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  • Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

    first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska gains semifinals; No. 8 GlobalPort forces decider vs top-ranked ROS Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He has scored a record 120 Champions League goals, 105 of them since moving to Madrid — 12 more than Juventus managed in that same period.But he was unhappy with the way the tax authorities treated him in Spain. Ronaldo, along with several other top players in the country, has been accused of tax fraud, with authorities saying the government was defrauded of 14.7 million euros ($17 million) from 2011-14. Unconfirmed media reports last month said Ronaldo had agreed to pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($22 million).In Italy, a new law caps tax on income generated from abroad at 100,000 euros ($117,000) per year for residents who have paid their taxes in other countries for at least nine of the last 10 years.Other players targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Luka Modric. Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, now at Manchester United, was also investigated.Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out Tuesday to meet the 33-year-old forward.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proven to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the greatest eras in the history of our club and of world soccer,” Real Madrid said in a statement.“In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination,” Madrid added. “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be his home.”Ronaldo signed a five-year deal with Madrid in 2016, saying he wanted to end his career at the club. But he has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Ronaldo was also moved by the Juventus fans for giving him a standing ovation after he scored a spectacular goal against the Italian club at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League quarterfinals last season.“I gave a lot of thought to this and I know that the time has come for a new era,” Ronaldo said. “I’m leaving, but this jersey, this shield and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel as something that is mine wherever I go.”The signing broke the Serie A record, which Juventus set two years ago when it paid Napoli 90 million euros (then $99 million) for Gonzalo Higuain.Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17. His crossover dribble was already famous when Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United ahead of the 2003-04 season and gave him the No. 7 shirt of the recently departed David Beckham.He spent six seasons in England, winning three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and one FA Cup.Ronaldo led Portugal to its first major title at the European Championship two years ago in France. He helped the Portuguese team reach the semifinals in his first World Cup in 2006.Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of this year’s tournament in Russia. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas’ record as Europe’s all-time leading international scorer. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The move brings an end to a hugely successful nine-year spell in Spain, and takes him further away from a tax fraud case that may end up costing the Portugal forward more than $20 million in fines.“These years with Real Madrid and in this city of Madrid have been possibly the happiest of my life,” Ronaldo wrote in an open letter. “My only feeling is of an enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city. I can only thank them all for the love and affection I have received.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’“But I think the time has come to start a new phase in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. I feel that it is time, and I ask everyone, especially our fans, to please understand me.”Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and was the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He helped the club win four Champions League titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017 — and also won the league and cup twice each. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds the ball as he celebrates his four goals during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, files)Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward’s tax return.Juventus said Tuesday it paid 112 million euros ($131.5 million) for Ronaldo, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Japanese runner finishes race by crawling with broken leg

    first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum When Iida tripped, she injured her right leg during the relay. Unable to use her leg, she went down on her hands and knees to reach the end of the remaining 200 meters where her teammate waited for the sash. Her teammate appeared to be in tears at the sight of Iida slowly making her way towards her. As Iida’s knees were scraped and bloody from crawling on the roadside, officials were heard cheering her on, reported Apple Daily via The Straits Times on Oct. 23. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA video of the race shared by Kevin Williams (@kwilli1046) on Nov. 11 has gone viral on Twitter, garnering 4.5 million views as of writing.A Japanese runner who broke her leg during a relay race. She crawled to her partner so the team would be able to continue the race. Lets share her story with the world. pic.twitter.com/NNiSL9Q64F— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) November 11, 2018Many of the comments found it inspiring that Iida chose to continue the race.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Image: Screengrab via Weibo/wuyepartyOne Japanese runner who finished a section of a race on all fours has gained praise for her feat.Last Oct. 21, 19-year-old Rei Iida joined a long-distance relay race called “Ekiden” held in Fukuoka prefecture, as per an NHK World report on Oct. 23.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsRunner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turnJapan bows out of World Cup with clean locker room and thank you noteSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “My heart goes out for her. She is [the] true definition of a champion,” said Kirston J Pittman (@KingKofROM).“The lesson here: It’s not always about winning, it’s about finishing the race with honor,” said NancyB (@villyforever55).After the race, Iida was found to have fractured her right leg and will take up to four months to recover. Her team Iwatani Sangyo was not pleased with the outcome. Her team coach had informed officials that they would withdraw from the race, though Iida was only told when she was 20 meters from the end of her section. The team lamented the organizers’ lack of action. Organizers said Iida could not be stopped because of her will to continue the race. They also promised to examine how to improve communications in such situations. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tony Parker has 24 points, Hornets beat Pistons View commentslast_img read more

  • Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague

    first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia In all, Olympiakos made 19 of 26 from the foul line, compared to only 3-for-6 for Panathinaikos.Pitino was immediately thrust into a high-pressure situation, with Panathinaikos being out of the Euroleague’s top 8 after recent setbacks. Pitino did win his opener, a Dec. 28 victory over Russian powerhouse CSKA , currently third in the standings and, two days later, had an easy victory in Greece’s domestic league. But it was his fate to next face Panathinaikos’ main domestic rival, a game taken very seriously indeed by the fans of both sides, arguably a more intense rivalry than anything he experienced with Kentucky and Louisville.The day before the game, more than 50 hardcore fans visited Panathinaikos during a training session, to urge the team to beat the hated Reds of Piraeus. The club president, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, a man known for his volatile temper, was also there to give a pep talk.A win would have immediately elevated Pitino to near demi-god status with Panathinaikos’ fans. As it is, he still has the excuse of the newcomer at a difficult stretch, but the hardest of the hardcore fans are already murmuring. Pitino’s contract only extends to the end of the season and he will probably not have to find that, in Europe, coaches are far more expendable than what he’s been used to. Larry Brown, unceremoniously fired after six months with Auxilium Torino on Dec. 27, already knows.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LeBron James out at least 1 more week with groin injury Olympiakos broke open the game late in the first half with a 10-0 run that extended its lead to 36-21. Olympiakos led by as many as 21 points and Panathinaikos could not get closer than 12.There was excitement until the end, though, as Olympiakos was seeking to erase Panathinaikos’ 13-point win (93-80) earlier in the season to have the advantage in case of an equal win-loss record. Olympiakos (10-6) is in fifth place and Panathinaikos (7-9) is 11th. The top eight teams after a 30 home-and-away regular season will advance to best-of-five playoffs, with the winners going to the Final Four, on May 17-19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSerb center Nikola Milutinov, whom Pitino compared to former NBA greats Charles Oakley and Buck Williams after the game, had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Olympiakos, while guard Nick Calathes led Panathinaikos with 13, all in the second half.“It is only one game. There are many more,” he told the Associated Press when asked how the team would bounce back. But he also agreed “100 percent” with the assessment of veteran American forward James Gist that Panathinaikos “played hard but not smart”. “And it wasn’t just the fouls,” he said, still smarting from the ease with which Olympiakos’ players seemed to get a basket and a bonus free throw for 3-point — and, in one, case, 4-point plays, as well as a couple of “unsportsmanlike” fouls that let Olympiakos keep possession after the free throws. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)PIRAEUS, Greece — Rick Pitino’s winning streak with Greek club Panathinaikos is over.After two straight victories in his first European coaching job, Pitino’s team was dealt a 79-65 loss on the road Friday to archrival Olympiakos in a game for the Euroleague, Europe’s premier club competition.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Mayor Cyvette Gibson, Why Do You Permit Rotten Garbage All Along Paynesville’s Main Corridor?

