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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 25, 2016) — The president of Guyana says he is open to easing a ban on the personal use of marijuana in the South American country.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 25, 2016) — A busy commercial link between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has been severed by the fire last week aboard the only passenger ferry serving the route.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CARIBUPDATE/AUG 17, 2016): Passengers on board the Caribbean Fantasy are abandoning ship after a fire started in the engine room, the U.S Coast Guard confirmed to ABC News. The passenger ship, with 512 passengers and crew members, is one mile from Puerto Rico's San Juan Harbor. There are reports of people in the water, according to the Coast Guard.

KINGSTOWN, ST VINCENT (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 26, 2016): By Tuesday night, Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves was having none of it.

PORT-AU-PRINCE (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 24, 2016) - Haiti officially kicked off its campaign season for parliamentary and presidential elections in October after first-round presidential voting results last year were scrapped because of massive electoral fraud and violence.

ST GEORGE’S, GRENADA (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 18, 2016) -  Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has signalled where some of his government’s priorities will be in spending in the next budgetary cycle.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 26, 2016) – West Indies can clinch second spot in the International Cricket Council’s official Twenty20 rankings, once they can make a clean sweep of their two-match series against India starting Saturday.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 26, 2016) — Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson overcame a start fiasco to produce a dominant run to win her favoured 100m at the Lausanne Diamond League meet yesterday.

Thompson, who became the first woman since American world record holder Florence Griffith Joyner at the Seoul Games in 1988 to win the sprint double at the Olympics, timed 10.78secs for the comfortable victory, with American Jenna Prandini in second in 11.11secs.

“There was a mix-up at the start, and we had to do a re-run. To be able to produce 10.78 on the second attempt is great,” said Thompson, adding that she had not changed since her feats in Rio.

“I’m the same person I was before the Olympic Games. The reality of being double Olympic champion has not really sunk in.

“I’m looking forward to going back to Jamaica to celebrate with my people and my family, but I will first run a few more races in Europe.”

Thompson’s teammate Omar McLeod was trumped in the men’s 110m hurdles, Cuba-born Spaniard Orlando Ortega crossing for victory in 13.11sec. McLeod was one-hundredth of a second off the Cuban’s pace.

“Winning and losing is part of the parcel of hurdles,” he said. “I am happy for Orlando.

“If I had won today I would have had a shot at the Diamond Race, but I cannot complain too much.

“Rio was what I wanted from this season.”

The US women swept the 100m hurdles at the Rio Games, but recently anointed world record holder Kendra Harrison was not among them as she missed selection at the notoriously cut-throat US Olympic trials.

She showed her form in Switzerland, however, clocking 12.44secs to win in another US sweep, finishing ahead of Dawn Harper-Nelson and Jasmin Stowers — both of whom also didn’t make it to Rio — in an impressive display of strength in depth in the event.

“I’m a bit rusty because I haven’t competed for a few weeks with not being in Rio,” Harrison said.

“My objective for the remainder of the season is to win the next two Diamond League races and hopefully get another personal best... another world record!”

LaShawn Merritt, who won bronze in the Rio 400m in which South African Wayde van Niekerk set a new world record, raced 44.50secs to seal victory in the one-lap race in a balmy Lausanne.

European 100m champion Churandy Martina ran a Dutch record of 19.81secs as he blasted to victory in the men’s 200m.

Running in lane seven, the Dutchman came off a good bend and maintained his composure to motor past Panama’s Alonso Edward.

“I have had my ups and downs in 2016, but I am very happy with how it shaped up,” said the 32-year-old Martina. “A national record at the end of the season, you cannot ask for more.

“I am running as well as I have ever run. Who knows, I can continue until Tokyo. If I manage to do so, I will have done five Olympics, and that is an achievement for a sprinter.”

Elsewhere, there were wins for Jamaican Asafa Powell in the men’s 100m (9.96secs) and American Sam Hendricks in the pole vault, his best of 5.92m pushing France’s Renaud Lavillenie into second.

And Darya Klishina, Russia’s sole competitor in Rio, made the podium in the women’s long jump, finishing third with a best of 6.50m in a competition won by Serbia’s Olympic bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic (6.83).

“Mentally this has been a very tough season,” she said. “I am happy to be back and to be competing. This is what you want as an athlete.

“I hope the situation with Russia is sorted soon, and we athletes just have to focus on performing.”

FORT LAUDERDALE, USA (CARIBUPDATE/AUG 26, 2016) – The contentious Memorandum of Understanding and Collective Bargaining Agreement was among the topics thrashed out at a players’ symposium staged here Wednesday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

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KINGSTON, JAMAICA (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 26, 2016): Sizzla’s first United States tour in eight years has hit a snag. Promoters of his September 23 show at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco (SF) have switched the show to nearby Oakland after protests by a gay rights group.

MIAMI, United States (CARIBUPDATE/Aug 16, 2016) — Zika may replicate in the vagina for several days after infection, researchers said Thursday after using lab mice to study sexual transmission of the virus blamed for serious birth defects.