first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A working breakfast for consuls general of the member states of the European Union was held last Friday at the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney, in presence of the newly appointed Ambassador-designate and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Australia and to New Zealand, His Exelence Mr Sem Fabrizi.The exchange of views between Mr Fabrizi and Consuls General focused on bilateral economic relations of European Union with Australia, the strengthening of trade and promotion of the image of the European Union in the Australian media.At the working breakfast at Greece consulate in Sydney, discussed were also issues such as the prospect of initiatives and activities to promote European culture and heritage, utilizing the network and diverse possibilities of numerous ethnic communities of the EU member states in Australian society.last_img read more

first_imgFirefighters pulled a seriously injured driver from a rolled SUV Thursday afternoon on Interstate 5, near the 99th Street ramp, following a two-vehicle crash.The crash happened shortly after noon, Clark County Fire & District 6 spokesman David Schmitke said, in the northbound lanes on the highway, about 400 feet north of the 99th Street on-ramp.How the crash occurred wasn’t yet clear, but Schmitke said a driver in one vehicle involved was unhurt, while the other needed to be cut from a tan Chevy Blazer.The Blazer driver suffered potentially critical injuries, Schmitke said.The Washington State Patrol was investigating the crash.last_img

first_imgHAZEL DELL — Kim Messick said she thought her Sunday would include more pajamas, after a busy Mother’s Day week and weekend working in a flower shop, but daughter Kate Northcut had other ideas.Sunday was also Messick’s birthday, Northcut said, so she and her mother’s work friends brought her to the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County’s annual plant sale at the 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell.“I’m glad I got out of pajamas and came,” Messick said, pulling a wagon full of tomato plants and plants that like the shade, for her shady yard.“We’re going to go home and relax and plant, maybe,” Northcut said, but that might depend on the weather.While the weather was better for Mother’s Day than Saturday, scores braved the weekend’s wet-turned-muddy weather to scratch their plant itches.“The weather is our worst enemy,” said Nancy Funk, one of the master gardeners working the plant sale.Organizers used the field east of the farm for parking Saturday, but it turned into such a mud pit people needed help moving their cars, and it was closed off for Sunday.None of that seemed to be a problem, though, Funk said. Customers were understanding and plentiful.“But people still came. We had more people in line before we opened — this year, in the rain — than we’ve ever had. Some of them were starting to line up at 7:30 in the morning,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgWolves striker Raul Jimenez believes their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday proves they can go head-to-head with anyone and come out victoriousNuno Espírito Santo’s side claimed a surprise victory over an in-form Spurs at Wembley, despite going a goal down early on from a Harry Kane strike.But Willy Boly’s header put Wolves back on level terms with Jimenez then stepping up to hand the visitors the lead with an 83rd-minute goal.Portuguese winger Helder Costa then sealed all three points for Wolves with a third goal just four minutes later.Following their 2-1 win against Chelsea on December 5 along with draws against the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, Jimenez is convinced Wolves can beat anyone.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think we played very well in the second half, but I don’t know why we have to be down in the score to come back,” The Mexican told the club website.“We did it against Chelsea, now we did it again. This feeling is amazing.“We knew at half-time that we have a great team, and that we can score some goals to win the game. We thought about that and what we had to do on the pitch.“We never quit, we know that we are a great team, and if we are focused we can do everything, we can win against whoever.”Wolves are now seventh in the Premier League with Crystal Palace awaiting them next on January 2 at home.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 13, 2017 – Providenciales – A death investigation is launched now into the discovery of the body of an adult male in an apartment unit in Kew Town; the discovery happened Tuesday night.    It is said the man had been missing for days, it is said the man is a former customs officer and was last known to be a security guard at Beaches Resort.It was just before 10pm that officers swarmed the apartment block, and it remains unclear at this point if foul play is suspected.#MagneticMediaNews#malefounddeadinprovoapartment Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #malefounddeadinprovoapartmentlast_img

