Hiri Cup Challenge kicks off

first_imgThe eight teams have been paired off to play under the different Hiri Trade Winds: Lahara Yellows – Harlequins and Valley Hunters, Mirigini Blues – University and Juggernauts, Avurigo Greens – Crusaders and Brothers and Laurabada Reds – Wanderers and Nova.Capital Rugby Union match coordinator, Pepe Gotaha, said each Hiri Trade team is fielding a team under the four divisions – U19, U23, Women’s and Open Men’s.He added the tournament will be played over three rounds with round two set for June 10 and round three for July 8.Gotaha said the Hiri Cup will be used by the CRU as a platform to select the Boromas (elite team) and Gaigais (development team).last_img read more

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The First Lady is a real lady

first_imgDear Editor,First Lady Sandra Granger, wife of President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, David Granger, is in my opinion one of the finest first ladies that this country has ever seen.Being a strong advocate for women’s rights and national unity, with her role models being impressionable women such as Michelle Obama and Viola Burnham, Guyana’s First Lady is indeed a positive influence for women and children across Guyana and beyond.Since becoming First Lady, Sandra Granger has been engaged in many programmes that aim to build and stimulate the advanced development of the lives and people of Guyana and in doing so; she has become a major role model for many both young and old.First Lady Granger is a strong advocate of equality on every plateau, regardless of gender, race and religion. As the National Chairman of the Universal Federation of Peace (UPF) – Guyana Chapter, an organisation dedicated to peace, harmony, cooperation and growth, I do believe that in years to come, Her Excellency will be a force to reckon with in the social development of our country.After becoming First Lady, she stated that one of her biggest concerns in Guyana is children and their safety and education, and claimed that she desperately wanted to make a difference in these areas. I am very happy that these ambitions were not in vain. I do believe that she will fulfil every promise made to the Guyanese populace.A project of hers that has been highly praised was her promoting of the Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) projects in various communities. She recently launched a STEM Guyana Robotic Camp in Buxton/Friendship, mentioning that she saw all the possibilities of robotics and the increase of knowledge for the young men and women of the varying communities. I honestly cannot wait to see what she does for the people of Guyana during her remaining time in office.Another aspect of her life to be admired is her partnership with her husband, President Granger. In pervious media interviews, the love, respect and admiration for her husband was quite obvious. The First Lady had stated that she believes President Granger was born to fulfil a greater purpose and she was proud to be by his side as he strives to make Guyana greater. In my opinion, this is the epitome of a great partnership.The relationship between the two should be appreciated by all Guyanese and I personally believe that Guyana would have moved further ahead if every politician possessed a partner of the same characteristics as that of First Lady Sandra Granger.Haaji Roshan KhanNational Chairman, UFPlast_img read more

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11 Rural Schools in Upcountry Basketball Thursday

first_imgWith six days to the official start of the 2015 Upcountry Basketball Tournament, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced that everything is set for the tournament, which runs from Thursday, November 5 to Saturday, November 8.The four-day basketball festival will be held for the first time (over two decades), at the Ganta United Methodist School in Ganta, Nimba County.The Youth and Sports Ministry has announced that 11 schools from five counties have confirmed their participation.The participating schools are defending champions, St. Martins, Gboveh High, and William V.S. Tubman-Gray from Bong County.Others are Zorzor Central High and LTI from Lofa County; C. H. Dewey from Bomi County and Brumskine High School from Grand Bassa County.The remaining schools are from the host county – Ganta United Methodist School; St. Mary’s, Bishop Carroll and LASS.It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 to win the reactivated Championship at the William V.S Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.Ganta United Methodist lost the gigantic trophy when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012.The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties. It is named in honor of Dr. Harold McGowan, a legendary Peace Corps volunteer who inaugurated the tournament about three decades ago.The amount of US$13,000 has been allotted in the national budget.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Algeria, Ghana face daunting World Cup tasks

