Investigation: Sitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aid

When the coronavirus forced churches to close their doors and give up Sunday collections, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte turned to the federal government's signature small business relief program

Simple Pay | First trial phase to begin on Feb. 8

Simple Pay, a new form of payment introduced by the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM), will allow customers to use their mobile phones to scan businesses’ QR codes to pay

Briefs | Lio Chi Chong sworn in as DICJ deputy director

  Yesterday, Lio Chi Chong took the oath to serve as the deputy director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ). Lio joined the civil service in 1999 and served

Hong Kong mulls on reopening cross-border travel when Covid-19 cases subside

The Hong Kong SAR is considering to reopen its borders to Macau and mainland China if the number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in its region decreases to low double-digit or

‘Gate of Understanding’ revamp to conclude during Q2

More than four years after it officially closed, the “Gate of Understanding” (Porta do Entendimento), a monument erected in the 1990s in the Sai Van area to symbolize Luso-Chinese relations,

Experts call for mandatory counseling to prevent domestic violence

Some local experts are advising the SAR government to impose mandatory counseling for perpetrators of domestic violence to prevent recurrences, as stressed during yesterday’s TDM radio program Macau Forum. Experts from

Gov’t partners with mainland to enhance water quality 

The Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) revealed that the SAR government is now teaming up with mainland parties to embark on cross-border river enhancement works, in a bid to uplift the

Crime | PJ seizes liquid cocaine with a street value of MOP24 million

The Judiciary Police (PJ) seized eight bottles of liquid cocaine, amounting to approximately 7.47 liters and with an approximate street value of 24.66 million patacas, the PJ reported yesterday. This was

Academics predict economy will rebound, albeit slowly

Following the last economic trough in the second quarter of 2020, the economic outlook for this year should be cautiously optimistic, Dr. Samuel Tong, president of the Macau Institute of

Young entrepreneur incubation center collaborates further with MGM

Considering the “pleasant partnership” the Macao Young Entrepreneur Incubation Centre (MYEIC) has with MGM China, the “MGM x MYEIC Young Entrepreneur Nurturing Program” is likely to continue, center chairman José

Coup a further complication for tricky Myanmar-China ties

Before Monday’s coup in Myanmar, the country’s relations with China already were complicated by Chinese investments in its infrastructure and the Myanmar military’s campaigns along their shared border. The coup deposed

Covid-19 | WHO team visits Wuhan virus lab at center of speculation

World Health Organization investigators yesterday visited a research center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that has been the subject of speculation about the origins of the coronavirus, with one

Covid-19 | Beijing to send 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses abroad

China yesterday announced a plan to provide 10 million coronavirus vaccine doses to developing nations through the global COVAX initiative as part of its ambitious diplomatic and business efforts to

This day in history | 1968 More Kenyan Asians flee to Britain

Another 96 Indians and Pakistanis from Kenya have arrived in Britain today, the latest in a growing exodus of Kenyan Asians fleeing from laws which prevent them making a living. The

UK | Health chief says new study vindicates delaying second virus vaccine shot

Britain’s health chief said yesterday that a new study suggesting that a single dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine provides a high level of protection for 12 weeks supports the

Football | Man United beats Southampton by landslide, ties biggest EPL win

Man U 9, Southampton 0 Manchester United beat nine-man Southampton 9-0 yesterday to tie the biggest margin of victory in a Premier League match. It came 15 months after Southampton lost

Football | Atlético forward João Félix tests positive for Covid-19

Portugal forward João Félix has tested positive for the coronavirus, Atlético Madrid said yesterday. The club said the 21-year-old player is in isolation at home and is following the recommendations of

The Buzz | China not convinced by Canada’s Wu-Tang Clan explanation

A ruckus brought by China over Canadian T-shirts bearing an altered logo of the New York hip-hop group Wu-Tang clan continued yesterday, with China’s Foreign Ministry saying it didn’t buy

Hard Rock casino bonuses thank workers during pandemic

Hard Rock International is handing out cash bonuses to its workers in several states, including New Jersey and Florida, to thank them for their efforts, including persevering during the coronavirus

Our Desk | The fallout from ill-planned infrastructure

Several weeks ago, I took my first ride on the Macau Light Rail Transit (LRT), heading from The Londoner Macao to Old Taipa Village for lunch. I opted for the LRT

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