UK’s depth gets first test against Pikeville

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Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ.Kentucky forward Trey Lyles rests during a break in the action during the second half. Kentucky's Blue White Scrimmage was held, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Rupp Arena in Lexington . Photo by Jonathan Palmer, Special to the CJKentucky forward Trey Lyles rests during a break in the action during the second half. Kentucky’s Blue White Scrimmage was held, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at Rupp Arena in Lexington . Photo by Jonathan Palmer, Special to the CJ Session ID: 2020-09-18:bbb9170a42be39c4d1d0756d Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-584049-3861959460001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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John Calipari’s two-platoon system will make its stateside debut in the top-ranked University of Kentucky basketball team’s exhibition opener against Pikeville at Rupp Arena.The Bears won’t likely provide much resistance – neither did the professional teams the Wildcats played in the Bahamas this summer – but that’s not the point. Sunday marks the unveiling of UK’s full complement of players all on the same side.The Cats’ only public appearances so far have been intrasquad scrimmages and those Bahamian exhibitions, which were played without two projected lottery picks: junior Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Trey Lyles. The full effect of this platoon plan, then, has so far been left to the imagination.How will it look now with Cauley-Stein and Lyles back? We’re all about to see.This is the first chance to get a glimpse at how Calipari is thinking about dividing up his dozen-deep deep roster – which five will start, how many minutes the second wave will play and whether the remaining two, Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis, can carve out a niche, too.Profile: Second transplant is second chance for Pikeville coachQ&A: Kenny Payne previews Pikeville exhibitionRECRUITING: Eron Gordon to visit UKWhat we know for sure: The platoon system is going to happen. Calipari swears he is “committed” to making it work.“We don’t have a choice,” assistant coach Kenny Payne said Friday, standing in for the boss who was on the road recruiting. “We’ve got 12 really good players. We’ve got to find time for all of them. They all deserve to play.”Point guard Andrew Harrison sees it the same way, offering up almost the exact same response. The players know now that not platooning is not an option. Might as well get on board.“No choice,” Harrison said. “We have a surplus amount of talent on the team, and Coach wants everybody to play because everyone works hard. If somebody passes someone else, they’re going to get more playing time. Coach said that from the beginning.“It’s good in a way because … it’s so competitive that you have to play or somebody’s going to come take your spot, somebody’s going to get more minutes than you. And Coach did that for a reason.”So far, the Cats seem to be taking the idea of fewer minutes for all pretty well. That’s a tough sell on a roster with nine McDonald’s All-Americans and Cauley-Stein, a 7-footer who is arguably the best defender in college basketball.All of them would play more minutes elsewhere. Payne was asked Friday whether any of them are struggling with that.“Right now, I would say no,” he said. “I think everybody’s bought in. I think it was vital what we did in the Bahamas. It showed that it could work. And these guys are really, at (their) core, about winning. And that’s important. So right now, everybody’s bought in. We don’t expect to have them not buy in. We just gotta make it work, and it will. It will.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. 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Indian Under 19 Women’s Team are beaten by Nepal in AFC Under 19 Women’s…

first_imgAdvertisement Indian Women’s under 19 team were beaten by Nepal with a margin of 2-0 in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. The centre forward of Nepal, Rekha scored a brace against India in the second half of the match to give them the first win in the AFC under 19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers. With this defeat, India’s chances to go to the next round of the tournament are not looking much certain as they are now at the same points with Thailand and Nepal after two matches. Advertisement After the thumping win against the arch rivals Pakistan in the previous match with a margin of 18-0, it was seeming that the girls are ready to play against any top side of the World. But that was not the real scenario as it was a nervy contest throughout the 90 minutes. It was India’s second defeat against Nepal in this month as Nepal were victorious against India in the SAFF under 18 Championship. Jabamani Tudu got two good chances in the first half for India but she failed to convert those into Goals. On the other hand, Rekha was also denied twice by the Indian Goalkeeper. Advertisement  In the second half of the match, the intensity of Nepal’s attacking threats became more and the defensive unit of India were not able to stop the opponent’s striker Rekha to score a brace in this match. After this defeat, India’s qualification chances depend on the result of the match between Pakistan and Nepal. Firstly, India have to win the match against the host Nation Thailand and hope that Nepal do not win their match against Pakistan. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

