Modesto, CA (December 2020) — Founded in 1980, The House in Modesto, CA, hosts dynamic services that bring the community together with live music acts, special events and a diverse pastoral team. The church’s recent PA upgrade to an Adamson system is changing the way that congregants in the 1,800-capacity auditorium can experience worship, with clear and rich sound delivering praise-worthy performance. And while the pandemic limited live services temporarily, The House has kept the community close with online worship and outreach and is ready to welcome it’s full church family back home.Jason Rightnour, Audio Director at The House, chose to install Adamson speakers in the auditorium after auditioning speakers from several other manufacturers. Rightnour was impressed by both the clarity and power of the Adamson product line: “I went to trade shows, conventions and speaker shootouts but I couldn’t find a system that fit our needs until Adamson. Once I heard this PA, I was in shock with how clean the box sounded with its crystal-clear highs and no distortion.”As a church with a congregation of diverse age groups, it was important for the AV team that this new system provide quality sound without any tonal loss, harsh tones or distortion for both their regular services and special events like concerts or youth services, which tend to be run at a higher decibel level. With its minimal footprint, the Adamson system has also allowed the church to maintain great sight lines and a clean aesthetic in their auditorium.The PA, installed by Clark Productions, includes two main arrays of eight boxes of S10; the top four boxes are S10n while the bottom four boxes are S10. Low end coverage is provided by six E219 flown above the center of the stage in an end-fire configuration, as well as two E119 placed on the floor for additional presence. Two S10p point source cabinets flank each side of the arrays and are used as side fills, while ten PC5 speakers act as front fills. The balcony features seven S10p, while M12 are used on stage as monitors for the pastoral team.Church members were quick to comment on the upgraded system. Rightnour received compliments on the install on the very first weekend the PA was deployed: “I had different people come up and tell me how much better it sounded, that there was clarity in the pastors’ speeches as well as a much clearer sound when the band played. Many of these people had never said anything to me in the five years I’ve been running sound for the church.” He notes that the auditorium is a live room with many reflections and little to no acoustical treatment, which makes achieving optimal sound difficult. The Adamson PA made a noticeable difference in both the sonic quality as well as reach of the sound.The House AV team was also impressed with the upgrade. Colby Higgins, the church’s monitor engineer, stated: “I love the Adamson system. It sounds much better than our previous PA. I am blown away by how a small box like the S10 can output more both in clarity and volume than our previous bigger, clunky boxes.” Rightnour echoes this sentiment: “When I first saw the PA being flown into position with eight boxes per side, I was thinking, ‘this is not going to be enough PA to fill this room.’ But after the rig was installed and tuned, I was in shock with how loud it got!”
By Nick Broulis With the Cleveland Cavaliers season having gone the way it has, the Broulis Beat Report takes a look at what has been going on lately and an opinion on those former Cavaliers in Boston and Los Angeles.I talk with a lot of people that aren’t too sure about Cleveland rookie Collin Sexton. I think it’s really important to remember how young Sexton is and the learning curve that is going from college to the NBA.From day one, up to today, I’ve seen progression in Collin. Now, that doesn’t mean I think he’s the type of player you can build your franchise around.I’m looking more so towards how he plays next season. I would like to see Collin kick the ball out once he gets to the basket, and I think he’s getting better at doing that. I just don’t think people should already think he’s a waste of a draft pick. Let’s also remember that Sexton isn’t on the most talented of teams.Just comparing the first seasons of Kyrie Irving and Sexton, here are some key stats: Irving (46% from the field), Sexton (40% from the field). Irving (39% from 3-point range), Sexton (38% from 3-point range). Irving (assists 5.4 per game), Sexton (2.8 assists per game). So, as you can see, Sexton isn’t far behind Irving from an offensive standpoint. Now, a stat that Sexton needs to improve on is his assists total. Now, keep in mind, Cleveland doesn’t have great shooters and the overall talent level on this team isn’t good. That does factor in. Also, Sexton needs to do a better job of looking to pass more often once he drives to the rim. If he can improve on that, he would become a better overall player. And I think a lot of fans are tired of seeing him get blocked at the rim when he should