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel of Chelsea says a young, hungry ‘Super Eagles’ squad are desperate to compensate for failing to make the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals.Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov 10- African football giants Algeria and Ghana could have hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia irreparably damaged if they lose difficult away matches this weekend. Algeria, ranked third in the continent behind the Ivory Coast and Senegal, face resurgent Group B pacesetters Nigeria in Uyo Saturday. Fifth-ranked Ghana tackle Group E leaders Egypt a day later in Alexandria with the hosts lifting a security-induced ban on spectators to permit a 50,000 crowd.Should 2014 World Cup qualifiers Algeria and Ghana lose, they will trail Nigeria and Egypt by five points in their groups with a third of the six-matchday schedule completed.Ghana are seeking a fourth consecutive World Cup appearance, which would equal the African record held by Cameroon, and Algeria a third in a row.While Algeria could not hold an early lead in a surprise 1-1 home draw with Cameroon last month, Nigeria made a perfect start by winning 2-1 in Zambia.English Premier League pair Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City scored the Nigerian goals before the visitors survived a second-half Zambian onslaught.Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel of Chelsea says a young, hungry ‘Super Eagles’ squad are desperate to compensate for failing to make the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals.“It is nice to play with young footballers who are hungry and want to establish themselves as first choices,” he told the Nigerian media.“I am reminded of my early days in the national team, playing beside stars like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu. It was a great pleasure playing with them.“It is the same with guys like Alex and Kelechi. We enjoy representing our country, creating scoring opportunities and following the instructions of the coach.”Recently appointed Germany-born coach Gernot Rohr hopes to complete a hat-trick against Algeria after wins over Tanzania in the Cup of Nations and Zambia.He believes the Africa Cup failure can be turned to the advantage of the five-time World Cup qualifiers.“Missing out on the 2017 Cup of Nations in Gabon means there is an extra motivation to win our group and go to Russia,” he said.“Everybody knows Algeria have great players, but we also have really good footballers and a family-like atmosphere within the squad.”The Uyo showdown marks the debut of Belgian coach Georges Leekens, the third  handler of Algeria this year after Frenchman Christian Gourcoff and Serb Milovan Rajevac.Gourcoff quit while Rajevac lasted just two matches after players complained about his training methods, team selections and inability to speak French or Arabic.Ghana coach and former Chelsea manager Avram Grant seems unperturbed by a poor start in Group E last month as bottom seeds Uganda forced a 0-0 away draw.“We have five matches to go and there is no need for panic,” he told reporters. “After losing our opening game at the 2015 Cup of Nations, we went on to reach the final.”Grant welcomes back fit-again Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew, but injuries sideline fellow midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and veteran striker Asamoah Gyan.Egypt pulled off a 2-1 comeback win in Congo Brazzaville and will be fired up to avenge a humiliating 6-1 away thrashing by the Black Stars in a 2014 World Cup play-off.“I know what Ghana did to us, but that is history,” said Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper. “We fear no team and our target is qualification for Russia.”Morocco coach Herve Renard comes up against a former team when reigning African champions and Group C leaders the Ivory Coast play in Marrakech Saturday.The Frenchman guided the Ivorians to a long-awaited Cup of Nations title in 2015 and has had a positive impact on sleeping giants Morocco since taking charge last March.Under-pressure South Africa coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba knows that anything less than a win against Group D pacesetters Senegal in Polokwane Saturday could see him axed.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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UDARAS CREATES 280 JOBS IN 2014 BUT REDUNDANCIES ALSO A WORRY

