Former Top Gear star Richard Hammond has been involved in a high-speed motorcycle crash in Africa.
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The 47-year-old presenter of The Grand Tour, the show he and fellow presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May make for Amazon Prime following their defection from the BBC’s Top Gear in September 2015, was filming in Mozambique when he came off his bike and was injured.

Clarkson reportedly told the UK’s The Sun his friend “really did hurt himself quite badly”.

The incident immediately sparked memories of Hammond’s horrific high-speed crash in September 2006 while filming a stunt for Top Gear.

On that occasion, the jet-propelled Vampire dragster had reached a speed of 464 kmh when one of its tyres failed, causing the vehicle to slide off the race track before flipping.

The top of Hammond’s helmet was reportedly dragged along the ground, leaving Hammond with a significant brain injury. By November, he appeared to have made a full recovery and was behind the wheel again.

Despite The Sun describing the more recent incident in Africa as a “horror bike crash”, Hammond has moved quickly to reassure fans that all is well.

He posted to motoring forum Drive Tribe under the heading “I’ve checked and I’m not dead”.

Hammond wrote of his injuries: “I banged my head, yes, along with pretty much everything else apart from my left thumb, which remains un-bruised.”

He took the opportunity to spruik The Grand Tour, saying he couldn’t say any more about what happened because “that’s all for later in the year on the show”.

As for the seriousness of the injuries, he said “I don’t think I can get a book out of it”.

Clarkson also tweeted about his friend’s welfare, suggesting no serious harm had been done. Doctors say Richard Hammond suffered no damage to his brain in his bike crash. Because he hasn’t got one.??? Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 20, 2017This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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Sleep-deprived mum suffered ‘forgotten baby syndrome’ TRAGEDY: The Coroners Court has been told 22-month-old Noah Zunde’s mother was severely sleep deprived and suffering forgotten baby syndrome when her son was found dead in her car.
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Baby found dead in car at KynetonPolice investigate death of 22-month-old boyTHE mother of a 22-month-oldchild was “severely sleep deprived” andsuffering from so-called “forgotten baby syndrome” when her son wasfound dead in hercarin 2015,the Coroner has been told.

RomyZunde’sson NoahZundewas found in a car outside a Kyneton childcare centre in February, 2015. The death is the subject of a coronial inquest.

MsZundefalsely believed she dropped her son at childcare that morning.

Shereturned in the afternoon to collecthim, not realising he had been in the back seat the entire time, according to a medicalexpert’s report given to the Victorian Coroners Court.

The report stated that in the week leading up to the death,MsZundehadn’t been able to sleep well due to suspected gastroenteritis. Initially she was unwell with vomiting and nausea and later her daughter fell sick too.

The night before the death, Noah was uncomfortable due to teething and slept in his parents bed, meaning MsZundewas virtually unable to sleep, according to police statements by MsZunde’spartner,AndrewKrespanis.

On the morning of the death, Thursday February 19, MsZundehad to disrupt her usual morning routine to drop off a misplacedmykicard to her partner at Kyneton train station so he could get to work, the report said.

MrKespanisdescribed MsZundeas “considerably distressed”from the disruption and the possibility of her daughter being late for school.

MsZundetraveled toTylden Primary School for the school drop off and then instead of taking her son Noah toBambiniChild Care Services, she traveled home and commenced doing chores, the report said.​

In her statement MsZundesaid the childcare was”very close to ours, a left turn directly opposite the right turn to our house. I can only assume I automatically made a right turn instead of left”.

MsZundealso didn’t have the usual memory “cues”that Noah was in the car, according to expertneuroscientistassociate professor Matthew Mundy, including the fact the baby seat was not visible from the driver’s seat.

“Without a visual cue to the presence of Noah, it is less likely thatRomyZundewould have been reminded of his presence after a failure in short term memory of driving home instead of toBambinidaycare,” the report said.

“Noah must have fallen asleep on the way.… he was probably asleep in the car which is something he hardly ever did,” MsZundestated in her interview with police.

“This seems important, since he would normally be making some kind of noise during the journey. Again, these observations would also suggest a lack of external ‘cues’ to prompt the maintenanceofRomy’sshort-term memory”.

