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입력 2015.02.10 (14:01) 수정 2015.02.10 (14:32) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

There is shock in the Philippines as a Korean woman in her 40s was shot and killed in a coffee shop in Manila’s central district, an area largely considered safe by the Korean community living and working in the island nation.

[Pkg]

This is a coffee shop in Quezon City, Philippines. A 45-year-old Korean woman, identified only by her surname Park, was fatally shot by a robber Monday afternoon. She was staying in the Philippines for business. She was killed when she entered the coffee shop while an armed robbery was underway. Apparently, the shooter fired his gun during a struggle to take Park's mobile phone.

[Soundbite] Park Yong-jeng(Korean Embassy Consul in the Philippines) : "She was shot by a robber in the coffee shop. We're all being careful."

The tragedy took place in downtown Manila, the Filipino capital. Koreans living in Manila are particularly shocked by the recent incident, since it happened in an area considered relatively safe.

[Soundbite] Lee Dong-hwal(Korean Residents Group in the Philippines) : "That is a safe area with a community of Korean students and nationals. There are about 2,000 Koreans living there."

Meanwhile, a Korean national had been kidnapped and released in Mindanao, an island located in southern Philippines. There have been a spate of crimes committed against Koreans recently. The Korean government announced that ten Koreans were killed in the Philippines last year and asked Korean nationals residing in the country and tourists to be extra careful.

2. Homeplus Boycott

[Anchor Lead]

Discount store chain Homeplus has come under fire for selling customers’ personal information to insurance firms to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Consumer groups have organized a boycott of Homeplus in protest to the personal information leak.

[Soundbite] "We declare the boycott of Homeplus. Boycott Homeplus! Boycott Homeplus!"

[Pkg]

Members of ten consumers' organizations including the YWCA and Consumers Korea declared the launch of a boycott against discount store chain Homeplus. The consumers' groups urged the chain to issue a public apology for collecting the personal information of 240 million customers through promotional events and selling them to insurance companies for illicit profits amounting to over 21 million U.S. dollars. They also demanded that the company pay compensation to victims. The consumers' organizations will continue to boycott Homeplus until February 17th, saying that unethical and immoral businesses must be punished in order to keep the market system fair.

[Soundbite] Im Eun-kyung(Secretary-General, KNCCO) : "The fines are laughable. Lenient punishment has been fanning illegal activities by businesses."

The consumers' groups called on the government to thoroughly investigate whether other large discount store chains have also sold customers' personal information.

3. Housetel Market

[Anchor Lead]

The officetel, a combination of words "office" and "hotel," is a studio-like type of residence often found in big cities like Seoul. In recent years a new type of housing has emerged: the “housetel,” a larger version of an officetel resembling more traditional apartment units. However, oversupply of this kind of property has investors on edge.

[Pkg]

These are the model houses for officetels to be built in the new city of Gwanggyo in Gyeonggi Province.

[Soundbite] Lee Eun-hee(Prospective Housetel Buyer) : "Purchase prices or lease rates of apartments have risen by a lot. I applied for a housetel because its floor plan is similar an apartment's."

The so-called housetel has broken the stereotype of an officetel, which is often referred to as a studio type, one-room housing, and its floor plan resembles that of an apartment unit. With housing rentals in short supply in the Seoul metropolitan area, on average, each housetel unit attracts 400 applicants. With interest rates dropping, prospective buyers are rushing to purchase this housing option. However, the officetel supply has more than tripled in 2014 from around 13,000 units in 2010. Earnings from officetel rentals have fallen steadily as well. Officetels in Seoul yielded a record low profit rate last year. Prospective investors looking to purchase a housetel for investment purposes must thoroughly examine whether the area has high rental demands or many empty officetels nearby. Buyers must also remember that the acquisition tax is higher for officetels than for apartments.

4. Daegu Monorail

[Anchor Lead]

Testing begins in Daegu on the city’s Metropolitan Transit Corporation’s new urban rail line, which so happens to be the country’s first monorail-type public transit service. The new line will formally open in April after a test run of two months.

