The coach of FC Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, is due to be released from hospital today following medical evaluation of the condition of the disc herniation he is suffering from (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).The exact time of his departure from the hospital, the Clinica Dexeus, is not known as it will depend on when he is visited by the doctor as well as the feelings of Guardiola himself regarding the development of the problem. He was admitted to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning, after suffering intense back pain. According to hospital sources, Guardiola is undergoing a drug and epidural treatment for the problem and as yet there is no date set for him to return to his job at Barça.
Spanish teenagers start having sex on average at 18.2 years of age, which is some five years earlier than the age their grandparents were when they began sexual relations (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Fifty years ago, the average age for losing one's virginity was 23.8 years, while the number of girls who have had sex before reaching their 16th birthday has increased 12-fold in the last five decades. These are some of the findings in a report produced by Observatory on Infant and Adolescent Health of the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital, entitled 'The adolescent and their environment in the 21st century'. According to the report's authors, reasons for the change in attitudes towards sex include a lower awareness of risk factors, uncontrolled consumption of alcohol and drugs, and peer pressure. The number of times that teenagers between 15 and 19 years old have sexual relationships in a month was found to be, on average, nine times for females and eight for males, while 16 percent of adolescents have sex for the first time before they reach 16 years of age.
The 'hidden' economy of Spain is worth around 17 percent of the country's gross domestic product, according to a new study (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Written by a group of professors from the Rey Juan Carlos University, the findings have been published in the journal of the Fundación de las Cajas de Ahorros (Foundation of Savings Banks, Funcas). The study also found that around four million people are currently occupied in this 'unofficial' underground economy. In the last 20 years, while the official economy has doubled in size, the unofficial one has quadrupled - "this shows that a thriving economy and a hidden economy are perfectly compatible", according to the study. Funcas said that the hidden economy was reaching worrying levels in some economies such as Spain because of its effects on equity, efficiency and competition.