MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’ve seen how dangerous the [Philippine] team is with seasoned professionals in the squad,” said Cunliffe. “But we know it will be hard for opponents to take points off of us because we’re very organized.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash “We’ve missed an opportunity in the last game and put ourselves under pressure and now we have to find a way to get out of this hole.”Only two games into the qualifying campaign for football’s showpiece event in Qatar in 2022, the Azkals find themselves in a precarious spot of needing maximum points after dropping their Group A opener to Syria, 2-5, in Bacolod City last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4And for Schrock, the Azkals have no recourse but to come out sharper against the Matao, whose captain Jason Cunliffe is quite familiar with the Philippine team, having played for Pachanga Diliman in the now defunct United Football League.“We can’t overlook Guam even with the ranking that they have now,” said Schrock, whose side is 64 places ahead of the 190th-ranked Matao in the Fifa rankings. Lack of chemistry not an excuse—Byrd LATEST STORIES LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption View comments Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption DEDEDO, Guam—Philippine captain Stephan Schrock minced no words when asked about the significance of the Azkals’ World Cup Qualifying clash against Guam on Tuesday.“It’s already a do-or-die match,” said Schrock, referring to the 3:30 p.m. match (1:30 p.m. in Manila) with the Matao at GFA National Training Center here.ADVERTISEMENT The Azkals, who arrived Saturday morning in this United States territory known for its postcard-pretty beaches, still have six more matches remaining following the Guam duel, but coach Scott Cooper said they can’t afford to drop more points with powerhouse China next for them on Oct. 15.“Our target is to get the three points, regroup and plan ahead for the China match,” said Cooper, who hinted at handing youngsters Justin Baas and Yrik Gallantes their Azkals debuts for the match against Guam.Maldives dealt Guam a narrow 1-0 defeat last Tuesday, but coach Danny McBreen believes his squad deserved more for their performance particularly in the second half.“For us, it’s about constant revolution in improving the team,” said the Aussie, who once scored against Philippine club Global in an AFC Cup match four years ago while playing for Hong Kong side South China. “We’ll go out there with an attitude that we’re playing for the island [of Guam].”Bracing for a strong Azkals performance, Cunliffe expects a bigger crowd to show up for the match with 25 percent of the 160,000 population of Guam having Filipino lineage.ADVERTISEMENT Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island
Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino reacts during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Napoli and Liverpool, at the San Paolo stadium in Naples, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)On a night when Europe’s biggest stars couldn’t find a way to score, teenager Erling Braut Haaland made it look easy.The 19-year-old Norwegian shone on his Champions League debut, scoring a hat trick as Salzburg beat Genk 6-2. Meanwhile, Liverpool, Barcelona and Chelsea all failed to score.ADVERTISEMENT Haaland is emerging as one of European soccer’s biggest talents after netting 17 goals in nine games for Salzburg this season.He scored in the second minute against Genk and twice more before halftime, tormenting the Belgian side on the counterattack and making Salzburg look like anything but a team which last played in the Champions League in 1994.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4When Haaland was substituted in the 72nd minute, it was to a standing ovation. At the final whistle, he ran back onto the pitch to more applause and hugs from teammates.LIVERPOOL AND CHELSEA BEATEN Last season ended with all-English finals in both of Europe’s main club competitions. But the English are off to a poor start this season.Liverpool’s prolific front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane misfired as the European champion’s title defense started with a 2-0 loss to Napoli.Liverpool denied Napoli a place in the Champions League knockout rounds last season and the Italian side got a measure of revenge Tuesday. Dries Mertens’ penalty gave Napoli the lead before Fernando Llorente — who was on the Tottenham team that lost to Liverpool in last season’s final — made it 2-0 in stoppage time.