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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

21 July 2016

Will Trinidad & Tobago Students Be Last Out of the Gate if the Government Stops Funding Tertiary Education?

As the country faces an economic recession, there are concerns that students have been abusing the government's funding of their tertiary education. Will the programme be discontinued or merely restructured?

2 July 2016

Former Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning Dies, Days After Being Diagnosed with Leukemia

The late Patrick Manning is remembered as a visionary politician who was an avid supporter of regional integration.

28 June 2016

Barbados-Born Author Austin Clarke Remembered as a ‘Pioneering Voice’

"He spoke his mind unafraid, he stirred the pot [...] He was a citizen of the world but always belonged to Barbados. He was a proud native son."

26 June 2016

The Caribbean Considers the Ripple Effects of Brexit

Economic fallout, a hostile view towards immigration, and a world where Donald Trump could be the next US President. Surprise: many Caribbean Internet users are not pleased about Brexit.

15 June 2016

Harold La Borde, the First Trinidadian to Sail the World, Remembered for His Sense of Adventure

"There are heroes in name and then there are heroes in legend who will live on through the ages. The late Harold La Borde was the latter."

3 June 2016

Problems in Trinidad and Tobago? Write the Queen!

One citizen was so frustrated with the level of crime in the country that she wrote to the Queen of England for help. Social media users, meanwhile, created a hashtag.

31 May 2016

Hindu Religious Leader Tells Child Marriage Critics in Trinidad & Tobago to ‘Mind Your Own Damn Business’

"That’s exactly the sort of idea that, if you let bounce around in your head for a bit, leads to an aneurysm."

Some in Trinidad & Tobago Are Royally Sceptical of the Tourism Ministry’s Soca Cruise Idea

One Facebook user called the plan a "Ship of Fools", while another wondered, "An investment has returns. What are the returns on this shit?"

Farewell to Holly Betaudier, a Man Who Dedicated His Life to Promoting Trinidad & Tobago's Cultural Diversity

"He created the bridge between successive generations and offered [...] the experiences of many of our early artists who painted the tapestry of life in Trinidad and Tobago!"

25 May 2016

Bloggers Boggled Over Why Child Marriage Is Still on the Books in Trinidad & Tobago

"This is not just an issue of age and maturity, but once again, of power."

20 May 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Reconsiders Marriage Act After Push to Recognise Child Marriage as Abuse

Trinidad and Tobago is a society of contradictions: the legal age of sexual consent was recently raised from 16 to 18, even as another law on marriage differs significantly.

12 May 2016

Farewell to Tony Cozier, the Commentator Who Helped West Indies Cricket Find Its Voice

His voice would always make you smile -- and it wasn't just because of its smooth, dulcet tone -- it was what he said and how fairly he said it.

6 May 2016

For Trinidad & Tobago, the Olympics Gymnastics Furore Is About Perceived Corruption

Netizens weren't happy with one blogger's take, which seemed to brush aside concerns that there was something more sinister behind the last-minute replacement of the country's representative gymnast.

3 May 2016

Trinidad and Tobago Has Qualified for Gymnastics in the Olympics, So Why Aren't People Happier About It?

Hashtags. Online petitions. Lawyer's letters. None of these could save gymnast Thema Williams' dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics, but Trinidad and Tobago will still be represented in Rio.

Trinidad and Tobago Is Sending a Gymnast to the Olympics For The First Time, But It's Not Who You Think

Today's announcement by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee was the final nail in the coffin of gymnast Thema Williams' Olympic dream.

29 April 2016

Meet the Anti-Discrimination Non-Profit Behind the Jamaican Version of a ‘Privilege Walk’

"We believe that everyone, no matter who they are, is deserving of respect. [...] This is necessary in changing the course [of] human rights development in Jamaica."

23 April 2016

Goodnight, Sweet Prince: The Caribbean Bids Farewell to the Consummate Artist

"Going to wear assless pants and eyeliner out of respect. I guess this is why Doves Cry. ‪#‎Prince‬."

22 April 2016

Following Olympics Drama, Trinidad & Tobago Fans Lobby for Gymnastics Board to Resign

"This is about years of horribly poor stewardship of the board of an organization, for whom it seems the welfare of athletes is nowhere on their to do list."

18 April 2016

One Trinidadian Gymnast's Olympic Dream Is Killed, While Another's Is Born

The cut and thrust in the gymnastics fraternity as Trinidad and Tobago tries to qualify for its first Olympic place in the sport is startling.

7 April 2016

West Indies Fans Rally Against the Region's ‘Corrupted’ Cricket Board After T20 Victories

"The historic victories didn't come from bureaucrats of the WICB, it came from the players they clearly want to muzzle."

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