NCRI selects agency to redesign its Web site

first_img The National Cancer Research Institute has chosen Thoughtbubble to host and redesign its Web site.NCRI is the co-ordinating body for 15 cancer organisations in the UK, such as Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Macmillan Cancer Relief.The new site will launch in April 2003. Advertisement NCRI selects agency to redesign its Web site Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 February 2003 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Holiday Leftovers Begin the New Year

first_imgHome Commentary Holiday Leftovers Begin the New Year By Gary Truitt – Dec 29, 2013 As we stare at the blank slate that is 2014, there are a few things we can take for granted: we will have leftovers that need to be cleaned up; there will be more attacks on agriculture by activists, big oil, and special interests; and there will be new technology and new opportunities that will help agriculture grow. This will require all of us in agriculture to be vigilant, articulate, and informed.   The new year will also provide plenty of material for me to comment on and to make fun of.  So hang on, here we go… The beginning of a new year represents a clean slate for many people, a chance to put the old year behind us and start afresh.  Retailers are pushing exercise equipment and organizing materials as people try and get in shape and get organized at the start of the year.  Unfortunately, a lot of the baggage and bad habits from 2013 will follow us into the new year. This is not only the case in our personal lives, but in politics and policy as well. Previous articleRussian Meat Ban Costly for U.S.Next articleISDA has New Program Manager for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt The Farm Bill is the glaring example. For the past two years, lawmakers have not been able to put politics aside to pass this important piece of legislation. Speculation is a final agreement will be reached in mid-January with final passage likely by the end of the month. Rumors are that negotiators are closing in on a number for nutrition funding cuts, after which all the other pieces will fall into place. Both sides will claim victory. But this fall, when we head to the ballot box of the mid-term elections, don’t forget just how ill-behaved members on both sides of the aisle were as they put party above policy and their own interests above those who elected them. The dairy sector, for example, is seeing increased growth in exports. AMS issued 37 percent more dairy export certificates in 2013. AMS issued dairy export certificates for goods going to more than 100 different countries, supporting the export of nearly 3.3 billion pounds of dairy products valued at more than $4.1 billion.   AMS also reports that there is growing interest in importing US processed egg products. As US agriculture continues to expand its productivity, a growing and dynamic export market will be key to keeping prices at profitable levels for producers.  Of course, trade policies that promote and do not restrict trade will be key to this continued growth. Several trade negotiations are likely to be concluded in 2014, and agriculture’s interests must be represented in these agreements and quick Congressional approval will be needed. SHARE SHARE Holiday Leftovers Begin the New Year Facebook Twitter Other leftovers that are moldering in the Congressional refrigerator include immigration reform and the Renewable Fuel Standard.  Both issues will likely see floor action in 2014, but their outcome remains uncertain. Powerful special interests and political capital are involved, so almost anything can happen. One thing is for sure: agriculture needs to see the immigration reform and an intact RFS. Failure on these issues will result in a slowdown in the US farm economy. Facebook Twitter One issue that got overshadowed by the Farm Bill debate in 2013 could emerge as the big issue in 2014.  Growth in agricultural trade has quietly been taking place for the past 4 years and is likely to continue in 2014. According to the USDA, US agricultural exports now exceeded $476 billion.  According to Anne L. Alonzo, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator, US agriculture products are hot items around the world.  While activists here are critical of what US agriculture produces, consumers around the world want to improve their diets and want more high quality US food products. Some sectors of US agriculture that have not benefited from exports in the past are now seeing overseas demand for their products. last_img read more

