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Mexican Black Bean
2 cups black beans , canned
1\2 cup jar chunky salsa
1 medium onion, cut into small cubes
1 medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 - tomatoes, diced
2 teaspoon chilli powder
2 cups lettuce, shredded
8-10 inch corn tortillas
- - sour cream
- - cheddar cheese, grated
How to Cook:
1. In a large bowl mix the black beans, salsa, onion,
peppers and chili powder. If possible refrigerate over night
to enhance the flavor.
2. Microwave the bean mixture for about 2 minutes or heat
over low heat for 5 minutes. Add little water if the mixture
is too thick.
3. Spread one tablespoon of sour cream in the center of the
burrito, then place three tablespoons of the mixture over
the cream and a layer of tomato, lettuce and cheese. 4. Fold
the ends and then roll up. Microwave until just heated
5. Serve with extra sour cream and salsa.
This recipe serves 6 people.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Cooking Time: 30 minutes.
Preserve dry fruits and sugar
All you have to do is add a couple of cloves to the same
container as the dry fruits. Same goes for sugar.
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Meningitis C vaccine
'wears off in early teens'
There has been a
campaign to immunise children against meningitis
Three-quarters of children vaccinated
against meningitis C lose their protection against the
disease by their early teens, research suggests.
The Oxford team which did the work
says its findings fuel calls for a booster jab to be offered
The study of 250 children aged six to
12, presented to a European conference, looked at immunity
seven years after the jab was given.
UK experts agreed a booster may be
needed in the future.
The research was carried out by the
Oxford Vaccine Group at Oxford University.
The group tested the children, who had
all been vaccinated against meningitis C, for levels of
antibodies against the bacteria in their bloodstream.
It was found that just 25% of the
children had sufficiently high levels of the antibodies to
give them protection against the disease.
The researchers say that British
children are still protected against the potentially fatal
bacteria at the moment, through the existence of herd
That means that vaccination has
significantly reduced the level of meningitis in the
population, and so even people who are not vaccinated are
But the researchers, led by Professor
Andrew Pollard, told the European Society for Paediatric
Infectious Diseases (ESPID) meeting in Nice, France, that if
herd immunity starts to decline many children will be
'All time low'
Professor Pollard said: "This study is
just the latest to show that the personal protection given
by meningitis C vaccines in early childhood doesn't last
forever and several countries have now responded to these
findings by introducing teenage boosters, before protection
fails in the population."
Falling immunity levels against
meningitis C vaccination have been reported in Greece, the
Netherlands and Spain.
Austria, Canada and Switzerland have
already introduced booster jabs.
Dr Jamie Findlow, deputy head of the
Health Protection Agency's Vaccine Evaluation Unit in
Manchester, said: "By giving each teenager a booster dose of
meningococcal vaccine as they are entering adolescence, we
can ensure that they are protected when they most need it."
Professor Ray Borrow, head of the
unit, said: "Parents should not be worried - at the moment
cases of meningitis C are at an all time low.
"In 2008-2009 in England and Wales
there were just 13 cases - and nine of these were in adults
over 25 who may not have been vaccinated.
"We and other researchers are looking
at how and when a booster could be introduced, but it
doesn't have to come tomorrow."
He said herd immunity should last
until around 2015.
Sue Davie, chief executive of the
Meningitis Trust said the Oxford team's research raised
"significant concerns". "Vaccination is the only way to
prevent meningitis and save lives. We support the use of
safe and effective vaccines and encourage people to receive
the vaccines that are currently available.
"If, as a result of this research, a
booster programme is introduced, we would actively encourage
the introduction of this."
A Department of Health spokeswoman
said: "The number of cases of meningococcal C disease is
currently very low.
"All new research on vaccines will be
reviewed by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and
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maintaining your car during Summer!
1. Park in the
Too obvious? Walk a few extra steps if you see a tree
nearby. Be aware, however, that trees mean birds, and you
may have debris or bird droppings on your car when you
return. If you can't park in the shade, pick the best
direction. Say you're at the mall at 3 p.m. Which is the
best way to park? The sun sets in the west, so you don't
want to be facing west. Try to park in the direction where
the sun will be shining on your rear window or passenger
side for most of the time it will be parked.
2. Window Tinting/Sunshades
Mitigate some of the effects of the sun by having your
windows tinted. Arizona's laws regarding window tinting are
not as strict as the window tinting laws in many other
states. Basically, Arizona law says that the front side
windows must allow at least 35% of light to pass through the
tint. If window tinting isn't in your budget right now, then
you can eliminate some of the heat by purchasing a
windshield sunshade that you place on the inside of your
windshield when you leave your car. This prevents the sun
from beating on your dashboard and steering wheel.
