Liverpool’s Alisson considered hanging up gloves at age 15

first_img“His biological maturing was slower,” Internacional goalkeeping coach Daniel Pavan told The Associated Press. “When he was 15 his parents came to say he was going to drop out. I insisted Alisson would grow soon, Muriel promised to help and there he is now.”Now he is at Liverpool after the English Premier League club struck a 72.5-million-euro (about $84 million) deal with Roma to sign the 25-year-old Alisson last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“In the academy teams he often didn’t make to the bench, he was constantly overlooked even though we knew he had talent,” said Pavan, who coached the goalkeeper from age 10 to 23. “He was a little chubby teenager.”After being convinced to keep going with his soccer career, Alisson grew six inches within a year. By 18, Alisson had shot up to 6-foot-4 and he emerged as a leader within Internacional’s academy teams. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE – In this Wednesday, June 27, 2018 file photo, Brazil goalkeeper Alisson kisses the ball after making a save during their match against Serbia, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia. The summer transfer window has been shortened in the Premier League to close on Thursday, Aug. 9 before the season starts. The arrival of the goalkeeper who played every match for Brazil at the World Cup provides a solution to Liverpool’s one obvious weakness, and should mean Juergen Klopp’s team is a genuine contender for the Premier League title this season. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)SAO PAULO — A decade before becoming soccer’s most expensive goalkeeper, Alisson was contemplating hanging up his gloves.A chubby teenager in the shadows of older brother Muriel at boyhood club Internacional in southern Brazil, Alisson was rarely selected for games and his self-confidence plummeted.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Alisson matured quickly. He learned from what I experienced by living it all with me. Up to this day we always watch each other and at the end we chat to see what we can improve.”Two years after Dunga gave Alisson his Internacional debut, the coach was in a new job with the Brazil national team and ready to hand the goalkeeper his international debut in 2015.The call-up was viewed as favoritism by Dunga among some pundits, but it soon proved justified.As Alisson’s form captured attention beyond Brazil, Roma signed him from Internacional in 2016 for 7.5 million euros to be Wojciech Szczesny’s backup.Alisson helped Roma reach the Champions League semifinals in April and, despite the Italian club losing to Liverpool, he was named in UEFA’s squad of the season. When Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius blundered in the Champions League final to help Real Madrid win the title, coach Juergen Klopp knew where to turn in the transfer market.“He is among the best goalkeepers in the world because he has skill, speed, cool and foot work,” Muriel said. “At 25 years of age, he has already done great things and will develop further at Liverpool. His time in Italy will surely help him in the Premier League.”Alisson has also managed to maintain the affection of Internacional fans who saw him win two state championship titles. One day they hope he returns.“I want him to come back as a Champions League and World Cup winner to give us some trophies too,” said Internacional fan and marketing agent Kelly Cristina. “I also hope he stays good looking until then and doesn’t go back to the old days,” she said. MOST READ Chinese player Peng Shuai banned 6 months for Wimbledon ‘coercion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We called him the iceman,” Pavan said. “He was always ready.”Alisson made his first-team debut in in February 2013 at the age of 20 but his big break came the following year. At the time, former AC Milan and World Cup-winning Brazil goalkeeper Dida used to start for Internacional, with Muriel as the backup. Then Dida was sent off and Muriel was injured and Alisson convinced struggling coach Abel Braga to start him against Fluminense. Alisson helped Internacional win 2-1.“As soon as the match against Fluminense ended I knew we had a starting goalkeeper for years,” Internacional executive Roberto Mello said. “Many thought Dida should return for the following match, but our coach decided to keep Alisson. It was hard to do it at first, but Alisson stayed there until he moved to Roma.”Alisson’s fine form made his brother proud, despite Muriel losing his place in the team.“I started playing for Inter before him and got some experience much before he did,” said the 31-year-old Muriel, who currently plays in Portugal for Belenenses.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hitmen confess to being paid $2M to kill Chinese businessman

first_imgTwo men, who were arrested on Thursday last after a Chinese businessman was lashed in the face with a hammer in what was believed to be a robbery attempt at Skeldon, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), have confessed to having been paid to murder the businessman.According to reports, on Thursday, the two bandits drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Primo motorcar and entered the window-making factory.Guyana Times was told that the men walked up to the businessman and hit him with the hammer to the face.According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building, hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. The businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Meanwhile, based on the description and number plate given to Police by persons in the area, Police intercepted a car at a roadblock on the Corentyne.According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. The Police noted that the driver could not give a reasonable explanation as to why he was in Berbice. He was taken into custody.Meanwhile, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.This newspaper was told that both men confessed to being paid $1 million each by a city businessman to kill the Chinese man.The suspects claimed in their confession statement that the money was sent to them via a taxi driver.As Police continue their investigation, they are on the hunt for two other men from Georgetown in connection to the murder.last_img read more

