Indonesia, WHO confirm 2 girls died of avian flu

first_imgApr 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The H5N1 avian influenza virus caused the deaths of two Indonesian girls, one late last month and the other dating back to July 2005, authorities said today.A 20-month-old girl from Kapuk, West Jakarta, who died on Mar 23, suffered from a fatal H5N1 infection, bringing to 30 the number of human cases of the illness in Indonesia. Twenty-three of those people died of the disease.The World Health Organization (WHO) announced confirmation of the toddler’s infection today. The agency said investigation has shown that chickens near her home were dying about a week before she got sick. Although chicken deaths are ongoing in her Kapuk neighborhood, authorities have not yet identified the cause, WHO added.Observation and testing of the girl’s contacts are under way, WHO said. Although initial tests have been negative, follow-up continues.In addition, an 8-year-old girl who died last July has finally been confirmed as a victim of H5N1, an Indonesian health ministry official told Reuters news service today. (Some earlier reports had listed her age as 9.)News reports from Indonesia in July said the girl had tested positive for the virus locally. The government had had problems obtaining blood samples for testing at the WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong, the Reuters report said today. Indonesian authorities received the new test result yesterday, according to Reuters.The girl was part of a suspected family cluster of the first human H5N1 illnesses in Indonesia: her father, 38, and sister, 1, also died in July. Her father tested positive for the H5N1 virus, but the sister wasn’t tested, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report today.“Some experts believe the lack of proper testing facilities in Indonesia is hampering the fight against the disease,” the story said, without giving names or other details.The story added that WHO has confirmed 8-year-old’s case as well, although WHO has not yet posted the information online. Assuming it is confirmed, the case will raise Indonesia’s death toll to 24 fatalities in 31 cases and increase the WHO’s global count to 109 deaths out of 192 cases.In other news, China appears to be acceding to international requests to share more information on avian flu. The nation will provide samples from four human patients to the WHO, said Wang Yu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported by Xinhua, the government’s news service.Xinhua said China forwarded two samples to WHO last December as well. Still, the sharing of samples is far from complete, given that China has reported 16 H5N1 cases with 11 deaths.Recent human cases in Guangzhou and Shanghai have challenged Chinese authorities’ supposition that cases in rural areas are the result of the healthcare system and health conditions, Wang said in the Xinhua story. The urban cases show the virus can still infect people in places where the healthcare system is more advanced and hospital access is better.“Although there’s no evidence that the two patients had clear exposure to dead poultry, it doesn’t mean there’s no virus in poultry in the city environment,” added Wenqing Zhang of the WHO’s global flu program.See also: WHO situation update today on avian influenza in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_04/en/index.htmlJul 20, 2005, CIDRAP News story on family cluster in Indonesiahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/july2005indo.htmllast_img read more

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Docklands growth dominates strategy

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Amazing home reno: Grand Queenslander totally transformed

