Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir was penalised 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during the side’s five-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday night. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )”Gautam Gambhir from the Kolkata Knight Riders team was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru last evening,” the IPL statement read.”Gambhir admitted the Level 1 offence (Article 2.1.8) of abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match. For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” it added.Gambhir’s opposite number Virat Kohli was fined Rs 24 lakh after his team maintained a slow over rate during the match. This was Kohli’s second penalty for the same offence.”Since it was his second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate, Kohli was fined Rs 24 lakh, while the rest of the team was fined Rs 6 lakh each or 25 per cent of their match fee,” the statement read.
INUVIK, N.W.T. — Climate change affects all parts of life in the North and any plan to deal with it must be just as wide-ranging, says a strategy document to be released today by Canada’s Inuit.“This is something that isn’t just a policy area for us,” said Natan Obed, head of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which wrote the strategy. “It also is a life-and-death situation for people who are still inextricably linked to the environment.”The Arctic is warming twice as quickly as the rest of the planet and that means the Inuit need their own plan to deal with it, Obed said.Accompanied by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in Inuvik, N.W.T., Obed is to release a 48-page outline that says climate change can’t be tackled without addressing many of the other problems Inuit face.“We have often been seen as the canary in the coal mine, often brought forward to tell the world about how the Arctic is changing, but that’s usually where it ends,” Obed said in an interview. “Inuit have decided we are going to seek a partnership with the government of Canada and start to adapt any way we can through co-ordinated action.”McKenna, who promised an initial million-dollar contribution to implement the plan, agrees Inuit need their own approach.“You don’t want climate policy for Inuit being designed in Ottawa,” she said.The plan deals with much more than melting sea ice. It calls for renewed infrastructure — from civic buildings to airstrips to waste facilities — that is threatened by permafrost melt. It also recommends turning away from aging, carbon-intensive diesel generators that power northern communities. It insists climate change amplifies social problems and can’t be considered apart from them.“The climate risks we face compound the social and economic inequities we have endured for generations,” the document says. McKenna acknowledged that.“It is everything from health and well-being to food to infrastructure to energy. And that is a much smarter way of going to tackle a really challenging problem.”The plan includes specific recommendations to reform building codes and practices in the North to incorporate Inuit knowledge. It also calls for spending on air and marine transport and improved telecommunications.It asks for power utilities, designed and controlled by Inuit, that build on renewable energy such as hydro, solar and wind. It says more research is needed into sustainable energy practical for the Arctic and extra funding is needed for energy-efficient housing.Hunters should be supported to ease food insecurity and increase safety of those travelling on the changing landscape, the plan suggests.It would take at least a decade to follow through on all the plan’s recommendations, Obed said. But some items are more pressing.“The infrastructure needs and the (housing) retrofits are definitely going to be needed in the coming years. Those investments are going to cost a lot of money.”McKenna said the government is aware of the need, but she wouldn’t make any promises.“Clearly, there are broader needs in terms of infrastructure and getting communities off diesel,” she said. “We need to look at these investments and we need to look at the health and well-being of Inuit economic prosperity through a climate lens as well.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on TwitterThe Canadian Press
Regular exercise for a lifetime can slow down the ageing process and help in keeping the body active, a study claims. Researchers assessed the health of older adults who had exercised most of their adult lives to see if this could slow down ageing.”We now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier,” said Janet Lord from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Ageing Cell, the researchers recruited 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79, 84 of which were male and 41 were female.The men had to be able to cycle 100 kilometres in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60 kilometres in 5.5 hours.Smokers, heavy drinkers and those with high blood pressure or other health conditions were excluded from the study.The participants underwent a series of tests in the laboratory and were compared to a group of adults who do not partake in regular physical activity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 healthy young adults aged 20 to 36.The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly.The cyclists also did not increase their body fat or cholesterol levels with age and the men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting that they may have avoided most of the male menopause.The study also revealed that the benefits of exercise extend beyond muscle as the cyclists also had an immune system that did not seem to have aged either.An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes less T cells. In this study, however, the cyclists’ thymuses were making as many T cells as those of a young person.