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Guardiola versus Conte

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Pep Guardiola started the season calling Antonio Conte a “master tactician.” Now, he’s labelling him “maybe the best” coach in world football.”His statistics, his numbers, the way they play, are really good,” Guardiola said yesterday, a day before his Manchester City side takes on Conte’s Chelsea in a match between two of the title favourites in the English Premier League.It will be the first time that Guardiola, a serial winner in spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and Conte, who won three Italian titles with Juventus, have come up against each other as managers. They vaguely recall facing each other as players when Juventus (Conte) played Brescia (Guardiola) in Serie A in 2003.”You and me had hair in that time!” Guardiola said, laughing. “Wow, it was a long time ago!”City and Chelsea sit in the top three of the Premier League after 13 games, with their coaches having contrasting starts to their first jobs in English football.City won their first 10 games in all competitions under Guardiola but have stuttered since, winning just three of their last seven matches in the Premier League.It took Conte time to get his methods across at Chelsea, but he now has the team firing after switching to his favoured three-man defence. With seven straight wins in the new 3-4-3 formation, Chelsea lead the league.”They were contenders to win the Premier League from the beginning, but now, maybe more than before. It’s a good test for us,” said Guardiola, who gave his players two days off this week ahead of the game.”We are going to take them on with ambition and see what we can do to win the game.”Chelsea have conceded just one goal in their recent winning run that has taken in victories over Hull, Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton, Everton, Middlesbrough and Tottenham.”Tomorrow is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue in this way,” Conte said. “We know that it won’t be easy because tomorrow we face a really great team.”We want to show we are working very well and we are growing. Tomorrow is another step to show us if something changed compared to the start of the season.”last_img read more

Valley World War II vets get sneak peek at Burns’ PBS documentary

first_imgThey and nearly 100 other WWII veterans from across the San Fernando Valley had gathered for a chance to hear the filmmaker, who is bringing their war tales to life. The audience of a few hundred public television supporters began to clap and the vets – many of them pushing 90 – slowly rose from their seats to stand tall and proud and accept the applause they had earned. “It’s funny,” said Phyllis Capelle, who logged more than 250 hours flying aircraft to military bases and ferrying wounded soldiers to hospitals and home bases stateside during World War II. “When we got out of the service, nobody wanted to talk about it. Sixty years later, everyone wants to talk about it.” Cobb, an Army nurse who served in war-torn England caring for soldiers wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, laughed. Then she shivered. It was cold in this theater on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration, and the 85-year-old North Hills woman hadn’t brought a wrap. Bazooka Joe, 87 and ever gallant, loaned her his jacket. His tales from the trenches include getting his nickname and a Silver Star for disabling a line of German tanks heading straight for his men in Company G. He was sitting next to 82-year-old Howenstein, who wore his Bronze Star for bravery and a purple heart pinned on him by Gen. George Patton while Howenstein lay in a field hospital recovering from his wounds. The VIP section was full of similar stories of courage and heroism. After the vets took their seats and the applause died down, the audience grew quiet as an hour of excerpts from the new war documentary began. “I think I’ve seen this before,” Bazooka Joe said. The group smiled. They all had. They were there. The excerpts from the seven-part series got generally good reviews from the vets, but a few thought some of the images were too brutal. There are scenes from the Holocaust and photos of dead GIs floating in the water on D-Day. A few people got up and left, but everyone else stayed. War is hell. There’s no way to get around that. “I’ll watch the whole thing when it’s on,” said Nick Conteas, 90, of Northridge, who served in Naval Intelligence. “After seeing it (the excerpts), it reminded me of one thing about our country. It’s made up of every religion and nationality in the world, but when that war came along, we were all one.” After the screening, Burns answered questions from the audience, including why he hadn’t featured more interviews with Latino, American Indian and African-American veterans. Burns promised he was correcting that oversight, which made Stephen Sherman of Van Nuys happy. He’d served in an all African-American Army platoon in World War II. “I thought it was a wonderful program, but young people who watch it should know that Hispanics, Native Americans and African-Americans were over there bravely fighting and dying, too,” said Sherman, 86. All the Valley vets who went to last month’s screening have taken part in the Veterans History Project. It’s a massive national undertaking to give all veterans the chance to tell their experiences and have them placed in the historic Library of Congress. All onscreen participants in “The War” are veterans from around the country who took part in the Veterans History Project. Some footage includes their relatives and supporting civilian workers. “When our guys stood up in front of the whole theater and received all that applause, Julie and I had tears in our eyes; we were so proud,” said Becky James, who is in charge of interviewing Valley vets for the history project. Julie Stranges is a volunteer at Sepulveda VA, where many of these same vets give their time freely every week to help other veterans receiving health care services. It’s kind of tough to review a seven-part series after seeing only one hour of excerpts, the vets said. But from what they saw they think “The War” is going to raise some eyebrows. “I can’t tell if it’s anti-war or about support for our troops,” Bazooka Joe said. “I guess we’ll all have to watch it and make up our own minds.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 “The War,” a seven-part TV documentary on World War II, airs 8 p.m. today on KCET (Channel 28).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Before the theater lights dimmed and the crowd grew silent, filmmaker Ken Burns asked all of the World War II veterans in the audience to stand. The director-producer of the PBS documentary series “The War” wanted to publicly honor the former servicemen and -women for their bold and brave sacrifices. And the vets weren’t hard to pick out inside the Wadsworth Theater in West Los Angeles. They were all sitting up front in the VIP section – right where they belonged. “Bazooka” Joe Pietroforte, Pete Howenstein, Mary Cobb, Stephen Sherman, Phyllis Capelle, Nick Conteas, Fred “Crash” Blechman. last_img read more


first_imgA 20 year old man who was caught with fuel syphoning equipment in his car has been fined a total of €600.Letterkenny court.Brian Ward was stopped by Gardai at Raymothy, Manorcunningham on July 5th, 2013. Mr Ward, of 77 Ardskeen, Co Cavan appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday along with his wife.Ward was stopped by Gardai at 2.46am and gave his name as JOhn Ward.Syphoning equipment was found under the bonnet and a five litre empty container was also found in the car.The court heard that Ward, 20, had a number of previous convictions. He is in receipt of €200 per week on social welfare as is his wife.His solicitor said he knew he was in a friend’s car and was not insured and that was why he gave a false name.Judge Paul Kelly noted that this was the second occasion that he had given a false name having been convicted on another occasion of the same offense.Judge Kelly fined Ward €250 for having no insurance and disqualified him for six years as this was his second such offense.He fined him a further €150 for having syphoning equipment in his car and a further €200 for giving a false name.MAN CAUGHT WITH FUEL SYPHONING EQUIPMENT IN HIS CAR was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Brian WardCavandonegalfuel syphoningJudge Paul Kellyletterkennylast_img read more