The Safe House Project 2009 for Displaced & Homeless MSM/Transgender reviewed & more

In response to numerous requests for more information on the defunct Safe House Pilot Project that was to address the growing numbers of displaced and homeless LGBTQ Youth in New Kingston in 2007/8/9, a review of the relevance of the project as a solution, the possible avoidance of present issues with some of its previous residents if it were kept open.
Recorded June 12, 2013; also see from the former Executive Director named in the podcast more background on the project: HERE also see the beginning of the issues from the closure of the project: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The line in the sand for the PNP part 11: Health scandals & leadership matters again

It is no wonder why persons are turned off from the electoral process as evidenced in the poll results recently. I am frazzled if not still befuddled as I scan the lay of the land to make my decision for placing my X on the faithful day.

See previous parts for more:  123456 & 7 & 8 & 9 & 10

Sometimes things have a way of coming back to bite administrations especially when they are or were in opposition; remember when Mrs Simpson Miller described the then JLP as an uncaring government? Well it now seems the same adage can apply to the PNP. This ugly business of the Health Ministr(y) (er’s) present scandals in the long line of many for the PNP, Trafigura, Shell Waiver and such.

Dr Bullock Ducasse on the issue

The late in the day apology that lasted some 27 seconds was forced under duress reportedly by the party leader and Prime Minister who seconded a senior government official to visit Dr Ferguson and he coughed it up in response. I had prepared this post and held it in draft yesterday until I saw what was to unfold, I see no reason to change my position any as the last twenty fours the tense press briefing with Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse, Sandrea Falconer et al and the half hearted fake apology from Dr Fenton Ferguson. He claimed he “would never disregard the life of any human being” and explained that he “simply wanted to convey that premature babies are more susceptible to infections”.

“I am before you not only as the minister of health but also a father who couldn’t begin to imagine losing my child. And my niece Shelema was born premature so I personally understand.  I want to express my sympathies to the families affected and apologize to them and all Jamaicans”, the minister said.

At the time of his statement in Parliament, Ferguson said the babies are in fact premature, which results in their immune systems being severely compromised.

Members of the Opposition on Tuesday rejected this explanation with the Opposition Leader Andrew Holness calling for him to resign.

Karl Samuda lashed out at Ferguson, telling him to man up and apologize to the mothers whose babies died of the bacteria in both the Cornwall Regional Hospital and the University Hospital of the West Indies. Unlike Cliff Hughes and others who suggest we must accept the apology but not let him off the hook; he needs to go and why oh why it is only UWHI the focus seems to be on when Cornwall Regional and other rural hospitals and a gag order placed on them; all matters must come through the Ministry of Health.

Frankly Dr Fenton Ferguson MUST be fired, simply put. Where oh where is the so called audit done at the regional health authorities in May 2015 that the goodly minister has placed under lock and key, when it is tax payers money and some grant funding that paid for it. He only gave us a summary in that uncomfortable September 2 press conference. That report should not be the purview or ownership of the Minister and his team including the now arrogant Permanent Secretary Dr Kevin Harvey in whom I am so disappointed as to his performance in this matter. Publish or perish I suppose. He (Ferguson) no longer enjoys the confidence of the public in large measure yet Mrs Miller keeps him there. He continues to serve at Mrs Miller’s pleasure. 

The minister only announced yesterday of a task force being set up yet he knew all this from May 2015 in addition to the warning made by the now vilified Dr Alfred Dawes former President of the Medical Doctors Association of Jamaica MAJ as he showed up the glaring gaps. And we are to believe that nobody told him the minister of the matters arising.

Dr Kevin Harvey permanent secretary used the fear of hospital stigmatization if the report is released to give justification and claimed he was to consult a body of stakeholders for same, to which no answer has come or release of the damning report. Audley Shaw finance spokesperson for the opposition asked the question of the age in this matter to which Ferguson could not respond sensibly. Audley Shaw in parliament October 27 asked:

“I want to ask you directly today was the issue of infectious disease and mortality among premature babies were specifically addressed in the health audit?”

To which Dr Ferguson replied:

“What I would say to you member, I am very clear that in that audit there was mention relative to infection prevention and control, among other things; equipment, pharmaceuticals and other things that I have mentioned in the public space; when I spoke on the audit I said that in my presentation ....... so yes, it spoke to infection control.”

