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Outdoor Updates: Gert Boyle, Chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, dies at age 95

first_imgIf you find yourself in Florida, keep an eye out for manatees “This site is symbolic because it is the first place that people can come to honor the passengers of Flight 93 and really understand what happened out here on September 11,” Katie Cordek, the park’s public information officer told WJAC news.  Columbia Sportswear has announced the death of Gert Boyle, the tough-as-nails leader who ran the company for more than 50 years.  There were 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 when it went down in the fields of Pennsylvania. The heroic efforts of the people aboard prevented the hijackers of the flight from attacking the U.S. Capitol.  A new hiking trail is unveiled at the Flight 93 National Memorial Boyle’s father founded Columbia Sportswear in 1938. After his death, Boyle’s husband, Neal Boyle, took the reins. When Neal Boyle unexpectedly died seven years later, Gert Boyle found herself in charge of the fledgling company, which was making just $800,000 in annual sales. Bankers advised her to cut her losses and sell but she kept the company and is credited with turning it around. Last year, the company boasted nearly $3 billion in sales. Over the years, Boyle became a company icon, featuring predominately in the company’s advertising and becoming known as “One Tough Mother.” In 2003, Boyle was inducted into the Sporting Goods Association Hall of Fame. center_img There’s a new hiking trail at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The ‘Trail of Remembrance’ was unveiled on Saturday, November 2. The half-mile-long trail connects the memorial plaza located in the back of the Flight 93 memorial park to the location where the temporary Flight 93 memorial was first erected.  Did you know that November is Manatee Awareness Month? When the cold weather descends this time of year the 7,000 manatees that call Florida home head out in search of warmer waters. Because manatees can’t tolerate water cooler than 68 degrees for any length of time, the manatees migrate to Florida’s warm-water springs. Disturbing manatees in their winter warm-water homes can cause them to flee to colder waters, putting their lives at risk. Gert Boyle, Chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear, dies at age 95 Boaters are asked to obey manatee protection zones identified by waterway signs and to wear polarized sunglasses to more easily see manatees swimming in the water. For more information about Florida’s manatees visit MyFWC.com/Manatee.last_img read more

