first_imgHE’S Buncrana’s favourite son – and when Ryan Bradley returned to his home town last night more than 10,000 people turned up to welcome him. The party atmosphere in Inishowen’s largest town was electric.No wonder Ryan shed a tear.Click Play on this Wallace Media video to watch  SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMING was last modified: September 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – RYAN SHEDS A TEAR AT MASSIVE BUNCRANA HOMECOMINGlast_img read more

Sharks coach expresses dissatisfaction with Martin Jones

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Pete DeBoer learned some bad news when he showed up at Staples Center Thursday night: Logan Couture would be joining the Sharks dog pile of absent bodies.Under the weather with flu-like symptoms, Couture ended up being a late scratch for the Sharks showdown with the Los Angeles Kings, taking a key piece off the chessboard in the midst of a tight race for the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. With Couture, Joe Pavelski, Erik Karlsson and Radim Simek sidelined by …last_img read more

SA woos investors in solar energy

first_img Peters said that initial estimates put the cost of building the park at around R150-billion, to be split between the government and the private sector. 29 October 2010 The South African government was ready to contribute its share of the costs of building a multi-billion rand solar park in the Northern Cape, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters told investors in Upington on Thursday, urging them to get involved in what she called a “milestone” renewable energy project for the country. Upington, which is centrally located in the province, is seen as a perfect site for the park, due to abundance of sunshine and and vast tracts of available land in the region. It is estimated that a 5 000 MW park constructed over a decade could create about 12 300 construction jobs annually. The project is also expected to create about 3 010 operations and maintenance jobs by the time the last solar plant is constructed. However, she cautioned that investors who demonstrated a capacity for local component manufacturer would be given preference. A pre-feasibility study conducted recently by the Clinton Climate Initiative found that solar projects could generate up to 5 gigawatts of cost-effective electricity in South Africa. The Department of Energy has since commissioned US company Fluor Corporation to develop a conceptual study, followed by a more detailed design plan, for the solar park. Political backing Wide-ranging benefits Peters was speaking at a two-day conference aimed at gauging investor interest in the project to build a solar park – a concentrated zone of solar generating plants and solar component manufacturing facilities – in the Northern Cape. “We want to work with those international players who believe in the future of this country and the continent … We don’t want to see planes suddenly coming in with products from somewhere [else].” BuaNews has learned that about R1.8-billion of the R26-billion World Bank loan granted to power utility Eskom earlier this year would go towards the park’s establishment. The only major challenge to emerge in the Clinton Climate Initiative pre-feasibility study was the grid/transmission line shortage in the Northern Cape. However, both the provincial and national government have committed to addressing this issue. South Africa’s new economic growth path, unveiled in provisional form this week, also envisages up to 300 000 jobs being created in the “green” economy by 2020. Peters told investors that a decision had been taken at Cabinet level to invest more in renewable energy sources as South Africa prepares to shift from conventional energy, such as coal-generated electricity, to nuclear and other sources. However, Peters said that massive private sector funding and contributions from independent power producers would be needed in order to get the project off the ground. Public-private split “We believe that both principles of energy security and diversification can only be possible if we bring [independent power producers] on board to contribute to the energy balance,” Peters said. South Africa is not the only country doing research on the viability of solar energy – a clean alternative to both fossil fuels and nuclear power – with countries like India and Brazil doing the same. A solar park would alleviate the pressure on South Africa’s largely coal-based energy supply while boosting the country’s overall energy capacity and helping the country achieve its target of a 34 percent reduction of carbon emissions by 2020. Besides the jobs that would be created by the park, South Africa would get the opportunity to become a manufacturer of various solar technology materials and products, which could lead to further foreign investment and job creation. Pre-feasibility study Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How to Fail Your Way to Success

