Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ “Our preparation has been well. We cross-trained with jiu jitsu in Cebu and we did all we can for this fight,” said Yabo, who took an extra mile preparing for his ground game, a facet he sees as an edge for him coming to the match.“I pushed myself to improve on my ground game. In all of my previous matches, I’m always at a disadvantage when it comes to the ground, so that’s where I really focused.”Yabo knows that he’s the underdog going into the duel, but he’s welcoming the challenge of silencing the home crowd.“We know the opponent’s capacity, he’s a Muay Thai world champion. But he eats the same rice and there’s nothing impossible in any fight,” he said. “I know I prepared myself hard for this and once that bell rings, all I’ll do is fight.”ADVERTISEMENT Jimmy Yabo. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBANGKOK — It’s been almost two years since Jimmy Yabo tasted a victory.After knocking out Bashir Ahmad back in February 2016, the Cebuano fighter’s wins have been few and far in between.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Guiao looking to get more from leaner Taulava 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But despite his losing record—dropping five of his last six fights in the promotion—the skid is the least of his concerns heading into Saturday’s fight at ONE: Warriors of the World.“When I fight, I no longer think about my previous fights. I focus on what I have right now. Though I look at my past fights and see my mistakes, I know for myself what I need to do to correct those things,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseYabo (5-5) will have turn things around on Saturday as he takes on hometown bet Sagetdao Petpayathai (2-0) at Impact Arena here.The 36-year-old remains confident that he can bounce back and get his arms raised. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?
Downsizing sugarBy Samuel SukhnandanGovernment’s plan in regard to the future of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) — to close the Enmore and Rose Hall sugar estates, sell out the Skeldon sugar factory, and reduce the annual production of sugar — will have significant implications for thousands of Guyanese, former presidential advisor and outspoken economist Ramon Gaskin has warned.In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, Gaskin said the APNU/AFC Government’s announcement of the new policy decision on the sugar industry could see some 10,000 sugar workers being directly affected. At present, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) employs close to 17,000 people.In regard to the White Paper on Sugar that was presented in the National Assembly by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Gaskin said that although Government has given assurance that it would retain as many workers as needed for all operations on the merged estates and factories, this would, to a large extent, not be the case.“It’s a tough economic situation, and decisions have to be made; but, at the end of the day, you are dealing with thousands of people…. You must have alternative plans for them. You can’t just knock them off and tell them the place closed,” Gaskin opined, while acknowledging that GuySuCo is still the largest employer in Guyana.The economist also warned the Government to be careful how they go about implementing this new policy, because, he emphasized, it could have a negative effect on the local economy. He said it could also lead to the increase in other social ills that remain prevalent in society, including suicide and crime.The economist believes that if Government goes about addressing this issue the wrong way, it could find itself facing a rebellion along the sugar belt. He made reference to the 1904 Rose Hall rebellion and said this could occur again, unless alternative employment is provided to the thousands that are likely to be affected.Making reference to a section of the White Paper, which speaks about plans for GuySuCo to lease lands to employees, Gaskin termed this nonsensical, and explained that it is impossible to lease lands to people who were terminated. “I don’t know if an unemployed man could now go and rent land from the people who fire him.”Create new jobsThe former presidential advisor told Guyana Times that instead of continuing to pump $1 billion into the industry each month, that money could be used to create jobs for those who would be placed on the bread line.“One billion dollars can give 30 communities $35 million dollars each… to do local community job creation. We have to create jobs for the communities, and then the economy (would) start to pick up; because then people (would) have jobs, to begin with — purchasing powers and (the capital to engage in) production, and (they would thus be able to) cut down (on) imports…,” he opined.He highlighted that it would take another eight months to implement this new policy, and that $8 million could be used to start creating alternative jobs for those who are likely to be affected.“The White Paper does not deal with this problem at all! What will you do with all of these people? Right now they can’t deal with Wales, and that’s only 800 people. And if you look at the problems that Wales is experiencing, we’re into big trouble. Sending home thousands of people will cause a lot of issues,” he explained.Gaskin believes that opportunities exist to create industrial estates at Wales and Uitvlugt. “It’s not difficult to do. The people who are displaced could be trained and retrained to do jobs other than cutting cane.”Gaskin says that even if Government goes ahead with plans to close the industry, there are alternative measures that could be put in place to assist those displaced; but it would require maturity from GuySuCo, Government and the trade unions representing workers in the industry to arrive at a solution to those workers’ plight.