Sands China earnings miss estimates as VIPs stay away

  Sands China Ltd reported earnings that missed analyst estimates after China’s clampdown on graft and illicit fund flows into the city deterred high-end gamblers. Profit fell 15 percent from a year

BRIEFS: Sydney – Nagasaki cruise with free stays in Macau, Hong Kong

Overnight tourists to South China’s Hainan Province exceeded 40 million in 2014, up 10.6 percent, the local statistics bureau said this week. The total included 39.9 million tourists from other

Labor rights | Lawmakers agree on typhoon insurance rate for employees

  Members of the Legislative Assembly (AL) First Standing Committee reached consensus with the Macau government yesterday regarding a mandatory additional typhoon insurance rate for employees. The rate would apply to

Alexis Tam stresses zero tolerance on sexual harassment in university

Tam said that he felt unhappy about the sexual harassment incidents coming to light in UM consecutively, and expected a rigorous investigation into the trend. He added that the university’s

TUI confirms gov’t not liable for swimming pool death

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) has ruled that a contracted lifesaving company must compensate the family of a 26-year-old local who drowned in the Carmo Swimming Pool in June

Recycling company staff members sell wasted oil to lard factory

Two staff members from a recycling company are reported to have sold untreated waste oil to a lard production factory. Since March last year, the two suspects have sold the

Artists welcome CNY with creative goat sculptures

The exhibition, titled “Creative Creatures – Art and the Chinese Zodiac”, is being presented in support of the local art project “Anno Caprum”, where artists have each hand-­decorated a 1.3-meter-high

Real Estate Matters | What To Expect When You Are Renting Clarifying Costs For Tenants

Juliet Risdon is a Director of JML Property and a property investor. Having established the company in 1994, JML Property offers Investment Property & Homes. It specializes in managing properties for

PROJECT POKER: Is Poker a selfish game? Not always.

The end of the year, that time when people start to think about the holidays and also giving to charity. Not coincidentally, there are several different charity poker tournaments happening

McDonald’s CEO steps down as sales decline 

McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world’s biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for

Corporate Bits | Macau and HK movie premiere of dreamworks animation’s ‘penguins of madagascar’

The four dubbing artists of the Cantonese version: Donald Tong, Bob Lam, Joyce Cheng and Tyson Chak will attend the red carpet event along with other celebrities, including Edmond So,

Apple’s CNY sales may bring second holiday boost

Apple, which posted 70 percent revenue growth in China last quarter, may get another boost from the shopping season tied to the Chinese New Year in February. The holiday, which falls

Officials call attention to baby, gender imbalances 

Fan Hua of Shanghai’s family planning commission said this week that far fewer people than expected had taken advantage of a recent rule change that lets more households bear a

First circuit court established in Shenzhen

The First Circuit Court of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC), inaugurated in Shenzhen City in Guangdong province, will mainly handle major administrative, civil and commercial cases which should be heard

Japan | Islamic State extends hostage deadline until sundown

  Japan said it was putting its trust in Jordan to help gain the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants, after the latest message purportedly from his captors

Indonesia | Investigators: Crashed AirAsia jet flown by co-pilot

Indonesian investigators announced yesterday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in controls when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded. The Airbus A320-200 crashed into the

Malaysia | Aviation chief says MH370 crash an accident to clear compensation claims

Malaysia’s Civil Aviation Authority yesterday officially declared the crash of Flight 370 an accident, fulfilling a legal obligation that will allow efforts to proceed with compensation claims. Malaysia civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul

AUSTRALIA | Inquest: Sydney café hostage killed by police bullet

A hostage who died during a siege in a downtown Sydney cafe was killed when she was struck by fragments of a bullet fired from a police officer’s gun as

North Korea | Kim Jong Il demanded USD10 billion for summit: ex-Seoul leader

Late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il repeatedly pushed for summit talks with South Korea before his 2011 death but the plans failed because Pyongyang demanded USD10 billion and large-scale shipments

Ebola | WHO: Response shifts to ending epidemic

Health officials are now focused on ending the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak rather than just slowing the deadly virus’ spread, the World Health Organization said yesterday. The U.N. health agency said the three most

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