Australian court upholds cancellation of Novak Djokovic's visa due to COVID-19 risk

WATCH: Djokovic arrives back home as Serbian fans criticize Australia for 'corona circus'

An Australian court said on Thursday it dismissed tennis superstar Novak Djokovic’s challenge to his visa cancellation as the minister who revoked it reasonably believed Djokovic, who is not vaccinated against COVID-19, may be a risk to the community.

The Federal Court also rejected the argument there was no evidence that Djokovic had ever urged anyone not to get vaccinated, saying it was open to infer that the public would perceive that he was opposed to vaccinations, since he said he had not been vaccinated.

“An iconic world tennis star may influence people of all ages, young or old, but perhaps especially the young and the impressionable, to emulate him. This is not fanciful; it does not need evidence,” the judges said.

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Djokovic’s saga has fuelled global debate over the rights of people who opt not to get vaccinated as governments look to protect the community from the coronavirus pandemic.

Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday night, just hours after the court dismissed his effort to stay in the country to play at the Australian Open, where he hoped to win a record 21st major title.

That followed an 11-day rollercoaster involving two visa cancellations, two court challenges and five nights in two stints at an immigration detention hotel where asylum seekers are held.

His lawyers had argued the cancellation should be quashed on the grounds that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision was irrational, he lacked evidence that Djokovic’s presence in Australia may stoke anti-vaccination sentiment, and had failed to consider that deporting Djokovic might inflame anti-vax sentiment.

The Federal Court said while another minister might have decided not to cancel the visa, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke had followed the right steps under the law which allows him to cancel a visa as long as he is satisfed the visa holder “may be a risk to the health or good order of the Australian community”.

“The minister reached that state of satisfaction on grounds that cannot be said to be irrational or illogical or not based on relevant material,” Chief Justice James Allsop and judges Anthony Besanko and David O’Callaghan said in their reasons handed down on Thursday.

The court dismissed the case last Sunday after an emergency weekend hearing, saying it would release reasons later, as it wanted to ensure Djokovic had the decision ahead of the start of the Australian Open the next day.

The Serbian now risks missing the next tennis Grand Slam event – the French Open – as the country’s Sports Ministry has said there would be no exemption from a new vaccine pass law approved on Sunday.

(Reporting by Sonali Paul; Editing by Michael Perry)

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Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial, alleges juror hid past sexual abuse claim

WATCH: Ghislaine Maxwell may request retrial after 2 jurors claim they were sexually abused

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers late on Wednesday formally asked for a new trial after the British socialite’s lawyers raised concern about a juror’s possible failure to disclose before the trial that he was sexually abused as a child.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted on Dec. 29 on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for recruiting and grooming teenage girls to have sexual encounters with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison.

“Today, counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell filed her motion for a new trial,” her defense lawyer, Bobbi C. Sternheim, said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan.

In the letter, Sternheim asked that all submissions pertaining to “Juror No. 50” remain under seal until the court rules on the motion.

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Ghislaine Maxwell may request retrial after juror says he was sexually abused

Maxwell’s lawyers said this month there were “incontrovertible grounds” for a new trial after a juror, who asked to be identified by his first and middle names, Scotty David, told Reuters and other news media that he described being abused as a child during jury deliberations.

The next day Maxwell’s lawyer wrote to the judge seeking a new trial and New York attorney Todd Spodek filed an appearance in Maxwell’s case on behalf of Juror No. 50. Spodek did not respond to a request for comment and has not disclosed his client’s name in the Maxwell case.

Concerns have been raised that Scotty David did not disclose his abuse during pretrial screening.

Prospective jurors were asked in a questionnaire whether they had ever been a victim of sexual abuse. Scotty David told Reuters he did not remember the question, but that he would have answered honestly.

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Prosecutors, who have requested that U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan conduct an inquiry into the juror’s statements, will have until Feb. 2 to respond to Maxwell’s motion.

Legal experts told Reuters that Maxwell would not be guaranteed a new trial even if the juror did not disclose his abuse on the questionnaire, noting that cases of juror dishonesty that led to verdicts being overturned generally involved jurors who deliberately lied in order to be selected.

Nathan last week scheduled Maxwell’s sentencing hearing for June 28.

