Zarate: I’m not leaving West Ham

first_imgMauro Zarate has moved to allay fears he is set to look for a move away from West Ham in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old only joined the Hammers in the summer but reports emerged on Thursday morning containing quotes from Luis Ruzzi, who claimed to be the Argentinian’s agent, which declared Zarate’s unhappiness at Upton Park. The former Birmingham loanee enjoyed a good start to his career at West Ham as he scored a memorable goal in their first Barclays Premier League win of the season at Crystal Palace in August. Press Associationcenter_img Since then a combination of a thigh injury and the form of fellow new recruits Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have seen Zarate’s first-team chances dwindle, but despite Ruzzi’s claims his role playing off the striker would see the player search for a move to Italy, Zarate used Twitter to rubbish the rumours. “According to recent news articles I would like to inform that I have no agent and I never said that I wanted to leave West Ham,” he wrote on the social media site. “If that would happen it would be because of a joint decision of the club and myself. The most important thing is that West Ham will keep progressing. The manager is doing a great job and has my full support! Come on you Irons!!!!!!” Zarate, who was the top scorer in the Argentinian Primera Division with 13 goals in 19 games for Velez Sarsfield last season, has been strongly linked with a move to Serie A side Torino. The former Lazio and Inter Milan player spent a total of five seasons in Italy before returning to Argentina to play for first club Velez in the 2013-14 campaign. He has since made the move back into the Premier League but has made just five appearances and is yet to play a full 90 minutes as Sam Allardyce’s side continue a fine start to the season which sees them sitting fourth in the table. With Sakho already on seven goals for the season, Valencia impressing since his big-money summer move and club-record signing Andy Carroll nearing full fitness the fight for first-team places in West Ham’s attack is fierce, but Zarate appears ready to battle for a spot after declaring he is happy at the club. last_img read more

Presque Isle brings Ellsworth boys’ basketball season to an end in prelims

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth boys’ basketball team’s 2016-17 season came to an end with a 60-50 defeat against Presque Isle in the Class B North preliminary round Thursday.Ellsworth (8-11) managed to keep the game close early but suffered a major blow when senior Bryce Harmon injured his ankle once again in the first quarter. He did not return to the game, and Presque Isle (14-5) took a 29-20 lead into halftime. The Eagles fought valiantly in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to stop Presque Isle from advancing to the regional quarterfinals.Jared Hamilton led Ellsworth with 20 points. Jackson Curtis had nine for the Eagles, and Zach Harris scored eight. Griffin Guerrette scored 24 points for Presque Isle, which also got 15 points from Jason Dumais and 10 from Bradley Kinney. It was the Wildcats’ third win against Ellsworth this season.The loss was Ellsworth’s fourth in a row. The team will lose Harmon, Troy Folmer and Trent Mahon to graduation in June but will return Hamilton, Harris, Jackson Curtis and Dylan Taplin next year.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Cricket News Watch – MS Dhoni’s magic run-out of Glenn Maxwell gives Ranchi fans plenty to cheer

first_imgKuldeep bowled a short ball on off stump and Shaun Marsh jumped back to tap the ball to cover point. Maxwell thought about the quick single but Ravindra Jadeja fired a rocket throw to Dhoni who just deflected the throw from his gloves back onto the stumps. The celebrations by Dhoni was cool and unruffled, but the Ranchi crowd had found their moment of absolute joy. Brilliant work from Jadeja n MS Dhoni.— shaktikapoor143 (@shaktikapoor143) March 8, 2019With Maxwell’s dismissals, Australia lost four wickets for five runs and India dented their prospects of reaching 350 in a big way. This was not the first time where Dhoni had shown his magic in effecting a run-out. In the 2009 encounter in New Zealand, Dhoni had effected a run-out off the bowling of Yuvraj Singh and he repeated it in a game against Bangladesh. In the 2015 World Cup against Pakistan, Dhoni had similarly deflected a ball back onto the stumps but in 2016, his keeping reached epic levels when he ran-out Ross Taylor for 35 when he back-flicked a throw back onto the stumps. A wonderful keeper, an ace batsmen and a thorough entertainer. That is MS Dhoni in a nutshell. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Australia were in a great position against India in the Ranchi ODI as they looked to stay alive in the five-match series. Usman Khawaja had slammed his maiden century and he shared a brilliant 193-run stand with skipper Aaron Finch, the second-best opening partnership for Australia in ODIs in India. Following the departure of Finch, Glenn Maxwell, who had blasted a century in the Bangalore Twenty20 International and who had the potential to take Australia close to 350, took control and he tore the Indian bowling apart. He signaled his intentions by blasting Kuldeep Yadav down the ground for a big six over long on and he took on Ravindra Jadeja, clobbering him for a six and two fours. Although Khawaja departed for 104, Maxwell rotated the strike and scored at a strike-rate in excess of 150. The Big Show continued to target Kuldeep by smoking him inside-out over deep extra cover for his third six as he neared yet another fifty. However, there was a moment of magic from Ranchi’s local lad, MS Dhoni and it turned the game totally on it’s head.  Usman Khawaja scored his maiden ton in ODIs.Khawaja and Aaron Finch shared a 193-run opening stand.Australia are trailing the five-match series 0-2. highlightslast_img read more

