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Prices for Vintage Video Games and Prototypes Surge as Rarities Head to Auction Next Month

Heritage Auctions expects collectors may bid $20,000 or more for limited run and prototype games May 16-18

Press Release – DALLAS, Texas (April 18, 2019) – Who could predict a copy of Nintendo’s Donkey Kong 3 (NES, 1986) and a rare cartridge of Nintendo World Championships (NES, 1990) – the game played during the world’s first nationwide video game competition – are now enticing collectors to pay $20,000 or more for each at auction next month?

The explosive demand for vintage video games, particularly those professionally certified, are now bringing big dollars at auctions, with no price ceiling in sight. A group of 53 such games and game prototypes will cross the auction block May 16-18 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas, Texas, and on HA.com.

“This Donkey Kong 3 is the fourth revision of this black box game, indicated in part by the presence of the hangtab under the shrink wrap,” Heritage Auctions’ Video Game Consignment Director Valarie McLeckie said. “This particular variant had a very small print window, and there are fewer than five of this variant confirmed in sealed condition. We anticipate this will be a very popular item with collectors.”

These games and others are all sealed in hard plastic cases after certification by Wata Games, which has built a strong business based on collector nostalgia. Wata staff evaluates each submission based on condition, authenticity and historic context before the video game is encapsulated in a case secured with six locking clips. Wata even preserves a prototype game’s data by “dumping” and storing it on a secure database which will only be accessible using the firm’s unique Matrix code, a feature that will be released in the near future.

The gray cartridge of Nintendo World Championships 1990 is one of fewer than 100 left from the 1990 Nintendo World Championships US Tour. Some competitors’ parents expressed concerns that it was unfair that there was a Nintendo Power giveaway for the Gold version of these cartridges, but their kids who participated in the competition would not get one to keep. The offered copy is one of those given to satisfy those concerns, and it is believed that only 50 to 60 remain in existence. Many have torn labels, some with writing on them, meaning very few can be considered to be in true mint condition. Ironically, the cheaper glue that allowed some labels to lift up from the cartridges, and subsequently were glued back down, now are considered a measure of authenticity. So rare are these cartridges that they have become the centerpiece of many collections.

Sought-after prototypes offered in the auction include Adventure Island Prototype (NES, Hudson Soft, 1988) Wata Certified may sell for more than $4,000, and collectors could also pay $4,000 for a copy of Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos Prototype (NES, Tecmo, 1990) Wata Certified.

“Until now, prototype collecting was not as accessible to collectors because authenticating these handmade cartridges requires a great deal of specialized knowledge,” McLeckie said. “Each prototype is completely unique as there were no standardized means of creation for these test cartridges. Now, with Wata certifying them, anyone can be much more confident that the prototype games they’re buying are genuine.

For high-resolution images or to arrange interviews for more information about vintage video games at auction visit ha.com/7209 or contact Eric Bradley, Director of Public Relations at 214-409-1871 or EricB@ha.com

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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HSBC Bank Grants $1 Million to Virtual Enterprises International

Funds will support the expansion of VE’s unique program that is preparing high school students for the jobs of the future and inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs

Program is addressing a critical gap in employment. According to studies, only 42.5 percent of employers consider students proficient in their professionalism and work ethic.

Press Release – NEW YORK, April 17, 2019 – HSBC Bank USA (HSBC) announced today that it has donated $1 million to Virtual Enterprises International (VE), allowing the nonprofit to offer its acclaimed career readiness and youth entrepreneurship program to 30,000 students in classrooms across the United States over the next two years. The HSBC relationship with VE began in 1999 and has included more than $2.8 million to date, as well as hours of service by HSBC employee-volunteers visiting the classrooms and acting as judges for the Youth Business Summit.

VE is a global, credited, in-school program where students create a simulated business in their classroom. Students gain an average of 180 hours of work experience by assuming the roles needed to run a successful business such as CEO, VP of Finance and HR Director. Through the program, students cultivate key professional, technical and life skills that are required to prepare them for the jobs of the future, while taking part in an authentic, collaborative, entrepreneurial experience.

The $1 million donation by HSBC will not only facilitate growth of the VE program in additional cities, but will support its expansion to high-need schools where more than 50 percent of the student population are from low-income households. The new funding will create the “HSBC Opportunity Fund” with students competing for funds to cover travel costs to attend VE’s national competitions during the Youth Business Summit.

