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입력 2013.07.22 (15:15) 수정 2013.07.22 (15:50) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The first joint cultural event between Korea and China since President Park Geun-hye's visit has taken place in Beijing. The KBS Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra held a concert celebrating the bilateral bond.

[Pkg]

This is one of the world's largest concert halls, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. A concert took off with Korea's iconic piece, Arirang Fantasy. It was followed by Tchaikovsky's violin concerto No.1 and Strauss's "A Hero's Life." Kwak Sung from Korea and Li Xincao from China took turns conducting the joint orchestras. The 110 musicians of the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra played magnificently together in harmony.

[Soundbite] Audience Member : "Korean and Chinese musicians showed excellentteamwork and the audience enjoyed it too."

This concert was the first joint cultural exchange program held since President Park Geun-hye's visit to China.

[Soundbite] Park In-geon(President, KBS Symphony Orchestra) : "The concert will help the two orchestras grow evenfurther and produce more classical music enthusiasts."

Prior to the concert, the orchestra members and the audience observed a moment of silence for the Chinese students who died in the Asiana Airline crash.

2. Food Rules

[Anchor Lead]

The lenient laws against people selling bogus food products have long been an issue in Korea. But recently, judges and police have agreed to start getting tough.

[Pkg]

Food safety scandals can often be found in the headlines. Perpetrators forge all kinds of foods, from cooking oil made with toxic industrial materials to unhygienic dried seafood containing E. coli to frozen expired crabs. But the law punishing food-related crimes has long been criticized for its leniency. Of some 1200 people who were accused for the first time for violating the Food Hygiene Law in 2011, less than 1 percent were sentenced to prison by the courts, while more than 60 percent got away with their crimes by paying fines. Recently, judges from across the nation got together to revise the law and bridge the gap in public opinion about food safety regulations. They accepted the public’s opinion that the current law against food-related crimes was excessively lenient. The judges agreed to strengthen the relevant regulations.

[Soundbite] Kim Chun-ho(Chief Judge, Gwangju District Court) : "Many of the judges were in favor of determiningverdicts based on the actual damage inflicted on public health and its severity."

The judges also proposed collaboration with relevant institutions to grasp the scope of damage caused by substandard food products. The judges decided to expand sentencing procedures so that prosecutors and attorneys can hold substantial arguments in court before the verdicts are issued.

3. KONEX in Question

[Anchor Lead]

A stock market for small and mid-sized firms was launched this month as part of government efforts to boost the creative economy. But its performance has fallen short of expectations so far.

[Pkg]

CEOs of 21 companies listed on the Korea New Exchange, or KONEX, personally introduce their companies' technologies and growth outlook. But the market showed a lukewarm response to their efforts.

[Soundbite] Choe Hong-sik(Korea Exchange) : "People who want to buy shares apparentlywish to see how the market develops since they don't have much information to go with regardingthe listed companies."

The day the stock market opened, its stock transactions amounted to about 1.3 million U.S. dollars, but lately their average daily amount plunged to about 400,000 dollars. The KONEX market is rapidly losing steam with several of the listed companies unable to sell even a single share the entire day. As stock prices remain stagnant, shareholders are refusing to sell their stocks, which is resulting in a vicious cycle.

[Soundbite] Lee In-hyeong(Korea Capital Market Institute) : "I think we should consider letting large pension fundsincorporate KONEX-listed companies at a certain ratio."

Representatives of the listed companies say that the current minimum deposit of 267,000 U.S. dollars must be lowered to encourage individual investors to participate in the market. However, lowering the threshold will not be easy because the KONEX market entails a high risk.

4. History Interest

[Anchor Lead]

Data showing Korean students’ relative ignorance about the history of the country caused controversy recently. But museums are seeing a surge in the number of visitors, many of whom are students.

[Pkg]

The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History tells visitors everything about Korea's modern history, including its national independence movement, its establishment as a country, and its industrialization. Since the museum opened last year it has seen many student-visitors, who come here to learn about their home country's history in depth.

