Overmatured beach runners are the best at courtship

This is what researchers from the max planck institute for ornithology in the upper bavarian lake meadows report in the specialist journal "science". The animals are able to maintain high performance despite extremely reduced sleep during a three-week mating period, he says. They were active practically 95 percent of the time. This is remarkable, as the birds have just arrived in their breeding grounds in alaska from their long migration from their overwintering grounds in the southern hemisphere, write the researchers led by ornithologist and institute director bart kempenaers.

By forgoing sleep, the males increased their chances of encountering receptive females – and at the same time were better able to defend their territory. "Males must constantly fend off competitors by defending their territory and engaging in duels, while at the same time convincing females with extensive courtship behavior," said study leader kempenaers. Since the sun never completely sets in the arctic summer, the males that stayed awake around the clock were at an advantage. The male stranders who slept the least were therefore able to sire the most offspring. However, male stranders don’t care about their brood either.

The researchers monitored the animals with the help of GPS and transmitters that they stuck on their backs. The scientists determined the paternity of the offspring from DNA samples of all males, females and juveniles in the study area.

Adelsdorf's partner community has a female mayor

On 26. May was not only european elections. In many communities in italy, such as in uggiate trevano, adelsdorf’s partner municipality, the mayors were also elected.

Fortunato turcato, 64, who was mayor from 1994 to 2004 and from 2009 until now and who signed the partnership with adelsdorf more than 20 years ago, was not allowed to run again after two terms of office, as is customary in italy. Rita lambrughi (67 years old), member of turcato’s "lista civica" (burgerliste), applied for the office of mayor a few months ago and has succeeded in it. With 55.14 percent of the votes, she outperformed her competitor evelina bernasconi (42 years old) from the list "insieme per uggiate trevano" (together for uggiate trevano), which got 40 percent of the votes.

Rita lambrughi has been known in adelsdorf for a long time, having served on the town council as a "champion of partnerships" very active. In 1998 she was present at the signing of the partnership in adelsdorf and since 2012 she is a regular guest in the german partner community.

Barca coach vilanova again suffering from cancer

The cancer was diagnosed just over a year ago, but was then considered cured after an operation. The 43-year-old is scheduled to undergo surgery again on thursday. Vilanova will remain in the hospital for three to four days and then undergo rontgen and chemotherapy for about six weeks. But there is a possibility that the coach could resume his work as a trainer even before the end of the therapy. This depends, however, on the course of the treatment, the association stressed in a communique.

The representation is to take over assistant coach jordi roura, announced sports director andoni zubizarreta. Roura already led the training on wednesday and will be on the bench on saturday for the match at real vallodolid. Zubizarreta rejected speculation in the press that barca had made contact with his former coach josep guardiola, who currently lives in new york.

In november 2011, vilanova, who was still guardiola’s assistant at the time, was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland for the first time by doctors. The co-trainer at the time underwent surgery and had to take several weeks off. Vilanova succeeded guardiola in the summer, who did not want to extend his contract at barca. At that time, the doctors pointed out that the coach had completely overcome the cancer disease.