Professor wins Spitz prize for philosophy book

first_imgPhilosophy professor Paul Weithman recently received the 2012 David and Elaine Spitz Prize for his 2010 book, “Why Political Liberalism? On John Rawls’ Political Turn”. The Spitz Prize is issued by the International Conference for the Study of Political Thought (CSTP) and was first awarded in 1988. According to the Conference’s website, the prize is awarded to the best book in liberal or democratic theory published two years prior. Past recipients of the prize include Joseph Raz, Martha Nussbaum, Sheldon Wolin and John Rawls. Weithman said that seeing names like Rawls and Raz on the list of past recipients made him feel a bit out of his league. “I feel like some guy who wins a golf tournament and gets his name put on the same trophy as Jack Nicklaus,” he said. “It’s a great honor that, of the eligible books, mine was the one they wanted to pick out.” Weithman said he was surprised to receive the award because his book is focused on a historical figure rather than on contributing to liberal or democratic theory. “The committee must have thought I succeeded in using Rawls’ work to get at the big theoretical questions of the discipline, and it’s very gratifying that they thought that,” he said. According to the CSTP website, Weithman’s book “provides careful and rigorous exegesis of Rawls’ work as a way of drilling deeply into some of the central questions in modern political theory.” Weithman said he owes much of his understanding of Rawls’ work to a course he teaches each year that covers Rawls’ theories. “The book is about John Rawls; I teach his work to PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics Minor] students every fall in the Justice Seminar, and I’m quite sure that I would not understand it to the extent I do were it not for the annual exercise of teaching it,” he said. “We University professors often say that teaching and research go hand-in-hand and each enhances the other. This is one case in which they really did.” Weithman said he admires Rawls and his book “A Theory of Justice,” which is a famous work of political and moral philosophy. “John Rawls was, I think, the greatest political philosopher of the 20th century,” he said. “[‘A Theory of Justice’] really is a great work of political philosophy and it is truly a theory. It’s a big and systematic theory for modern liberal democracies.” Fifteen years after publishing “A Theory of Justice,” Weithman said Rawls began to publish a series of papers that took his work in a different direction. This new direction eventually resulted in the book “Political Liberalism,” he said. Weithman wrote his book as a means of understanding the changes Rawls made in his theories between the two books, he said. “I wanted to understand the changes Rawls made in his own theory, both because of the intrinsic interest and value of coming to understand a great thinker’s work, and also because I thought that understanding those changes would shed light on some of the deep issues political philosophy confronts,” he said. “I wrote the book to work through and understand those changes.” Politics has always been an area of interest for Weithman and he enjoys keeping up with current political events, he said. “I’ve always been something of a political junkie,” Weithman said. “I love following politics and reading about it. I’m now experiencing a painful withdrawal after the election with so much less to read about and so much less news to follow.” Weithman said that he was drawn to the field of political philosophy as a means of bringing his love of philosophy and love of politics together while a Notre Dame undergraduate. “I realized when I came to see the deep philosophical questions politics raises that pursuing them seems natural,” he said. “I just wish I had more answers.” He does not know if winning the Spitz Prize will lead more people to read his book, Weithman said, but he values the recognition either way. “It’s tremendously gratifying to have a book singled out from the many good ones as worthy of recognition with the Spitz Prize, but whether it will come to the attention of more people, and many more people will pick it up and read it, is just hard to know,” he said. “I know philosophy books aren’t best-sellers. I don’t expect to see it on the kiosks at airports, though it would be nice.” Ultimately, Weithman said he wrote the book because it furthered his own learning and progress as an academic. “I think the books professors write, like the research projects graduate and undergraduate students do, are undertaken for what we learn by doing them,” he said. “When we can’t possibly read all that’s worth reading, we have to be satisfied with the progress we ourselves have made in undertaking projects like these.” Weithman is not currently working on another book, but he said he might begin working on one in the future. “I’m working on a couple of papers right now and maybe one of them will provide the seed for a book project, but I can’t see that far ahead right now. I hope one of them will,” he said. “I admire people who finish a book project and immediately know of several more they want to write. When I finished this one, I felt like I’d written everything I know.”last_img read more

