Detained Eritrean journalist admitted to hospital in serious condition

first_imgA Press Conference, in Stockholm, on Dawit Isaac On 22 March, the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders arranged a news conference in Stockholm to publicize the legal measures it had taken in defence of the imprisoned journalist Dawit Isaac. «This is a turning point. Dawit Isaac’s case has reached a new level», said lawyer Percy Bratt. «The Government of Eritrea must now fulfill its words regarding imprisoned journalist Dawit Isaac and present him before a Court without delay», added Jesper Bengtsson, chairman of the Swedish section of Reporters Without Borders. A writ for Habeas Corpus was sent to the High Court in Asmara by Reporters Without Borders in July 2011 but yet another copy of the writ has now been handed over by the EU representation in Asmara. Both the EU Parliament and the Swedish Government support the action. It has now been confirmed that the writ, signed by jurists Mr. Jesús Alcalá, Ms. Prisca Orsonneau and Mr. Percy Bratt, has reached the Court.The fundamental idea behind the old legal practise of Habeas Corpus is that no one shall have the power to arbitrarily and quietly lock persons up without being controlled by a Court. The right to submit a writ for Habeas Corpus is granted in Eritrean law. That is stated in Articles 19 and 20 of the Eritrean Criminal Procedure Code and Article 179 of the Eritrean Civil Procedure Code. It is also granted by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. The Court will then decide whether there are any legal grounds to keep him imprisoned. According to the Eritrean Criminal Procedures Act a person cannot be held for more than 28 days. He must then either be prosecuted or released. Dawit Isaac has neither been prosecuted or sentenced since he was arrested 10 years ago.The action is supported by the editors of 21 newspapers in seven European countries: El País, Gazeta Wyborcza, Berliner Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Der Spiegel (Spiegelonline), Stuttgarter Zeitung, TAZ, Iltalehti, Helsingin Sanomat, Hufvudstadsbladet, Berlingske, BT, Ekstrabladet, Aftenposten, Dagbladet, Verdens Gang, Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen,  Göteborgs-Posten and Svenska Dagbladet.For questions please contact Björn Tunbäck, Reporters Without Borders – Sweden: +46 703 27 09 12 Reports to go further Organisation RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision News October 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained Eritrean journalist admitted to hospital in serious condition Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? News January 13, 2021 Find out more EritreaAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts EritreaAfrica Follow the news on Eritrea April 14, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu, in custody since her arrest in February 2009, was admitted to hospital in the Eritrean capital Asmara earlier this year. The organization is extremely worried about her state of health and concerned about the conditions under which she is being held.«While the eyes of the world are on the bloodshed in Syria and the crackdown on the monks in Tibet who protest in dramatic fashion by setting themselves on fire, the fate of Eritrea continues to be greeted with indifference», the press freedom organization said.«However, its citizens are ruled by a government every bit as cruel as those in Damascus or Beijing. At least 32 journalists are in prison without charge and without trial, some for more than 10 years.»«The government of President Issaias Afewerki has already permitted the death in detention of at least four journalists. It issues no information on several others and it is not known whether they are still alive.  Today, it is the life of Yirgalem Fisseha Mebrahtu that it is playing with.»The organization deplored the apathy of the international community, which has accommodated itself to the tragedy in Eritrea since 2001. According to information reaching Reporters Without Borders, Mebrahtu is in serious condition in Asmara’s Halibet hospital. She has been admitted to the hospital twice, once last November and again in January this year. She is under permanent guard and is allowed no visitors. Her family and friends have not been told of the nature of her illness but her treatment requires the purchase of medication abroad.  A journalist and poet, she is originally from the southern city of Adi Keyih and was arrested during a raid on Radio Bana on 22 February 2009, during which its entire staff was detained. She is supported by Reporters Without Borders and is sponsored by the organization’s Spanish section, as is her jailed fellow journalist Dawit Isaac. In a rare piece of good news, Reporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist Said Abdulhai, arrested in March 2010, was released several months ago. A veteran of the independence war against Ethiopia and a graduate of Libya’s University of Benghazi in the 1980s, he was one of the media department’s founders after independence. He has at various stages run the information ministry’s press department, the Eritrean news agency and the main pro-government newspaper, published in Tigrinya, English and Arabic. At the time of his arrest he was working for the foreign ministry and is now employed by the education ministry.Some of her colleagues are still leaving the country to escape the dictatorship and possible arrest. The journalist Senay Gebremedhin, who worked for the Amharic-language service of the state radio station Dimtsi Hafash and the state television station Eri-TV and was employed by the information ministry for 14 years, relocated to neighbouring Ethiopia in January. Another Eritrean journalist who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of security and who fled at the same time as Gebremedhin, has contacted Reporters Without Borders to request assistance.For more information on EritreaSee also the French-language book «Les Erythréens» («The Eritreans») by writer and journalist Léonard Vincent published by the Paris-based publishing house Rivages.Also recommended are two radio programmes in French entitled «Rendez-vous avec X» broadcast by the French state broadcaster France Inter in March:- «L’Erythrée sous l’emprise du dictateur Issaias Afeworki» (1/2)- «L’Erythrée sous l’emprise du dictateur Issaias Afeworki» (2/2) Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Newslast_img read more

