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The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:50am

Two perceived qualities of Orthodox Judaism—authenticity and ancientness—are enticing people outside this religious tradition to pay for the chance to sample it. In Israel, secular citizens and foreign visitors willing to fork over $20 to the tour company Israel-2Go can embark on a trip to an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood, where they’ll watch men in black hats and women in long skirts buying challah bread from a kosher bakery while a guide narrates the scene. They can also pay to take a tour of the menorahs in Jerusalem’s Old City alleyways during Hanukkah; eat a five-course Friday night Shabbat meal in the home of an observant family; or hear a lecture about the different nuances of the black-and-white garb worn by men from various ultra-Orthodox sects.


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US Imposes Sanctions On Russia, Iran, North Korea

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:30am

The House and Senate released a deal Saturday that imposed sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea for undermining American interests.


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Safety Tips For Watching The Solar Eclipse

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 3:23am

A total solar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the United States on Aug. 21, as the moon’s shadow moves across the country from west to east. NASA offered safety tips for viewing.


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New White House communications boss deletes tweets Trump would not love

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 1:47am

Donald Trump's new communications chief has deleted tweets in which he shared views contrary to the US president's own, saying they were a distraction. The day after he started his new job Friday, Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, cleared up his Twitter trail of remarks in which he differs from Trump on illegal immigration, climate change, Islam and even gun control. A bit later, Scaramucci followed up with "The politics of 'gotcha' are over.


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California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:30am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California's signature climate change law proved fruitful this week, bolstering his credibility as a world leader in the fight against global warming.


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Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:10am

Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces Saturday as the army moved in to seal off an attacker's home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site. The UN Security Council will hold closed-door talks Monday about the spiralling violence after Egypt, France and Sweden sought a meeting to "urgently discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported". The deaths followed bloodshed on Friday, when a 19-year-old Palestinian killed three Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank and three Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces.


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Tom Kerridge's slow-cooked meat feasts for a crowd

