A man of many talents

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Let’s just say that Elliot Schwab knows how to multitask.While at Harvard Law School (HLS), he worked for an Israeli supreme court judge, raised two small children with his wife, studied Talmudic law, labored on a U.S. Supreme Court petition, served as a project manager for an international legal and policy consulting firm, took classes at Harvard Business School and Harvard College, and prepared for a career in real estate law, all while doing pro bono work with aspiring musicians.Oh, and he’s a songwriter too.“I have a hard time turning down cool opportunities that arise,” said Schwab, who will head to New York with his family for a job with the firm Simpson Thacher after graduation. “And in a place like Harvard, cool opportunities arise all the time.”The New York native’s route to Cambridge was less traditional than the average HLS student’s. Schwab had studied exclusively in yeshivas in the United States and Israel, educational institutions whose prime focus is on ancient Jewish law. The work perfectly prepared him for HLS and beyond, he said, teaching him how to analyze theoretical underpinnings and providing him with “a strong foundation in moral, religious, cultural, and ethical spheres.“That sort of an education turns out to be excellent training for law school and life.”But Schwab’s life could have taken a very different turn during his first HLS year when the music production team behind artists such as Lady Gaga, Moby, and Linkin Park came calling after hearing one of his demos.Schwab’s formal musical training amounted to a few years playing the piano as a child, but he always loved “thinking holistically about chords and the relationships between notes.” As a teen, he taught himself the guitar, harmonica, and ukulele, and dabbled in songwriting.In 2009, as a first anniversary present to his wife, Aliza, he recorded her a song in Israel. She begged him to do another. He recorded a handful of songs and then reached out to local music producers, hoping they might produce his work with other artists.“I was persistent. I kept recording more songs and harassing their email inboxes until somebody started listening.”Listen they did. Schwab knew he’d found success when he hopped into a Jerusalem taxi during a clerkship for an Israeli judge last summer, and one of his songs started playing on the radio. “It has been both humbling and encouraging to shoot for a seemingly unattainable goal, work hard to realize it, and then watch my efforts reach fruition and snowball,” he said.His musical experience came in handy at HLS. He provided free counsel to music industry artists and producers through the School’s Recording Artists Project clinic. He also helped craft a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court with HLS Professor Charles Nesson that urged the court to hear the case of Joel Tenenbaum, a Boston University student sued by the recording industry and fined by federal courts for illegally downloading and distributing songs.It also was a priority for Schwab to maintain his Talmudic studies. And he worked closely with HLS professors Alan Dershowitz and Noah Feldman, helping them with research and book projects.When he wasn’t busy at HLS, or writing the occasional song, one of Schwab’s favorite pastimes was hosting dinners at his home in Brighton with his wife and children Shimon, four, and Yisrael, two.“At Harvard Law School there are so many brilliant, talented, and fascinating people coming from a diverse array of backgrounds. There were so many people from whom to learn and this was a great way of connecting.”There were many opportunities to seize at HLS. For the man who always loves to do more, Harvard was the perfect fit, though he didn’t necessarily know that coming in.“I was very excited, but also a bit nervous, and didn’t know what to expect,” said Schwab. “My experience here has surpassed my very high expectations. I know that sounds cliché, but it’s really true.”last_img read more

Latapy demands US$1 million owed by TTFA

first_imgAMIDST money worries and their ongoing dispute with FIFA, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association now has to contend with a demand from former coach Russell Latapy who says the TTFA has owed him money for years and he needs to be paid immediately.Latapy, 51, played 81 matches for Trinidad and Tobago from 1988 to 2009 scoring 29 goals. He would eventually go on to coaching the national team between 2009 and 2011. He served as an assistant coach in 2009 and again in 2017.Speaking with the Nation Newspaper in Barbados where he is now the head coach of that country’s national team, Latapy says that the TTFA owes him a tidy sum of about US$1 million.“I am still being owed that money since 2009. It is not rocket science. The football association, based on reports from the newspapers, I would like to think that some of the money they owe me is also included in the TT$50 million (US7.4 million),” he said.“It is money that I worked for and, like anything else; if I work for that money I am not asking any favours.”The TTFA’s financial woes are the primary reason behind FIFA’s decision to appoint a normalization committee to oversee the daily operations of the association until an election can be held to elect a new executive that will replace William Wallace and his administration that was voted in during elections held in November 2019.The matter is now before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.last_img read more

