All of the highway service centres we stopped at h

first_imgAll of the highway service centres we stopped at had a seated restaurant area and lots of vending machines, as well as the service counters. We had excellent brewed espresso coffee ( and we do like our coffee!) from vending machines and it was good fun selecting the coffee, inserting the money, and waiting for our hot cup to pop out from the delivery slot. Many of the service centres also had a bakery where our group bought freshly made cakes and savoury snacks. However since the snow was about 50 centimetres deep when we visited, the doggies were, naturally, not out in force that day! You can usually find a good selection of Japanese and western foods, including sandwiches, and everything we tried was fresh and tasty. Some stores even have a specialist hot section such as Seico Mart’s Hot Chef. Seico Mart started in Sapporo so probably has more shops in Hokkaido than the other islands. We generally spent around AUD$10 to $15 for two light lunches. Convenience stores sell all kinds of hot and cold beverages including soft drinks, coffee, tea, water, sport drinks, juice and milk. Many also sell wine, beer and spirits at very reasonable prices. At one shop we bought a nice half bottle of French red wine to take back to our hotel at around AUD$8, which was a lot better than the price our hotel would have charged us. Do yourself a favour and try the Japanese whisky, which most convenience stores stock. That’s another story, as we found out that Suntory realised its stocks of malt whisky were running out fast because the world had “found” Japanese whisky, so they reduced supply and doubled the price of their popular brands! If you want to take some home you would be best to buy it in town as supplies at the airport will be limited or non-existent, as we found at Haneda airport on our way home. IMAGES: John Dunphy Many convenience stores and all highway service centres have toilets that are spotlessly clean. You can also replenish your cosmetics, batteries, newspapers, magazines, razor blades and toothpaste, etc. We bought hand warmers for our gloves and you can even buy shoe ice spikes in the winter. Whilst most stores and service centres had an ATM on site, we didn’t need to use any of them. If we needed an ATM our tour manager advised us to use the ones at 7/11 because they would all accept foreign credit and debit cards. Apparently the Japanese 7/11 has a bank in its corporate conglomerate and their ATMs have instructions in many languages including English. On the subject of language we didn’t have any issues in the shops. Lots of the goods have English details and on the odd occasion when we needed to clarify what we were buying there was always a friendly local to help.The one consistent theme in all convenience stores and highway service centres was a section with absolutely beautifully packaged chocolates and sweets. These made perfect presents for locals visiting friends and relatives and to take home. On our tour many boxes were taken back to Australia or consumed en route! A local favourite in Hokkaido is the Royce box of chocolate coated salted chips (crisps). I know it sounds weird but they taste good and made a different gift for our “addicts” of both persuasions at home, (they cost AUD$19 in Oz so buy in Hokkaido!).CREDIT: Royce Australia Japan is a doggie friendly country and this highway service centre had a doggie post with poo bags and water available. There are over 50,000 convenience stores across Japan with most open 24/7. Aside from food and drinks they offer a host of services that tourists can take advantage of including ATM, wi-fi, and copier services. The major chains are Family Mart, Seico Mart, 7/11 (Japan version), and Lawsons. Stores obviously sell food, including a large range of meals, snacks and beautifully packaged sweets, but you can also buy Bento box meals, microwave meals and hot foods such as fried chicken. We enjoyed pizza slices and meat pies that the staff heated up in the store microwave for us, but you have to be a little flexible as the Japanese version of meat pie is different to the Aussie version! It might seem odd to be discussing convenience shops in a travel review, however there are good reasons why you should think about using them in Japan. Most tours such as our one in Honshu and Hokkaido go from place to place by coach. In all good tours a lot of dinners and breakfasts are included in your tour cost, so that leaves morning and afternoon ‘tea’, plus lunch to take care of yourself. You don’t want to be paying for those items in restaurants, and probably don’t want three sizeable meals every day, so for our tour we bought our lunch most days at a convenience store and ate on the coach heading to the next destination. That saved time and money and, equally importantly, we mixed with the locals and enjoyed the exchange of cultures. JapanReviewstravel tipslast_img read more

