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Photographer António Leong showcases his solo exhibition in Macau

For Macau resident, António Leong, photography is just a hobby, but this hasn’t stopped his shots being selected as editor’s picks by National Geographic.   He’s amassed quite a following on social media too with over 12,000 likes for his Facebook page Antonius Photoscript. Wednesday marked the start of his first photo exhibition in Macau, La … Continue reading "Photographer António Leong showcases his solo exhibition in Macau"

28 Apr, 2016

Macau security chief describes US human rights report as “irresponsible gossip”

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said on Wednesday that the local government strongly objected to a human rights report published by the US government recently, describing it as “irresponsible gossip”.   Wong made the remarks on the sidelines of an awards ceremony for firefighters at the Fire Services Bureau (CB) headquarters in Nam Van. … Continue reading "Macau security chief describes US human rights report as “irresponsible gossip”"

28 Apr, 2016

SJM and Wynn Macau pledge to meet non-gaming revenue goal

SJM Managing Director Angela Leong On Kei and Wynn Macau Executive Director Linda Chen said that they believe that Macau’s six gaming operators’ revenue from non-gaming business will exceed nine per cent of their total income by 2020, 2.4 percentage points up from 2014.   The government laid down the goal for the city’s gaming operators … Continue reading "SJM and Wynn Macau pledge to meet non-gaming revenue goal"

28 Apr, 2016

Macau government hopes its first 5-Year Plan will become ‘joint action agenda’

Think tank head Lao Pun Lap said he hoped the government’s first ever Five-Year Development Plan will become a “joint action agenda” for the government and the community at large, adding that the government would adopt “more open, transparent and interactive” ways to collect public opinion on the plan. Lao, who heads the government’s Policy Research … Continue reading "Macau government hopes its first 5-Year Plan will become ‘joint action agenda’"

27 Apr, 2016

Island hospital delayed to after 2019

Macau’s first five-year draft plan says the Island Hospital will only be ready after 2019, at least three years behind schedule. Last December, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam went to the Legislative Assembly and pledged to have the city’s second public hospital ready by 2019. A few months later, the government has … Continue reading "Island hospital delayed to after 2019"

27 Apr, 2016

European Union says Macau governance needs to be ‘modernised’

The 28-nation European Union (EU) says in its annual Macau report that “the functioning of the government needs to be modernised and made more efficient.” The European Commission also says in its Annual Report 2015 that “the EU encourages the Macau authorities to consider ways to promote greater public involvement in the election of the … Continue reading "European Union says Macau governance needs to be ‘modernised’"

27 Apr, 2016

BNU recorded a MOP 510 million net income in 2015

Banco National Ultramarino, S.A. (BNU) recorded a net income of MOP 510.3 million (USS63.88 million) in 2015, up 15.1 per cent from MOP 443.3 million in 2014, according to a press release issued on Tuesday by the bank. The financial results also indicate that in 2015 BNU registered a 21.6 per cent increase in credit … Continue reading "BNU recorded a MOP 510 million net income in 2015"

27 Apr, 2016

Shipyard pillar collapses heightening risks for villagers in Coloane, Macau

A main supporting pillar of an endangered shipyard in Coloane has collapsed on Monday morning. Authorities cordoned off the area and the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture visited the site and listened to the residents’ complaints, stressing the government’s commitment to revitalize the area. However villagers demand immediate action and call for a sit-down … Continue reading "Shipyard pillar collapses heightening risks for villagers in Coloane, Macau"

26 Apr, 2016

Overnight visitors in Macau rise 14 per cent in March

Macau’s visitor arrivals rose by 4.2 per cent year-on-year to 2.36 million, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. While overnight visitors increased by 14.1 per cent to 1.17 million, same-day visitors dropped by 3.9 per cent to 1.19 million. Overnight visitors accounted for 49.6 per cent of all visitor arrivals last month. Most … Continue reading "Overnight visitors in Macau rise 14 per cent in March"

25 Apr, 2016

World wushu masters to gather in Macau

The government is inviting wushu masters from all over the world to join Macau’s four-day Wushu Grand Gathering in August, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng told reporters on Thursday. ‘Wushu’ is Putonghua for martial arts. The policy secretary made the remarks after chairing a plenary meeting of the government-appointed Cultural … Continue reading "World wushu masters to gather in Macau"

