in time.” WeTip, which serves thousands of schools in California alone, never asks for callers’ names, Aguilar said. Instead, they are given identification numbers with which they can call back and add to their original tips. If their tip leads to the solving of a crime, a $1,000 reward is offered. Tipsters are given a code name and can pick up their reward at the post office of their choice, using the assumed name. All tips are passed on to police and schools, Aguilar said. “We would rather err on the side of caution and talk to a principal or school resource officer,” she said. “We do not determine what is good or bad information; we send it to the authorities and let them deal with it.” Covina police Chief Kim Raney, whose department is a WeTip member along with its counterparts in Arcadia, Pico Rivera and Pomona, among others, says the service has proven invaluable. “Anything that comes through is evaluated, especially school safety issues,” said Raney, noting that WeTip information has led to the solving of violent and drug-related crimes in the area. “People on Web sites like MySpace and Facebook might see some disturbing postings, and we encourage them to relate that information to WeTip so that potential threats can be identified before an event occurs.” Covina Councilman Walt Allen III, who serves as vice president of the WeTip board, said membership is well-worth the cost, which is determined based on population. “We are constantly trying to raise money, because even entities that are not members get information,” Allen said. Allen added that the Virginia Tech massacre serves as a grim reminder of the importance of programs like WeTip. “It is an extremely tragic way to make people aware of the need for an anonymous tipline, which helps ferret out potentially dangerous threats to our communities, schools or individuals,” he said. “I hope this awful tragedy gets the word out that there is an 800 number to call to provide information to law enforcement that could probably prevent a tragedy.” To make an anonymous tip to WeTip, visit www.wetip.com or call (800) 782-7463. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We hope that our students feel confident enough to come to our administrators if they feel there is a problem, but we are not naive and know that is not always the case,” Evers said. “So if they overheard something from another student and are afraid to come forward, we would want them to use WeTip.” Evers said WeTip fax and e-mail bulletins received by the school and the Covina Police Department have led to solving, and even prevention, of crimes around district schools. “They have mostly involved property damage, potential drug sales, that kind of thing,” said Evers, adding that WeTip membership is paid by the city and does not cost the district a dime. “Nothing in the realm or homicide or attempted homicides.” That is not to say that the program has not saved lives, said WeTip CEO Susan Aguilar. “Last June in Victorville some kids were going to go to a graduation with plans to kill some members of the school’s sports teams,” Aguilar said. It was one of three gun-related graduation incidents last June in New York, Pennsylvania and Southern California that WeTip helped prevent, she said.
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The Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association on Saturday petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind, the Visitor of the university, to order a judicial enquiry into the security breach of former Vice-President Hamid Ansari by workers of Hindu Yuva Vahini and Hindu Jagran Manch during the latter’s visit to the campus.In a letter to the President, the AMUTA requested him to initiate a “time-bound, high-level judicial enquiry” into the incident on Wednesday.Prof. Mohammad Sajjad, a faculty of history at AMU, said the manner in which the security of Mr. Ansari was breached was dangerous and unprecedented. He claimed that the Aligarh police did not do anything to prevent a possible attack on the former Vice-President, but lathi-charged the AMU students without any provocation when they were on their way to the local police station to protest against the campus violence.
A private pathological laboratory in eastern Assam’s Golaghat town had given a pregnancy report to a man who had gone for urine test.Doctors had advised Jogeswar Bora, a barely literate 42-year-old farmer on the outskirts of the town, to get his urine tested for a certain health complication. He did the test under the Chief Minister’s Free Diagnostic Services that was launched in 16 of Assam’s 33 districts in May 2017.Under the scheme, for people on either side of the poverty line, the State government paid private hospitals or laboratories for conducting medical tests such as CT scan, X-ray, blood and urine tests in government-run facilities.The Golaghat lab handed Mr. Bora the report after getting his urine tested at the civil hospital. “I had no idea what the report contained until a drug store owner I showed it to, said I had no chance of bearing a child,” Mr. Bora said.He then went to a private medical practitioner who told him that it was a negative report of pregnancy, and “something somewhere must have gone wrong”.The laboratory said Mr. Bora’s case could have been caused by a mix-up.
