I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from April, 2007
Trinidad & Tobago: Constitutional Reform
Trinidad and Tobago is talking about constitutional reform – Jeremy Taylor puts in his two cents’ worth.
Jamaica: Caribbean Networking
In considering the concept of regional networking, Jamaican Francis Wade thinks “it is critical that our region's professionals take the task of managing their online brand as an essential one — as essential as deciding what to wear to work each day.”
Guyana: Sarwan New W.I. Captain
Voice of Guyana International is thrilled that Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan is “being entrusted with the arduous task of taking West Indies cricket forward”, following former captain Brian Lara's recent retirement from the sport.
Cuba: The truth of the truth
mi isla al mediodia quotes Carlos Varela's lyrics to make a statement (ES) on truth.
Bahamas: Elections Thoughts
On the virtual eve of the Bahamian elections, Nicolette Bethel shares her thoughts about politics and governance: “No matter who we think we support, or what party we will elect on May 2, we should be ashamed for allowing our so-called leaders to engage in such a widespread denigration of...
Puerto Rico: Health Care System
Gil the Jenius shares his thoughts on capitation payments in the Puerto Rican health care system: “If you think money isn't the issue just make the rounds (pun intended) of several medical offices in any part of Puerto Rico. It won't take you long to see signs stating that ‘Cash...
Trinidad & Tobago: Zen Closed
Trinidad Carnival Diary confirms that Zen, the nightclub embroiled in controversy following the Akon and Machel Montano incidents, has been closed indefinitely.
Jamaica: New Caribbean Novels
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp is excited about The River's Song – a new book by by Jacqueline Bishop – and other soon-to-be-released Caribbean novels.
Cayman Islands, Jamaica: Interesting Cartoons
Writing from the Cayman Islands, Mad Bull posts three cartoons drawn by the Jamaica Gleaner’s Las May that he thought “were either funny, or interesting, or funny AND interesting, all at the same time.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Soca Artists on Assault Charges?
The Trinidad Insider reports on another incident at Zen nightclub, this time involving the alleged assault of a young man: “The assailants may include soca artists Machel Montano, Benjai and Kernal Roberts.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Political Satire
Nicholas Laughlin has a chuckle at some satirical political columns that ran in the Trinidad Guardian close to half a century ago and asks, “Could anybody working on the Trinidad newspapers today come up with something like this?”
Bermuda: Harbour Nights Accident
Bermuda's Harbour Nights celebrations got off to a sad start. Politics.bm reports.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: The Art of Letter Writing
Posting from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Abeni wonders if letter writing has become a lost art.
Trinidad & Tobago: Getting Your Blog Read
Caribbean Public Relations asks the question, “What is it that gets a blog read by lots of people?” and comes up with some helpful advice: “You can form relationships online at minimum costs with maximum reach once you do it right.”
Caribbean: Farewell to a cricketing legend
In the early ’90s, the West Indies' dominance of the international cricket scene entered its long decline. There were fewer victories to celebrate, fewer exceptional demonstrations of the brilliance to which West Indian fans had become so accustomed. And when there were bright spots, they often came courtesy of one man: Brian Charles Lara. Lara played his last ever international cricket match in Barbados on April 21, 2007, in front of thousands of fans and visitors. The Caribbean blogosphere pays tribute to the man some consider the greatest cricketer of all time.
Barbados: Analysing 2007 CWC
Adrian Loveridge, guest authoring at Barbados Free Press, believes that “as the 2007 Cricket World Cup (CWC) event draws to a close, with the hosting of the final in Barbados on 28th April, it is perhaps now time to analyse in-depth, exactly what economic benefits it has brought to the...
Bermuda: The state of the blogosphere
Bermuda's governing Progressive Labour Party has a new blog, prompting BravoZulu.bm to write, “While I applaud the idea of yet another Bermuda blog, suddenly blogging just became less cool. Like when your parents suddenly liked the same music that you did. When the cool suddenly becomes mainstream, it’s awkward. Macarena,...
Trinidad & Tobago: Reading the Signs
Thebookmann is amused and somewhat intrigued by “two eloquently painted wall signs” in Trinidad.
Guyana: Society Producing Murderers?
“In light of this (Virginia Tech) incident and other such brutal attacks, like the one at the Kaieteur News printery last year”, The Guyana Groove thinks that “the debate at hand should not be about gun control, security measures or what could have been done different. The necessary debate should...
Barbados: Media Responsibility
What crazy looks like is unhappy about the Barbados media's treatment of the issue of domestic violence following the murders of two women on the island: “Domestic violence is not just a women's issue, it's not just feminists who should be outraged.”
Barbados: A World of Orchids
Chenette posts a Flickr photoset of shots from Orchid World in Barbados.