Switzerland-based Allseas has been awarded a contract by Danish transmission system operator Energinet for the pipelaying work related to installation of a new branch pipeline between Europipe II in the North Sea and the landfall at Houstrup beach in Denmark as part of the Baltic Pipe project.The Baltic Pipe project is connecting the Norwegian gas transmission system to the Danish transmission system by a subsea pipeline in the North Sea and then connecting to the Polish transmission system by a subsea pipeline in the Baltic Sea to facilitate the gas supply to Poland.The connection between the Norwegian grid and Denmark includes an offshore pipeline end manifold (PLEM) at the connection point to Europipe II – a 105 kilometers long offshore pipeline in the North Sea (Europipe II Branch Pipeline) routed to the landfall location at Houstrup beach and a 19 kilometers onshore pipeline from the landfall to the gas-receiving terminal at Nybro.According to the tender documents provided by Energinet, the value of the contract is approximately €88 million (about $100 million).
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“He was productive on the court. But off the court, he was a great leader and tried to contribute to the team,” Humphries said. “I know he helped me a lot on the court and off the court when I wasn’t having the best games and stuff like that. He’s one of those players that can lift a team really quickly. It was really cool playing with him.”The six players the Lakers worked out on Monday are either candidates for the team to consider with its late first-round pick (No. 28) or as possible additions to its summer league roster. The group was heavy on experienced college players, with Kansas State senior forward Wesley Iwundu, Arizona State guard Torian Graham, Vanderbilt senior forward Luke Kornet, Georgetown senior guard Rodney Pryor and SMU senior forward Ben Moore joining Humphries.Humphries is projected as a second-round pick after averaging only 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds while shooting 51.1 percent with the Wildcats. After touting his versatility as a post player and shooter, Humphries also said the Wildcats’ ability to produce multiple NBA players year after year will help him and Fox adapt well to the rigors of pro basketball.“We know exactly what the pressures are, what to bring and what to expect,” Humphries said. “That’s kind of the culture they teach us at Kentucky. We have scouts everywhere we go. We’re used to it. We block it out.”Role acceptance EL SEGUNDO >> When the Lakers host their next pre-draft workout for a potential No. 2 draft pick on Tuesday, it is unlikely they will fret about the player’s conditioning.Kentucky freshman guard De’Aaron Fox has cemented himself among most NBA talent evaluators as a top-five pick partly because of his speed. So when Fox works out for the Lakers on Tuesday at their practice facility, the front office and coaching staff might want to have a stopwatch.“I’m seven-foot, so you can imagine it’s hard to keep up with him,” said Kentucky sophomore forward Isaac Humphries, who was among the latest wave of players who worked out for the Lakers on Monday. “It was good because I’ve never played on a team where transition was so easy. Our transition offense was our bread and butter. It showed pretty much the whole year.”Most NBA talent evaluators believe the Lakers will select UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, who worked out with them last week. But even if the Lakers are intrigued with his leadership potential, passing and scoring, some observers thought Ball struggled with his conditioning. That appears unlikely to be an issue with Fox. Though Ball and Markelle Fultz are projected higher because of their potential as scorers, Fox has stood out for his defense and speed. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 47.9 percent from the field with the Wildcats. The Lakers regret not acting aggressively enough to retain Kent Bazemore as a free agent in 2014, and Lakers coach Luke Walton has plenty of respect for Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, who he played with at the University of Arizona and then coached at Golden State. The Lakers could find a player of that caliber in Iwundu, who might be available with the 28th pick.Iwundu has been busy, having already worked out with the Clippers, San Antonio, Indiana, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Orlando, Miami, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Utah. He also has future workouts scheduled with Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland and New York.“Those are guys that affect the game in so many ways without scoring,” Iwundu said of Bazemore and Iguodala. “I feel like that’s my type of game.”Iwundu described himself as “a very position-less guy,” who can guard both guards and forwards. He averaged 13 points and 6.3 rebounds on 52 percent shooting during his senior season while usually charged with defending an opponent’s top players, including Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson.“Great player; very athletic,” Iwundu said of Jackson, who worked out for the Lakers in Sacramento last week. “He’s another guy who I see that can do a lot of things on the court.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SACRAMENTO — Since Julius Randle arrived at training camp as the presumptive starter at power forward, his third full season with the Lakers has been one of needing to prove himself.He lost the starting job to Larry Nance Jr., by the fourth preseason game. The Lakers did not offer him a fairly standard contract extension. When Nance got hurt, Randle was leap-frogged by Kyle Kuzma.Early on, it seemed to affect his demeanor and his production followed.Since having a heart-to-heart discussion with Coach Luke Walton in late October, however, Randle has become an indispensable piece of whatever success the Lakers are having. In a 103-94 win over Chicago on Tuesday, Randle chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds, while spending time on the court with Brook Lopez. Walton also has to determine how to integrate Nance when he returns from his broken left hand, presumably next week. He said it is “a little more tricky” to figure out the big man rotation once Nance is back in the fold.“There’s always going to be injuries in pro sports,” Walton said, “so we’ll spend time after this game kind of talking about that rotation and what that does. But right now, we aren’t rotational-wise in prep for Larry returning.”TALKIN’ TURKEYAs long as basketball is played on Christmas Day, you can expect the Lakers will be a part of it.For the Lakers, who have four days off until they play the Clippers on Monday, that could make Thursday’s holiday all the more special.“We’re used to not having holidays off,” Walton said, “it’s no big deal. I love playing on Christmas, but whether it’s Thanksgiving or it’s a random Friday, I like getting together with my brother and nieces and nephews and breaking bread with one another.”Walton’s father, Hall of Famer Bill Walton, will be in Portland, Ore., for the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational, so Luke will spend the holiday with his older brother.Will he have a hand in the cooking?“No, no, no, no,” he averred. “I know my limitations. Top Ramen soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and cereal.“These are my specialties.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Well, he’s been playing so well for us this season,” Walton said, “it’s getting him on the court any way we can and he keeps having success for us.”Surprising has been Walton’s willingness in the last couple of games to give Randle time alongside Lopez, the starting center with whom Walton indicated in training camp Randle was ill-suited to share the court.“It works well with Brook because Brook spaces the floor so he kind of turns into the space ‘four,’” Walton said, “and Julius can still do all that dynamic rolling hat he does and switch defensively. We’ll keep fooling with that.”Despite playing a career-low 21.2 minutes per game, Randle is averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Against Chicago, he overlapped with Lopez in the first and fourth quarters.“They’ve been playing well together,” Walton said prior to Wednesday’s game against the Kings, “but I also think Julius is playing at a much higher level than he was back then (in training camp), too. There’s a lot of factors that go into it, but they look good together.”
WHAT A CARD! #UFC249 pic.twitter.com/JRNGc2hjm3— UFC (@ufc) April 24, 2020After seeing a fight with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov postponed for a fifth time, this one due to the COVID-19 outbreak, No. 1 contender Ferguson will lock horns with Gaethje for the interim championship at UFC 249.Bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo and former titleholder Dominick Cruz will also meet in the Octagon.”I can’t wait to deliver some great fights for the fans,” White said. Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje are set to do battle behind closed doors in Florida on May 9 in the first of three UFC events in the space of a week.UFC president Dana White vowed that UFC 249 would go ahead next month after the event scheduled to take place in Brooklyn last weekend was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MORE: White says ESPN asked him ‘not to go’ with Calif. cardAnother four shows were canceled this week, but White revealed the action will return at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 9, with further contests to come on May 13 and 16.Only “essential personnel” will be allowed into the venue for the three cards.
