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International Debate Academy Begins
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 19:04
Sam Greenland speaks in the demo debate Arrivals can be difficult and this one was no exception. All are now here and safe. Now we are about 80 people from 15 countries here for a week before we move to Maribor for the tournament. Sunday night most people had arrived and a demo debate was featured. The motion was “This house would punish parents for the crimes of their minor children." It
AFA Presents Service Award & Speaker of the Year
Wednesday, 26 November 2008 19:00
From Kelly McDonald: As Chair of the American Forensic Association"s Professional Development Committee it is my honor to announce the 2008 recipient of the AFA Distinguished Service Award is Dr. Duane Fish of Northwest College. Duane has been Director of Forensics at Northwest College since 1976 and Communication Division Chair since 1992. Numerous organizations have recognized Duane"s
CUSID British Parliamentary Nationals results
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 08:00
Here are the results from the Canadian British Parliamentary National tournament, held this past weekend at Queen"s University. Former World Champion Michael Kotrly was the Chief Adjudicator, and Peter Milliken, speaker of the House of Commons, chaired the grand final.

Ian Freeman & Richard Lizius, Hart House (closing opposition)

Best Speaker: Richard Lizius, Hart House

Best Novice Speaker: Sean Husband, McGill

Best Public Speaker: Sean Hayward & Sean Stefanik, McGill
ESU John Smith Memorial Mace - England
Monday, 24 November 2008 01:33
The ESU John Smith Memorial English Mace Champions are Oxford LW (Jonathan Leader Maynard and Alex Worsnip) beating teams from ULU A (Neill Harvey Smith and Diarmuid Early), Oxford SL (Kitson Symes and Shengwu Li) and Cambridge A (Jo Box and Giles Robertson).
Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championships Results‏
Sunday, 23 November 2008 20:08
Here are the results of the Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championships held at Sydney University. The tournament consisted of 7 rounds before breaking to semi-finals.
News for Debaters Website
Saturday, 22 November 2008 10:39
A website has been created by the University of Vermont for WUDC/BP debaters to survey the news in a quick and easy fashion. While it is designed for University of Vermont debaters it is open and available to all. http://debate.uvm.edu/newsfordebaters.html Categories include: News Compilers - right, center, leftUSA PoliticalLeading MediaScience & TechnologyNorth AmericaSouth
IDEA Exchange Workshop Features Many Presentations
Saturday, 22 November 2008 09:49
Marcin in Estonia 40 presentations with some interesting themes. Not all debate-related, but interesting. From Marcin Zaleski: Dear All, IDEA Exchange is in a litttle less than two weeks now and we are looking forward to seeing you in Amsterdam on the 4th-6th December. All the information concerning the themes, format as well as venues is available at idebate.org/exchange2008 Please
Llano to Videoblog from International Debate Academy
Friday, 21 November 2008 10:20
From http://progymna.blogspot.com/2008/11/idas-is-imminent.html Thursday, November 20, 2008 IDAS is imminent On Friday I leave with a small group of students for my third trip to Slovenia for the International Debate Academy. It"s definitely a good time, and I always look forward to the multiple teaching challenges that it presents. As Tuna mentioned in his debate blog yesterday, he and I
Debating in the Bahamas
Friday, 21 November 2008 10:18
From http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/national_local/322039807967548.php GB teams selected to compete in national debate competition By LISA S. KING FN Asst. Editor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Grand Bahama could possibly reclaim its winning reputation in the upcoming national debating competition as evidenced by the outstanding performance displayed by participants of this year"s district
GLOBAL DEBATE to Report On Site Around the World Through Cork
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 16:46
It is a small world through debate! There will be slight pause in the global debate news flow for the next few days as I relocate. This relocation is the beginning of a season of on site reporting that will carry us all the way through Cork. Here are some of the locations and some of the events that we will be covering in person: Late November - International Debate Academy in Slovenia. 80+
Invitation to the Singapore Debate Open 2008‏
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 08:42
Hi All!

The Singapore Debate Open is now officially open for registration. Attached is the official invitation letter. We would like to extend our warmest invitation to all to register. The basic details once again are:

Date: 20-21 December, 2008

Venue: NUS Law Campus, Bukit Timah

Debate: BP Style, 4 prelim rounds, Quarters, Semis, Grand Final

Cost: S$50 per team/S$25 per adjudicator/debater

This open invitational tournament promises to be one of the most prestigious and competitive events in the local debate calendar. In its inaugural year,the SDO attracted teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, local debaters based in the Ivy and Oxbridge circuit and many notable illustrious members of the debating alumni. This tournament is perfect for exposure to a high level of debating and for training for the upcoming World Universities Debating Championships and the rest of the debate year ahead!

This year we are proud to have 2 very accomplished gentlemen as our CA and DCA, on top of a very high quality adjudicators" pool.

