Roger Federer reaches semis in Dubai as he chases 100th title

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Marton Fucsovics of Hungry during their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer is two matches away from his 100th career title after beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.Federer faced two set points in the tiebreaker but Fucsovics hit two forehands into the net to let the Swiss star take control. Federer then wasted an early break in the second set but broke again for a 5-4 lead before serving out the match when Fucsovics sent a forehand return wide.ADVERTISEMENT “The tiebreak was tough. I’m happy I found a way to get out of that one,” Federer said. “That was an exciting match, to say the least.”Federer is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament tiles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer’s previous 99 triumphs have come in Dubai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe will next face sixth-seeded Borna Coric, who beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1). Coric beat Federer twice last year, including in the Halle final.“He’s really found his game,” Federer said of Coric. “We’ve had a couple tough matches as of late.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nike continues eSports push with league partnership in China Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The other semifinal will pit rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece against French veteran Gael Monfils.Tsitispas outlasted Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-1, while Monfils beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2.Both Tsitsipas and Monfils are coming off tournament wins in Europe last week and have a 1-1 head-to-head record.“We’re both serving really well,” Tsitsipas said. “We have similar game style. I guess I’m a bit more aggressive than him, but he’s much faster. I’m going to have to deal with all of that, be patient, play with passion as well, just wait for the opportunities to break him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

‘Islam Is Under Siege’

first_imgThe Muslim community in Liberia has finally broken its silence, openly venting its anger at Muslim terrorists who it says continue to hold the world hostage for their selfish interests.According to the Acting Chief Imam of Liberia, Ali Krayee, some unscrupulous individuals are deliberately smearing the image of Islam. He claimed that these groups of individuals are doing far more harm to the world than good.“There are attempts by some individuals to deliberately smear the image of Islam. We are also not ignorant of some defiant elements that claim to be Muslims but are doing far more harm than anyone else, in the name of the religion.”Imam Krayee indicated that these terrorist-oriented Muslims are doing so much harm that it has become difficult to distinguish the authentic Islam and the Islam of the media. “Islam is a religion under siege and we have to ask ourselves again and again what is happening?”Imam Krayee made these assertions when he officially launched the first ever National Imam Council of Liberia (NICOL) nationwide Dawah (Evangelism) and training program. The ceremony was held in the auditorium of the Marvii Sonii School campus in Clara Town.Let us not forget as we watch on our television screens and monitor the radio and read the newspapers, how on a daily basis we come across violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam, said the Imam.This is not Islam“Oh Yes! We condemn terrorism and we say, in a louder tone, that this is not Islam. The Quran says he who makes one person to live as though he is saving the entire mankind and at the same time kills one innocent person is like he has killed the entire human race.“So we strongly condemn all acts of terrorism in the world because such acts do not preach peace as the Quran does,” the Muslim clergyman declared.“Islam is indeed under siege. It is under the siege of people who claim to belong to it, but are doing great disservice to the religion. Islam is under siege by those who believe that the future of the world belongs to a place where God should be absent.“So the challenge we have today is enormous,” Imam Krayee continued, telling his fellow Imams gathered in their numbers, “We have to work hand in hand to correct the moral decay that our society is currently experiencing. We are to ensure that Islam obtains its rightful place in the society.”This is the first time in recent memory that an Islamic leader has spoken out against the terrorist activities of Islamic groups around the world, notably the Boko Haram in Nigeria and Cameroon, the murder of over a hundred children in Pakistan and the recent attack on the French satirical magazine in Paris, killing 12 persons in the magazine’s office.The Daily Observer has frequently called on Liberian Muslims to speak out one way or the other on these atrocities inflicted by innocent people in the name of Islam.  At last, Imam Krayee, Liberia’s acting chief imam, has spoken.  Peaceful Co-existenceAccording to Imam Krayee,  “Liberia bears witness to the truest Islam—a religion that preaches peace and peaceful co-existence.  It is our responsibility to work hard and make sure that the people of the country learn to know and respect Islam,” he said.Imam Krayee, who is of the Krahn tribe, reminded his audience that violence in the name of religion did not start with Islam.Christianity’s own history of violence“As we bear witness to these facts, terrorism perpetrated by “so-called Muslims”, let us not also forget that violence in the name of religion did not begin with Islam and it has not become the preoccupation of those who call themselves Muslims.”He cited the Jerusalem massacre of 1089, carried out by the Crusaders from Europe to redeem the City from Muslems.  In this, millions of Muslims perished, perpetrated by people who belonged to the Christian faith, conducting a war under the banner of the cross.He also spoke of the First and Second World Wars in which over sixty million perished. These wars, he noted, were waged by people who called themselves Christians and believed in Jesus Chris as their Lord and Savior.He spoke of the Rwandan genocide in which thousands of people were killed in a predominantly Catholic country.  TheLord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda are raping and killing countless numbers of women and children.He finally named what he considered the greatest crime in human history, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, when millions of black people were forcibly taken from their homeland and de-humanized in difficult circumstances. This, Imam Krayee noted, was carried out by people who believed in the Bible.Imam Krayee brilliantly outlined these condemnable actions in history by people notably of the Christian religion. But he did not say that these actions carried out by Christians were done in the name of their religion, as it is being done in the name of Islam today.  This is the question on which he did not enlighten his audience.The National Imam Council of Liberia was established in 1995 and is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary early next month, February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Konneh Calls for Increased Financial, Technical Support

