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Janine Mendes-Franco

I am a media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. I blog at WIM. My Twitter handle is @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco

1 September 2015

Dominica Rallies in Aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika

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

Ousted Trinidad & Tobago Minister ‘Gypsy’ Is Singing a Bitter Tune—Literally

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.

Mother Nature Hits ‘Nature Isle’ Dominica Hard With Tropical Storm Erika

"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

Tourism Poster That Put Jamaica on the Map Gets New Life

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

Sargassum Seaweed Turns the Caribbean's Crystalline Waters Murky

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

Trinidad & Tobago's Election Race Heats Up with Sexual Harassment Allegations

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

So the Caribbean Walks Into a Bar…

#IfTheCaribbeanWasABar is trending in the regional blogosphere, bringing up issues of shared territory and identity in hilarious and illuminating ways.

29 July 2015

Battle of the Hashtags in Lead-up to Trinidad & Tobago's General Elections

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

Videos of Trinidad Jailbreak Show Prisoners Made Confident Exit from Downtown Prison

As somebody quipped on Facebook, it looked like "more of a jail release than a jailbreak".

Conspiracy Theories Abound in Aftermath of Trinidad 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

High-Profile Arrests Ahead of Elections Raise Tempers and Eyebrows in Trinidad and Tobago

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

Enough With the ‘Us Versus Them Mentality'—We Are All Trinidadian

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 Force Isn't Strong With Trinidad & Tobago's Newest Political Party

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

Politics Overshadows Trinidad & Tobago Footballers in CONCACAF Gold Cup

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.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Chinese Community Is Dog-Tired of Racial Stereotyping

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

Netizens See More Farce Than ‘Force’ in Trinidad & Tobago's New Political Party

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

Film Explores Haiti's Only Free School for Children With Disabilities

"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

The ‘Civic Death’ of Dominicans of Haitian Descent

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

John Oliver 2, Jack Warner 0: Trinidad & Tobago Is #ROTFL

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".

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