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Smoking areas in 28 of 44 gaming venues fail air quality tests

Air quality in the smoking areas of 28 out of 44 gaming venues in the first two months of this year failed in the government’s assessment of the concentration levels of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, PM2.5, PM10, volatile organic compound and benzo[a]pyrene in the venues, the Health Bureau (SSM) said in a statement Wednesday. It … Continue reading "Smoking areas in 28 of 44 gaming venues fail air quality tests"

11 Apr, 2013

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Observatory forecasts up to two signal No. 8 typhoons this year

Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) Acting Deputy Director Leong Ka Cheng said Tuesday the city could experience four to six tropical cyclones this year, with one to two of them possibly becoming signal No. 8 typhoons. Leong made the forecast while speaking to reporters after attending a meeting on civil defence operations held at the … Continue reading "Observatory forecasts up to two signal No. 8 typhoons this year"

10 Apr, 2013

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Govt to host annual May Day gig on beach

The annual Labour Day concert organised by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) is being moved from the usual Macau Forum indoor venue to Hac Sa Beach in Coloane, with Taiwanese singer-actor Richie Jen Hsien-chi headlining the gig, the bureau’s administration committee member Henry Ma Kam Keong said Tuesday. Ma told a press conference … Continue reading "Govt to host annual May Day gig on beach"

10 Apr, 2013

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Macau, HK, mainland step up surveillance against H7N9

Macau, Hong Kong and mainland officials decided during a weekend meeting in Zhuhai to step up surveillance of live poultry and poultry products bound for Hong Kong and Macau, by increasing the sample size and frequency of farm inspections, The Macau Post Daily reports today. Macau and Hong Kong officials met representatives of the central … Continue reading "Macau, HK, mainland step up surveillance against H7N9"

9 Apr, 2013

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Govt boosts fight against H7N9 with airport checks

No suspected cases of H7N9 virus have been discovered by the airport’s infra-red thermography equipment since Saturday afternoon when the government installed the system to detect elevated body temperatures of visitors from the mainland’s eastern provinces when they arrive in Macau. The Health Bureau (SSM) also said in a statement that since the cases in … Continue reading "Govt boosts fight against H7N9 with airport checks"

8 Apr, 2013

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Grand Prix marks diamond jubilee with 230 million pataca budget

Some 230 million patacas will be spent on staging the Macau Grand Prix this year to mark its diamond jubilee with 13 races over two weekends in November, João Manuel Costa Antunes, co-ordinator of the Macau Grand Prix Committee, announced on Friday. During a press conference at the Tourism Activities Centre (CAT) in Zape, Costa … Continue reading "Grand Prix marks diamond jubilee with 230 million pataca budget"

8 Apr, 2013

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Former Olympic champ Zou wins decision on pro boxing debut

China’s most successful boxer Zou Shiming won his professional boxing debut against Mexican teenager Eleazar Valenzuela on Saturday in Macau according to Xinhua News Agency. Zou, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, won a unanimous points decision – 40-36 – from three judges after a 15-minute four-round fight with his 18-year-old opponent. “I am happy to … Continue reading "Former Olympic champ Zou wins decision on pro boxing debut"

8 Apr, 2013

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Govt not flapping amid new avian virus fears

Inspections of the city’s poultry, parks and bird habitats have been strengthened amid fears over the potentially fatal H7N9 virus that was discovered in the mainland recently, but locally there was nothing to worry about, Ng Peng In, administration committee member of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM), said on Wednesday. The bureau oversees … Continue reading "Govt not flapping amid new avian virus fears"

5 Apr, 2013

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UN urges equal suffrage, human rights body for Macau

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations has urged the Macau government to introduce “universal and equal suffrage” and to set up an “independent statutory human rights institution.” The UN body in Switzerland made the suggestions last week in its concluding observations on a report submitted by the Macau government, the first since the … Continue reading "UN urges equal suffrage, human rights body for Macau"

2 Apr, 2013

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Edmund Ho gets ‘Life Honorary Presidency’ award from Anima

Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Vice Chairman and former chief executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah and gaming mogul Steve Wynn were awarded “Life Honorary Presidencies” by Anima on Wednesday for supporting the organisation in its effort to protect animals over the years. The animal protection organisation’s president Albano Martins presented the awards to Ho … Continue reading "Edmund Ho gets ‘Life Honorary Presidency’ award from Anima"

