Hess Midstream LP Reports Estimated Results for the Fourth Quarter Of 2020

first_img Distributable cash flow 264.7 15 Facebook $ 10.3 3.1 Income before income tax expense (benefit) 3.6 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 4.2 27.5 HESS MIDSTREAM LP 53.5 0.6 Revenues 264.8 156.9 21.7 2020 $ $ 3.7 $ 75.1 132 Proportional share of equity affiliates’ depreciation – 3.6 (4.6 23.4 – Distribution coverage ratio (0.1 (0.1 Distributable cash flow 18.2 Interest expense, net $ Adjusted EBITDA Pinterest Distributed cash flow Less: 23.2 $ 148 Maintenance capital expenditures Total costs and expenses 0.1 Distributable cash flow (25.2 ) Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment  ————————————————————————— 154.7 Statement of operations 158.4 18.0 $ 52.4 Changes in assets and liabilities 1.4 18.0 27.3 16.1 (1.4 1.21 (1.3 27.3 Income tax expense 1.3 126.6 Interest expense, net Affiliate services Interest expense, net 1.1 Total costs and expenses General and administrative expenses ) – ) 484.9 Transaction costs Diluted: – $ HESS MIDSTREAM LP 302.6 $ ) 158.4 Gathering 55.8 – NGL loading – blpd Diluted 2020 ) Diluted 24.0 Weighted average limited partner units outstanding prior to December 16, 2019 – Distribution from equity investments Year Ended December 31, 2020 $ 140.1 (0.3 4.1 $ 106.5 Pinterest Expansion capital expenditures $ 18.0 Basic $ Interest, net Income tax expense (benefit) 134.4 – Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Midstream LP 18.2 Affiliate services Terminalingand Export $ Total revenues Total costs and expenses 16.9 316 16 – December 31, 2021 21.7 2020 Income from equity investments ) 848.3 2.9 Plus: 110 Gas processing – Mcf of natural gas per day 23.4 Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA andDistributable Cash Flow to net income: Limited partners’ interest in net income Income (loss) from operations Adjusted EBITDA Throughput volumes 142.5 Subordinated Interest, net, and maintenance capital expenditures 50.2 Net income attributable to Hess Midstream LP per Class A share/limited partner unit: $ $ 23.2 Net income attributable to Hess Midstream LP per Class A share/limited partner unit: 3.1 37.5 3.4 610 – 640 Twitter 8.8 3.2 $ $ Total revenues Diluted 27.3 Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest 2019 56.4 138 Gathering Fourth Quarter 2019 137.2 $ Affiliate services 460.9 Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest $ 20.9 296 Net cash provided by operating activities 306 Income before income tax expense (benefit) Quarter 41.3 (0.3 Net income attributable to Hess Midstream LP 253.5 $ 66.6 $ Common Basic (IN MILLIONS) 121.1 40.0 18.2 ) Plus: Income before income tax expense (benefit) 18.2 70.5 Total costs and expenses 70 (25.3 1.7 132.3 127.6 (3.2 5.2 Adjusted free cash flow 142.9 1.3 1.5 (26.8 90.1 18.2 1.31 176.8 – Common 14 Quarter Processingand Storage $ 125.7 130 43.1 – 75.1 40.2 18.2 18.1 141.0 $ Operating and maintenance expenses (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) (11.0 ) Third 6.6 376.6 30.4 $ 576.5 Other income 1.8 18.9 $ 92.7 154.7 333 Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA,Distributable Cash Flow and AdjustedFree Cash Flow to net cash providedby operating activities: Earnings from equity investments – 1.2 Less: 1.33 (2.9 Processingand Storage – 110.2 0.36 Local NewsBusiness $ ) Fourth Quarter ) $ 0.36 Terminalingand Export 337.4 176.8 1.8 Depreciation expense Income from operations 1,091.6 515.4 (13.0 $ $ Revenues 2.1 124.9 Basic: 1.20 27.3 28.9 $ SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED) Quarter ) Quarter 2.0 Facebook – Subordinated 75.0 41 2019 – Revenues 2.2 86.9 Fourth Quarter 2020 (28.2 33.0 $ x Maintenance capital expenditures Basic: 96.6 117.6 1 Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are non‑GAAP measures. Adjusted Free Cash Flow as reported in this release reflects Hess Midstream’s new definition of Adjusted Free Cash Flow, which is Distributable Cash Flow less expansion capital expenditures and ongoing contributions to equity investments, which is calculated in a manner consistent with similar measures used by other publicly traded midstream energy companies. Prior period calculations of Adjusted Free Cash Flow have been recast to conform to the new presentation, as applicable. Definitions and reconciliations of these non‑GAAP measures to GAAP reporting measures appear in the following pages of this release. 140 Common Adjusted EBITDA 72.4 4.2 Affiliate Net income Less: Depreciation expense 9.2 0.28 163.2 51.9 – 132.3 Statement of operations ) 6.6 83.9 Previous articleIM Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Jonathan Rigby to Board of DirectorsNext articleHowmet Aerospace to Present at Cowen Aerospace/Defense & Industrials Conference Digital AIM Web Support Other income Proportional share of equity affiliates’ depreciation 0.6 – – 492.2 317.6 Income tax expense (benefit) – (0.1 ) Net income 1.4 Interest and Other 21.1 39.5 Quarter $ 15.8 5.6 Income from equity investments 2019 75.0 Crude oil gathering – bopd 0.2 Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Midstream LP General and administrative expenses Crude oil gathering – bopd – By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 40.0 3.1 Income tax expense (benefit) – 118 Expansion capital expenditures 145 – Depreciation expense 42.7 Net income (loss) $ (55.0 24.2 Hess Midstream LP Reports Estimated Results for the Fourth Quarter Of 2020 Weighted average Class A shares outstanding subsequent to December 16, 2019: 136.3 253.1 23.4 Less: 2020 (IN MILLIONS) Less: Net income (loss) attributable to net parent investment Adjusted free cash flow* 2019 27.3 75.1 50.7 Diluted: NGL loading – blpd 27.5 Subordinated ) – HESS MIDSTREAM LP – 266.5 $ 0.28 264.8 13.3 Total $center_img – 15 $ Less: Net income (loss) attributable to net parent investment 5.6 111.8 ) 0.1 24.8 2.1 Operating and maintenance expenses (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED) – 28.2 1,091.9 Third ) 266.5 Costs and expenses 0.1 33.4 Interest expense, net 275 264.7 Less: General partner’s interest in net income 5.3 – (0.1 – $ – Weighted average Class A shares outstanding subsequent to December 16, 2019 12 132.3 – $ Income tax expense (benefit) 4.0 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Information This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of U.S. federal securities laws. Words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “could,” “may,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “intend,” “project,” “plan,” “predict,” “will,” “target” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are not historical in nature. Our forward-looking statements may include, without limitation: our future financial and operational results; our business strategy; our industry; our expected revenues; our future profitability; our maintenance or expansion projects; our projected budget and capital expenditures and the impact of such expenditures on our performance; and future economic and market conditions in the oil and gas industry. Forward-looking statements are based on our current understanding, assessments, estimates and projections of relevant factors and reasonable assumptions about the future. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our current projections or expectations of future results expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The following important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in our forward-looking statements: the direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic and other public health developments on our business and those of our business partners, suppliers and customers, including Hess; the ability of Hess and other parties to satisfy their obligations to us, including Hess’ ability to meet its drilling and development plans on a timely basis or at all and the operation of joint ventures that we may not control; our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to pay current and expected levels of distributions; reductions in the volumes of crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids (“NGLs”) and produced water we gather, process, terminal or store; fluctuations in the prices and demand for crude oil, natural gas and NGLs, including as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic; changes in global economic conditions and the effects of a global economic downturn on our business and the business of our suppliers, customers, business partners and lenders; our ability to comply with government regulations or make capital expenditures required to maintain compliance, including our ability to obtain or maintain permits necessary for capital projects in a timely manner, if at all, or the revocation or modification of existing permits; our ability to successfully identify, evaluate and timely execute our capital projects, investment opportunities and growth strategies, whether