first_imgWhat another fantastic weekend we had at Voodoo Venue, the venue was packed Friday, Saturday and Sunday and with top class entertainment being provided throughout the weekend which catered for all ages. Every week Voodoo Venue in conjunction with Donegal Daily team-up to run a competition on their website.We randomly select one reveller from a series of pictures from the weekend just past.The lucky reveller who has their face circled in the photos above, wins FREE entry for FOUR and a FREE bottle of CHAMPAGNE.So if your face is circled above then contact Voodoo Venue via Facebook to claim your prize.  VOODOO VENUE WEEKEND PICTURE SPECIAL – HAVE YOU WON FREE ENTRY FOR FOUR? was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:home-page features. Entertainmentnewspicture specialVOODOOlast_img read more

Express, KCCA renew league rivalry

first_imgExpress FC have lost their last two league games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs KCCA FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 11-12-2018WANKULUKUKU – Express and KCCA will renew their rivalry on Tuesday afternoon when the two Ugandan football giants clash at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku.In the recent past, fortunes have changed for both sides with the Kasasiros being the giants of the game in Uganda while Express are playing catch-up.Going into the games, the two heavy-weights are separated by 9 places and 11 points on the standings after 10 games with KCCA sitting atop the log while Express lay 9th.KCCA FC are top of the League (file photo)The gulf in-between the two side should give the visitors an edge over Express and they must be confident about seeing off the Red Eagles.“Tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game is not as strong as many people expect because we have a stronger technical team and squad depth, said KCCA FC forward-Suleiman Mutyaba ahead of the game.“We are also boosting of massive confidence going into the tie.“The players are in harmony and whoever plays is not anyone’s problem.Asked about what the game means to him as a player, the former Express FC and Vipers’ forward had this to say.“I for one, am going to enjoy the game because i can not go out to punish Express after all am a former player there.KCCA FC have no fresh injuries going into the game and will be boosted but the returning trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Gift Ali and Filbert Obenchan. With the treatment room almost cleared of visitors, Mike Mutebi and his stuff will have a strong pool of players to choose from.For Express, they are currently in a desperate situation, losing both of their last two encounters in the league. The Red Eagles lost 2-0 at home to Onduparaka and their misery was compounded on Saturday, when they went down 1-0 at Kirinya JSS.They will be boosted by the return to full fitness of Ibrahim Kayiwa and Tony Odur, who missed the defeat in Jinja last time out.Only Davis Mayanja is expect to be out after the Midfielder accumulated three yellow cards, a situation which automatically rules him out. Julius Ntambi was indefinitely suspended by the club.With currant head coach Kefa Kisala already witnessing pressure mount on him, there will be no room for error for Express.Match Facts:The two side share 18 league titles going into the game with KCCA enjoying the Lion’s share of them (16) while Express have six.Since December 2010, the two sides have faced off 18 times in the league with KCCA winning 8 times and drawing 7.Express have not beaten the Kasasiros since 2015.Last season, KCCA defeated Express home and away including a 2-1 victory at Wankulukuku in the reverse fixtures.Going into the game, Express have won only 4 of their last 16 games in all competitions (D7 L5).They are currently on a four game winless run drawing two and losing as many in their last 4 fixtures.At home, the Red Eagles have won only one of their last 7 games (D4 L2).For KCCA, they head into Wednesday’s fixture on a 10 game unbeaten run in the league (W10 D5). The last time the Kasasiros lost a league game was in the 3-2 loss away to Vipers in April.Away from home, Mutebi’s side have lost only one of their last 13 games (W6 D6). The loss came on 27th April at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The other fixtures on Tuesday (all at 4:30pm):– Paidah Black Angels vs Kirinya JSS– Bul FC vs Onduparaka FC– Ndejje University vs SC Villa– Mbarara City vs Tooro United– Maroons FC vs Nyamityobora FCComments Tags: Express FCKCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueSuleiman Mutyabatoplast_img read more

Chandler said he does mixed martial arts training

first_imgChandler said he does mixed martial arts training during the offseason, and has said before that he’d like to square off against his brother for charity.However, it doesn’t look like we’ll all get treated with the sibling matchup anytime soon, if going off comments the Cardinals linebacker made two years ago. If you were at the Arizona Cardinals Red & White Practice at the end of July, you might have noticed linebacker Chandler Jones sprinting off the field shortly after it concluded.That wouldn’t be out of the ordinary, except that the Cardinals all participated in an autograph session on the field for the fans immediately following the training camp event.No, Jones wasn’t trying to avoid handing out his signature. He was hurrying to get to his brother’s professional fight. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Your browser does not support the audio element. Lol you suck “@Chan95Jones: Well I would pick on someone my own size but you aren’t @JonnyBones #dingding lol”— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 22, 2015Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this story. Chandler’s brother is none other than Jon “Bones” Jones, the longtime MMA and UFC fighter. That night, Jon was set for a highly anticipated matchup against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.At least, it was a highly anticipated fight for the fans. For Chandler, it was an anxious time.“Truly I get more nervous for his fights than my own football games. They’re nerve-racking. I mean I can’t really eat,” Chandler told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station Tuesday. “That fight I couldn’t eat, I was up, I had the jitters until he knocked the guy out.”Several of Chandler’s teammates took to Twitter to offer their support using the hashtag #TeamJones. It turns out Chandler had nothing to worry about though. His brother knocked out Cormier to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title.“It didn’t mean as much as it did for our family than it did for him. Jon, he really wanted his belt back and I feel like he felt a bit empty without it,” Chandler said. “For him to have the opportunity to go out there and showcase his ability and to show people that, ‘Hey, there was no ring rust. I’m still good. Hey, I know that I made some mistakes but hey, never say never. It’s never too late.’ So I’m happy for him and hopefully he keeps going and hopefully be the greatest ever.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) LISTEN: Chandler Jones, Cardinals linebacker Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

