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first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended gratitude to foreigners including the United States, People’s Republic of China, Nigeria, Norway, Germany and others that rushed to Liberia’s aid during the Ebola crisis that claimed over 3,000 lives.In her annual message to the National Legislature on Monday, President Sirleaf confessed that Liberia’s international partners came to the country’s rescue at the time when all seemed lost as the disease was raging.“We want to pay tribute to our African brothers and sisters, to the countries that stood by us and came to our rescue when everything seemed to be lost.  We want to also express our gratitude to the international community for standing up with us in global solidarity as we faced this deadly disease,” President Sirleaf said.She made special reference to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan and his government for their role played in assisting Liberia despite the threat of Ebola exposed to citizens of that country by a Liberian.When Ebola broke out, Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian, travelled to Nigeria to attend an ECOWAS meeting.  He became ill and was diagnosed with the disease.  He died but not before infecting several of his care givers including a Nigerian doctor who also died.President Sirleaf also acknowledged that Nigeria has helped Liberia professionally and financially. Nigeria is on record for being the first African country to help Liberia by contributing US$500,000 to fight Ebola.  Of late Nigeria contributed over US$1 million and sent scores of health workers to assist on the African Union team.On the largest scale, the President said “The United States took the lead closely followed by the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Cuba amongst others and joined b international development partners such as the European  Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, smaller organizations and individuals.”President Sirleaf also recognized U.S. President Barack Obama for the role played to send thousands of military troops to intervene in the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgAn area at Wisroc, Linden, which was recently affected by a bush fireIn light of the current “dry spell” which is being experienced across the country, the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community has recorded approximately 48 bush fires over the past month. This is according to statistics from the community’s fire department.Information from the department suggests that this is a major increase from previous years.According to information received, some of the fires in the community are caused by the naturally occurring heat in the atmosphere, lit weeds and fires which result from dropped cigarettes.The fire department has since issued warnings to members of the community to desist from lighting bush fires. The issue has also become one of concern for regional officials, who recently highlighted numerous challenges faced by the fire department given the increase in bush fires.At a statutory meeting last week, Councillor Vladimir Glasgow highlighted some of the issues while putting forward a few recommendations.He outlined that recently, the fire department in Linden has faced challenges due to issues such as location, distance, vehicle shortage and firefighting equipment.“We had several fires around the mining town of Linden. I know in Richmond Hill as well we had several fires which also threatened the dish [television station] that we have up there. Some members of the community came out to assist as well because the fire wheel was in Block 22 assisting with another fire that was threatening a building”, he noted.With the fire station being situated on the Mackenzie shore of Linden, Councillor Glasgow pointed out that there is a location which was identified for another station to be set up on the Wismar shore in addition to another location which was identified at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie.The Councillor indicated that there is need for more fire stations in the community as he also made the recommendation for persons in the community to be trained as part-time fire responders.“This would assist greatly because like I said, two days ago there was a lot of bush fires set around the town of Linden based on the weather that we’re experiencing now. So if we can have persons trained we can initiate that, to assist firefighters in these instances,” he explained.The Linden fire station is reportedly equipped with 2 fire tenders, however, regional officials have noted that with the increase in bush fires, response time is being affected. Areas such as Wisroc, Amelia’s Ward, Blueberry Hill and other areas in Linden have seen an increase in bush fires recently, with some threatening destruction of electrical power and telephone lines.According to a Coomacka resident, a fire tender which was sent to the community to put out a bush fire last Friday encountered difficulties upon arrival. By then, the fire had reportedly spread to an area which housed old tyres.“When the fire tender arrived, less than a minute after it stopped at the scene of the fire, the truck just broke down. Nothing ain’t coming on…the fire was extinguished by a few residents with the help of the Chinese company that is inside the village. I think that’s the only working fire tender in the entire region and it’s very embarrassing that something like that happened,” the resident stated.Dysfunctional fire hydrantsAs far back as 2015, regional officials had made calls for fire hydrants in Linden to be made functional again since most are currently dysfunctional, however, the issue has since remained.Councillor Gordon Callender had suggested that officials contact the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Water Incorporated to provide assistance in this regard.He had noted that in numerous instances, the fire hydrants cannot supply water in cases of fire because of their deplorable condition.Councillor Glasgow also alluded to the issue at the recent meeting.