first_imgRelated Posts Owen O’Brien Tags:#business model#Business plans#Entrepreneurs#entrepreneurship#fail to succeed#failure#Fear of Failure#success How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … “Failure is success in progress” ― Albert EinsteinEntrepreneurs are enthusiastic and serial failers.Entrepreneurs seem to be constantly looking for solutions and alternative ways  of doing everything. And crucially, they don’t give a damn about failure, because they know that failure is, in fact, discovery. Some have declared, “The only way I will know if something works is by doing it and that means doing what seems impossible or unlikely.”Entrepreneurs are comfortable with failure, almost enjoying it.This is because every experience, positive or negative tells you something. If you are working in a specific area of expertise, which you are likely to be, tech, law, medicine, marketing, for example, your experiences of doing will become a rich mixture of interconnected successes and failures.The very act of doing will develop, over time, a focussed and overall understanding of your area which will be unrivalled by those simply thinking about it, or, dare I say it, studying it.The learning gleaned from action is called tacit knowledge.As Michael Polanyi (1967: 4) wrote in The Tacit Dimension, we should start from the fact that “we can know more than we can tell.”For that reason, I am skeptical about business plans.These plans are mostly not worth the paper they are written on. On the one hand a business plan seems to be leading people down a deceptive path of fantasy and disaster. Yet, on the other hand, business plans can be very dangerous, stopping people from doing anything at all.The business plan is a blueprint for the financials and can give basic indications of whether what you are thinking of is even worth doing at all. The problem is that these business plans often stop you from employing the basic trial and error methodology adopted by most the most successful entrepreneurs and stable businesses. The tradition business plan rarely reflects reality, particularly in a start-up situations.We don’t always do what we say we will, in fact, we often don’t do that at all. We reach for convenient existing theories of business to explain things and business plans are usually formulaic and poor imaginings for the needed action: go talk to the customer stupid. Get a mentor; learn more about your subject.There is a tendency to direct start-ups in developed countries into incubation centers.These centers are usually run by state enterprises whom, with the best of intentions, actually cosset the fledgling enterprise from the realities of the commercial world, and in doing so, prevent the very essential learning that is so necessary to develop a real sustainable and gritty business model.There is a toughness and street-wise element to successful enterprise. These successes will not be created in comfortable shiny offices with too many people sitting around chatting in the cafeteria, at the water cooler or even in meetings, wondering where the customers are.Enterprisers with the experience of — learning by doing — will often say that your mistakes cost you money, and that ensures you don’t make them twice. Richard Branson advises you to “pick yourself up, brush yourself off, don’t let your ego get the better of you.” In other words: get over it — and quickly.Go ahead, feel bad for failing. You should feel lousy, and that bad feeling is good for your business. Studies now show that you will be less likely to repeat the same error twice.In a recent study, Dr Selin Malkoc from Ohio State University said, “All the advice tells you not to dwell on your mistakes, to not feel bad. But we found the opposite.”“When faced with a failure, it is better to focus on one’s emotions – when people concentrate on how bad they feel and how they don’t want to experience these feelings again, they are more likely to try harder the next time.”Failure has been acknowledged by successful people from Steve Jobs to Bill Gates for helping them achieve their final success.Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is quoted as saying, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again.”It is probably worth seeing yourself as an “experimenter” in the business world. Consider that the enterprises you undertake or take on as a business are often experiments to see if your ideas are correct when faced with reality. In some ways the pioneers of electric cars and autonomous vehicles are yet to see whether their enormous experiments will work when the market decides.In business, failure is the customer telling you to go back to the shed and iterate one more time.Vitally, the secret is surviving the various events that make up success. Therefore it is important to minimize the downside. If you are going to get it wrong, make sure that you won’t fall too far and that you can pick yourself up and get on with it, one more time. Don’t over-commit to a line of action that will destroy your future financial freedom to change, or iterate again on your idea. Refrain from committing yourself personally to long lease contracts, for instance.James Dyson is definitely the king of failure – 5,126 of them to be exact. That is the number of prototypes he developed over the course of 10 to 15 years before releasing his iconic bag-less vacuum in 1993. The upright domestic model, DC01, used the patented “Dual Cyclone” technology. Dyson says his willingness to fail is the reason for his success.Dyson said, “The failure is the starting point, because when something fails, you understand why it fails. Then you start to think of ideas as to the ways you can overcome that failure. The moral of the tale is keep on failing – It works.”So go on then and fail away all you like. Keep in mind that your failures are only lessons, after all, and crucially, it is the only way you are ever going to find out. After many failures, when you finally find out you’ve got it right, you will have failed your way to success. Owen is an entrepreneur, teacher, songwriter, and general ideas man and has run several businesses over the past 30 years. Working as a barman, and then a sales representative, he decided to go out on his own when he found that he has no difficulty selling and making deals for other companies. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Successlast_img read more