first_imgThe outgoing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara M. Konneh, has led a high-powered delegation to attend 2016 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington DC, USA.While in the US, Minister Konneh held talks with senior officials of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, the United States Peace Corps, US Departments of State and Treasury, African Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, among others. According to a dispatch, Minister Konneh commended Liberia’s development and traditional partners for the level of support Liberia enjoys and emphasized the need for further financial and technical assistance. He lamented the critical need for swift intervention amid the twin shocks the Liberian economy experienced from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and the decline in the global commodities prices, particularly iron ore and rubber; the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown in June 2016; as well as the upcoming general and presidential elections; all of which, he emphasized, pose further uncertainties that may have economic, political, social and security risks.Minister Konneh’s pitch for increased support coincides with the release of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, which predicts an extended period of slow global growth of only 3.2% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017. These figures represent a second downgrade of the Fund’s forecast just this year. The IMF’s Primary Commodity Price Index has declined 19% since August 2015.To help ameliorate the impact of the dire economic situation in Liberia, Minister Konneh articulated committed measures by the Liberian government, which is intended to generate additional revenue to account for said deficit. “These measures include: Fuel excise charge (storage charge), surcharge on outbound international calls, Increase Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate – all of which is expected generate US$45.9 million in new revenues. Additional cuts to the recurrent expenditure ceiling especially goods and services as well as subsidizes and transfers and grants to some non-productive entities,” he disclosed.He further stated that there are growing needs for increased expenditure, especially in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, as a countercyclical measure and the need to ensure credible elections. He made particular reference to government’s commitment to continuous spending in human development areas such as health, education and agriculture (value chain).In response, Liberia’s international partners assured the Liberian government through Minister Konneh of their unrelenting support to the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and the Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan (ESRP), with specific emphasis on budget support, the UNMIL drawdown, as well as the 2017 presidential elections. Officials traveling with Minister Konneh include Dr. Bernice Dahn, Minister of Health; Charles Sirleaf, Acting Governor, Central Bank of Liberia; Dr. Mounir Siaplay, Deputy Minister for Economic Management, MFDP; Bernard Jappah, Public Financial Management Reforms Coordinator, MFDP; and John Davies, President of LBDI, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UG medical school will soon regain accreditation – Dr Cummings

first_imgThe University of Guyana is set to regain its medical accreditation beginning from the academic year 2016/2017.This is according to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Emmanuel Cummings, who told Guyana Times on Saturday that the school of medicine is working assiduously to correct the deficiencies of the past.“We are looking at October when they will visit for evaluation of the evidence we have and I am certain that the kind of evidence that we have and what we are doing, accreditation to the medical school will be restored in the new academic year 2016-2017.”The University Of Guyana’s School Of Medicine lost its accreditation in April 2014 and was served with provisional accreditation until 2015 by Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine (CAAEM). The medical school was offered accreditation for the periods 2008 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and 2014 to 2015. The medical school lost its full accreditation after a visit from the CAAEM revealed that a number of recommendations to improve the institution were not adhered to.“The School of Medicine was given million from the Government through the Education Ministry that is being used to upgrade the medical laboratories because that was one of the deficiencies that was highlighted by CAAEM,” said Dr Cummings.In efforts to regain accreditation, the upcoming academic year 2016-2017 for the Medical School will be featuring refurbished laboratories and upgraded classrooms for the students.According to Dr Cummings, “so far as I know the Ministry is at the stage of procuring equipment that we will definitely have in place for September and we are currently evaluating the physical facilities.”Dr Cummings noted that all relevant documents have been submitted and the curriculum is being currently reviewed.Meanwhile, Dr Cummings pointed out that the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, who took office only four days ago, has already engaged the Health Science faculty in two meetings.“Restoring accreditation to the medical school is one of his main agendas. He is very concerned and supportive of all of the steps we are taking to ensure we are on the right path.”“Definitely, we are getting everything in place. I am more than certain accreditation will be restored. Once CAAEM would have looked at the documents, the site date will be determined three months minimum and from then we can move on,” Dr Cummings reiterated.last_img read more

