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Macau casino billionaire plans Avatar-like theme park for Galaxy

The Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. chairman Lui Che-Woo said that the next two phases of the HK$86 billion ($11 billion) Galaxy Macau project will include “something special and high-tech” similar to the movie “Avatar.” Compared with larger theme parks such as Walt Disney Co.’s $5.5 billion Shanghai park that’s due to open in June, “our … Continue reading "Macau casino billionaire plans Avatar-like theme park for Galaxy"

9 Mar, 2016

Scholar calls for more women on advisory bodies in Macau

The government should appoint more female residents to its 47 advisory bodies, University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Social Sciences Assistant Dean Agnes Lam Iok Fong said on Tuesday, adding that a considerable proportion of women in Macau still believed that they are less competent than men in certain areas such as politics. The media … Continue reading "Scholar calls for more women on advisory bodies in Macau"

9 Mar, 2016

Macau Customs to sign co-operation deal with mainland counterpart

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak said yesterday that the Macau Customs Service will sign an agreement in May with the central government’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) about the jurisdiction over their respective coastal waters. Wong said that Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s recent working visit to Beijing included a meeting with GAC … Continue reading "Macau Customs to sign co-operation deal with mainland counterpart"

9 Mar, 2016

Diplomat stresses Macau’s ‘important’ role in nation’s external ties

Chen Xu, China’s ambassador to the Netherlands, yesterday praised Macau’s “important” role in the nation’s foreign policy. Around 200 students and scholars attended a public lecture by Chen Xu at the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Taipa on Monday. The diplomat, who also heads China’s permanent mission to the Organisation for the … Continue reading "Diplomat stresses Macau’s ‘important’ role in nation’s external ties"

8 Mar, 2016

Education bureau vows to promote ‘One Belt, One Road’ in schools of Macau

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) will step up its efforts to promote the central government’s “One Belt and One Road” initiative in local schools, said DSEJ Youth Department Chief Un Hoi Cheng. Apart from enhancing young locals’ understanding of the initiative, the bureau will also encourage schools and youth associations to organise more … Continue reading "Education bureau vows to promote ‘One Belt, One Road’ in schools of Macau"

8 Mar, 2016

Macau’s population reaches 646,800 people in 2015

The population of Macau increased by 10,600 people in 2015, 1.7 percent more than in 2014, totalling 646,800 people at the end of the year, reported the Statistics and Census Bureau. The Bureau also reported that 51 percent of the population was female and that the population aged over 65 years (9.0 percent of the … Continue reading "Macau’s population reaches 646,800 people in 2015"

8 Mar, 2016

Gaming jobs in Macau fall 2.7 percent

The gaming sector had 56,217 full-time employees at the end of last year, down by 2.7 percent year-on-year, said the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). The number of croupiers (dealers) fell by 4.4 percent to 24,619, Croupiers accounted for 43.8 percent of all gaming sector employees. The sector employed 14 percent of Macau’s total labour … Continue reading "Gaming jobs in Macau fall 2.7 percent"

8 Mar, 2016

Beijing to strictly follow Macau Basic Law

National People’s Congress Chairman Zhang Dejiang said in Beijing that the central government will act strictly in compliance with the nation’s Constitution and the Basic Laws of Hong Kong and Macau, according to Xinhua. Zhang made the remarks when joining group deliberations with NPC deputies from Hong Kong and Macau. Hong Kong and Macau will … Continue reading "Beijing to strictly follow Macau Basic Law"

7 Mar, 2016

Macau to play bigger role in China’s economic development

Macau and Hong Kong to play bigger roles in China’s economic development, says China’s premier Li. Li Keqiang said Saturday, during the opening of the national legislature’s session in Beijing, that Hong Kong and Macau will play bigger roles in China’s economic development according to the two city’s distinctive strengths. Among the tasks for the … Continue reading "Macau to play bigger role in China’s economic development"

7 Mar, 2016

Macau government considers inviting overseas experts to promote infectious disease centre

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Thursday that the government may consider inviting overseas experts to help residents understand how safe the Health Bureau’s (SSM) future infectious disease centre will be. The government last year proposed building an infectious disease centre near the public Conde de Sao Januario Hospital … Continue reading "Macau government considers inviting overseas experts to promote infectious disease centre"

