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Harvard Law Today profiles students in the incoming class who held leadership positions in the armed forces and later decided to pursue law. The four chosen were Steven Kerns, J.D. ’20, U.S. Army; Jenna Reed, LL.M. ’18, U.S. Marine Corps; Nathan Jester, J.D. ’20, U.S. Marine Corps; and Isabel Marin, J.D. ’20, U.S. Marine Corps. Kerns is profiled here; to read the remaining profiles, visit Harvard Law Today’s website.Steven Kerns was a high school dropout, a self-described “rebel without a cause” from Long Beach, Calif., when he joined the U.S. Army as a teenager looking for adventure, with vague notions of changing the world. As soon as he deployed to Afghanistan and entered the war zone in May 2007, his romanticism was knocked out of him.A soldier with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team — Kerns chose to become a paratrooper to overcome his fear of heights — he was assigned to the notoriously dangerous Kunar and Nuristan provinces. On Nov. 9, 2007, two squads out on foot patrol were caught in a vicious ambush and came under assault from rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. Kerns’ base was also brutally attacked, forcing him and his fellow soldiers to fight for their lives.When the attack on the base was finally repelled, Kerns and his comrades there were ordered to stay put; the risks of trying to help the squads under ambush were too high. “I knew my friends were being killed,” Kerns said. As he later wrote in his personal essay to Harvard Law School (HLS), “Their voices haunted our radios.”Although Sgt. Kyle J. White received the Medal of Honor for saving lives during the ambush, five men from Chosen Company and a Marine adviser were killed. Chosen Company had spent more than a year together in Vicenza, Italy, so each death was a piercing loss, Kerns said. But the death of 23-year-old Cpl. Sean K.A. Langevin, whose wife was due to give birth to their daughter Zoe a few days later, had a huge impact on Kerns. It was the impetus for his journey into “post-traumatic growth,” he says.“Although I’ve never met Zoe, this little girl has inspired me to do everything I can in my power to be a better person,” said Kerns, “so that one day when I do meet her, I can tell her, ‘I knew your dad, and he is a better man than me.’”Over the following months, the base endured constant attacks. When Kerns finally left and landed at Bagram Air Base in relative safety, he felt a wave of unimaginable relief. But it was fleeting. Minutes later, he learned that nine men from 2nd Platoon in Chosen Company had been killed in the Battle of Wanat, often described as the deadliest battle in the war. “We lost nine guys just four days before we left for home,” including Kerns’ best friend from basic training, Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling. “I entered the deepest numb of my life. I was out of touch with my emotions for a long time,” Kerns said.Kerns, a sergeant, fulfilled the rest of his military commitment at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California. Three days after leaving the Army, armed with newfound resolve, he started classes at Long Beach Community College, where he soared academically and began to put his quiet promise to Zoe into action. “Leading people toward a better world required me to trade in my rifle for books and replace the unfocused ambition of my youth for the dedication of my life,” he wrote in his HLS essay.Kerns decided to spearhead an effort to build a memorial bench honoring Sgt. Israel Garcia, who had been killed at Wanat and who, like Kerns, had attended Long Beach Poly High School. Despite initial resistance from the school, Kerns organized a diverse group that included artists, musicians, government officials, and veterans to raise money to build the bench. “This experience allowed me to begin leaving the war behind me as I knew that I could lead people to positive change in our society,” he wrote.After community college, Kerns enrolled at California State University in Long Beach, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in environmental science and policy, and receiving the Outstanding Graduate Award in his major. As an intern for a California congressman, Kerns assisted local veterans with their VA claims, and he also worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. As part of a National Science Foundation program, he designed and executed a six-week