Esports-dedicated bookmaker LOOT.BET has announced its involvement with the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).Joining as an anti-corruption supporter and part of ESIC’s betting alert network the bookmaker will provide internal data for initiating and conducting investigations.Logo credits: LOOT.BET, Esports Integrity CommissionIan Smith, Commissioner of Esports Integrity Commission commented in a release: “In reaching our goal which is to make esports as fair as possible, bookmakers play a crucial role since their internal data analysis makes it easier to recognize the signs of a rigged match. We’ve been working in cooperation with LOOT.BET for months by now, and the bookmaker proved their readiness for full collaboration and has already helped us in one of our investigations.“We’re glad to officially welcome LOOT.BET as our new Anti Corruption Supporter. We believe that signing the Memorandum of Understanding with them is another step towards the future where esports is free from corruption and fraud.” Esports Integrity Commission recently announced its rebrand from Esports Integrity Coalition at ESI London. The not-for-profit explained it had changed its identity to “more meaningfully target the integrity needs of the esports industry.”Paul Brel, Head of Communications at Livestream Ltd added: “As a major esports bookmaker, we’re deeply interested in high trust not only in our brand in particular but in betting and esports in general. That’s why for us, being a part of the ESIC’s mission in both an honor and in a certain degree a pleasant need.“ESIC’s infrastructure, experience, and expertise will help us and the whole industry to more effectively detect match-fixing and protect ourselves as well as our customers from possible harm caused by third party’s illicit activities. Besides, we’re happy to join ESIC as a regular sponsor of esports events since, in this status, we’re standing for those tournaments’ integrity more than anyone else.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see another company join the Esports Integrity Commission. With esports betting on the rise, it’s important that companies like LOOT.BET work to monitor, support, and cleanse the industry. Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
South Africans are tipped to access affordable internet.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)Broadband pundits are predicting internet connection rates in South Africa to drop by between 20% and 25% in the next 12 months. Most of the executives who spoke at the My Broadband conference in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, on 20 October forecast that prices will drop significantly in the next year, citing new infrastructure developments and escalating competition in the industry.Broadband wholesaler and network operator Neotel forecast price cuts of about 20%. Underwater cable operator Seacom’s Suveer Ramdhani said they expect international rates to drop by between 20% and 25%.South Africans who are connected to networks are now using more broadband, a trend that’s a plus to the growth of the young industry. “You’ll see costs dropping in the next 12 months. People are using more bandwidth,” said communications company Telkom’s managing executive Steve Lewis.Since the introduction of the Eassy and Seacom fibre optic cables, rates are said to have come down by about 40%. Eassy came online this year, while Seacom has been operational since 2009.“It’s great to see that prices have come down,” said Ryan Sher of Eassy. “There’s now more competition,” he added.“As an industry we’ve been keen to bring down prices,” said Sameer Dave of mobile provider MTN.There has certainly been an upsurge of mobile internet usage across the country. More and more South Africans now have Facebook accounts. Thousands of youngsters use Mxit and other chat sites. This is a prevailing trend even in rural areas where broadband connectivity is limited, and is aided by a range of data packages offered by all of South Africa’s mobile networks.“Prices are coming down, it’s a continuous evolution,” said mobile operator Vodacom’s CEO Pieter Uys.A great number of South Africans are currently without access to broadband connectivity. Of the estimated population of 47-million, between one and four million are said to be connected. This is blamed on inaccessibility to fibre optic networks in many areas, and excessively high rates for both internet service providers and consumers.“Local tariffs are still high, they have to drop,” said Uys.Infrastructure being improvedMobile service provider Cell C has embarked on a campaign to broaden its HSPA+ 900 network across the country. It’s already covered most of Port Elizabeth, where it started in September, and is aiming to have 34% of the country on the network by the end of 2010, with 64% connectivity by 2011.