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Yuvi takes exception as Ravi Shastri remembers WC 2011 win – but fails to…

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement appkNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6jwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9nc7u( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1wwiqWould you ever consider trying this?😱7gcsCan your students do this? 🌚7j5Roller skating! Powered by Firework Yesterday marked the Indian cricket team’s 9 year anniversay of their second ICC Cricket World Cup win, happened all the way back on 2nd April 2011. Taking on Sri Lanka in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India clinched a staggering chase victory, marking their second title after their maiden 1983 world cup trophy. Such a prestigious moment was remembered by Team India head coach Ravi Shastri, as he took it to social media to make a tributary post. However, the post got a backlash from none other than the country’s cricketing icon Yuvraj Singh, as Shastri failed to mention two match winning players from the final- himself and the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe Final saw India chasing down a target of 275, as Dhoni and Yuvraj remained on the 22 yards till the end. With a dominating six wicket victory, it marked India’s second title win of the glorious cricketing tournament.Ravi Shastri’s post- a clip of the final six struck by MS Dhoni, with Yuvi on the non striking end- is what shook the whole Indian population on that day. The coach tweeted the clip with the message: “Many Congratulations Guys! Something you will cherish all your life. Just like we from the 1983 group #WorldCup2011″Advertisement However, he only tagged Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in the post, leaving out Dhoni and Yuvraj, who’s partnership towards the end of the chase was crucial behind the Men in Blue’s victory in the final in Mumbai.It was surprising to see Shastri not mentioning Yuvi, the Player of the Tournament, or Dhoni’s who’s match winning six brought India the glorious moment, in his post. However, it was just the opportunity Yuvraj needed to pull a witty jab towards his mentor.Although thanking the coach for the congratulatory tweet, the 38 year old all rounder had a subtle touch of humour in his reply: “Thanks senior ! U can tag me and mahi also we were also part of it 😂“ With an astounding average score of 90.50, Yuvraj finished the world cup with 362 runs out of 9 matches, along with an equally impressive spell with the ball- picking up a total of 15 wickets.Dhoni, who won the Player of the Match award in the final, landed a swashbuckling 91 runs from 79 balls, including 8 fours and 2 sixes.Also read-Dissecting the mind of a GOAT: Best excerpts from KP’s lockdown chat with KohliPM Modi called Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli for a meeting – here’s what happened! Advertisementlast_img read more

