Archive for October 2011
There have been a fair share of innovative sustainable ideas making the rounds. Solar power, wind turbines, energy efficient electronics are all well established now. But trying to make funerals green? Now that’s something I hadn’t heard of.
And of course, it’s happening in China. Where authorities are promoting more environmentally friendly types of funeral and interment like cremation, sea burial and tree burial.
“The government has been promoting new types of green burial for years, which can help avoid the waste of social and natural resources,”
Li Bo, deputy director of the social affairs department of the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA), at a meeting where he issued the country’s first green book on funeral development.
for more information on this strange concept.
Following the earlier announcement of Team Netherlands for WSDC 2012, the Dutch Schools Debating Council has announced that Rooj Darweesh will continue in his capacity as acting Coach for WSDC 2012, a position he held at WSDC 2010 and WSDC 2011.
Initially, Thom Wetzer, the head of our Coaching Team, was set to coach Team Netherlands. However, as he will be studying at UC Berkeley beginning January, he is unable to do so. Thom was a debater at WSDC 2010 and joined Team Netherlands in WSDC 2011 as part of the coaching team.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL COMPILATION
In the past, the draw for the annual WSDC tournament have been based in part on the past sucess of countries. Countries are ranked and then paired against opponents with the intention that all teams face a similarly difficult set of nations.So I have used the same method that calculated WSDC 2011′s pre-tournament rankings to examine the records of countries over the three WSDC 2009-2011.
Previous publications of similar lists have caused some problems, but as I will not be attending WSDC 2012 in Cape Town and will no longer be eligible for WSDC 2013 in Turkey, I believe there is no conflict of interest. I am personally responsible for any errors and apologise in advanced. This list is not official and not 100% accurate, it is intended merely as a guide.
Using the Results for a country that has attended only one or even two WSDC tournaments reduces the accuracy of this summary. Nevertheless, I think the statistics give a good sense of where teams are placed. To make calculations easier, I averaged the results to assume each national team debated at all three WSDCs between 2009 and 2011.
The summary of how National Teams have fared based on WSDC 2009 – 2011 are displayed in the following format – Country, Total wins out of 24, Total judges out of 72
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Muhammad Subarkah Syafruddin of Universitas Indonesia will coach Team Indonesia for WSDC 2012 in cape Town, South Africa.
The Education Ministry has chosen Muhammad Subarkah Syafruddin, a law student from Universitas Indonesia, to coach Team Indonesia for the 2012 World Schools Debating Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Sume, as he is popularly known, was part of the UI team that championed the ESL category at this year’s Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships, the most prestigious varsity debate contest in Asia Pacific. He is also active in UI’s award-winning international law moot court squad.
Missed the original announcement which was caught in my spambox. Here is the official announcement of Mr. Sume’s selection:
On behalf of the Directorate of Secondary Education of Ministry of National Education, it is a great pleasure for us to announce Mr. Muhammad Subarkah Syafruddin (Sume) as the new coach of Team Indonesia for the upcoming WSDC Capetown 2012.
The appointed coach has been through a series of selection processes and interview along with other bright candidates, and the selection team have come into a solid decision for appointing the mentioned individual due to his excellent and promising qualities to coach and to prepare Indonesia’s best high school debaters for WSDC 2012.
Mr. Sume will be responsible for a particular role in the Team Indonesia final selection as well as coaching the respective team. Considering this immense responsibility, we would like to ask for support and blessings from the Indonesia debate community for the smooth running of the final selection process as well as the training camp for WSDC so that we can obtain the best achievement we’ve been longed to have.
Thank you to those excellent individuals who have participated in the selection process, as well as to those who have flooded us with warm supports and suggestions. Your participation and helps are much appreciated.
Our Best Regards,
Ruli Manurung, Vitri Sekarsari
Hari Sugiharto, S.H (Diknas Officer for National Debate Program)
In the US, Republicans and Democrats regularly claim to be bipartisan and blame the other side for a lack of progress. Sadly, it is hard to find many examples of true bipartisanship, but if you were ever to find one, sex scandals by elected officials must surely be one of them.
Democrats had Congressman David Wu (Oregon) resign for a reported ‘unwanted sexual encounter’ with an 18 year old girl. Earlier, there was Antony Weiner for his ‘I’m not sure the photos are of my underwear and crotch’ episode. Bill Clinton and John Edward also automatically come to mind.
But Republicans have had their fair share of scandals. Congressman Christopher Lee (New York) sent shirt-less photos of himself on Craigslist while Governor Mark Stamford (South Carolina) disappeared for lengthy ‘hikes’ before they caused him to resign.
It’s a sad sign of the US Political System when one of the only true instances of bipartisanship is the number of sex scandals on both sides of the aisle.
In lieu of all the environmental sustainability messages that are being put across, an interesting new profession has sprung up, as the New York Times reported. Personal Eco-Concierges who will help you make decisions that are eco-friendly, do the tough research and save you time.
It’s an interesting concept and I think it’s a good substitute for those who truly wouldn’t have been eco-friendly otherwise. Obviously it’s preferable if we are all eco-friendly. But hey, who would mind a little bit of help?
They will run your errands by bicycle, recommend a spa that gives vegan manicures or buy organic clothes for you and your dog. They will even book you a dream vacation and buy the appropriate carbon offsets.
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His current run for the Republican Nomination must raise quite a few other skeletons from the closet. This isn’t really one to worry about, but it’s quite funny and he’s not too bad a singer at all. So I thought I might share this video of Herman Cain singing to John Lennon’s Imagine.
Dear Korean Debating Community,
The Korean Forensics League Student Liaisons are pleased to announce the opening of the first Korea Forensics League Debate Tournament (KFLDT). Targeting middle school students throughout Korea, KFLDT is a tournament that is both led by and catered for students.
The tournament will be held from 11/12~11/13 at Cheong Shim International Academy (CSIA) with members of KIDA (Korea Intervarsity Debate Association) acting as adjudicators. Maximum of 32 teams will be able to participate in the tournament.
For more information please refer to the attached files.
which is not fully furnished yet, will soon be updated with all the necessary information.
We hope to see you all at the tournament!
KFLDT 2011 Organizing Committee
* Award-recipients of KFLDT will have their performances taken into account in the upcoming ESDC (European Schools Debating Championship) selction process as well.
The Exam Schedule for International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Examinations May 2012 has been finalized and is now available at http://www.ibo.org/documentlibrary/examinationschedules/index.cfm.
My personal exam schedule doesn’t come out too badly. I do have exams almost every day of from the 30th of April until the 17th of May. But there’s only one day in which I have two papers, and they happen to be on the same subject, so worse case scenario, I have one evening to do some final revision for each subject.
A fitting tribute to Gurkhas a reminder of the HK Trailwalker competition which hopefully I might get the chance to compete in and complete myself,
From SCMP: ‘The trail that goes from strength to strength’ 16 October 2011
For many people there is one sporting date in Hong Kong that stands out from the rest. Maybe it reminds them that just outside one of the world’s most populated cities there lies some sprawling, beautiful countryside or maybe the prospect of blistered feet and aching knees is their idea of a good time.
Either way, the Oxfam Trailwalker team challenge, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary when this year’s event starts on November 18, has grown into one of the city’s signature events since its inception in 1981.
A record number of 4,800 people in 1,200 teams will take up the Oxfam Trailwalker’s 30th anniversary challenge next month. They will start at Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung and finish at Po Leung Kuk Jockey Club Tai Tong Holiday Camp in Yuen Long.
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