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Fire at Salem business early this morning

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The Salem Fire & EMS Department responded to a structure fire at 1236 West Main St. (T.j Nails & Spa according to Google)  early this morning at approximately 4:07 a.m. The building sustained significant damage and one occupant was injured and transported to the hospital. The first units arrived within 6 minutes of receiving the 911 call and found a fire on the first floor of the building. The fire quickly spread to the attic, but fire crews were able to bring it under control within 15 minutes.

One person was in the building at the time and that individual was transported by Medic 803 to LewisGale Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The fire has been ruled accidental by the Salem Fire Marshal’s Office and the damage estimate is $200,000.


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Rams & McVay Have Ex-Rival Coordinator ‘Expected’ to Join

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Sean McVay during the January 8, 2023 road game at Seattle.

With Sean McVay back, one of first objectives after informing the Los Angeles Rams he’s returning on Friday, January 13: Figuring out who will be on his 2023 staff. One insider already revealed who could fill one void by saying “he’s expected to land on McVay’s staff.”

Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network on Saturday, January 14, reported that Mike LaFleur — formerly the offensive coordinator for the New York Jets and who once coached against McVay from 2017 to 2020 with the San Francisco 49ers — is linked to join McVay.

“There will be many changes on his staff,” Garafolo said on NFL Gameday. “Possible that Mike LaFleur, who was let go by the Jets to pursue other opportunities, that could be the opportunity for him. He’s expected to land on McVay’s staff.”


Will This Mean McVay Will Turn to LaFleur to Run the Offense?

Garafolo didn’t specify that LaFleur is a lock for the open offensive coordinator spot in the “Rams House.” However, given the opening and his past background with offense, LaFleur could have the opportunity to snag that role on the Rams.

“The Jets allowed Mike LaFleur as OC to explore other opportunities and heading to the Rams in the same role is foremost among those potential opportunities he could snag soon,” Garafolo posted on social media.

Garafolo wasn’t the only insider who linked LaFleur with the Rams. Two more league insiders mentioned the 36-year-old as a possibility for the Rams.

“Sean McVay has work to do on staffing and one name to keep an eye on is a familiar one—ex-Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur,” said Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated on Friday.

Rams insider for The Athletic Jourdan Rodrigue was another who believes LaFleur is “one name to keep an eye on as far as external candidates go.”

McVay will need a new offensive coordinator for the fourth time in his head coaching career. Liam Coen returned to the University of Kentucky before McVay announced his intentions to return. McVay previously lost Kevin O’Connell and Matt LaFleur to NFL head coaching jobs with the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

And speaking of the latter Ex-McVay coordinator, Mike LaFleur is the younger brother — which could give McVay his second from the LaFleur tree to work with.


What Happened With Mike LaFleur in New York?

LaFleur, 36, was one of the first hires made by the Jets when the team turned to former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach. The move additionally gave LaFleur a top five draft pick to work with at quarterback in Zach Wilson.

However, things became rocky in the Big Apple for Wilson and the Jets. The team not only dealt with inconsistency from Wilson, but then benched him and ended up going through three other quarterbacks in Mike White, Joe Flacco and Chris Streveler. The Jets ended up finishing the year on a six-game slide and went 7-10.

But prior to the Jets, LaFleur was responsible for the passing game under Kyle Shanahan with the 49ers. His first season as passing game coordinator in 2017 saw the Niners rank ninth in passing yards. He also delivered the league’s 10th ranked passing attack in 2019 during the 49ers’ run to the NFC title. Not one of his 49ers passing attacks ranked lower than 15th.