experiment in the Costa Rica rainforest, where the devastation of deforestation fueled his interest in environmental preservation. After college, he spent a year as an AmeriCorps CivicSpark Water Action Fellow in Chino Hills, Calif., where he helped design plans for storm water runoff and strategic drought resistance.With an eye on a career in environmental law and policy, he was accepted to several very good law schools. But he was reluctant to apply to HLS — with an LSAT score of 163, he was sure he’d be rejected. His girlfriend insisted that he apply, and not long after an interview with the HLS admissions office, the former high school dropout got a phone call he had never expected. When he learned he’d been admitted the class of 2020, Kerns said, “I got this wave of relief. I knew I was one step closer to making good on that promise to Zoe.”Having served among soldiers he considers heroes, including those who lost their lives, Kerns downplays his own military contribution.“But I’m so happy to have been in that arena with those people. Just being part of that whole thing fundamentally changed my life. I think it’s true for so many of the Chosen soldiers I was with, that the platitudes you get told in basic [training, for a moment came true, and we lived what warrior culture espoused,” he said. “It imprints you, and I’m deeply grateful for that. We paid a heavy price, one that I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. You could offer me $1 billion to wipe my mind and I wouldn’t.”Kerns said he’s come full cycle from youthful romanticism to its loss amid the horror of war to finding a new sense of purpose. “I replaced my teenaged idealism with the dedication of adult life,” he said.Today, Kerns wants to focus on environmental law and its intersection with national security. “What’s the point of my friends sacrificing if we’re destroying the planet?” he said. “I have that desire to protect our country and make my friends’ sacrifice worth it.” Once he is a second-year, he also plans to do pro bono legal work for military veterans through the HLS Veterans Law and Disability Clinic.Kerns said he’s met a few HLS students who have told him they’d never known a soldier, which confirms his belief that putting a human face on the military is something America needs right now.“If you don’t have humanization of the military, then you get a bunch of policy decisions I don’t support,” he said. “If the blood of an American soldier is cheap in this country, then the blood of an Afghan is cheaper, and cheaper still is the blood of a person killed by a drone strike in-country that doesn’t make the news.“When blood is cheap, then perpetual war is easy, and if that’s the case, then who or what are we serving for?”
A pod shaped home is under construction at Tweed.A SPACECRAFT shaped building south of the Gold Coast has created attention with its out-of-this-world shape and design.The home, which is actually a specially designed luxury house, has turned plenty of heads and slowed down traffic since construction started at the Tweed Heads construction site. GCB Constructions director Trent Clark has worked on the unusual home for the last two years after someone came to him with a unique idea and the money to make it a reality. “This client came to me with a concept that they saw in Mexico,” Mr Clark said. The pod shaped design will utilise concrete and steel on the ‘shell’ of the two pods. GCB Constructions is known in the industry for its willingness to take on unusual projects.He anticipated construction to wrap up in a few months’ time, and said that one of the final additions will be LED strip lights across the pod. “It will look like it floats at night,” he said. Although no formal objections were made about the building when plans were submitted to the local council, he said it was not going to be loved by everyone. “You are always going to have someone whinge about it but that’s human nature,” he said. “We are proud to be part of it.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoIt will be one of the most unique homes in the country.He worked with an architect to perfect the design before construction work began 12 months ago. As the two pods that will make up the home slowly takes shape at 3 Tweed Terrace, it has caught the attention of nearby drivers and regularly slows traffic. The concrete home will have three bedrooms over its 390sqm and Mr Clark said the unusal shape would be good for airflow.
