World’s oldest dog, 26, dies
The world’s oldest dog according to Guinness World Records has died in Japan at the age of 26 years and eight months. Owner Yumiko Shinohara told reporters at her home in Sakura, a city outside Tokyo, that Pusuke, a fluffy tan Shiba mix, died on Monday after suddenly falling ill and refusing to eat. Shinohara told TV network FNN that she “would just like to thank him for staying alive so long.” The report said Pusuke’s life span would have been the equivalent of about 125 years for a human. According to Guinness, the dog was born on April 1, 1985. Pusuke was recognized as the world’s oldest living dog last December. The Guinness record for canine longevity is 29 years, set by Bluey, an Australian cattle dog who died in 1939.
Health executive on the run
A senior Queensland Health executive was being hunted yesterday after A$16 million (US$16.1 million) went missing from the government department, furious state Premier Anna Bligh said. Hohepa Morehu-Barlow, also known as Joel Barlow, is wanted for alleged fraud with police applying to freeze his assets, including a luxury inner-city apartment and several expensive cars, including a Mercedes. “It is suspected that this individual has embezzled up to A$16 million with one payment of A$11 million stolen in the last two weeks alone,” Bligh said in a statement. “I am furious at the individual and, if there have been structural failings that allowed this to happen, I will tear those structures down.” Morehu-Barlow, 36, was employed as a finance manager in Queensland Health’s community services branch. Bligh said it could be the most serious case of fraud ever in Queensland’s public administration with the government tipped off late on Thursday after a departmental officer noticed a discrepancy in payments. Morehu-Barlow was at work on Thursday but he failed to turn up yesterday.
Train kills railway workers
Five railway workers in South Korea were killed early yesterday when a Korea Airport Railroad train ploughed into them as they worked on the tracks, authorities said. The victims were working on a drain to prevent the tracks from freezing during winter near Incheon Airport when the train struck them early yesterday, Korea Railroad Corp said. Another worker was seriously injured, while a seventh managed to avoid the oncoming train. The group allegedly entered a section of the track without informing the train control center, the company said. Services on the 61km line connecting Seoul to the airport returned to normal after a 15-minute delay, it said.
Air strike kills grandfather
Three Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed one Palestinian and wounded at least 10 others, medical sources said yesterday. The house of a Palestinian family was hit in the east of Gaza City, near a training center of Hamas’ armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, killing a grandfather and wounding seven children, several of them seriously. The two other overnight strikes also targeted training centers of the brigades, the medics said on condition of anonymity. An Israeli Army spokeswoman confirmed that two raids had taken place, but said they were in response to rocket fire against Israeli territory on Thursday night. She said the strikes “targeted centers of terrorist activity” in the Gaza Strip. Earlier on Thursday, two Gaza militants were killed in an Israeli strike.