“…we spoke a while ago at this same Council about putting back fire hydrants in certain strategic points within communities. That itself can assist the firefighters instead of coming with one truck and having to go back for more water”, he noted.Additionally, Regional Chairman Renis Morian also pointed to challenges faced by fire tenders in accessing some of the locations where the fires occur.“I support you [Councillor Glasgow] as it relates to the fire station. In my area they had three fires”, he noted.As it relates to fire hydrants in the community, he said it is yet to be ascertained which agency’s responsibility it is.“But as it is right now, we write Ministry of Public Infrastructure to talk about fire hydrants, we’ve written Bosai asking for help and we’ll continue to press that issue”, the Regional Chairman said.In the case of homes, he said one of the challenges faced is the location where people choose to build. Morian said the issues will be raised at a security and fire meeting which was slated to be held recently.last_img read more


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first_imgRoberto Martinez has told talkSPORT he expects Everton to finalise deals for ‘three or four’ players in the next few days.The only Toffees arrival so far this summer has been Gareth Barry, the midfielder penning a thee-year contract after a successful loan spell last season.But Martinez has assured supporters a host of signings are imminent.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Spaniard said: “The main priority was to have continuity in what we did last season. We have had a few players signing extensions and we got Gareth Barry becoming a permanent signing, which was huge for us.“In the next couple of days we will have a few players coming in because it was important for me to assess the youngsters.“The youngsters have done terrific and are showing the good work we are doing in the academy at Finch Farm, but there are areas that need to be strengthened and over the next few days we are going to get the three, four players we need just to finalise the squad facing the huge demands with European football ahead of us.”Martinez declined to reveal whether Romelu Lukaku will be one of the new arrivals, but makes no secret of his desire to see the Belgian return to Goodison Park.The powerful young hitman was a huge hit on loan last season, and Chelsea are understood to be ready to let him go.“Rom fits in really, really well at Goodison,” said Martinez. “We created a fantastic bond with the player and the player with the fans and that is something that we would love to extend.“It is difficult to say because he is not our player and I would never be disrespectful in that respect. He enjoyed his time at Everton, he developed as a footballer and we hope the parent club, Chelsea, were very happy with that loan relationship.“Whatever happens in the future, at the moment there is not much we can speak about.”last_img read more


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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – It’s fairly common for City Council meetings to drag on for hours, but the marathon session that started at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 broke some kind of record. It was 2:46 a.m. on March 1 before the council adjourned after listening to nearly three dozen people speak about the city’s hedge ordinance and 20 more comment about other agenda items. “I was just plain old tired,” Burbank Mayor Jef Vander Borght said. “When you get past midnight, I think you’re getting into unreasonableness.” Conscious of the strain that long meetings put on the public – and themselves – City Council members are considering ways to shorten future sessions. Proposals include imposing deadlines for taking public comment cards, allowing comments only on city business, and setting aside a 20-minute block for those who want to talk about neighborhood concerns. “There are people who have made it their livelihood to come to the council and weigh in on every single issue,” Vander Borght said. “At that point their input loses value. The question is, whose time is being wasted?” But some residents say it would be a disservice to Burbank’s residents to limit the public comment period. “The City Council needs to manage their time and their agendas better,” said Carolyn Berlin, a former Planning Board member, who regularly attends council meetings. “Rather than having very, very late meetings, perhaps they should have a special meeting to catch up, rather than cutting the public’s comment time. They need to seriously look at balancing everyone’s needs.” Raphe Sonenshein, a political science professor at California State University, Fullerton, said many cities are struggling to shorten their meetings while still complying with provisions of the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s public meetings law. For example, cities can set rules limiting comment periods and even the tone of comments, Sonenshein said. “In a number of cities, the issue is to make sure that the work of the council gets done in a reasonable amount of time,” said Sonenshein, who has worked with Los Angeles to reform its City Charter, and is now working with Burbank on a similar review. “It’s a real legitimate question. And to a certain degree, you would have to assume that the city can find a way to not overwhelm everybody with the length of the meetings, and that meetings be effective, and that everybody gets to get heard,” he said. “It’s not impossible to do.” Residents get four opportunities to address Burbank’s five-member council, whose members serve part-time: three minutes each on closed-session items; two minutes each on city business; four minutes each on agenda items; and two minutes each near the end of the meeting on city business. “I think we have to manage the time better. I want to avoid wasting people’s time unnecessarily,” Vander Borght said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.comlast_img read more


