Rabbi to lead blessing of pets at SPCA

Calling all dogs, cats and guinea pigs: Come forward and be blessed. Rabbi Camille Angel of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav will be on hand during the San Francisco SPCA’s upcoming “adoptathon” weekend to bless pets brought by members of the community. This is the second year Sha’ar Zahav has held an event to bless pets. At last year’s event in Dolores Park — timed with the reading ofSource: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/73008/rabbi-to-lead-blessing-of-pets-at-spca

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Posted by Gilbert - October 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

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Celtics, Nets play guinea pigs; experimental 44-minute game a success

  Jared Sullinger took a glance at the game clock and thought something must be wrong. With fewer than six minutes left in the first quarter, he was still in the game. There was a good reason he hadn’t been subbed out yet, though. In an experimental 44-minute preseason game, Sullinger had 21 points and 19 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-90 on Sunday. “I’m so used to seeing 12 (minutes) and I looked up and I saw 5-something on the clock. I’m like, man, normally I come out at the 7-minute mark,” Sullinger said. “They said, `No, it’sSource: http://www.foxsports.com/nba/story/celtics-95-nets-90-44-minute-clock-experiment-jared-sullinger-21-points-19-rebounds-101914

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Posted by Gilbert - October 20, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Technology gets younger: Orchard View Middle School introduces new robotics class to eighth-graders

MUSKEGON, MI — A select few eighth-grade students were given the opportunity to be guinea pigs for a class at Orchard View Middle School that began in the 2014 fall semester. The class, which is being called Robotics, was brought to Orchard View to combine the regular subjects of science and mathematics, as well as the aspects of technology and engineering (STEM). In the class, students are taught to build and program robots to complete the simplest of tasks – such as completing a figure 8. Jamie Daugherty, curriculum director at Orchard View Middle School, said they were searching for classes toSource: http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2014/10/mr_roboto_orchard_view_middle.html

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Posted by Gilbert - October 19, 2014 at 7:00 am

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Sideswipe: October 15: It's the thought that counts

It’s the thought that counts. Cakewreck (via Reddit). Confessions of a creche cleaner“I recently took on a job cleaning for a daycare on my street,” writes Carol. “The animal-friendly place has a duck, a rabbit, guinea pigs and frogs. The kids have named them and have a close bond with all the critters. On my first day I was vacuuming and noticed a big dust bunny in the corner. I sucked it up and carried on with my remaining jobs, locked up and went home. Lying in bed I couldn’t sleep – the giant dustSource: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11342959&ref=rss

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Posted by Gilbert - October 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

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Would you accept £3,750 to trial one drug?

Pharmaceutical companies and universities will pay thousands of pounds to human ‘guinea pigs’ prepared to trial treatments: we explain the pay, commitment and risks Here’s an offer: £3,750 cash for zero effort. And you get free meals for a week plus a room with wireless internet, video games and DVDs, thrown in. Sound tempting? The only catch is you will need to take a drug that hasn’t yet been deemed safe for people to use. You’ll be given a drug, vaccine or diagnostic treatment that has probably only been taken previouslySource: http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/accept-3-750-trial-one-122050604.html

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Posted by Gilbert - October 16, 2014 at 6:40 am

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Did Byculla Zoo make guinea pigs of tigers and deer?

A screenshot from Dr Tripathi’s dissertation captioned, ‘Administration of Xylazine and Ketamine anaesthesia by intra-muscular route in the thigh region’ A Kharghar-based wildlife trust has complained to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) about veterinary students carrying out a research on two Royal Bengal tigers and 12 deerSource: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-did-byculla-zoo-make-guinea-pigs-of-tigers-and-deer-2026189

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Posted by Gilbert - October 15, 2014 at 6:30 am

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Students are the guinea pigs in Trinity’s experiment

Trinity College Dublin ‘has been renowned for its standards and intellectual rigour, so I am at a loss to understand how that rigour was not applied to this scheme’. Photograph: Frank Miller Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/students-are-the-guinea-pigs-in-trinity-s-experiment-1.1957871

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Posted by Gilbert - October 14, 2014 at 6:26 am

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Blessing of the animals: Two by two, animals and their people line up at Visitation Catholic School

The rather raucous crowd of dogs, chickens, lizards, guinea pigs and even an alpaca didn’t ruffle Bubba the cat’s fur one bit during Visitation Catholic School‘s annual Blessing of the Animals on Friday. The gray cat reclined lazily in nine-year-old Emma Murphy’s arms as he awaited his blessing, orange eyes staring out at the chaos of more than 100 students milling around the schoolyard with their pets, livestock and stuffed animals. Emma and her family considered bringing their other, feistier cat in hopes that the blessing ceremony would tame her, but instead chose Bubba, their friendlier feline companion. “We’re blessed because he’sSource: http://www.oregonlive.com/forest-grove/index.ssf/2014/10/two_by_two_animals_and_their_o.html

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Posted by Gilbert - October 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Critter Chronicles: Johnny

Here’s Johnny! Isn’t he a handsome guinea pig? Johnny came from the Cleveland APL and hopes that he will be adopted into a good home soon.  Friendship has seven guinea pigs available for adoption along with a few rabbits.  Stop by and take a look. BREED/DESCRIPTION:  Guinea pigSEX: MaleAGE: AdultADOPTION FEE: $15ORGANIZATION: Friendship APL of Lorain County, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035CONTACT: adoptions@friendshipapl.org or (440) 322-4321WEBSITE: www.friendshipapl.org For more pets seeking homes, check out the Critter Chronicles column every Sunday in TheSource: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/10/10/critter-chronicles-johnny/

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Posted by Gilbert - October 10, 2014 at 5:50 am

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Potential air toxic rules 'treat Michigan residents like guinea pigs,' environmentalist claims

LANSING, MI – A letter from the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) and other groups today asked Gov. Rick Snyder to stop any rule changes that would deregulate certain toxics currently tracked by the state’s clean air programs. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program currently regulates over 1,200 air toxics and has the potential for infinitely more, said department spokesperson Brad Wurfel. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates 196. Wurfel said the Air Toxics Workgroup was formed to make the department’s efforts more effective. It’s supported by manufacturers, who say it improves the state’s economic competitiveness. “This exerciseSource: http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/10/environmental_groups_push_back.html

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Posted by Gilbert - October 9, 2014 at 5:45 am

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