DOI Announces Approval of Transmission Line Project in Oregon and Idaho

Date: November 17, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – In a move that will improve the nation’s energy infrastructure, create nearly 500 jobs and boost local economies, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Boardman to Hemingway Transmission Line Project (B2H Project). The B2H Project will provide additional electrical capacity between the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West regions.

The B2H Project, which will have a three-year development phase, will alleviate existing transmission constraints by providing sufficient electrical capacity to meet present and forecasted customer needs. The total capital expenditure for the B2H Project is approximately $1 billion to $1.2 billion.

“The Boardman to Hemingway Project is a Trump Administration priority focusing on infrastructure needs that support America’s energy independence,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Today’s decision is the result of extensive public involvement and will support the environmentally responsible development of resources to meet the needs of communities in Idaho, Oregon, and the surrounding region.”

The ROD allows the BLM to grant a right-of-way to Idaho Power Company for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the B2H Project on BLM-administered land. Located in eastern Oregon and southwestern Idaho, the approved route will measure approximately 300 miles long when constructed. The overhead electrical line will be extra-high-voltage (500 kilovolts) and will include an alternating-current transmission system. Because the new line will have increased transmission capacity, it will allow greater use of intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar, to connect to the grid. 

This project will help stabilize the power grid in the Northwest, while creating jobs and carrying low-cost energy to the families and businesses who need it,said Katherine MacGregor, acting Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “It is a great example of the Administration’s America First Energy Plan, which addresses all forms of domestic energy production.”

“It’s great to finally have an administration that recognizes the importance of working with states like Idaho to get important things done,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “I’m pleased that our federal partners are moving toward making this important infrastructure upgrade a reality. Meeting the electric transmission needs of our growing economy and population will require continued collaboration, and I’m confident that the BLM and Department of the Interior under President Trump will keep providing that kind of constructive leadership.”

“BLM’s approval of this interstate transmission line is a long overdue decision that will bolster our regional infrastructure and ensure that energy is delivered efficiently and reliably to customers,” said Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. “This type of project is the result of a collaboration between multiple stakeholders to move to meet the energy demands of the region.”

“The B2H Project will create jobs, provide for Idaho’s energy needs and promote the region’s energy infrastructure moving forward,” said Senator James Risch. “I applaud the BLM for issuing their Record of Decision which is a critical step forward for the B2H Project.”

“The Boardman to Hemingway project is critically important to Idaho,” said Congressman Mike Simpson. “Providing the infrastructure to deliver affordable and reliable energy will benefit Idahoans and others in the West. I applaud BLM for prioritizing this important work.”

The B2H Project will add approximately 1,000 megawatts of much needed bi-directional power capacity between the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West regions. The additional capacity will help improve the regions’ ability to transmit low-cost energy from a variety of generation sources to serve residences, farms, businesses, and other customers throughout the region.

The 293.4-mile approved route will run across 100.3 miles of Federal land (managed by the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Department of Defense), 190.2 miles of private land, and 2.9 miles of state lands.

The B2H Project is a national-level priority and an important component of the President’s all-of the-above-energy strategy that includes encouraging projects that help to strengthen America’s energy infrastructure. The transmission line connects the northern terminus, the Longhorn Substation, a substation planned by Bonneville Power Administration about four miles east of the city of Boardman in Morrow County, Oregon, to the existing Hemingway Substation, near the city of Melba in Owyhee County, Idaho. Construction of the B2H Project is targeted to start in 2021 and will take approximately two to three years once all final permits are acquired. The B2H Project includes construction of the new transmission line, access roads and gates, and communication regeneration sites. The project also includes the removal or rerouting of about eight miles of older transmission lines.

The selected route approved by the ROD is the Agency Preferred Alternative identified in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Proposed Land-use Plan Amendments, which published in the Federal Register on November 28, 2016. The ROD represents the culmination of a comprehensive planning process, including a Community Advisory Process conducted by the Idaho Power Company that further refined the routing options. Comments received after public scoping in 2010 further refined routing and added variations.