first_imgA total of 280 new jobs were created in the Donegal Gaeltacht in 2014, an increase of 30% on the previous year and the largest number of jobs created since 2008. The figures are contained in the latest Udaras na Gaeltachta report which was released today.New jobs were created in companies throughout the Donegal Gaeltacht such as Arán Ard Teoranta, Ard a Rátha; Randox Teo, An Clochán Liath; R.A. Pacáistí Teo and Euroflex Teo, Gaoth Dobhair Business Park; Comhlacht Iascaireachta Fánaid Teo, Fánaid; Snáth Dhún na nGall Teo and Oileán Glas Teo, Cill Charthaigh. There were 10 new start-up enterprises during the year with over 20 people were employed in those companies by year end.Unfortunately, jobs were also lost during the year and when these losses are taken into account, the overall number of jobs remains at the same level as the previous year, with 1,942 full-time jobs in Údarás client companies in the Donegal Gaeltacht at year end.Although a certain number of job losses can be expected each year as companies refocus and restructure their business model, a significant number of those jobs were lost in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park last year.During 2014, Largo Foods closed its manufacturing facility in Gaoth Dobhair and transferred production to the companys’ main plant in Ashbourne, County Meath. There were 110 full-time and 30 part-time employees employed by Largo Foods in Gaoth Dobhair. Furthermore, Nuance(Spinvox Teo) relocated its business to London resulting in the loss of 14 jobs and SIOEN (Gairméidí Caomhnaithe Dhún na nGall Teo) shed a further 10 jobs as it rationalised its operations. An tÚdarás recognises that this is a heavy blow to the area.Close to 50 of Largo’s employees availed of the opportunity to work in the companys’ production unit in Ashbourne and a number of former Largo employees have since found employment in other Údarás client-companies in the local area.In an effort to address the high level of job losses in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park, an tÚdarás established a working group with the aim of sourcing new enterprise projects to locate in Northwest Donegal, and creating new employment opportunities. The Enterprise Development Forum is due to report on its findings and recommendations at the beginning of March of this year.An tÚdarás is encouraged by the announcement made by Randox Teo in October last year that it plans to make a significant investment of €25 million at its facility in An Clochán Liath and increase employment to 540 people by 2020.“We are committed to working with Randox and supporting it in realising its vision for a world class research and manufacturing centre in its facility in An Clochán Liath. The spectrum of highly-skilled jobs that this investment will create will provide significant opportunities for the Gaeltacht labour-force now and in the future.” New Projects ApprovedAn tÚdarás approved a significant number of new projects for Donegal last year with an expected total investment of €6.5 million. These projects are expected to create 124 new jobs when fully operational.Social Employment SchemesA total of 327 people were employed in social employment schemes in the Donegal Gaeltacht at the end of the year. These schemes are managed and administered by Údarás na Gaeltachta and funded by the Department of Social Protection. Language PlanningDuring the year, nine Language Planning Areas (LPAs) were announced for the Gaeltacht, three of which are located in the Donegal Gaeltacht. Applications were sought from organisations/community groups interested in preparing and implementing language plans in these areas. Three lead organisations were selected – Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Teo. will operate in the LPA of Gaoth Dobhair, Rann na Feirste, Anagaire and Loch an Iúir; Pobal Eascarrach Teo., An tSean Bheairic Teo together with Coiste Pobail Ghort a’ Choirce will operate as the lead organisation in Cloich Chionnaola, Gort an Choirce, An Fál Carrach and Machaire Rabhartaigh LPA; and Lár-Chomhairle Paróiste Ghleann Cholm Cille Teo a will act as the lead organisation for the LPA of Dún na nGall Theas. These lead organisations have a period of up to two years to prepare a language plan for their respective Language Planning Area.UDARAS CREATES 280 JOBS IN 2014 BUT REDUNDANCIES ALSO A WORRY was last modified: January 25th, 2015 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:donegaljobsÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

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Mobile home dwellers fear eviction plan

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – Deborah Rodriguez thought she would settle down in Canyon Breeze Village when she bought a mobile home in the park years ago. But then, in 2004, Santa Clarita city officials approved the park owner’s plan for houses and retail facilities on part of the property. The plan called for saving 92 mobile homes. But a newly proposed plan would eliminate all the mobile homes – so there would be no space for Rodriguez and her family. “I wanted to retire here. I’m not happy about it,” said Rodriguez, who works as an accounting clerk in Sylmar and lives in the mobile home with her daughter, a son and four grandchildren. While some Canyon Breeze residents own their units, others rent them. It was unclear how many owners there are on the property. Paul Brotzman, Santa Clarita’s director of community development, said the park owner could be required to provide relocation assistance to owners of newer units. For owners of older ones, some kind of compensation should be provided, he said. “In that case, our position has been that at a minimum the park owner has to buy the (old mobile home),” he said. “If they cannot provide for relocation, they have to pay the owner fair market value.” The retail space being proposed for the Canyon Breeze site is in line with projects that have been built around Valencia, not a strip-mall development of the type built along Soledad Canyon under older county regulations, Brotzman said. City officials also like the idea of putting housing close to retail space – as Clark proposes – because it cuts down on vehicle trips. “With all of the growth in the area, I think that the idea of a shopping center on that corner is certainly an appropriate thing to do,” said City Councilman Bob Kellar. “It will help … raise the bar, the standard, on that corner and be an added benefit for our residents.” It was unclear when the proposal could be brought to the City Council. Meanwhile, Canyon Breeze residents are watching nervously. One resident, who declined to give his name for fear of antagonizing the property owner, said he had hoped to buy the space his mobile home is on. But that wouldn’t be possible under the proposal to city government. “The city don’t make any money off us,” he said, “so they prefer to go with the people that put money in.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMore than 30 occupied mobile homes remain at Canyon Breeze, which is at the base of a hill off Soledad Canyon and Sand Canyon roads. Mobile home spaces have been gradually vacated in recent years, and the southern half of the property looks like a campground in the off-season, with tree stumps and weeds surrounding empty spaces. Tom Clark, the owner of the park, could not be reached for comment. But city officials said the project that Clark submitted for review in June would have 120,000 square feet of retail space, where tenants would likely include a grocery store, and 164 “attached units” of housing. Town houses are a common kind of attached housing. As Canyon Breeze residents look to relocate their mobile homes, one problem some of them face is that other parks will accept only newer mobile housing, not their decades-old homes. “They got no place to put us because they’re too old, but they’re holding up good,” said John Jones, 57, a retiree from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power who lives in a mobile home that is at least 25 years old. last_img read more

