Archive for April 2012
IB Exams have begun and I am afraid that I will have to say goodbye to blogging for the time being.
Best of luck to all the other people that are also taking their IB Exams around the world. See you on the other side!
Motions for the Polinela National Debating Championship 2012 in Indonesia
Business & Corporation Ethics
THBT inappropriate posts made on social networking sites is a legitimate basis to terminate employment of workers
THW ban companies from advertising their products in a sexualized manner
THW prohibit company owners to employ their family members, regardless the position
THBT Indonesian public schools should be obliged to teach all religions to its students regardless of their beliefs
THBT students should have a power in determining the curriculum in their school
THW punish schools that rejects students with special needs
Animal Rights and Welfare
THBT nations that allows whaling should prohibit its by-products to be imported to other countries
THW shut down all forms of puppy mills
THW establish a National Pet Ownership Registry
Some of you may have noticed a general lack of updates about stuff happening at Ac or stuff I’m doing. The truth is, there really isn’t that much interesting stuff that’s going on right now. First years are having their end of year exams round about now and the formal IB exams for second years are starting shortly after that. As a result, most of the second years, myself included, are hunkered down in carrel units studying away. Our lessons are all over, which means we now have the entire day to study.
A lovely little list from Julia, a fellow Castle dweller (in the neighbouring carrel unit) that I fell really ought to be shared.
You know the IB is almost here when
- you only ever see Second Years at breakfast and check-in and some briefly at mealtimes in between.
- your social life seems to involve only those in your Carrel Unit.
- everyone supposedly ‘relaxing’ in the Dayroom at check-in is talking about work.
- everyone at supper is so tired they simply stare at their plate.
- people start drinking coffee at 10.30pm
- you go to the Quiet Room when you used to go to bed.
- you see people walking around eating Nutella out of a jar
Video by Liam Nash and Rune Øster Mortensen featuring the Sailing Project in March, earlier this year. Essentially, from what I remember, 11 students joined the crew of Challenge Wales (www.challengewales.org/) for about a week.
Yesterday saw the semi-finals of the 2011-2012 Sing Tao Inter-School Debating Competition hosted at St. Joseph’s College. Diocesan Girls’ School (Affirmative) defeated Diocesan Boys’ School on the motion that ‘The Hong Kong government should amend the Marriage Ordinance to give transsexuals the right to marry.’ La Salle College successfully opposed St. Paul’s Co-Educational College on the motion that ‘Recruiting mainland athletes to compete for Hong Kong does more good than harm to Hong Kong’s sporting development’. Both DGS and LSC won by 3 votes to 1.
This means that the Grand Final, on the 12th of May, will be contested between LSC and DGS. Both schools have a history in the Sing Tao competition, being the two of just 3 schools that have won the Sing Tao in the last 6 editions. With South Island School winning in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011; DGS won in 2007 and LSC in 2009. I am pretty sure that both teams will feature members of the Hong Kong Debate Team, Natalie So from DGS and Ben Allen from LSC. DGS have won the Sing Tao 6 times; in 1987, 1989, back to back in 1996 and 1997 as well as in 2002 and 2007. However, La Salle does have the more recent success in 2009 as well as winning the Senior HKSDC tournament in September last year and again in February earlier this year.
It looks to be a tight competition with two well accomplished teams facing off. I myself sadly won’t be able to attend the Grand Final, but I look forward to the DVD when it does come out.
I’m not a very powerful man, but if this screenshot of my Mac is to be believed, I have the capacity to travel in time and make things in the future, right now. It says under document info that the image was created “Tomorrow”. In fairness, it is probably because of unsynced times between my camera and my computer. Still a cool situation though.
Video about the 2012 UWC AC Peace and Conflict Conference made by Media Service at AC.
An interesting 5 point test on whether to invoke the Responsibility to Protect, presented by Gareth Evans, Australia’s foreign minister for eight years in his Project Syndicate article.
- “The first criterion is the potential harm to civilians: is the threat of a type and scale that prima facie justifies the use of force?”
- “Whether the primary purpose of any proposed military action is to halt or avert the threat to civilians”
- “The issue of last resort: has every non-military option been explored and found unlikely to succeed?”
- “Proportional means: are the scale, duration, and intensity of the proposed military action the minimum necessary to meet the threat in question?”
- “The final, and ultimately the most crucial, criterion for intervention is the balance of consequences: will military intervention do more harm than good?”