Reinventing credit unions for the 21st century: A conversation with Kirk Drake

first_img 257SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details For two decades Kirk Drake has immersed himself in credit unions – as CEO of CUSO Ongoing Operations in Maryland and also now as an author and speaker on what he calls CU-2.0. What Drake is mulling is the how to of insuring credit union relevance in a new century with new, global competitors and a new generation that, increasingly, wants everything to be as easy as buying a book on Amazon or streaming a TV show on Netflix. New eras call for new thoughts and that’s Drake’s metier. Here he shares some of his pointed advice.* Why didn’t credit unions successfully capitalize on the bad press given banks circa 2008? Market share remained essentially stagnant. Why?Drake: I think there are three primary reasons. Individually many credit unions had success during this time – but most credit unions measure success in the single digits. We don’t tend to look at what market share do we want, who are our banking competitors, and how do we get there quickly. Consequently, a lot of credit unions growing doesn’t really add up to much since the bases are small.Second, I don’t think we have the ingredients in place to grow faster. Digital / E-commerce can create great scalability. Most credit unions I talk to are worried about growing too fast. I get that from a balance sheet/ALM perspective. But if you get the digital commerce experience working well it can alleviate many of those issues. For example, if you got your platform able to generate a lot of leads, you can then use your platform to filter the leads and ultimately to fulfill the leads. The more you do that, the more people get to spend their time on service instead of transactions.Lastly, I don’t think as an industry we have figured out how to speak with one voice.  In my mind, credit unions should really be more like Subway sandwich franchises. They of course should differentiate at a local level, but if we could get the industry to at least standardize on one thing and push that – we could really have a lot of impact and leverage that strength when banks are helping us out by being banks. * What’s a typical credit union’s biggest competitor?Drake: In my mind the competition right now is actually coming from fintechs. Paypal is huge in this space. Most credit unions do more transactions with Paypal then the big banks.  They just bought a bill pay vendor. As that continues, they will keep adding on services and quietly stealing your members’ eyeballs and mindshare. More broadly, with billions of capital going into fintechs and PayPal showing the way, there are new startups daily.  Consumers want e-commerce based financial services, traditional banks and credit unions aren’t doing enough to solve the little problems….we are trying to do what we always did – online.* Do most credit unions do a good or bad or no job in differentiating themselves in the market?Drake: For some reason, I find that as credit unions get bigger and have more scale – they just look more bank like. We tend to think of sophistication as sterility in this industry and we remove personality and the little things that keep us relevant in local communities. * In 1975 there were over 22000 credit unions. Now there are under 6000. How many will there be in 2025?Drake: My guess: probably about 5k. I am seeing less consolidation for two reasons – 1. As credit unions try to grow through consolidation they realize it doesn’t create more value and is a lot of work. So unless it is a strategic merger that gives them a new market, a lot of credit unions are starting to move away from that strategy. 2. New leaders are taking over credit unions every day. As the generation of leaders shift to Gen X instead of Baby Boomers – I think we are seeing more digital first and data driven models emerge and we will see a ground swell that helps keep some of the smaller ones in the game.* What percentage of credit unions have truly embraced a digital-first business model?  Drake: My guess is about 5% are investing heavily in this transition. There are lots that think they are stuck in the how do I let my members do branch transactions online…that isn’t really the same thing!* Why do CU leaders cling to the mythology that they win because of face to face branch contacts – when more and more consumers do not want to set foot in a branch?Drake: I think it is because it is what they know and it feels tangible. E-commerce can feel very unhuman. It is weird to see people transact business with your website, research things, buy them, talk about them, and most of all trust you without ever having met you. It feels like you are somehow cheating. Shaking a member’s hand in a branch simply feels more human.* What are three steps every credit union has to take to be a 2025 survivor?Drake:Begin using data in every part of the business.Embrace your credit union heritage and look like a credit union, not like a bankGo buy some marketing automation software (like hubspot) and start seeing what you can do with it.last_img read more

New tech platforms hold the key to retail banking’s future

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Almost all traditional banks and credit unions have been hampered by legacy technology that has made it difficult for them to compete with new tech-driven competitors. But options are now available — and being used, in a few cases — that free up institutions to compete in a far more agile, consumer-focused manner.The change could be liberating — but only if banks and credit unions embrace it and make the necessary staff and cultural adjustments to take advantage of more modern technology platforms.Other than the largest financial institutions, to date very few banks and credit unions have deployed advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, according to Cornerstone Advisors research.last_img read more

Marcelo Bielsa explains why he still won’t start Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah in lengthy rant

