Mr. Worthington (Not His Daughter) On The Stage - Weekend News For 5th. August 2007
Ian Worthington OBE, British Ambassador to the DR and Haiti, visited Sosua on the north coast last Thursday for a meeting with British residents. This was held at Morua Mai Restaurant, hosted by West Indies Real Estate and organised by British resident Linda Stapleton. Ambassador Worthington impressed with his direct yet friendly style but successfully managed to avoid the trap of directing Embassy staff or British residents as to which places of entertainment they were permitted to visit (see next news item!). The British Ambassador was gracious enough to publically acknowledge the sterling and oft times excessive work carried out by the British Hon. Consul for the north coast, Genni Mendez. Mr. Worthington informed his audience of the work carried out by the Embassy and his plans for a system of communication throughout the country, particularly in those areas where there is no consular representation as well as the facilitation of ongoing links between the Embassy and British residents on the north coast. He also advised that the only two official British Government representations were the Embassy in Santo Domingo and the Consular Office in Puerto Plata. Whilst our reporter who was present at the meeting is not aware of anyone currently trying to falsely claim an Embassy or Consular position we have certainly been aware of this in the past when one scurrilous British north coast resident attempted to pass herself off as 'the next British Hon. Consul' in order to give credence to her attempted sales of property to new residents. Thus the Ambassador's warning is timely and possibly even heralds a new usurper. In recognition for his demonstration of cultural sensitivity Ambassador Worthington was presented with a copy of Quisqueya: Mad Dogs and English Couple. This news bulletin would like to wish Your Excellency a very happy birthday for August 9th.
Bull In A China Shop?
'The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic said Tuesday it has barred its staff from a nightclub that it says discriminates against black U.S. citizens. Acting embassy spokesman Rex Moser said a black American woman was with U.S. Marines and embassy interns when a doorman at Santo Domingo's 'Loft' club denied her entry on July 22. Moser said the doorman told the woman she could not come in because she was wearing her hair in braided corn rows.' Read the rest of the story in English at the first link and the Chargé d’affaires Roland Bullen's statement on the US Embassy website at the third link.