Urban local bodies polls underway in Rajasthan

first_imgPolling to elect about 2,100 ward councillors is underway in all 49 municipal bodies across Rajasthan on Saturday. According to that state election department, the polling started at 7 a.m. and will continue till 5 p.m. The election has been peaceful so far, an official of the department said. A total of 7,944 candidates are in the fray in 49 civic bodies of the State. The election department said that a total of 33.69 lakh voters, including 17.05 lakh men and 16.01 lakh women, will exercise their franchise on Saturday. Counting of votes will be done on November 19. Election for chairman and deputy chairman of local bodies will be held on November 26 and 27 respectively.last_img read more

Michigan House committee approves school employee retirement reforms

first_img Categories: Albert News,News 14Jun Michigan House committee approves school employee retirement reforms A state House committee today approved legislation to help improve the future finances of Michigan’s public schools by fixing a broken school employee retirement system.The legislation sponsored by Rep. Thomas Albert of Lowell provides an enhanced 401k-style plan for current and new public school employees. It also gives employees an annuity option through the 401k-style plan, if they desire a guaranteed portion of retirement income. The plan will give new school employees more control and freedom to manage their own retirement savings because the money will follow them throughout their careers, even if they change jobs or professions.New school employees will have the option of selecting a revised hybrid plan – with elements of a 401k and a pension — that is more stable, predictable and less risky than the current version. The current hybrid plan created in 2010 will be closed to new entrants.The plan keeps a promise to Michigan’s retired and current school employees, whose benefits don’t change – with one notable and positive exception. Current school employees who already have opted for a 401k plan will get the new, more lucrative defined contribution plan along with new hires.“Today is an exciting day for the future of Michigan,” said Albert, who worked as an investor for the state pension system before his election to the Legislature. “This bill gives new hires control of their own financial future, protects the Michigan taxpayer from a growing liability, and helps move toward focusing school spending on education — and not services rendered decades ago.“This proposal is one giant step in the right direction for our school system,” Albert said. “Our schools are drowning in debt, with more than a third of school funding going to pension liabilities. We can shore up this system and get out of this hole dug over the past several decades. But we’ve got to act now, make tough decisions and do the right thing.”The legislation affecting the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System advances to the House floor after its approval by the House Education Reform Committee.Michigan’s public school employee pension and retiree health care system is buried in debt, with an unfunded liability approaching $40 billion – including $29 billion on the pension side alone. The debt costs the state and local schools nearly $2,000 per student annually, and the debt has been rising each year.“The debt has hurt teacher salaries and taken resources out of the classroom that would be far better spent directly educating our children,” Albert said. “The state’s previous attempts to fix the system have not gone far enough. It’s time to make real change, with real numbers and real certainty.”center_img ###The legislation is House Bill 4647.last_img read more

He sent me the messages written by all the school

first_img“He sent me the messages written by all the school children and the one recurring theme was the desire of the young people to move on and that there would be no going back to the dark days.“For a long time I, along with my music producer Eamon Karran, worked on putting something together but it was never quite right. “So I sent a song I had written called Love Emerges to Ben Kelly from The Voice UK and he re-worked it and came back with Moving On (No Going Back). “I knew right away it was perfect and David Latimer agreed so we recorded it in Dublin about six weeks ago.“A week before the murder of Lyra we got it back and last week at the Sing for Peace event, which was organised by Dr Nicola Herron, we were asked to launch it at the rally.”Peace anthem performed at Lyra McKee rally in Derry tops iTunes charts was last modified: May 11th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The PPI is spearheaded by Presbyterian minister Rev David Latimer. The song, inspired by hundreds of peace messages written by school children from the nine counties of Ulster, was recorded by Conor shortly before Ms McKee was shot dead.The journalist was observing by the New IRA in Derry on April 19.Mr McGinty told the Belfast Telegraph: “Rev Latimer approached me quite a while back about the idea of a peace anthem as part of his Pathways to Peace initiative and I was only too happy to be part of this. CONOR MCGINTYDerryDerry-born musicianiTunesJOURNALISTLyra McKeePeace anthem performed at Lyra McKee rally in Derry tops iTunes chartsREV DAVID LATIMERworld tunes chart ShareTweet Conor McGinty performing on X Factor three years agoA PEACE anthem sung for the first time at a recent rally in Derry for murdered journalist Lyra McKee is now top of iTunes charts across the globe.Former X Factor star and Derry-born musician Conor McGinty recorded Moving On (No Going Back) as part of the Pathway to Peace Initiative.last_img read more