Cooking blog – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:57:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://threewisemenblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/3.png Cooking blog – Three Wise Men Blog http://threewisemenblog.com/ 32 32 The Newcastle United Blog | Bargain fee revealed for looming January signing https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-bargain-fee-revealed-for-looming-january-signing/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 19:00:09 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-bargain-fee-revealed-for-looming-january-signing/ It was revealed this morning that Newcastle have agreed in principle to sign Garang Kuol from the Central Coast Mariners. The striker will arrive in Tyneside for a medical and to finalize personal terms later this week. A few more details have since emerged about the potential deal. The mail revealed that Newcastle would only […]]]>

It was revealed this morning that Newcastle have agreed in principle to sign Garang Kuol from the Central Coast Mariners. The striker will arrive in Tyneside for a medical and to finalize personal terms later this week.

A few more details have since emerged about the potential deal. The mail revealed that Newcastle would only pay £300,000 for the 18-year-old, the amount of his release clause.

He will leave on loan once the move is official in January. As initially reported, a number of European clubs are eager to bring him in for the rest of the season.

The Echo of the North indicated that personal terms will not be a problem. Once everything is settled, Kuol will return to Australia to start the season with the Central Coast Mariners. Their season kicks off next weekend against Newcastle Jets.

Barring any unforeseen problems, Kuol will be Newcastle’s first signing for the winter window. It’s a window Newcastle are expected to be active in despite spending north of £100m in the summer.

Newcastle have been heavily linked with Leicester’s James Maddison and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykhaylo Mudryk. It should be another exciting window as the club continues to build towards a bright future.

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The LCGC Blog: Remembering the First Time https://threewisemenblog.com/the-lcgc-blog-remembering-the-first-time/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 18:39:34 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-lcgc-blog-remembering-the-first-time/ Do you remember your first time? Maybe it was a tie-dye party. Maybe you’ve seen marker pigments spread on a paper towel soaked in liquid. Was it a few crawling stains on a plate in organic chemistry class? Perhaps it was about pressing the plunger of a syringe and seeing what was once invisible transform […]]]>

Do you remember your first time? Maybe it was a tie-dye party. Maybe you’ve seen marker pigments spread on a paper towel soaked in liquid. Was it a few crawling stains on a plate in organic chemistry class? Perhaps it was about pressing the plunger of a syringe and seeing what was once invisible transform into beautiful Gaussian art flowing through a chart recorder or computer screen. At any time, if you’re reading this journal, you’ve most likely applied chromatography and remember the first separation that sparked your love for the field. That magical moment you felt was more than a growing poetic memory. In fact, that was probably the time when you were most apt to learn chromatography… or… apt to learn anything!

Be a beginner

I recently read a wonderful book called “Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning” by Tom Vanderbilt (2021 Penguin Random House). At first glance, this has absolutely nothing to do with chromatography. The author pursued what some might consider a self-indulgent experience in learning a variety of new skills as a middle-aged adult. How on earth does a book about a journalist trying to learn to surf, play chess, juggle, and a few other adventures have anything to do with becoming a better separation scientist? Interestingly, throughout his journey, the author made frequent stops with top researchers in the field of learning to understand what changed in him as each skill was attempted. What was most fascinating was that regardless of the task, the pattern was similar and confirmed by science. We learn best when we tackle something new. Additionally, if we can revert to childlike innocence, our ability to acquire skill (not to be confused with mastery) is quickly accelerated. Our steepest learning curves come when we stray from skills that we dismiss as already acquired. For example, learning to sing at a level for public performance or drawing beyond doodles is so hampered by already ingrained mindsets that advancing those skills is more difficult than learning something entirely new. Consider how much harder it is to learn a second language as an adult, when your brain has already learned to converse, versus like a child who has never had to schematize a sentence in English.

learn to fall

During his trip, Vanderbilt visited the Infant Action Center at New York University’s Center for Neural Science. When learning to learn, it makes sense to watch babies as they grasp the basics. As every parent knows, babies learning to walk tend to fall. A lot. During months. In fact, those who fall more frequently tend to eventually overcome walking. faster than those who hesitate to test gravity. They also get faster vertical mobility by trying many variations, random walk if you will, many of which attempts don’t work. It is the process, however, that leads to ultimate success. Babies are lucky because they have inherent advantages in these falls, with built-in padding and flexible bones. Adults are more rigid – both physically and mentally. As we age, we tend to become more defensive and protective of our bodies. We know we are more brittle, as a lifetime of experiential cuts and bruises (possibly hospital trips) will testify. We also more carefully guard our perception of ourselves. “I can’t use this new Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) instrument because it’s different software, there are parameters I don’t understand and I’ll look stupid to my colleagues .” Yet this example, assuming you know of another area of ​​separations, is a perfect opportunity, as it is probably in the zone of proximal development. It’s an optimal learning space between what you can do without help and what you can do with a little help. It may seem impossible at first, but it’s closer than you think.

