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888 poaches Stars Group’s Lewis for strategy role

first_img“I am delighted to join a great team and to help drive forward the compelling growth opportunities that lie ahead.” Topics: People People moves Recruitment “888’s unmatched scalable technology, coupled with its strong brand and marketing expertise have supported its growth to become an industry leader, and provide a powerful platform that underpins the group’s significant continued growth potential,” he explained.  12th November 2020 | By Robin Harrison Lewis becomes the latest major appointment to 888’s leadership team in recent months, following Dafna’s appointment as CFO in September in the wake of Aviad Kobrine’s departure.  “I have no doubt that his skills and background will support 888 to identify and deliver further growth opportunities over the coming years.” Lewis described 888 as a company he had long admired.  In his new role he will report into chief executive Itai Pazner, and be tasked with developing 888’s long-term strategy, including strategic business development such identifying and executing on M&A opportunities. He will also work with finance chief Yariv Dafna on the operator’s investor relations strategy. He previously acted as senior vice president of communications for the PokerStars operator, and director of corporate development at Sky Betting & Gaming.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter People movescenter_img Lewis joins from Flutter Entertainment, where he most recently served as transformation lead for the operator’s international business, following its acquisition of The Stars Group in May this year.  888 poaches Stars Group’s Lewis for strategy role 888 Holdings has hired The Stars Group’s Vaughan Lewis for the newly created role of chief strategy officer, effective 2021. Lewis moved into operational roles having previously covered the industry as an equity research analyst for Morgan Stanley.  “We are delighted to welcome Vaughan as 888’s first CSO,” 888 chief executive Itai Pazner said. “Vaughan is a highly experienced gaming industry professional with a wealth of relevant expertise across both strategic development and investor relations.  Former director of general election resources for the Labour Party Lord Jon Mendelsohn has also been named the operator’s chairman designate, and is expected to take on the role following 888’s annual general meeting in May next year. Tags: 888 Holdings Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Standard General pulls out of Sportech talks after latest rejection

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 18th December 2020 | By Robin Harrison After a 28.5 pence per share offer for the business was rejected in November, Standard General upped its bid to 32.5 pence per share earlier this month.  Standard General pulls out of Sportech talks after latest rejection However, a “significant shareholder” of Sportech informed Standard General that they would only be willing to support a “substantially higher offer”, something the investment business said it was unable to justify.  Standard General has therefore announced that it will not make a further offer for the business, and Sportech has ended talks. The technology processed stakes of $12.2bn in 2019, for clients across 37 countries. In the Americas alone – comprising the US, Canada and Latin America – Sportech provides betting solutions, hardware and operational services to more than 200 racetracks, casinos and betting venues to more than 50 customers. M&A New York-based investment fund Standard General has ended talks over a deal to acquire Sportech, after one of the horse race betting operator and technology provider’s shareholders indicated they would not accept its latest offer for the business. This means that Sportech’s plans to put the £30.9m sale of the global tote business to shareholders at a meeting scheduled for 24 December can proceed. center_img That deal, announced earlier this month, will see Australian supplier BetMakers acquire Sportech’s tote businesses in the Americas, the UK and Europe, as well as its Quantum Tote betting engine.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Provided it secures backing from shareholders, the deal is expected to complete in the first half of 2021. BetMakers aims to use the technology and reach to accelerate its US expansion plans. Topics: Sports betting Strategy Horse racing Product & technology M&A Email Address Tags: Sportech BetMakers Technology Group This meant that Sportech’s board was unwilling to accept the proposal, instead suggesting that other options available – including BetMakers’ acquisition of its global tote business – would provide more value to shareholders. Regions: USlast_img read more

Las Vegas Sands’ Adelson takes medical leave of absence

first_imgLas Vegas Sands did not reveal the length of the leave of absence. Adelson – who is 87 years old – then played a major role in Macau’s transformation into the world’s largest gambling destination. Las Vegas Sands’ Adelson takes medical leave of absence Email Address Regions: US Singapore Macau Adelson founded Las Vegas Sands in 1988 after he led the purchase of the Sands Casino. The business soon built the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The Sands Casino was then demolished 1996, to be replaced with the Venetian, which opened in 1999. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 7th January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boylecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: People Land-based casino People moves Read the full story on iGB North America. People Las Vegas Sands chairman and chief executive Sheldon Adelson will take a medical leave of absence after resuming undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with president and chief operating officer Robert G. Goldstein stepping into both roles. Tags: Las Vegas Sands Sheldon Adelsonlast_img read more

