Dear Editor,There is no doubt in my mind, fortified by wide, relevant and substantial experience, that “meritocracy is the way to go” (ref. GHK Lall’s letter in SN of 8/6/16) if we are to achieve unduly unbiased, effective recruitment and promotion of staff without playing the tit-for-tat or revolving political/racial games which many of the commentators and critics of my earlier letter against “social engineering” of this nodal Human Resource Management function seem to be advocating.I have never had nor do I now have any interest in any “PR or cover-up” for any government or private sector organisation here in Guyana (as was implied by some critics) nor for any other entities in the many countries in which I have lived and worked.I am very proud of the non-political, non-racial and other non-discriminatory ways in which I have practiced my professions first as a school-teacher and then as a Human Resource Management practitioner.I am fully aware of what appears like gross political/ethnic and other discrimination during all the regimes in Guyana’s 50 years of existence. For example, I travel a lot into and out of Guyana, the USA and Canada and every time I do so I am struck by the mono-ethnicity of the airport officials at Timehri vis-à-vis the multi-ethnicity of their counterparts in New York and Toronto.Incidentally, what is also quite noticeable is the inefficiency and deficient courtesy of the Timehri staff in stark contrast with the courtesy and efficiency of their American and Canadian counterparts. (I can relate several examples but last Monday’s when I arrived at Timehri from NY will suffice: For years I have been using the Immigration line marked for VIP’s and Diplomats without any objection from anyone; however, on this first and only occasion I was accosted by a rudely officious female officer standing at the top of the line with a stern comment: “You are in the wrong line” to which my response with a respectful smile was that I always used that line and if she could please tell me why she thought that I was “in the wrong line”; her brusque, brutish response was “I said you are in the wrong line” and she peremptorily wave-motioned me to the other lines! There was no one behind me and the other lines were already quite long!! …I did not make a fuss but meekly moved as she ordered because I was particularly keen to get out quickly on this occasion as I had two successive official appointments for that morning with very senior officers at NCN and GRA, at their requests!!!).Now back to the issue at hand: What is obviously clear is the fact that Guyana Governments of all stripes have had ample opportunities to remedy the perceived racial imbalances but all unfortunately failed.I therefore repeat my professional conviction that the best approach to the ethnic and effectiveness factors is the focus on “meritocracy’ as mentioned by the respected GHK or “competency” as I have been advocating, without losing sight altogether of the need for diversity and equity, all things being equal.There has also been much talk about the so-called ‘level playing field’; to me that is a myth or at best wishful thinking! Like my Guyanese brothers and sisters, I am painfully aware of the same ‘level playing field’ concept being compromised by several extraneous factors, both human and physical.As a dedicated farmer as well as an avid sportsman, I can relate several instances where ‘the field’ is as level as a billiard table but compromised by many variables like soil structure, perimeter drainage, moisture, other environmental factors and contextual imperatives that over-ride any advantage attributable to the ‘levelling’ factor be it sports or farming or recruitment or promotion or other HR management practices.In the final analysis it is the knowledge, the skill, the experience, the competence of the relative players that matter most.Yours faithfully,Nowrang Persaud
WOODLAND HILLS – With a friendly and caring nature, the Rev. George Sullivan has begun his tenure as senior pastor at St. Mel Roman Catholic Church. Sullivan was appointed to the post after the Rev. Msgr. Padraic Loftus retired in June from the Woodland Hills parish. Named after St. Mel of Ardagh who was said to be a nephew of St. Patrick, St. Mel Roman Catholic Church, was established in 1955. With a preschool and K-8 school, the parish now has nearly 3,000 registered families. “I’m not here to replace (Msgr. Loftus) is what I’ve said to people,” Sullivan says. “I was nervous at the first Mass (June 30). It was a day of transition for all of us.” “People have taken the change in stride. Msgr. Loftus had told us he was retiring. He has been a wonderful leader and a compassionate man to us,” said Sister Patricia Arnold, director of pastoral care at St. Mel’s. “I think that Father George will be walking in his footsteps. He’s very open. He immediately comes across as being friendly and he has really been trying to get to know everyone by name.” The parish has been working with other congregations to hold ecumenical services and Arnold said Sullivan seems open to the idea of continuing that friendly effort. “We’re a very hospitable and caring parish. People are accepted wherever they are on their (faith) journey. My first impressions of Father George are that he’s caring and interested in people,” said Rosemary McLarty, a longtime parishioner and director of the church’s administration. “His homilies connect to our everyday lives.” One new practice that parishioners have noted is Sullivan’s historical background to the Scripture of the day during Mass. And so far many think the introductions make the verses more understandable. In his 31 years as a priest, Sullivan said he has been asked many beseeching questions. But the No. 1 question often takes place during a hospital visit or a funeral: How do I find God during this? Being present for people and reminding them to trust in God are strategies Sullivan uses to help people cope with tragedies. And