first_imgHyderabad: TRS leaders on Monday took part in the foundation laying function for construction of party offices in all the districts. Ministers and ZP chairpersons performed Bhoomi pooja at their respective districts. Health Minister E Rajender laid foundation at Karimnagar district. ZP chairperson Sunita Mahender Reddy laid foundation at Vikarabad. In Sircilla N Aruna was the chief guest and former minister and party’s working president K T Rama Rao was also present. Roja Radhakrishna Sharma laid foundation at Siddipet district where former minister T Harish Rao was also present. The TRS leaders were laying foundations in all the 33 districts in the State.last_img

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first_imgIf the rumor mill has taught us anything this week, it’s that we should really be looking past today’s event to whatever Apple has planned next. According to at least one employee, today’s iPad announcement is going to be a bit of a snoozer. But while an iPad 3 announcement is likely still a ways off, we’ll no doubt being seeing some kind of of iPhone announcement at around the halfway mark this year.In an recent meeting with Bernstein Research, Apple’s COO (and stand-in CEO) Tim Cook let slip a little bit of information that many are jumping on as evidence of that cheap iPhone/iPhone nano we’ve been hearing so much about in the past month.Toni Sacconaghi, the Bernstein analyst who met with Cook, reported that the exec “appeared to reaffirm the notion that Apple is likely to develop lower priced offerings,” in an attempt to shoot down the notion that Apple products are “just for the rich.”This, of course, is far from a concession–Apple’s executives are generally pretty good about keeping things under wraps (particularly due to the fact that, until fairly recently, only one of them really did any speaking on behalf of the company). It’s something to think about, at least, as you spend the day refreshing the Apple Store page.last_img

first_imgGuerin, Fennelly, O’Higgins and O’Neill: A quick guide to garda whistleblowing Sometimes they can be difficult to digest. A garda graduation ceremony in Templemore Source: Niall Carson/PA ImagesIN THE LAST three years there’s been report after report and inquiry after inquiry about matters relating to An Garda Síochána.Frequently shocking, often confusing but always worthwhile, the avalanche of information can nonetheless be difficult to digest.These reports and inquiries are known by the name of the judge who chaired them, but with another one published today, we’ve put together guide to which is which.February 2014Penalty points report(s)Three years ago this month the report by the Garda Inspectorate’s into the penalty points system was published.Its proper title was: The Fixed Charge Processing System: A 21st Century Strategy. You can access it in full here.The report found “consistent and widespread breaches“ by those charged with administering penalty points and made 37 recommendations for changes and improvements to the system.The inspection had been requested by then Justice Minister Alan Shatter following allegations of corruption and favouritism in the penalty points system.Whistleblower Maurice McCabe was among those to have made the allegations of wrongdoing.The publication of the report did little to ease the pressure on Shatter and there were more and more calls for him to resign.One person who did resign soon after was Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.Callinan retired from the force weeks after the report having previously branded the ongoing garda whistleblower disclosures as “quite disgusting. Source: Bock The Robber/YouTubeThere were also other reports directly into the penalty points controversy including those by the Garda Síochána Ombudnsman Commission (GSOC) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).February 2014 The Guerin Report Justice Minster Alan Shatter (centre) pictured at the funeral of a colleague in 2014. Source: Brian Lawless/PASenior counsel Seán Guerin was tasked with investigating allegations by Maurice McCabe that gardaí mishandled a series of cases involving abduction, assault and murder.The report detailed a litany of dysfunction across the Cavan/Monaghan garda district in particular.Among them it looked at the series of omissions and failures that led to the murder of Sylvia Roche Kelly by a man who was out on bail.The Guerin Report also looked at how the whistleblowing allegations were handled within the Department of Justice.Even before it was published, it claimed the job of Alan Shatter who stepped down as Justice Minister after reading just three chapters from it.Shatter later launched a successful legal appeal against the report’s findings in relation to him. Martin Callinan and Alan Shatter pictured in 2011. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieJune 2014The Cooke ReportThe Cooke Report investigated the alleged bugging of the GSOC headquarters.In his report, retired High Court judge John Cooke found no evidence of surveillance at the Dublin offices.The report said that while it is impossible to rule out all possibility of covert surveillance, it was clear that the evidence does not support it.The report was commissioned by Alan Shatter after a security firm picked up signals and wifi anomalies in a sweep of GSOC’s Dublin office.The initial allegations were made public by The Sunday Times on 9 February 2014.OngoingThe Fennelly CommissionThe Fennelly Commission was set up to look into a system that had been secretly recording phone calls in and out of dozens of garda stations around the country from the 1980s up to 2013.The commission has not finished its work but has said that there are around 2,500 tapes which run to millions of hours of recording and that doing so is ”time consuming and labour intensive”.It is also looking at the circumstances surrounding the departure of the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Callinan’s departure was announced on the same day the government revealed the garda recordings.The before he stepped down, the Taoiseach had sent Department of Justice secretary general Brian Purcell to Callinan’s home to stress the seriousness of the situation.The commission has also already revealed that Callinan had eight to ten bags of his personal papers shredded after announcing his retirement.April 2016The O’Higgins report Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan arrives at Leinster House in Dublin. Source: Brian Lawless/PA WireThe 362 page report of the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation into Certain Matters relative to the Cavan/Monaghan Division of An Garda Siochana was published last year.It found that many victims of crime in Cavan were failed by gardaí because of deficiencies, resources and problems with management.Specifically, it found that Bailieboro Garda Station operated with too many probationary gardaí without proper supervision.It also detailed a list of different cases in which victims were let down.The revelations ramped up the pressure on current Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan.February 2017 The O’Neill reportToday, a redacted report by Justice Iarfhlaith O’Neill has approved a commission of investigation into new whistleblower allegations.The O’Neill report centres on allegations that a smear campaign against whistleblower Maurice McCabe was initiated by senior gardaí.Read: You’re hearing a lot about garda whistleblowers today – here’s why >Read: Nóirín O’Sullivan ‘made allegations of sexual crimes against Maurice McCabe to journalists’, Dáil hears > Short URL 9,445 Views By Rónán Duffy Feb 8th 2017, 6:29 PM Share39 Tweet Email Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 6:29 PM 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img

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