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Secular, Spiritual And Environmental – OpEd – Eurasia Review

All American states have an official Arbor Day, which is observed usually in a month with the best climatological conditions for encourage the planting and care of trees. Since the Land of Israel has a very mild winter, only five American southern states observe Arbor Day at about the same time of the year as do the Jewish people (February 6 in 2023), who have been observing an Arbor Day for over 2,000 years: Florida and Louisiana (in January); and Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi (in February)

The Jewish Arbor Day is called Tu Beshvat. Tu B’shevat is the beginning of the new year for trees. On this day many Jews both men and women, have  the custom to eat fruits in honor of the new year for trees. Some Jews have a custom of eating esrog jam on Tu B’shevat. Some say if a pregnant woman eats the esrog jam she will have an easy labor.

Where did the custom come from to make a special prayer on Tu B’shevat and why is there a custom to  recite the special prayer on Tu B’shevat on fruits. The answer could be based on the Talmud Yerushalmi which says one should eat new fruits at least once a year in order to make a shehechiyanu, and it is done on Tu B’shevat because it is the new year for trees.

The Midrash says that the tree of life had five hundred thousand kinds of fruit, each differing in taste. The appearance of one fruit is not like the appearance of the other, and the fragrance of one fruit is not like the fragrance of the other. Clouds of glory hover above the tree of life, and from the four directions winds blow on it, so that its fragrance is wafted from world’s end to world’s end.” (Yalkut Bereishit 2) This teaches Jews about the importance of biological diversity. 

The Talmud’s discussion of Tu b’Shevat lacks any discussion of it being a holiday or a cause for any celebration. The Talmud’s concerns are to understand the difference of opinion between Beit Hillel and Beit Shammai regarding the appropriate date for the new year for trees.

Tu b’Shevat does not become a holiday celebration of any sort, other than planting saplings, until about 500 years ago, when the Kabbalists in Safed developed the Tu b’Shevat seder modeled on the Passover seder. The Tu b’Shevat seder, like the Pesah seder, has four glasses of wine, each connected to a season as well as one of the “four worlds” of the Kabbalistic universe. Like Pesah, at a Tu b’Shevat seder we eat special foods, especially those from the Land of Israel, such as the seven species mentioned in the Torah. 

The holiday became a celebration of our connection to the land of Israel and her fruits. The JNF increased this connection by collecting money for planting trees to reforest the land of Israel (over 240,000,000 trees planted so far).

Environmentally aware Jews choose this day as a day to increase our awareness and care for the environment. This is rooted in the Torah. While some would say that the commandment in Genesis chapter 1, that we are to subdue the world, implies we can do as we please, this commandment is limited by another – bal taschit, not to destroy. A verse in Deuteronomy tells us even during war, we are not to destroy fruit bearing trees. Many rabbis extended this prohibition to any form of gratuitous destruction.

Sefer HaChinuch, a 13th century guide for education about all the Torah’s mitsvot, explains the spiritual goals of taking care of the environment as follows. “The purpose of this mitzvah (bal tashchit) is to teach us to love that which is good and worthwhile and to cling to it, so that good becomes a part of us and we avoid all that is evil and destructive. This is the way of the righteous and those who improve society, who love peace and rejoice in the good in people and bring them close to Torah.” 

Islam and Judaism are in total agreement when it comes to appreciating God’s trees. Prophet Muhammad said:”If the Hour (of judgement) is about to be established, and one of you was holding a palm shoot; let him take advantage of even the last second before the Hour is established to plant it.” (Reported by Ahmad and Al-Bukhan on the authority of Anas in Al Adab Al-Mufrad, see also Sahih Al- Jami’ Al-Saghir, No.1424)

And Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai and Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai taught, “If you should be holding a sapling in your hand when they tell you the Messiah is coming; first plant the sapling, then go out and greet him.”  (Avot d’Rebbe Natan 31b) So Jews should invite a Muslim to join them in celebrating Tu B’Shevat. 

A Tu Bishvat Seder; a ritual celebrated by eating 15 kinds of nuts and fruits and drinking four different kinds of wine (some rabbis considered the grapevine a short tree because it can live for many decades) can be conducted on Tu Bishvat eve or day (February 6 2023 this year), recounting the importance of trees and fruits from the land of Israel and the personal spiritual significance of Tu Bishvat.


