Asia Today: Philippines sees traffic jams as lockdown eases

Traffic jams and crowds of commuters returned to the Philippine capital on Monday, as the metropolis relaxed antivirus measures in a high-stakes gamble to slowly reopen the economy while fighting

Gaming revenue plummets for 8th straight month

Macau gaming revenue has plunged again in May, recording a drop of 93.2% from a year earlier, a figure that was slightly better compared to the median analyst estimate of

Economy shrinks by 49% during first quarter of 2020

Macau’s economy posted a deep contraction in the first quarter as lockdown measures introduced to contain the virus outbreak hit revenue from gambling, hotels and tourism. Gross domestic product in Macau

Briefs | Additional medical subsidy starts today

  An extra phase of the medical subsidy for this year has come into effect today, the government announced. Each eligible Macau ID holder is entitled to an annual medical subsidy,

Gov’t targets illegal rooftop structures after public complaints

The government has intensified its crackdown on illegal constructions, recently demolishing several structures that had been illegally built on rooftops. The Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau (DSSOPT) has informed in

Motorsport | FIA confirms cancellation of two headline events at Macau GP

The International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of international automobile racing, said that two of the headline events from the Macau Grand Prix will not take place this year,

Q&A | Stephen Morgan rector of the University of Saint joseph: Higher education is about to take a big step forward

For the newly-appointed Rector of the University of Saint Joseph (USJ), Rev. Deacon Stephen Morgan, some “very significant steps” will be made in the higher education sector in the next

No confirmation yet on whether face mask scheme to continue past round 14

The 14th round of the public mask distribution scheme kicks off today under the same rules and conditions as the previous rounds. Earlier, the authorities had hinted that the centralized mask

Macau one of 15 places worldwide to eliminate virus

  Macau is one of just 15 countries and territories to have reportedly eliminated Covid-19, according to official data collated from around the world. Macau’s last case recovered on May 19. The

UK may offer citizenship path to 3 million HK residents

The U.K. may open a path to citizenship for almost 3 million Hong Kong residents unless China backs down on its planned security law for the city. The move would vastly

Latest CEPA amendments take effect today

The latest amendments to the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) will come into effect today, in the hopes of further promoting economic ties between mainland China and Macau. CEPA resembles a

China says US action on Hong Kong ‘doomed to fail’

The mouthpiece newspaper of China’s ruling Communist Party said that the U.S. decision to end some trading privileges for Hong Kong “grossly interferes” in China’s internal affairs and is “doomed

Pandemic opens door to ideas new and old for a better economy

Modern economies will change forever after the coronavirus pandemic passes if some radical thinkers get their way. Governments have already cast aside dogmas at least temporarily - such as Germany’s “black

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened yesterday for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from places that aren’t

This Day in History | 2001 Nepal royal family massacred

The King and Queen of Nepal have been shot dead after the heir to the throne went on the rampage with a gun before turning it on himself. Eleven people died

India to exit lockdown in phases even as infections surge

India announced a phased lifting of the nationwide lockdown by allowing malls, restaurants and places of worship to open from June 8, as the country attempts to revive an economy

With small coffee brands reeling, Nestle, Starbucks set to grow

Starbucks Corp. and Nestle SA, the maker of Nescafe and Nespresso coffee, could see their brands grab a bigger share of the market as the virus lockdowns end, limiting consumer

Zoom to strengthen encryption for paying customers

Zoom Video Communications Inc. plans to strengthen encryption for paying clients and institutions, but not for users with free accounts, Reuters reported, citing the company’s security consultant Alex Stamos. The company

The Buzz | 13 years a Times: the ‘teens’

Thirteen years ago, only someone with a crystal ball would have been able to predict how the year 2020 would turn out. Macau practically isolated from Hong Kong and Guangdong, with

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