RAGING WHISKEY, ONE OF THREE ‘O’NEILL’S’, RETURNS TO DIRT & HEADS SUNDAY’S $70,000 SUNNY SLOPE STAKES A 6 ½ FURLONGS ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 17, 2019)–A non-factor on turf in his most recent start, Raging Whiskey heads a three-horse contingent trained by Doug O’Neill as he returns to the main track and 6 ½ furlongs in Sunday’s $70,000 Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita, a race that has attracted five juvenile colts.Overmatched in three consecutive Grade I stakes, O’Neill’s Fore Left cuts back in distance from the 1 1/16 miles Grade I American Pharoah, while his Strongconstitution, a first out maiden winner on grass, will hope for a similar performance on the main track. A well fancied first-out maiden winner at Los Alamitos Sept. 6, Bob Baffert’s Mo Hawk faces winners for the first time and rates a huge chance as well.RAGING WHISKEYOwner: Pappas Horse Racing Corp. and Charles BartlettTrainer: Doug O’NeillA lights out eight length winner of the restricted Capote Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos two starts back on Sept. 21, this Maryland-bred colt by Bourbon Courage was never a factor in the five furlong turf Speakeasy Stakes here on Oct. 6. A respectable third five starts back in the Grade III, six furlong Sanford Stakes at Saratoga July 13, Raging Whiskey has the talent and seasoning to merit top billing in the Sunny Slope.FORE LEFTOwner: Reddam Racing LLCTrainer: Doug O’NeillBeaten double digits in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 2 and in the Grade I American Pharoah Sept. 27, Fore Left’s best performance came three starts back, when he was third, beaten 1 ½ lengths in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes going six furlongs on Aug. 10. A first-out maiden winner going 4 ½ furlongs here May 19, he then shipped to Belmont Park and won the ungraded Tremont Lane Stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on June 7. With a return to sprinting and a big drop in class, Fore Left, a Kentucky-bred son of Twirling Candy, will be bidding for his third win in his sixth start.MO HAWKOwner: SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stable LLC & partnersTrainer: Bob BaffertA $925,000 Keeneland September yearling, Mo Hawk cruised to a three length win going 5 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Sept. 6 as the prohibitive 1-5 favorite in a field of five. By Uncle Mo, out of the Any Given Saturday mare Princess Arabella, Mo Hawk has pedigree in his corner and Baffert will no doubt try to build upon his maiden win with a big performance on Sunday.STRONGCONSTITUTIONOwner: Roadrunner Racing and Sayjay Racing LLCTrainer: Doug O’NeillBy the Tapit stallion Constitution, he brought $220,000 at the Ocala Breeders April 2-year-old in Training Sale. Off as the 5-2 favorite in his debut going five furlongs on turf Aug. 23 at Del Mar, Strongconstitution ran to the betting, as prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths in a game effort. Idle since, he’ll hope to replicate his performance on dirt in what will be his second start.THE $70,000 SUNNY SLOPE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 8 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT Raging Whiskey–Evin Roman–124Strong Constitution–Martin Garcia–122Mo Hawk–Flavien Prat–122Fore Left–Mario Gutierrez–124Zimba Warrior–Rafael Bejarano–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We wanted to make sure our defense did not let us down and that the defense would lead opportunities for us on the break.”Ateneo’s vise grip held Adamson to season-lows in points scored as the Soaring Falcons converted just one of their 18 tries from deep.The Blue Eagles also hounded Adamson’s shot takers with the Soaring Falcons tallying just five assists.Thirdy Ravena led Ateneo with 15 points and nine rebounds while Vince Tolentino added eight points and six boards.Papi Sarr had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter a close 31-24 first half, the Blue Eagles eventually managed to shake off the Soaring Falcons in the third taking a 13-point lead, 54-41, into the final period.“It was a defensive game, Adamson is a very good defensive team, the 23 points we scored in the third quarter was the pivotal cushion for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo reached a different altitude in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after scoring its eight straight win at the expense of Adamson University, 71-59, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league-leading Blue Eagles soared to an 8-0 card while putting a stop to the Soaring Falcons’ four-game win streak.ADVERTISEMENT After Game 1 struggles, Cone expecting huge fightback from Meralco LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The 5-3 Soaring Falcons fell to third place relinquishing its share of the second spot to defending champion De La Salle that has a 6-2 card.BJ Andrade gave Ateneo its biggest lead of the game at 71-50 with a booming triple with 2:02 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
