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입력 2010.12.23 (17:09) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]
Public institutions will add thousands of positions next year. This is aimed at helping alleviate the unemployment rate, with youth joblessness especially acute in Korea.

[Pkg]
Long lines of job seekers stand in front of each booth. This is a public sector job fair, where employment information on many public institutions in Korea is available. Preference for working in the public sector is rising because of the relatively higher job security than in the private sector.

[Soundbite] An So-hyeon (College Student) : "I think the welfare system is much better for women."

Employment will be expanded next year. Public companies will hire 3-thousand more entry-level workers for a combined quota of 10-thousand. Internships will also be offered.

[Soundbite] Gu Bon-jin (Ministry of Strategy and Finance) : "Around 1,000 interns will be hired as well. More than 20% of them will be employed as regular workers."

The public sector's expected rise in hiring next year is bringing hope to many young job seekers in Korea.

2. Free Meal Drive

[Anchor Lead]
A civic organization has begun a campaign to raise money for meals for needy kids and has collected more than 86,000 dollars in just a week.

[Pkg]
The National Assembly nullified early this month a 17-million budget bill for offering free meals to children from low-income families. As a result, a tough winter is awaiting a majority of 260-thousand children who are supposed to receive government support for school lunch. Unable to bear this situation, a civic organization has launched an online donation drive.

[Soundbite] Jeong Gyeong-hun (Beautiful Foundation) : "We are collection donations to help children who are likely to skip meals during vacation."

People have given enthusiastic support. More than 86,700 dollars have been collected only in a week with 25-hundred people participating. Donors have spread words about the campaign on Twitter, creating a stream of donations. Each donor's story, including an elementary school's charity drive, touched the peopel's heart.

[Soundbite] Son Ho-seok (Donor) : "Food is one of the most basic necessities for life. I wanted to help children from low-income families."

The Beautiful Foundation will receive donations until mid-January next year and deliver the money to non-profit organizations helping poorly-fed children.

3. Statue Returns

[Anchor Lead]
The statue of Korean admiral and national hero Yi Sun-shin has been returned to Gwanghwamun Plaza after 40 days of restoration. The statue is a major landmark of Seoul.

[Pkg]
The statue of Yi Sun-shin has been returned to Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square after a major makeover. The newly restored statue was unveiled to the public at 7 a.m. Thursday. The admiral looks sleek and healthy in his new dark green attire. More than 20 technicians worked from 2 a.m. to erect the statue. Several motorways were closed in the process. Placing the statue accurately and fixing its foundation was crucial but everything proceeded smoothly. Casting was performed in 16 spots of the statue over the 40-day restoration process. The statue's new pillars can resist a magnitude-8 earthquake and winds blowing at 100 kilometers an hour. Commuters stopped to look at the renewed statue on their way to work.

4. Aging Society

[Anchor Lead]
Experts say soaring housing prices and unemployment are contributing to the rapid aging of Korean society. That's because fewer people are willing or can afford to get married and have children.

[Pkg]
Jeon Jae-hwan is to get married soon. Finding a place to live for his new family is his prior concern because apartment rental prices keep soaring.

[Soundbite] Jeon Jae-hwan (Office Worker) : "I can't afford to buy a house with my savings. Even if I decide to rent an apartment, I'd have to get a loan of $35,000 to $43,000."

Housing costs account for three-fourths of total wedding costs. Statistics show that every time housing deposits go up by one percent, age at first marriage is delayed by 15 days. Unemployment is another factor contributing to late marriage. A higher percentage of temporary workers and the unemployed results in more people getting married at older age. Older first-marriage age undermines birth rates, mostly for biological reasons, and eventually leads aging society.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-ho (Bank of Korea) : "People either postpone marriage or give it up altogether because it takes a while to save wedding costs."

Stabilizing employment and housing prices is critical to raise the birth rate and prevent aging society.

5. Fever Alert

[Anchor Lead]
Scrub typhus is a common fall ailment but is spreading in Korea again. Doctors advise caution when going mountain climbing or doing outdoor activities.