Setting 2017 goals for your member experience program

first_imgEvery year at planning time, we receive numerous phone calls from Member Loyalty Group participants and non-participants with questions about setting goals for their Member Experience Program and Loyalty or Net Promoter Score. Having collected over 2.8 million member surveys in the past 8 years for nearly 100 credit unions, we have gained some insights about loyalty score movement and the things that can influence it.Our credit union participants utilize a consistent Net Promoter Score® methodology, which allows us to publish a quarterly benchmark for the industry. While the information we are sharing can be used as a guidepost, it is important to note that your credit union’s scores may not be directly comparable because of questionnaire or collection methodology differences.Overall Average ChangeOver the past 8 years, the overall average change in Net Promoter Score has been +1.3 points. When considering credit unions that improved their score, the average change has been +5 points. A realistic goal for your credit union’s program depends on a number of factors, however, including the level of your current score.Dramatic Gains More Difficult at Higher LevelsIn terms of estimating score movement for 2017, it is important to note that higher scoring organizations tend to move the score more slowly and may have to work diligently just to keep their scores at lofty levels. Lower scoring organizations tend to move the score more rapidly. This is due to the way NPS is calculated. Lower scoring organizations generally have a larger percentage of Detractors, which when converted to Promoters, has a doubling effect on the NPS (e.g., converting 5% Detractors to Promoters, yields a 10 point increase to NPS). Higher scoring organizations tend to have a lower percentage of Detractors, therefore not as much opportunity for Promoter conversion.The chart below illustrates the decreasing improvements that are seen when the NPS or loyalty score increases.NPS Movement Among MLG Credit UnionsDramatic Gains are More Difficult at Higher LevelsBig Changes Can Have a Big Impact As you set your 2017 targets, keep in mind that even the best performing credit unions have also seen score decreases.We recommend that you be realistic about loyalty/service measurement goal setting when large changes are on the horizon. You may want to consider setting a goal which keeps your score level or even factor in a temporary decrease at those times. In the chart below, the green line demonstrates the dramatic impact that a merger can have on an organization’s NPS and the gradual “rebound” period that follows. The other organizations show more moderate dips and faster rebounds.Rebound Periods After Big ChangesDownload your complimentary copy of the new guide today!Learn more about setting realistic goals for your credit union’s loyalty score by downloading your complimentary copy of our new guide for 2017. You can also learn more about Member Loyalty Group’s Member Experience programs by visiting or contacting us at [email protected] Promoter, Net Promoter Score, and NPS are trademarks of Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Bain & Company, Inc., and Fred Reichheld. Copyright © 2016 by Member Loyalty Group. 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jake Foreman Before joining Member Loyalty Group, Jake served as Member Experience Analyst for Idaho Central Credit Union where he managed their Net Promoter program. Jake’s passion for the Net Promoter … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img June 19, 2020 Univ. of Florida ends ‘gator bait’ cheer, cites racismST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations.President Kent Fuchs said in a letter to the university’s faculty, students and staff Thursday that the cheer has a “horrific historic racist imagery” involving African American people, especially children, being used as bait for alligators.The university’s sports teams in the Southeastern Conference are nicknamed the Gators. In the past, the school’s band would strike up a “gator bait” tune and fans would respond with their arms doing a chomping motion while shouting the slogan.The letter outlined other steps the university in Gainesville, Florida, is taking on racial issues following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests focused on police brutality against African Americans. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPlayers counter MLB plan by proposing 70-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players have proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule, leaving them and the teams 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. — Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days. Michigan also disclosed results from its testing. A physician with the athletic department says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests. Both schools said no athletic department staff members tested positive.— The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online. That makes it the last of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to announce it is going virtual because of concerns about COVID-19. The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network.The Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx are cutting pay and staff because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both teams are owned by Glen Taylor. The organization said it has temporarily reduced salaries for employees earning $70,000 or more annually and laid off an unspecified amount of its full-time workforce. The virus outbreak prompted the NBA to halt play on March 11. The WNBA has yet to begin the 2020 season.NFL NETWORK-DISHNFL Network, RedZone goes dark on DISH Network, Sling TV Jordan was released on $2,000 bail May 30 after being arrested during a traffic stop that morning in Lakeland near his hometown. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and having 20 grams or less of cannabis.