Second arrest in cash theft
Police yesterday arrested a second suspect in the country’s biggest-ever cash robbery, in which US$7.5 million was stolen from a security company last month. Police arrested Yutaka Watanabe, 41, on charges of robbing Nichigetsu Keibihosho in Tachikawa on the outskirts of Tokyo and of assault that seriously injured a company employee, a police spokesman said. Police arrested a 31-year-old man on Wednesday on similar charges.
Severe diarrhea kills giraffe
A 15-year-old female giraffe has died of severe diarrhea caused by a viral infection at New Delhi’s zoo, an official said on Thursday. “She wouldn’t eat and began showing symptoms of diarrhea around early evening on the 24th of May,” the curator of the National Zoological Park in the capital Riaz Ahmad Khan said. “She died the next morning. A post-mortem report showed massive internal bleeding in her stomach and doctors said she died because of a viral infection.” The giraffe, named Anita, bore four calves, two of which lived in the same zoo as their mother. An older male calf borne by Anita died earlier this year when his neck snapped after he got stuck trying to grab food from the branches of a tree. The country’s zoos have been the targets of fierce criticism from wildlife experts in the past over concerns including poor sanitation, contaminated food and overcrowding.
Dead dolphins stir outrage
Animal activists expressed outrage yesterday at the discovery of two dead snub fin dolphins tied to mangroves and weighted with a concrete slab, saying every death took the rare species nearer to extinction. The dolphins were found in wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef region last week by a recreational fisherman. Police said they suspected they were caught in a net cast by illegal fishing crews. “The killing and concealing of these two dolphins is totally reprehensible and completely out of line with what the community expects,” the World Wildlife Fund’s Richard Leck told national radio. Authorities are seeking leads on the animals, which they suspect could have been accidentally caught in nets, but then dumped among the mangroves to hide the killings, which fishing boat operators are required to report. Only discovered in 2005, the snub fin species is now on the brink of extinction, with just 1,000 left in the wild, Leck said.
Auschwitz sign moving
A council that oversees Auschwitz-Birkenau has decided that the notorious sign that once spanned the main gate at Auschwitz will not return to its original spot after being repaired for damage during a 2009 theft. Pawel Sawicki, a spokesman for the memorial site, said the sign bearing the Nazis’ cynical slogan “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Sets You Free) will be housed in a planned exhibition center to open in coming years. It was accepted by the International Auschwitz Council at a two-day meeting that ended on Thursday.
Sammy Ofer passes away
A businessman at the center of a recent scandal involving trade with Iran has died at age 89. Media reported that billionaire Sammy Ofer died yesterday after a long illness. Ofer’s name was recently in the news after the US government sanctioned one of his companies for doing business with Iran’s national shipping company. Along with his brother, Ofer owned one of the world’s biggest container shipping companies.