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SPORTSTALK – IT WAS A PLEASURE TO SHARE THE RING WITH ANTHONY JOSHUA
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Former professional boxer Paul Butlin and his parents Barry and Elaine from Los Montesinos, Alicante, talk Exclusively to Andrew Atkinson about his fight with current world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2013. PAUL Butlin faced 2012 Olympic Games Gold medalist Anthony Joshua OBE six years ago, in what was AJ’s second pro’ fight. Paul Butlin [...]

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Cambiemos Orihuela AND C.L.A.R.O. make proposals to Save Orihuela Costa Municipal Sports Centre
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PRESS RELEASE The two political parties, Cambiemos Orihuela and C.L.A.R.O., are to make proposals to reopen the Orihuela Costa Municipal Sports Centre, to change the form of management and reduce prices to affordable levels with discounts for those on the padron and for vulnerable groups. The two parties which have just announced that they will [...]

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Parakeet flocks cause for concern – in SCOTLAND!
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By Andrew Atkinson PARAKEETS are causing concerns – not here in Spain but in SCOTLAND – leading to a potential ‘cull’ as has been the case in London and also in Spain. In Glasgow wild parakeet flocks have settled in the City, leading to the Scottish Natural Heritage deeming them the most northerly flock of [...]

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PSOE say that Horadada is the healthiest municipality
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The PSOE has included Pilar de la Horadada on the list of the healthiest municipalities in the whole of Spain, with a liquidity of more than 21 million euros. The City Council now has 10 million euros more than in 2014 and in 2019 it will reduce the debt of 9 million, inherited from the [...]

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Car embedded in Almoradí Sports Centre
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A driver was slightly injured on Thursday after embedding her car a perimeter wall surrounding the Polideportivo Venancio Costa de Almoradí. The front part of the vehicle was completely implanted in the wall but fortunately the woman was able to get out of the car under her own efforts but was treated by the health [...]

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New dates agreed for Torrevieja Sevillanas Fair
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Originally scheduled to take place from 8-12 May the City Council has not been able to meet the deadlines to formalise the contract, and as such the Councillor for Fiestas, Domingo Pérez, told the media at a press conference on Tuesday that the celebration of the Sevillanas Fair 2019 will now take place from Wednesday [...]

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Torrevieja dismantles the Pascual Flores
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Only ten years after the schooner was completely overhauled in 2009 all three masts have now been removed from the Pascual Flores. The councillor for culture, Domingo Perez, said that there has been a rapid deterioration of the wood and for safety reasons, in order to ensure they didn’t simply topple over, the decision was [...]

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Seven years in prison for dismembering a corpse in Torrevieja
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The Seventh Section of the Provincial Court of Alicante, based in Elche, has sentenced a woman to seven years in prison for covering up the kidnap and the murder of a man in Torrevieja and also for helping to dismember the body The Court found her guilty of a crime of illegal detention, for which [...]

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Pet welfare campaigns in Pilar de la Horadada
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The Department of Animal Protection and Health has launched two campaigns in Pilar de la Horadada to neuter and sterilize cats, as well as the issue of passports, vaccination for rabies and implantation of microchips in dogs The objective of both campaigns is to support the residents of the municipality who live with their pet [...]

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CRICKET AND BOXING EXCLUSIVES
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The Costa Blanca and Costa Calida top sports journalist Andrew Atkinson reports for The Leader in a double ‘EXCLUSIVE’ – talking to Vedam ‘Hari’ Hariharan – one of the world’s leading international CRICKET coaches who holds Australian Cricket Board’s coaching qualifications, who was recently at La Manga Resort. Vedam ‘Hari’ Hariharan – one of the [...]

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Crescendo International Choir Concert in Early April  
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Crescendo International Choir performed its first spring concert Saturday, April 6 at Iglesia de Santa Maria Del Mar in La Zenia. About 1,100 euros was raised at this concert, between ticket sales and free-will donations given at the end of the concert.   Part of the money raised will go towards supporting the church building [...]

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Surveyors finally gain entry to La Torre Vígia
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It took until the beginning of April for surveyors to finally gain entry to La Torre Vígia in Torre de la Horadada. In January, Elche’s court of administrative issued a ruling authorising the authorities to access the sixteenth-century, privately owned watchtower, in order to inspect its state of preservation but it is only now that [...]

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Leader tip Tiger Roll wins National – with each-way tip Rathvinden third
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The Costa Blanca and Costa Calida Leader tip Tiger Roll (4-1) raced into the history books as he became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back wins of the £1m Randox Health Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. “To win two nationals is unbelievable. I can’t believe it – I really can’t,” said [...]

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SPORTSTALK – Footballers continue to be affected by MOTOR Nuerone Disease
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MOTOR Nuerone Disease victim Mel Holden died in 1981 aged 26 – leaving a wife and young family behind. Former Preston North End, Sunderland, Blackpool and Netherlands club PEC Zwolle striker Holden would have celebrated his 64th birthday in August. Holden, who died in 1981, made over 150 career appearances and is one of many [...]