[Pkg]
A 62-year-old woman recently went mountain climbing as usual. She occasionally took breaks in the woods on her way down. But she later showed symptoms of a fever. She took medication that had no effect. A visit to the hospital emergency room found that she had tsutsugamushi fever.

[Soundbite]

(Patient): It seemed like a very severe fever. My bones and joints ached so much and symptoms worsened with time.

Tsutsugamushi fever and leptospirosis caused by bacteria from trombiculid mite larvae, or field mice urine, is spreading again in Korea. The number of patients with the ailment more common in autumn has exceeded 5-thousand-700 this year, more than that for all of last year. This is because mites and bacteria don't die easily in winter due to global warming. So illnesses that had usually occurred in autumn remain this winter.

[Soundbite] Dr. Song Eun-hui (Gangneung Asan Hospital) : "Those with a fever, or a sudden chill, headaches and rashes should hurry and visit the doctor."

People are also advised not to sit on the ground outside like around mountains or grass fields. They should also frequently apply anti-mite spray when outdoors.

6. Porridge Event

[Anchor Lead]
December 22nd was the winter solstice in Korea. A Korean tradition on this occasion is to have red bean porridge, which is believed to protect you from bad luck. Charity events have been held around the nation to offer the porridge to female immigrants and the elderly who live alone.

[Pkg]
Volunteer workers serve red bean porridge. The Seoul city government holds a charity event to offer free red bean porridge on the winter solstice. Porridge for 12-hundred people is all gone. Female immigrants remember their hometowns and families over a bowl of red bean porridge.

[Soundbite]

(Chinese Immigrant): I miss my family and hometown. I won't cry, though.

They are from different nations. But each of their homelands have similar traditions to dispel bad luck by eating a certain food.

[Soundbite]

(Vietnamese Immigrant): In Vietnam, we make a similar porridge with sweet beans and glutinous rice on the first 15th day of the year.

The yard of a community center is filled with the smell of red bean porridge. Forty volunteers have prepared red bean porridge for 200 people. The warm porridge is delivered to elderly people living alone. The volunteers have held the charity event for ten years, wishing for longevity of the senior citizens.

[Soundbite]

I'm so thankful for helping me out. I really appreciate it.

Red bean porridge is believed to protect people from bad luck. But the food is a welcome treat for the more needy members of Korean society around this time of year.

7. Unknown Donor

[Anchor Lead]
Some one hundred sacks of rice are in front of a district office in South Gyeongsang Province. It’s a surprise Christmas present to people in need.

[Pkg]
Rice sacks were delivered to a district office at night. The donor left a wish on each sack weighing 20 kilograms.

[Soundbite]

Give this rice to people in need.

The 110 sacks of donated rice are worth more than 34-hundred dollars. The donor did not reveal his or her name.

[Soundbite] Jo Ik-rae (District Official) : "We tried to find out the donor. But we failed."

The rice from an unknown donor was immediately delivered to some one-hundred low-income families. The rice is a surprise Christmas gift for the underprivileged.

[Soundbite]

Thank you. I can't express my gratitude enough.

An old woman seems touched; she's relieved that there's no need to worry about the food this winter.

[Soundbite]

I really appreciate it. I've been really worried because we ran out of rice.

The gift from an unknown donor is touching people's heart this holiday season.

8. Police PR

[Anchor Lead]
People say police officers can look too stiff and strict. But a competition to select police goodwill ambassadors might change that perception.

[Pkg]
A police officer in a glittering stage costume sings and dances. He is charismatic on stage. He looks like anything but a police officer. The audience applauds a woman police officer who parodies a TV comedy show. This is the chief of a criminal investigation team. A police officer who manages the detention room. Both of them show off their hidden talents on stage

[Soundbite] Choi Ran (Jury President) : "I was really surprised. I used to have a stereotype that police officers are strict. Now I feel closer to them."

