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Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border

Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border
Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border


“He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it’s not a good idea,” David Lavaux, mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1. That sort of move caused a headache between private landowners, he pointed out, let alone neighbouring states.



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Manhunt under way after female police officer, 21, injured as thieves ram car

Manhunt under way after female police officer, 21, injured as thieves ram car
Manhunt under way after female police officer, 21, injured as thieves ram car


A 21-year-old female police officer is in hospital after raiders smashed into her patrol car after breaking into units at a business park.

The new recruit has suffered cuts to her arms as a result of the broken glass and also injured her back.

A manhunt is now underway to find the suspects and an abandoned car has already been found.

Police say they were called earlier this evening to reports of people breaking into units at Bluebell Business Park in the Atherton area of Wigan, Greater Manchester.

A GMP spokesman said when officers arrived in a patrol car they found the gates to the site closed so parked their car outside the gates.

The two officers then got out of their vehicle but saw a vehicle coming towards the gates, reports the Manchester Evening News.



Police said attempts to trace the culprits following the incident at Bluebell Business Park in Atherton were underway
Police said attempts to trace the culprits following the incident at Bluebell Business Park in Atherton were underway

One officer jumped back in the vehicle but it was at this point that the car, a blue coloured Kia, smashed into the gates and then the patrol car before making off.

The impact caused the passenger window of the police car to shatter leaving the officer who had jumped back into the vehicle injured.



CSI officers arrive on the scene
CSI officers arrive on the scene

The offending car was found abandoned nearby shortly afterwards with the GMP spokesman saying the culprits had ‘made good their escape.’

The vehicle has now been recovered for forensic analysis.

Tools were found in the car but no stolen goods. It is believed at this stage they tried to break into a number of units but nothing was stolen.



The thieves made their getaway
The thieves made their getaway

An investigation is now underway with detectives trying to trace those responsible.

Forensic crime scene investigation officers (CSI) were among those present at the scene this evening.

The officer, who is said to have only recently joined the force, has gone to hospital this evening to be checked over.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.





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Ben Kielesinski: The man who took the world on an adventure

Ben Kielesinski: The man who took the world on an adventure
Ben Kielesinski: The man who took the world on an adventure


Throughout the pandemic many people have been unable to travel and explore the world as they would like.

One TikTok user, Ben Kielesinski, has been taking his followers on adventures around his home city of Vancouver, BC, and has amassed millions of likes along the way.

His father gave him a love of the outdoors as a child, which left him as a teenager. However since Covid-19 swept the globe, Ben has rediscovered his love and respect for nature and is passing that on to his followers.

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Big guns back GlaxoSmithKline in war with activist Elliott

Big guns back GlaxoSmithKline in war with activist Elliott
Big guns back GlaxoSmithKline in war with activist Elliott


Big guns back GlaxoSmithKline in war with US raider: BlackRock among top investors lining up to defend drugs giant in showdown with activist Elliott

  • BlackRock plus fifth largest shareholder Dodge & Cox, along with Royal London, have contacted Glaxo’s chairman to pledge support  
  • Speculation is rife that Elliott is set to push for a dramatic new plan that could see the FTSE100 firm sold off in parts or swallowed up by a foreign rival 
  • It has even been suggested that a bitter battle could lead to the end of the Glaxo name 

Three major investors have backed GlaxoSmithKline’s board amid fears that a US hedge fund is plotting to force through an audacious shake-up of the drugs giant. 

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that BlackRock – GSK’s biggest investor and the world’s largest asset manager – plus its fifth largest shareholder Dodge & Cox, along with Royal London, have all contacted the pharmaceutical firm’s chairman to pledge support ahead of a battle with Elliott Management. 

Speculation is rife that activist Elliott is set to push for a dramatic new plan that could see the FTSE100 firm sold off in parts or swallowed up by a foreign rival. It has even been suggested that a bitter battle could lead to the end of the Glaxo name.

Plot: It has even been suggested that a bitter battle could lead to the end of the Glaxo name

Plot: It has even been suggested that a bitter battle could lead to the end of the Glaxo name

City sources said shareholders in the £69billion company had urged chairman Sir Jonathan Symonds to stick to the strategy of overhauling its drugs pipeline and splitting the group in two next year. The backing of the trio of investors – particularly BlackRock, which has a gigantic £4billion stake – is a huge boost for GSK’s under-fire management. 

Chief executive Emma Walmsley’s master plan for splitting the company involves spinning off GSK’s consumer healthcare arm, which was formed in a £10billion joint venture with US giant Pfizer. It would then be floated as a separate company. 

After demerging the consumer division – with brands including Sensodyne toothpaste and Panadol paracetamol – GSK would be left as purely a pharmaceuticals and vaccines business. 

Elliott has been keeping quiet about its intentions at GSK since emerging last month as a new multibillion-pound shareholder. But several well-placed bankers and investors told The Mail on Sunday they thought the activist would push for more than simply accelerating Walmsley’s demerger plan. Walmsley has faced criticism for moving too slowly.

 Elliott, founded by Wall Street billionaire Paul Singer, has a reputation for sparking major strategic overhauls after waging successful campaigns against other corporates including yogurt giant Danone, drinks maker SABMiller and hospitality firm Whitbread. 

One top ten investor said: ‘Elliott is in it for a fast buck. That’s its modus operandi. It’s in it for shareholder returns as fast as it can get. Splitting in two more quickly isn’t going to make a difference. If you shake up management, again that will cause a hiatus. 

‘It’s plausible it could be looking to break the company up even more, or get it to merge with another company.’ But the source added: ‘Would the UK Government allow Glaxo to be sold to a foreign company? That’s very unlikely.’ 

