This Day in History | 1953 – Spelling bill passes second reading

A proposal to simplify English spelling has cleared its second hurdle in parliament. After a second debate MPs in the House of Commons voted by 65 votes to 53 to approve

Covid-19 | Italy sees cases rise 45% in a day; contagion rises in Europe

Italy reported a 45% one-day increase in people infected with the coronavirus as other countries in Europe recorded their first cases Tuesday, producing evidence that travelers are carrying the virus

Bob Iger hands Disney’s reins to parks chief in surprise succession

Bob Iger abruptly stepped aside as Walt Disney Co.’s chief executive officer, handing the reins to theme-parks head Bob Chapek after years of speculation over who would succeed the longtime

Football | Champions League: Barcelona draws at Napoli in first leg

Napoli 1, Barcelona 1 On a night when Lionel Messi was expected to put on a show in the stadium that was once Diego Maradona’s, the Barcelona forward did relatively little

The Buzz | Trump to hold news conference on coronavirus US threat

President Donald Trump said he’ll discuss the coronavirus threat at a White House news conference today, a day after he sought to minimize fears of the virus spreading widely across the U.S. Trump

Globe braces for long battle against virus as cases spread

Scientists raced to find a treatment, crews scrubbed everything from money to buses, and quarantines were enforced yesterday from a beachfront resort in the Atlantic to an uninhabited island in

World Briefs

COVID-19 Several European countries have announced their first coronavirus cases, all apparently linked to the growing outbreak in Italy. Austria, Croatia and Switzerland said the cases involved people who had

World Views | Coronavirus complacency is worse than panic

Don’t think about a white bear. What did you just see in your mind’s eye? If the answer was “a white bear,” you’ll have grasped one of the problems facing public health

Thursday, February 27, 2020 – edition no. 3481

  * Virtual hospital • Tens of thousands of appointments are on remote mode * Chinnerys sold in London to unnamed buyers * A neighborhood in the Ilha Verde area expressed worries about non-local

Tourism regulator receives five calls from Macau residents in South Korea

Macau’s Tourism Crisis Management Office (GGCT) has received five calls requesting assistance from local residents in South Korea, the government disclosed yesterday. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, director of the Macao

Gov’t studying how to bring home Macau residents still in Hubei

The local government said it is studying several options when it comes to bringing home Macau residents currently staying in Hubei Province, where the contagious Covid-19 coronavirus originated. However, any

Education | No official date for school resumption, but sources point to March 16

The neighboring region of Hong Kong yesterday extended its school closure until the end of the Easter break. This was confirmed by the Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung, who said

MUST scientists identify ingredients that could be used to fight Covid-19

Chair Professor Liu Liang, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and Rector of the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST), in collaboration with Xiao-Jun Yao, Professor of the

Patriotic students write letters to support Wuhan

Three teachers and 19 students of Macau Pui Ching Middle School’s primary school section wrote heartfelt letters to the television program, “Letters From Wuhan”, expressing their love and support for

Local construction workers turn to DSAL for support

Local construction workers have approached the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) to seek employment assistance as several of the city’s construction works have been halted due to the epidemic outbreak. The slowdown

Three people poisoned with carbon monoxide

  Three people were poisoned with carbon monoxide inside a barber shop located in the Hac Sa Wan area. The accident took place on Monday. The Fire Services Bureau discovered two

Personal Health Declaration system registering problems

The Health Bureau’s (SSM) electronic system for Personal Health Declaration registered several problems yesterday. People who wanted to access public services, casinos, and other venues in which the form-filling was required

Gaming | Bernstein: Revenue plunge to continue into March

The enduring impact of the novel coronavirus has analysts now expecting next month’s gross gaming revenue to plunge by as much as 80% in year-on-year terms. Analysts at Sanford C. Bernstein and share

AL committee discusses new Hengqin port law

The SAR government has not revealed the details of rental prices for the land plot in Hengqin that Macau plans to use as a future immigration facility, according to the

Gui Minhai | Court sentences Swedish bookseller to 10 years in prison

A court in eastern China has sentenced a seller of books that took a skeptical look at the ruling Communist Party to 10 years in prison for “illegally providing intelligence

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