DoD Releases Sexual Assault Local Installation Data

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Release No: NR-395-17 Nov. 17, 2017

The Department of Defense released information about the number of sexual assault reports made at installations around the world for fiscal years 2013 through 2016 (click here for the report). The department reports these same numbers, but in aggregate, each year.

One of the features of the department’s reporting program is that service members can report allegations of sexual assault at any time and at any place,” said Dr. Nate Galbreath, deputy director DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. „As a result, the number of reports listed for an installation doesn’t necessarily mean that the alleged incident occurred there. A report could involve allegations for an incident that occurred while on deployment, while away on leave, or even prior to entering the military. This kind of flexibility allows the department to better meet the department’s goals to increase reporting of sexual assault and decrease the occurrence of the crime through prevention.”

The information released today shows, installation by installation, where Service members are getting assistance with their sexual assault reports. The release today lists the number of reports alleging sexual assault that are being handled by Sexual Assault Response Coordinators at military installations worldwide.

Due to recent requests for this information under the Freedom of Information Act, the department determined that releasing the information provided allows for transparency while also protecting the privacy interests of the victim.

Since 2012, the department’s annual reports on sexual assault in the military have reported regular declines in the prevalence rates of sexual assault among the force. In 2016, the most recent data the department has on the prevalence rates of sexual assault showed a decrease from 6.1% of active duty women in 2012 to 4.3% in 2016, and from 1.2% of active duty men in 2012 to 0.6% in 2016.

For confidential victim assistance, call or visit the DoD Safe Helpline, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week, at 877-995-5247 or

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Director shares perspective, insights with JROTC cadets

The Defense Logistics Agency director shared wisdom and personal insights with more than 20 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members Nov. 14 at the McNamara Headquarters Complex, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Army Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams, along with other DLA senior leaders and national account managers, briefed students from Franklin Military Academy in Richmond, Virginia, on the agency’s mission and functions.

Williams also recounted lessons from his life and career, beginning with his upbringing in West Palm Beach, Florida, where paying for college was a struggle for his parents of nine children. “The only reason I got into ROTC and came to the military was that it was the only way I could pay for school,” he said.

When he graduated from Hampton University in Virginia with an Army commission through the ROTC, he planned to serve only the requisite four-year tour, he said. However,“34 years later, I’m still in the military.

“Although I grew up in a patriotic family, I didn’t truly understand this thing about service to the nation,” Williams said. “Service to your nation and to your community is pretty significant; ROTC is a big step in the right direction.”

The general insisted his remarks were not a recruiting pitch. Regardless of career choice, Williams told the cadets, the ROTC experience will help develop them as leaders.

“People in the civilian world will gravitate toward the leadership experiences you’re getting right now,” he said. “This growth and development is going to help you, whether you join the military or go into civilian life.”

Paramount among leadership principles is leading by example, Williams said.

“I know you often find yourselves in situations where you’ve got to make a decision,” he said. “You have to ask yourself: ‘Am I going to risk my future by doing something I know I shouldn’t do, even while no one’s watching?’” The outcome of bad decisions “can be extremely embarrassing,” he said. “But more important than that, it can affect your ability to get a security clearance.”

Williams cautioned the students that they’re always being evaluated. “I’m a three-star general, and I’m being evaluated every single day; you’re evaluating me right now,” he said. “And that doesn’t change.”

He emphasized the importance of education. “One of the keys to the rest of your life is getting your education,” he said. “Take your education seriously.”
Williams said students need to prepare themselves for future responsibilities before leaving the security of home and high school. He noted that the military can help defray the cost of higher education through programs like the ROTC, the service academies and the GI Bill, as well as opportunities to earn degrees while in the military.

Right now, the military is particularly interested in those with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, he said. The director majored in psychology, and he said that education has helped him to be an effective leader.

