Why Jamaican Students need Google Chromebooks to prepare for CSEC and CAPE 2020

The CSEC and CAPE Exam results from the CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) are out since Wednesday August 14 (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2019, August 14).

Why Jamaican Students need Google Chromebooks

The results were released in a staggered format (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2019, August 13) to avoid the website crashing.

The grades were released as follows:

  • CAPE results between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday August 13, 2019
  • CSEC results between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019

And as usual there are many interesting stories of students getting grades despite trying circumstances, with more passes in English and Math taking a hit (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2019, August 14), a story awash with statistics galore worthy of another article.

But the grades might plummet next year, and it’s not due to a Math crisis (Thomas, 2019, August 22) or the perception of one.

It will have to do with typing.

CXC and e-testing – Saving Paper while fighting Hurricanes

You see, back in May 2018 (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2018, May 11), The Ministry of Education announced that the CXC would be going online in 2019.

Already a few such exams are being done online in 2019, with Technical Drawing as well as IT (Information Technology) going that route. Schools used their IT Labs to administer the test, which are recorded online and graded online as well.

All this is due to the BVI (British Virgin Island) losing a lot of the physical records for many of their students during Hurricane Irma in September 2017 (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2017, September 8). Since then, they have gone the route of e-testing, which is administering the test via a specially designed website on computers.

Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean followed suite in 2019 with all subjects expected to go the e-testing route by 2020 (Deer, 2018, June 25). So there is a need to get student up to speed with e-testing and more specifically, how to manipulate the keyboard and type faster during the exam.

Google Chromebooks – Practice typing skills for CSEC and CAPE 2020

Learning to type quickly is necessary, as slow typing skills can frustrate even the brightest student, who may have to hunt-and-peck to enter their answers.

The multiple choice paper may be fairly easy, as all you have to use is the mouse, but short answer questions and questions where they will have to use a drawing pad to draw diagrams may pose a challenge.

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Here are a few websites you can practice on to improve your typing accuracy and speed:

A fairly simple solution, however, is to have parents of student sitting the exams purchase Google Chromebooks. A chromebook is a lightweight notebook with no harddrive or CD drive, so it is easy to carry and requires little technical knowledge to operate.

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Available online at reasonable prices as low as US$50, all students will need to get a chromebook in order to practice using a computer. Chromebooks run on the Chrome OS, which would teachers to use Google tools such as Google Forms and Quizizz, which are both websites, to make quizzes and tests similar to those used by CSEC.

It would give teachers  the opportunity to not only set tests using online platforms such as Quizziz as well as Google Forms, but also to give them practice with manipulating the keyboard and improving their typing skills.

Students, who are interested in doing well in CSEC and CAPE and are aware of this change i.e. tests being online, will make the necessary sacrifice to purchase one.

So students sitting CSEC and CAPE in 2020, invest in a Google Chromebook today!! Call 876-865-5900 or 876-546-0286 order one today!!!


  1. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2017, September 8). A Look At The Damage From Hurricane Irma In The Caribbean. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20170908/look-damage-hurricane-irma-caribbean
  2. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2018, May 11). Online CXC Exams Coming. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20180511/online-cxc-exams-coming
  3. Deer, L. (2018, June 25). Jamaican students doing CSEC Exams online in 2019 heralds Open Source Software Developement Future. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2018/06/jamaica-CSEC-Exams-online-2019.html
  4. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2019, August 13). CXC Announces Staggered Regional Release Of CAPE, CSEC Results. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20190813/cxc-announces-staggered-regional-release-cape-csec-results
  5. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2019, August 14). CAPE Results Out, CSEC Results Due Tomorrow. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190814/cape-results-out-csec-results-due-tomorrow
  6. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2019, August 14). Improvement In CSEC English Passes, Math Grades Down. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20190814/improvement-csec-english-passes-math-grades-down
  7. Thomas, C. (2019, August 22).We Are In A Math Crisis’ – Samuda Laments Poor Performance In Subject Area, Calls On Retired Teachers To Help. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190822/we-are-math-crisis-samuda-laments-poor-performance-subject-area-calls


How Jamaicans can make US$500000 as an Affiliate Marketer

Jamaicans can make almost US$500000 per month by becoming Affiliate Marketers.

An Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in you, as the Affiliate marketer get paid to bring business i.e. visitor or customer to the Affiliate’s business and thus make conversion, or sales.

Affiliate marketers are effectively the equivalent of franchise and is actually similar to someone owning a franchise in a fast food business.

As such it has four (4) main components:

  • The merchant i.e. retailer selling products
  • The Affiliate i.e. the retailer’s product review website linking to products to be sold
  • The Affiliate marketer i.e. the persons selling on behalf of the Affiliate
  • The consumer i.e. they visit the Affiliate site, clicks the Affiliate link to the retailer’s website and purchases the retailer’s product

In the process, you get a percentage of the sale transaction. The advantages (Patel, 2015 January 16) of being an Affiliate marketer are as follows:

  • Proven ability to make money
  • 90% success rate
  • Clear fit for you marketing product in the niche you’ve chosen
  • Lots of support via various online communities

This is much easier to get into than being and Entrepreneur (Daley, 2013, September 13), as you are basically:

  • Unsure if your product will sell
  • 10% succeed
  • Very risky as not sure if product will sell
  • On your own most of the time

Best of all, with Affiliate marketing, you don’t need a massive audience to make money or any of your own product’s. Neither do you need dedicated clients or employees, albeit they will help you to make stable income as you expand. All you need to do is watch this video.

So what are the best Affiliate Programs?

Affiliate Marketing – Tools you’ll need to get started

First you need to have the following:

  • Website
  • Social Media Accounts i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn
  • Email for business
  • Social Media Promotional Account or Page

You will also need:

  • Paypal Account (Deer, 2015, September 9) as your main Payment Gateway
  • Payoneer Account (Deer, 2015, September 10), an Bank of America Prepaid Debit Card
  • Scotia VISA Debit (Deer, 2012, February 13) or CIBC First Caribbean VISA Debit Card
  • Broadband Internet at home from FLOW or Digicel Play (Deer, 2016, June 28)
  • Notebook or Journal to keep Track of all your Online Accounts and Passwords
  • Portfolio of Published Written Work on a blog or Website online i.e. Blogs, e-books
  • A VPN (Virtual Private Network) Connection
  • A Friend or relative living abroad

So, let’s get started!!

Affiliate Programs vs. Affiliate Network – How to find them and key definitions

Then choose an Affiliate marketing program. There are two (2) types of Affiliate marketing programs:

  • Affiliate programs
  • Affiliate Network

Self-hosted programs run on the company’s website with Affiliate software tools. They can be easily found via a Google search using the terms “Brand + Affiliate Program”, where the word “Brand” is replaced by the brand name of the product or services you are looking for.

Based on my research, the best Affiliate Programs are:

  • Website Affiliate Programs
  • Travel Affiliate Programs
  • Finance and Credit Card Affiliate Programs
  • Fitness Affiliate Programs
  • CBD Affiliate Programs
  • Fashion Affiliate Programs
  • Best Recurring Affiliate Programs
  • Beauty and Makeup Affiliate Programs
  • Gaming and Twitch Affiliate Programs
  • Music Affiliate Programs
  • Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Affiliate Programs
  • Sports Affiliate Programs
  • Pinterest Affiliate Marketing Programs

Search for these and discover a galaxy of untold possibility (Enfroy, 2019, August 15)!!!

But if you wish to make money with a group that encourages you, then you need to join an Affiliate Networks.  A list of the best Affiliate Networks (Edwards, 2018, May 17) (Copadis, 2019) in 2019, are:

  • Avangate
  • Avantlink
  • BlueHost
  • BlueHost
  • CJ Affiliate by Conversant
  • Clickbank
  • eBay Partner Network
  • FlexOffers
  • GiddyUp
  • Grammarly
  • HostGator
  • Hostinger
  • iTunes Store
  • James Allen
  • JVZoo
  • LiquidWeb
  • MediTravels
  • Plus500 Affiliate Program
  • Rakuten Marketing
  • Sandals Resorts
  • SEMRush
  • Shareasale
  • SiteGround
  • StudioPress
  • Template Monster
  • Udemy
  • Villiers
  • VIP Cars
  • WP Engine
  • Amazon Associates

This is usually a website or hosting platforms with a collection of Affiliate Programs.

