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In Bridge, defense is generally an average player's weakest spot. This is primarily because the defenders operate in the dark without seeing each other's cards, unlike the declarer who plans his play based on the various techniques of counting to extract the best advantage for himself. But while he need not count the opponents' shape or high cards in every hand that he plays relying more on the technique of card combination and percentage play, for tight defense the defenders need to count each and every hand as their number one priority if they are to get good results in downing the contract.

Japanese pop-metal group Babymetal have toured with Lady Gaga and attracted monster crowds in America and Europe with their sugar-coated hard rock, but the schoolgirl trio have even bigger plans - to conquer the world.
Youthful supporters of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) said a loud 'yes' to the call of their leader to stage a sit-in in Karachi last week. The atmosphere was festive, the expression on young faces was happy; their body language also expressed gaiety of a fun-loving, pleasure-seeking crowd out partying. Their chatter was the usual idle type, except when a camera was turned on them. Then they would go through a show of fist waving, slogan shouting.
When Kenyan mountaineer Nikunj Shah first climbed Mount Kenya as an 18-year-old in 1989, he and his friends strapped plastic bags to their boots to keep their feet dry as they crossed a glacier on the way to the 5,199-metre peak. Since then, Shah has gone up Africa's second-highest mountain after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 52 more times, making him one of the mountain's most experienced climbers.
Emotions connected to memories can be rewritten, making bad events in the past seem better and good things appear worse, scientists from Japan and the United States have found. The discovery of the mechanism behind the process helps to explain the power of current psychotherapeutic treatments for mental illnesses such as depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they said, and could offer new avenues for psychiatric help.
Combining fantasy and reality the three artists - Imrana Tanveer, Saba Khan and Wardah Shabbir present their personal narratives about life at Chawkandi Art Gallery, Karachi in a group exhibition titled "Waxing Lyrical". I found the shades of different feelings in the paintings at the show. Some have soothing and calming rays of hope which touches the mind and soul while other portrays tense and bad experiences that clinches to the memories.
Night workers who have trouble sleeping after their shifts should under no circumstances rely on sleeping pills, a German psychologist warns, pointing to the danger of becoming psychologically dependent on the little chemical helpers. A relaxing routine can be a healthy alternative.


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