Name too long for license
A woman’s last name is so long that she cannot get a driver’s license with her correct name. Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele is fighting to make it happen. The documents have room for only 35 characters, so Hawaii County instead issued her driver’s license and her state ID with the last letter of her name chopped off, and it omitted her first name. The 54-year-old wrote her mayor and city councilwoman for help, but the county said the state of Hawaii computer system they used would not allow names longer than 35 characters. Her name has 35 letters plus a mark used in the Hawaiian alphabet, called an okina. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele got the name when she married her Hawaiian husband in 1992. He used only the one name, which his grandfather gave him. The name came to his grandfather in a dream that also told him he would have a grandson. Her husband died in 2008, but he had similar problems when he was alive, she said.
‘Mom’ loses Ikea monkey
A judge has ruled that a pet monkey found wandering outside an Ikea store in Toronto should not be returned to the woman who calls herself his mom. The monkey, named Darwin, became famous last year when he was spotted walking around the parking lot wearing a tiny shearling coat. The monkey’s owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, had asked a court to get Darwin back, but Ontario Superior Court Judge Mary Vallee ruled Friday that while the monkey may have worn clothing and slept in his former owner’s bed, he is still a wild animal and therefore should not be returned to her. Nakhuda’s lawyer’s office said she would not be commenting on the decision. After she lost previous interim bids to get Darwin back, Nakhuda left court distraught.
Foreigners arrested for drugs
A spokesman for the national police department says that eight foreigners have been arrested on drug trafficking charges. National Police spokesman Gary Desrosiers on Friday said that the police force’s anti-drug unit jailed two Colombians, two Cubans, three Jamaicans and a Venezuelan woman last week on the southwestern island of Ile-a-Vache. They are suspected of trafficking marijuana. Local station Radio Kiskeya is reporting that a Haitian hotel owner named Evinx Daniel was arrested in a separate case on drug trafficking charges, also in the south.
Volcano sparks emergency
The country declared a state of emergency on Thursday in nine districts threatened by the Ubinas volcano, which has erupted seven times since Sept. 1, spewing harmful gas and ash. Authorities are distributing masks and have given themselves a 60-day period to relocate villagers from areas where ash is damaging crops and polluting water sources. The explosions have sent a plume of smoke rising to 2,500m above the crater, vulcanologists at the Geophysical Institute of Peru said. The first explosion on the night of Sept. 1 was strong and followed by a series of lesser blasts, seismologist Victor Aguilar of the Geophysical Institute of the University of San Agustin de Arequipa said. The volcano, in the Moquegua department 1,250km south of Lima, is the most active in the country. Peru’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute said the eruption could have been caused by snow accumulating in the crater and preventing normal emissions. Since 1550, 25 eruptions have been recorded at Ubinas.