the Education Ministry has launched an investigation into Stella Maris Primary School, where it was alleged that a five-year-old nursery student was beaten by his teacher.The child’s mother took to social media to express her deep dissatisfaction with the treatment her child is receiving at the nursery school. Her comments attracted several responses from concerned parents.Chief Education Officer Olato Sam speaking with Guyana Times said the incident is being investigated and based on the findings, disciplinary actions will be taken against the teacher if found culpable.On social media, the distraught mother’s post attracted the attention of former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, who being an Attorney by profession, provided the legal steps that the mother could take to obtain justice for her child.According to the mother’s Facebook post, she walked into her child’s school and saw the child cryingThe child’s shoulderwhere he was allegedly struck by the teacheruncontrollably, to the extent of him failing to form sentences. The mother questioned her son about what happened and he responded saying that “a girl was beating me up and because I slapped her back, teacher hit me.”The mother is outraged that the teacher did not make the girl apologise to her son for hitting him but instead made the situation worse by subjecting the child to corporal punishment. “The teacher wanted him to put out his hand for a lash and because he refused, she found it necessary to deal him a blow to his shoulder… with a metal ruler… now her explanation to me is…”he was being rude to her,” the mother said.The mother made serious allegations of improprieties her child has suffered at the school, noting that he was sprayed with Lysol disinfectant spray.According to her, her son has suffered tremendously at the school. The mother who sought the Ministry’s intervention stated “this is victimisation to the fullest extent and I have had enough! Something has to be done! My child has to get some sort of justification for the trauma he has to go through on a daily basis by the people who have been entrusted to take care of him.”When contacted, the Head teacher of Stella Maris declined to comment on the matter.
The Demerara Harbour Bridge will be closed for longer than usual this weekend, and in some instances, only one lane of traffic will be allowed.Demerara Harbour BridgeThis is to ensure maintenance works are conducted. The Demerara Harbour Bridge will be closed on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 09:00h for a period of three hours.From midday, there will only be single-lane traffic at the eastern end of the bridge approach until 15:00h.The Bridge will also be closed on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 09:00h for a period of 90 minutes. There will be single-lane traffic at the western end of the bridge approach from 10:30h to 13:30h.
Staff members attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) were on Thursday put on high alert in light of an increase in criminal activities, particularly robbers posing as patients.Georgetown Public Hospital CorporationThe security advisory was reportedly sent out following unconfirmed reports of a string of robberies carried out on on-duty staff.During one such reported incident, which allegedly occurred on May 23, 2019, a female doctor was robbed between the X-ray area and the laboratory.The doctor was reportedly robbed by a man dressed as a security guard, who proceeded to drag her into a washroom after she fainted from fright. She was reportedly sent home on one-week sick leave according to sources.The advisory is cautioning the staff to: “Be on the alert at nights when moving around the hospital complex for persons posing as patients in an attempt to rob them of their property”.“Members of staff should avoid wearing excessive jewellery especially at nights when on duty… Members of staff, especially females, should ensure their cell phones are properly secured in their possession when moving around the hospital complex … staff when moving around the hospital complex at night should do so in company of two or more … staff should avoid walking in the dark and desolate areas when moving in the hospital complex … members should seek assistance of security when in doubt or afraid.”GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is expected to update the media on the issue shortly.
