Push to outlaw bad air as Delhi slum dwellers choke

New Delhi( CNN) As the Indian capital continues to choke under a blanket of thick brown smog, an opponent lawmaker wants clean air to be a legal right for all.

“The way to go about it is to have a highly-empowered federal agency, headed by the prime minister himself, with all the chief ministers of the affected north Indian states and all governments willing to rise above political party lines. Its immediate task should be to present a solid action plan with budget allocation, ” told Hooda, an MP from Rohtak district in the state of Haryana, told CNN.

“That’s why I compare it to the Right to Food Act or the Right to Education Act. We need an bureau that is tasked with the implementation.”

Yotam Ottolenghi’s peach recipes

There are few things as, er, peachy as a ripe peach( and even unripe ones have their utilizes)

I went to a party earlier the summer months and took a tray of ripe peaches instead of a bottle of wine. I would never have dreamed of taking a tray of, say, avocados or a bunch of bananas. Its not that those fruit are any less special; its only that they dont have quite the same wow factor, that tempting, feed me now look of a perfectly ripe peach.

The difference between peaches and avocados is all to do with the way the fruit ripen. Bananas and avocados( along with pears and tomatoes) are climacteric and often store their sugar in the form of starch. Once picked, a simple hydrocarbon gas called ethylene triggers the process that converts that starch back to sweetness. This constructs such fruit a logistical dreaming for those who grow and sell them: they can be picked unripe and shipped hard( so theyre not prone to bruising ), and ripened once the travel is done.( On a smaller scale, you can achieve a similar impact at home by putting an unripe fruit in a paper bag with a ripe one. The ripe fruit will emit ethylene, which helps ripen the unripe fruit .)

Peaches, on the other hand, are not such a peachy logistical dream. Along with other non-climacteric fruit such as pineapple, citrus, most berries and melons, they dont store starch, so they dont go across the same process of converting it into sugar. Theyll continue to soften once picked, sure, and also develop an odor, but their sweetness wont develop any more post-picking.( The cold temperature at which the objective is stored when shipped and stocked, to prolong shelf life, also means the flesh often turns very mealy .)

Thats why I regard a tray of ripe peaches as something of a gift: feeing them right there and then, and hitting that sweet spot, really is worthy of a festivity. Its also why I reserve firmer fruit for cakes and tarts; overripe ones go into jams, compotes or todays shrub. Hard peaches may absence some natural sweetness, true, but you can draw that out depending on how you cook them. They also have the advantage of being robust enough to hold their shape: chargrill wedges and pair with slices of salty corpuscle or pork belly, spoonfuls of creamy cheese or a hard herb such as rosemary.

Peach, rosemary and lime galette

This makes good utilize of firm , not-so-ripe peaches. By macerating them in sugar and lime juice, you not only soften the fruit, but you also make a beautiful syrup to pour over the dish at the end. Rosemary, which Ive utilized both in this dish and in the shrub, is a fantastic match for peach. Its a combining I detected only recently, and now I cant get enough of it. Serves four generously.

2 limes 1 peeled in 7 long strips, the other grated, to get 1 tsp, then both juiced, to get 1 tbsp
80 g caster sugar
2 large firm peaches, stoned and cut into 0.5 cm-thick slice( 300 g net weight)
2 large sprigs rosemary, plus tbsp picked leaves
150 g creme fraiche
Plain flour, for dusting
200 g all-butter puff pastry
10 g unsalted butter, cut into 1cm pieces
1 egg, beaten
tsp cornflour

Heat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas mark 4.

Mix the lime juice with 60 g sugar in a large bowl, add the peaches, strips of lime scalp and rosemary sprigs. Stir and set aside to macerate for at the least 40 minutes, and up to a couple of hours. Strain the peaches through a sieve set over a small saucepan, and discard the rosemary and lime peel: you should end up with about 60 ml peach syrup.

Mix the grated zest and a teaspoon of sugar into the creme fraiche and refrigerate until ready to serve.

On a lightly floured run surface, roll out the pastry into a 26 cm-wide circle just under 0.5 cm thick, then transfer to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

Arrange the strained peaches haphazardly in the middle of the pastry, leaving a clear 6cm perimeter all around the edge, then fold this outer 6cm rim up and over the peaches. Dot the butter over the exposed peaches, then brush the pastry all over with beaten egg. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar evenly over the pastry and bake for 20 minutes, until its golden and the fill is beginning to bubble.

While the galette is baking, whisk the cornflour into the reserved peach syrup. Simmer over a medium-high heat until it thickens to the consistency of honey( about two minutes ), then pour over the peaches. Sprinkle the rosemary leaves on top and return the galette to the oven for 15 minutes, until the pastry is golden-brown and the fill bubbling.

