Infra-red thermograph devices will be in use at five other border checkpoints from today as the new H7N9 bird flu virus seems to be spreading down south from eastern regions in the mainland where the potentially lethal bug was first reported. A statement from the Health Bureau (SSM) cited by The Macau Post Daily said … Continue reading "Govt extends temperature checks to 5 other border checkpoints"
29 Apr, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday that his dream was to be remembered as a “hard-working and forward-looking” chief executive, and to have nothing to feel guilty about. He also said he hoped some traditional values such as “Love the Country, Love Macau” and attaching great importance to family values should be kept … Continue reading "Chui says his dream is to be remembered as ‘hard-working, forward-looking’ CE"
26 Apr, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On apologised Thursday for delays in the government’s public housing projects. Chui was attending a question-and-answer (Q&A) session in the legislative hemicycle when several lawmakers, such as Chan Meng Kam, Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong, Kwan Tsui Hang and Ho Ieong Sang, asked the chief executive about the government’s housing policy … Continue reading "Chui apologises for delays in public housing projects"
26 Apr, 2013
The Macau government announced Monday a donation of 100 million patacas (US$12.5 million) to support the population in Ya’ an, Sichuan Province in the wake of the 7- magnitude earthquake that hit the area last Saturday. in the Sichuan province. While announcing the donation, the Chief Executive said the government and the people of Macau … Continue reading "Macau government donates US$ 12.5 million to victims of Sichuan earthquake"
23 Apr, 2013
An outspoken lawmaker’s bill on animal protection presented Monday, coinciding with World Earth Day, was overwhelmingly rejected with only four lawmakers voting in favour, nine against with nine abstaining. Jose Pereira Coutinho, head of the influential Macau Civil Servants Association (ATFPM), presented details of his bill during a plenary session of the 29-member legislature. According … Continue reading "Lawmakers cull animal protection bill"
23 Apr, 2013
Macau’s Gini coefficient in 2011 stood at nearly 0.40, the international warning signal, thus the government should come up with measures to tackle income inequality issues such as by subsidising the salaries of low-income employees and speeding upthe construction of public housing flats, Lao Chi Ngai, a lecturer at the University of Macau (UM) said … Continue reading "Scholar says city’s Gini coefficient reaches int’l warning level"
22 Apr, 2013
The newly established Rainbow of Macau association said Sunday that it would strive to protect the rights of the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual (LGBT) residents in any way possible. Lam Ka Long, who heads the group, made the remarks to The Macau Post on Sunday. The 28-year-old founding president said that the … Continue reading "Macau’s first LGBT group officially registered"
22 Apr, 2013
The work to repair Na Tcha Temple will commence next week, Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) President Guilherme Ung Vai Meng told reporters Thursday. The temple, which is popular with locals and tourists alike, is part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage. Ung made the announcement after a meeting with members of the legislature’s to discuss … Continue reading "Na Tcha Temple repairs slated to begin next week"
19 Apr, 2013
A mobile app design contest jointly organised by the government and the city’s main telecom operator aims to stimulate creativity among the local ICT profession and create potential business opportunities. Telecommunications Regulation Bureau (DSRT) representative Leong Tek Ian told a press conference held at the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre (CPTTM) in Zape that … Continue reading "Mobile app design contest looks for innovation in ICT"
19 Apr, 2013
The government said Wednesday that it had taken eight plots of land from Hong Kong-based Chinese Estates Holdings’ Moon Ocean property development company near the local airport because of the project’s alleged involvement in a corruption scandal. The government formalised the repossession of the plots in an announcement published in the Official Gazette (BO) Wednesday. … Continue reading "Govt takes back last graft-tainted La Scala plots"
18 Apr, 2013
Boosted by the Chinese New Year holiday, Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 774,965 guests in February, an increase of 7.5 percent on the same month of last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. February’s number of hotel guests exceeded the local population, which stood at 582,000 at the end of last year, by … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 7.5 pct in February"
17 Apr, 2013
The Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) Monday slammed the Venetian Macau for transferring data to the United States for its “own interests”, fining the gaming operator 40,000 patacas. The amount consists of two fines of 20,000 patacas each. The bureau said in a statement that investigations into whether the Venetian had violated Macau’s Personal Data … Continue reading "Govt fines Venetian 40,000 patacas for transferring data to US"
16 Apr, 2013
Macau’s tourist price index (TPI) rose 7.90 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement Monday. The statement blamed the Chinese New Year holiday period for the steep hike which it mainly attributed to higher hotel rates and restaurant prices. However, the index also recorded “notable” increase … Continue reading "Prices paid by tourists rise 7.9 pct in Q1"
16 Apr, 2013
Macau recorded 7.07 million visitor arrivals in the first quarter, an increase of just 1.9 percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. Mainlanders, Hongkongers and Guangdong residents – Macau’s top three visitor segments – accounted for 62.4 percent, 24.4 percent and 18.4 percent of all arrivals respectively. Some 44.2 percent of all … Continue reading "7 million visitors in Q1, up only 1.9 pct"
13 Apr, 2013
Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen told reporters Thursday that the Gaming Inspection and Co-ordination Bureau (DICJ) will fully co-ordinate with the Health Bureau (SSM) in implementing the government’s tobacco control policy in local casinos and slot-machine parlours. Tam made the comments after attending the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition marking … Continue reading "Tam vows to co-ordinate bureaus on smoking ban in casinos"
12 Apr, 2013
No travel alert will be issued just yet amid the mainland’s H7N9 virus crisis and tensions in the Korean peninsula, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday, but she urged locals to be “cautious” when they decide to travel to the nation’s eastern regions where the virus was first … Continue reading "Tourism chief cautions locals over travel to eastern regions"
11 Apr, 2013
Air quality in the smoking areas of 28 out of 44 gaming venues in the first two months of this year failed in the government’s assessment of the concentration levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, volatile organic compound and benzo[a]pyrene in the venues, the Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Wednesday. It … Continue reading "Smoking areas in 28 of 44 gaming venues fail air quality tests"
11 Apr, 2013
Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) Acting Deputy Director Leong Ka Cheng said Tuesday the city could experience four to six tropical cyclones this year, with one to two of them possibly becoming signal No. 8 typhoons. Leong made the forecast while speaking to reporters after attending a meeting on civil defence operations held at the … Continue reading "Observatory forecasts up to two signal No. 8 typhoons this year"
10 Apr, 2013
The annual Labour Day concert organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) is being moved from the usual Macau Forum indoor venue to Hac Sa Beach in Coloane, with Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Jen Hsien-chi headlining the gig, the bureau’s administration committee member Henry Ma Kam Keong said Tuesday. Ma told a press conference … Continue reading "Govt to host annual May Day gig on beach"
10 Apr, 2013
Macau, Hong Kong and mainland officials decided during a weekend meeting in Zhuhai to step up surveillance of live poultry and poultry products bound for Hong Kong and Macau, by increasing the sample size and frequency of farm inspections, The Macau Post Daily reports today. Macau and Hong Kong officials met representatives of the central … Continue reading "Macau, HK, mainland step up surveillance against H7N9"
9 Apr, 2013