According to statistics in the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2018 study, students’ perceptions of their career readiness skills are at odds with those held by potential employers. According to NACE research, only 42.5 percent of employers considered students proficient in their professionalism and work ethic compared to 89.4 percent of students. Additionally, while 79.9 percent of students believed they had honed critical thinking/problem solving skills, only 55.8 percent of employers felt the same.

“VE is unique in its way of preparing today’s youth for jobs of the future – some of which have yet to be invented,” said Maureen A. Gillan-Myer, US head of human resources for HSBC. “While technological skills are important for those careers, the higher cognitive skills like creativity, critical thinking, and complex information processing are vital, and are attributes honed through the VE program.”

Students recently benefitting from past HSBC grants include the VE class at C.S. Brown STEM High School in rural Winton, N.C. The students, who created a virtual fashion company, were given an all-expense paid trip to New York City by HSBC, enabling their participation in the Youth Business Summit.

“This whole experience has changed the motivation and focus of my students,” said VE teacher Daphne Lee of C.S. Brown STEM High School. “They feel so excited and appreciative of this opportunity; it has brought out the entrepreneur in them. We want to make sure that every student who comes through our school gets an opportunity to be a part of the VE program.”

The 20-year HSBC-VE partnership has not only provided VE with substantive financial support, but has given the nonprofit the assistance of hundreds of HSBC employees who have mentored students in business and entrepreneurship. Each year for the past two years, HSBC has been the signature sponsor of VE’s Youth Business Summit (YBS), an annual global business conference in New York City. This year, more than 5,000 students from virtual businesses in nine countries will participate in YBS, competing against one another for best business plan in the U.S., top sales pitches and more.

“HSBC’s very generous donation allows VE to offer students a life-changing opportunity to gain access to and engage with the global business community,” said Nick Chapman, president of Virtual Enterprises International. “Through HSBC, our program will continue to transform tens of thousands of students each year through authentic business experiences that mirror the real world.”


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Tel Aviv University and South Florida Local Governments Tackle Florida Stormwater Runoff in Inaugural LocalTAU Pitch Competition

Top scientific teams from Israel’s leading university pitch novel solutions to local crisis in “Shark Tank” style competition; The “Hydro Biofilters” team landed top prize, awarded $20,000 to pilot solution

Press Release – Miami, FLTel Aviv University (TAU), the City of Miami, City of South Miami and City of North Bay Village came together last night to solve one of Florida’s most critical issues: stormwater runoff. In the first-ever LocalTAU competition, TAU professors and students gathered at CIC Miami to pitch their innovative solutions to an audience of nearly 100 people, including South Florida government officials and stakeholders and local and national American Friends of TAU leaders, to help solve a crisis that affects millions of Florida residents. The “Hydro Biofilters” team won first place and $20,000 to begin researching and piloting the practical implementation of their solution.

“For Dr. Yaron Zinger and me, LocalTAU’s pitch competition and meeting with South Florida leaders and officials opened up a new area of the U.S. that urgently needs innovative solutions to water issues, which are intrinsically tied to climate change including sea-level rise, saltwater intrusion, and stormwater of course posing serious threats to the Sunshine State,” said Prof. Dror Avisar. “Winning the competition is icing on the cake. Of course, we want to thank the leadership of LocalTAU and American Friends of TAU. We’re looking forward to the next steps.”

Two teams were selected from 15 applicants to participate, and included:

  • Hydro Biofilters”: Proposes building multi-layered biofilters to direct stormwater away from city streets, purify it and turn it into an easily accessible water resource. Presented by Prof. Dror Avisar and Dr. Yaron Zinger.
  • The Drain Box”: Proposes dividing stormwater runoff: domestic collection from roofs and balconies into home-adjacent containers; municipal collection diverts runoff to an underground infiltration box; and a much smaller portion into the bay. Presented by Ines Zucker, PhD and Gil Nisim, MSc candidate.

