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입력 2010.09.01 (18:38) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

Korea’s bilateral free trade agreement with Peru will benefit the automotive and electronics sectors the most. Greater cooperation in Peru’s natural resources development will also have an effect on the Korean economy.






Korean-made cars are easily spotted on the streets of Peru’s capital Lima. This Korean car dealership is crowded with customers. Korea owns the second-largest share of 24 percent in the Peruvian car market following Japan. Korea’s market share is expected to grow more than 10 percent over the next one or two years in the wake of the bilateral free trade agreement.



[Soundbite] Eduardo (Hyundai Motor Company, Peru Branch) : Now the people of Peru can buy Korean cars more easily. I’m sure profits can be made.



Korean home appliances like TVs, washing machines and refrigerators are also hot sellers in Peru. The Korean products control 70 percent of the Peruvian market and their share is expected to grow. Peru will also be a reliable source for mineral resources like silver, copper and zinc.



[Soundbite] Park Jong-geun (Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Peru) : Peru and Korea can build a win-win relationship in many areas rather than becoming rivals.



Korea will lift customs on Peruvian squid and asparagus, so preventing damage to related Korean industries should follow. Bilateral trade between Korea and Peru is 1.5 billion dollars per year. The free trade agreement is considered to be a new foundation for Korea to expand trade in Latin America.





2. Economy Outlook



[Anchor Lead]

The plant operation rate of manufacturing firms has posted an all-time high, and a number of other indicators on industrial output also seem to be doing well. However the leading index, which predicts economic activity in the coming months, is falling, and the corporate forecast of future conditions is also worsening, raising concerns of coming instability.






This company manufactures circuit boards used in making smartphones. With the surging demand of smartphones, circuit board orders are pouring in from Samsung, LG and even Apple. The company factory is running around the clock. The booming semiconductor and machinery equipment sectors have boosted the manufacturing operating rate to a record 84.8 percent. But jitters remain despite the positive indicators. Production is growing but the growth rate is falling and the leading composite index which forecasts future conditions has dropped for the 7th month. The business survey index or BSI of manufacturers which assesses current economic conditions posted 98, the first in five months to fall below 100.



[Soundbite] Kang Jung-gu (LG Economic Research Inst.) : Amid lingering jitters, firms tend to maintain their existing facilities. Companies also refrain from making new hires which explains the lackluster local demand. Experts advises better management of global economic insecurities and risk factors at home such in the real estate and construction industries.





3. Dolphin Fishing



[Anchor Lead]

The rising number of dolphins spotted near the Korean Peninsula is changing the government’s policy toward the mammal. Korea has declared itself a potential dolphin fishing nation, fueling speculation over the possible lifting of the 24-year national ban on catching dolphins.






Korea has just one vessel for dolphin research. This ship on its third day at sea has found a school of dolphins in waters some 17 miles southeast off the cape of Homi in the southern port city of Pohang.



[Soundbite]

An Yong-rak (Cetacean Research Inst.) : We observed 1,200 common dolphins, 300 minke whales and 200 other dolphins and whales.



Some 30 dolphins have also been found near Seongsan Harbor on Jeju Island. The muscular dolphins gather around divers.



[Soundbite] Kim Geon-tae (Underwater Photography Specialist) : The dolphins live on crabs in the sand or other fish such as flatfish.



The rise in the dolphin population near the Korean Peninsula means more of them are also dying after getting caught in nets. The number of dolphin deaths shot up from 107 in 1996 to 751 in 2008. The government is considering lifting its 24-year ban on dolphin fishing. But the majority of the Korean public is opposed. Experts say comprehensive studies such as tracing dolphin DNA must come first to strike a balance between using dolphine resources and preserving nature.





4. Solar Lights



[Anchor Lead]

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed an advanced version of solar-powered street lights. The life span of the lights, which use energy saved up during the day, has been extended, and they can also be lit on rainy or snowy days.








The street light comes on at dusk when the sun goes down and darkness comes. The street light set up inside the district of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology is an LED light powered by sunlight. The solar cell panel at the top absorbs sunlight and stores the solar power in a storage battery which will be used to power the light at night. A surveillance camera is also installed on the post.



