Based on feedback from students and other members of the campus community, the University’s new Duncan Student Center will offer three dining options, according to a University press release.Star Ginger Asian Grill and Noodle Bar, Modern Market and a coffee house featuring Intelligentsia brand coffee will all be featured in the Duncan Student Center, according to the release.Star Ginger Asian Grill and Noodle Bar will offer dishes inspired by cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore. Modern Market, created by two Notre Dame graduates, will feature dishes made from scratch and will offer gluten-free and vegan options. The coffee house will serve Intelligentsia coffees, teas, smoothies, crepes, pastries and gelato.Duncan Student Center is set to open in January 2018 and will be on the west side of campus, the release said. Tags: dining, duncan student center
Several campus organizations have joined forces this week to promote tolerance and student well-being with Stand Against Hate Week, an annual awareness week that seeks to both educate about hate and empower individuals to challenge it.The week is hosted by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and is co-sponsored by several other campus organizations, including Notre Dame Right to Life and PrismND.Senior Matthew Connell, vice president of communications for Notre Dame Right to Life, said the groups are partnering for the event with the intent “to stand alongside marginalized populations and just to advocate for their dignity.”The week will host a series of events aimed to create a dialogue about hate on campus, said senior Devon Harford, president of PrismND.Each event seeks to help “face hate and to not only work to move past it and to teach people how to move past it,” she said.The week kicked off Monday with a panel discussion titled “Is Black Lives Matter a Pro-Life Issue?” hosted by Campus Ministry and Right to Life.Volunteers from the Icarus Project, an organization that aims to promote mental health, visited Tuesday to teach individuals about self-care “through the lens of dealing with traumas,” Harford said.On Thursday evening, a prayer service will be held at the Grotto in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which memorializes those who were murdered for their transgender identities. Harford said the names of transgender individuals who have been killed this year will be read aloud during the service.“We’re each going to state their names so that they can not only be remembered but still have an individual voice, even after it’s been taken from them,” she said.Sara Agostinelli, assistant director of LGBTQ student initiatives at the GRC, said the week will come to a close Friday with a banner signing at Fieldhouse Mall.The intent of the pledge is to allow students to unify under the week’s intention and to show their support for victims of hate, Agostinelli said.“[The] banner will hang in LaFortune Student Center after Thanksgiving,” she said.Agostinelli said a central goal of the week is to give individuals strength in the face of intolerance.“I hope that students gain an opportunity to engage both in self-reflection of their identity but also in conversations with their peers and understanding of how [we are] encouraging people to be their full authentic selves,” she said.Harford said she hopes Stand Against Hate week will help others become more aware of systematic hate and the means by which it can be resisted.“Standing up against hate is more than just standing up to people who hate, it’s standing up to hate around you, in your life and in the lives of the people around you,” she said.Tags: Gender Relations Center, Notre Dame Right to Life, PrismND, StaND Against Hate Week
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 65-year-old man was fatally hit by a car while crossing a road in his hometown of North Bay Shore.Suffolk County police said Marty Karl was crossing Manatuck Boulevard when he was struck by a Volkswagen Jetta north of Hemlock Drive at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday.The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was pronounced dead. The driver was not injured.Third Squad detectives impounded the car and are continuing the investigation.
