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입력 2015.10.13 (14:00) 수정 2015.10.13 (14:22) News Today
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[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided on the controversial issue of standardizing Korean history textbooks. Starting in 2017, Korean middle and high school students will learn Korean history from a single state-authored history textbook.

[Pkg]

The Ministry of Education justified its decision to control history textbook publication by citing ideological bias in some of the government-approved textbooks.

[Soundbite] Hwang Woo-yea(Minister of Education) : "It was an inevitable choice by the government to correct historical errors and end social disputes caused by ideological bias in textbooks."

The government will reach consensus by November 2nd by issuing administrative notification and then notifying the decision through the government newsletter on November 5th. Then a textbook writing team and a review board, which will edit and deliberate on the contents, will be formed. The Ministry of Education's plan is to start writing the new textbook around late November and finish it within a year. Since the government and the ruling party cited ideological bias as the reason for standardizing history textbooks, the key now lies in forming an objective writing team. The most controversial parts will involve Korea's modern history, including the establishment of the Republic of Korea government, industrialization process, and views toward North Korea. The National Institute of Korean History pledged to incorporate diverse opinions concerning the contentious historical descriptions during the textbook development process.

2. MERS Resurfaces

[Anchor Lead]

The nation's last Middle East Respiratory Syndrome patient has once again tested positive for the disease. Sixty-one people who had possibly contact with the patient are now under quarantine. Here is the story.

[Pkg]

A man in his 30s who was the last treated MERS patient to be deemed fully cured on October 1 began showing symptoms such as vomiting and fever two days ago. He visited Samsung Medical Center's emergency room upon experiencing a high fever. The patient was first quarantined at Samsung Medical center and then transferred to a state quarantine hospital for genetic testing. He was found to be carrying the MERS virus in two rounds of genetic testing, which were conducted by the hospital and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The man fully recovered and was discharged from hospital 116 days after he had been infected with the disease. But he again tested positive for the virus 11 days after his release.

[Soundbite] Yang Byung-Guk(Director, KCDC) : "The patient is hospitalized under quarantine. Quarantine measures will also be enforced on those who were in contact with him to prevent possible infections."

129 people, including the man's family and medical staffers at Samsung Medical Center, are suspected of having been in contact with him before he was placed under quarantine. Among them, 61 were placed under quarantine by health authorities, who are also actively monitoring the remaining 68 people in preparation against the possibility of further infections.

3. Officials’ Reassurance

[Anchor Lead]

While the last person to be diagnosed with MERS has tested positive for the disease again is spreading fears of another outbreak, public health authorities believe that additional MERS infections are very unlikely.

[Pkg]

Public health authorities believe that it is very unlikely for family members, medical staff, and others to get infected by the MERS patient who was readmitted to the hospital. They claim that a test detected a minute amount of the MERS virus genes lying dormant in the immunity-impaired patient suffering from a chronic health condition.

[Soundbite] Prof. Kim, Nam-Joong(Seoul Nat'l Univ. Hospital) : "I believe the likelihood of infecting other people is almost 0%. To my knowledge, the possibility is near 0%."

Health authorities said that there were similar cases among MERS patients overseas and foreign infectious disease experts have agreed that the latest patient in Korea has almost no infectivity. As Korea's last MERS patient has tested positive for the virus again, Korean health authorities have to decide when they will declare an official end to the MERS outbreak in Korea after discussing it with the World Health Organization.

4. Separated Families

[Anchor Lead]

The KBS special family reunion program has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. However, many separated families are still in pain, missing their long-lost relatives. KBS pledges that it will continue to help separated families find their relatives.

[Pkg]

The entrance of the main KBS building is covered with posters searching for lost family members. Tearful stories are re-presented to vividly revive the scenes from the KBS broadcasts 32 years ago. A ceremony celebrating the listing of KBS's special family reunion program on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register was attended by key government officials, separated families who had appeared in the live broadcast and the show's hosts who looked back on the meaning of the program.

[Soundbite] Hwang Kyo-ahn(Prime Minister) : "These tearful reunions will remain a valuable historical asset of humankind through the UNESCO listing."

[Soundbite] "Brother, brother!"

Through the 1983 broadcast, Heo Hyun-cheol found his younger sister who was six years old when they were separated. The memory still brings him close to tears 30 years after the miraculous reunion.

