He was a “Born Again Christian’ who loved studying his bible and sharing his faith with others, but most of all, he loved his family. Paul David Wahl, 73, of Groves, Texas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, Texas.Paul David WahlPaul was born on November 24, 1947, in Port Arthur, Texas to Pauline Maxine Hilliard and William Jess Wahl, Jr. Next UpHe was a United States Marine Corp Veteran and a member of the Pentecostal Faith.Paul loved to fish and play golf. Survivors include his sons, Christopher Bradon Wahl of Woodland, California, Toby James Wahl of Tyler, Texas and Jason Aron Miller of Conroe; brother, Richard Wahl of Houston, Texas; sister, Mary Temple of San Augustine, Texas; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bill Wahl of Flint, Texas.A graveside service will take place at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur, Texas.
Update: Please see below a response from Eiki to this story.Things took a turn for the worse on Friday as Eiki laid off another round of greatness, including their 15-year general manager, Steve Rubery, and, according to one source, 50% of their tech and sales support teams. In addition, their dealer network was notified that, although future products will continue to be supported, it will come in the form of a third-party support company and not by Eiki.Eiki’s history in LCD projection is storied. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan and founded in the early 1950s, Eiki started out by making 16mm film projectors and was one of the first companies in the world to make an LCD projector — in fact, the first to enter one into the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out. I remember that day as it was so bright that both Sony and Barco demanded we put up black pipe and drape to prevent the light coming from the Eiki projector’s screen — easily 10x that of all the CRT projectors in the room — from drowning out everyone else’s images. Yes, it was that bright. Not to mention, they set it up in less than two hours; this is notable as everyone else took at least 48-hours to set-up their, then, CRT projectors.Eiki made its mark in projectors in the late 1990s, however, by OEM’ing Sanyo LCD projectors and reselling them under the Eiki badge — along with Proxima. And, as Proxima was swallowed (and destroyed by InFocus), Eiki benefitted from that Sanyo relationship as they were the primary outlet for distributing Sanyo’s technology — until Panasonic cut them off after purchasing Sanyo back in 2009.Since then, Eiki has struggled to differentiate itself from the plethora of projector companies out there — eventually emerging as the leading K-12 supplier by 2013. That crown is now owned by Epson. Most of Eiki’s projectors, more recently, have been supplied by the same company making many of the other “undifferentiated LCD” products, Coretronic Corporation. But, as margins eroded in the educational space for projectors, Eiki didn’t seem to care in that they refused to differentiate or move beyond that market until last year when they launched a LED poster product.But that’s apparently too little, too late. One of the worst-kept secrets in the projector industry is that Eiki has been looking for a financial partner for almost two years and, according to one company insider I spoke to today, they continue to and hope to find one quickly to turn them around. Their best hope would likely come from their own supplier, Coretronic Corporation, who could use the Delta/Vivitek model of partner/owner — but that’s apparently unlikely to happen.All this considered, one thing is for sure: Eiki has great brand equity. The name, itself, is worth buying.Update: Eiki also announced recently that it’s hired John Schippers to the position of chief operating officer. Schippers sent the following comment on August 6 in response to our story:Eiki recognizes that Rave is a big part of the AV industry and have always enjoyed much of your work. Eiki also recognizes that Rave is a responsible and objective publication. Hence, we are taking this opportunity to positively respond to your recent editorial “Eiki’s Survival is Questionable.” It is our wish that our response will offer your readers a clearer understanding of Eiki and also help clarify Any misunderstandings. While Steve Rubery did work here for 15 years, he only had the title of general manager for a few months. Over a period of time, as in accordance with company policy, a performance review was conducted and it was subsequently decided that his position be revised to that of a GM of sales and marketing, as this would reflect his truer responsibility and job scope. Again, in accordance with company policy, his position was called for review sometime in the month of June. It is true that we did let go two of our technicians, but it was made for a specific and strategic reason and that is, to fulfill a more speedy and efficient local customers support service via an increased number of authorized service stations. Such a strategic move has been practiced and duplicated in our other global subsidiaries to good effect. Our authorized service centers are all trained by Eiki personnel and we work very close with each one of them. It is actually common practice for a manufacturer to use authorized service centers.It was erroneously reported that Eiki let 50% of the company’s sales team go. This is not true! In fact, we have actually hired a new regional sales manager based in Texas and have also added three new rep firms in the last month. Our sales administrator was let go due to our new restructuring plans. In fact, we are currently interviewing people for a newly created position that will address some critical needs and at the same time also help support other departments more efficiently. Eiki is continually making various changes in an effort to make the company stronger and better able to address the ever changing market challenges and conditions. It is a well-known “secret” that over the years, investors have been always knocking on our door for a viable partnership commitment. Eiki has always been looking for good business partners in order to move positively forward in the face of a more competitive market. All said, Eiki is on solid financial ground and always looking for good opportunities to go forward. We understand your “insider” may not be happy with our company. We all know that it is not fun looking for a new job and it is also not fun for those of us here to see a friend leave the company. We trust you understand that sentiment; however, it is our sincere hope that this update will help clarify matters and thus reflect a more accurate picture of the company.