“Overall, we can be better of course,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said. “We’ll take responsibility. We’ll move forward and try and react in the right way.”Chelsea was beaten 1-0 by Valencia thanks to a volley from Rodrigo, with Ross Barkley missing a chance to equalize when he fired a penalty onto the crossbar. It was the first European test for the new-look Chelsea team under coach Frank Lampard.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘People evacuated on their own’ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Making things worse for Chelsea, midfielder Mason Mount went off with an ankle injury after a sliding tackle from Valencia’s Francis Coquelin.MESSI RETURNSEven Lionel Messi couldn’t lift Barcelona to a win over Borussia Dortmund.In his first appearance of the season following a calf injury, Messi came off the bench to replace 16-year-old Ansu Fati but couldn’t turn the tide in a 0-0 draw.Instead, Barcelona’s standout player was goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who saved a penalty from Marco Reus and made several other saves to keep the game scoreless. Dortmund also struck the crossbar through substitute Julian Brandt.AJAX BACK IN FORMAfter a summer of transfers and near-elimination in qualifying, Ajax looked assured on its return to the Champions League group stage.Last season’s semifinalist is much changed after selling Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt in the summer, but new signings Quincy Promes and Edson Alvarez scored as it beat Lille 3-0.Leipzig, another club trying to break into Europe’s elite, also had a winning start as it surprisingly beat Benfica 2-1 in Portugal.Two goals from Timo Werner, who has scored seven in six games this season, were enough for Leipzig, though Benfica cut the deficit late on with a goal from Haris Seferovic. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Ter Stegen saves penalty as Barcelona draws at Dortmund Read Next Lyon drew 1-1 with Zenit St. Petersburg, while Slavia Prague was unlucky not to beat Inter Milan before Nicolo Barella’s header in stoppage time earned a 1-1 draw.VAR DEBUTSThe much-debated video assistant referee system made its debut in the Champions League group stage after being used for the knockout stages only last season.Chelsea’s fans cheered the VAR decision to award a penalty as if it were a goal. They weren’t cheering after the resulting spot-kick, however, as Barkley was off target. It was also a factor in Liverpool’s loss, with coach Jürgen Klopp questioning whether the penalty Mertens scored should have been awarded. He suspected Napoli’s Jose Callejon of exaggerating the contact with Andy Robertson.While it didn’t matter much in the end for Genk, VAR saved the Belgian champion from an even bigger loss when it persuaded the referee to rescind a red card for forward Mbwana Samatta after a reckless sliding tackle. LATEST STORIES MOST READ
Dear Editor, What a flip flop and a complete waste of time. The Fantastic Four has now announced that for the first time in almost one year, that copies, purportedly of the authentic original controversial parking meter contract, will be officially released to the remaining City Councillors who were prevented from receiving this secret document. There are several salient points that the City Council and even the Minister of Communities fail to understand. First, there has to be a new contract. There has to be the revocation of the City Hall-Smart City Solutions agreement because there was no competitive bidding, nor were there any consultations with stakeholders prior to entering into this very flawed contract. This contract stinks to high heaven. So, it started off on the wrong footing and, therefore, cannot now be adjusted to be placed on the right footing. The contract is illegal, as it never had the Council’s authorisation and cannot be made legal retroactively even with adjustments. Second, none of the four persons originally involved in the deception and notorious arrangement in the first place should be allowed to participate in the review process. If they have any decency, they should recuse themselves because of a potential conflict of interest and lack of impartiality. Third, before the Council could even consider another revenue source such as fees from parking meters even if it is a paltry and shameful 20 per cent, they must have their books audited and their accounts qualified first and foremost. The country is overtaxed at the moment, and the reintroduction of a crooked parking meter contract will be the proverbial ‘straw that will break the camel’s back’.Sincerely,Mark Roopan
