We Value, Respect Education for Liberians

first_imgBridge School Liberia (BSL) says although detractors are demeaning the efforts of educators, parents, teachers, and partners alike in the management of their school system, the entity remains committed to improve the schools which the Ministry of Education (MoE) has assigned to it in the pilot project. “Bridge PSL intends to keep the public informed about the progress and (activities) to increase learning outcomes. We value, respect, and celebrate the incredible benefits of education to all Liberians,” Bridge Academies International (BIA) Communications director, Lloa Bass-Golokeh, told this newspaper in a recent interview. The over-age enrolment statistics in Liberia increased due to years of civil war which crippled families and communities causing limited access to primary education. Golokeh quoted Harry Patrinos, World Bank Global Manager for Education, who said some 82 percent of Liberian students in primary school exceed the age for their grade. “As the country continues to pick up the pieces and make great strides towards putting its citizens, children, and communities first, the Bridge Partnership seeks to aid in the education initiative,” she said. It believes that one group, one person, or one government cannot revolutionize the education system, rather partnerships to create an even space for stakeholders’ involvement to actively pair minds to provide the best possible outcomes for the Liberian children and their future. Bridge International Academies join Partnership Schools for Liberia to radically improve primary and nursery education in LiberiaAbout the partnershipThe Liberian education system is in crisis. Decades of civil war and the recent Ebola epidemic have left 42 percent of children out of school. Only 20 percent of children enrolled in primary school complete secondary school and 50 percent of children are joining school 3 to 6 years late.A Liberian girl has a higher chance of being married before the age of 18 than being able to read.Background and Overview of the Pilot ProjectAfter more than a decade of civil war, post-conflict stress, and the Ebola health crisis in 2014-2015, Liberia’s children have a right to quality education that is unrealized. The provision of this right is the responsibility of the government. Without a radical change in the existing strategy of the government, it is unlikely that a child’s right to quality education will be actualized.This agreement is the first part of a Pilot Project to serve up to 120 Liberian public schools. This project is part of a wider Public-Private Partnership initiative (PPP), the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL). In keeping with the MoE memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with the BIA, schools will be managed with autonomy within existing laws to deliver on improved learning gains.The MOE & Bridge agreement covers 50 public schools, which remain under government control, for which parents are not charged for tuition or school services.The government partners with the BIA because of the entity’s proven success with school management, teacher support, and instructional materials that together deliver the needed results of students attaining quality education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Monrovia Threatened by Rising Sea Level, Others