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first_imgBrentford season ticket holders will be able to buy up to four additional tickets for the League One match against Port Vale for £5 each, the club have announced.Chelsea winger Milan Lalkovic’s loan spell at Walsall has been extended until the end of the season.QPR duo Aaron Lennox and Peter Skapetis have flown to Dubai with the Australia squad ahead of this month’s Asian Cup Under-22 Championships in Oman.Fulham Under-21s’ game away game against Aston Villa, scheduled for next Monday afternoon, has been postponed because the Whites will face Norwich in their FA Cup third round replay the following evening.Hendon have announced that their home game against Wealdstone tonight has been called off following a pitch inspection.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


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first_img“Cricket South Africa is proud and honoured to have somebody of the calibre of Graeme Pollock in the ICC Hall of Fame – an achievement he so richly deserves.” Graeme Pollock became the 55th player to be inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame on the opening day of the first test between South Africa and Australia at Liberty Life Wanderers on Thursday. His record against Australia was especially impressive. He scored his highest test score of 274 – which was the South African record for 29 years – against the Australians in Durban, and he tallied 1 453 runs against them in 14 tests. Pollock ended his short career with 2 256 test runs at an average of 60.97, which is second only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman in the history of test cricket. “It’s not restricted to one date or one event in the year. Everywhere we go across the world people are sharing in the festivities. It’s been fascinating to see how we’ve taken the players across the world, how people have put this initiative into place. We have everyone from kids to elders all getting involved. It’s wonderful,” said Lorgat. Record setterPollock holds the record as the youngest South African player to score a test century at the age of 19, and he was also the fastest South African to reach 2 000 test runs. The induction of players into the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame is part of the body’s Catch the Spirit campaign, which celebrates 100 years of the ICC’s existence. Pollock is only the second South African to be included in the Hall. Barry Richards was the first. “I’m absolutely thrilled for him, few more cricketers deserve such recognition,” he said. “It’s a special moment for me,” said Pollock. “It’s a great incentive for cricketers to aim for, but from my side, to be in the first 55 to be inducted has been fantastic. One of the themes of the Catch the Spirit celebrations is to recognise the spirit, sportsmanship and the courtesy in which the game is played around the world, and Pollock admits that the game has changed since his playing days. Source: Cricket South Africa President of Cricket South Africa, Dr Mtutuzeli Nyoka said: “Cricket South Africa is very grateful to the International Cricket Council for inducting one of our favourite and famous sons, Graeme Pollock, into its Hall of Fame. 27 February 2009 The Catch the Spirit CampaignTalking about the Catch the Spirit Campaign, ICC CEO, Haroon Lorgat said they encompass all aspects of the sport, as well as how the game has developed in the past 100 years. “I didn’t get to play against a lot of the West Indian, Pakistan and Indian players but it’s an honour to be among them and the many more that I have looked up to and respected,” he added. ‘The very highest level of batsmanship’“Graeme Pollock reached the very highest level of batsmanship when he was active. But one of his greatest assets was that although he played it hard, he also played it fair. It is players like Graeme Pollock who proved that you can get to the top and stay there without going beyond the boundaries of the spirit of the game. CEO of Cricket South Africa Gerald Majola believes Pollock, who was voted South Africa’s Cricketer of the Twentieth Century, represents all that the Catch the Spirit campaign stands for. ‘A colossus’“As a player, Graeme strode the cricketing stage like a colossus and it is a fitting tribute to him that he has now been inducted into the ICC’s Hall of Fame. It is through the deeds of the likes of great former players like Graeme Pollock that has helped immensely in taking South African cricket to the top of the international ratings decades later. Respected cricket commentator and former England international Robin Jackman said it was a pity that Pollock’s international career was cut short. “That 274 was a special moment in my career, that was one of the few times I batted with Barry (Richards) and that day in Durban stands out for me in my career.” “We will not forget this contribution, and being in the Hall of Fame will ensure that history will record Graeme’s proper place in the annals of world cricket.” “The game has become more professional because there is more at stake. It’s gotten harder and tighter. As a cricketer you have to respect the rules and the human being; people make mistakes. We have seen how the game has progressed with the referral system but the best system has to be in place when there is a great deal involved,” he reckoned. He explained: “If you think about it, Catch the Spirit is everything about cricket. Everybody is excited. They’re into the sport and sharing in the celebrations of the centenary of the ICC. “Graeme was a special cricketer and it’s a pity the world didn’t get to see more of him on the international front.” “I enjoy Australian cricket,” said Pollock. “They play cricket the right way. They’re positive and aggressive, which is what I admire about them. last_img read more