The LocalTAU competition used “Shark Tank” style rules. Both teams were given ten minutes to present their innovative solutions and then faced a round of questions from the judges panel. Judges included: Dr. Frances Colón, former highest-ranking Hispanic scientist in the Obama State Department; Col. Alan M. Dodd, director of the City of Miami Department of Resilience and Public Works; Melissa Hew, program manager in the City of Miami Office of Resilience and Sustainability; Denise O’Brien, Chair, North Bay Village Sustainability and Resiliency Task Force; Zac Cosner, City of South Miami sustainability administrator; Tamence Knowles, director of environmental health and safety at FIU; and Michael Rupinski, environmental compliance officer at FIU.

The judges challenged both teams about the sustainability of their potential solutions due to Florida’s frequent hurricanes, issues with coordination and sequencing, concerns about mosquitos and Zika virus and ultimately the cost of implementation.

After 15 minutes of private deliberation, the judges returned to offer their analysis of the proposals and announce the winner. They provided commentary on the pros and cons of each proposals. Ultimately, the judges preferred the Hydro Biofilters proposal citing its low cost and sustainability.

Amanpour & Company correspondent Alicia Menendez served at the moderator of the event. LocalTAU founders Vinna Katz and Romina Ruiz-Goiriena provided introductory remarks. Special guests Mr. Guy Gilady, Deputy Consul General of Israel in Miami, and Clement Erbmann, national chairman of American Friends of Tel Aviv University also spoke briefly.

The host committee included: Romi Bhatia, executive director of Idea Center at Miami Dade College; Dave Doebler, cofounder of Volunteercleanup.org; Sarah Emmons, managing director of Radical Partners; Albert Gomez, head of superNATURE; TJ Marston, principal at Plot Studio and instructor at FIU; Dara Schoenwald, cofounder and executive director of Volunteercleanup.org; Rachel Streitfeld, Esq., founder and managing partner of Bright Side Legal; Caiti Waks, Esq., cofounder and president of Debris Free Oceans; Jeremy Waks, cofounder of Debris Free Oceans.

About LocalTAU

LocalTAU is a young leadership program that offers engaged, passionate leaders the opportunity to identify local issues and source innovative solutions from world renowned TAU research through an annual pitch competition. In the process, it creates awareness, community and synergy between TAU and young activists in cities across the United States. LocalTAU uses a self-funded grant model to bridge philanthropy and startup methodologies – i.e. pitch competitions, pilots, agile adaptation.

The South Florida collaboration is the first LocalTAU Pitch Competition and is produced in coordination with American Friends of Tel Aviv University.

About American Friends of Tel Aviv University

American Friends of Tel Aviv University supports Israel’s most influential, comprehensive and sought-after center of higher learning, Tel Aviv University (TAU). TAU is recognized around the world for creating an innovative, entrepreneurial culture that generates inventions, startups and economic development in Israel. TAU is ranked 8th in the world, and first in Israel, for producing startup founders of billion-dollar companies. Tel Aviv University researchers rank #1 in Israel in producing patents, are first in the world to print a 3D heart with human tissue, and rank #4 in innovation in the world.


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The Audacious Project Supports Nonprofit’s Efforts To Change Families’ Lives Across America Through Early Learning Opportunities

Press Release – Each year, 2.2 million four-year-old children in the United States do not have access to publicly-funded early education. More than half of those 2.2 million are low-income children with no early education options at all. Waterford UPSTART has been named a 2019 Audacious project, helping overcome access barriers like availability, transportation, and cost to expand access to early learning opportunities for children across the nation.

The Goal of Waterford UPSTART

Waterford UPSTART has one goal: to ensure that every child arrives to kindergarten on day one ready to learn. Research shows that at-risk children who arrive to kindergarten without basic skills are 25% more likely to drop out of school, 40% more likely to become teen parents, and 60% less likely to attend college.

What is The Audacious Project?

The Audacious Project was launched in April 2018 with a mission to foster “collaborative philanthropy for bold ideas.” Housed at TED (the nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading) and operated with support through The Bridgespan Group (a leading social impact advisor to nonprofits and NGOs, philanthropists, and investors), The Audacious Project brings together some of the most respected organizations and individuals in philanthropy—the Skoll Foundation, Virgin Unite, Dalio Foundation, and more.

The Audacious Project surfaces and funds critical projects with the potential to create global change. By removing barriers associated with funding, The Audacious Project empowers social entrepreneurs to dream boldly and take on the world’s biggest and most urgent challenges. The 2019 projects include: Center for Policing Equity, Educate Girls, Institute for Protein Design at the UW School of Medicine, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the END Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Thorn, and Waterford UPSTART.

