Christmas is usually one of the busiest shopping time of the year as people flock the streets to pick up items to spruce up their homes; get gifts for family members and friendsor to purchase a new outfit in anticipation for the New Year celebration. Year-over-year large sums of money flow through the economy at Christmas time due to various activities taking place. But with job losses, salarycuts and curfews, how much cash are you willing to give up on holiday expenses this year?

Hugh Coore - Vice Chairman Fesco, Trevor Barnes - Director Fesco and Principal of Fesco Bodles, Jhanelle Barnes - Manager & Principal of  Fesco Bodles, Junior Williams - Director, Fesco, Kerine Holness - Client Relationship Manager, Scotia Bank, Jeremy Barnes - CEO Fesco and Principal FESCO Bodles cutting the ribbon at the official opening of Fesco FYC Supermarket in Bodles St Catherine.

Locally-owned fuel service provider, Future Energy Source Company Limited (Fesco) has opened its first FYC supermarket in Bodles, St Catherine. Fesco currently operates 14 location islandwide with FYC Express Convenience Stores located at seven of these locations. As the Fesco brand continues to expand across the island, the company said it will be including an FYC Mart, which will be a blend of the FYC Supermarket and FYC Express at their soon to be opened Ferry location on the Mandela Highway. The company also plans to open a service station in Cross Roads that will include another FYC Express Convenience Store in 2021. With the FYC Supermarket at Bodles, Fesco said it is enhancing its offerings in the retail space. Trevor Barnes, Director Fesco and Principal of Fesco Bodles officially opening the doors of FESCO FYC Supermarket, Bodles, St Catherine The full-service FYC Supermarket includes a wide range of food, beverages and household products. It is also home to a Scotiabank ATM, a Deli and a Devon House I Scream outlet with opening hours currently 5 am to 8:30 pm, Fesco said in a press release. “Our new FYC Supermarket gives us an opportunity to provide our customers with a one-stop shopping destination experience. Customers can now fuel their vehicles, do their grocery shopping and even enjoy a scoop or two of Devon House I Scream before they depart,” stated Jhanelle Barnes, Manager and Principal of Fesco Bodles. Barnes added, “This prime location in Bodles, S Catherine is located on the Old Harbour main road and is also within proximity to Old Harbour and May Pen, which serves the many housing complexes within a five to 10-mile radius.” Fesco Bodles is surrounded by the Longville Park Housing Scheme; Old Harbour, New Harbour Village, Bodles and Freetown. Fesco FYC Supermarket in Bodles, St Catherine At the ribbon-cutting ceremony held last week, Jeremy Barnes, CEO of FESCO stated, “The “C” in FYC stands for convenience and that is what we aim to provide at each location”. He noted that Fesco’s buildout plan includes the introduction of ‘destination stations’ that are unique to each community. “We want to encourage the development of Fesco service stations that function as a community hub, where people can easily come and get everything they need at one location.” Fesco has received positive feedback on the new supermarket thus far, according to Barnes. “The response from our customers and partners has been excellent since our soft opening two weeks ago. Patrons love the parking, clean and relaxed atmosphere and the prices which also includes layered discounts,” he said. Fesco’s core business is the marketing and distribution of petroleum products such as E10 87 and E10 90 octane gasoline, Automotive Diesel Oil (ADO) and Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) to both retail and commercial customers. It currently supplies retail customers through a growing network of service stations across the island and provides bulk fuel distribution services to the manufacturing, construction and transportation industries. The company also distributes motor oils and lubricants under the FUTROIL and FUTRLUBE brands.


Royalty

Jamaican dancehall-reggae singer Royalty has high hopes for his revolutionary album entitled ‘Royal Priesthood’ which tackles social ills while educating the masses on topics like black history and education. “I like to be humble while shining the light on the truth and exposing the evil in the world,” the artiste said. Since 2005 ,Royalty has been writing, recording, producing and been patiently waiting for the right time to release. And while it seems that the year 2020, a year of extreme turbulence, social and economic upheaval, could be the right time for socially conscious music, his fans will have to wait until August 2021. “I am focusing on singles in the marketplace right now to generate interest in my brand,” he said. Standout songs such as ‘High-definition" showcase Royalty’s unique voice, while he bleeds his version of the truth about police brutality and extra judicial killings in the plaintive track, 'Pleading'. These singles, which are also included on his soon-to-be-released album, are currently available on all major platforms including Spotify and Apple Music. “The inspiration for the creation of ‘Pleading’ the single came about because of the increasing police brutality and injustice that is currently on the rise.The light must shine and the truth must be told,” he urged. Born Marlon Ingram, he grew up in Cedar Valley in St Ann Jamaica. He attended Clarksonville All-Age before leaving Jamaica at 15 years old. He has lived in Canada for the past 22 years. Royalty will continue to tackle hot button issues in his craft. “I write music that speaks to the conscious and unconscious mind, body and spirit. I enquire, manifest and preserve the history of truth and use my birthright and talent that are engraved in my essence to create conscious music that can reform and emancipate the mind of the mental dead that are lost in the diaspora and still in slumber,” he mused.