first_imgMonrovia faces several threats, including sea level rise, changes in the wave climate and wave height.-Monrovia coastal engineering assessmentA preliminary outcome of a study conducted on Monrovia Metropolitan areas has depicted frightening projections of an imminent disaster, if actions are not taken to immediately avert coastal erosion in several parts of the city, a release from authorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.Outcome of the “engineering and safeguards assessment” on the coastal area of Monrovia Metropolitan areas released on Tuesday, November 6, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted threats the city faces due to coastal erosion.According to the release, the study was conducted by Coasts, Deltas and Rivers (CDR) International under the Monrovia Climate Resilient Program (MMCRP), funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High Level Inception Meeting.CDR is a fully independent coastal, river and port engineering and consultancy firm which has its roots in the Netherlands.The company is focusing on project development, management, design and engineering services in particular in the marine and maritime sector worldwide.The study conducted covered a total of 13,400 squad lines from Hotel Africa in Brewerville to Bernard Beach in Sinkor and was intended to assess the feasibility of coastal protection or vulnerability mitigation measures.It was also intended to identify benefits of measures, including Pro-Poor Agenda and business opportunities. CDR founder, Dirk Heijboer, said that Monrovia is extremely vulnerable to Sea Level Rise and that there is a critical need to develop protection measures in order to reduce the impact of climate change.In a PowerPoint presentation at the ceremony, which was intended to launch the preliminary assessment report, Heijboer said that the city faces several threats, including sea level rise, changes in the wave climate and wave height.The ceremony attracted policy makers, including President George Weah, Speaker Bhofal Chambers and some members of the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as Cabinet ministers.Heijboer explained further that the sea is aggressive and need intervention to avert a potential disaster. He lauded government’s emergency intervention in New Kru Town, but said the intervention needs to be upgraded soon to a sustainable revetment structure by a proper and detailed design as well as well-trained workmanship.This, according to him, would avoid losing rock material and near-future localized breaching. He added that “a proposal for this has been submitted.”Heijboer is fascinated that Liberia has rocks in abundance, unlike other countries that import rock to build coastal defenses.While displaying pictures captured by drone in the field, he said Liberia’s coastal areas can be reclaimed and turned into business opportunities.Heijboer made specific reference to the seafront at John F. Kennedy Hospital in Sinkor, and said the place can be turned into a business hub which would generate resources for the country.He stressed the need for urgent action to prevent the Liberia Electricity Corporation substation in West Point from being washed under the ocean, “because of its high economical value.”Prior to Heijboer’s presentation, the EPA executive director, Nathaniel T. Blama, Sr., said effects of climate change is visible across the country.Blama said that if appropriate steps are reverted, three keys sectors, including health, agriculture and forestry, would be badly affected.He predicted that coastal erosion would decrease agriculture production and impact health and road network across the country.Mr. Blama said that coastal erosion would place additional financial burden on the government, because it would spend money on resettling people affected by erosion.It is expected that in June 2019, the project’s proposal would be approved, while in September the grant document will be finalized.Inception work on the project’s activities is expected to begin in November 2019, he said. President Weah lauded the EPA and the CRD for the study, and pledged government’s unflinching support to the project which, according to him, is tied to the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Pensioner killed in EBD accident

first_imgA 71-year-old pensioner was killed on Friday evening after he was struck down by a motorcar on the Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara (EBD) Public Road.Dead is James Augustus of Second Dam, Garden of Eden, EBD.According to Police reports, the incident occurred at about 22:30h. Investigations revealed that the vehicle, bearing registration number PKK 6734, was proceeding north along the western carriageway (heading to Georgetown), when the victims allegedly ran from the western side of the road, heading east, and ended up in the path of the motorcar.Upon impact, the elderly man was picked up and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The 26-year-old driver of the motorcar was taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigations. Reports are a breathalyser test was also conducted on the driver but no trace of alcohol was detected.On Saturday morning, the police had cordoned and marked the spot where the incident occurred as their investigations progressed. When Guyana Times visited the victim’s home, neighbours indicated that he lived alone after moving from the North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), some years ago.Bissondyal Boopat, who lives a few houses away, said that Augustus would do odd jobs around the community for a living and was constantly seen imbibing at his house. However, he was described as an easygoing person.“We get a message. The neighbour said that he dead and that something knock he down. He does live around but he didn’t have a wife or children. He don’t have family. We don’t know much about he but he’s not a bad man and he don’t trouble nobody. When you ain’t see he around, it mean he working,” said Boopat.Opposite to Augustus’ dwellings, another neighbour recalled, “he’s sort of a single farmhand working all around different places. He comes over when I visit my mom so I know him as a mutual friend”.This is the second pedestrian to have lost his life in recent time. Just last month, a 30-year-old man was killed as he was attempting to cross the Number 11 Village Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Stanley Bronne of Lot 8 Number 11 Village, was crossing the roadway when he was struck by motorcar PTT 8022. Reports are the driver of the motorcar allegedly swerved to avoid a collision but the right front of the vehicle collided with Bronne.As a result of the impact, Bronne fell onto the front windscreen then onto the road and received injuries about his body. He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where he died while receiving medical attention.last_img read more

