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Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as well as a spinoff origin series

Danai Gurira has signed on to reprise her role as Okoye in two Marvel-related projects.

The Hollywood Reporter claimed on Thursday that the 43-year-old actress would portray the general of the Dora Milaje in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will serve as a sequel to the smash 2018 hit feature. Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett are already onboard.

 The media outlet also noted that Danai is set to play Okoye in a forthcoming origin spinoff series that will air on the Disney+ streaming service.

Signing on: Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as its spinoff origin series; she is seen at the 26th Annual SAG Awards in January of 2020

Signing on: Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye in the upcoming film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as its spinoff origin series; she is seen at the 26th Annual SAG Awards in January of 2020

Earlier this year, Deadline reported that the original film’s director, Ryan Coogler, had inked a five-year exclusive deal with Disney to develop original content. 

The publication went on to note that the series is set to take place in the fictional Kingdom of Wakanda, and plot details are being kept under wraps.

It is not known if the Walking Dead star would star in the upcoming show or if she is a featured cast member. 

High exposure: The upcoming film is set to be released next year, and the series will make its debut on the Disney+ streaming service; she is pictured in 2019

High exposure: The upcoming film is set to be released next year, and the series will make its debut on the Disney+ streaming service; she is pictured in 2019

Sticking around: Gurira's first time portraying the character was in the smash hit 2018 film, Black Panther; she is seen with Lupita Nyong'o and Florence Kasumba

Sticking around: Gurira’s first time portraying the character was in the smash hit 2018 film, Black Panther; she is seen with Lupita Nyong’o and Florence Kasumba

Development on a sequel to Black Panther began shortly after the film’s release, with the feature’s 35-year-old director expressing interest in continuing the movie’s story.

The filmmaker originally wanted to focus on the title character, also known as T’Challa, as he learned how to be a king in an ever-changing political landscape.

Coogler officially signed on to write and direct the feature in 2018 and initially expressed concern about living up to the original film’s impact, although he spoke about trying out new ideas with the upcoming flick.

However, series lead Chadwick Boseman suddenly passed away from colon cancer in August of 2020, which surprised many entertainment industry figures who had been unaware of his condition.

The filmmaker and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige were among those who did not know about the performer’s health situation.

Making moves: Director Ryan Coogler recently inked a five-year production deal with Disney to develop new content for the media giant; he is seen at the 2018 premiere of Black Panther

Making moves: Director Ryan Coogler recently inked a five-year production deal with Disney to develop new content for the media giant; he is seen at the 2018 premiere of Black Panther

Sudden loss: Although development on a sequel to Black Panther began shortly after the feature's release, its star, Chadwick Boseman, suddenly passed away in August of 2020

Sudden loss: Although development on a sequel to Black Panther began shortly after the feature’s release, its star, Chadwick Boseman, suddenly passed away in August of 2020

Although production was initially set to begin in March of this year, the star’s untimely death waylaid the crew’s plans.

However, the producers eventually reconvened, determined that a follow-up feature was feasible, and rescheduled the movie’s shooting for July.

Along with Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright are all expected to reprise their roles, while Tenoch Huerta is currently in negotiations to portray the upcoming feature’s villain.

The film’s title was revealed earlier this month, and it was also announced that Boseman’s role would not be recast or filled with a CGI version of the character.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to make its debut on July 8th, 2022. 

Featured talent: In addition to Gurira, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright are expected to reprise their roles in the forthcoming projects; Gurira and Nyong'o are seen with Brad Pitt in 2020

Featured talent: In addition to Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright are expected to reprise their roles in the forthcoming projects; Gurira and Nyong’o are seen with Brad Pitt in 2020

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Ties that bind: Missouri Senate candidate hopes Trump notices neckwear | Missouri

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Senate candidates endorsed by Donald Trump have struggled of late, from Sean Parnell’s withdrawal in Pennsylvania while denying allegations of domestic abuse to the former NFL star Herschel Walker angering party leaders with his run in Georgia.

But to one candidate for the Republican nomination in Missouri, Congressman Billy Long, the former president’s endorsement still carries the ultimate weight.

“If he endorses in this race,” the 66-year-old told Politico, “I don’t care who he endorses, it’s over … And that’s what I’m trying to impress upon him is that, you know, ‘You need to get involved in this race and put an end to it.’”