Pharma news - July 23, 2017 - 12:00am

I’m a huge fan of slow-cooked meats for the simple reason that you can roast or braise them with very little fuss, yet still pack in loads of flavour. In this week’s recipes I have drawn on influences from around the world, weaving in the spices and herbs I love via marinades, rubs and glazes. The dishes are designed to be great fun – you can use the base recipes as blueprints and go on to create your own spice mixes, experimenting with ratios or ingredients. A kitchen blowtorch finishes off the crust on the beef Credit: Haarala Hamilton For the côte de boeuf, for example, components of the brine traditionally used to make pastrami have been reimagined as pickled cabbage and mustard-spiked mayonnaise, while the meat itself sports a fennel and pepper crust. An Indian-inspired marinade left overnight on a shoulder of lamb renders it smoky with a chilli heat, and ham hocks simmer in ale and stock to be finished off with a glaze made from the reduced cooking liquor. Most of this just requires you to whip up your ingredients and then leave the cooking process to work its magic – methods that make it easier for you without compromising on quality or flavour. Tom Kerridge's latest recipes Cooking large cuts of meat such as these shouldn’t just be reserved for Sunday lunch – they can be brilliant for dinner parties or al fresco feasts, too. In this country we all too often rely on supermarkets when it comes to our meat shopping, so for the best cuts go and see your butcher. I love nothing more than chatting with my local expert, as he always has the best suggestions of what cuts to use and what is best to use right now. Also, invest in a digital temperature probe to help determine when the meat is properly cooked – and prepare to serve up a feast. Beer-braised ham hock with gherkin and iceberg salad, duck egg and parsley mayonnaise Credit: Haarala Hamilton SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 4 small ham hocks (ask your butcher to French-trim them) 500ml chicken stock 500ml strong ale 2 star anise 4 tbsp malt extract 2 sprigs thyme 2 onions, diced 2 sticks celery 100ml mayonnaise 2 shallots, diced 3 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 duck eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and grated 1 iceberg lettuce, quartered 8 gherkins, sliced lengthways 3 sprigs dill, chopped Olive oil, for drizzling METHOD Place the hocks in a large casserole dish (or two) and cover with cold water. Bring up to the boil to remove any impurities, pour off the water and add the stock and ale to the pan along with the star anise, malt, thyme, onions and celery. Bring to the boil again and simmer for two hours or until the hocks are tender. Lift the ham hocks out, set aside and keep warm. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve and return to the pan. Boil to reduce the stock to a glaze. While the glaze is reducing, mix together the mayonnaise, shallots, parsley and duck egg in a bowl, stirring well. Just before serving, brush the warm hocks with the beer glaze and serve on a platter with the lettuce wedges. Lay over the gherkin slices and sprinkle with dill and olive oil. Serve the parsley mayonnaise on the side with some large chunks of crusty sourdough. Pastrami-spiced côte de boeuf with pickled white cabbage and mustard mayonnaise Credit: Haarala Hamilton If you have any beef left this will make a fab American-style sandwich. SERVES 2 INGREDIENTS 1 x côte de boeuf weighing about 650-700g, at room temperature For the pickled cabbage 200ml white wine vinegar 1 tbsp mustard seeds 100g caster sugar 1 small bay leaf ½ tsp dill seeds ½ tsp white peppercorns 300g white cabbage, finely sliced 2 tbsp chopped tarragon For the beef 3 tbsp coarse ground black pepper 2 tbsp fennel seeds 2 tbsp flaky salt 1 tsp dried thyme 3 tbsp English mustard Vegetable oil, for brushing For the mustard mayonnaise 150g mayonnaise 3 tbsp English mustard Juice of ½ lemon ½ tsp caster sugar METHOD Take the meat out of the fridge a couple of hours ahead to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 60C/lowest gas mark. Start by pickling the cabbage. Place everything apart from the cabbage and tarragon in a saucepan and bring to the boil, then stir in the cabbage and simmer for two minutes. Take off the heat and leave to cool. When cool, stir in the tarragon and set aside. Mix together the black pepper, fennel, salt and thyme. Lay the côte de boeuf on a baking tray. Brush the mustard all over the meat then roll it in the spice mix to coat. Set back on the tray and place in the oven for at least two hours (it might need two-and-a-half hours depending on your oven). Use a digital temperature probe – the internal temperature of the beef should read 60C. Remove from the oven and brush with a little vegetable oil. Using a kitchen blowtorch, brown the beef all over. Let it rest for five minutes while you mix together the mayonnaise ingredients with a pinch of salt. Carve the beef, which will be cooked rare, serving with the cooled, drained cabbage and mustard mayonnaise.   Madras-spiced lamb shoulder with sweet-and-sour mango salsa Credit: Haarala Hamilton This is an amazingly simple yet full-flavour dish. SERVES 6 INGREDIENTS 3kg shoulder of lamb For the spice paste 10 cloves garlic 10cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced 1 onion, chopped 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tbsp tamarind 1 tsp chilli powder 3 tbsp madras spice curry powder 3 red chillies, deseeded and finely sliced 3 tsp salt 3 tbsp vegetable oil For the mango salsa 1 large mango, peeled and finely diced 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 green chillies, deseeded and finely sliced Large handful of coriander, chopped Zest and juice of 2 limes 2 tbsp distilled malt vinegar 3 tbsp peanut oil METHOD Add all the paste ingredients to a food processor and blend to a coarse, aromatic paste. Lay the lamb in a roasting tin and slash the meat six or seven times with a sharp knife. Rub the paste all over the lamb, working it into the slashes, to fully coat the meat. Leave in the fridge overnight. The next day preheat the oven to 140C/Gas 1. Place the lamb in the oven and pour in 300ml of water to the tin. Cook for four hours, basting every now and then. Meanwhile, mix together the salsa ingredients well and keep to one side. When the lamb is cooked, pull the meat away from the bone and mix in all of the spicy stock and juices in the tin. Serve with rice or flatbreads and spoon over the mango salsa.


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Nigeria's ex-oil minister battles slew of graft cases

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 10:25pm

Nigeria's former oil minister faces charges only at home but her name crops up in a growing number of international cases that lift the lid on the scale of alleged corruption in the country's oil sector. Since leaving office in 2015, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been implicated in bribery, fraud, misuse of public funds, and money laundering cases in Nigeria, Britain, Italy and the United States. The first female president of the global oil cartel OPEC -- who was one of Africa's most prominent politicians -- has always denied the allegations, which involve billions of dollars syphoned from oil deals and state coffers.


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John McCain enjoys 'amazing hike' with daughter Meghan days after being diagnosed with cancer

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 9:01pm

Within days of being diagnosed with cancer, John McCain has enjoyed an 'amazing hike' with his daughter Meghan. Ms McCain, a host on Fox News, tweeted a picture of her sitting with the Arizona Senator. "Amazing hike with Dad this morning, Thank you for your best wishes." Mr Mcain, 80, was diagnosed with a brain tumour after doctors removed a blood clot above his left eye. Amazing hike with Dad @SenJohnMcCain this morning. Thank you all for your best wishes! pic.twitter.com/P9RR2v91HB— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 22, 2017 He and his family are reviewing options for further treatment, which are expected to include a combination of radiation and chemotherapy. The diagnosis was greeted with shock across the US political spectrum with Donald Trump wishing Mr McCain, who has been one of his most vociferous Republican critics,  well. Barack Obama hailed Mr McCain, who ran against him in the 2008 presidential election,  as a fighter.  “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John,” the former president tweeted. Widely respected in Washington, Mr McCain was captured during the Vietnam War and spent five and a half years in captivity during which he was tortured before being released in 1973.


