Francis Cagigao sends farewell message to Arsenal and predicts bright future for Mikel Arteta

first_imgAdvertisement Cagigao is predicting big things from Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)‘People like Arsene [Wenger], Pat Rice, David Dein, Steve Rowley, Don Howe, Stewart Houston, Ken Friar, Terry Murphy, Terry Burton, David Miles, many top top scouts both international and UK, at senior and academy level all these years (thank you guys you are the best) and loyal hardworking colleagues over the years plus a lot of staff in the background.‘I thank you all for your courtesy, warmth and professionalism all these years. I truly respect you all. ‘Also to the fans, the Club’s heartbeat, a lot of those who have sent out messages to me these past few weeks, I wish you all the best.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘The Club has a very good head coach and are not far from building a winning team, a lot of good groundwork has been laid.‘Wherever the future takes me from tomorrow onwards I will never forget my time at the Club and feel privileged to have played my part Stay safe. My best regards to you all.‘“Salud suerte a todos” – Fran.’MORE: Napoli want Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos without paying transfer feeMORE: Ian Wright admits new Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal would be Arsenal’s most ‘significant’ business this summerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Cagigao scouted the likes of Fabregas and Martinelli (Picture: Cesc Fabregas Instagram)Francis Cagigao has sent a classy parting message to Arsenal as the scout officially leaves the north London club after 24 years of service.The long-serving Head of International Scouting helped bring in the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin and Gabriel Martinelli.However, he was let go last month as part of a major restructuring process of the club’s scouting network.Addressing his exit, Cagigao paid tribute to a long list of Arsenal’s major figures he worked with over the years and predicted a bright future for the Gunners with Mikel Arteta at the helm.ADVERTISEMENT‘Today is my last day after 24 years + at The Arsenal,’ Cagigao wrote in a post on his LinkedIn page.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Club I started at as a youth player also, back in the late 80s. Everything in life has a start and an end. This is no different. Now I will look to the future but never forget the values instilled in me. Comment Advertisement Francis Cagigao sends farewell message to Arsenal and predicts bright future for Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Sep 2020 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.8kShareslast_img read more

European Commission re-launches rules to make corporate tax fairer

first_imgThe European Commission has unveiled a set of common rules across the European Union (EU) to make corporate taxation fairer and to combat tax evasion and avoidance, setting the rules out in a directive entitled a ‘Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base’ (CCCTB).A previous version of the directive had been delayed since the EU’s last proposal on the issue in 2011.The implementation of the new rules has been arranged in two stages to commence on January 2019 and January 2021, respectively.The earlier date is for the “common base”, which covers how a company’s profit will be taxed, once various exemptions and deductions have been accounted for. The later date is for “consolidation” aspects.This is the process that will allow a group to add up all the profits and losses of its constituent companies to reach a net profit or loss for the entire EU. It will show how it should be taxed.The European Commission bills its new version of the CCCTB as a single set of EU-wide rules for businesses to calculate their tax bill, to relieve problems giving rise to double taxation and to close tax loopholes involving EU countries and non-EU jurisdictions.A basic principle of the package is that companies should pay their taxes where “their profits and value are generated”.Pierre Moscovici, commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, answering a question at the press launch, took pains to emphasise that the rules would have no effect on national corporate tax rates, as set by national governments.Questioned on the attitude of the UK, he indicated support as expressed during numerous meetings. Moscovici also indicated optimism of support across EU national governments as a whole.The European Commission, in an information sheet, states that national governments are now asking for a proposal to extend rules applied to illicit liaison “mismatches” to non-EU countries.It goes on to estimate that the CCCTB would reduce by 70% the amount by which profit-shifting for tax purposes would be eliminated under CCCTB rules.It also suggests EU companies could cut their overall compliance costs by 2.5%, noting that 28 different tax rule books “create red tape and high costs for cross-border companies”.The latest initiative is described as “bolstering” this summer’s anti-abuse measures under the EU’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.This sets out “anti-abuse measures to block some of the most prevalent forms of base erosion and profit shifting”.On double taxation, the Commission cites the 900-odd double taxation disputes in the EU today that, combined, are estimated to be worth €10.5bn.This is somewhat higher than the €8bn estimate made recently by Valdis Dombrovskis, head of the EU’s Capital Markets Union programme. On dispute resolution for double taxation, the Commission finds that, at present, there is often no recourse for taxpayers when dispute mechanisms are applied improperly.In addition, the timeline for procedures can be unpredictable, it says.After implementation of the CCCTB, there would be an obligation to notify taxpayers and publish arbitration findings, the Commission states.last_img read more

Ready, Set, Cherry-Thing-a-Ling!

