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University of Macau Alumni Association labels criticisms of university unfair

Kot Man Kam, president of the University of Macau Alumni Association, said on Friday that repeated criticisms of the university in recent weeks regarding allegations of sexual harassment are unfair, urging the public not to rush into passing judgments. Kot also questioned the credibility of UMAC Watchdog, an external group that says it is “monitoring” … Continue reading "University of Macau Alumni Association labels criticisms of university unfair"

9 Feb, 2015

Macau airport shows 3 pct growth in January 2015

The International Airport of Macau handled 430,000 passengers in the month of January, up 3% year-on-year, according to figures released by the operator on Friday. There was also an overall 6% increase in flights in January taking the total number to over 4,700. The statement from CAM pointed to the greatest growth taking place on … Continue reading "Macau airport shows 3 pct growth in January 2015"

9 Feb, 2015

Macau Police bust South Korean trio for illegal soccer & basketball betting

The Judiciary Police (PJ) announced on Thursday the arrests of three men from South Korea on suspicion of having run an illegal football and basketball gambling operation since November involving about HK$7 million in illegal bets. The trio are suspected of collecting illicit wagers on football and basketball games from their compatriots in South Korea … Continue reading "Macau Police bust South Korean trio for illegal soccer & basketball betting"

6 Feb, 2015

Macau Police bust HK-bound Tanzanian cocaine smuggler

FreedThe Judiciary Police (PJ) busted a 44-year-old woman from Tanzania on Tuesday at the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal for smuggling 958 grammes of cocaine worth about 3.1 million patacas inside her body. PJ spokesman Choi Iat Peng told a special press conference Thursday that the police received a tip-off recently that someone would smuggle drugs … Continue reading "Macau Police bust HK-bound Tanzanian cocaine smuggler"

6 Feb, 2015

Adelson says high-rollers ‘lying low’ to stay off radar

Las Vegas Sands Corp Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson said Wednesday that high-rollers were going to keep lying low to stay off the central government’s radar until the mainland’s current corruption crackdown, which he likened to a “witch hunt”, eases off. Adelson made the comments during a talk with students at the Institute for Tourism … Continue reading "Adelson says high-rollers ‘lying low’ to stay off radar"

5 Feb, 2015

Ricacorp expects up to 10 pct rise in residential prices

Hong Kong-based property agency Ricacorp (Macau) Properties Limited Wednesday forecasted that the average price of residential property in Macau will rise eight to 10 percent this year. Jane Liu Zee Ka, managing director of the local branch, made the forecast during a press conference at the company in Nam Van district. Representatives of the company … Continue reading "Ricacorp expects up to 10 pct rise in residential prices"

5 Feb, 2015

Police pledge more officers to tackle casino crimes

Judiciary Police (PJ) Director Chau Wai Kuong said Tuesday that once more casinos start operating in Cotai more PJ officers will be deployed to the PJ branch there, adding that a space in the branch has already been set aside to set up an office for the officers investigating gaming-related crimes. Chau also said that … Continue reading "Police pledge more officers to tackle casino crimes"

4 Feb, 2015

Lawmaker urges UM to come clean on sexual harassment

Indirectly-elected lawmaker Chan Hong, who heads the Macau Chinese Educators’ Association, urged the public University of Macau (UM) Monday to speed up its investigation into several alleged cases of sexual harassment involving staff members and then release the findings. She also said new legislation on indecent assault and sexual harassment should be in place to … Continue reading "Lawmaker urges UM to come clean on sexual harassment"

3 Feb, 2015

Over 240,000 vehicles clog city’s streets

Macau’s number of licensed motor vehicles reached 240,107 at the end of last year, up 5.3 percent from a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Monday. Scooters and motorcycles accounted for 52 percent of the total number of motor vehicles. The number of new registrations of motor vehicles rose 6.4 percent year-on-year … Continue reading "Over 240,000 vehicles clog city’s streets"