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Man went to buy car but stole it from owner instead

first_imgA man went to buy a car after seeing an advert on DoneDeal and decided to steal it instead.John Tierney appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the unauthorised taking of the Audi car. The court was told that on February 21st last Tierney spotted the advert on DoneDeal and went to view it with the owner at Killylastin outside Letterkenny.Garda Inspector Sean Grant said Tierney, with an address in St Johnston, viewed the car with the owner, a Mr McNamee.However, when he spotted the keys in the ignition, Tierney decided to jump into the car and drive off.The car was later recovered a few miles away and was undamaged but was missing the keys.Solicitor for Tierney, Mr Kieran Dillon, said his client was into cars and had wanted to see the car but didn’t have enough money to buy it.“He saw an opportunity for a test drive and he took it. It was the completely and utter wrong way to do something,” he said.The court was told that there was an invoice in court for €278 for replacement keys but that Mr Tierney only had €150 at this time.Solicitor Dillon said his client had left school early and had been affected by the death of his father.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until December 16th for a Probation Report.Man went to buy car but stole it from owner instead was last modified: September 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carDoneDealJohn Tierneytheftlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE FACE NAOMH CONAILL IN DONEGAL SFC BLOCKBUSTER ON SUNDAY

first_imgDungloe GAA News:B’ iad 4, 5, 14 agus 21 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €2,500 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann, John Hyland, Burtonport, Paddy mc Gowan, Falmore, Paul O Donnell, Oughmeen, Oisin and Fionn, c/o John A Doherty agus Joseph mc Gowan, St. Peters Terrace. Bhain John Rodgers, Cabra, Dublin €150 agus bhain Noreen Rodgers, Cabra, Dublin, Mary mc Daid, Cloughwally, Connie O Donnell, St. Peters Terrace, Pauline mc Geehan, Fintown agus Charlie Bonner, Fair Hill €100 ag an bingo.In the A league play off between Dungloe/Gdore and Buncrana in the underage hurling, Dungloe lost on a scoreline of 3-5 to 3-1. A strong second half performance wasn’t enough to see the lads win the contest.Well done to all members of the Donegal panel who defeated Tyrone at the weekend in Ballybofey, especially Dungloe Minor players; Danny Rodgers, Mathew Ward, Brian O Donnell, Barry Curran and Ryan Greene and senior player Cory Gallagher.In the first round of the Donegal Senior Championship, Dungloe travel to Glenties on Sunday the 24th of May. The reserves throw in at 12.30 pm and the seniors 2pm. GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE FACE NAOMH CONAILL IN DONEGAL SFC BLOCKBUSTER ON SUNDAY was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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Frome bides time, gets his chance