Thompson and Cannon are running to help raise awareness for the disorder, but they aren’t the only ones in the family contributing. Tyler has told them if they finish the race he’ll donate the $185 he won in a relative’s fantasy football league this season to charities such as Autism Speaks or Pause4Kids, which further autism research and outreach. The boys will follow Thompson and Cannon today in front of a computer, their steps tracked by chips that runners tie to their shoes for the race. Thompson was divorced, unhappy and struggling with his weight when he took up running five years ago as a step to straighten his life out. “I was realizing that Reid and Tyler both need to have their dad around for a long period of time,” said Thompson, a vice president of sales for Santa Monica software company AssetSmart. “There’s mornings where it’s dark and cold and it might be raining a little bit. But I still get up in the morning and put in the run because I want to be here for both of our children.” He and Cannon met three years ago over the Internet, and they plan to marry in June. Walking into a relationship with the parent of an autistic child didn’t prove daunting, Cannon said. “Brian was extremely forward,” said Cannon, who had also taken up running to control her weight. “He laid everything out on the table.” Reid is in special-education programs and gets therapy on life skills, such as brushing his teeth, tying his shoes, combing his hair and understanding safety signs. As autism has become more prevalent, so has public awareness of it. In the past decade, therapy is more available and more tailored to different types of the disorder. Among those drawing attention to it has been Newbury Park resident Keri Bowers and her teenage son Taylor, who three years ago created a short film, “Normal People Scare Me,” about the trials of growing up autistic. Thompson has sought out Bowers for advice. “As a parent of a child with autism, I’m truly blessed,” he said. “I have the joys of a typically developing son – Boy Scouts, football and baseball – as well as the joys of a child with special needs, who has taught me more about compassion, understanding than I could have ever realized. And patience, as well.” It’s those joys, along with running alongside his bride-to-be, that will carry Thompson through 26.2 miles today – not to mention the long run ahead. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3621 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Running has become a family affair for Thompson and Cannon. Not only does Tyler, 12, often join them with his bicycle or scooter, but the runs they take near their home in Thousand Oaks are an activity that Thompson’s other son, Reid, can join as well. Reid, 11, has autism, the developmental disability that impairs his ability to communicate. He has the development of a 3- or 4-year-old. This may prevent him from doing many sports, but put him in a swimming pool or give him a scooter and tell him to lead the way, and Reid thrives. “That’s what it’s all about,” Thompson said of the opportunity to include him in activities. “When he’s out there, he’s our pace car.” In the past 15 years, there has been a boom in the number of autism cases diagnosed, some of which are attributed to better understanding of the disorder, which can vary in severity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in every 150 children has some form of autism. Today, Thompson will run his fourth marathon with his fianc e, Kristin Cannon. At last year’s L.A. Marathon, Thompson’s elder son, Tyler, rode in the bicycle race. “We’ve turned into chronic marathoners,” Cannon said. Lacing up running shoes and putting one foot in front of another was just a way for Brian Thompson to fight off the encroachment of middle age. After a while, as the steps added up, it became a lot more.
A Falcarragh company is to host one of the most high-profile meetings of some of Europe’s leading technology companies.The E-Stars Consortium, which brings together some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the Technology Sector, from next Tuesday 30th August to Thursday 1st September.The consortium is made up of 8 leading organisations from 5 European countries. Representatives from the Atomic Energy Commission, St Microelectronics and Université Paris XI of France will be joined by colleagues from BIOAGE and Fiat of Italy together with AMAT from Germany and the Netherland’s Delft University of Technology. Ireland plays a significant role in this super group through Donegal company Kelsius who will host its European partners at its offices in Falcarragh.The EC funded project, which began in 2008, was self-charged with ‘developing a sensing and communication capability on an autonomous smart micro system powered by a new 3D high capacity integrated microbattery.’This was done with a view to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of developing miniature wireless sensing technologies.The 3 year research and development programme concludes during the meeting in Falcarragh when the E-Stars consortium members present their findings to the European Commission. The EC delegation is headed by project officer Dominique André and also consists of Andrew Kerr, Industry Expert from Leeds University and Dominque Guyomard, another leading French expert.Kelsius Founder and E-Star delegate Dr. David Gray said: ‘I’m excited about finally witnessing the culmination of three years of work. It makes it extra special, and a privilege, that Kelsius in Falcarragh is hosting this event.’Ultan O’Raghallaigh, Kelsius CEO, commented: ‘We are very excited about putting the outcomes from the consortium’s significant work to practical use which will help Kelsius progress as a business’.EndsDONEGAL COMPANY TO HOST MEETING OF EUROPE’S LEADING TECHNOLOGY BRAINS was last modified: August 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FalcarraghKelsiusthe E-Stars Consortium