Bearkats Advance to Semifinal Round

first_imgHUNTSVILLE, Texas – On a night where the matchup of spread offense against triple option lived up to the billing, the Sam Houston State defense did its part to steal the show.The Bearkats stopped Kennesaw State on 4th-and-five at Sam Houston’s 15-yard line with 1:24 remaining, locking up a 34-27 FCS Playoffs quarterfinals victory at Bowers Stadium on Saturday night.DENIED!!!PJ Hall shuts the door and gets the ball back for SHSUSHSU 34, KSU 27 – 4Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App pic.twitter.com/9pKAsGjKAU— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 With the win, Sam Houston advances to its third semifinals in four seasons. The Kats visit North Dakota State on Friday at 7 p.m. CT with the game broadcast on ESPN2. The matchup will be the first between the two teams since the 2014 season, a game that was also in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.Fans interested in purchasing tickets can call the Bearkat Ticket Office at 936-294-1729.The Bearkats (12-1) racked up 482 yards of offense for the game, but had to hold off a Kennesaw (12-2) team who entered the game leading the nation in rushing. The Owls piled up 352 yards on the ground including a team-high 120 yards from Shaqil Terry on just five carries.Meanwhile, for Sam Houston, Corey Avery rushed for 129 yards and a score for the Kats on 21 carries. The senior went over the 1,000-yard mark and joined Timothy Flanders as the only Bearkats with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons in their careers.Avery converted a pair of key fourth-down conversions for the Kats including a fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, extending Sam Houston’s lead to 24-10 with 9:57 to go in the half. The back also set up Sam Houston’s go-ahead touchdown at 14-7 on a 19-yard, fourth-down scamper late in the first quarter.Bearkats strike again as Yedi Louis finds the end zone for the first time tonightSHSU 14, KSU 7 – 1Q Watch the #FCSPlayoffs on the ESPN App pic.twitter.com/tynohVxyT4— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017 Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe completed 20 of his 29 passes for 313 yards and three scores, including a pair to fellow seniorYedidiah Louis who had a game-high 123 yards receiving. Briscoe’s 4,714 yards passing sets a new single-season record at Sam Houston, surpassing his record set last year.HOW IT HAPPENED Kennesaw State took its opening drive 43 yards in seven play, scoring the game’s first touchdown but the Bearkats did not wait long to strike back. Sam Houston needed just four plays including a 61-yard long ball from Briscoe to Nathan Stewart, who hauled it in for the touchdown. The completion put the wideout over 1,500 yards for the season on his 25th career receiving score.Kennesaw followed by missing a 42-yard field goal wide right. On the ensuing possession, Briscoe found Ragan Hendersonfor a big gain over the middle and Avery rushed for 19 yards on 4th & 2 down to the Kennesaw 33-yard line. Louis scored from 16 yards out on the screen pass for the 14-7 lead with 3:10 in the first quarter.The Sam Houston defense, led by Chris Stewart’s 15 tackles and 11 more from P.J. Hall, stuffed the Owls option attack on 4th-and-four resulting in a loss of five. The offense took over inside Kennesaw territory at the 48-yard line was able to capitalize, tacking on three points courtesy of the 22-yard Tre Honshtein field goal and 17-7 lead.After forcing a three-and-out, Sam Houston drove 58 yards in 10 plays including a 1-yard leaping touchdown from Avery on fourth-and-goal, extending the advantage to 24-10. The drive took 4:12 and highlighted a rare occasion in which the Kats led the time of possession at the half.Kennesaw cut into its deficit with another field goal in the second half, capping a 14-play, 71-yard drive that took 7-plus minutes. The Owls faced a fourth-and-three at the Sam Houston 12-yard line but the Owls’ head coach was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct during the timeout.Justin Thompson’s ensuing 44-yard field goal came up short but the Owls had another chance on a Sam Houston holding penalty and capitalized, hitting the 34 yarder, trimming Sam Houston’s lead to 24-13. The Kats answered on their next drive as Honshtein drilled a 21-yard field goal with 1:46 in the third.The Owls continued to pound it out on the ground, cutting Sam Houston’s lead to a touchdown behind a 50-yard rush from Terry to set up a 4-yard run to paydirt moments into the fourth quarter. Once again, the Kats wasted little time in responding.Sam Houston turned to the air as Briscoe hit Louis for 23 yards down the middle and after a 16-yard rush from Avery, Louis made a man miss for a 15-yard touchdown reception. The catch and score was his second of the game and extended the Kats lead to 34-20.For the second time in the fourth quarter, Kennesaw cut the Bearkat lead to a touchdown, doing so on a 23-yard pass from Chandler Burks to T.J. Reed with 7:21 left in the game.OTHER NOTABLES IN THE WIN With the victory, Sam Houston captured 12 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. It marks just the third time overall the Bearkats have won 12-or-more games.Zyon McCollum came away with his third interception of the season with 12:48 in the third quarter. The takeaway halted a 5-play drive in Sam Houston territory at the 39-yard line. Following the pick, the Owls ran the ball 23 consecutive times.The win was the 20th consecutive victory for Sam Houston at Bowers Stadium, setting a new mark for the second-longest home streak in school history. The victory also extended Sam Houston’s overall record to 13-0 in the FCS Playoffs at Bowers.The semifinals are set!No. 6 SHSU vs. No. 2 NDSUNo. 5 SDSU vs. No. 1 JMU#FCSPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/FrEm8PODPl— FCS Football (@NCAA_FCS) December 10, 2017center_img The playoff victory was the first against a member of the Big South Conference. The win moves Sam Houston to 3-0 all-time against the league with a pair of regular-season victories coming against Gardner-Webb in 2008 and 2010.last_img read more

