Even if the 2021 edition has been canceled due to the pandemic, the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is thinking big for its relaunch in February 2022 with the addition of 24 teams in recreational class, bringing the total number of registrations to 144. The creation of this sixth category had been “in the cards” of the organizers for several years.
“When it resumes, the international pee-wee tournament will blow your mind,” promised President Michel Plante in a rare press conference at the Videotron Center on Tuesday.
These 24 level A teams – a dozen will come from Quebec and the others will come mostly from outside the North American continent – will play their matches at the Pavillon de la jeunesse, with the exception of the final, which will be played in Videotron Center. European clubs have already started knocking on the door.
“It was a request that we had for a long time […] We could have with the women’s division, but the demand for the Peewee A was there. The timing was excellent for us. When we moved from the Arpidrome to the PJ, it was to create this synergy between the two locations, ”said Tournament general manager Patrick Dom.
The organizers benefited from a new financial boost from the City of Quebec to move forward with the project. The City will inject an additional $ 6 million into the Major Events Office within three years, recalled the mayor, Régis Labeaume, present at the announcement.
The mayor wants to take advantage of the 2022 presentation of the peewee tournament to revive the winter tourism industry in the wake of the pandemic. The meeting brings in around $ 14 million annually in economic benefits.
Wink in 2021
In addition, the organizers have not forgotten the young people who should have participated in the adventure next February by developing a series of events as consolation. Thus, eight teams from the Capitale-Nationale will have the opportunity to participate in workshops led by former NHL players Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot, on February 20 and 21, on an outdoor rink at Place Jean-Béliveau, in front of the Videotron Center.
These teams designated in a competition on the tournament’s website must come from a bubble class and no parent or spectator will be allowed to attend the sessions to comply with public health measures.
“Something had to be done for them. It’s very tight with Public Health, there will be no spectators, no parents, but to allow eight teams to practice for an hour, an hour and a half with two former National League, it was important for us to do so, ”admitted Patrick Dom.
A nod to the outdoors in February
The organizers of the Peewee Tournament have not forgotten the young people who should have participated in the adventure next February by developing a series of events as consolation.
Thus, eight teams from the Capitale-Nationale will have the opportunity to participate in workshops led by former NHL players Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot, on February 20 and 21, on an outdoor rink at Place Jean-Béliveau, in front of the Videotron Center.
These teams, determined with the help of a competition on the Tournament website, must come from a bubble-class and no parent or spectator will be allowed to attend the sessions to respect the sanitary measures of Public Health.
These two days were normally reserved for the presentation of the playoff games, including the finals in each category on Sunday. The surface will be designed without boards and benches to borrow the concept of pond hockey (pond hockey).
“Something had to be done for them. It’s very tight with Public Health, there will be no spectators, no parents, but to allow eight teams to practice for an hour, an hour and a half with two former National League, it was important for us to do so, ”admitted Managing Director Patrick Dom.
Former Canadians in summer
The Tournament will also organize a hockey school in collaboration with the Canadian from August 2 to 6, 2021 at the Youth Pavilion, where 90 peewee hockey players will follow the instructions of Gaston Gingras and Éric Houde, two former Habs.
The details of the competition and the eligibility conditions will be revealed later depending on the evolution of the pandemic and health rules.
“We approached the Canadiens, we wanted it to be grandiose for these [jeunes] 2008 there. Normally, they do two weeks of camp in Brossard, but they will do a third for these young people. They were very kind to do that ”, underlined Dom, whose organization will also have its thematic suite at the Ice Hotel from January 2 at the Village Vacances Valcartier.
18,000 people evacuated due to floods in Australia
The situation is worsening due to the heavy rains on the east coast of Australia. Nearly 18,000 people stranded in floods in New South Wales have been evacuated and taken to safer places.
In the state capital Sydney and southeastern Queensland, the water level of rivers and dams has increased.
