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입력 2015.01.13 (14:15) 수정 2015.01.13 (14:37) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

KBS reported last year about the purchases of overseas properties by wealthy Korean businessmen. The Financial Supervisory Service investigated the real estate deals and found that 44 people violated Korea's foreign transaction laws to the tune of over 127 million U.S. dollars.

[Pkg]

Chung Kyung-hee, the only daughter of late Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung, purchased two resort properties in Hawaii, in 1997 and 2004.

[Soundbite] Chung Hee-young (Son-in-law of late Chairman Chung) : "There's no such thing. We've already confirmed it. I said there's no such thing."

The Financial Supervisory Service or FSS found that she had not reported her overseas property holdings and savings to Korean authorities. She was thus fined nearly 15,000 U.S. dollars. Children of actor Shin Young-kyun have owned a shopping mall in the U.S. since 2009, without reporting the ownership to Korean authorities. They were also hit with over 92,000 dollars in penalty.

[Soundbite] Store inside the shopping mall : "Lee Soo-man, head of SM Entertainment, and actress Han Ye-seul were also found to have made multiple real estate dealings in Los Angeles. In total, 44 wealthy Korean businessmen and celebrities wㅋe discovered to have committed 65 violations, amounting to over 127 million U.S. dollars. The FSS plans to notify the prosecution about the illegal transactions undertaken by GS Group Chairman Huh Nam-gak, Lee Soo-man, and KCC Information & Communiation chairman Lee Ju-young's family. The FSS has been investigating illegal transactions by wealthy Koreans since KBS had reported on them last year."

2. Economy in Focus

[Anchor Lead]

At a news conference yesterday, President Park Geun-hye vowed to revive the national economy. Here's more from her remarks.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye appeared at the news conference in a red jacket. She has said that the color red symbolizes economic recovery. She mentioned the word "economy" 42 times - more than any other word. Unlike in previous news conferences, the latest one featured no tables to let more reporters than usual attend the event and be seated closer to the president. The president responded to questions about problems in open communication by asking her own question to Cabinet members.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye (President) : "Do you think that increasing face-to-face reports is necessary?"

The president even made jokes when answering questions from reporters.

[Soundbite] "You learn about this from me and have no idea, even though you have access to Cheong Wa Dae."

Park sounded somewhat emotional and reproachful when she mentioned the behavior of her younger brother, Park Ji-man.

[Soundbite] "I think he must never let his guard down to avoid being involved in such foolish acts."

With regard to the internal strife within the ruling party, Park answered with a sigh.

[Soundbite] "We still hear the term 'pro-Park Geun-hye.' I wonder when we'll be able to get rid of it."

Unlike the president, who looked quite relaxed and used various gestures at the news conference, her chief secretary, Kim Ki-chun, had a stiff look on his face throughout.

3. Abusing the System

[Anchor Lead]

Young Korean men who fall short of the requirements for regular military service fulfill their duty as community service workers in local government agencies instead. They are also allowed to hold other jobs when it is determined that they're the sole providers for themselves or their families, but this system can be abused.

[Pkg]

This is an internet program in which viewers give the show host 'star balloons' if the show is entertaining. The star balloons can be then exchanged for cash.

[Soundbite] Show Host (Voice Modified) : "Thank you, 00, for 100 balloons, and thank you, XX, for another 100 balloons. I will make good use of them."

This show host received roughly 220dollars worth of star balloons. The broadcaster, who makes a lot of money for each show, was a community service worker at the time of the broadcast in June. A community service worker cannot make money without military approval. When it was discovered, the show host obtained permission to hold two jobs, but even that had issues because the oversight agency gave approval without properly checking the facts and circumstances.

[Soundbite] "Community Service Worker (Voice Modified): When applying for side jobs, they give approval without checking my wages or work hours."

They are allowed to work only up to six hours in their second jobs, so as not to interfere with their alternative military service, but there is no way of checking.