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Gun Control Tightens as Biden Admin Announces New Rule on ‘Stabilizing Braces’

The Justice Department (DOJ) has announced a new rule targeting pistol attachments known as “stabilizing braces,” the latest step in implementing President Joe Biden’s desire to see tighter gun control.

DOJ said in a press release on Jan. 13 that it has submitted the final rule to the Federal Register, formalizing the regulation that Biden pushed for in April 2020 after it was found that a shooter who killed 10 people at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, used a stabilizing brace.

Under the new rule (pdf), anyone manufacturing, selling, or using stabilizing braces—defined in the rule as devices that can be used to shoulder-fire pistols like rifles—must now comply with laws regulating short-barreled rifles, including background checks for transfers and additional taxation.

Stabilizing braces, which the National Rifle Association says were originally designed to help disabled veterans fire large format pistols, make it easier to hit targets by reducing movement of the firearm and helping absorb recoil, making follow-up shots faster and more accurate.

In some cases, these devices can also serve as a kind of shoulder stock to a short-stocked firearm and allow a shooter to shoulder a pistol and operate it like a short-barreled rifle.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) said that the rule does not affect stabilizing braces that are “objectively designed and intended as a ‘stabilizing brace’ for use by individuals with disabilities, and not for shouldering the weapon as a rifle.”

“Such stabilizing braces are designed to conform to the arm and not as a buttstock,” the agency said of devices that would be excluded from the new rule.

Rule Takes Effect on Publication

For decades, short-barreled rifles—ones that have barrels shorter than 16 inches—have been subject to strict regulations, including a law known as the National Rifle Act, which imposes additional requirements like background checks for all transfers, including private ones.

ATF director Steven Dettelbach said in a statement that back in the days of Al Capone, Congress said that short-barreled rifles and sawed-off shotguns should be subjected to greater legal requirements than most other firearms because they have the greater capability like long guns, but are easier to conceal, like pistols.

“This rule enhances public safety and prevents people from circumventing the laws Congress passed almost a century ago,” Dettelbach said, adding that some stabilizing braces have been designed to work like buttstocks rather than to strap onto the arm.

“Certain so-called stabilizing braces are designed to just attach to pistols, essentially converting them into short-barreled rifles to be fired from the shoulder. Therefore, they must be treated in the same way under the statute,” he said.

The rule goes into effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, with a 120-day period for manufacturers, dealers, and individuals to register any existing short-barreled rifles covered by the new rule tax-free.

Any weapons with stabilizing braces or similar attachments that qualify them under the new rule as short-barreled rifles under the NFA must be registered no later than within 120 days, or modified by removing the brace and restored into a regular pistol, or turned into a local ATF office, or destroyed.

Restrictions on stabilizing braces have been the subject of intense debate after the ATF proposed them in 2020.

The rule has faced pushback from Republicans and gun-rights groups like the National Rifle Association, which pointed out they were originally designed for disabled veterans.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said in a statement that the “egregious” rule makes it “harder for senior citizens and people with disabilities to defend themselves.” He added that his office was “evaluating our legal options.”

The Second Amendment Foundation said it would challenge the rule in a lawsuit.

Gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety applauded the new rule move, saying gunmakers had exploited loopholes to make firearms more deadly.

Gun Control ‘By a Thousand Cuts’

Tim Harmsen, an Indiana-based firearms dealer, told The Epoch Times in an earlier interview that, in his view, the ATF has an ulterior motive with the new rule than reducing crime.

Harmsen said it’s a strategy of gun control “by a thousand cuts.”

“The anti-gunners are playing the long game. They know they have time on their side,” said Harmsen.

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) has introduced a bill to remove these firearms from under ATF jurisdiction. Marshall’s bill, S.4986, is titled the “Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today Act.” (SHORT Act)

The bill would remove short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, and certain other weapons from the definition of firearms for purposes of the National Firearms Act.

