Stephen King from HSBC, Britain’s largest bank, issued a report entitled “The World Economy’s Titanic Problem.” Will the U.S. economy capsize?U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sounded the alarm recently about the Greek debt crisis on his way to a G-7 finance ministers’ meeting in Dresden, Germany.“Brinkmanship is a dangerous thing when it only takes one accident,” Mr. Lew said at the London School of Economics. “No one should have a false sense of confidence that they know what the result of a crisis in Greece would be.” (New York Times, May 27)His statement of alarm came as the leftist Greek government headed by Syriza was being pressured by European bankers to crack down on its already suffering working class.The International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Union are demanding that Greek pensions be sacrificed, workers’ collective bargaining rights be cut back, and wages for workers be slashed in order to pay hundreds of millions in government debt.Lew’s statement is revealing. It is an admission that the world capitalist system is fragile, unpredictable and unstable. What he did not say is that a Greek default on the extortionate debt owed to the European banking institutions could trigger a repeat of the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, which set off a world financial crisis.Capitalist finance is carried on in secrecy by the myriad of monetary gamblers, investment bankers, hedge funds and so on. Financial operations, just like capitalist production, are anarchic, unplanned and strictly driven by the never-ending, frantic search for profit.Thus, no one in the hierarchy of financial officials in Washington, London or Berlin has any idea of the consequences of a major default by the Greek government.Commenting further on Lew’s address, the same New York Times wrote: “United States officials, though, have expressed concern about the wider consequences for the world economy and international politics.”More importantly, noted the Times, there is “also concern that problems in Europe could hurt the United States economy at a time when American growth appears to be slowing.”U.S. economy contracted in first quarterThe U.S. economy is more than slowing. It contracted 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2015. U.S. exports fell; consumer spending slowed down; capitalist investment declined by 2.8 percent, the sharpest decline since 2009; and the final sales of actual goods and services decreased by 1.1 percent, the biggest fall since 2009.The pundits have tried to brush this off as due to cold weather and the West Coast port strike. But cold weather and a single strike cannot plunge a $15 trillion economy into an economic contraction. The so-called “recovery” is anemic at best and is headed downwards.The U.S. contraction is part of a general global slowdown. The economies of Russia, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Argentina and Switzerland, among others, are all contracting sharply. South Korea is flirting with recession. Japan is in a state of meager growth.The European Central Bank has initiated a $1.6 trillion bailout for the banks and corporations in the eurozone — pumping in over $60 billion a month. But it has hardly resulted in any economic growth — except for the stock markets — and has not brought regional unemployment below 10 percent.On the Titanic without lifeboatsStephen King from HSBC, Britain’s largest bank, issued a report entitled “The World Economy’s Titanic Problem.” Commenting on the report, the May 24 London Telegraph talked about being afloat in a world recession without lifeboats.The Telegraph said the report showed that each of the past four recoveries had been weaker than the one before. The average global growth rate had fallen from 4.5 percent to nearly 2 percent.The report revealed that with all the hoopla about the economy gaining from a drop in oil prices, 100,000 workers across the oil and gas belt have been laid off. The so-called windfall turned into layoffs and did not do anything to bolster the capitalist recovery.The Telegraph also showed that the world economy has been dependent on the growth of the Chinese economy and that the Chinese economy is also slowing down. The Royal Bank of Scotland showed that China accounted for 85 percent of all global growth in 2012, 54 percent in 2013 and 30 percent in 2014. It is likely to fall to 24 percent this year. Andrew Roberts from RBS says, “If there is only one statistic that you need to know in the world right now, this is it.”The main point of the HSBC report was that, in the event of a new global recession, the capitalist states have no way to ease a future crisis. They have already poured huge amounts of money into the economy and lowered interest rates to near zero to combat the last crisis.Unemployment, underemployment: a global plagueEven before the next crisis, the global working class is plagued by unemployment and underemployment. About 75 percent of the world’s workforce have no permanent jobs. While well over 200 million are officially unemployed, the number of temporary and part-time workers is growing even faster than actual unemployment. Child labor is conservatively estimated by the U.N. at 73 million, many working in near slavery conditions.The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, whose members include all the major capitalist powers, anticipates growth of the “precariat,” a term that trivializes what Marxists call the reserve army of the unemployed and underemployed.