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Bonus for able-bodied, disabled athletes to be same announced Macau government

The government will combine the two regulations for sports incentive awards into one, Sports Development Board (ID) President Jose Tavares said on Wednesday. Tavares, also the vice-chairman of the government-appointed Sports Commission, made the remark after a meeting of the consultative body, at Macau Dome in Cotai. Currently, the government gives bonuses to local athletes … Continue reading "Bonus for able-bodied, disabled athletes to be same announced Macau government"

20 Aug, 2015

All package tours from Macau to Bangkok cancelled

Macau Travel Industry Council President Andy Wu Keng Kuong said on Tuesday that all package tours to Bangkok and Pattaya until Sunday will be cancelled. The move came after a deadly bomb explosion, which killed at least 20 people, including two Hong Kong women, in the Thai capital on Monday night. Speaking to The Macau … Continue reading "All package tours from Macau to Bangkok cancelled"

19 Aug, 2015

Real estate market of Macau rebounds in Q2

The number and value or real-estate transactions rebounded in the second quarter after three consecutive quarters of decline, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Monday. In the second quarter, 3,038 building units and parking spaces were bought and sold at 18.03 billion patacas as per stamp duty records, up by 63.7 percent and … Continue reading "Real estate market of Macau rebounds in Q2"

18 Aug, 2015

Macau urban planners mull alternatives for Hotel Estoril

Urban planners, architects and residents gathered on Sunday to discuss alternatives for Hotel Estoril. Urban planning advocacy group Root Planning organized a one-day discussion group at the Diocesan Pastoral Youth Centre gathering local urban planners, architects, activists and residents to talk about other possibilities for the use of the former casino-hotel that is to be … Continue reading "Macau urban planners mull alternatives for Hotel Estoril"

17 Aug, 2015

Macau high-rise blocks on reclamation zone B remain residents’ top concern

The government’s plan to allow high-rise buildings to be built on reclamation Zone B remains among residents’ top concerns, according to a preliminary evaluation of the new reclamation zone blueprint public consultation, now in its third phase. The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) revealed on Friday that between June and August, it had … Continue reading "Macau high-rise blocks on reclamation zone B remain residents’ top concern"

17 Aug, 2015

IAS and Macau Neighbourhood group demand greater focus on market potential of local seniors

The Macau General Union of the Neighbourhood Associations urged local youth to explore the potential benefits of the senior market in the region, while the Social Welfare Bureau encouraged employment for the elderly within non-profit organizations. During TDM’s weekly forum held on Sunday’s morning, Lau Veng Si, the vice-president on the board of directors at … Continue reading "IAS and Macau Neighbourhood group demand greater focus on market potential of local seniors"

17 Aug, 2015

Prisoners’ smoking time in Macau to be cut to 3 hours a week

Legislator Andrew Chan Chak Mo said on Thursday that according to the director of Macau Prison, prisoners will only get three hours smoking time per week should the government-drafted tobacco law amendment bill pass. The legislature’s Second Standing Committee Thursday met officials from Macau Prison in the Legislative Assembly (AL) to discuss the possible impact … Continue reading "Prisoners’ smoking time in Macau to be cut to 3 hours a week"

14 Aug, 2015

Macau group mulls CCAC intervention to axe monthly pass system

Local group Choi In Tong Sam Association sought to increase their efforts to pressure the Transport Bureau authorities in repealing the existing monthly pass system at public parking lots after a meeting was held Thursday in which relevant officials showed no willingness to compromise on their hardline stance. The association’s vice president Lam U Tou … Continue reading "Macau group mulls CCAC intervention to axe monthly pass system"

14 Aug, 2015

Yuan devalution could negatively impact mass gaming market in Macau

Macau’s mass gaming market could be negatively impacted by China’s devaluation of the yuan, according to Union Gaming Research analyst Grant Govertsen. “Based on the current two-percent decline in value of the renminbi, we would expect the mass market story to be negatively impacted by up to two percent over the coming weeks or months,” … Continue reading "Yuan devalution could negatively impact mass gaming market in Macau"

13 Aug, 2015

Chief Executive of Macau stays ‘cautiously optimistic’ about gaming industry

Chief Executive said on Wednesday that he remained “cautiously optimistic” about the future of Macau’s gaming industry. A Q&A plenary session was held in the legislative hemicycle on Wednesday, where the Chief Executive answered questions from 32 lawmakers about various issues affecting the city, ranging from labour laws and regulations, the city’s waste management, to … Continue reading "Chief Executive of Macau stays ‘cautiously optimistic’ about gaming industry"