Silvi Uattara rebounds from Friday performance to help lead Syracuse to win over Clemson

first_imgSilvi Uattara stood on the sideline, watching as her team lasted five sets against Georgia Tech on Friday night. Wearing a zipped-up warmup jacket, she was idle for over two hours as her teammates won a bounce-back conference game.Uattara, a senior, was far from her best on Friday, spending most of the game on the bench.The outside hitter mustered just three kills, zero blocks, and .091 hitting percentage. Her only in-game action was in the first set.“If you’re going to look at (her) numbers, the numbers weren’t really good,” SU head coach Leonid Yelin said Friday night after the game.He likened volleyball to a test. Players have the ability to prepare, but if they aren’t ready for the test, they shouldn’t take it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, Uattara wasn’t ready for the test, he said. She said she was mentally out of the game, and couldn’t find her play through the first set.Averaging 2.8 kills per set and a .233 hitting percentage thus far in the 2015 season, Friday’s game was her worst of the season in terms of both.Sunday’s game against Clemson (5-19, 0-12 Atlantic Coast ) was different.Uattara led the Orange (17-6, 8-4 ACC) with 17 kills, posting her 11th double-digit kill performance of the season. The senior powered the Orange to a 3-1 rout of the Tigers at the SU Women’s Building on Sunday afternoon, a complete juxtaposition to the game Friday night.“On Friday, I wasn’t as mentally ready as I was today,” Uattara said after Sunday’s game, “(Being mentally ready) doesn’t seem like a lot, but it actually is.”After playing just one set Friday night, the senior saw action in each of the four sets Sunday afternoon. Her resounding kills echoed throughout the gymnasium, and cheerful embraces from her teammates followed every point.“(Uattara) was more confident (today), and her hits were so much more powerful,” freshman middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said, “She was placing them really nicely; she was just fantastic.”In the fourth set, after a Tiger comeback in the third that could have turned the tide of the game, Uattara settled in, assisting on two blocks and contributing three kills. Syracuse ended the set and won the match.Though her back is still bothering her, the senior was in her usual form on Sunday. She called for sets on almost every play, and found gaps in Clemson’s blocking line, recording a .452 hitting percentage.Uattara has been a valuable asset to the SU side all season. She is third on the team in kills with 241, and with the postseason quickly approaching, SU’s success often hinges on hers.“She’s a crazy athlete,” Yelin said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2015 at 5:02 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edulast_img read more