[Pkg]

A train glides on a concrete beam track. With its rubber wheels, the train creates less noise and vibration than light rail trains of other types. Following a ten-month technical overview, the Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation is test-running its new No.3 line, South Korea's first monorail public transit system. In accordance with the corporation's actual operating schedule, trains will be run on the new line at intervals of four to seven minutes from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. Control headquarters will regulate the operation of trains on the new line from departure to arrival. Staffers certified as train engineers will be aboard each train to address potential emergencies.

[Soundbite] Ahn Yong-mo(Official, Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corp.) : "The test run is meant to check the entire operation of the line from screen doors, the signal system, escalators, elevators to passenger convenience."

On the first day of the test run, some technical hitches were discovered, such as the delayed departure of some trains and the failure of some screen doors to operate. The Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation will fix these problems and establish a fluid operational system within the next two months.

5. Multifunctional Schools

[Anchor Lead]

Some schools are built on such small sites that a gym or sports field would be an unthinkable luxury, and some local residents don't have enough cultural and welfare facilities nearby. But recently more and more multifunctional schools where educational and public facilities stand on one site are cropping up offering access to both students and local residents alike.

[Pkg]

These girls try to move gracefully to the sweet melody. These young ballerinas are taking lessons in a middle school. The multifunctional facility was built by the local government on school property, and is used jointly by students and local residents.

[Soundbite] Yoo Seon-hwa(Manager, Suwon GwangGyo Sports Center) : "During the day, students have their gym classes, and in early morning and evening hours, local residents use the facility for swimming, yoga, and other recreational activities."

Such multifuctional accommodations in schools are sprouting up in large numbers in new cities. Ten more facilities are to be built in the city of Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province alone. So far, most of these facilities have largely been gymnasiums, but they are quickly expanding to provide childcare services, cultural programs, and are even used as senior activity centers. However, concerns have risen over the possibility that students' safety and right to learn may be violated by local residents. As such, it's been pointed out that it is important to operate the facilities, so that students and residents are not using the them at the same time.

6. Singing in Class

[Anchor Lead]

Many students would call Chinese character class boring and dull. Rote memorization of difficult characters probably doesn’t match up with most definitions of “fun.” But how about learning through song? Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

This school plays a song about milk during a daily milk break. The addictive melody and fun-filled video help promote the positive impact of milk. A similar method has been employed to teach Chinese characters, which in the past relied mostly on repetitive writing. Students have responded enthusiastically to repetitive melodies and images that are easy to understand.

[Soundbite] Keum Se-rin(2nd Grader) : "It is fun to see pictures change into Chinese characters."

[Soundbite] Oh Yoon-sang(2nd Grader) : "Learning Chinese characters used to be boring. But it is easy and fun to memorize the letters with songs."

The lyrics can be changed easily to cover other Chinese characters as well.

[Soundbite] Kim Yeon-ok(Teacher) : "When children study further, they can change the lyrics of the song by themselves with the new content."

Lessons also contain Chinese character-based, four-letter idioms which even adults find difficult, taught easily through songs in order to help build character. The songs will be made openly available through various portal sites and on YouTube.

7. Small Town Theater

[Anchor Lead]

In some rural areas, it’s been years since the last movie theater shut its doors or left town. But under a new initiative, small provincial towns and rural areas are getting their movie theaters back. We take you to one such town right now.

[Pkg]

The day a new theater opened in this small provincial town for the first time in 24 years, all the tickets were sold out.

[Soundbite] "Are there any tickets left? Only for 8:30."

[Soundbite] "I was very excited to hear that a theater had opened in Ganghwa, so I came."

This small theater was established as part of the government project to provide cultural access to remote areas. All of the 87 seats at the theater became occupied in no time.

[Soundbite] Lee Song-ja(Gangwha County Resident) : "You're all dressed up. Thank you. What brings you here today? I came to see a movie."

