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INDONESIA A flash flood hit hundreds of students and teachers who were hiking along a river on Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least eight of the students, officials

World Views | The Trump effect on the economy is undeniable

  Economists typically argue that the president has little effect on the economy. But it’s hard to think of a recent president for whom that is less true than Donald Trump.

Monday, February 24, 2020 – edition no. 3478

  * Three Macau residents flown home to face quarantine * Macau labels South Korea ‘high-risk’ as cases spike * Legislative Assembly: closed until at least March * Lawrence Ho said Melco’s expansion plans

Sands China re-appoints Wilfred Wong, reshuffles senior executives

Gaming operator Sands China Ltd. (SCL) announced today (Friday) the re-appointment of Wilfred Wong as the company’s President. Grant Chum was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) while Dylan James Williams

Taxi and cosmetics sectors ask for government help

The Macao Beauty Industry Business Association said it received complaints from over 500 cosmetics shops urging the government to approve resuming of business within the sector. A group of representatives of

Iran reports two more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

Iranian health authorities today (Friday) reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the

Macau residents in Hubei complain about being unable to return

Last Thursday, a Macau couple, surnamed Tam, complained about being trapped inside a hotel in Wuhan city, Hubei province, due to the city’s epidemic battle measures. According to a report by

Briefs | People with no symptoms should not rush for Covid-19 test

  People without respiratory symptoms need not seek medical testing and consultation at the Special Emergency Department of the Conde S. Januário Hospital, the Health Bureau has advised. The matter was

Seven hotels resume operation as casinos open

Sixteen short-term accommodation providers, including seven star-rated hotels and nine providers of budget accommodation, resumed operation yesterday, along with the reopening of 29 casinos across the city, the Macao Government

Visitor arrivals remain subdued, unlikely to face rapid recovery

A slight increase in the number of tourist arrivals to the Macau SAR was recorded in the few days prior to the casino openings, which opened their gates to the

Over half of gaming workers concerned about jobs

Over half of the local gaming sector’s employees have expressed concern about losing their jobs this year, according to a survey conducted by the Gaming Employees Home. Between February 10 and

Macau residents still on quarantined cruise ship

Five Macau residents on board a quarantined cruise ship in Japan were not able to fly back to Hong Kong yesterday on one of two chartered flights after some of

Top pediatrician backs school closures

The Head of Pediatrics Service of the Conde de São Januário Hospital Center (CHCSJ), Jorge Sales Marques, supports the idea that keeping schools closed for the time being is a

Educators expect only minor impact from Covid-19 shutdown

The temporary closure of schools and academic institutions in response to the Covid-19 outbreak will have only minor effects on local education, agree Macau schools, education scholars and government authorities. Now

Trial of former IPIM chief scheduled for April

The trial of former President of the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) Jackson Chang is scheduled for April 27, seven months after he was placed on remand in

Macau student escapes home quarantine in Taiwan

A Macau student who breached his 14-day home quarantine period in Taiwan has been reported to the police. The student currently lives in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan. According to a

Covid-19 | Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed,

Covid-19 | South Korea reports first virus death as 2.5m urged to stay home

Yonhap news agency says South Korea has reported its first death from a new coronavirus. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately provide details. The report came as

This Day in History | 1972 – Nixon makes historic visit to China

The American President Richard Nixon has arrived in China at the start of a week-long summit aimed at ending 20 years of frosty relations between the two countries. His visit began

Germany | Nine killed in suspected far-right attack

A 43-year-old German man shot and killed nine people at several locations in a Frankfurt suburb overnight in attacks that appear to have been motivated by far-right beliefs, officials said

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