Swan embarks on coaching career at UW

first_imgAfter making a run at the NFL and later working in insurance, Luke Swan was hired by Bret Bielema to help coach the UW receiving corps.[/media-credit]When he graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Luke Swan desperately wanted to keep playing football.The former Badger walk-on, who became a 2-year scholarship starter at wide receiver, was a fan favorite at UW, finishing his career with 60 receptions for 1,046 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2007 – his senior season – the Fennimore native served as a team captain, but his collegiate career didn’t have a happy ending.Swan severely injured his hamstring in just the sixth game of the season against Illinois. The injury required surgery and Swan was ruled out for the year.Coming off an injury with modest height at just about 6-feet tall, Swan was not selected in the 2008 NFL draft. He did however, earn a try-out with the Kansas City Chiefs and was signed as an undrafted free agent. He was on the roster for just over a month before he tore his hamstring again. The Chiefs placed him on waivers.But Swan wasn’t about to give up on his dream to play professionally.He decided to join the cast of Michael Irvin’s television show “Fourth and Long” which aired in 2009. The show gave 12 contestants an opportunity to compete for an invitation to the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp, with the hope of making the team’s final roster.Swan was cut from the show in just the fourth week after suffering another leg injury.It appeared as though football would no longer be a part of Swan’s life.He took a job in the corporate world with ME Insurance. He got married and wanted to settle down with a steady job that could provide some stability.He worked in insurance for about a year and a half, but Swan soon realized he couldn’t stay away from the game he loved.“I always kind of had football in the back of my mind,” said Swan, 26.After an extended break from live action and a history of injuries, playing was no longer an option.But Swan could coach.When he left UW after that 2007 season, head coach Bret Bielema knew his former wideout had a future in coaching and he made sure Swan understood that.“Swanny is a guy that I talked to originally when he was leaving us,” Bielema said. “I told him that when his professional football career came to an end I would be interested in hiring him.”“I knew coaching was a possibility,” Swan said. “I had discussions with some of the coaches when I was still here and then the right kind of opportunity came.”Bielema had an opening for a graduate assistant in the offseason and Swan called expressing interest. And just like that, Swan was back with the Badgers for spring camp.“I absolutely missed it,” Swan said. “I really developed a love for the game and I missed it a lot. If I had stayed in the corporate world I think it would have been good and I would have enjoyed it. But my passions are more here than anywhere else.”Adjusting to a different roleYears ago, when Swan entered the locker room, he was there to put on his pads. He got his ankles taped, grabbed his helmet and trotted out onto the field ready to hit and be hit.Now, Swan grabs a hat. He picks up his play chart and practice schedule and jogs out of the Camp Randall tunnel in sweats.That’s still taking some time to get used to.“I still kind of have the mentality that I’m one of these guys, that I’m a player,” Swan said. “I want it to be that way but it’s not that way at all, I’m a coach. …It’s a different feel definitely.”But as much as Swan would like to be out there running the routes, he knows his job now is to teach them.As a first-year coach, Swan needs to determine how he will approach his role as a teacher.“It’s a position that I’m still feeling out, honestly,” said Swan. “It’s a combination of things and I’m still learning my style as a coach. … You want to keep that coach-player relationship and gain their trust but also let them know when they’re doing something wrong. Whenever there are mistakes I’m alongside them letting them know I’ve been there.”Swan’s big smile and friendly manner makes it easy to assume he’ll play the role of big brother for UW wideouts, but according to receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander, Swan and every other graduate assistant must first and foremost establish themselves as authority figures.“As a graduate assistant one of the first things you want to do is establish that you’re a coach,” Alexander, who was a GA himself for three years at his alma mater Southern California, said. “Luke has plenty of responsibilities and he’s learning from us coaches how to communicate those things.”Swan and Alexander have been working together with the Badgers for just over a month, but Alexander can already see the positive impact Swan is having on his position group.“It’s been really good. We have a young group of guys and having him with his experience and his success, he can give these guys some pointers,” Alexander said. “They understand that he’s played the game more recently than I have.”Redshirt sophomore Jared Abbrederis and the rest of the wide receivers believe Swan’s fresh input to go along with Alexander’s experience will serve as a tremendous asset throughout the season.“Having these two coaches really helps us out with all the young guys,” Abbrederis said. “They both have their different twists on things so it helps out getting more than one view. It’s been valuable.”Working for new rewardsAbbrederis is one of the players whose been working closely with Swan this spring.Much like Swan, Abbrederis came to UW as an unheralded, in-state walk-on wideout. Their similar backgrounds created an instant connection and their player-coach relationship has continued to grow.“Luke was a great example for me because not only was he a great athlete but he was a great guy,” Abbrederis said. “He came in as a walk-on, same as me, and had to work for everything he earned. It’s good to have him here and he has a lot of good advice.”Swan has become Abbrederis’ coach at an interesting time in the young receiver’s career.With senior Nick Toon out for the entire spring due to foot surgery, Abbrederis is now the No. 1 receiver on the depth chart. The redshirt sophomore made a name for himself last season hauling in 20 catches and scoring three touchdowns and he’ll be counted on to play a bigger role in 2011.He’s become a reliable, fundamentally sound target, but Swan is hoping to take Abbrederis’ game to the next level.“Abby’s getting to where he understands the basics and for me it’s been fun to be able to expand his mind a little bit,” Swan said. “Just get him to think a little outside the box – how to work his routes and how to go from a solid receiver to a great receiver – kind of expanding his game.”Bielema believes Abbrederis’ has done just that.“He is up in the offices all the time, working with the young guys,” Bielema said. “He’s really beginning to grow as a playmaker.”“That’s exciting for me as a coach,” Swan said of Abbrederis’ productive spring. “It’s exciting to see something that you’ve talked about translate over onto the field.”That is the kind of reward Swan is now working for. He can’t score the touchdowns. He can’t make the clutch third down catch over the middle.Instead, he has to teach others to make those plays. He has to help them improve each day. His players’ growth is what drives him.The switch from player to coach takes time and Swan admits he has a lot to learn. But he’s connected with his players and is excited to teach them everything he knows about the game he can’t live without.“I feel a little bit like a freshman here with this coaching thing. It’s a process,” Swan said with a smile. “But the guys have really opened up and accepted me.“I think they feel like this guy has been there and done that and we can learn something from him.”last_img read more

