Politics

Macau and Guangdong polices crack illegal soccer betting ring

Macau and Guangdong police jointly cracked a crime syndicate, that had reportedly collected over RMB 100 billion in illegal soccer bets, and arrested the top leaders of the group active on both the mainland and in Macau. According to The Macau Daily times the Macau Judiciary Police (PJ) announced Sunday the details of  the illegal … Continue reading "Macau and Guangdong polices crack illegal soccer betting ring"

27 May, 2013

Nearly 70 pct of employees feel work-related anxiety: survey

Nearly 70 percent of the respondents of a survey released Thursday reported work-related anxiety. The survey involved 10,487 respondents. The main cause of their anxiety was mainly pressure from work. The difficulty which the respondents deemed the worst was that it was hard to find a balance between work and family commitments. They also worried … Continue reading "Nearly 70 pct of employees feel work-related anxiety: survey"

24 May, 2013

Lawmakers pass motion to debate Coloane island protection

With the support of 20 lawmakers, a motion submitted by grassroots legislators Paul Chan Wai Chi and Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong to hold a debate on the protection of Coloane’s island landscape was passed by the legislature Wednesday. There were just two abstentions – by businessmen Cheang Chi Keong and Ung Choi Kun – with … Continue reading "Lawmakers pass motion to debate Coloane island protection"

23 May, 2013

City paralysed 9 hours during strongest rainstorm since 1982

Macau Wednesday recorded the highest amount of rainfall, 323 mm, since 1982. During the nine-hour hoisting of the rainstorm warning signal a number of areas in the city suffered severe flooding and nearly half of the city’s bus routes were affected by the downpour that some locals sarcastically joked turned Macau into “Asia’s Venice,” The … Continue reading "City paralysed 9 hours during strongest rainstorm since 1982"

23 May, 2013

Inactive hand grenade found in city centre

The Public Security Police (PSP) said Sunday that an inactive hand grenade was found in Patio de S. Domingos- just about a three minute walk to the city’s main square Largo do Senado. The Public Security Police (PSP0 said in a statement that it received a report from a resident saying that there was a … Continue reading "Inactive hand grenade found in city centre"

20 May, 2013

Govt urges schools & parents to watch out for drug abuse

Macau’s Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) said Wednesday that it has teaching material regarding the side effects of recreational drugs which provides teaching staff, social workers and medical staff with enough information so that they can recognise the tell-tale signs of drug abuse. The bureau also urged schools and parents to be more concerned about the … Continue reading "Govt urges schools & parents to watch out for drug abuse"

16 May, 2013

Customs collar trio for smuggling 166 million yuan worth of agarwood

Three people were arrested Tuesday after loading agarwood from a warehouse at Pier No. 23 in the Inner Harbour onto a sampan that was ready to head to the mainland China. A Macau Customs Service spokesperson made the announcement in a press briefing at its headquarters in Barra. According to the spokesman, Customs officers had … Continue reading "Customs collar trio for smuggling 166 million yuan worth of agarwood"

15 May, 2013

Customs seize record 4 tonnes of untaxed tobacco

Macau’s Customs Service said Monday that its officers have seized the largest amount of untaxed tobacco since the 1999 handover, with the confiscation of 4.38 tonnes of untaxed tobacco, amounting to about 870,000 patacas in unpaid tax. A Customs spokesperson pointed out that the confiscated tobacco could have been used to make some 4.78 million … Continue reading "Customs seize record 4 tonnes of untaxed tobacco"

14 May, 2013

Govt says won’t send doctors to HK to check on tycoon’s health

A recent local court decision to appoint a medical team from Macau to co-ordinate with a hospital in Hong Kong to evaluate whether or not real-estate tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung’s health allows him to stand trial in a high-profile graft case has been abruptly axed. Health Bureau (SSM) Vice Director Cheang Seng Ip told reportersSunday … Continue reading "Govt says won’t send doctors to HK to check on tycoon’s health"

