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“A Healthy You” with DJ Amber – Healing for Minor and Major Illnesses

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About: “A healthy you”

“A healthy you” is a weekly Wednesday commentary post on, where Amber Crowl [Radio Personality, Host, Writer and activist] shares health, and natural healing using foods, herbs and things of nature to heal illnesses… Dj amber welcomes your talk back options and conversions, and comments on Mckoy’s News.

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Welcome to “A healthy you,” your comprehensive feature for known and unknown information on natural healing and treatment of major and minor illnesses.

Many societies have long used herbs, flowers, roots, spices and foods in general to stay healthy and heal themselves from common ailments and severe diseases. Ours is no different but we have been bombarded with western synthetic medicines. This has caused us to forget power which lies in the medicine contained in the many foods which grow naturally from mother earth.

This week, Cayenne Pepper is taking the spotlight.

Cayenne Pepper has been used therapeutically for decades in places like Asia & India. It is a powerful compound with many uses, and it is currently gaining buzz for its cleansing and detoxifying purposes. It stimulates circulation and neutralises acidity in the body, and has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, fever, flatulence, sore throat,  nausea, tonsillitis, and others. Here are some specific health benefits of consuming Cayenne Pepper.

– Anti-Irritant Properties

Cayenne has the ability to ease upset stomach, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs, and diarrhoea.

– Anti-Cold and Flu Agent

Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.

– Anti-Fungal Properties

The results of one study indicated that Cayenne Pepper could effectively prevent formation the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum

–  Migraine Headache Prevention

This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention to the new site. Following this first pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve’s pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.

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– Helps Produce Saliva

Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.

– Useful for Blood Clots

Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

– Joint-Pain Reliever

Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.

– Anti-Bacterial Properties

Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally prevent food contamination from bacteria.

– Possible Anti-Cancer Agent

Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper may help prevent lung cancer in smokers . This may be again related to cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that might help stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s resistance to liver tumors.

– Supports Weight Loss

Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.

– Remedy for Toothache

Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases.

– Topical Remedy

As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, rheumatism, sores, wounds and lumbago.



Results may vary. Information and statements made here are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. I do not dispense medicine or diagnose illness.


The views and nutritional advice expressed are not a diagnosis are not intended as a substitute to your Doctor’s service.


If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician to get professional medical advice.


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“your body is your vehicle for awakening, treat it with care”- Buddha 
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Crime Featured News Jamaica

16-Year-Old Shot and Injured 15-Year-Old in Norwood, St. James

Norwood, St. James (McN) A 15-years-old student is now battling for his life at the Cornwall Regional Hospital, following an incident where he was shot and injured by a 16-years-old student in the community of Norwood, St James on Monday afternoon.

According the Montego Hills police, about 1:00 pm on Monday, both boys were at a house in the community of Gulf, Norwood playing with an illegal firearm when a loud explosion which sounded like gunshots were heard.

Family members went to investigate and discovered the 15-year-old boy suffering from gunshot wound to his upper body.

He was rushed to hospital where he was admitted in serious condition. Following an investigation by the police the 16-year-old student was taken into custody and questioned.

Report in to Mckoy’s News is, the two were playing with the firearm when it accidentally discharged.

The police went back to the community on Tuesday morning and recovered the weapon.

Henry Bucknor

Special News Crime Investigator

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Details Into the Murder of Anthony Cruz’s Daughter and Her Mother (full story)

Karen Marie Lyle was a newlywed, killed by a husband of 10 months who is accused of shooting her and confessing the crime to a 911 dispatcher Monday in Sunrise, police said.

Lyle, 40, had a 15-year-old daughter, Shanice Smith, also shot and killed at the family’s home in the 7700 block of Balboa Street in Sunrise, police said.

It is not yet known when the mother and child were killed.

The medical examiner said they had been dead more than 24 hours, Sunrise Police Officer Michelle Eddy said Tuesday. Police are awaiting the results of the autopsy examinations.

Kevin Kemoy Nelson, 32, was arrested Monday on two counts of suspicion of murder without premeditation after a nearly five-hour standoff with police and SWAT officers, who negotiated with him from outside the couple’s two-story townhouse.

