1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished. It wasn’t France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup,

FIFA dismisses Garcia’s appeal of World Cup probe

The status of Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts seemed even more secure yesterday after FIFA dismissed ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia’s appeal against the handling of his investigation into

Sport Views: Mayweather must fight Pacquiao next

Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career — and made a fortune — by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents. Playing the same game outside the ring has also

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – edition no. 2213

* 24h borders expected to bring more visitors * Boxing nights take root in Shanghai * Shop caters for coffee lovers and their cats * Macau:    Is the ‘El Dorado’ effect over?   DOWNLOAD

The Buzz | F1 champion Hamilton wins BBC award, Ronaldo best sportsman overseas

Lewis Hamilton has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning his second Formula One title. The 29-year-old Mercedes driver says “I honestly was not expecting this” after beating

World briefs

AUSTRALIA The cab-hailing company Uber promises free rides and refunds for people fleeing central Sydney after coming under criticism for hiking prices during the hostage crisis. JAPAN’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Google researching use of color in business

Meghan Casserly, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based organization built around the popular search engine, says Google is still early in its research but has already found “a clear link between color

Mark Wahlberg loses USD45,000 on Macau casino bet preparing for movie role

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Whalberg has stepped into the role made famous by James Caan in the 1974 original and as part of his movie research, he headed

Remaining HKD80 million recovered from Ao Man Long’s illegal savings

The Public Prosecutions Office (MP) has recovered more than HKD80 million from former Secretary for Transport and Public Works Ao Man Long’s remaining illegal holdings in Hong Kong and on

Slight decrease in foreign exchange reserves

The preliminary estimate of the Macau SAR’s foreign exchange reserves amounted to MOP127.9 billion (USD16.02 billion) at the end of November 2014, the Monetary Authority of Macau announced yesterday. The

24-hour border ‘a step in the right direction’

As a measure expected to benefit the region’s tourism and gaming industries, the Hengqin border will start operating around the clock this Thursday. Tim Craighead, director of Asian Research for

COURTS | Filipino national sees permanent residency denied

A Filipino national, living in Macau since 2005, has seen his permanent residency denied for not spending enough time in the territory – one of the main requirements for being

New Macau plans to go ahead with Dec 20 protest

Macau authorities have not yet replied to the New Macau Association’s request to hold a protest on Saturday, but the pro-democracy group’s vice-president, Bill Chou, is convinced it will not

Spanish jeweler brings new glamor to town

  Glamorous yellow gold and precious stones were brought from Spain to Macau, as the 129-year old jewelry brand Carrera y Carrera expanded its presence in the Greater China area with

MSAR 15th ANNIVERSARY | Macanese community in need of new dynamics

Fifteen years after Macau’s handover to China, the uniqueness of the Macanese community seems to remain mostly untouched. Its creole language has even been revived by amateur theatre group Doci

1999-2014 | Macau, what changed?

Back in 1999, Macau had around 430,000 residents; a number that has since increased to 631,000. The total number of non-resident workers has multiplied fivefold and now stands for 40

Forget the toaster, Chinese bank offers Mercedes to get deposits

Chinese banks, desperate to attract customers who are finding alternatives for their savings, are turning to giveaways. On offer at one branch in Beijing: an iPhone 6 Plus or a

Corporate Bits | MGM Macau brings a ‘East Meets West’ Christmas to all

All decked out in decorated Christmas stalls, the European-inspired Christmas Market at the Grande Praça offers an array of holiday favorites including Belgian waffles, French crêpes, Berliner German doughnuts, caramelized

MACAU SPECIAL | Gov’t confers awards on 46 individuals and 4 organizations

Forty-six individuals and four entities were presented with medals and honorary titles for their distinguished contributions to Macau during the 2014 Medals and Certificates Conferment Ceremony held yesterday, at the

Xiaomi starts selling phones in Brazil in 2015

Private Chinese company Xiaomi is due in 2015 to start selling smartphones in Brazil, after the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) approved the Note 4G model, the Brazilian press reported. Xiaomi,

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