ICE COLD SALT WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AS TYLER CERIN CARES FOR DOZENS OF HORSES IN-TRAINING AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgICE COLD SALT WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AS TYLER CERIN CARES FOR DOZENS OF HORSES IN-TRAINING AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2019)–With equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran conditioner Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water.“It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also to treat soft tissue that may have become stressed or inflamed,” said Cerin, who has treated horses nationwide as a highly sought-after Equine Massage Therapist.  “With each horse, we school them first in order to get them comfortable, because they’re going to be standing in a confined space when treated.“So, we walk each one through and then we stand them, similar to what you would do with a horse who was just getting familiarized with the starting gate.  With some horses, if we see they’re getting stressed, we stop the process and bring them back in a day or two to make sure they’re comfortable with it.”Once each horse is secured in the spa, the process of loading the salt water is initiated.“It takes five minutes to get the water up over their knees and above their hocks,” said Cerin.  “The water temperature is very consistent, at about 35 to 36 degrees, so we don’t want the level to get any higher, because if their belly was submerged, it’s pretty cold for them just to be standing there.“Once the water has reached the proper level, we turn on the jets and it’s very similar to a human sitting in a Jacuzzi.  It’s very soothing for the horses and once the water is circulating, this process lasts no longer than 10 minutes.  So, with another five minutes required to drain the water, each horse is in and out within 20 minutes, maximum.”When asked by XBTV’s Zoe Cadman if he’d ever been in the Equi-Spahimself, Cerin replied, “Yes, anything I do with the horses, I try it myself first…For me, it’s a blessing working as a team with each trainer and their staff as we try to help each of these horses reach their maximum potential.”last_img read more

BAFFERT’S BAST TOWERS OVER COMPETITION IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA YNEZ STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS

first_imgBAFFERT’S BAST TOWERS OVER COMPETITION IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA YNEZ STAKES AT SEVEN FURLONGS WINNER TO RECEIVE 10 KENTUCKY OAKS QUALIFYING POINTS; FIRST POST SET AT 12:30 P.M.ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 2, 2020)–Bob Baffert’s brilliant 3-year-old filly Bast, a three-time Grade I stakes winner, heads a field of seven sophomore fillies going seven furlongs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita.Baffert is also represented by a pair of impressive first-out maiden winners, Auberge and Golden Principal, as he seeks his fifth career win in the Santa Ynez, which provides the winner with 10 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points.  (The second place finisher will receive four points, the third place finisher two and the fourth place finisher one).BASTOwner:  Baoma CorporationTrainer:  Bob BaffertA dazzling 8 ¾ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante in her second start on Aug. 31, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo then stretched out to 1 1/16 miles to take the Grade I Chandelier Stakes here on Sept. 27 at odds of 1-5.  Third, beaten two lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1, she bounced back to dominate the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos, winning by a half length over highly regarded Donna Veloce.  With Drayen Van Dyke riding her back in the Santa Ynez, she’ll no doubt be the prohibitive favorite.AUBERGEOwner:  Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertA $570,000 Fasig Tipton Midatlantic 2-year-old in Training Sale purchase in May, this Iowa-bred daughter of the City Zip stallion Palace  sped to a lights-out six furlong maiden win here on Oct. 27, winning by 7 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke, who sticks with Bast.  With an 84 Beyer Speed figure in hand, Auberge, who will be ridden by Flavien Prat, could prove a menacing presence for her far more accomplished stablemate in her stakes debut.GOLDEN PRINCIPALOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertA Florida-bred daughter of red hot stallion Constitution, she was purchased for $200,000 at the Ocala Breeders April 2-year-old in Training Sale.  Off at 1-2 in her six furlong bow on Nov. 30 at Del Mar, she opened up early and cruised to an impressive 1 ½ length win under Van Dyke while earning an 80 Beyer.  She’ll get the service of “Big Money” Mike Smith on Sunday and certainly rates a chance in her second start.THE GRADE II SANTA YNEZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTAuberge–Flavien Prat–120Golden Principal–Mike Smith–120Lovely Lilia–Abel Cedillo–120Paige Anne–Joe Talamo–120K P Dreamin–Ruben Fuentes–120Orquidias Biz–Joel Rosario–120Bast–Drayen Van Dyke–124First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Athletic, Valencia, Real Sociedad and Villarreal fulfill the pass to the eighth Cup