Russia bid to rediscover mojo for Spain showdown

first_img0Shares0000Isco and Aleksandr Golovin have been standout performers for their countries in Russia © AFP/File / Franck FIFE, Pierre-Philippe MARCOUMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 30 – Hosts Russia must rebound quickly for Sunday’s World Cup last 16 clash with Spain, the 2010 champions who have slipped under the radar after a tumultuous start to the tournament.Resounding wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt elevated expectations for Stanislav Cherchesov’s side before they were dealt a dose of reality in a 3-0 loss to Uruguay. Dismissed as no-hopers little over a fortnight ago, Russia will try to get back onboard a wave of national euphoria and pull off what striker Artem Dzyuba called a “minor miracle”.They make their first World Cup knockout stage appearance in the post-Soviet era as the ultimate underdogs.While Russia arrived at the finals winless in eight months before finding some badly-needed form, one of their better results in that period came in a 3-3 draw with Spain last November.For Sergei Ignashevich, one of three holdovers from the Russia side that lost to Spain in the semi-finals of Euro 2008, there are no secrets about their upcoming opponents.“Spain plays the same style as in previous years,” said the 38-year-old defender.“Spanish defenders play very high leaving spaces that a counter-attacking team can use. This is probably their only weak spot if they have any.”Russia will return to the Luzhniki Stadium, having played their opening match at the iconic venue, and will lean on fervent support to go in search of a famous win.“The fact that the game will be at Luzhniki Stadium with almost 80,000 people supporting us is probably the only good consequence from the fact we finished second in our group,” said Ignashevich.Midfielder Alan Dzagoev has rejoined the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury, but Igor Smolnikov is suspended following his red card against Uruguay.– Errors proving costly –Spain have not lost a match since Euro 2016, although they have looked far from convincing after the chaos that saw coach Julen Lopetegui sacked before their first game.They needed a last-gasp equaliser from Iago Aspas in a 2-2 draw with Morocco to pip Portugal to top spot in Group B, and are battling to fix a leaky defence.“We have to get better, we haven’t produced our best football,” said Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.“The most important thing for us is to set up well for the Russia game. We’re not playing 11 Russians, we’re up against thousands of Russians in a full stadium.”Despite a centre-back pairing of Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, Spain have conceded five goals in three games with goalkeeper David de Gea looking a shadow of his usual self.No team in recent memory that has gone on to lift the trophy has conceded more than four goals, a statistic not lost on right-back Dani Carvajal.“We’ve got to cut down on the defensive mistakes,” said Carvajal. “We’ve made it far too easy for opponents to score against us, which they’ve done more because of our errors than their brilliance.”Fernando Hierro, the former Spain defender who took over from Lopetegui, hammered home that same point after the Morocco game.He must hope the message belatedly gets through in time for their encounter with the tournament’s joint-second highest scorers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘He has the stamina of a walrus!’ Man United fans hammer on-loan midfielder

first_img1 Hull City had a familiar name in their team as they drew 0-0 with Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round.Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell lined up for the Tigers against their Premier League opponents as he made his first appearance since a loan move to Steve Bruce’s side.The player’s comments that he had forgotten to watch his parent club in action against Midtjylland on Wednesday as he was playing FIFA had not endeared himself to the Red Devils faithful and in return they were pretty scathing about showing for Hull.You can see what Man United fans said on Twitter below… Hull City midfielder Nick Powell last_img read more

DDTV: DONEGAL CANCER BUS SERVICE ISSUES APPEAL FOR FUNDING GRANT

first_imgThe Donegal Cancer Bus Service have pleaded for support to help continue the fantastic service they provide for those suffering from cancer in Donegal.Those whose suffer from cancer in Donegal have to undertake the mammoth journey from the North-West to Galway for radiation treatment above. They’re asking you to vote for them to be awarded the community trust nomination, which would give them €5,000.That money would cover the cost of running the fantastic service for five weeks.To vote go to bit.ly/cancerbus and click the vote button to cast the vote.To watch the clip, simply click on the video above. DDTV: DONEGAL CANCER BUS SERVICE ISSUES APPEAL FOR FUNDING GRANT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 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:DDTVFeatureshealthnewsServiceslast_img read more