[Soundbite] "Military Manpower Admin. Official (Voice Modified): It's hard to check and stop them from holding other jobs after working hours."

Nationwide, more than two thousand community service workers are permitted to hold other jobs.

4. Dangerous Products

[Anchor Lead]

Overseas direct purchasing is a widespread trend among Korean consumers. But some of the overseas products claiming to help people lose weight have been found to contain substances that can cause stroke or cardiovascular disease.

[Pkg]

A growing number of Korean women these days are buying weight-loss products directly from overseas online shopping malls. Most of them choose the products based on online reviews.

[Soundbite] Lee Hyo-sung (Office Worker) : "Many products are hard to find in Korea and even if you can, they are much cheaper on overseas sites, so I prefer direct purchasing."

But some of the weight-loss products available on overseas shopping sites have been found to pose health hazards. An investigation conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency on 14 weight-loss products has revealed that half of them contained banned chemicals, such as sibutramine and sennoside. Sibutramine is banned from use all over the world because it can cause stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Sennoside can cause stomachache and vomiting, as well as stomach cramps when taken for a prolonged period of time. But the products in question were found to have no warning labels about such health hazards.

[Soundbite] Ha Jeong-cheol (Manager, Korea Consumer Agency) : "It's urgent to devise measures to block products that pose safety problems."

The Korea Consumer Agency has requested that relevant authorities halt the customs clearance of weight-loss products that were subject to recalls overseas.

5. Farming in Mongolia

[Anchor Lead]

Mongolians have long been a nomadic people, but now they're starting to farm since the desertification of the Mongolian plains has made it difficult for them to raise their livestock out in the open. To aid their efforts, first-rate Korean agricultural techniques are being introduced in Mongolia.

[Pkg]

This farm is located 120 kilometers northwest of Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator. The harvest starts in September at this farm, but it's not easy to harvest crops here because an early cold spell is apt to kill them off. This is why the Mongolian State University of Agriculture is trying to develop tougher varieties or strains that can withstand Mongolia's scant precipitation and harsh cold. In the past, it took at least ten years of hard work to develop one good variety, but now the time has shortened by more than half with help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency. In order to aid Mongolia's agricultural development, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) also distributes cutting-edge farming equipment and sends researchers.

[Soundbite] Kang Tol-dae (Vice President, Mongolian State Univ. of Agri.) : "This project is meaningful in that it could improve the output and quality of agricultural products, and boost exports by replacing imported goods."

With a lack of experience and a harsh climate, Mongolia has a rough road ahead in becoming an agricultural country. But Korea's superior agricultural techniques are helping Mongolian farmers achieve their dreams.

6. Cost of Smoking

[Anchor Lead]

Smoking has become a costly habit in Korea, with cigarette prices rising by about two dollars a pack, prompting many smokers make the switch to electronic cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

[Pkg]

A cigarette store is packed with customers. They have come to purchase self-made hand-rolled cigarettes. In other countries, hand-rolled cigarettes are mostly smoked by low-income smokers because of their affordable price. But in Korea demand for these cigarettes has soared since the latest spike in cigarette prices. Stores selling electronic cigarettes are also crowded lately, as electronic cigarettes are also cheaper than filtered ones.

[Soundbite] Heo Hyun-woo (Electronic Cigarette Vendor) : "We had about 20% more customers today during lunchtime. Many of them are switching to electronic cigarettes because conventional ones are too expensive."

Some smokers these days buy only a few cigarettes at a time instead of a whole pack, which now costs over four U.S. dollars.

[Soundbite] Cigarette Vendor (Voice Modified) : "Do smokers buy cigarettes by the piece these days? Yes, they've begun asking about it since prices were raised."

The latest major increase in cigarette prices has produced a distinct balloon effect.

7. Jobs Overseas

[Anchor Lead]

With a tight labor market at home, more young Koreans are opting to go abroad to land jobs. Seeking professional, full-time employment overseas, these youths are opening a new chapter in Korea’s economic story.

