Why PEP to replace GSAT in 2019 and How to dispose of an old Jamaican Flag

39,129 students across the island sat the GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test) (Thompson, 2016, March 19) on Thursday March 17th and Friday March 18th 2016 just before the start of the Easter Break.

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Many found the Social Studies paper far easier than the Mathematics paper (Bailey, 2016, March 18), but one question had everybody, even adults, stumped. The question related to how to treat an old and worn Jamaican flag (Brown, 2016, March 21). The exact wording of the question that baffled even adults was as follows:

There is a torn national flag and you have to dispose of it. Which of the below answers is the correct method of disposing of the national flag? 

  1. Bury it.
  2. Tear it up.
  3. Burn it.

Confused GSAT Students – JIS had the answer on its website

This question had many GSAT students and parents confused, as some claimed that they’d been taught that the flag was to be buried while other said it was to be burnt. Jamaica’s foremost protocol expert Merrick Needham (The Jamaica Observer, 2016, March 23) soon weighed in, albeit the advice was clearly listed on the JIS (Jamaica Information Service) Website:

  • The Jamaican flag should never be allowed to touch the ground or floor. It should not be flown or used only for decorative purposes on anything that is for temporary use and is likely to be discarded, except on state occasions.
  • The flag should never be smaller than any other flag flown at the same time.
  • Do not place any other flag above or to the right of the Jamaican flag, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions. (As seen from, say, a building looking outwards, i.e., the left when facing the building.)
  • Do not raise any foreign flag publicly, unless the Jamaican flag is also flown, except at foreign embassies, consulates and missions.
  • The flag shouldn’t be draped over vehicles, except on military, police and state occasions.

So with this information on the JIS Website, what of the students who answered that it should be buried, based on their GSAT textbooks?

Ministry of Education clears the Air – GSAT to get torched, privately, in 2019

The Ministry of Education finally weighed in, stating that the correct protocol was for the old flag (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2016, March 30) to be burned privately. However, those students that had answered that the flag was to be buried would not lose marks (The Jamaica Observer, 2016, March 29) due to the conflicting information in textbooks.

Interestingly too, future generations may not have to take the GSAT, as the Ministry of Education plans to sunset the exam by 2019 (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2016, March 26) and replace it with the PEP (Primary Exit Profile) along with other initiatives for Secondary School, suitable for another article. Still, it’s just one question that threw a spotlight on GSAT; the results are coming out in June 2016.

For now, most student have Bun and Cheese and Easter Egg (Deer, 2015, March 11) Hunts on their mind.


  1. Deer, L. (2015, March 11). How to Dye Bright Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Eggs to go with your Easter Bun. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/glow-in-the-dark-easter-eggs/
  2. Bailey, T. (2016, March 18). Social Studies Above Maths – Manchester Students Rank GSAT Papers. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20160318/social-studies-above-maths-manchester-students-rank-gsat-papers
  3. Thompson, T. (2016, March 19). Joy and Relief as Students Complete GSAT. Retrieved from http://jis.gov.jm/joy-relief-students-complete-gsat/
  4. Brown, D. (2016, March 21). The 2016 question that baffled GSAT students. Retrieved from http://www.loopjamaica.com/content/2016-question-baffled-gsat-students
  5. The Jamaica Observer. (2016, March 23). Needham tells how to treat old and worn J’can flag amidst GSAT controversy. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Needham-tells-how-to-treat-old-and-worn-J-can-flag-amidst-GSAT-controversy-_55506
  6. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2016, March 26). Exam To Replace GSAT To Be Introduced May 2019. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160326/exam-replace-gsat-be-introduced-may-2019
  7. The Jamaica Observer. (2016, March 29). No penalty for ‘bury it’ response to GSAT flag question. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/No-penalty-for–bury-it–response-to-GSAT-flag-question
  8. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2016, March 30). Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160330/education-ministry-clarifies-gsat-question-about-jamaican-flag
  9. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2016, March 30). Education Ministry Clarifies GSAT Question About Jamaican Flag. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160330/education-ministry-clarifies-gsat-question-about-jamaican-flag




How Nintendo’s Miitomo Social Gaming Network amassed 1 million users in 3 days

Nintendo’s first App, far from being a disappointment, may herald a new form of Mobile Social Network I’d like to call a Social Gaming Network.

