Torre del Greco

Torre del Greco is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Naples in Italy, with a population of c. 85,000 as of 2016. The locals are sometimes called Corallini because of the once plentiful coral in the nearby sea, because the city has been a major producer of coral jewellery and cameo brooches since the seventeenth century. Part of Magna Graecia, the area was first colonised by ancient Greek settlers. In Roman times, Torre del Greco was a suburb of Herculaneum, characterised by patrician's villas. In 79 AD the eruption of Vesuvius buried the area under debris; the Roman Villa Sora was a large and sumptuous residence overlooking the sea, buried and whose excavated remains can be seen today. It included quays on the shore. Many exquisite statues and frescos were found here in the Bourbon excavations of the 1700s which are now housed in the Palermo museum, its size and quality implies it belonged to an important figure of the Imperial family. It was rediscovered in 1974 by the GAV Archaeological Group.

Further excavations were done in 1989 -- 92 which exposed the remains visible today. It was found that the top floor collapsed following the eruption while the bottom floor was buried by the lava; the middle floor can be visited today. On the beach not far from the villa are the remains of a Roman bath complex. Two villages are known to have been established in the area and Calastro; the Byzantine general Belisarius moved their inhabitants to Naples in 535. Around 700, it was known as Turris Octava, the Latin for The Tower of Eight or The Eighth Tower referring to a coastal watch tower; the current name appears for the first time in 1015. Torre del Greco was part of the royal estates of the Kingdom of Naples, until King Alfonso V of Aragon ceded it to the Carafa family. In 1631 Torre del Greco was again damaged by an eruption of Vesuvius, its citizens bought back their rights in 1699, after paying 106,000 ducats to their landlord, the Marquis of Monforte, thenceforth the city flourished as a maritime trading and fishing port.

The tradition of coral crafting dates from this time. The historical centre of Torre del Greco was buried under a 10-metre-deep layer of lava in 1794. At the time of the French rule of Joachim Murat, Torre del Greco, with 18,000 inhabitants, was the third largest mainland city in the Kingdom of Naples after Naples and Foggia. Starting in the 16th century, wealthy families and Italian nobility built elaborate summer palaces on the outskirts of the town. Among the most notable of these is the Palazzo Materazzo, renovated in the 1970s as a dance school, but taken over by squatters after the 1980 Irpinia earthquake destroyed the homes of many of the poorer residents. In the 19th century, continuing into the early 20th century, Torre del Greco was a popular summer resort for wealthy Italians. In its heyday Torre del Greco was renowned for its cafés and eateries the "Gran Caffè Palumbo", a large Art Nouveau café with an extensive outdoor pavilion known for its gelato, pastries and coffee; the comedian Totò was among those.

The reason for Torre del Greco's popularity as a resort town was its fine beaches and the rural setting of lush farmlands and vineyards, as well as its close proximity to Vesuvius. As the town nearest to the volcano, Torre del Greco was the main starting point for tourists wishing to scale the mountain; this was facilitated by the Vesuvius Funicular. During World War II, the city was used as an ammunition depot by the German army, suffered heavy bombing by Allied forces. Torre del Greco experiences a Mediterranean climate; the city is the headquarters of Banca di Credito Popolare di Torre del Greco. Roman archaeological remains, including the so-called Villa Sora a property of the Flavians; the monastery of the Zoccolanti, with a cloister housing 28 frescoed panels depicting the life of Saint Francis of Assisi. The parish church of Santa Croce, whose baroque belltower was buried by lava in 1794; the 17th-century church of San Michele. Villa delle Ginestre; the Museum of Coral. Diving for coral has taken place in the Mediterranean Sea since Roman times, in the 15th century Torre del Greco became known for its coral diving and harvesting of red coral.

