RSF calls for abolition of press law and release of three jailed journalists

first_img May 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica Follow the news on Ethiopia News RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Organisation EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation One journalist has been sentenced to a one-year prison term and two other have been held while their cases are pending. RSF asks prime minister Meles Zenawi to release them and to abolish the press law. to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called today on the Ethiopian government to immediately release three recently-arrested journalists, abolish the 1992 press law and amend the criminal code to ease its “harsh restrictions” on the media. RSF was glad the last journalist in prison in Ethiopia was freed early last month, but the new arrests showed press freedom was “never to be taken for granted and that great vigilance is required,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to prime minister Meles Zenawi, who is on RSF’s worldwide list of 38 “predators of press freedom.” One of the three journalists, Lubaba Said, former editor of the newspaper Tarik, was jailed for a year by the federal high court on 3 April for “inventing news likely to demoralise the army and make people anxious” and was taken to the main prison in the capital. A few years ago, she published two articles reporting that members of the presidential guard had defected. On 20 March, Melese Shine, editor of the newspaper Ethiop, was jailed by the federal high court for publishing an interview with a colonel in the former imperial army now in exile in Sudan and also for writing a profile of the prime minister based on statements by former aides. Shine was accused of “libelling the head of government” and “interviewing a bandit claiming to be leader of an illegal organisation.” He is being held at the Woreda police station in Addis Ababa and is being asked to pay bail of 10,000 birr (€1,350). Gizaw Taye Wordofa, editor of the weekly Lamrot, was arrested on 15 March for publishing “immoral and indecent material” by distributing stories about sex. About a dozen other journalists are currently being prosecuted or are free on bail, according to the Ethiopian Free Press Journalists’ Association (EFJA). April 9, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF calls for abolition of press law and release of three jailed journalistslast_img read more

Arctic Monkeys Release ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, First Album In 5 Years [Listen]

first_imgEnglish rockers Arctic Monkeys have released their sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino. Prior to the album’s announcement, it had been five years since we last heard from the Arctic Monkeys. The band held the material from this new album particularly close to the chest, choosing not to release any singles prior to the album drop. They did, however, introduce some of the new songs at a handful of recent performances, including dates at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA and Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY.The band has also announced a series of pop-up stores around the globe to support the new album, set to take place this weekend in their native Sheffield, U.K.; New York, NY; Sydney, Australia; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan. For more information on the Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino pop-up store, head here.You can listen to Arctic Monkey’s newly released 6th studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, below via Spotify:Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino [Full Album]Last night, Arctic Monkeys also made their way to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “Four Out of Five”, giving the masses their first live look at the new Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino material. Watch the performance below:Arctic Monkeys – “Four Out of Five”[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Arctic Monkeys have also announced an upcoming string of North American tour dates. Check out a list of announced U.S. and Canada dates below. For a full list of Arctic Monkeys upcoming live performances, or for more information on the new album, head to the band’s website.Arctic Monkeys 2018 Tour Dates:06/14-17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival06/16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater06/18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater06/19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre07/24 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium07/27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden07/28 – Washington, DC – The Anthem07/31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center08/01 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre08/05 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada CentreView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Sierra House receives $1,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank

first_imgSierra House/Washington County Mental Health has received a $1,000 donation from Northfield Savings Bank for their transitional program. Sierra House is a Montpelier based non-profit supporting and advocating inclusion of all persons into our community, and actively encourages self-determination and recovery by serving individuals and families coping with mental health and developmental related challenges.About Northfield Savings Bank Northfield Savings Bank was founded in 1867 by a group of area citizens, and with assets of $588 million, is now one of Vermont’s largest providers of residential mortgages and commercial loans. Northfield was the first savings bank in Vermont to provide checking services, computerized statements and ATM’s, and remains a leader in combining sophisticated financial services with personalized customer service. NSB is also known for its role as a corporate citizen, proudly donating 10 percent of profits to Vermont community organizations. NSB has contributed more than $4.5 million over the last 10 years. An independent community bank, NSB employs approximately 143 people and operates 13 branches throughout Central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC.Photo caption: (C) Marcy Couillard, Program Coordinator and (R) Emily Wilder, Peer Mentor/Social Support Specialist for Sierra House, receive a $1,000 check from (L) Debbie Kerin, Northfield Savings Bank’s – Montpelier Branch Manager.Source: NSB. Montpelier, VT October 14, 2009last_img read more

ICC World Cup World Cup 2019 India vs Bangladesh: India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has mastered the art of knocking Bangladesh out at a crucial stage in a major ICC tournament. In the 2015 quarterfinal, his century gave India a big win in Melbourne while in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, he blasted another ton in Edgbaston to dash Bangladesh’s hopes. In the 2019 World Cup and at the same venue, Rohit notched up his 26th ton overall and fourth in the tournament and despite some spirited resistance from Shakib Al Hasan and the lower-middle order, India knocked Bangladesh out of the reckoning for the last four and sealed their spot in the knock-out stage with a 28-win on Tuesday.23:12 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma was awarded as the man-of-the-match for his 104 runs. 23:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Two in two for Jasprit Bumrah and he shows his class yet again. India beat Bangladesh by 28 runs. 23:01 hrs IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah has been India’s man, and he shows why he World number one in limited overs. India is now one wicket away. 23:00 hrs IST: FIFTY! It has been an outstanding innings from Mohammad Saifuddin. His second in ODI cricket. 22:54 hrs IST: The encounter is getting close. 36 required off 18 deliveries. After 47 overs, it’s 279/8. 22:50 hrs IST: Eight runs from the over. After 46 overs, it’s 272/8. 22:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Mashrafe gets a slight nip and through to the keeper. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks all-important wicket of Bangladesh skipper. India two wickets away! 13 runs from the over. It’s 264/8. 22:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Knocked him over. Absolute ripper from Jasprit Bumrah. Sends dangerous Sabbir back to the pavilion. Bangladesh are seven down. After 44 overs, it’s 251/7.22:34 hrs IST: A good comeback by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. A boundary-free over. After 43 overs, it’s 245/6. 22:28 hrs IST: Another good over for Bangladesh. 11 runs from the over. After 42 overs, it’s 240/6. India in need of a wicket. 22:22 hrs IST: Yuzvendra Chahal finishes his spell 10 overs – 1 wicket – 50 runs. After 41 overs, it’s 229/6.22:19 hrs IST: A boundary and a couple of runs. After 40 overs, it’s 225/6. 22:15 hrs IST: Boundaries have suddenly started to come for Bangladesh. Less than 100 needed now in 11 overs. After 39 overs, it’s 219/6.22:14 hrs IST: 22:10 hrs IST: BIG over! Four boundaries from the over. After 38 overs, it’s 207/6. 22:05 hrs IST: Just one run from the over, and it’s getting tougher for Bangladesh. After 37 overs, it’s 191/6. 22:00 hrs IST: Runs are just not coming for Bangladesh at the moment. After 36 overs, it’s 190/6. 