WWW.FINANCIALEXPRESS.COM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2018 16 BACK PAGE FE SUNDAY ● GOING GREEN Porsche,Audi to develop joint electric car platform From 2021 onwards, both businesses want to bring several models to the streets based on the joint platform REUTERS Frankfurt, February 10 PORSCHE AND AUDI,Volkswagen’s main luxury car divisions, plan to develop a joint platform for electric vehicles that will enable them significantly cut down on costs,German newspapers quoted their chief executives as saying. “By 2025,we are facing a low single-digit billion euro sum to develop the architecture,” Audi CEO Rupert Stadlertold both the Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten. “If both would act on their own, costs would be 30% higher,” Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said,addingAudiwas hiring 550 developers for the project and Porsche 300. From 2021 onwards, both businesses want to bring several modelstothestreetsbasedonthe jointplatform,withStadlersaying thatwouldbuildtwosedancarsin Neckarsulmandtwosportsutility models at its Ingolstadt base. Porsche’s Blume said the sportscar maker could build its first model based on the joint architecture in Leipzig, where it is already assembling its Macan sport-utility model.“I currently see good chances for Leipzig,” Blume said. Mercedes-Benz thinks of leaving the Detroit auto show MERCEDES-BENZ maypull out of the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit next year, according to people familiar with the matter, as carmakers increasingly choose to unveil new prod- ucts at tech shows or their ownspecialevents.Daimler, Mercedes’s parent, is moving toward standalone presentations of new models and technology summits like CES in Las Vegas, said people in the know. — PTI Carnival lights Amazon may start delivery of packages up Rio despite AMAZON HASALREADY shown same in the delivery business. nesses and deliver them to conthat it can rattle the retail, groThe online retailer is report- sumers. Amazon is expected to crime wave ceryandhealthinsuranceindus- edly planning a new service to start in Los Angeles in the comREUTERS Rio De Janeiro, February 10 CARNIVAL FESTIVITIES TOOK over Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, as revelers danced and drank at block parties with names like “fire in the underpants,”despite an extended crime wave in the city and a spike in yellow fever cases throughout Brazil. Over 6 million people, including 1.5 million visitors, are expected to take to the streets of Rio for the annual celebrations,which pit the city’s 13 best samba schools against one another in ornate parades that can cost over $2 million a piece. To launch the ‘world’s biggest party’ on Friday, officials handed a glittering key to the city to King Momo, a figurehead who presides over the partying and who,according to legend, was expelled from Mount Olympus before moving to Rio, the so-called “wonderful city.” But the celebrations this year come amid escalating violence. No truce for US, N Korea in Pyeongchang ASSOCIATED PRESS Pyeongchang, February 10 FORGET AN OLYMPIC TRUCE. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang. In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed US vice president Mike Pence on Saturdayfor what it called “shameful” and “snobbish”behaviour not in line with the spirit of the Olympics. Pencefiredoffatweetcallingthe North's participation in the Games a “propaganda charade” and saying the world must not “turn a blind eye to the oppression and threats of the Kim regime.” Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least. Though it has no real medal contenders and sent only 22 athletes,NorthKoreahasturnedout to be a major political player in Pyeongchang. It has dispatched a delegation of nearly 500 people—mostlymusicians,dancers, and an all-female cheering squad — and has been pushing its participation as a sign ofwillingness to work with Seoul, Hitchcock remains an influence on crime writers ASSOCIATED PRESS New York, February 10 AS HEWROTEwhat has become one of the top-selling novels so far in 2018, 'The Woman in the Window', the author who calls himselfAJ Finnwas thinking of a certain master of suspense: Alfred Hitchcock. “Hitchcock proved that suspense can be just as effective, if not more so, than surprise; that restraint and taste could trump sensational scare tactics and cheap tricks; that style might enhance a story rather than overwhelm it,” Finn, pen name for the critic and literary editor Daniel Mallory,said recently. “Above all, though, he emphasised psychology, from the Oedipus complex of Norman Bates to the 'folie a deux' that binds the killers in 'Rope', from James Stewart's mounting obsession in 'Vertigo' to Teresa Wright's reluctant coming of age in'Shadow of a Doubt'. With 'TheWoman in theWindow', I've tried to tap into his brand of timeless sophistication and that legendarypsychological depth.” Nearly 40 years after his death, Hitchcock remains a brand name in the thrillergenre, not just among directors,but for crime writers who look to Shadow of a Doubt, Vertigo and others works as models for narrative and mood. Although much of his work was adapted from novels and short fiction, Hitchcock is the only filmmaker to receive a “grand master” Edgar award from the Mystery Writers of America, a lifetime achievement prize that has been given to Agatha Christie, Elmore Leonard and James M Cain. Hitchcock also received a Raven Award from the mystery association for his “contribution” to the genre. “The term 'Hitchcockian' was invented to describe certain qualities that he exemplified,” says Paul D Marks, a prize-winning crime writer.“He may not have invented all of them, but he certainly made them his own. Things like innocent people being accused or caught up in a series of events they don't really understand, but have to figure awayout of.Average,normal people getting thrust into those situations,feeling a sense of vertigo (no Hitchcock pun intended) until they can get their bearings and get back to some semblance of their normal lives.” Otto Penzler, a leading edi- torof crime fiction and ownerof the Mysterious Bookshop in Manhattan, says that Hitchcock's mastery of showing ordinary people caught up in events beyond their control can be found in the fiction of Thomas H Cook and Alan Furst, among others. He also cited Mary Higgins Clark as one who “fully understands the Hitchcock methodology”. Clark, one of the world's top thriller writers, said in a recent email that she admires Hitchcock's “ability to create tension before the main character is even aware of the impending danger.” through greater exchanges, to ease what has been a year ofvery high tensions on the peninsula. To that end, athletes from both Koreas marched together intotheOlympicStadiumonFriday behind a blue-and-white “unification”flag. They are fielding a joint women's ice hockey team. And on Friday, Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, arrived for the first-ever visit to the South by a member of the ruling Kim dynasty. US President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a daybefore the Games began,but had been silent on the topic since.Wary that the North is trying to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul,he made a point of having no part of any of the North's brand of for-Koreans-by-Koreans detente. Membersofhisentouragehave disputed reports that he deliberatelywent out of his way to avoid contact, but he missed a group photo and arrived late to a dinner for the visitingdignitaries.Hemadeitclear from the start that he came to the Games with a message of“maxi- mumpressure”onPyongyang.And Pyongyang, for its part, testily announced it had no interest in meetinghimtobeginwith. Pyeongchang, alas, is a very small place. Contact was inevitable.And the unified entry of the Korean athletes at the opening ceremony presented a truly cringeworthy moment. Theathleteselicitedastanding ovation bymost leaders in theVIP box,includingMoonandKim'ssister. The Pences, seated next to MoonandjustarowaheadofKim and the North's 90-year-old nominalheadofstate,remainedintheir seats,unsmiling. tries, and now it is doing the pick up packages from busi- ing weeks. AP
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