Asia Today: Japan expands emergency; China denies allegation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. Abe also announced cash

Corporate Bits | Grand Lapa, Grand Coloane launch special F&B offers

Grand Lapa, Macau and Grand Coloane Resort will run special offers at their properties to wrap up their mission to support the city’s fight against Covid-19. Grand Lapa will officially

Ho Iat Seng to announce major public administration reform Monday

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng will announce the restructure of several key government departments in his first Policy Address on Monday, according to public broadcaster Radio Macau. According to the broadcaster,

Lawmaker says no to higher age threshold for gov’t housing applicants

Lawmaker and New Macau Association member, Sulu Sou, submitted three recommendations to the Chief Executive yesterday regarding the proposed amendments to the Economic Housing Law. The amendments, which are currently

Urban master plan will undergo public consultation later this year

In response to public concerns regarding the government’s decision to proceed with the New Urban Zone plan before the city’s urban master plan is complete, a representative of the Land,

IMF predicts Macau economy will contract 30%

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts that Macau’s economy will shrink by 30% in real terms this year. The institution’s latest World Economic Outlook report expects Macau’s 2020 gross domestic product

Bernstein predicts gaming revenue to fall up to 95% this month

Brokerage Sanford C. Bernstein is expecting Macau’s gross gaming revenue to plunge as much as 95% year-on-year in April. According to the analysts, the city recorded some 850 million patacas of

Tourism prices held up even as visitors disappeared last quarter

Tourism prices in the first quarter largely resisted the collapse in visitor numbers brought about by the onset of the pandemic. A price index of goods and services purchased by tourists

Police vigilant on possible rise in crime caused by recession

  The security sector of the government remains on guard against any change in public security conditions that may be caused by economic decline, a Public Security Police Force (PSP) officer

Dates for kindergarten admission interviews announced

Children starting kindergarten education this year will participate in their admission interviews between May 2 and June 7, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) announced yesterday at the government’s


As communities around the world grapple to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, Melco Resorts & Entertainment has been throwing weight behind efforts to proactively support the community

HIS warns biosecurity cannot be left out of national security education

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng (HIS) said today (Wednesday) that the novel coronavirus had shown that biosecurity matters can leave a lasting impact on the livelihoods of the population and

Mutual recognition of coronavirus-free certificates sparks concern

The mutual recognition of medical certificates from Macau, Hong Kong and Zhuhai declaring individuals free of Covid-19 infections has sparked some concerns among parts of the Macau public. Earlier this week,

Zhuhai proposes fine hike for those found eating wild animals

Zhuhai has become the latest mainland city to propose heavier fines for the consumption of restricted animals. According to a protocol publicized by the Zhuhai government, starting from May 2020, consuming

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for six key days

In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease

This Day in History | 1964 ‘Great Train Robbers’ get 300 years

Some of the longest sentences in British criminal history have been imposed on men involved in the so- called “Great Train Robbery”. Sentences totalling 307 years were passed on 12 men who

Trump ends US aid to WHO, says not enough done to stop virus

President Donald Trump said he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the

ByteDance launches global hiring spree with 10,000 new jobs

ByteDance Inc. just kicked off a wave of hiring it envisions hitting 40,000 new jobs in 2020, hoping to match Alibaba’s headcount at a time technology corporations across the globe

Book It | A fiddle in a chaotic world

Simon the Fiddler is the origin story of Simon Boudlin, a traveling musician who appears in Paulette Jiles’ 2016 novel, the National Book Award finalist “News of the World.” When we

Drive In | In ‘Uncorked,’ a full-bodied coming-of-age tale

The wine movie is not exactly known for a bouquet of tasting notes. From “Wine Country” to “Bottle Shock,” they are usually light, amiable movies that amble through sunny fields

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