Mr. Ngoei Wen-Qing was captain of the NUS debate team some years back, best speaker of All-Asians 2000 and champion team member, Sydney Worlds 2000 ESL champions, Australs quarter-finalist, coach of the Singapore national team (semi-finalists in 2006) just to name a few of his many accolades.

Our Deputy Chief Adjudicator is Mr. Vishal Harnal. Vishal was finalist in 2007 AUDCs and second ranked speaker of the tournament, he adjudicated at Assumption Worlds 2007 and debated in the 2006 Vancouver Worlds. Vishal is also an active member of the Singapore Debate Association for many years.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at this email address and we"ll be happy to answer your queries/assist you in planning to come for the competition.

Warmest regards,

NUS Debating Society
MMU IV 2008
Wednesday, 19 November 2008 08:35
The annual MMU IV will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of November. All debaters who are interested are invited to come. This is a friendly reminder that we only have three more days to go.

The details of the tournament are as follows :
Format : British Parliamentary
CA : Suthen "Tate" Thomas
Date : 22nd and 23rd of November
Venue : Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya.
Time : 9 am (both days)
Rounds : 4 preliminaries + Semi-finals + grand finals
Adj. Rules : N-1
Team Cap : None
Rego fees : RM 30/debater or adjudicator
*Lunch for both days will be provided. MMU IV 2008 will also be offering and certificates for the trophies for the finalist, champions, and also top ten best speakers.

Accommodation, sadly, will not be provided. We will help find accomodation for those who need it, given that we are inform early.

Please register as soon as possible. To Register you can send an email to me Jolie (king_34048@yahoo. com) or Andrew "Ips" (anthrex_13@hotmail. com). If you wish to call us , you may do so at 0176988670 (Mohammed Abdullah a.k.a Jolie) or 0124005260 (Andrew "Ips").

That"s all for now, meet you at the tournament.
Mohammed Abdullah a.k.a. Jolie-Vice President Voices MMU.
Now Debate This - Energy and History Contest
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 21:19
From http://teachingwithcontests.com/?p=335 High school students to compete for $250,000 in scholarships Now Debate This, America’s only national educational debate and $250,000 scholarship contest for high school students, launched its 2009 program today in partnership with the National Forensic League Speech and Debate Honor Society. The 2009 topic and focus of the second year is: “How can
Taiwan Makes its University Debate Mark
Tuesday, 18 November 2008 21:08
From http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=791187 Debate team from southern Taiwan college wins championship in Japan Central News Agency 2008-11-18 12:28 PM A debate team from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in the southern port city of Kaohsiung won the "English as a foreign language" (EFL) category of the Northeast Asian Open 2008 Debating Championship earlier this month,
Oil Company Grant Finances Debate on Renewable Energy
Monday, 17 November 2008 13:07
From http://www.my.highschooljournalism.org/tx/houston/kerr/article.cfm?eid=18111&aid=230526 CX teams go green, win grant Funds from BP Global help kick off expanded speech activities By Alex Karr This year, the Speech and Debate team is already leaps ahead from where they started last year, having already earned a $10,000 grant from BP Energy for researching and educating others about
Pan African Universities Debating Championship
Monday, 17 November 2008 13:00
From Justice Motlhabani: Inaugural Pan- African Universities Debating Championship The African Regional Office and the OSI Youth Initiative in New York is partnering with the Pan African Universities Debating Championship (PAUDC) organizing committee and the University of Botswana to organize the first ever Pan-African Universities Debating Championship in Gaborone, Botswana from the 8th to the
Inaugural Pan- African Universities Debating Championship
Monday, 17 November 2008 01:20
The African Regional Office and the OSI Youth Initiative in New York is partnering with the Pan African Universities Debating Championship (PAUDC) organizing committee and the University of Botswana to organize the first ever Pan-African Universities Debating Championship in Gaborone, Botswana from the 8th to the 14th December 2008.

The PAUDC will bring together Universities from 10 African Countries in addition to numerous debate trainers from the US, South Korea and South Africa. The 10 participating countries that have confirmed attendance are from West Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia, from east Africa Uganda and Kenya and from Southern Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The tournament is expected to have about 25 Universities among them the University of Nairobi in Kenya, UB, the University of Jonnanesburg, Limkokwing University-Botswana, the University of the Free State, Rhodes University, University of Forhare, University of Namibia and the Universities of Lagos and Calabar in Nigeria among many others.

It is expected to have participants totaling 300 debaters, adjudicators and about 12 trainers making it the biggest debating tournament ever in the African continent. Hundreds Botswana high schools students are also expected to benefit from the tournament as volunteers, time keepers and runners. This week long tournament will be hosted at the University of Botswana main campus with the grand opening ceremony at the GICC and Grand Final at Phakalane Golf Estates. This intensive competition requires each university team to take part in eight preliminary debates over six days. The highest-rated teams go forward to knockout rounds, with the champions ultimately named during a Grand Final at the Golf Estates.

