Purple Frog’s SMS Success

first_imgHome » News » Purple Frog’s SMS Success previous nextProptechPurple Frog’s SMS SuccessThe Negotiator17th March 20180452 Views Purple Frog Group, Birmingham-based student estate and letting agents, reports increasing success through SMS marketing techniques, with increased open and response rates from student tenants and viewers by using text message reminders.Looking for improved communications, they found students did not regularly check emails. This led to urgent emails about notifications of changes in viewings or contact information for maintenance issues, not being seen or actioned in time.Recent research found that 98 per cent of business messages sent via SMS were read before the end of the day – 90 per cent within three minutes – but only 70 per cent for students.Purple Frog worked with Textlocal to create automated SMS reminders on paperwork, rent, viewings and emergency contact information. The messages had reply features when applicable, meaning the company could receive quicker responses to any simple information requests. The company then also used SMS for marketing purposes, using text message alerts to deliver details of prospective future properties to students.Purple Frog increased their open and response rates as students saw messages through push notifications – and student feedback indicated that text messages were preferred to phone calls for convenience and speed.Patrick Garratt, Managing Director, said, “Using SMS to communicate with our customers, we have seen a far better response rate than other communication platform. Not only does it help our business run more efficiently, but we’ve also found that it is students’ preferred method of communicating – when they feel more comfortable about how they keep in contact with us, both parties benefit.”www.purplefrogproperty.com proptech Purple Frog SMS student estates student letting agents text message reminders Textlocal March 17, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Illicit Drug Production Destroys Colombian, Peruvian Ecosystems

first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo June 16, 2020 Crop cultivation and the chemicals used to produce drugs have a direct impact on the hemisphere’s flora, soils, fauna, and rivers. Countries like Colombia and Peru are rapidly losing their natural resources and ecosystems due to narcotrafficking, which clears forests to grow marijuana, as well as coca to produce cocaine and poppy for heroin.Toxic waste from chemicals used to extract narcotics lacks proper management and is discarded into bodies of water, polluting groundwater resources and killing thousands of species.The Colombian National Police’s (PNC, in Spanish) report Coca: Deforestation, Pollution, and Poverty indicates that “drug production destroys an average of 40,531 hectares of forest annually in the country, about 111 hectares per day, where 80 percent of the reported tree species only exist in that biome.” Deforestation also entails destroying the habitat of endemic species that are unable to migrate. “In terms of fauna, the figures are: 600 birds, 170 reptiles, 100 amphibians, and more than 600 fish species,” the report says.According to the report Colombia – Survey of Territories Affected by Illicit Crops 2018 from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “47 percent of [drug] crops are located in national natural parks, indigenous reserves, or black communities […].” The total area damaged by coca crops exceeds 225,000 hectares, the PNC adds.Germán Márquez, professor at the National University of Colombia and researcher at the Institute of Environmental Studies, told Diálogo that the country is among the most affected by logging due to drug production. “Deforestation has been the most direct impact since marijuana crops began in the 1960s and 1970s, and then coca leaf, and to some extent the occupation of many forest areas,” added Marquez.Eliseo Talancha, head of the Peruvian Institute of Environmental Law and Cultural Heritage, told Diálogo that his country is experiencing similar damage to that of Colombia, especially in the Amazon area.“Narcotrafficking is a local and regional environmental problem, mainly located [in the country] in the Peruvian Amazon, in the high and low jungles. It affects resources such as water, and the use of pesticides and chemicals leads to soil erosion,” Talancha added. “Cocaine base paste production causes serious damage in terms of river pollution and loss of fauna.”“We can summarize the main effects as such: interference in strategic ecosystems; thinning of vegetation coverage; extinction of endemic species; reduction of natural areas; deterioration of water sources and decreased capacity to regulate them; decline in water quality due to physical, chemical, or biological degradation; rain cycle alterations; and increased carbon dioxide,” the PNC report says.Some of the chemicals released into the region’s rivers due to cocaine production are kerosene, sulfuric acid, quicklime, carbide, acetone, and toluene, experts say. The production of 1 kilogram of coca base paste requires about 400 to 600 grams of chemicals, which are directly deposited into the region’s water sources.Other drug processing practices that are harmful for ecosystems, the PNC says, are open-air waste accumulation and incineration, as well as river pollution.“Many garbage dumps potentially generate dioxins, furans, and tar, which in some cases have higher toxicity levels than the initial substance [due to decomposition]. The accumulation of open-air and untreated waste generates leachates [toxic waste liquids] that pollute the soil. Waste enters the environment in high concentrations and ends up in bodies of water, merged with soil particles and, in the worst-case scenario, is accumulated and magnified. At this point, the pressure on the habitat is not limited to the crop area alone, but gets exported to the entire ecosystem,” the PNC emphasizes in the report.last_img read more

