The government does not have a timetable to amend the law on illegal accommodation, an amendment that anyhow could not be solely initiated by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO)since it would require co-ordination with other government bureaus, MGTO Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said yesterday. Any amendment bill would have to be submitted … Continue reading "No timetable to amend law against illegal inns: MGTO chief"
10 Sep, 2013
Responding to concerns that individual polling booths shrouded in a cloth would make it simple for voters to take a photo of their ballot paper to show who they voted for, especially if they had been coerced into voting for a particular group, the Legislative Assembly Electoral Affairs Committee (CAEAL) said in a statement Monday … Continue reading "Electoral committee defends its polling booth design"
10 Sep, 2013
Just 7,650 votes could be enough to win a directly-elected seat in Sunday’s Legislative Assembly ballot, according to an article by local political scientist Paulo Godinho in the Portuguese-language daily Tribuna de Macau on Friday. This would mean that 4.5 percent of the total number of votes would suffice to win one of the 14 … Continue reading "7,650 votes may suffice to win seat: researcher"
9 Sep, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Sunday he had noticed different opinions about the performance of the Legislative Assembly Electoral Affairs Committee (CAEAL). However, he insisted that the committee always acted in line with the law. Chui made the remarks to reporters in the Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal before he left Macau for the … Continue reading "CE gives full committee full backing"
9 Sep, 2013
Macau’s Judiciary Police thursday said that three men arrested by the police in Hunan province were suspected of blackmailing 15 Macau government officials. PJ spokesperson Suen Kam Fai made the announcement during a regular press conference. Asked by reporters about the status of the case, Suen said the trio were suspected of sending letters attempting … Continue reading "Police say trio nabbed in Hunan ‘blackmailed 15 Macau officials’"
6 Sep, 2013
Guangdong, one of China’s economic powerhouses, is conducting a feasibility study of a free trade zone (FTZ) in cooperation with the neighboring Hong Kong and Macau special administrative regions, according to the newspaper China Daily. The paper said that officials in the southern province have been urged to apply “immediately” for central government approval to … Continue reading "Guangdong studies a free trade zone with Hong Kong and Macau"
5 Sep, 2013
According to a statement by the Public Security Police (PSP), more than half of the 20 electoral groups vying for 14 seats in the legislature in the September 15 ballot are suspected of running illegal campaign activities. The statement reminded the 145 candidates to heed the Legislative Assembly Election Law and campaign guidelines provided by … Continue reading "Police suspect over half of electoral groups of illegal campaigning"
5 Sep, 2013
Considering that many of SJM’s gaming venues failed air quality assessment tests carried out by the government earlier this year, Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM) Chairman Ambrose So Shu Fai said Tuesday that it would be better to implement a full smoking ban in the city’s casinos rather than having a transition period. However, … Continue reading "SJM chief backs early implementation of full ban on smoking in casinos"
4 Sep, 2013
A two-week campaign for the Macau Legislative Assembly started on Saturday and will end at midnight on September 13. There are a total of 20 groups comprising 145 candidates vying for 14 directly-elected seats in the September 15 direct elections. The Macao Legislative Assembly will see its number of seats increased from 29 to 33 … Continue reading "Twenty groups start campaign for directed elected-seats in Legislative Assembly"
2 Sep, 2013
Responding to Top Builders International Co. Ltd., the company responsible for constructing the light rail transit (LRT) depot in Taipa which has admitted that it has fallen behind schedule due to a “soil issue” and hinted that it may take the government to court over the issue, Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si … Continue reading "Policy secretary hints may axe LRT depot deal"
30 Aug, 2013
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) hosted this week in Wuhan and Changsha a Seminar to increase visitations to Macau from the neighboring regions and cities along the high-speed railway line between Beijing and Guangzhou accordant to a statement by the office. Co-organized by MGTO and China International Travel Service (Macau) Ltd., “Macau Tourism Seminar” was … Continue reading "Macau promotion across mainland China to attract visitors along Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail"
30 Aug, 2013
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) chief Wang Yu-chi said Wednesday that the procedures allowing local students studying in the island’s universities will be eased very soon. Wang spoke to reporters during a visit to the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial House in Rua de Silva Mendes as he concluded his two-day visit to Macau, saying that … Continue reading "Taiwan official pledges easier procedures for local students to return home"
29 Aug, 2013
Wang Yu-chi, who heads Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Tuesday that his meeting with Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On earlier in the day was “very meaningful”. This was the first time that an MAC head met a Macau chief executive, The Macau Post Daily points out. Wang also said that such a meeting … Continue reading "Taipei’s mainland affairs chief says 1st meeting with Macau CE was ‘very meaningful’"
28 Aug, 2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says in a statement that is “deeply concerned that the right to receive information is being restricted in Macau, negatively affecting social diversity, after a dispute over TV transmission rights.” The Paris-based federation, which says that it represents 600,000 journalists worldwide, expressed the concern in a statement issued on … Continue reading "Int’l Federation of Journalists worries about Macau people’s access to TV"
27 Aug, 2013
More than 6,200 hotel rooms were being built at the end of June but most will be scaled for high-end accommodation in the Cotai strip, according to information released by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau. By the end of the second quarter, there were 11 hotel projects being built, most of them in … Continue reading "More 23,000 hotel rooms planned for Macau"
26 Aug, 2013
Macau Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) Director Kong Pek Fong said Thursday that the bureau had studied how to calculate the ratio of the city’s tourism sector contribution to gross domestic product (GDP)and that the findings were expected to be announced for the first time in the next quarter. Kong made the remarks on the … Continue reading "Statistics chief vows to reveal ratio of tourism in GDP in next quarter"
23 Aug, 2013
Legislative Assembly (AL) President Lau Cheok Va held a press conference yesterday in the legislative chambers to sum up the legislature’s achievements since last October, when the last year of its four-year term had started, saying that looking back at his three-decade long career as a lawmaker and unionist he had “no regrets.” Lau also … Continue reading "Legislature’s retiring speaker says he has ‘no regrets’"
22 Aug, 2013
The government said Monday that its annual subsidy paid to the city’s senior citizens aged at least 65 will increase from 6,000 to 6,600 patacas this year, a 10 percent increase from last year. The government made the announcement in the Official Gazette (BO). The payment of the adjusted old-age subsidy took effect Monday. To … Continue reading "Govt raises annual subsidy for seniors to 6,600 patacas"
20 Aug, 2013
Several hundred people joined a candlelight vigil in front of Sao Domingos Church in the city centre last night to remember a dog that was killed two weeks ago by the caretaker of a government-run recycling centre who admitted he was going to cook and eat it. The vigil, which was organised by the Abandoned … Continue reading "Vigil for dog killed to be eaten draws hundreds"
19 Aug, 2013
Macau 99 hotels and guesthouses welcomed a record 5.23 million guests in the first half of the year, a 16.9 percent increase from the same period of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said yesterday. The average occupancy rate – including bulk bookings by junket operators – stood at 79.6 percent, down by … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 16.9 pct to 5.2 million in Jan-June"
16 Aug, 2013