WASHINGTON – In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve. In suburban New York, a schizophrenic walked into a church during Mass and shot to death a priest and a parishioner. In Texas, a woman taking anti-psychotic medication used a shotgun to kill herself. Not one of their names was in a database that licensed gun dealers must check before making sales – even though federal law prohibits the mentally ill from purchasing guns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Most states have privacy laws barring such information from being shared with law enforcement. Legislation pending in Congress that has bipartisan support seeks to get more of the disqualifying records in the database. In addition to mandating the sharing of mental health records, the legislation would require that states improve their computerized record-keeping for felony records and domestic violence restraining orders and convictions, which also are supposed to bar people from purchasing guns. Similar measures, opposed by some advocates for the mentally ill and gun-rights groups, did not pass Congress in 2002 and 2004. The FBI, which maintains the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, has not taken a position on the bill, but the bureau is blunt about what adding names to its database would do. “The availability of this information will save lives,” the FBI said in a recent report. More than 53 million background checks for gun sales have been conducted since 1998, when the NICS replaced a five-day waiting period. More than 850,000 sales have been denied, the FBI reported; in most of those cases, the applicant had a criminal record. Legislation sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., says millions of records are either missing or incomplete. “The computer is only as good as the information you put in it,” McCarthy said. In the Alabama case, police say Farron Barksdale ambushed the officers as they arrived at the home of his mother in Athens, Ala., on Jan. 2, 2004. Barksdale had been committed involuntarily to mental hospitals on at least two occasions, authorities said. Facing the death penalty, he has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease and defect. The shootings led Alabama lawmakers to share with the FBI the names of people who have been committed involuntarily to mental institutions. But just 20 other states provide NICS at least some names of people with serious mental illness, a disqualifier for gun purchases under federal law since 1968. Shayla Stewart had been hospitalized five times in Texas, twice by court order. Yet Stewart was able to buy a shotgun at a Wal-Mart in 2003 because Texas considers mental health records confidential. The same is true in New York, where Peter Troy was twice admitted to mental hospitals but bought a .22-caliber rifle that he used in the shootings inside a Long Island church in March 2002. Troy is serving consecutive life terms for the killings. As a result of the church shootings, McCarthy and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced legislation that year to close the gaps in the background check system. The bill would have required the states to give the FBI their records and provided $250 million in grants to cover their costs. The bill passed the House without opposition but stalled in the Senate. In 2004, the measure again had the support of lawmakers who support gun rights, but it did not pass Congress. McCarthy, whose husband was among six people shot to death on a Long Island Rail Road train in 1993, has introduced it again this year, but it has not yet been taken up by a House Judiciary subcommittee. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, a National Rifle Association board member, was a sponsor of the bill in the last Congress and continues to support it, spokesman Dan Whiting said. The NRA supports the concept, but it has not taken a position on McCarthy’s legislation, spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. Michael Faenza, president and chief executive of the National Mental Health Association, said forcing states to share information on the mentally ill would violate patient privacy and contribute to the stigma they face. “It’s just not fair. On the one hand, we want there to be very limited access to guns,” Faenza said. “But here you’re singling out people because of a medical condition and denying them rights held by everyone else.” Several states have determined that they can flag residents who should not be allowed to buy a gun without compromising the privacy of mental health patients, said Matt Bennett, a spokesman for Americans for Gun Safety, which supports the bill. Larry Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America, said adding records to the database is the wrong idea. “Our idea of improving NICS is to abolish it,” Pratt said. “There is this continuing assumption that a gun buyer is guilty until proven innocent.” The states that provide some or all mental health records are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Warriors finished with a 112-103 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on … NEW ORLEANS –– The NBA soap opera continued.Teams fought for playoff positioning. Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki had farewell games. And Magic Johnson stepped down as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations.Meanwhile, the Warriors wrestled with the ultimate first-world problem. How do they handle a meaningless regular-season game after already locking up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference?
