The 27-year-old centre-half, a free agent after leaving Werder Bremen at the end of last season, has agreed a five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. Prodl spent seven years at the Weserstadion and previously played for Austrian side Sturm Graz. Press Association He also has 49 caps for Austria and appeared at the European Championships in 2008. Prodl is the Hornets’ first new signing of the summer, with the deal being completed despite the uncertainty surrounding the managerial situation at Vicarage Road. Head coach Slavisa Jokanovic is out of contract at the end of June and talks about his future are understood to have broken down. Instead Watford are expected to appoint former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores. Newly-promoted Watford have signed Austrian defender Sebastian Prodl on a free transfer.
Ghana Premier League side, Karela United, is set to sack its head coach, Enos Adepa, on Thursday after a very poor run of results in the season.Before the suspension of the league due to Coronavirus, Karela were 17th on the league table on 11 points and they had won one out of their last 9 matches picking up five losses and four draws in that spell.Their sole victory was a 3-0 victory against Legon Cities FC on January 31 at the Akoon Park.Even though the club is yet to make the decision official, some officials of the team have revealed that the decision has more or less been taken by the team’s management.While the team’s results may be very unsatisfactory, Karela’s Samuel Eyam told Kumasi FM on Thursday that the decision to let Adepa was taken out of concern for him and his safety.“There were so many things that happened after our loss to AshGold (in Week 15) and those things brought the coach’s security under threat. The supporters attacked him on two separate occasions. We met with him after the match and we asked him to resign and he agreed.”Eyam added that Adepa would receive the allowances that were due him at the time of his departure.Adepa joined Karela in December 2019 and he replaced Johnson Smith who had left to join Kotoko.
Some would call it an upset.The Kootenay Wild call is a hard-fought victory.The Interior squad scored a 2-1 BC Hockey Female AAA League victory over the Vancouver Island Seals Saturday in Campbell River.The victory, the second of the season as Kootenay defeated Banff Academy during the exhibition season, was the first league win of the season for the Wild, snapping a six-game losing streak.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was solid between the pipes for the Wild as the veteran backstop rode the goal scoring of Emma Wheeldon of Nelson to the victory. Kootenay opened the three-game Island road trip dropping a narrow 3-2 loss to Vancouver Island.A third-period goal by Brittney Savard snapped a 2-2 tie allowing the hosts to win the game.Wheeldon and Kendra Waterstreet of Fruitvale scored for the Wild.In the final game of the series, Vancouver Island shutout the Wild 4-0.Hartland and Kaitlyn Daly of Coquitlam shared the netminding duties for Kootenay.The Wild, 1-7-1 on the season, return to action November 13 in Coquitlam against the Greater Vancouver Comets.The FMAAA program was initiated in the 2007-2008 season in response to the membership’s desire to provide an opportunity for elite female hockey players to come together on zone teams to challenge other elite female Midget teams. The league has had nearly 100 players move on to post-secondary hockey opportunities.The Kootenay Wild is one of six teams in the BC Hockey FMAAA.The team consists of players from Nelson, Fruitvale, Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Grand Forks, Kaslo and Coquitlam.
The Cabinet meets at the Union Buildings.(Image: The Presidency) President Jacob Zuma said they wantto enhance service delivery. Service delivery is the driving forcebehind the reshuffle. Minister Lulu Xingwana (right) is replacingNoluthando Mayende-Sibiya (left).(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Themba MasekoGovernment spokesperson+27 12 314 2150Bongani NkosiPresident Jacob Zuma has reshuffled top posts in the government, appointing new ministers and deputies to improve performance in his administration.Zuma announced that recently appointed senior officials would start their new duties on 1 November 2010. He has appointed new ministers in nine departments and chosen 17 new deputy ministers.This is the biggest administration reshuffle in the government since 1994. It involves some ministers being moved to different departments, and some former deputies becoming ministers themselves. There are also a number of new faces in the Cabinet. “Some of the outgoing members are to be deployed in other positions in government,” said Zuma in a media statement.The ministers who have performed well will remain in their positions. “We have completed the process of the reconfiguration of government, and that of putting in place systems that will help us change the way government works in order to improve service delivery,” said Zuma.“Given the fact that we still face serious challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country, government has to work at a faster pace to change the lives of the poor.”The Zuma administration came into power 17 months ago, and since then the presidency has been studying what works and what doesn’t. Zuma said they have identified the need for changes in the Cabinet.Deputies for new departmentsZuma first restructured the Cabinet when he was appointed president, adding new ministries and splitting some departments into two. One of the splits took place in the Department of Education, resulting in the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education. Neither one was supplied with deputy ministers at the time.The Department of Higher Education has now received a deputy minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, to work with Minister Blade Nzimande.