These gray-haired senior residents came to see a movie for the first time in a long while. Ever since the only theater on Ganghwa Island was closed in 1991, its residents had to travel all the way to Gimpo or downtown Incheon to watch movies.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-bok(Governor, Ganghwa County Office) : "It's very moving. I'm happy to be watching a movie in a cheerful atmosphere."

The theater is run by a social enterprise. Tickets cost about $4.60, while a cup of popcorn is just a $1.80.

[Soundbite] Hong Chang-hee(Small Cinema Social Cooperatives) : "We are planning on returning all the proceeds to the local community."

This year, small theaters will open in eight cities and provinces around the nation.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Movies aside, stage musicals are the theater attraction du jour in Korea. Nine spots in the top-10 ticket reservation rankings are occupied by musicals, and the hit “Jekyll and Hyde”, which premiered in 2004, is poised to take the stage for the 1,000th time. Here’s more from the world of show business.

[Pkg]

Musical "Jekyll and Hyde" will be performed in Korea for the thousandth time on February 15. It's the third large-scale musical after "The Last Empress" and "Mama Mia" to achieve the milestone. Based on a British novel that was published in 1886, "Jekyll and Hyde" premiered on Broadway in 1997, and was staged in Korea for the first time in 2004. Soul singer Sam Smith, who debuted only last year, won four awards at this year's 57th Grammy awards, the most prestigious award in the American record industry. He was given top honors for the categories of Best Record, Best Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Singer Sean, who is known for his philanthropic activities, has announced plans to donate 100 million won, or around 91,000 U.S. dollars, to the construction of a rehabilitation center for children. Sean has earned the money by pledging 10,000 won, or around nine dollars, per kilometer run. He achieved the 10,000-kilometer mark by participating in 14 sports events including marathons and iron-man triathlons.

9. Lunar Holiday Gifts

[Anchor Lead]

Only a few days remain ahead of Korea's greatest traditional holiday, Seol, the Lunar New Year's Holiday. Koreans are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones and here are some of the all-time favorites along with recent trends.

[Pkg]

Korea's greatest traditional holiday, is fast approaching. But gifts can be the biggest headache for the yearly celebration as well. What are some of the Koreans' favorite gifts this year?

[Soundbite] "Cash is the best of all."

[Soundbite] "Given my parents' health, I think health supplements would be good."

Surprisingly, super expensive gifts are also in demand. There are only 500 bottles of this wine in the world and one of them is in Korea. It's priced at over 27,700 U.S. dollars. There is also a Korean beef gift package with a price tag of over 4,500 dollars and a set of ten dried yellow corvina or gulbi can set you back more than 2,700 dollars. But ordinary people tend to prefer to more practical gifts. So what gifts are most in demand this year?

[Soundbite] Na Byeong-mok(Supermarket Employee) : "It was a bumper year for fruits, so fruits are 30% cheaper than in previous years. Those who still want something reasonably priced, choose food or household items."

Practical and affordable gift sets are still quite popular. Some gifts like a set of soap or oil cost less than ten dollars. Korean consumers still favor fruits in season, which boast the best value for the money. These packages containing big, fresh fruits are priced under 50 dollars. Another favorite Seol gift is Korean beef. These days different cuts of beef, such as sirloin, ribeye and brisket are packaged separately, so that customers can purchase only the parts they want. Many consumers prefer imported seafood, such as lobsters. This seafood set comprised of a lobster and abalones has a price tag of about 200 dollars. The traditional holiday and sweet desserts don't sound compatible, but the demands for western-style desserts as holiday gifts have spiked this year.

[Soundbite] Chang Seon-yeong(Customer) : "Instead of household items I usually give, I'm thinking about something different like sweet desserts."

The prices of these famous pastries and cakes range from 20 to 80 dollars. Demand for dessert is on the rise annually, because it's easy to store. Celebrate Korea's major holiday with thoughtful gifts to your loved ones that show how much you care.
  • Philippines Shooting
    • 입력 2015-02-10 13:52:42
    • 수정2015-02-10 14:32:07
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

There is shock in the Philippines as a Korean woman in her 40s was shot and killed in a coffee shop in Manila’s central district, an area largely considered safe by the Korean community living and working in the island nation.

