Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned

Tourism diversification as solution to solving pandemic crisis

Non-gaming tourism activities have been presented as a possible solution for shielding Macau from future crises such as the one presented currently by the Covid-19 pandemic. Secretary for Social Affairs and

BOC, BNU to issue new pataca notes amounting to mop37.7 billion

The Executive Council has concluded its discussion on the draft executive regulations for Bank of China (BOC) and Banco Nacional Ultramarino (BNU), which will issue new pataca notes with new

Pandemic and politics push Hong Kong’s economy into record slump

Hong Kong’s economy suffered its worst quarter on record, extending the first recession in a decade as the coronavirus pandemic battered a city already weakened by political unrest. The economy contracted

Students eager to resume studies, education regulator says

Students are enthusiastic to resume their formal studies,” Wong Ka Ki, head of the Education Department of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) said yesterday, when questioned about how

Battered global tourism industry makes reopening plans

Six months ago, the global tourism industry was celebrating a record year for travel. Now, it’s decimated and facing a recovery that could take years. Tourism Economics, a data and consulting

Hitches as Macau puts own color code health system into use

Yesterday, the city marked the first day of its color code health system, which combined and replaced the previous two health declaration systems required at the entrance of certain public

Netizens slam supermarket price hikes, but gov’t insists they are honest mistakes

Netizens have slammed local retail outlets for the alleged price hikes of several products since May 1, the day when the government e-voucher first entered into operation. Residents turned to

Macau casinos see worst month yet as gaming revenue plunges 97%

Macau casinos suffered their worst month ever as travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic left the world’s biggest gambling hub struggling with few players and a heavy daily burn of

University of Macau students complain about full tuition fees

Students at the University of Macau say they are dissatisfied with their university’s decision to charge full-rate tuition fees for the second semester of this academic year, even though many

Policy Address | Wong to push for the creation of national security protection office

The aftermath of Covid-19 and the growing tension in Macau’s neighboring regions have shown the urgency and importance of protecting national security, said the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak

China to convene Congress, showing confidence in virus fight

China, taking a step toward a return to business as normal, announced yesterday that its previously postponed national legislature session will be held in late May. The 13th National People’s Congress,

Labor Day traditions halted by Covid-19

The traditional street demonstrations for May 1 (Labor Day) will be out of sight this year, as Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control measures forbid such activities. Still, tomorrow, two local associations

Authorities green light 11th round of mask distribution

Local health authorities announced yesterday during the daily press conference at the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center that the government’s 11th round of face mask distribution has already been

Oxford vaccine could be ready by September

In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University, according to an article published this week by the NYT. Most other teams

Amid recession, Covid-19 provides chance to reflect on Macau’s diversification failures

For a long time, Macau’s dependence on the gaming industry has been a concern shared by economists, politicians and the general public. Even before the gaming liberalization and the transfer of

Gov’t grants Melco until 2022 to fully develop Studio City land

The Macau SAR government has granted Melco International Development Ltd until May 31, 2022 to completely develop the land plot on which Studio City is situated. However,

Crime | Online scams related to facemasks, investments, gambling and romance

The Judiciary Police (PJ) reported seven online scams during yesterday’s joint police press conference, covering matters from facemasks to online romance. The police authority said yesterday that it has not found

End of facemask distribution scheme stirs concerns over future pricing

The assumed suspension of the government’s facemask supply has caused some members of the public and lawmakers to worry about price hikes for facemasks. Yesterday, lawmaker Ella Lei wrote an

Other school, summer activities may follow class resumption

A representative of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) informed that following the reopening of secondary school classes, extracurricular school activities such as interschool competitions might also resume. The chief

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