Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, third left, walks with his daughter Roxanne Holmes, second left, after his arrival at Sydney International Airport, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. (AP)
Updated 24 September 2018
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Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home

  • James Ricketson (69) was sentenced on Aug. 31 to six years in a trial his sympathizers described as farcical

CANBERRA, Australia: Australian filmmaker James Ricketson took a stroll on a Sydney beach at dawn as he recuperates from more than a year in a Cambodian prison.
Ricketson landed in Sydney on Sunday night two days after his 15-month stint in a Phnom Penh prison ended with clemency granted by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
His nephew Bim Ricketson said on Monday the imprisonment had taken a toll on his uncle’s health.
The 69-year-old filmmaker was sentenced on Aug. 31 to six years in a trial his sympathizers described as farcical.


‘World’s oldest man’ dies in Japan at 113

Updated 20 January 2019
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‘World’s oldest man’ dies in Japan at 113

  • Mazako Nonaka was born in July 1905, according to Guinness World Records — just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity
  • Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies

TOKYO: “World’s oldest man” Masazo Nonaka, who was born just two years after the Wright brothers launched humanity’s first powered flight, died on Sunday aged 113, Japanese media said.
Nonaka was born in July 1905, according to Guinness World Records — just months before Albert Einstein published his special theory of relativity.
Guinness officially recognized Nonaka as the oldest living man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera last year.
“We feel shocked at the loss of this big figure. He was as usual yesterday and passed away without causing our family any fuss at all,” his granddaughter Yuko told Kyodo News.
Nonaka had six brothers and one sister, marrying in 1931 and fathering five children.
He ran a hot spring inn in his hometown and in retirement enjoyed watching sumo wrestling on TV and eating sweets, according to local media.
Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and was home to several people recognized as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.
They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.
The oldest verified person ever — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.