December 17, 2017

Notre Dame Student, Declan Sullivan, Dies

declan-sullivan-notre-dameDeclan Sullivan, a 20-year-old junior at Notre Dame, was killed on Wednesday when the tower he was standing on to film football practice collapsed.

Sullivan sent two chilling Twitter posts before his fatal 30-foot plunge.

In the first post, Sullivan, who was on a scissor lift to film a Fighting Irish football practice, made a joke predicting his horrific fate.

"Gusts of wind up to 60 mph. Well today will be fun at work. I guess I’ve lived long enough," Sullivan wrote at 3:22 p.m., just as practice was getting started, reported CBS.

More than 40-minutes later, the 20-year-old junior from Long Grove, Ill., was frozen with fear as wind-gusts approached 50 mph. Sullivan posted messages on Twitter before the fall.   "Holy —. Holy —. This is terrifying," Declan wrote.

Around 45 minutes after that post, the tower collapsed, crashing through a fence some 30 feet below and landing on a street that runs between two athletic facilities. Sullivan later died at South Bend's Memorial Hospital.

The cause of the accident is not known and the school said it is investigating the incident. High winds had forced the team to practice indoors on Tuesday,  reported CBS.

Students and faculty at the private Catholic university were left devastated by the tragedy. University president Rev. John Jenkins is to preside over a memorial mass for Sullivan tonight at 10 p.m.

"No words can convey the shock and grief we all are experiencing," Jenkins said.

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Rutgers Schiano Not Providng Update On Player Who Was Paralyzed

Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano says it is not appropriate to update the medical status of junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand at this time. LeGrand, who was paralyzed from the neck down while making a tackle during a game, is currently making his recovery.

Schiano was asked during a conference call on Monday if LeGrand had experienced movement or feeling since his recent injury two days ago.

The coach says he wants to refrain from giving daily medical updates but will provide information when appropriate.

LeGrand was injured in the fourth quarter in a game against Army on Saturday while making a tackle on Malcolm Brown on the kickoff return shortly after Rutgers had tied the score.

The junior defensive standout was lying on the field for at least five minutes while medical and emergency personnel treated him.  Both players and coaches on both teams watched.


Moment of Zen

Social MediaLisa Welchman, the founding partner of WelchmanPierpoint, A web management consulting company in Baltimore tyries to find the best flights at the best price. It's just part of being an entrepreneur. Ballet was a big part of her life as a child. Disappointed because she was fat and black, her teacher advised her to start her own dance company. So she took the plunge into business ownership.

When she flies she says focused and calm through meditation. Most major airports have little prayer or quiet rooms to be alone or sharing the space with others- of different faiths and beliefs.

Lisa works on huge Web sites for United Nations, United States Dept. of Agriculture and the World Bank and likes to connect with people and chat with seatmates mostly teaching them about their technologies and how to get more hits for their personal blog.

She is always amazed at how little people know about the power of the Internet. One time, Ms Welchman sat next to a major alcohol Distributor who didn't care about social media. She changed his mind with an entire social media tutorial and completely hooked him! Facebook has recently overtaken Google as the number one website surfed in the entire world! If your not already using social media in your marketing do so now!

3D Glasses the New Trend?

3D Glasses3D glasses are treated as disposable products for movie goers supposedly chucking them in the bins outside the theaters. They are then cleaned and recycled. Marchon3D will soon offer a range of sunglasses that feature the RealD system able to be used in the majority of 3D screens in the US. They will sell for about $35. They can be worn anywhere and will block 100 percent UVA and UVB but not bright light.

For standard sunglasses the company will also market a photochromic 3D glasses at prices ranging from $99 to $125. Four styles each for men and women will be offered and sold through 27,000 professional eye care centers that carry its company's line of eye wear.

Plans are being made to produce prescription lenses but no date has been set.

Hall of Fame

Football TrophyTwo of today's greatest football players, have entered the Hall of Fame on Saturday night and admitted their destinies are fulfilled. Jerry Rice, one of seven NFL greats to enter the shrine as the class of 2010. Rice holds every important pass-catching record for the San Francisco 49ers, catching 1,549 passes. He gained 22,895 yards and scored 208 touchdowns shattering the previous record. At 47 he believes in his heart he could play today.

His single regret is he never took the time to enjoy it. The fear of failure is the engine that has driven his entire life and owes his success to these doubts, struggles and insecurities.

Emmit Smith rushed for 18,355 yards, 164 touchdowns, 11 seasons with 1,000 yards on the ground, 78 games with 100 yards rushing. "When I go into the hall today, I am not going in alone. I am carrying my grandfather….father….and son…and our name will be forever enshrined in the history of football."

Lebeau was inducted after a 32 year wait and was chosen for his 14 year career as a cornerback with the Detroit Lions in which he had 62 interceptions. He is best known as the mastermind of the zone blitz.

The players stood in applause as fans whirled terrible Towels in tribute.

Randle, an undrafted defensive tackle with the Vikings and Seahawks accumulated 137 1/2 sacks in 14 seasons was chosen for seven Pro Bowls.

