After months of uncertainty over the future of the iconic Las Arenas building, Metrovacesa has finally come to a financial agreement with German bank Aareal Bank (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia) Work on the bullring to convert it into a commercial centre was 80 percent complete when work stalled last March but Draganos, the main building contractors have announced today that work will start again in December. Fears that damage would be done to the infrastructure thanks to neglect have proved negative and a source close to the builder explained that the wooden pillars that hold the building up have not been damaged by the passage of time. The intention is now to open Las Arenas for the 2010 Christmas period. Although yesterday the architect firm in charge of the conversion declined to confirm or deny the commencement of the works.
It was announced yesterday that 40 percent of adolescents are at risk of cardiovascular disease (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Being overweight, obese and leading sedentary lifestyles plus heavy consumption of alcohol are some of the lifestyle factors that affect the health of adolescents and adults today in Spain. According to Salvador Zamora Navarro, Professor of Physiology at the University of Murcia who over the last eight years has analysed the health status of 18,000 youngsters aged between 13 and 18 and found that 40 percent of children from the study are at risk of heart disease. The study, "Disminución del Riesgo Cardiovascular en Adolescentes", (Decrease Cardiovascular Risk in Adolescents) revealed that 41 percent of children and 52 percent of girls are sedentary, 25 percent have hypertension (40 percent boys) - these results are compounded by obesity and overweight children that now affects almost 30 percent of youngsters.
Also in the news: El Punt will today sign the contract for the purchase of Avui, (El Mundo), The works on the Mercado del Born will be completed in 2012, (El Periodico) The judge in charge of finding a criminal case against the person who shot the dog that was mistaken for a lion has temporary archived the case (El Pais)