THE tourism sector is hitting up a lot of positives on the golf course, with tournaments geared towards some of the leading players in the travel industry.The latest instalment took place towards the back-end of last week, with the 21st renewal of the Baxter’s Golf Tournament, also referred to as the Canadian Travel Industry Golf Tournament, at Sandals Golf and Country Club in Upton District, St Ann.For Miguel Arthurs, the club’s general manager, the long-established endeavour is aptly described thus, “win-win”.”We get the opportunity to sell Jamaica, golf and the Sandals product,” he explains. “The travel industry professionals get to experience Jamaica, particularly as it relates to golf. When the travel pros come it enhances the tourism product, the tourism golf product and after the experience they can go back and offer it to other packages.”Kevin Percy, Jacques Gilbert, Bob Wakeford and Daniel Murray were the leading competitors in the two-day tournament, while Joe Grind DeMarinis, Enzo DeMarinis and Leo Sgovio headed the other contenders.Traditionally, there are added components to the championship, specialised segments that form part of its fundraising drive.”The tournament not just focused on the travel industry, there’s a charitable segment to it,” Arthurs outlined. “There is the Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Putting and Chipping contests and the competitors pay to enter these contests. The proceeds go to the Sandals Foundation.”The Ladies Closest to the Pin was won by Joanne Fillion, while Joe Grind DeMarinis took the men’s Closest to the Pin contest.Danny Murray won the men’s Longest Drive, while Sherry Scott took the women’s equivalent. Enzo de Marinis won the Putting and Chipping contest.”Those prose proceeds go directly into our junior golf program. It’s the only way to secure the program and continue the development of the youth,” Arthurs stated of the Sandals Golf and Country Club youth program.Wesley Brown, now a pro on the United States circuit and Romaine Evans, the current Caribbean amateur champion, were products of the system funded with proceeds from the yearly Travel Golf Tournaments.
The two AFL trained pilots are 2nd Lieutenants Jerreck Jeff Dwanah, Jr., and Varney A. Sieleaf Two officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), 2nd Lieutenants Jerreck Jeff Dwanah, Jr., and Varney A. Sirleaf, have been trained as the first post-war certified commercial pilots as they were winged on yesterday at the Nigerian Air Force Headquarters in Abuja, an AFL release has said.According to the release, the winging ceremony climaxed two and half years of training at the Nigerian International Aviation College in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.Upon their return to Liberia, the two officers will pioneer the establishment of the Liberia Air Wing.The Minister of National Defense, retired Major General Daniel Dee Ziankahn, Jr., extended gratitude on behalf of the Commander-in-Chief of the AFL President George Weah and lauded the people and Government of Nigeria for the many sacrifices they continue to make in resuscitating Liberia to a peaceful country after a 14-year civil crisis.Ziankahn acknowledged the role Nigerian government played in the restructuring process of the post-war AFL, which saw the seconding of two of its Major Generals, the late Maj/Gen Luka N. Yusu and the late Maj/Gen Suraj A. Abdurrahman, who served subsequently as Command Officer-in-Charge of the AFL during its re-branding process and progressively brought the AFL to where it is as a professional army dubbed a “Force for Good.”Minister Ziankahn hailed the long-standing bilateral ties between Liberia and Nigeria that resulted to the promotion of cultural, diplomatic and military relationships.“We are humbly soliciting for the training of air and ground crew when the Liberia Air Wing is eventually established. We will require your support, guidance and mentor-ship to establish and operate the Liberia Air Wing,” Minister Ziankahn said.It can be recalled that on August 23, 2007, the Governments of Liberia and Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for military-to-military relations to rebuild the professional development of the AFL.In the MoU, the two officers were part of eight cadets that departed Liberia in 2007 to undergo a four-year regular combatant degree course at the prestigious Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna.They commenced their pilot training at the Nigerian Air Force 301 Flying Training School in Kaduna, following their graduation as members of 60th Regular Course from the Nigerian Defense Academy in September, 2013.Upon completion of their training, the Liberian government appealed for further training. This appeal subsequently saw their enrollment at the Nigerian International Aviation College in IIorin, Kwara State.According to the 2008 New Defense Act, section 5.1, the Liberia Air Wing, when activated, will undertake search and rescue missions; provide limited air transportation for the movement of troops and logistics for the AFL; undertake medical evacuation; undertake limited marine patrol over Liberia’s Exclusive Economic Zone and assist those ministries and agencies in times of emergency and natural or man-made disasters, as well as assist in evacuation and logistics movement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)