About 37,000 students will benefit from a subsidy of 3,000 patacas in the 2013/2014 school year, which must be used for their learning material or stationery, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said Wednesday. Adressing a press conference at Government House, Leong said that the government had completed a by-law on subsidising local students, … Continue reading "Govt subsidises 37,000 students at US$ 13.7 million"
23 Jan, 2014
Judiciary Police (PJ) Director Wong Sio Chak announced Tuesday that the number of scam-related crimes increased drastically in 2013, with phone scams increasing from 14 in 2012 to 133 last year while Internet scams rose by 93 percent from 175 cases in 2012 to 338 last year. Wong made the statement in the PJ headquarters, … Continue reading "Internet scams jump 93 pct last year according with Judiciary Police"
22 Jan, 2014
The central government’s newly appointed most senior representative in Macau, Li Gang, said yesterday that the city was able to cope with the current number of visitor arrivals, which he described as “appropriate,” but he also stressed that Macau must offer its tourists a quality service. Li, director of the Liaison Office of the Central … Continue reading "New liaison chief urges Macau to offer tourists ‘quality service’"
17 Jan, 2014
High-profile tycoon Steven Lo Kit-sing yesterday broke his silence in his corruption case, declaring to Macau’s Court of First Instance that he did not bribe the city’s disgraced former public works chief Ao Man-long, according to the South China Morning Post today. Lo, chairman of BMA Investments and convenor of the South China soccer club, … Continue reading "Tycoon Steven Lo tells court he did not bribe Macau works secretary"
17 Jan, 2014
Macau’s tourist price index (TPI) rose 6.80 percent year-on-year in 2013, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. A DSEC statement attributed the growth to a “marked increase” in the price indices of clothing and footwear (+10.50 percent); accommodation (+9.68 percent); and food, alcoholic drinks and tobacco (+9.15 percent). According to the statement, the … Continue reading "Tourist prices rise 6.8 pct in 2013"
16 Jan, 2014
The government’s Energy Sector Development Office (GDSE) said Wednesday that it has completed drafting a by-law regulating the installation of photovoltaic facilities to generate electricity and that it expected the by-law to be promulgated later this year According to The Macau Post Daily, GDSE Director Arnaldo Ernesto dos Santos made the remarks to the media … Continue reading "Govt expects solar power by-law to take effect this year"
16 Jan, 2014
Graft trial prosecutor says former works chief used Macau government projects to pursue his own interests with Hong Kong businessmen, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) today. It was Macau’s former public works chief Ao Man-long’s “precise design” that allowed a Hong Kong tycoon and businessman to buy the land involved in a … Continue reading "Ao Man-long planned for Hong Kong tycoons to win Macau land sale bid"
16 Jan, 2014
A survey conducted by the Macau Federation of Trade Unions (commonly known as Gung Luen) released Tuesday found that locals have become even more dissatisfied with the government’s policies last year than in 2011 – and they were most dissatisfied with the government’s housing and traffic policies. The findings also showed that legal and political … Continue reading "Locals most dissatisfied with housing & traffic policies: survey"
15 Jan, 2014
Public Security Police (PSP) officers Monday busted an illegal inn operating out of a flat in Nova Taipa Gardens, in which three illegal immigrants were staying, according to a statement by the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO). The office said that it had earlier received a tip-off that the flat housed an illegal inn but … Continue reading "Police bust illegal inn in Nova Taipa Gardens"
14 Jan, 2014
Kiang Wu Hospital Deputy Director Chan Tai Ip said Sunday that the privately-run facility has enough beds for patients in case of a local outbreak of the potentially fatal H7N9 virus. Chan made the assurances at a sports event for Kiang Wu employees in the Macau Olympic Complex in Taipa. He said the hospital had … Continue reading "Kiang Wu says it has enough beds for H7N9 outbreak"
13 Jan, 2014
The Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) said in a statement Sunday that it has collected the opinions of the members of the government-appointed Tourism Development Council about its draft by-law regulating the management and operation of the city’s ferry terminals. According to the statement cited by The Macau Post Daily, the bureau’s staff members met … Continue reading "Govt drafts by-law on management of ferry terminals"
13 Jan, 2014
Transport Bureau (DSAT) Director Wong Wan told lawmakers Thursday that he was willing to take responsibility for Macau’s public bus service fiasco, acknowledging that he is in charge of matters related to transport in Macau and that he is the one who, with his team, makes the decisions and then proposes them to his superior. … Continue reading "Transport chief take blame for bus fiasco"
10 Jan, 2014
A survey conducted by the private Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) found that Macau’s consumer confidence rebounded slightly in the fourth quarter last year from a consecutive three-quarter decline, while confidence in buying a flat was the second lowest record at 41.67, compared to the lowest 37.6 in the first quarter of 2010. … Continue reading "Locals are upbeat about economy but downbeat about home purchases: survey"
9 Jan, 2014
Transport Bureau (DSAT) Director Wong Wan said Tuesday his bureau had received an expression of interest in taking over the bus service which was originally operated by Reolian but that is currently operated by the government after the local-French company went belly up. However, Wong declined to provide more information about the potential investor, merely … Continue reading "Govt declines to reveal Reolian takeover bid"
8 Jan, 2014
The Macau Customs Service said yesterday that its officers and Public Security Police officers jointly busted three separate cases involving the selling of counterfeit products – Iphones and watches. A customs spokesperson made the announcement in a press conference. According to the spokesperson, three men from the mainland are suspects in the three separate cases. … Continue reading "Customs & police bust 3 cases involving fake products"
8 Jan, 2014
Representatives from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), Health Bureau (SSM) and Customs Service held a joint press conference Monday in the IACM headquarters, pledging that the government will ensure that all imported poultry products will be safe and free from the avian flu virus. According to The Macau Post Daily, the conference was … Continue reading "Govt vows to ensure all imported poultry is safe"
7 Jan, 2014
SJM executive-cum-lawmaker Angela Leong On Kei called yesterday for the establishment of a community for casino workers, saying her plan would allow them to spend more time with their families. According to The Macau Post Daily, Leong made the appeal yesterday on the sidelines of a ceremony in Kam Pek Community Centre to donate training … Continue reading "Leong calls for setting-up of community for casino workers"
6 Jan, 2014
Newly-appointed Chief Executive Electoral Management Committee President Song Man Lei said Monday that the city’s 825 associations which have the right to elect representatives to vote in the upcoming chief executive election can ask from April 14 for application forms for the election of 344 of the 400-member Chief Executive Election Commission. She also said … Continue reading "Campaign for joining CE election body to start on April 14"
4 Jan, 2014
The Executive Council (ExCo) has finished discussing the government’s bill on the prevention and control of noise, in which traditional percussion pile drivers will be banned on construction sites. The bill also regulates the noise produced in residential buildings, such as disturbances at night. ExCo spokesman Leong Heng Teng and Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) Director … Continue reading "Govt presents noise control bill"
3 Jan, 2014
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On acknowledged in his New Year’s message on Tuesday that his government still needed to improve its governance. The Government Information Bureau (GCS) released Chui’s message to mark New Year’s Day. Chui said in the message that the local economy and civil society had developed steadily last year. He also … Continue reading "Chui vows to improve governance"
2 Jan, 2014