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Janine Mendes-Franco · March, 2020

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 March, 2020

26 March 2020

Tunes in the time of corona: A playlist from Trinidad & Tobago hits all the right notes

Two Trinidadian podcasters seek to virtually unite people amidst the COVID-19 outbreak by asking listeners to pick their favourite tunes — and explain why the songs are meaningful to them.

20 March 2020

Injunction grants Guyana's election commission the freedom to declare a winner — but will it?

An ex parte injunction blocking the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) from acting on the CARICOM agreement essentially gives it the green light to declare in the government's favour.

17 March 2020

Cooped up? Trinidad & Tobago's Bocas LitFest has released its 2020 longlist

Self-quarantined? Dive into any of these “nine books by writers with roots in seven Caribbean territories,” which just made the 2020 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist.

16 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago closes its borders as COVID-19 cases double to four

Using Italy as an example of how COVID-19 was able to spread quickly, Prime Minister Rowley warned the consequences will be grave if Trinbagonians do not adhere to the guidelines.

15 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago's fight against COVID-19 puts emphasis on ‘personal responsibility’

The country's two COVID-19 cases are reportedly improving, but the Ministry of Health is urging people to be conscientious about prevention methods.

14 March 2020

Trinidad & Tobago clamps down as two cases of COVID-19 are confirmed

Schools have been closed, cruise ship arrivals have been suspended, and major events have been cancelled as the government tries to contain the spread of the virus.

13 March 2020

Guyana general elections hang in the balance as regional vote count ruled ‘invalid’

Guyana's acting chief justice ruled that the Region 4 results were “unlawful” as they did not fall in line with Section 84 of Guyana's Representation of the People Act.

‘Linguistics is in everything’ from astronomy to everyday life, says this linguist from Trinidad & Tobago

"Trinbagonians are connected through a shared linguocultural history and present — we don’t have to constantly define or explain or substitute our words in our conversations."

12 March 2020

In shooting for the stars, this Trinidad & Tobago linguist highlights how language connects us

[The names are] "the linguistic manifestation of the clash of Amerindian, African, European and Asian cultures which led to the Creole language and culture."

8 March 2020

Guyana's 2020 general election results mired in controversy

The dissatisfaction surrounding the manner in which the votes from Guyana's Region 4 were handled is so rife that the country's most respected newspaper accused the elections commission of results...

7 March 2020

The link between gender-based violence and child abuse in Trinidad & Tobago

"The central point is that violence against women and violence against children are deeply connected, that children are deliberately made victims and witnesses to violence against women."