first_imgValencia, Athletic Club, Real Sociedad and Villarreal fulfilled the pass to the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, where the Bilbaons were spared the elimination in penalties against Elche, while Tenerife was charged (2-1) to Valladolid and Badalona forced Granada to fall into extra time.The ‘che’, current champion, made his debut in the ‘K.O.’ tournament with a victory by the minimum in Las Gaunas (0-1). The career of Ferran and his center measured a Maxi Gomez only in a small area at 15 minutes sent on the scoreboard until the end. The Logroñés finished better the first half, with a ball to the crossbar and a lot of danger carried by Rayco and Ñoño.In the resumption the Logroñés, a brave Second B team in his idea and electric in his attacks, was also better. Valencia tried to calm the game and finished the game better, with occasions again from Maxi and Ferran to not have released with suspense. Much more he had to suffer an Athletic who was out in the penalty shootout when he failed two of the first three pitches.The Basques seemed to put the direct at five minutes with a goal to the career of Iñaki Williams, a pass from Iñigo Martínez. Before the break, Chaves tied with a comfortable shot in a small area and after a good overflow play by Josan. Athletic tightened with the changes of Muniain and Yuri, although without generating danger. Photo: EFE Tenerife eliminates Valladolid and Granada passes with extra time in Badalonacenter_img The extension did not change the tie either and on penalties it was touched by Elche with the first pitches. The stops of San Román to Raúl García and Unai López knew to the round of 16 in Martínez Valero, but Yazine, Iván Sánchez and Tekio, in the fourteenth penalty, failed to resurrect Gaizka Garitano’s team.Granada had another ration of suffering in this Cup, with a victory in extra time in Badalona. In the middle of the storm that resists leaving the area was a header from Gonalons in the 102nd minute, to the first post of a corner kick, and another goal by Carlos Fernádez in 110 ‘those who gave the pass to Granada. The Andalusians also started well with a goal from Koybasi in two minutes. Robusté tied for the Second B team and extended the Catalan dream until he gave them gasoline.Tenerife is ‘loaded’ to ValladolidIn addition, the Real won (2-0) to Espanyol in a duel controlled by the Basques. Barrenetxea made the 1-0 in a good play as the closing of the first half. The great mood of the picture ‘perico’, which finds life in league with the arrival of Abelardo, did not shine in Copa and Isak doubled the Basque income half an hour from the end. Wu Lei was able to cut in the first and clearest of the visitors, but did not change the triumph of those of Imanol Sheriff.Villarreal also thrashed (3-0) a Girona that accused more than eleven of changes, especially without Stuani, his best weapon in attack. The ‘submarine’ emerged in the second half of a Montilivi also shaken by the storm, where all the goals of Funes Mori, Cazorla and a Samu Chukwueze arrived in the center of the change and signed one of the goals of the tournament.In addition, Valladolid was the only First to fall on Wednesday, to join Mallorca on Tuesday, Alavés and Getafe between the two previous rounds, during his visit to Heliodoro Rodríguez López Stadium. El Pucela gave away the first part but in the second he started punishing with one of Las Palmas as Sandro. Joselu tied for the locals and Daniel Gómez classified Tenerife as a penalty committed by Diego Alende on Dani himself.last_img read more

The team accumulates two years without a single expulsion

first_imgIn fact, in the last season the blanquivioletas were the only team that did not suffer any expulsion and in the current one they share this honor with Villarreal, who has not seen any red cards either. As a curiosity, in addition, we find the fact that Since Sergio González is the coach from Pucelano, the blanquivioletas have finished all their matches with 11. He Real Valladolid is in luck, despite the league break, since accumulate 78 duels without any player being sent off. And is that the blanquivioleta set does not suffer an expulsion from the March 31, 2018, on day 33 of Second Division, when Kiko Olivas saw two yellow cards against Reus and was expelled. It was the fifth of the season. Since then, 13 games in the silver division, with the promotion playoff, 38 games in the First in the 2018-19 campaign and 27 games in the 2019-20 until the break. And all these matches ending with 11.last_img read more

Bolt nears 50 sub-10 clockings

first_imgUsain Bolt could log his 50th sub-10 seconds 100-metre clocking in 2016. Bolt, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, has already run 45 such races in his career. With the Olympic Games in the offing, he could well reach the milestone next season. The tall man moved his total up by four in 2015 with twin times of 9.87 seconds in the London Diamond League meet and clockings of 9.95 and 9.79 at the World Championships. Hampered by a back injury in 2015, he chose not to race after the World Championships. If he is fit throughout next season, he might even surpass retired American Maurice Greene, who broke the 10-second barrier 53 times. Greene has the second highest total of sub-10 times, far behind Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, who has 93 of them. Greene might also be overtaken by fellow American Justin Gatlin. The 100-metre runner-up to Bolt in both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, Gatlin has 46 sub-10 races under his belt. He, too, should reach his half-century in 2016 if he stays as fast as he has been recently. Gatlin fired off 10 sub-10-second marks in 2013, eight in 2014 and seven in 2015. In 2008 and 2009, when he set world records of 9.69 and 9.58 seconds, respectively, Bolt reeled off fast times almost at will. In 2008, he beat 10 seconds 10 times, with seven more in 2009. Next on the list of sub-10 mass producers are 2007 World champion Tyson Gay and his USA teammate Mike Rodgers. The latter has crossed the 10-second threshold 38 times, with Gay hitting the target on 36 occasions. Statistics for this article were drawn from www.alltime-athletics.com.last_img read more

