Tuesday, 26 November 2013

THE AMERICAN CONNECTION: Jamaica bids adieu to Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater + The Williams sisters make a welcome return to the island

HOLDING COURT: Armed with their trusty sporting equipment (and golden complexions!), tennis greats Serena Williams and big sis, Venus, jetted into the island last week to share their expertise and conduct a series of clinics with Jamaican youngsters on the west and south coasts, headlining, in particular, the Treasure Beach Sport and Entertainment fun, sporty weekend of activities at the Treasure Beach Sports Club in St. Bess. On Thursday, the celeb-friendly Tryall Club in Hanover played host to a cocktail reception in honour of the Grand Slam champions (pictured above with Yohan Blake and Warren Weir), who are fast becoming regulars to our shores. As we should, we always attract the brightest and the best.

PERSONAL TOUCH: You can say this for Pamela Bridgewater, you can't come between her and her groovy reggae music. "I love Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Rita Marley, Tarrus Riley, Marcia Griffiths; Bob Marley goes on all my road trips; Carlene Davis, Judy Mowatt and Shaggy," reveals the outgoing US Ambassador to Jamaica, whose tenure has come to a close after nearly four years. Among the high points of time well-spent here on The Rock? Witnessing vast positive developments in relations between locals and Americans. "I have seen improvements in consular affairs, including an Ask The Embassy column in the newspaper," Bridgewater notes. "The [visa] application process is much easier and friendlier now and we are a good neighbour in the [Liguanea] community."





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