Hot time at Copacabana Beach

COPACABANA Beach, Rio de Janeiro - where the rich, famous and the tourists come to play.

For just 13 reals ($9) you can hire an umbrella and two chairs to kick back on the beach.

Men and women scurry between the umbrellas offering anything from prawns on a skewer or beverages to sarongs or bikinis.

One need not move an inch.

Or there are soccer and volleyball nets aplenty for the hot bods to show off their sporting prowess.

All the while, Rio's iconic Christ statue stands high above the city overseeing all below.

Though he chooses to show himself seldomly, so a tram trip to the top for his magnificent views should be chosen wisely.

Riders hit the road for suicide prevention

IMPORTANT: The Ride for men's mental health to raise money for a suicide prevention program is on February 25. It will leave from Harbour City Harley Davidson about 12.30pm.

Ride for Men plan a ride to support Project We Care.

Power station workers donate $4k to Oaky North protestors

Andrew Lockwood pictured during one of the power station protests during the company's EBA negotiations.

Union members help coal mine workers near Mackay.

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