first_img So Frome headed to the Midwest, arriving at South Bend, Ind., ready to restore Notre Dame’s glory. Then he sat, and he sat and sat some more. Frome came to Notre Dame expecting to anchor the Irish defensive line. For three years, the only thing he anchored was the end of the bench. A nationally ranked prospect, Frome went from playing nearly every down both ways for three years at Hart to redshirting in order to add weight to his 6-foot-5 frame at Notre Dame. “There were a lot of good players in front of me,” Frome said. “You got to expect that when you come to a place like this.” But he didn’t expect his preparation for playing time to last three years. As a redshirt freshman, he was jumped on the depth chart by incoming freshman Victor Abiamiri, who was ranked the eighth-best recruit in the nation by ESPN. Last season, Frome was the fourth player in a three-man defensive end rotation. He backed up Justin Tuck, who was drafted in the third round by the New York Giants in April. All Frome had to show for three years at Notre Dame were eight tackles. With Tuck and another senior defensive end gone, Frome got his chance this offseason and earned his way into the starting lineup. He was so excited to finally start that he jumped offsides for a penalty on the third play against Pittsburgh. But he settled down to get a sack in the third quarter. Mom and dad were there to see it happen. Frome’s parents, Bob and Peggy, went to 19 games his first three seasons to watch him sit on the bench. So it’s no surprise that they are scheduling their lives around Notre Dame football this year. Bob and Peggy are planning to go to every game. They bought a four-bedroom house near campus for Chris to live in so the family has a place to stay when in town. “It definitely takes a lot of time and can be tiring,” Peggy Frome said. “But we feel we only have so much time to do it and then it’s over, so we’re really enjoying it.” The whole crew will be there today for the USC game. With the Trojans trying for an unprecedented third consecutive national championships, Frome often is asked why he didn’t go to USC. “I don’t regret it,” Frome said. “I really like Notre Dame. When I was in high school, UCLA had beaten USC seven straight times so I never expected them to be a powerhouse like this. It’s funny how things work out. They are definitely the best team in the country.” When he crouches into his three-point stance today, Frome will become part of what many consider to be the nation’s top college football rivalry. “It was worth the wait,” Frome said. “It’s like, wow, here I am playing every week on national television for Notre Dame. You never really get over it, and you shouldn’t because it’s an achievement.” Matthew Kredell, (818)713-3607 matthew.kredell@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Entering this season with minimal special teams play and garbage-time minutes to show for his college career, Frome finally has his opportunity. He is starting at defensive end for Notre Dame as USC goes to South Bend today for a top-10 showdown. “It just makes you really appreciate the spot more, going through the whole process of working your way into the lineup,” Frome said. “I’m enjoying all the attention.” The nation’s attention will be on Frome and the Notre Dame defensive line today, as the ability to get pressure on Matt Leinart is one of the keys to the Irish chances of upsetting the No. 1-ranked team. Frome never had any trouble winning the big game at Hart. The only player in coach Mike Herrington’s 17 years to start on both offense and defense for three seasons, Frome’s 22 sacks helped Hart to a 39-2 record in his time on varsity. “He’s one of the best defensive players we’ve ever had here, and the most versatile lineman we’ve had as far as his athletic ability,” Herrington said. center_img Chris Frome dominated high school football as a lineman at Hart High of Newhall, winning Daily News Defensive Player of the Year honors as he helped the Indians win three consecutive Southern Section titles. He had his choice of colleges. The pick of the litter. USC and UCLA wanted him. Michigan, too. However, it was the rich tradition of the Irish that caught his eye. last_img read more

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GOVERNMENT WATER CHARGE CHANGES ARE JUST SPIN, SAYS DOHERTY

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty, has branded today’s revised package of measures regarding water charges announced by the Government as a mere ‘PR Offensive’.“What these revised measures show is just how out of touch with reality this Fine Gael-Labour Government really are,” said Doherty tonight.“Today’s exercise is simply a public relations offensive to try and quell the unprecedented levels of protests and public anger the government has been facing over water charges. “What we have seen today is a Government in crisis, one which is trying to salvage whatever credibility they might have left with the electorate in a last ditch attempt to cling to power while their administration crumbles down all around them.“However people are not buying their hype. Today’s measures have simply only confirmed what we already knew, that water charges are here to stay; that the current water metering programme which is causing huge anger across the country is set to continue, and that the Government still has no intention to introduce a constitutional right to water.“Clearly, the government has yet to get the message. Despite claiming that they have been listening to the people opposed to water charges, they continue to ignore their calls demanding that these charges be scrapped, and instead offer a pathetic package to sweeten the deal.”“However, today’s political back-tracking by Fine Gael and Labour over these charges proves that people power is working. Now is our opportunity to get rid of water charges once and for all, that’s why we need the maximum possible turnout for the protest against water charges on December 10th. “By working together and participating in next month’s protest, we will deliver home the message once and for all that water charges must be scrapped.” GOVERNMENT WATER CHARGE CHANGES ARE JUST SPIN, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Irish WaterPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

