Riddim-Don News Round-up: LA Lewis sues Ninja; Guns found in cargo at Jamaica airport

Riddim-Don News Round-up: LA Lewis sues Ninja; Guns found in cargo at Jamaica airport

LA Lewis suing Ninjaman, Dr Love over gay rumours involving Spuggy

News emerged last week that LA Lewis, the self appointed seven-star general who shot to fame by scribbling his name all over the walls on Kingston and St Catherine, is suing Desmond ‘Ninjaman’ Ballentine and Christopher ‘Dr Love’ Crooks over suggestions that the graffiti don artiste is living with Ninjaman’s gay son ‘Spuggy’.

A picture on the Internet which suggests an intimate relationship between LA Lewis and Ninjaman’s allegedly gay son has spawned several memes including one what looks like LA Lewis in a bridal veil next to Spuggy.

L A Lewis

L A Lewis

“The rumour is a figment of their imagination , the bwoy Dr Love a paste up picture all over the Internet. Ninjaman himself said it during an interview on the social network where he said that me and Spuggy live inna apartment for three months. I am a real Rastafarian and dem bwoy de ah demolish and belittle my beliefs and my character, that is why I am suing Ninjaman and Dr Love, dem go too far. Crazy people ah call mi from all over the world and dem nah apologise, that’s why me tek this next step,” LA Lewis said.

Dr. Love

Dr. Love

A letter, written by Hannah Harris-Barrington, senior solicitor-at-law, gave Ninjaman and Dr. Love seven days to retract the statements and to issue a public apology or legal action will be initiated to recover “compensation, costs and legal interest”.

Both Ninja and Dr Love have reportedly refused to apologise.

Two guns found in cargo at Norman Manley International Airport

The Border Protection Unit of the Jamaica Customs Agency and the police are investigating the discovery of two firearms in cargo at the Norman Manley International Airport on Thursday. A statement from Jamaica Customs said the Contraband Enforcement Team and the police seized the two  firearms which were concealed in electronic equipment. Reports are that during routine checks of cargo from the US, officers were alerted to inconsistencies. Further checks led to the discovery of a 9 millimetre Ruger Special pistol with a magazine, an Olympic Arm point-2-2-3 rifle with 3 magazines and a scope concealed in the cargo.

Jamaica Customs is now seeking to acquire a fixed portal scanning unit. Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, says the equipment will result in increased revenue as well as improved border protection. Customs officers will be able to accurately identify products in containers and detect suspicious items. Reese explained that with the scanning unit, containers can be viewed vertically or horizontally. He added that the equipment is expensive and the agency is looking at various proposals to see how best it can be financed.

Opposition predicts new tax measure to fund income tax relief plan

Dr Peter Phillips

Dr Peter Phillips

Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Dr. Peter Phillips, says the Andrew Holness administration will have to impose new taxes in order to fund its income tax relief plan.

He says this is based on the IMF agreement, and the disclosure by Finance Minister Audley Shaw about monies he thought were available to finance the plan. There has been increased discussions about the matter, since Mr Shaw stated that monies he thought were available for the plan did not exist. However, it has been revealed that Audley Shaw knew that there was no money to fund his promise tax package.

A report in the Gleaner says that  parliament records show that the finance minister was told about the placement of oil money.
“It appears that Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw’s explosive announcement that the money collected from a special tax on fuel was placed in the Consolidated Fund instead of a special fund set aside for that purpose should not have s been such a shocker after all, in light of deliberations which took place in Parliament late last year.”

The government has committed to providing income tax relief to persons earning up to $1.5 million annually. Dr Phillips says this will be done by new taxes because the current administration will have no other options.




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