Jim James Covers “What The World Needs Now Is Love” With Chorus For ‘Spotify Singles’, Announces ‘Uniform Distortion’ Deluxe Reissue [Listen]

first_imgJim James is the latest artist to contribute a pair of new recordings for Spotify’s “Single Sessions” series. The My Morning Jacket singer/guitarist shared his two new recordings exclusively through the popular streaming service on Wednesday, including a revamped version of “Over and Over” from his 2018 Uniform Distortion solo album and a tasteful cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David‘s inspirational ballad, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”.James is joined on both recordings by the activist singing collective, Resistance Revival Chorus. This is not the first time that James has notably covered the inspirational 1965 hit. James also performed the tune live with My Morning Jacket at the 2016 edition of LOCKN’. The addition of the all-female choral group on both songs adds a warm layer of depth to help contrast to his own vocal style. James shared his admiration for the small choir and the message they’re attempting to share in a statement posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon.“I look forward to the day when these songs are outdated and there is SO MUCH LOVE that we don’t need to sing that the world needs more of it,” James mentions in the singles’ announcement. “Until then we will keep singing…trying to bring the love. it was such an honor to sing these songs with Resistance Revival Chorus. their power is undeniable and it just lifted my spirit so high to hear their beautiful voices reach for the heavens and i hope it lifts your spirit too.”The arrival of the two new singles on Wednesday also came with the announcement that James will release a deluxe edition of Uniform Distortion next spring. Uniform Distortion/Clarity: Deluxe Edition will include both an expanded vinyl and acoustic versions of the songs featured on the album. The new album will also include a 7″ single comprised of never-before-heard covers of Flying Burrito Brothers‘ “Hot Burrito #1”, John Lennon‘s “How?”, Link Wray‘s “Fallin’ Rain”, and “Dark End of the Street”, which was initially released in 1967 by James Carr and has been covered by many artists in the years since.Jim James – “Over And Over”, “What The World Needs Now Is Love”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Fans can click here to pre-order the new edition of the album, which is scheduled to arrive on March 22nd via ATO Records. Fans wanting to purchase the album should act quickly, as the deluxe edition will be limited to 1,000 individually numbered units.last_img read more

