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입력 2011.12.13 (17:48) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]



The Democratic Party has held a provisional nationwide convention to pass the opposition integration bill. But some members are questioning the decision quorum.



[Pkg]



The Democratic Party has passed the opposition integration bill despite protests. Of 5,820 members, 4,427 voted in favor of the bill. But the vote has sparked a controversy because the number of voting members fell short of the majority, which is 5,282.



The party’s executive committee says the result of the vote was based on the number of attending members only. But former floor leader Park Ji-won says the vote must have been rejected given the number of attending members.



Earlier, Democratic Party Chairman Sohn Hak-kyu said the integration of the opposition camp was the demand of our times and the public. Former floor leader Park has clarified his protest against the integration of the leadership.



[Soundbite] Sohn Hak-kyu (Chairman, Democratic Party): "Let’s show everybody our solidarity. Let’s make our strong voices heard."



[Soundbite] Park Ji-won (Fmr. Floor Leader, Democratic Party): "I want an integration that is agreed upon by all party members instead of a closed-door integration."



The Democratic Party has set up a committee to oversee the integration of the opposition camp, but the controversy over the vote continues to rise, leaving the door open for a legal battle over its legitimacy.



2. Hong Resigns



[Anchor Lead]



Hong Joon-pyo has resigned as chairman of the ruling Grand National Party. And six-term lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk says he won’t run in next year’s general elections, giving a new twist to the ruling party’s reform efforts.



[Pkg]



Ruling party chief Hong Joon-pyo has stepped down as chairman five months after assuming the post.



[Soundbite] Hong Joon-pyo (Fmr. Chairman, GNP): "Even my plan was criticized for trying to protect my vested interests. So I have concluded that remaining in this post is meaningless. "



Party floor leader Hwang Woo-yea will serve as acting chairman. Lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk also says he won’t run in next year’s parliamentary elections. The six-term lawmaker is the elder brother of President Lee Myung-bak and a former vice speaker of the National Assembly.



[Soundbite] Lee Sang-deuk (Lawmaker, Grand National Party): "I sincerely hope my decision will be a grain of wheat for the rebirth of the Grand National Party."



Lee Sang-deuk says the ruling party is undergoing difficulty and he feels distressed as someone who’s devoted his life to the party. He says party unity is the only way to overcome the crisis. He also apologized for his aide’s implication in a bribery scandal. Fellow party lawmaker and reform proponent Hong Jung-wook also won’t seek another term. So other reformist lawmakers will have to make a decision on their political futures. More ruling party lawmakers are expected to announce not running in next year’s general elections to help party reform ahead of a meeting of party lawmakers Monday. Floor leader Hwang says that to prevent additional internal turmoil, members must agree on the status and authority to be assumed by former party chief Park Geun-hye.



3. Bribery Probe



[Anchor Lead]



Prosecutors will soon question a cousin of First Lady Kim Yoon-ok for allegedly taking 350-thousand U.S. dollars in bribes from a savings bank. Investigators are intensifying their crackdown on alleged corruption among political bigwigs and their relatives.



[Pkg]



The chairman of KT&G Welfare Foundation is a cousin of First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. Kim Jae-hong has been named a suspect in a corruption scandal and has undergone 15 hours of questioning. He’s known to have taken bribes of around 350,000 dollars from Jeil Savings Bank President Yu Dong-cheon in return for allowing the troubled bank to keep running. Prosecutors have obtained testimony from Yu, who’s been detained. Many of the allegations have been confirmed. Prosecutors will soon apply for an arrest warrant against Kim Jae-hong this week through additional investigations. Kim is called a power mover behind the throne. The arrested adviser to lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk is accused of taking bribes of 743,000 dollars, including 131,000 dollars from the Jeil Savings Bank president and 612,000 dollars from another businessman. The probe on the adivser will also focus on if superiors were involved. Prosecutors are probing the lobbying activities by the arrested adviser Park Bae-su and tracing his bank deposit records to find where the lobbying funds ended up.



4. Fast Fashion



[Anchor Lead]



“Fast fashion" is when a single clothing company takes care of everything from design to production, distribution and sale. World-renowned fast fashion brands have been setting up shop in Korea recently, changing the dynamics of the domestic fashion market.



[Pkg]



This department store houses many luxury apparel brands. One of its sections is dedicated to private apparel brand stores. These relatively cheap brands enjoy popularity thanks to their high quality. Many Korean consumers prefer private apparel brands these days.



[Soundbite] "The prices are similar to those in conventional markets, but the product is better here."



