LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS How England faced down the hakaThere have been fewer showdowns in the face of New Zealand‘s haka in recent years since rules were introduced to keep both teams on their ten-metre lines – yet sides have still come up with unique ways to face the pre-match ritual.In 2008, Wales had the stand-off/stare-off when they refused to move after the haka until the All Blacks did. In 2011, France formed an arrow shape ahead of the World Cup final against the All Blacks.Now, in 2019, England formed a semi-circle around the haka ahead of their semi-final against New Zealand.You can watch how it unfolded here… So what was the thinking behind the statement positioning? And how did New Zealand feel about it? Here are the thoughts of the players… Keep track of events in Japan via the Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Find out the players’ thoughts on how England set up to face New Zealand’s haka Shape shifters: England form a semi-circle around the haka (Getty Images) England full-back Elliot Daly: “It’s something we spoke about, and obviously we wanted to be respectful. But we just wanted to accept the challenge from them. I know that we were accepting it, and it was just something different.”Related: England 19-7 New Zealand Match ReportEngland centre Manu Tuilagi: “For me it is an honour to stand in front of the haka and I watched it growing up as a kid and you want to do it yourself. To see them do it again, it is an unbelievable feeling. It is a challenge and you respect it and accept it.“Everyone wanted to show that we were ready and together. It was something different that I think Eddie (Jones) suggested. It was to show we were ready to accept the challenge against New Zealand and any game against them is tough particularly in a semi-final.”New Zealand captain Kieran Read: “The haka had no impact on the game. They dominated the breakdown and we couldn’t work into our game and we were chasing.“They did a good job. The boys really wanted it. You could see it in the first half, we conceded and we hung in there. It is pretty gutting when it doesn’t go your way.”
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The APD provides a police officer for reading to the children.McDonald’s provides the cookies and milk.The Apopka Library provides a comfortable setting for the event.The events are held at 10:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday of each month. TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCookies and Milk with a CopMcDonald’sNorth Orange County Library Previous articleApopka Memorial Middle School science teacher needs your helpNext articleHave dinner in Apopka this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Take your kids to the North Orange Library in Apopka today from 10:30 am – 11:30 am to meet the officers of the Apopka Police Department for cookies and milk and a story. This is a time for children to interact with local police officers in a fun and informative environment. APD Deputy Chief Randy Fernandez will facilitate the event.The North Orange County Branch Library is at 1211 East Semoran Boulevard in Apopka.APD Deputy Chief Randy Fernandez will facilitate the Cookies and Milk with a Cop event Saturday morning.Cookies & Milk with a CopDate: Tomorrow from 10:30 am to 11:30 am Sponsored by: The Orange County Library (Apopka Branch), McDonald’s, and the Apopka Police DepartmentLocation: The Orange County Library at 1211 E. Semoran Boulevard in ApopkaCookies and Milk with a Cop is an initiative started by Officer Andrew Raphael of the Winter Garden Police Department last year. The goal is to bring kids and Cops together in a fun and non-traditional environment that builds trust and makes friends.Cookies and Milk with a Cop is a joint-venture between the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Main Street McDonald’s restaurant and the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka.
“COPY” Manufacturers: BoConcept, D’Décor, Hafele, Kohler, Color Asian, Euro Plak, Oscar Lucia, Smart Home ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/779245/pool-house-42mm-architecture Clipboard India HVAC: MEP: Photographs: Ravi Kanade Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses, Extension•New Delhi, India Structural Design:C S BhandariLandscape:42mmStructural & Landscape:KC ContractsCity:New DelhiCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ravi KanadeRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoText description provided by the architects. Brief was primarily an extension the already existing house: to accommodate a home theater / lounge / pool / changing room /a gym / and addition of two suites with dressers and toilets.Save this picture!Site PlanWe strongly felt that the new block should be a standalone structure complementing the existing building and not replicating the same. We suggested to the clients to revisit their brief and to give this annexe block a refreshing look that makes it stand apart from its older structure.Save this picture!© Ravi KanadeOther reason that reinforced our suggestion- The landscape of the site, where the property is located, is breathtaking, lush green vegetation with tall trees. It was logical that the design of the house should appreciate that landscape at every turn.Inspiration behind the design “PEBBLE IN THE GRASS”Response to the context in terms of the existing architecture:- a post modern building constructed in exposed concrete about 20 years old. We constructed a new contradictory form in the same material system, expressing the shift in time between both the buildings.Save this picture!© Ravi Kanade-Building is like an object / a sculpture not bound by any classical archetypal or conventional construction system. The form is just like a natural peal from the landscape.