France predicted XI: Is this the side that will take on England?

first_img 11 11 4. Centre back – Samuel Umtiti 11 2. Right back – Djibril Sidibe 11 The Three Lions take on France in an international friendly at the Stade de France on Tuesday evening.The encounter gives Gareth Southgate another chance to test his players as he continues to implement his ideas in the top job.But what side will England come up against tonight?France have a wealth of talent so who is set to be picked by Didier Deschamps for the game against Southgate’s Lions?Scroll through the gallery above to see our predicted France XI. 7. Centre midfield – N’Golo Kante 5. Left back – Benjamin Mendy 1. Goalkeeper – Hugo Lloris 11. Forward – Kylian Mbappe 11 11 8. Centre midfield – Paul Pogba 11 11 3. Centre back – Raphael Varane 9. Left midfield – Thomas Lemar 6. Right midfield – Ousmane Dembele 11 10. Forward – Olivier Giroud 11 11last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENFIN LADIES COME OUT VICTORIOUS AFTER CLASH WITH ARDARA ON MONDAY

first_imgSenior footballWell done to our senior ladies who beat Ardara on Monday night in the senior championship. This was a very good team performance with the scores coming from 8 different players. The Glenfin team and scorers were: Jodie McGlynn – Sinead Doherty – Dianne McGlynn – Jessica Martin – Katy Herron 02 – Ann Marie McGlynn – Karen Guthrie 03 – Grainne Houston 1.00 – Roisin Moy 02 – Karen Ward 03 – Bridgin Byrne 1.01 – Yvonne McMonagle 2.09 – Kathleen Mc Ginty 3.04. Subs Used Tara Martin. Next fixture TBC There was no reserve or 3 rd team game last weekend but our senior team battled hard to get 2 much needed points in the league against Killybegs. A goal from Stephen McGlynn proved to be the difference in the end. Glenfin Team and scorers; Liam O Meara – Gary Herron – John Harkin – Martin O Donnell – Dean Herron – Stephen McGlynn 1.0 – Jason Morrow 01 – Paddy McGrath – Michael McGlynn – Daniel McGlynn 01 – Paddy O Connor 03 – Ciaran Foy – Kevin McGlynn – Gerard Ward 03 – Conor McBride 02.Senior and Reserves are away to Naomh Muire in the league on Saturday the 16th of July at 6pm and Club season tickets are available for €99.00 – these tickets allow you access to all adult men league and championship matches within the county. It also covers matches that Glenfin are not involved in. If anyone is interested contact Sean Bonner on 0872608539.Club Gear is now available in all sizes. Check Facebook for details or to order contact Kate McGlynn on 0877952880, Sean Bonner on 0872608539 or Francie F Marley on 0872414714. The Super Valu kits for clubs promotion has been extended to August bank holiday weekend. LottoLotto winning numbers for 12/07/2016 are 6-4- 8-2- 1- 7-3- 5. No winners Jackpot for the 19/07/2016 €3800.00.Ulster FinalCLG Gleann Fhinne would like to wish the best of luck to Stephen Carr and Frank McGlynn who are on the Donegal minor and senior panels next Sunday the 17th for the Ulster finals in Clones. Stephen and the minors play Derry at 12.00 pm and then Frank and the seniors play Tyrone at 2pm.Under age training: Wednesdays U8 and U10 6.00pm- 700p.  U12 & U13 boys 6.00pm to 7.00pm.U12sWell done to the U12s who beat Milford by 4.10 to 2.05 in the Northern Board B final on Monday evening in Glenfin. This team put in a big effort all year and it’s nice to see these young players being rewarded. Well Glenfin U12 girls are hosting the blitz finals on Saturday the 16th of July. Throw in at 11am in Glenfin. U14sOur U14 girls play Downings in Downings on Thursday evening at 6.45pm. Bus will leave field at 5pm. U14 boys have finished for this season but the U13 competition will start in August.U16sHard Luck to the U16 Boys who lost to Red Hughs by a few points on Monday night. Their next fixture is home to Convoy on Friday the 15th at 7.30pm. U16 girls are due to start in August.U18sOur Minor ladies had a great start to their championship on Tuesday the 12th with a home victory against Lifford. Their next game is against Convoy. The Minor boys had no fixture this week due to the Ulster minor final this Sunday. Next fixture TBC.Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to seamusward61@gmail.com or texting 087 2052481.GAA NEWS: GLENFIN LADIES COME OUT VICTORIOUS AFTER CLASH WITH ARDARA ON MONDAY was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GLENFIN GAA NOTESlast_img read more

