The role of OH in reducing the mental trauma of Covid-19

first_imgWorkers with ‘long Covid’ may need personalised and long-term supportEmployers wishing to minimise the impact of “long Covid” on both their employees and their organisation should ensure their health… After coronavirus, we must ‘build back better’ on workplace healthAs we rebuild our economy post pandemic, employers must not leave behind their renewed focus on employee health and wellbeing,… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Significant minority experiencing ‘long Covid’ symptoms, warns ONSA fifth of people who have tested positive for Covid-19 are still exhibiting symptoms five weeks or more after being… The role of OH in reducing the mental trauma of Covid-19On 5 Feb 2021 in Coronavirus, OH service delivery, Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Personnel Todaycenter_img Related posts: Shutterstock Front line workers and those who have been dangerously ill, or have lost relatives or been exposed to domestic violence, customer aggression or suicide may have been traumatised during the pandemic. Ensuring they aren’t left struggling to cope alone is crucial to facilitating their recovery, explains Deborah Pinchen.While the Covid-19 pandemic has been stressful for most people, it’s been deeply traumatic for many others. From the rape victim who can’t wear a mask, due to her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) being triggered when her mouth and nose are covered through to the tens of thousands of front line health workers the British Medical Association is predicting will become sick with PTSD, many individuals are now struggling with symptoms of trauma brought on or triggered by the pandemic.About the authorDeborah Pinchen is head of trauma and critical incidents management at PAM WellbeingTrauma is officially defined, under the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5), as resulting from exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence. It can lead to intrusive symptoms, including flashbacks, nightmares and avoidance behaviour, such as avoiding places or stimuli associated with the trauma. It can also lead to changes in mood and memory, negative beliefs, such as self-blame, fear, anger and shame, or feeling alienated from others.However, while not everyone exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop lasting symptoms of trauma, some people who are exposed to seemingly less traumatic events, such as an aggressive outburst by a customer, might, depending on their past history, go onto develop PTSD.Similarly, someone who for months has been told they must shield might also become anxious when told it’s now safe to return to the physical workplace. They may experience heightened anxiety response and become traumatised by the idea of returning to work. Due to believing their life is still at risk, or that their employer doesn’t understand or care about the threat to them, regardless of whether or not they’re actually at risk.Understanding the symptoms of traumaAs with most things in life, trauma is a spectrum. At one end people may have a few symptoms of trauma, such as intrusive thoughts, at the other, they could have full-blown PTSD.The main four symptom clusters of trauma include:Avoiding things that put you in mind of the thing that traumatised you.Hyper-vigilance, making you feel jumpy or interrupting your sleep.Flashbacks and constantly replaying events in your mind.Low mood and feelings of sadness or not feeling anything at all.Critical to supporting as many people as possible is “normalizing” trauma, by giving them upfront education about the symptoms that are a natural reaction to any unnatural event they’ve been exposed to, as part of your ongoing mental health or psychoeducation initiatives.Reassure people that they can expect to start to feel better over time but also educate them how to recognise if their symptoms are becoming worse, putting them at risk of developing PTSD. The symptoms of PTSD include extreme physical reactions, such as nausea, sweating or pounding heart, nightmares, extreme anxiety, invasive memories and intense feelings of distress that can make the individual feel like the trauma is still happening in the moment. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have significant impact on their day-to-day life.Destigmatise asking for help by explaining what services are in place, such as the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) or any wrap-around trauma counselling services. Plus why you want them to be able to access this support, at no cost to themselves, at a time when they would have to wait months to access support via their GP.Providing appropriate supportIn the event that people at work were exposed to a trauma, such as a colleague committing suicide, it’s important that this news is communicated in the right way to everyone in the immediate aftermath. Access to counselling should be provided for those who might be feeling particularly affected, with a debriefing session 72 hours afterwards and follow-up PTSD screening and support two to three weeks later.If someone has experienced a trauma outside of work, or become vicariously traumatised by an event that happened to someone else triggering their own past traumas, it’s essential that managers know how to look out for and spot the early warning signs. Not least because