Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in environmental projects lowers mayors' career prospects, study finds

Investment in transport infrastructure improves a mainland mayor's chances of promotion, while spending on environmental improvements lowers them, a research paper using data between 2000 and 2009 has found.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 5:51am 1 comment

Most mainland Chinese can't name their own mayor, poll finds

Mayor of Chengdu Ge Honglin. Photo: Xinhua

Only a third of mainlanders know the name of their mayors, but more than half would vote for them if free elections were held, a survey of about 6,300 people in 30 major cities has found.

2 Jun 2013 - 11:59am

Press aides of Toronto mayor Rob Ford quit as he faces 'crack video' row

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media. Photo: AP

Two top aides have quit Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's office as the embattled leader of Canada's biggest city faces lingering allegations he was caught smoking crack cocaine on video, accusations he has firmly denied.

29 May 2013 - 11:35pm

Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto sorry for insulting US in prostitute row

Toru Hashimoto speaks at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Tokyo. Photo: EPA

An outspoken Japanese politician apologised yesterday for saying US troops should patronise prostitutes as a way to reduce rapes, but defended another remark about Japan's use of sex slaves during the second world war.

28 May 2013 - 2:42am 3 comments

Toronto mayor Rob Ford told me crack claim a lie, says brother

As well as allegedly smoking crack, Rob Ford is accused of uttering anti-gay slurs. Photo: Reuters

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's brother said Ford has told him that reports of a purported video that appears to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine are untrue and that the media is trying to destroy his brother.

24 May 2013 - 4:27am

New LA mayor to 'focus like a laser' on economy

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is a Rhodes scholar. Photo: Xinhua

A Rhodes scholar and urban planning expert in a city that generally prefers its politicians to be less eclectic, Los Angeles mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will take the reins as the nation's second-largest city teeters between recovery and financial ruin.

24 May 2013 - 3:14am

Disgraced Weiner to run for New York City mayor

 Anthony Weiner appears with his wife Huma Abedin in a YouTube video announcing his entrance into the New York mayoral race. Photo: AFP

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner, whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago, has said in a YouTube video announcement that he is running for mayor of New York. He had said last month he was considering entering the race.

23 May 2013 - 5:21am

Toronto mayor allegedly smoked crack cocaine, video shows

Toronto Mayor Ford is swarmed by reporters as he enters his offices at Toronto City Hall. Photo: Reuters

Toronto mayor Rob Ford awoke yesterday to the most serious allegations against him yet, with reports of a crude video which purportedly show him smoking crack cocaine.

18 May 2013 - 1:47am

Ex-Philippine president Joseph Estrada eyes Manila mayoralty

Former movie actor Joseph Estrada turns 76 next month.

In typically colourful fashion, graft-tainted former Philippine president Joseph Estrada launched his campaign for mayor of Manila yesterday in what he described as his "last hurrah" in politics.

The one-time movie actor, who turns 76 on April 19, said he wanted to end his political career as the mayor of a city where he was born and in whose slums he remains hugely popular.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:27am

Mayor's winning ways make proceedings ever colourful

Effusive London Mayor Boris Johnson is easily the gold medal winner when it comes to providing soundbites for the hungry British media. Take this gem, for instance: 'Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-Waff and there, I think, you have the difference between us and the rest of the world.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Seoul leader's HK trip a study of contrasts

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon sought to keep things frugal during his recent two-day trip to Hong Kong - in contrast to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who has recently come under fire for luxury hotel stays and trips.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Intervention sees price of new housing drop 11.3pc

Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong says the average price of new housing in the capital fell 11.3 per cent last year thanks to heavy government intervention in the real estate market.

Guo outlined developments in the Beijing property sector yesterday while presenting the city's programme for 'scientific development' this year to municipal lawmakers and political advisers.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Shanghai growth may be lowest in almost 20 years

Shanghai's economic growth slowed to around 8 per cent last year, the municipality's mayor said yesterday, down from double-digit growth in 2010 and potentially the lowest figure in almost 20 years.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Cable sheds light on the secret life of Wen Jiabao

The 'people's premier' Wen Jiabao is a 'headache' and a formidable boss in the eyes of his subordinates, according to a US diplomatic cable that has been released by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tension won't stop Kashgar's progress drive

Despite recent ethnic violence, authorities in Kashgar in Xinjiang, say their ambition to transform the western border city into a booming financial hub remains on track and plan to woo talent from major mainland cities.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am