The Buzz | Coronavirus-wary Bavarians kick off toned-down Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest celebrations got underway yesterday in Munich with the traditional tapping of a keg and the cry of “O’zapft is!” — “It’s tapped!” — but this year’s festival is very

France | Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss yesterday in front of Notre Dame Cathedral,

World Views | Trump’s WeChat ban is just a MAGA wall in cyberspace

  Having failed to complete a huge wall along the U.S. southern border, President Donald Trump’s administration now seems desperate to build one in cyberspace for similar spurious reasons. Whereas the bogeyman

Monday, September 21, 2020 – edition no. 3623

* Influenza clusters — Some 33 children across five schools have got the flu, just weeks into the new school year * Green space to shrink over next 20 years, admits gov’t

Covid-19 | New guidelines for banquets will not apply to private events

The new guidelines governing group catering activities released yesterday by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center have no jurisdiction over privately held banquets, such as wedding receptions or birthday

Briefs | Beijing endorses Macau’s Covid-19 prevention results

  The leader of the Central Leading Group on Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, Han Zheng, has endorsed the Macau government’s efforts to prevent Covid-19 from spreading across the city. Earlier

MUST leadership meets with Chinese deputy commissioner

The leadership team of the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) recently met with Wang Dong, Deputy Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macau, for a discussion

Digital RMB to run first on bank ledgers, not tokens

The electronic renminbi (e-RMB), the world’s first state-backed digital currency, will most likely first be used for finance and banking to back interbank money transfers and not as tokens available

Macau, Hainan to make better use of free-trade port advantages

Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng yesterday discussed with officials of the local government in Hainan how to boost bilateral ties via advantages arising from the free-trade port policy of

Briefs | Crash at Sai Van Bridge Taipa exit injures one

  A private light vehicle yesterday violated the give-way signal and crashed into a scooter at one of the Sai Van Bridge’s Taipa exits, the Public Security Police Force has confirmed.

Regulator confident about restarting continuing education program

The Education and Youth Affairs Bureau (DSEJ) is confident in the reliability of its continuing education administration e-platform after conducting stress tests, Lou Pak Sang, director of the bureau, said

Morton’s The Steakhouse to temporarily close

Morton’s The Steakhouse is closing temporarily, allegedly due to nearby construction. Known for its fine steaks, Morton’s The Steakhouse at The Venetian Macao serves premium USDA grain-fed prime-aged beef, fresh seafood,

Light Festival aims to ‘make city come to life’ post pandemic

The “Macao Light Festival 2020 – Light Carnival” will be held earlier than usual this year, starting from September 26 to October 31, with a total budget of 21 million

Adelson’s Singapore casino hires law firm to probe $1 billion in transfers

Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Singapore casino has hired a law firm to conduct a new investigation into employee transfers of more than $1 billion in gamblers’ money to third parties,

US envoy begins second recent high-level visit to Taiwan

U.S. Under Secretary of State Keith Krach arrived in Taiwan yesterday for the second visit by a high-level American official in two months, prompting a stern warning and threat of

Outgoing US ambassador to help Republican campaigns

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad said he will help Republicans campaigning in his native Iowa after returning home next month. Branstad also told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV that

This Day in History | 1970 Rock legend Hendrix dies after party

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix has died after collapsing at a party in London. Police say there was no question of foul play. A number of sleeping pills were found at the house

WeChat users won’t be targeted by Trump’s order, US says

WeChat users who download the Chinese app for personal or business communications won’t be targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that will prohibit using the app for some transactions,

Sands Cares Ambassador sets up new committee

The Sands Cares Ambassador program celebrated its 11th anniversary with a ceremony at The Venetian Macao featuring the inauguration of the new Sands Cares Ambassador Working Committee and an award presentation for local

Taste of Edesia | Enlightening the palate

Sometimes it is boring to just eat at one restaurant for a dinner. Recently, MGM COTAI had come up with a culinary tour concept in which diners were invited to

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