Asia Today: Virus sets off new school closures in Australia

MELBOURNE — Australia's Victoria state has recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, resulting in the closing of two primary schools in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be

Briefs | IC performance venues reopen from June 26 onwards

  Following the earlier reopening of cultural facilities and rehearsal venues, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) will resume operation of its performance venues from this Friday, including the Macao Cultural Centre,

Wilfred Wong to lead Sands China until 2024

The President of Sands China, Wilfred Wong, will remain in his position until February 20, 2024, a year more than the term initially approved by the gaming operator’s

Residents stuck in limbo say they are fed up with IPIM’s stalling

It takes about six months for the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) to review a residency application on the basis of investment or skilled labor. Or

60% of e-voucher spending targeted small businesses

As of June 15, about 63% of the spending by e-voucher or consumption card has gone to small and medium sized enterprises. Forty percent of spending has gone

Chief Executive orders 2021 government spending be cut

Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng has ordered the local government to cut expenditure next year, according to a decree published yesterday in the government official gazette. The 2021 budget

Woman attacks coworker after heated argument

  A local woman has attacked a coworker in ire after being given a bad work performance review, the police authority reported yesterday. The local woman is 30 years old, surnamed Tse.

Lifting of Macau-HK quarantine needs careful study, says health official

A variety of criteria must be taken into account to fully lift the quarantine measures on people traveling between the two Special Administrative Regions, Leong Iek Hou, coordinator

Different service fees proposed for employers and employees

  The local government has not changed its opinion with regard to service fee standards for employers and non-local employees in the employment agency business, according to the Third Standing Committee

Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa

A camera trap photo of an injured tigress and a forensic examination of its carcass revealed why the creature died: a poacher’s wire snare punctured its windpipe and sapped its

Analysis | China faces a rice bowl dilemma after Covid

Empty supermarket shelves in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic have put grow-your-own back on the world’s agenda, and nowhere more so than in China, where ensuring food supplies for  its huge

EU, China look to ease tensions, push on with business

Top European Union officials are holding talks yesterday with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang at a time of rising tensions between two major trading partners over the

This Day in History | 1972 Chancellor orders pound flotation

The Chancellor, Anthony Barber, has announced his decision to temporarily float the pound. The news comes only a day after the bank lending rate was increased by 1% - and four

Pandemic | Virus cases surge in US, India, but slow in China, Korea

THE world saw the largest daily increases yet in coronavirus cases, with infections soaring in India’s rural villages after migrant workers fled major cities. India’s coronavirus caseload climbed by

Apple will remove thousands of unlicensed iPhone games in China

Apple Inc. will start removing thousands of mobile games lacking government approval from its App Store in China next month, closing a loophole that the likes of Rockstar

Tennis | Dimitrov positive for COVID-19, exhibition event canceled

Grigor Dimitrov has tested positive for COVID-19, leading to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was due to play in the final. Dimitrov,

The Buzz | WHO reports largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases

The World Health Organization reported yesterday the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases by its count, at more than 183,000 new cases in the latest 24 hours. The UN health

Wirecard scandal | Accounts worth billions likely don’t exist

German payment service provider Wirecard said yesterday it has concluded that two accounts that were supposed to contain 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) probably don’t exist, deepening troubles

Our Desk | Way back home it is

At least three repatriation flights will occur between now and the end of the month, with companies sponsoring charter flights for dismissed workers. Recently, the terms “dismissed” or “lay off” aren’t

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 – edition no. 3561

— Expats in Macau wait years for their ID cards ‘under review’ from IPIM, a problem said to affect hundreds in the community * Coronavirus lockdowns increase poaching in Asia, Africa *

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