To no one’s surprise, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will induct Kobe Bryant posthumously later this year. Bryant will join Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and six others as part of the 2020 class, but the ceremony will obviously be bittersweet.Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, was understandably emotional when speaking to ESPN’s Rece Davis on Saturday after the Hall of Fame revealed Bryant was part of the star-studded class. “Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles — and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the game. No one deserves it more.”What a journey it’s been. Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Kobe. pic.twitter.com/4tLIttRyaW— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 4, 2020Lakers vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka, who was Bryant’s agent for years before shifting to a front office role, said the induction is an honor that Bryant would “deeply appreciate.””The highest of congratulations to you, dear friend,” Pelinka said. “This one is so well deserved — for all the hard work, sweat and toil. Now, a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats, where your legend and spirit will continue to grow forever.” MORE: Iman Shumpert shares a classic Kobe story”It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him,” Vanessa said alongside her daughter Natalia. “Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. But it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career, and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here.”We’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be a part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.””We’re incredibly proud of him.”Vanessa and Natalia Bryant joined Rece Davis after Kobe’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/HX31pyvgPe— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2020The Lakers superstar spent his entire career in Los Angeles, winning five NBA championships and earning 18 All-Star selections.”No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers governor Jeanie Buss said in a team statement. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched.
Twenty-five youths chosen from various universities and institutions in the country completed a three-week training in solar energy at the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) in Somalia Drive, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 5.The training was conducted by Dr. Richard Komp, an American scientist, and supported by a group of diaspora Liberians.It was intended to impart knowledge of solar energy in the lives of Liberian youths so they can put it into practice in future business enterprises.Speaking exclusively to the Daily Observer at the close of training, Dr. Komp said the training was significant in addressing the problem of global warming and how to minimize the high cost of electricity for poor countries like Liberia.According to him, “Solar panel energy is not just reliable for the environment, but also cheaper. It enables people to save money. Liberia— like other developing countries— needs this energy to move its economy forward; especially for the average citizens.”“We taught the students how to produce cell phone chargers from a special design with Chinese lamps as the charging source, and how to make a module designed to produce 250 watts current for homes,” he disclosed.According to him, the trainees will have the opportunity to interact with more clients, which would enable them to make money.“I see a great market for the use of solar panels in Liberia considering the various solar energy products the students have learnt to produce,” he said.Claudius B. Paye is the project director of the Sustainable Development Project for Liberia (SDPL). He said that their intention is to establish a solar energy company in the country to produce a sufficient amount of products for the public’s use.“The aim of this training is to introduce, for the first time, a solar panel company that would train Liberians to enter the business. We believe this is going to be a great help to our country when it comes to employment opportunities,” he said.He disclosed that the trainees are expected to be deployed in the fifteen counties to introduce the use of solar energy products to rural people.“Our goal is to provide solar energy produced electricity to all parts of Liberia at a reasonable price,” he added.He said the initiative is being supported by the Green Neighbor Education Committee in Boston, U.S.A.The SDPL director has underscored the need for additional support from humanitarian organization to strengthen their capacities.For his part, the coordinator of the project (SDPL), Momo Stevens, stated that they have decided to take on the task of helping to rebuild Liberia.He said they will work harder to ensure that the dream of their organization becomes realize in the country.Patience Roberts, a trainee, said the opportunity to learn more about solar energy would help reduce poverty in the lives of youths who have interest in making it a career.“I truly appreciate a job that is going to help build my technical skills,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani shoots and scores his second goal during their match against Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on August 25 in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Aug 26 – Neymar for once played a more restricted role as Edinson Cavani scored twice and Thiago Motta once in Paris Saint-Germain’s comfortable 3-0 home win over Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Friday.The world’s most expensive player — scorer of three goals in his first two games since his 222 million-euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona — still had a considerable influence, with his pass preceding the foul on Cavani that led to a first-half penalty scored by the Uruguayan. And it was following a Neymar free-kick that Motta netted a rare goal after half-time to make it two before Cavani completed the win at the death as PSG maintained their perfect start to the French season with four wins from four outings.“We have achieved our objective of being top of the table after this game,” said PSG coach Unai Emery.“This match has given us lots of information about how to improve and to help Neymar adapt to the league and the different opponents.“He felt really good in the first two matches. This was different but it will help him learn.”Saint-Etienne had travelled to the Parc des Princes with a perfect record and without having conceded a goal in their opening three games, but while they were well organised defensively they lacked quality at the other end.Neymar was not the only sporting megastar to appear on the pitch at the Parc des Princes as Steph Curry of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors gave the ceremonial kick-off before the match itself got under way.Emery chose to rest Neymar’s Brazil team-mates Dani Alves and Thiago Silva at kick-off while Marco Verratti was suspended following his red card in last Sunday’s Neymar-inspired 6-2 demolition of Toulouse.Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar eyes the ball during their match against Saint-Etienne (ASSE) on August 25 in Paris © AFP / FRANCK FIFEJavier Pastore, who scored a fabulous goal in that game, was one of those to come into the home line-up. The Argentine playmaker’s influence was limited by a Saint-Etienne side playing with a five-man defence, but a controversial penalty decision allowed PSG to make the breakthrough 20 minutes in.Attempting to connect with a deflected Neymar pass, Cavani went down under the slightest of contact from Saidy Janko as he entered the area. A spot-kick was given and the Uruguayan converted his fourth goal in as many league games this season.Alphonse Areola then denied Jonathan Bamba at the other end to ensure PSG held the lead at half-time, before the second goal arrived six minutes after the restart.Neymar whipped in a free-kick and Marquinhos chested the ball back into the path of Motta, who finished for his first league goal since January last year.Angel Di Maria then saw a free-kick come back off the post before Cavani applied a classy finish to a Thomas Meunier cross to make it 3-0 as the clock ticked to the 90th minute.Defending champions Monaco are the only other team in France’s top division still with a 100 percent record, although they face a difficult test at home to Marseille on Sunday evening.Having not featured in either of his side’s last two games amid speculation about his future, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim hinted on Friday that Kylian Mbappe could play a part in that game.Still undefeated Lyon can leapfrog Monaco into second place with a win at Nantes on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)