The Macau Metro Monitor, August 17, 2012
GALAXY STOPS HIRING UNDER 21S AS CASINO WORKERS Macau News
In anticipation of the new law that will take effect on November 1, Galaxy has stopped hiring people under the age of 21 to work at its 6 casinos. "We’ve anticipated the change for a long time and there are only a small number of our team members who will be under 21 [when the new law is effective],” Martin said, adding that since there is a transition period allowed by the new law for such casino staff, he did not “expect the [new] law to have any great impact on the business at all”. Less that 2% of GEG's workforce will be under the age of 21 in November when the law takes effect
LARGEST POLICE OPERATION OF THE YEAR RESULTS IN 303 DETENTIONS Macau Daily Times
A press conference was held yesterday to release the details of an operation that involved the arrest and detention of 303 people between July 9 and August 8. Dubbed as "Thunderbolt 12", which was conducted under the coordinated efforts of the Macau, Hong Kong and Chinese authorities, the sting was the largest operation undertaken this year raiding local casinos, saunas, karaoke parlors and other venues in an effort to combat "cross border crime, especially concerning drug trafficking, human trafficking, theft, pimping and money laundering”.
SOUTH CHINA BRACES FOR TYPHOON KAI-TAK China Daily
Flights were canceled and alerts upgraded in south China on Friday morning, as Typhoon Kai-Tak was forecast to make landfall there around noon. According to the latest updates from China's Central Meteorological Observatory, Kai-Tak was expected to make landfall in the coastal regions between Dianbai and Xuwen counties in southern province of Guangdong, packing a maximum wind speed of 35 meters per second in the center of the storm and bringing downpours.
SINGAPORE EXPORT GROWTH SLOWS WSJ
Exports rose 5.8% in July missing the 6.1% forecast from Dow Jones Newswires poll of economists and represents further slowdown from the 6.6% growth rate in June. Decelerating growth is attributed to economic struggles in the West, but shipments to China grew.