Variable learning for victory

Ideally, we would all have the time, money, and support to take in-depth courses with personalized coaching on the skill we want to advance. In the real world, there are likely low-resource opportunities in our daily lives to advance our separation skills. When trying to elevate something that has become routine, the key to advancement is variable learning. A runner who takes the same path at the same pace will quickly plateau in their training. If they add sprint intervals or hill climbs or anything new, they will make more progress. A chromatograph who runs the same gradient on that 5 µm C18 column every day could also benefit from a change. If your environment disapproves of such deviations, other avenues exist. If you are a scientist with a passion for Gas Chromatography (GC), take a chance and read this article a few pages down on Liquid Chromatography (LC) (and vice versa for people in the liquid phase). Curious to know what’s going on in that mass spectrometer at the exit of your column? Jump on www.Chromacademy.com and browse the available content (there are tons of them for free). Lucky enough to attend a conference (hope we’ll see many of you at Pittcon 2023 for the ACS SCSC Annual Meeting!)? Try attending a session outside of your comfort zone. Alternatively, take a lunch break and watch a webinar outside of your daily sphere, like at www.ACS.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars.html. A pharmaceutical scientist may find the latest advances in forensic technology to be a breakthrough innovation in their own field. The key is not to be a robot performing the same routine. Tangents aren’t just for advanced integrations.

Treat yourself

A key lesson from the book is that the new specific skill didn’t really matter. Learning a new talent aided subsequent attempts at other new skills. Scientifically, you can read about neuroplasticity in the book. I prefer to think of it as becoming more comfortable with falling and getting back to my childhood mindset. Wander through the shelves of your local library and pick up a 101 book on whatever ignites your passion, whether it’s coding or cooking. Download a new language course and listen to it while commuting. Sign up for this community plumbing course, which will also be directly applicable to LC and GC! Go ahead and indulge in this new skill, whether it’s juggling, blacksmithing, or multi-dimensional splits. Learn to relearn!

Jonathan Shackman is Associate Scientific Director in the Chemical Process Development Department of Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) and is based in New Jersey, USA. He received his two BS degrees from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Professor Robert T. Kennedy. Prior to joining BMS, he held a National Research Council position at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was Professor of Chemistry at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To date, he has authored over 30 manuscripts and two book chapters. He has presented over 30 oral and poster presentations and holds a patent in the field of separation science. Jonathan proudly served on the ACS Subdivision of Separations Chemistry and Chromatography (SCSC) Board of Directors for three terms.


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Worth County 5-0 under freshman coach Hammond https://threewisemenblog.com/worth-county-5-0-under-freshman-coach-hammond/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:50:13 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/worth-county-5-0-under-freshman-coach-hammond/ Hammond said he wasn’t sure what to expect going into the season. “Being new here and not playing a spring game, I was really curious how we would compete and how we would handle the lows,” he said. “Nothing is going to be perfect – there’s no such thing as a perfect game. Something negative […]]]>

Hammond said he wasn’t sure what to expect going into the season.

“Being new here and not playing a spring game, I was really curious how we would compete and how we would handle the lows,” he said. “Nothing is going to be perfect – there’s no such thing as a perfect game. Something negative is always going to happen. So when you come to a place that’s broken down and they haven’t had a winning season for several years, you wonder how they’re going to handle the situation when things don’t go your way.

“This group has been, really, a lean-on-each-other type team. Some games the defense plays the lights, while the offense doesn’t play so well. Or vice versa. Against Upson-Lee and Berrien, we played well in attack but not the best in defense. We are always looking to put on our best football game.

Region 1 has traditionally been one of the most competitive regions in 2A and it is still the case this year. The Rams take on the traditional powerhouse Dodge County (1-4, 0-1) on Friday, then the best Fitzgerald (5-0, 1-0) the following week. The Purple Hurricane beat the Indians 20-12 last week.

After Jeff Davis (0-5, 0-1) and Sumter County (1-3, 0-0), the Rams close the regular season with No. 4 Cook (4-1, 1-0).

“Dodge County is the best 1-4 football team I’ve ever seen,” Hammond said. “They lost to three undefeated teams (1ADI’s No. 7 Bleckley County and Swainsboro’s No. 1, and 2A’s top-ranked Fitzgerald) who are well-ranked, and you can tell they would love to have that one. of West Laurens (a 14-12 loss). They are a very good football team and a traditional powerhouse that is not used to losing. They’re used to deep playoffs and winning their region, and it’s going to be a really tough place to go play.

Hammond comes to Worth County as a longtime assistant, mostly at South Georgia, having made the playoffs with Colquitt County and Coffee, including three title game appearances with the Packers. He also coached Foley (Alabama) for two seasons and in his only other stint as coach at Georgia he went 1-9 at Spalding in 2019.

He said he took the lessons learned at every practice stop with him in Worth County.

