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Monday, February 12, 2018 6 Mary Had A Little Lamp Dear Squabs Send us your articles, stories, poetries, paintings, pictures etc on the following email address Story Time Lost in the Canyon Two little girls, neatly dressed as they should be for a pleasant walk, and pretty lunch-baskets filled with the nicest of things, started out for a walk up the canyon. There was a good road for a long distance, then it branched off right and left, the trees grew taller, the bushes thicker and more tangled, and they felt as if they were away off in a little world of their own. How nice it was ! Birds came close overhead, and they saw several live chipmunks.After gathering a great many flowers and eating lunch, and having had enough walking for awhile, they began telling certain fairy stories in which the parties all lived out in the woods; they also discussed " Robin- son Crusoe" and the "Swiss Family Robinson," finally agreeing that an outdoor life was the best and nicest, and that gypsies had a fine time traveling and seeing the sights of the world no house-work, no crowding of neighbors, all free and easy. The day wore along until afternoon, when the" canyon began to grow dark very fast. All at once a thought struck Addie "bears ! " Gracie immediately remembered and related to her shuddering companion a horrible encounter that took place in "some canyon, may be this one," between a bear and a man. It was also remembered that some bears can travel as fast as a horse can run. In the remembered event nothing was left by the rapacious animal to identify the missing man excepting a tin dinner pail, which must have been overlooked by the bear, and which was recognized by relatives, by a place that had been soldered, also another place with a blue and white gingham string drawn through a hole. " For truth?" asked Addie. "That's just the way I remember hearing it told," replied Gracie, evasively. " Do you think we'd better start home ? " asked Addie indifferently (that is, as indifferently as she could speak under the circumstances). " I guess it's early yet, but if you wish we might walk slowly down a little way," said Gracie. With a show of some reluctance, Addie gathered her treasures together, and they started at a sauntering gait, which somehow was gradually accelerated without the apparent notice of either, at least it was not objected to as tiring. These children had gone farther up the canyon than they had realized; the many charms had beguiled them along, their light and healthy forms feeling no fatigue for a long while. Suddenly, a low rumble was heard that increased and seemed to be rapidly coming in their direction. "Oh, dear! Gracie, did you ever hear that canyons are awful places for storms?" " Yes, Addie, and for swollen streams, and cloud-bursts," replied Gracie. "It's raining! Are there any caves?" "Only way up on the side, down yonder." " Let's take hold of hands and run! " " We'd have to drop our flowers." " I don't care. Hurry ! " Away they went, the wind driving the rain right in their faces; the pretty hats with daisy wreaths were dripping ; the pretty light print dresses hung straight down, and their shoes were sopping wet. " Do you think our folks will come after us when they know it's storming up here ? " Addie began to cry, and Gracie, instead of being able to console her, exclaimed : " We've come a long ways now and I believe we're lost ! " Looking around and not being able to see very far through the rain, Addie replied : " I believe so too. What shall we do ? " Now these were both very good children and had been rightly raised, but in their hurry and flight had forgotten what that morning they would not have thought they could forget, and that was to remember how the heavenly Father is watching over us all and is able and willing to protect us. But, standing there in dismay, it came to them. " Let's pray that we may get home! " " Oh, yes ! " Then they knelt down in the mud, with the wind and rain roaring around them and the creek foaming and raging below, and asked God to please show them the way home, never doubting that He would hear them through all the storm. You may think this story to be imaginary, but Gracie and Addie are now young ladies, and still live in Salt Lake City. Their own happy mothers told it all to me. Rain contains vitamin B12 • The meaning of 'Blue Chip' comes from blue casino chips which have a high value • DVDs are physically the same size as a CDs but can store 13 times more data • The term 'disc jockey' was first used in 1937 • Sound travels 4.3 times faster through water than in air • The average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches • Soccer is the most followed sport • Volleyball was invented in 1895 • That in developed countries 27% of food is thrown away • The odds of being struck by lightning are 600,000 to 1 • The first train reached a top speed of only 8 kmh (5 mph) • Niagara Falls could fill 