RIYAD MAHREZ (Leicester City)Algerian Mahrez was again absent from the Leicester squad in a 1-1 draw against Swansea after his displeasure at the Foxes’ refusal to let him move to runaway league leaders Manchester City last week.MOHAMED DIAME (Newcastle United)Former West Ham United midfielder Diame scored his second goal of the season © AFP / Adrian DENNISSenegalese midfielder Diame headed home his second goal of the season to earn Newcastle a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace to lie just a point above the relegation zone.SPAINEMMANUEL BOATENG (Levante)The 21-year-old Ghanaian marked only his fourth La Liga start with his first goal in the Spanish top flight against floundering champions Real Madrid.Boateng latched onto a loose ball to coolly slot in Levante’s first equaliser of a 2-2 draw and cap an enterprising individual display.ITALYKALIDOU KOULIBALY (Napoli)Koulibaly’s Napoli maintained their slender lead at the top of Serie A © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOBottom club Benevento were awarded a penalty for Senegalese defender Koulibaly’s clumsy tackle only for it to be revoked by VAR (video assistant referee) due to an earlier offside position. Napoli won 2-0 to stay top of the Serie A table.AFRIYIE ACQUAH/MBAYE NIANG/JOEL OBI (Torino)Ghanaian Acquah equalised and was sent off as Torino settled for a 1-1 draw against European qualification rivals Sampdoria. Acquah levelled in the 25th minute before being red-carded for a second bookable offence after 75 minutes.Senegalese Niang missed a chance to pull Torino ahead three minutes after Acquah’s goal, but his lob was off target. He was substituted to his obvious displeasure and Nigerian Obi went off injured.GERMANYSALOMON KALOU (Hertha Berlin)Once again, the Ivory Coast veteran rescued a point for Hertha when he headed home a second-half equaliser for his eighth Bundesliga goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim.It was the fourth time this season that Kalou, 32, pulled Berlin level after also netting in draws against Bayern Munich, Freiburg and Augsburg.FRANCEKEITA BALDE (Monaco)Balde has now scored seven league goals for Monaco since joining from Lazio © AFP / YANN COATSALIOUThe Senegal international endured a night of contrasting emotions as Monaco came from two goals down to beat Lyon 3-2.Balde used his strength to hold off a series of defenders and drill in a low strike to cut the deficit on 31 minutes that helped spark his side’s recovery.But his role in the fightback ended prematurely as he was sent off for a second yellow card shortly before half-time for a wild challenge on Ferland Mendy, having been booked minutes earlier for kicking the ball away in frustration.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Salah has scored 21 goals in 25 Premier League games for Liverpool © AFP / Paul ELLISPARIS, France, Feb 5 – Mohamed Salah was the star African performer in Europe at the weekend, netting twice to close within one goal of Harry Kane in the English Premier League leading scorer race.The Egypt sharpshooter and 2017 African Footballer of the Year twice gave Liverpool the lead in a dramatic 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, whose second equaliser came from Kane. Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang — third behind Salah and Senegalese Sadio Mane in the Footballer of the Year poll — scored on his debut as Arsenal triumphed 5-1 against Everton.ENGLANDMOHAMED SALAH (Liverpool)The Egypt winger struck twice, including a stoppage-time goal, but Liverpool were denied as Tottenham rescued a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Salah punished a mistake from defender Eric Dier to put Liverpool ahead with a cool finish in the third minute. He restored Liverpool’s lead with a superb solo effort — his 21st league goal this term.PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (Arsenal)Aubameyang dinked in a debut goal as he rekindled his relationship with ex-Dortmund teammate Mkhitaryan © IKIMAGES/AFP/File / Ian KINGTONHe marked his Arsenal debut with a goal in the Gunners’ 5-1 demolition of Everton at the Emirates Stadium.Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for a club record £56 million last week and didn’t waste time making a good impression on his new fans.He capped a lively performance by scoring Arsenal’s fourth goal with a cool finish late in the first half, although replays showed he was fortunate not to be flagged offside.VICTOR WANYAMA (Tottenham Hotspur)Wanyama set up a dramatic finish at Anfield with an incredible 25-yard piledriver into the top corner for Tottenham’s first equaliser 10 minutes from time.The Kenyan had been on the pitch only a minute before smashing home his first goal of an injury-plagued season.WILFRIED BONY (Swansea City)The Ivory Coast striker has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a serious injury in a 1-1 draw at Leicester.Former Manchester City star Bony tore a cruciate ligament in his knee after coming on as a second-half substitute.AHMED HEGAZI (West Bromwich Albion)The Egypt defender scored his first goal since August, but it wasn’t enough to boost his side’s hopes of avoiding relegation as they lost 3-2 at home to Southampton.Hegazi put Albion in front with a fourth-minute header from Chris Brunt’s cross.
