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입력 2013.05.22 (15:24) 수정 2013.05.22 (15:47) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The first fatality from a deadly tick-borne disease has been confirmed in Korea. The 60-year old patient suffered from severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, before she died. A farmer, she had reportedly been working in a field when she was bitten.

[Pkg]

This tick is known to carry the deadly SFTS virus. The first patient who died from it has been confirmed in Korea. The victim was a 63-year-old woman who lived in Gangwon Province. She supposedly worked in a field last August and suffered from a high fever before passing away. This woman's cause of death was initially unknown, but the SFTS virus was later found in her, making her the first confirmed case in Korea. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that eight out of 10 suspected patients showing similar symptoms, tested negative for the virus. Of the remaining two cases, one was confirmed to have been infected and another, who recently died in Jeju Island, is also likely to be diagnosed as such. Public health authorities say that the fatality rate for those with the disease is around 10%, lower than initially reported.

[Soundbite] Prof. O Myeong-don(Seoul National University Hospital) : "In the past two years 2,047 cases were reported in China with 129 deaths. It shows a fatality rate of 6%."

Moreover, only 0.5% of the deadly ticks are found to actually carry the virus. However, since no treatments or vaccines exist, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when going outdoors to avoid getting bitten by ticks. Also, it’s important to immediately find a hospital if you get a fever for no reason after doing outdoor activities.

2. NK Controversy

[Anchor Lead]

Seoul and Washington seem to be at odds over North Korea's recent launches of short-range projectiles. Not only do they disagree on whether Pyongyang violated international law, but they’re also split over whether the fired objects were missiles or rockets.

[Pkg]

Four days after the end of the South-Korea-U.S. joint military exercises last week, North Korea fired short-range projectiles for three days in a row. Despite the concerns of the global community, the North said it was just a regular military drill. The U.S. government says that although North Korea's act was provocative, it did not necessarily violate its international obligations. South Korea's Defense Ministry, however, views Pyongyang's recent launches as a violation of international law. What matters the most in this case is not the issue of the legality of the violation, but rather the launched projectiles themselves. The South Korean military thinks that the projectiles were highly likely to have been missiles, whereas the U.S. military views them as a new type of rockets that have a caliber exceeding 300 millimeters.

[Soundbite] Sin Beom-cheol(Korea Institute for Defense Analyses) : "If North Korea disguises its launch pads, it takes more time to figure out the shape of a projectile based solely on the trajectory detected by the radar."

If the projectiles were rockets, the military's response will inevitably become more complicated. This is because rocket launchers are considered to be the most dangerous type of conventional weapon as they are harder to detect than missiles.

3. Calling On Diplomats

[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has called on South Korean diplomats stationed overseas to focus their efforts on solving problems that Koreans face while living abroad. She also asked them to work on gaining international support for her North Korea policies.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye met with South Korean diplomats stationed overseas to express her thoughts on how they’ve been carrying out their duties. She said that the nation's diplomats have consistently come under fire for their failure to help ethnic Koreans living overseas. The president stressed that if they refuse to help Korean nationals in other countries solve their issues, they have no reason to occupy their diplomatic post.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "I ask you to help overseas Koreans solve their problems and difficulties, and help Korean citizens whenever they go abroad."

Park also explained her North Korea policies, which are designed to build trust between the two Koreas while maintaining a strong deterrent against any threat. Park urged the diplomats to let the international community know that North Korea's goal to move along with its nuclear program and economic development simultaneously is a mere illusion. The president emphasized that the nation's diplomats must play a pivotal role in obtaining worldwide support for her administration's North Korea policies. Park urged the diplomats to strive towards strengthening cooperation with the international community to solve various issues including national security and economic development.

4. Toxic Leaks

[Anchor Lead]

The government has laid out comprehensive preventive measures following a recent series of deadly toxic leaks at factories. The measures call for increased responsibility of contracting firms and limiting contracted work for dangerous jobs. But labor circles worry whether the measures will have any effect.

