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first_img That was something stressed last week by their manager Roberto Martinez. And Stones’ club-mate Steven Naismith has emphasised Everton are very much looking ahead to a future with the 21-year-old centre-back in the team. ”We definitely want him to stay – he is a fantastic guy and footballer, and a mainstay in our team,” forward Naismith told Press Association Sport on Tuesday. ”He has progressed rapidly in the last two years and we want him to continue that under the leadership of the manager (Martinez) and also (Stones’ Everton captain and fellow England centre-back) Phil Jagielka.” Then asked if Everton could cope with the loss should further bids lead to Stones’ departure, Naismith said: ”I think the club’s stance on it has been pretty straightforward and the manager is looking forward with Stonesey in the team. ”The manager has mentioned wanting to strengthen, and I don’t think anyone has ever thought about Stonesey moving on.” Martinez earlier this month said Stones had been affected by Chelsea’s interest, but he subsequently praised the player’s focus in Everton’s opening match of the season, a 2-2 Barclays Premier League home draw against Watford on August 8. And 28-year-old Scotland international Naismith added on Tuesday: ”John has gone about his business day-to-day in training in such a professional manner. Everton’s determination to retain John Stones appears only to have hardened in the face of Chelsea reportedly making a third bid for the defender. The Toffees, who rejected Chelsea’s pre-season offers of £20million and £26million for England international Stones, would not comment on reports on Tuesday they had turned down a fresh £30million bid from the London outfit. But Press Association Sport understands Everton’s stance on the matter has not changed – that Stones is not for sale. ”He has then taken that into the games, because he has been one of the stronger performers in the team since the start of the season.” Speaking about Stones last Thursday ahead of Saturday’s 3-0 win at Southampton, Martinez said: ”I have said before the player is not for sale and that is the end of it. ”He is very important player for us and we are looking forward to seeing the best of John over the next few seasons, not just the next few weeks.” Speculation of Chelsea returning for Stones has heightened after John Terry was substituted by Jose Mourinho for the first time in 177 Premier League games in Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Manchester City and it remains to be seen whether their pursuit of Stones continues. :: For a second year, Steven Naismith is donating tickets for Everton home matches to unemployed football fans throughout the season in an initiative with Jobcentreplus centres across Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgMans like Joshua can have my left overs!— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017World Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua responded to Khan’s claims in a subtly hilarious tone, posting a snippet of Shaggy’s “It Wasnt Me” song on his tweeter handle.He then tweeted: “Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe”Bantz aside, I hope you guys can resolve your situation or this is a hack as we have never even met! Plus I like my women BBW #ItWasntMe— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) August 4, 2017Faryal Khan has also responded to her husband’s accusations, calling him a “cheater” and an “adulterer” in a series of Twitter rants. Left my family and friends for this Faryal. I’m not hurt but another fighter. I’m making it public. You getting the divorce #Golddigger— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) August 4, 2017 British boxers, Amir Khan and Anthony Joshua are caught up in a social media bust-up as Khan claims his wife cheated on him with Joshua.In a series of tweets from Khan official tweeter handle, the former Light-Welterweight world champion announced splitting with his wife, Faryal, saying she “always mentioned to me how much she wanted to be with another guy, from all people another boxer @anthonyfjoshua.”center_img Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Governor Kim Reynolds is making two trips to north-central Iowa this week to hand out Give Back Iowa Awards, which is part of a campaign where businesses statewide encourage their employees to volunteer and log their hours as part of an eight-week challenge from April 1st through May 31st. Reynolds on Tuesday presented the medium-sized business award to Clear Lake Bank & Trust, while she’ll be back in Hanlontown on Thursday afternoon to present the small-sized business award to POET Biorefining. Reynolds tells KGLO News that volunteering not only makes a difference in the towns across the state, but the dollar value that it brings to the state is incredible.   “The statistics show that employers that encourage their employees to volunteer and give back, their productivity goes up, they’re more engaged, they love their job, and so it’s a win-win on so many levels. They logged an incredible amount of hours and it’s just a couple months that they compete for the award, but it’s very obvious that they don’t just do it over a couple months, that they are committed to their communities and giving back.” Reynolds says she encourages businesses to start some sort of volunteer program.  “I would definitely encourage them to do it, and then they are an inspiration to other employers. That’s why we try to come out to the company and say congratulations job well done.’ Reynolds last month announced that she’s creating a new policy to encourage state employees to volunteer.  “I’ve seen the impact, I’ve seen the results that it has not only on the company but the employees, and that’s why we’re starting up a volunteer program for state workers. I just met with my team yesterday to walk through what the rules look like and how we can start. We are going to have to start kind of small but it will be just eight hours, but just to kind of get all of it up and running and make sure that agencies that may have a tough time with some of their employees making it happen, we want to make sure that they have the flexibility to do that.”The last two years, First Citizens Bank in Mason City has won the medium-sized business award with Clear Lake Bank & Trust being given “honorable mention”, with the two banks flipping spots this year. Reynolds says along with the award to POET, she’s proud of the volunteer efforts in north-central Iowa.  “I’m telling you, they’re rocking up here and I’m proud of them. I said before I left, ‘congratulations, job well done, hopefully I’ll be back next year presenting you with another certificate’. So the challenge is on.” The large-sized business winner was the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside. For more you can head to volunteeriowa.org.last_img read more