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first_imgFrom The Man in the High Castle to Happy!, cinematographer Gonzalo Amat shares the who, what, and why behind the production’s creative choices.The Man in the High Castle. Photo by Liane-Hentscher (© Amazon-Studios).PremiumBeat: The Man in the High Castle treads the line between history and fantasy. How did a revisionist view of world events affect the choices you made in lighting, composition, and the desaturated color palette?Gonzalo Amat: It determined those choices one-hundred percent. We were constantly trying to convey the bleakness of an authoritarian world through all those visual choices. As the seasons progressed, we played more with counterpoint, where within the same palette, we made it more of a classic Norman Rockwell world. Sometimes, this would relate to the audience as seeing a version of their ideal past, but with our alternate history.PB: The show debuted prior to the 2016 U.S. election. You could say, thematically, what’s being explored are the values of a fascist society. Has the current political climate affected the creative choices you’ve made behind the lens?GA: As the current political climate has evolved, it has made the show more relevant, and there has been more responsibility behind the choices and how we convey the world in the series. Our deep story has always been about hope and human nature seeking freedom, so those themes gained a lot of strength with all the emerging authoritarian regimes and extreme politics around the world. I would say that the present situation has shaped the visuals of this project, as we see images of victims of these political landscapes that end up affecting how we see the world. On a personal level, I have used those images to try to echo the current situation to the visuals in our story in The Man in the High Castle.The Man in the High Castle. Photo by Liane-Hentscher (© Amazon-Studios).PB: You’re nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (one hour) and an ASC Award for the episode “Jahr Null.” What do you think it was about that particular episode that inspired the nominations?GA: I think it might have to do with the variety of atmospheres that we were able to play with, from a simple scene with two characters saying goodbye because they can’t be together (which was emotional), all the way to a depiction of a dimension travel portal, and how we visualized it through light. I think maybe that range of visual storytelling was, in part, what earned it nominations. From the original script, I knew it would be a great episode because of the variety and the strong emotional content, which is always great to illustrate visually. I also think it’s because on the main set piece of the episode, the audience has been waiting to see what this travel is, and through those scenes we were able to convey something that matched their expectations.Happy! Photo by Syfy (© 2017 Syfy Media LLC).PB: Happy! is a delirious, quirky, noirish action comedy. How did you approach shooting something so totally unique and outrageous?GA: On Happy!, there was the original graphic novel to work off of. So, in a way, there was some guide of what the basic visuals were. But Brian Taylor and Grant Morrison, who wrote the book, wanted to experiment with a lot more color and grittiness than the original novel, so that was the base for our visuals. From there, we looked at a lot of classic night New York movies. With me being from there and frequently exploring the night with my stills camera, it felt very familiar, immediately. Then, there is the delirious element (like you mentioned), which was a lot of fun to illustrate the main character’s state of mind, almost hallucinatory, when Happy! appears.Then, through a mix of gritty realism, and some hyper-stylized camera movement and lighting, the final look emerged. It was fun to experiment with a different style, even though the main concept of both was being visually expressionistic.Carrie Pilby (via The Orchard).PB: Susan Johnson directed the indie comedy, Carrie Pilby. The film was written by Kara Holden and Caren Lissner and produced by a majority of women. That’s pretty unusual to have most of the creative stakeholders be female. Did you find any differences in the working environment or the way you collaborated on the material?GA: Not really. I have worked with a lot of female directors, and I would say that the main difference is that they tend to be more prepared than the male counterparts, being that they are more under scrutiny than male directors. I haven’t found any difference in working with female directors, I think it’s more about the personality of the person and level of experience. That film was very special, and what we achieved — with very little — is great.Gonzalo Amat. (Photo by Lucas-Guardia.)PB: Any advice you’d offer a young cinematographer — creatively and professionally — that you wished you’d known when you first pursued a career?GA: All of this: be patient. This is like a marathon without a finish line. You never really “make it,” so make it more about the process than the result. Talent is not really the determining factor in getting jobs. I know a lot of talented filmmakers that don’t get breaks, so always make the best out of the opportunities that come up. Reputation builds up more than you would think, so make sure you project the image you want to project. Be a team player. A film or TV or commercial project is not about you, it’s about the story or the subject, so make sure you don’t make it about you. Listen to your crew and team; most likely they have been on more sets than you and have seen solutions to common problems. Learn to listen carefully to the director and actors, and ask questions. If you make it about the story, you can’t go wrong. Be grateful and be nice, you get more from people like that.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.CGI, 3D Scans and Live Action with the Image Creators at Saddington BaynesGotham Chopra on Following Stephen Curry for Facebook WatchIndustry Interview: DJ Stipsen, DP of “What We Do in the Shadows”Industry Interview: “Whiplash” Production Designer Melanie JonesComposer David Schwartz on VEEP, The Good Place and Arrested Developmentlast_img read more