“Spalding was a great learning experience for me,” he said. “We started a lot of freshmen and sophomores, but we were competitive. Some of the best coaching I’ve done was that season, and I only won one game. But they competed and they got better. It took us longer to see the results.

At Moultrie, he was on the 2010 Packers staff when they started 0-3, entered the playoffs 5-5 and reached the 5A Championship as the No. 3 seed.

“It’s about getting into the state tournament,” Hammond said. “Once that becomes the norm, you find ways to win playoff games.”

Hammond’s long-term goal is for the Rams to be the consistent state powerhouse they were from 1984 to 1991 under Milt Miller, when they played in four state championships, reached the semifinals at six times, winning four regional titles and winning the 3A title in 1987. .

“That’s the goal, but we’re at the start of the process,” he said. “We have to keep doing our thing, and in 2-3 years we should be competing at the state level.”

Hammond said this year’s team will go as far as the 3-3-5 formation defense, led by senior linebacker Taylor Fluellen (43 tackles, 10 tackles for loss), takes them.

“We have to keep improving in every position on that side of the ball and I think they are,” Hammond said.

Offensively, senior dual-threat Chip Cooper leads the way. He has 71 of 119 passes for 815 yards and eight touchdowns to zero interceptions, and he has 69 carries for 325 yards and six touchdowns. Freshman Kaden Chester has 481 yards and six touchdowns on 88 carries.

Hammond wanted to see improvement in the team’s running game this year, and so far he’s seen it behind an offensive line that features four new starters, including three sophomores.

“You see the growth,” he said. “We had difficult times and very good times.”

Hammond has the same three goals every season – making the playoffs, winning the region and winning the state. All three are still intact.

“We just have to take it one at a time,” he said. “If you win three regional games, chances are you’re a playoff team. Win four, and maybe you’re a No. 2 or No. 3 seed. Win five, and you’re a No. 1 or 2. Right now, we’re on Dodge County.


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Sunday Funday: Fall in! Editing https://threewisemenblog.com/sunday-funday-fall-in-editing/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:08:52 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/sunday-funday-fall-in-editing/ Talk about a sudden change from summer to fall! One day it’s 100 degrees, two days later it’s fall with temperatures barely able to reach 60 degrees. For people like me, my body and my mind are all ready for change. There’s simply nothing quite like crisp, chilly fall days. Meanwhile, in Russia, Putin wants […]]]>

Talk about a sudden change from summer to fall! One day it’s 100 degrees, two days later it’s fall with temperatures barely able to reach 60 degrees. For people like me, my body and my mind are all ready for change. There’s simply nothing quite like crisp, chilly fall days.

Meanwhile, in Russia, Putin wants young men to join the military so they can be cannon fodder for his pet war in Ukraine. It’s not going so well – “how to break your arm at home” is suddenly the first search in Russia. Apparently a broken arm = a reprieve.

Hey! Looks like the cogs of justice are turning!

A) Five years after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, which hurricane again devastated the island?

B) Meanwhile, Japan was surrounded by a major what Sunday with winds over 100 mph and 2 feet of rain?

C) It’s always Hispanic History Month: Which country has the most Spanish speakers?

D) Uh, what? The former president claimed in a television interview that he could declassify documents by doing what?

E) What is the name of the NY AG that sued the former president for $250 million in back taxes, etc. ?

F) In addition to prosecuting the former president, the NY AG also referred criminal charges to which two federal agencies?

G) The wife of which SCOTUS judge will testify before the commission of January 6?

H) Last Friday was the first day of the start of what in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming?

I) The benchmark oil price fell below what price level on Friday?

J) Medical leaders in the United States are warning that the United States could be facing a “dual epidemic” which will involve which two diseases strike at once?

K) “It’s closing.” “No it is not.” Iowa Governor Says Which Facility Is NOT Closing Despite Emailing Employees Titled “Closing Facility”?

L) Name two states that were once part of Mexico?

M) Every Republican in the Senate voted Thursday to block a bill that would have forced campaign disclosure of what?

N) September 24, 1957 – President Eisenhower orders the National Guard to maintain order because which high school in town is integrated?

O) What now? What essential ingredient for making sparkling beer is in short supply this fall?

P) The FDA had to issue a warning, thanks to a TikTok challenge, not to cook what combination together?

Q) Which WNBA team won their first franchise championship last week?

R) What Broadway show is due to end next February after 35 years (1987)?

S) Perhaps the funeral of the century. Who was buried Monday in front of global television coverage and the presence of many national leaders?

T) The DOJ on Monday charged 47 people with defrauding a $250 million federal program that was intended for what purpose?

Teach a man to hate and he’ll vote Republican all his life. – Riot of the Middle Ages

Answers:

A) Hurricane Fiona

B) typhoon

C) Mexico

D) declassify them in his head

E) Letitia James

F) the FBI and the IRS

G) Ginni, wife of Clarence Thomas. No date set yet.

H) early voting

I) $80/barrel – yet the price of gas remains high

J) Covid and the flu.