Dear Editor,I wish to respond to a letter penned by one Mr Zamal Hussain, wherein he highlighted the plight of our electoral system. In that letter, he is of the firm view that the electoral machinery in Guyana, instead of being strengthened, is being undermined to the point where there would not be a fair process. I wholeheartedly support Mr Hussain on this note, having seen the underhand, corrupt way elections have been held over the years here under a PNC administration.History is replete with their corrupt practices. All of these disgraceful acts are well documented for our learning and edification.Whenever it comes to the administration of free, open and transparent process where a selection or election process is concerned, the PNC’s stewardship in such matters stinks to the high heavens.With a PNC-dominated, PNC-controlled GECOM, anything can and will take place to subvert a transparent process. No good can come out of such an arrangement.Recently, the Guyana Teachers’ Union got a jolt of this barefaced, dictatorial fraud when they were told in a hand-me-down manner that their views are null and void when the Government is in charge — a very shocking way to treat persons who are known supporters of the regime.It therefore behooves all right-thinking persons in this country to stand up and speak out vociferously against these grave injustices. Guyanese need to stand up and be counted for what is just and fair.Respectfully,Neil Adams
Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury McAteer aims a kick at Owen McAteer was sent off by the referee 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Football News REVEALED ADVICE MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice “I’ve got no problem with Michael Owen doing what he did.“In the heat of the moment, it’s football, these things happen, we’ve kissed and made up.“It’s the officials that I’ve got the problem with – that’s where my head’s come off.” REVEALED BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow 2 Jason McAteer says he has ‘kissed and made up’ with former Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen after the pair clashed at the Star Sixes tournament in Glasgow.A match between England and Republic of Ireland descended into a scrap following an off-the-ball incident between McAteer and Owen.McAteer pulled Owen back, before the England striker deliberately tripped the midfielder which sparked the melee.As bewildered teammates rushed in to stop the altercation, McAteer launched a kick at the 2001 Ballon d’Or winner and was subsequently shown the red card by the referee. Owen, however, escaped with just a yellow card, and while McAteer has forgiven his former team-mate, he is yet to make peace with the officials.“I’ve just managed to get my head together, I’ve calmed down now,” he said on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“Let’s clear it up, I never kicked him up the backside. I put my foot on his backside and pushed him away with my foot. There’s a difference. It was kind of like a loving push. RANKED 😡 @MCATEER4 v @themichaelowen 😡It has all kicked off in the @StarSixes, but England go on to beat Ireland 1-0 and book their place in the final later this evening.Watch now on Sky Sports Football pic.twitter.com/5Zog89Axxl— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 6, 2019Owen ended up being the hero for England by scoring twice in the 3-2 victory over Rest of the World in the final.However, Dean Saunders, who was representing Wales at the tournament, believes the striker should’ve been banned from playing in the final after his role in the clash with McAteer.“He should’ve been banned for the final, but he played and scored two,” Saunders said.
Cherokee experienced four weak earthquakes in the early hours of Sunday morning. Three of those earthquakes were a magnitude of 2.2.The fourth was slightly weaker, measuring just 2.1 on the Richter scale because it happened further below the Earth’s surface.This is the third report of earthquakes in this area in the past week.The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a 2.6 magnitude earthquake shortly after midnight Sunday.
Professional advancement and building a successful loss prevention career can mean many things to many different people. For some individuals, it may mean reaching a top leadership position at a particular company, perhaps serving as a director or vice president of loss prevention/asset protection. For others, it may involve gaining experience in multiple professional fields in order to establish a unique and versatile role that capitalizes on all of our various skill sets.Some aspire to be the best at a particular skill or discipline, building a base of knowledge and expertise that sets us apart from the rest. There are those who strive to leave a professional legacy, leaving a lasting mark on the present and future of the loss prevention industry. And