22 Apr, 2016

International Museum Day to be celebrated for one month

Marking International Museum Day, the city’s 18 public and private museums, archives and exhibition halls will co-organise a string of activities and events next month. International Museum Day is on May 18. Officials of the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) and representatives from the 18 entities including Lei Lai Kio, who heads the bureau’s department of … Continue reading "International Museum Day to be celebrated for one month"

22 Apr, 2016

Inflation growth slows in March

Macau’s composite consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, grew 3.31 per cent in March from a year earlier, according to official data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed on Thursday. This is a decrease of 0.57 per centage points from the 3.88 per cent year-on-year growth recorded in February. DSEC attributed … Continue reading "Inflation growth slows in March"

22 Apr, 2016

Macau government prepares to destroy 150 kilos of ivory

The government is preparing to destroy 150 kilos of confiscated ivory, Economic Services Bureau (DSE) Director Tai Kin Ip said on Wednesday. Tai made the remarks during a plenary session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). Asked by lawmaker-cum-unionist Jose Pereira Coutinho, Tai said his bureau had transferred 748 kg of confiscated ivory to the Finance … Continue reading "Macau government prepares to destroy 150 kilos of ivory"

21 Apr, 2016

Macau’s cars are one-step closer to be allowed into Hengqin

Hengqin authorities say they have basically completed drafting the management plans and details for Macau vehicles to access the neighbouring Hengqin island. However, a timetable for implementation of the measure is yet to be set by the Macau and Guangdong authorities. Niu Jing, director of the Hengqin New Area’s Administrative Committee said: “Plans and details … Continue reading "Macau’s cars are one-step closer to be allowed into Hengqin"

21 Apr, 2016

Macau based association claims operators violate their holiday entitlement rights

Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association Director Kelvin Choi Kam Fu urged the government on Wednesday to mandate employees’ holiday entitlement in its next revision of the Labour Relations Law. Choi made the plea during a press conference at the Macau Federation of Trade Unions’ headquarters. Choi said many gaming employees had told his group that their … Continue reading "Macau based association claims operators violate their holiday entitlement rights"

21 Apr, 2016

Macau government plans to set up info platform on policies

Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) Director Kou Peng Kuan says in a reply to a written interpellation by directly elected legislator Si Ka Lon that the government plans to set up an information platform from which the public can receive answers to their questions about the government’s policies. Si, a local Fujianese community … Continue reading "Macau government plans to set up info platform on policies"

20 Apr, 2016

Venetian Macao hosts China Music Awards

The 20th Channel [V] China Music Awards and Asian Influential Power Grand Ceremony returned to The Venetian Macao on Friday for the fifth consecutive year, holding the award ceremony at its Cotai Arena. A press release issued by Sands China described how The Venetian’s main lobby was the location for hundreds of fans as they … Continue reading "Venetian Macao hosts China Music Awards"

19 Apr, 2016

Pearl Horizon homebuyers launch new protest in the streets of Macau

About 2,000 Pearl Horizon homeowners staged a street protest on Sunday, hoping to meet with the Chief Executive to find a way out for the suspended Areia Preta residential project. An owners association says a short-term assistance program introduced by the developer is no solution. Some 2,000 Pearl Horizon homeowners took to the streets to … Continue reading "Pearl Horizon homebuyers launch new protest in the streets of Macau"

18 Apr, 2016

Macau and Guangdong explore cross-border ecommerce platform

In recent years, China’s e-commerce and online payment markets are getting mature and popular. Smartphone payments tools like Alipay and Wechat are now inseparable from public life. Yet, these markets are still at the beginning stage in Macau. An e-commerce expert from Guangdong suggested the two places to build together an online payment platform, or … Continue reading "Macau and Guangdong explore cross-border ecommerce platform"

17 Apr, 2016

Wynn hopes business will pick up by year-end

Wynn Resorts Macau Executive Director Linda Chen told reporters yesterday she expects gaming industry revenue to stabilise this year and hopes that there will be a slight rebound by the end of the year. Chen made the comments at Wynn Macau where she attended the opening of a business matching session with local small- and … Continue reading "Wynn hopes business will pick up by year-end"

15 Apr, 2016