through organic growth or acquisitions; costs or liabilities associated with federal, state and local laws, regulations and governmental actions applicable to our business, including legislation and regulatory initiatives relating to environmental protection and safety, such as spills, releases, pipeline integrity and measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions; our ability to comply with the terms of our credit facility, indebtedness and other financing arrangements, which, if accelerated, we may not be able to repay; reduced demand for our midstream services, including the impact of weather or the availability of the competing third-party midstream gathering, processing and transportation operations; potential disruption or interruption of our business due to catastrophic events, such as accidents, severe weather events, labor disputes, information technology failures, constraints or disruptions and cyber-attacks; any limitations on our ability to access debt or capital markets on terms that we deem acceptable, including as a result of weakness in the oil and gas industry or negative outcomes within commodity and financial markets; liability resulting from litigation; and other factors described in Item 1A—Risk Factors in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and any additional risks described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As and when made, we believe that our forward-looking statements are reasonable. However, given these risks and uncertainties, caution should be taken not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements since such statements speak only as of the date when made and there can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will occur and actual results may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement we make. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise. 80.7 317 140.1 Income from equity investments $ 80.7 33.6 Statement of operations 18.0 253.1 40.0 (23.5 – – ) 137.2 – $ Third Quarter 2020 $ – 0.1 $ $ $ – 308 750 – 780 – 2.1 1.7 90.3 Affiliate services – 18.0 2.9 Net income (loss) – 59.5 $ 590 – 620 ) $ 1.5 25.3 199.1 1.7 66.7 $ ) $ ) 16.0 10.0 $ 23.4 Less: Net income (loss) attributable to net parent investment Crude terminals – bopd (3.7 6.6 0.2 $ ) 3.4 16.6 Depreciation expense 3.6 18.9 2.9 Costs and expenses 100 Income tax expense (benefit) 124.9 Total $ 0.3 ) $ 0.1 $ 0.4471 Other income 31.7 0.4 80.7 260 0.4 49.0 SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATING DATA (UNAUDITED) 3.1 Amortization of deferred financing costs – 253.5 – $ $ 17.6 Income from equity investments 27.3 (in millions, except ratio and per-share data) 163.2 83.9 11.2 HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Hess Midstream LP (NYSE: HESM) (“Hess Midstream”) today reported fourth quarter 2020 net income of $132.3 million compared with net income of $75.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, as recast for the 2019 acquisition of Hess Infrastructure Partners LP (“HIP”) by Hess Midstream Operations LP (formerly known as Hess Midstream Partners LP) (the “Partnership”), Hess Midstream’s controlled subsidiary. After deduction for noncontrolling interests, net income attributable to Hess Midstream was $6.6 million, or $0.36 per Class A share. Hess Midstream generated Adjusted EBITDA of $199.1 million. Distributable Cash Flow (“DCF”) for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $176.8 million and Adjusted Free Cash Flow was $126.6 million. $ 37.5 1.3 276.8 Operating and maintenance expenses (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) 2020 0.4258 33.0 5.2 71.4 38.3 847.6 Net income attributable to Hess Midstream LP 18.0 0.3 Total Total revenues $ – ) 90.3 SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED) 13.7 16.1 (0.1 – 2.9 Interest expense, net – 125.7 2020 60.3 317.7 0.7 0.31 51.9 5.6 (46.4 $ Operating and maintenance expenses (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) 59.5 ) – Distribution per Class A share/limited partner unit 25.6 – 266.5 ) Revenues Net income (loss) 0.3 – (46.3 ) 37.5 16.0 18.0 Net income (24.7 Total costs and expenses ) Water gathering – blpd 50 Income (loss) from operations Processingand Storage 42.7 Interest expense, net Interest and Other Other 70.0 Net income (loss) attributable to Hess Midstream LP $ 67.9 $ Year Ended December 31, (1.3 2019 HESS MIDSTREAM LP 94.7 General and administrative expenses 4.2 (IN MILLIONS) 110.2 Terminalingand Export 78 323 Gathering 141.0 (unaudited) Interest and Other 27.3 (0.2 $ 53.5 Guidance 142.9 – Other income (Unaudited) 31.7 92.7 $ Basic 134.4 22.1 Depreciation expense* – 28.9 140 66.6 (23.1 90.2 11.2 Operating and maintenance expenses (exclusive of depreciation shown separately below) Less: Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest – Income from operations Income tax expense (benefit) Water gathering – blpd Subordinated $ 160 Depreciation expense Fourth 11.2 1.3 x ) 62.4 Fourth 26.2 24.0 0.3 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005209/en/ CONTACT: For Hess Midstream LPInvestor Contact: Jennifer Gordon (212) 536-8244Media Contact: Robert Young (713) 496-6076 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA TEXAS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ENERGY UTILITIES OIL/GAS SOURCE: Hess Midstream LP Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 01/27/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005209/en Less: General partner’s interest in net income Commenting on the fourth quarter 2020 results, John Gatling, President and Chief Operating Officer of Hess Midstream said, “We executed especially well in 2020, considering the many macro-challenges of the year. 2021 is another inflection point, with Hess Midstream expecting significant adjusted free cash flow and increasing capital allocation flexibility. We plan to continue to enhance our gas capture capability, building out field compression and completing tie in of the Tioga Gas Plant expansion. We remain well-positioned with both pipeline and rail infrastructure to provide our customers with capacity and optionality for crude oil export from the Bakken.” Hess Midstream’s results contained in this release include historical results of HIP for all periods prior to the closing of the Partnership’s acquisition of HIP, incentive distribution rights simplification and conversion from a master limited partnership into an “Up-C” structure on December 16, 2019 (collectively, the “Transaction”), which was accounted for as a business combination of entities under common control. We refer to certain results as “attributable to Hess Midstream LP,” which exclude (i) noncontrolling interests in the Partnership retained by affiliates of Hess Corporation (“Hess”) and Global Infrastructure Partners, (ii) noncontrolling interests in the historical operating subsidiaries of the Partnership, and (iii) historical activity of HIP prior to its acquisition by the Partnership, which is included in “net parent investment.” Ongoing Response to COVID-19 The safety of our workforce and the communities where we operate continues to be our top priority. A cross-functional response team remains in place to coordinate our COVID-19 response from a health and safety perspective and to ensure that the detailed prevention protocols in place at all Hess Midstream assets are based on the most current recommendations by government and public health agencies. Financial Results Revenues and other income in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $266.5 million compared with $253.5 million in the prior-year quarter. Fourth quarter 2020 revenues included $22.0 million of pass-through rail transportation, electricity, produced water trucking and disposal costs and $6.8 million of shortfall fee payments related to minimum volume commitments compared with $42.6 million and $1.4 million, respectively, in the prior-year quarter. Revenues were up in part due to higher throughput volumes and in part due to higher MVC levels and increased tariff rates. Total costs and expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $111.8 million down from $163.2 million in the prior-year quarter. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower general and administrative expenses that included Transaction costs in the fourth quarter of 2019, lower pass-through transportation costs and lower maintenance expenditures. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $132.3 million, or $0.36 per Class A share, after deduction for noncontrolling interests. Substantially all of income tax expense (benefit) is attributed to earnings of Class A shares in accordance with our organizational structure. Net cash provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $174.5 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $199.1 million. Relative to distributions, DCF for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $176.8 million resulted in an approximately 1.4x distribution coverage ratio. Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $126.6 million. Operational Highlights Throughput volumes increased 3% for each of gas gathering and gas processing in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with the fourth quarter of 2019 driven by higher gas capture by Hess Midstream. Water gathering volumes increased 62% compared with the year-ago quarter reflecting steady organic growth of our water handling business. Throughput volumes decreased 2% for crude oil gathering and 11% for crude oil terminaling in the fourth quarter of 2020 compared with the fourth quarter of 2019 due to natural decline of Hess and third-party production as a result of lower rig count in the Bakken. Third parties comprised approximately 10% of crude oil gathering and gas gathering volumes for the fourth quarter of 2020. Capital Expenditures Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter of 2020 totaled $50.8 million, including $50.2 million of expansion capital expenditures and $0.6 million of maintenance capital expenditures. Capital expenditures in the prior-year quarter were $108.2 million, including $106.5 million of expansion capital expenditures and $1.7 million of maintenance capital expenditures. During the fourth quarter of 2020, we completed construction and preservation activities for the 150 MMcf/d expansion of the Tioga Gas Plant. Incremental gas processing capacity is expected to be available in 2021 upon completion of a scheduled plant maintenance turnaround in the third quarter, during which the expansion and residue and natural gas liquid takeaway pipelines will be tied in. Quarterly Cash Distributions On January 25, 2021, our general partner’s board of directors declared a cash distribution of $0.4471 per Class A share for the fourth quarter of 2020, an increase of 1.2% over the distribution for the prior quarter, which equals a 5% increase on an annualized basis. The distribution is expected to be paid on February 12, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 4, 2021. Annual Nomination Process During the fourth quarter, Hess Midstream completed the annual nomination process set forth in our long-term commercial contracts with Hess. As part of the process, tariff rates were updated and MVCs were reviewed and updated. MVCs are set annually at 80% of Hess’ nomination for the three years following each nomination. Once set, MVCs for each year can only be increased and not reduced. MVCs for all years have been provided in recently released guidance for 2021. MVCs for 2023 imply continued revenue growth through increasing MVCs in 2022 and expected organic volume growth in 2023. In addition, on December 30, 2020, Hess Midstream exercised its renewal options to extend for additional 10-year terms, through December 31, 2033, certain crude oil gathering, terminaling, storage, gas processing and gas gathering commercial agreements with Hess. There were no changes to any provisions of the existing commercial agreements as a result of the exercise of the renewal options. Investor Webcast Hess Midstream will review fourth quarter financial and operating results and other matters on a webcast today at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The live audio webcast is accessible on the Investor page of our website www.hessmidstream.com. Conference call numbers for participation are 866-395-9624, or 213-660-0871 for international callers. The passcode number is 7380097. A replay of the conference call will be available at the same location following the event. About Hess Midstream Hess Midstream LP is a fee‑based, growth-oriented midstream company that operates, develops and acquires a diverse set of midstream assets to provide services to Hess and third‑party customers. Hess Midstream owns oil, gas and produced water handling assets that are primarily located in the Bakken and Three Forks Shale plays in the Williston Basin area of North Dakota. More information is available at www.hessmidstream.com. Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP to Non‑GAAP Measures In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), management utilizes certain additional non‑GAAP measures to facilitate comparisons of past performance and future periods. “Adjusted EBITDA” presented in this release is defined as reported net income (loss) before net interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization and our proportional share of depreciation of our equity affiliates, as further adjusted to eliminate the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our ongoing operating performance, such as transaction costs, other income and other non-cash, non-recurring items, if applicable. “Distributable Cash Flow” or “DCF” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less net interest, excluding amortization of deferred financing costs, cash paid for federal and state income taxes and maintenance capital expenditures. DCF does not reflect changes in working capital balances. We previously reported the non-GAAP measure of “free cash flow”, which we defined as Adjusted EBITDA less capital expenditures. As this definition varied from other definitions of free cash flow, we determined it was appropriate to discontinue reporting free cash flow as previously defined and to report Adjusted Free Cash Flow beginning with the fourth quarter of 2020. We define “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” as DCF less expansion capital expenditures and ongoing contributions to equity investments. We believe that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by disclosing these measures as they may assist in assessing our operating performance as compared to other publicly traded companies in the midstream energy industry, without regard to historical cost basis or, in the case of Adjusted EBITDA, financing methods, and assessing the ability of our assets to generate sufficient cash flow to make distributions to our shareholders. These measures are not, and should not be viewed as, a substitute for GAAP net income or cash flow from operating activities and should not be considered in isolation. Reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA, DCF and Adjusted Free Cash Flow to reported net income (GAAP) and net cash provided by operating activities (GAAP), are provided below. Hess Midstream is unable to project net cash provided by operating activities with a reasonable degree of accuracy because this metric includes the impact of changes in operating assets and liabilities related to the timing of cash receipts and disbursements that may not relate to the period in which the operating activities occur. Therefore, Hess Midstream is unable to provide projected net cash provided by operating activities, or the related reconciliation of projected Adjusted Free Cash Flow to projected net cash provided by operating activities without unreasonable effort. *Includes proportional share of equity affiliates’ depreciation Interest expense, net Income before income tax expense (benefit) (22.1 $ 72.4 47.1 18.0 26.2 53.5 (in millions) 23.2 Net income ) – TAGS  2.1 199.1 $ 127.2 – – 111.8 Income before income tax expense (benefit) 72.4 (11.0 174.5 $ Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, Distributable Cash Flowand Adjusted Free Cash Flow to net income: Transaction costs 75.4 Year Ending Revenues (28.7 18.0 1.8 127.6 16.0 50.7 $ 9.4 Quarter Gas gathering – Mcf of natural gas per day 131 41.3 47.5 – 18.9 16.6 2.7 Statement of operations 46.2 4.5 $ HESS MIDSTREAM LP 117.6 Statement of operations 0.31 Costs and expenses ) *Adjusted Free Cash Flow as reported in this release reflects Hess Midstream’s new definition of Adjusted Free Cash Flow, which is DCF less expansion capital expenditures and ongoing contributions to equity investments, which conforms to definitions used by other publicly traded midstream energy companies. Prior period calculations of Adjusted Free Cash Flow have been recast to conform to the new presentation, as applicable. Interest expense, net 1.5 Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest General and administrative expenses Fourth 96.6 18.0 28.2 471.7 44.1 Total revenues $ 1.3 Throughput volumes 70.0 5.9 Fourth (IN THOUSANDS) 87.3 115.8 133 23.4 115.8 $ Gas processing – Mcf of natural gas per day (IN MILLIONS) – – Limited partners’ interest in net income 141 323 Basic: 860 – 890 Depreciation expense – 81 Total revenues Diluted: Interest, net General and administrative expenses 10 18.1 Gas gathering – Mcf of natural gas per day Income from equity investments – 266.5 Common 2.1 70.1 SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (UNAUDITED) 0.4 Crude terminals – bopd $ 1.5 3.1 Weighted average limited partner units outstanding prior to December 16, 2019 Less: $ Income (loss) from operations 39.5 WhatsApp Costs and expenses – Twitter 7.3 WhatsApp Costs and expenseslast_img read more

