first_imgA little more than four years ago, while cruising down PCH with my mother and sister, I got my first glimpse of it. The scene was set: sun shining, wind blowing, ocean on the horizon. The beauty of Mother Nature around me complemented the allure of what sat right in front of me — a fresh copy of the Daily Trojan. Its texture, its scent and most significantly, its content reeled me in the very moment we met back in what seemed like simpler times  — my mom still had to sign my permission slips.After browsing through different columns, stories and photos in the DT, I knew that this was something that I wanted to do. More than a hundred bylines later — it’s pretty easy to lose count — I’m publishing my last words in this publication that has meant so much to me. The Daily Trojan is one of the main reasons I decided to come to USC and it’s also why it is so hard to let go and say goodbye.From my time as a sports writer to sports editor to columnist, I’ve had my fair share of memorable moments, both on and off the page. The best part about writing is that it allows those moments to come to life.Whether I was writing a story in the middle of the night or pulling my hair in the newsroom because the basketball game was headed into its fourth overtime while on deadline, I’m lucky to be able to go back, find the headline and say, ”Oh yeah, I remember that.” Regardless of how good, bad or ugly the circumstances, I’m pretty sure I almost always had a smile on my face while writing and editing for the DT, mainly because I loved what I was doing.I’ve been blessed to be able to have this platform at my disposal at least once a week for the past three years, and its value shouldn’t be taken for granted. It has the power to share people’s stories, catalyze change and start dialogue about important issues both on our campus and around the world. From what I’ve learned, words are never greater than sports themselves, but they do possess the capacity to draw awareness — to a sport, an athlete or an overarching theme.With great power also comes great responsibility that many of my readers, time and time again, held me accountable for, providing me with a variety of funny stories and learning experiences along the way. I’ve been publicly called names and slurs. I’ve been blatantly told that my opinions or predictions were erroneous. I’ve even received death threats— thanks to O.J. Simpson, ironically.I’m human and I’ve been wrong, sometimes very wrong. The 2015 Stanford football team is responsible for that one, but right or wrong, I never stopped coming back, putting my head down and getting back to writing the next day.It’s cliche, but you get out what you put into an experience, and I threw down almost all of my marbles. Hours of writing and editing, laying out pages in the newsroom, conducting interviews, sending e-mails to Sports Information directors: It all surely adds up over time. My friends always asked me why I was inflicting all of this responsibility on myself, and I think I’ve finally found an answer for them.You see, the DT is a lot like that clingy significant other. As hard as you try to get rid of them or spend time apart, they keep managing to find ways to stay with you. I couldn’t get away from the DT. From the plains of rural Indiana to the “Windy City” to the beaches of Orange County, it was always there, so naturally, I did everything I could to keep it happy. Sometimes that required writing on my phone at the Lakers’ game, ditching class to cover a press conference, or working on a breaking news story on a bus filled with a bunch of fraternity drunkards. As we prepare to actually part ways for real now, though, I look back and know that it was all worth it.There’s so much I’m going to miss. There are the media scrums with one of four head football coaches, who were hired or fired at what seemed like the most inopportune times. There’s the Pac-12 after dark, AKA 8 p.m. basketball games that allowed me to flirt with deadlines. Finally, there’s the coaches, student-athletes and Sports Information directors who I’ve had the great privilege of working with and learning more about over the years.From my first interview with former women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper, to my last one with Athletic Director Pat Haden, and everything in between, it’s been quite the ride.Words are powerless to express my gratitude to all of them, and not to forget, to each and every person who took time out of their day to read one of my stories or columns: I hope I didn’t let you down.Last but not least, I have to thank every single one of my amazing colleagues, editors, writers and photographers alike, that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing in both the past and present. Like the Trojan family, the DT family is something that is very real and it possesses a sort of gravitational pull that never really lets go.I’m not going to lie: The thing I’m going to miss most is being that kid from the DT. It’s a brand that was cast on me early in my college career and one I still embrace today. It’s one of the many things that is keeping me from wanting to pick up my fingers from the keyboard for the last time. If only I could get in one more word, phrase or paragraph.Sadly, Father Time has finally caught up to me. Now that he has, I’m going to drive off into the sunset where it all started, a copy of the DT in one hand and four unforgettable years of writing for this paper in the other, because like words in print, the memories you make at the DT  last forever.