Tipperary finished their quarter-final decider with only 13 men after both players were sent off during the second-half of the game in O’Connor Park.Holycross native Barrett received two yellow cards and signed an application for a hearing in the hope of getting his first yellow card rescinded. Last season’s Young Hurler of the Year claims his first yellow was not warranted. Meanwhile Callanan was sent off just two minutes into the second half when he received a straight red card after he was reported to have struck Offaly full back Dermot Shortt.Speaking at the monthly Tipperary County Board meeting last night, County Secretary Tim Floyd they’ll be making a strong argument for both players. +
The Rotary Club of New Amsterdam on Friday commissioned a pure water supply project at Sheet Anchor, Canje from which some 200 children from two schools would benefit.Over the past year, the Club has been able to ensure that students attending eight schools benefit from treated water through the installation of water filtration systems in those schools. The Number Two Nursery and Sheet Anchor Primary which are housed in the same compound are the beneficiaries of the new project, which cost in excess of $500,000.Club President Ramroop Rajnauth explained that both schools were now accessing clean water.“Before the water was of a high iron content. Right now, the water is filtered and clean because we installed systems that we secured in all of the water tanks in the school compound,” he explained.The project was a joint effort between the Club and Rotarian Jerry Outar. The pure water project commenced in March of last year at Fort Ordinance Primary, and to date, Cumberland Primary, Edinburgh Primary and Nursery, St Therese and Fort Ordinance Primary, Number Two Nursery, and Canje Secondary have all benefited.“GWI is now coming on board to install a water treatment plant in the Canje area, but we have already installed water filtering systems in most of the schools in that area. We are looking at other schools along the East Bank of Berbice and even on the Corentyne where the residents do not receive treated water. We feel that our children who are the leaders of tomorrow need clean water. Water is life and with clean, potable water it would eliminate chances of diseases and assist in producing healthy graduates for tomorrow’s world,” Rajnauth said.The Club has, over the years, been focusing on many areas to improve residents’ quality of life. In the area of education, the Club has built a nursery school at Manchester. In the area of health, it has worked on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the New Amsterdam Hospital, providing the equipment for that facility among other areas.However, the pure water supply project is now the Club’s main area of focus.“We would have dug a well at Gangaram providing potable water for the residents of that area,” Rajnauth said. (Andrew Carmichael)
Easy to use, limits water usage Cutting down infection risk “The dispenser releases enough water to enable hygienic hand-washing with soap,” Ngorima explains. “To get the water, place your hands under the device and lift the plunger. When you lower your hands, the device seals itself. Hand-washing with soap could cut these figures by half. However, water scarcity meant that many rural and peri-urban people in South Africa faced sanitation and hygiene challenges,” Ngorima said. While many people try using a bucket of water and a towel for hand-washing outside a toilet, the water evaporates from open buckets, and the continuous use of the same water leads to contamination. More than 110 000 of the CSIR’s hand-washing dispensers have already reached communities across South Africa. “This is mostly as part of municipalities’ sanitation drives and through non-governmental organisations in the water and sanitation sector,” Ngorima said. According to the CSIR’s Ester Ngorima, diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections caused the death of millions of children under the age of five in the developing world. Diarrhoea was estimated to kill around two to three million children annually. “The device limits water wastage, with around 30 hand washes per two litres of water. It has a soap dish and typically hangs upside down on a bracket fastened to a wall.” “Experts say one gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, one thousand parasites and one hundred worm eggs,” says Ngorima. “This increases the risk of serious infection and contamination if one does not wash one’s hands properly with soap after using the toilet.” Commercialisation, sanitation drive The two Pretoria-based licencees, who cover all nine provinces in the country, are Zibako Trading Enterprises and Magnolia Ridge Properties. 20 October 2010 Unsupervised children and domestic animals tend to drink this water, which is also exposed to dust. The CSIR patented the device in 2006, and has set up a commercialisation agreement with two small black empowerment companies to sell the device in bulk directly to clients such as municipalities, contractors and non-governmental organisations. South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed an innovative, affordable hand-washing device to enable poor communities to combat life-threatening water-borne diseases with minimal water usage. The device is easy enough to use – you need an empty two-litre bottle filled with clean water; the hand-washing dispenser is then be screwed onto the opening of the bottle. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#car ramming attacks#carhacking#Cisco#connected cars#cyberattack#cybersecurity#Internet of Things#IoT#terrorism#V2V Follow the Puck Cate Lawrence Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It feels like barely a week goes by without another breaking news account of a terrorist attack involving vehicle ramming, a form of attack in which a perpetrator deliberately aims a motor vehicle at a target with the intent to inflict fatal injuries or significant property damage by striking with concussive force.From 2014 through 2017, terrorists carried out 21 known vehicle ramming attacks worldwide, resulting in over 220 fatalities and 800 injuries, including cities such as London, Stockholm, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Barcelona.See also: Can ISIS hack the Internet of Things?It’s fair to say that people connected to the ideas of terrorism will use any form of weapon possible to maim and kill at their disposal and a car or truck is just one tool in their potential arsenal. It’s also true that preventing terrorism is a multifaceted problem that encompasses law enforcement, intelligence, politics, and surveillance as well as of course, attempts to prevent people becoming attracted to terrorist acts in the first instance. We currently see the installation of bollards and other barriers being erected in public spaces, which may prevent or ameliorate some attacks.I have lived in two cities where people who died due to car ramming — Melbourne and Berlin — and technology writers are familiar with the trolley car problem when it comes to the ethics of self-driving cars. Along with deliberate acts of terrorism, we also have the reality of vehicles hitting people or places in the event of an ill or unconscious passenger or a driver poorly following GPS instructions too literally.So what does this mean for technology, can it solve the problem or will it contribute to the ease of future attacks?How technology could (and does) helpIn Berlin last year a truck was driven by terrorists through a local Christmas market attack in Berlin, resulting in significant casualties, but they could have been worse: the assailant’s truck reportedly stopped early on during the attack. The truck had been fitted with an automatic emergency braking system, something that is covered under a regulation that is now mandated for heavier trucks in the EU.EU Regulation No. 347/2012 specifies the technical requirements and test procedures for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) that detect the possibility of a collision with a preceding vehicle, warn the driver by a combination of optical, acoustic or haptic signals and, if the driver takes no action, automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes. In this instance the application meant that the trajectory of the truck was stopped earlier than intended, thus potentially saving many lives. Similar regulations have been proposed in the U.S.It’s also worth considering instances where stolen vehicles are being used as attack vehicles as in Stockholm. Delivery trucks are increasingly embedded with sensor technology and one option would be a kill switch that would shut down the truck and transmit its location as soon as it was reported lost. However, according to security researchers at Cisco, the reality is not quite so simple. I spoke to Barry Einsig, Global Automotive and Transportation Executive, and Franc Artes, Architect, Security Business Group last week who explained that the technology to shut a vehicle down exists today, “and has for probably almost a decade.” According to Artes, this a particularly relevant when we talk about connected vehicles:“Because they’re connected it creates the opportunity to host the system and update or revoke certificates and ultimately you could geofence these devices and then you could shut those vehicles down. It’s not a technology problem it’s more of a security problem and also a process problem.There was a lot of studies right after 9/11 regarding being able to shut vehicles down and part of the reason they didn’t advocate it was cyber security related and also because it could cause a bigger safety issue to shut down a big heavy vehicle when it’s going at highway speeds.”How technology could make attacks easierWe already have ample examples of the ease of car hacking thanks to the efforts of white hat enthusiasts and researchers. It’s thus entirely possible that a car (self-automated or not) could be utilized in a terrorist attack. According to Einsig and Artes, the transportation industry’s technology infrastructure was traditionally built on closed, proprietary systems. The industry is on a journey to switch to modern connected networks, but security leaders fear the exposure to attackers during this transition period.As we see the move into connected transport systems such as v2v communication and intelligent transportation enterprises. According to security analyst Sam Bocetta, one of the challenges is that with each branch in that chain of community you open yourself up to MITM attacks (Man in the Middle Attacks).