Grimm, called the head hog, led the hogs and helped the Redskins win three Super Bowls. He is now the assistant head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.

Jackson, is the first New Orleans Saints player to be enshrined. He helped turned New Orleans from 'aints to a division winner for the first time in 1991.

Little, a star running back for the Denver Broncos from 1967-75 had to wait 3 decades before getting elected. He is one of football's most dynamic runners, a dangerous punt and kickoff returner. He had 12,156 all purpose yards and scored 54 touchdowns.

"There are no words to describe the joy of experiencing this chapter, the highest honor ….everything else pales."

US Love for Foreign Cars Diminishing

MustangAmericans are returning to its roots with a revived affection for US made cars. 38 percent are saying US cars are best, 33 percent prefer autos made by Asian companies. The poll conducted in March was fueled by a plunge in Toyota's reputation and recall of more than 8 million vehicles around the globe for sluggish safety concerns.

The perception three decades ago was that US vehicles were inferior to Asian countries with only 29 percent preferring American vehicles in 2006.

GM and Chrysler went through bankruptcy last year while the federal government invested $80 billion to keep them afloat. Ford revived its reputation by not accepting taxpayer bailout and improving its vehicles' gasoline mileage.

US cars were a strong preference for those aged 50 and up and rural residents. Those to like Asian made autos wee better education and residents of the Western States. The poll also found that: 56 percent owned vehicles made by US; 3 in 10 live in households with autos, with 2/3rds have 2 or more cars; 6 in 10 autos bought were used; 4 in 10 say their dream care would be foreign compared to 3 in 10 wishing for a domestic car.

The AP-FfK Poll was conducted March 3-8 involving 1,002 adults conducted by phone.


Clear? Look Again!

Car CrashDr. Redelmeier researcher for 20 years, now at the University of Toronto has applied scientific rigor to topics dismissed as quirky and iconoclastic. His work has revealed some deep truths about the predictors of longevity, health care and the workings of the medical mind.

Being the first to study cellphones and automobile crashes, in 1997 he concluded that talking on a cellphone while driving was as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. He found that 25 more people die in crashes on Election Days in the US than the norm, attributed to increased traffic, rushed drivers and unfamiliar routes.

He also discovered there was a 41% increase of fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday, attributed to a combination of fatigue, distraction and alcohol. Often he works from a hunch. After examining the University of Toronto medical school admission interview reports from 2004-2009, he correlated the interview scores with weather archives and determined that on foul-weather days candidates received lower ratings than those who visited on sunny days.

During the 1980's Dr. Redelmeier met a cognitive psychologist, Amos Tversky, who inspired the field of behavioral economics and changed his thinking entirely.  He credits Professor Tversky with shaping his own approach to research in the medical realm by providing him with a language and a logic for tackling issues that seemed to be around but weren't apparent to others.

Some of his homespun philosophies seen written on index cards in his modest office are: Fans don't let fans drink and drive. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. A great deal of mischief occurs when people are in a rush.

8 Shot, 4 Fatally Wounded, Outside Buffalo NY

Restaurant Menu BoardBUFFALO N.Y. – Eight people leaving a downtown Buffalo restaurant were shot early Saturday – four of them fatally. The group was attending a party in preparation for a more formal anniversary celebration scheduled for the following Saturday. Police say one victim was a Texas man who had returned to his hometown to celebrate. Management declared "there were verbal things going on" and apparently chose to close and have everybody leave the restaurant.

Keith Johnson, 25, of Buffalo was charged with four counts of second-degree murder and could face more charges. He was in custody and unavailable for comment.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda estimated there were 100 people at the scene when police arrived and wanted more people to come forward and speak up.

The group was attending a party in advance of the more formal anniversary celebration scheduled for later Saturday for a 30 year old man and his wife, married in Texas a year ago. They  had returned to Buffalo area to celebrate with friends and family.

The restaurant is a popular stop for office workers during the week and theater attendants and sports events enthusiasts at night. The window of an office next to the restaurant was shattered as was glass at a light-rail stop across the street.

Somebody was just shooting in a crowd. A lot of people were real upset, in a panic, and just trying to get out of the way. Among the dead included: two men, 30 year old and 26 year old, and two women, 27 year old and 32. All four wounded were men- one in critical condition at Buffalo hospital. Two wee in stable condition and one in good condition.

The restaurant has expressed it's condolences to the victims and their families.

Japanese Yen Hits 15 Year High

Stock MarketEconomic slowdown fears continue to disappoint the U.S. stock market. Japan's Nikkei average touched a 14 month closing low of 8995 having fallen more than 20 percent from its high point in April technically qualifying as a bear market. the Japanese Yen hits its highest level against the U.S. dollar in 15 years.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 39 while NASDAQ dropped .9 percent and the S&P 500 was off 0.4 percent making a five-week low.

Before making firm comments this week investors are waiting for new data. Existing home sales  are due at 10 a.m. ET. and if consensus estimates are right it would be the weakest reading since March 2009 when 4.61 million existing homes were sold. the housing market will essentially be at the same level seen at crisis low.

Simply put, the government's home buyer tax credit is delaying the process of clearing out excess inventory that occurs after every boom and bust.