Published on 16 May 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
On May 5, the ICRC had doubled its budget for Yemen to meet increasing humanitarian demand, but the sudden hike in patient numbers have made hospitals in Sana'a unable to accommodate the large number of patients of Acute Watery Diarrhea.
Published on 21 March 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
A military attack helicopter opened fire on boat carrying Somali migrants on Friday March 17 heading for Sudan just off the cost of Hodeida province.
Published on 3 March 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
The total death toll of the strikes is currently unknown but according to Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Yemen Yasser Hassan, three AQAP members were killed in Al-Saeed City in Shabwa Province.
Published on 23 February 2017 by Yemen Times in News
A nationwide polio immunization campaign was launched Monday by the national health authorities with support from WHO and UNICEF, aiming to immunize five million children under the age of five. High-risk groups, such as internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees are also targeted.
Published on 29 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
The attack was preceded by multiple drone strikes, then came the air landing which was performed with the help of three Apaches according to local sources.
Published on 25 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 a Twitter camping was launched at 8:00 PM local time featuring the Hashtag #End_Yemen_Siege and demanding an end to the coalition’s blockade on Sana’a International Airport.
Published on 14 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in News
Alabsi was renowned for pursuing information and tips regarding purported corruption which has always been a major issue in Yemen.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News
SANA’A,May 30- UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, warned in his report delivered to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday that spoilers of the transitional period will be punished and that the patience of the international community is running thin.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News
SANA’A, May 30 - On Tuesday a coalition of tribal leaders in Ibb governorate decided to allow one more week before the final deadline to hand over personnel from the security forces. The personnel are alleged to have killed five people and wounded four from Ibb’s Al-Kafr district in March in the capital Sana’a.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News
SANA’A, May 27- “There is an urgent need for immediate action to aid 13 million children who make up more than half of Yemen’s population,” said UNICEF’s Representative to Yemen Gert Kabileri in a press release issued last Wednesday.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Muaad Al-Maqtari in News
SANA’A May 30- in their first meeting with the new President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi on Tuesday May 29th, a group of Sunni Islamic clerics have demanded that he hasten the army reorganization and purge it of any partisan or personal loyalties.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Khalid Al-Karimi in News
SANA’A, May 30- Under the slogan, “building a civil state based on justice, freedom and development,” the preparatory committee of the Development and Building Organization (DBO) held an inauguration ceremony and press conference on May 28th in the capital Sana’a.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in News
HODEIDA, May 30 — “Ongoing power outages have doubled the spread of pandemics such as Dengue fever in Hodeida,” Abdulrahman Jar Allah, director of the Public Health Office in Hodeida, told the Yemen Times.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Amal Al-Yarisi in News
SANA’A, May 30 — Asqander Al-Asbahi has been unable to fulfill his duties as general manager of the state-run Television and Radio Corporation since his appointment by Information Minister Ali Al-Amrani last Monday.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Nadia Haddash in News
SANA’A, May 30- A week after more than 100 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Al-Sabeen Square in Sana’a, Yemeni youth organized a gathering at the site to distribute invitations to commemorate the event in person and through Facebook.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in News
SANA’A, May 30 — In addition to taking over cities and carrying out suicide bombings, Al-Qaeda has begun stepping up the kidnapping of foreigners in Yemen.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Emad Al-Saqqaf in News
TAIZ, May 30 — The Yemeni Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) held the “Regional Water Forum” in Taiz on Saturday morning. It was held in cooperation with the Responsive Governance Project (RGP), a USAID-funded project.
Published on 12 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in News
SANAA, Dec.11 – In the last month of 2011 four Yemenis won international awards in everything from human rights to signing competitions.
Published on 12 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News
Published on 21 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in News
Hundreds of anti-regime protesters held a march during the launch of the SupportYemen campaign on Saturday.
Published on 21 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News
Published on 22 December 2011 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in News
A bitter businessman whose bid for a wood deal was not selected is thought to have set to the timber Friday, also destroying a historical site where the wood was stored.
Published on 22 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in News
Two women and a child are still missing in the Gulf of Aden after a Somali trade boat sank on Wednesday on route to Somalia, according to the Coast Guards Authority (CGA).
Published on 25 May 2017 by Brett Scott in Report
Ramadan, the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, is the perfect time to observe Islam in all its diversity. For four weeks, about 1.6 billion Muslims from around the globe observe one of the five pillars of their religion, fasting from sunrise to sunset. Why they fast, when they fast, and what they get out of it, partially has to do with where they fast.
Published on 22 June 2009 by Amel Al-Ariqi in Report
Only a few dinosaur fossils have been reported so far in the Arabian Peninsula, including isolated bones in Oman and possible fragments of a long-necked dinosaur in Yemen.
Published on 26 February 2009 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Report
Members of the family – Saeed Ben-Yisrael, his wife and their seven children – arrived at Bin Gurwin Airport in Tel Aviv. They currently live in a temporary residence in B’r Al-Saba area until the Israeli government provides them with a permanent residence in Bait Shimis located near Jerusalem.
Published on 23 December 2010 by Raghda Gamal in Report
“I was dumbfounded. It was awesome to see the huge crowd cheering with my name. During the competition we were not allowed to use the phone or the internet so that we do not persuade people to vote for us. So I really did not expect it but it was a delightful surprise,” said a grinning Fouad.
Published on 30 March 2009 by Kawkab al-Thaibani in Report
“Women prisoners are guilty until death, they don’t need to wait for the verdict because the judge, prosecution and society have already sentenced her as guilty."
Published on 6 November 2008 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report
Most students come to Yemen after having heard of the benefits of studying Arabic here by word of mouth from other students or friends.
Published on 15 February 2010 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report
The increase in the number of Yemeni-Saudi couples in recent years reflects the close cultural ties between the two countries, but a disparity in gender shows the difficulty for Yemeni men to marry Saudi women.
