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Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Chef Stephen Hamilton (right) and Ne-Yo.
Contributed Versatile with students orf Boundbrook Primary School in Portland, after donating two computers to the school recently.
File Michala Jamesis safely tucked in the arms of her mother, Camille Williams, during the recent CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Elimination at the UDC field, in front of the Portmore Mall, St Catherine.
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Recording artiste Versatile donated new HP computers to the Boundbrook Primary School, Portland, recently. A past student of the school, he thought it his duty to give back.

"That is where mi start deejay some a mi first songs and was given the encouragement to be who I am today. Then, I was only a little boy name Little Shotta, who dreamed to be an artiste," Versatile said.

The school's principal also extended her gratitude to Versatile for his donation and urged other past students to take a page from his book.

Versatile's recent recluses include Party Yah Nice on the Beach Life rhythm, produced by E5 Records.

CB event embraces children

Tomorrow's CB Pan Chicken Championship Western Regional Elimination at Dump-Up Beach, Montego Bay, will serve up more than fun, food and entertainment, as Jamaica's largest food festival has teamed up with the Child Development Agency (CDA) to promote good parenting and community involvement as necessary steps in protecting our nation's children.

"We at the CB Group are committed to the development of a healthy and wholesome family. It is with this in mind that we are so proud to sign this MOU with the CDA. We recognised that a call to action was needed to protect the children of Jamaica and are grateful for this opportunity to contribute through the CB Pan Chicken Championship," Alicia Bogues, CB Chicken & Bad Dawg Sausages brand manager, said at the MOU signing ceremony, recently.

The partnership will see the CDA utilising CB Chicken's Pan Chicken Championship as a platform to reach its targeted audience, individually and collectively, by offering Play Therapy and counselling at CB Pan Chicken Championship events.

Agent Sasco, Cham and Goddy Goody will perform at tomorrow's free event.

Top chef talks business

Chef Stephen Hamilton of Eskay Caterers recently spoke to final-year students at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) on the invitation of Acting Head of the Entrepreneurship Department, Orville Reid.

Reid said, "The reason for Mr Hamilton's selection was because of his remarkable work since leaving the University of Technology."

Hamilton, who catered for Ian Boyne's book launch at King's House in 2013 as well as Dr Morais Guy's cocktail party at Mona Visitors' Lodge this year, said, "My success comes from my strong support team and the encouraging feedback I get from my clients after a successful event."

He was very vocal in encouraging entrepreneurship and also

spoke of the challenges he faced after leaving UTech and how he overcame these challenges. "Building my brand so others can recognise it was challenging. I have overcome this challenge by investing more time and dedication into my craft."

Hamilton is expected to be a part of the upcoming Hennessy V: Met Gala in November.

Art entries invited

The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) is inviting entries for the Junior Exhibition for Art & Craft in Schools 2014. All primary level schools (i.e, preparatory, primary, junior high, all-age, etc.) islandwide are invited to submit entries from students six to 12 years old.

A maximum of 20 pieces can be entered in the art category which may include (but not confined to) paintings, drawings, posters, sculptures, collages, and photographs. In the craft section a maximum of 20 entries are accepted, which may include (but not confined to) jewellery making, leatherwork, weaving and ceramics.

Entries must be accompanied by a letter from the school's principal declaring that the works submitted are the original and unaided works of the pupils. The front of each drawing or painting should indicate the name and age of the student as well as their school, written on the bottom right hand corner. The deadline for all entries is December 12, 2014.

Kyle De Souza for Colour Festival

On Sunday, September 28, international disc jock Kyle DeSouza will be part of the Colour Festival at Hope Gardens, St Andrew.

No stranger to Jamaica, the DJ said, "I couldn't be more excited to deejay at the Colour Festival in Jamaica for the second time. I plan on giving this Colour Festival my all." Jermaine Bibbons, brand manager for Smirnoff, said, "We encourage patrons to come out completely dressed in white, ready to get 'coloured'."

The Colour Festival will kick-start at 3 p.m. and go to midnight. BoYaKa Smash, featuring Titan VCD from Trinidad, and Jamaican deejays Sanjay, Jazzy T and Kurt Riley will also be providing the music.

Five featured in Di Streetz

New York Based record label Palm Tree Flow Records, operated by Nigel Angus, recently did the 'Di Streetz' project, filming music videos with five underground artistes from Portmore and Spanish Town.

The objective is to share the stories of those persons and their struggles through music. The label will also release a rhythm called Di Streetz, produced by Fabian Dobney, featuring the quintet.

"It is amazing the talent that is here in Jamaica. There are so many persons that have great singles that we are not hearing on radio and I want to change that and give back to these youth an opportunity," Angus said.

Featured on the rhythm are Diggy Don, Sydon, Dan Java, Maestro Don and John Bling.