Arts & Culture | JuneauJuneau Arts and Humanities Council passes diversity resolutionMarch 30, 2016 by Jennifer Canfield, KTOO Share:Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board members Christy NaMee Eriksen, Eric Scott and Rico Worl (l-r) pose for a photo after signing a resolution to bring more diversity to the council’s activities. (Photo courtesy of Christy NaMee Eriksen)Juneau’s arts council is sending a “diversity Bat-Signal” to the community, said artist Christy NaMee Eriksen. She’s a local business owner and member of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board.“We’re hoping that some people who we’ve never spoken to before, who’ve never maybe even set foot in the (Juneau Arts and Culture Center) before will hear it and will hear this call for us to want to listen to them — listen to their stories, listen to their experiences — and will reach out to us so we can involve them in some of these community conversations,” Eriksen said.The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board recently formalized its commitment to diversity with a resolution, which commits the organization to three things:to serve the diverse communities of Juneau in a progressive and inclusive manner,to incorporate different facets of diversity in selections for board membership, staff positions, committee memberships and grant programs, andto establish a task force to recommend policies, procedures and programs “with the goal of establishing a culturally inclusive arts council.The resolution isn’t an action plan, but Eriksen said the very first thing to do, and the easiest, is to look at the numbers. One way they’ve used their data in the past, she said, was to simply understand how many people attended an event and how much money it brought in. Now Eriksen says the council should look at that same data with a new lens.“Let’s look at those participants. How did they find out about us? Are they new or are they returning? Are they representative of our diverse communities in Juneau? How many are low-income? How many bought low-income tickets or student tickets or people who asked for discounted tickets? And really analyze it with that in mind of really trying to determine, are we inclusive right now? Are we really reaching out and serving the communities that we say we are?”Offering a more diverse selection of performances and programs is something another Juneau arts organization said it’s also focused on. Art Rotch, artistic director for Perseverance Theatre, says the council’s resolution is a step in the right direction. He said there is a need for decision-makers to be intentional about presenting art that imitates life.He cited Perseverance’s recent production of “Our Voices Will Be Heard,” a play about childhood sexual abuse in a Southeast Alaska village, as an example. Rotch said Perseverance decided to hire Larissa Fasthorse, who is Lakota, to direct the play not because she was the most technically experienced candidate, but because she could bring authenticity to the production better than a non-Native director.“We could pick apart the production and say, ‘Hey, you know if you found someone more experienced for this or more qualified for that it would have been better in certain ways.’ I think it was really good anyway, but what we got out of the team we had was something really true and that’s really important. And that’s a valid objective as well as aesthetics and quality, and that’s also with the caveat that judging quality is impossible to do without understanding where your feet are, what your lenses are,” Rotch said.Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Executive Director Nancy DeCherney said diversity has always been a goal of the council, but they haven’t made enough progress.“It’s a very difficult and very complicated subject and one which we all need to be thinking about,” DeCherney said. “I think in everyone’s life there’s progress to be made so I’m happy that this is out there and I really, really hope that people will take this opportunity to speak up.”This renewed commitment to diversity comes as the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is trying to move forward with plans to create the Willoughby Arts Complex.Share this story:
Southeast | State Government | Syndicated | TransportationWho wants the state ferry Taku?January 31, 2017 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:The ferry Taku loads up at the Prince Rupert, B.C., ferry terminal July 24, 2014. The Alaska Marine Highway could give it to another government agency. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The Alaska Marine Highway wants to know whether any other government agencies want the ferry Taku.It’s another step toward selling or scrapping the 350-foot-long ship, which has been tied up for about a year and a half.Spokeswoman Meadow Bailey said the new owner would have to keep carrying passengers.“The great example that I was given is, if you want to take the ferry and use it as a public ferry, that’s fine,” she said. “But if you wanted to use it as a private floating hotel that generated revenue, that would not fit the requirements for this step in the process.”Municipalities and other government agencies have until Feb. 21 to declare their interest.The state will put the Taku up for sale if no one responds.Bailey said officials have not yet decided when or how it would be sold. There’s also no sale price yet.She said it’s in good shape. But a new owner would need to pay for certificates and inspections to run it as a ferry.“If somebody wanted to use it for something other than a fare-generating service carrying passengers, those certificates and inspections might not be need to be completed,” she said.The 54-year-old Taku is in long-term storage at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove.The marine highway has already taken one necessary step toward its sale: that’s getting permission to sell the ship from the Federal Highway Administration, a funding source.The Taku used to sail Southeast waters, connecting the region’s communities with Prince Rupert, British Columbia. It carries up to 370 passengers and around 70 vehicles.Share this story:
By Alan Hartnett – 13th March 2018 Local Cllr says parts of Portlaoise ‘living in fear’ Sinn Féin’s Caroline Dwane Stanley made the comments following a house fire on Friday afternoon in O’Moore Place, where her mother lives.She says the unoccupied home, owned by the council was deliberately lit and it wasn’t an isolated event. Facebook Community Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleLooking to learn more about Excel? There’s two new one-day courses coming to PortlaoiseNext articleJOB VACANCIES: Breslin’s SuperValu in Abbeyleix and Rathdowney are looking to fill key roles Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Cllr Dwane Stanley believes that parts of Portlaoise will become ‘no-go areas’ if something isn’t done.She said: “We need a change in policing in this community.“Unfortunately, when an incident happens, we tend to get the Gardai into an area for a few days and then we don’t see them after that.“We need the Gardai to be on foot patrols in the area. We need them to come together with all of the authorities and agencies.“If the Gardai and the courts don’t get on top of this problem, the Mountmellick end of the town will be a no-go area.”SEE ALSO – Families evacuated after house in Portlaoise estate set on fire Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Fire services were called recently Sinn Fein Councillor Caroline Dwane-Stanley says people in parts of Portlaoise are ‘living in fear’.Speaking to Midlands 103, Dwane-Stanley made the comments following the evacuation of residents in O’Moore Place yesterday when a house was set on fire.According to Caroline, people are living in fear and this situation will not change unless if Garda resources are not increased. TAGSO’Moore Place Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Pinterest Twitter Home News Local Cllr says parts of Portlaoise ‘living in fear’ News
Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Previous articleFr Paddy: November, a time to rememberNext articleAll you need to know as the Laois footballers face Fermanagh and hurlers take on Dublin Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. News Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photo: Pascal Walsh The Laois camogie team will begin their All-Ireland Intermediate campaign in Hawkfield this afternoon against Kildare in 2pm.But the game is being played as, in the background, officials scramble to restructure the championship.The competition was to involve four groups with a mix of first and second teams. Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary were due to field second teams in this competition but following government guidance, the Camogie Association have been forced into changes.They said: “The directions states that each county can now field just one team in the All-Ireland competitions in each code across Gaelic Games.“Therefore only the Senior intercounty team in each county can now be accommodated within our competition structures for this year’s All-Ireland Camogie Championships which will result in the removal of 10 ‘second’ teams from our Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships.“As a result the Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships will be redrawn upon confirmation of participation from the teams involved, and details of revised fixtures will be issued next week.“Results from this weekend’s remaining fixtures will be carried forward into these competitions. Twitter TAGSAll Ireland Intermediate Camogie ChampionshipJohn DesmondLaois CamogieLaois v Kildare Home GAA Camogie Strange circumstances as Laois Camogie team set for Kildare clash GAACamogieSport Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 24th October 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp Strange circumstances as Laois Camogie team set for Kildare clash “We appreciate that this news will come as a great disappointment to all players, management teams and volunteers involved with the teams affected, who have trained and prepared for many weeks to compete in this year’s competitions.“These steps have been taken however to ensure compliance with Government direction and that our games can continue during the current COVID-19 restrictions across the island of Ireland.”The removal of the aforementioned teams means that there are now eight counties left in the competition.It is understood that the plan is to form two groups of four with the top two teams from each group playing in semi finals.And as the results from this weekend’s games will count, presumably whoever plays each other will be in the same group when the restructure is made.So that would mean that Laois and Kildare will either be placed in a group with one of the remaining three pairs – Kerry/Meath, Down/Derry or Antrim/Carlow.In any event, Laois will be hoping to get off to a good start this weekend against Kildare – so says manager John Desmond.The Cork native said: “The girls are totally committed and they have done everything that we asked of them to get to this point.