Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Those darn Bajans are everywhere – including in The Bronx

That’s a four pass Scotch marine boiler you’re looking at – made by EASCO in the Bronx, New York City, United States of America. EASCO stands for A.L. Eastmond and Sons Inc., a multi-million dollar company that is one of the largest boiler manufacturers on the Eastern seaboard. With almost one hundred employees EASCO is also the largest black-owned boiler manufacturer pretty well anywhere.

And who, really, is EASCO? Glad you asked. You see, almost a hundred years ago a blacksmith named Eastmond left his home in Barbados and headed for New York City…

Here is a wonderful piece of history and an uplifting read to start your day…

EASCO is a family and community affair

A.L. Eastmond and Sons Inc. (EASCO) has made its mark all over New York City. Chances are that the boiler in your apartment building was built by them. This successful multimillion-dollar business, started by a blacksmith from Barbados nearly a century ago, now spans three generations.

EASCO’s CEO is 85-year-old Leon Eastmond Jr. He told the AmNews how it all began in 1925.

“My dad came from Barbados and worked for other companies for several years. He bought a fleet of taxicabs. In those days, there was no permanent antifreeze and you had to let the water out of the motors at night so they wouldn’t freeze. The drivers left the water in the blocks and the motors froze overnight and cracked, making the cabs useless.

“So he said, ‘Let me go back to what I know.’ He was a blacksmith. He opened a place at 37 W. 144th St. in Harlem and began shoeing horses and putting springs in cars. He eventually bought a welding machine that you push like a wheelbarrow. After several years, he bought a welding truck…

… read the rest of the story at New York Amsterdam News

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REDjet debacle shows CARICOM is a sham

“What has been dished out to RedJet is shameful. I bow my head in that shame. I truly now know that CARICOM is but a sham and obviously just a ploy for Heads of our nations to get together and feed their egos.”

by Rosemary Parkinson

The reception that RedJet has received from our so-called- unified-by-CARICOM governments has been to say the least based on protectionism for LIAT and Caribbean Airlines. RedJet were doomed to fail if Caricom Heads did not put the necessary openings in place. The Barbados government was also a tad unhurried in getting RedJet the necessary support and I am not talking investment. There was no need at the time for this – those behind RedJet saw a niche, did their homework and were well-prepared to give the people a low-cost airline. This is where I smell a rat because these businessmen would not have gone through with their plans had they not been given certain assurances…by certain people…or at least that is my belief. I could be wrong, this could be an assumption.

We the people, however, embraced RedJet, welcoming this opportunity for the Caribbean region to be more integrated. Vendors could now move back and forth and make a living. Artistes from all areas of the creative arts had an opportunity to truly know our neighbours and earn extra dollars. Families and friends could now travel easily. Regional tourism had been finally given the push it required. Regional business at all levels could now afford visits to their partners rather than just telephone meetings. Most importantly RedJet gave an opportunity for food and goods to be moved between the islands – a huge plus for us the people as we sought to reduce our import bills from the north.

RedJet was people friendly and had one and only one vision…to give the people (I said the people) of the Caribbean an airline that cared cost-wise. Naturally making ends meet and profit would have also been a priority. But digging out the eyes of their own people was not. Continue reading

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Amazing construction progress at Barbados Harlequin “H” Hotel

Above photo taken February 16, 2012

Who says nothing is happening with the “H” Hotel!

Frankly, we’re tired of hearing rumours of ‘go slow’ construction at various Harlequin projects. We’re tired of hearing rumours about massive Harlequin construction projects with only five or six workers on site. We’re tired of hearing stories of Harlequin selling units that have yet to be built on land that hasn’t yet been purchased by Harlequin.

We needed something real to look at – something where we could believe our own eyes.

So we were pleased to see these very positive photos posted on the controversial exposé website Harlecon.net – because they show the amazing construction progress at the Harlequin “H” Hotel in Barbados.

Above we have a couple of photos taken on February 16, 2012. Below, we have photos taken yesterday, March 22, 2012…

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(click the photos for large versions so you can see all the details)

Just look at the progress! Look at the dozens of workers swarming over the site like a beehive that’s been kicked. Materials delivery trucks coming and going, welders working on rebar, concrete forms being erected, shovels digging trenches for service pipes, foremen yelling orders. The din must be incredible. No wonder they have accomplished so much in six weeks since the top photos were taken.

That should put all those nasty rumours to rest.

Thanks, Harlecon.net!

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