4 Mar, 2016

Macau’s GDP contracts 20.3 percent in 2015

Due to the continued decline in exports of services, Macau’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 20.3 per cent in real terms last year, with a 22.8 per cent contraction in the first half, and a smaller slump of 17.7 per cent in the second half, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) showed on Thursday. … Continue reading "Macau’s GDP contracts 20.3 percent in 2015"

4 Mar, 2016

Shakespeare and Chinese opera dominate Macao Arts Festival

Performances of William Shakespeare’s work and Chinese opera occupy a large part of this year’s Macao Arts Festival (MAF) to mark the 400th anniversary of the deaths of the Bard of Avon and Ming Dynasty’s famed playwright Tang Xianzu. The festival, which takes place from April 30 to May 29, will open with a theatrical … Continue reading "Shakespeare and Chinese opera dominate Macao Arts Festival"

4 Mar, 2016

China says five-year plan will benefit Macau and Hong Kong

China’s 13th five-year plan, which will be reviewed at the upcoming parliamentary session, will bring “good news” for Hong Kong and Macau, a spokesperson for the national political advisory body revealed on Wednesday. Beijing places great emphasis on the role of Hong Kong and Macau in the comprehensive development of the People’s Republic of China, … Continue reading "China says five-year plan will benefit Macau and Hong Kong"

3 Mar, 2016

Macau government axes 5 La Scala leaseholds

The provisional leaseholds of five plots of land where the aborted La Scala residential project is located, covering an area of 78,789 square metres, or around 95 percent of the project site’s total area, have been annulled because the plots had not been developed when the leaseholds expired on December 13, according to Official Gazette … Continue reading "Macau government axes 5 La Scala leaseholds"

3 Mar, 2016

Three arrested in Macau’s third greatest drug bust since 1999

The Judiciary Police (PJ) raided a drug trafficking syndicate and arrested three foreign suspects in what they are describing as the third largest drug trafficking case since 1999. A total of six kilograms of cocaine was appropriated with an estimate street value of MOP18 million. The police first arrested a Nigerian man as he was … Continue reading "Three arrested in Macau’s third greatest drug bust since 1999"

3 Mar, 2016

Macau’s former chief prosecutor Ho Chio-meng fails in release bid after arrest

Macau’s former chief prosecutor was back in prison on Tuesday night after the city’s top court rejected his bid for release on the grounds that he was wrongly detained following his arrest in connection with an alleged multimillion-dollar corruption racket. The city’s Court of Final Appeal threw out a habeas corpus application from Ho Chio-meng … Continue reading "Macau’s former chief prosecutor Ho Chio-meng fails in release bid after arrest"

2 Mar, 2016

Chan pledges to make Macau government more efficient

Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan said that she and her staff would put every effort into making the government more efficient. “In the year ahead, in order to implement the Special Administrative Region government’s policy of strenghtening the economy, improving the wellbeing of residents and consolidating development, the administration and justice … Continue reading "Chan pledges to make Macau government more efficient"

2 Mar, 2016

Macau’s trade deficit improves by 21 percent in January

Macau’s balance of trade deficit recorded a 21 percent improvement in January due to a contraction of 1.579 billion patacas in goods imports, reported the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau. In January Macau imported goods worth 6.956 billion patacas, against 9.493 billion patacas a year earlier, which together with an increase 1.5 percent in exports … Continue reading "Macau’s trade deficit improves by 21 percent in January"

2 Mar, 2016

Macau’s gambling revenue growth best in 20 months

Macau on Tuesday (Mar 1) posted its best monthly gambling revenue performance since October last year and the smallest drop in growth in 20 months as an increase in Lunar New Year tourists boosted the world’s largest casino hub. Macau’s economy, which relies on the casino industry for over 80 per cent of government revenues, … Continue reading "Macau’s gambling revenue growth best in 20 months"

2 Mar, 2016

Sonia Chan says MP tendering process in Macau will be reviewed

The Secretary for Administration and Justice told journalists that the eventual need to renew or restructure staffing in the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) is a matter for the MP. However, she also said that there is a plan to review the way the MP assesses tenders and decides upon the suppliers of works and services. … Continue reading "Sonia Chan says MP tendering process in Macau will be reviewed"

1 Mar, 2016