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German air force to move ICU patients as Covid cases rise



BERLIN: The German air force will begin assisting the transfer of intensive care patients Friday as the country sees a new record number of daily coronavirus cases.
German news agency dpa reported that a Luftwaffe A310 medevac plane will fly seriously ill patients from the southern town of Memmingen to North Rhine-Westphalia state Friday afternoon.
Hospitals in southern and eastern regions of Germany have warned they are running out of intensive care beds because of the large number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
The country’s disease control agency said 76,414 newly confirmed cases were reported in the past 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute, a government agency, said Germany also had 357 new deaths from Covid-19, taking the total since the start of the outbreak to 100,476.
Also Friday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said airlines coming from South Africa will only be able to transport German citizens, and travellers will need to go into quarantine for 14 days whether they are vaccinated or not.
Spahn said the move was a response to a newly discovered variant.
“The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” he said.


The Midnight Club release date confirmed for 2022



Who’s ready for more horror on Netflix? The streamer has stepped up its game in the spooky genre this year alone, releasing the Fear Street trilogy, Squid Game, Oxygen and Mike Flanagan‘s Midnight Mass, just to name a few popular titles.

2022 might just be big year for horror on the platform, too, as we just got confirmation another exciting show will be making its debut.

Flanagan’s next project, The Midnight Club, will premiere sometime in 2022, Netflix has confirmed today. The horror show is based on a Young Adult book of the same name by Christopher Pike, which means we’ll be getting a bit of a different tone from the filmmaker’s previous works.

Netflix shared a list of 2022 releases on their @NetflixGeeked account, including highly-anticipated releases like The Umbrella Academy season 3, The Sandman and Vikings: Valhalla. Along with the year confirmation, the streamer shared some synopses for their upcoming releases to get fans hyped.

The Midnight Club synopsis

Unfortunately for Flanagan fans, Netflix kept their description very short for The Midnight Club, simply writing in a tweet: “A new horror series from Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy (The Haunting of Hill House, Midnight Mass) based on the creative works of bestselling author Christopher Pike.”

Given this new show is based on a book, however, we do have an idea on what it’ll be about. According to LibraryThing, here’s the synopsis for the source material:

In a hospice for the terminally ill, five teenagers, who meet every night to tell each other scary stories, make a pact that the first of them to die must try to contact the others from beyond the grave.

According to one of the stars of the show, Crystal Balint (who also appeared in Midnight Mass), you might want to brush up on other Christopher Pike novels ahead of the Netflix release as well. It’s been reported that other books by the author will be incorporated in The Midnight Club, too.

Along with Balint, The Midnight Club stars horror legend Heather Langenkamp and Midnight Mass alums Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford, Robert Longstreet and Matt Biedel.

The Midnight Club release date predictions

Though we now know for sure that The Midnight Club will hit Netflix in 2022, we still don’t know what month. However, we can speculate! The series began filming in March 2021, and according to What’s On Netflix, they wrapped in September 2021.

If post-production takes, let’s say six months, we could very well be looking at a spring 2022 release date for The Midnight Club. Flanagan’s past shows for Netflix — The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor and Midnight Mass — all debuted around Halloween in time for the spooky season, so here’s to hoping his next project doesn’t take that long.

We’ll be sure to update you once we get a more specific release date for The Midnight Club! In the meantime, you can buy the book right here.

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Amid Rising US Fuel Prices, Joe Biden’s Message For “Bragging” Oil CEOs



Amid Rising US Fuel Prices, Joe Biden's Message For 'Bragging' Oil CEOs

US Fuel Prices: Rise in fuel prices in US has impacted President Joe Biden’s popularity numbers.


President Joe Biden is “frustrated” by big oil CEOs “bragging” about profits when fuel prices are soaring for ordinary Americans, the White House said Tuesday.

A painful hike in the cost of gasoline is spearheading an overall inflation problem and hitting Biden’s popularity ratings.

The White House says that oil companies may be illegally profiteering and has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate.

In strong comments to reporters, Press Secretary Jen Psaki questioned why gasoline prices were so high in filling stations when crude oil is trading sharply lower.

“I will say, yes, we’re frustrated. We’re frustrated because you’ve seen a decrease in oil prices. You’ve not seen a decrease in gas” prices, she said. “It doesn’t take an economist — it doesn’t take an oil market expert to recognize that. That doesn’t sound, look or smell right.”

“We see oil company CEOs bragging about the profits they make when gas company prices go up,” Psaki said. “This is a real impact on the American people. It is incredibly frustrating. That’s why the president is so focused on it.”

Last week, Biden took the unusual measure of tapping US strategic oil reserves to pump additional supplies into the market. This was done in coordination with other major consumer countries such as China and India.

Biden’s attempt to calm the fuel markets has had little effect so far. However, news of the potentially dangerous new Omicron Covid-19 variant has sent crude oil prices sharply down.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Donald Trump accuses Duchess of Sussex of being ‘disrespectful’ to the Queen



Donald Trump has accused the Duchess of Sussex of being “disrespectful” to the Queen and the royal family.

In a wide-ranging interview with Nigel Farage the former US president also said he thinks the Duke of Sussex has been “used horribly”.

Mr Trump spoke about a number of subjects during the interview which took place in Florida on Monday and will be broadcast on GB News.

The Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (John Stillwell/PA)

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Speaking about Meghan Mr Trump said: “I’m not a fan of hers. I wasn’t from day one. I think Harry has been used horribly and I think someday he will regret it.”

According to GB News, he added: “I think Harry’s been used and been used terribly.

“I think it’s ruined his relationship with his family, and it hurts the Queen.”

In response to comments from Mr Farage about Meghan using Duchess of Sussex headed writing paper to lobby members of Congress, Mr Trump said: “She is trying do things that I think are very inappropriate.”

GB News said he told Mr Farage: “I think she’s very disrespectful to the royal family and most importantly to the Queen.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex holding their son Archie (Toby Melville/PA)

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During the interview, Mr Trump described the Queen as “a great woman, such a great person, a historic person”.

It is not the first time Mr Trump has spoken about the royal family.

During his state visit to the UK in summer 2019, Mr Trump praised the royals saying: “The Queen and the entire royal family have been fantastic.

“The relationship with the United Kingdom is very strong.”

He has been critical of Meghan and Harry on a number of occasions.

Mr Trump said of the duchess in The Sun in 2019: “I didn’t know that she was nasty.”

And he tweeted following their departure from the royal family in 2020: “I am a great friend and admirer of the Queen & the United Kingdom.

“It was reported that Harry and Meghan, who left the Kingdom, would reside permanently in Canada.

“Now they have left Canada for the US however, the US will not pay for their security protection. They must pay!”

Donald Trump and the Queen during a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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When the couple urged people to vote in the 2020 election, Mr Trump told reporters: “I’m not a fan of hers and I would say this, and she probably has heard that.

“But I wish a lot of luck to Harry, cause he’s going to need it.”

GB News said the interview features Mr Trump talking about Boris Johnson, the presidential election, events at the US Capitol on January 6, Black Lives Matter, the migrant crisis in the US and the UK, Antifa, and the question of whether he will run for office again.

Farage, The Trump Interview airs at 7pm on Wednesday on GB News, which is available on Freeview 235, Sky 515 and Virgin Media 626.

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