Politics

Macau government donates US$ 12.5 million to victims of Sichuan earthquake

The Macau government  announced Monday a donation of 100 million patacas (US$12.5 million) to support the population in Ya’ an, Sichuan Province in the wake of the 7- magnitude  earthquake that hit the area last  Saturday. in the Sichuan province. While announcing the donation, the Chief Executive said the government and the people of Macau … Continue reading "Macau government donates US$ 12.5 million to victims of Sichuan earthquake"

23 Apr, 2013

Lawmakers cull animal protection bill

An outspoken lawmaker’s bill on animal protection presented Monday, coinciding with World Earth Day, was overwhelmingly rejected with only four lawmakers voting in favour, nine against with nine abstaining. Jose Pereira Coutinho, head of the influential Macau Civil Servants Association (ATFPM), presented details of his bill during a plenary session of the 29-member legislature. According … Continue reading "Lawmakers cull animal protection bill"

23 Apr, 2013

Scholar says city’s Gini coefficient reaches int’l warning level

Macau’s Gini coefficient in 2011 stood at nearly 0.40, the international warning signal, thus the government should come up with measures to tackle income inequality issues such as by subsidising the salaries of low-income employees and speeding upthe construction of public housing flats, Lao Chi Ngai, a lecturer at the University of Macau (UM) said  … Continue reading "Scholar says city’s Gini coefficient reaches int’l warning level"

22 Apr, 2013

Macau’s first LGBT group officially registered

The newly established Rainbow of Macau association said Sunday that it would strive to protect the rights of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual (LGBT) residents in any way possible. Lam Ka Long, who heads the group, made the remarks to The Macau Post on Sunday. The 28-year-old founding president said that the … Continue reading "Macau’s first LGBT group officially registered"

22 Apr, 2013

Mobile app design contest looks for innovation in ICT

A mobile app design contest jointly organised by the government and the city’s main telecom operator aims to stimulate creativity among the local ICT profession and create potential business opportunities. Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) representative Leong Tek Ian told a press conference held at the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) in Zape that … Continue reading "Mobile app design contest looks for innovation in ICT"

19 Apr, 2013

Govt takes back last graft-tainted La Scala plots

The government said Wednesday that it had taken eight plots of land from Hong Kong-based Chinese Estates Holdings’ Moon Ocean property development company near the local airport because of the project’s alleged involvement in a corruption scandal. The government formalised the repossession of the plots in an announcement published in the Official Gazette (BO) Wednesday. … Continue reading "Govt takes back last graft-tainted La Scala plots"

18 Apr, 2013

Govt fines Venetian 40,000 patacas for transferring data to US

The Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) Monday slammed the Venetian Macau for transferring data to the United States for its “own interests”, fining the gaming operator 40,000 patacas. The amount consists of two fines of 20,000 patacas each. The bureau said in a statement that investigations into whether the Venetian had violated Macau’s Personal Data … Continue reading "Govt fines Venetian 40,000 patacas for transferring data to US"

16 Apr, 2013

Tam vows to co-ordinate bureaus on smoking ban in casinos

Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen told reporters Thursday that the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) will fully co-ordinate with the Health Bureau (SSM) in implementing the government’s tobacco control policy in local casinos and slot-machine parlours. Tam made the comments after attending the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition marking … Continue reading "Tam vows to co-ordinate bureaus on smoking ban in casinos"

12 Apr, 2013

Smoking areas in 28 of 44 gaming venues fail air quality tests

Air quality in the smoking areas of 28 out of 44 gaming venues in the first two months of this year failed in the government’s assessment of the concentration levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, volatile organic compound and benzo[a]pyrene in the venues, the Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Wednesday. It … Continue reading "Smoking areas in 28 of 44 gaming venues fail air quality tests"

11 Apr, 2013

Observatory forecasts up to two signal No. 8 typhoons this year

Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) Acting Deputy Director Leong Ka Cheng said Tuesday the city could experience four to six tropical cyclones this year, with one to two of them possibly becoming signal No. 8 typhoons. Leong made the forecast while speaking to reporters after attending a meeting on civil defence operations held at the … Continue reading "Observatory forecasts up to two signal No. 8 typhoons this year"