[Soundbite] Heo Hyun-cheol(Reunited with Younger Sister in 1983) : "We have lived for years in pain. I would appreciate it if KBS could again help separated families find each other."

KBS is producing video letters for separated families who have yet to be reunited with their long-lost relatives. The station is also working to air a new family reunion program helping South Korean separated families find their kin across the border.

5. Golden Time Network

[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided to set up a so-called "golden time network" by teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR techniques to all public service employees nationwide.

[Pkg]

Subway passengers help a pregnant woman lie down on the seat after she fainted. While the passengers were too stunned to do anything, the train conductor came to give her cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Thanks to his quick response, she regained consciousness before an ambulance arrived. In Korea, about 27,000 people fall to cardiac arrest every year. A person's life is in serious danger four minutes after the heart stops. But only 6.5% of people who suffer cardiac arrest receive CPR before emergency medical technicians arrive. In order to observe the so-called "golden time" of four minutes, the government has decided to teach CPR techniques to all public service employees nationwide. The government plans to set up a "golden time network" by teaching CPR to one million public servants nationwide, including police officers, firefighters, teachers and even employees of local government bodies.

[Soundbite] Lee Geun-myeon(Min. of Personnel Management) : "If public employees learn how to do CPR, they can protect people's lives. This is one way to build a social safety net."

The government also plans to encourage CPR education in the private sector and elevate the rate of citizens capable of performing CPR to the levels of advanced countries.

6. German Cooperation

[Anchor Lead]

In a summit held in Seoul, President Park Geun-hye and German President Joachim Gauck have agreed to work together on denuclearizing North Korea and improving human rights there. Here’s more.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye held a summit with German President Joachim Gauck who is on a state visit to South Korea. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Germany's reunification and the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation. The two leaders shared the view that the denuclearization of North Korea is a matter of great urgency.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "We agreed on the importance of North Korea's denuclearization, and pledged to work together in persuading the North to abandon its nuclear program and become a responsible member of the international community."

The presidents also agreed to work together for the improvement of human rights in North Korea. President Park sought Germany's support for the reunification of the two Koreas, saying that incrementally building trust and securing support from neighboring countries were crucial for Germany's unification. President Gauck said the policy of tension resolution between East and West Germany will offer lessons to Korea, and expressed support for President Park's Korean Peninsula trust-building process. The two leaders pledged efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in the industrial, science and technology sectors and to expand trade and investment in a balanced manner.

7. Flexible Battery

[Anchor Lead]

Korean researchers have developed the world's first battery flexible enough to be folded like paper. They used a substance found in wood to develop the battery, which is expected to be a versatile product thanks to its extended usability.

[Pkg]

A thin piece of paper is folded. After about five or six folds, a paper crane is complete. When the paper crane is connected to a power supply, the lights are turned on. This paper battery was made of cellulose, which makes up 40 percent of wood. The researchers formed the cellulose to the size of 1/10,000 of a strand of hair, and succeeded in developing the poles and membrane of the lithium ion battery. The new battery is more flexible than existing ones, while lasting three times longer.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-young(Ulsan Nat'l Inst. of Science & Tech.) : "We hope this battery will be used as a power supply for wearable devices and electric vehicles."

Unlike existing batteries, the newly developed battery does not overheat or explode due to external shocks. When placed on a hot board, the membrane of an existing battery easily contracts, whereas the nano paper membrane maintains its shape. The researchers plan to step up the commercialization of the newly developed source technology.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Several female musicians known for their sentimental music have been releasing new albums in time for the fall. Singers IU and Ali have new songs to share. Here's more from the world of culture.

[Pkg]

Singer IU is to release her fourth mini-album on October 23. IU, who recently drew the spotlight for her romantic relationship with singer Chang Kiha, will release a new album for the first time since the release of a remake album in May last year. IU personally produced the album and participated in the songwriting. Singer Ali will also release her fourth mini-album entitled "White Hole" on October 15. The new album features diverse genres, including its pop-rock major release, a style which the singer had never tried before. A new song from singer Zion.T has topped multiple music charts. Zion.T's "No Make Up," which was released at noon yesterday, climbed to the top spots of the Melon and Mnet.com charts. It's a song about a loving couple who look beautiful without any makeup. Jazz pianist Yoon Seok-chul participated as a session artist, contributing to its high quality.

