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Iskander MissileHaving discussions and verbal conflict for almost a decade, Russia and US/NATO could never come to a solution of the Anti ballistic Missile Shield proposed in Poland. Russia and the US have been at odds over the issue of missile defence since 2000, ever since the notion was first put across by then-President George W Bush.

The US had been in talks with Poland and other European countries over the possibility of setting up a European base to intercept long-range missiles since 2002. According to US officials, a site similar to the US base in Alaska would help protect the US and Europe from missiles fired from the Middle East or North Africa.

Maintaining that European missile shield would be unable to protect Europe from a possible missile strike by Iran, Deputy Head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov said “Elements of the US missile shield deployed in Romania are unlikely to be able to protect Southern Europe from any missiles launched from the South. As for the elements in Poland, they would be unable to protect Europe from any potential missiles coming from the South.”

If an Iranian missile flights to New York, even though Iran doesn’t possess technology or ICBM missiles which can reach that far, Romanian or Polish missile defence system situated way too in the north will not be able to do much. 

In September 2009, President Barack Obama had scrapped plans for a network of bases spread across Poland and the Czech Republic with the capacity to intercept long-range missiles since the new intelligence had shown Iran was pursuing short-range and medium-range missile development, rather than long-range, necessitating a shift in strategy.

However, in 2010, the US signed an agreement with Poland to use an old airstrip at Redzikowo, near the Baltic coast, as a missile defence base. Meanwhile, Russia has put into commission a radar system in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad which is capable of monitoring missile launches from Europe and the North Atlantic.

Russia considers that the Anti Ballistic Missile shield system is targeted towards itself and is a threat to its security. The Anti Ballistic missile shield will not only be capable to shoot down Russian missile in the event of possible conflict handicapping the Russia’s whole Ballistic missile system, but also the radars established in the region will be able to sneak deep inside European Russia up to Ural mountains.

Russia is not against the Anti Ballistic Missile shield project led by US, but wants its own equal hand in the system and those radars which are to be placed close to the border of Russia should be completely replaced by the radars inside Russia with Russian control on it. Russia is willing to offer its existing Anti Ballistic Missile shield facility if US doesn’t plan to place its own radar system on Russian borders.

Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov stated at an ABM conference after its participants visited a Russian radar station in Sofrino near Moscow. The station could be part of the shield if Russia makes a respective deal with the US and NATO, the official said. Russia has also proposed sharing the Qabala Radar in Azerbaijan, which is well near the northern border of Iran as an alternative to NATO radar in central Europe, but rejected by US.

Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev has come up with the new concept of the European missile defense system which should replace the one that is now being created by NATO. Patrushev said that the said such a jointly run European missile defense system “could strengthen security of every single country of the continent” and “would be adequate to possible threats,” as Russia doubts current NATO’s plan can actually save Europe from a missile from Iran. He recalled that Moscow has repeatedly proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal [Source: U.S. ready to compromise with Russia on missile defense].

So far, NATO and the US have not shown the elements of cooperation with Russia on the issue of Anti Ballistic Missiles shield in Europe, in particular ignoring Russia’s proposals for a sectoral approach to missile defense. Agreements had been reached between Russia and NATO to cooperate on the draft European missile defense system at the summit in Lisbon in 2010, but failed to finalized since the U.S did not provide any legal written guarantee that the system being deployed is non targeting in nature against Russia’s nuclear deterrent [Source: When NATO/US European ABM becomes a threat, it will be dealt with].

Russian military and political leaders have been warning their western partners that Russia will retaliate by diplomatic and if necessary by military-technical moves unless an agreement on the European Missile Shield is reached.

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SS 26, from Kaliningrad (globalsecurity.org)

On Thursday, 3rd May 2012, at an international conference held in Moscow, attended by senior NATO and US officials and many journalists, Chief of Staff Nikolay Makarov declared that Moscow will take equally tough measures if the US does not reconsider its missile defence structure. He mentioned strengthening the anti-missile shield, deployment of missile defence elements and placing of Iskander mobile theatre ballistic missile systems in Kaliningrad, Russia’s Baltic enclave , jamming and destruction of satellites required for the functioning of the missile defence, withdrawal from START (STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty), and as a last option possibke destruction of the US system in case Russia’s national interests are endangered. Russia boasts a wide range of forces and facilities to counter missile defence systems, with Iskander missiles being just of fraction of those, General Makarov stressed.

Russia does not even rule out delivering preemptive strikes against missile defense objects in Poland and Romania and shooting down U.S. satellites utilized as part of the shield, Makarov said [Source: Moscow Sends Missile Message to NATO].

Russia has been very serious on this issue and is getting even more aggressive seeing non cooperation from the US side, A high-ranking Russian military officer had also warned Poland that it was exposing itself to attack by accepting a U.S. missile interceptor base on its soil. The deputy chief of staff of Russia’s armed forces Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn has warned Poland that, “by deploying (the system), it is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent.”