Officials have said that ‘this situation created for the first time in 50 years’ can persist for several weeks. The administration has asked people to take precautions.
The country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered financial assistance to those forced to leave home.
New South Wales premier Gladie Berejiklian told that no one has lost her life till late Monday. He said that “like circumstances, it is like a miracle”.
But there has been a huge loss in the affected areas. 25 million Australians live in these areas.
Berejiklian said that many of the communities that had been affected by the floods were affected by wildfires and drought in the previous summer.
He said, “I don’t know that in such a short time between an epidemic in the history of the state, such bad weather conditions have been created.”
Emergency services conducted at least 750 rescue operations. Which includes evacuating people trapped in cars. A family stranded in the flood was evacuated with the help of a helicopter.
Rescuers also rescued a family trapped with a newborn baby in a house off the western side of Sydney.
Australia’s Meteorological Department says that rainfall up to 900 mm in some areas is ‘extraordinary’.
Most concern was expressed for the lowlands of northern and western Sydney, the NSW Central Coast and the Hawkesbury Valley.
What happened so far?
New South Wales is devastated due to floods. 15 thousand people were evacuated from the state’s Mid-North Coast and 3 thousand people were evacuated from Sydney to safe places.
Roads have been cut due to swollen rivers and about 150 schools had to be closed on Monday.
Many animals have died, in flood affected areas, animals are seen floating in the water and the windows of the houses are full of water.
A young couple had a wedding on Sunday, but they saw their home in Sydney’s north on the same day in floods.
Flights have been canceled due to flooding on the runway of the airport, about 17 km from Sydney.
According to officials, a small tornado occurred in the western part of Sydney on Saturday, causing landslides and damage to homes.
Germany Top virologist warns COVID rates to spike again
Berlin: Germany’s top virologist Christian Drosten warns that the situation may once again deteriorate there. He says that once again the impact of the Kovid-19 epidemic in Germany can be seen as Christmas. Let me tell you that Dr. Drostston is one of the few experts in Germany whose words have an impact on the decisions of the government. In the beginning of the Kovid-19 epidemic and later also, the German government took steps to prevent it by taking advice from them. In this context, the importance of his statement has increased significantly.
They even say that the third wave of Kovid-19 is seen in Germany. For this, they have insisted on rapid vaccination. In response to questions raised on the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dr. Drostan has said that the formation of blood clots is a concern among those taking the vaccine, which should be taken seriously.
Doctor Drostan says that the B-117 variant of the Kovid-19 could hit the country hard. It is necessary to rein this soon. Due to this, cases of corona virus infection are increasing rapidly in the country and this can be a alarm bell. According to him, the first case of this variant was encountered in Britain and it was difficult to prevent it. In view of the increasing cases in Germany, he has warned the government that in the wake of the Kovid-19 cases, there may be a Christmas-like situation in the country. According to him, there was a tremendous increase in cases in Germany after Easter last year.
The online edition of the German newspaper Dieche Welle notes that Drosten of Berlin-based Charity University Hospital has played an important role in tracking and tracing cases of Kovid-19 in the past. He has said that cases of this variant of Britain have increased threefold in Germany. He has said on the basis of various research that this new variant of the virus that came from Britain is more dangerous as well as more dangerous. According to the figures of Germany, on Wednesday there are 13435 new cases there and their number has reached 2594764. At the same time 73905 have died in Germany.
New twist in the case of forced conversion of Hindu girl in Pakistan
The girl has said in her statement in front of the court that she has changed her religion without any pressure from her will. On the other hand, the girl’s father alleges that some people took her (girl) away, after which she has been forced to convert.
The girl was produced on Wednesday in the court of Civil Judge Munavvar Pirzada of Tangwani, Tehsil, Kashmarkot, North Sindh with police protection from the shelter home, where the court recorded the girl’s statement.
