In Case You Forget

February 26, 2008
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This is what makes Barbados beautiful.

Who Striking Wednesday?

February 18, 2008

Why is it that every time a company has to dismiss staff for wrong doing that company is vilified and the Union chooses to step in, only encouraging people in a lot of foolishness?

1)Royal Shop staff member is told/asked to work in the Port. She refuses. She is dismissed. Clearly she didn’t want her job, fine. Then her co-workers decided they liked her so they went on a wildcat strike without the Union’s sanction. They too were dismissed as is the nature of how things are done in such a situation. What’s the big deal? The big deal is the Union has filled people with a sense of entitlement that any degree of wrong is lauded and they should NEVER be subject to reprimand.

2) Sandy Lane guest alleges 17,000 in Euros  went missing from their room. The police were called in, a staff member was simply asked by police to go down to the station for questioning, he went, was questioned, then went home. Staff went on a wildcat strike, were dismissed. He still has his job, was never arrested and now his name is all over the media because of his overzealous co-workers. Again, the Union is intervening to reinstate the rule-breakers.

My issues are these:

  • Wildcat Strikers are subject to dismissal.
  • In the Royal Shop case the girl at the center was wrong and in the Sandy Lane case, no great social injustice was committed against anyone.
  • There have been times when the Union COULD and SHOULD have intervened for a worthy cause and did NOTHING.
  • Often the Union only steps in when they KNOW media coverage will be at its highest. Fame whoring.
  •  Why now is all of corporate Barbados being held hostage by its workers? That is pure nonsense. I am in support of workers’ rights but the union comes in to muck up operations and grind companies to a halt over lawlessness. Then they turn around and wonder why companies don’t want staff unionized. It has nothing to do with wanting to unfair people it has to do with the Union’s track record of dealing with situations.

If it were my company, I would shut it down first.


Harsh: Episode 1 Completed

February 12, 2008
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Episode 1 of Harsh: The Not-So Simple Life was spicy. Having the inside scoop, I’m excited to see what happens next:) Don’t forget, part 1 of the new episode starts on Wednesday, February 13th.
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I feel the need to remind you to start from the bottom and work your way up…


And the Winner Is

February 11, 2008

Ah, Rihanna won a Grammy! After being nominated as an artist in 4 categories (her songs were nominated 6 times) She managed to win music’s most coveted prize at the 50th airing of the show.

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Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • I Wanna Love You
    Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
    Track from: Konvicted
    [SRC/Universal Motown]
  • Kiss, Kiss
    Chris Brown & T-Pain
    [Jive]
  • Let It Go
    Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
    Track from: Just Like You
    [Confidential Records/Geffen]
  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]
  • Good Life
    Kanye West Featuring T-Pain
    Track from: Graduation
    [Roc-A-Fella]

She beat out a good set of worthy adversaries, and managed to squeeze in time to say “I love you” to Barbados and to add “We got one!” Congratulations Rihanna, you deserve it. What a good way to continue 2008!


And the Nominees Are

February 8, 2008

The Grammy’s are this Sunday and I’m definitely watching it live this year. Rihanna got nominated 6 times, and she’s up against some pretty tough competition in each category.

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Here’s a look at her noms and competition.

Record Of The Year
(Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)

  • Irreplaceable
    Beyoncé
    Beyoncé Knowles, S. Smith & Stargate, producers; Jim Caruana, Jason Goldstein & Geoff Rice, engineers/mixers
    Track from: B’Day
    [Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Music World Productions]
  • The Pretender
    Foo Fighters
    Gil Norton, producer; Adrian Bushby & Rich Costey, engineers/mixers
    [Roswell/RCA Records]
  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Kuk Harrell, Terius “The Dream” Nash & C. “Tricky” Stewart, producers; Kuk Harrell & Manny Marroquin, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam]
  • What Goes Around…Comes Around
    Justin Timberlake
    Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, engineers/mixers
    [Jive/Zomba]
  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse
    Mark Ronson, producer; Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth, engineers/mixers
    Track from: Back To Black
    [Universal Republic Records]

Song Of The Year
(A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Before He Cheats
    Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
    Track from: Some Hearts
    [19 Recordings/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Big Loud Shirt Industries, Mighty Underdog Music/Sony/ATV Cross Keys]
  • Hey There Delilah
    Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
    Track from: Every Second Counts
    [Hollywood Records/Fearless Records; Publisher: So Happy Publishing]
  • Like A Star
    Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
    Track from: Corinne Bailey Rae
    [Capitol Records; Publisher: Global Talent Publishing]
  • Rehab
    Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
    Track from: Back To Black
    [Universal Republic Records; Publisher: EMI Music Publishing]
  • Umbrella
    Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart,
    songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam; Publisher: Peer Music]

Best Dance Recording
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances. Vocal or Instrumental. Singles or tracks only.)