“We’re really serious about bringing the internet to the 45-million have-nots,” said Cell C’s CEO Lars Reichelt.The provider’s services have become the fastest in South Africa at 5.23 Mbps, surpassing other internet service providers including Telkom, Mweb, Vodacom, MTN and Internet Solutions. “Cell C is number one in terms of speed,” said Reichelt.He predicts that South Africa’s broadband capacity will improve within the next 12 months. “The amount of fibre that we have coming up is unbelievable. It is good news and we have to be smart about embracing it.”The West Africa Cable System fibre optic infrastructure is scheduled to go live by mid-2011. The 14 000km-long submarine network is predicted to be the next most exciting broadband connectivity development for Africa.Vodacom’s Uys said the group has also improved its infrastructure, having replaced all their equipment in Johannesburg over the last 18 months.The state-owned Broadband Infraco will launch in the third week of November, opening its fibre optic network for usage by internet service providers, which include the likes of Vodacom, Cell C, iBurst, MTN and a range of others. Infraco is focused on widening connectivity to provinces that are currently underserved.DOC and Icasa urgedThe industry called on the Department of Communications and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to play more decisive roles in regulating the telecommunications industry. “We need a strong DoC and a strong Icasa,” said John Holdsworth, CEO of telecoms group ECN.Icasa “should stand up and take control” over the current 89 cents charged for interconnection between mobile networks, Holdsworth said. “The interconnection rate is too high.”Internet rates in South Africa remain high compared to that of many countries, despite recent industry developments.8.ta bringing competitionIntroduced on 18 October, Telkom’s new mobile network 8.ta promised to “disrupt” the telecommunications industry. 8.ta became the fourth mobile network operator in South Africa, thereby increasing competition.Like the three other network operators, MTN, Vodacom and Cell C, 8.ta is also offering data services. Industry analysts have predicted tough times ahead as the new network attempts to penetrate the market, given that Cell C, which became a third mobile network operator in 2001, is yet to reach its maximum customer base.Virgin Mobile relies completely on Cell C’s network, therefore isn’t considered a mobile network operator but a units reseller.Telkom is confident of the network’s prospects. “We really believe this will succeed,” said Lewis.The network already enjoys a nationwide connectivity through its 800 new base stations. Telkom also signed agreements with Vodacom and MTN’s to roam on their infrastructure. “We’re starting to disrupt the market,” Lewis said.He added that they want to make broadband more affordable.More competition is good for consumers, the experts agreed. “We embrace competition. It’s good for everybody, for us and the consumers,” said Uys.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Not Just Integration with Bing Search Results, Search Within Apps, TooThe most interesting aspect of this new feature is Bing’s ability to actually launch your iPhone apps for you, from the search results. If you have the app installed on your iPhone already, in some cases, Bing will be able to launch the app and take you directly to the search results within the app itself.In the example posted on Microsoft’s Bing Search blog, a query for “Thor 3D” provides a link to IMDb, as usual. But for those with IMDb installed, clicking “download” opens up the app on your iPhone, with a “Thor 3D” query already in place. Just because Microsoft has its own mobile operating system called Windows Phone 7, that doesn’t mean it’s above using the popularity of Apple’s iPhone to attract new users to its up-and-coming Bing search engine. For example, this week, the company highlighted a recently added Bing feature called “auto app discovery” by way of a company blog post that describes how the Microsoft search engine is a great tool for finding new iPhone applications.Apps in Your Search ResultsWith Bing’s app discovery feature, normal Web searches will also return results for popular iPhone applications, even if you don’t specifically say “iPhone app” or “mobile app” or something similar in the text of your query.That means a search for Facebook, for instance, will return the Facebook iPhone app, while a search for a movie may return apps like IMDb or Fandango. Tags:#Apple#Microsoft#mobile#NYT#search#web Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez When you explicitly search for iPhone apps, like a search for “top apps,” a category search or a search for a particular app name, the results will also include direct links to the app’s download page. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … This is a unique use case for Bing, where it’s positioned as an app that aims to replace or augment the more basic app search options built right into the iPhone itself.Microsoft Building for iPhone UsersIt’s not unusual these days to see Microsoft build specifically for the iPhone. It’s already the maker of several iOS applications including OneNote, Windows Live Messenger, Photosynth, Tag Reader Bing and others. Notably, though, it has yet to launch a native Office for iPhone app.This is also not the first time Microsoft has attempted to leverage the iPhone’s popularity for its own ends: in 2009, Microsoft promoted its new Visual Search feature, which lets you search by flipping through pictures, as yet another tool for iPhone app discovery.But Bing builds for other mobile devices, too, besides iPhone. For example, this week Bing also launched an update to its mobile browser website at m.bing.com, which supports iPhone, Android and RIM devices running HTML5-compatible browsers. The update brings new features like Facebook sharing options, a news section for U.S. users, split views for maps, search history and trends and more. In other words, why it initially may be attention grabbing to say “Microsoft” and “iPhone” in the same sentence – (How did this headline work for you, by the way? We had a little fun with that.) – it’s not odd, nor is it even a new move by Microsoft to build things for iPhone users. It’s just business as usual.