4,000 bathtubs every second • It takes 1 alligator to make a pair of shoes and 3 for a pair of boots • Your most active muscles are in your eye • A banana contains 75% water • 13 people die every year from vending machines • Rain contains vitamin B12 • Your liver has over 500 functions • Your brain uses 25% of all the oxygen your breathe • After Hawaii, New York is the state surrounded by the most water • Ice skating rinks always go counter clock wise (for the majority of people that are right handed needing to hang onto the rail) • A flea can jump 350 times its body length • Cucumbers are 96% water. • A full moon is 9 times brighter than a half moon • A honeybee's top speed is 24kph (15mph) • A humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times a second (5,400 times a minute) • Flys always launch backwards for a quick getaway • Horses have 18 more bones than humans • A cheetahs top speed is 114kph (70mph) • Horses sleep standing up • A jellyfish is 95% water Mary had a little lamb its fleece was white as snow; And everywhere that Mary went, the lamb was sure to go. It followed her to school one day, which was against the rule; It made the children laugh and play, to see a lamb at school. And so the teacher turned it out, but still it lingered near, And waited patiently about till Mary did appear. "Why does the lamb love Mary so?" the eager children cry; "Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know" the teacher did reply. Golden Cowrie The golden cowrie is a marine snail named for its brilliant orange shell. It is among the largest of the world's 250 known cowrie species, reaching four inches (ten centimeters) in length. Rare and reclusive, these mollusks spend most of their lives hiding under rocks in the cracks and crevices of reefs in the South Pacific. They come out only at night to feed on sponges and algae. Golden cowries are egg-shaped with a flat Fun Facts Type.................................Invertebrate Diet..................................Omnivore Size..................................4 in (10 cm) Relative............................Size relative to a tea cup base and a narrow opening. Like other cowries, their shells are smooth and highly Colour me polished. They protect their glossy finish by wrapping their brightly colored mantle lobes nearly completely around their shells when they move. Golden cowrie shells have been used as currency and religious symbols throughout the South Pacific. On the island of Fiji, they were worn on a necklace by a chieftain as a symbol of status and rank. Golden cowrie shells are among the hardest shells to find and are prized by collectors. Unfortunately, habitat loss and over-harvesting are hurting the wild population numbers.

Monday, February 12, 2018 Sportlight 7 Hope entire PSL is played in Pakistan next year: Ajmal KARACHI: Legendary off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has said he hopes the entire Pakistan Super League (PSL) takes place in Pakistan from next year. The third edition of the country’s cash-rich T20 league will begin from February 22 in the UAE, whereas the final will be played on March 25 at the National Stadium of Karachi. The first two editions of the league was also organised in the UAE. It is the first time that more than a single match of the league is scheduled to be played in Pakistan, with last year’s final being the first match to make it back home. Ajmal — who represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20Is — is currently associated with PSL franchise Islamabad United as a spin-bowling coach and believes hosting the tournament in Pakistan will greatly benefit all stakeholders. “I want the whole of the PSL to be organised in Pakistan since it can be really beneficial for the country and the sport,” said Ajmal. “The crowds will finally get to see their stars playing in front of them, the sponsors will get increased exposure and hosting a successful PSL at home will help completely revive international cricket in the country. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved and I really hope we have the whole of PSL in Pakistan from next year.” Ajmal has warned Islamabad’s PSL rivals that the winners of the first edition are even stronger this time around since they boast a much more balanced side. “We have signed a few good players and our focus was on recruiting quality all-rounders,” he said. “Andre Russell’s return will surely boost us, while the likes of Alex Hales, JP Duminy and Luke Ronchi can play an important role as well. Nothing is certain in cricket but our team looks very good on paper.” The United job is Ajmal’s first in coaching and he believes he can help the youngsters improve a lot. “I will try to help youngsters with all the experience that I have,” said Ajmal, who will also be working closely with spin sensation Shadab Khan. To organise sand volleyball event at Kotri bank of river indus is another landmark or record making organizer of Kotri Perwaiz