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Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years of Service Tuesday


first_imgBusiness News Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union Celebrates 80 Years of Service Tuesday Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 | 4:54 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFollow This Summer Most Popular Celeb Beauty TrendHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe “As a credit union in a world where you have large commercial banks that are getting even larger and more impersonal, the way we survive is providing a level of personalized service that others can’t,” said Pasadena Services Federal Credit Union CEO Ken Landis at the Tuesday event marking the institutions eighth decade.PSFCU was founded in 1936 and served the faculty and staff from the PUSD and PCC during a historical economic hardship. It has since evolved into a community chartered financial institution that serves the region with continuous growth.Notable guests at the ceremony included Board Chairman Bill Hyland, Supervisory Committee Chairman Abe Rasheed, City of El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Martinez, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little and spokespeople from Congresswoman Judy Chu and Assemblymember Chris Holden’s offices.“Today’s about recognizing our contribution to the community and our relationship with the community. Our roots began in the Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City College, but today we are so much more. We have expanded to the entire San Gabriel Valley area from Glendale to Covina,” said Pasadena Services Federal Credit Union VP of Marketing Andy Tien.PSFCU belongs to a shared branching community of over 6,500 branches which means that their members can go to other branches that are apart of the network and do their banking at other locations. The network also includes over 30,000 available ATM’s and in 2009 acquired Vernon Commerce Credit Union making it a division of PSFCU.“With resources like this, we actually exceed the branch count of large commercial banks like Bank of America and Chase. This is an enormous advantage that provides us the ability to reach out to our membership,” said Landis.Eight decades as a banking fabric of the Pasadena community has allowed PSFCU to extend its services to people and youth who need it most.PSCFU is a part of a program at Eliot Middle School that provides financial literacy for sixth and seventh graders in addition to plans of opening a student-run branch at John Muir High School in 2017.“We are committed to serving the community not just with financial needs, but we have a large stake in providing financial literacy to employees and to the underserved. We realize that our origins were from modest means and want to continue to honor that and so what we can to help people,” said Landis.PSFCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that does not issue stock or pay dividends to outside stockholders. earnings are returned to members in the form of lower loan rates, higher interest on deposits, and lower fees, according to the website.“We are looking forward to expanding our business and continuing our mission,” said Landis.For more information about Pasadena Services Federal Credit Union and to learn more about how to become a member, visit http://www.mypsfcu.org. More Cool Stuffcenter_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more