21:55 hrs IST: Another sensational over by Jasprit Bumrah. Just three runs from the over. After 35 overs, it’s 182/6. 21:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya bowled a slower one and Shakib was early in his shot smashed it straight to the fielder. With this, Bangladesh’s hopes ends! After 33.5 overs, it’s 179/6.21:47 hrs IST: Sabbir Rahman gets a boundary and Bangladesh are 177/5 after 33 overs. The advantage is firmly with India.21:40 hrs IST: WICKET! The pressure mounts on Bangladesh as Hardik Pandya concedes just three runs. Bumrah capitalises aand Mosaddek Hossain gets an inside edge onto the stumps. Bangladesh are 173/5 after 32.2 overs.21:36 hrs IST: Shakib gets a streaky boundary off Jasprit Bumrah and Bangladesh are 169/4 after 31 overs.21:29 hrs IST: WICKET and OUT! Liton Das blasts a six over wide long on but Hardik Pandya gets the wicket as the batsman top-edges the pull to midwicket where DK takes the catch. Bangladesh are 162/4 after 29.4 overs.21:25 hrs IST: Shakib survives a run-out chance and Bangladesh make steady progress. After 29 overs, Bangladesh are 156/3.21:20 hrs IST: Brilliant from Shakib and his marvellous form continues. He slams his 46th fifty and Bangladesh are 148/3 after 28 overs.21:15 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar comes into the attack and Bangladesh are 139/3 after 27 overs.21:10 hrs IST: Shakib and Liton hold the key now. Bangladesh are 133/3 after 26 overs. Game is still evenly poised.21:06 hrs IST: First 25 overs done and dusted. The Indian team came with the set plan and have been able to execute it perfectly. For Bangladesh, all hopes are on Shakib Al Hasan. After 25 overs, it’s 127/3. 21:01 hrs IST: Four runs from the over and going forward, the onus is on Shakib Al Hasan. After 24 overs, it’s 125/3. 20:56 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal tossed the ball up and Rahim tried to toss the ball up but smashed it straight to the fielder. Third wicket down. After 23 overs, it’s 121/3.20:53 hrs IST: Another good over for men-in-green. 9 runs from the over. After 22 overs, it’s 116/2.20:48 hrs IST: Finally, a decent over from Chahal. Just three from it. As of now, both batsmen are ticking ones and twos. Afer 21 overs, it’s 107/2. 20:45 hrs IST: 100-up for Bangladesh and they have looked good. After 20 overs, it’s 104/2.20:41 hrs IST: Another costly over from Chahal. 10 came off it. After 19 vers, it’s 98/2.20:38 hrs IST: Nine runs from the over and India needs to pick Shakib Al Hasan early in his innings. He has been in a prime form and looking good against India too. After 18 overs, it’s 88/2.20:34 hrs IST: Four runs from the over and Yuzvendra Chahal isn’t looking effective. After 17 overs, it’s 79/2.20:31 hrs IST: A wicket and two runs from the over. After 16 overs, it’s 75/2.20:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya pitches a short of a length delivery and Soumya Sarkar smashed it straight to the fielder. Departs for 33. 20:24 hrs IST: Four singles from the over. In all, it has been a good start from Bangladesh. they have certainly been able to keep India under little pressure. After 15 overs, it’s 73/1.20:21 hrs IST: BIG over! Couple of boundaries and a normal over turns big. 10 came from it. After 14 overs, it’s 69/1.20:16 hrs IST: Spinner introdued into the attack for the first time in second innings and has been welcomed with a dazzling boundary. After 13 overs, it’s 59/1.20:13 hrs IST: 50-up for Bangladesh. A controversial over comes to an end as India losses their lone review. After 12 overs, it’s 53/1.20:06 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan showed his class straight away – smashed four to Bumrah in 11th over. It’s 47/1. 20:00 hrs IST: The first 10 overs belong to India. They have been able to bowl in right lines and haven’t let the batsmen to score easy runs. After 10 overs, it’s 40/1. 19:58 hrs IST: WICKET! This was coming. The runs were just not coming and Bangladesh batsmen had to try something out of the box. Mohammad Shami bowled a good length delivery and Tamim tried to guide it through third-man region, but gets an inside edge – onto the stumps. Departs for 22. After 9.3 overs, it’s 39/1. 19:55 hrs IST: Four runs from the over. After 9 overs, it’s 38/0. 19:50 hrs IST: Virat Kohli introduced Mohammad Shami into the attack and he has been treated nicely with opposition. After 8 overs, it’s 34/0. 19:47 hrs IST: Another good over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is bowling in the right areas and not letting the opposition to score easy runs. After 7 overs, it’s 28/0. 19:45 hrs IST: 6 runs from the over and Bangladesh see themselves at 24/0 in 6 overs. 19:40 hrs IST: Two runs from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s third over. After 5 overs, it’s 18/0. 