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A lifetime resident of West Bay, Cora Grant-James attends the John Gray Memorial Church in West Bay. 
During the Christmas season, she helps church organisers to distribute home cooked meals to the elderly and the less fortunate in the community. 
In addition to her work in the community, Mrs. Grant-James also takes on roles with a more civic focus, a leading reason she has been honoured with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, she was appointed to the West Bay Hurricane Recovery Committee, whose job it was to assess contractors- estimates for property repairs and dispense government funds to carry out recovery work. 
Mrs. Grant-James has been employed by RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Ltd., for more than 30 years and holds the position of manager of debt collections. She is also actively involved in her employer's community outreach programmes, including the RBC Children's Cancer Fund Walk, which raises thousands of dollars locally to assist with the care and treatment of young people diagnosed with cancer. 


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Home energy bills are something we would all like to reduce and air conditioners can be the main culprit when it comes to high bills. These few simple tips will help you to keep your home cool while significantly reducing your energy bills. 

1. If you want cool just one room, avoid using your central air conditioning unit. Purchase a portable air conditioner instead. Modern portable models have a high energy efficiency rating, so they will cool your room effectively and save you a lot. 


2. Install mini-blinds or white colored window shades. Mini-blinds can be quite effective and reduce warmth from direct sunlight by up to 40-50 percent. Another idea is to hang bamboo shades or tightly woven screens on the outside of your windows. This can stop up to 80 percent of the suns heat getting through your windows. 

3. Keep all the windows in your home closed throughout the day. In the evening you can open them open for ventilation and switch on a fan rather than using the air conditioning unit. 

4. If you have a mini split air conditioner, ensure that the outside compressor is in the shade. However, 
trees and shrubbery should not be right beside it as it will need some room for air flow. 

5. Ensure that you clean your air conditioners filter once a month as dust can build up which significantly reduces the air flow. 

6. When you go to purchase your air conditioning unit, you must ensure it is the correct size for your room. A unit that is too small will not cool your home effectively, and a unit that is too large will consume far too much energy than needed. 

7. If your air conditioning unit is old, think about replacing it with a new one as the modern i=units have a far higher energy efficiency rating. 

8. Cooking, drying clothes or dish-washing produces lots of heat. Try to carry out all these tasks in the evenings when it gets cooler. 


Many people just switch their units on and set the temperature they require it to be at. Although this will cool your room, it will also cost you a lot more too. Moreover, excessive energy consumption is bad for the environment, so by following these simple tips you could not only save on your energy bills, but you could also help to reduce pollution in your area.

 
Laundry is not the most exciting task you will have to do, and its even more of a pain when the clothes just do not turn out right! Here are a few common problems and the solutions to assist you with your laundry woes - 

Problem #1: Your clothes come out gray or yellow. 

You might want to increase the amount of detergent in the next load, use a detergent booster, or raise the temperature of the water. However, the gray may be from dye that has bled from darks to lights, suggesting you need to sort better. Bluing in the wash sometimes corrects graying in white-colored materials. 

Problem #2: Detergent residue on clothes. 

Your powdered detergent isn't dissolving properly. Ensure the loads aren't too full. Use liquid detergent with cold-water cycles. Try letting the washer fill with water, adding the detergent, then adding the clothes. When the problem is triggered by calcium within the water, make use of a water-softening product in your next load. To eliminate hard-water residue from clothes, soak them in a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar per 1 gallon warm water. Rinse and rewash. 

Problem #3: You have a problem with pilling. 

This is very common in man-made materials. Try turning synthetic clothing inside out before washing. (Pilling is caused by abrasion of fibres, and this helps to cut down on abrasion during the washing and drying cycle.) Maybe even wash your synthetics in a gentler shorter cycle. Using a liquid detergent might help. To eliminate pills, snip them off with battery energy-powered pill remover, or pull the fabric tight over a curved surface and shave the pills off with a safety razor. 

Problem #4: There is lots of Lint in your Clothes 

Better sorting of clothes will be required. Separate lint producers, for instance fleece sweaters, chenille items, new terry cloth towels, and flannel pajamas, from lint attractors, for instance corduroys, synthetic blends, and dark fabric. To eliminate the lint, use a lint roller or pat with sticky tape. Check to make sure pockets are empty of tissue together with other paper prior to putting them in the washer. Ensure the dryer and washer lint filters are clean. 


Nobody enjoys chores and although laundry is not one of the most difficult, it is a pain when your clothes do not come out properly, hopefully with these problems and solutions, you can avoid some of the pressing issues when it comes to laundry.

 
The Red Escape is the latest addition to the ever-growing fleet of Red Sail Sports, one of Cayman's largest water sports companies. 
The 30-foot Searay Sundeck 300, which is a luxury cruiser is now available for charter, said Sarah Whitehill, a company spokesperson. 
"Over the years we have had many of our guests ask us to charter a boat and our catamarans were usually too big for the number of people in their party and dive boats were not comfortable for families looking to relax," she said. 
Because of this, we decided to invest a smaller boat with a luxury feel, and the Searay was the perfect solution for us. 
Based on Seven Mile Beach, Red Ray offers snorkel charters to the Kittiwake and nearby reefs. It can also be chartered for water-skiing or wake-boarding lessons. 
In addition, because the Jet Ski Safari we offer was not always suitable for younger families, we decided to have Red Ray 1 refurbished." Red Ray I is also rigged for Jet Skiing and wake-boarding, so families can really make a day of it by learning how to wake-board in the morning and enjoying a relaxing snorkeling session in the afternoon," Whitehill concluded. 


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Governor of the Cayman Islands, Duncan Taylor has named six Caymanians for New Year's honors. Each will receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Hon our. 
Frances Zelmalee Ebanks was named for services to education and culinary culture, while Claira Juanita Range has been honored for services to Her Majesty's Prison Service. 
Cora Grant-James was named for services to the community, and John Cameron Jackson Doak has been recognized for services to architectural history. 
Finally, Owen Murphy Farrington and Harold Burnell Banks have been named for services to seamanship in the Cayman Islands. 
Not all the Badge and Certificate recipients could be reached, but Mrs. Ebanks said she was honored by the award, saying that she was "not a front-line person", but had been an elementary school teacher for 34 years. 
Mr. Farrington said he was 'honored' to receive the recognition, and, on his work with the underprivileged, he said, "I took on some youngsters from broken homes, and it seemed to be a good idea, thankfully, They grew up to be good men."



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