Leave to cool slightly, then serve with a bowl of the lime creme fraiche on the side.

Peach and rosemary shrub

Shrubs( basically, sharp, sweet syrups) are traditionally used to flavour soft drink and cocktails. Theyre also great drizzled over desserts. In making this shrub, youre left with the bonus of 400g cooked peach pulp, which is delicious over yoghurt and granola( find next recipe) or ice-cream. Makes 600 ml.

1kg very ripe yellow peaches, stoned and approximately chopped
3 sprigs rosemary
120 ml apple cider vinegar
150 g caster sugar

Put everything into a large saucepan on a medium-high hot, and cook at a gentle simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit has broken down and is the consistency of a thick compote.

Line a large sieve with muslin, then set it over a large bowl or container( make sure the sieve does not touch the bottom of the container, so the liquid can drain through ). Tip the peach mix into the lined sieves and leave to drain for one to two hours, until all the liquid has strained through. Discard the rosemary.

Store the shrub and the strained fruit in separate airtight receptacles in the fridge: the shrub will maintain for up to a month, the fruit for a week.

Strained peaches with granola and yoghurt

This is a great breakfast, but by all means convert it into a pudding by swapping the yoghurt for whipped cream or ice-cream. Serves four.

600 g Greek-style yoghurt
350 g-4 00 g strained peaches from attaining the shrub( assure previous recipe )
100 g granola
60 ml peach and rosemary shrub( ensure previous recipe )
4 tsp honey
tsp Chinese five-spice
1 tsp roughly chopped rosemary foliages

Divide the yoghurt, strained peaches and granola between four serving bowl, dishing it up so that you can see each element. Pour the shrub over the strained peaches, then drizzle honey evenly over everything. Finish with a sprinkling each of five-spice and rosemary.

Peach and rosemary bellini

My ideal summer drink. Makes four.

120 ml peach and rosemary shrub( insure previous recipe )
Finely shaved scalp of 1 lemon (8 strips )
4 small rosemary sprigs
About 400 ml prosecco

Pour the shrub into the bottom of four champagne glasses. Add two strips of lemon peel and a rosemary sprig to each glass, top with prosecco and enjoy.

Grilled peaches and athlete beans with goats cheese

Yotam Ottolenghis grilled peaches and athlete beans with goats cheese. Photo: Louise Hagger for the Guardian. Food styling: Emily Kydd. Prop styling: Jennifer Kay, assisted by Agathe Gits

This is an unusual, and delectable, combination. Serves four as a starter.

400 g runner beans, stringy edges removed and cut on an slant into 8cm-long pieces
3 tbsp olive oil
Flaked sea salt and black pepper
2 firm peaches, stoned and cut into 0.5 cm-thick slices
5g mint foliages, roughly torn
tbsp lemon juice
80 g young, soft goats cheese, approximately broken into 4cm pieces
20 g roasted salted almonds, chopped
tbsp honey

Toss the beans in two tablespoons of oil and a half-teaspoon of salt. Heat up a barbecue or a ridged griddle pan on high hot, and cook the beans for three to four minutes on each side, until they get clear grill marks all over and are nearly cooked. Transfer to a bowl and covering with a plate for five to 10 minutes; the residual heat will softened the beans, so leave on their covering depending on how crunchy you like them.

Drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil over the peach slicings and grill for one to two minutes a side, until they take on visible char marks.

Add the peaches and the mint to the bean bowl, then transfer to a platter and season with the lemon juice, an eighth of a teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper. Dot the cheese and almonds around the plate and finish with a drizzle of honey.

Yotam Ottolenghi is chef/ patron of Ottolenghi and Nopi in London.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

I Voted To Make America Great Again. But Not At The Cost Of American Lives.

I arrived in southern California in 2002 with nothing but a knapsack. I was fresh out of therapy and facing the steep consequences of my craving frightened me. California was the new frontier, a place where I could start over. I dreamed of one day building a business, making a name for myself, and exploring the incredible opportunities my recovery had given me. In the next ten years, I did just that. I became part of the Costa Mesa recovery community, appeared as an intervention coordinator on A& Es Intervention , and opened a treatment center for men like me, who were ready to change their lives.

I find the person or persons I helped get sober take huge leaps in their recovery. Our community grew. Addiction and recovery entered the mainstream. As the nations opioid epidemic surged, so did our communitys response. And for the first time we werent fighting this battle alone.