On November 14, 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy stated that plans for a U.S. missile shield in Central Europe were misguided, and wouldn’t make the continent a safer place. “Deployment of a missile defense system would bring nothing to security … it would complicate things, and would make them move backward,” he said at a summit. He also warned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev against upping tensions by deploying missiles in Kaliningrad in response to the U.S. planned missile defense system.

Russia is regaining its lost glory and power and status on the international platform which it had lost after the collapse of Soviet Union and its western partners are unwilling to cooperate and respect the area of influence of this giant first by placing NATO military on the border of Russia and now placing a anti ballistic missile system than can disable Russia’s nuclear parity with US. At this Russia is at the state of dilemma, either it should cooperate and respond together with its western partners to new missile challenges and threats, or it should be forced to undertake the necessary military measures to safeguard its interest and reputation.

Terming the ongoing talks with US regarding the Anti Ballistic Missile as is at the situation of dead end Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Thursday, “So far, we have not found a mutually acceptable solution to the missile defense issue.”


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Employee Training and Development Becomes One of the Most Disruptive Megatrends That Is Shaping the Future of Work

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There is no question about the effectiveness of employee training and development. It’s incredibly important to help your staff advance their skills and knowledge to help grow a business, but the impact of employee learning has often been understated and even neglected. However, companies are now suggesting that employee training and development is one of the biggest megatrends that have completely transformed the future of work. It has overhauled how businesses should be developing and engaging with employees, and it’s leading to an incredibly diverse and talented workforce that is capable of wonderful new things.

Part of the problem of employee training and development is that it’s difficult to measure its impact on the workplace. Employee performance often isn’t a quantitative measurement that is easy to read and link to their output. This is one of the reasons why the effectiveness of employee training and development has been questioned by management experts.

Thankfully, new strategies have been developed to help measure workplace learning and its impact on companies. Below, we’ve included a helpful infographic that covers some of the most important measurements, such as return on investment and how it is calculated in the context of employee learning and development. It should put the effectiveness of employee training into perspective and will help you better understand when training is needed and how development actually improves your business and its productivity.


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Top 10 Simple Health Changes To Boost Your Well-Being

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It does not matter how old you are, where you live, or what your occupation is, your health should always be a top priority. However, most of us are a little bit guilty of letting our well-being slide from time to time. With that being said, read on to discover some of the simple ways you can give your health a boost today.

  1. Get rid of at least one item in your life that contains toxic chemicals – You may be shocked by just how many items in your life contain toxic chemicals. This includes everything from air fresheners to bed sheets. Get rid of one of these items and replace it with something natural instead. This is something you should make a habit to do every few months or so. You will be surprised by just how much of a difference this can make. 
  2. Deep breathe for at least five minutes – Throughout the day, you should make sure you take the opportunity to deep breathe for at least five minutes. Why? Well, there have been numerous studies that have shown that deep breathing can help to lower stress hormone levels. This means that you will feel better, get an improved night’s sleep, and you will have less anxiety too.
  3. Drink more water – You probably expected this to be on the list, but the importance of drinking more water should never be ignored. Your body needs water for almost every function. If you are dehydrated, this could be the cause of headaches, pains, aches, and a number of other symptoms.
  4. Have one veggie night per week – A lot of people eat far too much meat, red meat especially. So, why not have a veggie night once a week? Not only is this good for your health, but it will be good for your bank balance too. There are so many great recipes online that can give you ideas regarding tasty and creative dishes that do not incorporate any sort of meat or fish. Once you start off with one night per week, you may then decide that you want to up it to two nights, and so on. However, it always helps to start off small so that it is easier and more manageable, and you can then get used to it.
  5. Sign up for an online pharmacy – Nowadays, you can easily order your prescriptions and medications over the Internet via an online pharmacy. This can help you to boost your health because it ensures you never experience delays with your medication. If you are someone who often doesn’t take their recommended course of tablets because you cannot get to the doctors in time for a repeat prescription, then this is definitely a good suggestion for you. Your medication will be delivered to your door with a click of a button.
  6. Make a dedicated effort to lower your stress levels – There is no denying that we live in a very stress-filled world at the moment! The world we live in is one that has heaps of pressure, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything and keep those stress levels low. However, it is vital that you find a way to do so. After all, if you don’t adrenal fatigue and health can start to take a tumble, which is the last thing you want. For those who are unaware, adrenal fatigue relates to a group of different symptoms that impact people who are under a lot of physical, emotional, or mental stress. From being a single parent to having a stressful job, there are a lot of different reasons why you may be struggling. Therefore, we recommend that you look for different ways to reduce those stress levels so that you can enjoy a more calming and peaceful life. Whether it is doing some breathing techniques or taking more regular breaks so you can have moments for yourself, there are a lot of different ways that you can make sure you are keeping your stress levels to a minimum. The importance of this should not be overlooked, as stress can impact our mental and physical health in so many different ways. 
  7. Do something nice for someone every day – You will be surprised by how good this makes you feel, and by how much this has a positive impact on your health. It’s all about mental well being. When you do something nice for another person, you are benefitting their health, as well as your own. First and foremost, there is no denying that it feels good to hear some nice words for someone or to get a helping hand when you need it. You feel recognised and appreciated, and this is something we all need. At the same time, doing something nice for someone else and seeing their reaction can make you feel amazing too. After all, doing something good for someone is a gift for yourself at the same time. You will find that the deed continues throughout the day, making you feel great and happy within yourself. 
  8. Incorporate some movement into your commute – If you do not have an active job, this is particularly important. Sitting at a computer all day can be bad for your health. One way to combat this is by incorporating some movement into your commute. If you can walk or bike to work, you should give this a go. If not, start parking your car further away from your place of work so that you have to walk there and back. You should also start using the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can.
  9. Start meal planning – You will find it much easier to eat healthily if you plan your meals. At the start of every week, make a menu of what you are going to cook for dinner every evening, as well as what you are going to make for your lunches every day. Not only will this help you to eat better, but you will save money too. Make sure you incorporate some healthy snacks into your food prep for work. This will stop you from going to the vending machine whenever you are bored or your energy is zapped. The great thing about the times we live in at the moment is that you can easily get recipes and meal prep inspiration online. So, if you are struggling, simply do a little bit of digging online and we are sure that you will find a lot of different options when it comes to meal ideas and clever food prep suggestions for the week ahead. Not only is this going to help you to be more organized, but you will find that it actually saves you quite a bit of money in the process. After all, when we do not have a food plan for the week ahead, we tend to spend a lot of money on items we do not need. Food can end up going in the bin because we do not use it. This ends up in an awful lot of waste, and we should all be looking to reduce this, so meal prep is great in many ways.
  10. Keep a journal – Last but not least, keeping a journal is good for a person’s mental health. You should write down your thoughts. It doesn’t need to be a long entry; you can simply jot down a few bullet points every evening. This will help you to articulate your thoughts so that they do not wear you down. After all, it can be very difficult to sleep if you have lots on your mind. A lot of experts advise this approach for people who suffer from insomnia. One of the main reasons why a lot of people struggle to get the hours of sleep they need is because they cannot shut off when they go to sleep; their minds are still going at a million miles per hour. They are thinking about what they need to do the following day and any worries or concerns that they may have. Because of this, it very much makes sense to keep a journal so you can offload some of these thoughts and worries and you can have a much more restful night of sleep. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you will see that it actually does make a significant difference when it comes to drifting off and enjoying a good night of rest. 

