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The Young & The Restless star Kristoff St. John: My Past, My Future

              The Young & The Restless actor sits down with Prestige to discuss his upcoming documentary A Man Called GOD. Sylvia: Hello Mr. Kris, how are you today? Kristoff St.John: It is well today. I’m in sunny California, where it’s 80 degrees and it’s a beautiful day as each day is. Sylvia: Very good! First…



              The Young & The Restless actor sits down with Prestige to discuss his upcoming documentary A Man Called GOD.

Sylvia: Hello Mr. Kris, how are you today?

Kristoff St.John: It is well today. I’m in sunny California, where it’s 80 degrees and it’s a beautiful day as each day is.

Sylvia: Very good! First of all I want to say congratulations on your new documentary. Can you give us a brief synopsis about this new and controversial documentary.

Kristoff St.John: It’s a feature documentary that my family and I shot about thirty-four years ago. We went to the South of India to live in a holy man ashram. An ashram is merely a residence for someone who considers themselves holy, and the truth is, this particular man, whose name is Sathya Sai Baba, has fifty million followers globally and my family and I were just three people who were part of this organization. We went to India to shoot this documentary because we were already disciples and devotees of this man, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that this particular organization, and the man itself, the man that fifty million people call God, was shrouded with corruption, deception, a complete lack of spirituality, a very ungodly existence, for a man called God.

Sylvia: As you just stated you were fourteen years old at the time of the filming of this, and this introduction to this man, Sai Baba, was initiated by your step-mom, your father as well, and that’s what caused you troubles there. So before then were you actually familiar with the teachings and the beliefs of Sai Baba?

Kristoff St.John: Before we left for India, we had been indoctrinated roughly six years before we travelled there. My step-mother Maria and my father Christopher were coming out of the 60s and the 70s, as many people were from that hippie generation, looking for some sort of spiritual leader or teachings, that weren’t necessarily organized religions that the churches had to offer, and so East Indian or Hindu philosophy, the Buddhist philosophy, were very attractive to many people, and my parents were no different. So they gravitated towards the Eastern philosophy. And it’s interesting to me that the East has what the West has to offer, which is technology, and the West is searching hopelessly and helplessly, for what much of the East has, which is spirituality, supposedly. I found out that you don’t have to travel 12 to 50 thousand miles away from your home to find God, that God actually resides in your spirit inside of you. It was an interesting journey, that six years where we studied the teachings of the man, his philosophy, and ultimately finally, after Maria had taken a couple of trips there, we went there together as a family. My father had been asked by Sai Baba to make a documentary about him through Maria, and so he was asked to write a screenplay about Sai Baba’s young child life. So my dad did both of those things.

Read the entire interview in our JUNE/JULY issue (Get Your Copy Today)…Release Date July 24, 2014




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Veterans Affairs Gives 1,300 Vets Unproven COVID-19 Drug Touted By Trump



The federal Department of Veterans Affairs has been giving 1,300 veterans hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus since late March — even though the drug has not been proven to be effective against the illness and may even trigger fatal heart problems.

In a study of 100,000 patients with COVID-19 published Friday in the medical journal The Lancet, patients who received hydroxychloroquine had a “significantly higher risk of death” compared to those who were not given the drug. “We were unable to confirm a benefit of hydroxychloroquine” on in-hospital outcomes for COVID-19, the researchers concluded.

An April study of veterans who were given the drug — relentlessly hawked by President Donald Trump — produced similar findings.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said in a letter Friday to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that despite mounting concerns about the drug, the VA will continue to use hydroxychloroquine for veterans.

Revelations of the use of the controversial antimalarial drug have sparked concerns about the effects it may have on veterans, many of whom are older and have underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to a fatal side effect of the drug: heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

“Veterans’ groups remain deeply concerned that the VA has made large purchases of this drug and appears to have administered it to veterans despite the well-known, and in some cases, fatal risks,” Schumer wrote Wilkie earlier this month.

After Wilkie’s letter on Friday, Schumer responded in a statement later that day, saying, “This drug may be useless or even harmful for COVID-19 patients, but the VA continues to administer it to hundreds of vets. Why are we just learning this?”

“We need to know what the basis was for using this drug against the consensus of science, which called into question its effectiveness in treating COVID-19,” he continued. “We also need to know who is authorizing these new trials, what facilities are participating and what families are being told.”

Trump has been aggressively pitching hydroxychloroquine since March, even though the drug had not yet undergone clinical trials examining its effectiveness against COVID-19.

“What do we have to lose?” he asked during a briefing.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization have both warned against using the drug to treat COVID-19.

Last Monday, the president attacked a study of veterans treated with the drug that showed no benefits against the coronavirus. He called the findings a “Trump enemy statement,” insisting they were politically motivated. He then claimed that he had been taking the drug for weeks, though he stopped on Friday.

The Trump administration ordered 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine before it underwent trials for COVID-19 treatment. The VA also bulk-ordered some 6.3 million doses, according to Wilkie’s letter.

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Prince Harry and Prince William Are Back on Speaking Terms, A Royal Friend Revealed



It’s been a tough few years for Prince Harry and Prince William‘s relationship, with rumors of a royal feud cropping up long before Harry, in ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, acknowledged all wasn’t well between the brothers.

“Part of this role and part of this job and this family, being under the pressure that it’s under, stuff happens but we’re brothers,” Harry said in the doc. “We’ll always be brothers, and we’re certainly on different paths at the moment, but I’ll always be there for him, and he’ll always be there for me. We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we’re so busy, but I love him dearly, and the majority of the stuff is created out of nothing, but you know, as brothers you have good days, you have bad days.”

Well, it sounds like things are finally on the up between the princes. Speaking to royal correspondent Katie Nicholl of the Sunday Times, an unnamed friend said the brothers started talking more after father Prince Charles was diagnosed with coronavirus, from which he has since recovered. “I don’t think it’s returned to everything being rosy, but it is better,” the friend explained. “Hearing their father wasn’t well helped bring them back together and there is now more regular communication.” Happy to hear it!

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Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Changes Name on Grubhub to Pasqually’s Pizza



Children’s restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese is making its Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings premium offering available through Grubhub, which confused some customers.

Pasqually’s is a product of Chuck E. Cheese parent CEC Entertainment and represents an upgrade from the children’s pizza the chain is known for.

“CEC Entertainment, Inc. recently launched Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings nationwide. The inspiration was rooted in the desire to create a premium pizza while staying true to the CEC brand,” a Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson told Food & Wine.

Pasqually’s shares kitchen space with Chuck E. Cheese, which the company says will help ensure “high quality, fresh ingredients.”

CEC Entertainment responded after potential customers noticed that Pasqually’s and Chuck E. Cheese shared the same landing page on the online food delivery app GrubHub.

“While Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings recipes are currently only available for delivery, select items might be added to the Chuck E. Cheese menu in the future,” the company said.

In April, Chuck E. Cheese said that venue sales for the first quarter were down nearly 22% year over year. The company reiterated that it expected all 550 of its company-operated venues to sustain a loss for as long as the coronavirus is an issue.

The company has operated 520 of its 550 restaurants in a third-party and delivery capacity while furloughing most of its hourly employees and 65% of its support center personnel.

Chuck E. Cheese said in an April 7 regulatory filing that it was not currently paying rent, which approximates to about $7 million a month.

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