Mr Shaw responded:

“You have not answered my question minister; I’ll ask you again, did the report, the audit make specific reference to babies, premature babies dying, dying as a result of infectious environment, I want to know if the report specifically referred to these deaths?”

Ferguson response:

“That I would have to check, I would never depend upon my brain about a specific question as you have asked; what I will tell you is that I know there was a discussion on, raised about prevention and control of infections; if you so desire that I will not be able to give you that response this afternoon; if you table them I will respond.”

Shaw fires back:

"So you’re privy to an audit which you have refused to make public although it is owned by the public; it is our report and by right that report should be made public; and you made a reference at the press conference about certain conditions that were not appropriate or that could lead to infectious diseases, I recall that; but I want to know, I would like for you minister to tell us specifically did the report speak to the lack of water, soaps, gloves, tissue, hand cleaners, masks, protective clothing and the repeat use of disposables and the fact that surgeons have to be wearing garbage bags; did the report make reference to these issues?”

Ferguson’s response:

“Member from North East Manchester you have had the benefit of having had the report or being told; as the minister I have the responsibility that if I am going to answer questions as you have posed I would much prefer if you were to table them..”

So we are to accept that dodging attempt by the goodly minister because Mr Shaw has had the benefit of seeing the report so he must not ask questions, the lunacy of this minister. He seems to forget he HAS the report and is wifing it up. And he did not take it to parliament via some device as is customary these days as MPs can be seen even during debates business tapping away or even talking on smartphones. And then the it wasn’t me stance on October 16, didn’t the minister even read the report in the first place so that answers can roll off his tongue when pressed on such an important matter as it consumes him. If the matter of the infections is in the report then he have lied to us bearing in mind he has the report from August; and is this the reason why the report has not been made public?

What is so damning in this report that it cannot be made public?

Gleaner: Public Defender Subpoenas UHWI Heads Over Dead Babies

I am angered by this as the leader of the PNP whose political career is mostly founded on being in touch with the people as it were and Mama P hence the name for her has thrived despite the shark infested political waters. See from the Observer: Where is the real Portia Lucretia Simpson Miller? and We need a transformational leader, but is it Holness? 
But can I vote for a JLP who also is showing up their poor management of issues and performance in the upper house in the present CCJ impasse? 

What has the Prime Minister done since the story broke or where is the passion she once displayed for children or has she even read the audit? Has she forgotten the speech she made at the last PNP conference in Kingston? yet she has gone silent (barring laryngitis claims) Mrs Simpson Miller seems not in charge of her ministers, when one can see the Finance Minister making announcements on elections when that has usually been the purview of the leader or PM. After ten days she broke her silence on such a serious public matter she addressed it for 73 seconds. She said:

“Mr Speaker, I am sure that all of us in this honourable house on both sides would have a feeling of sadness for what happened with the children; I hope that a system would be put in place that this will never happen again; I want to extend sympathies to members of the family, I hope that the Ministry of Health and the minister will look at the present system to see what needs to be done that what happened will never ever happen again; our children are our future and we have a responsibility to ensure the protection of our children, the future leaders.”

I am not a big fan of Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange but she stood up and reminded the house that it is no laughing matter and that lives were lost, for that I give her some credit but she needs to do more work in her constituency. Ms Grange’s intervention came after a distasteful joke about the cousin of the PM who sits on the JLP side Everald Warmington, reference to Dr Ferguson being her ‘son’ and Pernel Charles’ response where he said thank God he was not born premature. Seems the uncaring nature runs in all sides. The PM does not seems to understand her mandate or power to hire and fire not to hope but to direct, issue instructions and get things done; but as I have said before she was never PM material from the onset, nice personality yes but she does not have the skills for that level of management. As PM she should not be telling us “I hope” there is no room for aspirational crap here, this could never happen to previous Prime Ministers especially P. J. Patterson or Bruce Golding or older ones as Edward Seaga. Mrs Miller bailed out Dr Ferguson during the Chik-V debacle and now here is again with a bougie and she still protects or preserves him. As for the resignations at University of the West Indies hospital UWHI denied by the board chair is dubious to say the least.