“There is too much stubbornness on both sides. The Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) has a stubborn position to keep all the estates open, and the Government is saying, ‘We can’t do it’. There is no common sense that can bridge the two sides,” he said.He also emphasised the need for GAWU to be proactive, innovative, and intellectual in coming up with solutions for the people, rather than demanding that all the estates remain open.“All the estates cannot remain open! (Why should we not) create industrial estates with that money? GAWU believes that no estate should be closed, and the Government should (continue to pump money into the industry),” Gaskin asserted.A decision was taken last year to close Wales Factory, on the West Bank of Demerara. The operations have since partially been integrated with those of Uitvlugt Estate. However, workers attached to the now defunct estate are still awaiting full payment of severance benefits.A Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into GuySuCo had recommended that the Corporation be privatised within three years. It also recommended that a serious evaluation of all diversification options be conducted, to avoid total reliance on sugar for GuySuCo’s revenues.Sugar has remained one of the biggest foreign currency earners for Guyana, along with rice and gold.
Even with an extended deadline of November 12 on the sanctions to be placed on Russian aluminum giant, Rusal, President of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GBGWU) Lincoln Lewis has said that workers in the local bauxite industry feel abandoned by Government.Lewis told Guyana Times on Tuesday that he too is disappointed by the Government’s response and handling of the issue. He feels they have been dragging their feet on plans to prepare for this impeding closure of the company, due to the issues on the international market.“I get the impression that the issue that affect workers, that the Government does not want to address them and the union will be forced to take some course of action,” he said. Lewis did not divulge any further details to say what type of action the Union and its members hope to take.Nevertheless, the Union’s President said to date, the Government of Guyana hasNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotmannever made any attempts to put the task force they had established, to work fully. “They feel like they are being abandoned by the whole political office,” Lewis said of the workers’ feelings on the ground.He made reference to Government putting the interim report produced by the task force on pause. This in effect, he said, will do nothing, as it implements a wait-and-see approach. He said it also gives Government more time to promise to look for a replacement for Rusal again.The veteran trade unionist argued that workers’ rights and respecting of the law cannot be put into remission. “These have to be respected and enforced every single day of our lives and Government continues to fail us in the discharge of their duty and responsibility,” he observed.But Lewis said many foreign companies come here and determine what happens in contravention of local laws. He said while the Government has the responsibility to ensure that the laws are activated, and people are fully protected, they have not been delivering.InterventionMeanwhile, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman has responded to Lewis’ issue, stating that his Ministry will continue to work to ensure that bauxite is mined and shipped so that workers and their families, and by extension, the national economy, can benefit.“By no means are we pushing aside the rights of workers and the legacy issues which remain, but at this time, our efforts are understandably focused on keeping the production going. Our sister Ministry, the Ministry of Social Protection, hasGBGWU President Lincoln Lewisbeen charged by the President, and directed by the Cabinet, to address the ongoing labour issues.”Only last month, Lewis told Guyana Times that the task force was inactive, while raising concerns that the team should have been actively engaged in intense discussions with bauxite workers, particularly those who are likely to be affected by the US sanctions.The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) levied sanctions upon Rusal on April 6, citing its alleged interference in the Governments of several countries, including allegedly meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.Rusal was among several organisations named under the sanctions. However, the impact upon Rusal and the wider aluminium trade has been significant.As one of the world’s most prolific providers of alumina, sanctions on Rusal have threatened vital supplies of the substance to a market that was already reeling from the partial shut-down of an alumina refinery in Brazil.The threat of sanctions has also sent many of Rusal’s customers scrambling for different, potentially more reliable sources of aluminium and alumina. Even if sanctions are lifted later this year, many experts warn that Rusal will continue to suffer the effects.Rusal employs over 500 persons at its local operations. The company owns 90 per cent of the Aroaima, Berbice-based Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI). The company’s operations are located on the Berbice River between Kwakwani and Linden, with residents from those areas making up the majority of its workforce.