Published on 5 April 2010 by Saddam Al-Ashmori in Report
A recent study conducted by Yemeni researchers, headed by Adel Al- Sharjabi, professor of sociology at the University of Sana’a, has called on the state to close the Tribes Affairs Authority in Yemen in order to better implement the rule of state law among tribes.
Published on 5 April 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report
To better prepare Yemen’s work force for a globalized world, universities in Yemen teach some of their subjects in English. But Yemeni high school graduates complain that their English is not good enough to follow everything that the professors are saying.
Published on 3 October 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report
Al-Awlaki, said to be the spiritual leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is said to have plotted some “terrorist” operations including the failed Detroit underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in late December 2009, and the Fort Hood mass shooting by an American soldier of Palestinian origin, who on November 5, 2009 shot dead 13 people on the US army base and wounded another 29.
Published on 5 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report
Amnesty International stated that women's rights are routinely violated because Yemeni laws as well as tribal and customary practices treat them as second class citizens, indicating that women are not free to marry who they want and some are forced to marry when they are children.
Published on 20 January 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report
In Yemen men and women who do the same thing are often looked upon differently. Smoking is a prominent example. Among men smoking is considered a habit that might harm one’s health, but it is not at all inappropriate. However, when people see a woman having a cigarette they forget about her health and instead concentrate on her reputation: many will even think of her as a whore.
Published on 19 January 2009 by Ali Saeed in Report
Women living in Sana’a complain of regular sexual harassment on the street, in buses and public places. Ninety percent of a sample of 70 interviewees said they had been harassed in Sana’a one way or another. About 14 percent said they are continuously harassed and around 37 percent said they are harassed physically by men outdoors.
Published on 2 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Report
Tribal conflicts have weathered Yemen’s history for thousands of years and a complex tribal justice system has arisen as a result. Although today illiteracy eradication and development projects have played an important role in reducing tribal disputes, much remains to be done to address long-standing truces and other unresolved tribal arguments.
Published on 22 July 2010 by Omar Al-Omqi in Report
A number of human rights activists have discovered that despite being in the 21st century there are still men and women known as slaves in some regions of Yemen. Some were poor, some were not, some were more educated than the others, but all of them had one thing in common: they were not born free.
Published on 1 November 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report
Women working in the media is still a new concept in Yemen, and one that is yet to be socially acceptable. However, through their work many female journalists have taken long strides towards shattering many of the stereotypes about women in Yemen. They are proving once again that they can work on an equal footing with men.
Published on 15 November 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report
People sometimes wrongly direct you with such confidence, that you put a lot of effort into going completely the wrong direction.
Published on 7 May 2009 by Alice Hackman in Report
Here, in a plane where each combination of raised dots is a letter or number, lies a secret universe of poems, book summaries, profiles of famous people and news.
Published on 24 February 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report
According to the UNHCR, between the beginning of 2010 and October, over 42,000 registered African refugees have arrived in Yemen. This is an average of about 140 people a day including women and children.
Published on 21 February 2011 by Mohammed bin Sallam in Report
Three armed factions may define Yemen’s future: the Southern Movement, the Shiite Movement (i.e. the Houthis) and the Sunni Movement (i.e. Al-Qaeda).
Published on 20 April 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Report
Yemen and Egypt have the worst reputation for sexual harassment in the Arab World, according to Egyptian film director Mohammad Al-Assyuti, who has made a documentary about sexual harassment in Egypt.
Published on 18 June 2009 by Shawqi Abdulraqib Al-Qadhi in Report
A field study prepared by the Women and Development Studies Center, Sana'a University, says that it is more common girls to be married off an a young age that it is for boys. Up to 15 percent of married women were married before the age of 15, and up to 65 percent of them were married before they were 18.
Published on 5 October 2009 by Abdul Elah H. Shai’a in Report
About two weeks before 8th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, AlQaeda carried out an attempted assassination of Prince Mohammed ben Naif, a Saudi and regional security personality in his Jeddah palace.
Published on 4 January 2017 by Yasser Rayes in Report
Hunger is the most dominant thought on Yemenis minds during this period. After months of living without their salaries, the public sector employees, the majority of employees in Yemen, are living in dire conditions.
Published on 31 May 2012 by David Ignatius / washingtonpost.com / First published on May 28 in Report
Osama bin Laden wrote before he died that Yemen was the place where al-Qaeda had its best chance of establishing its own state — if it acted carefully and avoided alienating the local population. I suspect that bin Laden, who was something of a TV news junkie, would be encouraged and also worried by a new PBS documentary from inside the terror group’s Yemeni operations.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed / Alarabiya.net / First published on May 25 in Report
Yemen’s exports are not much. They consist of about 200,000 barrels of oil daily, a little natural gas, few coffee beans and salted fish. For this reason, the annual government budget is less than $ 6 billion. Yemen has a population of a little over 24 million, of whom 45 percent are under the poverty line according to international statistics.
Published on 2 January 2012 by Yemen Times Staff in Report
Published on 31 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Report
Yemen is a challenging place to take pictures. Despite its unique beauty and interesting culture, photographers have to deal with an array of issues from people refusing to have their photos taken or just being too eager to getting in the shot, to insecurity and violence.
Published on 29 December 2011 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Report
Despite ten months of marching and protesting, the youth were entirely excluded from the GCC agreement. It is thus worth investigating who and what the Youth Movement now is, and how they have developed.
Published on 19 December 2011 by Ali Saeed in Report
Surrounded by mountains and valleys, the peaceful market town of Azzan, in the east of Yemen, is mostly populated by farmers and herders. It is also controlled by armed Islamists, affiliated with Al-Qaeda.
Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Report
Published on 31 May 2012 by Ahmed Dawood in Report
Disagreements were voiced by the Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) recently after President Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi's decree forming the Outreach Committee for the comprehensive National Dialogue.
Published on 20 December 2010 by Safia Aljabry in Culture
Some wonder how arranged marriages work. Others are born believing that it’s the right way, while many remain confused about the issue.
Published on 16 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Culture
Despite the popularity of cinema halls in the late eighties, today Yemeni culture does not encourage movie theaters because of the social stigma associated with movie halls and the increase in religious conservative thinking. To catch up with the latest in the cinema industry, Yemenis instead resort to satellite television channels and DVDs.
Published on 10 November 2008 by Mahmoud Assamiee in Culture
Al-Rawda Grand Mosque is located historical city of Al-Rawda, north of the capital Sana'a. The mosque was built over 400 years ago in 1046 A.H. by Ahmad bin Al-Imam bin Al-Qasem known at that time as Abu Taleb, from whom the current Abu Taleb family members, still powerful in the area, are descendants.
Published on 11 January 2011 by Faisal Al-Safwani in Culture
The Yemeni judiciary system refuses to accept a woman's testimony in murder cases simply because she is a woman. Some consider this clear discrimination against women in Yemen.
Published on 16 December 2010 by Yazeed Kamaldien in Culture
Yemeni photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel, who has lived in America for half her life, decided to respond through her work to what she feels has been an increase in discrimination against Muslims, particularly women who wear the Islamic headscarf or hijab.
Published on 23 December 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi in Culture
Demons can possess a person’s body and spirit and it’s not always easy to get rid of it. Demonic work has an Islamic response while psychologists offer opinions too. Personal stories reveal the dark side of demonic interference.
Published on 20 September 2010 by Mahmoud Assamiee in Culture
Visit Rada’ in Al-Baida for the first time and you will spot a dazzling white mosque surrounded by a luscious green yard. Topped with eight domes, the mosque was once an important center of Islamic learning.
Published on 23 August 2010 by Nadine Ibrahim in Culture
Ibi Ibrahim, 23, grew up in the Middle East but now works as a photographer in New York. His latest portraits, exhibited last month in the US, provoke a lively debate about identity in the context of the social and religious norms of the Islamic world. The Yemen Times interviewed him about his work, including his latest collection of thought-provoking black and white photographs, and the concepts that they challenge.
Published on 12 January 2009 by Salma Ismail in Culture
Officials are calling for adequate security personnel to protect the sites while no excavation is being carried out. Most security personnel are Bedouins and do not understand the importance or the historical value of the sites.
Published on 22 February 2010 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Culture
In his latest novel, The Handsome Jew, Al-Muqri narrates the story of the educated daughter of a Mufti who falls in love with a Jewish man and marries him. The novel, set in seventeenth century Yemen, addresses the issue of tolerance of other religions and social classes.
Published on 21 May 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Culture
The average Yemeni family's meal is a combination of culinary influence from different parts of the world such as India, Turkey, and Africa. However, most families serve exclusively Yemeni meals. Throughout the week, although healthy, the meals are of little variety. Fridays are the days most people look forward to because it’s usually a special meal. Social occasions also call for special foods.
Published on 15 January 2009 by Yemen Times in Culture
The Hadrami culture is very rich and includes various aspects that are linked to business and trade. Many of the trades and trade routes go back centuries and are still very much alive today. Using palm leaves to manufacture baskets and other objects is still popular in Hadramout despite the availability of metal and plastic utensils all around.
Published on 29 June 2009 by Ola Al-Shami
More than 50 decades ago, there were only two visible classes, the Imam and his family who were descendants of the Prophet, and the rest of the public. But after the Imamate rule ended, three classes emerged: the Hashemite or saada, the tribes, known as a’raab or qabail, and the mazaayina, also known as atraaf.
Published on 18 October 2010 by Ashwini Bhanagay in Culture
A country with a past boasting of zero-waste cities, where there literally used to be no waste and even human waste was collected and reused, Yemen has lived ‘green’ throughout the ages and continues to do so, at least as far as building houses is concerned.
Published on 31 December 2011 by Shafee Jamal in Culture
I was sitting in a coffee shop with a friend of mine the other day in the southern Yemeni port town of Aden, when an argument broke out over the television.
Published on 12 January 2012 by Shafee Jamal in Culture
Religious tolerance can be hard to find these days, and especially difficult to find in conservative, Islamic Yemen. But the southern port city of Aden was once a city of religious tolerance with Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims living and working together.
Published on 5 January 2012 by Marwa Najmaldin in Culture
Abdurrahman Fadhl has taken the name of ‘Essar 9’ (or ‘hurricane 9’ in English) as a handle on the mobile chat service provided by local mobile phone companies for a cheap price.
Published on 5 January 2012 by Amira Al-Arasi in Culture
His audience are mostly internet browsers. On Facebook and YouTube, his satirical videos has given voice to those who wish to oust the regime.
Published on 17 November 2008 by Ali Saeed in Business
Fiberglass, also known as glass fiber, is a material made from very thin threads of glass. It has the virtue of a good weight to strength ratio, rust resistance, and ability to be molded in a wide variety of ways. Used as a reinforcing agent for many plastic products, the resulting material, known as glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) is commonly, although erroneously, also referred to as 'fiberglass'.
Published on 25 October 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazy in Business
Five dollars a day for some people is a good wage as they can’t find anything better. Their need allows the employer to pay them less, and most of the time there are no contracts.
Published on 4 November 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Business
Many Yemeni traditional handcrafts are gradually being forgotten and replaced with modern equipment. A Yemeni government agency has just made a breakthrough, saving tens of handicrafts that were on the brink of extinction and bringing a new source of income for many poor families.
