Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Itâ€™s only been a year?Eszylfie TaylorÂ is ruminating on the success of his Pasadena-based company, Taylor Insurance and Financial Services, and what has made it so successful in only its first year of operation.As he told Pasadena Now, â€œI find that a lot of my counterparts, and financial advisors, most of them, aren’tÂ as good as they should be,Â and those that are, generally specialize in one or two areas, yet everyone in the business is called a â€œfinancial advisor.â€™ That term means a lot of different things. You might find an investor in mutual funds, and they call themselves a financial advisor, but he doesnâ€™t take a planning perspective that considers other beneficial options besides mutual funds.â€â€œWe look at not only investing,â€ Taylor continued, â€œWe look at insurance, we look at estate planning, tax planning, we look at everything, so thatâ€™s the big difference,â€ said Taylor.Taylor equated his role to that of a doctor, saying, â€œYou have a doctor and he is a great cardiologist, so if you have a problem with your foot, heâ€™s probably not the person you’re gonna talk to. We are more of a general practice, so weâ€™re going to look at everything, and then we bring in any professionals it might take, beyond our level of expertise. I’m certainly not a jack of all trades, and I would not be an expert on all things, so we address all the areas, then bring in the necessary experts, and then go from there.â€Part of what has made Taylorâ€™s company so successful, he said, is knowing how to identify the right client. As he explained, â€œThere are three things that make a good client. Number one is whether or not they have sufficient income, thatâ€™s always good. Number two, will they have assets to play with, and the third, and probably the most important is a willingness to be educated on a deal.â€â€œYou can have investments,â€ says Taylor, â€œbut if youâ€™re closed off, stubborn and unwilling to take advice, you might not do as well.â€Taylor credits his simple process as a big part of not only drawing in new investors, but helping them achieve their financial goals as well.â€œOur process is very simple,â€ he said. â€œOur objective as advisors in Taylor Insurance is to give our clients the information that they need. There is no fee, and no obligation to meet with us, but at the end of the day, Iâ€™m either going to uncover some issues, or validate that they (already) have the perfect financial plan.â€As a financial advisor, Taylor also works with a number of professional athletes, whose financial landscape might need a little more maintenance.As he explained, â€œWeâ€™ve had the opportunity to work with professional athletes, and weâ€™ve done some great planning for them. Obviously so many athletes make a lot of money but they spend a lot of money too, so we want to establish long term financial plans for athletes so that when their playing career is over, they have a plan in place.â€œAt the end of the day we want to be proactive, not reactive,â€ Taylor continued, â€œso its best that people look at their options now.â€â€œYou really donâ€™t want to come in my office on December 26, with four days to plan for the year and be forced to make a decision in that timeframe. You want time to gather information, plan and do things in your time.â€â€œThe number one question that I ask someone on the planning side,â€ Taylor emphasized, is â€˜If you didnâ€™t come home tomorrow, how is your family’s estate?â€™ and unless you can say, â€˜I’ve got all my plans in order and I’m comfortable with it, we need to sit down.â€Taylor believes strongly that his company is not a transactional firm, but is a relationship-based firm.â€œIt does not matter how good your products are or how much you know, â€œ he said. â€œPeople need to trust you, so my agents and my staff are all extensions of me, and weâ€™re all built the same way, we are taught the same way, that itâ€™s relationships that are the most important.â€â€œSo,â€ Taylor concludes, â€œItâ€™s not a matter of, â€˜Here, buy this product and I hope your life works out.