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Property prices in Macau drop 13 percent in 2015

The average price of residential units in 2015 dropped by 13 percent year-on-year to 86,826 patacas per square metre of usable area, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Wednesday. The average price per square metre of usable area of pre-sale residential units fell by 23.5 percent to 119,526 patacas, while the average price … Continue reading "Property prices in Macau drop 13 percent in 2015"

18 Feb, 2016

Macau reserves swell to 345 billion patacas in 2015

The financial reserves and other asset values of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) rose by 2.4 billion patacas to 345 billion patacas last year, the Macau Monetary Authority (AMCM) announced on Wednesday. According to the announcement published in the Official Gazette (BO), the MSAR’s “basic reserves” amounted to 131.88 billion patacas and its “extraordinary … Continue reading "Macau reserves swell to 345 billion patacas in 2015"

18 Feb, 2016

Macau legislature’s work ‘far from satisfactory’ says Ho Iat Seng

Legislative Assembly (AL) President Ho Iat Seng said on Wednesday the legislature’s performance was “still far from satisfactory”. Addressing the assembly’s Chinese New Year media luncheon at Macau Tower, the city’s top lawmaker said the legislature had encountered some rather big challenges and difficulties, pledging to “meet the challenges” with all of his fellow legislators. … Continue reading "Macau legislature’s work ‘far from satisfactory’ says Ho Iat Seng"

18 Feb, 2016

Cleaner finds newborn in bin in Macau

A cleaner found a newborn baby girl abandoned in a bin on the 17th floor of a residential building in Flower City in Taipa on Tuesday morning, said Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesman Choi Ian Fai. Choi said the Public Security Police (PSP) got a call from residents of the 17th floor flat in Lei Yip … Continue reading "Cleaner finds newborn in bin in Macau"

17 Feb, 2016

New film festival starts this December

The first International Film Festival of Macau (IFFM) will run from December 8 to 13 this year. Heading the event will be Marco Mueller, the former director of the Locarno, Venice and Rome festivals, as reported in U.S. magazine Variety and confirmed in a statement by the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO). The bureau told … Continue reading "New film festival starts this December"

17 Feb, 2016

Catholic university in Macau expects to move to new campus next term

University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Rector Peter Stilwell said on Monday that the university’s new campus in Ilha Verde was expected to become operational in the first term of the 2016/2017 academic year if the construction goes smoothly. Stilwell made the remarks after a signing ceremony of a co-operation agreement between the university, which is … Continue reading "Catholic university in Macau expects to move to new campus next term"

16 Feb, 2016

186 pets adopted from ANIMA Macau in 2015

A total of 186 dogs and cats from the Macau Society for the Protection of Animals’ (ANIMA) shelter in Coloane were adopted last year, a number similar to that of 2014, Kiko Ieong Im Fai, an administrative staff member of the group, said on Sunday. Speaking to reporters at the society’s animal adoption booth near … Continue reading "186 pets adopted from ANIMA Macau in 2015"

15 Feb, 2016

Police bust 21 drivers in Macau for illegal passenger services

The Public Security Police (PSP) said in a statement that during the Chinese New Year (CNY) period from February 6 to Saturday their officers busted 21 drivers for providing passenger transport services without a taxi licence. Among the 21 cases, two were found to have used an app to find their clients. The statement did … Continue reading "Police bust 21 drivers in Macau for illegal passenger services"

15 Feb, 2016

Macau A-Ma Temple blaze repair to take at least 1 year

The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) is drafting a restoration plan for the Cheng Kok Sim Lam Pavilion at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed A-Ma Temple, where a fire broke out on Wednesday morning, the bureau’s Cultural Heritage Department Chief Leong Wai Man said on Thursday, adding that it would take at least one year to repair … Continue reading "Macau A-Ma Temple blaze repair to take at least 1 year"

12 Feb, 2016

Fire breaks out at A-Ma Temple, Macau

A fire broke out early on Wednesday morning at the A-Ma Temple, resulting in severe damages to part of its interiors. A short-circuit is believed to have caused the incident which did not harm anyone inside the temple. Meanwhile, the Cultural Affairs Bureau is assessing the severity of the damage caused to the iconic site’s … Continue reading "Fire breaks out at A-Ma Temple, Macau"

