Briefs | Consumer Council encourages use of less plastic bags

With the new plastic bag bill now effective, each plastic shopping bag offered by retailers to consumers will be charged except under specific situations exempted from the law.

Secretary calls for more foreign affairs activities in Macau

Sonia Chan, the soon-to-depart Secretary for Administration and Justice, has proposed to the Central Government to organize certain types of foreign affairs activities in Macau.

Wong dismisses ‘speculation’ on entry ban for AmCham leaders

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak has dismissed allegations that the decision to refuse entry to two business officials from the American Chamber of Commerce was

Gaming | Philippine company withdraws from Galaxy partnership

Galaxy Entertainment Group and Philippines-based resort developer and operator Leisure & Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) have terminated their partnership to develop a casino resort on the island

Philippines: Business district halts new online casino permits

Makati City has declared a moratorium on new online casinos in the Philippines’ main business district, citing an “overheating” leasing market and rising criminality. The city will no

Japanification the scourge threatening to go global in 2020

First it was Japan. Then Europe. Now investors are scanning the world for the next outbreak of stagnant inflation and tumbling yields. The malaise

Three Chief Executives agree last 20 years were Macau’s best

In separate interviews with mainland state media outlet CCTV, Macau’s three Chief Executives each expressed that in their opinion, the last 20 years since the handover have been Macau’s best

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa | Portugal’s position on Macau unchanged since 1999

Portugal’s position on Macau has remained unchanged since 1999, according to Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, and “no change in the global, regional or another context” should undermine the

New Macau stresses equity in urban regeneration

Pro-democracy group New Macau Association (ANM) has said that individual owners should be better protected by the urban renewal legislation framework currently under public consultation. Suggestions from the group regarding the

Macau Polytechnic opens Portuguese-language center

A new Portuguese training center that aims to train professional Chinese-Portuguese interpreters was opened yesterday at the Macau Polytechnic Institute. The training center is a collaboration between the Macau tertiary education

Briefs | Taxi driver license exams to be made electronic

Beginning in 2020, the Transport Bureau (DSAT) will organize the taxi driver’s license exam electronically. In order to optimize the assessment method, which has been used for many years, and

Cinema | IFFAM jury: Online platforms play crucial role in film success

Online ticketing platforms in mainland China play a critical role in the overall gross revenue of a film, as the platforms allow users to rate the overall quality of the

IAS attends gender equality conference in Thailand

The Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) attended a United Nations ministerial-level conference on gender equality in Bangkok, Thailand, where a new declaration was adopted to further progress equality in the Asia-

Sports Bureau opens new athletes training center

A new training center for athletes has now opened. The center is located near the Macau East Asian Games Dome, near R. de Tennis and R. da Patinagem, and occupies

European tradition finds home at Grand Lapa for festive season

The festive celebrations arrived at Grand Lapa yesterday as it hosted a tree lighting ceremony, along with a live choir of students from The International School of Macao. Grand Lapa has

Cultural Industry Council discusses food, culture

  The Cultural Industry Council has discussed strategies for the joint development of gastronomy and creative culture, two partially overlapping concepts. The topic was discussed at a regular meeting of the


Tourism training focuses on sustainable planning

The Global Centre for Tourism Education and Training of the Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) recently held a training program on sustainable tourism in collaboration with the World Tourism Organization

Gov’t unveils quality accreditation for retailers

MORE than 1,000 retailers across the city were accredited last night at a ceremony co-hosted by the Consumer Council and the Macao Government Tourism Office. Following the previous night’s accreditation for

Macau’s rapid education improvement has a dark side

Macau’s rapid rise into the top three in the latest round of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), announced earlier this week, has been described by the education authority

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