14Jan Rep. Berman fights for increased government transparency with first bill Categories: Berman News State Rep. Ryan Berman submits his government transparency plan to the House enrolling clerk.State Rep. Ryan Berman, along with a bipartisan group of his Michigan House colleagues, has introduced a comprehensive plan to increase the transparency of state government.Berman, of Commerce Township, said Michigan is one of a very few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature from sunshine laws. The bipartisan solution would remove these exemptions and make the government more accountable to the people of Michigan.“Transparency isn’t a partisan issue,” Berman said. “Transparency is about being open and accountable to the people we’re here to serve.”The transparency plan will subject the Legislature to a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and the governor and lieutenant governor to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).“State representatives, senators and the governor should be held to the same transparency laws as local governments and school boards. It makes no sense to exempt our elected state officials from these important standards,” Berman said. “It’s time to update the law and set an example of openness and honesty.”Just like some documents containing sensitive personal information are exempt from disclosure by local governments under the current FOIA law, the new LORA will exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the district, human resources files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.The plan, laid out in House Bills 4007-16, has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.###
The Plough Inn, Hillsborough02/07/2015 Grand Central Bar, Derry16/06/2015 Mickey Kelly’s, Armagh02/07/2015 BARDate And even at this early stage, the team to beat is sure to be defending champion and three-times winner The Hoffs from Belfast, who have dominated the quiz since it was formed, as McCoy’s NI Business Account Manager Ricky Wattsexplains.“We are delighted to be launching our sixth annual McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz and every year it seems to get better and better,” said Ricky. “We have seen many teams battle it out for the big prize over the years, but there is no doubt who the outstanding team has been, and that is The Hoffs who have come up trumps on no fewer than three occasion!“Whilst it is clear that The Hoffs are true champions, we are convinced that there are teams out there who are ready and able to be crowned the new McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015 – or maybe even groups of like-minded individuals who fancy combining their intellectual resources to knock The Hoffs off their lofty perch.“All in all, this year promises to be another fantastic challenge and we are urging all teams of friends, families and colleagues to make a night of it and attend one of the heats in their area,” he added.The McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz 2015 continues its association with radio station U105FM and popular drive-time presenterJohnny Hero is excited to revisit his role as Quiz Master at the Grand Final.“We are a competitive bunch in Northern Ireland and the McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz is certainly Northern Ireland’s definitive pub quiz,” said Johnny.“The standard at these events is always incredibly high and the weird and wonderful facts that the top teams have at their disposal never ceases to amaze me. “I’m already looking forward to the Grand Final which is always a great night full of fun, tension and excitement as teams battle it out for the £1000 prize and the much sought after title of NI Pub Quiz Champion,” continued the DJ.As well as The Hoffs, other winners of the McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz over the years include We’re Only Here For The Crispsfrom Bangor and The Sandbaggers from Portstewart.Hopefuls wanting to test their knowledge against the best in this year’s competition should simply turn up to their nearest regional heat*. Teams must have no more than six members and must be available to participate in the final in Belfast on September 3.Demand at each heat is expected to be high so participants are advised to arrive early on the night to avoid disappointment.More details regarding heats and venues, as well as a variety of killer questions, fun facts and prize giveaways can be found on the McCoy’s NI Facebook page.McCoy’s is the number one ridged crisp in Northern Ireland with 100% distribution across 350 symbol stores locally for its top three flavours Flame Grilled Steak, Salt and Malt Vinegar and Cheddar and Onion. Across the UK, McCoy’s crisps are consumed by more than a third of households and one pack is eaten every 15 seconds. Denvir’s, Downpatrick22/07/2015 Yes it can only mean one thing – the province’s biggest pub quiz competition is back in town.So if you’re the kind of person who knows that an octopus has three hearts, that coulrophobia is a fear of clowns, or that Time Magazine named Adolf Hitler ‘Man of the Year’ in 1938, then you and your friends could be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015 as well as a mouth-watering £1000 first prize.Now in its sixth year, the annual McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz will see quiz buffs battle it out in 14 regional heats across the province