NBA holds firm as Donald Sterling attempts to transfer Clippers ownership to wife Shelly

first_img“The question is if before June 3, the NBA and the Sterlings can work out an arrangement that sets up a procedure for a voluntary sale so that the NBA puts off its process to force the Sterlings to sell,” said USC law and business professor Michael Chasalow. “Or maybe they still have the meeting, but delay the implementation of a forced sale pending a voluntary sale. Or they could ignore it completely.”Floating the possibility of a sale is a dramatic about-face from the Sterlings’ earlier defiance in the face of near-universal opposition. Donald Sterling — who is currently the only league-approved controlling Clippers owner — hired antitrust lawyer Maxwell Blecher, who then wrote a letter to the NBA denying any wrongdoing and rejecting its $2.5 million fine of his client.Shelly Sterling had previously said through various statements released by her representatives — as well as an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters — that she intended to fight for her stake in the team regardless of what happened to her husband.She had been named in past housing discrimination suits, but settled those — as her attorney Pierce O’Donnell pointed out — without admission of guilt. Many public figures, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, have nonetheless protested her continued involvement with the Clippers.Trying to sell the team on her terms could be a further attempt to separate the perception that she is intertwined with Donald.“It’s a play for sympathy,” said USC law professor Jody Armour. “Donald Sterling, himself, is a very unsympathetic character to many people, not just on the basis of his words that were recorded and broadcast, but also on the basis of his history that nobody did anything about for a very long time. … His wife, on the other hand, could say, ‘I’m an innocent party here. He has been philandering on me and I am the victim.’ She’s arguing the NBA can’t use the sins of her husband against the wife.”A sale would carry significant capital gains tax implications for the Sterlings, as sports taxation expert Robert Raiola noted in Sports Illustrated last month. Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million, but the franchise would likely fetch over $1 billion today. Federal and state capital gains taxes on the difference would then exceed $300 million.Silver said Tuesday that he would prefer that Donald Sterling sell the team “on a reasonable timetable” over the process of forcing out the 80-year-old.The NBA formally filed charges on Monday to end Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers, giving Donald Sterling five business days — until next Tuesday — to respond. He can also appear at the June 3 hearing to defend himself.On April 29, Silver banned Donald Sterling for life from the league following the release of audio that captured the Clippers owner making disparaging remarks about African-Americans. Embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling is attempting to turn his stake in the basketball team over to his wife Shelly, who will then negotiate a sale with the NBA.Donald Sterling agreed this week to transfer his half of the Los Angeles franchise to Shelly Sterling, a source confirmed. Shelly Sterling intends to negotiate with the NBA on her terms, the source said. However, league sources say its Board of Governors will not approve Shelly Sterling as a controlling owner.Any potential transfer of ownership must be approved through a vote by league owners. The NBA stated Friday that it will still move forward with a hearing in New York next week that could oust both the Sterlings, and subsequently cede control of the team to commissioner Adam Silver. “We continue to follow the process set forth in the NBA Constitution regarding termination of the current ownership interests in the Los Angeles Clippers and are proceeding toward a hearing on this matter on June 3,” league spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement.Article 