    first_imgThe saddest and most shocking thing about this terrible malaise (bad condition) is that these stinking dumpsites are not in one place, but are sprawled along the entire route from the Paynesville Red Light past Matilda Parker’s homestead, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, jam to one of the city’s main food centers, the marketplace across from the PA Rib House where some Paynesvillians buy their fish, meat, fruits, vegetables and other foods. There at this garbage-infested marketplace, our hapless and sorrowing market women have to wade through the filth to sell food to their customers. But the customers fully understand that it is no fault of the market women, but one woman in particular—whom we call “the Lord Mayor of Paynesville.”But what is Mayor Cyvette Gibson lording over besides rotten garbage and filth strewn all over her and our city? The situation is even worse at the Paynesville Red Light Market, where little over a week ago a mountain of garbage in the middle of the highway threatened to block motor vehicle passage to the Coca Cola Factory and, of course, the entire Liberian interior. When, we would like to know, will Mayor Gibson and her team get serious about cleaning up Paynesville and adding value to the city and its real estate owners? Take the impressive P. Ernest Parker homestead, where Matilda and her siblings grew up. If the family wanted to lease the building, which is situated ideally on over an acre or two of land, who would be foolhardy enough to lease a garbage-surrounded structure? Is the Paynesville City Hall interested in protecting and preserving the valuable real estate in the city?What is even more pitiful, in the immediate rear of the Parker Building is a clinic, called “The Goodwill Health Center.” Do the Mayor and her fellow administrators care about the terrible damage they are causing by keeping heaps of garbage right next to the clinic? Do they know the extent to which they are harming this clinic’s business? Which patient would dare seek medical care in such a filth-infested environment that would make him or her even sicker just by being exposed to filth, rats, roaches and stench from the garbage heap at the very entrance to the clinic? We recall that in June last year when American First Lady Michelle Obama was due to visit Liberia, we called on the Mayors of Monrovia and Paynesville to embark immediately upon a massive cleanup campaign before the visit took place. We specifically urged Mayor Gibson to clean up the Paynesville-Kakata corridor, which is also Paynesville’s main corridor, because we thought that the American First Lady might have passed through there en route to Kakata. It turned out that Mrs. Obama and her delegation were escorted through the Firestone Road leading to Kakata. But we were a bit surprised that Paynesville City Hall lifted not a finger to clean up anywhere in Paynesville. Instead, our advice was totally ignored. Did they care that in matters of official visits, the protocol or travel plans could change at any time? Well, because Paynesville City Hall did not lift a finger to clean up anywhere, the city’s main corridor remained as filthy as ever. Fortunately, the Executive Mansion proceeded with the original plan to travel to Kakata through Firestone.  But what if?We plead with Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson to heed our advice this time and clean up our city. The Daily Observer staff would be glad to participate in a cleanup campaign, as we did few years ago when we were at McDonald Street. A Friday or Saturday would be good, since we would not be in newspaper production. We pledge to do anything to help in this effort. We are that serious about and committed to cleanliness and good sanitation in our city. These would make life safer, more livable and pleasant for all of us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Guardiola back to beat Mourinho to Premier League title in debut season – CORAL

    first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.With Jose Mourinho now in charge of Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and Antonio Conte bossing Chelsea, the 2016/17 Premier League season promises to be a thrilling one.City are the the 9/4 favourites for the title given Guardiola’s record of success, while United have been backed into 7/2 thanks to the appointment of ‘proven Premier League winner’ Mourinho.Arsenal are next in the betting at 11/2, Conte’s Chelsea are 6/1, Tottenham are 7/1, Liverpool are 8/1 and reigning champions Leicester are 28/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

  • DONEGAL ARTIST SETTLES CASE AGAINST MAKERS OF HIT TV SHOW ‘LOVE/HATE’

    first_imgDonegal artist Kevin Sharkey has settled a dispute with the makers of hit RTE show Love/Hate.Artist Kevin SharkeyThe Killybegs man launched legal proceedings against Octagon Films and the national broadcaster after three of his paintings appeared on the show.The pictures appeared in the apartment of slain gangster John Boy in the first series of the show. Sharkey launched legal proceedings surrounding copyright and right-of-use.The case was due in the High Court this week but it has now ben withdrawn.All three parties agreed a confidentiality clause.  DONEGAL ARTIST SETTLES CASE AGAINST MAKERS OF HIT TV SHOW ‘LOVE/HATE’ was last modified: October 26th, 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:artistdonegalKevin SharkeyLove/HateRTElast_img read more