Student cases decline, employee cases rise

first_imgFacebook Benton McDonald Benton McDonald Twitter Benton McDonald Previous articleThe Skiff: Sept. 3, 2020Next articleEpisode 206 – Game 7 First Round Action Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A student leaves the library at the beginning of the semester. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Benton McDonald ReddIt Twitter Benton McDonald Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Linkedin printActive COVID-19 cases among TCU students have decreased by almost half since last week. The university reported 231 active student cases Friday, a decline from the 444 student cases reported Aug. 28. Total active cases dropped to 244 from 447 since last Friday.“TCU has seen a downward trend in active student cases,” the university said in a statement. “We expect cases to fluctuate, but we are encouraged by campus participation in our efforts to keep the community healthy.” At the Faculty Senate meeting Thursday, Chancellor Victor Boschini expressed optimism at the current decline in case numbers, but he said he knows the case count will fluctuate.“It goes up and down,” Boschini said. “Right now it’s going down and way down by Saturday, which is great.”Read more: Enrollment down 2%, TCU cancels spring break amid pandemicActive employee cases rose this week, going to 13 from 3 last Friday. Boschini said none of those cases have been contracted through classroom interactions. “The employees that have the virus, none of them contacted it through an academic interaction. It’s all been through social activities,” he said. The week also saw a sharp rise in the number of recovered cases, which rose to 720 from 291. On Friday alone, 181 new recoveries were reported. According to TCU’s COVID-19 dashboard, positive cases will be removed from the active case count once they meet the CDC guidelines for symptom-based recovery. These guidelines include: At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications;And symptoms, such as cough and shortness of breath, have improvedReporting concerns Some faculty expressed concern that not all cases were being reported to the university at Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. Specifically, they mentioned concerns about students going off campus to get tested and not reporting the results to TCU. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said the university has been in contact with local test providers and that all tests of students who are living on campus are being reported to the university. For students living off-campus, the providers are asking for consent to report their positive result to the university to help ensure accurate reporting. If they decline, the health department follows up on their case. “It’s my job to be sure that one, we’re taking care of our students and their health and safety is my first priority,” Cavins-Tull said in a previous interview with TCU 360. “Also, we’re accountable to the health department to try to control and maintain health and safety on our campus.” ReddIt Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases + posts Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

TCU News Now 9/9/20

first_imgReddIt NewsNow Staff TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Linkedin TCU News Now 10/28/2020 print NewsNow Staff Twitter Previous articleWhat we’re reading: COVID-19 vaccine testing paused, NFL announces social justice awareness programNext articleWhat we’re reading: California wildfire threatens towns, Gov. Abbott backs law enforcement NewsNow Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Facebook NewsNow Staff Linkedincenter_img TCU News Now 10/21/2020 NewsNow Staff TCU News Now 11/4/2020 Facebook Logo for News Now broadcast NewsNow Staff Twitter TCU News Now 11/11/2020 TCU News Now 4/21/2021 + posts TCU News Now 4/14/2021last_img

Mazars creating new positions in Limerick

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement Pictured are Richard Maguire, Partner, Mazars and Mairéad Divilly, Partner, Mazars Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaLeading audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars has announced that it is creating a new payroll outsourcing business unit providing both domestic and international payroll in Mazars Limerick. The new business unit will create up to 25 new jobs over a four-year period. This unit will enhance its overall capabilities on the western seaboard of Ireland. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Commenting on the new roles, Mairéad Divilly, Payroll Outsourcing Partner, Mazars said;“Our ambition is to become Ireland’s leading domestic and international payroll provider in the Mid-West of Ireland. Incoming regulatory changes such as GDPR and the implementation of PAYE Modernisation and Real-Time Reporting, both of which will impact payroll operations and processing, will further the need for specialist expertise. The requirement for outsourcing is further driven by a shortage of specialised in-house payroll practitioners, which is compounded by a competitive recruitment market and the globalisation of businesses. At Mazars, we are well positioned to navigate these various challenges on behalf of our clients to ensure robust compliance and enhanced benefits across their business.” These additions bring the total number of Mazars Ireland staff to over 400 in Limerick, Galway, and Dublin. Mazars Ireland is part of a single international integrated partnership of over 20,000 professionals in 86 countries. Email NewsBusinessMazars creating new positions in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – May 14, 2018 1512 center_img Linkedin WhatsApp Last year, Mazars merged with Maguire Caulfield Browne to build on the strong Maguire Caulfield Browne team in the Mid-West of Ireland, now Mazars is expanding their client offering to service the increasing demand for outsourced payroll services. Current and future growth of the Mazars payroll services business is expected to be driven by a number of factors. These include impending regulatory changes, the attractiveness of the mid-west for multi-national organisations wishing to outsource functions, the general benefits associated with the outsourcing of payroll functions and the globalisation of businesses. Richard Maguire, Lead Partner, Mazars Limerick, commented;“I am delighted to welcome the expansion of our existing Limerick office and broader capacity on the west coast of Ireland. Our continued growth is a testament to the attractiveness of the region for international investment and multi-nationals. Home to over 100 overseas companies, and with multi-nationals employing over 14,000 people, the potential of Limerick and the west is being recognised internationally. With a young population and programmes such as Limerick 2030 driving overall development, we look forward to future growth as an established member of the local and regional business community.” Print Previous articleUnwrap – LSAD Limerick Fashion Festival just days awayNext articleFishermen’s tales find a home in online Limerick archives Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Twitter Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general Local NewsUS News Previous articleUTOPIA Fiber Announces Completion of $52.5 Million Funding RoundNext articleIn Texas, attention turns to storm repairs, political peril Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  WhatsApp Twittercenter_img FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. The once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden’s choice for attorney general. Garland, an appeals court judge, is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process, beginning Monday at a hearing, with bipartisan support. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Men accused of ‘touring the country’ carrying out theft and fraud