5 of the NBA Constitution states that no membership can be transferred “in whole or in part, directly or indirectly” without league approval.The member in question — in this case, Donald Sterling — must submit a written request to the NBA commissioner, who then takes steps to vet the new prospective member. NBA owners must then approve the transfer with a three-fourths majority vote.The league has argued that, under its constitution, a three-fourths majority vote to remove Donald Sterling would also remove Shelly Sterling.Legal minds see this as a possible turning point in moving closer to a sale.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tuesday March 26th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA CITY — Iowa’s Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson could become the first tight end duo to be selected in first round of the NFL Draft. Both took part in Iowa’s Pro Day on Monday. Some projections have Fant as a top ten pick.Both are expected to get invited to the draft in Nashville but neither has made a decision on where they will watch from.Fant says it is hard to say which one will be taken first.Hockenson also is considered a possible top ten pick but he is paying no attention to the projections.Hockenson says there are no guarantees where a player will be drafted.Hockenson says he is more concerned about making a team than where he is drafted.The first round of the NFL Draft is Thursday April 25th with the rest of the draft taking place on Saturday April 27th. AMES — A disappointing end of the season for the Cyclone women. Missouri State is headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001. The Lady Bears built an 11-point third quarter lead then held off an Iowa State rally to stun the third seeded Cyclones 69-60 in Ames.That’s ISU coach Bill Fennelly. The Cyclones made a season low from three point range and finished two-of 17 from behind the arc.The Cyclones sliced the Lady Bears lead to one but never led in the second half as they end the season with a record of 26-9.Bridget Carlton led Iowa State with 31 points. Former Miss Iowa Basketball Elle Ruffridge of Pocahontas played 16 minutes for Missouri State, scoring seven points. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Juuse Saros made 29 saves for his third shutout of the season and Ryan Johansen scored a short-handed goal as the Nashville Predators defeated the Minnesota Wild 1-0 Monday night. With the victory, the Predators clinched a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. They are in second place in the Central Division, two points behind Winnipeg. Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 of 19 shots for the Wild, who remain two points out of the last playoff spot in the West with five games to play. IOWA CITY — The Iowa women have found out who their opponent in the Sweet 16 will be. North Carolina State outscored Kentucky 25-17 in the first quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter on their way to a 72-57 win. Iowa advanced to the regional semifinals for the seventh time in the program’s history and for the first time since 2015 with a 68-52 win over Missouri on Sunday. You can hear the Iowa-North Carolina State game on Saturday in Greensboro North Carolina at 10:30 on AM-1300 KGLO. MARION – The NIACC men’s golf team placed fourth with a 321-318 – 639 Monday at the Kirkwood Eagle Spring Classic at Hunters Ridge Golf Course.Mount Mercy Blue won the classic with a 289-293 – 582. Kirkwood was second with a 291-295 – 586.NIACC was in fifth place after Sunday’s first round.Sophomore Ben Boerjan led the NIACC men with a 74.-73 – 147.Also for the Trojans, Jackson Hamlin shot a 79-79 158, Austin Eckenrod shot a 78-80 – 158, Matthew Heinemann shot a 90-86 – 176 and John Patterson shot a 97-100 – 197. Zach Martin, who did not play on Sunday, shot a 84 on Monday.NIACC returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Graceland Spring Invitational at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo.last_img read more

