Holidays, fishing rows and cake wars: Eight stories you may have missed

From holidays to reefs and Vladimir Putin to SpaceX… it’s been another busy week.

Did you manage to keep up?

Here we’ve pulled together eight of the week’s must-see stories on Sky News – just in case you missed any of them.

Ready for a holiday?

Of course, you are, yet, as we learned on Friday, the options of quarantine-free travel are limited. But what is the COVID-19 situation in holiday hotspots?

In Portugal, infection rates are relatively low after a January lockdown curbed one of the world’s worst coronavirus surges.

Restrictions were lifted last month and schools, restaurants and hair salons reopened.

Which countries are on the travel list and what it means for the quarantine

However, the same cannot be said of Greece – a country which relies on tourism. It is battling one of Europe’s highest coronavirus-related death rates.

The country has said that it will invite vaccinated Britons into the country without tests, and other nations like Spain and France could make offers in the coming weeks.

Chasing the Glazers

The Manchester United owners have been notable for the absence since the European Super League collapse. That didn’t stop Sky News from tracking one of them down in Florida.

Watch what happened

Sally Lockwood caught up with Avram Grant in Florida and offered him the chance to address supporters’ concerns, following protests at Old Trafford?

His response? Silence.

Noel Clarke

After 20 women made claims of bullying abuse and sexual harassment against Doctor Who and Bulletproof actor Noel Clarke, Sky News spoke to the deputy chair of BAFTA.

Dame Pippa Harris told Sky News defended BAFTA’s decision to present Clarke with its outstanding British contribution to cinema award, even after it was made aware of the allegations against Clarke. Read our exclusive interview

On Thursday, 800 people in the entertainment industry penned a letter calling for a change in culture. The letter was signed by the likes of Joe Lycett and Dermott O’Leary.

What’s going on in Jersey?

Jersey and France are embroiled in a row over fishing rights, which has led to the French government threatening to turn off the power.

The UK deployed HMS Severn and HMS Tamar to Jersey as a precautionary measure, while France sent out its own patrol vessel.

The row explained

After a couple of days of tension, the UK government said the “situation is resolved”, as the two Royal Navy ships prepare to return home.

A knock on the door at 6am

Vladimir Putin doesn’t like dissent. Opponents of the Russian president are rarely tolerated, and the Alexei Navalny case has underlined that – but how are those who speak out being silenced?

Moscow correspondent Diana Magnay looked through what happened to people who have been silenced just this week.

On Monday, three of the four editors from student magazine, Doxa, had their terms of detention eased after they were placed on house arrest, facing charges for allegedly encouraging minors to participate in an illegal protest.

Read this special report

Treason lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, was detained for supposedly exposing state secrets, with his team convinced this is specifically about his representation of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation, FBK.

Accredited journalists from the independent news outlets Dozhd and Meduza were brought in for questioning this week and asked to prove that they were covering the rallies, not participating in them.

Reef rescue

A team in Indonesia have regrown a coral reef to spell out the word “hope”.

Around 40,000 square metres of coral was restored as part of a collaboration between local groups, conservation organisation The Nature Conservancy and pet brand Sheba.

This is how they do it. Watch the video.

Colin v Cuthbert

Marks and Spencer’s cake war with Aldi over its caterpillar chocolate sponge provided some food for thought, so on the Sky News Daily podcast with Dermot Murnaghan we’ve had a tasty discussion on the subject. Listen here.

Follow the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

Last month, M&S launched legal action against Aldi over a claim that the discount supermarket is infringing the trademark of its Colin the Caterpillar cake.

Aldi’s social media team were quick to stir things up, tweeting #FreeCuthbert.

SpaceX success

And finally, SpaceX has finally nailed a test flight of the rocket ship that tech billionaire Elon Musk wants to use to send people to Mars. Four previous test flights ended in explosions.

But the upgraded Starship went vertical just in time for landing on Wednesday, having soared more than its planned maximum altitude of six miles over the Gulf of Mexico.

There was a fire at the base of the 50m rocket after it landed, but this was quickly extinguished.

See how it worked – at last

Source: Read Full Article