Bizcuits | Labour protection: No value in values

Macau residents would not have been surprised by the Times’ exposé (Special Report March 8) of the conditions our most vulnerable workers are at times forced to accept.

Bizcuits | Death and other ways to motivate

Take a Master of Business Administration course, any under-graduate business degree or work-place leadership seminar and you will come across many theories on how to motivate employees.

Bizcuits | Honey, Honey

Early in my move to Macau, an old-hand expatriate advised me that to maintain healthy equilibrium, I should regularly spend time away from the city. Currently on that

Bizcuits | Ethnocentrism clouds analysis

Although flagged in gaming analyst reports back in February 2018, the public announcement of a reshuffling of the control of the Stanley Ho family gaming empire on Wednesday

Bizcuits | The Bridge and other symbols

Whether they be the most monumental, mundane or just plain, products and artefacts that we interact with each day hold meaning, even those that are hardly noticeable. A door

Bizcuits | Black Friday Spoils and Devastation

It was severely hot and dry that summer in Victoria. The drought had lasted several years, creeks and riverbeds were dry, and Melbournians were on water rations. Bush

Bizcuits | A story on your dinner plate

Lily died in a 4WD accident earlier this year. Her coming of age 21st birthday would have fallen on Mother’s Day. Instead, the day marked the

Bizcuits | Activists: Guiding us down Desire Paths

Desire paths are tracks worn by the wishes and feet of those gone before. As explained in an article in last week’s Guardian, they very often run contrary

Bizcuits | Casinos Innovate in Zero-Waste

Annie Lao, a fellow plastic-waste activist, and her team petitioned the government to take some baby-step actions to curb Macau’s disproportionate creation and mismanagement of solid waste. The

Bizcuits  | The last straw

Recently we have seen some concerted single-use plastic and waste activism locally; and not before time. From a petition seeking a plastic-bag ban to “plogging”, individuals and groups

Bizcuits | The elephant on the bridge

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB) has long been proposed (2002), planned (from 2004) and contracts signed (2009). It has long been in development, long been seen under construction

Bizcuits | The ambush of Abusive Supervision

You invest in Human Resource Management. You take pains to understand people management or bring HR professionals to do the work. They sit at the top of the

Bizcuits | Bonus points for bonus assets

Five years ago, I wrote to the Chief Executive. My message may have fallen on deaf ears, maybe not, but nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I felt it

Bizcuits | IPIM rebranded

The lack of transparency and high use of discretion with the residency application and renewal process through Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM) have been ongoing and

Bizcuits | Waste not, want not

Monday morning’s video of the hygiene worker in Aberdeen, possibly in the employ of Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, throwing a bag of rubbish into the

Bizcuits | From plastic-free-July to product stewardship

I knew it was bad: I had sailed dinghies in that murky delta water, ignored whatever happened to be floating past; I had pulled shredded flotsam from large

Bizcuits | Traffic fines: it’s you, not us

When there is an outrage over laws or when the general law-abiding community starts flouting the law, it is probably the law that is unfair or misdirected, not

Bizcuits | The Expat Awards

It is the season for relatively new business awards. This month the names of winners in the inaugural G2E Asia Awards were published, and in its 4th year

Bizcuits | Casual and laborious contempt

The most recent decision in relation to increasing the charges to foreign-worker mothers in hospital fees for giving birth at the public hospital is triple- whammy discrimination of

Bizcuits | The Sustainable Organic Consumer

This year’s Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum and Exhibition has come and gone. Water for speakers was poured from stainless- steel jugs into glasses (a pity about the

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