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Macau top gaming inspector vows to minimise negative impact of gambling

Responding to a resident’s comment that “gambling is 90 percent a scam”, newly appointed Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) Director Paulo Martins Chan said that the government would do its best to minimise any possible negative impact that the gaming industry may have on civil society. The director, who took up his position last … Continue reading "Macau top gaming inspector vows to minimise negative impact of gambling"

14 Jan, 2016

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Macau releases five-year plan for digital services

The Macau Government has released a plan to improve its digital services by 2019. The government wants to create a single platform across government to integrate data on human resources, finance and property management. This would allow citizens to more easily access government services online, like submitting applications, getting updates on their status, and paying … Continue reading "Macau releases five-year plan for digital services"

13 Jan, 2016

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Macau unions call for pay rise for gaming workers

The Macau Gaming Enterprises Staff Association and two newly established unions submitted a joint petition to the city’s six casino operators yesterday morning, calling for a pay rise for gaming workers, Kelvin Choi Kam Fu, who heads the association, said on Tuesday afternoon. Choi made the remarks on the sidelines of a press conference at … Continue reading "Macau unions call for pay rise for gaming workers"

13 Jan, 2016

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82.7 percent support Macau government plan for Hotel Estoril

e-Research & Solutions (Macau) Co. Ltd Survey Director Angus Cheong Weng Hin said yesterday that based on two separate surveys conducted by his firm last year, 82.7 percent of the respondents supported the government’s plan to redevelop Hotel Estoril, but 81.5 percent were undecided about whether to preserve the building or not. Cheong announced the … Continue reading "82.7 percent support Macau government plan for Hotel Estoril"

12 Jan, 2016

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Scholar calls for Macau domestic ferry routes to reduce traffic jams

Macau should restart a domestic ferry service to reduce traffic congestion, Macau Economic Development Promotion Association Chairman Ieong Tou Hong said on Monday. Ieong, a member of the government-appointed Urban Planning Council and a former legislator, made the remarks on the sidelines of a seminar at the private Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), … Continue reading "Scholar calls for Macau domestic ferry routes to reduce traffic jams"

12 Jan, 2016

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Macau government to boost ‘shipyards tourism’ in Coloane

The government is keen to co-operate with the local shipbuilding sector to boost tourism in Coloane’s Lei Chi Vun Village where a number of traditional shipyards are located, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Sunday. Tam made the remarks when speaking to young people at the opening of the … Continue reading "Macau government to boost ‘shipyards tourism’ in Coloane"

11 Jan, 2016

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Macau court rejects closed-door trial of hotel pimping suspects

The Court of First Instance (TJB) has rejected a request by prominent lawyer Jorge Neto Valente to hold the high-profile trial of six pimping suspects behind closed doors. Valente, who heads the Macau Lawyers Association (AAM), made the request on Friday, the first day of the trial, on behalf of his client Alan Ho Yau … Continue reading "Macau court rejects closed-door trial of hotel pimping suspects"

11 Jan, 2016

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More Macau locals identify as Chinese citizens

Local residents’ identity rating as Chinese citizens has increased significantly compared to a year ago, according to an annual survey conducted in December by the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). The results of the second part of the survey were released on its website on Thursday. The survey was … Continue reading "More Macau locals identify as Chinese citizens"

8 Jan, 2016

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Macau International Airport received record of 5.8 million passengers in 2015

Driven by the tourism market of Southeast and North Asia, Macau International Airport (MIA) achieved record-breaking passenger volume in 2015. During the year, MIA passenger count surpassed 5.8 million, representing an annual increase of 6.4 per cent, which is a new record for MIA. Meanwhile, the aircraft movement reached over 55,000 and recorded a 6 … Continue reading "Macau International Airport received record of 5.8 million passengers in 2015"

8 Jan, 2016

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Macau Health Bureau pledges to support cancer-stricken girl

The Health Service Bureau (SSM) said in a statement last night that it would provide the appropriate medical treatment to a female primary school pupil struck with cancer. The bureau received a new treatment plan on Christmas Day from Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital, where the girl, surnamed Chao, has been receiving treatment for several … Continue reading "Macau Health Bureau pledges to support cancer-stricken girl"

