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#1 The Young and the Restless • Kristoff St. John • Neil Winters • TMZ

Kristoff St. John Dead - 'Young & the Restless' Actor Dies at 52

Kristoff St. John Dead - 'Young & the Restless' Actor Dies at 52

Longtime Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John has tragically passed away at the age of 52.

One of his friends apparently went to check on him at his home in the San Fernando Valley, where he was found. TMZ is reporting that no foul play is suspected and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

His ex wife, boxer Mia St. John, seems to have implied that Kristoff‘s tragic death may be related to his son Julian‘s death. Julian died by suicide in 2014 while getting treatment at a mental health facility.


Our thoughts are with Kristoff‘s loved ones during this time.

'Young and the Restless' star Kristoff St. John dies at age 52, TMZ reports

Posted: 8:43 AM, Feb 04, 2019
Updated: 46 minutes ago

The man who has played Neil Winters on "The Young and The Restless" since 1991 was found dead on Sunday, TMZ reports .

Kristoff St. John, 52, was found in his California home after friends went to check on him, the entertainment news website reports . It is citing sources that say there is no sign of foul play, and alcohol may have played a factor in St. John's death.

The Y&R actor was nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards nine times, and he won 10 NAACP Image Awards.

In 2014, St. John's son took his own life while in a mental health facility.

St. John has also threatened suicide in the past, according to police reports.

#2 African-American history • Black History Month • African Americans Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture

Celebrate Black History Month at UNC with a jam-packed schedule of events Buy Photos

UNC sophomores Jasmine Marshall and Faith Jeffers help the Black Student Movement kickoff Black History Month in the Carolina Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

February is Black History Month, and many UNC students will have the opportunity to participate in celebrations through a variety of on-campus events.

Across campus, student organizations, professors and academic departments are preparing for a wide range of events that celebrate the student body’s diversity, African-American history and prominent African-American figures.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion has planned several events for Black History Month, while student groups have planned many more.

The Black Student Movement kicked off the celebration in the Student Union on Feb. 1.

Senior and BSM President Qieara Lesesne attended the event and “hopes that the celebration will serve as a way to recenter our community and serve as a way to refocus on things that are positive."

With several recent controversies on campus, particularly those surrounding the toppling of Silent Sam, many students hope that Black History Month will bring the campus community together. As a result of Silent Sam’s toppling, the Black Student Movement has seen a rise in its membership and new energy among current members, said Chris Suggs, secretary of the Black Student Movement.

"As a university, we will learn to celebrate and appreciate so much of the diversity that we have at UNC," Suggs said.

According to UNC’s admission office, the Class of 2022 self-identifies as 11 percent Black or African American.

Rachel Watkins will give a lecture titled “The Role of Black Feminist Theory in Critiquing Scientific Practices and Concepts of Race” on Monday. UNC students and Chapel Hill residents will also have the chance to listen to Ibram X. Kendi as he delivers the annual Chapel Hill African-American History Month Lecture on Thursday at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.

"The Stone Center is committed to sponsoring events celebrating Black History throughout the year," said Stephanie Cobert, public communications officer for the Stone Center. "Students are encouraged to visit the Stone Center’s website for a complete listing of upcoming events throughout the year."

Several events are designed for UNC students specifically. On Feb. 16, current and prospective African-American male students can attend the Black Male Unity Dinner. Black male identity on college campuses will be explored through workshops and guest speakers.

Students can also attend The Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias Tour on Feb. 20, where attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about underlying biases, and how they affect everyday lives.

Students can also reach out to the Black Student Movement for further on-campus involvement. A listing of upcoming Black History Month events can be found on the UNC Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website.



Black History Month kicks off with a night of statues, song

Communication studies sophomore Michaelah Coleman performs “Be Free” by J. Cole at the Black History Month Kick-Off Friday, Feb. 1. (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

Black History Month is a time of remembrance and recognition for the Black individuals who have shaped not just the United States’ culture and history, but the world’s. This year, the Colorado State University’s for Black History Month is “reclamation.”