Horace Gray Lunt II

first_imgAt the end of his first year at Harvard in 1937–1938, Horace Lunt decided to concentrate in Russian studies but was counseled by his faculty adviser, Samuel Hazzard Cross, to stay with German instead because in Russian “there is no chance for a job.”  Lunt graduated in German in 1941 but had been bitten by the Russian bug.  He went on to become one of the world’s leading experts in Slavic philology and linguistics.Horace Gray Lunt II, Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Emeritus, at Harvard University, passed away on August 11, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland.  At Harvard he had been a member of the Slavic Department faculty from 1949 to 1989 and had served as its chair from 1959 to 1974.After receiving an M.A. in Russian at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1942, he was drafted into the army.  His aptitude for languages earned him an assignment to the Counter Intelligence Corps, and ultimately a stint in Italy interviewing Yugoslav refugees while improving his knowledge of Serbian, Croatian, and Slovene.  In 1946 he met the eminent émigré philologist and structural linguist Roman Jakobson, a figure who would have a profound effect on the entire trajectory of his career.  Following a year-long stay in Prague to study Czech, Lunt entered the Ph.D. program at Columbia in the fall of 1947 to study under Jakobson’s supervision.  When Jakobson moved to Harvard in 1949 to join the newly founded Slavic Department, he brought Lunt with him as an assistant professor.  A golden age of Slavic studies was about to commence, and it would be the Harvard Slavic Department, with the addition of a number of distinguished, mostly émigré, scholars to its faculty, that would fundamentally alter the field by training scores of new American Slavists to take up college and university posts across the nation over the next several decades, especially after the launching of Sputnik in 1957.Lunt’s beginnings at Harvard were largely devoted to creating new course materials for teaching the Russian language and Old Church Slavonic (OCS), the oldest written form of Slavic, whose mastery is vital for Slavic studies.  His efforts resulted in the publication of his Old Church Slavonic Grammar (1955) and his Fundamentals of Russian (1957).  Old Church Slavonic Grammar, now in its seventh revised edition (2001), remains one of the best OCS grammars in any language because of its comprehensive coverage, its clarity of explanation, and its rich exemplification.Lunt’s meticulous attention to detail was nowhere more evident than in his signature course, “Old Church Slavonic,” typically taken by first-year graduate students.  Unlike many instructors who introduced a few Gospel selections at the end of the term, Lunt presented a brief overview of the grammar and then immediately plunged students into the reading and analysis of the texts themselves.  It was a baptism of fire that was both intimidating and salutary, eliciting strongly positive reactions from both linguistic and literature students, who viewed Lunt’s OCS class as one of the most intensive, well organized, and analytically stimulating courses they had ever taken.Developing an earlier interest in the newly official Macedonian language of Yugoslavia, Lunt produced A Grammar of the Macedonian Literary Language in 1952, the first such work in English.  The grammar sparked the ire of Bulgarian nationalists, who viewed Macedonian as a western dialect of Bulgarian.  A Bulgarian newspaper that denounced Yugoslav language policies and sharply criticized all attempts to establish a standard Macedonian language stated that “the hapless Yugoslavs were obliged to import a spy to create the language for them.  We need no help from any Horace Lunts!”  “Luntism” was designated an anti-Bulgarian scourge.  Lunt later recalled “feeling flattered at the powers attributed to me, and rather pleased at the notion of a political heresy named after me.” The Greeks, on the contrary, were outraged that the name Macedonian could be assigned to a non-Greek tongue and its people.  Both disputes rage on to this day.  Lunt refused to remain silent on such matters, readily dismantling the flimsy arguments of those manipulating linguistic and historical facts to stifle the cultural, political, and linguistic authenticity of minority ethnic groups.In September 1973, Omeljan Pritsak, the Director of the newly founded Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard, suggested convening a weekly seminar to discuss Lunt’s ongoing translation of the Primary Chronicle, the most important source for the early history of the East Slavs. Lunt would pre-circulate several pages of translation, which would be evaluated on the basis of the most recent edition published in 1950 by the doyen of Soviet medievalists, Dmitrii Likhachev.  The seminar met faithfully every week for six straight years and was attended by the major figures of Slavic medieval studies at Harvard: Ihor Ševčenko (Byzantine studies), Edward Keenan (East Slavic history), Pritsak (Turkic studies and East European history and geography), and Lunt.  A single sentence, phrase, or even word could ignite an arcane interchange of expert opinion with the result that often no more than a half page of Lunt’s translation would be covered in a session, though only the occasional tweaks were recommended in the end.  Lunt served as senior consultant for a new reconstruction of the Primary Chronicle that appeared in 2003.  Weeks before his death, he gave final approval to the text of his nearly four-decades-long translation project, now slated for publication by the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute.Lunt was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 1954 and received a tenured full professorship in 1960, the same year he was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.  In 1973 he succeeded Roman Jakobson as the Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, an ironic reconnection to the very mentor who had advised him to steer clear of Russian as a field of concentration.  He is survived by Sally Herman Lunt, his wife of forty-seven years, daughters Elizabeth Gray Lunt and Catherine Lunt Greer, son-in-law David S. Friedman, and five grandchildren.Respectfully submitted,Patricia Rowe ChaputMorris Halle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Edward L. KeenanMichael S. Flier, Chairlast_img read more