K) the Iowa Veterans’ Home in Marshalltown

L) California, Nevada, Utah, Texas and New Mexico, plus most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.

M) Black money contributions to super-PACs

N) Little Rock, Arkansas

O) carbon dioxide.

P) Chicken and Ny-Quil (seriously)

Q) the Aces of Las Vegas

A) The Phantom of the Opera

S) Queen Elizabeth II

T) feed poor children during the pandemic.

Bad news, morons: Joe Biden just reclassified everything with his mind. – Jeff Tiedrich


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MSC Seashore Live Blog – Day 7 – Day at sea https://threewisemenblog.com/msc-seashore-live-blog-day-7-day-at-sea/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:50:55 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/msc-seashore-live-blog-day-7-day-at-sea/ Today is a day at sea and unfortunately the last day of my cruise. It’s amazing how quickly a week goes by, especially with four port calls to fill the days. I’m jealous of those people who cruise back to back; I can definitely see the appeal of another week on board. I thoroughly enjoyed […]]]>

Today is a day at sea and unfortunately the last day of my cruise. It’s amazing how quickly a week goes by, especially with four port calls to fill the days.

I’m jealous of those people who cruise back to back; I can definitely see the appeal of another week on board.

I thoroughly enjoyed my first MSC cruise and the ship has a lot to offer. Again today, I found new places that I hadn’t visited before, proving that I need to spend more time on this ship.

Here’s what I did to enjoy the last leg of my fantastic MSC Seashore cruise.

Morning activities

For breakfast today, I wanted to try something different, so I headed to the main dining room at Central Park Restaurant. Not many people had arrived for breakfast yet and I was seated with a great view of the ocean. Unlike dinner the other night, there were plenty of waiters with few people to serve early in the morning.

I chose the Eggs Benedict as it has not been an available option at the buffet this week. The server quickly brought hot coffee and juice along with an assortment of pastries. One thing I love about MSC is that they always serve coffee with steamed milk, a nice European practice that makes all the difference! My eggs were tasty and the servers were attentive. A nice quiet start to my day.

Following this, I went for a walk around the ship to enjoy the morning sun. For a change, it was a bit windy outside, which I loved. I went up to upper deck 19, which has the best view. Although access is limited, part of the space is dedicated to the MSC Yacht Club, the cruise line’s suite class.

Among the benefits, passengers in MSC Yacht Club cabins have their own restaurant, lounge, solarium and priority embarkation/disembarkation. I also noticed that there were covered seats for Yacht Club guests on the quays of all ports, providing shade while waiting for transport. I was also told there was a private retreat area at Ocean Cay, although I couldn’t see it. It definitely sounds like a great way to cruise.

From there I went down to the Hall of Games to see all the fun stuff available. There are plenty of things to do, such as 4D cinema, an arcade and VR games, available at an additional cost. I really wanted to try virtual rafting, but it’s a two-person boat, so I missed that one.

Lunch / afternoon

I relaxed for a while on deck, enjoying the sun. As with other cruise lines, the chair hogs were out early for the best spots, but I was able to find a nice quiet spot. I noticed that there are not many umbrellas or cabins for rent like some other ships.

Being my last day, I decided not to pack my bags, so I could get the unpleasant task over with and enjoy the rest of my day at sea. lunch options and saw that one of the specialty restaurants – Butcher’s Cut, was having a brunch special. Based on my excellent meal the other night, I thought I’d give it a try for the good price of $12.

I really didn’t need it, but I had chicken, cookies and gravy. A large plate of food, the cookies were perfectly flaky and the chicken was crispy and light; I could have had a bucket of sweet maple sauce, but thought that would have been an odd request.

After a brief rest, I spent some time browsing a few of the many stores and stopped at the MSC Foundation area to learn a bit more about what MSC is doing to help the environment. They sell goods on board with profits going towards the effort.

I also walked through the casino, which is very colorful and has a lot of activity. It’s open to other areas of the ship, and I didn’t notice anyone smoking or smelling smoke, a question cruisers frequently ask. Didn’t gamble as I have no luck on the slots, but it’s a fun environment to hang out.

It’s Love!

Tonight I decided to return to the main dining room for my last meal on board MSC Seashore. I didn’t know it was Italian night, but I quickly snapped the picture with the streamers, napkins, and waiters in bow ties in the colors of the Italian flag.

My first problem was what to choose. Lots of amazing choices, but I narrowed it down. My first course was the Caprese salad, one of my favorites, and it did not disappoint. Second came Penne all ‘Amatriciana – a savory sauce with freshly made pasta topped with a little chili and pecorino cheese – and wow! To top it off, I went with a classic Italian flavor, choosing a Limoncello cake which was perfectly tangy.

The general mood in the dining room tonight was a bit more relaxed. I heard lots of laughter from the other guests and everyone seemed to be enjoying the last evening on board.