“(Reclamation) is the process of reclaiming something back, or of reasserting a right,” said Ally Johnson, a senior studying psychology with a clinical counseling concentration, in her introduction to the event.  “This theme was chosen this year by Black Definition, the council of Black student organization presidents here at CSU, to honor the struggle that many of us face as African-Americans today in reclaiming our time, our spaces, our narratives, our bodies, our voices, and our work and contributions throughout history and pre-slavery.”

The Black and African American Cultural Centerkicked off Black History Month with a performance and demonstration celebrating the beginning of Black History Month in the Lory Student Center Theatre Feb. 1. The kickoff featured music, choreography, spoken-word poetry and rap. Food, drinks and cake were served to accompany the performances.

The theme of the event came through every performer and speaker, demonstrating the struggle to reclaim a Black identity in a society that punishes those identities and tries to hide the historical oppression it has enforced. 

“(Black History Month) gives me a space to be myself in a world where I’m not allowed to be myself,” said Michaelah Coleman, a sophomore communication studies major. Coleman provided the opening performance of the event, singing J. Cole’s “Be Free.”


At the same time, the event recognized the ways Black people changed the world outside of an American point of view.

Communication sophomore Ellison Hubbard writes ‘my mind’ on the ‘What are you reclaiming?’ whiteboard at the Black History Month Kick-Off Friday, Feb. 1. “I feel like I kind of lost my mind,” Hubbard said. “I was focused on things that weren’t helping me; I want to refocus on important things.” (AJ Frankson | Collegian)

“(Black History Month) is a celebration of Black people all around the world,” said Brittany Soloman, a graduating senior studying International Studies with a concentration in European Studies, who also sang at the event. “We really need to understand that all cultures and all people who are Black need to be respected and acknowledged for their contributions to society.”

The event also highlighted “living statues,” in which students dressed up as influential Black individuals throughout history. Each gave a short speech about their own history, which provided an educational component to the night. Investigative journalist and teacher Ida B. Wells, popular musician Alicia Keys and environmentalist Majora Carter were just a few of the Black individuals celebrated. 

The performers felt that it was important that their skills be displayed at the event.

“It’s the first day of Black History Month,” Coleman said. “It’s important for people to come together, to see everybody’s talents. That’s what pushed me to perform.”

Other performers had a similar motivation to come together and express themselves.

“I don’t think I express my Blackness enough at CSU,” Soloman said. “I felt like it would be really helpful for me to be a part of this.”

Johnson said the significance of Black History Month lies in more than bringing attention to marginalization. 

“Like our ancestors and the indigenous peoples on this land before them, we are more than a single story,” said Johnson. “We are more than what’s been taken from us.”


Graham Shapley can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com and on Twitter @shapleygraham.

#3 Chinese New Year • China • Pig Chinese cities celebrate Lunar New Year with lanterns and lights


Sweet treats to ring in Chinese New Year

CBCFebruary 3, 2019

Lunar New Year is coming up, and that means elaborate meals with dishes like noodles, whole fish, chicken and barbecued duck.

But what about desserts?

On the Coast food columnist Gail Johnson says sweet treats are just as significant as the main menu.

"Their names and shapes are symbols of wishes for prosperity and happiness," she told On the Coast host Gloria Macarenko.

Feb. 5, the first day of the Year of the Pig, marks the start of the Spring Festival, a 15-day event celebrated with traditional foods.

"While every region and even every household will put their own stamp on things, there are several desserts that are commonly found on the dinner table during the festival and that people can easily source throughout Metro Vancouver," Johnson said.

Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press

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Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press

Sweet rice balls

Sweet rice balls consists of glutinous rice balls filled with black-sesame paste that are served in a soup made of water with a hint of honey or rock sugar. Johnson says the rich taste of the rice balls is complemented by the intentionally light liquid.

"The Chinese name for this dish is tangyuan, and it's a name that sounds like a phrase that means 'reunion,' Johnson said. "Eating the black-sesame rice balls for the Lunar New Year is said to bring the family together."

The sweet soup can be found at most Chinese restaurants, including Peaceful Restaurant, and the rice balls are sold frozen at Asian grocery stores.

New Year's Pudding with a twist

Johnson says one of the most common desserts for the annual celebration is a New Year's pudding made with brown sugar or coconut milk.

The name for the coconut version sounds like the Chinese phrase for "higher than the last," signifying a wish for luck, wealth or happiness in the New Year to be more or higher than last year's.

But according to Johnson, Maxim's bakery, founded in 1979, has given the traditional dessert a modern twist by making the pudding into the shape of a Chinese carp or koi fish.

"The carp is a powerful symbol of strength and perseverance and the words for fish and abundance are pronounced the same in Chinese," she said.

Gail Johnson

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Gail Johnson

Sticky rice cakes

Sticky rice cakes symbolize progress, advancement and growth and are a popular gift to give when visiting family and friends during the holiday.

Traditionally made with glutinous rice and brown sugar, they are often cut into slices and pan-fried in egg unless they are ready to eat.

Chinese New Year 2019 is tomorrow. You know what to do: bust out the tikoy, wear something red, and even visit Binondo for lunch with family and/or friends.

Now, I don’t have Chinese blood but some of my family members love celebrating Chinese New Year even if it’s just in a small way. The rules I’ve heard mostly come from my relatives’ secondhand knowledge and what I’ve read and heard through the years. But then, I realized that you don’t usually hear about what you shouldn’t do during the occasion. I mean, Filipinos have a list of traditional do’s and don’ts. If you’re as curious as I am, here are what various Chinoys have told us about what not do. Take notes for tomorrow!

Don’t wear dark colors

When they say you should wear red, they mean it. Janelle De Guzman tells us that “happy colors” like red, yellow, and gold “symbolize good luck, happiness, and prosperity.” While dark colors like black and gray will attract the opposite.

Radio DJ Stan Sy adds that black is also synonymous to death. He also says that you shouldn’t wear white because it’s “our color of mourning.”

Cleaning should be done before midnight

Engineers Hans Sy and Chi Wei both say that sweeping the floor on the day of the Lunar New Year (Feb. 5) isn’t allowed because there’s a chance you’ll throw out the good luck that’s gathered in your home. CNN Travel expounded on this, stating that if you’re going to clean your house and throw out the trash, do it before midnight to remove any bad luck accumulated in the past year. You’re also not allowed to wash dishes on the day of.

If you failed to do this or missed out on any tasks before midnight, you’d have to wait for the second day (Feb. 6) to continue your chores.

You can’t wash your hair

Hans also mentioned that you’re not allowed to wash your hair on the first day of the Lunar New Year. The reason is similar to the previous point because, according to China Highlights, the Chinese character for “hair” (发 or “fa“) has the same pronunciation and character as in “facai” (发财), meaning “to become wealthy.” So, the act of washing your hair is seen as washing away your fortunes.

Skip the meds

“Drinking medicine [on the first of the Lunar New Year] is prohibited,” says engineer Jinno Uy. Apparently, there’s a superstition that you will either get ill or your condition will last for a year. (Take this advice with a grain of salt, especially if you have prescription meds.)

Fighting isn’t particularly good

Arguing with people isn’t good at any time of the year. But if you don’t want to sever any ties, don’t do it during the holiday. “[If you fight with loved ones during the Lunar New Year,] because it symbolizes a bad start with your relationship with them,” Janelle says. She says that the holiday highlights families and friends sticking together for the entire year. This is also why glutinous food like tikoy and tang yuan (black sesame rice balls) is served.


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#5 Ultimate Software Group, Inc. • Investor • Hellman & Friedman • Finance Ultimate Software, Inc. – Home

Ultimate Software Group Inc, a cloud-based human resources applications developer, said on Monday it agreed to be bought by an investor group led by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for about $11 billion.

The $331.50 per share all-cash offer is at a premium of 19 percent to the HR software provider’s closing share price on Friday.

The investor group also includes Blackstone Group LP, GIC Pte Ltd, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and JMI Equity.

HR software makers are benefiting from the growing tendency among enterprises to shift to cloud-based applications in a move to manage their payroll and human resources.

Ultimate Software competes with its rivals, including Workday Inc, Automatic Data Processing Inc and Oracle Corp, to sell software to companies to help manage their employees.

The size of the industry, known as cloud human capital management, is expected to touch $22.17 billion in 2023 from $13 billion in 2016, according to a report by Allied Market Research.

While there have been few big deals among the HR software makers in the last decade, Workday last year bought smaller Adaptive Insights Inc for about $1.55 billion a week before it was slated to go public.

The last big deal in the sector was in 2011 when Europe’s top technology company SAP SE bought human resources company SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion.

Hellman & Friedman had earlier taken human resources management software maker Kronos Inc private in 2007 for $1.8 billion. Blackstone also owns benefits and HR platform Alight Solutions LLC.

Ultimate Software, which generated more than $1.1 billion in 2018 revenue, expects the deal to close in mid-2019. The company can also consider alternative offers in a 50-day “go-shop” period.

Upon completion of the deal, privately held Ultimate Software will be managed by its existing management led by Chief Executive Officer Scott Scherr.

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC acted as financial adviser to Ultimate Software, while Qatalyst Partners was the financial adviser to the investor group.

Shares of Ultimate Software surged 18.7 percent to $330 in premarket trading.

Ultimate Software agrees to be acquired in $11B deal

By   – Digital Producer, South Florida Business Journal
2 hours ago

Weston-based Ultimate Software has agreed to be acquired by an investor group led by San Francisco-based Hellman & Friedman in a $11 billion deal.

The South Florida human resources software company (Nasdaq: ULTI), founded in 1990, will go private as part of the agreement announced Monday. The transaction is expected to close later this year and is subject to approvals from stockholders and regulators.

“The transaction provides our stockholders with a substantial premium. Our decision was also made with the best interests of our 5,144 employees and our more than 5,600 customers at heart," Scott Scherr, CEO, president, and founder of Ultimate, said. "This change will bring meaningful benefits to our employees and customers — both in the long and short terms. Since all of our employees are given equity in Ultimate when they join us, as stockholders, this transaction will result in immediate financial upside for them. Today’s announcement will also allow us to make additional, prudent investments in our products and services to better serve our customers."

Scherr will remain CEO of the company and its senior management team will stay in place once the buy is complete.

The acquiring investor group is led by Hellman & Friedman and its partners include Blackstone (NYSE: BX), GIC, and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and JMI Equity. As part of the agreement, Ultimate stockholders would receive $331.50 in cash for each share of Ultimate.

The deal includes 50 days for Ultimate's board of directors to actively pursue other acquisition proposals. The company has the right to terminate its deal with Hellman if they find a better one.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC was the financial advisor to Ultimate Software and Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP provided legal counsel. Qatalyst Partners was the financial advisor to the investor group and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett served as legal counsel to Hellman & Friedman.

Ultimate's revenues exceeded $1.1 billion. The company's software is used by more than 5,600 companies and is South Florida's largest cloud computing company. It's also one of the tri-county area's largest employers with about 1,700 local workers and one of its largest public companies.

#6 Veganism • Hyundai • Super Bowl LIII The most effective thing you can do to help the planet…

PETA didn't like Hyundai's Super Bowl ad, but it promotes its vegan-friendly cars

PETA had a problem with Hyundai’s Super Bowl ad for its new purchasing program, but it apparently loves the company’s cars.

The spot tried to paint traditional car shopping in a negative light by comparing it to things like having a root canal, getting called for jury duty and attending a vegan dinner party, all depicted as stops on an elevator going down. At the dinner party floor, a host approaches the elevator to announce they’re having beetloaf, as a woman cheers and a man acts like he’s about to be sick.