pull up for an easy jump shot or pass it.Kevin Love has been great since coming back. You can see how much he effects the team. Defenses have to respect his outside shooting and his presence inside. This creates open shots for his teammates. I still think they’d be better off trading Love next season. I say that for one main reason. Love has never played a full season in his career. Since joining the Cavs, the most games Kevin has played in was the 2015-2016 season when he played in 77 of 82 games.When it comes to the “tanking” aspect of the game, this is something that is being done because all the great players are friends and want to play together for the most part. Out of the 30 teams in the NBA, I’d say maybe 5 teams are considered title contenders, but we all know that Golden State is still likely to win another championship. Once Kevin Durant leaves the Warriors, that will open up the door a little more for a few, not many, but a few more teams to be considered serious contenders. If you’re Cleveland, shooting for a lower seed sometime in the next two years, isn’t a bad idea, but then they must make the leap to a top three seed.Some of you may think I’m crazy for talking about the Cavs making a push for the playoffs within the next two years. I say this because the East is bad at the bottom and if the Cavs get the right players, it can happen. I would lean more so towards two years from this year. Plus, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert is a willing spender.Lebron James officially passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list, but the Lakers are done when it comes to the playoffs. I don’t know what Magic Johnson was thinking when he constructed this roster and thought James would take the Lakers far. Any team that has Lebron on their roster, MUST have shooters. Players like Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson aren’t going to cut it.I know a lot of people have criticized Dan Gilbert in the past, but when James returned to Cleveland, Gilbert made it a point to surround James with shooters and went well over the luxury tax in doing so. That’s how a Lebron James led team wins a title. Now, this is Lebron’s first year in Los Angeles, so things can change during the summer, but keep in mind, James isn’t getting any younger and will be 35 shortly after next year starts. The Lakers should’ve gone after a younger superstar that would fit the current roster better.When the Cavs and Celtics made the trade that sent Kyrie to Boston, Celtic fans thought that this almost all but guaranteed their team a trip to the NBA Finals. All of the sudden, Boston fans are witnessing that Irving isn’t the leader they thought he was. If Irving leaves Boston, does that mean that Cleveland won that trade?To me, both James and Irving played much better while they were in Cleveland. Irving seems to be regretting his decision to demand a trade and James looks like he’s regretting his choice to leave for L.A. for a chance to do more with his movie career. Related TopicsCavsCollin Sexton NEOSI Staff
See also:Fulham v Arsenal player ratingsFulham showing ‘so many weaknesses’ – Jokanovic’Corruption’ claim dismissed as ‘nonsense and bogus’ by KhanFulham star Sessegnon shortlisted for BBC awardBulked-up Sessegnon confident he can compete in the Premier LeagueWembley bid scrapped: Khan’s statement in fullQ&A: Why Khan’s proposed Wembley deal is off and what it could mean Shahid Khan is looking to purchase the national stadium. [Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire]Fulham owner Shahid Khan has written to every Football Association councillor to assure them he has no intention of moving the club to Wembley if his proposed purchase of the stadium is approved.AdChoices广告The American billionaire’s £900million offer for Wembley is being discussed by the 127-strong council on Thursday, with a significant number in the room still strongly opposed to the idea of selling the national stadium, even if the FA has pledged to spend the windfall on grassroots facilities.Some of this opposition is emotional but some is based on concerns about Khan’s motives for buying the stadium, which was reopened in 2007 after a £757million rebuild, including a belief that he wants to base both his National Football League team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Fulham there.Fulham’s former assistant director of football Craig Kline has resurfaced this week after his acrimonious exit from the club a year ago, claiming that Khan really plans to build luxury flats at Craven Cottage – an allegation Fulham has dismissed as “nonsense”.In his letter, which was sent on Friday, Khan wrote: “When I was privileged to become chairman of Fulham in 2013, I immediately encountered rumours as to what this meant for the future of our home ground of Craven Cottage and, for that matter, the club itself.