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Railroad Earth, Vince Herman And Drew Emmitt To Headline YarmonyGrass

first_imgThe exciting YarmonyGrass returns to Rancho Del Rio, CO from August 10-13, bringing along a slew of wonderful artists for the 12th annual festival event. In addition to the previously announced bands Todd Snider & Great American Taxi, Head For The Hills, The Drunken Hearts (x2), and Coral Creek (x2), YarmonyGrass has announced the 2018 headliners: Railroad Earth and Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon.The announcement was made last Friday at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, when Tim Carbone, violinist extraordinaire and longtime friend and mentor of Yarmony’s own Andrew McConathy (The Drunken Hearts), took to the microphone and delivered the message that Railroad Earth fans near and far had hoped to hear. Carbone announced to the crowd of 8,000 plus that the Railroad Earth train would be heading back to YarmonyGrass to once again headline Colorado’s premiere boutique camping and live music event on Saturday, August 12th.The Drunken Hearts’ Andrew McConathy Talks YarmonyGrass Additionally it was announced that Vince Herman & Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon would be joining an already impressive lineup boasting the likes of Todd Snider, Head for the Hills, The Drunken Hearts, The Magic Beans, Kitchen Dwellers, The Grant Farm w/ Andy Thorn, Great American Taxi, Coral Creek, Bonfire Dub, Jay Roemer w/ Dave Carrol from Trampled by Turtles, Brad Parson Band, Liver Down the River, the YarmonyGrass All-Stars and many more.For full lineup information and to purchase tickets visit the festival website.[Photo credit: Spady Photography]last_img read more