something as seemingly non-traumatic as a strong-smelling detergent might be enough to trigger someone who experienced that smell while in intensive care in hospital.Warning signs that someone is struggling with trauma include avoiding certain places, people or situations, sleep disturbance and being more irritable or easily aggravated. They may not lose their temper but will be more on edge.If managers are concerned, they should give the person an opportunity to talk in a confidential space and ask open-ended questions that show concern, by observing the person’s behavior and asking if they’re okay.It’s important that managers don’t attempt to counsel the person or discuss the trauma in detail, as this can embed rather than cure it. Managers do, however, have a vital role to play in signposting people towards appropriate counselling services.When to rehabilitateWith charities warning that the NHS doesn’t have the resources needed to support the number of people who have been traumatised during this crisis, employers have a valuable role to play in rehabilitating skilled employees who would be costly to replace and train up to the same level otherwise.How well someone recovers from a trauma depends on how well they process it and whether their trauma is due to a single event or a complex layer of events. The latter is more difficult to treat, but by identifying and treating the earliest or most distressing events first, you can significantly reduce the impact that the other events are having.For example, a paramedic triggered by witnessing the loss of lots of lives during the pandemic, but who was also on the scene at, say, Grenfell and the London bombings, might only need to process their experience of the London bombings if this was the most distressing event to them and the ‘stuck belief’ – for example, “I should have done more” or “I am in danger” – is the same across all events.Adaptive therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) can deal with trauma in as little as three sessions, with one session to establish the root cause of the trauma, a second to treat it and a third to equip the individual with reasoning skills to protect themselves in future. Although complex traumas can require more sessions.EMDR works by getting both sides of the brain to communicate because in a traumatic situation, the side of our brain that governs how we see, hear and feel dominates and can overwhelm us. For example, in a domestic violence situation, someone leaning over the victim with an angry look is the visual, being shouted at is the auditory, smelling alcohol on their breath is the olfactory and being hit and tasting blood is the taste.With so much stimuli being processed, cognitive function shuts down and they enter a survival mode. The flashbacks are their brain trying to process events, but they get stuck and constantly relive them. Which embeds the trauma further and can also increase the risk of the individual turning to drink, drugs or gambling to forget.The aim of EMDR is to revisit events in a calmer setting to remove the negative feeling of helplessness. Bilateral stimulus, eye movements, or tactile tapping, is used to move sensory data to the other side of the brain so it can be processed to create a clear beginning, middle and end to help the brain realise: ‘I am safe now’. Or if the person is stuck in feelings of guilt: “I did all that I could”.Group counselling, conducted by someone who knows what they’re doing, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to change how the individual is thinking and behaving, can also be good for trauma, but if there is significant trauma, these therapies can take longer.Another thing employers can do to help is recognise that, for many, coronavirus is an unseen terror. It’s one thing to help someone continue working from home or conducting meetings online, if this is being done for positive reasons. But if they’re doing this to avoid facing their fears, this could lead to longer-term problems down the line.In this context, it might be better to help them consider how they can face their fears now, by talking to a counsellor about what’s really worrying them and allowing them to manage their fears in a more manageable and positive way.References“Male suicide hits two-decade high in England and Wales”, ONS September 2020, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2019registrations“Rape survivor whose PTSD means she can’t wear masks”, Sky News September 2020, https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-rape-survivor-whose-ptsd-means-she-cant-wear-masks-calls-for-greater-awareness-for-exemptions-12066415“Trauma of coronavirus frontline could leave staff with flashbacks”, Huff Post, April 2020, https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/coronavirus-could-spark-nhs-ptsd-crisis-say-mental-health-experts_uk_5e9eeda6c5b6a486d07f3b28?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGgylQNs9Q2NcaqnaIJBhzL66XYx0mUu2iSG-0Q-umfZh9yIfznbf_wH7Mlb6j9PWBNQ33wT4AhRaWFxP0daVW5Oqd9PaLTyWMniW6jVhY2ZLq1YVmWygaGDiz8P3RIfvQD0Rcfq9CiZl8yTAZHXnf9yh-avKYFmhLzAAwlGaJlR&guccounter=2“For many in Britain the lockdown of domestic abuse isn’t over”, The Guardian, September 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/03/britain-lockdown-domestic-abuse-help-violence-camilla-duchess-of-cornwall Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