  • CLINICS TO BE HELD FOR OBJECTIONS TO MASSIVE WIND FARM PROPOSALS

    first_imgA SERIES of clinics to assist people in the preparation of objections to plans to build Ireland’s largest wind farm along a 15 kilometre stretch of the Finn Valley, will be held in the area next week.Plans were formally lodged last month with An Bord Pleanala (ABP) by Planree Ltd for up to 49 huge turbines, some with a maximum height of 500 feet, stretching from the iconic Barnesmore Gap to near Castlefin.Submissions or objections against the proposed Carrickaduff Windfarm must be lodged with ABP, to arrive no later than 5:30 pm on Friday, March 27. A local protest group, Finn Valley Wind Action (FVWA), has organised a number of clinics to assist the community in preparing submissions.They will be held from 7-9pm in the following locations: CPI Centre Castlefinn, and Garvagh Hall, Castlederg, Tuesday 10th March; Parish Centre Stranorlar, and CAKE Centre, Killygordon on Wednesday 11th March and the Meenreagh Centre, Killygordon on Thursday 12th March.Alternatively contact any group member, telephone 087 4462949 or email finnvalleywindaction@gmail.com for further information.Further details on the project can be viewed at www.carrickaduffwindfarm.com CLINICS TO BE HELD FOR OBJECTIONS TO MASSIVE WIND FARM PROPOSALS was last modified: March 4th, 2015 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:donegalKillygordonwind farmlast_img read more

  • PICTURE SPECIAL 2: PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS AT FINN VALLEY AC

    first_img PICTURE SPECIAL 2: PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS AT FINN VALLEY AC was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare 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:Finn Valley ACschools athletics finals donegal Here are some more pictures from Wednesday’s superb Primary Schools Athletics Championships at Finn Valley AC. last_img read more

  • Attorney is absent; sentencing delayed

    first_imgSentencing was delayed for a 67-year-old former Los Angeles County Planning Department employee accused of collecting $500,000 to issue illegal certificates to landowners. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders put off sentencing for Emmet Taylor after one of his attorneys failed to appear because he was tied up by another trial and the defendant presented to the court information about his health problems. “They came in with this weird medical affidavit that the defendant has all kinds of problems. He needs eye surgery and can lose his eyesight,” Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba said. “But there was no motion attached to it. I think they are postponing the inevitable.” Sentencing was delayed until Nov. 29. Taylor’s attorneys could not be reached for comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Taylor pleaded no contest in May to three counts of falsifying public records after prosecutors agreed to dismiss 94 other counts. He faces up to four years in prison. Taylor was charged with collecting the money in fees to issue the illegal certificates for hundreds of acres in Agua Dulce and Malibu. He had worked in the Planning Department for 20 years before he came under suspicion in August 2000. Taylor later sought to withdraw his plea, saying he did not fully understand the consequences, including parole, and that he was impaired after taking a higher-than-normal dose of sedatives the morning of the plea. Pounders in September denied Taylor’s request, based on the parole argument. Taylor appealed that ruling, but his appeal was denied by the 2nd District Court of Appeal. Taylor withdrew his motion to nullify his plea because he was impaired, Torrealba said. Prosecutors said Taylor ran a private company out of his home, forged grant deeds and issued fraudulent land-division certificates that bypassed the normal public review process. The certificates were issued over a five-year period to landowners who avoided public hearings, thousands of dollars worth of fees and other requirements to subdivide property, according to prosecutors. Officials said Taylor’s activities came under suspicion when one of his clients sent him payments – so-called “consulting fees” – to a county government address rather than to his home. Taylor was fired in November 2000 and arrested two years later after an investigation by county officials, who reviewed more than 1,000 certificates of compliance dating back to the early 1990s. The investigation led county officials to question all certificates of compliance, causing delays for property owners who sought permits to build on their land. In many cases, officials said, property owners seemed to be trying to avoid setting aside part of their land for road easements. In some cases, a property owner went through the usual public-hearing procedure and got permission to cut his land into smaller parcels, but applied for a certificate saying the land had been subdivided years earlier. That meant the owner didn’t have to give up land for roads, investigators said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 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