â€™ Â We are a relatively new company, but not new in the business. In September, Iâ€™ll be going on my fifteenth year in the business.â€â€œIâ€™m only 36,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ll be there when the money goes to your kids, too. And thatâ€™s important.â€Taylor Financial is at 201 South Lake Avenue, Suite 300, Pasadena. (626) 356-7637. www.taylorinsfin.com. Community News Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Company News Briefs Nothing Succeeds Like Success Taylor Financial celebrates its first year STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, August 22, 2014 | 11:14 am More Cool Stuff Subscribe Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most skilled jazz trumpet players of all time. Along with Charlie Parker, he is credited with pioneering the “bebop” style and for introducing Afro-Cuban elements into modern jazz music.In addition to being an incredible improviser and skatter, Gillespie is responsible for several pieces that have become jazz standards including “Manteca”, which he co-wrote with Chano Pozo and Gil Fuller in 1947. The tune has been covered by a wide array of artists over the years, from Red Garland (1958), to Ella Fitzgerald (1970), to Quincy Jones (1973).“Manteca” also caught the attention of Vermont four-piece Phish during their formative years, and quickly became one of their most frequently performed jazz numbers. Phish recorded a version of the song for their 1992 album A Picture of Nectar, adding the somewhat nonsensical lyrics “crab in my shoe mouth” to the instrumental melody.Since then, Phish has continued to work “Manteca” into their live performances in fun and creative ways. From subtle teases to full-scale “Manteca” jams, the appearance of the “crab in my shoe mouth” refrain never fails to send Phish crowds into a frenzy. In honor of the 26th anniversary of Dizzy Gillespie’s passing today, give a listen to a few of our favorite Phish “Manteca” jams:First, check out this dark and dirty “Manteca” jam, part of a top-notch “Stash” at Phish’s 11/14/95 show at the University of Central Florida Arena in Orlando:[Video: PhrankieC87]Setlist: Phish | University of Central Florida Arena | Orlando, FL | 11/14/95 Set One: Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, Billy Breathes, Divided Sky, Esther > Free, Julius, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome, CavernSet Two: Maze, Gumbo, Stash -> Manteca -> Stash -> Dog Faced Boy  -> Stash , Strange Design, You Enjoy Myself -> Immigrant Song Jam -> You Enjoy MyselfEncore: The Wedge, Rocky Top Acoustic. Performed over a different arrangement than usual.Next, give a listen to the “You Enjoy Myself” from New Year’s Eve 2010 at Madison Square Garden, featuring a fun “Manteca” sandwich during the song’s jam section:[Video: HarpuaFSB]Setlist: Phish | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 12/31/2010 Set One: Punch You In the Eye > AC/DC Bag > The Moma Dance > Scent of a Mule, Burn That Bridge, Weigh> Ocelot, Beauty of My Dreams, Gone, Rock and RollSet Two: Wilson > 46 Days, Sand, NICU > Down with Disease > Ghost , You Enjoy Myself -> Manteca -> You Enjoy MyselfSet Three: Meatstick, Auld Lang Syne, After Midnight, Backwards Down the Number Line > Piper > Free, Waste > Slave to the Traffic Light, GrindEncore: First Tube Phish debut. Unfinished. Portions pre-recorded; Lyrics sung in multiple languages. Sung with Meatstick singers while Trey played guitar.You can also check out partial fan-shot footage of Phish’s super-funky “Bathtub Gin” from Bethel Woods (the home of Woodstock) on 5/28/11 containing a double-time “Manteca” interlude:[Video: ld12985]Setlist: Phish | Bethel Woods Center For The Arts | Bethel, NY | 5/28/2011 Set One: Theme From the Bottom, NICU, Cities, Halley’s Comet > Runaway Jim, Gumbo > Quinn the Eskimo > Limb By Limb, Horn, Bathtub Gin -> Manteca > Bathtub GinSet Two: Down with Disease > Free > Backwards Down the Number Line > Makisupa Policeman > Harry Hood > Cavern > David BowieEncore: A Day in the Life Unfinished. With lyrics referencing several band members’ houses (and Trey’s favorite show, House)Thank you, Dizzy Gillespie, for all the wonderful music you gave to the world.