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it wasn’t just a career game as Ikeh also showcased his deft shooting that’s been unknown until the Blue Eagles’ sixth win in the tournament.READ: Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight lossFEATURED 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 shutoutIkeh shot two-of-two from deep against the Bulldogs, the first time the Blue Eagle converted from beyond the arc.“The coaches have been teaching me the other facets of the game like shooting, dribbling, and when I found myself open I just had to shoot it and it went in,’ said Ikeh at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo center Chibueze Ikeh may be the biggest guy in the Blue Eagles roster but had never been the team’s center of attention.Ikeh, though, has been turning heads this UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and 6-foot-8 big man gave something more to talk about when he tied his career-high of 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting that went along with 11 boards.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary La Salle puts UP loss behind with thumping of UST Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ikeh’s first three happened in the second quarter to give Ateneo a 36-33 lead before converting his second triple in the third period to put the Blue Eagles up 66-57.Ikeh, Ravena star as Ateneo drubs AdamsonAteneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga saw nothing new with Ikeh’s newfound skill, saying his center would usually spend extra time in practice just to train that stroke.“We weren’t surprised, the coaches have been giving him the green light to shoot, he has a good rhythm to shoot it,” said Arespacochaga. “He shot a couple in the past and people were surprised that he even attempted but we’ve seen him shoot in practice and he’s been knocking it down.”Ikeh is now a career 50 percent shooter from the field after he attempted his first two in Season 78.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Rewind to almost 12 months ago, the setting was C.Ex Coffs International Stadium and it was finals day of the 2015 Touch World Cup. The rivalry between the Australian and New Zealand Mixed Open teams is one of the most competitive in the sport. Not a lot separates the two teams and the World Cup final didnâ€™t disappoint. The round game the day prior saw Australia take out the match by two touchdowns, 7-5, but as we all know, anything can happen in a World Cup final. New Zealand got out of the blocks firing, with Mackenzie Haugh scoring his sideâ€™s first touchdown in the opening set of the game. Australiaâ€™s Jayden Benbow scored before Elin Mortimerâ€™s first touchdown put Australia up by one touchdown.The incredible stepping of New Zealandâ€™s Phoenix Hunapo was on display soon after, tearing up the middle of the field for Jeremy Locke to score, and when Tiwi Davies scored the Kiwiâ€™s lead 3-2. Dylan Thompson levelled the game at 3-all for Australia before a second touchdown to Davies for the half saw the Kiwis lead 4-3 at half-time. New Zealand further extended their lead early in the second half, when Hunapo and Locke again combined for Lockeâ€™s second touchdown, giving New Zealand their biggest lead of the game, 5-3. Cue an Australian comeback.Dylan Thompson set up Cameron Nicholls to score for Australia to trail by one and when New Zealand were reduced to five players through a Period of Time, Australia pounced. Thompson was again in the thick of the action soon after, with Scott Bundy scoring to level the game at 5-all. From there it was one way traffic, with Thompson scoring his second touchdown of the game, before an acting half run from Nicholls saw Bundy score his second half double. Mortimer made it three Australian doubles when she scored in the corner in the dying seconds, to give Australia a three touchdown win, 8-5. Outgoing Australian captain, Kylie Hilder, could not hide her excitement. â€œWords canâ€™t explain. It was a tough match, we were always behind there but the game plan was to come out on top and we did. We finished so strong,â€ Hilder said.â€œWe had to get in the fight and stay in the fight. We knew we could come out at the other end. It was an awesome effort from our guys and it just shows you the character of the team.â€2015 World Cup Mixed Open Final AUSTRALIA 8 (Elin Mortimer 2, Scott Bundy 2, Dylan Thompson 2, Cameron Nicholls, Jayden Benbow touchdowns) defeated NEW ZEALAND 5 (Tiwi Davies 2, Jeremy Locke 2, Mackenzie Haugh touchdowns).Players of the final: Dylan Thompson (Australia) and Tina Ashworth (New Zealand).Stay tuned to the Touch Football Australia website and social media channels in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series for all of the latest news and information: Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2016)Instagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#transtasman2016)YouTube â€“ www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksLast time they met – Mixed
Huddersfield manager Wagner: I’ve got owners supportby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists he has the support of owner Dean Hoyle.The Terries face a huge battle to stave off relegation this summer. After 21 games, the Yorkshire club are rock bottom with two wins and fifteen losses.Asked if was being supported from within the club, Wagner said: “Absolutely, I can’t ask for more support than I’ve got from the board and especially from Dean, our chairman.”We are always, and we are at the minute, in very tight and honest conversations about everything, so I can’t ask for more.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Agent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leaveby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Napoli fullback Elseid Hysaj has invited interest from Roma.Hysaj is ready to leave Napoli in January.”There had been discussions in the summer with Roma, then we stopped when the season began, but we still like them as a destination,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“I think it is Napoli’s interests to negotiate a transfer in January, seeing as they risk losing him as a free agent in June 2021. They’d only have the summer left otherwise, and seeing as Napoli have been fundamental in Hysaj’s career, we want to avoid leaving for free.