Tea Leaks by Talkers

Even for the gracious standards by which attentive and responsible media abide, the Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture enjoys very, very good press. Actually, he makes the most of

Extra Time: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

Don’t laugh. There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. We’re talking here about David Ginola. So silky as

Views on Macau | Smoking ban: What steps should Macau take?

The debate about smokers’ versus non-smokers’ rights continues and will continue as long as there are smokers in the world. What we all agree in this debate is that no

World Views: Greece’s crazy leftists have a good idea

Amid the populist rhetoric that propelled the far-left Syriza party to victory in Greece’s parliamentary elections, there’s one idea that Germany in particular should take to heart: revive growth in

Our Desk: In the name of freedom

On January 7, as some hurried to wrap up a working day on this side of the planet, two men killed 12 people at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in France

Rear Window: Damage control mode

Even erstwhile unapologetic legislator Fong Chi Keong, aka the firing cannon (Fong Cannon), knew it was time to limit the damage piling up over his latest inadmissible comments on domestic

Bizcuits | Measure and Manage

The development of Macau is mainly reported through measures of growth in GDP, fiscal reserves, foreign reserves, tourism, Gross Gaming Revenue: all economic growth. Viewing GDP, Macau’s unquestionably a developed

Tea Leaks by Talkers

The Official Gazette mistakenly published last week that the suspended IACM official Lei Wai Nong has “extended his appointment for two more years as director of the Printing Bureau.”

HK Observer: Reality Checks

How will Hong Kong continue to be governed, given the great social impasses revealed during the Occupy Movement?  On the one hand, there are those seeking Beijing’s good will, which

Artifacts: Keeping it in the family

It’s that time of year again where Christmas has gone and Chinese New Year is coming up, and whether Western or Chinese, most of us will have had to (or

Our Desk: Surpresa!

Last week, I asked my friends on Facebook what time I should start queuing outside the Portuguese Consulate to get my citizen card renewed so that I wouldn’t need to

Insight: Enhance mobility, curb traffic

The transportation system is a critical issue for Macau, given the region’s limited size. There is a need to create a convenient public transport system that counters our over-dependence on

Kapok: Liberté, égalité, fraternité

I must admit that I usually don’t easily gulp overly nationalistic injunctions, and hence consider appeals to “national unity” and unquestionable flag-waving displays of national pride with great suspicion. In

tea leaks by talkers

While we are here rambling on politics and social issues, there are problems much more pressing and stressful that worry the community. For instance, the blonde community. “I’m looking for a

Vox parva: Have a merciful heart for newcomers

This January marks the end of the cycle in the twenty-four solar terms. The so called “solar terms” are developed from traditional East-Asian lunisolar calendar systems. In every 15 degrees

World Views: Not just in France but in Nigeria and Yemen too

For the past six days the west’s attention has been transfixed by the murderous attacks in Paris that left 17 people - cartoonists, security guards, police officers and Jewish hostages

World Views: Wooing Sri Lanka from China’s embrace

Is Sri Lanka the next Myanmar? After the stunning ouster of strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in last week’s elections, another small, strategically vital Asian nation would appear to have rejected China’s

Rear Window: On winning quietly

Running against the unspoken rule, Chui Sai On’s second term began immediately after the Chief Executive was inaugurated on the SAR’s 15th anniversary. Usually, things go smoothly until sometime deep

Bizcuits: Living dangerously

The lecturer must have said something but she couldn’t put her finger on it. Perhaps it had been flippant, perhaps in jest, perhaps that particular student - from another place,

Tea Leaks by Talkers | Not exaggerating: Mark Twain plaque stolen from gravesite

Police are investigating the theft of a bronze plaque from a monument at Mark Twain’s gravesite in upstate New York, the Associated Press reported this week. The plaque showing Twain’s image

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