Long said he would tell the former president: “You’re looking at the guy that was with you from day one.’ Never ever left. I mean, look at this tie.”

The former auctioneer duly showed off his neckwear, a gold striped number signed, apparently in his signature Sharpie marker, by Trump himself.

Long said Trump signed the $37 tie in Nevada in 2016, when Long spoke on his behalf. Long has had – and auctioned off – other ties signed by the president, including a striking example featuring flags and caricatures which Long wore to the State of the Union in 2019.

Trump’s own ties played a prominent role in the 2016 election and its aftermath.

In 2015, Macy’s made news when it dropped Trump’s menswear line – many headlines said the retail giant was “cutting ties” – over his racist remarks about Mexicans at his campaign launch.

In 2019, the former New Jersey governor and Trump ally Chris Christie revealed that Trump advised him to wear longer ties in order to look slimmer.

Politico described Long as “built like a lineman” and said he spoke with a “thick ‘Missoura’ twang”. In Missoura’, whose other sitting senator is the Trump-supporting controversialist Josh Hawley, a large field is jostling to replace the retiring Roy Blunt.

One candidate, Mark McCloskey, rose to fame in 2020 when he and his wife pointed guns at protesters for racial justice near their home in St Louis. Both pleaded guilty to misdemeanours. Another, Eric Greitens, resigned as governor in 2018, amid scandals over sex and campaign finance. Criminal charges were dropped.

Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team.
Long wears a tie signed by Trump at a White House ceremony for the St Louis Blues hockey team. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Speaking to Politico, Long called Greitens “Chuck Schumer’s candidate”, a reference to the Democratic leader who will defend control of the Senate next year, hoping to face weak or controversial Republicans in key states.

A spokesperson for Greitens told Politico: “Billy Long is a much better comedian than he is a Senate candidate.”

Observers including Blunt said Long, who also has a habit of handing out fake money with Trump’s face on it, had a chance of winning Trump’s endorsement.

But though Long voted to object to electoral college results in 2020 he has also recognised Joe Biden as president, thereby failing a key test in a party in Trump’s grip.

Long told Politico he would not follow his leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, to Florida to worship the party’s golden idol.

“I have people say: ‘Call him, call him every day. Go sit at Mar-a-Lago and tell him you’re not leaving till he endorses,’” Long said. “I’m smart enough to know that’s not going to win favour with Donald Trump.”

Others might say that it would.

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From symptoms to precautions, what you need to know about Omicron — Covid’s latest horror

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Omicron patients reported extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat and dry cough.


Omicron patients reported extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, a scratchy throat and dry cough. | Representative image&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

  • The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization.

  • A South African doctor said that the Omicron patients she treated had “unfamiliar symptoms”.

  • The Omicron patients have shown extreme tiredness, mild muscle aches, scratchy throat and dry cough, with a few reporting slightly high temperature.

The new variant of SARS-CoV-2 — Omicron — has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) on November 26, 2021. The variant, belonging to a lineage named B.1.1.529, is possibly even more transmissible than the highly infectious Delta variant as per early indications. The experts opine that the current vaccines may be less effective against it. While a lot of things about the variant are still unclear even to the epidemiologists, preliminary data has some revelations.

How infectious is Omicron

From what is known currently through preliminary analysis, this variant is highly infectious. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) has said that South Africa has reported a four-fold increase in new cases, coinciding with the emergence of Omicron over the last two weeks. Further, the NGS-SA added that the rapid and consistent rise in the number of cases is most likely fuelled by cluster outbreaks. The Omicron cases have shown a marked increase in Gauteng province, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria, and the NGS-SA speculates that the variant has already travelled to most other provinces as well. WHO has maintained that epidemiologic studies are underway to understand if the increased number of cases is because of Omicron or whether there are other factors.  

What are the symptoms

Coming to the symptoms, there is currently no information to suggest that symptoms associated with Omicron are different from those from other variants, according to the WHO.  The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of South Africa maintains the same, saying that currently, “no unusual symptoms” have been reported following infection with the Omicron variant, though highlighting that some individuals who tested positive are asymptomatic, as the case with other infectious variants such as Delta.