Kevin Kemoy Nelson, 32 Accused Murder Of Shanice Smith – Jamaican Entertainer Anthony Cruz’s Daughter and Her Mother Karen Marie Lyle

After Nelson surrendered, police found Smith’s body lying face up on the top staircase landing in the townhome. There was a gunshot wound in the teen’s left cheek.

Her mother was found lying in a similar position in the master bathroom, a gunshot wound to her forehead.

Both bodies were covered with blankets, and police could not immediately see other possible injuries, a report said.

The tragic discovery began around 11:15 a.m., when a 911 operator received a call from a man who police say was Nelson.

According to the recording the agency released Tuesday, Nelson reported “shots fired” and gave the address, prompting police to go to the home.

“How long ago were shots fired?” the dispatcher asked.

“Friday night and just now,” Nelson said.

“How many shots were fired?” she asked.

“Several shots,” he said.

“Did you hear them or see anybody with a gun?” she asked several times.

“Yes I did … I … shot …” he said.

“Sir? Sir? Did you see this person with the gun?” she asked.

“I’m the person with the gun,” he said.

“You’re the person with the gun?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yes,” he said.

“Who got shot?” she asked.

“Karen Lyle and Shanice Smith,” he said.

Asked where they were at that moment, he replied, “Dead,” before saying “bye” and hanging up.

The dispatcher tried to call back twice but reached voicemail.

Investigators learned from a next door neighbor that he heard shots fired about 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday. The neighbor saw a man and young boy leave the Lyle-Nelson home and drive off in a Honda. The neighbor didn’t report what he believed he heard to police, said Eddy, the police spokeswoman.

Also Friday night, Nelson dropped his 8-year-old son off at a sister’s house. He told the sister he had argued with Lyle and shot and killed her, but then told his sister he was just kidding, the police report said.

About two hours after Nelson called 911 on Monday, he sent a text message to Kenroy Walker, 58, of Sunrise, a brother of Karen Lyle. It read, “Shanice, Karen and me are dead. The cops is here and the news crew,” a police report said.

The dispatch call center identified Kevin Nelson’s cellphone number as the one that connected with the 911 dispatcher. The phone was “pinged” against cell towers to find its location, leading officers to the Del Rio Village complex, east of North University Drive and north of West Oakland Park Boulevard.

After determining Nelson was inside, Sunrise SWAT officers tossed a “throw phone” — a cellphone equipped with a camera — through a door. It enabled a crisis negotiator to see the interior of the home and to see that Nelson was continually waving a semi-automatic handgun while they talked, the police report said.

Nelson told Sgt. William Gordon he didn’t want to hurt anyone else that day, and “I’m afraid to get hurt,” according to the report. “I hurt people, I’m a failure,” and “I’m going to prison forever.”

Before his capture, Nelson agreed to leave the gun at the top of the stairs. A Taurus 9 mm handgun was recovered after Nelson’s arrest and it is believed to be the murder weapon, Eddy said.

Karen Lyle came to America from Jamaica when she was 4, her brother Kenroy Walker said Tuesday. She attended Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes and worked as a manager at a nursing home, he said.

“I feel terrible,” Walker said. “I can’t eat.

“She was a very smart girl, a very bright girl” who he said attended The Faith Center in Sunrise.

Lyle has a large extended family with relatives in Florida, New York, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois and Jamaica, Walker said.

He also said he enjoyed doting on Shanice and cooking barbecue for them at family gatherings. “They were very close,” he said about the mother-daughter bond.

Shanice was Lyle’s daughter from a prior relationship, Walker said. He said he didn’t attend his sister’s wedding to Nelson, held in Plantation in April 2016.

“He was a good man, he worked and provided,” Walker said about Nelson, who he said worked for Sears. “But I think he was jealous and they were jealous of each other. One time before the wedding they were arguing, and I told them they should not be married.

“I didn’t go to the wedding, too much conflict,” Walker said. “It wasn’t a good match.”

In October, police investigated a domestic disturbance call at the couple’s home. Police found Lyle and Nelson arguing and said Lyle alleged her husband had thrown bleach all over their bedroom furniture. When she tried to get the bleach away from him, he punched her in the face multiple times. Her face was cut and her shirt was torn, an arrest report said.

