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Non-life insurers stare at steep loss ratios as non-Covid claims bite

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While Covid-related claims have tapered off following the devastating second wave, non-Covid claims — especially those arising out of infectious diseases — have spiked, adding to the burden of non-life insurers, who have seen their loss ratios in the health segment suffer in the past 18-20 months owing to mounting bills. Claims from dengue, malaria, and chikungunya have been particularly high this year.

While these monsoon-related ailments spike every year, this year the claims have been higher. Experts say such claims will come down as winter sets in but it will be a bad …




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The Morning Show Season 3 Release Date, Cast, And Plot

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“The Morning Show” has not been renewed for Season 3. In November 2017, Deadline reported that Apple TV+ had given the show a two-season straight to series order, throwing its weight behind the prestige drama. Following the release of Season 1, “The Morning Show” garnered eight Primetime Emmy Awards nominations in 2020. Aniston, Crudup, Carell, and Duplass all took home top prizes for their performances. “The Morning Show” has a 64% approval rating among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and an 82% average audience score.

If Apple greenlights Season 3, production likely won’t begin until at least 2022. Seasons 1 and 2 premiered in the fall, so a third season could follow in this pattern. For now, it sounds like everyone involved needs time to decompress. “I think right now, I just finished a season that has taken two years. I am just taking a break! I do have a development deal [at Apple] and I am working on some other projects that I’m excited about. And, that being said, I love the show and I dearly love the cast of the show and I hope it continues,” showrunner Kerry Ehrin told The Hollywood Reporter.

Fans will have to keep their fingers crossed that they won’t have to wait too long to witness the future exploits of UAB’s dysfunctional family.

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omicron: ‘Omicron variant alert’: Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections

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NEW DELHI: The world has been put on alert, as countries scramble to contain the spread of the new potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in South Africa.
Many nations have imposed curbs on various southern African countries over the past couple of days – including Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Iran, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States.
Here’s a look at other important developments in the story so far.
Australia detects first Covid Omicron infections
The Covid Omicron strain has been detected in two passengers in Sydney who flew in from South Africa.
The health authority of New South Wales said it had conducted urgent genomic testing and confirmed the strain was present in both the passengers.

Bangladesh suspends entry of South Africa arrivals

Bangladesh has suspended entry of travellers from South Africa amid the spread of the Covid variant.
“We’ve decided to suspend travel from South Africa with immediate effect,” the country’s health minister, Zahid Maleque said.
The Bangladeshi government is also strengthening screening procedures at all ports.
Israel bans travellers from 50 African nations
The Israeli government decided on Sunday to ban the entry of foreign nationals into the country in an attempt to stop the spread of a new variant of Covid-19.
A list of 50 African nations have been labeled as “red,” forbidding Israelis from travelling to them.
The ban will last for 14 days. In addition, phone-tracking technology will be put to use again in order to trace people who are obligated to quarantine.
Indonesia bans arrivals from 8 African countries
Indonesia will not allow people who have been in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Eswatini or Nigeria in the past 14 days.
The restriction will come into effect on Monday.
(With inputs from agencies)

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Will The Knight Before Christmas 2 be released on Netflix?

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The Knight Before Christmas is one of Netflix’s festive films starring Vanessa Hudgens – the star of Netflix’s popular Christmas franchise, The Princess Switch. The romantic festive comedy made its debut on the streaming site back in 2019, and fans of the movie have wondered ever since if a sequel is in the works.

The movie followed the story of a medieval knight (Josh Whitehouse) who after being be transported to the present modern-day through a mysterious occurrence, falls for a high school science teacher (Vanessa Hudgens) who’s lost her belief in love. The wholesome storyline had many hooked and rooting for the pair, so it’s no surprise many expected to see Sir Cole and Brooke once more on their screens.

So, is The Knight Before Christmas 2 happening on Netflix?

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The Knight Before Christmas – Josh Whitehouse, Vanessa Hudgens – Photo Credit: Netflix / Brooke Palmer

The Knight Before Christmas 2: Will there be a sequel?

While many were hoping for another installment of The Knight Before Christmas, as of this moment it appears that Netflix hasn’t made any official plans to add a sequel to the festive flick. However, the director of the first movie, Monika Mitchell previously spoke out on the possibility of a sequel and confirmed that it wasn’t completely out of the question. Which, we suppose, gives us some hope for a second film.

When asked about the possibility of the sequel she told Glamour magazine in 2019, “Of course I can see a sequel,” however, in the same interview she also made it clear that if they were to revisit the story it wouldn’t be focused on Sir Cole and Brooke, but “could offer an update on where they are”.

It should also be noted, that Monika’s comments on the sequel were from 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit and forced a lot of movies (and TV Shows) to be delayed or canceled completely, so the status of a sequel could very well be up in the air.

We’ll be sure to let you know the second we get an update on The Knight Before Christmas 2. In the meantime, make sure to check out The Knight Before Christmas and the other festive films streaming on Netflix.

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