Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to keep momentum rolling into tough matchup

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) has wind in its sails as it prepares to square off against its arch-rival Michigan (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) in the Schottenstein Center Monday at 6:30 p.m.The Buckeyes came away with their first signature win of the season Saturday in an 83-58 blowout of Wisconsin (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) in Madison, Wisconsin.This game against Michigan will round out what has been a challenging slate of games for the Buckeyes. They will finish a stretch of six games in two weeks, having already played against then-No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford, Butler, Clemson and Wisconsin.The team lost three of the games over that stretch, including blowing back-to-back double-digit leads to Butler and Clemson, respectively, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he believes the commanding win against Wisconsin was a confidence boost for a team that started to lose momentum.“We’ll see how we finish this stretch, but certainly I’m pleased with how we responded [Saturday] and then we’ll see if we can just continue to build off of it really into the coming weeks,” Holtmann said.Scouting MichiganOhio State will be transitioning from facing a team that possessed more gerth and started two forwards in Wisconsin and three guards to a taller, slightly lankier team that starts just one forward and four guards in Michigan.Though the Wolverines are not as heavy as the starting five for the Badgers, they possess the higher rebound margin with 1.2 compared to Wisconsin’s minus-1 margin. Offensively, every starter on the team has proven capable of knocking down 3-pointers. Though junior guard Duncan Robinson leads the team with 22 successful makes in 61 tries from beyond the arc, all six of the players who have started for Michigan have at least 20 attempts and 10 makes from 3-point range. Michigan has attempted the 15th-most 3-pointers in the nation (246) and drained the 20th-most (87).On the other side of the court, Michigan has proven to be among the most vaunted defenses in the nation. Its 62.4 points per game allowed is 29th-fewest in the nation, and its 66 steals rank 42nd-most.Holtmann views Michigan as a lock for the NCAA Tournament already at this early stage in the season and a team that will provide Ohio State with plenty of challenges in its attempt to end this stretch of games on a high note.“Their ability to spread you out, to make shots, to play downhill in transition, to play inside-out and their length,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got good size, good positional length. They’re just across the board a really complete team that’s no question one of the best teams we’ve played all year.”A key matchup in the game will come down to the battle at center between Michigan forward Moritz Wagner and Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson. Wagner leads Michigan in points per game (15.6) and rebounds per game (8.4) while serving as the team’s lone starting big man. Wesson, on the other hand, has been filling in at center for injured center Micah Potter.Since becoming the starter, Wesson has double-digit points in four of the five games, including a career-high 19 his last time out against Wisconsin.Holtmann said Wesson has done everything asked of him so far and has held his own against some tough matchups. Starting opposite Wagner, a player Holtmann described as a “future NBA player,” he will have to continue to prove he is ready for this next challenge in his true freshman season.“There’s things we feel like he can continue to improve in, but man he’s given a great lift coming in with obviously the injury and the depth issues we have there,” Holtmann said.Micah Potter health update:Wesson will have to continue his strong play at center for the Buckeyes because Potter will be out a little longer. Holtmann said Sunday that Potter’s ankle injury, though not from season-ending, is probably going to force the team to temporarily shut down the sophomore for the foreseeable future until he can fully heal.“He wants to get back. We desperately want him back in the lineup and we need him. He was obviously playing really well before he got hurt,” Holtmann said. “But with ankles, it may be the right thing to just kind of let it heal, limit anything he does until he is completely confident in his strength.”Ohio State has been largely without its starting center for the better part of the past five games. During the team’s fourth game of the season, Potter injured his ankle and was forced to leave the game having played in only 13 minutes. He missed the next game against then-No. 17 Gonzaga. Against Stanford and Butler, he played in just 10 minutes combined and missed all of the game against Clemson. He played just three minutes against Wisconsin. read more

