Briefs | Tickets for acrobatic ‘Mulan’ go on sale

The highlight of the “Performance to Celebrate the 68th National Day of the People’s Republic of China” is the spectacular acrobatic show, Mulan, which will be performed by the Chongqing Acrobatic Art Troupe. The event is jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and the Department of Culture and Education of the Liaison Office. The performance will be held at the Macao Forum at 8p.m. on  September 30 and  October 1. The troupe will re-enact the famous story of Chinese folk heroine Hua Mulan by fusing acrobatics with traditional dance, martial arts, shadow play and face-changing (Bian Lian). Tickets are now available at the Macau Ticketing Network.

Master of Public Administration kicks off

The opening ceremony for the Master of Public Administration’s 2017 student intake was held at the Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) at 10 a.m. on September 9. The program was established in 2009 and is jointly organized by the Chinese Academy of Governance and IPM. Delivered on a part-time basis and aimed at students with full-time jobs, the program is designed to cultivate public administration professionals who can serve in the MSAR government. The Chinese Academy of Governance develops the curriculum, assigns teaching materials and staff, and conducts course assessments and evaluations.

Water drainage to be built along Areia Preta coast

The government has outsourced the contract for designing and building a rain discharge and a drainage pipe to the Companhia de Construção Cheong Kong Limitada, according to a notice published in the Official Gazette. The facilities will be built along the coastal line in Areia Preta. The government is releasing a total of MOP84.64 million for the project, to be paid in three installments: MOP15 million in 2017, MOP50 million in 2018, and MOP19.64 million in 2019. The project is expected to be completed in 400 days.

Macau Squash Open to kick off next Monday

The Macau Squash Open 2017 will be held from September 18 to 24. Squash athletes from 18 countries will gather in Macau for the competition, including last year’s champion. Macau is sending three male athletes and one female athlete to attend the competition, while Hong Kong is sending two athletes. Members of the public can watch the first six days of the competition for free. Distribution of complimentary tickets for the final two days began yesterday.

LRT depot construction carried out smoothly

Construction of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) depot is progressing smoothly, according to a TDM report. The Transportation Infrastructure Office (GIT) said large-scale construction is ongoing at the depot and that construction of other LRT sections in Taipa is proceeding as well, putting the system on track for its planned 2019 opening. The government has also adjusted the LRT’s payment methods, with 70 percent of the MOP1.07 billion construction costs to be paid within the year.

1,300 children assessed at pediatric center

More than 1,300 children have been assessed at the city’s pediatric medical center, the Health Bureau revealed in a TDM radio show yesterday. Before the center was established, children in Macau had to wait one year before having their physical and mental development assessed. With the new center, the wait has been shortened to one month. It currently takes five to nine months for a child to receive occupational therapy, and eight to 11 months to get speech therapy. To better meet the demand, the center has hired three new speech therapists and three new occupational therapists.

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