[Soundbite] U Deok-ha (Korea Inst. of Science & Tech) : As this antenna receives all signals, it can be remote controlled and monitored.



The research team extended the light’s life span to ten years by using a lithium cell. This is five times longer than previous street lights that use lead cells. Solar cell panels rotate according to the sun’s movement helping to absorb thirty percent more solar power than existing models. So they can also be used on rainy or snowy days. The research team is planning to install six lights at COEX in November during the G20 summit meeting period for test operation and replace existing street lights with new ones after cutting manufacturing costs.





5. Medical App




[Anchor Lead]

Many travelers have trouble finding a hospital or pharmacy if they suddenly get sick on a domestic trip. But smartphones are providing the answer to this problem by allowing quick access to information on hospitals, pharmacies and first aid tips.






Tourists who suddenly get sick while traveling in an unfamiliar area can find it hard to locate a hospital or pharmacy.



[Soundbite] I went to Gangwon Province with my friends this summer. We had trouble finding an ER when one of them got a stomachache in the middle of night.



But a smartphone can make finding the nearest medical facility a piece of cake. A new application allows users easy access to hospital data stored at an emergency medical center. Users can find the location of emergency rooms nearby and even the number of patients on the waiting list. The 1339 Medical Information Application is a free service offered by the Health and Welfare Ministry. More than 80,000 bits of information like first aid tips and the location of emergency facilities and hospitals nationwide are provided. About one-third of deaths in Korea are caused by lack of first aid knowledge or delayed treatment. So the new service is expected to drastically reduce that rate. The application is exclusively available on Apple iPhones but will be offered on Android smartphones by mid-September.





6. "Smart Work"



[Anchor Lead]

Many companies are introducing the "smart work" system in which workers don’t necessarily have to come in to the company to work. But for the program to function, related laws needs to be revamped, including the Labor Standards Act.






The term "Smartwork" means working anytime, anywhere without being physically at work. The government in July announced measures to facilitate the "smartworking" culture which is spreading to public corporations and a number of private firms.



[Soundbite] Kim Seong-tae (Dir., Nat’l Information Society Agency) : We’re at a critical juncture in paving the way for "Smart Korea."



The government aims to promote the new system by establishing 500 distant work centers. If a company introduces the smartwork center, it will receive an exemption in traffic generation taxes. A new working environment will also be fostered for workers to execute businesses swiftly anytime, anywhere.



[Soundbite] Hwang Cheol-jeung (Korea Communications Commission) : Giga-level Internet speed which is 10 times faster than it is now, will start service in 2012.



Existing laws which can be a stumbling block to implementing the new system must be revised. For the private sector to adopt the smart work system, working hour standards must be adjusted and technologies must help to prevent leak of classified information.





7. Rayon Fashions



[Anchor Lead]

Rayon produced in a small town near Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, will be presented at a major fashion show in Paris. Punggi rayon is seeing a rebirth as a useful and eco-friendly fabric.






Elegant models wearing beautiful summer garments appear onstage. The clothes are made with extravagant and cool rayon made in the small town of Punggi-eup in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. Final checks are made before the collection’s presentation at the Pret-a-Porter in Paris this weekend. Punggi rayon is known for its excellent cooling properties, earning the nickname "air conditioning fabric."



[Soundbite] Choe Bok-ho : (Punggi Rayon Designer) : Consumers are looking for innovative fabrics in the hot weather. Punggi rayon is recognized as an ideal fabric for summer clothes.



Punggi rayon is made with 100-percent natural pulp. The fabric is also lightweight, cool and affordable. The French organizers of the fashion show are the first to invite Korean designers to showcase Punggi rayon clothes. The show is also a major opportunity to promote Punggi rayon to world.



[Soundbite] Hong Seong-gil (Yeongju City Official) : Firms are still small in size and often face difficulties in marketing their products. We’ve been trying to devise marketing and research strategies to help them.