first_imgBatesville, In. — Through President’s Day downtown Batesville-based Schmidt’s Bakery will offer the famous Cherry-Thing-a-Lings.” In 2018 a record 118,910 “Cherry-Thing-A-Lings” were sold, just about a 30 percent increase over the more than 82,000 sold in 2017.The bakery hosted 5,014 guests from across the Midwest and shipped more than 500 dozen to sweet-lovers all over the country.  “This was a tremendous year for us and we are really happy so many people traveled to Batesville and were willing to stand in line for hours,” said Schmidt’s Bakery owner Bertie Schmidt. “I hope everyone enjoyed the Thing-A-Ling’s and I hope to see everyone again next year!”This year marks the inaugural“Cherry Festival” in downtown Batesville.Batesville Main Street and the City of Batesville, with the help of the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation, William A. and Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation, Enhanced Telecommunications, Global Atlantic, Bruns-Gutzwiller, Margaret Mary Health Foundation, Sharp Painting LLC, Transmark Logistics, The Waters of Batesville, The Garrett Group and Marti Fritsch Tracy of Lohmiller Real Estate there will be a 60 X 80-foot synthetic ice skating rink. The ice skating rink will be open Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Early crowds wait for the bakery to openIn-kind donations have been provided by the Gillman Home Center, Harmeyer’s Market, Pro Prints, Water-Tek, McDonald’s, Assured Partners and many volunteers who are donating their time to make this a successful event.“It is great to see our community come together to support such a great idea that will certainly help bring more people into our downtown area and into those businesses,” said Mayor Mike Bettice.There are activities and contests for the entire family including Ice Sculpting Demonstration, Cherry Pit Spitting Contest and a Cherry Guessing Contest.“Many of our downtown businesses will have special promotions and Main Street encourages you to visit and support our downtown stores and restaurants during the weekend,” said Main Street promotions co-chair Amy Hawkins.last_img read more

Carrick backs Van Persie response

first_img As United toiled last season it was said their reputation was no longer intimidating opponents, but Carrick is hopeful the current team can restore the lost aura. The 33-year-old said: “I think everyone in the stadium felt it was a good performance and that’s the sort of standard we want to be at – dominating teams and winning. “We’ve done it in the past but the past is the past. We need to do it again and hopefully as time goes on we can carry on like this and that fear factor will creep back.” United will soon get the chance to put that to the test as they host Stoke on Tuesday night. Carrick said: “Arsenal was a huge result for us, but the performance wasn’t great. We got the performance for long periods against Hull, winning comfortably in the end, so we will look to keep that going against Stoke. “But we can’t look too far ahead. We’ve never done that. We’ve never said, ‘Right, we need to go on a 10 or 15-game run’. It’s bit by bit.” Van Gaal’s bid to lift the club after last season’s relatively dismal return has been hampered by a lengthy injury list. Record signing Angel Di Maria became the latest addition to it when he pulled up with a hamstring problem on Saturday. But after spending £150million on summer signings, United do have strength in depth. Carrick said: “We believe we can have a really good season but it’s been a strange start in many ways. “Hopefully we can get the injured lads back fit. We had a couple of lads struggling on Saturday but when you can bring the likes of Falcao and Ander Herrera on it does give you confidence. “That’s the beauty of having this strength. You have players to choose from, despite the injuries.” Carrick himself only returned to action a month ago after suffering an ankle injury in the summer. He said: “That was only my third start in seven months but I felt fine. It’s just a case of getting back into the swing of things and finding your rhythm really. Hopefully the more games I have the better I’ll get.” Press Association But a week made a big difference and he repaid the faith of manager Louis van Gaal with a much-improved performance as Hull were swept aside. The 31-year-old threatened on a number of occasions and teed up a goal for Wayne Rooney before capping victory with a powerful left-foot strike. He left the field to a good ovation as he was replaced by fit-again Radamel Falcao – whose availability might have threatened Van Persie’s place – for the final 20 minutes. Carrick said: “We all get criticised at certain times and it’s something you have to deal with. The best way to answer it is the way he did it against Hull. “Robin scored a great goal and hopefully that will be the start of a good run over the weeks to come. “When you have got him scoring, Wayne scoring and Falcao coming off the bench and nearly scoring, we’ll be a threat to anyone. You want those boys when they’re flying and it’s scary to play against. “What Robin and Wayne did against Hull, we’ve seen that happen so often in the past and hopefully we’ll see that in the coming weeks again. It gives the whole team huge confidence and belief that, even if we’re not playing great, we’re always in the game.” The victory over Hull also changed the perception of the United side as they adjust to life under new manager Van Gaal. It was their third win in succession – the first time this season they have achieved that feat – and came in such a convincing manner that confidence could only be lifted. United produced their most convincing display of the season as they overpowered Hull 3-0 in a one-sided contest on Saturday in which Van Persie responded to his critics with a fine goal. Van Persie’s form has been indifferent this season and he came in for heavy scrutiny after an ineffectual display – in which he touched the ball just 13 times – in United’s unconvincing win at Arsenal on November 22. Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has backed Robin van Persie to get back to his best as the fear factor slowly returns to Old Trafford. last_img read more

