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Injury dashes Olympic dreams for Hyman

| 05/08/2012 | 6 Comments

kemar hyman 1st rd 100m    4 aug 12 057.jpg(CIOC): Cayman Islands sprinter Hyman felt an intense pain in his abdomen and core after warming up so decided to pull out of his 100 metres semi-final at the London Olympics just before he was due to race. The Cayman Islands Olympic Committee will make an official statement on Monday after Hyman, 22, has had a full medical examination. The final was won by defending champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica in 9.63 seconds, with his compatriot and training partner Yohan Blake second in 9.75 and Justin Gatlin of the USA third in 9.79. Tyson Gay of the US was fourth in 9.80.

Commonwealth champion Cydonie Mothersill who is also suffering a niggling injury begins her Olympic bid Monday when she races in the heats for the women's 200m today in heat three at around 1:30pm local time.
 

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UK needs to protect endangered species in territories

| 05/08/2012 | 16 Comments

george-cropped (236x300).jpg(The Guardian): Many species in some of the most remote vestiges of Britain's overseas territories face extinction unless a government plan to protect them sets out clearly defined preservation targets, according to wildlife experts. A newly unveiled government white paper pledges to "cherish the environment" in its 14 overseas territories, which include the British Virgin Islands, the archipelago of Tristan da Cunha, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Falkland Islands. However, the RSPB – which claims that 85% of the UK'sthreatened species, including 33 bird species are in the overseas territories – is warning that the plans feature "a notable absence of solid targets and commitments" and provide no new funding.

It claims that, unless the government takes a "once in a decade opportunity" to protect its overseas territories, there will be a potentially disastrous loss of wildlife which will have global consequences. "The UK has to look after its own back yard," said Jonathan Hall, UK overseas territories officer with the RSPB. "Many of these threatened species are unique to these islands."

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