It also observed that, while recent bias-motivated mass killers have been radicalized young adults such as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, the El Paso killer, a recent multi-decade longitudinal University of Maryland study found that these perpetrators, with a median age of 36, are older relative to other violent hate offenders. The Maryland BIAS study further found that these mass killers are more likely to act alone, be married, have a military service record, higher educational achievement, and a violent criminal history.Of all the single categories of hate crimes, white supremacist/far-right-extremist-motivated homicides saw the greatest increase for the third consecutive year in 2019. “These racist killers dominated the overall category of ‘extremist motivated’ homicides with a total higher than that of all extremist killings combined for 2018,” the CSUSB report said. The problem is exacerbated by an increasingly partisan conservativism in police cultures, manifested by the open hostility of many officers to civil-rights groups such as Black Lives Matter critical of their treatment of black arrestees, as well as their continuing use of disproportionate force to handle such protests. This has created increasing tensions in communities such as Portland, Oregon, where police have lost credibility for their ongoing failures to take hate crimes seriously, as well as to treat leftist protesters with increasing brutality.The Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, examined the 2019 statistics and found that, if anything, the trends toward increasing personal attacks (as opposed to property or other crimes) and rising lethality observed previously has, if anything, worsened:The 2019 increases in hate crime were far more precipitous among the most violent offenses—homicides and assaults; those directed toward certain target groups, like Jews and Latinos; and in some of the nation’s largest cities. These 2019 overall hate crime totals represent an increase of 194 incidents or 2.72% over the prior year and the most since 2008, when there were 7,783.… Of person directed crimes, FBI hate homicides rose most sharply to a record 51, more than double 2018 levels, as single assailant mass domestic terror attacks by white supremacists became increasingly more lethal. Last year was the third consecutive annual rise in a series of sharp increases in hate homicides enumerated by the FBI.The increasingly lethal nature of hate crimes is reflected in the incidents themselves. The August 2019 attack on Latinos in a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, left 23 dead, making it the most lethal single hate-based homicide event since the FBI began tallying such events in the early 1990s.- Advertisement – A ProPublica report in 2017 explained in great detail why and how America fails at accurately gathering complete information about hate crimes in this country. It begins with a police culture that is skeptical of the laws and the need to enforce them and continues through the cold realities that vulnerable minorities—particularly immigrants, LGBTQ folk, and most people of color—fear reporting these crimes because they fear becoming victims all over again. They fear retaliation from the perpetrators, they fear the police and how their cases will be handled, they fear broader social and legal repercussions simply for being drawn into the world of law enforcement (especially LGBTQ people and immigrants), and they fear being accused of faking the crimes—which has become a common refrain among right-wing pundits seeking to undermine concern about these crimes.“The total severity of the impact and damage caused by hate crimes cannot be fully measured without complete participation in the FBI’s data collection process,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “We are working with our partners to improve hate crime data reporting. While some of the increase in 2019 may be the product of better reporting in some jurisdictions, it is critical to improve training at local law enforcement agencies across the country. We also need to remove the barriers that too often prevent people in marginalized communities—the individuals most likely to suffer hate crimes—from reporting hate-based incidents in the first instance. In this pivotal moment in our national conversation about the importance of justice for communities of color, religious minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community, we must make combating hate crimes a top priority.”The ProPublica report found that only 12 states require police, during academy training, to learn how to identify and investigate hate crimes. Moreover, very few agencies provide training after officers leave the academy.- Advertisement – This marks the second straight year in which participation by law enforcement in providing the data—a voluntary reporting effort encouraged by federal statute—has declined. The FBI reports that 86 percent of participating agencies failed to report a single hate crime in 2019, including about 70 cities with populations over 100,000. Only about 14 percent—just over 2,000 out of 15,000 participating agencies—reported any hate crimes at all.Hate-crimes statistics are already badly flawed because of the continuing issues of underreportage and underenforcement of bias crimes. While annual reports show relatively steady annual numbers in the 6,000-8,000 range, experts estimate that the actual numbers of such crimes is around 50,000.