Private apparel brands often renovate and diversify their products by minimizing distribution costs. Sales of world-renowned private apparel brands in Korea have nearly quadrupled over the past three years. They keep expanding their stores in popular shopping areas, such as Myeong-dong and Gangnam, and developing products that cater to Korean consumers.



[Soundbite] Kang Seung-won (Store Manager, Private Apparel Brand): "It’s a global city that has a strong market than Osaka and Shangha and has been recognized by the Japanese headquarters."



Private apparel brands compete fiercely in the Korean market because of the high demand.



5. Unsuitable Springs



[Anchor Lead]



People on hikes often take a drink from cool mountain springs. But more than half of the streams on Mount Bukhan in Seoul have been found to have water unsuitable for drinking.



[Pkg]



An average of 3,300 people drink water from this spring on Mount Bukhan every day. People from nearby neighborhoods come with empty bottles to take the water home for drinking.



[Soundbite] "It doesn’t cause stomachaches and helps digestion. I digest well after drinking a cup here in the morning."



But tests have found that water from one of two springs on the mountain is not suitable for drinking. The Korea National Park Service has inspected the quality of water at 23 springs on Mount Bukhan. 11 of the springs contained more than the standard limit of e-coli. One spring in the northern Seoul suburb of Goyang was closed because aluminum there exceeded the permissible amount. Experts say water is easily contaminated in the summer and dry seasons, when the water volume sees big changes. The Korea National Park Service advises checking the water quality chart before drinking from springs. People should also not drink water marked non-potable or should boil it before drinking.



6. Leftover Snow



[Anchor Lead]



Many areas in Gangwon Province were hit hard by recent snowfalls. Piles of snow and large icicles on buildings continue to cause concerns.



[Pkg]



The windows of this car have numerous cracks as if someone had thrown stones at it. This happened when a pile of snow on a traffic light all of a sudden fell on the passing-by car. The driver luckily avoided a serious injury. Hundreds of traffic lights in Gangneung alone are wrapped with snow, but no measures have been taken so far to remove it.



[Soundbite] Park Gi-jip (Gangneung City Official): "We lack the human and financial resources to remove all of them."



Icicles are another safety hazard. Large icicles hanging down from the roofs of apartment buildings could fall any moment. But removing them is not easy.



[Soundbite] Kim Dong-su (Resident): "If they fall down, they can pierce the roofs of cars. Last time, a child was injured and was taken to a hospital."



Piles of snow and large icicles continue to threaten the safety of Gangwon residents.



7. Robot Fever



[Anchor Lead]



The robotics industry is where many cutting-edge technologies are concentrated and is a key engine for Korea’s future growth. The sector has been growing very quickly of late.



[Pkg]



The robot answers a phone call from the mother. Her daughters are shown playing in the living room over the phone. The robot follows the children’s directions and plays and studies with them. This robot at an exhibition guides visitors. Using a smart pad, a large robot can be moved and controlled easily. An avatar robot allows control in even more detail.



The domestic robot industry is showing rapid growth based on IT technology. The market is expected to exceed 1.7 billion U.S. dollars in value this year. Sales of service robots for use in medicine or homes saw a 260-percent jump last year to lead the industry’s growth.



[Soundbite] Jo Yeong-hun (Korea Association of Robot Industry): "The shipbuilding industry was very strong but afterwards it was replaced by the IT and semiconductor industries. And now, we think the robot industry will replace them."



Small and mid-size companies account for 90 percent of the robot industry. So active government support is required for supplying human resources and opening new sales channels.



8. Seeing a Show



[Anchor Lead]



It’s the season of year-end parties. Dinner and drinks is still the widespread party style in Korea during this time of year, but nowadays more people prefer to see off the passing year by watching performances together.



[Pkg]



Drinking used to be an essential part of year-end celebrations. But now it seems to be the thing of the past.



The musical "Rude Lady" portrays the hardships of white-collar workers in a humorous way. Even on weekdays, many people in the audience are office workers in business suits. A small year-end party is thrown after watching the musical.



[Soundbite] Kim Seon-min (Office Worker): "We spend the remainder of the year by watching a musical and having a beer together."



Some companies rent entire performance halls to watch musicals instead of partying. This small theater saw its reservations surge 30 percent over last year during the year-end season.



[Soundbite] Park Min-seon (Production Agency Official): "Given that our audiences come from various age groups and social strata, the corporate year-end culture is more flexible these days."



Office workers these days choose to spend the year-end season in a more meaningful way.



