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

Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal difference

first_imgUnited are currently outsiders for the top four (Picture: Getty)And Keown believes that’ll play into the hands of his former side, who he expects to finish fourth behind Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they’re [Manchester United just going to miss out,’ said Keown.‘Arsenal, you may expect me to say that, but I’ve gone through the fixtures and I just think they’re just too tough for Man Utd‘When you look at these games they’ve got play City I think that will be a draw I don’t think they can win that one for me it’s not going to happen’75 points I think they’ll get, same as Arsenal but they’ll finish above on goal difference’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday but will be without the suspended Sokratis.Unai Emery hinted at changes after his side’s 2-0 win against Napoli on Thursday and they face the Italian giants again three days after their clash with the Hornets.MORE: Barcelona eyeing cut-price deal for Chelsea star Willian Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Apr 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link453Shares Advertisement Advertisement Comment Martin Keown’s predicted heartbreak for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Chelsea and Manchester United will miss out on a place in the Premier League’s top four.Tottenham regained third spot from Chelsea with a comfortable 4-0 win against Huddersfield in Saturday’s early kick-off.The Blues face a daunting trip to Anfield on Sunday to play Liverpool, while they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United later this month.The Red Devils are fifth after Saturday’s narrow win over West Ham but have the hardest run-in where they’ll play Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City in the space of seven days.ADVERTISEMENT Martin Keown predicts Premier League top four and tips Manchester United to miss out on goal differencelast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man who led detectives on a 30 kilometre pursuit before crashing into another patrol car and killing a young Garda has been jailed for seven years.Martin McDermott was found guilty of the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in Co Donegal in December 2009.McDermott, 25, of Castlegrove, Raphoe, was also found guilty of the reckless endangerment of Garda Bernard McLaughlin. He had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death, drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.The jury was later told that McDermott has been in custody for the past year and a half.The jury of eight women and four men took just under two hours to return their verdict.McDermott showed no emotion as both guilty verdicts were read out by the jury foreman.His mother and other relatives broke down in tears.Some of the late Garda McLoughlin’s relatives, who travelled from their hometown of Fenagh in Co Leitrim, also broke down in tears.The dead Garda’s brother Enda told the court that his family’s lives will be changed forever because of Gary’s death.“Gary is in our thoughts every hour of every day. We got a phonecall nobody wants to hear at 3am. Our hearts would be broken and our lives changed forever,” he said.He revealed how his father Noel is angry when people describe Gary’s death as an accident and is still have problems accepting his youngest son’s death.Fighting back tears at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Enda also revealed the family thought he might pull through even though he was only given a 5% chance.“When that increased to 15% we felt elated but we were soon punched in the stomach,” he said.He described his brother as an ordinary, happy young man who loved his job and loved to do magic tricks for his nieces such as pulling coins out of their ears.“It is difficult but we just miss those normal days,” he said.He added that his mother Una finds it difficult to sleep and she says there is an emptiness in her life that she will never be able to fill.The trial, which lasted three days, heard how Garda detectives first spotted McDermott speeding out of The Grove petrol station in Bridgend after 1.20am on December 13th, 2009.The followed him and a chase ensued for more than 30kms with McDermott reaching speeds of up to 180kph.The pursuit ended when McDermott, 25, smashed head-on into a marked patrol car at Lisfannon, Burt.Garda Gary McLoughlin, 24, the driver of the patrol car, died the next day as a result of his injuries in hospital.Prosecuting barrister Alex Owens SC said in summing up there was enough evidence to reach a verdict of involuntary manslaughter.He said McDermott’s average speed during the pursuit across Donegal was 150 kph or 93mph.“That speaks for itself what was going on. He was driving after he had been drinking and while he was disqualified from driving.“This was a decision taken by the accused,” he said.He also added that it was only by chance that McDermott did not come across any members of the public while travelling at such high speeds.However defence barrister Peter Finlay SC said there was simply not enough evidence to find a verdict of manslaughter against McDermott.He said Garda evidence stated that the minimum speed during the crash was between 51 and 59 kph – within the speed limit.He also said the jury should not be influenced by the fact that the victim was a member of An Garda Siochana.“Just because the injured person was a guard cannot influence your decision and that is said without the slightest disrespect to the force.“I am not turning this into some Garda bashing exercise but it’s my duty to point out the facts. If that was the head of a Government or a labourer with a shovel on his back, it does not matter a wit in the eyes of the law.“You cannot say I want to help the Gardai here if you are to truthfully follow the Oath,” he said.In summing up Judge John O’Hagan said the fact that Gary McLoughlin was a Garda should not influence their verdict.“You must look at the case in the cold light of day. You are not deciding this case to keep anyone happy.“You are here to apply the law and bring in a true verdict according to the evidence,” he said.After McDermott was found guilty of both charges, Judge John O’Hagan passed sentence.He was told that the accused had 91 previous convictions – many of which were for traffic offences including drink driving as well as burglary and forgery.He jailed McDermott to 8 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and suspended the last year.He sentenced him to a further 5 years for the reckless endangerment to Garda Bernard McLaughlin.On the dangerous driving causing death charge which McDermott pleaded guilty to, he was sentenced to 5 years and disqualified form driving for 20 years.He received a further six months for drink driving, another 6 months for having no insurance and a further six months I jail for driving while disqualified.All sentences are to run concurrently.Judge John O’Hagan said he wanted to send out a message to all young drivers about their consequences of their actions.DEATH DRIVER WHO KILLED GARDA GUILTY OF MANSLAUGHTER AND JAILED FOR SEVEN YEARS was last modified: July 22nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:guiltymanslaughter of gardalast_img read more