World Debating News
17 June 2010
In order we secure a similarly stellar line-up this year, our Chief Adjudicator, Neill Harvey Smith has recruited three deputies to help out. They are: Fred Cowell, a Europeans finalist, Loke Wing Fatt, a professional debate coach and Rose Hellens-Hart, debate coach at the university of Honolulu, all of whom broke at Worlds as a judge.
Ours is not an easy competition to win. It starts in August, ends in September and each debate lasts five days (though you don’t need to argue for all of them of course). It takes a lot of hard work to win but there’s no great reward without great effort and the judging team you’ll face will ensure you’ll benefit regardless how the debates turn out.
To secure your place please send $20 per person or $100 per team (unlimited number of members, though we reckon six is best) to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal. If you’d like to apply for a bursary or have any questions at all please email us on the same address.
16 June 2010
It is therefore our proud honour to invite you to the 2nd Bangalore Circuit Debate (BCD). We hope to continue this idea of a small, decentralized debate which can act as a developmental tournament for new debaters, new styles and new formats. In keeping with this aim, We will also be having a panel discussion on Indian and International debating styles.
When: Friday-Sunday, 25-27 June 2010,
Where: Christ University, Bangalore
Format: Asian 3-on-3 format (will follow UADC norms)
- 16 team cap.
- N=1 Adjudicator Rule applies for all teams
- Cross and Open teams allowed
- 4 Prelim rounds with a break to semi-finals
Registration: Rs 100 per head.
Fri, 25th - 3.30 - Orientation & Round 1
Sat, 26th - 12-6.30 pm- Panel Discussion, Rnd 2 & 3
Sun, 27th - 9 am-6.30 pm - Rnd 4, Semis & Finals.
Apart from a strong and experienced judge pool, we are also proud to introduce our extremely experienced adj core:
Dipti Ramesh has been a quarter-finalist at the NLS Debate-2010, was CA of Christ University PD-2009, DCA of Christ University PD - 2010, ranked top 10 as an adjudicator at IITB PD 2009 and is currently Convenor of the Christ University Debating Society.
Nishita Vasan broke as a judge to the Quarter-finals at Koc Worlds, and judged the EFL Finals at Asian BP-2009. She has extensive experience at local tournaments, having won best adj at the MSR Memorial-2010, and broken to the quarter-finals at the IITB Debate-2009.
Nitya Chidambaram broke to the quarters at All-Asians-2008 as a speaker, was ranked 12th on the speaker tabs there. She also broke to the quarters at IIT Delhi Debate-2008, judged the semifinals of the MSR Memorial-2009, judged the Novice finals at MSR Memorial-2010, was a subsidy judge at IITB-2009, judged the finals of the Christ School of Commerce Debate, and has participated at numerous internationals, including UADC and Oxford.
Pranav Pai broke at All-Asians-2008, was a finalist at MSR Memorial-2010, semi-finalist at the Christ University PD-2008, was a DCA of Christ University PD-2009, DCA at the RV Debate Tournament-2010, Best Adjudicator at Premchand Memorial International PD 2009 and NUJS International PD 2010. He was also a Quarter-Finalist at IITD-2008 and has extensive judging experience in the 3-on-3 format.
To run the tabs, we will have Skanda Prasad as Tab Director. Skanda broke to the quarters at UADC, was 2nd ranked adj at the MSR Memorial-2010, was a DCA at the 1st Bangalore Circuit Debate, where he also ran the tab, was a DCA at the Nitte Debate-2010.
Pre-registrations have already opened, and we have received an extremely strong response, with teams from across India confirming their participation. Please do register your teams at the earliest. Details and updates can be found on the Facebook group
See you in Bangalore!
On behalf of the Bangalore PD Circuit,
+91- 99164 11810
+91- 93416 21228
Botswana Worlds 2011 Final Registration Communique
We are grateful for all the constructive feedback about Botswana Worlds that has poured in from around the world. This feedback is critical for us to be responsive to the needs of the WUDC community. With this in mind, there are a few key issues that need to be addressed.
Firstly, an IMPORTANT CORRECTION. So pay attention. The correct time of all registration phases opening will be the Botswana/South Africa time (10:00am). HOWEVER, the corresponding GMT time is 8:00AM. Please ignore any information you may have received to the contrary.
Still confused? Registration opens at 10:00AM Botswana/South Africa time. To find out what that translates into in terms of your local time zone, check the website.
Registration Contact: Thato is going to be your main registration contact. Please email her directly at email@example.com , or call her at +27760368316 or +26774100448. She will be getting back to you within a day, and if your inquiry cannot be answered by her it will be passed on up the chain of command.