there are still others who simply want the recognition that comes with reaching a particular level of performance and the security that it provides.There are many different ways to evaluate our career vision and professional aspirations. But what is most important is that we find the path that fits us best. We need to fashion and follow a professional development plan that leads us forward and builds our future. Especially when involved in a profession that is evolving as quickly as retail loss prevention, career growth is essential to professional survival. Whatever our professional goals and aspirations might be; whatever skills and experiences have helped forge our personal loss prevention career path, we have to find and seize the opportunities to learn, grow, and progress.- Sponsor – All of us throughout the loss prevention community are proud of the accomplishments of those that have worked hard and earned a new place along the loss prevention career path. Please join us in congratulating the following individuals on their recent career moves and promotions.January 2019January 27th – January 31stDaren Adams is now a zone loss prevention manager at Beall’s Brian Franzyshen is now a district loss prevention manager at Michael KorsJesse Putnam is now a regional investigator at Lowe’s Cheryl Blake has been promoted to division president at Verisk Retail. Tony Tomassi, CFI , LPC is now a market asset protection manager at Walmart.Carisma Michel is now a regional asset protection manager at Victoria’s Secret.Ana Zavala is now asset protection manager at Louis Vuitton.Andrew Crosby, CFI is now corporate manager of loss prevention, security and investigations at JW Logistics. Trish Boehm was promoted to director of operations at The Home Depot.Tony Brunetto is now a regional asset protection and safety manager at Whole Foods Market. Brian Thumm, LPC was promoted to regional investigations manager at Lowe’s. Lisa Hurst was promoted to operations consultant – legal affairs at Target. Stephen Stroud was promoted to senior manager of safety and compliance at Sam’s Club. Kurt Glasman was promoted to director of loss prevention, safety, distribution centers, & artistree at Michael’s. Edwin Rodriguez, CFI is now director of loss prevention- southwestern division at Sherwin-Williams. Kristofer Mikelson, M.A. is now a regional loss prevention manager at Family Dollar. Jeff Maksimowicz, MBA was promoted to district asset protection, operations, and safety manager at Lowe’s. Lauren Linsenbach is now a regional loss prevention manager at Guess, Inc. January 20th – January 26thBrad Byers was promoted to district asset protection, operations and safety manager at Lowe’s.Randy Hamilton is now director of loss prevention and compliance at Tilly’s. Bob Saxon, CPP, MSyI is now a regional Logistics loss prevention manager at Amazon (UK).Jason Alexander was promoted to director of field asset protection at BJ’s Wholesale Club. Dennis Dixon, LPC is now manager of the global investigations center – Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Oculus, at FacebookWayne Hoover has been named to the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Board of Directors. Brian Flannery has been named to the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Board of Directors. Liz D’Aloia has been named to the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Board of Directors. Johanna Agudelo is now corporate asset & profit protection manager at Burberry. Michael Sayegh is now manager of business development at Asset Control Technology. Michael Volin was promoted to senior director of risk and safety at UNFI. January 13th – January 19thVy Hoang is now chief customer officer – CCO at i3 International. Matt Noriega-Saito is now program manager, trust and safety at PlayStation. Dave Antel is now divisional loss prevention director at Dollar General. Tony Paixão, CFE, CFI is now an instructor/consultant with Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates. Lawrence Hartman, CFI, LPC was recently named Senior Director of Risk Management, Loss Prevention, and Safety at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.William Bing II was promoted to asset protection analyst at Shoprite Supermarkets.Grady Hunt, CDS was promoted to regional safety manager, CDS at Walmart Distribution Center.Deltrinae Hodges, CCEP, CFE was promoted to director, US ethics and compliance at Walmart.Jason Van Niekerk group loss prevention manager at JPL Group (Australia).Martin Culshaw, LPC, EMT-B was promoted to asset protection division manager at Wegmans Food Markets.Keely Brown was promoted to loss prevention market manager at Academy Sports.Vanessa Aviles was promoted to area asset