LIFFORD Credit Union held a presentation night for their Art and International Credit Union Day Colouring Competitions last Wednesday in the Old Courthouse Lifford. Paul Brolly began by welcoming all the parents, grandparents, boys and girls, and then proceeded to congratulate all the winners. He then introduced the Chairman, Mr Robert Brennan and invited him to address the audience. Robert began by stating that they had entries from over 20 schools, with 122 entries in the Art Competition and 309 entries in the International Credit Union Day Colouring Competition. There were 17 prizes given out on the night, to the winning students from 11 different schools.Photos were taken as each person received their prize along with the Chairman Robert Brennan, CEO Mark McClay, and Directors Emma Peoples and Catherine McGlinchey. The night concluded with a great group photo and then a hot buffet was served for all present. The winning entries in the Art Competition has been sent forward to Chapter level, for the next stage of the competition.Lifford Credit Union present awards from colouring competitions was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LiffordLifford Credit UnionPaul BrollyRobert Brennan
(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It is more blessed to give than to receive, said Jesus and a team of psychologists.The psychologists in New York were not setting out to confirm Jesus’ words, but the headline on Medical Xpress stated, almost with surprise, “Study finds it actually is better (and healthier) to give than to receive.” Two decades of prior research had not found that recipients of help got the same benefits as the givers. Now, a five-year study involving 846 individuals linked decreased mortality with the stress-releasing pleasure of giving.“These findings go beyond past analyses to indicate that the health benefits of helping behavior derive specifically from stress-buffering processes,” Poulin says, “and provide important guidance for understanding why helping behavior specifically may promote health and, potentially, for how social processes in general may influence health.”The words of Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” do not appear in the four gospels of the New Testament, but instead were quoted by Paul to the Ephesian elders in the book of Acts of the Apostles, chapter 20, verse 35. This indicates that many of Jesus’ teachings were remembered decades later by other eyewitnesses besides Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This should not be surprising, because many thousands heard Jesus teach. As John ended his gospel (21:25), “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”It’s nice when science finally catches up to the Master Planner’s truths two millennia later, but once again, the thinking of scientists (if that’s what you can call psychologists) is orthogonal to the intent of Jesus’ words. Jesus was not saying, “Behave this way for your own health and happiness.” He was encouraging the disciples to forget themselves and focus on others. Not every selfless deed results in personal reward; look at soldiers who fell on grenades to protect their comrades. When health and happiness do accrue from acts of helping others, fine; but anyone who engages in helping others for his own health misses the point. Psychology can only look at the “what,” not the “why,” the “is” not the “ought.”Wouldn’t it be something if the Creator built our brains so that righteous behavior would usually result in health and happiness as a by-product? That would be like intelligent design. (It doesn’t work with impure motives, though—that’s part of the design, too.)
