Governor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner

first_imgGovernor Wolf Appoints Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick Acting State Police Commissioner Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick as acting Pennsylvania State Police commissioner to succeed Colonel Tyree C. Blocker following his planned retirement on March 23. Evanchick will serve as acting commissioner until the next commissioner is approved by the General Assembly.“I thank Colonel Blocker for his many years of dedicated service to the State Police and am pleased to appoint Lt. Col. Evanchick as acting commissioner,” Gov. Wolf said. “Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick’s 36 years of experience with the State Police, beginning with his service in NE Pennsylvania to his most recent role as deputy commissioner of operations, have been served with integrity and commitment to the State Police and the citizens of Pennsylvania, and I have every confidence in his ability to lead the department.”Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick enlisted in the PSP in 1981, after two years as a police officer with the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department. As he rose through the ranks, he served as a station commander and troop commander, as well as the director of the department’s Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He was promoted to deputy commissioner of operations, overseeing the administration, coordination, and supervision of field operations for the PSP in 2017.“I have been proud to call myself a Pennsylvania State Trooper for nearly four decades,” said Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick. “It is a distinct honor to be named acting commissioner, following in the footsteps of a man the caliber of Colonel Blocker, and I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the 6,300 enlisted and civilian members of the department.”Colonel Blocker previously announced that he will retire from the department effective March 23, 2018. Colonel Blocker has served as the 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police since August 2015.Colonel Blocker began his career in 1975 as a trooper, rising to the rank of major before temporarily retiring in 2005.“As I look back on nearly 33 years of service with PSP, I am filled with gratitude toward the men and women of the department that make it ‘the first and finest’” Colonel Blocker said. “Without them, we would not be able to provide the professional, quality police services that the citizens of Pennsylvania expect and deserve. I am confident that Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick and the rest of the department leadership will continue to guide the organization forward.”For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit March 22, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

9 things to consider if you’re buying in Brisbane this year

first_imgIf you hadn’t already heard, Brisbane is fast becoming the spot to buy. Everybody from first-time homebuyers to multi-property investors have their sights set on the river city.And, with its affordable property prices, onslaught of new residential developments, and predicted tourism boom, it’s easy to see why.Thinking of jumping on the bandwagon, and also buying in Bris-Vegas this year? Ahead, Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee outlines nine key considerations that should be on your radar.1. Stick close to the inner-ringLook to buy in suburbs just out from the inner-city. Picture: Getty“We tend to see higher demand for suburbs that are closer to the Brisbane River,” says Conisbee. “Suburbs that have very high development like those around the CBD are unlikely to see strong capital growth.”Suburbs just out from the inner-city are also doing well, Conisbee says. Particularly those in the west side like Toowong and Paddington.2. Be wary of apartment oversupplyWhile apartment oversupply is not as much of an issue as it once was, it’s still something to look out for.“There are still areas that have had high development – a lot of the inner-city,” says Conisbee. “That’s probably where you’re unlikely to get the same sort of price growth.”3. Look at what’s near the propertyFinding properties with plenty of shopping and dining options within walking distance or close-by is very important, says Conisbee.“We typically find people have higher engagement [on] with suburbs that have really good retail options, really good cafes, and also really good schools.”4. Buy property that takes advantage of Queensland’s climateFind a property that takes advantage of Brisbane’s year-round warm weather. Picture: iStockWith Brisbane boasting year-round warm weather, it’s then important to look out for properties that take advantage of that. Properties with outdoor entertaining areas and pools are always popular, says Conisbee.5. Check it has air-conditioningOn the weather note, air-con is also a property feature to look out for. “If you’re looking to rent your property out, it’s really important,” says Conisbee.“Renters see that as a feature they really like. But it’s important even for your own comfort if you want to occupy it because Brisbane is a hot city.”6. Look at properties with garage accessSurprisingly, garages are one of the most important home features for buyers. Picture: iStockWhether you’re looking for a property to live in or to rent, look for one with garage access – it’ll pay off in the long run.“Garages are actually quite important in Brisbane,” says Conisbee. “It comes up for buyers as one of the most important things. And for renters as well – it comes in the top 10.”7. Check for flight pathsBrisbane opens a new runway in mid-2020, which also means a change in flight paths over Brisbane.So, what effect does aircraft noise have on property prices? QUT research conducted by Professor Chris Eves found that property prices with aircraft noise around the country rose and fell in accordance with property booms and busts, just the same as any other property.However, noise is subjective person to person and flight paths may be a concern for you in terms of the property you buy. Check your address in Brisbane Airport’s Flight Path Tool here.8. Check for flood zonesThe Brisbane flooding disasters of 2010-2011 showed the danger of flooding is real, and checking to see if your property is in a flood zone is a consideration that shouldn’t be ignored.“There’s a lot of information online about flood zones,” says Conisbee. “You might not even be able to buy home owners’ insurance [if the property is near one].”9. For a fixer-upper, go with a QueenslanderQueenslanders are an older-style of home that make great fixer-uppers. Picture: Kate HunterIf you’re looking for a property to add value to, the term Queenslander is one you should know. It’s a style of home found in Queensland designed for the state’s sub-tropical climate; primarily built of timber and elevated above ground to allow for increased cross-ventilation.Typically, they feature breezy wrap-around verandahs that make the most of the indoor-outdoor living style favoured by Queensland’s residents.“They’re very popular on the market,” says Conisbee. “Doing up a Queenslander makes a lot of sense.”last_img read more