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESRubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changesUNDATED (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is introducing a bill that would protect the NCAA from being challenged in court if the association changes its rules to allow athletes to earn money for endorsement deals and personal appearances.The Florida Republican’s bill comes six days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that allows college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. That law goes into effect July 2021. The NCAA is seeking help from Congress as more states push forward their own bills. LOS ANGELES (AP) – NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV Thursday night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement.The league says in a release that “while NFL Media remains committed to negotiating an agreement and has offered terms consistent with those in place with other distributors, DISH has not agreed.”DISH says on its website that “the NFL has chosen to remove their channels during these unprecedented times” and that they hope to reach an agreement before the season starts.The lack of an agreement impacts 11.32 million subscribers. DISH has 9.01 million and Sling TV accounts for another 2.31 million. SEC-MISSISSIPPI FLAG Earlier this week, the NCAA was hit with an antitrust lawsuit seeking damages for current and former athletes that could cost the association millions. As part of the union’s proposal Thursday, players would wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history. People with knowledge of the proposal said it included $1.73 billion in salaries, plus a $50 million postseason pool.On Wednesday, Major League Baseball said a framework for the season had emerged from discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark. People familiar with the proposed framework said it called for a 60-game regular-season schedule that would have $1.48 billion in salaries plus a $25 million players’ postseason pool.Both MLB and the union proposed starting the season on July 19, and players said it should end Sept. 30, three days later than management.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The University of Texas says 13 football players have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation. Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody. Elsewhere, Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. NFL-JETS ADAM TRADEAP source: Jets star safety Jamal Adams requests tradeNEW YORK (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade from the New York Jets amid a contract dispute.The 24-year-old Adams has been seeking a contract extension, and the Jets have said they want the safety to remain a member of the team his entire career. But the conflict apparently is about the timing: Adams wants the extension now, while the team prefers to wait until next year, at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither Adams nor the team announced the player’s trade request. ESPN and the New York Daily News first reported Adams seeking a trade. The Eagles made the announcement. The Mets said they plan to announce all their amateur signings simultaneously at a later date.Souzzi hit .414 with 14 runs and 16 RBIs and had a 14-game hitting streak in a season shortened to 15 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.Thomas Suozzi was elected to congress in November 2016. He is a former Nassau County executive and mayor of Glen Cove.In other MLB news:— Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó has told a Dominican Republic newspaper he’s being blackmailed, having been accused of kidnapping and assault. The Twins said Thursday they’re aware of the report in El Nuevo Diario and still trying to gather more information about the situation surrounding Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract in January.PGA-RBC HERITAGEPoulter sets pace and Spieth turns it around at Hilton HeadHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The RBC Heritage began two month later than usual with a little rain, a little sunshine, a lot of birdies and the only fans were residents whose homes line the course.Ian Poulter holed a 30-foot birdie putt and followed with a 5-iron to 4 feet for a birdie that closed out his round of 7-under 64, giving him a share of the lead Thursday with Mark Hubbard at Hilton Head. The RBC Heritage, typically a week after the Masters in April, is the second tournament since the PGA Tour returned after 90 days from the COVID-19 pandemic.The top three players in the world are at Hilton Head — Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas — and none broke par on a day in which 66 players in the 151-man field shot in the 60sJordan Spieth made a triple-bogey 7 and then had a career-best six straight birdies on his back nine and finished with seven birdies over his last eight holes for a 66.Colonial winner Daniel Berger, Brooks Koepka, Ernie Els and that incredible bulk, Bryson DeChambeau, were in the large group at 67.GATOR BAIT CHANT-FLORIDA Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flagThe Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi until the state changes its Confederate-based flag.Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement that “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Sankey said “In the event there is no change, there will be consideration of precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the flag is changed.”The NCAA already said it would not schedule postseason events in Mississippi because of the flag that features the Confederate Battle Flag in the upper left corner.Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum released a statement after Sankey’s comments. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-JORDANTennessee coach says RB Tim Jordan no longer with VolsKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says running back Tim Jordan is no longer on the team after he was arrested May 30 in Florida on gun and marijuana charges.Jordan would have been a senior for the Volunteers, and the native of Bartow, Florida, played in 12 games last season. He finished third with 428 yards rushing on 104 carries with one touchdown, and he also caught six passes for 46 yards.Asked about Jordan’s status on the Volunteers during a video conference call Thursday, Pruitt said only: “He is no longer on our team.” In other NFL news:—Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward is confident the club will present a united front if it opts to make a public stand against social injustice. The Steelers inadvertently caused a firestorm in 2017 when a miscommunication left tackle and Army veteran Al Villanueva on the field for the national anthem while his teammates waited in darkness in a tunnel. Heyward said the fallout from the mix-up still stings. He said the team will make any public stand together, pointing out players will have plenty of opportunities off the field to express their own personal impact in the change Heyward says is necessary.MLB-SUOZZIMets sign Joe Suozzi, son of Queens congressman, for $20,000CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) — Boston College outfielder Joe Suozzi, whose father is a congressman representing parts of Queens and Long Island, has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets that includes a $20,000 signing bonus. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