Williams fielded questions about his career path, greatest challenge, daily activities, how he manages DLA’s nine supply chains — and how to become a three-star general.

“If you decide to come into the military, we’ll give you the training you need to go to successively higher levels of responsibility,” Williams said. “And if you’re really, really lucky, you might get a chance to lead an agency like this one.”

Asked which supply chain is hardest to manage, the general said they all have their unique challenges — but none of them is easy. “If something looks too easy, you’re probably not looking at it hard enough,” he said.

As to what advice he would give his teenage self, Williams said, “No matter what career path you choose, make sure it involves some level of service. And do your very best. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

Obituary: Michael J. Dibrindisi Sr., Retired Grounds Worker

Michael J. Dibrindisi Sr., 83, of Florence, a retired grounds worker, died Oct. 30.

Born in Northampton on June 22, 1934, he was educated in Northampton schools. He worked for the Coca-Cola Co. in Northampton for 24 years before joining the Physical Plant in 1983 as a maintainer in academic buildings. He transferred to grounds maintenance in 1988 and retired in 1998.

He served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard from 1951-60.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a member of Troop 110 sponsored by the Florence Congregational Church and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2007 for his many years of distinguished service.

He is survived by his three sons: Michael and wife Trish, Joel and Michele and Eric and wife Sue; and his brother Joseph and wife Janet of Northampton. He was predeceased in 2013 by his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth (Burke) Dibrindisi.

A graveside memorial service will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Florence on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine St., Florence 01062.

Rohde & Schwarz at Milipol 2017: security solutions for the digital age


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The Munich technology company is showcasing its broad portfolio of system solutions for radiomonitoring and cybersecurity at the leading European trade fair for homeland and external security in Paris.

It doesn’t take much effort to misuse modern information and communications technology for illegal purposes. Public safety and security authorities need state-of-the-art technology to counter this situation. Rohde & Schwarz has the communications intelligence technology to detect and ward off threats at an early stage and track criminal offenses. The company’s receivers, direction finders, antennas, signal analysis solutions and customized systems have made Rohde & Schwarz a reliable partner for many decades. Rohde & Schwarz solutions support public safety and security organizations, military operators, and regulatory authorities in the area of radiomonitoring and network analysis. The Rohde & Schwarz monitoring and direction finding systems are ideal for stationary, mobile and portable deployment.

The Rohde & Schwarz portfolio also offers a number of solutions for protecting cyberspace. The security of data and communications is the prerequisite for the success of digital transformation, which affects almost all facets of the economy and society. The explosive growth of networked products makes it easier to launch a digital attack on companies, authorities and critical infrastructures. For their protection, Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity develops and produces a wide range of leading high-tech hardware and software products developed with the security-by-design approach – these products repel attacks proactively instead of reactively.

To protect critical infrastructures against the threat of drones, Rohde & Schwarz offers the R&S ARDRONIS drone detection solution. R&S ARDRONIS quickly detects and locates these flying devices based on their remote control signals.

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The Rohde & Schwarz technology group develops, produces and markets innovative information and communications technology products for professional users. Rohde & Schwarz focuses on test and measurement, broadcast and media, cybersecurity, secure communications and monitoring and network testing, areas that address many different industry and government-sector market segments. Founded more than 80 years ago, the independent company has an extensive sales and service network in more than 70 countries. On June 30, 2017, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 10,500 employees. The group achieved a net revenue of approximately EUR 1.9 billion in the 2016/2017 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and also has regional hubs in Asia and the USA.R&S® is a registered trademark of Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co.KG.