Tim Sherwood believes he added a monster to Aston Villa’s ranks in the summer in the shape of Idrissa Gueye.The Senegal star joined from Lille in July and has impressed individually, while the team has struggled.“Idrissa is such a small guy off the pitch,” said Sherwood. “You look at him and his stature is very small. But when he’s on the pitch he looks like a monster. He plays like that.“We just hope we can start putting some points together so people start recognising the actual contribution he’s making because it’s very easy when the team lose to say everyone is not very good.“That’s not the case. There are some good performances out there, certainly from Idrissa.“I think he is the player who has come in and settled quicker than anyone.” 1 Aston Villa star Idrissa Gueye
1 Liverpool’s owners have performed a U-turn on proposed ticket increases after apologising to fans for getting their plans wrong.Principal owner and John W Henry and chairman Tom Werner were understood to be shocked at the sight of an estimated 10,000 fans walking out of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Sunderland in the 77th minute in protest at increases next season which included a new £77 match ticket and the club’s first £1,000 season ticket.It is understood they were also surprised by the level of abuse directed at them – fans chanted ‘You greedy b******s, enough is enough’ before walking out.Henry and Werner were keen to stress they believe the connection between supporters is “unique and sacred” and that is the reason they have acted so swiftly to prevent further damage to their relationship with the fanbase.Having promised an immediate review the American-based owners have listened to the concerns of fans and moved quickly to try to rectify the situation.As a result they have announced a number of changes to their initial proposals in a structure which will also remain for the 2017/18 season.Revenue generated from ticket prices will be frozen at 2015-16 levels; this means the highest match-day price for a general admission ticket will remain at £59 – the lowest will be £9 and these tickets will be offered for every match with an allocation of 10,000 across the season.The highest season ticket price will be frozen at £869 and the lowest £685.Liverpool’s owners have also announced the removal of game categorisations, so regardless of the opposition, supporters will pay the same price for match day tickets.“It has been a tumultuous week,” said an open letter jointly signed by Henry and Werner.“On behalf of everyone at Fenway Sports Group and Liverpool Football Club we would like to apologise for the distress caused by our ticket pricing plan for the 2016/17 season.“We were strongly engaged in the process to develop the ticketing plan for 2016/2017.“We met directly with representatives of LFC’s Supporters’ Committee and along with LFC management, wholeheartedly agreed with major concerns raised, notably: access for local and young supporters; engagement and access to Anfield for local children; access to Premier League matches for those in Liverpool most challenged by affordability.“We believe the plan successfully addressed these concerns and are disappointed that these elements have been either lost or, worse, characterised as cynical attempts to mask profiteering in the plan as a whole.“Rather, we prefer to look at them as the parts of the ticketing plan we got right.“On the other hand, part of the ticketing plan we got wrong.” Anfield
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.So far, two principal telephone companies – which have sued the city to end the tax on cell-phone customers – say they have no plans to campaign against the measure. And their local representatives are urging they stay out of the fight. “It’s a zero-sum gain,” said one adviser, who asked not to be identified. “They still have to do business with the city. Basically they are just tax collectors for the city. If people oppose it or support it, it really doesn’t affect their business.” So far, the unions representing police and firefighters have yet to decide what they will do, but they realize the impact if the tax – which brings in $270 million a year – fails. “We don’t have much as a department that we can cut,” said Steve Tufts of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. “That $270 million is about half our budget. We wouldn’t have to cut that amount, but any cut hurts our service to the public. We are already understaffed.” For Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council, the phone tax issue couldn’t come at a worse time. With an angry electorate concerned about its own financial well-being, city officials must win over a majority of voters to support the tax while also pushing through rate increases for both water and power. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners has recommended a 6 percent increase over two years in water rates, and 9 percent over three years for electricity. But both have to go through City Council committees and the full City Council. Villaraigosa and his aides will be making a pitch to Neighborhood Councils to get on board this Saturday – or at the least remain neutral – when they hold their annual Congress of Neighborhoods at the Convention Center. The mayor outlined the depth of the problem last week at a special meeting of Neighborhood Councils – where he received a cool reception. But Villaraigosa is still hoping to enlist Neighborhood Council leaders to be a vanguard of the campaign and he is trying to highlight the problems with an interactive program to be up soon on the city’s Web site. Councilman Tom LaBonge, given the title of “Mayor of Griffith Park” after the fires there earlier this year, is being honored by People for Parks this week at its sixth-annual awards dinner. The group also is honoring environmental attorney Carlyle Hall Jr. and the group Community Unity Reaching Everyone for its support of public parks. The event is being held at the Los Angeles River Center tonight. Officials have adopted a $2 billion master plan to reclaim the 32-mile river. Dr. Bill Burke received an early Christmas gift from the California Legislature. Burke, facing term limits from his position as chair of the South Coast Air Quality Management District, was able to effectively get around the limit because of a bill by state Sen. Gloria Negrette McLeod, D-San Bernardino, according to the Capitol Weekly. The McLeod bill included adding another member to the board to give smaller cities a greater voice. Two earlier bills to lift term limits for Burke – who is the husband of Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne B. Burke – failed after news reports of his efforts to get around the term limits. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Just in case you were worried that there won’t be enough political advertising over the next few months, the Los Angeles City Council last week gave you a gift – a request to voters to retain a telephone users’ tax. Los Angeles officials now are quietly gearing up for an ad campaign in support of the measure on the Feb. 5 presidential primary ballot. If it goes as planned, Angelenos may be seeing more police officers, firefighters and librarians on television than we would ever get a chance to see in real life. And if city backers of the measure are lucky, those will be the only voices voters end up hearing.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – A nearly indestructible pit bull menaced a pumpkin patch, claiming the lives of an innocent cat and rabbit, before police overpowered it with brute force, authorities said today. Shortly before 11 Monday morning, the San Fernando Police Department responded to a call for help in the 1300 block of San Fernando Road. Two officers and a sergeant found the corpses of the two animals and the pit bull in a snarling match with two other dogs. After it attempted to attack two employees, police cornered the dog and called the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control. An officer arrived and tried to ensnare the pit bull with a leash, but it knocked her over and bolted down Celis Street. The cops piled into their squad cars and gave chase as the dog wove in and out of pedestrians, approaching a laundromat. “It became evident that the Animal Control officer was unable to recover from her fall and that the officers were forced to take immediate action,” the police report read. The officers elected to ram the dog, running over it three times before it gave up. Animal Control appeared on scene and contained the dog, which sustained injuries to two legs. The pumpkin patch manager expressed profound thanks. For more cops and crime news, check out It’s a Crime.
Newcastle forward Andros Townsend is ahead of Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the race for a spot in England’s Euro 2016 squad, believes Danny Murphy.The Gunners forwards have both struggled to make an impact for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, with Walcott scoring just five Premier league goals despite regular selection, while Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t featured at all since February.Townsend, meanwhile, has turned saviour for Newcastle.He has been outstanding since moving to the Magpies from Tottenham in January, scoring four brilliant goals and claiming two assists in ten games for the Premier League strugglers.And His latest strike, a fine free-kick against Crystal Palace on Saturday, won the three points which finally lifted Newcastle out of the relegation zone.Townsend has starred for England before, and that at a time when he wasn’t even first choice at Tottenham, and ex-Spurs midfielder Murphy has sent a message to Roy Hodgson – ‘Get him on the plane!’“Townsend is fit, is playing well and is scoring goals – I would take him,” Murphy told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I’m a big fan of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain when they’re playing regularly and they’re contributing.“But you can’t take a risk with half a dozen players who aren’t playing regularly. You need to hit the ground running, you can’t wait three games.“Jack Wilshere, Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling would have all just got back from injury – how many others can you risk taking? That’s my logic.“So for me, Andros Townsend goes.“He’s an impact player, he’s scoring goals at the moment and he’s confident.“Get him on the plane!” Andros Townsend has been outstanding for Newcastle since his arrival in January 1
