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입력 2010.11.02 (18:44) 수정 2010.11.02 (18:58) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The Seoul G-20 summit is just nine days away, and the presidential office and the organizing committee have stepped up preparations. President Lee Myung-bak has also suggested four major agenda items for the summit, including foreign exchange rates and development.



[Pkg]

The final countdown has begun for the Seoul G-20 summit, with the presidential office going into emergency mode. President Lee has proposed as the event’s four main topics foreign exchange rates, a global financial safety net, reform of the International Monetary Fund, and development. Host nation Korea is focusing most on development to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries.



[Soundbite]  Lee Myung-bak (President) : "Based on Korea’s experience in development, I offered to change the measures from subsidy-oriented to development-oriented."



President Lee has also begun preparing his script and plans on his own. The first foreign leader slated to arrive in Seoul is Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on November 9th. The G-20 business summit will be held ahead of the main event with around 120 CEOs and leaders from 11 countries. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev might also attend. President Lee will hold bilateral talks with all world leaders attending the summit and is making final adjustments to his schedule.



2. Aid Petition



[Anchor Lead]

Some 3,000 Korean teenagers have written letters to world leaders who will be attending the G20 conference. The letters plead with the leaders to help save children dying of famine and diseases.



[Pkg]

Every year, five million infants and toddlers under age five die of starvation and diseases. Their lives can be saved if they can have just a little more to eat or a simple treatment. Korean teenagers wrote letters to the leaders of the G20 countries. A total of 3,216 letters have been written in the past three months.



The students delivered the letters to the G20 organization committee, hoping the issue will be discussed during the meeting.



[Soundbite] Sakong Il(Head/G20 Organization Committee) : "We’ll try our best to have the students’ suggestion reflected in the agenda."



The United Nations had set a goal to reduce the number of children dying due to starvation and illness to below three million a year by 2015, but has not achieved it yet. The issue hasn’t been included in the official agenda. Attention is drawn to whether the teenagers’ plead will be accepted.



3. Family Reunions



[Anchor Lead]

We return now to some of the heartbreaking stories that emerged from the first round of inter-Korean family reunions. The separated families have had to say goodbye once again to their long-lost kin.



[Pkg]

A 70-year-old woman who’s the only member of her family to live in North Korea says goodbye.



[Soundbite]  "Don’t cry. Please, don’t cry."



Her 96-year-old mother cannot let go of her hand. Each second matters in their last meeting. Children bow to their parents. Saying goodbye is agonizing because there’s no guarantee they’ll meet again.



[Soundbite] "Take care, father.  Don’t cry. "



[Soundbite] "Stay alive."



Crying relatives surround a bus bound for the North. They promise to meet again soon, tightly holding the hands of their long-lost kin. The three-day reunion was too short to console separated families who had dreamt of this moment for more than 50 years. Four people at the reunions were former South Korean soldiers who were thought to be missing in action. But they were found to be alive and reunited with their families from the South.



[Soundbite] "We thought you were dead and even held memorial rituals for you."



The South Korean Defense Ministry will reconsider their status since they’ve been confirmed to be alive.



The South Korean Red Cross has also proposed to the North a project to confirm the fates of missing soldiers. The second round of reunions will begin Wednesday, with some 300 Koreans to reunite with their loved ones for three days.



4. Record Exports



[Anchor Lead]

The nation’s trade surplus and exports hit an all-time high in October. This year’s surplus is expected to break a new record and surpass 40 billion dollars.



[Pkg]

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy says the nation’s exports in October surged nearly 30 percent from the same period last year to record 44.1 billion U.S. dollars. That’s the highest monthly record to date. The previous record was set in June this year. The nation’s imports rose 22.4 percent to record 37.2 billion dollars. The trade balance also hit an all-time high of nearly 7 billion dollars. This year’s trade surplus is predicted to easily exceed 40 billion dollars.



[Soundbite] Kim Gyeong-sik (Ministry of Knowledge Economy) : "By the end of this year, the trade surplus is predicted to exceed the last-year record of $40.4 billion and hit an all-time high."



The leading export items are semiconductors, cars and ships. The surging exports of smartphones contributed to the export growth of wireless communication devices for the first time this year. Korean export products were able to maintain their price competitiveness because the Korean currency appreciation wasn’t as sharp as in rival nations. But imports of raw materials required for exports have spiked, resulting in a large trade deficit with Japan. By the end of the year, the trade deficit with Japan is expected to hit an all-time high of 35 billion dollars.



