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.”

The Buzz | Dominican Republic establishes Ebola travel ban

The Dominican Republic has joined a group of Caribbean countries in restricting travelers from West African nations dealing with Ebola outbreaks. Dominican Health Minister Altagracia Guzman says the ban applies to travelers who have been in those countries in the past 30 days. She announced that authorities will remain vigilant at airports, seaports and the […]

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World briefs

PHILIPPINES-CHINA The Philippine president said that the international arbitration Manila has initiated to challenge China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and a legally binding “Code of Conduct” are the only ways to settle the long-raging disputes peacefully. VIETNAM-USA The State Department welcomed Tuesday the release of one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents, as […]

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At Berlin Wall, Kerry warns against Cold War redux

Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned yesterday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine. Under gloomy skies and a steady rain, Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited one of the few […]

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Pro-democracy groups plan first-ever protest at Hengqin campus

Pro-democracy activists are planning to organize their first protest at the University of Macau’s new campus in Hengqin, an area that is now under Macau’s jurisdiction. The protest, due to be held on October 31, addresses alleged violations of academic freedom, after two Political Science professors lost their jobs for publicly expressing political views. In […]

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