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In Chicago, women worried about violence join gun club

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 8:05pm

Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club. A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the "Ladies of Steel" gun club -- after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills.


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No-show inflation poses conundrum for US Fed

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 8:04pm

After tightening monetary policy last month for the second time this year, the US central bank is expected to pause for the next few months to monitor developments. The Federal Reserve will leave the benchmark interest rate untouched when it meets Tuesday and Wednesday, partly because it has yet to begin to wind down its huge stock of bond holdings, and will not make another move on interest rates until that process is underway. In the normal course of events, as an economy recovers and hiring increases, that brings with it rising wages and inflation, which in turn prompts the central bank to hike lending rates to keep prices in check while still allowing economic growth to continue.


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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 7:44pm

Lava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan's stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant's operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima's No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. "There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel," a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.


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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 6:30pm

Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say. The corpses have been shipped to Misrata, a city further to the west whose forces led the fight to defeat Islamic State in Sirte in December. Allowing the bodies to be shipped home to countries such as Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt would be sensitive for the governments involved, wary of acknowledging how many of their citizens left to fight as jihadists in Iraq, Syria and Libya.


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Here's What We Know (So Far) About the iPhone 9

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 6:00pm

Apple has already started making plans.


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Popularity tumbles for France's Macron: poll

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 5:57pm

A poll out Sunday shows the popularity rating of France's new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54 percent over the past month. The 39-year-old leader has also backed a controversial bill to toughen France's security laws that includes measures some rights groups have branded as draconian. According to an Ifop poll carried out for Journal du Dimanche newspaper, the number of French people satisfied with his performance fell 10 points from 64 percent in June.


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Russian envoy, at heart of U.S. investigations, ends tenure in Washington

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 5:07pm

Russia's ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, a key figure in ongoing U.S. investigations into Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, ended his tenure on Saturday. The Russian embassy in Washington said on its Twitter feed that Minister-Counseler and Deputy Chief of Mission Denis V. Gonchar would serve as Charge d'Affaires until Kislyak's successor arrived. Kislyak, who held the post since 2008, is expected to be replaced by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Anatoly Antonov.


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Anthony Scaramucci apologises to Donald Trump over tweets praising Hillary Clinton and urging tighter gun laws

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 4:46pm

 A day after accepting a top White House job, President Donald Trump's new communications adviser announced Saturday that he's deleting old tweets, saying his own views have evolved and that what he said in the past shouldn't be a distraction. Trump announced Friday that he'd hired Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci to help the White House sharpen its public message. Social media users quickly did a deep dive and recirculated past tweets by Scaramucci that were at odds with Trump's views, including one that praised Hillary Clinton's competence. Trump defeated Clinton for president last year and continues to criticize her, including in several tweets Saturday. Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017 Other repurposed Scaramucci tweets expressed support for stronger gun laws, which he tweeted about in August 2012. In May 2016, he expressed displeasure with individuals who believe climate change is a hoax. Trump has at times referred to global warming as a hoax. "Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters," Scaramucci said Saturday in the first of a pair of messages on the subject. "The politics of "gotcha" are over. I have a thick skin and we're moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people," he added. The politics of "gotcha" are over. I have a thick skin and we're moving on to @POTUS agenda serving the American people— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017 Twitter users also scrolled back deep into Scaramucci's timeline to raise questions about a 2012 tweet in which he seemed to misattribute a quote to author Mark Twain. "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like its heaven on earth. Mark Twain," Scaramucci tweeted. Donald Trump: 'America is coming strong!' 01:12 Scaramucci served Trump as a campaign fundraiser and adviser during the transition. He made his first appearance before reporters in the White House briefing room on Friday and quickly apologized to Trump for referring to him as a "hack politician" during an August 2015 appearance on Fox Business Network. Asked whether Trump was aware of the comment, Scaramucci joked that the president mentions it every 15 seconds. He called it one of his "biggest mistakes" before looking into the cameras and saying: "Mr. President, if you're listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that."  


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The Latest: Mayor says chief nominee is relationship builder

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 4:21pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of Minneapolis' police chief amid the investigation into the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by an officer (all times local):


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New communications head Anthony Scaramucci deletes old tweets

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 3:27pm

Donald Trump’s critic turned communications guru admitted on Saturday that he is purging his Twitter account of political views likely to embarrass his boss. “Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets,” Anthony Scaramucci posted. “Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. Scaramucci’s appointment was announced on Friday, setting off a domino effect at the White House as press secretary Sean Spicer resigned and Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaced him.


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10-Year-Old Arrested For Allegedly Stealing a Car for the Fourth Time in 6 Weeks

Pharma news - July 22, 2017 - 3:07pm

Police said he removed his ankle monitor hours after he received it.


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