Will never compromise on my pace as long as I play: Varun Aaron

first_imgA freak heel injury that was supposed to heal in three and half weeks took three and half months but Varun Aaron is back again raring to unleash his 140 plus thunderbolts as he gears up for another comeback to the national team.Ask him if the latest injury has made him more skeptical about choosing line and length stuff over pace, Aaron said: “I am blessed with a natural ability to bowl fast. Everyone can’t bowl quick. So as far as I am concerned there is no question of compromising on pace. Till the time I am playing cricket, I will be only bowling fast.”Aaron has entered the IPL auction pool at a base price of Rs 30 lakh and as an India pacer which is at premium, he should be confident of getting a franchise during the February 20 auctions.”I am optimistic that franchises will be interested in what I can bring to the table. Obviously I am looking forward to auction but before IPL, I will be playing Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand. I will be able to bowl 10 overs in a number of matches and that will certainly help me. The aim is an India comeback and every match from now on is important,” said the 27-year-old Pune resident.One of the fastest bowlers in Indian cricket, Aaron’s talent is not exactly reflected in nine ODIs and as many T20 Internationals that he has played so far.”It was unfortunate and frustrating. I was aiming for a good Ranji season. I felt some pain in my heel during first match against Maharashtra. But it wasn’t anything serious and as a captain I needed to play against Karnataka. I bowled 29 overs in all in that match but the pain increased.advertisement”When initially tests were done, I was told that it is a minor injury and will take barely three and half weeks before I would be back in action. But eventually, it turned out to be worse than that and I ended up missing out on the first-class season after the first two matches,” said Aaron.The perception that he is injury prone is also something that Aaron would like to change.”The last time I missed a season was back in 2011-12 due to back injury. Post that, you can check records, I have not missed out on a season. This time it was unfortunate. I was in Indian team’s standby list for the tour of West Indies. I went to Australia with the A team and Rahul bhai had praised my bowling. Just when things were falling in place, injury happened,” lamented Aaron.The Indian team’s core fast bowling unit looks set with Mohammed Shami (when back from injury), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar being the first four choices.So realistically Aaron is looking at a sustained performance throughout the season so that he can make a case for himself when India is back on the road during the 2017-18 season with tours of South Africa, New Zealand, England lined up one after another.”Practically speaking I would like to perform well before Champions Trophy. The communication system in the current Indian team set-up has been brilliant. In my case, I was injured, so there wasn’t much the team management could have told me. But the aim is to play for India again,” Aaron asserted.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, May 16 (PTI) Following are the highlights for 1700 hours STORIES IN PIPELINE:BJP meetings in Bengaluru and New Delhi for staking claim to form government in KarnatakaDiscussions between JD (S) and Cong leaders for asking governor to invite the combine to form government.TOP STORIES:MDS12 KA-POL-2NDLD KARNATAKABJP trying to “bribe” its way to power, claims Kumaraswamy as jockeying begins for govt formationBengaluru: Amid intense jockeying for power in Karnataka, the JD(S)-Congress combines chief ministerial candidate H D Kumaraswamy today claimed the BJP offered his MLAs Rs 100 crore in bribes to break ranks and back the BJP in government formation, a charge rejected by the saffron party.MDS11 KA-SIDDARAMAIAHModi encouraging horse-trading in Karnataka: SiddaramaiahBengaluru: Karnatakas outgoing Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of encouraging horse-trading to bring the BJP to power in the state. MDS1 KA-BJPYeddyurappa meets Ktaka governor, requests him to invite BJP to form govt Bengaluru: BJPs Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa today said he met Governor Vajubhai Vala and asked him to allow him to take oath as chief minister as the party had emerged the single largest party. DEL24 JK-RAMZAN-MHASecurity operations to stop in J-K during Ramzan: MHANew Delhi: In a major decision, the Centre today asked security forces not to launch operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan.LGD10 SC-LD CAUVERYSC rejects Karnatakas plea to stall finalisation of draft Cauvery schemeNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today rejected Karnatakas plea that the finalisation of the draft Cauvery management scheme should be put on hold as the process of formation of a new government in the state is underway.advertisementNation:CAL2 JH-LALU-RELEASELalu granted release order from jail in fodder scam cases, set to fly to Patna by eveningRanchi: RJD president Lalu Prasad was today granted release order by trial courts from jail in accordance with the Jharkhand High Courts verdict providing him provisional bail in all three cases of fodder scam on medical ground.CAL1 WB-PANCHAYAT-REPOLLPanchayat elections: Repoll in 568 booths begins amid tight securityKolkata: Repolling in 568 booths across West Bengal from where the State Election Commission (SEC)received complaints of violence during the panchayat poll, began today amid tight security.DES13 POLLS-OMARMLAs who switch should be banned from contesting polls for 1 term: OmarSrinagar: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah today said MLAs who switch parties should be banned from contesting elections for one term in order to prevent horsetrading in the event of a hung house.MDS10 KA-HEGDEConvene House quickly as delay will allow horse-trading:Santosh Hegde to Ktaka GuvHyderabad: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala should convene the Assembly quickly to settle the issue of majority as any delay would give elbow room for political parties to indulge in horse-trading, retired Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde said today. LEGAL: LGD14 SC-HOMEBUYERS JAYPEE SC asks JAL to deposit Rs 1,000 crore New Delhi,: The Supreme Court today asked realty firm Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL) to deposit an additional Rs 1,000 crore with its Registry by June 15 for ensuring refund of money to the hassled home buyers. LGD19 SC-SAHARAAuction process of Saharas Aamby Valley property to continue: SCNew Delhi: The auction process for the Sahara groups prime Aamby Valley properties would continue as it has failed to deposit Rs 750 crore in the SEBI-Sahara refund account, the Supreme Court held today. BUSINESS: DCM56 BIZ-GST-STATES-REVENUE CEA to advice certain states on plugging revenue gap post GST rollout New Delhi: With some states facing revenue shortfall even after 10 months of GST rollout, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has been tasked with suggesting ways for the laggard states to shore up their tax mop-up. FOREIGN: FGN22 MALAYSIA-2NDLD ANWARMalaysias reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardonKuala Lumpur: Reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim celebrated a “new dawn” for Malaysia after he was given a royal pardon and freed from custody today, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliances stunning election victory. FES40 SINGAPORE-LAWNew Singapore anti-terror law can order media blackoutSingapore: A new law that gives the police special powers during terrorist attacks, including widely banning journalists and members of the public from reporting on the scene, took effect in Singapore today. SPORTS:SPF9 SPO-HOCK-WOMIndia beat China 3-1, remain unbeaten in womens ACT Donghae City (South Korea), May 16 (PTI) Continuing its fine show at the Asian Champions Trophy Indian womens hockey team stunned higher-ranked China 3-1 to register their second consecutive win in the tournament, here today. PTIadvertisement TVS TVSlast_img read more