“We now await the publishing of the Biden administration’s rule attempting to turn millions of law-abiding citizens into felons unless they comply with the ATF’s vague reinterpretation of what constitutes a short-barreled rifle, despite Congress taking no action to amend Federal law on this matter.

“My bill is the only way to ensure the Constitutional rights of gun owners are protected against the ATF’s reckless abuse of the NFA to justify its pistol brace rule,” said Marshall.

The number of Americans impacted is difficult to determine. The ATF estimates that 3 million pistol braces have been sold. Second Amendment advocates say the number is closer to 40 million.

Gun Control Push

On the campaign trail and since taking office, Biden has pledged to get tougher on guns, citing the need to curb gun-related violence.

Biden has publicly said he would back measures that ban magazines that carry 10 rounds or more—which are very common and are owned by millions of Americans—and so-called assault weapons, a term that some Republicans have said isn’t clearly defined and intentionally vague to allow the gun-control net to be cast more widely.

A widely cited study (pdf) released by the Department of Justice found that assault weapons were “rarely used” in gun crimes, but the DOJ concluded that the 1994 ban on them may have had a larger impact if it remained in place after 2004.

For years, Biden and Democrats have sought to criminalize what they describe as “high-capacity magazines,” which also aren’t clearly defined, much like “assault weapons.”

Legislation introduced in 2021 in the U.S. Senate would ban magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, mirroring regulations in a dozen states, including California and New York.

The Department of Justice wrote in a 1999 report (pdf) that a 1994 federal ban on such magazines didn’t lead to a significant drop in shootings or murders.

In June 2022, Biden signed a gun control measure into law, representing the most sweeping gun law in decades.

Key provisions of the legislation include expanding federal background checks for buyers between the ages of 18 and 21, adding incentives for states to adopt so-called red flag laws, expanding access to mental health programs, and enhancing school security in a bid to prevent mass shootings.

Michael Clements and Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

Tom Ozimek

Tom Ozimek is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times. He has a broad background in journalism, deposit insurance, marketing and communications, and adult education.


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New Series “Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever” Coming to Disney+ in February

Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is  powerful film for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the music. Now, a new series will celebrate that music as Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever will be coming to Disney+ next month.

  • As we can see from the trailer for the upcoming series,it will feature insights from director Ryan Coogler, composer Ludwig Goransson, score supervisor Monica Sonand, actor Tenoch Huerta and music consultant Seni Saraki.
  • Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever will stream on Disney+ on February 22.
  • Check out the trailer for the new series below:

More on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:

  • In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.
  • As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.
  • Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, opened in U.S. theaters November 11, 2022.
  • Marvel Studios’ Black Panther remains the number one film of all time in both East and West Africa.
  • Check out Mack’s review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever here. And check out our LP Movie Club on the film below:


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New Jersey home explodes, injuring 5 volunteer firefighters

At least five firefighters were injured when a house exploded with multiple firefighters inside early Saturday morning. 

Five volunteer firefighters were injured early Saturday morning when a house they were battling a fire at exploded. 

Officials with the Pompton Lakes Volunteer Fire Department said that just after 2 a.m., firefighters were called to battle a two-alarm fire at a home. 

Seconds after firefighters entered the home, officials say the house exploded.

Two firefighters received burns and were taken to St. Barnabas Burn Center where they were treated and released. 

Three other firefighters sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

No one else was reportedly injured in the explosion.


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Mets swoop in to sign Carlos Correa to a 12-year, $315 million deal after Giants’ mess, per report

Carlos Correa will now be a New York Met. The Mets and Correa reached a 12-year, $315 million deal late Tuesday night, according to the New York Post‘s Jon Heyman. Team owner Steve Cohen and Correa’s agent Scott Boras ironed out the blockbuster contract over several hours while the billionaire was in Hawaii, Heyman reported.

Correa, an All-Star shortstop who played with the Minnesota Twins this past season, is expected to move to third base as the Mets have Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Correa and Lindor are close friends, and Correa played third base for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in deference to Lindor.

