Press Trust of India DubaiMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 17:34 IST Chris Gayle returning to form is a huge boost to the West Indies in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDwayne Bravo has talked up West Indies’ chances at 2019 World CupWest Indies drew 2-2 at home against top-ranked England in a five-match ODI seriesOpening batsman Chris Gayle has been in fine form for the former champions in ODI cricket On a high after their stunning results against England, all-rounder Dwayne Bravo believes that the West Indies will pose a threat to all the teams in the coming World Cup.Bravo said in Dubai that he was very impressed with the way the young West Indies team was developing and its performance against England in the one-day series in the Caribbean was proof of that.”We have some good young players who have been improving and developing well and it is good to see the way the team is doing against England which is the number one ODI side,” he said.”I have talked to captain Jason Holder and others and I believe this team will be a threat to all teams in the World Cup which is going to be a very open tournament this time,” he said.West Indies have a good mix of experience and youth: BravoThe globetrotting Bravo felt that no team could be termed a favourite in the World Cup.”Anyone can do well on a given day but I feel confident about West Indies as we see a good mix of experience and youth.”Bravo who is playing for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League in UAE said he was always happy to share his knowledge and skills with youngsters in leagues around the world.Famous for his variations in bowling in pressure overs, Bravo felt that PSL is a “tournament for the younger generation of Pakistan cricket”.The 35-year-old, who retired from international cricket last year but is playing in T20 leagues around the world, said he loved to talk to the younger bowlers in the nets.advertisement”Definitely, that’s why I stand at mid-off and mid-on most of the time to feed my knowledge to the young fast bowlers.”I ask them a few questions just to see how they are feeling. For me, it’s not about trying to change anything or try to coach them, but it’s about knowing how developed their brains are, how they react under pressure and then I intervene with my experience.”It’s important to allow them to make mistakes, allow them to learn, and they be free and they are allowed to learn.”Bravo said Twenty20 format is tough and bowlers can get frustrated at being thrashed.”This format is tough for the bowlers, so it’s important that the bowlers keep believing in themselves,” said Bravo, whose slower ones and lethal yorkers have earned him the most 475 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.He was part of both the West Indies sides that won the ICC World Twenty2o in 2012 and 2016.”You can easily put yourself under pressure when a couple of balls go to the boundary and that’s where my roles is, which is to keep them calm and allow them to learn to come back.”Bravo said he still enjoys playing leagues around the world.”For me, this is a game I was born to play as a kid,” said Bravo who hails from Trinidad.”It was my childhood dream to play. I am happy playing it, fans come and pay to watch us and get entertained. I play the game in the right kind of spirit and the way it should be played. We need to have fun and that’s what DJ Bravo is about, that’s what is my brand is about.Also Read | With Lahore airport shut, Pakistan Cricket Board shifts PSL games to KarachiAlso Read | Chris Gayle on world record in England ODIs: Fantastic to hit 39 sixes aged 39Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow 2019 Cricket World CupFollow Dwayne BravoFollow Chris Gayle West Indies will be a threat to all teams at 2019 World Cup: Dwayne BravoBravo said in Dubai that he was very impressed with the way the young West Indies team was developing and its performance against England in the ODI series in the Caribbean was proof of that.advertisement
Aeroplan operator Aimia increases dividend amid higher Q1 revenue but lower EPS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2013 6:35 pm MDT MONTREAL – Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM) is increasing its quarterly dividend by a penny per share even though the operator of the Aeroplan loyalty rewards program also reports an 8.3 per cent decrease in its net earnings per share in the first quarter.Aimia said after markets closed Monday that its net profit rose to $45.7 million from $44.7 million in the same 2012 quarter, but on an earnings per share basis that amounted to 22 cents versus 24 cents in the year-earlier period.However, total revenue rose 7.4 per cent to $609.5 million from $567.7 million as it upped the dividend to 17 cents from 16 cents, an increase of more than six per cent.The dividend is payable June 28 to shareholders of record on June 14 and, based on Aimia’s closing price Monday of $15.98 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, would produce an annual yield of 4.25 per cent.“This quarter our consolidated top line was bolstered by a solid increase in the gross billings from the sale of loyalty units, which represents nearly three-quarters of our total gross billings,” said chief executive Rupert Duchesne.“In particular, the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region was very strong in the first three months of this year. We are on track for 2013 and look forward to many successes in the balance of the year across our global operations, including Canada, with respect to the negotiation of our financial partner contract renewals.”First quarter gross billings the EMEA region were $173.7 million, representing an increase of 20.8 per cent compared with the same period of 2012.Beside Aeroplan, Aimia also operates Nectar, the United Kingdom’s largest coalition loyalty program.The company, which employs more than 4,000 people in over 20 countries, also has stakes in Air Miles Middle East, Nectar Italia, Mexico’s leading coalition loyalty program, Club Premier, Brazil’s Prismah Fidelidade, and i2c, a joint venture with Sainsbury’s offering insight and data analytics services in the U.K. to retailers and suppliers. It also has a minority position in Cardlytics, a U.S.-based private company operating in transaction-driven marketing for electronic banking.