Some 20 police officers took part in the competition to become goodwill ambassadors. One male and one female officer were selected.

[Soundbite] Sin Ha-na (Goodwill Ambassador) : "The image of the police will be improved, as active police officers will serve as goodwill ambassadors."

The goodwill ambassadors will help boost the image of police by appearing in promotional campaigns, posters and video clips.

9. Year of the Rabbit

[Anchor Lead]
The Asian Zodiac, or Sibiji, has twelve gods of the earth who take the form of animals. They were believed to guard against evil spirits. The year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Despite their weakness, rabbits are regarded as clever animals. Here's more on the meaning of the Year of the Rabbit.

[Pkg]
Rabbits are sensitive and agile. They can run away fast at the slightest danger. In fairy tales, rabbits are often described as smart figures overcoming troubles wisely. In one tale, a rabbit is taken to an underwater palace on a turtle's back, but it survives thanks to its wits. In another tale, a rabbit skillfully deceives a tiger to escape from it.

[Soundbite]

"Sugungga": The rabbit survived and jumped with joy.

An image of a rabbit on the moon with a mortar represents ancient people's wish to live long.

[Soundbite] Kim Yun-jeong (National Folk Museum of Korea) : "Rabbits are often portrayed pounding on an elixir of life on the moon. That's why they represent longevity."

The Rabbit is located between the Tiger and the Dragon on the Zodiac. It symbolizes abundance, because it oversees the lunar month of February, when farming begins. In an artwork from the Joseon Dynasty, rabbits often appear as the symbols of a happy family. Rabbits have always been part of Korean folk culture. The Year of the Rabbit is expected to be a year of wisdom and abundance.

10. Santa Volunteers

[Anchor Lead]
Most people have great memories of waiting for presents from Santa when they were kids. But this may be just wishful thinking for orphans or children from destitute families. A Santa school that trains volunteer Santas has opened for these kids.

[Pkg]
People line up at this youth center in Seoul. They are Santa Claus candidates who have come to prepare for a very special Christmas.

[Soundbite] Gang Yu-seon (Volunteer Santa) : "This would be more rewarding than hanging out with friends and partying in the year-end."

Training and classes have begun to become a Santa. Carols are also a key part of Christmas. Dance moves to the carols are taught to get the kids’ attention. The new members applaud the experienced senior Santas. But following the moves isn't so easy. The Santa candidates feel awkward first but they become as excited as young kids. Even those who aren’t the best at dancing are focused on the lesson.

[Soundbite] Im Cheol-gyun (Volunteer Santa) : "I think I believed in Santa until age ten. I want kids to feel the same as I did."

Now it's time to learn balloon techniques, another of Santa's tricks.

[Soundbite] Lee Yong-jae (Volunteer Santa) : "I fear that the balloon may pop. It's tough."

Balloon art is tricky to learn but the would-be Santas eagerly follow the instructor.

[Soundbite] Seo Nam-sik (Recreation Instructor) : "I'm so happy to be able to share my talent. The volunteers have warm hearts so they seem to learn more quickly."

You need to be equipped in many ways to be a Santa. There's also a special way Santa Claus speaks It starts with a big, resounding voice.

[Soundbite] Go Hyeon-ju (Volunteer Santa) : "I'll become a great Santa. I know kids these days don't believe in Santa but at least they can have the dream of Santa."

Now we come to the most important task: the presents. The Santas call the parents to find out what the children want to receive. They also set a date to deliver the gift.

[Soundbite]

What does Seo-yeon want for Christmas?

The candidates write down all the details with the image of the happy children in mind. Now the Santas are out on the street to raise funds to buy the presents. People are touched by their cheer despite the cold and one after another, they make donations.

[Soundbite] Lee Ju-yeon (Volunteer Santa) : "I hope the children get more out of it than I do. I also hope they know that they're not alone."

[Soundbite]

Let's share love! Go secret Santas! Merry Christmas!

