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Sex and the City star Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta announce the end of their marriage

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Actors Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta have announced they are separating after 27 years of marriage and three children together.  

The duo, both 56, said they would remain the ‘best of friends’ who would put their children first in a joint statement announcing their separation on Instagram on Sunday.   

‘After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago,’ the former couple began in a statement posted to Underwood’s account. 

It's over: Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta announced they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage in a joint statement over Instagram on Sunday night; seen in 2016

It’s over: Blair Underwood and Desiree DaCosta announced they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage in a joint statement over Instagram on Sunday night; seen in 2016

They continued: ‘Our proudest achievements are our three children. Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting.’

‘We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark on this new chapter of our lives, separately,’ the exes added. 

The Emmy Award-winner and ex also thanked his fans for their ‘support throughout the years’ and asked for ‘privacy and understanding during this new season of change.’ 

Sad news: Despite their best efforts, the duo, both 56, revealed they will be ending their relationship, but will remain 'the best of friends' and put their children first

Sad news: Despite their best efforts, the duo, both 56, revealed they will be ending their relationship, but will remain ‘the best of friends’ and put their children first

Breaking the news: 'After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago,' the duo began

Breaking the news: ‘After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago,’ the duo began

He disabled comments from the post, which came less than two weeks after his 22-year-old daughter Brielle graduated from the University of Southern California. 

Underwood and DaCosta also share two sons Blake, 19, and Paris, 24. 

The Sex and the City alum previously credited listening to his wife as the key to their long marriage.  

Family first: Underwood and DaCosta also share three children Blake, 19, 22-year-old daughter Brielle and Paris, 24

Family first: Underwood and DaCosta also share three children Blake, 19, 22-year-old daughter Brielle and Paris, 24

Better times: The Emmy Award-winner and ex also thanked his fans for their 'support throughout the years' and asked for 'privacy and understanding during this new season of change' (pictured in 2006)

Better times: The Emmy Award-winner and ex also thanked his fans for their ‘support throughout the years’ and asked for ‘privacy and understanding during this new season of change’ (pictured in 2006)

While reflecting on his parent’s decades-long marriage back in 2008, he said they are his ‘heroes in love’ and taught him relationships can be ‘enduring and powerful.’

‘My parents have been married for 48 years. They are my heroes in love, and they’ve taught me what a relationship can be—enduring and powerful,’ he said in an interview with Oprah.com

After growing up watching his dad serve as their family’s breadwinner, while his mom nurtured them, Underwood said he ‘wanted to be her [DaCosta’s] rock, her protector.’

'We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark on this new chapter of our lives, separately,' the exes added; seen in 1992

‘We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark on this new chapter of our lives, separately,’ the exes added; seen in 1992

‘If she had a problem, I wanted to solve it. I thought that’s what was expected of me,’ he told the outlet, before having an honest conversation with DaCosta. 

His wife ultimately told him that she didn’t need him to fix all her problems, but simply listen when she vented. 

‘Trying to come up with ways to solve her problems gave me a false sense of control, and when I offered up unsolicited advice, I was disrespecting a strong woman who knew how to handle her own life,’ he reflected. 

The star concluded: ‘I was relieved as well; she didn’t expect me to always have an answer for her. She wasn’t coming to me for a repair.’

Optimistic: While reflecting on his parent's marriage, which has surpassed 55 years, he said they are his 'heroes in love' and taught him relationships can be 'enduring and powerful' (pictured in 2009)

Optimistic: While reflecting on his parent’s marriage, which has surpassed 55 years, he said they are his ‘heroes in love’ and taught him relationships can be ‘enduring and powerful’ (pictured in 2009)

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Covid forces hospitals to rejig expansion plans | Kolkata News

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Kolkata: Covid has forced several private hospitals, which had been planning an expansion, to rush back to drawing boards and revise their projects.
While for some, the projects have been delayed, others have decided to go ahead with a restricted expansion in a desperate bid to enhance revenues. Yet others have stuck to their original expansion plan, taking the pandemic to be the right opportunity to enhance investment despite the barriers of logistics and funds.
Belle Vue Clinic had announced a massive expansion plan in 2019 that was deferred. It was to build two hospitals in New Town—a 400-bed multi-speciality hospital and a 168-bed general hospital. Both were to be inaugurated in 2023. But Covid has pushed back the projects by three years. “Due to the pandemic, we could not begin construction work last year, as had been planned. Now, there has been a sharp escalation in construction material cost, which has forced us to redraw the projects and invite fresh tenders. The project cost has been revised and we are working out the details. We hope to be able to start construction early next year and complete the hospitals by 2025-26,” said Belle Vue CEO P Tondon.
Peerless Hospital is ready to add a new unit at its existing premises off E M Bypass that will be shortly announced. According to hospital officials, Covid-induced rise in expenditure and revenue loss over the past 20 months have forced the hospital to think of ways to augment earnings. “In the prevailing situation, no hospital can afford to sit back and wait for things to get normal. Over the last year and half, it has been a roller- coaster ride for us with Covid patients swelling with the first and second waves and revenue from non-Covid treatment taking a hit. We need to expand, not only in terms of the number of beds but in other services as well,” said a Peerless official.
Medica Superspecialty Hospital has decided to go ahead with its Rs 600-crore expansion plan that includes new units in Kolkata, Siliguri and Ranchi. The group also plans to buy a hospital in Kolkata or in any other eastern city.
The new Medica units include a 200-bed oncology centre in Kolkata and a 100-bed general unit at its Siliguri hospital, apart from two 50-bed oncology units at Ranchi and Siliguri. “We are going to invest Rs 600 crore on expansion over the next one-two years. This is the right time to invest despite the pandemic and the challenges it poses. The healthcare market, in fact, will now expand due to the pandemic and we see a lot more spending on health over the next four years. While people have lost lives and have become cautious, the government, too, has realized the importance of health investment and introduced schemes, like Swasthya Saathi, that will encourage a demand for private healthcare services,” said Medica chairperson Alok Roy.
He added that health insurance now has a lot more takers. Medica’s new units in Kolkata and Siliguri will be functional by April, 2020, while the Ranchi unit will get off the blocks in September.
Woodlands Hospital is setting up a 100-bed advanced cancer unit. “We didn’t face any major delay or stoppage of work due to Covid,” said Rupali Basu, MD & CEO, Woodlands.
Ruby General Hospital chose to expand its existing 268-bed unit on E M Bypass despite Covid and the logistical difficulties that it posed. It has added 38 beds and will eventually have 356 beds by next year. “The project was announced before the onset of pandemic and we decided to go ahead with it. We needed to expand irrespective of the pandemic,” said Ruby general manager-operations Subhashish Datta.

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I’m A Celebrity 2021: Frankie Bridge gave Wayne cast of her bum as gift

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Frankie Bridge with husband Wayne

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Frankie Bridge has made quite the confession on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here, revealing she gave her husband a cast of her bum as a gift.

Each to their own, Frankie!

The Saturdays star chatted about her marriage to footballer Wayne, telling her campmates: ‘I got Wayne a cast of my a**e.

‘He used to say it as a joke. Back when he was playing football, what do you buy someone who has everything? He always used to be like, “I just want a cast of your arse…” so one year I was like, “Fine that’s what you’re getting.”

‘So I took my two best mates and you literally have to bend over and this guy literally has to slap all of this stuff on. I was literally having to bend over like this [mimics bending over a table] while he did it… it’s like papier-mâché… slapping it all on.’

She added: ‘We have it up on the wall and it’s not like in the main part of the house, it’s upstairs. I forget sometimes and I remember I was doing a Zoom or something and everyone online was like, “Is that your bum in the background?” And I was like “Urmm…”‘

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Frankie opened up to her campmates (Picture: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Oh Frankie!

Simon Gregson added in the Telegraph: ‘I think my wife would like a cast of my bum as a present… How I’ve never won rear of the year. It still flabbergasts me to this day.’

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They’ve been married for seven years and share their children Parker and Carter.

I’m A Celebrity continues Thursday at 9pm on ITV.

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