Hyundai didn’t directly apologize to the organization, but within moments did tweet out an infographic with a recipe for the beetloaf depicted in the commercial and the message:

“We actually love vegan food and are glad it's going more mainstream.”

Head over to PETA’s website, however, and along with the Smart, you’ll find a list of seven Hyundais that “can be fully loaded—with compassion,” meaning without the use of any materials derived from animals.

A few of automaker’s newer models, like the Kona and Ioniq, aren’t on the list, which is not dated. However, there aren’t any Hyundais in the section where PETA calls out vehicles for being afoul of its animal-friendly policies, including some Teslas because of their leather steering wheels and the electric BMW i3, which is leather-free, but uses wool.

PETA also suggests its followers call Smart’s sister company Mercedes-Benz to complain about the trim in 22 of its models.

Vegans infuriated by Hyundai's Super Bowl ad

  • 6 hours ago
  • Vita Molyneux

Hyundai has annoyed the vegan community for comparing a vegan dinner to a root canal, the middle seat on a long-haul flight, getting "the talk" from your dad, and a colonoscopy.

The advertisement for Hyundai's new car shopping app aired during Monday's Super Bowl, and starred Jason Bateman.

In his role as elevator operator, Bateman delivers various people down multiple floors into various harrowing situations - one of which is a vegan dinner party.

The couple who exit at this floor are obvious in their distress. The woman responds "Yay" in a less than favourable tone while the man gags and covers his mouth.

After the commercial aired, social media exploded with angry vegans boycotting the company, and posting pictures of their own vegan dinner parties to show the company how delicious it can be.

"Wow," writes one offended vegan "Hyundai is super tone deaf. I will never invite them to my vegan dinner party, not will I ever drive a Hyundai."

Another posted a picture of their meal saying: "Here was my vegan dinner party and it was delicious. Piss off Hyundai."

PETA posted a tweet weighing in on the controversy, writing: "The trend of 2019 is taking the elevator UP to vegan dinner parties (and an Earth, heart and animal friendly lifestyle).

"Instead of buying a car from people with outdated ideas, we suggest a vegan Smartcar by Mercedes. Great mileage and acceleration, turns on dime."

Not everyone was angry, however, with some people saying they loved the ad, calling it "hilarious" and saying the vegan line was their favourite.


#7 Apex Legends


Titanfall Battle Royale COUNTDOWN: Apex Legends Twitch reveal stream, leaks, release date

TITANFALL fans are gearing up for the reveal of Apex Legends - a rumoured new battle royale game. Here’s everything you need to know about the release date and Titanfall BR reveal stream.

PUBLISHED: 17:05, Mon, Feb 4, 2019 | UPDATED: 18:17, Mon, Feb 4, 2019

Titanfall 2 multiplayer gameplay

TITANFALL - UPDATE TWO: The map for Apex Legends battle royale mode has allegedly been leaked ahead of the big reveal from Respawn and EA today.

The leaked Titanfall Apex Legends map shows locations such as Skull Town, Tank Base, Thunderdome, Swampland and Airbase.



Catch the reveal live at 12pm PT/3pm ET.

A teaser begins at 8am PT/11am ET/4pm UK (Tuesday, February 5 at 3am AET). Be sure to check back here at 12pm PT/3pm ET/8pm UK (Tuesday, February 5 at 7am AET), for the full reveal.

You can check out the reveal in the video player below:



Autoplay setting: On

After rumors surfaced regarding a free-to-play battle royale spinoff of Titanfall surfaced, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella confirmed in a post on Twitter the game is real and will be unveiled today, February 4.

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Vince Zampella on Twitter

In addition to being able to watch the reveal live on the IGN homepage, you can also catch the stream on our mobile and console apps, as well as our various other channels.

Here's everywhere you can watch:

In addition to developing the first two Titanfall games, Respawn is currently at work on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which was teased at E3 2018. According to a statement from Electronic Arts last year, Respawn will have multiple games released by holiday 2019.


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