The annual report by consulting company Mercer about the most expensive cities to live in, has this year placed Barcelona at number 38, which is seven positions down on where it was in 2008 (article in Catalan, Avui). The study is aimed at companies who are looking to send employees abroad to work so that they have an idea of the expenses they will face; it looks at 143 cities around the world and considers the cost of 200 different items including accommodation, transportation and food. Madrid is also in a lower position this year, falling from 28th in 2008 to 37th now. The Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka head the list, followed by Moscow in third place.
Two current directors of FC Barcelona, Xavier Sala i Martín and Jaume Ferrer, have expressed their interest in running for the presidency of the football club when Joan Laporta, the incumbent, steps down next year (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). It was during a dinner of the board of directors earlier this week that the two men openly declared their wish to run: Sala i Martín is currently the director of the financial department (and is well-known for his colourful jackets) and Ferrer is the vice-president of marketing.
Greenpeace, the environmental pressure group, has carried out an assessment of the way that Spanish communities treat the country's coastline and discovered that while Catalunya is the autonomous community with the greatest amount of protected coast, it also has the largest proportion of coastline that has been built on (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Greenpeace found that Catalunya is officially protecting 58 percent of its coast, but that 46 percent of it has been subject to urban development. In addition, Greenpeace criticised the state of eight areas (of the 16 that were investigated here) that it says are seriously threatened by urban development, the construction of big infrastructure projects and the dumping of waste.