World briefs

CHINA A suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors has killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others, state media report,

ARTS | Colors from another world

Organized together with Sands China Community Academy, the workshop hosted about 15 mentally handicapped people, who put their painting skills to the test. For Stephen Bennett, working with mentally handicapped people

‘High Hoper’: Macau has dreams too

Inspired by this moment on bus number 25, Chiang Chen-Yun had an idea: to gather a group of artists and to “collect” the dreams of Macau’s people. This idea led to

Crowded ending for Guangdong & Macau fair

Irene Va Kuan Lau, the executive director of one of the organizers, the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM), told the Times that the Fair itself has become a

Casino revenue falls for second straight month

Total gross gaming revenue in the world’s biggest gambling hub dropped 3.6 percent to 28.42 billion patacas (USD3.56 billion) for a second consecutive month of declines, Macau’s Gaming Inspection and


The master of spectacle returns to town on August 8 and 9 to perform at City of Dreams Macau. For the “Franz Harary Mega Magic 2014,” the illusionist is planning

Civil servants number hits 30,000

The 2013 MSAR Public Administration Human Resources Report indicated that the number of public servants has been increasing at an annual rate of five percent. The average salary of civil servants

HK fails to prosecute alleged Ao Man Long bribers

Two former directors of the Macau Waste Systems Company, which belongs to Swire Group, walked free after the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal rejected the Department of Justice’s appeal

USJ appoints new deans confirming Emilie Tran and Father Eleutério’s replacements

Emilie Tran was the dean of USJ’s Faculty of Administration and Leadership, who has now been replaced by professor José Alves, although she will continue to work in the university

16 visitors from West Africa pass health assessment on Ebola

In response to the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, the Health Bureau announced health assessments for visitors from three West African counties entering Macau. As of yesterday afternnon,

Briefs | Mozambique to open consulate in Macau

Mozambique is expected to open a consulate in Macau this year. According to TDM, Rafael Marques will be the new consul and is heading the Mozambican delegation visiting the MSAR

Central Taipa LRT station construction begins

Given that the station is located at the major arterial road between Taipa and Coloane, the contractor will be converting part of the pavement and parking spaces into a temporary

Briefs: Galaxy employees to rally seeking 10 percent salary rise

Casino workers employed by Galaxy will organize a rally if the company does not agree to a 10 percent salary increase. Radio Macau reported that workers are willing to take

IPM scholars critical of gov’t ‘passive administration’

During an academic seminar organized by the Macau Polytechnic Institute (IPM) two days ago, professor Ieong Wan Chong pointed out that the passive administrative culture in Macau, with the mindset

CHINA | Services index drops to six-month low on property

A Chinese services-industry index declined to a six-month low in July, dragged down by a weaker property market. The non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 54.2 from 55.0 in June, the

China revamps Everbright Group in state business shake-up

The company will become a joint stock company instead of a “state-wholly-owned enterprise,” Hong Kong-listed unit China Everbright Ltd. said in an exchange filing yesterday. Set up in 1983, the

Corporate Bits | Two Macau students named Microsoft Office specialist World Champions

In its 13th year, the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 400,000 candidates from 130 countries. 123 student finalists participated in the final round of the competition. Certiport

Banco Espirito Santo may lose control in Angola

“If BES decides not to accompany the increase, either entirely or partly, it may no longer have a controlling stake and/or it will be diluted to a stake that will

Non-oil GDP in East Timor rises 7.8 percent in 2012

Non-oil Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in East Timor (Timor Leste) rose 7.8 percent in 2012, the spokesman for the Timor government and Minister of State and for the Presidency of

Embraer increases aircraft sales

Brazilian aeronautical company Embraer delivered 29 executive jets in the second quarter of the year, or 7 more airplanes than in the same period of 2013, which allowed the company

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