“An example of this is an IMSI catcher which works to basically intercept the communication between a node and a hub. This is done without either party knowing about the breach, allowing the MITM attacker to send a command or message to the node (in this situation the car).”Criminals are also heavily invested in new technology. Cisco’s Ensig says:“Cyber criminals think further outside the box than the engineer who’s developing the technology who is focused is solving the problem. Whether it is car technology that notices that you’re starting to swerve into a lane so your vehicle automatically shunts the steering wheel in the other direction to swerve back, hackers have already found a way to activate that to force you into oncoming traffic. Then there are acts like remotely engaging the brakes and crash sensors in the vehicle.”He also notes that colloquially people connect terrorism with Luddites living in mud huts when they are as likely to be highly educated and intelligent with tech skills:“Criminals will alway adapt technology faster than anyone…The cyber criminal is always looking far outside the box compared to the engineer developing the technology.”Although as Bocetta notes:“Hacking into an autonomous car using the latest technology is a LOT harder than learning how to drive a truck.”At any rate, it is clear that car makers are working with federal agencies to address many of these issues. 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The 15-year-old girl who alleged that three men gang-raped her in Mumbai. (Accused of gang rape, abduction and wrongful confinement)In March this year, a 15-year-old girl, resident of Ikri Basiyani village in Budaun’s Allapur area, alleged that she was abducted by three persons, identified as Shivender Yadav, Madan Lal and Ravinder Singh, from the same village and taken to Mumbai where she was raped by them. She was later brought back to Budaun after which she approached the police and narrated her ordeal. Based on her complaint, the police registered a case under Section 363 (punishment for kidnapping), 366 (abducting a woman to compel her for marriage), 376D (woman raped by one of more persons), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC and the POCSO Act.On March 7, the girl’s parents registered an FIR stating that one of their relatives saw Shivender taking the girl away on a motorcycle on March 6. They hadn’t mentioned presence of Madan Lal or Ravinder.The girl returned to Badaun on March 10 and the next day she was taken to police by her parents.Inspector R.P. Sharma, Station House Officer of Allapur police station, said that the girl, in her statement under 161 CrPC (examination of witness by police), said that she had gone on her own and wanted to be with Shivender as the two were in love. “She said that they had gone to Mumbai. They came back because of their families’ pressure. The whole conversation was recorded,” says Mr. Sharma.However, four days later, when the girl was produced before a magistrate for her statement under Section 164 CrPC, she allegedly changed her statement and said she was abducted in the afternoon and taken somewhere in a four-wheeler. “I lost consciousness when I was abducted, but when I woke up, I saw Shivender, Madan and Ravinder. They had raped me. They told me we were in Mumbai. I don’t remember anything else happened with me till I came back home,” she allegedly told the magistrate.Shivender surrendered on March 31. He is behind the bars.However, the police did not arrest Madan Lal and Ravinder because “investigation revealed that they were not present in Budaun or Mumbai from March 6 to March 10,” said Inspector Navi Hassan, the investigating officer in the case. Ravinder’s mobile phone was traced to Hapur and Madan’s phone was in Noida, where they work as labourers, at the time of the alleged crime.How are the three connected? People in Ikri Basiyani village said that Shivender and Madan are close friends and the two know Ravinder as they all grew up together before moving to different cities for work. Inspector Hassan says “secret investigation and informers in the village also told us that the victim was in a relationship with Shivender, and Madan and Ravinder weren’t in the village”.Over a month later, in the third week of April, the girl, staying at her elder sister’s house 6 km away from the village, said, “If he (Shivender) too was a Muslim, there would not have been any problem. We could have got married in court.” However, the girl is unaware that it wouldn’t have been possible as she is a minor.Incoherent in her version of events, the victim says she was in a relationship with Shivender for over two years but for the past few months, she had decided to end it. When questioned about her ordeal in Mumbai and the subsequent statement to the police, the