CNY | Occupancy rate of 48.3% outperforms MGTO’s estimate

Macau’s occupancy rate averaged at around 48.3% during the Chinese New Year (CNY) Golden Week from February 11 to 17, demonstrating a contraction of 4.6% points year-on-year, the official data

LRT Hengqin extension expected to be completed in four years

The SAR government announced that the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) extension to Hengqin is aimed to be operational in four years. It will be about 2.2 km in total with

Gaming tax contracted 73.6% YoY in 2020

Macau’s government received around MOP29.8 billion from gaming tax in the whole of 2020, a drop of 73.6% year-on-year (YoY), the Financial Services Bureau (DSF) revealed the yearly figures The actual receipts

Taiwan | Macau became a meeting point for retired intelligence officials charged for spying

Four retired Taiwanese military intelligence officials, including a major general, were indicted after being accused of providing sensitive information to China – which includes making multiple trips to mainland China

Quarantine measures lifted for visitors from two Chinese cities

  As of today, the quarantine measures previously enforced to visitors arriving or staying in the village of Gaodong in Shanghai’s Pudong new area and Tonghua City in Jilin Province have

GBA | Scholar says there is an urgency to set unified rules for competitiveness

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA) should have a set of unified rules in a bid to be more competitive and better connect with the world, according to Zheng

Briefs | CPI falls 1.18% in January

  Macau’s consumer price index (CPI) fell 1.18% year-on-year in January, marking a continual decline for five consecutive months. The fall was linked with lowered prices of package tours, telecommunications services,

IAM changes booking system for barbecue facilities

A new booking system for the use of barbecue facilities will be in operation from today, the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM) informed in a statement. The new system, accessible through the

Covid-19 vaccination for the public starts today

The Covid-19 vaccination for the general public kicks off today, as previously announced by the health authorities. Residents who have scheduled their inoculation since February 9 will start to get the

New Macau Association ‘prudent’ on Sou’s re-election

Icy Kam Sut Leng, the director-general of New Macau Association (NMA), stressed that the group is “prudent” when asked in an exclusive interview by the Times to comment on incumbent

Economic slowdown reflected on electricity and water consumption in 2020

  The local economic slowdown in 2020 had an indirect impact on the electricity and water consumption in Macau, figures released by the Statistics and Census Bureau (DSEC) show. According to the

G-7 skirts the China question, yet need for answers grows

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations tiptoed around the issue of China during their first, virtual, gathering of 2021 and failed to disguise a growing sense that it’s

Gov’t considers new actions to lift flagging birthrate

China is considering additional measures to increase its flagging birthrate, more than four years after ending its controversial one-child policy. For decades, China enforced strict controls on additional births in the

Regulator imposes further caps on online lending amid clampdown

China’s banking regulator imposed new restrictions on banks and financial institutions working with online microlenders including those led by Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co., dealing further blows to one of

More charges against Chinese scientist in visa fraud case

A Chinese researcher visiting Stanford University who was charged with visa fraud after she allegedly hid her military background is facing new charges, federal prosecutors said. A federal grand jury charged

This Day in History | 1997 Dolly the sheep is cloned

Scientists in Scotland have announced the birth of the world’s first successfully cloned mammal, Dolly the sheep. Dolly, who was created at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, was actually born on

Moscow | Court rejects opposition leader Navalny’s appeal

A Moscow court on Saturday rejected Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s appeal of his prison sentence, even as the country faced an order from a top European rights court to

Tennis | Djokovic beats Medvedev for 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open dominance is intact — nine finals, nine championships. And he keeps gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now up to 18

After 170 years, the America’s Cup still eludes Britain

Britain’s attempt to recover the America’s Cup sailing trophy after 170 years has again ended in failure, this time on the opposite side of the world from where the Cup

The Buzz | Oil spill stains Israeli shoreline; investigations underway

Hundreds of volunteers took part in a cleanup operation of the Israeli shoreline as investigations are underway to determine the cause of an oil spill that threatens the beach and

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