Friday, January 16, 2009

ABC AM 16/1/09 - interesting groaner?

Does this* make you groan?

SALLY SARA: The British Foreign Secretary delivered his message on terrorism at one of the most iconic sites* of the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

David Miliband spoke at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel which was under siege for more than 60 hours during last year's bloodshed.

Mr Miliband distanced the British Government from President George W. Bush's war on terror.
Full transcript here:
UK says 'war on terror' a mistake
The British Foreign Secretary says the phrase "war on terror" may have done more harm than good. David Miliband made the comments during a speech at the site of last November's terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai.

It made me groan. Iconic? Sheesh.

Here are the rest of the items on AM today.

UN chief outraged by Israeli strike on Gaza compound
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has accused Israel of targeting its humanitarian facilities in Gaza. The UN Chief Ban Ki-moon is outraged and the Israeli Defence Minister has apologised for what he calls a "grave mistake."


Waterboarding is torture, declares Obama's Attorney General
Barack Obama's pick for US Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" is torture. Mr Holder has also said the detention camp for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay will close but it may take some time.


Fed Govt tackling unemployment rise: Gillard
As unemployment rises the Acting Prime Minister says businesses will be reluctant to sack skilled staff. But Julia Gillard says job cuts are unavoidable in the global financial crisis.


Natural gas industry calls for its own energy use target
The natural gas industry wants the Federal Government to set up a target for natural gas consumption, along with its renewable energy target. The industry is worried that the Government's current climate change policies will leave it priced out of the energy market.


Melbourne doctor accused of sexually abusing patients
A Melbourne doctor and Member of the Order of Australia has been accused of sexually assaulting several young men he was treating for drug and psychological problems. But Dr David Thomas Kings denies the allegations, saying the patients' medical conditions are behind their claims.


Tsvangirai to confront Mugabe over power-sharing deal
After a self-imposed exile Democratic leader Morgan Tsvangirai heads to Zimbabwe this weekend to confront Robert Mugabe with hopes he will be able to revive the power-sharing deal.


Khmer Rouge trials to start soon
The long-awaited prosecutions of former Khmer Rouge officials accused of genocide in the 1970s are set to begin within a matter of months. This week lawyers involved in the UN backed genocide tribunal have been thrashing out the workings of the trials. Some Cambodians are keen to see justice done but others would rather see the time and the money spent improving their lives.


Doubts over Apple's future as CEO battles illness
Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs has taken leave from the CEO position while he battles serious illness. But there are growing concerns about the impact his absence will have on the company's progress and its share price.



Anonymous said...

hello kae,
I wish all the best and a quick recovery to Mr S Jobs.

But if the future prospects of a company as large as Apple is dependent on one man alone, that company is indeed in real strife.


kae said...

Hi Orion,
I've heard the speculation that Apple is headed down the toilet, particularly voiced with news of Jobs' illness - but surely the company isn't reliant on him? If it's been heading down the chute for a while surely it's because of bad management (but not solely his), or selling a throw-away product with no customer service... that's just what I've heard)?

steveH said...

The hysteric press has just found one more thing with which to try to get more hits/column inches.

I worked at Apple (quite a while ago), and know people who work there now. It will do just fine while Jobs is on leave.

Whether the press will be able to find anything else about which to write is something else entirely.

And the yoyos pushing the stock prices around; well, from their point of view, every silver lining must have a cloud.

Caz said...

The engineers in the company are actually more valuable than Jobs, but don't tell that to "the market", they won't listen or believe.

If Apple goes down when Jobs goes down for good it will be Jobs doing, for not nurturing suitably charismatic and like-minded leaders during his own tenure, preferring to keep the stage to himself.

Caz said...

On the other hand, it's not Jobs' problem.

Why should he have to carry the burden of the success or failure of Apple to the grave? His responsibility begins and ends in this life, and not beyond. His success or failure during his own life is all he can really plan for, not the success of others once he's dead.

Besides, maybe he still bears a bitter & twisted grudge at Apple for tossing him out into the wilderness for a decade. A period of time that also illustrates what will possibly happen if Apple didn't learn from that experience - five years of continuing momentum, followed by a 68% fall in share value and no innovations.

Maybe this time they have contingency plans that will see them continue to innovate long after Jobs is gone.