Ukraine uncovers ring that hacked banks in US, Europe

first_imgKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities say they have uncovered a group of hackers who stole data from banks in the United States and several European countries causing damage of $2.5 billion. The prosecutor-general’s office said the hackers were based in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. In a statement on Wednesday, it said the hackers stole passwords and payment data from private and state banks in the US, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Lithuania. It did not name the banks or give other details, including whether any suspects had been arrested. Ukraine cooperated with U.S. police and Europol.last_img

Spotty Leylands

first_imgBy Willie O. Chance IIIUniversity ofGeorgiaSome of the same traits that make Leyland cypress a favoriteChristmas tree make it a popular hedge or border tree in thelandscape. Growing up fast as much as 100 feet tall and 30 feetwide, it can be impressive. But it’s not without problems.Certain diseases are becoming more common to Leyland cypresses.Two are especially widespread.Bot canker kills individual branches in the tree. The foliage mayturn grey-green before it dies. The dead branch will have darkerbark and a sunken canker where the dead part of the branch begins.Limbs on trees infected with Seiridium canker turn yellowish andthen brown to grey when they die. The cankers on the main stemare sunken and reddish and ooze sap. Many cankers can be on asingle limb.No spray will control these diseases. Entering wounds in thetree, the diseases are worse during stressful weather. The maincontrol is to keep the plant in good health so it can resist thediseases.Dry weather is a big factor in the spread of these diseases, sobe sure to water Leyland cypresses during a time of drought. Ifplants get dry, they’re more likely to get sick.Don’t water more often than twice a week during drought. Once aweek is better. Wet the soil down to 12 to 18 inches when youwater. Soil must dry out between watering or the roots may die.Apply three-quarters to 1 inch of water once a week if you usesprinklers. Soaker hoses are better because they keep the foliagedry, which may reduce disease problems. Run soaker hoses once aweek just long enough to wet the soil 12 to 18 inches deep.Plant Leyland cypresses in well-drained soils in sunny places.Mulch them after you plant, but use only 2 to 4 inches of mulch.Don’t use landscape fabric unless the soil is very well drained.Don’t plant Leyland cypresses in wet soils or poorly drainedareas. They may respond to wet feet by getting sick or dying.Check the soil drainage before you plant or if the tree hasproblems.To see if your soil drains properly, dig a hole about a foot deepand wide. Fill it with water. If it takes longer than eight hoursfor the water to drain out, the soil is probably poorly drained.Don’t plant Leyland cypresses less than 8 feet apart. As theplants get big enough for the limbs to touch, remove every othertree. If the limbs rub together, they cause wounds that can beinfected by diseases.If you already have these diseases, first cut out the dead limbs.Be very careful to cut way back into good, live tissue. Cuttingdiseased limbs and then immediately cutting good limbs may spreadthe disease.If you like, while you prune you can periodically clean yourshears with rubbing alcohol. Generally, don’t cut the main stemon a Leyland cypress. If you have cankers on the main stem, it’sbest to remove the tree.Next, find out what needs to change about the way you’re growingthe plant. The main problem is probably improper watering.Solving tree problems often comes down to watering and root care,since we can do little else for trees.Since these diseases are getting to be very common, consider thiswhen you plant. Avoid plants like Leyland cypress and Japanesecedar (Cryptomeria) if you can’t give them this kind ofcare.(Willie Chance is a Houston County Cooperative Extension agentwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Ndidi, Iheanacho, others in support of Leicester City,Thai Tourism partnership

first_img Leicester City players will wear Thailand Smiles With You brand on their shirts for Premier League matches until the end of the 2020/21 season, starting with the visit of Manchester United to King Power Stadium on Sunday 26 July. King Power will retain a front-of-shirt presence on players’ shirts for cup and European competitions. The fans’ home shirt, which will go on sale from Monday 27 July, will continue to carry the familiar King Power logo. However, early purchasers will also be eligible to buy a limited edition Thailand Smiles With You home shirt, for delivery this autumn, while stocks last. The prices of all retail shirts will remain frozen, with Adult shirts priced at £55. Leicester City Chairman Khun Aiyawatt added: “The world has changed in recent months, sharpening everyone’s focus to take care of our communities and to do the right thing. That doesn’t happen without some agility in our business and we have had to make some changes to our plans for 2020/21 as a result. “But I feel confident it is a campaign Leicester City supporters will get behind, strengthening the sense of solidarity that already exists between the city and the people of Thailand.” Thailand Smiles With You will also see Leicester City reaching further across Thailand than ever before – striving for deeper engagement with key communities, strengthening the relationship between football fans in Leicester and Thailand and using those relationships to showcase some of the country’s finest assets to the world. read also:‘Leicester City have ‘fantastic chance’ against Man Utd despite Spurs defeat’ The Tourism Authority of Thailand has been a leading supporter of the Foxes since King Power’s acquisition in 2010. Its ‘Amazing Thailand’ brand has been prominent on King Power Stadium inventory and also featured as part of a back-of-shirt sponsorship during the 2013/14 Championship winning season. The 2020/21 partnership will see the development of a new campaign to support Thailand’s recovery in full view of the world. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Loading… center_img Leicester City and King Power have announced a season-long partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to support the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign – called Thailand Smiles With You – will see the three parties working together during the global emergence from the pandemic, to reintroduce one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations. The new 2020/21 Leicester City home shirt by adidas, the players’ version of which will feature Thailand Smiles With You for Premier League games next season, was revealed by Leicester City Chairman and King Power CEO Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha at the global launch of the campaign in Bangkok on Thursday 23 July. Since being acquired by Bangkok-based King Power in 2010, Leicester City have enjoyed incredible support from the people of Thailand, whose passion for football has been a feature of the Club’s international progress in the last 10 years. Thailand Smiles With You is an opportunity for the Club and King Power to return that support to Thai communities affected by the pandemic – just as they have to the communities of Leicester. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester City Chairman and CEO of King Power International, said: “The impact of COVID-19 is being felt all over the world and the relationship between Leicester City and King Power gives us the opportunity to support the shared communities that are closest to us. “In Leicester, the Club has been able to reach out directly to make support available to a number of causes affected by the pandemic and will retain the backing of King Power to continue supporting Leicester’s future recovery. “This campaign is our opportunity to make a difference in Thailand, where tourism contributes significantly to the nation’s economy and, as a result, the livelihoods of millions of Thai people. “The relationship between King Power and Leicester City has been such a powerful vehicle for success for our entire organisation in the last 10 years. I’m extremely proud to make the power of that relationship available to the Tourism Authority of Thailand in the 2020/21 season.” Thailand Smiles With You will see King Power – Leicester City’s official shirt partner since 2010 – donate a significant part of its sponsorship inventory to the campaign.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 11, 2020 Justice Elena Kagan denied the NCAA’s request to put a lower court ruling on hold at least temporarily while the NCAA asks the Supreme Court to take up the case. It plans to do so by mid-October.Kagan declined to put on hold a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In May it upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The ruling applies to athletes in Division I football and basketball programs.The NCAA said the ruling “effectively created a pay-for-play system for all student-athletes, allowing them to be paid both ‘unlimited’ amounts for participating in ‘internships’” and an additional $5,600 or more each year they remain eligible to play their sport.NBA-KNICKS-PAYNEKnicks lure Payne from Kentucky Associated Press MLB-ASTROS-ATHLETICS SUSPENSIONSAstros coach faces 20-game suspensionOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón faces a 20-game suspension and a fine for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland. That word comes from a person with direct knowledge of the punishment. In addition, the person said Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano will receive a six-game suspension and a fine.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball hadn’t made a formal announcement and was still finalizing the details. The Big Ten and Pac-12 won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic.Less than an hour after the Big Ten’s announcement, the Pac-12 called a news conference to discuss a meeting with its universities’ presidents.Two people involved in the Pac-12′s decision told The Associated Press the season would be postponed until the spring, along with all fall sports. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the conference was still planning an official announcement.The Big Ten’s announcement comes six days after the conference that includes historic programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State had released a revised conference-only football schedule that it hoped would help it navigate a fall season with potential COVID-19 disruptions.Instead, all fall sports in the Big Ten have been called off and a spring season will be explored. The decision was monumental but not a surprise. Speculation has run rampant for several days that the Big Ten was moving toward this decision. On Monday, coaches throughout the conference tried to push back the tide, publicly pleading for more time and threatening to look elsewhere for games this fall. Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory Sunday. He began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintrón then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward Cintrón.