  • Mom wants sex data for kids

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “What I’m trying to do is bring some dynamos together so we can talk about the possibilities,” she said. “I’ve already heard from several women who want to volunteer – even some nurse practitioners. We can start small, as a resource center to provide information and referrals. Eventually we could do free pregnancy and STD testing and grow into a full-blown women’s clinic to do pap smears and distribute birth control. But right now we need education.” She admits her job won’t be easy. “This is a precarious situation in a conservative community,” she said. Swiatek said she has an open relationship with her three children, ages 11, 14 and 17. Her children’s friends confide in her, and conversations around their dining room table cover a myriad of subjects – including sex. She is floored by how few parents talk to their children about sex and by some of the misconceptions in the minds of teens. VALENCIA – A local mother is laying the groundwork to bring a Planned Parenthood chapter to Santa Clarita. A former counselor for Planned Parenthood, Sally Swiatek contacted the national organization and asked if Santa Clarita’s demographics might be conducive to opening an office to provide information on the complete spectrum of topics from abstinence to birth control to sexually transmitted diseases and the risks of making uninformed decisions. “The closest Planned Parenthood office is in Granada Hills,” she said. “They were very interested in getting a facility in this community. My role is to bring the powers that be to the table.” Swiatek will hold an organizational meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Claim Jumper in Stevenson Ranch for anyone interested in exploring the possibility of a Planned Parenthood office in the area. “We are a family community, which means there are lots of children here of the age of sexual activity,” Swiatek said. “But there is no place available for children to get honest, accurate, reliable information about sex.” Christine Amstutz, district health coordinator for the William S. Hart Union High School District, said students coming in for information about sexual activity are directed to campus counselors who can refer them to the Santa Claria Valley Pregnancy Center as well as the Northeast Valley Health Corp. and county health services. “We try to get students to talk with their counselors because our health assistants see 100 kids a day and don’t have 20 minutes to talk to kids about sex,” she said. “We tell them this is a big decision and encourage them to talk to their parents.” Amstutz said no informational handouts are available for students on the topic, but counselors have resource directories. The nonprofit pregnancy center’s Web site promotes a faith-based agenda and is anti-abortion. Susana Escojibo, a registered nurse who runs the Women’s Health Program at Northeast Valley Health Corp., said the need for balanced sex education is greater than ever. “It’s very, very important to have information out there because it’s such a delicate subject.” The facility, located in the Los Angeles County Civic Center complex at Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway, offers a variety of screenings and testings along with family planning information. “A lot of people, especially kids, come in knowing a little about HIV, which is what they hear about most. Some of the practices that they take for granted, like oral sex, they don’t consider sex and don’t realize they put themselves at risk for sexually transmitted disease.” Swiatek hopes that mothers like herself will help expand the opportunities for teens and adults to learn more about their health and their bodies without fear of retribution or lectures. “There’s a comprehensive study done by Columbia University that found 85 percent of kids who pledged abstinence didn’t follow through after at least 18 months of pledging. That’s a sad statistic, and what’s even worse is that the abstinence educators only teach (the) failure rate of condom use.” Swiatek said she values abstinence education as part of a comprehensive sex-education program. “I hope my children would come to me when they have questions, but if not, it’s important that there are facilities that would provide my children with the information they need.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 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