protection manager at JCPenney.Anthony Gabino, CFE, CFI is now a regional loss prevention manager at Tailored Brands. Anthony Paserchia was promoted to director of asset protection and risk management at Areas, United States. John McBride is now an area loss prevention manager at HMS Host. Gregory Keeley is now an area loss prevention manager at HS Brands Global Elena Mencos, CFI, CFE is now a regional asset protection manager at Victoria’s Secret January 6th – January 12thGordon McLardy has been named head of profit protection at Wilko (UK) Byron Smith, CFI has been named chairman of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Wes Bank has been named vice-chairman of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Mark Hund was promoted to regional training manager at Macy’sRobert Saylor is now an area loss prevention manager at Ross Stores. Greg Long is now corporate security investigator at OCS Ontario Cannabis Store.Michael Hagenbush, CFI, CFE was promoted to director of international loss prevention and compliance at Sherwin-Williams Paints Bruce Blackman was promoted to senior fraud data analyst at LexisNexis Risk SolutionsBrian Peacock, CCIP was promoted to vice president of sales, marketing and innovation at Sennco Solutions, Inc. Amanda Vickers was promoted to online fraud investigator at Lowe’s. Jonathan Riehle is now a regional loss prevention leader at GameStopRaymond Desrochers was promoted to director of security and loss prevention at Purolator Inc.Jason Montgomery, LPC is now a territory asset protection manager at Sam’s Club. Matthew Rice is now a district loss prevention manager at Ollie’s Bargain Outlet.Amy Cross was promoted to district loss prevention and operations support manager at Lowe’s.Paul Moore, LPC was promoted to district loss prevention and operations support manager at Lowe’s.Jason Jones was promoted to district loss prevention and operations support manager at Lowe’s. Kyle Tomlin, CMP has been named vice president of operations at Canadian Fitness Professionals Inc.Rick Munoz was promoted to senior vice president – asset protection at Brosnan Risk Consultants. Chris Young is now a market loss prevention manager at Academy Sports. Donald Lynch was promoted to global investigations manager at Gap Inc. Jerry Snider, CFI was promoted to director of loss prevention at Bargain December 30th – January 5thAdina Palinsky is now a regional loss prevention director at Sherwin-Williams Nicholas Thames is now an area loss prevention manager – supply chain at Harbor Freight Tools Aaron Pisors, LPC is now a regional loss prevention manager at AutoZoneBrett Adams is now national investigations partner at Woolworths Supermarkets. Nira Lee was promoted to training coordinator, global security and loss prevention at Amazon.Romeo Acevedo, LPQ was promoted to corporate loss prevention specialist at Guitar Center. Chris Scheutzow, LPC is now a regional loss prevention manager at Dollar General. Cody Johnson, CORCI was promoted to group investigations manager at JCPenney. Jeff Gilkey, CFI was promoted to director of asset protection operations at Ascena Retail Group. To review the December 2018 “LP People on the Move” click here.Many of the loss prevention / asset protection career moves and promotions are reported to us by our career advisor partners. We are grateful for their collective efforts and diligence in delivering this information. If you would like to provide information pertaining to a recent promotion or career move that is not listed below, please email submissions to peopleonthemove (at) lpportal (dot) com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Spotify, the red-hot European music service that’s like iTunes, Pandora, MOG and more combined, released a new version last week that integrates with Facebook last week. I’ve been hearing about Spotify for months but hadn’t actually seen it before – it’s not available in the United States yet and no one knows when it will be. Even traveling to Europe, downloading the app and then coming back to the States will get your account shut down after a grace period streaming from a US IP.Thanks to a friend though, I got a copy of Spotify a few days ago! I can report that it is simply awesome, and I’m just using the free version so far. Here’s an annotated screenshot below, in case you’re as curious as I was. This may be old news for some uber-hip types, but I’m guessing most readers haven’t seen the interface before. I hadn’t. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#music#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Here’s the company’s official screencast below about the latest version. Dear Spotify: please launch this in the US as soon as possible, please!