Smith was present during the fight, police said.

Nelson told an officer at that time that he did not strike Lyle and that he did not know how marks got on her face, according to the report.

Nelson was taken into custody on suspicion of battery, touch or strike, domestic violence. The case was dropped by the state attorney’s office in November.

Photographs were not of “evidentiary value,” and Lyle didn’t respond to a follow-up effort by law enforcement or return phone calls or reply to a letter from a prosecutor, according to a memo that closed out the misdemeanor case.

“No way to file [charges] without the victim,” Prosecutor Barbara Mitchell Driscoll wrote.

Tuesday afternoon, Nelson wore a red jumpsuit and his wrists and ankles were shackled when he appeared in Fort Lauderdale magistrate court.

Broward County Judge Michael Davis ordered Nelson to be held without bond. Davis also ordered Prosecutor Eric Linder’s request that Nelson not contact witnesses in the case, including his son and the sister who cared for the boy.

Sun Sentinel

Crime Featured News Jamaica

32-Year-Old St. Elizabeth Man Faces Court For Living With Underage Girl

St. Elizabeth, Jamaica (McN) – St. Elizabeth man who was living with a teen girl appeared before the court on Wednesday, charged with having sex with a minor.

St. Elizabeth man, 32 year old Kevin James is charged with rape, having sex with a person under 16 and harbouring a juvenile.

Reports are, the teen girl, left her home in Manchester under the pretense of visiting family in St. Elizabeth, but never showed-up to her relative. Her family received information that she was living  in the Southfield Community, St. Elizabeth with 32 year-old James; and reported the matter to the police.

On police investigation, the girl was found at the home of James; the police arrested James and charged him.

Bail is set for him at $500,000.

He is scheduled to return to court on May 9.

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Pressure mounting at Cornwall Regional Hospital Over Noxious Fumes

St. James, Jamaica (McN)

Pressure is mounting on the management of Cornwall Regional Hospital to eliminate the noxious fumes which have forced the relocation of offices and outpatients from the first to third floor of the facility.

The Jamaica Workers Union (JWU), which represents several categories of employees at Cornwall Regional, including patient care assistants, psychiatric aides and security personnel, has declared that the extent of the problem is being under-reported.

The situation is cause for concern, according to Clifton Brown, President of the JWU.

The union has been informed by workers at the hospital that other floors are being affected by the fumes, Mr. Brown told RJR News.

“The psychiatric aides on the 10th floor are being severely affected, the patient care assistants on the other floors which are being affected, have fallen ill… so it’s quite a severe situation… and it demands quick and urgent attention,” he said.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the response to the crisis so far, Mr. Brown said the fumes seem to be affecting “far more areas than can actually be relocated.”

Simply relocating operations from a number of floors will not suffice, he asserted, declaring that there are some aspects of the hospital’s services that are not easily relocated.

The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association also weighed in on the issue on Wednesday, reminding its members that they should not work in hazardous zones.

The management of  the hospital is awaiting a report from a team which is conducting a detailed investigation into the cause of  the fumes.

Anthony Smikle, CEO of the hospital, told RJR News that a preliminary report is expected this month, arising from which he has promised quick action.

“A team of engineers has been put together – environmental, civil, mechanical – to look at the ventilation system and make recommendations as to how we will deal with the problem,” he said.

The ventilation system is a “complex” one that has been in place from the time the hospital was built, he said.

Drug Serv

Arising from the relocation of  outpatients at Cornwall Regional, services at the Drug Serv Mount Salem Health Centre being significantly scaled down.

This is to accommodate Accident and Emergency services for the Cornwall Regional Hospital.

The National Health Fund says only patients with prescriptions for chemotherapy and same day emergency prescriptions are being facilitated.

Other outpatients may fill their prescriptions at public sector pharmacies and health centres.

The National Health Fund says a further update on pharmacy services will be provided this afternoon.


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American Black Film Festival Awards Queen Latifah

Los Angeles, USA (McN) – Oscar-nominated actress Queen Latifah will be awarded at the upcoming American Black Film Festival Honors.