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” ran Thursdays.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Fernando Hierro led Spain during their World Cup campaign in Russia © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEMADRID, Spain, Jul 8 – Fernando Hierro, who stood in as Spain coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, will not continue in the role, the Spanish football federation said Sunday.Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to host nation Russia in the last 16. “After travelling many kilometres together, the Spanish Football Federation and Fernando Hierro have put an end to their relationship,” the federation said.Hierro declined to return to his previous job as the federation’s technical director and “will undertake new professional challenges”, the federation wrote.Spain were tipped among the favourites until Lopetegui caused chaos by announcing he would become Real Madrid’s new coach after the World Cup.The federation, fearing a split between players from Barcelona and Real, sacked Lopetegui two days before Spain’s opening game against Portugal.He described it as the saddest day of his life since the death of his mother.Andres Iniesta, the former Barcelona great who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final, retired from the international team after the defeat to Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img March 27, 2019 1,161 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Wednesday proved to be a significant day for the GSEs. Even as the topic of housing finance reform saw discussion in Congress, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The White House memo directed that this plan be delivered “as soon as possible.”The President’s PlanThe President specifically called for a “comprehensive” plan for removing Fannie and Freddie from the government conservatorship under which they have been operating since September 2008, during the housing crisis.The memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.”As such, the Presidential memo calls on federal agencies to:End the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and improve regulatory oversight over them.Promote competition in the housing finance market and create a system that encourages sustainable homeownership and protects taxpayers against bailouts.The memo also notes that the administration wants to work with Congress in order to bring about a comprehensive reform plan, adding that “sustainable homeownership is the benchmark of success for comprehensive reforms to government housing programs.”“I look forward to working with FHFA, HUD, Congress, and other stakeholders to address the need for housing finance reform as laid out by President Trump’s Presidential Memorandum,” said U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin in a statement. “We support a system that provides for access to lending for hardworking Americans, while also protecting taxpayers from risk. An effective and efficient federal housing finance system will also meaningfully contribute to economic growth.””A sustainable housing finance system is critical to providing liquidity and security to the housing market and protecting American taxpayers,” said Ed Delgado, President & CEO, Five Star Global. “I look forward to the mortgage industry participating with federal agencies and Congress toward common-sense process reforms that promote responsible homeownership and better safeguard against future economic downturns.”National Association of Realtors (NAR) President John Smaby said in a statement, “While NAR believes the GSEs must be transitioned out of conservatorship, this must be done in a responsible manner that will protect taxpayers and retain the enterprises’ public mission, and these actions must be driven by Congress. This is the only way to secure an explicit government guarantee, a public mission and the 30-year fixed rate mortgage, critical components of a robust U.S. housing market. That point will remain NAR’s primary focus as we continue GSE reform conversations with the Senate, House, and the administration.”You can read the full memo here. To read more about this week’s Senate Banking Committee hearings on housing finance reform, click here and here.Fannie Mae’s New CEOFannie Mae today announced that it has appointed Hugh R. Frater as CEO effective March 26. As CEO, Frater will set the overall enterprise vision and strategic direction of the company. In addition to his role as CEO, Frater remains on the Board of Directors. Frater previously served as Interim CEO.