LVR grad Sean Denison experiences career year playing pro hoops in Romania

first_imgWhen Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series. “That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg  — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services.last_img read more

Fantastic Success For Black Dragon as Unified World Championships comes to a close in…

first_imgIt was an incredible World Championship for James Kelly. James knocked out his Italian opponent in the first round of their World K-1 -67kg division final to take another gold for Ireland. Unfortunately, a security incident that happened at the arena lead to extraordinary scenes as hundreds of athletes, supporters and others including men, women (some with babies) & children had to be evacuated after hearing several gun shots in the vast arena which led to severe panic. Within minutes the building was crawling with armed rapid response police and two helicopters circling over head.People were terrified and Women and children were screaming and crying and visibly shaken for some hour or more afterwards.It transpired that a man doing a demonstration of some sort pulled a hand gun and fired off well over ten shots before being surrounded by police with weapons drawn.The man was arrested and brought off of course but this caused major problems and people were almost run over in a stampede as others tried to get out.Cian McCormack was unfortunate to pull out of two World Finals due to an injury that he picked up as he escaped in incident and this probably cost Cian two Gold medals as his injury to his foot was too severe to continue.Cian won out these sections last year and the year before and was the top seed this year once again.An unfortunately incident caused by the stupidity of one or two individuals cost this talented young athlete dearly  but in the grand scheme of things and  in this day and age, one cannot be two careful especially in a building full of thousands of people from almost every nationality on Earth.Pete Foley Spoke To John Mulligan as the team returned from Italy. He explained what happened and also spoke of his pride in what was an outstanding team performance.Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/PETE%20FOLEY%20FULL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thankfully all is well, the IKF Irish squad kicked ass and will now go back to their hotel to celebrate after winning some 35 medals at the greatest show on Earth. Damien Creavin then defeated a Ukrainian fighter in the fight offs for Bronze at the Unified World Championships in Italy in the -57 kg Light Contact kickboxing. Sean Ryan then had a hard battle with Czech Republic and lost a close decision and takes him Silver in the Cadet -60kg Full Contact division. Corey O’Malley just took Silver in the Cadet K-1 -57kg division after an exciting war with a Scottish Fighter Black Dragon Kickboxing Club returned home from Tuscany yesterday following another outstanding world Unified Championships. The team taking home Thirteen Gold, Eight Silver and Six Bronze Medals from the games. Peter Sheppard took a Silver medal after a fierce battle against Australia in the World final of the -86kg International Rules (Low Kick) division. Damien Creavin fought some tough battles to reach the -60kg Full Contact Final with Ukraine but unfortunately the Ukrainian suffered a severe concussion in the semi final the previous day and was suspended from the final so Damien won by default.center_img Cian McCormack took out the French Fighter in the semi final of the -63.5kg K-1 section but is now seen here in second place to the same fighter in Low Kick. He then took Silver at the World Championships in The -57kg Cadet Low Kick division after a tough fight with Moldova. And then made it a hat trick of titles with gold in the new sport boxing division (Queensbury Rules – new introductory demonstration division) defeating Poland in the semi final and then England in the final to take Gold at -69kg. Whitney Sheppard won out the International Rules (Low Kick) -52kg World Final when she defeated Germany in the final of another war. Whitney Sheppard won out the International Rules (Low Kick) -52kg World Final when she defeated Germany in the final of another war.Sean Ryan took Silver in the Cadet -60kg Low kick Cadet division. Bronze to Czech Republic and gold to Ukraine. Black Dragon Fighter Alex Fitzpatrick took Gold in the Junior under fifteen -69kg kickboxing division.Czech Republic in second and bronze for Ukraine. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Connacht Junior Inter Pro Fixtures Announced

first_imgThe fixture details have been announced for the upcoming Junior Interprovincial Series. Connacht begins their campaign at home to Leinster on Saturday 28th April, with the game set to take place in Ballinrobe RFC. The following week the side make the trip to Ards RFC in Newtownards County Down for a meeting with Ulster on Saturday 4th May.The campaign concludes the following Saturday 11th May and will again see Connacht on the road for their clash with Munster. That game will take place in Old Christians RFC in Glanmire, Co. Cork.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Christian Eriksen could face long-term lay-off with abdominal injury