FIFA says it trusts Russia to ensure safe World Cup despite clashes

first_imgThe local security department said the death was not “directly” linked to an injury he received in street battles with scores of Russians wearing black hoodies.He “suddenly felt ill during the serious incidents…Despite being taken quickly to hospital, he suffered cardiac arrest,” the Basque security department said.Police said they had detained nine people — including three Russians and a Pole — whom Moscow’s Sport Express daily identified as right-wing Spartak hooligans and left-wing Basques.FIFA said it “deeply regrets” the incident but did not assign any blame.“As far as security for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is concerned, FIFA has complete trust in the security arrangements and comprehensive security concept developed by the Russian authorities and the Local Organising Committee,” a FIFA spokesperson told AFP.“As demonstrated during the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, Russia’s already high security standards have been adapted to meet the specific needs of such major sporting events.”Russia will be hosting its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15 after securing its rights in a ugly battle with England in 2010 that included unproven bribery allegations.But preparations have been shadowed by fears of a repeat of the June 2016 rampage by Russian hooligans that erupted in the French port city of Marseille during the Euro tournament.The clashes left 35 people injured and shocked the world.Russian President Vladimir Putin only wondered dismissively at the time “how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English”.German police Thursday announced the arrest of one Russian hooligan wanted for the “attempted homicide” of an England supporter in the violence.– Right-wing ultras –Scenes of helmeted Spanish police armed with metal shields fighting Russians hurling stones and flammable objects flashed across Russian TV screens and prompted government media to rally to the supporters’ defence.“Local ultras provoked Russians,” Vesti state television said in a news bulletin. “Our fans were heading to the stadium when they were attacked with firecracker bombs, which resulted in a fight.”A column on the website of Russia’s main sport channel Match TV accused the police of “having insufficient experience” in dealing with converging groups of fans.But Moscow’s authoritative Sport Express daily said it was clair that “the Spartak fans are no saints”.“They really did include people with right-wing views — including ultra-right-wings ones,” Sport Express said. “And they were ready to square off against the ultra-left-wing Basques.”Hooliganism experts say Russia’s powerful FSB security service has cracked down hard on football gangs and blacklisted many of their leaders in the run-up.The Russian government’s official plan is to force both foreign and domestic supporters to undergo background checks before receiving a special Fan ID card required to enter the country.A security source said Russian law enforcement agents were also working with their counterparts from England and other countries to determine which fans were safe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Some Spartak fans were friendly, but others battled police in Bilbao © AFP / ANDER GILLENEAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Feb 23 – The world football governing body FIFA expressed “complete trust” Friday in Russia’s ability to ensure a safe World Cup despite fan violence in Spain during which a policeman died.The Basque officer suffered a heart attack Thursday as hundreds of security forces clashed with supporters of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao before the start of a Europa League match.last_img read more

Brady: Arsenal have closed the gap on Chelsea… We can be champions now

first_imgLiam Brady believes it has been a “very positive” season for Arsenal and claims the club is now in a position to be serious title challengers.The Gunners have not claimed the Premier League crown since 2004 and are set to finish well adrift of Chelsea this season.But Brady reckons they are edging ever closer, telling talkSPORT: “The club is in a much, much better position to challenge for the title.“We have paid for our stadium. That took a lot of power away from the club to compete [in the transfer market] with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United and I think we are in a much better place to do so now.“We have closed the gap – that has showed this season. I am very much looking forward to next season. I think this season has been very positive.”Arsene Wenger is expected to strengthen his squad in the summer, and Brady believes boosting their defensive options could make the difference for his old club.“If we are going to close the gap on Chelsea and win the league, I think defensively we have to be stronger,” he said.last_img read more