Several times he stated the importance of the laws of logic, stressing that the Christian world view accounts for the laws of nature and of logic. He asked Bill Nye to explain the laws of logic – something Nye failed to do. He pointed out that scientists rely on the creation worldview to do science. This is all right and good, but Ham should have hammered Nye on that till he got a response.When challenged with the distant starlight problem, Ham correctly pointed to the horizon problem, showing that secular astronomers have the same difficulty. Unfortunately, this is a technical subject that was probably lost on most listeners.Ham correctly stated that majority opinion is not a judge of truth. That point could have been reinforced by asking that since almost everything scientists believed in the year 1900 is now known to be false, how can today’s scientists be sure of what they claim today? What if scientists decide Darwinism is false – would Bill Nye accept the consensus then? Ham did mention a few cases where the majority is wrong, but Nye had a chance to respond with the myth of progress, that scientists were glad to find out the truth, and would love nothing better than to be proved wrong. Ham could have followed that up by challenging Nye if he would be happy when creation is decided by the consensus to be true and naturalism false.When Nye tried to take control of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, Ham correctly pointed out that the law produces decay, not information. Using an old illustration by A. E. Wilder-Smith, Ham noted that energy from the sun is insufficient, just as sunlight on a dead stick will not make it grow.Ken successfully pointed to scientific evidence that human beings all belong to one race, calling that a prediction of the creation model. Too bad he didn’t have time to go into the “scientific racism” of Darwinism that led to eugenics and two world wars; anyway, the point is that the Bible is the fountainhead of belief all men are created equal.Ham emphasized the necessity of defining terms, and pointed out the difference between operational science and historical science, but he seemed a bit blindsided by Nye’s comeback arguments about astronomy looking into the past and seeing the audience in the past. The distinction could have been tightened; e.g., when evaluating the origin of complex things, we know from our uniform experience that intelligent causes played a role – but unguided causes never do. That would have used Nye’s uniformitarian assumptions against him.Ken Ham also stated “What’s the point?” of doing science if death ends it all. That’s a key thought that undercuts Nye’s “joy of doing science” attitude. Bill Nye gave his “joy” pronouncement about three times, though, with more enthusiasm.Ken also got in a clear statement of the gospel. One has to consider how effective it was, though, against the backdrop of the other factors. Ham should have asked if Nye’s bow tie was intelligently designed.In some instances, Ham actually damaged the cause of creation by allowing Bill Nye to lead him down the primrose path. Ham should have studied his opponent and known what was coming. Nye’s goals were: (1) to link evolution to science, (2) to link evolution to science education and leadership in the world, and (3) to characterize creation as religion, a particularly narrow-minded one at that. Knowing those points were on Nye’s agenda, Ham should have been prepared to knock them out of the park and put the shoe on the other foot. But to the disgrace of the creation movement, he gave some answers that reinforced the stereotypes: Ham believes creation because he believes the Bible, and no evidence will change his mind, he basically said. Bill Nye followed by portraying himself as the open-minded guy willing to change his mind if there’s evidence: bring it on! That was a hit that should have been an out, and some tweets are saying that sums up the whole debate. Ken Ham could have bludgeoned that argument with counter-arguments showing evolutionists are not open-minded, that they have a philosophical commitment to materialism that is absolute. Instead of preaching to the choir in the auditorium at the Creation Museum, Ham should have spoken directly to the unconvinced, proving evolutionists are insufferable bigots denying academic freedom to skeptics of the Darwin idol and persecuting those who don’t chant DODO.With the rhetorical upper hand, Bill Nye was able to get away with fallacies, half truths and big lies. Many of his “arguments” were mere assertions: e.g. (paraphrasing), “creation is not a viable model because I’m not convinced it is.” He said the second law leads to progress because it’s an open system. He said the discovery of radioactivity disproved Lord Kelvin‘s age estimate and allowed all the time needed. He asserted that “survival of the fittest” creates progress because its “mediocre designs are eaten by its good designs.” He claimed radiometric dating is reliable. And he made good use of the splattergun approach, tossing in irrelevant and misleading quips about ice cores, fossil skulls, Lake Missoula, the big bang, distances to stars, sundials on Mars, and kangaroos crossing land bridges. Pointing to a fossil on the museum grounds, he boasted, “We are standing on millions of layers of ancient life.” Instead of getting embarrassed by the Grand Canyon as he should have been, he took control of it, claiming the Temple Butte intrusion into the Muav shows long periods of time. Where was the counterattack