Thomas Savare had Stade Francais’ best interests at heart

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Yes, it was clumsily, even brutally, enacted but wasn’t the merger of Stade Francais and Racing 92 the best for both clubs in the long-term? Evidently not for the players and supporters of Stade, who whipped up such a reaction that they ultimately forced Jacky Lorenzetti and Thomas Savare to back down.Hip hip hooray, and power to the people!It’s just a shame so many of Stade’s supporters haven’t been bothered to attend matches in recent seasons. Take the 2013-14 campaign, for example, when Stade’s average home gate was 17,000, the sixth best in Europe, a figure that had plummeted to 11,577 in 2015-16 (18th best in Europe). And this during an era when they won the Top 14 title and hosted Champions Cup matches for the first time in six years.Indeed, when Stade won the Top 14 in 2015 barely 1,000 fans bothered to attend the official presentation of the trophy, compared to the 50,000 Toulon supporters who had hailed their heroes 12 months earlier on the Côte d’Azur.In the past 24 hours there has been much talk of ‘tradition’ winning out, but tradition isn’t always a positive. It can also constrain, halt progress that, while painful in the short-term, is necessary in the long-term. Look at Biarritz and Bayonne, two famous old clubs who almost merged in the summer of 2015. That again was put paid to by people power. The result? Bayonne are bottom of the Top 14 and Biarritz are enjoying their third season in the ProD2.Knocked back: Bayonne have really struggled in this year’s Top 14One can understand the reaction of the Stade players to last week’s announcement. Nobody likes to learn they could soon be out of a job but the fact is most would have soon found gainful employment elsewhere. And what of the role of Pascal Pape, the self-appointed players’ spokesman, who was allegedly the driving force behind the strike? He’s given the club a decade of good service but he retires at the end of this season. As Midi Olympique wondered last week, was his involvement inspired by his devotion to Stade Francais or the fact he’s a vice-president of the FFR?The FFR was against the merger although the cynic may have wondered if their opposition didn’t grow stronger when they learned that the LNR was broadly supportive. There is a power struggle going on in French rugby at the moment and the feeling in some quarters is that the merger was an issue over which the two factions could flex their muscles.To an outsider, the past week has encapsulated much of what is wrong with France in general, why the country’s economy is moribund and why millions of its brightest and most innovative brains live in London, New York and San Francisco. The French are resistant to change, it scares them, particularly when it involves a break with tradition. Even more so when it’s a cold, hard business decision. How unscrupulous. How vulgar. How Anglo-Saxon. A lonely figure: Thomas Savare has tried many means to give Stade a viable future Tense relations: Is Bernard Laporte’s FFR at war with LNR?In the end Savare and Lorenzetti, two men who have funnelled millions of their own money into their respective clubs, decided the insults and aggravation weren’t worth the effort and walked away from the merger. Who can blame them? In a professional sport why deal with amateurs.Lorenzetti will have to mend fences with players and staff but he’s still got his spanking new stadium to look forward to, and a strong business model to boot. Not so Savare. It’s said he has set a deadline of three months to sell the club otherwise he will petition for bankruptcy, six years after he stepped in to save Stade Francais from such a fate.But who would want to buy the club? No one, according to Savare. “In six years I haven’t received one credible offer,” he said recently. It’s hardly surprising.First there is a deficit believed to be €8m; then there’s the prospect of two top-flight rugby clubs (five miles apart as of next season) competing for the attention of the notoriously indifferent Parisian public, and then there’s the fact that the club doesn’t own its own stadium or its training facilities, both of which are the property of the Paris city council. As L’Equipe put it, a club is worth only what it possesses. In Stade’s case that’s just a name.No wonder Savare is desperate to get shot of the club, and no wonder either for the angry tone he struck in an interview in Monday’s edition of Le Parisien, the capital’s daily newspaper. “I remain convinced that it’s the best project, the one which makes most sense in the long-term,” he said, although he admitted mistakes had been made in its initial presentation. Nonetheless, he said, he believed the real mistake has been in the strength of opposition that forced the abandonment of the merger.Public display: Stade’s Sergio Parisse wears a pink wrist band during the final Six Nations matchSaying he believed the players had been “manipulated”, Savare added that the merger had fallen victim to the current in-fighting within the French game. “We presented this project in a very complex context, in a climate of rivalry between the FFR and the LNR. Frankly, it’s intolerable.”Savare didn’t convey an air of optimism for the future of Stade Francais, and nor did he exude much positivity about the sport as a whole. “French rugby is living beyond its means,” he said. “Everyone has to realise it. We’re on an intravenous drip.” Savare tried to resurrect Stade Francais with an infusion of capital six years ago, but that didn’t work; last week he tried an infusion of hard-nosed pragmatism but that also failed. The result? Stade Francais’ life support machine could soon be switched off.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

