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Nitro Circus’ Jackson Strong injured in fireworks explosion

Original source:The Daily Advertiser
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Lockhart’s motocross star Jackson Strong is one of two menseriously hurt in a fireworks explosion at his home.

Details of the incident are still being gathered, but Mr Strong’s father, Lyndon,confirmed his son had been hurt in a New Year’s fireworks blast.

Strong has made an international name for himself in the daring motocross arena, rising from performing at the Lockhart Show as a youth to bagging swags of medals on the international stage.

PHOTOS: Jackson Strong in action

Strong, the reigning X Games Best Trick gold medalist,has ridden for Nitro Circus and most recently performed in Wagga as part of the Nitro Circus regional tour.

Ambulance media said paramedics responded to reports of a fireworks explosion on Milbrulong Road about 12.10am today.

A spokeswoman said two patients were taken to Wagga Base Hospital.

Jackson Strong, 22,is reported to be the more seriously hurt.

He suffered a serious leg injury as well as chest and facial injuries.

Pictures of Mr Strong’s facial injuries have been posted on his website www.jackostrong南京夜网.

“His left leg around his thigh is the worst part,” a worriedLyndon Strong said.

“He will pull through, no worries at all.”

He was flown into Wagga by helicopter and thenafter treatment at the base hospital was flown by plane to Sydney where he was admitted to the burns unit of St George Hospital.

A second man suffered a lower leg wound.

He is believed to be a good friend of Mr Jackson and was celebrating the new year with him.

X Games gold medallist and Nitro Circus star Jackson Strong has been injured in a fireworks explosion. WARNING: NEXT PICTURE CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT

Jackson Strong posted this photo of his injuries on his website, jackostrong南京夜网

Ambulance media said he was a 20-year-old, but a spokeswoman for Murrumbidgee Local Health District said it was believed he was 28.

He is being treated in Wagga Base Hospital and is in a stable condition.

It is believed the incident happened on Mr Strong’s family property, where he regularly spends time and has filmed for a documentary,Headstrong.

In 2012, Strong became the first Australian to win back-to-back gold medals in the X Games Moto Best Trick category after creating history with the first-ever front-slip in competition and unveiling a body varial, The Jack.

Lockhart Shire Council did not have a fireworks display for New Year’s Eve.

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Baby Isaac the first of 2014

THE new year will be filled with hope and joy for Naomi and Jonathan Stucken who on Wednesdaywelcomed their first baby to the world.
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Baby Isaac, 12 days overdue when he was finally born at 1.35am on New Year’s Day, was also the first baby born at Orange Hospital in 2014.

He weighed 4.48 kilograms (9.8 pounds) and was 60 centimetres (23.6 inches) long.

“It’s been a bit of a marathon, but I’m just so happy he’s here,” Mrs Stucken said.

The first-time parents said they were a little nervous leading up to the birth, which was scheduled at Orange hospital instead of their home town in Cowra, due to a lack of an anesthetist over the festive period.

“When you know he’s so big I was quite nervous,” Mrs Stucken said.

“But I was very happy and relieved when he came out safely.

The name Isaac is an ancient translation meaning’he will laugh’, a fact the couple were aware of whentheychose the name based onone of their favourite bible stories.

Mrs Stucken said she had nothing but praise for the staff in Orange hospital’s maternity ward.

“I don’t think you’d have better service in Sydney, their standard of care is amazing,” Mrs Stucken said.

“Staff have been amazing and everyone we’ve spoken to is so helpful.”

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THE BEST NEW YEAR: Naomi and Jonathan Stucken with son Isaac, who was the first baby born at Orange Hospital in 2014. Photo: LUKE SCHUYLER

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Vansittart Park hosts thousands at NYE party

HAILED A SUCCESS: Mount Gambier Community Events Management Inc (MGCEMI) chair Steve Toope was pleased with how the fourth annual New Year’s Eve community celebrations were received. Pictures: BRETT KENNEDY NEED FOR SPEED: Cooper Bobridge (8) got behind the wheel of the go-karts, one of many amusements for the hundreds of children on site.
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VISITORS GALORE: Mount Gambier’s New Year’s Eve community celebrations attracted many visitors, including Adelaide’s Kobi, 8, and Levi Swanson, 5, and Lily Cunningham, 3, who enjoyed building a block tower.

HEAVY HITTING: The Riot City Wrestling crew was once again a smash hit with the crowd, as many cheered on GD Grimm, who outmuscled his opponent.

BUBBLE TROUBLE: Cassidy Lynagh, 5, was extra bubbly Tuesday night at the Mount Gambier Community New Year’s Eve celebrations.

NO SEATING ROOM: Adelaide-based Circus Elements entertainer Scott Griffin got the crowd involved in his performance.

VANSITTART Park hosted thousands of revellers on New Years Eveas families and friends came together to usher in 2014 at the fourth annual Mount Gambier Community New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Residents flocked into the venue from the Wehl Street entrance, making their way to the centre of the oval where jumping castles, merry-go-rounds, musicians and wrestlers waited to entertain the festive crowds.

Mount Gambier Community Events Management Incorporated chair Steve Toope said he was happy with the community response.

“I think it all went pretty well, the weather gods were definitely smiling on us,” Mr Toope said.

“You only have to look out the window today (Wednesday) to realise we were lucky.

“At the end of the day we didn’t have any hassles or hitches.

“We aim to get about 3500-4500 people and at a rough guess I’d say we were around the mark.

“It was a similar size crowd to 2012.”

Mr Toope said he received positive feedback from residents throughout the night.

“The fireworks were obviously well-received and everyone seemed happy with the range of entertainment,” he said.

“From an organiser point of view, I’ve really got nothing to complain about.”

Mr Toope said the central Vansittart Park location once again proved to be a winner.

“The one thing I see on New Year’s Eve when I’m walking about the area is that from a family perspective, it’s a good venue to go to,” he said.

“The kids can go off and parents know they will be safe and you see all the extended family catching up with a rug on the grass.

“From my point of view, I look at it as one of those events that friends and families can really come together, sit down and have a chat to catch up.

“From a parent’s perspective, if the kids are being entertained, then that can mean the parents or grandparents are in for an easier night.”

With live music a strong feature of the night, Mr Toope said the committee’s gamble on securing the services of Adelaide band Platinum Plus paid off.

“I think they went down really well, they were a tight outfit,” he said.

“We sort of punted that they’d fit the demographic and that’s exactly what happened.

“It was very easy listening and family friendly, so they were a good fit.”

While a large portion of the crowd left after the early fireworks, Mr Toope said organisers were prepared for the exodus, with other people still entering the venue right up until the stroke of midnight.

“That’s how we’ve designed the night, because we understand a lot of people have younger families,” he said.

While the committee has barely had time to celebrate the beginning of 2014 with plenty of packing up done yesterday morning, the next installment is already on their minds.

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New Year’s Eve around the worldPhotos

A look at the fireworks and celebrations from around the world to welcome in 2014.
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UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

GERMANY: Fireworks explode next to the Quadriga sculpture atop the Brandenburg gate during New Year celebrations in Berlin. Photo: REUTERS

GREECE: Fireworks explode over the temple of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis hill during New Year’s Day celebrations in Athens. Photo: REUTERS

RIO: People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: REUTERS

RIO: People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: REUTERS

NORTH KOREA: Fireworks explode in the sky over Pyongyang as part of New Year celebrations in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Photo: REUTERS

RIO: People watch fireworks exploding over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations at the Pavao Pavaozinho slum in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: REUTERS

POLAND: Fireworks explode next to the National Stadium during New Year celebrations in Warsaw. Photo: REUTERS

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

CHINA: New Year’s Eve 2014 on Badaling Great Wall.

NEW ZEALAND: Waterside celebrations in Auckland, in the first nation to enter 2014.

NEW ZEALAND: Waterside celebrations in Auckland, in the first nation to enter 2014.

NEW ZEALAND: Waterside celebrations in Auckland, in the first nation to enter 2014.

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

UK: Big Ben and the London Eye form the centrepiece of New Year’s celebrations. Photo: GETTY IMAGES

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Thieves targeting number plates

EIGHT number plates have been stolen from eight vehicles in west Orange in the past week leaving police concerned they’ll be re-attached to new vehicles and used to commit a range of crimes around the city and interstate.
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Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Scott Russell said police were concerned that so many plates had been stolen in such a small period of time.

“Stolen plates are often put on vehicles for service station drive offs, road toll fraud or more serious crimes,” he said.

“It makes no difference that they’ve only stolen one plate from each vehicle because they don’t have to match, they’re on either end of the car.”

Acting inspector Russell said nearly all of the thefts had occurred in the middle of the night in the Forbes Road and Prince Street areas.

He warned car owners to be vigilant about where they park their cars and report any suspicious behaviour in their area.

“We’d like anyone with any information about the thefts to contact police,” acting inspector Russell said.

He said police were also looking at the possibility of introducing irreversible number plate screws which will make it more difficult to remove number plates.

Thieves have stolen a large amount of number plates from vehicles in a very short amount of time

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Mourinho on notice to curb spending after Chelsea post massive loss

Jose Mourinho was given a stark reminder on Tuesday that the days of virtually limitless spending at Chelsea are over when the club posted a huge annual loss of  £49.4 million ($91.7 million) but still promised to meet UEFA’s strict new financial rules.
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The losses for the 2012-13 season arose in spite of a record £255.8 million turnover and represent a significant step back from the previous financial year, when the club posted a small £1.4 million profit. That was the first time Chelsea have been in profit under Roman Abramovich and ensures the club will meet UEFA’s Financial Fair Play guidelines for the first formal monitoring period at the end of this season.

UEFA’s acceptable variation for the first two years of FFP is £37.5 million and, after subtracting spending of around £15 million on youth development and infrastructure, Chelsea expect UEFA to calculate a combined loss for 2011-12 and 2012-13 of £33 million.

Crucially, however, UEFA’s acceptable variation for the next monitoring period, the three accounting years from 2011 to 2014, is also £37.5 million. It means that Chelsea must not lose more than about £4.5 million in the current financial year, 2013-14, to comply with FFP.

The challenge then gets even harder, with UEFA only accepting losses on a rolling three-year basis of a maximum of £25 million. Given that these new 2012-13 accounts will form the first year of that equation, Chelsea will actually have to make an overall profit of around £9 million over the next two years to meet the UEFA guidelines at the end of the monitoring period in 2016.

UEFA is adamant that its FFP regulations will be backed up by meaningful sanctions that range from warnings to fines and possible exclusion from the Champions League. However, it will also take into account a club’s direction and there has been a very clear sense that Chelsea have made an effort to control their spending and move towards the UEFA principle of self-sustainability.

Chelsea remain adamant they will continue to meet the FFP regulations but the club’s reliance on owner Abramovich and also the need to limit spending is clear. Clubs that do not have an owner willing to turn losses into equity are not permitted to lose more than £4.2 million over any monitoring period.

The accounts also place a question mark over the extent to which Chelsea can keep making major signings at the same time as funding a wage bill that is second only to Manchester City in the Premier League.

Mourinho has recently said that Chelsea would be vastly improved with two major signings and has repeatedly outlined his concern that other clubs follow the FFP rules.

City spent £90 million on four new players during the summer transfer window despite running at a loss of £97.9 million in their most recently published accounts.

‘‘Next year Chelsea will have a phenomenal team,’’ said Mourinho. ‘‘Between the work we are doing and evolution of the players and a couple of clinical signings – two clinical players to complete the puzzle you are building – Chelsea next season will have a very good team.’’

In Chelsea’s favour are their growing revenues and a commercial income that rose in these accounts from £67 million to £79.6 million. New deals with Adidas – worth £300 million over 10 years – and Audi will also take effect from next year’s accounts.

The difference of more than £50 million in Chelsea’s profit/loss figure of 2011-12 compared to 2012-13 is largely explained by the cancellation of BSkyB shares in the club (worth around £17 million) and the fact that Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012. Although they won the Europa League last year, the Champions League triumph brought in around £60 million compared to about £43 million in UEFA competitions in 2012-13.

Chelsea are also relatively well placed in terms of the age of their squad after signing younger players in recent seasons, including Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, David Luiz and Ramires.

Ron Gourlay, the Chelsea chief executive, said: ‘‘To achieve a record level of turnover despite our first group-stage elimination from the Champions League shows we have structured our business and are growing in the correct way for long-term stability.’’

Chairman Bruce Buck added: ‘‘From the beginning of the current ownership, a long-term objective was financial sustainability, and the implementation of Financial Fair Play brought that to the top of the agenda. We are pleased that we will meet the stipulations set down by UEFA in their first assessment period.’’

Telegraph, London

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What will you do in 2014?

WE ALL know that setting yourself a New Year resolution is the easy part. The hard part is to actually start on New Year’s Day.
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We want to hear what you’re planning to do this year and, hopefully, help give you motivation to get it done.

Simply snap a photo and caption it with what you’re planning to do in 2014.

Post your photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag it#thisyeariwilland @westernadvocate. Alternatively, you can email your photo and caption to [email protected]南京夜网.au.

We’ll publish Bathurst’s resolutions here on our website and check back in with you next month to see how you’re doing. This time, you will have no more excuses.

Submissions close Monday,January 6.

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2013 was a mixed bag

SO that’s another one out of the way; another year passed into history and leaving us with the hope we can do better with the brand new one.
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As usual it was a mixed bag of achievements and losses that filled the pages as the Lithgow Mercury in 2013 did what it has done in recording the history of our city and district for 136 years.

There was indeed the good, the bad and the ugly in the year gone by.

THE GOOD was very, very good; the BAD was bad enough; and the UGLY was, just ugly.

But it was the good side of 2013 that was worth remembering for all the right reasons.

Highlights were certainly the new era in tertiary education for Lithgow.

In the first half of the year the University of Notre Dame Australia confirmed its presence in Lithgow with the completion of the purpose built campus for the university’s Rural Clinical School.

The campus in the grounds of Lithgow Hospital was established with assistance from both the federal and NSW governments and added considerably to the city’s status as a Learning City.

At the same time the University of Western Sydney was pressing ahead with a great deal of enthusiasm on its project to bring a second university presence to our area.

The UWS outreach college will be accepting its first students in the next few weeks after a multi million dollar makeover of the former Lithgow Library building, the Hoskins Institute.

Also turning out very, very good was the program to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the crossing of the Blue Mountains by European explorers.

Governor Marie Bashir came to Hartley for the well organised ceremony at the western end of the crossing and in her usual impeccable vice regal form proved a hit with all who met her.

Lithgow Council’s Development Officer Matt Brewster continued to come up with good ideas and was the driving force behind a Lithgow Halloween celebration that silenced its critics by becoming the biggest one night community event held in Lithgow in years.

It was so successful that there’s talk of it becoming a weekend festival with even a Halloween Train from Sydney.

THE BAD SIDE was very, very bad with the worst bushfire in years sweeping the region.

Hundreds of interstate firefighters again converged on Lithgow for a mammoth effort to save property.

A number of homes and one business were destroyed but the biggest loss was at the Zig Zag Railway which ironically was on the verge of re-opening after more than 12 months downtime dealing with safety upgrades.

The real devastation, however, was in the neighbouring Blue Mountains LGA with huge property losses at Mt Victoria and around Springwood.

VICE REGAL VISITOR: Governor Marie Bashir was a popular VIP guest at celebrations at Hartley for the 200th anniversary of the European crossing of the Blue Mountains.

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No clear favourites for cricket competitions

IT is a new year and the second part of the Lithgow Cricket Association is set down to start on Saturday January 11.
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“The first part of the season is over,” association secretary Brian ‘Red’ Slaven said.

“It was a stop-start beginning to the season with the bushfires and weather cancelling rounds, but hopefully once the competition gets back into full swing it will be all systems go to the big games.

“Already there have been some excellent solo efforts with a number of centuries and great bowling figures registered.

“A winner in either grade is not clear and later the competition will split into three grades and it should be a great end to the season.”

A full review of each team’s chances are in today’s paper.

TALENTED BATSMAN: Lithgow Hotel’s Grady Danaher. lm121813grady

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Can CYMS win the double?

WITH just one loss from 12 games thus far, CYMS are sitting pretty atop the Orange District Cricket Association first grade ladder.
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The green and golds have won nine of their 10 limited overs matches so far in 2013-14, with one washout, and remain undefeated after two games of the Royal Hotel Cup .

CYMS also picked up the inaugural ODCA limited overs title, breaking a 30-year silverware drought and an eight-game finals losing streak to Cavaliers.

CYMS captain Hugh Le Lievre said even he is surprised by his team’s rapid ascension after a tumultuous finish to last season.

Le Lievre said the club had prepared itself for a less than impressive season following the backlash from a well publicised incident after last season’s grand final.

“This first half of the season has been very impressive, even to us in the team and more so to plenty of people in the club,” he said.

“I think a lot of people wrote us off after everything that happened last season, so we have definitely exceeded all expectations so far.”

Le Lievre highlighted his team’s performance, as a whole, as the main reason for their success.

“Everyone is performing, which is very encouraging,” he said.

“Obviously the guys with big numbers, like Al (Dhatt) and Hamish (Finlayson), won’t be able to score runs and take wickets every week so it’s great to see everyone chipping in and getting us over the line. One thing we’re doing very well is making sure we don’t rely on one or two people too heavily.”

CYMS’ current position is not an unfamiliar one.

This is the third time in the past five seasons the green and golds have led the competition at the Christmas-New Year break, each time dropping just one game.

In both previous seasons, 2009-10 and 2012-13, the green and golds went on to lose the grand final.

However, Le Lievre said his troops have tasted victory, and noted the difference in previous teams to this season’s line up.

From 2012-13 CYMS have lost former skipper Trent Colley (moved to Newcastle), John Warrington (Orange City), Josh Sands (Canberra), Luke Clarke (suspension), Dean Turner (retired) and Nick Wright (injury) and Le Lievre said the amount of new faces made any damning history irrelevant.

“We have fallen at the final hurdle previously, twice last year in fact,” he said.

“But winning the first premiership should be a catalyst for our boys to go on and push for the big one.

IMPRESSIVE: CYMS players (from left) Jack Sharpe, Hamish Finlayson, Sam Dwyer and Matt Baker have all played vital roles in the green and golds blockbuster start to the season. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1221wade6

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