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Government accused of targetting Dancehall artistes

Popular dancehall entertainer, Beenie Man, whose given name is Moses Davis, has accused the Jamaican government of targetting artistes.

Beenie Man in an interview with Black Entertainment Television, (BET) earlier this month, said this is because of the wealth they have amassed.

He also dismissed notions that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force target artistes.

(I don’t think the Jamaican police profile the artistes like that. I think it’s the Government. The police they like to vibe and flex with us, some police can’t get girls by themselves. But it’s the government…. they don’t like that we live in the big houses and drive big cars and live beside the Prime Minister – I don’t think the Government likes that.”

Beenie Man also alluded to the incarceration of Vybz Kartel.

“The problem is I don’t think it hurt the music, I think has hurt him more. It has hurt us because it’s one more of us behind bars, you have Buju Banton behind bars and Vybz Kartel and they are looking to send away Ninja Man … it hurts every artiste in the business,” Bennie Man said.

JLP predicts failure of next IMF test

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has predicted that the country will fail its next International Monetary Fund (IMF) test because of its growing debt and other challenges.

The assertion comes from Delroy Chuck, the Member of Parliament for North East St Andrew who was the main speaker at the Party’s Area Council One meeting at the Mountain View Primary School in St. Andrew on Sunday.

He said although all IMF tests have been passed so far, the pressure of passing the tests will soon take its toll on the government. Read more

REDjet admits making mistakes

More than two years after REDjet ceased flying to Jamaica and other regional destinations, a former director of the airline has admitted that the carrier’s management made mistakes, but he insists that sabotage played a role in its demise.

While not calling names, Ralph “Bizzy” Williams charged that REDjet’s main competitor, LIAT, was allowed to get away with predatory pricing. He added that aviation authorities in some countries put stumbling blocks in the way of the former Barbados-based airline that its collapse was inevitable.

REDjet first tried to set up operations in Jamaica but moved to Barbados after being denied permission by the Jamaican Government. It lasted just under 12 months in the skies and ceased operations on March 16, 2012 after falling into deep financial trouble. Read more

Government – Opposition talk of IMF test failure baseless

The Jamaican Government has shrugged off a prediction by the Parliamentary Opposition that the country will fail future International Monetary Fund (IMF) tests.

Finance Minister Dr. Peter Phillips last night dismissed the forecast as another attempt by the Jamaica Labour Party to discredit the Government. When contacted by our news centre, the Finance Minister said the prediction was baseless.

“From the very first test, there have been those predictions. There seem to be those who wish that things would go badly for the country, but others are working at trying to make certain that we make progress,” he said. Read more