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Ninth Wave of United States Attorney Nominations and Third Wave of United States Marshal Nominations

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate a ninth wave of United States Attorneys and third wave of United States Marshals. The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his or her Federal judicial district. The United States Marshal performs the essential functions of protecting the Federal judiciary, apprehending fugitives, transporting prisoners, and protecting witnesses. These candidates share the President’s vision for “Making America Safe Again.” Accordingly, the President today announced his intent to nominate these individuals to serve their respective jurisdictions:

If confirmed, Joseph P. Kelly will serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska. Mr. Kelly is currently serving his second term as the Lancaster County Attorney. Prior to that position, he served as the chief deputy Lancaster County Attorney for 10 years and as deputy Lancaster County Attorney for more than 10 years. Mr. Kelly has prosecuted a wide variety of crimes including homicide, robbery, sexual assault and white collar. He was an associate with Berniger, Berg and Diver PC in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1987 to 1990. Mr. Kelly received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

If confirmed, Scott W. Murray will serve as the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. Mr. Murray is currently the Merrimack County Attorney, serving his fourth consecutive 2-year term in that office. From 1983 to 2011, Mr. Murray served as the chief prosecutor for the City of Concord, New Hampshire. Mr. Murray received his B.A. and M.P.A from the University of New Hampshire and his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center.

If confirmed, David Weiss will serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. Mr. Weiss is currently the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Delaware. He previously served as the interim United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, and, starting in 2007, served as the First Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Weiss also served as an Assistant United States Attorney from 1986 to 1989, prosecuting violent crimes and white collar offenses. In between his stints at the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Weiss was a commercial litigation associate and then partner, at Duane Morris LLP and was an executive at a financial services firm. Mr. Weiss clerked for the Honorable Andrew D. Christie of the Delaware Supreme Court. He received his B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

If confirmed, Billy J. Williams will serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. Since February 2016, Mr. Williams has served as the court-appointed United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. He has worked at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon since 2000, where he has served as the First Assistant, Chief of the Criminal Division, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit, and as the Tribal Liaison. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Williams served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. He received his B.A. from Washington State University, and his J.D. from Willamette University College of Law.

If confirmed, Dr. Matthew D. Harris will serve as the United States Marshal for the District of Utah. Dr. Harris is currently an assistant special agent in charge with the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Previously, Dr. Harris served as a senior special agent and assistant director for criminal investigations at the United States Government Accountability Office. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Harris served in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and from 1999 to 2000, in the New York State Office of Inspector General. Dr. Harris began his Federal law enforcement career in 1997 with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Salt Lake Community College since 2003. Dr. Harris holds a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University, a Master of Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Science in public administration and criminal justice from Kutztown University.

If confirmed, Ted G. Kamatchus will serve as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa. Mr. Kamatchus recently retired as Sheriff of Marshall County, Iowa, after serving in that role for 29 years. He began his law enforcement career in 1977 as a police officer in Le Center, Minnesota, and went on to serve in police departments in Waterville and Saint Peter, Minnesota, as well as Marshalltown, Iowa. Mr. Kamatchus served as President of the National Sheriffs’ Association from 2006 to 2007, and President of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association from 2000 to 2001.

If confirmed, Joseph D. McClain will serve as the United States Marshal for the Southern District of Indiana. Mr. McClain is currently the Sheriff of Scott County, Indiana. Mr. McClain served in the U.S. Navy from 1982 to 1995, during which time he served on SEAL Teams Four and Six, and later as a SEAL Instructor at the Naval Special Warfare Center. Following his service in the Navy, he went on to provide security consulting services from 2004 to 2009 in support of the U.S. Department of Defense and Department of State during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the Center for Anti-Terrorism and Naval Security Forces in Jacksonville, Florida. He was elected Sheriff of Scott County in 2011.

If confirmed, David A. Weaver will serve as the United States Marshal for the District of Colorado. Mr. Weaver is currently the District I County Commissioner for Douglas County, Colorado, a position he has held since 2014. Prior to his election to the Board of County Commissioners, Mr. Weaver served as Sheriff of Douglas County for two terms, from 2005 to 2014. He served all 33 years of his law enforcement career with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Weaver is a graduate of the Southwest Command College, the Colorado Sheriffs’ Institute, the National Sheriffs’ Institute, and the FBI National Academy.