Harry Redknapp believes Andros Townsend will struggle to establish himself at Tottenham next season despite the winger’s successful loan spell at QPR.Townsend has impressed since arriving at Loftus Road, suggesting the 21-year-old has a future in the top flight.But former Spurs manager Redknapp says the youngster’s first-team prospects at White Hart Lane remain slim.Redknapp rates Townsend highly.“He’s can’t take Gareth Bale’s place or Aaron Lennon’s, that’s the problem,” said the R’s boss.“He’ll go back to Tottenham and he’ll push again next year and I’m sure he’ll be in their squad.“But obviously the kid’s got a problem getting in their team because they’ve got so many fantastic players.”And Redknapp does not think Spurs have reason to regret letting Townsend leave on loan, even though Bale has subsequently been sidelined by injury.He said: “They’ve [still] got good players. You’ve got Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson and all these people.“They’ve got a massive, strong squad. There aren’t any kids playing there – they’re all experienced players.“When I was there he couldn’t get in the team because they had Gareth Bale and Luka Modric. It was hard for him.”Redknapp added: “I’ve been really pleased with Andros. I’d like another 10 like him.“He’s done really well and playing in the Premier League has been a great experience for him. He’s a good lad too.”See also:QPR boss expects offers for RemyDespondent QPR boss ditches club suitTownsend has proved he is Premier League class, says bossRedknapp explains why Townsend has turned a corner at 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
15 days, and its over.Big 4 Conference play begins Friday night as St. Bernard’s heads to Del Norte. Fortuna will visit Eureka on Saturday and look to crash the Loggers’ homecoming at Albee Stadium.15 days and three rounds of conference games later — capped off by a Saturday edition of Fortuna versus St. Bernard’s on Nov. 2 (instant classic III, anyone?) — one of the shortest league schedules in the state will come to a close.Now in its second year of its current format, the Big 4 promises …
(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 In order to keep Darwin looking trendy, some evolutionists use the “Darwin was right” meme.Darwin was right #1: invasive species: “Evolutionary imbalance hypothesis: On invasive species, Darwin had it right all along, study shows.” That’s the meme in action from a Brown University press release. The question should be whether Darwinism uniquely helped explain invasive species in ways other biologists did not, because the problem certainly predates Darwin, as any farmer would know. The article summary says,Based on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, professors at Brown University and Syracuse University have developed and tested the “evolutionary imbalance hypothesis” to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems. The results suggest the importance of accounting for the evolutionary histories of the donor and recipient regions in invasions.Here’s how the “evolutionary imbalance hypothesis” (EIH) is defined: “Species from regions with deep and diverse evolutionary histories are more likely to become successful invaders in regions with less deep, less diverse evolutionary histories.” The basic idea, say the two scientists (Sax & Fridley) featured in the press release, was first articulated by Darwin. “Darwin’s original insight was that the more challenges a region’s species have faced in their evolution, the more robust they’ll be in new environments.” This fit into Darwin’s ideas on competition: fighting for survival makes you stronger, or fitter. Species tested in the crucible of competition “consequently been advanced through natural selection and competition to a higher stage of perfection or dominating power.”While it may sound intuitive, a question comes to mind: how can anyone know what challenges a species has faced in its evolution? If species robustness is measured by its success at invasion, the scientist would be reasoning in a circle. Sax & Fridley assume that the more diversity in a region, the more the species have competed and become robust; the more successful, therefore, they will be as invaders. This is old-school Darwinism, however. Many biologists now believe that nature can “let a thousand flowers bloom” in the same ecosystem without fierce competition.Although Sax & Fridley found some confirming evidence in their studies, they also found anomalies, which they were able to explain away with auxiliary hypotheses. This opens their confident claims to criticisms of ad hoc theory rescue. Late in the article, this qualification appears: “Sax and Fridley acknowledge in the paper that the EIH does not singlehandedly predict the success of individual species in specific invasions.” If anyone were to use EIH to predict an outcome in a