Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco
1 September 2015
In the wake of Tropical Storm Erika, Dominica has a mammoth reconstruction task ahead, as it strives to reclaim its reputation as the "Nature Isle" of the Caribbean.
28 August 2015
When a government minister learns he has not been chosen to run in the country's upcoming general elections, things degenerate into nasty -- albeit melodious -- name calling.
"Nature gave the Nature Isle a rough make over" as the first major tropical storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season hit the Caribbean island of Dominica.
22 August 2015
What is perhaps the most famous travel poster in world history got a new wave of attention thanks to a recreation by American musician Alicia Keys.
18 August 2015
The dark brown seaweed that the Sargasso Sea was named for is washing up in bulk along Caribbean beaches. One diver takes us underneath the thick layer of algae.
11 August 2015
A newspaper reporter resigns after alleging sexual harassment by the country's opposition leader, but some are calling it a political ploy so close to general elections.
30 July 2015
29 July 2015
The sparring match between Trinidad and Tobago's two main political parties on the eve of the country's general election has been duly hashtagged.
25 July 2015
As somebody quipped on Facebook, it looked like "more of a jail release than a jailbreak".
In the absence of an official version of events from the country's protective services, netizens have been sharing their own theories about yesterday's jailbreak in Trinidad's capital city.
20 July 2015
There has been tremendous public pressure on Trinidad and Tobago's police force to solve a high-profile murder. After more than year, detectives finally produced a name.
17 July 2015
Lily Kwok posted a photo of herself on Facebook holding a placard that said, "I will not 'Go back to China'. I am Trinidadian" following a spate of anti-Chinese racism.
The Third Force Movement announced less than two weeks after its launch that it will not be contesting the country's general elections in September. Cue the Star Wars jokes.
16 July 2015
Trinidad and Tobago's national football squad secured a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals, but the country's politicians seem determined to spoil the celebration with politicking.
Video of dog being skinned (allegedly at a Chinese restaurant) goes viral. Health minister hastily comments. Local Chinese community hits back online to try to bring the minister to heel.
10 July 2015
The Third Force Movement unintentionally became the butt of online jokes when netizens used the Trinbagonian penchant for pronouncing "th" as "t" to rechristen the group "The Turd Force".
7 July 2015
"Only 1 in 50 Haitian children with disabilities attend school. This is a tremendous setback both for the children who stay home, and for parents..."
23 June 2015
Even though the deadline date for deportations has been extended, the future of Dominicans of Haitian descent remains uncertain, with many calling the DR's stance an attack on human rights.
17 June 2015
Jack Warner's First Revelation Involves Trinidad & Tobago's Prime Minister, Marijuana and a Cover-Up
The ex-FIFA exec, who is wanted by US authorities, has made good on his promise to reveal damning evidence. It's only the "tip of the iceberg," he says.
15 June 2015
The comedy keeps on coming as funny man John Oliver challenges beleaguered ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to a game of one-upmanship in "shit-talking videos".