Community Foundation for Manchester won’t be using face-to-face fundraising

first_imgCommunity Foundation for Manchester won’t be using face-to-face fundraising About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Humour Individual giving  49 total views,  1 views today Advertisement The Community Foundation of Manchester is the latest charity to poke fun at face-to-face fundraising as it indicates that it would not use this method for its Forever Manchester campaign.Its humorous video presents Manchester’s Market Street as filled with irritating street fundraisers, mostly carrying out face-to-face fundraising, but there is also a traditional collector with a bucket.The full video then goes on to suggest that that the Foundation is different and relevant to Mancunians. Note however that the closing fundraising image is of a coin being put into a traditional collecting box.Its welcome email message says “we wanted to show you exactly what our charity is about . . . and also what it isn’t.”The Community Foundation is not alone. Quite a few charities and fundraising companies publicly criticise face-to-face fundraising. Some argue that it is not appropriate for them, while others suggest that charities are wrong to use this method of fundraising. Very few other fundraising methods are treated this way by charity sector organisations, even those that generate considerably higher numbers of complaints from the public. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 May 2012 | News  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

After James Foley, Islamic State beheads fellow US journalist Steven Sotloff

first_imgNews SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists to go further News RWB is appalled by this latest demented crime, shown in a newly-released video. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts September 3, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After James Foley, Islamic State beheads fellow US journalist Steven Sotloff February 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News RSF_en News Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by yesterday’s release of a video showing the jihadi militant group Islamic State beheading US journalist Steven Sotloff, using the same barbaric procedure as it did with fellow US journalist James Foley in a video released exactly two weeks before.A 31-year-old freelancer, Sotloff had been a hostage since August 2013, when he was kidnapped in northern Syria.Posted online and entitled “A second message to America,” the video showed a masked man condemning the US intervention in Syria and Iraq before beheading Sotloff. He also threatened a British hostage identified as David Haines and warned governments to back away from “this evil alliance of America against the Islamic State.”It is impossible to say with certainty at this point that it was the same masked man as in the video of Foley’s execution, but he had the same British accent and the execution was carried out in exactly the same manner against the same desert background, and with the same threats against the Obama administration.“I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State,” the masked man said.“This is an outrageous, disgusting and demented war crime that should be tried before an international court,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “Not content with developing a hostage industry, Islamic State is taking its horror even further by staging the beheading of journalists in series.”Sotloff grew up in Miami and majored in journalism at the University of Central Florida. He specialized in covering the Arab world and had reported for many US publications including Time, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy and World Affairs.His mother appealed last week to Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. “You, the caliph, can grant amnesty,” she said in a video. Reporters Without Borders offers its heart-felt condolences to the Sotloff family. last_img read more

Congolese may be holding Deutsche Welle reporter from Burundi

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoBurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned Antediteste Niragira has been planning to do a report on a refugee camp with many Burundian refugees at Lusenda, a locality about 60 km inside the DRC. His wife has received no word from him since he called her from the border. According to information obtained by RSF, he has been arrested by the DRC’s National Intelligence Agency (ANR) on the grounds that he did not have a visa. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reached an ANR official in Uvira, a Congolese town on the border, but he refused to answer any questions. “There is no reason for Antediteste Niragira to be in prison, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. This journalist has broken no law. If the Congolese authorities don’t want to let him into the DRC, they should release him so that he can return home.” The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News News News Democratic Republic of CongoBurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeriacenter_img to go further Antediteste Niragira, Photo: SOS Media Burundi Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. Follow the news on Africa Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder May 22, 2017 Congolese may be holding Deutsche Welle reporter from Burundi Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about Antediteste Niragira, a Burundian reporter for German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, who went missing after calling his wife two days ago to say he was crossing the land border between Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought

first_imgcenter column 1 Caltech Collaboration Leads to Incredible Breakthrough: Intuitive Control of Robotic Arm Using Thought The next generation of brain-controlled robotics and machines: More natural, effortless, intuitive movements achieved By DEBORAH WILLIAMS-HEDGES and ALISON TRINIDAD Published on Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 12:39 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a gunshot wound when he was 21, Erik G. Sorto now can move a robotic arm just by thinking about it and using his imagination.Through a clinical collaboration between Caltech, Keck Medicine of USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the now 34-year-old Sorto is the first person in the world to have a neural prosthetic device implanted in a region of the brain where intentions are made, giving him the ability to perform a fluid hand-shaking gesture, drink a beverage, and even play “rock, paper, scissors,” using a robotic arm. The findings are being published in the May 22 issue of Science.Neural prosthetic devices implanted in the brain’s movement center, the motor cortex, can allow patients with paralysis to control the movement of a robotic limb. However, current neuroprosthetics produce motion that is delayed and jerky—not the smooth and seemingly automatic gestures associated with natural movement. Now, by implanting neuroprosthetics in a part of the brain that controls not the movement directly but rather our intent to move, Caltech researchers have developed a way to produce more natural and fluid motions.Designed to test the safety and effectiveness of this new approach, the clinical trial was led by principal investigator Richard Andersen, the James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience at Caltech, neurosurgeon Charles Y. Liu, professor of neurological surgery, neurology, and biomedical engineering at USC, and neurologist Mindy Aisen, chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos.Andersen and his colleagues wanted to improve the versatility of movement that a neuroprosthetic can offer to patients by recording signals from a different brain region other than the motor cortex, i.e., the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), a high-level cognitive area. In earlier animal studies, the Andersen lab found that it is here, in the PPC, that the initial intent to make a movement is formed. These intentions are then transmitted to the motor cortex, through the spinal cord, and on to the arms and legs where the movement is executed.“The PPC is earlier in the pathway, so signals there are more related to movement planning—what you actually intend to do—rather than the details of the movement execution,” Andersen says. “When you move your arm, you really don’t think about which muscles to activate and the details of the movement—such as lift the arm, extend the arm, grasp the cup, close the hand around the cup, and so on. Instead, you think about the goal of the movement, for example, ‘I want to pick up that cup of water.’ So in this trial, we were successfully able to decode these actual intents, by asking the subject to simply imagine the movement as a whole, rather than breaking it down into a myriad of components. We expected that the signals from the PPC would be easier for patients to use, ultimately making the movement process more fluid.”The device was surgically implanted in Sorto’s brain at Keck Hospital of USC in April 2013, and he since has been training with Caltech researchers and staff at Rancho Los Amigos to control a computer cursor and a robotic arm with his mind. The researchers saw just what they were hoping for:intuitive movement of the robotic arm.Sorto, a single father of two who has been paralyzed for over 10 years, was thrilled with the quick results: “I was surprised at how easy it was [to control the robotic arm],” he says. “I remember just having this out-of-body experience, and I wanted to just run around and high-five everybody.”The SurgeryThe surgical team at Keck Medicine of USC performed the unprecedented neuroprosthetic implant in a five-hour surgery on April 17, 2013. Liu and his team implanted a pair of small electrode arrays in two parts of the posterior parietal cortex, one that controls reach and another that controls grasp. Each 4-by-4 millimeter array contains 96 active electrodes that, in turn, each record the activity of single neurons in the PPC. The arrays are connected by a cable to a system of computers that process the signals, to decode the brain’s intent and control output devices, such as a computer cursor and a robotic arm.“These arrays are very small so their placement has to be exceptionally precise, and it took a tremendous amount of planning, working with the Caltech team to make sure we got it right,” says Liu, who also is director of the USC Neurorestoration Center and associate chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos. “Because it was the first time anyone had implanted this part of the human brain, everything about the surgery was different: the location, the positioning and how you manage the hardware. Keep in mind that what we’re able to do—the ability to record the brain’s signals and decode them to eventually move the robotic arm—is critically dependent on the functionality of these arrays, which is determined largely at the time of surgery.”The USC Neurorestoration Center’s primary mission is to leverage partnerships to create unique opportunities to translate scientific discoveries into effective therapies.“We are at a point in human research where we are making huge strides in overcoming a lot of neurologic disease,” says neurologist Christianne Heck, associate professor of neurology at USC and co-director of the USC Neurorestoration Center. “These very important early clinical trials could provide hope for patients with all sorts of neurologic problems that involve paralysis such as stroke, brain injury, ALS and even multiple sclerosis.”The RehabilitationSixteen days after his implant surgery, Sorto began his training sessions at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, where a computer was attached directly to the ports extending from his skull, to communicate with his brain. The rehabilitation team of occupational therapists who specialize in helping patients adapt to loss of function in their upper limbs and “redesign” the way patients do tasks with the function they have left, worked with Sorto and the Caltech team daily to help Sorto visualize what it would be like to move his arm again.“It was a big surprise that the patient was able to control the limb on day one­­­—the very first day he tried,” Andersen says. “This attests to how intuitive the control is when using PPC activity.”Although he was able to immediately move the robot arm with his thoughts, after weeks of imagining, Sorto refined his control of the arm. Now, Sorto is able to execute advanced tasks with his mind, such as controlling a computer cursor; drinking a beverage; making a hand-shaking gesture; and performing various tasks with the robotic arm.Aisen, the chief medical officer at Rancho Los Amigos who led the study’s rehabilitation team, says that advancements in prosthetics like these hold promise for the future of patient rehabilitation.“We at Rancho are dedicated to advancing rehabilitation and to restoration of neurologic function through new technologies, which can be assistive or can promote recovery by capitalizing on the innate plasticity of the human nervous system,” says Aisen, also a clinical professor of neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “This research is relevant to the role of robotics and brain-machine interfaces as assistive devices, but also speaks to the ability of the brain to learn to function in new ways. We have created a unique environment that can seamlessly bring together rehabilitation, medicine, and science as exemplified in this study.”Sorto has signed on to continue working on the project for a third year. He says the study has inspired him to continue his education and pursue a master’s degree in social work.“This study has been very meaningful to me,” says Sorto. “As much as the project needed me, I needed the project. It gives me great pleasure to be part of the solution for improving paralyzed patients’ lives. I joke around with the guys that I want to be able to drink my own beer—to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to take a sip out of my beer and to not have to ask somebody to give it to me. I really miss that independence. I think that if it were safe enough, I would really enjoy grooming myself—shaving, brushing my own teeth. That would be fantastic.”“The better understanding of the PPC will help the researchers improve the neuroprosthetic devices of the future,” Andersen says. “What we have here is a unique window into the workings of a complex high-level brain area, as we work collaboratively with our subjects to perfect their skill in controlling external devices.”The results of the trial were published in a paper titled “Decoding Motor Imagery from the Posterior Parietal Cortex of a Tetraplegic Human.” The implanted device and signal processors used in the Caltech-led clinical trial were the NeuroPort Array and NeuroPort Bio-potential Signal Processors developed by Blackrock Microsystems in Salt Lake City, Utah. The robotic arm used in the trial was the Modular Prosthetic Limb, developed at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins. Sorto was recruited to the trial by collaborators at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and at Keck Medicine of USC. This trial was funded by the National Institutes of Health (grants EY013337, EY015545, P50MH942581A), the Boswell Foundation, the Department of Defense (contract N66001-10-4056), and the USC Neurorestoration Center.Caltech Andersen lab members include Tyson Aflalo, Spencer Kellis, Christian Klaes, Brian Lee, Ying Shi, and Kelsie Pejsa.Keck Medicine of USC team members include Brian Lee, Christianne Heck, Sandra Oviedo, Paul Kim, and Meng Law.Rancho Los Amigos rehabilitation team members include Kathleen Shanfield, Stephanie Hayes-Jackson, and Barbara Phillips.Excellent Videos, Animations, Images Available at more information, contact Deborah Williams-Hedges,  [email protected], (626) 395-3227 or (626) 840-1565 or Alison Trinidad, [email protected], (323) 442-3941 or (213) 700-0322. 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Deputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit

first_img Pinterest Deputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit Previous articleOPD seeks assistance after hit-and-runNext articleUTPB identified as one of best online colleges admin WhatsApp Local NewsCrime WhatsApp Facebook Bryan Mackay talks about Young Professionals of Odessa. Ector County deputies arrested six juveniles Tuesday following a 10-minute pursuit.Deputies were called about shots fired around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near 57th Street and Flamingo Avenue, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.The suspected vehicle, a blue Tahoe, was found near a Family Dollar store, 2703 Moss Ave., in the area, the release detailed. A deputy reportedly saw the six juveniles run from the store with merchandise in their hands and leave at a high speed in the vehicle.Officers pursued the vehicle for about 10 minutes before the pursuit ended near 25th Street and Tripp Avenue, the release stated. A pistol, live and spent rounds and less than two ounces of marijuana were found inside the vehicle.The release said the suspect vehicle also matched the description of two shooting calls reported in the city earlier that day. Odessa Police Department Spokesman Steve LeSueur said the juveniles are suspects in one of their ongoing investigations as well.LeSueur said OPD received one call about shots fired around 10:09 a.m. in the 1600 block of Petroleum Drive, and another call about shots fired at 11:15 a.m. in the 300 block of East 44th Street. No injuries were reported in either case.The juveniles ranged in ages from 15 to 16, and were all charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, evading in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana less than two ounces, and engaging in organized crime, shoplifting.All six juveniles were taken to the Ector County Youth Center, the release detailed. Twitter By admin – March 20, 2018 Facebook Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Nash family will not accept Bloody Sunday compensation

