WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — Hundreds of friends, loved ones and work colleagues of a 26-year-old man shot to death by a Dallas police officer in his own apartment filled a Texas church Thursday to celebrate his life and condemn the actions that “snatched” him in his prime.Botham Jean was recalled by mourners as a man of many talents: a strong Christian, a beloved friend, dependable work colleague and a gifted singer whose uncle said had aspirations of becoming a politician in his native country of Saint Lucia.“The sound of gunshots did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but their impact was of nuclear proportions,” Jean’s uncle, Ignatius Jean, told mourners. “A nuke had been unleashed on our family by someone charged to protect and serve.“Our prince royal was snatched from us by the quick-to-trigger finger of one trained to protect and serve,” he said. “Perhaps the good that might come of this violent, heinous act will be that those who are trained to serve and protect will serve love and peace, and not violence and bullets.”Jean was killed a week ago today when Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger mistook his apartment for her own and shot him when she opened the ajar door of the unit and saw a “large silhouette” that she thought was a burglar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit made public this week.Guyger, 30, was arrested and charged with manslaughter, but Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said a grand jury will decide the ultimate charge, and she has not ruled out seeking a murder indictment.Earlier Thursday, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office released video of Guyger behind bars in handcuffs and jail attire. She does not speak during the video and was later released after posting $300,000 bond.“Botham Shem Jean was not a silhouette,” Dane Felicien, a family friend, said at Thursday’s funeral at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, in the Dallas suburb of Richardson. “Botham Shem Jean was a fine man. And Botham Shem Jean deserves to be with Jesus.”Felicien received a standing ovation from the crowd when he said, “We as Americans, as humans must turn away from the incivility that has rotted away at our interactions. Re-embrace the heart that God has put in us for love, not hate, and not overreacting with deadly force.”The funeral service was attended by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, the city’s police chief, Renee Hall, and numerous state senators and representatives.Several busloads of students and former classmates of Jean from Harding University, a Christian liberal arts college in Searcy, Arkansas, where Jean graduated in 2016, also attended the service.An a cappella group from the school called the Good News Singers, where Jean was a member, stood in front of his casket and performed several gospel songs as Jean’s parents, Allison and Bertrand, watched from the front row along with their other children, Allisa Charles-Findley and Brandt Jean.Many of Jean’s colleagues from PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services firm with an office in Dallas, where he worked as an accountant and was known by his nickname “Bo,” also filled the church pews, including the company’s U.S. chairman and senior partner, Tim Ryan.“I’m honored to pay tribute to Bo in his memory with all of you, for you are the people who loved Bo and the people that Bo loved the most, and especially to Bo’s family. I am amazed by your strength and I am in awe by what an incredible young man you raised,” Ryan told mourners.He said at the start of the funeral service that 55,000 employees of PricewaterhouseCoopers around the globe were simultaneously holding a moment of silence for Jean.Ryan read several of the “title wave of messages” he had received about Jean from his colleagues.“One said, ‘Bo is a man of great joy’” Ryan said. “One said ‘that Bo’s smile was contagious and you could not be unhappy in his presence.’ One said, ‘Bo encompassed the best in humanity in a smile, in a hug, and with his friendship.’ And several said, ‘Bo was somebody I could look up to.’ And one summed it up best listening to the words today: ‘Bo always looked for the best in situations and in people.’”Jean will be buried in Saint Lucia.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
In-lobby teller delivers for Bellco CU members.by: Bill PrichardTo build on their success and deliver even higher service levels, many of the nation’s leading credit unions are transforming their branches with innovative new technologies and business models designed to carry them into the future.“When a credit union develops a branch transformation strategy, the key objective is usually two-fold: to increase its own efficiencies and provide a better in-branch experience for members now and in the future,” says Terry Pierce, senior product manager for CO-OP Financial Services, a CUES Supplier member based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.Headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., Bellco Credit Union recently deployed its third In-Lobby Teller at its Stapleton branch (opened in April 2014), and has plans to deploy three more at other locations in early 2015. In-Lobby Teller from Diebold, Inc., is CO-OP’s newest self-service platform, and is designed for virtually any size credit union. For Bellco CU, In-Lobby Teller is part of several strategies the $2.4 billion CU is implementing in its 21-branch network to transform the experience of its 230,000 members.“The In-Lobby Teller feels more like a tablet than a standard ATM,” says Jared Dryer, north district manager for Bellco CU. (See the image of the machine in Bellco’s Stapleton branch, illustrating this article, and view a video about it here.) continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The date of the 19th Annual Emperor’s Challenge in Tumbler Ridge has been announced, along with the event’s registration date.According to the Emperor’s Challenge Facebook page, this year’s race will take place on Saturday, August 12th at 9:00 a.m. Registration for the race will be taking place starting at midnight on April 12th, and runs until April 19th, though last year’s event sold out in only 18 hours. Tickets for the event will be available on www.strideandglide.ca.For more information, visit emperorschallenge.com.- Advertisement –
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, La Salle could’ve just let Ateneo sweep the elimination round of UAAP Season 80.After all, with the Final Four seedings already set, the Green Archers would benefit more from a stepladder semifinals had the Blue Eagles completed a sweep.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Ben Mbala wins 2nd straight UAAP MVP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “Coach told us, never give up,” Mbala said. “We kept pushing and we just gave our everything and we left the rest to God, and it was able to help us win the game.”Mbala was sensational once again as the reigning MVP posted 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, and six blocks, while Ricci Rivero had 21 markers and five boards. The two combined for 19 of the team’s 25 points in the final frame.“Maybe, we just wanted it more than them. They took the lead, but our sense of urgency was there that we believed we can still win because we worked hard for this,” said Rivero.“That’s what we plan to do for the next few games. Play hard and leave the rest to God,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But rivalries run deep and the players would be the first to attest that duels between La Salle and Ateneo are never no-bearing games.“We just wanted to win. We didn’t quit,” said La Salle star Ben Mbala.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 shutoutAteneo seemed on its way to victory when it took a 76-69 lead with only 2:24 left.The Archers, though, still had a lot of fight in them as they staged a 10-0 blast en route to a 79-76 win. MOST READ