Volunteer Santas are gearing up to infuse some Christmas spirit into the season.
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    • 입력 2010-12-23 17:09:15
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]
Public institutions will add thousands of positions next year. This is aimed at helping alleviate the unemployment rate, with youth joblessness especially acute in Korea.

[Pkg]
Long lines of job seekers stand in front of each booth. This is a public sector job fair, where employment information on many public institutions in Korea is available. Preference for working in the public sector is rising because of the relatively higher job security than in the private sector.

[Soundbite] An So-hyeon (College Student) : "I think the welfare system is much better for women."

Employment will be expanded next year. Public companies will hire 3-thousand more entry-level workers for a combined quota of 10-thousand. Internships will also be offered.

[Soundbite] Gu Bon-jin (Ministry of Strategy and Finance) : "Around 1,000 interns will be hired as well. More than 20% of them will be employed as regular workers."

The public sector's expected rise in hiring next year is bringing hope to many young job seekers in Korea.

2. Free Meal Drive

[Anchor Lead]
A civic organization has begun a campaign to raise money for meals for needy kids and has collected more than 86,000 dollars in just a week.

[Pkg]
The National Assembly nullified early this month a 17-million budget bill for offering free meals to children from low-income families. As a result, a tough winter is awaiting a majority of 260-thousand children who are supposed to receive government support for school lunch. Unable to bear this situation, a civic organization has launched an online donation drive.

[Soundbite] Jeong Gyeong-hun (Beautiful Foundation) : "We are collection donations to help children who are likely to skip meals during vacation."

People have given enthusiastic support. More than 86,700 dollars have been collected only in a week with 25-hundred people participating. Donors have spread words about the campaign on Twitter, creating a stream of donations. Each donor's story, including an elementary school's charity drive, touched the peopel's heart.

[Soundbite] Son Ho-seok (Donor) : "Food is one of the most basic necessities for life. I wanted to help children from low-income families."

The Beautiful Foundation will receive donations until mid-January next year and deliver the money to non-profit organizations helping poorly-fed children.

3. Statue Returns

[Anchor Lead]
The statue of Korean admiral and national hero Yi Sun-shin has been returned to Gwanghwamun Plaza after 40 days of restoration. The statue is a major landmark of Seoul.

[Pkg]
The statue of Yi Sun-shin has been returned to Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square after a major makeover. The newly restored statue was unveiled to the public at 7 a.m. Thursday. The admiral looks sleek and healthy in his new dark green attire. More than 20 technicians worked from 2 a.m. to erect the statue. Several motorways were closed in the process. Placing the statue accurately and fixing its foundation was crucial but everything proceeded smoothly. Casting was performed in 16 spots of the statue over the 40-day restoration process. The statue's new pillars can resist a magnitude-8 earthquake and winds blowing at 100 kilometers an hour. Commuters stopped to look at the renewed statue on their way to work.

4. Aging Society

[Anchor Lead]
Experts say soaring housing prices and unemployment are contributing to the rapid aging of Korean society. That's because fewer people are willing or can afford to get married and have children.

[Pkg]
Jeon Jae-hwan is to get married soon. Finding a place to live for his new family is his prior concern because apartment rental prices keep soaring.

[Soundbite] Jeon Jae-hwan (Office Worker) : "I can't afford to buy a house with my savings. Even if I decide to rent an apartment, I'd have to get a loan of $35,000 to $43,000."

Housing costs account for three-fourths of total wedding costs. Statistics show that every time housing deposits go up by one percent, age at first marriage is delayed by 15 days. Unemployment is another factor contributing to late marriage. A higher percentage of temporary workers and the unemployed results in more people getting married at older age. Older first-marriage age undermines birth rates, mostly for biological reasons, and eventually leads aging society.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-ho (Bank of Korea) : "People either postpone marriage or give it up altogether because it takes a while to save wedding costs."

Stabilizing employment and housing prices is critical to raise the birth rate and prevent aging society.

5. Fever Alert

[Anchor Lead]
Scrub typhus is a common fall ailment but is spreading in Korea again. Doctors advise caution when going mountain climbing or doing outdoor activities.