Netflix will rethink Georgia shoots if abortion

first_imgNetflix will ‘rethink’ Georgia shoots if abortion law holds NEW YORK — Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos says the streaming giant will “rethink our entire investment” in Georgia if the state’s recently passed abortion law goes into effect.Sarandos made his remarks in a statement Tuesday, first reported by Variety. They constitute the strongest language yet from any leading Hollywood studio since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on virtually all abortions.Sarandos said that Netflix has many women working on productions in Georgia whose rights “will be severely restricted” by the law. He said the company will help the American Civil Liberties Union contest the law in court. Netflix productions in the state will continue before the legislation is implemented.Atlanta has in recent years become a major hub of TV and film production.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This May 6, 2018 file photo shows Ted Sarandos at the 2018 Netflix FYSee Kick-Off Event in Los Angeles. Sarandos says the streaming giant will rethink their investment in Georgia if the state’s recently passed abortion law goes into effect. He made his remarks in a statement Tuesday, May 28, 2019, first reported by Variety. They constitute the strongest language yet from any leading Hollywood studio since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on virtually all abortions. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2019 11:19 am PDTlast_img read more

Rep Glenn Drivers can offer input to lower car insurance rates

first_img21Feb Rep. Glenn: Drivers can offer input to lower car insurance rates Categories: Annette Glenn News New legislative website to provide latest news on reform, public interactioncenter_img State Rep. Annette Glenn, of Williams Township, today announced the creation of a special website to keep people informed about the House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates while giving Michigan drivers a chance to have their voices heard.The website,, allows anyone to easily offer input that could help shape future legislation.“The cost of auto insurance is the number one issue my constituents talk to me about. A bipartisan, meaningful fix is needed now,” Glenn said. “Skyrocketing car insurance rates are forcing many Michigan families into making difficult financial decisions. I encourage drivers in Bay and Midland counties to join me to find a solution to the highest average car insurance premiums in the nation.”The website includes a news tab allowing residents to keep up to date with developments and committee meeting schedules. Ideas submitted by Michigan drivers concerning legislation will go directly to the committee, assuring every submission will be considered.“You’re overpaying for car insurance, and it’s time your story is heard,” Glenn said. “I am confident everyone can set the politics aside, and get reform across the finish line.”Glenn also encourages residents to “like” the Facebook page at to follow the latest news regarding the committee.last_img read more

UEFA has awarded 201215 UEFA Europa League media

first_imgUEFA has awarded 2012-15 UEFA Europa League media rights in Slovenia to SportKlub.Pay TV broadcaster SportKlub has been awarded the right to all live matches, except the first pick. Each match week SportKlub will broadcast one live match per kick-off slot as well as a highlights programme.All rights can also being exploited on the internet via, and on mobile.last_img

Turner Broadcasting has renewed its contract with

first_imgTurner Broadcasting has renewed its contract with Estonian broadcast services provider Levira for the playout of its services for the Scandinavian and sub-Saharan African regions.“We have a good and solid collaboration with Levira which we are happy to continue”, said CG Anderson, MD Turner Broadcasting Nordic and Baltic.Levira has been providing playout services for Turner Broadcasting since 2007, when the new Silver HD channel for the Scandinavian market was launched from Levira’s playout facility.last_img read more

The UK DVD and Bluray rental market is expected t

first_imgThe UK DVD and Blu-ray rental market is expected to decline sharply this year following the shut-down of half the country’s Blockbuster video stores as part of a restructuring agreed by the company’s new management, according to research from IHS Screen Digest.According to IHS Screen Digest, the UK market for physical video rental will drop by 22% in 2013 to £202 million, the sharpest predicted annual decrease for the entire period from 2007-17.DVD rentals are expected to fall by 53.2% to 15.4 million this year, while Blu-ray rentals will fall by 61.3% to 2.8 million, according to the research group.IHS Screen Digest predicts that the DVD and Blu-rental market will decline to £172.7 million by 2017.Rental stores accounted for 41.3% of the overall video rental market in 2012, but is expected to take just 24.7% this year.“The year 2013 is set to become a watershed for the U.K. video rental market as a result of the wholesale closure of Blockbuster UK stores,” said Tony Gunnarsson, senior video analyst at IHS. “The massive downturn in the store-based video rental market represents a significant loss to the video market and will result in a major decline and radical transformation of the UK video market overall. From 2013 on, the UK physical-video rental business increasingly will be dominated by online rent-by-mail subscription services.”Blockbuster plans to reduce the number of its UK rental stores from 530 to 264 over the course of the year. The company’s administrators, Deloitte, announced two rounds of store closures earlier this year covering 224 sites. Supermarket chain Morrison’s subsequently acquired 49 stores while Gordon Brothers acquired a total of 264 sites.last_img read more

