first_imgIreland’s biggest toy-store is coming to Donegal.Smyth’s Toys, who have stores across the country, are to open in Letterkenny before Christmas.For years thousands of people have travelled across the border to the store’s Derry outlet for toys and gifts. Now the store is to open a large store at units 5 and 6 of the Letterkenny Retail Park on Neil T Blaney Road.News of the store’s plans will also be a boost on the local jobs front with up to 15 new jobs expected at the store at units 5 and 6.The units are currently vacant but work is expected to begin soon to fit out the store.Smyth’s Toys have recently applied to Letterkenny Town Council to have two large illuminated signs for the outside of the store. News of the store’s opening has been welcomed by Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle.Mayor McGonagle told “This is very good news and it shows how much faith a large chainstore like Smyth’s Toys have in Letterkenny.“They would not come to Letterkenny without doing their homework that there is a strong customer base.“We often hear about stores closing down and we are living in a tough economic but this is good news for a change and it should be welcomed,” he said.Ends JOBS AND RETAIL BOOST AS IRELAND’S BIGGEST TOY STORE TO OPEN IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 9th, 2011 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:Letterkenny Retail ParkSmyth’s Toyslast_img read more

Restraining order sought against man accused of threatening Mahony

first_imgAttorneys have requested a temporary restraining order against a man they claim threatened Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church officials after he was kicked out of church for allegedly using drugs. Edward George Filek, 61, allegedly “made general threats” against Mahony and other cathedral workers, according to documents filed in a petition for a restraining order dated Wednesday. The petition asks the court to order Filek to refrain from assaulting, stalking or phoning Mahony and two monsignors, and to stay at least 100 yards away from them. Mahony recently told fellow priests that he was attacked earlier this year because of the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal. Filek was not linked to that attack. Filek was thrown out of Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Sunday after he started “doing drugs” during Mass, according to a report filed with the petition, which says he returned to the cathedral later in the day and security guards called police when he refused to leave. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHe came back Monday, made threats and stated “you will be sorry,” according to papers filed with the petition. No number was listed for Filek in an area phone directory and it was not immediately known whether he had an attorney. Filek was arrested at least once during his visits to the cathedral this week. A security guard report says the Los Angeles Police Department advised guards to seek a restraining order because Filek was a repeat trespasser. A call to the Los Angeles archdiocese was not immediately returned Thursday. Mahony, 71, told priests at an October conference that he was roughed up outside the cathedral this summer. He did not file a police report about that incident. Mahony has declined to comment publicly about that incident and a church spokeswoman would not confirm the attack, but it is referred to in the petition, which states Mahony had “been subject to physical assault during 2007.” The Rev. Joseph Shea, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale, related Mahony’s story to The Associated Press. It happened in late July or early August as the cardinal was dropping off letters at a mailbox near the cathedral, Shea said. Mahony was so badly beaten that he was hospitalized and it took him several weeks to recover, Shea added. After a Daily News story about the assault, police officers talked to Mahony, but they said he did not want to pursue an investigation. The church has reached settlements totaling about $660million with 508 alleged victims of sexual abuse. Checks for most of that money were mailed Monday. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Public Relations Writing Tips for Nonprofits

first_imgWriting tips for Feature ReleasesIf your news release does not contain breaking news, you may want to consider submitting your release as a feature distribution. Feature releases often get play in the “lifestyles” or “living” section of newspapers and are designed for verbatim pickup. When writing a release as a feature, there are some additional tips you should take into consideration. Writing Style RequirementsWriting a professional and effective news release can be difficult. Here are a few guidelines to consider when crafting your release:Get to the point quickly and back it up with quotes and evidence.Use proper grammar and punctuation. Check for typos, and don’t just rely on spell check!Address who, what, when, where, why and how in the news release.Double check phone numbers and URLs.Read your release aloud to see if it makes sense.Include quotes to convey opinion or affiliation.Don’t forget to put your contact name, release date, dateline, web site URL and phone number in your release. Also make sure you are available for phone calls after sending the release out.Your release should be written objectively, as if the writer has no affiliation with the organization.Do not use pronouns such as I, we, us, our, your, etc. except in direct quotes. Write in third person.Do not use puffery statements or hype (i.e. we make the best widgets East of the Rockies), but do inform the reader of your status in your industry.Always include standard boilerplate information about your company in the last paragraph. The headline for this section should read “About (insert your organizations name here).”Length RequirementsYour release should be concise and to the point. You should be able to convey your message in two pages or less. Releases that are less than 50 words in length tend to be advertisements and cannot be run as a news release. Visit the PR Toolkit today and receive a waived annual membership ($195 value) and more than $2,000 in discounts and free services. Article provided by PR Newswire’s Non Profit Toolkit, an educational resource devoted to Non Profit public relations. Visit the PR Toolkit today and receive a waived annual membership ($195 value) and more than $2,000 in discounts and free services. Bullet PointsYes, but sparingly. Headline FormatsIn most cases your headline is the first thing an editor sees when reviewing your release. An effective headline can make the difference between an editor covering your story or hitting the delete button. To create an effective headline consider the following points:Limit your headline to no more than one line. Many newsrooms have a limit on how many characters they can receive in a headline and their systems are programmed to reject releases that exceed this limit.The headline should provide an editor with a tantalizing snapshot of what the news release is about. This is critical as many journalists view releases over their wire system by headline only, then pick and choose when they want to view the full text of the release.The headline should include the name of the company issuing the release.Do not use exclamation points or dollar signs.Attribute all potentially critical, controversial, or judgmental statements. Being NewsworthyFor a nonprofit announcement to be considered newsworthy it must have a broad, general interest to the target audience and a strong news angle (e.g. material information, new development, drama, human interest, local angle, consequence, etc.). In addition, your release needs to be written in a journalistic, rather than marketing style. It should be objectively written as though a reporter were writing the story for you. Most importantly, your release needs to “inform” people, NOT just sell them something.last_img read more