Vehicle registration plates of Botswana for normal motor vehicles begin with the letter B, followed by three digits, followed by three letters. The digits and letters are assigned by a registrar; the three letters will never include the letter Q so as to avoid confusion with the letter O. The front number plates have black lettering on a white reflective background; the rear number plates have black lettering on a yellow reflective background. Public passenger number plates have blue lettering on a white reflective background in the front and white lettering on blue background at the rear. Government vehicles all have the prefix BX, except defence force vehicles which have the prefix BDF; the front BX number plates have red lettering on a white reflective background. The rear BX number plates have white lettering on a red reflective background; the BDF number plates have white letters on a green non-reflective background for the front plate and black letters on a green non-reflective background for the rear plate.
Diplomatic vehicles' number plates starts with two letters and a further three digits. These digits are allocated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs; these codes dating back to the Protectorate continued in use after independence: BPA – Francistown BPB – Serowe BPC – Tuli Block BPD – Gaborone BPE – Molepolole BPF – Lobatse BPG – Kanye BPH – Tshabong BPI – Ghanzi BPJ – Maun BPK – Kasane BPL – MochudiGovernment: BPX – Government vehicles 2. Holcroft’s South African Calendar 1975, published by Vergne, Pretoria
The Rainbow Minute is a serial radio show created and produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns. An article called The Rainbow Minute from the website Diversity Richmond describes Proctor's inspiration for the show, “In February of 2005, retired public school teacher Judd Proctor was out running errands, when he happened to tune in to “This Way Out,” a gay and lesbian international news magazine.” He, alongside his partner Brian Burns, a former art director, began underwriting This Way Out and their first airing was on February 16, 2005 with a dedication to Harvey Milk. They moved on to create their own radio broadcast in Virginia called The Rainbow Minute; the official website, WRIR.org, for The Rainbow Minute describes the show, “The Rainbow Minute is a radio show about gay and lesbian heroes and culture.” The two work as a team, with Judd doing the research and mixing, while Brian edits episodes and sets the music. Their first episode of The Rainbow Minute aired on September 25, 2006, it airs on WRIR in Richmond and enjoys frequent airings on other radio stations across the United States.
The Rainbow Minute documents the contributions and relationships of Lesbian and Gay people throughout history. Segments are read by a diverse group of volunteers; those outside the Richmond, Virginia listening area can hear The Rainbow Minute at www.wrir.org every weekday at 7:59am, 12:29pm, 4:59pm. Diversity Richmond is a voice and support system for the LGBT community, founded in 1999. Diversity Richmond sponsors The Rainbow Minute. Like The Rainbow Minute, the Diversity Richmond is an organization that works for the equality of the LGBT community and gives people the opportunity to feel comfortable when around LGBT people, become involved in working for LGBT equality, become educated about the hardships LGBT people face daily and how we can make a difference, they hold. The Rainbow Minute and Diversity Richmond both hold volunteer opportunities; the Rainbow Minute allows volunteers to become a talk show hosts, all-nighter DJs, weekday board operators, for example. Diversity Richmond has volunteer opportunities like diversity bingo and diversity thrift to help raise money for their organization and to get more people involved.
Phylis Johnson, author of Radio Cultures: The Sound Medium in American Life, acknowledges that because of the Stonewall Rebellion, queer radio stations emerged across the United States with the help of volunteers. Volunteers make this organization and other radio station and media possible through their dedication and work. There weren’t many radio stations having to do with LGBT communities because not many people identified with being LGBT due to lack of knowledge as to what the term LGBT meant; the only terms people referred. An article by Bonnie Morris describes the history of gay and lesbian people, "In the United States, few attempts to make advocacy groups supporting gay and lesbian relationships until after World War II, although prewar gay life flourished in urban centers such as Greenwich Village and Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s." Today and more radio stations and other forms of media are emerging that are geared towards the LGBT community. Christopher Pullen and Margaret Cooper support this in their book "LGBT Identity and Online New Media" by describing the opportunities that online media give LGBT people to connect with each other, "Through online new media, LGBTs offer person expressions of self, in the construction of public identity."
In an article called “Romeo in love: a community format in a community radio,” Tiziana Cavallo talks about the video cast Romeo in Love, created in 2008 by one heterosexual and one gay friend. Like The Rainbow Minute, it is a video cast about the lives of LGBT people; this video cast demonstrates the ways in which times have changed regarding associating with LGBT individuals and how people of different communities, such as heterosexual communities, racial communities, etc. are working together to create fairness and respect for everyone of the LGBT community. The Rainbow Minute and Diversity Richmond give people a place of comfort and safety that give them inspiration and hope for equality. Gay Community Center of Richmond - The Rainbow Minute
The Tell es-Safi inscription was found in 2005 at the archaeological site at Tell es-Safi, identified with the biblical city of Gath. It was under the destruction layer at the beginning of Iron Age IIA. Seven letters, interpreted as two words, are written on the piece of pottery: "ALWT" and "WLT"; this was suggested to be similar to what would have been the name of Goliath, the famous Biblical character from Gath. Written in Proto-Canaanite, it is the “earliest known alphabetic inscription from an Iron Age Philistine site in a well defined context”; the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Maeir, A. M. Wimmer, S. J. Zukerman, A. et Demsky, A. 2008, A Late Iron Age I/Early Iron Age II Old Canaanite Inscription from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel: Palaeography and Historical-Cultural Significance, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 351, 39-71