[Soundbite] ImDae-on(Student) : "I came here to study history because youcan remember historic facts longer only if you study them on a regular basis."

The Seoul Museum of History is also full of students. This institution is dedicated to the 600-year history of the Korean capital-city. As more and more students gain an interest in history, they visit the museums because they have only a few history classes at school. Even Korean history is an optional subject. Last year, the number of visitors at the Seoul Museum of History surpassed one million, recording a sharp rise from about 500,000 visitors from previous years. Another factor behind the popularity of history museums lies in the recently implemented intensive learning courses, which require students to master a certain subject in a limited period of time. History museums are also receiving many group reservations because a controversy over whether to include Korean history in college entrance exams continues to rise.

[Soundbite] Kim Hyeon-jeong(Curator, Nat’l Museum of Korean Contemporary History) : "We receive many inquiries about our educationalprograms. Their number has risen 20% since June."

More students are likely to visit history museums during their summer vacation in their pursuit to learn more about their country's history.

5. Cooling Boom

[Anchor Lead]

The early arrival of heat waves and the annual rainy season is good news for manufacturers of air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The companies are thriving, as orders for such appliances have tripled compared to last year.

[Pkg]

This is a company that produces air conditioner parts in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. It is enjoying a business boom, as orders for air conditioners have nearly tripled since March, compared to the same period last year,

[Soundbite] Kim Dae-jung(Air Conditioner Parts Manufacturer) : "We hired some additional 100 employees.Four hundred people work until 10 p.m."

Around some 200 suppliers of air conditioner parts are also benefiting from the boom which came with the early start of the sweltering weather. Dehumidifiers are the latest hits of the South Korean home appliance market this summer. The prolonged annual monsoon season has boosted the sales of dehumidifiers. The market for them has more than doubled, compared to last year. This company produces parts for dehumidifiers and is very busy this summer. Orders for dehumidifiers have surged from 170-thousand last year to 400-thousand this year. Other suppliers of dehumidifier parts are also enjoying unprecedented popularity.

[Soundbite] Park Ji-hyeon(CEO, Dehumidifier Parts Manufacturer) : "The peak season ended in June in previous yearsI expect the peak season to continue through August or September this year."

The steamy and sizzling weather has become a boon for home appliance manufacturers.

6. Digital Dementia

[Anchor Lead]

Digital dementia refers to short term memory loss among people who are overly reliant on gadgets like smartphones. You may have the problem if you can’t remember all the words to any songs or if you use a calculator for simple addition or subtraction.

[Pkg]

In a parking lot at a department store, a driver pulls out her cell phone to take a photo of where she parked as soon as she gets out off her car.

[Soundbite] SeokHye-yeon(Visitor) : "I always take a photo of the parking lot location.If not, I get lost. In the past, I couldn't remember the location of my spot andtried to find my car for more than 30 minutes."

Workers were asked how many phone numbers they can remember off the top of their head. Most respondents only remembered the phone numbers of one or two close friends in addition to their parents' numbers. The result is not bad. According to an online survey, one out of three people didn't even remember their family members’ phone numbers. More than half of the respondents remembered only one or two phone numbers at best in addition to those of their family. What does this mean for our brains?

[Soundbite] Prof. Kim Eo-su(Yonsei Severance Hospital) : "This is not an issue of whether we can rememberone or two phone numbers or not. This means that the mechanism of storing informationin the brain is deteriorating."

Even though the electronics devices are getting smarter, it is our dependence on these gadgets that is making our brains not so smart.

7. Changing Ecosystems

[Anchor Lead]

Global warming has caused changes to the diversity of maritime life in waters off Korea’s coasts. Some are proving positive.

[Pkg]

A school of damselfish swim under the sea. Colorful coral reefs sway in the water. With the addition of cocktail fish and stripeys, the water off the coast of Busan has turned into a subtropical sea.

[Soundbite] Son Min-ho(Researcher, Marine Eco-Technology Institute) : "South Korea's tropical and subtropical ecosystemspans from Jeju’s Munseom Islet to Baekdo Island in Jeolla Province to southern Geoje Islandto Namhyeongje Island and to UlleungIlsandand the Dokdo Islets."