Final Thoughts

I was so lucky to travel on this beautiful cruise ship this week, and we were really lucky with the weather every day.

All in all, as I return to Miami tomorrow morning, I’m sure I’ll be taking another MSC cruise. I had a great time, the ship is fantastic and the crew were very friendly and helpful. Part of MSC’s appeal is its large fleet and wide range of routes. I would definitely like to travel on some of their new ships due to launch this year.

Also, a note on solo browsing. It’s easy. There is a lot of information about meetings and activities in the daily program. Most people are happy and chatty so you never feel lonely, and I feel like the staff go the extra mile for solo travellers. I like talking with other passengers and the staff tend to know where they are from and what they are doing.

Thanks for following my travels this week.


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American Catfish Recipe of the Month: Greek Catfish with Hummus https://threewisemenblog.com/american-catfish-recipe-of-the-month-greek-catfish-with-hummus/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 20:46:45 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/american-catfish-recipe-of-the-month-greek-catfish-with-hummus/ Ingredients • 4 fillets of American farmed catfish• Olive oil Greek seasoning: • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano• 2 tablespoons garlic powder• 1 tablespoon of dried basil• 1 tablespoon of dried dill• 1 tablespoon of dried parsley• 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary• 1 tablespoon dried onion• 1 tablespoon kosher salt• 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper• […]]]>

Ingredients

• 4 fillets of American farmed catfish
• Olive oil

Greek seasoning:

• 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
• 2 tablespoons garlic powder
• 1 tablespoon of dried basil
• 1 tablespoon of dried dill
• 1 tablespoon of dried parsley
• 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
• 1 tablespoon dried onion
• 1 tablespoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon of lemon pepper
• 2 teaspoons of dried marjoram
• 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
• 1 teaspoon of black pepper
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Hummus:

• 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
• 1/3 cup of tahini
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
• 3 tablespoons of water (for mixing)
• Paprika

Instructions

1. PREHEAT the grill over high heat.
2. TO MIX TOGETHER seasoning ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
3. DRIZZLE fillets with olive oil then sprinkle Greek seasoning on both sides.
4. SQUARE place catfish on grill, skin side up, and cook 3 to 4 minutes.
5. Carefully FLIP fillets and continue grilling for 3 minutes more or until nicely browned and cooked through.
6. REMOVE off the grill and let cool slightly.
7. In a small food processor, COMBINE beans and next 6 ingredients, and blend hummus until smooth (add more water if needed).
8. SQUARE in a bowl, drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with paprika.
9. SPOON part of the hummus on a plate and serve the catfish on top.


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We’d love to know what you think after trying this one! I always check the label to make sure it is American farmed catfish and so should you. Enjoy 100% All-American!



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Wrecking Ball: The Ukraine Crisis and Global Aid https://threewisemenblog.com/wrecking-ball-the-ukraine-crisis-and-global-aid/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 00:10:35 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/wrecking-ball-the-ukraine-crisis-and-global-aid/ As the toll of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continues to mount, albeit interspersed with some rare glimmers of hopethe implications for global aid become clearer and more worrying. The effects on aid are both indirect and direct. In terms of indirect effects, food and energy inflation resulting from the crisis (associated with COVID-19 and […]]]>

As the toll of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continues to mount, albeit interspersed with some rare glimmers of hopethe implications for global aid become clearer and more worrying.

The effects on aid are both indirect and direct. In terms of indirect effects, food and energy inflation resulting from the crisis (associated with COVID-19 and climate change) increases extreme poverty; strain formal and informal social protection programs in many low- and middle-income economies that are already heavily indebted; and worsening famine, conflict and fragility in countries like Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan. At the same time, donor fiscal space and political appetite for massive aid responses to this increased demand are constrained by internal support programs to combat the effects of soaring energy prices and higher inflation in the country. Inflation also erodes the real value of existing donor aid efforts.

There are also the direct costs of non-military financial, humanitarian and refugee support which is (understandably) intended to help Ukraine and its people, but which could shift spending for needs elsewhere. Recent analysis by the secretariat of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has attempted to quantify the potential magnitude of these direct costs based on donor funding commitments and refugee movements to date.

In terms of financial and humanitarian assistance, commitments to Ukraine are now estimated to represent a significant – and, in the case of Poland, more than – share of the amount that many DAC donors have spent overall of their official development assistance (ODA) budgets in 2021 (Figure 1).

Based on commitments made in mid-June, the overall cost of aid to Ukraine in 2022 is expected to reach more than a quarter of the total ODA spent by DAC donors last year, or around $46 billion. The Only the United States has committed $8.5 billion in direct budget support to Ukraine to date, plus significant humanitarian assistance. By comparing, in 2020, Ukraine received $2.6 billion in ODA from all donors, including $779 million from DAC countries.

Then there is the cost of hosting refugees by donors during their first year of stay, which some DAC members consider to be ODA. Although these estimates are more difficult to generate, the OECD calculated the costs of a three-month stay for refugees based on the number of Ukrainian refugees hosted by DAC donors (Figure 2).

