I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from November, 2009
Jamaica: Celebrated Athletes
“It does my heart proud to see two Jamaican-based athletes cop the 2009 IAAF World Athlete of the Year Awards”: Girl With A Purpose congratulates Usain Bolt and Sanya Richards.
Jamaica, Bahamas, U.S.A.: Copyright Options
In response to Jamaican blogger Geoffrey Philp‘s “cautionary tale on the dangers of unregistered creative property”, the Bahamas’ Scavella's Blogsphere says: “This is all very well and good, but I’m not American. I don’t live in the USA. What substitute is there for me?”
Trinidad & Tobago: On Sex
As a prelude to World AIDS Day, Alien In The Caribbean is “doing a thorough three part exploration of sex and sexuality, particularly in the Caribbean.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Responsible Drinking
KnowTnT.com‘s Edmund Gall suggests ways in which clubs and bars can “do more to encourage responsible drinking.”
Trinidad & Tobago: Loss of Mind?
From the tobacco legislation to the carbon footprint post-CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, Coffeewallah asks: “Has everybody in this country lost their cotton picking minds?”
Bermuda: Public Transport
In the wake of the shutdown of several transportation routes in Bermuda, BeachLime.com wonders “what exactly Government sees its public transportation role as.”
Haiti: Elections Coming
“The new Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), reconstituted in October, has set nationwide elections for 99 deputies and 11 senators for Feb. 28, 2010″: HaitiAnalysis.com reports.
Bahamas: “F” on Crime
“Clearly the Government has no plan to address crime, there has been no improvement in the Judicial System, and…it appears that the Government will not move forward with Capital Punishment”: Weblog Bahamas‘ Jerome Pinder gives the government a failing grade on crime.
Barbados, Guyana: Doctor Complicit?
Barbados Underground suggests that the doctor who examined the minor brutalised by Guyana police “was complicit in the torture…the concealment of a crime against humanity and…he possibly committed obstruction of justice.”
Guyana: Dreaming of the Caribbean
Signifying Guyana blogs about the Caribbean from her perspective as a member of the diaspora.
Puerto Rico: No. 35
Gil the Jenius has something to say about Puerto Rico's #35 ranking on Transparency International's 2009 Corruption Perception Index.
Trinidad & Tobago: Social Media Crimefighting
Taran Rampersad is glad “to see that social media is being seen as a tool for fighting crime in Trinidad and Tobago”, but says there are more effective ways in which to do it.
Barbados: Mini Monaco?
Barbados Free Press and Barbados Underground question the vision of the island being transformed into another Monaco.
Cuba, U.S.A.: Questions for Obama
Cuba's Generation Y sends a questionnaire to U.S. President Obama “with some of the issues that keep [her] from sleeping” and publishes his responses.
Bermuda: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
“Next time you go up to Dockyard, lie down on that big ole dock and give it a hug”: According to Vexed Bermoothes, “At its $60 million pricetag, it cost every single Bermudian about $1,250 in long term debt. You better kiss that dock ‘cuz it owns a piece of...
Jamaica: Defence Against the Defence Force
“It seems there are a few problems with the Jamaica Defence Force worth looking into”: For Jamaica Salt, it is a case of who's going to guard the guards.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Bromance
“I am fed up of the debate over next week’s referendum”: So instead, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Lullabies, Fairy Tales and other Self Delusions blogs about his “bromance with murses.”
Trinidad & Tobago: On Stage?
“One can live in hope that a Carnival Stage is looming somewhere in the future right?”: Trinidad Carnival Diary is “a bit skeptical to believe…that work is expected to start on the National Carnival and Entertainment Centre in March.”
Cuba: Courting Change
“There are a good number of ministers still under sixty, but the largest share of power is concentrated in the hands of septuagenarians and octogenarians”: Cuba's Generation Y suggests these veterans are unable “to hear the new generation knocking at the door, coming like a whirlwind to dismantle everything.”
Barbados: Crunch Time
“Barbadians have become alarmed at the prospect of having its investment paper perched at the brink of junk rating, a status most unfamiliar to Barbadians through the years”: Barbados Underground says it's economic “crunch time”!
Barbados, Jamaica: Corruption Perception
The 2009 Transparency International Corruption Perception Index is out and although Living in Barbados always takes the results “with a pinch of salt”, he notes that “greasing palms is unfortunately seen as a part of doing business worldwide.”