In addition to the actual debate tournament, there will be formal training workshops and interactive forums with leaders in business, ministers, civil society and government. The debating championship will provide a forum in which African university students can be exposed to new ideas, discuss a range of topical issues and be challenged to think critically. The PAUDC will also utilize this time to establish an African Universities Debating Board which will facilitate the dissemination of training materials, coordinate Pan-African debating events and organize training sessions, all to ensure the sustainability and spread of debate across the African continent.

Books Botswana, supplier of educational materials in UB, Phakalane Golf Estates, Rotary Club of Gaborone, British Council and the University of Botswana are among the sponsors. The tournament is convened by former reality TV personality Mr Justice Motlhabani with an organizing committee that includes, veteran debater Mr Lesang Magang as the Internal Chief Adjudicator, an exchange student in the Master"s of Public Administration Programme at the University of Botswana Graham Sowa as the Deputy Convener and registration Director, Tournament Director is World Championship top speaker Ummar Kitso Segadimo. More details about the organization of the tournament are available at www.botsdebating.com
Botswana bid for Worlds 2011 confirmed
Monday, 17 November 2008 01:16
Friends and Debaters everywhere!

I would like to proudly announce that the University of Botswana is bidding for the World Universities Debating Championships 2011. We"ve been working on hosting worlds for three years now, and we have so much in store for every one of you.

I would like to thank all the people here at home and in distant lands who supported us in the past as they continue to give us guidance. We look forward to your support again this year in Ireland!

Please join our facebook group for details and updates. Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions or just to show support.

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Botswana Worlds 2011
Results of Northeast Asian Open 2008‏
Monday, 17 November 2008 01:12
To the international debating community
The organizing committee would like to thank everyone who took part inthe first international tournament in Japan.

We would like to thank all the teams that participated in theelimination rounds. Moreover, we would like to recognize the championsof this year¡Çs NEAO, ICU 3 (Akira Kohbara, Satomi Hemmi, Keigo Okada),and the finalist, EDiS (In Young Park, Doh Hee Roh, Hannah Kim). ICU 3won against EDiS in a unanimous 9-0 decision. What is significantabout this year¡Çs winner is that ICU is the first institution outsideKorea to win this tournament.

The breaking teams for the main bracket are as follows:1. UIC 22. EDiS3. HDS 24. Tsuda5. UIC 16. SKKU7. DAE 18. ICU 3

ICU 1 was supposed to break but was not announced due to a balloterror. The committee deeply apologizes to the members of ICU 1 for this.

In the quarter-finals, ICU 3 defeated UIC2, EDiS defeated DAE 1, SKKUdefeated HDS 2, UIC 1 defeated Tsuda.

In the semi-finals, ICU 3 defeated UIC 1, and EDiS defeated SKKU.

The EFL finalists were Seikei A and Wenzao 1. Wenzao 1 defeated Seikeiwith a 3-0 decision, making them the EFL winners.

Again, congratulations to all teams that broke!

The top ten speakers on the tab were:
1. Shoko Furui (AGU 2)
1. Wonjoon Jang (UIC 1)
1. Tzu-Chien Yen (Wenzao 1)
4. Kotono Maekawa (AGU 2)
4. Kang Min Lee (SKKU)
4. Sumi Park (UIC 2)
7. Satomi Hemmi (ICU 3)
7. Hyewon Hetty Rho (Korea 3)
7. Junghwan Jeon (UIC 1)
10. Miyuki Nozu (ICU 1)
10. Nayoung Song (UIC 2)
10. Yejin Moon (UIC 2)

Breaking Adjudicators:
Chihiro Nakagawa, Logan, Jason Jarvis, Isao Ayabe, Tomohisa Ishikawa,Masako, Peter Kipp, Soo Young Cho, Andrew Nishizaki, Sophie Lee, MinHyuk Kim, Rose Chang, Jonathan Borock, Melorina Kamaruddin, Sae-Seul Park
QatarDebate"s Introduction to Debating
Monday, 17 November 2008 01:06

QatarDebate, the national debating organization of Qatar, is pleased to announce the release of our first interactive educational tool, "An Introduction to Debating", an exciting 5-disc DVD training set for students, teachers and parents.

As part of QatarDebate"s mission to develop, support and raise the standard of open discussion and debate in Qatar and across the world, we are delighted to offer educational institutions (schools, universities, not-for-profits and national debating federations) anywhere in the world up to 3 copies of the DVD set completely free of charge.

To place your order for QatarDebate"s "Introduction to Debating" DVD set, please visit http://www.qatardebate.org/videos/ and fill out the online order form. Your DVDs should be delivered in 10 - 15 days from the date of your order depending on where you are in the world.

While you"re visiting our website, feel free to sign up for the QatarDebate newsletter (using the blue box in the top right hand corner) to receive regular updates about QatarDebate projects and opportunities, and information about The World Schools" Debating Championships which will be held in Qatar in 2010.

Best wishes,

The QatarDebate Team

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