LOS ANGELES — A street leading to Dodger Stadium will be named after the team’s longtime play-by-play announcer Vin Scully, who plans to retire after 67 seasons with the Dodgers.• PHOTOS: Dodgers broadcasting legend Vin ScullyThe council voted 12-0 to begin the process for renaming Elysian Park Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way as “Vin Scully Avenue.”“Now we’re going to say, ‘Hey, go up Sunset and make a right on Scully Avenue’ — that’s going to be the new directions to get to Dodger Stadium,” said Councilman Gil Cedillo, who proposed the street name change. Cedillo called Scully “the voice and symbol of baseball, not just for the Dodgers but the entire nation.”“I remember growing up in the city, and I couldn’t always afford to go to the games,” Cedillo said. “We had a little radio, as all young boys and girls did in that time period. While you may not have been able to afford the games, you could turn on the radio, and with that you can see the Dodgers, each and every pitch, each and every play … just amazing storytelling that was unparalleled.”Councilman Paul Krekorian said the recognition “is a few decades overdue.”“I’m so glad Mr. Scully has finally consented to our doing this,” he said. “He’s a man of great humility who has resisted this kind of recognition, but it’s so important that we do so.”Dodger manager Dave Roberts told the council that “on behalf of the players, the organization, we’re deeply honored, as Vin has called many great monumental moments” in Dodger history. Former Dodger stars Orel Hershiser, Maury Wills and others were on hand for the vote, as were several active players.The visit by the Dodger contingent to City Hall is part of their week of service tour in the Los Angeles area, dubbed by the team as the “Dodgers Love L.A. Tour.”The Dodger team tweeted a statement from Scully, who said he was “overwhelmed” by the decision to rename a street after him.“I was raised on the streets of New York and to have a street named after me in Los Angeles is almost too much to comprehend,” he said.“A path to Dodger Stadium is a pathway to my heart. For 55 years, it has been an honor to walk that road to one of the greatest entertainment centers in the world, a place that has brought so much joy to all of us. I thank God for this great honor,” he said.The 88-year-old Bronx-born Scully has announced Dodger games since 1950, when the team played in Brooklyn. He said in August that the 2016 season likely will be his last.Scully has been an announcer longer than anyone else in sports history. A ranking system devised by author Curt Smith for his 2005 book “Voices of the Game” determined that Scully was baseball’s greatest announcer, giving him a perfect score of 100, based on such factors as longevity, language, popularity and persona.When Mayor Eric Garcetti made a similar street-naming proposal in 2013 in response to a viewer question on a public affairs television program, Scully said he would prefer for a street near Dodger Stadium to be renamed after Walter O’Malley, who brought the team to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, or his son Peter, instead of himself.“The mayor of Los Angeles has a great deal more important things to do than name a street after me,” Scully said at the time. “And if he is considering that idea, better the street should be named after Walter or Peter O’Malley than myself.”Peter O’Malley succeeded his father as the team’s chairman of the board upon the elder O’Malley’s death in 1979. The O’Malley family continued to own the Dodgers until their sale to the Fox Group in 1997.In 2013, when Scully announced he would be returning for the 2014 season, Garcetti said that “Vin Scully is more than the voice of the Dodgers.”“L.A. Little Leaguers hear his voice when swinging for the fences and as adults, we hear his voice during those big moments in our lives,” Garcetti said. “Vin Scully transcends L.A.’s ever-changing ‘A List.’ In his seventh decade here, he is an icon to grandparents, parents and our kids and earns new fans with each new child who tunes in to their first Dodgers game.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
D’Angelo Russell impressed Byron Scott in his pre-draft workout to spark comparisons to Magic Johnson and Chris Paul.But Scott remains undecided if Russell will start at point guard for the Lakers’ season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Staples Center. Scott described Russell’s last three practices as “pretty good.” Scott also praised Russell for “playing with more energy and was much more aggressive” after telling him to focus more on defense. So why the indecision?“It’s based on his development,” Scott said. “We have to figure out what’s best for him right now. What’s best for him is what’s best of the team as well.” Bryant waxed nostalgic about facing Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who enters his 21st NBA season.“It brings a smile to my face,” said Bryant, who played against Garnett in the 2008 and 2010 NBA Finals. “I remember about making my decision (to skip college) and speaking on the phone with him about going through his first season.”Bryant also sounded sentimental about former Minnesota executive and coach Flip Saunders recently dying of cancer. “He and I would have a lot of conversations on the sideline. He was extremely animated,” Bryant said of Saunders, who coached him in the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. He’s very passionate about the game and always in good spirits. It was a shock to me. He will be sorely missed.” New investmentBryant partnered with a venture capital firm to close a $15 million investment in The Players’ Tribune. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter founded the company, which allows athletes to provide first-person essays. Bryant called the move “a smart investment” before offering a joke.“If they were doing a vote on the top players in the league, I probably wouldn’t be 93,” Bryant said, referring to ESPN’s player ranking on the Lakers’ star. “They have a higher level of expertise.” Staying afloatThe Lakers will have a float in the 127th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The float will feature a replica of the NBA championship trophy, a large basketball and 16 stars representing the championships the Lakers won. The Lakers will also feature Bryant’s jersey and their nine retired jerseys, including Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy and Jerry West. Injury updateAfter missing Monday’s practice because of soreness in his right hamstring, guard Marcelo Huertas practiced on Tuesday without any restrictions. Scott said he expects Huertas will play in the season opener. Kobe Bryant deferred questions about Russell’s role to Scott. But Bryant did not sound concerned about Russell despite the rookie averaging 6.9 points on only 39.6-percent shooting in eight exhibition games.