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‘Very concerned’ about Thanksgiving travel

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Adm. Brett Giroir joins CNN’s Dana Bash to discuss his concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus as Americans return from Thanksgiving travel.

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Bandarban: Amnesty Int’l concerned at construction of 5-star hotel

Amnesty International yesterday shared a statement stating its concern about the construction of a five-star hotel in the Chittagong Hill Tracts that could lead to the forced eviction of the Mro people, an indigenous tribe, from their ancestral lands.

“Immediately abandon the construction of the luxury hotel on the Chimbuk-Thanchi route and ensure that any further construction or establishment on the indigenous land respects the free prior and informed consent of the community,” said the statement signed by the organisation’s Head of South Asia Omar Waraich.

“The construction of the luxury hotel on the route between Chimbuk and Thanchi will eventually wipe out villages and forcibly evict a large number of the Mro people. Community members said that the hotel and the associated projects may ultimately lead to the direct and indirect taking away of at least 800 acres of land of the indigenous people,” the statement pointed out.

It said that rather than providing the community with necessary support to realize their own development plans, for example by improving access to education and electricity, the Bangladeshi authorities are violating their constitutional obligation to “protect and develop the unique local culture and tradition of the tribes, minor races, ethnic sects and communities”.

The statement also said that Bangladesh ratified the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention, 1957, which makes it mandatory for the country to follow the articles in the convention, which includes “right of ownership, collective or individual, of the members of the populations concerned over the lands which these populations traditionally occupy shall be recognised”.

The convention also includes that “arrangements shall be made to prevent persons who are not members of the populations concerned from taking advantage of these customs or of lack of understanding of the laws on the part of the members of these populations to secure the ownership or use of the lands belonging to such members.”


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Canadian Officials Concerned with Raptors’ Cross-Border Travel Amid Pandemic | Bleacher Report

Toronto Raptors' Marc Gasol, right, celebrates a basket against the Brooklyn Nets with Fred VanVleet, left, and Kyle Lowry during Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief of public health, said Friday the Toronto Raptors have presented a good plan to host games at Scotiabank Arena during the 2020-21 NBA season amid the COVID-19 pandemic but that cross-border travel between Canada and the United States “continues to be an issue,” per the Canadian Press.

Njoo also noted that following protocols that were in place during the league’s 2019-20 season finish at Walt Disney World would be “tough on everyone involved” since teams won’t be in isolation. The bubble was a resounding success, with zero positive COVID-19 cases emerging.

The Canada-United States border is closed to non-essential travel, and those who do cross the border are subject to a 14-day quarantine, per the Canadian Press.

If the Raptors cannot play their home games in Toronto, the Tampa, Florida, area will be their most likely backup option, per Michael Grange of Sportsnet.

Per Grange, the Raptors would need clearance from three levels of government to play in Toronto, which is the team’s clear preference.

If we can get it done in Toronto, we’d do it tomorrow,” a team executive told Grange.

COVID-19 cases in Ontario and the United States are on the rise. Per CBC, Ontario recorded a daily record of 1,575 new cases Thursday. According to the COVID Tracking Project, the United States had 150,526 cases Thursday, a daily record for the country.

A 72-game NBA season is scheduled to begin Dec. 22.

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Refugee advocates concerned for detainee held in Brisbane hotel for 16 months

Refugee advocates have raised concerns about the welfare of a 37-year-old man who is under suicide watch at the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation after attempting self harm.

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The man, from Somalia, had been detained in a hotel at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane since being transferred to Australia from Nauru under now-defunct Medevac laws in June last year.

He was approved for transfer under clauses allowing people to reunite with family members in Australia for medical treatment. His wife and infant son were transferred to Australia in 2017 because his son was having trouble breathing.

a sign on the side of a fence: A group of detained asylum seekers are seen during a protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane in August. A Somalian man has been transferred from the hotel after an act of self harm. He has been unable to see his wife and child since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March.

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A group of detained asylum seekers are seen during a protest outside the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel in Brisbane in August. A Somalian man has been transferred from the hotel after an act of self harm. He has been unable to see his wife and child since Covid-19 restrictions were imposed in March.

They now live just 20 minutes from the motel where he has been detained for 16 months. But the family has not been reunited, and since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March they have been unable to visit.


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“The only time he has seen his wife and son is when his wife brings his son to the fence,” Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said. “That’s the only time he has seen them since March.”

In recent weeks they have been unable to visit because both have been unwell. “He is extremely distressed to be so close to them and not be able to provide any kind of support,” Rintoul said.

The man attempted to self-harm about 3am on Saturday but guards at the Serco-run facility intervened.

He was then kept at Kangaroo Point, without any medical support or assessment, for about 12 hours before being transferred to Brisbane Immigration Transit Accomodation and placed under watch as high risk.

As of June there were more than 100 people held in detention at Kangaroo Point, which has been designated as an alternative place of detention. All were transferred to Australia from Nauru or Manus Island under medevac laws, which were repealed in December.

Related: How an inner-city motel became a detention centre for more than 100 refugees

Rintoul said detainees at Kangaroo Point, and the Mantra hotel in Melbourne, were now living in more restricted conditions than existed on Nauru. Because of the coronavirus lockdown, all in-person visits have been banned.

Meanwhile prisoners in Queensland are now allowed to receive visitors, with Queensland Corrective Services allowing the resumption of in-person from 28 September.

There have been suicide attempts among the immigration detainees at both hotels.

“They thought when they were transferred here they were going to get medical help, including in some cases for mental health,” he said. “Many of them have not got that medical help that they were promised. There are people who have applied

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