Ian Tomlinson did not die of heart attack


From British daily The Morning Star:

G20 death ‘was no heart attack’

Friday 17 April 2009

by Adrian Roberts

A new post-mortem has showed that newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, who was violently assaulted by police during the G20 protests, died from an abdominal haemorrhage, not a heart attack.

Mr Tomlinson, who was seen being struck by police and pushed to the floor on April 1 in the City of London, was first thought to have died from a heart attack after an initial post-mortem.

But the second post-mortem examination contradicted these findings, Mr Tomlinson’s family solicitor said on Friday.

The statement from the City of London Coroner’s Court overturns the initial assessment that Mr Tomlinson died of natural causes.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating Mr Tomlinson’s death, said a police officer who is suspended has now been questioned on suspicion of manslaughter following this second post-mortem.

See also here. And here. And here. And here.

Authorities were warned three months before the death of Ian Tomlinson that someone would be killed if a wave of savage attacks by police on demonstrators was allowed to continue, the Morning Star can reveal: here.

Since the July 2005 killing of an innocent Brazilian worker, Jean Charles de Menezes, by plainclothes policemen, the legal framework of a police state has been enacted in Britain: here.

Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate third G20 protests incident: here.

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Woodpeckers, tombstones, and flowers


Today, to the cemetery again.

Sounds of chiffchaff and nuthatch.

A male great spotted woodpecker on a branch. A jay on another branch.

This is a blackbird video from Sweden.

A male blackbird hopping from tombstone to mossy tombstone.

One of the tombstones at this cemetery is of the classical music singer Aaltje Noordewier-Reddingius, 1868-1949.

Lily of the valley flowers.

Arctic ice research


This video says about itself:

One of the big questions scientists and environmentalists are asking is: how much Arctic sea ice is really left and how much longer will it last? A new expedition, in partnership with WWF, is trying to find out.

The Catlin Arctic Survey, which set off at the end of February, is an international collaboration between polar explorers and some of the worlds leading scientific bodies, including the University of Cambridge.

A team of three is travelling on foot across 1,200km of erratic polar sea ice, gathering vital scientific data.

Pen Hadow, renowned polar explorer and director of the project, describes this vital trip as a pioneering feat of human endurance combined with a scientific endeavour.

Pen and the team expand on the relevance and importance of the project in revealing interviews filmed at the survey send-off event.

World Migratory Bird Day 2009


From BirdLife:

Barriers to migration – World Migratory Bird Day 2009 will focus on threats posed by man-made obstacles to bird migration and is aiming to raise awareness of the difficult and often underestimated situation faced by migratory birds on their travels. If you want to take part in this global celebration of bird migration being held on weekend of 9 -10 May 2009, please click here to find out more.

California bird areas


From BirdLife:

Californian IBAs – Audubon California has combined 40 years of surveys recorded by volunteers and geographical data to produce maps of 145 Important Bird Areas in California covering 4 million hectares of habitat from deserts and forests to coastlines and flood control basins.

The maps are posted on the Audubon website, and include detailed descriptions of each area’s history, ornithological significance and often formidable challenges. With 110 of 310 California native bird species expected to experience significant reductions over the next few decades due to climate change, Audubon officials are actively sharing the maps with “anyone and everyone”, according to Andrea Jones, director of Audubon California’s Important Bird Area programme. You can view the maps and other resources by clicking here.