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook Previous articleMcHugh – Government must minimise impact of BrexitNext articleAppeal after woman is assaulted by a number of males News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Two Dublin men have appeared at Derry Magistrates court charged with theft and possessing articles for use in fraud which police believe to have occurred on both sides of the border.40 year old Nicholas Keane of Chapel Street and 22 year old Jamie Shannon, of Empress Place, both in Dublin, are jointly charged.Keane is further charged with obstructing police, taking a car without authority and having no licence or insurance.While Shannon is also accused of fraud by false representation and allowing himself to be carried.Derry Magistrate’s Court heard police were called to Boots in Crescent Link, Derry on Tuesday night after two men had stolen electric toothbrush heads and a blank till roll.Their vehicle was found a short time later in the car park of a nearby hotel.Both men were spoken to and their hotel room was searched with electronic and cosmetic products, blank till rolls, a printer and headed notepaper seized along with €1000 in cash.Bail was opposed for fear of further offences and a lack of an address in the North.A Police officer said the defendants have been subject to arrest warrants in the South in the past and they believe they had been ‘touring the country’ and using this method in other stores.The defendants have been remanded in custody to appear again via videolink on November 9. Facebook Men accused of ‘touring the country’ carrying out theft and fraud Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – October 21, 2017 WhatsApp Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

More rain expected for Northeast US throughout Saturday

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Strong thunderstorms rolled through the Northeast on Friday, bringing heavy rains, gusty winds and even some hail. Over 2 inches of rain was reported in parts of New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.Rain is still moving through the region and is expected to continue through Saturday afternoon and evening. Already, up to 4 inches of rain has been reported in northeastern Pennsylvania, and over 4 inches of rain has been reported in southeast Pennsylvania, where flash flood warnings were in effect through the overnight hours.Strong storms are moving through the Northeast once again Saturday morning. Heavy rain is expected to fall over the next three to six hours in upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour expected. Slow-moving thunderstorms are heading toward New York City early Saturday, which could potentially cause roadway flooding.Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for a substantial portion of the Northeast on Saturday. Through Saturday, rainfall totals in parts of the Northeast, especially interior New England, could exceed 2 inches.Sunday is looking much drier across the region.Heat continues in WestThere are 66 uncontained wildfires still burning in 13 western states on Saturday.The Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is 30 percent contained, but 41 homes and 47 structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.Meanwhile, the Ferguson Fire has officially entered Yosemite National Park. For the safety of both tourists and emergency management, the park remains closed through Sunday. The fire is 41 percent contained and has burned 77,207 acres.Unfortunately, the weather pattern is looking hot and dry for parts of the West in the coming days. Saturday will be relatively “cooler” for interior California, but the heat will be making a return in the coming days, with many areas experiencing triple-digit heat through the middle of next week.Excessive heat watches, as well as red flag warnings, are in effect for parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

