Pick Your Poison: Ivy, Oak, or Sumac

first_img“Leaves of three, leave them be.” – A quote from every mom ever.I’m sure you’ve heard that saying before. My great-grandmother, grandma, and mom have all embedded that into our family’s heads. We grew up in the country, so when we wanted to play, we went outside. When you’re a little kid running around in the woods in your underwear, it’s good to know what Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac look like.Photo Courtesy of poison-ivy.orgPoison IvyThe easiest way to identify Poison Ivy is by the cluster of three leaves on the end of a (usually reddish) stem. The leaves may have barely ruffled edges or can be completely smooth, but they are always oblong and pointy. The plants grow as a vine up trees or as a stand-alone shrub.It’s important to be aware of the changing appearance of the plant throughout the year. In the Spring, new leaves have a reddish tint to them as they grow. During the summer they are larger and dark green. In the fall, they are actually beautiful, matching the changing foliage by turning red, yellow, and orange. For a great reference and more detailed photos, check out Poison-Ivy.org.Photo courtesy of poison-ivy.orgPoison OakVery similar in appearance to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak plants have three leaves at the end of a stem as well (though on rare occasions you might see 5-7). The leaves, however, are more scalloped in appearance than Poison Ivy. The tips are more round, closely resembling those of oak. Stems are always staggered, and never grow side by side.Another major difference between the two plants is that the berries on Poison Oak, also known as drupes, are fuzzy. Like Poison Ivy, Poison Oak grows as a vine or small to medium-sized shrub. The leaves also change color in the fall.Photo courtesy of poison-ivy.orgPoison SumacPoison Sumac looks much different than it’s other poisonous friends and it’s usually easy to recognize from a distance. The leaves are round with pointed tips and the stems are a purplish-red. Though green in the Spring and Summer time, the plants turn a red, orange, and yellow in the fall.Usually found near lower lying wetlands, Poison Sumac plants are rare in mountainous areas. In spring and early summer, they feature small green flowers and drupes, which look like berries. Unlike Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, Poison Sumac does not grow on a vine.Why It Hurts and What To DoUpon contact, the rash you develop is thanks to a lovely chemical compound named urushiol. It’s an oily resin that coats the outside of the plant’s leaves, stems, vines, and roots. When you come into contact, the best thing to do is note where and what it came in contact with. Try your best not to spread it to other parts of your body. Wash the affected area with soap and water ASAP.The blisters and rashes form on your skin because of a complex reaction to your immune system. If you’re sweating, as most hikers and bikers are, the sweat can carry the oil down your body, increasing the affected areas.The resin loves to hang out on your clothes and pets fur too! I’ve gotten a rash two days after a hike while doing laundry. A lovely little surprise from the woods.Poison Ivy IdentificationPoison IvyProblems With Lookalikes…To make identification more difficult, the plants have a number of twins in our region. As a rule of thumb, if you have to question what it is, just avoid it altogether. Recently, I put up a poll on the Blue Ridge Outdoors Instagram account to test some of our follower’s poison ivy knowledge. I showed one picture of poison ivy, and then 5 pictures of lookalike plants from our region. The question was simple for each one: What type of plant is this? Poison Ivy or…Plant 1: Boston Ivy 81% got it rightAn attractive climbing plant, Boston Ivy usually resembles Poison Ivy in it’s younger stages of life. A deciduous woody vine, it is a flowering plant that is a part of the grape family and is closely related to the Virginia Creeper. It’s widely used as an ornamental plant used to cover buildings, fences, and more.Photo courtesy of poison-ivy.orgPlant 2: Poison Oak 54% got it rightThe leaves of three rule applies to this plant as well. Poison Oak closely resembles Poison Ivy, though it’s leaves are usually not as rounded and have more ruffles on the edges. Regardless of it’s close resemblance, leave it alone.Plant 3: Virginia Creeper 77% got it rightLike the Boston Ivy, Virginia Creeper is grown as an ornamental plant, used to decorate walls, fences, and other facades. In it’s younger stages, it also can be confused with Poison Ivy. It’s very prominent in our region and looks especially beautiful in the fall!Increasing the Itch – Study Says Climate Change Brings More Poison Ivy with Greater PotencyDAVID SIEREN/VISUALS UNLIMITED/CORBISPlant 4 Kudzu: 78% got it rightAt first glance, Kudzu leaves can be hard to tell apart from Poison Ivy. Extremely common around the Southeast, Kudzu is an invasive species, introduced from Japan in the late 1800s.Photo iastate.eduPlant 5 Boxelder Maple: 61% got it rightBoxelder Maples are common around our region and while they have 5 leaflets per stem, they are still confused with Poison Ivy due to the three leaves on the very tip of the stem. Though they are rare in the high country, there are five different species that live in the low lying areas of our region.According to my little Instagram experiment, it seems that most of our followers are knowledgeable in identifying these poisonous plants. That being said, I will leave you with one piece of advice:If you’re unsure of what it is, just walk the other way.Do you know of any other look-alikes, have any home remedies, or any other tips on these plants? Let us know on Facebook!Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer and fly fishing addict based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

