Dec 31, 2015

Brazil eases Olympic travel for some

Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States will not have to get a visa to travel to Brazil for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the government said in the official gazette on Wednesday. The waiver will apply only for tourist ...

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Dec 4, 2015

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Sand sculptures of curvaceous, full-bottomed women on Copacabana beach may be one of Rio de Janeiro’s wackier tourist attractions, but now they’re under fire from a resident’s association claiming the risque creations promote prostitution. Jassim Al-Alawadhi was one of several tourists stopping to take ...

Oct 1, 2015

Olympic host Rio first Brazilian city to ban Uber

The city that hosts next year’s Olympic Games has become the first in Brazil to ban the use of smartphone-based ride-hailing applications like Uber. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes on Tuesday signed legislation recently passed by Rio’s city council banning Uber and similar ...

Aug 20, 2015

Wind surfer Choo hospitalized in Rio

South Korean wind surfer Choo Won-woo got his first ride in an ambulance the other day, taken to a Rio de Janeiro hospital with dehydration, vomiting, a headache and dizziness. Cho is one of four athletes to have “officially” fallen ill so far at ...