Epstein killed himself in 2019 at the age of 66 in a Manhattan jail cell while awaiting trial on sex abuse charges.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York and Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Noeleen Walder, Robert Birsel)

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Australia rejects plan allowing 16-year-old forklift drivers to ease supply chain woes

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Australia has ruled out letting teenagers as young as 16 drive forklift trucks to tackle a shortage of workers in coronavirus-hit supply chains, as it scrambles to scoop up millions of home testing kits needed to keep businesses functioning.

A sudden surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks has seen hundreds of thousands of workers benched by illness or the need to isolate, leading states to quickly lower the isolation requirement to seven days.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had floated a proposal to lower the minimum age of forklift drivers from 18 to 16, seeking solutions for a shortage of workers now hobbling the economy. Earlier this week he scrapped visa fees for foreign backpackers and students wanting to work and study in Australia.

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But most States consider forklift operation to be high-risk work which requires a license available only to 18s and over, and after a meeting with State premiers on Thursday, Morrison said the proposal had proved a non-starter.

“We had a good discussion today and it is not something that we believe, collectively, we should be pursuing at this time,” Morrison told a media conference.

The National Cabinet did agree to consider recognizing New Zealand licenses for truck drivers to meet a shortage in that sector.

Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition government is seeking ways to loosen regulations in Australia’s transport and food sectors to ease supply chain and workforce disruptions that have led to empty supermarket shelves.

The problem has been exacerbated by a widespread shortage of rapid antigen tests (RATs), limiting the ability of workers to test themselves, which has become a hot button issue for voters ahead of an election expected by May.

Addressing criticism the government had acted too late on securing RATs, Morrison had on Wednesday promised to procure up to 52 million kits this month and urged state leaders to drop requirements for workers in most industries to take daily tests.

He was upstaged on Thursday by Victoria Premier Dan Andrews, who announced the state had ordered 166 million test kits, on top of 44 million already on the way.

The government is still having to defend its slow start last year to procuring vaccines, blaming a worldwide shortage of shots and the need for the drugs to be properly approved.

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Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Thursday provisionally approved Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine, and two oral treatments for vulnerable patients.

The country on Thursday reached the grim milestone of 2 million cases since the start of the pandemic, though deaths have been low by international standards at just over 2,900.

The three most populous states of New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland on Thursday reported 69,600 new coronavirus cases and more than 4,800 patients in hospital.

NSW at least did see the first drop in hospitalisations since mid-December, a possible sign the Omicron wave could be peaking in the state.

(Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Kenneth Maxwell)

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Children, staff exposed to COVID-19 can still attend daycare if symptom-free: BC CDC

WATCH: COVID-19: Uncertainty remains in B.C.'s daycare sector

The BC CDC has released much-anticipated guidelines for child-care spaces, allowing close COVID-19 contacts to attend daycare without having to isolate if they are symptom-free.

The nine-page document released Wednesday night sets standards for child-care operators, scrapping the previous isolation guidelines.

Staff who are close contacts to a COVID-19 case also do not have to isolate if they are symptom-free.

The BC CDC also updated guidance late Wednesday removing the requirement for all close COVID-19 contacts to isolate, no matter whether they are vaccinated or not.

“Staff or children who are exposed to COVID-19 may continue to attend child care, regardless of vaccination status, unless they develop symptoms and/or test positive for COVID-19,” the guidelines read.

Child-care operators have been raising concerns about a lack of consistent polices from the province.

The facilities have now been deemed an essential service and should not close if staff are close contacts of COVID-19 cases or if there was a positive COVID-19 case in the facility.

“They should not be closed for public health reasons unless directed to do so by a Medical Health Officer,” the guidelines said.

“Facilities experiencing illness amongst staff may need to close for operational reasons if they are unable to maintain staff-to-child ratios as required under the Child Care Licensing Regulation.”

While not required by public health, the BC CDC says child-care operators may ask to be notified by people who recently attended or worked in a child-care space and tested positive for COVID-19.

Child-care operators may notify people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 without breaching individual privacy.

Operators are expected to establish procedures for those who become sick in a child-care setting to go home as soon as possible.

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Some children or staff may not be able to be picked up immediately, and the providers should consider having a space available where the child or staff member can wait comfortably, which is safe and is separated from others.

“This can include being in the same room as others, as long as the person experiencing illness is at least two metres away from others and wears a mask if they’re able to provide supervision for younger children,” the guidance reads.