Granger generation prepared to betray younger generation

first_imgDear Editor,What “34GATE” has illustrated is that the Granger generation is prepared to betray the younger generation that has to inherit the future. This naked attempt to ignore the Constitution illustrates why the rest of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) continues to disrespect Guyanese youths.Why should the Caricom headquarters be in Guyana, a nation that does not respect basic democracy and the rule of law?If a poll is done today, it will demonstrate that the majority of the youths who constitute more than 65 per cent of the population are in total agreement with the fact that 33 is greater than 32 and it is an absolute majority in a 65-member Parliament. This stuff is basic arithmetic that we have learnt in high school. It is not our fault that the Granger generation chooses to ignore us and now that they know we the youths are not available to them anymore, they want to stay in power by extra-constitutional means. It is time for the elections Mr Granger.The self-interest of this Granger generation is self-evident as we all are witnessing their dastardly plan to keep power by whatever means necessary. As one of the Alliance For Change (AFC) Ministers said in a correspondence to his group that was forwarded to me, “we cannot be in Government and not retain power by any means necessary”. Well if the AFC can do this, guess what the People’s National Congress (PNC) will do? Since the PNC was born out of dictatorship, then we must understand that it is in the DNA of the PNC to be dictatorial and to trample on the idea of democracy.Today the nation has to be aware of these so-called liberal democrats in the AFC who have morphed into being liberal dictators as they copy the ways of the PNC. That is why I am so afraid of all the third forces, be it the Amerindian party or the Ramkarran/Jeffrey party. Wasn’t the AFC saying all the right things in its incubatory stages? But look at them today – the AFC is no better than the PNC with their dictatorial mannerism.Was it not the AFC who said they were going to deliver constitutional reforms in this Granger Administration and they were going to advance the process materially within 100 days? Over 1000 days have passed and the constitutional reform process is dead on arrival under the feet of Basil Williams and Moses Nagamootoo.So why do you think that Ramkarran and Jeffrey or Shuman will be any different? All we will be getting from them from now to the elections are slogans since they do not have a plan to actually implement anything in the real world in which we all have to live in.It is people like these that bring so much disrespect to the legal community and academia. They are driven by their obsession with power and their years in power. Why on earth two old men like Ramkarran and Jeffrey would want to run for office when they are way past their best by date?Beware Guyana! Beware of the PNC and AFC and beware of these entire Johnny come lately satellites of the PNC.Sincerely,Surujdai Lilmohanlast_img read more

Mourinho planning to catch City next season

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was furious with his side’s sloppy defending as they made a host of mistakes that allowed Spurs to claim the joint second fastest goal in Premier League historyMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 3 – Jose Mourinho is following the example of Manchester United predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson by forging a plan to catch Manchester City next season.Mourinho has admitted defeat in the Premier League title race, with United an ominous 15 points behind City with just 13 games remaining. However, the United boss is already looking towards the 2018-19 campaign to overhaul Pep Guardiola’s side.He is taking a leaf out of Ferguson’s book after United were beaten to the Premier League title by Mourinho’s Chelsea in both 2005 and 2006, before going on to reclaim the championship themselves.“I always remember Sir Alex said in 2005-06, when we won the second title with Chelsea, that we [United] need to improve a lot because they’ve raised the bar to such a level,” said Mourinho.“They [Chelsea] won two titles in a row – the second title was easier than the first – and then the biggest manager in the Premier League said United needed to improve a lot.“That was the click for the improvement of the team. In 2006-07, United won the title back.“It has to be like that. “That’s why every match until the end of the season is an important match for us. It’s not just about the points and finishing in the top four, which is important.“We must try to finish second, try to play the best we can and improve the players individually the best we can and be the best possible team at the end of the season.“Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and not to lose points like we did in some matches where we shouldn’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