Hiking with Paul’s Boots


first_imgA big, laughter-loving Australian of 6 foot 3 inches, working as a telephone company draftsman by day, Paul Evans preferred to spend his downtime either leading a troop of Boy Scouts or exploring the outback. More than anything else, he delighted in nature. In fact, when his bride-to-be, M’Lynn Markel, left California in 1998, one of the first things the newlyweds did together was go camping. The decision was fortuitous: The couple fell in love with being outside together, and made a pact to hit the trail whenever possible.For about six years, Paul and M’Lynn spent the bulk of their weekends and vacations outdoors and, preferably, in the wilderness. Life was good. They were wildly happy. Then, like a freight-train, came the problems.First, Paul’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. With his father suffering from Alzheimer’s, 42-year-old Paul took on the role of caretaker. Four years later, his mother passed. Meanwhile, his father’s condition continued to worsen. The gaps between hiking trips grew and grew.20160708_084707_fixIn the interim, Paul’s health deteriorated. By the end of 2014, he’d suffered a series of heart attacks. The damage was so extensive, a walk down the block demanded numerous breaks. Hiking became out of the question.However, even as his body failed him, Paul began to pack for a trip he’d dreamed of completing but never gotten around to—a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Listening to the Dirtbag Diaries podcast series, he was thrilled with its tales of gritty thru-hikers weathering the elements and overcoming mental and physical obstacles to achieve their dream of finishing the trail. Inspired, he ordered guidebooks. Plotted routes. Packed his backpack. Organized gear. And, lastly, placed his hiking boots beside the door.Only, on July 23 of 2015, just two weeks before his 53rd birthday, Paul passed away.Shattered by the unexpected loss, raw with grief, M’Lynn wrote a letter to the producers of podcast, asking if they could help get her late-husband’s boots onto the A.T. The company said yes, and, after partnering with REI, did just that.From March to late-September of 2016, a group of 28 hikers banded together to carry three separate pairs of ‘Paul’s Boots’ along the entire length of the Appalachian Trail—over 6,600 miles, collectively. Known as Paul’s Protectors, participants ranged from age eight to 70, from newbies to last-shot veterans. Along the way, they recorded their experiences with GoPro cameras, posting reflections and photos to social media so that M’Lynn could follow along from home.What was it about the Paul’s Boots project that appealed to you and made you want to participate?Bonnie Elozory, age 50Protector through Shenandoah National ParkI’d dreamed of thru-hiking the A.T. all my life. When I turned 50, it hit me that I’d better do it now, because this old body was never going to be any more able than it was today. Knowing Paul missed his opportunity just slayed me. I was overcome with sadness. When I heard Paul’s story, I knew that if my daughters and I carried his boots, the act could give M’Lynn and his family the same kind of healing being on the trail gave us.Matt Maszczakl, age 40, REI employeeProtector from Sage’s Ravine in Massachusetts to New YorkWhen I heard Paul’s story, I could imagine myself in his boots. I turned 40 this year. I’m out of shape, and I’m always too busy to do what I really love. But I dream about it a lot. I make big plans, but don’t always follow through. I felt like I got Paul. I had to do this because, if I didn’t, nothing amazing would happen. If you want amazing, you gotta get off your ass and go get it. This was my chance to do that.What was it like actually carrying the boots?Alex Newlon, age 28An epileptic Thru-Hiking with Paul’s BootsThe boots are heavy—I mean, they’re a size 13! With no way for me to wear them along the trail, I hung them on the side of my pack. However, I did put them on and walk around in them when I was in town taking a zero day… And when I was on the trail, I thought about Paul all the time. I’d ask him what he’d like to do, what he’d liked to eat, or even which campsite he preferred. In that way, carrying the boots was like having a guardian angel, or a really great friend along for the ride.Brittany Leavitt, Smithsonian educatorProtector from Ashby Gap, VA. to Harper’s Ferry, W.VA.I was honored to be able to help someone accomplish a dream. Meanwhile, in doing so, the experience taught me what true love is really about. M’Lynn wanted to make sure Paul’s dream came true. It was amazing to see how many people came together from all over to make sure his boots made the full thru-hike. It just goes to show you how amazing the outdoor community truly is.Tricia Nesser, age 51, Physician’s AssistantProtector through the Presidential Peaks in the White MountainsTo be honest, I’m extremely scared of heights. Like, crazy scared. So whenever I was crossing water on planks, or climbing up and down ladders, I’d ask Paul to give me strength. Every time I asked, I’d feel this surge of courage, I’d keep going. Similarly, when the weather report was bad, or there was rain, it didn’t faze me—I knew Paul was watching over and protecting me. His presence was very tangible, very real. I knew he wanted me to succeed.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0371.Describe your best experience on the trail with Paul’s Boots?Newlon: Cowboy-camping on top of South Kinsman Mountain in New Hampshire, I had the opportunity to show Paul the Milky Way Galaxy. I’m not sure if he’d ever seen it before, but I know we had a great time together on top of that mountain. All alone in the middle of nowhere, staring up at the stars all night—it was the type of experience that can change you forever.Maszczak: My biggest revelation came on day three. I was exhausted, broken, empty—I had a moment where I just wanted to quit. Then, suddenly, the trail opened up, and the sun came out, and that special kind of natural magic that only a hiker knows, began to buzz all around me. That’s when I thanked Paul and M’Lynn for kicking me out the door. I knew I was right where I was supposed to be.Elozory: One day, we met a group of 10th graders out on a four-day hike. They were complaining about the hardships of hiking. The kids couldn’t believe that my daughters were hiking to honor a request from “some dude’s family [they] didn’t even know.” I told them that whatever dreams they have, they shouldn’t let them slip away. That time passes quickly. When we got home, I received a beautiful letter from those kids telling us the meeting had changed the whole feeling of the trip. The kids started to accept the conditions and find the beauty in what they were doing. Paul’s dream was fulfilled in an unexpectedly different way.Your worst experience?Newlon: There was one rough day along the trail when I was climbing up a mountain, beaten-down, just staring at my feet. Then Paul’s boots kicked me in my left arm. I looked up and saw a deer standing in the middle of the trail just staring at me. It was as if Paul was trying to show me something. He was telling me to pay more attention to the beauty of the world around me.Elozory: Near the end of our hike, the shelters and surrounding areas were too crowded to comfortably camp. Eventually, we decided we’d just hike out to Rockfish Gap. With the darkness and our tired legs, the hike seemed to go on and on. We ended up walking about 30 miles in total. At one point, exhausted and hungry, my daughter began to cry. She was totally spent. I was singing songs and telling stories in an attempt to cheer her up. She asked how I could continue to be so cheerful, and I told her it was because I was so happy to be alive, to be here with her and to be carrying Paul’s boots.photo-aug-24-9-17-23-am_fixWhat did you take away from the experience?Maszczak: When I signed up, I thought this would be a great way to honor someone. Now, I realize that it was so much more. The A.T. is like nowhere else in the world. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where I instantly felt like I belonged. When people heard what I was doing, they smiled and nodded. They weren’t surprised. It made sense. You know, the thing about this life, the normal one we all succumb to, it hardly ever makes any sense. But life on the trail? That life has meaning and honor, and it just makes sense in every single moment. And I learned that because of Paul.last_img read more