When the Surgeon General identified addiction as amental illness, I felt like there was hope. Finally, instead of countless junkies and alcoholics dying every year, we had assistance. Although junkies still faced incredible prejudices, and the stigma of our illness, policy moved forward. Treatment was covered under Medicare as well as the Affordable Care Act.

Over the years, I paid high taxes as a business owned up to 60 percentage, some years. Those costs cut into what I could invest in my therapy center, and restriction the services I could offer our clients. Although we were saving lots of lives at my facility, I foresaw what was possible, if only we had more resources.

When Donald Trump operate for office in 2016, his message seemed clearly defined: cut taxes, and help addicts. At a town hall meeting in Farmington, N.H ., he said, We are gonna try and help the young people, and the old people, and the middle age people, and everybody that got addicted. The fact that Trump himself was a non-drinker and non-drug user abstinent, though not inevitably in recovery made his terms resonate strongly with me. I donated to his campaign and listened very carefully when the candidates spoke about the necessity of achieving therapy, recovery, and help for junkies. When I voted for him in November, I believed that I was one step closer to inducing my dream a reality.

The required protection for people who struggle with craving among them my centres clients, my friends, my loved ones, and myself is not there.

However, since his inauguration, Trump has not made good on the promises that brought him my referendum and my campaign contribution. Besides the strange inconsistencies in his behaviour, his reactive social media presence, and his paranoia, there was the question of when and how hed implement the health care policiesthat would save lives. With a daily death rate of nearly 200 people per day, it was time to get serious. Where was Trump on this hard-hitting issue? I still havent insured the progressive action that was such an important part of his platform.

Furthermore, TrumpCare isnt what it seems to be, either. Looking closely at what the president proposes, its full of holes. The required protection for people who struggle with addiction among them my centres clients, my friends, my loved ones, and myself is not there. Trump said that he would repeal and replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. The replacement, it seems, was even worse than the original. And it looks like theyre not stopping with ACA, either. Republicans are suggesting a rollback of Medicaid, which offers critical coverage for people who need inpatient and outpatient treatment. Republican leaders, such as Speaker Paul Ryan, are scrambling to find a combination of laws and policies to fill the gap that the Affordable Healthcare Act will leave behind. Ryan moves for accessibility instead of universal coverage. Anyone who has worked immediately with junkies knows that this isnt enough. The out-of-pocket costs for treatment can be astronomical. For a quality therapy centre, insurance is practically mandatory to defray the costs. And it is a life-and-death matter. Without treatment, many addicts and alcoholics will die. With every day that passes, another life is lost. Mothers lose their children, infants lose their parents. Households are torn apart. It is all preventable but we need help to make it possible for everyone .

When I voted for Trump, I truly believed that he could make-up America great, and give every junkie a chance to get sober. I assured a bright future. Now, Im not so sure. If he wants to regain his supporters confidence, and prevent the narcotic epidemic from killing hundreds of thousands of Americans, he needs to make good on what he promised. Lower taxes, sure. But not at the cost of American lives.

Jeremy Broderick is a national recovery advocate and founder of Windward Way Recovery in Costa Mesa, California .

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22 Side Characters More Interesting Than The Leads

When it comes to movies and television, the main characters we’re forced to watch are OK, largely … we guess. But sometimes, creators develop a side character so compelling, it’s criminal that they don’t have their own series.

( Shout out to PJ7 for the contest suggestion. We hope you get the Jacob Black spin-off you deserve .)

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6 Weird Things That Present Up In Every Sitcom

As the years pile on, all sitcoms will start to rely on old tropes and recycled plots. Whether it’s the clip depict, the very special episode, or a terrible spoof of Cyrano de Bergerac , we maintain seeing the same things over and over again, and will almost certainly continue to do so until the Earth falls into the sun. But sometimes the repetitions are so bizarrely specific that we can’t assist but wonder if something else is going on here …


Santa Is A Real, Magical Being … And No One Observes That Astounding

An absurd number of otherwise-straightforward sitcoms have Christmas episodes wherein Santa Claus reveals himself to be unambiguously real. And yet instead of rewriting everything these characters know about reality, they seem to accept it as an everyday part of life. They are perfectly comfy living in a world where nobody laughs at gags, romantic tension between friends lasts for years, and magic is perfectly a thing.

In The Nanny , Mr. Sheffield injures his butt on Christmas eve, and while the Nanny and Co. are in the hospital, a crazy old person in a Santa suit gets hurled in the bed beside his. The nurses, naturally, refuse to believe the man is the real Santa, but when the clock strikes midnight, he’s mysteriously flown out the window, and the characters all look up at him as he chants “HO HO HO! ” Those people should be calling, “No! NO! NO ONE WILL BELIEVE US! ” as their entire understanding of all things is shattered. Instead they’re warmed by the Christmas spirit that lives inside each of us as a flying man giggles at them from the sky.