A FOUR-MEMBER team will represent Guyana at the North American Power Lifting (NAPF) Caribbean Powerlifting Championships set for August 15 to 20 in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.The team includes lone female lifter Andrea Alicia Smith as well as male lifters Erwyn Smith and Karel Mars, with Kathleen Paul as the team manager.Ms Smith will be competing in the Women’s 63kg Open Division with her sights set on obliterating the current Squat and Deadlift records in her division which stand at 160kg (352lb) and 142.5kg (314lb) respectively.Mr Smith will be competing in the Men’s 93kg Open Division tomorrow at 09:35hrs while Karel Mars will be lifting at 13:00hrs. kindTeam Guyana had been plagued with sponsorship issues for this overseas engagement but timely assistance from some members of Corporate Guyana and ordinary citizens made this trip a reality for the trio.Guyana’s team was initially set at 22 comprising of 19 athletes and 3 officials. It was, however, reduced after the competition’s organisers changed the format.The team was further reduced due to sponsorship issues, which found the athletes applying for individual sponsorship even as the Federation appealed to Corporate sponsors and Government.The Government had chipped in to sponsor the female athlete while other sponsors were Public Utilities Commission, International Pharmaceutical Agency, Demerara Harbour Bridge Ltd, GUYOIL, Evan’s Brother Automotive, Hand-in-Hand, DIGICEL, Tower Suites, Demerara Mutual, Caribbean Airlines and Sookraj Cambio.
California State Senator Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) were announced as mentors for the Visiting Fellows Program, formerly known as Legislators-in-Residence, by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.Across the aisle · California State Senator Mark Wyland (left) and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (right) will serve as mentors in the Visiting Fellows Program of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife. – Carol Kim | Daily TrojanVisiting Fellows is a program that was created last fall through the Unruh Institute, which strives to aid undergraduate students in the field of politics and public policy with the guidance of local elected officials. From their experience in state politics, Wyland and Portantino will offer students an interactive approach to understanding the rigor of shaping public policy by monitoring various events, such as round table discussions and student forums. As mentors of the program, Wyland and Portantino offer a change in discourse for many students. While working closely with state-elected officials, students are encouraged to envision a life of real-world politics, gaining insight and preparation for the future.“It is very important for us that USC students understand that there is a role for young people in politics and public service,” Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur said. “We want our legislators to give students an understanding of how the political process works, but we also want to make sure that they explain to the students that they don’t have to be 40 or 50 years old to make a difference.”Schnur also said that Wyland and Portantino’s record of bipartisanship will be an asset to the institute.“Not only are Wyland and Portantino very smart and experienced in public service, but they both gained a reputation in the legislature for being able to work across party lines,” he said. “We want USC students to get involved in politics, but we also want them to learn how to work with people with whom they don’t always agree.”Wyland has been in state office since 2000, when he was elected into the California Assembly. In 2006, he was elected senator of the 38th Congressional District, representing San Diego County and parts of Orange County. His passion for K-12 education in California led to his role as vice chair of the Senate Education Committee. Through his role in the Committee, Wyland garners legislative interest to various initiatives in educational reform, such as improvements in charter and public school education. Wyland joins the Visiting Fellows Program with hopes of promoting higher student literacy in public policy and politics.“I think it is important that everyone, certainly students, understand both public policy, politics and forming policy, because it is rarely one or the other,” Wyland said.Portantino, who is also an adjunct professor of political science at USC, returns for his second year as a Visiting Fellows mentor at the Unruh Institute this fall. Portantino is currently teaching a new political science course at Dornsife this fall called “Values Based Political Leadership and Public Policy.”“I want to inspire young people to look at a career in public policy as a place to make a difference — it is an outstanding career path to work on,” Portantino said. “Whether the topic is science, business or the environment, public policy is a place to make a difference and I hope to inspire people to make it their career.”
A Karim Abdul goal gave Legon Cities FC their first win of the 2019-20 Ghana Premier League season over Bechem United.The goal and eventual win sparked wild celebrations from fans who had come to see the Legon-based side.Legon Cities, despite an impressive social media campaign have failed to pick up three points until tonight.The win excited the people at the Accra Sports Stadium who had already been treated to a stunning performance by rapper Medikal at half-time.Medikal performing at Accra Sports Stadium – Photo Credit: Legon Cities FanBaseLegon Cities took the lead after 30 minutes with a great freekick from Abdul. Bechem Utd tried to find an equaliser but Cities held on to pick up a vital win.They are now on six points with one win and three draws from their first six games.