Cricket News Decline in talent, lack of passion saddens me, says Muralitharan on Sri Lankan cricket

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lankan cricket has hit an all-time nadir and the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan is blames it on the paucity of talent coupled with lack of passion among the current generation of cricketers for this steady decline. Sri Lanka has been losing to all Test playing nations whether at home or away. World cricket’s governing body ICC has launched an investigation on charges of corruption levelled against country’s cricketing establishment.Despite winning both ODI and T20 World Cup, Sri Lankan cricket has not quite had a smooth transition since the retirement of golden generation of players like Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara through the years.“I have not been associated with Sri Lankan cricket ever since I retired. The decline of Sri Lankan cricket saddens me. For a team that had reached the World Cup final three times and has a proud cricketing culture, it is a worrying sign,” Muralitharan told reporters here on Saturday.Murali has observed that standard of cricket has gone down since current crop is more focussed on material gains rather than working on improving their game. “In my playing days, money wasn’t the criterion. In the 90s, there wasn’t much money. Our passion was to take wickets and score runs. That passion has changed a bit. If players are in pursuit of money, the standard of cricket goes down.“As a player, you should think about your game and not so much the money because if you perform well, money and recognition will follow,” Muralitharan said. Quality of talent is also a serious concern, a reflection of which is the performance of the national team over the past couple of years. “Sri Lanka of late hasn’t produced enough talent. In the last three to four years, the talent is lacking. Even when the talent is spotted, they don’t know how to play. Coaches don’t make cricketers. Coaches can only tell you the basics. It then boils down to the effort of an individual and his desire to succeed,” said owner of 800 Test wickets.Also Read | Olympics with a green twist – Tokyo 2020 to have medals made from recycled electronic wasteAsked if he would be interested in a role in Sri Lankan cricket, Murali answered in negative. “I don’t think I have the time to take on the job of a consultant or a mentor of Sri Lanka on a full-time basis. I am not interested in taking up any role as I am involved with IPL.“After playing cricket at the highest level for two decades, I want to spend more time with my family and I have other commitments as well. I am ready to offer advice but not (game) for a hands-on involvement,” he added.Like everyone, Murali also lauded India’s wrist spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have played a stellar role country’s success in the ODI format for the past two years.But how much they will succeed in England will depend on the conditions dring June-July, feels the iconic off-spinner. “You have got two good wrist spinners in India right now and the Indian selectors are also confident of their ability based on their impressive performance. There are hardly any wrist spinners in other countries. The other countries can’t copy India.“But how good Kuldeep and Chahal will be at the World Cup, will depend on the conditions. England pitches in June and July usually assists swing bowling,” he said.Also, he said England is doing well in the one-day internationals while Australia was no longer the team it was. “England is doing really well in ODIs. Australia has become weak and is no longer the team it once was,” the 46-year-old, who is also the top wicket-taker in ODIs, added.Also Read | Stat attack – India break the New Zealand T20I jinx, Rohit Sharma a freak in shortest formatThe Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor praised Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan saying that he was as good as a finished product even before he met him.“I didn’t mentor Rashid Khan. He is a different kind of bowler. He is quick and that’s why it’s easy to deceive batsmen in the shorter formats.”However Rashid’s style of bowling may not have many takers in the Test arena. “It’s hard to replicate that in the longer format,” adding that he does give him tips.“I do give him a few tips. We hardly get any time to interact in the nets during IPL because of the schedule. He will know what is the best for him and he was a champion bowler even before I met him. So he knows how to perform,” the Murali signed off. last_img read more

Jimenez goal sends Mexico past Haiti and into Gold Cup final

first_imgPHOENIX, Arizona – Raul Jimenez converted a penalty kick in extra time to earn Mexico a 1-0 win over Haiti in their 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal on Tuesday night at State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona.Mexico had the majority of possession and chances in the first half, with the best scoring opportunity coming in the 35th minute via a Jimenez header that forced Haiti GK’s Jhony Placide into a flying save.The Haiti defence was stiff in its resistance and by the hour mark the two teams were still locked in a scoreless duel.On 66 minutes, a curling free kick from Andres Guardado looked goal-bound, but Placide again made a huge save. Haiti looked to strike on the counterattack, but was turned away by a similarly resolute Mexico back line.The whistle blew on regular time, so things headed to extra time where Jimenez was fouled in the area and converted the penalty to earn Mexico a 1-0 lead in the 93rd minute.Haiti threw everything at the Mexican defence in hopes of an equaliser and were also kept in the game by some heroics from Placide.Mikael Cantave had one last crack at a goal for Les Grenadiers, but his effort struck the crossbar with just minutes remaining, allowing Mexico to punch its ticket to Sunday’s Final.The other semifinal between U.S. and Jamaica was played last night. ( read more