The distribution of zooplankton in an Antarctic fjord at South Georgia during summer and winter

first_imgZooplankton was sampled intensively with an RMT 1+8M system in the fjord of Cumberland East Bay, South Georgia during late winter 1983 and summer 1987. In summer, biomass was highest in the surface 20 m, reaching 142 g dw/1000 m3. Copepods dominated the zooplankton comprising 96–99% by numbers, of which 80–90% occurred in the top 100 m of the 265-m water column. The small clausocalanid Drepanopus forcipatus was particulary abundant. With increasing depth the proportion of non-copepod biomass, principally Mysidacea and Amphipoda increased significantly. Biomass throughout the water column in winter was generally 4–5 times lower than in summer although again copepods, and in particular D. forcipatus and members of the Metridinidae, still numerically dominated the plankton. Biomass levels were some 2–3 times greater than those found in Antarctic oceanic regions but were comparable with estimates from some boreal fjords. The mixture of neritic and oceanic species encountered, and the seasonal presence of some gelatinous zooplankton, particularly ctenophores, appears typical of the community structure of many fjord ecosystems.last_img read more

Labour to introduce ‘right to buy’ scheme for private rental market tenants

first_imgShadow Chancellor John McDonnell says a Labour government would bring in a Margaret Thatcher-style ‘right to buy’ scheme for private tenants.In an interview over the weekend with the Financial Times, McDonnell said he also wanted to burden landlords further with unspecified taxes as the party gears up for a possible snap election prior to the UK leaving the EU on October 31st.The proposal is part of a radical Labour plan to shift power away from the UK’s 2.6 million landlords to tenants and is a policy first mentioned by Jeremy Corbyn during his bid to become Labour leadership in 2015, but not been mentioned again until now.Below-market valueLabour’s plans for a private rental market Right to Buy scheme would see tenants able to buy their rented homes at a below-market value set by the government.“You’d want to establish what is a reasonable price, you can establish that and then that becomes the right to buy,” he told the FT. “You (the government) set the criteria. I don’t think it’s complicated.”McDonnell argues that the measure would help improve the quality of housing in the UK, arguing that too many landlords spend too little money on their properties to make a ‘fast buck’.“We’ve got a large number of landlords who are not maintaining these properties and are causing overcrowding and these problems. In my street now . . . a third of the houses are right-to-buy, badly maintained, overcrowded; it’s horrendous,” he said.Read more about Labour’s housing plans.john Mcdonnell Labour Right to Buy September 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Labour to introduce ‘right to buy’ scheme for private rental market tenants previous nextHousing MarketLabour to introduce ‘right to buy’ scheme for private rental market tenantsShadow Chancellor John McDonnell says he wants to shift power away from landlords including more taxes and ‘below market value’ right to buy scheme.Nigel Lewis2nd September 201902,119 Viewslast_img read more

