The Weekly Wrap-Up

| April 27, 2015

Image: autotechnician.com

Image: autotechnician.com

VW Chairman and his wife resign, When the voices in your head are real, Adam Sandler and Netflix go too far, and Why you should buy an Audi instead of a house. 

Words by Ryan Grice

An unfortunate comment in an interview has lead to the subsequent resignation of Volkswagen chairman of supervisory board Ferdinand Piech and his wife Ursula. While no specifics were stated, Piech made it quite clear in a recent interview with German magazine Der Spiegel that he is not a fan of the chief executive of the company, Martin Winterkorn. Few board members seemed keen to back Piech in what has been perhaps poorly described as a power struggle that followed the publication.  Though Piech is renowned for his intense approach and dismissal of a vast number of employees,sometimes even those above him, this instance has forced Piech to potentially end a career of over 50 years in the motor industry including high ranking positions in Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen. Piech’s wife, who was also on the board resigned with him. Though the two may be out of a job, they still a 10% share in Porsche and are both past many company’s recommended retirement age.

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Image: rattynews.com

After expressing issues of drowsiness and concentration to her doctor, an operation on 26 year-old PhD student Yamini Karanam from Indiana revealed that an embryologic twin lodged in her brain was the source. Originally assumed to be a tumour, the growth known as a teratoma has hair and teeth and was removed using a newly developed keyhole technique. Though the cost of the operation far exceeded the limited cover of Karanam’s insurance doctors stated that without it she would have almost certainly died. A fundraising webpage has been setup to cover the hospital fees and has so far raised over US$34000.

Image: mirror.co.uk

Image: mirror.co.uk

A film starring and co-written by Adam Sandler has caused controversy this week after nine Native American actors left the set citing a total disrespect of their culture as the reason. The film, commissioner by Netflix, is a western satire called The Ridiculous Six loosely based of The Magnificent Seven and co-stars Taylor Lautner and Steve Buscemi. While Sandler and his Happy Maddison production company are yet to comment, Netflix felt the need to, though it is yet unclear how helpful their words will be: “The movie has ‘ridiculous’ in the title for a reason: Because it is ridiculous.”

Image: bbc.co.uk

Image: bbc.co.uk

The idea that you could buy a whole house for the equivalent price of certain Audi cars will now take on a whole new meaning with Amazon and delivery company DHL’s plan to deliver your items to the boot of your Audi. The three companies have teamed up to realise the concept which will be initially accessible to users of Amazon Prime and involves the customer listing their Audi as their delivery address, then allowing DHL drivers to track the car and gain access to the boot via a unique digital code that then expires after the boot is closed. The project will reportedly be tested throughout the month of May under closely observed conditions in the city of Munich, Germany.

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