Municipal Affairs Bureau launched with new service

The new Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) was officially established on January 1, accompanied by the launch of an online platform which allows the public to more

Package tour visitors from Korea, Taiwan record increase

Visitors on package tours totaled 908,000 in November, up by 16.5 percent month-to-month but down slightly by 0.9 percent year-on-year. Information from the Statistics

Chui calls for continued economic progress in final year

In delivering his New Year message, Chief Executive Chui Sai On this week called for a concerted effort to advance Macau’s overall competiveness, as well as

Gaming | 2018 finishes strong at 84 percent of pre-crash peak

Gross gaming revenue finished stronger than expected in December, leading 2018 to conclude with a full-year tally of MOP302.85 billion (USD37.57 billion), a 14 percent year-on-year

New subsidy programs to provide MOP11m to two projects

The Cultural Industry Fund (FCI) will launch two subsidy programs in 2019, approving a maximum of MOP11 million to two companies for two service platforms, the

Local man installs gym equipment on Ilha Verde hill

A 62-year-old local retired man has been found responsible for damage on the Ilha Verde hill, the Judiciary Police reported yesterday. Earlier on Monday, the Cultural

Health | First day of inspections of new casino tobacco control ticketed five

The implementation of the region’s new tobacco control law began with the new year. On Jan. 1, five people were ticketed for smoking inside casinos, the

Environment | Concerns over decrease in migratory birds due to construction

A local bird watching group has expressed its concerns regarding the ongoing construction of the Lotus cycling track, noting that the number of incoming migratory birds has

Education | UM to launch five new bachelor’s degrees

The University of Macau in the 2019/2020 academic year will launch five new bachelor’s degree programs in education, science, precision medicine, big data and business intelligence.

Unemployment rate remains stable

The general unemployment rate in Macau from September to November 2018 was 1.7 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from the previous period from August to October, according to

Singapore | Home prices post first drop in six quarters

Singapore home prices posted their first decline in six quarters as the government’s cooling measures imposed in July started to bite. Private residential prices slid

China tobacco colossus plans IPO for international business

China National Tobacco Corp., a state monopoly that’s by far the biggest cigarette maker in the world, plans to list its international unit on the Hong

Corporate bits | Nye parties held at the Parisian, the Venetian

Sands Resorts Macao hosted New Year’s Eve parties featuring countdown celebrations, live music from international bands, DJs, dance music performances, firework extravaganzas and a JSTV music New Year

Opinion | Selling drugs is no longer a free lunch in China

There may be such a thing as a free lunch in China’s pharmaceutical industry. It turns out it’s not an unlimited buffet, though. For years, the country’s largest

Analysis | Hong Kong stocks have worst start since ‘95 as mainland woes deepen

This year is looking no kinder to China bulls than 2018. Hong Kong equities suffered their worst first day of trading since 1995, while Chinese

Xi seeks talks to unify Taiwan with mainland, Tsai not interested

Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested that mainland China and Taiwan enter into “in-depth democratic consultations” and work toward unification, in the clearest sign yet that he wants

Taiwan | Authorities seek Vietnam ‘tourists’ who left groups on arrival

Taiwanese immigration authorities have found 24 Vietnamese and are searching for 124 others who left their tour groups after arriving in December on tourist visas. The

North Korea | Four ideas from Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech

Looking almost banker- like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year’s address on Tuesday.

Japan | Emperor greets public in final New Year’s appearance

Japanese Emperor Akihito waved yesterday to throngs of well- wishers eager to see his final New Year’s appearance before abdicating in several months. “I am truly

Exclusive | India’s hidden years of nuns abused by priests Tim Sullivan, Kuravilangad

The nuns talk of Catholic priests who pushed into their bedrooms and of priests who pressured them to turn close friendships into sex. Across India,

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