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Macau fiscal surplus drops 54.9 percent in 5 months

The Macau government recorded a fiscal surplus of 25.28 billion patacas in the first five months of this year, down by 54.9 percent year-on-year, according to the latest figures released by the Financial Services Bureau (DSF). Total public revenue in the five months stood at 46.42 billion patacas, down 33.8 percent year-on-year. This noticeable drop … Continue reading "Macau fiscal surplus drops 54.9 percent in 5 months"

16 Jun, 2015

#Economy

Macau’s economy is expected to resume growth in 2016

The Macau economy is expected to start growing again in 2016, when the technical Economist Intelligence Unit predicts real growth of 5.3 percent, according to the most recent report on Macau. After the GDP of the territory recorded a growth rate of 10.7 percent in 2013 and negative 0.4 percent in 2014, the EIU report … Continue reading "Macau’s economy is expected to resume growth in 2016"

16 Jun, 2015

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Macau legislators reject trade union bill for 6th time

Lawmaker-cum-unionist Jose Pereira Coutinho’s labour union bill was defeated for the sixth time on Monday in the Legislative Assembly (AL). Coutinho proposed six different bills, including the trade union bill, all of which were voted down. The other ill-fated bills concerned a wide range of issues such as employees’ protection from discrimination over gender and … Continue reading "Macau legislators reject trade union bill for 6th time"

16 Jun, 2015

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Macau public entities cut energy by 5 percent per year

Energy Sector Development Office (GDSE) Director Arnaldo Santos said on Sunday that about 20 government entities had managed to reduce their energy consumption by 5 percent annually over the past three years. Santos made the remarks while attending the opening ceremony for this year’s Energy Conservation Week in Praça do Tap Seac, the 9th year … Continue reading "Macau public entities cut energy by 5 percent per year"

15 Jun, 2015

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Macau marks 10 years of UNESCO recognition

Macau is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the induction of the city’s historic center into the UNESCO World Heritage list with a special cooperative effort with Henan, since the Chinese province has vast experience in protecting its cultural heritage, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) president, Ung Vai Meng, noted at a press conference on Wednesday. … Continue reading "Macau marks 10 years of UNESCO recognition"

11 Jun, 2015

#Tourism

Police bust ring that recruited HK minors to deal drugs in Macau

The Judiciary Police has busted a Hong Kong drug trafficking syndicate. Authorities say they received information that a Hong Kong drug trafficking syndicate has been hiring Hong Kong students to traffic drugs in Macau. Police have seized drugs on two students near the Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal worth 40,000 patacas on Wednesday night. The students … Continue reading "Police bust ring that recruited HK minors to deal drugs in Macau"

11 Jun, 2015

#Politics

Macau government issues travel advisory for S Korea

The government’s Tourism Crisis Management Office (GCCT) issued a travel advisory for South Korea on Tuesday, urging the public not to travel to the country. In a related development, Andy Wu Keng Kuong, president of the Macau Tourism Industry Association – also known as Travel Industry Council of Macau said that local travel agencies have … Continue reading "Macau government issues travel advisory for S Korea"

10 Jun, 2015

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Macau government raises MERS response level to ‘high alert’

Health Bureau (SSM) Director Lei Chin Ion said Monday the bureau had raised its response level for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) from “alert” to “high alert”. He also urged the public not to travel to South Korea for the time being. The announcement was made during a special press conference in the Conde … Continue reading "Macau government raises MERS response level to ‘high alert’"

9 Jun, 2015

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Macau visitor arrivals likely up in May: tourism chief

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Monday that based on data from the travel and hotel sectors the number of visitor arrivals in May is believed to have risen compared to March or April. The city’s tourism chief also said she was confident that the number of visitor arrivals … Continue reading "Macau visitor arrivals likely up in May: tourism chief"

9 Jun, 2015

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Macau checks 2 suspected MERS cases, both negative

The Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Sunday that at the weekend it had checked two suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases but both proved negative. The two cases included a local woman who returned from South Korean on Saturday, according to the statement. The bureau did not give any details on the … Continue reading "Macau checks 2 suspected MERS cases, both negative"

8 Jun, 2015

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Blanket smoking ban in Macau would be disastrous: junket rep

Macau Gaming Junket and Entertainment Association (AMJEM) Chairman Kwok Chi Chung said Sunday that a blanket smoking ban would be a “disastrous blow” to the troubled gaming industry. Kwok was one of the panellists attending Sunday’s Macau Forum. The open-air debate programme is hosted by government broadcaster TDM in Areia Preta Park every Sunday. Over … Continue reading "Blanket smoking ban in Macau would be disastrous: junket rep"

8 Jun, 2015

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Macau to open border checkpoint at Coloane Pier for yacht travellers

Macau, June 8 – Macau is set to open a 24-hour border checkpoint at Coloane Pier from June 30, allowing visitors who travel by yacht to enter or leave the region, according to the Official Gazette issued  by Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Chui Sai On. It is seen as a move to … Continue reading "Macau to open border checkpoint at Coloane Pier for yacht travellers"

8 Jun, 2015

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Muslim community in Macao grows rapidly

By Mark O´Neill The Muslims are among the oldest residents of Macao. They first arrived as traders from Persia and the Middle East in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), before the Portuguese, and have had a continuous presence ever since. The first mosque was built in the 1880s for soldiers of the Portuguese army from south … Continue reading "Muslim community in Macao grows rapidly"

6 Jun, 2015

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Int’l Infrastructure Investment & Construction Forum opens in Macau

The sixth International Infrastructure Investment and Construction Forum kicked off here Thursday in Macau. Over 1,000 representatives from more than 50 countries and regions attended the two-day forum, themed “Regional Economic Integration Spurs New Development of International Infrastructure Cooperation.” Focuses of the forum include opportunities, challenges and innovative cooperation modes in the field of infrastructure … Continue reading "Int’l Infrastructure Investment & Construction Forum opens in Macau"

5 Jun, 2015

#Economy

300 attend June 4 vigil in Macau main square

About 300 people attended Thursday’s June 4 vigil, commemorating the victims of the June 4 incident in Beijing. Several participants in the annual activity stressed the importance of seeing young people at the vigil, saying the events leading up to the night in 1989 should not be forgotten and that the victims deserved justice. Most … Continue reading "300 attend June 4 vigil in Macau main square"

5 Jun, 2015

#Politics

Govt lowers proposed jail to 1 year for animal abuse in Macau

The government said Thursday that after considering the relevant laws in countries such as Singapore it had decided to lower the maximum prison sentence of three years in the latest version of its animal protection bill to just one year. Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan made the remark to the media … Continue reading "Govt lowers proposed jail to 1 year for animal abuse in Macau"

5 Jun, 2015

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Measures to tackle unruly tourists in place: CNTA official

The central government has initiated a string of measures to tackle unruly tourists “uncivilised” behaviour as well as disputes between tourists and tour guides, the China National Tourism Administration’s (CNTA) Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Tourism Affairs Department Director Liu Kezhi said Tuesday. Liu made the remarks at Government Headquarters on the sidelines of a … Continue reading "Measures to tackle unruly tourists in place: CNTA official"

3 Jun, 2015

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Macau Governement raises pensions and allowances

The government announced Monday that a string of pensions and allowances such the pension for senior citizens paid by the Social Security Fund (FSS) will be increased up to 5.5 percent. According to an order signed by Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, which was published in Monday’s Official Gazette (BO), the increased pay-outs will … Continue reading "Macau Governement raises pensions and allowances"

2 Jun, 2015

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Property prices fall 21.6 pct in April

Macau’s average residential property price per square metre dropped 21.6 percent to 103,128 patacas in April, the Finance Services Bureau (DSEC) has announced. According to the bureau, the average size of the units amounted to 68 square metres. The average price in Taipa was 139,080 patacas per square metre, up 31.5 percent year-on-year. In Coloane, … Continue reading "Property prices fall 21.6 pct in April"

1 Jun, 2015

#Economy

New panda pair debuts today

Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan said Sounday that the city’s pair of new pandas will finally meet the public today. Chan made the announcement on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an exhibition at Seac Pai Van Park about the mainland’s current research on giant pandas. Chan said in a … Continue reading "New panda pair debuts today"

1 Jun, 2015

#Tourism