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Macau bans Brazilian meat imports

Macau bans Brazilian meat imports with immediate effect

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) said in a statement last night that it has decided to ban with immediate effect the importation of all frozen and chilled meat products from Brazil.

22 Mar, 2017

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Macau's coastal waters

Government sets up committee to develop Macau’s coastal waters

The government has established a committee with the aim of promoting the development and improvement of the management of the city’s coastal waters, according to an announcement in the Official Gazette on Monday.

21 Mar, 2017

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Tourism plan for Great Bay Area

MGTO has no concrete plans for Greater Bay Area yet

The development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area will require “large-scale” cooperation among the three regions, and the Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) has no concrete plans about it yet.

20 Mar, 2017

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GAES interest subsidy scheme

Macau government starts interest subsidy to push language learning

The Tertiary Education Services Office (GAES) will link up with six local banks to launch an interest subsidy scheme for local graduates who learn Putonghua, Portuguese or English outside Macau, the office’s Assistant Coordinator Chang Kun Hong said Thursday.

17 Mar, 2017

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Macau Customs regulations

Macau to control entry of cash in the borders starting from November

From 1st November 2017, new regulations mandating that any cash or other negotiable monetary instrument over US$ 15,000 (MOP 120,000) passing through Macau Customs authorities have to be declared, according to local television broadcaster TDM.

17 Mar, 2017

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Monetary Authority of Macao raises discount base rate

Monetary Authority of Macao raises discount base rate to 1.25%

The Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM) increased its overnight discount base rate by o.25% of a percentage point to 1.25%, the AMCM said in a statement issued on Thursday.

17 Mar, 2017

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housing subsidies for Macau residents

Subsidies for housing proposed for residents in temporary units

The Urban Renewal Committee’s plenary meeting discussed topics relating to temporary housing, renovation of industrial buildings and the establishment of a government-owned company.

16 Mar, 2017

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Ilha Verde

Group urges Macau government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill

Ilha Verde District Welfare and Mutual Help Association Vice President Chan Fong urged the government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill, which is listed as a cultural heritage site, and to address the area’s safety hazards. Chan made the remarks when speaking to reporters at the foot of the hill before giving them a guided tour … Continue reading "Group urges Macau government to preserve Ilha Verde Hill"

16 Mar, 2017

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smoking lounges in macau casinos

Revised bill allows smoking lounges in Macau casinos

By 2019, according to Chan, if casinos cannot set up qualified smoking lounges, then customers will not be permitted to smoke inside the premises. Next week, the committee will invite government representatives to attend its meeting on discussions of the bill’s amendment.

15 Mar, 2017

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Ho Chio Meng trial

Ho Chio Meng’s new lawyer expects ‘complex’ trial

Ex-chief prosecutor Ho Chio Meng’s new lawyer says she is readying herself for a “complex and lengthy” trial, the Portuguese-language Jornal Tribuna de Macau reported on Tuesday.

15 Mar, 2017

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Macau Passport

Macau ranks 5th in North Asia visa-free access index

Macau ranks fifth in North Asia as far as visa-free access for its passport holders is concerned, according to the findings of a survey released by the Hong Kong office of Jersey-based consultancy Henley & Partners on Tuesday.

15 Mar, 2017

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Macau’s economy expected to grow 5.2 percent in 2017

Macau’s economy expected to grow 5.2 percent in 2017

The Macau economy is expected to grow at a rate of 5.2 percent in 2017 and an average rate of 5.3 percent in 2018, according to the latest report on Macau from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The publication adds that the expected economic growth will be based on increased gaming revenues.

15 Mar, 2017

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Macau's legislative ballot scheduled for September 17

Chief Executive schedules Macau legislative ballot for September 17

The direct and indirect Legislative Assembly elections have been scheduled for September 17, according to an order by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On published in the Official Gazette on Monday.

14 Mar, 2017

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hk-zhuhai-macau bridge construction

HK-Macau Bridge checkpoint ready by end of 2017

The company in charge of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge says the Macau checkpoint of the crossing will be completed by the end of this year.

13 Mar, 2017

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Culture Affairs Bureau hiring procedures

Culture Affairs Bureau chief vows to review staff hiring procedures

Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) President Leung Hio Ming promised on Sunday that his bureau will review its procedures for hiring staff, with the aim of ensuring that its recruitment procedures will always be conducted in line with the law.

13 Mar, 2017

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Coloane Village preservation

Alexis Tam calls for ‘positivity’ on Coloane village preservation

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng urged civil society on Thursday to be “positive” about the preservation of Coloane Village known for its traditional shipyards.

10 Mar, 2017

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Women's Art Biennial

Carlos Marreiros suggests Women’s Art Biennial

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Albergue SCM held an art exhibition on Wednesday featuring works of female artists from Macau and lusophone countries. In its second edition and attended by mostly women, the exposition features 28 artworks from 28 female artists. Last year, the exhibition only presented artworks from Chinese artists. President of Albergue … Continue reading "Carlos Marreiros suggests Women’s Art Biennial"

9 Mar, 2017

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prosecutor lawyer

Ex-prosecutor’s lawyer quits trial

Ex-chief prosecutor Ho Chio Meng’s defence lawyer Leong Weng Pun and his team resigned on Wednesday before the court’s afternoon session began. Ho faces over 1,500 charges including aggravated fraud, leadership of a criminal organisation, abuse of power, and money laundering. The morning session of the trial at the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) in … Continue reading "Ex-prosecutor’s lawyer quits trial"

9 Mar, 2017

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James Wong

James Wong represents Macau at Venice Biennale

The Macau Museum of Art (MAM) will present an exhibition titled “A Bonsai of My Dreams – Works by Wong Cheng Pou” in the upcoming “57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale Di Venezia” in Venice, Italy from May 13.

8 Mar, 2017

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gaming employees

Full-time employees in gaming industry down 0.8 percent

The gaming industry’s number of full-time employees dipped by 0.8 percent year on year to 55,794 at the end of last year. The number of dealers (croupiers) dropped by 2.4 percent to 24,039, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement on Tuesday. Gaming industry staff accounted for about 14 percent of the … Continue reading "Full-time employees in gaming industry down 0.8 percent"

8 Mar, 2017

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