girl said, “Mera dimaag kharab ho gaya tha, mujhe kuch nahi pata, par maine un teeno ko dekha tha (I wasn’t in my senses. I don’t know what happened, but I remember seeing the three of them)”.After her return, she says, her father cried in front of her for hours and “made her understand”. “He scolded me for what I’d done,” she says hinting at a monetary transaction of ₹2 lakh that took place between her family and Shivender’s.In the village, the residents alleged that the reasons behind slapping charges against Madan were personal and against Ravinder politically motivated.Ravinder’s father Mulayam Singh says that two adjoining villages vote to elect one village pradhan. “Our village is Muslim dominated and the adjoining village is Hindu dominated. The Hindus from both the villages vote for the Hindu candidate. The Muslims of this village don’t like when we vote for the Hindu candidate of the other village, resulting in the defeat of the Muslim candidate of our village,” he says.Mr. Mulayam claims that he has a significant clout in his village, therefore people vote according to his advice. “This is the reason they named my son as an accused,” he alleges.As for Madan, the villagers claim he was Shivender’s close friend and had come for his sister’s wedding in February after which he was there till the first week of March. “The girl (complainant) knew Madan very well,” says Madan’s brother Ajay Pal.Shivender’s mother Somvati says she was aware of her son’s relationship with the girl and had asked both to end it but they didn’t listen. “I caught the two on our terrace last year and thrashed both of them before taking her back to her house. Even when Shivender and the girl eloped, her father came to my house and asked me to make them come back; he just wanted the girl back,” she says.It was Madan’s father, Ms. Somvati claims, who spoke to Shivender and persuaded him to return to Budaun from Mumbai after which he handed the girl over to her parents.Madan and Ravinder could not be contacted.Satish Singh (53), Ravinder Singh (58) and Rambeti (50) At the office of Budaun’s Senior Superintendent of Police, a list is being displayed every Monday for the last three weeks. The header says, “Vivechna me jhoote paye gaye aaropiyon ka vivran” (List of people who’ve been found falsely accused during the investigation). Simply put, the officers, during the preliminary investigation, found that these people were wrongly accused by the complainants for various “motives”. So far, the number stands at 284.SSP Ashok Kumar, who joined the district in March, says that he is aware of a lot of false complaints, motivated by personal enmity or monetary gain. This was one of the reasons for coming up with such a list, he says. Eliminate corruptionAlso, another reason, he says, is an attempt to eliminate corruption in the force and bring in ‘transparency’. “People get falsely accused in cases and then turn to investigating officers to clear their name with the help of money. By this list, they already know that their names are cleared and they don’t offer anyone money to save themselves the trouble of coming to police stations or go for court hearings,” he says. “The middlemen who throw their weight around saying they’ll help them in the case will also be eliminated,” he adds. The investigating officers are given a week for the cases registered during the seven days to conclude if they’ve found any persons who were wrongly accused. However, if their role surfaces in the crime later, they can be arrested, says Mr. Kumar. The Hindu spoke to victims and accused in three such criminal cases on charges of gang rape, murder, kidnapping, abetment to suicide among others. Two of these claimed that the motive behind the alleged framing was caste and religion. In the third case, however, the victim’s family alleged that the police had been bribed to turn the case in favour of the accused. The cases also show how the Uttar Pradesh Police conducted the investigation.Prashant Arora (30)(An accused in the gang rape and murder of a 15-year-old in 2014)Sitting on a plastic chair in his two-storey house, Prashant Arora looks at his three-year-old daughter and says he was in the district jail when she was born on November 25, 2014. His wife was seven months pregnant when he was arrested.Prashant was arrested on charges of raping his neighbour, along with two unidentified men, at his residence and subsequently poisoning her. The police had registered a case under Section 376D (woman raped by one or more persons), 302 (punishment for murder), The Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act).After the victim’s family approached the police on the day of the incident on September 23, Prashant was picked up the same night and arrested the next day. The two unidentified men have not been traced.Widely reportedThe story made it to the headlines in the regional papers and was widely followed for the next few days.Circle Officer (City) Virendra Singh Yadav, who, at first, was surprised to see Prashant’s name in the list as a DNA report is awaited in the case, said that the victim’s father, in a written complaint, told the police