Nicolas Otamendi to sign for Man United? Latest reports

first_img1 After seven years of managers neglecting Manchester United’s ailing central midfield, Louis van Gaal has finally addressed the issue with the arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.However, attentions now turn to the problems in central defence and with overtures for Sergio Ramos and Mats Hummels seemingly falling on deaf ears, it looks like Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi is next on the list of targets.The Daily Star reported on July 12 that the Argentine’s agent Eugenio Lopez brought in super-agent Jorge Mendes to help broker a deal to the Premier League with United identified as Otamendi’s favoured destination.As Sergio Ramos was still a very realistic possibility at the time, United were preoccupied and the move cooled.But, with Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez publically stating Ramos was not going anywhere, the Otamendi move looks very much back on and the Independent revealed the defender was willing to go on strike to force the move.They suggested that if Manchester United met Valencia’s £35m asking price then the he could be a posing with a red shirt in front of a black background littered with sponsors’ logos by July 27.But with United bidding less than that for Ramos, it is unlikely the move will be particularly straightforward.However, things have accelerated over the last 24 hours with Spanish newspaper MARCA reporting that Otamendi had been left out of the club’s official kit launch despite being one of the club’s biggest stars, hinting that the 27-year-old was on his way out of the Mestalla.Valencia report back for pre-season training on July 26 and it is understood all parties want an outcome, one way or another, by that date.Van Gaal revealed to MUTV this week that he expected to make more signings this summer and had identified two positions that definitely need strengthening – believed to be central defence and striker.The club are keen to get all their business done early this summer and allow the new recruits to settle so expect further developments on this story to come thick and fast.last_img read more

Plants Generate Their Own Sunscreen

first_imgUltraviolet radiation hits plants as well as humans, but plants can’t reach for a tube of sunscreen.  Too much exposure can damage them; what do they do?  They have a sensor that turns on production of their own brand of sunscreen and spreads it on their skin automatically.    UV-B rays are the most damaging rays in sunlight.  In Science this week,1 researchers at the University of Glasgow explained how plants have a protein named UVR8 that normally comes in pairs.  UV-B rays break up the pairs; as single molecules now, UVR8 proteins link up with others named COP1.  This combination signals the nucleus to ramp up production of sunscreen.  The abstract said in jargon,Absorption of UV-B induces instant monomerization of the photoreceptor and interaction with COP1, the central regulator of light signaling.  Thereby this signaling cascade controlled by UVR8 mediates UV-B photomorphogenic responses securing plant acclimation and thus promotes survival in sunlight.”Professor Gareth Jenkins explained for University of Glasgow News, “When a plant detects UV-B light this light stimulates the synthesis of sunscreen compounds that are deposited in the outer tissues and absorb UV-B, minimizing any harmful transmittance to cells below.”  So it’s not just having UVR8 able to absorb the harmful photons – it’s also a matter of having them link up with other proteins and switch on genes – then having the gene products arrive at the proper destination to give protection quickly.    Scientists knew plants were able to protect themselves, but didn’t know what photoreceptor was sensitive to UV-B light.  “UVR8 is always present throughout a plant so it can respond immediately to sunlight,” the press release said.1.  Rizzini…Jenkins, Ulm et al, “Perception of UV-B by the Arabidopsis UVR8 Protein,” Science, 1 April 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6025 pp. 103-106, DOI: 10.1126/science.1200660.April 1 makes fools of some of us, but plants don’t fool around.  Especially foolish were the brain offerings given to Charlie in the articles.  The press release lit this stick of stinkincense: “plants rarely show signs of damage because they have evolved a way of protecting themselves from the sun’s harmful rays by making their own sunscreen and depositing it in the outer tissues of leaves.”  Would that evolutionists would evolve a way of evolving away evolutionary folly.    The paper in Science was no better: “Several families of plant photoreceptors have evolved that monitor light ranging from ultraviolet-B (UV-B) to the near infrared and allow optimal adaptation to light.”  Their last sentence lubricated the Darwinian imagination: “This raises the intriguing possibility that, together with the development of an ozone layer in the stratosphere of Earth, the evolution of terrestrial plants may be coincident with the acquisition of the UV-induced responses mediated by the UVR8 UV-B photoreceptor.”  Anything’s possible; pigs could evolve wings and fly coincident with the acquisition of big bad wolves in the neighborhood.  That’s intriguing to imagine, too.    How long must we put up with this foolishness?  It’s happening 365x24x7, not just on April Fool’s Day.  Turn off the black light and let the sun shine in, under the ozone of critical thinking.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA off to wheelchair tennis champs