Based on the number of Ukrainian refugees as of mid-June, the total cost of a three-month stay is estimated at around 3.3% of 2021 ODA, or around $5.2 billion. If, as is likely, these refugees are forced to stay longer and/or if there are more Ukrainian refugees, these costs will increase. A UK-based civil society group estimated that the total living expenses of refugees in the donor country could quadruple in 2022 and reach up to 46 billion US dollars. It will not be until April 2023, when the DAC reports its members’ expenses for that calendar year, that we will know the total amount of these costs.

And, of course, neither set of estimates includes the future costs of Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction, which a recent joint European Union-World Bank evaluation amounts to 349 billion dollars, and which will increase as long as the war continues.

These additional costs are not necessarily zero-sum. Donors may supplement their aid budgets to meet the direct costs of the Ukrainian crisis, including the stay of refugees, as well as to support future reconstruction efforts. Indeed, DAC members increased their aid for the second consecutive year in 2021, and major donors, such as the United States and the European Unionadded their aid to Ukraine.

But most of the increase in aid from DAC countries in 2021 was for COVID-19 vaccines, not humanitarian crises. And, in the face of rising inflation, several European donors have already made significant “reallocations” of aid to offset the costs of their aid to Ukraine, including the stay of refugees in the country. According to the DAC Secretariat, the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark have already announced reassignments with a combined value of US$1.4 billion. The German finance minister proposed a 12% reduction in aid to help fund national energy and income support programs. And, in the case of the UK, refugee costs in donors of around £2-3bn in 2022 (i.e. potentially more than a quarter of the £11.5bn spent in 2021) will be probably counted in his ceiling of 0.5% ODA as a proportion of gross national income, which some will interpret as the last in a series of consecutive cuts to help by the Johnson/Truss governments.

write for Foreign AffairsIan Mitchell and Nancy Birdsall of American Society Center for Global Development argues that Western donors’ propensity to “cook the books” and consistently underfund global aid and climate finance “undermines the credibility of Western donors and hurts the United States and its allies in their competition with China for worldwide influence”.

While Australia has almost never counted refugee costs in donors as aid, it is worth remembering that it is far less generous than most European donors, including the UK. Nor will he ever come close to the United States when it comes to sharing the global aid burden. But Australia also seeks to be credible in the race for influence. As the Ukraine crisis continues to present the world with tough choices, the Albanian government should, starting with Australia’s shrinking aid budget, ensure that Western support for Ukraine does not not to the detriment of aid efforts in other parts of the world.

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Blog: Week 4 Friday Night Lights Football Heroes – Part Two (9/21/22) https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-week-4-friday-night-lights-football-heroes-part-two-9-21-22/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 03:22:38 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/blog-week-4-friday-night-lights-football-heroes-part-two-9-21-22/ Fullerton High’s Bracy Cook (#32 with ball) is one of the most versatile players in 8-a-side football with his rushing, receiving and passing skills offensively and his jarring tackles defensively. *(Photo courtesy of Cathy Cook of Fullerton) *Brady Cook, Aiden Norman, Tyler Gochenour-Fullerton – To cook and Norman combined for 453 rushing yards and 9 […]]]>

Fullerton High’s Bracy Cook (#32 with ball) is one of the most versatile players in 8-a-side football with his rushing, receiving and passing skills offensively and his jarring tackles defensively. *(Photo courtesy of Cathy Cook of Fullerton)

*Brady Cook, Aiden Norman, Tyler Gochenour-FullertonTo cook and Norman combined for 453 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns in Fullerton’s wild 74-42 win over the Nebraska Lutheran Aerial Show. Brady Cookwho ran for over a thousand yards a year ago, ran for 251 yards on 14 bins with 4 touchdowns. Aiden Norman really had a night with his 202 yards on 19 carries with 5 touchdowns. Aiden also returned a 79-yard kickoff for a score, made 6 solo tackles on defense, intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and converted 5 double PATS on runs.

Tyler Gochenour gave the Nebraska Lutheran little to no chance to return kickoffs by starting 9 of 11 in the end zone for touchdowns. Brady Cook by the way, has 409 rushing yards to date with 8 touchdowns.

* Jackson Roberts-North Platte St. Pats – Twice 1000 yards rushing Junior carries 9 times for 150 yards with 27, 43 and 7 yard TD runs in the Irish 57-14 game over Sutherland.

*Izaac Dickey, Jackson Lindburg, Alex Noyd-Cross County – In a 58-14 victory over an improved Twin River team, Izaac Dickey rushed for 127 yards with 4 touchdowns, Jackson Lindburg added 103 yards with a TD and All-State Junior Alex Noyd tallied 18 tackles on defense and generally made life miserable for the Titans, as did the strongman dicky, who made three “friendly” visits to the Twin River backfield, resulting in tackles for a loss. He also picked up a fumble.