Punggi rayon had been considered outdated and was used only for suit lining. But the fabric is set to undergo a rebirth by being showcased at a world-famous fashion show in Paris.





8. Veggie Benefits



[Anchor Lead]

Those who eat ginseng for their health should eat more vegetables from now on. Researchers say fiber helps you absorb the saponin in ginseng.






This woman is preparing ginseng to cook Korean chicken soup called samgyetang to boost her family’s stamina and help them recover their appetites lost due to the scorching summer heat.



[Soundbite] Frequent sweating in summer weakens your stamina, so you need to eat stamina boosting food like this.



Research results say saponin in ginseng is more effectively absorbed by the body when eaten with vegetables. According to studies by the Food and Drug Administration, people who eat vegetable on a regular basis can absorb saponin eight times better than those who consume vegetables less often.



[Soundbite] Prof. Kim Dong-hyeon (Kyung Hee University) : Bacteria in the stomach produce enzymes for breaking down ginseng substances. The activity of these enzymes differ greatly among individuals.



Eating more vegetables helps absorb saponin in ginseng more effectively as fibers in vegetables help break down the ginseng substances. So consuming vegetables at least two or three days a week is helpful for those who cannot digest ginseng well. The Food and Drug Administration is planning to apply the research results in determining the appropriate amount of ginseng intake by individual and developing various forms of ginseng food.





9. Dental Care



[Anchor Lead]

“You don’t look your age” is always a favorite compliment. But, of course, outer appearance isn’t all there is to good health. The inside of the mouth ages as well. Here are some tips for keeping your teeth and gums young and healthy.






These aerobics students seem to be in good shape for their age but what about their teeth?



[Soundbite] I look like twenty something. So maybe my teeth look about age twenty five.



[Soundbite] I work out a lot but I hardly go to the dentist. Since I’m 43, my teeth might be like those of a 45-year-old.



Their teeth were not, in fact, in as good a shape as their bodie. Let’s take a look at how old the teeth of these 40- and 50-something women look.



[Soundbite] Nam Gwang-hyeon (Dentist) : We assume the age of teeth considering the gum condition and how hard or worn out the teeth are.



Their gums and teeth were up to six years older than their actual age. There are lots of things you can do to keep your teeth young and healthy.



[Soundbite] I chew xylitol gum after brushing my teeth. Then you don’t have to worry about cavities.



Xylitol chewing gum has been said to be effective in preventing cavities.



[Soundbite] Xylitol helps prevent cavities but it’s effective only when the gum contains more than 50% of xylitol.



There are also more effective ways of brushing your teeth.



[Soundbite]

Shouldn’t soft toothbrushes be better than hard ones?



Actually, the brush should be hard enough to be able to remove plaque. What about toothpaste? How you brush your teeth is more important than the toothpaste you use. Here’s how you brush your teeth to keep them in good shape. The brush should be rotated 180 degrees between the gums and the teeth, and each surface should be brushed at least ten times.



[Soundbite] If you feel any rough surfaces with your tongue after brushing it means plaque is still there.



You finish up by brushing your tongue. Here’s someone whose age is difficult to guess when in comes to the condition of her teeth.



[Soundbite] My teeth are in their 20s.



She’s been named healthy teeth queen of the year after a strict, three-phase judgment. She’s in her seventies, but her teeth are as young and healthy as someone in her twenties. The family sits down for dinner. She eats something no one else in the family eats.



[Soundbite] I like fish bones. I prefer the bones to the meat. Chewing them helps strengthen my gums.



Fish bones are rich in calcium, so they strengthen teeth. Cucumbers and turnip are also among her secrets. Eating crunchy vegetables strengthens the teeth and prevents them from cracking and breaking.



[Soundbite] You can keep your teeth young and healthy by just brushing your teeth regularly and avoid junk food.



Tangleweed is also known to be good for dental health. Strips of fiber-rich vegetables rolled in tangleweed sheets are a great dish for keeping your teeth strong. Stone cells in pears also have a cleansing effect on teeth. If you take on just a few of these tips, you can make your teeth 10 years younger.
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    • 입력 2010-09-01 18:38:22
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

Korea’s bilateral free trade agreement with Peru will benefit the automotive and electronics sectors the most. Greater cooperation in Peru’s natural resources development will also have an effect on the Korean economy.






