Not-guilty plea entered in vehicular-killing case

first_imgLANCASTER – A drunk-driving suspect accused of hitting a man as he walked on a desert road, then driving to a friend’s home and calling authorities, has pleaded not guilty to a vehicular manslaughter charge. Leevon Eisele, 28, of Quartz Hill, is charged in the Aug. 21 death of 65-year-old Russell Attwood of Lancaster, whose body was found near the Lancaster landfill after a 3-hour search because Eisele didn’t know where he had hit him. Eisele pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of felony vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and hit and run causing death or injury. He was out on bond and will appear Feb. 28 for a preliminary hearing. California Highway Patrol officers said they got a call about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 21 from Eisele saying that he thought he had hit someone on Challenger Way near Avenue F, which is 1 miles from where the dead man was found. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Eisele’s vehicle showed signs that it had hit something, CHP officers said. CHP officers and sheriff’s deputies searched up and down the two-lane road looking for a victim. A passenger who had been in Eisele’s vehicle went along with them to try to point out the spot where the man had been hit. The body was found just after 6 a.m. on Division Street near Avenue F-6, CHP officers said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Sandhouse Hotel in Rossnowlagh will host the launch this Friday of the Micheal O’Cleirigh Summer SchoolAN event 300 years older than the 1916 Easter Rising is being celebrated next month.Brother Mícheál Ó Cléirigh from Creevy, Ballyshannon, Co, Donegal, and his colleagues, finished their great history of Ireland ­ The Annals of the Four Masters – in 1616, exactly 400 years ago.The Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Summer School in nearby Rossnowlagh from May 27 to 29 will mark the event. The official launch of the School takes place this Friday at the glorious Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh.The theme this year will focus on Europe’s mass migration crisis, and compare events in recent months with Ireland’s emigration long before the Famine years.The Micheal O’Cleirigh School title this year is Refugees and Strangers: Being Irish in Europe 1500 – 1800. The school will discuss the people who left Ireland in those three centuries and what happened to them.In addition, migration to Ireland today will be the subject of a History Ireland Hedge School during the weekend. Professors from University College, Dublin, and Maynooth University will give talks on the work of the Donegal friars in ‘saving civilisation’ and how many Irish people left Ireland to become strangers in Europe and eventually citizens.There will be a discussion how Irish emigrants became European nobles and were influential in the courts of Europe.The many Irish people who left the Northwest during the period will be the subject of a presentation from Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald of the Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh.Full details of the school are available on MICHEAL O’CLEIRIGH SUMMER SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE 400 YEARS OF THE FOUR MASTERS was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:four mastersMicheal O’CleirighSUMMER SCHOOLlast_img read more

Meat glut blamed on change in diet

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Too much of a good thing isn’t good for anyone. That goes for protein, too. After years of people stuffing themselves with chicken, pork and beef while they were following low-carb diets such as Atkins, the meat industry is looking at a glut as the diet trend turns toward a more balanced approach. Benchmark wholesale prices for beef and pork are down more than 8 percent from a year ago and 20 percent for chicken, according to the Livestock Marketing Information Center. “There is just an overabundance of protein on the market,” the center’s Jim Robb said. Retail prices for meats are forecast to be flat to 1 percent lower this year compared with a 2 percent to 3 percent increase for all foods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. DeWayne Gray, a rancher who has 1,450 head of cattle southwest of Springfield, said he has been expecting prices to come down as the normal business cycle holds sway. “We reached the apex of the cattle cycle around the first of the year,” Gray said. Big food processors are feeling the effect of what the industry calls an “oversupply of protein.” The nation’s largest meat processor, Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc., blamed a second-quarter loss in part on the protein glut. No. 2 processor Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., based in Pittsburg, Texas, also posted a loss for similar reasons.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAgricultural economists said the oversupply and subsequent dip in prices is part of the normal business cycle. Good profits in 2004 and 2005 tempted farmers and agribusiness companies to raise production faster than the growth in demand. But changing diets have helped pressure the market, as have export problems for beef and chicken. Consumers are increasingly shunning high-protein diets such as Atkins and South Beach, which have been lauded for inducing rapid weight loss but criticized for raising the intake of fats and cholesterol. “The popularity of high-protein, low-carb diets gave an extra kick to demand for meats,” said Ronald Plain, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri in Columbia. “Now we’re in a situation in 2006 where we see an increase in meat production and that (diet) popularity is going away, so the Atkins diet turned out to be like other diets, a passing fad,” Plain said. last_img read more

