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Presidential Race
입력 2012.06.20 (20:01) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

Korea's 19th presidential elections are just six months away. Politicians are taking in public opinion, and speeding up discussions on primary rules.

[Pkg]

Ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers have visited the construction site of a suburban town. They have in fact launched what they call "1461 days on-the-field politics." Saenuri lawmakers will go out to public sites to listen to voters and take in their views. All Saenuri Party members are divided into 12 teams and their plan is to visit sites such as vulnerable communities and rural towns over the next four years. A tug of war continues over setting primary rules between Saenuri leadership and its presidential hopefuls who are challenging the lead candidate, former interim party chairwoman Park Geun-hye. However, the party's primary committee went on to hold its second meeting and has begun preparations to hold the primary election to pick Saenuri's presidential candidate.

The main opposition Democratic United Party also held the first meeting of its primary task force on Tuesday and has earnestly begun to discuss primary rules. It's unclear whether the DUP will hold a joint primary with nonparty candidates such as Seoul National University Professor Ahn Cheol-soo. The party has a list of tough issues to sort out including mobile voting and the principle of separating party leadership and the presidential race. The primary task force for now plans to finalize primary rules within a month. The DUP will also woo voters by pushing for a parliamentary inquiry and hearing over government scandals including the alleged civilian surveillance by the Prime Minister's Office.

Political parties have started working on preparations ahead of the December presidential vote but the list of issues to be hammered out are formidable.

2. War of Words

[Anchor Lead]

Only six months are left before the presidential elections, but the candidates have yet to start discussing their policies and making their promises to the public. Instead, they have their hands full bickering with one another.

[Pkg]

Saenuri Party representative Lee Jae-oh's remark that Korea as a divided nation is not yet ready for a female president has ignited a controversy. Pro-Park Geun-hye members of the Saenuri Party strongly criticized him for undermining Park's position with his outdated way of thinking. Park also expressed her displeasure over the remark.

[Soundbite] Rep. Park Geun-hye (Fmr. Chairwoman, Saenuri Party) : "Are there people who still think that way in the 21st century?"

Lee Jae-oh says he had no intentions to criticize women and that he just wanted to stress the importance of Korea’s national security.

On another front, Democratic United Party presidential hopefuls Moon Jae-in and Sohn Hak-kyu, who announced their candidacies early on, are engaged in a heated discussion. Sohn criticized Moon's statement that he is as experienced in the administration of state affairs as a president because he had served as a presidential advisor.

[Soundbite] Sohn Hak-kyu (Senior Advisor, DUP (Radio Interview)) : "A president and a secretary are different. How can a person in a position of responsibility be the same as a staff officer?"

Sohn went on to call his opponent’s experience in state affairs "a failure," which infuriated Moon. Meanwhile, Seoul National University professor Ahn Chul-soo requested certain Democratic United Party members to refrain from making insulting remarks about Ahn. Yet, it looks like the ongoing bickering among the presidential hopefuls will continue to escalate further.

3. Energy Efficiency

[Anchor Lead]

Large scale distributors that use a large amount of energy are focusing on drawing up energy conservation measures.

[Pkg]

The amount of energy consumed by a department store for lighting and cooling is enormous, costing more than 260 thousand U.S. dollars a month.

[Soundbite] "It used to be so cool; cool enough to hang around for a long time here."

But not anymore. This department store leaves its doors open three hours before opening time. This is to cool the space with fresh morning air instead of air conditioning.

[Soundbite] Bae Seong (Department Store Official) : "We have a total of three entrances. We open all of them to let in wind."

The lights were dimmed on some floors of the store. Some stores have attached special films that block solar heat on the outside walls. The commercial sector including department stores account for 65 percent of energy demand for cooling in the summer. Korea is expected to face the worst energy crisis in its history this summer and so energy conservation by such large scale distributors is imperative.

Long-term measures are also being drawn up. Stores are installing solar power generation devices on rooftops or freezing ice at night when energy costs are lower to use for cooling during open hours.

Establishing an energy conserving store system is inevitable as energy costs are continuously rising amid the escalating energy crisis. Distributors are face a daunting task in finding ways to raise energy efficiency while investing as little as possible.

4. Aging Society

[Anchor Lead]

A poll has shown that older people tend to work outdoors while younger people mostly work in offices. The trend apparently stems from the ageing of society.