-The pool house is overlooking the green, its perched, the construction system is shell based so cantilevering the block was not a challenge, imagine the unit to be like a sliced section of a pipe its so strong in it self due to prestress that minor stresses and strains are inconsequential.Save this picture!© Ravi Kanade-In theory the building had to be a very bold statement for it to read as an object, so we decided to keep it very singular in its form and finish. The softening of its edges and the tilt were a result of trying to blend this stark object with the scape (imagine a lone pebble in the grass. It looks distinct / beautiful and yet blends in.Save this picture!Section-The central wooden block is the life line A/C units / electric panels / toilet / pantry / storage for more that 2000 DVD’s / the AV system / the acoustic divider/ this unit is cladded in wooden finished HPL to achieve the singular look.Save this picture!© Ravi Kanade-In order to align with the architectural vocabulary the interior design had to be singular as well. The wooden paneling forms a floating media unit completely concealing all the devices and screen; this how ever is reciprocated with a curved panel on the other side defining the seating space with the island bar.Save this picture!Section-All the furniture was sourced, it is what we like to call interior design by assembling ( these are all individual separate pieces with absolutely no relation what so ever with each other in terms of design or color or material, kept together to create a “whole” it feels like that they all belong together. )Save this picture!© Ravi KanadeExecution challenges- The entire building is an example of minimalism, every unwanted thing is either concealed / embedded or invisible:- This required extreme Detailing at a principal level :-Designing shuttering to hold an inclined RCC wall weighing 8.5 Tons: we made a proper unit like a 3D frame to hold the weight of concrete.Save this picture!© Ravi Kanade-Getting fair faced concrete good enough to be able to handle polishing on the floor.-Designing wooden frames in a curved section with wooden doors surrounded by glass on all sides: this was an experiment where we developed a freestanding wooden door frame.Save this picture!Detail-The toilet is finished in singular in-situ terrazzo, we had to get masons from eastern UP who work on doubly curved terrazzo surfaces.Save this picture!© Ravi KanadeIts an all concrete shell construction, no beams, no columns just a wrapping shell in concrete. The floor is the same concrete polished. It has no plaster / paint / waterproofing or finishing render. The interiors a bare with just a single block cladded in wood internally and externally housing a toilet and a pantry. The toilet is finished in terrazzo cast in-situ, the concrete used is a designed mix without and artificial pigments and enhancers we wanted the concrete to breathe and weather naturally.Project gallerySee allShow lessCultural Center in Baud / Studio 02Selected ProjectsMook Salon / Okuwada ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Pool House / 42mm Architecture Architects: 42mm Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Tech Consultants, Suved Encon “COPY” Projects Year: Photographs Houses Pool House / 42mm ArchitectureSave this projectSavePool House / 42mm Architecture DCCE, Mistubishi Electric ArchDaily CopyAbout this office42mm ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionNew DelhiIndiaPublished on December 24, 2015Cite: “Pool House / 42mm Architecture” 23 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The Media Trust is offering ten week-long work placements to PR or press officers from voluntary organisations, giving them the chance to experience working at a range of top media companies including regional, local and national newspapers, BBC radio and television news, Press Association and Sky News.The aim of the Media Connections programme is to help charity press and PR staff learn how to improve their organisation’s relationship with the media in order to gain more publicity for its activities. Advertisement 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Applications require a CV and a covering letter of no more than 800 words.The placements take place during November and December 2009.While most successful applicants will be awarded a placement locally, travel and expenses are not covered.The deadline for applications is 8 October 2009.www.mediatrust.org/community-newswire/media-connectionsPhoto: Newsroom panorama by victoriapeckham on Flickr.com. Charity PR staff get chance to experience top media workplaces Howard Lake | 28 September 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: PR and media relations Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
The Big Give 2009 Christmas Challenge raises £3 million in two hours About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 37 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 December 2009 | News The online donations and their tax-efficient elements were again handled by Liverpool-based Charities Trust, which has been working with The Big Give for the past three years. During the week of the campaign it handled more than 7,000 pledges.Jason Doherty, Head of Marketing at Charities Trust, congratulated the Big Give on beating its original target of £6 million.He explained: “Our website is the payment conduit that sits behind The Big Give. Managing donations from £5 to £50,000 that then need to be collated and transferred to up to 6,000 charities requires an effective system that we supply. We work with Leeds-based, full service digital agency Chapter Eight to supply a secure, safe and easy to use payment gateway which is fully integrated with our website and that allows every donation to be tracked, monitored and transferred to the correct