Botticelli painting sells for $92 million at auction in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A small painting by Sandro Botticelli has sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2 million, an auction record for the Renaissance master. The painting, “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” depicts a young nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.” The seller was the estate of the late real estate billionaire Sheldon Solow. Two bidders competed for the painting at Thursday’s livestreamed auction. Sotheby’s did not disclose the identity of the buyer.last_img read more

College obtains science grant

first_imgOver a dozen science, engineering and math students from Saint Mary’s will receive additional financial and academic support as the result of a grant recently awarded to the College. Chemistry professor Toni Barstis and math professor Joanne Snow served as co-principal investigators of the grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Biology professor Ryan Dombkowski is the faculty principal investigator of the grant and also served as co-author. The grant will begin distribution to eligible students starting in the 2013-14 school year. The grant awards $600,000 to Saint Mary’s to sponsor the advancement of women in engineering, math and science. The grant is through the NSF PRISM Women Scholars Program and provides scholarships for up to 20 students. The grant will provide roughly $26,500 of support to each student. Distribution of funds is spread throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. “[The scholarships] are wonderful opportunities for Saint Mary’s to provide financial and developmental support to women interested in ‘STEM’ [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field,” Dombkowski said. The school will award the scholarships to students based on their high school and first semester grades, along with recommendations from first-year professors and advisors. In addition to academia and references, Dombkowski said scholarship recipients must demonstrate an “exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for STEM disciplines.” “In the end, we want to see our students go off into successful and exciting careers in STEM fields and this scholarship program should provide us with support to do that at a higher level,” Dombkowski said. Once a student is given a scholarship, she will have to complete a list of requirements as part of her award, Drombkowski said. The student will have to participate in some community outreach, such as math or science tutoring at local schools, partake in some on-campus educational events and various field trips to pharmaceutical companies, research labs and other STEM places, he said. The scholarship recipient will also have to apply for summer research opportunities and as seniors, will attend a national conference where they will present their research from the summer or their senior comps, Drombkowski said. Dombkowski said  being awarded the grant is an accomplishment itself because of the number of applications the NSF receives every year. “I want to say that the NSF is only funding about 6 to 8 percent of their current grant applications, which means Saint Mary’s has been awarded this opportunity amongst a lot of competition,” he said. “We are certainly honored to be recognized by the NSF and excited to get started.” Dombkowksi said the College science and math departments have high hopes for the grant and are eager to see the impact of it on students, school and community. “I think that I can speak for my other [co-principle investigators] when I say that we hope the grant will help us to advertise the wonderful work Saint Mary’s women all already doing in STEM fields; to promote STEM careers and research for Saint Mary’s students; to attract, interest and retain the best and brightest students towards the STEM disciplines and to financially support exceptionally motivated STEM students throughout their studies,” he said. Contact Bridget Feeney at bfeene01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

FSB takes control of ‘in administration’ Black Type

first_img Sports betting technology supplier FSB has issued a corporate statement on the website of white label sportsbook Black Type (BlackType.bet), confirming that the racing specialist bookmaker has entered administration and will ‘wind down all business affairs’.Black Type management’s decision has forced FSB to take control of the sportsbook to protect all customer funds and honour all open wagers.“We want to assure you that this will not impact the account that you hold on the BlackType.bet website or app,” read FSB’s statement. “Your funds are safe and any unsettled bets or pending withdrawals will continue to be honoured by FSB as they always have been.”As the white-label supplier of Black Type’s UK sportsbook licence, FSB informs customers that the bookmaker operated as a ‘marketing partner promoting its wagering services’.“The terms and conditions on the BlackType.bet website make it clear that you are gambling with FSB and that FSB is the merchant of record for all deposits and withdrawals,” it added.“What this news means for you as a customer using the BlackType branded website and mobile apps is that you will not be affected in any way. Your standing remains unaffected and you can continue to use your account as normal.”The Black Type brand was founded by the enterprise team of Dave Gowers (CEO) and Craig Nicholson (COO) in 2016, launching the UK’s first racing specific sportsbook on the FSB platform.Seeking to cater for ‘underserved’ UK pro racing punters, Black Type management emphasised that the bookmaker would ‘never restrict winning accounts’.Gowers and Nicholson would depart the business in 2018, with former Totesport executive Keith Oliver taking leadership of Black Type new Chief Executive.It has been reported that the increased regulatory pressures on the betting sector pushed Black Type management into administration. FSB teams up with Cricket.com to launch predictions game June 18, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 Share Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more