CONFIRMED! Jurgen Klopp to leave Borussia Dortmund

first_img Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp 1 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he will leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer – and has opened the door to a Premier League move.The 47-year-old has three years left on his contract but Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told a press conference on Wednesday that the club had agreed the release him early from his deal.Klopp has been in charge of the club since 2007 and enjoyed huge success, leading them to the Bundesliga title twice, the German Cup once and to the final of the Champions League in 2013.This term has been more of a struggle, with Dortmund currently sitting 10th in the Bundesliga after a disastrous start.Klopp’s exit still comes as a major surprise, and his availability is likely to alert a host of clubs across Europe.“I really think the decision is the right one. This club deserves to be coached from the 100% right manager,” he told the assembled media on Wednesday.“I always said in that moment where I believe I am not the perfect coach anymore for this extraordinary club I will say so.”Manchester City have been installed as favourites to land the highly-rated coach, with Manuel Pellegrini’s future uncertain.Arsenal have also been linked with the charismatic German in the past, but a move to north London looks highly unlikely with Arsene Wenger fully expected to remain in charge.last_img read more

Man injured in Letterkenny hammer attack – two serious assaults at weekend

first_imgA man sustained serious injuries to his head after being struck by a hammer in Letterkenny at the weekend.The man was set upon at around 1am on Sunday morning in the Pearse Road area, close to the Riverside apartments.A man is believed to have been attacked by two males, who used weapons, including a hammer, during the course of the attack. Garda Rafferty asked in a weekly community alert for anyone who lives in the area and who saw or heard anything to make contact with Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to two serious assaults in Letterkenny in the early hours of Sunday morning.It is not believed that the two are connected.At around 4.30am, a male was set upon at Oldtown Road. The man was waiting on a lift at Lower Main Street when he was approach by a group of makes and one female. He was verbally abused before being attacked at Old Town Road where he received ‘quite a few injuries’, Garda Rafferty said.Again, witnesses are asked to contact Gardaí at Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.Man injured in Letterkenny hammer attack – two serious assaults at weekend was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultGardaiHAMMERletterkennyLetterkenny GardaiOld Town RoadPearse Roadlast_img read more

Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2010)

