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Janine Mendes-Franco · April, 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 April, 2020

Trinidadian Tony Hall, visionary of ‘play and performance’, leaves behind a precious legacy

In a career that spanned five decades — in his words, “play and performance in space, street, stage and screen” — nothing Hall ever worked on was short of original...

Trinidad & Tobago photographers commemorate Earth Day 2020 with online challenge

"We're trying to keep the topics upbeat in order to keep people focused, and steer everyone's mental state in a positive direction while practising social distancing."

Caribbean netizens take to ‘extempo’ music to spread COVID-19 safety messages

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, people from all over the region and throughout the diaspora are trying their lyrical prowess in a COVID-19 extempo challenge.

COVID-19 exacerbates inequalities in Trinidad & Tobago's education system

"The [Ministry of Education] was utterly tone-deaf and did not effectively address my concerns."

Stay-at-home orders accompanied by rise in domestic violence in Trinidad & Tobago

Once the government announced stay-at-home measures for everyone but members of “essential services”, the police service prepared itself for a rise in reports of domestic abuse.

‘Export restrictions’ prevent US ventilators from reaching Barbados — but citizens question tactics

The news invoked a strong reaction from Barbados's health minister, who later toned down his response, saying, “‘seize’ might not have been the correct word”.

Caribbean cooking in the time of COVID-19

"Make whatever your comfort food is and know that if we all sacrifice for a few weeks for the greater good, we will help stop the spread of this virus."

Guyana: Timeline of an election impasse

The results of Guyana's 2020 general election have now been delayed by a month. Here's a quick look at what has happened over the time period.

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