“My word at the time was I would invest in the club and the renovation of Craven Cottage so it would always be the lifetime and spiritual home of Fulham, but only in a manner that would be respectful of the neighbourhood while also delivering economic and quality of life benefits that would serve all Londoners every day of the year.“Committing to doing the right thing, and then doing it right, was the only path I would consider.”Ownership of the famous stadium could be about to change handsHe then explained that “years of careful planning and communication with every stakeholder imaginable” will enable him to build a new Riverside Stand at the 122-year-old stadium, adding 5,000 to the ground’s current 25,000 capacity.This experience, he wrote, proves that “a new era for Craven Cottage is on the horizon”, just as it could be for Wembley, a venue that has already fallen “a stage or two behind newer stadiums that have opened recently in Europe alone”.The FA’s chief financial officer Mark Burrows said much the same thing in a Wembley sale presentation to the bosses of county FAs on Tuesday, adding that selling the stadium would save the national governing body £72million in maintenance costs at Wembley.Khan has spent millions upgrading the Jaguars’ current home in north Florida, which now has the two largest video screens in world sport, two swimming pools and a dog park for fans who want to bring their pets to the game.“Wembley Stadium must be the global standard in every sense – technology, hospitality, the visitor experience, the athlete expectation and much more,” wrote Khan.“As I’ve done with my investment in the NFL stadium in Jacksonville and we are about to see with Fulham and Craven Cottage, I will protect what we all agree is wonderful about Wembley Stadium and be steadfast, and respectful, in making sure the Wembley Stadium of the future will never have an equal.“I owe it to you to be a responsible owner and operator of Wembley Stadium, which under my guardianship will at all times be three things – the national stadium of England, the traditional home of English football, and one of the world’s finest venues for sport and entertainment.”Khan’s letter finished with an offer to let a committee of FA councillors continue to play “a meaningful advisory role on all FA-related stadium matters” and wrote “it goes without saying that you and all FA Council members will always be welcomed as our guest for FA events at Wembley”. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) — Opening nationwide in theaters Friday:* Godzilla: King of the Monsters — Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Bradley Whitford and Sally Hawkins lead the human cast of this film — the third in Legendary’s MonsterVerse, following 2014’s Godzilla, and 2017’s Kong: Skull Island — in which humans must rely on the titular giant fire-breathing lizard, to defeat the three-headed King Ghidorah, the giant insect Mothra and Rodan, who has the power to create hurricane-force winds. Rated PG-13.* Rocketman — Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this biographical musical that tells the story of the legendary rocker’s rise from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his musical partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin — played in the film by Jamie Bell — his struggles with depression and substance abuse, and acceptance of his sexual orientation. Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard also star. Rated R.* Ma — This horror thriller — one of the first horror films to feature a female, African American lead — stars Octavia Spencer as a lonely woman in a small Ohio town. She befriends a group of teenagers who ask her to buy them alcohol, but their “friendship” soon turns into an obsession, after Sue Ann invites the young people to hang out in her basement. Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, McKaley Miller, Corey Fogelmanis, Gianni Paolo and Dante Brown also star. Rated R.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Division 1 Hurling League 2020 Mullagh V PadraigPearses Castlegar V Killimordaly Ardrahan VMeelick/Eyrecourt Craughwell V Abbeyknockmoy Round 122/23-2 2020Sarsfields VTynagh/A/Duniry Gort V TurloughmoreLoughrea VCappataggle Liam Mellows VKdeema/LeitrimSt. Thomas’ VBallinderreenOranmore/Maree VTommy LarkinsRound 217-3-2020Turloughmore VSarsfields Cappataggle V Gort Kdeema/Leitrim VLoughrea Ballinderreen VLiam Mellows Tommy Larkins VSt. Thomas’ Tynagh/A/Duniry V Oranmore/Maree Athenry V Four RoadsSylane V CastlegarRound 330/31-5-2020Killimor V Kiltormer Round 413/14-6-2020Clarinbridge VKillimor Turloughmore V FourRoads Sylane V Annaghdown Sarsfields, Gort, Loughrea, Liam Mellows, St. Thomas’, Oranmore/Maree, Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry, Turloughmore, Cappataggle, Kilnadeema/Leitrim, Ballinderreen & Tommie Larkins Moycullen V Athenry Portumna V PadraigPearses Beagh V Killimordaly Clarinbridge V Annaghdown Round 527/28-6-2020Kilconieron V Castlegar Athenry V ArdrahanMeelick/EyrecourtV CraughwellAbbeyknockmoy VPortumnaPadraig Pearses VBeaghKillimordaly VMullaghRound 611/12-7-2020Ardrahan V