School-aged children at B.C. child-care facilities are now required to wear a mask while indoors, subject to exceptions.

Non school-aged children attending child-care programs in non-family child-care settings may wear a mask based on personal or family choice.

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There are mask-wearing exemptions, including if the child is unable to wear a mask because of a psychological, behavioural, or health condition; or if the child is unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person.

Infants under two years of age should not wear masks as it may make it difficult for them to breathe and may become a choking hazard, according to the BC CDC.

“Child-care staff should supervise and support children to ensure safe and proper use if masks are worn,” the guidelines read.

“Child-care providers are encouraged to support mask use by children through positive and inclusive approaches, and not punitive or enforcement activities that exclude students from fully participating in activities or that could result in stigma.”

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Residential parking ban in effect Thursday, city councillor worries about costly courtesy tows

The snow piles are growing and the cleanup continues across the city after Tuesday's winter wallop. Abigail Turner reports on the challenges the massive piles bring for many who are on the road for work and how the city is dealing with the "Manitoba Mountains".

The first residential parking ban of 2022 is set to take effect Thursday night.

Beginning at 7 p.m., residents in Zones D, I, O, S, U, V will need to move their vehicles until Friday at 7 a.m as plows take to residential streets.

This will continue for 12-hour cycles in different areas of the city until Sunday at 7 a.m.

You can find your zone by using the city’s address lookup tool and you can view the plowing schedule by visiting the city’s website.

Residents who don’t move their vehicles could be hit with a $200 ticket ($150 if paid early) and will be towed to a nearby street.

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But Waverley West city councillor Janice Lukes says the towing process needs to change.

Currently, a courtesy tow is provided for those in violation of the ban, meaning they’re off the hook for the nearly $40 dollar towing fee. And it’s the city that ends up footing the bill.

“The courtesy tows are paid by the taxpayer, they’re not being paid by the vehicle owner,” Lukes said. “In the November and December courtesy tows, we’ve got estimates right now that $1.5 million dollars was paid.”

Lukes has introduced a motion at City Hall which would change the process so that vehicle owners in violation would have to pay for their ticket and the tow.

She is also concerned sometimes there are so many violators, there aren’t enough city workers to ticket all the vehicles and not enough tow trucks to move the vehicles, meaning cars are left on the street while the clean-up carries on.

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Reaves, Fox score 2 each as Rangers beat Maple Leafs 6-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Reaves is used to long scoring droughts during his 12-year career. He came through in a big way to end his latest one.

Reaves scored his first two goals since joining the Rangers in the offseason, Adam Fox had two goals and an assist, and New York scored three times in the third period to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday night for its seventh win in nine games.

“I never want to go three months without scoring,” said Reaves, who has 51 goals in 719 career games. “I tend to do that a lot in my career. Feels good to get them out of the way, especially in this barn. Hopefully they keep coming.”

Chris Kreider got his 25th goal of the season, Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist, and Jacob Trouba and Artemi Panarin each added two assists for New York, which rallied from a two-goal deficit after the first period.

“We just have that mentality that we’re never out of a game,” Fox said. “It’s just another showing of the type of team we have. We’ve had other games where we haven’t been our best in periods and responded well after that and this was another game like that.”

Igor Shesterkin stopped 35 shots — including 27 over the final two periods after giving up three goals in the first.

Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist, and Ilya Mikheyev and Michael Bunting also scored in the first for the Maple Leafs. Jack Campbell finished with 21 saves.

“We’ve had a lot of really good starts,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Obviously it’s been the finish or the second half of games that haven’t gone well. … Maybe a fast start was working against us. We thought it would be easy the rest of the way. We paid for it.”

Shesterkin stopped William Nylander on a breakaway 2:11 into the third period to keep the score tied at 3 and draw chants of “I-gor! I-gor!” from the home crowd.

Strome put the Rangers ahead with 9:10 remaining. Kreider made it 5-3 with 4:27 left.

Auston Matthews, who scored in 10 straight road games, nearly extended his streak with 3:52 remaining when the puck went off his skate and in, but it was disallowed after officials determined he had made a distinct kicking motion.

The Maple Leafs pulled Campbell for an extra skater with just under 3 minutes to go, but Fox had an empty-netter with 2:24 left to seal the win.

With the Rangers trailing 3-1 after 20 minutes, Reaves got the Rangers within one for the second time with his second of the night at 2:58 of the second.

