Grateful Dead Pianist Tom Constanten Is Recovering From Neurosurgery After Falling

first_imgEarly Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten is in stable condition today, following a major fall that required immediate surgery last week. According to Constanten, he was getting out his car when he tripped on some uneven, wet pavement and fell into the concrete. Fortunately, 911 was called immediately, and an excellent team of doctors were able to perform a quick and life-saving surgery.Constanten tells the story in the public Facebook post below:Fell down and broke my neck last Wednesday. Just like they warned me about as a kid. I’d driven up to the Post Office at the top of the hill to mail off a bill, and, knowing there was heavy rain in the forecast, figured it would be better to mail it off inside. I parked the car, and on the way in a bit of uneven pavement tripped me up. I fell, face first, onto the concrete. I am so very grateful for the woman who spotted me right away and called 911; for the ambulance crew, who got there so fast; for their professionalism and teamwork; for the uniformly excellent care at Novant Presbyterian Hospital; for the skill of Dr. Healy, the neurosurgeon who performed the procedure that pulled me out of the darkness and into the light, for Dr. Guignard, for the anæsthesiologist, Dr….well, I’m spacing on his name, maybe because he did such a good job. For the surgeon who stitched up my forehead. For the nurses, Beverly, Brooke, Brittany, Iseta, Julio, Cliff, Ali, Amelia… I get back to the house, and the first thing I’m aware of is a forest of wonderful friends near and far showing such unbelievably warm support. I’ve experienced it before and, even though I have no idea what I might have done to deserve it, I felt the lift and reassurance. There have been rough patches in my life these past fifteen years, and it’s helped me get through it. Many times I thought of checking out, but my heart won’t buy it. The attitude of gratitude is in full bloom in this garden.[H/T Jambands]last_img read more

IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge News:The International Energy Agency (IEA) sees offshore wind as a “rising global force on the energy landscape”, executive director Fatih Birol told the opening session of the WindEurope conference yesterday.With around 20GW of offshore wind installed globally today, compared to more than 500GW of onshore wind, the offshore sector has not figured prominently in the Paris-based IEA’s previous analyses and forecasts of the global energy market. But the IEA expects the world’s offshore wind capacity to more than triple by 2025, and edge close to 200GW by 2040 — with the potential to go substantially further if ambitious government policies were put in place.Recent auction results and the introduction of larger turbines herald a period of ever more competitive offshore wind power, said Birol, who expects “strong growth, first in Europe and then around the world. The developments in Europe can spark a wave of offshore wind appetite outside of Europe — there’s some fertile grounds for that,” he said. “First of all Asia, with China followed by India. But also North America and Latin America — there’s big room [for growth] there.”The substantially higher capacity factor of offshore wind farms compared to onshore wind or solar make it a “very important opportunity” as the world’s penetration of renewables grows. Birol also tipped his hat to the growing promise of floating wind, which could unlock big electricity markets in places like California for the offshore wind sector. The IEA is “working very closely” with industry leaders to better understand the “opportunities floating turbines can provide for offshore wind developers across the world”, he saidMore: IEA: Offshore wind could reach 200GW or more by 2040 IEA: Offshore wind capacity could top 200GW by 2040last_img read more

Norbert Raymond Evans

first_imgNorbert Raymond Evans, 96, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday September 10, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born July 24, 1923 in Dearborn County, IN, son of the late Harold Evans and Edna (Roof) Evans.Norbert served his country as a member of the United States Army during World War II.He worked as a line worker for Seagrams Distillery, retiring after over 43 years of service.Norbert attended Life church, in Aurora. He was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Norbert enjoyed music, especially Jazz, Blue Grass and Old Time Gospel. Norbert was a great storyteller, he was loved by everyone and he never met a stranger.Norbert is survived by his loving spouse of 39 years, Simone Evans; children, Sheryl (Art Roth) Kammeyer of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff Evans of Moores Hill, IN; step-children, Jocelyn (Larry) Seymour of Florence, IN, Monique (late Gene) Houze of Aurora, IN, Michael Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Mark ( late Jerrie) Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Michelle (Bill) McClurg of Aurora, IN and Sue Walston; grandchildren, Adam Kammeyer, Melissa Weaver, Shawn Walston, Krista Walston, Scott Houze, Chris Houze, Matthew Houze, Jessica Allen, Aric Shinkle, Kathy Goins, Nicholas McClurg, Makayla McClurg and Kim (Scott) Cox;  twelve great-grandchildren; dear family friend, Casey Rohrback.He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Audrey Bourgholzer and brother, Vernon Evans.Friends will be received Monday, September 16, 2019, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Kenny Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, St Jude Children’s Hospital or Our Hospice of Jennings County. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