first_imgMarcelo Bielsa explains why he still won’t start Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah in lengthy rant Bamford has no goals in his last eight Championship starts (Picture: Getty)‘After saying that, I am not 100% sure what I’m saying. Football is football. We are forced to analyse. We are forced to take conclusions. But if the conclusion we take analyses where we are, football would not be the first sport in the word.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘If you give him the option to chose between my way to analyse and free football, I prefer free football. I don’t prefer the football I build in my mind.‘Football is of players. Be careful. Every time you find less players who deserve the freedom of the free football.‘For this reason, Sheffield United can beat Arsenal. Because every time, there are less players who deserve one team where they don’t have to adapt themselves to a new situation.’More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Nketiah scored an excellent header to claim a point against Preston (Picture: Getty)In a lengthy explanation, Bielsa explained: ‘We cannot talk about Bamford when it’s necessary to talk in comparison with Nketiah. I know that it’s not your intention.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But what I say about Bamford is going to be compared with what I say about Nketiah. So to talk about Patrick is more useful to describe Nketiah.‘Nketiah has developed at one club, Arsenal, and has to play at Leeds. I am not comparing the level of both. But you can see clearly the performance in one team or the other team. We don’t have the players who win the match themselves.‘Big teams, like Arsenal, they have a lot of players that can win one match with one play. This is natural Nketiah has developed in this school.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And he has all the resources, skills, to resolve the needs of scoring one goal. But we need to build the chance at goal. And we cannot build the chances if we don’t have a structure within all the players to create the chances.‘You will see that every time is going to be less difficult to Eddie to be more similar to give this contribution to the team. When he in the last match went to the pitch at Preston, the match was played in the place of the pitch where he plays better, by the box.‘Against Birmingham he was far from the box and without offensive creation. And against Birmingham he didn’t have a good match, against Preston he had an impact. To finish this explanation, the most important, what he does when we have to score. Nketiah is very good at scoring. Also Bamford. Comment The youngster has made nine Championship appearances, all off the bench (Picture: Getty)Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has again defended his decision to keep picking Patrick Bamford over Eddie Nketiah and says the Arsenal loanee focuses too much on scoring himself.Nketiah came off the bench for the ninth time in the Championship this season on Tuesday night to net a late equaliser against Preston, with starter Bamford having fired blanks in his last eight consecutive outings.There are growing calls for the Arsenal loan star to be given a run in the first team, but Bielsa is sticking by Bamford and believes Nketiah still has a lot of improving and adapting to do. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Oct 2019 3:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link221Shares Bielsa feels Bamford does far more for the team despite not scoring (Picture: Getty)‘But Bamford is missing chances and Nketiah is scoring. But there is a fact before you score a goal, you build the situation that allow the chance to score.‘Bamford or Nketiah – which player do you think ran more? [Journalists answer Bamford] No, Nketiah. You know why? Bamford ran for the needs of the team. Nketiah ran just to try and score.‘The metres that Bamford ran is true to the team. And to finish, Nketiah puts these meters in to finish the action.‘It’s natural. What I’m looking for, to achieve that Eddie feels the needs of the team and that he understands if he doesn’t put the metres in both things, he is going to have less chances to score. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Former National Party Minister Mick Veivers and wife Betty sell Gold Coast home

first_imgFormer Member for Southport and Australian Rugby League player Mick Veivers and his wife, Betty, have sold their Benowa home. Picture: Jerad WilliamsAFTER owning it for more than three decades, former National Party minister and Australian rugby league player Mick Veivers and his wife Betty have sold their sprawling Gold Coast home at auction during the weekend for $880,000. 14 Evans Drive, Benowa. 16 Surf St, Mermaid Beach sold under the hammer during the weekend for $1.706 million. Mick Veivers and his wife, Betty in their Benowa home they just sold. Picture: Jerad Williams 14 Evans Drive, Benowa. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRay White Queensland auctioneer Phil Parker, who called the auction, thanked the crowd for attending on Remembrance Day before he asked for opening bids.At 12.13pm, a bid of $750,000 started proceedings.Twelve bids followed by three active bidders before the auction was paused at $880,000.Following negotiations with the Veivers family, the property was placed on the market. MORE NEWS: Does this home have the best views on the Gold Coast? Former Member for Southport and Australian Rugby League player Mick Veivers and his wife, Betty have sold their Benowa home. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe crowd, which included families, neighbours and even passersby walking their dogs, were given ice blocks and bottles of water to keep cool.Tim Grevell of Ray White Benowa marketed the property and said both the vendors and buyers were pleased with the outcome.“It’s a big decision when you sell a home,” Mr Grevell said.“(The sellers) said they were extremely happy with the result.”“We had 58 groups through the home over four weeks which proves the market is active.“People appreciated that this was a lovely block, opposite a park and a well built home.”The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house sits on a 1252sq m block and has a number of character features including timber ceilings, exposed brick and an open fireplace. The Veivers have lived a happy life in the home and made many memories they won’t forget, including when Mr Veivers was elected to parliament for the first time. MORE NEWS: Luxury apartments selling fastcenter_img The pair, who lived in the Benowa house at 14 Evans Dr for 36 years, had decided to sell so they could downsize. “It’s lovely and it overlooks the park, it’s just that it’s a bit big,” Mr Veivers, a former Member for Southport, told the Bulletin.About 80 people, including 10 registered bidders, turned out to see the house go under the hammer yesterday. 14 Evans Drive, Benowa. 14 Evans Drive, Benowa. 14 Evans Drive, Benowa. It sold to a Gold Coast couple at 12.27pm, exactly 14 minutes after opening bids were called.“They (the sellers) didn’t muck around, they were here to sell it,” Mr Parker said.“The buyers were nice people who spoke really highly of the vendor.“The Veivers are happy, the buyers are happy and we would have a couple of unhappy underbidders who missed out.” 1 St Raphael Terrace, Sorrento sold for $1.2 million over the weekend.Other weekend sales included a beach house at 16 Surf St, Mermaid Beach.It was all about location when the house sold under the hammer for $1.706 million on Saturday to a Mermaid Beach resident. Luke Henderson and Cindy Katene of Professional John Henderson marketed the property. Sam Guo and Julia Kuo of Ray White Broadbeach also sold a Sorrento house at auction during the weekend. The property at 1 St Raphael Terrace sold for $1.2 million.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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The Surprising Truth About Women and Violence