that Prashant, along with two other persons, locked the girl inside his residence, took turns to rape her and then poisoned her. “The girl’s brother heard her shouting for help and ran to call their mother. The family came, rescued the girl and took her to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries,” he said, reading from the complaint signed by the father.An Inspector, on condition of anonymity, said that Prashant was arrested “because there was pressure from the media to solve the case”.During the course of investigation, the police claimed, Prashant’s boss was questioned who admitted that the accused was with him in the afternoon. Prashant’s wife Sonam, who was away at a relative’s house on the day, told the police that she was with him till around 5 p.m. doing household chores. “His location, through his phone, was also traced in the city area,” Mr. Yadav said.The girl’s post-mortem report, seen by the reporter, states: “No internal or external injury on the vaginal wall. Blood with froth from mouth.” The doctors told the police prima facie the victim wasn’t raped. However, the report stated that the cause of death could not be ascertained after which her viscera was sent for examination. The viscera report, which came a few months later, stated that no poison was found, Mr. Yadav said, adding that during further questioning of the neighbours, another story of the girl being bitten by a snake came to the fore but there’s no evidence to support it.Over three years later, the girl’s family continues to believe that she was raped and want Prashant behind the bars. They allege that the police fraudulently took the signature of the girl’s father on the complaint. “They came in the evening and asked me to sign on a paper. I am illiterate. I later came to know that it was the complaint,” said the 50-year-old father, a sanitation worker.The victim’s 17-year-old brother told this reporter that he heard his sister screaming for help and went to the other side of the house to see if she was inside the Arora household. “I saw that Prashant’s father Manohar Arora was pushing my sister out of his house and putting her inside ours. I immediately went to call my mother. By the time we came back, she was lying on the floor in our house. I thrashed Manohar and took my sister to the hospital,” he claimed, adding that this is what he told the police as well. Mr. Yadav, however, denied that the victim’s family mentioned Manohar Arora’s presence. “I don’t know why they did not question Manohar,” said the 17-year-old.The reason for the girl’s death still remains unknown and what happened with her is still a mystery.Prashant, on the other hand, says that his life turned upside down because of the case. He was lodged in jail for nearly three months and after his release under Section 169 CrPC (release of accused when evidence is deficient), he is finding it difficult to get back to normal life.Life affected“My friends had completely cut off with me. Our relatives were constantly calling my mother to ask if I had done it. Eventually, I got my relatives and friends back but it’s still not the same,” he says.The 30-year-old says that he received the news of his daughter’s birth a day later and his biggest regret is not to be there with his wife at that time. “I saw her photograph when my mother came to visit me in jail. I remember throwing a party that day; gave samosas and cold drinks to all the inmates,” he smiles with tears rolling down his face.His mother, 58-year-old Chandrakanta Arora, a government employee, claims that the reason the neighbours accused Prashant is the regular fights between the two families. “They belong to the Scheduled Caste and we are Punjabis. Most people in the area are SC. For some reason, this family always held it against us. We didn’t like that they used to leave cattle right outside our house. There were a lot of fights over that,” she said.Ms. Chandrakanta says that due to the disgrace, all of them had to move out of the locality and live in the government quarters allotted to her a few kms away at the outskirts of Budaun. “We came back around Diwali on the insistence of a few neighbours who had also given their statements in our support,” she adds.Madan Lal (25) and Ravinder Singh (24) (Accused of abetment to suicide)On February 6, 28-year-old Usha Devi was found dead at her residence in a village called Aamgaon in Budaun. Her husband Ankit Singh, whom she had married eight years ago, and his family alleged that she committed suicide by pouring kerosene and setting herself on fire. The woman’s family, however, said that she was murdered by Ankit’s family allegedly because they couldn’t meet their demand for ₹2 lakh.Two days later, the police registered a case of abetment to suicide and arrested Ankit. However, three accused in the case – Ankit’s uncle Satish Singh, father Ravinder Singh and mother Rambeti – were let off the hook after preliminary investigation. They are now in the list of people who were “falsely accused” in this case.Demand for moneyUsha’s brother Dharmendra, a driver in Nagla Shikari village, says that the victim had visited their house