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

Pentagon resuscitates hopes of Boeing C-17 sales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s a major move on the part of the Air Force to make such a significant request,” he said. The Pentagon’s proposed budget eliminates the C-17 Globemaster III once the current contract for 180 planes runs out in 2008. It provides about $300 million to mothball and store the tools and machinery used at the Long Beach factory that assembles it. Southern California lawmakers have vowed to get Congress to replace funding for the C-17s, and Colonna said Tuesday that the fact that the Air Force semiofficially identified the purchase of more planes as a top priority bodes well for their efforts. The document, released to Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday, lists $2.4 billion for “National Defense Airlift Fund Capability Upgrades” as the Air Force’s top request. That includes, according to the memo, funding for seven C-17s as well as four C-130Js and other equipment. Tom Modica, Long Beach manager of government affairs, said city officials were told that about $1.6 billion of the request would be directed to C-17 purchases. Colonna and Long Beach lobbyist E. Del Smith described the memo as a silent message to Congress from the Pentagon: We can’t ask for the money outright, but we sure would like it. “This will satisfy Sen. John McCain,” Smith said, noting that the Arizona Republican is a stickler for only funding items that have been authorized and that the Pentagon wants. Boxer spokesman David Sandretti said the senator wants to see the Air Force purchase 42 aircraft – not just seven. But, he said, “This is a significant development because the Air Force has stated in no uncertain terms that this is one of their top priorities. Unfortunately, the budget writers in the administration didn’t get that message.” Colonna and Smith said that while the Air Force memo bolsters the case for C-17s, it doesn’t solve the problem of finding the money. “That’s what’s in play now,” Smith said, adding, “It’s very much up to (Senate defense appropriations subcommittee chairman) Ted Stevens.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Officially, the Pentagon has decided to end production of Boeing’s C-17 transport aircraft. Unofficially, it wants $1.6 billion to buy seven more of the planes. An Air Force wish list released to members of Congress this week ranks the purchase of seven new C-17 cargo planes as No. 1 among 16 items the Air Force most wants but has no money to buy. “It’s very, very significant,” Long Beach Councilman Frank Colonna – in Washington, D.C., lobbying to keep the C-17 line alive – said of the memo titled “FY 2007 Unfunded Priority List Executive Summary.” last_img read more

4 dead in New Jersey fire mixup delayed response

first_imgJERSEY CITY, N.J. — A fast-moving fire claimed four lives on Thursday in New Jersey’s second-largest city, where the mayor said a mix-up over the street name delayed the emergency response.Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said the fire also likely destroyed five houses and displaced at least 30 people. He said it took firefighters 7 to 8 minutes to get to the scene instead of the usual 3 to 4 minutes because a dispatcher misunderstood a caller.But the mayor told The Associated Press that officials do not believe the delay cost lives because the home was already engulfed when the first calls came in.“The calls indicated the house was already engulfed in flames,” Fulop said. “It was already a multi-alarm fire out of the gate.”The fire happened on Jersey City’s Grant Avenue, but the mayor said an initial caller did not specify the street or avenue, and a dispatcher thought the person said “Grand” instead of “Grant.” Firefighters were routed to Grand Street instead of Grant Avenue.“The 911 dispatchers are obviously trained to deal with high-pressure situations,” Fulop said. “But in the mix-up, the caller didn’t distinguish … You’re dealing with people in the heat of the moment, and it’s hard to get them to answer questions. That issue was part of it.”last_img read more