Sony Pictures Television “Yes, I am real. Which means I know of your dark deeds, little girl. All of them . “

In the SECOND EPISODE EVER of Night Court , a crazy ol’ drunk claiming to be Santa Claus get taken downtown, but it’s gradually revealed that he knows everything about everyone’s childhoods, down to the last intimate detail. Then he offers Harry Anderson the opportunity to succeed him as Santa . Again, this is the second episode, and they have already established that this courtroom exists in a world where Kris Kringle wants the judge to take over as the actual, real Santa Claus. And the next 191 episodes take place with all the characters in the reveal knowing that.

Warner Bros. Television “Yes, I’m the real Santa. Live with that. And live with this: One of you is an impostor. You have one week to find it before it becomes you. Merry Christmas! “

In Home Improvement ( in the very first season !), Mark starts questioning Santa’s existence after Brad and Randy tell him that Santa died before he was born. “Wilson” then shows up dressed as Santa and gives everyone early presents, thus restoring Mark’s faith. As Saint nick leaves, Tim statements that it’s really nice of his neighbor to do something, only for Jill to point out that Wilson is over behind the fence, as always. So holy shit, who was Santa ??? Mark stares up at the sky in wonder …

ABC Studios “One day your parent “re going to kill me” in a feature film, young man! And anything that kills Santa becomes Santa! Why, 17 years ago, I was diabetes! “

In a near-identical twisting, a Christmas episode of Gilligan’s Island from nearly 30 years earlier featured Santa visiting the castaways and bringing them gifts. They all presumed it was the Skipper dressing up to lift their spirits, but when Santa walks away, the Skipper instantly enters … from the other direction! HOLY WHAT THE WHOA NOW.

Warner Bros. Television

Warner Bros. Television “Wow, the real Santa was here !? You know what this entails, Gilligan !? ” “Yes. He … he could have flown us away but … he left us. He left us here to die, Skipper.”

Santa’s even real in an episode of fucking ER , a show that won 22 Emmys. A usually non-insane character called into the night, “There’s no God, there’s no Christmas … THERE IS NO FRICKIN’ SANTA CLAUS! ” Abruptly, snow starts to fall and he looks up to see how incorrect he was. Santa is flying overhead, laughing at him. Severely, this really happened. On ER . Watch this crazy shit.

Warner Bros. Television “This … isn’t, like, a metaphor? He’s … a flying present noble who watches us all? “

Each of these characters has a legitimate reality-shattering experience, and then proceeds to live the rest of their lives wholly unaffected. Not ONE time in the subsequent episodes of any of these demonstrates does one character turn to another and say, “Pretty crazy how Santa’s been real this whole time, huh? Puts your little two-dates-for-the-dance problem into view, huh? “


Cars Crash Into Houses All The Damn Time

In an episode of Full House from March 1990, Stephanie decides to drive Joey’s car without his permission. In a wacky mix-up that car manufacturers could have never predicted, she mistakes the “R” on the gearshift for the radio and backs the thing straight into the kitchen.

Warner Bros. Television “Let’s have Joey come in and tell, ‘YOU CAN’T PARK THAT HERE! ‘” “I like that, but maybe instead Danny enters hollering, ‘WHAT THE- WHAT IS THIS! FUCK! FUCK !!! YOU STUPID GODDAMN KID! ‘” — Full House Writers Room, 1990

In an episode of Family Matters from later that same year, Eddie( who apparently didn’t watch the TGIF show right before his) also drives a vehicle against his parents’ hopes, and does it straight into a house.

Warner Bros. Television “Let’s maybe have Urkel say, ‘YOU CAN’T PARK THAT HERE! ‘” “That’s good! I had the note Carl enters with gun describe, firing six rounds into the windshield, hollering, ‘I’LL KILL YOU, MOTHERFUCK- wait, EDDIE !? ‘ ” — Family Matters Writers Room, 1990

But driving a car into your own home is a sitcom tradition going back decades. In an episode of the ‘8 0s present Silver Spoons , Ricky Schroeder’s grandfather crashes the car into the house.

Sony Pictures Television “Let’s have Kate say, ‘Wha- wha !? You can’t park that in here! ‘” “What if instead she only dies? Dies from shock right there on the floor? Because life is nothing? All life is nothing? Ha ha, yeah. — Silver Spoons Writers Room, 1982