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HOS flats in Seac Pai Van sell from 488,000 patacas

The 1,824 subsidised home-ownership scheme (HOS) flats at the mammoth public housing estate in Coloane’s Seac Pai Van are priced from 488,000 patacas to 1,097,300 patacas, the government announced in the Official Gazette (BO) Monday. Housing Bureau (IH) President Tam Kuong Man said in a press conference at his bureau Monday that the price of … Continue reading "HOS flats in Seac Pai Van sell from 488,000 patacas"

22 May, 2012

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Eco-activists and residents urge Macau government to protect egrets´habitat

Three Macau environmental protection groups and a group of residents Sunday urged the government to find another location for its safety traffic information centre to protect the egrets’ habitat in the wetland next to the Taipa Houses-Museum. The Macau government  has announced that it plans to move the centre to a plot of land that … Continue reading "Eco-activists and residents urge Macau government to protect egrets´habitat"

21 May, 2012

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Macau policy secretary keeps mum on judicial bias claim

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man has kept mum on a claim by Macau’s top lawyer that local judges are biased in favour of the government. “No comment,” Chan said when asked by reporters about the issue on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of an activity hosted by the Macau Lawyers … Continue reading "Macau policy secretary keeps mum on judicial bias claim"

21 May, 2012

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Population rises to 562,900 in March

Macau’s population rose 3.2 percent year-on-year to 562,900 at the end the first quarter, according to official statistics. The number of non-resident workers reached 98,664 at the end of March, up by 4,636 from the end of last year, accounting for 17.5 percent of the total population. According to The Macau Post Daily today, based … Continue reading "Population rises to 562,900 in March"

17 May, 2012

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Macau lawmakers finish discussing 2 political development bills

Legislative Assembly (AL) Second Standing Committee President Chan Chak Mo said Wednesday that his committee would not have any more meetings to discuss the two government-initiated amendment bills on the city’s political development after spending less than 90 minutes in total to discuss the bills. The commission held two meetings to discuss the two bills. … Continue reading "Macau lawmakers finish discussing 2 political development bills"

17 May, 2012

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Guangdong, Macau plan to build pedestrian border checkpoint

[:zh]中国澳门5月16日电-澳门和广东星期二(5月15日)公布,计划于澳门半岛北端及珠海市拱北区之间兴建新行人通道通关。 澳门特区政府选择在青洲南粤批发市场的现址兴建新通道。南粤批发市场会被拆毁,并搬迁到珠澳跨境工业区澳门园区。 行政长官崔世安表示,他相信新通道有效纾缓拱此——关闸口岸通关压力。 崔世安昨天和广东省省长朱小丹主持于行政长官办公室举行的年度粤澳联席会议后会见传媒,并发表上述言论。 联席会议历时1.5小时,双方探讨如何进一步落实粤澳合作框架协议。 他说:「随着本澳经济的高速发展,拱北口岸客流量的增加,出现长时间轮候及挤迫情况,因此,我们认为粤澳之间新增一条新通道是有迫切性的。」 澳门特区政府的声明指出,初步计划新通道的选点为南粤批发市场的现址及狭窄的鸭涌河的邻近地方,该处划分澳门及珠海的边境。 崔世安称,位于拱北口岸仅800米之外的新通道是一条客运通道,只供行人使用,没有供车辆的设施。 他表示,新通道会作为拱北口岸的附属口岸。 他表示,粤澳双方会向中央政府提交新通道的申请,希望获得审批。并强调新通道有助区内发展。 根据澳门特区政府关于新通道的声明,计划包括兴建一道穿过通道的天桥。 然而,两地政府无详述新通道的建造时间表或完工日期。 (macaunews)[:]

16 May, 2012

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Govt vows to ensure clean water supply from Guangdong

Maritime Administration (CP) Director Susana Wong Soi Man said Tuesday that the government will further strengthen co-operation with the Guangdong government to guarantee that all the raw water imported by Macau from the neighbouring province is clean According to The Macau Post Daily, Wong made the pledge to reporters after a visit to the Macau … Continue reading "Govt vows to ensure clean water supply from Guangdong"

16 May, 2012

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Hotels log 2.18 million guests in 1st quarter

Macau’s 95 hotels recorded 2.18 million guests in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of 13.6 percent, according to official statistics released Monday. The average room occupancy rate stood at 83.2 percent, up 2.2 percentage points. The number of guestrooms stood at 22,272 at the end of March, an increase of 2,143 rooms (+10.6 percent) … Continue reading "Hotels log 2.18 million guests in 1st quarter"

15 May, 2012

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Macau representative office in Taiwan opens

