I want to buy a car for my fiance (Jamaica citizen).
Can I buy one and title it in his name? Must I pay in cash or can I make purchase using Credit (not credit card)?
ANSWER: June-05-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
I am not in a position to say yes or no to the first question. Regarding the second one though, you should be able to pay using credit, but I am not sure how it will work in your situation- considering that you are in the states.
There may be a different procedure or requirement if you are getting the credit here, versus the states, since you are living there.
In either case, I would suggest you contact one of the Car Dealers here to get and idea.
They should be able to speak to you confidently on both issues.
what does it look like? Is it indigenous to Jamaica? Thanks
Answser: Feb-18-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
I did a little research for you.
It doesn't appear as if it is indigenous to Jamaica specifically.
It is native to the general South and Central America region. Above is a picture of it.
I also found this information on Wikipedia you might find useful...
The Allamanda, also known as Yellow Bell, Golden Trumpet or Buttercup Flower, is a genus of tropical shrubs or vines belonging to the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).
Their year-round production of large, bright flowers have made the Allamanda popular ornamental.
A woody, evergreen shrub with vigorous growth, Allamanda may reach a free-standing height of 2 metres or more.
The leathery leaves are lancelike, pointed, and may either be opposite or in whorls of three or four.
The yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers are 5-7.5 centimetres in diameter; cultivated forms tend towards larger blooms which may also be white, purple, pink or orange in colour.
Their scent may be described as delicate and fruity.
In the wild, Allamanda grow along riverbanks and other open, sunny areas with adequate rainfall and perpetually moist substrate.
The plants do not tolerate shade, salty or alkaline soils; they are highly sensitive to frost. Allamanda are otherwise undemanding and with appropriate conditions will grow rapidly, from 1-3 metres annually.
The seed capsules are oval and prickly; cultivated forms rarely produce seeds, but Allamanda are easily propagated from cuttings. Discarded cuttings are quick to take root.
Allamanda have become naturalized throughout the tropics; they may be seen in roadside ditches, abandoned yards and dumps. As a controlling measure, cutting is ineffecive with Allamanda and will lead to vigorous coppicing.
Owing to its fast growth, Allamanda has been introduced widely where it is used as a ground cover or for hedges and screens. In some areas Allamanda are an invasive species, notably Allamanda cathartica in Queensland, Australia.
The leaves, roots and flowers may be used in the preparation of a powerful cathartic (hence the name); the milky sap is also known to possess antibacterial and possibly anticancer properties.
The genus name Allamanda derives from Dr. Frederich Allamanda (1735-1803), a Swiss botanist of the late 18th century.
How important are animals to Jamaica's ecosystems?
ANSWER: June-16-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
Very important, thanks for asking.
As you may have already know, an ecosystem is defined as all of the factors that allow a healthy environment to function; the complex relationships among an area's resources, habitats and residents.
An ecosystem may include people, wildlife, fish, trees, water and several other living and non-living elements.
When we refer to animals then, it is not just mammals, but the entire animal kingdom.
In the very broadest of scope, outside of the food chain relationship- meaning we need their meat for food, we do need them for many other things.
For example, cows gives us milk, and donkeys and horses provides us transportation. Some insects help us with food too; like honey from the bees; Earthworms are great for plants as well.
Animals also provides great companionship to us, especially to kids and older folks. Of course, they need us to take care of them too, especially in illness.
In terms of the wider environment, animals and insects who eat carrion keep the environment cleaner, bees and butterflies pollinate flowers and trees, snakes keep fast breeding rodents under control and trees provide shelter and food while bats both pollinate some plants and control insect populations.
Get the gist?
Also, If you remember the photosynthesis cycle from Biology class, you'll realize that animals provides carbon dioxide (their waste) to plants, which is one of the main ingredient plants use to make food for us to eat.
It all goes on and on in a very simple but complex and coordinated way. Therefore, the destruction of an single species can have a significant effect ultimately on any ecosystem.
Question: What is the biological and economic importance of this system?
Answer: Oct-06-2008 by Wellesley Gayle
"The Black River was for years believed to be the longest river in Jamaica until recent research reveals that this position is held by the Rio Minho which is 92.8 km long. It was originally called Rio Caobana (Mahogany River) by the Spaniards.