19:35 hrs IST: MAIDEN OVER! Superb over from Jasprit Bumrah. Didn’t let Soumya Sarkar to go after him. After 4 overs, it’s 16/0. 19:30 hrs IST: Tamim Iqbal has looked good at the start as Bangladesh start cautiously. After 3 overs, it’s 16/0. 19:25 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah took the new ball from the other end, and gave eight runs. After 2 overs, it’s 9/0. 19:21 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar begin with a tight over. Bangladesh are 1/0 after the first over.18:51 hrs IST: WICKET! Mustafizur Rahman takes his fifth wicket and Bangladesh have restricted India to 314/9. This is a decent score as the pitch is getting slower.18:46 hrs IST: WICKET! MS Dhoni mistimes the pull shot and the catch is taken at mid on. India 311/7 in 49.3 overs.18:44 hrs IST: Two fours by MS Dhoni off Saifuddin. Can he get to his fifty and help India reach 330? India 311/6 in 49 overs.18:39 hrs IST: India are 300/6 in 48 overs. Can he finish off in style?18:36 hrs IST: WICKET! Short ball from Mustafizur and Karthik top edges the pull to midwicket. India are 298/6 in the 48th over.18:33 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik gets a boundary to the third man fence and India are 297/5 after 47 overs.18:28 hrs IST: Dhoni slams a four and India are 288/5 after 46 overs.18:23 hrs IST: Shakib ends his spell with 10-0-41-1. Dhoni and Karthik could help India reach 330.18:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Rishabh Pant will miss out on his fifty. He top-edges the slog sweep off Shakib and Mosaddek Hossain takes a juggling catch at long leg. Can Dhoni and DK now boost India? India are 277/5 after 44.1 overs18:17 hrs IST: Dhoni blasts a four off Rubel Hossain as India near 300. India are 277/4 after 44 overs.18:12 hrs IST: Another tight over from Shakib Al Hasan and India are 268/4 after 43 overs.18:09 hrs IST: Pant thumps a short ball on leg stump to the fine leg fence and Dhoni gets going with a whip to wide long on. India are 265/4 after 42 overs.18:04 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan is into the attack and India are 255/4 after 41 overs. Dhoni has struggled against left-arm spin.18:01 hrs IST: HAT-TRICK! Three consecutive boundaries from Rishabh Pant off Saifuddin and India are 251/4 after 40 overs.17:54 hrs IST: WICKET! This is a massive. Hardik Pandya gets the outside edge and Soumya Sarkar takes the catch, Mustafizur with the second wicket. India are 237/4 in the 39th over. DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN.17:49 hrs IST: WICKET! Short ball from Mustafizur and Kohli thumps the pull straight to deep midwicket where Rubel takes the catch close to the boundary. India are 237/3 in the 39th over.17:47 hrs IST: Pant gets another boundary from Soumya Sarkar and India are 237/2 after 38 overs.17:41 hrs IST: Kohli whips Shakib Al Hasan to the wide long on fence and then Pant sweeps Shakib to the fine leg fence as two boundaries come in one overs. India are 227/2 after 37 overs.17:36 hrs IST: Another tight over from Soumya Sarkar. India are 217/2 after 36 overs.17:32 hrs IST: Kohli whips a short ball from Rubel to the wide long on fence as India make steady progress. India are 211/2 after 35 overs.17:27 hrs IST: Pant blasts Mosaddek for a big six to get going. India must sustain the momentum as they are 204/2 after 34 overs.17:20 hrs IST: WICKET! Rahul edges a full and wide ball from Rubel Hossain and the edge is taken by Mushfiqur Rahim. After 32.4 overs, India are 195/2.17:17 hrs IST: Soumya Sarkar and Rubel Hossain are bowling some tight overs. After 32 overs, India are 190/1.17:07 hrs IST: Soumya gets the wicket of Rohit as the batsman miscues a legnth ball to cover and Bangladesh get the wicket. India are 181/1 after 31 overs.17:04 hrs IST: CENTURY! Brilliant stuff from Rohit Sharma. His 26th overall and fourth in 2019 World Cup. However, he immediately falls for 104 off 92 balls. Soumya Sarkar with the wicket.17:00 hrs IST: Soumya Sarkar bowls another tight over and after 28 overs. India are 173/0.16:56 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan does not give the batsmen any free room and India are content on taking singles. After 27 overs, India are 169/0.16:53 hrs IST: Soumya Sarkar is into the attack and he concedes just two runs. There is an appeal for a catch but Bangladesh do not take the review. After 26 overs, India are 164/0.16:50 hrs IST: Rubel Hossain bowls a good over but Bangladesh need wickets. India are 162/0 after 26 overs.16:45 hrs IST: Sublime batting from Rohit as he clobbers a six down the ground off Mustafizur. He is nearing his 26th ton and fourth in this edition as India are 158/0 after 24 