Less processed meat, more fish, exercise may boost sperm count, quality

first_img Read Full Story Men may be able to boost their sperm counts by eating less processed meats such as bacon, eating more fish, and getting more exercise, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Researchers who looked at lifestyle factors among approximately 150 male infertility patients at Massachusetts General Hospital presented their findings October 14, 2013 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual meeting in Boston.The researchers found that men who ate between one and three servings of processed meats per day had worse quality sperm than those who ate the fewest servings. Sperm quality was better in men who ate the most white meat fish, like cod or halibut. And men who ate the most fatty fish like salmon, bluefish or tuna had a 34% higher sperm count than those who ate the least amount of fish. “We found the effect of processed meat intake lowered (sperm) quality and fish raised quality,” lead author Myriam Afeiche, research fellow in the HSPH Department of Nutrition, told the Daily Mail.Another study found an apparent link between men’s exercise—particularly weight lifting—and higher sperm counts. “Weightlifting has been shown to increase testosterone levels and improve insulin sensitivity,” study co-author Audrey Gaskins, a doctoral student in the HSPH Department of Nutrition, told HealthDay.last_img read more

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Nassau Pol Dave Denenberg Pleads Not Guilty In Fraud Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) was arraigned Friday afternoon at U.S. District Court in Central Islip on mail fraud charges. He pleaded not guilty and was released on $500,000 bond.Denenberg, a former partner at the Manhattan-based firm Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron LLP, where he specialized in intellectual property law, allegedly billed a Port Washington electronics company more than $2 million for legal services he never performed, according to a federal complaint obtained by the Press.The charges appear to stem from a lawsuit filed against Denenberg by the firm in September, alleging that he bilked a client for services he never provided. Denenberg, a New York State Senate candidate at the time, dropped out of the race.Denenberg waived a grand jury trial, paving the way for a deal between he and prosecutors that is in the works–with prosecutors stating in court Friday that the disgraced legislator has already agreed to repay a portion of the amount he allegedly fraudulently billed his client.Further details about such a deal could be announced at Denenberg’s next court appearance on Dec. 11.A spokeswoman for the Democratic minority of Nassau County Legislature, where Denenberg is one of the most outspoken members, didn’t respond to a request for comment.Denenberg surrendered to the FBI Friday morning, along with his passport, though prosecutors do not deem him to be a flight risk. An FBI spokesman said they “had involvement in the case” but declined to go into detail.According to the federal complaint, Denenberg “devised and carried out a scheme and artifice to fraudulently obtain money from” the company, which is not identified.Denenberg allegedly sent fraudulent bills for purported legal representation and other expenses to the client via the U.S. Postal Service. The company paid Denenberg’s firm through checks also sent by mail, according to the complaint. The client paid Denenberg’s firm a total of $2,342,607 for legal services never provided and expenses never incurred, it reads.Denenberg is currently serving his eighth term in the Legislature. He left Davidoff, Hutcher & Citron in June of this year.Outside the courthouse Friday Denenberg thanked family, friends and constituents for their support “during this very difficult time since the end of September. And I apologize that we’ve all been going through all of this.”He said he hasn’t commented publicly “because it’s not to anyone’s benefit for me to be trying a case in the press” and declined to discuss aspects of the case, deferring to his attorney.Denenberg’s civil suit attorney Jeffrey Gold, though not involved in the criminal case, told the Press by phone that the lawsuit is nearly settled. Not all the terms have been completed and exact details won’t be made public, Gold explained, but he expects the settlement to be completed within the next 30 days.last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Friday, August 2

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCat-clawing bill was not well thought out I have had many cats over the years and all but one have been declawed. Only one took to the scratch post, so I left his claws alone.When I had my cats declawed, I paid to have them stay a few extra nights at the vets to be monitored and given any pain meds.They came home and felt fine. They still run around, jump and play. They jump off the windowsills.If the declawing procedure was so horrible, don’t you think they’d cry when they hit the floor? Not once have I seen them limping or crying.Of course, I took them to a reputable veterinarian, not some student learning at a vet school. Linda Rosenthal, the Manhattan Democrat who sponsored the bill outlawing declawing should have spent more time fighting the new abortion law that our governor signed.He’s absolutely horrified to hear of declawing, but can sleep at night after signing the abortion bill. Oh, and what about docking a dog’s tail and ears? Now that’s pretty barbaric.This procedure is done for looks, not because the animal is ruining furniture. How about banning that procedure? The bottom line is that more cats will be brought back to the shelters and euthanized or not adopted at all. Or even worse, they’ll be dumped along a back road left to fend for themselves. Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyMake debates more accessible to votersMillions of Americans who are eligible to vote don’t vote.  Millions of Americans who are eligible to vote don’t have access to cable-TV. Yet the July 30 and 31 Democratic primary debates among nearly two dozen men and women vying to be the party’s standard-bearer in the 2020 presidential election were aired solely by CNN, a cable-TV outlet. That’s hardly a way to strengthen the sinews of our American electoral democracy. Score one for Donald Trump and his Republican minions.Alvin MagidNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Schools, shrines shut in Iraq’s Najaf over coronavirus

