TRAVELOG | Desert storm Heavy snowfall, strong winter storm hits Middle East

Snow fell in parts of the Middle East this week as a powerful winter storm swept through the region, killing two Syrian refugees in Lebanon and forcing thousands who have

Fishing guide plunges into evildoings in thriller

Vivid scenery and a likable protagonist mark the second book in a series by David Riley Bertsch. In “River of No Return,” Wyoming fishing guide Jake Trent, a former Department of

The Shades of Green II

The term “Vinho Verde” not only refers to the particular style of refreshing and often slightly petillant whites produced in northwestern Portugal, but it also indicates the wine region, indeed

‘American Sniper’ is quintessential Eastwood

A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best

FOOD: SOPHISTICATED THAI

Traditional cooking methods reminiscent of the techniques passed down from generation to generation are steep in Saffron’s culinary presentation. Saffron sets itself above the rest as a premium restaurant offering

SPA | CHILL LIKE CLEOPLATRA

I personally find the weather during winter to be unbearable. First of all, humidity is low and the skin can loose its moisture quickly. Fortunately, the Banyan Tree Spa at

THE BUZZ | Guyana police seize USD13M worth of cocaine aboard cargo ship

Authorities in the South American country of Guyana say they have discovered USD13 million worth of cocaine aboard a ship that arrived from neighboring Suriname. The director of the anti-narcotics unit

World briefs

INDONESIA Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spot the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the

Surprise sides | Tooth, plastic in McDonald’s meals in Japan

McDonald’s Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply yesterday to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain’s food, highlighting how consumers here are

Health | Down’s syndrome screening to be made available to all pregnant women

Following complaints that the prenatal screening test for Down’s syndrome is no longer offered to expectant mothers at local health centers, the Health Bureau (SSM) has promised that all pregnant

Chui visits Zhongshan to intensify cooperation

During his visit to Zhuhai and Zhongshan, Chief Executive Chui Sai On stated his belief that 2015 would be an important year to further intensify the collaboration with Zhuhai. He

CRIME | Restaurant head waiter detained for substituting pricey wines

The Judiciary Police (PJ) has detained a 30-year-old former restaurant head waiter who allegedly replaced high value wines with low-cost ones and has profited more than RMB800,000 from the act. Authorities

TCM announces salary hike, claims operation losses

In the statement, TCM said that in order to thank the drivers for their efforts, the board has decided to raise their salaries by 10 percent, effective January 1 this

Rita Santos leaves Forum Macau in March

The deputy secretary-general of the permanent secretariat of Forum Macau, Rita Santos, has told Radio Macau that she will be retiring and stepping down from her post in March. The Secretary

Off the record | Secretary Chan wants open communication

The meeting was held to promote “government action transparency” while also “to hear the ideas and suggestions of the heads of media organizations” in recognition of the need for “constant

‘Fai D Fai D’– bringing homes and restaurants closer

Sérgio Almeida is striving to bring Macau’s residents closer to local restaurants. ‘Fai D Fai D,’ currently operating on a trial, aims to deliver clients’ favorite restaurant dishes to their

COURTS | Jacobs authorized to use secret investigation report

Sands China Ltd.’s secret investigation of Macau government officials, allegedly ordered by its Chairman Sheldon Adelson, is fair game in the feud between the billionaire and the casino operator’s former

Macau lacks spaces for young artists to paint, says Denis Murrell

Australian artist Denis Murrell is convinced that Macau has “a lot of untapped talent”. However, the city is currently lacking studio spaces for young artists to develop their skills. Rental

English beef promotion to last one month

Beef may be considered a very common ingredient. But if the cattle are raised in the right conditions, it can result in an excellent quality of beef ideal for a

Euro falls as consumer prices drop most since 2009

The euro dropped for a fourth day versus the dollar, the longest streak in two months, as consumer prices in the region fell more than economists predicted and strengthened the

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