Deputy McHugh calls for Government hit banks ‘where it hurts’

first_img Twitter Google+ News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh has called on the Government to consider paying social welfare payments into people’s Credit Union accounts instead of insisting it is paid into a bank.Deputy McHugh says it would be one way of punishing some of the larger banks responsible for the economic crisis who still pay out large salaries and pensions to some of their executives.He was speaking in the Dail during a debate on the Credit Union Bill 2012.Deputy McHugh says it is time to hurt banks in their pockets just as many of them have done to the people:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/McHughBANKS.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Deputy McHugh calls for Government hit banks ‘where it hurts’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleCutliffe plan to run in local elections may create problems for LabourNext articleWorkers at Buncrana call-centre told they will receive no wages for November News Highland Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – November 14, 2012 last_img read more

Philip Pullman condemns Port Meadow buildings

first_imgThe author Philip Pullman has condemned Oxford University’s new Port Meadow accommodation, boosting the campaign against its construction.Pullman, writer of the His Dark Materials trilogy and an Oxford resident, told the Daily Telegraph the new structures are “destructive, brutal, ugly vandalism”. He opined, “I don’t think they would have been approved if it had been known they would be this tall.”The author’s comments come after months of protest by the Campaign to Protect Port Meadow from Oxford University (CPPMOU). Campaigners say the new graduate accommodation blocks historic views of the Oxford city skyline and have asked for the top floors of the buildings to be knocked down.A spokesperson for the campaign told Cherwell, “Pullman’s support will help to extend the campaign’s reach. We would like to think that such a well-known voice would be heeded by the City Council and University leaders.”Yet, they continued, “It seems unlikely that any voluntary solution will be offered. Therefore we are preparing to launch a legal challenge to the planning permission. Sadly, it would seem the only way to get Oxford City Council and Oxford University to the table is by force.”The campaign’s petition against the accommodation had amassed over 2800 signatures. Oxford City Council has reportedly asked the University whether it would consider demolishing the top two floors of the buildings “voluntarily”, with the Head of City Development on the Council still in negotiation with the University.An Oxford University spokesperson said, “The University has acted in good faith throughout this process, in line with all the proper procedures. A review conducted by Oxford City Council planning officers confirmed this and agreed that the University acted properly when securing planning permission.”The spokesperson continued, “The Castle Mill buildings will provide accommodation for hundreds of students, reducing pressure on Oxford’s constricted rental housing market – an important issue for local people.”In February, the university agreed to re-enter discussions with the council over the impact of the building work. A spokesperson said, “We recognise that the development has aroused some strong feelings and that these have every right to be heard. Concerns about the view of the buildings from Port Meadow have been and continue to be reflected in discussions with planning officers.”Oxford resident Laura King commented, “I was on Port Meadow last week and these blocks are not just ugly, they are an horrific example of brutalism at its worst ruining a skyline unspoilt for centuries. And the shame of it is we don’t even need any more student accommodation as both universities have been ordered to reduce their numbers.”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR BY LAURA BLACKBURN

