UK students say Delhi very unsafe, most will never return
Michael Karpf , UK’s executive vice president of health affairs. “If you’re somebody who’s having a heart attack and you need either a bypass or an angioplasty, minutes are incredibly important in protecting heart muscle,” Karpf said by phone. “So now people will be able to get to the next level real quickly and efficiently.” UK’s Gill Heart Institute will work with Appalachian Regional Healthcare and Appalachian Heart Center on the initiative. UK is hiring more cardiologists and will assess the region’s needs for more heart specialists and surgeons, Karpf said. He predicted that hundreds of heart patients each year in the region will benefit from the collaboration. “The whole premise is based on value, improving outcomes and doing it in a cost-sensitive kind of way,” Karpf said. Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center will become a hub for heart surgeries in eastern Kentucky, though the most complex procedures will still be done in Lexington, he said. Dr. Edward Setser , a UK surgeon, began performing such cardiac procedures as heart valve replacements in Hazard in 2011. AHC cardiologists will join the UK cardiology team providing services in Hazard. Setser said the result will be “a new level of services and care” to cardiology patients in the region.
UK Volleyball Sweeps Liberty
Three Liberty errors and kills by Thomasson and Billings helped seal the set win. The second set was back-and-forth until UK took a 9-8 lead. In the first 17 points between the two teams, there were seven ties and three lead changes. After they called a timeout with a 13-12 lead, the Wildcats closed out the set on a 12-5 run to seal the win at 25-17. Bergren and Billings each contributed two kills on the closing run, while Morgan and Schwarzwalder posted one apiece. Kentucky never trailed in the third set, and after breaking a 2-2 tie, the Wildcats had a lead that reached as high as seven at 20-13. Morgan hit at a perfect 1.000 clip with three kills in the set. Billings, Thomasson and Napper all recorded three digs to lead the way for UK. Billings and Morgan each posted service aces, the second of a game-high-tying two for Billings. Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum will play host to the NCAA Regionals Dec. 13-14. UK is one of four sites selected for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight matchups with one team advancing to the Final Four in Seattle, Wash., from the Lexington Region.
Her local mosque in Swindon, Wiltshire, barred her from praying with the women and asked her many personal and judgmental questions, reports the Daily Mail . “They asked me questions about my bra cup size, asked about my Adam’s apple, about my period and asked to see my birth certificate,” she said, and so returned home to pray there instead. “I hope people will change their attitudes and other people like me will realize they are free to just be themselves.” A spokesman for the mosque said, “Everybody is welcome, as long as they behave according to Islam,” says the Daily Mail. She converted to Islam last September, explaining that she had thought about it for a while and finally “did it because it is a nice religion — so peaceful.” Vallender continued, “I felt good and I had something to believe in.” She’s found love as well as self-acceptance since her drastic life changes, and is now married to a Muslim man, Murad, whom she met on an online dating site. Though he did not know that she was trans at the time of their wedding, she commented, “he must have suspected it as he’s seen my scars.” She’s only seen him twice since the wedding, but spoke warmly about him, commenting, “I love him, he’s kind and soft spoken.” Vallender spent years trying to deny her feelings of being “in the wrong body,” joining the Territorial Army when she was 21 in an effort to become more manly. She “used to love firing guns,” and drank regularly with other members of her squad, but always knew that she “felt differently to others… but I suppressed my feelings and tried to live like most people my age.” Vallender is probably not the UK’s first transgender Muslim woman, as Islamic LGTB groups like The Safra Project have been around since at least 2001. According to their website , “The Safra Project is a resource project working on issues relating to lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender women who identify as Muslim religiously and/or culturally (Muslim LBT women).” Queer Muslims have already begun to speak up and fight for acceptance. Though Vallender’s journey has been difficult, she is not alone. Loading Slideshow Transgender Muslim Woman Is Former Army Officer Transgender Muslim Lucy Vallender 28, from Swindon who was formerly a male TA soldier, September 4 2013. A former Territorial Army soldier has undergone a transformation from a male soldier to a transgender Muslim woman. Lucy Vallender was born Laurens in Cirencester but now wears a black veil, prays five times a day and never drinks. She has also become the second wife of a man she met online.
Lucy Vallender, UK’s First Transgender Muslim Woman, Gets Married After Leaving Territorial Army (PHOTOS)
For most of the women who were part of the programme, Delhi was disgusting and amazing at the same time. It is beautiful, the people we interacted with were wonderful and we learnt a lot but being a woman, especially a foreigner, in this city. It is not a pleasant experience. Men would leer, comment and take our photos all the time. You could try screaming at them but they would not care. Mumbai was so much better, said Jane Garcia Rodriguez, 20, another student. Most, in fact, felt that Mumbai was much safer and woman-friendly. In Mumbai, I could go out alone and be on my own. In Delhi, however, I have to be accompanied by men wherever I go. It is very restrictive. Im sure all the women who are part of the programme feel the same, said Lauren Earle, another 20-year-old who was part of the internship programme. Most students also felt that if they were ever to return they would prefer being in Mumbai than in Delhi.