Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 7th 2013 Contents A34
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, August 7, 2013
HIROSHIMA---Japan marked the 68th anniversary
yesterday of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima
with a sombre ceremony to honour the dead and
pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Some 50,000 people stood for a minute of silence
in Hiroshima s peace park near the epicentre of the
early morning blast on August 6, 1945, that killed
up to 140,000 people.
The bombing of Nagasaki three days later killed
tens of thousands more, prompting Japan s surrender
to the World War II Allies.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, among many dig-
nitaries attending the event, said that as the sole
country to face nuclear attack, Japan has the duty
to seek to wipe out nuclear weapons.
He made no mention of the dilemma this
resource-scarce country is facing over nuclear ener-
gy, nor of the tens of thousands of people displaced
by risks from radioactivity from a nuclear disaster
in Fukushima, in its northeast.
There are over 200,000 "hibakusha," surviving
victims from the atomic bombings, with an average
age of nearly 79.
Many gathered in Hiroshima to burn incense,
bowing in prayer.
In a "peace declaration" speech, Hiroshima s
mayor, Kazumi Matsui, described the pain of those
who survived, only to be shunned as contaminated
by the radiation.
"The atomic bomb is the ultimate inhumane
weapon and an absolute evil. The hibakusha, who
know the hell of an atomic bombing, have contin-
uously fought that evil," he said.
The Hiroshima victims offered their support to
those suffering from the accident in Fukushima,
where the situation remains precarious following
meltdowns of three reactors after the plant s power
systems were crippled by the tsunami.
The plant s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co,
admits it is struggling to contain radiation-cont-
aminated water as its storage facilities overflow.
Taiwan defence minister
quits after less than week
Taiwan's newly-appointed defence minister
resigned yesterday over a plagiarism
accusation after less than a week on the job,
dealing another blow to the government of
President Ma Ying-jeou and plunging the
island's military deeper into crisis.
Andrew Yang, 58, told a late-night news
conference that he accepted full responsibility
for an article that a ghost writer prepared
under his name in a 2007 book on China's
People's Liberation Army that contained
material lifted from another source.
"This is my mistake and I extend my
apologies," Yang said.
Ma accepted the resignation.
Yang took office last Thursday after his
predecessor resigned amid a furor over the
death of a 24-year-old army conscript forced
to perform a series of grueling exercises in
searing heat while being held in a military
The death of Hung Chung-chiu early last
month just days before his discharge
infuriated many people. An estimated
200,000 protesters took to the streets of
Taipei on Saturday demanding military
Eighteen officers and non-commissioned
officers, including a general, have been
indicted in connection with the Hung case.
Yang was the first civilian appointed by Ma
to the prestigious defence post. A widely
respected academic, he had served as deputy
defence minister since 2009. (AP)
Insurer offers $1.3 million
reward in jewel heist
An affiliate of Lloyds of London is offering
a €1 million ($1.3 million) reward for
information leading to a diamond collection
stolen at gunpoint from a jewel show in
The jewels belonging to the Israeli
billionaire Lev Leviev were on display at the
same hotel featured in Alfred Hitchcock's To
Catch a Thief when a single gunman walked
in to the ground floor show, threatened the
handful of unarmed guards, and then
disappeared down a side street with the
$136 million cache, police have said.
The July 28 theft at the Carlton
Intercontinental Hotel ranks among the
largest jewel heists in history. In 2008,
thieves stole $118 million in rings, necklaces
and luxury watches from the Harry Winston
store in Paris. Lloyds announced the reward
LONDON---It may look like an ice-
berg, but there s nothing cool about
it.Utility company Thames Water
says it has discovered what it calls
the biggest "fatberg" ever recorded
in Britain---a 15-ton blob of congealed
fat and baby wipes lodged in a sewer
That s enough "wrongly flushed
festering food fat mixed with wet
wipes" to fill a double-decker bus
such as the famous London
Routemaster, the company said.
Thames Water deals with fatbergs
all the time, thanks to the widespread
use of household oil and food fat.
But few reach the mammoth size of
the one found under a road in the
London suburb of Kingston.
But with 67,000 miles of sewer
pipes to monitor, and fatbergs form-
ing around even a few wipes that
catch on to a corner or a wall,
Thames Water says it must be con-
This blockage---built up over an
estimated six months---was discov-
ered after residents in nearby apart-
ment buildings were unable to flush
Examination found that the
mound of fat had reduced the 28-
inch by 19-inch sewer to just 5 per
cent of its normal capacity.
It damaged the sewers so badly
that it will take six weeks to repair
The company said yesterday it
was sharing news of the massive
lard lump in hopes that customers
will think twice about what they
dump down the drain.
It also released video footage of
the fatberg, filmed by a remote
vehicle gliding through the sewer
like an underground amusement
The company says untreated fat-
bergs cause flooding and backups.
Mind the fat. (AP)
Rihanna showed serious skin partying in Barbados over the weekend. She
returned to partake in the festivities surrounding the annual Crop Over
festival, which originated in Barbados as a celebration of the harvest. The
party continued yesterday as Rihanna left little to the imagination in a
bedazzled ensemble as the historic Kadooment Day Parade took over the
capital city of Bridgetown.
Mind the fat: huge blob
of it found in UK sewer
RIHANNA GETS DOWN
Japan marks 68th
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