Drake Athletics Announces Enhancements To The Fan Experience At The Knapp Center Including Beer Sales

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – Fans to the Knapp Center for Thursday’s men’s basketball season opener against Buena Vista University and throughout the men’s and women’s basketball season will notice many enhancements to the fan experience at the Knapp Center, including the sale of beer and new, lower concession prices.”We have an incredible group of fans that have supported us for years, and we are excited to find new ways to enhance their experience at our basketball games” said Drake director of athletics Brian Hardin.  “As our fan base continues to grow and evolve, we strive to meet their expectations to provide a first-class experience and make the Knapp Center an exciting venue to support Des Moines’ Hometown Team.”Outside the Knapp Center, upgraded exterior lighting will help guide fans safely and efficiently from adjacent parking lots into the Knapp Center.Once inside the Knapp Center fans will see a brand new Ron Pearson Court and state-of-the-art lighting array that was installed during the summer. In addition to providing a more even, consistent light throughout the Knapp Center, the technology allows for customized lighting configurations and special effects to enhance the gameday experience for fans and student-athletes alike. The enhancements inside and outside the Knapp Center will provide sustainable lighting at Drake University and over time the efficiencies of the fixtures will lower energy costs and save the University money.Additional concession options also greet fans, along with the sale of beer to the general public as Drake becomes the first Division I collegiate basketball venue in the state of Iowa to offer the amenity to all ticket holders of legal age arena-wide. Initial beer offerings will include a selection of national and local craft brands and will be available on the main concourse and off the court in the northeast atrium. As this new offering is made available to fans of legal age, Drake has designated two sections in the Knapp Center as alcohol-free seating sections. Patrons will not be permitted to possess alcohol in Sections J, K and L on the west end of the Knapp Center, traditionally held for Drake students and band, and General Admission seating sections R, S and T on the east end of the Knapp Center. Additional security measures and an expanded security presence will be in effect throughout the Knapp Center.The revamped, fan-friendly concession prices include 15 items priced at less than $5 and seven items for less than $3. Two special meal deals have also been created, including a Family Four Pack that offers four hot dogs, four soft drinks and four popcorns for just $24, a savings of $12. An individual Drake Meal Deal is available with a hot dog, soft drink and popcorn for $7. These concession choices continue to bolster the selection at the Knapp Center that also features menu items from Chick-Fil-A for the second-straight season.Fans can fully experience these enhancements to gameday at the Knapp Center through Drake Athletics’ Hometown Team Starter Kit. For $15, fans will receive a ticket to Thursday’s men’s basketball home opener, a ticket to a future game, an official ‘Des Moines’ Hometown Team’ t-shirt and a small popcorn. To order the Hometown Team Starter Kit, use promo code HOMETOWN at DrakeTix.com/promoSeason ticket packages as well as six-game and 10-game flex packages are also available for both Drake men’s and women’s basketball via DrakeTix.com or by calling 515-271-3647. Story Links Buy Tickets center_img Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ipswich boss furious after defeat at Brentford