[Pkg]

This is a coffee shop in Quezon City, Philippines. A 45-year-old Korean woman, identified only by her surname Park, was fatally shot by a robber Monday afternoon. She was staying in the Philippines for business. She was killed when she entered the coffee shop while an armed robbery was underway. Apparently, the shooter fired his gun during a struggle to take Park's mobile phone.

[Soundbite] Park Yong-jeng(Korean Embassy Consul in the Philippines) : "She was shot by a robber in the coffee shop. We're all being careful."

The tragedy took place in downtown Manila, the Filipino capital. Koreans living in Manila are particularly shocked by the recent incident, since it happened in an area considered relatively safe.

[Soundbite] Lee Dong-hwal(Korean Residents Group in the Philippines) : "That is a safe area with a community of Korean students and nationals. There are about 2,000 Koreans living there."

Meanwhile, a Korean national had been kidnapped and released in Mindanao, an island located in southern Philippines. There have been a spate of crimes committed against Koreans recently. The Korean government announced that ten Koreans were killed in the Philippines last year and asked Korean nationals residing in the country and tourists to be extra careful.

2. Homeplus Boycott

[Anchor Lead]

Discount store chain Homeplus has come under fire for selling customers’ personal information to insurance firms to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Consumer groups have organized a boycott of Homeplus in protest to the personal information leak.

[Soundbite] "We declare the boycott of Homeplus. Boycott Homeplus! Boycott Homeplus!"

[Pkg]

Members of ten consumers' organizations including the YWCA and Consumers Korea declared the launch of a boycott against discount store chain Homeplus. The consumers' groups urged the chain to issue a public apology for collecting the personal information of 240 million customers through promotional events and selling them to insurance companies for illicit profits amounting to over 21 million U.S. dollars. They also demanded that the company pay compensation to victims. The consumers' organizations will continue to boycott Homeplus until February 17th, saying that unethical and immoral businesses must be punished in order to keep the market system fair.

[Soundbite] Im Eun-kyung(Secretary-General, KNCCO) : "The fines are laughable. Lenient punishment has been fanning illegal activities by businesses."

The consumers' groups called on the government to thoroughly investigate whether other large discount store chains have also sold customers' personal information.

3. Housetel Market

[Anchor Lead]

The officetel, a combination of words "office" and "hotel," is a studio-like type of residence often found in big cities like Seoul. In recent years a new type of housing has emerged: the “housetel,” a larger version of an officetel resembling more traditional apartment units. However, oversupply of this kind of property has investors on edge.

[Pkg]

These are the model houses for officetels to be built in the new city of Gwanggyo in Gyeonggi Province.

[Soundbite] Lee Eun-hee(Prospective Housetel Buyer) : "Purchase prices or lease rates of apartments have risen by a lot. I applied for a housetel because its floor plan is similar an apartment's."

The so-called housetel has broken the stereotype of an officetel, which is often referred to as a studio type, one-room housing, and its floor plan resembles that of an apartment unit. With housing rentals in short supply in the Seoul metropolitan area, on average, each housetel unit attracts 400 applicants. With interest rates dropping, prospective buyers are rushing to purchase this housing option. However, the officetel supply has more than tripled in 2014 from around 13,000 units in 2010. Earnings from officetel rentals have fallen steadily as well. Officetels in Seoul yielded a record low profit rate last year. Prospective investors looking to purchase a housetel for investment purposes must thoroughly examine whether the area has high rental demands or many empty officetels nearby. Buyers must also remember that the acquisition tax is higher for officetels than for apartments.

4. Daegu Monorail

[Anchor Lead]

Testing begins in Daegu on the city’s Metropolitan Transit Corporation’s new urban rail line, which so happens to be the country’s first monorail-type public transit service. The new line will formally open in April after a test run of two months.