first_imgLETTER TO THE EDITOR BY LAURA BLACKBURNIt’s hard to resist the temptation to review the first two meetings of the “new” city council. You know – the 2016 edition of the Evansville City Council that was supposed to be devoid of rancor, confusion, and general disrespectful behavior toward one another and the public.That’s what the gushing post campaign rhetoric predicted. As advertised, the newbies would happily fall in behind new “leaders” Mosby and Weaver, engage in a group hug and coordinate their praise of the administration. Well, that last part was largely a presumed promise, understood but not spoken out loud.It doesn’t much matter whether they are Republican or Democrat because we have ushered in the enlightened era of “transpartisanship.” That’s a relatively new political term just now being used in this fine city to describe “those who claim allegiance to one political party but covertly serve another party strictly for convenience, power or personal gain.” A “transpartisan” serves only his/her own interests. He/she is out to get for himself/herself whatever he/she can. He/she is ruthless, and deception is his/her preferred tool.Getting back to that first fateful City Council meeting, without focusing on the already well-reported actions and resulting divisiveness that has been forced upon this city. It seemed the council members might have each been given a script and told the plot of the production that was about to be performed on the big stage. But then two members were clearly not comfortable with the preordained story line and they voiced their displeasure in improvised terms. Adding to that element of surprise, the large and emotional audience demanded to inject themselves into the comedy turned tragedy. Chaos ensued. Some council members were outraged by the events, others were befuddled and others were quite simply startled into silence.Perhaps part of the cause for confusion was the “orientation” session for the new council members that the mayor orchestrated before they were sworn in. A great, newsworthy photo op and surely just a helpful gesture (sarcasm noted). But some observers were left wondering why one branch of government was so brash and presumptive as to instruct another branch in how to do its job. Separation of powers and checks and balances seem to have finally been thrown out the Civic Center window.As the premier performance played out, we got the impression that the mayor’s orientation also skipped the part about how every council member is supposed to make learned decisions that best serve the taxpayers, and each has a duty to participate. Despite all the repeated declarations of being in touch with “constituents, constituents, constituents,” this concept was altogether absent from the first council gathering.It was just like community theatre if the amateur actors aren’t allowed to have that critical final dress rehearsal. Hopefully, that was prevented by the “new” attorney, who earned a well-deserved mulligan for his efforts to steer everyone in the room through the details of Robert’s Rules of Order during a live and lively event. Maybe he cautioned them against making decisions beforehand and merely announcing them in public. Surely he did.The second meeting was only better by comparison and because the agenda contained less inflammatory matters. It looked like there had been some major league effort to demonstrate consensus and pre-coordinate the activity. The new president proclaimed even the most minor action as “great” with near giddiness. She reached occasionally for her big FC Tucker beverage container.Then the feces hit the blade again. Once again it centered on preventing public comment. It was clear that efforts to get Councilwoman Robinson to do anything other than what she decides is best for the people of the Fourth Ward will fail miserably. Going along just to get along is not going to fly. Don’t bother handing her a script in advance.It was pretty obvious that they had read the editorials in the daily newspaper. Councilman McGinn was more verbal, as he twirled his ink pen, occasionally glancing to his right, as if to make sure John Friend had not reappeared. His financial leadership will be interesting to observe.Councilman Adams also had a newfound voice and exuberance for what is in the public’s best interest. Had he been more thoughtful and decisive as council president in 2015, he might have found himself sitting with people other than those he will be seeing on Monday nights going forward.The newbies tried to interject themselves into the second meeting, with varying degrees of success. Councilwoman Hargis should be comfortable with the process, since she was seated front and center in the audience at most meetings last year. Council members Elpers, Brinkmeyer and Mercer made mild attempts to prove they weren’t “just along for the ride.” Even though he has been catapulted into leadership, Councilman Weaver still seemed to be perpetually annoyed.It will get better, or not. A wise man once said, “Be careful what you ask for because you might get it.” If the first two meetings are any indication, things will get very entertaining when the “new” council moves from simple housekeeping matters and on to serious business. And this will take place with the over-riding influence of our new “transpartisanship” where Republican and Democrat labels are meaningless.FOOTNOTE: This letter was posted without opinion, bias or editing.  Any response to this letter shall be posted without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Debates for South Bend Common Council, U.S. House District 2 set