first_imgAutomobile organisation Ford has upgraded the parental leave policy offered to its 29,000 salaried employees in the US.Effective from 1 November 2018, the upgrade adds a range of new benefits for birth mothers and fathers, as well as adoptive parents and same sex couples. These improved provisions include increased time off for new parents to spend bonding with children, from two weeks to eight weeks for mothers and fathers, in addition to the six to eight weeks already available to birth mothers under the existing maternity plan.The organisation has also introduced a ‘new parent ramp-up programme’, which allows mothers and fathers to transition back to work following their parental leave. Under this new programme, employees can opt to work on a part-time basis for four weeks at full-time pay.Kiersten Robinson, chief HR officer at Ford, said: “My hope is that we see both mothers and fathers accessing these policies and setting an example for future generations. Recognising key life events, such as the addition of a child to a family, is critical if we are to appreciate and value the whole employee, personally and professionally.”She added: “What was really important to us was that the leave provision applied to both men and women. The pattern that we saw was that women were taking advantage of the previous policy, but not many men were taking it. That set a tone to some of our female employees that maybe it’s not OK.“We wanted to make sure that everyone felt as though this was a priority and they had the flexibility to take this time with their family.”Finally, Ford has increased amenities to support nursing mothers, which includes providing the storage and shipment of milk at the organisation’s expense if employee in question has to travel for business.last_img read more

first_imgVIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Seaquarium celebrated World Oceans Day with some special educational events for visitors.Young parkgoers got the chance to learn what they can do to help protect the oceans through fun activities.“So people are really excited when they come here with us, and it’s just because they’re able to get those hands-on experiences,” said Emma Guss, the park’s education manager. “They’re able to do the arts and crafts, do the games, and also educate themselves as well. Then, once they’re done with our different stations, they also like to walk around the park and get those one-on-one interactions with our animals.”Children who pledged to become a “Reef Ranger” received free admission, and their guests received a discount on tickets.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgRegular exercise for a lifetime can slow down the ageing process and help in keeping the body active, a study claims. Researchers assessed the health of older adults who had exercised most of their adult lives to see if this could slow down ageing.”We now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier,” said Janet Lord from the University of Birmingham in the UK. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Ageing Cell, the researchers recruited 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79, 84 of which were male and 41 were female.The men had to be able to cycle 100 kilometres in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60 kilometres in 5.5 hours.Smokers, heavy drinkers and those with high blood pressure or other health conditions were excluded from the study.The participants underwent a series of tests in the laboratory and were compared to a group of adults who do not partake in regular physical activity. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 healthy young adults aged 20 to 36.The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly.The cyclists also did not increase their body fat or cholesterol levels with age and the men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting that they may have avoided most of the male menopause.The study also revealed that the benefits of exercise extend beyond muscle as the cyclists also had an immune system that did not seem to have aged either.An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes less T cells. In this study, however, the cyclists’ thymuses were making as many T cells as those of a young person.last_img read more

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-12-02 Tory Barringer Share Total construction spending picked up in October following a dip in September, though the story was just the opposite for homebuilding.[IMAGE]The “”Census Bureau””:http://www.census.gov/ released on Monday its “”construction spending numbers””:http://www.census.gov/construction/c30/pdf/release.pdf for both September and October, catching up on releases delayed by the partial government shutdown.In September, total construction spending was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $901.2 billion, down from August’s $903.8 billion. Spending for total [COLUMN_BREAK]residential construction, however, perked up, rising to an annual rate of $334.5 billion ($324.1 billion private and $5.8 billion public).For October, Census put estimated construction spending at an adjusted annual rate of $908.4 billion, rising 0.8 percent month-over-month and 5.3 percent year-over-year. Through the end of the month, estimated spending for 2013 year-to-date was $747.0 billion, 5.0 percent above the same period in 2012.Spending on residential construction in October was down 0.5 percent from the previous month, falling to an adjusted estimated rate of $332.9 billion. On the private side, spending came to a rate of $326.9 billion, down 0.6 percent compared to September but up 17.8 percent compared to October 2012.Spending on new single-family construction faltered slightly in October–dropping 0.6 percent to a rate of $170.3 billion–while new multifamily spending rose for the third straight month, up 2.2 percent to a rate of $34.5 billion.In the public sector, spending on residences was at a rate of $6.0 billion, recovering 4.6 percent from September but still one of the lowest rates in recent months. December 2, 2013 428 Views center_img in Data Spending Stalls for Home Construction in Octoberlast_img read more