LETTERKENNY RUGBY NOTES:Senior First Team: Letterkenny begin season in style Letterkenny 1st XV 31 – Virginia 8The new season began well at Dave Gallagher Park with a visit from Cavan Club, Virginia on what turned out to be a very warm and sunny day giving near perfect conditions, on a wonderful pitch. The Letterkenny men started off quite rusty as expected, in the first game of the season. New Captain Andrew Gibson soon settled his men though and the hard work in preseason, soon showed as they built phase after phase eventually allowing 2nd Row Ben Mortimer to break the line and get a try beneath the posts.Virginia responded with pressure, pushing right to the Kenny try line but the defence was strong and they couldn’t get through. They were rewarded however with 3 points from a penalty in front of the posts. Another try for Kenny from wing Cian Curran gave them a strong lead at the half time. 12-3 to Letterkenny.The 2nd half was dominated by Letterkenny. Tries from Darragh Nolan, John Anthony McFadden and prop Rae Clarke, really showcased of this Letterkenny sides potential. Some great conversions from full back Bryan McGinley added to the tally. A late break away try from Virginia gave the visitors some consolation, but there was still no taking away from this very good Letterkenny performance.Letterkenny 1st XV: Chris Digimas, Gary Canning, Rae Clarke, Ben Mortimer, Kevin Durran, Terence Gallagher, Craig Herron, Ciaran Clarke, Conal Sheridan, Andrew Gibson (C), Cian Curran, Sean Deery, John Anthony McFadden, Darragh Nolan, Bryan McGinley. Next week see’s the 1st XV host Strabane in the first round of the Gordon West Cup. The 2nd XV are starting their season with a visit to Carrickfinn to play Tir Chonaill, at the airport._______________________________________________________________At Youth level Letterkenny had a great start, hosting City of Derry on a beautiful day.Under 14s won 24 – Nil with 2 tries from Fantastic Fabio, one each from Mya Alcorn, Adam Quinn and conversions from Bobby McGettigan and Charlie Worth. Letterkenny really outclassed a Derry side that lost heart from early on, even though they showed ability. The rematch should be good.Under 16s won 28 – 7 with tries from Will Douglas, Oisin McGarvey, Oran Wilson and Ciaran Aitken plus 4 straight conversions from Fionn McGarvey. This was always a very one sided affair, but the Derry team never gave up trying, so it was very entertaining. All players got an outing. Under 18s won 37 – 20 and it was a hard, fast, physical display, which saw Letterkenny start well with two tries by Adam Quinn and Hughie Merlehan and one conversion by Ryan Mortimer leaving them ahead by just 2 points at half time, because Derry came back with two tries. But the second half saw Kenny take control, adding 3 more tries from, Kieran Sweeney, Ryan Mortimer and a stunning Sam MacGinty ‘Solo’ after catching a restart kick from the gifted boot of Ryan Mortimer – he ran the pitch, ducking and diving past four tackles to cross the line. Again Ryan Mortimer converted twice along with an earlier perfect 2 penalty kicks. This contest was a wonderful Derby and the after match fun showed what the game is all about. Owen Ferry from Derry got an especially ‘warm’ reception coming off the pitch from the locals.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY 1STs BEGIN SEASON IN STYLE AGAINST VIRGINIA was last modified: September 15th, 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:Letterkenny Rugby Club notes
“It was incredible,” Saubert said. “They had supplements already made for you so there wasn’t a whole lot you had to do, which made it really easy.” But there is one part of training that was, and still is, challenging for Saubert; eating between 5,000 and 7,000 calories a day. Saubert returned to Drake after the Combine to continue his training with Ryan Martin, Drake’s strength and conditioning coach, for his Pro-Day at Iowa State. He was able to take the things he learned from Exos and adjust them to train better at Drake. One major difference, he had to cook all his meals, which proved to be a little challenging. At Exos, meals were built into servings. A typical meal would consist of five servings of fuel or grains, which is usually rice, pasta or other types of carbs, three servings of protein, three servings of vegetables and healthy fats. “I lose weight super fast so I have to eat tons of food,” Saubert said. “It’s difficult because sometimes I’m just sitting there and I can’t eat anymore but I know I have to.” During the week between practice and talking with scouts, Saubert and the rest of the players had the opportunity to visit a Shrine hospital and spend time with children suffering from different afflictions. The kids were able