28 Mar, 2013

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Graft buster says campaign violations committed by apps hard to tackle

Commissioner Against Corruption Vasco Fong Man Chong said Tuesday that it was getting trickier for the law enforcement authorities to tackle election campaign violations that are made using mobile phone applications, since in Macau they are not explicitly regulated by law Speaking to reporters at a press conference after a meeting with members of the … Continue reading "Graft buster says campaign violations committed by apps hard to tackle"

27 Mar, 2013

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Visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013 up by 2.1 percent

The number of visitors  to Macau in the first two months of 2013, totalled 4,689,161, up by 2.1% year-on-year and same-day visitors accounted for 52.4% of the total according to the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). Mainland China visitors (2,982,384) increased by 7.3% year-on-year and visitors from Hong Kong (1,111,963) and Taiwan (157,937) decreased by … Continue reading "Visitors to Macau in the first two months of 2013 up by 2.1 percent"

26 Mar, 2013

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Government to build red panda pavilion in Coloane island

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will start construction of a home for red pandas in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van Park, in Coloane, in the second half of this year so as to be ready when they arrive from China in 2014. The construction of the habitat for the red pandas will take six … Continue reading "Government to build red panda pavilion in Coloane island"

26 Mar, 2013

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Non-gambling visitor spending rises 15 pct last year

Visitors’ non-gambling spending rose 15 percent to 52.3 billion patacas last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) announced Thursday. Visitors’ non-gambling expenditure compared with the local gaming industry’s gross receipts of 305 billion patacas last year. Visitors’ spending other than gambling accounted for just 17 percent of the gaming industry’s gross revenues last year. … Continue reading "Non-gambling visitor spending rises 15 pct last year"

22 Mar, 2013

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FM commissioner warns against external interference in legislative polls – praises local media

Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau Hu Zhengyue reaffirmed Thursday that no external interference in the upcoming legislative elections will be allowed. Hu gave the warning on the sidelines of a Chinese New Year reception for local media held at his office in Zape. Hu said that the Legislative Assembly polls slated … Continue reading "FM commissioner warns against external interference in legislative polls – praises local media"

22 Mar, 2013

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Macau opens tourism office in Moscow

The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Tuesday opened a representative office in Moscow, taking advantage of the peak period of travel shows in the country,the office said in a statement. Macau is also joining hands with Hong Kong to promote the two cities as one destination, to tap the potential of the Russian tourism market. … Continue reading "Macau opens tourism office in Moscow"

20 Mar, 2013

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Xi urges Macau to lay groundwork for long-term development

President Xi Jinping urged the local government and civil society Monday to study major problems that hinder Macau’s development despite the fact that it is currently enjoying sound growth, in order to lay the groundwork for its long-term development, The Macau Post Daily quotes a Xinhua report as saying today. Xi made the remarks during … Continue reading "Xi urges Macau to lay groundwork for long-term development"

19 Mar, 2013

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Hotel guests rise 19 pct in January

Macau’s hospitality industry recorded 832,543 guests in January, a year-on-year increase of 19.1 percent, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) said Thursday. Mainlanders and Hongkongers accounted for 60.3 percent and 14.5 percent of all guests. Guests’ average length of stay stood at just 1.4 nights, a slight decrease from a year earlier. The city’s 100 … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise 19 pct in January"

15 Mar, 2013

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Govt starts legislative election procedures

The Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau (SAFP) said in a statement that by 6 p.m. Thursday 23 forms for the setting-up of a legislative election candidacy commission were downloaded from the Internet or picked up by residents from the bureau. Forms were made available Thursday and any resident or group interested in joining the … Continue reading "Govt starts legislative election procedures"

15 Mar, 2013

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Philippine consulate issues record 4,000 visas in January

A record 4,187 visas to the Philippines were issued to the city’s holders of mainland Chinese or foreign passports in January alone, a number matching the whole of last year’s rate, Philippine Consul General in Macau Danilo T. Ibayan said Wednesday. Ibayan told The Macau Post Daily that 95 percent of the visas issued in … Continue reading "Philippine consulate issues record 4,000 visas in January"

14 Mar, 2013

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