Dr Ferguson must also remember his stance when in opposition as played on Nationwide yesterday and the day before when foot and mouth challenges befell the JLP government. Now he finds himself in the driver’s seat with the same stance from the present opposition. Then comes the dismissal by Dr Ferguson in parliament under pressure from the opposition by suggesting the babies were not real babies and would not matter anyway, he described them as neonates in other words they are not babies in the real sense. According to the US National Library of Medicine they defined neonates as a baby who is four weeks old or younger, it continued that a neonate is also called a newborn; Dr Ferguson shows his callousness and uncaring nature and that of his team. How insulting to the mothers and family who lost a baby as if to suggest their child’s life is worth nothing. This is not the stoneage periods where there were no technologies that can help premature babies overcome the early stages of growth.

Dr Ferguson despite his calls repeatedly on buggery law reform for purposes of HIV prevention and interventions but he is not irreplaceable. Sensible Health Ministers be they pro or against homosexuality does not have room for opposing such moves. So Ferguson can go as far as I am concerned.

CCJ debate matters

So the about face by the Justice Minister with respect to Mrs Malahoo Forte’s suspension from the house he has now arrived at a place where he wishes the suspension discontinued though it is left up to the President of the Senate; since he has finally contacted the secretariat of the Privy Council and requested and received a copy of the controversial letter that has caused the firestorm, why didn’t the minister do that when it was first raised by Mrs Forte and save us the grief of all of this in the first place?

Is Mrs Forte being targeted for her stridency as opposition spokesperson on Health and targeting the Health Minister in her new role? Given she was the Foreign Affairs Minister under the JLP and a previous resident magistrate judge.

Announcements and more announcements

Charisma announced investments for hotel rooms (over 10 years though); Another one linked to the logistics hub and the LMG project but will these announcements materialize and business confidence on paper looks optimistic but we have heard that before. If there is a change of government will the JLP continue the workable tenets or will we have a start from scratch and ditch workable plans as discarded knowledge? The string of announcements according to some sceptics seems as part of the election ploy and then the real jobs do not materialize. Remember the (Kronk &) Anchor Finance aka Crown n Anchor (a takeoff of the gambling street side game) MOU and it turned out to be a farce; yet that died right before our eyes and numerous other project announcements. Good news for Spanish Town as far as the freezone but I recall the rice factory now turned bus terminus and the present crime situation and will jobs automatically convert get rich quick lazy twenty somethings to working class citizens? I am not convinced as we have been burnt before and announcements made then nothing in effect. I am not too celebratory.

We are in a crisis of leadership but who among the bad eggs are we to choose from?

finally a flashback joke of sorts in this G2K:
Looks like Portia turned down the ting too much that it is causing her her present troubles.

Until next time.

Peace & tolerance




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A look at the fear of the feminine (Effemophobia) by Jamaican standards & how it drives the homo-negative perceptions/homophobia in Jamaican culture/national psyche.

After catching midway a radio discussion on the subject of Jamaica being labelled as homophobic I did a quick look at the long held belief in Jamaica by anti gay advocates, sections of media and homophobes that several murders of alleged gay victims are in fact 'crimes of passion' or have jealousy as their motives but it is not as simple or generalized as that.

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APJ Website Launch & Link

Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica, APJ launched their website on December 1 2015 on World AIDS Day where they hosted a docu-film and after discussions on the film Human Vol 1

audience members interacting during a break in the event

film in progress

visit the new APJ website HERE

See posts on APJ's work: HERE (newer entries will appear first so scroll to see older ones)

The Hypocrisy of Jamaican Anti Gay Groups & Selective Actions of Societal Ills

The selectivity of the anti gay religious voices on so called societal ills is examined in this podcast as other major issues that require the "church" to have spoken up including sexual abuse by pastors in recent times yet mere silence on those matters is highlighted.

Why are these groups and so called child rights activists creating mass hysteria and have so much strength for HOMOSEXUALITY but are quiet on corruption in government, missing children, crime in the country and so much more but want to stop same gender loving persons from enjoying peace of mind and PRIVACY?

Also is the disturbing tactic of deliberately conflating paedophilia with same gender sex as if to suggest reforming the buggery law will cause an influx of buggered children when we know that is NOT TRUE.

MSM/Trans homeless - From gully to graveyard

When are lives interrupted be allowed a real honest chance to move from interruption to independence and stability? I just cannot tell you friends.

An article appeared in the gleaner today that just sent me into sadness mode again with this ugly business of LGBTQI homelessness. The author of the piece needs an intervention too as he (Ryon Jones) uses terms such as cross dressers and or homeless men which if transgender persons are present they cannot be described or seen as such, sigh another clear display of the lack of impact and reach of so called advocacies and advocates who are more interested in parading as working but really aint having much impact as they ought to or claim.