So there you have it: some of the best ways to give your health a boost. The suggestions that have been provided are really simple and easy, so there is no excuse not to give yourself a bit of TLC. we are sure that you will start to notice a difference as time goes on. However, as is the case with anything, it requires patience and persistence. You cannot expect to turn your health around in one night.

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Why Buy A Business, Rather Than Start One

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There are good and bad sides to buying a business and starting your own business from scratch. For lots of people, the positives of buying an established business outweigh the positives of starting a business. Here are the reasons why buying an existing business could be the right choice.

Easier To Secure Finance

All businesses will need finance. Unless you can fund your business yourself, you’ll need to secure financing from investors. Most lenders will be more willing to lend money to an established business that they can already see is doing well, rather than risk an unknown factor. 

Income From Day One

One of the downsides of starting a business is that most start-ups will go through an early stage where they don’t make much, if any, money. For some entrepreneurs, this stage can last for several years. 

During this stage, you will need to pay out for things like your premises, as well as equipment, installation of equipment, stock, materials, fixtures and fittings, legal and professional fees, a license, uniforms, and more. 

If you don’t have finance in place or another form of income, this stage can be very tough for a new business owner. If you buy a business, you can start earning from day one, and avoid this tricky period where you might be out of pocket.  

Established Brand

When you buy a business that already exists, you are also buying into a brand that is already known, recognizable, and has a track record. You get the business complete with all the trademarks, copyrights, and websites associated with it, as well as the business locations

This means that your business will already have customers, lenders, suppliers, and other contacts that are confident in the business already. 

Instant Customer Access

An existing business also has customers already, which can help you succeed straight away. You can use a range of strategies and marketing to build on the existing customer base, but won’t have to struggle to build a customer base from scratch. 

Established Network Of Contacts

When you start a business from scratch, a lot of your time and energy has to be put into building up a network of contacts. 

All businesses need to have supplier and marketing contacts, so buying an existing business that already has those contacts in place allows you to hit the ground running.

Like money lenders, suppliers and marketing companies are more likely to offer you more favourable terms if your business has been around for a while and they know it.  

Focus On Growing The Business

When an entrepreneur starts a new business, they will have to put a lot of their energy into getting their business off the ground. This takes a lot of time and can be very tiring. 

On the other hand, when you take over a business that is already established, you’ll be freer to focus on the areas of the business that most need your attention, aiding the growth of the business as a whole. 

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