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Hear me out, says Deaf Hands at Work

first_imgOperating from the Masiphumelele Township near Cape Town, Deaf Hands at Work offers a number of services, ranging from carpentry and gardening to project management and domestic helpImagine living in complete silence, with little or no means to communicate with hearing colleagues and peers, or provide for yourself and your family; according to Charles Nyakurwa this is what it’s like daily for the large majority of hearing-impaired South Africans.After finding inspiration in his Deaf younger brother’s (Peter) fight for a proper education and to become self-reliant, Nyakurwa decided to take action and ease the struggles of people with hearing difficulties throughout the continent, starting with South Africa.“My deaf brother is an inspiration and the difficulties he faced during his endeavour highlight all our failures to facilitate an equal footing for both hearing and hearing-impaired people,” says Nyakurwa.“Our perception towards people with disabilities is entirely to blame. He opened my heart and broadened my mind.”DEAFSTYLEIn December 2011 Nyakurwa founded Deaf Hands at Work (DHW), where the majority of the staff is deaf or physically challenged.“At DHW we work, clothe and sign in Deafstyle, a new innovative approach to providing skills training to Deaf and physically challenged individuals through our tradesmen services in the construction and garment industries,” explains Nyakurwa.Operating from the Masiphumelele Township near Cape Town, Deaf Hands at Work offers a number of services, ranging from carpentry and gardening to project management and domestic help.Charles Nyakurwa, founder and Chief Executive officer of Deaf Hands at Work (images: DHW Facebook page)The organisation also produces a clothing line, Deafstyle Clothing, printed with common South African Sign Language gestures, helping hearing South Africans communicate with their hearing-impaired friends, family and co-workers.“It’s easier for somebody who can hear to learn sign language than it is for a Deaf person to talk or read lips,” Nyakurwa says“Some of the biggest challenges that Deaf people face is communication and negative perceptions from hearing counterparts.“We still have severe tendencies of shouting at a Deaf person for example; it’s our ignorance that is costing us.”South Africa is home to about 1.5-milion hearing-impaired people, of whom 75% are functionally illiterate and less than 30% are employed, this thirty percent makes up less than 1% of South Africa’s employed population. Nyakurwa’s organisation is trying to change this situation; “We see South Africa as a nation where people with disabilities can be influential role models and high-impact social entrepreneurs in its socio-economic spheres.“We want to change the perception from disability to ‘thisAbility’ …”Nyakurwa says the organisation’s long-term goal is “to become the country’s leading social enterprise platform for Deaf and Disabled entrepreneurs and make Deafstyle a household brand”.The organisation also aims to build awareness amongst the hearing population about the challenges Deaf people face.“Socio-economic independence of individuals with disabilities needs to be attended to on an empowerment basis and drift away from dependency-generating solutions like grants,” he says.Deafstyle is a new innovative approach of providing skills training to Deaf and disabled individuals through DHW’s tradesmen services in the construction and garment industriesTHE SILENT DISABILITY AWARENESS WALKAs part of Deaf Hands at Work’s campaign to raise awareness around the plight of Deaf South Africans, Nyakurwa and his colleagues will participate in the 200km Silent Disability Awareness Walk from the organisation’s offices in Masiphumelele, to the National Institute for the Deaf in Worcester.The walk will take place in September and will end when the participants arrive at the institute, after five days of walking in absolute silence and communicating only in South African Sign Language.PLAY YOUR PARTTo join the Silent Disability Awareness Walk, or learn more about the organisation, email Deaf Hands at Work at info@dhwsa.co.za, call the office on +27(0)21 785 7737, or visit the DHW websiteor its Facebook page.last_img read more

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The Batting Order Of Collaboration

