Virat Kohli hits the beach after Team India lands in West Indies

first_imgIndia have not wasted any time after landing in the West Indies following a long journey, which started from Mumbai. The players, led by skipper Virat Kohli, hit the beach at St. Kitts to play some volleyball. (Anil Kumble suffers rough ride to West Indies )Earlier, the team also underwent a yoga session under the watchful eyes of the trainer.India are in the Caribbean islands to play a four-Test series, starting July 21. However, before the Test series commences, the visitors will play two warm-up games, the first of which has been scheduled against WICB Presiden’t XI from tomorrow.India are currently placed second in the ICC’s Test rankings while the West Indies are at a lowly eighth.A 4-0 whitewash over the hosts will see India climb to the top of the table in less than a year but that is not what Kohli and Kumble are really looking at.India play 17 Tests this season and the four in the Caribbean will be the only ones they play overseas. India’s record away from the sub-continent has been abysmal. Kumble has promised a revival on that front while Kohli has urged his batsmen to take more responsibility.India are in good form in the longest format, having beaten Sri Lanka and South Africa in successive series. They were briefly on top of the rankings before Australia took over.last_img read more

Intel to open new megalab and hire 350 more Ticos

first_imgMicrochip giant Intel announced Tuesday afternoon that it will open a “one-of-a-kind” product testing laboratory in Costa Rica and hire another 350 Ticos a day after President Luis Guillermo Solís met with Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in Silicon Valley, California, on Monday.The presidency confirmed the news Tuesday in a joint statement with the Foreign Trade Ministry and CINDE, the private agency tasked with promoting investment in Costa Rica.The new so-called “mega lab,” part of the company’s research and development arm, will carry out quality control testing on Intel products in development before they move on to manufacturing.The quality testing team will join Intel’s remaining Costa Rica operation, including 700 employees in the engineering and design center and 800 employees who work for the company’s service center.“I want to reaffirm the message that Costa Rica is a country open for business, where the talent of Costa Ricans and our competitiveness gives us an excellent letter of introduction for multinational corporations that generate high quality jobs for our people. This news confirms to the world that Costa Rica is and will continue to be one of the principal players in the big leagues of attracting hi-tech businesses,” Solís said in a statement Tuesday.Intel and the Costa Rican government also announced discussions to develop a laboratory for small and medium-sized businesses inside Intel facilities as a way to spark entrepreneurship and share knowledge.The timing of Intel’s announcement was a score for Solís. Intel’s decision in April to close its manufacturing facility in Costa Rica followed shortly by Bank of America’s announcement that it would shutter its customer service center was a one-two punch against the incoming Citizen Action Party (PAC) administration. Many critics saw the timing as tacit disapproval from foreign investors about the PAC government and future investment prospects in the small country that has made a name for itself as a Latin American leader in hi-tech manufacturing.Intel’s microchips manufactured in Costa Rica made up 20 percent of national exports in 2013.Before his first trip to the United States as president of Costa Rica, Solís hinted at a possible deal with Intel to expand its trimmed operations here during a press conference on June 3, but he stopped short of confirming any deal with the global manufacturer.The announcement builds on news Monday that the cloud computing company VMware would expand its staff in Costa Rica to 450 in 2015. Facebook Comments Related posts:South Korean company confirms opening of yarn spinning plant in Costa Rica UK minister of state makes first visit to Costa Rica President Solís claims quick victory in first US tour Costa Rica, China to explore creation of ‘special economic zones’last_img read more