LUXURY CAMPING SITE OPENED UP OVERLOOKING PORTSALON

first_imgUrsula Donnelly of Donegal Local Enterprise Office cuts the ribbon to declare Portsalon Luxury Camping officially open on Monday evening as owners Sean Coll and Helen Haworth look on with Board Members and staff from Donegal Local Development Company, staff from Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council and other invited guests.A development of a magnificent luxury camp site has opened up on a hillside overlooking Portsalon.Donegal’s first Yurt site, Portsalon Luxury Camping, was officially opened last night.The development has been described this week as an excellent example of how LEADER funding for rural tourism initiatives can improve and benefit the local area. The comments came from Patrick Sweeney, Treasurer and Board Director of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC).Patrick Sweeney, Treasurer and Board Director of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) speaking at the official opening of Portsalon Luxury Camping on Monday.“This really is a unique project and DLDC through the Leader Programme is delighted to support the development of local rural businesses which significantly bolster tourism infrastructure, generate economic activity and create employment in rural areas.”“Through various Leader Programmes, Donegal Local Development Company has so far provided in excess of €23M to some 725 projects in Donegal. Along with matched funding by project promoters, a total of over €55M has been invested in rural development projects by DLDC in Donegal,” he said.Funding of €141,481.66 was provided for the project by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd through the ‘Encouragement of Tourism Activities’ measure of the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2007 – 2013. However Monday’s launch heard that the project really came to fruition through the sheer determination and persistence of owners Sean Coll and Helen Haworth, who never gave up on their dream.In their address to invited guests, Helen and Sean outlined – not only how they had built and lived in a yurt for eight months while they renovated their farmhouse – but how they had successfully secured inter-agency support for their project, by continually seeking solutions to any of the obstacles thrown in their way.“The thing that stands out most is that over five years in that vision, is that not once did you hear them whinge or cry or bemoan the lack of effort coming from anybody.That’s the bit that really stands to Sean and Helen. They just go at it, they stick at it, they keep going and nothing gets in the way,” said Gerry Moan of the Discovery Zone Programme where Helen had finalised the business plan for the project.He added: “If every entrepreneur that I work with had this energy and this passion, by God this would be some country.” Michael Tunney, Head of Enterprise at Donegal Local Enterprise Office, insisted that the development of the superb tourism facility should be an example to lots of people in our county of what can be done with a bit of imagination, but also a willingness to learn and listen.“Helen, when she was part of the Discovery Programme, was always willing to be challenged and to take on board advice. It is an outstanding project and a superb example of what two individuals can do with determination and the right support from the likes of Donegal Local Development Company who helped fund the project but also the ongoing support from their community, their families and also from the likes of the Local Enterprise Office and DLDC.In their address Helen and Sean, who explained they have recently received their Quality Assurance through the Fáilte Ireland Welcome Standard, said that following a hugely successful first year in business, they are looking forward to an even better season this year.They went on to thank all those who had supported them and in particular the DLDC Board for the Capital funding , project Officer Sinead Mc Laughlin, Leader Manager, Frank Kelly as well as LEO and their staff. “Last year we had a very successful first season and this year we are expecting to more than double our 2014 bookings and we are seeing bookings come in from America, Canada, Australia, Germany, world wide.We are sure that the Wild Atlantic Way is going to be a really big boost for us and for the area and we just really want to think everyone who has helped us in any way to get this far.”Before Ursula Donnelly of Donegal Local Enterprise Office cut the ribbon to declare the site officially opened, Patrick Sweeney of DLDC once again congratulated Helen and Sean on their foresight and determination to develop Portsalon Luxury Camping.“While we acknowledge the importance of the LEADER grant, we must also acknowledge the commitment and input from Sean and Helen who provided matched funding of some €60K to ensure the project was delivered to the outstanding specification we witnessed here today. This project really is an excellent example of how LEADER funding for rural tourism initiatives can improve and benefit the local area,” he concluded.EndsCaptions1Ursula Donnelly of Donegal Local Enterprise Office cuts the ribbon to declare Portsalon Luxury Camping officially open on Monday evening as owners Sean Coll and Helen Haworth look on with Board Members and staff from Donegal Local Development Company, staff from Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council and other invited guests.2Sean Coll and Helen Haworth of Portsalon Luxury Camping speaking at the official opening of their fantastic new tourism destination on Monday evening.3Invited guests listen to Michael Tunney of Donegal Local Enterprise Office during his address at the official opening of Portsalon Luxury Camping on Monday evening.4Patrick Sweeney, Treasurer and Board Director of Donegal Local Development Company (DLDC) speaking at the official opening of Portsalon Luxury Camping on Monday.LUXURY CAMPING SITE OPENED UP OVERLOOKING PORTSALON was last modified: June 23rd, 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:donegalluxury campsitePortsalonYurtlast_img read more