KilconieronCraughwell V Athenry Portumna VMeelick/Eyrecourt Beagh V Abbeyknockmoy Round 527/28-6-2020Killimor V FourRoads Turloughmore V SylaneAnnaghdown V MoycullenAthenry VKiltormerCastlegar VClarinbridge Group 2Ahascragh/Fohenagh,Carnmore, Kilbeacanty, Kinvara, Rahoon/Newcastle, AnSpidéal, Skehana/Mb/Ml, P Pearses (Ros), Round 122/23-2 2020Ahascragh/FohenaghV Rahoon/Newcastle Carnmore V An SpidéalKilbeacanty VSkehana/Mb/Ml Kinvara V Pearses (Ros), Round 217-3-2020An Spidéal V Ahascragh/Fohenagh Turloughmore VClarinbridgeAnnaghdown V FourRoadsAthenry V Sylane Castlegar V Moycullen Round 330/31-5-2020Kilconieron V Beagh Athenry V MullaghMeelick/EyrecourtV Castlegar Abbeyknockmoy VArdrahanPadraig Pearses VCraughwellKillimordaly VPortumnaRound 413/14-6-2020Mullagh V Kilconieron Castlegar V Athenry Round 330/31-5-2020Sarsfields V Cappataggle Gort V Kilnadeema/LeitrimLoughrea VBallinderreenLiam Mellows VTommy LarkinsSt. Thomas’ V Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryOranmore/Maree VTurloughmoreRound 413/14-6-2020Kilnadeema/Leitrim V Sarsfields Ballinderreen VGort Tommy Larkins VLoughrea Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry V Liam Mellows Turloughmore V St.Thomas’ Cappataggle VOranmore/Maree Round 527/28-6-2020Sarsfields VBallinderreen Gort V Tommy LarkinsLoughrea V Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryLiam Mellows VTurloughmoreSt. Thomas’ VCappataggleOranmore/Maree V Kilnadeema/Leitrim Round 611/12-7-2020 Tommy Larkins V Sarsfields Tynagh/Abbey/Duniry V Gort Turloughmore VLoughrea Cappataggle V LiamMellows Kilnadeema/Leitrim V St. Thomas’ Ballinderreen VOranmore/Maree SemiFinals 18/19-7-2020 Final 26-7-2020Division 2 Hurling League 2020Kilconieron, Athenry,Meelick/Eyrecourt, Abbeyknockmoy, Padraig Pearses, Killimordaly,Craughwell,Portumna, Beagh, Mullagh, Castlegar, Ardrahan,Round 122/23-2 2020Kilconieron VCraughwell Athenry V PortumnaMeelick/EyrecourtV Beagh Abbeyknockmoy VMullagh Padraig Pearses VCastlegar Killimordaly V ArdrahanRound 217-3-2020Portumna VKilconieron Beagh V Athenry Mullagh VMeelick/Eyrecourt Castlegar V AbbeyknockmoyArdrahan V PadraigPearses Craughwell V Killimordaly SemiFinals 18/19-7-2020Final 26-7-2020Division 3 Hurling League 2020Group 1 Killimor,Turloughmore,Annaghdown, Athenry, Castlegar, Sylane, Moycullen, Kiltormer, Clarinbridge, FourRoadsRound 122/23-2 2020Killimor V SylaneTurloughmore V MoycullenAnnaghdown V KiltormerAthenry VClarinbridge Castlegar V FourRoads Round 217-3-2020Moycullen VKillimor Kiltormer V Turloughmore Kiltormer V Castlegar Skehana/Mb/Ml V Carnmore Kilbeacanty V Pearses (Ros)Rahoon/Newcastle VKinvara Round 330/31-5-2020Ahascragh/FohenaghV Skehana/Mb/Ml Carnmore V Pearses (Ros)Kilbeacanty V Rahoon/NewcastleKinvara V An SpidéalRound 413/14-6-2020 Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Pearses (Ros) Rahoon/Newcastle VCarnmore An Spidéal VKilbeacanty Skehana/Mb/Ml VKinvara QuarterFinals 11/12-7-2020SemiFinals 18/19-7-2020Final 26-7-2020print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
The reality is, it gave the impression that England’s star striker, football’s one bastion of decency with no skeletons in his closet and who is revered by housewives and vicars all over the country for being all about the beautiful game, is just like the rest of his greedy, self-serving contemporaries.No more will Kane, who has built his reputation, nay a brand, on upholding the long-standing, purest ethics of our national sport, be able to walk out of the dressing room, look into TV cameras or newspaper reporters’ eyes and claim: It’s not about me and whether I score or not, it is about the team.Kane insisted after the Brighton game he has not been affected by the stick he has taken for his appeal.6 Kane has been adamant that the stick he has received has not affected himCredit: REUTERS6 The striker’s face has told a different story in his last two matches for SpursCredit: REUTERSHe said: “People can have their opinion, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Some people can laugh at it but I’m just focused on my own job.”Well, somebody had better tell his face then because he played in and walked away from Tottenham’s last two matches with the expression of a fella who had just discovered someone had crapped in his kettle.It appeared on occasions at the Amex that he was trying to overcompensate and be too nice by playing in team-mates in attacking situations when in the past he would have simply gone for goal, and to hell with the consequences.Have his predatory instincts been loosened by his lack of fitness or is he worried about being perceived as selfish?Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino denies Harry Kane is selfish for taking Christian Eriksen goal against StokeKane is still the best England striker at the moment and one of the most formidable frontmen on the planet.Nobody is saying his blip is going to last for ever. Class is permanent as they say. He has nothing to prove and his displays at half-cock are better than most at full pelt.The fact he is even willing to play himself back to fitness, from an injury that requires more healing time, is testament to his love of the game.I will try to cover myself by writing that while Kane may have had a difficult time of late, it would be typical of him, after all this, if he destroyed Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with a hat-trick and a star-studded display. Though I am not sure that will happen.I feel Tottenham should have put the brakes on his rapid return – and his appeal to the Dubious Goals Committee.Neither presents Kane in the light he should be shown in.How to win £1MILLION with Sun SixSUN SIX is the new predictor game where you can win £1million – just by correctly picking the results of six games.Here is how to get your mitts on the million:Make your picks – predict the scores from these six gamesEnter your details – quickly sign up to Sun Bets so we can contact youScore £1m – Watch the scores roll in and you can win £1mTop pundits IAN WRIGHT and DANNY HIGGINBOTHAM have made their picks for this week if you need a steer.And remember, you can claim a free £30 bet with Sun Bets when you sign up put a tenner on this weekend’s football here.Brighton 1-1 Tottenham: Pascal Groß scores penalty moments after Harry Kane’s opener in great match at the AMEX IT is not just Harry Kane’s halo that has slipped in the last couple of weeks – his form has too.The England striker may have found the net for Tottenham again in their 1-1 draw at Brighton on Tuesday night.6 Harry Kane’s halo is not the only thing that has slipped in recent weeksCredit: PA:Press AssociationUH OH!THERE WAS A LOADING ERRORRefresh pageBut what the scoresheet will not tell you is that he looked a shadow of his normal self at the Amex.He was the same in Spurs’ 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester City at Wembley on Saturday, when he touched the ball just SIX TIMES in the whole of the second half.In fact, Kane has looked well off the pace in all of the four games he has featured for his club since his Lazarus-like return from his ankle ligament injury.He may have scored twice – albeit one of them with a little help from the Premier League’s Dubious Goals Committee – but he has looked yards off the pace.6 Kane has been a shadow of his old self since returning from injuryCredit: Rex Features6 It also looks like recent criticism could be getting to KaneCredit: Getty6 Harry Kane scored his 26th goal of the Prem season against Brighton on TuesdayCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdHis untypically underwhelming performances have suggested he has rushed back too soon from an injury.And he has had a downbeat demeanour during those games which has hinted the widespread criticism he received for launching an appeal to claim back Christian Eriksen’s winner at Stoke the other week may have affected him more than he envisaged – or would care to admit.’SUCH IS LIFE’ Hull defender forced to retire aged just 23 following battle with injuriesIt was the first PR clanger of Kane’s previously immaculate career.The simple-living striker, who had never put a foot wrong, mistakenly thought his attempt to get the Premier League to award him the goal would make us love him and his hunger for finding the net even more.
Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES “I instructed the sports coordinators throughout the country to hold the Children’s Games in their respective cities or provinces,’’ said Ramirez after the two-day gathering of the 50 PSI coordinators throughout the country Thursday at Philsports in Pasig City.The PSI, headed by national training director Marc Edward Velasco, has been tasked make sports available to all Filipinos as instructed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The operations of the PSI are being funded by the PSC.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We’ve put up the Batang Pinoy Games and the Philippine National Games as part of the PSC’s grassroots program, but these events only happen once a year,’’ said Ramirez.“If you want progress in what you’re trying to achieve, there should be consistency. That’s the reason why we’re going to hold the Children’s Games on a regular basis,’’ he added. The Kazan Action Plan of the Unesco, an international sports policy and framework for long-term cooperation among countries worldwide, is expected to be passed by sports ministers around the world during the conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Representatives from Unesco visited the PSC and offered to align its projects for out-of-youth children with the national sports policies of the PSC.Unesco consultant Caroline Baxter Tresise said the Philippines would become the template of how these programs should be done since it will be the first for the Southeast Asian region.