‘Civic Roundtable’ discussion asks gov’t to revise public procurement

The main topics of yesterday’s discussion were public tenders; penalties imposed on high-rank officials; and amendment of the procurement law, which was first established back in 1986. Lam argued that

Great ball of money is rushing into commodities futures

Chinese speculators have a new obsession: the commodities market. Trading in futures on everything from steel reinforcement bars and hot-rolled coils to cotton and polyvinyl chloride has soared this week, prompting

Blocked content shows Apple not immune to China regulators

China has shut down Apple Inc.’s iTunes Movies and iBooks services, serving notice that the world’s most valuable company is no longer immune to the long reach of Beijing’s powerful

N. Korea claims successful test of submarine-fired missile

North Korea said yesterday that it successfully test-­fired a ballistic missile from a submarine and warned of its growing ability to cut down its enemies with a “dagger of destruction.” South Korea couldn’t immediately

Despite back-to-back disasters, climbers return to Everest

When the earthquake struck last year and thousands of tons of snow and ice and earth came crashing down the mountain, some feared the climbers might never return to Mount Everest. But despite back-to-back Everest disasters — the

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and

Scolari feels pressure in China

Since Guangzhou Evergrande started the new wave of spending in Chinese football in 2010, the club has enjoyed constant success - until now. The title-holders were last week dumped out of

Sands China misses forecast on China slowdown

Sands China Ltd., the Macau-based casino unit of Las Vegas Sands Corp., reported first-quarter profit missed analysts’ estimates as China’s economic slowdown hurt visitor spending, even as its billionaire chairman

CRIME | Scammer tricks employment agency at their own game

The Judiciary Police (PJ) yesterday arrested a Chinese citizen working in Macau for allegedly scamming the owner of an employment agency on the mainland. The man, aged 39, is a civil

Entertainment | ‘Butterfly Garden’ aims to awe visitors

Considered a master of oversized visual display art, Stephen Stefanou is embellishing MGM’s Grande Praça with colorful butterflies. The installation is expected to reach completion over the weekend, with the

Entertainment | ‘Le French May’ hopes to involve locals

The 24th edition of “Le French May” is set to commence in May and run until June with more than 120 programs in Hong Kong and Macau. In a press conference

Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Bolstering his status as China’s most powerful leader in decades, Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role as head of the country’s powerful armed forces with the

Hong Kong | Journalists question dismissal of top editor

Journalists’ unions in Hong Kong said yesterday they were troubled by the dismissal of a veteran editor of a newspaper that published a report on the Panama Papers document leak revealing offshore business

Nepal | Virtually no gov’t rebuilding one year after quake

The violence of the 7.8-magnitude earth quake left countless towns and villages across central Nepal in shambles. Almost one year later, in shambles they remain. The country has made almost no progress in rebuilding hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and government

Indonesia | China asks Jakarta to extradite Uighur prisoners

China has asked Indonesia to extradite four Uighur men in exchange for returning a graft fugitive recently arrested in Shanghai, the top Indonesian security minister said yesterday. Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan said

Environment | Paris climate deal on track for early start

  About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change today in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on

Olympics | Flame for Rio is lit at birthplace of ancient Games

  The flame for South America’s first Olympics was kindled yesterday at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey that will culminate with the

Taiwanese lawmakers criticize China, Macau customs

Several Taiwanese lawmakers slammed China for Macau customs officials’ recent decision to refuse entry to a Taiwanese woman whose passport bore a sticker that read “Taiwan is my country.” The woman,

Panama Papers | Economist: Local offshores bring ‘no real benefit’ to Macau

Next to Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong, Macau is one of Asia’s biggest global offshore banking centers. The issue was  highlighted recently by the Panama Papers leak, which revealed around

Art | Tibetan art exhibition to open in renovated gallery

A Himalayan-themed art exhibition will open tomorrow night to coincide with the formal re-opening of the iAOHiN Gallery, following its three-month refurbishment. The exhibition, titled “Tibet Revealed: an in depth

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