This as their App, c has amassed some 1 million users in just three days (Barder, 2016 March 20). The App, which was launched on Thursday March 17th 2016 (Whitney, 2016, March 17) is based on the same Mii cartoonish characters you see on some Nintendo Wii Console games.

How Nintendo’s Miitomo Social Gaming Network amassed 1 million users in 3 days (3)

Miitomo is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices only in Japan, is currently the #1 App on both the Apple and Google Play App stores. It’s one of five (5) Apps that Nintendo and DeNa (Deer, 2015, March 20), the mobile game developer Nintendo has partnered, plans to launch (Whitney, 2016, March 17) in 2016.

Miitomo will be available in the US, UK and parts of Europe as time progresses. It’s the first of five Apps, with the rest being gaming apps and it may already be making Nintendo millions of dollars (Kohler, 2016, March 25) from in-App purchases.

So why is this social media game such a success?

Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile App – Why Nintendo will make revenue thanks to Wii popularity

It’s free to play and offer in-app purchases, its main bread and butter.

On creation, your Mii asks you a series of questions to build an avatar that matches you characteristics. Then you can roam the world of Miitomo, socializing (Bolton, 2016, March 24) with other characters and learning more about other persons with common interests by also asking them questions.

How Nintendo’s Miitomo Social Gaming Network amassed 1 million users in 3 days (1)

It seems the game popularity is being propelled by its association with the Nintendo brand. Also, the fact that the Mii in the game are the same characters used on the Nintendo Wii console platform, to many users, this might be a way for them to connect with others in a way that mimics their favourite Console.

Alas, there are no Mii’s that are based on Nintendo characters.  But that might soon change, given the fact that Nintendo is now alledgedly testing (Deer, 2016, March 7) their Pokemon Go Augmented Reality Game.

How Nintendo’s Miitomo Social Gaming Network amassed 1 million users in 3 days (2)

So folks, expect more exciting Apps from Nintendo on the run up to the debut of Pokemon Go!


  1. Barder, O. (2016 March 20). ‘Miitomo’ Has Amassed Over 1 Million Users In Three Days. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/olliebarder/2016/03/20/miitomo-has-amassed-over-1-million-users-in-three-days/
  2. Bolton, A. (2016, March 24). Thanks to Miitomo, my Mii is more social than me (hands-on). Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/Nintendo-miitomo/
  3. Deer, L. (2015, March 20). @DeNACorp and Nintendo partner for Smartphone and Tablet Games – Partnership to boost Mobile Games as VR and AR Beckons in 2016. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/03/DeNa-Nintendo-Smartphone-Tablet-VR-AR-Mobile-Games.html
  4. Deer, L. (2016, March 7).How Pokemon Go field testing going Global might include Jamaica. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/how-pokemon-go-field-testing-going-global-might-include-jamaica/
  5. Kohler, C. (2016, March 25). Mitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile App, is gonna make bank. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2016/03/miitomo-launch/
  6. Whitney, L. (2016, March 17). Nintendo finally goes mobile with Miitomo. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/Nintendo-miitomo-japan-mobile-App-gaming-Mii/


How Mangos Jamaica & The Gleaner’s ‘Earth Hour’ Instagram Competition helps Tourism

“The newly opened Mangos Jamaica Resort is delighted to partner with The Gleaner Online in support of the Earth Hour photo competition. Our newly renovated adults only, all-inclusive resort is nestled amongst lush landscaping. We welcome the opportunity to not only showcase the beauty of Jamaica but to bring awareness to the impact that pollution has on the island and ultimately our tourism product, if it continues,”

General Manager of Mangos Jamaica, Carolyn Lloyd, commenting on the ‘Earth Hour’ Instagram competition

Another day another Photography competition!

This time it’s ‘Earth Hour’ Instagram competition (The Jamaica Gleaner, 2016, March 24) that was launched on Tuesday March 22nd 2016 by Mangos Jamaica, formerly Pebbles Resort and the Gleaner Online.

Running until Tuesday April 5th 2016, this is definately something aimed adults (Deer, 2016, February 21) who are into photography. Too bad it wasn’t aimed at budding high school phone-tographers (Deer, 2015, August 2) who have acres of spare time over the Easter Holiday and want something cool to brag about winning when they return to school….but ok.

