Tomorrow is looking like AM Clouds/PM Sun with a high of 63F or 17C and a low of 52F or 11C.
Tomorrow is looking like AM Clouds/PM Sun with a high of 63F or 17C and a low of 52F or 11C.
TUESDAY 18th FEBRUARY, 2014 listen to ‘What´s On: TUESDAY 18th FEBRUARY, 2014’ on Audioboo ORIHUELA Sculpture exhibition, “De vuelta al estudio”, Sala Museo San Juan de Dios (Until 2nd March). Children’s Book event, “The adventure is reading”, La Lonja exhibition hall (Until 28th Feb). Tourism conference, “A tasty tour: fresh heritage Orihuela”, Biblioteca Pública Municipal María Moliner. ORIHUELA COSTA Mago …
Some months ago Martin, a well known resident of La Siesta, who is also a disabled widower, was seen trying to make his way to the medical centre in La Siesta by means of an electric wheel chair, not meant for road use at all, and should he hit any obs...
ANDREW Atkinson pays tribute to Preston North End and England football legend SIR TOM FINNEY who died on February 14, aged 91.
SIR Tom Finney was a legend in World football. And it was a privilege to know him personally. I had Sir Tom's home telephone number. Indeed whenever I contacted Sir Tom he always obliged with my requests.
Sir Tom wrote the Foreword in the book I wrote: 'David Beckham-In at The Deep End', the story about Beckham's loan spell at Preston in 1995. And I recall former England national manager Sir Bobby Robson personally, unexpectedly, phoning me to talk about Finney. After trials at The Lilywhites Finney was signed in 1946 - but he completed a seven years' plumber apprenticeship - and became known as 'The Preston Plumber'.
After serving as a desert rat under Montgomery he went on to play for England, earning 76 caps. Called up to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1942, Finney fought in Montgomery's Eighth Army in Egypt and later in Italy in the final offensive to capture Argenta in April 1945 as a Stuart tank driver in 9th Lancers. Local leave in North Africa allowed him to play in army teams against local opposition - and on one occasion he played against the future actor Omar Sharif.
Finney's final game for Preston was in 1960, after 433 games and 187 goals. In 1988 Finney was Knighted. England and Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton - who was player and manager at Preston in the seventies - said Finney's contributions to football were "immeasurable". And the late Stanley Matthews compared Finney to Diego Maradona, Pelé, George Best and Alfredo Di Stéfano. Bill Shankly, who played with Finney at Preston, said Finney was the best footballer ever.
Gary Lineker said: “Sir Tom Finney has left us. One of the greatest players this country has ever seen, and a true gentleman.” Preston North End said: “Sir Tom was the greatest player to ever play for Preston North End and one of the all time greats for England.
"The thoughts of everyone at the Club, and those connected with it, are with his family at this time." The 'Splash' Finney statue outside Deepdale has been made a shrine, with fans placing flowers and shirts in his memory. Against Orient last weekend all the Preston players wore 'Finney' on their shirts.
And Preston City Council are in talks with Finney's family to have a Civic Funeral. Finney's wife Elsie died from Alzheimer's disease in 2004. They had two children, Brian, 66, and Barbara, 50. Rest In Peace, Sir Tom. You will be missed by all of us.
The images show........Sports journalist and author Andrew Atkinson, who has a home in Los Montesinos, pays his respects along with thousands of fans at the Sir Tom Finney 'Splash' statue outside Deepdale.
...........The Sir Tom Finney 'Splash' statue at Preston North End's Deepdale stadium where thousands of fans have paid their respects with scarves, flags, shirts, photos, flowers and messages of condolence following his death of February 14, aged 91.Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/42654/
A fantastic weekend for “Club Natacion Torrevieja” swimmers. Two teams competed in different pools across the region. The Masters of Club Natacion Torrevieja travelled on Saturday to Elda, Alicante, for their 3rd Timed Control in anticipation of next weeks Spanish Nationals in Palma, Majorca and two of the Infantil girls team spent the whole weekend at the Olympic pool in …
MONDAY 17th FEBRUARY, 2014 LA MARINA Caballeros, The Sports Complex. ORIHUELA Sculpture exhibition, “De vuelta al estudio”, Sala Museo San Juan de Dios (Until 2nd March). Children’s Book event, “The adventure is reading”, La Lonja exhibition hall (Until 28th Feb). ORIHUELA COSTA PlayStation games, Zenia Boulevard. TORREVIEJA Ceramic exhibition, Virgen del Carmen (Until 2nd Mar). listen to ‘What´s On: MONDAY …
Issue 507 of The Leader is available now in virtual form from our dedicated webste, www.virtualleader.info. Cram packed with all te latest news and sport from across the area, with information from Pilar de la Horadada, Orihuela and the coast, Torrev...
