TJB launches support for Penn Relays

first_imgNEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Termites Do the Wave

first_imgLike guards on duty, soldier termites stand watch at the center of their mound to protect the nest. Long passageways extend outwards from this central nest to foraging sites where worker termites collect food for the colony. If an aardvark or other predator creates a hole in the mound, these commandoes repeatedly ram their heads into the ground to create drumming alarms that alert worker termites in the corridors to quickly retreat to the nest. This vibrational communication has been observed in several species of termites, but scientists wanted to see how these alarm signals were communicated across mounds with a diameter up to 30 meters in length. So researchers opened up the mounds of Macrotermes natalensis termites in a South African mountain range and filmed the soldiers’ drumming signals using a high-speed video camera. They also implanted devices in the ground at various locations to measure the vibrational speed of the head-banging. M. natalensis termites pound their heads into the ground at a speed of about 0.6 m/s, researchers report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. But when the team recreated the vibrations produced by a single termite using a computer and device that produces low-frequency pulses through the mound passageways, they found that after just 40 cm, the signals were no longer strong enough to be picked up by other termites. Because worker termites can register drumming alarms meters away, the researchers suggest that the soldiers use social reamplification to extend the life of the signal. Like how the wave spreads through a crowd, soldier termites respond to the drumming of nearby nestmates by drumming themselves until every worker is alerted of the attack.last_img read more