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Inner city kids learn about film

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgFilm + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. (Image: The Bioscope) MEDIA CONTACTS • Russell Grant   Co-owner, The Bioscope  +27 11 039 7306 RELATED ARTICLES • Education at the movies • A winning open education system • A taste of the film club experience • Macufe film week returnsTiisetso TlelimaPonte City is still the tallest residential building in Africa, a position it’s occupied since 1975. The unusual round, hollow-centre block of flats in Berea, in Joburg’s inner city, is home to 4 000 people, many of them migrants from across the continent.Their perspectives on how they are viewed in post-apartheid South Africa are explored in a poignant documentary, Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, which begins this year’s Bioscope Film + School cinema education series for inner city schoolchildren. The programme begins on February 6.Now in its third year, Film + School is a film awareness and appreciation initiative run by The Bioscope Independent Cinema and the Goethe-Institut South Africa to introduce youngsters to the art of filmmaking. The programme targets primary and secondary schoolchildren from under-resourced schools in the inner city such as Mahlasedi High School, New Model Private College and Metropolitan College.It has been designed to be as broad as possible to give the children an opportunity to engage in a wide range of film genres and structures, including fiction, documentary and animated film. This allows them to become familiar with the different modes of storytelling of the medium.“In the past, we looked at all the different kinds of animation and then we tried to make it interactive by bringing industry experts to talk to the kids,” explained The Bioscope co-owner, Russell Grant.“We had a guy who did a demonstration on animation and explained to the kids exactly how it works. How you take one photo and you move an object. Then you take another photo, and when you put the photos together you can see the object move.”Using the film as a starting point, the screenings involve discussions with the children. These are intended to encourage them to interrogate the subject matter of the film and the way in which it has been made. Discussions are on a wide variety of topics, including HIV and Aids, race, sexuality, gender, and migration. They are facilitated by Puleng Plessie, who approaches the schools and manages the relationship between the project and the schools.This year’s programme, which runs from February 6 to March 20, will introduce the children to the world of documentary filmmaking through five South African documentaries: Africa Shafted: Under One Roof (2011), Cradock Four (2011), Taking Back The Waves (2005), The Creators (2011) and Afrikaaps (2010). The topics they cover range from exploring life in the inner city and a history of the struggle against apartheid, to surf culture and an exploration of South African youth culture.Each screening is to a full house, with about 62 children attending each session. The screenings take place every Wednesday at 11am. “We are looking to do a season for every school term. Since we started in February 2011, the seasons have run across a few months,” said Grant.Making their own filmsIn 2011, the Bioscope worked with Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso to make a film together with the children on migration. “We got them to [each] bring an object which they felt represented their belonging in any shape or form,” he explained.They were filmed presenting their objects to the rest of the class. These presentations were then cut into a film, which was later shown to the children. “They loved it because they got to be a part of a filmmaking process, which was fun … The film never had a formal name, other than The Belonging Film. We hoped to have them learn about what it means to belong to something as well as how one prepares and acts in front of a camera.”In November last year, The Bioscope and the French Season South Africa ran a project called the Home Movie Factory. It allowed members of the public, including the Film + School students, to make their own movies. Conceptualised by French filmmaker Michel Gondry, the Home Movie Factory was a collection of 12 film sets that each reflected an aspect of Joburg life, ranging from a downtown street to a Highveld campsite to a mine-shaft.Participants drove cars that didn’t move; flipped switches to change the time of day and played with other interactive elements to tell their stories. The idea was that any member of the public, for free and for fun, could come into the factory and make his or her own movie.“So there’s a range of sets and props and you make a movie. So the kids came and made their own films,” said Grant. “We wanted everyone to take part and it was very important that the same inner city school kids also made use of the Home Movie Factory.”The films made at the Home Movie Factory were not necessarily for the public, but the children themselves left with a copy of the movie they had made, he added.last_img read more

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Bafana Bafana rise in world rankings