[Pkg]

The latest census shows that 58 percent of the people working outdoors are 70 years old and older. That's the highest percentage among all age groups. 39 percent of people aged between 65 to 69 work outside, and for those between 60 to 64, the figure is 26 percent. In other words, the older the workers, the more likely it is that they work outdoors. By contrast, younger people mostly work in offices or factories. 93 percent of people between the ages 20 to 29 work indoors. 91 percent of those between the ages of 30 to 34 and 87 percent of people in the age range of 35 to 39 also work inside a building. Statistics Korea says the results of the survey reflect society's ageing population.

Meanwhile, the Gangnam District of Seoul was found to have the largest population of employed people in the nation, at 674,000. However, only 38 percent of them actually live in the Gangnam area, while the rest of them commute to work.

5. Dying Trees

[Anchor Lead]

Trees that line the streets of the nation's central region are withering because of the worst drought in a century. Water trucks have been deployed but it’s not enough to alleviate the drought.

[Pkg]

Trees lining the street in downtown Seoul, which should be lush and green by now, have turned yellowish. They are withering because of the prolonged drought. The amount of precipitation recorded in Seoul over the past two months has been just 10 mm. That's only 6 percent of the average, and the worst drought in a century. Local governments have deployed more than 500 water tank lorries and fire engines to prevent tree damage. Emergency measures have also been taken by injecting withering street trees with water. The Seoul City government has set up a task force to supply water until the drought ends. The government has also requested the public to collaborate as the situation requires more concerted efforts.

[Soundbite] Choe Gwang-bin (Seoul Metropolitan Official) : "The easiest and surest way for you to take part in this is by giving just one bucket of water to trees every morning."

The drought will likely remain severe for the next ten days, as no rain is expected for the time being.

6. Runaway Teens

[Anchor Lead]

Police had to fire shots to stop a stolen car speeding recklessly through in downtown area. The drivers turned out to be high school students.

[Pkg]

This car was reported as having been stolen to the police. It has been severely damaged.

The police had to chase the car over a 15 kilometers stretch, firing one blank and three live shots. But the car only stopped after getting into a head-on collision with a van from oncoming traffic.

The perpetrators turned out to be three high school students. Even though they did not even have a license, they stole the car from a restaurant parking lot at night and drove it all day. When the police chase began, the teens drove at a speed of 130 kilometers an hour in the downtown area of Andong city in North Gyeongsang Province.

[Soundbite] Suspect (Voice Modified) : "Every time I took a taxi, the driver drove so fast; I just imitated them."

Police say they fired a gun at the tires because the thieves did not stop despite several warnings. Although luckily no one was hurt, the teenagers’ reckless adventure could have ended up as a big tragedy.

7. Louvre Exhibit

[Anchor Lead]

The Louvre Museum has come to Korea with around 110 works from its collection. Here's a look at the special exhibition, called "Myths and Legends."

[Pkg]

The young man Daphnis places a crown of flowers upon the head of his sleeping lover Chloe. This is "Daphnis and Chloe" painted by the French artist Francois Gerard. The two young lovers mysteriously connected from birth are depicted delicately in a dreamy and beautiful style.

Some works showcase human-like gods that have loved, envied and undergone hardships of pain and anger since the god of gods Zeus began to rule the world from Olympus, the palace of the gods.

All the works are masterpieces that have sublimated the Greek myths into art. The Louvre of France is back in Korea for the first time in six years with a new exhibition under the theme "myths and legends." Around 110 works are being showcased including large sculptures and ancient Greek porcelain, which are rarely shown overseas, as well as various paintings.

[Soundbite] Henri Loyrette (Director, Louvre Museum) : "The exhibit that we're organizing in Korea this time allows us to show, through very diverse works from the Louvre Museum, the roots of Western culture."

The exhibition of the so-called "living history" of the Louvre runs through the end of September.

8. Expo Friendship

[Anchor Lead]

At Expo 2012 in Yeosu, young people from 110 countries are putting a lot of effort into introducing their cultures and technologies. In the evenings after the crowds have gone home, they hold festivals of their own.

[Pkg]

When the lights at the Yeosu expo site turn off one by one and the large crowds of people begin to leave, the young participants start to gather at the International Pavilion. A dance party is being held at the Israel Pavilion for the expo participants from the 110 countries showing at the venue. This get-together fulfills the real purpose of the expo, which is the coexistence and harmony of the human race.

