NEW 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.
Shy singer J-Glo has made a landmark return with a new single focusing on the immigrant crisis in the world.In the new single titled “The Migrant”, the singer looks at the condition and treatment of migrants in other countries.The song is packaged with words like: “When we cross the ocean/we have no option/is their answers to our prayers/is their land we people care/only God knows the reason why innocent people have to die/risking their lives to cross the sea/sacrifice their lives ‘cause they want to be free…In a short interview with LIB Life, J-Glo said the words to the song were written by her mother after witnessing the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants.“Though it was my mom that wrote the lyrics, I had to arrange them to fit my style of singing. When I received the lyrics, I felt the pains these migrants have to go through on a daily basis. “The thing that is happening in their countries is not their fault, so I think the world needs to stop mistreating them. As an artist, it is my duty to speak on issues currently affecting the world,” said the passionate singer. J-Glo explained that she decided to feature Kizzy W, who is one of the nation’s best up and coming artists, because of his unique style of singing.“At first I had other artists in mind, but I was looking for artist that sings just like me. From my search, I picked Joel; but he was unavailable, so I decided to use Kizzy W instead,” she added. “The Migrant” was produced by Kizzy W for SOG Records, with instrumental provided by J-Glo.In a nutshell, the song touches the soul and encourages one to treat migrants and refugees as their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)