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Meet Team MAPFRE

  MAPFRE wins leg 8 Newport, Rhode Island MAPFRE return to the Volvo Ocean Race and their goal could not be clearer – to win the Volvo Ocean Race trophy for the first time in Spain’s history. Skipper Xabi Fernández has built a mixed and multinational squad brimming with honours – from Olympic gold medallists and America’s Cup winners, to some of the most highly regarded offshore sailors on the planet. After finishing in fourth place last time out, it’s fair to say that MAPFRE look stronger than ever before in 2017-18. Skipper: Xabi Fernández Date of Birth: 19 October 1976 In: Ibarra,…
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Spain’s Princess Cristina Stands Trial on Tax Fraud Charges

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN—Spain's Princess Cristina appeared in court on Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first member of the royal family to stand in the dock, as a lengthy investigation into her husband's business affairs finally went to trial. King Felipe's 50-year-old sister is one of 18 people on trial after a six-year investigation into the Noos Foundation, a charity run by her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, that prosecutors say was used to embezzle millions of euros in public funds. Details of the investigation into the royal family emerged during the economic crisis when Spain was grappling with record…
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This Day In History

Today In History: March 19 1882

The temple was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, the year in which was completed inside  On this day in 1882 Barcelona work began on the expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia. The original neo-Gothic project was the creation of the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, but in 1883 the continuation of the project was carried out by Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí finished the crypt initially thought up by his predecessor but proposed a monumental new project that left the neo-Gothic style for another more personal and innovative modernist inspiration. The project consisted of a large church with a Latin cross…
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This Day In History

Today In History: March 17 2000

The Return of the La Gomera Giant Lizard A species long thoughtto be extinct for 500 years  Back in 2000, this day was marked by a sensational find. The Department of Animal Biology from the University of La Laguna and the Department of territorial planning and environment of the Canary Islands had reported sightings of the La Gomera giant lizard (Gallotia bravoana), a species believed to have become extinct five centuries search had begun the previous year and initially six specimens were found. It is one of the most threatened species of reptiles in the world, although the conservation since then and the developed…
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Culture

Today In History: March 11 2004

Today marks the 10 year anniversary when in 2004 Spain suffered the worst terrorist attack in its history On March 11, 2004, between 07:35 and 07:40 during the morning rush hour, the city of Madrid was rocked by the worst terrorist attack in its history. Ten almost simultaneous explosions occurred on the commuter train lines linking Guadalajara with Alcalá de Henares and Madrid . 191 people died and over 1,800 were injured. The subsequent inquest determined it was the work of jihadist terrorists. The area most affected by the explosions was the Atocha station, where seven devices went off (three inside and four…
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