Laden

Entertainer Ladenhas pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition charges. He pleaded guilty to the charges when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Monday. The deejay, who has been in police lock-up since hisarrest fourweeks ago, will be sentenced on December 15. He facesthe possibility of spending several years behind bars. The other two co-accused — 21-year-old Saaion Ebanks and a 16-year-old— were freed following Laden's guilty plea. Reports from theBlack River Police are thatabout 10:40 pm on October 28, a black Mercedes Benz in which the entertainer was reportedly travelling with two other occupants was signalled to stop by law enforcers in Cheapside, St Elizabeth. The driverinitially complied but sped off when the police approached. The police went in pursuit and observed an object being thrown from the sunroof of the car.The vehicle was subsequently intercepted and the occupants searched. The police returned to the area where the object was thrown and retrieved a Hi-point 9mm pistol with a magazine containing one 9mm round of ammunition.


Kyle Butler (left) and father Craig Butler in happy times.

Phoenix All-Stars Football Academy CEOCraig Butler has refuted allegations of physical abuse made against him by his son,former national youth footballer Kyle Butler. In a series of tweets Monday, the younger Butler claimedhe has beenenduring years of physical and mentalabuse at the hands of his football manager father, the latest being on the trainingground of Mona High School earlier that day when,he alleged,he was attacked with a sharp object that left him with two nasty wounds. However, in a statement late Tuesday evening, Craig Butler refuted the allegations by Kyle and claimed that his son was suffering from "major issues". "Let me categorically state that I have not been abusive to my son on that date or any other date. I have encouraged him and helped him to achieve his full potential. I have worked hard to create opportunities for my son of which he enjoyed for years. There was no complains then," said the Phoenix Sports Academy boss. He also claimed that his relationship with his son has become strained due to "many issues" that the younger Butler "has gotten himself in", and asked for privacy while the pair works through the matter. See statement in full from Craig Butler below. I’m responding in this way of my son Kyle Butler allegations of my being physically abusive on the evening of November 30, 2020. My heart goes out to my son as he battles with some major issues and now these unfounded allegations. Let me categorically state that I have not been abusive to my son on that date or any other date. I have encouraged him and helped him to achieve his full potential. I have worked hard to create opportunities for my son of which he enjoyed for years. There was no complains then. I’m cognizant of the many issues Kyle has gotten him self in and things that my profession and principles would never allow me to be a part of. This has created a major problem in our relationship as I have stated that this is not the path any parent would hope for their child. I am hoping that he will find his way and recognize that his family loves him amd want only what is best for him. I hope my son will get the chance to show how talented he is and believe in himself as I have always believed in him. I only ask that the public allows us the privacy to work through this matter.

Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane follows the game during the Champions League, Group B, soccer match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Madrid at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, December 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving the 13-time European champion’s hopes of advancing hanging in the balance. Dentinho made the most of a defensive lapse early in the second half and fellow substitute Manor Solomon secured the result late on as the Ukrainian side completed the double over Madrid in the group. Shakhtar go ahead of Madrid courtesy of a better head-to-head record. Both teams are one point behind Group B leader Borussia Mönchengladbach, which hostInter Milan later. Madrid hostGladbach in the final group match while Shakhtar visit Inter. Madrid haveadvanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League in all 24 of its previous group-stage campaigns. Real Madrid knew theycould qualify for the round of 16 with a win against Shakhtar and they were close to an early breakthrough, but Marco Asensio hit a good pass from Karim Benzema off the left post from close range. Asensio was also denied by Shakhtar goalkeeper Anatolii Trubin, who did well to push his strike over the bar. Shakhtar came out in the second half more energized and Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who had little to do in the first half, pulled off an early save to deny Taison. That proved to be a warning sign as Shakhtar broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when a rapid counterattack followed by a defensive mix-up allowed Dentinho to sneak in and fire into the bottom left corner. Another counterattack saw Shakhtar double theirlead eight minutes from time as Solomon raced down the left flank before cutting in and drilling into the near bottom corner.