- - Monday, February 21, 2011


Work starts on China-backed resort

NASSAU | Developers broke ground Monday on a Chinese-financed mega-resort with 2,000 rooms, believed to be the largest project of its kind in the Caribbean.

Baha Mar is a $3.4 billion project in the Bahamian capital of Nassau. It will include four hotels, a golf course and the Caribbean’s largest casino.

Baha Mar President Don Robinson said the resort will open in December 2014. Chinese government officials joined Mr. Robinson and Bahamian officials at the groundbreaking.

China’s Export-Import Bank is financing Baha Mar, and the state-owned construction company will build much of the project.


Officials plan activities for Obama’s daughters

BRASILIA | President Obama’s daughters will enjoy a host of educational activities when they arrive for an official visit next month with their parents, state media reported Monday.

Pinning down the exact plans for Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, has been a “challenge,” according to U.S. and Brazilian diplomats, the official Agencia Brasil reported.

Mr. Obama is due to hold talks with President Dilma Rousseff on his first visit to Latin America, which begins March 19. He is due to deliver a speech in Rio de Janeiro on March 20, the report said.

U.S. officials have been scouting five slums in the city for a possible venue for the speech, a source in Rio’s public security secretariat said earlier this month.


Law allows police calls for home smokers

TEGUCIGALPA | The last refuge is vanishing for besieged smokers — at least in Honduras.

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