Pre postterm birth may affect childs academic performance

first_imgBeing born either too early or too late may have a long-term effect on children’s academic performance, finds a new study.This study detailed the relationship between gestational age at birth and school grades at age 16 across the full range of pregnancy duration (22 to 45 completed weeks), by weight-for-gestational age, focusing on extremely pre- and post-term births and taking into account possible effects within and between families.Grade averages were lower for pre- and post-term children than for term-counterparts, and were lowest in children showing evidence of poor foetal growth, irrespective of gestational age, suggested the study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfGrades of pre- and post-term children remained lower than those of term counterparts when considering spontaneous deliveries, uncomplicated unassisted deliveries, children with normal Apgar, or without congenital anomalies. However, induced post-term deliveries were not associated with reduced school performance.Among matched siblings, within-family effects were weaker, particularly in the preterm sibling cohort and less so in post-term children.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIrrespective of gestational age at birth, there was an independent effect of foetal growth restriction on later school performance which has persisted over time. There may be shared familial traits which influence risk of birth at non-optimal gestational age and also affect the academic performance of those born early or late. These may include modifiable risk factors such as poor maternal diet, smoking during pregnancy, and maternal obesity.“Less favourable outcomes of post-term infants with poor foetal growth suggest that placental insufficiency may become particularly toxic to neurodevelopment the longer a pregnancy endures,” said Hein Heuvelman, researcher at the University of Manchester.last_img read more