[Pkg]
A 62-year-old woman recently went mountain climbing as usual. She occasionally took breaks in the woods on her way down. But she later showed symptoms of a fever. She took medication that had no effect. A visit to the hospital emergency room found that she had tsutsugamushi fever.

[Soundbite]

(Patient): It seemed like a very severe fever. My bones and joints ached so much and symptoms worsened with time.

Tsutsugamushi fever and leptospirosis caused by bacteria from trombiculid mite larvae, or field mice urine, is spreading again in Korea. The number of patients with the ailment more common in autumn has exceeded 5-thousand-700 this year, more than that for all of last year. This is because mites and bacteria don't die easily in winter due to global warming. So illnesses that had usually occurred in autumn remain this winter.

[Soundbite] Dr. Song Eun-hui (Gangneung Asan Hospital) : "Those with a fever, or a sudden chill, headaches and rashes should hurry and visit the doctor."

People are also advised not to sit on the ground outside like around mountains or grass fields. They should also frequently apply anti-mite spray when outdoors.

6. Porridge Event

[Anchor Lead]
December 22nd was the winter solstice in Korea. A Korean tradition on this occasion is to have red bean porridge, which is believed to protect you from bad luck. Charity events have been held around the nation to offer the porridge to female immigrants and the elderly who live alone.

[Pkg]
Volunteer workers serve red bean porridge. The Seoul city government holds a charity event to offer free red bean porridge on the winter solstice. Porridge for 12-hundred people is all gone. Female immigrants remember their hometowns and families over a bowl of red bean porridge.

[Soundbite]

(Chinese Immigrant): I miss my family and hometown. I won't cry, though.

They are from different nations. But each of their homelands have similar traditions to dispel bad luck by eating a certain food.

[Soundbite]

(Vietnamese Immigrant): In Vietnam, we make a similar porridge with sweet beans and glutinous rice on the first 15th day of the year.

The yard of a community center is filled with the smell of red bean porridge. Forty volunteers have prepared red bean porridge for 200 people. The warm porridge is delivered to elderly people living alone. The volunteers have held the charity event for ten years, wishing for longevity of the senior citizens.

[Soundbite]

I'm so thankful for helping me out. I really appreciate it.

Red bean porridge is believed to protect people from bad luck. But the food is a welcome treat for the more needy members of Korean society around this time of year.

7. Unknown Donor

[Anchor Lead]
Some one hundred sacks of rice are in front of a district office in South Gyeongsang Province. It’s a surprise Christmas present to people in need.

[Pkg]
Rice sacks were delivered to a district office at night. The donor left a wish on each sack weighing 20 kilograms.

[Soundbite]

Give this rice to people in need.

The 110 sacks of donated rice are worth more than 34-hundred dollars. The donor did not reveal his or her name.

[Soundbite] Jo Ik-rae (District Official) : "We tried to find out the donor. But we failed."

The rice from an unknown donor was immediately delivered to some one-hundred low-income families. The rice is a surprise Christmas gift for the underprivileged.

[Soundbite]

Thank you. I can't express my gratitude enough.

An old woman seems touched; she's relieved that there's no need to worry about the food this winter.

[Soundbite]

I really appreciate it. I've been really worried because we ran out of rice.

The gift from an unknown donor is touching people's heart this holiday season.

8. Police PR

[Anchor Lead]
People say police officers can look too stiff and strict. But a competition to select police goodwill ambassadors might change that perception.

[Pkg]
A police officer in a glittering stage costume sings and dances. He is charismatic on stage. He looks like anything but a police officer. The audience applauds a woman police officer who parodies a TV comedy show. This is the chief of a criminal investigation team. A police officer who manages the detention room. Both of them show off their hidden talents on stage

[Soundbite] Choi Ran (Jury President) : "I was really surprised. I used to have a stereotype that police officers are strict. Now I feel closer to them."