first_imgTime 25 June 2014 There is little dispute that men commit far more violent acts than women. According to FBI data on crime in the U.S., they account for some 90% of known murderers. And a study published in American Society of Criminology finds that men account for nearly 80% of all violent offenders reported in crime surveys, despite a substantial narrowing of the gap since the 1970s. But, whatever explains the higher levels of male violence—biology, culture or both—the indisputable fact is that it’s directed primarily at other males: in 2010, men were the victims in almost four out of five homicides and almost two-thirds of robberies and non-domestic aggravated assaults. Family and intimate relationships—the one area feminists often identify as a key battleground in the war on women—are also an area in which women are most likely to be violent, and not just in response to male aggression but toward children, elders, female relatives or partners, and non-violent men, according to a study published in the Journal of Family Violence.Last April, when Connecticut high school student Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by her a classmate allegedly because she refused to go to the prom with him, feminist writer Soraya Chemaly asserted that such tragedies were the result of “pervasive, violently maintained, gender hierarchy,” male entitlement, and societal “contempt for the lives of girls and women.” But what, then, explains another stabbing death in Connecticut two months earlier—that of 25-year-old David Vazquez, whose girlfriend reportedly shouted, “If I can’t have you, no one can!” before plunging a knife into his chest shortly after Vazquez said he was leaving her for a former girlfriend? Or the actions of a 22-year-old former student at New York’s Hofstra University who pleaded guilty last November to killing her boyfriend by deliberately hitting him with her car due to a dispute about another woman? Or the actions of the Florida woman who killed her ex-partner’s 2-year-old daughter and tried to kill the woman’s 10-year-old son last month shortly after their breakup?Research showing that women are often aggressors in domestic violence has been causing controversy for almost 40 years, ever since the 1975 National Family Violence Survey by sociologists Murray Straus and Richard Gelles of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire found that women were just as likely as men to report hitting a spouse and men were just as likely as women to report getting hit. The researchers initially assumed that, at least in cases of mutual violence, the women were defending themselves or retaliating. But when subsequent surveys asked who struck first, it turned out that women were as likely as men to initiate violence—a finding confirmed by more than 200 studies of intimate violence. In a 2010 review essay in the journal Partner Abuse, Straus concludes that women’s motives for domestic violence are often similar to men’s, ranging from anger to coercive control.Critics have argued that the survey format used in most family violence studies, the Conflict Tactics Scale, is flawed and likely to miss some of the worst assaults on women—especially post-separation attacks. Yet two major studies using a different methodology—the 2000 National Violence Against Women Survey by the National Institute of Justice and the Centers for Disease Control National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey published last February—have also found that some 40% of those reporting serious partner violence in the past year are men. (Both studies show a much larger gender gap in lifetime reports of partner violence; one possible explanation for this discrepancy is that men may be more likely to let such experiences fade from memory over time since they have less cultural support for seeing themselves as victims, particularly of female violence.)Violence by women causes less harm due to obvious differences in size and strength, but it is by no means harmless. Women may use weapons, from knives to household objects—including highly dangerous ones such as boiling water—to neutralize their disadvantage, and men may be held back by cultural prohibitions on using force toward a woman even in self-defense. In his 2010 review, Straus concludes that in various studies, men account for 12% to 40% of those injured in heterosexual couple violence. Men also make up about 30% of intimate homicide victims—not counting cases in which women kill in self-defense. And women are at least as likely as men to kill their children—more so if one counts killings of newborns—and account for more than half of child maltreatment perpetrators.What about same-sex violence? The February CDC study found that, over their lifetime, 44% of lesbians had been physically assaulted by a partner (more than two-thirds of them only by women), compared to 35% of straight women, 26% of gay men, and 29% of straight men. While these figures suggest that women are somewhat less likely than men to commit partner violence, they also show a fairly small gap. The findings are consistent with other evidence that same-sex relationships are no less violent than heterosexual ones.For the most part, feminists’ reactions to reports of female violence toward men have ranged from dismissal to outright hostility. Straus chronicles a troubling history of attempts to suppress research on the subject, including intimidation of heretical scholars of both sexes and tendentious interpretation of the data to portray women’s violence as defensive.READ MORE: https://time.com/2921491/hope-solo-women-violence/last_img read more