he said he reminds people that God loves them – even when they’ve expressed sinfulness and abuse – and that they can turn their lives around. Sullivan said the Roman Catholic Church also needs to heal in the wake of sexual abuse scandals that have rocked parishes across the country. “There is a need for healing and an awareness of people being in pain. It is the Church’s pain and shame. We, at St. Mel, have been asking what can we do to help?” Sullivan said. “It’s not a solution, but we are in the planning stage for a prayer service of healing and reconciliation. We want the prayer service – late September or October – to acknowledge and embrace the individuals and families who have been affected.” Sullivan studied in Rome for five years and is comfortable speaking Italian. And he said he often has helped guide people who have drifted away from the church. “Tell me more. That’s what I would ask someone who has drifted away from church. Where are you in your faith? What’s happening in your life now?” he said. “Can you re-think your past church experiences? Can there be a new experience? Sunday Mass is a school of disciples and there’s always more to learn. Tell me more.” The Rev. George Sullivan will lead the 9a.m. and 5p.m. Sunday Masses, St. Mel Roman Catholic Church, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 340-6020. [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sullivan wistfully recalled his last Masses and good-byes to parishioners at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Oxnard. He also has served at parishes in Ventura, Covina and South El Monte. The Ventura native said he knew he wanted to join the priesthood since he was in second grade. He attended high school at Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando and received degrees from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. He was ordained in 1976. “I thought about what I was going to do a lot. … I liked the sciences, geology, in school. I liked photography,” Sullivan said about his vocational options. “But (at one point) I felt that God was saying go the next step. “It’s a certain challenge. The joy of being a priest is the connection with people.” Sullivan and Loftus have known each other for years but the only advice the 70-year-old Irish native gave his successor was simple: Love the people.
2 REPLY REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade The build-up to this weekend’s football saw Tottenham touted as challengers for this season’s Premier League title, and rightly so.They went into their match at Burnley, which they were expected to win and move to just two points off the top two Manchester City and Liverpool. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Good result for #LFC 👍🔴 https://t.co/De4Vd5lo06— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) February 23, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY What a performance from Burnley, up the Clarets! 👏 #BURTOT #LFC— James Walsh (@Jarvybigtweets) February 23, 2019 RANKED Thank you Burnley 😂👏#BURTOT #ynwa #lfc— Camilla (@CamillaSthl) February 23, 2019 Spurs’ next two league games sees them take on Chelsea and Arsenal too, which are no gimmes.It’s a result that will leave Spurs fans with that burning sense of frustration that just when it looks like they’re in with a chance of winning something, they capitulate at the crucial moment.But some Liverpool and City fans were in no mood for sympathy and basked in the glory at seeing Pochettino’s men bottle it.Below you can see some of the best tweets from Liverpool and City fans on Spurs’ defeat including some aimed at talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, who was one of the pundits to insist Spurs should not be ruled out of the race. no dice That ridiculous comment ‘if Liverpool lose to Man U and Spurs win the rest’ can now end— ToggerGuru (@ToggerGuru) February 23, 2019 Spurs to pressure City and Liverpool for the Premier League title. 😂😂— Kiran (@mcfcki) February 23, 2019 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Spurs were unable to get a result despite Harry Kane’s return to the starting line-up following an ankle injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 And with City playing in the Carabao Cup final and Liverpool facing a resurgent Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, a win would put Spurs within two points of them.However, things did not go to plan at all as Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell to a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor despite the return of talisman Harry Kane to the starting XI.The defeat leaves Spurs in a difficult position and if Liverpool can get anything out of the United game, then that’s vital ground Spurs have lost. @talkSPORTDrive Adrian Durham: “If Spurs beat Burnley and United beat Liverpool, the title is in Spurs hands. Why’s no one talking about this?”Spurs: “Hold my beer” https://t.co/e25prS1NLJ— Jake (@Everything_City) February 23, 2019 Spurs have still got to play City and Liverpool away, a North London derby and a game vs Chelsea. Could be 8 points adrift before all that as well. Two horse race now.— Dom (@Frankly2Shankly) February 23, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham had a huge chance to close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool shining REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Why are Liverpool fans happy that spurs lost lmao they were never serious— Owen (16-0) (@StyleBenderV2) February 23, 2019 BEST OF ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow That was a huge surprise especially after Spurs’ impressive victory vs. Dortmund. Big blow for them in the title race. Hope we can capitalise on this tomorrow. #LFC— The Normal One (@Shai_lfc) February 23, 2019 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Spurs treating the title race like the Hokey Cokey! #BURTOT #LFC #PL— Sportsmadman (@99sportsmadman) February 23, 2019