9. Mineral Benefits

[Anchor Lead]

We need minerals to keep our bodies in working order, and most likely you’ve heard plenty about them in the past. But not everybody is clear about what they do and why we need them. Today, we will find out more about minerals. Let's take a look.

[Pkg]

There are five nutrients that are necessary for the human body. They are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. However, many people don't realize that the balance of minerals has been upset. The imbalance of minerals is caused by the dietary habits of eating peel-off fruits, having too much processed or fried food.

[Soundbite] Park Eun-sun(Medical Doctor) : "Minerals serve as a catalyst for various biochemical reactions such as bone composition and balanced fluid secretion. So a lack of one mineral can cause problems to the whole body."

Is our mineral intake balanced? A study was conducted on middle-aged people to shed some light on their mineral balance.

[Soundbite] Park Yong-e(40 Yrs. Old) : "I have skin troubles. I also suffer from dizziness."

[Soundbite] Kim Tae-ho(51 Yrs. Old) : "My eyelids tremble and I go to the bathroom quite often. The test results will tell."

The amount of minerals in the body can be identified through a hair test. Let's take a look at the results. Men have a higher count of calcium and a lower count of magnesium. Women were found to have a lower count of zinc and iron.

[Soundbite] Park Eun-sun(Medical Doctor) : "If the copper level is higher than that of zinc, it can cause severe depression or skin diseases. Iron-deficiency anemia can appear if the copper level is higher than iron."

People usually take in comprehensive nutritional supplements to make up for insufficient minerals. However, eating foods rich in minerals is an easier and safer route. If you lack calcium, try eating more dairy products and anchovies. Green-leaf vegetables are a good source for magnesium, which is a component of chlorophyll. Potatos are known for their abundant potassium. Minerals are an essential nutrient that human body needs. Check out what minerals are insufficient in your body and supplement them with more healthy foods.
  • Textbook Decision
    • 입력 2015-10-13 13:40:23
    • 수정2015-10-13 14:22:04
    News Today
[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided on the controversial issue of standardizing Korean history textbooks. Starting in 2017, Korean middle and high school students will learn Korean history from a single state-authored history textbook.

[Pkg]

The Ministry of Education justified its decision to control history textbook publication by citing ideological bias in some of the government-approved textbooks.

[Soundbite] Hwang Woo-yea(Minister of Education) : "It was an inevitable choice by the government to correct historical errors and end social disputes caused by ideological bias in textbooks."

The government will reach consensus by November 2nd by issuing administrative notification and then notifying the decision through the government newsletter on November 5th. Then a textbook writing team and a review board, which will edit and deliberate on the contents, will be formed. The Ministry of Education's plan is to start writing the new textbook around late November and finish it within a year. Since the government and the ruling party cited ideological bias as the reason for standardizing history textbooks, the key now lies in forming an objective writing team. The most controversial parts will involve Korea's modern history, including the establishment of the Republic of Korea government, industrialization process, and views toward North Korea. The National Institute of Korean History pledged to incorporate diverse opinions concerning the contentious historical descriptions during the textbook development process.

2. MERS Resurfaces

[Anchor Lead]

The nation's last Middle East Respiratory Syndrome patient has once again tested positive for the disease. Sixty-one people who had possibly contact with the patient are now under quarantine. Here is the story.

[Pkg]

A man in his 30s who was the last treated MERS patient to be deemed fully cured on October 1 began showing symptoms such as vomiting and fever two days ago. He visited Samsung Medical Center's emergency room upon experiencing a high fever. The patient was first quarantined at Samsung Medical center and then transferred to a state quarantine hospital for genetic testing. He was found to be carrying the MERS virus in two rounds of genetic testing, which were conducted by the hospital and the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The man fully recovered and was discharged from hospital 116 days after he had been infected with the disease. But he again tested positive for the virus 11 days after his release.

[Soundbite] Yang Byung-Guk(Director, KCDC) : "The patient is hospitalized under quarantine. Quarantine measures will also be enforced on those who were in contact with him to prevent possible infections."