9. Shopping Tips



[Anchor Lead]



Savvy consumers know how to get the best deals at department stores and use promotions the stores put on to attract customers to their advantage. As it’s gift giving season, we thought we’d learn a few tips.



[Pkg]



People wait for the department store to open early in the morning.



[Soundbite] "They’re holding a sale."



[Soundbite] "You can only get (a freebie) if you wait from early in the morning. Otherwise, you’ll get nothing. "



As soon as the store opens, they rush to the food section. Expensive Korean beef called hanwoo is on for half-price today. Each customer can buy only one kilogram.



[Soundbite] "I asked for more but they wouldn’t give it to me. I bought some for myself but couldn’t buy for a friend of mine; I was told that she has to be here in person."



First come, first served. Winter sales and limited time-only offers held by department stores are good news for thrifty consumers, but you have to act fast. Sometimes, department stores hold auctions. That can also be a good opportunity to find a deal.



[Soundbite] "I got a 518,000 won (US$451) outfit for 70,000 won."



Sales events held at certain time periods are also worth checking out. Thank-you gifts are of great help to households. If you choose the right product, you might end up taking home more than you expected.



[Soundbite] Jeong Yeong-seon (Department Store Official): "Many customers prefer to get daily necessities for free with prices so high."



If you feel like buying more than you can afford because prices are so good, here’s what to do.



[Soundbite] "I’m going to teach you a few shopping tips."



The first tip involves an escalator.



[Soundbite] "Products sold near escalators are sold for big discounts. If you take an escalator and have a good look at them, you can spot good products. "



Knowing what to buy and when will help you save money. Using coupons and department store flyers is the first step.



[Soundbite] "At first, check to make sure that you really need it. And if you need something that’s on limited sale, buy it at the beginning of the discount event."



Take the time to study department stores’ sales strategies to get as much as you can for as little as possible.



[Soundbite] Lee Hyeon-jin (Department Store Official): "Use sale sections on each floor. They sell not only past-season items but also new arrivals at discounted prices."



[Soundbite] Jeong Hye-won (Department Store Official): "About a week after a sale, you can buy past-season products at big discounts."



Also keep in mind that there will be more choices on Fridays, when weekend events begin, and on Mondays, when new products arrive. With these tips you can find the best deals and save money this holiday season.
  • Merger Plan
    • 입력 2011-12-13 17:48:34
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]



The Democratic Party has held a provisional nationwide convention to pass the opposition integration bill. But some members are questioning the decision quorum.



[Pkg]



The Democratic Party has passed the opposition integration bill despite protests. Of 5,820 members, 4,427 voted in favor of the bill. But the vote has sparked a controversy because the number of voting members fell short of the majority, which is 5,282.



The party’s executive committee says the result of the vote was based on the number of attending members only. But former floor leader Park Ji-won says the vote must have been rejected given the number of attending members.



Earlier, Democratic Party Chairman Sohn Hak-kyu said the integration of the opposition camp was the demand of our times and the public. Former floor leader Park has clarified his protest against the integration of the leadership.



[Soundbite] Sohn Hak-kyu (Chairman, Democratic Party): "Let’s show everybody our solidarity. Let’s make our strong voices heard."



[Soundbite] Park Ji-won (Fmr. Floor Leader, Democratic Party): "I want an integration that is agreed upon by all party members instead of a closed-door integration."



The Democratic Party has set up a committee to oversee the integration of the opposition camp, but the controversy over the vote continues to rise, leaving the door open for a legal battle over its legitimacy.



2. Hong Resigns



[Anchor Lead]



Hong Joon-pyo has resigned as chairman of the ruling Grand National Party. And six-term lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk says he won’t run in next year’s general elections, giving a new twist to the ruling party’s reform efforts.



[Pkg]



Ruling party chief Hong Joon-pyo has stepped down as chairman five months after assuming the post.



[Soundbite] Hong Joon-pyo (Fmr. Chairman, GNP): "Even my plan was criticized for trying to protect my vested interests. So I have concluded that remaining in this post is meaningless. "



Party floor leader Hwang Woo-yea will serve as acting chairman. Lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk also says he won’t run in next year’s parliamentary elections. The six-term lawmaker is the elder brother of President Lee Myung-bak and a former vice speaker of the National Assembly.



[Soundbite] Lee Sang-deuk (Lawmaker, Grand National Party): "I sincerely hope my decision will be a grain of wheat for the rebirth of the Grand National Party."