UK says virus-related deaths rise to 48,000


first_imgSome younger children returned to school in England on Monday while some shops were allowed to reopen.However, some critics say the government is moving too quickly while infection rates and deaths remain high. Separately, England’s public health agency on Tuesday published a new report confirming previous evidence that the outbreak is hitting ethnic minorities the hardest.People of Bangladeshi origin had around twice the risk of dying than white British people, even accounting for age, sex, deprivation and region — although not accounting for comorbidities, occupation or obesity.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said coronavirus had “emphasized the existing health inequalities in the country”, and promised further work on the issue.He said the report was timely given global protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States, adding: “Black lives matter.”And I want to say this to everyone who works in the National Health Service and in social care: I value the contribution that you make, everybody equally.”And I want to say it right across society too. I want to thank you.” Topics : The number of suspected and confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Britain has risen to 48,000, official data showed Tuesday.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures tallied all fatalities in which COVID-19 was suspected or mentioned on death certificates up to May 22.The total of 48,106 is significantly higher than the government’s latest daily figure of 39,369, which only includes deaths where the patient tested positive for coronavirus.center_img By either measure, the toll is Europe’s worst and puts Britain behind only the United States in officially announced deaths, although each country has different reporting lags and methods. The data also showed there had been 56,308 more deaths in England and Wales than the five-year average since the outbreak took hold in March.But in the week ending May 22, there were 2,589 mentions of “novel coronavirus” on death certificates in England and Wales — the lowest since the seven days to March 27.Britain is one of the last European countries to start easing its stay-at-home restrictions, which were imposed on March 23.last_img read more


Federer crushes Clarke to reach Wimbledon third round


first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Roger Federer dashed home hopes of an outlandish upset at Wimbledon by easing into the third round with a 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Britain’s world number 169 Jay Clarke yesterday to reach the third round.Federer had never lost a Grand Slam match to somebody as low as Clarke in the rankings and, despite the Briton putting up a brave fight in the second set, the huge gulf in class ensured the Swiss never had to get out of second gear.Chasing a ninth Wimbledon title, Federer blasted out of the blocks, winning the opening set in double quick time, before Clarke got a foothold in the contest, holding serve throughout the second set to force a tiebreak.The home crowd began to sense the beginnings of an upset when Clarke secured a mini-break on the Federer serve, but it was a fleeting advantage, with the Swiss taking the set and breaking early in the third.The 20-year-old Clarke handed Federer match-point with a double fault and the 20-time Grand Slam champion wrapped up the contest when the Briton sent a backhand wide.“I really enjoyed myself. The tank is full. I came here with a lot of confidence. The first few matches haven’t been very taxing physically. You try to win your matches regardless of the score, if you win them in straights, that’s better,” Federer said.last_img read more


