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Macular Week: The facts

This week is Macular Week and people across the Channel Islands are are raising awareness of what the condition is and how people with it can get help.

What is the macula? The macula is part of the retina that is responsible for all of our central vision.

What types of macular conditions are there? There are many forms of macular disease which Age-related macular degeneration being the most common.

Where should I go if I think I have macular degeneration? The first stop is your Doctor but if you are diagnosed with the condition then there are places in both Jersey and Guernsey where you can get help.

Eyecan Jersey has a specially set-up Macular Support Group

The Guernsey Blind Association has a range of social meetings and support for people with sight loss

Here Julie Anderson shares her story of living with the condition:

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Witnesses give evidence at Sarah Groves trial

Dutchman Richard De Wit is accused of murdering Guernsey woman Sarah Groves

Witnesses have started giving evidence to a court in India today, at the trial of a man accused of murdering Guernsey woman Sarah Groves.

Dutchman Richard De Wit has been charged with killing the 24-year-old, who's body was found on a houseboat in Kashmir in 2013.

The case has been adjourned since last September after a long list of witnesses failed to attend.

Watch: is that a hedgehog or a pine cone? Bizarre mistaken identities...

Today at ITV Channel we have learnt that things aren't always as they seem...

In a bizarre case revealed to us this morning, a man took what he thought was a dead cat to Guernsey's animal shelter....but it turned out to be a damp, muddy hand puppet.

It flagged up even more cases of mistaken identities, including a hedgehog rescue that turned out to be a pine cone...

John Fernandez has spent the day separating fact from fiction...(these are all real cases called into the GSPCA).

Health service: we have a good priority system for mental health

The person in charge of the Children and Adolesent Mental Health Service has told ITV News that they have a 'robust' priority system in place.

It comes after a report criticised the organisation for lack of communication.

But Susan Devlin, Managing Director of Community and Social Services, the service does now work out quickly work out if a case is high or low priority.

She says that means if someone was in a crisis situation they can act on the same day.

Guernsey's top politician: Brexit planning will use up man power

Guernsey's top politician has said planning for Brexit will 'draw man power away from other areas'.

Deputy Gavin St Pier told the States this morning that the issue is their 'top priority'.

But, he told ITV News he can't say exactly how much it will cost to create and implement a strategy to deal with the UK leaving the EU.

The Channel Islands is not a member state of the EU, but they are within the Single Market and have an official relationship with the union through the UK's membership (Protocol Three).

The UK's move to leave the EU now means the Channel Islands must renegotiate their relationship.

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Bailhache: New minister to be appointed to deal with Brexit

Jersey's Foreign Affairs Minister has told ITV News a new minister will be appointed to deal with Brexit negotiations.

Senator Philip Bailhache says a team will be assembled to ensure a 'coordinated and collaborative' approach to the future after the UK leaves the EU.

He says that will come at a cost, but the exact figure is unknown at the moment.

The Channel Islands is not a member state of the EU, but they are within the Single Market and have an official relationship with the union through the UK's membership (Protocol Three).

The UK's move to leave the EU now means the Channel Islands must renegotiate their relationship.

Watch: 50 years of the Sark to Jersey race

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the gruelling, 19 mile Sark to Jersey rowing race.

ITV News has produced a special report looking back at the first ever edition of the event.

Katie Robinson has been to meet two ladies who took part in the race back in 1967, as well as well as an islander from Guernsey who's done for forty years straight...

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