Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014

Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014

The 16th edition of the Venetian Macau Golf Open 2014, one of the highlights on the Asian Tour, will tee off on Thursday, 23 October at the picturesque Macau Golf and Country Club. The tournament boasts a field of former champions, including last year’s victor, Scott Hend, fresh from his thrilling Hong Kong Open triumph last week, alongside four-time Major winner, Ernie Els, and the evergreen Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez.

The Venetian Macau Golf Open is jointly organised by Macau Sport Development Board of Macau SAR Government (MSDB) and Golf Association of Macau. It is sanctioned by both the Asian Tour and the Golf Association of Macau, and promoted by IMG. The Venetian Macao® is the title sponsor of the event for a third successive year. This year’s event boasts a total prize fund of US$900,000, an increase of 12.5% compared to last year.

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Macau Grand Prix. 13-16 November 2014

Macau Grand Prix. 13-16 November 2014

Each November during the Macau Grand Prix, Macau wakes up with a jolt as more than 200 racing drivers and riders, as well as thousands of motor sports fans, descend on the territory for the world’s only international street circuit race meeting which features both car and motorcycle races.

The 61st running of the legendary event, the Macau Grand Prix 2014 will be held with a total of three days of extraordinary racing from November 13th to 16th.

Macau Grand Prix

Macau Grand Prix Straight

The program is unprecedented in its depth of talent, diversity, and prestige, with an impressive combination of exciting young talent, established stars and the world’s most famous names in automotive excellence.

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Galaxy Entertainment scraps apartment hotel plan

Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd has scrapped its plan for a four-star apartment hotel to form part of its expanded Galaxy Macau casino-resort, Business Daily reports.

The newspaper says the Official Gazette indicates that the company will use the land once allotted for the apartment hotel for a bigger five-star hotel.

Galaxy Entertainment has said it intends to open the second phase of the Galaxy Macau in the first half of next year.

Taiwan expects open skies deal to take effect soon

Taiwan expects its open skies agreement with Macau, signed in February, to come into effect this year, according to the director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Macau, Lu Chang-Shui.

Mr Lu says the agreement is now being considered by island’s legislature.

The agreement will allow airlines to carry unlimited numbers of passengers and amounts of freight between Taiwan and Macau.

Govt business fund doles out MOP22.9 mln in Q3

The Macau Industrial and Commercial Development Fund distributed MOP22.9 million (US$2.86 million) among over 100 recipients in the third quarter of this year, the Official Gazette says.

The money went to enterprises and associations, chiefly to pay for them to take part in business exhibitions, fairs and the like.

The fund gave MOP9.5 million to the Macau Convention and Exhibition Association, most of it being intended to finance Macau Dynamic Week in the mainland.

Property managers rake in MOP1.05 bln in 2013

The combined receipts of Macau’s property management enterprises amounted to MOP1.05 billion (US$131.43 million) last year, 7 percent more than the year before, official data show.

The Statistics and Census Service says their expenditure increased by 7 percent to MOP893 million.

Their gross value added rose by 8 percent to MOP606 million.

Macau had 199 property management enterprises last year, three more than the year before, and number of people working in the industry rose by 1 percent to 5,253.

Restaurant takings increase to MOP8.5 bln in 2013

Macau’s restaurants and similar establishments had combined receipts of MOP8.5 billion (US$1.06 billion) last year, 23 percent more than the year before, the Statistics and Census Service says.

Their expenditure rose by 24 percent to MOP 7.82 bln.

The restaurant industry’s gross value added increased by 20 percent to MOP3.25 billion.

The city had 1,918 restaurants and similar establishments last year, 240 more than the year before, and the number of people working in the industry rose by 4,200 to 26,187.

Assembly may pass new bribery bill before end-2014

The Legislative Assembly should be able to pass this year the bill that would make it a crime to bribe foreign officials and officials of international organisations, according to the chairman of the standing committee considering the bill, Chan Chak Mo.

The bill, once enacted, would bring the law in Macau into line with the UN Convention against Corruption.

“We hope that after one or two meetings, a new working text of the bill can be delivered here for us to continue deliberations,” Mr Chan told reporters.

“By the end of this year the bill should be able to be approved.”

Apple’s iCloud attacked by mainland hackers

Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China. “We’re aware of intermittent organized network attacks using insecure certificates to obtain user information, and we take this very […]

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APEC finance ministers meeting in Beijing 

Asia Pacific finance ministers were meeting yesterday in Beijing to consider coordinated responses amid concerns over a slowdown in the regional economy highlighted by lower Chinese growth figures. Opening the meeting of 21 ministers from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation economies, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said recovery from the global economic downturn had been tepid. But […]

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Red Cross official tells Beijing meeting 6 months to contain Ebola

A top Red Cross official said yesterday that he is confident the Ebola epidemic that has killed thousands of people in West Africa can be contained within four to six months. Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a news conference in Beijing that the […]

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Hong Kong | Mainland media says protesters are foreign puppets

China’s media is ratcheting up the rhetoric against Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, saying protesters risk becoming foreign puppets. In an editorial yesterday in the English-language daily Global Times, the paper linked the protests to other movements that China deems hostile to the Chinese Communist Party’s authority. “The external political situation concerning Occupy Central is increasingly […]

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