Japan set to mark 75 years since Hiroshima, Nagasaki atomic bombing

first_imgJapan surrendered six days later, ending World War Two.Archive footage shows pre-bomb Hiroshima as a bustling, thriving city of trilby-topped gentlemen boarding trams, ladies dressed in elegant kimonos, and uniformed schoolchildren walking beneath cherry blossoms overhanging shopping streets.After the blast, rubble and contorted metal stretch almost uninterruptedly to the horizon. Electricity poles and bare trees accompany the dotted handful of windowless buildings which appear to have withstood the impossible.Japan will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the two cities on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9 this year.In previous years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the city mayors attended annual memorial services and renewed pledges for a nuclear-free world. Bells tolled and a minute’s silence was observed at the exact time the bombs detonated in both cities.Commemorations this year will be scaled back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with fewer seats and video messages from dignitaries.  Thursday marks 75 years since the United States unleashed the world’s first atomic bomb attack on the city of Hiroshima, followed three days later by the second and last on Nagasaki, vaporizing lives, buildings and Japan’s capacity for war.At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6 (2315 GMT, Aug. 5) 1945, US B-29 warplane Enola Gay dropped a bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” and obliterated the southwestern city of Hiroshima, killing 140,000 of an estimated population of 350,000, with thousands more dying later of injuries and radiation-related illness.On Aug. 9, the United States dropped another bomb, dubbed “Fat Man”, about 420 kilometers (261 miles) to the south over Nagasaki, instantly killing more than 75,000 people beneath a mushroom cloud which grew as high as 9,000 meters (30,000 feet). Topics :last_img read more

A gutted inner-city apartment in this iconic high-rise is a golden opportunity

first_imgA brown door was the only ‘splash of colour’ in this stark interiorThe home was held in the same family since 1969 — the summer of love and the year Neil Armstrong stepped upon the moon.The property is being sold as part of a deceased estate, and the late owner has been only the second proprietor since it was built.Mr Croft said savvy potential buyers have already seen the lack of fitout as a plus.“Buyers like the idea that they’re not paying for someone else’s renovation,” Mr Croft said. Might need some work perhaps“The fact that this hasn’t been touched — I don’t think the apartment’s ever even been repainted inside. It’s got the original shade of green on the walls, all the original tiles and fittings and fixtures,” he said. The stove is all that remainsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThat’s right — no kitchen, no floor coverings and limited cabinetry. It’s effectively a concrete shell according to Ray White South Brisbane principal, Luke Croft.“It was in totally original condition, so all the carpet and everything was removed. The kitchen was pulled out because it was in such bad disrepair,” Mr Croft said.“It’s a great blank canvass and the building is always really sought after,” he added. Enjoy this view, but bring your hammer tooLocated in Brisbane’s original residential high rise, Torbreck, the ninth-floor, two-bedroom unit is asking for offers over $499,000.But unit 9E has offered something a little different to buyers — it’s stripped bare.center_img The sellers have stripped bare this inner-city apartment in one of Brisbane’s most recognised residential buildingsOUR city is full of interesting structures and extraordinary opportunities, and the recent listing of 9E/182 Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill is sure to inspire creative renovators. This is actually one of the unit’s most complete rooms!The apartment includes a living space, internal laundry and two balconies as well, and at 113sq m in total it’s more spacious than most new units.There are even views through to Border Ranges, the Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Ernst says she’ll ask EPA leader to resign if biofuel blend promise isn’t honored

first_imgWASHINGTON — Governor Kim Reynolds says she plans to focus her lobbying efforts on the EPA to change their policy to fulfill the promise made by the president on the amount of ethanol and biodiesel that should be used to make up for waivers given small refineries. Fellow Republican, Senator Joni Ernst, says the president has told the EPA to make sure the promise is kept.“If we get to a point where the EPA is not following through on what the president has directed them to do — then we will have to hold them accountable,” according to Ernst. She says she will put the focus on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “If we don’t see that result — that 15 billion gallons — than I am ready to call for the resignation of Andrew Wheeler,” Ernst says.She says she’ll lobby the president on the issue of the EPA won’t listen. “Let’s make sure this gets done and if not, we’re going back to the president and say ‘Andrew Wheeler is the one who is not following through with your commitment to farmers — you need to get rid of him’,” Ernst says.Those in the biofuels industry say up to 400 jobs at Iowa plants are at stake if the EPA’s doesn’t follow through. Four plants in Iowa have already temporarily shut down.last_img read more