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Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A MOP250 million price tag for a house in Lilau Square has thrilled the real estate market. It has not spooked potential buyers, although the government is very likely off the deal table
The investments of veteran property mogul Isabel Chiang in two old neighbourhood districts are starting to take shape with the improving economy, adding cultural and creative flair to the Peninsula
John Ho opened his first McDonald’s store on 11th April, 1987. Today, the company has 78 restaurants in Macau, Zhuhai and Zongshan under its belt
Cinematheque‧ Passion – to be run by Cut for three years at a cost of nearly MOP25 million (US$3.13 million) - aims to become a venue for moviegoers and local filmmakers, thus promoting the territory’s burgeoning film culture
Employee incivility can lead to several forms of customer retaliation with negative effects for the hospitality businesses, says study
Recent incidents of illegal hiring practices in government underline more changes are needed in the recruitment system of the Civil Service, not to mention the culture of some government departments
Following North Korea’s third nuclear test in February 2013, U.S. authorities decided to invoke a financial embargo. The small Macanese Banco Delta Asia was the sole target in this new kind of Washington-Pyongyang war
The United States attacked Banco Delta Asia without producing any evidence of its allegations. Today, it is known that the bank was only a “symbolic target”
The Urban Planning Committee has yet to achieve one of its major goals of the past three years with the lack of a master urban plan, which some describe as a learning curve, claiming the next three years are key

Walk the line

Would it be possible to convert Avenida Almeida Ribeiro into a pedestrian area? Several departments of the Macau SAR Government are sceptical, if not completely silent upon the matter. People who work in San Ma Lou and those with expertise in urban planning say anything could be done. But with no decision taken, the street is literally falling apart

Works in progress

Riding on the coattails of the past decade’s gaming boom, Lai Si Construction & Engineering Co. Ltd. has recently listed in Hong Kong and is now seeking to expand its footprint

SUV taxis on call

With an investment of over MOP60 million (US$7.5 million) a new taxi company aims to provide better service for the public and urges the government to provide more support; namely, more taxis and parking spaces
San Ma Lou is a “microcosm” of the city and deserves a second chance, José Chui Sai Peng told Macau Business in an exclusive interview. The appointed lawmaker and Macau delegate to the National People’s Congress (NPC) believes that preserving the whole street would be better than preserving just one building. But the question of property ownership and the lack of urban vision on the part of the Macau SAR Government remain a big problem. The 57-year old urban planner - an early advocate of making the city more “walkable” - discusses alternatives for San Ma Lou, with public consultation limited
With the gaming renewal process in Macau looming some demand a reduction in the gaming taxes while others suggest otherwise. The government has yet to make a decision
With Japan having approved the Integrated Resort Promotion Bill in December 2016, all eyes are now turned to the next steps Japan’s Diet will take towards the implementation of the bill itself – and Macau casino operators are lobbying heavily. Meanwhile, Japanese business in Macau – both gaming and tourism-related – has been increasingly more evident in the city, building upon Macau-Japan co-operation in the casino business sphere. Or so it seems

Intermission

Local property investor William Kuan plans to refurbish the Capitol Theatre cinema as a first step in pushing forward the delayed MOP25 million (US$3.13-million) revamp of the entire property

Telling it like it is

The recent altercation triggered by the comments of Beijing’s representative in Macau underscores the polarised opinions on the degree of importation of foreign labour in the city as it struggles to diversify its economy
Either way, it is a major headache in Malaysia and Chinese officials are also seriously worried about the so-called ‘Macau scam’
Alexis Tam pledged that “in five years [healthcare] will be a brilliant area” And announced he will resign “if I do not do well”. Alexis Tam’s very difficult life…
Lack of specialists, waiting lists, mistrust of Mainland doctors. Let’s book an appointment for a Hong Kong doctor!
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