first_imgTOTTENHAM star Christian Eriksen is on the long-term casualty list, according to Denmark boss Age Hareide.Eriksen has been sidelined with an abdominal injury picked up in the win at Brighton last month.3 Christian Eriksen is out of action with an abdominal injuryCredit: Getty – ContributorThe playmaker is set to miss the Dane’s Uefa Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.And Hareide has revealed the Premier League side are not keen for Eriksen to report for international duty as he is expected to be out of action for a while.Hareide told Denmark’s Canal9: “Christian (Eriksen) has a problem with his abdominal muscle, and Tottenham have reported that it is of long-term nature.“It is doubtful whether we will bring him to Dublin and make him play.3 Christian Eriksen has not played for Spurs since the win at BrightonCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Age Hareide reveals Christian Eriksen has been ruled out long-termCredit: Reuters“I do not think that Tottenham are particularly keen on that.“It has been a long time since he played in the match against FC Barcelona (in the Champions League). Against Cardiff, he was also out (of action).“It has been over a week and I know that he has known about (the injury) for a while.“Such an injury can be chronic, and it is true that Tottenham are worried.”Here are the Premier League’s FASTEST EVER goals after Christian Eriksen’s 11 second opener for Tottenhamlast_img read more

Stephen F. Austin’s Rally Falls Short in NCAA Second Round

first_img But SFA once again showed why it has won 61 games over the past two years as the Lumberjacks began chopping away at that deficit. The `Jacks were paced by a key three-pointer from Charles, some timely turnovers, free throws and an authoritative block by Walkup on All-American Delon Wright, pulling to within four at 44-40 with six minutes to go, setting up a frantic finish. Utah responded by building a six-point lead at the midway mark of the opening half at 16-10, answered by a three from Charles and a jumper from Walkup to cut the deficit back to one at 16-15. In a game that played out as a defensive slugfest from the get-go, Utah built an early 4-0 lead, which was quickly answered by a three from Charles, cutting the gap to one. SFA then took its sole lead of the night off a jumper from Parker, leading 5-4 with 15:00 remaining in the opening half. “We just didn’t hit the shots we needed to hit tonight,” said head coach Brad Underwood. “You have those nights where shots just aren’t falling, and tonight was one of those nights for us. But it shouldn’t overshadow what a tremendous year this team has had. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team and what they accomplished.” Dallas Cameron and Jacob Parker each finished with six points as Parker struggled in what is normally one of his strengths, going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc. Demetrious Floyd finished with five points while Trey Pinkney dished out three assists, finishing with three points on the night. SFA now sets its sights on the 2015-16 season and a defense of its three-straight Southland Conference titles. The Lumberjacks return four of its starting five, as well as a handful of other key returners. Freshman Ty Charles gave SFA fans a great deal of optimism, finishing with a team-high 14 points, hitting four of his eight three-point attempts, while adding seven rebounds. Thomas Walkup came up just shy of his third-straight NCAA tournament double-double, finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds with five assists. However, SFA’s shooting woes struck once again as the `Jacks were unable to hit the key shot down the stretch and Utah’s free throw shooting put the game away. SFA upped its intensity early in the second half as a pair of free throws by Cameron, a layup by Pinkney and a driving dunk by Parker once again pulled SFA to within one at 26-25 three minutes into the half. PORTLAND, Ore. – Stephen F. Austin had itself poised for another memorable NCAA tournament comeback, trailing fifth-seeded Utah by two with less than a minute to play. But the Lumberjacks couldn’t get the key shots to fall when it counted, falling to the Utes 57-50 in the second round of the NCAA tournament at the Moda Center.center_img 2015 NCAA Second Round Utah 57, Stephen F. Austin 50 Moda Center • Portland, Ore. Records: SFA (29-5); Utah (25-8) After Utah went back on top by four at 48-40, SFA and the Utes exchanged blows over the final five minutes. Trailing 52-46 with a minute and a half to go, Charles banked in a three from the top of the key. Walkup then forced a turnover and Pinkney hit one of two free throws to trail by just two at 52-50 with 40 seconds remaining. SFA closes out another memorable season at 29-5, coming one victory shy of notching back-to-back 30-win seasons. But the shooting drought once again clipped the `Jacks as SFA managed just two field goals over the next 10 minutes with a pair of free throws as Utah used a 17-6 run, building its largest lead of the night at 43-31 with just over nine minutes to play. A key stretch in the contest then came over the next seven minutes as the Lumberjacks were held without a basket while Utah rattled off a 10-0 run, building an 11-point lead at 26-15 with a minute to play. Momentum started to swing back in SFA’s favor, thanks to back-to-back dunks by Tanner Clayton in Parker in the waning seconds, trimming the Ute lead to 26-19 at the half. The 50 points marked SFA’s lowest output of the season, one point shy of the 51 points its registered in the loss at Baylor in November. The loss to Utah also marks the third-straight year a Pac-12 team has ended the Lumberjacks’ season, falling to Stanford in the 2013 NIT and UCLA in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The loss brought to an end the storied career of senior Jacob Parker, who finishes his career ranked 15th in program history in scoring and 12th in rebounding, establishing his place as the all-time winningest Lumberjack in Division I history. SFA shot just 33.3 percent for the game, hitting just 17 of its 51 shots, and was a mere 19.2 percent from beyond the arc, making five of its 26 attempts. Contrast that with Utah which hit 47.4 percent of its shots and 38.5 percent of its threes.last_img