10 Apr, 2013

Govt to host annual May Day gig on beach

The annual Labour Day concert organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) is being moved from the usual Macau Forum indoor venue to Hac Sa Beach in Coloane, with Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Jen Hsien-chi headlining the gig, the bureau’s administration committee member Henry Ma Kam Keong said Tuesday. Ma told a press conference … Continue reading "Govt to host annual May Day gig on beach"

10 Apr, 2013

Macau, HK, mainland step up surveillance against H7N9

Macau, Hong Kong and mainland officials decided during a weekend meeting in Zhuhai to step up surveillance of live poultry and poultry products bound for Hong Kong and Macau, by increasing the sample size and frequency of farm inspections, The Macau Post Daily reports today. Macau and Hong Kong officials met representatives of the central … Continue reading "Macau, HK, mainland step up surveillance against H7N9"

9 Apr, 2013

Govt boosts fight against H7N9 with airport checks

No suspected cases of H7N9 virus have been discovered by the airport’s infra-red thermography equipment since Saturday afternoon when the government installed the system to detect elevated body temperatures of visitors from the mainland’s eastern provinces when they arrive in Macau. The Health Bureau (SSM) also said in a statement that since the cases in … Continue reading "Govt boosts fight against H7N9 with airport checks"

8 Apr, 2013

Govt not flapping amid new avian virus fears

Inspections of the city’s poultry, parks and bird habitats have been strengthened amid fears over the potentially fatal H7N9 virus that was discovered in the mainland recently, but locally there was nothing to worry about, Ng Peng In, administration committee member of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), said on Wednesday. The bureau oversees … Continue reading "Govt not flapping amid new avian virus fears"

5 Apr, 2013

UN urges equal suffrage, human rights body for Macau

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations has urged the Macau government to introduce “universal and equal suffrage” and to set up an “independent statutory human rights institution.” The UN body in Switzerland made the suggestions last week in its concluding observations on a report submitted by the Macau government, the first since the … Continue reading "UN urges equal suffrage, human rights body for Macau"

2 Apr, 2013

Edmund Ho gets ‘Life Honorary Presidency’ award from Anima

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Vice Chairman and former chief executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah and gaming mogul Steve Wynn were awarded “Life Honorary Presidencies” by Anima on Wednesday for supporting the organisation in its effort to protect animals over the years. The animal protection organisation’s president Albano Martins presented the awards to Ho … Continue reading "Edmund Ho gets ‘Life Honorary Presidency’ award from Anima"

28 Mar, 2013

Graft buster says campaign violations committed by apps hard to tackle

Commissioner Against Corruption Vasco Fong Man Chong said Tuesday that it was getting trickier for the law enforcement authorities to tackle election campaign violations that are made using mobile phone applications, since in Macau they are not explicitly regulated by law Speaking to reporters at a press conference after a meeting with members of the … Continue reading "Graft buster says campaign violations committed by apps hard to tackle"

27 Mar, 2013

Non-gambling visitor spending rises 15 pct last year

Visitors’ non-gambling spending rose 15 percent to 52.3 billion patacas last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. Visitors’ non-gambling expenditure compared with the local gaming industry’s gross receipts of 305 billion patacas last year. Visitors’ spending other than gambling accounted for just 17 percent of the gaming industry’s gross revenues last year. … Continue reading "Non-gambling visitor spending rises 15 pct last year"

22 Mar, 2013

FM commissioner warns against external interference in legislative polls – praises local media

Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau Hu Zhengyue reaffirmed Thursday that no external interference in the upcoming legislative elections will be allowed. Hu gave the warning on the sidelines of a Chinese New Year reception for local media held at his office in Zape. Hu said that the Legislative Assembly polls slated … Continue reading "FM commissioner warns against external interference in legislative polls – praises local media"

22 Mar, 2013

Xi urges Macau to lay groundwork for long-term development

President Xi Jinping urged the local government and civil society Monday to study major problems that hinder Macau’s development despite the fact that it is currently enjoying sound growth, in order to lay the groundwork for its long-term development, The Macau Post Daily quotes a Xinhua report as saying today. Xi made the remarks during … Continue reading "Xi urges Macau to lay groundwork for long-term development"

19 Mar, 2013