A rise in the sea water temperature has encouraged the migration of subtropical marine creatures to South Korean waters. Now, the nation is home to some 4.800 species of maritime creatures, including both tropical and polar ones. The same goes with the nation's tidal flats where mudskippers and sand crabs live. The number of marine creatures living in South Korea's mud flats is four-point-three-times more than that in the tidal flats of the Wadden Sea. The economic value of the diverse maritime creatures totals 14.2 billion U.S. dollars.

[Soundbite] ChoeMyeong-beom(Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries) : "We’ll conduct a survey on all kinds of marinelife in South Korea waters. We’ll use the study a foundation for developing the marine and bio industry.We’ll also expand the scope of a long-term ecosystemstudy into the East China Sea."

However, South Korea should urgently devise measures against the desertification of the sea near Jeju Island and other environmental negative effects of global warming.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Red 2, which stars Lee Byung-hun and Bruce Willis, ruled the Korean box office over the weekend. And the star of KBS drama “Sword and Petal” has helped save injured people after a traffic accident. Here’s today’s entertainment report.

[Pkg]

Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's third Hollywood movie "Red: The Legend" topped the box office for the third consecutive day. The Korean Film Council says that since the movie’s opening, it has attracted 600-thousand people during its first three days out in theaters. Lee co-starred in the movie with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Actor On Joo-wan, who is one of the leading actors in a KBS TV series called "Sword and Petal," is being recognized for his kindness as he helped some injured people. During his trip from Mungyeong to Suwon, the actor witnessed a traffic accident on a highway and called rescue workers to help wounded people on July 20th.

9. Sky-High Skills

[Anchor Lead]

The Asiana Airlines crash landing at San Francisco airport has reminded us that flight crew play a big part in ensuring passenger safety. And interest in the profession is growin
g.

[Pkg]

The heroic efforts of the Asiana Flight 214 crew particularly impressed students at this flight attendant training school in Seoul.

[Soundbite] ChoeJi-hye(Flight Attendant Applicant) : "Honestly I wondered how they could manage that.Service and smiles is not all there is to our job.Safety comes first and what the Asiana crew didis in a way only natural but still amazing."

Clear communication is key in times of an emergency. So voice lessons are required so flight attendants can convey important information to passengers in a comforting, engaging way. Their trademark friendly smiles are complemented by makeup, taught in this class.

[Soundbite] Kim Na-hyeon(Makeup Instructor) : "More feminine, softer looks are sought after.Students focus on these aspects of makeup."

They keep the makeup toned down so that it doesn’t distract from their interactions with passengers. Of course, the makeup does make a difference. In Korea, appearance is important when it comes to being a flight attendant. The long hours you work in the air also require physical stamina. Recently, foreign airlines are recruiting more Korean flight attendants.

[Soundbite] Wu Seo-jeong(Foreign Airline Crew Applicant) : "You work abroad with people of many differentnationalities. I think it'll be more interesting. "

Apart from their qualifications and sterling reputation, their language skills are also sought after.

[Soundbite] Lee Yu-jin(Employee, Flight Attendant Training Institute) : "Preference for Korean flight attendants is sharply increasing.They are diligent and work hard and fast.Also the growing number of Korean passengersraises the need for Korean language speakers."

Here's another aspiring attendant. Twenty-seven-year-old Kim Gi-ho is preparing for his exam while supporting himself by working at a furniture store.

[Soundbite] Kim Gi-ho(Flight Attendant Applicant) : "I believe the preparations are gaining a footholdin society. I want to try out different things.Many other applicants must work much harderthan me. I don't think what I'm doingis difficult at all. "

The majority of flight crew are women. Men account for about 20 percent. But airlines are recruiting more men and male applicants are on the rise. Apart from the friendly service they’re expected to provide, flight crew are also responsible for passenger safety. They have many more skills than meet the eye of the average air passenger. The steady growth in air travel is increasing the demand for flight attendants, and the competition to become a guardian angel in the sky is heating up.
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    • 입력 2013-07-22 15:34:24
    • 수정2013-07-22 15:50:21
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The first joint cultural event between Korea and China since President Park Geun-hye's visit has taken place in Beijing. The KBS Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra held a concert celebrating the bilateral bond.