“We had 18 players back in February but after the club championships we got the panel together and every player that I asked, came in. And I am thrilled with how well they have done.“We have had nine training sessions and we are in a privileged situation that we get to play.“But they are a great bunch and they are very responsible. They take all the Covid precautions extremely seriously and I couldn’t fault anyone.“There is serious competition for places and it will be very hard for us to pick the team that plays.“The County Board have also been brilliant with us and have supported us in every way too. So now we just can’t wait to get going.”Laois face Kildare at 2pm today in Hawkfield. The game will have no supporters but you can watch it on the Laois Camogie facebook page.SEE ALSO – Laois camogie announce captain, vice-captain and 28-player panel ahead of championship opener Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date
Executive Order on Protecting Americans From Overcriminalization Through Regulatory Reform The White HouseBy the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to improve transparency with respect to the consequences of violating certain regulations and to protect Americans from facing unwarranted criminal punishment for unintentional violations of regulations, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Purpose. In the interest of fairness, Federal criminal law should be clearly written so that all Americans can understand what is prohibited and act accordingly. Some statutes have authorized executive branch agencies to promulgate thousands of regulations, creating a thicket of requirements that can be difficult to navigate, and many of these regulations are enforceable through criminal processes and penalties. The purpose of this order is to alleviate regulatory burdens on Americans by ensuring that they have notice of potential criminal liability for violations of regulations and by focusing criminal enforcement of regulatory offenses on the most culpable individuals.Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the Federal Government that:(a) Agencies promulgating regulations that may subject a violator to criminal penalties should be explicit about what conduct is subject to criminal penalties and the mens rea standard applicable to those offenses;(b) Strict liability offenses are “generally disfavored.” United States v. United States Gypsum, Co., 438 U.S. 422, 438 (1978). Where appropriate, agencies should consider administrative or civil enforcement of strict liability regulatory offenses, rather than criminal enforcement of such offenses; and(c) Criminal prosecution based on regulatory offenses is most appropriate for those persons who know what is prohibited or required by the regulation and choose not to comply, thereby causing or risking substantial public harm. Criminal prosecutions based on regulatory offenses should focus on matters where a putative defendant had actual or constructive knowledge that conduct was prohibited.Sec. 3. Definitions. For the purposes of this order:(a) “Agency” has the meaning given to “Executive agency” in section 105 of title 5, United States Code.(b) “Mens rea” means the state of mind that by law must be proven to convict a particular defendant of a particular crime. There are several such mental states in the law applied by Federal courts. Two common mental states are “knowingly” and “willfully.” A defendant acts “knowingly” with respect to an element of the offense if he or she has knowledge of the essential facts comprising that element. In addition, a defendant “willfully” violates a statute if he or she acts with a “bad purpose” that is with “knowledge that his [or her] conduct is unlawful.” Model Criminal Jury Instructions (3d Cir. 2018), ch. 5, sec. 5.02 cmt. (quotation marks omitted). By contrast, strict liability offenses do not require the government to prove mens rea. For instance, the jury instructions for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit note that “[s]ome federal crimes are also strict or absolute liability offenses, without any mental state requirement.” Id. at ch. 5, General Introduction to Mental State Instructions.(c) “Person” has the meaning given it in section 1 of title 1, United States Code.(d) “Regulatory offense” means any violation of a regulation promulgated by an agency.Sec. 4. Promoting Regulatory Transparency. (a) All notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) and final rules published in the Federal Register after issuance of this order should include a statement that describes whether individuals who violate any of the prohibitions — or fail to comply with any requirements — imposed by the regulation or rule may be subject to criminal penalties. Agencies should draft this statement in consultation with the Department of Justice. For purposes of this order, a regulation is treated as subjecting individuals to criminal penalties when violation of the regulation is itself a basis for criminal liability under Federal law.(b) The regulatory text of all NPRMs and final rules with criminal consequences published in the Federal Register after issuance of this order should, consistent with applicable law, explicitly state a mens rea requirement for each such provision or identify the provision as a strict liability offense, accompanied by citations to the relevant provisions of the authorizing statute.