The monster deal pushes the Mets’ competitive balance tax payroll to an estimated $388.4 million, per FanGraphs, along with an approximate $115.3 million in CBT payments. All-in, the Mets are currently projected to spend about $503.7 million on players in 2023. Cohen, benefactor of his own level of CBT penalties, obviously does not care.

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The reported signing capped a wild string of events Tuesday after the San Francisco Giants, who had previously agreed to to a 13-year contract worth $350 million with Correa, delayed his introductory press conference that had been planned for earlier in the day. That press conference was postponed because of a medical concern that came to light during the physical, the Associated Press reports. The exact nature of the medical concern is unknown.

“While we are prohibited from disclosing confidential medical information, as Scott Boras publicly stated, there was a difference of opinion over the results of Carlos’ physical examination. We wish Carlos the best,” the Giants said in a statement Wednesday.

Scott Boras, Correa’s agent, told The Athletic he gave the Giants “reasonable time” to complete the contract before moving on to other teams. “Every team has a right to go through things and evaluate things. The key thing is, we gave them (the Giants) medical reports at the time. They still wanted to sign the player and negotiate with the player,” Boras said.

Correa’s previous contract with the Giants would have been the fourth largest in MLB history in terms of total value. Here are the 12 $300 million contracts in league history:

  1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels: $426.5 million
  2. Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers: $365 million
  3. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: $360 million
  4. Francisco Lindor, New York Mets: $341 million
  5. Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres: $340 million
  6. Bryce Harper, Philadelphia Phillies: $330 million
  7. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins: $325 million
  8. Corey Seager, Texas Rangers: $325 million
  9. Gerrit Cole, New York Yankees: $324 million
  10. Carlos Correa, New York Mets: $315 million
  11. Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies: $300 million
  12. Manny Machado, San Diego Padres: $300 million

Most contracts in MLB, particularly high-dollar free-agent pacts, are not finalized until the player in question passes a physical conducted by the signing team. If issues arise during that physical, then the agreement can be renegotiated, scrapped altogether, or proceed as planned. J.D. Martinez’s five-year contract with the Boston Red Sox was delayed by his physical, for example.

Correa has dealt with various health issues and injuries in his career, including back and neck problems when he was with the Houston Astros, prior to his time with the Twins. This past season he missed time with COVID and also a finger injury after being hit by a pitch. Again, the nature of the issue with his Giants physical is unknown, so it may be unrelated to any prior issues. 

Here’s what SportsLine says about Correa’s impact on the Mets:

without Correa

89.4

12.3%

61.5%

6.6%

3.3%

with Correa

92.4

20.3%

74.4%

10.7%

6.0%

Total

+3.0

+8.0%

+12.9%

+4.1%

+2.7%

A two-time All-Star, Correa hit .291/.366/.467 with 22 home runs in 136 games in 2022. He is a career .279/.357/.479 hitter who has historically played splendid defense at shortstop. It all adds up to 39.5 WAR through Correa’s age 27 season. There is still work to be done, but his career to date has put him on the Hall of Fame track.

Correa, who turned 28 in September, spent 2022 with the Twins on what amounted to a one-year contract worth $35.1 million with a two-year, $70.2 million insurance policy in case his performance cratered or he suffered a catastrophic injury. Neither happened and Correa opted out of his contract after the season, and cashed in this offseason.

The Mets went 101-61 in 2022, identical to the Atlanta Braves, but the Braves won the season series 10-9 and thus held the tiebreaker, and were awarded the NL East title. New York lost to the Padres in three games in the new Wild Card Series.




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‘Below Deck’ star Captain Sandy Yawn shares tale of surviving pirates at sea

Captain Sandy Yawn of Bravo’s “Below Deck Mediterranean” shared her tale of evading pirates at sea during an interview on FOX Business’ “Kennedy.”

