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MGM chief says HK protestors should not disrupt economy

MGM Macau CEO Grant Bowie said Wednesday that protestors backing Hong Kong’s “Occupy Central” movement should not impact the city’s economy while expressing their views. Bowie made the comment in response to a reporter’s question on whether the protests in Hong Kong has affected Macau. The TDM reporter mentioned in her question that the Hong … Continue reading "MGM chief says HK protestors should not disrupt economy"

16 Oct, 2014

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Judicial reform is ‘inevitable’: top prosecutor

Macau’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday that judicial reform was an “inevitable matter”, pointing out that certain legal gaps are causing “constant unbearable pain” to the judicial system and civil society alike. Public Prosecutor-General Ho Chio Meng made the remarks while addressing yesterday’s ceremony marking the opening of the city’s judicial year. The solemn ceremony was … Continue reading "Judicial reform is ‘inevitable’: top prosecutor"

16 Oct, 2014

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Xi to visit Macau in December: Radio Macau

President Xi Jinping will visit Macau in December to attend the swearing-in ceremony of re-elected Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and other principal officials, the Portuguese-language radio channel of government-owned broadcaster TDM reported Tuesday. The report did not attribute the news to anyone, merely saying that Radio Macau had “confirmed” the visit. According to … Continue reading "Xi to visit Macau in December: Radio Macau"

15 Oct, 2014

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Lawmakers return from summer recess

The city’s 33 lawmakers return to work Thursday after the summer recess. The first item on the agenda to be debated and voted on in the hemicycle will be a 166.7 million pataca budget bill for the Legislative Assembly (AL) next year, according to legislature’s website. The budget bill has been drafted by the legislature’s … Continue reading "Lawmakers return from summer recess"

15 Oct, 2014

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Govt conducts survey of Chinese white dolphin

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou are jointly conducting a survey to collect data about the Chinese white dolphin and other marine mammals which are found in the waters off Macau, the bureau said in a statement yesterday. According to previous media report, the carcasses of a … Continue reading "Govt conducts survey of Chinese white dolphin"

14 Oct, 2014

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‘Occupy Central’ hurts people’s interests: ex-Macau governor

Macau’s last Portuguese governor Vasco Rocha Vieira has told Xinhua that political stability is vital for Hong Kong’s development, as well as its well-being. The “Occupy Central” movement has undermined the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and seriously damaged people’s interests, Rocha Vieira said in an interview with Xinhua last week. Rocha Vieira expressed … Continue reading "‘Occupy Central’ hurts people’s interests: ex-Macau governor"

13 Oct, 2014

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Govt mulls scrapping bearer shares

The government is planning to abolish bearer shares issued by public limited companies (known as sociedades anónimas, or SA, in Portuguese), so as to be in line with the requirements of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, as part of its efforts to crack down on money laundering and … Continue reading "Govt mulls scrapping bearer shares"

10 Oct, 2014

#Economy

Chui pledges another cash handout next year

Chief Executive (CE) Fernando Chui Sai On said Wednesday that if – as generally expected – the government will again enjoy a budget surplus, its wealth-sharing programme – popularly known as cash handout – will continue next year since he wants to “share the fruits of economic growth” with the city’s residents. Chui also said … Continue reading "Chui pledges another cash handout next year"

9 Oct, 2014

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More than 30 million tourists to visit Macau this year

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday she estimated that Macau’s number of visitor arrivals this year will exceed 30 million. Speaking to reporters at the Fisherman’s Wharf on the sidelines of the annual Macau Grand Prix press conference, Senna Fernandes said that with such a high number of … Continue reading "More than 30 million tourists to visit Macau this year"

9 Oct, 2014

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Grand Prix chief says 1/3 of budget goes to safety

Macau Grand Prix Committee Co-ordinator João Manuel Costa Antunes said Wednesday that the budget for this year’s motor-racing event will be about 199 to 200 million patacas, stressing that about a third of the budget will be spent on safety measures.   Antunes made the remarks during a press conference at the Macau Fishersman’s Wharf … Continue reading "Grand Prix chief says 1/3 of budget goes to safety"