Shaikh Dr M Arif Hafeez Sports Reporter KARACHI: First ever sand volleyball event inaugurated here at Kotri bank of river indus on account of Dr.Muhammad Ali Shah sports festival jamshoro organised by jamshoro volleyball association in collaboration with Hyderabad divisional volleyball association and olympic sports committee. In the opening tie Sadat Ali and Hyder Ali of jamshoro Shahbaz defeated Zakir Ali and Jawed Ali of jamshoro eagle by (21-18)، (15-21) & (15-11) while in 2nd match Maaz Ali Khan and Waqar ul islam of hyderabad Shabab beat Nasab Raheem abd Ghufran Khan of hyderabad stars by (21-11) & (21-15). Earlier event inaugurated by senior player and captain of Hyderabad division Hazrat Ahmed by serve the ball. He said during his address, " To organise sand volleyball event at Kotri bank of river indus is another landmark or record making organiser and senior director physical education of Kotri at bank of river indus, i congratulate jamshoro volleyball association on organising such a nice event and will contribute in the promotion of game as usual". KARACHI: International Security Expert Consultant, Reg Dickason reviews arrangements for the final of Pakistan Super League at National Stadium. Lahore Lions beat Peshawar Deers by 1-0 to win Women Hockey League 2018 LAHORE – Holders Lahore Lions defeated Peshawar Deers by 1-0 in the final of the 2nd Women Hockey Super League 2018 at the National Hockey Stadium on Sunday. Areeba Sarwar scored the decisive goal. Peshawar Deers earned a penalty corner but failed to equal the goal score. Lahore got six penalty corners while Peshawar managed to get four during the final fixture. However, it ended 1-0 in favour of Lahore Lions when the hooter sounded for the last time. Both the teams displayed attacking hockey and had their moments but Lahore, who had topped the league stage, were the deserving winners in the end. Grand Slam hasn't changed my life, says Wozniacki DOHA: Australian Open winner Caroline Wozniacki insisted on Sunday that despite last month's breakthrough Grand Slam triumph her life has not changed in the slightest. The world number one was speaking ahead of the Qatar Open, which begins on Monday and where she could face the player she defeated in the Melbourne final, Simona Halep. "Life hasn't changed at all," she said. "Life is the same. Still the same when I go back on the practice courts, I still have things that I need to work on and I still get stuff from my dad saying move your feet, do this. PIAF welcomes proposed separate tariff for exporters OTTAWA: LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial & Traders Associations Front (PIAF) chairman Irfan Iqbal Sheikh has welcomed the government plan of introducing separate power tariff for export sector, which would be at par with the tariff of regional competing countries. Besides appreciating the announcement, he asked the authorities to also fulfill its commitment of undertaking all possible measures aimed at creating an enabling environment for the export sector to grow and making competitive headway globally. Irfan Iqbal Sheikh in a joint statement along with senior vice chairman Tanveer Ahmed Sufi and Vice chairman Kh. Shahzeb Akram said that the business community had been demanding of the government since long to focus on bringing down high energy cost as Pakistan was losing export markets to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and other regional countries KARACHI : Deputy country , which at present is Head of Mission of British Deputy High Commissioner very low against the potential. Last year, it was dollars here Steve Crossman 2.6 billion. emphasized on taking more There is need to build our steps to increase trade trade capacity. Pakistan between Pakistan and his government should make due to high power tariffs. But it was unfortunate that instead of bringing down electricity price, government was taking measures to further enhance it that would badly affect business and industrial activities causing further fall in country’s exports. PIAF Chairman said that line losses and defaults in LESCO were low as compared to other Discos and it was unjustified to make the consumers of this Disco to pay for the defaulters of other areas. trade and investment process easier and faster, he said during his chat with senior journalists and in short speech at a farewell dinner for him hosted by Mundia Group of Industries at his residence He said that government should focus on cheap energy sources for producing affordable electricity that would help in promoting businesses and industrialization, creating new jobs and improving country’s exports. He condemned the NEPRA for resorting to easy approach of passing on the burden of defaulters to the general consumers which was illogical, as that practice would encourage further defaults and create disappointment among regular bill payers. Irfan Iqbal said that the government has revived confidence of the industry by announcing