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Groups want consultation before importing therapists

Three associations representing Macau’s physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists urged the government Sunday at a press conference to consult the sector before beginning to import up to 40 non-locals to work in the three professions in the second half of the year. Representatives of the Macau Physical Therapists Association (MPTA), Macau Occupational Therapists Association … Continue reading "Groups want consultation before importing therapists"

31 Mar, 2014

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Chui’s popularity rating improves: survey

In an evaluation of the performance of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On and his five policy secretaries, Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man scored 44.06 out of 100 points in terms of overall satisfaction, the lowest score, while the score for Chui rose by 2.11 to 59.79 points compared to June … Continue reading "Chui’s popularity rating improves: survey"

25 Mar, 2014

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Over 91,000 visitors per day in February

Macau recorded 2.56 million visitor arrivals in February, a year-on-year increase of eight percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Monday. The daily average of arrivals reached 91,448 during the 28-day month, The Macau Post Daily pointed out. The first week of last month coincided with the mainland’s so-called Golden Week Chinese New Year … Continue reading "Over 91,000 visitors per day in February"

25 Mar, 2014

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Lawmaker urges govt to toughen drug penalties

Lawmaker Melinda Chan Mei Yi said Thursday she hoped the government would toughen the penalties for drug-related crimes. Speaking to reporters in her capacity was chairwoman of the local Sin Meng Charity Association after holding a press conference about an event the group will hold next month, Chan said as the average age of people … Continue reading "Lawmaker urges govt to toughen drug penalties"

21 Mar, 2014

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Govt to return income tax to 100,000 residents

About 100,000 residents are eligible to receive a rebate of 60 percent on their income tax they paid for 2012 from next month, totalling 390 million patacas, Financial Services Bureau (DSF) Deputy Director Stephen Iong Kong Leong said Wednesday. Iong made the announcement at a special press conference held at the bureau. According to Iong, … Continue reading "Govt to return income tax to 100,000 residents"

20 Mar, 2014

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Tourism industry to grow by 7.2 percent in 2014

The travel and tourism in­dustry in Macau is set to grow 7.2 percent this year, ac­cording to a report issued by the World Travel & Tourism Coun­cil (WTTC). Accor­ding to the report, in Macau, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic pro­duct (GDP) in 2013 represented 43.1 percent, mainly reflecting the economic … Continue reading "Tourism industry to grow by 7.2 percent in 2014"

19 Mar, 2014

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Earliest date for CE election is Aug 31: official

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On announced in Monday’s Official Gazette (BO) that the election of the 400 members of the Chief Executive Election Commission will be held on June 29. According to the Chief Executive Election Law, the election of the members of the commission should be held at least 60 days before the … Continue reading "Earliest date for CE election is Aug 31: official"

18 Mar, 2014

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Government announces wage hikes for top and low earners

The Executive Council (ExCo) said Monday it has finished discussing a government-drated bill on increasing the public servants – the city’s top earners – by 5.71 percent, as well as a by-law in which the government will top up the wages of all those residents earning less than 5,000 patacas a month to that amount, … Continue reading "Government announces wage hikes for top and low earners"

18 Mar, 2014

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Extradition pact with Macau in works, Hong Kong says, after pair sentenced to jail for bribery

Hong Kong is in talks with Macau to establish a bilateral extradition agreement as ties grow between the two cities, according to the Sunday edition of South China Morning Post. The Department of Justice offered the reassurance after Hong Kong tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung and businessman Steven Lo Kit-sing were sentenced to five years and … Continue reading "Extradition pact with Macau in works, Hong Kong says, after pair sentenced to jail for bribery"

17 Mar, 2014

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Nearly 16 pct aged 30+ own at least 1 million patacas in liquid assets: survey

A survey commissioned by Banco Weng Hang released Wednesday found that 15.7 percent of locals aged 30 or above possess liquid assets of at least million patacas. The bank commissioned the public  University of Macau (UM)  to conduct the survey, the first time  a survey of pataca millionaires in Macau has been done. The findings … Continue reading "Nearly 16 pct aged 30+ own at least 1 million patacas in liquid assets: survey"

13 Mar, 2014

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Taipei envoy stresses ‘crucial effects’ of Macau-Taiwan ties

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) Director Lu Chang-shui  highlighted Tuesday the “crucial effects” of the growing relationship between Taiwan and Macau . Lu praised the bilateral ties in a speech delivered Tuesday at Macau Tower as the quasi-official office held its Chinese New Year dinner. According to The Macau Post Daily, Lu also said … Continue reading "Taipei envoy stresses ‘crucial effects’ of Macau-Taiwan ties"

12 Mar, 2014

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238 applicants can hire mainland maids

A total of 238 applications of the 312 received are permitted to import domestic helpers from Guangdong and Fujian , the Human Resources Office (GRH) said in a statement Monday. The statement cited by The Macau Post Daily said that from December 16 to January 30, the office received a total of 312 applications to … Continue reading "238 applicants can hire mainland maids"

11 Mar, 2014

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Forum debates city’s tourism carrying capacity

Guest speakers and audience members in Sunday’s Macau Forum criticised the government for failing to address the negative side effects caused by an increasingly large number of tourists visiting the city, namely mainlanders. Guest speaker lawmaker Antonio Ng Kuok Cheong said Macau ’s carrying capacity to receive tourists has reached the limit while fellow speaker … Continue reading "Forum debates city’s tourism carrying capacity"

10 Mar, 2014

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CE promises 24-hour border crossing in 2014

The Chief Executive Chui Sai On vowed to enhance Macau’s competitiveness, to facilitate the cultivation of talent and to develop a diversified economy. The promises were made last Friday after the CE concluded a visit to Beijing to attend the opening of the First Plenary Session of the 12th National People’s Congress. Chui said that … Continue reading "CE promises 24-hour border crossing in 2014"

10 Mar, 2014

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Police say no data Xinjiang terrorists target Macau

The Judiciary Police (PJ) and Public Security Police (PSP) Thursday said that they had not received any information to show that Xinjiang pro-independence terrorists were targeting Macau. Spokespeople for the two police forces insisted during a regular press briefing that a mobile phone message claiming that the Xinjiang separatists’ terror attack in Kunming on Saturday … Continue reading "Police say no data Xinjiang terrorists target Macau"

7 Mar, 2014

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Premier gives HK and Macau full backing

Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that the central government will continue to support the chief executives of Hong Kong and Macau and their governments, vowing that Beijing will further develop co-operation between the mainland and the two special administrative regions which he believes will promote the competiveness of both. Li’s speech at the opening meeting … Continue reading "Premier gives HK and Macau full backing"

6 Mar, 2014

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Money laundering huge in Hong Kong and Macau: crime survey

Money laundering is more prevalent in Hong Kong and Macau than in most parts of the world, with rates far above the global average, according to an economic crime survey by PwC quoted by the South China Morning Post. A poll by the accounting firm found 37 per cent of companies in Hong Kong and … Continue reading "Money laundering huge in Hong Kong and Macau: crime survey"

6 Mar, 2014

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Chui announces bid for for re-election

Chief Executive (CE) Chui Sai On announced Tuesday that he will run for re-election later this year. He made the announcement at the local airport before departing for Beijing to attend the opening of this year’s session of 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), when he was asked whether he was interested in serving another five-year … Continue reading "Chui announces bid for for re-election"

5 Mar, 2014

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Security chief pledges to work with mainland to fight terror

Secretary for Security Cheong Kuoc Va said Monday he was concerned about the violent terrorist attack on Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province on Saturday, adding that the local police forces are maintaining close contact with their counterparts in the mainland to fight terrorism. According to The Macau Post Daily, Cheong made the remarks at … Continue reading "Security chief pledges to work with mainland to fight terror"

4 Mar, 2014

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Zhuhai records first H7N9 virus death

The Health Bureau(SSM) said in a statement Monday that according to information provided by its Zhuhai counterpart a 59-year-old man died of the H7N9 virus on Sunday. The bureau also said in the statement that the death was also the first H7N9 case found in Zhuhai. According to the statement, so far there have been … Continue reading "Zhuhai records first H7N9 virus death"

4 Mar, 2014

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