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces PSSA Testing Reduction to Benefit Students, Teachers, and Parents Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Building on the historic investments in schools that have improved education in the commonwealth, Governor Tom Wolf joined Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, advocates, and educators today to announce a significant reduction in standardized testing. The change to the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) will reduce the length of the tests by 20 percent in grades three through eight.“As I have traveled the commonwealth on the Schools That Teach tour, I have heard from parents, students and educators concerned about the amount of time devoted to taking standardized tests,” said Governor Wolf during a ‘Schools That Teach’ tour stop at Susquehanna Middle School in Dauphin County. “This reduction will ease the stress placed on our kids, and will allow students and teachers to focus more on learning than on testing. This change should also reassure parents that we’ve listened to their concerns about over-testing.”The reduction in test time arose from discussions between the Department and stakeholders for nearly a year as it developed its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan.Beginning this school year, students and teachers in grades 3 through 8 will spend an average of 20 percent less time on statewide testing, and an even greater reduction – nearly 25 percent – for Pennsylvania’s youngest students. The Department has identified and removed two sections – one in math, one in English language arts – and additional questions from the science section, which could eliminate up to two full testing days for some schools.The math assessment will be shortened by 48 minutes for students in grades 3 through 8 by removing a section of multiple choice questions. The English Language Arts assessment will be shortened by 45 minutes and the Science assessment will be shortened by 22 minutes.Additionally, the Wolf Administration worked with internal and external stakeholders to review the proposed changes and ensure the assessments retained their rigor, accuracy, and alignment with Pennsylvania state standards. Standardized tests are mandated under federal law, and can serve as important tools for schools to review their progress and achievement. However, noting that standardized tests not only interrupt learning, but can also be disruptive for students, even those in non-testing grades, the Department plans to continue to identify ways to further reduce those disruptions in coming years.“Each year, teachers spend an inordinate amount of time preparing students to pass the PSSA. The current system has resulted in a loss of creativity and innovation within our classrooms and growing pressure for teachers to ‘teach to the test,’” said Dr. Tamara Willis, Superintendent of Susquehanna Township School District. “Shortening the PSSA will restore much needed instructional time and give teachers greater autonomy to address the needs and inspire the creativity of every learner.”Governor Wolf has fought for Schools That Teach and has made investments in children and schools a top priority.Over the past three years, Pennsylvania has:Increased state funding by more than $800 million at all levels after devastating cuts in the past that is bringing teachers back to the classroom and restore educational program.Established a Fair funding formula to reduce the inequity in state support and taking Pennsylvania off a shameful list of states without a way to fairly fund their school. Pennsylvania was one of only three states in the nation without a fair funding formula.Doubled early childhood education access to provide nearly 8,800 more children access to Pre-K and Head Start programs to get a good start to their education.Increased graduation rates to among the highest in the nation for four-year high school from 85.5 percent in 2013-14 to 86.1 percent in 2015-16.Additionally, 31 percent more students have earned industry-recognized credentials as Pennsylvania has become a national leader in STEM education, helping workers compete in the 21st century economy and build economic prosperity for working families.Also this year, the Department introduced the Future Ready PA Index, a new, public-facing school report card that expands the indicators used to measure performance, extends the comprehensive approach to ensuring student and school success. The Index will place additional emphasis on academic growth, evaluation of school climate through a robust chronic absenteeism measure, attention to both four-year and extended-year graduation rates, and assessments of postsecondary readiness.Details about the PSSA reduction and the Future Ready PA Index are available in Pennsylvania’s ESSA Consolidated State Plan, on PDE’s website. The plan is open for public comment until August 31, 2017. August 14, 2017
