Weekly English news | 2018.08.10Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi on Full Alert in Prolonged Heat Wave (180730-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With extremely hot weather continuing for weeks, Gyeonggi Province is pursing multifaceted efforts to prevent heatstroke among those more vulnerable to the heat. Day after day, the sweltering weather continues with daytime temperatures soaring up to 37 degrees Celsius. [CG] More than 270 cases of heat-related illnesses have been reported in the province so far this summer. The majority of these cases occurred among elderly farmers who were overexposed to heat while doing farm work. ► Seo Ae-min (Age 80) / Farmer, Hwaseong City “I feel dizzy when its too hot. Nevertheless, I have to do what has to be done. When I can no longer stand the heat, I quit and return home.” ► Gyeonggi Mobilizes ‘Heat Wave Response Task Force’ Teams With extremely hot weather persisting for weeks, Gyeonggi Province organized task force teams of officials from 10 related offices so as to prevent heat-related suffering among those more susceptible to heatstroke. ► Park No-keuk / Director, Senior Welfare Division “Since seniors can be more easily affected by hot weather, they need to be monitored more closely during heat waves.” ► 1,300+ Senior Home Aides Mobilized Gyeonggi Province is implementing various heat wave response measures throughout the province. These measures include: the mobilization of more than 1,300 senior home aids for solitary senior home care; the operation of more than 300 heat shelters as outdoor havens for seniors in hot weather; patrols by officials and disaster personnel to check on homeless individuals and construction laborers; and the operation of sprinkler trucks twice daily so as to cool especially affected areas. Article 2. Medical Equipment Swindlers Apprehended in Gyeonggi (180730-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a group of fraudulent sellers, who sold ordinary medical equipment falsely presented as miracle cures to seniors, were apprehended by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. ► Medical Equipment Sales Presentation Site This classroom-like sales presentation site is almost filled to capacity by local seniors who try medical equipment such as laser devices and heated mats while listening to the too-good-to-be-true product introduction presented by a salesperson. ► [Sync] Medical Equipment Salesperson “This mat protects you from stroke and cancer. Wherever you go, you need not worry (about your health) as long as you have it with you.” In this room, an ordinary heated mat is deceptively described as a panacea that ensures disease-free longevity while ionic water is falsely presented as a magical cancer cure. ► [Sync] Medical Equipment Salesperson “What did I say can be prevented when you drink this alkaline ionic water? Cancer!” More than 700 seniors have fallen victim to these swindlers who primarily targeted seniors with health issues. ► Medical Equipment Sales Presentation Attendee “I am going to buy that later because I have now spent all my money buying another one.” These fraudulent medical equipment sellers even used free gifts to ingratiate themselves with seniors and deceive them into spending their money. ► Yun Tae-hwan / Chief Investigator, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Investigation Team 3 “They offered free gifts such as soap and soy sauce and used entertainment such as karaoke and recreation events so as to attain continued patronage from seniors … Members of this group, whose fraudulent medical equipment sales totaled KRW 2.2 billion, were sent to prosecution by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police. Article 3. Gyeonggi Farmers Affected by Heat Waves (180731-2) [Anchor’s Headline] While the Korean Peninsula is gripped by one of the most prolonged and intense heat waves in decades, one that is expected to continue until the middle of August, farmers in Gyeonggi Province struggle to minimize heat damage. ► Ginseng Farm, Pocheon City Ginseng plants at this farm have been seriously affected by the heat with their leaves sagging and losing color, while the ground has dried up. Production has dropped to half normal levels even though this is the growing season for ginseng and farmers are doubling the amount of irrigation. ► Yu Gyeong-jun / Ginseng Farmer “This is the first time I had to fight the heat in my 20 years of experience. I have put tremendous efforts to increase the crop but …” ► Apple Orchard, Pocheon City In addition to the cold spell this spring, apple orchards are now being hit hard by a heat wave. The apples that survived the cold are now succumbing to intense sunlight. Farmers are struggling to salvage what few apples remain on the trees, which number less than half of the normal 120 per tree, by spraying water and operating large fans. ► Park Dong-hui / Apple Farmer “I am hoping to be able to keep what is left on the trees until harvest. We are literally fighting against the heat doing everything we can…” The extent of heat damage will increase in the hot weather that is expected to continue until the middle of August. ► Required Daytime/Night Temperatures: Below 30℃/25℃ For normal apple growth, temperatures should be below 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 25 degrees Celsius at night. ► Han Jae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Horticulture & Livestock Technology Team “Open farms must be supplied with sufficient water and cooling sprays. Greenhouses must be well ventilated using fans and...” ► Spray-cooling for Open Farms, Ventilation and Shading for Greenhouses Those crops and fruits that are grown in open fields can be cooled by up to 5 degrees through the spraying of water, while those grown in greenhouses require good ventilation and shade. Gyeonggi Province is currently reviewing the expansion of support for the installation of such