3 Feb, 2015

Airport handles 5.5 million passengers in 2014

Macau’s airport handled 5.48 million passengers last year, up nine percent from 2013. The figure was released on the sidelines of a Spring Festival dinner hosted by Macau International Airport Company (CAM) on Friday. The number of aircraft movements (takeoffs and touchdowns) rose 7.4 percent to 52,000. The figure included 2,791 business jet movements, up … Continue reading "Airport handles 5.5 million passengers in 2014"

2 Feb, 2015

Gold jewellery imports top 10 billion patacas in 2014

Macau’s gold jewellery imports rose six percent year-on-year to 10.2 billion patacas last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Friday. Gold jewellery, the city’s second import item after food and beverages combined, accounted for 11.4 percent of the total value of imports last year. Watch imports rose 22.2 percent to 7.9 billion … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports top 10 billion patacas in 2014"

2 Feb, 2015

Hotel guests rise only 0.4 pct last year

Macau’s number of hotel guests rose a mere 0.4 percent to 10.7 million last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced on Friday. Hotel’s average occupancy rate stood at 86.5 percent, up 3.4 percentage points. At the end of last year, the city’s 98 hotels and guesthouses provided a total of 28,000 guestrooms, up … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise only 0.4 pct last year"

2 Feb, 2015

Macau introduces new app showing waiting times for health centres

The Health Bureau (SSM) announced Friday that it has implemented new measures to reduce waiting times in public health centres, private hospitals and private clinics subsidised by the government, in which it introduced a new mobile app so that users can check the latest updates on their queues so that patients can more easily decide … Continue reading "Macau introduces new app showing waiting times for health centres"

30 Jan, 2015

Lawmakers strive to pass animal protection bill in August

The legislature’s 1st Standing Committee President Kwan Tsui Hang said Wednesday that she and her fellow committee members were working hard to scrutinise the government’s animal protection bill, adding that they would do their best to finalise their discussions about the bill so that it can be submitted to a plenary session for an article-by-article … Continue reading "Lawmakers strive to pass animal protection bill in August"

29 Jan, 2015

Macau ranks 9th in Asia-Pacific in “economic freedom”

Macau ranks ninth in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of economic freedom, down two places from last year, according to the 2015 report from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative US think tank based in Washington DC. Among 42 regional economies, Macau thus ranks only behind Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea … Continue reading "Macau ranks 9th in Asia-Pacific in “economic freedom”"

29 Jan, 2015

Imported workers account for 42 pct of Macau’s labour force

Non-resident workers accounted for 42 percent of Macau’s total workforce at the end of last year, according to official figures released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) and Human Resources Office (GRH) this week. The number of imported workers reached 170,346 at the end of last month, up 23.6 percent year-on-year. The city’s total … Continue reading "Imported workers account for 42 pct of Macau’s labour force"

29 Jan, 2015

Beijing backs Macau’s proposal for 13th 5-Year Plan: Chui Sai On

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday that the leaders of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM), the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) have all agreed to provide assistance and support to Macau regarding the direction of its development in the nation’s 13th Five-Year Plan. … Continue reading "Beijing backs Macau’s proposal for 13th 5-Year Plan: Chui Sai On"

28 Jan, 2015

Senior official meets Macau’s security chief

China’s security chief Meng Jianzhu called on security forces in the country’s Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) to contribute to national security, the region’s lasting prosperity and stability on Tuesday. Meng, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while meeting with … Continue reading "Senior official meets Macau’s security chief"

28 Jan, 2015

TCM set to drive Macau’s diversification: Beijing

State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SATCM) Commissioner Wang Guoqiang said Monday that as the mainland has created a favourable environment to develop traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as an industry and as Macau is opening up new development opportunities, TCM was set to become an important area to drive Macau’s economic diversification. Wang, who also … Continue reading "TCM set to drive Macau’s diversification: Beijing"

27 Jan, 2015

Police nab Brazilian woman for human trafficking

The Judiciary Police (PJ) arrested a 28-year-old woman from Brazil, surnamed Costa, on Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking, in which a female compatriot in her twenties was allegedly duped into working as a pole dancer and prostitute instead of as a waitress. A PJ spokesperson said at a press conference that in November last … Continue reading "Police nab Brazilian woman for human trafficking"

27 Jan, 2015