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Govt lowers proposed jail to 1 year for animal abuse in Macau

The government said Thursday that after considering the relevant laws in countries such as Singapore it had decided to lower the maximum prison sentence of three years in the latest version of its animal protection bill to just one year. Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan made the remark to the media … Continue reading "Govt lowers proposed jail to 1 year for animal abuse in Macau"

5 Jun, 2015

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Measures to tackle unruly tourists in place: CNTA official

The central government has initiated a string of measures to tackle unruly tourists “uncivilised” behaviour as well as disputes between tourists and tour guides, the China National Tourism Administration’s (CNTA) Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Tourism Affairs Department Director Liu Kezhi said Tuesday. Liu made the remarks at Government Headquarters on the sidelines of a … Continue reading "Measures to tackle unruly tourists in place: CNTA official"

3 Jun, 2015

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Macau Governement raises pensions and allowances

The government announced Monday that a string of pensions and allowances such the pension for senior citizens paid by the Social Security Fund (FSS) will be increased up to 5.5 percent. According to an order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, which was published in Monday’s Official Gazette (BO), the increased pay-outs will … Continue reading "Macau Governement raises pensions and allowances"

2 Jun, 2015

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Property prices fall 21.6 pct in April

Macau’s average residential property price per square metre dropped 21.6 percent to 103,128 patacas in April, the Finance Services Bureau (DSEC) has announced. According to the bureau, the average size of the units amounted to 68 square metres. The average price in Taipa was 139,080 patacas per square metre, up 31.5 percent year-on-year. In Coloane, … Continue reading "Property prices fall 21.6 pct in April"

1 Jun, 2015

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New panda pair debuts today

Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan said Sounday that the city’s pair of new pandas will finally meet the public today. Chan made the announcement on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an exhibition at Seac Pai Van Park about the mainland’s current research on giant pandas. Chan said in a … Continue reading "New panda pair debuts today"

1 Jun, 2015

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Hotel guests drop 10.4 pct in Jan-April

Macau’s number of hotel guests dropped 10.4 percent year-on-year to 3.18 million in the first four months of the year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. According to a DSEC statement, hotels’ average occupancy rate stood at 79 percent in the January-April period, a decrease of 7.3 percentage points. At the end of … Continue reading "Hotel guests drop 10.4 pct in Jan-April"

1 Jun, 2015

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Macau GDP in Q1 slumps as casino revenues plunge

Macau’s economic output tumbled 24.5 percent in real terms in the first quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Thursday, as a widening graft crackdown and slowing economy in the mainland keeps high rollers away from the city’s casinos. The fall in gross domestic product (GDP) from a year earlier was the deepest … Continue reading "Macau GDP in Q1 slumps as casino revenues plunge"

29 May, 2015

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Macau retail sales of watches jewellery fall 31 pct in Q1

Sales of watches, clocks and jewellery fell 31 percent to 3.7 billion patacas in the first quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Tuesday. Watches, clocks and jewellery accounted for 23 percent of all retail sales –the sector’s biggest segment. Sales of leather goods dropped 28 percent to 1.59 billion patacas. Sales of … Continue reading "Macau retail sales of watches jewellery fall 31 pct in Q1"

27 May, 2015

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Macau Galaxy Phase 2 vows to be more mass market focused

Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau that is opening today will primarily focus on the mass market, Galaxy Macau Director of Operations Richard Longhurst said on Tuesday. Longhurst made the comments during a panel discussion at JW Marriott in Galaxy’s Phase 2 extension development, which cost HK$19.6 billion. The government has said that it has granted … Continue reading "Macau Galaxy Phase 2 vows to be more mass market focused"

27 May, 2015

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Macau visitor arrivals drops 3.6 pct

The total number of visitor arrivals in the first four months dropped 3.6 percent to 9.96 million. However, the number of same-day visitors, who accounted for 56 percent of the total rose 0.6 percent. Mainlanders accounted for 66.8 percent of all visitor arrivals. Hongkongers continued to be city’s number-two visitor segment, at 21 percent of … Continue reading "Macau visitor arrivals drops 3.6 pct"