“It’s about time he scored a couple of big goals for us,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant joked. “He was really excited and I know our team loved it when he gets in front of the net and scores those goals.”

New York tied it with 2:11 remaining in the period as Strome sent a pass across the front of the goal to Fox, who quickly beat Campbell.

After a turnover by the Rangers near their goal line, Mikheyev knocked in the rebound of a shot by Pierre Engvall for his sixth 2:44 into the game.

Marner made it 2-0 just 46 seconds later with a power-play goal. It was Marner’s eighth of the season and first on the power play in 101 games.

Reaves got the Rangers on the scoreboard with 7:08 left in the first with his 50th career goal. He had one in 37 games with the Golden Knights last season.

Bunting restored Toronto’s two-goal lead nearly 5 minutes later on a fortuitous deflection on an odd-man rush.

STATS

Nylander’s assist on Marner’s first-period goal was the 300th of his career. … Reaves had two goals for the first time since April 25, 2013, against Calgary while playing for St. Louis. … Rangers F Kaapo Kakko played in his 150th career game. … Mika Zibanejad had an assist on Fox’s second goal, extending his season-high point streak to six games. … The Maple Leafs lost in regulation for the first time this season when tied going into the third period, falling to 4-1-2. … The Rangers improved to 12-0-1 when tied after two.

HONORING TEDDY

The Rangers honored Teddy Balkind, the Connecticut 10th grader who died after taking a skate to his neck during a junior varsity game earlier this month. All Rangers players wore Balkind’s No. 5 on the back of their jerseys during pregame warmups. A moment of silence was held in his honor before the national anthem, and his St. Luke’s teammates were recognized in attendance.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At New York Islanders on Saturday night to finish a stretch of six straight road games.

Rangers: At Carolina on Friday night.

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U.S. Senate fails to pass voting rights bill over Republican objections, filibuster

WATCH: Biden faces rough start to 2022 with abysmal polls and stalled agenda

Voting legislation that U.S. Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed late Wednesday when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate.

The outcome was a stinging defeat for President Joe Biden and his party, coming at the tumultuous close to his first year in office.

Despite a day of piercing debate and speeches that often carried echoes of an earlier era when the Senate filibuster was deployed by opponents of civil rights legislation, Democrats could not persuade holdout senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia to change the Senate procedures on this one bill and allow a simple majority to advance it.

“I am profoundly disappointed,” Biden said in a statement after the vote.

However, the president said he is “not deterred” and vowed to “explore every measure and use every tool at our disposal to stand up for democracy.”

Voting rights advocates are warning that Republican-led states nationwide are passing laws making it more difficult for Black Americans and others to vote by consolidating polling locations, requiring certain types of identification and ordering other changes.

Vice President Kamala Harris briefly presided over the Senate, able to break a tie in the 50-50 Senate if needed, but she left before the final vote. The rules change was rejected 52-48 , with Manchin and Sinema joining the Republicans in opposition.

“This is a moral moment,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.

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The nighttime voting brought an end, for now, to legislation that has been a top Democratic priority since the party took control of Congress and the White House.

The Democrats’ bill, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, would make Election Day a national holiday, ensure access to early voting and mail-in ballots — which have become especially popular during the COVID-19 pandemic — and enable the Justice Department to intervene in states with a history of voter interference, among other changes. It has passed the House.

Both Manchin and Sinema say they support the legislation, but Democrats fell far short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill over the Republican filibuster. It failed 49-51 on a largely party-line vote.

Next, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put forward a rules change for a “talking filibuster” on this one bill. It would require senators to stand at their desks and exhaust the debate before holding a simple majority vote, rather than the current practice that simply allows senators to privately signal their objections.

But that, too, failed because Manchin and Sinema were unwilling to change the Senate rules for a party-line vote by Democrats alone.

Emotions were on display during the floor debate.

When Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky whether he would pause for a question, McConnell left the chamber, refusing to respond.

Durbin said he would have asked McConnell, “Does he really believe that there’s no evidence of voter suppression?”

The No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, said at one point, “I am not a racist.”

McConnell, who led his party in doing away with the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees during Donald Trump’s presidency, warned against changing the rules again.