first_imgVisitors, including millions of Iranians, kiss and caress the tomb, making the area especially vulnerable to contamination.Amid the growing alarm, students remained at home on Tuesday after schools and universities temporarily closed their doors.”The 1,028 schools in Najaf province have closed following the detection of the first novel coronavirus case,” said a spokesman for the province’s education department.The health ministry said this would remain the case for at least 10 days.Najaf is home to the Wadi al-Salam (Valley of Peace) cemetery, the world’s largest, where millions of people from Iraq’s Shiite majority are buried.The health ministry on Tuesday advised against non-essential travel to Najaf and urged citizens to refrain from holding large gatherings.Inside the city, life has come to a stand-still, according an AFP correspondent.The few that brave the streets seek out pharmacies to purchase disinfectants and medical masks which have become more expensive and increasingly difficult to find.”There have been no masks for two days. How will I protect my children and my wife,” laments Hussam al-Khafaji, 29. “Either there are no masks or they sell at four dollars,” nearly four times the price before the outbreak, he told AFP from outside a pharmacy in central Najaf.With most people staying indoors, the main anti-government protest camp in Najaf was left nearly deserted.Demonstrators, who had gathered there daily since rallies in the capital and the south began in October, refrained from protesting over fears of a coronavirus outbreak among their ranks.  Shrines have shuttered, streets are deserted and schools closed in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf, where only pharmacies draw crowds after a novel coronavirus case triggered widespread panic.Najaf is popular among Shiite Muslim pilgrims from Iran, which has recorded 15 deaths from COVID-19, the highest death toll outside China, the epidemic’s epicenter.It is also where Iraq confirmed its first novel coronavirus infection in an Iranian national studying in a Shiite seminary in the city, located around 200 kilometers from Baghdad. Topics :center_img Since he was diagnosed on Monday, authorities have beefed up precautionary measures.Thirteen students who attended the same seminary school as the patient are being checked for the virus, Najaf governor Louai al-Yasseri told AFP.In an exceptionally rare move, religious officials on Tuesday closed down the Imam Ali mausoleum in Najaf, allowing visitors access only to its surroundings.The mausoleum where the Prophet Mohammed’s son-in-law is buried is one of the holiest sites for Shiite Muslims and is frequented yearly by millions of pilgrims.last_img read more

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Alex Iwobi responds to Arsenal’s moves for Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco

first_img Read More Read More Skip Ad Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco are both on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)Alex Iwobi has welcomed the addition of ‘great’ players such as Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco to Arsenal’s ranks.Unai Emery is looking to strengthen in central defence, at left-back and on the wing this summer despite only having a budget of around £40million following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.The Gunners have bid £40m for Zaha, 26, and Crystal Palace were reportedly left ‘furious’ and ‘incensed’ by the offer for a player they have no intention of selling.Carrasco has also been heavily linked in recent weeks, but Dalian Yifang have informed Arsenal that the 25-year-old Belgium international is not for sale.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Coming Next Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Iwobi is not worried for his place at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Iwobi thanked Emery for giving him the opportunities to prove himself in the Spaniard’s first season as manager.‘I was involved quite a lot last season,’ Iwobi said.‘Obviously you want to start as many games as you can but it doesn’t work that way when you have a team like Arsenal, you just have to do well and whenever the opportunity comes, do your best.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I just have to say thank you for the opportunity he is giving me.‘I’m happy to play anywhere [for Arsenal], I’ll play wherever I’m told to play.‘I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder, like an attacking midfielder but I’ll always give my best whether I’m told to play in the middle or somewhere else.’MORE: Saint-Etienne president sends message to Arsenal over William Saliba Full Screen / Top articles SPONSORED Read More Read More Skip 1 min. story Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jul 2019 2:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link517Shares Alex Iwobi responds to Arsenal’s moves for Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco Advertisement Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 1/1 More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if such rumours raised questions about his future at Arsenal, Iwobi told Goal: ‘I don’t have any idea of going anywhere else, I’m an Arsenal player.‘For a big club like Arsenal, you mentioned two great players so it will be exciting to have them.‘I don’t know anything that’s going on behind closed doors.’ Advertisement Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last_img read more

