The current Barcelona mayor, Jordi Hereu, has seen an improvement in his standing amongst voters following his victory last week in the primary to select who will run for the Catalan Socialists (PSC) in the upcoming municipal elections (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). According to an opinion poll carried out for El Periodico by the Gabinet d'Estudis Socials i Opinión Pública (GESOP), Hereu came out of the vote in which Barcelona members of the PSC had to choose between him and challenger Montserrat Tura, stronger than before. Previously, Hereu had been languishing in the polls with a disastrous showing forecast for him in the May council elections in the previous GESOP survey carried out just over a month ago; that suggested he would win just nine seats compared to the 18 or 19 of his main rival, Xavier Trias of the party Convergència i Unió. However, the latest research suggests that the CiU advantage has been cut to just four councillors.
The level of the Mediterranean Sea in the Spanish area has risen 20 centimetres since the end of the 19th century (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia).The body of water that is found along the majority of the Spanish coastline has seen its level rise on average by 1 to 1.5 milimetres each year since 1943, and since 2008 the rate of the rise has increased to around 3 milimetres annually. This is one of the findings contained in the book Cambio Climático en el Mediterraneao Español (Climate Change in the Spanish Mediterranean) produced by the Spanish Ministry of Science. One of the authors, Manuel Vargas-Yañez, confirmed that the findings matched those of the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change of the United Nations regarding the rise of waters in other parts of the planet. The study confirms that the Mediterranean Sea is getting warmer, using data supplied by a variety of research organisations.
A high-ranking member of the public works company Gisa, Jordi Vergé Heredia, has been arrested in relation to charges of irregularity in the awarding of contracts (read article in Catalan here, Avui). As well as Vergé, who is in charge of roads for Gisa in the Girona province, arrests were made of at least five Girona businessmen and directors of construction companies on Wednesday and Thursday. The charges concern the suspected actions of a grop of construction companies who worked together between 2007 and 2010 to divvy up Gisa contracts in collaboration with managers of the public organisation that is responsible for infrastructure projects of the Generalitat. The public prosecutor for financial crime is investigating all the awards of financing made by Gisa in Girona during this period, although it is believed that the focus of the corruption was on contracts to do with roads in the area.