RAGTIME: The Musical

first_imgRAGTIME: The MusicalAxelrod Performing Art CenterRAGTIME: THE MUSICAL opened to rave reviews at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, NJ, but you still have three more weekends to catch this amazing performance! According to Broadway World Magazine, “The Axelrod Performing Arts Center is not just presenting RAGTIME but living it. The 1998 Tony-winning musical has also never seemed timelier, considering the nation’s recent headlines about immigrants and dreamers.The Axelrod is New Jersey’s newest professional theatre. Broadway performer and choreographer Luis Salgado (“In the Heights” and “On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan”) was enlisted to direct and choreograph “Ragtime.” Salgado’s first production at APAC, “In the Heights,” was the theater’s runaway success story, and its first professional production. Salgado, having created the role of Jose in the original Broadway production, served as assistant choreographer to three-time-Tony-Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (“In the Heights,” “Hamilton” and “Band Stand”).Broadway World notes that, “This season’s production of RAGTIME exudes a HAMILTON-like energy. Salgado knows the secret to RAGTIME’s success is its connectivity – and his brilliant mix of dance, drama, and visual composition is apparent in every scene.”Salgado believes that “Ragtime” is “a great reminder that in our country today we must look each other in the eyes and see that beyond skin color, we are all human first and foremost. What really makes us unique is our capacity to embrace one another, to deepen our humanity and to be aware of how it all can be diffused by the simple act of acceptance.”RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL continues its run at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, 100 Grant Avenue, Deal, New Jersey, through March 17. For tickets and information visit or call (732) 531-9106. For a preview, visit: x read more

Estwick pulls off big Contender upset win

first_imgGuyanese boxer Charwin Estwick pulled off the biggest upset of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series on Wednesday night when he defeated American Daniel Powell by unanimous decision at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.Judges Laurence Neufville and Lindell Allen scored the five round fight 49-46, while judge Eion Jardine had it 48-47.Because of his 11-0 record, which included nine victories by knockout or technical knockout, Powell was seen as the favourite to win, as Estwick went in with a record of only two previous fights, both of which he lost.At the weigh-in on Wednesday, however, Estwick, who had to take off weight to get to the 147-pound welterweight limit, declared, “I am not intimidated by his record because records do not win fights. Fighters do, and I am going to win this fight.”These words proved prophetic, as Estwick went on the attack from the opening bell, and his awkward southpaw stance clearly confused Powell, who never really got going. He was the better technical fighter, but it was Estwick who did the scoring, and the judges awarded him for his efforts.Estwick was busy right from the start, and threw a lot of punches to both the head and body. His work rate was impressive, but the cool, orthodox Powell gave the impression that it was just a matter of time before he took over. His jabs looked good and he scored primarily to the head, but it was Estwick who won the round.SUPERIOR WORKPowell was decisive at the start of the second round, and a good right hook to the head gave a glimpse of what he was capable of. He landed more punches in this round and took it comfortably, but Estwick came out blazing in the third round, and his superior work rate and quick flurries gave him the edge.Estwick also had a good fourth round, but in the fifth, he started to fade as Powell put pressure on him. Estwick suddenly seemed vulnerable, and it was at this stage of the fight that his defensive side was seen, and he was able to weather the storm to the final bell.With all the quarter-finalists in place, seeding of the top four boxers took place. American boxer Demarcus Coley was seeded at No. 1 and Caribbean boxers Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes and Ramel Lewis were seeded second, third and fourth, respectively. They then drew their opponents, and Lewis will meet Michael Gardener in the first quarter-final bout next week.In the two amateur bouts on the card, Sherine Williams from the St Thomas Boxing Club scored a technical knockout (injury) second-round victory over Nyoka Hewitt from the Stanley Couch gym. Hewitt injured her right knee and had to be assisted from the ring for medical attention. In the second bout, Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic gym scored a unanimous decision over Nico Yeyo from Stanley Couch gym.last_img read more