“In this situation, already tense areas of the world will almost certainly become more turbulent. The Middle East and North Africa, for example, have the highest youth unemployment in the world, close to 30 percent. And there, as in much of the less-developed world, it is the more educated young people, those with degrees, who have the highest rates of job insecurity.” (CBS News, June 1) These figures are, if anything, conservative.Greek debt crisis coming to a headIt is against this background of a smoldering global economic, social and political crisis that Lew issued his alarm, aimed at forcing a settlement of the Greek crisis before it explodes in a default, which could easily begin to spread among other European debtor countries.The IMF, ECB and EU, as well as U.S. imperialists, are not just being arbitrary in trying to force the Greek government into a humiliating capitulation. The fact of the matter is that if the bankers make any concessions to the Greek government, the masses in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Cyprus and other European countries, who have suffered under the heel of debt extortion by the bankers of Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and bondholders everywhere, could easily rebel and demand concessions and an end to austerity.European loans and currencies could be destabilized and the eurozone could come apart. The eurozone, as it stands, is an instrument for domination by the German imperialists above all, as well as the French, Italian, Dutch and other bankers. The IMF, which is demanding over a trillion euro from Greece and taking a hard line, is dominated by U.S. bankers.Yew was trying to find wiggle room to avert the crisis by appealing to the German ruling class to let up. The European Central Bank, dominated by the German bankers, as well as the Deutsche Bank are demanding a reduction in Greek pensions, changes in labor law calculated to weaken unions and lower wages, as well as widespread privatization of public facilities.The Greek government has so far held the position that it is not going to default on its obligations to the people. Days after Yew made his appeal, Alexis Tsipras, head of the Greek government and leader of the leftist party Syriza, wrote an article in the French paper Le Monde denouncing the “absurd demands” of the IMF, ECB and EU. He came close to threatening default and denounced “doctrines of extreme neoliberalism.” (London Telegraph, May 31)Meanwhile, Syriza’s Left Platform called for a “counterattack” against the creditors. The Left Platform submitted an immediate program to the Syriza central committee that was defeated by a vote of 95 to 75. The majority, led by Tsipras, called for an “honorable compromise.” (versobooks.com, May 28)The Left Platform program stated:“It has now become clear that the ‘institutions’ are not striving for what some are calling an ‘honorable compromise.’ An ‘honorable compromise’ cannot exist anyway by means of privatizations and new burdens on the popular classes, and it certainly cannot exist without a real end to austerity, without a restructuring of (the biggest part of) the debt and without adequate provision of liquidity for the revitalization of the economy. What the ruling circles of the EU, the ECB and the IMF are ruthlessly and consistently aiming for in the last four months, is to strangle the economy, to milk even the last euro from the country’s reserves and to push an ‘unprotected’ government to full submission and exemplary humiliation.”The specific demands of the Left Platform call for a complete rupture with the creditor institutions and include:“The immediate nationalization of the banks; the immediate and full reintroduction, as well as safeguarding and practical implementation, of labor legislation and rights to trade union organization; the termination of all protections for the country’s scandal-immersed oligarchy; the suspension of privilege, privileging adjustments and immunity for big economic interests; the substantial taxation of wealth and large properties, as well as the taxation of top earners and of high corporate profitability.”This is a left social-democratic program, which is silent on the crucial issue of preparing the masses for a counterattack by the financial oligarchy and capitalist establishment. To implement this program would require the intervention of the working class and the preparation of emergency measures in all spheres of society.The secretariat of Syriza issued a call for the national mobilization of the people, which was unfortunately omitted from the Left Platform demands.At this point there is little room between rupture and capitulation. For the progressive and revolutionary working-class forces in Greece and throughout Europe, the correct course is to promote, support and prepare for a break with the financial powers.If implemented, that could open up a struggle that could eventually, under the correct leadership, be directed at capitalism itself. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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“Another drama for us,” said Modric. “We didn’t play well in the first half, we didn’t control the game as we wanted.