Infusion System Market to Approach USD 44.33 Billion By 2025

Infusion System market Analysis, by product type, By Key Companies, by end user, by application & is relied upon to develop at the rate of around 4.9% from 2017 to 2025 and is required to reach $44.33 billion by 2025
Market Synopsis of Infusion System market:
Market Scenario:
Globally the market for infusion system is expected to grow at the rate of about 4.9% from 2017 to 2025 & is expected to reach $44.33 billion by 2025.
Infusion System Market is growing at a steady pace. The various factors that influence the growth of the market are increased use of infusion pumps for the delivery of drugs and other fluids, rising prevalence of chronic and fatal diseases, high demand of the infusion systems in the military medical units, technological advancements from the leading market players. Furthermore the factors such as patient safety concerns and improper infusion leading to the severe consequences, unmet medical needs in the low income countries are hampering the growth of the market.
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Key Players for Infusion System Market:
• 3M
• Baxter
• Becton
• Dickinson and Company
• Fresenius Kabi AG
• ICU Medical, Inc
• Smiths Medical
• Terumo Medical Corporation.

Key Finding
The infusion system global market is expected to reach $44.33 billion by 2025.IV disposable holds the largest share of 66.7% of the market.North America holds the largest market share of Infusion System market and is anticipated to reach $15.79 billion by the end of forecast period.Globally, Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region and expected to grow at the rate of 5.3% during the forecast period.

Infusion System market has been segmented on the basis of product type which comprises of IV disposable, Infusion pump, and others. IV disposable accounted for the largest market share of the total market in 2016. On the basis of application, market is segmented into Chemotherapy, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, pediatrics, and others. Chemotherapy segment accounted for the largest market share of the total market in 2016. On the basis of end user, market is segmented into hospitals, specialty oncology wards, homecare, and others. Hospitals dominated the global market with the largest market share in 2016.

Regional Analysis of Infusion System Market:
Globally, North America is the largest market for Infusion System and is expected to commands the largest market share due to advanced technologies are continuously on rise in these countries. Europe accounts for the second largest market, where as Asia Pacific with lots of opportunity and continuously growing economies, is expected to be the fastest growing segment. This rapid growth is majorly due to recent developments in healthcare and improving economies and disposable income per individual. Middle East and Africa with less economic developments and extremely low income accounts for least market share in 2016 but is expected to grow with better infusion treatment in the countries.

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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on refugee story at Presidents Lecture

Stepping to the lectern in Stude Concert Hall, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen raised his cellphone and snapped a photo of the standing-room-only audience. “I can’t help it,” he quipped. “I’m Asian.” Then he began his Nov. 13 President’s Lecture: “I’m also a refugee.”

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Nguyen and his family fled Vietnam in 1975 after the fall of Saigon. They were initially settled in a refugee camp in Pennsylvania before moving to San Jose, Calif., where he grew up. Those were really the formative years of his life, he said. “That was when I acquired the requisite emotional ‘damage’ necessary to become a writer, and a lot of that damage came about from being a refugee.”

During an almost two-hour talk, he held the audience rapt with his reflections on the decades he’s spent trying to make sense of what it means to be a refugee and of the history that brought him to America. He read passages from his books and concluded the evening with an on-stage interview by author and screenwriter William Broyles ’66, a veteran of the Vietnam War. The event was part of the Rice University Community of Asian Alumni’s yearlong celebration of 100 years of Asians at Rice and was presented in association with the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

“I grew up in a Vietnamese community, and they never stopped talking about the war,” Nguyen said. “They had lost relatives. They had lost homes. They had lost identities. They had lost their country. And they were enormously angry and bitter and sad and melancholic and depressed and alcoholic and violent because of those feelings.” But, he said, he knew that the rest of America had no idea that this was going on in the Vietnamese refugee community and that it was important to tell their story.

