St Paul’s Ruins closed for renovation work

The Ruins of St Paul and the Museum of Sacred Art and Crypt will be closed between August 16 and September 15 while renovation works are underway, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) has said in a statement. IC added that the façade of the Ruins of St Paul will remain open to the public.

Social worker registration system looms at year-end

The head of the Social Welfare Bureau, Iong Kong Io, has disclosed that the authorities are aiming to pass legislation in order to launch a registration regime for local social workers through the legislative assembly, hopefully at the end of the year. After the Act is passed, a specialized committee responsible for the system will be assembled over the course of the following year, at the earliest. Instead of the previously announced nine members, the commission will consist of a president, five representatives from the government, and five representatives from the related sector, bringing the number to 11 in total. Accredited social workers will be authorized to elect five representatives into the commission during its next tenure in 2019.

GT300: Couto strengthens leadership with sixth place in Fuji

André Couto, driving a Nissan in the Gainer Tanax team, reinforced his leading position in the Japanese GT300 Championship, by finishing sixth yesterday in the Fuji circuit race. Couto started the race in the 11th position of the grid. “It was a very good race and now I am only thinking about the next round at the end of August, in what will be the most difficult race of the year, because unlike regular championship races of 300 kilometers, this will be a one thousand kilometer (race),” explained Couto to the Lusa News Agency. The Macanese driver added that, “with a six-point lead, we must fight to win more points and try whenever possible to strengthen our leadership.”

IACM intends to replace live poultry supply with frozen

The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) will consult experts and the public on whether to replace the live poultry supply with frozen birds. A member of the IACM’s administrative committee, Ung Sau Hong, told media on Saturday that from a retail perspective, replacing live poultry supplies with frozen is an inevitable trend, which has gained approval from the related departments. Ms Ung said that the public consultation would start with experts, scholars, the business sector and related governmental departments. Meanwhile, a consultation document for the general public is being drafted, which will include a discussion of the practices of neighboring regions. It is expected to be presented to the general public within the year.

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