(c) Prior to publishing in the Federal Register an NPRM or final rule that contains a regulatory offense not specifically articulated in the authorizing statute that may subject a violator to potential criminal liability with no mens rea requirement or a regulatory offense that includes an element that does not require proof of mens rea (excluding jurisdictional and venue elements), the applicable agency should submit a brief justification for use of a strict liability standard as well as the source of legal authority for the imposition of such a standard, to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (Administrator). In response to these agency submissions, the Administrator shall provide implementation guidance to agencies on this order, monitor agency regulatory actions pursuant to this order, and advise agencies if their actions are inconsistent with the principles set forth in this order and or otherwise conflict with the policies or actions of another agency. After such consultation, a statement of justification should be published in the Federal Register with the NPRM and the final rule.Sec. 5. Agency Referrals for Potential Criminal Enforcement. (a) Within 45 days of the date of this order, and in consultation with the Department of Justice, each agency should publish guidance in the Federal Register describing its plan to administratively address regulatory offenses subject to potential criminal liability rather than refer those offenses to the Department of Justice for criminal enforcement. Such guidance should make clear that when agencies are enforcing regulations related to statutory criminal violations subject to strict liability, and deciding whether to refer the matter to the Department of Justice, agencies should consider factors such as:(i) the harm or risk of harm, pecuniary or otherwise, caused by the alleged offense;(ii) the potential gain to the putative defendant that could result from the offense;(iii) whether the putative defendant held specialized knowledge, expertise, or was licensed in an industry related to the rule or regulation at issue; and(iv) evidence, if any is available, of the putative defendant’s knowledge or lack thereof of the regulation at issue.(b) Notwithstanding these considerations, the guidance should not deter, limit, or delay agency referrals to the Department of Justice where either the putative defendant’s state of mind is unknown because further investigation is required, or there exists a reasonable indication that a crime has been committed based on the evidence available.(c) When required by internal agency policies or practice, an agency may refer alleged regulatory offenses carrying potential criminal consequences to its designated investigation and law enforcement offices for investigation of the viability of the charge, subject to the guidance described in 5(a) of this order governing referral of regulatory offenses subject to strict liability.Sec. 6. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.(c) Notwithstanding any other provision in this order, nothing in this order shall apply:(i) to any action that pertains to foreign or military affairs, or to a national security or homeland security function of the United States (other than procurement actions and actions involving the import or export of non-defense articles and services);(ii) to any action that the Department of Justice takes related to a criminal investigation or prosecution, including undercover operations, or any civil enforcement action or related investigation by the Department of Justice, in addition to any action related to a civil investigative demand under 18 U.S.C. 1968;(iii) to any action related to counterfeit goods, pirated goods, or other goods that infringe intellectual property rights, or goods that are adulterated or misbranded, or goods for which regulatory approval was required prior to distribution but not obtained;(iv) to strict liability misdemeanor prosecutions concluded via plea agreement;(v) to any investigation of misconduct by an agency employee or any disciplinary, corrective, or employment action taken against an agency employee; or(vi) in any other circumstance or proceeding to which application of this order, or any part of this order, would, in the judgment of the head of the agency, undermine the national security.(d) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.DONALD J. 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Federal funds support for local roads City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Kate Hely and Member for Higgins, Katie Allen, on Davis Avenue, South Yarra – one of a number of projects to be awarded funding under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure ProgramStonnington residents will soon see better and safer local roads thanks to a $3.3 million Federal Government grant.Under the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program the city was awarded funding for projects across the municipality, including road resurfacing, kerb, pavement and footpath reconstuctions, and drainage upgrades.Delivery of the funded projects will start progressively from April and all be completed by 31 December 2021.This is a great win for Council and the community with the funding bringing forward the delivery of important infrastructure projects. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:City of Stonnington, community, council, Federal, federal government, Government, infrastructure, local council, Stonnington, win, Yarra