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first_img18 October 2013Bafana Bafana moved up seven places to 61st in the latest Fifa world rankings, which were released on Thursday.It has been a year of fluctuating fortunes for the South African national football team, which began 2013 ranked 85th in the world, but rocketed up 25 places in February after a strong performance at the Africa Cup of Nations.After remaining in a narrow band, ranked between 56th and 62nd, until July, the team slid to 67th in August and a further place in September before its latest rise.African rankingBafana Bafana are level with Libya in the world rankings and in 11th place on the continent, and while the ascent of the team will be a welcome development the 11th place is far off the ambition of the South African Football Association to see all South African national teams ranked in the top three on the continent.Africa’s top team, the Ivory Coast, is ranked 17th in the world, followed by Ghana in 23rd place, Algeria in 32nd and African champions, Nigeria, in 33rd place.It has been a busy year for Bafana Bafana, with the team playing 17 matches, winning seven of them, losing six and drawing four times. Two of their losses came in shootouts from the penalty spot.African Nations ChampionshipThe composition of the team has varied for different competitions, and coach Gordon Igesund will be forced to shuffle his squad again as he prepares the players for their next challenge, the African Nations Championship.The continental competition to be played in Cape Town, Polokwane and Bloemfontein from 11 January to 1 February 2014, features national teams made up of players who ply their trade in their home countries.South Africa are in Group C of the 16-team finals with Nigeria, Mali and Mozambique. Nigeria and Mali are ranked above Bafana Bafana in Africa, but the relative strength of the four teams is something of an unknown given that the teams will be composed of only home-based players.Nigeria beat the Ivory Coast in qualifying, winning 4-1 at home and losing 0-2 away to book their place in South Africa. Mali saw off Guinea after a 3-1 home win and a 0-1 loss in the second leg of their tie.Mozambique, meanwhile, sneaked through their tie, thumping Namibia 3-0 at home, but losing 0-3 away before edging it 5-4 from the penalty spot.BAFANA BAFANA RESULTS 2013 8 Jan: Cape Town, SA 0-1 Norway12 Jan: Johannesburg, SA 0-0 Algeria19 Jan: Johannesburg, SA 0-0 Cape Verde Islands23 Jan: Durban, SA 2-0 Angola27 Jan: Durban, SA 2-2 Morocco02 Feb: Durban, SA 1-1 a.e.t. (1-3 PSO) Mali23 Mar: Cape Town, SA 2-0 Central African Republic08 June: Yaounde, Central African Republic 0-3 SA16 June: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2-1 SA13 July: Lusaka, SA 2-1 Namibia17 July: Ndola, SA 0-0 (3-5 PSO) Zambia20 July Ndola, SA 2-1 Lesotho14 Aug: Durban, SA 0-2 Nigeria17 Aug: Johannesburg, SA 2-0 Burkina Faso07 Sept: Durban, SA 4-1 Botswana10 Sept: Johannesburg, SA 1-2 Zimbabwe11 Oct: Agadir, Morocco 1-1 SAlast_img read more

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There’s No Such Thing as a “Datasexual”

By on December 16, 2019

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market joe brockmeier 1 You can’t work in the tech industry without suffering buzzwords and marketing speak. But for anyone with an interest in big data, the term “datasexual” goes well past buzzword territory to wandering in the weeds of silliness.The attempt to coin the term comes from Dominic Basulto, who wrote a piece on personal data called “Meet the Urban Datasexual.” The title has two glaring problems. First, Basulto doesn’t distinguish between urban, suburban or rural. There’s no reason someone with an interest in the quantified self – the concept of self-knowledge through self-tracking – couldn’t be a suburbanite or a farmer.Not an Honest DescriptionThat’s a minor quibble, though. The big gripe is the attempt to coin the term “datasexual.” A portmanteau can be useful, but not when it’s dishonest. “Quantified self” might not roll off the tongue, but it’s plenty descriptive of people who are interested in tracking their lives. You could call it “egodata” to make it a bit snappier, as that’s more descriptive and a play on “geo data.” But quantified self, or QS, does the job nicely.There’s nothing necessarily sexual about QS. Yes, Basulto is attempting to piggyback on the term “metrosexual,” but the quantified self is almost entirely unrelated.Unfortunate terms aside, Basulto does have a point buried in the post, which is this: “Just as elements of the metrosexual movement eventually found their way into the fashion mainstream, the whole datasexual craze is starting to tip into the mainstream. All of us – not just the datasexuals of today – will soon be equipped with a breathtaking array of digital devices and sensors from ‘cool’ companies like Apple and Nike.”Personal Data Is Going MainstreamThe quantified-self movement is likely to continue its ongoing move into the mainstream. Basulto is wrong that there’s an “obsession” for recording “everything about their personal lives.” The Placeme app he refers to is a bit more extreme than most folks are likely to want. But apps like Runkeeper are already finding adoption outside hardcore data nerds and quantified-self enthusiasts. And our phones are already equipped with a “breathtaking array” of sensors, and if that’s not enough there’s plenty more to be had. The Fitbit, for instance, comes to mind.It’s also worth noting that many of the folks adopting apps like Runkeeper probably aren’t thinking in terms of data (and certainly not sexual). Data geeks are helping to enable apps that push data consumption into the mainstream, but the mainstream isn’t getting into data per se – no more than mainstream acceptance of the Internet meant immersing themselves in HTTP.But use and consumption of personal data is going mainstream, and it’s a major opportunity for companies that know how to collect, analyze, interpret and present useful data in a meaningful way. It’s also going to be a challenge for mainstream users who, so far, haven’t spent much time thinking about data and privacy. But that’s a different topic for a different day.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Big Data#cloud#privacy last_img read more

