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Trump Seeks Ouster of GOP Gov. Ivey Over a Canceled MAGA Rally: Report

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  • Former President Trump is actively seeking to oust Gov. Kay Ivey from office, according to The WSJ.
  • The former president reportedly blames Ivey for a summer rally that was set to be held in Mobile.
  • Trump’s plan is to convince a GOP candidate to end her Senate bid and instead primary Ivey.

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly angling to oust Republican Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama from office because he faults her for a canceled rally that was set to be held this summer in the deeply-conservative state, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The past summer, the former president sought to hold a July 4 weekend rally in Mobile as a way to continue engaging with supporters who continue to back his “Make Again Great Again” political agenda.

However, the event was scrapped after local officials were concerned that the gathering would be too political in nature since it would be held at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.

“After the request was made, there was contact with the Republican Party … and then it became apparent that it was going to be a partisan political event, rather than just a patriotic event planned for that evening,” wrote Bill Tunnell, the park commission chairman, in a letter outlining the decision at the time.

Trump eventually held a rally in Cullman, Ala., in August, but he is reportedly still upset with Ivey over the decision made by the USS Alabama Battleship Commission.

The former president has floated endorsing former US Ambassador to Slovenia Lynda Blanchard over Ivey in a potential 2022 Republican gubernatorial primary if she ends her current bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Richard Shelby, according to advisors who spoke with The Journal.

While the governor serves as the honorary chairman of the commission, a spokesperson told The Journal that she played no role in the decision to nix the July rally.

Convincing Blanchard to switch races would benefit Trump politically, as he has already endorsed conservative Rep. Mo Brooks of Huntsville to run in the open Senate seat in 2022.

Shelby earlier this year threw his support behind Katie Britt, his former chief of staff, describing her as the “best-qualified candidate to come along in a long time.”

Ivey, a longtime statewide official, has served as governor since 2017 and has been a reliable Trump supporter.

In May 2018, the governor signed a letter advocating for the then-president to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts with North and South Korea.

“It isn’t often that presidents follow through on their promises; yet, President Trump is proving time and again that he isn’t like most presidents. I am thankful to the president for the conservative, smaller-government direction he is taking our nation and for his efforts in ensuring that our world is a safer place,” she said in a statement at the time.

When Trump visited Alabama for his Cullman rally, the governor posted a series of photos on Twitter that showed her greeting the former president.

“I was honored and thrilled to welcome President Trump back to Sweet Home Alabama today,” Ivey said in a statement. “His America First Agenda is something that we believe in firmly here in Alabama.”

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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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