first_imgNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Nash family will not accept Bloody Sunday compensation The sister of a man who was killed on Bloody Sunday has described the British Ministry of Defences offer of compensation as repulsive.Linda Nash, who’s 19-year-old brother William was killed, said it has never been about money for the Bloody Sunday families.A statement from the British Ministry of Defence confirmed today that compensation would be paid “where there was a legal liability to do so”.Linda Nash says her family will never accept compensation, and what they want is prosecutions…..[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleMcGuinness says he never killed anyone or was responsible for anyones deathNext articleHighland Radio Glasgow Weekend 2011 News Highland By News Highland – September 22, 2011 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Wanted men who had been in Donegal are assaulted in Armagh

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Wanted men who had been in Donegal are assaulted in Armagh Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDerry need away win against Limerick – Nicky LowNext articleThe Nine ’til Noon Show – Cervical Check Scheme Audit News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – April 30, 2018 Two men who were wanted by the PSNI have been attacked in County Armagh over the weekend.A vigilante group set upon James White and Jason Lydiard, also known as Alexis Guesto, who were wanted for a number of offences by both the Gardai and the PSNI. Both had previously served time for child sex offences.The pair were cornered in the Mullaghbawn area and beaten with iron bars before being tied up and covered with blue paint on Saturday night.The two men were taken to hospital for treatment where one remains this morning, the other has been arrested.The PSNI says “there can never be an excuse for people to take the law into their own hands”.The two men had spent some time in Donegal earlier this month before crossing back into Northern Ireland. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

A year-round ecophysiological study of Himantothallus grandifolius (Desmarestiales, Phaeophyta) at Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgField studies carried out on the Antarctic brown macroalga Himantothallus grandifolius (A. Gepp et E.S. Gepp) A.D. Zinova (Desmarestiales, Phaeophyta) during two summers and an intervening winter season are described. Monitoring of plant growth by the punched-hole technique shows that elongation of the lamina stops a month before the onset of fast sea-ice in the austral autumn, but begins again a month before sea-ice break-out. In situ photosynthesis measurements carried out at 2-weekly intervals show that net carbon accretion also ceases as early as March, two months prior to formation of the sea-ice, and recommences before sea-ice break-out. A short period of high carbon accretion occurs immediately after the ice has gone, but this soon decreases abruptly due to reduction of underwater irradiance by a dense phytoplankton bloom during mid-summer. The high rates of carbon accretion do not recommence even after the bloom decays, because water clarity is by then dramatically reduced by terrestrial run-off and turbid glacial melt-water. Nutrient levels are sufficiently high throughout the year to support maximal rates of macroalgal photosynthesis, but water temperature seldom reaches even 1°C, resulting in relatively low metabolic rates. However, these are still sufficient to produce photosynthetic rates up to 9 μg C cm−2 h−1 at a saturation irradiance of 10 W m−1, and carbon loss due to dark respiration of up to 2 μg C cm−1 h−1.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 1/29

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Max Robinson led the way with 19 points and the Richfield Wildcats pounded Emery 61-43 in Region 12 boys basketball action Friday. Treven Brazier had 14 points in defeat for the Spartans.MONROE, Utah-Ridge Tebbs amassed 21 points and Carter Peterson added 17 points and 15 rebounds as the South Sevier Rams dismantled Carbon 67-51 Friday in Region 12 boys basketball action. Preston Condie had 15 points and 5 rebounds in the loss for the Dinos.Region 14SPANISH FORK, Utah-Caden Reichner posted 14 points and the American Leadership Eagles routed North Sanpete 61-47 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. The Eagles took a 26-17 lead into the half by virtue of a 20-6 run in the 2nd Quarter. ALA, who improved to 5-14 and 4-4 in Region 14 play, led wire-to-wire throughout the second half as all Eagles starters scored in double figures on the evening.Landon Milne had 13 points in the loss for the Hawks.ALA resumes its Region 14 season Wednesday by visiting Manti while North Sanpete visits Union on Wednesday. The Hawks dropped to 11-6 and 5-3 in Region 14 play with the loss.LINDON, Utah-Tanner Justesen netted 15 points and the Manti Templars hammered Maeser Prep 77-32 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action. Aaron Cho’s 14 points led the Lions in defeat.DELTA, Utah-Grady Gardner stepped up with 20 points and the Union Cougars waxed Delta 62-54 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Britton Smith led the Rabbits in the loss with 16 points.Region 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Branon Torgerson posted 14 points and the Duchesne Eagles humbled North Sevier 63-52 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Marshall Okerlund’s game-high 15 points led the Wolves in the loss.GUNNISON, Utah-Harley Hill netted 19 points, including 5 3-pointers, and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs clobbered Altamont 55-28 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Cordale Taylor had 10 points for the Longhorns in defeat.Region 18KANAB, Utah-Tyler Hiatt stepped up with 20 points and the Enterprise Wolves edged Kanab 53-51 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. Jordan Cornell had 22 points in the loss for the Cowboys.BEAVER, Utah-Conner Crum had 13 points and the Beaver Beavers crushed Millard 53-30 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Hunter Rhodes’ game-high 17 points paced the Eagles in defeat.Non-RegionPAROWAN, Utah-Krue Stubbs led the way with 13 points and the Parowan Rams got past Bryce Valley 48-41 Friday in non-region boys basketball action. Quadyn Tebbs led all scores with 14 points in defeat for the Mustangs.Girls BasketballRegion 20TROPIC, Utah-Brooklyn Syrett stepped up with 12 points and the Bryce Valley Mustangs outlasted Panguitch 33-28 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Abbee Holman had 13 points in defeat for the Bobcats. January 29, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 1/29 Written bycenter_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Purplebricks Canada in hot water over ‘fake reviews’