What is Waterford UPSTART?

Waterford UPSTART is a school-readiness project providing access to early education for underserved and unserved populations across the country.

  • Waterford UPSTART empowers parents as their child’s first and most influential teachers. Parents say the project fuels their engagement in their child’s learning and readiness for kindergarten.
  • Waterford UPSTART improves child outcomes. Research and multiple independent evaluations show that children who graduate from Waterford UPSTART outperform their peers in foundational literacy skills with improved outcomes persisting over time.
  • Waterford UPSTART is flexible. It works as a standalone for unserved children or as an extension for underserved children in early childhood programs needing a cognitive boost.
  • Waterford UPSTART works for all children. It produces strong outcomes across all demographic groups.

How does Waterford UPSTART work?

Waterford UPSTART helps four-year-old children develop foundational academic and cognitive skills at home by using the software just 15 minutes a day, five days a week in the year before kindergarten. Importantly, the project also supports families with a personal coach to help them every step of the way and provides Chromebooks and Internet access at no cost to families with financial need.

Waterford UPSTART Provides Life-Changing Results and Lasting Impact

Waterford UPSTART has been implemented in more than 15 states across the United States. On average, 92% of children who participate in Waterford UPSTART are ready for kindergarten—compared to a 65% average nationwide and 48% for low-income children. Waterford UPSTART has been validated by eight years of rigorous external evaluations in Utah, and a third-party randomized-controlled trial (RCT) shows strong evidence of effectiveness.


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Two GCSEN Alumni (Global Center For Social Entrepreneurship Network) Participate In The Draper Competition For Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs At Smith College

Press Release – Kingston, NY / April 16, 2019 – GCSEN, The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship Network (GCSEN Foundation) recently had two of its program alumni, Ms. Gyana Srivastava and Ms. Khadeedja Muheto, both of Wheaton College, Norton MA, participate in the prestigious Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs held at Smith College, Northampton MA. GCSEN is dedicated to spreading the ideas and practice of Social Entrepreneurship to higher education students and adult learners across the world. The organization’s credo is to “Make Meaning, Make Money, and Move the World to a Better Place” via Social Entrepreneurship education and empowerment, and its Social Venture Experience offerings.

The annual Draper Competition at Smith College is designed to hone the skills that undergraduate women need, to advance through the process from venture idea to creation. Through three rounds of tough competition, students demonstrate an understanding of a business or social problem, why the problem requires a new venture to address it, how their idea presents the best solution to the problem, and what resources, partnerships and activities it would take to successfully launch the venture. This year over 1000 women from forty-eight Draper Schools, including Wheaton College and Vassar College, applied to participate, with over $100,000 in cash and scholarships awarded to the winning competitors.

Ms. Gyana Srivastava, Wheaton College (2021) entered into the competition’s Social Impact Track and reached the Top 75 Competitor’s Tier in the overall competition. Her venture, entitled Gurukul Dance, is an initiative designed to create a dance company for special needs children in India. An economics and psychology major, she participated in GCSEN’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at Wheaton in January 2019. In 2017, Ms. Srivastava was awarded Wheaton College’s “Next Genius” Scholarship. A student from The Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, she was selected from a pool of 6,000 Indian high school applicants for the full scholarship. Ms. Srivastava said, “GCSEN gave me the confidence I needed to think out my idea and turn it into a professional level pitch deck. The Draper Competition at Smith College was exciting, and my social venture is now ready to be actualized in India this summer. It took a lot of work but was well worth the effort. I really believe in Gurukul and now have the tools I need to actualize it. Thank you GCSEN!”

Ms. Khadeedja Muheto attended GCSEN’s Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at Wheaton College in January 2018 as a GCSEN intern. There, she was introduced to the core concepts of 4P social ventures for People, Planet, Profit and Place. A double major in math and economics, she graduated from Wheaton College in 2018 and is currently the College’s Coordinator of Entrepreneurship Programs, WiN Hub and High School Enrichment Activities. Ms. Muheto acted as mentor for Ms. Srivastava’s Gurukul Dance venture in the competition. Ms. Muheteo said, “GCSEN was the catalyst that gave me the confidence to move into the world of social entrepreneurship. I’m now working for Wheaton College in our WiN Hub Social Entrepreneurship office. I mentored Gyana’s social venture through the Draper Competition and the feedback we got from the other competitors and the judges was fantastic!”