The Fort Lauderdale native with more than three decades of yachting experience said it was “just a day in the life” when a super-yacht on its maiden voyage to the Gulf of Aden caught on fire and became surrounded by pirates. Being the “calm in the storm” during the life or death experience was important once the boat became inoperable and needed to be rescued by the U.S. Navy.

“Honestly, you know, when you have 13 souls on board that are looking to you to lead them, and you go, by the way, the pirates are on the way. Is a warship going to rescue us or the pirates? It’s very scary,” she explained. “It was a race between the two.” 

The boat’s security, a member of the special forces, instructed Yawn to hide while he pretended to be captain in order to save their lives.  

“That’s where you have to listen to people who know better than you, right? Because he’s security. So at first, I was like, ‘No, I’m not going below deck,’ and then I was like, ‘okay,’ no pun intended. I went below deck.”

Yawn also discussed her new book “Be the Calm or Be the Storm” and lessons of self-leadership.

“The reason I wrote the book is because I wanted people to see that someone can turn their life around and then end up in a job like mine that actually I really love what I do.” 

Leadership lessons and being on the show made it possible to write the book and tell the “real story behind Captain Sandy,” she continued.

“All my leadership lessons I learned through the self, the art of self-leadership, taking care of myself first, then I’m able to take care of others,” she said. 

When Kennedy asked whether she would rather navigate narcissists or rough seas Dawn replied; “The latter.” 

“Honestly, rough seas. You can navigate narcissism. It’s really difficult,” she said. “So I learned how to navigate in the ocean, in the sea, and then through life with people who are narcissists and who are not.” 

Dawn also explained how she balances her captain duties in life and on the hit show. 

“They respect me as a captain and I love that. It’s like if I say no, we don’t go. Total respect there. And I really I’m fascinated with logistics and the logistics of making the show and being on the show and the crew. Let’s just say there [is] a bit of work, you know what I mean? So that’s a hard one to navigate as well. At the same time, we’re taking all these people, the producers and the crew on board out to sea and just praying that we make it through.”


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Restructure your business or perish

Demand will continue to slide, costs will keep rising, competitors will play desperate to maintain cash-flow, channel partners will keep demanding extended credit and margins, interest rates will not be any lower. Taxes and duties may even rise again during the year with a desperate effort to reduce government borrowing in rupees. So what can you expect? Better or worst operating environment. Newspapers reported recently that some small and medium scale businesses have opted to sell and bank cash at 30% interest rate. How many businesses today can give you a ROI of over 30%?

When the economy becomes very unstable, small businesses often feel the effects first. Similarly, changes within a small business industry, like a new competitor or industry’s weaker demand, may cause its profits to decline. Small businesses have a tendency to make decisions for shorter terms; hence such companies generally don’t pay that much attention to medium to long term risk aversion. When small organisations have depleted all their capacity in trying to resurrect operations, the next best thing is to restructure the business for revival and rejuvenation. To start on a new journey with a new Successful restructuring and reorganisation of an organisation needs good analysis of the challenges and to define the issue in context. Big or small as the businesses progress over time there is a natural tendency to add complexity.

Complexity reduction is non-negotiable under present circumstances. Making changes to the existing strategy may not be enough to conquer the humungous challenges. There can be more drawbacks than what’s identified already. Another wave of Covid cannot be overruled. Political instability striking back again is very imminent. So better be prepared. 

Painful path

If we put things in simple terms, then complexity does cost quite some money. Whether the organisational design and structure is complex, a product is complex and will offer a transactional process, the added cost of complexity shall also drag the performance a bit further. Whether it’s a public entity or private ownership, restructuring can be driven by a need for change in the organisational structure or business model of a company, or it can be driven by the necessity to make financial adjustments to its assets and liabilities. Frequently, it involves both. Companies restructure for a variety of reasons:

Reduce the cost structure, concentrate on profitable market and product segments only, improve competitive advantage, spin off a subsidiary company, merge with another company, decrease or consolidate debt – this is a major item in today’s context, lay off excess employees for greater productivity.