Korean-made cars are easily spotted on the streets of Peru’s capital Lima. This Korean car dealership is crowded with customers. Korea owns the second-largest share of 24 percent in the Peruvian car market following Japan. Korea’s market share is expected to grow more than 10 percent over the next one or two years in the wake of the bilateral free trade agreement.



[Soundbite] Eduardo (Hyundai Motor Company, Peru Branch) : Now the people of Peru can buy Korean cars more easily. I’m sure profits can be made.



Korean home appliances like TVs, washing machines and refrigerators are also hot sellers in Peru. The Korean products control 70 percent of the Peruvian market and their share is expected to grow. Peru will also be a reliable source for mineral resources like silver, copper and zinc.



[Soundbite] Park Jong-geun (Trade-Investment Promotion Agency in Peru) : Peru and Korea can build a win-win relationship in many areas rather than becoming rivals.



Korea will lift customs on Peruvian squid and asparagus, so preventing damage to related Korean industries should follow. Bilateral trade between Korea and Peru is 1.5 billion dollars per year. The free trade agreement is considered to be a new foundation for Korea to expand trade in Latin America.





2. Economy Outlook



[Anchor Lead]

The plant operation rate of manufacturing firms has posted an all-time high, and a number of other indicators on industrial output also seem to be doing well. However the leading index, which predicts economic activity in the coming months, is falling, and the corporate forecast of future conditions is also worsening, raising concerns of coming instability.






This company manufactures circuit boards used in making smartphones. With the surging demand of smartphones, circuit board orders are pouring in from Samsung, LG and even Apple. The company factory is running around the clock. The booming semiconductor and machinery equipment sectors have boosted the manufacturing operating rate to a record 84.8 percent. But jitters remain despite the positive indicators. Production is growing but the growth rate is falling and the leading composite index which forecasts future conditions has dropped for the 7th month. The business survey index or BSI of manufacturers which assesses current economic conditions posted 98, the first in five months to fall below 100.



[Soundbite] Kang Jung-gu (LG Economic Research Inst.) : Amid lingering jitters, firms tend to maintain their existing facilities. Companies also refrain from making new hires which explains the lackluster local demand. Experts advises better management of global economic insecurities and risk factors at home such in the real estate and construction industries.





3. Dolphin Fishing



[Anchor Lead]

The rising number of dolphins spotted near the Korean Peninsula is changing the government’s policy toward the mammal. Korea has declared itself a potential dolphin fishing nation, fueling speculation over the possible lifting of the 24-year national ban on catching dolphins.






Korea has just one vessel for dolphin research. This ship on its third day at sea has found a school of dolphins in waters some 17 miles southeast off the cape of Homi in the southern port city of Pohang.



[Soundbite]

An Yong-rak (Cetacean Research Inst.) : We observed 1,200 common dolphins, 300 minke whales and 200 other dolphins and whales.



Some 30 dolphins have also been found near Seongsan Harbor on Jeju Island. The muscular dolphins gather around divers.



[Soundbite] Kim Geon-tae (Underwater Photography Specialist) : The dolphins live on crabs in the sand or other fish such as flatfish.



The rise in the dolphin population near the Korean Peninsula means more of them are also dying after getting caught in nets. The number of dolphin deaths shot up from 107 in 1996 to 751 in 2008. The government is considering lifting its 24-year ban on dolphin fishing. But the majority of the Korean public is opposed. Experts say comprehensive studies such as tracing dolphin DNA must come first to strike a balance between using dolphine resources and preserving nature.





4. Solar Lights



[Anchor Lead]

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed an advanced version of solar-powered street lights. The life span of the lights, which use energy saved up during the day, has been extended, and they can also be lit on rainy or snowy days.








The street light comes on at dusk when the sun goes down and darkness comes. The street light set up inside the district of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology is an LED light powered by sunlight. The solar cell panel at the top absorbs sunlight and stores the solar power in a storage battery which will be used to power the light at night. A surveillance camera is also installed on the post.



