“In South Korea there has been no need for alarm because people are obedient”

first_imgThe fourth round of the K-League, the highest category of South Korean football, should have been played this weekend. The championship did not start because of the coronavirus, but South Korean clubs are already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. “We believe that on April 11 the league could resumeHopefully that will help to start consuming Korean football in other countries, “reveals Luisma, who also follows from Korea the news that is emerging around the return of football in Spain:”Thebes should be told to ask any physiologist. Playing every 48 hours players would be constantly breaking or would benefit teams with broader squads. Prudential time must be given for preparation. Even more so at this time of the season, when there are many teams risking their lives. “Despite the 12,000 kilometers that separate his native Tenerife from Daegu, Luisma Hernández closely follows the news of the coronavirus in Spain. The canary recommends common sense, “which unfortunately is the least common of the senses”. “If you have to do something that involves a risk, put on gloves, a mask … Today a friend told me that he was going to walk through the fields, that nothing was happening because he had no one around. No! Many people have the possibility going to a quiet place and sunbathing, but if you can’t, you can’t. Only in this way have we been able to control it in Korea “, warns one of the few Spaniards in the K-League. “This is very serious“sentence.Coronavirus: society vs soccerOne of the most interesting approaches to the coronavirus is how decision-making, a very common shortcoming in Asian soccer players, is socially serving the continent to crush the contagion curve. “It is a very interesting reflection. Spanish coaches went outside to teach the Asian footballer to make decisions on his own. He is used to being told what he has to do. On a social level it suits them very well, however we in football We try to give you resources and tools so that when you make a decision it is best for the group and for yourself. In football we would like them to be more autonomous, more disobedient, for social life it is usually good for them to be more autonomous as long as the guidelines are healthy for the group“, analyzes Luisma Hernández. “In South Korea it has not taken a state of alarm because people are much more obedient. You tell them not to go out and they don’t go out. Latinos are more reluctant to follow orders.” This explains Luisma Hernández, an analyst at Daegu FC and coach of the reserve team, that in the Asian country it has not been necessary to take restrictive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “Many activities have stopped, such as schools or soccer, but in restaurants or cafes they have continued to work. People are very civic. Not only do you avoid getting it; also infect others, “adds the Tenerife, confined to the club facilities but optimistic about the imminent return to normality.Daegu, home to the club the Spaniard has worked for the past two years, was South Korea’s first and most powerful focus. Cases continue to be detected there, but “people, albeit with precautions, are beginning to take to the streets.” “It shows that there is less transfer of ambulances and police,” says Luisma, who believes that “in Spain the measures have been taken late“:” I understand that they do nothing when only cases had been detected in China, but with Italy so close … They should have recommended caution, because overnight you cannot lock people up at home. You go from white to black without going over gray tones. “When South Korea began testing massively, scientists predicted a significant increase in coronavirus positives. But nothing could be further from reality: the country managed to crush the curve and has become an example of how to stop the spread of the virus. “In the parking lot of our old stadium there is a qualified place where you can take the test without leaving your car. That relieves hospitals. There is also a mobile application with which you can evaluate yourself. They analyze your data and if you are a possible positive they give you an appointment to go by car to do the test, “says Luisma from the clubhouse of Daegu FC, where since the beginning of the health crisis soccer players and technical personnel have lived together.“I was reluctant to continue training, but it is a way of keeping the group. We understand that we are a healthy population, an athlete … We have lowered the frequency and intensity of training, but we have managed to create a routine of collective and individual maintenance“Luisma details, who only leaves the sports city” for specific things. “Individual contacts, yes, have been totally prohibited:” We eat here, we go to the gym and training camp, but we greet each other with the elbow and contact only occurs in training struggles. We have had to isolate some players because they have a fever, but so far we have managed to live without the virus. “ “In football we would like them to be more disobedient; for social life it is good for them to be more autonomous”center_img Luisma Hernándezlast_img read more