Published on 19 April 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Business
According to the Yemeni Social Insurance Law, “The rights of injured workers include: medical care, compensation of temporary disability, compensation or pension in the case of constant disability, and pension in the case of death.”
Published on 17 November 2008 by Majed Saleh Ba-Amran in Business
Scores of medical studies have found that honey boasts regenerative and healing properties, in addition to its cosmetic and aphrodisiac qualities. However, honey production in Hadramout is under threat after floods destroyed thousands of beehives in the southeast regions.
Published on 19 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Business
Since ancient times, Yemenis have been making bricks to build their homes, mosques and palaces. Many of these buildings continue to bear testament to the brick’s durability and the uniqueness of a profession untouched by technology.Bricks are blocks of clay that have been hardened through being fired in an oven or dried in the sun.
Published on 29 December 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Business
Yemen's tourism sector has experienced a near-total collapse this year, leaving travel agencies with closed doors and many employees without jobs.
Published on 21 November 2011 by Malak Shaher in Business
Many in Sana’a are forced to make do with just one or two hours electricity a day amid chronic power shortages.
Published on 12 January 2012 by Ali Saeed in Business
Mohamed Basundwa, Yemen’s interim prime minister, made a tour of the Gulf states this week to mobilize support and seek financial assistance for the cabinet’s two-year economic program.
In last Thursday’s issue, the Yemen Times covered the first of the government’s plans to boost the economy. Today we present our second part on the economic plan. We’ll keep you updated in future issues as the plan progresses.
Published on 5 January 2012 by Ali Saeed in Business
After a 10-month uprising that has brought Yemen’s economy to a standstill if not to a complete collapse, the new “National Unity” government obtained last week parliament’s endorsement for its two-year program to address the country’s current political, humanitarian, and economic crises.
Published on 17 March 2011 by Yemen Times Staff in Variety
I guess I love my roots and the beautiful way of the Yemen Blues with such an organic sound.
Published on 3 March 2011 by Safiya Al-Jabry in Variety
Muslim women who like to wear designed clothes also want to wear designer abayas. Fashion houses are now starting to shift focus so as to meet the demands of this demographic. An increasing number of websites and fashion shows feature abayas, and some top European labels like Blumarine have showcased models wearing couture abayas.
Published on 14 September 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh in Variety
Bodybuilding is surprisingly popular in the Yemeni capital. Around 100 people attend five daily training shifts in the gym at the Bodybuilding and Wrestling Association. There are over ten gyms spread across Sana’a, with an average subscription cost of YR 2,000 a month.
Published on 14 October 2010 by Ismail Sheikh Abdoh in Variety
Yemeni coffee costs more than the foreign variety because there are so many middle men between the coffee producer and the shop keeper in Yemen.
Published on 27 September 2010 by Nadia Al-Sakkaf in Variety
She was a woman who fell from the sky in robes of dew and became a city…
Published on 6 December 2010 by Malak Shaher in Variety
Claudie Fayien worked in Yemen during the period from 1951 to 1952, and found a country living in the darkest of dark eras. The French doctor said that the world should know about Yemen. At that time only a few people in France had even heard of Yemen.
Published on 12 November 2009 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Variety
About a year ago, the plastic Jambiya came to the market and nobody except its inventors knew it is made of plastic. People were deceived by the nice looking handle because the materials used in making it added transparent colors which make it look like original rare rhino–horn.
Published on 17 May 2010 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety
Tezuka as a manga artist and animator has created 700 stories which included more than 150,000 pages of manga and more than 60 anime that contained themes of progress, technology, environmentalism, tolerance, transformation and reincarnation.
Published on 15 January 2015 by Mohammed Al-Qalisi in Variety
It is nearly four years to the day that over 16,000 Yemenis took to the streets of Sana’a demanding change, sparking a nationwide uprising that eventually led to President Saleh’s resignation.
Published on 1 March 2010 by Judith Spiegel in Variety
Somewhere I heard or read that Sana’a is the fastest growing city in the world. Whether this is true or not I cannot say. What is undeniably true though, is that Sana’a grew in little more than 50 years from a small town that only consisted of the Old City into an ever expanding city, now nibbling at the feet of old villages and creating new ones.
Published on 1 March 2010 by Naji Gazali in Variety
Media coverage of the Fort Hood killings and the Christmas day plane at- tack has thrown unsuspecting Yemeni-Americans into the spotlight. They have been approached by neighbors and colleagues eager to know more about Yemen, a country described in the media as a training ground for terrorists. Naji Gazali wrote to the Yemen Times about reactions in the Yemeni-American community.
Published on 25 November 2010 by Malak Shaher in Variety
Yemenis have witnessed, and continue to witness, wars and tense situations. This has been reflected in the naming of children. During the revolution of 1962, the names Burkan (volcano), Thaer (revolutionary) and Sharar (spark), were common.
Published on 20 January 2011 by Bohdana Rambouskova in Variety
A steep goat path leads up to Hoq Cave. A group of tourists are moving slowly, panting. They are following a tiny Soqotri woman covered in a black balto and niqab despite the heat. Their feet in sophisticated outdoor shoes step on sharp stones and reddish soil which her plastic ipops had touched just a moment ago. They still have a long way to go.
Published on 16 December 2010 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Variety
The air was fresh and warm as we gazed at a great variety of unusual plants, including Socotra’s distinctive Dragon’s Blood trees synonymous with the unique island. Rare Egyptian vultures ew around us as we looked out on a calm blue sea, with white waves.We spent an exhausting but memorable four days on Yemen’s famous and fascinating island of Socotra.
Published on 12 February 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli in Variety
Despite the huge number of intricate crafts and products Yemeni handicraftsmen produce, they complain of complete negligence of the government towards them, especially the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture.
