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Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English

Nearly a quarter of Macau’s population uses English as their first or second language, according to the preliminary results of the 2011 Census released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC). According to the findings, 2.3 percent of the population aged at least three years uses English as their first language, up from just 0.7 … Continue reading "Nearly 1/4 of Macau’s population speaks English"

16 Apr, 2012

Macau government to hand out cash ahead of Labour Day

The government will start paying residents its annual “wealth-share” handout before May Day, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced Thursday. Residents who are regular recipients of government subsidies and grants will have their handout credited to their bank account on April 24, the sixth time since 2008, while the majority of the population … Continue reading "Macau government to hand out cash ahead of Labour Day"

13 Apr, 2012

“Guangdong Macau Week” kicks off in Guangzhou

Macau Chief Executive Chui Sai On and Governor of Guangdong province Zhu Xiaodan officiated at the opening ceremony of the “Guangdong Macau Week” held in Guangzhou,Thursday. Jointly hosted by the Macau Special Administrative Region Government and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and co-organized by the Macau Government Tourist Office and Tourism Administration of Guangdong … Continue reading "“Guangdong Macau Week” kicks off in Guangzhou"

13 Apr, 2012

Government vows to launch ‘individual travel’ scheme for yachts

The Maritime Administration (CP) said in a statement Monday that it plans to start an “individual travel” scheme for yachts from Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong to travel among the three places easily. Maritime Administration Director Susana Wong Soi Man said in the statement that her office would study the related regulations for the matter … Continue reading "Government vows to launch ‘individual travel’ scheme for yachts"

10 Apr, 2012

Macau Government vows to submit political reform bills to legislature early May

The government will try its best to finish the work related to the drafting of the city’s two political development bills and then submit them to the Legislative Assembly (AL) in early May, Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan LaiMan said Monday. According to The Macau Post Daily there are three options listed in … Continue reading "Macau Government vows to submit political reform bills to legislature early May"

3 Apr, 2012

China launches US$1 billion fund in Macau to boost relations with Portuguese-speaking countries

The Macau secretary for the Economy and Finance, Francis Tam, Tuesday announced the creation of the Fund for Cooperation and Development between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries with initial capital of US$200 million, of which US$50 million will be the responsibility of the Macau government. According to the Macauhub news agency the US$1 billion fund … Continue reading "China launches US$1 billion fund in Macau to boost relations with Portuguese-speaking countries"

29 Mar, 2012

Casino CEO calls for gaming-industry seat in legislature

Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) Chief Executive Officer Ambrose So Shu Fai said Monday he agreed with the view that the gaming sector should have its own indirectly-elected seat in the Legislative Assembly. He added that there should be a voice from the gaming sector in the legislature, The Macau Post Daily reports today. … Continue reading "Casino CEO calls for gaming-industry seat in legislature"

27 Mar, 2012

4.6 million visit Macau in Jan-Feb, up 8.3 pct

Macau recorded 4.59 million visitor arrivals in the first two months of this year, up 8.4 percent year-on-year, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official statistics. Visitors from Asia accounted for 97.5 percent of all arrivals between January and February. The number of mainland visitors reached 2.78 million, a year-on-year growth of 14.7 percent. … Continue reading "4.6 million visit Macau in Jan-Feb, up 8.3 pct"

26 Mar, 2012

Government grants PLA garrison more land in Macau

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) garrison barracks in Taipa will be given an additional 18,858 square metres of land for the stationing of more troops, putting in more training facilities and more storage space for equipment, Executive Council spokesman Leong Heng Teng announced in a press conference at Government House Thursday. Leong declined to say … Continue reading "Government grants PLA garrison more land in Macau"

23 Mar, 2012

Survey shows 2/3 unaware of Macau government public consultation on political development

According to a telephone survey conducted by the Association of Macau New Vision last week about the government’s political development process, 65.6 percent of the respondents replied they had no idea that the government was holding public consultations regarding changes to the methods of electing the lawmakers next year and the chief executive the year … Continue reading "Survey shows 2/3 unaware of Macau government public consultation on political development"

