A new scheme of intelligent lighting is being run in the 22@ district of Barcelona that could provide not only illumination but obtain levels of pollution, noise and traffic data, be less expensive and prove to be more energy efficient (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The project run by a business consortium and Catalan Fecsa Endesa which is supported by the Generalitat has installed 12 streetlights, all controlled remotely that could provide data about moisture in the atmosphere, the levels of rubbish in bins and even WiFi services for those living nearby all functioning through a series of sensors. Pedro Diaz, the business development manager of Endesa says of the scheme, ""It's as simple as placing sensors in the containers that indicate how each time they are filled. This information is collected in the central control that can help optimize the system for collecting trash." The sensors would also be able to take photos in real time for free parking in blue zones allowing the user to get information via the internet or via mobile GPS. It's aim is to be an "all in one" project in order to optimise resources. There is also talk of being able to incorporate load points for electric vehicles, but that system is still in experimental stage.
The Consejería de Justicia de la Generalitat wil be offering prisoners convicted of sexual assault at risk of reoffending a voluntary drug treatment that inhibits sexual desire (article in Castilian, ABC). The Minister of Justice, Montserrat Tura, speaking on Radio Cadena Ser Barcelona, said yesterday that it would be a pioneer scheme and "should be taken voluntarily". Tura went on to say that the offenders, "must understand that they can help solve the problem, not commit more crimes". The ministry have already created a system to assess risk and decide who is subjected to treatment and it is thought that those undergoing the treatment will be offered psychological therapy as well.
Jordi Sabater i Pi, the world famous primotologist has died in his home in Sagrera (article in Catalan, El Punt). Amongst his lifelong work he discovered the world's biggest frog and a rare honey eating bird but it was his work in primate research that he will be best remembered for. Over his lifetime he publishing more than 150 scientific studies and left thousands of drawings and photos, a large part of them on the behaviour of gorillas, but it will be for his discovery and consequent acquisition of the famous albino gorilla Copito de Nieve (Snowflake) that will remain his outstanding legacy to Barcelona. Realising that the animal wouldn't survive in the wild Sabater i Pi took it back to the zoo and the famous gorilla quickly became a symbol of the city - with his image adorning mugs, postcards and t-shirts even after his death in 2003. Jordi Hereu, the Mayor of Barcelona said of Sabater i Pi's death, "Barcelona will know to preserve his legacy" and highlighted the need to transmit to new generations the values and respect for conservation and nature that he promoted through teaching.
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