first_imgMatt Ganter at the house he has renovated in Enoggera. Picture: Peter Wallis.FOR two years, Matt Ganter’s kitchen consisted of two gas cookers and a microwave.But the kitchen designer did not dare tell his clients that.“Quite often, when I’d sit down with people over the dining table or benchtop and design their kitchens, they’d say to me; ‘I can’t imagine what your kitchen looks like — it must be amazing!’” Mr Ganter said.As someone who designs the most important room in the house for a living, it’s not surprising a lot of time and effort went into the kitchen in the Brisbane house he has just finished renovating.The front of the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before the renovation. Pic supplied.The front of the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.The room is one of the most dramatic transformations in the grand Queenslander that is four times bigger than the original house Mr Ganter bought at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera.“It’s an extensive renovation,” Mr Ganter said.“I only finished it in the last few days and every conceivable thing was done to this house.”The original property was built in the 1920s and, from what Mr Ganter could see, had not been touched since.“That made it really easy for me,” he said.“I didn’t want to walk in to a house that someone had tinkered with.”The kitchen in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.The kitchen in the house before the renovation. Pic supplied.The kitchen in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.The kitchen in the house after it was renovated.Mr Ganter recalls it being the last house he inspected when he was looking for his next renovation project in 2012.“Immediately when I drove up, I saw it was across the road from a park and on a big block, which was an absolute prerequisite,” he said.“More importantly than anything else, it was a blank canvas, and that allowed me to obviously have great scope with what I could do with the property.”The bathroom in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before the renovation. Pic supplied.One of the bathrooms in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after the renovation. Pic supplied.Another bathroom at the house after it was renovated.And so began a journey that would keep Mr Ganter busy for the next six-and-a-half years.Stage one of the renovation involved raising the house, changing the configuration by moving a few walls and installing some new ones, and then renovating the existing footprint.That took about three months and resulted in two bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.“The plan of attack was that I had a certain amount of money to go towards stage one to make it sufficient to move into,” Mr Ganter said.There was no kitchen or laundry in that section of the house, as they were in the sleep-out, so Mr Ganter had to be resourceful.The backyard of the property at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.The backyard at the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after it was renovated.The second stage involved building an extension on to the back of the house, tearing down some more existing walls, installing a new kitchen with a butler’s pantry, creating a new dining area and adding on a deck.“From a kitchen perspective, I wasn’t held by the constraints a lot of people have when renovating,” Mr Ganter said.“I put the walls where I needed them to be to suit the kitchen footprint I had planned.“If it’s a house more than 20 or 30 years old, nine out of 10 of the kitchens are going to be too small for our modern needs.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe third stage of the renovation involved building in downstairs.This involved creating a double-car garage, three bedrooms, a bathroom, a rumpus room and a kitchenette and laundry.Inside the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, before it was renovated.One of the bedrooms in the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera, after it was renovated.In terms of aesthetics, Mr Ganter said the house “definitely has a Hamptons feel to it” through the furnishings and style of the kitchen, while keeping in character with the original property.“It looks like a Queenslander, and one of the things that was really important to me, was that I wanted to do justice to the original house,” he said.“Once completed, I wanted to be able to walk through the house and not see where an extension had been done.”Some of the original features Mr Ganter was careful to replicate and maintain included the exposed rafters and ballustrading at the front of the house, and the hoop pine flooring, which took him eight phone calls to find.“The other significant feature is the crisscross panelled ceiling,” Mr Ganter said.“We copied that ceiling and replicated it in the extension.“Luckily I had a cabinet maker who said he’d do it for me!”The pool being installed during the renovation.The travertine pool after it was completed.The landscaped back yard makes the most of the 797 sqm block and features a unique, silver travertine pool.“The concept of the pool came to me over 20 years,” Mr Ganter said.Mr Ganter designed the house and did a lot of the work himself, and, being in the industry, knew many of the tradespeople he recruited to help him.This was Mr Ganter’s fourth house renovation and he’s already keen to move on to his next project.“I’ll find another house and do the same thing,” he said.“You definitely have to have a passion for it and it’s hard to commit to every weekend.“Do I do something social or spend another six hours on the house? That’s been my life for well over six years.”The deck that was added on to the house at 22 Gizeh St, Enoggera.But he does not regret it.“One of the benefits of taking time to do a renovation is that before you get to the next step, you have a lot of time to think about what you’re going to do,” he said.“It doesn’t eliminate mistakes, but it minimises the amount that you make.”The five-bedroom, three-bathroom property is being marketed by Ray White – Ashgrove and is scheduled for auction at 10am on February 9, 2019.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: 6.5 yearsTotal spend: Over $500,000End valuation: Going to auction so cannot give a price guide.last_img read more

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Senior met officer urges public to support national cleanup weekend

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews Senior met officer urges public to support national cleanup weekend by: – June 17, 2011 Share Senior Met Officer and Chairperson of the National Disaster Public Awareness Committee Cheryl Ettienne-Leblanc is calling on the general public to come out in full support of a cleanup campaign announced by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit next week.The National cleanup weekend is expected to better prepare Dominica to withstand the damages caused by a hurricane.Government has identified resources at the disposal of councils and other agencies to deal with natural disasters on the island.Mrs. Leblanc says a series of educational programs have been planned ahead of June 24th to 27th.Leblanc is also calling on media houses and other stakeholders to play their part in helping to promote the activities.It is predicted that there will be an above average hurricane season with 12-18 named storms.The long range prediction is that there could be as many as ten major hurricanes.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has declared the weekend of June 24th to 27th to deal with natural disasters.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Duterte orders total BuCor revamp

first_img“He wants to stop the corruption in theBuCor,” Panelo said. “The revamp will involve the removal of BuCor officialsand employees and transfer of jail guards based in the provinces to thebureau.” MANILA – Following the controversy of the goodconduct time allowance (GCTA) law, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a totalrevamp at the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidDuterte issued the directive following the early release of thousands ofheinous crime convicts and other anomalies. According to the BuCor, at least 22,049 personsdeprived of liberty were released from 2014 to 2019 through GCTA, with 1,914 ofthem convicted of heinous crimes such as murder and rape./PN Following the controversy of the good conduct time allowance law, President Rodrigo Duterte orders a total revamp at the Bureau of Corrections. BUCOR.GOV.PHcenter_img BuCor has been at the center of controversyconcerning the release of prisoners, particularly those convicted of heinous crimesdue to GCTA. The GCTA, which was expanded under a 2013 law,came under fire following reports that it could benefit Antonio Sanchez, aformer mayor of Calauan, Laguna convicted in 1990’s rape-murder case. Duterte recently fired BuCor’s former directorgeneral Nicanor Faeldon and appointed Gerald Bantag as replacement.last_img read more