WidgetPad: Open-Source, Web-Based Environment for Mobile Developers

first_imgSatoshi Nakajima is the creator of the world’s first CAD application for the personal computer. He was a defining force behind both Windows 95 and Internet Explorer 3.0. These days, he’s put his mind toward helping mobile developers create revolutionary applications.Today, Nakajima is launching WidgetPad, a free, collaborative, web-based, open-source mobile development environment where developers can easily create smartphone applications using standard web technologies (such as HTML 5, CSS, and Javascript) and distribute them as stand-alone applications to app stores.WidgetPad aims to alleviate the complexity of creating native applications and eliminate the need to learn platform-specific API sets and tools. The current set of tools for iPhone developers allows them to create fully interactive, media-rich mobile apps that take advantage of the iPhone’s advanced hardware capabilities (GPS, accelerometer, compass, etc.).Upcoming versions of WidgetPad will enable developers to seamlessly port these applications to other smartphone devices such as the Palm Pre and Blackberry.The online WidgetPad development environment uses a hosted SaaS model and is completely free. Developers will have to adhere to an open-source agreement, and their apps will be available through a generic WidgetPad application on the iPhone. A premium version is planned, which will allow developers to work outside of the open-source license on private projects and deliver stand-alone, branded applications. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… And of course, the mind behind IE3 also has browser-based views on how apps will be served to users.“I believe that the web will become an application platform – everything will be delievered via the browser. That was my thought in 1996 – it’s taking longer than I originally thought,” he said with a smile in his voice.And with regard to mobile development for the multitude of available smart devices, Nakajima concluded, “It’s really about community… We’re trying to get a lot of other developers to work together; we want everyone to work on solving this problem.” jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “I’ve been developing a lot for the iPhone – a very exciting market, but it’s closed,” Nakajima told us in a phone conversation last week. “The apps only work on one device, and Apple controls the distribution. The smartphone application should be much more open… We’re pushing hard to make it an open-source community.”Nakajima also expressed his faith in the value of emerging web standards, saying, “I think our hope lies in HTML 5. It’s like AJAX on steroids. I think that’s the future – a lot of applications will be developed using this technology… But that’s going to take time. A lot of innovation needs to happen. What we want to do is accellerate that innovation.”The WidgetPad founder believes that, with strong support from entities including Google and Apple, HTML 5 will ultimately supplant C++, Objective C, and Java. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups Related Posts last_img read more

Will not stop construction in SCS: China tells US

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 18 (PTI) China will not stop construction on the islands in strategic South China Sea which was awarded to the Philippines by an international tribunal, a top Chinese admiral today said, dismissing the pressure from Washington.”We will never stop our construction on the Nansha (Sparatly) Islands halfway. The Nansha Islands are Chinas inherent territory, and our necessary construction on the islands is reasonable, justified and lawful,” commander of the Peoples Liberation Army Navy Wu Shengli told his US counterpart Admiral John Richardson during their meeting here.A tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration acting on a petition from the Philippines quashed Chinas claim of historic rights on the South Chinas Sea last week and upheld Manilas claims over the islands.China, which boycotted the tribunals proceedings, rejected the verdict questioning its legality.Describing the security situation in waters around China as “complicated and sensitive”, Wu said Richardsons visit will be beneficial for the two countries to strengthen communication, promote trust, resolve doubts and avoid misjudgments.”We will never sacrifice our sovereignty and interests in the South China Sea,” Wu was quoted as saying by the state-run Xinhua news agency.He stressed that it is Chinas “core interest” and concerns the foundation of the ruling Communist Partys governance, the countrys security and stability and the Chinese nations basic interests.Wu said that China will not recede over territorial sovereignty or fear any military provocation, which the Chinese navy is fully prepared to cope with.advertisementHe stressed that “no matter what country or person applies pressure,” China will push forward and complete island construction as planned.Wu said China will never be caught off guard, and the number of its defence facilities is completely determined by the number of threats it faces.He vowed that China will never give up its efforts to solve the South China Sea issue peacefully, despite “many negative factors at present,” but warned that “any attempt to force China to give in through flexing military muscles will only have the opposite effect.”The Chinese admiral hoped that the two countries air and maritime forces will fully follow the Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea and the Rules of Behavior for the Safety of Air and Maritime Encounters to avoid strategic misjudgment or exchange of fire, and jointly ensure the peace and stability of the South China Sea.Wu called on the two sides to promote strategic mutual trust, seek common ground, expand the scope of cooperation and create new momentum for China and the US to develop a new type of major-power relations between the two countries. PTI KJV ZHlast_img read more

