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Pope Francis declares death penalty inadmissible in all cases

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has changed the teachings of the Catholic faith to officially oppose the death penalty in all circumstances, the Vatican has said.

The Catechism of the Church, a codified doctrine which sums up teachings, had previously stated that the death penalty could be used in some cases.

It now says it is "inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person".

Pope Francis has spoken out against executions in the past.


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President swear-in new EC Chairperson, deputies

President swear-in new EC Chairperson, deputies

Accra, Aug. 2, GNA - President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday swore-into office the new Commissioner for the Electoral Commission, Mrs Jean Adukwei Mensah.
He also inducted into office, her two deputies, Mr Samuel Tetteh, and Dr Eric Bossman Asare, as well as Ms Adwoa Asuma Abrefi, as a member of the Commission.


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Broaden consultation on critical matters - Prof Kwesi Botchwey

Dr. Kwesi Botchwey

The Founder and Executive Chairman of the African Development Policy Initiative (ADPOI), Professor Kwesi Botchwey, has called on the government to broaden the process of consultation over critical matters that affect the public good.

He said there was a need for the government to make the right decisions rather than hasty and expedient ones by creating an atmosphere of inclusiveness, respect and courtesy in national discourse and debates and be tolerant of other people’s views rather than angrily dismissing them.


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Nine women file to contest NDC elections in Central Region

NDC

Efforts at encouraging strong women representation in active politics received a major boost as nine women filed their forms to contest various positions in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Central Region.

Seven out of the number were candidates contesting the election for the first time, with two incumbent women seeking re-election.

In all, 62 candidates had put themselves up for the party's internal polls as of the close of filing on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.


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Suspend renegotiated AMERI, Karpower deals — Minority

Minority

The Minority in Parliament has called on the government to, as a matter of national interest, suspend the renegotiated Ameri Power and Karpower deals, saying they are riddled with scandalous content and are a rip-off.

Presenting the position of the Minority on the deals at a press conference in Accra yesterday, Mr John Jinapor, the Member of Parliament for Yapei/Kusawgu and former Deputy Power Minister, said the government should rather make the details available for broader public scrutiny before going ahead with the deals.


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Consolidated Bank Ltd takes over assets of 5 collapsed banks

The Banks

The Bank of Ghana (BoG) has revoked the licences of five banks and subsequently merged them into a new bank — the Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited — to be headed by Mr Nii Amanor Dodoo of KPMG.

The entities — the uniBank, the Royal Bank, the Sovereign Bank, the Construction Bank and the BEIGE Bank — were found to have committed various regulatory and financial breaches that made them insolvent and unfit to continue operations.


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Why Spio-Garbrah will be good NDC flagbearer' essay competition launched

Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

A flag bearer aspirant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, has observed that the success of the NDC in the 2020 election will depend largely on how the party's elected communicators will market the party's messages and Presidential candidate.

He has stressed the need for NDC communicators to develop more interest in research to sharpen their communication skills.


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Govt, banking consultant back BoG move

Dr Ernest Addison — Governor, BoG

Dr Ernest Addison — Governor, BoG

Moments after the announcement of the revocation of the licences and subsequent merger of the five local banks by the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Banking Consultant, Nana Otuo Acheampong, backs the move by the central bank, saying it will bring certainty in the ongoing recaptalisation drive.

“This is good news because this move will protect depositors’ funds and strengthen the banking sector and make it more solid,” he stated.


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EOCO indicts Ernest Thompson, four others in SSNIT software scandal

Ernest Thompson and Caleb Afaglo

Four people, including the former Director General of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Mr Ernest Thompson have been indicted by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) for causing financial loss to the state.

The others are Mrs Juliet Hasana Krama, CEO of Perfect Business System (PBS), John Hagan Mensah, former OBS Project Manager at SSNIT and Caleb Afaglo who was General Manager of Management Information Systems (MIS) at SSNIT.


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Defunct Capital Bank founder Ato Essien released after detention

William Ato Essien

The Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) has granted bail to Mr William Ato Essien, the founder of collapsed bank, Capital Bank after detaining him overnight.
EOCO invited Mr Essien on Tuesday April 17 to assist with ongoing investigations into circumstances leading to the collapse of the bank in August last year.

Its Executive Director, Mr K. K. Amoah, told Graphic Online Wednesday that the detention was “part of the investigation process.”


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