The town hall are still keen to point out that the newly opened civic centre on the Orihuela Costa may is available to community groups looking for premises to hold regular meetings, and welcome formal applications from associations who may be interest...
Following at least two rescue bids, and after an investment of over 4 million euros on the project, the Ayuntamiento in Pilar de la Horadada have finally announced that they are to demolish ‘the Dove', the new Cultural Centre and Auditorium, the ugly shell of which has been lying unfinished on the outskirts of the town for very nearly ten years.
In 2001 ‘La Paloma Pilareños', was a dream of the Socialist mayor Ignacio Ramos. He called it the star project of his term, and as he laid the first stone he declared that the building would quickly become a landmark in the area and that it would be a magnificent replacement for the current centre which was built when the town first separated from Orihuela in 1986. However despite a time frame that promised completion a few weeks before the municipal elections of May 2003, the project has been anything but the success he suggested it would be.
Irregularities and increased expenditure have surrounded the project leading to a decision to stop the work in 2006. By that time the anticipated cost of the development had risen to 8.9 million euros.
Two years later, in September 2008, the Popular Party complained to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office. The PP accused the former mayor of hiding behind technical reports to justify his mismanagement of the project which together with ongoing security problems and an accumulation of errors has paralyzed construction for many years.
As a result the former mayor was called to testify before the Court of Instruction No. 1 in Orihuela where he was asked to explain the alleged irregularities which had become a "black hole" for the council, one that was said to be hemorrhaging council funds.
Since the cessation of work eight years ago, and despite the site being fenced off, vandals have caused a great deal of additional damage to both the project and to the equipment located on the plot, as a result of which the need to provide additional security has also added to the spiraling cost.
The spectacular project, which for many years has dominated the pilareño skyline, was launched in 2001 having already achieved number of architectural awards, but it became evident all too quickly that the construction company, a consortium consisting of Intersa and Urdemasa, were going to exceed the 4 million euro budget. The Ayuntamiento were unable to meet the additional cost as a result of which the socialist council decided to stop the work in 2006.
In the intervening years the construction has developed serious structural faults and according to technical reports, there is a possibility that it could fall down at any time so, at the time of writing, cranes and machinery were being moved onto the site in order to begin the demolition process. It is now expected that within a few days the whole project will be just an expensive and painful memory for the town.
However not the whole building will be demolished, just the head and neck of the dove, as it is hoped to save the base building which will be used as new municipal offices for the departments of Culture and Youth.
According to the current mayor, José Fidel Ros, ‘The Dove' has been just one more example of waste and mismanagement by the previous council, the demolition of which will see the removal of the very last symbol of many years of painful PSOE administration of the town and another step which will help to revive the economy of its businesses and residents.Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/42631/
SUNDAY 16th FEBRUARY, 2014 ALICANTE Camping and Caravan show, IFA Exhibition Centre (Last day). ORIHUELA Sculpture exhibition, “De vuelta al estudio”, Sala Museo San Juan de Dios (Until 2nd March). Children’s Book event, “The adventure is reading”, La Lonja exhibition hall (Until 28th Feb). Family show, “Viaje a la luna”, Teatro Circo. ORIHUELA COSTA Tribute to the King of Pop, …
Elche 0 Osasuna 0 Another two points were thrown away by Elche on Friday evening in front of a good-sized crowd of 21,722. The odd 22 Osasuna supporters high in the away stand won't have made the long trek home too happy, but a point fairly ...
Whereas in Orihuela the household waste disposal service in now a cost-saving municipalised function, a factor that the Partido Popular and CLR are keen to change to privatise once again, in neighbouring Torrevieja, where the service is privatised, the...