first_imgLatest Volcano Ash Cloud Travel NewsLast Updated: 09:20 18th May 2010Restrictions on UK airspace have been eased, thanks to new measures from the Civil Aviation Authority.Aircraft can now safely fly through ‘medium density’ ash following the introduction of a new zone that defines the concentration of the ash cloud.As a result of this change, there are no predicted restrictions on UK airspace in the immediate future. Get travel adviceSkyscanner has set up a special forum for you to ask any questions about the travel disruption caused by the ash cloudAsk your ash cloud questions hereAsk us via TwitterQuick links:Current SituationLive airport departure/arrival informationAirline help pagesFerry TravelEurostar and TrainsCar hireHotels and accommodation for stranded passengersPrivate UK airfieldsHelpful linksCurrent SituationThere are no predicted restrictions on UK airspace in the immediate future.See NATS for updates. 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The number is 020 7008 0000ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map British International HelicoptersFlies between Isles of Scilly & Cornwallget info here ScotAirwaysFlies UKget info here British AirwaysComprehensive Global Scheduleget info here Cathay Pacific Comprehensive Global Scheduleget info here Monarch AirlinesFlies UK & Europeget info here Austrian Airlines Flies throughout EU – Some connections to Russia & Middle Eastget info here Thomson AirwaysComprehensive Global Scheduleget info here Cypress airways Flies mostly between the UK & Europeget info here BMI Baby Flies mostly between the UK & EUget info here Germanwings flies mainly Europe & UKget info here Air HarrodsVIP Helicopter Charter Company Pakistan International Airlines Flies Asia, Europe, UK & USget info herelast_img read more

first_img This week legislators came together to form the bipartisan Asian Pacific American caucus, which is composed of members of the Michigan Legislature who identify as Asian Pacific American and members with districts that have large concentrations of Asian Pacific American residents, announced State Rep. Martin Howrylak.“Those who identify as Asian Pacific Americans are the fastest growing population in Michigan,” said Howrylak, R-Troy. “Asian Pacific Americans are contributing to the cultural diversity of our district, the fine reputation of our public schools and to the vitality of our region’s economy.”As part of its mission, the caucus will work to educate other members of the Legislature about the contributions and concerns of the Asian Pacific American community in Michigan.Members of the Legislature participating in the new caucus include Sens. Hoon-Yung Hopgood, Patrick Colbeck, Mike Kowall, Marty Knollenberg, Rebekah Warren and Reps. Martin Howrylak, Kristy Pagan, Stephanie Chang, Christine Greig, Jeff Irwin, Adam Zemke and Sam Singh.### Categories: Howrylak News 30Jan Rep. Howrylak joins, applauds creation of new Asian Pacific American caucuslast_img read more

first_img Categories: LaFave News 30Nov House Insurance Committee approves Rep. LaFave’s air ambulance legislation The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved legislation authored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain.LaFave’s measure requires air ambulance operations to give nonemergency patients a notice to be signed before sending an air ambulance to discuss all methods of transportation and costs. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without having a say and without knowing the costs.“A lot of times, Yoopers are airlifted to Green Bay or Milwaukee for surgeries,” said LaFave, who serves on the committee. “All is well when they return home healthy and recovering except for one thing.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“Nothing is more devastating to patients and families of patients when that $17,000 medical bill from being airlifted to the hospital shows up at the doorstep,” LaFave said. “My bill will allow nonemergency patients to be informed of the costs of medical transportation before they are transported. If a patient still wants to be transported via helicopter after being informed of the costs – great. But if they want to be transported by a cheaper method such as ground ambulance, they should be able to do so to avoid an extremely high medical bill.”House Bill 5219 now moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