Shanghai Masters: Gilles Simon knocks out Stan Wawrinka as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray advance

first_imgFrenchman Gilles Simon upstaged world number three Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday, while top seeds Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray eased into the quarter-finals.Djokovic enjoyed a 6-4 6-4 win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil while Murray was even more ruthless as he tamed 13th seed Lucas Pouille 6-1 6-3.Simon, ranked 32nd in the world, took 96 minutes to beat U.S. Open champion Wawrinka and set up a last eight clash with American Jack Sock, who humbled fifth seed Milos Raonic 0-6 6-4 7-6(8).The Swiss was leading 3-1 in the first set but a flurry of unforced errors allowed Simon to finish off the upset victory.Djokovic opened up a 4-0 lead in the first set as Pospisil mounted a spirited comeback by breaking back in the sixth game. However, the Canadian could not stop the Serbian from wrapping up the set. (Also read: Nick Kyrgios fined after Shanghai Masters meltdown)Even though Pospisil fired 12 aces and 28 winners, he was no match for Djokovic, who has not dropped a set this week after withdrawing from last week’s China Open with an elbow problem.Defending champion Djokovic will face unseeded German Mischa Zverev, who battled past Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-7(4) 6-4 6-1, for a place in the semi-finals.”I thought it was a great quality of tennis today from both players. I was very pleased with the way I played from the first to last point. I don’t think I dropped my level at all,” Djokovic told the ATP website (, who captured the China Open last week, won the first five games of the match and broke in the first game of the second to send Frenchman Pouille packing.The Scot will next face Belgium’s David Goffin, who came from a set down to defeat sixth seed Gael Monfils 4-6 6-4 6-2.Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga downed Alexander Zverev 6-7(4) 6-2 7-5.last_img read more

Rio Olympic head Carlos Nuzman leaves prison, will face corruption charges

first_imgCarlos Nuzman left prison after his arrest two weeks ago on eventual charges that he arranged bribes to land the Olympics he headed last year in Rio de Janeiro.Nuzman walked from a Rio prison wearing a white polo shirt, accompanied by his defense team and watched by a handful of curious bystanders.The 75-year-old Brazilian is to stand trial for money laundering, tax evasion, and racketeering, though it’s unclear how long that will take under Brazil’s slow-moving justice system.Brazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped direct about 2 million to Papa Massata Diack to win votes to land the 2016 Olympics.In the 2009 vote by the International Olympic Committee, Lamine Diack — Papa Massata Diack’s father — was a powerful IOC member from Senegal with sway over Africa’s voting bloc.Rio’s Olympics, although a sporting success, left behind a half-dozen empty sports venues. The subsequent Paralympic Games needed a government bailout to be staged just weeks after the Olympics ended.Nuzman’s local organizing committee still owes creditors between 30-40 million, and many of the projects built for the games are linked to corruption scandals blanketing Brazil.Brazil’s Superior Court of Justice ordered Nuzman’s release, but his passports are being held — he is reported to hold three — and he cannot leave the country. He is also barred from contact with the IOC, the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and the local organizing committee.He resigned last week from the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and his honorary membership has been suspended by the IOC.advertisementNuzman’s defense argued that the elderly Brazilian is in poor health and should not be held in prison.The filings against Nuzman say he has undeclared assets in Switzerland, including 16, 1-kilogram gold bars.Prosecutors estimate his net worth increased 457 percent in his last 10 years as the Brazilian Olympic Committee president.He headed that body for 22 years and also headed Rio’s 2007 Pan American Games.”While Olympic medalists chased their dreams of gold medals, leaders of the Brazilian Olympic Committee stashed their gold in Switzerland,” prosecutor Fabiana Schenider said when Nuzman was arrested earlier this month.Schenider added that the “Olympic Games were used as a big trampoline for acts of corruption.”Leonardo Gryner, Nuzman’s right-hand man at the organizing committee, has also been charged by Brazilian prosecutors. So have both Diacks, former Rio governor Sergio Cabral, and businessman Arthur Cesar de Menezes Soares Filho.Brazilian authorities say the country spent about 13 billion to organize the Olympics — a mix of public and private money — though one estimate suggested it spent 20 billion.last_img read more