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#collaboration avinoam nowogrodski Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair With baseball season having just officially started, you’re probably thinking about what lineup your favorite team will set this year to perform best. The scrappy, quick-thinker should lead off. The heavy-hitting influencers take the plate mid-way through. The finishers are positioned at the end to cap off our efforts. But are we talking about baseball or a project management team?Project management is an age-old process that has its perks on the surface. In theory, ideas come together, production is seamless, and the final product is near perfection. But just like a World Series ring for the Chicago Cubs, it’s more of a pipe dream. Unless, of course, the enterprise can focus on a new way to collaborate, implementing an ethos that takes social and turns it into productivity. Today, we are noticing a need for a new form of collaboration, one that fosters transparency and gives each player equal footing to provide bright ideas and assist in producing high quality products. When executed properly, this new batting order of collaboration has great positive effects on enterprise efforts.A New Form Of PPMIn what’s been seen as a very traditional practice, project management still has its place in business. How else can tasks be completed in an organized fashion while maintaining a close eye on budgets, timing, resources, etc.? But as social features come into play, many organizations are finding that loose conversations are disconnected from the real flow of tasks and projects that are the lifeblood of productivity. Team managers need to connect those unstructured conversations with a structured process, so productivity can become again the main focus.Encouraging collaboration and having many team members offer input results in creative ideas and more efficient implementation. The batting order no longer reads off from 1 to 9. Instead all players are adding their own touch and finesse at various points of the process to create high quality output. As consumers, we’ve become accustomed to real-time updates and conversations. By incorporating changes like this into our ecosystems, team members can collaborate more often and efficiently, meet deadlines, and most importantly, produce better results within budget.Tying Social To CollaborationPopular consumer social networks like Facebook and Twitter are building social graphs and laying the groundwork for lively, active networks. In the enterprise, there are attempts for this same experience, but many solutions are failing. Some slump as a result of user adoption, while others hit a wall as conversations lead to overwhelming content, disorganization and no direction. The features themselves sound like a good idea – but what does ROI look like? It’s hard to show a connection of conversations to real value.Companies must turn to means that deliver the entire process from start to finish. By managing all moving parts, from idea creation straight through implementation, this keeps end users happy and efficient. Random social engagement (that is normally found in popular social networking channels) can instead be transferred into actionable items, acting as a catalyst for improved ideas and actual execution. Connecting these conversations to tangible tasks translates into met goals. This level playing field allows all team members to be successful with each project they face.The Game AheadWe’re at a point where businesses must reevaluate how they approach project management and collaborative efforts. Does a chronological system make sense or do your initiatives value added input? If the latter, how are you promoting transparency and creative contribution throughout the process? It’s time for software companies to adjust to the social changes we have been seeing in recent years. It’s time to take these social features and tie them back to the workflow. Put the right tools and work culture in place to embrace real-time, widespread collaboration and don’t get lost amidst the many conversations taking place. Most importantly, always stay focused on the bottom line – getting work done.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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Ready to Put Your Eyes in the Sky? Checkout the Autel EVO!