[Pkg]

Ahead of his university graduation, Cho Min-je has received a full-time job in the quality management department of a U.S. smartphone parts supplier. He landed the job just four months after he began working as an intern in the U.S., thanks to his expertise in chemical engineering and command of English.

[Soundbite] Cho Min-je (Yeungnam Univ.) : "I participated in an overseas internship program. I did my utmost and gave my all. I really worked hard in the US."

A Japanese class is in full swing in a college classroom. The students aim to go beyond the basics and reach an advanced level, so they can deliver presentations in Japanese. The Japanese class is part of a computer programming curriculum. Thirty-two would-be graduates of this college have landed jobs at Japanese IT companies this year.

[Soundbite] Park Mi-jin (Yeungjin College) : "I am studying Japanese in preparation for job interviews. I also study computer programming to get a job in the field."

As seen in these examples, some students are focusing on getting quality professional jobs overseas. The government aims to have 4,200 professionals receive employment overseas this year. It's encouraging more young Korean job seekers to go abroad by providing financial support and information on position openings.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

In entertainment, we bring you a glimpse of a recent rap battle between Korean and American rappers. Who’s the fastest? See for yourself.

[Pkg]

A rapper, known to be the fastest in Korea, spits out lyrics with barely time to take a breath. He is able to pronounce 17 syllables a second. His rival from the U.S. is also fast. He can say nearly six words a second. He holds the title of the fastest rapper in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The two rappers held a battle, singing the same song, titled "Star Wars." They didn't perform together, but their rivalry and tension are distinctly felt in the music.

[Soundbite] Outsider (Rapper) : "The curious rivalry motivates us to go beyond our limits in this field to perform even better."

It was not determined who was the winner, because the rappers performed in different languages. Nonetheless, they completed the battle with a newfound respect for each other.

9. Drinking Water

[Anchor Lead]

Drinking plenty of water is essential for keeping fit. You can choose from a wide range of bottled water available in stores these days. Here's how to drink water properly to maintain good health.

[Pkg]

It's a universal truth that water is irreplaceable when it comes to staying healthy. You can choose from over a hundred kinds of bottled water available in stores, from filtered to glacial to mineral and carbonated water. There is even water containing vegetables and grain extracts. Many people know that it's important to drink plenty of water but few of us know what kind of water to drink and in what volume. Experts say that water tastes the best at 10-12 degrees Celsius, because the amount of dissolved oxygen inside is the highest at these temperature levels.

[Soundbite] Lee Suk-hee (Official, Korea Water Resources Corp.) : "When water is boiled, its dissolved oxygen disappears. But as water cools, the oxygen in the air permeates it again, enhancing its taste."

Minerals help the body rid itself of active oxygen and support muscle and nerve activity. When boiled in tap water, the amount of minerals in barley, cassia seed and Solomon's seal tea doubles. Many people avoid drinking tap water because it smells of chlorine. But you can easily get rid of the odor by putting two slices of lemon in your tap water for more than two minutes or green tea leaves for over five minutes. You may hear all the time about the health benefits of water, but how much water is enough?

[Soundbite] Prof. Park Hyun-ah (Inje Univ. Seoul Paik Hospital) : "Most people drink less than half the recommended amount of water. So you don't need to worry if you drink much more water than you do now."

You can calculate the ideal daily amount of water for yourself by multiplying your weight by 30 millimeters. Drinking a glass of water before going to bed is also good. Here's when to avoid drinking water.

[Soundbite] "The stomach enlarges when we eat, so if you drink water while eating, it will not only increase the stomach but also dilute digestive enzymes. So avoid drinking too much water when having meals."