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Reds decide against Suarez appeal

first_img The Liverpool striker had been given two days to decide whether to appeal after the incident during the 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday but has not done so. It means the Uruguay international will miss Liverpool’s last four games of this season and the first six domestic games of next season – potentially leaving him sidelined until October. Suarez released a statement in which he said he elected not to appeal because he realised his behaviour was unacceptable. He said: “I am truly very sorry about the incident with Branislav Ivanovic. I hope that all the people who I have offended at Anfield last Sunday will grant me forgiveness.” Suarez’s statement added: “I know that all the things that are happening to me in England will help me improve my conduct on the field. Right now I just want to focus on becoming a better footballer on and off the field. “I would like to explain to everybody that I decided to accept the ban because whilst 10 games is clearly greater than those bans given in past cases where players have actually been seriously hurt, I acknowledge that my actions were not acceptable on the football pitch so I do not want to give the wrong impression to people by making an appeal. “I really want to learn from what has happened in the last two and a half years, many things have been said and written about me, I just tried to do my best on the field. I hope to come back early to play.” Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre stressed Suarez himself had made the decision not to appeal, saying: “The charges against Luis were his to consider and we have to respect his decision to not appeal the 10-game ban. We are all disappointed at the severity of the punishment and in particular the differing standards that have been applied across various previous incidents. “Luis is an important member of our team and nothing has changed in that regard. We are committed to helping him improve his conduct and he will be given our full support. We look forward to him returning to the team next season when he is available for selection.” Reds boss Brendan Rodgers acknowledged Suarez’s absence will be felt, adding: “We can’t hide our disappointment at the outcome of this situation, but we have to move on and support Luis in his decision. Luis has made a huge contribution to the squad this season and we respect his decision to accept the ban. “He will be missed for the remainder of this season and the early part of next, but we will have the opportunity to welcome a better person and player when he returns.” Luis Suarez has accepted his 10-match ban imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, the Football Association has announced.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri hails Leicester’s spirit and character after comeback win

first_img “My players were fantastic – fantastic spirit and character,” said the affable Italian. “At 2-0 I look at my players and they still believe it is possible. That is the spirit I love. The players believed in something good as a group and that is what I want. “You can lose, of course, but it is important to fight until the end of the match. This victory is important to restart well after the break and to get three points is fantastic.” Labelled ‘the Tinkerman’ from his previous spell in England with Chelsea a decade ago, Ranieri’s return has actually been notable for his lack of changes. Sunday was the first time he had swapped more than one player from the previous starting line-up, as Gokhan Inler was handed his full Barclays Premier League debut in place of Andy King and Shinji Okazaki replaced Ngolo Kante. But it was his changes during the game that helped swing things back Leicester’s way, introducing Dyer at half-time and moving Riyad Mahrez into a more central role before bringing on Leonardo Ulloa and Kante immediately after Villa went 2-0 ahead. The 63-year-old received a lot of credit for the changes he made but he was quick to deflect the praise back on to his players. “I saw that the team wanted something different, to keep the spirit going,” he said. Press Association The Foxes looked like losing their unbeaten start to the season after a couple of wonderful curling efforts from Jack Grealish, his first goal for Villa, and Carles Gil put the visitors firmly in the driving seat with less than half an hour to go. But goals from Ritchie De Laet, whose effort was given with the aid of goal-line technology, Jamie Vardy and substitute Nathan Dyer, making his debut following his loan arrival from Swansea during the international break, saw Ranieri’s men snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Claudio Ranieri hailed the spirit and character of his players after seeing Leicester stage a remarkable comeback to defeat Midlands rivals Aston Villa 3-2. “It gave motivation to the team and it was good. I told the players they were keeping the ball better than us but if we played together we could do something good, and the players did it – they did it all. “I have a lot of experience but I said to the players that this group is fantastic and we must play this way every match because we are in this way.” All those months spent last season towards the foot of the table now seem like a distant memory with Leicester up to second after this victory. However, once again maintaining the club’s top-flight status remains the aim for Ranieri. “I talk to the players and say we have 11 points – we need another 29,” he added. “I don’t know when we will achieve this, which month, but the sooner the better it is possible. This is our goal only at the moment. “I don’t think about what we can do, I just want the best.” Dyer’s brave late header completed the fightback. The winger remained on the floor for a couple of minutes after clattering into goalkeeper Brad Guzan when heading the 89th-minute clincher, but eventually got to his feet to take the acclaim. And Ranieri reserved some special praise for his latest signing. He said: “It was very brave but every time he received the ball it was good for the team.” For just over and hour it was probably Villa’s best performance of the season but they remain without a league win since the opening day of the season and manager Tim Sherwood could not hide his dejection. “I’ve never felt this bad, ever. Who cares? Who cares if we played well?” he said. “I’m bitterly disappointed for everyone associated with the club because the game is won with around 30 minutes to go. “The game was done, it was finished with us 2-0 up. At this level the game should be dead and buried but unfortunately we’ve made some unforced errors and it has cost us the game. “Individual errors. It has been happening a bit this season but it needs to stop happening. “Those goals for Leicester, they haven’t had to work very hard for them. “The first goal gives them the momentum and unfortunately we couldn’t wrestle it back off them. The only way you can do that is by keeping the ball off them and we just kept giving it back to them. It was not good enough.” last_img read more