A rival activist fund manager said: ‘Elliott has probably got a buyer to do a merger for the pharma business in the States. There will be synergies. It’ll be a mega-cap.’ Another large investor said Elliott was unlikely to want a merger with AstraZeneca, adding: ‘I can’t see the boards being willing to throw in the towel.’ 

Samuel Johar, chairman of executive search firm Buchanan Harvey, said: ‘GSK has been poorly managed for at least 15 years. Therefore, it is not a surprise that an activist like Elliott has arrived at the scene. 

‘I think it is the end of GSK and a great British icon. It is highly likely that it will be broken up and sold. It would be very tragic for the UK.’ 

Senior sources with knowledge of Elliott’s approach played down the idea that it would push for a piecemeal sale or break-up. But they questioned whether speeding up the demerger was ‘technically possible’. 

Walmsley is due to present her long-term outlook to investors on June 23. As head of the world’s largest vaccine maker, she has been criticised for failing to develop a Covid-19 vaccine and instead assisting France’s Sanofi on a jab which has not yet come to market. 

A senior City source said: ‘Glaxo’s plan is all about improving the commercial side, beefing up the drugs pipeline and breaking off the consumer business. They must not get distracted.’ 

Walmsley has been criticised for saying: ‘I’m not a scientist, I’m a business leader.’ But Symonds later defended her. 

Sir Philip Hampton, the former GSK chairman who hired Walmsley, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘She’s strategically strong, but the company is doing a surprising number of challenging deals. That isn’t her main background.’ 

GSK’s shares have fallen 19 per cent since Walmsley took charge in 2017. 

A GSK spokesman said: ‘Our shareholders are keen for us to deliver and we are making good progress.’ 

Elliott, BlackRock, Dodge & Cox and Royal London declined to comment.



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Record breaker rides Alton Towers Nemesis rollercoaster 64 times in six hours

Record breaker rides Alton Towers Nemesis rollercoaster 64 times in six hours
Record breaker rides Alton Towers Nemesis rollercoaster 64 times in six hours


A record-breaking daredevil has braved the terrifying Nemesis rollercoaster 64 times in six hours – despite suffering from vertigo.

Thrill-seeker l Shawn Sanbrooke has broken the world record for rollercoaster riding after taming the Alton Towers ride which has 3.5 G-force.

And the previous record was set by none other than Shawn himself. The 29-year-old managed to complete 63 laps of the 32m high ride in Stoke-on-Trent in 2019.

Shawn knew he could beat his own crazy record and the intrepid Staffordshire vlogger took advantage of the park being quiet when it reopened, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

He managed to complete 64 laps this time, in just six hours, but admitted he felt like he’d been on ‘a very heavy night out’ when he returned home. What’s even more remarkable is that Shawn actually suffers from vertigo – an inner ear problem which causes extreme dizziness.



Daredevil braved the nemesis despite his vertigo
Daredevil braved the nemesis despite his vertigo

He said: “It’s arguably one of the most intense rides in the country now. It’s no easy feat. It’s strange, I actually have a medical condition that stops me from driving. I have dizziness, I have vertigo.

“Everyone always thinks that I’m nuts for going on rollercoasters, but it doesn’t make those symptoms any worse.



The Nemesis is not for the faint hearted
The Nemesis is not for the faint hearted

“When people come off rollercoasters and say they’ve got a headache or they feel a bit dizzy, I already feel that way. I don’t know if that helps.

“As soon as I got home and lay in bed I felt as though I’d been on a very heavy night out. I was spinning, I was dizzy, but I managed to beat the record.”

Shawn has a season pass for Alton Towers, which has ten main rollercoasters including the Nemesis, an inverted coaster that has a drop speed of 50mph. Riders experience approximately 3.5 times the force of gravity on the one-minute, 20-second ride.



Shawn is a big fan of Alton Towers
Shawn is a big fan of Alton Towers

“It was torrential rain. I was the only person not wearing a poncho because if I left the queue to go and buy a poncho then I would have wasted laps. I didn’t have any food, I didn’t stop for any dinner, didn’t stop for any toilet breaks.

“I was on Nemesis, coming out walking back around, and going back on from 10am until 4pm when the park closed.”





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Rolls-Royce in talks with Boeing for a ‘clean sheet’ jetliner

Rolls-Royce in talks with Boeing for a ‘clean sheet’ jetliner
Rolls-Royce in talks with Boeing for a ‘clean sheet’ jetliner


Beoing’s new 797 mid-sized jetliner could be powered by advanced Rolls-Royce UltraFan engines, according to statements made by the British engineering giant’s CEO, Warren East, at the company’s annual meeting.

Working on the project would give Rolls an edge as it battles to survive the Covid crisis. It currently only supplies engines for large aircraft.

Rapid advances in technology mean that smaller planes can increasingly fly long-haul routes, meaning jumbo planes will be needed far less in the coming years.

During Rolls-Royce’s annual meeting, East was quoted to have said:

“It is fairly well documented that Boeing is exploring the opportunity for a new aircraft…like the other engine manufacturers, I am sure, we are in dialog with Boeing about that.”



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Leading conservatives Raisi and Larijani enter Iran presidential race

Leading conservatives Raisi and Larijani enter Iran presidential race
Leading conservatives Raisi and Larijani enter Iran presidential race


“I have come as an independent to the stage to make changes in the executive management of the country and to fight poverty, corruption, humiliation and discrimination,” the 60-year-old Mr Raisi said in a statement on Saturday before registering his candidacy.

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