Batesville CYO Basketball Results

first_imgSt. Louis-1  67     St. Maurice  28St. Louis-1 finished the regular season with a win over St. Maurice 67-28. St. Louis-1 got off to a slow start in the 1st quarter as they led 11-8 after one period. We got good shots but we couldn’t get the ball to fall. The 2nd quarter St. Louis-1 would shoot the ball much better as they would lead 32-15 at half. We got much better looks at the basket and the ball started to fall. In the 2nd half, St. Louis-1 would continue to make their shots as they would pull away for an easy win. Our defense really stepped up in the 2nd half which would lead to some easy baskets. This was a good effort by us as we head into the Deanery tournament.Kyle Siefert                 16Sam Giesting              12Alex Westerfeld          10Lane Oesterling          8Cooper Williams         5Mitchell Ertel              5Nathan Eckstein          4Sam Bedel                   4Jayden Beal                 3Coach Roger DietzSt. Louis-2  92     St. Teresa’s  35St. Louis-2 would end the regular season on a good notes as they would defeat St. Teresa’s 92-35. The first quarter was closely contested as St. Louis-2 would led 23-15. We didn’t do a good job defensively in the first quarter, so once we played better defense we were able to take control of the game. St. Louis-2 would continue is good play on both ends of the court and would come away with an easy win. We really played well and hopefully we can continue the good play heading into the deanery tournament next week.Charlie Prickel            20Evan Vogelsang           18Adam Cox                    15Gus Cooper                  11George Ritter               8Joey Gutzwiller            5Karson Macke              4Jacob Wuestefeld        3Tyler Kuntz                  2Braydon Worthington  2Christian Anderson     2Coach Fuzz Springmeyerlast_img read more