“We have seen it prudent to strengthen the skills and human resource development sector by appointing a deputy minister to assist the minister of higher education and training, given the size of the portfolio,” said Zuma.Former deputies moving upThe Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, which Zuma created when he came to power, will now be headed by the former minister of arts and culture, Lulu Xingwana. Former deputy minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile is now minister of the department.Mashatile will be assisted by Dr Joe Phaahla, who was the director-general for the government unit which oversaw the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Zuma has also made changes to the Department of Communications, appointing Roy Padayachie as minister and Obed Bapela as deputy. Former minister of the department, Siphiwe Nyanda, has been removed from the Cabinet, while his deputy, Dina Pule, has been appointed the deputy in the Presidency’s Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration ministry.Fikile Mbalula, formerly deputy minister of police, now heads the Department of Sports and Recreation. Mbalula replaces Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile.The mayor of the City of Tshwane Dr Gwen Ramokgopa moves into the national government as deputy minister of health, a position that was left vacant following the passing away of former deputy Molefe Sefularo in April 2010.The City of Tshwane will now get a new mayor, expected to be Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who is currently chairperson of the African National Congress’s (ANC) Tshwane Region.Mildred Oliphant, former parliamentary chairperson for the international relations committee, is the new minister of the labour department, replacing the long-serving Membathisi Mdladlana.The public enterprises department also has a new minister, Malusi Gigaba, and new deputy Ben Martins. Gigaba was previously the deputy minister of the home affairs department, but has been replaced by parliamentary chairperson Fatima Chohan.Other departments with new ministers are social development, public works, and water and environmental affairs. Departments such as correctional services, trade and industry, rural development and land reform, international relations and cooperation, energy, and a range of others, have new deputies.Reshuffle welcomedPolitical parties have expressed support for the Cabinet changes. The ruling ANC said the reshuffle was necessitated after “serious introspection” and assessment of existing Cabinet members.“The reshuffle was necessary to speed up service delivery,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said. “The ANC is confident that the changes at Cabinet level will go a long way to make the government stronger.”Official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), said it welcomed the removal of the ministers of communications; labour; and women, children and people with disabilities.“… President Zuma made the right decision to remove them from their positions,” DA leader in parliament Athol Trollip said in a statement.“President Zuma has made a number of positive adjustments to his Cabinet. The move is a positive indication of renewed focus on accountability.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high standards to live up to.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kompany hails Man City triumph: We’re at our best playing on emotionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City’s defenders were buzzing after victory over Liverpool on Thursday night.Leroy Sane produced the decisive moment 18 minutes from time as he collected Raheem Sterling’s pass to fire across Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, after it seemed like Roberto Firmino’s stooping 64th-minute header would maintain the visitors’ unbeaten sequence.Sergio Aguero had given City the lead with a rising near-post drive just before the interval, this coming after an earlier moment of drama when Sadio Mane hit the post and John Stones scrambled the ball off the line after his clearance struck goalkeeper Ederson – with data subsequently showing the ball had failed to cross by just 1.12cm.On his clearance, Stones beamed: “I tried to take everything, I spotted the opportunity and I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game.”Skipper Vincent Kompany also stated: “I’m not worried about the result I’m buzzing with the tremendous performance. We went toe to toe with a very aggressive team and we matched them. It’s still in Liverpool’s hands. It came from our guts, a desire you can’t describe. We are a better team when we play with emotions.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveQuique Setien insists he’s happy in his job at Real Betis.Setien has been linked with Barcelona.”I have a contract with Beris, I’m doing really well here and we keep working hard with enthusiasm,” he said. “[Barca links] flatter me but I would be flattered to be linked with any other team, because I am very respectful of every side.” Setien has a contract with the Seville-based club until 2020.
Real Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy: Leaving PSG best decision for careerby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid fullback Ferland Mendy has recalled walking out on PSG.The France defender signed for Real this summer from Olympique Lyon. Mendy spent eight years with PSG before quitting for Le Havre to launch his first team career.Mendy recalled to Canal+: “If PSG was correct after my injury? Yes, I came back and I trained. But I was training with the DH. And after all, I thought that the best option was to leave.”I think I made the best choice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@TooMFCold4LNotre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the transfer market, and there are dozens of teams that could use him at quarterback for the upcoming season. The Georgia Bulldogs seem to fit the bill with the graduation of their 2014 starter Hutson Mason, and some fans are already trying to recruit him to [email protected]_Golson5 @FootballUGA choose the dawgs for one year. Take us to another level. We need a championship!!!— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Whoever runs Georgia football’s official Twitter account also seems to like the [email protected] @Everett_Golson5 tweeted this not even thinking it was possible. #EverettGolsonToGeorgia #dreamcometrue pic.twitter.com/JwvLsUJ1aj— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Unless Mark Richt is the man behind the Twitter, this probably means nothing, but “Golson Watch” should be a fun news story for the college football world over the next few weeks.
VICTORIA – British Columbia-based Catalyst Paper Corp. has reached an agreement to sell its operations to Paper Excellence Canada of Richmond, B.C.Catalyst CEO Ned Dwyer says when the transaction is complete it will benefit customers, employees, suppliers, communities where it operates and B.C.’s pulp, paper and forest products industries.Details of the transaction have not been released, but it will need the approval of the B.C. Supreme Court and at least two-thirds of Catalyst shareholders in a vote at a special meeting.The B.C. government says the purchase secures the livelihoods of about 1,500 provincial forest workers at Catalyst Paper facilities in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River.Paper Excellence has close to two million tonnes of pulp production capacity at five Canadian mills and two in France.In August, the United States issued a final decision on anti-dumping and countervailing duties totalling 20.26 per cent on Cataylst’s printing- and writing-grade paper exports, and Dwyer says those duties were punitive and without merit.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous headline said Catalyst had mills in France.