[Pkg]

This is one of the world's largest concert halls, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. A concert took off with Korea's iconic piece, Arirang Fantasy. It was followed by Tchaikovsky's violin concerto No.1 and Strauss's "A Hero's Life." Kwak Sung from Korea and Li Xincao from China took turns conducting the joint orchestras. The 110 musicians of the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra played magnificently together in harmony.

[Soundbite] Audience Member : "Korean and Chinese musicians showed excellentteamwork and the audience enjoyed it too."

This concert was the first joint cultural exchange program held since President Park Geun-hye's visit to China.

[Soundbite] Park In-geon(President, KBS Symphony Orchestra) : "The concert will help the two orchestras grow evenfurther and produce more classical music enthusiasts."

Prior to the concert, the orchestra members and the audience observed a moment of silence for the Chinese students who died in the Asiana Airline crash.

2. Food Rules

[Anchor Lead]

The lenient laws against people selling bogus food products have long been an issue in Korea. But recently, judges and police have agreed to start getting tough.

[Pkg]

Food safety scandals can often be found in the headlines. Perpetrators forge all kinds of foods, from cooking oil made with toxic industrial materials to unhygienic dried seafood containing E. coli to frozen expired crabs. But the law punishing food-related crimes has long been criticized for its leniency. Of some 1200 people who were accused for the first time for violating the Food Hygiene Law in 2011, less than 1 percent were sentenced to prison by the courts, while more than 60 percent got away with their crimes by paying fines. Recently, judges from across the nation got together to revise the law and bridge the gap in public opinion about food safety regulations. They accepted the public’s opinion that the current law against food-related crimes was excessively lenient. The judges agreed to strengthen the relevant regulations.

[Soundbite] Kim Chun-ho(Chief Judge, Gwangju District Court) : "Many of the judges were in favor of determiningverdicts based on the actual damage inflicted on public health and its severity."

The judges also proposed collaboration with relevant institutions to grasp the scope of damage caused by substandard food products. The judges decided to expand sentencing procedures so that prosecutors and attorneys can hold substantial arguments in court before the verdicts are issued.

3. KONEX in Question

[Anchor Lead]

A stock market for small and mid-sized firms was launched this month as part of government efforts to boost the creative economy. But its performance has fallen short of expectations so far.

[Pkg]

CEOs of 21 companies listed on the Korea New Exchange, or KONEX, personally introduce their companies' technologies and growth outlook. But the market showed a lukewarm response to their efforts.

[Soundbite] Choe Hong-sik(Korea Exchange) : "People who want to buy shares apparentlywish to see how the market develops since they don't have much information to go with regardingthe listed companies."

The day the stock market opened, its stock transactions amounted to about 1.3 million U.S. dollars, but lately their average daily amount plunged to about 400,000 dollars. The KONEX market is rapidly losing steam with several of the listed companies unable to sell even a single share the entire day. As stock prices remain stagnant, shareholders are refusing to sell their stocks, which is resulting in a vicious cycle.

[Soundbite] Lee In-hyeong(Korea Capital Market Institute) : "I think we should consider letting large pension fundsincorporate KONEX-listed companies at a certain ratio."

Representatives of the listed companies say that the current minimum deposit of 267,000 U.S. dollars must be lowered to encourage individual investors to participate in the market. However, lowering the threshold will not be easy because the KONEX market entails a high risk.

4. History Interest

[Anchor Lead]

Data showing Korean students’ relative ignorance about the history of the country caused controversy recently. But museums are seeing a surge in the number of visitors, many of whom are students.

[Pkg]

The National Museum of Korean Contemporary History tells visitors everything about Korea's modern history, including its national independence movement, its establishment as a country, and its industrialization. Since the museum opened last year it has seen many student-visitors, who come here to learn about their home country's history in depth.

