5 Places That Have the Highest Security In the World

Security is not cheap, and those who know its real value leave no stone unturned in a bid to ensure they are highly protected. From Saddam Hussein’s impenetrable $50 Million bunker to the highly guarded technology behind the Air-Force-One’s defense mechanisms, we bring you the top 10 highly guarded places in the world.

You have probably watched movies depicting high security zones that left you wondering whether that level of security is even possible. The scenes in movies depict what appear to be hit men with state-of-the art guns standing on top of security towers or walking along razor-sharp electric perimeters. However, do such places exist in real life?

Here is a compilation of the 10 highly guarded places in the world.

ADX Florence Prison

A maximum-security prison in Colorado, the ADX houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the world, most of them serving life sentences. Some of the penitentiary’s residents include Zacarias Moussaoui- the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Richard Reid, and Terry Nichols, who was a conspirator in Oklahoma bombing.

With such ‘distinguished guests’ in the precinct, you can undoubtedly see the reason why it is important to maintain such high security.

Security measures at the prison include 12ft high razor high perimeter with attack dogs perpetually on the prowl, motion-detecting laser beams, CCTV cameras at every fathomable angle and pressure pads.

Air-Force-One

Believe it or not, the Air-Force-One, the airplane that carries the US President, is in the list of the world’s highly secured places. The current Air-force-one is a modified Boeing 747-200B. It has one of the world’s most sophisticated avionics and inflight defense mechanisms.

Most of the technology in use on the Air-Force-One is classified. However, some of the security measures in the Air Force One include the ability to refuel midair, electronic counter measures that can logjam enemy radars. The Air-Force-One can also emit flares to throw heat-seeking missiles off target.

Ousted Iraqi’s President Saddam Hussein’s Baghdad Bunker

Karl Esser, a German security consultant, designed Saddam Hussein’s bunker in Baghdad in such a way that it could withstand anything short of a direct nuclear bomb hit. If Saddam had stayed within the confines of the bunker, it is unlikely that he could ever have been deposed.

The bunker’s walls were 1.5 meters thick and could withstand a direct 236kg bomb hit. In fact, the bunker did survive 7 such hits and 20 cruise missiles during the war. The American troops finally got their way into the bunker after drilling a hole through the roof of the bunker.

Swedish Internet Provider- Bahnhof

Why would an internet provider go to extra length of ensuring that their servers are located in one of the world’s highly secured places?

Well, for one, the Swedish Internet Provider, Bahnhof, is not your average ISP. It is the godfather of all datacenters in the world, and is constantly used by individuals and corporations that want to maximally protect their data from the peeping snipers in the internet.

The Pionen White Mountains, which is the name given to the datacenter, is located 30 meters beneath the Vita Berg Park of Stockholm. The bunker in which the servers are located was a cold war bunker that has the ability to withstand a nuclear bomb attack. The entrance is constitutes of 40-centimeter steel door. Apparently, it took Bahnhof two years to blast the extra space they needed to host all their equipment in the bunker.

The datacenter has recently gained popularity as the home of the controversial WikiLeaks.

The Gold Vault in the Bank of England

The UK’s biggest gold vault, and second largest in the world after Fed in New York, is secured through a complicated voice-recognition mechanism and three foot long keys.

The value of gold locked in this vault is too much for a mind like mine to start contemplating but I hope you get the point. The Gold vault in the bank of England caps our list of the top 5 highly guarded places. Of course there are other places with almost similar security mechanisms as the ones we have discussed in this article (like the Teikoku Bank in Hiroshima that was unaffected by the atomic bomb of Hiroshima) but for efficiency’s sake, we will leave it there.

 

3 Tips For Launching a Successful Startup Business in Kenya

Statistics collected by Bloomberg indicate that 8 out of every 10 startups end up collapsing before the start of their third year. That is a whopping 80% of startups that crash and burn when they are still in their infancy.

As an entrepreneur, you should be asking yourself why so many startup businesses in Kenya fail. If you wish to turn your next startup into a success, you should be learning from the amount of failing startups.