What’s next for graduates?

first_img Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 students It’s a question that almost every college student fields — sometimes repeatedly: “What will you do after you graduate?”For Harvard College students — especially the seniors — it’s been a main topic. They hear it from their parents seemingly every time they speak, from relatives during the holidays, and even casually from friends. That can be a touchy subject, especially when there’s no ready answer.Still, after four years of study, it’s a valid question, and the days of decision are here. So, the Gazette talked with some graduating seniors about their post-Commencement plans. Here are their answers.Allison Wiggins,Wiggins is heading home to Methuen for a month before moving to New York City, where she’ll work as an investment analyst at J.P. Morgan.“I’ll support what they call an investment specialist,” said Wiggins, who lived in Kirkland House and concentrated in statistics.She interned at the company last summer and recently accepted a full-time offer. “I’m feeling good,” she said. “I think last summer prepared me really well. I think it will be a big adjustment moving to the city, especially because I grew up here and went to school here.”But it’s not enough to hold her back. “My hope is that I really like it and can continue on that path,” she said.But if it turns out it’s not what she wants, Wiggins has the confidence to pivot. “I’ll be in a big city where I can network and find other [roles],” she said. “There’s continually open doors.”,Allison Yan,Yan, who lives in Quincy House and concentrated in molecular and cellular biology, is on the premed track. Although she’ll be studying medical anthropology at Oxford University for a year, she’s already thinking about her ultimate goal: becoming a doctor.“I’m really hoping that having my science education will contribute to the way I approach medicine in the future,” said Yan, who’s from Cincinnati. She hopes to pair what she learns at Oxford with a more humanistic approach, she said. “I think anthropology and the social sciences really help you see another side, like what are the social factors that contribute to someone’s illness.”She’s a little anxious about moving, since she has never lived outside the U.S., but her excitement overrides any stress. “I’m just going to treat it as my yearlong study abroad — a postgrad study abroad!”,Jacob Link,Link is hitting the road in a car that’s older than he is.The Lowell House history concentrator is taking off for Madison, Wisc., in a 1993 Suzuki Sidekick. His family bought the car “for about a grand” to use for motorsports before Link made it his college car, and now it needs to return to its original mandate. Since he had to make the 17-hour, 1,100-plus-mile drive anyway, he decided to make it fun by turning it into a road trip with a few close friends, including his roommates. “It’s an unexpected destination, for sure, but I think it’ll be a nice little adventure for everyone,” he said. “We are all praying [the car] makes it.”Afterward, he plans to go home to Hereford, Texas, to ponder his next move. He hopes to hear back about some of the editorial positions he’s applied to in New York City and Washington, D.C. If he doesn’t, he will work on a political campaign before applying to law schools. Once he gets in, he said, he’ll “figure out the world from there.”,Janae StricklandStrickland is beaming with that feeling of accomplishment familiar to new graduates.“It feels great,” said Strickland, from Eliot House. “I’m super grateful for the [Harvard] experience and the friends that I’ve met. I’m feeling positive about leaving because of that. I’m excited. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to graduate.”She will leave for New York City, where she’ll be working for Tenth Avenue, a private equity and real estate investment company. Strickland interned there last year and will be helping with the private equity side when she starts in the fall. She is hoping to build her experience before achieving her ultimate goal.