Naoya Inoue going for KO vs Nonito Donaire

first_imgHis straight out fighting style poses danger for the 36-year-old Donaire.But then again, Donaire scored his biggest KO wins against explosive, attacking fighters like Vic Darchinyan, Jorge Arce and Fernando Montiel.“I have been watching Donaire throughout his career and was stealing his moves when I was starting out in boxing. I have a lot of respect for Donaire,” said Inoue. “I have idolized him and that’s why he was the one I wanted to fight the most in this tournament. But now it’s time for a change of generations.”However, through the years Donaire has developed the bad habit of chasing KO wins with minimum punch possible as opposed to slow, crafty set-up that made him very successful in the past.“This final will be the biggest highlight of my career thus far,” the Japanese said. “It will also be like a crossroad fight for what lies ahead for my future. I’m just looking forward to seeing what is waiting ahead in my career after winning the Ali Trophy.”ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Inoue was aptly dubbed the “Monster” having won all 18 professional fights, including 16 via knockouts.He blasted through the WBSS quarterfinal and semifinal needing just five minutes and 29 seconds of total ring appearance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“No I never imagined it,” said Inoue when asked if he expected to finish off former champ Juan Carlos Payano in 70 seconds in the quarters, before stopping Emmanuel Rodriguez in two rounds in the semis.“I’m prepared to fight for 12 rounds with Nonito Donaire, but if I see an opening, I will aim for a knockout.” Japan’s Naoya Inoue celebrates his win over Juan Carlos Payano of Dominican Republic after their WBA world bantamweight title match in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture on October 7, 2018. (Photo by JIJI PRESS / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUTYoung Japanese champion Naoya Inoue is eyeing a knockout win against Filipino star Nonito Donaire when they clash for the Muhammad Ali trophy in next week’s World Boxing Super Series bantamweight title.And based on his credentials, the 26-year-old Inoue has got everything to back up his claims.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Robert Bolick undergoes surgery to repair torn ACL MOST READ ‘Gago’center_img No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust That’s also what the fight means for Donaire who is trying to resurrect his career that dipped substantially since he won Fighter of the Year award in 2012.They fight Nov. 7 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