Some 20 police officers took part in the competition to become goodwill ambassadors. One male and one female officer were selected.

[Soundbite] Sin Ha-na (Goodwill Ambassador) : "The image of the police will be improved, as active police officers will serve as goodwill ambassadors."

The goodwill ambassadors will help boost the image of police by appearing in promotional campaigns, posters and video clips.

9. Year of the Rabbit

[Anchor Lead]
The Asian Zodiac, or Sibiji, has twelve gods of the earth who take the form of animals. They were believed to guard against evil spirits. The year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit. Despite their weakness, rabbits are regarded as clever animals. Here's more on the meaning of the Year of the Rabbit.

[Pkg]
Rabbits are sensitive and agile. They can run away fast at the slightest danger. In fairy tales, rabbits are often described as smart figures overcoming troubles wisely. In one tale, a rabbit is taken to an underwater palace on a turtle's back, but it survives thanks to its wits. In another tale, a rabbit skillfully deceives a tiger to escape from it.

[Soundbite]

"Sugungga": The rabbit survived and jumped with joy.

An image of a rabbit on the moon with a mortar represents ancient people's wish to live long.

[Soundbite] Kim Yun-jeong (National Folk Museum of Korea) : "Rabbits are often portrayed pounding on an elixir of life on the moon. That's why they represent longevity."

The Rabbit is located between the Tiger and the Dragon on the Zodiac. It symbolizes abundance, because it oversees the lunar month of February, when farming begins. In an artwork from the Joseon Dynasty, rabbits often appear as the symbols of a happy family. Rabbits have always been part of Korean folk culture. The Year of the Rabbit is expected to be a year of wisdom and abundance.

10. Santa Volunteers

[Anchor Lead]
Most people have great memories of waiting for presents from Santa when they were kids. But this may be just wishful thinking for orphans or children from destitute families. A Santa school that trains volunteer Santas has opened for these kids.

[Pkg]
People line up at this youth center in Seoul. They are Santa Claus candidates who have come to prepare for a very special Christmas.

[Soundbite] Gang Yu-seon (Volunteer Santa) : "This would be more rewarding than hanging out with friends and partying in the year-end."

Training and classes have begun to become a Santa. Carols are also a key part of Christmas. Dance moves to the carols are taught to get the kids’ attention. The new members applaud the experienced senior Santas. But following the moves isn't so easy. The Santa candidates feel awkward first but they become as excited as young kids. Even those who aren’t the best at dancing are focused on the lesson.

[Soundbite] Im Cheol-gyun (Volunteer Santa) : "I think I believed in Santa until age ten. I want kids to feel the same as I did."

Now it's time to learn balloon techniques, another of Santa's tricks.

[Soundbite] Lee Yong-jae (Volunteer Santa) : "I fear that the balloon may pop. It's tough."

Balloon art is tricky to learn but the would-be Santas eagerly follow the instructor.

[Soundbite] Seo Nam-sik (Recreation Instructor) : "I'm so happy to be able to share my talent. The volunteers have warm hearts so they seem to learn more quickly."

You need to be equipped in many ways to be a Santa. There's also a special way Santa Claus speaks It starts with a big, resounding voice.

[Soundbite] Go Hyeon-ju (Volunteer Santa) : "I'll become a great Santa. I know kids these days don't believe in Santa but at least they can have the dream of Santa."

Now we come to the most important task: the presents. The Santas call the parents to find out what the children want to receive. They also set a date to deliver the gift.

[Soundbite]

What does Seo-yeon want for Christmas?

The candidates write down all the details with the image of the happy children in mind. Now the Santas are out on the street to raise funds to buy the presents. People are touched by their cheer despite the cold and one after another, they make donations.

[Soundbite] Lee Ju-yeon (Volunteer Santa) : "I hope the children get more out of it than I do. I also hope they know that they're not alone."

[Soundbite]

Let's share love! Go secret Santas! Merry Christmas!

Volunteer Santas are gearing up to infuse some Christmas spirit into the season.
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