These networks help you as they:

  • Direct you to join multiple new Affiliate Programs in different verticals
  • View reporting on the performance of these Affiliate Programs
  • See your commissions for multiple Affiliate Programs

So what are the keys to success with Affiliate marketing?

Secrets to Affiliate marketing – Most Profitable Niches online

The following secrets to Affiliate marketing will help you to make money online:

  • Use Videos to get people’s attention
  • Target highly profitable and popular niches
  • Use a proven message to get lots of buyers
  • Only promote what people are buying
  • Use paid online advertising

The best most profitable Niches (Edmondson, 2019, April 15) online are:

  • Fitness and Weight Loss
  • Health
  • Dating and Relationships
  • Pets
  • Self-Improvement
  • Wealth Building Through Investing
  • Make Money on the Internet
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Gadgets and Technology
  • Personal Finance

So I’ll break this down these secrets in a few more simple steps.

Video Advertising – Easier to get buyers for your product

One of the best places to find videos for various niche, or area of focus is pond5.com.

Other sources of video such as Creative Commons videos exist that you can obtain via searching and filtering out, downloading and editing with Avidemux to make your own videos……if you are that talented.

Presell Page – Stick to the Proven Script

Use a proven script that exists, as you are more likely to sell the product than if you make up your own script.

So best to use a presell page for your product or design one with words that will encourage people to click on your Affiliate link and purchase your product.

Promoting products that are hot – Ride the Wave

Finally, promoting products that are ALREADY selling! Do not root for the underdog as that takes more work.

Do this by paying for ad spots on websites, Search engines or popular Social Media pages such as an Instagram or Pinterest page (Deer, 2018, May 20) that are already selling is like riding a wave. Best to get on the way early before it dies out.

Affiliate Marketing – Market your Presell Page Internationally

There are many things that people are not doing when selling Affiliate Programs on your website:

  • Targeting the right audience with the right niche
  • Build recurring commissions from your Affiliate program
  • Use a Swife file i.e. a collection of tested and proven ads
  • Thinking that technical knowledge gives them an advantage in sales
  • Using a pre-created presell page
  • Using Free Advertising Credit bean offered on Ad Networks e.g. Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, Amazon
  • Advertising Internationally

So in summary follow the few simple steps:

  1. Choose an Affiliate Program or Network
  2. Purchase a presell page – Best to purchase a presell page or have someone build you one on fiverr (Deer, 2019, April 22). A lot of tools exist to automate tasks so take advantage of them, such as using Facebook to match people in your buyers list to other on Facebook that are most likely to purchase your product.
  3. Create or get a Buyer’s list of emails to start – The best way to get the buyers list is to join an Affiliate program is ask the Affiliate program or Affiliate group to send you a list of their buyers. Many will tell you no, but some will send you a list of their buyers list to use in your email ad campaigns to get started.
  4. Pay for Ads on websites, Search Engines or Social Media Platforms – As mentioned before, pay for adverting on websites, Search Engines or Social Media Platforms (Deer, 2018, July 24) once you email campaigns have stated to make money.

You’ll make more money this way if you pay upwards of US$250 to US$1000 to advertise on websites, Search Engines or Social Media Platforms than trying to use free advertising (Deer, 2017, August 26) as your results will be very small.