13 Aug, 2015

Chief Executive of Macau: info on land swaps to go online

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said on Wednesday that information about the government’s land swaps would be uploaded onto an official website Chui made the pledge during a Q&A plenary session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). “I have had a discussion with Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário. We can release … Continue reading "Chief Executive of Macau: info on land swaps to go online"

13 Aug, 2015

Macau new mortgage loans increase in June

The latest statistics from the Monetary Authority of Macao indicate that new approvals of both residential mortgage loans (RMLs) and commercial real estate loans (CRELs) have increased in June. The total outstanding balance on the loans also witnessed an increase. June recorded MOP3.9 billion worth of new residential mortgage loans being approved by Macau banks, … Continue reading "Macau new mortgage loans increase in June"

12 Aug, 2015

Macau government to decide on scooter-only lane next year

The government will decide on whether to keep the scooter-only lane on Sai Van Bridge or to cancel it by early next year, Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo do Rosário said on Tuesday. The policy secretary made the remark during a Q&A plenary session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). In 2012, the government … Continue reading "Macau government to decide on scooter-only lane next year"

12 Aug, 2015

Macau government to introduce new food safety regulation by 2017

The government is planning to draft further regulations on food safety by 2017, according to the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) president Alex Vong. “We have administrative regulations [ensuring food safety.] And by 2017, we will introduce more regulations on this matter,” he told lawmakers on Tuesday. Mr Vong also revealed that IACM is … Continue reading "Macau government to introduce new food safety regulation by 2017"

12 Aug, 2015

Li Ning tells aspiring entrepreneurs from Macau: seize opportunities when facing challenges

Gymnast-turned-entrepreneur Li Ning had a simple message for local youths aspiring to start a business on Monday: don’t be fazed by any hurdles or challenges and look for opportunities that lie beneath them. Li was a speaker of a seminar co-organized by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) and the Macau Youth Entrepreneur … Continue reading "Li Ning tells aspiring entrepreneurs from Macau: seize opportunities when facing challenges"

11 Aug, 2015

Macau Government submits Iec Long land swap to graft busters

A land swap case involving the site of the former Iec Long Firecracker Factory in Taipa has been submitted to the Commission against Corruption (CCAC), Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo do Rosário, said on Monday. Rosário talked to reporters on the sidelines of a Q&A plenary session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). “I … Continue reading "Macau Government submits Iec Long land swap to graft busters"

11 Aug, 2015

Macau’s population hits 642,900 which 180,523 are non-resident workers

The local population climbed to 642,900 at the end of June, rising from 640,700 in March, according to the latest demographic figures from the Statistics and Census Service released on Monday. Females accounted for 50.6 percent of the region’s population, which equates to 325,400 in total. The number of newborn infants slipped 2.9 percent in … Continue reading "Macau’s population hits 642,900 which 180,523 are non-resident workers"

11 Aug, 2015

Macau Government pledges tourism quality over quantity

The government will choose quality over quantity for its tourism development plans and will not be “blindly chasing” tourist numbers, the Office of the Government Spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Legislator-cum-unionist Kwan Tsui Hang and New Macau Association (NMA) President Scott Chiang MengHin separately criticized the government on Tuesday for its response to … Continue reading "Macau Government pledges tourism quality over quantity"

10 Aug, 2015

Macau urban planner suggests plan B for Zone B

Legislator-cum-urban planner Jose Chui Sai Peng suggested on Sunday the government could perhaps come up with some alternative plans for the hotly debated Zone B. Chui made the suggestions during an urban planning colloquium at Macau Science Centre, where local and Hong Kong’s urban planners and developers discussed the government’s New Reclaimed Lands Master Plan … Continue reading "Macau urban planner suggests plan B for Zone B"

10 Aug, 2015

Sunday recorded as the hottest day in Macau in 58 years

Typhoon Soudelor not only brought Taiwan and Fujian province torrential and destructive rain over the weekend, on Sunday it also broke Macau’s record for the highest temperature of the year. According to the Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, the highest temperature recorded by the meteorological station on the Taipa Grande over the past two days was … Continue reading "Sunday recorded as the hottest day in Macau in 58 years"

10 Aug, 2015