HK OBSERVER: Pandora’s Box

From the perspective of Beijing there seems to be no going back from the National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s recommendations for universal suffrage for the 2017 Chief Executive election here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – edition no. 2148

* Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone * Macau seen as ‘good example’ on tourism * Over 20,000 people fined over smoking * Killings by china anti-terror cops raise concerns DOWNLOAD

THE BUZZ | Christie says N.J. casinos, tracks can offer sports betting

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s administration declared that casinos and racetracks can offer sports betting without fear of prosecution or civil liability, setting up another possible showdown with professional and

World briefs

CHINA-US U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice repeatedly raised concerns about risky Chinese fighter intercepts of U.S. surveillance flights in meetings this week with Chinese leaders in Beijing, senior administration

French women bid topless sunbathing ‘adieu’

France’s summer is fast becoming a memory, and so is one of its iconic beach sights: the topless woman. As few as 2 percent of French women under 35 now

Health Bureau urges Chan Pou U’s family to share HK medical report

The Health Bureau has urged the family of teenager suffering from chronic pain to share a medical report with Macau’s public hospital which was issued by Queen Mary Hospital in

Central hospital admits to unknowingly using tainted oil

The Taiwanese gutter oil fiasco has hit a number of public institutions in Macau. The Health Bureau (SSM) revealed that three government departments, including Conde de São Januário General Hospital

CSR collects less rubbish on Mid-Autumn night

CSR has dispatched 60 workers to collect the trash left behind by people who viewed the moon at more than 10 spots throughout Macau. Out of all the moon viewing locations,

Coutinho advises gov’t to protect local currency

Both had addressed the issue in March, but government responses to their enquiries were not satisfactory, they said in a recent written enquiry. José Pereira Countinho and Leong Veng Chai

Law proposing ban on remote gambling tabled in Singapore’s parliament

Proposed legislation regulating online gambling was introduced in Singapore’s parliament on Monday.   According to the newspaper “Today”, the bill will ban remote gambling unless it takes place through an operator

Macau and Zhuhai to join forces on World Car-Free Day

The Macau Environmental Protection Bureau (DSPA) said in a statement that it aims to promote “ecological tours” among citizens, while encouraging Macau people to choose environmentally-friendly ways to move around

Aviation seminar discusses budget airline benefits

The seminar took place last Saturday in the Macau Science Centre. It was organized by the Institute of Macau Civil Aviation (IMCA), with about 80 industry representatives and IMCA members

APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting delegates visit local attractions before event kicks off

Delegates to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 8th Tourism Ministerial Meeting (TMM8) are arriving in Macau, with many of them having already taken part in a meeting and a tour

BRIEFS | AFA Art Courses open for application

To promote contemporary art education, the Art For All Society (AFA) is set to launch a range of art courses in October. Twelve art programs for both children and adults

TRAVEL | Macanese woman backpacks through Southeast Asia to break stereotypes

A backpack equipped with a snorkeling mask and a few pieces of light clothing easily sets the scene for a traveling adventure in Southeast Asia. Twenty-eight-year-old Macau-born Susana Cruz embarked

Trump Casinos plan bankruptcy in new blow to Atlantic City jobs

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the company founded by Donald Trump, will file for bankruptcy again this week, people with knowledge of the situation said, putting a fifth Atlantic City casino

Corporate Bits | CAM takes part in the Kansai and Osaka airports anniversary ceremonies

The ceremony was held at Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport at 11:00 a.m. The opening speech was given by Keiichi Ando, President and ECO of New Kansai International Airport, and was

Business group says gov’t needs to speed up reform 


The report by the European Chamber of Commerce in China adds to warnings that Beijing needs to open the state-dominated economy and not use regulation to promote growth of Chinese

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