What do these businesses do or fail to do that contributes to their untimely closure?

In this article, I share the 3 common pitfalls that are usually the death knell of many startups in Kenya:

Failing to keep in touch with your customers

What usually happens when a businessman has a brilliant idea that he or she thinks is the next big thing in the enterprise world?

Many entrepreneurs retreat into a shell. They hibernate into their work caves and get busy implementing their ideas.

This is the wrong approach to business.

You need to get out there and talk to your potential customers. Not through 140 character tweets but a deep dialogue that seeks to understand what your customers’ passions, fears and strengths are.

Holding dialogue with your customers is the first key to business success.

Lacking real differentiation in the market

How unique is your business idea?

One of the reasons why your startup will fail is if you are trying to do what everyone else in the market is doing.

Since most of the business do not have real value that they are adding into the market, they end up closing their doors and wondering what went amiss.

Failure to communicate your unique value proposition clearly

Communication is an art and a science. Unfortunately, if you do not know how to communicate your business goals and mission clearly, it doesn’t matter how brilliant your business idea is, it will end up with the 80% that never celebrate their third year anniversary.

The above three factors mark the most common pitfalls that lead to the crumble of many startups in Kenya. Now that you know the reasons why businesses fail, I trust that you can come up with ways to salvage yours from joining the colossal statistics.

Use These 7 Awesome Tips to Beat Procrastination

We have all been there, and we all know that postponing things we think are unpleasant or are an unnecessary burden on our time  is always easier than actually doing them.

How many times do you keep telling yourself that you will do something tomorrow? Tomorrow comes and goes and the mountain of tasks that you need to accomplish still sits on your desk. You might comfort yourself that you will do it tomorrow… That my dear friend is what we call procrastination.  In the long run you end up not doing what you were supposed to do. Or when you get around to doing it, it is already too late and everyone in the office now knows what a lazybone you are..

Think of what procrastination has cost you in the past, probably a deal with your freelance writing clients?

Procrastination is a bad habit. Fortunately, it is a habit that you can overcome.

Here are seven incredibly easy tips on how to conquer procrastination

1. Set a schedule with strict deadlines

Once you have set in your mind that this is what I want to do, take a pen and make a schedule. You can separate the task into parts, each with a deadline. This will help you monitor your progress. For instance, in order to keep my money blogs updated with new and relevant content, I use s publishing calendar.

2. Find a motivation

After setting the schedule identify what motivates you.

Ask yourself, “What motivates me to work? ”

Let this motivation be your driving force.

3. Stay disciplined

You need to focus on your schedule if at all you are to achieve your goals. Staying disciplined involves avoiding distractions. We all know how sweet a distraction from work can be. If you get distracted from your schedule, you will not meet the deadline.

4. Stop blaming people and other things

It is common for procrastinators to blame other people and things for their inaction.

Think about it. Have you ever made an excuse that the reason your work report is not complete is because you were working on something else? Or the field team had not given you all the data you need to complete the report?

When you are given a task to do, it is yours and no one else’s. No one but you will get it done. Blaming others will not help at the end of the day, you are the one who will be held responsible, not them.

5. Find someone to hold you accountable

If you are not answerable to anyone, find someone who will hold you accountable. Someone who will ask you questions if you do not achieve your goals in the set deadline.

6. Eliminate the bad habits and develop good ones

Examine your daily habits.

Which ones are standing in the way of your progress?

When and why do you keep doing this?

Once you have identified this, you can easily work towards eliminating those habits that are harmful and develop ones that are beneficial. Those that will not stand in the way of your progress, but rather help you achieve your goals.

7. Start on the task

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Can you complete any task without starting it? Take the step of faith and start on that task you have been putting away for so long. The greatest task in the world was completed just because it was started. If you want to overcome procrastination, starting on the task is a good place to start.

There you have it. The tips above are easy to put in place. Take the initiative to start on that task, put the above into practice and see yourself conquering procrastination.