“Spaceport America is providing testing support for a variety of commercial and government clients,” Dan Hicks, Spaceport America CEO said. “With our excellent staff, near perfect climate and restricted airspace, we are a leader in providing service for the space industry.” SPACEPORT AMERICA News: “Spaceport America provided the perfect location and support staff for us to test the E2 rocket engine,” ABL CFO Dan Piemont explained. “Our team did a great job rapidly activating our deployable test site, and we are happy with how E2 performed. This campaign was an important step toward bringing the RS1 launch vehicle to market.” Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. The FAA-licensed launch complex, situated on 18,000 acres adjacent to the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico, has a rocket friendly environment of 6,000 square miles of restricted airspace, low population density, a 12,000-foot spaceway, and 340 days of sunshine and low humidity. ABOUT ABL SPACE SYSTEMS ABOUT SPACEPORT AMERICA When operational, RS1 will fill an important role in the global launch vehicle market, providing bulk deployment of cubesats, deployment of three to six larger, more capable satellites, or dedicated launch of single satellites with aggressive mission requirements. ABL Space Systems, a company founded by former SpaceX engineers, recently completed a successful test campaign of its E2 rocket engine at Spaceport America. ABL Space Systems was founded by former SpaceX engineering leaders in 2017 to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. ABL is headquartered in El Segundo, California, where it has 60,000 square feet of facilities for research, development, and production. ABL is a team of over 40 world-class aerospace engineers with experience at SpaceX, Virgin Orbit, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Pratt + Whitney, and elsewhere. ABL is a privately-owned corporation backed by a premier group of private equity investors. To learn more, visit ablspacesystems.com
The smell of burnt vegetation and the red glow of flames welcome visitors these days to the Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands — a biodiverse paradise that is now partly reduced to ashes by record wildfires.The Pantanal, a region famous for its wildlife, is suffering its worst fires in more than 47 years, destroying vast areas of vegetation and causing death of animals caught in the fire or smokeIn the northern Pantanal, in central-western Brazil — a region that formerly had a thriving ecotourism industry — hotel employee Felipe Maia is hosing down a wooden bridge, hoping to stop the nearby flames from igniting it.There are scores of wooden bridges like this over the streams criss-crossing the wetlands along the dirt highway across the Pantanal, the 150-kilometer (95-mile) “Transpantaneira.”But amid the region’s worst drought in 47 years, many streams have run dry, and the fires often set this time of year on farms and ranches to clear land have spiralled out of control.“Every day we drive along the road, check which bridge is closest to catching fire and douse it in water,” Maia told AFP after soaking the bridge, just meters (yards) from the flames.The Pantanal sits at the southern edge of the Amazon rainforest, stretching from Brazil into Bolivia and Paraguay.In normal times, it draws tourists from around the world with its lush landscapes and wildlife, including jaguars, jabiru storks, giant otters, caimans, toucans, macaws and monkeys.But this year, around 23,500 square kilometers (9,000 square miles) of the wetlands have gone up in smoke — nearly 12 percent of the Pantanal.There have been a record-shattering 14,764 fires in the Brazilian Pantanal this year, according to satellite data from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE).In less than nine months, 2020 has already broken the annual record for the number of fires, according to INPE, with an increase of 214 percent from the same period last year.“It’s sad. Just when we thought tourism was about to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, these fires have destroyed 10 to 15 percent of the Pantanal,” said tour guide Roberto Carvalho Macedo, part of an informal brigade of firefighters, local residents, officials and hotel owners who have banded together to patrol the area’s bridges day and night.– Animals in ‘critical condition’ –Fellow guide Eduarda Fernandes Amaral was traveling by boat up a river in Encontro das Aguas State Park, known as the home to the world’s biggest jaguar population.She and a team of veterinarians and biologists were looking amid the charred remains of trees and shrubs for a jaguar that had reportedly been wounded in a fire.“All the animals we’ve rescued so far have been in critical condition. Some of them have died, some are burnt all the way to the bone,” she said.She set out drinking water and baskets of fruit for animals that survived the fires. They now risk dying of dehydration or starvation.It is impossible to estimate yet how many animals have died, but she said she fears the losses are enormous.“I hope this makes people open their eyes and understand that the biodiversity here is unique. We have to preserve it,” she told AFP.– Causes and effect –The scenes in the Pantanal are reminiscent of the wildfires devastating the US West Coast.As with those fires, there is a complex web of factors driving the blazes.The main cause in the Pantanal is drought.From January to May, the usual rainy season, the region received just half the precipitation it normally does. As a result, many areas that are usually flooded this time of year are dry.Exacerbating the problem, ranchers are increasingly introducing non-native plants for pasture land, weakening the region’s natural resistance to fire, experts say.Ecologists also blame funding and staffing cuts at Brazil’s environmental protection agencies under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January 2019.“There’s a widespread sense of impunity” among farmers and ranchers who set fires to clear land for crops and pasture, said forestry engineer Vinicius Silgueiro of the Life Center Institute (ICV).The crisis in the Pantanal has added to the criticism the Brazilian government faces over the Amazon.There have been 62,627 fires in the Brazilian Amazon so far this year, an increase of 10 percent from the same period last year. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
Luis Milla has been relieved of his post as Spain Under-21 coach after his side’s poor showing at this summer’s Olympic Games.Under-19 coach Julen Lopetegui will now fill the 46-year-old’s shoes and step up to take the reins of the U-21s.The former Spain international had led his nation to victory at the 2011 European Under-21 Championships, but a little over 12 months later it was a different story as La Roja were eliminated without scoring a single goal in a group that also included Morocco, Honduras and Japan.In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) moved swiftly to remove Milla from his position and confirmed the contract of his assistant, Juan Carlos Martinez Castrejo, would also not be renewed.His replacement will take charge of the U21s for their upcoming fixtures againstt Switzerland on September 6 and Croatia on September 10.Lopetegui led his side to back-to-back victories at the Under-19 European Championship in 2011 and 2012 and the quarter-finals of the 2011 Under-20 World Cup.