Southgate blasts media over leaked training notes

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate, says the English media will have to choose whether they want to “help the team or not”, following a picture of England’s training notes that was published online and in newspapers.A piece of paper held by assistant manager Steve Holland containing an indication that suggests England’s line-up for Sunday’s World Cup Group G game against Panama leaked online and in newspapers but Holland has apologised to the squad, according to BBC.Reacting to that, Kyle Walker said:“It’s not going to help us because all the rest of the world has now seen that team,” said defender Kyle Walker.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Southgate said the teamsheet was “just a squad list”, and “it doesn’t bother me in the slightest”.But he added: “Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it’s a disadvantage to us.“So of course our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not.”Holland’s teamsheet indicated that striker Marcus Rashford could be in line to start alongside captain Harry Kane.last_img read more

Zlatan apologizes to Manchester United fans for arriving too late

first_imgThe great Zlatan Ibrahimovic feel very sorry for not being able to produce more for Manchester United and playing for the club at a later stage of his career.All the fans that got to watch and enjoy Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career in Europe from start to finish, know very well how good the striker was in his better years, all but the Manchester United fans at least. When the Swedish striker player for clubs like Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, and even at PSG, his level was at the very top amongst the best strikers in the world. By the time the Red Devils attempted to sign Ibrahimovic, it was a little late in his career and he doesn’t feel like he delivered the Zlatan we all knew from his best form.? “I think the boss has something going on. We will keep that a secret!”#MUFC #MUTOUR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2018harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Then there was also that nasty knee injury he suffered on his first season playing with United, that prompted a very short-lived career with the English club and left the fans thirsty for more Zlatan goals after scoring 28 goals in his first 46 appearances. Now that the Red Devils are visiting Los Angeles for the summer tour, the LA Galaxy striker has already visited his former team and spoken to the club’s communication staff about the best moments he lived in the club. However, Zlatan does have some regrets.“I feel sorry for the fans – if they’d seen me younger, they’d have seen a different lion. For the Premier League, it would have been dangerous, as I would have eaten them for breakfast; instead, I took them for lunch. But I came: they wanted me, I gave them me and I took over. Been there and done that. I would need more time to explain my feelings but let’s start with a big thanks to everybody – what they did was amazing and I hope they are as happy as I am.“I gave as much as I could for as long as I could; when I got injured, I got support in a different way. They always stood behind me and my team-mates. “They are special: everywhere I see red, I think about United. It will remain in history and my career; when I look back at my time with United, I will do it with a smile. I wish them all the best in the future,” Zlatan told the Manchester United website.last_img read more

Gundogan Man City set for first real test against Liverpool

first_imgManchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan expects the next two weeks to be a “real test” for their title defencePep Guardiola’s side stormed to a 5-0 thrashing of Cardiff City on Saturday to move up to second in the Premier League table.The result proved to be a welcome return to form following last week’s shocking home loss to Lyon in the Champions League.The Citizens will next face the likes of Oxford United, Brighton and Hoffenheim with Liverpool awaiting them on October 7 at Anfield.City have won just once at Liverpool in 35 years and Gundogan admits that the outcome could gave a decisive effect on the title race.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“At the moment it looks like those games against the top clubs will be important,” said Gundogan, according to ESPN.“We play Liverpool in a couple of weeks so it will be a real test for us at Anfield as they are also getting their points.“Liverpool is a very strong team and Chelsea are very strong. United just dropped points against Wolves, like we did, so I think Wolves will cause a lot of problems.“But it’s up to us in the end. We are trying to play like we did [on Saturday] because when we are ready like this our chances of winning games and titles are the highest. So that’s what we try to achieve every game.”Gundogan was among the goalscorers for City on Saturday with new signing Riyad Mahrez grabbing a brace in what were his first goals for the club since completing a €60m from Leicester City this summer.last_img read more