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Pratt Is Discus Throw Winner

first_img Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Golden Buck boys placed fifth and the girls sixth as they hosted a pair of outdoor track meets at Carmichael Field on Monday.In the girls’ competition, it was the John Bapst Crusaders placing first with 202 points, followed by Central 89, Hermon 70, Presque Isle 53, Dexter 45, Bucksport 30, Piscataquis 23, Machias 6 and Narraguagus 2.For the Golden Bucks:Britney Eberhardt was fourth in the 100-meter dash in 14.40 seconds and sixth in the 200-meter dash in 31.18.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSam Boothby was sixth in the 400-meter dash in 1:14.55.Nelly Winship was second in the 1,600-meter run in 5:53.99 and fifth in the 800-meter run in 2:43.16.Lisa Tapley was third in the shot put with a throw of 25 feet, 6 inches; fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 4 inches; and fourth in the javelin with a throw of 63 feet, 5 inches.In the boys’ meet, it was Central the winner with 130 points, followed by Presque Isle 114, Hermon 109, John Bapst 63, Bucksport 58, Dexter 44, Piscataquis 28 and Narraguagus 15.Judson Pratt was the lone winner for Bucksport with a throw of 99 feet, 10 inches, in the discus.Also for the Golden Bucks:Eric Davis was second in the 400-meter dash in 55.13 seconds and third in the 200-meter dash in 25.36.Elijah McCarthy was sixth in the 3,200-meter run in 12:11.66.The foursome of Jon Geagan, Liam Pitchford, Andrew DeRedin and Levi Cunningham was fourth in the four-by-100-meter relay in 51.05 seconds.The foursome of Robin Doyle, Geagan, Pitchford and Davis was fourth in the four-by-400-meter relay in 4:12.56.Cunningham also placed sixth in the triple jump at 33 feet, 6 inches.Paul Fitzgerald was second in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 6 inches; second in the javelin with a throw of 138 feet, 3 inches; and third in the discus with a throw of 98 feet, 4 inches.For more sports news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Postscenter_img Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

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Badgers suffer hockey heartbreak