“From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish the game. We showed the character again.”Croatia, who last reached the semis in 1998, now face the challenge of trying to recover in time to play England in Moscow on Wednesday after their second consecutive penalty shootout drained their players of energy. Croatia thought they had won the match when Domagoj Vida rose to nod in a corner in the first period of extra time after the sides were locked at 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.But refusing to let the dream come to an end, Mario Fernandes headed home from a free-kick with just five minutes remaining to infuse the home fans with renewed belief.Russia, who beat Spain on penalties in the last 16, failed to convert two of their spot-kicks, leaving Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic with match point and he made no mistake, sealing a 4-3 win. – Maguire, Alli score for England –England’s progress earlier in the day was much more serene.Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opener from a corner on 30 minutes — England’s eighth goal from a set-piece at the World Cup — with Alli adding a second, also from a header, just before the hour.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Samara, Russia | AFP | England reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 on Saturday, comfortably beating Sweden to set up a last-four clash against Croatia, who ended Russia’s fairytale run in a nailbiting penalty shootout.Gareth Southgate’s young team started their match in Samara as firm favourites and had too much for the Swedes, although they were indebted to another fine performance from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a 2-0 win.But the later game in Sochi was packed with drama as Russia — the lowest-ranked nation at their own tournament — refused to die despite enjoying just 36 percent of possession against a superior Croatian team led by Luka Modric.
Penn State head football coach James Franklin reacts to a call in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Akron in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. Penn State won 21-3. (AP Photo/York Daily Record, Chris Dunn)Penn State football got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning Monday that the NCAA will allow it to compete in this year’s postseason and that all scholarships will return in 2015.The surprise announcement, linked to progress the school has made reforming its athletic program, moved the university a step farther away from the fallout from Sandusky, the former assistant coach convicted of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including acts at university facilities.The scandal badly tarnished what had been one of college sports’ most respected programs, led to charges of a criminal cover-up against former university administrators Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley — whose cases are still pending — and the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.Penn State had been halfway through a four-year postseason ban handed down during the summer of 2012. Some of the 40 scholarships the program was originally docked were restored earlier than expected a year ago.The university still must pay a $60 million fine, vacate 111 wins that came under Paterno, plus another victory under interim coach Tom Bradley, and the school will remain under monitoring.The decision by the NCAA’s Executive Committee followed a recommendation by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, whose second annual report as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor concluded the university was in compliance with a 2012 agreement and consent decree.“Senator Mitchell’s report and recommendations, along with the actions taken by the NCAA today, are a recognition of the hard work of many over the past two years to make Penn State a stronger institution,” said Penn State President Eric Barron, who took over in February.Mitchell said the school had made progress toward implementing a new human resources system, “fostering an ethical culture” and improving security at its sports facilities. His own five-year oversight role, scheduled to continue to 2017, may end earlier as a result of the progress that has been made, he said.Mitchell said his recommendation was focused on aspects of the penalties that affect student-athletes, many of whom stayed at Penn State despite the ability to transfer without penalty.“In light of Penn State’s responsiveness to its obligations and the many improvements it has instituted, I believe these student-athletes should have the opportunity to play in the postseason should they earn it on the field this year,” Mitchell wrote.His 58-page report said incidents involving the football team this year included only minor infractions.In State College, junior kinesiology major Daniel Zambanini said seeing the news on television gave him a moment of shock.“The sanctions kind of held the Sandusky scandal like it was a big black cloud that hung over the university because every year, every time they mentioned Penn State, they mentioned the sanctions,” Zambanini said.He said removal of the postseason ban “just takes that weight off our shoulders and you can kind of just be Penn State once more.”The penalties against Penn State were unprecedented in many ways and, because of that, not well-received by many in college sports. While lack of institutional control was cited, Penn State’s missteps had nothing to do with competition and the areas that usually fall under the NCAA’s jurisdiction.