overs.16:40 hrs IST: Rubel gets hit for a four as Rohit nears a ton. He is now the leading run-getter in the 2019 World Cup and also the ultimate six-hitting machine, going past MS Dhoni’s tally. He has also hit the most fours and is now the second-highest run-getter in a single edition. Records galore for Rohit and more is coming his way. India are 147/0 after 23 overs.16:33 hrs IST: A massive six and then a thumped four off Mosaddek Hossain. Bangladesh are really bleeding here and Rohit Sharma is butchering them. India are 139/0 after 26 overs.16:29 hrs IST: Rahul and Rohit rotate the strike brilliantly and Rohit creams a pull shot to deep midwicket. India are 126/0 after 21 overs.16:23 hrs IST: Rahul joins in the fun and he notches up his second fifty of the 2019 World Cup and he enjoys it by smashing Rubel Hossain down the ground. India are 117/0 after 19 overs.16:19 hrs IST: The 100-run partnership is up between Rahul and Rohit. Things looking ominous for Bangladesh. India are 105/0 after 18 overs.16:13 hrs IST: Shakib tries to pull some things back while Bangladesh are showing some desperation on the field. India are 99/0 after 17 overs.16:09 hrs IST: Rahul thumps a massive six off Mashrafe Mortaza and India are 97/0 after 16 overs.16:03 hrs IST: A single down to third man and Rohit Sharma gets to yet another ODI fifty, his 43rd overall. What an innings this has been from India’s vice-captain. He has been at his supreme best in 2019 World Cup. After 15 overs, it’s 87/0. 15:59 hrs IST: Good call from Mashrafe Mortaza to invite wicket-keeper close to the wicket. It isn’t allowing batsmen to play freely. However, Mortaza is bowling short of a length delivery which is helping Rahul and Rohit to rotate strike easily. After 14 overs, it’s 78/0. 15:56 hrs IST: Just one run from Shakib’s second over. After 13 overs, it’s 74/0. 15:54 hrs IST: Another good over by Bangladesh. The bowlers from two ends are bowling the right lines and not letting batsmen to go after them. After 12 overs, it’s 73/0. 15:50 hrs IST: Shakib Al Hasan introduced into the attack for the first time today and just two runs from it. After 11 overs, it’s 71/0. 15:47 hrs IST: Rohit thumps a full ball from Mashrafe Mortaza and then steers a wide ball to third man for yet another boundary. After 10 overs, India are 69/0.15:43 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Rohit as he creams two boundaries off Mustafizur. One off a no-ball and the other of a free-hit. India are 58/0 after nine overs.15:37 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours by KL Rahul off Saifuddin and he is getting into the groove. India are 46/0 after eight overs.15:33 hrs IST: A good over from Mustafizur Rahman and India are 36/0 after seven overs.15:28 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Rohit. He charges down the track and creams Saifuddin over the sweeper cover fence. Brilliant stuff from Rohit and India are 30/0 after six overs.15:24 hrs IST: DROPPED! What a miss! Terrible stuff from Bangladesh. Mustafizur bowls short and Rohit mistimes the pull and Tamim Iqbal spills the chance. India are 21/0 after five overs. 15:21 hrs IST: Saifuddin bowls on the pads and Rahul thumps it to deep midwicket and India has reached 18/0 after four overs.15:14 hrs IST: Mohammad Saifuddin gets off to a tight start while Mashrafe Mortaza also bounces back after a tight over. India are 14/0 after three overs.15:07 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma blasts a six to deep midwicket. India are 10/0 in the first over.14:40 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both teamsBangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanIndia (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah14:38 hrs IST: Mahmudullah is not playing while Sabbir Rahman and Rubel Hossain is in the side. Big blow, the absence of Mahmudullah.14:35 hrs IST: India opt to bat against Bangladesh. Dinesh Karthik is in and Kuldeep Yadav is sitting out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes in. No Kedar Jadhav.14:27 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja might get a game todfay. Maybe, Kuldeep Yadav or Yuzvendra Chahal. Maybe, Dinesh Karthik might also get a look-in14:22 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the clash between India and Bangladesh from Edgbaston. Equation is simple for India – A win knocks seals their spot in the semis while a loss gives Pakistan and Bangladesh belief of sealing the spot in the semis. last_img read more

Earl-y exit: UW star inks deal with Maple Leafs