“I want to go back home,” Strickland said. “I want to go back to Detroit at some point.” One issue she wants to work on is affordable housing, which has been continually declining in Detroit and is showing signs of getting worse for those who need it most.Strickland wants to couple the skills she’s learned at Harvard, where she concentrated in sociology, with the knowledge she’ll gain at Tenth Avenue to help improve her struggling hometown. The move will most likely see her jumping from the private sector into nonprofits. “There are a lot of really cool organizations right now in Detroit that I would like to go back home to and plug in with.”,Noah Fanous,Fanous doesn’t have anything lined up, but he’s perfectly all right with that. In fact, he is at peace with it, he said, because he’s going home to Tyler, Texas, for the summer.“It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to spend that much time at home,” Fanous said. The Adams House resident who concentrated in human evolutionary biology said he hasn’t spent more than a week or two home each winter and summer break, because he’s always had to leave for trips. “I think orienting myself back at home will be nice.”Fanous credits his friends with helping him cope with stress as he thought about what he was going to do long-term.“I’m feeling really relaxed [now],” he said. “I did a lot of time reflecting with friends. And because no one’s busy, you can do things like this — sit on the grass and talk to friends you haven’t seen in a little bit. … It very much feels like I’m in the present. I’m OK spending a little more time thinking about what I want to do this year.”,Madeline Bernstein, Maetal Haas-Kogan, and Laura Medina,For these three friends from Leverett House, what comes next will be bittersweet since it means parting ways.Bernstein, who’s from Chicago, is heading to the University of California, Berkeley, to study physics in the graduate program there. She is thinking about pursuing physics, which was her concentration, as a lifelong endeavor. “It’s hard to say right now but I would really like to pursue a career in academia, be a professor, and continue doing research in some way,” she said.San Francisco native Haas-Kogan will be staying in the Boston area as a research assistant at the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research at Boston Medical Center. Her line of research will focus on women’s health care and infant mortality. “This will be a good test if this is what I actually want to do with my life,” said Haas-Kogan, who concentrated in the history of science and global health and health policy.Medina, whose family lives in Los Angeles, landed a data-analytics consulting gig for FTI Consulting in Washington, D.C. She is excited about the constant change the job will bring. “It feels like I kind of get to push committing to one thing off by a few more years, [because] every three to six months I’m on a new case doing something entirely different,” said Medina, who concentrated in applied mathematics. “That was actually kind of the charm of consulting. I don’t really know yet [what I want to do], so I’m excited to try a bunch of different sectors and then hopefully from there I will be able to narrow down exactly where I want to end up building my career.”While the three are happy for one another and plan to keep in touch, they know things won’t be the same.“I think we’re definitely all feeling a little sentimental and nostalgic,” Bernstein said.“It’s sad to leave our friends,” Medina added.That’s why they are curious about their classmates’ future plans. “I think that Harvard brings together a really interesting mix of people who have different interests and are off to do cool things,” Haas-Kogan said. Three students tell it like it was (and will be) Gandhi, De Los Santos, and Takjerad to deliver student addresses on Commencement Day center_img ‘Duties of imagination’ are as important as acquiring and sharing knowledge, says orator Eric S. Lander Relatedlast_img read more