first_imgForward Brooke Ammerman takes a moment to collect herself following Sunday’s loss.[/media-credit]DULUTH, Minn. – You can’t win them all.The Minnesota women’s hockey team defeated Wisconsin 4-2 in the NCAA Division I championship game Sunday afternoon, denying the Badgers their fifth title.The Badgers found themselves trailing early, but fought back to tie the game at two before Minnesota regained control of the game.Minnesota scored its third goal late in the first period off an Emily West penalty shot and relied on tough defense and lock-down goaltending the rest of the way.In the later periods, Wisconsin could not find a way to phase UM goalie Noora Raty. Despite giving up two goals in the first period, Raty recorded 42 saves, making game-saving blocks throughout the afternoon. As the nation’s top defense this season, Raty and the Minnesota defensemen slowed down Patty Kazmaier winner Brianna Decker and the rest of UW’s top forwards.Senior forward Hilary Knight and the Badgers’ put 44 shots on goal – 19 more than the Gophers – but only managed to score twice.Afterward, Knight stressed the importance of not getting frustrated by tough defense and goaltending.“You just have to stay positive,” Knight said. “When you’re working hard the bounces are going to come, at least when you’re in the moment, you think they are and you’re going to capitalize on them.”Despite a disappointing end to another stellar season, Wisconsin players and coaches were proud of the team’s resiliency – especially during the first period comeback.Head coach Mark Johnson liked his team’s effort, but said a few missed opportunities left his team on the losing end.“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Johnson said, who has won four titles with the Badgers.Knight – Wisconsin’s all-time leading goal scorer – did not end her career at Wisconsin the way she had imagined, but she remained proud of her team.“We can walk out of here knowing that we fought valiantly,” Knight said. “And I’m so proud of everyone sitting to the right and left of me in the locker room and just being a part of something so great and so special.”Wisconsin got off to a rough start, giving up two goals early in the first period.Minnesota forward Amanda Kessel opened the game’s scoring. Coming off a center ice faceoff, the speedy sophomore faked out UW goaltender Alex Rigsby before finding the right side of the net.Minnesota continued its hot start thanks to a Sarah Erickson’s deep one-timer goal, further setting the tone for the Gophers play early.The high-paced, intense first period quickly turned in Wisconsin’s favor after it responded with two goals of its own.UW junior defenseman Stefanie McKeough struck first, capitalizing on the Badgers’ first power play of the game. McKeough scored on a deep wrist shot with just two seconds remaining on the power play.Less than two minutes later, UW forward Brooke Ammerman tapped in a short goal off a rebound to even the score at two.But Minnesota again swung the momentum in its favor once and for all after West’s penalty shot goal.The rest of the game featured the tough defense and goaltending of Minnesota. The only other goal of the game came from Erickson once again early in the third period, making a Wisconsin comeback extremely difficult.It is a disappointing end for a Badger squad that ranked No. 1 nationally for all but one week of the year. Wisconsin finished the regular season as WCHA champions as well, but Minnesota earned the season’s most important victory.Despite the disappointment, Knight could not have been more proud of the way Wisconsin played.“Not once in that game did we ever give up, and I think that’s the important thing that we can take away from here,” Knight said. “Again, at the end of the day it is a loss and it hurts, but we had a great season and I’m proud to be a part of such a great group.”last_img read more

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Reports: Dave Roberts to be named LA Dodgers manager

first_imgDave Roberts will be the Dodgers’ next manager, according to multiple reports Sunday night.Roberts was the San Diego Padres’ first base coach from 2011-13 and their bench coach the last two seasons. He has never managed at any level.As an outfielder, Roberts starred at UCLA before playing 10 major league seasons for five different teams from 1999-2008. He broke through as an everyday player after being traded to the Dodgers prior to the 2002 season, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox in July 2004. His stolen base in Game 4 of that year’s American League Championship Series helped the Red Sox win the game and ultimately come back from a 3-0 deficit in the series.Roberts, whose father is African-American and mother is Japanese, would become the first minority manager in Dodgers history. Roberts can expect to face the same high expectations as Mattingly, himself a first-time manager when he succeeded Joe Torre in 2011. The Dodgers enjoyed five winning seasons in Mattingly’s five years, including National League West titles the last three.General manager Farhan Zaidi said last month that he expected the Dodgers to have a younger roster than the group that earned close to $300 million in 2015, a record.Among Roberts’ first tasks: hiring a coaching staff. Wallach is expected to join Mattingly as the bench coach in Miami. Roenicke has been hired as the Angels’ third base coach. Davey Lopes, who was the Dodgers’ first base coach the last five seasons, took the same job with the Washington Nationals. The team has yet to make an official announcement, and Roberts isn’t expected to be introduced Monday. According to several reports Sunday, his contract has yet to be finalized.The Dodgers parted ways with Don Mattingly on Oct. 22. The following week, Mattingly was named manager of the Miami Marlins.Nine candidates reportedly interviewed for the job over the last month: Roberts, farm director Gabe Kapler, third base coach Ron Roenicke, bench coach Tim Wallach, former Padres manager Bud Black, Mets bench coach Bob Geren, former Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and University of Nebraska head coach Darin Erstad.Kapler was considered the early favorite for the job. Only he, Roberts and Black received second interviews. Neither Kapler nor Roberts have experience managing at the major league level, aside from one game in June that Roberts managed on an interim basis.The Dodgers have had nine managers since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 – seven since Tommy Lasorda’s final game in 1996. Roberts would become the 28th manager in the history of a franchise that began in Brooklyn in 1884.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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