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first_imgBrandon Browner will be allowed to watch his former team play in the Super Bowl from his jail cell.The former Patriots cornerback will have access to a television as he sits in the Los Angeles County jail, TMZ Sports reported. Browner, 34, was sentenced to eight years in jail after he pleaded no contest to attempted murder. He was arrested in July after police said he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and attacked her. He prevented her from leaving the apartment and attempted to smother her. The attack occurred in front of her two children. Super Bowl 53: Mercedes-Benz Stadium roof will be closed during game In his only season with the Patriots in 2014, the team faced the Seahawks in Super Bowl 49. He is credited with helping Malcolm Butler intercept Russell Wilson at the end of the game to seal the Patriots’ 28-24 win.Browner played six seasons in the NFL and five years in the CFL before he was arrested.center_img Super Bowl 53: Watch bizarre Patriots-Rams intro from Austrian TV Browner now has entered an appeal to have his conviction overturned, saying he was unfit to enter the no contest plea. He has a court date set next month. Related Newslast_img read more

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first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ad/2f/kirk-cousins-111019-getty-ftrjpg_11ehi6cr5di4f1036vvt7l3lhx.jpg?t=1458220822&w=500&quality=80 MORE NFL PLAYOFFS:Complete TV schedule | Seeding analysisIt’s time to throw out the records, avoid being married to the seeds, consider the betting odds and then rank the dozen newest playoff entrants based on their chances to walk off the field winners in Miami on Feb. 2.1. Baltimore Ravens(AFC No. 1)The Ravens have won 12 consecutive games to finish a franchise-best 14-2, also a game better than the top three NFC teams. They have strong +210 odds (according to BetOnline.ag) to win Super Bowl 54.That’s justified. When Lamar Jackson plays, their offense has been unstoppable. The defense has been rolling, especially on the back end, since the trade for Marcus Peters. It’s hard to find any weakness on this mighty team. These playoffs are the Ravens vs. the field.2. San Francisco 49ers(NFC No. 1)The 49ers have been battle-tested both at home and on the road going into the playoffs. They barely lost to the Ravens, edged the Saints and rolled the Packers. Their offense is hard to defend with Jimmy Garoppolo having his full complement of weapons, and a strong defense at every level should be healthier starting in the divisional round.It would be no surprise if there’s a Week 13 and Super Bowl 47 rematch between the Ravens and 49ers as the seeds correctly suggest. 9. Minnesota Vikings(NFC No. 6)The Vikings beat only one playoff team (the Eagles) all season, so they probably will be overmatched quickly. At least they have a good foundational defense with their front seven, an effective power running game with a healthy Dalvin Cook.The big questions are about Kirk Cousins rediscovering his career-best efficiency and the downfield pass defense holding up in the playoffs. The Saints are bad matchup for them in the wild-card round.10. Tennessee Titans(AFC No. 6)Forget the Titans? You can’t when they have the NFL’s rushing champion in Derrick Henry, a breakout wide receiver in rookie A.J. Brown and a savior QB in Ryan Tannehill.They have the groove offensively to make noise, but their defense has too many issues to expect a long run just based on those offensive triplets.11. Philadelphia Eagles(NFC No. 4)The Eagles literally limped into the playoffs, but they did it with playoff-level mental and physical toughness. Carson Wentz gets to experience the playoffs for the first time, and let’s hope many of his teammates believe he can make a Nick Foles-like run, too, given most of them have the experience of winning Super Bowl 52 with Doug Pederson.They are a good running team with a good run defense, but the passing game remains compressed, and the pass defense has issues, two elements that won’t help in higher-scoring games against actual good teams not in the NFC East. 6. Seattle Seahawks(NFC No. 5)The Seahawks have lost some luster with two straight tough defeats and some key injuries mounting. But like Brees and Payton and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll form a QB-coach combination that has won it all together before, giving the Seahawks a high floor as a dangerous playoff team.There are some real questions about their offensive line, depleted running game and a defense that still has numerous holes that can derail any real opportunity in a hurry. But where there’s a Wilson, there’s always a way.7. New England Patriots(AFC No. 3)The Patriots seemingly have been written off for the playoffs, and once again, everyone is ready to go with the lazy narrative that this is the end of their dynasty. But those rumblings existed in last year’s playoffs, too, all the way through their dispatching of the high-scoring Rams in Super Bowl 53.Until the clock runs out and they’re eliminated, you can’t count them out. With that said, their offensive limitations and defensive struggles against better teams aren’t an appealing combination in survive-and-advance mode. One shouldn’t be surprised, however, if they suddenly make the right adjustments again to outwit tougher competition.8. Buffalo Bills(AFC No. 5)The Bills have a fearless young quarterback in Josh Allen who picks good spots to run. They have a fine offensive line, a talented rookie back and savvy top wide receivers. They have a good pass-rushing defense and can cover well, too, led by shutdown corner Tre’Davious White. They also can toggle well between physical and finesse football.The Bills could be doomed against a strong running team, but they have the makeup to beat anyone. Inexperience is their biggest concern. The 2019 NFL season has now become the 2020 NFL playoffs. Only 12 teams are left standing in the quest to reach and win Super Bowl 54.The past tells us once a team is in the AFC or NFC tournament, what happened in the regular season is meaningless. Now it’s about getting hot and navigating matchups with a higher degree of difficulty to win the three or four games necessary to win it all. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/c7/patrick-mahomes-100919-getty-ftrjpg_132954zj606mu1ffmx1t8uuiap.jpg?t=-1318140099&w=500&quality=80 3. Kansas City Chiefs(AFC No. 2)Patrick Mahomes’ offense is getting revved up at the right time, with more big plays downfield and a bigger boost from the backfield. The defense has gotten situationally tougher against running backs to build on its dominance against quarterbacks and wide receivers.This is a better version of last year’s 12-4 Kansas City team because of that defense and more experience for Mahomes.4. New Orleans Saints(NFC No. 3)The Saints won’t have home-field advantage all the way in the Superdome to make amends for the bad call that went against them in last year’s NFC championship game. But they have proved to be more complete this season with enhanced defense and special teams and more capacity to win outdoors on the road because of that and their running game.Drew Brees and Sean Payton can push their teams to overcome the heartbreaking ends to the past two playoffs, turning that disappointment into more focused motivation.5. Green Bay Packers(NFC No. 2)The Packers are a hard 13-3 team to figure out. They win sometimes with mostly offense, sometimes with mostly defense. Sometimes it’s about Aaron Rodgers’ passing; most of the times it’s about Aaron Jones’ running.Although some of their players have solid playoff experience, led by Rodgers, this is a different style of team under Matt LaFleur that can have a wide array out of outcomes from game to game. The Packers have the feel of either an early exit or an extend run through Miami, with nothing in between.MORE: Updated Super Bowl 54 odds (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/43/russell-wilson-101319-getty-ftrjpg_jaqpmk9d9aq41mlkgm820v9ti.jpg?t=-977497499&w=500&quality=80 12. Houston Texans(AFC No. 4)The Texans are the weakest team in the playoffs. They are highly dependent on Deshaun Watson offensively with an inconsistent running game and limited receiving pop behind DeAndre Hopkins, especially if Will Fuller remains sidelined. Their defense is pretty bad, too.They should be losing at home again in the wild-card round as division champs, this time to the Bills.last_img read more