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UK’s share of EU pension liabilities is €9.8bn, government says

first_imgAs well as European Commission staff and MEPs, the pension liabilities also relate to current and former staff of the European Defence Agency, the European Union Institute for Security Studies, and the European Union Satellite Centre.The EU will send the UK an updated estimate every year from 2022, calculated “using actuarial valuations made in accordance with the relevant International Public Sector Accounting Standards”.Breugel studyThe expected bill is in line with an estimate made in 2017 by think tank Breugel, which put the UK’s total obligations at between €7.7bn and €10bn.Authors Zsolt Darvas, Konstantinos Efstathiou, and Inês Goncalves Raposo argued at the time that the discount rate used for calculating staff contributions was “unjustified”, as it had resulted in staff collectively contributing less towards annual pension costs than the one-third they were supposed to.In 2015, staff contributions were measured using a discount rate based an 18-year historical moving average. This was set to increase gradually to a 30-year average by 2021.“Since nominal and real interest rates have fallen in many advanced countries in the past 30 to 40 years,” the authors wrote, “there was a big decline in the balance sheet discount rate after the euro crisis abated after 2012. This decline pushed up the present value of pension/sickness insurance liabilities. In contrast, since the length of the historical moving average used for the staff contribution calculations has gradually increased in recent years, that discount rate has in fact increased, contrasting with the global decline in interest rates.”The authors said this implied that EU staff had been “underfinancing their pensions… and will continue to underfinance for more than a decade to come, compared to the theoretical requirement”. If liabilities were calculated using a risk-free rate, as is common practice in the UK, then staff contributions could increase “substantially”, they added. The UK expects to be on the hook for at least €9.75bn of EU staff pension liabilities, the government said this week.Asked for details of the pension section of UK’s withdrawal agreement, Michael Bates, minister for international development, stated that the country’s liabilities were calculated based on the ratio of the UK’s EU budget contributions between 2014 and 2020 compared to the total contributions of all member states.The withdrawal agreement, struck between the UK government and the EU in November last year, specifies that the final pension bill will be based on the EU staff pension fund’s membership as of 31 December 2020, meaning that the bill could increase from the current estimate, which was based on data from 31 October 2018.According to the agreement, the payments will be made in 10 instalments, with the first due on 31 October 2021.last_img read more

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Phone ‘thief’ caught

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Guimbal police station, facing charges./PN Eleccion’s arrest came after Mar CarGomez, 32, reported to the police that his phone was stolen. John Paul Eleccion of Barangay Nalundan,Guimbal was caught around 8 p.m. on Jan. 3, a police report showed. center_img ILOILO City – Police arrested a man forallegedly stealing a cellphone in Barangay Cabasi, Guimabal, Iloilo. last_img

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Duterte brags dismantling oligarchs sans martial law

first_img“We simply put an end to the privilege of one family in using a public resource to protect and promote their private interests,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. CNN PH “Itong kaso ng ABS-CBN ay kaso na nag-expire na prangkisa at hindi na-renew ng Kongreso,” he added. “It was only a coincidence that Duterte celebrated his success days after a House panel denied their franchise application bid.” Describing the pandemic as “humbling experience, the President also apologized, saying he was no longer the snob as before when he refused to speak with them as he stressed gratefulness for their continued assistance./PN “Kaya [kung] ako mamatay, mahulog ‘yung eroplano, putangina, I am very happy. Alam mo bakit? Sabi ko without declaring martial law, I dismantled the oligarchy that controlled the economy of the Filipino people,” Duterte said. “Sinira ko ‘yung mga tao na humahawak sa ekonomiya at umiipit. At hindi nagbabayad,” the Chief Executive added. “We simply put an end to the privilege of one family in using a public resource to protect and promote their private interests.” In previous speeches, Duterte referred to the water owners as oligarchs over “onerous” 1997 contracts with the government. He said he considered Manila Water and Maynilad as “big fishes” that take advantage of their consumers. While President Duterte did not specify who are the oligarchs he is pertaining to, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified the Chief Executive was referring to Lucio Tan, Manny Pangilinan, and the Ayala Group. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte said he has dismantled oligarchy in the Philippines without declaring martial law and vowed that the remaining years of his presidency will be harsh for oligarchs. On Jan. 7, the President gave the two water firms the option to either accept the new water contracts or face cancellation of their present deals. “I go with President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement, nung sinabi nya I dismantled oligarchs sila Lucio Tan, MVP, Ayala,” Roque said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday. “Eto po ‘yung siya mismo ‘yung umaksyon. It’s based on his prior statements.” Roque added that Duterte’s “celebration” curiously coincided with the recent shut down of the Lopezes of ABS-CBN Corp. following the expiration of their legislative franchise. Speaking before the soldiers in Jolo, Sulu on Monday evening, Duterte said he was able to end the power of one family who take advantage of their “political power.” However, Duterte early May this year, thanked business tycoons Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Manuel V. Pangilinan of Manila Water and Maynilad, respectively, for helping the government respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 health crisis.last_img read more