129 people, including the man's family and medical staffers at Samsung Medical Center, are suspected of having been in contact with him before he was placed under quarantine. Among them, 61 were placed under quarantine by health authorities, who are also actively monitoring the remaining 68 people in preparation against the possibility of further infections.

3. Officials’ Reassurance

[Anchor Lead]

While the last person to be diagnosed with MERS has tested positive for the disease again is spreading fears of another outbreak, public health authorities believe that additional MERS infections are very unlikely.

[Pkg]

Public health authorities believe that it is very unlikely for family members, medical staff, and others to get infected by the MERS patient who was readmitted to the hospital. They claim that a test detected a minute amount of the MERS virus genes lying dormant in the immunity-impaired patient suffering from a chronic health condition.

[Soundbite] Prof. Kim, Nam-Joong(Seoul Nat'l Univ. Hospital) : "I believe the likelihood of infecting other people is almost 0%. To my knowledge, the possibility is near 0%."

Health authorities said that there were similar cases among MERS patients overseas and foreign infectious disease experts have agreed that the latest patient in Korea has almost no infectivity. As Korea's last MERS patient has tested positive for the virus again, Korean health authorities have to decide when they will declare an official end to the MERS outbreak in Korea after discussing it with the World Health Organization.

4. Separated Families

[Anchor Lead]

The KBS special family reunion program has been added to the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register. However, many separated families are still in pain, missing their long-lost relatives. KBS pledges that it will continue to help separated families find their relatives.

[Pkg]

The entrance of the main KBS building is covered with posters searching for lost family members. Tearful stories are re-presented to vividly revive the scenes from the KBS broadcasts 32 years ago. A ceremony celebrating the listing of KBS's special family reunion program on the UNESCO Memory of the World International Register was attended by key government officials, separated families who had appeared in the live broadcast and the show's hosts who looked back on the meaning of the program.

[Soundbite] Hwang Kyo-ahn(Prime Minister) : "These tearful reunions will remain a valuable historical asset of humankind through the UNESCO listing."

[Soundbite] "Brother, brother!"

Through the 1983 broadcast, Heo Hyun-cheol found his younger sister who was six years old when they were separated. The memory still brings him close to tears 30 years after the miraculous reunion.

[Soundbite] Heo Hyun-cheol(Reunited with Younger Sister in 1983) : "We have lived for years in pain. I would appreciate it if KBS could again help separated families find each other."

KBS is producing video letters for separated families who have yet to be reunited with their long-lost relatives. The station is also working to air a new family reunion program helping South Korean separated families find their kin across the border.

5. Golden Time Network

[Anchor Lead]

The government has decided to set up a so-called "golden time network" by teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR techniques to all public service employees nationwide.

[Pkg]

Subway passengers help a pregnant woman lie down on the seat after she fainted. While the passengers were too stunned to do anything, the train conductor came to give her cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. Thanks to his quick response, she regained consciousness before an ambulance arrived. In Korea, about 27,000 people fall to cardiac arrest every year. A person's life is in serious danger four minutes after the heart stops. But only 6.5% of people who suffer cardiac arrest receive CPR before emergency medical technicians arrive. In order to observe the so-called "golden time" of four minutes, the government has decided to teach CPR techniques to all public service employees nationwide. The government plans to set up a "golden time network" by teaching CPR to one million public servants nationwide, including police officers, firefighters, teachers and even employees of local government bodies.

[Soundbite] Lee Geun-myeon(Min. of Personnel Management) : "If public employees learn how to do CPR, they can protect people's lives. This is one way to build a social safety net."

The government also plans to encourage CPR education in the private sector and elevate the rate of citizens capable of performing CPR to the levels of advanced countries.

6. German Cooperation

[Anchor Lead]

In a summit held in Seoul, President Park Geun-hye and German President Joachim Gauck have agreed to work together on denuclearizing North Korea and improving human rights there. Here’s more.

[Pkg]

President Park Geun-hye held a summit with German President Joachim Gauck who is on a state visit to South Korea. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Germany's reunification and the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation. The two leaders shared the view that the denuclearization of North Korea is a matter of great urgency.

[Soundbite] Park Geun-hye(President) : "We agreed on the importance of North Korea's denuclearization, and pledged to work together in persuading the North to abandon its nuclear program and become a responsible member of the international community."