It's easy to drink the water you need each day, but it's also easy to overlook your body's hydration needs. With these small tips you can keep fit and hydrated.
  • Real Estate Violations
    • 입력 2015-01-13 14:08:49
    • 수정2015-01-13 14:37:50
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

KBS reported last year about the purchases of overseas properties by wealthy Korean businessmen. The Financial Supervisory Service investigated the real estate deals and found that 44 people violated Korea's foreign transaction laws to the tune of over 127 million U.S. dollars.

[Pkg]

Chung Kyung-hee, the only daughter of late Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung, purchased two resort properties in Hawaii, in 1997 and 2004.

[Soundbite] Chung Hee-young (Son-in-law of late Chairman Chung) : "There's no such thing. We've already confirmed it. I said there's no such thing."

The Financial Supervisory Service or FSS found that she had not reported her overseas property holdings and savings to Korean authorities. She was thus fined nearly 15,000 U.S. dollars. Children of actor Shin Young-kyun have owned a shopping mall in the U.S. since 2009, without reporting the ownership to Korean authorities. They were also hit with over 92,000 dollars in penalty.

[Soundbite] Store inside the shopping mall : "Lee Soo-man, head of SM Entertainment, and actress Han Ye-seul were also found to have made multiple real estate dealings in Los Angeles. In total, 44 wealthy Korean businessmen and celebrities wㅋe discovered to have committed 65 violations, amounting to over 127 million U.S. dollars. The FSS plans to notify the prosecution about the illegal transactions undertaken by GS Group Chairman Huh Nam-gak, Lee Soo-man, and KCC Information & Communiation chairman Lee Ju-young's family. The FSS has been investigating illegal transactions by wealthy Koreans since KBS had reported on them last year."

2. Economy in Focus

[Anchor Lead]

At a news conference yesterday, President Park Geun-hye vowed to revive the national economy. Here's more from her remarks.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye appeared at the news conference in a red jacket. She has said that the color red symbolizes economic recovery. She mentioned the word "economy" 42 times - more than any other word. Unlike in previous news conferences, the latest one featured no tables to let more reporters than usual attend the event and be seated closer to the president. The president responded to questions about problems in open communication by asking her own question to Cabinet members.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye (President) : "Do you think that increasing face-to-face reports is necessary?"

The president even made jokes when answering questions from reporters.

[Soundbite] "You learn about this from me and have no idea, even though you have access to Cheong Wa Dae."

Park sounded somewhat emotional and reproachful when she mentioned the behavior of her younger brother, Park Ji-man.

[Soundbite] "I think he must never let his guard down to avoid being involved in such foolish acts."

With regard to the internal strife within the ruling party, Park answered with a sigh.

[Soundbite] "We still hear the term 'pro-Park Geun-hye.' I wonder when we'll be able to get rid of it."

Unlike the president, who looked quite relaxed and used various gestures at the news conference, her chief secretary, Kim Ki-chun, had a stiff look on his face throughout.

3. Abusing the System

[Anchor Lead]

Young Korean men who fall short of the requirements for regular military service fulfill their duty as community service workers in local government agencies instead. They are also allowed to hold other jobs when it is determined that they're the sole providers for themselves or their families, but this system can be abused.

[Pkg]

This is an internet program in which viewers give the show host 'star balloons' if the show is entertaining. The star balloons can be then exchanged for cash.

[Soundbite] Show Host (Voice Modified) : "Thank you, 00, for 100 balloons, and thank you, XX, for another 100 balloons. I will make good use of them."

This show host received roughly 220dollars worth of star balloons. The broadcaster, who makes a lot of money for each show, was a community service worker at the time of the broadcast in June. A community service worker cannot make money without military approval. When it was discovered, the show host obtained permission to hold two jobs, but even that had issues because the oversight agency gave approval without properly checking the facts and circumstances.

[Soundbite] "Community Service Worker (Voice Modified): When applying for side jobs, they give approval without checking my wages or work hours."

They are allowed to work only up to six hours in their second jobs, so as not to interfere with their alternative military service, but there is no way of checking.

