Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's

Briefs | Labour Affairs Bureau receives 7,500 job requests

  The Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) has registered 7,500 job applicants this year. Of these, 3,000 applicants have been dismissed for six months, meaning they were likely affected by Covid-19, vice

Motorsports | McCormack returns to BSB with Roadhouse Macau

Former Superbike and Supersport champion Brian McCormack is ready to take on the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB). The Irish rider, who is often seen at the Macau Grand Prix

National security | Lawyers say Macau need not copy Hong Kong’s draconian bill

The introduction of a stringent national security law in Hong Kong need not require equally strict legislation to be passed in Macau, according to lawyers and lawmakers contacted by Macau

Gov’t promotes ‘Characteristic Stores’ as small businesses struggle

The Macau government promoted the “Macau Characteristic Stores” scheme last Friday, with an additional aim this year to support the city’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). “The Macau government has successfully

Monetary Authority asks MPay to ‘seriously review’ breakdown

Mobile payment platform MPay, operated by contactless payment card issuer Macau Pass, was ordered by the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) to conduct a “serious review” of the system’s breakdown

Subscription for major disaster insurance for SMEs starts today

  Special insurance specifically designed to cover losses from major disasters such as typhoons is available from today, the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM) has informed. The insurance will provide small and

Suspected money laundering cases drop 31%

The SAR government has recorded a drop of 31.2% in the number of suspected money laundering cases, down to 947, during the first half of the year compared to the

Repatriated students offer feedback on return missions

Several returning students have expressed their thoughts on how the government could have better conducted repatriation missions from Europe and North America via Hong Kong. The comments were made in an

Quarantine waiver extended across mainland side of Greater Bay Area

Selected Macau residents are now able to travel more freely across the Greater Bay Area after a quarantine waiver scheme previously applicable to just Zhuhai was rolled out to cover

Returning resident shocked by 6,000 pataca parking bill

A local resident, who recently returned to Macau from Hong Kong, was stunned to learn his car parking bill had grown to nearly 6,000 patacas while he was completing the

China’s era of mega-dams is ending as solar and wind power rise

It’s the beginning of the end for the era of mega-dam building in China. China Three Gorges Corp. last week turned on the first set of generators at the massive Wudongde

White House considering next steps over Hong Kong law

President Donald Trump has yet to sign legislation that would impose sanctions on certain Chinese officials over Hong Kong, but other moves against Beijing are possible before long. An administration official

Southern China braces for more storms

A wide swath of southern China is bracing for more seasonal rains and flooding that state media said has already left more than 120 people dead or missing this year. The

This Day in History | 1997 Mars buggy starts exploring Red Planet

Nasa scientists have freed a robot from the space probe Mars Pathfinder, allowing it to begin its exploration of the Red Planet at last. The rover, known as Sojourner, has been

Covid-19 | English pubs reopen but little normal elsewhere in the world

At least two U.S. senators said yesterday that China hid data from the World Health Organization that could have altered the course of the coronavirus outbreak, even as a

HSBC pledges more investments in China as tension escalates

HSBC Holdings Plc pledged to boost investments in China to capture more wealth and retail clients even as political tension escalates after Beijing launched sweeping new security legislation to crack

The Buzz | Trudeau suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty on China law

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suspending Canada’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong, making it the first country to break law enforcement links with the former British colony since China tightened

Kanye West says he’s running for president, Twitter explodes

Kanye West says he’s running for president. It’s not clear if the musician is serious, or if this is a publicity stunt for himself or a project unrelated to the

World Views | Balkanization is bad for Facebook’s business

  The internet, once a freewheeling global network, is becoming balkanized into national spheres of influence. This could be bad for both cross-cultural communication and U.S. tech companies. China has long protected

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