real-world situation, it appears anything could happen, and could still be explained a posteriori within the Darwinian model. How useful is that?Darwin was right #2: Group selection: Without going into detail, we can note that “group selection” (natural selection acting on categories above the individual) has long been controversial. Steven Pinker criticized the notion as “a scientific dust bunny, a hairy blob in which anything having to do with ‘groups’ clings to anything having to do with ‘selection.’” Nevertheless, Jonathan Pruitt and Charles Goodnight are keeping it alive with new evidence, and giving the credit for their insight to You-Know-Who. Without saying “Darwin was right” verbatim in a press release from the University of Vermont, they imply as much in their research on spiders (among which they claim to have observed group selection in action).In his 1859 masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin puzzled over how ants could — generation after generation — produce workers that would serve the colony — but were sterile. Evolution by natural selection has often been understood to work at the level of the organism: the traits of an individual determine whether it will survive and reproduce. How could these sterile ants persist in nature, he wondered, if they didn’t reproduce?“This difficulty, though appearing insuperable, is lessened, or, as I believe disappears, when it is remembered that selection may be applied to the family, as well as to the individual.” In other words, evolution by natural selection, Darwin thought, could operate at numerous levels, including groups: “A tribe including many members,” Darwin wrote in Descent of Man, who were able to “sacrifice themselves for the common good, would be victorious over most other tribes; and this would be natural selection.“By implication, why can’t biologists today accept the fact that the Father of Evolutionary Theory thought of group selection first? What’s the problem? Darwin may have been right. If history is any guide, though, this decades-long controversy will not be resolved by a new story about spider personalities.Darwin was right #3: Jump Dispersal: Another instance of the “Darwin was right” meme is found in this story from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). It deals with biogeography: how animals got from here to there. It’s a subject, we are told, that “has long been debated among biologists, especially in cases where organisms that are related live on distant continents separated by vast oceans.” (This might be a surprise to those who have long been told that biogeography provides strong evidence for evolution.)More than one hundred and fifty years ago, Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or in the case of plant seeds, in the plumage of birds.Though many were skeptical of Darwin’s “jump dispersal” idea, a new study suggests that Darwin might have been correct.So does Darwin explain how large flightless birds got from Africa to New Zealand and South America? The only two explanations tested were (1) land bridges and (2) vegetation rafts, icebergs, or other unusual transport mechanisms (Darwin’s hypothesis). Jump dispersal was often doubted because it relied on rare, “near miraculous” events.Nicholas Matzke, a staunch Darwin defender, developed a computer program that gives the edge to jump dispersal, allowing him to credit Darwin: in the computer model, “the jump dispersal pattern appears to be much more common,” he says. “It looks like Darwin was right after all.” It seems to have escaped his notice, though, that Biblical creationists have appealed to both mechanisms as consequences of the global Flood: (1) land bridges from a lowered sea level, and (2) vegetation rafts.Here’s a puzzle for everyone. It was reported on PhysOrg: “If hippopotamuses can’t swim, how can some be living on islands?” That’s right; those big, fat “river horses” trot on the bottom of waterways, but are not known for floating or being distance swimmers. How come fossils of hippos have been found on distant islands, like Madagascar? “Experts say that widely accepted models for the methods, patterns, and timing of the colonization and dispersal to several islands (e.g. Cyprus, Crete, and Madagascar) may need to be reconsidered.” The article doesn’t rule out land bridges, but says that they “are not currently supported by positive geological evidence.” Matzke should plug “hippos” and “Madagascar” into his computer model and see if they were carried there on icebergs or by some other “near miraculous” event.Sure, Darwin was right on occasion. He was right by chance sometimes, like the proverbial broken clock. He was right when he wasn’t left. He was right whenever he overlooked the implications of his theory and acted like a proper Victorian gentleman. It’s doubtful that will make much difference in the Great Judgment (see 11/30/05).
