Culturama to officially end on Saturday

Organizers initially planned to host the activity last weekend, Saturday 13th August, but had to reschedule due to some circumstances.

Executive Director of the festival, Antonio Liburd said that before they award the winners and other participants with their earned prizes, a thank you ceremony would be held. This ceremony he added will be used to show the committee’s appreciation toward participants, sponsors, officials and members of the general public “who would have made Culturama 42 a reality.”

Winners of the various shows and street parade will be among those being awards.

Liburd told that in regards to the query that looms over the winner of the Soca Monarch show and road march, a committee was put in place to deal with the issue.

Antonio said, “The final report has not been submitted to the festival secretariat, so as of now the results from the night of the Soca Monarch contest still remains and will remain until a final report is brought back to the committee…”

Delly Ranks (and the Kore), the soca monarch winner is being accused of copying Lord Nelson’s ‘Leh We Oops’ song and using it as his in a collaboration he did with a popular string band.

Some of the winners of the various shows and activities were:

Junior Kaiso Monarch– Might Sookie

Mr and Miss Talented Youth: Odecia Edwards and Amadi Byron Hendrickson of Nevis Academy

Mr Kool – De-Syl Hamilton

Miss Culture Swimwear– Kyla Morton

Miss Culture– Clayticia Daniel

Senior Kaiso Monarch– Dis N Dat

Soca Monarch Power and Groovy– Delly Ranks

Road march– Delly Ranks and the Kore Band

Parade of troupes– Untamed Birds Of Paradise by St. James’ Fun Lovers

The action kicks at 7:00 pm at the Cultural Village. Everyone is being invited to be present at this final event for Culturama 42. Small Axe band will be providing musical entertainment from 10 pm until 2 am.


Culturama to officially end on Saturday

Although the road was opened to motorists and appeared completed, the roadwork was actually incomplete. According to Director of Public Works Cromwell Williams, a dispute arose between the consultant of the project and contractor Surrey Paving, which led to the work being incomplete.

Motorists were a tad bit surprised to see parts of that road developing potholes after the recent rainfalls during the Emancipation Day weekend, considering the road was only paved last year. The paving was part of a road project to improve the roadway from Pond Road all the way down to the South East Peninsula and started under the previous administration before last year’s elections.

The work continued when the new administration took office. However, according to Director Williams, due to the dispute between the consultant that acts on behalf of the Public Works Department/Government and the contractor, the work was not completed.

The incompleteness of the work is the reason for the potholes being developed after the rains, Williams explained. “That section has actually not been completed. What they have done is put down a first coat of asphalt and another permanent wearing coat is yet to go on, but there has been some…dispute, for want of a better word, between the contractor and the consultant, as to the material that was put down, whether or not it meets the specification, whether or not it will remain, or it will have to be removed,” he told this week.

Williams could not say exactly when the work to redo the road will begin but is mindful of it being done before the start of the new tourism season, which begins in November. “In a very short time, you will see some recommencement of work there. Most likely we will finally instruct them to remove what was put down and to redo that section,” Williams stated, and emphasized, “I cannot say definitively that work will begin before the start of the new tourism season, but there is a good chance it will recommence within a couple for weeks and shouldn’t take long once it’s started.”

Meanwhile, that stretch of road is not the only area of concern in regards to durability. Williams pointed to the F.T. Williams Highway, which has had its share of potholes being developed after heavy rainfall. According to the Public Works Director, the standard for heavy maintenance to be done on new roads such as pothole patching begins about 10 years. The F.T. Williams Highway was opened to the public seven years ago, but within months after it was opened in 2009, it had to be repaired several times for potholes.

“Generally the road should last, I’m told, eight to ten years before you have to do serious maintenance, patching potholes and so on. I think we have some early potholes.  I don’t think it is eight years since we took over that road, which means we have some areas that did not live up to requirements, from my observation,” Williams said.

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