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McConnell derided the “fake hysteria” from Democrats over the states’ new voting laws and called the pending bill a federal takeover of election systems. He admonished Democrats in a fiery speech and said doing away with filibuster rules would “break the Senate.”

Manchin drew a roomful of senators for his own speech, upstaging the president’s news conference and defending the filibuster. He said changing to a majority-rule Senate would only add to the “dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart.”

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked across the Capitol for the proceedings. “We want this Senate to act today in a favorable way. But if it don’t, we ain’t giving up,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking Black member of Congress.

Manchin did open the door to a more tailored package of voting law changes, including to the Electoral Count Act, which was tested during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol. He said senators from both parties are working on that and it could draw Republican support.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said a bipartisan coalition should work on legislation to ensure voter access, particularly in far-flung areas like her state, and to shore up Americans’ faith in democracy.

“We don’t need, we do not need a repeat of 2020 when by all accounts our last president, having lost the election, sought to change the results,” said Murkowski.

She said the Senate debate had declined to a troubling state: “You’re either a racist or a hypocrite. Really, really? Is that where we are?”

At one point, senators broke out in applause after a spirited debate between Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, among the more experienced lawmakers, and new Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Ga., over the history of the Voting Rights Act.

Sinema sat in her chair throughout much of the day’s the debate, largely glued to her phone, but rose to her feet to deliver her vote against the rules change.

In a statement, Sinema said the outcome “must not be the end of our work to protect our democracy.” But she warned, “these challenges cannot be solved by one party or Washington alone.”

Schumer contended the fight is not over and he ridiculed Republican claims that the new election laws in the states will not end up hurting voter access and turnout, comparing it to Trump’s “big lie” about the 2020 presidential election.

Democrats decided to press ahead despite the potential for high-stakes defeat as Biden is marking his first year in office with his priorities stalling out in the face of solid Republican opposition and the Democrats’ inability to unite around their own goals. They wanted to force senators on the record — even their own party’s holdouts — to show voters where they stand.

Once reluctant himself to change Senate rules, Biden has stepped up his pressure on senators to do just that. But the push from the White House, including Biden’s blistering speech last week in Atlanta comparing opponents to segregationists, is seen as too late.

Associated Press writers Farnoush Amiri and Brian Slodysko contributed to this report.

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Residential parking ban begins Thursday, city councillor worried about costly courtesy tows

The first residential parking ban of 2022 is set to take effect Thursday night.

Starting at 7 p.m., residents in snow zones D, I, O, S, U, and V will need to move their vehicles until 7 a.m. Friday.

The ban will continue for 12-hour cycles in different areas of the city until Sunday at 7 a.m.

Residents can find their snow zone at the city’s address lookup tool and can view the schedule on the city’s website.

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Vehicles parked in a designated clearing zone could receive a $200 ticket ($150 if paid early) and the car will be towed to a nearby street.

But Waverley West city councillor Janice Lukes says changes need to be made to the towing process.

Currently, a courtesy tow is offered by the city, meaning the owner of the vehicle that needs to be moved doesn’t have to pay for the cost of the tow which adds up to just under 40 bucks.

The city foots the bill, meaning it ends up costing all Winnipeggers.

“The courtesy tows are paid by the taxpayer, they’re not being paid by the vehicle owner that’s in violation of the parking ban,” Lukes told 680 CJOB.

“In the November and December courtesy tows, we have estimates that $1.5 million was paid.” Lukes told 680 CJOB.

The councillor has put forward a motion at City Hall in hopes of ending this process and making sure those who don’t move their car have to pay for the ticket and the tow.

Lukes also is concerned about the number of violators. She says there are so many sometimes, that there aren’t enough city workers to give out tickets or not enough tow trucks to move cars, which leads to cars sitting idle while the cleanup goes on.

 

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Doncic leads streaking Mavericks to 102-98 win over Raptors

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored a season-high 41 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 to play, and tied a season best with 14 rebounds as the surging Dallas Mavericks held off the Toronto Raptors 102-98 on Wednesday night.

Kristaps Porzingis had 18 points and seven rebounds to help Dallas win its fourth straight and 10th in 11 games. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 off the bench for the Mavericks, who will complete a home back-to-back against NBA-best Phoenix on Thursday.

Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, OG Anunoby had 19 and Fred VanVleet added 18 for the Raptors, who have lost four of five following a six-game winning streak that marked their longest of the season. Toronto had six double-figure scorers while using only seven players.