Cruise to HavelockOut of the 570 odd islands that make the Andaman and Nicobar, only 38 are inhabited. That explains why its beaches are still pristine. Only one of the many stunning beaches is Radhanagar on Havelock Island (once rated as the best beach in Asia by Time magazine in 2004) that’s well worth your time.One of the best ways to get to Havelock is by a luxury catamaran called Makruzz that allows you splendid views through its large windows from the comfort of an air-conditioned space. The trip starts at 8.30 a.m. from the Phoenix jetty at Port Blair, arriving at Radhanagar after 90 minutes, and returning to Port Blair at 4 p.m. Log on to www.makruzz.com for bookings.National Arts Emporium, Port BlairMost tourists head to the government-run Sagarika Emporium on M.G. Road for buying souvenirs. From the sought after padauk wood (local weather-beaten wood that makes sturdy, lasting furniture), lightweight walking sticks made from cane, to caps and T-shirts, shell jewellery and wooden dancing dolls, shopping here is a fulfilling experience.But if you are looking for that little extra, I would recommend the National Arts Emporium, the ground floor shop at the Bengali club run by Kashmiri migrant Javed Ahmed Bhat. He sells mother of pearl and red coral jewellery, figures of tribals and various gods and goddesses made from the padauk wood. Javed cultures the pearls himself at his oyster farm and is quick to claim that all his designs are ‘original’. Tel: (03192) 236 051Bridge Bar, Port BlairLocated on the third floor of the TSG Hotel in Phoenix Bay, it is Port Blair’s only sports bar, though, and quite intriguingly, it is made like a ship’s bridge where mariners aren’t allowed to drink alcohol.advertisementWith real portholes on its walls, a few life jackets hung around, a wooden steering wheel embedded somewhere and LCD screens beaming the sporting event of the season, the place is a must visit for those who like their drinks in a relaxed ambience. Seafood here is awesome and so are the meat dishes coming hot out of the tandoor. The Chicken Tikka is very popular.Tel: 246 499, 246488The Golden Dragon, Port BlairFrom wayside eateries to fancy restaurants for diners, Port Blair boasts a mouthwatering variety. A real gem is The Golden Dragon, which not many people in Port Blair know about. The restaurant is the living room of a friendly Indian family, one that had emigrated from China via Kolkata. One of the best combinations here is the Chicken with Fungus (a type of black mushroom) and rice, which must follow the Chicken Lily Flower Soup. Near Goal Ghar.Volcano watching from seaplaneOne of the most exciting and relatively new options for those visiting Port Blair is a ride on a seaplane. I recommend a trip that flies over the Barren Island, India’s only active volcano. It will set you back by Rs. 7,500 for a round trip (there’s a minimum of five passengers needed against its total capacity of eight).This once-in-a-lifetime trip allows you to observe an uninhabited island, in the middle of nowhere, smoking through its gargantuan crater. The aircraft is a Cessna Caravan 208 A and is operated by Pawan Hans. Tickets can be obtained through all major tour operators in Port Blair.Activities in wandoorNow, if you care about the environment and want to get a firsthand experience of what it means to do it in real life, there’s ANET (Andaman and Nicobar Islands Environment Team) at Wandoor Beach (located about 26 km from Port Blair) to consider. ANET organises birdwatching, snorkelling and diving, but you must book in advance.The day tariff is Rs. 1,000, which includes food, board and all other facilities including the library, computer and internet access. The tariff is lower for researchers or volunteers and also gets substantially curtailed if one chooses to associate for longer durations. Log on to www.anetindia.org for details.Kulpreet YadavAuthor and freelance writer Kulpreet has set his latest book, A Waiting Wave, in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Always cheerful and positive in attitude, you’d never guess that he holds a position with the government of India–which is what makes him a resident of Port Blair. On his free time, Kulpreet explores the wonders of nature that surround him.Plus Pick: Neil IslandNeil Island’s claim to fame is not just the seafood its cluster of restaurants dish out (some of the best you may find in India), it has earned the moniker of the ‘vegetable garden’ among the islanders of the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago, and the recognition came after a long, tiring and enduring process. Way back in the 1960s, each family on Neil Island was promised five acres of agricultural land.This seemed a golden offer for the poor inhabitants of an island where agricultural land is scarce. But the dream soon turned sour with the official decision to include hilly land in the promised acres. What followed was a bitter struggle, which led to the migration of 75 Neil Island families to Little Andaman. Those left