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Janine Mendes-Franco · February, 2019

I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from February, 2019

28 February 2019

This Trinidad and Tobago steelband changed its tune, prompting discussion on a steelpan policy

"I don’t think people really understand what happens in a panyard. Problems like the one with Exodus will resurface if we keep looking at pan as pure entertainment."

14 February 2019

The Caribbean needs to work on its homophobia, but it doesn't need a lecture

"To Gabriel’s credit, he […] accepted he was wrong. That is a solid first step."

12 February 2019

Venezuela's humanitarian crisis puts Trinidad and Tobago's refugee policy under the microscope

Venezuelans fleeing their country have been seeking refuge in Trinidad and Tobago in increasing numbers, but the country is yet to get its act together to deal with the influx.

8 February 2019

Who will win Trinidad & Tobago Carnival's 2019 Road March?

A strong melody, a memorable refrain ... just some of the elements that make up the magical formula for a Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March.

Former West Indies cricket great: ‘We have to put a lot of things right to sustain that level of play’

West Indian cricket fans are longing for a return to their side's glory days, but cricket veteran Deryck Murray says there's still a lot of work to be done.

6 February 2019

‘No-confidence’ vote upheld by Guyana's courts

On January 31, 2019, Guyana's acting chief justice ruled in favor of the opposition coalition's 'no confidence' vote. New presidential elections will be called in March.