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Messi strike helps 10-man Barca earn draw as Ronaldo goes off injured

first_imgBarcelona, Spain | AFP | Lionel Messi weaved his magic to keep 10-man Barcelona’s unbeaten season alive as a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday left Real Madrid sweating over an injury to Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo was forced off at half-time after appearing to hurt his ankle and Real will be hoping their star striker can now recover in time for the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.The challenge from Gerard Pique had come as Ronaldo cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener before Sergi Roberto was sent off on the stroke of half-time for an altercation with Real defender Marcelo.Barca, however, took the lead in the second half as Messi scored a brilliant individual goal only for Gareth Bale, who could earlier have been sent off, to have the last word in a thrilling Clasico, his emphatic strike earning Real a deserved draw.After initially taking treatment, Ronaldo played on for 31 minutes here before Zinedine Zidane decided to substitute him at half-time, which may at least offer Real encouragement.His injury, however, coupled with Barcelona avoiding defeat, despite playing a man down for the whole of the second half, will mean the Catalans depart the happier side.Ernesto Valverde’s men, already crowned champions, are now three matches away from becoming the first team ever to finish a 38-game La Liga season unbeaten.Andres Iniesta overcame, or perhaps ignored, a niggling calf problem to play his 38th and final Clasico while Philippe Coutinho was picked to start his first. Iniesta went off to a standing ovation in the second half.Barca exploded out of the blocks and they were ahead within 10 minutes. Suarez swept the ball out to the right where Sergi drove forward, ignored Messi’s run to the near post, and returned the cross deep to Suarez. He finished into the bottom corner. Pique’s last-ditch attempt had been robust enough to hurt the Portugese, who stayed down as Barca attempted to kick off. Ronaldo took treatment but was able temporarily to continue.Real dictated the rest of the half and Ronaldo could twice have given them the lead. His first shot was saved by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, the second fired wide of the far post.In between, Messi had played in Jordi Alba with a sumptuous ball over the top but even he lost his cool during five mad minutes at the end of the first period.Suarez felt he had been elbowed by Sergio Ramos, prompting the first round of scuffles, before Messi was booked for flying into the defender on the touchline.Bale was then lucky not to be sent off for stabbing his studs into Samuel Umtiti’s calf and moments later Sergi did see red, as he threw an arm into the face of Marcelo.The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.Suarez’s blatant kick on Raphael Varane went unpunished and from there it was all about Messi. He skipped away first from Ramos, and then Casemiro, before firing into the bottom corner.Even Zidane was smiling on the touchline.Iniesta went off just before the hour and Messi could have put Barca out of sight soon after. He sped away from Varane but his shot was parried away by Keylor Navas.Real tried to make the most of their one-man advantage but in truth, they had been far more assertive 11 against 11.Instead, their goal in the 72nd minute came out of the blue as Bale raced onto Asensio’s pass and whipped the ball first-time into the top corner. It was the Welshman’s 15th goal in 24 matches this year.Real should have had a late penalty when Alba cleared out Marcelo but referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez somehow decided the challenge was clean. It was the final controversy of a surprisingly heated derby.Share on: WhatsApp – Equaliser comes at a cost –The lead, however, lasted four minutes. Just as Suarez initiated his goal, so did Ronaldo, a neat backheel freeing Toni Kroos, who found Karim Benzema at the back post. The Frenchman was cool enough to head back into the six-yard box, where Ronaldo bundled home.last_img read more

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England boys ready to sit French exam

first_img Six members of the boys’ squad will take part in next month’s French Boys’ Open each with the aim of becoming the first English winner since 1988.Cheshire’s Oscar Doran and Remy Miller (pictured above) are joined in the selection by Hertfordshire duo Max Hopkins and Jack Bigham.Josh Berry (Yorkshire) and Craig Passmore (Devon) complete the six-strong squad who will represent England at Les Aisses Golf Club between April 9-13.Not since James Cook won the event in 1988 has an English name appeared on the Trophee Michel Carlhian.All six boys took part in a recent squad training camp at Quinta Do Lago in Portugal as a follow on from a number of coaching sessions over the winter months at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa.The format for the 2020 French Boys’ Open sees players compete on an individual and team basis.After a 36-hole stroke play event, the top 32 players qualify for the match play.For those boys aged under 16 who miss out on the last 32 of the match play, there is a chance to compete for the Trophee Pierre Massie.The only member of the England squad who would be eligible for this secondary event is 14-year-old Berry (pictured below).In addition to the individual honours, there is also a Nations Cup element to the play over the opening two days.Players of the same nationality will be grouped in threes with the two best scores from the opening 36-holes of stroke play going towards a team aggregate.Hopkins, Berry and Passmore will be in one team with Bigham, Miller and Doran in the other.Previous winners of the individual championship include Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia and Nicolas Colsaerts as well as European Tour players Romain Wattel and Guido Migliozzi.Les Aisses Golf Club – located south of Orleans in the Loire Valley – is a Martin Hawtree design and recognised as one of the toughest tracks in France.The par 72, heathland course stretches to 7270 yards from the back tees with each hole flanked by dense woodland.In total, there have been seven previous English winners of the event which was first staged in 1926. Tags: Cheshire, Devon, England Boys’ Squad, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire 3 Mar 2020 England boys ready to sit French exam last_img read more

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Closing in on a cure

first_imgDUARTE – Andrew Raubitschek’s eyes light up when he talks about the new five-story building City of Hope National Medical Center is planning for his field.Raubitschek, head of the center’s new division of cancer immunotherapeutics and tumor immunology, remembers being fascinated as a medical student by the body’s natural ability to fend off infectious disease.Later, he wondered whether he could figure out a way to unleash those same defenses to fight cancer.Now the field – known as immunotherapy – has the technology and the groundwork laid and Raubitschek, who helped develop that foundation, is jealous of his son, Tony, who’s in his first year of medical school and has his future in research and treatment ahead of him.“The ability now, through our better understanding of immunology, through our much more sophisticated molecular biological approaches, now you can do things which 30 years ago you couldn’t do,” he said. “That’s sort of why I envy my son.”Raubitschek imagines that when Tony graduates, the cancer therapies in his medicine bag will be nontoxic products of immunotherapy. “It will be much more effective and we’ll understand much better what are the issues because we really will make magic bullets,” he said.Immunotherapy researchers are working to make such magic bullets by modifying the immune systems’ natural warriors – proteins called antibodies that form in response to infection and white blood cells called T cells. Immunotherapy shows promise Today, Raubitschek’s group builds on City of Hope’s distinguished track record of working with antibodies. They engineer and modify the proteins to deliver bits of radioactive material and other cancer fighting substances directly to cancer cells. The goal is to knock out the diseased cells while minimizing the number of healthy cells affected by the therapy.Although still experimental, the center is currently testing about a dozen of these approaches and those using engineered T cells. One trial involves the infusion of immune cells modified with antibodies into patients who have a form of aggressive brain cancer after surgery to seek out and destroy remaining tumor cells.Immunotherapy hasn’t always been a popular approach, and some previous treatments designed to modify the immune system have met with failure. But Louis Weiner, chairman of medical oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, said a better understanding of the natural immune response has advanced the field. “Immunotherapy has always been recognized as something that could ideally be useful but has been seen as unrealistic, and it’s only been in the last few years, I think, that the power and promise are beginning to become apparent to everybody.”Elsewhere in the country, researchers are working with antibodies and immune cells while others are developing cancer vaccines to prevent cancer from occurring or recurring.Caltech’s Nobel laureate president, David Baltimore, has been experimenting with a novel approach in mice using gene therapy to instruct blood forming stem cells to produce specific cancer fighting immune cells. “It produces more (immune cells) and it produces ones whose specificity of interaction is determined by us, not by the vagaries of the immune system,” Baltimore said. “We’re instructing the cells what kind of specificity they should have.”Raubitschek envisions something he calls multi-modal immunotherapy, which would combine all these tools to destroy cancer with a powerful attack. A new era of therapy The immunotherapy building isn’t the only addition to City of Hope. The NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center is also planning a building to bring together molecular biologists, chemists, computer scientists, statisticians and immunologists to work on experimental therapeutics with a focus on molecular-targeted therapies.Like tailors who fit clothes to the customer, researchers working in this field want to develop therapies that suit the specific molecular problems contributing to each patient’s cancer.They envision a future of personalized cancer care.Last summer, Richard Jove, previously the director of molecular oncology at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., arrived at City of Hope to fulfill his new role as deputy director of the cancer center, chairman of the division of molecular medicine and co-director of experimental therapeutics.It’s quite a list of titles and the list of projects he and his lab underlings are juggling is even longer. Perhaps that’s because he says his goal is to cure cancer before he gets it. Jove explains his work with eager but measured anxiousness. “We’ve got to hurry up and cure cancer,” he said one recent afternoon. He points to a simple looking equation to explain his underlying mantra: Molecular Signatures + Targeted Therapies = Improved Patient Outcomes. “This is the direction that we’re heading in and this is the direction the field is heading in and this is where the new therapies are going to come for the next, I predict, several decades at least for cancer therapy. So we’re entering a new era of cancer therapy,” he said.Using small gene chips called microarrays that can screen thousands of genes at a time for cancer-caused abnormalities, researchers identify potential molecular targets within cells that if altered, might have an impact on cancers. Figuring out all those potential targets is the process of determining a cancer’s molecular signature. The other part of the equation is coming up with drugs and treatments that will specifically affect a target once it’s been identified.City of Hope researchers have come up with dozens of promising targets and are taking a variety of approaches to develop therapies to address them. One of Jove’s jobs is to streamline the process of moving discoveries in the lab to treatments that can be tested in human clinical trials. He hopes to have one or two dozen drugs in that pipeline within a couple years. Hua Yu, a professor and researcher in the division of cancer immunotherapeutics and tumor immunology and Jove’s wife, focuses on a protein target called Stat3. Her lab has shown that Stat3 often plays a crucial role in helping tumors survive and spread, and also reaches out and disables immune cells. So, in a way, she provides a bridge between City of Hope’s two new buildings, working both with molecular targets and the immune system.As she sees it, cancer researchers must be “scientists with no borders,” collaborating between many fields, she said. “Wherever there is a sign that leads us to think we can help find the cure to cancer, we go for it.” [email protected](626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE?

first_imgDDTV: A video of a young Donegal man attempting to answer some routine general knowledge questions has gone viral!Well-known former Letterkenny Rovers player Kieran MacPherson delivers some hilarious answers to what many would deem rather easy general knowledge questions. Questions like what is the capital of the USA and who the president of Ireland are easy right?Well maybe not or is MacPherson just being silly or smart?To hear MacPherson’s hilarious answers simply click play on the video above to enjoy.DDTV: SILLY OR SMART – IS THIS DONEGAL LAD REALLY SO BAD AT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE? was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVHilariousnewsvideoVirallast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Real Madrid 3

first_imgMarcelo scored twice in a one-sided first half in front of a crowd of more than 105,000 at Michigan Stadium.Real Madrid took the lead in the pre-season friendly when Marcelo’s 20th-minute shot took a deflection off Oscar, wrongfooting Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic.There was nothing fortuitous about the Brazilian’s second goal six minutes later.He pounced after Blues youngster Ola Aina gave the ball away, rode a couple of weak challenges and thumped home.With Real dominant, Begovic produced good saves to keep out Raphaël Varane’s header and Casemiro’s stinging drive.But Begovic could do nothing about Mariano Diaz’s breathtaking 30-yard strike which put the Spanish side 3-0 up eight minutes before the interval.Chelsea: Begovic, Aina, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Oscar, Matic; Willian, Traore, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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African reality TV fights HIV

