Following his win at the recently concluded five-game Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Junior Series, overall Beginners Class champion Adrian Barnes is looking to grow in the sport and continue his winning ways.The eight-year-old Creative Kids Academy student triumphed with an overall score of 365 points to take top honours in his keenly contested category.Cillian Hall copped the runner-up spot with a score of 340 points, while Kemari Morris finished third with 325 points.The confident Barnes, who actually had to settle for second place on last Saturday’s final day of competition at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, was very happy with his success in the competition.”It gives a very good meaning to my life, and I am very happy with my win, as winning it brings a lot of pride to my family,” the youngster explained.Hall had some joy on Saturday winning match number five, after scoring 46 points to edge Barnes, who tallied 47 points, with Kemari Morris (48) taking third place.The young Barnes credited his father and grandfather, who both play the sport, as well as following it avidly as major sources of inspiration.”My dad played golf and I am just happy the hard work I put in can make them proud, so I am very excited and happy,” Barnes continued. “I feel very good, and I am going to continue playing and look to continue winning.”The young players were awarded 100 points for each match won in the series, 90 for second, while third place got 85. Participants earned 50 points for competing.
Mr. Stanley Toe, 1st LLA Executive DirectorThe Board of Commissioners of the newly established Liberia Land Authority (LLA) has appointed Stanley N. Toe as the first Executive Director.According to a press release, Mr. Toe’s duties will include, among others, assisting the chairman in the day-to-day operations of the authority and ensuring the effective implementation of LLA’s programs in coordination with the Board.In his letter of appointment, the Board through its chairman, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, said it looks forward to working with Mr. Toe as the authority begins tackling the challenges ahead.Prior to this position, Mr. Toe served as acting executive director of the former Land Commission and held positions of increasing responsibilities, including program officer for land policy, senior program officer, acting director of the technical secretariat, and director of the Interim Land Task Force.In these roles, according to the press release, he was a driving force in the commission’s achievements of key deliverables, including the Land Rights Policy, the proposed Land Rights Act, the final Land Administration Policy, and the Act that Established the Land Authority.Born in Grandcess, Grand Kru County, Mr. Toe earned his Bachelor’s and Master of Public Administration degrees from Texas Tech University in the United States in 1983 and 1986 respectively, and served there as a teaching and research assistant at the Center for Public Service. He held senior technical positions at the former Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (MPEA), as chief of the public utilities section, responsible for development programs and projects in the telecommunications, electricity and water sectors, and at the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LTC), as senior planning officer and manager for human resources in the technical and administration departments.During his over 15 years of tenure of public service at both the MPEA and the LTC, Mr. Toe attended short-term local and out-country courses and obtained certificates in project planning and telecommunications management.Since joining the land sector in 2010, Mr. Toe has participated in several technical training workshops in Liberia and study tours in West Africa on land tenure issues, and has attended high level meetings of inter-governmental agencies, donors, investors, and civil society on land and natural resources issues.He has made several presentations on land reform in Liberia, for civil society organizations, community-based organizations and universities, as well as at international meetings, conferences, and workshops, according to the release.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)