GOP has OK knights, but it needs a Hillary-slayer

first_imgMajor grumbling among conservatives about the Republican field. So many candidates, so many flaws. Rudy Giuliani, abortion apostate. Mitt Romney, flip-flopper. John McCain, Mr. Amnesty. Fred Thompson, lazy boy. Where is the paragon? Where is Ronald Reagan? Well, what about Reagan? This president, renowned for his naps, granted amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants in the 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli bill. As governor of California, he signed the most liberal abortion-legalization bill in America, then flip-flopped and became an abortion foe. What did he do about it as president? Gave us Sandra Day O’Connor and Anthony Kennedy, the two swing votes that upheld and enshrined Roe v. Wade for the last quarter-century. The point is not to denigrate Reagan but to bring a little realism to the gauzy idol worship that fuels today’s discontent. And to argue that in 2007 we have, by any reasonable historical standard, a fine Republican field: One of the great big-city mayors of the past century; a former governor of extraordinary executive talent; a war hero, highly principled and deeply schooled in national security; and a former senator with impeccable conservative credentials. So why all the angst? If you’d like to share just a bit of my serenity, have a look at last Sunday’s Republican debate in Orlando. It was a feisty affair, the candidates lustily bashing one another’s ideological deficiencies – Mike Huckabee called it a “demolition derby” – and yet strangely enough, the entire field did well. As for Thompson, he is a paradox, too. He’s been around forever – since Watergate – and yet is mostly a blank slate. Can anybody remember anything of significance he achieved in his eight years in the Senate? Nonetheless, he helped himself in Orlando, showing that while he can be appealingly amiable and affable – a Reaganesque quality that should not be underestimated when people decide who they want in their living rooms for the next four years – he can be tough, as demonstrated by his opening salvo at Giuliani’s social liberalism. Yes, I know. I’ve left out Huckabee, whom some of my colleagues are aggressively trying to promote to the first tier. I refuse to go along. Huckabee is funny, well-spoken and gave a preacher’s stemwinder that wowed the religious right gathering in Washington last Saturday. But whatever foreign policy he has is naive and unconvincing. In wartime, that is a disqualification for commander in chief. So no more gnashing of teeth. Republicans have 41/2 good presidential candidates. All five would make fine Cabinet members: Romney at Treasury, Thompson at Justice, McCain at Defense, Giuliani at Homeland Security, Huckabee at Interior. All the team needs now is to pick a captain who can beat Hillary. Charles Krauthammer’s e-mail address is [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.McCain won the night by acclamation with a brilliant attack on Hillary that not so subtly highlighted his own unique qualification for the presidency. Citing his record on controlling spending, he ridiculed Hillary’s proposed $1 million earmark for a Woodstock museum. He didn’t make it to Woodstock, McCain explained. He was “tied up at the time.” How do you beat that? McCain’s message is plain: Sure, I’m old, worn and broke. But we’re at war. Who has more experience in, fewer illusions about, and greater understanding of war – and an unyielding commitment to win the one we are fighting right now? Giuliani was his usual energetic, tough-guy self. He fended off attacks on his social liberalism with a few good volleys of his own – at Thompson, for example, for being a tort-loving accessory to the trial lawyers – and by making the fair point that he delivers a conservatism of results. His message? I drove the varmints out of New York City – with their pornography, their crime and their hookers (well, a fair number, at least). Turn me loose on the world. Romney’s debate performance was as steady and solid and stolid as ever, becoming particularly enthusiastic when talking about the things he’s done: build a business, rescue the Winter Olympics, govern the most liberal state in the Union. He got especially animated talking about his Massachusetts health-care reform, achieved by working with an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. His message? I’m a doer, a problem solver, a uniter. Yet when Romney simultaneously insists that he represents the purest of the pure – “the Republican wing of the Republican Party” – he presents the paradox of a technocrat running as an ideologue. Figuring that running as a sane Ross Perot doesn’t quite enrapture the Republican primary electorate, he is trying also to be the authentic Reagan conservative, filling the ideological slot George Allen forfeited when he lost his Senate race last year. It’s an odd fit that all of Romney’s smoothness and intelligence has yet to convincingly achieve. last_img read more

