THE WORLD THIS WEEK : World’s oldest person

A Dutch woman who swears by a daily helping of herring for a healthy life celebrated her 115th birthday on Wednesday as the oldest living person on record. Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, was born in 1890, the year Sioux Indians were massacred by the U.S. military at the Battle of Wounded Knee. “She eats a piece of herring every day because it’s good for the health and is mentally full of vitality,” said Johan Beijering, director of the Westerkim nursing home. “A scan of our archive reveals that Hennie is also older than the Guinness World Records holder for the oldest man living, which makes her the oldest person in the world,” said Guinness World Records book editor Craig Glenday. — Agencies