Nguyen is the author of “The Sympathizer,” which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War,” “Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America” and a short-story collection, “The Refugees.” In October he was awarded a MacArthur fellowship for his work as a fiction writer and cultural critic. He is a professor of English, American studies and ethnicity and comparative literature at the University of Southern California.

Nguyen said that when “The Sympathizer” came out, he was pleased with its reception, including “a great front-page review by New York Times Book Review.” But he was taken aback by the third line of the review: “Viet is the voice for the voiceless.”

“No! That’s not true!” he thought upon reading it. “Have you ever met any Vietnamese people? Gone to a Vietnamese restaurant? Been to a Vietnamese family gathering? We are very loud! We’re not voiceless — we’re just not heard. A big difference.”

Moreover, being called “the voice for the voiceless” was not a compliment, he said. There were many Vietnamese-American writers — voices for the voiceless — who preceded him. “I’m pretty sure a few years from now there will be another Vietnamese-American ‘voice for the voiceless,’” Nguyen said. “People want a voice for the voiceless so they don’t have to listen to all the many people clamoring to be heard.”

“The Refugees,” which he wrote before “The Sympathizer,” is a set of stories that he said attempts to be the voice for the voiceless, that attempts to humanize the Vietnamese people and Vietnamese refugees, who were less than human in the American imagination. He wanted to tell the stories of Vietnamese people that were very different from the one-dimensional portrayals he had seen in so many American movies growing up.

Like many young boys, he was a war fanatic, Nguyen said. He read books on war and watched war movies and always identified with the American soldiers. Then one day he popped “Apocalypse Now” into the VCR. He was rooting for the American soldiers, he said — up until they killed the Vietnamese people — people who looked like him.

“I felt myself split in two,” he said. It was an enormously traumatic experience, he said, one that provoked deep emotion even a decade later when he was recounting the scene to a college class. He said that was when he realized, “This is what stories can do. Stories can literally split you apart. It’s not just guns that commit violence; stories can commit violence as well.”

Author and screenwriter William Broyles ’66, left, interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen at the Nov. 13 President’s Lecture, which was also part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.

It took him decades, he said, to be able to articulate what he understood growing up: When Americans say “the Vietnam War,” they really mean “the American War” — what the war meant for Americans.

Many Americans could tell you that more than 58,000 American soldiers died during the Vietnam War, he said. “I’m not sure how many Americans could tell you that 3 million Vietnamese people died during the war on all sides. I’ll bet even fewer Americans know that the war was fought in Laos and Cambodia as well and that 3 million Laotians and Cambodians died during the years of the war and afterwards.”

He has said he wrote “The Sympathizer,” a novel that follows a spy who infiltrated the South Vietnamese army and fled with its remnants to America, as a sort of revenge on those Vietnam War stories he grew up with. He wanted to give a voice to the Vietnamese who in so many American depictions of the Vietnam War were merely stage props with literally nothing to say, he said.

However, he pointed out, his perspective of the Vietnamese experience isn’t representative of all Vietnamese refugees. “Even if you go within my own family, there are a dozen other opinions on what this history means,” he said. “To have a truly just and equal society, at least when it comes to storytelling and representation, means that we have many, many voices from many, many different experiences. Just because we’re Vietnamese doesn’t mean that we’re all the same.”

Nguyen said he keeps asserting his refugee identity because it’s so important and because it’s so easy to overlook. When “The Sympathizer” came out, he said, many reviewers and readers called it an immigrant story. “No, that’s not right,” he said. “I’m not an immigrant; I’m a refugee. And it’s a really important distinction to make.

“Immigrants are a part of the American mythology; they’re a part of the American dream. If you’re pro-immigrant, you believe that immigrants make this country great. And if you’re anti-immigrant, of which there seems to be an increasing number in American society, even so, you still believe in immigrants because you think, ‘Of course, immigrants would want to come here. We’re awesome!’