first_img RELATED ARTICLES For the past month, I’ve examined various home energy improvements for which one can earn a 30% federal tax credit. The last of these opportunities I’ll cover is ground-source heat pumps. A ground-source heat pump (GSHP) is also referred to as a “geothermal” heat pump, though I prefer the former terminology, to avoid confusion with true geothermal energy systems that rely on elevated temperatures deep underground from the Earth’s mantle. GSHPs are eligible for the 30% tax credit with no cap on the dollar amount that can be received. But this system may not be the best choice for home heating, and I’d like to offer some warnings about the potential for exaggerated claims and outright scams.GSHPs are pretty amazing systems. Like all heat pumps, they extract heat from one place (in this case, underground) and deliver that heat–at a higher temperature–to your house. That may sound impossible, but it’s how your kitchen refrigerator works. In the summer, heat pumps can be reversed to remove heat from your house, providing air conditioning.While electric resistance heat is 100% efficient at converting electricity into heat, a heat pump provides at least two to three units of energy for every one unit of energy consumed. This is often measured as the annual “coefficient of performance” or COP; a COP of 3.5 means an effective efficiency of 350%. (Note that if you consider the “source energy” that a power company uses to generate that electricity, the true efficiency numbers are significantly lower.) Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2009)GBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsAre Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Podcast: Ground Source Heat Pumps, Part 1: The BasicsPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 2: Rules of ThumbPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 3: Five QuestionsGround-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyGround-Source Heat Pumps Have Low Operating CostsIs a Ground-Source Heat Pump a Renewable Energy System?Air-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated Housecenter_img In cold climates, a GSHP has higher efficiency than an air-source heat pump (which extracts heat from the outside air), because temperatures underground are considerably warmer in the winter than the outside air. Installing a GSHP involves digging a trench or series of wells into which tubing is embedded. Either refrigerant, water, or antifreeze solution is circulated through this tubing. Another version pulls groundwater from a well as the heat source (or heat sink), and then returns the water to the well.To earn the 30% federal tax credit, a GSHP must be Energy Star listed. The Energy Star requirements vary by type and are currently as follows: a closed-loop GSHP has to have an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of at least 14.1 or a COP of at least 3.3; an open-loop GSHP must have an EER of at least 16.2 or a COP of at least 3.6; and a direct-exchange (DX) GSHP must have an EER of at least 15 or a COP of at least 3.5.The reason I’m not a huge proponent of GSHPs is that they’re really expensive. Most of the expense is due to the cost of digging trenches and laying tubing. In addition, field experience shows that these systems often aren’t meeting performance expectations. Sometimes the annual COP turns out to be only slightly higher than 2.5.Meanwhile, performance of air-source heat pumps–in particular, the ductless mini-split heat pumps that have been popularized by such companies as Mitsubishi, Sanyo, and Daikin–have been improving dramatically in recent years, especially at low temperatures.In the past, air-source heat pumps only made sense in warmer climates, because the efficiency would drop dramatically at lower temperatures; at about 40°F, these systems would usually switch over to electric-resistance heating. New mini-split heat pumps, by comparison, especially “inverter” models, can function pretty well down to about 0°F. And they cost a whole lot less than GSHPs.It is not unusual to hear about GSHPs in Vermont costing as much as $35,000 for typical homes. For the same investment, one could spend $30,000 reducing heating loads (insulating, air sealing, replacing windows, etc.) and install a state-of-the-art mini-split heat pump.The 30% tax credit that’s available for GSHPs allows homeowners to recover some of that very high cost. Air-source heat pumps also earn the tax credit, but only up to $1,500 and only through the end of 2010 (while the GSHP tax credit isn’t scheduled to expire until the end of 2016).Here’s my concern: Because GSHP dealers can show homeowners how much money they can get back from Uncle Sam (over $10,000 for that $35,000 system), they can make a pretty compelling argument. A few unscrupulous companies might also be tempted to inflate the price of the system–allowing you to earn an even higher tax credit–and then offer you a special rebate or pyramid-marketing inducement of some sort so that both you and the company benefit–at the expense of the rest of us taxpayers.I don’t have a problem with subsidizing energy improvements through tax credits and other incentives, but if my tax dollars are being spent on these improvements I’d like to be sure that the money is spent wisely. I don’t believe a GSHP costing tens of thousands of dollars is nearly as cost-effective as combining energy conservation and a far less expensive mini-split air-source heat pump.I invite you to share your comments on this blog.To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feedslast_img read more

Celebrate The 4th Of July The Old-Fashioned Way—With An Anti-Spying Rally

first_imgBoth organizations are less than three weeks old, having sprouted up immediately after the Guardian and the Washington Post reported details of the PRISM spying program based on documents provided by former government contractor Edward Snowden, purporting to show extensive access to user data from big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple.Exercising The Right To Petition The GovernmentStopWatching.Us is primarily a petition site that has garnered more than 500,000 signatures from individuals. Businesses and organizations ranging from Reddit to the ACLU have also lent their support. The organization has also sent an open letter to Congress, with support from Mozilla, maker of the Firefox Web browser, demanding that lawmakers review the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and disclose the extent of NSA spying. (Currently, details of the program are classified.)Restore the Fourth is a nonpartisan group whose aim is to strengthen the protections of the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures,” as it pertains to digital surveillance. Restore The Fourth is the actual organizer of the Fourth of July protests, with StopWatching.Us joined to further the cause and push Congress to action. As for the specifics of what these groups are hoping to achieve, it’s not simply to spread broad claims asking for ambiguous change. Through StopWatching.Us’s letter to Congress, both organizations have outlined a clear and distinct three-step plan they intend to pursue: 1) Enact reform … to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;2) Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;3) Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Section 215 of the Patriot Act is what allows the NSA to secretly compel businesses like Google and Facebook to hand over their data, and FISA (the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) is the 1978 piece of legislation, amended in 2008, that established the court system such requests move through. So if fireworks and barbecue just don’t seem patriotic enough this year, check here to find a protest near you. Photo by gemstone American citizens fuming over revelations of digitally-enabled domestic spying by government agencies can take to the streets this 4th of July.Two organizations, StopWatching.Us and Restore The Fourth, have organized rallies in more than 90 U.S. cities this Thursday to peacefully protest surveillance operations undertaken by the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They hope to push lawmakers to review acts that have made the blanket spying activities legal.  Related Posts Tags:#nsa#Prism center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting nick statt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Galaxy Gear: What’s Dumb About Samsung’s Smartwatch

