Flawed Communication Strategies by Officials May Undermine the Government

first_imgThe inception of the Weah Administration in 2018 came with challenges ranging from economic to social issues, and all these have to do with employing or giving positions to people on sentiments and not qualification or competence. One major issue that continues to manifest the incompetence of most of the officials in this administration is a poor and disorganized communication approach.Mulbah Morlu, Chairman of the ruling party, is noted for sending out unfounded and unsubstantiated information and comments that have the propensity to derail the already struggling image of the government without the thought of the consequences of such comments.We recall when Morlu in 2018 rained insults on former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf when she commented on the alleged missing L$16 billion, he declared publicly that he knows who are connected to the missing money. He  further accused the Alternative National Congress (ANC) political leader, Alexander B. Cummings of allegedly paying people to get into the streets to protest for the alleged missing money, although he could not prove a single iota of evidence to substantiate his claims.Morlu is also on record for making blunt and irresponsible accusation against the LoneStar Cell MTN of monitoring people’s calls and messages on the internet; something he could not prove with any piece of evidence.From all indications, Liberians have become discontented and agitated over bad governance and the declining economy and have therefore resolved to protest action to be staged on June 7. But Mulbah Morlu has come out again accusing former President Sirleaf of providing financial support to the protesters to rise against the George Weah Administration.It is a damning accusation if only Mr. Morlu can prove his claim. This former President, during the presidential election of 2017, had conveyed a distinct impression that she was not interested in the victory of her own Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.And despite accusations made against her at the time by members of the Unity Party that she was no longer supporting the party on whose platform she held the presidency for two terms, former President Sirleaf remained nonplused and instead proceeded to invite President George Weah and Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor to Bong County to break ground for the Lofa Road corridor while campaign was still ongoing.It can also be recalled that while appearing for the last time at the United Nations General Assembly in September of 2017, President Sirleaf in a CNN interview stated rather bluntly that it was “time for generational change” a subtle inference to George Weah then waiting in the wings.These two instances set the basis for public debate and it was widely deduced that the former President supported the CDC in the past elections.We also recall on two occasions where this former President appeared on radio and called on Liberians to support this administration, suggesting that “If it fails, it will be all Liberians who have failed.” She also availed herself to assist the administration with her expertise to tackle difficult economic issues confronting the economy of the country.Until proven substantially that she supports protesters, we continue to hold his (Morlu) comments suspect, especially for this former President, whose activities and comments during the last electoral season had conveyed the distinct impression that she virtually ushered President Weah into office.However in the May 6, 2019 edition of the Daily Observer, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe dismissed Morlu’s claim that former President Sirleaf was giving out cash and moral support to protesters to take to the streets on June 7.We at the Daily Observer hold that such comments as Morlu’s are of no help to the President, and that those officials spewing inflammatory rhetoric on social media and on the airwaves should take a cue from the axing of Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon and comport themselves accordingly. Interestingly, President Weah himself is beginning the see the importance of order in the government’s communication structure, and has finally allowed the Minister of Information — in this case, Eugene Nagbe — to finally do his job. Officials of the Executive Branch of government and of the ruling party will have to observe decorum and the President, with the help of the Justice Minister, will have to enforce it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Series revives memories of Black Sox scandal

first_img With no playoffs, the White Sox and Reds were headed for the Series. Chicago opened as 8-5 favorites to beat the Reds before losing the best- of-nine set in eight games. The fix was soon exposed; eight White Sox players were banned for life, sports had its first modern commissioner and virtually every league adopted a prohibition against associating with gamblers. The Buckminster earned its place in cheating history honestly. With no room service or concierge, it is the kind of place professional baseball teams don’t stay in now. Even then, it had a “subdued, conservative, old-lady atmosphere,” Asinof wrote. According to Asinof, the White Sox wound up there for the late-season series because they had trashed their usual Boston hotel during a night of carousing on a previous trip. “Chairs, lamps, tables, even beds had been dumped out of the windows into the courtyard below,” Asinof wrote. “The Hotel Buckminster was the result.” The lobby these days has a fresh coat of gold paint on the rotunda trim and plywood over the original floor tiles to protect them from the current renovation. Outside, the marble-and-brick facade is well- pointed. In room 615, Sullivan would have been able to sit and look out the window, over what is now the Massachusetts Turnpike, and watch his accessories play at Fenway Park. Rooms on the other side of the building look out over Kenmore Square and the Citgo sign that television viewers see when home runs sail over Fenway’s Green Monster. Today, the 94-room hotel’s only connection to White, Black or Red Sox is the Chicago-style pizza place, complete with baseball memorabilia, occupying part of the street level. “You never hear about that,” said Sean Gibbons, a construction worker who stopped in for lunch. Across the bar sat Billy Murphy, a passable copy of Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek but more of a hockey fan than a baseball fan. He didn’t know about the connection to the 1919 Series, either, but he knew everything he needed to know about this year’s. “We’re not playing today,” he said, “because we lost.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! No plaque marks the start of what might be the most notorious cheating scandal in the history of American sports. But the Buckminster is still around, hosting baseball fans instead of players and giving them a view of Fenway and the history it has yet to make. “During the baseball season, a lot of people ask where the Black Sox scandal happened,” Ed Sheppherd, the hotel’s front desk manager, said Friday. “But the only people that would know what room they were in have long since passed away.” BOSTON — Tucked into Kenmore Square, between Fenway Park and the Citgo sign that provides the backdrop for so many baseball highlights, is another, lesser-known landmark with a place in history of its own. It was here, at the Hotel Buckminster, that Chicago White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil met with a gambler bidding to fix the 1919 World Series and promised him: “I think we can put it in the bag.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Buckminster staff can expect more inquiries this week, when the White Sox play the Houston Astros and try to win Chicago’s first World Series since the 1919 team gave one away. In “Eight Men Out,” the 1963 book about the fixing scandal that was made into a 1988 movie, author Eliot Asinof recounts the meeting at the Buckminster between Gandil and bookie Joe “Sport” Sullivan. The gambler arrived in a taxi, called Gandil’s room from the house phone and was asked to come up. Once inside, Gandil delivered the news and the price: $80,000. Little else is known about the meeting or the exact room where it took place. The date of the meeting is also in dispute: Asinof puts it “exactly three weeks before the World Series was to begin,” but the White Sox were in Washington that day, according to retrosheet.org; more likely, it was during their three- game Boston trip of Sept. 19-20. The White Sox arrived in Boston with a 6 1/2-game lead over the Cleveland Indians and just eight to play in the 140-game season. They beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Sept. 19 to clinch a tie for the AL pennant; Cincinnati, with a 10 1/2-game lead over the New York Giants, had already clinched the NL title. last_img read more