“The biggest problem I had was the effect on the student athletes in the program,” said former Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe, who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1980s, including on the SMU football death penalty case. “They (Penn State’s players) weren’t involved in a program that was cheating against their rivals and now all of sudden they’re not able to participate in postseason.”The NCAA cutting the penalties down is also unusual. Beebe and Mike Gilleran, a sports law and ethics professor at Santa Clara University who worked in NCAA enforcement during the 1970s and ’80s, said they were concerned the latest move would set another precedent.“So what happens now when one of your old schools,” Gilleran said, referring to Beebe’s time in the Big 12, “gets whacked? ‘OK, we’ll take that penalty with the understanding that we will be model citizens and we will expect the treatment that Penn State got.’”Beebe said rolling back the sanctions gives the appearance of the NCAA acknowledging it might have overreached by getting involved with the Sandusky scandal.“My first blush is I don’t know how it could be perceived differently,” he said. “‘I’d be very curious to dive into (the NCAA’s) rationale.”On Friday, the NCAA said in a Pennsylvania state court filing it is willing to let the state government control the $60 million fine Penn State is paying under the consent decree. The NCAA wants the judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by state officials seeking to enforce a 2013 state law that requires the money remain in the state.If the judge agrees, the NCAA said it also will move to end a federal lawsuit against Gov. Tom Corbett and others that challenges that same law.Penn State went 15-9 during the first two seasons of the sanctions under coach Bill O’Brien, who was hired to replace Paterno.Paterno was the winningest coach in major college football history when he was fired not long after Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator, was charged in November 2011. Paterno died in January 2012 and lost his record when the NCAA vacated those 111 victoriesO’Brien left for the Houston Texans of the NFL after last season and James Franklin was hired away from Vanderbilt to take his place.Penn State is 2-0 this season. If the Nittany Lions win the East division, they will be eligible to play in the Big Ten championship game.Franklin said in a statement the team appreciates the opportunity.“This team plays for each other. We play for Penn State, our families, the former players, our students, alumni, fans and the community,” he said.___Scolforo reported from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
2 May 2014South Africa’s first maritime port of entry control centre represents a milestone in the country’s journey to secure, modernise and control its borders, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the opening of the centre at Cowrie Port in Cape Town harbour on Friday.The centre puts all the government departments and agencies involved in immigration and border control under one roof. These include the departments of home affairs, health, agriculture and fisheries, the SA Police Service (border police and crime intelligence), and the SA Revenue Service (customs).The state-of-the-art centre would not only improve security and immigration issues, but would also serve to enhance trade and South Africa’s status as a logistical gateway to Africa, Gordhan said.TradeThe rationale behind the centre was in line with the National Development Plan, the minister said. Among other things, the NDP aims to stimulate growth by lowering the cost of doing business in South Africa, improving the country’s competitiveness and exports, and linking local products with other emerging markets.Gordhan said the fast-growing markets of Africa represented important new markets, and the NDP was committed to increasing South Africa’s trade with its regional neighbours from 15% to 30%.‘Complex borders’Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor, also speaking at Friday’s opening, said the centre had been designed “to accommodate in one spot not only customs, excise and immigration, but also health, safety and intelligence.“Ports are complex borders to manage. Cowrie Place will provide the space and facilities to manage passengers and cargoes more efficiently than before.”Pandor said the government hoped to establish a border management agency by the end of 2016, taking advantage of the lessons learnt from Cowrie Place.A flagship feature of Cowrie Place is the co-ordination monitoring centre, where the data and information will be fed, assimilated and made available to all government department and agencies involved in the maritime border management.“For the bona fide tourist or member of the trade community, this will mean better service,” Gordhan said. “For those who intend to challenge the laws of our country, be warned, as we intend to raise the bar of compliance by an order of magnitude.”Important portCape Town’s port is oldest in South Africa, but despite changes to its maritime culture brought by air travel and containerisation, it is still an important point of entry.The port processes more than 870 000 containers as well as nearly 730 000 tons of dry bulk per annum, Pandor said.A total of 6 173 commercial vessels and 55 passenger vessels entered and/or left the port in 2013, while more than 62 000 people entered and/or departed from Cape Town harbour.Pandor said E-berth at the harbour would be developed into a fully fledged passenger liner terminal to complement Cowrie Place.SAinfo reporter