Metro line on track

first_imgThe Metro Gold Line Eastside extension is yet to be completed, but officials are already planning for a second leg of the line that could reach as far as Whittier. The $898 million Eastside extension, which will run from Union Station through East Los Angeles and end near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Pomona Boulevard near Monterey Park, is on schedule and slated to open in 2009. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have already scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss options for the second phase of the line, said Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo. The meetings will take place in some of the cities that could be traversed by the new line, including Whittier, Montebello, Rosemead and Pico Rivera. The mode of the future transit line has yet to be determined, Ubaldo said. “We are looking at proposing either light rail a rapid busway like the Orange Line or rapid bus service like Metro Rapid,” said Ubaldo. Possible routes could follow Beverly Boulevard, Whittier Boulevard or the Pomona (60) Freeway. The Whittier and Beverly boulevard routes, as well as a third option along Washington Boulevard via Atlantic Avenue, would end in Whittier. While a rapid transit line connecting Whittier to downtown Los Angeles and the rest of the Metro rail system would be an “absolutely wonderful idea,” Whittier City Councilwoman Cathy Warner said she had questions about the plan’s viability. “The reality is it has to be paid for and constructed,” said Warner. “Is it possible to obtain funding for it? Do we do it with a bond? And then there are the concerns associated with construction.” The proposed Gold Line extension to Montclair has run into similar funding issues. While environmental reviews and design plans have already been completed and the construction authority in charge of the project already owns the right-of-way for the line, the plan hinges on approval of $8 million in operating expenses from MTA and another $400 million for construction of the first phase. Gold Line Extension Construction Authority officials are in the process of lobbying the state and federal government for the funding. They insist that they could start construction as early as next year, as long as the money comes through. Rosemead City Councilman John Nu ez said he was excited about the probability of the Eastside extension. But he added that the proposed 60 Freeway route, which would take the line past his city, is the most logical option. “Going down the 60 makes sense because you could feasibly use it to get to the (Ontario) airport,” said Nu ez. “Montebello would also be very interested in having the route go there because they have a mall there. It is just a natural way.” Plans are also being considered to lengthen the proposed Gold Line extension to Montclair down to the Ontario Airport. Ubaldo, the MTA spokesman, said Metro is projecting 23,000 daily passenger boardings on the first phase of the Gold Line Eastside extension by 2025. He said the authority does not have ridership projections yet for the second phase. “This is a study only; we don’t really have the funds to do anything more,” said Ubaldo. “It would take at least 10 years to finish a project like this, and that is why we want to start planning now.” The meetings will take public input on the proposed lines and analyze those suggestions to determine which is most feasible from the perspective of environmental impact, economic feasibility and ridership. Revised options will be brought back to the public in March 2008, and the final locally preferred alternatives will be presented to the Metro Board by September 2008. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Palm Park, 5703 Palm Ave., Whittier; at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Center, City Park, 115 S. Taylor Ave., Montebello; at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Potrero Heights Elementary School, 8026 E. Hill Drive, Rosemead; and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at North Park Middle School Cafeteria, 4450 Durfee Ave., Pico Rivera. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Former boss Tim Sherwood says Spurs must make trophy breakthrough – LISTEN

first_imgFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has praised the work of manager Mauricio Pochettino – but believes the current side need to win silverware to push on again.Spurs have received plenty of plaudits for their excellent form this season and currently sit four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea with four games to play.Sunday’s 2-0 win against North London rivals Arsenal also ensured Tottenham would finish above their bitter rivals for the first time in 22 years.Sherwood now hopes they can take the next step – and win the title or a major trophy.“Pochettino has taken them onto a different level,” he said, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “They have recruited fantastically in that transfer market and got in players which he knew.“Now can they push on? I think they need to win something and they will be quite aware of that because the players need to taste victory and know how to get over the line.“When they do that then I am sure they will go from strength to strength.”The Premier League title race is still up for grabs, with Spurs chasing down leaders Chelsea.They can close to within a point of their London rivals by beating West Ham on Friday night.Sherwood fully expects them to overcome the Hammers, and remain unbeaten for the remainder of the season, but believes Chelsea will still clinch the title.“I don’t think they [Spurs] are stoppable at the moment,” he said.“I think they can go now to the end of the season without losing a game.“I am not sure Manchester United will go to the last game at the Lane with a very strong side. I am not sure who can step in their way.“The only problem Tottenham have is that I don’t think Chelsea would lose two games.“They probably might drop a couple of points along the way but that will be it.”Next season Tottenham will play their home games at Wembley Stadium – a venue where they have struggled on their visits this season.And Sherwood insists it is vital the team overcome their struggles at the national stadium, while White Hart Lane is redeveloped, if they are going to challenge for the league title.“I think when it’s their home ground they can change the dimensions of the pitch and that will help them at Wembley,” Sherwood added.“It will help their pressing game. It’s a little bit big at the moment – that pitch for them – to keep that tempo up which they like to play with. Perhaps that will help.“They have to get over that if they want to win the Premier League because no one can win the Premier League without having their home ground as a fortress.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR FAMILY FUN DAY

