Politics 

ASOT MICHAEL TAKING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST CONVICTED CRIMINALS FOR DEFAMATION

Asot Michael, the Minister of Investment and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, has announced that he is taking legal action against two convicted criminals for defamation committed against him on their individual and collective blog sites on the Internet.           Mr. Michael says, “I have instructed my lawyers in the United States of America to take legal action against Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Fries ner​  for knowingly and maliciously bringing my standing in the international community into disrepute and injuring my capacity to conduct transactions through the global financial system.”           The…

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Commonwealth Politics 

PM Browne discusses Barbuda rebuilding and Caribbean Nationals in the UK with UK Secretary of State

Prime Minster the Honourable Gaston Browne, on Monday, met with the UK Secretary of State for International Development, the Honourable Penny Mourdaunt, in a bilateral meeting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. In the bilateral, the Prime Minister thanked the United Kingdom for the £3 million that have been pledged to the rebuilding effort in Barbuda. He further updated the International Development Secretary on the progress being made in the reconstruction work on the island, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.   The Prime Minister expressed that…

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Politics 

Prime Minister Theresa May meets Caribbean leaders

Prime Minster Theresa May met representatives from twelve Caribbean Commonwealth States on 17 April.  Those attending included senior representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. During the meeting, Prime Minister May apologised for any anxiety caused, and explained how much the UK valued the contribution made by members of the Windrush Generation.  She said, “Those who arrived from the Caribbean before 1973 and lived here permanently without significant periods…

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Politics 

Hon. Maria Browne speaks at Commonwealth Women’s Forum

The Honourable Maria Browne, newly elected minister in the Gaston Browne administration, distinguished herself among a panel of esteemed women in politics in her first official conference as an elected Member of Parliament. Mrs. Browne was invited to speak at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum – an event organised by the Commonwealth Women’s Parliamentarians (CWP) group, that focuses on the inclusion of women in politics in the Commonwealth. The distinguished panel comprised of female parliamentarians from Sierra Leone, Canada, South Africa and Zambia and was chaired by Helen Clark, the former…

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Politics 

Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez warns of “false, sinister and dangerous” forces

Antigua and Barbuda’s Tourism Minister, Charles Fernandez, has rejected claims by two convicted money launderers, Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner on Internet blogsites, as “false, sinister and dangerous”. Fernandez is the latest target of a sustained campaign against the Antigua and Barbuda government and its ministers, joining previous attacks on the governments of St Kitts-Nevis and Dominica. In their latest posting, the two convicted fraudsters claim that Fernandez received US$15 million from a Chinese businessman and that the money “was never properly accounted for”.  They allege that the money…

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Crime & Police Politics 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT EXPOSES TWO CRIMINAL MONEY LAUNDERERS

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has exposed two convicted criminals who are now selling themselves as Financial Crime Consultants through internet blog sites that they run in return for hefty payments.             The two – Kenneth Rijock and Monte Morris Friesner – have both been convicted of money laundering and fraud and have served time in jail.  Information on Friesner’s criminal activity can be seen on the Internet at the following websites: https://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/convicted-fraudster-monte-friesner/internet/convicted-fraudster-monte-friesner-dr-monte-friesner-pronto-cash-one-world-financial-so-1036421 and: https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/61/917/492744/             Friesner’s criminal record includes convictions for fraud, assault, arson and possession of stolen property.…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Prime Minister Gaston Browne and High Level Delegation Attends Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

  A high-level delegation from Antigua and Barbuda will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London from the 18th to the 20th of April 2018. The delegation will be led by the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. He will be accompanied by the Honourable E.P. Chet Greene MP – Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration, the Honourable Maria Browne MP – Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal and Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, the High Commissioner to London. The Theme for this…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Purported Antiguan Passport found In St. Vincent was not Issued by Passport Office

It has come to the attention of the Passport Office that person or persons in St. Vincent were found with a copy of the bio-page only of a Passport purported to be of Antigua and Barbuda origin. The authorities in St. Vincent have therefore passed on the information to the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda. The matter is currently under investigation and authorities in Antigua and Barbuda are collaborating with the authorities in St. Vincent.             Preliminary review of the information that was shared indicates that the passport…

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ABEC Politics 

BY-Election in Barbuda set for April 30th

April 19th will be Nomination Day for the by-election which will take place in Barbuda on April 30th. The Barbuda Local Government Act, Cap 44, makes provisions for Nomination papers to be delivered by the candidate or his proposer or seconder to the Returning Officer at the Office of Council between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00pm on Nomination Day. Mrs. Vernest Mack has been designated as the Returning Officer who will oversee the entire process. The by-election is being held to fill the seat left vacant by the…

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Foreign Affairs Politics 

Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Cuba celebrate Twenty-Four Years of Diplomatic Relations

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda is happy to commemorate the 24th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Cuba. Marked by a common desire to promote cooperative and friendly ties, on this very same day, twenty-four years ago, the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and the Republic of Cuba signed a joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations. Diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and the Republic of Cuba were established on April 6th, 1994, under the visionary leadership of the former Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda,…

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