Published on 9 November 2009 by Mohammed Ghoath in Variety
Yemeni farmers are paying considerable more attention to the almond tree. This interest has increased recently due to a wide demand for the trees' products, both seeds and oil, in the local as well as the international markets, according to agriculturist Mahmoud Ali.
Published on 25 March 2010 by Oliver Holmes in Variety
Everyday scores of men gravitate towards Souq Al-Mileh (Salt Souq) to enjoy a boiling hot dish of salta. The meaty soup is made in minutes over blow torches. Cast-iron pots are used to withstand the soaring temperatures. It has a brothy consistency, and the streets are full of women selling different types of bread to soak up the juices.
Published on 12 January 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety
Bawazir is considered one of the renowned short-story writers in Yemen with his distinct literary and cultural works. His diverse oeuvre includes collections of short stories, novels, articles, dramas, children’s books, and autobiographic books.
Published on 10 February 2011 by Atiaf Zaid in Variety
While activists are fighting a big reform battle in the streets of Sana’a, I am fighting for my husband’s right to obtain residency in the public offices of Yemen. I moved back to my beloved country of birth about four months ago with a foreign husband.
Published on 10 February 2011 by Ross West in Variety
Yemen Mocha Mattari coffee is very popular in Japan, but few people know that it comes from Yemen. In fact, few people even know where Yemen is. On a recent trip to Japan I sat in a small cafe talking to the owner about Yemeni coffee in Japan.
Published on 17 February 2011 by Iona Craig in Variety
For hundreds of years the camels of the Old City, Sana’a have been turning the mills, or ‘zeers’, to grind the red and black sesame seeds to make oil or ‘jiljel’.
Published on 22 June 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety
Al-Akwa'a, Ismail Ali, Yemeni scholar, historian, genealogist, researcher, politician and diplomat. He was born in Dhamar City on March 11, 1920. Al-Akwa'a studied at his village's kuttab (small religious school attached to a mosque) and learned the Holy Qur'an and its sciences, math and calligraphy.
Published on 23 October 2008 by Shaker Lashuel in Variety
The phone rang and Fouad Alghaithi quickly picked it up to answer; “United Cab Service,” he said with confidence. With one hand holding the phone and the other reaching for the pen, Fouad listened to the request of the caller and began to write the address on the piece of paper in front of him. He told the caller that the car would be in front of the caller’s house in five to ten minutes.
Published on 29 December 2008 by hadramout.info in Variety
In most Arab countries since civilization began, sesame oil has been the preferred cooking oil for its enticing smell and flavor. The use of pure sesame oil in all kinds of food, including salads and beans, dates back to over 4000 years in most Arab countries, according to some resources.
Published on 15 January 2009 by Nasser Abdullah Nasser Salah in Variety
Sesame oil production has long been a feature of Arab history, especially in the Yemeni governorate of Shabwa. One of the first oils to be pressed and an early condiment, sesame oil was used in former times as an appetizer mixed with cardamom, butter, ghee and honey, because it is less fatty than most other types of oil
Published on 11 December 2008 by Saddam Ashmori in Variety
In the governorate of Amran, some 50 kilometers north of Sana'a, chewing qat and smoking among women is strongly disapproved of by society.
Published on 10 August 2009 by Eyad N. Al-Samman in Variety
Asimov is widely considered one of the best-known writers of the science-fiction genre. He was also one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written more than 500 books and estimated 9,000 letters and postcards. Beside his eminent works in science fiction, his other nonfiction works dealt with sociology, ancient and modern history, mathematics and science.
Published on 27 November 2008 by Khaled Al-Hilaly in Variety
It all started with a photo of a child beggar and his sister taken in 2006 and published in a recent issue of the Yemen Times. A few days after the paper came out, Niels Nieman, a Dutchman living in Yemen, called in to say that the children in the photo are no longer in the streets. He and his wife sponsored the two kids along with their three siblings and widowed mother, and they now go to school, live a decent life and are happier than ever.
Published on 27 November 2008 by Yemen Times Staff in Variety
With the exception of her moving to Hajja, a three hours drive north of Sana'a, for her unfortunate marriage to a man three times her senior earlier this year, it was Nujood's first time outside of Sana'a. In New York, she was awarded for her bravery in finding a way out from an unjust marriage, and her lawyer Nasser was awarded for her courageous support to both Nujood and other child victims.
Published on 31 May 2012 by Mohammed Al-Samei in Variety
Flowers are barely noticed among most in Yemeni society. Yemeni people live in a warlike environment, with increased instances of violence and terrorism, according to Abdulaziz Mohamed, a university student in Sana’a.
Published on 23 March 2009 by Nasser Abdullah Nasser Salah in Health & Environment
The Nabak tree has been used both as a fruit-bearing and medicinal plant in Yemen since ancient times. Dotted over Yemen’s various governorates, the blessed tree enjoys villagers’ devoted protection and many families consider the tree to be an indispensable part of their lives.
Published on 22 June 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
Autism is four times more likely to strike boys than girls, and recent studies suggest that up to one child in 150 can be autistic. A disability that affects normal brain function and impedes the ability to learn from experience, autism can vary in its severity.
Published on 22 November 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
An anal fissure is a small tear in the skin around the opening of the anus. It can cause sharp pain, especially when passing stools. Anal fissure is a common disorder but many people don’t seek medical advice for it.
Published on 28 July 2005 by Yemen Times in Health & Environment
Cauterization is considered one of the most popular ways of treating chronic diseases. It dates back to ancient times in history, some say to the time of old Greek and Pharaoh civilizations.
Published on 26 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Kiwi fruits are native to China (“Chinese Gooseberry”). They were unknown to the western world until as late as the 20th century!
Published on 16 April 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
To help an overburdened government to improve water supply, Yemeni and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been restoring old water structures and experimenting with dew collection to improve the water situation and bring the governorate's inhabitants closer to a brighter future.