first_imgForbes magazine says it has seen an internal email sent to 200 staff at Purplebricks in Canada offering them extra holiday if their friends or family post upbeat online comments and star ratings about the company.The email urges people to post comments such as ‘I think Purplebricks is great’ or ‘Purplebricks is the future of real estate’ on Facebook and post five-star reviews on Google.An investigation by the magazine found that staff has to screen-shot their friends’ or family’s posts and then forward them to the company’s marketing department in order to be eligible for additional paid holiday.But the internal email also warned agents not to post any comments or reviews themselves because it would go against both Google and Facebook’s terms and conditions and land the company in ‘hot water’.The reason given for the unconventional push is that when Canadian hybrid agency ComFree was bought by Purplebricks and rebranded in 2018, its old reviews could not be transferred and therefore a ‘push’ was needed to rebuild its online ratings.Purplebricks in Canada has issued a statement regretting the ‘isolated and misguided’ initiative and that it would ‘never happen again’.The leaked email could not come at a worse time for Facebook and Google, both of which along with other sites such as eBay are under pressure around the world to tackle ‘fake reviews’.This includes in the UK. Last year the Competition and Markets Authority found 26 Facebook groups where people were offering to write fake reviews in return for payment, although these are have subsequently been removed.Purplebricks Canada ComFree Forbes duproprio January 23, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsRobin Bruce, HelpHound HelpHound 23rd January 2020 at 6:01 [email protected]: in our experience at least half of all agents are breaking the law, almost always by either being selective who they invite to post reviews (the law – the CMA regulations – specifically forbid selection) or by controlling the timing of the invitation (ditto – if a business is inviting reviews – at all – it must enable its customers to write whatever review they want whenever they want).On top of this agents, either corporately or individually, will use every trick in the book: rewards for 5* reviews, ‘gating’ (where the agent invites customer opinions using a less visible mechanism and then only invites those that have indicated satisfaction to go on to post a review.The reason for all of this? Reviews, especially Google reviews (and good scores – over 4.5) drive clicks and calls. The answer to agents that are concerned that they will get unfair or inaccurate negative reviews? Moderation – use a moderated system run by an outside review manager.Log in to ReplyRobin Bruce, HelpHound HelpHound 23rd January 2020 at 3:26 pmThe elephant in this room is why these businesses are using a review site – Trustpilot or Feefo – in preference to Google, given that Google is a) free b) has far more credibility in the eyes of the consumer and c) their reviews are seen by everyone, no matter the search?Log in to ReplyKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 23rd January 2020 at 12:49 pmHow much of this is going on in the UK? Where did the ideas for the Canadian wing come from? Is Purplebricks being managed in Canada or the UK? It has been obvious for a long time that thousands of glowing 5 star reviews, on sites such as TrustPilot, for a set-up like Purplebricks, was highly unlikely to be genuine, so how long before these review sites tidy themselves up, by carefully policing reviews from such sources, before they lose all credibility and value?Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks Canada in hot water over ‘fake reviews’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks Canada in hot water over ‘fake reviews’Investigation finds staff were sent email asking their friends and family to post upbeat messages and star ratings on Facebook and Google about the company.Nigel Lewis23rd January 20203 Comments1,770 Viewslast_img read more