first_imgIpswich boss Mick McCarthy criticised his side’s defending from set pieces after the 2-0 defeat at Brentford.Bees defender John Egan was left unmarked 12 yards out to head in Lewis Macleod’s corner, and the same player scored again eight minutes later as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.McCarthy, a former centre-back himself with almost 600 league appearances and 57 Republic of Ireland caps, felt Egan should have been monitored more closely.“If you leave me unmarked like that, I’d score and I’m 57,” he said.“People have got jobs to do – if we do them correctly, balls don’t end up in the back of our net, but quite clearly we haven’t.“We mark man for man. There’s no right or wrong way, in terms of zonal or man for man – the only right way is stopping your man scoring, however you do it.”McCarthy was also upset that Brentford’s two goals in eight minutes early in the second half had undermined a good performance before the break.“We’d had a really good first half,” he said.“Conceding like we did shouldn’t knock the stuffing out of us but it appeared to.“What’s disappointing is we seemed to unravel after that and look like conceding another one, which is unlike us.”See also:Smith says Bees can still improve after ‘big’ winBrentford v Ipswich player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Freedom Month ‘to promote unity’

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma will lead the nation in marking Freedom Month in April, “celebrating the dawn of freedom and democracy and the achievements of all South Africans in moving away from hatred, divisions and a painful history to build a common future together”, the Presidency said on Wednesday.Freedom Month celebrates the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.” (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterFreedom Month celebrations would promote the National Development Plan (NDP) “as a long-term vision which should serve as a basis for partnerships across society to attain the South Africa that is eloquently articulated in the Constitution and historic national documents such as the Freedom Charter of 1955,” the Presidency said in a statement.The National Development Plan is a policy blueprint for eliminating poverty and reducing inequality in South Africa by 2030. Among other things, it identifies the key constraints to faster growth and presents a roadmap to a more inclusive economy that will address the country’s socio-economic imbalancesThe plan was approved by Cabinet late last year and adopted by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at its elective conference in Mangaung in December.President Zuma, interviewed on national television following his State of the Nation Address in February, said the NDP was a crucial policy-making tool that would help South Africa develop and determine the direction the country was to take.Zuma, the Presidency said on Wednesday, “urges all parties to use Freedom Month to unite South Africans in their commitment to building a nation that is caring, dignified and with a great sense of humility and mutual respect for one another”.The Presidency said Freedom Month would celebrate the country’s Constitution, “especially the unifying assertion that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white.“At the same time, Freedom Month is also a period of reflection on what else needs to be done collectively towards the goal of building a prosperous society and an improved quality of life for all, especially the poor and the working class.“It reminds us of the need to work hard continuously to ensure that every household has water, electricity, sanitation, a good school, a good clinic, road, a police station and all other basic services.”Freedom Month would also “reflect on what else needs to be done better to improve social cohesion and the building of a nation united in its diversity”, the Presidency said.A summit on social cohesion hosted by the government in Kliptown, Soweto in July last year acknowledged that social cohesion would depend to a large measure on South Africans’ ability, as society, to address the challenges of poverty and inequality.President Zuma, addressing the summit, said that promoting social cohesion, nation building and a sense of national identity were high on the list of South Africa’s priorities, but would require a joint effort from all sectors of society to achieve.‘NDP 2030, one plan, one country, together we move South Africa Forward’. (Image: GCIS)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Teaching with tablets piloted in E Cape