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Miller, city differ on deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Monrovia purchased Miller’s land and other adjacent parcels in 2002 for a wildlife preserve in the foothills. It is comprised of a dozen or more parcels, totaling 1,100 acres. The July 31 letter clarifies the city’s use of “friendly condemnation” in its acquisition of Miller’s property in the Cloverleaf and Madison Specific Plan areas and is signed by then-Mayor Lara Larramendi Blakely. To qualify for a matching state grant, there must be a willing seller and buyer, city officials said. “There was no friendly condemnation, because that could not exist,” Blakely said Tuesday. She said the city amended all the documents to meet the requirements of the $9 million state grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board. “If Miller wants to interpret it in one way to satisfy his tax \, that’s his thing,” Blakely said, “but all the papers we signed were amended.” Miller denies any wrongdoing in connection with the sale. “I did everything above board,” said Miller, whose 42nd Congressional District includes Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, La Habra Heights and Whittier. “Everything the city asked for, I did.” Miller said he was forced to sell the land under threat of condemnation. The Brea Republican maintains he had two years to reinvest the profits under Internal Revenue Code 1033. Internal Revenue Service spokesman Bill Steiner explained Code 1033 requirements. “What it boils down to is that if a person’s property is condemned or in eminent domain status, there has to be some formal declaration of either purchase or condemnation,” he said. Monrovia City Manager Scott Ochoa, who said he wrote the July 31 letter, called Miller a willing seller. “If Mr. Miller has an issue with the IRS over friendly condemnation, it’s up to him and the IRS. “I don’t think it’s a violation of the state grant. … The purchaser has to be a willing seller. In the end, he was.” Miller is confident he hasn’t broken any federal, state or local laws or any rules governing the House of Representatives, according to his spokesman, Kevin McKee. “This was a huge land deal and he’s been doing land deals for 20 years. He has tax accountants and tax attorneys who review these. He’s confident that if he’s audited by the IRS, which he hasn’t, everything is legal,” McKee said. Miller said he bought the land in 1988 and intended to develop 60 multimillion dollar view homes, each with multiple-acre lots. He would not reveal the original purchase price. Miller referred to a May 22, 2002, letter written by former Monrovia City Manager Don Hopper and Blakely’s letter to support his actions. Hopper’s letter to Miller and his wife, Cathleen, referenced eminent domain. “Absent agreement between you and the city for the purchase and sale of the property in accordance with discussions prior to the date of this letter, the city would have initiated acquisition proceedings to acquire the property, including noticing and consideration of a Resolution of Necessity to acquire the property by eminent domain,” Hopper wrote. Using eminent domain, a city can take someone’s property if it is for public use so long as the owner gets paid fair market value. Hopper said if Monrovia had been unable to acquire Miller’s property through negotiations, there was enough sentiment in the community for the city to use eminent domain. Miller said he spent 13 years in Monrovia trying to get a development approved. “My first goal if I had an option was to develop that property … I tried every option I could to work with the city,” he said. He said he invested millions in the land. He said he paid for studies and reports plus 13 years of property taxes. Miller said he sold the land for $3.3 million less than the $15 million it had been appraised at. Miller’s attorney, Dan Wildish, said the Congressman hired him in 2001 to sue Monrovia for inverse condemnation. He said the city did everything to stop Miller from developing his property, but he never sued. “Every time we submitted a plan or report, the city \ sit on it until it expired,” Wildish said. Wildish said Hopper’s letter stopped him from suing Monrovia since it indicated the city was going to condemn the property anyway. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monrovia officials and Rep. Gary Miller deleted reference to “friendly condemnation” from a 2002 land sale so the city could qualify for state matching funds to complete the purchase. A July 31, 2002, letter from the city to Miller states the deletion “is for the sole purpose of accommodating the buyer’s efforts to acquire the matching funds needed to close escrow.” The same document states that the deletion “in no way changes” the buyer and seller’s intention that the $11.7 million sale of 165 hillside acres owned by Miller should be considered a “friendly condemnation.” The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that Miller used the threat of eminent domain to shelter profits from capital-gains taxes on the sale of the Monrovia land and other Southern California properties. last_img read more