Disney World Crowd Calendar Report – July 17 to 23, 2016

first_imgHollywood Studios8 9 5 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6 Magic Kingdom saw its third and final crowd level ’10’ of the week on Wednesday while Epcot and Hollywood Studios were slightly less busy. Great Movie Ride did hit a crowd level ‘1’0 however with an average wait of 32 minutes between 10am and 5pm. Saturday was the least crowded day of the week, a feat that would be surprising if not during summer. Toy Story Midway Mania averaged only 37 minutes and Star Tours averaged 19. Space Mountain had the longest average wait at the Magic Kingdom at 70 minutes. Animal Kingdom7 Animal Kingdom7 8 Hollywood Studios7 Animal Kingdom8 8 (Click to view overall details for this day)Sunday, July 17, 2016 8 7 7 Monday’s crowds hit a level ’10’ at Magic Kingdom while Epcot was the least crowded park at a level ‘6’. At Magic Kingdom only Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40 minutes) and Pirates of the Caribbean (34 minutes) hit crowd levels lower than ’10’ on the attraction levels scales. Meanwhile, Test Track averaged 63 minutes at Epcot, a level ‘6’ for that attraction. Walt Disney World Resort Crowd Levels – Daily Breakdown Share This!How Crowded Was Disney World Last Week?Crowds at Walt Disney World held steady last week with levels hitting the mark most days. Weekend crowds ended up a little lower than expected thanks mostly to Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Magic Kingdom continues to be the busiest park this summer.Let’s look at how the crowd levels stacked up each day last week on the Touringplans.com Disney World Crowd Calendar Report: (Click to view overall details for this day)Thursday, July 21, 2016 8 10 (Click to view overall details for this day)Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Magic Kingdom8 7 7 7 Animal Kingdom8 10 Hollywood Studios8 9 Animal Kingdom9 Hollywood Studios8 Hollywood Studios7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 10 3 5 7 (Click to view overall details for this day)Friday, July 22, 2016center_img 6 Epcot7 Animal Kingdom7 8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Epcot7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS 9 7 Epcot8 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Hollywood Studios8 Magic Kingdom8 What to Expect This Week This week we expect to see the busy summer crowds continue at all four parks although the Disney World Crowd Calendar is not predicting any ’10’s for Magic Kingdom. One day tickets are priced as “Regular” unlike last week when they were priced as “Peak”, an indication that crowds will likely be a little less severe next week.To see Walt Disney World Crowd predictions for the days of your vacation, check the Crowd Calendar.To get details about our predictions of future crowds or details about crowds in the past check out the Crowd Calendar and select “Jump to Date” on the left margin. July 24 to 30, 2016 Animal Kingdom8 Epcot6 (Click to view overall details for this day)Monday, July 18, 2016 Friday was the first day of the week where crowds hit levels a few points lower than expected, especially at Epcot and Animal Kingdom. There we saw average wait times like 51 minutes at Soarin’ and 26 minutes at Kilimanjaro Safaris. WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom6 8 7 4 (Click to view overall details for this day)Saturday, July 23, 2016 Epcot9 Crowds were moderately busy on Sunday with all four parks within one index level of each other. Space Mountain hit an average wait time of 62 minutes, the highest in the Magic Kingdom while Pirates of the Caribbean averaged only 19 minutes. Magic Kingdom8 Epcot8 Epcot5 Magic Kingdom7 WHAT WETHOUGHTWHAT WESAWANALYSIS Magic Kingdom hit the top level on our scale again on Tuesday with average wait times like 98 minutes at Space Mountain and 78 minutes at Peter Pan’s Flight. The other three parks were very busy as well with averages like 115 minutes at Test Track, 85 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and 66 at Kilimanjaro Safaris. 6 Magic Kingdom8 Magic Kingdom8 Thursday continued the stretch of very crowded days last week with average waits like 83 minutes at Splash Mountain, 68 at Soarin’, 65 at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and 53 at Kali River Rapids. Predictions continued to perform well with none missing by more than one index level. Hollywood Studios8last_img read more