Registration System: We are now two weeks away from opening registration for Botswana Worlds. The registration team has been testing the process and software for the past few weeks and we are confident that it will run smoothly. We are using the same registration software and support that were used at Cork, Ireland, and Koc, Turkey. This registration system has been met with great approval in previous WUDC's and we expect the same for Botswana.
How Many Teams? The team cap is 352 (multiple of 4). Please keep in mind the World's Constitution when registering. All team members must be from the same institution and eligible to debate according to the World's Constitution.
Disability Information: This information is pertinent to those with mobility disabilities. Please contact us directly if you have specific questions.
Gaborone, Botswana is not completely disability accessible. The biggest problems would be getting up and down curbs at intersections as not all of the curbs have ramps up to the side walk.
That being said, all of the new buildings and residences on the UB campus we will be using are accessible with elevators. Additionally, we intend to have all those affected persons debate on the ground floor. Obviously, we can only accommodate you if prior requests have been made
The Organsing Committee shall provide for special transport plan during the tournament for all participants with special needs.
Adjudication: Independent adjudicators should register with the online system AND email your Adjudication CV and brief cover letter detailing your desire/capacity to judge at Botswana Worlds 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are doing this to ensure judges who come as independents will contribute to the judging pool and are not observers/tourists. This is more of a filter rather than a ranking or qualification system.
We will open applications for judge subsidies after the initial registration phase. Everyone interested to judge can apply for these subsidies, regardless of your registration status (n-1 judge, independent judge, unregistered judge). More info to come before the first payment deadline.
Payment: Registration payment will be accepted by Wire Transfer. For any clarifications on finances email Taylor at: email@example.com. Please keep in mind with wire transfer that you must submit a scanned copy of the wire transfer BEFORE the payment deadlines. A good way to avoid this is to send the wire transfer a week before it is due so it is reflected in our account before the payment deadline. Our bank details are listed below. It is mandatory to quote the transfer reference number for easy identification of Botswana Worlds 2011 transactions by the finance team.
Account name: University of Botswana
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank
Bank Postal Address: P O Box 1529, Gaborone, Botswana, Africa
Account Number: 0100110109600
*Transfer Reference number: WS57
Branch Name: Mall Branch
Branch Code: 662167
Swift Code: SCHBBWGXAXXX
All transactions must be through Wire transfer only.
For any information regarding payments please contact the following Botswana Worlds Org. Comm. Members;
Mr.Tebogo Taylor Mogotsi
Deputy Convenor-Finance and Sponsorship, Botswana Worlds 2011
Cell: +267 726 85 700, +267 73633098
Mr Justice Motlhabani
Convenor, Botswana Worlds 2011
Cell: +267 72467417, +267 79208118
Travelling to Botswana: Please start looking at travel costs now. The sooner you can get your tickets the more you will save. We shall be confirming and posting on our website travel discount packages for Botswana Worlds delegates with Air Botswana, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian airlines and South African airways .Travel discounts shall be in the ranges of 10-30 per cent when bookings are made directly with the mentioned airline companies. Botswana Worlds travel discounts shall include return ticket packages to Gaborone from all the major cities of the world. Access to Gaborone, Botswana at this time shall be easier than before due to recent airports developments at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone and Oliver Tambo International in Johannesburg, South Africa. More direct flights to Botswana from major world cities are also in the pipeline, thus travelling to Botswana will be more fun. Delegates who wish to take 5 hour bus from Johannesburg must inform the transport director in due course, the bus package shall also be included in the travel packages on our website.
Botswana Worlds in partnership with the Botswana Tourism board will also offer post worlds travel packages for those participants who intend on taking extended stays to tour Botswana and Southern Africa's tourist destinations. This information and packages shall be availed in our website.
14 June 2010
If you want an international event we can obviously provide that. Though I imagine you’re looking for a little bit more – say an international event with world class judges, low cost entry and no need to haul yourself thousands of environmentally damaging miles? You guessed it, we’ve got all that too.
We can also offer the chance to call yourself a World Champion. Unlike the other world’s competition going on right now, ours will probably get you less interest from the opposite sex and considerably fewer fast cars, but will sound very, very, good to potential employers. “A world champion debater? Really? Do tell me more…”
Of course it’s not (only) about the winning, it’s about the taking part. If you get involved you will learn more about expressing yourself well in written English – our judges will make sure of that. You’ll also help Debatewise create a resource of debate material that other debaters, or just ordinary members of the public, can benefit from. To me, this is the greatest benefit of all.
Registration closes at the end of June and the competition proper will start in August. If more than one team wants to represent their country we’ll hold preliminary rounds in July. Entrance costs US$20 per person or $100 for a team of however many members you want (we reckon about six is best). Bursaries are available.
For more information please see www.debatewise.org/wodc or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.