Donate in March, Receive 15% off at Runners Roost Boulder! During the month of March, CU Boulder Staff Council is proud to partner with Runners Roost to support three worthy causes to bring shoes, coats and food to people in need. And when you donate, you will receive a 15% discount on your in-store purchase. Read more Blood Drive Updates – Eligibility, Pledge Portal, and Upcoming Drive Staff Council is excited to share this important blood donor on eligibility, pledge portal, and upcoming drive. Read more Published: Feb. 6, 2018 • By Alisha Bennett Staff Council invites all campus members to participate in our February Bonfils blood drive. The drive will take place Tuesday, February 6 through Thursday, February 8, from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at the Ice Rink Overlook Room at the Student Recreation Center on main campus. The Bonfils Bus will also be available on East Campus on Wednesday, February 7. Donors will receive a free T-shirt.Walk-ins are welcome, or donors may schedule an appointment via email at [email protected] or by calling 720-333-0675.Since 1973, Staff Council blood drives have saved or enhanced over 106,000 lives throughout the state of Colorado, as well as areas in need across the country.Additional Staff Council blood drives are scheduled for 2018: April 10–12 and June 19–20. Save the date and save a life!Categories:Be engaged.Tags:Blood Drive Related Articles Give Blood Nov 8 – 21, Receive a Free CU Gift CU Boulder Staff Council will be sponsoring an off-campus blood drive November 8th – 21st at the Boulder and Westminster Vitalant donation centers. CU-affiliated donors who give during the drive at the Boulder and Westminster locations will receive a one-of-a-kind logoed wooden coaster while supplies last. Read more
AlphabetGoogleSundar Pichai Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 30 MAR 2020 Previous ArticleSingtel-backed streaming service calls it quitsNext ArticleUAE opens door to remote-working, learning services Manny Pham Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA Related Home Alphabet pumps $800M into Covid-19 fight Alphabet pledged to donate more than $800 million to a range of companies and initiatives including manufacture of health equipment and allocation of Google Ads credits, to help tackle Covid-19 (coronavirus).In a blog post, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured) said the virus brought a “devastating toll on lives and communities”, with the money committed to support the work of small-to-medium-sized companies, governments, and health organisations and workers “on the frontline of this global pandemic”.The company partnered with protective equipment company Magid Glove & Safety to produce between 2 million and 3 million face masks in the coming weeks. These will be made available to the CDC Foundation, a non-profit organisation created by the US government to deliver backing for the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Employees from Alphabet subsidiaries Google, Verily and X will bring engineering, supply chain and healthcare expertise to manufacturers, distributors and the US government, to help increase production of ventilators.Alphabet allocated $250 million in advertising grants for the World Health Organisation and more than 100 global government agencies, to inform people of critical information on Covid-19. This is a tenfold increase on a sum pledged in February.Around $340 million in Google Ads credit will be available to small- and medium-sized businesses with active accounts to alleviate marketing costs, and the company will set aside $200 million to fund NGOs and finance companies globally to aid small businesses trying to access capital. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Google taps retail with NYC store Mobile Mix: AI, Android and open RAN Español Author Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor…. Read more
Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Kalispell attorney Dana Christensen has been recommended for consideration as a candidate to replace U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula.The 59-year-old Christensen confirmed Friday he is under consideration but said he could not comment further, other than to say it is “a tremendous honor.”He is the lone recommendation from a five-attorney panel selected by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. Christensen’s name has been forwarded to President Barack Obama, who will nominate a judge candidate for consideration by the full Senate.Molloy announced in December he would retire in August and begin senior status.Attorneys who have practiced law with Christensen, as well as Montana’s two other federal judges, say the experienced attorney is well-suited for a federal judgeship.“There is not a better prospect in this entire state,” said Richard Cebull of Billings, the chief U.S. judge for the District of Montana who was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2001. “He’s an outstanding lawyer. He’s been an outstanding trial lawyer in civil cases for over 30 years that I’ve known him.”Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon of Great Falls said few attorneys can match Christensen’s resume, which includes membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only group of trial attorneys whose membership is limited to 1 percent of the bar.“He’s a good lawyer, a good man and, in my opinion, ethically totally qualified,” Haddon said. “If he is confirmed by the Senate and becomes a justice of our court, the district will be well served to have him, and I personally would look forward to working with him.”Haddon also was nominated by President Bush in 2001.