5. Diet Drugs




[Anchor Lead]

Weight control is a serious headache for people in modern. A ban on the sale of an appetite suppressant last month has created a dilemma for many overweight Koreans, for whom such drugs represent a double-edged sword.



[Pkg]

This office worker has received medical treatment for obesity over three months. But a new problem has appeared. The sale of an anorexiant containing sibutramine was banned in Korea last month. So he has to take other psychoactive drugs.



[Soundbite] "If I get addicted to the drugs, I get more negative effects and it would be painful. "



The Korean Food and Drug Administration has announced guidelines for using anorexiants for obesity patients. Taking psychoactive drugs for a long time can cause hypertension in lung arteries. So those suffering from heart and vascular diseases should avoid using psychoactive drugs.



[Soundbite] Dr. Kang Jae-heon (Inje University Paik Hospital) : "Patients with coronary artery diseases or hyperthyroidism are advised to avoid psychoactive drugs due to serious negative effects."



Psychoactive drugs should also not be taken for more than four weeks. Patients should take them for up to three months only even with a prescription. Men who are 175 centimeters tall and weigh under 90 kilograms are not considered obese. Women who are 160 centimeters tall and weigh less than 75 kilograms are also not obese. The food and drug watchdog advises against using anorexiants, recommending exercise and a proper dietary regimen instead for weight loss.



6. Stork Haven



[Anchor Lead]

Endangered storks are being spotted at an inland region around the Nakdong River instead of by the shores, where food is more abundant. Let’s take a look.



[Pkg]

A bird couple hunt for food at the sandbank of Nakdong River. The birds are characterized by their black feathers covering the lower back, their long, black beaks and red legs. The bird is a world endangered species and also designated as natural monument number 199 in Korea. The birds fly with their wings spread out wide. This one is presumably born last spring considering that it doen’t make noise with its beak. The birds are assumed to have flown in from Siberia for the winter.



[Soundbite] Kim Gyeong-cheol(Wetlands & Birds Korea) : "The discovery of the birds proves that the area is ecologically important."



Storks which had been native in Korea had gone extinct on the peninsula 40 years ago. The birds would be occasionally spotted in coastal areas in winter, but this is the first time in five years for them to be seen around Nakdong River. A floodplain marsh rich with food for the birds has formed as the river overflowed to create a perfect habitat for the birds.



[Soundbite] Kim Su-gyeong(Korean Stork Rehab Center) : "When a couple of habitats are formed we’ll have more birds fond of flood plains including storks and spoonbills visit regularly."



Korean researchers are carrying out a stork restoration project and aim to release the birds in 2013.



7. Kimchi Tourism



[Anchor Lead]

Korean cuisine is following in the footsteps of Korean TV shows and pop music in gaining popularity in Japan. Japanese homemakers have visited Korea to learn how to make kimchi.



[Pkg]

Nami Island is famous as the set for the hit TV series "Winter Sonata." Japanese tourists flock to the island.



[Soundbite] "Put this here and wrap it up so it stays like this."



Homemakers make kimchi. They keep making mistakes but look happy. They carefully stuff cabbage with filling under instructions from Korean homemakers.



[Soundbite] Japanese Tourist : "It was a special experience. I had fun because our instructors are very nice."



They learn about Korean food culture by trying traditional kimchi.



[Soundbite] Japanese Tourist : " It’s really fun. I want to come again next year."



This year marks the third anniversary of kimchi tours organized for Japanese tourists.



[Soundbite] Choe Gap-yeol(Gangwon Province Official) : " It’s meaningful that tour dedicated to the Korean Wave, particularly food culture, will help attract tourists to Gangwon Province."



The kimchi made by Japanese tourists and Korean volunteers is distributed to the needy.



8. Guitar Prodigy



[Anchor Lead]

The 14-year-old guitarist Jung Seong-ha, who rose to stardom on YouTube, has performed in Thailand.



[Pkg]

A heart-moving melody is created by the hands of a teenager. The unique guitar tunes performed by striking the instrument draw attention of some 500 people in the audience. After a half an hour performance, the boy gets a round of applause from his Thai fans.



[Soundbite] "It’s amazing that such a young guy can move people’s hearts with his music."



Jung is the first in Korea to use to "finger-style" technique by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips. His YouTube video has recorded over 165 million hits, making him a world-renowned star.



[Soundbite] Andy McKee (U.S. Guitarist)



Jung says that he wants to continue to hone his modest skills.