a week before the incident and told the family that she was subjected to immense torture by Ankit’s parents and other family members who used to beat her. “They demanded ₹2lakh from us for construction of their house. We told them we don’t have that much money. Then Ankit came and took Usha back saying we can discuss it later. Within a week she was murdered,” he alleges.Dharmendra claims that Ankit’s family did not want to inform Usha’s family about her death. “My daughter stays close to their house. She called us and we reached within an hour,” he says. Mr. Dharmendra and his family then approached the police the same day and alleged murder. “The police told us that they’ll first get the post-mortem done. The next day, the post-mortem was conducted but they said their computer wasn’t functional. They registered our FIR only two days later and that too under Section 306 (abetment to suicide), not murder or dowry death,” he alleges, adding that the police were bribed by Ankit’s family.Responding to the allegations, Circle Officer Mr. Yadav says that they had checked Satish’s location and he was found to be away in Ujhani. “The neighbours were questioned. One of them admitted that Usha had come to take kerosene from her. Another said that she saw Usha setting herself on fire and rushed to the house to save her,” he says.Ravinder and Rambeti say that they weren’t present in the house at the time of the incident. According to them, on the day of the incident, Ankit had come home for lunch. When he asked Usha for food, she allegedly said she hadn’t cooked after which he slapped her twice and left the house. Satish claims he wasn’t in the village. His claim is corroborated by the police. Mr. Yadav says Ankit was arrested because he slapped Usha right before she allegedly committed suicide.When the neighbours were asked by the reporter whether anyone saw Usha setting herself on fire or whether the family tortured her, their response was, “We don’t know anything”. (Clockwise from Left) Satish Singh, Ravinder Singh and Rambeti, relative and parents respectively of Ankit Kumar; U.P. police personnel arranging the list indicating the names that have been deleted from the accused list; Prashant Arora, who was accused of raping and killing a minor in 2014; the 15-year-old girl who alleged that three men gang-raped her in Mumbai.
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Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Los Angeles Angels have landed the most coveted free agent in baseball, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.The 23-year-old, dubbed ‘Japan’s Babe Ruth’, has been highly coveted by Major League Baseball clubs due to his rare two-way skills – his fastball has reached over 100mph and powerful left-handed swing allows him to play in the line-up when he is not pitching.Ohtani, who turned down the New York Yankees, ultimately chose the Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.Ohtani was coveted by every team because of his exceptional skills but also because he represents an extraordinary bargain due to baseball’s rules around international players. The Angels will have to pay the $20m posting fee to Ohtani’s previous club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, but he will not be paid a huge salary. Ohtani, who will join two-time MVP Mike Trout, will sign a minor league contract and can receive up to $2.3m in international bonus money. “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Otani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels,” Nez Balelo, the co-head of Otani’s agency CAA Baseball, said in a statement. “Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball.“I want to thank the clubs and everyone else for respecting our intent to make this very important process as private as possible. We were resolved to having a fair, methodical process. Teams clearly put in a lot of work, and we are grateful for that. The past few weeks also further demonstrated Shohei’s incredible thoughtfulness, attention to detail and determination to make an informed decision. Baseball … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn US sports news MLB (@MLB)Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the @Angels. Club hasn’t confirmed. #HotStove pic.twitter.com/hnYw5RrorFDecember 8, 2017 Since you’re here… MLB Share on Twitter Los Angeles Angels “He read every page of every presentation and listened to every word in each meeting, and he was so impressed that it was not an easy choice. While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei’s decision, what mattered to him most wasn’t market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels. He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals. “More than ever, I believe this is not only a special talent but a man of special character, and like everyone else I’m excited to see him in Major League Baseball.”The Angels are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven’t won a play-off game since 2009, but their combination of a promising young core and a beautiful West Coast location clearly appealed to Ohtani. Share on Facebook Topics