facilities. Article 4. New Gyeonggi Commission Website Flooded by Resident Suggestions (0731-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The New Gyeonggi Commission website, an online public suggestion channel opened by Gyeonggi Province for administrative policy formation, has received a total of more than 32,000 suggestions in the one month since its opening. ► Public Policy Suggestion Website Operated by New Gyeonggi Commission This website has been operated by the New Gyeonggi Commission, a committee for administrative transition. ► 32,691 Policy Suggestions Received During its working period of one month, a total of 32,691 suggestions, more than 1,000 daily on average, were received. ► 74% Road and Transportation The largest number of suggestions pertained to roads and transportation followed by the environment and education. ► Requests for Sinbundang Subway Line Extension Account for 25% More than 8,000 suggested the extension of the Sinbundang (신분당) rail line, accounting for 25% of all suggestions received. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “The largest proportion of the suggestions consisted of those regarding local issues including transportation and industrial re// Gyeonggi Province will examine these suggestions for related fields, use them as guidelines for policy formation, and post the results on the provincial website.” [CG] Gyeonggi Province has already selected 60 suggestions, including those regarding childcare center vehicle safety and North Korean tours, for actual policy development. ► Park Yeon-gyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Civil Service Team “We have selected 60 suggestions based on public concern and province-wide operation effects. These suggestions will be used for policy development through detailed reviews by related offices.” ► Gyeonggi to Open Resident Petition Site In addition, Gyeonggi Province plans to open a resident petition site on the provincial website in September. Petitions that are endorsed by more than a certain number of residents will receive official responses from the provincial government. Article 5. Non-projector Movie Screening Technology Developed in Gyeonggi (0730-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A Gyeonggi provincial research center announced the development of a new movie screening technology that does not require conventional film projectors or screens. This technology instead uses a digital image processor such as computer and an LED display. ► World’s First Movie Projector The first movie projector was invented by the Lumière brothers in 1895. This technology, in which a sequence of analogue images on a reel of film are projected one after another at high speed, has been used for more than 120 years. ► World’s First Sound-generating LED Display for Cinemas This is the world’s first LED display for cinemas. Being an LED display, it does not require image projection from behind the viewers ► Developed by Gyeonggi Regional Research Center This technology was developed jointly by the Gyeonggi Regional Research Center and a private image and sound research center with provincial support of KRW 510 million. ► Display Resolution Higher Than Screen Display Since LED displays generate high resolution images, this LED display produces images of much higher quality than conventional film projectors. ► Sound Radiated through Holes in Display Additionally, this display also generates sound just like TV monitors so it does not require large speakers. ► Jeon Jae-hong / Researcher, Image & Sound Spatial Convergence Research Center “Using self-illuminating pixels, images can be produced in wide ranges of brightness and contrast. Since sound is generated from behind the display, more accurate synchronization of image and sound can be achieved.” Gyeonggi Province plans to continue its support for further development of this technology to help realize its commercialization. ► Lee Hwan-sil / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Technology Cooperation Team “We believe that domestic and international market launches (of LED displays for cinema) will be realized in a few years to replace conventional cinema projectors and screens. Such sales will also contribute to the technological standards of Gyeonggi Province as well as to the creation of new jobs.” Considering that there are more than 2,700 cinema screens in Korea, the domestic market for this technology is estimated to be more than KRW 12 billion annually. Article 6. Experiential Rural Farms Recommended as Summer Retreats (0801-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services recently recommended five experiential rural life farms as summer retreats with entertaining opportunities for families and children. ► Beatles Nature School, Icheon City This nature school in Icheon (이천) City features a large ecological pond covered with green lotus leaves. Visitors can enjoy boating, hand fishing, or simply relaxing in the shade here. ► Cheon Seon-bin (Age 6) / Visitor from Icheon City “I rode a boat, played in water, caught little fish and insects, and saw a snake in the wild. I had a lot of fun.” ► Santorini Farm, Yongin City At this farm in Yongin (용인) City, visitors can produce their own air fresheners using plaster and flowers soaked in their choice of aromatic oil. All the ornamental materials used here are natural. ► Hong Tae-ui / Visitor from Yongin City “It was a rare opportunity for us to do things that we cannot do in the cities. It was a memorable experience and a meaningful time.” ► ‘Experiential Rural Farms’ Recommended by Gyeonggi - Farm Artholic, Namyangju City - Aesim Ranch, Yeongcheon County - Yulbom Botanical Garden, Gwangju City - Dweji Boreo Omyeon Dweji, Icheon City - Hanul Coffee Farm, Gapyeong County The five experiential rural farms recommended by the Gyeonggi institute offer a variety of entertaining country programs that utilize rural resources such as an animal ranch and an herb