Clint Eastwood saves man from choking

Updated 26 February 2014
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Clint Eastwood saves man from choking

WASHINGTON: Hollywood’s iconic good guy, Clint Eastwood, is also a real life hero after swooping to rescue a choking guest at a California reception.
“Clint saved my life,” Steve John told The Carmel Pine Cone, the local newspaper where the actor once served as mayor in the 1980s.
During a reception late Wednesday for a golf tournament in Carmel-by-the-Sea, John was eating and chatting, only to get a piece of cheese stuck in his windpipe.
“Suddenly, I couldn’t breathe. It was as bad as it could have been,” recalled the director of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in California.
“Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do.”
The award-winning actor and director told the local paper that he saw in John “that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their eyes.”
Eastwood, 83, moved behind John to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
“I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out,” the mega star recalled.
“And then I made him drink a big glass of water with a bunch of lemon squeezed in it.”
Eastwood, who most famously inhabited the role of “Dirty Harry,” confessed he’d never performed the Heimlich maneuver in real life before: “except to practice.”
The maneuver consists of standing behind a person and pressing strongly with both hands just above their navel to help expel any food or other object that is blocking the airway.


FaceOf: Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb,  Imam of Al-Azhar

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayeb served as Egypt's grand mufti from March 2002 until September 2003.
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FaceOf: Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb,  Imam of Al-Azhar

Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayeb is the current imam of Al-Azhar, appointed by the former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, in 2010. 

Al-Tayeb met the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen on Tuesday in Cairo. They reviewed current Islamic issues and discussed ways to strengthen Islamic cooperation in countering terrorism and promoting world peace. 

Al-Othaimeen also met with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Saleh Shukry and discussed the latest regional developments and how to deal with the crises in several Islamic countries.

Al-Tayeb was born in 1946 in Al-Kurna village in the governorate of Luxor. He received his basic education at Al-Azhar school, where he memorized and studied the Qur’an and Islamic major works and texts. 

He joined the college of Fundamentals of Religion in Cairo and graduated from the theology and philosophy department in 1969. He obtained his master’s and doctorate degrees from the same department.

He speaks English and French languages fluently, and he has translated several books from French to Arabic. 

Al-Tayeb is a hereditary Sufi shaykh from Upper Egypt and has expressed support for a global Sufi league.

Al-Tayeb began his academic career as a teaching assistant in the department of theology and philosophy at Al-Azhar University in 1969. 

He became a lecturer in 1977 and an associate professor in 1982. Since January 1988, he had been a professor of philosophy at Al-Azhar University.

In addition to his academic career, Al-Tayeb served as the Grand Mufti of the Arab Republic of Egypt from March 2002 until September 2003. He became president of Al-Azhar University in September 2003 until he was appointed in 2010 as Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.