March Madness for NCAA Women Too

first_imgThere might be a brighter spotlight on the men of the NCAA, but the women’s tournament also promises excitement and quality basketball. The AP summary of the action to date follows: Sunday, March 29 Monday, March 23 Regional Semifinals Friday, March 20 At Berkeley, Calif. Texas 66, Western Kentucky 64California 78, Wichita State 66 At Greensboro, N.C. National Championship South Carolina 81, Savannah State 48Syracuse 72, Nebraska 69 Friday, March 27 Oklahoma (21-11) vs. Stanford (25-9), 6:30 p.m. Semifinal winners Princeton-Maryland-New Mexico State winner vs. Duke (23-10), TBAGonzaga-Oregon State winner vs. Tennessee-Pittsburgh winner, TBA Regional Semifinals North Carolina 71, Liberty 65Ohio State 90, James Madison 80 Second Round Texas (23-10) vs. California (24-9), 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 At Iowa City Sunday, March 22 Semifinal winners At Columbia, S.C. At Knoxville, Tenn. Monday, March 30 At Notre Dame, Ind. Dayton 78, Iowa State 66Kentucky 97, Tennessee State 52 At Notre Dame, Ind. At Tampa, Fla. Regional Championship At Durham, N.C. Second Round SPOKANE REGIONAL UALR 69, Texas A&M 60Arizona State 74, Ohio 55 Iowa 88, Miami 70 At Tempe, Ariz. Louisville 86, BYU 53South Florida 73, LSU 64 At Iowa City Florida Gulf Coast (31-2) vs. Florida State (30-4), 6 p.m. Monday, March 23 At Chapel Hill, N.C. Princeton 80, Green Bay 70Maryland 75, New Mexico State 57 Second Round Dayton (26-6) vs. Kentucky (24-9), 2:30 p.m. At Knoxville, Tenn. Oklahoma 111, Quinnipiac 84Stanford 73, Cal State Northridge 60 At Durham, N.C. UALR (29-4) vs. Arizona State (28-5), 9 p.m. At Storrs, Conn. Friday, March 20 Monday, March 23 Saturday, March 21 Duke 64, Mississippi State 56 Albany Champion vs. Spokane champion, TBAOklahoma City champion vs. Greensboro champion, TBA Tennessee (28-5) vs. Pittsburgh (20-11), 6:30 p.m. Regional Semifinals Saturday, March 21 Notre Dame-DePaul winner vs. Oklahoma-Stanford winner, TBAIowa (26-7) vs. Baylor-Arkansas winner, TBA FINAL FOUR Oregon State 74, South Dakota State 62Gonzaga 82, George Washington 69 Rutgers (23-9) vs. UConn (33-1), 9 p.m. First Round OKLAHOMA CITY REGIONAL Louisville (26-6) vs. South Florida (27-7), 9 p.m. Baylor (31-3) vs. Arkansas (18-13), 2:30 p.m. First Round At Corvallis, Ore. Sunday, March 29 At Stanford, Calif. At Tallahassee, Fla. Saturday, March 21 Second Round At Lexington, Ky. Regional Championship Monday, March 23 At College Park, Md. TweetPinShare0 Shares At Chapel Hill, N.C. Gonzaga (25-7) vs. Oregon State (27-4), 7 p.m. Friday, March 20 ALBANY REGIONAL DePaul 79, Minnesota 72Notre Dame 77, Montana 43 Sunday, March 22 First Round At Stanford, Calif. All Times EDT Regional Championship Friday, March 20 At Waco, Texas First Round At Tampa, Fla. Florida Gulf Coast 75, Oklahoma State 67Florida State 91, Alabama State 49 Notre Dame (32-2) vs. DePaul (27-7), 9 p.m. At College Park, Md. Monday, March 30 At Columbia, S.C. Sunday, March 22 Saturday, March 28 Ohio State (24-10) vs. North Carolina (25-8), 6:30 p.m. At Berkeley, Calif. Sunday, April 5 Semifinal winners Semifinal winners Sunday, March 22 At Spokane, Was. Semifinal winners Saturday, March 21 At Oklahoma City Princeton (31-0) vs. Maryland (31-2), 6:30 p.m. Rutgers-UConn winner vs. Texas-California winner, TBADayton-Kentucky winner vs. Louisville-South Florida winner, TBA Rutgers 79, Seton Hall 66UConn 89, St. Francis (N.Y.) 33 At Albany, N.Y. At Storrs, Conn. At Tallahassee, Fla. GREENSBORO REGIONAL Miami 86, Washington 80Iowa 75, American 67 At Waco, Texas Pittsburgh 51, Chattanooga 40Tennessee 72, Boise State 61 Syracuse-South Carolina winner vs. Ohio State-North Carolina winner, TBAUALR-Arizona State winner vs. Florida Gulf Coast-Florida State winner, TBA At Tempe, Ariz. Saturday, March 28 Arkansas 57, Northwestern 55Baylor 77, Northwestern State 36 Syracuse (22-9) vs. South Carolina (31-2), 7 p.m. Duke 54, Albany (NY) 52Mississippi State 57, Tulane 47 National Semifinals At Corvallis, Ore. Regional Semifinals Friday, March 27 At Lexington, Ky. At Tampa, Fla. Regional Championshiplast_img read more

