Tags: Coaching Conference, Volunteer Manager of the Year, Wendy Lodder Volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder has been honoured with an award at the England Golf coaching conference.Wendy, who suffers from a rare cancer, was hailed as the 2017 Volunteer Manager of the Year, in tribute to her inspirational dedication to her players in the England U18 East region squad.Guests at the awards dinner watched a video of player after player speaking about Wendy’s contribution to their progress. They told of her positive attitude, her encouragement, her welcome, her big smile, her friendship and her belief in them.Squad coach Sarah Bennett said: “Wendy is just incredible. The connection she has with everyone and the respect she has from the players is amazing. She makes everything run so smoothly and has so much desire and commitment for the people who matter, the players.”Wendy, a member at Colchester Golf Club in Essex, was a late starter to golf, achieving a single figure handicap and becoming a Level 1 volunteer coach 10 years ago.She’s been the East Region U18 squad manager for the past two seasons and said of her award: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by England Golf, the East Regional coach Sarah Bennett and my Team East squad.“I love working with the coach and the squad and get a great deal of enjoyment from seeing them grow as players and people. I’m thrilled to use my life skills to help other players strive for their dreams.“I have had great support from England Golf, Sarah and the squad in recent months after I was diagnosed with cancer. This has inspired my fight against the disease and made me even more determined to beat it.”Wendy was recognised alongside two top coaches. Yorkshire’s Steve Robinson, who led the England women’s team to back-to-back European championship wins, was named Coach of the Year 2017 for the second time in succession. It’s the second year in a row he has received this award.Top putting coach Phil Kenyon received the Award for Excellence in Coaching, in recognition for years of service to the England men and boys’ squads. Kenyon, who is based at Formby Hall in Lancashire, is now concentrating on his professional portfolio, which includes Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.Image © Leaderboard Photography 22 Nov 2017 Top award for volunteer squad manager Wendy Lodder
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf could not wait to hear Liberia declared “Ebola-free.” This is something that she and every Liberian, both at home and in the Diaspora and their sympathizers, have dreamt about.The long-awaited declaration was imminent a few weeks ago but the nation suffered a set-back when after completing over 25 days of counting and anxious waiting, a confirmed case was reported.But “The Magic Day,” finally came last Saturday when World Health Organization’s (WHO) Representative to Liberia, Dr. Alex Gasasira, read a statement declaring Liberia free of Ebola transmission.The pronouncement came after Liberia completed the required 42 days representing two incubation periods of the virus without a confirmed case.President Sirleaf, upon hearing this long awaited news burst into excitement.On Saturday morning the President embarked on what many of her officials termed as “the honorable thing”. She boarded one of the donated Indian Asok Leyland buses, dubbed as “Air Force One”, for a tour of all major health facilities in Monrovia and its environs to thank healthcare workers for their efforts that led the country to the finish line.Accompanying President Sirleaf were many of her lieutenants including Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan and Health Minister designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn. United States Ambassador, Deborah Malac, European Union Ambassador, Tiina Interlmann, representatives of the United Nations system and other global organizations also accompanied the President.The triumphant tour began at the James Spriggs Payne Airfield, right opposite her residence where a group of women had already gathered, dancing and singing. These women in blue lappas and white tops were seen there throughout the Ebola outbreak, praying to God for deliverance on behalf of the country.The tour took the President and her entourage to the ELWA ETUs, the JFK Memorial Hospital, the Catholic Hospital, Redemption and the Island Clinic ETUs. She also visited relatives of a family that lost eleven members while two persons, a baby and a teenage girl survived.On hand to welcome the President at the ELWA ETU was its director, Dr. Jerry Brown, a New York Times award winning hero who helped cure many Ebola victims. The president shook hands and hugged others.At the ELWA compound, she embraced Dr. Brown and thanked him for making the country proud. “You are one of our true heroes. You came when we were confused and took on a task that no one was ever thinking of or willing to do,” she told him.Dr. Brown was the first to establish a temporary ETU to host victims during the heat of the crisis.President Sirleaf expressed excitement at the country being declared free, but said this could not have been possible without the many health workers’ efforts.It was time to celebrate, she said, but urged Liberians to celebrate with caution and remain vigilant.She paid tribute to all of her compatriots, especially medical practitioners who lost their lives to the virus.The President said she sometimes re-lived some of the horrifying moments during the height of the Ebola epidemic when sirens kept sounding across the city.“Liberia Has Crossed the Rubicon”President Sirleaf had said in an earlier interview that the country had “crossed the Rubicon” and this is because everyone worked to ensure that the virus was defeated. “We will celebrate our communities which have taken responsibility and participated in fighting this unknown enemy and finally we’ve crossed the Rubicon. Liberia indeed is today a happy nation.” · The Rubicon is an ancient Roman law that forbade any general from crossing the Rubicon River and entering Italy proper with a standing army. To do so was treason. Julius Caesar, the powerful Roman emperor, crossed it in 49 B.C. Everywhere the President went, people were in a jubilant mood with Liberians from all walks of life expressing their feelings on placards, some chanting and making speeches. Most expressed gratitude that Liberia was now free of Ebola.People on the streets could not hide their excitement at conquering Ebola which took the lives of over 4000 of their compatriots.“Thank God we are finally free. It wasn’t easy but we have made it,” a local journalist, Gordon Garway said. “With all of our differences, when Ebola came we became more united and fought this menace together,” the LIB24 Radio and television presenter, said.“Don’t forget that Ebola has been defeated through collective efforts. We agreed to follow the preventive measures, hand-washing, no touching, reporting suspicious people and cases and many more…,” one placard at the Island Clinic read.”It has been a terrible time in our country. I’m grateful to God, who I believe brought us back to normality,” James Kaiwor, told the Daily Observer in an interview.Four Months Hazard Package for Private Medical FacilitiesIn spicing up the Ebola Freedom Day celebration for Healthcare givers, Health Minister-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn told jubilant medical practitioners that President Sirleaf has approved a four- month hazard payment package for all private institutions across the country.The Minister Designate’s statement was reechoed by President Sirleaf at the ELWA and Catholic hospitals.Liberia Now Safe, Foreign Partners Can Now Return Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ngafuan said,“It is now time for us to tell the international community and some of our friends who left the country, that we are now safe and they can now return.”He noted that it was disheartening to have seen the affected countries being isolated, especially by their African brothers and sisters.African Leaders Expected TodayThe Liberian government is today expecting a number of African leaders, including the Nigerian leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, to grace the formal celebration of the end of Ebola in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NORTH HILLS — Police arrested a 59-year-old man today after discovering thousands of images of child pornography in his two-bedroom apartment. After being tipped by a property manager who entered his unit to make urgent repairs, police searched Jay Henry Rosenthal’s apartment along the 15000 block of Parthenia Street in North Hills and found stacks of images of naked girls and boys. They also found more pornographic images in a Northridge hotel police believe Rosenthal used as a residence. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography. “This is significant because of the volume of pornography,” said LAPD Lt. Felicia Hall of the juvenile division. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Manager Lorena Marroquin said Rosenthal, who had lived at the complex for two decades, told her not to enter the apartment under any circumstances. But she said she went in to fix a leak from a broken water heater that had seeped into a neighbor’s home. Once inside, she walked over garbage a foot deep before finding images of what looked like children fondled by adults, she said. There were also images of a child dressed in a feathered costume. The images were in boxes and strewn across upstairs bedrooms. “The photos were disgusting,” she said. Neighbors said Rosenthal sang at a local church. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Carlos Monteroso, the Internet crimes against children’s unit at 213-847-5358 or afterhours at 877-529-3855.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!