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As deadline looms, scramble on TikTok deal structure

first_imgPossible Beijing veto Richard Windsor, an independent technology analyst who writes the Radio Free Mobile blog, said that any TikTok deal that addresses the US security issues runs the risk of facing a veto by Beijing.”The fact that Oracle will have access to TikTok’s algorithms and source code greatly increases the chances of the deal being approved by the US administration, but it also greatly increases the chances of it being blocked by China,” Windsor said.But he also noted that “ByteDance needs this situation to be resolved quickly” since “there are no shortages of innovative apps waiting in the wings to fill any gaps left by TikTok should ByteDance fail to prevent a ban.”The TikTok saga has seen several twists, with Microsoft seen initially as the suitor before its bid was rejected.Walmart, which was working with Microsoft, said in a statement Sunday it “continues to have an interest in a TikTok investment and continues discussions with ByteDance leadership and other interested parties.”Chinese authorities have said they would not allow ByteDance to sell the algorithms used by TikTok which are believed to hold much of the value for the popular social platform.Trump has demanded a significant portion of the sale go to the US Treasury, but said Wednesday he’d been advised that wasn’t possible. Amid a looming deadline set by President Donald Trump, negotiators scrambled to find a new ownership structure for the popular video app TikTok that would pass muster in both the United States and China.A deal appeared to be taking shape this week that would allow Silicon Valley-based Oracle to be the US technology partner for TikTok to allay Washington’s concerns that the platform could be used for Chinese espionage.But details of the deal remained unclear. Some reports said Oracle would be a minority stakeholder in TikTok, with the Chinese parent firm ByteDance keeping a majority. Cooper said the reported deal with Oracle hosting data as a minority shareholder “doesn’t sound like it resolves the security concerns” raised by Trump and other US officials.James Lewis, who heads technology policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Oracle could still win approval for its deal, but may need to make changes.”If they can show a good package of security measures it will help,” Lewis said. “It’s an easier sell for Oracle if ByteDance becomes a minority owner.”Six Republican US senators said in a letter to Trump this week that “any deal between an American company and ByteDance must ensure that TikTok’s US operations, data, and algorithms are entirely outside the control of ByteDance or any Chinese-state directed actors, including any entity that can be compelled by Chinese law to turn over or access US consumer data.”Trump has threatened to ban TikTok in the United States if no deal is reached by September 20, in the latest battle between the two countries over technology. A US government national security panel was reviewing the Oracle bid while Republican lawmakers warned against accepting a deal that keeps the Chinese firm in control.”We’ll make a decision soon,” Trump said Thursday, a day after saying he was undecided and still considering the national security implications of any new structure for the wildly popular app, which has an estimated 100 million users in the United States and as many as one billion worldwide.Some analysts said it appeared difficult to craft a deal that allays concerns in both countries on security and the algorithms and other key technologies used by TikTok.”It seems like a zero-sum game where either China or the United States gets the intellectual property and security benefits, and there’s no way for both parties to share that,” said Betsy Cooper, director of the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and a former Homeland Security official. Topics :last_img read more

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“Landmark year” for Yggdrasil Gaming

first_img Submit Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Announcing its financial results for Q4 2017, in addition to its full year figures, Yggdrasil Gaming has reported a strong showing across the board.Revenues for the period have shown an increase of 61% to SEK 51.2m (€5.1m), up from SEK 31.8m (€3.2m) on the same period in 2016, with mobile gaming making up a total of 59% of the firm’s gross win.A 95% rise in profits for the year to SEK 169.1m (€17m), rising from 2016s SEK 86.9m, with Yggdrasil also pointing to 40 licence agreements signed and the release of 11 new network games, plus one operator exclusive game in its FY highlights.Its strong revenue performance also saw EBITDA “improved significantly,” amounting to MSEK 71.5m (€7.2m), up from 2016 figures of MSEK 40.1m (€4m), with Q4 figures also yielding a 42% positive margin, equating to a figure of SEK 21.5m (€2.1m).Reporting it’s highlights for the year, Yggdrasil highlighted plans to enter into a new vertical via its bingo offering, in addition to a revamped technical platform iSENSE2.0+ and new business venture Yggdrasil Dragons.A number of significant licence agreement were also reached during the period, including Pinnacle, Tabcorp, Rank Group and Snaitech, as were entries into new markets.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil, commented: “Looking back at 2017, it has been yet another landmark year for Yggdrasil. Revenue for the year grew to MSEK 169.1, while full year operating profit was up 35 percent to MSEK 58.8. These fantastic results were only possible because of the team we have assembled, and the support of our customers.“The fourth quarter was also a busy one from the perspective of new customers, whether that be signing operators or integrating and pushing existing ones live. During Q4 we saw an increase in customers in Italy, and the signing of new and existing customers for another new regulated market for Yggdrasil, Denmark. Our first customers went live in Denmark in February, and we will do a full launch in the country in Q2.“It has been a remarkable 12 months, but I am even more excited about the possibilities and opportunities that lay ahead in 2018. We have a world-class team, an industry-leading product set and the best customers in the business, and we will be building upon this throughout the year and beyond.” Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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