first_img23 July 2013South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is providing multimedia tablets and training to 160 teachers at 11 schools in the Eastern Cape as part of a project that aims to develop a mobile teaching model that can be applied countrywide.The CSIR’s Meraka Institute said on Friday that it had completed a one-year pilot phase in which 17 teachers at Arthur Mfebe Senior Secondary School in Cofimvaba were trained in using digital content on tablets to support traditional teaching and learning.A comprehensive mobile learning curriculum had been developed for this purpose, the CSIR said, and learnings from the pilot phase were being applied in the first phase of the project, which would see tablets rolled out to 11 additional schools over the next two years.The rollout began on Friday, and would be followed by a second phase, starting in 2014, in which tablets would be rolled out to a further 14 schools.The Meraka Institute’s Merryl Ford believes that the innovative use of mobile technology has the power to transform education.“These devices will help to change the landscape of education in rural areas, allowing teachers and students greater access to knowledge and education resources,” Ford said in a statement on Friday.She added that the project was “turning old models and approaches upside down by starting with the most disadvantaged schools in the country … If what we’re doing works in rural schools, it will work anywhere.”The project employs a “learn to earn” model, in which teachers get the opportunity to earn their tablets by attending training courses once a month in the afternoons, and by using them in their classrooms to support teaching and learning processes. This is further supported by a system in which teachers are rewarded with “digital badges” to encourage their progress.Once the teachers at each school show that they are ready, the rollout will be extended to learners as well. At Arthur Mfebe Senior Secondary, the second phase began on 18 July with each matric student receiving their own tablet to support their studies.“We want to develop a sustainable, replicable model that can be implemented across the country,” Ford said, adding: “The project is a partnership between ourselves, government, teachers and learners where everyone has a responsibility to make it work.“We are doing this with the schools, not for them, and we hope that by helping them become agents in their own success, the project will be successful far beyond our involvement.”The project, dubbed ICT4RED, is a sub-projects of the over-arching Technology for Rural Education Development (TECH4RED) project, a collaborative effort between the national departments of Science and Technology, Basic Education and Rural Development and Land Reform, and the Eastern Cape Department of Education.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

PBA: Columbian lands another big fish in NorthPort

first_imgPaolo Taha vs Jackson Corpuz. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO, Philippines – Columbian grabbed command late in the third quarter on Friday night and claimed another big fish in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations after posting a 110-100 victory over NorthPort at Ynares Center here.The Dyip came roaring back from 10 points down in that quarter and took an 86-79 lead into the fourth, which they protected with much ferociousness on the way to handing the Batang Pier their first defeat in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem In tying their victims at 2-1, the Dyip survived a huge first half by Mo Tautuaa by getting him to pick up a fourth foul early in the third and holding down NorthPort’s prolific rookie Robert Bolick to just three points.Jackson Corpuz and pint-sized rookie point guard John Paul Calvo were big during the breakaway with the NorthPort coaching staff never finding ways to stop them when it mattered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStanley Pringle scored 14 points in the third quarter built around three triples that had NorthPort threatening to break the game wide open. But the lack of support later on–and with Tautuaa never getting back in the groove after 20 first-half points–sealed the Batang Pier’s doom.There were seven players in twin digits for the Dyip, whose first big victim was four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer two weeks ago. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Yeng Guiao unfazed by NLEX’s 0-3 start: ‘We’ll be okay if we gain momentum’ View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Knee joint replacement