Unlike on the last three mornings of the Test match, on Friday there was unusually hectic activity on the Marine Drive, connecting the ‘D’ Road on which the Wankhede Stadium is located, barely 15 metres away from the junction.People looked anxious, even worried, as they looked around for tickets to get inside the venue with the hope to watch Sachin Tendulkar complete his 100th international century and make history.”Us gali mein jaao, sab milega (go to that lane, you’ll get everything),” a person was seen telling another person who was looking for tickets, just outside the main stadium gate. Officials claimed that all tickets for the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies were sold out, but tickets were reportedly being sold in black.Just a little farther from the Wankhede, on the PM Shukla Marg-Marine Drive junction, MMK College (Bandra) students had put up a special billboard, calling for a ‘signature campaign’ for Tendulkar.The impromptu billboard had two giant photos of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (SRT) and the words ‘Young India Salutes You SRT’ on it.Millions of his fans around the world would have tuned in to either their television/radio sets or online streaming to be ‘part’ of the history that seemed imminent – Tendulkar required 33 more runs to become the first ever batsman to score the magical feat.Those who came late ran to their seats, eager that they don’t miss Tendulkar scoring the magic 100th run. But all of them were shocked to watch the maestro, at 94, slash at a rising ball from speedster Ravi Rampaul into the safe hands of captain Darren Sammy at the second slip. Suddenly, the packed and noisy stadium fell silent. All the anticipation and expectations came to nought as the maestro began the slow and long walk back to the dressing room.advertisementIt took some time for the spectators to accept the reality – that Tendulkar had indeed failed to get to his 52nd Test century; he has 48 tons in ODIs. He has now gone 16 innings, or eight months and 13 days – in both Tests and ODIs – without a century, though he had come close to it on a few occasions after scoring his 99th ton, against South Africa during the World Cup on March 12.And when normalcy returned to the Wankhede Stadium, people were quick to pronounce a variety of reasons as to why the 38-year-old righthanded batsman failed to score six more runs.While some felt he was too anxious to get to the mark, others insisted that he had become habitual of playing the uppish shot over the slips due to excess ODI cricket.There were others who said that Tendulkar would like to score the much-anticipated century of his 22-year international career in the five-match One-day International series against the Caribbean team, starting on November 29 in Cuttack. As it turned out, Tendulkar has been rested for the first three ODIs.
Read Next Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors won 129-105. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories.The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor.ADVERTISEMENT Some day.“It was historical,” Curry said. “I’ll definitely sit back on the couch in 10 or 12 years when it’s all over and think about what it was like to play here, and how high the stakes were every time we came into this building.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefRight now, Curry and the Warriors aren’t ready to reminisce.Curry made nine 3-pointers and scored 42 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and Golden State returned to face a very different looking Cleveland team for the first time since winning another NBA title and beat the Cavaliers 129-105 on Wednesday night. Fully healed after missing 11 games with a strained groin, Curry scored nine points in less than a minute midway through the fourth quarter to help the Warriors pull away for their eighth straight win over their former Finals rivals. Curry added nine rebounds and seven assists, and Durant had 10 rebounds and nine assists.It was Golden State’s first visit to Cleveland since June, when the Warriors completed a sweep to win their third championship in four years.Nothing in Quicken Loans Arena felt or looked the same.“The energy before the game, after the game,” Durant said, noting the changes in Cleveland. “There were more media members here the last couple of years. We were talking about that before we ran out on the floor. That was a circus right here during the Finals. You start thinking about the great memories you had, especially the championship.“I’m sure we’ll feel those feelings every time we walk into the building.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: 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 SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Another case filed vs Cardema This was the first matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers since LeBron James left as a free agent last summer. The Cavs are starting from scratch after a four-year run as Eastern Conference champions, and they’re struggling without All-Star Kevin Love, who is recovering from foot surgery and while forward J.R. Smith is on a forced hiatus.There are no playoff plans in Cleveland, where fans are keeping as close an eye on Duke’s talented freshmen players as what the Cavs are doing.Tristan Thompson, one of the only holdovers from those powerful Cavs teams, had 19 rebounds and 14 points. Rookie Collin Sexton scored 20 points for Cleveland.For Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State-Cleveland Finals, a four-act play loaded with drama and intensity, had it all.“Some of the best basketball I’ve ever seen in my life,” Kerr said before the game. “Obviously, they have a new team and so you move on. Part of me is a little nostalgic for that.”But those days are gone.