Defense ‘only partially pleased’ with court sentence, may appeal

  The defense lawyer of the former president of the Macao Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), Jackson Chang, is only “partially pleased” with the sentence handed down on Friday by

Hotel occupancy scores low for supposedly busy period

Macau welcomed over 156,000 visitors during the Golden Week this year, marking a year-on-year fall of 86.0% in average daily visitor arrivals during the national holiday. Some 145,000 visitors came from

Gaming | Bernstein: ‘disappointing’ GGR over holidays

The total gross gaming revenue (GGR) for traditionally one of the busiest periods in the gaming calendar has plunged 76% year-on-year, which analysts have dubbed as disappointing. “At this stage, we

Consumers’ confidence in employment dropped to lowest point since 2008

The latest results of the Macau Consumer Satisfaction Index show that local consumers’ confidence in local employment has dropped to its lowest point since, according to a statement released by

Typhoon signal No.1 hoisted as Hainan-bound storm nears

The Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) raised typhoon signal No.1 at 10 p.m. last night as a tropical depression detected about 770 kilometers southeast of the city was seen

Customs authority arrests seven mainlanders in dramatic maritime chase

The customs authority has apprehended seven mainland men believed to be running a smuggling operation off Taipa’s northeast coast. A dramatic speedboat chase in which the smuggler’s boat briefly evaded capture

BNU, BOC to continue issuing the pataca for a decade

The Macau Special Administrative Region Government has recently signed a new currency issuing contract with the city’s two currency issuing banks. Unlike many other jurisdictions, the legal tender of Macau is

Briefs | Elderly man found dead at home

  An 89-year-old man was found dead at his home after the neighbors reported an unpleasant smell coming from his apartment to the police. According to the Judiciary Police (PJ) report,

US sees ‘malign influence’ in China-backed school program

The Trump administration on Friday encouraged U.S. schools and colleges to rethink their ties to the Confucius Institute, a program that brings Chinese language classes to America but, according to

China backs Indonesia to become vaccine hub of Southeast Asia

  China supports Jakarta’s efforts to become the center for vaccine production in Southeast Asia, Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan said after meeting Chinese Foreign Minister

Hong Kong police arrest nine for aiding dozen to flee territory

Police in Hong Kong said Saturday they have arrested nine people on suspicion of providing funds and other assistance to a group of 12 who sought to flee the territory

China protests latest US Navy mission in South China Sea

China said it dispatched ships and planes to track the U.S. guided-missile destroyer John S. McCain as it passed near Chinese-held islands in the South China Sea. The People’s Liberation Army

This Day in History |1986 Reykjavik summit ends in failure

US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev have failed to reach agreement at a disarmament summit in Reykjavik. The two men came close to striking a radical arms reduction

Armenia, Azerbaijan say Nagorno-Karabakh truce violated

Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a Russia-brokered cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh starting Saturday, but immediately accused each other of derailing the deal intended to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in

Qantas ‘full-day’ flight to nowhere takes off

Qantas Airways Ltd. launched a sight-seeing flight across Australia in the airline’s latest effort to contend with the impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector. The “full-day outing” from Sydney

Singapore’s cruises to nowhere to start in November

Two cruise ships will start sailing from Singapore from next month into the open seas and back as the city-state aims to give residents some outlet for their wanderlust amid

Luxury Thai hotels opening in pandemic bet on 5-star quarantine

A slew of luxury hotels opening in Thailand amid the Covid-19 pandemic are pinning their hopes on a government plan to lure high-spending tourists, betting those seeking five-star quarantine will

The Buzz | Detained Canadians in China get rare consular access

The Canadian government said Saturday that China granted consular access to two detained Canadians in China for the first time since January. The Global Affairs department said Dominic Barton, Canada’s Ambassador

Spanish gov’t imposes state of emergency in virus-hit Madrid

Spain’s government declared a state of emergency in Madrid on Friday, wresting control of efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 from local authorities in a region that is experiencing

World Views | Russia’s post-Soviet hegemony is fading

  Vladimir Putin has long sought to portray himself as strong statesman and guarantor of stability, at home and abroad. Now the Russian president is grappling with successive crises among his

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