Blood drive held in honor of youths battling leukemia

first_imgNorth Vernon, In. — The community is invited to give blood in honor of Jonah Kreutzjans and JP Morris at a special American Red Cross blood drive Tuesday, April 16, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Sand Creek Elementary School in North Vernon.Jonah, 8, and John Paul “JP” Morris, 5, are both energetic boys who love playing basketball. Jonah, a second grader at Graham Creek Elementary School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, known as ALL, in June 2016. JP, who attends pre-school at St. Mary’s School, was diagnosed with the same disease in February of this year.Throughout their treatments, Jonah and JP have received blood transfusions on a regular basis and may need more as treatment continues. Their families invite the community to donate blood in their honor.“Jonah has received many blood products since starting treatment,” said Courtney Kreutzjans, Jonah’s mother. “He always has a smile, even when he doesn’t feel well. We would love for the entire community to participate.”“JP received a blood transfusion in the first week that he was diagnosed,” said Brad Morris, JP’s father. “We are thankful for those who donate.”This is the first drive in honor of JP, and the third drive in honor of Jonah. The first two blood drives held in honor of Jonah resulted in 125 blood donations.“When someone we know is diagnosed with cancer, we often wish there was something we could do to help,” said Donna Watkins, recruitment account manager for the Red Cross. “By giving blood, we can actively help patients who are in need of transfusions to make their treatment possible. Giving blood today can help ensure patients like Jonah and JP get the treatment they need.”The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,500 hospitals nationwide. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross needs about 450 donors each day to support patients at 80 hospitals across the state. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those rely on blood products.last_img read more

Pardew voices relegation fears

first_imgAlan Pardew admitted he was a worried man after seeing Newcastle plummet deep into relegation trouble with a 6-0 drubbing by Liverpool at St James’ Park. Asked if he is confident he can drag the club out of a terrifying tail-spin, Pardew said: “Yes, of course, and I think we have got enough in the dressing room to do that. “We haven’t become a bad staff or a bad set of players overnight. But we definitely need to roll our sleeves up and make sure we make a really good fist of these last three games.” Pardew and his players were booed from the pitch both at half-time and on the final whistle after capitulating in alarming style, much as they had done against Liverpool in December 2008. Five months later, they were relegated. Asked about the fans’ jeers, Pardew said: “They have got every right to. That performance is just not good enough for Newcastle. “We are all aware of that, not just myself and my staff but my team, and on Monday morning at 10.30am I expect to see all my team out there whether their foot is hanging off or whatever ready to train. Now we have got to show we have got the heart for this little scrap we are in because other teams certainly have.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the way his players responded to the loss of Suarez, and he said: “It has been a traumatic week for the football club but we accepted that. “Luis did wrong, he takes his punishment and we move on. And we had to move on with a performance and I don’t think we could have done any more.” On a day when the 51-year-old sent out his team under orders to make amends for their derby humiliation by Sunderland a fortnight ago, the Magpies slipped to their heaviest home defeat since 1925 as the Reds ran riot even without the suspended Luis Suarez. Pardew said: “Well I’m worried, of course. You can’t come off a defeat like that and the manner it was without being worried. I’m not going to criticise my players, I’m not going to criticise the team in any shape or form on an individual basis. It was a collective effort and we fell down collectively.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ISF president Laurent Petrynka upbeat about Gymnasiade 2020 amid virus outbreak

first_imgBeijing: Laurent Petrynka, president of the International School Sport Federation (ISF), has expressed his gratitude for, and confidence in, China’s efforts in preparing for Gymnasiade 2020 scheduled for late October in Jinjiang in Fujian province.In a video sent to the host city of Jinjiang, Petrynka appreciated China’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 outbreak as well as its high degree of openness and transparency, reports Xinhua news agency.“I would like to also thank you because you’re doing your maximum in order to prepare in the best condition for Gymnasiade 2020,” Petrynka said. “A lot of test events will happen, and now you are building all the venues.”The federation president said he was confident that China, particularly the city of Jinjiang, will deliver the best Gymnasiade ever in the event’s history while finding the best solution for the containing of COVID-19.In 2017, Jinjiang won the bid to host the 18th Gymnasiade, an international multisport event for teens organized by the ISF.The biennial event, also known as the World School Summer Games, was started in Germany in 1974. The 2020 games will have 12 competitions, including athletics, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, football and basketball. IANSAlso Read: CISF seize foreign currency worth Rs 45 lakhAlso Watch: Burglars breaks into a house in Lumding, steal 21-tola Gold and cash of Rs 45,000last_img read more