[Pkg]

A train glides on a concrete beam track. With its rubber wheels, the train creates less noise and vibration than light rail trains of other types. Following a ten-month technical overview, the Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation is test-running its new No.3 line, South Korea's first monorail public transit system. In accordance with the corporation's actual operating schedule, trains will be run on the new line at intervals of four to seven minutes from 5:30 a.m. to midnight. Control headquarters will regulate the operation of trains on the new line from departure to arrival. Staffers certified as train engineers will be aboard each train to address potential emergencies.

[Soundbite] Ahn Yong-mo(Official, Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corp.) : "The test run is meant to check the entire operation of the line from screen doors, the signal system, escalators, elevators to passenger convenience."

On the first day of the test run, some technical hitches were discovered, such as the delayed departure of some trains and the failure of some screen doors to operate. The Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation will fix these problems and establish a fluid operational system within the next two months.

5. Multifunctional Schools

[Anchor Lead]

Some schools are built on such small sites that a gym or sports field would be an unthinkable luxury, and some local residents don't have enough cultural and welfare facilities nearby. But recently more and more multifunctional schools where educational and public facilities stand on one site are cropping up offering access to both students and local residents alike.

[Pkg]

These girls try to move gracefully to the sweet melody. These young ballerinas are taking lessons in a middle school. The multifunctional facility was built by the local government on school property, and is used jointly by students and local residents.

[Soundbite] Yoo Seon-hwa(Manager, Suwon GwangGyo Sports Center) : "During the day, students have their gym classes, and in early morning and evening hours, local residents use the facility for swimming, yoga, and other recreational activities."

Such multifuctional accommodations in schools are sprouting up in large numbers in new cities. Ten more facilities are to be built in the city of Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province alone. So far, most of these facilities have largely been gymnasiums, but they are quickly expanding to provide childcare services, cultural programs, and are even used as senior activity centers. However, concerns have risen over the possibility that students' safety and right to learn may be violated by local residents. As such, it's been pointed out that it is important to operate the facilities, so that students and residents are not using the them at the same time.

6. Singing in Class

[Anchor Lead]

Many students would call Chinese character class boring and dull. Rote memorization of difficult characters probably doesn’t match up with most definitions of “fun.” But how about learning through song? Let’s take a look.

[Pkg]

This school plays a song about milk during a daily milk break. The addictive melody and fun-filled video help promote the positive impact of milk. A similar method has been employed to teach Chinese characters, which in the past relied mostly on repetitive writing. Students have responded enthusiastically to repetitive melodies and images that are easy to understand.

[Soundbite] Keum Se-rin(2nd Grader) : "It is fun to see pictures change into Chinese characters."

[Soundbite] Oh Yoon-sang(2nd Grader) : "Learning Chinese characters used to be boring. But it is easy and fun to memorize the letters with songs."

The lyrics can be changed easily to cover other Chinese characters as well.

[Soundbite] Kim Yeon-ok(Teacher) : "When children study further, they can change the lyrics of the song by themselves with the new content."

Lessons also contain Chinese character-based, four-letter idioms which even adults find difficult, taught easily through songs in order to help build character. The songs will be made openly available through various portal sites and on YouTube.

7. Small Town Theater

[Anchor Lead]

In some rural areas, it’s been years since the last movie theater shut its doors or left town. But under a new initiative, small provincial towns and rural areas are getting their movie theaters back. We take you to one such town right now.

[Pkg]

The day a new theater opened in this small provincial town for the first time in 24 years, all the tickets were sold out.

[Soundbite] "Are there any tickets left? Only for 8:30."

[Soundbite] "I was very excited to hear that a theater had opened in Ganghwa, so I came."

This small theater was established as part of the government project to provide cultural access to remote areas. All of the 87 seats at the theater became occupied in no time.

[Soundbite] Lee Song-ja(Gangwha County Resident) : "You're all dressed up. Thank you. What brings you here today? I came to see a movie."