However, it was not until the 17th century that the first cameos were produced, not until 1815 that a unique manufacturing contract was granted to the town by the King of Naples for a period of ten years. At present there are several hundred companies and several thousands of people employed in the manufacture of coral and shell cameos. Coral is now imported from Asia, since areas in the Mediterranean are becoming protected; the total industry is estimated to have a turnover of around US$225 million. Torre del Greco is twinned with: Montesarchio Review of Torre del Greco's history and the cameo industry Official website Torrese dictionary and grammar

John Higgins of Montoge

Sir John Higgins of Montoge was an Irish physician. Higgins was a descendant of the O'Higgins of Montiagh, an Irish noble family who lost their lands in Sligo under the English Crown about 1649, his parents were his wife Mary Loftus of Annacotty. He was a cousin of Don Esteban de Iguiño, Spanish General of the Infantry in the Army of Philippine islands. Sir John Higgins was born in 1678, after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691 left Ireland to live in exile with his family at the Court of James II at St. Germaine in France. In 1700, he graduated as a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Montpellier and undertook further studies in Paris and Holland. In 1703, he went to Spain where he served in action as medical officer to the combined French and Spanish forces. In 1712, he married the daughter of the town doctor of Bayonne. In 1714, Higgins worked unsparingly for the relief of the soldiers in the Siege of Barcelona. In 1717, he received the highest medical post in the office of Proto-médico de Camera.

The following year he was elected President of the Royal Academy of Surgery of Seville. He held the post of Chief Physician to King Philip V from 1713 until his death in 1729, receiving the substantial salary of 81.528 reales de vellón. Higgins remained a good friend to Ireland and the Irish in Spain and when war was declared on England in 1718, he was instrumental in preventing the confiscation of the goods and property of the Irish merchants. In 1721, the Duc de Saint-Simon fell ill with smallpox; the King sent Higgins to care for him and the Duc recovered. In 1722 Higgins received the title Councillor of Castille from Philip V of Spain, in 1723 he corresponded Sir James Terry, Athlone Herald to the exiled Stuarts in France and Italy regarding a confirmation of his family's Arms. In 1724 James III made him a Baronet for his services to France. John Higgins died in Seville at the age of 51 but his descendants continued in Spain. In his will, he made provisions for the welfare of his widowed mother back in Limerick, plus alms for the poor of that city to be distributed by the Catholic clergy

Defensores de Belgrano de Villa Ramallo

Club Atlético y Social Defensores de Belgrano known as Defensores de Belgrano de Villa Ramallo, is an Argentine sports club located in the Ramallo Partido of Buenos Aires Province. The football team plays in the Torneo Argentino A, the regionalised third division of Argentine football league system. Other sports practised at the institution are basketball, field hockey, handball, roller skating, swimming and volleyball. Básquet:una categoría sub 13 increíble con jugadores que hicieron historia para el club. DT:Martín Blanco. Jugadores: Torriani Martín, Leguizamo Martín, filanti Aseff Joaquín, Passciulo Vito, Tomatis Facundo, Gonzales Francisco, Rossi Francisco, Sangasis Rueda, Juan Ignacio, Costoya Mauricio, Sica Amadeo, Sica Santino, Martínez Máximo. Que supo llegar a la final del final four de la copa de Oro de la ABSN 2019 perdiendo la final con Regatas de San nicolas por un parcial de 63-39 y así ganar el segundo puesto en la liga. También lograron clasificar por primera vez en la historia del club a nivel inferiores a un zonal de clubes de la zona norte de BS.

AS de la categoría. En ese mismo plantel hubo ocho preseleccionados para la selección de San Nicolás y fueron: Torriani Martín, Rossi Francisco, Leguizamo Martín, Tomatis Facundo, Gonzales Francisco, Filanti aseff Joaquín, Passciulo Vito, Sica Santino, por la cual quedaron seleccionados solo dos jugadores para jugar el zonal de selecciones de zona norte de BS. AS en la cual quedaron segundos en el triangular ganándole a la selección de pergamino 70-63 y perdiendo con la selección de Zárate-campana por 57-58 que clasifico al provincial de selecciones. Official site