The rise and rise of AirAsia

first_imgA Thai Airsasia X A330. Photo; AirAsia AirAsia is continuing its spectacular growth with new services across key destinations including Australia, China, Japan, Korea and India, new product and new planes.Australia remains a key growth market for the airline group with new services from Brisbane to Bangkok announced recently to launch 25 June, joining existing Australian destinations of Sydney, Perth, Melbourne (Avalon), and Gold Coast.Last week AirAsia announced new – and exclusive – four times weekly services from Perth to Lombok on the back of increased demand for services to Indonesia’s affordable and convenient island locations.This service is in addition to the very popular three-times daily return services from Perth to Bali.AirAsia’s long-haul airline (AirAsia X) switched its service from Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) to Avalon Airport in Victoria in early December and its chief executive Benyamin Ismail said the airline was pleased with early demand over summer.Ismail said more than 100,000 people had already flown on its two daily flights between Avalon and Kuala Lumpur with loads at a healthy 80 to 85 percent through December, January and February.“Avalon Airport is now AirAsia’s largest destination in Australia by capacity with plans to add new destinations from Avalon in the future – based on demand and overall commercial viability,’’ he said.“Fly Through services via Kuala Lumpur onto India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are proving popular also from Avalon for leisure and visiting friends and family.”AirAsia is currently reviewing its fleet including the A321neo and A330neo which will provide opportunities for potential growth in Australia given range and economics.Destinations such as Adelaide, Cairns and Avalon to Thailand could become a reality with the new aircraft currently on order.The airline is also evaluating the Airbus’ long-range version of the A321neo the LR as it moves to target more destinations within a range of seven hours. Powered by CFM International’s LAEP-1A engines, the A321neo LR, is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is designed to carry up to 240 passengers 4000 nautical miles.On the service front in January the airline rolled out Apple’s Siri to check their upcoming flight status or interact with a new AI-powered chatbot called AVA a part of a facelift of its customer-facing technology.The carrier unveiled its new chatbot and new homepage and revamped app designed to make its services more user-friendly.AVA stands for AirAsia Virtual Allstar and was developed in-house in using technology from Ada, a Toronto-based company that specializes in artificial intelligence-powered customer experience.The chatbot answers questions instantly in eight languages: English, Bahasa Malaysia, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, Vietnamese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.The airline says it new homepage is designed for faster and easier navigation and includes features such as upcoming flight notices, recent searches as well as links to best hotels, duty-free and activity deals.And on March 18, AirAsia announced a new extended partnership with Sony to provide new state of the art noise canceling headphones for premium flatbed guests*. More importantly, this signifies the start of a number of major initiatives planned by the airline in its quest to deliver a premium but affordable air travel experience.AirAsia is constantly reviewing the product and experience to enhance the value long haul, low-cost airline of choice proposition.The new Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones onboard from 18 March on selected long haul services have been designed for improved sound quality and to deliver an enhanced guest experience, with a noise-canceling ambient mode to provide guests with complete control of their listening experience.AirAsia Group Head of Ancillary Barry Klipp said, “the award-winning Premium Flatbed is already the best priced, premium experience in the sky.  We are thrilled to be able to partner with Sony to deliver on an even better inflight experience for all our Premium Flatbed guests who can enjoy a variety of entertainment choices available on our Xcite inflight entertainment tablets and other value add products included for all Premium Flatbed guests. This is part of our strategy to deliver continual improvement in everything we do and to ensure our guests experience the very best value and choice when it comes to low-cost air travel. ”Sony Malaysia Managing Director Satoru Arai said, “We are delighted to deliver our Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless noise canceling headphones to AirAsia Premium Flatbed guests which will take the inflight experience to the next level with Sony’s innovative QN1 processor and deliver a great audio experience 35,000 ft above the ground.”To celebrate the partnership, AirAsia is offering special fares on award-winning Premium Flatbed from only under AUD $300 for flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tianjin, Gold Coast, Osaka, Seoul, Honolulu and others. Book on airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app from 18 March 2019 to 24 March 2019 for immediate travel until 31 August 2019.The noise cancelling Sony wireless headphones are the latest enhancements to the AirAsia X Premium Flatbeds which already feature universal power sockets, adjustable headrests and built-in personal utilities as well as complimentary premium products and services including access to AirAsia Premium Red Lounge at klia2, priority check-in, priority boarding, priority baggage, 40kg baggage allowance, complimentary meals as well as pillow and duvet.*Available in Premium Flatbed Cabins of all scheduled AirAsia X Malaysia (D7) flights greater than 5 hours.last_img read more