The WiN Hub at Wheaton was created in collaboration with the Diana Davis Spencer ’60 Foundation, to introduce the transformative force of social entrepreneurship to the Wheaton community. Through programming, events and workshops, students gain the confidence and competence to follow their passions and launch their own social enterprises. Under Wheaton’s WiN Hub is its Social Venture Launch Program, which includes GCSEN’s Social Venture Boot Camp experience.

GCSEN Founder & President Mike Caslin said, “We are ecstatic that participants in our Social Venture Bootcamps did so well at the Draper Competition. GCSEN is at the cutting edge of Social Entrepreneurship research, education and leadership. We saw how hard Ms. Muheto and Ms. Srivastava worked on this social venture presentation, which will become a viable business someday. Every campus and business can benefit from learning what GCSEN has tested and proven. Participants in our programs consistently rate it as a life-changing experience, with significant knowledge gains and ten-time increases in business formulation rates. The positive ripple effects our programs have on individuals and on campuses has been dramatic, and we continue to build on our successes.”

Since 2015, GCSEN has developed and rolled out a series of innovative Social Entrepreneurship Experience (SVE) offerings including its highly regarded Boot Camps for college students and adult learners, and its on-line blended learning courses with live coaching, SE 101 & SE 102. These courses earn successful participants college accreditation and GCSEN’s SVE Certification, as well as access to GCSEN’s life-long on-line support community. The courses have been taught at Wheaton College, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College and Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City) and are currently under discussion for implementation at other campuses.

GCSEN Founder & President Mike Caslin is an internationally recognized thought leader of Social Entrepreneurship, currently lecturing at SUNY New Paltz Business School (NY), and St. Peter’s University Business School (Jersey City, NJ). He has spent the last three decades studying, lecturing and facilitating efforts to promote social entrepreneurship on a global scale. GCSEN’s leadership and influence in the field of Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education continues to build, as seen in its support of Wheaton College’s successful effort in 2017 to create enhanced social entrepreneur programming, facilitated by a grant of $10M from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation of Bethesda, MD. Caslin has also been a Subject Matter Expert Witness for the United Nations, the U.S. Congress and The White House.

The GCSEN Foundation is an IRS-approved 501(c-3) not-for-profit organization, accelerating social entrepreneurship around the world.


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Hadassah Appoints Anne Tishkoff Director of Evolve Hadassah: The Young Women’s Network, Member & Unit Services Division

Press Release – April 15, 2019 – NEW YORK, NY – Anne Tishkoff has been named Director of Evolve Hadassah: The Young Women’s Network, a new department within the Member & Unit Services Division of Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA), according to Executive Director / CEO Janice Weinman.

Tishkoff’s duties and responsibilities, in collaboration with Evolve Hadassah Department Chair Stephanie Z. Bonder, include: to create and drive strategies to grow, engage, and retain young women through the development and implementation of programs and special events including the Hadassah Young Women’s Cabinet; the expansion of the partnership between the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) and Hadassah; and the planning and execution of annual signature membership events.

Weinman states, “Anne Tishkoff will play a powerful role in attracting a new generation of members inspired by HWZOA’s commitment to women’s empowerment and the land and people of Israel. Through education and advocacy, and its support of medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel, HWZOA connects Jewish women to affect change, enhancing the lives of people in Israel, the United States and worldwide.”

Tishkoff was most recently Director, JNFuture, Lawyers & Doctors for Israel for the Jewish National Fund where she was responsible for building a leadership pipeline of young professionals. Under Tishkoff’s leadership, JNFuture grew to 25 communities around the country, dramatically increased their fundraising capability and expanded leadership development opportunities via conferences and trips to Israel. Prior to the JNF, Tishkoff held leadership positions at the Association of Junior Leagues international (AJLI), United Jewish Communities, the Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Agencies and Hillel.

Bonder enthuses, “Anne Tishkoff has brought a wonderful energy into Evolve Hadassah: The Young Women’s Network. She has an excellent track record in engaging young women to other non-profit organizations and proven expertise in ‘best practices’ on how to attract a younger demographic to Hadassah.”