*Isaiah Weber-Gretna – 5-7, 170-pound junior broke for 194 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on 20 carries in the Dragons’ 49-20 victory over Millard South. Weber also had 4 receptions for 40 yards and made 2 solo saves on defense, which included a sack. Weber’s The 2022 rushing total has reached 457 yards to date.

*Evan Hansen-Millard North –The Mustang quarterback gave the #1 Omaha Westside a little work before the Warriors finally put away Millard North 35-23. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound junior rushed 21 times for 183 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown that put the Mustangs up 14-7 at the time.

Hansen also completed 10 of 20 passes for 145 yards and a 9-yard pass for Doctor Thomas. Evan Hansen has 472 passing yards (5 touchdowns) and 389 rushing yards (4 touchdowns) through 4 games for the Mustangs 2-2.

* Caleb Richardson, Jace Chrisman-Grand Island – In the Islanders’ 27-14 win over a fast Lincoln High team, Richardson ran 20 times for 117 yards with a 6-yard dash, while the team leader Jace Chrisman added 100 yards on 13 carries.

*Charmar Brown-Creighton preparation – Another big night for the senior quarterback in the Jays’ 31-7 win over Millard West. “Marty” rushed for 150 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, giving up his 756 yards (9 touchdowns) for the year.

*Tadd TeBrink-Crete – Walked through the “D” Schuyler with his 227 yards and 3 touchdowns on 25 carries in the Cardinals’ 28-7 win over the Warriors.

*Braeden Stull, Korbin Gribble, Josiah Mobly-Scottsbluff – Bluffs QB completed 7 of 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in the narrow Bearcats 20-17 on a pretty salty York team. by Stül two scoring throws went to Korbin Gribble (27 meters), Josiah Moly (57 meters).

*Walker Ott, Hunter Palmer-Wisner-Pilger – During the Gators’ 44-32 victory over Pender, quarterback Walker Ott hit 7-12 passes for 99 yards and a pair of touchdowns (55 points, pick 6), and Palm Hunter added 129 yards on 23 carries with TD canters of 21 and 5 yards.

Ott’s scoring passes were managed by Palmer (23 yards) and Devin Schultz (25 meters)

*Evan Kastons-Waverly – Junior escaped for 177 yards on 17 carries with touchdown passes for 23 and 77 yards in Waverly’s 42-0 shutout of Norris.

*Jake Ryan Minden – The Whippet RB rushed 17 times for 148 yards and scored carries for 48 and 24 yards in the 44-26 win over The Fairbury Aerial Show

*Jax Biehl, Jackson Martin-Fairbury – The famous Jax Biehl at jackson Martin the hookup accounted for every touchdown (31, 8 17, 43 yards) in Jeffs’ 44-25 loss to an ever-improving Minden team. Biehl, the C-1 Aerial King so far in 2002, threw for 1,279 yards and 20 touchdowns in just 4 games while fellow senior classmate Jackson Martin completed 29 of Biehl’s 72 successful passes for a monster of 659 yards and 9 touchdowns.

We are only talking about 4 games here. You don’t suppose Biehl and Martin play a little ball in the summer, don’t you?

*Ben Ely, Caden Fry, Brooks Armstrong-Red Cloud – The Warriors finally got rid of Pawnee City for a 55-30 win last week after the Indians took a 30-20 lead midway through the 2nd quarter. Ely blasted the Pawnee defense with his 232 yards on 22 carries with TD runs of 39, 1, and 4 yards. He also completed 6 of 11 passes for 101 yards and a 15-yard TD strike for Caden fries.

Fry not only had 7 receptions for 116 yards, but caught 3 more touchdown passes (17, 4, 5 yards) from Brooks Armstrong in the battle at 6.

*Isaac Classen-Humphrey St. Francis – 9 carries, 131 yards and three touchdowns in the Flyers’ 68-12 win over East Butler. Bricklayer Geilenkirchen (try putting that name on the back of a St. Frans jersey) recorded both a rushing and receiving touchdown

*Trey Connell-South Wolf – Ran for 132 yards on 2 carries and all three touchdowns (1, 55, 3 yards) in the Bobcats’ 32-22 loss to Sandhills-Thedford. Connell has 547 yards and 8 touchdowns so far in 2022.

*Luke Kasten-Potter-Dix – The king of 6-a-side football never looked better in the Coyotes’ #1 63-0 win over Sioux County. solid gold Castle rolled for 145 yards on 9 carries and FIVE touchdowns and 9 tackles (2 sacks on defense) in limited action.

Luke Kasten career stats to date: Passing-3,172 yards with 56 TDs/13 INTs. Rushing: 3,024 yards (51 touchdowns). Reception-554 yards (8 TDs). Defense-355 tackles with 82 TFL and 20 sacks, 7 interceptions, 6 Fumble recoveries with 2 FR touchdowns in just 32 games.