7 Jan, 2016

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Natural gas supply to Macau still on hold

The new head of Macau’s energy sector regulator says there is still no deal with the SAR’s only importer of natural gas, Sinosky Energy (Holdings) Co Ltd, to resume supply. Hoi Chi Leong said that the government is soon to meet with Sinosky for negotiating its natural gas concession and find a solution. “We are … Continue reading "Natural gas supply to Macau still on hold"

7 Jan, 2016

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Islands rep wants stilt houses in Coloane, Macau, to become shops

Some of the empty stilt houses in Coloane should be renovated so that they could become cultural and creative products shops, Islands Community Services Consultative Committee member Ku Man Tai said, adding that the renewal project would be a good way to boost tourism. Ku is a board member of the Macau Islands Industrial and … Continue reading "Islands rep wants stilt houses in Coloane, Macau, to become shops"

6 Jan, 2016

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Agreement for non-gaming on new Macau land reclamations

The local government joined mainland authorities in signing three agreements that aim to enhance cooperation in the areas of water affairs, maritime traffic and sea use. These measures are taken in order to strengthen the management of the coastal waters now controlled by the MSAR and also to develop the region’s economic potential. The three … Continue reading "Agreement for non-gaming on new Macau land reclamations"

6 Jan, 2016

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Macau VIP room’s high-up steals HK$99.7 million

A senior member of staff of a VIP room in L’Arc Hotel is suspected of having absconded with HK$99.7 million from the junket operator’s account, a Judiciary Police (PJ) statement said on Tuesday. Speaking after Tuesday’s regular press briefing at the Public Security Police (PSP) headquarters in Zape, PJ spokesman Chan Cho Man said as … Continue reading "Macau VIP room’s high-up steals HK$99.7 million"

6 Jan, 2016

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Macau government announces contingency plans for property management

A contingency plan related to the implementation of the Law on Minimum Wage for Cleaning and Security Workers of the Property Management Industry came into effect on 1 January, according to a statement issued by the local government. The announcement of this measure follows the controversy that arose when some property management companies raised their … Continue reading "Macau government announces contingency plans for property management"

5 Jan, 2016

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Macau gaming revenue fell 34 per cent in 2015

Macau’s gambling revenue ended 2015 with a whimper, falling for a second straight year as China’s corruption crackdown continued to keep high rollers from the Asian gaming hub. Revenue slid 34.3 per cent to a five-year low of 230.84 billion patacas ($28.92 billion), according to numbers released by Macau’s Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau. Gaming … Continue reading "Macau gaming revenue fell 34 per cent in 2015"

4 Jan, 2016

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Macau student stirs public outrage by killing stray cat in Taiwan

A cat abuse case involving a student from Macau has stirred public anger, with over 14,000 netizens endorsing a petition as of Sunday demanding that National Taiwan University expel him. Furious netizens want the school to expel the student immediately and have asked that he be barred from leaving the country so that he can … Continue reading "Macau student stirs public outrage by killing stray cat in Taiwan"

4 Jan, 2016

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Macau Chief Executive pledges to improve governance

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On pledged in his New Year address to raise the level of his government’s capacity, acknowledging that he was aware of “existing inefficiencies” in governance. Chui also said that Macau’s economy was currently in a “profound adjustment phase”. He promised to promote the local economy’s “adequate diversification” and sustainable development … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive pledges to improve governance"

4 Jan, 2016

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Macau imports fell while exports grew during November

Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicated that total imports of goods for November 2015 fell 17.4 percent year-on-year, while total exports of goods are up 6 percent for the same period. Excluding the import and export of services, the goods trade deficit widened to MOP68.02 billion for the first eleven months of 2015. … Continue reading "Macau imports fell while exports grew during November"

31 Dec, 2015

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Report on Macau AL election proposes longer campaign period

The members of the Electoral Affairs Commission that supervised the 2013 election for the Legislative Assembly are now arguing that candidates should be allowed to publicize their political platforms for longer periods. The proposal was included in one of two reports released on Wednesday that focuses on possible improvements to the operation of elections for … Continue reading "Report on Macau AL election proposes longer campaign period"

31 Dec, 2015

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