Darwinism got beat up in the polls again. World Net Daily reported on a new Zogby poll that showed that “69 percent of Americans believe public school teachers should present both the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution.” Evolution News had comments about the poll; secular news media seemed to pay no attention. An interviewer in France was stunned at the contempt against Darwinists expressed by mathematician David Berlinski, reprinted on Intelligent Design the Future. Berlinski attributed the power of Darwinism merely to money, power and prestige, not science. He expressed utter disdain for leading Darwinists like Eugenie Scott, Paul Gross and Richard Dawkins, calling them ideologues. “Eugenie Scott is a small squirrel-like creature who is often sent out to defend Darwin,” he said. “Whenever doubts are raised, she withdraws a naturalistic nut from her cache and flaunts it proudly.” In his wild ride through mathematics, history and philosophy, Berlinski maintained that Darwinism is a mere ideological system. “The real mark of an ideological system is its presumptuousness,” he said. “There is nothing it cannot explain by means of a few trite ideas.” He compared Darwinism to Marxism: a system that explained everything in simplistic terms, was fashionable among intellectuals for awhile, but has had its day and is rapidly fading.Berlinski’s interview sizzles with contempt and almost goes overboard. He can get away with it because he is a respected mathematician and not an evangelical Christian. Most of us had better talk a little sweeter. He agrees with what we have been saying here, though, that the Darwin Party is mainly an entrenched, power-hungry storytelling society, not a group of truth-seeking scientists. It’s important to realize that not all the highly-educated, knowledgeable scholars claiming this are “religious fundamentalists.”(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
27 September 2005Jacques Kallis and Makhaya Ntini were honoured as two of South Africa’s five cricketers of the year for a record-equalling fourth time at the launch of the 2005 South African Cricket Annual on Monday evening. Andre Nel was recognised for a second time, while AB de Villiers and Boeta Dippenaar were honoured for the first time.Previously, Allan Donald, Kenny McEwan and Clive Rice were named cricketers of the year four times.During the course of the year Kallis, who is in his benefit year with Western Province, became the world’s number-one ranked batsman in test cricket. He is closing in on the 100-test milestone, needing only seven more matches to get there, and his record is world-class.Close to Graeme PollockKallis has scored 7 337 runs at an average of 56.87. To put that into perspective, Graeme Pollock, with a test average of 60.97, is second only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman’s 99.94 average over the course of a test career. Kallis is not far off that mark.His efforts during the course of the last year included scoring 625 runs in a series against England, with three centuries and two fifties, at an average of 69.44. The English recently beat Australia in a test series for the first time since 1986/87 because Australia struggled against their bowlers. That says a lot about Kallis.Makhaya Ntini rose as high as fourth in the test bowling rankings after he destroyed the West Indies with a South African record haul of 13 for 132 in the second test in April 2005. His analysis included a devastating 7 for 37 in the second innings. Now, he is ranked just one place behind the outstanding Shaun Pollock, who occupies fourth spot.Stepping upWith Pollock out of action with injury in the West Indies, Andre Nel stepped admirably into his shoes, claiming 17 wickets in the series at the miserly average of 17.29. He bowled with hostility and conceded only 2.44 runs per over.Nel played just one test against England, but managed to claim 6 for 81 in an innings. He moved up to a career high eighth in the test bowling rankings after the tour of the West Indies.AB De Villiers made his mark in the West Indies, tallying 460 runs in the series, which was second only to captain Graeme Smith’s 505 runs. He hit two centuries, including a big 178 in the third test.Against England, the 21-year-old scored 362 runs at 40.22, including 92 and 109 in the fifth test on his home ground at Supersport Park in Centurion. He finished off with an average of 53.72 in his first season in test cricket.One-day marvelBoeta Dippenaar’s best efforts came in the one-day international series against the West Indies, where he was named man of the series.Dippenaar scored 317 runs at the massive and astounding average of 105.66, and scored at a very brisk 91.88 runs per 100 balls faced. The next best effort by a South African batsman was Kallis’ 180 runs.Thanks mainly to Dippenaar, South Africa won the ODI series 5-0.Editor of the SA Cricket Annual Colin Bryden said the choices of cricketers of the year had been difficult because a number of other players had also stood out, including Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp and Charl Langeveldt.The annual’s fifty-second edition is 608 pages long and includes feature articles, colour pictures, match reports and statistics. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd interested in Ronaldo reunion Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Robert Hradil Transfers Premier League Primera División Serie A Ligue 1 Bundesliga Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd enter race for RonaldoManchester United are hopeful of signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid this summer, reports Don Balon .The Portugal international is keen to end his career at the club that made him a star, but he has also told Real of United’s interest, and is keen to increase his salary yet again.Real, however, are interested in both Neymar and Eden Hazard ahead of the summer, and United may offer Ronaldo the pay rise he desires as they look to secure another ‘Galactico’. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Tuchel has agreed to join unnamed clubThomas Tuchel is out of the running to take over as Bayern Munich coach next season because he has already agreed to join another club, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says.The Bundesliga side held talks with ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel over replacing Jupp Heynckes next term, but will have to look elsewhere as they aim to name their next coach within the next month.”Our sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, has held talks with coaches — that’s his job — and among them was Tuchel,” Rummenigge said. “Last Friday, Thomas Tuchel told us that he’s signed with another club. One has to accept that, but it’s not a problem for us.”Read the full story with GoalChelsea to challenge Man Utd & Barca for AlderweireldChelsea are ready to gain an advantage on Manchester United and Barcelona in their pursuit of Toby Alderweireld, The Mirror reports.The Belgium international has been dropped by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks and is expected to be benched for their trip to Chelsea on Sunday.The Blues are hoping to talk Spurs down from their £55 million asking price and are willing to pay closer to £40m.’Lewandowski will be at Bayern next season’Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has no doubt Robert Lewandowski will remain at the club next season.Reports linking the Poland international with a move to Real Madrid have resurfaced, with Spanish outlet AS claiming he will ask the Bundesliga side to listen to offers.But Rummenigge insists the Spanish club have not asked about the star striker and is willing to bet any amount that he will not be going anywhere in the next transfer window.Read the full story on Goal Icardi set for new deal in summerInter have no reason to fear losing Mauro Icardi in the near future as they plan to open negotiations over a new contract at the end of the season, director of sport Piero Ausilio says.Despite the Argentine’s consistency in front of goal in recent years, Inter have been unable to challenge for domestic and European titles, leading to Icardi being linked with a move to Real Madrid.Although he is tied to the San Siro side until 2021, Inter want Icardi to extend his stay even further and are sure he will sign a new deal in the summer, according to Ausilio.Read the full story on Goal Simeone dismisses Dybala to Atletico rumoursDiego Simeone has acknowledged he recently met Juventus star Paulo Dybala, but refuted rumours Atletico Madrid want to sign the Argentina international.Having been left out of Argentina’s squad for the friendlies with Italy and Spain, Dybala was spotted with Simeone at a restaurant in Madrid during the international break.Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has since laughed off speculation that the meeting indicated the 24-year-old would soon be moving to the Wanda Metropolitano , and Simeone was quick to clarify the circumstances of his encounter with Dybala.Read the full story on Goal ‘Real Madrid don’t need Neymar’Real Madrid do not need to sign Neymar, according to former star Savio, with the likes of Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale more than useful alternatives.The Blancos continue to be heavily linked with a big-money raid on Paris Saint-Germain to bring the former Barcelona forward back to La Liga.Savio, though, believes that Real already have enough attacking quality on their books, regardless of what Neymar may add.Read the full story on Goal Balotelli makes top 10 claim amid transfer talkMario Balotelli considers himself to be at a similar level to “Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala”, with only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on another plane of quality.The enigmatic striker is set to drop into the free agent pool this summer, with his contract at Ligue 1 side Nice running down.Find out exactly why Balotelli believes he deserves to be considered one of the top 10 players in the world here on Goal! Liverpool offered £70m and Coutinho for BaleLiverpool tried to offload Philippe Coutinho as part of a swap deal for Gareth Bale, according to a new book published in France.Although Barcelona were in pursuit of the Brazil international, it is claimed in ‘PSG: Revelations of a Revolution’ that the Reds offered £70 million and Coutinho to Real Madrid in an attempt