Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

CANBERRA — Australia's prime minister says a shutdown of the nation's second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won't survive a second lockdown. The

Macau scores poorly in real estate transparency

Macau continues to perform poorly in terms of real estate transparency, according to a new report authored by real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), with the territory weighed down

Briefs | Panda ‘Sum Sum’ celebrates 13th birthday

  Sum Sum, one of the four pandas kept at the Seac Pai Van Park in Coloane, has just celebrated her 13th birthday with a party organized by the Municipal Affairs

Jiangmen association blames Covid-19 for ‘donation retraction’

After being accused of retracting a promised donation of MOP100 million, the Jiangmen Communal Society responded by saying that “helping is an act of goodwill should not make the

Covid-19 | 100 days without a new locally-transmitted case

Yesterday marked the 100th consecutive day without a new case of Covid-19 in Macau, according to the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center, even as two people connected to the

Air Macau crew face hefty pay cut for remaining outside SAR

Air Macau staff that have remained outside of the Macau SAR have seen the pay cut by up to 90%, according to company insiders. First reported by Jornal Tribuna de Macau,

Festival to celebrate world heritage listing planned for this weekend

The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) will host a festival this weekend to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Inscription of the Historic Centre of Macau on the World Heritage List. Supported

Institutions collaborate to create smart city

The University of Macau (UM) and Nam Kwong Petroleum & Chemicals Co., Ltd (NKOIL) have signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement in the joint pursuit of creating a smart city

Courts | IPIM: Judge orders court to confirm if Hunan Engineering actually served supposed clients

Yesterday’s session at the Court of First Instance saw the Commission Against Corruption (CCAC) investigator who previously testified continue to answer questions from both the presiding judge and the defense

Briefs | Science Center resumes normal schedule

  The Macao Science Center has resumed its normal operating hours due to the stabilizing Covid-19 situation in Macau, the public leisure and educational venue has announced. The venue’s normal operation

Social media giants mull leaving Hong Kong after security law worries

TikTok said yesterday it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week. The

China-HK bond links pegged for further expansion

China will look to add more trading platforms to its Bond Connect information platform launched in support of the Greater Bay Area initiative, covering Macau, Hong Kong and nine mainland

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance yesterday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the

This Day in History | 2000 New Harry Potter most magical yet

The latest story about boy wizard Harry Potter has broken all publishing records. The fourth instalment of JK Rowling’s series has been released simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic with

Thermometers in hand, Dubai opens for tourists amid pandemic

From French soccer jerseys to slick online campaigns, Dubai is trumpeting the fact that it reopened for tourism yesterday — but what that means for this sheikhdom that relies on

Grand Lapa and Grand Coloane launch ‘Hello Summer’ eyeing locals

The Grand Lapa and Grand Coloane Resort Hotels have launched a special campaign aimed at attracting local residents to enjoy the summer in Macau. The hotels are featuring rooms with a

Sands Macao extends MICE promotion until end of year

Sands Resorts Macao has extended its “More Than Just Meetings” package booking period until the end of 2020, with added benefits. The meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) are available in

Singapore’s staycations can’t fill $20 billion tourism gap

In Indonesia, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation. Tokyo residents can escape the pandemic stress with a hike in the mountains,

Football | Mourinho delighted by Lloris-Son clash during Tottenham win

When Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris confronted Son Heung-min on the field at halftime, Jose Mourinho was far from annoyed. The manager renowned for his own flashpoints and volatility was delighted to

The Buzz | North Korea rejects talks as US envoy arrives in Seoul

North Korea yesterday said it has no immediate intent to resume a dialogue with the United States as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in South Korea for

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