Department choices show unequal application of safety net policy

first_imgMusic has reduced the number of papers from eight to five or six, dependent on papers and have given a ‘variety of options’ for performance assessments including Solo Performance, which would usually be held in Trinity.  Determining performance on a case by case basis, and taking into account individual mitigating circumstances.Aligning grade distribution with averages from previous years such that the number of Firsts and 2.iis will not go down, and the number of fails will not go up.  “One substantial minority of students who have been contacting me with concerns, actually, is those who historically do better in exams than in coursework: these students have been very concerned about the push to give coursework vastly more weight in final profiles, and I have been concerned to reassure them that in cases where students’ performance is weighted the other way, the Exam Board will equally have discretion to respond to that. Over 1600 finalists signed an open letter asking for predicted grades as a ‘guaranteed minimum’. Speaking to Cherwell, Ferdinand Otter-Sharp, the author of the open letter, stated: “The main issue with the University’s ‘safety net policy’ is that it isn’t a safety net policy.   Law has not cancelled exams as their Core papers are required for a qualifying law degree, but have adjusted some grade specifications. For a First: four marks of 70+ and nothing below 55 in Core or 50 in Options and/or Jurisprudence OR five 70+ and nothing below 45 in core with no more than two marks below 60 and nothing below 40 in Options and/or Jurisprudence.  Classics has limited their safety net just to proportional grade distribution and identifying papers “whose mark-runs are significantly out of line with the recent average”. They will have eight exams all contributing to the final mark. Candidates taking a second classical language will have to take these papers under closed book conditions.  Policies which will apply across all subjects include: Similarly, History finalists would traditionally take four papers which would make up four-sevenths of their final degree classification, with the remaining three-sevenths made up from coursework. In response to the coronavirus one paper has now been cancelled, meaning that the Trinity examinations will now make up 50% of their degree classification. Despite this, the History faculty has announced that it will not follow the University’s ‘no-detriment’ policy since Trinity examinations would normally make up a larger percentage of students’ degree. “Given the diversity of Oxford assessment regimes, it’s been necessary to give subjects local autonomy to provide a solution that works for the specific conditions related to their courses. Cambridge announced their safety net policy on the 31 March. According to Varsity, “as long as they pass their assessments, their result will “only confirm the class awarded in their second year or improve it”. This will not apply for students taking a fourth-year integrated Master’s.” Other policies have been less evenly applied by departments.  Departments were contacted for comment.  Reducing, or eliminating preponderance (number of papers scoring 70 or higher needed to achieve a first). Changing specific marks required to achieve a certain grade or achieve a pass.  “Oxford’s priority should have been protecting its most vulnerable students at all costs, not protecting the rigour of Oxford degrees.” PPE and Economics and Management will both discount the lowest scoring two papers – these will not count in the average mark. For a First in PPE, preponderance has been eliminated and only the average will apply. For a First in E&M, preponderance will be reduced from two papers scoring over 70 to one. The Economics Department chose not to comment.  “Beyond all that work across the board, we’re also of course going to look carefully at every candidate’s individual self-assessment, and all Mitigating Circumstances statements, and the Board will have discretion to make small adjustments to candidates’ marks and classes in response to these. Beyond that, where candidates’ performance in the remote exams has been seriously impacted by their circumstances, and their marks greatly and disproportionately affected, we can use the mathematical ‘safety net’ mechanism to directly adjust their marks. “For the large majority of students, it is a marginal reduction in pressure which should have already been policy to reflect the general effects of the pandemic on students. At best, the University has failed to understand the problems of its students most disadvantaged by home study during a pandemic, and at worst the University has shown a complete apathy towards them.  “As we continue to respond to the developing pandemic situation our priority remains ensuring the University functions as smoothly as possible and that the vast majority of students can finish the academic year to their highest ability, and be proud of their achievements regardless of the circumstances.” Departments have chosen individual policies within the wider safety net based on their examination structure, particularly whether assessments have been ‘banked’ (submitted) before March 14. Those with 50% banked have the ‘no detriment’ policy applied. center_img Laura Ashe, the Chair of English FHS stated: “In English we’ve halved the number of exams (and hence exam essays) required, to make the remote examinations manageable, and we’ve reduced their weighting in the overall marks profile, from 57% to 40%. On top of that we can undertake further ‘scaling’ of runs of marks if they turn out to be significantly out of line with normal expectations. Our intention is to make sure that we are giving grades within the normal expected range for proportions of firsts, 2.1s, etc.  Experimental psychology will have the no detriment policy apply, its finalists having completed over 55% of their degree. PPL will discount the lowest scoring paper, or treat each banked assessment as two units, whatever is higher. The Head of Department, Professor Kia Nobre stated: “We are working hard at applying/adapting the University safety-net guidance in the context of the particular requirements of our degree to ensure a no-detriment policy and to support our students as best we can.” History and English are among the subjects relying on ‘banked’ assessments in their implementation of the safety net. English reduced their exams from 4 to 2, and increased the value of banked assessments to 60%, however will not be implementing the ‘no detriment policy’, as banked assessments had originally accounted for 43% of the final grade, below the 50% required.  Policies surrounding grade classification include:  For a pass: five marks of 40, no more than three marks below 35. For Law Moderations, a Distinction requires two marks of 70 and above, with a third mark of 60 and above for Criminal or Constitutional Law or 55 for Roman Law.  Policies surrounding coursework and ‘banked’ assessments include:  MML has reduced the total number of papers from ten to six, one of which is banked. Oriental Studies have not released a specific policy, but stated that the faculty would “follow the safety-net policy developed by the University.” Using ‘banked’ papers to identify lower performance. Preventing students from attaining scores lower than their banked assessments, conditional on 50% of work already being banked. Policies surrounding exams and marking include: When contacted for comment, the University stated: “The Safety Net policy aims to reduce the risk of students being disadvantaged by coronavirus, or circumstances surrounding the outbreak that are beyond their control. Reducing the number of papers. Scaling papers where there is a systematic lower average performance.  “Overall, we’re very confident that we can give a fair result that retains the credibility of the classification while attending carefully to all individual circumstances.” It has been revealed that departments have implemented the University’s ‘Safety Net’ policy with significantly varying approaches. The policy, released on the University’s website on 20 April, provided a framework in which individual departments could apply their own safety net. Alongside the exam arrangements, the University has developed the ‘Safety Net’ policy after an extensive SU consultation of students, results from which showed that students viewed ‘open-book’ exams negatively. “In instances where no formal assessments have yet been completed we have encouraged subjects to put in place a variety of measures to support students to achieve the outcomes they deserve. Image: Ellie Wilkinslast_img read more