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DiPietro-Wells, R. (2015). Field Talk: A Q&AField Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old). We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we spoke with Jeff Mullins, MS. Jeff is an Early Childhood Special Educator working with the overseas Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) Early Intervention program as an Early Childhood Special Educator at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Jeff has provided special instruction services to babies and toddlers (birth through age 2) with developmental delays and their families for twelve years with nearly half that time being with military families.What’s your favorite part of your current job? I love seeing a parent evolve over time as they learn to support their child. They often come to me overwhelmed when they first learn about their child’s developmental delay. I really enjoy watching them grow to become empowered and confident in supporting their child’s development. I get excited when I can see parents making connections, understanding their child in a new light, and taking an active role in supporting their growth. When I see them take ownership of their child’s goals and feel confident in how to help them, then I know I have done my job right.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.Over the last 6 years, I have worked with families in the Army, Air Force, and now the Navy through the EDIS Early Intervention program.How did you come to work with military families?I think it was my desire to live overseas that ultimately brought me in touch with military families. After an intensive search for work abroad, I was hired by my current contracting company to work in Germany with families serving in the Army. I later transitioned to work at an Air Force base in England with the EDIS program there and now find myself with the Navy. I am so glad that I have been able to meet and work with so many people across all three branches of the military. The military community faces unique challenges and it feels so good to be able to support these babies and toddlers and their families at such a critical time in their lives.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.I remember having the opportunity to support a family who came into our clinic for a routine newborn hearing screen for their baby and discovered that he had degenerative hearing loss. They later learned that he had autism spectrum disorder. I watched them come to early intervention scared and uncertain of the future. Even as ‘seasoned parents’ they felt insecure in their ability to raise their son. Initially, they deferred to us as providers to tell them what they needed. However, as we worked together, they began to take ownership of the process and developed great ideas to support their son. They also began to clarify what they wanted, got connected to a local parents’ support group for children with hearing impairments and became strong advocates for their son’s needs. It was evident that they had both a vision and a plan for him and I really enjoyed supporting them through this process.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.My most challenging experiences have involved working with parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. When a family first learns about their child’s special need, they go through the same stages of grief as those who have experienced the death of a loved one. All families that I have worked with go through some form of denial, bargaining, depression, and acceptance as they process this new information. They often cycle back and repeat the same stages over again. Supporting them through this process can be quite challenging as denial, depression, anger, etc. are difficult feeling. A diagnosis alone can be incredibly life-altering for a family, but with military families, a diagnosis of ASD can often mean a compassionate reassignment to the states to pursue therapy resulting in yet another move overseas. Also, the parent may receive the diagnosis alone while their spouse is deployed and they are left to deal with this news away from their family or support system. So, handling the feelings and responses of these families can be quite challenging. But, by staying warm, compassionate, and empathetic during this time, we as early interventionists can help families move on to become strong advocates for their children.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families? How do you change your practice between families?The complexity of the needs of families is greater within the military than outside. The layers of need can be pretty complicated when supporting a family with a child with special needs overseas. They are living in a foreign country, away from their support system, and often parenting without the physical support of their spouse. Military families endure hardships beyond what other families often face. They deal with ever-changing and demanding work schedules, are sometimes asked to cancel family vacations to respond to the call of duty, and usually have to uproot their family every 3-4 years. Supporting families in the military requires much more of an early intervention provider than it would with other types of families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school? Involve the deployed parent in whatever capacity they are willing to participate. Even though military parents are away, they still desire to be involved in what is going on for their child, so enabling them to participate via phone, Skype, or e-mail can be very empowering for them. This is also a very positive, connective force for the family at home as they can feel more united working together with their spouse, even from a distance. I remember holding visits with a father and his kids while the mother was using FaceTime to participate from her deployment location. She still felt like an integral part of the team despite being so far away. Remember to always assume that family members want to participate and enable them to do so however they can.