Global game set for major shake-up as ICC backs 'principles'

England celebrate the wicket of Aaron Finch in their first match in the Twenty20 series against Australia in Hobart. Changes are afoot after the ICC gets unanimous support to alter its structure and governance. Photo: EPA

World cricket was set for a major shake-up after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave "unanimous support" for "principles" to change its structure and governance.

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014, 9:56pm

Why China needs its critics

Mao Yushi. Photo: Reuters

People's trust in government erodes when there is no genuine rule of law to limit the power and scope of the ruling elite. The latest breach of trust in China is the discovery that more than 40 per cent of the rice supply in Guangzhou was tainted with cadmium, a toxic metal. The socialist idea that "power resides in the people" is a mantra without substance.

3 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Ireland rejects blame for Apple’s low tax rate

Apple Operations International, a subsidiary of Apple, in Hollyhill, Cork, southern Ireland. Photo: Reuters

Ireland said on Tuesday it was not to blame for Apple’s low global tax payments and had no special rate deal with the company after the US Senate said it paid little or no tax on tens of billions of dollars in profits stashed in Irish subsidiaries.

22 May 2013 - 2:56am

Audit office finds flaws at 13 big state firms

China Mobile, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and 10 other big state-owned firms have been accused by the National Audit Office of various management and accounting irregularities and failure to implement government policies.

11 May 2013 - 4:39am

Guinness maker Diageo appoints new chief executive

Sam Walsh has announced his retirement from the helm of Diageo, the world’s biggest producer of alcoholic drinks. He will be replaced by Ivan Menezes, the chief operating officer. Photo: Reuters

Diageo, the world’s biggest producer of alcoholic drinks, picked chief operating officer Ivan Menezes as its new chief executive on Tuesday, after Paul Walsh announced his retirement after almost 13 years at the helm.

Menezes, 53, who has been chief operating officer since March last year, will replace Walsh, 58, from the beginning of July, Diageo revealed in a statement.

7 May 2013 - 3:19pm

Barrister should head police watchdog, current chairman says

Senior counsel Jat Sew-tong, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council, says his position needs someone seen as politically neutral. Photo: May Tse

The next head of the Independent Police Complaints Council should ideally be a senior barrister because the position requires someone the public perceives as politically neutral, the watchdog's current chairman has said.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:59am 1 comment

Best days of the free market are over

Best days of the free market are over

The free market has been a wonder of our age. Its ideas have been like some remarkable scientific breakthrough that transformed the world. The free market propelled America and the West to global economic dominance, and allowed hundreds of millions of people in China and elsewhere to prosper. It won the 20th century.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am 8 comments

All too common case of dithering

If the new administration of Leung Chun-ying can devise an effective mechanism for co-ordinating overlapping authority, that would be a meaningful legacy of better governance. Photo: Sam Tsang

Mainlanders had a bit of fun recently mocking official clichés on a microblog hosted by the People's Daily, after the country's new leadership called for an end to long speeches and meetings in a drive for better governance. One example that sticks in the mind is "relevant department", a phrase used to blur responsibility for dealing with bad news or a tricky issue.

19 Jan 2013 - 4:25am 1 comment

Transparency clears the sky

A map showing PM2.5 intensity in China's 74 major cities is displayed at the website of China National Environmental Monitoring Center. Photo: Xinhua

Transparency is indispensable to good governance. In China opaque smog is often a symbolic reminder of lack of transparency on matters that are the legitimate concern of ordinary folk. Hazardous air pollution has been a case in point.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Let the professionals tackle corruption

The race is not about who will get rich but who will fix its government first. India has law, and China has order, but a successful nation needs both.

India has the most wonderful bookshops, full of the latest global best-sellers but also local books not easily available abroad. Indian writers have a flair for the English language that is inimitable and lyrical, reflecting the deep cultural respect for articulation.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:03am

Donald Tsang's bargaining legacy weakens governance, lawmaker says

The political culture left by former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen that encourages lawmakers to bargain with the administration over policies is to be blamed for weak governance, a legislator says.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

No 2012 winner for foundation's US$5m award for good governance in Africa

The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership was not awarded for a third time in four years as no suitable candidates were found. Photo: AFP

It's the biggest cash prize available to former leaders of African countries, and no one was worthy this year - again.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation announced yesterday that it would not award its US$5 million (HK$38.8 million) prize for good governance that recognises democratically elected African leaders who excel in office and - critically - leave when they are supposed to.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Standing Committee expansion would spoil governance broth

It surprised me to see two China specialists argue that reducing the number of Politburo Standing Committee seats is "regressive" and a "step backwards" ("Small circle", October 8). The authors then advocate increasing the number of seats without analysing how this would affect decision-making.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:11am

Planning for succession is crucial

It is unfortunate that a man as successful as casino mogul Stanley Ho Hung-sun should have to spend the last years of his life fighting his own offspring over how his business empire should be divided.

5 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Audit exposes problems at 17 key state firms

The National Audit Office has exposed extensive financial irregularities and corporate governance problems at 17 major state-owned enterprises, underscoring the lack of market oversight and discipline.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am