first_img Categories: Filler News State Rep. Graham Filler and the Michigan House today approved a plan to help farmers whose crops have been delayed or damaged by this spring’s record-setting rain.Filler, of DeWitt, said the plan would help private lenders provide low-interest loans to qualified farmers at no financial risk to the state.“This spring has been one of the rainiest in Michigan’s history. It has absolutely devastated local crop farmers,” said Filler, a strong advocate for farmers. “This loan program will help struggling farmers get by until brighter days return.”Michigan has had very few days suitable for field work this spring. As a result, only about 63 percent of corn seeds and 43 percent of soybean seeds have been planted, which means yields will be low. Many farmers will be facing financial trouble as this crop season continues.House Bill 4234 provides $15 million to help private lenders run the loan program and keep interest rates low for farmers. The state does not provide the loans, so there is no financial risk or liability to the state with this program.Similar low-interest loan programs were approved for Michigan farmers in 2002 and 2012.### 20Jun Rep. Filler: House approves plan to help farmers hurt by relentless rainlast_img read more

first_imgShare10TweetShare1Email11 Shares October 11, 2015; Columbus DispatchThe American Dream of the single-family homeowner—nuclear family, a mortgage, and maybe a white picket fence—is being turned on its head by two consequences of the Great Recession: lack of demand for home purchases and a glut of unoccupied single-family houses. On the demand side are former homeowners who are unable or unwilling to return to homeownership and Millennial households which might have been first-time homebuyers except for student debt burdens, stagnant wage growth, or a taste for a more urban lifestyle. At the same time, there’s the supply of millions of unsold single-family houses that are a drag on their communities. These two forces collide in the form of Single Family Rental (SFR) homes—a new mashup of the American Dream for the 21st Century.The Columbus Dispatch captures snapshots of this new American Dream: “The crash pushed tens of thousands of central Ohioans from their homes, which investors gobbled up to cater to an increase in renters. In the past four years, more than 20,000 central Ohio homes have been turned into rentals, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.”This is not just an Ohio phenomenon. Using the same dataset, the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) reports that “While new construction of rental units has picked up in response to this demand, the majority of it has been served by conversions of existing units from owner- to renter-occupied, mostly from the single-family housing stock. As a result, since 2006 the number of single-family detached homes occupied by renters has increased by a third, from 9 million to over 12 million…and now accounts for 29 percent of all rental housing.”The glut of unsold single-family houses in Ohio comes in a variety of forms with funny names. “Underwater” houses occur where the owner owes more on the mortgage than the value of the house. Typically, an “underwater” owner is trying to hold on or refinance, but may have moved and rented to another household to help cover costs. Some reluctant landlords have turned to professional management companies to keep some cash flowing. “Zombie” properties are vacant eyesores that have been abandoned by owners. Eligible for foreclosure, these properties are too expensive to maintain with no prospect of sale or rental, and so they become abandoned. Zombies may have delinquent mortgages or property tax liens or both, but the debt holder has not proceeded to foreclosure. Last spring, a different story in the Dispatch expressed the hope that the home sales business had revived enough that banks were moving to take possession of zombie houses, but that blush of optimism seems not to have been consummated in actual sales. Alas, zombie houses also present a business opportunity for scam artists, who informally take possession of the house (by breaking in), then advertise and take deposits and first month’s rent before slipping off into the night. Ohio’s attorney general warns home seekers to beware.Then, there are “ghost” properties, which a third Dispatch article explains ghosts this way: “The Chittenden property is considered a ‘ghost house,’ a structure that remains in the name of someone who has died. The houses are often vacant, blighted and a pain for family members left holding the bag.” Because many houses aren’t marketable, they remain as a burden on heirs and successors, some of whom are already burdened by the houses they are living in. If relatives fail to pay close attention, these “ghosts” may be targets for either scammers or squatters.In the photo that illustrates the Dispatch story on SFR housing, a neighbor leans against a “FOR RENT” sign posted by American Homes 4 Rent (AH4R), a national SFR landlord. AH4R was recently profiled in connection with single-family home purchases in the Portland, Oregon area. Like its counterparts, the business model for AH4R involves buying distressed houses and bundling them into a financial instrument that is sold to investors and supported by anticipated rents from the properties. AH4R provides management and maintenance services, using local contractors. While there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that SFR investors are slow to repair, shift maintenance costs to tenants and