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY – The CEO of healthy fast-food chain Freshii says bottlenecks in new markets, delays from major franchise operators and the setback at outlets in Target stores combined to force the company’s revised growth outlook late last month.Speaking at a small business conference in Calgary Thursday, Matthew Corrin said the combination meant fewer outlets could open this year, but that the stores are still going ahead.“As a fast-growing company, we learned things that we didn’t have the benefit of a year ago that caused additional bottlenecks in opening those stores,” Corrin said.On Sept. 26, Freshii revised down expected store openings for the year to between 90 and 95 from 150 to 160, and total expected stores open by the end of 2019 from at least 810 to 730 stores.But Corrin says the stores are still on their way.“It wasn’t a matter of if those stores opened, but when,” he said. “For all intents and purposes, nothing at all changed in the business.”Permitting and construction delays, along with slower than expected timelines for major franchise operators, pushed store opening timelines from the expected nine months to twelve, he said.“Every city we go into has a different permitting timeline, different landlords for the most part, different general contractors.”Corrin said the company has made numerous new hires this year, and changed some policies to help store roll-outs and that the timing is now back to nine months — but not in time to recover the store opening numbers for this year.He said the company’s decision to end an 18-outlet pilot with Target, because a lack of foot traffic at the retailer, also cut into net growth numbers.The revised growth outlook sent the company’s stock, which only listed in an IPO in January, down by a third.“I’m the biggest shareholder by a long shot. My family and I own 30 per cent of the company. And so, as you can imagine, I am personally disappointed in the share price,” Corrin said.But he said he no longer looks at the daily stock price, and is focused on continuing to adapt to changing markets and pressures.Corrin said companies that scale fast, that grow ahead of inflation and that cultivate a culture where employees are more productive and passionate can better adapt to changes like the minimum wage increases rolling out in several provinces.“When you bring all that together, your minimum wage issue becomes way more defendable than your competition,” he said. “So that’s why we sleep well at night.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Fallout from sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein continued Wednesday as the disgraced producer was hit with a new lawsuit, lost an honorary degree and his former company forced to sell off a major film asset because of the scandal.Weinstein and his former company were hit Wednesday with a proposed class action lawsuit that targets what it called the producer’s “casting couch” harassment and abuses. The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court by an unnamed aspiring actress who claims Weinstein harassed her in a building occupied by his former company, Miramax, also names The Weinstein Co. as a defendant and accuses its leadership of being complicit in Weinstein’s systematic harassment and abuse of women.Representatives for Weinstein and the company did not respond to messages Wednesday seeking comment.The company is reeling from the allegations against its co-founder, and on Wednesday announced it had sold the distribution rights to its biggest upcoming release, “Paddington 2.” Warner Bros. will now release the film, which is based on late author Michael Bond’s famous “Paddington Bear” stories.“Paddington” producer David Heyman earlier said he intended that the Weinstein Co. name to be “nowhere near” ”Paddington 2,” which was wholly financed by Studiocanal.Trustees from the State University of New York and the SUNY chancellor on Wednesday revoked the degree granted to Weinstein in 2001. He was an English major at the University at Buffalo from 1969-1973.In a statement, the University at Buffalo says Weinstein’s alleged conduct is “inconsistent” with the values and policies of the university and “contradicts the spirit of the honorary degree” and “undermines the accomplishments” that were cited to bolster the awarding of the degree.It is the latest honour lost by Weinstein, who has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and received lifetime bans from the television academy and producers guild.Dozens of women, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, while actresses Asia Argento, Rose McGowan and others have accused the Oscar-winner of raping them.Weinstein’s representatives have denied all accusations of non-consensual sex, but no charges have been filed.Weinstein, 65, is being investigated by police in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, New York and London.The harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein have led to numerous women coming forward with allegations of harassment and abuse against powerful men, including actor Kevin Spacey, numerous entertainment industry executives and politicians in the United States and abroad.Actor Terry Crews named a talent agency executive he said groped him, likening the experience on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday morning to being a prisoner of war. Crews said he felt emasculated by the incident, and he has filed a police report.The scandal in Hollywood has prompted Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to establish a task force to handle any forthcoming criminal complaints. The advocacy group Women in Film also plans to make a help line and panel of pro-bono legal experts available beginning next month to provide counselling, referrals and legal advice to harassment victimsThe Workshop production company announced Wednesday it will begin work this month on an eight-part documentary series that will be called “Shame: The Story of Sexual Harassment in Hollywood.” The project aims to explore issues starting with the “casting couch mentality” that dates back to the days of silent films. It will stretch from the disgrace of “Fatty” Arbuckle nearly a century ago to modern-day offenders like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, shining a light on how actors, directors and producers have routinely used their power to engage in unsolicited, abusive behaviour.___AP Film Writer Jake Coyle and Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy in New York and AP Entertainment Writers Sandy Cohen and Anthony McCartney in Los Angeles contributed to this report.