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Injury concerns for Dundee boss ahead of Hamilton clash

first_imgDundee boss Neil McCann has a number of injury concerns ahead of their game against Hamilton at Dens Park on Saturday.Sofien Moussa is a doubt after suffering a calf injury in the defeat to Motherwell last week and has been unable to train.Meanwhile Genseric Kusunga is also likely to miss out despite doing some work following a worrying chest injury last week.Josh Meekings has returned to training and Roarie Deacon also played a full part as the pair look to return. However, Marcus Haber remains out with a knee injury.The provisional squad for Satuday’s game is: Parish, Kerr, O’Dea, Waddell, Kusunga, Etxabeguren, Caulker, Aurtenetxe, Holt, O’Hara, Kamara, McGowan, Deacon, Spence, Moussa, El Bakhtaoui, Wighton, Murray, Lambert, Leitch-Smith, Wolters, Malherbe.last_img read more

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Two schools given green light for works

first_imgTwo Donegal schools have been given the green light for funding for works.SN na Carraige in Carrick has been given funding to carry out electrical works at the school.Funding is also being released to St Peter’s National School in Mountcharles to carry out external environmental improvements. The allocations have been welcomed by Minister Joe McHugh.“I want to thank Education Minister Richard Bruton for releasing funding for two important works projects which will benefit staff and pupils in both schools,” said Minister McHugh.“I know both schools have been awaiting an announcement from the Department and I am delighted this important work can now go ahead.”No details are given of the amount of funding approved by the School Building Unit, as the publication of the amount of grant aid sanctioned could prejudice the tendering process for an individual project. The School Building Unit will issue detailed letters on the relevant projects directly to the school authorities and these letters will inform the school authorities of the amount of grant aid sanctioned by the Department.Two schools given green light for works was last modified: April 28th, 2017 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:donegalfundingMinister Joe McHughschoolslast_img read more

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HiPiHi – A Virtual World Born in China