COVID live updates: South Africa variant likely spreading in US, CDC director says

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 101.5 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 29, 1:26 pmFauci: UK variant will likely become ‘dominant’ in USAt Friday’s White House press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United Kingdom variant will likely become more “dominant” in the U.S. toward the end of March or early April. There are 379 confirmed cases across 29 states of the B117 strain of the coronavirus, according to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.Fauci indicated that the evolving nature of the virus is something the medical community will have to continue dealing with going forward.“Even though the long-range effect in the sense of severe disease is still handled reasonably well by the vaccines, this is a wake-up call to all of us, that we will be dealing, as the virus uses its devices to evade pressure, particularly immunological pressure, that we will continue to see the evolution of mutants,” he said.Fauci also indicated that the fight to contain the new variants will impact the vaccine response. “We, as a government, the companies, all of us that are in this together, will have to be nimble to be able to just adjust readily to make versions of the vaccine that actually are specifically directed towards whatever mutation is actually prevalent at any given time,” he said.Jan 29, 11:59 amLimited indoor dining can resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayIndoor dining will return to New York City on Valentine’s Day at 25% capacity, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Indoor dining was shut down in New York City in December.On March 15, in-person weddings can resume in New York at 50% capacity, or up to 150 people, he said.Jan 29, 11:00 amUS numbers still high but trends are encouraging: CDC expertsDr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. has seen a decline in the last two weeks of new cases and hospitalizations, which is “encouraging,” but he added, “the numbers nationally are still high.”“The pandemic is not yet over yet,” Butler told the Infectious Diseases Society of America on Friday. “By the time we end our 45 minutes together, roughly 100 more Americans will have died of COVID-19.”Butler stressed that the vaccines are safe and effective and that mild side effects are normal.“The available data tells us that more than half of people have reported some degree of tiredness and pain at the injection site, although most are able to continue normal daily activities,” Butler said. “Many also report symptoms such as headache muscle pain or chills after getting their shots, particularly in the first couple of days. These data also suggest that it may be more common among younger persons, and after the second dose, but again this is expected based on some of the data that were available from the clinical trials.”Jan 29, 10:47 amEU approves AstraZenecaAstraZeneca’s vaccine on Friday was recommended for conditional marketing authorization in the European Union for people 18 and older. The two doses should be administered four to 12 weeks apart.This is the third vaccine, following Pfizer and Moderna, to be approved by the European Medicines Agency. The AstraZeneca vaccine now awaits final say from the European Commission.Jan 29, 8:43 amJ&J single-shot vaccine 85% effective against severe COVID-19 diseaseIn another promising development for vaccine science, Johnson & Johnson announced Friday that its COVID-19 vaccine — a single shot tested against a complex barrage of newly emerged variants of the virus — is 66% effective at preventing symptomatic disease and 85% effective against preventing severe illness.The U.S. pharmaceutical giant said the vaccine is also safe to take. Volunteers experienced mild reactions after the shot, with less than 10% experiencing fever, according to a company press release.The full data package will be made publicly available and will be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee sometime in mid- to late February.The FDA has said it will consider a vaccine that’s more than 50% effective, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine exceeds this threshold. An emergency use authorization could be given and people could start receiving shots before the end of February.Jan 29, 8:26 am‘We should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,’ CDC director saysAmericans should now assume there’s already more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus circulating in their communities, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“I think we should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,” Walensky told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“That is the way we’re going to control this pandemic,” she added. “Quite honestly, we know that these viruses are going to mutate. They generally mutate to the advantage of the virus and that’s how we get these more dominant strains.”Walensky’s remarks come a day after the United States confirmed its first cases of the B1351 variant, which was first identified in South Africa and has since spread to dozens of other countries.“We had always been worried that they were here and we hadn’t yet detected them,” she said.The B1351 variant was discovered in two people in South Carolina who were not in contact with one another and haven’t traveled recently, which concerns Walensky.“So the presumption is here that they became infected from other people in the community and that there’s community spread of this variant,” she said.Walensky explained that it “takes a while” for scientists to detect a variant.“From the time of symptoms to somebody getting a test to that test being positive and to us being able to sequence it, that turnaround time could be up to 10 to 14 days,” she said.Although the CDC has “done an enormous amount of scaling up of our surveillance of these variants,” Walensky said researchers are essentially starting from the ground up because “there has not been a public health infrastructure to track these variants.”“There has not been money, resources to be able to do mass sequencing at the level of infection that we have in this country right now,” she said. “That is part of the American Rescue Plan, is to be able to use resources to finance a mass scale-up of surveillance for these variants.”There are concerns that the variants wield increased transmissibility and mortality, or that existing treatments and vaccines won’t work as well against them.“The current vaccines we’re still studying against these variants,” Walensky said. “What I will say though is we have a 95% efficacious vaccine against the current strain. Even if we have some diminution of that efficacy against the South Africa strain, I still think we need to really go ahead, push the vaccination, because this just is still yet another tool in our toolbox to fight this pandemic.”Jan 29, 7:24 amRussia says it can supply Europe with 100 million doses of its vaccineRussia said Friday it will be ready to supply Europe with enough doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for 50 million people in the second quarter of this year.The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for worldwide marketing of the vaccine, announced via Twitter that 100 million doses can be provided to the European Union — pending regulatory approval — once most of Russia’s population has been vaccinated.After being developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Sputnik V was controversially registered by the health ministry in August before starting crucial Phase 3 trials, with Russia declaring itself the first in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine.The RDIF said the vaccine is now registered in 15 countries and that documents have been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for “rolling review,” which would mean that the drug regulator is reviewing clinical trial data on a rolling basis. However, last week, the EMA said in a statement that “currently Sputnik V is not undergoing a rolling review.”Jan 29, 6:25 amMexico overtakes India for third-highest COVID-19 death tollMexico now has the third-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world.According to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 155,145 fatalities from the disease since the pandemic began, overtaking India’s count of 154,010 deaths.Mexico, a country of 127 million people, has confirmed more than 1.8 million cases of COVID-19. Whereas India, home to some 1.3 billion, has confirmed over 10.7 million cases, the second-most in the world, according to Johns Hopkins data.Jan 29, 3:49 amUS reports over 164,000 new casesThere were 164,665 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Thursday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 3,872 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Thursday, down from a peak of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,766,735 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 433,195 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 24 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

