Rachels Random Resources

18 Jun 19
On The Shelf Reviews

Title: Injections of Insanity by Lorraine Mace Publisher: Accent Press Date Published: 13th June 2019 Genre: Police Procedural Description: Detective Inspector Paolo Sterling has just six weeks to solve a series of murders by insulin injection, with nothing to connect the victims except the manner of death and a note left at each crime scene. […]

18 Jun 19
Buffalo Wedding Photography

Shannon and Nick are that couple who started dating in high school and never lost that fun loving youthful energy of the “good old days”. You want to be near them in hopes that just a little of their amazing energy might rub off onto you, and if you spend more than a few minutes […]

17 Jun 19
Rachael Stewart

Mr Temptation had the most amazing book blog tour and you can check out the highlights with links to the full blog posts here.

17 Jun 19
HERDING CATS

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Katie Ginger, HQ digital and #netgally for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Synopsis The Greenley Players are back practicing their Shakespeare and, as usual, things aren’t going to plan. Sarah Powell is fed up with […]

17 Jun 19
What Rebecca's Read

It’s my stop on the “The Perfect Moment” blog tour! This is a fun, feel-good romance that will leave you with a smile on your face. The four main characters are likable and warm and you’ll be routing for them all to have happy endings!

17 Jun 19
BRMaycock's Book Blog

Is there anything better than a Duck Pond Cafe book to brighten up your day? (Gosh today is a good day for bright unputdownable books!!!!)   What they say: Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook. With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little […]

17 Jun 19
Mai's Musings

Today’s review is for the bittersweet Birdie and Jude by Phyllis H Moore. My thanks go to Phyllis, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. BLURB: A moving novel of loss, regret, denial, and […]

16 Jun 19
FNM

Synopsis They say every dog has his day. Well, today I’ve certainly had mine. Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have […]

16 Jun 19
Off the Record

This review comes with a brief apology as well as the usual blog tour disclosure, so this was supposed to go up on the 14th June, but I wrote the date down wrong when I was entering it into my calendar and so instead I had it scheduled for today, which is the 16th, so […]

16 Jun 19
Audio Killed the Bookmark

Happy Sunday! Delighted to share this exotic romance with you all today! Thank you so much Rachel for my invitation to this tour!☀️ The Baobab Beach Retreat An ex-husband, two potential lovers, one reckless decision. Will Connie ever be happy in love? When Connie Stone leaves behind a cheating husband and heartache in the UK […]

15 Jun 19
HERDING CATS

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for organising this tour and to Isabella May for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Synopsis Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath […]

15 Jun 19
The Cozy Pages

They say every dog has his day. Well, today I’ve certainly had mine. Hey, I’m Albertus Eagle and it turns out I’m an unwitting pet detective. I haven’t always been such a successful legal beagle, but when I’m confronted with a case that is so personal I can’t ignore it, I discover I have a […]

14 Jun 19
Jess Bookish Life

Hello Friends! You may not know this about me, or you may know… but I love to cook. I’m no chef, nevertheless I really do enjoy cooking. So, when I saw this blog tour I immediately knew I wanted to be apart of it. “Instant Indian – Classic Foods from Every Region of India Made […]

14 Jun 19
Love the Smell of a Book

Today I am really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Ice Cream Parlour, it is a lovely feel good read about the lovely Giovanna and her dreams. Gi is a character you will instantly love, she is full of determination and sass and continues to miss her home country after […]

14 Jun 19
Baker's Not So Secret Blog

I am delighted to share my review with you today on Blog Tour for To The Stars and Back by Camilla Isley and I also have a giveaway for you. When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script… On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance […]

