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@Lars: At least the title of the book was prophetic!
15 hours ago
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@Richard: They don't, but the L&E Committee appears to imagine they do. And as EBU clubs are sovereign and can do as they please with regard to regulation, EBU regulations really only apply to EBU events and I have never come across anyone at such an event who was the slightest bit concerned on this matter (save for members of L&E Committee!). And as the only people who seem to understand all the various EBU regulations are the members of the L&E Committee, TDs and a few ‘lawyers’ they appear to me to be a complete waste of everyone's time and energy and one more nail in the coffin of EBU events. Rant over!
Aug. 16
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@Richard: Full marks to you for admitting your guilt!!
Aug. 16
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Looking at the EBL website I note that the statutes were updated recently and now include:

g) The President shall be elected by absolute majority of the votes cast by secret ballot at the General Assembly and shall serve for a term of four years, with a maximum of three consecutive terms.

http://www.eurobridge.org/governance/statutes/
Aug. 16
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Cathy: In Europe, EBL Exco elections are held every four years and each NBO gets a number of votes according to the number of members they have. Any member of any NBO can stand for election. The President is also voted in utilizing this same method. Alas, all other Officer positions are essentially in the gift of the President. How does it work for SPBF?
Aug. 16
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When Keith Stanley was Chairman of EBU he suggested the L&E Committee should meet once a year and if that doesn't work it should meet once every two years! That would certainly put an end this type of regulation as there would be no time to discuss it (one would hope).
Aug. 16
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I would like to imagine that even the most hardened pro has played for free with an up and coming youngster of great potential and more will in the future.
Aug. 16
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Cathy: I understand EBL are bringing in term limits for President and age limits for Exco members - if/when this happens I would like to imagine this will be rolled out across the world.
Aug. 16
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@Cathy: ZONE 7 – South Pacific Bridge Federation (SPBF) has had the same rep on WBF Exco since 1986 = wow = 31 years and counting = democratic?

http://www.worldbridge.org/bridge-zones/qzone7/

http://www.worldbridge.org/biographies/john-wignall/
Aug. 16
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Watching board 10 on BBO, Grue got a diamond lead round to his queen and he led 5H to Q and A. Back came a club. He rose Q and then led…QS!!! What happened to the mantra, if you need a miracle (stiff K in this instance) play for it!!
Aug. 15
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Cathy: As I understand it, any and all elected Exco members can put their name forward. And only elected Exco members. And I believe we are going to witness the first contested election in many years (but I could be wrong on this).

http://www.worldbridge.org/governance/president-council/
Aug. 15
Peter Hasenson edited this comment Aug. 15
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FWIW I spoke with a member of the ‘WBF Great and the Good’ about this recently and that person (source withheld) thought that it likely the election would end in stalemate as per Yves' prediction. My source was of the opinion that the rules may well be changed sometime in the next year and a second vote held in Orlando.

As for process, I understand the Exco vote in the President - there are 20 members so 20 votes.
Aug. 15
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There always used to be other hotels/venues in Bournemouth - have these all closed down or become hopeless?
Aug. 15
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Well played. This is the best match report I have ever read on BW. Thanks for sharing :)
Aug. 15
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It is regional and national events that will feel the pain the soonest. Clubs will soldier on far, far longer.
Aug. 14
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Richard: Why do you believe the EBU could not afford this expenditure?
Aug. 13
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Every bit helps…
Aug. 13
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@Emily: There was a similar link once upon a time on the EBU website and I am reliably informed it raised not a single penny!

But I will pass on your thought to the Selection Committee. Thx
Aug. 13
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