The blare of reggae and calypso music may soon disappear from the buses and taxis of Guyana. The Caribbean nation’s parliament has voted to ban taxi and bus drivers from playing any kind of music, after years of passenger complaints. Violators will face fines of up to $A82.86 and a year in jail.
The northern Illinois community of Elizabeth tried to set a world record for the largest gathering of Elizabeths at the weekend. Women with Elizabeth in any part of their name were invited to register. About 400 did so. Queen Elizabeth and Elizabeth Taylor declined invitations to attend.
Activists in San Francisco have secured the 12,000 votes needed to hold a ballot in November to decide whether to mock US President George Bush by renaming a Californian sewage plant in his honour. In 2006, 58% of Bay area voters supported an initiative to impeach Mr Bush.
A US man who says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping wants his former church to pay $US2.5 million for medical bills and lost income. Matt Lincoln of Tennessee says he was asking God to have “a real experience” while praying.