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Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Entertainment
Actor Javier Bardem has told Sky News in an exclusive interview that more companies should follow its Ocean Rescue campaign to try to cut plastic pollution in the sea. The Spanish star, best known for his roles in the Bond movie Skyfall and No Country For Old Men, was speaking from Port de Blanes in the north of Spain where he had been out with early morning fishermen who had started sorting the plastic collected in their nets for recycling."I was there for an hour and we took out so much plastic, only in one hour," he said."It was outstanding to see how much dirt you can find here with a net." Image: Javier Bardem joined a Spanish fishing boat to see the scale of pollution He added: "We are creating a whole chaos in t...
Access to institutional finance, ECB will attract more investments: NHB

Access to institutional finance, ECB will attract more investments: NHB

Finance
NEW DELHI: Easy access to institutional financing, and higher limit on external commercial borrowings (ECB) will attract more investments and ensure sustained growth of affordable housing in India, National Housing Bank (NHB) CEO Sriram Kalyanaraman said. The foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign institutional investors (FIIs) will play a key role in boosting supply of houses and infra projects in urban areas, he said at an Assocham event here. "On the other hand, long-term financing at lower rates will reduce costs of construction for developers allowing them to pass on benefits to consumers. "Also, in India there is a need to develop a secondary mortgage market either in the form of RMBS (Reverse Mortgage Backed Securities) or Covered Bonds. Simplification of external commercial bo...
Cleveland Browns sign second-rounder Austin Corbett, two more draft picks

Cleveland Browns sign second-rounder Austin Corbett, two more draft picks

Sports
The Cleveland Browns signed three players taken in this year's NFL Draft, the team announced Sunday. The Browns signed offensive lineman Austin Corbett, a second-round choice out of Nevada, and sixth-round selections Damion Ratley and Simeon Thomas. Corbett was Cleveland's first pick (33rd overall) in the second round of the draft. He saw action at both tackle spots for Nevada, starting the final 48 games of his college career. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Corbett was a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection as a senior, starting all 12 games. Ratley, who played opposite wideout Christian Kirk -- a second-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams -- at Texas A&M, had 30 receptions and six touchdowns while appearing in all 12 games last season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder averaged 23.1 yar...
Breast cancer screening programme 'does more harm than good'

Breast cancer screening programme 'does more harm than good'

Health
Routine breast cancer screening can do "more harm than good" and women who missed appointments should "carry on with their lives", doctors have said.A group of 15 health experts have written to the Times, saying women must not be subjected to "fear-mongering".It comes after 450,000 women in England were not invited for routine screening because of a computer error.Breast cancer charities say the screening programme offers women the "best chance" of early detection.'No impact'In the letter to the newspaper, the group of academics and GPs say women aged 70-79 who are being offered catch-up appointments should only seek help if they notice a lump or other symptoms."[They] would be well advised to look this gift horse in the mouth," the medical professionals wrote in the newspaper."The breast ...
More children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in recent years

More children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in recent years

Health
More children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their new numbers now show that autism affects one in 59 children, an increase from previously reported one in 68 children. Dr. Walter Zahorodny, a pediatrician and autism researcher, is “stunned by the speed of increase.” This data was collected in 2014 through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network, an organization described by the study's authors as “an active surveillance system that provides estimates of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children aged 8 years.” In this study, the ADDM Network first identified over 10,000 children with symptoms of ASD in 11 states. A team of researchers an