Tue Sep 8th, 2015 at 02:37:12 PM EST
UN agencies 'broke and failing' in face of ever-growing refugee crisis - Guardian
Click on the link to see the complete graph. The first bar is the current unfilled request of the UNHCR for $2.89 billion for the Syria regional response plan. Only $0.9 billion of the total $3.8 billion have been funded. If some European governments had had the foresight (yeah I know), they would've just funded the rest long ago which would've been that much cheaper. Bygones, but it's not too late to make a difference.
frontpaged with minor edit - Bjinse
Fri Mar 7th, 2014 at 10:17:10 PM EST
"Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." - Eric Hoffer
The snowy dreams of the last olympics have faded away and we find ourselves in prime geopolitical confrontations. But not only are the Sochi olympics over, the modern olympics in general have finally lost their allure, and the decline which inevitably leads to death has become visible for all to see.
(This diary grew out of a recent rant).
Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 at 02:12:35 AM EST
Having read DoDo's 2009 diaries about the status of HSR projects in Europe (Part 1, Part 2) I wanted to know how much of an effect those projects have had on actual travel time.
|Cutout of European HSR map, original map by Wikipedia|
So I looked at the timetables of the national railways for travel times of relations that use those high(er)-speed lines. Travel Speed = (Distance station-to-station) / (Minimal travel time in schedule).
front-paged by afew
Tue Oct 5th, 2010 at 08:10:15 AM EST
|Overview of Stuttgart 21. New central station (Hauptbahnhof) perpendicular to the old station. Red solid: new above-ground tracks, Red dashed: new tunnels, Black: old tracks, Crossed lines: old tracks to be removed. Chart by Vieregg-Rössler GmbH. |
What's not to like? A new through station with shiny, modern architecture and a new high-speed line to the East (Wendlingen-Ulm) by 2019. About 100 hectares (~247 acres) of newly available space in the center of Stuttgart. So why are the citizens of this southwestern German city up in arms about Stuttgart 21? Why are tens of thousands of them taking to the streets every week?
Promoted by DoDo with small edits
Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 09:47:35 AM EST
If S21 were only of regional importance and if we had money to burn and if we didn't have peak oil and so forth approaching, then no one would have to bother about it.