Abba Philip Schwartz was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Security and Consular Affairs from 1962 to 1966. Abba P. Schwartz was born in Baltimore on April 17, 1916, he was educated at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, receiving a B. S. in Foreign Service in 1936. He attended Harvard Law School, receiving an LL. B. in 1939. After law school, Schwartz established a law practice in Washington, D. C. In the wake of the U. S. entry into World War II, in 1942 he enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines Cadet Corps. As part of the merchant marine, he participated in operations ferrying supplies to the Soviet Union at Murmansk. In 1944, he became a lieutenant in the United States Navy, he was discharged from the Navy in 1946. Schwartz took a job with the Intergovernmental Committee on Refugees in London. In 1947, he joined the United Nations International Refugee Organization in Geneva, serving as reparations director. In 1949, Schwartz returned to the private practice of law in Washington, D.
C. From 1949 to 1962, he was special legal counsel for the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration. During the 1950s, he became a close political associate of Sen. John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert F. Kennedy, he became a trusted adviser of Eleanor Roosevelt. When John F. Kennedy became President of the United States, he named Schwartz Assistant Secretary of State for Security and Consular Affairs in 1962. During his time as Assistant Secretary, Schwartz encouraged Robert F. Kennedy to exercise the discretion granted to the Attorney General by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 to allow East European refugees and visitors to come to the United States if they held suspect political views that would otherwise disqualify them, he negotiated a deal with Cuba that allowed thousands of Cubans to come to the United States as refugees. Schwartz resigned from office abruptly in 1966, amid rumors that he had been hounded out of the United States Department of State by conservatives who disliked his liberal approach to admission of foreign nationals to the U.
S. After leaving the State Department, Schwartz returned to the private practice of law again. In 1967, United States Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara named Schwartz his special assistant for prisoners of war in Vietnam; as such, during the Vietnam War, he promoted programs to help refugees in South Vietnam and to repatriate prisoners taken by the Vietcong and North Vietnamese. Schwartz authored a book, entitled The Open Society, published by William Morrow and Company in 1968. In it, he argued for more liberal U. S. immigration policies. Schwartz died of a heart attack on September 13, 1989. Glenn Fowler, "Abba Schwartz, Refugee Expert, Dies at Age 73", New York Times, Sept. 15, 1989 Schwarz's Papers at the John F. Kennedy Library
Luke Anthony Pomersbach is a former Australian cricketer, listed with the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. He played with Western Australia and Royal Challengers Bangalore, before standing down from Western Australia in September 2011 to deal with personal issues. Citing mental health issues, he retired from the game in June 2014. Pomersbach made his Ford Ranger Cup debut for Western Australia in their match against New South Wales in November, 2006, scoring 33 runs from 47 balls. In December, 2006 in a two-day tour match at the WACA against the England XI, he showed his potential against a quality bowling attack when he scored 101 not out. Shortly after, he made his First-class cricket debut against Tasmania in a Pura Cup match at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, he performed well scoring 74 in the first innings, partnering Chris Rogers in a 106 run 5th wicket partnership. He continued his good form into the second innings when he came to the wicket with WA in trouble at 4/36. With a mix of aggressive strokeplay and careful defending he helped to save WA, scoring 63 runs, leaving his teammates only 32 more runs to win.
In November 2007, Pomersbach and fellow Western Warrior Shaun Marsh were suspended from the state side for drinking alcohol following a game against Queensland. Despite this suspension, he was named in the Cricket Australia Chairman's XI to play in the annual Lilac Hill game, he starred against the New Zealanders, scoring 88 runs from 65 balls. Pomersbach made a most unusual debut for the Australian cricket team in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Perth on 11 December 2007. Having not been selected in the original squad for the match, Pomersbach was at the ground as a spectator, when a back injury to Brad Hodge during the warm-up forced the Australian team to call on Pomersbach as an emergency replacement, he again performed scoring 15 runs from 7 balls, including a 6 off the third ball he faced. Pomersbach won the 2008 Bradman Young Player of the Year, he attended Kent Street Senior High School in Perth. On 9 August 2009, after two hit-and-run incidents, Pomersbach was arrested and charged by police with failing to stop, failing to accompany police, driving with a blood alcohol level in excess of.08, assaulting a public officer, obstructing police and escaping legal custody.
He was fined and had his driver's licence cancelled. The WACA responded by suspending him indefinitely. On 6 October 2009, Pomersbach was awarded an extraordinary driver's licence due to hardship using public transport, he returned from his ban for Western Australia in January 2010. Pomersbach signed with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League in June 2011. In October 2011, Pomersbach stood down from Western Australia and the Scorchers to deal with depression. Pomersbach played for the Kings XI Punjab in the 2009 Indian Premier League seasons, he switched to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2011 Indian Premier League. In 2012 Pomersbach returned to play for Bangalore in the 2012 Indian Premier League. In May 2012, he was arrested and charged with molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé after an incident at a hotel in India, he had to surrender his passport. The case was settled out of court and the charges were dropped. In January 2013 he was the second leading run scorer in the 2012–13 Big Bash League season.
Playing for the Brisbane Heat he scored 112 runs from 70 deliveries in the semi-final and was a member of the Heat team that won the final the following week against his former team, the Perth Scorchers. He was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2013 Indian Premier League for US$300,000 in the auction on 3 February 2013, he was pulled in the Caribbean Premier League to play for the St Lucia Zouks for Shivnarine Chanderpaul Luke Pomersbach at Cricinfo