  • Do It Again
    The Chemical Brothers
    Tom Rowlands & Ed Simons, producers
    Track from: We Are The Night
    [Astralwerks]
  • D.A.N.C.E.
    Justice
    Gaspard Auge & Xavier de Rosnay, producers; Gaspard Auge & Xavier de Rosnay, mixers
    Track from: †
    [Downtown/Vice/Ed Banger]
  • Love Today
    Mika
    Jodi Marr, John Merchant, Mika & Greg Wells, producers; Greg Wells, mixer
    Track from: Life In Cartoon Motion
    [Casablanca/Universal Republic Records]
  • Don’t Stop The Music
    Rihanna
    Stargate, producer; Phil Tan, mixer
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam]
  • LoveStoned/I Think She Knows
    Justin Timberlake
    Nate (Danja) Hills, Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, producers; Jimmy Douglass & Timbaland, mixers
    Track from: FutureSex/LoveSounds
    [Jive/Zomba]

Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
(For duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Same Girl
    R. Kelly Featuring Usher
    Track from: Double Up
    [Jive]
  • Disrespectful
    Chaka Khan Featuring Mary J. Blige
    [Burgundy/Sony/BMG]
  • Hate That I Love You
    Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]
  • Baby
    Angie Stone Featuring Betty Wright
    [Stax]
  • Bartender
    T-Pain Featuring Akon
    [Jive]

Best R&B Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parentheses.) Singles or Tracks only.)

  • Beautiful Flower
    India.Arie & Joyce Simpson, songwriters (India.Arie)
    [Universal Republic Records; Publishers: Gold & Iron Music Publishing, WB Music Corp.]
  • Hate That I Love You
    Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen & Shaffer Smith, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Ne-Yo)
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings; Publishers: EMI April Music, Sony/ATV Tunes]
  • No One
    Dirty Harry, Kerry Brothers & Alicia Keys, songwriters (Alicia Keys)
    [J Records/MBK Entertainment; Publishers: Lellow Productions/EMI April Music, Book Of Daniel Music/EMI Music Publishing, D. Harry Productions]
  • Teachme
    Ivan Barias, Adam W. Blackstone, Randall C. Bowland, Carvin Haggins, Johnnie Smith II & Corey Latif Williams, songwriters (Musiq Soulchild)
    Track from: Luvanmusiq
    [Atlantic; Publishers: Nivrac Tyke/Universal Publishing, Latif Music/Universal Publishing, Tetra Grammaton/Universal Music Publishing, Melodic Piano Productions, HC 1030 Publishing]
  • When I See U
    Louis Biancaniello, Waynne Nugent, Erika Nuri, Kevin Risto, Janet Sewel & Sam Watters, songwriters (Fantasia)
    Track from: Fantasia
    [J Records/19 Records/S Records; Publishers: Breakthrough Creations/EMI April Music, S.M.Y. Publishing/Sony/ATV Tunes, Break North Music/Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Wayne Writers/Sony/ATV Tunes, J. Sewell Publishing, Golden The Super Kid Music]

and finally,

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
(For a Rap/Sung collaborative performance by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)

  • I Wanna Love You
    Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
    Track from: Konvicted
    [SRC/Universal Motown]
  • Kiss, Kiss
    Chris Brown & T-Pain
    [Jive]
  • Let It Go
    Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
    Track from: Just Like You
    [Confidential Records/Geffen]
  • Umbrella
    Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
    Track from: Good Girl Gone Bad
    [Def Jam Recordings]
  • Good Life
    Kanye West Featuring T-Pain
    Track from: Graduation
    [Roc-A-Fella]

For a full list of all the categories and artists nominated, Click Here.


Aw Hell Naw!

February 7, 2008

This is it. THE last straw. Why in God’s name do people who think they’re singing gospel automatically assume they have a “Get out of criticism free” card??? This is utter rubbish! He sounds retarded and I don’t care who wants to bad mouth me, to you all I have to say is v-i-c-t-o-r-y!

Darryl Smith wants banning from all studios! NEVER to release another record, and all copies of this one should be burnt. YOU SUCK! I am ashamed of this!


Harsh: The Not-So Simple Life

February 6, 2008

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For those of you who were aware of the fact that I was launching a completely fictional blog which is vastly different from this one, you’ll be pleased to note that it’s finally here! Catch the intro and hit off some discussion. Click the title below to go to the blog. Save it in your favorites/bookmarks.

Harsh: The Not-So Simple Life


Le Mot Juste

February 5, 2008

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Greetings All,

Its almost here!!!!!

We’ve kept you thirsty for more haven’t we?

Now its time to really…

get your juices flowing


how?
That’s easy…

1. Mark Sunday February 10, Limelight Cafe – 6:30 pm on your calendar.
did that already? Great.

2. Grab your tickets. Head on down to either Up Beat Warrens/DaCosta Mall or D.E. Computers Sheraton. Cost: $25.
got your tickets? Good.

3. While already in Up Beat, grab yourself some nice threadz to wear. Or, come home – stare at your closet… look for your spiffiest!
outfit planned? NICE!

4. Organize transportation for the night. If you have your own car – make sure your tires have air, oil is good etc.
everything maintained & good to go? Excellent.

5. (and this is my favourite part) Make general (or random… whatever suits you best) shouts of pleasure and excitement. You’ve been waiting for this show since last May, and its here again. You absolutely cannot wait… YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
all hyped? Sweet! We are too!! Feel to run shout it to a friend? (or maybe you’d rather do it softly by forwarding to their address) That’s Cool, we’ve done the same. Don’t forget to ask if they have transportation to the show as well, us Le Mot Juste family… we rock like that right? Right.
Sooo… all’s left to be said is: SEE YOU THERE!!!

and of course… (especially to those participating in the Open Mic and Slam)

get your juices flowing…


P.S.

Slam and Open Mic slots are full. However, as is custom, if anything opens up on the night we’ll be sure to slip you in. So feel free to let your interest be known. Additionally, your names go on first for the May show)


Enricco Bohne
Coordinator Le Mot Juste


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