9 Oct, 2014

#Sports

Gold jewellery imports drop 29 pct in August

Macau’s gold jewellery imports fell 29 percent year-on-year to 723 million patacas in August, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. However, the import of watches – another item popular with mainland tourists – rose 30 percent to 720 million patacas. Mobile phone imports dropped 21 percent to 311 million patacas. The import of … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports drop 29 pct in August"

6 Oct, 2014

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China wins Macau International Fireworks Contest

Hunan Jingtai Fireworks Co., Ltd. from China won the 26th Macau International Fireworks Display Contest held for 5 days in September and October. The team from China was followed by Spain and Australia in the second and third place respectively. The winner received US$ 8,000 dollars  with Spain and Australia receiving US$ 4,000 dollars and … Continue reading "China wins Macau International Fireworks Contest"

6 Oct, 2014

#Tourism

Customs bust firm selling parallel imports

The Macau Customs Service has busted a trading company which sold parallel imports to 47 branches of three local supermarkets. A customs spokesperson told a press conference yesterday that officers were tipped off a few months ago that the company had arranged for a group of people to bring the goods across the border from … Continue reading "Customs bust firm selling parallel imports"

30 Sep, 2014

#Economy

17th Lusofonia Festival kicks off on October 17

The 17th Lusofonia Festival co-organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) and the Macau Government Tourist Office will kick off on October 17 and last for three days, costing the government about 2.4 million patacas, a 41 percent increase from the 1.7 million patacas spent last year. IACM Administration Council member Ma Kam … Continue reading "17th Lusofonia Festival kicks off on October 17"

30 Sep, 2014

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Police readies crowd control during Golden Week

The Public Security Police (PSP) said in a statement yesterday that pedestrian traffic flow control measures will be implemented in the city centre – namely Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro (San Ma Lou) – and at the Barrier Gate checkpoint during the Golden Week holiday period if too many people are thronging the areas.   The … Continue reading "Police readies crowd control during Golden Week"

29 Sep, 2014

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Graft busters collar subsidy cheat

The Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) announced Thursday that acting on a tip-off it discovered a case of subsidy fraud amounting to about 1.04 million patacas. According to a CCAC statement, the case was transferred to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) yesterday. While the CCAC has the power to investigate and detain suspects, it does not … Continue reading "Graft busters collar subsidy cheat"

26 Sep, 2014

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Cross-delta bridge to open end of 2016: authority

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority Executive Director Wei Dongqing said Wednesday that construction of the cross-delta bridge was proceeding as scheduled and expected to open to traffic at the end of 2016 as originally planned. Wei also said the authority had set up a working group to study how much to charge at the tolls and … Continue reading "Cross-delta bridge to open end of 2016: authority"

25 Sep, 2014

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New walking routes get ‘moderate’ support: survey

The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) announced Wednesday the findings of a survey about its proposed four new walking-tour routes. The findings showed that support among residents and shop owners along the proposed routes was “moderately high” for the four routes. A press conference about the survey’s results, presided over by MGTO Deputy Director Cheng … Continue reading "New walking routes get ‘moderate’ support: survey"

25 Sep, 2014

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Chui upbeat about longer border crossing hours this year

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday he was “very optimistic” that the issue of longer opening hours for the Macau-Zhuhai border checkpoints will be resolved soon, adding he hopes that the opening hours of the Barrier Gate and Hengqin checkpoints will be the first to be extended still during his outgoing first term. … Continue reading "Chui upbeat about longer border crossing hours this year"

24 Sep, 2014

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Record 3.08 million visitors in August

A record 3.086 million tourists visited Macau in August, up seven percent year-on-year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Tuesday. The bureau attributed the monthly record figure to the summer holidays. The daily average of visitor arrivals reached 99,557 last month. Macau’s population stood at 624,000 at the end of June, the bureau said … Continue reading "Record 3.08 million visitors in August"

24 Sep, 2014

#Tourism