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1.1.16

Hawaii Will Become First State To Raise Minimum Smoking Age To 21

Hawaii Will Become First State To Raise Minimum Smoking Age To 21


Hawaii’s new tobacco laws go into effect Friday and limit sales of both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes to people 21 or older.

On Friday, Hawaii will become the first state in the U.S. to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. A secondary measure specifically prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to anyone under 21.



On Jan. 1, Hawaii’s State Department of Health will start a three month campaign to let the public know about the new law, which was signed in June by Governor David Ige. After that, people under 21 caught smoking will be fined $10 the first offense and $50 every time after that.

Businesses that are caught selling tobacco products to people under the age of 21 will be fined $500 for their first violation and up to $2,000 for subsequent offenses.

The bill to raise the minimum smoking age was in part inspired by the rising use of electronic cigarettes by young people. Officials cited a University of Hawaii study by the Cancer Center that found e-cigarettes were used by teens three times the national average.

A few cities in the U.S., such as New York, have already made it illegal to sell cigarettes to customers under 21, while other states, including California, are considering similar bans.

13.9.15

Stonehenge mystery thickens

Stonehenge mystery thickens


Researchers have discovered what may be the largest surviving Neolithic stone monument in the U.K. — an enormous ‘superhenge’ with as many as 100 large standing stones — about three kilometres from the famous Stonehenge.
Tourists at the Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England.


The remains of the monument are buried under a thick, grassy bank and are thought to have been hauled into position more than 4,500 years ago.

The hidden arrangement of nearly 100 huge standing stones formed part of a C-shaped Neolithic arena that bordered a dry valley and faced the Avon river directly.
Researchers used ground-penetrating radar to image 30 intact stones measuring up to 4.5 metres tall.

The fragments of more buried stones, or the massive foundation pits in which they stood, show the full extent of the monument, the Guardian reported.

“What we are starting to see is the largest surviving stone monument, preserved underneath a bank, that has ever been discovered in Britain and possibly in Europe,” says Vince Gaffney, an archaeologist at Bradford University, who leads the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project.

The recumbent stones were lost beneath a huge bank and were incorporated as a somewhat clumsy linear southern border to the otherwise circular “superhenge” known as the Durrington Walls.

Whale vomit set to fetch 7,000 pounds at auction

Whale vomit set to fetch 7,000 pounds at auction


The extremely rare lump of ambergris found by a dog walker on a beach

An extremely rare lump of whale vomit found by a dog walker on a beach in the UK is expected to fetch 7,000 pounds at the first auction of its kind.

The substance is used in the perfumery industry and has sold for thousands of pounds privately before.

The chunk of ambergris — a waxy rock-like substance that can prolong the scent of perfume — was found washed-up on the shore at Anglesey, north Wales, earlier this year.

The ambergris, that measures 8 inches by 6 inches and weighs 1.1 kg, could have been floating in the sea for decades before it came ashore.

Ambergris is produced in the intestines of sperm whales to protect them from the sharp beaks of squid which they eat and is passed as vomit, ‘mirror.co.uk’ reported.

The substance is used in the perfumery industry and has sold for thousands of pounds privately before.

“Our vendor was out walking his dog when it ran over to this object and wouldn’t leave it alone,” said Chris Surfleet, senior valuer and auctioneer.

“He took it home, did a bit of research and suspected it was ambergris and knew it had a value so came to us. We are 100 per cent certain it is ambergris.

“A number of people with experience with ambergris have studied it who have confirmed it,” he said.

“It is a bit like gold in that it comes down to the price per gram. There is a lot of interest in unusual items these days,” he said.  --- AP

New species of ancient humans found

New species of ancient humans found


Explorers stumbled upon a huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa

A huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa may be the remnants of a new species of ancient human relative.

A replica of the skull of a newly discovered ancient species, "Homo naledi" - named in honour of the "Rising Star" cave where it was found. Naledi means "star" in South Africa's Sesotho language.