In my world – the deli bakery

first_imgJo Fairley is co-owner of Judges organic bakery and grocery in Hastings and co-founded Green & Black’s chocolate firm with hubby Craig SamsAs yet, not that much bread is sold over the internet – although Ocado was recently so successful with the launch of fresh bread that, within weeks, it was trumpeting that it had doubled the size of the range.But what we have found at Judges Bakery – even though we don’t mail-order our bread – is that an internet presence is crucial. Today, it is a vital ’shop window’ for bakeries – especially as so many ’bread-heads’ spend time on the internet, trawling for information about ’real bread’, or ’slow bread’. Both searches have brought bread-lovers to our doors from far away, and the same is almost certainly true for other artisan bakeries up and down the country.Plus, having an e-mail database is the quickest way – and far more targeted than any form of advertising – to update your customers with news about products. It’s also useful for rallying the troops! We’ve used the internet to encourage our customers, both close and further afield, to vote for us in various competitions, as well as to draw them to the store for promotions etc.Winning any kind of contest gives the possibility of a real PR boost for a bakery – and with smaller bakeries fighting the might of the multiple retailers, who have squillions to throw at ad campaigns, every little triumph is worth trumpeting.Having a website, for instance, enabled our little bakery to scoop the coveted ’Sweetest Thing’ accolade for ’Best Bite’, awarded by [http://www.dailycandy.com] – which, for those of you who don’t know, is a website that gives the lowdown on all that’s hip ’n’ happening, e-mailed to subscribers in daily, bite-sized nuggets.Subscribers to the website were invited to vote for their favourites. Judges Bakery’s organic pink meringue pigs were pictured alongside a rave about our bread, with a link to our website. Without a web presence, we wouldn’t have been listed. When we were shortlisted for the award, we e-mailed everyone we could think of to get them to support us. They did their bit, and we duly walked off with an (appropriately pink) rosette, for first place.Even if you’re not using the web for that sort of campaign, more and more it’s how customers find out about products. It’s sad but true that we now probably spend far more time each day surfing the internet, rather than mosey-ing down our local high street and ’window-shopping’ there. What’s more, it’s not a trend that’s likely to reverse any time soon – if ever.So… are your loaves visible in cyberspace, where you can tell their story? In 2009, they need to be. Or just sit back and watch Ocado grab those sales.last_img read more

Questions still surround pasty tax

first_imgConfusion still reigns regarding ‘pasty tax’, according to members of the Cornish Pasty Association (CPA), following the results of a recent survey.More than six months after the new rules regarding VAT on hot takeaway foods came into force, the findings of a survey carried out by Cornwall Food & Drink, on behalf of the CPA, also found that some businesses that had introduced the tax, had seen sales drop from 10-30%.Around 25% of members responded to the survey, commenting, for example, that the implementation of the new tax rules could not have come at a worse time, with consumers pockets being hit from all angles. They added that customers were still perplexed as to what the new tax rules meant – with some pasties VAT-free and some not.The survey also found that while some businesses which had never had heated cabinets were not affected, a small number of respondents said they had already been applying VAT to hot products (before the tax was introduced) and now wondered whether they had overpaid in some instances.Following the introduction of the tax, some bakers turned off their heated cabinets and have been baking smaller batches more frequently, but they said this had led to increased energy costs.Other members said they had experienced greater wastage as people didn’t want cold pasties, while some respondents reported falling sales due to the addition of 20% VAT.last_img read more

Governor Wolf and Treasurer Reese Announce Cuts in Wall Street Fees by Consolidating Investments (Round-Up)