[Pkg]

One person was killed in a hydrofluoric acid leak at a Samsung Electronics plant in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province in January. Another company’s silo exploded at a factory in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province in March, killing six people. And on May 10, five died of gas suffocation at another firm’s iron mill in Dangjin, South Chungcheong. The victims from these accidents were all contracted workers. But the contractors who were large companies were barely punished for these incidents. The government came up with comprehensive measures to address the large scale industrial disasters that never seem to end. The contractors will be penalized to the same degree as the subcontractors, and when the firms put out dangerous jobs to contractors, standards for approving this deal will be tightened. The scope of the contractor’s responsibility in the case of a workplace accident will be expanded to include maintenance and repairs.

[Soundbite] Park Jong-gil(Ministry of Employment & Labor) : "We'll add more to the list of contractors' responsibilities. They'll be mandated to always provide subcontractors with information on harmful substances and workplace risks."

But the labor circle says penalties on the chief of the contracted firm are insufficient. A revision to impose punitive fines on companies involved in chemical accidents was approved in parliament, but it was passed in a water downed form due to corporate opposition. Whether the government's latest measures will have the aimed effects will have to be seen.

5. Court Conduct

[Anchor Lead]

Lately, some judges in Korea have come under fire for using less than appropriate words in court. Now, judges will observe trials conducted by their colleagues.

[Pkg]

'You should just die when you're old.' 'Did you drug her to get married?' These are some remarks made by judges that sparked controversy. Judges will now be able to observe their colleagues' trials without prior notice as an audience member. This will allow them to view the trial from a citizen's perspective. This is a report assessed by fellow judges on whether their observed colleagues demonstrated adequate speech and behavior in court. Self-reflecting remarks grace the report from the audience viewpoint, including that the judge made a frightening facial expression. Others said that while someone was talking, the judge only looked down at his papers and ignored him. Some judges were also said to be cutting people off while they were speaking. A law student who toured the court hall also left a note saying that the words used in trial were difficult even for him to understand.

[Soundbite] Yun So-ra(The Good Law) : "I think recording and taping should be made a rule in all courts to fundamentally resolve this problem."

Growing public calls and the justices' self-reflection could lead to a change in court practices. As such, the Seoul Eastern District Court is making efforts to improve court language.

6. Lung Support

[Anchor Lead]

Many smokers and senior citizens have chronic lung ailments that give them difficulty breathing. Recently, Korean doctors successfully performed a surgery that enables patients to breathe comfortably by inserting a device at the entrance to the lungs.

[Pkg]

This man in his 60s has chronic obstructive lung disease, which causes a person to have difficulty breathing. An endoscope is inserted into the patient's respiratory track to find the entrance to his lungs. When a net is inserted in the airway, the valve opens and closes, which means that the lungs are finally functioning properly. Chronic obstructive lung disease, which mostly affects smokers and seniors, causes the airway to gradually shrink, thus destroying the lung. When the disease reaches its final stage, the patients are unable to walk because they're constantly short of breath. Korean doctors have recently conducted this net-inserting endoscopic surgery on seven chronic lung disease patients for the first time. After the surgeries, their lung function capabilities improved by up to twofold. Their walking distance increased by up to 4.6 times. The air that is not circulated in the damaged lungs causes a person to have difficulty breathing. But with the valve net, the air is blocked from entering the lungs the wrong way.

[Soundbite] Prof. Lee Se-won(Asan Medical Center) : "A valve is inserted to make the air flow only in one direction. This also helps improve the lung’s elasticity and normalize the shape of the diaphragm."

This kind of surgery is performed on patients with severe chronic lung disease who suffered from shortness of breath on a daily basis and who received little help from medication. This medical technology was recognized officially as a new medical technology by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in April.

7. Avoiding Addiction

[Anchor Lead]

If your child is addicted to their smartphone, here’s a story for you. New applications are coming out aimed at preventing smartphone addiction and helping your child use their phone wisely.

[Pkg]

This is a mother of two children that are in elementary school. She’s become concerned these days after buying them smartphones. She recently began using a smartphone addiction prevention application. Children can set their daily amount of time to use their phones. It's especially effective for kids who are overly attached to games.