Many private owners are reluctant to restructure due to egoistic attitudes with the fear that they might be perceived as those who have failed. As opposed to this misconception the decision to restructure itself makes the business come out of a disaster which is a fact that has to be kept in mind. If you look around the world you would hardly find a large multinational who has not done re-structuring over the past 10 years. Look at the large local conglomerates; they too have done many.  The good thing about the company restructuring plan is that the cost of operations could decrease in the future. An example can be used to explain this. The payroll expenses will be much lower if the businesses have dismissed some of the employees. Likewise, there are outsourced operations which are usually less expensive than in-house labour.

We live in an era of risk and instability. Globalisation, new technologies, and greater transparency have combined to upend the business environment and give many CEOs a deep sense of unease. And it has become virtually impossible for some executives even to clearly identify in what industry and with which companies they’re competing.

Read and act in timely manner

All this uncertainty poses a tremendous challenge for strategy making. That’s because traditional approaches to strategy — though often seen as the answer to change and uncertainty — actually assume a relatively stable and predictable world.

Think about it. The goal of most strategies is to build an enduring (and implicitly static) competitive advantage by establishing clever market positioning (dominant scale or an attractive niche) or assembling the right capabilities and competencies for making or delivering an offering (doing what the company does well). Companies undertake periodic strategy reviews and set direction and organisational structure on the basis of an analysis of their industry and some forecast of how it will evolve.

To restructure or adapt, a company must have its antennae tuned to signals of change from the external environment, decode them, and quickly act to refine or reinvent its business model and even reshape the information landscape of its industry.


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When does Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 4 premiere?

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Captain Glenn will be back for another season of the hit sailing show. Pic credit: Bravo

Below Deck Season 10 is in full swing, so it won’t be much longer until Below Deck Sailing Yacht hits Bravo airwaves.

It’s been months since Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans watched Captain Glenn Shephard and his crew on the small screen.

There’s no question that Season 3 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht took the sailing show to a whole new level.

The dream team of Daisy Kelliher, Gary King, Colin MacRae, and Captain Glenn has proven to be ratings gold for Bravo.

Immediately after Season 3 wrapped last summer, Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans were already clamoring for Season 4 details.

Now that 2023 has arrived there’s even more interest in Below Deck Sailing Yacht and when Season 4 will premiere.

Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

When does Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 4 premiere on Bravo?

The good news for Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans is that the wait for a new season keeps dwindling down. Season 10 of Below Deck is nearing midseason, which means only weeks until the sailing show returns.

Ever since Below Deck Sailing Yacht joined the Below Deck family, it has followed the OG show. The formula has proven to be quite successful for Bravo. So, there should be no reason why the network won’t air Below Deck Season 4 after Season 10 of Below Deck wraps.

The bad news is that Below Deck premiered much later in the fall than it has in the past, pushing the finale well into March. Unfortunately, that will push the premiere date of Below Deck Sailing Yacht to the end of March or the beginning of April.

It all depends on how many episodes are in Below Deck Season 10. The average count can range from 15-17, plus a reunion show.

That said, more details on the Below Deck Sailing Yacht premiere should be dropping in the next few weeks.

Below Deck Season 4 casting news

Although Bravo tends to keep the cast for new seasons of Below Deck quiet until the teaser and premiere information drops, last summer photos leaked of three Below Deck Sailing Yacht fan favorites returning for Season 4.

Captain Glenn will be back, which shouldn’t be a surprise, as Parsifal III will again be the sailing vessel on the show. The two go hand in hand, after all.

Gary and Daisy are back too! They have each expressed interest in continuing to work with Captain Glenn and to keep filming the hit show.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear Colin will be back as she focuses on his journey with his rebuilt catamaran Parlay Revival. Plus, Colin was not featured in any of the leaked photos and was at home when the pictures were released.

Who’s ready for Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 4?

Below Deck Sailing Yacht is currently on hiatus on Bravo. Seasons 1-3 are streaming on Peacock.

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