first_imgDefinitionKnee joint replacement is surgery to replace a knee joint with a man-made joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis.Alternative NamesTotal knee replacement; Knee arthroplasty; Knee replacement – total; Tricompartmental knee replacement; Subvastus knee replacement; Knee replacement – minimally invasive; Knee arthroplasty – minimally invasiveDescriptionDamaged cartilage and bone are removed from the knee joint. Man-made pieces are then placed in the knee.These pieces may be placed in the following places in the knee joint:Lower end of the thigh bone. This bone is called the femur. The replacement part is usually made of metal.Upper end of the shin bone, which is the large bone in your lower leg. This bone is called the tibia. The replacement part is usually made from metal and a strong plastic.Back side of your kneecap. Your kneecap is called the patella. The replacement part is usually made from a strong plastic.You will not feel any pain during the surgery. You will have one of these two types of anesthesia:General anesthesia. This means you will be asleep and unable to feel pain.Regional (spinal or epidural) anesthesia. Medicine is put into your back to make you numb below your waist. You will also get medicine to make you sleepy. And you may get medicine that will make you forget about the procedure, even though you are not fully asleep.After you receive anesthesia, your surgeon will make a cut over your knee to open it up. This cut is often 8 to 10 inches long. Then your surgeon will:advertisementMove your kneecap (patella) out of the way, then cut the ends of your thigh bone and shin (lower leg) bone to fit the replacement part.Cut the underside of your kneecap to prepare it for the new pieces that will be attached there.Fasten the two parts of the prosthesis to your bones. One part will be attached to the end of your thigh bone and the other part will be attached to your shin bone.Attach both parts to the underside of your kneecap. A special bone cement is used to attach these parts.Repair your muscles and tendons around the new joint and close the surgical cut.The surgery takes about 2 hours.Most artificial knees have both metal and plastic parts. Some surgeons now use different materials, including metal on metal, ceramic on ceramic, or ceramic on plastic.Why the Procedure Is PerformedThe most common reason to have a knee joint replaced is to relieve severe arthritis pain. Your doctor may recommend knee joint replacement if:Youre having pain for knee arthritis that keeps you from sleeping or doing normal activities.You cant walk and take care of yourself.Your knee pain has not improved with other treatment.You understand what surgery and recovery will be like.Most of the time, knee joint replacement is done in people ages 60 and older. Younger people who have a knee joint replaced may put extra stress on the artificial knee and cause it to wear out early.Before the ProcedureAlways tell your doctor or nurse what drugs you are taking, even drugs, supplements, or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the 2 weeks before your surgery:Prepare your home.Two weeks before surgery you may be asked to stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin), and other drugs.You may also need to stop taking medicines that can make your body more likely to get an infection. These include methotrexate, Enbrel, or other medicines that suppress your immune system.Ask your doctor which drugs you should still take on the day of your surgery.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical conditions, your surgeon will ask you to see the doctor who treats you for these conditions.Tell your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol, more than 1 or 2 drinks a day.If you smoke, you need to stop. Ask your doctor or nurse for help. Smoking will slow down wound and bone healing. Your recovery may not be as good if you keep smoking.Always let your doctor know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illness you have before your surgery.You may want to visit a physical therapist to learn some exercises to do before surgery.Set up your home to make everyday tasks easier.Practice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair correctly.On the day of your surgery:advertisementYou will usually be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6 to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the drugs your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.After the ProcedureYou will stay in the hospital for 3 to 4 days. During that time you will recover from your anesthesia and from the surgery itself. You will be asked to start moving and walking as soon as the first day after surgery.Full recovery will take4 months to a year.Some people need a short stay in a rehabilitation center after they leave the hospital and before they go home. At a rehab center, you will learn how to safely do your daily activities on your own.Outlook (Prognosis)The results of a total knee replacement are often excellent. The operation relieves pain for most people. Most people do not need help walking after they fully recover.Most artificial knee joints last 10 to 15 years. Some last as long as 20 years before they loosen and need to be replaced again.ReferencesMihalk WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2012:chap 7.Jones CA, Beaupre LA, Johnston DW, Suarez-Almazor ME. Total joint arthroplasties: current concepts of patient outcomes after surgery. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2007; 33(1):71-86.Leopold SS. Minimally invasive total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:1749-1758.Review Date:8/12/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea manager Sarri: Italy must do more to eradicate racism

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea manager Sarri: Italy must do more to eradicate racismby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has called on Italy to fix their racism problem following the alleged racist abuse of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly at the San Siro.Koulibaly alleged received the abuse during Wednesday’s loss to Inter Milan, before being sent off after two quick yellow cards.Sarri sympathises with his former player and wants his homeland to do more to fix the problem.”You know in Italy there are some problems in football, especially for Naples,” Sarri said.”When I was there we stopped two matches; one against Lazio in Rome, one against Sampdoria in Genoa.”I’m really very sorry for Kalidou because he is a wonderful man. I’m sorry for him, but I think in Italy we can do something more for this problem.” last_img read more

10 months agoShevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in charge

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.” last_img read more