VANCOUVER， June 10 (Xinhua) -- A new poll has shown 80 percent of the
residents in the Canadian province of British Columbia support a new tax on
foreigners owning local property， as foreign money is accused to have caused
housing prices in the region to jump 40 percent in the past year.
The poll， released by market research company Insights West Thursday， also
showed three quarters of the 800 respondents were angry at the local government
for inaction as home prices surged beyond the reach of average citizens，
particularly in Metro Vancouver.
"The level of animosity towards the provincial government is high，" said
Mario Canseco， vice president of Insights West. "The fact that this is shown
across all age groups， both genders， all levels of household income and ethnic
groups is significant."
"It is very rare to get a number as high as 80 percent， and it is very rare
to get three generations and people from all income levels to agree，" Canseco
The poll showed that respondents aged between 18 and 34 were most in favor of
the tax， reaching 89 percent.
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Jersey , June 18 (Xinhua) -- Croatia coach Niko Kovac hailed the
impact of Mario Mandzukic after the Bayern Munich striker returned from
suspension to lead his team to a 4-0 drubbing of Cameroon in their World Cup
group A clash on Wednesday.
Mandzukic scored two second-half goals as the African side were eliminated
from the tournament with one group match still remaining.
Kovac said the 28-year-old's presence had lifted his teammates after the
team's 3-1 loss to Brazil in their opening mach in Sao Paulo.
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Ivica Olic opened the scoring at Arena Amazonia stadium with a powerful
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Cameroon were reduced to 10 men late in the first half when Alexandre Song
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Perisic scored his team's second after careering into the penalty area and
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Mandzukic's header made it 3-0 before the forward doubled his tally with an
The result ends Cameroon's hopes of advancing beyond the group stage in
Brazil and extends their miserable recent record at the World Cup finals.
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Kovac should have a full-strength squad to choose from for the June 23 clash
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