push up rents, there is no hard data about this new form of rental owner.Nationally, there has been pushback against SFR landlords. Right to the City, a relatively new nonprofit advocacy group, frequently calls for mass action against SFR landlords. Just two weeks ago, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to curtail sales of delinquent mortgages to for-profit investors.The Dispatch article about SFR housing touches on two elements that worry community members: reduced maintenance and “new faces in old places.” There’s a perception that property maintenance declines as resident homeowners are replaced by absentee landlords. There’s also a folk perception that tenants are not as conscientious about upkeep as resident owners. The Dispatch offers balanced opinions on this concern. The concern about new faces includes a perception of more rapid change as 30-year mortgages convert to one-year leases. Not mentioned in the article is an underlying concern about the arrival of racial and ethnic minorities into formerly more homogeneous areas. The JCHS study cited above notes that the demographics of SFR are more like multifamily rental than they are like single-family homeownership. That is to say, more racially diverse.Still open to question is whether home sales will ever rebound to pre-Recession levels and halt the SFR era. It seems like the basic conditions of stagnant wages, burdensome student debt, and higher borrowing standards for mortgages will continue to keep middle-class households in rental housing. Interestingly, some argue that the move away from homeownership started before the Great Recession, as Millennials entered an employment environment that increasingly rewarded geographic mobility instead of residential stability. If the balance between rental and ownership continues to equalize, one may expect to see the “new renters” seek greater legal parity with property owners. The new American Dream may be a rental home.—Spencer WellsShare10TweetShare1Email11 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shares“National Park Steinweg Stones Away Ireland Hiking.”November 23, 2018; Green News“The Seanad has passed a historic Bill to make Ireland the first country in the world to fully divest from fossil fuels,” writes Niall Sargent, editor of Ireland’s Green News. Specifically, the bill prohibits the state investment vehicle, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), from any future investment in fossil fuels, Sargent explains. The bill also requires that the ISIF, which has over €318 million (US $361 million) invested presently in fossil fuel companies, to divest itself of all holdings within a 5-year period.The bill, in parliamentary parlance, was a “private member’s” bill rather than a government initiative. Introduced in 2016 by an independent member of Ireland’s parliament (Thomas Pringle, who represents Donegal), the measure has now passed through both houses of parliament. Prior to passage, Sargent adds, the bill was amended by the Department of Finance to allow for some flexibility in the disposing of assets to avoid losing investment funds in the process of divestment itself.The main hurdle had been gaining approval in July through the lower house of parliament, known as the Dáil. Still, approval of the Seanad, though expected, was required for the measure to become law.Despite the passage of Pringle’s bill, Ireland has not, by and large, been a leader on climate change. Indeed, a report from Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe ranked Ireland twenty-seventh of 28 European Union countries on its actual performance on climate change issues.Still, the Irish government vote is likely to accelerate an already broad-based international movement among institutions to divest holdings of fossil fuel stocks. A website maintained by the Bill McKibben-backed group 350.org indicates nearly 1,000 institutions, whose holdings total $7.18 trillion, have divested so far.Of those who have divested, 28 percent are faith-based institutions, 18 percent are foundations, 15 percent are government bodies (mostly municipalities), 15 percent are educational institutions, 14 percent are pension funds, 5 percent are nonprofit organizations, 4 percent are for-profit companies, and one percent are health care institutions. As NPQ noted in September, among these divesting institutions are nearly 40 US universities and a number of cities, including Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; and New York City.Officially, the bill still requires the signature of President Michael Higgins to become law. He is widely expected to sign. In July, after the measure passed the lower house, Higgins remarked that the bill was “greatly” needed and that its passage was “testament to cross-party cooperation and support.”—Steve DubbShare7TweetShareEmail7 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTwenty three members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have agreed to collaborate on the development of hybrid TV to enable a full roll out of the technology next year. The announcement came at the EBU’s 67th annual assembly.The group of broadcasters will exchange best practices and support one another to push through a fast roll out of hybrid TV services. The EBU members have made a commitment both to open standards including HbbTV, MHP and MHEG-5, and to developing “new experiences to their audiences”, the EBU said.The EBU will host a Creative Content Workshop on February 3 to enable all EBU Members to share experiences and ideas for hybrid applications.last_img