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first_imgMONACO (AP) — Monaco’s much-vaunted attack finally met its match against a supremely efficient Juventus team in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.The Italian champion showed there is a considerable gulf in class between the two sides, winning 2-0 to strike a significant blow heading into next Tuesday’s return leg in Turin.Monaco has scored an incredible 146 goals in an inspirational season that has made the rest of Europe take notice, but was found wanting both in terms of composure and tactical knowledge. At other times, cruelly exposed by the superior passing and clearly unsettled by the higher energy of the two-time European Cup winner.While 2015 runner-up Juventus is odds-on to reach another final, Monaco looks unlikely to reach only its second final after losing to Porto in 2004.It was clear to see that Monaco’s players were not used to the scenario unfolding in front of them, because they have not been pressured in this way by such an astute side. Even when Monaco enjoyed some good spells of flowing football, Juventus never panicked.“Tactically they were much better than us,” Monaco midfielder Fabinho said. “We couldn’t get a goal back, perhaps because we lacked experience.”Monaco’s players have been used to playing on the front foot, scoring 12 goals in four games against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in the two previous knockout rounds.But after missing early chances against Juventus, finding a Plan ‘B’ became far harder against a Juventus center-half pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, with their years of club and Italy experience together, and 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon still at the top of his game.While Buffon made excellent saves to frustrate Mbappe and top scorer Radamel Falcao, at the other end Gonzalo Higuain showed them how to finish with both Juventus goals.“Most importantly of all, we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal,” said Monaco’s 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, who had a header and a shot saved early on. “They had two clear chances and scored two goals. It was a good experience for us, as it will allow us to progress.”Juventus knew when to close down, when to back off and — if needed — when to make things more physical. When Bonucci and Chiellini — Juventus teammates since 2010 — roughed things up, this clearly intimidated a young Monaco side unequal in terms of physical presence.Monaco’s frustration was compounded when coach Leonardo Jardim withdrew attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva with eight minutes left.Symbolically, it was like a boxer’s corner throwing in the towel.The Portugal international has been brilliant for most of the season, tormenting teams with his quick feet, probing passes and darting runs.But Juventus simply shut Silva down and he was largely ineffective. This had a knock-on effect of deflating his teammates because, with their chief creator stifled, the belief started to slip away.Monaco had scored in its previous 41 home games in all competitions, but was held goalless at home for the first time since losing 2-0 to Belgian side Anderlecht on November 26, 2015.“Juventus played very intelligently and we came up against one of the best teams in the world,” Silva said. “It was very difficult to find any space against such an experienced side that works so well together. We will have to study how we played before the return match. We’ll have to try and score early on.”JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn’t sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin. “But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have, and that’s the ability to grow hair.”The Lakers couldn’t choose, either. So they honored both eras of Kobe’s incredible career.In an NBA first, the Lakers on Monday night retired both jersey numbers worn by Bryant, the leading scorer in franchise history.Bryant attended the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors for a halftime ceremony at Staples Center, which was packed with fans eager to bear witness once again to the beloved superstar scorer. Dozens of Bryant’s former teammates showed up, including Shaquille O’Neal and Derek Fisher, along with the Lakers’ usual cavalcade of celebrity fans.Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant’s two jerseys are retired during a halftime ceremony at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)“I feel great,” Bryant said after entering Staples Center while pushing a stroller containing Bianka Bella Bryant, his infant daughter. “I’m very proud I get to come here with my family. It feels good as a father to have my family come in and share this.”Bryant is the 10th player with a retired jersey for the 16-time NBA champion Lakers. His numbers were revealed high on the Staples Center wall, flanking the banner honoring Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.“It’s not about the jerseys that are hanging up there for me,” Bryant told the cheering crowd. “It’s about the jerseys that were hanging up there before. They inspired me to play the game at a high level.”Magic Johnson and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss gave brief tributes to Bryant at halftime, with Magic boldly declaring, “We’re here to celebrate the greatest who ever wore the purple and gold.”Buss cleverly explained the reasoning behind the Lakers’ decision to hang two jersey numbers for Bryant: “If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame.”