“It’s not a rivalry, it’s another game,” Kerr added. “They’re trying to build something and we’re trying to continue our run for as long as we can.”The Warriors had trouble shaking the Cavs until Curry took control.Golden State’s lead was just 10 when he got fouled while hitting a 3-pointer and completed the four-point play. He then buried another 3 and followed that with two free throws to put the Warriors ahead 116-99 with 5:34 left.Kerr isn’t surprised Curry is back to being himself. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s pretty rare, but Steph is rare in general in everything he does,” he said. “We’ve seen it before where Steph was out with an injury and comes back and starts lighting it up right away. The guy keeps himself in amazing shape, which allows him to come back pretty quickly if there is an injury.”Rodney Hood’s off-balance heave — he caught the ball in and flung it toward the hoop — gave Cleveland a 64-58 lead and capped an action-packed first half.With Hood scoring nine quick points, the Cavs opened with a 12-2 run, fell behind by eight and then made three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the final 1:10.Curry scored 25 in the opening half, making six 3-pointers.TIP-INSWarriors: Kerr said F Draymond Green (sprained toe) could return as early as Monday when Golden State hosts Minnesota. Green has gradually increased his on-court work of late and Kerr said he “had another good day today. He’s really making strides.” Green rode the stationary bike in the hallway outside the Warriors locker room before the game. … On a five-game road trip without a single back-to-back for the first time since 1985-86. … C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) has started practicing and is making progress, but the team does not have a specific timeline for his return. … Durant and Shaun Livingston were assessed technicals.Cavaliers: Thompson, too, said the Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry is officially over. “It’s in the past. New season. New team. Our ballclub is different and they’ve made some changes, but predominantly the same. That’s all the last four years,” Thompson said. “That was great for the NBA. We’re in a new chapter for our organization.” … Coach Larry Drew said there is one positive to the Cavs no longer being an elite team. “I get Christmas off this year, so I’m excited about that,” he joked. Turning serious, Drew said he’ll savor the best run in Cleveland history. “I’ll look back personally and just say, ‘Wow I was in the Finals four straight years’ and that’s something I’ll always remember,” he said.UP NEXTWarriors: Conclude five-game trip Friday night at Milwaukee.Cavaliers: Host Sacramento on Friday night. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH VP Leni Robredo lauds UP Maroons’ rise from the bottom to UAAP Finals SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 View comments
Boca Juniors have had their bid to be awarded the Copa Libertadores title rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The Copa Libertadores final second leg – which was postponed after Boca’s bus was attacked on the way to the original fixture on November 24 – will finally take place at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Sunday.However, Boca confirmed on Friday that, having had an initial appeal rejected by CONMEBOL, they would take their case to CAS, claiming that they should be awarded the trophy without playing in the rearranged Superclasico against their arch rivals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But, in a statement issued on Saturday, CAS confirmed that it has denied Boca’s appeal, and the second leg will take place as planned.”CAS has dismissed the urgent request for provisional measures presented by Boca Juniors, who requested the suspension of the second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores 2018,” the statement read.The first leg between the two, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch before taking place on November 11, finished 2-2.Boca president Daniel Angelici had revealed in November that his side were opposed to having to play the second leg following the actions of their rivals.He said: “We have decided to submit a request for disqualification to River.”Today we expand the petition with 46 more pages, with videos, photos and evidence. Now the Disciplinary Tribunal has to answer.”I hope that the court gives its answer with reasons. We are not willing to play any matches until the court decides. We believe that there are reasons to attend our request.”If the court decision is negative, we will see if the reasons are strong. If they are not, we will appeal to the Chamber of Appeals of CONMEBOL.”The rescheduling of the game is a decision of the CONMEBOL Executive Committee, not the Disciplinary Tribunal. We want them to adhere to the law, we believe that within CONMEBOL there are precedents for the request of Boca to be received positively.”I have the duty and the obligation to defend Boca. It is a very serious fact, it is not about waiting for someone to die to make decisions. River have had many sanctions during this Copa Libertadores. Boca is going to exhaust all administrative instances.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri fumes: Bayern Munich are insulting Chelseaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blasted Bayern Munich over their public pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi.Bayern have made no secret of their interest and Sarri doesn’t think they have acted properly.Sarri snapped: “I think that it is not professional because they are talking about a player under contract with Chelsea so they didn’t respect our club.”Then I don’t know what to say I don’t know the situation. I am happy with the player because he is improving, improving a lot in the defensive have.”Now he needs to improve in some movements without the ball but he is working very well at the moment so I am very happy with the player and would like to have him in the future.”