Esvagt Names New Chairman

first_imgDanish vessel supplier Esvagt has appointed Jakob Thomasen as Chairman with effect from 1 May, 2018.According to Esvagt, with the offshore wind market on a path of rapid growth and the company’s oil & gas activities recovering fast, Thomasen’s role will be to help the company take the next steps in its development.Besides the new appointment, Thomasen is currently Chairman of the DHI Group and a non-executive director on the Boards of Lundin Petroleum AB and the University of Copenhagen. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Hempel CoaST research center at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).“I am delighted to take this role and am excited by ESVAGT’s growth prospects. The offshore energy market is on an exciting path – offshore wind is growing fast and the oil & gas business is picking up pace after some years of lower activity. I know ESVAGT and its markets well from my past in the offshore business and ESVAGT’s services fit perfectly in my portfolio of safety related activities,” Thomasen said.Thomasen previously worked at A.P. Møller – Maersk, where he was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Oil and a Member of the Maersk Executive Board.At the beginning of the year, 3i Infrastructure completed an EUR 376 million refinancing of Esvagt, which is expected to enable the company to continue its offshore wind services expansion.In conjunction with the refinancing, 3i Infrastructure and its Esvagt co-shareholder, AMP Capital, each invested DKK 175 million further equity (approximately GBP 21 million) into the business.last_img read more

Spurs target Dembele ‘happy at Fulham’

first_imgMoussa Dembele is adamant that he is fully committed to Fulham despite being linked with a move from Craven Cottage.Dembele was quoted in the Belgian media suggesting a transfer to Tottenham, who are reportedly interested in signing him, would be a “step higher.”But the forward, currently on international duty with Belgium, has subsequently moved to insist he is happy playing under Whites boss Martin Jol.AdChoices广告In a statement, Dembele said: “Yes, I was asked about the links with Spurs, and I did respond that I was flattered by interest in me, because it means I am playing well, nothing more.“I am happy at Fulham and I am under contract here. I am making progress under Martin Jol and adding further dimensions to my game, so I’m happy playing here.“I want to assure the manager, the fans and of course the chairman, I am fully committed to the club and that any links with other clubs are nothing but speculation, and something I am not even thinking about at this time.”Dembele, 24, has scored four goals in 35 Premier League appearances since moving to west London from AZ Alkmaar in August 2010.Spurs showed some interest in him earlier this year and have been tipped to table a bid when the transfer window re-opens in January.last_img read more