garden. Some of these programs were designed in connection with children’s school curricula; these programs include tomato harvesting and cow milking, as well as cheese and ice cream making. ► Kim Sin-yeong / Research Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “We selected sites where families can spend their holidays while experiencing rural life. These sites offer both experiential and educational opportunities.” The experiential rural farms are ideal summer destinations at which to spend holidays while experiencing farm life . Article 7. Gyeonggi Intensities Wildlife Protection (0802-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently announced the intensification of wildlife protection so as to preserve its wild animals and plants and their natural habitats. ► Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center Last month, this kestrel with a broken leg was rescued from a development site by a member of the Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center. This is a rare wild species designated in Korea as Natural Monument No. 323. ► Jo Hyeon-su / Veterinarian, Gyeonggi Province Wild Animal Rescue Center “Continued development has caused the overlapping of habitats of wild birds and mammals. This has also caused an increase in the number of rescued wild animals. In the case of kestrels, their habitat, rocky terrain, has almost completely disappeared…” [CG] In Gyeonggi Province, twenty wild animals are rescued daily on average, of which 70 percent are birds and the rest are mammals. [CG] The number of wild animal rescue operations has also increased by approximately 100 cases annually. Wild plant numbers have also been decreasing due to development while the numbers of ecologically disruptive foreign species have been increasing. ► Gyeonggi to Strengthen Wildlife Protection and Management Gyeonggi Province will strengthen wildlife protection and management… ► Establishment of Additional Wildlife Preserves And consider the establishment of additional wildlife preserves. ► Ecological and Natural Landscape Preservation Areas Gyeonggi Province also plans to establish 5-year wildlife protection plans that will include the designation of ecological and natural landscape preservation areas as well as disruptive species control measures. ► Lee Yang-ju / Senior Research Official, Gyeonggi Research Institute “With a large increase in the number of development sites, biological diversity in Gyeonggi Province has significantly decreased. Gyeonggi Province will address this situation through rational, effective wildlife protection measures.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to nurture wildlife monitors for the effective management of wildlife and habitats. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.08.03Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Announces North Korean Policies (180723-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 19, Gyeonggi Province held a political forum to discuss provincial peace policies. During the event, which featured former and present peace policy makers and specialists, Gyeonggi Province disclosed new strategies for peace and prosperity. ► Northern Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (July 19) ‘Gyeonggi in Peace Age’ Political Forum These strategies are referred to as the ‘3-Belt, 3-Road’ peace economy strategies. [CG] The 3-Belt, 3-Road strategies include three economic belts in northeastern and northwestern regions as well as the Demilitarized Zone from east to west, which are also referred to as ‘regional axes,’ and 3 road connections with North Korea to the northeast and northwest and via the pan-Yellow Sea road. ► Lee Han-ju / Joint Chairman, New Gyeonggi Commission “Perceiving the new economic map of the Korean Peninsula as a primary axis within the perspective of Eurasia as a whole, we named these strategies as 3-Belt-3-Road (strategies).” ► Special Economic Zones and Inter-Korean Transit Routes These strategies focus on the development of special unification economic zones and inter-Korean transportation connections. ► World Peace Forum, Imjin River Peace & Ecology Belt Other proposals presented included the hosting of international peace forums and the development of a peace and ecology belt along the Imjin (임진) River in the Demilitarized Zone. ► Lee Jong-seok / Former Minister of Unification “I believe that local autonomies will be ready to discuss inter-Korean cooperation by October. If nuclear disarmament is realized in major related facilities (in North Korea), the sanctions against North Korea will be lifted sufficiently to enable Gyeonggi Province to pursue the development of special unification economic zones by the second half of next year …” Gyeonggi Province plans to formulate a peace policy consultation committee to develop detailed peace policies. ► Gyeonggi Province Coalition Vice Governor Lee Hwa-yeong “We will always communicate with people by inviting specialists and residents and organizing a peace policy consultation committee so as to establish a body through which we can gather public opinions.” Gyeonggi Province is ready to lead inter-Korean exchanges among local autonomous bodies of Korea . Article 2. Prototype Workshop Helps Startups in Gyeonggi (180724-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently in Gyeonggi Province, a prototype manufacturing workshop with advanced equipment such as 3D printers opened for those with product ideas who aspire to start businesses. ► Bucheon Makerspace Commonly referred to as a ‘makerspace,’ this makerspace is located in an education center in Bucheon (부천) City and offers aspiring young entrepreneurs free access to a variety of cutting-edge equipment. ► Lee Tae-hwan / College Student & Aspiring Entrepreneur, Bucheon City “Starting a business requires a lot of money and time. This (makerspace) helps me save in both regards while enabling me to produce prototypes based on my product ideas