The presidents also agreed to work together for the improvement of human rights in North Korea. President Park sought Germany's support for the reunification of the two Koreas, saying that incrementally building trust and securing support from neighboring countries were crucial for Germany's unification. President Gauck said the policy of tension resolution between East and West Germany will offer lessons to Korea, and expressed support for President Park's Korean Peninsula trust-building process. The two leaders pledged efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in the industrial, science and technology sectors and to expand trade and investment in a balanced manner.

7. Flexible Battery

[Anchor Lead]

Korean researchers have developed the world's first battery flexible enough to be folded like paper. They used a substance found in wood to develop the battery, which is expected to be a versatile product thanks to its extended usability.

[Pkg]

A thin piece of paper is folded. After about five or six folds, a paper crane is complete. When the paper crane is connected to a power supply, the lights are turned on. This paper battery was made of cellulose, which makes up 40 percent of wood. The researchers formed the cellulose to the size of 1/10,000 of a strand of hair, and succeeded in developing the poles and membrane of the lithium ion battery. The new battery is more flexible than existing ones, while lasting three times longer.

[Soundbite] Lee Sang-young(Ulsan Nat'l Inst. of Science & Tech.) : "We hope this battery will be used as a power supply for wearable devices and electric vehicles."

Unlike existing batteries, the newly developed battery does not overheat or explode due to external shocks. When placed on a hot board, the membrane of an existing battery easily contracts, whereas the nano paper membrane maintains its shape. The researchers plan to step up the commercialization of the newly developed source technology.

8. Entertainment News

[Anchor Lead]

Several female musicians known for their sentimental music have been releasing new albums in time for the fall. Singers IU and Ali have new songs to share. Here's more from the world of culture.

[Pkg]

Singer IU is to release her fourth mini-album on October 23. IU, who recently drew the spotlight for her romantic relationship with singer Chang Kiha, will release a new album for the first time since the release of a remake album in May last year. IU personally produced the album and participated in the songwriting. Singer Ali will also release her fourth mini-album entitled "White Hole" on October 15. The new album features diverse genres, including its pop-rock major release, a style which the singer had never tried before. A new song from singer Zion.T has topped multiple music charts. Zion.T's "No Make Up," which was released at noon yesterday, climbed to the top spots of the Melon and Mnet.com charts. It's a song about a loving couple who look beautiful without any makeup. Jazz pianist Yoon Seok-chul participated as a session artist, contributing to its high quality.

9. Mineral Benefits

[Anchor Lead]

We need minerals to keep our bodies in working order, and most likely you’ve heard plenty about them in the past. But not everybody is clear about what they do and why we need them. Today, we will find out more about minerals. Let's take a look.

[Pkg]

There are five nutrients that are necessary for the human body. They are carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals. However, many people don't realize that the balance of minerals has been upset. The imbalance of minerals is caused by the dietary habits of eating peel-off fruits, having too much processed or fried food.

[Soundbite] Park Eun-sun(Medical Doctor) : "Minerals serve as a catalyst for various biochemical reactions such as bone composition and balanced fluid secretion. So a lack of one mineral can cause problems to the whole body."

Is our mineral intake balanced? A study was conducted on middle-aged people to shed some light on their mineral balance.

[Soundbite] Park Yong-e(40 Yrs. Old) : "I have skin troubles. I also suffer from dizziness."

[Soundbite] Kim Tae-ho(51 Yrs. Old) : "My eyelids tremble and I go to the bathroom quite often. The test results will tell."

The amount of minerals in the body can be identified through a hair test. Let's take a look at the results. Men have a higher count of calcium and a lower count of magnesium. Women were found to have a lower count of zinc and iron.

[Soundbite] Park Eun-sun(Medical Doctor) : "If the copper level is higher than that of zinc, it can cause severe depression or skin diseases. Iron-deficiency anemia can appear if the copper level is higher than iron."

People usually take in comprehensive nutritional supplements to make up for insufficient minerals. However, eating foods rich in minerals is an easier and safer route. If you lack calcium, try eating more dairy products and anchovies. Green-leaf vegetables are a good source for magnesium, which is a component of chlorophyll. Potatos are known for their abundant potassium. Minerals are an essential nutrient that human body needs. Check out what minerals are insufficient in your body and supplement them with more healthy foods.
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