Friday, 5 October 2012

THE BUZZ REPORT: Bolt Olympics camera fetches more than US$11,000 on eBay

GAME ON: Come Heroes Day, October 15, the World’s Fastest Man (leading the Usain Bolt Eleven) will be among the famous faces lacing up to participate in the 26th staging of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial Celebrity Charity Football Match, hosted annually at St. George’s College in honour of the late Winthrop ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Ziadie. The star-studded affair will also feature a Masters’ Eleven, the St. George’s Invitational, and a Celebrities Eleven. Proceeds will go toward St. Bess’s Malvern Basic School… In other Bolt news, the superstar sprinter (pictured above with Melbourne Heat’s John Aloisi in Australia) has agreed to auction off the camera he playfully took from a photographer and used to snap pictures after winning the 200 metres at the London Olympics. Already, bidding (which ends on Oct. 9) for the Nikon D4 camera has exceeded US$11,000 on eBay. 

FIGURES OF SPEECH: And speaking of the Olympics, to show its appreciation for their exploits in London, the government has set aside some $30 Million of the aforementioned budget to go directly into offering cash gifts to the athletes and officials. For an athlete winning an individual gold, the cash gift is $1 million; the silver medal winners get $750,000 and bronze medallist $500,000. For each athlete making a final, $350,000 will be the reward, while each participant will take home $250,000. For a relay gold, $3 million will be the bounty, while silver fetches $2.4 million, and the bronze medal-winning team collects $1.8 million. 

YEARS WITHOUT FEAR: On Tuesday, October 9, during a special joint meeting of the Houses inside Gordon House, former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga will be honoured for the role he played in crafting the country’s post-Independence parliamentary landscape. Former MPs, public officials, as well as members of the diplomatic corps will be in attendance. Mr. Seaga, the only surviving member of the team that drafted the Jamaican Constitution, is one of three surviving members of the first Parliament of Independent Jamaica. The former PM also holds the distinction of being Jamaica’s longest serving Member of Parliament, having represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until he retired in 2005. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Technology since 2010.

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