Matt Ryan Is No Fluke

4Kurt Warner2008ARIPHI✓212875.027940145.7 In the 2016 postseason thus far, Ryan has a passer rating of 132.6, the third-highest that any conference-champion QB has carried into the Super Bowl,2Minimum 30 pass attempts trailing only Joe Montana in 1989 (142.5) and Tony Eason in 1985 (135.6). It’s not unusual for unheralded quarterbacks to go on hot streaks — Flacco had a 117.2 passer rating in the 2012 playoffs — but Ryan’s previous regular-season résumé is stronger, particularly after he produced one of the NFL’s all-time great passing seasons in 2016.In Ryan’s last NFC championship game (itself a stellar, 396-yard performance against San Francisco in 2013), he had already shown some of the progress he’d made under center. Early-career Ryan had a tendency to make too many throws that were safe but ultimately harmless, resulting in high completion percentages but low yards-per-attempt averages and anemic third-down conversion numbers. By the time he faced San Francisco, Ryan was more confident throwing the ball deep, leading to more air yards per throw and more big plays. How Matt Ryan’s playoff passing evolved 2Mark Rypien1991WASDET✓121770.622820152.2 Related: Hot Takedown 2011WCNYG4. 5Troy Aikman1993DALSF✓141877.817720144.7 Going into Sunday’s NFC championship, the Atlanta Falcons — and, by extension, their MVP front-runner QB Matt Ryan — were losing the battle for media attention to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.But on Sunday, Ryan forced the football world to take notice; the Falcons walloped the Packers 44-21 and punched a ticket to Houston for Super Bowl LI. It was just the latest piece of evidence that Ryan’s astonishing regular-season statistics weren’t empty numbers that would evaporate in the playoffs. Instead, Ryan is performing less like, say, Joe Flacco or Eli Manning — QBs who punctuated otherwise average careers with stellar postseason bursts — and more like one of the game’s best starters (which, incidentally, Ryan has been over the NFL’s past decade or so.)Against Green Bay, Ryan painted a QB masterpiece. He conducted the Falcons’ offense with ruthless efficiency, scoring six touchdowns and a field goal on nine drives. He also completed 27 of his 38 passes (71 percent) for 392 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions, tallying the 15th-best completion percentage, fourth-most yards and sixth-best passer rating (139.4) in a conference championship game.1Going back to the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. Not even Tom Brady, who notched a 127.5 passer rating against Pittsburgh later Sunday, could match Ryan. Best conference championship games by passer rating, 1970-2016 8Dan Marino1984MIAPIT✓213265.642141135.4 2016DIVSEA✓ 10C. Kaepernick2012SFATL✓162176.223310127.7 “Year” represents the season for which the championship was played.