African Champions League: Mazembe knocked out by Wydad, Enyimba advance


first_imgHolders TP Mazembe crashed out of the African Champions League after a 3-1 aggregate loss to Wydad Casablanca.The Moroccans, led by former Real Madrid boss John Toshack, scored late in DR Congo to earn a second-leg 1-1 draw.Meanwhile the tie between Enyimba and Etoile du Sahel went to penalties, with the Nigerian side going through.ASEC Mimosas, AS Vita Club and Al Ahly are the other teams through to the group stages after Wednesday’s action.Mazembe had taken the lead in their match against Wydad after 28 minutes as Mali defender Salif Coulibaly headed home a corner from Ghana’s Solomon Asante.But Wydad’s Reda Hajhouj equalised in injury time, to give the visitors a comfortable aggregate margin. Mazembe now drop down to the Confederation Cup play-offs, the draw for which is on Thursday.Eight-times record African champions Al Ahly of Egypt left it late before progressing to the group phase with a dramatic win against Tanzania’s Young Africans.The tie was delicately poised going into the second leg in Alexandria after the teams had drawn 1-1 in Dar es Salaam.Ahly, managed by former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, took the lead in the 51st minute through Hossam Ghaly.But the impressive Tanzanians hit back with an equaliser from Donald Ngoma 16 minutes later. With the fixture heading towards extra-time, Ahly secured their place in the next stage of the competition with a winner from El-Said deep into stoppage time.Penalty dramaIt was even tighter in the late match between Nigeria’s Enyimba and hosts Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.Enyimba had a 3-0 lead from the first leg but that disappeared as Etoile scored through Hamza Lahmar in the first half, followed by two goals in the second half from Diogo Acosta.Etoile took a 2-0 lead in the shoot-out but Enyimba came back to win it 4-2 and progress.Etoile, who won the Confederation Cup last year, will now have the chance to hold on to that crown. Elsewhere, Ivorians ASEC Mimosas lost their second leg to Libya’s Al Ahly Tripoli 2-1 on Wednesday, but advanced 3-2 on aggregate.The match was played in Tunis on security grounds.In Pretoria, AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo went through on the away goals rule, after losing the second leg against South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1.Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Vita Club increased their advantage when Kule Mbombo scored a precious away goal after 38 minutes to make it 2-0 overall.The South African side fought back, first from the penalty spot when Nthethe scored just before half-time, and then through a Langerman strike 15 minutes from time. That made it 2-2 on aggregate, but it was not enough for the South Africans with Vita Club squeezing through.The draw for the group stage will be held on 24 May in Cairo, Egypt.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more


NCAA’s ruling on James Wiseman sure to rankle Memphis fans still haunted by ‘strict liability’