​”MsZundehad suffered several days of acute sleep deprivation,”Mundy submitted.

“She was overwhelmed with confusion and thought about several alternatives where she could have left Noah.”

Associate Professor Mundy saidZunde’sexhaustion had affected her long term, short term and habitual memory and led herto believe she had dropped Noah at the daycare centre close to their home.

The sleep deprivation was partly due to suspectedgastroentritisofZundeand her primary school age daughter, along withNoah’s teething discomfort.

Father AndrewKrespanistold police he and Ms Zunderesorted to having Noah in their bed, which was very uncomfortable for her and resulted in her getting “much if any sleep”.

“Noah had a really – almost unprecedented night of not sleeping” Ms Zundetold police adding she “needed help” due to her fatigue but could not ask for it.

The report also found that Ms Zundesaid to a woman at her daughter’sprimaryschool that morning that it had been a”hellish” week.The witness said Ms Zundewas “very fatigued” and “probably overwhelmed”.

Sleep isrequired for memories to be consolidated so the deprivation would have decreased the likelihood that MsZunderemembered her child was in the car, the report said.

“Cognitive performance and short-term memory integrity are reduced following sleep deprivation.”

Mundy also stated that a recent change to the childcare routine adding an extra daymeant MsZunde’shabitual memory took over and led to an error.

MsZundetold police she had been on “auto pilot” during the trip from her daughter’s school that afternoon.

She said “the change in routine…the extra careon Thursdayand (her daughter) starting school…Over the school holidays (her daughter) and Noah doing childcare days together…dropping them off together,” added to her belief she had dropped Noah at daycare.

“In my opinion, it is possible that due to the recently changed routine for the destination of aThursdaydrive (which would otherwise have been to the family home), and the competing and confusing information from the other items held in long term memory (arrangements for Fridays, arrangements for previous weeks etc.), there was a potential for error introduced into the day’s travel,” it said.

Mundy submitted that MsZunde’smemorymay have been affected by stressful situations including a recent dog attack on the family’s pet pigsas well having to retrievea forgottenMykipass that morning so her partner could travel to work.

The inquest will be heard in the Coroners Courton Wednesday.

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The Eagles tuned up for Round 1 with a 25-point win over Melbourne in their final JLT Series match, while an Ed Langdon goal after the siren saw Fremantle beat Collingwood in a thrilling final preseason hit out.
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Meanwhile both clubs packed their WAFL feeder sides full of AFL players on the weekend in a bid to get everyone fit and firing to start the season.

With the start of the 2017 AFL season just around the corner, players are desperate to prove they deserve an opportunity for Round 1 and there were some standout performances throughout the preseason.

Adam Simpson and Ross Lyon have some tough decisions to make on what is the ideal mix to start the year.

Here’s our take on who we believe is in line to start for the Dockers and Eagles in their season openers. Fremantle Dockers

Predicted round one starting lineup (vs Geelong at Domain Stadium)

B: Lee Spurr, Joel Hamling, Zac Dawson

HB: Garrick Ibbotson, Michael Johnson, Stephen Hill

C: Bradley Hill, Lachie Neale, Danyle Pearce

HF: Lachie Weller, Shane Kersten, Ed Langdon

FF: Michael Walters, Cam McCarthy, Jon Griffin

R: Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy

I/C: Connor Blakely, Cam Sutcliffe, Tom Sheridan, Darcy Tucker

Knocking on the door

Harley Balic

Hayden Crozier

Sean Darcy

Matt Taberner

???Injury listHarley Bennell (Calf, 5-7 weeks)Michael Apeness (Knee, 6-8 weeks)Hayden Ballantyne (Hamstring, 8-10 weeks)Zac Clarke (Knee, 3-4 months)Alex Pearce (Fractured leg, 3-4 months)


Senior list: Nick Suban, Sam Collins, Ethan Hughes, Brennan Cox, Griffin Logue, Luke Ryan.

Rookie list: Brady Grey, Josh Deluca-Cardillo, Taylin Duman, Ryan Nyhuis, Luke Strnadica, Matthew Uebergang.

