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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Police, financial regulator bust ‘underground bank’

The Judiciary Police (PJ) and the Macau Monetary Authority (AMCM) announced on Thursday in a joint press conference that they busted an “underground bank” in Areia Preta where two male mainlanders, a 26-year-old surnamed Wang and a 30-year-old surnamed Lu, were arrested for their alleged involvement in the illegal financial operation. PJ spokesman Suen Kam … Continue reading "Police, financial regulator bust ‘underground bank’"

9 Jan, 2015

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Political issues are local’s least concern: HKU poll

The findings of an annual survey about Macau conducted by the Public Opinion Programme (POP) of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and released on its website yesterday show that – using a one-in-three choice method – political issues were of least concern to local residents, coming after economic and livelihood problems. The findings show … Continue reading "Political issues are local’s least concern: HKU poll"

9 Jan, 2015

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Forum office to get new coordinator

The Supporting Office to the Permanent Secretariat to the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries will get a new coordinator and assistant secretary-general in March. Rita Santos, who simultaneously holds both positions, confirmed in a letter to the media yesterday that she will retire from the civil service on March … Continue reading "Forum office to get new coordinator"

8 Jan, 2015

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Macau Chief Executive calls for cooperation with Zhongshan, Guangdong

Macau’s Chief executive Chui Sai On, called for cooperation with the Chinese city of Zhongshan, in Guangdong province, as a priority in two-way relations, according to a statement from the Government Information Bureau. Following a meeting with officials from Zhongshan municipality, Chui said regional cooperation had been addressed with the central government and that work, … Continue reading "Macau Chief Executive calls for cooperation with Zhongshan, Guangdong"

8 Jan, 2015

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Macau government wants to raise social security dues

Social Security Fund (FSS) President Ip Peng Kin said on Wednesday that the government was proposing to increase the social security dues paid by the city’s employers and employees from the current 45 patacas to 90 patacas a month. Ip also said that once the proposed amount is agreed upon in the government-appointed Standing Council … Continue reading "Macau government wants to raise social security dues"

8 Jan, 2015

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Airport passengers rise 9 percent in 2014

Macau’s airport logged a record 5.48 million passengers last year, an increase of nine percent from 2013, owner-cum-operator CAM has announced. The single-runway airport handled a daily average of about 15,000 passengers last year. August saw the highest monthly number of passengers last year, at 528,919. August also produced the highest monthly passenger figure since … Continue reading "Airport passengers rise 9 percent in 2014"

7 Jan, 2015

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Fresh meat prices to remain stable: wholesalers

Prices of fresh meat and produce will remain stable this year and there won’t be a steep price increase in the run-up to next month’s Chinese New Year, representatives of Nam Kwong Commercial Company and Nam Yue Food Stuffs & Aquatic Company said yesterday. All of Macau’s fresh meat and produce is imported by the … Continue reading "Fresh meat prices to remain stable: wholesalers"

7 Jan, 2015

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Alexis Tam gives Health Bureau one year to improve

Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Alexis Tam Chon Weng said on Monday that he will keep his promise that the local health care system will be fully reformed, saying he has given the Health Bureau (SSM) one year to improve the system. While Tam did not say what will happen if they bureau fails … Continue reading "Alexis Tam gives Health Bureau one year to improve"

6 Jan, 2015

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Hotel guests rise just 1 percent in January to November

Macau’s number of hotel guests rose just one percent year-on-year to 9.8 million between January and November last year, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. The hospitality industry’s average occupancy rate stood at 87 percent, an increase of four percentage points. At the end of November, the city’s 98 hotels and guesthouses provided … Continue reading "Hotel guests rise just 1 percent in January to November"

6 Jan, 2015

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Pan-democrat lawmaker Emily Lau turned away from Macau

Democratic Party chairwoman Emily Lau was turned away from Macau by the police on the 2nd of January on the grounds that she might pose a threat to local public safety, despite having no political agenda for her trip. Emily Lau Wai-hing was the latest among Hong Kong politicians and activists shut out of Macau, … Continue reading "Pan-democrat lawmaker Emily Lau turned away from Macau"

5 Jan, 2015

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Handbag imports drop 25 percent

Macau’s import of handbags and wallets in November 2014 fell 25 percent year-on-year to 242 million patacas, the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) has announced. Handbags and wallets are popular with shoppers from the mainland. In the first nine months of last year, the import of handbags and wallets dropped six percent. Gold jewelry imports … Continue reading "Handbag imports drop 25 percent"

5 Jan, 2015

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Secretary vows to minimise impact of economic fluctuations

Secretary for Economy and Finance Lionel Leong Vai Tac said in a statement on the 4th of January that the government would try to minimise any adverse impact resulting from economic fluctuations on the market and residents’ livelihoods. The newly-appointed policy secretary also said that to diversify the city’s economy the government would be “proactive … Continue reading "Secretary vows to minimise impact of economic fluctuations"

5 Jan, 2015

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