[Soundbite] Kim Chae-jin(Elementary School Student) : "It's good to know that I can control the time when I can use my phone. I'm proud of myself."

Using this app, parents can track how long their child used the phone and for what purpose. They can also check if the child stuck to his or her designated time of use. Another new app notifies the parents immediately when their child receives a text message related to bullying or school violence. Various applications that help students use their devices in an intuitive way are increasing their appeal to parents.

8. Hologram Theaters

[Anchor Lead]

Major Korean entertainment agencies are planning on giving K-pop stars a break from their busy schedules while not leaving fans in the lurch by creating hologram theaters Here’s today’s entertainment news.

[Pkg]

Major Korean entertainment agencies, including SM and YG, are taking up the hologram contents business. YG will develop hologram contents for its singers Psy and Big Bang to be screened at 20 or so hologram theaters around the world, including in Seoul, Jeju Island, China and Hong Kong. The very first showcase will be in July at the Korean theme park Everland. SM, which held a virtual reality concert that used holograms last year, will also open a hologram theater so that its fans can meet the K-pop stars more up close and personal. The Korean thriller 'Montage' starring Uhm Jung-hwa and Kim Sang-kyung has topped the daily box office rankings, beating Hollywood blockbuster 'Iron Man 3.' A Korean film reaching the top spot at the box office comes nearly a month after the last domestic hit, the 'Fist of Legend,' which achieved this feat on its opening day on April 24th. Other Korean movies, 'The Boomerang Family' starring Park Hae-il and Gong Hyo-jin as well as 'The Singing Contest' produced by famous comedian Lee Kyung-kyu, have each also chalked up one million in ticket sales and are seeing a steady stream of viewers. It has been quite some time since the girl band 4Minute has topped the music charts. Its agency says the title song of the band's new album "What's Your Name?" ranked number one on a major domestic music ranking site.

9. Korea's Markets

[Anchor Lead]

Today we’re going to take a trip to a few of Korea’s many outdoor markets and check out some local specialties.

[Pkg]

On a weekday morning, a train bound for Gangwon Province is full of tourists.

[Soundbite] "I'm going to Jeongseon. On my trip, I’m going to go shopping at an outdoor market."


Their first destination is an outdoor market in Jeongseon. The market opened in 1966. It sells everything from daily necessities to farming tools and fresh foods. The local government issues certificates to those who sell products they farmed, guaranteeing the quality of the items on sale.

[Soundbite] "I only sell things I farmed in Jeongseon."

After filling their shopping baskets, the tourists set off for other tourist attractions in Jeongseon. Rail biking is the most well-known tour activity in the area. Pedaling along the rails is a great way to take in the mountain scenery. Jeongseon is the nation's first region that introduced the rail biking system. Tourists can enjoy the landscape while biking along the seven-point-two kilometer-long rail linking Gujeolli and Auraji stations.

[Soundbite] "It's really great to be here. I went rail biking and shopped at the market. There’s so much food. Everything is abundant. I'm happy; I really like it."

[Soundbite] "The market was full of life. I felt like a child again."

A stream of tourists head for Oedo Island near Geoje, South Geyongsang Province, even on a rainy day. Oedo Island is home to a renowned botanical garden. The garden features more than 740 species of tropical and rare plants. An annual average of over a million tourists visit the island.

[Soundbite] "It’s raining and I thought my trip was ruined. But I was impressed by the beautiful landscape here."

After wrapping up their visits to Oedo and Geoje, travelers head for Tongyeong. A fisheries market in the city is a popular destination. A huge variety of maritime products are on offer there at low prices.

[Soundbite] "You should buy fresh sea squirts in Tongyeong. That’s the rule, right?"

Tours to the open-air markets can be a unique experience.

[Soundbite] "You can kill two birds with one stone in Tongyeong by shopping and travelling."

[Soundbite] "The natural scenery is great! Fresh marine products are cheap! Come to Tongyeong!"