“We found out that the Children’s Games is the heart and soul of the grassroots program,’’ said Ramirez. “When these kids grow up and even if they don’t become outstanding athletes, they’ll learn a lot of values and become peacemakers in the process.’’Children from Muslim and Christian communities played together with Lumad kids during the first Children’s Games in Davao City last May, ironically on the same day that the Marawi conflict erupted.Ramirez has been invited to discuss the Children’s Games in the 6th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in Kazan, Russia next week.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARRODelighted with its new-found cooperation with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Philippine Sports Commission will hold at least one Children’s Games in various parts of the country every week.This after Unesco decided to form a breakthrough partnership with the Philippine Sports Institute and the government sports agency for the Games designed for kids 12 years old and below.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:45Paragliding Santas delight children in Armenia01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Rosser raring to get back into action to help Beermen View comments
After a tumultuous 2016 and on the cusp of some major changes in regulations and protections for employees, your workers are undoubtedly looking for some stability from their employer. One of the best ways to demonstrate that is to ensure effective outreach and interaction with employees by being exceptionally responsive, thorough and clear.Whether it’s face to face meetings or written policies in your digital handbook, the quality of the HR team’s communication with employees is one of the main indicators of stability and adaptability. And for many employers, the importance of getting that communication style right raises an absolutely crucial HR question for 2017: to centralize or not to centralize?Rest assured, there is no right answer and there are certainly pros and cons to both approaches. Interestingly, this question is playing out in Silicon Valley, where tech giants like Apple and Amazon are using polar opposite approaches.Apple has a very “unitary” or centralized business strategy, which requires all products, enhancements and software to be approved by various departments before they are rolled out. This results in a clearer, more consistent vision for the company and its strategy, but also substantially limits Apple’s agility and response time. That’s why improvements to the iPhone and the MacBook have been so miniscule in recent years and why Siri, Apple’s artificial intelligence, hasn’t evolved much. Things can move slower when you need buy-in from lots of people.In this regard, Apple’s approach to product development resembles an HR “shared services” platform, in which a central HR department serves many different business units. This can certainly benefit the company in terms of the consistency and/or clarity of its message but without artificial intelligence, the human limitations of the shared services model mean that response times can suffer for sheer lack of bandwidth.So the trend is very much to automate shared services by infusing it with data analytics, “bots” and blending it seamlessly with the Internet of Things (IoT). In other words, your future wellness programs might be run by robots that can track the physical well-being of your employees, and help identify optimal times to assign them creative or analytical work based on predictive productivity.Amazon, on the other hand, uses an entirely different approach to business development, which can best be described as corporate compartmentalization. Rather than require all products to flow through a central product or marketing team – like Apple – Amazon’s different businesses are maintained separately, each with its own managerial hierarchy and balance sheet. That enables product teams to be more flexible and responsive, to develop leadership skills faster and to take ultimate responsibility for the success or failure of their own initiatives.That also enables Amazon to move quickly into new markets and create products like the Echo and services like drone-delivery or an online grocery store without the corporate bureaucracy holding it back. For HR, Amazon’s approach is a lot like having Human Resources Business Partners (HRBPs) to support individual business groups. They know their own people better than shared services would and the HR-to-employee ratio is lower, so their response times should be better. What may suffer is the lack of consistency in approach and nature of responses from different HRBPs depending on location, among other factors.Obviously, which structure works best for your organization is a very personal decision, but choosing the right approach for your business has never been more important. We’re right on the verge of perhaps the biggest sea-change in employment regulations in recent history, meaning there is lots of anxiety and uncertainty out there. And when uncertainty rears its ugly head, the stability of the company and the clarity of its vision for the future will help your employees