Men’s Basketball Hosts Upper Iowa In Saturday Exhibition

first_imgStory Links Live Audio Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team rings in the new season at home Saturday, Nov. 2, in an exhibition against the Upper Iowa Peacocks. Tipoff is scheduled for noon at the Knapp Center.Drake, defending Missouri Valley Conference champion, look to start off the season strong after a 24-win season and postseason appearance in head coach Darian DeVries first season at the helm. D.J. Wilkins, who earned MVC All-Freshman Team honors last season, leads Drake’s veterans and makes his return to the court after suffering a  season-ending ankle injury in last year’s final game of the season. Another returning starter is Noah Thomas, who led the team with 89 assists a season ago. In the paint, the Bulldogs will be looking to 7-foot sophomore Liam Robbins who saw floor time last year as Nick McGlynn’s understudy, but will now be expected to take more of a starring role. Roman Penn will also make his Drake debut Saturday after he spent last season on the bench upon transferring from Siena, where he had been one of the program’s leaders as a freshman.The Bulldogs are led for the second year by Darian DeVries, recipient of last year’s MVC Coach of the Year award.The Peacocks come into Saturday’s exhibition off a 7-21 season that saw them send off three starting seniors. However, the team retained a valuable asset in sophomore guard Joe Smoldt who was recently named as a Northern Sun Conference Player to Watch in the league’s preseason preview. The Bulldogs and Peacocks last met on the court in 2011.Following Saturday’s exhibition, Drake begins regular-season play against the Kennesaw State Owls at home Nov. 7. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and tickets are available at Live Stats Buy Tickets last_img read more

Business travel pricey in Australia

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The strength of the Aussie dollar coupled with a robust business environment has placed Australia amongst one of the most expensive for business travel a recent report has found.According to a report conducted by Concur on corporate travel and entertainment spend, found that four Australian cities made the top ten most expensive cities for business travel.Perth came in at third place, followed by Sydney in fourth, Brisbane seventh and Melbourne was ranked as the 9th most expensive Australian city to conduct business travel.Concur executive vice president and general manager Asia Pacific Michael Eberhard said the high Aussie dollar and strength of Australian business sector has most likely attributed to the result in the T&E report. “Concur’s significant volume of transactional data provides us the unique opportunity to report on the state of corporate T&E spend, Mr Eberhard said. “This in turn sheds light on ways Australian customers can drive down costs and better manage their bottom line by providing higher visibility and benchmarks on T&E spending.”Additionally, the report found Sydney ranked 14th in the list of the 25 most visited international cities for business travel which was measured by hotel nights, and the average amount spent.The report revealed that the top three global T&E categories airfare, lodging and dining encompassed over 60 percent of total spend compared to 50 percent total spend in 2010.Australia proved to be one of the most expensive cities to dine in with the average dining coming in at A$62.17.Hong Kong had the highest average airfare cost at A$1,064.19 while the United States had the least expensive average lodging cost at A$85.17.Internationally, airfare and lodging showed the highest increase from 2010 to 2011, while average dining spend decreased by over four percent during the same period. The report found Australia had the costliest average in diningImage source: APTClast_img read more