Explorers happened upon the bones after squeezing through a fissure high up in the rear wall of the Rising Star cave, 50 km from Johannesburg, before descending down a long, narrow chute to the chamber floor 40 metres beneath the surface.

They recovered more than 1,500 pieces of bone belonging to at least 15 individuals. The remains appear to be infants, juveniles and one very old adult.

Thousands more pieces of bone are still in the chamber, smothered in the soft dirt that covers the ground.

The leaders of the National Geographic-funded project believe the bones — as yet undated — represent a new species of ancient human relative.

They have named the creature Homo naledi, where naledi means “star” in Sesotho, a local South African language.

But other experts on human origins say the claim is unjustified. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2015

23.8.15

Indian Railway Destination Alert and Wake up call - A Boon to Regular Train Travellers in India

Destination Alert

Railway Passengers can set destination alert on
•  139 Railway Enquiry Service IVR
• 139 Railway Enquiry service with assistance from customer service Executive
•  SMS 139 with one simple keyword 




Steps for Activating Destination Alert on 139 IVR

• Dial 139 from the Mobile you want you want to set Destination Alert
• Choose your preferred language
• Select option 7 from the IVR main menu
• Press -2 for Destination Alert
• Enter your 10 digit PNR number
• Press 1 to confirm your PNR number

Destination alert shall be set for the given PNR Number, you will also receive a confirmation message on Your mobile as “DESTINATION ALERT call has been set on your mobile number for <Destination Station Name>”.

Steps for Activating Destination Alert with Assistance from 139 customer Service Executive

While conversing with the Customer Service Executive-
• Please convey your 10 digit PNR number
• Please reconfirm your mobile number on which destination alert is to be set
• Customer Service Executive will confirm that destination alert has been set

You will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile as “DESTINATION ALERT call has been set on your mobile number for <Destination Station Name>.

Activating Destination Alert through SMS on SMS 139

• You can also set destination alert using SMS 139 service. JUST send following SMS from the mobile on which you want to activate Alert:
ALERT<PNR NUMBER>

You will receive a confirmation message on your mobile as “DESTINATION ALERT call has been set on yourmobile number for <Destination Station Name>.

1. Call/SMSNote:- only from the mobile number on which you want to set destination alert.

 
Wake-up Alarm

Railway Passengers can set Wake-up Alarm on•   139 Railway Enquiry Service IVR• 139 Railway Enquiry Service with assistance from Customer Service Executive

Steps for Activating Wake- up Alarm on 139 IVR

• Dial 139 from the Mobile you want to set Wake-up Alarm
• Choose your preferred language
• Select option 7 from the IVR main menu
• Press -1 for wake-up Alarm
• Enter your 10 digit PNR number
• Press 1 to confirm your PNR Number
• Enter STD code on which you want Activate your wake-up Alarm or Press (*) to contact our customer care executive.

Wake-up Alarm shall be set for the given PNR number, you will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile as “WAKE-UP ALARM call has been set on your mobile number for < Destination Station Name >”.

Step for Activating Wake-up Alarm with 139 Customer Service Executive

While conversing with the Customer Service Executive-
• Please convey your 10 digit PNR number.
• Please reconfirm your mobile number on which Wake-up Alarm is to be set.
• Customer Service Executive will confirm that the Wake-up Alarm has been set.

You will also receive a confirmation message on your mobile as “WAKE-UP ALARM call has been set on you mobile
number for < Destination Station Name>

Note-
1. Call only from the mobile number on which you want to set Wake-up Alarm .

Charges Applicable:

Following call charges are applicable for calls received on 139:

Mobile: Rs. 1.20 for a pulse of 60 seconds for calls from Metro cities while for calls from non metro cities/areas the charges are Rs. 2 for a pulse of 60 seconds.SMS:SMS (Pull) cost is Rs. 3 per SMS.