LONDON (AP): Jockey Tony McCoy, former Manchester United striker Denis Law, two-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, and five-time world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan are among United Kingdom sporting figures honoured by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year list. McCoy, who retired this year after winning 20 straight British champion jockey titles and a record 4,358 races in a 23-year career, was knighted in recognition of his services to horse racing. He is only the second jockey to be made a Sir, after Gordon Richards in 1953. The 75-year-old Law, who played for United from 1962-73 and was part of the club’s so-called ‘Holy Trinity’ with George Best and Bobby Charlton, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to football and charity. Froome was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) after becoming the first Briton to win a second Tour de France in July. O’Sullivan also was awarded an OBE in recognition for his services to snooker, having won the world championship five times most recently in 2013 and become the sport’s box-office name. The success of the England women’s football team in finishing third at the World Cup in Canada this year was recognised as captain Steph Houghton and teammate Fara Williams were both made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). John Surtees, the only man to win world championships on two and four wheels, was made a CBE. The 81-year-old Surtees won seven world motorcycling championships before switching to four wheels and winning the 1964 Formula One title. Heather Rabbatts, a director at England’s Football Association who became the organisation’s first female board member in 2012, was awarded a damehood for services to football and equality. As a campaigner on behalf of women in sport, she recently spoke out in support of former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro in her dispute with the club. Former Manchester City striker and chairman Francis Lee received a CBE, while ex-England rugby winger Mark Cueto and IBF super-bantamweight boxing champion Carl Frampton were awarded MBEs.
For the first time this winter, just about all of our coastal rivers will come into play at the same time. Following last Sunday’s big rise — and without any substantial rainfall since — the rivers have been dropping quickly all week. From the Smith down to the South Fork Eel, all the rivers should be some shade of fishable green by the weekend. The main stem Eel is the lone river that may need a couple more days to clear. What you’ll find swimming in these rivers, however, remains to be …
There are hundreds of large stone spheres in Costa Rica, some up to 8 feet in diameter weighing 16 tons. There are no written records or tribal traditions about them. John Hoopes, an anthropologist at the University of Kansas, has been studying these spheres for a long time. According to PhysOrg, he’s had to dispel myths about them, that they are related to Stonehenge or Easter Island or Atlantis, or came from extraterrestrials. “Myths are really based on a lot of very rampant speculation about imaginary ancient civilizations or visits from extraterrestrials,” he said. Nevertheless, he thinks they have special value to humanity and should be protected with U.N. World Heritage Status. He doesn’t know when they were made, or by whom. They seem to be associated with pottery from pre-Columbian tribes, but no one knows who made them, when, or why they were made. Tribes living in the area have no oral traditions about them. Professor Hoopes acknowledged that they could have been made long before the artifacts surrounding them. He has detected marks on some of them he thinks are from hammer stones. They are very close to perfect spheres, though they can vary from perfect by about two inches.Professor Hoopes should be fired for not doing his job as a scientist. He’s bringing science to a stop by assuming intelligent design made the spheres. If they were designed, who is the designer? And who designed the designer? Are we supposed to believe an intelligent designer wasted his time making round rocks? If he doesn’t know what they were used for, how can he claim they were designed? A scientist is supposed to look for natural explanations for natural objects. These stones are perfectly natural. They are not angelic material. There are plenty of known natural forces that can make spheres; all you need is a centripetal force applied evenly over a material. That’s why moons and planets are spherical. The stones could be concretions, growing outward from a central core by mineralization. They could have been irregular stones that rolled around in a bowl-shaped valley, then were distributed when the land rose up later. Natural explanations abound that could be applied to explain these stones without resorting to the myth of intelligent design. Professor Hoopes’ designer did a pretty lousy job – the spheres are not perfect. As for the alleged hammer marks, that’s another example of Professor Hoopes’ taking the easy way out. Even if no one saw the marks being formed, there are plenty of natural forces – woodpeckers, exfoliation, lightning strikes, whatever – that should always be considered in scientific explanations. Haven’t we learned anything since Darwin conquered Paley? If Hoopes doesn’t have a good enough imagination to come up with a naturalistic story, he doesn’t belong in science. He should be scorned, ridiculed, vilified, marginalized and expelled.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Twelve years after the incident, the Bombay High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment of two convicted for the rape and murder of a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm employee in Pune.A Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadikari and Swapna Joshi was hearing two criminal petitions filed by Pradeep Kokade and Purshottam Borate seeking a stay on their execution that was originally scheduled for June 24 in Pune. On November 2007, when the BPO employee was leaving from work at night, cab driver Borate, along with his friend Kokade, kidnapped, raped and murdered her.They were convicted and sentenced to death in 2012. Thereafter, the High Court and the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty. Their mercy petitions were also rejected in 2016 by the Maharashtra Governor and the President in 2017.Their plea said, “excessive and unexplained delay of over four years (1,509 days) in execution of the sentence of death causes unnecessary and unavoidable pain, suffering and mental torment that constitutes cruel and unusual punishment violative of Article 21 (right to life) of the Indian Constitution.”Advocate Yug Chaudhry, appearing for the two, had told the court that there had been a delay in issuance of the warrants for execution of the death penalty.