first_imgSouth Africa’s wheelchair tennis squad wants top honours at the World Team Cup. Desmond Monyamane has confidence in his teammates. Lucas Sithole is using the tournament as part of his preparations for the 2012 Paralympics.(Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nqobi Ngcobo Simonsays communications WTSA communications partner +27 11 465 9815 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Street Child Cup kicks off in SA • Top sponsors for Unity Cup in SA • Natalie wins Human Values award • Celebrating South Africa’s ParalympiansBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s wheelchair tennis stars are preparing for the upcoming 2010 Invacare World Team Cup in Turkey, and judging by their top rankings, they look set to play a dominant role the competition.The country will be represented at the international tournament, which runs from 3 to 9 May, by a team of nine players, who will compete in all four divisions: men, women, quad and juniors.About 300 of the “most talented” players from 33 countries will play in the 26th World Team Cup, according to Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA). The tournament is generally known as the Davis Cup of wheelchair tennis. All participants are missing – or cannot use – one or more of their limbs.South Africa’s squad boasts the country’s most highly rated wheelchair-bound players in all divisions. “Our 2010 team is the strongest yet, and our hopes are high for the players performances to be worthy of bringing honour to our country,” said Holger Losch, who represents WTSA and is one of the team’s coaches.The country’s top-ranked Sydwell Mathonsi, from Xikundu Village in Venda, will lead the men’s team. Evans Maripa, who won gold at the Asia Pacific Youth Para Games in 2009, Pretoria’s Patrick Selepe, and Desmond Monyamane, from Moletjie Village in Polokwane, will complete this side.“We’re looking at improving South Africa’s ranking at the tournament,” said Monyamane, a third-year biokinetics student at the University of Venda.Monyamane started playing tennis in Limpopo in 2006, at the Helen Franz Special School for youngsters with disabilities. He’s confident about his side and the South African team. “We can beat the tops teams because we have good players,” he said. “Sydwell won against a top player from the UK [recently].”Kgothatso Montjane, who’s currently number-one in South Africa’s female division and 16th in the world, will lead the women’s side. She recently won the women’s title at the SA Open for wheelchair tennis, beating Louise Hunt from the UK.Montjane is hoping to help her team improve on last year’s performance, which saw them reach the quarter-finals. “We’re playing top players … but we’re well prepared for a win,” she said.Montjane will team up with Rose van der Meer, with whom she played in last year’s World Cup, and Refilwe Mooketsi, a first-time participant who WTSA describes as a “strong and fast competitor”.“We’re a stronger women’s team, Van der Meer said. “We are a good team, with a positive attitude.”Preparing for 2012 ParalympicsThe quad team comprises Lucas Sithole, number-one in the South African rankings and 16th in the world, and Steven Kekai, 33rd in the world rankings. There’s a massive focus on these two stars “to see how they fare against the top seven quad nations in the world”, WTSA said.Sithole said he’s using the week-long tournament to help prepare for the 2012 Paralympics in London, UK. The young player, who trains at the University of Johannesburg, is positive about his first qualification for the games. “I’m sure I will qualify,” he said.Patrick Selepe, from Soshanguve in Pretoria, completes the national team as both a coach and men’s singles player.last_img read more