On a trip to an outdoor market, you can indulge in local specialties and bring home some great memories.
  • Virus Alert
    • 입력 2013-05-22 15:35:24
    • 수정2013-05-22 15:47:39
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The first fatality from a deadly tick-borne disease has been confirmed in Korea. The 60-year old patient suffered from severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, before she died. A farmer, she had reportedly been working in a field when she was bitten.

[Pkg]

This tick is known to carry the deadly SFTS virus. The first patient who died from it has been confirmed in Korea. The victim was a 63-year-old woman who lived in Gangwon Province. She supposedly worked in a field last August and suffered from a high fever before passing away. This woman's cause of death was initially unknown, but the SFTS virus was later found in her, making her the first confirmed case in Korea. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that eight out of 10 suspected patients showing similar symptoms, tested negative for the virus. Of the remaining two cases, one was confirmed to have been infected and another, who recently died in Jeju Island, is also likely to be diagnosed as such. Public health authorities say that the fatality rate for those with the disease is around 10%, lower than initially reported.

[Soundbite] Prof. O Myeong-don(Seoul National University Hospital) : "In the past two years 2,047 cases were reported in China with 129 deaths. It shows a fatality rate of 6%."

Moreover, only 0.5% of the deadly ticks are found to actually carry the virus. However, since no treatments or vaccines exist, you should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when going outdoors to avoid getting bitten by ticks. Also, it’s important to immediately find a hospital if you get a fever for no reason after doing outdoor activities.

2. NK Controversy

[Anchor Lead]

Seoul and Washington seem to be at odds over North Korea's recent launches of short-range projectiles. Not only do they disagree on whether Pyongyang violated international law, but they’re also split over whether the fired objects were missiles or rockets.

[Pkg]

Four days after the end of the South-Korea-U.S. joint military exercises last week, North Korea fired short-range projectiles for three days in a row. Despite the concerns of the global community, the North said it was just a regular military drill. The U.S. government says that although North Korea's act was provocative, it did not necessarily violate its international obligations. South Korea's Defense Ministry, however, views Pyongyang's recent launches as a violation of international law. What matters the most in this case is not the issue of the legality of the violation, but rather the launched projectiles themselves. The South Korean military thinks that the projectiles were highly likely to have been missiles, whereas the U.S. military views them as a new type of rockets that have a caliber exceeding 300 millimeters.

[Soundbite] Sin Beom-cheol(Korea Institute for Defense Analyses) : "If North Korea disguises its launch pads, it takes more time to figure out the shape of a projectile based solely on the trajectory detected by the radar."

If the projectiles were rockets, the military's response will inevitably become more complicated. This is because rocket launchers are considered to be the most dangerous type of conventional weapon as they are harder to detect than missiles.

3. Calling On Diplomats

[Anchor Lead]

President Park Geun-hye has called on South Korean diplomats stationed overseas to focus their efforts on solving problems that Koreans face while living abroad. She also asked them to work on gaining international support for her North Korea policies.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye met with South Korean diplomats stationed overseas to express her thoughts on how they’ve been carrying out their duties. She said that the nation's diplomats have consistently come under fire for their failure to help ethnic Koreans living overseas. The president stressed that if they refuse to help Korean nationals in other countries solve their issues, they have no reason to occupy their diplomatic post.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "I ask you to help overseas Koreans solve their problems and difficulties, and help Korean citizens whenever they go abroad."

Park also explained her North Korea policies, which are designed to build trust between the two Koreas while maintaining a strong deterrent against any threat. Park urged the diplomats to let the international community know that North Korea's goal to move along with its nuclear program and economic development simultaneously is a mere illusion. The president emphasized that the nation's diplomats must play a pivotal role in obtaining worldwide support for her administration's North Korea policies. Park urged the diplomats to strive towards strengthening cooperation with the international community to solve various issues including national security and economic development.

4. Toxic Leaks

[Anchor Lead]

The government has laid out comprehensive preventive measures following a recent series of deadly toxic leaks at factories. The measures call for increased responsibility of contracting firms and limiting contracted work for dangerous jobs. But labor circles worry whether the measures will have any effect.