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement There’s no doubt that Gear is an attractive, albeit chunky, product. It comes in a variety of colors and works with more than 70 apps, some of them quite popular, such as Evernote, Path and RunKeeper. Samsung put it under the spotlight at its Unpacked event yesterday in Berlin, where it also debuted the new Galaxy Note 3 phablet and Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition).But Gear is no equal to those other devices. It’s not meant to be a standalone gadget, and in fact is really more like an accessory that extends the features of a nearby, even smarter device. At the moment, that would be a Note 3. Once paired, Gear users can manage messaging, make calls or control music directly from their wrists. The watch can even act like a Jawbone UP or Nike Fuelband replacement, thanks to its pedometer features. Sounds great. Unfortunately, early hands-on impressions suggest that Gear may not live up to all its promise just yet. It appears to suffer from some performance lags, in addition to hardware quirks. Although software is an easily updatable work in progress, hardware issues are another matter.For instance, the Gear’s single speaker is not only strangely situated in the strap’s buckle, but it also delivers a weak little piddle of audio. That effectively kills any dreams of using it as a two-way communicator, á la Dick Tracy’s watch phone, except in the quietest of environments. Even then, it’s not ideal. Holding the buckle up to an ear to listen and then moving the watch to line up the microphones near the mouth, and then back again seems very annoying and completely impractical. And forget about music. Gear only offers music controls for songs playing off of the primary paired device. These are some fairly major usability issues. Another is device compatibility. Gear only offers full functionality with the Note 3. That cuts an awful lot of people out of the equation right from the start. Support for other devices is in the works, but until that rolls out, we’re looking at a limited group of would-be customers. Sand—Or Water—In The GearsSamsung’s first-generation Galaxy GearInitially, I was concerned about Gear’s durability. Anything electronic that’s meant to be worn every day would need to be rugged. Fortunately, Samsung used sapphire glass, which it touts as highly damage resistant, for the watch face/screen. If only the company had thought through a few other fundamental issues too, like water tightness and potential daylight glare—both key attributes for a lifestyle device. New Kickstarter darling Omate addressed the water issue head on by designing its full-fledged standalone Android TrueSmart watch to be water-resistant. Sony did likewise with its Smartwatch 2. Did Samsung? The company didn’t say in its presentation, so I contacted it to find out how the Galaxy Gear deals with moisture. At this point, I still don’t know, because the spokesperson referred me to the press materials for the device, which offer no information on the subject. As for the display and its readability in daylight, Samsung relies on Super AMOLED, which is its own name for the high-definition screen it uses across its range of smart devices. Although Super AMOLED isn’t the worst performer in sunny conditions, it’s also not the best. LCD (liquid crystal display), like that used in the iPhone 5, is slightly better in full sunlight. And both Super AMOLED and LCD are trounced by beautifully readable e-paper displays, like the one used in the Pebble smartwatch. An e-ink or e-paper display certainly would’ve helped spare battery life, which is a big concern with the Gear. At 315 mAh, the devices power capacity is downright meager. (The Note 3 features a 3,200 mAh battery.) Even using the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard, the Gear can only eke out what Samsung claims will be 25 hours of life. That means users will have to charge their watches at least once a day, and probably more. The biggest obstacle of all, however, might just boil down to cost. That $299 price tag is on the upper end of the smartwatch price range, and it’s for a product that has limited device compatibility, questionable durability and short battery life. In other words, the Gear appears to be a lifestyle device that neglects to address the most important thing … people’s lifestyles. Dick Tracy image screen capped from YouTube video by Oliver Harper. Galaxy Gear product image courtesy of Samsung adriana lee Tags:#mobile#Samsung Galaxy#smartwatch Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Samsung has made its play for our wrists, and it’s a doozy. Its showy unveiling of the $299 Galaxy Gear was clearly designed to position the smartwatch as a hot lifestyle gadget. The company showed off a slew of Gear features that work from the start—taking photos, speech commands, counting its user’s steps. And more features are in the offing. But one big thing is missing: Consideration for how people will actually use this device.Early Impressions: The Gear Is Grinding Related Posts last_img read more