After a big offseason, Angels bring improved roster to spring training

first_img Angels spring training primer: Starting rotation Angels 2018 spring training primer: Infield Angels 2018 spring training primer: Catchers Angels 2018 spring training primer: Outfield Related Articles Which leads to the most pressing of the questions the Angels will face this spring …HOW WILL THEY HANDLE OHTANI?Eppler traveled to Japan last month to talk to the people who worked most closely with Ohtani, all to try to get a better idea of the kind of workload he can handle to pull off this two-way feat. So far, the Angels have not publicly explained the logistics of Ohtani’s schedule, but the answers will begin to emerge in Arizona.The Angels are expected to use Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation, and have him in the lineup as the designated hitter two or three of the days in between starts. All of that, however, is subject to change.“We’ll be able to lay out a framework, but we’re going to rely on his input and some of the objective data we take,” Eppler said. “One of the things I’m going to ask of our staff, the coaching staff and player performance staff, everyone who will be involved in the day-to-day operation, is that everyone remains flexible. That’s going to be a key ingredient.”In the meantime, even the smallest minutiae of Ohtani’s daily routine will be closely watched, by the Angels and an international media throng.HOW IS ALBERT PUJOLS?Part of the equation of getting Ohtani into the lineup as the designated hitter is having Pujols healthy and strong enough to play first base.He played just 34 games in the field the last two years, as he struggled with a variety of lower-body issues. After having surgeries on his feet each of the previous two winters, this winter Pujols was surgery-free. He worked without limitations, resulting in what Eppler said is a noticeable difference.“I’m not going to put a number on (the weight loss); you’ll see it when you see it,” he said. “You’ll notice. You can tell he’s a guy that did not spend a winter in a boot.”Beyond simply having Pujols healthy enough to play first, the Angels obviously would like to see him improve his production at the plate. Last year was the least productive of his career, with his OPS dropping to .672. He still drove in 101 runs, partly because of good situational hitting and partly because Trout provided him plenty of opportunities with runners on base.HOW HEALTHY ARE THE STARTERS?Injuries to the starting rotation have scuttled each of the Angels’ last two seasons. Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and JC Ramirez all spent time on the disabled list last year.As they head to camp now, only Ramirez is questionable, and they are optimistic about him. Ramirez, who underwent stem-cell therapy to heal a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in September, is fully cleared and throwing off a mound. The Angels won’t be sure he’s past the issue until he gets into game situations.Including Ohtani, Parker Bridwell and prospect Jaime Barria, the Angels have nine pitchers they believe can start in 2018.The race for the five or six spots to start the season will be worth watching all spring. Of course, the rotation figures to change throughout the year, so this will be an ongoing discussion.HOW WILL THE BULLPEN LOOK?One of the reasons the Angels stayed afloat last year, despite the rotation injuries, was that the mix-and-match bullpen performed exceptionally, for most of the season.Two of the best relievers from last year – Yusmeiro Petit and Bud Norris – departed as free agents. The Angels still have Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian and they added Jim Johnson. All three have varying levels of closer experience.Righties Keynan Middleton, Blake Wood, Noe Ramirez, Eduardo Paredes, Felix Peña, Dayan Diaz and Luke Bard (a Rule 5 pick) and lefties Jose Alvarez and Ian Krol all have a chance to make the opening day bullpen.WILL THEY ADD ANYONE ELSE?This winter’s unusually slow free agent market leaves plenty of players still available. Most notably, starters like Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb and relievers like Greg Holland and Tony Watson could all conceivably fit the Angels’ roster and budget.If Eppler has a serious eye on any of them, he isn’t saying.“We feel very good about the club we have right now,” Eppler said. “We feel prepared to head into the season. If there are additions along the way, we’re obviously open minded to it, but we feel good with our club.” Still, when the Angels hit the field for their first workout on Wednesday, they will do so as, arguably, the team that improved the most over the winter.In an offseason in which the lack of activity on the free agent market was notable enough to prompt a war of words between the player’s association and the commissioner, the Angels spent almost $180 million on upgrades.Days after the World Series, the Angels agreed to a five-year, $106 million extension with Justin Upton, who could have opted out of his deal to become a free agent. A legitimate middle-of-the-order bat to hit behind Mike Trout, Upton fills what has been a black hole in left field.In December, the Angels remade half their infield with a trade for Ian Kinsler, who will make $11 million in 2018, and the signing of Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38-million deal. With Kinsler at second and Cozart at third, sandwiched around Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons, the Angels are hoping to have one of the best defensive infields in the majors.But their biggest acquisition of the winter was for a player who will make the major league minimum in 2018: Shohei Ohtani. The Angels spent $20 million on the posting fee and $2.315 million on Ohtani’s signing bonus, winning the services of one of the most talented and intriguing players to ever come to the majors. The 23-year-old Japanese phenom is going to get a chance to be a starting pitcher and a designated hitter, an unprecedented combination in modern baseball. Angels offseason roster moves: who’s new and who’s gone? center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels are about to emerge from a winter in which they were clearly one of the sport’s biggest “winners.”Don’t tell that to Billy Eppler.“I sit back and look at what we want to accomplish and try to stay focused on the process, and not get too wrapped up in anything else,” the Angels general manager said. “We’re in the division with the reigning world champs. They’re the best team in baseball, and we’re going to play them a lot.”The Houston Astros, fresh off a victory over the Dodgers in the World Series, certainly present a daunting challenge for the Angels in the American League West. After finishing 21 games behind the Astros last season, the Angels face a hole deep enough that Eppler doesn’t get carried away with concepts like “winning the offseason.” Angels 2018 spring training primer: Bullpen Shohei Ohtani: Who is the Angels’ new guy? Will Shohei Ohtani’s success in Japan continue with Angels? Former teammates, Japanese baseball officials think so Angels key spring training dates last_img read more