A day after launching its editorialdriven app Dis

first_imgA day after launching its editorial-driven app Discover, messaging service Snapchat has launched its first exclusive original series.SnapperHero, which comes from digital production company Astronauts Wanted and MSN Fullscreen in conjunction with US telco AT&T, will feature YouTube and Vine personalities playing superheroes.Video Game High School’s Freddie Wong is among those lined up to appear.The videos will last between 100 and 200 seconds and comprise a total of 12 episodes that are available for a set period of time, with four released a week.Snapchat has not financed the series, according to Bloomberg, but as with its message-sharing service, hosts content from creators.Yesterday, Snapchat launched Snapchat Discover, an in-app feature that allows users to explore stories from different professional editorial teams. Media partners include National Geographic, Vice Media, Yahoo News, Comedy Central, CNN, ESPN and Scripps.last_img read more

Scripps Networks UK EMEA has launched a local la

first_imgScripps Networks UK & EMEA has launched a local language version of the Travel Channel on Makedonski Telekom in Macedonia.“Following the success of Food Network and Fine Living in the region, we are confident that offering Travel Channel in local language will cement our leading lifestyle channels as household brands,” said Jon Sichel, managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA.The channel will be available to all customers subscribing to Makedonski Telekom’s digital primary package.  Makedonski Telekom is part of the Magyar Telekom Group, a subsidiary of the international Deutsche Telekom Group.last_img read more

Netflixs global roll out will see it launch in So

first_imgNetflix’s global roll out will see it launch in South Korea in January 2016, according to a local report.The Korea Times on Sunday suggests Netflix will formally announce the plan in coming weeks, following the streaming service’s recent debut in Japan.Netflix is “seeking to form strategic partnerships with Korean mobile carriers and leading terrestrial broadcasters”, according to the report, which noted South Korea’s leading telcos are SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus.Talks over content licensing agreements are said to well underway, with the technical aspects of the launch relatively simple thanks to South Korea’s advanced broadband infrastructure.Launching in South Korea would give Netflix competition advantage over with Amazon Prime Instant Video, which launched in Japan but is not yet distributed elsewhere in Asia.Netflix will launch in Spain, Italy and Portugal in the fourth quarter of this year, widening its distribution in Europe as it plans to launch in virtually all major markets around the world. It has already outlined plans to launch in China next year, with an India debut also being heavily tipped to happen soon.last_img read more

An estimated 14 of adult Australians some 25 mi

first_imgAn estimated 14% of adult Australians, some 2.5 million people, used Netflix to stream TV shows or movies in the six months to June 2015, according to media regulator the ACMA.Research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority said that after launching in March, Netflix now accounts for “the majority of SVoD services used in Australia” – edging out competition from other new entrants like Presto TV and Stan.“Amongst SVoD users, 78% used Netflix Australia in the six months to June 2015, and 88% in the past seven days at June 2015,” said the ACMA, after surveying 1,505 Australian adults in May and June about their use of SVoD services.Overall, the ACMA found that an estimated 3.2 million adult Australians (17%) watched SVoD content in the six months to June 2015, and 2.2 million (12%) did so in the last seven days as of June 2015.“Subscription video on demand is growing rapidly in Australia, becoming an increasingly popular way to watch video content,” said the ACMA – particularly among younger people.The survey found that 33% of those aged 18 to 34 watched video content via an online subscription service in the six months to June 2015, compared to 11% of those aged 35 and over. Meanwhile, 34% of people living in a household with children were SVoD users, compared to 17% of those who live in a household with no children.In total people aged 18-34 accounted for 58% of all SVoD users. They also watched 9.9 hours on average of SVoD content in a week – almost double the 5.2 hours on average of those aged 35 and over.The study said that people were more likely to be SVoD users if they fit the following demographics: are aged between 18 and 34; work full-time; have a degree; live in a household with children; have an income of A$100,000 per year; or own an Apple TV.“Streaming services allow a user to watch video content on their own terms—at any time that suits. Almost half of SVOD users (49%) reported this as one of the main benefits of accessing video content online, as compared to watching content on pay TV or free-to-air television,” said the ACMA.last_img read more