13 Jun 19
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The police chief of Alaska’s largest city hurried out of the department’s glass building after the ground began to shake. Phone lines jammed and even police radios were spotty after a major earthquake, but his cellphone was recently equipped with a national wireless network dedicated to first responders. Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll was able to reach other officials who had the new high-speed connection after the 7.1 magnitude quake last year caused widespread damage. It proved to be a trial run in Alaska for the FirstNet network, which Doll and other commanders had just signed on to test with their personal cellphones. The crucial calls made possible by FirstNet helped first responders set up an emergency operations center and coordinate the response to the Nov. 30 earthquake. “It was just random chance that we had started sort of testing this a little bit right before the earthquake happened,” Doll said. “I felt a lot more confident rolling it out to the whole agency after we had that kind of trial by fire with the earthquake with just a few phones. I was like, ‘This actually works.'” Anchorage police officially opted in to the service in January, joining thousands of public safety agencies nationwide that can use the connection during emergencies and for everyday work like communicating by smartphone, routing officers to calls and looking up suspect information in the field. Agencies also can tie the network to apps, including a push-to-talk option that turns cellphones into high-tech walkie-talkies. In Alaska, the network is seen as an emerging tool to connect emergency responders in a massive state with scores of tribal villages far removed from roads. High-speed internet has been built up in remote areas in recent years, but connecting rural communities is still a significant challenge, even with FirstNet. The network is secure, encrypted and off limits to the public. But it has raised concerns among media advocates that the secrecy shields police and others from scrutiny as more agencies cut access to their traditional radio communications. Both FirstNet and AT&T, which runs the high-speed system, say it’s up to subscribers to open aspects of the network. The communications giant didn’t know any agencies that have done so. Launched last year, the network was established by Congress in 2012 after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when some police and fire departments couldn’t communicate over incompatible radio systems. The First Responder Network Authority, an independent federal entity, oversees it with AT&T, which plans to invest $40 billion over its 25-year government contract. The U.S. was the first to roll out a government-backed wireless network for first responders. Nations like Australia, South Korea, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are studying FirstNet as they look to create similar services, spokeswoman April Ward. Verizon has rolled out a similar service for first responders not tied to the government but would not say how many agencies have signed up. More than 7,250 departments nationwide have joined FirstNet, AT&T said. “I would say it’s the most important network in our country because it’s serving our first responders who are taking care of us every day,” said Chris Sambar, AT&T’s senior vice president for FirstNet. More than half of the system has been completed, Sambar said. In Alaska, the five-year goal is to build the network to cover more than 90% of the population, but that still amounts to less than half of the state’s far-flung tribal lands, according the FirstNet plan for Alaska. A half dozen rural hubs for scores of villages will be covered. For now, nothing replaces Alaska’s mobile radio network, said John Rockwell, a state official who worked on the plan. “I really believe in FirstNet,” he said. “It’s just not there yet.” In cities like Anchorage, police have issued FirstNet-linked cellphones to officers and equipped laptops in patrol cars with mobile hotspots. During a recent shift, Anchorage Officer T. Scott Masten used the network to look up photos that confirmed the identity of a man found sleeping in a car in a church parking lot. Previously, officers would have to drive to a substation to get that information. “It makes my job easier; makes it much more efficient,” Masten said. In Seattle, firefighters use FirstNet for dispatch and for transmitting patient health care information, among other things. Port St. Lucie, Florida, police use it on multiple devices with no failures yet, Police Chief Jon Bolduc said. He’s interested to see how it holds up in an emergency. The small community of Whiteville, North Carolina, lost all connections except for FirstNet when Hurricane Florence hit last September, city emergency manager Hal Lowder said. Even FirstNet started slowing down when officials tried to send large amounts of data, so they turned to an option available to all subscribers: equipment that turns a satellite signal into an LTE cell tower. Whiteville officials relied on the push-to-talk app to communicate when all other systems were down. Lowder said the app doubles as a patrol radio system — at a fraction of the cost. “It worked perfectly, even at slow speeds,” he said. FirstNet isn’t urging responders to give up traditional radios, but that’s the direction the market is heading, CEO Ed Parkinson said. There’s already a trend toward silencing police radios for the public. A growing number of agencies, including Anchorage police, have cut access to scanner radio traffic, citing safety concerns. The move eliminates a traditional resource and oversight tool for journalists and others. FirstNet’s lack of public scrutiny is raising concerns about further erosion to freedom of information rights. J. Alex Tarquinio, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, believes a government-sanctioned service should include a portion that’s open to the media. “The government has an obligation — because this is a public service — to find a way to provide that information to journalists, so journalists can continue to cover incidents and emergency response in a timely way,” Tarquinio said. ___ Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro For more stories like this that matter to you, click here to download the CBS 17 News app for free. Watch live newscasts, get breaking news and sign up for push alerts – download now
13 Jun 19
MsShotts

Course Information Creative Writing Karla Shotts karla_shotts@engschools.net Course Goals: •    Gain skills in expressing ourselves with originality, creativity, and clarity in stories, poetry, and personal essays. •    Identify the successful elements of an effective piece of creative writing. •    Experience being in a writing community and learn to give and receive useful feedback. •    Experience […]