charity”.Alec Reed, founder of The Big Give, added: “In our first two years, The Big Give has raised millions for charity, matched several wealthy donors with new charities, and inspired a new generation of philanthropists.”The Reed Foundation claims that this is “the largest match donation programme that UK charities have ever experienced”.www.thebiggive.org.uk Tagged with: Funding Major gift The Big Give Major donor giving site The Big Give raised £7.7 million last week during its Christmas 2009 matched giving campaign. The first £3 million of this was raised in just two hours.The Big Give raised this total by creating a matched fund: over 175 participating charities then persuaded their donors to give during the week of 7-11 December on the grounds that their donations would be doubled with matched funding from the Reed Foundation.Participating charities included the Princes Trust, WWF and the National Trust. Advertisement
Director Igor Lopatonok’s powerful documentary, “Ukraine on Fire,” exposes the history of Western imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the 2014 coup that allowed the far-right to ascend to power.“Ukraine on Fire” was written by Vanessa Dean and executive-produced by filmmaker Oliver Stone (“The Putin Interviews,” 2017). It contains much footage of the street violence that brought down the Ukrainian government in 2014. The film also features conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Minister of Internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, as well as with award-winning investigative journalist Robert Parry, the founder of Consortium News.The film investigates the series of events that allowed for “Euromaidan” and set the stage for the coup in Ukraine.The film’s narrator describes Ukraine as a land of beauty, heroism and sacrifice. Rich in arable land and resources, it has served as a pathway for Western powers trying to subvert and conquer the East, particularly the former Soviet Union, and now Russia.But the Ukrainian people have “paid the highest price for these games of power.” The U.S. and other world powers have attempted to control Ukraine and use it for their own purposes.Fascism in UkraineFor decades Ukraine has been plagued with fascist elements, like the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), formed in 1929. OUN members openly conspired with the Nazi invaders during World War II, and some even joined the Waffen S.S. As noted in “Fraud, Famine and Fascism” (1987) by Douglas Tottle, “The relationship between German Nazism and Ukrainian Nationalism” was “no brief honeymoon.”By the end of 1941 — the same year the Nazis broke their treaty and invaded the Soviet Union in “Operation Barbarossa” — the OUN militia had murdered between 150,000 to 200,000 Jews in German-occupied Ukraine. They also targeted other groups the Nazis labeled as “untermenschen” or “subhuman.”After Germany surrendered to Allied forces on May 7, 1945, Ukraine remained a part of the USSR. While Nazi leaders were tried for crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials, the Ukrainian nationalists were spared.Declassified documents from the U.S. government reveal strong ties between the CIA and the Ukrainian nationalists. The agency was well aware of their crimes and used them as tools in the Cold War against the Soviet Union. In a fanatical crusade against socialism and communism, the U.S. and its NATO partners allied themselves with countless reactionaries in bloody conflicts around the globe.In 1989, the Narodny Rukh (Peoples Movement) emerged, advocating Ukrainian independence. It became an “incubator” for Ukrainian neo-Nazism. Two years later, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Ukraine became independent. Since then, the far-right has made a resurgence with groups like the Svoboda party, which champions the cruel fascist ideology earlier carried out by OUN leader Stepan Bandera. Later, other reactionary groups and parties were formed, such as Trident and the Right Sector party.After the USSR ceased to exist, Ukraine fell into privatization and corruption, which enriched the elite at the expense of the Ukrainian people. In November 2013, Yanukovych sought to ease the country’s economic woes by turning to the European Union, but he says the negotiations failed “due to the usual draconian demands made by the International Monetary Fund.” So he turned to President Putin of Russia. Protests against Yanukovych’s government then erupted in the streets of central Kiev, the nation’s capital.The U.S. blamed the violence on the government even as Washington played a big part in Yanukovych’s overthrow. In one section of the film, we hear a tape recording of the notorious conversation between Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt discussing who should replace Yanukovych as president.U.S. partnership with fascist groupsThe film shows that the street violence and anti-government rhetoric being spouted were committed by the ideological disciples of the Nazi collaborators propped up by the CIA following World War II. The protests and the media coverage of “Euromaidan” were largely orchestrated by fascists (mostly from western Ukraine), with help from the U.S. government and its partners. Ukrainian television news outlets Spilno, Espreso and Hromadske slanted their coverage of the situation and demanded Yanukovych’s ouster. It has been revealed that these networks, like many of the protesters, were partially funded by the U.S. Embassy.The film sheds light on the role of internationally financed nongovernmental organizations in helping topple governments, including those with democratic elections. Such NGOs, supported by the CIA, have included the likes of the National Endowment for Democracy, which has supported violent regime change since the mid-1980s, including the invasion of Iraq in 2003. This is best explained by interview subject Parry, who helped break early stories on the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s.According to director Lopatonok: “In the 1980s, most of these ‘regime changes’ were orchestrated by the CIA. In Ukraine, we uncovered the fingerprints of new stage helpers influencing our elections.”In Washington, D.C., the effort was applauded by Sens. John McCain and Chris Murphy. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright supported arming the Ukraine government with weapons — for “defensive” purposes, of course. Stone, who also conducted some of the interviews in the film, posted a statement on social media in 2015 revealing how he and those he interviewed believed “these foreign elements were introduced by pro-Western factions — with CIA fingerprints on it.”Instead of falling prey to the fascist-backed oligarchs now in power, the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk split from Ukraine to form their own republics. The U.S. continues to arm and fund Kiev in an effort to crush the resistance. As the fighting rages on, so does Washington’s effort to demonize and threaten Russia and its allies.Film banned but available“Ukraine on Fire” was banned in Ukraine. Efforts have also been made to prevent the film from being shown in the U.S. ever since it appeared on the film festival circuit last year. Fortunately, the 95-minute documentary is being distributed by Cinema Libre Studio, which has courageously partnered with Stone in releasing two other important political documentary features: “South of the Border” (2010) and “Looking for Fidel” (2006).“Ukraine on Fire” was made available for online streaming (Amazon Video and Vimeo on Demand) in the U.S. and Canada on June 27 and will be made available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 18.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
When a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokesperson callously claimed that Mumia Abu-Jamal was being hospitalized with COVID-19 at 5 p.m. on April 15, the news was shared worldwide in minutes. Supporters, who have been misled by DOC statements in the past, immediately flooded the institution with calls demanding confirmation from Abu-Jamal himself.By 8:45 p.m., bowing to pressure, the DOC allowed Mumia to call supporters. He confirmed that the official report was false. “I am fine, I am not hospitalized,” he reported. “What I need is freedom.”This racist and cruel hoax appears to be the prison’s response to a day-long twitter storm and phone call blast to Pennsylvania state and prison officials demanding the release of Abu-Jamal and all state prisoners. The COVID-19 pandemic imposes a death sentence on the incarcerated, including 66-year-old Mumia, who already suffers from cirrhosis of the liver.As of April 15, a total of 53 prisoners had been tested out of 45,000 inmates, with a 17 percent positivity rate; one death had been reported on April 8. In the last month there has only been a reduction of 474 out of 45,000 state prisoners.Virtual press conference exposes DOC liesOn the morning of April 16, Abu-Jamal supporters held a virtual press conference where they went into detail on the actions of the DOC spokesperson and its impact on family, friends and supporters of Abu-Jamal.Santiago Alvarez, a University of California Santa Cruz student who called the prison, described the recorded conversation he had with the DOC spokesperson and played a portion of it. The person clearly told Alvarez: “Mumia was taken to the hospital 30 minutes ago … suffering from headaches and breathing problems … to be tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.” The speaker identified themselves as “Philip Howard.”On Alvarez’s second call to the prison, the person who answered the phone said, “No one has left here today” and “Abu-Jamal was still in his cell.” From the recordings it seemed clear that the same individual answered both calls despite giving a different name when prompted and claiming that he had no idea “who the hell Philip Howard is.”Johanna Fernandez, with the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, stated, “It is time to release the people who sit at ground zero for COVID-19. Release all prisoners who are immunocompromised. There are over 700,000 prisoners across the U.S. suffering from hepatitis C. These people are being sentenced to death as we speak.” Fernandez stated that the prison official’s callous misinformation, which was recorded, should lead to disciplinary procedures and his firing.Delbert Africa, recently released MOVE 9 member, recounted how these “racist, sadistic guards and staff did the same thing to me, denying I was sick, denying I was hospitalized,” misleading his friends and family when he was actually very ill in prison. Calling for the release of Mumia, Russell Maroon Shoatz, Mutulu Shakur, Jalil Muntaqim and other political prisoners, he complimented the solidarity movement for forcing the DOC to take Mumia from his cell to make the call confirming his condition — a very unusual step.Temple professor and activist Marc Lamont Hill called the prison spokesperson’s actions “shocking — a stunning level of cruelty and indifference.” Hill reported that as of April 3, while the COVID-19 infection rate in New York City, the highest in the U.S., was 6.48 per thousand, the infection rate at Rikers Island prison was 54.05 per thousand. “Every incarcerated person is in danger. You can’t have social distancing in prisons.”Megan Malachi, with Philly REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice, and longtime Abu-Jamal activist Dr. Suzanne Ross also spoke. Malachi stated: “The false statement issued by the prison in the middle of a global pandemic is yet another example of the inherent violence of mass incarceration.”Ross