first_imgThe MMP Foundation for Excellence continues to make tangible donations to organisation as part of its social mandate.The Foundation through its founder, Mohabir M Persaud, has donated two electronic tables to the New Amsterdam Special Needs School as prizes for the institution’s pageant.Treasure of the MMP Foundation, David Brigbhukan handing over the electronic tablets to a teacher of New Amsterdam Special Needs SchoolThe pageant is slated for Wednesday, March 21 at the school’s auditorium located at Vrymens Erven, New Amsterdam.The pageant will see six boys and six girls competing for the title of Mr and Miss New Amsterdam Special Needs. Presently, the contestants are being trained by beauties out of the “I’m a big Deal Pageant” and the children are all excited.The children participating in the pageant will be introducing themselves by way of sign language. They will also be competing in evening wear among other segments. The pageant is set for 16:00h on Wednesday and the public is encouraged to support.The MMP Foundation for Excellence is a non-profit organisation that was officially launched at the JC Chandisingh Secondary School located in Rose Hall, Corentyne, Berbice where its first scholarship was presented and 10 students were given a certificate of commitment to receive financial assistance for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.Now the Foundation has extended its assistance to students of Corentyne Comprehensive High, Lower Corentyne Secondary and Port Mourant Secondary. The Foundation is in the process of planning its first major fund-raising activity in the form of a T-20 cricket competition on April 28 at the Albion Community Centre Ground.last_img read more

first_img“Contrary to the president’s assertions, our failed strategy in Iraq has exacerbated the threat against us. The president says that fighting them `there’ makes it less likely we will have to fight them `here.’ The opposite is true. Because we are fighting them there, it may become more likely that we’ll have to fight them here.” The report also calls into question Bush’s claim that America is safer five years after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Although intelligence officials agreed that U.S. efforts “have seriously damaged” al-Qaida’s leadership, they said Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network remains “the greatest threat to the homeland and U.S. interests abroad.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Iraq war is fueling a growing threat of global terrorism and “shaping a new generation of terrorist leaders,” according to a report from U.S. intelligence agencies that President Bush ordered declassified Tuesday. The grim analysis offers little reason for optimism over the next five years, the time frame covered by the assessment. It concludes that Islamic extremists are growing “in both number and geographic dispersion,” that new radical threats are emerging and that terrorist attacks are likely to increase. It also says that Iraq has become a training ground for terrorists and a recruitment tool for extremists around the world. “The Iraq conflict has become the `cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement,” the report says. For reasons that aren’t clear, the declassified excerpts from the report make no mention of Afghanistan, where the war against al-Qaida began five years ago, but where the Taliban have rebounded in parts of the country and reconstruction efforts have flagged. The assessment came in the form of a National Intelligence Estimate, an analysis that reflects the consensus of all 16 government intelligence services, including the CIA. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCiting unnamed government officials, The New York Times and other media outlets characterized the report’s conclusions on Sunday without quoting directly from the classified document. Bush directed intelligence officials to release excerpts from the report to counter suggestions that the analysis means that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq has fueled rather than curbed the terrorist threat and that the United States would be better off withdrawing from Iraq. The report does conclude that the Iraq war has helped spread terrorism, but it also supports Bush’s view that a U.S. loss there would make things even worse. “Perceived jihadist success there would inspire more fighters to continue the struggle elsewhere,” the report says. “Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.” In response, Rep. Jane Harman of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said: last_img