Brazilian travel agents competing at an annual golf tournament, at Sandals Ocho Rios, hinted last Friday that Jamaicans could be targeted for special travel offers to the Rio 2016 Olympics. The world’s greatest-ever sprinter, Jamaican Usain Bolt, will be chasing his ninth gold medal in three consecutive Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. It will also be his final Olympic Games as he has stated his intention to retire after the 2017 IAAF World Championships. Also chasing Olympic history will be Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, looking invincible and on target for a third-straight 100m gold. Maria Terresinha De Souza said Jamaica’s expected prowess in Rio 2016 will definitely have her thinking about special packages for Jamaicans desirous of travelling to Brazil for the Games. “This is an opportunity to think about it and find something special for Jamaica,” she said. Meanwhile, Daise Tanara De Souza of Magic Tour Viagens E Turismo, said Brazilians and Jamaicans have a lot in common. “There is a good connection between Brazil and Jamaica. Brazilians are similar to Jamaicans in their way of life,” she said, adding that she will also be seeking innovative ways of putting together attractive travel packages for Jamaicans. There is no visa requirement, up to 90 days, for Jamaicans travelling to Brazil. The countries have enjoyed a strong sporting relationship, particularly in football. Pele remains king of the sport for an older generation of football-loving Jamaicans. It was almost ordained that it was a Brazilian, Rene Simoes, who historically guided Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup finals in France. Brazil played a pivotal role in Jamaica’s Road To France campaign. Simoes had taken the Reggae Boyz to Samba Land to teach them the finer points of the game on better playing surfaces and against legendary club teams from that country. The Rio 2016 opening ceremony will be at the world famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016.
Guyana’s Jubilee celebration continues with the launch of Guyana Fashion Week featuring over 20 designers showcasing their talent and creative skills.In addition, the event also saw the opening of a two-day Beauty and Fashion Exposition where the public will have a chance to view and purchase hundreds of designers’ pieces in honour of Guyana’s 50th Independence Celebrations.Apart from the spectacular pieces, there was a wide variety of hair and makeup products including CHI, Loreal, Mac and other top quality brands. Also, the most recently launched Rupununi Essence was part of the line of products on display.While at the event, patrons can also benefit from free makeup and hair designing. Gracing the event was a number of overseas-based Guyanese including Guyanese-born actress, CCH Pounder.From all indications, the visitors were impressed with the level of crafted items on display and have all expressed their amusement of Guyanese talent.One group that worked extremely hard to have their products showcased was the students and teachers of the David Rose Special School. They were able to showcase 50 pieces of designed fabrics which are available for sale. The proceeds will go towards that school.Also at the launch of the GFW and the Fashion Exposition, author Selwyn Collins launched his book titled “The eartHeart Knows”. The author was available to autograph books purchased.During the book launch, Guyana’s Fashion Icon Sonia Noel noted that she was excited that the book was launched in Guyana since she believes it will be an inspiration to many hence she encourages everyone to get a copy.Meanwhile the fashion expo, being hosted at Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, will continue today commencing at 10:00h and runs up to 18:00h.Admission is absolutely free.
Lionel Messi has been linked with an eye-watering £800,000-a-week deal at Manchester City, should he leave Barcelona.That would make him comfortably the highest paid player in the world, should the two clubs agree on a transfer fee, which you would expect to be equally as mind-boggling. So the Drivetime team want to know – £800,000-a-week for Messi, is that money well spent or madness?Vote below! Lionel Messi 1
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