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Top court endorses CE election result

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) announced Monday that it has recognised the final result of the chief executive (CE) election held on August 31, with sole candidate Fernando Chui Sai On being re-elected. The announcement, which was published in the Official Gazette (BO), said that since nobody had contested the result, the court acknowledged … Continue reading "Top court endorses CE election result"

10 Sep, 2014

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Senior Macau officials probed for ‘abuse of power’

Macau, China, 14 Sept – Three senior officials  of the Administration of Macau, two of whom Portuguese, risk dismissal or compulsory retirement  for allegedly having committed acts of abuse of power in the course of their employment at the  Finance Service Bureau, according to a report by the Macau bureau of Portuguese news agency Lusa. … Continue reading "Senior Macau officials probed for ‘abuse of power’"

9 Sep, 2014

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Budget for Melco Studio City film to hit US$70 mln

The budget for Melco Crown International’s film to advertise its new Studio City resort complex on Cotai, in Macau,is totals US$70 million, with the three Hollywood actors involved each earning US$13 million, the New York Post reported, citing sources. The short film, which will be launched to coincide with the casino opening, was directed by … Continue reading "Budget for Melco Studio City film to hit US$70 mln"

8 Sep, 2014

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Taiwan’s ‘gutter oil’ scandal reaches Macau

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) disclosed Sunday  that 21 local retail and wholesale bakeries have been affected by Taiwan’s “gutter oil” scandal, with Kam Kei Pastry identified by the bureau as the latest victim. Fong Kei Pastry, a well-known shop located in Rua da Cunha in Taipa, and Padaria da Guia have also … Continue reading "Taiwan’s ‘gutter oil’ scandal reaches Macau"

8 Sep, 2014

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APEC meeting golden opportunity to promote Macao to the world says Alexis Tam

The APEC Tourism meeting in September is a golden opportunity to promote Macao’s image in the world and one of the most important events to mark its 15th anniversary as a Special Administrative Region (SAR). That is the judgement of Alexis Tam Chon Weng, the Chief of the Office of the Chief Executive, spokesman of … Continue reading "APEC meeting golden opportunity to promote Macao to the world says Alexis Tam"

5 Sep, 2014

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Govt warns drone operators not to breach personal data rules

The Personal Data Protection Office (GPDP) Thursday urged the operators of drones for aerial filming and photography to ensure that they do not violate the Personal Data Protection Law. The office said in a statement that while drones may contribute to socio-economic development, they also pose a challenge to citizens’ privacy since there are able … Continue reading "Govt warns drone operators not to breach personal data rules"

5 Sep, 2014

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Govt pledges consultation on setback regulation

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io pledged Thursday that the government will listen to public opinion when the process of amending the city’s three-decade-old setback regulation begins, which he indicated would happen sometime next year. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a regular meeting of the Science and Technology Committee at … Continue reading "Govt pledges consultation on setback regulation"

5 Sep, 2014

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Macau marks victory over Japan for first time

Macau Wednesday marked for the first time China’s World War II victory over Japan. Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, his predecessor Edmund Ho Hau Wah, Central People’s Government Liaison Office Director Li Gang, Foreign Ministry Commissioner Hu Zhengyu and other local and mainland officials attended a solemn ceremony at the Macau Security Forces Academy … Continue reading "Macau marks victory over Japan for first time"

4 Sep, 2014

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Lawmaker slams govt for over-budget projects

Directly-elected lawmaker Melinda Chan Mei Yi Wednesday slammed the government over its long-standing problem of overspending on public construction projects, urging Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On to come up with effective measures to improve the situation and allow lawmakers to have a say about the government’s budgeting for large-scale projects and possible extra spending … Continue reading "Lawmaker slams govt for over-budget projects"

4 Sep, 2014

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Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Tuesday she believes that in the next few years growth in the number of visitor arrivals will remain in single digits. Senna Fernandes also said her bureau would continue to work hard to promote the city around the world. The tourism chief made … Continue reading "Tourism chief forecasts single-digit visitor growth"