(Senator, Elder Nora Cummings at her home in Saskatoon. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Social Services never bothered Cummings or her children again after that encounter although her sister wasn’t as fortunate – she had five of her children taken away and adopted out.“We never knew what happened to them,” Cummings tells me. “We lost track and when my sister got her life together she went back into court and they wouldn’t give back her children. They refused, even with all the support she had from her family.”Her sister never recovered from the loss and when she passed away, Cummings made a promise to their mother that she would find all of the children that were scooped.In the years that followed she began to lead a growing resistance of Métis women and families seeking to put an end to the AIM campaign once and for all.(Senator, Elder Nora Cummings rests her hand on a Métis sash. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) “We told them, you have to take these ads away,” Cummings says. “So we did, we stopped that, we got that stopped. We got them to stop taking children over the border. And we had good support, we were in the communities and everyone was organizing and our women were very vocal because we had to be. We had to be vocal and radical in a sense because women weren’t respected.”Cummings also managed to keep her promise and was eventually able to track down all of her sister’s children that were scooped. And while it may not have been the reunion that she had imagined, Cummings says that they are rebuilding their relationship one day at a time.“For me, my sister and I were very close and our children were very close together,” she tells me. “And now they don’t have that connection and that saddens me. We’re kind of strangers and we’re still working on that relationship. You know people don’t understand, it doesn’t only affect the parents, it affects the whole family.” To get a better understanding of how the AIM program came about and the impact it had on the Sixties Scoop, I travelled to the University of Regina to meet with historian Allyson Stevenson.As a Métis adoptee, Stevenson has a personal experience with Saskatchewan’s child welfare system. She wasn’t scooped but was voluntarily given up for adoption by her birth mother.“Initially, being a Métis adoptee is what drew me in to understanding the Sixties Scoop,” Stevenson tells me from the Aboriginal Students Centre on the U of R campus. “I recognize the experience and continue to be deeply engaged in issues around social justice in regards to the child welfare system.”(University of Regina historian Allyson Stevenson. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Stevenson says that in order to understand how the Sixties Scoop came about in Canada and how it was allowed to thrive for decades afterwards, you have to understand the racism and prejudices that Indigenous people faced on a daily basis.“There was a century of racial bias on the part of many non-Indigenous families in Saskatchewan, in Canada.” Stevenson says. “It’s no secret that First Nations and Métis people were perceived as less than white. White supremacy was very common in Canada.”The official reasons that were given for having children taken from families are eerily similar to today – poverty, poor housing, addictions and family break up being some of the most common.As for the AIM program itself, Stevenson says that it was strictly to advertise First Nations and Métis children as needing families and as detached from their home communities.(AIM Advertisement. Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star Phoenix) “The narratives were meant to ease any anxieties around Indigenous identities or racialized fears that Canadians, non-Indigenous people might have about taking children in,” Stevenson said.“The children would be dressed in very middle class attire and the descriptions would play up their desirability. For girls they would be described as very loving or very quiet, likes to play with dolls. For boys it would be, fun little guy, likes to play with cars and so on,” she adds.Watch: AIM Commercial. Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan Cullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesI meet up with Robert Doucette at the University of Saskatchewan Archives in Saskatoon. He’s running late because he has to drop his daughter off at school, it’s something the 56-year-old father of four takes great pride in.“Family is the most important thing to me,” he tells me. “And I think, within our own communities, that has always been the most important thing. That’s why they targeted it.” (Winnipeg Free Press) Doucette’s name was the first to pop up when I began researching Métis Sixties Scoop survivors for an upcoming documentary I’m producing for APTN Investigates.As the former president of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, he has been very vocal about the treatment of Métis survivors over the years.“We’re the ‘just wait’ tribe, the ‘just wait’ Aboriginals,” Doucette says. “And I’m educated enough and motivated enough and strong enough to say, I’m not accepting ‘just wait.’ None of us should. Just deal with the issue.”Classes have just started back up for the semester and the campus is alive with students going about their daily routines as we slowly make our way down a number of hallways before eventually descending into the archives.(Robert Doucette in the University of Saskatchewan Archives. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Doucette spends a lot of time in libraries and archives like this one, going through boxes of old documents and files, slowly scanning hundreds of feet of microfiche, trying to find answers to questions about his past.“You can see that, from the documents I’ve read and the research that I’ve done, that the goal since day one, of both of these governments is to assimilate and to integrate Aboriginal people, Métis and First Nations people into what they believe,” says Doucette. “They didn’t take any time to try and understand our cultures.”Like many children of his generation, Doucette is a victim of the Sixties Scoop – an archaic nation-wide adoption strategy that saw tens of thousands of Canadian Indigenous children removed from their families and placed in non-Indigenous homes.(McKay family photo, Buffalo Narrows Saskatchewan circa 1960. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) Doucette was apprehended by child welfare workers from his home community of Buffalo Narrows, Saskatchewan in 1962 – he was only four months old.His biological mother, Dianne McKay, was just 15 years old when he was born and while his immediate family was more than willing to take care of the newest addition to the family – social services had other ideas.“So you have a 15-year-old, unwed Métis girl in the middle of a northern Saskatchewan forest with a baby boy and seemingly, according to their belief, no support system,” Doucette recalls. “They didn’t understand the extended family system, my auntie, my mushom and kokum were all there to help.”To this day, neither Doucette nor his biological mother have ever been given a reason why he was taken away.(Robert Doucette, photo taken shortly after he was scooped in 1962. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) While each province developed their own policies regarding the adoption of Indigenous children during the height of the Sixties Scoop, Saskatchewan had a somewhat uncommon approach – they hired an advertising agency to help sell the idea to the public. The program was called Adopt Indian Métis or AIM.“The AIM program has had a devastating impact on our communities and now we are having to deal with that,” Doucette tells me as he pulls out a file folder thick with old AIM newspaper clippings he has collected over the years. “They’ve done a real number on a lot of families and caused a lot of harm and now it’s our generation that has to try and pick up the pieces and raise our families the best that we can.”(Newspaper advertisements for the Adopt Indian and Métis Program, late 1960s, Saskatchewan.) The AIM campaign was simple yet extremely effective.Beginning in 1967, the pilot program was funded by both the federal and provincial governments who wasted no time inundating residents of Saskatchewan with public service announcements, newspaper advertisements and television and radio spots – all meant to stimulate the public interest in transracial adoption.Watch: Cyril MacDonald – Saskatchewan’s Minister of Welfare 1967 (Senator, Elder Nora Cummings holding an AIM advertisement. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) The government policies that led to the administration of the Sixties Scoop were discontinued in the mid-1980s. In the years that followed, multiple lawsuits were filed against the Government of Canada by the survivors.On October 6, 2017 an $875 million settlement was announced for First Nations and Inuit victims. Métis and non-status survivors have been excluded from the agreement.(Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations announcing settlement.)Before leaving Saskatoon to begin work on the documentary, I pay a final visit to Robert Doucette at his small suburban townhome.He lays out a number of family photo albums for me to look at, many of which show him with his adoptive family, the Doucette’s in Duck Lake Saskatchewan, where he was raised.One of the photos shows a class of dozens of smiling youngsters with Doucette off to the side, head cocked at an awkward angle to the right – the result, he tells me later, of a hasty forceps delivery that permanently damaged the nerves in his neck.(Elementary School photo. Robert Doucette middle row, far right. Photo: Robert Doucette) Another shows Doucette at his adoptive sister’s wedding. Again he is seen standing off to the side, seemingly uncomfortable in his own skin.(Doucette family wedding. Robert Doucette far left. Photo courtesy: Robert Doucette) “Basically we thought we were white,” Doucette remembers. “But yet we’re being called chief and Indian, right? So it really plays a role in how you view yourself and as I got older it became more intense, the racism and the ugliness.”But it’s that history and shared experience that has led Doucette to help other Sixties Scoop survivors at various sharing circles throughout Saskatchewan. The stories are usually very painful but Doucette says that it’s all part of the healing process.