Aussie cricket coach in hospital

first_imgSYDNEY (AP):Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has been hospitalised with deep vein thrombosis after falling ill during his team’s one-day international against India yesterday.Lehmann, who battled the illness as a player in 2008, complained of swelling in his calves prior to the match and was taken to a radiology clinic during the second innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Cricket Australia chief medical officer John Orchard said Lehmann would miss the upcoming Twenty20 series against India while receiving treatment, but indicated he was not seriously ill.Orchard said, “It’s a condition that’s got a very good outcome if you get it early, which we have. One of the factors associated with it is that it’s unwise to fly until you’ve stabilised the condition, so he will be absent from the Australian team camp for a short period.”last_img read more

Pay the planet forward

first_imgEarth Day at 37 has molted with a new skin of financial investment that it never had before. Founded by the organizers of the first Earth Day in 1970, the Earth Day Network now reaches more than 15,000 organizations in 174 countries and is the only event – other than New Year’s Day – celebrated simultaneously by all faiths and nationalities. More than 500 million people participate every year. Yet, Earth Day this year also has a new look as it has transcended from the hippy-dippy ponytails to the suits, with more than $3 billion in new venture capital now streaming into various forms of “green” technology. Many of these investments will reduce our CO2 emissions, increase fuel efficiency, or help quench our thirst for renewable energy, the ultimate driver is to generate a very green dividend on these green investments. As in the stock market, money moves in and out of investments based on two emotions: fear and greed. The iconoclastic founder of the Ventura-based Patagonia, environmentalist Yvon Chouinard is a rare businessman who also fully recognizes embracing the long view. During a particular crisis, Chouinard recalled in his book “Let My People Go Surfing,” “we had become unsustainable and had to look to the Iroquois and their seven-generation planning, and not to corporate America, as models and of stewardship and sustainability.” “As part of their decision process,” Chouinard added, “the Iroquois had a person who represented the seventh generation in the future. If Patagonia could survive this crisis, we had to begin to make all our decisions as though we would be in business for 100 years.” Patagonia survived the crisis and has been named one of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine and one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” among other awards. Similarly, taking the long view is the underlying theme in Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” as the former vice president advocates that we must visualize the consequences of our unabated warming of the planet some 15 to 30 years from now. With 70 million people added to the world’s population every year, requiring more fuel and resources to feed, his predictions are becoming even more exigent. While it is encouraging that there is $3 billion flowing into new green technology, the window on the expected return of investment is three, five, maybe seven years tops. However, if the return is not there, will these investments stay or will investors pull the plug and search for the next thing? The other consideration is the human investment in the form of passionate environmental nongovernmental organizations all over California. These range from the well-entrenched Sierra Club with its 800,000 members to other smaller but very effective organizations like the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Earthjustice, Heal the Bay, and many others. All diligently follow their passion of conservation and education in multiple disciplines. This is the “balance” that Carson emphasized throughout her epic book. On this 37th Earth Day, more than ever, there must be a continual re-investment in human, grass-roots organizations that take the long view to match the current financial investment. And together, we have a fighting chance to pay the planet forward. John T. Boal is the author of “Be A Global Force Of One!” and a co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Volunteer’s Soul.” He lives in Burbank. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Yet those on the front lines of the environment, from the late Rachel Carson to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to Ventura businessman and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard to Al Gore – as well as those at scores of large and small environmental organizations throughout California – have used another emotion as their driving force. And that is passion – the passion to engage the public to preserve the planet beyond our humble blink of time on Mother Earth. Carson eloquently articulated this long view of our impact on the environment and how we must fully realize the consequences of our collective actions. In “Silent Spring,” some 45 years ago, she wrote: “The chemicals to which life is asked to make its adjustment are no longer merely the calcium and silica and copper and the rest of the minerals washed out of the rocks and carried in rivers to the sea; they are the synthetic creations of man’s inventive mind, brewed in his laboratories, and having no counterparts in nature. “To adjust to the chemicals would require time that is nature’s; it would require not merely the years of a man’s life but the life of generations.” That was Carson’s astute observation and prediction in 1962. Yet today, there are 100,000 chemicals or “synthetic creations” with only about 300 of them tested to see if they cause cancer. How many generations out have we impacted? last_img read more