first_imgThe third series of Imagine Afrika beganairing across 38 countries in Africa on4 November. It was filmed in Botswana,Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS• Carolyn CarewBorn Free Media+2711 912 7733+27 83 274 [email protected] NdlovuImagine Afrika, Africa’s first continent-wide reality television series, aims to tackle the spread of HIV by exploring the day-to-day lives of young people from diverse communities in broadcasts watched by more than 200-million people.Using the tagline: “Imagine the Possibility of an HIV free Generation: It Begins with YOU!”, the African inspired and produced series looks at the key factors driving HIV/Aids and encourages Africans to consider what they can do to stop the spread of the virus in the continent.Currently in its 3rd season, the series is an initiative of the African Broadcast Media Partnership against HIV/AIDS (ABMP), a coalition of 60 African broadcast companies across 38 countries. ABMP focuses on incorporating HIV/Aids as part of broadcasters’ core business and ensuring integration of Aids-related messages and themes across all programmes formats and schedules.ABMP launched the Imagine Afrika series in 2007. It is filmed in community locations in different African countries and flighted across the continent with a viewership of more than 200 million people. The series goes inside the lives of youth from Africa selected by their communities for their compelling and challenging life circumstances.Viewers get to explore the characters’ day-to-day lives, hopes, challenges and aspirations, and share in their personal triumphs and trauma as they struggle with issues related to youth lifestyle, vulnerable children and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.The first two seasons were structured as a competition. They featured 12 contestants competing in three teams over 13 weeks in various countries. They worked with local communities to initiate efforts to address local problems. In season one, contestants worked in South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda, Mozambique, and Uganda. In the second season, the filming locations were South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire; and Kenya.The primary goal of the competition was to demonstrate the power of personal initiative, self-esteem, and leadership in building a better future for Africa. The contestants focused on factors driving the HIV/Aids epidemic such as poverty, lack of opportunity, and lack of services. Using their own life experiences and working closely with the community, season II contestants found ways of tackling basic problems like housing for vulnerable children, the environment, and HIV/Aids prevention, treatment and care.According to the series directors, the first two seasons were intended to draw audiences into problem-solving and decision-making processes as the teams demonstrated their talents and leadership.Beneath the surfaceFlighting of the third series began across 38 countries in Africa on 4 November. It was filmed in Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire and Uganda with production and post-production in South Africa.The series is produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers from South Africa, headed by Carolyn Carew as executive producer. Mickey Dube is the series director supported by directors: Bearthur Baker filming in Uganda, Mangaliso Bhengu filming in Botswana and Patrick Vergenyst filming in Côte d’Ivoire.The series targets young adults, 18-35 years and aims to entertain engage and educate by showing real life struggles and situations that are unscripted. Carew said: “Imagine Afrika III is a dramatic departure from the first two series because there is no competition as such, but much more in-depth exploration of real people’s lives. The result is much more compelling and dramatic, but also a more substantive opportunity to explore issues.”This year, series anchor Nzinga Qunta is joined by Imagine Afrika I contestant Milton Manhenje. Three more former Imagine Afrika contestants – Kitso Masi in Botswana, Coulibaly Miniatteni in Côte d’Ivoire and Brenda Amongin in Uganda – act as “i-Reporters”, becoming the viewers’ eyes and ears. They shadow the lives of nine young Africans through the series.Making the changeKitso Masi focuses on the life of fellow countryman Onkarabele “Ntoro” Kebadilwe (22). Ntoro never finished Form one (grade eight) because he opted to stay at home as his mother was struggling to pay school fees. She has since passed away. He started making an income by gathering and selling firewood, but his donkeys ran away and he had no way of carting the firewood to the market. He then resorted to stealing, which landed him in jail. He has just been released from prison after being incarcerated for two months – and says he wants to change. Ntoro wants to be a kwaito star, and with the money earned from music, he says he would go back to school. But he is in a gang and is not well-liked in his village.Coulibaly Miniatteni is on the trail of three characters from Côte d’Ivoire — Coffie “Kofi” Niezan (22), Desiree “Des” Cocoth (23) and Jean Damien “Bolatch” Ndri (25) — who epitomize youth lifestyles in a country where young people under the age of 25 represent 64% of the total population.Kofi is from the suburbs; dealing with trust, love and responsibility. Des is a young mother and a dancer. Her struggle is to make a career out of dancing and confront traditional norms. She wants her one‐year old daughter to live with her, but tradition dictates that since they are not married, the child belongs to the father. Bolatch is part of the hip‐hop generation, a sensitive rapper, in need of communication with his father and to assert his identity.Brenda Amongin in Uganda brings it home with Barbara Kemigisa (23), a single HIV positive mother of four month old Courtney. She went on the PMTCT programme when she was pregnant. Resourceful and charismatic, she survives by doing testimonials about her status and selling coffee and hot chocolate – but she wants more out of life.Jackie Alessie (23), nine months pregnant, is in a PMTCT programme. Rachel Kyomugisha (27) is strong and resilient – she was born HIV positive. She was raised by her grandmother who inspired her to move forward with her life. Her story is a love story. She met her husband at an HIV treatment centre; he later proposed, and now they are expecting a child.The series goes beneath the surface, following these characters as they face their life challenges and work towards realising their dreams.HIV/Aids facts in AfricaAccording to a research fact sheet (PDF, 0.09 KB) compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, in November 2009 more than 5 000 new HIV infections occur in Africa every day. The research states that an estimated 15 million African children are growing up without parents because of HIV/Aids. Global Health Reporting. org estimates 1.5 million Africans (adults and children) die of HIV/Aids every year.Aids and HIV information from the UNAids charity Avert reports that approximately 2.1 million Africans are currently enrolled for Aids treatment. Only one in five Africans who need Aids treatment currently receive it. For every one person enrolled on Aids treatment there are five new HIV infections.last_img read more

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