Garth’s Long-Range Shooting Garners Third Player of the Week Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar guard Nick Garth is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The senior shot 57.9 percent from three and averaged 24 points and 6.5 assists per game in a pair of home wins by the Cardinals, who extended their win streak to seven games, the longest since the 2007-08 season.Lamar (18-12, 11-6 SLC) became the fifth school to punch its ticket to the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Garth and the Cardinals wrap up the regular-season at home against rival McNeese at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Nick Garth, Lamar – Senior – Guard – HoustonGarth poured in a game-high 28 points in a 110-75 victory over Houston Baptist, drainng seven of his 10 shots from beyond the arc as Lamar posted the third-most threes in single-game program history (17). The Houston native shot 10-of-19 overall from the field and dished out seven assists.Garth followed it up with another 20-point outing, his sixth in the Cardinals’ last seven games, in an 81-79 triumph over Stephen F. Austin. The last of his 20 points came on a pair of free-throws that sparked a 6-0 run to close the game and Garth snagged four rebounds and added six assists.Honorable Mention: Shannon Bogues, Stephen F. Austin; Ty Dalton, Houston Baptist; Jaylen Franklin, Abilene Christian; Jeremiah Jefferson, Nicholls; Jashawn Talton, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

ExxonMobil hosts oil spill demonstration exercise on Shell Beach

first_imgMore than 100 persons recently participated in an oil spill demonstration exercise facilitated by ExxonMobil Guyana at Waini Point, Shell Beach Protected Area in Region One (Barima-Waini). These representatives were from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), coastal village councils and other key agencies.“Because we want to ensure that yours and other communities remain beautiful and untouched, ExxonMobil Guyana is committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations. This commitment is highlighted in our Corporate Environment Policy; Protect Tomorrow, Today,” Country Manager Rod Henson indicated in his address to those gathered on the Beach last Friday.According to him, it is the company’s fundamental goal everywhere it operates to ensure that there are no environmental incidents.“Not only do we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, but we seek to go beyond these where practical and apply international standards where laws and regulations do not exist. Already, we have partnered with key agencies over the years and even here in Region One to ensure that the natural beauty of coastal communities and life beyond the shores remain intact.”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said that the Administration is pleased that coastal communities are now better able to protect themselves from an oil spill, should one occur.“This exercise while it may seem very simple, it is very important and significant to the development of this newfound wealth in our country in which, as a people at the local level, [we] will be empowered to know what needs to be done if there should be an oil spill,” he explained.Similarly, Captain Salim October of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) stated that while existing concerns of citizens cannot be ignored, this is an important part of the country’s overall preparedness to respond to a potential oil spill.“Engaging in this exercise no doubt is considered proactive and to some extent, it is considered preventative,” he expressed.The demonstration exercise was done with support from the Civil Defence Commission, the Regional Democratic Council, Protected Areas Commission (PAC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).Friday’s event is one in a series of drills and workshops planned by ExxonMobil Guyana in coastal communities across the country.last_img read more

High school students to get Enerplex space

first_imgHigh school students will soon have a new space to use at the Enerplex.In an announcement made at Fort St. John City Hall, Tuesday, Larry Espe, says eight new classrooms will be constructed to accommodate students from grades 10, 11, and 12, and students from other programs in the future.The superintendant for district 60 says the space will potentially be ready for the students beginning in Sept. 2011.- Advertisement -The other potential projects being considered for the space include classes in sports medicine, water treatment, or even a program for international students.He says the project is expected to cost around $5.8 million, with approximately $1.3 million going towards paying the city for a 30 year lease. The remainder of the money will be spent on renovations.Mayor Bruce Lantz calls the project a “ground-breaking initiative” and says the Enerplex is designed to be multifunctional, including 12,000 square feet of space that had not previously been given a specific purpose. Advertisement [asset|aid=2962|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4ca27a886d492195b702656f3e90083-Lantz 2 Enerplex classes_1_Pub.mp3] He adds that because of its design, the students will not only be able to have their own space, but will have access to the building’s amenities.[asset|aid=2963|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4ca27a886d492195b702656f3e90083-Lantz 3 – Classes and Enerplex operations_1_Pub.mp3] Espe says that although the new space will remove the need for 11 portables to be added to various schools across the district. Portable classrooms will still be added at Prespatou and Charlie Lake Elementary schools.last_img read more