Ed Langdon should take the spot vacated by Hayden Ballantyne. Photo: Getty Images


Hayden Ballantyne’s hamstring injury creates a gaping hole in Fremantle’s forward structure.

Not only must the Dockers now cover for his trademark pressure they so heavily rely on, they also need to find a goal-scorer, and it’s slim pickings when you glance at their roster.

But hope remains and, as the Dockers enter what coach Ross Lyon has labelled a four-year rebuild, what better time than to test some of their youth?

We’re predicting Ballantyne’s loss will be Ed Langdon’s gain and he will line up on a half forward flank, while fellow youngster Lachie Weller could find himself standing opposite him for his natural goal scoring ability.

The mix of youth and experience in Fremantle’s forward line mimics the rest of the team sheet.

It’s now imperative the Dockers get games into their younger players, but it’s also hard to see Ross Lyon picking rookies over seasoned players.

Alex Pearce’s bum leg makes the backline fairly clear cut and while many Fremantle fans might want Zac Dawson replaced with new draftee Griffin Logue or Sam Collins, the veteran played every JLT Community Series game and performed well enough.

The return of Nat Fyfe and Aaron Sandilands highlights what is hoping to be a resurgent Dockers midfield, while new recruits Joel Hamling, Brad Hill, Shane Kersten and Cam McCarthy are all likely inclusions for round one.

Bradley Hill looms as a key player for the Dockers in 2017. Photo: Getty Images.

Key new face

The Dockers will have plenty of new faces in 2017 but, we’re tipping Hawks premiership midfielder Bradley Hill to have the most impact of any player recruited to the club.

Hill is a proven player with three premierships next to his name, and has spent a lot of time developing in one of the most successful football programs ever.

Cam McCarthy could prove to be more valuable for the Dockers if he can kick more than 35 goals, however the former Giant could find the going tough if he’s matched up against the opposition’s best defender every week which seems likely.

Hill’s speed and ability to hit the scoreboard should see him slot easily into Fremantle’s side this season – just so long as he doesn’t forget to take an allergy tablet before stepping into the ice baths. West Coast Eagles

Round one starting lineup (vs North Melbourne at Etihad)

B: Brad Sheppard, Eric Mackenzie, Tom Barrass

HB: Shannon Hurn, Jeremy McGovern, Sharrod Wellingham

C: Andrew Gaff, Matt Priddis, Lewis Jetta

HF: Jamie Cripps, Jack Darling, Chris Masten

FF: Drew Petrie, Josh Kennedy, Mark LeCras

R: Nathan Vardy, Sam Mitchell, Luke Shuey

I/C: Elliot Yeo, Jackson Nelson, Dom Sheed, Josh Hill

Knocking on the door

Sam Butler

Liam Duggan

Will Schofield

Jack Redden

Jonathan Giles

Injury listMatthew Allen (Hamstring, TBC)Willie Rioli (Hamstring, 6 weeks)Jake Waterman (Foot, 8-10 weeks)Scott Lycett (Shoulder, 10-12 weeks)Simon Tunbridge (Knee, 3-4 months)Nic Naitanui (Knee, 4-5 months)


Senior list: Mark Hutchings, Tom Cole, Kurt Mutimer, Luke Partington, Malcolm Karpany, Tom Lamb, Josh Rotham, Daniel Venables.

Rookies: Simon Tunbridge (injured), Fraser McInness, Francis Watson, Tarir Bayok, Paddy Brophy, Thomas Gorter.

Ex-Cat Nathan Vardy looks set to lead West Coast’s ruck line. Photo: Getty Images


Sam Butler, the ageless veteran of West Coast’s defence, is unlucky to miss out in Round 1 but if Ben Brown gets up for North then the Kangaroos will probably field three talls in attack and will also have Goldstein resting forward.

This is likely to see the Eagles go with three talls of the own in Jeremy McGovern, Tom Barrass and former club champion Eric Mackenzie who seems to have moved ahead of Will Schofield for a key defender spot.

With Hurn, Wellingham and utility Brad Sheppard automatic inclusions in the Eagles back six, there’s just the one small defender spot up for grabs and it appears Jackson Nelson has edged out Butler for that spot despite the latter’s 28 touches for East Perth on Saturday.

Liam Duggan, Jack Redden and Mark Hutchings also find themselves on the outer with West Coast’s midfield depth having improved significantly due to Sam Mitchell’s arrival. Mitchell, Matt Priddis, Andrew Gaff and Luke Shuey are all but locked into the Eagles starting team while the pace of Lewis Jetta and Elliot Yeo get them a gig to compliment that quartet.

That leaves Dom Sheed, Chris Masten, Duggan, Redden and Hutchings fighting for a spot. Sheed had an injury-affected year in 2016 but when fit looks a key part of the Eagles midfield puzzle while Masten’s experience and incumbency sees him take the final spot.

Meanwhile Nathan Vardy’s uninterrupted preseason and Drew Petrie’s ability to impact the game as a forward and in the ruck mean the two Eagles’ offseason recruits are likely to get first crack at the ruck spot ahead of Jonathan Giles whose preseason was disrupted by a thumb injury.

Jamie Cripps and Josh Hill get a game as defensive small forwards, however both could be looking over their shoulder once Willie Rioli returns from a hamstring injury, as the electric 2016 draftee appeared on course to make an early debut before his untimely setback.

Sam Mitchell’s kicking skills will be an asset for the Eagles in 2017. Photo: Getty Images.

Key new face

Long term injuries to Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett mean former Geelong big man Nathan Vardy and North Melbourne legend Drew Petrie will have a vital role to play in determining how the Eagles go this year.

However, there’s no going past fellow recruit Sam Mitchell as the man most likely to make an impact this year for the Eagles with the champion midfielder named by his peers as the 20th best player in the competition.

A Brownlow Medal. Four premierships. Five best and fairests. Three All-Australian selections and even the Rising Star way back in 2003. There’s not much Sam Mitchell hasn’t done and his experience and kicking skills will be a huge asset for the club in 2017.

Mitchell showed in the preseason that he hasn’t lost any of his ability, despite turning 35 this season, with the former Hawk racking up 28 and 39 possessions in his two JLT Series outings.

Eagles and Hawks fans will still be kicking themselves in disbelief when he runs out for West Coast in Round 1, wondering just how the club was able to pick him up in exchange for Pick 88 in the trade period.

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A former anti-Indonesian guerrilla fighter is leading a slow vote count in East Timor’s presidential election, the country’s first without help of the United Nations.
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Backed by Fretilin, the party that led the revolutionary struggle to the country’s independence, Francisco “Lu-Olo” Guterres was leading with 59.24 per cent of votes.

But only 34.34 per cent of votes had been counted by early Tuesday, reflecting huge logistical problems in the largely mountainous country with a poor road network.

In previous elections, UN helicopters were used to ferry ballot boxes from the most remote polling stations.

Despite that voting was not compulsory, hundreds of thousands of Timorese waited patiently in long queues in blistering heat to vote for a new president for a five year-term ahead of general elections in July.

The elections will be a key to the future of Asia’s newest democracy amid concerns the half-island nation’s oil and gas revenues are rapidly running dry.

Running second in the early vote count with 30.06 per cent was Democratic Party politician Antonio da Conceicao, the 53 year-old current education minister who says he represents a younger generation of Timorese demanding a change of leadership in the country where poverty remains endemic and there are growing concerns about corruption.

Mr da Conceicao ran a strong anti-corruption campaign that seemed to resonate with many voters.

He also campaigned to the build the nation “from the grass roots” by ensuring the majority of people who live in rural areas have enough food, access to markets, schools, clinics, and water and sanitation.

Mr Guterres,62, will need to get more than 50 per cent of the vote to avoid a run-off election in April.

He is backed by the country’s behind-the-scenes powerbroker and independence hero Xanana Gusmao, a former president and prime minister who created a government of national unity two years ago.

The president is largely a ceremonial post but the incumbent Jose Maria de Vasconcelos, who is known as “Taur Matan Ruak” has spoken out about corruption and insisted on revision of the government’s budget.

Mr Vasconcelos is expected to contest the July elections for the newly formed People’s Liberation Party (PLP), aiming to take the even more powerful position of prime minister who is appointed by 65 elected MPs.

East Timor has 744,613 registered voters in a population of 1.261 million.

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Is there simply no stopping Disney? Probably not.
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The studio’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast has just opened in the United States with a massive $US170 million ($220 million), the biggest March opening weekend ever and the seventh-biggest opening of all time.

In foreign markets it took a further $US180 million ($233 million), to give it a global tally just north of $A450 million so far. And with it yet to open in several strong territories – including Australia, this week, and Japan – the film looks set to continue a run of $1 billion-plus box office monsters.

Disney last year became the first Hollywood studio to pass the $7 billion mark at the global box office, despite releasing fewer movies than any of its major studio rivals. Four of its pictures (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Finding Dory, Captain America: Civil War and Zootopia) topped $US1 billion ($1.3 billion) globally, while a fifth, The Jungle Book, fell just short of that mark.

In all, the studio released 13 movies in 2016, for a 26.3 per cent share of the US box office. By comparison, its closest rival, Warner Bros, released 23 titles for a 16.7 per cent share. According to a recent report by market analysts Cowen and Co, more than half the profits (57 per cent) made in the motion picture business globally last year went to Disney.

It’s an astonishing performance, but it’s no fluke. With fresh instalments in the Pirates of the Caribbean, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and Star Wars franchises in the pipeline, 2017 promises to be another big year. The Mouse has become a monster by becoming the most adept franchiser in the business.

In essence, Disney is now effectively a franchiser of franchises. The parent company, Walt Disney Studios, is an umbrella beneath which sits a cluster of very productive – and, crucially, very focused – mini-studios (though given their size, mini hardly seems the right word).

There’s Pixar, turning out high-end animated comedies such as Finding Dory. There’s Marvel, churning out superhero movies. There’s Lucasfilm, home to the Star Wars empire. There’s Walt Disney Animation, whose work – such as the recent Moana – most closely resembles the kind of film the studio originally made, albeit with computer animation largely replacing drawing by hand. And there’s the slate of films released under the Disney banner, including Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent, films that have re-animated the company’s back catalogue of cartoon fairytales through a powerful blend of CGI and live action.

A decade ago, Disney released the same number of movies as it did last year – 13 in 2007. Only two of them – Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and National Treasure: Book of Secrets – were franchises.

Last year, six of the movies it released were franchises, sequels or remakes of earlier Disney titles (a seventh, the live-action The BFG, was a remake of an earlier non-Disney animated picture).

Each of Disney’s strands presents a clearly defined product, one that instantly takes its place among other similarly defined products. We know what to expect of a Marvel movie because it sits within a defined universe; we know that when a Star Wars movie comes with a roman numeral in the title it sits within a particular lineage, and when it doesn’t it sits slightly outside it.

Audiences crave the new, of course, but they also love the familiar. Bring them together in a big-budget spectacle that demands to be seen on a big screen in the company of like-minded fans, and it’s a winning package.

A decade ago, the six major Hollywood studios were tightly packed. Paramount had the winning share, with $1.5 billion and a 15.5 per cent share of the US total; in sixth place, 20th Century Fox still had 10.5 per cent of receipts.

The BFG was a remake of a non-Disney animated film released in 1989.

In 2016, though, Paramount – a studio that has struggled to identify a franchise to replace its ageing Star Trek and Mission: Impossible product lines – could manage only slightly more than a quarter of Disney’s grosses as it finished sixth, with a 7.7 per cent share.

The gap between the top and bottom studios has never been greater, and it has never owed so much to the power of the franchise.

That’s not good news for anyone who wants to see the Hollywood studios backing more adventurous fare. It’s not great news either for those studios without the clout to buy up already powerful brands, the way Disney did with Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel, to guarantee a pipeline of production.

But for Disney, for now and the foreseeable future, it’s a beautiful thing.

Karl Quinn is on facebook at karlquinnjournalist and on twitter @karlkwin

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