Whittier youth heading to D.C.

first_imgOne day he hopes to be a doctor or a nurse, like his uncle, he said. He will be attending the program, March 17-23, along with three other students in the Whittier area, said officials from the program. “He’s a great son apart from being a great student,” said Rivera, Esquivel’s mother. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3032 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Joseph Esquivel is a boy of few words, but his dimpled smile says it all when he describes being accepted to the “People to People” leadership forum in Washington, D.C. “I’m really excited to see the monuments,” Esquivel said of his first trip to the nation’s capital. The 11-year-old honor roll student from East Whittier Middle School will attend the weeklong event, joining some of the world’s brightest pupils. The People to People program’s fall and spring seminars hosts kids from around the world, giving tours of congressional buildings and national monuments. From Capitol Hill to the Smithsonian Institution, Jamestown and Arlington Cemetery, kids will participate in small-group discussions and exercises aimed at teaching leadership skills. The program started by President Dwight D. Eisenhower 50 years ago targets students who excel in school. Esquivel’s A- and B-status report card is one of the reasons he was chosen, said Terry Rivera, Esquivel’s mother. Esquivel was selected after his sixth grade social science and English teacher, Elizabeth Sanchez, nominated him. His love of history coupled with his natural ability to help others is why family members are cheering him on in his education. last_img read more

India in South Africa: Wanderers pitch rated poor by ICC

first_imgIndia and South Africa players were visibly troubled by the Wanderers pitch used for the Third and final Test, and International Cricket Council rated as poor and received three demerit points in the process.India came back from behind to win the Test by 63 runs as 40 wickets fell for 805 runs in almost 296 overs.However the 22-yard strip was the focus of attention as a number of batsmen from both sides received blows due to “steep unpredictable bounce and excessive seam movement”.WATCH: South Africa let themselves down The play was in fact stopped by the on-field umpires on the third day as they found it dangerous to continue when Jasprit Bumrah’s bouncer struck Dean Elgars helmet.”Andy Pycroft of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees has rated the Wanderers Stadium pitch as “poor” and, as such, according to the ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, it has received three demerit points, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today,” ICC stated in a media release.As per norms, one demerit point is awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as “below average”, while three and five demerit points respectively are awarded to surfaces marked as “poor” and “unfit”, respectively.Since the Wanderers Test got completed, ICC match referee didn’t rate the pitch as “unfit” which would have got it five demerit points.According to the parent body, the demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period and if during this five-year period, the Wanderers Stadium reaches the threshold of five demerit points, then it will be suspended from staging any international cricket for 12 months.advertisementPycroft, whose report has been forwarded to Cricket South Africa, said: “The pitch prepared for the final Test was a poor one. It had excessively steep and unpredictable bounce, and excessive seam movement.”Pycroft’s report categorically mentioned about how players of both teams were physically hurt and required medical attention.”It deteriorated quickly as the match progressed, which made batting extremely difficult and hazardous, resulting in the medical staff from both the sides having to come onto the field of play multiple times to treat their batsmen.”The match referee stated that the Test went on only after due deliberation.”As the on-field umpires are also responsible for the players safety, they expressed concerns about the behaviour of the pitch and debated after day three, if it was appropriate to continue the match.”In the end, the umpires made the decision to continue and the Test reached its natural conclusion on day four. However, there was still excessive variable bounce and seam movement when the Test match ended,” he concluded.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Experience the essence of Hungary

first_imgA folk dance and music performance by world famous ensemble from Hungary, the Csillagszemuek (Starry Eyed) is being organised by the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre (HICC) in cooperation with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in the Capital. This first international folk dance and music festival will be staged on 13 October at Kamani Auditorium.The Csillagszemuek (Starry-Eyed) Dance ensemble will be on their second tour to India and will be travelling and performing at various other cities in India like – Jaipur, Meerut, Saharanpur, Roorkee, and Dehradun. The group is engaged in dance education through various workshops, in which children learn their native folk dances. Sándor Timár, choreographer and his wife Böske Tjmár established the dance ensemble in 1993, which is considered to be unique in Hungary and Europe, and includes about 450 children. The Timár-method is used to train children and is well recognised in the world of folk dance. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The essence of this method is to introduce children and the young generation to the existing folk dance and music traditions of Hungary. This is done not only through stage or as a priceless value of Hungarian culture but, as a real experience to be built into the dancers’ lives. The 17-member Csillagszemuek is one of the world’s most prestigious Hungarian folk dance and music ensembles. The group regularly performs at the Hungarian dance performers’ star-gala in the opera house, and takes part in the excellent dance-art happenings and festivals. The Csillagszemuek represent Hungary all over the world and are called the Dance Ambassadors of Hungary.When: 13 October Where: Kamani Auditorium, Mandi Houselast_img read more