Juventus coach Sarri defends scratchy victory over Hellas Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Maurizio Sarri admits they weren’t at their best for victory over Hellas Verona.Miguel Veloso had put Verona in front, even after Samuele Di Carmine missed a penalty, but Aaron Ramsey’s deflected effort and a Cristiano Ronaldo spot-kick secured the 2-1 victory.“Perhaps there was some mental fatigue, because you need to immediately recharge the batteries a couple of days later. With a lot of changes, you lose some balance, and that’s what we saw today, as we played in fits and starts,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia.“Dybala had a very good game. Ramsey still needs to adapt, but that’s pretty natural in the circumstances. Our central midfielder was man-marked, but I think we could’ve done more with the other two midfielders. Changing two out of three in the middle meant it was clear we could’ve lost some balance.“This is a team under construction and you can tell. We far too easily forget to defend moving forward and tend to run backwards under pressure, so it’ll take a while to get that out of them.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kate Spade New York has announced plans to donate $1 million to support suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes in tribute to the company’s late founder.To start, the company said Wednesday the Kate Spade New York Foundation is giving $250,000 to the Crisis Text Line , a free, 24-hour confidential text message service for people in crisis.The company also said it will match public donations made to the service from June 20 through June 29, up to an amount of $100,000.Kate Spade New York also says it will host a Global Mental Health Awareness Day for employees as part of its Wellness Program.The 55-year-old fashion designer was found dead by suicide June 5. Her husband says she had depression and anxiety for many years.___This story has been corrected to show that Spade was found dead June 5, not last month.
OTTAWA — The federal government is taking immediate steps to remove some regulatory barriers to trade across the country, hoping to persuade provinces to follow its example.For starters, it is making the national building code free, making it easier for the construction industry to access a single set of rules and hoping the provinces pick them up. Even downloading the code has cost $350.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is preparing to hold a first ministers’ meeting next week, at which eliminating interprovincial trade barriers is high on the agenda.Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the federal government is focusing on areas where it can act quickly to remove regulatory hurdles that impede trade between provinces and territories and add unnecessary costs to businesses.Besides making the building code free, the government is amending federal energy-efficiency regulations for household appliances, clarifying food labelling rules and modernizing meat inspection regulations.And it is expanding the federal definition of what constitutes vodka to include vodka made from something other than potatoes or grain. The Canadian Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — An American Indian activist named in a federal racketeering lawsuit filed by the Dakota Access oil pipeline developer denies wrongdoing.Krystal Two Bulls of Montana also denies evading service of the lawsuit. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners says the tactic is preventing it from serving three other people it added as defendants five months ago to its $1 billion lawsuit against environmental groups including Greenpeace.Two Bulls wants a federal judge to dismiss her from the lawsuit she was served with at the Phoenix airport last month.ETP alleges the defendants worked to undermine the $3.8 billion pipeline. And company attorneys say some individual defendants are evading service by moving frequently and using fake names at hotels.Company lawyers want more time to track them down. The judge hasn’t ruled.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
The Wildfire Service said that the fire did not experience any growth on Thursday, and crews are continuing to build fire guards around the fire to protect the small farming community southeast of the fire, along with other oil and gas infrastructure nearby. The fire did not receive any rain on Thursday, but the cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity are continuing to aid fire suppression efforts.“Crews continue to build fireline and mop-up east of Tommy Lakes Road from 75km mark and east along North Nig road from 46km mark,” reads an update on bcwildfire.ca. “They are also working to contain the small excursion in a cutblock on the northwest corner. Heavy equipment is also working east, in the vicinity of Bubbles Road, towards the west flank to provide crews access to this area. On the southeast flank, crews continue to build fireline east of the Beatton Road along the fire perimeter and are working with the rail line company to protect the rail line in this area. On the southwest flank, crews have completed guard to the Beatton River and will continue along the western flank.”An evacuation order near the fire was rescinded by the PRRD just before 9:30 a.m. Thursday, though that same area is still under an evacuation alert. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Wildfire Service says that firefighters continue to make headway against the Tommy Lakes Fire north of Fort St. John, doubling the amount of containment on the fire compared to Thursday.The BC Wildfire Service said on its website that the 22,583-hectare wildfire is now 20 percent contained. There are 232 firefighters, eight helicopters, and 20 pieces of heavy equipment employed in the battle against the fire, which is the largest currently burning in the province.A map of the Tommy Lakes Fire burning north of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Service
Later that evening at about 7:30 pm, a fifth wheel parked near the former China Wok restaurant was destroyed by fire as the tenant of the trailer was changing propane bottles.Firefighters quickly extinguished the fully engulfed trailer fire. There were no injuries, and the fire was contained to its site. CHETWYND, B.C. – The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department had a busy Saturday responding to a fire and collision.The Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department responded to a semi-truck striking a B.C. Hydro pole on the South Access Road near Tim Horton’s at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 22.The power line was snagged on the truck and was dragged for about 30 meters alongside the road. The fire department kept the scene safe from motorists and pedestrians. BC Hydro attended promptly to repair the downed wires. RCMP are investigating and interviewing the driver.