100 new psychoactive substances detected in Europe in 2014

first_imgClose The production of psychoactive substances is on the rise is Europe with cannabis still being the most used drug in the European Union, the blocs drug agency said in its yearly report published on Thursday (4 June).The annual report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) showed that over a hundred new psychoactive substances were detected in Europe in 2014 and risk assessments were conducted on six new drugs, marking record highs.The market for illicit drugs is the most dynamic of all criminal markets. It is a globalised and a rapidly changing market. The production of new psychoactive substances is increasingly taking place in the European Union moving closer to consumer markets. This growing criminal activity requires a clear, strong and coherent answer at European level, EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Lisbon at the presentation of the annual report.Avramopoulos said that migration should not be linked to the drug trade, even if it has been confirmed that smugglers use migrants to traffic drugs.We must not link migration with drugs but, but as far as smugglers activities are concerned, yes it has been confirmed, they use this tool in order to conduct their operations. So, as we said recently in Brussels, we have declared war against smugglers and the ways they have adopted to exploit these desperate people, he said.Cannabis, the annual European Drug Report said, is still the most used drug in the EU and has been tried by an estimated 79 million Europeans over the course of their lives.Cannabis remains Europes most widely consumed illicit drug with some 20 million adults using it in the last year. About 1% of European adults are daily cannabis users, EMCDDA director Wolfgang Gotz said.The report stresses the major role played by cannabis in drug-related crime statistics and says it accounts for 80% of the number of seizures. Cannabis use or possession for personal consumption accounts for over 60% of all reported drug law offences in Europe, the report said.Gotz said there were no plans in Europe to go down the route of regulated sale of cannabis adopted in some parts of the Americas.In Europe I do not know any government or parliamentary majority backing a government that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalisation or regulation in a different way, he said.The report stressed that in the EU the main concern remains the potential health costs of cannabis use, despite debate sparked by regulation of cannabis in parts of North and South America.Gotz also said there was no discussion in the bloc regarding the criminalisation of drug consumers.The other discussion which is, I think, in Europe quite accepted everywhere is that a drug consumer, a cannabis consumer in particular, should not be criminalised, and I think that is very much where we are in Europe, I dont see a discussion for the moment coming up, as it is, at the level of the Americas, he said.In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana, a pioneering social experiment aimed at wresting the business from criminals that will be closely watched by others debating drug liberalisation.last_img read more

Myanmar photojournalists freed on bail

first_imgPolice have released two Myanmar photojournalists covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine after they were granted bail by a court, police and a lawyer said.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were detained early this month in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August.Police have said they were arrested on suspicion of espionage-a charge rejected by the pair’s lawyers.“They were freed on bail,” a police inspector told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.One of the pair’s lawyers, Jyotirmoy Barua, confirmed that the two were granted bail by a court of a judicial magistrate in Cox’s Bazar.It was not clear whether the two would be allowed to travel back to Myanmar.The lawyer said the two were charged with “false impersonation” and providing “false information” after police accused them of using tourist visas to enter the country, instead of journalist visas.Cox’s Bazar police, however, earlier told AFP the pair were also “primarily accused of espionage”.An award-winning photographer from Bangladesh also arrested with the pair was later freed.Scores of foreign journalists have poured into Bangladesh’s southeast to cover the Rohingya exodus.The UN has accused Buddhist-dominated Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless group.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat arrived in Cox’s Bazar in early September on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo to cover the refugee crisis, which has strained relations between Muslim-majority Bangladesh and Myanmar.The lawyer described Minzayar Oo as “an award winning photographer whose work was published in reputed dailies and magazines including the New York Times, Guardian and National Geographic”.The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Bangladesh to release the photographers and drop all charges against them.“The Bangladeshi authorities should not criminalise covering a major world story,” said CPJ deputy executive director Robert Mahoney said last week.“Both local and international journalists reporting on the Rohingya story must be allowed to work freely,” he said.Read more:Bangladesh accuses two Myanmar journalists of ‘espionage’last_img read more