first_imgC.L.G. Gaeil Leitir CeanainnLetterkenny Gaels G.A.A.ClubFamily Fun Day Sunday 29 September 2013Letterkenny Gaels G.A.A. Club are holding a Family Fun Day at their grounds in Páirc na nGael at the Glebe on Sunday 29th starting with the usual Fun Day activities at 1p.m.The Organising Committee have been busy preparing a large Programme of Activities for all the families to enjoy including Athletics, Hurling Skills, Free Kick and Penalty Kick Competitions and Novelty Events including Spud & Spoon, 3 Legged, Sack, Wheelbarrow and Family Relay Races.Other Novelty events will include the popular Stocks, Wellie Throwing, Lucky Dip, Guess the Name of the Gaels Mascot, Guess the Number of Sweets in the Jar, Lucky Dip and Face Painting etc. Hospitality will be provided in Marquee Tents including the usual delicious Home Baking and Cake Sales. Barbecue Food will also be served!The Fun Day will start at 1pm with a Fancy Dress Parade (please bring change of clothes) and finish with the very popular Tug O War for the young and not so young!An Under 5’s Play Area will be provided, however children must be accompanied by an adult.Admission is free. Nominal charges will apply to the activities on offer.So, if you and your family fancy an afternoon out, please come along on Sunday, 29th and enjoy the fun on offer for all the family. For more information please Tel. 0862271435, 0868405785 or any Club Officer.GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR FAMILY FUN DAY was last modified: September 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS GET READY FOR FAMILY FUN DAYlast_img read more

2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP

first_imgMORE than 2,000 students in Co Donegal are getting their Leaving Cert results today.And the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre will be providing a Leaving Cert results phone helpline for them.Staff at the centre will be available today from 10am-6pm and daily for young people and parents to bring along any queries that may arise following students receiving their results. The Youth Information Centre will be able to give young people details on how to calculate points, how to go about having papers re-checked, how to go about accepting an offer from your college, or how to access other training courses.The Youth Information Centre has a booklet available called “Flying the Coop”, which has advice and useful contacts and information for those who will shortly be leaving home for the first time.Youth Information Coordinator, Gareth Gibson, says the important thing is to take time to decide what you want to do.“If you don’t get the results you want it is not the end of the world. You could repeat, take on a Post Leaving Certificate course, take on an apprenticeship, or find a career path through a state training agency. We have information available on all these options so feel free to come in and have a talk to one of the staff or phone us in the centre.” The Youth Information Centre will also be holding a series of seminars in the week beginning August 26th in the Youth Information Centre Letterkeny, Planet Youth Ballybofey, Buncrana Youth Drop In and the Yard Falcarragh for young people and parents of those who will be leaving home for the first time, with advice on managing finances, how to make the most of college and how to stay safe. For further details on these seminars contact the YIC on 074 91 29640The phone number to call for the Leaving Cert results helpline is 07491-29640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road, you can even email your query to yicletterkenny@donegalyouthservice.ie.Celebrating or not? Send your Leaving Cert pix to info@donegaldaily.com 2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily newsLeaving certResultslast_img read more

THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weekend Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Outlook – average temperatures continuing with a mixture of sunshine and showers. Temperatures around 12C at times.FRIDAY … Overnight showers are clearing this morning to give bright and sunny spells across Donegal this morning. Cloud will increase from the west later leaving a largely dull day, but it should stay dry for most of the day. Top temperatures of around 10C. SATURDAY …The day will start with some heavy downpours in most parts of Donegal, but especially in the west and north, clearing by mid-morning and leading to  sunny spells right through until the evening. There is a possibility again of drizzle along the coasts later. Highs of 10C-12C.SUNDAY: Sunday will start cloudy before rain in the afternoon before this clears again. Possibility of drizzle along the north coast. Highs of around 10C.Next week: Monday is looking like more of the same. Rather dull most of the time with sunny spells in the afternoon. By midweek a mixture of sunshine and showers – and increasing winds – will affect the county.ENJOY…wonderful food from Donegal’s only Josper Grill, making mouth-watering meals for you and your family. To book a table at Dexter’s call The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700. THE COMPLETE DD WEEKEND WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014APRIL 11donegalDonegal Dailyshowerssunshineweather reportlast_img read more