VanVleet’s 3-pointer gave Toronto a 96-95 lead with 1:55 to go. Doncic put Dallas back ahead with a layup 10 seconds later. After the Mavericks regained possession, Doncic hit a 27-footer behind the arc to beat the shot clock and give the Mavericks a 100-96 lead.

The Raptors were shooting for the lead seconds later at 100-98. Chris Boucher’s 26-footer bounced off the rim, Dorian Finney-Smith grabbed a defensive rebound and Porzingis added two clinching free throws with 5.6 seconds left.

TIP-INS

Raptors: VanVleet went into play leading the NBA with an average of 38 minutes per game. He played 42. … Gary Trent Jr. missed his sixth consecutive game with a swollen ankle.

Mavericks: Doncic’s 22 first-half points matched his most in a half this season. He clinched his eighth straight 20-point game with 4:50 to play in the second period. … Dallas has won six straight home games. … Reserve forward Sterling Brown sat out with a sore foot.

FOREIGN FLAVOR

The teams combined for an NBA season-high 17 international players from 13 countries. Three of the Raptors’ 10 international players are from Canada: Boucher, Khem Birch and Dalano Banton.

UP NEXT

Raptors: End a five-game road trip Wednesday at Washington, which leads Toronto by a half-game for eighth place in the East.

Mavericks: Thursday’s game will be the first of three straight against top teams in the West (followed by No. 3 Memphis at home on Sunday and at No. 2 Golden State on Tuesday).

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'Beyond torture': Family of missing Langley, B.C. man urges people to come forward

The family of Devon Goodrick is pleading with the public for information that can aid in locating him. The 26-year-old was last seen almost four months ago, and as Emad Agahi reports, so far there are no answers.

A Langley, B.C., father is making an emotional appeal to anyone who might have information on his son’s disappearance.

Devon Goodrick was last seen around 3:30 a.m. Sept. 25, near 192 Street and 28 Avenue, and was reported missing two days later.

Homicide investigators have taken over the case, and while police haven’t commented on why the case was escalated, Devon’s father Nicholas said the family fears the worst.

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“I can’t focus on day-to-day tasks, my mind is clouded by the loss of Devon, and same with my daughter,” he said.

“Our state of mind … is so torn up by this, trying to live every day.”

Nicholas described his son — a soon-to-be father — as a gentle giant, who despite growing up surrounded by some tough environments had developed into a sweet and caring man.

“Devon is a loving, caring, generous, big-hearted individual,” his father said.

“He had hard times, but his motto was even though he could not control things at times, he always made a point of looking good and filling a room with joy and happiness.”

Devon’s last contact with his family was via a Snapchat message on the evening of Sept. 24, which showed him in a vehicle with three other people.

Devon’s sister recognized two of those people and became alarmed, his father said. She began making phone calls, and learned that one of the people in the photo had allegedly made threats against her brother, he added.

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“There was always a little spot in the back of my mind, my daughter’s mind, that something bad could happen to Devon because he was one of those people who gave people the benefit of the doubt, and never felt that he was in danger,” Nicholas said.

Devon didn’t come home that night, and his father said it was nearly a week before they were able to contact any of the others he had been with that night.

When the family did get in touch with them, they provided vague answers about where Devon had last been seen, he said.

In a statement, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said it could not comment on the case, but that the investigation remained “active and ongoing.”

We are aware there are rumours and speculation circulating,” IHIT spokesperson Det. Cpl. Sukhi Deshi said.

“Our primary objective is to gather the facts of the case to ensure we are able to bring this to a successful conclusion.”

With the months dragging on since his son’s disappearance, Nicholas said the family is frustrated with the lack of answers, and said someone out there knows what happened to his son.

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“We’ve done everything we can and still are, and are not going to quit trying to get the answers,” he said.

“There are people out there that are hiding the answers from us thinking they are eventually going to get away with this. IHIT needs testimony to get our answers, and its a constant struggle.”

In the meantime, the family continues to push for answers, and to try raise the public’s awareness about his son’s case.

It’s a daily struggle, Nicholas said, given the lack of closure.

“They may have taken Devon from us, but they’ve really taken our souls as well,” he said.

“It’s torture. Beyond torture.”

Anyone with information about Devon Goodrick’s disappearance is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at ihitinfo@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.

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