Tishkoff states, “I’m honored to join Hadassah in delivering our promise to connect and empower Jewish women to affect change, particularly in our work with younger women and the expansion of our next generation of Hadassah members and leadership.”

Anne Tishkoff received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and her Master’s in Public Administration from George Washington University. She and her husband Avi Schaeffer have a son, Ezra.

Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. (HWZOA) is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 300,000 members, associates and supporters Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on critical issues such as women’s health equity and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization’s two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.


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Liberty University Students, Faculty And Staff Donate Thousands Of Volunteer Hours To The Community

Press Release – Nearly 2,400 Liberty students, faculty, and staff spent their Friday and Saturday helping dozens of churches, day care programs, and other non-profit organizations. The annual Serve Lynchburg event sees volunteers tackle numerous clean-up and beautification efforts.

On Friday, April 12th, more than 40 LU faculty members took one of their classes – a total of nearly 600 students – out for the day to volunteer. On Saturday, 1,800 volunteers headed out for a full day of service. All told, Liberty contributed roughly 9,300 hours of volunteer service, a value of more than $220,000.

About Liberty University

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the world’s premier Christian university, one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in the nation, and the largest university in Virginia. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 600 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. Over 300 programs are offered online. Utilizing its world-class infrastructure and Christian faculty, Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.


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Virginia Tech Researchers Join Global Effort To Develop A New Vector Control Strategy To Prevent Malaria

Press Release – April 12, 2019 — Malaria, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, continues to be a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. Despite extensive work that has produced widespread improvements in fighting the spread of the disease, global efforts have hit a plateau, underscoring the need for innovative thinking and new tools that complement those currently in use.

In this context, a multidisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from Unitaid to undertake the economic and environmental impact assessments for BOHEMIA (Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa), a four-year project that will conduct two clinical trials in different eco-epidemiological settings in eastern and southern Africa: Tanzania and Mozambique.

For two consecutive years, ivermectin will be distributed in mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns to humans and livestock in order to kill the mosquitoes that transmit malaria, an effort that ultimately seeks to reduce the disease’s transmission.

Leading the grant’s economic impact assessment is principal investigator Cassidy Rist, an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

Concurrently, Kang Xia, a professor of environmental chemistry in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, is overseeing the grant’s environmental impact assessment. Working with Xia are entomology professors Douglas Pfeiffer and Roger Schürch, also in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

From left: Virginia Tech researchers Roger Schürch, Kang Xia, Cassidy Rist, and Douglas Pfeiffer (not pictured) were awarded a $1.4 million grant to undertake the economic and environmental impact assessments for BOHEMIA (Broad One Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa).

“We plan to take a One Health approach to ensure that the impact of ivermectin MDA across human, animal, and environmental health sectors is adequately captured and used to supplement the primary efficacy and safety outcomes of the trial in policy and wider implementation development,” said Rist.

Ivermectin has long been used by veterinarians across the globe to improve animal health; however, the medication’s use in livestock for the purpose of reducing mosquito populations that transmit a disease affecting only humans is a truly novel concept.

“The trial offers a unique opportunity to evaluate the potential indirect economic benefits associated with improved human and livestock productivity, in addition to the commonly used metric of cost per case of malaria averted,” noted Rist, who is working with two former Virginia Tech faculty members, Achla Marathe and Bryan Lewis, now at the University of Virginia.

Study of the environmental impact of the MDA of ivermectin to humans and livestock will be incorporated by way of Xia’s leadership in determining the fate and impact of the excreted ivermectin and its metabolites in the local soil and aquatic environment, an issue that has very limited evidence in the tropics where the trial will take place.

“As an environmental scientist, I think it is wonderful to see that medical doctors, veterinarians, economists, and policymakers have begun to value the importance of environmental impact in the overall assessment of and decisions for improving human health. This kind of One Health approach will help us avoid repeating, for example, the dire environmental consequences that resulted from the widespread use of DDT in the 1950s. From this perspective, the project is genuinely forward-looking,” said Xia.

At the conclusion of their work, Rist and Xia believe that their approach will provide a more detailed, One Health-based understanding of the full costs and benefits associated with ivermectin MDA in humans and livestock.

“It is a great honor to be part of such an ambitious project that recognizes and values the importance of quantifying system-level, One Health impacts of such a promising intervention,” Rist said. “We look forward to working in collaboration with our exceptional partner institutions across the globe.”

