Lethal Injection Is Not Cruel And Unusual Punishment – SCOTUS

It does not appear that the death penalty, as a way of punishing certain criminals, is going to be a thing of the past in the United States, especially in the State of Oklahoma. Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States confirmed the use of a lethal injection as a way to execute a convicted person. The Supreme Court found that the use of a lethal injection was not in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, particularly the ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Today’s ruling sends a strong message to advocates against the death penalty that it is here to stay.

This is not the first time that the constitutionality of lethal injection as a way of capital punishment has come before the Supreme Court. In 2008, the Supreme Court in Baze v. Rees 553 U.S. 35, upheld Kentucky’s use of lethal injection in carrying out capital punishment and held that it was consistent with the Constitution of the United States. Read More

Do We Really Need Each Other?

I was on a radio show yesterday – Joy 99.7FM‘s Corporate Hang Out – with a couple of friends. The show is relaxed and easy going, and is supposed to allow people in the corporate world unwind and tell others about how their week has been. The show has no particular structure and the discussion can be on any topic – I mean any topic at all. And that is exactly what happened yesterday.

I cannot recall exactly what happened but all I do remember is that after the brief introduction of the panelists, the topic of discussion then veered into “singleness” and whether women needed men and vice versa. I was the first to admit that I would need a woman as a life partner, a companion, etc and I also admitted that I was in a relationship. The other panelists on the show happened to be women, who vehemently opposed the idea of women needing men (but interestingly, not the idea of men needing women). Their argument was that “we cannot say women need men because it suggests that without men, women are nothing.” The lead advocate against the idea went as far as to say “I am embracing my singleness.” Read More

Where Are The Bins?

Last year, whilst the rest of West Africa was hit with the deadly virus, Ebola, Accra, the capital city of the Ghana, the gateway to Africa, was hit by a cholera outbreak. It is inexcusable that in the 21st Century, any modern city such as Accra should face such an outbreak. Lives were lost and people got sick for days and had to be away from work. And in some cases, were admitted at the hospital for days.

In response to this outbreak, the government came up with an initiative, a propaganda reaction to the problem, like everything else. On 1 November, the government declared the first Saturday of every month as a National Sanitation Day. A sanitation day? How does that solve a cholera outbreak? So apparently, on this so called National Sanitation Day, all Ghanaians must get involved in cleaning their surroundings. Read More

Francis Thomas Anderson – A Promising Young Man

I do not think I ever met Francis Thomas Anderson (I may have) but my very good friends: Mabel Simpson, Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor, and EmperorTonyi Senayah are very saddened by his departure. Their sadness had an impact on me so I got interested in what happened to Francis, and what I found out made me very sad.

Armed robbers were on a robbing spree in the area that Francis lived. They had visited a couple of houses before Francis’ house. Francis heard them coming into his house so he went out of the bedroom to try to prevent them from coming into his house. His wife, whom he had married in December 2014, and who was 8-months pregnant with his child, locked herself in the bedroom after Francis left. The next thing she heard were gunshots. The robbers then ransacked the house and left. She came out of the bedroom to her bleeding husband, and shouted for help but it was too late. Francis was no longer with the living. Read More

Final Thoughts – 5 October 2014

Lives are lost on a daily basis on our public roads, partly because of reckless driving but mostly because our roads are not constructed properly due to lack of funds and poor procurement processes.

Quality healthcare has become a luxury. Most Ghanaians cannot afford it.

Lack of quality water and erratic power supply have become part of the everyday Ghanaian lifestyle. The last few months have seen thousands of Ghanaians living Accra die from cholera, a preventable epidemic, because of poor sanitation around the capital city.

These and many other problems facing our society today could easily have been avoided with the judicious use of public funds.

Yet, every month, no every week, we are bombarded with corruption scandals and stories about the mismanagement of public funds. They never seem to end. The government tells us they are fighting corruption. But, are they really? Read More