first_imgThe words that haunt Tigers fans are these: “strict liability.”MORE: Social media in shock over Wiseman, Chase Young episodesThey no doubt could hear those words echoing in the background as they considered the news that super recruit James Wiseman, a center who is the first No. 1 prep prospect to choose the Tigers since Rose a dozen years earlier, was declared ineligible by the NCAA because of an amateurism issue, then OK’d to play because of a court injunction.They wonder if what was presenting itself as a dream season suddenly will be shattered. The injunction will hold for Friday’s game against UIC, but what of a scheduled game against Pac-12 Conference favorite Oregon, which is scheduled for Tuesday? What of all the games they are to play between now and when the Final Four is contested in Atlanta?Mostly, they wonder if Memphis is going to be targeted every time the Tigers are successful in recruiting elite players. “He is being punished for not choosing a blue blood school,” wrote poster aardWolf on the MemphisTigers.org message board. “It was fun while it lasted but you can’t have a school like Memphis upsetting the P5,” wrote TigerTim in the same venue.The facts of the Wiseman case may or may not support this concern. We don’t know enough to even venture an opinion. But the fiasco the NCAA infractions committee created around Rose’s eligibility gives those commenters a basis for their suspicion.NBA MOCK DRAFT: Wiseman in SN’s top three”Strict liability” was a term the chairman of the NCAA infractions committee, the late Paul Dee of the University of Miami, employed when the Memphis basketball program was dragged through the enforcement process for some fairly meager charges: some billing issues for trips made by Rose’s brother on the Tigers’ team charters, as well as Rose’s eligibility stemming from a specious examination of his qualifying test score.Rose’s eligibility to compete had been affirmed multiple times by the NCAA, including its eligibility center, in advance of the 2007-08 season. Near the close of that season, for reasons that never have been entirely clear, officials at the College Board attempted to contact Rose regarding his test score. They sent a letter to his home in Chicago. Rose, however, was in Memphis — or in Little Rock, Houston and San Antonio playing in the NCAA Tournament.Rose never responded to the College Board, perhaps because by the time he found out about such a letter, he was finished with NCAA basketball and on his way to being the No. 1 overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. Because he did not cooperate with its inquiry, the College Board invalidated his test score.So even though the NCAA had approved Rose’s eligibility prior to the season he played, Dee announced Rose had been ineligible through the doctrine of “strict liability.” Memphis should have known Rose was ineligible even though the NCAA told him he was clear to play.It was as preposterous then as it is now, especially because on multiple occasions over the past 20 years, higher-profile schools have had athletes discovered to be retroactively ineligible and continued forward without punishment.The NCAA never proved Rose did not take his test. It hired a handwriting expert who said it was “probably” not Rose who signed the test. This seems a pathetic standard to employ when punishing a school with the loss of a Final Four appearance. But “strict liability” meant this wasn’t really an issue. It didn’t matter whether Rose took the test, only that it had been retroactively canceled.Wiseman is a spectacular prospect: a 7-1 center who runs the court as well as any player his size ever has. He needs to learn to play more consistently with high energy, and it won’t hurt if he improves his perimeter jumper; college basketball is supposed to give him the opportunity to do that.The NCAA is claiming Hardaway presented $11,500 to Wiseman’s mother in 2017, when the family moved from Nashville to Memphis. Wiseman then played a year for Hardaway at East High, and they won a Tennessee state championship. After Hardaway was hired as Tigers head coach, Wiseman committed to play for him this season, which certainly will be his only year in college before entering the 2020 NBA Draft. For those who follow any sports team, there is bound to be a simple phrase from the past whose mention can conjure the worst memories of what it means to be a fan. For those who love the Dallas Cowboys, it might be “Dez caught it.” With the Boston Red Sox, it’s simply, “Bucky F—ing Dent.”With the Memphis Tigers, though, it is not necessarily something heartbreaking that occurred during a game, or else the words in question might be “free throw.” No, it’s what came after Derrick Rose missed a foul shot that might have clinched the 2008 NCAA Tournament championship. According to the suit Wiseman’s attorneys filed to restore his eligibility, this information was known to the NCAA at the time his eligibility was certified. Memphis has agreed the money was paid — but stated its public support for Wiseman’s challenge of the NCAA.”We will continue to be cooperative, respectful and professional in our dealings with the NCAA, while availing ourselves of every resource in the best interests of our student-athletes, our coach, and our University,” athletic director Laird Veatch said in the school’s statement. “It is clear to me in my short time here that Memphians will stand up and fight, both for each other and for what is right, and I am proud to stand with them.”Tigers fans will fight, for sure, but they will wonder all the while if it’s a rigged contest. After stewing in “strict liability” for a decade, they are entitled to their paranoia.last_img read more




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