to show off their skills in basketball, dancing and catch while learning new things from their football friends. “You feel like a super hero,” Saubert said. “They look up to you and are so excited for you to be there.” It’s not every day a college football player has the opportunity to participate and train for the NFL draft. But for former Bulldog Eric Saubert, this dream became a reality. As a part of the East-West Shrine game, participants have a whole week of practice and interviews with scouts that went late into the night. “It’s a stressful situation, but at the end of the day you have to tell yourself that you would much rather be there than not,” Saubert said. “It’s an incredible opportunity you have to capitalize on.” “The interviews are pretty standard,” Saubert said. “Most of the time, they are trying to figure out who you are as a person. They ask where you are from, what your family is like and how you were raised. Then they will talk a little football with you to see how you learn and understand the game and how much you retain from playing in college. For me, they asked me about the different types of defenses I would be facing and how I understand them.” There were 33 scouts in attendance that were primarily there for Saubert. He set a new personal best with a 35-inch vertical jump and clocked a 4.65-second 40-yard dash in addition to a 7.29 in the three-cone drill. Saubert also caught 34 of the 35 passes thrown his way. When it came down to it, the decision was between Drake and Valparaiso. “Drake obviously has a better football program and a much better school in my opinion,” Saubert said. “So I chose it for the academics but also a chance to play better football.” Before the NFL Combine, Saubert participated in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21. “It was a unique opportunity for me to come together and practice with a bunch of different guys from different schools,” Saubert said. “A lot of the guys are high-level players, so it was good for me to get that type of exposure.” In addition to physical testing, players were again interviewed by NFL head coaches, general managers and scouts. In addition to being interviewed a number of times before, Saubert says the business school at Drake played a key role in making interviews feel like second nature. “Drake’s business school prepared me a lot for the interview process,” Saubert said. “The interviews (with NFL personnel) are pretty similar to the ones we went through during training at Drake. The skills you need are similar in the NFL portion, it’s just different subject matter.” “The Combine was another one of those stressful things, but I was blessed to be there,” Saubert said. “It was more stressful for me because I pulled my hamstring a couple of weeks before the Combine, but I was able to participate in a few of the drills.” Saubert began playing football his freshman year of high school after many years of playing baseball. When it came to his senior year, he says there weren’t a whole lot of schools looking to recruit him. But that changed when Drake head coach Rick Fox set up a time to meet with him and see him play. “I’m fortunate to say Drake discovered me,” Saubert said. Not every interview is as standard as this. Sometimes, the interviewer may teach a player some of their offense and then quiz them on it. Or, after running through questions, the interviewer might ask the player to recite the first question he asked. Fortunately, Saubert’s interviews were straightforward and none of his interviews tried to play any sort of mind game. With the NFL Draft taking place this week, April 27-29, physical training isn’t the only thing Saubert is focusing on. “My attitude is to stay hungry,” Saubert said. “Applying that same work ethic and attitude got me to this point and I am trying to keep that up through this process. You have to be in good shape and ready to go, So that’s what I’ve been trying to do; keep in shape, keep working hard and staying hungry.”Print Friendly Version Following the East-West Shrine Game came the NFL Combine, where Saubert continued to impress football personnel both on and off the field. He measured in at 6-5 and 253 pounds. Among the tight ends, he was tied for second on the bench press, lifting 225 pounds 22 times. He also ranked among the upper half of tight ends with a recorded 33-inch vertical jump and a 121-inch broad jump. On-field position drills proved to be no problem, catching every ball thrown his way. After graduating in December of 2016 with a degree in actuarial science, Saubert had little time off before traveling to Pensacola, Fla., to train at EXOS, a draft and training facility, from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. For two months, he was on a vigorous daily schedule that began with breakfast and a training session of speed drills or lifting in the morning. After lunch, there was a little bit of a break until it was time for treatments and another session of speed drills or lifting in the afternoon. The day ended at around 4:30 p.m. and then they would do it all over again the next day.