31 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share HealthLifestyle The dos and don’ts of weight loss by: – January 22, 2013 Share Share Photo credit: parkrideflyusa.comNot sure about how to diet, or of the best way to lose weight and maintain that weight loss? To help you out, here are a few weight loss dos and don’ts to help you home in on your goal and keep the weight off.When embarking on weight loss then do…• Eat regularlyRe-fuelling when you are hungry is a good idea, but make sure that you snack on the right things. Good snacks are fruit, vegetable sticks and low fat dips, scones (watch the butter), sandwiches, toast, smoothies and low fat or diet yogurt.• Take a walk at lunchtimeJust small changes make a big difference over time. Offer to make the coffee at work or wash up, just walking over to the kettle every day for a few weeks counts! Or could even exercise at your desk.• Go shopping with a listThere is nothing worse than standing in the chocolate aisle with a growling stomach, it makes it all the more tempting to grab foods that are high in fat and sugar. Make sure you do your food shopping with a list — and not when you are hungry too.• Don’t be conned by marketingLow fat does not necessarily mean low calorie; many manufacturers lower the amount of fat in dessert foods and increase the amount of sugar to compensate. Make sure you read the labels on food stuffs so you know exactly what you are eating.• Get supportThis is really important if you are to succeed at losing weight in the long-term. Being surrounded by people who will eat the same foods and encourage you along the way is a good idea. Find a ‘buddy’ or someone in your family to boost your morale. This can really help if you are taking up a new exercise regime; it makes backing out much harder to do!• Watch your portion sizesNext time you go out, look at the amounts that your friends eat; you may be surprised at how much you consume in comparison to others. It is important to get your meal portions correct so try to eat more fruit, vegetables and starchy foods and less of the protein, dairy products and fatty and sugary foods.• Set yourself achievable goalsThis is important as you have something to aim for and if you make it achievable then you feel good when you reach the goal, rewarding yourself perhaps with a nice hot bath or a night out to the movies.• Tackle problems and don’t rely on food as a comfortA large number of us use food as a way of relieving stress and as a way to unwind when we are not even hungry.• Remember that there are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods, only ‘good’ or ‘bad’ dietsThis means that you can have treats; it is really important to be able to have what we call ‘flexible restraint’ and pick and choose when you have foods such as chocolate and chips. • Do monitor your food intake and physical activityUsing a diary or blog to record what you eat and how much you exercise is an excellent start. This helps you to understand where are your ‘danger periods’ on a daily basis, such as in the evenings when you relax in front of the TV. Once you have found out when you are most likely to waver it is easier to find ways to help yourself e.g. going for a walk instead of watching TV or having a bath, reading a book etc.When embarking on a weight loss then don’t …• Rely on just changing your food intake to lose weightResearch has proven that a combination of both exercise and altered eating habits is the best way to lose and maintain weight loss.• Think a fad diet will be the answer to your weight issueThis is a sure-fire way to head for the junk food. Many fad diets promise great weight loss but are unbalanced, and only make you crave the foods that it advises against. Life is for living and we should try to have a sensible and realistic approach to weight loss!• Miss breakfast!A classic way to think you are cutting back is to miss the most important meal of the day. By missing breakfast you are more likely to go for a snack mid-morning and it may not always be a healthy one you reach for!• Become obsessive about your food intakeIf you feel you are permanently on a diet, ask yourself why. There is no point going out for a meal and feeling deprived, think of coping strategies to make such occasions as enjoyable as they should be. Why not cut back the day before you go out for that meal or even the day after?Real Buzz
NEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju believes community coaches and PE teachers have a big role to play in reaching every child in every corner of the country and motivating them to take up sports and fitness as part of their daily life.Sports Ministry on Monday launched a 25-days Khelo India Community Coach development program for 15,000 PE teachers and community coaches across India. “Earlier physical education in school used to be an ad-hoc arrangement and never given much importance. But if India has to be a sporting superpower we need to create a culture of sports in the country,” Rijiju said. “Community coaches and PE teachers have a big role to play in reaching every child in every corner of India and motivating them to take up sports and fitness as part of their daily life. If the culture of sports can be developed, champions will automatically emerge,” he added. Speaking about how fitness has slowly become a way of life for people is India, the Sports Minister said, “The way our Honourable PM has envisioned the Fit India Movement, it has created an impact on citizens. Everyone always knew fitness is important, but with the movement people have been encouraged to take up fitness as a way of life.” “We will work closely with the HRD ministry and start taking this to every school in India. Fitness should be a part of daily life, not something optional. This is the beginning and in a few years, this will have far-reaching effects and India will turn into a fitter country.” The course module will equip PE teachers and community coaches with the right set of knowledge and skills to help children of all ages to take on a variety of fitness-related activities and conduct age-appropriate fitness tests. IANS