In 2019 some 103 of total occupied US households

first_imgIn 2019 some 10.3% of total occupied US households will take over-the-top services, according to research by SNL Kagan.According to the numbers, revealed at a breakfast briefing in London this week, SNL said there will be 12.9 million OTT homes in the US in 2019, up from an estimated 10.5 million in 2016.Over the same timeframe, SNL said that unique TV everywhere users will climb from 56.2 million in the US this year to 84.4 million in 2019, marking a 34% digital penetration.last_img

German cable operator Tele Columbus posted revenue

first_imgGerman cable operator Tele Columbus posted revenues of €278.7 million and recorded 3.6 million connected homes for the full 2015 financial year following its consolidation of Primacom, Pepcom and other smaller players.In its first financial results since its consolidation of Primacom and Pepcom, Tele Columbus said that its EBITDA reached €140.9 million, up with an EBITDA margin of 53.6%Revenues were up 30.9% year-on-year, while EBITDA was up 42.4%.Of the 3.6 million homes connected to Tele Columbus’s network, 61% are now upgraded to two-way networks. The company had 2.458 million basic cable subscribers, up 87.6%. Premium TV customers numbered 426,000, up 165.6%. Internet customers numbered 462,000, up 128.8%, while phone customers were up 151.3% to 427,000.Tele Columbus is currently testing an advanced TV product, that it says will enhance the customer experience with interactive, time-shift and multiscreen features, along with the integration of ProSiebenSat.1’s on-demand service Maxdome.“With the successful consolidation of primacom and pepcom we have set a new starting point for the further development of the company,” said Ronny Verhelst, CEO of Tele Columbus.“While still working consequently on the integration of the three entities we have managed at the same time to successfully pursue our goals and drive innovation of future products and services. This is a remarkable effort by the management team and all employees I am extremely proud of.”last_img read more

Ericsson and US mobile operator Sprint are partner

first_imgEricsson and US mobile operator Sprint are partnering to trial streaming ultra-high definition video over a live 5G wireless signal using 400 MHz of spectrum.The demo is open for public participation at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field football stadium and will include a live 4K Ultra HD camera stream from the Sprint Fan Zone.Ericsson said that soccer fans will get a glimpse of how the game-day experience will change when 5G technology is introduced to stadiums, with UHD video of visitors kicking a ‘connected’ soccer ball live streamed using a 5G feed.Ericssson said that in the future, both the game ball and players could be connected so that fans are able to see real-time information and analytics about the speed, rotation and height of the ball, with new stats and graphical analytics appearing on TV.“5G will make possible a wider range of services than any network has done before, and sporting events are a great way to show this off,” said Glenn Laxdal, Head of Technology and Strategy, Ericsson North America.“We are happy to help Sprint inspire fans with this peek into the 5G future, especially given our history together of bringing technology upgrades that improve the consumer experience.”Sprint announced in May that it will trial 4K streamed coverage of the Copa America football tournament this summer using 5G technology.On the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, president and CEO Marcelo Claure said that Sprint would deliver 4K soccer coverage at two Copa America stadiums in June, in partnership with Nokia and Ericsson.last_img read more