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Ronaldo up for Globe Soccer Award

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is nominated for Men’s Best Player of the Year at the Globe Soccer Awards, along with Leo Messi, Bernardo Silva and four Liverpool stars. The 34-year-old has been nominated for the award alongside the Liverpool quartet of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk. Ronaldo joined Juventus in the summer of 2018 for a club record €112 million and scored 21 league goals in his first season in Serie A, adding a further six in the Champions League. So far this term he has scored five times for the Bianconeri. Other nominees for the award include Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Curry scores 39, Warriors hold off Nets

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “I thought we were taken by the moment a little bit,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “You know, these guys play a lot of big games, but I felt like were frozen for some reason.”It was 64-42 at halftime and the Warriors extended the lead to 28 in the third, though the Nets cut that in half by period’s end, scoring 42 points to trim it to 98-84.TIP-INSWarriors: Kerr said center Zaza Pachulia’s two sons are serving as the Warriors’ ball boys during their trip. “Zaza told me last night that after losing in Boston and then we were down 20 at halftime last night, he said if we didn’t win this game he was going to FedEx his kids back to the Bay Area,” Kerr said. “So I’m glad we won so he didn’t have the stuff the kids into a FedEx box.”Nets: Atkinson said the Warriors’ offense might be the best of all time. “Think about Steve’s Kerr kind of background,” Atkinson said, “playing for Phil Jackson and playing in the Spurs system and then obviously with the Suns as the GM he was with (Mike) D’Antoni and it’s kind of like he’s got all areas covered.” … Trevor Booker started at center but played just nine minutes because of a sprained left ankle.TALKING TRUMP’S TWEETKerr, who has been critical of President Donald Trump, on Trump’s tweet that should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China in jail, after LaVar Ball minimized Trump’s involvement in comments to ESPN.“Two people seeking attention and they’re both getting it, so I’m sure both guys are really happy,” Kerr said. “You know what would help? If all of you just stopped covering both of them. Is that possible? You could probably stop covering LaVar. I don’t think you can stop covering the president. I don’t think that will work.”ROUGH ROADThe Nets opened November with five road games in the West, returned to Brooklyn for a three-game stint that featured Boston and Golden State, the NBA’s two top teams, and now go back on the road to face Cleveland, where they have lost eight in a row.“Listen, I worry a lot so I try not to look ahead too far and every game’s so tough in the NBA,” Atkinson said, “but this is a tough stretch for us.”UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Nets: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry also had seven assists but committed seven turnovers and his last two fouls came on charging calls.“Obviously, he was brilliant I mean in terms of his scoring and shot-making but I thought in the second half he got a little wild,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He kind of had his way out there for a while and he got so excited that he probably went over the top and started making some mistakes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA night after erasing a 22-point halftime deficit in Philadelphia, the Warriors built a 22-point cushion after two quarters behind 22 points from Curry. Playing without Durant, they led by 28 in the third quarter but Brooklyn cut it all the way to four after Curry picked up his sixth foul with three minutes remaining.Klay Thompson then scored seven of his 23 points in the final two minutes. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) drives to the basket against Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Stephen Curry knew he needed to start aggressively to make up for the absence of Kevin Durant.Then the Warriors had to finish the job without Curry after foul trouble ended his best game of the season.Curry had season highs with 39 points and 11 rebounds, and Golden State held on after he fouled out to beat the Brooklyn Nets 118-111 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES No. 1 draft pick Fultz out 2 to 3 more weeks for 76ers MOST READ “You like to see those guys out there,” Draymond Green said of Durant and Curry. “But obviously we have other guys that can step up.”Durant was out with a sprained left ankle, giving him extra rest before Golden State wraps up its four-game trip at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night in his former home arena. Omri Casspi started in his place and had 12 points and eight rebounds.The Warriors trailed 74-52 at halftime in Philadelphia on Saturday before scoring 47 points in the third quarter and winning 124-116. Curry appeared determined to get Golden State going quickly in Durant’s absence, scoring 13 points while playing all 12 minutes in the first quarter.“For sure,” Curry said. “It’s 25, 26 points that are missing and you’ve got to try to put pressure on the defense to kind of honor your scoring threat and open up the floor for everyone else.”Allen Crabbe scored 25 points, and Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points and eight assists for the Nets.ADVERTISEMENT After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads View commentslast_img read more