to shame Nye into admitting hundreds of millions of missing years between multiple layers just because evolution needs it? Ham showed the smooth contact between the Coconino and Hermit (which ought to have embarrassed Nye by its flatness and lack of evidence for 6 million missing years), but only to make a rhetorically useless point (in this context) that creationists and evolutionists have the same facts. Nye repeatedly got away with a serious philosophical blunder, claiming that good science makes predictions. Actually, that’s the fallacy of affirming the consequent. Ham fell into that trap, too, scurrying to find some predictions creation makes, making it look like he was coming from behind. Nye pointed to, of all things, Tiktaalik as an illustration of a successful evolutionary prediction! (see 1/14/14). All the while, Nye took repeated jabs at the Bible and young-earth creationism, repeatedly saying “4,000 years” instead of Ham’s 6,000, appealing to ice cores and species counts to claim there isn’t enough time, discounting Noah’s abilities, and making the Bible look unreliable.In summary, it is with sadness I evaluate this debate as a loss for Ham, even though he did score well at times. If you subtract out the rhetoric and personality fluff, Ham did better. If you clear up Nye’s factual errors and logical fallacies, Ham arguably won. Still, I can see sound bites and video clips from this debate being used to advantage by evolutionists, and judging from some of the tweets, the NCSE and others are viewing it as a big win for them. (Skeptics reading this should understand I am NOT claiming that Nye won on evidence and logic – just on presentation. That kind of thing happened before in the Huxley-Wilberforce debate, where Huxley scored on emotion instead of facts.) I would much have preferred narrowing the topic to design vs undesign for the origin of life. That would be a tractable issue for a two-hour debate. The debate question was poorly framed, and the subject matter too broad. I think Ken Ham should have known his audience, opponent, and main message better. He should have played more offense and less defense. And it’s a reminder to all of us that presentation, not just facts, is important for making a winning case.The intelligent design community may be able to profit from the debate. They can use it to argue “intelligent design is not creationism.” Ken Ham said very little about intelligent design, and the criticisms Bill Nye made about ID can be easily refuted. Nye clearly stated that evolution is a “bottom-up” worldview, opening up a vulnerability that philosophers and theologians will be able to engage without reference to Genesis. If in public dialogue we can move the issue back to the first question – design or unguided natural processes, top-down or bottom-up, intelligence or materialism – then progress can be made on all the subsequent questions. Design, the universal intuition of every human being, is not going away.Again, Monday-morning quarterbacking is all too easy. I reserve the right to change my opinions after a second viewing. These are some first impressions; I hope they are helpful to AIG, which does a great job in its ministry, and to all of us who care about the creation-evolution issue. I want to thank AIG and Ken Ham for having the courage to invite Bill Nye to back up his bluff. Though I believe his arguments were unsound, Bill Nye showed himself to be a worthy competitor and is to be commended for debating on AIG’s home turf. Thanks to both for their civility, and to the moderator for a great job. Let the debate continue.Check out CMI’s debate response, where they provide links to articles refuting Nye’s science claims. I expect AIG will have one soon.(Visited 390 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ken Ham stated some truths but in a rhetorically weak fashion. In the widely-publicized debate with Ken Ham, Bill Nye could not account for the laws of logic, but it won’t matter to many listeners wooed by his charm.The Creation-Evolution Debate on Feb. 4 sponsored by the Creation Museum likely will not change many people’s minds, but fans of Nye will likely take heart at his stage presence and emotional appeal.Most of this entry will be the green-colored commentary by your editor (David Coppedge), a long-time follower of the creation-evolution controversy. Please realize that nothing is easier than Monday-morning quarterbacking. I doubt I would have the presence of mind and personality to face the cameras and a live audience under time pressure in public debate and do nearly as well as Ken did. I tried to watch the event through the eyes of a skeptic or fence-sitter. With great respect for Ken Ham and his influence, I regret to state that, in my opinion, he lost on presentation, though he scored significant factual and logical points. This was surprising, since I know him to be quick on his feet and logically astute. But most of the time, it appeared to me that Bill Nye had Ham playing defense, trying to justify his “extraordinary beliefs” as Nye characterized them. It was an episode one could use to argue that public debates are not helpful for solving disputes about deep, inscrutable scientific or philosophical issues; they become personality contests more than enlightening discussions (and Bill Nye has lots of experience in stage personality). In addition, so many data points get thrown up into the air, it ends up trying to fight a volley of arrows instead of a joust. It can’t be done in the