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The online competition requires photographers to submit photos that depict Jamaica’s most scenic landscapes. Then you have to take another photograph showing another place where pollution has taken a toll. Post to instagram must tag @jamaicagleaner and use the hashtag #ExtendTheHour for each entry.

The Gleaner naturally jumped on this bandwagon, seeing as the Gleaner is recyclable, to quote The Gleaner’s online brand manager, Terri-Karelle Reid: “The Gleaner prides itself on having a very strong digital presence locally and internationally. This has not only given our consumers wider options to consume their news but also minimizes the usage of paper. We advocate recycling in our offices and take the environment very seriously.”

The winner of the photo competition will receive:

  1. A complimentary two-night stay for two persons, in a Superior Oceanfront Room at the newly opened Mangos Jamaica
  2. A boutique beach resort in Trelawny

So why is a Resort named Mangoes Jamaica teaming up with the Jamaica Gleaner?

Mangos Jamaica ‘Earth Hour’ Instagram competition – Defending Jamaica from Pollution one image at a time

Mangos Jamaica was formerly Pebbles Resort and is a member of the JHTA (Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association). In case you’ve been living under a pebble for some time, the JHTA is the organization that represents Jamaican hotels, other visitor accommodations as well as most suppliers of goods and services to the tourism industry.

As for Mangos Jamaica, they’re located just 19 miles from Montego Bay International Airport and downtown Montego Bay on the Northwest Coast of Jamaica in the coastal village of Coopers Pen in the parish of Trelawny. After nine (9) months of renovations, the resort has been transformed into an authentic Jamaican, all-inclusive, adult’s only experience.

So they’re keen on keeping their beaches free of plastic pollution and litter, especially as many of them, such as Lyssons Beach and Marking Stone Beach are now being reverted back (Deer, 2016, February 3) to public beaches.

So of course they support this competition, as it helps to build awareness of the effect of plastic pollution (Deer, 2016, January 3) on our coral reefs and environment that pollutants such as plastic is having, to quote JHTA president Nicola Madden Greig (The Jamaica Observer, 2014, June 1): “The JHTA is always looking for innovative and impactful ways to engage and strengthen the brands of our members. The Gleaner has a great online platform that they have used for the advancement of various causes. We applaud their efforts in heightening the awareness about the environmental effects of pollution and also showcasing brand Jamaica”.

As for the Gleaner partnership, the Gleaner is made out of paper, which is environmentally friendly and can be used for packaging in place of Styrofoam (Deer, 2016, March 13), to quote She continued: “Partnering with Mangos Jamaica through the JHTA was a no brainer because the company is not only utilizing environmentally friendly products and procedures at the property but it also offers the perfect getaway and was a fitting prize for this competition”.

No brainer indeed as this initiative hints at how the Jamaica Gleaner can make more money from the Physical printed copy. Hopefully initiatives like this and NEPA (National Environmental Planning Agency) World Wetlands Day – Photography Competition (Brown, 2016, January 13) will increase awareness of pollution and how it is affecting the ability of Jamaica to earn from tourism.


  1. The Jamaica Observer. (2014, June 1). Nicola Madden Greig is new JHTA president. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Nicola-Madden-Greig-is-new-JHTA-president
  2. Deer, L. (2015, August 2). How to take High Quality Photographs with the Samsung Galaxy S6. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/how-to-take-high-quality-photographs-with-the-samsung-galaxy-s6/
  3. Deer, L. (2016, January 3). How US microbeads ban by 2017 means NEPA ban coming to protect Coral Reefs. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/01/US-microbeads-NEPA-Jamaican-importation-Coral-Reefs.html
  4. Brown, K. (2016, January 13). World Wetlands Day – Photography Competition by NEPA. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/world-wetlands-day-nepa-photography/
  5. Deer, L. (2016, February 3). JA$250 million TPDCO’s Beach Upgrade Programme sees Lyssons Beach and Marking Stone become Public Beaches. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/02/03/ja250-million-tpdcos-beach-upgrade-programme-sees-lyssons-beach-and-marking-stone-become-public-beaches/
  6. Deer, L. (2016, February 21). How the Photographers of St William Grant Park are beating smartphone Selfies. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/how-the-photographers-of-st-william-grant-park-are-beating-smartphone-selfies/
  7. Deer, L. (2016, March 13). Why Guyana banning Styrofoam and How Jamaican Bee farmers can benefit. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/03/Guyana-banning-Styrofoam-Jamaican-Beeswax-cardboard-mushrooms.html
  8. The Jamaica Gleaner. (2016, March 24). Mangos Jamaica, Gleaner Online Team Up For Earth Hour Photo Competition. Retrieved from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20160324/mangos-jamaica-gleaner-online-team-earth-hour-photo-competition



What is Radioactivity, Half-Life and Radioisotopes

The radioactive half-life (Nave, 2000) for a given radioisotope is a measure of the tendency of the nucleus to “decay” or “disintegrate”.