Law minister says CJ seeks onemonth leave

first_imgSK SinhaLaw and parliamentary affairs minister Anisul Huq on Monday said the chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, has applied for one month’s leave on health grounds.Talking to Prothom Alo, the minister said that the chief justice submitted the application seeking leave from tomorrow, Tuesday.Anisul said the application was being forwarded to the president’s office.As per rules justice Abdul Wahab Miah would be made acting chief justice.Read more: ‘Who wrote the judgment from where?’ HasinaThe chief justice, Surendra Kumar Sinha, and the ruling party leadership including the prime minister and the law minister were at loggerheads following the 16th amendment annulment verdict which scrapped parliament’s power to sack judges in July.Several ministers met the chief justice and rumours had it that the chief justice would be sent on leave.Read more: AL adamant not to lose to judiciarylast_img read more

No Chaos Trump Insists As He Swears In New Chief Of Staff

first_img Share Pablo Martinez Monsivais, APPresident Donald Trump talks with new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was privately sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump, Monday, July 31, 2017, in Washington.Hoping to turn the page on a tumultuous opening chapter to his presidency, President Donald Trump insisted on Monday there is “no chaos” in his White House as he swore in retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as his new chief of staff.In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicted Kelly, who previously served as Homeland Security chief, would do a “spectacular job.” And the president chose to highlight the rising stock market and positive jobs outlook rather than talk about how things might need to change in his White House under Kelly.Trump on Friday ousted Reince Priebus as chief of staff and turned to Kelly, who he hopes will bring military discipline to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, infighting among West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.While Trump is looking for a reset, he pushed back against criticism of his administration with this tweet: “Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!”In fact, economic growth averaged 2 percent in the first half of this year, a pace Trump railed against as a candidate and promised to lift to 3 percent. The stock market first hit a record under President Barack Obama and has kept growing. The unemployment rate, too, started to decline on Obama’s watch. And wage gains have been weak.Trump on Monday convened his first Cabinet meeting with Kelly at his side, telling his team it is “doing incredibly well” and “starting from a really good base.” On how he would deal with rising tensions with North Korea, Trump said only: “It will be handled.”Seated across from Trump was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has stayed on the job while Trump has publicly savaged him in interviews and on social media.Kelly’s success in a chaotic White House will depend on how much authority he is granted and whether Trump’s dueling aides will put aside their rivalries to work together. Also unclear is whether a new chief of staff will have any influence over the president’s social media histrionics.Former Trump campaign manager Cory Lewandowski, who was ousted from the campaign in June 2016, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he expected Kelly would “restore order to the staff” but also stressed that Trump was unlikely to change his style.“I say you have to let Trump be Trump. That is what has made him successful over the last 30 years. That is what the American people voted for,” Lewandowski said. “And anybody who thinks they’re going to change Donald Trump doesn’t know Donald Trump.”Kelly’s start follows a wild week, marked by a profane tirade from Trump’s new communications director, the president’s continued criticism of his attorney general and the failed effort by Senate Republicans to overhaul the nation’s health care law.In addition to the strains in the West Wing and with Congress, Kelly starts his new job as tensions escalate with North Korea. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea, following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test. The U.S. also said it conducted a successful test of a missile defense system located in Alaska.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that she hopes Kelly can “be effective,” and “begin some very serious negotiation with the North and stop this program.”Another diplomatic fissure opened Sunday when Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. would have to cut its embassy and consulate staff in Russia by several hundred under new sanctions from Moscow. In a television interview, Putin indicated the cutback was retaliation for new sanctions in a bill passed by Congress and sent to Trump.Trump plans to sign the measure into law, the White House has said. After Putin’s remarks, the State Department deemed the cutbacks “a regrettable and uncalled for act” and said officials would assess the impact and how to respond to it.While Trump is trying to refresh his team, he signaled that he does not want to give up the fight on health care. On Twitter Sunday, he said: “Don’t give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace.”The protracted health care fight has slowed work on Trump’s other policy goals, including a tax overhaul and infrastructure investment. But Trump aides made clear that the president still wanted to see action on health care. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” that senators “need to stay, they need to work, they need to pass something.”Asked if nothing should be voted on in Congress until the Senate votes again on health care, Mulvaney said: “Well, think — yes. And I think what you’re seeing there is the president simply reflecting the mood of the people.”On Saturday, Trump threatened to end required payments to insurance companies unless lawmakers repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law. He tweeted that if “a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”The payments reduce deductibles and co-payments for consumers with modest incomes. Trump has guaranteed the payments through July, but has not made a commitment after that.White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump would make a decision on the payments this week.Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who opposed the efforts to move a health bill forward this week, said on CNN that cutting the payments would “be detrimental to some of the most vulnerable citizens” and that the threat has “contributed to the instability in the insurance market.”The House has begun a five-week recess, while the Senate is scheduled to work two more weeks before a summer break.last_img read more