Queen Latifah  is set to receive the Entertainment Icon award at this years’ ceremony, in Los Angeles Friday, Feb.24.

The Emmy winning Latifah, who stars in Fox’s hot new series Star, says she is honoured to receive the award.

The Rapper turned actress, shows she is truly the queen of her industry, with her acting accolades such as, nomination for an Oscar for her role in Chicago, she also won an Emmy for producing the HBO movie “Bessie, ” and won a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The American Black Film Festival Honors will air on BET and Centric at 8:00 p.m.

Hosted for the event will be Actress Regina Hall.

Star of the series Empire, Terrence Howard will also be honoured.

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Popcaan Remix Single “World Cup” with Hip Hip Superstar Shyne

Kingston, Jamaica (McN) – Dancehall star Popcaan secured a deal to collaborate with Hip Hop star Shyne.

Jamaican Deejay artiste Popcaan will collaborate with Hip-Hop superstar Rapper Shyne, popularly known for his hit single Bad Boyz, featuring Jamaican reggae singer Barrington Levy.

The two will collaborate on the remix of  Popcaan’s hit single World Cup.

The single World Cup was a big hit for Popcaan last year, so much it became the unofficial theme song for the Jamaican Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro.

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Jamaican dancehall DJ indicted for allegedly attacking prison guard

A Jamaican dancehall DJ sentenced to prison for his role in an international cocaine ring was indicted last week for allegedly assaulting a corrections officer.

Andrew Davis, 38, is serving a 25-year sentence in South Woods State Prison for charges of cocaine distribution, money laundering and conspiracy. He allegedly assaulted corrections officer Victor Tapia on July 26.

A Cumberland County Grand Jury indicted Davis on Jan. 11 for a charge of aggravated assault against a corrections officer.

Tapia was in the medium-security section of the prison around 8 p.m. on July 26 when Davis allegedly began punching the officer. Tapia has since returned back to work, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

Davis, who performed under the names “Flippa Mafia” and “Flippa Moggela,” is a former resident of Swedesboro, Gloucester County, but eventually moved to Kingston, Jamaica. He conspired to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine from California to New Jersey, using the United States Postal Service and other delivery services to traffic the drugs.

uthorities first uncovered the ring in March 2011 when authorities from Camden and Burlington counties seized a shipment. New Jersey State Police worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Operation Next Day Air, to investigate the ring. Authorities arrested nine people, including six New Jersey residents, in 2013.

Davis was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to 25 years in prison on June 3, 2016. In addition to the sentence, he was ordered to pay $250,000 for an anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.

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Alleged Jamaican Criminal Included in Us Immigration Raid (full story)

NEW YORK — Immigration officials arrested 41 undocumented people last week in the New York City area, 38 of whom had criminal convictions, including residents from the North Shore of Staten Island, Bushwick and Elmhurst, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and advocates.

The raids were part of “routine, daily targeted operations to arrest criminal aliens and other individuals who are in violation of our nation’s immigration laws,” according to a Feb. 11 memo leaked to New York Immigration Coalition over the weekend.

On Monday ICE confirmed some of the details in the memo, adding that the arrests included a self-professed gang member from El Salvadoran gang member with an assault conviction and a Jamaican and a Mexican with first degree sexual assault convictions against children under the age of 11.

The agency didn’t release any further details on the other 38 people cuffed between Monday and Friday last week and no further information on the three people who’d been arrested with no criminal convictions.

When describing the week-long sweep nationwide where they arrested 680 people in total, the agency said, “75 percent were criminal aliens, convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges.”

Last week’s raids in the New York area detained fewer people than a sweep last August targeting 58 people with felony convictions, a history of gang activity or multiple misdemeanor convictions, according to ICE.

President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order greatly expanded undocumented immigrants who can be targeted by the agency to include people who’ve been charged with crimes but not convicted, people who are suspected of criminal activity but not charged, and those charged with misdemeanors.

It’s not immediately clear if last week’s arrests included people under those broadened standards.

Still, there’s a heightened sense of fear within immigrant communities because of the way Trump talked about immigration on the campaign trail, advocates said. By Saturday, rumors of raids had spread like wildfire among immigrants in neighborhoods like Bushwick, Jackson Heights and Corona.