first_imgA Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas The ReadWrite reviews team provides reviews on the latest and greatest technologies, services, and products.For all review inquiries please email tips@readwrite.com Related Posts Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy Blueair 680i Air Purifier: Clean Air For Your H…center_img Before reviewing the Autel, EVO camera drone, we had zero experience with drones of any type. This review, will give a novice’s perspective of experiencing the EVO drone, for the first time, right out of the box!Our first impression is noticing the superb packaging. Autel took some cues from Apple and has efficiently and carefully packaged the EVO in a container which is a delight to unpack and explore.Unboxing the droneImmediately apparent is the highly refined finish and excellent construction quality of the drone, controller and other parts. The EVO stands apart from other drones in that it boasts a glossy orange finish on its belly and back. This will make it easy to spot from below when in flight and when laying on the ground, partially hidden by green or brown vegetation, in the event of an emergency landing in a foreign location.Since we had zero familiarity with flying drones, we spent about an hour on Youtube watching drone enthusiasts flying and reviewing the EVO and other drones. Autel does provide some simple manuals and instructions in their nice box and you can also download a more thorough EVO manual from their online website.Getting setupAutel’s website provides some videos demonstrating the intelligent flight features of the EVO. Autel hasn’t spent a lot of time refining their website. Autel Robotics is fairly new to the drone business and apparently their priority is the drone rather than their website, which will probably improve over time and provide more information about the EVO.The main information that is lacking from their manual and website is how to get the video content off the micro SD card, mounted in the drone, downloaded to an Apple computer. We had to contact Autel through their website about how to get the video files off of the drone. Autel responded quickly that they are still working on the direct transferring procedures to Apple computers and suggested using a SD card reader to transfer the data.Learning to flySo, after charging up the drone and controller, looking over all the material supplied in the box, downloading the EVO manual, smartphone App and watching a few Youtube videos, we were ready for our maiden flight of the EVO.We placed the drone on the ground in the middle of a round cul-de-sac, checked that the LED warning lights were correct, front solid red and rear slow flashing green, and moved the 2 joysticks on the handheld controller to what we thought was the take off position. Apparently, we misread the instructions and moved the joy sticks to the bottom or left and right positions. The correct position is the down, left and right 45 degree, diagonal position. Once we got this right, the propellers quietly started spinning. This was an exciting moment in our maiden flight. We then pushed the auto take off button, the propellers sped up and the drone lifted quickly off the ground and hovered perfectly at about eye level. The prop noise is fairly quiet. Kind of sounds like a muffled swarm of hornets rather than a loud chain saw. We did not feel like we would disturb the surrounding neighbors at all.Advanced flight featuresThe AI algorithms kept the drone hovering in a stable position, giving us plenty of time to experiment and learn how to use the joy sticks to fly the EVO. From here it was very easy to fly the drone. Left stick for up, down and cw/ccw rotation and right stick for forward and back flight and left and right banked turns. We practiced flying around the neighborhood and moving the camera view up and down. When the power was getting low we hit the home button and the EVO responded quickly and returned and landed within a few feet of its initial take off spot.After recharging, we were ready for our second test flight where we wanted to test some of the automatic intelligent flight features. Taking off was easy, now that we knew the correct stick positions. We manually took off this time, by pushing up on the left joy stick and reached a safe altitude to try out the orbit or circle about a point and tracking flight modes. The EVO easily and precisely tracked our movement and flew a radius around a point with ease and with very smooth camera control.How does it compare?The consensus from a few online reviews is that the Autel EVO is very similar to the DJI Mavic 2 Pro with the exception of the orbit mode and camera quality. One reviewer felt the EVO had some trouble with holding a stable picture while in the orbit mode, but that the EVO had a better quality video image. We did not find the camera stability problem with the EVO in orbit mode. Perhaps there was less wind during our test or perhaps Autel has corrected the camera shift, while in circle mode, with a software update.The EVO controller allows flight control with and without an attached smartphone. Apparently the EVO is, currently, the only controller with an OLED screen that can work without an attached phone. The EVO can be flown and transmit video to the controller, but the intelligent flight modes and some other status reports are not available when used without a smartphone attached. Autel does not provide a micro SD card reader or a mini-usb to usb-3 cable to connect the controller to an Apple iPhone. These items have to be purchased separately.We purchased a Unitek, USB3.0 Type-C Multi-in-One Card Reader from Amazon for about $15.00. The reader easily read the micro SD card and we downloaded our files to a MacBook Pro and imported them into iMovie. As expected, the video is superb, since it is 4K and 60 fps. The video was very smooth during the tracking modes we experimented with. We were not able to compare the video from the EVO with video from other drones, but must say that the video quality from the EVO camera is excellent.Final thoughtsIn conclusion, we found the Autel EVO drone very easy to set up and fly, for an absolute drone novice, after a short time reviewing the instructions provided in the box and online. The EVO maintains level and stable flight and automatically avoids flying into objects, while patiently waiting for flight commands from the pilot through the controller. The EVO can be flown manually or with intelligent flight modes like Orbit, Dynamic Track, Viewpoint and others. The 4K camera takes excellent images, both video and still.If you are looking for an easy to fly drone with all the expected features, and a few more, that takes excellent video, you won’t be disappointed with Autel’s EVO drone.Special thanks to Wellbots for sending us the Autel EVO to fly! If you’re ready to get some amazing 4K footage from above, use AUTEL10 for 10% off! CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… ReadWrite Product Reviewslast_img read more

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