“I thank you for staying loyal to the purple and gold and remaining a Laker for life when it might have been easier for you to leave,” Buss added.FILE – At left, in a Jan. 25, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)Along with Bryant’s 33,643 points, the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection also leads the Lakers in games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). Bryant is the third-leading scorer in league history.He also was the first player to spend at least 20 seasons with one franchise, and he is widely beloved in Southern California, where he still lives with his family.“He’s everything in this city,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton, Bryant’s teammate on the last two title teams.“To play his entire career for one organization, in modern sports, it really doesn’t happen very often anymore,” Walton added. “To go through two different championship runs, I think the Lakers are such a huge part of this city that people feel connected to him. … They feel as if they were on that journey with him, with us, and I think that’s why there’s such a connection.”The Lakers celebrated by closing down the street outside Staples Center and staging a street fair dubbed “Kobeland,” complete with a Ferris wheel and many other games and attractions. Thousands of fans crowded into the downtown streets several hours before the game just to appreciate the atmosphere.The Lakers typically only retire the numbers of players enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Bryant isn’t eligible until 2021, but the Lakers decided not to wait for that formality — and for Kobe, they doubled up the honor.Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant watches as both of his jersey’s are retired during a halftime ceremony at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Bryant switched jersey numbers halfway through his career, neatly dividing the eras of his 20 years with the Lakers. The No. 8 Bryant won three NBA titles, and the No. 24 Bryant won two more before retiring in 2016 with a stunning 60-point performance in his farewell game against Utah.Bryant even scored almost the same number of points in No. 8 (16,777) as he did in No. 24 (16,866).When pressed to pick his favorite era of his own career, Bryant reluctantly did it.“If 8 is playing 24 after he just ruptured his Achilles, then it’s a problem for 24,” Bryant said. “If 24 is playing 8 when he tore his shoulder, it’s a problem for No. 8. so it depends. … It’s really, really tough for me. I think 24 was more challenging, and I tend to gravitate to things that are harder to do, and physically for me, it was really hard to get up night in and night out. It was really a grind.”—GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgNorthEast United were held to a 2-2 draw against FC Goa in their Indian Super League match at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Monday.Bartholomew Ogbeche’s equaliser in the 53rd minute helped NorthEast earn a point after Ferran Corominas’s second goal put FC Goa ahead in the 38th minute in an entertaining clash.After a stop-start first few minutes, the hosts were gifted a goal after a terrible error from 18-year-old Mohammad Nawaz, who was handed an ISL debut. The Goa custodian charged out of his box and handled the ball in the belief that Bartholomew Ogbeche was offside.However, no such whistle was blown by the referee who instead awarded the free-kick to NorthEast United for a handball. With Nawaz yards outside the box, Federico Gallego showed some quick thinking to chip the dead ball into the empty net, much to the horror of Nawaz.Having profited from Nawaz’s error to take the lead, the hosts relinquished it minutes later after an error by their own goalkeeper, TP Rehenesh.The NorthEast custodian failed to collect a floated cross from Jackichand Singh and Spanish sharpshooter Ferran Corominas was on hand to bundle the ball into the net. The visitors gained a foothold in the match after the equalizer and came close to taking the lead twice through Jackichand but the winger’s first attempt was deflected away for a corner, while the second just bounced over the bar.Goa had their deserved lead in the 39th minute with Corominas bagging his second of the night. A midfield scramble saw Hugo Bomous release the Spaniard in the box and the prolific striker did well to evade two tackles with body feints before beating Rehenesh at his near post with a perfectly placed shot.advertisementWatch how Ferran Corominas put @FCGoaOfficial back on level terms against @NEUtdFC!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #NEUGOA #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/xm2WvKxiZSIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 1, 2018In the second half, the Highlanders did not have to wait too long to get their second goal with Ogbeche getting off the mark with a thumping header. The NorthEast forward’s header after a perfect cross from Keegan Pereira gave Nawaz no chance as the home fans roared in delight.The hosts had two gilt-edged chances to take the lead around the 65th minute when Nikhil Kadam beat his man to come one-on-one with the Goa custodian. The winger attempted to curl the ball into the right-hand corner of the goal but Nawaz pulled off an excellent dive to deny him. From the resulting corner, Grgic had the goal at his mercy but the central defender directed his header wide.Minutes later, Boumous made a darting run into the hosts’ box after being released by Carlos Pena.With two goals to his name tonight, @FCGoaOfficial’s Ferran Corominas picks up the Hero of the Match award!#NEUGOA #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/0Agl6erattIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 1, 2018The Goa midfielder had done well to beat his markers and was poised to take a shot with only Rehenesh to beat but a last-ditch tackle by Leudo averted the danger.The end-to-end action continued till the final whistle with the teams sharing the spoils.last_img read more