Siblings grapple with beloved brothers’ service in Iraq

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The 13-year-old toyed with her pink cell phone while she spoke on her mom’s phone to her brother from a local burger joint. She stopped chewing gum. Her bubbly mood vanished, replaced by an intent gaze to the floor. She was transported somewhere between Telly’s Charburger in Saugus, and Iraq. Nikki Yakel mostly listened to the Marine, who was deployed to Iraq about two months ago. Bobby Roybal, her 24-year-old half-brother, had stood in the dark in a long line with members of his unit to make the 2-minute call at 4:30 a.m. his time, dinnertime at home in Santa Clarita. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Siblings separated by the war in the Middle East share their lives in quick phone calls and e-mails. Nikki has two half-brothers overseas. Bobby and Louie Roybal, 26 – both lance corporals serving in Iraq – left four days apart in September and serve in separate units. Nikki avoids news broadcasts, but sometimes they intrude unexpectedly on a club sandwich, onion rings and a soda. On Monday, a TV perched on a wall shelf at Telly’s beamed an ABC news update in the “Fight for Iraq” series with a caption announcing “Soldiers killed.” The Roybals’ little sister did not turn to look. “I’m not a news kind of person,” she said. “I don’t want to know what’s going on in Iraq.” Some of Nikki’s friends have siblings who enlisted in the military, but none are stationed in Iraq. “They (think they) know what I’m going through, but don’t,” she said. Bryan and Amanda McMurray do not know Nikki, but they do “know.” Their 25-year-old brother, Matt, is an Army staff sergeant stationed somewhere south of Baghdad. He calls and sends e-mails when he can, and recently grilled Amanda about a boy she likes, from his post halfway around the world. “He has guidelines for me. He (the boy) can’t be too old,” the 15-year-old blue-eyed blond Saugus High sophomore said. “I have been in the Army for about 7 years and I know how to shoot almost every weapon there is,” Matt said with a wink in an e-mail from Iraq to the Daily News on Thursday. “And then there is the oldest brother, Jason, who has always been about twice my size and used to play football. So when it comes to dating let’s just say there is no way she will date in the near future. I kind of feel bad for the first guy that she brings home.” Jason McMurray, 28, was married last weekend. “We spaced out the groomsmen – literally left a space for him – signifying (Matt) was there,” 17-year-old Bryan said. Amanda, Bryan, Matt and Jason were raised by their aunt and uncle after their parents died about 12 years ago. Amanda and Bryan consider Sandy and Brody Rennels to be Mom and Dad, and they refer to the Rennels’ three kids as their siblings. Brad Rennels, 28, was a medic in Iraq in the Army reserve when the war started. He was gone for 14 months. After Brad’s stint, Amanda feels like a veteran sibling. “We’d see stuff on the news and would be freaking out till we got an e-mail from him,” she said of Brad. “It’s one of these things where you sit there and hold your breath. He would send an e-mail and it’s almost like, ‘OK, I can breathe now.”‘ The siblings may not have volunteered for combat, but they are often beside the soldiers in spirit. “I make sure at the end of every conversation to say I love them,” Nikki said. “Here, I didn’t. Now that they’re out there, you never know. “When my brothers were here, they didn’t say they loved me – sibling rivalry,” she said. “Now they do.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 judy.orourke@dailynews.com Here is a listing of local Veterans Day events planned for today: San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade, 11 a.m., starting at San Fernando Mission Road and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Mission Hills and ending on Paxton Street in Pacoima. Veterans Day program, 10:50 a.m. at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., McCambridge Park War Memorial, Amherst Drive and San Fernando Road, Burbank. “Salute to POWs,” 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Malibu City Hall, 23815 Stuart Ranch Road. Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Desert Lawn Memorial Park, 2200 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. Veterans Day turkey dinner, 6 p.m., VFW Post 10040, 8548 Lankershim Blvd., Sun Valley. Cost is $8. Candlelight vigil, featuring veterans from six decades of war, 7 p.m. at the Valley Municipal Building Plaza, 14410 Sylvan St., Van Nuys. “Sixty Years after World War II – Remembering the Greatest Generation,” 7 p.m. at the Chatsworth United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. – Daily News160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more