Written by Godfrey AKON

SHORT STORY The miser and his gold






An old miser lived in a house with a garden. The miser hid his gold coins in a pit under some stones in the garden. Every day, before going to bed, the miser went to the stones where he hid the gold and counted the coins. He continued this routine every day, but not once did he spend the gold he saved.

One day, a thief who knew the old miser’s routine, waited for the old man to go back into his house. After it was dark, the thief went to the hiding place and took the gold. The next day, the old miser found that his treasure was missing and started crying loudly.

His neighbor heard the miser’s cries and inquired about what happened. On learning what happened, the neighbor asked, “Why didn’t you save the money inside the house? It would’ve been easier to access the money when you had to buy something!”

“Buy?” said the miser. “I never used the gold to buy anything. I was never going to spend it.”

On hearing this, the neighbor threw a stone into the pit and said, “If that is the case, save the stone. It is as worthless as the gold you have lost”.

Moral: A possession is just as worthy of what it is used for.



How Can You Protect Yourself From Germs?

Most germs are spread through the air in sneezes, coughs, or even breaths. Germs can also spread in sweat, saliva, and blood. Some pass from person to person by touching something that is contaminated, like shaking hands with someone who has a cold and then touching your own nose.

Steering clear of the things that can spread germs is the best way to protect yourself. And that means . . .

Hand washing! Remember the words that germs fear — soap and water. Washing your hands well and often is the best way to beat these tiny warriors. Wash your hands every time you cough or sneeze, before you eat or prepare foods, after you use the bathroom, after you touch animals and pets, after you play outside, and after you visit a sick relative or friend.

There is a right way to wash your hands. Use warm water and soap and rub your hands together for at least 15 seconds, which is about how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday."

Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cover your mouth when you cough to keep from spreading germs. So if you have to cough, it is best to do it in your elbow so you are not contaminating your hands.

Using tissues for your sneezes and sniffles is another great weapon against germs. But don't just throw tissues on the floor to pick up later. Toss them in the trash and, again, wash your hands!

Another way to fight and prevent infections is to make sure you get all the routine immunizations from your doctor. No one likes to get shots but these help keep your immune system strong and prepared to battle germs. You can also keep your immune system strong and healthy by eating well, exercising regularly, and getting good sleep. All this will help you to be prepared to fight germs that cause illness.

Now that you know the facts about germs, you may still pick up a cough or a cold once in a while, but you'll be ready to keep most of those invading germs from moving in.



What makes my left hand my right?


What goes through towns and over hills but never moves?


What root does the mathematical plant have?


Everyone has it and no one can lose it, what is it?


I am a delicate object, if you call my name you break me, who am I?


Mr. Sule lives in Zuma rock and Mr. Afolabi in Olumo rock, who lives in Aso rock?

Something defies the law of gravity; it goes up and never comes down, what is it?

They visit at night without being invited and disappear in the morning without being pursued, who are they?



1. The mirror 2. The road 3. Square root 4. A shadow 5. Silence 6. The President 7. Age 8. Stars and moon


Did you know?


Did you know that the names of all continents start and end with the same letter? 


Did you know that dreamt is the only word that ends with m-t?


Did you know that the letter S has more words than any letter of the English alphabet?


Did you know that the most used vowel of the English alphabet is E?


Did you know that Q is the least used letter of the English alphabet?



1.                   Name a Nigerian state that begins with the letter ‘Y’?


2.                   In which country are the 2018 commonwealth games being held?


3.                   Which game features the terms dribble, pass, kick, throw, penalty, shot?


4.                   Digestion begins in which part of the body?


5.                   The abbreviation FRCN stands for?


1. Yobe state 2. Australia 3. Football 4. The mouth 5. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria


Beatus Int'l Academy harps on school facilities, security

By Chuks NZEH

The proprietress of Beatus International Academy, Lugbe, Mrs. Nkiruka Emedo, has said that the school would improve on the facilities on ground to enhance security of the pupils.


She made this known during the 6th annual graduation ceremony at the school premises.

Emedo said, "We have in mind to build more classrooms and have the school compound completely fenced for security purposes, as you can see the blocks available for that to commence, we are pleading to everyone here to assist the school to achieve this goal.”

She also noted that excursions was one way to expose the kids and broaden their horizons and boost their self-confidence.














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