first_imggang lu 1 Related Posts HiPiHi and SecondLifeHiPiHi has obtained lots of media coverage, most of which inevitably link itto Linden Labs’ SecondLife – a few of them even call it a clone of SecondLife.We asked Hui for his thoughts on that:“When we started discussing the HiPiHi back to 2005, actually we had no idea aboutSecondLife. SecondLife came to international attention in late 2006, then westudied it and found out we are both working towards a similar direction.It is absolutely a misunderstanding of virtual worlds if people think HiPiHi is a copycat of SecondLife. The virtual world is not just a 3D environment, but a complicated social system including the property policy, financial policy etc. HiPiHi is born in China,[so] we really hope it can embrace our own culture”.Xinhua also added that “according to the CNNIC’s report (Jan,2007), over 70% of Chinese netizensare under 30 years old, but the average age of SecondLife is reported to be 32.Chinese users have different interests and views on the Internet market. HiPiHi and SecondLife can learn from each other, butneither of us can simply copy the culture from the other”.The Future of HiPiHiDiscussing the future of HiPiHi, Hui Xu told us:  “We have invited many sociologists and economists to sit down with our technicians to discuss the future of HiPiHi. We are working hard to improve our 3D environment, and we do hope we can create a perfectsociety – a shared and fair world which will finally embrace the various cultures of the real world”. On the economics, while SecondLife created its Linden Dollar, itmay’ve been the Chinese Internet giant Tencent QQ which first introduceda virtual currency – Q Coin.It has been reported that the China government may restrict the usage ofvirtual currencies, because of concerns about undermining the nation’s financial system.So we asked Hui Xu if HiPiHi is going to introduce its own currency– and if so how it would work. Hui said that “[certainly] we have considered this, but it is still too early to finalize this topic. We have to takeall sorts of factors – inside and outside of HiPiHi – into account and we will introduce it when the virtual world is ready fortrading”. ConclusionHiPiHi is very young, but it is very special [to Chinese users] and also unique in the massive Chinese Internet market.I had a chance to pay a visit to the HiPiHi world, and it was actually a very nice experience. Tags:#international#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Eventhough SecondLife has attracted a lot of attention inChina and the first millionaire from SecondLifeis Chinese, this western virtual world has still not been officiallylaunched in China. But the rapidly growing Chinese Internet apparently could not wait forit. Last week a Chinese virtual world was launched, named HiPiHi.It’s a SecondLife-like 3D virtual world and it started a limited beta test last week. We had a very nice talk with HiPiHi’s founders, Hui Xu (CEO) and Xinhua Liu, to find out more about this new Chinesevirtual world.HiPiHi was founded in Beijing in October 2005as a privately held company funded by GCIG. HiPiHi is the onlyChinese virtual world and probably only the second company worldwide after SecondLifeto offer a truly collaborative, immersive and open-ended experience for users to create, inhabit and govern a new world of their own design.HiPiHi Team HiPiHi is very young, only 1.5 years old, and its private beta testjust started a few days ago. People might feel it is just a business strategy tocopy SecondLife, just as there are over 200 hundred video-sharing sitesdeclaring themselves as Chinese YouTubes. However, unlike most of these startups, the HiPiHi management team is very experienced inthis market.Hui Xu, the founder and CEO of HiPiHi, was the General Manager of MyWeb China and was nominated as one of the “Top Ten China Internet Heros” in 1999. Hui was also the chairman and CEO of JingQi XiShu Co. Ltd,which became one of the most successful e-commerce site in 2000. Xuewei Rao, the Director & COO of HiPiHi, founded Iscreate Communications Co. Ltd in 2000 and was also the vice-president ofthe Guangdong High-Tech Chamber of Commerce. Its vice-president, Tracy Ji, was the PR director of ZhaoPin.com –the leading provider of online career and recruitment resource in China.  Another founder, Xinhua Liu, was the vice-president of 3721.com (a leading software development company acquired by Yahoo in 2003) and also the co-founder of “EMBA Club International”.  The HiPiHi WorldThe Chinese Internet is still not mature and web 2.0 is just heatingup here. We asked Hui and Xinhua why they started an online virtual reality. Hui Xu saidthat while most users will treat HiPiHi as another 3D game, he saidthey are aiming to build a complete 3D visual background which reflects different environments in the real world.It also provides users with a powerful creation engine and tools, which helpsusers to create their own world step by step. Hui explained that before the fullpublic beta, they are going to invite around 100,000 users to be the original residents ofthe HiPiHi world.  There are four phases involved in the current private test. Note that these four phases reflect Chinese mythical events, but for better understanding here we are translating it into the corresponding Biblical story of God’s creation of the world in 7days. They are:Phase 1 – In the beginning God created heaven and the earth = the tools for rendering the terrain, hills, fields, terraces, water, flora etc are introduced.Phase 2 – God created Adam and Eve and the human race using the image ofHimself = the tools for creating more detailed avatars are introduced.Phase 3 – God created all earthly things = the tools for creating all sorts of objects are introduced.Phase 4 – The Mirage = the economic system and social system are established.Hui commented:“Every phase is given a distinctive theme, in the hope of guiding users in the creation of the virtual world. This arrangement mirrors the real evolution of human society, from barbarians to civilized society. We want to let the users experience the course of civilization, instead of forcing most of our arbitrary creations down their throat from the get-go, which willsurely confuse them.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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