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first_imgAsia’s big 3 all win SEOUL, South Korea, (AP): Japan, Australia, and South Korea enjoyed comfortable wins in Asia qualifying for the 2018 World Cup yesterday. Son Heung-min came off the bench to provide two assists as South Korea beat Myanmar 4-0. European-based Keisuke Honda and Maya Yoshida scored Japan’s second and third goals in a 3-0 win in Singapore to put them top of Group E, above Syria. Australia bounced back from October’s loss in Jordan to defeat Kyrgyzstan 3-0 in Canberra and move within a point of Jordan. Blatter leaves Swiss hospital ZURICH, (AP): Sepp Blatter’s adviser says that the suspended FIFA president has left a Swiss hospital. The 79-year-old Blatter spent about a week having his health assessed about a month after he was suspended for 90 days by the FIFA ethics committee. Adviser Klaus Stoehlker told The Associated Press that Blatter was discharged on Wednesday. He said that Blatter’s daughter Corinne has taken him to his hometown of Visp to relax before he returns to his private office in Zurich next week. After speaking to Blatter yesterday, Stoehlker said, “He’s very motivated to fight against his suspension.” Blatter is awaiting the full verdict from the FIFA ethics case into a payment to Michel Platini that he authorised in 2011. The UEFA president has also been suspended.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has reiterated his strong opposition to the Government’s property tax plans, saying families in mortgage difficulty simply cannot afford to pay hundreds of euro in extra taxes on their home.The Fianna Fáil TD was speaking as the Revenue Commissioners prepare to issue letters to homeowners Donegal and across the country from next week.“It is deeply unfair to expect homeowners, who cannot afford their home as it is, to pay hundreds of euro in extra tax on that home. These are people who have already paid significant stamp duty, are now deep in negative equity and are struggling to pay their mortgages and household bills,” said Deputy McConalogue. “I strongly believe that it is wrong to tax the family home. I also believe it is completely wrong to introduce any form of property tax at time of unprecedented mortgage crisis and a complete failure on behalf of Government and the banks to address this crisis.“Under Fine Gael and Labour’s plan, a home in Donegal worth €150,000 will pay approximately €315 in property taxes. I have spoken to so many families who are genuinely distressed about how they will afford to pay this, at a time when they can barely pay their mortgage and other household bills.“The latest mortgage arrears figures out this week show that one in every four mortgages are in some form of difficulty. In the last quarter alone, an additional 6,500 families have fallen into mortgage distress. Behind these figures are families who are trying to lead normal lives while knowing there is a real prospect they may lose their home. The Government cannot in good conscience hit these families with property taxes on top of everything else, while failing to address the ever deepening mortgage crisis.”  DONEGAL FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD PROPERTY TAX – TD was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD PROPERTY TAX – TDlast_img read more