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Radioactive decay is a totally random event that is based purely upon probability.





The video explaining radioactive half-life should give you a good start to understanding the concept of radioactive half-life.

Alpha, Beta and Gamma Rays Radioactive Decay and Half-Life

Half-Life is the time it takes for half of a given sample to decay into stable components. This disintegration of the radioactive sample is via the release of radioactive particles (Deer, 2015, November 30) such as Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays.




Check out this video explaining Alpha, Beta and Gamma rays

Geiger Counters and radioisotopes

Different radioactive isotopes or radioisotopes (Encyclopædia Britannica, 1990) have different half-lives:

  • 5,715 years for carbon-14
  • 20 minutes for francium-223

The half-life of a radioactive sample is measured via using a Geiger-Muller counter (Deer, 2015, February 28). The half-life is a measure of time (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) and can be determined from:

  • Time taken for radioisotope nuclei in a sample to halve
  • Time taken for count rate from a radioactive isotope to fall to half



The video above explains how Radioisotopes decay.

Alpha, Beta and Gamma Decay Equations

As the element decays, it converts from one substance to another.

For example, Radium-219 decays to Polonium-215, emitting an alpha particle, which is basically a high energy Helium nuclei in the process. The Radium-219 is said to have undergone radioactive Alpha particle decay. The equation is a shown below.


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Carbon-14 decays (Wikipedia, 2016) to Nitrogen-14 emitting a beta particle (Whatisnuclear, 2015) and is said to undergoe radioactive beta decay. In radioactive Beta particle decay, a neutron turns into a proton and releases an electron or beta particle. The equation is a shown below.


After watching the video explaining Carbon-14 decay, this concept should become easier to understand.

Half Life Graphs and how to calculate Half-life

Radioactivity decreases with time and can be measured on a graph (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) showing the count rate decrease as each half-life period passes as shown below.

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The time take for the count rate on the graph (y-axis) to fall to half of its value is the half-life and can be read from the x-axis, which is calibrated in time.


After watching this video, you should understand how to using Graphs to solve Half-Life.

Half-life Calculations using Logarithmic relations

You can also solve worded problem for half life or the amount of a sample remaining, using the below equation:

(1/2)n = Rf


n = number of half-lives

Rf = fraction of radioisotope remaining relative to original amount

Worked Example of Half-Life Calculation

Example #1: How many years will it take for 88.0 grams of tritium to decay to an 11.0 gram sample? (The half-life of tritium is 12.3 years.)


First find the ratio Rf between the original sample (ChemTeam, 2001) and the final amount of tritium left after some of it has decayed.

11.0 g / 88.0 g = 0.125

Then plug this into the equation:

(1/2)n = 0.125

Using log then work out the value of n:

n log 0.5 = log 0.125

n = log 0.125 / log 0.5

n = 3

So the total time is calculated thus:

half-life x n = 12.3 years x 3  = 36.9 years

How to calculate the Half-Life for any sample

Using this equation, you can also calculate the half-life of any sample.

Example #2: A 208 g sample of sodium-24 decays to 13.0 g of sodium-24 in 60.0 hr. What is the half-life of this radioactive isotope?


Determine the decimal amount remaining:

13.0 g / 208 g = 0.0625

Determine the number of half-lives:

(1/2)n = 0.0625; n log 0.5 = log 0.0625; n = 4

Determine the length of the half-life:

60.0 hr / 4 = 15.0 hr

This is similar to using the Half-Life Graph (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) by looking visually for the sample count going down to half.

