Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra is finding it hard to control his excitement after being appointed as India’s Goodwill Ambassador for the Rio Olympics.The ace shooter, in a series of tweets, thanked the Indian Olympics Association (IOA) for this honour and said that he would do all that he can to help the fellow Indian athletes excel at the upcoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.”I am humbled that they thought I am worthy enough for this honour. I respectfully accept this with gratitude. I have lived my life for the Olympic gold and have always done my best to work for the betterment of the Olympic movement in India and will continue to do so.”Bindra shot to fame in 2008 when he became the first Indian to clinch an individual gold medal by winning the 10m air rifle event at the Olympic Games held in Beijing. He had a disappointing campaign at the 2012 London Games after losing in the qualification round and saw compatriot Gagan Narang win a bronze in the same event.This time the 33-year-old is leaving no stone unturned for his own performance at the Rio Olympics, which might be the last time he will represent India at the Games. But Bindra says that along with his own performance, he will try and focus on the rest of the Indian contingent as well.”While my focus will be to perform at Rio, I will be writing to every member of the Indian Olympic team and offering them any help they may want.advertisement”Every Indian Olympian is a champion in his or her own right I would just be sharing my experiences with them. I would be open to doing this until the 15th of July and after that my focus will completely be towards my own performance until my event,” he added.Bindra, who will join Bollywood star Salman Khan as the Goodwill Ambassador for India, also requested everybody to support the athletes ahead of the Rio Games.”Request every Indian citizen to whole heartedly support the INDIAN OLYMPIC TEAM.”pic.twitter.com/uhNLtmynv0 Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 29, 2016
By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter Students who took part in the John Rollins Success Primary School Reading Marathon 2013, on April 10, were commended for their performances by wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Lady Allen. She said they have given her hope that Jamaica “is going to be the place to live, work, raise our families and do business.” Lady Allen was delivering the main address at the opening ceremony and launch of I-Pledge and Reading Week at the John Rollins Success Primary School, in St. James. The function was held under the theme: ‘Read today, lead tomorrow’. She is the official Patron of the I Promise to Lend Encouragement to Develop Growth in Education (I-PLEDGE) programme, which was established by GraceKennedy Money Services through its brand, Western Union. Lady Allen reminded the hundreds of students that reading is not just about calling words, but understanding what they are reading. “I want you all to understand that we are a bright set of people who have come a long way. This opportunity that GraceKennedy is giving you, you have to grab it. Reading is like a key that fits any door and once you are able to read, you are going to do well in all your other subjects,” she told the students. She challenged all teachers and their students participating in the Reading Marathon, to establish reading clubs in all their schools. “Use this springboard that you are getting from Grace Kennedy and Western Union to spring into other areas. You have to be creative,” Lady Allen said. After her presentation, Lady Allen and a large group of ‘substitute teachers’ read to the students.