Published on 1 December 2008 by Ismail Al-Ghabri in Health & Environment
Jambiya craftsmen, concerned authorities and academics this month attended an awareness-raising workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), during which experts urged craftsmen to replace rhinoceros horn with alternative materials in their daggers.
Published on 5 May 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Many of us could do with losing some weight, but it’s often easier to come up with excuses instead of getting to work. While you may have genuine and honest reasons for not being able to shed the kilos, there will always be some who need a reality check for their excuses. Read on to know if you are one of them.
Published on 8 November 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
For women, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, following only lung cancer.
Published on 25 April 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
None of us can predict the moment of death. However, physicians and nurses involved in end-of-life care know that certain symptoms are usually associated with the body's shutting down.
Published on 31 March 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
It’s hard to say good-bye. But, putting off meaningful conversations is perhaps the number-one source of regret.
Published on 15 November 2010 by Malak Shaher in Health & Environment
In the best case scenario water is carried on a donkey’s back, but in most parts of Yemen, it is largely women who take up the burden of climbing up and down mountains to fetch water from springs and deliver it to their houses.
Published on 13 July 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
Groundwater levels have plummeted and water springs have dried up, but still demand increases as the country's population grows at the rapid rate of 3.7 percent a year. And the population will double, if the United Nations' projections are accurate, by 2025.
Published on 13 July 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
Grey water is usually water from washing in the kitchen or bathroom. Like the more polluted wastewater, it is today an important alternative source of irrigation water when groundwater in running out.
Published on 27 September 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Consuming three or four eggs a week is good for health. Since eggs are available all year round, it is really easy to incorporate eggs in your diet. Eggs can be a delicious meal on their own. They are also essential ingredients in a number of recipes.
Published on 12 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
For many of us, getting out of bed every morning as soon as the alarm goes off is almost impossible. We sit till late night surfing the net or watch a movie on television. Or we chew qat and discuss world affairs till the wee hours of the morning and go to bed reluctantly. We eventually get out of bed, only to feel rushed and frantic because we are late for the office.
Published on 12 April 2010 by Oliver Holmes in Health & Environment
“Our climbing activities have two aims here in Yemen. The first is to teach Yemenis how to climb, so eventually they’ll be able to buy their own gear and come climbing themselves. Maybe one day they’ll set up a club,” said Maricich.
Published on 27 April 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment
Today, cupping is mainly recommended for the treatment of pain, gastro-intestinal disorders, lung diseases especially chronic cough and asthma, and paralysis, though it can be used for other disorders as well. The areas of the body that are fleshy are preferred sites for cupping.
Published on 22 February 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for stroke, heart attack, heart failure and arterial aneurysm, and is a leading cause of chronic renal failure.High blood pressure, the silent killer
Published on 10 February 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
There are several areas in the head that can hurt when you have a headache. Headaches can originate from a network of nerves that extends over the scalp, face, mouth, and throat. Headaches can also be from muscles of the head, blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain.
Published on 10 February 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment
Many Yemeni factories fail to adhere to quality standards when manufacturing cooking pots, which can in turn can cause cancer and other diseases according to Riyadh Al-Harazi, head of the Environmental Health Administration in the Al-Safia district of Sana’a.
Published on 6 April 2009 by Anna May Kinney in Health & Environment
Never did I think anything could equal the damage that hydrogenated fat does to the human body, but one of the foods that I’ve found that is even WORSE is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).
Published on 19 April 2010 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Women with heavy periods are at risk for iron deficiency anemia because they lose excessive blood, month after month, during their periods.
Published on 24 February 2011 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment
The General Authority for Environmental Protection in Al-Mahwit has pronounced Melhan district as a wildlife refuge after conducting four surveys of the district to learn more about the geographic and environmental features of the area.
Published on 17 February 2011 by Malak Shaher in Health & Environment
In a conservative country like Yemen, there is a stigma surrounding those with HIV or AIDS that they were infected by having sex with a prostitute. However, a large percentage of Yemen’s population does not know that there are other ways of being infected with the HIV virus.
Published on 17 February 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Many people accept their tiredness as part and parcel of their daily lives. However, it needn’t be the standard way of life. Yes, we are more over-worked and stressed than ever but the following 10 lifestyle changes can make all the difference.
Published on 13 December 2010 by Tom Finn in Health & Environment
The campaign uses an interactive approach, rather than simply dictating or pointing to diagrams. The organizers intend to engage the children and encourage discussion.
Published on 9 November 2009 by Huda Ashwini Mubarak in Health & Environment
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves procedures that intentionally alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons. An estimated 100 to 140 million girls and women worldwide are currently living with the consequences of FGM. In Africa, about three million girls are at risk for FGM annually.
Published on 17 November 2008 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment
It is perhaps the single most social, brutal procedure surviving the 21st century that can be inflicted on a female. Internationally recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), or ‘khitan’ as it is known in Arabic, includes procedures that intentionally alter or damage female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
Published on 13 April 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment
Food establishments that must be inspected according to law are restaurants, cafeterias, bakeries, food importing corporations, food production labs in factories, slaughter houses, fish shops, and tourist hotels. All of these places must apply the health and safety rules to provide customers with healthy and useful products.
Published on 28 September 2009 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
Although the old-age bone disease of osteoporosis usually affects people above the age of 50, doctors in Yemen have diagnosed cases in patients as young as 40. Part of prevention is more sun and more sport, say doctors.
Published on 29 December 2008 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment
Grapes have a long and abundant history. While they’ ve grown wild since prehistoric times, evidence suggests they were cultivated in Asia as early as 5000 BC. The grape also played a role in numerous religious stories, being referred to as the “fruit of the vine.” Grapes were also pictured in hieroglyphics in ancient Egyptian burial tombs.
