Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On has appointed local businessman Peter Lam Kam Seng, an executive member of the public Macau Foundation (FM) and chairman of the Macau Science Centre, to the Executive Council (ExCo), the government’s top advisory body, according to a statement published in the Official Gazette (BO) Monday. According to the statement, … Continue reading "Chui appoints one more businessman to ExCo"
29 Oct, 2013
Macau recorded 21.9 million visitor arrivals in the first nine months, a year-on-year growth of five percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. Visitors from the mainland and South Korea rose by 12 percent and 5.8 percent respectively, while those from Hong Kong and Taiwan dropped by 4.5 percent and 9.5 percent. In … Continue reading "21.9 million visit Macau in Jan-Sept, up 5 pct"
25 Oct, 2013
Hollywood Roosevelt from Los Angeles is making Macau its Asian debut with an investment of two billion patacas to build a 400-room 1950s Hollywood-themed hotel next to the Macau Jockey Club in Taipa. The hotel is slated to be operational between the middle and the end of 2015. The ground-breaking ceremony for the Hollywood Roosevelt … Continue reading "US hotel brand to open 2-billion-pataca Macau branch"
23 Oct, 2013
The corruption trial of Hong Kong businessmen Steven Lo Kit-sing and Joseph Lau Luen-hung resumed Monday, with Lo’s lawyers asserting that Macau’s anti-graft agency did not have evidence to prove a direct connection between Lo and Macau’s disgraced public works chief Ao Man-long. Lo, chairman of BMA Investment, and Lau, chairman of Chinese Estates, are … Continue reading "Stephen Lo Kit-sing denies link to disgraced Macau official at graft trial"
22 Oct, 2013
Macau Juvenile Delinquency Research Society Chairman Chiang Cheok Meng called Monday for better sex education in local schools. Claiming that pupils’ sex education was lacking, Chiang called on teachers to give them more comprehensive sex education lessons. According to The Macau Post Daily, Chiang, who is a social worker and care worker by profession, made … Continue reading "Research group calls for better sex education in schools"
22 Oct, 2013
The declared assets of Macau’s 13 principal officials, 29 lawmakers, 76 judges and public prosecutors, 10 Executive Council (ExCo) members and 12 chiefs- of-cabinet of the principal officers have been uploaded to the court website and can be accessed in by the public on http://www.court.gov.mo/zh/subpage/property-search. However, the asset declarations made public only contain basic data … Continue reading "Official website reveals basic data on officials’ property"
21 Oct, 2013
Australian Scott Hend claimed victory at the Macau Open Sunday as the tournament’s star draw Ernie Els was forced to content himself with third place. On a day of drama in the $800,000 Asian Tour tournament, which also saw India’s Anirban Lahiri match the course record with an impressive nine-under-par 62, Hend capitalised on his … Continue reading "Hend takes Macau Open as Els slips to third"
21 Oct, 2013
Macau’s 97 hotels and guesthouses recorded 7.12 million guests in the first eight months of this year, up 14.4 percent on the same period of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. The number of hotel guests accounted for 36.4 percent of the number of visitor arrivals in the first eight months. … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 14 pct to 7.1 million in Jan-August"
18 Oct, 2013
Newly-elected Legislative Assembly (AL) President Ho Iat Seng voiced his support Wednesday on broadcasting the legislature’s plenary sessions in full as a way to improve the public’s right to information and monitor the performance of lawmakers and government officials. Ho spoke to journalists after hosting the first plenary session in the new legislative term. The … Continue reading "New speaker supports broadcasting plenary sessions"
17 Oct, 2013
Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said Wednesday that Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) chief Lawrence Tou Veng Keong’s sudden transfer to the post of advisor to his office was a “normal” change in personnel. He made the remarks to reporters after hosting the opening ceremony of a conference on the development of … Continue reading "Top telecom regulator steps down to become advisor"
17 Oct, 2013
The central government’s Foreign Ministry Commission in Macau has issued a strongly worded statement to reject “irresponsible remarks” by the US Congress about Macau’s internal affairs. The “strong protest,” which was issued late Monday, said that the 2013 Annual Report by the Congressional Executive Commission on China ignored Macau’s realities. According to The Macau Post … Continue reading "Beijing rejects ‘irresponsible remarks’ by US about Macau"
16 Oct, 2013
Responding to growing calls that there should be a specific law in place to ban non-locals from working as croupiers and pit supervisors in the city’s casinos, Secretary for Finance and Economy Francis Tam Pak Yuen said Tuesday that there was already a law in place regulating the hiring of imported labour. He also said … Continue reading "Tam says ‘worth discussing’ legal ban on non-local croupiers"
16 Oct, 2013
Macau recorded 896,847 visitor arrivals during the mainland’s October 1-7 Golden Week holiday, an increase of 5.7 percent from the same time last year, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) said in a statement Thursday. The MGTO figures differ slightly from statistics released by the Public Security Police (PSP) earlier this week, according to which … Continue reading "Tourism office says 896,847 Golden Week visitors"
11 Oct, 2013
A total of 350 drivers and riders from 38 countries and territories will be competing in the upcoming 60th Macau Grand Prix which is budgeted at 230 million patacas – the highest ever. The 60th anniversary event has added two more days to the usual four-day motor racing competition, featuring 13 races this time. … Continue reading "350 drivers & riders to compete in diamond jubilee"
10 Oct, 2013
The Macau Federation of Trade Unions (commonly known as Gung Luen) started yesterday a signature-collecting campaign outside the Barrier Gate checkpoint, with the aim of pushing the government to draft a bill that would ban non-local residents from being hired as croupiers and pit supervisors by the city’s casinos. Choi Kam Fu, a member of … Continue reading "Top trade union wants govt to ban non-local croupiers by law"
10 Oct, 2013
Court of Final Appeal (TUI) President Sam Hou Fai said Thursday that there has been a growing trend by some people attempting to resolve political matters by getting the judiciary involved when it should stay out of such affairs. Sam was one of the speakers at a ceremony marking the official start of the new … Continue reading "Top judge bewails politics encroaching on courts"
10 Oct, 2013
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) deputy chief Lin Chu-chia said Tuesday that Taipei was still studying whether to allow permanent residents of the special administration regions of Macau and Hong Kong to enter the island without the need to apply for a visa before arrival. He also said that there was no schedule for a … Continue reading "Taipei ‘still studies’ visa-free travel for Macau people"
9 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On announced in Monday’ Official Gazette (BO) the appointments of seven residents as members of the Legislative Assembly, comprising five re-appointees and two newly appointed lawmakers – a 66-year-old veteran legislator and a 35-year-old newcomer. According to the announcement, the five re-appointed lawmakers are Tsui Wai Kwan, Tong Io Cheng, … Continue reading "Veteran, newcomer among 7 appointed lawmakers"
8 Oct, 2013
The Macau Sport Development Board (IDM) has announced that that it has invited “independent people”to probe alleged age cheating by local football officials. Before departing Macau on Friday to attend last night’s opening ceremony of the 6th East Asian Game in Tianjin, Acting IDM President Jose Fonseca Tavares told reporters that the bureau had questionedseveral … Continue reading "Govt vows to probe football age cheating"
7 Oct, 2013
Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday that his government will urge the city’s six gaming operators to offer croupiers better training to increase their promotion chances. Chui made the remark on the sidelines of a National Day celebration hosted by the Macau Scout Association at the Workers Sports Complex near the Barrier … Continue reading "Chui says govt wants better training for croupiers"
7 Oct, 2013