Border Patrols Checkpoints Overlooked In Debate Over Wall

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneThe border fence sits atop a levee on the periphery of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Hidalgo County in February 2017.As vehicles line up at the Border Patrol’s checkpoint a half-hour drive’s north of the U.S.-Mexico border, its agents have around 10 seconds to check each driver and decide which few they will stop for additional inspection.It’s a situation challenged constantly by smugglers, sometimes with deadly consequences. In July, 10 migrants died after a tractor-trailer packed with people made it through Laredo North, only to be discovered two hours later in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio. Dozens of others streamed out of the trailer, gasping for air.The Border Patrol considers its 34 permanent interior checkpoints along the United States’ southern border such as Laredo North a crucial layer of its strategy to stop smuggling. The checkpoints inside the U.S. can be up to 100 miles (161 kilometers) from any border, in addition to the ports of entry where people face inspection when coming into the country.But agents who work the Laredo North checkpoint say they’re understaffed and sometimes overwhelmed by traffic. And while top Border Patrol officials say President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall would help them cut the number of overall smuggling cases, some critics don’t believe a wall would reduce illegal immigration and is drawing attention and money away from the checkpoints and other critical needs on the border.The Trump administration’s latest budget proposal includes $1.6 billion to start building a wall that the administration has estimated will cost $18 billion. It asks for funding to hire more Border Patrol agents. It also includes $33 million to build a new Border Patrol station in Freer, Texas, northeast of Laredo. But it doesn’t directly address needs at other checkpoints, and it proposes zeroing out new spending on tactical infrastructure like roads used by border agents and replacement border fencing.The proposal also would end funding for efforts to find and destroy border tunnels built by cartels to get under existing barriers. Border security experts have warned that constructing a wall will lead to smugglers trying to dig more tunnels.Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat who sits on the U.S. House subcommittee directing homeland security funding, wants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol’s parent agency, to invest in additional scanners and other improvements at Laredo North, as well as interceptor boats and radio towers for remote border areas. Cuellar also says the government should fund retention bonuses to keep agents from leaving the patrol.“They’re taking money away from proven law enforcement systems to put it into this 14th century solution,” Cuellar said.A CBP spokesman declined to comment on the budget request.Built in 2006, Laredo North sits 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of the Rio Grande, the river separating the U.S. and Mexico in Texas.All of the approximately 9,000 daily vehicles that pass Laredo North’s seven lanes get an inspection. An agent checks immigration documents and talks to each driver. A camera reads license plates, and another agent guides a dog around each passenger vehicle to search for hidden people or drugs. A fraction of vehicles are sent to a secondary inspection, where agents interview the driver further and search the vehicle. The occasional tractor-trailer is directed to a mobile X-ray machine that scans the interior of the truck.Opponents argue the checkpoints unlawfully restrict the movement of immigrants in the U.S. illegally who live in South Texas, pointing to incidents like the brief detention of a 10-year-old Laredo girl with cerebral palsy who needed surgery at a hospital north of the checkpoints. A Government Accountability Office study released in November said problems with Border Patrol data made it impossible to determine how effective the checkpoints are.Agents do make big catches at such checkpoints. In January, agents at another Laredo checkpoint discovered 76 people inside a tractor-trailer that had been flagged for extra inspection. But the Border Patrol’s largest union says agents have low morale and believe large loads of people and drugs are able to get through.“Our agents are understaffed and overworked,” said Hector Garza, the Laredo representative of the National Border Patrol Council. “Even though they have all these forces against them, they go out there and try to do their best.”Local Border Patrol officials argue that a wall would help agents catch more people at the border, cutting down on the number of cases making it to the checkpoints. In many smuggling cases, authorities say, migrants enter separately and are bundled into trailers on the U.S. side.But Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, an expert on migration who is an associate professor at George Mason University, believes that if a wall is built, immigrants would just find other ways to enter the U.S., including paying smugglers to bring them over in tractor-trailers. Rather than cross the Rio Grande, they would count on successfully sneaking through established ports of entry and interior checkpoints, she argued.“What is the route or what are the means people are going to take?” Correa-Cabrera said. “The ones that they perceive as safer.”After illegal border crossings hit a 45-year low last year, according to the Border Patrol’s statistics, the agency says apprehension numbers have started to rise. Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to discourage people in Central America from migrating to the U.S., authorities in both the U.S. and Mexico are still catching trailers filled with people who sometimes pay $5,000 or more to cartel-controlled smugglers to be taken north.As for cases like the one in July where 10 people died, Jason Owens, the chief Border Patrol agent for the agency’s Laredo sector, said his people are trained to make quick decisions about whether to order an extended inspection. But the number of vehicles at times “obscures the ability of the agents to concentrate on the legitimate threats,” he said.“It hits all of us very hard,” Owens said. “Nobody wants to see somebody perish trying to make it into this country to seek a better life for themselves.”last_img read more