However, a South African doctor who raised the alarm over this new variant has revealed that the patients she treated had mild but unfamiliar symptoms, according to an AFP report. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association, said that she had seen around 30 patients over the past 10 days who tested positive for Covid-19 but had unfamiliar symptoms. The symptoms included mild muscle aches, a “scratchy throat” and dry cough, and only a few had a slightly high temperature, she said adding that these very mild symptoms were different to other variants. 

Do the patients require hospitalisation

On the hospitalisation requirement, WHO said that there are increasing rates of hospitalisation in South Africa in the clusters where the variant seems to have been reported most widely. However, the health body is quick to add that the increasing rates may be due to increasing overall numbers of people becoming infected. Coetzee confirms the same and adds that her patients recovered fully without hospitalisation.

What is the vulnerable group

What was concerning, however, was the age group that showed an increased vulnerability to Omicron. Of the 30-odd patients that Coetzee treated, most were men under the age of 40. Less than half of them were vaccinated. It is very much possible that they could be of the same cluster. Initially, the reported infections were among university students — younger individuals who tend to have milder forms of the disease. However, WHO stresses that understanding the level of severity and the vulnerable targets will take days to several weeks.   

What about re-infection

According to WHO, preliminary evidence suggests there may be an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron, meaning that people who have previously had COVID-19 could be re-infected more easily with Omicron, as compared to other variants of concern. However, the information is limited and cannot be taken as absolutely certain.

Do the existing vaccinations help

Well, that’s another grey area. According to preliminary studies, vaccines are 40 per cent less effective on this variant — thanks to the 32 mutations in the spike protein. The currently available vaccines trigger the body to recognise the version of the spike from older versions of the virus. However, since the spike protein looks so different on Omicron, the body’s immune system may not be able to recognise and fight it off.

Further, of the 32, three mutations — H655Y, N679K and P681H — help the virus penetrate the body’s cells more easily, and two mutations — R203K and G204R — help the virus replicate faster. The mutations P681H and N679K which are “rarely seen together” could make Omicron is more resistant to vaccines, according to British scientists as per a report in Daily Mail.

However real-time data shows that high vaccination rates significantly reduce the stress that Omicron causes on health systems. Experts have stressed that vaccination remains crucial to protect groups at high risk of hospitalisation and death.

How to prevent it

The same protocol that has been put in place since the outbreak of the pandemic — Covid-appropriate behaviour including wearing masks, social distancing, good ventilation in shared spaces, and sanitising hands and surfaces regularly. As WHO puts it, the pandemic is far from over and the emergence of the new variant establishes that for certain.

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Inside Edge Season 3 Release Date: This series created by Karan Anshuman and directed by Kanishk Varma aims to show the audience the dark underbelly of cricket as the ultimate game of power and greed is unleashed. The movie stars Bollywood actors like Richa Chadha, Vivek Oberoi, Tanuj Virwani and Aamir Bashir.

The makers of Inside Edge Season 3 said that the plot of this season will keep the audiences hooked to the show and will impress fans and audiences alike in India and beyond.

Ritesh Sidhwani, Producer of the show has said, “Inside Edge is and will always be very special to us given that it is Excel’s first original with Amazon while also being Amazon’s first original in India. We are thrilled to chronicle the next gripping phase of the journey of Mumbai Mavericks, which will ultimately decide the fate of the team that has battled many odds. The third season of the Inside Edge franchise is a testament to the fact that we are committed to bringing our creative vision to life through interesting and innovative formats. We’re eagerly looking forward to the global premiere of the show on Prime Video.”

Trailer of Inside Edge Season 3

The trailer was released by the official YouTube channel of Amazon Prime Video India on November 22, 2021. “Amidst the greatest show on earth: an India v/s Pakistan cricket series, the politics of Indian cricket is laid bare, its secrets unraveled and truths exposed. The stakes have never been higher, even as they are investigated for corruption, battle lines are drawn for TV rights, endorsement deals and the captaincy of the Indian team. But what is the limit to the price of power?”, read the caption.

The trailer has got 19,292,971 views and 1505 comments so far. Watch the trailer here.

Inside Edge Season 3 Release Date 

Inside Edge Season 3 is slated to release on 3rd December.

Where to watch Inside Edge Season 3

Inside Edge Season 3 will be available for viewing on Amazon Prime.


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