Uses of Radioisotopes

Radioisotopes are used (Kentchemistry, 2015) in various fields:

  • Detection of Disease
  • Tracing Chemical
  • Geological Dating
  • Archaeological Dating
  • Process Control in manufacturing
  • Food Irradiation
  • Smoke Detectors

This video above shows the uses of Radioactive Isotopes

Radioisotopes in Medicine – Imaging

The most commonly known use of Radioisotopes in medicine is in making X-rays. The x-ray machine (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) uses a hot cathode that emits electrons that are attracted to a tungsten anode. Some of the kinetic energy of the electrons is converted to x-rays as shown below.

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Skin and bone absorb x-rays and varies depending on the thickness and density of these parts of the body. The X-rays that pass through form the images that you see in X-ray images. Radiation from Gamma Rays is also used to sterilize equiptment (GCSE Bitesize, 2014).

Radioisotopes in Medicine – Tracers

Radioisotopes are also used as tracers in the body (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) to detect various (Kentchemistry, 2015) cancers.

  • Iodine-131, a beta emitter, in sodium iodide in drinking water to detect thyroid cancer
  • Sodium-24 injected into the bloodstream to study blood circulation and detect impaired circulation
  • Thallium-201 compound injected into the bloodstream to detect damage in heart tissue
  • Technetium-99m a decay product of  molybdenum-99, is used for locating brain tumors and damaged heart cells

Radioisotopes in Industry – Broken Pipes to Carbon Dating

Radioisotopes are also used in tracing leaks in pipes (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) as well as in smoke detectors using Americium-241 (Kentchemistry, 2015).

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Carbon-14, with half life of 5700 years is used in Archaeology (Kentchemistry, 2015) to determine the age of objects containing Carbon.  U-238 is used for dating rocks and has a half life of 4.5 billion years.

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See the graphs below (GCSE Bitesize, 2014) to get an idea of the half-lives of Carbon-14 and U-238.

Resources for Radioisotopes for further reading

Click on the following resources to learn more about the various uses of Radioisotopes in these fields:

GCSE Bitesize Uses of radioisotopes

GCSE Bitesize Radiation Treatment

Kent Chemistry Use of Radioisotopes

Chemwiki Uses of Radioisotopes


Half-Life calculations are easy to master once you understand the concepts of what a half-life represents both on a graph as well as in doing worded questions and mathematical calculations.

The best way to be comfortable with Half-life calculations is to practice many questions as often as possible.

Radioisotopes have many varies uses, from medical to sterilizing our food all of which are beneficial to mankind, with Nuclear War being a consequence of Nuclear Energy.

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Even more beneficial is the use of Radioisotopes as a potential long-lasting form of Alternative Energy that is cheaper and safer than coal.

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Thorium-90 is plentiful on the earth and may potentially power not only our homes but also our vehicles and even our smartphones in the future.


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How to use Google Cloud Print in Chrome to save a Web page to Google Drive

Here’s a handy trick that can save you a lot of time while doing research on a content article (Deer, 2015, September 16) or writing a book.

Since July 2012, Google Chrome comes with Google Cloud Print that allows you to save any Web page (Profis, 2012, July 10) to your Google Cloud Drive (Deer, 2013, May 19).

Simply follow the following instructions!

Click Ctrl+P when on the page you wish to save as a pdf. The following dialog box will appear.

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Click on Change button at the Destination label. The menu box should appear as shown below.

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Select Save to Google Drive option as shown below.

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The destination will change to Save to Google Drive. Then press the Save button in blue to save you document to you Google Drive cloud.

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As you can see, the document is saved as a *.pdf to my Google Cloud Drive.

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You can download the article anywhere and edited it using the many editing tools (Deer, 2015, September 20) available online.

Sharing is caring so share this article with someone who may need to save articles in *.pdf format directly from the web.


  1. Profis, S. (2012, July 10). How to save a Web page directly to Google Drive. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-save-a-web-page-directly-to-google-drive/
  2. Deer, L. (2013, May 19). Google Drive, the Dropbox clone, now ups the ante to 15GB of Free Storage during Google I/O. Retrieved from http://geezam.com/google-drive-15gb-of-free-storage/
  3. Deer, L. (2015, September 16). How Jamaicans can make money online – Content Blogging and Writing Books. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/content-blogging-and-writing-books/
  4. Deer, L. (2015, September 20). Why these Freeware PDF Editors can replace Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/20/why-these-freeware-pdf-editors-can-replace-microsoft-office-and-abobe-acrobat/