ASDC

Asian Schools Debating Championship 2014 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2014 Asian Schools Debating Championships, hosted by Sri KDU, Kota Damansara, Selangor, Malaysia from 2-9 June 2014 as made public by the Adjudication Core at https://www.facebook.com/groups/asdc2014/.

R1: Education
THW allocate school places solely on geographical proximity and not other criteria such as intelligence, ability or talent
THS the creation of exclusive schools for students that identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning)
TH regrets the narrative in education that success in life is contingent on one’s level of academic achievement

R2: Media
THW ban all media reporting on suicides.
THW remove all songs with anti-minority lyrics from public free-to-air radio.
THBT peacekeeping forces should not be obligated to protect war correspondents behind enemy lines.

R3: USA
THBT the United States should not have engaged in a prisoner swap with the Taliban.
THBT the United States should publicly extend support to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.
THBT the United States should, given a choice between the two, focus on engaging India rather than China.
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ASDC 2014 Grand Final [VIDEO]

Video recording of the Grand Final of the 2014 Asian Schools Debating Competition by Logan Balavijendran.

ASDC 2014 GFMotion: TH regrets the emphasis on miracles in the spread of religion
Proposition: Hwa Chong Institution 1 (Singapore)
Opposition: Damansara Jaya 2 (Malaysia)
Result: Damansara Jaya 2 by 6-3 split decision

More videos of ASDC debates can be find at http://www.malaysiandebaters.org/

ASDC 2014 Tab and Break [UPDATED]

Tournament Tab

— OLD POST —
Unofficial break for to the octo-finals for the 2014 Asian Schools Debating Competition in Malaysia thanks to Sukhdev Malhi for the Open Break and Ny Yong Sheng for the Novice Break. There apparently wasn’t an ESL break.
Obviously this is yet to be officially confirmed, and so there may be errors, both in the content and in my transcription.
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ASDC 2013 [MOTIONS]

Motions for the 2013 Asian Schools Debating Championships hosted by Claret School of Quezon City in the Philippines from 15 May to 21 May. The Chief Adjudicators were Dino de Leon, Syed Saddiq, LP, Shamalie Madhu Jayatunge, and Ratib Ali.

Round 1: Politics and governance
THW make the salary of politicians equal to the per capita income of the country
THBT believes that corporations should not be allowed to contribute to campaigns
THW prefer a technocratic autocracy over a populist democracy

Round 2: Religion
THW compel religious adoption agencies to accept capable LGBT parents
THBT Free Speech should include the right to offend religions
THW remove all legal and economic privileges granted to religious organizations

Round 3: Finance and Economics
THW break up the big banks
THBT home countries should not penalize is citizens/corporations for bribery in foreign states
THBT multinational corporations have a duty to maintain a strong presence (majority of their industry) in their home countries
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ASDC 2012: Registration

Registration for the 2012 Asian Schools Debating Championship has begun. The championship is hosted by Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman (AKA. STAR). The much awaited and rather delayed website is finally up at http://starasdc2012.org/

Registration
Pre-registration opens from February 21st – February 29th, 2012

Registration fees for debaters and adjudicators is RM 900.00
Registration fees for Observers is RM1250.00

The invitation letter:

ASDC 2012: January Updates

After successfully bidding to host the 2012 Asian Schools Debating Championships in Sekolah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, the organizing committee has released a number of details regarding tournament dates and registration.

ASDC 2012 will be beheld from 31st May 2012 to 7th June 2012

Registration will occur in 5 stages

  • February 15-29: Pre-Registration (team registration opens)
  • March 1-15: Pre-registration RM300/usd100 (non-refundable deposit)
  • March 16-April 1: Finalizing registration / wait list promotion
  • April 7-25: Full Registration RM900 (Full rego)
  • May 3-15: Travel/dietary/contingent details/photo book (complete registration forms)

From https://www.facebook.com/groups/107364566003213/

Top Posts of the Year 2011

2011 is coming to a close, and PaulLau.com has grown another year older, 27 months and counting. There have been over 88,700 views since this blog began in October 2009, and over 550 posts (recall just 12 months ago, that number stood at a little over 180) which means that the “Posting at least once every week in 2011” commitment became more of a ‘Posting once a day’. It’s been an amazing year in terms of the blog, nearly 66,000 views just this year. So here’s a look back at the top posts of 2011.

1. WSDC 2011 – Team Lists [1st all time]
Part of the WSDC 2011 series, the posts resided in sidebar of PaulLau.com for over 8 months in the run-up to WSDC 2011 in Dundee, listing the team members attending WSDC 2011, at least those I could find.

2. Fire at UWC Atlantic College [2nd all time]
Other than debating, this was undoubtedly the second biggest story of the blog this year. I started this post 2 hours after the incident itself and continued updating it as a running summary of the situation.

3. TOK Essay – May 2012 [3rd all time]
Let’s just say this has not been the highlight of my Christmas holiday.

4. Fire at UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 1 [4th all time]
The first images of the aftermath of the fire. Incidentally, April 14th was the busiest day on the blog with just under 1,300 views in just 24 hours.

5. [RESULTS] LSE Open 2011 [Tab]
A tournament I attended with David as my debating partner, joined by other Team Wales member Cat and Sarah. An amazing experience and my first peek into university level debating. You can read about what happened in my de-facto diary entry 1, 2 and see how Team Wales fared.

6. WSDC 2011 – Official World Rankings
Also part of the WSDC 2011 series, the official world rankings followed my earlier, and rather more controversial, post with my own calculations (which were quite accurate, even if I say so myself)

7. AC IB Results 2011
A good year for AC and some good results all together for my dear second years. Sadly, that puts the bar quite high for the UWC AC class of 2012.

8. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round-up
The ultimate summary of my final high-school tournament – WSDC 2011 – before I left the high-school debating scene. An amazing tournament and some unforgettable memories. Thank you to everyone.

9. Fire @UWC Atlantic College – Photo Set 2
The second set of photos regarding the Sunley fire, this time with my own photos.

10. SCMP – Profile: Chris Lee (IS) IGCSE Top of the World
A not so original post, but an article that did catch my eye, and clearly attracted quite a bit of attention too.

Honorary Mentions

I think it is worth noting at this point that although only 3 WSDC 2011 related posts were found in the top 10, and only 4 debating related posts, the next 10 posts are exclusively debating related, 8 of which are WSDC 2011 related as well. August 2011 was also the most popular month for PaulLau.com with nearly 14,000 views. A final thought: isn’t it interesting that Team Singapore, Team Canada and Team England come in as top posts on their own?

11. WSDC 2011 – Team Singapore
12. WSDC 2011 – Media Guide [UPDATED]
13. WSDC 2012 – Prepared Motions [UPDATED]
14. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 1 & 2
15. WSDC 2011 – Team Canada
16. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Break, Round 7 & 8
17. WSDC 2011 – Team England
18. [RESULTS] WSDC 2011 – Round 5 & 6
19. ASDC 2011 – Participating Institutions
20. WIDPSC 2011 – Grand Final [RESULTS] + Analysis