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Moyes prepared for more tough days

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes has admitted “changes will have to be made” at the Old Trafford outfit. “That will happen. But going back to that transfer window, we always said it was going to be a tough one and it was going to take a little bit more time.” It was said to Moyes at various stages of the summer that nothing could quite prepare him for life at United. That has been brought into sharp focus by the reaction to Sunday’s defeat, that has swung sharply between understanding and sympathy to outright hostility. “I thought I was (prepared) but obviously when you come here then I realise maybe it wasn’t,” said Moyes. “It is a club on its own. It is a fantastic place to work with great players. “But we have to do well enough to make sure people on the outside think the work we are doing is the right stuff.” But Moyes feels the pain may not be over just yet. “It was always going to be tough following such a great manager with a great team and I think people with real football knowledge will know there are probably some changes to be made,” he said. “It is not going to be made in one fell swoop. It is going to be done in time. “That is why the Manchester United board realised the job that needed to be done was a long-term one. “There was always going to be days like this and there might well be more days like this.” That Moyes dispatched coaches Nicky Butt and Phil Neville to Spain at the weekend to run the rule over Espanyol defender Hector Moreno and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera underlined the changes that need to be made. “I don’t think it’s actually the squad, I think we’ve got numbers,” said Moyes. “Maybe we’ve got work to do to bring in players not for the squad but to go right into the team. Although he inherited a squad that won the Premier League title by 11 points last season, many felt the manner of that success masked some clear deficiencies. They were underlined by Sunday’s 4-1 hammering at Manchester City, which puts a whole new perspective on tonight’s Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool, featuring the return of Luis Suarez. Press Associationlast_img read more

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O’Neill: Long will take chances

first_imgIreland boss Martin O’Neill has backed striker Shane Long to develop a ruthless streak after seeing the chance of a hat-trick go begging. Asked about Hoolahan’s contribution, O’Neill said: “I was very pleased, not only with him, but a few others as well. We started very, very brightly in the game had a goal which was disallowed. “It was disappointing to find out it was about a yard and a half onside. I didn’t know that, otherwise I would have gone mad. “The referee, I have just mentioned it to him and he has apologised if that was the case when he sees it. It’s disappointing, that, really because he was well onside. “Having said that, we scored a very good goal and we had a great opportunity to go 2-0 in front and I suppose at international level – I suppose at any level – that would have been a big moment for us. “We had done very well up until half-time, but we started a bit hesitantly in the second half, allowed them into the game. “They scored a goal and we lost our way a little bit then for a while.” Opposite number Ljubinko Drulovic was understandably delighted with the resolve his players showed to recover from a bad start to the game. He said: “I’m very happy and very proud. We still have a long way to go, but we played against a very strong team in the Republic of Ireland and I send very big congratulations to all our players.” The 27-year-old Hull frontman gave Ireland an early lead against Serbia in Dublin, but then passed up two glorious further chances as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat – the first defeat of O’Neill’s reign. O’Neill said: “I think he is frustrated with the fact that he could easily have scored a hat-trick, and the two chances that fell to him, considering the first goal he scored was actually on his left foot, the other ones I think he thought he could have scored. “It didn’t happen. Maybe those might go in on the big occasion eventually when he is called upon. “But in terms of his contribution, where he wants to try to improve is the overall ability of a centre-forward to be able to take it in, keep the ball for a second or two and bring other players into the game. “But I think he is attempting to do that and he is trying to improve on that.” Ireland, who had seen a second-minute Wes Hoolahan strike harshly ruled out for offside, took the lead six minutes later when Long capitalised on an error by Branislav Ivanovic to beat keeper Vladimir Stojkovic. However, Long could not repeat the dose on the half-hour after the impressive Hoolahan split the visitors’ defence wide-open, and missed again from the same source eight minutes after the restart. O’Neill said: “It was a terrific ball by Wes Hoolahan, an absolutely terrific ball to put him in [for the first chance]. “With his confidence being high, I thought he might have taken that another yard or two and put it in.” Having levelled through James McCarthy’s 48th-minute own goal, Serbia won the game on the hour when striker Filip Dordevic stabbed home from close range. Press Associationlast_img read more

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