The Virginia Tech grant is part of a $25.3 million grant awarded by Unitaid (a Geneva-based global health initiative that works to end epidemics) to the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, which is heading a consortium that includes Virginia Tech, the Centro de Investigação em Saúde de Manhiça, the Ifakara Health Institute, the University Hospital Bern, and the University of Oxford.


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The New York Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Children Hosted Its Eighth Annual Spring Luncheon

New York Times best-selling author of Educated Tara Westover was the keynote speaker

Press Release – New York, NY — April 12, 2019 — The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (The NYSPCC) held its eighth annual Spring Luncheon Thursday afternoon at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Board Members and event chairs Elizabeth Mayhew and Valesca Guerrand-Hermès, along with Vicky Cornell, widow of music legend Chris Cornell and NYSPCC’s Children’s Council member, joined the event’s honored guest speaker Tara Westover, best-selling author of the memoir Educated — one of The New York Times’ Best Books of the Year in 2018 — for an afternoon of philanthropy and conversation.

MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle shared the stage with Westover for an opportunity to discuss the author’s thoughts on and experiences with child abuse and neglect, and the importance of The NYSPCC’s work to eradicate them.

“We are so grateful to Tara, Stephanie, and to all of our guests who attended this essential event for The NYSPCC,” said Mary Pulido, Ph.D, Executive Director of The NYSPCC. “Not only are we able to raise necessary funds to continue our work with New York’s most vulnerable, we are also fortunate to be leaders in the conversation and action it will take to prevent and eradicate child abuse.

“[Healing victims of child abuse] goes back to a focus on sense of self,” said Westover. “That’s what has been taken away from them. We have to try to do what we can to help them rebuild that sense of their own selves; that right to take up space. Once they have that, they will see themselves.”

Fox News alum and Children’s Council Member Kimberly Guilfoyle, Manhattan Magazine Editor-in-Chief Cristina Cuomo and New York Times bestseller and attorney Regina Calcaterra were also in attendance, with celebrity auctioneer Harry Santa-Ollala leading a reverse auction that helped The NYSPCC surpass its fundraising goals – raising over $400,000 to make the event the most successful Spring Luncheon to date.

The annual Spring Luncheon gathers crucial funds for The NYSPCC, with proceeds from the event supporting The NYSPCC’s Trauma Recovery and Safe Touches programs. Both programs help educate and prevent child abuse in all its forms.

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) is one of the most highly respected child protective agencies in the world. Founded in 1875, the NYSPCC helps the most vulnerable children of our community recover from trauma. And, more importantly, it helps prevent child abuse through its work with parents, teachers, children and foster care agencies. The NYSPCC is used as a model for child abuse prevention centers across the nation, and most recently, has been contracted nationally to help eradicate child sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics in partnership with The Athlete Assistance Fund. The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over two million children and has educated over 47,000 professionals working with children on child abuse and neglect issues. http://www.nyspcc.org.


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11 Norman Rockwell Paintings in Heritage Auctions’ May 3 American Fine Art Sale

Top two Wyeth paintings could reach $1 million each

Press Release – DALLAS, Texas (April 11, 2019) – A pair of paintings by the patriarch of arguably the greatest family of American artists could produce seven-figure results in Heritage Auctions’ American Art auction May 3 in Dallas, Texas.

Known initially for his depictions of cowboys, pioneers and Native Americans from the Old West, Newell Convers Wyeth started imaging medieval tales of romance and adventure in the 1910s. In 1917, he executed 17 works for the latest edition of Sidney Lanier’s The Boy’s King Arthur. This version printed with Wyeth’s illustrations became an instant classic and led to numerous other commissions for the artist, including Robinson Crusoe, Last of the Mohicans, and Robin Hood.

“This auction may be considered a syllabus on the history of Golden Age Illustration,” Heritage Auctions Vice President and American Art Director Aviva Lehmann said. “Alongside masterworks by blue-chip artists N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Maxfield Parrish and Joseph Christian Leyendecker, we also offer prime examples by lesser-known geniuses from this watershed moment of American Art–John Falter, Francis Xavier Leyendecker, Amos Sewell and more. This auction gives both seasoned and new collectors a rare opportunity to acquire fabulous examples of American Illustration at virtually every price point.”