Raymon to undergo season-ending surgery on right knee injury

first_img Published on October 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Syracuse defensive tackle John Raymon will undergo season-ending surgery for a right knee injury, according to SU Athletics.Raymon flew back with the team after Syracuse’s 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday and spent the night in Crouse Hospital for observation. Drs. Brad Raphael and. Irving Raphael will perform the surgery “in the coming weeks.”“First off, let’s start off the right way here,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said, opening his postgame press conference. “Thinking about John Raymon. He had a tough injury.”With less than a minute left in the second quarter, Georgia Tech left guard Will Jackson dove onto Raymon’s right leg, which was fully flexed as Raymon tried to push through center Jay Finch. He collapsed as players from both sides of the ball fell onto him. He remained lying on his back for about four minutes.Medical trainers looked at his knee before applying an air cast. Raymon was then carted off the field in a stretcher.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn six-plus games this season, Raymon logged seven total tackles, 1.5 sacks and a blocked kick. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Freshman Qaadir Sheppard impresses at defensive end

first_img Published on October 21, 2015 at 9:35 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman It was always Qaadir Sheppard, Jake Pickard and Amir Ealey. Coaches often grouped the three freshman defensive ends when asked in preseason which defensive rookies stood out.Seven weeks into the schedule, though, it’s the Bronx, New York native coming off his first career interception — another indication of the separation he’s created from the group.“Q’s very talented,” nose tackle Kayton Samuels said of Sheppard. “I don’t want to put anyone out, but probably the most talented out of the three.”Against Virginia on Saturday, Sheppard corralled a Chris Slayton-tipped pass with 32 seconds left in the first half and returned it 3 yards to UVA’s 26-yard line. The very next play, Eric Dungey hurdled safety Quin Blanding before spinning in for a touchdown to give the Orange a 21-14 halftime lead.As SU (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) prepares for a Saturday date with No. 25 Pittsburgh (5-1, 3-0), a downhill running team, Sheppard may be called on more to stop freshman running back Qadree Ollison and help Syracuse snap a three-game losing streak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s shown to get better every week and that’s very encouraging,” defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “A true freshman is figuring out more and more.”As a senior at Iona (New York) Prep, Sheppard recorded eight sacks and recovered five fumbles. On the other side of the ball, he caught 58 passes for 842 yards and 13 touchdowns as a tight end. Now lining up opposite the position he excelled at, Sheppard said he knows what kinds of moves tight ends make so he can accordingly counter with ones of his own.Before the season, he was listed at 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds. Now, has him at 247. What puts Sheppard above Pickard for instance, Samuels said, is a physical stature to go along with his acquired learning curve.“If Jake was physically there, he’d be playing just like Q,” Samuels said. “Q is physical and he learned.”The biggest learning curve Sheppard had to adapt to was the playbook. He spent hours every day studying blitzes that he could apply in practice. As a result, his level of understanding with the schemes is high enough to be thrust into defending the likes of LSU running back Leonard Fournette and South Florida tailback Marlon Mack.When Sheppard intercepted Virginia quarterback Matt Johns, he was greeted on the sideline by defensive end Donnie Simmons. The senior is the other D-end to pick off a pass this year, but his was returned for a touchdown against Wake Forest on Sept. 12.“I just jumped up and grabbed the ball and I just tried to score with it,” Sheppard said of his interception. “I told (Simmons) if I get another one, I’m going to take it to the house.”As Daoust put it, Sheppard’s preparation met an opportunity against the Cavaliers. And in a group of defensive ends frontloaded with experience, the freshman is beginning to crack through the floor.Said Daoust: “He’s getting himself out there more and more in critical situations.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Anderson retains world title

first_imgThe Scotsman retained his title with 7-5 victory over two-time winner Adrian Lewis in a thrilling final at London’s Alexandra Palace last night.In the opening round of the BDO equivalent tournament, defending champion Scott Mitchell survived a scare to get past qualifier Craig Caldwell in a deciding set.last_img

Egypt to face Uganda ahead of Ghana Clash

first_imgEgypt will play against Uganda in a warm-up game ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Ghana, goalkeeping coach Zaki Abdul-Fattah said.The fixture comes after Egypt had failed in their bid to host Sierra Leone in Cairo on September 28.The Pharaohs will, however, have to play without 11 players from Ahli, who will travel to Garoua to meet Cameroon’s Cotonsport in the Champions League semi-final next week.Egypt boss Bob Bradley had to call up four new players to his squad to replace the absent Ahli men.This will be the third time for Egypt to play a friendly against Uganda since Bob Bradley had taken charge last year.Egypt visit Ghana on October 15 before hosting the Black Stars in Cairo on November the 19th.last_img