Bayern sign Rodriguez on loan deal from Real

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Djokovic says Wimbledon courts ‘not that great’ this year “There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”The attacking midfielder has been recruited by the Bavarian giants with a few of their star-studded squad threatening to leave.Brazil forward Douglas Costa is negotiating a transfer with Juventus while winger Serge Gnabry, 21, who has only just signed from Werder Bremen, wants to be loaned out to gain experience. James joined Real in July 2014 for 75m euros from Monaco on the back of his outstanding performances at the Brazil World Cup, where he scored six goals in the finals as Colombia reached the quarter-finals.His best season at Real was in 2014/15, under current Bayern boss Ancelotti, when he scored 17 goals, with 18 assists, in 46 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“Signing James Rodriguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“James is a very versatile player.“He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that he’s great from set-pieces. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments MOST READ But Rodriguez struggled to break into Real’s star-studded first team under Ancelotti’s replacement Zinedine Zidane.He made just 13 starting appearances last season in the Spanish league with a further nine off the bench.Matters came to a head in April when James expressed his frustration after being replaced in a 4-2 win at Leganes.“I am satisfied with James and find it perfectly normal for him to get upset in such a situation,” said Zidane at the time.The writing was on the wall for the Colombian at the Bernabeu from then on and he expressed his desire to move long before Bayern came calling.He played against his future employers for just seven minutes when Real beat Bayern in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and was left out of the squad which beat Juventus 4-1 in the final.James will get straight down to business at Bayern.He flies with Ancelotti’s squad on their tour of China and Singapore, which leaves on Sunday, and will include stars Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben.James will be joined by fellow new signing Corentin Tolisso, 22, who has just joined Bayern from French side Lyon for 41.5 million euros ($47.3m).Alongside Tolisso, Gnabry and James, the German champions are set to add two new names to their squad for next season with Germany internationals Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy signed from Hoffenheim. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ (FILES) This file photo taken on May 6, 2017 shows Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez celebrating after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Granada FC vs Real Madrid CF at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada.Real Madrid’s Colombian midfielder James Rodríguez will be loaned to Bayern Munich for two years, the two football clubs announced on July 11, 2017. According to the website of the German champion, the loan contract contains a call option. / AFP PHOTO / SERGIO CAMACHOColombia’s hot-shot James Rodriguez has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, the Bundesliga club announced on Tuesday.The two clubs have agreed on a two-year deal until June 30, 2019, with the option for Bayern to buy the 25-year-old midfielder who was the top scorer at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Dhoni’s dropped catches

first_imgDhoni trying to take a catch in India match against Ireland at DelhiA day after India’s final over loss to South Africa at Nagpur, a Mumbai friend smsed Sachin Tendulkar in Marathi, “Aplache daant aani aplache aont, dosh kunala dweicha (It’s your teeth, your lips, whom will you blame).”Tendulkar had expressed disgust at the way India’s middle-order batsmen had thrown away their wickets. He also did not like the last over bloomer by Ashish Nehra and felt Harbhajan Singh was a natural choice for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The master blaster’s reply to his friend was a terse “yes”.Under fire for choosing Nehra, Dhoni played with a straight bat when attacked at the post-match press conference. Then he locked himself up. He was visibly upset and even suggested that he could carry a cellphone next time he stepped on to the ground so that India’s cricket experts (read fans and reporters) could tweet and post remarks on facebook.The speculation over Dhoni’s combination for the game and the team’s commitment continued for more than 48 hours after the defeat. “I sincerely don’t know what Nehra is doing in the team because he is unfit most of the time. He hasn’t had enough match practice,” says former wicket-keeper and chief selector Kiran More. “In Delhi, Nehra bowled only one over.””Once many called his decisions his natural instinct, now it is his obstinacy that is causing problems for the side,” says former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has already panned the side and its chances for the World Cup as a midsummer night’s dream. Consider some of Dhoni’s mistakes.advertisementOver-confidence In the World Twenty20 in 2007, Joginder Sharma bowled the final over when Pakistan needed 13 runs. It worked. But it did not work with Nehra who was preferred over Harbhajan Singh against South Africa.The Piyush factor He continues to back Piyush Chawla, the leg spinner, over a competent R. Ashwin who has the support of the selection board.Disorder within The batting order is messy. What is the ideal order? Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as openers, followed by Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan and Dhoni himself. But the move to switch Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli from their designated slots failed against England and South Africa. The tinkering is not working.All bowled out It’s no secret that bowling is a huge cause of worry. The captain keeps defensive fields and allows the batsmen to milk the bowlers for easy singles. There is no pressure on the batsmen to play rash shots.The selectors are somewhat reconciled to the captain’s plan that Suresh Raina will replace Yusuf Pathan but they don’t agree with the skipper over his persistence with Chawla. The selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth backed Ashwin right from the beginning of the World Cup and doesn’t want Chawla’s presence in the side.There are many who are wondering why Dhoni is toying with the batting order. “The middle order should definitely be more rigid because this is a crucial chunk for any team,” former Indian captain Kapil Dev told a television channel.Team insiders say Dhoni is determined to stick to his own theory on how to run India’s World Cup campaign and appears fairly confident that the boys can bounce back. Many, of course, feel the boys-as their body language suggests-will not be able to withstand the pressure. The Nagpur loss rattled the team so much that many skipped breakfast the next day. India will know if Dhoni’s boys have recovered enough to beat the West Indies on March 20 at Chennai. The venue is also home to chief selector Srikkanth and N. Srinivasan, bcci’s all-powerful secretary.last_img read more

