Import export association marks 50th anniversary

The Macau Importers and Exporters Association marked its 50th anniversary yesterday with a dinner gala celebration gathering political officials and leaders from across the sector. The association’s president, Tsui Wai Kwan,

New Macau reflects on raising civic awareness

The New Macau Association held its regular social affairs forum during the weekend, where participants discussed how local society, in terms of civic awareness, has changed since a massive protest

Gov’t may cut migrant workers’ visas due to economic crisis

The Human Resources Office (GRH), which approves and oversees the city’s importation of labor, has said that it may be more cautious when handling work permit renewals for migrant casino

Increase in number of suspension orders

The Labor Affairs Bureau (DSAL) issued a total of 13 suspension orders upon construction sites between January and April, a number that has already exceeded the total number of orders

Greece rules out capital controls if bailout talks fail

Greece’s government yesterday ruled out restricting access to bank accounts and the free movement of money if there is no breakthrough soon in tortuous talks with bailout creditors and its dwindling

Artsy coffee chain Blue Bottle brews long queues in Tokyo

  Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began

Corporate Bits | Sands China offering staff new career development opportunity

Nearly 400 participants had already signed up within five days of the program’s announcement, according to a press release. The program is one of the latest initiatives of the Sands China

Mainland mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home

All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren’t unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending

FT: Party uses prison visits to scare officials straight

Chinese officials are being sent on prison visits in a new, “scared-straight” approach to warn them of the perils of bribe-taking, the Financial Times reported yesterday. According to an article by

Gov’t cuts taxes for imported sneakers, diapers

Chinese shoppers may get better deals on items including sports shoes, face cream, and diapers after the government reduced import tax by half to boost consumption. Import tariffs for some clothes,

HONG KONG | Survey: over 60 pct support constitutional reform package

More than 60 percent of Hong Kong people support the government’s constitutional reform package, Hong Kong’s largest political party announced yesterday. The survey, released by the Democratic Alliance for the

Nepal | Villagers return to homes after river gets unblocked

Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country’s president said yesterday, defying China’s challenges to its planes and those

Malaysia | Authorities find 139 suspected graves in human trafficker camps

Malaysian authorities said yesterday that abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as pens likely used as cages for migrants, shedding more light on

India | Massive heat wave kills 500

At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heat wave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C in some areas, the BBC reported yesterday. Most deaths have taken place

Iraq | After fall of Ramadi, US defense chief’s criticism raises questions 

The Islamic State group’s takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the extremist

Israel | Ex-Premier Olmert sentenced to 8 months in prison 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who

USA | ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash dies in taxi crash

Born to an electrical engineer, and later a precocious and dashing young man who attained an Ivy League education, John Nash seemed destined for a life of stunning success. That he achieved,

This Day in History | 1950 UK drivers cheer end of fuel rations

The Minister of Fuel and Power, Philip Noel-Baker, told the House of Commons rationing would be abolished because two American companies had agreed a deal to supply oil in return

Offbeat | Turkmenistan unveils massive gold-leaf statue of president

Turkmenistan has unveiled a grandiose gold-leafed statue of the president carrying a dove and riding atop a horse — a move aimed at burnishing the leader’s burgeoning personality cult. The 21-meter

Big spending Guangzhou playing for Champs League survival

Guangzhou Evergrande has spent over USD100 million since 2010 on Italian coaches like Marcello Lippi and Fabio Cannavaro and on South American talent such as Dario Conca and Ricardo Goulart,

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