to bring Bale back to the Premier League, only to see their offer knocked back.The 25-year-old ended up staying at Anfield until January, when he made a £142m move to Barca.Chelsea make Pochettino top targetChelsea’s top managerial target should Antonio Conte leave this summer is Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, according to the Daily Telegraph .The Blues are well aware it would be difficult to prise the Argentine away from Spurs, and have identified Luis Enrique and Thomas Tuchel as alternatives.But should Chelsea pip their London rivals to a top-four finish this season then they will approach Pochettino and try tempt him with the promise of Champions League football.West Ham want Man Utd keeperWest Ham have identified Sam Johnstone as the man to replace Joe Hart and will try to buy him from Manchester United at the end of the season, according to The Mirror .While Hart continues to struggle, the 25-year-old Johnstone has convinced the London side of his ability while on loan at Aston Villa this season and the Hammers are happy to pay the £4 million to land him.Man Utd to lose young goalkeeperDean Henderson will leave Manchester United this summer in search of first-team football, The Mirror reports.The England Under-21 international has impressed on loan at Shrewsbury this season and United are hoping to convince him to stay with a new contract offer.But the 21-year-old has made his mind up and will entertain offers from other clubs, with Arsenal said to be keeping an eye on him.Arsenal, Atletico & Napoli want LenoArsenal are hoping to challenge Atletico Madrid and Napoli to lure Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, says Kicker . Atletico are said to have repeatedly scouted the Germany international, while Serie A side Napoli have reportedly made an approach for him last summer.But Arsenal have turned to the shot-stopper in their search for Petr Cech’s replacement and see the 26-year-old a viable option. Everton & West Ham told to pay £25m for WilsonBournemouth are demanding Everton and West Ham pay £25 million if they wish to sign Callum Wilson in the next transfer window, The Sun claims.Coach Eddie Howe hopes to hold on to the striker, who has eight goals in all competitions this term, but Premier League rivals are lurking in the shape of Sam Allardyce and David Moyes’ sides, and an offer could come this summer.PSG make Oblak top targetParis Saint-Germain are considering offering €100 million to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid in the off-season, reports RMC Sport . Atletico have no interest in letting the Slovenia international go and he is contracted to the club until 2021, but PSG are said to be willing to match the €100m release clause to force the Spanish side’s hand. The French side are not alone in showing an interest in Oblak, however, as Chelsea and Arsenal are reported to have looked at him.James wants Bayern stay over Premier League moveJames Rodriguez has suggested he is happy to extend his stay at Bayern Munich instead of look for a move to the Premier League.The Colombia international is expected to make his two-year loan deal at Bayern permanent instead of returning to Real Madrid, but has attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.However, he told The Sun that he is “fine at Bayern” and is not considering a switch to England.PSG see Tuchel as ideal Emery replacementParis Saint-Germain have identified Thomas Tuchel as their top target to replace Unai Emery this summer.The French side will let Emery go at the end of the season after his failure to progress in the Champions League and see the former Borussia Dortmund man as the new front runner to take over.However, Joachim Low and Luis Enrique also remain options for the Ligue 1 leaders.Read more with Goal Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom The ports of Ningbo-Zhoushan, Marseille Fos and Vancouver have joined the port of Singapore and seven other organisations to participate in an international liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering port focus group.The three additions would strengthen the network of LNG bunker-ready ports and bolster efforts towards enabling the uptake of LNG as marine fuel.The inclusion of Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan was formalised on July 10 through a signing ceremony held at the sideline of the 3rd Port Authorities’ Roundtable (PAR) organised by the Ningbo Municipal Port Administration Bureau.With this expansion, the network will comprise a total of eleven ports and maritime administrations across Asia, Europe and North America.The focus group was first formed in 2014 by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Antwerp Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Zeebrugge. It aims to deepen cooperation between group members, share information related to LNG bunkering, and develop a network of LNG bunker-ready ports across the East and West and Trans-Pacific trade.“We are confident that the inclusion of Port of Ningbo-Zhoushan will add further impetus to enable the uptake of LNG bunkering for the Far East-Europe and Intra-Asia trade routes for the future,” Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, said.