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Debates for South Bend Common Council, U.S. House District 2 set The St. Joseph County Commissioners are set to debate ahead of the November election on Friday, October 2.Oliver Davis Jr. and Derek Dieter will face off for one hour at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.Viewers can watch the debate on Michiana Access TV or stream it live on The League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area Facebook or YouTube page.A debate for Indiana District 2 incumbent Jackie Walorski and Democratic Challenger Pat Hackett is scheduled for Oct. 28. Google+ Twitter By 95.3 MNC – September 29, 2020 0 397 Previous articleElkhart Co releases Labor Day drunk driving patrol resultsNext articleVoter registration, early voting information for Indiana voters 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Holland’s unveils new look

first_imgHolland’s has revamped its packaging in a bid to emphasis the provenance of its ingredients.The new look will be roll out across its frozen, chilled, hot food-to-go and stadia pie portfolio, and will feature a new logo, bolder coloured packaging, and serving suggestions. A British flag will also feature prominently on-pack in order to demonstrate Holland’s meat sourcing assurance, and its support of British farmers.The new look packaging will be phased into stores from November onwards. The firm said the quality of its chilled line packaging will be improved further by replacing the clear wrappers with a metallic film, to give a more premium appearance.The pie brand will also be a rolling out updated POS across its various retail outlets.David Girdler, spokesperson for Holland’s, said: “We wanted to create a fresh new look for Holland’s, while still keeping hold of the brand’s traditional heritage.“The new-look packaging does just that; it’s bolder, it has clear concise information for the consumer and it’s more appealing, which provides a better showcase of the product on-shelf.”last_img read more