*Kaden Hunt-Winside – 152 yards on just 9 carries and a 66-yard TD gallop for Mr Hunt in Winside’s 50-8 win over Walthill.

* Trev Peters-Heartland (Henderson) – Scored 4 touchdowns on McCool Junction in the Huskies’ 70-0 loss to the Mustangs. The fleet foot Stones scored on rushing touchdowns covering 68, 47, and 46 yards and also recorded a 39-yard Pick 6 in the rout.

ThisRev Peters is an exceptional athlete that I have seen live on the grill and hardwood.

*Gage Mintken, Dylan Young-Hay Springs – The Hawks lost a heartbreaker 44-42 to Arthur County, but that didn’t slow down Mintken and young.

Mintken Pledge escaped for 173 yards on 31 carries with 3 touchdowns, while QB Dylan Young was sharp, completing 7 of 12 passes for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one of which was a sparkling 66-yard pass to Change.

*Beau Knapp at Trent Watkins-Elm Creek – The From Knapp to Watkins 42 yard Hail Mary pass completion at gun down Central Valley 52-48.

*Kason Loomis-Bridgeport – 167 yards and FOUR touchdowns on just 12 carries on limited duty in Bridgeport’s 71-18 win over Hemingford. Loomiswho ran 1,000 yards on the nose in 2021, is already at 875 yards (15 TDs) after 4 games this fall.

*Kyle Kasik-Clarkson-Leigh – A great night for grown-ups Kasikwho rushed for a modest 118 yards on 17 touches and FOUR touchdowns in the Patriots’ 54-26 win over a pesky Shelby/Rising City team.

*Preston Larson-Giltner – 6-0, 180-pound junior rushed for 128 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown in a 28-12 loss to High Plains Community. Larson, who has 443 yards rushing after 4 games, also caught a pair of passes for 32 yards and made 16 tackles on defense.


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Tennessee Titans vs. Buffalo Bills Monday Night Football: Live Update Blog https://threewisemenblog.com/tennessee-titans-vs-buffalo-bills-monday-night-football-live-update-blog/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 00:15:00 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/tennessee-titans-vs-buffalo-bills-monday-night-football-live-update-blog/ The Buffalo Bills (1-0) continue their run to the Lombardi Trophy tonight against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans (0-1). The Titans and Bills played Monday Night Football in Nashville last year in one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Titans emerged victorious, but the Bills are looking to change their fortunes […]]]>

The Buffalo Bills (1-0) continue their run to the Lombardi Trophy tonight against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans (0-1).

The Titans and Bills played Monday Night Football in Nashville last year in one of the most entertaining games of the year. The Titans emerged victorious, but the Bills are looking to change their fortunes tonight.

WHAT: Buffalo Bills (1-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (0-1)

WHEN: Monday, September 19, 2022, 7:15 p.m. EST

WHERE: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, New York (71,608)

TELEVISION: ESPN / Fubo TV (free try)


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The Newcastle United Blog | Premier League boss confirms Newcastle Target have started new contract talks https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-premier-league-boss-confirms-newcastle-target-have-started-new-contract-talks/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 16:32:52 +0000 https://threewisemenblog.com/the-newcastle-united-blog-premier-league-boss-confirms-newcastle-target-have-started-new-contract-talks/ Widely seen as one of Newcastle’s main targets for January, James Maddison could be at a crossroads with Leicester City. The playmaker was the subject of two rejected offers from Newcastle over the summer. When the winter window arrives, he will enter the final 18 months of his current contract. That’s the hope, at least, […]]]>

Widely seen as one of Newcastle’s main targets for January, James Maddison could be at a crossroads with Leicester City. The playmaker was the subject of two rejected offers from Newcastle over the summer. When the winter window arrives, he will enter the final 18 months of his current contract.

That’s the hope, at least, from the Magpies’ perspective. Athleticism published comments from Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers confirming that new contract negotiations have begun with the 25-year-old playmaker, whose ability to unblock defenses was rare in Newcastle’s draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

After confirming Maddison’s agent had held talks with the Leicester brass on numerous occasions, Brendan added:

“I’m pretty sure the club would want to do that. With James two years from the end, the club would naturally want to protect the asset. But it works both ways.

“If a player – not to say James – doesn’t want to sign him, it can be a dead end. Both parties need to be able to come to an agreement.

“But absolutely, he is an exceptional player and of course Leicester City would benefit from keeping him for longer.

“He was brilliant. He is a high level player. He improves, develops and is happy. Of course, he’s a top-level player, so people are going to be interested in him, but I haven’t seen any change in him.

Leicester are yet to taste league victory in what has been a dismal start to the campaign; one to rival Newcastle’s last year. It even took them a penalty shootout to pass Stockton in the Carabao Cub.

The Foxes are coming off a 6-2 loss at Tottenham, although they played very well in the first half. They are last in the league with their manager’s future seriously in doubt. All of this will have an impact on whether Maddison signs a new contract or waits to see what January can bring.

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