“It’s important to keep asserting that I’m a refugee, partly to say, ‘Hey, let in some more refugees. Maybe they’ll win the Pulitzer Prize some day,” he said. “But more than that, it’s just common human decency and morality to think about our obligations of hospitality.”

A video of Nguyen’s full lecture is archived on the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series website, Rich Levy, executive director of Imprint, who introduced Nguyen at the lecture, thanked President David Leebron and Rice University for hosting Imprint in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey’s damage to the Theater District.

Each year, the President’s Lecture Series brings to the Rice campus a variety of stimulating speakers on a range of topics. Rice offers the President’s Lecture Series as a means of enhancing the intellectual life not only of the Rice community, but of the university’s neighbors throughout Houston. For more information, visit

U.S. Men's Apparel Market Trends and Opportunities Report 2017

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The report serves the above mentioned purposes by providing a deep analysis of the key indicators of the men’s apparel market. It includes a market overview, which consolidates the key conclusions made from the analysis of the market study, giving insights on the most meaningful markets based on the comparative analysis. The report also provides a forecast of how the market is expected to change in the coming years, based on historical trends, external and internal factors, and the main drivers changing the market. Each section contains a a comprehensive survey of the data provided. Specifically, the report depicts the historical developments and relevant perspectives of men’s apparel production volumes, consumption data, as well as producer prices.
The trade section provides crucial data, such as historical data on imports/exports, changes in the direction of trade, as well as import/export prices. Analysis of men’s apparel trade shows the opportunities that are opening before producers and suppliers in a changing market.

Product coverage: Men’s and boys’ nightwear, robes, and knit underwear, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ tailored suits, including dress uniforms (firefighter, military, police, etc.), made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ tailored overcoats, topcoats, car and suburban coats (including water-repellent), made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ tailored dress and sport coats and vests, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ (including unisex) knit dress and sport shirts (including polo shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, and t-shirts), made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ separate dress and sport trousers, pants, and slacks (excluding jeans, jean-cut casual slacks, workpants, and sweatpants), made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ jeans and jean-cut casual slacks, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ work shirts, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ workpants (excluding jeans), work jackets, coveralls, overalls, jumpsuits, and washable service apparel, including nondisposable hospital patient wear, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ nontailored coats, jackets, and vests, including down- and feather-filled (excluding ski apparel and work jackets), made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ shorts (including dress and athletic) and swimwear, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ sweaters, sweater vests, sweatpants, jogging and warm-up suits, playsuits, beachwear (excluding swimsuits), and ski apparel, made from purchased fabrics; Men’s and boys’ cut and sew apparel manufacturing, nsk, total.

Countries coverage: the U.S.

In 2015, the value of men’s apparel production in the U.S. amounted to $1.6B, moving up by +7.3% against the previous year level. Overall, the U.S. men’s apparel output pursued a pronounced decline from 2007 to 2015. The total output figures decreased at an average annual rate of -3.4%. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015, when the output figure increased by +7% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the total value of men’s apparel shipments in the United States attained its maximum level of $2.0B in 2008. Afterwards, the growth in terms of the men’s apparel production failed to regain its strength through to 2015.

Men’s and boys’ (including unisex) knit dress and sport shirts (including polo shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, and t-shirts), made from purchased fabrics accounted for the highest share (19% in 2015) of U.S. men’s apparel manufacturing, leaving a considerable room for men’s and boys’ workpants (excluding jeans), work jackets, coveralls, overalls, jumpsuits, and washable service apparel, including nondisposable hospital patient wear, made from purchased fabrics (18%). The other related products with less notable individual shares together comprised approx. 64% of the total output.