How Yammer Turned Being Small into a Big Competitive Advantage

first_imgWho says being a small business doesn’t have its own advantages? All month long we’ll be publishing a series of stories of how the little guy prevailed using its size as a competitive advantage — and so can you.How Yammer turned being a small business into a big competitive advantageWhen Microsoft announced in July that it would acquire red-hot business networking platform Yammer for $1.2 billion in cash, industry insiders theorized that the tech giant’s purchase had everything to do with an attempt to finally get into the social networking game.Why Didn’t Microsoft Build its Own Solution?Microsoft could have chosen to build its own enterprise social networking application to squash Yammer’s uprising. With $1.2 billion in cash, the behemoth could have very easily hired the developers it needed to build a new product. And it could have spent far more on sales and marketing than Yammer could have possibly afforded. The reason the company didn’t do that is pretty simple, however. Yammer had built a product and developed a user base that Microsoft – and other software giants, for that matter – couldn’t easily replicate (even with a seemingly limitless pile of cash). And it had done it by leveraging one critical competitive advantage of being smaller and nimbler: every member of Yammer’s team was closer to the customer. Thanks to that, they had access to critical information that Microsoft couldn’t – or was choosing not to – tap into.A Small Business Competitive Advantage: Information (Not Data) Is PowerWhich melts more slowly, a small snowball or a large one? All other things being equal, the larger snowball will melt more slowly because its outer layer of snow insulates the snow inside. By contrast, more of the snow in the small snowball is exposed to the outside world, and it therefore reacts to its environment faster. Big companies have the same basic geometry as a large snowball. Most of them have a much harder time getting a true feel for their outside world (i.e., their customers, market, and competition) than small companies do. This has nothing to do with the quality of the people who work there or the company itself, it’s just a natural disadvantage that large companies have relative to small ones. By contrast, smaller companies and their fewer management layers often interact directly with prospective customers as they develop their technology. As a result, they can generally access information from the outside world (customers, non-customers, competitors, suppliers, etc.) much faster than their Goliath competitors, and use that information to influence virtually all of their product development, sales, marketing, and customer service strategies.How Yammer Used its Information Advantage to Build Something Microsoft Couldn’tBy the time Microsoft acquired Yammer, the enterprise social networking application had five million corporate users that included employees from much of the Fortune 500. More importantly, VentureBeat’s Jolie O’Dell wrote soon after the acquisition was announced, those users aligned perfectly with Microsoft’s sweet spot. By understanding what its large competitors would want to achieve from an enterprise social networking application and maximizing their direct access to key information generated from the outside world, Yammer was able to:Focus on innovations that conflicted with large competitors’ model/decision-making processDevelop a product that would take larger competitors far too long to build, market, and incorporate into their corporate strategyGrow a user base that aligned with larger competitors’ target customers and maintain user loyalty through rapid response to customer feedback, insight, and pain pointsEssentially, Yammer had built exactly what Microsoft – and other large companies hoping to get into the enterprise social networking market – wanted. And they had done it in such an efficient way that no bigger business could replicate that success in a time and cost-effective manner.5 Ways You Can Mimic Yammer’s Information AdvantageIn a rapidly expanding digital world, it’s tempting to gather exceedingly large amounts of data simply for the sake of collecting and having access to it. However, hoarding volumes of data won’t do you much good if it’s not actually useful. In fact, it may just overwhelm your team. Instead, the key to maximizing your information-gathering efforts is to uncover truly valuable information — not data — that is contextually relevant and beneficial. Ultimately, that can be achieved by performing one or all of these activities:Expose all of your employees to your customers. If your employees understand your customers’ needs, how they interact with your product, the best approaches to helping them resolve issues, and the marketing messages that will best resonate with them, you will have a natural advantage over larger competitors.Study your customer service interactions. Tracking trouble tickets is one of the best ways to determine what your customers are doing with your product and how you are servicing them. If you have customer service reps, listen to the phone calls, ask them about their interactions, give them a few questions to ask your customers, and then gather the feedback.Ask your customers. Once customers have purchased your product, most will be willing to give you detailed feedback because they want you to continue getting better. User conferences, advisory boards, and surveys are great ways to get information. Another approach is to sit down with customers periodically to really get to know them.Find out what your competitors are doing. Make a list of things you would like to know about your competitors and then get creative about how you are going to (legally and ethically) get the information. Study their websites, visit their booths at conferences, and use resources such as Hitwise, Compete, and Alexa.Share what you’ve learned. Work this knowledge into your management meetings, company wiki, e-mail, management reports, employee feedback systems, and all other vehicles you have to manage/monitor progress and communicate internally. For more on how your company can leverage its small business competitive advantage download OpenView’s free eBook: Slaying Goliath Slaying Goliath: How Small Companies Can Compete Against Their Large Competitors This list is intended to generate ideas, not mandate all of the things you need to do right away. If you try to do too much, you will water down your efforts and actually get less useful information. Remember it is information – not data – that you are looking for, and you need to spend the vast majority of your time building a great product and then selling and servicing it. Start with the easy steps, and increase the activities as you grow. Naturally, some larger companies will execute these tactics. But they still have the natural disadvantage of being the large snowball. Your small company has a real opportunity to make the most of its natural advantages to give itself a winning edge. Just ask Yammer. Check back in throughout the month for more inspiring underdog stories and examples of how your small company can come out on top in our “Slaying Goliath” series.We want to hear from you!What are some other great examples of small businesses utilizing their size as a competitive advantage to take on the big guys?  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more