Darren Fletcher has warned Scotland: The hard work starts now.Gordon’s Strachan’s side are third in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, level on points with Poland and just one behind leaders Germany.And with two countries qualifying automatically, and the third placed team going into a play-off, the Scots have an excellent chance of reaching the European Championship finals for the first time in 20 years.But West Bromwich Albion midfielder Fletcher insists he and his team-mates can take nothing for granted.He told the Sports Bar: “It’s gone well so far and at the halfway stage we’re really happy with the position we’re in.“We’re right in contention for automatic qualification but the hard works starts now because we’ve got to do it all again in the second half of the campaign.“It’s a very tough group but it will be a big disappointment if we don’t qualify.”
Pamela Anderson has made an art out of channelling the media’s interest in her in order to help animals.From being a role model for vegan eating to speaking out against circuses that use animals and calling for a ban on foie gras, the adored blonde is a tour de force in the animal-protection movement. That’s why PETA has named her its 2016 Person of the Year – a title that has, in previous years, been given to Morrissey, Ricky Gervais, and the late Tony Benn.“Anderson’s advocacy for animals helps open eyes, hearts, and minds”, says PETA Managing Director Ingrid Newkirk. “Animals who are in dire need of assistance have a beautiful friend in her, and we are grateful that she takes every opportunity to explain why, as our motto states, ‘Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way’.”Just weeks ago, Anderson hand-delivered a 180,000-strong petition to the High Commission of Mauritius urging the country to implement a spay-and-neuter programme to tackle its stray-dog overpopulation crisis. In late October, she took to the streets of London with a bevy of animal mascots to encourage everyone to see animals as friends, not food, saying, “Eating animals is so yesterday”. And in early October, she urged Prime Minister Theresa May to bring forward legislation banning wild-animal circuses, writing, “Brexit is complicated, but kissing circus animal acts goodbye is easy as pie”.And that’s not all: earlier in the year, she urged the French Assembly to ban foie gras, asked the Canadian government to help her save seals, offered to cook vegan meals for prisoners in Louisiana, urged women to give up real fur (saying at a news conference in Russia that “dressing in real fur is kind of old-fashioned and boring”), and expanded her vegan shoe collection –proving that compassion and fashion go hand in hand.
State Rep. Mike McCready today announced he is seeking input from local residents on Michigan’s road system and how to fix it.McCready has created a survey that is available on his website until Friday, March 1. He is encouraging constituents to take a few minutes to complete it and share their views.“Everyone knows that our roads and bridges are in desperate need of repair and I want to hear from local residents about how they think the problem should be addressed,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “There will be no easy solution for this problem, but in order to make the best decision, I need to know how my constituents feel about our roads and bridges and what they’d like to see happen.”Survey results will be shared with the Michigan Department of Transportation and local road officials.“The few minutes residents can spare to take my survey will make a big difference in helping me determine what areas we need to focus on the most and how residents feel comfortable fixing this problem,” McCready said.Residents can take the survey at www.RepMcCready.com. Those unable to take the survey online may give their feedback by contacting Rep. McCready’s office at (517) 373-8670, or via e-mail at [email protected] Categories: McCready News,News 14Feb McCready seeking input on state roads and bridges