Pep challenges City youngsters to stake their claim

first_imgPep Guardiola has urged Manchester City youngsters to seize the opportunity in their game against Burton to stake a claim in the first team.The likes of Phil Foden, Philippe Sandler and Eric Garcia are expected to feature at the Pirelli Stadium having trained with the first-team.However, Guardiola has warned the club’s youngsters they will not be gifted a place in his side and must earn their spot on merit.He told Sky Sports: “I’m pretty sure they are motivated to play in the first team, to play alongside incredible players in competitions and semi-finals. Of course, they are going to be motivated.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“But they have to know how difficult it is to achieve [a place in] the first squad and the first team, not just in Man City but everywhere.“It is a massive opportunity for them to be close to the first team but it is not easy. We don’t give presents because they are nice or something special. It depends on them.“They have to show us, they have to play their level. Wednesday is a challenge for them but I’m pretty sure they are going to play well because they can do it.”last_img read more

Introducing Wasmjit A kernel mode WebAssembly runtime for Linux

first_imgWritten in C90, Wasmjit is a small embeddable WebAssembly runtime. It is portable to most environments but it primarily targets a Linux kernel module that can host Emscripten-generated WebAssembly modules. What are the benefits of Wasmjit? Improved performance: Using Wasmjit you will be able to run WebAssembly modules in kernel-space (ring 0). This will provide access to system calls as normal function calls, which eliminates the user-kernel transition overhead. This also avoids the scheduling overheads from swapping page tables. This provides a boost in performance for syscall-bound programs like web servers or FUSE file systems. No need to run an entire browser: It also comes with a host environment for running in user-space on POSIX systems. This will allow running WebAssembly modules without having to run an entire browser. What tools do you need to get started? The following are the tools you require to get started with Wasmjit: A standard POSIX C development environment with cc and make Emscripten SDK Optionally, you can install kernel headers on Linux, the linux-headers-amd64 package on Debian, kernel-devel on Fedora What’s in the future? Wasmjit currently supports x86_64 and can run a subset of Emscripten-generated WebAssembly on Linux, macOS, and within the Linux kernel as a kernel module. In coming releases we will see more implementations and improvements along the following lines: Enough Emscripten host-bindings to run nginx.wasm Introduction of an interpreter Rust-runtime for Rust-generated wasm files Go-runtime for Go-generated wasm files Optimized x86_64 JIT arm64 JIT macOS kernel module What to consider when using this runtime? Wasmjit uses vmalloc(), a function for allocating a contiguous memory region in the virtual address space, for code and data section allocations. This prevents those pages from ever being swapped to disk resulting in indiscriminate access to the /dev/wasm device. This can make a system vulnerable to denial-of-service attacks. To mitigate this risk, in future, a system-wide limit on the amount of memory used by the /dev/wasm device will be provided. To get started with Wasmjit, check out its GitHub repository. Read Next Why is everyone going crazy over WebAssembly? Unity Benchmark report approves WebAssembly load times and performance in popular web browsers Golang 1.11 is here with modules and experimental WebAssembly port among other updateslast_img read more