Well the first thread kind of got off the point - so I changed the title a bit. This is my continued adventures with Blender 2.80 - designed to explore several features :
a.) Using models from older files using the “Append” functionality. Both the globe and the text were added this way. The originals were created in Blender <= v 2.76
b.) Creating materials,in particular the globe as there is no longer a Blender Render option.
c.) Continuing with animation tests - see if a rotation animation works properly.
d.) Adding a Hemi light in code, as that kind of light has been removed from Blender 2.80
@JCPalmer ; no complaints from the exporter.