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When SRK asked Happy New Year team to feel the love in Kolkata

By on November 27, 2019

first_imgWitty answers, anecdotes, flying kisses and lots of jhatkas and matkas by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan punctuated a starry Wednesday evening as he toasted the success of “Happy New Year” with the film team and audience at the St. Xavier’s College here.Taking questions from a packed house, SRK – along with HNY director Farah Khan, cast members Sonu Sood and Vivaan Shah – interacted with youngsters on stage and on the ground, enacted scenes, sang, shook a leg to hits like “Lungi Dance” from “Chennai Express” and “Indiawale” from HNY and reiterated his admiration for the Kolkata fanbase.”I am King Khan for the love that you guys have given me. You really have adopted me. No other city gives me this feeling,” SRK said to cheers and thunderous applause from the audience.I am King Khan for the love that you guys have given me. You really have adopted me, said SRK.While one fan, Lakshmi Khanna urged him to repeat “Om Shanti” with her and brought along a gift bag, a young admirer Lovely questioned the absence of HNY actor Deepika Padukone.Shah Rukh, in his inimitable style, praised her for being more beautiful than Deepika and responded that the actress was busy in a shoot.”I will bring her along with me to the next match at Eden Gardens,” SRK, owner of the Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, promised.While the focus was on HNY, fans expressed their love for his other memorable films like “Dil Toh Pagal Hai” (DTPH), “Devdas” and “Chennai Express” as well.advertisementAsked by a youngster to “woo” Farah, SRK sportingly recited the “Aur Paas” (“closera) dialogue from DTPH as he held Farah’s hand and ultimately wrapped her in a hug.”See? Easy,” he chirped while Farah dressed in a stunning red kurta added: “This is my lucky day.”Shah Rukh’s love for the city’s energetic and enthusiastic audience, was echoed by Sonu and Farah during their turns to talk.”When Shah Rukh told me ‘You have to come to Kolkata’ to feel the love, I didn’t quite believe it, but now I am feeling the love,” said Farah.Sonu, who greeted the spectators in Bengali, also acknowledged Shah Rukh’s claim that the Kolkata crowd is the best.Vivaan termed the experience as “amazing.”Shah Rukh ensured fans had their say and he didn’t shy away from answering bold questions like “how can you be so sexy.””I am born sexy,” he said in his signature suave voice as the audience went wild.last_img read more

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10 months agoLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoff

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgLukaku set to miss Solskjaer’s Man Utd kickoffby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is struggling to make Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.The Daily Mail says it’s understood that Lukaku has spent this week on compassionate leave and is unlikely to return to the club until Boxing Day. He will not be available to Solskjaer until United face Bournemouth on December 30. The news is a blow for the 45-year-old Norwegian, who started a six-month stint in charge of United on Thursday. Solskjaer is expected to restore Paul Pogba to the line-up at Cardiff on Saturday after telling the squad they will have a “clean slate” under him. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photos: Desmond Howard’s Jersey Is Being Retired At Michigan Today

By on October 27, 2019

first_imgDesmond Howard seen on the jumbo-tron after getting jersey retired.Twitter/@chengelisCollege GameDay viewers may have noticed that a key member of the panel was missing today. Desmond Howard was not in Stillwater, because he is up in Ann Arbor, having his No. 21 retired ahead of today’s Michigan vs. Ohio State game. So @DesmondHoward honored — retired jerseys pic.twitter.com/DuxvNsQxRw— angelique (@chengelis) November 28, 2015Desmond Howard’s #21 flies over the Big House. Congrats, @DesmondHoward. pic.twitter.com/nKPcnVi7AW— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 28, 2015Michigan honoring Desmond Howard today by retiring his jersey. pic.twitter.com/olxySgO2MA— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) November 28, 2015Hanging with my boy @DesmondHoward Go Blue!! pic.twitter.com/ihL2OuwNif— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 28, 2015Honoring this guy right now – Congrats to my classmate @DesmondHoward ! #goblue pic.twitter.com/GgEk5zLOwi— MVictors (@MVictors) November 28, 2015Getting a jersey retired at a place like Michigan is a pretty incredible feat, but Howard deserves it. In 1991, he cleaned up the award circuit, taking home the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, and Maxwell Award.last_img read more