[Soundbite] ImDae-on(Student) : "I came here to study history because youcan remember historic facts longer only if you study them on a regular basis."

The Seoul Museum of History is also full of students. This institution is dedicated to the 600-year history of the Korean capital-city. As more and more students gain an interest in history, they visit the museums because they have only a few history classes at school. Even Korean history is an optional subject. Last year, the number of visitors at the Seoul Museum of History surpassed one million, recording a sharp rise from about 500,000 visitors from previous years. Another factor behind the popularity of history museums lies in the recently implemented intensive learning courses, which require students to master a certain subject in a limited period of time. History museums are also receiving many group reservations because a controversy over whether to include Korean history in college entrance exams continues to rise.

[Soundbite] Kim Hyeon-jeong(Curator, Nat’l Museum of Korean Contemporary History) : "We receive many inquiries about our educationalprograms. Their number has risen 20% since June."

More students are likely to visit history museums during their summer vacation in their pursuit to learn more about their country's history.

5. Cooling Boom

[Anchor Lead]

The early arrival of heat waves and the annual rainy season is good news for manufacturers of air conditioners and dehumidifiers. The companies are thriving, as orders for such appliances have tripled compared to last year.

[Pkg]

This is a company that produces air conditioner parts in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province. It is enjoying a business boom, as orders for air conditioners have nearly tripled since March, compared to the same period last year,

[Soundbite] Kim Dae-jung(Air Conditioner Parts Manufacturer) : "We hired some additional 100 employees.Four hundred people work until 10 p.m."

Around some 200 suppliers of air conditioner parts are also benefiting from the boom which came with the early start of the sweltering weather. Dehumidifiers are the latest hits of the South Korean home appliance market this summer. The prolonged annual monsoon season has boosted the sales of dehumidifiers. The market for them has more than doubled, compared to last year. This company produces parts for dehumidifiers and is very busy this summer. Orders for dehumidifiers have surged from 170-thousand last year to 400-thousand this year. Other suppliers of dehumidifier parts are also enjoying unprecedented popularity.

[Soundbite] Park Ji-hyeon(CEO, Dehumidifier Parts Manufacturer) : "The peak season ended in June in previous yearsI expect the peak season to continue through August or September this year."

The steamy and sizzling weather has become a boon for home appliance manufacturers.

6. Digital Dementia

[Anchor Lead]

Digital dementia refers to short term memory loss among people who are overly reliant on gadgets like smartphones. You may have the problem if you can’t remember all the words to any songs or if you use a calculator for simple addition or subtraction.

[Pkg]

In a parking lot at a department store, a driver pulls out her cell phone to take a photo of where she parked as soon as she gets out off her car.

[Soundbite] SeokHye-yeon(Visitor) : "I always take a photo of the parking lot location.If not, I get lost. In the past, I couldn't remember the location of my spot andtried to find my car for more than 30 minutes."

Workers were asked how many phone numbers they can remember off the top of their head. Most respondents only remembered the phone numbers of one or two close friends in addition to their parents' numbers. The result is not bad. According to an online survey, one out of three people didn't even remember their family members’ phone numbers. More than half of the respondents remembered only one or two phone numbers at best in addition to those of their family. What does this mean for our brains?

[Soundbite] Prof. Kim Eo-su(Yonsei Severance Hospital) : "This is not an issue of whether we can rememberone or two phone numbers or not. This means that the mechanism of storing informationin the brain is deteriorating."

Even though the electronics devices are getting smarter, it is our dependence on these gadgets that is making our brains not so smart.

7. Changing Ecosystems

[Anchor Lead]

Global warming has caused changes to the diversity of maritime life in waters off Korea’s coasts. Some are proving positive.

[Pkg]

A school of damselfish swim under the sea. Colorful coral reefs sway in the water. With the addition of cocktail fish and stripeys, the water off the coast of Busan has turned into a subtropical sea.

[Soundbite] Son Min-ho(Researcher, Marine Eco-Technology Institute) : "South Korea's tropical and subtropical ecosystemspans from Jeju’s Munseom Islet to Baekdo Island in Jeolla Province to southern Geoje Islandto Namhyeongje Island and to UlleungIlsandand the Dokdo Islets."