[Soundbite] U Deok-ha (Korea Inst. of Science & Tech) : As this antenna receives all signals, it can be remote controlled and monitored.



The research team extended the light’s life span to ten years by using a lithium cell. This is five times longer than previous street lights that use lead cells. Solar cell panels rotate according to the sun’s movement helping to absorb thirty percent more solar power than existing models. So they can also be used on rainy or snowy days. The research team is planning to install six lights at COEX in November during the G20 summit meeting period for test operation and replace existing street lights with new ones after cutting manufacturing costs.





5. Medical App




[Anchor Lead]

Many travelers have trouble finding a hospital or pharmacy if they suddenly get sick on a domestic trip. But smartphones are providing the answer to this problem by allowing quick access to information on hospitals, pharmacies and first aid tips.






Tourists who suddenly get sick while traveling in an unfamiliar area can find it hard to locate a hospital or pharmacy.



[Soundbite] I went to Gangwon Province with my friends this summer. We had trouble finding an ER when one of them got a stomachache in the middle of night.



But a smartphone can make finding the nearest medical facility a piece of cake. A new application allows users easy access to hospital data stored at an emergency medical center. Users can find the location of emergency rooms nearby and even the number of patients on the waiting list. The 1339 Medical Information Application is a free service offered by the Health and Welfare Ministry. More than 80,000 bits of information like first aid tips and the location of emergency facilities and hospitals nationwide are provided. About one-third of deaths in Korea are caused by lack of first aid knowledge or delayed treatment. So the new service is expected to drastically reduce that rate. The application is exclusively available on Apple iPhones but will be offered on Android smartphones by mid-September.





6. "Smart Work"



[Anchor Lead]

Many companies are introducing the "smart work" system in which workers don’t necessarily have to come in to the company to work. But for the program to function, related laws needs to be revamped, including the Labor Standards Act.






The term "Smartwork" means working anytime, anywhere without being physically at work. The government in July announced measures to facilitate the "smartworking" culture which is spreading to public corporations and a number of private firms.



[Soundbite] Kim Seong-tae (Dir., Nat’l Information Society Agency) : We’re at a critical juncture in paving the way for "Smart Korea."



The government aims to promote the new system by establishing 500 distant work centers. If a company introduces the smartwork center, it will receive an exemption in traffic generation taxes. A new working environment will also be fostered for workers to execute businesses swiftly anytime, anywhere.



[Soundbite] Hwang Cheol-jeung (Korea Communications Commission) : Giga-level Internet speed which is 10 times faster than it is now, will start service in 2012.



Existing laws which can be a stumbling block to implementing the new system must be revised. For the private sector to adopt the smart work system, working hour standards must be adjusted and technologies must help to prevent leak of classified information.





7. Rayon Fashions



[Anchor Lead]

Rayon produced in a small town near Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province, will be presented at a major fashion show in Paris. Punggi rayon is seeing a rebirth as a useful and eco-friendly fabric.






Elegant models wearing beautiful summer garments appear onstage. The clothes are made with extravagant and cool rayon made in the small town of Punggi-eup in Yeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. Final checks are made before the collection’s presentation at the Pret-a-Porter in Paris this weekend. Punggi rayon is known for its excellent cooling properties, earning the nickname "air conditioning fabric."



[Soundbite] Choe Bok-ho : (Punggi Rayon Designer) : Consumers are looking for innovative fabrics in the hot weather. Punggi rayon is recognized as an ideal fabric for summer clothes.



Punggi rayon is made with 100-percent natural pulp. The fabric is also lightweight, cool and affordable. The French organizers of the fashion show are the first to invite Korean designers to showcase Punggi rayon clothes. The show is also a major opportunity to promote Punggi rayon to world.



[Soundbite] Hong Seong-gil (Yeongju City Official) : Firms are still small in size and often face difficulties in marketing their products. We’ve been trying to devise marketing and research strategies to help them.



