Newly formed group intends to scrutinize UM administration

A group that refers to itself as “Umac Watchdog” announced its official establishment yesterday. Jason Chao, one of the founding members said that the objective of the group is to

Social Welfare Bureau increases subsidies

The Social Welfare Bureau (IAS) has increased the total subsidy amount to be granted to private social services institutions by 6.8 percent. IAS said in a statement that it hopes

Empty gaming tables show slide in USD44b industry

There are no tables, no dealers and no players. Carpets have been rolled up, leaving a trash-covered concrete floor. A sign on the VIP room reads “Heng Sheng Group,” one

Statistics | Motor vehicle numbers exceed 240k, traffic accidents increase

The total number of licensed motor vehicles reached 240,107, up by 5.3 percent year-on-year. Motorcycles and light private cars accounted for 52 percent and 41.3 percent of the total number

Residents demand gov’t step in on alleged Zhuhai housing scam

Around 60 Macau residents who claimed to have suffered losses after buying pre-sale houses in Zhuhai gathered outside the Government Headquarters on Monday. They submitted a petition to the MSAR

IPIM | Temporary residents reminded to communicate ‘change in status’

The Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) has maintained that it reminds temporary residents of the need to communicate any changes in their legal status while holding a Macau

Cats stars visit Macau before curtains are drawn on Broadway musical

Several key cast and crew members of the world renewed musical Cats visited The Venetian yesterday and met with journalists, answering questions about the show that’s coming back to town

Coke bets on ‘premium milk’ to boost category

Coke is coming out with premium milk that has more protein and less sugar than regular. And it’s betting people will pay twice as much for it. The national rollout of

Corporate Bits | Upcoming debut of the St. Regis Macao

“Sands China Ltd. is very pleased to welcome the St. Regis brand to Sands Cotai Central,” said Mark McWhinnie, Senior Vice President of Development and Shared Services and Director of

Diamond polishing carried out in Angola

The Angola Diamonds Polishing factory, Sodiam, a subsidiary of Angolan state diamond company Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama), represented an initial investment of USD10 million, which when it

Economic climate in Cape Verde remains in decline

The economic climate indicator in Cape Verde in the fourth quarter of 2014 continued on the downward trend of recent quarters and registered the lowest level since the series began,

Prime Minister son’s shooting seen as attack on state

The shooting of the son of Cape Verde’s Prime Minister Jose Maria Pereira Neves on Dec. 30 is an attack on the state and can be linked to the murder

FILM | French director Annaud ‘touched’ to make key movie 

  French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who fell out of favor in China after portraying Chinese troops invading Tibet, said he had “incredible freedom” to turn best-selling book “Wolf Totem” into a movie at

Most major cities seen failing on air quality 

The worst-performing cities were in the country’s north adjacent to Beijing, with the Hebei province industrial center of Baoding just to the southwest coming in dead last, according to a

Jack Ma says Alibaba resolved conflict with mainland regulator

  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. resolved its problems with China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce “at the first stage,” billionaire founder Jack Ma said during a speech in Hong Kong. The SAIC’s

LABOR RIGHTS | Focus: Cleaning up Xi’an’s mean streets

  When street sweeper Ding Quan, 58, paused to warm himself at a roadside fire after putting in a hard shift in driving snow, little did he suspect that it would

North Korea | UN official: human rights, cult of Kim can’t coexist

  A campaign within the United Nations to haul North Korean leader Kim Jong Un before an international court for crimes against humanity has touched off a defensive fury in Pyongyang,

South Korea | Soldier sentenced to death for killing 5 comrades

A South Korean soldier was sentenced to death yesterday for killing five comrades and injuring seven others in a shooting and grenade attack last year, the Defense Ministry said. Shooting rampages

TERRORISM | Hostage killings highlight threat, meager options for Japan

  The killing of two Japanese taken hostage by the Islamic State group has violently driven home the high stakes Japan faces and limited options it can muster in such circumstances. It also offers

BALKANS | UN Court: Serbia and Croatia didn’t commit genocide in 1990s

  The United Nations’ top court ruled yesterday that Serbia and Croatia did not commit genocide against each other’s people during the bloody 1990s wars sparked by the breakup of the

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