“[It’s] freaking everybody out,” said Rob Solano, director of Churches United for Fair Housing, a religious network that serves mostly immigrants in Brooklyn and has organized emergency “Know Your Rights” clinics in network churches. “There is a fear of being taken and not doing something wrong.”

Advocates with different immigrants-rights groups had information on seven cases of New York City residents arrested as of Monday, but declined to release their names or any details on the reason for their arrests.

The group Make the Road New York said it’s been in contact with the families of five Staten Island residents who were detained by ICE officials this week on the North Shore and Mid-Island, according to spokesman Daniel Altschuler, who declined to provide more information about their cases.

The organization also confirmed one detention in Elmhurst, Altschuler said.

Immigrant Defense Project lawyer Genia Blaser said she knew of one arrest that took place in Bushwick. A 30-year-old man from Puebla, Mexico, was arrested in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday morning, said Blaser, who’d been contacted by the man’s girlfriend and brother following his detainment.

Blaser said that the man had been deported 10 years ago following a criminal conviction and had re-entered the New York City area five years ago. He’d been working in retail, she added.

The man’s girlfriend and brother couldn’t immediately be reached immediately for comment.


February 12.

” the cracking down on illegal criminals is mearly the keeping of my campaign promise. Gang members, drug dealer and others are being removed,” President Tweeted on Feb 12.

The NYPD referred calls for comment to ICE.

The mayor’s office said it had received “credible reports” from the New York Immigration Coalition.

“The Mayor is closely monitoring the situation and the administration is working with NYPD and community organizations to verify the activity as we receive reports,” spokeswoman Rosemary Boeglin said.

Mayor of New York, Bill de Basio tweeted back that his administration will continue to stand with New Yorkers, who are foreign born – documented or undocumented.

“We will use all the tools at our disposal to protect them from federal overreach.” Vowed Mayor Bill de Blasio

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As Tints are Removed – Vere Taxi Tells Media and Government “Be More Tactful”

McKoy’s News (McN) – The Jamaican government ordered the removal of all tints on Public Passenger Vehicles [PPVs], beginning Monday February 14, 2017. This order directed from the office of the Prime Minister, follows police information of surge in attacks and murders on women and girls island-wide, by men posing as taxi drivers.

On Monday (Feb 14), operation “Removal of Tints from PPVs” went underway.

Over 300 operators of Public Passenger Vehicles island-wide removed tints from their motorcar, as the police enforced the tint removal regulations.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, head of the Highway and Traffic Division, says several joint operations were carried-out island wide with the Island Traffic Authority and the Transport Authority.

According to SSP Allen, many PPV operators were complaint with the regulations, however, there were non-compliant operators whose registration (red PPV) plates were removed.

Vere Taxi Association

In the meanwhile, veteran taxi operation – Vere Taxi Association in Clarendon is asking the government, and the media to be more responsible in public delivery of information about the sector.

Fredrick Bryan, President of the Vere Taxi Association told the press, legitimate taxi operators (PPV red-plates) are being unfairly labeled, for acts committed by persons who run illegal/ robot taxis (white-plates), or who pose as taxi operators.

Bryan says the stereotyping of good, law-abiding, decent, legal red-plate taxi drivers, as criminals is affecting the taxi business. The public is now mindful of taxi operators, he says.

“I’m just asking the we are treated with utmost respect,” President of the Vere Taxi Association, Mr. Fredric Bryan, request as he discussed the issues surrounding the PM’s order of removal of tins from PPVs.

“We, have to be tactful in how we deal with our operators, says Byan.”

Mr. Bryan says he is in support of anti-crime measure. He sounded out a reminder that taxi operators are very important to the economy, and the part in which they play compares to any essential service.

Fredric Byan echos what the PPV taxi operators wants the public to know.

“Taxi Operators are the legally registered Red-Plate operators, the White-Plates – they are not Taxis, they are Robots”says Bryan.

He concluded with, taxi operators have been under extreme stress from the negative sharing on social media, and the information provided to commuters by the government and the media.

He pointed out that the operators have to be careful too, however, he is encouraging the public to be careful when choosing a taxi operator. Go with the operator you know, urges Bryan.