21 Mar, 2012

Macau government replaces labour affairs chief

Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen announced Monday that Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Director Shuen Ka Hung will be replaced by Human Resources Office (GRH) Director Wong Chi Hong once Shuen takes up his new job as director-general of the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) next month. Tam spoke to … Continue reading "Macau government replaces labour affairs chief"

20 Mar, 2012

Macau government’s ‘+2+2’ political development option wins support

The majority of the opinions from the first of the 10 consultation sessions that the government hosted Thursday to gather public views on its proposal for the city’s political development showed that its so-called “+2+2” option, which means two more directly and two more indirectly-elected seats in the legislature while the current number of government-appointed … Continue reading "Macau government’s ‘+2+2’ political development option wins support"

16 Mar, 2012

Scholar shares thoughts on making Macau and nearby regions ‘global city’

Local academic Ieong Tou Hong said Tuesday that under the 2011 Macau-Guangdong Framework Co-operation Agreement, Macau was aiming to become part of a “global city” conurbation. Ieong, who heads the Macau Economic Advancement Association explained that there are contributing factors to making a city or metropolitan area an internationally recognised world city such as whether … Continue reading "Scholar shares thoughts on making Macau and nearby regions ‘global city’"

14 Mar, 2012

Macau government cuts duty-free cigarette allowance by half to 100

The government announced Monday that the number of duty-free cigarettes that each person can bring into Macau will be reduced to 100 from current 200 on the 1st of next month, according to an order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On published in the Official Gazette (BO). According to the order, the government … Continue reading "Macau government cuts duty-free cigarette allowance by half to 100"

13 Mar, 2012

Labour affairs chief vows to improve workplace safety standards

Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) Director Shuen Ka Hung said Sunday that recent figures of deaths caused by workplace accidents showed that the accident rate was not “that bad” as it had declined but he vowed that nevertheless his bureau would step up site inspections and run more training courses for construction workers. According to The … Continue reading "Labour affairs chief vows to improve workplace safety standards"

12 Mar, 2012

Macau and HK to have larger Electoral Councils to elect NPC deputies

The Macau and Hong Kong  special administrative regions (SARs) will have electoral councils consisting of 45 percent and 17 percent more people, respectively, to elect deputies to the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), according to the draft methods submitted to China’s top legislature for examination Thursday. The Hong Kong SAR will have 36 deputies to … Continue reading "Macau and HK to have larger Electoral Councils to elect NPC deputies"

9 Mar, 2012

Top diplomat thanks Macau for Japan disaster donation, invites locals to travel again

Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau Yuji Kumamaru Wednesday thanked Macau personally for the donations raised by several local organisations, including the HK$4 million from the Macau Red Cross, for those affected by the  earthquake  and  deadly tsunami that also led to a nuclear crisis after the tidal waves hit the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power … Continue reading "Top diplomat thanks Macau for Japan disaster donation, invites locals to travel again"

8 Mar, 2012

Macau Chief executive echoes Chinese Premier democratic call

Chief Executive Chui Sai On said Tuesday in Beijing, in response to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s pledge to support Macau and Hong Kong’s democratic progress, that to strive for democracy is a natural development of any society and that every place has a history of developing its own democratic system, under the condition of stable … Continue reading "Macau Chief executive echoes Chinese Premier democratic call"

7 Mar, 2012

Google fined 30,000 patacas for Street View privacy breach in Macau

Google has been fined 30,000 patacas for taking images considered to be “sensitive information” without authorisation, illegally collecting WiFi and payload data from open WiFi networks and transferring personal information obtained from Macau’s WiFi data to the US. Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) Co-ordinator Chan Hoi Fan made the announcement during a press conference Monday. … Continue reading "Google fined 30,000 patacas for Street View privacy breach in Macau"

6 Mar, 2012

ExCo finishes discussing govt’s political development bills

The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the two government-drafted amendment bills regarding the possible changes to two annexes of the Macau Basic Law regarding next year’s direct and indirect legislative elections and the election of the chief executive in 2014 – a short eight days after the government finished its 45-day public consultation drive … Continue reading "ExCo finishes discussing govt’s political development bills"

5 Mar, 2012