Perhaps all the discussion of LeBron James truly considering leaving the Miami Heat via free agency has been premature. James and “Big 3” cohorts Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have all optioned out of their contracts, but have been discussing future deals–an indication that they are strategizing a return to Miami.All three, and Udonis Haslem, will officially become free agents on Tuesday. Unlike in 2010 when all three took nearly identical contracts, the discussions this time have included the possibility that James would draw the highest salary among the three, sources told ESPN.James, 29, has never been the single highest-paid player on his team in his 11-year NBA career.Under league rules, players are not allowed to negotiate new contracts with their teams until July 1. However, there is nothing preventing the players from working it out among themselves, and cutting up the Heat’s upcoming record $55 million in available cap space is believed to have been a major part of the discussion when Wade, James and Bosh held a meeting last week in Miami.The trio of Heat stars working collectively have three general options on how to put together their deals that could affect how aggressive the team will be going after other free agents. The Heat’s front office, led by president Pat Riley and general manager Andy Elisburg, will consult but have different plans for all three contingencies, sources said.James, Bosh and Wade could all re-sign and take raises to the maximum salary starting at $22 million each, which would carry the Heat into the luxury tax and significantly limit their spending options this season and in the following seasons.They could all take significant pay cuts, perhaps in excess of $5 million per year each, that would take the Heat below the salary cap and leave enough room to chase a major free agent like point guard Kyle Lowry. Though the Heat may ultimately investigate the possibility of Carmelo Anthony, that option has not been seriously discussed among the parties yet, sources said.The last option is that the Heat stars could all take moderate pay cuts and stagger their salaries at different levels. This would likely not leave significant cap space, but it would take the Heat below the luxury tax line and enable them up to use the full mid-level exception of $5.3 million and the biannual exception of $2 million to bring in multiple role players.With James saying the team needs to improve “at every position,” it seems possible the third option may end up being the most likely, especially after the Heat players all took pay cuts when they came to Miami four years ago.Carmelo Anthony to Visit Chicago Bulls FirstCarmelo Anthony, who has committed to opting out of his contract with the New York Knicks, plans to visit the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, the first day free agents can have contact with other teams.Anthony, who maintains an offseason home in Los Angeles, is also expected to meet with the with the Los Angeles Lakers in LA next week.But ESPN.com reported Saturday that although Anthony is about to be courted hard by the aforementioned suitors, the New York Knicks remain optimistic that Anthony will re-sign with the team. A source told the website that Anthony, the star forward, and new Knicks president Phil Jackson, have “connected.”Bucks Seeking Jason Kidd as Head Coach; Larry Drew OutJason Kidd, after just one year as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, could become the new leader of the Milwaukee Bucks if the teams agree to a trade for a draft pick.The Nets want a first-round selection; the Bucks are offering a second.“If the Nets agree then there will be a deal, if they don’t then [the Bucks] are comfortable moving on and there will be nothing further to talk about,” said the source. “The only thing (the Bucks) would give them is a second-round pick. They want a first. In the next 24 hours, there will either be a deal or there won’t be a deal.”All this leaves Larry Drew out of a job for the second year in a row. The Atlanta Hawks unceremoniously dumped Drew prior to last season. Now, after one nondescript year with the roster-suffering Bucks, he’s out again.“If Jason accepts, then they will work it out [with Drew],” said the source. “If the deal doesn’t happen, then there will be an issue with Larry.”A league source told ESPNNewYork.com Saturday that Lionel Hollins has already emerged as “a very serious candidate” to become head coach of the Nets in the event Kidd does end up in Milwaukee.“In a lot of ways he makes the most sense,” a league source said of Hollins. “He represents stability, and stability is very important right now. He rules with an iron fist and gets a lot out of his players, so he’d be very high on the list right now, and likely the leader.”
Serena Williams holds the championship trophy after defeating Caroline Wozniacki in the championship match of the 2014 U.S. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)Serena Williams got a bit of a boost in the seedings for the U.S. Open by being placed at No. 17, nine spots above her current ranking.The U.S. Tennis Association’s decision, announced Tuesday along with all the other seeds for the main draws of women’s and men’s singles, means Williams avoids a possible matchup against one of the top eight players in the third round.It also sets up a possible matchup at that stage against her older sister, Venus, who is No. 16, her ranking this week.Indeed, all of the other seeds — 32 women, 32 men — were positioned based on the WTA and ATP rankings, as usual.This will be the third Grand Slam tournament of Williams’ return to competition since her daughter was born during the 2017 U.S. Open last September. Williams dealt with health complications from childbirth, including dangerous blood clots.The USTA already had said in June that it would institute a policy that would take into account if a pregnancy affected a player’s ranking. The issue arose when Williams — a 23-time major champion and former No. 1 — was not seeded when she returned to action at the French Open in May, her first Grand Slam tournament in nearly 1½ years. She was, however, seeded at Wimbledon, put at No. 25 while ranked 183rd.Williams wound up as the runner-up at the All England Club, losing to Angelique Kerber there last month. The run to the final allowed Williams to rise to No. 28. In her next match, Williams had the most lopsided loss of her career, beaten 6-1, 6-0 by Johanna Konta in San Jose, California.USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said the placement of Williams was determined by “balancing a variety of factors, including her return to competition following the birth of her daughter, her recent hard court performance this summer, and recognition of her achievements at the U.S. Open.”He added that the USTA thought the decision “recognizes Serena, and is fair to the remaining seeded players.”Williams, who turns 37 next month, has won the U.S. Open six times, most recently in 2014. She is one Grand Slam title away from equaling Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24; Williams already owns the mark for most major singles trophies in the half-century professional era.The draw for the U.S. Open is Thursday in New York.Main-draw play begins in Flushing Meadows on Monday.