The European Parliaments decision yesterday to re

first_imgThe European Parliament’s decision yesterday to restrict the scope of changes in copyright rules that would enable cross-border consumption of services has elicited mixed reactions from industry bodies.The parliament’s legal affairs committee voted to water down European Commission proposals that would have have enabled broadcasters to show a wide range of content across borders within the EU. Instead, the parliament voted to limit the application of the ‘country of origin’ principle that would enable this to news and current affairs programming only.Content rights-holders and commercial broadcasters had strongly opposed the EC’s changes, arguing that a broader revision of the rules would reduce the value of exclusive rights and prevent producers from selling distribution rights on a country-by-country basis.The legal affairs committee ruling would mean that broadcasters could make news and current affairs content available across the EU once they have cleared the rights in their own country. These programmes could include content protected by copyright which currently can’t be cleared in a short time-frame for each and every country.It will however the possible for broadcasters to geo-block their online content if rights-holders and broadcasters agree this in their contracts. MEPs supported the view that this is necessary to support current licensing models.“The chance to create a European audience was missed. Conservative forces put the interests of Big Players over the interests of millions of European citizens in an irrational, unbalanced way. Under the pretext of cultural diversity European Broadcasters are refrained from adapting to the digital age,” said rapporteur Tiemo Woelken.The Association of Commercial Television (ACT), representing commercial broadcasters, welcomed the result.“Today’s vote in the Legal Affairs Committee is definitely a step in the right direction. It acknowledges the value of territorial exclusivity in ensuring EU citizens can watch a wide range of high quality TV programmes,” said Agnieszka Horak, ACT’s director of policy and legal affairs.“Commercial broadcasters have long believed that the wrong legislation on this issue would reduce the amount, quality and diversity of TV content. We thank all the Members of the European Parliament who have helped us take a step towards better legislation.We urge the Member States in the Council to follow the direction of travel set by the Committee on Legal Affairs.”European public broadcasters body the EBU on the other hand regretted the decision, which it said would restrict cross-border access to European content.“We deeply regret that the majority of the Members of the JURI [legal affairs] committee did not support a futureproof and consumer-friendly licensing system giving access to more diverse European radio and audiovisual content across borders,” said Nicola Frank, head of European affairs at the EBU.Frank said that the original proposals would not have undermined the principles of territoriality and contractual freedom and would have enabled consumers to view more content online and across borders.She said that the “drastically reduced” scope of the country of origin principel would “encourage consumers to resort to more illegal online content services” and would also “provide the ground for making non-European players even stronger”.last_img read more

Russian service provider Akados Belarus subsidiar

first_imgRussian service provider Akado’s Belarus subsidiary Cosmos Telecom has launched its first 4K UHD TV channel. The Ultra 4K Extreme channel’s launch on the Minsk digital cable network marks the 25th anniversary of Cosmos TV’s launch in Belarus.The extreme sports and entertainment channel is available in English and features sports including kiteboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing, high-speed driving, skateboarding, climbing and parkour.Subscribers are required to have a 4K-capable TV fitted with a compact CI+ CAM module to receive the channel.Akado commercial chief Maxim Chernov said that Cosmos’s subscribers were the first in Belarus to receive 4K content.last_img read more