Face Your Fears New Video Game Offers HeartPounding Experience Literally

first_img Register Now » 3 min read “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous line would be an appropriate tagline for a video game called Nevermind. Invented by entrepreneur Erin Reynolds, players attach heart monitors and their experience changes depending on the player’s level of anxiety.The game is an adventure-horror game where the player has to enter the subconscious minds of psychiatric patients at a fictitious “Neurostalgia Institute” to help them uncover their darkest secrets. The secrets of these haunted patients, though, will attempt to “corrupt and destroy” the player.The bio-feedback component of the game is that if the player’s heart rate increases — measured by the monitor strapped to chest of the player — the game becomes harder. If the player stays calm, and therefore the heart rate stays low, the game becomes more manageable.“The game knows when you are scared, when you get stressed,” says Reynolds, in a video where she explains her visions and creative direction. “The game is going to react dynamically to how you are feeling internally. You need to learn how to calm down to make the game easier, otherwise it is going to be really difficult to through.”Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video GamesRenyolds says her goal with the game, aside from entertaining, is to teach people stress-management techniques. She created the initial version of the game for her thesis project at the University of Southern California’s Interactive Media Program in 2012.Nevermind has raised over $50,000 from more than 1,100 backers with its Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $250,000. With the end date of March 7, she has a ways to go. The current prototype can only be played on PCs, but the game will be expanded to Macs, according to the Kickstarter campaign.This is not Renyolds’s first video-game rodeo. She and her colleagues from USC were recognized by Michelle Obama’s program “Apps for Healthy Kids” for their video game called Trainer, one that motivates kids to move around and exercise. In the game, kids have to take care of creatures with specific food and health needs. When a creature needs to do a particular physical activity to keep healthy, the player has to perform that same activity. Kids have to work out to play the game.Related: Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell on Gaming and Business Growth (Video)Reynolds’ philosophy about gaming, as evidence in both Trainer and NeverMind, is that video games can be a tool for personal development and improvement beyond the screen.“The game knows more about you than you know about yourself. That not only makes a better game play experience, but also helps you become a better person so that you can grow from it,” said Reynolds about NeverMind. “You can learn about yourself and become stronger, while also having a really great time.”    Want to see the Reynolds’s full description of Nevermind? Check out the video below.Related: Transforming the Video Game World Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img February 17, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

TICO succeeds on appeal announces multiple convictions in BMT case

first_imgTICO succeeds on appeal, announces multiple convictions in BMT case Tags: TICO Share Friday, March 10, 2017 TORONTO — TICO has successfully won an appeal that has led to the conviction of Ron Greenwood of MKI Travel in Ottawa.Following TICO’s appeal of the decision made by Her Worship Justice of the Peace Lauzon on Sept. 22, 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice has now granted the appeal. As such, Greenwood has been convicted of two counts of failing to prevent MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. from committing an offence of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account of Ontario Regulation made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.He’s also been convicted of one count of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent in advance of opening a second trust account.The ruling also upheld the acquittal of Greenwood and MKI of one count of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account.MKI was a registered travel agent and wholesaler under the Act whose registration was voluntarily terminated effective May 13, 2013. MKI operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario. Greenwood was a director of MKI.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund has paid claims in excess of $2 million related to the closure of MKI. The sentence in this matter will take place on March 31.TICO has also announced the conviction of Placido Calore and 407488 Ontario Ltd. o/a Business & Vacation Travel Planners and Blue Mountain Travel (BMT). Each pled guilty and were convicted of the following:Five counts of failing to deposit customer funds into the trust account;One count of carrying on business with an unregistered travel agent, Carolyn (Michelle) Solomon;One count of failing to notify the Registrar, five days in advance of closing its Trust AccountBMT was fined in the amount of $20,000, while Calore was fined $10,000. Calore was also ordered to pay restitution to consumers and TICO in the amounts of $13,679 and $31,704, respectively. TICO’s restitution is to be payable as a $7,000 lump sum on the day of sentencing, and $24,704 over 24 months.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCalore was also issued a Probation Order for a period of 24 months. He was an officer and director of BMT, a travel agent registered under the Act, and operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. BMT’s registration was voluntarily terminated effective July 31, 2015.In a related prosecution, TICO has charged Carolyn Solomon, a former employee of BMT, with 18 counts of operating as a travel agent without registration. She is also facing criminal charges of fraud. Both matters are currently before the Court.last_img read more