Researcher finds Coke’s fingerprints on health policy in China

first_imgA complex network of research funding, institutional ties, and personal influence allowed Coca-Cola, through connections with a nonprofit group, to exert substantial influence over obesity science and policy solutions in China, nudging government policy into alignment with the company’s corporate interests, a Harvard study has found.Professor Susan Greenhalgh’s study reveals not just efforts by the food industry to influence public policy, but also the impact of those efforts. It is described in a pair of Jan. 9 articles published in The BMJ and the Journal of Public Health Policy.“There have been decades of work on how Big Pharma and Big Tobacco have tried to influence science and dictate policy, but the research on Big Food and Big Soda is just now emerging,” said Greenhalgh, the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society. “I don’t know of any other work that has documented this type of impact, especially on the policy of an entire nation.“When I reviewed China’s policies, I could see them using the very same language Coke did,” she added. “For example, they talk about energy balance and making physical activity part of medical treatment or balancing eating and moving … their policy aligns very well with Coke’s interests, and it’s out of alignment with some of the policies advocated by the World Health Organization.”Greenhalgh found a U.S.-based, industry-funded nonprofit known as the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) at the heart of efforts to steer Chinese policy. Created in 1978 by then-Coca-Cola vice president Alex Malaspina, ILSI now has 17 branches worldwide, including one in China, where the organization’s roots run deep.The nonprofit’s Chinese branch — officially known as ILSI Focal Point in China — wasn’t established until 1993, but its founder, Chen Chunming, had been connected to the U.S. operation since 1978, Greenhalgh says, when Malaspina visited the newly reopened nation in search of local partners. “Coke wanted to get its solution onto the public health agenda at the earliest possible moment and influence the global discourse on obesity.” — Susan Greenhalgh The unsavory side of sugar Immersed in the body politic Weighed down ‘Fat-Talk Nation’ finds lasting hurt in waistline fixation Anthropologist documents the stories behind population and health policies Related Chen, a nutritionist, founded and was the first president of the agency that eventually became the China CDC. She maintained deep ties to China’s public health sector, including the Ministry of Health, even after establishing ILSI-China, Greenhalgh said, which allowed her to work behind the scenes to exert significant policy influence.In an effort to understand how that influence may have shaped policy in China, Greenhalgh turned to an archive of ILSI-China newsletters from 1999 to 2015. The papers detailed nearly all of the organization’s scientific and policy activities, ranging from research funding to conferences to policy work.ILSI-Global first asked its branches to put obesity on their agendas in 1999, Greenhalgh found. Up until 2003, about half of ILSI-China’s work dealt with measurement issues — the organization created a series of China-specific thresholds for body mass index — and advanced at least some prevention efforts aimed at nutrition, but none centered on physical activity.In 2004, that began to change. It was then, Greenhalgh said, that Coke started to position itself as an advocate of “healthy active lifestyles,” and to promote the message that all food and drinks could be part of a healthy diet. To avoid obesity, the argument went, physical activity was key.The change was almost immediately reflected in ILSI-China’s activities, Greenhalgh discovered. Between 2004 and 2009, a third of obesity activities sponsored or co-sponsored by ILSI-China focused on physical activity. Between 2010 and 2015, the proportion nearly doubled. Meanwhile, obesity activities focused on nutrition declined to just one in five.That same shift, Greenhalgh said, was reflected in stories that appeared in ILSI newsletters. Before 2003, the group published no stories suggesting physical activity could combat obesity. From 2010 through 2015, though, 60 percent of articles backed that idea, and fewer than one-quarter focused on diet.After a series of investigative reports by The New York Times in 2015, Coke pulled back on its aggressive promotion of the science of physical activity. Even so, ILSI structure remains in place and the programs it supported are now well established, ensuring that the soda company’s influence is still a factor in Chinese policy.Greenhalgh conducted extended interviews with obesity and public health experts in China to gauge their concern on possible industry bias. Most were unfazed.“The vast majority said there was no conflict of interest,” she said. “There were a tiny handful who believed that whenever corporations are funding science it will inevitably be biased, but they were very much in the minority, and most asked me not to use their names because they were afraid of possible consequences … because the political culture in China is very business friendly and pro-West.“Western science and especially American science is considered to be the best in the world, and what happens is these companies present themselves as scientifically and technically advanced and generous because of their social responsibility programs,” she added. “So the feeling is what’s not to love about Coca-Cola?”Ultimately, Greenhalgh said, one of the reasons ILSI — and by extension Coke — was able to so effectively redirect Chinese policy on obesity is that no one else was conducting research.“Basically the story is that the government didn’t care about chronic diseases … but ILSI cared because these companies were pushing the agenda,” she said. “The fact is that ILSI-China was the only entity that had any money and interest in, and they had it because of corporate funding, because Coke wanted to get its solution onto the public health agenda at the earliest possible moment and influence the global discourse on obesity.”The narrow focus on physical activity as a path to reducing obesity doesn’t fit with expert views on the problem, Greenhalgh said.“In the past, there were a handful of scholars who felt that … the obesity epidemic was actually an epidemic of inactivity,” she said. “But today there are very few people in the field of chronic disease who believe that, and increasingly people are recognizing that while you have to stay active, when it comes to reducing obesity, diet is more important.”Coke and ILSI responded to the findings in separate statements.“ILSI does not profess to have been perfect in our 40-year history,” the group’s statement read. “Not surprisingly, there have been bumps along the way. This is why ILSI has analyzed best practices and has committed to ensuring scientific integrity in nutrition and food-sector research.”Coca-Cola said that it is creating more transparency by no longer providing the bulk of funding for scientific studies, adding that it has sought to introduce new sugar-free products in China to combat obesity.“We recognize that too much sugar isn’t good for anyone,” the company said.Greenhalgh said she hopes to examine the impact of ILSI globally and is working on a book that will explore the organization’s work in China in greater detail.“It was only because of my background in science and technology studies, which encourages me to look deep down into how science is done and take it apart, that I was able to find this,” Greenhalgh said. “I was shocked when I discovered this. I had no idea.“When you read the literature, there’s not much about how Coke is influencing obesity science and policy in the U.S., but the literature that does exist shows Coke’s efforts,” she continued. “This shows their impact, so I was just stunned.”This research was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Symposium examines sweetener’s effects on human body and on public policylast_img read more