A rise in the sea water temperature has encouraged the migration of subtropical marine creatures to South Korean waters. Now, the nation is home to some 4.800 species of maritime creatures, including both tropical and polar ones. The same goes with the nation's tidal flats where mudskippers and sand crabs live. The number of marine creatures living in South Korea's mud flats is four-point-three-times more than that in the tidal flats of the Wadden Sea. The economic value of the diverse maritime creatures totals 14.2 billion U.S. dollars.

[Soundbite] ChoeMyeong-beom(Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries) : "We’ll conduct a survey on all kinds of marinelife in South Korea waters. We’ll use the study a foundation for developing the marine and bio industry.We’ll also expand the scope of a long-term ecosystemstudy into the East China Sea."

However, South Korea should urgently devise measures against the desertification of the sea near Jeju Island and other environmental negative effects of global warming.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Red 2, which stars Lee Byung-hun and Bruce Willis, ruled the Korean box office over the weekend. And the star of KBS drama “Sword and Petal” has helped save injured people after a traffic accident. Here’s today’s entertainment report.

[Pkg]

Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's third Hollywood movie "Red: The Legend" topped the box office for the third consecutive day. The Korean Film Council says that since the movie’s opening, it has attracted 600-thousand people during its first three days out in theaters. Lee co-starred in the movie with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Actor On Joo-wan, who is one of the leading actors in a KBS TV series called "Sword and Petal," is being recognized for his kindness as he helped some injured people. During his trip from Mungyeong to Suwon, the actor witnessed a traffic accident on a highway and called rescue workers to help wounded people on July 20th.

9. Sky-High Skills

[Anchor Lead]

The Asiana Airlines crash landing at San Francisco airport has reminded us that flight crew play a big part in ensuring passenger safety. And interest in the profession is growin
g.

[Pkg]

The heroic efforts of the Asiana Flight 214 crew particularly impressed students at this flight attendant training school in Seoul.

[Soundbite] ChoeJi-hye(Flight Attendant Applicant) : "Honestly I wondered how they could manage that.Service and smiles is not all there is to our job.Safety comes first and what the Asiana crew didis in a way only natural but still amazing."

Clear communication is key in times of an emergency. So voice lessons are required so flight attendants can convey important information to passengers in a comforting, engaging way. Their trademark friendly smiles are complemented by makeup, taught in this class.

[Soundbite] Kim Na-hyeon(Makeup Instructor) : "More feminine, softer looks are sought after.Students focus on these aspects of makeup."

They keep the makeup toned down so that it doesn’t distract from their interactions with passengers. Of course, the makeup does make a difference. In Korea, appearance is important when it comes to being a flight attendant. The long hours you work in the air also require physical stamina. Recently, foreign airlines are recruiting more Korean flight attendants.

[Soundbite] Wu Seo-jeong(Foreign Airline Crew Applicant) : "You work abroad with people of many differentnationalities. I think it'll be more interesting. "

Apart from their qualifications and sterling reputation, their language skills are also sought after.

[Soundbite] Lee Yu-jin(Employee, Flight Attendant Training Institute) : "Preference for Korean flight attendants is sharply increasing.They are diligent and work hard and fast.Also the growing number of Korean passengersraises the need for Korean language speakers."

Here's another aspiring attendant. Twenty-seven-year-old Kim Gi-ho is preparing for his exam while supporting himself by working at a furniture store.

[Soundbite] Kim Gi-ho(Flight Attendant Applicant) : "I believe the preparations are gaining a footholdin society. I want to try out different things.Many other applicants must work much harderthan me. I don't think what I'm doingis difficult at all. "

The majority of flight crew are women. Men account for about 20 percent. But airlines are recruiting more men and male applicants are on the rise. Apart from the friendly service they’re expected to provide, flight crew are also responsible for passenger safety. They have many more skills than meet the eye of the average air passenger. The steady growth in air travel is increasing the demand for flight attendants, and the competition to become a guardian angel in the sky is heating up.
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