RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) - A United Arab Emirates’ military drawdown in Yemen is building momentum for a nationwide truce this year, bolstering efforts by the Saudi-led coalition it is part of to end a war that has tarnished the image of U.S.-allied Gulf states. Two diplomatic sources said talks could start by autumn on expanding a U.N.-led truce already in place in the port city of Hodeidah to a broad ceasefire. This could pave the way for negotiations on a political framework to end the war between the Iran-aligned Houthis and Yemeni forces backed by the coalition, they said. The UAE has concluded that the four-year-old war cannot be won militarily while it is under close scrutiny by the West, a conviction shared by Riyadh, and while tensions over Iran are increasing fears of war in the Gulf, according to two diplomats and a regional source familiar with the situation. There is now “real momentum” for a cessation of hostilities by December, a source in the region … [Read more...] about UAE drawdown in Yemen raises hopes of ceasefire this year
Raising hope who plays hope
John Niyo The Detroit News Published 1:53 PM EST Jan 30, 2019 Holland — It’s a line attributed to a former president at Hope College — a guy whose first name was Calvin, appropriately enough — and it’s one Glenn Van Wieren, the beloved former Hope men’s basketball coach, can recite as if it were a Bible passage. It’s also one that bears repeating this weekend as Hope tips off against Calvin College for the 200th time Saturday in one of college hoops’ treasured rivalries. As the late Dr. Calvin VanderWerf once put it, an atheist “is someone who goes to the Hope-Calvin basketball game and doesn't care who wins.” And it’s hard to imagine anyone inside the sold-out DeVos Fieldhouse on Saturday would qualify as a non-believer when it comes to The Rivalry, a year shy of its centennial anniversary, but still as competitive and communal as ever. Only 31 miles separate Hope in Holland, just off Lake … [Read more...] about Hope College-Calvin College basketball rivalry still a battle royale
Eilis O'Hanlon: Varadkar's dismissal of the 'precious Union' is symptomatic of a Taoiseach who plays to his audience BelfastTelegraph.co.uk It was the smirk that did it. Throughout his address to the Dail on Wednesday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's face bore a simpering smile as he expressed his frustration at dealing with the DUP over Brexit, declaring, in effect, that the only thing they cared about was "the precious Union". He smirks a lot, but this one told a tale. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/eilis-ohanlon-varadkars-dismissal-of-the-precious-union-is-symptomatic-of-a-taoiseach-who-plays-to-his-audience-37557011.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/article37557010.ece/ab847/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-11-23_opi_45957441_I1.JPG Email It was the smirk that did it. Throughout his address to the Dail on Wednesday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's face bore a simpering smile as he expressed his frustration at dealing with the DUP over Brexit, declaring, in effect, that the … [Read more...] about Eilis O’Hanlon: Varadkar’s dismissal of the ‘precious Union’ is symptomatic of a Taoiseach who plays to his audience
PUBLISHED: 17:39 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 07 August 2015 The RSC's Othello. Picture: Keith Pattison Archant When it launched back in June, the RSC’s Othello gained headlines for starring a black Iago. For Hugh Quarshie, who plays the eponymous tragic hero, there’s another issue that plagues him, says Alex Bellotti Ask almost any actor about their latest role and inevitably it is “wonderful”, a “gift” or a “gem”. For Hugh Quarshie, however, his current stint as Othello at the RSC has brought over two decades of doubts bubbling to the surface, and he’s not entirely satisfied.The great Shakespearean tragedy has undergone countless adaptations, but nearly always adheres to the same narrative. The eponymous ‘Moor of Venice’, one of the greatest generals of his day, is married to the beautiful Desdemona, but after succumbing to the manipulations of his embittered comrade Iago, believes her to be adulterous and … [Read more...] about Is Othello a racist play? RSC actor Hugh Quarshie is asking the question
Backed by dark green trees and the shimmering surface of a lake, the two faces in the snapshot instantly grab your attention.Posing side by side, Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible sport carefree smiles.Their heads touch playfully. Lauria’s is cocked slightly back, meeting her taller friend’s at her temple.It’s the image from the high-profile case of the two missing girls that people are most familiar with. For almost 20 years now, it has circulated widely, staring out from flyers and billboards, and appearing in news stories and TV crime specials.But for those who knew the real people now reduced to crime victims in the headlines, it is both a happy and a haunting reminder.“I think about them every day and where are they? It just breaks my heart,” said Kathy Wood, their former teacher.Wood said the mystery of their disappearance hasn’t only haunted those who knew Bible and Freeman, but the entire area where they lived and died too young.“It hit … [Read more...] about Ashley Freeman loved to fish. Lauria Bible was a country girl who raised pigs. This is the story the family and friends of the missing Welch girls want to tell.