[Soundbite] "Military Manpower Admin. Official (Voice Modified): It's hard to check and stop them from holding other jobs after working hours."

Nationwide, more than two thousand community service workers are permitted to hold other jobs.

4. Dangerous Products

[Anchor Lead]

Overseas direct purchasing is a widespread trend among Korean consumers. But some of the overseas products claiming to help people lose weight have been found to contain substances that can cause stroke or cardiovascular disease.

[Pkg]

A growing number of Korean women these days are buying weight-loss products directly from overseas online shopping malls. Most of them choose the products based on online reviews.

[Soundbite] Lee Hyo-sung (Office Worker) : "Many products are hard to find in Korea and even if you can, they are much cheaper on overseas sites, so I prefer direct purchasing."

But some of the weight-loss products available on overseas shopping sites have been found to pose health hazards. An investigation conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency on 14 weight-loss products has revealed that half of them contained banned chemicals, such as sibutramine and sennoside. Sibutramine is banned from use all over the world because it can cause stroke or cardiovascular diseases. Sennoside can cause stomachache and vomiting, as well as stomach cramps when taken for a prolonged period of time. But the products in question were found to have no warning labels about such health hazards.

[Soundbite] Ha Jeong-cheol (Manager, Korea Consumer Agency) : "It's urgent to devise measures to block products that pose safety problems."

The Korea Consumer Agency has requested that relevant authorities halt the customs clearance of weight-loss products that were subject to recalls overseas.

5. Farming in Mongolia

[Anchor Lead]

Mongolians have long been a nomadic people, but now they're starting to farm since the desertification of the Mongolian plains has made it difficult for them to raise their livestock out in the open. To aid their efforts, first-rate Korean agricultural techniques are being introduced in Mongolia.

[Pkg]

This farm is located 120 kilometers northwest of Mongolia's capital Ulan Bator. The harvest starts in September at this farm, but it's not easy to harvest crops here because an early cold spell is apt to kill them off. This is why the Mongolian State University of Agriculture is trying to develop tougher varieties or strains that can withstand Mongolia's scant precipitation and harsh cold. In the past, it took at least ten years of hard work to develop one good variety, but now the time has shortened by more than half with help from the Korea International Cooperation Agency. In order to aid Mongolia's agricultural development, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) also distributes cutting-edge farming equipment and sends researchers.

[Soundbite] Kang Tol-dae (Vice President, Mongolian State Univ. of Agri.) : "This project is meaningful in that it could improve the output and quality of agricultural products, and boost exports by replacing imported goods."

With a lack of experience and a harsh climate, Mongolia has a rough road ahead in becoming an agricultural country. But Korea's superior agricultural techniques are helping Mongolian farmers achieve their dreams.

6. Cost of Smoking

[Anchor Lead]

Smoking has become a costly habit in Korea, with cigarette prices rising by about two dollars a pack, prompting many smokers make the switch to electronic cigarettes and rolling tobacco.

[Pkg]

A cigarette store is packed with customers. They have come to purchase self-made hand-rolled cigarettes. In other countries, hand-rolled cigarettes are mostly smoked by low-income smokers because of their affordable price. But in Korea demand for these cigarettes has soared since the latest spike in cigarette prices. Stores selling electronic cigarettes are also crowded lately, as electronic cigarettes are also cheaper than filtered ones.

[Soundbite] Heo Hyun-woo (Electronic Cigarette Vendor) : "We had about 20% more customers today during lunchtime. Many of them are switching to electronic cigarettes because conventional ones are too expensive."

Some smokers these days buy only a few cigarettes at a time instead of a whole pack, which now costs over four U.S. dollars.

[Soundbite] Cigarette Vendor (Voice Modified) : "Do smokers buy cigarettes by the piece these days? Yes, they've begun asking about it since prices were raised."

The latest major increase in cigarette prices has produced a distinct balloon effect.