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.The most common stressor I have observed is transitioning early intervention services from the family’s current location to the next. Finding the appropriate contacts, ensuring that they have all the required paperwork, navigating Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) clearance, and the anxiety associated with getting acquainted with an entirely new early intervention team has always proved very challenging for the families I have supported.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be humble and approach the family with fresh eyes every time. Do not assume that you understand the child and family and what is best for them. Allow them to teach you what is best for their unique family and you will gain their trust and have a greater impact on the child as well.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?I would like to change the perception of the Exceptional Family Member Program as a “career killer” and a negative byproduct of participation in early intervention. Beyond the paperwork, EFMP can be a great and supportive resource for families as they locate assistance for their child with special needs. One of the military bases that I worked on had a full-time EFMP Family Support Coordinator who organized events, provided families with resources and information, and more. I would like to see every military base have a coordinator that would bring a supportive face to EFMP so that parents could look to them for the help they need as opposed to seeing EFMP as a source of endless paperwork and limiting them from their desired duty station.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I utilize the military family resources from Zero to Three which include a number of excellent children’s books that prepare children for the deployment and return of their parent. I always appreciate the helpful trainings and resources on the Military OneSource website. I have attended professional development activities with Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC). I have found a number of resources and educational opportunities through the Penn State University Clearinghouse for Military Readiness as well. And, of course, the Military Families Learning Network website and webinars have been an excellent support in my learning about military families as well.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and YouTube.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lautaro Martinez says Inter Milan need to step up standards after Juventus defeatby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez says they need to step up standards after defeat to Juventus.Martinez hit his second goal in as many games but it was a second consecutive loss for the Nerazzurri. The Argentine spoke to Inter TV following the match: “The truth is that we played how we prepared for the game in the first half,” he began by saying. “After they took the lead, we worked in the way that we had set. In the second half, something changed. We struggled and unfortunately, they found the goal at the end and we couldn’t get an equaliser.“When we’re all back together after international duty, we’ll talk about this match. If we want to play at the level of these times, we have a lot more work to do. Everyone who plays whether they start or come on must give their best. This is how to grow as a group.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karembeu: Ribery Fiorentina success no surprise to meby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Sampdoria star Christian Karembeu is happy seeing Franck Ribery at Fiorentina.Ribery has starred since his summer arrival from Bayern Munich.Karembeu told TMW: “What he’s doing at Fiorentina doesn’t surprise me. “We wanted him at Olympiacos (Karembeu is their sports director) but chose Fiorentina. “Franck is a champion and will still make the difference in Italy.”He added: “In the meantime, Serie A has become attractive again, almost like when I was playing.”
georgia tech rushes fieldIt’s party time in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech, after a field goal block returned for a touchdown as time expired, knocked off No. 9 Florida State at home Saturday 22-16 in front of a raucous crowd. Yellow Jackets fans rushed the field in celebration immediately following the crazy play. Check it out:Miracle on North Ave – Part 2. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/2JwgjXEQt3— Lauren Rupert (@lauren_rupert) October 25, 2015Here’s the scene from Georgia Tech pic.twitter.com/ZM4XV9UVoF— Brendan Sonnone (@osfsu) October 25, 2015First part of any game I see on our new 55 smart tv is fsu losing to Georgia tech! Great day to be a Gator! pic.twitter.com/DoonW1yDxE— Matthew Carlsen (@mrc8809) October 25, 2015THAT JUST HAPPENED!!! #FSUvsGT pic.twitter.com/5J2qmtO3mk— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 25, 2015Way to swarm, Yellow Jackets! pic.twitter.com/rntVIb7LjP— Georgia Tech (@GeorgiaTech) October 25, 2015Georgia Tech is now 3-5 on the season, but this one has to feel good for the team’s fans.