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Another big score defeat for Daya
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Bigastro 5 v. Daya Nueva 1 As early as the first minute Kepe in Daya’s goal had to make a smart save as the home side tore into their visitors.  Daya did settle down after five minutes or so but Bigastro were making all the running.  Fernando made a great stop on the goal line [...]

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All Square:- Battling Monte share the spoils.
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Cross valley rivals Racing San Miguel, were the opponents at the neutral venue in Algorfa last Sunday. Another week, another “must win” game started in a lively fashion, with Monte utilising their usual efficient closing down tactic and San Miguel seemingly happy to knock the ball between the backs. Custodian Carlos was called to action [...]

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Greenlands 1st Spring Golf Cup
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By Andrew Atkinson Enrique Moya, co-owner of Greenlands Adventure Golf Sports Complex in Los Montesinos, Alicante, is all set for the 1st Spring Golf Cup on April 25. “We are going to celebrate the first 18 hole adventure golf tournament – The Spring Cup – which we plan to be an annual event,” Enrique told [...]

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Carry On Camping
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Over the years that we have lived in the Canary Islands, we have seen a rapid increase in tourism. Much of this has been due to instability in some countries following the ‘Arab Spring’ and terrorism. The hugely successful efforts to promote island tourism by the islands’ government has also been a huge success, since [...]

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THE CASE OF THE FATAL FAREWELL –  A Murder Mystery
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Was there indeed a murder……if so, who dun it? Members of the Rojales Pantomime Group were asked by the Royal British Legion to entertain their guests by performing a Murder Mystery play at the Phoenix Nights Bar and Restaurant in San Miguel.   Not having done this before this was definitely a mystery to the nine [...]

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Los Montesinos Mayor José leads Rojales and Torrevieja history tour for town’s foreign residents
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By Andrew Atkinson Los Montesinos Town Hall received a round of applause from foreign residents who were invited to a taste of Vega Baja history in Rojales and Torrevieja on a tour that was attended by Mayor José Manuel Butron. Rojales Museo De La Huerta was once the residence of the Hacienda, that showcased interiors [...]

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The Virtual Leader Newspaper Edition 760
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Could this finally be the beginning that the Orihuela Costa has been waiting for, a new coalition that was launched on Friday to contest the 26 May municipal elections, comprising of C.L.A.R.O., Cambiemos and Unidos Podemos Intersting times. Still on politics we examine the manifesto of another Orihuela party, Ciudadanos. Have you ever wondered what [...]

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Vistabella Bowls sponsored by TV Choice, Venture Fleet &  Beniconnect.
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With Lynne Bishop. What a brilliant end to the season VISTABELLA  ARE THE CHAMPIONS! and not just once but three times over! The wonderful achievement of winning the Spanish winter League, which is the toughest league in Spain..plus the Berleen league is a first for Vistabella and we are so proud for the club, the [...]

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SMGS at Hacienda Riquelme. April 3rd, 2019
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Twenty eight members and seven guests turned out to play at Hacienda Riquelme, a notoriously difficult course. As usual the course was well presented but it had some tricky pin placings. Usually scores are low and the course tends to favour the higher handicaps, especially when it gets a little breezy. This proved to be [...]

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La Marina Golf Society
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A sunny morning with a chilly wind greeted us at the excellent Alenda course where we played for the much coveted Committee Trophy. Prize are awarded for the best three scores and in third place,on count-back ,with 32 points was Ray Hill. Second place went to Captain Bill Stobo with 35 Stableford points,but the overall [...]

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Montgo golf society members vie for Oliva Nova Cup.
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On April 5, 32 Montgo golf society members vied for the Oliva Nova Cup. A medal competition is not everyone’s “cup of tea” but nevertheless it was won with a highly respectable nett 67 from a 21 handicap.   The Course Manager, Rafael Velasco Pedrol presented the trophy to a smiling Susie Snelling, 2 ahead of [...]

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avea Green Bowls Club
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Early Easter Mixed Triples, March 28th – 30th, 2019. 24 Teams, including teams from local Clubs, took part in 3 days of glorious bowling weather.  They were split into 4 groups of 6 teams and played a Round Robin tournament of 5 matches to see who would rise to the top of each group.  Each [...]

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New Lidl for Torrevieja
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Lidl is set to reopen its Torrevieja store on Thursday, after the shop closed in September for refurbishment, was raised to the ground, and is now a brand new building costing in the region of 3 million euro. The new store has also created an additional 9 jobs and is part of a major investment [...]

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Goals galore but Torry wait for victory goes on
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CD TORREVIEJA – 4  CALLOSA DEPORTIVO CF – 4 BY STEVE HIBBERD A slender one goal victory over rock bottom Villena way back in early December, was the last time Torry tasted the sweet success of victory.  That´s a mind blowing 14 matches ago, but had a rocky defence stayed firm, then it would have [...]

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“Team Orihuela” promises a better future
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Could this finally be the beginning that the Orihuela Costa has been waiting for, a new coalition that was launched on Friday to contest the 26 May municipal elections? Comprising of C.L.A.R.O., Cambiemos and Unidos Podemos, the three parties have agreed to form a coalition on the basis of a new Orihuela, committed to sustainable [...]

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