Villa owner wants team promoted and to help football in China

The little-known businessman who bought Aston Villa is hoping to improve both the English club and Chinese football in general. Xia Jiantong, who goes by the English name Tony, told The

Ines Lei | Co-founder of Macau Root Planning: Reclamation plan lacks ‘development concept for the long-term’

Ines Lei, a community planner and co-founder of Macau Root Planning, claims the government is not focusing on the city’s “development concept” in the long-term, stressing that the “development spirit”

Gaming | Sports book lounges beneficial to Macau chairman and CEO David Leppo noted that sports lounges would be beneficial to the gaming industry, as it maintains social interest within casinos. Currently there are no sports betting

Doping | Sports Bureau decides not to disqualify 2014 marathon winner

The Sports Bureau (ID) told the Times yesterday that the Organizing Committee of the Macau International Marathon decided not to disqualify Flomena Chepchirchir, the winner of the 2014 race. At

Gaming | Sanum expects Macau Legend and Laotian authorities to pay USD250m for casino

We expect Macau Legend and the Laos government to pay 100 percent of the proceeds into the escrow as agreed,” John Sario, a Sanum Investments representative, told the Times,

Taiwan | Leader faces thornier ties with China, growth woes

When Taiwan inaugurates Tsai Ing-wen as the self-ruled island’s first female president today, she’ll confront major challenges including navigating increasingly fractious relations with Beijing and rejuvenating the flagging economy. Beijing has

Beijing rejects US claim of unsafe aerial intercept

China rejected U.S. claims that its fighter jets maneuvered unsafely when they intercepted an American Navy reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea, and demanded that the U.S. end such

Hong Kong | Zhang Dejiang slams independence calls

A top Chinese official visiting Hong Kong warned against heeding calls for independence for the semiautonomous Chinese region. Zhang Dejiang, who is the Communist Party’s No. 3 official and responsible for

India | Train brings water to a drought-hit central region

Many trains pull into Latur’s railroad station, but none is as eagerly awaited as the train that pulls into the parched town in the dead of the night. That train —

EgyptAir Flight 804 | Plane crashes in Mediterranean with 66 on board; terror attack possible

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off the Greek island of Crete yesterday, Egyptian and Greek officials

Golf | British Open host Muirfield votes ‘no’ to female members

Muirfield will no longer be used as a host venue of the British Open golf tournament after the Scottish club voted against admitting women as members. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh

Allan Zeman Entrepreneur | ‘The numbers in Macau were great but not real’

Allan Zeman, known as the “Father of Lan Kwai Fong,” is a Hong Kong business magnate who sits on the board of Wynn in Las Vegas and also serves as

Human Resources Office to merge with DSAL

The Human Resources Office will merge with the Labour Affairs Bureau (DSAL) on May 28, the Executive Council (ExCo) announced yesterday during a press conference. After merging, the DSAL will

Gaming | VIPs wooed to tropical isles as Macau tightens rules

Macau’s gaming promoters are betting they can make money bringing high rollers to casinos in Southeast Asia and other tropical destinations as increased government control crimps casino revenue in the

Macau Gaming Show | Cocktail reception held ahead of show

The Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association (MGEMA) held a networking cocktail reception last night at the Conrad Hotel. The event forms part of the body’s international relations program, which was

Cultural Revolution| Garbage picker in military attire sings Mao’s praises

Zhao Shunli’s transformation takes place several times a week in a simple bedroom filled with Mao Zedong memorabilia, its concrete walls lined with posters portraying the founder of the communist

Hong Kong | City in lockdown as Zhang Dejiang attends meeting

Hong Kong authorities stepped up security for a top Chinese government official’s appearance at a business conference yesterday, preventing pro-democracy protesters from getting anywhere close to the venue. As many as

Afghanistan | Medical charity urges US to pay Kunduz hospital victims

A leading medical charity that suffered massive losses when U.S. helicopter gunships mistakenly struck its clinic in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz is criticizing the United States for failing

US-North Korea | Trump says he’d speak with Kim Jong Un over nukes

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he’s open to speaking with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to halt the communist nation’s nuclear program. “I would speak to him,

UK | Sugar tax, spaceports meet pageantry in Queen’s Speech

Queen Elizabeth II donned an ermine-trimmed robe and diamond-studded crown  yesterday to announce government promises to put Britain at the cutting edge of technology and social progress in the 21st

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