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APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13

The government said yesterday that the 8th Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Tourism Ministers Meeting (TMM) will be held on September 12 and 13, while the organisation’s 45th Meeting of the Tourism Working Group will be held between September 8 and 11. It’s the first time that Macau will host an APEC meeting. Unlike the mainland, … Continue reading "APEC tourism ministers meeting to be held on Sept 12-13"

9 Jul, 2014

Govt says 3 groups’ “referendum” is illegal

The government’s chief spokesperson Alexis Tam Chon Weng, who heads the office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said yesterday that a “referendum” which three groups plan to hold next month was “illegal” and “invalid.” Tam made the remarks after a press conference at Government Headquarters which he hosted to announce details of the … Continue reading "Govt says 3 groups’ “referendum” is illegal"

9 Jul, 2014

Groups to hold “referendum” on CE election

Internet group Macau Conscience is teaming up with the Open Macau Society and Macau Youth Dynamics to hold a so-called “civic referendum” at the end of next month on universal suffrage and this year’s chief executive election. Addressing a press conference at the New Macau Association (NMA) headquarters, high-profile political activists Jason Chao Teng Hei … Continue reading "Groups to hold “referendum” on CE election"

8 Jul, 2014

Government says has no timetable for HOS law revision

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said yesterday that the government had no timetable for when it will finish drafting an amendment bill on its home ownership scheme (HOS), adding the main reason for amending the law was to fix some issues that cropped up during its implementation. He made the remark … Continue reading "Government says has no timetable for HOS law revision"

4 Jul, 2014

CE election board reveals nomination, campaign dates

Chief Executive Electoral Management Committee President Song Man Lei announced the dates for the nomination and campaign periods for next month’s chief executive election. Song said that between July 14 and 29, permanent residents could collect nomination forms for the new chief executive from the Public Administration Building in Rua do Campo, and return them … Continue reading "CE election board reveals nomination, campaign dates"

4 Jul, 2014

Govt vows to improve platform role

Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said yesterday that the government would further improve the city’s rose as a business service platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries by setting up three strategic centres – a centre for commercial services for small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), a convention and exhibition centre and a centre … Continue reading "Govt vows to improve platform role"

3 Jul, 2014

Privacy abuse cases rise nearly 20 pct: govt

The Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) reveals in its latest annual report that it probed 141 cases of suspected privacy protection violations last year, compared to 118 cases in 2012, up 19.5 percent. The report, in both Portuguese and Chinese, was released on the office’s website yesterday. According to the report, some 62.4 percent of … Continue reading "Privacy abuse cases rise nearly 20 pct: govt"

3 Jul, 2014

Imported workers make up nearly 40 pct of workforce

Macau’s number of imported workers (commonly known as blue-card holders) reached a record 159,299 at the end of May, 33,699 more than a year earlier, the Human Resources Office (GRH) announced Tuesday. Month-on-month, the number of non-resident workers rose by 3,091. The total number included 20,591 domestic helpers, 48.4 percent of them from the Philippines. … Continue reading "Imported workers make up nearly 40 pct of workforce"

2 Jul, 2014

Hotel guests rise just 2 pct in Jan-May

Macau’s 99 hotels and guesthouses recorded 4.4 million guests in the first five months of this year, an increase of only two percent from a year earlier, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said yesterday. In May, the number of guests dropped 2.5 percent year-on-year to 886,000. The number of guests from Hong Kong fell … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise just 2 pct in Jan-May"

1 Jul, 2014

CE election to be held on Aug 31

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On issued an administrative order published in the Official Gazette (BO) yesterday that the CE election will be held on Sunday, August 31. By law, all elections in Macau must be held on a Sunday. This came the day after the 400-members of the Chief Executive Election Commission were … Continue reading "CE election to be held on Aug 31"

1 Jul, 2014

Hospitals log 51,000 in-patients in 2013

Macau’s four hospital with a total of 1,366 beds recorded 51,000 in-patients last year, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2012, the Statistics and census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. In-patients aged 65 and over accounted for 21.5 percent of the total number of patients. In 2012, residents aged 65 and over accounted for 7.7 percent … Continue reading "Hospitals log 51,000 in-patients in 2013"

1 Jul, 2014

Gold jewellery tops imports in Jan-May

Macau imported gold jewellery worth 4.63 billion patacas in the first five months of this year, up 51 percent year-on-year, ranking first among the city’s imports, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. Gold jewellery accounted for 12.6 billion of the total value of imports between January and May. Food and beverage imports came … Continue reading "Gold jewellery tops imports in Jan-May"