We are told of houses being put together from time in memorial; the Dwayne’s House project seems dead in the water, the Larry Chang (named after a JFLAG cofounder) seems stuck in the mud and Colour Pink’s so called Rainbow House seems insignificant in relation to the size and scope of the national problem. JFLAG as presented on this blog is obviously not interested in getting their hands dirty really on homelessness save and except for using the populations as cannon fodder and delegating same; as far as I am concerned presenting them as victims of homophobia which is true but where are the programs and the perceived millions donated or granted since President Obama’s visit to address LGBTQ matters?


Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Homophobia - What are we afraid of?

Former host of Dr Sexy Live on Nationwide radio and Sexologist tackles in a simplistic but to the point style homophobia and asks the poignant question of the age, What really are we as a nation afraid of?

It seems like homosexuality is on everyone's tongue. From articles in the newspapers to countless news stories and commentaries, it seems like everyone is talking about the gays. Since Jamaica identifies as a Christian nation, the obvious thought about homosexuality is that it is wrong but only male homosexuality seems to influence the more passionate responses. It seems we are more open to accepting lesbianism but gay men are greeted with much disapproval.

Dancehall has certainly been very clear where it stands when it comes to this issue with various songs voicing clear condemnation of this lifestyle. Currently, quite a few artistes are facing continuous protests because of their anti-gay lyrics. Even the law makers are involved in the gayness as there have been several calls for the repeal of the buggery law. Recently Parliament announced plans to review the Sexual Offences Act which, I am sure, will no doubt address homosexuality.

Jamaica has been described as a homophobic nation. The question I want to ask is: What are we afraid of? There are usually many reasons why homosexuality is such a pain in the a@. Here are some of the more popular arguments MORE HERE

also see:
Dr Shelly Ann Weeks on Gender Identity & Sexual Orientation

Sexuality - What is yours?

The Deliberate Misuse of the “Sexual Grooming” Term by Antigay Fanatics to Promote Their Hysteria

Just as I researched on-line in NOT EVEN five minutes and found a plethora of information and FACTS on Sexual Grooming (and thanks to Dr Karen Carpenter for some valuable insight I found out what Sexual Grooming was) so too must these fanatics go and do the same and stop creating panic in the country.

The hysteria continues from the Professor Bain so called protests to protect freedom of speech and bites at the credibility of the LGBT lobby collectively continues via Duppies Dupe UWI articles when the bigger principle of the conflict of interest in regards to the greater imperative of removing/preserving archaic buggery laws in the Caribbean dependent on which side one sits is of greater import when the professor’s court testimony in Belize went against the imperative of CHART/PANCAP goals is the more germane matter of which he was former head now temporarily reinstated via a court ex-parte injunction. The unnecessary uproar and shouting from the same hysterical uninformed quarters claiming moral concerns ....... MORE CLICK HERE

also see if you can

JFLAG Excludes Homeless MSM from IDAHOT Symposium on Homelessness


In a shocking move JFLAG decided not to invite or include homeless MSM in their IDAHO activity for 2013 thus leaving many in wonderment as to the reason for their existence or if the symposium was for "experts" only while offering mere tokenism to homeless persons in the reported feeding program. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ENTRY HERE sad that the activity was also named in honour of one of JFLAG's founders who joined the event via Skype only to realize the issue he held so dear in his time was treated with such disrespect and dishonor. Have LGBT NGOs lost their way and are so mainstream they have forgotten their true calling?

also see a flashback to some of the issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless LGBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

Steps to take when confronted by the police & your rights compromised:

a) Ask to see a lawyer or Duty Council

b) Only give name and address and no other information until a lawyer is present to assist

c) Try to be polite even if the scenario is tense

d) Don’t do anything to aggravate the situation

e) Every complaint lodged at a police station should be filed and a receipt produced, this is not a legal requirement but an administrative one for the police to track reports

f) Never sign to a statement other than the one produced by you in the presence of the officer(s)

g) Try to capture a recording of the exchange or incident or call someone so they can hear what occurs, place on speed dial important numbers or text someone as soon as possible

h) File a civil suit if you feel your rights have been violated

i) When making a statement to the police have all or most of the facts and details together for e.g. "a car" vs. "the car" represents two different descriptions

j) Avoid having the police writing the statement on your behalf except incases of injuries, make sure what you want to say is recorded carefully, ask for a copy if it means that you have to return for it

Vacant at Last! ShoemakerGully: Displaced MSM/Trans Persons were is cleared December 2014

CVM TV carried a raid and subsequent temporary blockade exercise of the Shoemaker Gully in the New Kingston district as the authorities respond to the bad eggs in the group of homeless/displaced or idling MSM/Trans persons who loiter there for years.