[Soundbite] Jung Seong-ha (Acoustic Guitarist) : "I like music that moves people’s hearts. That’s the kind of music I want to play."



The music of a 14-year-old boy from Korea continues to tug at the heart strings of people worldwide.



9. Theater Season



[Anchor Lead]

In today’s Closeup, we’re taking you to the theater. A vast array of performances awaits audiences this coming weekend, including some that are based on novels. Here’s more.



[Pkg]

The musical "The Great Catsby" is based on a cartoon that became a huge hit on the Internet. It’s a story about a man and a woman in their 20s whose relationship goes awry.



The production grabbed the spotlight even before its release, as it stars such big celebrities as Dany Ahn and Shim Eun-jin. This year’s version of the musical features new music and choreography as well as special movie effects. And this musical is based on Goethe’s novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther." The plot of the novel describes the writer’s real-life experience.



The main character is Werther, who is heartbroken by his doomed love. The musical debuted 10 years ago. Back then, it was the first musical in Korea to have a fan club. The 2010 version will be presented on a larger stage and will feature a more diversified plot. The new, upgraded production was designed to come a step closer to the audience.



This production is based on the fairy tale "You Are Special," which was picked as the best textbook by American Internet users. The heart-warming musical "Punch! Punch!!" is about the main character’s discovery of his ego. Music of diverse genres, such as jazz, swing and samba, can be heard in the production. Since its debut in 2007, the musical has been staged on an annual basis and received wide acclaim for its tightly knit plot. Wathing this musical is like reading a detective novel.



Entitled "The Disappearance of the Crown Prince," it’s a story about a prince who one day vanishes from the palace. Two people who escaped from the guard post the day the prince went missing emerge as suspects. This original musical features a thrilling plot, sophisticated stage equipment and lighting, and was produced by a talented team.



Traditional jazz and classical music are featured. The play "33 Variations" unravels the secret of the creation of 33 waltzes that Beethoven wrote in his later years. The play drew the spotlight for starring the 73-year-old Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, who came back to Broadway for the first time in 46 years. "33 Variations" is about a musician who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and goes through the same process as Beethoven did before his death.



Fantastic video images are featured, as well as Beethoven’s famous compositions. A whole world of new musicals awaits fans of the performing arts this coming weekend.
  • G20 Looms
    • 입력 2010-11-02 18:44:55
    • 수정2010-11-02 18:58:10
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The Seoul G-20 summit is just nine days away, and the presidential office and the organizing committee have stepped up preparations. President Lee Myung-bak has also suggested four major agenda items for the summit, including foreign exchange rates and development.



[Pkg]

The final countdown has begun for the Seoul G-20 summit, with the presidential office going into emergency mode. President Lee has proposed as the event’s four main topics foreign exchange rates, a global financial safety net, reform of the International Monetary Fund, and development. Host nation Korea is focusing most on development to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries.



[Soundbite]  Lee Myung-bak (President) : "Based on Korea’s experience in development, I offered to change the measures from subsidy-oriented to development-oriented."



President Lee has also begun preparing his script and plans on his own. The first foreign leader slated to arrive in Seoul is Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on November 9th. The G-20 business summit will be held ahead of the main event with around 120 CEOs and leaders from 11 countries. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev might also attend. President Lee will hold bilateral talks with all world leaders attending the summit and is making final adjustments to his schedule.



2. Aid Petition



[Anchor Lead]

Some 3,000 Korean teenagers have written letters to world leaders who will be attending the G20 conference. The letters plead with the leaders to help save children dying of famine and diseases.



[Pkg]

Every year, five million infants and toddlers under age five die of starvation and diseases. Their lives can be saved if they can have just a little more to eat or a simple treatment. Korean teenagers wrote letters to the leaders of the G20 countries. A total of 3,216 letters have been written in the past three months.



The students delivered the letters to the G20 organization committee, hoping the issue will be discussed during the meeting.



[Soundbite] Sakong Il(Head/G20 Organization Committee) : "We’ll try our best to have the students’ suggestion reflected in the agenda."



The United Nations had set a goal to reduce the number of children dying due to starvation and illness to below three million a year by 2015, but has not achieved it yet. The issue hasn’t been included in the official agenda. Attention is drawn to whether the teenagers’ plead will be accepted.



3. Family Reunions



[Anchor Lead]

We return now to some of the heartbreaking stories that emerged from the first round of inter-Korean family reunions. The separated families have had to say goodbye once again to their long-lost kin.



[Pkg]

A 70-year-old woman who’s the only member of her family to live in North Korea says goodbye.