[Pkg]

One person was killed in a hydrofluoric acid leak at a Samsung Electronics plant in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province in January. Another company’s silo exploded at a factory in Yeosu, South Jeolla Province in March, killing six people. And on May 10, five died of gas suffocation at another firm’s iron mill in Dangjin, South Chungcheong. The victims from these accidents were all contracted workers. But the contractors who were large companies were barely punished for these incidents. The government came up with comprehensive measures to address the large scale industrial disasters that never seem to end. The contractors will be penalized to the same degree as the subcontractors, and when the firms put out dangerous jobs to contractors, standards for approving this deal will be tightened. The scope of the contractor’s responsibility in the case of a workplace accident will be expanded to include maintenance and repairs.

[Soundbite] Park Jong-gil(Ministry of Employment & Labor) : "We'll add more to the list of contractors' responsibilities. They'll be mandated to always provide subcontractors with information on harmful substances and workplace risks."

But the labor circle says penalties on the chief of the contracted firm are insufficient. A revision to impose punitive fines on companies involved in chemical accidents was approved in parliament, but it was passed in a water downed form due to corporate opposition. Whether the government's latest measures will have the aimed effects will have to be seen.

5. Court Conduct

[Anchor Lead]

Lately, some judges in Korea have come under fire for using less than appropriate words in court. Now, judges will observe trials conducted by their colleagues.

[Pkg]

'You should just die when you're old.' 'Did you drug her to get married?' These are some remarks made by judges that sparked controversy. Judges will now be able to observe their colleagues' trials without prior notice as an audience member. This will allow them to view the trial from a citizen's perspective. This is a report assessed by fellow judges on whether their observed colleagues demonstrated adequate speech and behavior in court. Self-reflecting remarks grace the report from the audience viewpoint, including that the judge made a frightening facial expression. Others said that while someone was talking, the judge only looked down at his papers and ignored him. Some judges were also said to be cutting people off while they were speaking. A law student who toured the court hall also left a note saying that the words used in trial were difficult even for him to understand.

[Soundbite] Yun So-ra(The Good Law) : "I think recording and taping should be made a rule in all courts to fundamentally resolve this problem."

Growing public calls and the justices' self-reflection could lead to a change in court practices. As such, the Seoul Eastern District Court is making efforts to improve court language.

6. Lung Support

[Anchor Lead]

Many smokers and senior citizens have chronic lung ailments that give them difficulty breathing. Recently, Korean doctors successfully performed a surgery that enables patients to breathe comfortably by inserting a device at the entrance to the lungs.

[Pkg]

This man in his 60s has chronic obstructive lung disease, which causes a person to have difficulty breathing. An endoscope is inserted into the patient's respiratory track to find the entrance to his lungs. When a net is inserted in the airway, the valve opens and closes, which means that the lungs are finally functioning properly. Chronic obstructive lung disease, which mostly affects smokers and seniors, causes the airway to gradually shrink, thus destroying the lung. When the disease reaches its final stage, the patients are unable to walk because they're constantly short of breath. Korean doctors have recently conducted this net-inserting endoscopic surgery on seven chronic lung disease patients for the first time. After the surgeries, their lung function capabilities improved by up to twofold. Their walking distance increased by up to 4.6 times. The air that is not circulated in the damaged lungs causes a person to have difficulty breathing. But with the valve net, the air is blocked from entering the lungs the wrong way.

[Soundbite] Prof. Lee Se-won(Asan Medical Center) : "A valve is inserted to make the air flow only in one direction. This also helps improve the lung’s elasticity and normalize the shape of the diaphragm."

This kind of surgery is performed on patients with severe chronic lung disease who suffered from shortness of breath on a daily basis and who received little help from medication. This medical technology was recognized officially as a new medical technology by the Ministry of Health and Welfare in April.

7. Avoiding Addiction

[Anchor Lead]

If your child is addicted to their smartphone, here’s a story for you. New applications are coming out aimed at preventing smartphone addiction and helping your child use their phone wisely.

[Pkg]

This is a mother of two children that are in elementary school. She’s become concerned these days after buying them smartphones. She recently began using a smartphone addiction prevention application. Children can set their daily amount of time to use their phones. It's especially effective for kids who are overly attached to games.