3 Sep, 2014

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Expert says popular vote for 2019 CE election ‘unlikely’

Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) Professor Ieong Wan Chong said Tuesday it was “unlikely” that the city will have university suffrage for the 2019 chief executive election. Ieong also said that local citizens were still more concerned about livelihood issues than politics. He also said that if there is no change in the method of Hong … Continue reading "Expert says popular vote for 2019 CE election ‘unlikely’"

3 Sep, 2014

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Macau International Airport has record number of passengers in August

Macau International Airport recorded 520,000 passengers in August, a year on year increase of 6.5 percent and a monthly record since its inauguration in 1995, the airport’s management company Companhia do Aeroporto de Macau (CAM) said Monday. The figures released by CAM also indicate that the air traffic in August reflects an increase in the … Continue reading "Macau International Airport has record number of passengers in August"

3 Sep, 2014

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Growth of Macau’s economy slows to 8.1 pct in real terms in second quarter of 2014

Macau’s economy grew by 8.1 percent in real terms in the second quarter of 2014, unchanged compared to figure reported for the same period of 2013 but lower than the 12.4 percent seen in the first quarter of this year, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau reported. The Bureau explained the economic slowdown in Macau … Continue reading "Growth of Macau’s economy slows to 8.1 pct in real terms in second quarter of 2014"

2 Sep, 2014

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Re-elected CE vows not to disappoint public

Re-elected Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On promised Sunday that he would not disappoint the public in his second term that begins on December 20. Chui made the pledge in a speech acknowledging his re-election. Chui thanked residents for their support, and promised that he will put his campaign promises into action. Chui, the sole … Continue reading "Re-elected CE vows not to disappoint public"

1 Sep, 2014

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Gold jewellery imports drop 44 pct in July

Macau’s gold jewellery imports fell 44 percent year-on-year to 651 million patacas in July, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. The import of mobile phones dropped 17 percent to 376 million patacas, while the import of handbags and wallets fell 11 percent to 259 million patacas last month. However, watch imports rose 10 … Continue reading "Gold jewellery imports drop 44 pct in July"

29 Aug, 2014

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Jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct in May-July

Macau’s officially estimated unemployment rate for May-July stood at 1.7 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said in a statement Wednesday. The statement pointed out that rate has remained at 1.7 percent since November last year. The city’s total labour force stood at 393,600 in the May-July survey period. The number of employed rose … Continue reading "Jobless rate remains at 1.7 pct in May-July"

28 Aug, 2014

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Committee expects CE election result midday on Sunday

The Chief Executive Electoral Management Committee said Tuesday it expected that all ballots in the election of the chief executive on Sunday will be cast in the first two hours so that the result can be released at about midday. Judge Song Man Lei, who heads the committee and is one of three judges of … Continue reading "Committee expects CE election result midday on Sunday"

27 Aug, 2014

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Chui says axing of setback rule won’t mean higher buildings

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Tuesday that his next-term government would study the possible cancellation of the city’s so-called setback regulation, insisting that even if the rule is axed it does not mean that buildings can be built higher than now. A setback is the distance which a building or other structure is … Continue reading "Chui says axing of setback rule won’t mean higher buildings"

27 Aug, 2014

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‘Civic referendum’ activist says he doesn’t fear jail

High-profile political activist Jason Chao Teng Hei, one of the key organisers of the controversial “civic referendum”, said Monday he was “not afraid of being jailed” and insisted that he would continue to help locals exercise their right to express their views on the city’s political development by taking part in the online version of … Continue reading "‘Civic referendum’ activist says he doesn’t fear jail"

26 Aug, 2014

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Macau receives 18 million visitors from January to July

Macau received 18 million visitors from January to July, an increase of 8 percent compared with the same period of 2013, the region’s Statistics and Census Bureau said. Visitors from mainland China (+14 percent), Taiwan (+2 percent) and the Republic of Korea (+19 percent) increased, whilst visitors from Hong Kong fell (-6 percent) year on … Continue reading "Macau receives 18 million visitors from January to July"

26 Aug, 2014

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