MUSIC | Competition launched to promote piano studies

João Pedro Lau The Macau Piano Association has announced that it will organize the “Lotus Cup” Macau Youth Piano Competition, which will take place between July 16 and 18. The competition

Fitness trends Crossfit: ‘Program for the best, scale down for the rest’

Catarina Pinto As fitness options spread around town, a new gym promises a sport combining Olympic lifting, running, swimming, all types of cardiovascular activity involved with heavy lifting, as well as

BootCamp: From the gym to the street

Nuno Fernandes completed a training program in Hong Kong, and decided to team up with João Braga to provide something Macau was yet to experience. The Urban BootCamp 853 made it

Japan’s USD187 billion pinball pastime bets on casinos

Yuki Yamaguchi Welcome!” two young women in shorts and Hawaiian shirts chime over the clatter of pinballs and J-Pop at the Million pachinko parlor in the Tokyo residential area of Suginami. “All

Deutsche Bank, TheStreet maintain LVS as a “buy”

For TheStreet, “these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had a generally high debt management risk by most of the measures that we evaluated.” TheStreet Ratings Team highlighted that

ANGOLA | 39 countries at the Luanda International Fair

Thirty-nine countries, including Angola, are signed up to take part in the 2014 Luanda International Fair (Filda), the event’s manager, Francisco Coutinho said Tuesday in Luanda. Speaking to Angolan news agency

PORTUGAL | Loan default rate hits highest level since 1998

Loan defaults by Portuguese families last May reached the highest level since 1998, according to the Bank of Portugal’s Statistical Bulletin published Tuesday in Lisbon. The bulletin said that nonperforming loans

US, China vow to improve cooperation

Bradley Klapper, Beijing The United States and China vowed yesterday to improve their economic and security cooperation, saying they wouldn't let persistent differences over maritime claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a

Tibetan activist gets home arrest as Kerry arrives

Didi Tang, Beijing A well-known Tibetan writer said yesterday that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing as China plays host to U.S. State Secretary John

Rejected! Yao Ming says no to wildlife trafficking

The former NBA star, a Chinese basketball icon, is working with top American and Chinese officials to stamp out global trade in endangered species and their parts. Yao, who retired from

China inflation eases to 2.3 percent in June

China's inflation rate eased to 2.3 percent in June as politically sensitive food prices softened, government data released yesterday showed. Inflation remains below the 3.5 percent annual target set by the

Auto sales cool in June

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported yesterday. Passenger vehicle sales rose

Powers differ on global plan to cut emissions

Louise Watt, Beijing China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change yesterday, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain

Finance minister Lou says it’s up to US to drive global economy

China's finance minister said that the country is not planning any new stimulus measures and it is up to the United States to drive the global economy. Lou Jiwei said that

INDONESIA | Both rivals claim victory in election

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta According to the three most reputable quick-count surveys, soft-spoken Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo won the election in Southeast Asia's largest economy with 52 percent of the vote, but

THAILAND | Raid by police exposes human trafficking ring

A raid at a palm plantation in southern Thailand exposed a ring that trafficked Myanmar's ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims into the country, police said yesterday. The raid on Saturday came two

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