[Soundbite]  "Don’t cry. Please, don’t cry."



Her 96-year-old mother cannot let go of her hand. Each second matters in their last meeting. Children bow to their parents. Saying goodbye is agonizing because there’s no guarantee they’ll meet again.



[Soundbite] "Take care, father.  Don’t cry. "



[Soundbite] "Stay alive."



Crying relatives surround a bus bound for the North. They promise to meet again soon, tightly holding the hands of their long-lost kin. The three-day reunion was too short to console separated families who had dreamt of this moment for more than 50 years. Four people at the reunions were former South Korean soldiers who were thought to be missing in action. But they were found to be alive and reunited with their families from the South.



[Soundbite] "We thought you were dead and even held memorial rituals for you."



The South Korean Defense Ministry will reconsider their status since they’ve been confirmed to be alive.



The South Korean Red Cross has also proposed to the North a project to confirm the fates of missing soldiers. The second round of reunions will begin Wednesday, with some 300 Koreans to reunite with their loved ones for three days.



4. Record Exports



[Anchor Lead]

The nation’s trade surplus and exports hit an all-time high in October. This year’s surplus is expected to break a new record and surpass 40 billion dollars.



[Pkg]

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy says the nation’s exports in October surged nearly 30 percent from the same period last year to record 44.1 billion U.S. dollars. That’s the highest monthly record to date. The previous record was set in June this year. The nation’s imports rose 22.4 percent to record 37.2 billion dollars. The trade balance also hit an all-time high of nearly 7 billion dollars. This year’s trade surplus is predicted to easily exceed 40 billion dollars.



[Soundbite] Kim Gyeong-sik (Ministry of Knowledge Economy) : "By the end of this year, the trade surplus is predicted to exceed the last-year record of $40.4 billion and hit an all-time high."



The leading export items are semiconductors, cars and ships. The surging exports of smartphones contributed to the export growth of wireless communication devices for the first time this year. Korean export products were able to maintain their price competitiveness because the Korean currency appreciation wasn’t as sharp as in rival nations. But imports of raw materials required for exports have spiked, resulting in a large trade deficit with Japan. By the end of the year, the trade deficit with Japan is expected to hit an all-time high of 35 billion dollars.



5. Diet Drugs




[Anchor Lead]

Weight control is a serious headache for people in modern. A ban on the sale of an appetite suppressant last month has created a dilemma for many overweight Koreans, for whom such drugs represent a double-edged sword.



[Pkg]

This office worker has received medical treatment for obesity over three months. But a new problem has appeared. The sale of an anorexiant containing sibutramine was banned in Korea last month. So he has to take other psychoactive drugs.



[Soundbite] "If I get addicted to the drugs, I get more negative effects and it would be painful. "



The Korean Food and Drug Administration has announced guidelines for using anorexiants for obesity patients. Taking psychoactive drugs for a long time can cause hypertension in lung arteries. So those suffering from heart and vascular diseases should avoid using psychoactive drugs.



[Soundbite] Dr. Kang Jae-heon (Inje University Paik Hospital) : "Patients with coronary artery diseases or hyperthyroidism are advised to avoid psychoactive drugs due to serious negative effects."



Psychoactive drugs should also not be taken for more than four weeks. Patients should take them for up to three months only even with a prescription. Men who are 175 centimeters tall and weigh under 90 kilograms are not considered obese. Women who are 160 centimeters tall and weigh less than 75 kilograms are also not obese. The food and drug watchdog advises against using anorexiants, recommending exercise and a proper dietary regimen instead for weight loss.



6. Stork Haven



[Anchor Lead]

Endangered storks are being spotted at an inland region around the Nakdong River instead of by the shores, where food is more abundant. Let’s take a look.



[Pkg]

A bird couple hunt for food at the sandbank of Nakdong River. The birds are characterized by their black feathers covering the lower back, their long, black beaks and red legs. The bird is a world endangered species and also designated as natural monument number 199 in Korea. The birds fly with their wings spread out wide. This one is presumably born last spring considering that it doen’t make noise with its beak. The birds are assumed to have flown in from Siberia for the winter.



[Soundbite] Kim Gyeong-cheol(Wetlands & Birds Korea) : "The discovery of the birds proves that the area is ecologically important."



Storks which had been native in Korea had gone extinct on the peninsula 40 years ago. The birds would be occasionally spotted in coastal areas in winter, but this is the first time in five years for them to be seen around Nakdong River. A floodplain marsh rich with food for the birds has formed as the river overflowed to create a perfect habitat for the birds.



