Briefs | Sports Bureau meets with youngsters

The Sports Bureau (ID) has organized an event with the aim of disseminating more information to the youth on the government’s policies regarding sports. Over 250 young athletes representing several sports activities and associations participated in the event, as well as several school institutions. The president of the ID, Pun Weng Kun, outlined new developments regarding sports in the region, including a vision for the new professional athlete-training center being built in Cotai, which is scheduled to open later this year.

In a statement, the Bureau said it hopes events of this kind will open a “bridge of communication” between policy-makers and the youth.

Imports value drops 12.3 percent

The value of merchandise imports dropped 12.3 percent year-on-year to MOP5.67 billion in February 2019, on account of significant declines in the import of constructions materials (-33.1 percent), gold jewelry (-32.6 percent) and handbags and wallets (-26.3 percent). However, the decrease was partially offset by a 25 percent rise in imports of beauty, cosmetic and skin care products. The value of merchandise exports in February amounted to MOP923, putting the merchandise trade deficit at MOP4.75 billion.

Tap Seac Craft Market returns April 26

The Tap Seac Craft Market returns this year from Aril 26 to 28 and from May 3 to 5 at the central square, featuring a total of 38 handicraft workshops, according to organizer the Cultural Affairs Bureau. Registration opens today for the workshops via the ‘Activity Registration System’ on the Cultural Affairs Bureau’s website. Participation in the workshops is charged at MOP50 each.

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