[Soundbite] Kang Yu-mi (Expo Organizing Committee) : "It's not just for visitors. It's a festival for all participants to enjoy."

At the staff cafeteria located within Expo Town, beer parties are held every night. The participants get a chance to wind down from a long day's work with a cool glass of beer. The small night time festivities are bringing together people from all over the globe, allowing them to make new friends.

9. Magical Journey

[Anchor Lead]

Today we're going to meet a famous magician who has overcome serious obstacles to bring wonder to his audience.

[Pkg]

Magician Cho Sung-jin performs a card trick for people who have lost hope. Cho always puts his right hand in his pocket when he does his shows.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "You may think this is my persona. But there’s a sad story behind it."

Eight years ago, Cho had an accident.

[Soundbite] "When I was helping older magicians with their performance, a device blew up by mistake. I was holding gunpowder in my right hand. The flame spread to it and exploded with the gunpowder container. I felt utterly bereft, as I’d never be able to perform magic tricks again. I felt resentful to the world because it was my aspiration to achieve something that produced this result."

Cho says he never once lost his passion for magic. After a lot of hard work and devotion, he was able to perform on stage again.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "I got a cue from people who said that I looked arrogant. So I began to be introduced as an arrogant magician who can do exciting and fascinating magic tricks with just one hand and doesn't need both hands to perform."

Cho had to practice harder than most to overcome his handicap, but now he's become a card trick master. When the future looked bleak and hopeless, Cho found inspiration in fighter Choi Jae-shik, who has only one arm. The pair help each other overcome their disabilities through friendship.

[Soundbite] Choi Jae-sik (Mixed Martial Arts Athlete) : "I went through many things since my childhood; he’s been through all of them as well. And he had a wound of his own. I think that’s why I felt sorry for him."

Today Cho is putting on a show for kids.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "I have a disability in my right hand. Just like I work hard to present you with joy, if you comfort your friends like me and got to know each other, they can be great magicians, too."

[Soundbite] "Even though he can’t use his hand, he was awesome."

[Soundbite] "I didn’t know he was using only one hand. I realized that after the show; he was great and I really admire him."

Cho Sung-jin’s story of hope and determination shows that anything is possible if you keep at it.
  • Presidential Race
    • 입력 2012-06-20 20:01:18
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

Korea's 19th presidential elections are just six months away. Politicians are taking in public opinion, and speeding up discussions on primary rules.

[Pkg]

Ruling Saenuri Party lawmakers have visited the construction site of a suburban town. They have in fact launched what they call "1461 days on-the-field politics." Saenuri lawmakers will go out to public sites to listen to voters and take in their views. All Saenuri Party members are divided into 12 teams and their plan is to visit sites such as vulnerable communities and rural towns over the next four years. A tug of war continues over setting primary rules between Saenuri leadership and its presidential hopefuls who are challenging the lead candidate, former interim party chairwoman Park Geun-hye. However, the party's primary committee went on to hold its second meeting and has begun preparations to hold the primary election to pick Saenuri's presidential candidate.

The main opposition Democratic United Party also held the first meeting of its primary task force on Tuesday and has earnestly begun to discuss primary rules. It's unclear whether the DUP will hold a joint primary with nonparty candidates such as Seoul National University Professor Ahn Cheol-soo. The party has a list of tough issues to sort out including mobile voting and the principle of separating party leadership and the presidential race. The primary task force for now plans to finalize primary rules within a month. The DUP will also woo voters by pushing for a parliamentary inquiry and hearing over government scandals including the alleged civilian surveillance by the Prime Minister's Office.

Political parties have started working on preparations ahead of the December presidential vote but the list of issues to be hammered out are formidable.

2. War of Words

[Anchor Lead]

Only six months are left before the presidential elections, but the candidates have yet to start discussing their policies and making their promises to the public. Instead, they have their hands full bickering with one another.

[Pkg]

Saenuri Party representative Lee Jae-oh's remark that Korea as a divided nation is not yet ready for a female president has ignited a controversy. Pro-Park Geun-hye members of the Saenuri Party strongly criticized him for undermining Park's position with his outdated way of thinking. Park also expressed her displeasure over the remark.

[Soundbite] Rep. Park Geun-hye (Fmr. Chairwoman, Saenuri Party) : "Are there people who still think that way in the 21st century?"

Lee Jae-oh says he had no intentions to criticize women and that he just wanted to stress the importance of Korea’s national security.