1 Jul, 2014

4,505 vote in CE Election Commission ballot

A total of 4,505 of 5,448 voters representing several hundred associations elected 344 members of the 400-head Chief Executive Election Commission among 352 candidates – just eight more than the number of seats available. Turnout was 82.69 percent. Some 94 percent of the votes cast were valid, with 70 ballots left blank and 198 deemed … Continue reading "4,505 vote in CE Election Commission ballot"

30 Jun, 2014

Macau’s jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct

Macau’s estimated unemployment rate has remained at a record low 1.7 percent during the past five months, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said yesterday. According to a DSEC statement, the city’s total labour force stood at 387,600 in the March-May employment survey period. Total employment reached 381,100. The labour force participation rate amounted to … Continue reading "Macau’s jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct"

27 Jun, 2014

Macau government vows to ‘fine-tune’ individual visit scheme

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U said yesterday that while no final decision about any new measures and policies to improve the so-called “Individual Visit Scheme” (IVS) was made in a meeting with the central government early this week, both the local and central governments agreed that the scheme has to be fine-tuned … Continue reading "Macau government vows to ‘fine-tune’ individual visit scheme"

27 Jun, 2014

Taipa residents threaten ‘radical action’ over petrol station

Representatives of a group of Taipa residents who are opposed to a government-approved project to convert a small park in Estrada Almirante Marques Esparteiro near the Regency Hotel Macau into a petrol station, warned Wednesday they wouldn’t exclude “radical action” if the government does not scrap the plan. Two representatives of the residents – Rachel … Continue reading "Taipa residents threaten ‘radical action’ over petrol station"

26 Jun, 2014

Taipa residents threaten ‘radical action’ over petrol station

Representatives of a group of Taipa residents who are opposed to a government-approved project to convert a small park in Estrada Almirante Marques Esparteiro near the Regency Hotel Macau into a petrol station, warned Wednesday they wouldn’t exclude “radical action” if the government does not scrap the plan. Two representatives of the residents – Rachel … Continue reading "Taipa residents threaten ‘radical action’ over petrol station"

26 Jun, 2014

Barrier Gate LRT station to be built behind arch

Cultural Heritage Council Secretary-General Cheong Cheok Kio said yesterday that officials from the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) had informed them that it plans to adjust the routes of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) slightly so that the Barrier Gate station will be built behind the old Barrier Gate arch (known as Portas dos Cerco – … Continue reading "Barrier Gate LRT station to be built behind arch"

25 Jun, 2014

Pac On pier project to be completed by year-end: govt

建设发展办公室(GDI)主任陈汉杰昨日表示,预计拖延已久的凼仔北安码头项目最终在今年年底完成。   陈昨日出席立法会委员会会议后作出上述预测。   今年年初政府表示,预计该项目将于今年年中完成。   北安码头的建设开始于2005年,其原计划是为缓解外港客运码头过于拥挤的设施,但在2006年,政府决定,将其提升为对外重要口岸,以应付越来越多经海路抵达的旅客。这导致原设计需进行重大改变,即需设计扩建方案。   在政府改变主意,认为未来的码头应该有一个更加重要的角色前,该码头原定于2007年完成。但由于工程的变更,2007年北安兴建了一个临时码头。   政府在2012年年底表示,该工程将于去年年中完成,但后来政府承认因延误,新竣工日期将推迟到当年年底。然而,今年早些时候海事及水务局(DSAMA)告诉记者,GDI将在今年年中把码头的的某些部分交付该局。   陈汉杰辩称最新的延误“是由于各种因素”,并指责承包商和天气。他说:“我们将竭尽所能……推进建设工程,并要求承办商尽快完成这个项目。”陈还表示,海事及水务局将决定新码头的具体运营时间。   当被问及谁应该对最新的延误负责时,陈没有说明承包商是否及如何受到责罚,他只是说:“我们将研究[此事]​​,然后厘清[谁必须]对此负责,然后依法处理此事。”   当被问及承包商是否将被罚款,陈表示,如果延误的责任被证实属于承包商,根据合同相关公司将被罚款。   陈还表示,尽管该项目的完成被再次延误,其预算仍维持去年的数字(约32亿澳门元)。北安码头的最初预算成本为5.83亿澳门元。(macaunews/macaupost)

25 Jun, 2014

Visitor arrivals up 9% from January to May

In the first five months of 2014, visitor arrivals reached 12,851,806, up by 9% year-on-year, and same-day visitors accounted for 54% of the total according  to he Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Analyzed by place of residence, visitors from Mainland China (+16%), the Republic of Korea (+17%) and Japan (+7%) increased year-on-year, while those from … Continue reading "Visitor arrivals up 9% from January to May"

24 Jun, 2014