first_imgSpeculation about the possible launch of a smart TV by Apple has increased following Chinese reports that Foxconn has received orders to manufacture a trial run of the product.China’s First Financial Daily, citing informed sources, said that the Shenzen-based factory had received orders to begin production but did not reveal details.CNBC Asia meanwhile cited Vincent Cheng, head of Greater China technical research at Yuanta in Taiwan, as saying that a boost in Foxconn parent Hon Hai’s stock was more likely to be related to expectations that Apple iPhone 5 would begin shipping this summer and that he didn’t believe specifications for the TV product had been finalised. Cheng also told CNBC that there was no guarantee Apple would choose Hon Hai to supply the screens.last_img

first_imgDisney has replaced its representatives on German family network Super RTL’s board with the managing director of ESPN Europe, as it prepares to launch its Disney Channel brand in the territory.DTVE sister title TBI understands ESPN’s Ross Hair (pictured) has joined the Super RTL board to replace Giorgio Stock – who recently left Disney to join Turner International – and Disney Germany’s general manager Robert Langer to avoid what a source in Germany defined as a “conflict of interest”.Super RTL is a joint venture between European broadcast group RTL and The Walt Disney Company, who have operated the network since 1995.The channel has become the free-TV market leader thanks in part to its daytime Disney series but the Mouse House recently announced it would launch the Disney Channel in Germany next January, throwing Super RTL’s future into question as the new channel will get Disney’s premium content.Hair is currently ESPN’s top exec in Europe and sources have confirmed he has now joined the Super RTL board. However, TBI’s sources played down the idea this could lead Super RTL to run sports content and was simply a solution that allows Disney to continue to hold its 50% stake in the channel.Hair could not be contacted before press time and a Disney spokesman said the company does not comment on commercial arrangements.Super RTL also declined to comment directly on the board changes, but its CEO Claude Schmit said Disney Channel’s impending launch was not a “surprise”, that the new competition would “help us defend our position as Germany’s favourite children’s channel” and an announcement regarding Super RTL’s programming plans would follow that the end of May.“Of course, we wish our Disney colleagues all the best for the launch and good luck in the race for second position,” he added.Lars Wagner, Disney Channels Germany general manager, will oversee Disney Channel Germany along with his current pay TV networks duties. He reports to Langer, who remains in charge of Disney’s overall business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.last_img read more

first_imgNetflix has signed a deal with Disney that will see it offer films such as Ratatouille, Wall-E and The Chronicles of Narnia to viewers in the UK and Ireland. The deal, which covers new and classic Disney content, as well as titles form Disney-owned studio Pixar, also includes films like Dumbo, The Aristocats and Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.In the coming months, the firm also promised exclusive selected titles from Disney’s other subsidiaries, Marvel and Dreamworks, including The Help, War Horse and People Like Us. Films like Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and John Carter are due to follow next year.“We always look to offer families Disney movies when, where and how they want them. Working with Netflix in the UK and Ireland, we’re providing its members with a superb range of movie entertainment, through a high-quality and convenient viewing experience,” said Catherine Powell, senior VP and general manager, Disney Media Distribution, EMEA.The news comes after Netflix and Disney/ABC Television Group announced a new multi-year licensing deal in the US that gives the streaming service exclusive US subscription rights to Disney five children’s series.This comprises Disney Junior’s animated series Jake and the Nether Land Pirates, Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising, plus Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and JoJo’s Circus. All five will be available on Netflix US later this month.Netflix also last week updated its iPad app, adding the ‘post play’ feature that automatically cues and up and runs the next episode of a show once one ends. This is already available on the browser version of the service.last_img read more