“In some of these homes, the children were used as slave labour on farms,” Doucette recalls. “One gentleman told me that they were lined up just like cattle and they would look at their teeth and their eyes and inspect them like they were animals and then point out which ones they wanted.”Doucette closes the photo albums and carefully places them back on the shelf.“These are the stories that a lot of non-Indigenous Canadians have never heard,” he finishes. “And it shocks them.”After hearing all these stories and seeing for myself the pain behind them, I’m thinking they should be [email protected]@CullenCrozier (Dr. Jacqueline Maurice. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Maurice suggested we meet at the Batoche National Historic Site just outside of Saskatoon because of the significance the battlefield holds for the Métis people. I arrive an hour early and find that she is already there waiting for me.She greats me with an apprehensive smile and presents me with a small medicine bag filled with stones and sage as a token of her appreciation for me covering her story. It’s a gift that I humbly accept.Like most of the survivors that I spoke with, Maurice had a very devastating experience with the Sixties Scoop. She was taken right at birth from Meadow Lake Union Hospital and made a permanent ward of the government. She was never registered for adoption and as a result grew up in the child welfare system.(Only known photo of Jackie Maurice as a child. At three years of age, she had already been through nine foster homes. Photo courtesy: Dr. Jacqueline Maurice) “At age four, I was in a holding area, kind of in a warehouse area at Dale’s House in Regina,” she tells me. “Dale’s house at that time was a juvenile delinquents centre. So I often ask, what is a three-and-a-half, almost four year old child, young girl doing in a juvenile delinquent centre? And that was my first recollection and memory of being sexually assaulted.”Maurice would spend the next decade being bounced around from foster home to foster home, never finding the love and support of a family that she desperately longed for. By the age of 15, she had already made a number of attempts on her young life.“I was just so devastated after my final and 14th foster home that I didn’t know where to turn to,” Maurice recalls, holding back tears. “And no young person in their life should be faced with that decision. I want to make that clear. So from that age on, I literally had the backing of no family. Not that I had family in my life anyway.”(Dr. Jacqueline Maurice. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Maurice ended up on the streets. She was forced to lie about her age in order to get a part-time job to put a roof over her head. She spent the next few years trying to drown her past in a bottle.“I was at all those crossroads,” she continues. “Jails, institutions, death, alcohol, self-destruction, hitting the streets, violence, you name it. Because I was not only family-less but when you grow up in the system, you’re pretty much homeless in a lot of respects.”Maurice eventually found the strength to turn her life around. She put herself through university, achieving a PhD in social work. She even wrote a book, “The Lost Children: A Nation’s Shame” chronicling her life caught up in the child welfare system.“We often say that it takes a whole village to raise a child.” Maurice says. “And in terms of my own health and wellbeing I had to learn to let it go and draw strength from the positives and really step into the spirit of forgiveness.”(The Lost Children: A Nation’s Shame by Dr. Jacqueline Maurice)While Maurice was eventually able to come to terms with her past, other survivors weren’t as fortunate.By the time the 1970s rolled around the AIM program was well established in Saskatchewan. Provincial statistics showed that the program was a success and that the number of Indigenous children adopted out to non-Indigenous homes was on the rise.But with all of the new found attention also came notoriety.(A 1975 Government of Saskatchewan adoption services poster) As the AIM program reached its height of success, the Métis community also began to take notice. Grassroots organizations like the Métis Society of Saskatoon began to demand that Indigenous children be returned to their families or, at the very least, be adopted out into Indigenous homes.It’s was a turning point in history that Senator and Elder Nora Cummings remembers all too well.“This is Canada for God’s sakes,” she says. “This is our home and we’re treated like a Third World country.”Cummings invites me up to her small apartment on the outskirts of Saskatoon. She answers the door with a warm smile and offers me tea and bannock.(A touch of Métis hospitality. Photo: Cullen Crozier/APTN) Cummings is something of a legendary figure within Saskatchewan’s Métis community and at 80 years of age she isn’t afraid to speak her mind.