Giant balls of snow washed up on beach in Siberia
A former drug company chairman who was on a list of China’s 100 most-wanted fugitives abroad has returned after 15 years on the run in New Zealand and Australia, the government announced yesterday. Yan Yongmin (pictured) surrendered to police and was returned to China in cooperation with New Zealand authorities, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said. There was word on what charges he might face. Yan, former chairman of Tonghua Golden Horse Pharmaceutical Group in the northeastern city of Tonghua, fled to Australia in 2001 after being accused of fraud and embezzlement, according to earlier news reports. He later became a New Zealand citizen under the name William Yan. Yan was on a Chinese government list of the top 100 fugitives sought abroad in a marathon dragnet known as Sky Net. As of July, 33 people on that list had been returned to China. Snowballs the size of volleyballs have landed on a beach in Siberia. The rare event is said to have occurred close to the village of Nyda, just above the Arctic Circle, on the Yamal peninsula. Locals like Ekaterina Chernykh told the Siberian Times that the first appeared on the beach at the end of October after the water in the Gulf of Ob rose and come into contact with frost. Ekaterina and others have since been playing and sitting on the balls – which range from tennis ball to volleyball in size – whilst others have to see it with their own eyes to believe it. A similar event happened on Lake Michigan in 2014 when several balls were washed up near the town of Glenn Arbor. Boulder-size ice balls can form on the Lake in winter months due to the breaking off of ice sheets. The wind eventually carries these giant balls to the shore.