recounted how the global movement forced the state DOC to make hepatitis C medication available to Mumia and other prisoners just a few years earlier.Abu-Jamal supporters have planned a series of events marking his 66th birthday from April 23 to 26, including a virtual press conference on April 23; a Webinar/Teach-In on April 24; “Mumia Libre, an Instagram Live Dance Party” on April 25; and “Poetry in Motion, a noon-to-midnight reading of Abu-Jamal’s works” on April 26. For more information and details, visit mobilization4mumia.com/new-events or facebook.com/cbmhome/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE ASA: Proposed Steel Tariffs Raise Potential for Retaliation Against U.S. Soybeans Home Indiana Agriculture News ASA: Proposed Steel Tariffs Raise Potential for Retaliation Against U.S. Soybeans Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 18, 2018 Following reports Thursday from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the department will recommend tariffs on imported steel and aluminum as a result of its ongoing investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, soybean farmers have voiced their concern about the potential for retaliation against U.S. soybean imports by the Chinese. The American Soybean Association (ASA) has repeatedly noted the potential for retaliation by China, which purchases approximately one third of the soybeans grown in the United States at a value of more than $14 billion. ASA President and Iowa farmer John Heisdorffer issued the following statement today:“Today’s news from the Commerce Department is very concerning for soybean farmers. China is not only our largest customer, it purchases more than all our other customers combined. Add to that the sobering fact that our capable competitors in Brazil and Argentina are all too happy to pick up whatever slack we leave in supplying the Chinese market, and these potential tariffs have the potential to make life very hard for soybean farmers. In earlier conversations about potential tariffs under Section 232, the Chinese specifically identified U.S. soybeans as a target for retaliation, and the barriers that retaliation would create will add significant further injury to an already-hobbled farm economy. Prices are down 40 percent and farm income is down 50 percent, and we simply can’t afford for those numbers to get worse. Soybean farmers look to the White House to move forward with a China strategy that strengthens the competitiveness of our domestic industries while at the same time growing our export opportunities.”Source: American Soybean Association Previous articleCommentary: What is Meat?Next articleNew DOE Study: Ethanol Among Best Options for Future Engine Efficiency Improvements and Emissions Reduction Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter SHARE
RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison EgyptMiddle East – North Africa News News Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the use of violence to intimidate journalists after editor Abdel Halim Qandil was abducted and beaten by thugs who threatened to kill him unless he stopped “talking about people in high places”.Qandil, editor of the weekly Nasserite magazine Al-Arabi and one of the country’s most outspoken opposition journalists, was bundled into a car and beaten up in Cairo on 2 November.The worldwide press freedom organisation called on the Egyptian authorities to carry out a full and thorough investigation to quickly find and punish his attackers.”We urge the Egyptian authorities to see that the law is respected,” it said. “This kind of crude and violent intimidation of journalists should have no place in Egypt. The authorities’ obligation to react firmly to such threats is all the greater since it involves a journalist known as a fierce critic of the government and of President Hosni Mubarak.”Qandil told Reporters Without Borders that a car pulled up next to him at around 3am as he was returning to his home in the south of Cairo after eating the “souhour”, the last meal permitted before the start of the daily Ramadan fast.”Four people grabbed me and forced me onto the back seat of their car. They blindfolded me and for one hour beat me and threatened to kill me,” he said. “They also stole everything I had on me, my mobile phone, my diary, my glasses, my bag containing articles that were due to be published in the next edition of Al-Arabi and they even stripped me of my clothes and left me in an area of desert outside Cairo.”His assailants repeatedly told him, “You have to stop talking about people in high places”. Qandil was left with minor injuries, chiefly bleeding to one eye and bruising to a shoulder, an arm and to his face.Al-Arabi has recently been running a press campaign objecting to a possible further mandate for President Hosni Mubarak in 2005 and the “hereditary” tendencies of those in power. Despite official denials, the opposition suspects the president’s son Gamal Mubarak of seeking to take over from his father, who has been in power for 23 years.A 31 October article carried by Al-Arabi condemned “mass arrests” carried out by the authorities as part of the investigation into the 7 October bombings of three Sinai hotels, patronised chiefly by Israeli tourists. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts November 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition journalist abducted and beaten Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution February 1, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information News February 6, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the use of violence to intimidate journalists after editor Abdel Halim Qandil was abducted and beaten by thugs who threatened to kill him unless he stopped “talking about people in high places”. January 22, 2021 Find out more