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL VOWS THAT ALL CHILDREN WILL GET A TOY IN DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgThe Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Donegal has said it will go out of its way to ensure that every child gets a toy this Christmas morning.St Vincent de Paul say they will do their best this ChristmasPresident of the Donegal branch of the charity, Mary Sheridan, says the economic situation has forced many parents to reconsider what makes Christmas so special for them and their children.“It is an extremely stressful time of the year for parents who cannot afford to provide even the minimum of gifts for their children on Christmas day. “Between now and the end of this year SVP volunteers will be visiting homes throughout Donegal.“They will give support in a variety of ways. Our main aim will be to ensure that all children will have a toy from Santa and that families will have sufficient food, heat and light to get over the ‘festive’ season,” she said.SVP members are urging anyone in financial difficulty this Christmas to approach SVP and actively seek help from them rather than turn to money lenders who will charge extortionate interest rates on loans and will invariably make problems experienced by people even larger.SVP members are adamant that confidentiality is the key to convincing people in need to come forward. Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the work done by SVP members, therefore people can take comfort in the knowledge that all contact or assistance is in total confidence.People are often unaware that St. Vincent de Paul is not only willing but able to help them.“Therefore, we are earnestly appealing to people who have never approached us before and who are now struggling because of the present climate in our country to seriously consider approaching the St. Vincent de Paul Society for assistance.“However, our help is not only restricted to financial help. On a weekly basis our volunteers are helping people by providing a listening ear and a chat to those who experience loneliness,” said Ms Sheridan.Every December VdeP members work long hours to ensure that every request for help is dealt with in as an efficient and sensitive manner as possible. St Vincent de Paul has launched its National Annual Appeal on the 14th Nov 2012 by Ryan Tubridy. This appeal makes a call to people to help by donating whatever they can to their local collections. People can also help to raise funds and awareness in the following ways:•Buy a Voucher/Toy for our RTÉ 2fm Toy Appeal by leaving unwrapped toys in to their local Collection point or SuperValu or by purchasing a voucher from Toymaster or Eason’s Store …. We will look after the rest•Get your Company or Organisation involved by doing a Toy/Voucher Appeal collection point in your place of work•Or maybe you’d like to send an eCard to your clients this year and donate the money saved to the Annual Appeal •You could organise a Fundraising EventCalls for help to the Society has almost doubled over recent years and the SVP needs donations urgently to adequately provide the help needed by so many people in severe financial difficulties.Calls to the Donegal Region have increased by 30%The simple fact of the matter is that, without the financial help from the general public, the Society would not be able to carry out its work and for this we are eternally grateful.Geoff Meagher, SVP National President, said that the importance of this appeal can be judged by the fact that the SVP spends almost €40m a year on direct assistance. The bulk of this amount goes to helping families with food, energy and education costs.The appeal campaign will continue throughout December with the Svp week from the 2nd-9th December. SVP Conferences will hold church gate collections week-end of Sat 8th /Sun 9th December.A promotional campaign to draw widespread attention to the SVP annual appeal has been organized across traditional and social media. A new television commercial which is currently been broadcast in the run-up to Christmas has help and solidarity as its theme.SVP members throughout Donegal appreciate that those who may have been in a position to give to their Christmas appeal in recent years may not be so free to do so this year.However, coping with the increase in demand for financial help this Christmas will undoubtedly put a huge strain on SVP resources but members are banking on the loyal and generous response from those who can afford to give anything at all to help.Last year the charity made a special appeal for people to be aware of those around them who will feel the financial pressure more than ever and the response they had was the most generous we have ever received.“We are confident that this year will be no different. And while people may not have as much to give, hopefully they will think twice about passing SVP collection boxes at churches this week,” said Ms Sheridan.“Once again our sincere thanks to all our donors for their generosity and support and for that reason it does allow us to make a difference,” she added.If you feel that St. Vincent de Paul could help you or your family this Christmas, or at any time during the year, please do not hesitate to contact any of its members locally or you can call the North West Regional S.V.P. Office on 074-9173933 and your request will be directed to the conference in your area. Alternatively, you can visit the National Svp website at www.svp.ie or email svpnorthwest@gmail.comST. VINCENT DE PAUL VOWS THAT ALL CHILDREN WILL GET A TOY IN DONEGAL THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 3rd, 2012 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:CHristmasfamiliesST VINCENT DE PAULtoyslast_img read more