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ESPN Announces New College Football Broadcasters For This Season

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first_imgESPN Analyst Names Sleeper Team In The SEC In 2018ESPN announced this afternoon a couple of new additions to their college football broadcasting team for the 2016 season. The moves: Dave Flemming will call Thursday night games. Adam Amin will call Friday night games. Laura Rutledge is the new Thursday night sideline reporter. David Pollack has re-signed with ESPN, will continue his work on College GameDay and will have a more prominent in-studio role. From ESPN:“The new opportunities for Dave, Adam and Laura prove, once again, the quality of our on-air lineup and the growth opportunities that exist at ESPN, while Molly’s addition adds another high-caliber reporter and host to our roster as we enter a new season,” senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said. “Thursday and Friday night telecasts are an integral part of our college football coverage and we look forward to these two new commentating teams working these primetime games each week.”—–“David’s analysis, insights and, most importantly, his opinions have elevated him to a top college football analyst,” said Fitting. “Having him on our studio programming, nearly on a daily basis throughout the season, maximizes his strengths and makes ESPN’s college football coverage better.”Earlier today, ESPN announced that Molly McGrath, previously with Fox Sports, was returning to the network. She’ll work Friday night games and have a role on College Football Live.You can view ESPN’s full release here.last_img read more

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Special report outlines problems for Aboriginal peoples in Canadas prisons

By on October 14, 2019

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn the last five years there’s been a 43 per cent increase in the amount of Aboriginal peoples put behind bars according to a report released Thursday and the correctional system only is perpetuating the problem.Just over 3,400 Aboriginal men and women make up the population of prisons in Canada, or 23 per cent of the Correctional Service of Canada’s (CSC) inmate population.In comparison, Aboriginal peoples make up four per cent of the Canadian population.In federal prisons, almost one in four is First Nation, Metis or Inuit.“Given these alarming and growing numbers, programs and options for care, custody and treatment of Aboriginal inmates, in support of their rehabilitation and reintegration, must be a significant priority for (CSC),” said Howard Sapers, Canada’s correctional investigator.Sapers found Aboriginal-specific legislation is chronically underfunded, underutilized and unevenly applied by CSC.“In failing to fully meet Parliament’s intent, my review concludes that the federal correctional system perpetuates conditions of disadvantage for Aboriginal people in Canada,” he said.One of the problems lies in who looks after an Aboriginal offender. In his report, Spirit Matters: Aboriginal People and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), Sapers looks at a provision that allows for the transfer of custody of inmate from the federal system to an Aboriginal community facility.Sapers found four agreements or facilities, as part of section 81 of the CCRA, have been established between the federal government and Aboriginal communities since 1992.Despite the increase of Aboriginal inmate population no new section 81 facilities have been added since 2001.Section 84 of the CCRA allows for the inmate’s community to be involved in his or her release but Sapers found there’s too much red tape involved.Other key findings of the report include:-Limited understanding of Aboriginal people, culture and approaches to healing within federal corrections, especially among front line staff in facilities.-Inadequate and uneven application of Gladue social history considerations in correctional decision-making.-Funding and contractual limitations that impede the work of Elders inside federal institutions.-Inadequate response to the urban realities and demographics of Aboriginal people.-Penitentiary-based interventions far out-number community reintegration alternatives.Sapers is recommending the government appoint a deputy commission for Aboriginal corrections to ensure adequate focus and accountability something the federal government has so far refused to do.Also:-Negotiate permanent, realistic and at-parity funding levels for existing and future Healing Lodges and significantly increase the number of bed spaces where the need exists.-Expand CSC staff training initiatives about Aboriginal people, history, culture and spirituality to include training in the application of Gladue principles.-Resolve workload, payment and standard of services issues faced by Elders to ensure that they are equal partners in the delivery of programs and services within CSC.-Reduce the amount of red tape and accelerate the process for section 84 releases.last_img read more

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