behind–98 families–began from scratch, moulding the nearly barren, hilly land to transform it into the green belt it is. The settlers never turned towards the mainland to keep their hearth burning.Drive past the Neil’s green stretched towards an extreme corner of the island, harbouring a long and secluded strip of cream-sand Sitapur Beach. A stretch of impossibly clean beach, minus human footprints, it commands both attention and admiration. The waters are as blue as you can imagine and the volcanic rocks on the shore may bring alive images of Jeju Island in Korea. There is daily ferry service from Port Blair to Neil Island.advertisementMust do: Andaman and Nicobar IslandsStay: Havelock, BarefootThis luxury eco-retreat is located on what is rated as one of the world’s best beaches. Set in seven acres of fertiliser and pesticide-free grounds, the resort consists of lovely cottages and villas made from indigenous materials. Stay in an Andaman villa fronted by a floor-to-ceiling picture window and rolling shutters that can either bring the outdoors in or cocoon you in your own world. Tel: (03192) 282 151; www.barefootindia.comEat: VenisonThe journey to Rangat from Port Blair has many delicious stops. En route you will find Kadamtala, a village that feeds delicious venison to hungry travellers. The meat is served in steel bowls and eaten with rice.Shop: Nicobari matsThis, apart from the beaches and its marine life, is what has made Andamans famous the world over. Made of natural fibres (coir, reeds and so on), these mats, interwoven with light and dark colours, are both stylish and sturdy. Buy these in the company of a local, preferably your guide, who can help you strike a good deal.See: Ross IslandThe ruins of the Raj on this island bear testimony to the atrocities committed by the British in this erstwhile penal colony. The island is in fact one extended museum, complete with weather-beaten buildings. 8 km from Port Blair.
Robbie Keane has confirmed his retirement from football after an impressive playing career for both club and countryThe 38-year-old striker left India last season and has recently been appointed as assistant to new Republic of Ireland coach Mick McCarthy.Keane, who debuted for Wolves in 1997 and starred for Tottenham, scored 325 goals in 737 games for 11 different clubs.He also impressed on the international stage by becoming Ireland’s record scorer at 68 goals with a record number of games in 146.“Today, after 23 wonderful years, I am formally announcing my retirement as a professional footballer,” Keane said in a statement on BBC.“From Crumlin United around the world to the likes of Milan, London and Los Angeles, I could never have imagined the path my football life would take.“It has exceeded all the hopes I had as a football-mad boy growing up in Dublin.”“Leaving home at 15 years of age to pursue my professional career in England seems a lifetime ago now.“I was a street footballer full of hope armed with huge ambitions and a determination to succeed.“All I needed was that one chance.I would like to pay a special thanks to Wolverhampton Wanderers for believing in me and giving me that chance.”“From Wolves, my professional career followed a path that took me far and wide, giving my family and I the opportunity to meet and work with so many wonderful people and experience several different countries and cultures.McAteer reignites his feud with Keane Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Former footballer Jason McAteer has criticized his ex-Republic of Ireland teammate, Roy Keane, for his obsession with winning a trophy.“I have always wanted to test myself and strive to be the best that I could be, so I embraced new challenges be it at Coventry City, Inter Milan, Leeds United and then possibly the most successful period of my club football career with Tottenham Hotspur.“I had the great privilege to represent and captain Tottenham over 238 games. I had many wonderful times there and I will look back on my days at White Hart Lane with great fondness. The club will always hold a special place in my heart.“There were shorter times spent at Glasgow Celtic and Liverpool, two truly iconic global institutions, and then West Ham United, before Los Angeles became our home away from home.“We spent five hugely successful and rewarding years, both on and off the field, with LA Galaxy.“After a spell with Aston Villa, my playing career concluded with an exciting few months with ATK, a club which also gave me my first experience of management.“Playing and captaining my country has been the highlight of my career. I enjoyed every moment of the most incredible journey with the Ireland team over an 18-year period and as I have said many times before, words cannot express how proud I am to be Irish. I hope I have made the fans proud wearing the green jersey and armband.”Congratulations on a fantastic playing career Robbie Keane! 👏Thanks for the memories! 👍#COYS pic.twitter.com/UZQwA3o92S— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 28, 2018