Indonesia’s smoking toddler kicks the habit (AP)

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia’s smoking toddler has kicked the habit. Footage of 2-year-old Aldi Rizal — who smoked up to two packs a day — puffing away circulated the Internet in May and sparked an international outcry. His parents said he’d throw tantrums every time they tried to stop him from lighting up.

Psychologist Seto Mulyadi, who took the child into his own home as part of rehabilitation efforts, said Friday the boy has stopped asking for cigarettes.

He said Aldi picked up the habit because virtually every man in his fishing village in South Sumatra province smokes.

When removed from that environment, and offered a wide range of activities, including playing and drawing, he no longer had the urge, the psychologist said.

Aldi’s father gave him his first cigarette when he was just 18-months-old, relatives have said.

Paris metro body heat to help warm building (Reuters)

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PARIS (Reuters) – The warmth generated by human bodies in the Parisian metro will help heat a public housing project in the city centre, the capital’s largest owner of social housing said on Friday.

The building, located in the famous rue Beaubourg close to the Pompidou museum, is being renovated in an environmentally friendly way.

“Luckily, the building is connected to the metro through a staircase,” Francois Wachnick from Paris Habitat told Reuters.

The calories emitted by passengers, around 100 watts per person, combined with the heat from trains moving along tracks and the underground location of the metro mean that corridor temperatures are 14-20 degrees Celsius all year around.

The project, which is based on geothermal technology, aims to draw heat from subterranean passages and move it to heat exchangers before supplying heating pipes. The system will complement district heating.

The project should slash carbon dioxide emissions by a third compared to using a boiler room connected to district heating, Wachnick said.

A tender for the experimental project, which is expected to heat 17 flats, will be launched before the end of the year, and work is expected to start in 2011.

But the system, which Wachnick said is also being carried out in Austria, will not be generalised in Paris because of costs and the need to build passages to convey the heat from the metro to buildings.

“We were lucky to find a passageway that allows us to collect the heat directly from the metro, without having to pay to build one, otherwise it would have been impossible,” he added.

(Writing by Muriel Boselli; editing by Jane Baird)

Plumbers help Tenn. newlyweds find flushed rings (AP)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Diane Buckalew said she felt sick when she woke up and realized two rings she’d left on the bathroom counter the night before were gone. She and husband Carl, married in Las Vegas a month ago, realized Thursday their cat Jinxe had batted into the toilet an amethyst ring and Diane’s 4-carat, $40,000 diamond engagement ring.

At 6:30 a.m., Carl called Mr. Rooter, which has a drain camera.

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported that two technicians dug a 3-foot hole near the front door of the Buckalew’s home in Southaven, Miss., cut the drain pipe and asked Carl to flush.


A technician’s hands emerged from the muddy water with both rings.

Carl then wrote them a $895.20 check — which he said he was glad to do.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, View the original article here