Right now, Pittsburgh and Seattle fans alike are getting especially jazzed up for the biggest game of the year.The Super Bowl will still be watched by most other football fans since it is an event that cannot be missed.However, the sting for fans of Denver, Carolina, Indianapolis, Chicago and the other 26 teams who will be watching the Big Dance from their couches like the rest of us takes some of the fun out of it.So, before I discuss who I think will be hoisting the silver trophy with a football on top three days from now, here are the teams who should be expecting to be among the 12 playoff teams come next December.My predictions for the 2006 divisional winners and wild-card teams:NFC East: Washington will take it with Dallas pulling in a wild-card berth. With coaches like Joe Gibbs, Al Saunders and Gregg Williams, this should be one of the most consistent and disciplined teams in the league.If that offense can play better than it did in these past playoffs — which they should, with Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss — the stout defense should put them in the postseason. The Cowboys have enough talent to slide into January as well.NFC South: Carolina wins the South, and Atlanta will get the other wild-card spot. The Panthers have been inconsistent, yes, but I believe they simply ran out of gas against Seattle. They have a load of talent and should fight off Michael Vick and the Falcons for the top spot in this competitive division. I’m just not impressed enough with Tampa Bay at this point.NFC North: Minnesota. Seriously, there’s no real reason for picking these guys. But Detroit is a joke, and Green Bay isn’t going anywhere without #4 (start making your peace with that, Packer fans. Brett’s NOT coming back). And I just didn’t feel like saying the Bears will return to the playoffs, because this may have been a once-in-a-decade type of year with that D.NFC West: Seattle. Win or lose the big one on Sunday, they’ve simply got no competition for next year’s division title. I can see the Rams giving them a run, but in the end, while the ‘Hawks might lose Shaun Alexander, their core team is enough to return to the playoffs.AFC East: New England, with Miami getting in as well. Here’s my one bit of reasoning: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and company are hurt right now (literally, in Brady’s case). I don’t think they will allow themselves to miss the playoffs.However — and this is a shout-out to my good friend and colleague “Miami” Dave — I really like the way the Dolphins ended the season, and I think they were underrated. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them knock out the Pats, and since Buffalo and the New York Jets are the spitting image of the word “disastrous,” they’ll get some easy wins en route to the AFC’s fifth seed.AFC South: Indianapolis. I’m not going to say that next year is their year — yet. But Jacksonville benefited from a laughable schedule, and while I do believe Tennessee has upside, the Colts have too much to play for and enough weapons to use, as they will get a first-round bye.AFC North: Well, I’ve got a hunch the Steelers are in for a down year. With Palmer out or hurting, the Bengals are reduced to dust. The Ravens are still a year away, so that would leave … Cleveland?That’s right, you heard me. My eye-popping pick of the column, the Browns will win this very good division. Charlie Frye has much confidence, Reuben Droughns is a solid running back and Braylon Edwards is a budding star who returns from injury next season. Don’t forget, Romeo Crennel was the mastermind behind the defense of New England’s three Super Bowls, so any impact he can make on the Browns’ unit will get Cleveland its first division title since 1989.AFC West: Denver, with a nod to San Diego. Believe it, BroncoNation. T.O. is coming to the Mile High City, and he’s the shot in the arm we need to get the big one. I just hope Mike Shanahan keeps him from becoming a shot in the Broncos’ head.The Chargers will get the job done this year, actually reaching the postseason as the conference’s other wild-card representative.So who will be in Super Bowl XLI? My early thoughts say Washington and Denver, but that’s another debate for another time.Enough about next year. We’ve got a great game on the horizon here, two teams that have been impressive on their way to Motown.It really speaks volumes about the two conferences that the number six seed in the AFC is favored over the top seed in the NFC. Don’t read too much into that. While the Steelers pulled off the improbable run of three wins over the top three seeds — all on the road — they’ve done so in a flashy manner, giving them the “favorite” status.But the Seahawks have done very nice work quietly, like it was an expectation that they would run over their competition. They did so, and that shouldn’t take away from their ability to play with the NFL’s best.I love the way Seattle is playing right now, I really do. I think Shaun Alexander will have the best statistical game, the Steeler blitz won’t be able to combat the running game. Matt Hasselbeck will play nicely as well.But, good readers, there’s a thing about destiny that seems to exist in the National Football League. Two things: Jerome Bettis has had an unbelievable career, and he has the chance to one-up John Elway — go out on top, in his own hometown. And Bill Cowher, after defeating the Broncos, told his owner “one more.”The road that his team has taken, it’s hard to believe the Bus that is the Pittsburgh Steelers will break down without completing the job.Steelers 27, Seahawks 23.Enjoy the game, and remember: There’s always next year.