It’s official: The White House intends to tap geneticist Francis Collins to lead the National Institutes of Health. President Barack Obama’s announcement today ends months of speculation that Collins, leader of the international Human Genome Project, was about to be named to head the $30.6 billion agency. Collins has been rumored to be interested in the job since he stepped down as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) last summer.The president has chosen a 15-year veteran of NIH, a skilled administrator and communicator who has many supporters in the scientific community. But he also has critics because of his support for “big biology” and his openness about his religious views. Despite reservations, scientific leaders are praising his selection. “Francis is one of the most accomplished scientists and scientific leaders of his generation. …Having worked with him for many years I am sure that he will rise to the unique challenges of this job”, Elias Zerhouni, who resigned as NIH director last fall, told Science recently. Former NIH Director Harold Varmus says, “He’ll be a remarkably good director.” The Association of American Medical Colleges declared that it is “very pleased.” Some observers had hoped for more fanfare, however. The White House made the announcement with President Obama away in Italy at the G-8 summit. In a press release, Obama said: “The National Institutes of Health stands as a model when it comes to science and research. My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals. Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world, and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease. 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He steered the rampup of the Human Genome Project and its race against a private effort led by J. Craig Venter that culminated in a tie to finish a rough draft of the human genome in 2000. Since then, Collins has led follow-on efforts, including the HapMap, which has fueled the search for genetic risk markers for common diseases. He resigned last summer, saying he wanted to write a book about personalized medicine, then later joined President Obama’s transition team. Earlier this year, Collins launched a Web site, Biologos, expanding on his 2006 book explaining how he reconciles his evangelical Christian beliefs with the science of evolution. The project sparked speculation that he was no longer in the running for NIH—or that these extracurricular activities could instead be a plus with the culture-bridging Obama Administration. One question now is whether he will step down from the Biologos project; Varmus, for one, says “he should” to avoid “interference with his effectiveness.”Even Collins’ biggest fans in the genetics community say that the motorcycle-riding, guitar-playing scientist will need to carve out a new, broader role. Collins did “a fabulous job as NHGRI director,” says geneticist Aravinda Chakravarti, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. But now, Chakravarti says, “He will need to understand, feel, and anticipate the interest of a much broader constituency,” including small-lab investigators in fields such as infectious diseases and cell biology. Crafting new conflict of interest regulations and shaping NIH’s role in health care reform will also be on his plate. However, the “obvious acute issue,” says molecular biologist Keith Yamamoto of the University of California, San Francisco, “is the stimulus money and concern about the 2011 cliff.” That is, after years of flat budgets, NIH is now flush with $10.4 billion in money but no clear plan for what will happen to stimulus-funded scientists when the agency’s budget drops back to normal levels in 2011. Collins’ nomination will go to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee. One question is whether the committee will approve him before its August recess.
The powerful earthquake that devastated Nepal late in the morning on 25 April, causing at least 3200 deaths, could be a fuse that ignites other powerful quakes in a region of the Himalayas that had been seismically quiet for centuries, experts say.The 7.9-magnitude earthquake was long overdue: The fault segment that ruptured hadn’t seen an earthquake since 1344 C.E., according to Laurent Bollinger, a geologist from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. This temblor originated 15 kilometers underground, where the Indian plate slides under southern Tibet at a rate of about 20 millimeters per year along the Main Himalayan Thrust fault. The plates snag against each other, building up pressure until the crustal rock gives out. The locked plates under Nepal have been close to the breaking point for centuries, says Vinod Gaur, a geophysicist at Bangalore’s CSIR Fourth Paradigm Institute who co-authored a Science article in 2001 warning of the possibility of highly destructive earthquakes in the Himalayas.The Kathmandu temblor seems to have released a portion of the strain building up in the central seismic gap (CSG), a 600-kilometer-long region south of Nepal straddling a major fault that has been eerily quiet for at least 500 years. While the CSG’s earthquake history is disputed—some geologists say a large quake in 1505 C.E. ruptured the gap, while others argue that the 1505 quake wasn’t large enough to do so—specialists concur that the CSG is overdue for a megaquake measuring greater than magnitude 8.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The 25 April earthquake wasn’t large enough to release all the CSG’s pent-up strain, according to Bollinger, Gaur, and other geologists studying the gap, but it did relieve strain at the eastern end. To release more strain, “earthquakes are now needed further west of the gap,” Bollinger says. The 25 April earthquake may well herald gap-filling quakes, Gaur says. When a portion of a lengthy fault ruptures, he says, it is like making a tiny nick in a piece of cloth and stretching it. This builds pressure along the tear’s edges and makes it susceptible to further rips. While that could happen farther along the CSG, the timing is impossible to predict. “It may rupture tomorrow, or it can rupture 75 years from now,” Gaur says. In Nepal, meanwhile, the death toll is bound to rise—thanks in part to the region’s geology. Situated on an ancient lakebed, the Kathmandu Valley’s soil is soft and liquefies easily. “The ground motion gets amplified, and people there can feel [earthquakes] very vigorously,” says Vineet Kumar Gahalaut, a geologist at the National Geophysical Research Institute in Hyderabad, India.