Shrill hits the high notes at Navan for Willie McCreery

first_img Press Association Willie McCreery’s charge was sent off a 4-1 chance on her first start in handicap company and after being held up by Robbie Downey, she struck the front a furlong out. Blood Moon emerged from the pack as the main challenger, but Shrill was far too strong, coming home a length to the good. Shrill banished the memory of her heavy defeat in a Newbury Listed race last time with a convincing win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery Handicap at Navan.center_img McCreery said: “We wanted to take weight off her and myself and Billy Lee (McCreery’s regular jockey) discussed it and came up with Robbie; it was important to take the weight off as she’s only small. “It’s great to get her back after running badly in Newbury but that was probably my fault as the ground didn’t suit. “She’s an out-and-out five furlong filly and this was a nice pot to win. “She’s a smart filly and we’ll keep her going as long as we get the ground.” last_img read more

Festival of Books postponed in light of coronavirus

first_imgThis article was updated March 11 at 12:30 a.m. with interviews from individuals planning to participate in Festival of Books and with more information about the impact of coronavirus on the festival lineup. Festival of Books and Food Bowl are just two among several large entertainment-related events to be postponed or canceled because of the spread of coronavirus. The 2020 South by Southwest Innovation Awards, an annual film and media festival that several USC students planned to attend in Austin, Texas, was also canceled last week. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be postponed until October, the L.A. Times reported Tuesday. ReadersPLUS, a math and literacy tutoring program in Joint Education Program, annually hosts a booth at the festival where they read aloud children’s books and host a writing contest for elementary school students. Brittany Acevedo, a 2019 graduate and a volunteer in ReadersPLUS for five years, said she initially felt disappointed with the festival postponement but understood that the decision was necessary.  Los Angeles Times Festival of Books draws more than 150,000 attendees and hosts a wide array of authors, journalists and artists. (Daily Trojan file photo) “There’s a big economic impact,” Bellantoni said. “There’s hundreds of people who help staff it, who have to do the maintenance. Lots of preparation for having such a large thing on campus, but that’s the thing with any of these events that are getting canceled.”  The lineup of authors, performers and panelists will not be released until late August, L.A. Times Vice President of Communications Hillary Manning said in an email to the Daily Trojan. The L.A. Times will determine whether authors and performers who were scheduled to appear in April will be able to accommodate the date change.  Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism professor and Media Center director Christina Bellantoni, who previously worked at the L.A. Times, has been a part of the festival in past years and has served as a moderator and panelist. Bellantoni was also supposed to be part of a panel this year and work on the L.A. Times Stage.    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed to October because of concerns regarding coronavirus, the Times announced Tuesday. The event, which has been hosted at USC for the last nine years, celebrates creative works through panel discussions and performances with authors, journalists, filmmakers and musicians and brings thousands to campus each April. “We expect that the lineup will have some changes but are hoping many of the authors and performers will be able to join us in Oct.,” the email read.   USC will conduct classes online Wednesday through Friday along with the week following spring break in response to the threat of coronavirus, and the University will continue monitoring the situation to determine any further necessary action. The move to postpone the festival follows several coronavirus developments in Los Angeles County, including the first case of community spread Monday. L.A. County declared a public health emergency last week after 20 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the county at the time of publication. California has also announced a state of emergency following the first death in the state to receive federal and state funding to address the crisis. USC has yet to comment on the postponement of the festival but has canceled or postponed other University-related events, including the weekly farmers market and the Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Gala. The gala, which was supposed to be held Saturday in downtown L.A., will now be held in May. “Whenever we host the public at our events, we take health and safety seriously,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in a statement. “As we make plans to host the Festival of Books and Food Bowl in the fall, we will continue to monitor developments with the coronavirus in Southern California, and cross-reference with any guests who may be traveling to Southern California from affected areas to participate in our events.” “I don’t think there will be too much of an impact for it being moved to October other than [waiting] a little extra time,” Acevedo said. “In terms of the spirit of the community and the organizations that go with the [festival], I think there’s no hard feelings, it could be worse. The festival, which is going into its 25th year, will now be held Oct. 3-4. The 40th Book Prizes awards ceremony, which is typically held in conjunction with the festival, was canceled. Winners and honorable mentions, however, will still be announced April 17 as planned. The Times also postponed its annual Food Bowl, an event that features hundreds of L.A.-based food activities, including dinners, restaurant pop-ups and classes over the course of May, to fall.last_img read more

Draw for semi finals of County Hurling Championship to be held this evening

first_imgThe teams in the hat are Drom Inch,Kilruane McDonaghs, Nenagh Eire Óg and reigning county and Mid champions Thurles Sarsfields.All teams left in the competition will fancy their chances after they recorded good wins in the quarter finals over the weekend.Speaking to Tipp FM sport, Nenagh manager Liam Heffernan said they may have some injury concerns after their win yesterday against Portroe but they were glad to be in the semi finals.  The draw is being made this evening and the pairings will be announced on Extra Time on Tipp FM this evening from 7pm.last_img read more