Headed up by Ms Nunu Ntshingila, Facebook Africa stands firmly behind the growth of small women-owned businesses, and has availed its space for robust marketing opportunities, as well as first-hand connectivity to customers. Ahead of the ITU Telecom World taking place in South Africa for the first time this week, we sit down with the tech giant to discuss ICT and the role of business in the development of economies and societies.*Answers courtesy of Emilar Gandhi, Facebook Africa Public Policy Manager for SADC region.Matalane Ngobeni: Since 1994, great strides have been made to ensure women enjoy the same rights as their male counterparts in relation to education, employment, property, inheritance and justice. More however still needs to be done to ensure the full participation of women in the economy. What are the initiatives that Facebook has undertaken to promote gender equality and women empowerment in the workspace?Emilar Gandhi: Helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way in which we can transform our society and create equal opportunities for all.Tools & TrainingsWe are always exploring ways that we can support women SMBs across Africa. This includes free training, which explores everything from building a business plan, through to using social media to market your products and services, as well as learning how to create engaging marketing campaigns etc. We have free business tools that are focused on helping to grow your business and have seen more than 80 million small businesses use Facebook to grow and create jobs. In South Africa for example, more than 57 million people from around the world are connected to a business in the country. This creates huge opportunity for Small to Medium Businesses (SMBs) to export their locally produced products to the world.MentorshipWe recently announced South Africa as one of the five countries in which we’re expanding Mentorship to Facebook Groups, making it easier for people who want help achieving their goals to connect with others in their community with the experience or expertise. Last year we piloted Mentorship, a product that connects people who may need support or advice, with the people who have the expertise or experience to help. We’re starting with selected groups focused on parenting, professional and personal development, with plans to expand to more categories in the coming months.More than 200 million people on Facebook are members of groups they consider meaningful. They turn to groups to build and foster supportive communities around topics that matter most to them. Now, Mentorship makes it easier for people in groups to connect and build even stronger one-on-one relationships through a guided program. Group administrators can now choose and create an online mentoring program, let members sign up and match mentor/mentee pairs.Matalane Ngobeni: Women are underrepresented in the ICT space. What role can businesses and government play in bridging the digital gender divide? How do we remove barriers, change norms and attitudes to create a more encouraging and enabling environment for women in the technology sector?Emilar Gandhi: To achieve full gender parity in Africa, countries need to address structural barriers that discriminate against women and girls in accessing education, employment and finance. In a study conducted by Development Economics on behalf of Facebook, it is estimated that businesses set up by women in South Africa over the next five years (by 2022), hold the key to unlocking over R175 billion a year for the economy, whilst creating 972,000 jobs. We know that helping women to start and grow prosperous companies is a powerful way to transform our society and create equal opportunities for all. Matalane Ngobeni: What are the current or ongoing initiatives supported by Facebook (in South Africa/Africa) to develop young people who have an interest in tech?Emilar Gandhi: Facebook invests in partnerships and initiatives with communities across South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole, including start-ups, SMBs, developers etc. to create opportunities and drive economic impact. Examples include:Loeries Creative Week (South Africa)Our partnership with Loeries reinforces our commitment in nurturing young, creative and diverse talent. For the third year running, Facebook sponsored the annual Facebook Challenge as part of the Student Category at The Loerie Awards 2018. For this year’s student challenge, Facebook partnered with the International Federation of Red Cross where students were tasked with creating a mobile-first campaign, while our Creative Shop team was on hand to mentor and provide advice.Youth Online Safety Training (Sub-Saharan Africa)We work with NGO’s and youth groups such as JOX Africa and J Initiative across the continent to provide them with collateral focused on youth safetyIn South Africa we recently launched a Youth Online Safety Programme (Ilizwe Lam – a Xhosa word for My World) in partnership with Digify Africa. Aiming to train 1 000 South African young people between the ages of 13 to 18 across high schools and youth groups nationwide, the programme explores cyber security, provides practical tips and guides and created a number of youth ambassadors. NG_Hub in partnership with CC Hub (Nigeria)Launched in Nigeria in May 2018, this multi-faceted psychical space connects developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. We also announced an initiative to train 50,000 people in vital digital skills across multiple cities and states in Nigeria in 2018, which includes:Digify Pro Nigeria – a two-month intensive boot camp, where aspiring digital professionals will find out what it takes to have a career in digital marketing. The programme is designed to fit the specific needs of the industry, covering a range of topics including community management, content and e-mail marketing, brand online reputation management, UX design and more.Boost Your Business – Made especially for micro, small and medium-sized business owners, the Boost Your Business training programme teaches digital marketing for business growth.#SheMeansBusiness – #SheMeansBusiness is a one-day training workshop and networking experience for female entrepreneurs, offering a mix of business and digital marketing training for female-led businesses, along with additional opportunities to network with fellow female entrepreneurs.FbStart Accelerator programme – a research and mentorship-driven programme aimed at empowering start-ups and students with technical & business support and funding to optimise their product for growth – focused on those building solutions using advanced technology, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)Developer Circles (Sub-Saharan Africa)A community-driven initiative by Facebook that members join for free, allowing them to connect, share ideas, learn, and collaborate. Each circle is led by a volunteer who arranges offline meetups and discussions, and also manages their own dedicated Facebook Group where members can continue the conversation between meetups, share code and deepen their knowledge on topics like React and Bots in Messenger.Since its launch in 2017, there are now 30 Developer Circles and a growing community of over 37,000 members across 16 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.Partnership with AIMS (Sub-Saharan Africa)Facebook partnered with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) and Google to launch of a one-year intensive African Master’s in Machine Intelligence (AMMI).