The Macau government formally opened a representative office in Taipei on Sunday, giving the city a greater presence that it expects will deepen trade, tourism, cultural and education ties with Taiwan, according to the island’s Central News Agency (CNA). Alexis Tam Chon Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the Office of Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On, said … Continue reading "Macau representative office in Taiwan opens"

14 May, 2012

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Tourism chief says forum will help Macau become leisure hub

The head of the Macau Govern ment Tourist Office (MGTO), Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said Thursday that being the host city for the recently established Global Tourism Economy Forum, Macau will be given expert knowledge on how to boost competitiveness and consolidate its position as a world centre of tourism and leisure. Costa Antunes made … Continue reading "Tourism chief says forum will help Macau become leisure hub"

11 May, 2012

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Macau tourism chief forecasts 10 pct growth in visitor arrivals

The number of Macau’s visitor arrivals is expected to increase at least 10 percent this year from last year’s 28 million, led by visitors from the mainland, Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) Director Joao Manuel Costa Antunes said in an interview in New York last week, according to Bloomberg. Last year, the number of visitor … Continue reading "Macau tourism chief forecasts 10 pct growth in visitor arrivals"

7 May, 2012

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Macau logs nearly 7,000 vehicles per sq km

Macau, whose land area amounts to just 29.9 square kilometers, logged 208,037 licensed motor vehicles at the end of March, a year-on-year increase of five percent, The Macau Post Daily reports today, citing official statistics. The number of motor vehicles per square kilometre reached 6,957 at the end of the first quarter. The number of … Continue reading "Macau logs nearly 7,000 vehicles per sq km"

7 May, 2012

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Chui urges community to put ‘desire’ of Macau joining IOC aside

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said Thursday that it would be better for the local community to put its long-standing “desire” of Macau becoming a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) aside. He made the appeal during a question-and-answer session in the Legislative Assembly (AL). Two dozen lawmakers raised questions during the two-and-a-half-hour … Continue reading "Chui urges community to put ‘desire’ of Macau joining IOC aside"

27 Apr, 2012

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Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate

Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On said during Thursday’s Q&A session in the legislature that while the government would not do anything to harm the development of the real estate market, it would allow the sector to develop “healthily”, irrespective of the government’s response to citizens’ demand for public housing flats. Two lawmakers wanted to … Continue reading "Chui vows to maintain ‘sound’ development of real estate"

27 Apr, 2012

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Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy

Lao Pun Lap, who heads the government’s Policy Research Office think tank, said Wednesday that the government would start consulting the public on its population policy at the end of this year. He made the remarks during a press conference at Government House. Four government representatives, including Alexis Tam Chong Weng, chief-of-cabinet of the office … Continue reading "Macau government pledges to consult residents on population policy"

26 Apr, 2012

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Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development

Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda Chan Lai Man said Wednesday the government would find out the largest common denominator in the opinions gathered by the government on the city’s political development and then reflect it in the government-initiated bills about the possible changes in the methods of the elections for the Legislative Assembly (AL) … Continue reading "Govt vows to find ‘largest common denominator’ in 100,000 opinions about political development"

26 Apr, 2012

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Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning

The government said Tuesday that its bill about the Macau’s urban planning ensures that citizens can express their views on the city’s land use, the locations for infrastructure projects and how to classify the city into different areas as heritage protection, tourism, and commerce zones, as well as the criteria for the city’s buildings. Francis … Continue reading "Macau government vows to ensure public participation in urban planning"

25 Apr, 2012

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Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction

The construction of the University of Macau’s new campus in Hengqin will enter into its final stage in May, and will be finish by the end of the year as scheduled. During a visit to the site by the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Cheong U, the Assistant Coordinator of the Infrastructure Development Office, … Continue reading "Hengqin campus enters final stage of construction"

24 Apr, 2012

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Three new ferry routes to run from Taipa this year

Three newly-approved ferry routes from Taipa’s Pac On Temporary Ferry Terminal to Hong Kong’s Shueng Wan, Zhuhai’s Wanzai and Shenzhen’s Shekou terminals will be operational within six months from the permit date, Maritime Administration(CP) Director Suzana Wong Soi Man said Thursday. Wong said that the government has approved Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management’s application to … Continue reading "Three new ferry routes to run from Taipa this year"

20 Apr, 2012

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Survey claims less than half of visitors come for gambling

Only 46.7 percent of a total 7,314 visitors who participated in a survey carried out by University of Macau (UM) said that they came to Macau for gambling – these respondents said they either “had gambled” or “planned to gamble” in local casinos during their visit. The findings of the survey were announced on Thursday … Continue reading "Survey claims less than half of visitors come for gambling"

20 Apr, 2012

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