[Soundbite] Kim Chae-jin(Elementary School Student) : "It's good to know that I can control the time when I can use my phone. I'm proud of myself."

Using this app, parents can track how long their child used the phone and for what purpose. They can also check if the child stuck to his or her designated time of use. Another new app notifies the parents immediately when their child receives a text message related to bullying or school violence. Various applications that help students use their devices in an intuitive way are increasing their appeal to parents.

8. Hologram Theaters

[Anchor Lead]

Major Korean entertainment agencies are planning on giving K-pop stars a break from their busy schedules while not leaving fans in the lurch by creating hologram theaters Here’s today’s entertainment news.

[Pkg]

Major Korean entertainment agencies, including SM and YG, are taking up the hologram contents business. YG will develop hologram contents for its singers Psy and Big Bang to be screened at 20 or so hologram theaters around the world, including in Seoul, Jeju Island, China and Hong Kong. The very first showcase will be in July at the Korean theme park Everland. SM, which held a virtual reality concert that used holograms last year, will also open a hologram theater so that its fans can meet the K-pop stars more up close and personal. The Korean thriller 'Montage' starring Uhm Jung-hwa and Kim Sang-kyung has topped the daily box office rankings, beating Hollywood blockbuster 'Iron Man 3.' A Korean film reaching the top spot at the box office comes nearly a month after the last domestic hit, the 'Fist of Legend,' which achieved this feat on its opening day on April 24th. Other Korean movies, 'The Boomerang Family' starring Park Hae-il and Gong Hyo-jin as well as 'The Singing Contest' produced by famous comedian Lee Kyung-kyu, have each also chalked up one million in ticket sales and are seeing a steady stream of viewers. It has been quite some time since the girl band 4Minute has topped the music charts. Its agency says the title song of the band's new album "What's Your Name?" ranked number one on a major domestic music ranking site.

9. Korea's Markets

[Anchor Lead]

Today we’re going to take a trip to a few of Korea’s many outdoor markets and check out some local specialties.

[Pkg]

On a weekday morning, a train bound for Gangwon Province is full of tourists.

[Soundbite] "I'm going to Jeongseon. On my trip, I’m going to go shopping at an outdoor market."


Their first destination is an outdoor market in Jeongseon. The market opened in 1966. It sells everything from daily necessities to farming tools and fresh foods. The local government issues certificates to those who sell products they farmed, guaranteeing the quality of the items on sale.

[Soundbite] "I only sell things I farmed in Jeongseon."

After filling their shopping baskets, the tourists set off for other tourist attractions in Jeongseon. Rail biking is the most well-known tour activity in the area. Pedaling along the rails is a great way to take in the mountain scenery. Jeongseon is the nation's first region that introduced the rail biking system. Tourists can enjoy the landscape while biking along the seven-point-two kilometer-long rail linking Gujeolli and Auraji stations.

[Soundbite] "It's really great to be here. I went rail biking and shopped at the market. There’s so much food. Everything is abundant. I'm happy; I really like it."

[Soundbite] "The market was full of life. I felt like a child again."

A stream of tourists head for Oedo Island near Geoje, South Geyongsang Province, even on a rainy day. Oedo Island is home to a renowned botanical garden. The garden features more than 740 species of tropical and rare plants. An annual average of over a million tourists visit the island.

[Soundbite] "It’s raining and I thought my trip was ruined. But I was impressed by the beautiful landscape here."

After wrapping up their visits to Oedo and Geoje, travelers head for Tongyeong. A fisheries market in the city is a popular destination. A huge variety of maritime products are on offer there at low prices.

[Soundbite] "You should buy fresh sea squirts in Tongyeong. That’s the rule, right?"

Tours to the open-air markets can be a unique experience.

[Soundbite] "You can kill two birds with one stone in Tongyeong by shopping and travelling."

[Soundbite] "The natural scenery is great! Fresh marine products are cheap! Come to Tongyeong!"

On a trip to an outdoor market, you can indulge in local specialties and bring home some great memories.
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