Harald Rösch Riccardo Ruggieri and Gugliemo Guerr

first_imgHarald Rösch, Riccardo Ruggieri and Gugliemo GuerraMaltese cable operator Melita is to provide broadband services in Italy over the Open Fiber wholesale network and has hired former Telecom Talia CEO Riccardo Ruggiero to head up its efforts in the country.Melita Italia will kick off its high-speed broadband offering in April, using the Open Fiber network to provide services in Catania, Palermo, Milan and Naples. The company plans to expand services to more than 30 cities and 3,000 sales points by the end of 2021. Some 100 new jobs will also be created, most of which will be based in Southern Italy.Melita plans to differentiate its offering in part by providing high-class WiFi. The company will launch WiFi specialist Plume’s service bundle in Italy, making the country the second in Europe to benefit from the company’s WiFi feature, including Adaptive WiFi, HomePass guess access, parental controls, the Plume app and SuperPod access points to optimise the in-home WiFi experience.Ruggiero, most recently chairman of environmental engineering outfit Westgroup, has also served as CEO of Tiscali and prior to that, CEO of wireless broadband operator Aria, which was acquired by Tiscali in 2015. He was CEO of Telecom Italia from 2001-07. Melita has also hired Westgroup investor relations chief Gugliermo Guerra as chief operating officer.Harald Rösch, CEO at Melita, said, “This is a significant milestone for Melita, a business built in Malta, which is now expanding into new markets. While our core business will remain in Malta, Italy presents an excellent opportunity for growth as millions of homes gain access to the Open Fiber network. By combining the skills of our team in Malta – where we are innovative leaders in the provision of internet services and customer experience – with the market knowledge of Riccardo and his team, the future for Melita in Malta and Italy looks bright.”Ruggiero, now executive chairman at Melita Italia, said, “Melita has a great opportunity to grow in Italy as the country’s super-fast fibre internet network enters a phase of rapid expansion. Working together with Open Fiber, I am very much looking forward to this new and exciting challenge.”Melita recently teamed up with technology outfit Plume to launch Stellar WiFi, powered by Plume, a new service bundle that provides two Plume SuperPods, devices that fit fit into electrical wall outlets to spread the internet from the modem to all areas of the home, at the end of last year.last_img read more

Ofcom offices at Riverside House Bankside next t

first_imgOfcom offices at Riverside House, Bankside, next to Southwark BridgeUK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB now and in the years ahead.”Ofcom currently “cannot extend ‘prominence’ rules to television delivered via the internet” and says that new legislation needs to be introduced. As such, the regulator has recommended new rules to ensure PSB content is “clearly visible on major viewing platforms, such as smart TVs, set-top boxes and streaming sticks.” This new proposal also recommends that broadcasters’ on-demand services would need to deliver an “appropriate range of high-quality PSB content”, potentially including requirements around particular genres, such as children’s, current affairs and factual content, and programmes made specifically for UK viewers.The post also details a need for more programming for children and teenagers in particular. Last year, Ofcom asked ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 to respond with plans for how they would improve their provision for children on TV and online. As a result of this, ITV has committed to increase the budget of CITV by almost 10%, to fund more original commissions for 6-12 year olds, and develop a new online news and current-affairs offering for 12-15s; Channel 4 will develop a new digital-first service for 13-16 year olds, focusing on a new YouTube channel and include new commissions especially for teenagers; and Channel 5 will double the budget for its Milkshake children’s output, and increase its original programme hours from 29 to 50 annually by 2021.Lastly, Ofcom has announced the launch of a nationwide forum called Small Screen: Big Debate.This will involve a series of discussions with broadcasters, production companies, government, Parliament, industry bodies, viewers’ groups and national and regional representatives on the wider questions around sustaining PSB in future.Ofcom says that it will publish its assessment on the state of PSB and how it has performed over the period 2014 to 2018 by the end of the year.Kevin Bakhurst, Ofcom’s group director for content and media policy, said: “Our traditional broadcasters are among the finest in the world. But they’re facing unprecedented challenges from competition and new technology.“So we are ensuring their channels remain easy to find on TV guides, and convening a national debate on the future of public service media – including how we safeguard its benefits for future generations.”last_img read more

A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said At about 215am y

first_imgA PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “At about 2.15am yesterday (early hours of Sunday morning) a young male was seriously assaulted at the junction of Chamberlain Street and William Street.“The young male was knocked unconscious and sustained serious injuries.“Someone needs to be brought to justice for this“If you were in the area at the time and witnessed this or know who our suspect is please get in touch by ringing 101 and quoting reference number 235 of 30/07/17. CHAMBERLAIN STREETMAN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AFTER BRUTAL ASSAULT IN DERRYPSNI FOYLEwilliam street “Alternatively you can ring Crimestoppers anonymously on freephone 0800 555 111.” The WIlliam Street-Chamberlain Street junction.POLICE are appealing for information after a young man who was brutally assaulted in the early hours of the yesterday morning in Derry.He was knocked unconscious and received serious head injuries.The victim of the attack is being treated in Altnagelvin Hospital.center_img MAN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS AFTER BRUTAL ASSAULT IN DERRY was last modified: July 31st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