sleep well at night.International ComplianceIf you ever have trouble “disconnecting” after work ends, you may consider moving to France. A new law in France requires employers with more than 50 employees to establish new procedures to ensure that work does not spill over into days off or evenings. That might involve setting a time each night beyond which employees are no longer expected to reply before the next morning and may also involve negotiating the parameters of after-hours communication with employee unions. The goal of the new law is to mitigate against corporate burnout, which seemingly affects a growing number of individuals in France, despite their 35-hour work weeks and (minimum of) five weeks of annual vacation.Employee burnout is a global issue, evidenced by the recent resignation of the CEO of a Japanese company, Dentsu, after an allegedly over-worked employee committed suicide. Japan’s business culture is extremely pro-employer, so stories of employee burnout are fairly commonplace in Japan. What is notable is the idea of personal responsibility for both children and employees that both parents and business leaders in Japan seem to assume in times of crisis.Domestic DisturbancePresident-elect Trump has threatened General Motors with a “big border tax” if the company proceeds with plans to manufacture the Chevy Cruze in Mexico. Chevy doesn’t actually make the Cruze in Mexico, it makes the Cruze Hatchback in Mexico, which is mostly meant for international markets, but let’s put facts aside for a moment. It’s unlikely that Trump can take unilateral action against GM in the form of an Executive Order, but there actually is some political precedent here. In 1985, President Reagan placed a quota on the import of Japanese cars in order to benefit US automakers. As a result, those same US automakers hiked prices by about $1,000 per car because they knew they wouldn’t face as much foreign competition for their business. The takeaway is that American consumers are going to pay for this one way or the other, regardless of Trump’s threats.On the other hand, Ford is now foregoing plans to build a plant in Mexico, and will instead invest $700 million in a preexisting factory in Michigan, where it will also add about 700 jobs. This is viewed as a vote of confidence in President-elect Trump, and the decision was also hailed by the United Auto Workers union, which has increasingly seen jobs for its workers move overseas.Brick and Mortar BloodbathMacy’s is laying off 10,000 workers and closing 68 retail locations around the US. Sales during the holiday season were disappointing, having fallen by about 2% per year. Macy’s pointed to “changing consumer behavior” (ya think?), and will restructure parts of its business to adapt. Some of the expenses saved will be reinvested into what Macy’s describes as a growing digital business. The layoffs will account for about 7% of Macy’s workforce.Wal-Mart has acquired Zappos competitor ShoeBuy for a cool $70 million in order to bolster its newest online retail offering, Jet.com. ShoeBuy’s catalogue was so large and appealing that Wal-Mart simply couldn’t replicate it at a cost-effective number. Wal-Mart is likely to pursue more of these types of deals, particularly where recreating a business unit would be difficult or where high-margin products or “hard-to-crack” brands prove to be an obstacle.In the ultimate rub-it-in-your-face move, Amazon is opening a brick and mortar bookstore in Manhattan in the exact same location where a Borders Books store (RIP) previously existed. Amazon also has other plans for brick and mortar retail locations including Amazon grocery stores and a new concept store called Amazon Go, which will be devoid of checkout or cashiers. So perhaps it’s not simply that brick and mortar is dying. Perhaps it’s just that Amazon is the apex predator of 21st century retail.How is this song related to HR?In the last edition of HR Intel, we asked you how “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon is related to HR. The story behind this song always cracks me up, but there’s an important HR lesson baked into it as well. In 1986, Simon and his then-wife Peggy were introduced to French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who may or may not have been hard of hearing at the time. Upon meeting Paul and Peggy, Boulez called them “Al” and “Betty” respectively, and the social faux pas stuck with Simon enough to write a song about it. Eventually, he blended the perceived slight and embarrassment with a healthy helping of mid-life crisis and produced perhaps his most recognizable solo song.For HR, remember that every interaction with employees, even the seemingly mundane ones in which you mispronounce someone’s name by accident, can come back to haunt you. So choose your words carefully out there. It’s a brave new world.We leave you with “Manic Monday” by The Bangles.Tell us how you think this song is related to HR in the comment section below. Originally published on the XpertHR blog.