Heavenly health through nutrition

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Don “Doc” SandersOne of my veterinary colleagues always signs off his emails with “Healthy cows through better nutrition.” I agree with his motto. And I believe we all should apply it to ourselves — not just our cows.We humans have a variety of nutrition plans to choose from, such as the South Beach, Mayo Clinic, Flexitarian, Low Glycemic, DASH, Arthritis and Mediterranean diets, to name a few. And, of course, there is my Oreo diet (preferably double stuffed).Most of you know, or ignore, that Americans have gradually become obese because of our sedentary lifestyle and love for fast food, sodas, ice cream and other sugary snacks. This behavior has attracted entrepreneurial diet companies like ants to a picnic — Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Medifast, Atkins and Nutrisystem.Now there is a new dietary fad just starting in Washington, DC., in a restaurant, that recently opened at the Museum of the Bible. According to an article by Dan Murphy in the beef production publication Drovers (, the husband-and-wife restaurant owners want to recreate the divinely provided food you may remember that was described in the Bible, and for which they named their restaurant, Manna.You can read in Exodus, the second book of the Bible and the Jewish Torah, how manna saved the Israelites from starving in the desert after they fled Egypt. Before fleeing, the Israelites had become slaves to the Egyptians. The Pharaoh (king) felt threatened by the Israelites’ increasing population (they reproduced like rabbits), so he made them slave laborers.Under backbreaking conditions, the Israelites made bricks for palace construction projects and performed other menial tasks under the mean-spirited direction of the Pharaoh and his foremen. The Israelites were desperate to escape these harsh conditions, so on their behalf, Moses attempted a number of times to negotiate with the Pharaoh, who just blew him off.But after Yahweh (Jewish name for God) performed a number of miracles and inflicted the Egyptians with 10 plagues (from turning water into blood to deaths of their firstborn), Moses and the Israelites (all 643,000 of them) escaped, with the Egyptians on their heels. They made it out, thanks to God parting the Red Sea so they could safely cross. And the pursuing Egyptian army and horses drowned as the waters closed in on them once the Israelites were safe on the other side.But once free, the Israelites found themselves in the desert and started grumbling about being hungry. They complained bitterly to Moses for leading them into the desert only to die of starvation. Many of them were ready to go back to Egypt, even though that would mean returning to slavery.Again, Yahweh came through for them. Manna appeared each morning thereafter, so the Israelites would get their carbs. And after a lot of carping by the Israelites, He provided them doves to eat with it.Just what is manna? Is there such a thing? I am pretty certain the manna in the Old Testament accounts wasn’t supplied by a Washington, D.C. eatery and that you couldn’t order it off a papyrus menu.Instead, the manna appeared on the ground, every day before dawn. From heaven, the Israelites believed. Apparently, it tasted like coriander seed wafers, faintly flavored with honey.It had to be scooped from the ground before the sun came up, as it quickly melted away. But they could pick up only what they could eat that day, because it would spoil if kept longer. Except in preparation for their holy day, Saturday, they could pick up two days’ worth.Scholars report that even today little icy, berry-like droplets appear in the desert early in the morning after a cold night. Scholars believe this might be what was referred to as manna in the Bible. When the sun comes up, it doesn’t take long for these droplets to disappear.The Israelites, as they often did, complained again, this time about having to eat the same thing day after day. Personally, I can’t imagine eating doves and manna for the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert.I think the Manna restaurant should plan on pressing its manna into the shape of a frozen doughnut so customers can dunk it in their coffee. I hope Kroger doesn’t read my commentary. They might very well develop a method to package manna, perhaps with pigeon fillets and drum sticks in a quick pack. I could see myself getting in trouble bellyaching to my wife, Kris, “Not manna and pigeon again!”last_img read more

Motolite spikers score; Army survives BanKo Perlas

first_imgPacifictown-Army recovered from a previous setback while Motolite finally got its footing as they turned back separate foes Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Motolite, parading one of the best rosters in the league, at last nail its first win by beating BaliPure, 25-16, 25-21, 25-18.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In-form Dutchman shoots for second straight win Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “We finished on a high note, that’s the important thing. We’re happy to be in the middle of the standings right now,” said PacificTown coach Kungfu Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Channon Thompson clicked with the rest of the Motolite locals, including Maristela Layug, as they scored their first victory after a 0-4 start.Earlier, PacificTown-Army blasted BanKo Perlas with a 25-22, 23-25, 27-29, 25-20, 15-7, triumph.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, logisticsLady Troopers import Jenelle Jordan led the assault with 23 points, while fellow import Lena Lymareva-Flink and Honey Royse Tubino added 19 and 16 markers, respectively.Coming from a straight sets defeat at the hands of PetroGazz, PacificTown-Army scored its third win in five games. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more