Question is what will happen to the population now as they struggle for a roof over their heads and food etc. The Superintendent who proposed a shelter idea (that seemingly has been ignored by JFLAG et al) was the one who led the raid/eviction.

Also see:

the CVM NEWS Story HERE on the eviction/raid taken by the police

also see a flashback to some of the troubling issues with the populations and the descending relationships between JASL, JFLAG and the displaced/homeless GBT youth in New Kingston: Rowdy Gays Strike - J-FLAG Abandons Raucous Homosexuals Misbehaving In New Kingston

also see all the posts in chronological order by date from Gay Jamaica Watch HERE and GLBTQ Jamaica HERE


see previous entries on LGBT Homelessness from the Wordpress Blog HERE

May 22, 2015, see: MP Seeks Solutions For Homeless Gay Youth In New Kingston

New Kingston Cop Proposes Shelter for Shoemaker Gully LGBT Homeless Population

Superintendent Murdock

The same cop who has factored in so many run-ins with the youngsters in the Shoemaker Gully (often described as a sewer by some activists) has delivered on a promise of his powerpoint presentation on a solution to the issue in New Kingston, problem is it is the same folks who abandoned the men (their predecessors) from the powerful cogs of LGBT/HIV that are in earshot of his plan.

This ugly business of LGBTQ homelessness and displacements or self imposed exile by persons has had several solutions put forth, problem is the non state actors in particular do not want to get their hands dirty as the more combative and political issues to do with buggery's decriminalization or repeal have risen to the level of importance more so than this. Let us also remember this is like the umpteenth meeting with the cops, some of the LGBT homeless persons and the advocacy structure.

Remember JFLAG's exclusion of the group from that IDAHO symposium on LGBT homelessess? See HERE, how can we ask the same people who only want to academise and editorialise the issue to also try to address their own when they do not want to get their hands dirty but publish wonderful reports as was done earlier this month, see HERE: (re)Presenting and Redressing LGBT Homelessness in Jamaica: Towards a Multifaceted Approach to Addressing Anti-Gay Related Displacement also LGBT homelessness has always been with us from the records of Gay Freedom Movement(1974) to present but the current issues started from 2009, see: The Quietus ……… The Safe House Project Closes and The Ultimatum on December 30, 2009 as carried on sister blog Gay Jamaica Watch. CLICK HERE for FULL post of this story.

Gender Identity/Transgederism Radio discussion Jamaica March 2014

Radio program Everywoman on Nationwide Radio 90FM March 20th 2014 with Dr Karen Carpenter as stand-in host with a transgender activist and co-founder of Aphrodite's P.R.I.D.E Jamaica and a gender non conforming/lesbian guest as well on the matters of identity, sex reassignment surgery and transexuality.

CLICK HERE for a recording of the show


As promised here is another periodical update on an income generating/diligence building project now in effect for some now seven former homeless and displaced MSM in St Catherine, it originally had twelve persons but some have gotten jobs elsewhere, others have simply walked away and one has relocated to another parish, to date their weed whacking earning business capacity has been struggling as previous posts on the subject has brought to bear.

Although some LGBT persons residing in the parish have been approached by yours truly and others to increase client count for the men costs such as gas and maintenance of the four machines that are rotated between the enrolled men are rising weekly literally while the demand is instead decreasing due to various reasons.

Newstalk 93FM's Issues On Fire: Polygamy Should Be Legalized In Jamaica 08.04.14

debate by hosts and UWI students on the weekly program Issues on Fire on legalizing polygamy with Jamaica's multiple partner cultural norms this debate is timely.

Also with recent public discourse on polyamorous relationships, threesomes (FAME FM Uncensored) and on social.