“Following a six month nationwide search of qualified candidates, I am pleased to announce Hugh R. Frater as Fannie Mae CEO. Hugh’s deep understanding of the housing and the financial services industries, broad experience, and strong leadership skills make him an ideal choice to lead Fannie Mae,” said Jonathan Plutzik, Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors. “Hugh’s contributions as Interim CEO over the last several months demonstrate his commitment to strengthening the company and delivering value to our customers and partners. This appointment also provides continuity in Fannie Mae’s leadership team as we fulfill our mission to provide liquidity and support to the mortgage market.”“I am honored with this opportunity to lead Fannie Mae and to play a part in the company’s important contributions to the housing finance system,” Frater said. “The Fannie Mae of today is customer focused, innovative, and committed to leading a housing finance system that is safe, sound, and sustainable for taxpayers and creditworthy borrowers of all income levels. I look forward to continuing to work with this outstanding leadership team to deliver on Fannie Mae’s strategic priorities and transform the mortgage experience for our customers and partners.”Rocky Stubbs, SVP, Direct Lending for Flagstar Bank, told MReport, “Hugh Frater’s announcement is being warmly received by the industry. His reputation is outstanding and there is a high degree of confidence in his capabilities. Fannie Mae was featured in John Collin’s classic Good to Great. One of the key findings is that Level 5 leaders usually come from within the organization. I’m just thrilled that after diligently scouring the market, their search led them right down the hall.”Not all industry experts are without reservation, however. “I always get nervous when the CEO of a government agency such as Fannie Mae pledges to ‘transform the mortgage experience,” said Edward Pinto, Co-Director, American Enterprise Institute Center on Housing Markets and Finance. “In a 1994 press release, James Johnson, Fannie’s CEO, made a similar pledge. The transformation wrought by the 1994 pledge nearly cratered the world’s economy.”Frater served as Fannie Mae’s Interim CEO since October 16, 2018, and on Fannie Mae’s Board since 2016. He has held a number of executive and management roles throughout his career. Frater currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of VEREIT, Inc. He previously led Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC, a national commercial real estate company providing comprehensive capital solutions and investment sales advisory and research services for multifamily and commercial properties.He served as Chairman of Berkadia from April 2014 to December 2015 and he served as CEO of Berkadia from 2010 to April 2014. Earlier in his career, Frater was an EVP at PNC Financial Services, where he led the real estate division, and was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of BlackRock, Inc.This news follows the announcement of similar impending changes at Freddie Mac. Earlier this month, Freddie Mac announced that Donald H. Layton will retire as CEO and that the Board of Directors has appointed David M. Brickman to succeed him effective Monday, July 1. Brickman will become a member of the Freddie Mac Board of Directors at that time. You can read more about that story here. 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first_img This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Google’s “dynamic emails” feature for Gmail is rolling out to the general public on July 2,after a beta release that was pushed out earlier to paying G Suite customers. This might sound scary, but the headline change is the introduction of accelerated mobile pages (AMP) to your inbox. If you’ve opened a link on your mobile in recent memory, you’ve almost definitely experienced AMP. Its addition to your email inbox should add a lot of functionality to your emails, offering up the opportunity to be a productivity powerhouse.Related: Best VPNWhat tasks? You could respond to an edit in Google Docs, browsing images in a carousel, filling in forms or even something as simple as RSVPing to an event without having to move from the page. For now, the dynamic email features will only be coming to Gmail for desktop devices, with a mobile rollout planned in the future. In addition to Google’s suite of features, several of Google’s partners, including Booking.com, Despegar, Doodle, Ecwid, Freshworks and many others are already cleared to send these powered-up emails, and you should expect the list to get a fair bit bigger over the coming months. Google claims it will do a privacy and security vetting of each partner before they clear them for emails.If you’re a user that wants these features, the feature will be enabled by default, so you don’t have to do a thing and using emails in Gmail should just get… easier.If you don’t use Gmail, bad news: AMP is a Google web protocol, introduced to try and make the web a little faster, so it’s unlikely we’ll see these features pop up in the inbox of any of Google’s competitors. Do let us know how you get on with the new changes when they’re available to all.  Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time.last_img read more