President Duterte calls Oxford “school for stupid people”

first_imgPhilippines President Rodrigo Duterte has described Oxford University as a “school for stupid people”.The comments came after a study by Oxford academics found that Duterte paid 10 million pesos (approximately £150,000) for a social media campaign in which automated bots and humans used social media accounts to spread propaganda promoting Duterte and targeting his opponents.Despite his criticism of the University, in a press conference Duterte admitted to the study’s allegations, saying: “I spent P10 million? Me? Maybe in the elections, in the elections, I spent more than that…They were all during the campaign.”The President denied reports that he continued to employ an army of social media trolls, claiming: “I do not need to defend myself from attacks… I do not care if my ratings go up or down.”However, the study found that hired social media manipulators have continued to “spread and amplify” messages in support of Duterte’s policies after he won the election.This is not the first time Duterte’s comments have attracted controversy. In the past he called President Obama a “son of a whore” over suggestions the US president might challenge him on human rights issues. Duterte has a history of insulting American officials, having described US ambassador Phillip Goldberg as a “gay son of a bitch”.Duterte has even attacked the Pope, despite the Philippines’ widespread Catholicism. In 2015 the President complained that during the Pope’s visit to the Philippines, traffic in Manilla was so awful it took five hours for him to get from his hotel to the airport. He went on to describe how he wanted to say to Francis: “Pope, son of a bitch, go home.”Oxford University declined to comment.last_img read more