Meet the woman who will decide the future of Holden’s manufacturing operations in Australia – Stanford University MBA Mary Barra.
The man believed by most industry observers to be holding the power to make or break the jobs of 1760 Holden workers in Australia – Dan Akerson – resigned yesterday.
Barra,51, will succeed Dan Akerson as chief executive of GM, becoming the first woman to lead the largest US car maker.
Akerson had accelerated the succession plan by several months after his wife was recently diagnosed with “an advanced stage of cancer”, the company said.
Advising Barra on the Australian options will now be Dan Ammann, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer, who will become president and assume responsibility for regional Full Story »
Soweto | US President Barack Obama has led world tributes to Nelson Mandela, hailing him as ‘a giant of history’ at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in celebration.
Obama was one of close to 100 world leaders at the event in Soweto’s World Cup stadium, where songs of praise and revolution, many harking back to the apartheid era that Mandela helped condemn to history, echoed down from the dancing crowds in the stands.
“It is hard to eulogise any man … how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice,” Obama said, after being introduced to wild cheers.
“He was not a bust made of marble, he was a man of flesh and blood,” Obama said of the prisoner-turned-president wh Full Story »
Adelaide | Helicopter shark patrols spot less than one in five sharks, even in clear water, and aren’t good for much more than giving swimmers peace-of-mind, according to soon-to-be-published research.
Helicopter patrols spot 17.1 per cent of sharks in a given area – better than fixed-wing aircraft shark-spotters, who find only 12.5 per cent of the deadly marine predators.
“Although the public may feel safer knowing that aircraft are in the air, the tangible difference these flights make to an individual’s safety from shark attack at any one of these beaches is likely to be small,” a preliminary version of the paper, now accepted for publication in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, concludes.
RAH Design Competition | A plan for a radical art gallery – think Hobart’s MONA – has just been announced as the winner of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site design competition.
Planning Minister John Rau announced the winner a little after 10am this morning. Nice Architects’ design – known affectionately as The Hill – won the People’s Choice award, which was voted on by members of the public.
SLASH’S design centres on adaptive reuse of the site’s buildings. It proposes the most minor amendments to the site, and is therefore theoretically the cheapest to construct. New uses are found for most of the old buildings – including the aforementioned art gallery, hotel, community centre, high school and museum. There’s also space Full Story »