between now and the end of August with the winning team from each heat qualifying for the Grand Final at The Errigle Inn in Belfast on Thursday September 3.This year’s search to find Northern Ireland’s brainiest pub quiz team is part of the McCoy’s ‘In a Different League’campaign to mark the brand’s newfound status as the Official Crisp Partner of the Football League, the oldest league in world football which was founded in 1888. Beehive Bar, Lurgan06/08/2015 Beechill Inn, Belfast23/07/2015 The McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz 2015 heats will take place at the following venues: The Coach Inn, Omagh04/08/2015 Windrose, Carrickfergus21/07/2015 The Anchor, Portstewart05/08/2015 The Bank, Newry30/07/2015 WHO IS THE BRAINIEST PUB QUIZ TEAM IN THE NORTH? was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: WHO IS THE BRAINIEST PUB QUIZ TEAM IN THE NORTH? The Front Page, Ballymena10/06/2015 ShareTweet Grand Final at The Errigle Inn03/09/2015 Devinish Bar, Enniskillen13/08/2015 CLEVER CLOGS John Baxter and Ricky Watts of KP Snacks are on the hunt to find Northern Irelands brainiest pub quiz team with the launch of the sixth annual McCoys NI Pub Quiz. The provinces biggest pub quiz competition offers local brainiacs the opportunity to compete for a mouth-watering £1000 first prize and the coveted title of McCoys NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015. From now until the end of August, 14 regional heats will take place across Northern Ireland in Ballymena, Downpatrick, Armagh, Enniskillen, Omagh, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Newry, Derry~Londonderry, Lurgan, Portstewart and Hillsborough. The winning team from each heat will qualifying for the Grand Final at The Errigle Inn in Belfast on Thursday September 3. Teams wanting to enter the competition and pit their skills against the best should simply turn up at their nearest heat. For details on venues and dates, visit the McCoys NI Facebook page. Teams must have no more than six members and must be available to participate in the final in Belfast on September 3.THAT time of year is upon us when certain questions start being asked all over Northern Ireland. Very important questions. Like… Who wrote Moby Dick? How many are in a baker’s dozen? Or which King in a deck of cards is the only one without a moustache? TIME Bar and Venue, Cookstown02/07/2015 The Errigle, Belfast22/06/2015
THE Alley Theatre in Strabane is delighted to be hosting the 20th Anniversary of C.R.A.I.C. with the ‘Johnny Crampsie Song and Dance Music Festival’, with concerts and workshops taking place throughout this weekend.In 1995 under the name CRAIC (Cultural Revival Among Integrated Communities), a group of people got together with the aim of reviving the old cultural traditions.After holding successful trad music weekend in 1997, CRAIC set up an annual event dedicated to the respected local musician, Johnny Crampsie who was a versatile fiddle and saxophone musician that played trad and a wide range or other types of music.The opening concert of the festival will take place in the Alley Theatre on this Friday night with CRAIC in Concert with Special Guests Tom Byrne and Friends, with an evening of traditional Irish and Folk music, hosted by the well-established local group. 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRAIC AT JOHNNY CRAMPSEY SONG AND DANCE MUSIC FESTIVALstrabaneTHE ALLEY THEATRE ShareTweet Over the festival weekend, the ever popular trad CRAIC Late Night Sessions can be enjoyed by all in the Stables of Sion Mills, while finishing off with the Closing Session with CRAIC on the Sunday evening.Craic is also celebrating their 20 year anniversary with an exhibition in the gallery space in the Alley Theatre with audio, video, photographic and artefact displays from the many events through the years.This will be an opportunity for the hundreds of people who have taken part or just enjoyed their experiences with craic to relive those memories.This promises to be another exciting and memorable weekend for all those culture vultures out there so come along and enjoy.For more information on the festival visit – http://www.craiconline.netTickets for all events are now available at the box office and online. The full Autumn/Winter programme is now available for download at http://www.alley-theatre.com/brochure/ and further updates will be available viafb.com/thealleytheatre and @TheAlleyTheatre on Twitter.20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CRAIC AT JOHNNY CRAMPSEY SONG AND DANCE MUSIC FESTIVAL was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: The Johnny Crampsie Music Workshops will take place on Saturday with tutors from the fabulous group Beoga, followed by an opportunity for participants to perform on stage as part of the Beoga Concert, taking place later that evening.Beoga (Gaelic for ‘lively’) have become one of the most exciting, popular and influential groups in modern traditional Irish music.Their unique sound features the twin dueling accordions of Damian McKee and multi-instrumentalist Seán Óg Graham, pianist Liam Bradley, four times All-Ireland bodhrán champion Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne, on vocals and fiddle.Shortlisted for a Grammy nomination in 2010, Beoga are described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the best traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century’.