BIM WV WCHSWVAH — The mother of a man who was

first_img BIM, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — The mother of a man who was thought to be trapped in a former Boone County mine was there with the rescue team all day waiting to see her son walk out of the mine, but that never happened. Pinterest Twitter “You don’t know if he’s dead or alive, that’s the hardest part,” said Joane Short, the mother of Wes Blackburn.A rescue team spent six hours in Lightfoot No. 1 Blackhawk Mine near Wharton Thursday searching for Blackburn, 38, of Oceana, who is suspected of stealing copper and is being sought by law enforcement. Next PostPolice: Foster parent made child wear electric dog collar Short said her biggest fear is that someone has harmed her son, but she is hoping to soon be able to tell her 14-year-old grandson that his dad was found safe.“We all love him very much and despite what he does, I still want to see him come home you know and let us know that he’s OK and call me or his brother Michael so we can let his son know that he’s OK,” Short said. Facebook Tumblr Home NewsWatch Featured Mother of missing Boone County man searching for answerscenter_img FeaturedNewsWatchState News Mother of missing Boone County man searching for answers By Daniella HankeyNov 30, 2018, 09:33 am 859 0 It’s been four days since Short last saw her son.“Tuesday, I got texts telling me that he was stuck in the mines. That one boy had went to jail and that he had went back in the mines,” Short said.The man she is referring to is Gary Gibson, who was arrested on Monday at the entrance of the Blackhawk Mine on breaking and entering and conspiracy charges. Gibson was arrested along with Amanda Pennington, who told deputies she was only there to pick up Gibson and Blackburn who were believed to have been taking copper.Deputies found evidence that concrete had been chipped away from the Blackhawk Mine entrance, a mine that has been closed and sealed for 20 years.“It’s been cold for days so I assumed he would stay in there to stay warm,” Department of Commerce Marketing Communications Director Samantha Smith said.That sparked the risky search by the West Virginia Rescue Mine Team.“In a situation like that there could be roof falls, toxic levels of gas, water, flooding, a number of risks are involved in sending a team in,” Smith said. Linkedin Daniella Hankey Previous PostUMWA sues Mine Safety and Health Administration for unlawfully lifting POV status at Affinity mine Google+ Maillast_img read more


first_img Tumblr Google+ Linkedin Twitter National NewsNewsWatch DC Clerk Refuses To Give Marriage License, She Thought State Of New Mexico Was Foreign Country By Tyler BarkerDec 01, 2018, 20:20 pm 380 0 LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A District of Columbia clerk and a supervisor refused to accept a New Mexico man’s state driver’s license as he sought a marriage license because she and her supervisor believed New Mexico was a foreign country.Gavin Clarkson told the Las Cruces Sun-News it happened Nov. 20 at the District of Columbia Courts Marriage Bureau as he tried to apply for a marriage license.After approaching the clerk for a license and showing his New Mexico ID, Clarkson said the clerk told him he needed an international passport to get the marriage license.Clarkson said he protested to a supervisor, who also told him that he needed a foreign passport.The clerk finally concluded New Mexico was a state after Clarkson objected three times. The clerk granted the license to Clarkson and his fiancée.“She thought New Mexico was a foreign country,” Clarkson said of the clerk. “All the couples behind us waiting in line were laughing.”Clarkson, who is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation, said if he’d had his tribal identification card he might have had an easier time than showing his New Mexico driver’s license.In a statement, the D.C. courts system acknowledged the staff error to the Sun-News.“We understand that a clerk in our Marriage Bureau made a mistake regarding New Mexico’s 106-year history as a state,” Leah H. Gurowitz, spokeswoman for D.C. Courts, said in an email. “We very much regret the error and the slight delay it caused a New Mexico resident in applying for a D.C. marriage license.”New Mexico became a U.S. state in 1912. Facebook Mail Pinterest Next PostPresident Trump designates December 5 national Day of Mourning for George H.W. Bush Previous PostMarshall unable to Spoil Hokies Bowl Streak Home NewsWatch National News DC Clerk Refuses To Give Marriage License, She Thought State Of New Mexico Was Foreign Country Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.comlast_img read more