Published on 5 October 2009 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment
The trip to the spring is dangerous, as the way is muddy and stony, making pedestrians slip. Injuries from falls, and even deaths have been reported from this and other nearby mountains when unlucky water carriers lose their balance in the rough peaks.
Published on 14 June 2010 by Alice Hackman in Health & Environment
Aeons ago, when Arabia was connected to Africa, wild animals roamed the mountains of Yemen. According to the Greek writer Agatharhides of Cnidus who lived in the second century BC, the northwest of the country once abounded with lions, wolves and leopards. But now Arabian lions are believed to be extinct. Only a few of the great cats survive, and their existence is threatened with human settlement and the depletion of their natural prey.
Published on 23 November 2009 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Heart attacks and cardiac deaths are so common that they almost seem natural and inevitable. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for about one of every three deaths. A healthy lifestyle can help you control risk factors leading to heart attack and prevent it.
Published on 23 February 2009 by Salma Ismail in Health & Environment
High fructose corn syrup, also called isoglucose, is a thick liquid that lurks in all sorts of items at your local grocery store’s shelves and many fast food menus. You can find it in yoghurts, ketchup, cereals, pancake syrup, icecream, soft drinks, cookies, canned soup and fruit juices, among many other items.
Published on 17 March 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment
Have you ever felt like needing a nap after having a heavy meal? And do you know why you feel cold too?
Published on 9 June 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment
Obesity is more than just being a few pounds overweight. Those who are obese have a much greater strain on their heart and other organs than other people. Obesity is a chronic condition that develops as a result of an interaction between a person's genetic makeup and their environment.
Published on 25 August 2005 by Khaled Al-Nsour in Health & Environment
Nicotine is a naturally occurring liquid alkaloid. An alkaloid is an organic compound made out of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and sometimes oxygen. These chemicals have potent effects on the human body.
Published on 2 January 2012 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment
Locals in Melhan, a district in Mahwit Governorate in northwest Yemen, have been complaining about the breakout of new and strange diseases this year.
Published on 21 November 2011 by Sadeq Al-Wesabi in Health & Environment
More than four million Yemeni children under the age of five were immunized as part of a new campaign to keep the country free of the virus.
Published on 28 December 2011 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Heart diseases are the number one killer across the globe. It doesn’t discriminate anyone. It strikes males and females, young and old - basically all and any. When we say heart diseases, we mean multiple conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels. Heart disease includes coronary artery disease, pulmonary heart disease, and hypertension.
Published on 2 January 2012 by Dr. Siva in Health & Environment
Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. — Hipocrates
Published on 16 January 2012 by Garnet Roach in Health & Environment
The United Nations World Food Programme has allocated $213 million towards providing food aid for Yemenis in 2012.
Published on 27 December 2011 by Malak Shaher in Snapshot
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“Valedictorians in other countries are honored and given jobs, here they protest!” reads one of the posters held by a protester outside the Ministry of Finance. Another one reads “why??! Does the Ministry of Finance stand against giving jobs to valedictorians, despite them having completed the necessary procedures in relevant ministries?” On Sunday top graduates from across the country came to Sana’a, demanding to be offered teaching positions at universities like previous valedictorians.
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Published on 13 March 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays
There is an ardent need of an efficient link language, which can undeniably be English. The network of education in the fitness of things, produce young men and women who are proficient in at least two languages - Arabic and English so as not to be handicapped by the lack of knowledge of an appropriate medium of communication while working in these fields.
Published on 25 February 2017 by Dr. Shafiqa Anwar Fakir in Essays
There was an obvious uneasiness in her manner that her mother and sisters noticed, but which escaped her father. He sat swallowing the fish with an exceptional appetite. And, Zeinab kept struggling with the feeling of blurting out the words that surged within her—no matter what I would not marry my cousin.
Published on 23 February 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays
The principles of public speaking are very similar to those of social interaction, such as conversation. If we are able to carry on conversation with a friend or a few others with ease and confidence, we can easily learn to speak before an audience because public speaking is no more than conversation with a relatively large group of listeners.
Published on 21 February 2017 by K. M. Tiwary in Essays
Language is the most readily available medium of expression which can give voice to love delicately and subtly, with fidelity and freshness. But then the language of love must bee as privy to the heart as is the emotion of love; it must be alive with the passionate vigor peculiar to love. Thus there must be a symbiosis between the heart and the language that peaks its private feelings.
Published on 20 February 2017 by Dr. Ramakanta Sahu in Essays
In terms of the targeted learning outcome, the FL curriculum should ideally ensure that an average leaner, by the end of the period of his academic training, displays as his terminal behavior, an adequate command of 'what' to say, 'whom', 'when' and 'how' in the target language (TL).
Published on 25 February 2017 by Salwa Yehia Aleryani in Essays
She sat down looking around like a cat in a cage. After two or three minutes the young gentleman stood at the door and announced her name. He looked so proud to mention her name, as if her name would touch him with a blessing. She stood up and left the room. A waterfall of gossip rushed down from all directions.
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Published on 5 March 2012 by Manal Abdul Wahed Sharif / [email protected] in Essays
I am so grateful for having spent the years of my adolescence in a very simple place like Yemen, for I feel it was relatively balanced. I had just enough sheltered family love and satisfaction to bear the exposure to the “real life” I saw there.
Published on 5 March 2012 by Mubeen Esam / [email protected] in Essays
Have you ever asked yourself what it was like when cars were first introduced into Yemen – or what our means of transportation were before cars appeared?
Published on 23 February 2012 by Sultan Munassar in Essays
February 21 represents a day of victory for Yemen's people – a day that has a distinguished flavor, as it will be the result of the ongoing peaceful revolution that has prevailed all over the country.