On another front, Democratic United Party presidential hopefuls Moon Jae-in and Sohn Hak-kyu, who announced their candidacies early on, are engaged in a heated discussion. Sohn criticized Moon's statement that he is as experienced in the administration of state affairs as a president because he had served as a presidential advisor.

[Soundbite] Sohn Hak-kyu (Senior Advisor, DUP (Radio Interview)) : "A president and a secretary are different. How can a person in a position of responsibility be the same as a staff officer?"

Sohn went on to call his opponent’s experience in state affairs "a failure," which infuriated Moon. Meanwhile, Seoul National University professor Ahn Chul-soo requested certain Democratic United Party members to refrain from making insulting remarks about Ahn. Yet, it looks like the ongoing bickering among the presidential hopefuls will continue to escalate further.

3. Energy Efficiency

[Anchor Lead]

Large scale distributors that use a large amount of energy are focusing on drawing up energy conservation measures.

[Pkg]

The amount of energy consumed by a department store for lighting and cooling is enormous, costing more than 260 thousand U.S. dollars a month.

[Soundbite] "It used to be so cool; cool enough to hang around for a long time here."

But not anymore. This department store leaves its doors open three hours before opening time. This is to cool the space with fresh morning air instead of air conditioning.

[Soundbite] Bae Seong (Department Store Official) : "We have a total of three entrances. We open all of them to let in wind."

The lights were dimmed on some floors of the store. Some stores have attached special films that block solar heat on the outside walls. The commercial sector including department stores account for 65 percent of energy demand for cooling in the summer. Korea is expected to face the worst energy crisis in its history this summer and so energy conservation by such large scale distributors is imperative.

Long-term measures are also being drawn up. Stores are installing solar power generation devices on rooftops or freezing ice at night when energy costs are lower to use for cooling during open hours.

Establishing an energy conserving store system is inevitable as energy costs are continuously rising amid the escalating energy crisis. Distributors are face a daunting task in finding ways to raise energy efficiency while investing as little as possible.

4. Aging Society

[Anchor Lead]

A poll has shown that older people tend to work outdoors while younger people mostly work in offices. The trend apparently stems from the ageing of society.

[Pkg]

The latest census shows that 58 percent of the people working outdoors are 70 years old and older. That's the highest percentage among all age groups. 39 percent of people aged between 65 to 69 work outside, and for those between 60 to 64, the figure is 26 percent. In other words, the older the workers, the more likely it is that they work outdoors. By contrast, younger people mostly work in offices or factories. 93 percent of people between the ages 20 to 29 work indoors. 91 percent of those between the ages of 30 to 34 and 87 percent of people in the age range of 35 to 39 also work inside a building. Statistics Korea says the results of the survey reflect society's ageing population.

Meanwhile, the Gangnam District of Seoul was found to have the largest population of employed people in the nation, at 674,000. However, only 38 percent of them actually live in the Gangnam area, while the rest of them commute to work.

5. Dying Trees

[Anchor Lead]

Trees that line the streets of the nation's central region are withering because of the worst drought in a century. Water trucks have been deployed but it’s not enough to alleviate the drought.

[Pkg]

Trees lining the street in downtown Seoul, which should be lush and green by now, have turned yellowish. They are withering because of the prolonged drought. The amount of precipitation recorded in Seoul over the past two months has been just 10 mm. That's only 6 percent of the average, and the worst drought in a century. Local governments have deployed more than 500 water tank lorries and fire engines to prevent tree damage. Emergency measures have also been taken by injecting withering street trees with water. The Seoul City government has set up a task force to supply water until the drought ends. The government has also requested the public to collaborate as the situation requires more concerted efforts.

[Soundbite] Choe Gwang-bin (Seoul Metropolitan Official) : "The easiest and surest way for you to take part in this is by giving just one bucket of water to trees every morning."

The drought will likely remain severe for the next ten days, as no rain is expected for the time being.

6. Runaway Teens

[Anchor Lead]

Police had to fire shots to stop a stolen car speeding recklessly through in downtown area. The drivers turned out to be high school students.

[Pkg]

This car was reported as having been stolen to the police. It has been severely damaged.

The police had to chase the car over a 15 kilometers stretch, firing one blank and three live shots. But the car only stopped after getting into a head-on collision with a van from oncoming traffic.