A little more than 11 years ago, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Lonnie Young was shot in his left shoulder, the bullet traveling across his back, stopping just short of his spine.Young also received facial injuries from shrapnel from another bullet during that firefight in An Najaf, an Iraqi city about 100 miles south of Baghdad. Looking back now, Young says if he had had sufficient shoulder protection on his body armor, he might have been spared the injuries.Lyman Bishop, a mechanical engineer living just south of Kalispell, had heard this and other stories from friends in the military, and wanted to do something about it.He started Hoplite Armor, LLC, a company that designs lightweight body armor, in January. Now, the company is releasing its new design for a hard-armor shoulder plate system, weighing in at 1.1 pounds each.“A very good friend of mine took a shot in the shoulder,” Bishop said. “All of these stories – the very real threat of lateral impact – that’s really where it started.”Nine months after starting the company, Bishop has found investors and filled numerous orders of his polyethylene plates, which are nestled into a universal plate framing system developed in conjunction with S&S Precision of Virginia.The entire set of Hoplite body armor, which includes chest and back plates, weighs about 10 pounds. Bishop said he’s beta tested the design with military and police, and said they have approved.“The response has been overwhelming,” Bishop said.Humans have created body armor for millennia, initially using skins for shields and protective clothing. Then came wooden shields, and when humans began metal-smithing in earnest, metal became the go-to for shields and armor.Body armor has also been made of silk and other soft garments. It has evolved as weapons have evolved, with bulletproof vests and flak jackets making their initial appearances around World War II.Kevlar fabric came about in the 1970s. In today’s modern age, body armor is more likely to be made of thick steel plate or ceramic in an attempt to be better protected from military rifle rounds.Bishop said his shoulder plates increase the level of protection that current shoulder plates offer, moving up from pistol armor to threat-level III rifle protection.His design is meant to keep the wearer light and free for movement, he said, without side plates and with space between the shoulder and chest and back plates.“It gives you protection for the vital organs, but it also gives you range of motion,” Bishop said.When designing his new body armor, Bishop said he stayed away from steel plates because they’re known to fragment, and that shrapnel can be dangerous. The polyethylene in his plates absorbs the bullets instead of shattering them, he said.It’s more expensive – a set of black Hoplite armor runs at $1,775, whereas metal plating runs in the hundreds of dollars – but Bishop believes it’s worth it. And though it’s made for military and police, Bishop’s company will also sell the armor to civilians.“I feel that it’s very important to get good equipment into people’s hands,” Bishop said.Hoplite is working on a couple of contracts with military, police, and defense contractors, he said, such as a potential deal to sell hundreds of units to large national distribution and several elite swat teams in the U.S.Bishop’s family has a history with the military, with his father working as a defense contractor and his grandfather working in Army intelligence. Bishop said he would have liked to serve in the armed forces, but he married young and his wife didn’t want him to.Building body armor, which he has done with various companies since at least 2005, was a suitable compromise for the couple.“I looked for ways that I could serve my country and still keep my wife,” he said.For more information on Hoplite, visit www.hoplitearmor.com or call 855-276-6701. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.