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
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
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
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
The number of visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013, totalled 4,689,161, up by 2.1% year-on-year and same-day visitors accounted for 52.4% of the total according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Mainland China visitors (2,982,384) increased by 7.3% year-on-year and visitors from Hong Kong (1,111,963) and Taiwan (157,937) decreased by … Continue reading "Visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013 up by 2.1 percent"
26 Mar, 2013
The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will start construction of a home for red pandas in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van Park, in Coloane, in the second half of this year so as to be ready when they arrive from China in 2014. The construction of the habitat for the red pandas will take six … Continue reading "Government to build red panda pavilion in Coloane island"
26 Mar, 2013
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
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
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Tuesday opened a representative office in Moscow, taking advantage of the peak period of travel shows in the country,the office said in a statement. Macau is also joining hands with Hong Kong to promote the two cities as one destination, to tap the potential of the Russian tourism market. … Continue reading "Macau opens tourism office in Moscow"
20 Mar, 2013
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
Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 832,543 guests in January, a year-on-year increase of 19.1 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 60.3 percent and 14.5 percent of all guests. Guests’ average length of stay stood at just 1.4 nights, a slight decrease from a year earlier. The city’s 100 … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 19 pct in January"
15 Mar, 2013
The Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) said in a statement that by 6 p.m. Thursday 23 forms for the setting-up of a legislative election candidacy commission were downloaded from the Internet or picked up by residents from the bureau. Forms were made available Thursday and any resident or group interested in joining the … Continue reading "Govt starts legislative election procedures"
15 Mar, 2013
A record 4,187 visas to the Philippines were issued to the city’s holders of mainland Chinese or foreign passports in January alone, a number matching the whole of last year’s rate, Philippine Consul General in Macau Danilo T. Ibayan said Wednesday. Ibayan told The Macau Post Daily that 95 percent of the visas issued in … Continue reading "Philippine consulate issues record 4,000 visas in January"
14 Mar, 2013
The government had a surplus of MOP19.5 billion (US$2.4 billion) in January and February this year, according to official data. This is an increase of 15.4 percent compared to the same period last year. The amount is close to one-half of the MOP41.1 billion surplus estimated in the budget for the whole year. Revenue from … Continue reading "Macau government surplus hits MOP19.5 billion in two months"
14 Mar, 2013
Consumer Council Executive Committee President Wong Hon Neng said Tuesday that the government-run organisation was considering simplifying the handling of arbitration cases, so that consumers involved in any disputes would have their cases resolved faster. Wong made the pledge on the sidelines of a ceremony to launch a stamp commemorating the 15th anniversary of the … Continue reading "Consumer council plans to simplify arbitration process"
13 Mar, 2013
The United States should impose further sanctions on Macau’s Delta Asia Bank Ltd, according to the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ed Royce. Royce said in an interview to Bloomberg Television on Saturday that the North Korean regime was still using Delta Asia for illicit transactions. The United … Continue reading "U.S.legislator ask for new curbs on Macau´s Delta Asia bank"
13 Mar, 2013
Ballots for 14 directly elected lawmakers and 12 indirectly elected lawmakers to be cast by permanent residents in candidates’ battle for seats in the legislaturewill be held on 15 September, with the maximum amount that each electoral campaign group can legally spend amounting to 5,644,278.46 patacas, about 36.9 percent less than in 2009. According to … Continue reading "Govt schedules legislative ballot for Sept 15"
12 Mar, 2013
Newly-appointed Taipei Economic and Cultural Office chief Lu Chang-shui said Monday he was determined to further deepen exchanges and co-operation between Taiwan and Macau. He made the remark when delivering a speech at a Chinese New Year banquet organised by the office in Macau . Over a hundred locals including civic leaders and students who … Continue reading "Taipei’s new rep vows to further improve Macau-Taiwan ties"
12 Mar, 2013
The Public Security Police (PSP) said on Saturday that it had deported 107 mainlanders since March 1 from the city as they were found to be buying patacas commemorative banknotes from locals, an activity that violated the terms and conditions of their stay as tourists, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing local Chinese-language media … Continue reading "Police deport 107 mainlanders for buying local banknotes"
11 Mar, 2013
Macau’s human rights record will face the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Committee next week in meetings that will be webcast live on the Internet, according to a statement by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cited by The Macau Post Daily today. The meetings will be held on … Continue reading "UN to check Macau’s human rights record next week"
11 Mar, 2013