A Men’s Chorus—Of Whales

first_img(If this video is appearing as a shark video, please try viewing it in a browser other than Internet Explorer.)The mournful, curiously repetitious yet ever-changing songs of male humpback whales have long puzzled scientists. The tunes are part of the males’ mating displays, but researchers don’t know their exact function, or which males in a population are doing the singing. Now, scientists who’ve been studying the giant marine mammals in Hawaii for almost 40 years report that even sexually immature males join older males in singing, apparently as a way to learn the music and to amplify the song. The beefed-up, all-male choruses may attract more females to the areas where the songsters hang out.Scientists generally thought that only adult male humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae) sing, says Louis Herman, a marine mammal biologist emeritus at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the lead author of the new study. “But that’s just because you can’t easily tell which ones are mature and which ones are immature,” he says. “We know that mature males are larger than immature ones, so we had to figure out an unobtrusive way to measure them in the open ocean.”Herman and his team hit on a technique by looking at 20th century whaling records. Biologists with whaling operations in the Southern Ocean had the opportunity to measure many humpbacks killed during the commercial hunts. They determined, based on the weight of males’ testes, that the whales reached sexual maturity at a body length of 11.2 meters. 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The males were recorded as they sang in the waters off the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and Kahoolawe during their winter mating season. A swimmer carried the camera in one hand and in the other hand carried a sonar device, which measured the distance from the camera to the whale. The swimmer began filming when the whale assumed a horizontal position (singing whales are typically canted with their heads downward), so that he or she could capture the full body length of the whale while keeping the camera’s axis perpendicular to the whale and close to its midline. The researchers calculated the whales’ body lengths from these images and the distance measurements.The scientists found that the whales varied in length from 10.7 meters to 13.6 meters. Using 11.3 meters as the boundary for sexually mature adults, the researchers counted 74 humpback singers as mature and 13 as immature. The team has been following individual humpbacks (which are identified by the unique markings on their tail flukes) for decades, and its analysis also showed that some individual males have been singing for 17 to 20 years. “It is a lifelong occupation for them,” says Herman, who notes that male calves and probably 1-year-old males don’t join in.During the winter months in Hawaii, the male humpbacks assemble in areas that the researchers call arenas, where the males sing and compete for females. Typically, the singers are widely dispersed around their arenas, which may help amp up the reach of the chorus. Males also sing in other social situations, such as while escorting a female humpback and her calf (see video).When chorusing at the arenas, immature and mature whales are engaged in an unintentional mutual benefits game, Herman and his colleagues argue. By singing with the big boys, the youngsters indirectly learn the songs and the social rules of the mating grounds. The older males, in turn, gain an extra voice in their asynchronous chorus, his team reports in an upcoming issue of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. “We know that the females don’t respond to an individual male’s song,” Herman says. “It’s not like a songbird’s song, designed to attract a female and repel other males. The humpbacks’ songs are meant to attract females to the arena.” That is, they tell the gals where the boys are. And another voice, even one of a young, inexperienced male, may help carry the message, he says.The findings strengthen the still controversial idea that gatherings of male humpback whales may be similar to some birds’ lek mating systems, such as those of the sage grouse, which also feature male assemblages. If proved, humpbacks would be the first whale known to have this type of system.“This is great stuff,” says Phillip Clapham, a cetacean biologist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. He applauds the idea of the males’ chorus serving to “collectively ‘call in’ the females.” He adds that “we’ve known for many years that only male humpbacks sing, but no one had ever managed to figure out a way to determine the maturational class of the singers, so this is a significant advance.” Now all Herman and his team have to do is determine which of the male singers in the chorus a female actually mates with—an event the researchers have yet to see. Singer in the deep. A male humpback sings while escorting a female and her calf off the coast of Maui. This video was obtained under NOAA Permit #707-1531-00. Credit: The Dolphin Institutelast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineHarry Winston kicked off the holiday season with a history-making display of gems that honored the legacy of the iconic brand’s founder and namesake. The New York City Fifth Avenue flagship boutique hosted “The Court of Jewels,” an invitation-only exhibition of jewelry and individual stones with a total value of over $1 billion, and touted as the largest single showing of fine jewelry ever. It was a thrilling collection of treasures, from a vintage early-20th century tiara to legendary stones like the Star of Bengal ruby and Lesotho I diamond, plus unset, rare gemstones—green, pink, and blue diamonds, a paperweight-sized aquamarine, brilliant Paraiba tourmalines—awaiting placement in brand new designs. Celebrities attending the event, Halle Berry, Rachel Roy and Hilary Rhoda among many, ceded their customary place as the center of attention in any room to the glittering spectacle.The festivities culminated with the unveiling of the Hope Diamond in a spectacular new setting created to celebrate Harry’s Winston’s donation of the gem to The Smithsonian Institution 50 years ago. The 45.52-carat fancy blue diamond with a fabled history and owners including Marie Antoinette and Evalyn Walsh McLean, now receives 7 million visitors annually at its permanent home in the National Gem Collection, thanks to Winston’s generosity. And the spirit of generosity continues, the house has just launched an initiative to donate 5% or pre-tax profits to support educational causes.www.harrywinston.comlast_img read more