26 May, 2015

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Macau to tighten control over migrant workers visas

The government will tighten its control over migrant construction workers’ visas and cut their visa period to a maximum one-month stay after their assigned public work is complete. The Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong, revealed on Saturday that the authorities will shorten the workers’ permitted period of stay, three months prior to the … Continue reading "Macau to tighten control over migrant workers visas"

26 May, 2015

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Mothers complain about bad advice by Macau public hospital

Local mothers went on the social media over the weekend to vent their frustration on Macau’s health system, sharing their check-up experiences during pregnancies at the government-run Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Centre. They alleged that doctors gave them wrong medical advice causing them to almost lose their babies. This came after a local man … Continue reading "Mothers complain about bad advice by Macau public hospital"

23 May, 2015

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Macau inflation eases to 4.51 percent in April

Macau’s inflation rate eased to 4.51 percent in April, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Thursday. According to a DSEC statement, the city’s composite consumer price index (CPI) for April increased 4.51 percent year-on-year, down from the 5.10 percent growth in March. The bureau pointed out that higher residential rents and the rising … Continue reading "Macau inflation eases to 4.51 percent in April"

22 May, 2015

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Unlawful detention and loansharking cases in Macau double in Q1

Criminal cases of unlawful detention and loansharking surged significantly year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, as well as cases of arson, document forgery, and “crimes jeopardizing the territory.” The Secretary for Security, Wong Sio Chak, revealed the police’s latest crime statistics on Thursday, indicating that the number of criminal cases recorded in the … Continue reading "Unlawful detention and loansharking cases in Macau double in Q1"

22 May, 2015

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Wong hints at more CCTV cameras to boost security

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak maintained on Wednesday that the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras is meant to boost public security and to help the police solve crimes, adding that the installation of the public surveillance cameras follows the guidelines laid out by the Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP). He also indicated that … Continue reading "Wong hints at more CCTV cameras to boost security"

21 May, 2015

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200 new taxi licence bids to be announced next month

The Transport Bureau (DSAT) will hold a public session on June 23 to announce the successful bidders for 200 new taxi licences, according a statement from the bureau on Wednesday. The bureau also said in the statement that 230 taxi licences will expire later this year or next year. The 200 new taxi licences will … Continue reading "200 new taxi licence bids to be announced next month"

21 May, 2015

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Macau becomes the ninth-most competitive city nationwide

Macau has climbed one place to become the ninth-most competitive city out of a total of 294 Chinese cities in the rankings resulting from the latest research carried out by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Despite ranking the city first in terms of comprehensive efficient competitiveness, the report also suggested that the gaming-based economy … Continue reading "Macau becomes the ninth-most competitive city nationwide"

20 May, 2015

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Audits slams Taipa Central Park´s poor project management

The Audit Commission (CA) said in a report on Monday that the Lands, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) had failed to liaise with other bureaus while overseeing the Taipa Central Park construction project, resulting in repeated delays, frequent design changes and additional construction so that the project’s total cost increased by 11.1 percent, or … Continue reading "Audits slams Taipa Central Park´s poor project management"

19 May, 2015

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Macau hotel sector enters adjustment period

The head of the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) said on Monday that the hospitality industry is entering an “adjustment period” during which it should be easier to reserve guestrooms and hotel operators could be expected to carry out more promotions to attract guests from various regions and countries. MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna … Continue reading "Macau hotel sector enters adjustment period"

19 May, 2015

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Lawmakers pass External Trade amendment bill

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the outline of the governments External Trade amendment bill on Monday. The bill will now by reviewed by a standing committee before it will return to another plenary session for an article-by-article vote. Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said the objective of the bill was for the benefit … Continue reading "Lawmakers pass External Trade amendment bill"

19 May, 2015

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