time available, and no debater is likely to be expert enough to answer all of them on the spot.Consider the emotional aspects of stage presence. Nye looked his audience in the eye, talking to them with a spirit of “the joy of science” and “the joy of discovery,” bringing in grand vistas of cell phones, satellites, astronomers and medical researchers all participating in the grand adventure of progress and understanding called science. (It’s all bosh, of course, since Ken Ham shares the same joy for what he kept pointing out is observational science.) When Ham spoke, Nye stared him down, with a serious look almost of a scowl of incredulity. Ham looked meek by comparison. The meek may inherit the earth, but they don’t win debates. Confidence, courage, and authority are important in one’s demeanor. We can all hope that later analysis will show who won on the merit of the arguments and evidence, but on the spot, when the cameras are rolling, you want to take control of the situation. Nye said several times that Ken Ham’s position was “troubling” to him (as if anybody cares). Ham could have responded, What’s more troubling–belief in the grace of a good and righteous God who has provided salvation and hope to millions, or belief in a mindless, purposeless universe that spawns amorality, nihilism and despair? Neither debater was disrespectful of the other; they shook hands before and after, and the moderator did a good job of staying neutral. But Nye appeared to be the one in charge. He got away with portraying creation as an “extraordinary view” in contrast to “science” that loves to “discover” things. But in actuality, what could be more extraordinary than believing Nye’s mind emerged out of hydrogen? What could be more extraordinary than believing nothing times nobody equals everything?Instead of defending Darwinism, most of the time Nye grabbed the “science” ball and ran with it, positioning himself as the champion of discovery, progress, and even patriotism. Nye characterized the debate as “the world” against Ken Ham, “the scientific community” and “billions of religious people” against this one man’s narrow literal interpretation of an ancient book translated into English by processes as unreliable as the old game of telephone. When Ken Ham had the floor, he was often looking down at his laptop with his glasses on, as if preoccupied with what Powerpoint slide he could pull up to respond to the latest red herring from Nye. This caused him to stumble for words and lose his train of thought. In my opinion, Ken should have left the laptop at home, looked the camera in the eye, and taken control. At times it seemed he was giving one of his canned presentations to Christian audiences in churches. He should have realized he was not speaking to Christians, but to the world: to the Texas school board, to Washington politicians, to science students in classrooms around the country – and to the enemies of creation.It’s unfortunate that the topic of the debate was “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” The very wording puts creation on the defensive from the outset. A much better question would have been, “Can Darwinian philosophy survive the information age in science?” Given the question, Nye easily took command of the “today’s modern, scientific era” phrase, leaving Ham to defend the viability of the “creation model” against that backdrop. It was rigged from the start. Imagine if Nye had to defend the quaint, Victorian myth of Darwinism in light of the overwhelming evidence for complex, specified information in DNA and the fine-tuning of the universe – powerful evidences almost completely neglected in Ken Ham’s presentation. Instead, Ham’s main repository of evidence was the Bible – sure to get Amen’s from the Christians in the audience, but unlikely to impress skeptics or fence-sitters swooning under Nye’s stimulating stories about ice cores, radioactive elements, and fossil skulls. (And that’s what it was: storytelling with adroit use of card stacking.) Did Ham forget that the Apostle Paul, when speaking to Gentiles, appealed to sense observation of creation in Romans 1, Acts 14, and Acts 17? Surely he knows this, because he teaches in his books and lectures the difference in approach one must use with today’s secularists. Doesn’t he remember Gish and Morris using only scientific arguments, not religious references, in their debates? This was not the place to defend Genesis. Discussions of the Ark and Babel are very appropriate downstream questions once the major question of design is decided, but not to modern pagans willing to accept Nye’s characterization of the Bible as an ancient text. How can an ancient text, flawed through translation, speak to “today’s modern, scientific era”? That was the picture being portrayed; it gave Bill Nye open season to ridicule details about the Ark, Noah, and vegetarian lions, without having to justify his fairy tale that unguided processes can turn hydrogen into scientists.Let’s consider some of Ken Ham’s strong points. He showed one of his favorite slides, pointing out that the Bible is the source of morality, marriage, clothing, salvation and other good Christiany things, while secularism leads to relativism. Problem is, many of his skeptical listeners would be glad that secularism leads to relativism! Aren’t many of them supporting “gay marriage” these days? It would have been much stronger to argue that the Bible is the foundation for science and reason, but secularism – especially belief in unguided