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 2012DIVSEA✓ 3Billy Kilmer1972WASDAL✓141877.819420148.6 2016LCGB✓10.38.810.50.057.914.57.4 2010DIVGB6. Minimum 14 passing attempts. “Year” represents the season for which the championship was played.Source:, ESPN 2008WCARI5.08.15.0%5.0%35.0%7.73.1 6Matt Ryan2016ATLGB✓273871.139240139.4 YEARROUNDOPPWON?YDSAIR YDTDINT1STDYDSYAC 11Tom Brady2016NEPIT✓324276.238430127.5 9Tom Brady2004NEPIT✓142166.720720130.5 7Joe Montana1988SFCHI✓172763.028830136.0 1Jim Plunkett1980OAKSD✓141877.826120155.8 PER ATTEMPTPER COMPLETION 2012LCSF9.411.57.12.450.013.22.1 But this year, Ryan has been showcasing the full mastery of his arsenal, and an extremely talented group of skill-position teammates has also helped. Ryan’s average pass has traveled fewer yards through the air than in 2012, but he’s making up for it (and then some) by completing a higher percentage of his passes, and getting more than twice as many yards per completion from receivers sprinting with the ball after catching it. As a group, Ryan’s receivers ran for 199 yards after the catch on Sunday, the sixth most any team had in a playoff game since 2006.32006 is the first year for which ESPN’s Stats & Information Group has yards-after-catch data. And while Julio Jones had 180 receiving yards by himself, tied for fourth most in conference championship history, he was also just one of eight different targets among whom Ryan distributed the ball. PLAYERYEARTMOPPWON?CMPATTCMP%YDSTDINTRATE Wait, Are The 76ers Good Now? When Ryan’s improvement as a passer combined with a better supporting cast around him, the result was one of the deadliest regular-season offenses in NFL history — a trend that’s only becoming clearer with each successive Falcons playoff victory.Ryan isn’t going to get more attention than Brady before the Super Bowl, but his brilliant season (and postseason) has finally earned him the attention of even casual football fans. Moreover, he’s earned that recognition as one of the game’s best for an extended stretch of time — not merely as a flash in the pan. read more

Hundreds of mysterious orbs washed up on beaches of Devon and Cornwall

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. At first they looked like baseballs or perhaps esoteric vegetables. Finally the hundreds of odd orbs washed up on beaches and have been identified as a species of urchin known as a sea potato.The sight of hundreds of the objects alarmed holidaymakers in Devon and Cornwall who steered well clear, fearing they could be poisonous.A dog walker, however, was brave enough to take one home as a memento, the Sun reported, before throwing it into the bin as a precaution.Scientists have identified the objects as sea potatoes, a sea urchin which can grow up to three inches in diameter and able to survive in waters up to 650 feet deep.They have been dubbed sea potatoes because of their dried brownish yellow shells.Hundreds of the urchins were washed up on the beach between Penzance and Marion on Wednesday night. The last time as many appeared on land was in May 1995.The sea potatoes or Echinocardium cordatum, to give the urchin its scientific name, lives in sand burrows and are commonplace on some sandy beaches.“You get lots of them on Torbay main beach, for example,” told the Guardian. “They are related to starfish and usually covered with little spines.”Mass strandings were not particularly rare, he added. “I think such things happen from time to time and are entirely natural – bit like bushfires.”last_img read more