What to Do .....

a. Make a phone call: to a lawyer or relative or anyone

b. Ask to see a lawyer immediately: if you don’t have the money ask for a Duty Council

c. A Duty Council is a lawyer provided by the state

d. Talk to a lawyer before you talk to the police

e. Tell your lawyer if anyone hits you and identify who did so by name and number

f. Give no explanations excuses or stories: you can make your defense later in court based on what you and your lawyer decided

g. Ask the sub officer in charge of the station to grant bail once you are charged with an offence

h. Ask to be taken before a justice of The Peace immediately if the sub officer refuses you bail

i. Demand to be brought before a Resident Magistrate and have your lawyer ask the judge for bail

j. Ask that any property taken from you be listed and sealed in your presence

Cases of Assault:An assault is an apprehension that someone is about to hit you

The following may apply:

1) Call 119 or go to the station or the police arrives depending on the severity of the injuries

2) The report must be about the incident as it happened, once the report is admitted as evidence it becomes the basis for the trial

3) Critical evidence must be gathered as to the injuries received which may include a Doctor’s report of the injuries.

4) The description must be clearly stated; describing injuries directly and identifying them clearly, show the doctor the injuries clearly upon the visit it must be able to stand up under cross examination in court.

5) Misguided evidence threatens the credibility of the witness during a trial; avoid the questioning of the witnesses credibility, the tribunal of fact must be able to rely on the witness’s word in presenting evidence

6) The court is guided by credible evidence on which it will make it’s finding of facts

7) Bolster the credibility of a case by a report from an independent disinterested party.

Notes on Bail & Court Appearance issues

If in doubt speak to your attorney

Bail and its importance -

If one is locked up then the following may apply:
Locked up over a weekend - Arrested pursuant to being charged or detained There must be reasonable suspicion i.e. about to commit a crime, committing a crime or have committed a crime.

There are two standards that must be met:

1). Subjective standard: what the officer(s) believed to have happened

2). Objective standard: proper and diligent collection of evidence that implicates the accused To remove or restrain a citizen’s liberty it cannot be done on mere suspicion and must have the above two standards

 Police officers can offer bail with exceptions for murder, treason and alleged gun offences, under the Justice of the Peace Act a JP can also come to the police station and bail a person, this provision as incorporated into the bail act in the late nineties

 Once a citizen is arrested bail must be considered within twelve hours of entering the station – the agents of the state must give consideration as to whether or not the circumstances of the case requires that bail be given

 The accused can ask that a Justice of the Peace be brought to the station any time of the day. By virtue of taking the office excluding health and age they are obliged to assist in securing bail

"Bail is not a matter for daylight

Locked up and appearing in court

 Bail is offered at the courts office provided it was extended by the court; it is the court that has the jurisdiction over the police with persons in custody is concerned.

 Bail can still be offered if you were arrested and charged without being taken to court a JP can still intervene and assist with the bail process.

Other Points of Interest

 The accused has a right to know of the exact allegation

 The detainee could protect himself, he must be careful not to be exposed to any potential witness

 Avoid being viewed as police may deliberately expose detainees

 Bail is not offered to persons allegedly with gun charges

 Persons who allegedly interfere with minors do not get bail

 If over a long period without charge a writ of habeas corpus however be careful of the police doing last minute charges so as to avoid an error

 Every instance that a matter is brought before the court and bail was refused before the accused can apply for bail as it is set out in the bail act as every court appearance is a chance to ask for bail

 Each case is determined by its own merit – questions to be considered for bail:

a) Is the accused a flight risk?

b) Are there any other charges that the police may place against the accused?

c) Is the accused likely to interfere with any witnesses?

d) What is the strength of the crown’s/prosecution’s case?

 Poor performing judges can be dealt with at the Judicial Review Court level or a letter to the Chief Justice can start the process

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Battle Lines Javed Jaghai versus the state & the Jamaica Buggery Law

Originally aired on CVM TV December 8th 2013, apologies for some of the glitches as the source feed was not so hot and it kept dropping from source or via the ISP, NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED and is solely for educational and not for profit use and review. The issue of the pending legal challenge in the Constitutional Court in Jamaica as filed by Javed Jaghai an outspoken activist who happens also to be openly aetheist.

The opposing sides are covered as well such as
The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society
The Love March
Movement Jamaica

The feature seems destined for persons who are just catching up to the issues and repositioning JFLAG in particular in the public domain as their image has taken a beating in some respects especially on the matter of the homeless MSM front. They need to be careful that an elitist perception is not held after this after some comments above simplistic discourse, the use of public agitation as beneath some folks and the obvious overlooking of the ordinary citizen who are realy the ones who need convincing to effect the mindset change needed and the national psyche's responses to homosexuality in general.

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