Published on 14 February 2012 by Naji Gazali in Essays
This revolution has shown us the bright side of Yemenis in many ways. It has shown us that we are really peaceful people despite the fact that we ranked second after the US in the world for possessing firearms per citizen.
Published on 6 February 2012 by Taha Yaseen Abdu Ahmed in Essays
Published on 30 January 2012 by Yemen Times Staff in Essays
Do you believe in the law of attraction, where you bring into your life whatever you think about? Have you ever thought something will happen and it does? Or remembered someone and then they call?
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International support is crucial to secure a stable future for Yemeni people, says Progressio, a UK-based charity organization.
Published on 5 March 2012 by Khalid Mohammed Al-karimi in Essays
Candles boast of their ability to mitigate the gloomy hours of the night. The blaze of one candle suffices, allowing us to complete our assignments, compose paragraphs or even an essay. Indeed, we are indebted to all candles. Once the power is on, they are all extinguished. Yet the smart candle retorts “Soon I will be the sole recourse.’’ As a consequence, I had the following conversation with a candle:
Published on 5 March 2012 by Sharique Naeem in Essays
The first war of its kind the world had ever seen, was started by states based on the creed of capitalism. World War 1 was called the ‘Great Game’. A Game in which a plan was meticulously put forth to achieve what the imperial West had tried in vain for centuries to do, that is, to put an end to the Caliphate.
Published on 14 February 2012 by By: Hanan Mohammed / [email protected] in Essays
Every single organ in our body represents a great message: the heart stands for love, eyes for a clear vision, and hands – which have fingers of differing length and size – stand for beauty. Take a moment to mediate on the differences of the fingers of one hand. If we suppose that they are the same, they are useless, ugly. The reason for this difference is that it has wisdom behind it – but we don’t realize it. Viewed nicely, people in this life have different thoughts, ideas, concepts, beliefs and parties, but we still have the beauty of their differences. Unfortunately, these days each person looks at others as enemies, not because they are real enemies, but because they have different thoughts. What is happening these days in Yemen is the best example of this scenario. The picture that is drawn, of hatred, blood, and killing represents a horrible perspective for each Yemeni. Each person starts to hurt the other in one society. They forget that they are different fingers of one hand: if we hurt one of the fingers, the whole hand will feel the pain.
Published on 13 February 2012 by Bilal Ahmed Homran in Essays
I am far from my motherland (Yemen) and I am worried: Worried for my loved ones, worried for the children of a failing united society, worried for the lady I met in Change Square weeping over her son's body, and sadly I am worried for the whole Yemeni nation as it discovers the reaction to its freedom from a long and cruel 33 year dictatorship rule under Saleh.
Published on 23 February 2012 by Naji Gazali in Essays
We Yemenis have seen a lot of bad days – but we are all Yemenis, and we are awaiting a day of change. This day will fortify our peaceful revolution and show the rest of the world that we are really a dignified and distinctive people when compared with other parts of the Arab world that have been liberated and tasted the joy of freedom.
Published on 5 March 2012 by Sharique Naeem in Essays
The London Somalia Conference held at Lancaster House, UK, on February 23, is another example of the hypocrisy of democracies. It shows how the torchbearers of democracy are eager to impose models based on their own vested interests in foreign lands. Two years ago, the same Lancaster House hosted the London Afghanistan Conference, in which the UK government proposed its plans for stability in Afghanistan, in order to minimize threats to the UK. However, to date Afghanistan is a country suffering due to occupation, where the native population is not only subjected to physical occupation but their beliefs are also ridiculed and insulted.
Published on 5 March 2012 by Awadh Mubarak in Essays
The revolutions of the “Arab Spring” inspire optimism in each individual who suffered the yoke and despotism of the region’s autocratic regimens. These revolutions mark the beginning of a new era for the Arab World.
Published on 30 November -1 by Mohammed Mutahar in Essays
It’s easy to write on the issue of divorce but for a divorce to take place, for there to an end in a marriage complexities arise. For a divorce is not a simple matter. Many divorces tend to take place in the first year of marriage and there are several reasons for this.
Published on 14 February 2012 by Abdulghani Muthanna in Essays
For several decades the country is being ruled
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I am looking forward to voting on February 21 to choose a new president for Yemen.
Published on 23 February 2012 by Fatima Salem Ballaswud in Essays
We all have dreams that keep us awake through the starry, extended nights.
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Basam Al-Forari, 26, English teacher
According to my mind, he will not stay because he has committed lots of crimes. So he cannot live safely .He was granted immunity but it cannot protect him from victims’ families. They will look for him in order to take revenge.
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The National Dialogue Conference will take place by the end of March, according to the GCC Initiative and its implementation mechanism. What topics would you most like to be discussed and highlighted during this conference?
Published on 18 February 2017 by Dr .M.N.K. Bose in Essays
In most other countries, including the developed ones, female children are brought up in such a way that they grow weak, meek, submissive and domesticated, based on the belief that biology is destiny. This belief is instilled in girls through socialization practices such as male chauvinism and institutional sexism in male-dominated institutions such as schools, colleges and work places.
Published on 22 February 2017 by Samira Ali BinDaair in Essays
I saw images of aborted childhood in the fishing villages of Fukum, Bureika, Hodeida, which broke my heart and made me feel like a fool preaching armchair philosophy about going back to school within the backdrop of grinding poverty and the struggle for survival.
Published on 16 February 2017 by Amrita Satapathy in Essays
Apart from being the mundane apparatus for pouring tea into a cup, teapots ooze a sense of style and are extremely classy much like a Victorian dame. They can be used for haute décor, as collectorsʼ item, as a centerpiece, as childʼs play thing and anything else that your wild imagination can convert them into.