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team knew that it was going to take a hit next season with the loss of five key graduating seniors. Junior Robbie Earl deepened that wound Friday when he announced that he will forego his senior season and sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.Earl led the Badgers with 24 goals this year and finished second on the squad with 50 points. He will begin his professional career with the Toronto Marlies, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Maple Leafs, when they begin their playoffs next Sunday.”Today I decided to leave school and join the Toronto Marlies in the playoffs … and sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Earl said a news conference Friday. “It’s been a tricky three days. I didn’t expect it to happen this quick.”Earl was the 187th pick overall (sixth round) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Maple Leafs.”Robbie evolved into one of the top performers for the NCAA champions this season, and we are delighted to have him on board,” Leafs general manager John Ferguson said in a statement. “His recent success as a key member of the champion Badgers is a big boost for his future development at the professional level.”Earl spent a lot of time with UW head coach Mike Eaves while trying to make his decision. Eaves not only played and coached in the NHL, but also went through a similar process with his son Patrick in previous years.Wisconsin’s fourth-year head coach said he gave Earl advice based on being at a point where it will be easier for him to finish school at some point down the road and being at a point where he has the most earning power.”He has a little more leverage right now if he signs because he gets an extra year,” Eaves said. “And I think the way he played at the end … provided good basis to create earning power that is better right now.””It’s tough leaving a situation where you know what it’s like and you have a great supporting cast around you,” Earl said. “It’s scary being young and having to take that big step … but I’m just glad I made my decision.”Earl also said that his recent success and the success of the Badgers were a large factor.He was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Frozen Four last weekend when Wisconsin defeated Boston College 2-1 to win the school’s sixth national championship.”My biggest thing is being a winner, and I think I’ve had the opportunity to do that, and that’s the biggest thing for me, being able to succeed and win at this level, and that’s something I’ve done,” Earl said. “That pretty much gave me the courage to take this next step.”Earl was not only the top goal-scorer on the team, but also he was the fastest skater and one of the most skilled players with the puck.The Badgers’ top line was already going to be missing its third member, senior captain Adam Burish. Now it will need to be completely revamped, as the only returning top-line forward is sophomore Joe Pavelski, who led the team with 56 points.”It’s very much a hole for us — a tough one to fill,” Eaves said. “Not only do you lose a 24-goal scorer, 50-point guy, but a big-game player and a young man that was really coming into his own in terms of his maturity and his leadership. We’ll have to replace Robbie by committee.”While the Badgers try to regroup without him, Earl enters another interesting opportunity. Having already helped UW turn the program around in the past three years, he will try to help do the same thing when and if he gets his chance with the Maple Leafs.Toronto’s playoff hopes ended Saturday and the club is looking to regroup around a core of younger players.”They are a team right now that is in a little bit of a changing-over period,” Eaves said. “They’ve got a lot of old players, and they’re looking for young, talented players to come in.””Right now it’s just meeting people and showing what I can do at this point,” Earl said.He will join Ryan Suter, Rene Bourque and Andy Wozniewski — who, coincidentally, is currently playing defense for the Marlies — on the list of former UW players who played under Eaves, in the NHL.And while he only spent three years playing under Eaves at UW, he also spent two seasons with him at the National Team Developmental Program before the two came to Wisconsin.”I’ve been with him for five years, and he’s guided me every inch of the way,” Earl said of Eaves. “That’s something I’ll use for the rest of my career.”Earl is hoping to be in the lineup for the Marlies’ playoff opener Sunday against the Grand Rapids Griffins.last_img read more

Richie Power confirms his inter-county retirement

first_imgThe 2 time All Star says it’s been a wonderful journey and while he wouldn’t choose for it to end like this he will forever cherish the memories of his time wearing the Black & Amber.Power has wished continued success to all who play for Kilkenny in the years ahead.last_img