13 May, 2013

Crime rate up 2.7% in Q1

The overall crime rate in Macau rose slightly by 2.7 percent during the first quarter, or 85 cases more than the same period last year, according to official data release by the government. Drug trafficking cases surged by an alarming 70.3 percent, which does not include the 55kg of cocaine that was seized earlier this … Continue reading "Crime rate up 2.7% in Q1"

13 May, 2013

Police bust gang offering sex and drugs

The Judiciary Police (PJ) busted nine suspects from the mainland – one man and eight women – in Taipa and the Nam Van area for alleged membership of a criminal organisation that provided sex and drugs to clients. A PJ spokesperson said in a press conference on Friday that officers received a tip-off a month … Continue reading "Police bust gang offering sex and drugs"

13 May, 2013

Only 10 crèche places for 18 babies next year: survey

There will be just 10 local crèche places for 18 babies on average next year, according to the results of a survey announced by the Collective Wisdom Policy Centre (CWPC) Thursday. Using official data provided by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) on the number of births in the past three years and information provided … Continue reading "Only 10 crèche places for 18 babies next year: survey"

10 May, 2013

Sands denies selling Four Seasons, spinning off its malls

Sands China said in a terse statement Wednesday it was neither selling its Four Seasons Hotel nor spinning off of the company’s shopping mall assets through a business or real estate investment trust. The statement followed Hong Kong media reports that Sands China had allegedly sold 19 serviced apartments in the Four Seasons Hotel in … Continue reading "Sands denies selling Four Seasons, spinning off its malls"

9 May, 2013

4 Filipinos nabbed in Macau’s largest drug bust

In what police officers described yesterday as the largest drug bust in Macau’s history, the Judiciary Police (PJ) arrested four Filipinos – two males and two females – on Saturday in two local hotels. The four suspects were identified by police as a 44-year-old man surnamed Ermino, a 36-year-old man surnamed Jinlan, a 25-year-old woman … Continue reading "4 Filipinos nabbed in Macau’s largest drug bust"

6 May, 2013

Govt to start paying cash handout on July

The government has announced that it will start paying the 637,892 beneficiaries of its annual “wealth sharing” scheme on July 2, which will cost the government about 4.88 billion patacas. Leong Heong Teng, spokesman for the 10-member advisory Executive Council (ExCo), said during a press conference on Friday that the government had completed a by-law … Continue reading "Govt to start paying cash handout on July"

6 May, 2013

EU report says economic diversification remains a goal to the government

The European Union (EU) released Thursday the annual report on Macau highlighting the measures taken to the  “economic diversification” in a economy largely depending on gaming, The joint report  (issued by the European Commission and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) was released  by the European Union Office to … Continue reading "EU report says economic diversification remains a goal to the government"

3 May, 2013

Veteran lawmaker to run in election with newcomer

Veteran directly-elected lawmaker-cum-businessman Chan Meng Kam will run with local community leader Si Ka Lon in the legislative election on September 15. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a reception of the 5th anniversary of the People’s Alliance for the Development of Macau, Si Ka Lon, who heads the association, said that he would … Continue reading "Veteran lawmaker to run in election with newcomer"

3 May, 2013

Govt vows to continue to curb property speculation

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said earlier this week that the government did not exclude the possibility of taking “some special measures” to further contain speculation in the local property market. However, he declined to say whether “special” measures are already in place or not and when they would be implemented. … Continue reading "Govt vows to continue to curb property speculation"

2 May, 2013

Two thousand protesters mark the Labour Day

Around 2,000 protesters took to the streets Wednesday to mark Labour Day, to petition for better remuneration and welfare for workers. As the Legislative Assembly (AL) general election is just four months away, the petitioners also called for a more democratic political system, including additional directly-elected lawmakers and the right to vote on who becomes … Continue reading "Two thousand protesters mark the Labour Day"

2 May, 2013

Court-appointed doctors to check Joseph Lau’s health in HK

A medical team will be appointed to go to Hong Kong to evaluate 61-year-old Hong Kong real estate tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung’s health after the graft trial defendant used illness as a reason for his absence in a local court for a second time Monday, delaying the hearing date to June 17. Presiding Judge Mário … Continue reading "Court-appointed doctors to check Joseph Lau’s health in HK"

30 Apr, 2013