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Deputy: More female politicians needed

A Deputy in Guernsey says it is 'incredibly important' that more female politicians are introduced into the island's political system.

Deputy Sandra James says at the moment there are only five women deputies, including herself.

More females are needed to influence relevant policies, she says.

It comes as the island hosts the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference this weekend, of which Deputy James is part of the steering committee.

Big win for Jersey RFC away at Bedford

Jersey RFC have come away with an impressive win after a tough game against Bedford Blues.

Bedford were leading 18-17 until the last 5 minutes of the game when the Reds earned themselves a penalty 30 metres away from the post. Brendan Cope's calmly stepped up to put his side up 18-20.

And with one of the very last plays of the game Jersey broke away to score a last minute try making the final score 18-25.


Health Minister: Best hospital site is in town

Jersey's Health Minister has told ITV News the best site for the new hospital would be in or around St Helier.

Senator Andrew Green said that's because of the high numbers of people living and working in the area.

The half a billion pound project has been slowed by the inability to chose a place for the building to go.

At the moment there are five options and a public consultation has been opened to chose one.

Senator Green says the controversial People's Park site meets the ideal requirements for the build.

States loans could be 'marginally more expensive' in the future

Loans taken out by Jersey and Guernsey States could be 'marginally more expensive' in the future, after their credit rating dropped from AA+ to AA.

That's according to Geoff Cook, CEO of Jersey Finance.

But, he said the change is nothing to be 'undualy concerned about' and the rating is still 'very high'.

The change has also hit other small jurisdictions such as Lichenstein, according to the Treasury Minister in Jersey, Senator Alan Maclean.

He told ITV News that countries like Jersey and Guernsey may find it more difficult to react to financial regulatory changes in the future, and that is one reason behind the change.

He added that an increase in the cost of loans the government take out is 'unlikely' because the change in rating so slight.

Raiders fall short at home to East Grinstead

Guernsey fell short today at home to visiting East Grinstead, the final score 11-25.

The Raiders went into today's game on a four game winning streak, they were undefeated in 2016 and their last home loss dated back to September last year.

After going behind early the home side finished the half in the lead courtesy to two penalty kicks from Guernsey's n.10 Owen Thomas.

Despite Guernsey's forwards pushing over the line early in the second the half was dominated by East Grinstead. Tries for n.15 Graham Hogg and n. 9 Tom Parker sealed the deal for the visitors.

Guernsey face Westcombe Park away next Saturday.


Guernsey men break rowing world record

A rowing machine like the one used to break the world record Credit: John Walton / EMPICS Sport

Two Guernsey men have broken a world record by rowing non stop for 24 hours.

Simon Johns and James Coquelin are now the holders of the world 24-hour indoor rowing record for the men's 30-39 years, lightweight category on the Concept-2 rowing machine.

They began around at 10am yesterday and needed to row over 172km between them.

The pair rowed for 20 minutes at a time before swapping over to reach their target.

Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation and The Ivy Trust charities are both are benefiting from the money raised from the feat.

Guernsey to be healthiest and happiest place in the world

Guernsey seafront

Guernsey’s Treasury and Resources Minister is aiming to make Guernsey the healthiest and happiest place in the world by 2026.

Deputy Gavin St Pier set out his vision for the island at Moores Hotel yesterday in front of hundreds of members of Guernsey’s business community.

He says he wants “a community where no-one gets left behind.”

We are at a tipping point in Guernsey's political, economic and social development. We have great strengths and there are great opportunities; but we have weaknesses (such as our transport links) and threats which we need to overcome.

– Deputy Gavin St Pier

He added that creating an end objective will help the government to prioritise and make difficult decisions.

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