Ferndale scores four in sixth to beat Waldorf in NCS semifinal

first_imgFerndale >> Trailing late in the game with their season on the line, the reigning North Coast Section Division VI champions showed what being a champion is all about.Down 3-0 against a pitcher that had befuddled them for five innings, the Ferndale Wildcats (12-11) scored four runs in a wild sixth inning to snatch an NCS D-6 semifinal victory, 4-3, over San Francisco Waldorf on Friday at Ferndale High School, advancing to the section championship for the second-consecutive year. “It’s just a …last_img read more

The blood, sweat and cheers that made Stephen Curry the player he is today

first_imgJust when you thought you knew everything about Stephen Curry, he sits down for a conversation with Brazilian soccer deity Neymar and reveals the blood, sweat and cheers that set him on the path to be a transcendent NBA figure.The Players Tribune was on hand at a YMCA in France — said to house the oldest basketball court in the world — in September when the two stars met. The first question from TPT was simple: What was the exact moment when you realized you wanted to do this for a living?“T …last_img read more

China-Australia travel boom: bonanza for AirAsia X

first_imgFrom its Malaysian hub, AirAsia X – the long-haul version of the short-haul carrier of the same name – has quietly developed a big so-called “transfer market” in the past three years to carry travel-hungry Chinese to Australia and New Zealand via Kuala Lumpur.Hub-and-spoke national carriers like Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines have been doing that for decades and now AirAsia X, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017, is starting to cash in on the unmet demand for travel from China to the south-west Pacific.That’s one of the major reasons AAX is asking for more capacity entitlements in the next Air Services Agreement between the Australian and Malaysian governments, which determines the number of weekly seats carriers from both countries may operate.Australia has been a gold mine for airlines from the USA to the Middle East cashing in on unmet demand for outbound travel from Down Under to the rest of the world.That’s working in reverse for AAX, which is tapping into the foreign travel boom emanating from China.In the past five years, AAX’s total number of seats to and from Australia has grown from around 30 per cent to 45 per cent of its total operations.At the same time, servicing the China boom now accounts for around 25 per cent of its seats in and out of Kuala Lumpur.Together those two markets are nearly three quarters of AirAsia X’s flying, presenting new travel possibilities for customers at both ends of the network.Importantly for Australia, China is about to overtake New Zealand as the country’s biggest source of foreign visitors. Already more than a million Chinese are heading to Australia each year.After cutting back on Australian services about two years ago, AAX is now pressing the Australian government for new capacity entitlements so it can increase services to its Australian destinations Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.It also wants to use the Gold Coast, currently served 11 times week from Kuala Lumpur, to expand its services to New Zealand, following the introduction of Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast-Auckland services in March this year.And it is looking to take advantage of an incentive scheme the Australian government introduced about 20 years ago, under which capacity restrictions are removed for any foreign airline flying to regional destinations outside of the four major cities, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.The airline’s chief commercial (marketing) officer, Arik De, told a recent aviation industry conference AAX was actively considering Canberra, Townsville and Cairns as new destinations and may return to Adelaide, which it abandoned in 2014.Singapore Airlines recently became the first foreign carrier to launch flights to the Australian and New Zealand national capitals, with four services a week from Singapore to Canberra and Wellington, beginning on September 20. Canberra has revamped its terminal facilities to encourage more foreign carriers to begin services.As well, AAX is keen to begin flights to the Queensland capital, Brisbane, which it has so far shunned in favour of the Gold Coast, 80 kilometres to the south-east.And the airline is examining the viability of a non-stop service between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland, after axing its first New Zealand destination, Christchurch, in 2012.”Just recently we did announce Melbourne back to double daily flights, Sydney back to double daily, Perth back to double daily, AirAsia X chief executive Ben Ismail told AirlineRatings.com.”And the biggest thing was the Gold Coast moving from daily to 11 times a week. “We may look at some routes where we will go to three a day. We’re not sure yet. That’s something that we’re analysing.”One of the problems outlined by Arik Do is that AAX can’t increase Melbourne, Sydney and Perth to triple-daily flights from Kuala Lumpur without exceeding the current government capacity limit.Ismail says Chinese demand for Australian holidays is one of the key considerations behind the need for more flights. “China is our second-biggest market in capacity and revenue to Australia and if we can connect those two it would be great,” he says. “And that’s what we’re doing. We fly to 18 Chinese destinations and that’s something we want to build on to connect. “We’ve seen a lot of (Chinese ) connections coming through. Predominantly, a lot of that traffic is going to Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth and there’s a lot of connections to Melbourne from the Chinese.” Even though flying via an intermediate stop increases the fare, Chinese heading Down Under are lapping up the cheaper prices a low-cost carrier can offer compared with full-service carriers. “I think the good thing is the price,” Ismail says. “There’s a lot of price sensitivity of what we offer in the market. It gives (Chinese heading for Australia) a lot of encouragement to go on us even with the one stop in Kuala Lumpur.”last_img read more

Raj Bhavan staff rapes 8 year old girl, arrested

first_imgThe police have arrested a Group D staffer of the Tripura Raj Bhavan on the charge of raping a minor girl. An officer of the West Agartala women police station said they had arrested Dilip Kumar Das, 50, on the basis of a complaint lodged by a woman, who alleged that Das had raped her 8-year-old daughter.last_img

Air Asia under fire after trying to separate kids from parents at

first_img(Representational image)MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe sheer inconsideration of Air Asia flight ground staff appalled many after a few employees forcibly separated two minor children from their parents in the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport saying that the parents were delaying the flight and that they had to take off immediately.The incident took place on the morning of Saturday, April 13. The staff had ushered in the two children, aged seven and twelve but they had to stand at the entrance of the flight since they did not have their boarding passes which were with their parents. The parents were at the gate pleading with the ground staff to either let them in or let the children go.Shockingly, the ground staff, in a fit of rage, tore up the boarding passes of the parents Ravi and Beena Mallik, gave them their luggage and the flight took off without them, reports India Today.The family of four were supposed to go to Bagdogra in West Bengal via the Air Asia flight i5 2392.Speaking about the events leading to the traumatic experience, Ravi told India Today that the gates were changed and there was no way of them knowing since the Bengaluru Kempegowda Airport is a silent one.”We did not know when the gates were changed and neither did we get any message from the airline. At 9:51, just 10 minutes before scheduled departure, we got a call from Air Asia. The woman on the other side in a matter of fact tone warned us that we will be left behind if we do not show up immediately,” Ravi said.They were at gate number 1 and had to gate number 14. They rushed but Beena had to use the restroom and the group stopped for a few minutes.At first, the ground staff told Ravi and he and the children will be taken in the first flight and Beena would be flown separately. When he refused, the staff became hostile and sent the children through the aerobridge while Ravi and Beena were made to stand at the gate.”I have never felt so humiliated and embarrassed in my life. My wife and I had to beg Air Asia staff to let us meet our little kids. My wife begged and cried but they didn’t listen to us,” said Ravi recounted his experience.He added, “My seven-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were made to stand near the door of the aircraft. They did not get on the plane as their boarding passes were with us. Finally, they were brought back to us from some other gate.”Ravi said that his children were crying and they too were traumatized by the entire unpleasant experience. He was also upset with the attitude of the onlookers who only stared at them but did not offer to help.When asked by India Today about the events, an Air Asia spokesperson denied everything and said that only protocol was followed. They also refused to give a statement.last_img read more