Scientists eye YouTube cave videos to track water levels

first_img The Dahl Hith cave is about 30km SE of Riyadh. Amos said that Dahl Hith is a fascinating site for geologists. “It is one of the few locations where you can see an outcrop of the anhydrite (calcium sulphate) caprock – the seal that traps the Arabian Peninsula’s oil,” said Amos. Because of abstraction for nearby irrigation, the water levels are rising.”The thinking is that the discharge of treated waste water some 10km from the cave is topping up the bathing pool,” he said.Researchers know all this through their documenting cave-wall graffiti, in online movies that were posted by bathers. The researchers used the data to reconstruct past conditions at Dahl Hith. Mary Beth Griggs in Popular Science said that “By looking through the videos for particular graffiti spray painted on the walls in the cave (known as Dahl Hith or Ain Heet), Michelsen could monitor the water levels, looking for how much the water rose over certain graffiti marks over time.”Nils Michelsen, from the Institute for Applied Geosciences, TU Darmstadt, Germany, said in the BBC report that “since there is no other data, you need to be creative.” His study areas include the hydrochemistry and isotope hydrology of arid climate zones “Since smartphones have become so popular and deliver quite good video quality – such data becomes useable. A few years ago, some people would have criticized it as ‘grey data’, and said ‘you shouldn’t use it,'” he told the BBC.Michelsen examined almost 40 YouTube videos made in Dahl Hith. He determined that water levels have risen by about 40cm a month over the past two years and some of his graffiti “benchmarks” have been submerged. He has presented his team’s work at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, from April 12 to April 17. The event covers Earth, planetary and space sciences disciplines.Amos, meanwhile, placed the cave study in the bigger picture, as another example of a trend – trawling social media for scientifically valuable information, with researchers mining Twitter and other platforms for pictures and keywords. “Another application demonstrated here at EGU,” said Amos, “exploits the tweets of Jakarta residents to track the extent of flooding in the Indonesian capital.” Citation: Scientists eye YouTube cave videos to track water levels (2015, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-scientists-eye-youtube-cave-videos.html A spot outside Riyadh for city residents who want to cool off is enabling scientists to do more than enjoy the beauty of their surroundings; they are using YouTube videos to track its rising water levels. Jonathan Amos, BBC science correspondent, reported on Wednesday that scientists are using YouTube graffiti videos (examples of graffiti disappearing beneath rising waters) to track water at the Dahl Hith “spectacular” cave just outside of the Saudi Arabian capital. Graffiti: Art or eyesore? © 2015 Phys.org Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more