Lee Sang-deuk says the ruling party is undergoing difficulty and he feels distressed as someone who’s devoted his life to the party. He says party unity is the only way to overcome the crisis. He also apologized for his aide’s implication in a bribery scandal. Fellow party lawmaker and reform proponent Hong Jung-wook also won’t seek another term. So other reformist lawmakers will have to make a decision on their political futures. More ruling party lawmakers are expected to announce not running in next year’s general elections to help party reform ahead of a meeting of party lawmakers Monday. Floor leader Hwang says that to prevent additional internal turmoil, members must agree on the status and authority to be assumed by former party chief Park Geun-hye.



3. Bribery Probe



[Anchor Lead]



Prosecutors will soon question a cousin of First Lady Kim Yoon-ok for allegedly taking 350-thousand U.S. dollars in bribes from a savings bank. Investigators are intensifying their crackdown on alleged corruption among political bigwigs and their relatives.



[Pkg]



The chairman of KT&G Welfare Foundation is a cousin of First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. Kim Jae-hong has been named a suspect in a corruption scandal and has undergone 15 hours of questioning. He’s known to have taken bribes of around 350,000 dollars from Jeil Savings Bank President Yu Dong-cheon in return for allowing the troubled bank to keep running. Prosecutors have obtained testimony from Yu, who’s been detained. Many of the allegations have been confirmed. Prosecutors will soon apply for an arrest warrant against Kim Jae-hong this week through additional investigations. Kim is called a power mover behind the throne. The arrested adviser to lawmaker Lee Sang-deuk is accused of taking bribes of 743,000 dollars, including 131,000 dollars from the Jeil Savings Bank president and 612,000 dollars from another businessman. The probe on the adivser will also focus on if superiors were involved. Prosecutors are probing the lobbying activities by the arrested adviser Park Bae-su and tracing his bank deposit records to find where the lobbying funds ended up.



4. Fast Fashion



[Anchor Lead]



“Fast fashion" is when a single clothing company takes care of everything from design to production, distribution and sale. World-renowned fast fashion brands have been setting up shop in Korea recently, changing the dynamics of the domestic fashion market.



[Pkg]



This department store houses many luxury apparel brands. One of its sections is dedicated to private apparel brand stores. These relatively cheap brands enjoy popularity thanks to their high quality. Many Korean consumers prefer private apparel brands these days.



[Soundbite] "The prices are similar to those in conventional markets, but the product is better here."



Private apparel brands often renovate and diversify their products by minimizing distribution costs. Sales of world-renowned private apparel brands in Korea have nearly quadrupled over the past three years. They keep expanding their stores in popular shopping areas, such as Myeong-dong and Gangnam, and developing products that cater to Korean consumers.



[Soundbite] Kang Seung-won (Store Manager, Private Apparel Brand): "It’s a global city that has a strong market than Osaka and Shangha and has been recognized by the Japanese headquarters."



Private apparel brands compete fiercely in the Korean market because of the high demand.



5. Unsuitable Springs



[Anchor Lead]



People on hikes often take a drink from cool mountain springs. But more than half of the streams on Mount Bukhan in Seoul have been found to have water unsuitable for drinking.



[Pkg]



An average of 3,300 people drink water from this spring on Mount Bukhan every day. People from nearby neighborhoods come with empty bottles to take the water home for drinking.



[Soundbite] "It doesn’t cause stomachaches and helps digestion. I digest well after drinking a cup here in the morning."



But tests have found that water from one of two springs on the mountain is not suitable for drinking. The Korea National Park Service has inspected the quality of water at 23 springs on Mount Bukhan. 11 of the springs contained more than the standard limit of e-coli. One spring in the northern Seoul suburb of Goyang was closed because aluminum there exceeded the permissible amount. Experts say water is easily contaminated in the summer and dry seasons, when the water volume sees big changes. The Korea National Park Service advises checking the water quality chart before drinking from springs. People should also not drink water marked non-potable or should boil it before drinking.



6. Leftover Snow



[Anchor Lead]



Many areas in Gangwon Province were hit hard by recent snowfalls. Piles of snow and large icicles on buildings continue to cause concerns.



[Pkg]



The windows of this car have numerous cracks as if someone had thrown stones at it. This happened when a pile of snow on a traffic light all of a sudden fell on the passing-by car. The driver luckily avoided a serious injury. Hundreds of traffic lights in Gangneung alone are wrapped with snow, but no measures have been taken so far to remove it.



[Soundbite] Park Gi-jip (Gangneung City Official): "We lack the human and financial resources to remove all of them."



Icicles are another safety hazard. Large icicles hanging down from the roofs of apartment buildings could fall any moment. But removing them is not easy.