natural processes – is self-refuting and therefore must be wrong.Ham also pointed out that evolutionism is religious, but did not score rhetorically with it. He could have shut Nye’s mouth with words to the effect that “Everyone who uses reason is a supernaturalist, and you, Bill Nye, are a thief!” Turning to the audience, he should have said, “Bill Nye is stealing from the creation world view to use reason and logic. How can he get those out of a big bang?” Turn back to Bill and say, “By employing the laws of logic, you are proving that you agree with me. Bill, get your own dirt!”Ham pointed out that dating methods rely on assumptions, but did not make a strong case that long-age results come from unreasonable assumptions. This allowed Nye to portray the billions-of-years results of rubidium/strontium etc. to rely on reasonable assumptions about the uniformity of natural laws, something Ham agreed in another point allows us to do science. He displayed a big unreadable list of some 90 dating methods that disagree with the long ages, but never gave any clear example of one. He could have argued that (1) these younger dating methods are more reasonable, and (2) they place severe upper limits on the age of the earth, tightening the noose by showing that even 100,000 years rules out evolution. Ham did, however, point out that radiometric dating can produce vastly inconsistent results.Ham pointed to several eminent scientists who are creationists, including Raymond Damadian (a great American, inventor of the MRI), Danny Faulkner and Stuart Burgess. That’s fine, but it’s weak in debate because it appears to be cherry picking. Bill Nye could point to many thousands of evolutionists in response. To his credit, Ham also got in the fact that Newton, Maxwell and Faraday were creationists. But the point is not that “some scientists are creationists” or “you can be a creationist and still be a good scientist.” The point to drive home is that the creation worldview is essential to good science, but secularists, like parasites, plagiarize creationist assumptions. Another way to reinforce the point is to show how evolutionism is worthless to all the good science Nye was pointing to (satellites, cell phones), which required intelligence and design. He could have quickly listed some scientific fields that routinely employ intelligent design principles, including engineering (Nye’s expertise) and SETI. What a coup that would have been against the leader of The Planetary Society!Ham said that we have the same evidence but just disagree on the interpretation of the evidence because of our assumptions. While that is true to an extent, what he needed to debate was the superiority of creation’s interpretations over evolution’s interpretations. He made it seem like it’s OK to just agree to disagree.Ham remarked, “There’s so much I could say,” asking the audience several times to go to the AIG website. If you can’t say it and have the facts at your command, it looks weak.
New JRU coach Louie Gonzales. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Louie Gonzalez is eager to change Jose Rizal University’s identity for the better.Barely a month into his tenure with the Heavy Bombers, Gonzalez said he sees a golden opportunity to mold his players into one of the grittiest team in the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting China undergoes ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World Cup Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES “The most important thing, though, is I want my personnel to play selflessly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “The mentality that we’re trying to set is we want to be known as one of the hardest working and most patient team offensively and defensively, I want to establish a situation that nothing’s easy,” said Gonzalez in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.Gonzalez inherited a Heavy Bombers team that’s composed mainly of role players from seasons ago when Vergel Meneses still called the shots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGone are the days when Teytey Teodoro, Paulo Pontejos, Ervin Grospe were still the stars in the team, and this gives Gonzales practically an open page for him to create a new system.“We’re a rebuilding team and most of our players still have four or five years of collegiate eligibility and I see it as an opportunity to build our identity,” said Gonzalez who last coached for De La Salle in the UAAP. Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal PLAY LIST 01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:09‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Bilibid02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Green Archers’ former head coach added he wants his players to be more selfless on the floor and get their bodies ready for the demands of his new system.Gonzalez employed one of the most demanding systems in collegiate basketball when he coached the Green Archers in 2018.La Salle was one of the stingiest teams in the UAAP Season 81 basketball tournament limiting opposing teams to 70.8 points while amassing an 8-6 record.The Green Archers were also the second-best rebounders during that time averaging 46.9 boards, just a shade below Ateneo’s mark of 47.1.“It’s a process and I know we should be quicker with it so what we’re doing right now is we’re doing a lot in practice so my players will be ready for the demands of the system,” said Gonzalez.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue