Daniel Taylor Share on Messenger Pinterest Share on Facebook The Munich disaster’s long shadow still falls on us all, 60 years on Twitter Read more Manchester United fans remember the players who died 60 year on. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Getty Images The Munich disaster 60 years on: ‘They were the best team by far’ Share on LinkedIn Facebook Pinterest Share on Pinterest The disaster also indirectly led to quotes becoming a key part of match reports. The crash happened on a Thursday and just two days later the sports reporters had league games to cover, so news journalists such as David Meek, the Manchester Evening News’ political leader writer, were switched to sport. They treated matches like they would any other event and began to ask experts, such as managers, for quotes to add to their pieces. This innovation stuck and was accelerated, first by the need to keep pace with the broadcast of post-match interviews on the BBC’s new highlight show Match of the Day and then by the tabloid revolution that swept through Fleet Street at the end of the 1960s.Yet despite these innovations this was a human tragedy. As well as being devastating for Manchester United and having a huge effect on English football more broadly (just think how different the 1966 World Cup winning team might have looked had the crash not occurred), 6 February 1958 was the day that football writing lost most of its star players too.• This is an extract from Roger Domeneghetti’s book From the Back Page to the Front Room: Football’s Journey Through the English Media. Looking back now, from a world saturated by instantaneous digital media, it seems inevitable that the immediacy and intimacy of radio and TV would kickstart the long, slow decline in newspaper sales. However, that would have seemed a fanciful prediction in the 1950s, when few people had televisions and the News of the World could shift more than eight million copies each Sunday.Other than going to a game, newspapers were emphatically still the place for fans to get their football fix, something demonstrated by the fact there were 11 press men on Manchester United’s fateful flight home from Belgrade in February 1958. That might not sound many by today’s standards but there was no one from TV or radio on board and the journalists accounted for a quarter of the 44 passengers and crew when the plane crashed in Munich.Writing about his time working at the Manchester Evening Chronicle in the 1950s, Keith Dewhurst paints a picture of a world unrecognisable today. Northern reporters barely read the London papers, saw few reports of matches between southern teams and, as for foreign teams, forget it. But Manchester was the Other Fleet Street, the national press’s gateway to the north of England, Scotland and Ireland. Share on Twitter From the Back Page to the Front Room byRoger Domeneghetti Photograph: Ockley Books The Busby Babes had achieved much before they were decimated and it’s likely they would have achieved considerably more. Their best years were still ahead of them. The journalists who died were cut down in their prime, giants of a competitive but ultimately close-knit profession with decades of experience between them. Contemporaries talk of Davies in the same breath as the legendary cricket writer Neville Cardus, who also wrote for the Manchester Guardian. But the doyen was Henry Rose, the most-read football writer the Daily Express ever had.When he attended a game, the paper would put up placards around the ground saying: “Henry Rose is here today.” His presence meant it was the biggest match of the day and in Manchester the crowd would chant those words and greet Rose’s arrival in the press box with cheers. Liverpool fans had other ideas and The Kop would ritually greet Rose with a chorus of boos to which he would, cigar in one hand, salute them by raising his brown trilby with the other. Frank Taylor acknowledged that Rose was not the greatest of writers but “he knew what the man in the four-ale bar was angry about and that’s what he gave them.” Rose picked up on a mood and wrote it through football, an approach that would serve those who followed him well.After the crash, Manchester came together to grieve, yet it was not one of the players’ funerals that drew the most mourners but Rose’s. Four thousand people attended and Manchester’s 1,000-strong force of taxis, none of their meters running, drove the mourners along the six-mile procession route from the Daily Express building on Great Ancoats Street to Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. Crowds ten deep lined the way to watch the cortege pass. Read more With the league champions on their doorstep, journalists in the city were eager to travel with Manchester United as they tried to improve on their run to the European Cup semi-finals the previous season. Travel was a lot more difficult then; the only reason the plane was in Munich was because few aircraft could make the flight from Belgrade to Manchester without a refuelling stop. The BEA Elizabethan aircraft was not one of them. So, if you were a journalist you either travelled with the team or you didn’t travel at all.Just as Manchester United lost eight players in the crash, the Manchester press corps lost eight journalists. They were Alf Clarke of the Manchester Evening Chronicle, Donny Davies of the Manchester Guardian, George Follows of the Daily Herald, Tom Jackson of the Manchester Evening News, Archie Ledbrooke of the Daily Mirror, Henry Rose of the Daily Express, Eric Thompson of the Daily Mail and Frank Swift of the News of the World. The three surviving newspaper men were Ted Ellyard, a telegraphist at the Mail; Peter Howard, a Mail photographer; and Frank Taylor, who was severely injured but eventually went back to work at the News Chronicle. In his book The Day a Team Died, Taylor recalled how before takeoff he turned to the other writers to tell them there were plenty of seats at the front where he was sitting but, already settled, they stayed at the back, where most of the fatalities occurred. Manchester United Munich air disaster features Topics Reuse this content Facebook The aftermath also had an impact on the general approach to reporting football. At the time of the crash, United were looking to win their third straight league title and also had the league, FA Cup and European Cup treble very much in their sights. Thanks to the exposure that Granada’s coverage of their European exploits had brought, United had become a household name and so the tragedy occupied front pages for days, becoming the first story to persuade news editors that sport could have genuine news value. There was still stubborn resistance in some quarters, though. The day after the tragedy, readers of the Times would have found no mention of it until they reached page eight and even then the article was relatively emotionless and played up the safety record of the nationally owned airline involved. Share on WhatsApp Twitter Share via Email
World Cup Panama vs Tunisia: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Lewis Oldham Last updated 1 year ago 14:45 6/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Panama v Tunisia Panama Tunisia Belgium England Powerade With both teams already out of the World Cup, they will be looking to end their tournament in Russia on a positive note with a win This is one of the few games in the final round of fixtures in the group stage with nothing riding on it. England and Belgium have already qualified with two wins apiece, but this is still a big game for both Panama and Tunisia. Tunisia are looking for their first World Cup win since their first ever appearance at the tournament in 1978, while Panama will be hoping to pick up either their first win or their first point in a World Cup on their tournament debut. This looks like being a tight game between the two sides, who are looking to create history for their respective nations in the process. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Game Panama vs Tunisia Date Thursday, June 28 Time 7pm BST / 2pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX / Telemundo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on ITV 4 or streamed live online using the ITV Player. UK TV channel Online stream ITV 4 ITV Hub Squads & Team News Position Panama players Goalkeepers Calderon, Penedo, A.Rodriguez Defenders Baloy, Cummings, Davis, Escobar, Murillo, Machado, Ovalle, R.Torres Midfielders J.Rodriguez, Barcenas, Cooper, Godoy, Gomez, Pimentel, Quintero Forwards Arroyo, Diaz, Perez, Tejada, G.Torres Panama were hammered 6-1 by England last time out but Felipe Baloy’s late consolation goal was the first they have scored at a World Cup. Román Torres is the poster boy and captain of this Panama side and he will be hoping to lead his side to their first ever points at a World Cup against Tunisia.Potential Panama XI: Penedo; Murillo, Escobar, Torres, Gomez, Perez, Barcenas, Cooper, Davis, Godoy, Rodriguez Position Tunisia players Goalkeepers Ben Mustapha, Manhlouthi, Hassen Defenders S.Ben Youssef, Benalouane, Meriah, Haddadi, Bedoui, Bronn, Maaloul, Naguez Midfielders Sassi, Ben Amor, Skhiri, Khalil, Chaalali, Sliti Forwards F.Ben Youssef, Srarfi, Khalifa, Badri, Khazri, Khaoui Tunisia are hoping they will get special dispensation from FIFA to call up another goalkeeper. Mouez Hassen was injured against England while Farouk Ben Mustapha is doubtful after sustaining an injury in training on Tuesday, leaving them with just Aymen Mathlouthi between the sticks.Also providing a headache is the unavailability of right-back Dylan Bronn and centre-back Syam Ben Youssef who were forced off injured in the first half of last Saturday’s 5-2 loss to Belgium.Potential Tunisia XI: Mathlouthi, Naguez, Benalouane, Meriah, Maaloul, Skhiri, Sassi, Khaui, Badri, F.Ben Youssef, KhazriBetting & Match Odds Tunisia are heavy favourites to win this one with dabblebet with odds of 8/11, while Panama are priced at 15/4, with a draw available at 12/5.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Tunisia are the favourites to come out as the winners in this one after putting in decent showings in defeats by the top two in Group G.The star player on show is likely to be Wahbi Khazri, who has shown why he initially earned a move to then-Premier League side Sunderland in 2016 in his first two games.Though much of the attention on the final Group G fixtures will be on England against Belgium, for these two teams and countries this is a massive fixture as they look to round off their tournaments on a positive note.
Cynthia M. Adams of GrantStation.com recommends creating a true grantseeking strategy that culminates in a master calendar. So how do you make your calendar, and what should inform your strategy? Your secret weapon is a grant decision matrix.How to build a grant decision matrix.Use a spreadsheet tool, such as Excel or Google Docs, to score each potential grant on your own universal criteria.Focus on the aspects that are important to you, such as a grant’s timing, credibility, your relationship with the parent organization, and the work required for submission. The weight you assign will probably depend on the size of your organization and how long writing a grant will take you. Do you have dedicated grant writers, or just volunteers?Think about creating criteria such as, “Each grant must take less than 10 hours to write,” and then question how much weight they should have.Once you’ve developed your criteria and weights, run a few test cases against it to determine which scores signal “go apply” and which mean “stop and rethink.” You can also start with a preliminary, no-score matrix of yes and no questions. It will take some time and discussion to create a scoring system that works for you, but creating a grant decision matrix is an important step for identifying the right grantmakers for your projects.Creating your calendar. You’ve created a matrix, thought about which projects need grants, and researched potential funding sources. The key to following through on all of your hard work is to create a calendar of grant tasks. These tasks can include completing forms, securing a match, writing a proposal, writing a cover letter, or getting board approval. Once you’ve set all your deadlines on a calendar, you’ll be able to see what will work and what time periods may be a challenge.Creating a grant decision matrix and a master calendar are important steps to getting the best grants for your organization, but they’re just a one piece of your grants strategy. To learn more about grantseeking and to see planning examples, access the archived presentation: Building a Powerful Grants Strategy. Content calendars are all the rage. They’re an effective way to track your content production and marketing efforts, but have you ever thought about making a grantseeking calendar? Building a grantseeking strategy around a thoughtful, strategic approach will save you the time and heartache of applying for grants that aren’t a good fit for your nonprofit and help you identify the best grants for your organization. Credit: Cynthia M. Adams/GrantStation
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on January 26, 2016January 26, 2016Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is proud to present a new infographic, highlighting the United States’ shortcoming in achieving Millennium Development Goal 5 (MDG5), to reduce maternal mortality by 75%. In fact, not only did the U.S. not come close to reaching MDG5, but the maternal mortality ratio has actually increased over the last 15 years.One reason for this increase is racial disparity in health outcomes – black women are four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. In 2015, the UN adopted a new set of global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs call on all countries to reduce their maternal mortality ratio by two-thirds and eliminate health disparities by 2030.The U.S. has a lot of work to do to reach this goal.In addition to this new infographic, the MHTF has compiled an Infographics Library, an invaluable source of information on maternal mortality both in the U.S. and globally.Share this:
The video was taken right after Georgia Tech scored the game winning touchdown. It’s safe to say things aren’t going well in Miami.The loss moves the Hurricanes to 3-4 this season with just one win in the struggling ACC conference. The Hurricanes find themselves a few games back in the ACC Coastal division. North Carolina is currently on top of the division with Clemson leading the ACC Atlantic.What’s going on in Miami?When Manny Diaz took over the program, fans expected the team to return to national relevance. A once storied program has been mediocre for some time now. And it doesn’t appear things are getting any better.Georgia Tech came into today’s game against Miami with a 1-5 record which includes a loss to The Citadel.Miami has a lot of work to do if the team hopes to go bowling later this season. MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 06: Fans of the Miami Hurricanes flash “The U” in the first half against the Florida State Seminoles at Hard Rock Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)Georgia Tech pulled off a surprising upset over Miami on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets rushed for 207 yards and scored a game-tying touchdown with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.In overtime, Georgia Tech scored on a one-yard TD to win the game. Miami’s fans are shocked to say the least.Perhaps no fan was more upset than the young Hurricanes’ fan in the video below.This Miami fan is feeling some type of way 👀*NSFW*(via @Masai_Rains)pic.twitter.com/1r230KqmAu— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) October 19, 2019
Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 11:37 IST Marcus Rashford missed penalty as Palace defeated United for first time in Premier League. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMarcus Rashford was target of racist abuse after he missed a penalty in Manchester United’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal PalaceRashford had condemned the racist abuse suffered by team-mate Paul Pogba on social mediaManchester United are set to meet Twitter representatives and British anti-discriminatory body on this issueEngland forward Marcus Rashford was target of racist abuse on Twitter after he missed a penalty in Manchester United’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.Rashford had condemned the racist abuse suffered by team-mate Paul Pogba on social media. He is the fourth player in a week to suffer such abuse following incidents involving Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Cardiff City’s Yakou Meite.Rashford was called the “n” word by a number of people – one of whom purported to be a Manchester United fan – after his spot kick crashed against the post. Racist photos that attempted to mock him were also posted on Twitter.Manchester United are set to meet Twitter representatives and British anti-discriminatory body after the club’s midfielder Paul Pogba had beeen subjected to online racist abuse.Manchester United had issued a statement saying the club was “disgusted” by the racial abuse aimed at Pogba and “utterly condemned” it.France international Pogba was a target of online abuse after he missed a penalty in Monday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.Twitter said in a statement to the Associated Press in response to the abuse of French international Pogba: “We strongly condemn this unacceptable behaviour, and have now permanently suspended a series of accounts for violating our Hateful Conduct Policy.Wales winger James equalised when he curled a delightful shot into the top corner but the home side’s joy was short-lived as Palace grabbed the winner several minutes later.advertisementVan Aanholt powered a shot past United keeper David De Gea following a howler by Paul Pogba after Daniel James scored in the 89th minute to cancel out a first-half opener by Jordan Ayew for the visitors.Also Read | Crystal Palace hand Manchester United their 1st defeat of Premier League seasonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Marcus RashfordFollow Manchester UnitedFollow Racial abuse Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford suffers racial abuse on Twitter after missing penaltyMarcus Rashford is the 2nd United player in a week to suffer such abuse following incidents involving Paul Pogba after a penalty miss.advertisement
Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals Should Bars Be Kid and Dog-Friendly? We Asked the Experts Editors’ Recommendations With summer in full swing, there are few ways to spend a gorgeously sunny day than on a boat with the wind in your hair and sun on your face. Thing is, unless you’re one of the few lucky people who either knows someone with a boat or owns one yourself, having the ability to enjoy this relaxing summer activity is tad hard to attain. Well, fret not, this is exactly where the Seattle-based Boatbound comes into play to save your summer. Essentially an AirBnB or Lyft-type service for boating, Boatbound is a “pier-to-pier” boat rental program which allows interested sea-goers to enjoy a calm day on the water without going through the trouble of buying their own boat.Related: Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is nature’s beauty at its finestCurrently, Boatbound touts a staggering 11,000 registered boats that offer their rigs to potential renters across roughly 2,100 cities in the United States. Don’t know how to captain a boat yourself? Boatbound also allows interested parties the opportunity to not only rent a boat but to rent one with a captain. So not only does this mean they wouldn’t have to scour their friends list for someone with a boating license, but that they’d also have the ability to potentially enjoy a stress-free beverage of their choice — however strong it may be.“With Boatbound, anyone can find the perfect boat to fit their needs for a day out on the water (from 10-foot sailboats to 90-foot yachts and everything in between),” reads the Boatbound website. “Renters also have the option to book a boat with or without a captain, depending on their wants or needs. Renting a boat with a captain can be a great way to learn more about the area and the boat.”While renting — with or without a captain — Boatbound offers users around the clock BoatUS towing support should a problem arise and allows each renter to review boats or other users. Similar to a site like Yelp, reviews give potential boaters an opportunity to essentially try before they buy to get a sense of how the experience may be and if it’s exactly what they are looking for.Be it a birthday party, special date night, or simply a desire to spend a relaxing day on a boat, Boatbound is the best (and easiest) way to hit the water this summer. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Book by December 31, 2017 and Receive Choice of Free and Reduced Air, Complimentary Onboard Amenities, Tours Boston and Vancouver, BC, December 2017 – Three times is definitely a charm for Emerald Waterways. The Australian river cruise line has been named “Best Value for Money” in the river cruise category for the third consecutive year by industry leader Cruise Critic in their annual 2017 Editors’ Picks Awards. The Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards are chosen by the publication’s international team of editors, based on the lines and ships they feel best represent excellence in each category. Emerald Waterways has received an award from Cruise Critic every year since the line launched in 2014 when they won the “Best New River Ships” designation for their innovative Emerald Star and Emerald Sky Star-Ships Emerald’ Waterways’ three-time win in this category is reflective of the generous list of inclusions received by guests, including complimentary shore excursions in every port, free transfers to and from the airport, prepaid gratuities and complimentary beverages (including wine and beer at lunch and dinner) offered at a competitive price point. Value is also illustrated by the river cruise line’s sleek, contemporary ship design and high level of service, which often draw comparisons to upscale boutique hotels. Other innovations Emerald Waterways was lauded for include an indoor pool, which cleverly transforms into a movie theater at night on most ships, and floor-to-ceiling windows in most cabins that drop down halfway with the push of a button to create an interior balcony “Our goal is to offer guests a river cruise experience that is both indulgent and affordable,” said Glen Moroney, founder and managing director of the Scenic Group, the parent company for Emerald Waterways. “We’re thrilled that our efforts to raise the standards on European river ships has been recognized by an important industry leader like Cruise Critic.” Emerald Waterways offers a wide variety of river cruise itineraries ranging from eight to 15 days on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in central Europe, as well as on the Rhône and Saône rivers through Southern France and on the Douro river in Portugal. Emerald Waterways also offers sailings on the Mekong river in Southeast Asia. To highlight the line’s exceptional value and commitment to personalized service, Emerald Waterways is offering a “Choose Your Savings” promotion, which allows guests the opportunity to choose from three options that will increase the value of their river cruise package. Guests booking with this promotion can choose from: 1) discounted airfare plus a premium onboard drink package and a free Discover More land tour; 2) up to $1250 per person off the cost of the sailing; or 3) up to free airfare from 25 designated hubs. The “Choose Your Savings” offer is good on 2018 sailings when booked by December 31, 2017. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 30-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and, in 2018, the World’s First Discovery Yacht – Scenic Eclipse. Emerald Waterways’ seven Star-Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and an exclusive charter on the MV Navigator for sailings in South East Asia, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer the only truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations. Additional information can be found by contacting your local travel agent; on Emerald Waterways’ website, www.emeraldwaterways.com in the U.S. and www.emeraldwaterways.ca in Canada; or by calling the US consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-222-3214) or Canadian consumer/travel agent reservations line (855-444-0161). Brochure orders may be placed on the website, or a digital downloadable version is available.
July 2, 2018 MCLEAN, Va. – With summer travel season underway, DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is introducing six new hotels across the U.S. Locations include some of the country’s most ideal – and many somewhat undiscovered – summer getaway destinations, including Ocean City, Maryland; Vail, Colorado; Pomona, California; Nashua, New Hampshire; Youngstown, Ohio; and Malvern, Pennsylvania. “Summer travel season is the perfect time for guests to explore a new city, and each of these new DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offers a retreat suitable for any type of getaway,” said Shawn McAteer, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. “With memorable service and amenities, starting with our signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie welcome at every hotel, guests can take in all these destinations have to offer while enjoying the warmth of a familiar hotel stay.” Properties recently added to the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio include:DoubleTree by Hilton Vail (Opened March 2018): While Vail is one of the world’s most popular ski destinations, this completely renovated property is a refreshingly affordable summer retreat. On-site bike rentals and complimentary shuttles take guests to all the action, including mountain biking, hiking, shopping, dining, concerts, fly fishing, golf and more. For dining, the hotel’s locally-sourced restaurant, Pivot62, features shareable plates and hand-crafted cocktails, complete with floor-to-ceiling views of the Rocky Mountains. If work calls while on vacation, the coworking capabilities in the lounge help guests multitask without missing any of the action. For relaxation, the massage treatment rooms work out all the kinks before guests take a dip in the outdoor pool and hot tub, or cozy up by the fireplace and fire pits while star gazing at the night sky.DoubleTree by Hilton Pomona (Opened March 2018): This Southern California hotel offers 132 guest rooms and suites featuring views of the surrounding San Jose Hills. The design is modern, yet rustic, making it the perfect option for travelers looking to explore nearby Los Angeles while experiencing the charm and mountain views of a small town. The on-site Vita Italian Bar & Grill is a modern Italian restaurant that uses the freshest ingredients sourced from Cal Poly Pomona and other surrounding farms, and the VINO Lobby Bar features local wines for guests to sip on. Guests can enjoy the California sunshine at the hotel’s outdoor, saline swimming pool and whirlpool spa or at nearby Bonelli Regional Park or Raging Waters waterpark.DoubleTree by Hilton Nashua (Opened April 2018): This newly renovated southern New Hampshire hotel offers easy access to downtown Boston and is only 15 minutes from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Guests can enjoy outdoor summer dining and live entertainment at the on-property Speaker’s Corner Bistro or the much-loved nearby Anheuser-Busch Brewery and LaBelle Winery. For all-around wellness, travelers can visit the on-site massage therapist and indoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. Additionally, the hotel features its own yoga studio and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Nearby local favorite activities include shopping at Merrimack Premium Outlets and hiking at White Mountain.DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown (Opened May 2018): As the first hotel to open in downtown Youngstown, Ohio in 44 years, this new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is located in the historic Stambaugh Building in Central Square. The hotel connects summer visitors to attractions like the Covelli Centre, Youngstown State University, OH WOW! Science Center and DeYor Performing Arts Center – all within walking distance. The hotel features 125 rooms and updated modern amenities, while also preserving its historic charm and neoclassical early-1900s architecture. Guests will be able to enjoy fine dining without ever leaving the hotel at Bistro 1907 for Italian-American staples and additional soon-to-open restaurants: Yosteria Tapas for Spanish cuisine and wine, and Branch Street Coffee Roasters for breakfast.DoubleTree by Hilton Ocean City Oceanfront (Opened June 2018): This freshly renovated hotel is situated directly on the Atlantic Ocean and just five blocks from the scenic boardwalk and the Ocean City Convention Center. Beyond the unbeatable location, guests will enjoy summer days at the two outdoor pools, one indoor pool and multiple beach volleyball courts. Visit Sandshark Pool Bar for unique libations on the beachfront pool deck and Marlin Moon Restaurant and Bar for locally sourced seafood and craft beer selections.Desmond Hotel Malvern, A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel (Opened June 2018): Guests can experience the charm, warmth and genuine service of Chester County, Pennsylvania, when visiting this hotel and the surrounding scenic and historic ‘downtowns’ of Malvern, Phoenixville, Wayne and West Chester. Boasting easy access to King of Prussia Mall, Valley Forge National Historical Park and the entire Main Line area, this is the ideal destination for visitors looking to enjoy summer travel just outside of Philadelphia. Travelers can spend the day at the on-property fitness center, indoor pool/whirlpool and sport courts, followed by a variety of dining options at Fork and Bottle, Fox and Hounds Pub and Sunset Grille. All hotels within the DoubleTree by Hilton portfolio are a part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app. For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton openings, visit newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree. Image of DoubleTree by Hilton Vail – Credit: Stephan Werk Media, www.stephanwerkmedia.com. About DoubleTree by Hilton DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 525 upscale hotels with nearly 125,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with the DoubleTree by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree. About Hilton Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.
Interview By: Joanie Ogg, CTC, MCC – Travel Professional NEWSInterviewing: Rudi Schreiner, President and Co-Owner – AmaWaterways and Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President and Co-Owner – AmaWaterways We had the privilege of sitting with the Kristin Karst, Executive Vice President / Co-Owner and Rudi Schreiner, President / Co-Owner of AmaWaterways in May as we sailed along the Danube on the christening voyage of the new AmaLea. Tom and I were both so thrilled and honored to be guests on this spectacular sailing and event as we sailed from Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany. Tom and I have been friends and colleagues of Kristin and Rudi since their beginning days starting this amazing river cruise company. We were so fortunate to have sailed on one of their earliest ships and to have the pleasure to sail with them both again on their newest beauty was beyond wonderful. We had the chance to rekindle a long, strong friendship and to see the success they have achieved makes us so very happy for them. We watched them mingle and engage themselves in every single aspect of the cruise. They sat and enjoyed conversations with passengers all week. Many of the passengers remarked to us that they felt so welcomed by Kristin and Rudi. When you see a marriage like theirs and watch their sincere commitment to their business, it really warms your heart. Rudi has an amazing career in the river cruise market and is known by many as the “Godfather of River Cruising.” We felt that the perfect title for Kristin should be the “First Lady of River Cruising.” Therefore, we have officially given her that title! We focused our interview with them on how travel professionals can best engage and work with AmaWaterways to build their businesses selling this fantastic brand. Please enjoy learning more about AmaWaterways in the following interview. AmaWaterways has a wonderful reputation in the travel community and has such a commitment to the travel professionals. Can you share with us why you feel that bond is so strong?We were a startup when we met, and we were very small. We would put ourselves in the shoes of a travel agent that has the same challenges. By connecting on that level we were able to create great business partnerships. We have a sincere passion for being entrepreneurs. We were able to talk the same language, and we understood and do understand their challenges being a business owner. We want to be a part of their success selling river cruises. When approaching their BDM or Sales Representative for AmaWaterways how should a travel professional prepare themselves and their presentation to most likely result in a mutually beneficial relationship? Additionally, is there an optimum time of year to approach AmaWaterways for maximum success?We participate in several trade shows and conferences where agents can meet us and talk to us in person. That is one of our favorite ways to share our passion and information with the agents. We also have our Business Development Managers (BDM) who agents can always reach out to and approach about meeting to chat about opportunities and ways to promote river cruising. The BDM’s can also help those agents to build their river cruise businesses. That is what we really want to do. We want to be there for the agents to help them build their businesses with AmaWaterways. When reaching out to a BDM an agent may have a business plan but if they do not perhaps we can help them to create one. We know what has worked for some others and might be able to help personalize a plan for them. They first need to qualify who are their clients and we can certainly help them understand how to do that as well. That being said, we will also be honest with an agent if we feel their clients might better be suited with another option in the case that AmaWaterways does not seem to be the right fit. We should all have respect for each other and respond and if we feel that perhaps AmaWaterways is not the right choice for them we will be honest and help them. To answer your question about the best time to approach a BDM about a potential group booking, by September is probably optimal but most certainly they should never feel that is the only time to do so. We encourage agents to feel they can reach out to us and we will always help if we can. The AmaWaterways Specialist program for travel professionals is considered to be one of the best training programs available. Can you elaborate on the program and the benefits it offers to travel professionals?Agents are also encouraged to take the educational courses we offer to learn more about AmaWaterways and all the ships and programs that we offer. That is a very good place to start to learn more about our ships and itineraries. We encourage agents to sail with us on our ships by taking part in our Seminars on the River offered at various times of the year. Typically these take place in October, November, March and April. When an agent goes on an AmaWaterways seminar onboard the ships, they will be escorted by a BDM who will teach them on board all about AmaWaterways, and they will have a chance to experience the ships firsthand. AmaWaterways offers especially generous and motivating group policies for travel professionals. How can they cash in on your 2019 and beyond group offerings?Groups are very important and much of our business has been built on groups. My personal experience in setting up groups is truly a passion for me. I love that part of our business. Number one of course when a group is happy that always brings repeat guests. You have to work so hard for an individual sale but a group allows you to be so much more efficient in building your business. Your business can grow so quickly selling special groups. Many of the groups we have do just whatever the pied piper suggests and of course that makes it very easy. However, we can also help the agents with groups to help them build the best offerings for their clients. During the pre and post seasons, we are also able to offer many concessions to the groups. Our current programs offer an 18% commission for the cruise portion and an additional $250 cruise credit. For every nine paid cabins the tenth is free. If they do not wish to take the cabin then they can opt to have that in cash to use that against the final payment for the group. We are very flexible and want to make it easy for agents to sell groups but also lucrative for them as well. We know that an entrepreneur means you work hard to put these groups together, and we appreciate that. We also work with the agents to help them get the best itinerary and timing for their groups. If perhaps the agent is a bit flexible with dates, we will work to find the perfect fit for them with the best specials that are available. Our group agents in our office are very experienced and efficient. You have to have had some very interesting special groups on board over the years. What stands out in your mind as being very unique? Also, what types of special groups do you often see on AmaWaterways?Yes, we really have had a variety of special groups on our ships. One that stands out as being very unique was through an agent in Canada. They wanted to bring on a hockey team and they asked that we help them secure teams in the various cities we visited to play against in the evenings when the ship was docked. They would play and then they could bring the local team on board after the game to share a beer! It was very successful and a fun group. It became a repeat group and continued to grow each time. We also had a request for a group of teenagers that were part of a large church choir. The agent had reached out to other river cruise companies and were told that because they were young teenagers, they did not think it would be a good option. They called us at AmaWaterways and we said sure, let’s make this happen. The kids all convinced their parents and grandparent to come and therefore they were really escorted by the adults. It was a win for all and we attended one of their performances in Vienna and it was one of the most wonderful nights ever. Other types of groups that we see include bike groups, garden clubs, religious groups, beer tasting groups, wine tasting groups, teachers, artists and so many others. We are always very careful with group space, as we know that FIT clients might also be on board the sailings. We work very hard to make sure the passenger mix is well balanced. When travel agents are looking for a river cruise partner to work with what would be some key selling features you would suggest they focus on to convert their clients to AmaWaterways?We at AmaWaterways have a “can do” attitude and will work with the agents to help them in every way that we can be successful selling our cruises. We feel that we offer so many options on our cruises such as the bikes, hikes, wine tastings, sweet tastings, visits to amazing sites, guides that really know their specialties and truly want the passengers to have the best experience possible. We work very hard to personalize the experience onboard to the passenger’s particular needs. For example if only two people signed up for a tour we would always run that tour. We have that commitment to our guests. We believe we truly do offer the best value proposition in river cruising. We are very proud of our ships ranking in the new 2018-2019 edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA travel guide, Besides AmaKristina who took the top spot among 320 ships rated, we had five other ships in the top ten. I really appreciate this quote from the author, Douglas Ward — “AmaWaterways spends considerably more on high-quality food ingredients and wine and on hotel crew service training than any other river cruise company. The company is also known to offer the highest levels of customer care and friendliness in the river cruise industry.” Our hosted happy hour, Sip & Sail, and other special touches make us stand out as a terrific value and experience. We are committed in all areas of our company from sales to reservations and to the final cruise experience. Every step along the way we under promise and over deliver. Our cabins offer a great option for families traveling together with the connecting cabins and sofa bed. We offer all agents the option of having a co-branded website to increase their sales. Kristin and Rudi could not have been more gracious with their time and attention to every single passenger and crewmember. Their love and passion for one another and their business was simply a joy to experience. I, for one, cannot wait to cruise on AmaWaterways again!
Riviera Maya, Mexico – October 15, 2018– Hotel Xcaret Mexico, Experiencias Xcaret’s first five-star, nature-centric and socially responsible resort, has been selected as the Gold winner for Best Cultural Immersion Experience in the All-Inclusive category for the 2018 Prevue Visionary Awards. “We are thrilled to receive this wonderful recognition after less than a year from our official opening. We truly believe Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an ideal location for the MICE market; thanks to our All-Fun Inclusive concept, we offer versatile meeting spaces not only at the hotel, but also throughout Experiencias Xcaret’s parks, all which highlight the authenticity of Mexico’s rich and diverse culture,” said Wendy Canul, Groups Director at Hotel Xcaret Mexico. “This award goes to show that our continuous efforts to offer guests an innovative, all-encompassing travel experience has allowed us to set new standards within Mexico’s hospitality and meetings landscape.” The Visionary Awards are annual accolades given by Prevue Meetings & Incentivesto acknowledge destinations, hotels & resorts, cruise lines, convention centers and other top players in the industry that work as forward-thinkers and lead each of their respective categories. This year marks the magazine’s seventh year recognizing innovators in the meetings and incentives industry. Votes were casted by Prevue’s readers and by the media outlet’s Advisory Board. Hotel Xcaret Mexico, the 900-suite property that celebrates the very best of Mexico, is the first ever to win the Best Cultural Immersion Experience award in the all-inclusive category. Since its debut in December 2017, the hotel has completely redefined what it means to be all-inclusive, allowing guests to access Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and archaeological tours. In addition to the 35,000 sq. ft. of multifunctional indoor and outdoor meeting space offered by Hotel Xcaret Mexico, guests can also access Experiencias Xcaret’s meeting spaces located throughout the brand’s archaeological parks, which are the ideal backdrop for hosting work activities, cultural experiences and other outdoor events. Regardless of the venue, Hotel Xcaret Mexico shows the true colors of Mexican hospitality with its specialized on-site coordinators that cover every detail needed to ensure remarkable events and meetings. To learn more, visit http://www.hotelxcaret.com About Hotel Xcaret Mexico: Hotel Xcaret Mexico is an opulent, oceanfront haven where thrilling nature-driven experiences, superior service and the authentically rich spirit of Mexico come to life. Situated by the azure blue Caribbean Sea and verdant Riviera Maya jungle, the premier all-inclusive resort features striking architecture and design inspired by Mexican traditions, art and culture which reimagines the possibilities of luxury all-inclusive hospitality. Complete with 900 spacious guest suites, 10 distinct dining destinations, multiple swimming pools, a world-class spa and wellness center, the hotel offers guests all the perks and privileges of its exclusive All-Fun Inclusive® concept, where travelers are privy to Experiencias Xcaret’s eight nature parks and archaeological tours, free airport transportation and more. Hotel Xcaret Mexico promises an unforgettable experience where guests can discover new ways to connect with nature, themselves and loved ones. For more information, visit http://www.hotelxcaret.com
Select Circle of Excellence and MillionAir honorees gathered in Mexico IRVING, TX (December 20, 2018) – Nexion Travel Group, the premier host agency in the travel industry, recently held its ninth annual President’s Circle trip to honor select winners of the organization’s Circle of Excellence and MillionAir awards. Held at Barcelo Maya Palace in Riviera Maya, Mexico, the multiday event offered top Nexion Travel Group members the chance to connect and network with each other, Nexion Travel Group leadership and suppliers, as well as enjoy the best of what Riviera Maya has to offer. The President’s Circle trip took place from December 7 to 10. The President’s Circle is made up of Nexion Travel Group members who have earned the Circle of Excellence and MillionAir designations. The Circle of Excellence recognizes members who have met high sales and business growth using Nexion Travel Group’s preferred supplier partners. Circle of Excellence members earned this designation based on preferred supplier sales in the last year. A Nexion Travel Group member who is a MillionAir has personally sold over $1 million in airline sales, with at least $750,000 coming from preferred air suppliers. The sales period for MillionAir eligibility ran from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018. “We know that success for our members translates into success for us,” said Jackie Friedman, CTC, CTIE, President of Nexion Travel Group. “The President’s Circle members are top producers and highly-skilled travel professionals. We are thrilled and honored to be able to celebrate their accomplishments and look forward to continued partnership and success.” The President’s Circle Celebration attendees enjoyed a variety of personalized experiences, including:Leisure activities such as golf and swimming with dolphinsLuxury hotel inspectionsOne-on-one time with supplier partnersBusiness sessionsPrivate dinners with suppliers The primary sponsors of the 2018 President’s Circle Celebration were Delta Air Lines, Delta Vacations, and Barcelo Hotels and Resorts. “What I love about Nexion Travel Group are the opportunities to connect with others, and this trip was no exception,” said Elizabeth Caran of Outlander Travel. “I networked, learned and had a lot of fun with my fellow members. I value being a part of Nexion Travel Group and events like these show how much Nexion Travel Group values its members. It was an honor to be invited to the President’s Circle Celebration.” All travel professionals interested in learning how to succeed as a professional business owner, backed by Nexion Travel Group’s many great benefits, are encouraged to call 800-747-6813 or email email@example.com. Nexion Travel Group Nexion®Travel Group is a fully accredited host agency, offering membership to independent travel professionals since 1995. As part of Travel Leaders Group, Nexion Travel Group provides ticketing, operations and fulfillment support to independent travel professionals coupled with best-in-class tools, technology, marketing, education and support. Nexion Travel Group is the complete host agency for multi-agent agencies, corporate agencies, experienced agents and those new to the industry. Travelers also have access to The Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group, a selection of travel offers and discounts available at no additional cost to holders of select American Express® cards. For more information visit www.TheTravelCollection.com. 2018: Year of the Travel AgentTravel Leaders Group has named 2018 Year of the Travel Agent.Over the last decade, the travel agency industry has flourished through technology, the growth of travel options and personalized service. Travel Leaders Group represents approximately 52,000 travel agents with unmatched expertise in 135,000 destinations and 53,000 areas of interest. Travelers and suppliers have rediscovered the value a professional travel advisor delivers to the travel experience. Travel agents help to move people around the world, and keep our economy growing.
Kathmandu: Chennaiyin FC scored a last-gasp goal to beat Manang Marshyangdi Club of Nepal 3-2 in their final group match but fell short of clinching a maiden knock-out berth in the AFC Cup here on Wednesday. The win at the ANFA Complex was not enough for Chennaiyin to progress to the Inter-Zone Semifinals, as Bangladesh’s Abahani Limited Dhaka clinched top spot after beating Minerva Punjab 1-0 in the other Group E tie in Guwahati. The Chennai-based side’s fate was not solely in their hands and they were hoping for either a win or a draw for Minerva against Abahani to book a knock-out berth but the Dhaka side scored an injury time goal to notch up a 1-0 win and break Chennaiyin hearts. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevChennaiyin finished second in the group with 11 points from six matches while Abahani ended on top with 13 points to advance to the knock-out stage. On same points, Chenniyin would have gone through as they have a better head-head record against Abahani. Only the group winners qualify to the Inter-Zone Semi-finals. For Chennaiyin, Mohammed Rafi struck an 88th minute winner after the two sides were locked 2-2. Needing a win, Chennaiyin started aggressively with Rafi testing the Manang defence with a cross into the box in the first minute but there was no teammate to receive the ball.
The Prince of Wales visited Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich last week to hear more about the farm’s rare breeds programme and meet school children taking part in educational activities.The Prince of Wales meets Teddy the South American Tapir during his visit to Jimmy’s FarmThe Prince, who is Patron of The Rare Breeds Survival Trust, was shown around by the Trust’s new President, farm owner Jimmy Doherty. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust aims to maintain sustainable populations of the UK’s rare native breeds of farm livestock and to promote the benefits of these breeds in environmentally-friendly farming systems.His Royal Highness saw a host of birds and animals during the Royal visit, including peacocks, llamas, and rabbits. The Prince also visited the farm’s Butterfly House and met some Saddleback piglets, which are a recognised rare breed.Jimmy Doherty and his wife Michaela took on the farm in 2002 as part of their passion for rare breed pigs including the Essex Pig, Berkshire, Gloucester Old Spot, Large and Middle Whites. The early days of the farm formed part of a BBC documentary series called Jimmy’s Farm.The farm has grown to include an on-site butchery and farm shop, restaurant and Wildlife and Farm Park. Jimmy’s Farm now employs nearly 40 staff and also has a vibrant education programme enabling local schools and community groups to learn about traditional farming methods as well as a host of other countryside and food related subjects.
Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement A Canadian man has been arrested by U.S. immigration authorities for an expired visa after twice being convicted of trespassing at Kendall Jenner’s home. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment U.S. immigration authorities have arrested a Canadian man who has twice been convicted of trespassing at the California home of model and Kardashian family member Kendall Jenner.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that 38-year-old John Ford was recently arrested in the parking lot of an Albuquerque motel after agents received a tip that he was in New Mexico.Authorities say Ford has an expired visitor’s visa. He remains in federal custody in El Paso, Texas, awaiting a hearing on his immigration case. Advertisement It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.Los Angeles police have arrested him twice, resulting in misdemeanour convictions and jail time.Immigration agents acted quickly on the tip to ensure Ford’s obsessive behaviour did not escalate into a tragedy, said Jack P. Staton, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso.“This timely arrest could very well have prevented a violent crime,” he said.Jenner’s family thanked Los Angeles police and immigration authorities for their work, explaining in a statement that Ford’s actions have had “a severe impact” on Jenner’s life and the family’s sense of security.Immigration records show Ford had entered the U.S. at Sweetwater, Mont. a year ago with a visa that allowed him to remain in the country no longer than six months.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is acknowledging its plan to open Alaska’s pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development would affect polar bears, tribal hunters and many others.The administration released the draft environmental impact statement Thursday for its plan to sell oil and gas leases in the refuge. Publishing of the report moves the administration one step closer to realizing the plan, which environmental groups fervently oppose.The report released by the Bureau of Land Management acknowledges oil exploration in the remote wilderness area would have an impact on Arctic wildlife and Native Alaskans. It puts four different options for handling any leases up for public review.In a statement, outgoing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls the move necessary to an “energy-dominant America.”Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuNov. 499.50 499.50 494.20 497.30 499.50Jan. ’18 505.20 505.20 500.40 503.80 505.10March 511.10 511.10 506.70 510.20 511.00May 513.30 513.50 509.00 512.70 513.80July 512.00 514.10 510.00 513.80 515.00Nov. 481.00 481.60 478.90 481.40 483.50Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.10 485.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 487.90May 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 487.90July 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 487.90Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 485.80 487.90Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $507.30 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $517.30 (November 2017)
Later, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam announced that the government was extending the monetary grants being paid to Defence and BSF personnel to all paramilitary force personnel hailing from the state.Eligible personnel from CRPF, CISF, ITBP and SSB would get monetary grants ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs five lakh depending on the ‘nature of the accident’ (injuries sustained during course of their duties).The grants are currently being given to Defence personnel and those from the Border Security Force, he said. As on March 31, 2013, over 66,000 Sri Lankan Tamils were living in 112 refugee camps, including two special camps while 34,826 others live elsewhere in the state.As of this date, 1,532 persons had returned to Sri Lanka with assistance from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the note added. With the government offering free education to Sri Lankan Tamil students up to Class XII, as also free notebooks, textbooks, uniform sets and noon meals, over 21,000 of them had enrolled in schools this year, besides more than 1,200 others in colleges, it said. Driving licences would be issued to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in the state as part of welfare measures provided to them, the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu announced.The Press Trust of India said that the Tamil Nadu government has been extending various welfare measures to the refugees, including scholarship schemes for various courses, ranging from Rs 850 to Rs 4,700, the Public Department policy note tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly said. “This government has also decided to permit issue of driving licenses to eligible refugees staying in camps so as to enable them to improve their livelihood,” it said.