[Soundbite] Kim Su-gyeong(Korean Stork Rehab Center) : "When a couple of habitats are formed we’ll have more birds fond of flood plains including storks and spoonbills visit regularly."



Korean researchers are carrying out a stork restoration project and aim to release the birds in 2013.



7. Kimchi Tourism



[Anchor Lead]

Korean cuisine is following in the footsteps of Korean TV shows and pop music in gaining popularity in Japan. Japanese homemakers have visited Korea to learn how to make kimchi.



[Pkg]

Nami Island is famous as the set for the hit TV series "Winter Sonata." Japanese tourists flock to the island.



[Soundbite] "Put this here and wrap it up so it stays like this."



Homemakers make kimchi. They keep making mistakes but look happy. They carefully stuff cabbage with filling under instructions from Korean homemakers.



[Soundbite] Japanese Tourist : "It was a special experience. I had fun because our instructors are very nice."



They learn about Korean food culture by trying traditional kimchi.



[Soundbite] Japanese Tourist : " It’s really fun. I want to come again next year."



This year marks the third anniversary of kimchi tours organized for Japanese tourists.



[Soundbite] Choe Gap-yeol(Gangwon Province Official) : " It’s meaningful that tour dedicated to the Korean Wave, particularly food culture, will help attract tourists to Gangwon Province."



The kimchi made by Japanese tourists and Korean volunteers is distributed to the needy.



8. Guitar Prodigy



[Anchor Lead]

The 14-year-old guitarist Jung Seong-ha, who rose to stardom on YouTube, has performed in Thailand.



[Pkg]

A heart-moving melody is created by the hands of a teenager. The unique guitar tunes performed by striking the instrument draw attention of some 500 people in the audience. After a half an hour performance, the boy gets a round of applause from his Thai fans.



[Soundbite] "It’s amazing that such a young guy can move people’s hearts with his music."



Jung is the first in Korea to use to "finger-style" technique by plucking the strings directly with the fingertips. His YouTube video has recorded over 165 million hits, making him a world-renowned star.



[Soundbite] Andy McKee (U.S. Guitarist)



Jung says that he wants to continue to hone his modest skills.



[Soundbite] Jung Seong-ha (Acoustic Guitarist) : "I like music that moves people’s hearts. That’s the kind of music I want to play."



The music of a 14-year-old boy from Korea continues to tug at the heart strings of people worldwide.



9. Theater Season



[Anchor Lead]

In today’s Closeup, we’re taking you to the theater. A vast array of performances awaits audiences this coming weekend, including some that are based on novels. Here’s more.



[Pkg]

The musical "The Great Catsby" is based on a cartoon that became a huge hit on the Internet. It’s a story about a man and a woman in their 20s whose relationship goes awry.



The production grabbed the spotlight even before its release, as it stars such big celebrities as Dany Ahn and Shim Eun-jin. This year’s version of the musical features new music and choreography as well as special movie effects. And this musical is based on Goethe’s novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther." The plot of the novel describes the writer’s real-life experience.



The main character is Werther, who is heartbroken by his doomed love. The musical debuted 10 years ago. Back then, it was the first musical in Korea to have a fan club. The 2010 version will be presented on a larger stage and will feature a more diversified plot. The new, upgraded production was designed to come a step closer to the audience.



This production is based on the fairy tale "You Are Special," which was picked as the best textbook by American Internet users. The heart-warming musical "Punch! Punch!!" is about the main character’s discovery of his ego. Music of diverse genres, such as jazz, swing and samba, can be heard in the production. Since its debut in 2007, the musical has been staged on an annual basis and received wide acclaim for its tightly knit plot. Wathing this musical is like reading a detective novel.



Entitled "The Disappearance of the Crown Prince," it’s a story about a prince who one day vanishes from the palace. Two people who escaped from the guard post the day the prince went missing emerge as suspects. This original musical features a thrilling plot, sophisticated stage equipment and lighting, and was produced by a talented team.



Traditional jazz and classical music are featured. The play "33 Variations" unravels the secret of the creation of 33 waltzes that Beethoven wrote in his later years. The play drew the spotlight for starring the 73-year-old Hollywood actress Jane Fonda, who came back to Broadway for the first time in 46 years. "33 Variations" is about a musician who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease and goes through the same process as Beethoven did before his death.



Fantastic video images are featured, as well as Beethoven’s famous compositions. A whole world of new musicals awaits fans of the performing arts this coming weekend.
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