[Soundbite] Kim Dong-su (Resident): "If they fall down, they can pierce the roofs of cars. Last time, a child was injured and was taken to a hospital."



Piles of snow and large icicles continue to threaten the safety of Gangwon residents.



7. Robot Fever



[Anchor Lead]



The robotics industry is where many cutting-edge technologies are concentrated and is a key engine for Korea’s future growth. The sector has been growing very quickly of late.



[Pkg]



The robot answers a phone call from the mother. Her daughters are shown playing in the living room over the phone. The robot follows the children’s directions and plays and studies with them. This robot at an exhibition guides visitors. Using a smart pad, a large robot can be moved and controlled easily. An avatar robot allows control in even more detail.



The domestic robot industry is showing rapid growth based on IT technology. The market is expected to exceed 1.7 billion U.S. dollars in value this year. Sales of service robots for use in medicine or homes saw a 260-percent jump last year to lead the industry’s growth.



[Soundbite] Jo Yeong-hun (Korea Association of Robot Industry): "The shipbuilding industry was very strong but afterwards it was replaced by the IT and semiconductor industries. And now, we think the robot industry will replace them."



Small and mid-size companies account for 90 percent of the robot industry. So active government support is required for supplying human resources and opening new sales channels.



8. Seeing a Show



[Anchor Lead]



It’s the season of year-end parties. Dinner and drinks is still the widespread party style in Korea during this time of year, but nowadays more people prefer to see off the passing year by watching performances together.



[Pkg]



Drinking used to be an essential part of year-end celebrations. But now it seems to be the thing of the past.



The musical "Rude Lady" portrays the hardships of white-collar workers in a humorous way. Even on weekdays, many people in the audience are office workers in business suits. A small year-end party is thrown after watching the musical.



[Soundbite] Kim Seon-min (Office Worker): "We spend the remainder of the year by watching a musical and having a beer together."



Some companies rent entire performance halls to watch musicals instead of partying. This small theater saw its reservations surge 30 percent over last year during the year-end season.



[Soundbite] Park Min-seon (Production Agency Official): "Given that our audiences come from various age groups and social strata, the corporate year-end culture is more flexible these days."



Office workers these days choose to spend the year-end season in a more meaningful way.



9. Shopping Tips



[Anchor Lead]



Savvy consumers know how to get the best deals at department stores and use promotions the stores put on to attract customers to their advantage. As it’s gift giving season, we thought we’d learn a few tips.



[Pkg]



People wait for the department store to open early in the morning.



[Soundbite] "They’re holding a sale."



[Soundbite] "You can only get (a freebie) if you wait from early in the morning. Otherwise, you’ll get nothing. "



As soon as the store opens, they rush to the food section. Expensive Korean beef called hanwoo is on for half-price today. Each customer can buy only one kilogram.



[Soundbite] "I asked for more but they wouldn’t give it to me. I bought some for myself but couldn’t buy for a friend of mine; I was told that she has to be here in person."



First come, first served. Winter sales and limited time-only offers held by department stores are good news for thrifty consumers, but you have to act fast. Sometimes, department stores hold auctions. That can also be a good opportunity to find a deal.



[Soundbite] "I got a 518,000 won (US$451) outfit for 70,000 won."



Sales events held at certain time periods are also worth checking out. Thank-you gifts are of great help to households. If you choose the right product, you might end up taking home more than you expected.



[Soundbite] Jeong Yeong-seon (Department Store Official): "Many customers prefer to get daily necessities for free with prices so high."



If you feel like buying more than you can afford because prices are so good, here’s what to do.



[Soundbite] "I’m going to teach you a few shopping tips."



The first tip involves an escalator.



[Soundbite] "Products sold near escalators are sold for big discounts. If you take an escalator and have a good look at them, you can spot good products. "



Knowing what to buy and when will help you save money. Using coupons and department store flyers is the first step.



[Soundbite] "At first, check to make sure that you really need it. And if you need something that’s on limited sale, buy it at the beginning of the discount event."



Take the time to study department stores’ sales strategies to get as much as you can for as little as possible.



[Soundbite] Lee Hyeon-jin (Department Store Official): "Use sale sections on each floor. They sell not only past-season items but also new arrivals at discounted prices."



[Soundbite] Jeong Hye-won (Department Store Official): "About a week after a sale, you can buy past-season products at big discounts."



Also keep in mind that there will be more choices on Fridays, when weekend events begin, and on Mondays, when new products arrive. With these tips you can find the best deals and save money this holiday season.