“He’s been out here shooting for 45 minutes,” Bryant said. “If he continues to stay that course, he will be just fine. My responsibility is to show him the intricacies of the game.” Yet, Bryant conceded his uncertainty whether the Lakers make the playoffs partly because of the team’s young roster. “It all depends on the learning curve,” Bryant said. “Once you get out there and start playing and you have to travel and get on the road and work through the nuances of the schedule, that’s when you really learn.”Memory lane Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
DES MOINES — Iowa faced a shortage of nurses prior to COVID-19 and now there’s fear of a deepening demand for those health care professionals as the pandemic may bring more rapid burnout.Kate Judge, executive director of the American Nurses Foundation, says a new national well-being initiative targets only nurses, of which there are about 60,000 in Iowa. “Even before this pandemic, nurses were under extraordinary stress,” Judge says, “and now we have some tools that are specifically designed for nurses, by nurses, that can help them and they’re all free.”The initiative allows nurses to pick what types of services they may need when they need it, using the website NursingWorld.org. “We have something that allows people to do some writing and journaling, if that’s for them,” Judge says. “We have peer-to-peer where people can call in and talk about all the issues that affect them. What we’re hearing from nurses is, it’s not just talking about what’s happening in their clinical environment. They’re talking about their work, their career, their family, life balance.”There’s one-on-one talk therapy available and even an app that enables nurses to track their moods. Judge says there are more than 48,000 RNs and another 12,000 LPNs with active licenses in Iowa. She says it’s still unclear how coronavirus will impact their numbers.“We’re concerned that the pandemic will decrease the number of nurses wanting to stay in nursing,” Judge says. “They’ve been in a position where their safety has been a concern, their families’ safety has been a concern. We’re also seeing some positive things where people are responding and saying, ‘I want to be on the front lines.’”Prior to the pandemic, a study found burnout among nurses was at an all-time high, with an estimated 63% of nurses exhibiting symptoms including job-induced stress, anxiety and depression. The American Nurses Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, with the mission to “transform the nation’s health through the power of nursing.”
In light of several local banking institutions having expressed concern over the disclosure of confidential information to sections of the local media, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday said that he views the leaks as ‘negative’, not only for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) but the agency involved in the ongoing investigations. Against this backdrop, the Minister stressed that he intends to question the owner of the media house that reported the leaked documents.“I’ll have to ask probably the proprietor of the paper that first had the information, where he got it from [but] of course I’m certain they would say ‘we are confidential with our sources’ but it comes from a variety of sources quite frankly but I have asked SOCU (The Special Organised Crime Unit) and SOCU said they never leaked anything,” Ramjattan expressed.Guyana Times reported that SOCU had denied that it was responsible for the leakage of the sensitive information in sections of the media regarding the alleged “billions” in assets owned by embattled Ministry of the Presidency’s Permanent Secretary (PS) Omar Shariff.Ramjattan related that he is unaware from just where the leaks are emanating. “It is something that is indeed a negative but I must sayOmar ShariffPublic Security Minister Kemraj Ramjattan responds to the “negative” SOCU leaksI don’t know where that leak is coming from,” the Public Security Minister expressed.It was only on Tuesday that Bank of Guyana Governor, Dr Gobin Ganga, told this publication that he was worried over the leaks, pointing out that the divulged information can only serve to bring the entire banking sector into disrepute. Dr Ganga had earlier raised his concerns over the banking community sharing its information with State agencies, such as SOCU.After the Bank of Guyana Governor raised his objections to the disclosures, the Public Security Minister on Wednesday confirmed that some bankers had related to him their concerns over the leaks. He had told this publication that the banking sector will have to understand that notwithstanding the “derailment” with the leakage of confidential information, they are still obligated under the laws of Guyana to turn over requested information. Ramjattan had also pointed out that the denigrating of SOCU can only in the long run serve to undermine its investigations. He cautioned that those attached to SOCU are quite aware that the divulgence of confidential information is in fact a violation of its protocols.Speaking directly to those in the banking sector that have publicly or privately expressed their concerns over the leaked information,SOCU HeadquartersRamjattan had stated: “we will have to address this.”Sections of the media had published the bank account information of Shariff, along with what appears to be a summary of its balances and withdrawals. The published information also pointed to several asset holdings for Shariff, including shares in a number of local organisations, as well as shares owned in two local banks and Banks DIH Limited.Recently, Shariff, who broke his silence in relation to the allegations, had claimed that SOCU was responsible for leaking the confidential information to the media. He was recently sent on leave by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, pending an investigation by SOCU into his financial affairs.