7. Jobs Overseas

[Anchor Lead]

With a tight labor market at home, more young Koreans are opting to go abroad to land jobs. Seeking professional, full-time employment overseas, these youths are opening a new chapter in Korea’s economic story.

[Pkg]

Ahead of his university graduation, Cho Min-je has received a full-time job in the quality management department of a U.S. smartphone parts supplier. He landed the job just four months after he began working as an intern in the U.S., thanks to his expertise in chemical engineering and command of English.

[Soundbite] Cho Min-je (Yeungnam Univ.) : "I participated in an overseas internship program. I did my utmost and gave my all. I really worked hard in the US."

A Japanese class is in full swing in a college classroom. The students aim to go beyond the basics and reach an advanced level, so they can deliver presentations in Japanese. The Japanese class is part of a computer programming curriculum. Thirty-two would-be graduates of this college have landed jobs at Japanese IT companies this year.

[Soundbite] Park Mi-jin (Yeungjin College) : "I am studying Japanese in preparation for job interviews. I also study computer programming to get a job in the field."

As seen in these examples, some students are focusing on getting quality professional jobs overseas. The government aims to have 4,200 professionals receive employment overseas this year. It's encouraging more young Korean job seekers to go abroad by providing financial support and information on position openings.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

In entertainment, we bring you a glimpse of a recent rap battle between Korean and American rappers. Who’s the fastest? See for yourself.

[Pkg]

A rapper, known to be the fastest in Korea, spits out lyrics with barely time to take a breath. He is able to pronounce 17 syllables a second. His rival from the U.S. is also fast. He can say nearly six words a second. He holds the title of the fastest rapper in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The two rappers held a battle, singing the same song, titled "Star Wars." They didn't perform together, but their rivalry and tension are distinctly felt in the music.

[Soundbite] Outsider (Rapper) : "The curious rivalry motivates us to go beyond our limits in this field to perform even better."

It was not determined who was the winner, because the rappers performed in different languages. Nonetheless, they completed the battle with a newfound respect for each other.

9. Drinking Water

[Anchor Lead]

Drinking plenty of water is essential for keeping fit. You can choose from a wide range of bottled water available in stores these days. Here's how to drink water properly to maintain good health.

[Pkg]

It's a universal truth that water is irreplaceable when it comes to staying healthy. You can choose from over a hundred kinds of bottled water available in stores, from filtered to glacial to mineral and carbonated water. There is even water containing vegetables and grain extracts. Many people know that it's important to drink plenty of water but few of us know what kind of water to drink and in what volume. Experts say that water tastes the best at 10-12 degrees Celsius, because the amount of dissolved oxygen inside is the highest at these temperature levels.

[Soundbite] Lee Suk-hee (Official, Korea Water Resources Corp.) : "When water is boiled, its dissolved oxygen disappears. But as water cools, the oxygen in the air permeates it again, enhancing its taste."

Minerals help the body rid itself of active oxygen and support muscle and nerve activity. When boiled in tap water, the amount of minerals in barley, cassia seed and Solomon's seal tea doubles. Many people avoid drinking tap water because it smells of chlorine. But you can easily get rid of the odor by putting two slices of lemon in your tap water for more than two minutes or green tea leaves for over five minutes. You may hear all the time about the health benefits of water, but how much water is enough?

[Soundbite] Prof. Park Hyun-ah (Inje Univ. Seoul Paik Hospital) : "Most people drink less than half the recommended amount of water. So you don't need to worry if you drink much more water than you do now."

You can calculate the ideal daily amount of water for yourself by multiplying your weight by 30 millimeters. Drinking a glass of water before going to bed is also good. Here's when to avoid drinking water.

[Soundbite] "The stomach enlarges when we eat, so if you drink water while eating, it will not only increase the stomach but also dilute digestive enzymes. So avoid drinking too much water when having meals."

It's easy to drink the water you need each day, but it's also easy to overlook your body's hydration needs. With these small tips you can keep fit and hydrated.
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