Catholic Church in Ireland

I generally try to avoid negativity of all sorts and therefore avoid the news as much as possible. During the past week the Child Abuse Commission has released it’s report into the atrocious acts of sexual, physical and mental abuse to children in industrial schools run by the Catholic Church in Ireland throughout the 1900’s. You can’t get much worse.
In order for this report not to be forgotten about and buried, like the abusive acts themselves, Damien Mulley made a suggestion. This post and video is my contribution.

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Update: the following video is an excerpt from a recent episode of Questions and Answers where one of the victims speaks about what happened to him.

Heroes need all the help they can get

Tuesday PushDecisions For Heroes

Decisions For Heroes - Rescue team management and analytics.

Decisions for Heroes is an online reporting and analytics tool for search and rescue teams. eg. Coast Guard, Mountain Rescue, Lifeboat etc.

This is from the companies factsheet and will explain it better than I could:

  • Decisions For Heroes is a web application that saves lives, it does this by helping rescue teams record and analyze their rescue operations and training.
  • Decisions For Heroes was trialled for 8 months with 1,800 rescuers in 5 countries.
  • The system has a ‘baked-in’ feedback system, that allows users leave improvement suggestions against each page.
  • There is no software to download. Users access the tool as a web application through their internet browser.
  • Typical users include Mountain Rescue, Coast Guard, Search & Resuce Dogs, Sheriff Depts., Lifeboats, and Urban Search & Rescue teams.
  • Users sign-in after each incident or training exercise to type in their activity report. Decisions For Heroes automatically adds their data to their teams records, and updates their stats.
  • Rescue teams pay a monthly subscription to gain access to the service.
  • The initial Decisions For Heroes service was built by founder Robin Blandford in 2008.
  • Robin Blandford saw the global use of this service having developed a prototype version of the software for his own rescue team. The resulting data was so good, that he decided there was a business in it.
  • Having initially worked abroad, Robin Blandford now lives and works from Ireland, Europe.

The new company ByteSurgery Ltd is being launched today (May 19th 2009) to commercialise and expand Decisions For Heroes to emergency services around the world from local fire brigade to alpine ski patrols.

They also have a Facebook page to help keep you up to date with all the happenings.

It’s fantastic to see such a great initiative which will aid in so many search and rescue training exercises and missions and ultimately save lives. I think it deserves all the exposure it can get.

Blogging by email

I spotted in WordPress’ own blog earlier a post about writing blog posts by email. So here I am testing it out, typing away on my BlackBerry (with the laptop on my lap of course). This could be extremely useful as I occasionally find myself waiting somewhere and often think “I must write about that”. Now I’ll have no excuse! You can also post pictures, embed videos and more by email. Hitting send now, so fingers crossed. Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld

Update: It worked! Note though that the message/signature you have on your device when you send an email also appears (ie. Sent from my BlackBerry wireless handheld) So if you have it set as your email signature, with contact details etc. this is what will show. I’m also putting in the links via the web as I don’t know how to do it on the phone.