The perpetrators turned out to be three high school students. Even though they did not even have a license, they stole the car from a restaurant parking lot at night and drove it all day. When the police chase began, the teens drove at a speed of 130 kilometers an hour in the downtown area of Andong city in North Gyeongsang Province.

[Soundbite] Suspect (Voice Modified) : "Every time I took a taxi, the driver drove so fast; I just imitated them."

Police say they fired a gun at the tires because the thieves did not stop despite several warnings. Although luckily no one was hurt, the teenagers’ reckless adventure could have ended up as a big tragedy.

7. Louvre Exhibit

[Anchor Lead]

The Louvre Museum has come to Korea with around 110 works from its collection. Here's a look at the special exhibition, called "Myths and Legends."

[Pkg]

The young man Daphnis places a crown of flowers upon the head of his sleeping lover Chloe. This is "Daphnis and Chloe" painted by the French artist Francois Gerard. The two young lovers mysteriously connected from birth are depicted delicately in a dreamy and beautiful style.

Some works showcase human-like gods that have loved, envied and undergone hardships of pain and anger since the god of gods Zeus began to rule the world from Olympus, the palace of the gods.

All the works are masterpieces that have sublimated the Greek myths into art. The Louvre of France is back in Korea for the first time in six years with a new exhibition under the theme "myths and legends." Around 110 works are being showcased including large sculptures and ancient Greek porcelain, which are rarely shown overseas, as well as various paintings.

[Soundbite] Henri Loyrette (Director, Louvre Museum) : "The exhibit that we're organizing in Korea this time allows us to show, through very diverse works from the Louvre Museum, the roots of Western culture."

The exhibition of the so-called "living history" of the Louvre runs through the end of September.

8. Expo Friendship

[Anchor Lead]

At Expo 2012 in Yeosu, young people from 110 countries are putting a lot of effort into introducing their cultures and technologies. In the evenings after the crowds have gone home, they hold festivals of their own.

[Pkg]

When the lights at the Yeosu expo site turn off one by one and the large crowds of people begin to leave, the young participants start to gather at the International Pavilion. A dance party is being held at the Israel Pavilion for the expo participants from the 110 countries showing at the venue. This get-together fulfills the real purpose of the expo, which is the coexistence and harmony of the human race.

[Soundbite] Kang Yu-mi (Expo Organizing Committee) : "It's not just for visitors. It's a festival for all participants to enjoy."

At the staff cafeteria located within Expo Town, beer parties are held every night. The participants get a chance to wind down from a long day's work with a cool glass of beer. The small night time festivities are bringing together people from all over the globe, allowing them to make new friends.

9. Magical Journey

[Anchor Lead]

Today we're going to meet a famous magician who has overcome serious obstacles to bring wonder to his audience.

[Pkg]

Magician Cho Sung-jin performs a card trick for people who have lost hope. Cho always puts his right hand in his pocket when he does his shows.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "You may think this is my persona. But there’s a sad story behind it."

Eight years ago, Cho had an accident.

[Soundbite] "When I was helping older magicians with their performance, a device blew up by mistake. I was holding gunpowder in my right hand. The flame spread to it and exploded with the gunpowder container. I felt utterly bereft, as I’d never be able to perform magic tricks again. I felt resentful to the world because it was my aspiration to achieve something that produced this result."

Cho says he never once lost his passion for magic. After a lot of hard work and devotion, he was able to perform on stage again.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "I got a cue from people who said that I looked arrogant. So I began to be introduced as an arrogant magician who can do exciting and fascinating magic tricks with just one hand and doesn't need both hands to perform."

Cho had to practice harder than most to overcome his handicap, but now he's become a card trick master. When the future looked bleak and hopeless, Cho found inspiration in fighter Choi Jae-shik, who has only one arm. The pair help each other overcome their disabilities through friendship.

[Soundbite] Choi Jae-sik (Mixed Martial Arts Athlete) : "I went through many things since my childhood; he’s been through all of them as well. And he had a wound of his own. I think that’s why I felt sorry for him."

Today Cho is putting on a show for kids.

[Soundbite] Cho Sung-jin (Magician) : "I have a disability in my right hand. Just like I work hard to present you with joy, if you comfort your friends like me and got to know each other, they can be great magicians, too."

[Soundbite] "Even though he can’t use his hand, he was awesome."

[Soundbite] "I didn’t know he was using only one hand. I realized that after the show; he was great and I really admire him."

Cho Sung-jin’s story of hope and determination shows that anything is possible if you keep at it.
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