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-INDIANSIndians place two pitchers on restricted listCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians placed starters Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list after the pitchers broke team rules by leaving their hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus. Clevinger and Plesac went out Saturday night with a group of people following the Indians’ win over the White Sox. The team immediately sent Plesac home in a car service after learning he had violated the team’s code of conduct. The Indians were not aware Clevinger had been with him until after he flew back to Cleveland with the team and staff. MLB-SCHEDULEBlue Jays roam, where Buffalo’s homeBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Baseball’s nomads, the Toronto Blue Jays, finally move into their new home at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, when they play the Miami Marlins. It’ll be the first time this year the Blue Jays are the actual host team. Canada’s government wouldn’t let them hold games at Rogers Centre in Toronto, fearful of opponents traveling into the city amid the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh offered to let the Blue Jays play at PNC Park when the Pirates were on the road, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wouldn’t sign off on it. That left the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo, which last hosted a regular-season Major League Baseball game in 1915 when the Buffalo Blues finished sixth in the eight-team Federalist League. Elsewhere in the majors:— Nationals ace Max Scherzer is set to make his scheduled start against the Mets at Citi Field after leaving his previous outing early because of a hamstring issue. The three-time Cy Young Award winner lasted only one inning last Wednesday against New York due to a hamstring problem that first cropped up July 29 versus Toronto. But he felt good while throwing a bullpen Sunday and will try to keep Washington rolling in the wake of a 16-4 blowout over the Mets in the opener of a four-game series Monday.NBA-NETS-MAGICNets beat Magic in preparation for playoffsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Orlando Magic 108-96 as both teams looked ahead to the playoffs. center_img MLB-TIGERS-CRONTigers put Cron on injured listDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers put first baseman C.J. Cron on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain. Cron exited Monday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning. He was hurt on a freak play in which a hard-hit ball by Danny Mendick bounced off him and was recovered by pitcher Daniel Norris, who retired Mendick with a diving tag. Cron stayed on the ground in apparent pain during the play and afterward. Detroit recalled infielder Willi Castro. PRAGUE, (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep had to fight hard to advance to the second round of the Prague Open in a three-set win over unseeded Polona Hercog. It was the first competitive match for Halep since she won the Dubai Championships in February for her 20th career WTA title. Before the Wimbledon champion recovered from a foot injury she sustained in Dubai, the coronavirus pandemic forced a five-month break. No. 2-seeded Petra Martic and No. 3 Elise Mertens also advanced. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSBig Ten, Pac-12 won’t play football this fallUNDATED (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Thibodeau has made the first addition to his New York Knicks coaching staff. He hired Kenny Payne as an assistant. Payne has spent the last 10 years at Kentucky, where he has been John Calipari’s associate head coach since 2014. He was part of the staff that won the 2012 national championship and won its first 38 games in 2014-15. The Wildcats reached four Final Fours and won 295 games with Payne working under Calipari. The 53-year-old Payne also spent five seasons as an assistant with Oregon. He will be reunited with former Wildcats Julius Randle and Kevin Knox in New York.TENNIS-LEXINGTONSerena Williams rallies for win over unseeded rival VIRUS OUTBREAK-MASSACHUSETTSMassachusetts cancels fall seasonAMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts is among the latest schools from the Football Bowl Subdivision, college football’s highest level, to cancel its fall season. UMass is an independent in football and its decision affects only that sport. Most of UMass’ athletic teams compete in the Atlantic 10. Athletic director Ryan Bamford says the school will try to conduct a football spring season if possible. Dzanan Musa added 17 points and Tyler Johnson had 14 for the Nets, who improved to 5-2 in the restart with their third straight victory. With the Nets locked into the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Magic eighth, the teams went with limited rosters while getting players extra rest. Brooklyn suited up only nine players and Orlando used 10. The Magic have dropped five in a row after a 2-0 start at Walt Disney World. SUPREME COURTRuling keeps NCAA from limiting some athlete compensationWASHINGTON (AP) — A court decision the NCAA says will hurt college sports by allowing certain student-athletes to be paid “vast sums” of money as “educational expenses” will go into effect after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams won the hard way in her comeback following a six-month layoff, rallying to beat unseeded American Bernarda Pera 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. The 23-time Grand Slam champion labored to avoid her 14th loss to an opponent ranked outside the top 50. The No. 60 Pera broke the No. 9 Williams at love in the fifth game on the way to a first-set victory. Pera was on the verge of a break at 4-4 in the second set before Williams rallied to win and break to force a third set and bear down from there.TENNIS-PRAGUE OPENHalep advances in Praguelast_img read more