11 Feb, 2016

Liaison chief urges society of Macau to ‘spare no effort’

Local society should spare no effort to seize opportunities and be open to changes, Central People’s Government Liaison Office Director Li Gang said in his Chinese New Year message on Sunday, wishing all Macao residents happiness. He also said that his office would fully support the local government. Li is the highest-ranked central government official … Continue reading "Liaison chief urges society of Macau to ‘spare no effort’"

11 Feb, 2016

Collapsing wall damages World Heritage site in Macau

The wall of a building, which was being renovated, collapsed and damaged the listed Lou Kau Mansion next to it on Thursday. The government-run mansion, which is used as a temporary exhibition hall, is one of 20 sites which form the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Centre of Macau. The two-storey grey-brick courtyard house in Travessa … Continue reading "Collapsing wall damages World Heritage site in Macau"

5 Feb, 2016

Chicken vendors test negative for avian flu in Macau

The three vendors who sold live poultry at the Temporary Patane Municipal Market’s Fat Kei stall tested negative for the H7-type avian influenza on Thursday, the Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement, pledging to closely monitor their health status. The trio were taken to isolation rooms on Thursday for 10-days medical observation, the statement … Continue reading "Chicken vendors test negative for avian flu in Macau"

5 Feb, 2016

Police bust illegal casino, nab 15 in Areia Preta, Macau

The Public Security Police (PSP) arrested 15 people, aged between 22 and 35, in a Tuesday night raid on an underground casino in a residential flat in Areia Preta, PSP spokesperson Lei Tak Fai said yesterday, adding that the police seized over three million patacas worth of gaming chips and 16 computers. Acting on a … Continue reading "Police bust illegal casino, nab 15 in Areia Preta, Macau"

4 Feb, 2016

Macau Government stops live poultry sales for 3 days over bird flu scare

The government has decided to stop the sale of live poultry in the city for three days starting from Wednesday after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in an environmental sample at the Temporary Patane Market yesterday, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) Management Committee President Alex Vong Iao Lek announced last night. The IACM and … Continue reading "Macau Government stops live poultry sales for 3 days over bird flu scare"

4 Feb, 2016

Macau government to prioritise conventions sector

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said that the conventions sector offered better development opportunities than the exhibitions sector thus the former will take priority over the latter when further developing the city’s conventions and exhibitions industry. Responding to lawmaker Au Kam San’s questions in the Assembly about what the government intended … Continue reading "Macau government to prioritise conventions sector"

3 Feb, 2016

Macau Government to set up medical academy

The Health Bureau (SSM) is planning to set up an academy of medicine, Secretary for Culture and Social Affairs Alexis Tam Chon Weng said during a Q&A in the Legislative Assembly (AL) on Tuesday. Asked by legislator-cum-doctor Chan Iek Lap about the training of local medical professionals, the policy secretary said that the organisational structure … Continue reading "Macau Government to set up medical academy"

3 Feb, 2016

Trade between Macau and Zhongshan increases by 13.9 percent in 2015

Trade between Macau and the city of Zhongshan in 2015 increased 13.9 percent over the previous year and reached US$230 million, the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) said Monday. The announcement was made after a meeting in Macau between a delegation from Zhongshan headed by the vice president of the Chinese municipality Yang … Continue reading "Trade between Macau and Zhongshan increases by 13.9 percent in 2015"

3 Feb, 2016

Macau’s gaming revenue drops 21.4 percent in January

Macau’s gross gambling revenues in January dropped 21.4 percent on yearly basis to 18.67 billion patacas (about 2.33 billion U.S. dollars), according to figures released by Macao Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau on Monday. Gaming industry of Macau kept its downturn trend from the start of 2016, marking the 20th consecutive monthly decline, but the … Continue reading "Macau’s gaming revenue drops 21.4 percent in January"

2 Feb, 2016

250 taxi licences in Macau up for tender

The Transport Bureau (DSAT) will invite bids for 250 licences to operate ordinary taxis, according to Monday’s Official Gazette (BO). The gazette did not say when the tenders must be submitted to the bureau nor the minimum bid required. The licences will be valid for eight years only, and cannot be transferred, according to the … Continue reading "250 taxi licences in Macau up for tender"

2 Feb, 2016