Data coverage:
• Men’s apparel market value and size;
• Major trends in the men’s apparel market;
• Forecast of the market dynamics in the medium term;
• Exports, imports and trade balance;
• Import and export prices;
• Life cycle of the men’s apparel industry;
• Number of establishments and their locations;
• Men’s apparel industry productivity.
• Key market players and their profiles.

Our methodology consists of obtaining information from various trusted sources (both paid and open), which include, but are not limited to:
• International official statistical agencies
• Governmental statistical agencies
• Official trade statistics
• Paid trade databases
• Industrial associations
• Company reports
• Industry experts.

Companies mentioned:
Ralph Lauren Corporation,
V.F. Corporation,
Under Armour,
Levi Strauss & Co.,
Recreational Equipment,
Columbia Sportswear Company,
Pvh Corp,
Lucky Brand Dungarees,
Perry Ellis International,
Guess ,
Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company,
Vf Outdoor,
Tom James Company,
Vf Sportswear,
Oxford Industries,
Haggar Corp.,
Cintas Corporation,
Delta Apparel,
Border Apparel Laundry,
Supreme International,
The Warnaco Group,
Haggar Clothing Co.,
Vf Jeanswear Limited Partnership,
The Lee Apparel Company,
Flynn Enterprises,
Adidas North America,
Texas Clothing Holding Corp.,
W Diamond Group Corporation

Our research team compare the information gathered, confirm it with sources when required, and analyze the collected data, developing a full clear picture of the market and coming up with the final numbers. It is crucial to understand the trends of the market, for which we do provide study, taking into account events in the market, in adjacent and related markets, raw material markets, and markets, which are the main demand creators for the product under research. As for the forecast, it is conducted using analytical models of data on consumption, production, exports, imports, prices, as well as the industry trends, economic trends, consumption trends, possible political and technological trends.


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Visual Computing Market in US to Grow at 23% until 2022, says TechSci Research

United States Visual Computing Market
United States Visual Computing Market

Growing government support for autonomous vehicles and increasing adoption of visual computing technology across various sectors to drive United States visual computing market through 2022
According to TechSci Research report, “United States Visual Computing Market By Component, By Display Platform, By End User Industry, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2012 – 2022”, visual computing market in the United States is forecast to exhibit a CAGR of over 23% during 2017 – 2022. Growth in the market can be attributed to an upsurge in demand for cloud-related services, intensifying developments in the gaming industry, and surging AR and VR market. Growing adoption of visual computing technologies by various end-user sectors including gaming, media & entertainment, healthcare and automotive, coupled with favorable government policies aimed at boosting the adoption of autonomous vehicles in the country are some of the other factors expected to positively influence the visual computing market in the US through 2022.

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Gaming industry accounted for the largest share in the US visual computing market in 2016 and the segment is expected to remain the largest end-user during forecast period as well, predominantly owing to increasing demand for advanced gaming solutions in the country. In 2016, the country’s western region dominated the market, due to the presence of a number of global technology giants, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, in addition to numerous budding start-ups in the region. However, in the coming years, the country’s northeast region is anticipated to grow at the fastest rate in the United States visual computing market, on account of rising adoption of mobile gaming and increasing internet penetration in various states of the region.
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“Over the years, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market has registered strong growth in the US, due to growing acceptance of these technologies in defense applications for head-up displays, head mounted displays as well as smart glasses. With high and increasing IT and military spending in the country, adoption of these technologies in the country would further grow in the coming years, consequently, boosting demand for visual computing through 2022.”, said Mr. Karan Chechi, Research Director with TechSci Research, a research based global management consulting firm.
“United States Visual Computing Market By Component, By Display Platform, By End User Industry, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2012 – 2022” has evaluated the future growth potential of the United States visual computing market and provides statistics and information on market size, structure and future market growth. The report intends to provide cutting-edge market intelligence and help decision makers take sound investment decisions. Besides, the report also identifies and analyzes the emerging trends along with essential drivers, challenges and opportunities in the United States visual computing market.
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