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Smoking lounges in Macau breach WHO convention

The Macau Association of Health Policy said in a statement that setting up smoking lounges in indoor public places or workplaces was a violation of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The association made the statement in response to what lawmaker-cum-restaurateur Andrew Chan Chak Mo, who chairs the legislature’s 2nd … Continue reading "Smoking lounges in Macau breach WHO convention"

30 May, 2016

Macau, mainland customs discuss ‘One Belt, One Road’

Macau Customs Service Director-General Alex Vong Iao Lek discussed various issues including the central government’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative with General Administration of Customs Minister Yu Guangzhou on Thursday during the two authorities’ annual meeting. The meeting took place at the local customs’ headquarters. President Xi Jinping’s initiative consists of two international trade … Continue reading "Macau, mainland customs discuss ‘One Belt, One Road’"

27 May, 2016

Macau legislative committee against full casino smoking ban

Most of the members of the Legislative Assembly committee in charge of discussing a revised tobacco control bill are against a full smoking ban inside casinos. The government has so far refused to back down on a proposed ban, which would also cover airports and the SAR’s prison. Macau casinos have introduced smoking lounges last … Continue reading "Macau legislative committee against full casino smoking ban"

27 May, 2016

Authorities of Macau fence off Coloane shipyards

The government has fenced off 11 endangered shipyards in Coloane’s Lai Chi Vun village amid concerns over the upcoming typhoon season. One of the shipyard owners says he’s shocked as the government had not informed them in advanced. Wong Seng Ip also calls on the authority to approach them more proactively to discuss the future … Continue reading "Authorities of Macau fence off Coloane shipyards"

27 May, 2016

Angola wants investment from Macau and mainland China

Angola wants to attract businesspeople from Macau and mainland China who are interested in investing in the tourism sector, said the Consul General of Angola in Macau in an interview published in the latest Forum Macau newsletter. Sofia Pegado da Silva, says in the interview that as part of the promotion of Angola tourism has … Continue reading "Angola wants investment from Macau and mainland China"

27 May, 2016

WHO chief backs disease centre plan in Macau

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun said in Geneva on Tuesday that she “quite understands and supports” the local government’s plan to build an infectious disease centre, according to a statement by Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng’s office on Wednesday. The WHO chief met a Macau delegation … Continue reading "WHO chief backs disease centre plan in Macau"

26 May, 2016

Mainland, SAR to fight smuggling in Macau’s waters

Customs from both Macau and mainland China have signed two deals on Wednesday. The agreements aim to strengthen cooperation in combating smuggling in Macau’s maritime jurisdiction, as well as simplify procedures for tax-free exports. Last December, the city was granted jurisdiction over 80 square kilometres of surrounding sea waters. Though it was applauded as a … Continue reading "Mainland, SAR to fight smuggling in Macau’s waters"

26 May, 2016

Casino staff want their opinions heard over mid-term review

Gaming staff have accused the government of leaving them out of the drafting of Macau’s mid-term gaming review. They also call on casino operators to take on more social responsibilities such as providing vocational training and promotion opportunities. Macau’s mid-term gaming review was finally released earlier this month. The long-waited report analyses the strengths and … Continue reading "Casino staff want their opinions heard over mid-term review"

26 May, 2016

Macau’s inflation slows to 3.02 per cent in April

Macau’s composite consumer price index (CPI) rose by 3.02 per cent year-on-year last month, down by 0.29 percentage points from the 3.31 per cent growth in March, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Tuesday. For the 12 months ended in April 2016, the average composite CPI rose by 4.09 per cent from the … Continue reading "Macau’s inflation slows to 3.02 per cent in April"

25 May, 2016

Scholar praises Macau for training Chinese language teachers

Speaking about the Macau Polytechnic Institute’s (IPM) new bachelor’s programme in International Chinese Language Education, Lu Jianming, a professor at Peking University’s (PKU) Department of Chinese Language and Literature, said on Tuesday the course was an example of the local government’s efforts in promoting Chinese language education. The professor spoke to reporters after giving a … Continue reading "Scholar praises Macau for training Chinese language teachers"

25 May, 2016

Macau government consulting public on tourism master plan

The Government Tourist Office (MGTO) said on Monday that during two months it will collect public opinion on the draft of its Macau Tourism Development Master Plan which focuses, according to the office, on laying the foundation and setting the direction for the development of city’s tourism industry in the next 15 years. The consultation process … Continue reading "Macau government consulting public on tourism master plan"

24 May, 2016

Macau’s visitor arrivals drop 3 per cent in April

Macau’s visitor arrivals fell by 3 per cent year-on-year to 2.47 million last month, announced the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). The bureau pointed out that the Easter holiday last year fell in April while this year it took place in March. Month-to-month, the number of visitor arrivals rose by 4.4 per cent. Same-day visitors dropped … Continue reading "Macau’s visitor arrivals drop 3 per cent in April"

24 May, 2016

Macau government promises zero tolerance towards domestic violence

Lawmakers have voted in favor of passing a bill which will criminalize acts of domestic violence. On its part, the government says that, from now on, zero tolerance will be the benchmark. Speaking ahead of the final vote, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture argued for nothing less than a tough stance on offenders. … Continue reading "Macau government promises zero tolerance towards domestic violence"

23 May, 2016

Macau unionist urges integration of festivals and non-gaming attractions

Macau’s six gaming operators should integrate the promotion of their non-gaming attractions with the city’s festivals and major annual events such as the Macau Grand Prix, Leong Sun Iok, a vice-president of the Macau Federation of Trade Unions, said last Sunday. Leong, who heads the Gaming Employees Home, a subsidiary of the federation, spoke to … Continue reading "Macau unionist urges integration of festivals and non-gaming attractions"

23 May, 2016

Macau has only about 20 speech therapists

There are only 20 or so speech therapists working in Macau, Yan Kam Sum, the vice-president of the Macau Association of Speech Therapists (MAST), said on Sunday, pointing out that his sector is facing an acute labour shortage. The therapist made the remarks on the sidelines of the association’s Speech-Language Therapy Promotion Day in Taipa. … Continue reading "Macau has only about 20 speech therapists"

23 May, 2016

Over 50 delegates attended “One Belt, One Road” workshop held in Macau

Macau and the Portuguese-speaking countries can benefit from the “Belt and Road Initiative” concluded the one day “One Belt, One Road” workshop, co-organised by the City University of Macau, the Maritime Silk Road Association (Macau) and the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) held on Friday in Macau. The conference was the first of its kind to be … Continue reading "Over 50 delegates attended “One Belt, One Road” workshop held in Macau"

21 May, 2016

Businesspeople argue that human resource development is “fundamental” for Mozambique

Mozambique needs to develop its human resources, without forgetting the capital needed to implement projects, said Thursday in Beijing the Director-General of Mozambique’s Investment Promotion Centre. Lourenço Sambo was speaking during a session to present business opportunities in Mozambique, held in Beijing, and was part of a state visit by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. … Continue reading "Businesspeople argue that human resource development is “fundamental” for Mozambique"

20 May, 2016

Macau government hopes animal protection law takes effect on 1st September

The government hopes its animal protection bill will finally become law soon and come into force on September 1, legislator-cum-unionist Kwan Tsui Hang, who chairs the legislature’s 1st Standing Committee, said on Thursday. The committee met to discuss the newly revised version of the bill with senior officials including Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia … Continue reading "Macau government hopes animal protection law takes effect on 1st September"

20 May, 2016

Macau Chief Executive can close failing tertiary institutions

A government-drafted bill proposes to give the chief executive the power to close any local privately-owned higher education institution if their teaching standards have  “obviously declined”, Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) Director Sou Chio Fai said on Thursday. Sou talked to reporters after attending a closed-door meeting of the Legislative Assembly’s (AL) 2nd Standing Committee’s … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive can close failing tertiary institutions"

20 May, 2016

Macau’s Human Resources Office and Labour Affairs Bureau to merge

The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) will set up a Non-resident Workers Employment Department on May 28 to take over the functions of the Human Resources Office (GRH), which will be axed the same day. The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the draft of a by-law regarding the bureau’s new organisational structure, the advisory body’s spokesman Leong … Continue reading "Macau’s Human Resources Office and Labour Affairs Bureau to merge"

19 May, 2016