Defenseman Justin Schultz thinks UW can still be a championship-caliber team if the Badgers learn from their November losses.[/media-credit]Hope springs eternal.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team is just 1-4-1 in its last six games, all of which came at home. After a surprising 6-2-2 start to the season, the Badgers are currently just 7-6-3 and in the middle of the pack in the WCHA. Any realistic thoughts about making a return trip to the Frozen Four – or the NCAA tournament period – are on the backburner.But, you wouldn’t know it talking to the team.“I think we’ve gotten a lot better. We’re really close to being a championship team; a couple breakdowns here and there have cost us a couple games,” defenseman Justin Schultz said. “If we tighten those things and fix that, we should be real fine, go far at the end of the season.”Schultz should know. He’s one of the veterans on the team. He leads the nation in points for blueliners. He’s been to a national title game.He’s also just a sophomore.So you can excuse his view as simple youthful optimism about a young team, or you can look and see his teammates seem to agree with him: the Badgers are a step or two away from competing with the best.“I think that’s a big part of it, that we are right there,” freshman forward Mark Zengerle said. “It’s just a matter of one or two steps that we’ve got to put into our game.”The results, to an outsider, might agree. Wisconsin tied No. 8 Michigan last Friday and lost two heartbreaking games in overtime to No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth. Preseason WCHA favorite North Dakota won a close-looking 1-0 game at the Kohl Center.But subjectively, the Badgers were dominated in the series against the Fighting Sioux, even more so than the lopsided shots-on-goal totals would indicate. Against the Bulldogs, goaltending – which was supposed to be a strength – let the team down in game one.But at the same time, credit must be given to the No. 15 Badgers, who weren’t supposed to be in a position to be disappointed to begin with.“I guess before the season everybody was counting us out,” goaltender Scott Gudmandson said. “We had a really good start; I think that surprised a lot of people.”November seemed to be the point where Wisconsin would find out if it was for real. A trip to Minnesota, followed by visits from UND, UMD, UM and MSU was a murderer’s row of scheduling.The 3-4-1 November didn’t say anything definitive about the Badgers, except that they’re not quite there – yet.“We knew going into it, it was going to be a big-time measuring stick and it became just that,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “We lost some games that were close, that shoulda-coulda-woulda, that would have been some statement games for us. But we weren’t quite ready to get over that hump.”UW’s young squad still has some growing to do, but also showed it’s been improving as well. Eaves said consistency was the big thing he wanted from his team, and that’s still yet to surface.Against the Sioux, the third-in-the-nation Badger power play disappeared against a veteran team. The offense, in general, was non-existent against a veteran UND team. But the goaltending was there, as Gudmandson stood on his head for the better part of both games.Yet one week later, he was yanked just 5:15 into the second period against Duluth, after UW gave away a 3-1 lead.The ingredients seem to be there for Wisconsin. Getting everyone on the same page at the same time is the problem.“I think against Duluth, the first night, the team was playing a little better, and I wasn’t playing well. It was [untimely],” Gudmandson said. “Against North Dakota, I was playing pretty well, and I don’t think the team was playing very well. We’ve just got to put that together, and I think that will make for some pretty good games.”“I think we learned we’ve just got to tighten up a few things,” Schultz said. “We’re not too far off from any one of those teams. I think any given night, we could beat any one of those guys.”The growing pains will continue, though, as Wisconsin regularly starts six or seven freshmen in its lineup. UW knows what needs to be fixed, what needs to be more consistent. It’s simply a matter of consistent execution.And while Schultz and fellow sophomore Craig Smith think this could be a championship team with the right prodding and production, Eaves is going back to the same goal from the beginning of the season: just get better. From there, things will fall into place.“That hasn’t changed. It’s such a process,” he said. “I go back and look at my notes after the last time when we had a young team like this. There are little things that are there, we need to work on this, it’s the same things that we need to work on.“It’s the same process, about not respecting your [opponents] too much, knowing how you have to play in order to beat a good team.”
Reya Holmes’ dream of representing Nigeria at the junior international level has been put on hold following an injury she sustained while preparing for the ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Tennis Championships (AJC) which serves off from April 25th-30th at the National Stadium, Lagos.The 10-year-old, born of a Nigerian mum and British dad, has been one of the talented prospects in Nigerian junior tennis, and had relished the chance of featuring in the AJC. However, she twisted her ankle while featuring in a tournament in London during the week in preparation for the tournament.“It’s so unfortunate she won’t be in the Nigerian team any longer despite the commitment to have a very good tournament. She twisted her left ankle during a match in London and she is now on POP (Plaster of Paris) because the injury is a bit serious,” her coach, Paul Moses said on Sunday.The absence of Holmes has now guaranteed the trio of Serena Teluwo, Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu their places in the girls’ team for Nigeria while Daniel Adeleye, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong form the boys’ team.Meanwhile, Benin, Togo and Ghana have confirmed their participation in the event which will see two teams each in the boys’ and girls’ categories qualify from CAT Zone 2 to the Africa Junior Championships billed for September in Casablanca, Morocco.Nigeria Tennis Federation scribe, Mariam Akande, also hinted that Cote d’Ivoire has withdrawn from the tournament.Participating countries are scheduled to arrive on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram