At the last meeting of the U3A on 25th March, members enthusiastically joined in a well executed and thought provoking quiz organised by a committee member. It was certainly a test of memory and some of us failed miserably! It seems that the grey m…
The singer Isabel Pantoja has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and given a fine in excess of one million euro, for an offense of money laundering, although she has escaped prison on account of a clean record previously.
The former mayor of Mar…
The five thousand square metres of pine forest destroyed by fire in La Mata will take a decade to recover. Around 70 trees were destroyed when fire took hold at the historic Molino del Agua park, believed to have been started in three separate locations, a similar pattern to a number of similar arson attacks across the area in recent years. CCTV footage of the area is being viewed by the police in an attempt to identify to potential perpetrators of what could so easily have been a fatal fire outbreak.
The Habaneras shopping centre in Torrevieja has launched a new dance competition for young people, aimed at finding the best dancers between the ages of 4 and 16. Registration is open now for the “Factor H” competition, which will then be held in the mall from the 25th of May until the 6th of July, with groups split into three, aged 4 to 7, aged 8 to 12 and then from 13 to 16, with applicants having to submit a video of themselves dancing, either as a solo performer or a group, with judges choosing the entrants for the first gala showcase on the 25th of May.
Work has started this week to remove the fencing around the entrance to the old harbour of Torrevieja, with around 50 metres set to be removed to widen the entrance from the main coastal road, in the first stage of the remodelling of this once popular area. The fence alongside the historic Mar La Marina is the first section to be removed, which will make an open space opposite the old casino, much as it was prior to the installation of the wall in the 1960´s. In its busier days, the area played host to countless tourists who would arrive by coach to the seaside city, and once a thriving part of the centre of commerce for the fishing, and boat building industries.
Nine internationally renowned athletes from Lithuania have been training at Torrevieja´s sports city this week, the latest in an increasing number of international sports performers who are looking to the facilities of Torrevieja to assist in their training regime. They follow on from a group of young Duth athletes who have been using the facilities at the start of the month, and may well lead to more use of the sports complex that is often standing vacant.
The Local Police of Guardamar have expanded their vehicle fleet, with the acquisition of a new 4×4 vehicle which will allow them to patrol in harder to reach areas. The principle aim will be allow the police to patrol the 12 kilometres of beaches better, as well as the rural green areas, allowing for better fire prevention duties to be carried out. Guardamar police now have four normal patrol cars, four motorcycles, two quads and this four wheeled drive utility vehicle.
The Izquierda Unida of Almoradí has registered a motion to allocate 5% of the town hall budget to create an employment platform that would provide work to residents who are unemployed, performing contracted tasks such as maintenance and cleaning of recreational areas. The group argues that with more than 3,000 unemployed people in the town, combined with the overall deterioration of public facilities, by finding a solution to mix those looking for work with work that needs completing is a solution that would benefit every resident in the area as people need to, “work to survive”.
The manager of the market at El Olivo has said that he intends to claim compensation if the market is closed. His legal representative says that the Catral government team has not yet notified the facility of closure but having made significant investments, if the market is closed down is will destroy the livliehood of many local people and would be completely unjustified. As such the “citizens will have to pay.” The lawyers also criticize the Guardia Civil for their constant harassment, actions which they say are disproportionate and unmotivated. They say that Moroccan traders feel coerced and persecuted by them.
Two officers from the Marine Unit of the local police in Santa Pola rescued two fishermen on Wednesday after their boat sank in a in a cove on the coast of Santa Pola. The men are understood to have been fishing aboard a boat, about 3.5 meters long, equipped with a small motor. The two fishermen, 40 and 50 years old, have been transferred to the Hospital General Universitario de Elche with symptoms of hypothermia. According to the police officers, the boat capsized as the two fishermen came to gather in their fishing net. Neither man was equipped with a lifejacket and they were unable to swim ashore, as one of them claimed not to know how to swim. They chose to sit on the hull of the boat and call for help. Fortunately a passing resident spotted the fishermen and alerted the 112 emergency services.
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Around 600 young choristers from Ciudad Real, Guipúzcoa, Asturias, Valencia, South Korea and Torrevieja will take part in the nineteenth Junior Habaneras competition which will be held in Torrevieja’s Teatro Municipal on 19 and 20 April.
The Velvetones dropped in to The Marbella Nursing home in Torrevieja, to surprise Olive Hall with a trip down memory lane. Olive (now in her nineties) was married to The Velvetones creator – the late Harry Hall, who started the chorus almost 15 years a…
You may recall a number of articles last year, in which countless drivers were confused over the adoption of new parking bays on the main streets through Torrevieja, confusion which still continues today with residents unsure of the law and the police …
A Deputy of the United Left party in Torrevieja, Marina Albiol, has criticized the cuts being made in the health service by the Ministry, as part of the JV (Joint Venture) which directs the management of Torrevieja Hospital.
According to the deputy, “these cuts will undoubtedly kill. They are being made in all the areas providing, basic life support, including vehicles and staff. The cuts will also be made to the number of temporary hospital staff who are usually brought in to cater for the influx of thousands of holidaymakers during the summer.
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A very useful new website has recently been launched on the Costa Blanca by the Provincial Tourism Board just in time for the Easter Holidays containing lots of information and ideas for visitors who are travelling on a budget. It contains a whole ho…
THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION, Torrevieja Branch, meet at 1700 on the first Wednesday of each month at the Restaurante El Paraiso, Urb. Jardin del Mar 3, (behind Carrefour), Torrevieja.
Contact Mike Wright, Chairman 966 722 895 or Margaret Forsh…
Your virtual copy of The Leader is now avaialble on our dedicated website and after a great St Patrick´s day event at Cabo Roig, we have a special picture feature.
We are cram packed with the latest news, from Orihuela, Torrevieja, Guardamar, l…
Next Saturday 9th March, the Model Boat club of Torrevieja will open their annual exhibition at the Park of Nations in the town.
The exhibition, by one of Spain’s foremost model associations features the very best examples of radio controlled, static …
TORREVIEJA UNEMPLOYMENT UP
According to the official figures provided by SERVEF, 385 more people joined the list of registered unemployed in the city of Torrevieja in September.
This figure brings the total of those registered to be 9,485.
MENTAL HEALTH CONGRESS TOOK PLACE
On Friday morning, at the Dr. Manuel Garcia Gea health facility in Torrevieja, the second annual conference for mental health professionals took place.
The aim of the conference is to provide a “new approach” in dealing with the issues of mental health.
METEOR STORM MAKES A SHOW
On Saturday night, at around 10pm, a meteor storm took place in the skies of the Costa Blanca, with up to 750 bursts per hour of activity.
Although an annual event, sky watchers believe that the display gets stronger each year, but it becoming increasingly difficult to see because of the amount of unnatural light that is polluting the night sky.
CELEBRATIONS ALL SET
Torrevieja is preparing to celebrate another year in honour of Our Lady of Begoña. A festival that the city be held on October 11, which is organized by the Association of Friends of Athletic ” El salinero “.
The day celebrates an apparition of the Virgin Mary at the site of the Basilica of Begoña, in Bilbao, Spain. Affectionately called “Amatxu” (meaning “mother” in Basque), she is said to have appeared to local people in the early 16th century.
OUTLET SHOPPING IN TORREVIEJA
The seventh Feria Outlet of shops is taking place in Torrevieja from the 8th until 12th October, with a wide range of bargains on offer, from shoes to clothes, gifts and books, making it an ideal place to snap up an early Christmas bargain.
This year, there is a new site for the fair, which is located on the Paseo Vista Alegre, rather than the original location near the harbour.
The annual book fair is also taking place nearby, on until October 16th at the Paseo de la Libertad, with a staggering 40,000 books on sale from the seven outlets.