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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_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny may have some stormy weather ahead but he took time to lead tributes to weather-forecasting postman Michael Gallagher who has retired from An Post after 48 years service.Postman Michael GallagherMickey Gallagher, postman and weather forecaster from Glenfin, finally hung up his postbag recently.The 66-year-old, from Glenfin, said he enjoyed every single day delivering letters to the people of the Bluestack Mountains. Michael uses signs of nature picked up from older folk to predict the weather.More than 200 people packed into a bar in Brockagh last weekend to thank Michael for all his service and to wish him well.In a letter, hand-delivered for the occasion, the Taoiseach recalled: “As my mother was a McGinley from Donegal I was reared on stories such as waiting for the postman to arrive with news from relatives not just in Ireland but spread across the world.Loyal“Over your 48 years of loyal service to the Irish postal service you ensured that the people of Donegal received those precious letters … I am sure they did not thank you for the many bills you delivered but that’s all part of the service. “You also distinguish yourself in predicting the weather patterns based on your study of nature and I hope you continue to do so,” Mr Kenny wrote.Michael also got letters from FAI chief John Delaney and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.Father-of-three Michael says he will still try to predict the weather and plans to write his memoirs. He thinks – having studied berries in hedges – it will be a calm autumn ahead with plenty of dry weather.MICKEY THE POST PREDICTS A BRIGHT FORECAST FOR HIS OWN RETIREMENT! was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalMichael Gallagherpostmanlast_img read more