The mangroves that grow close to the banks of the river are a haven for over 100 species of birds, crabs, fishes, frogs, crocodiles and other wildlife." JNHT
It has a complex ecosystem that provides a "habitat for endemic, endangered and threatened species, including Crocodylus acutus (American crocodile) (Vulnerable } IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and CITES Appendix I species) and Dendrocygna arborea (West Indian whistling duck) (Vulnerable } IUCN Red List of Threatened Species ); nurseries to marine shrimp and fish species and genetic reserves for flowering plants." Wiley Interscience Journal, December 2006, Article By SHAKIRA AZAN and DALE WEBBER
CLICK HERE and access the entire article for more.
For information on the Black River Safari tour click here.
While we were there, we heard one particular song played all the time wherever we went. It really was popular and we tried to purchase a CD in the airport before we left.
They were playing it in one of the shops. They said it was by Mavado, but am not sure.
It was a song that really got you wanting to dance! Do you have any suggestions on what it may be? It wasn't really a rap song, just more Jamaican, with words that you could sing. Any help or suggestions?
ANSWER: July-05-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
I wonder if it is 'So Blessed'? or "So Special"? Not sure.
I would like to find my father Wesley Brown. He was living in St Catherine, Willow Dean.
He is about 72 year old now. The information I got about him is that he use to work for Francis White as a bus driver. She lived in #9 land air close, Constant Spring and the supervisor was miss Maurice at the clothing and texture factory in Old Harbour road in 1970 or 1972 .
My name is Walston Brown and my number is 1-876-478-1933 or 1-876-292-3194, may god bless you thanks a lot.
ANSWER: May-17-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
Hi Walston Brown,
Try this link. I have attempted to help quite a few persons this way.
I also understand that the Susan Show on CVM (local TV) might also help you, so you might want to try them.
Their contact is: The Susan Show, c/o Simber Productions,Unit # 6, Ballater Commercial Complex, 19-21 Ballater Avenue, Kingston 10, Jamaica,
Can you give me some information on the Jamaican Octupi? Many thanks.
Answer: March-03-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
I am not aware of a 'Jamaican' Octopi (plural for Octupus).
Here, however, is some general information on wikipeida that should give you some insight into the animal.
The octopus with plural forms: octopuses, octopi, or octopodes, is a cephalopod of the order Octopoda that inhabits many diverse regions of the ocean, especially coral reefs.
The term may also refer to only those creatures in the genus Octopus. In the larger sense, there are around 300 recognized octopus species, which is over one-third of the total number of known cephalopod species.
An octopus has eight flexible arms, which trail behind it as it swims.
Most octopuses have no internal or external skeleton, allowing them to squeeze through tight places. An octopus has a hard beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms.
Octopuses are highly intelligent, probably the most intelligent invertebrates. They are known to build "forts" and "traps" in the wild, and for rearranging tanks and burying other animals alive in domestication. For this reason, they are quite notorious among aquarium operators.
For defense against predators, they hide, flee quickly, expel ink, or use color-changing camouflage. Octopuses are bilaterally symmetrical, like other cephalopods, with two eyes and four pairs of arms.
For more information on this interesting water animal, visit the wikipeida page for more.
Hi, my friend bought a car from a dealership in Jamaica that turned out to be a lemon.
He has put a lot of money in keeping the car on the road since it is his source of income.
He talked to the dealership about returning the car or getting a replacement.
The dealership will allow him to return the car but will not refund his down payment until they sell the car.
He has had problems from day 1 with the car: they installed the wrong battery, they included the wrong lug nuts and spare tire with the car, and the car needed the o2 sensor replaced even before it was sold.
My friend is young and this is his first car purchase.
He has said there is no one in Jamaica who can help him.
Please let me know if there is an agency who can help him either get another car or his money back (without waiting for the car to be sold) from this dealership.
Thanks so much in advance for reading this long question.
I appreciate your and the readers responses. God Bless!!
ANSWER: September-29-2009 by Wellesley Gayle
I don't mind the length of the question, but this sounds very suspicious, honestly. I can't accept that 'there is no one in Jamaica who can help'.