Punggi rayon had been considered outdated and was used only for suit lining. But the fabric is set to undergo a rebirth by being showcased at a world-famous fashion show in Paris.





8. Veggie Benefits



[Anchor Lead]

Those who eat ginseng for their health should eat more vegetables from now on. Researchers say fiber helps you absorb the saponin in ginseng.






This woman is preparing ginseng to cook Korean chicken soup called samgyetang to boost her family’s stamina and help them recover their appetites lost due to the scorching summer heat.



[Soundbite] Frequent sweating in summer weakens your stamina, so you need to eat stamina boosting food like this.



Research results say saponin in ginseng is more effectively absorbed by the body when eaten with vegetables. According to studies by the Food and Drug Administration, people who eat vegetable on a regular basis can absorb saponin eight times better than those who consume vegetables less often.



[Soundbite] Prof. Kim Dong-hyeon (Kyung Hee University) : Bacteria in the stomach produce enzymes for breaking down ginseng substances. The activity of these enzymes differ greatly among individuals.



Eating more vegetables helps absorb saponin in ginseng more effectively as fibers in vegetables help break down the ginseng substances. So consuming vegetables at least two or three days a week is helpful for those who cannot digest ginseng well. The Food and Drug Administration is planning to apply the research results in determining the appropriate amount of ginseng intake by individual and developing various forms of ginseng food.





9. Dental Care



[Anchor Lead]

“You don’t look your age” is always a favorite compliment. But, of course, outer appearance isn’t all there is to good health. The inside of the mouth ages as well. Here are some tips for keeping your teeth and gums young and healthy.






These aerobics students seem to be in good shape for their age but what about their teeth?



[Soundbite] I look like twenty something. So maybe my teeth look about age twenty five.



[Soundbite] I work out a lot but I hardly go to the dentist. Since I’m 43, my teeth might be like those of a 45-year-old.



Their teeth were not, in fact, in as good a shape as their bodie. Let’s take a look at how old the teeth of these 40- and 50-something women look.



[Soundbite] Nam Gwang-hyeon (Dentist) : We assume the age of teeth considering the gum condition and how hard or worn out the teeth are.



Their gums and teeth were up to six years older than their actual age. There are lots of things you can do to keep your teeth young and healthy.



[Soundbite] I chew xylitol gum after brushing my teeth. Then you don’t have to worry about cavities.



Xylitol chewing gum has been said to be effective in preventing cavities.



[Soundbite] Xylitol helps prevent cavities but it’s effective only when the gum contains more than 50% of xylitol.



There are also more effective ways of brushing your teeth.



[Soundbite]

Shouldn’t soft toothbrushes be better than hard ones?



Actually, the brush should be hard enough to be able to remove plaque. What about toothpaste? How you brush your teeth is more important than the toothpaste you use. Here’s how you brush your teeth to keep them in good shape. The brush should be rotated 180 degrees between the gums and the teeth, and each surface should be brushed at least ten times.



[Soundbite] If you feel any rough surfaces with your tongue after brushing it means plaque is still there.



You finish up by brushing your tongue. Here’s someone whose age is difficult to guess when in comes to the condition of her teeth.



[Soundbite] My teeth are in their 20s.



She’s been named healthy teeth queen of the year after a strict, three-phase judgment. She’s in her seventies, but her teeth are as young and healthy as someone in her twenties. The family sits down for dinner. She eats something no one else in the family eats.



[Soundbite] I like fish bones. I prefer the bones to the meat. Chewing them helps strengthen my gums.



Fish bones are rich in calcium, so they strengthen teeth. Cucumbers and turnip are also among her secrets. Eating crunchy vegetables strengthens the teeth and prevents them from cracking and breaking.



[Soundbite] You can keep your teeth young and healthy by just brushing your teeth regularly and avoid junk food.



Tangleweed is also known to be good for dental health. Strips of fiber-rich vegetables rolled in tangleweed sheets are a great dish for keeping your teeth strong. Stone cells in pears also have a cleansing effect on teeth. If you take on just a few of these tips, you can make your teeth 10 years younger.