Dashboards don't like the sun or heat. If you don't cover
them, they will fade and crack. Steering wheels, of course,
get extremely hot, cause burns to the touch, and cause
unsafe driving when you can't really grip the wheel. There
are also removable side window screens, if you have
passengers in the rear who want a little relief from the sun
on long road trips.
3. Service Your Vehicle
In hot dry climates, cars need special care. Frequent oil
changes and belt checks are a must. Batteries die faster
than everyone thinks they will. Make sure fluids are full.
4. Items You Should Have in Your Car
Common sense says that you should always have a spare tire
and a first aid kit. Here are some additional items that you
might not think of if you aren't used to living in a hot
Extra water, for drinking and/or for the car.
Steering wheel cover. A cloth cover (not leather) make allow
you to comfortably handle the steering wheel after the
vehicle has been standing in the sun. You can also use a
small towel or handkerchief. If you don't have a windshield
sunshade, place the small towel on a leather seat before you
leave the car so you can get in and sit down when you
return. If you've never had the experience of sitting on
leather when you're wearing shorts, and that car has been
outside in 40+ degrees for a couple of hours....ouch!
Snacks, such as granola bars or small bags of crackers.
Cooler or insulated shopping bag. If you are shopping and
you have a bit of time before you can get home, a cooler
with an ice pack or insulated shopping bag will keep those
frozen items from melting, or that fresh fish safe, before
you get there.
Cell phone, so you can call if you get lost or get into
First aid kit. Items you should consider include ice packs,
ace bandages, wrist brace, sunscreen, tweezers, x-acto
blade, batteries, (girl stuff), and various meds like
Emergency kit. Items you should consider include a
flashlight, flares, jumper cables, blanket, extra clothes
and gloves, paper towels, and some basic tools like
wrenches, a ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers and pliers.
5. Items you Should Not Have in Your Car
Think about it--does it make sense to buy a milk chocolate
candy bar and leave it in your car in the heat? Believe me,
no matter how smart we all think we are, at one time or
another we've been dopey and left something we shouldn't
have in the car. Hopefully, there wasn't a large cleaning
bill as a result.
Milk and other dairy products.
Anything packaged under pressure, like hair spray or soda
Tapes, CDs, or DVDs.
Sunscreen in a bottle. Buy little packets or towelettes.
Crayons, candy, gum, lipstick.
Credit cards or other cards with magnetic strips on plastic.
Cleaning solutions with alcohol or ammonia.
Anything that didn't have a decent smell before it reached
40+ isn't going to smell any better after it's been left
exposed in direct sunlight all day.
After shopping, check your trunk carefully to make sure
nothing has fallen out of the grocery bags. You really don't
want to find those eggs or that salami a week later.
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Friends, I hope all of you are doing well.
We have many a times heard and also experienced that life is
not a bed of roses. Every one has to face challenges in
his/her life. But there is solution to all the problems.
Simply clinging to them and complaining wont lead us
anywhere. We have to deal with them. The problems are like
an illness that needs to be cured. Some might opt not to go
for treatment while others will. The people who decide to
sort out their problems and meet the challenges are like
those who seek medical advice from medical experts. The
people who do nothing to solve their dilemma are like ill
people who are reluctant in getting medical help for the
cure of their ailment.
Lets hear a story about two friends who were diagnosed with
a similar fatal disease. The doctors told that the cure to
their ailment exists but the process of treatment is such
that it would change their life forever, for their families
might disown them, and friends could turn their backs on
them. One man was not willing to have this change and
declined the offer of medical help. Initially all went fine
but later the disease began to consume his life. His
declining health made him quit his job and with the lost of
income source, his friends and family disappeared too. As he
spent his last days in bed, he repented on his decision of
ignoring doctors’ advice.
The other man who had decided to take the cure also
experienced change in his life. As he followed medical
advice, his family left him for they thought he was just
wasting money. His friends betrayed him. He wasn’t happy at
what the doctors had suggested him but he kept on following
their advice. However, after some time he began to get
better. His improving health now allowed him to focus more
precisely on his job and hence he was able to secure
promotion. His family returned and he successfully made new
friends. Life that earlier seemed dull seemed to him like a
gift now. He was thankful to God for making him take the
Folks, the above example is just a way to illustrate that
our problems are also like some sickness. If we hold on to
them and ignore them they will begin to consume us. They
will take over our life and no matter what we do, we won't
be able to get rid of them. But if we take our problems to
God, pray to Him to solve the matters for us and take His
advice, He can heal us. He has the cure for any problem we
might have. The treatment may seem tough to us, but the cure
will make us thank Almighty.
Tariq Holy City of Makkah-Ul-Mukarrama
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