Newell Convers Wyeth “I am Sir Launcelot du Lake, King Ban’s son of Benwick, and knight of the Round Table,” The Boy’s King Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table interior book illustration, 1917 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000) is a magnificent illustration depicting the pivotal moment at which, after hours of battle, Sir Launcelot reveals his identity to Sir Turquine, thereby necessitating a fight to the death. Wyeth, who studied in the early 1900s with Howard Pyle, sought historical authenticity and collected props and costumes like the medieval armor seen here. This particular illustration, with its heightened emotion and Neo-Impressionist palette and brushwork, is a true star of the Andrew J. Sordoni Collection, 12 highlights of which are featured in this auction. The Sordoni Collection, one of the finest of Illustration Art, comes the Sordoni family and their beloved Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Also from the Sordoni Collection is a second masterwork from Newell Convers Wyeth. “Mr. Cassidy … Saw a Crimson Rider Sweep Down Upon Him … Heralded by a Blazing .41,” Bar-20 Range Yards, Part VII – Cassidy at Cactus, The Outing Magazine interior illustration, December 1906 (estimate: $700,000-1,000,000) harkens back to Wyeth’s roots painting cowboys and Western pioneers and is significant as one of the earliest illustrations of the story of Hopalong Cassidy, the fictional cowboy created in 1904 by author Clarence E. Mulford. Here, vigilante Slim Travennes, having been caught horse rustling, desperately wields his .41-caliber pistol and flees town on horseback as Cassidy and his Bar-20 gang pursue not far behind. A 20th-century cultural icon, Hopalong Cassidy is one of collector Andrew Sordoni’s favorite subjects, variously appearing in this auction in paintings by Maynard Dixon, Frank Schoonover, and George Gross.

Norman Rockwell The Night Before Christmas (Santa Peering over Chair at Sleeping Child), Literary Digest magazine cover, December 22, 1923 (estimate $500,000-700,000) is one of 16 Rockwell works in the auction, 11 of which are from the Collection of Jack and Martha Campbell of Houston, Texas. Capturing in dramatic lighting a sleeping child and dog on Christmas Eve, with a jubilant Santa Claus peeping out from the shadows, this evocative and tender scene was featured on the cover of the Dec. 23, 1923 issue of Literary Digest and was Rockwell’s fifth and final cover illustration for the magazine. Executed between 1923 and 1968, the Rockwell works from the Campbell Collection represent a microcosm of the artist’s career and include important magazine covers, interior stories, book illustrations, and advertisements.

Frederic Remington The Broncho Buster #73, March 25, 1908 (estimate: $250,000-350,000) is the artist’s first and most popular bronze sculpture, which evolved into a symbol of the spirit of the American West. Revered for his two-dimensional narrative scenes of cowboys on the Western plain, Remington here focuses on the vigorous, muscular movements of the rider and horse without any extraneous background setting. The Rough Riders (a nickname given to the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry) gave one of the casts to Theodore Roosevelt in 1898; a different cast, presented to Jimmy Carter during his presidency, has remained in the White House ever since.

Maxfield Parrish A Man of Letters [The Mudball], Life Magazine cover, January 5, 1921 (estimate: $200,000-300,000) from the Sordoni Collection, exemplifies the artist’s winning combination of precise draftsmanship, strong graphic design, and amusing characters, making him one of the most celebrated early 20th-century magazine illustrators. Spotlighting Parrish’s whimsical self-portrait character of the artist or “seer,” the illustration shows a sign painter sitting precariously on a board, meticulously rendering the title letters on the Life magazine cover as he is assaulted by a mudball wrecking his craftsmanship.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker New Year’s Baby 1919, The Saturday Evening Post cover, December 28, 1918 ($100,000-150,000) resonates exactly 100 years after it appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post commemorating the Nov. 11, 1918 Armistice ending World War I. A twinkly-eyed, towheaded cherub, symbol of fresh beginnings, releases a dove of peace. This lot ranks among Leyendecker’s most famous Post covers, not merely by referencing a momentous historical event, but also by featuring his most iconic magazine character, the New Year’s baby.

Other top lots include, but are not limited to:

The Sordoni Collection comes from the family and Wilkes University, where generations of Sordonis have been involved with the university — the family donated a gallery to the university — and its art collection. This auction includes 12 lots from the Sordoni Collection.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

The Internet’s most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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