export package for five zero rated sectors, which should also be expanded to other industrial sectors, including the pharmaceutical and rice sectors, as through this package, the cost of doing business would come down in the country. The government should provide an enabling business environment to all the industrial sectors," he added. Pakistan needs easier, faster trade, investment process: British Dy Head of Mission Karachi : Mr. Steve Crossman, deputy head of mission of British Deputy High Commission, receiving traditional Sindhi Ajrak from M. Ilyas Mundia, at dinner hosted by Mundia group of companies. Directors Basit Mundia and Junaid Mundia, also seen in picture. The reception was attended by Senior Minister of Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, diplomats from Korea, Bahrain, Oman, USA, Russia, Sri Lanka, prominent business, political and social figures who were welcomed by Chairman of Mundia Group M.Illyas Mundia and his son M.Basit Mundia. The British Deputy Head of Mission said the trade between the two countries was good but it could be much better. There were many constraints, like Pakistan's negative image, difficult licensing process for foreign companies and complex taxation procedures. The law and order situation in Pakistan also needs further improvement. " People like big business. They want to invest here in SMEs. It takes months to start a business due to slow and complex process of completing formalities. Thus their cash flow stucks up, " he mentioned adding that unnecessary delays also created space for corruption. He said over 100 British companies were operating and doing well in Pakistan. More companies might come in, if the investment and trade environment was made further attractive. He said United Kingdom wanted prosperous and stable Pakistan. Around 1.2 million Pakistanis were living there and contributing a lot to his country's social and economic sectors. The people of Pakistani origin had even become members of UK parliament. " Karachi is number one in hospitality. I had fantastic time. I have a large group of friends here. Many of them contributed a lot in strengthening the relationship of the two countries," he said. Minister for Trade and Commerce Pervaiz Malik, who is representing Pakistan in the dialogue, will hold meetings with his Canadian counterpart Francois- Philippe Champagne, Canadian Minister for Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay and Minister for Immigration, Ahmed Hussen to discuss promotion of bilateral trade between the two countries today (Monday). The Commerce Minister is also expected to meet the Biz Pak, Canada to hold trade dialogue in Ottawa today Canadian investors and businessmen at Montreal and Ontario Chamber of Commerce at Toronto. Both sides recognize that there is huge potential for enhancing the existing bilateral trade between the two countries. ABBOTTABAD: A view of under construction bridge in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Route near Muslimabad Interchange. Business Community asks NA to pass rent control act in its 52nd Session ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Naveed, senior Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) said that Prime Minister of Pakistan in a recent meeting with local business leaders had promised for early promulgation of rent control act in Islamabad, but so far no concrete measures were taken for this purpose. He stressed that National Assembly should pass amended bill of rent control act in its 52nd session on February 12 to resolve this longstanding issues of local traders once for all. He was talking to a delegation of local trade leaders that called on him at Chamber House. Sheikh Jamshed President PML-N Traders Wing Islamabad, Yousaf Rajput President Traders Welfare Association Blue Area Islamabad, Hussain General Secretary, Traders Welfare Association, Super Market, Islamabad, Raja Abdul Majeed and Amin Pirzada were in the delegation. Muhammad Naveed appealed to the Prime Minister to honor his promise for promulgation of new rent law in Islamabad as without the said law, traders were being evicted from shops forcefully and this situation has created lot of concerns in the trading community of the federal capital as they were feeling insecure about their future. He said government should pay urgent attention to this serious issue and arrange the early passage of rent restriction law from the parliament so that traders could fully focus on the growth of business activities. Yousaf Rajput President Traders Welfare Association Blue Area Islamabad, Muhammad Hussain General Secretary, Traders Welfare Association, Super Market, Islamabad, Raja Abdul Majeed and Amin Pirzada said that with the consensus of all stakeholders an amended bill of rent restriction law for Islamabad was prepared that was presented in the National Assembly by MNAs MianAbdul Manan andAsad Umara long time ago.

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