“I would have died before I let them take my children,” she tells me. “And you know, I was blessed that I had all of my children.”Cummings never had any of her children taken during the Sixties Scoop – but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. She still remembers the day that she was sent to meet with a director for the department of Social Services in Saskatoon.“He had his feet up on the desk,” she remembers. “And he said, ‘we’ll maybe let you keep two oldest, we’ll take the twins and take the baby when it’s born.’ And I got really upset, very emotional, I said, those are my children that you’re talking about, and nobody’s going to take my children or my unborn child.”Cummings tells me her story with such passion and intensity, that I can only imagine how the social worker must have felt – like an unruly child being given the scolding of a lifetime.“And let me tell you something else,” she continues. “If you send a social worker to my house, they’re not going to walk out of the house with my children, they’re not going to walk out. And I said if you think I’m kidding, you try me.” To this day it’s still not known how many Indigenous children were victims of the Sixties Scoop.From the late 1950s to the mid-1980s it’s estimated that more than 20,000 Indigenous children were scooped up from their families and home communities and fostered or adopted out into non-Indigenous homes. But even those numbers are considered conservative.It’s just one of many unanswered questions that survivors like Dr. Jacqueline Maurice want answered.“Being a child of the sixties scoop, it’s like I was ready to die of a broken heart,” says Maurice. “It’s such a loss, it’s like the loss of a limb that can never be replaced.”
Ha Nam (Vietnam): Voicing concern over the growing menace of terrorism, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday that the proponents of ideologies of hate need to be “constructively engaged” to avoid mindless death and destruction. In his keynote address at the 16th UN Day of Vesak here, Naidu said the genesis of conflict among nations has roots in the idea of hate and violence originating from an individual’s mind-space. Vesak, also known as Buddha Jayanti, is traditionally observed by Buddhists as ‘Buddha’s Birthday’. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The growing menace of terrorism in the world is a manifestation of this destructive emotion. The proponents of ideologies of hate need to be constructively engaged to avoid mindless death and destruction,” Naidu said at the event attended by Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Myanmar President Win Myint and Nepal Premier K P Sharma Oli among others. Naidu said Lord Buddha’s message of peace and compassion provides an ideology and effective answer to overcome sectarian and ideology-driven violence all over the world. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The global leadership more than ever needs to work together to promote dialogue, harmony and justice, based on compassion and wisdom. We need to create a more positive environment of peace by agreeing to work together to uphold the ideals of Lord Buddha and promote values of peace, accommodation, inclusiveness and compassion in the policies and conduct of the global community,” he said. The Vice President said India’s vision has been of a world as one large family and its dreams have been woven around the theme of peaceful co-existence. He said there is a clear recognition that there can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development. Noting that Buddhism’s great contribution is its balanced approach, Naidu said if global leadership can adopt this approach, it is possible to avoid conflict, reconcile different viewpoints and achieve consensus. It can also steer individuals away from bigotry, dogmatism and fanaticism to a more balanced view of life essential for peaceful co-existence, he added.
Cannes: Bollywood actress Diana Penty made a sparkling debut with a glittery gold ensemble at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. For her look, the “Cocktail” actress chose a ravishing mini golden tassle dress by Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti. Diana, who is a part of the film gala as part of an association with vodka brand Grey Goose, paired the dress with embellished sheer golden knee-length heeled boots by the same designer. The 33-year-old actress attended the grand Chopard party with nude make-up and lips. She completed her look with sleek middle-parted hair. Apart from Diana and actress Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi will be seen at the Cannes red carpet for the brand this year. Diana began her modelling career in 2005. She made her acting debut in 2012 with the romantic-comedy film “Cocktail”, and later featured in films like “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, “Lucknow Central”, “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran” and “Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi”.