These gray-haired senior residents came to see a movie for the first time in a long while. Ever since the only theater on Ganghwa Island was closed in 1991, its residents had to travel all the way to Gimpo or downtown Incheon to watch movies.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-bok(Governor, Ganghwa County Office) : "It's very moving. I'm happy to be watching a movie in a cheerful atmosphere."

The theater is run by a social enterprise. Tickets cost about $4.60, while a cup of popcorn is just a $1.80.

[Soundbite] Hong Chang-hee(Small Cinema Social Cooperatives) : "We are planning on returning all the proceeds to the local community."

This year, small theaters will open in eight cities and provinces around the nation.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Movies aside, stage musicals are the theater attraction du jour in Korea. Nine spots in the top-10 ticket reservation rankings are occupied by musicals, and the hit “Jekyll and Hyde”, which premiered in 2004, is poised to take the stage for the 1,000th time. Here’s more from the world of show business.

[Pkg]

Musical "Jekyll and Hyde" will be performed in Korea for the thousandth time on February 15. It's the third large-scale musical after "The Last Empress" and "Mama Mia" to achieve the milestone. Based on a British novel that was published in 1886, "Jekyll and Hyde" premiered on Broadway in 1997, and was staged in Korea for the first time in 2004. Soul singer Sam Smith, who debuted only last year, won four awards at this year's 57th Grammy awards, the most prestigious award in the American record industry. He was given top honors for the categories of Best Record, Best Song of the Year, Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Album. Singer Sean, who is known for his philanthropic activities, has announced plans to donate 100 million won, or around 91,000 U.S. dollars, to the construction of a rehabilitation center for children. Sean has earned the money by pledging 10,000 won, or around nine dollars, per kilometer run. He achieved the 10,000-kilometer mark by participating in 14 sports events including marathons and iron-man triathlons.

9. Lunar Holiday Gifts

[Anchor Lead]

Only a few days remain ahead of Korea's greatest traditional holiday, Seol, the Lunar New Year's Holiday. Koreans are busy shopping for gifts for their loved ones and here are some of the all-time favorites along with recent trends.

[Pkg]

Korea's greatest traditional holiday, is fast approaching. But gifts can be the biggest headache for the yearly celebration as well. What are some of the Koreans' favorite gifts this year?

[Soundbite] "Cash is the best of all."

[Soundbite] "Given my parents' health, I think health supplements would be good."

Surprisingly, super expensive gifts are also in demand. There are only 500 bottles of this wine in the world and one of them is in Korea. It's priced at over 27,700 U.S. dollars. There is also a Korean beef gift package with a price tag of over 4,500 dollars and a set of ten dried yellow corvina or gulbi can set you back more than 2,700 dollars. But ordinary people tend to prefer to more practical gifts. So what gifts are most in demand this year?

[Soundbite] Na Byeong-mok(Supermarket Employee) : "It was a bumper year for fruits, so fruits are 30% cheaper than in previous years. Those who still want something reasonably priced, choose food or household items."

Practical and affordable gift sets are still quite popular. Some gifts like a set of soap or oil cost less than ten dollars. Korean consumers still favor fruits in season, which boast the best value for the money. These packages containing big, fresh fruits are priced under 50 dollars. Another favorite Seol gift is Korean beef. These days different cuts of beef, such as sirloin, ribeye and brisket are packaged separately, so that customers can purchase only the parts they want. Many consumers prefer imported seafood, such as lobsters. This seafood set comprised of a lobster and abalones has a price tag of about 200 dollars. The traditional holiday and sweet desserts don't sound compatible, but the demands for western-style desserts as holiday gifts have spiked this year.

[Soundbite] Chang Seon-yeong(Customer) : "Instead of household items I usually give, I'm thinking about something different like sweet desserts."

The prices of these famous pastries and cakes range from 20 to 80 dollars. Demand for dessert is on the rise annually, because it's easy to store. Celebrate Korea's major holiday with thoughtful gifts to your loved ones that show how much you care.
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