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2017 Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf and State Treasurer Reese announced the consolidation and transfer of three investment funds that will help cut millions in tax dollars spent yearly. By eliminating private Wall Street managers and consolidating the investments, the Department of Treasury will save $5.6 million annually.“With the commonwealth facing a serious budget deficit, we cannot afford to hand money from any fund to Wall Street when we could better manage the money ourselves and save millions of dollars,” Governor Wolf said. “This effort further reflects my focus on cutting costs and creating efficiencies in state government to avoid disastrous cuts and preserve our investment in education, middle-class job creation and vital services like drug treatment. I want to applaud Treasurer Reese for his collaborative work on this project and hope this is the beginning of a larger effort to cut fees to Wall Street.”Take a look at the coverage: Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantcenter_img SHARE TWEET Philly.com: Pa. fires money managers, seeks savings“We cannot afford to hand money from any fund to Wall Street when we could better manage the money ourselves and save millions of dollars,” Governor Wolf said, in making the announcement. According to the governor and the treasurer, Pennsylvania should save more than $6 million a year from these investment changes.TribDem: Wolf moving 3 funds to seek investment fee savingsPennsylvania’s governor is moving three state-run funds to the Treasury Department in a move expected to save more than $5 million in investment fees. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday said the department is taking over a $1.4 billion state workers’ insurance fund , a $700 million worker’s compensation fund and a $200 million underground storage tank indemnification fund.Central Penn Business Journal: Wolf administration cuts Wall Street money managersThe commonwealth will cut out dozens of Wall Street investment managers for three state investment funds, a move expected to save Pennsylvania about $5.6 million per year, according to the Wolf administration. Gov. Tom Wolf and Treasurer Timothy Reese today announced that the Department of Treasury will manage the State Workers’ Insurance Fund, the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund and the Underground Storage Tank Indemnification Fund. The three funds have combined assets worth about $2.3 billion.WITF: In cost-cutting effort, Treasury to absorb three state funds[Governor Wolf] said eliminating those private managers makes good financial sense. “The Treasury of Pennsylvania does this for billions of dollars on a routine basis,” he said. “Why not just hand this over to the Treasury of Pennsylvania, consolidate the management–it’ll save about $5.6 million. Governor Wolf and Treasurer Reese Announce Cuts in Wall Street Fees by Consolidating Investments (Round-Up)last_img read more

Southwestern Cheese Panini.

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Food & DiningLifestyle Southwestern Cheese Panini. by: – July 8, 2011 Share Tweet Southwestern Cheese Panini.Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you’ve ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp.Serve with a mixed salad and you’ve got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer’s directions.Recipe Nutrition:Per serving: 331 calories; 14 g fat (5 g saturated fat, 2 g mono unsaturated fat); 30 mg cholesterol; 37 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 5 g fiber; 523 mg sodium; 163 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (50% daily value), Calcium (30% dv), Vitamin C (20% dv), Iron (15% dv).Ingredients:4 ounces shredded sharp Cheddar cheese1 cup shredded zucchini1/2 cup shredded carrot1/4 cup finely chopped red onion1/4 cup prepared salsa1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño pepper (optional)8 slices whole-wheat bread2 teaspoons canola oil Share Share Directions:Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.Combine Cheddar, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeño (if using) in a medium bowl. Divide among 4 slices of bread and top with the remaining bread.Heat 1 teaspoon canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weigh it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.Recipe source:Eatingwell.comlast_img read more

Carmicheal Peter, Al Samora Knight and Remington Francois remanded.

first_img Tweet Share Share 34 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Carmicheal Peter, Al Samora Knight and Remington Francois remanded. by: – April 18, 2011 Al Samora Knight. Photo credit: FacebookThree young men of Portsmouth have been remanded at the Stockfarm State Prison on the Charge of Taking Conveyance, complaint number 886 of 2011; Carmicheal Peter, Al Samora Knight and Remington Francois all 21 years old.According to Police Prosecutor, ” On 16th April, 2011 at Lagoon Portsmouth in the Parish of St. John you Carmicheal Peter and others did without consent of the owner take certain conveyance of Nissan Bus registration number HA 911 for your own use contrary to Section 14:1 of the Revised Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica 1990.”The Police Prosecutor did not object to bail however none of the accused had sureties present to bail them.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste informed the three young men that “bail is open to all with proper sureties” and remanded in custody until Preliminary Inquiry at Porstmouth on 5th July, 2011.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more