DeAndre Jordan: ‘Sky is the limit’ for Clippers

first_imgJordan took a lot of heat for not keeping his word with Dallas. But Doc Rivers, as he did immediately after he re-signed Jordan, had his player’s back.“I tell DJ all the time he should be celebrated for making the right decision,” he said. “I think he had that right to do that and he did that. … I think at the end of the day from a players’ standpoint, you want that player to always end up where he should end up and where he wants to end up.”Jordan downplayed his alleged beef with Clippers teammate Chris Paul, which was supposedly centered on Paul not being happy that Jordan did not work on his free-throw shooting enough.“I love Chris,” Jordan said. “When Chris got here, he changed the culture of our team. He helped me out in so many ways on and off the floor, just becoming a better player and a student of the game. I know it maybe looked that way on the floor because we were both emotional and vocal players.“But when it comes down to it, we’re all criticizing each other because we want what’s best for the team. And I just feel that when you do butt heads on the floor, 30 seconds later it’s over because we’re all trying to win a basketball game.”Jordan, who referred to Paul as a “big brother,” also defended not calling Cuban to tell him of his change of heart. He reminded reporters that when he initially decided he was going to leave for Dallas, he didn’t call Doc Rivers, either. (His agent did).“When we make decisions in life and then we go back and change our minds on them, I feel like the only thing you can do is man up and apologize for it and voice your opinion, and that’s what I did,” Jordan said.Jordan jokingly also wanted to make sure reporters knew that Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and several players who flew to Houston to talk him into staying did not hold him “hostage.”“I feel I’m a pretty big guy and I don’t feel they can lock me,” Jordan said.At that point, his coach interrupted him.“No, we could have locked him up,” Rivers said, drawing laughter. “If we wanted to, that would have happened.”Jordan admitted part of why he wanted to leave was because he needed a career change with more responsibility. He said that after talking with Rivers, he believes he’ll get that.Pierce, the 37-year-old veteran out of Inglewood, won a ring with the Boston Celtics as the NBA Finals MVP with Rivers in 2008. He’s stoked to be back with him.“I played with Doc longer than any coach I ever played for in my career,” said Pierce, who spent 15 of his first 17 years with the Celtics, during which Rivers was coach for nine years. “Definitely comfortable being around him, being with him. That really helps out, especially when you go into a new situation, being around things you’re comfortable with.“And it’s great to be home. Get an opportunity to play in front of family and friends, have an opportunity to win a championship.”It was Smith, as a member of the Houston Rockets, who helped deliver the crushing blows in a Game 6 Clippers loss to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.Smith signed for the veterans’ minimum of roughly $1.5 million. He could have received more to stay with Houston, but he is still getting paid by Detroit, which waived him a third of the way through this past season.“Obviously, when you’re a free agent you make decisions based on where you feel is the best fit for you, in order to make yourself the most successful for you and your team,” said Smith, who will make more than $5 million per year from Detroit through 2020. “Looking at this roster, being able to have an opportunity to play for a point guard (Paul) — arguably one of the best point guards in the game — and a dominant big like DeAndre and Blake (Griffin) and that supporting cast that surrounds it, it was very attractive to me and this is why I made the decision.” But most of the attention was on Jordan, who was coincidentally celebrating his 27th birthday.When he went back on his commitment to Cuban, it became the NBA story of the off-season.“I really thought about being on one team my entire career and that was really important to me,” said Jordan, a 6-foot-11 center who has played all seven years of his career with the Clippers. “I’ve been here, and the past two seasons I’ve had I’ve been really successful with this guy (pointing to Doc Rivers) and with this group, players and the organization.“And sky’s the limit for our team. I also feel like I know the city, I know the fans, the team and I’m used to the city of L.A. and I live here.”• Bonsignore: Are Clippers a contender in NBA West? DeAndre Jordan sat on the dais Tuesday inside the Chick Hearn Press Room at Staples Center. Surrounded by Clippers coach Doc Rivers, some new teammates and an existing one, Jordan had a lot to answer for since changing his mind and leaving the Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban in the lurch.Jordan had verbally agreed to a four-year contract worth an estimated $80 million from Cuban to leave the Clippers. At the last minute, Jordan re-signed with the Clippers for four years and roughly $88 million.• Photos: Clippers introduce players for upcoming seasonAlso on hand Tuesday were forwards Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson and Josh Smith, and center Cole Aldrich, all of whom were signed as free agents by the Clippers. Guard Austin Rivers, son of Doc, was on hand as he, too, re-signed. Then there was rookie forward Branden Dawson, chosen 56th in the June draft.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more