The Buzz | China: Former SOE chairman Ren sentenced to 18 years in graft case

The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company was sentenced to 18 years in prison yesterday on corruption charges, a court announced. Ren Zhiqiang, who became known for speaking up

As Europe faces second wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact

Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak. Seven months into the pandemic, virus cases are surging again

World Views | Will Covid-19 steal Christmas in the UK this year?

  New British measures aimed at slowing Covid-19’s spread, before it wreaks more drastic economic consequences, threaten to derail the country’s nascent consumer recovery. Many Brits had been hoping that the rebound would

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – edition no. 3625

— In an exclusive interview with Macau Daily Times, Pun Weng Kun reviewed some of the most significant milestones four years in his role * Hong Kong extends social distancing measures

Passengers attack bus drivers after being asked to wear facemasks

The Public Security Police Force (PSP) has arrested two men who attacked bus drivers because they were angry about being made to comply with facemask policies on the bus, the

Briefs | Younger people said to be affected by spinal conditions

  A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner says that younger people are now being affected by spinal conditions. Lau Chi Leong recently said that cervical spondylosis is occurring among younger people. According

Macau working on travel bubble arrangements

Work is in progress to develop travel bubbles with nearby jurisdictions, Dr. Leong Iek Hou from the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center disclosed yesterday at the regular health briefing

US flags suspicious activity at Macau banks, FinCEN data leak reveals

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has detected suspicious activity involving a total of MOP544 million passing through four local banking institutions in Macau, which could be money laundering, a

Tak Chun to acquire further 29% stake in Macau Legend

Gaming promoter Tak Chun Group is set to acquire the remaining 29% of Macau Legend Development Ltd shares currently held by public shareholders, the Inside Asian Gaming website reported. The mandatory

Adelsons pump $25 million into GOP Senate super-PAC in August

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Adelson gave $25 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a super-PAC tied to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, part of a $37.4 million

Former Sands executives join SJM ahead of Cotai property opening

Two former senior Sands executives, Benjamin Toh and Daniel Shim, have been appointed to the respective posts of Chief Operating Officer for Finance and Development and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

InterContinental Hotels opens new Holiday Inn Express

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a new low-cost hotel, the Holiday Inn Express Macau City Center, has quietly opened its doors in Macau. The hotel is celebrating its soft opening with special

Government to build world-class amusement park in Hac Sa by 2021

The Macau SAR government is planning to build a world-class amusement park zone in the Hac Sa Beach area, according to a statement written to lawmaker Lam Lon Wai by

Rabbit lantern installation removed after plagiarism controversy

An installation for the Mid-Autumn Festival has been removed from Praça de Jorge Álvares garden in central Macau by the Municipal Affairs Bureau (IAM). The “Rabbits and the Moon” installation was

Analysis | Fingers crossed for Golden Week

Macau is crossing its fingers and holding its breath for some good news during Golden Week, now little more than a week away. Applications for travel endorsements to Macau resume across

India, China commanders meet again on ending border standoff

Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders are holding talks yesterday aimed at resolving a tense monthslong standoff along their disputed border in the mountainous Ladakh region. Details of the talks, held

Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat

A judge has approved a request from a group of U.S. WeChat users to delay looming federal government restrictions that could effectively make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In

This Day in History | 2001 Simpson smuggled into Afghanistan

The BBC’s world affairs editor has become the only television reporter to broadcast from Taleban-held Afghanistan as the country prepares for an American attack. John Simpson and a cameraman were smuggled

FinCEN | Banks moved $2 trillion amid laundering orders, ICIJ says

A new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists says JPMorgan Chase & Co., Deutsche Bank AG and several global banks “kept profiting from powerful and dangerous players” in the past

HSBC shares fall to 25-year low on China fears, banks report

HSBC Holdings Plc slumped below its financial crisis low set more than a decade ago as pressures mount on several fronts, including a potential threat to its China expansion plans

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