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  1. Copadis, A. (2019). Go for Gold: The 15 Most Profitable Affiliate Programs with High Ticket Items and High Commissions most-profitable-affiliate-programs. Retrieved from https://cospot.com/affiliate/most-profitable-affiliate-programs/
  2. Deer, L. (2012, February 13). How to use Scotia VISA Debit Card Online. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/how-to-use-scotia-visa-debit-card-online/
  3. Daley, J. (2013, September 13). What Is the Real Survival Rate of Franchised Businesses? Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227394
  4. Patel, N. (2015 January 16). 90% Of Startups Fail: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 10%. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2015/01/16/90-of-startups-will-fail-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-10/
  5. Deer, L. (2015, September 9). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Paypal Account. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/how-jamaicans-can-make-money-online-setting-up-a-paypal-account/
  6. Deer, L. (2015, September 10). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/setting-up-payoneer-prepaid-mastercard/
  7. Deer, L. (2016, June 28). Digicel Play has 35,000 customers as FLOW Jamaica Horizon fails to impress. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/digicel-play-35000-customers/
  8. Deer, L. (2017, August 26). How Jamaicans can advertise for free locally and Internationally. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/jamaica-online-classifieds-ads/
  9. Edwards, G. (2018, May 17). Top 10 Affiliate Networks and Programs That Aren’t Amazon in 2019. Retrieved from https://empireflippers.com/best-affiliate-networks-programs/
  10. Deer, L. (2018 , May 20). How Jamaicans can make money from Instagram and Pinterest. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/jamaicans-instagram-pinterest/
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  12. Deer, L. (2018, July 24). How Paid Advertising, SEM and SMM can generate Sales to Jamaican e-commerce Websites. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/paid-advertising-sem-smm-jamaican-e-commerce-websites/
  13. Edmondson, B. (2019, April 15). 10 Best-Selling Most Popular Niches to Make Money Online. Retrieved from https://www.thebalancesmb.com/best-selling-niches-to-make-money-online-4109702
  14. Deer, L. (2019, April 22). How Jamaicans can make US$1000 monthly with these high demand Gigs on fiverr, peopleperhour or fivesquid. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2019/04/22/best-fiverr-gigs-for-jamaicans/
  15. Enfroy, A. (2019, August 15). 97+ BEST AFFILIATE PROGRAMS OF 2019 (HIGHEST PAYING FOR BEGINNERS). Retrieved from https://www.adamenfroy.com/best-high-paying-Affiliate-programs

How Jamaicans can choose between the LG K11 and the Samsung A20

The LG K11 is older having launched in July 2018 as opposed to the Samsung Galaxy A20 in March 2019. Both are dual SIM and Quad band for 2G, 3G with LTE not being clear for the LG K11.

The LG K11 is lighter at 126 g as opposed to the Samsung’s 169 g, a shade heavier. This is most likely due to its larger battery and screen.

Both have 32GB of internal storage and 2 to 3GB RAM, with the LG K11α having the smaller 16GB size internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy A20, however, has a bigger 4000 mAh battery as opposed to the LG K11 3000 mAh, which should translate to a longer usage time. The Samsung Galaxy A20 only costs US$109 whereas the LG K11 only costs US$134 online on Amazon!!!

Based on specs alone, I would go with the Samsung Galaxy A20, once price is no object!!!

Our Story Tours offers Trips and Tours of the Island of Jamaica

Our Story Tours provides private custom tours anywhere in Jamaica. Our Story Tours is owned and operated by Colin McDonald and his team of professional guides, with twenty six (26) years of experience.

Mr. McDonald, the company’s CEO, holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Jamaican Heritage Studies. He is an adjunct lecturer at The Mico University College in Social Studies and Sociology. He is also the program coordinator for the professional certificate in tour guiding.

Over the years, Mr. McDonald taken overseas visitors on tour of the island, giving them a refreshing narrative of the history and culture of the island.

He has also taken them on excursions to many off-the-beaten-path areas of the island to experience the rural interior of the country, interacting with ordinary Jamaicans.

Our Story Tours – Trips and Tours

The trips will take you to many cultural sites, museums and heritage sites, old and refurbished.

He always give a wholesome, honest view and information of Jamaica’s history and contemporary circumstances, giving his visitors time to relax and enjoy the offerings of interest to them.