Exmar moves CFLNG to Cosco shipyard in China

first_imgImage courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it has relocated its Caribbean FLNG (CFLNG) to a temporary location at Cosco shipyard in China.The barge-based floating natural gas liquefaction and storage facility was previously located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.It has been in lay-up at the Wison yard since its delivery to Exmar in July last year.To remind, CFLNG was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Since then, Exmar has been trying to secure an employment for the facility but with no luck.At Cosco, the FLNG will be “awaiting final deployment with several candidate projects under consideration,” Exmar said.The FLNG has a storage capacity of 16,100-cbm and a liquefaction capacity of 500,000 tons per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Two charged for murder of Trinidad cop

first_imgNyasha Joseph A male associate of a Trinidadian policewoman along with a female have been charged with her murder.The cop, Constable Nyasha Joseph, went missing two weeks ago. Her body was found last week in the ocean off the eastern Caribbean islandThe two accused persons are expected to appear before a Port of Spain magistrate for a preliminary hearing.The 36-year-old man, who is from Sea Lots, Port of Spain, and the 36-year-old woman, from Carenage, were charged on Sunday after a magistrate issued instructions to police investigators following consultations with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.The man was charged with murder, as well as the unlawful disposal of Joseph’s body, while the woman is facing a murder charge.Last Thursday, the male suspect, through his attorney Christon J Williams, filed a writ of habeas corpus in the Port of Spain High Court, challenging his detention since March 10, but the police argued before Justice Nadia Kangaloo that they needed more time.Following the discovery of Joseph’s body, Trinidad and Tobage Prime Minister, Keith Rowley, openly expressed his preference for the death penalty for persons found guilty of murder.last_img read more

Hadzibegic takes Chateauroux: it will be a real Challenge for me!

first_imgBH expert Faruk Hadzibegovic should take the bench of Chatearoux in the coming days.The French second league club has been looking for some time for the qualitative coach, and in the race for the coach of the penultimate club on the table are Faruk Hadzibegic and Laurent Fournier.“We are negotiating for several days, and we had one serious talk today. It is really important for me that I know the team very well and it accidentally found itself in the difficult situation, so the taking the bench of Chateauroux would be a real challenge“, said Hadzibegic for is without the coach engagement for nearly three years, but it is not a matter for him.“Today there are a lot of coaches that take a break for a while, and then show that they are worth. That is not problem and I have missed that work a little. I believe that  I will take Chateauroux at the end“, said Hadzibegic who was one of the candidates for the coach of the National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Otherwise, during his coaching career Hadzibegic had led the National team of BiH, Sochaux, Betis, Troyes, Gaziantepspor, Diyarbakirspor, Denizlispor, Niort, Dijon, Bastia and Arles.(Source: read more