Alexis Tam calls democracy referendum ‘illegal’ and ‘invalid’

Grace Yu Three groups – the Macau Conscience, the Macao Youth Dynamics and the Open Macau Society – are joining forces to form the “Electoral Affairs Commission on the Civil Referendum

Asia-Pacific tourism ministers meet in Macau

Over 500 guests, including tourism ministers or representatives from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members, will participate in the tourism meeting that will take place in Macau from September 8

Gov’t sets up a talent database

Grace Yu According to the Talent Development Committee, the official body created to manage the “talent issues,” the data is collected based on voluntary registration. The committee encourages local residents with

Macau Fashion Parade today in HK

Under the theme “Cruise Sensation,” Fashion Week offers buyers a wide variety of theme zones, including: Emporium de Mode; International Fashion Designers’ Showcase; World of Fashion Accessories; Bridal & Evening

BRIEFS | Macau-mainland trade down by over 10 pct

Trade between Macau and mainland China decreased by 11.2 percent year on year to USD1.37 billion during the first five months of the year, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday.

MUST SURVEY | Locals increasingly gloomy on buying houses

The consumer confidence index in Q2 is 85.32, which has dropped 0.67 points compared to the previous quarter, and remains below the benchmark of 100 points. Among all eight sub-indexes, house

Trade between China and lusophone countries rises

Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries totaled USD53.345 million between January and May of this year, rising 9.28 percent against the same period of 2013, according to official figures from

Sulu Sou elected New Macau Association president

João Pedro Lau Sulu Sou Ka Hou, 23, was elected the New Macau Association (ANM)president last night. The newly elected leader was chosen by the association’s council and claimed that he

Petition handed to “right the wrong” housing policies

The lawmakers submitted a petition stating that the government must not avoid some crucial issues, such as the re-establishment of a waiting list, when consulting the public in a review

USJ CHANGES FACULTY NAME | Christian Studies christened ‘Religious Studies’

The University of Saint Joseph has officially changed the name of its Faculty of Christian Studies to the Faculty of Religious Studies. It has also appointed a new Dean for

THE BUZZ | Francis to sex abuse victims: I beg your forgiveness

Pope Francis has begged forgiveness from the victims of clergy sex abuse in his first meeting with several abuse survivors. The Vatican quoted Francis as expressing “sorrow” in his homily at

Tourists disappointed with local tourism industry ‘software’

Macau was ranked fourth, alongside China, in the 2013 international tourism receipts list, which was published by the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations (UNWTO). However, an industry source

ANALYSIS | Gambling frenzy in overdrive during World Cup

Adam Minter Pity the parents of Xiao Cai, a young woman from Wuxi, China, who lost the equivalent of USD161 betting on World Cup matches. When her folks refused to cover

350 delegates to join anti-money laundering meeting

The event, organized by the MSAR government, will discuss anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing strategies, and share experiences in fighting such crimes. This is the second time that Macau will

We correct

In the article titled “USJ alumni demand reinstatement of sacked scholar”, published yesterday in the Times on p5, we incorrectly printed the name of Dr Benjamin Chan Sau San. His

Journalists’ Association hands petition to PSP

The association claimed that PSP has been giving contradictory accounts to the incident and failed to publish the CCTV footage or identify the agent involved. One of the reporters attending yesterday’s

CRIME | Painter scam could have spread to Macau

João Pedro Lau The Public Security Police (PSP) has detained a mainlander who was alleged to be selling a traditional Chinese painting on the street. However, it is uncertain whether the

Activists pledge to organize democracy referendum on CE election

The referendum organized by the Macau Conscience, the Macao Youth Dynamics and the Open Macau Society is informal and lacks legal effect. Nevertheless, according to commission member Jason Chao, the

Group calls for casino advertisement regulation

The Macau Responsible Gaming Association (MRGA) has urged the Macau government to strengthen the regulations on casino advertisement. The president of the MRGA, Song Wai Kit, claimed that the amount

Fiedler files request asking for details on Cotai land rights

The International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) yesterday submitted a public records request to two government bodies in Macau asking for information regarding the commitment of land rights in Cotai

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