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Yes Folks, Public Toilets For Dogs Have Arrived

Yes Folks, Public Toilets For Dogs Have Arrived

Doggy business stinking up sidewalks is a very real problem in towns and cities around the world. Different attempts to clean up include raising fines, public leaflets or even a project in Buenos Aires to give green collars to the dogs whose owners scoop their poop.

So inevitably it would have to come to this: public toilets for dogs.

This pilot project is the masterpiece of El Vendrell, a city in the Catalonia region of Spain. The patented installation includes a location monitor, as well as a water trough. All the elements are connected to the sewers which means unlike other "dog facilities," this one does not require constant maintenance, said the council in a statement.

Enric Girona, the engineer behind the project, explained that the system was designed based on a behavioral study of dogs that was started in 2005. His company, EG Estudis i Projectes, which has patented its design, presented the concept to the council free of charge, and will offer it free to other municipalities as well. "If this test works, we will put it in other parts of town," said the Councilor in charge of the Environment and Sustainability.

El Vendrell, a town of 36,000, takes proper pooch behavior very seriously, with fines of up to 750 euros for owners who don't clean up after their dogs. Now, the dogs can practically take care of themselves.

Photo: El Vendrell City Council

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How A Drone Strike Inside Iran Exposes The Regime's Vulnerability — On All Fronts

It is still not clear what was the exact target of an attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory in central Iran. But it comes as Tehran authorities appear increasingly vulnerable to both its foreign and domestic enemies, with more attacks increasingly likely.

Screenshot of one of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

One of the Saturday drone attacks arms factory in Isfahan, central Iran

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Pierre Haski

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PARIS — It's the kind of incident that momentarily reveals the shadow wars that are part of the Middle East. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack by three armed drones Saturday night on an arms factory complex north of Isfahan in central Iran.

But the explosion was so strong that it set off a small earthquake. Iranian authorities have played down the damage, as we might expect, and claim to have shot down the drones.

Nevertheless, three armed drones reaching the center of Iran, buzzing right up to weapons factories, is anything but ordinary in light of recent events. Iran is at the crossroads of several crises: from the war in Ukraine where it's been supplying drones to Russia to its nuclear development arriving at the moment of truth; from regional wars of influence to the anti-government uprising of Iranian youth.

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That leaves us spoiled for choice when it comes to possible interpretations of this act of war against Iran, which likely is a precursor to plenty of others to follow.

Iranian authorities, in their comments, blame the United States and Israel for the aggression. These are the two usual suspects for Tehran, and it is not surprising that they are at the top of the list.

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