Music tours of Kingston include:

  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Trench Town
  • Tuff Gong Studios

There is also an exciting selection of tours including:

  • Coffee Tours
  • Hiking Tours
  • Port Royal
  • Marcus Garvey
  • National Heroes Shrine
  • Art Gallery
  • Hollywell National Park

There are also tours of historical places of interest including:

  • Charles Town Maroons
  • Moore Town Maroons

Portland Beaches, Farm Tour of Jamaican fruits and herbs, Cave Tours and various Festivals (depending on season of the year) are also a part of the tour package.

Visitors on tour can also enjoy Jamaican Cuisine and Fruits of the Season, Mineral Springs, Falls and Beaches and Botanical Gardens.

There is also Reggae/Dance hall session, Rum Tour, Rasta Village Tour, Light House Tour and sporting events including track and field events.

Tell us your interest and we at Our Story Tours will work it out for you! It’s a little island with a big heart and varied offerings. Be it a single person or a group, let’s gets in touch and work out the details to your satisfaction.

Our Story Tours

Email: ourstorytours@gmail.com

Tel: (876)-377-5693


Why the Shooting River Bridge in Ramble, St. Thomas is falling down and the NWA not effecting Repairs

“Ramble Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down”

Song by students in Ramble, St Thomas, while the Jamaica Star reported on the Ramble Bridge

The Ramble bridge is used by thousands of commuters to access other remote sections of the parish. Located in St. Thomas, not only is the bridge ugly but it now poses a danger (Williams. 2019, June 28) to both motorists and pedestrians.

The Ramble bridge, is actually called the Shooting River Bridge (Brown, 2015, June 8) as it straddles the shores of the Shooting River and connects the communities of Ramble to Cedar Valley.

The heavily used bridge is in a very dilapidated state. The journey across the bridge is like having a near-death experience, whether by vehicle or foot.

The loud, rumbling noise caused by the loose pieces of wood that shift with each movement makes the approximate 10-second vehicular trek seems like an eternity.

The residents of Bramble have been trying since 2011 (Cunningham, 2011, January 22) to get the Government of Jamaica to do repairs to the bridge. However, they have been frustrated by the inaction and lack of concern for their safety.

So how bad has the bridge deteriorated now?

Shooting River Bridge in Ramble – St. Thomas upgrade plans must include bridges and lights

The Iron supports under the bridge have begun to rot away as pointed out by several residents in Ramble.

“All it need was for them to remove the rotten boards and replace them with new ones before it get to this stage, but is years now dem don’t do nutten to it,” said resident Hylton Grant back in 2015 (Brown, 2015, June 8).

Cars and taxis can comfortably cross the bridge, but it only allows single lane traffic.

The bridge is barely strong enough to and dwidle enough to allow a pickup truck to pass. Anything heavier, and it would easily collapse, says the residents.

There is also no Streetlight near the bridge, even though the Government of Jamaica has plans to install some 105,000 LED Street Lights (Williams, 2018, May 17) across Jamaica. Residents from time to time have changed the rotting wooden boards and reinforced the iron supports underneath, but this is only a temporary measure.

The Government of Jamaica is currently undertaking work in the St. Thomas area to upgrade the parish with plans for upgrade of infrastructure (Williams, 2019, June 27) as well as for re-establish the parish as a transport and work hub.

Hopefully part of their plans will include the rehabilitation of the Ramble Bridge, preferably with some LED Light to make safe passage of the bridge possible.


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  2. Brown, I. (2015, June 8). St Thomas residents call on NWA to quickly repair Shooting River Bridge. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Death-trap_19080863
  3. Williams, R. (2018, May 17). Minister Williams Hails JPS Initiative to Install 105,000 LED Street Lights. Retrieved from https://jis.gov.jm/minister-williams-hails-jps-initiative-to-install-105000-led-street-lights/
  4. Williams, A. (2019, June 27). St Thomas Pins Great Hopes On Morant Bay Urban Centre. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190627/st-thomas-pins-great-hopes-morant-bay-urban-centre
  5. A. (2019, June 28). Motorists, pedestrians fear Ramble Bridge. Retrieved from http://jamaica-star.com/article/news/20190628/motorists-pedestrians-fear-ramble-bridge