Exotic app

first_imgFrom Burmese pythons to Nile monitors, exotic reptiles are a growing problem in Florida, where they destroy fragile ecosystems. A University of Georgia center in Tifton, Ga., recently developed an iPhone application for a fast, accurate way to identify the invasive animals.“With over 6.4 million iPhones active in the United States alone, what better solution than an iPhone app to help ID these invaders,” said Chuck Bargeron, the technology director at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.IveGot1The app, called IveGot1, is user-friendly and allows quick and easy species identification, he said. Since its launch July 15, the app has been downloaded 175 times. “This is proving people want invasive animal identification characteristics available on their mobile phone and that a promising future lies ahead,” Bargeron said.The app is based on a publication developed by the Everglades Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, or CISMA. Its core members are the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.“Everglades’ restoration poses new challenges for invasive species management, requiring a high-level of cooperation and coordination among the many groups managing this vast ecosystem,” he said. Report sightings with EDDMapSCISMA already uses another tool developed by the center called EDDMapS to report, share and store species sightings and distribution information. Anyone in the country can sign up to use the web-based mapping system.“The iPhone app is becoming another tool in the fight against invasive animals in Florida,” Bargeron said. “However, this is only the first step. We are always improving and expanding the EDDMapS to make it easier for users to report and access information wherever they are.”Next appTo expand the iPhone app approach to finding exotic reptiles, the National Park Service recently awarded the center a five-year grant to develop an EDDMapS-based animals reporting app. This app will include a reptile identification guide and allow users to report exotic reptiles, using their mobile phones. Reports will be automatically sent to officials at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.The IveGot1 iPhone app is available free through the Apple iTunes App Store. For more information, go to the website www.eddmaps.org/florida/iphone/.last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Stephen Curry says Warriors must ‘erase’ Game 5 loss

first_img“Our message to each other going into Game 6 is, yes, we would have loved to have come in win four straight or close it out tonight,” he said. “[It] doesn’t change what the goal is. The goal is to win four games, move on to the next series and start it all over again.”And as much as we hate this feeling we have of leaving the court tonight after Game 5, the goal is still the same. So again resiliency, we talk about that all the time, it should be there on Friday.”Despite the loss, Curry did manage to reach another landmark as he became the first player to surpass 400 career postseason 3-pointers. NBA playoffs 2019: Rockets’ Clint Capela explains why he wants to face Warriors in Round 2 Stephen Curry wants to erase all memories of the Warriors’ Game 5 loss Wednesday to a Lou Williams-led Clippers team.Williams put up 33 points as LA pulled the series back to 3-2 with a 129-121 road win at Oracle Arena. Steve Kerr calls Damian Lillard’s game-winner against Thunder a ‘good shot’center_img It was a contest in which the Warriors, seeking a third straight NBA title, failed to match their usual intensity.In contrast, Williams was evidently in the mood and his display won begrudging praise from Curry, who would rather forget all about the game. Related News “Numbers don’t lie,” Curry said on the subject of how the Warriors had dealt with Williams. “The matter of our intensity or our lack of intensity to start the game kind of came back to bite us.”They had confidence all throughout their rotation early. And they fed off that in the second half.”[Williams is] obviously an X-factor for them and the main catalyst in terms of momentum swings because he can get going really quick.”Curry added: “It’s one of those nights that we’ve got to erase from our memory quick.”Stephen Curry becomes the only player in NBA history to knock down 400 career postseason threes. pic.twitter.com/eDOgWrZbwo— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) April 25, 2019Steve Kerr’s team will now look to finish the job Friday in Los Angeles, and Curry is confident the Warriors will bounce back.last_img read more

400K+ Iowans still without power after storm, the wait may be days long

first_imgSeveral thousand utility workers are fanned out across Iowa, trying to restore electricity to more than 400-thousand people who still don’t have it after Monday’s storm. MidAmerican Energy says 200-thousand of its customers remain without power. Spokeswoman Tina Hoffman says it could take a couple of days to restore everyone.“There is so much tree damage and in addition to line crews, that we have ready to do that work, we have tree crews that sometimes have to go before them to get debris cleared out of the way, get the trees off lines, those kinds of things,” Hoffman says, “so it’s really a layered process.” Hoffman says utility crews from as far away as Colorado are helping, with more on the way. She says all of MidAmerican’s crews are being called back to Iowa.“MidAmerican has crews helping out on the East Coast as well from last week’s storm,” she says. “We’ve called those crews back because things are looking a lot better over there and obviously, we have outages and our customers need those crews on the ground here.” Hoffman says some customers might be without power for a couple of days — and they should treat all downed wires as if they’re energized.“Stay away from those lines,” Hoffman says. “If there are trees on them, our crews will take care of those things. Customers should not try to handle those things on their own.” Alliant Energy says about 210-thousand of its customers are without power this (Tuesday) morning. In Cedar Rapids, officials imposed an overnight curfew so crews could work safely to clear trees and other debris from city streets.last_img read more