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Guangdong may permit Macau and Hong Kong registered yachts to sail in China’s Pearl River Delta

Guangdong is considering allowing yachts registered in Macau and Hong Kong to sail in the Pearl River Delta, state media has reported. If the province opens up its waters and marinas, industry insiders on the mainland expect a boost in yacht sales but are also concerned that smugglers could take advantage of the travel pass. … Continue reading "Guangdong may permit Macau and Hong Kong registered yachts to sail in China’s Pearl River Delta"

23 Jan, 2015

#Economy

Govt expects visitors to grow 5 pct to 33 million this year

Visitor numbers are expected to grow five percent this year, from 31.5 million last year to 33 million this year, even as the city’s gaming revenue is falling, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said Wednesday. Senna Fernandes made the remark during the office’s annual press conference at Macau Tower … Continue reading "Govt expects visitors to grow 5 pct to 33 million this year"

22 Jan, 2015

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Macau expects legal assistance pact with HK this year

Secretary for Administration and Justice Sonia Chan Hoi Fan said Wednesday that the local government would do its best to ink a mutual legal assistance agreement with its Hong Kong counterpart this year. Asked by reporters as to whether the agreement will be applied to fugitives fleeing justice from either jurisdiction whose cases predate it, … Continue reading "Macau expects legal assistance pact with HK this year"

22 Jan, 2015

#Politics

Inflation hits 6.05 pct in 2014

Macau’s inflation rate hit a whopping 6.05 percent last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Wednesday. A DSEC statement attributed the steep rise mainly to starkly higher housing rents and restaurant prices. For the whole of last year, notable increases were recorded in the price indices of housing and fuels (+11.93 percent) and … Continue reading "Inflation hits 6.05 pct in 2014"

22 Jan, 2015

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Liaison chief says ‘extremely few’ corrupt mainland officials gambled in Macau

Li Gang, director of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Macau, said Tuesday that the city’s gaming industry’s current revenue decline was due to several causes and the effort the central government is putting into combating corruption was not the main cause, adding that “extremely few” corrupt mainland officials had gambled in the city. … Continue reading "Liaison chief says ‘extremely few’ corrupt mainland officials gambled in Macau"

21 Jan, 2015

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Govt mulls buying industrial buildings for social service sector

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng vowed Tuesday that the government will come up with measures to help local social service groups tackle the problem of exorbitant rents and the shortage of professionals, adding that the government would consider purchasing industrial buildings so that the groups can lease them at an … Continue reading "Govt mulls buying industrial buildings for social service sector"

21 Jan, 2015

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Audit report slams office over LRT delays

The Commission of Audit (CA) slammed the Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) Monday for its failure to control the budget for the first phase of the construction of the city’s light transit railway (LRT), which increased from its initial budget in 2007 of 4.2 billion patacas to 14.3 billion patacas in 2012. The report pointed out … Continue reading "Audit report slams office over LRT delays"

20 Jan, 2015

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SJM mulls internal probe after sex ring bust at hotel

SJM’s Managing Director Angela Leong On Kei told reporters Monday that the area where a large-scale sex ring was allegedly operating in Hotel Lisboa was not under the gaming operator’s control but the company would, nevertheless, reassess its management and security staff. Leong made the comments after attending a charity event to mark the adjacent … Continue reading "SJM mulls internal probe after sex ring bust at hotel"

20 Jan, 2015

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Police mull banning coaches from streets to St Paul’s Ruins

In an effort to tackle traffic jams in the streets around the Ruins of St Paul’s landmark, the Public Police Security (PSP) said in a statement Sunday that they would consider implementing “appropriate” measures to reduce the congestion, including the rerouting or banning of tour coaches to get to the UNESCO World Heritage monument. The … Continue reading "Police mull banning coaches from streets to St Paul’s Ruins"

19 Jan, 2015

#Tourism

Korean sex-trafficking ring busted in Macau

Police has busted the first sex-trafficking case involving Korean nationals in Macau, the International Crime Investigation Bureau of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said Sunday and reported by The Korean Times. Overseas sex-trafficking cases involving Korean women have previously been uncovered in Japan, the Philippines, the United States and Australia. A 30-year-old identified only by … Continue reading "Korean sex-trafficking ring busted in Macau"

19 Jan, 2015

#Politics

Rosario says private property ‘a bit expensive’

Secretary for Transport and Public Works Raimundo Arrais do Rosario said Thursday he believed the general public would agree that private property is “a bit expensive”. Asked by reporters as to whether the government will come up with new measures to ensure that the private property market develops in a healthy way, the new policy … Continue reading "Rosario says private property ‘a bit expensive’"

16 Jan, 2015

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Hotel prostitution ring suspects sent to jail to await trial

All the six hotel prostitution ring suspects who were arrested by the Judiciary Police (PJ) on Saturday were remanded in pre-trial custody on Wednesday, the Public Prosecution Office (MP) said in a statement. The statement did not mention the surnames and ages of the six suspects, nor the name of the hotel where they allegedly … Continue reading "Hotel prostitution ring suspects sent to jail to await trial"

15 Jan, 2015

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Government makes concession on animal protection legislation

Government representatives have agreed to suggestions proposed by lawmakers to differentiate between farm animals and pets during a meeting of the Legislative Assembly (AL) First Standing Committee Wednesday. Kwan Tsui Hang, president of the committee, said that the change affords greater flexibility to businesses such as pet shops when providing accommodation for the animals they … Continue reading "Government makes concession on animal protection legislation"

15 Jan, 2015

#Politics

Centaline forecasts home prices to grow 20 percent this year

Local housing prices will remain stable in the first half of the year as the market is still in its adjustment period but things will pick in the second half of the year with prices expected to rise up to 20 percent, Centaline (Macau) Property Agency Director Jacky Shek Po Tak said Wednesday. Shek made … Continue reading "Centaline forecasts home prices to grow 20 percent this year"

15 Jan, 2015

#Economy

Security chief vows to fight hotel & casino crime, stresses equality before the law

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak vowed on Tuesday to strengthen police inspections and crime-prevention measures targeting the city’s hotels and casinos to ensure that the local gaming and tourism industries can develop in a healthy, stable and orderly manner. Wong, a public prosecutor by profession, also said that “equality before the law is a … Continue reading "Security chief vows to fight hotel & casino crime, stresses equality before the law"

14 Jan, 2015

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Lawmakers pass domestic violence prevention bill

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the general outline of the government’s domestic violence prevention bill Tuesday, with developer Fong Chi Keong, a government-appointed lawmaker, abstaining. Many lawmakers voiced their concerns on how authorities will determine the level of the severity of a domestic dispute. They also raised questions on the definition of minor offences as defined in … Continue reading "Lawmakers pass domestic violence prevention bill"

14 Jan, 2015

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Main suspect of Hotel Lisboa’s 400 million prostitution ring identified as Alan Ho

Six suspects who allegedly ran a prostitution ring involving 96 sex workers in one of the city’s best known hotels were taken to the Public Prosecution Office (MP) for questioning Monday morning, one day after the Judiciary Police (PJ) announced their arrests. On Monday, government-broadcaster TDM identified the crime scene in question as Hotel Lisboa … Continue reading "Main suspect of Hotel Lisboa’s 400 million prostitution ring identified as Alan Ho"

13 Jan, 2015

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Tourist Guide Association President wants grading system for tourist guides

A grading system to categorise the level of expertise of locally licensed tourist guides is needed, Macau Tourist Guide Association President Angelina Wu Wai Fong said Monday, explaining that such a measure would encourage further training and improve service quality. Wu spoke to reporters after the opening ceremony of the 15th International Convention of the … Continue reading "Tourist Guide Association President wants grading system for tourist guides"

13 Jan, 2015

#Tourism

Police bust prostitution ring involving hotel executives

The Judiciary Police (PJ) have busted the largest prostitution ring in Macau since the 1999 handover, nabbing six suspects, including senior hotel executives, for their alleged involvement. The arrests, which were made on Saturday evening, were announced on Sunday. According to a special press conference last night, the six suspects comprise a 68-year-old local male … Continue reading "Police bust prostitution ring involving hotel executives"

12 Jan, 2015

#Politics

Macau, Zhuhai police bust drug ring, nab 37

The Judiciary Police (PJ) picked up 30 suspects for drug-related crimes on Thursday while Zhuhai police arrested seven suspected kingpins, which supplied the local suspects with drugs. A PJ spokesperson said at a press conference on Friday that the 30 people caught in Macau included locals, Hongkongers and mainlanders aged between 19 and 60. Their … Continue reading "Macau, Zhuhai police bust drug ring, nab 37"

12 Jan, 2015

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