Macau’s Sin Meng Charity Association, headed by lawmaker Melinda Chan Mei Yi released its Macau Happiness Index 2013 Wednesday, which scored 70.4 points out of 100, a 0.8 point decrease on last year’s study to measure citizens’ overall happiness. The findings of the privately-funded index, which were released in the premises of the association, found … Continue reading "Macau’s 2013 ‘happiness index’ declines"
19 Dec, 2013
Premier Li Keqiang Tuesday met with Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On in Beijing, pledging full support for his government, Xinhua reported. According to Xinhua, Li praised the Macau government’s achievement in boosting the local economy and improving people’s livelihood as “positive”, saying that the overall situation in Macau was good. Li also said … Continue reading "Premier Li gives Macau leader full backing"
18 Dec, 2013
Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes says she expects Macau’s number of visitor arrivals around Christmas to increase slightly. She made the cautious forecast on Sunday after attending the inauguration of the third term of board members of the Macau Youth Federation at the Macau Science Centre in Nape. Senna … Continue reading "Tourism chief forecasts slight rise in Christmas visitors"
17 Dec, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said yesterday he would “seriously consider” whether to stand for re-election after he returns from his duty visit in Beijing later this week. Chui made the remarks to reporters before his departure from the local airport on a flight to Beijing to meet the nation’s top leaders to brief … Continue reading "Chui vows to ‘seriously’ consider whether to stand for re-election"
17 Dec, 2013
Only 61.3 percent of local residents believe that they can elect lawmakers in a “fair” and “just” manner, while 55.5 percent believe that the current method of electing the chief executive is unfair, according to the results of a survey released by the Macau Civic Power group yesterday. Agnes Lam Iok Fong, the think tank’s … Continue reading "Locals doubt election system for CE, legislators: survey"
16 Dec, 2013
Secretary for Economy and Finance Francis Tam Pak Yuen said yesterday the government does not intend to raise the number of gaming concessions or sub-concessions. Currently, there are three gaming concessions (SJM, Wynn, Galaxy) and three sub-concessions (Venetian, MGM and Melco Crown Entertainment). The policy secretary also said that if the six gaming operators want … Continue reading "Govt says won’t raise number of casino operators"
11 Dec, 2013
Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On will pay his annual duty visit to Beijing next week, the government’s spokesperson announced yesterday. According to the announcement, Chui will visit the national capital from next Monday to Thursday. He will be back in time to preside over celebrations marking the 14th anniversary of the Macau Special Administrative … Continue reading "Chui to pay duty visit to Beijing next week"
11 Dec, 2013
The government is proposing a bill that would raise Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s salary by 10 percent to 269,725 patacas a month, Executive Council (ExCo) spokesman Leong Heng Teng said on Friday. Leong told a press conference at Government House said the proposed increase, the first since 2000, was taking several factors into … Continue reading "CE to earn 269,725 patacas a month, up 10 pct"
10 Dec, 2013
The government’s top public works official made no comment yesterday when asked to give a timetable for when the construction of the peninsula section of the city’s first light rail transit (LRT) will finally begin However, Secretary for Transport and Public Works Lau Si Io said he expected the LRT section in Taipa and Cotai … Continue reading "Govt stays mum on start of light rail construction on peninsula"
6 Dec, 2013
Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) President Raymond Tam Vai Man told the Court of First Instance (TJB) yesterday that he had nothing to gain by delaying the submission of documents relating to a burial plot case to the Public Prosecution Office (MP), nor any reason to protect his superior. Tam, who has been suspended … Continue reading "IACM chief denies any wrongdoing in burial plot case"
6 Dec, 2013
Public bus operator Reolian Public Transport Co Ltd was declared bankrupt Wednesday after the government and two Macau banks were unable to reach a deal to keep the firm running. A court press statement says no formal proposal to save the company from bankruptcy was presented during a creditors meeting held Wednesday. According to Business … Continue reading "Reolian bus company goes bankrupt as government rejects subsidy hike"
5 Dec, 2013
Health Bureau (SSM) Director Lei Chin Ion assured the public Tuesday that his bureau has the expertise and capability of handling any human cases of avian flu. Lei made remarks in the Legislative Assembly while answering questions from reporters about his bureau’s measures in the wake of this week’s case of a domestic helper in … Continue reading "Health chief assures public govt can handle H7N9 cases"
4 Dec, 2013
Among the 65 participating countries and territories which took part in the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), local pupils’ mathematical literacy was above the OECD average by ranking between sixth and eighth on the combined mathematics scale. The PISA report, which was released by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) … Continue reading "Macau pupils’ math skills rank 6th globally: PISA"
4 Dec, 2013
North Korea’s Kim Mi-Gyong won the 32nd Women’s Macau International Marathon Sunday, clocking up 2:36:32 hours and winning US$20,000. The 22-year-old made her international marathon debut in Macau in 2011, finishing tenth with a time of 2:38:36 hours. Kenyan runners Purity Kangogo Kimetto and Matebo Ruth Chemisto finished in second and third place, coming in … Continue reading "North Korea´s Kim Mi-Gyong wins women´s Macau marathon"
2 Dec, 2013
India’s rising shuttler PV Sindhu clinched the women’s singles title at the Macau Open Badminton Grand Prix Gold Tournament on Sunday. Sindhu, 18, who is the top seed for the event, beat world No.30 Li Michelle of Canada 21-15, 21-12 in just 37 minutes in the title clash. Sindhu, who was bestowed the Arjuna award … Continue reading "Singhu wins Macau Open Badminton"
2 Dec, 2013
Eighty-five people were injured when a Macau-bound jetfoil carrying more than 110 passengers and crew hit an unknown object off Hei Ling Chau early today. A government spokesman said three men were in a serious condition and 46 others – 25 men and 21 men – were in a stable condition in six public hospitals. … Continue reading "85 people injured in Hong Kong-Macau jetfoil crash"
29 Nov, 2013
The disaster relief operations in the Philippines’ typhoon-hit areas got an added boost Thursday with the donation of five million patacas from the Macau government. According to Philippine media reports cited by The Macau Post Daily, the amount will be remitted directly by the Macau government to the foreign donation account of the Philippine government’s … Continue reading "Macau donates 5 million patacas to Philippines"
29 Nov, 2013
Judiciary Police (PJ) Director Wong Sio Chak said Thursday that the city’s rising numbers of phone scams was of great concern. He also said that the three main forms of telephone scams were “guess who!”, “extortion” and “naked-chat”, adding that it was difficult to combat these crimes despite collaboration with foreign law enforcement counterparts, particularly … Continue reading "Police chief worries about rising phone scams"
29 Nov, 2013
The Public Police Security Police (PSP) announced Wednesday the arrest of 34-year-old PSP officer suspected of taking ketamine. The case has already been transferred to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) for further investigation, according to the announcement. The PSP said in a statement the officer, surnamed Lou, who began serving in the PSP in 1998, … Continue reading "Policeman nabbed for taking ketamine"
28 Nov, 2013
Macau’s visitor arrivals increased by 2 percent year-on-year to 2,394,195 in October 2013, according to figures released on Friday by the city’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Of all the arrivals in October, 53 percent spent only one day. The average length of stay of visitors held stable from a year earlier at 1.0 day, … Continue reading "Macau’s visitor arrivals up 2 pct year-on-year in October"
25 Nov, 2013