The girl says that she has changed her religion by reaching the Dargah Bharchondi on her own and now her name is Umme Hina. The girl has also said in her statement that there was no pressure on her to change religion.
Advocate Abdul Ghani Bijrani, on behalf of the girl’s parents, requested the court that the girl is a minor. Advocate Abdul Ghani has also requested the court to set up a medical board to find out whether the girl has been raped.
Remember that Sindh is prohibited from marrying under 18 years of age. If someone marries under the age of 18 or helps in getting married, a case can be filed against him.
Advocate Abdul Ghani Bijrani has alleged that the Nikahnama (marriage certificate) is not being presented due to the Sindh Child Marriage Restaurant Act (Prevention of Child Marriage Act). Therefore, they have requested the formation of a medical board.
A written request also states that the matter should be transferred to the Anti-Terrorism Court. According to the lawyer of this case, Abdul Ghani Bijrani, the crime of kidnapping of minors comes under Section 364 of the ATA. Therefore, by including it in the FIR, the case should be conducted in an anti-terrorism court.
The lawyer also said that the girl cannot live with non-maharams (people from whom the curtain is necessary). Therefore, she should be handed over to her parents or she should be transferred to the children’s shelter home, after which the court has ordered the girl to be shifted to Sukkur shelter home.
Advocate Saeed Ahmed Bijrani appeared on behalf of Pir of Bharchondi, who later told reporters that the court met the girl and her parents in private, after which the statement was recorded. He has claimed that the girl said that she wants to go to Pir of Bharondi, so that she can continue her Islamic education.
According to advocate Saeed Ahmed, he has also made the same request that the girl be sent to the Dargah Bharchandi. Because it is an ‘important Islamic institution’. But the court has ordered that the girl will be sent to the child protection center till the police investigation is completed.
‘Kidnapped in white car’
The girl’s father Takht Mal had lodged an FIR with the Tangwani police station that at 4 pm on March 9, a white colored car stopped outside his house, out of which five others including Mushtaq, Bhoral came out. He had a pistol and scared everyone so that no one would protest, they would take the girl and marry her to Mushtaq.
According to the FIR, Mushtaq “grabbed the 13-year-old girl by her arm and took her along and rode in the car and left”. The father suspects that his daughter has been kidnapped for marriage.
After this case, a video went viral on social media. In which the Pir of Dargah Bharchandi is sitting on the bed and the girl is sitting on the ground and people are standing around, all of whom are men. Pir recites the verse and the girl repeats them in a slow voice, then Pir rotates the note over the girl and hands it to her disciples.
The girl was produced in court on Tuesday along with Pir’s supporters of Bharchandi without the knowledge of her parents. Due to the absence of the plaintiff’s parents, the court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.
The girl was kept in a decaying safe house. Where the video of the presence of devotees of Dargah Bharchandi and bringing food also went viral on social media. According to reports, when the girl’s father and mother went there to meet, they were allegedly not allowed to meet.
These videos are being severely criticized. Pakistan People’s Party leader Sukhdev said that the girl has been forced to convert. She further said that she is personally looking into the matter and is in touch with Shehla Raza, Minister of State in the Ministry of Women Development.
Apart from the Hindu community in Kandkot, political parties have also protested against the alleged abduction and conversion of the girl.
After the debate on social media and news in the media, the incident of fire in the girl’s house has also come to light three days ago. Speaking to the BBC, the girl’s cousin Shehzad alleged that around four o’clock in the night, four people came, threatening the girl’s father to keep quiet and not to contact the media.
According to Shahzad, he set fire to the dry grass kept there, due to which the house was also engulfed in flames. According to Shahzad, this was his uncle’s only home, which was rented.
According to Shahzad, his uncle lives by selling tea biscuits. SSP Amjad Sheikh told the BBC that the arson claim is not true. According to him, the digchi was kept on fire. Due to which some things were burnt due to fire and now a police post has also been built there. Shahzad said that after this incident a police post was established there.
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