and...” Users of this facility can also receive assistance in the use of equipment. ► From Prototype Production to Consulting and Business Startups This facility provides a range of related services free of charge from prototype production to professional consultations on product and startup marketability as well as office space. ► An Dong-gwang / Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Industry Division “It is a place where users can actually manufacture the products they have conceived. They can also improve the products through trial and error and develop products with which they can start new businesses.” ► Realization of Creative Ideas Using 4th Industrial Revolution Technologies The primary objective of the makerspace is to help creative ideas be realized using 4th Industrial Revolution technologies. Its services also include instructions on the use of related equipment including 3D printers. ► Enquiries: Gyeonggi Contents Agency (☎ 032-623-8077) All makerspace programs are provided free of charge. More information can be obtained by contacting the Gyeonggi Contents Agency. Article 3. 329th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session Ends (0724-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 23, the 329th extraordinary session of the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly, which was also the first session of the 10th assembly, ended. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (July 23) 3rd General Meeting of 329th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Extraordinary Session During this session, an ordinance draft for the reorganization of the 7th publicly elected provincial administration was passed by the assembly. ► Title of Coalition Vice Governor Changed to Peace Vice Governor The reorganization includes the change of the Coalition Vice Governor’s title to Vice Governor for Peace. ► Peace Cooperation Bureau Established It also includes the establishment of a new Peace Cooperation Bureau under the Vice Governor for Peace. ► Kim Gang-sik / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Planning & Finance Committee “Understanding the purpose of the Gyeonggi Provincial Administration in leading the age of inter-Korean reconciliation, peace and prosperity, we passed the draft in its original form.” ► Permanent Body in Provincial Assembly for Cooperative Governance Proposed As a positive response to the declaration of ‘cooperative governance’ as a new political model by Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung’s (이재명), a representative member of the Democratic Party in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly proposed the establishment of a permanent body in the assembly for the same purpose. ► Yeom Jong-hyeon / Democratic Party Representative Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “We should open the gate wide to an age of true cooperative governance under which policies, for which realization is warranted, are developed and responsibility for their implementation and results are shared unlimitedly.” ► Establishment of Peace & Economy Cooperation Body Proposed This extraordinary session also saw a proposal for the establishment of a cooperation body of specialists, civic groups, enterprises, the provincial administration, and provincial and local council representatives for inter-Korean peace and economy. During the final general meeting, special committee chairpersons were appointed. The next extraordinary session is slated for a 16-day run from August 28 to September 12. Article 4. First Meeting of New Gyeonggi Provincial and Local Government Heads (180725-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 24, the 7th publicly elected heads of Gyeonggi Province and local governments met for the first time and agreed on the establishment of a political cooperation body to institutionalize and facilitate intergovernmental cooperation and communication. ► Good Morning House (July 24) Gyeonggi Province Governor and City/County Mayors’ Meeting This was an informal meeting in which newly elected provincial and local government heads exchanged congratulations. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung confirmed that he will work with local governments in good faith, respecting their proposals and requests. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “I intend to lead a provincial administration that will actively support cities and counties. Please give me your suggestions and identify what we should do together so that we can create a Gyeonggi Province that is a model for true cooperative governance.” ► Establishment of Permanent Province-Cities/Counties Political Cooperation Body Launched As a new cooperative governance model, the participating administrators agreed on the establishment of a permanent cooperation body of the provincial and local governments for the discussion and implementation of common policies through regional and policy-based meetings. Proposed by Governor Lee, this body will also help resolve regional conflicts and promote regional cooperation and communication. ► Yeom Tae-yeong / Chairman, Gyeonggi Province City & County Mayors Council “I believe this body will help us cooperate with each other more closely, participate in provincial administration and receive provincial support. Let us unite for the success of the provincial administration.” The issues discussed during the meeting also included the expansion of Governor Lee’s policies to the entire province. Emphasizing his ‘cooperative governance’ policy, Governor Lee asked local government heads to faithfully implement what was agreed upon by the cooperation body and promised to provide them with relevant support. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches ‘Happy Livestock Farm’ Certification System (180723-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province introduced a farm improvement support program, titled the ‘Happy Livestock Farm’ certification tem, to promote the improvement of living conditions for livestock animals. ► Korean Cattle Ranch, Yangpyeong County The owner of this Korean beef ranch recently applied for Happy Livestock Farm certification so as to receive provincial support for the expansion and improvement of sheds. ► Park Jae-deok / Korean Beef Farmer, Yangpyeong County “(I’ve applied for certification) because I want to raise the animals in pleasant living conditions and to produce beef of good quality.” ► ‘Happy Livestock Farm’, Korea’s First Livestock Farm Improvement Promotion Program The first tem of its kind in Korea, certified Happy Livestock Farms are provided with support for the improvement of living environments for animals. To date, 70 chicken, beef and pork farms in the province have applied for certification. ► Certification Based on Site Inspections Certification is based on inspections of animal living conditions and operation procedures. ► 40 Livestock Farms Receive Happy Livestock Farm Certification in July Gyeonggi Province granted Happy Livestock Farm certification to 40 farms in July. Certified farms will receive animal living condition improvement support totaling KRW 2 billion as well as consultation services and become eligible for Happy Livestock Product certification. ► Kim Yeong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Division “We believe that good livestock products are produced when animals live free of stress in spacious and pleasant environments. For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province has launched a Happy Livestock Farm certification tem to help livestock farms produce quality products…” Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of certified farms to 200 by the year 2020 and 400 by the year 2022. Article 6. Gyeonggi’s Technical School for Adults Returning to Work Force (180724-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a vocational school, known as the Technical School of Life, for mature adults who seek to return to the workforce. Its students have been noted for the donation of their newly acquired talents to local communities. ► Choi Byeong-hun (Age 85) / Solitary Senior, Siheung City Choi (최병훈), an 85-year-old senior, lives alone in a basement room. Today, her shabby abode is being renovated by students of the Technical School of Life. When our reporter visited, students were busy laying tiles. ► Son Jeong-min (Age 45) / Technical School of Life Student “Knowing that I can use my newly acquired skills for the benefit of solitary seniors and environments, I feel greatly rewarded and more confident in starting a business or finding employment.” Hanging new wallpaper, laying tiles, and replacing a wash basin, students are transforming her home in ways she had not previously dared to imagine. ► Choi Byeong-hun / Technical School of Life Student Talent Donation Recipient “Without any means to have my home repaired, I had simply given up. I am so happy to have it so neatly repaired. I cannot tell you how grateful I am.” ► Free Vocational Education in 5 Technical Fields The Technical School of Life provides mature adults with vocational education in various technical fields free of charge. ► Free Home Improvement Services for Economically Underprivileged Households Its students are providing economically underprivileged households with home improvement services free of charge as field training. ► Choi Min-sik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Lifelong Education Team “Field training has the dual purpose of helping education participants hone their skills before employment while providing service recipients with improved living environments.” During the current education session, which has 340 registered students, the school plans to perform field training at 20 homes. These homes will undergo complete living environment renovations. The school currently plans to expand its fields of education and talent donation to areas such as the grooming of guide dogs. Article 7. Gyeonggi Helps Social Economy Enterprises Purchase Business Sites (180726-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a financial support program to aid social economy enterprises with their business site purchases so as to alleviate the financial burden these enterprises experience due to rental rate increases. ► Saenuri Advertising Cooperative / Social Economy Enterprise in Siheung City This social economy enterprise, an advertising company operated for more than 10 years by individuals with disabilities, is experiencing difficulties due to increased office rent. ► Kim Beom-su / Chairman of the Board, Saenuri Advertising Cooperative “We have difficulties meeting the rising monthly rent with our earnings. Relocating is not easy. On a previous occasion when we moved our office to a more economic location, we experienced great difficulties especially due to high removal costs.” Since social economy enterprises operate on relatively unstable financial foundations, rent increases can be a significant issue affecting their stable operations. ► Financial Support for Business Site Purchases by Social Economy Enterprises This financial support program aims to help social economy enterprises maintain their operational stability by freeing them from the burdens of high rental rates. ► Up to 90% of Site Purchase Price Financed Financial support is provided in the form of a low-cost loan at a fixed interest rate of 1.5 percent for a period up to 15 years for coverage of up to 90 percent of the real estate price. Any social enterprise, cooperative or village enterprise that has operated in Gyeonggi Province for more than a year and intends to purchase its own business site is eligible for the loan. ► Gong Jeong-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Shared Economy Division “The existing financial instruments available to social economy enterprises are limited to short-term financing, typically for four years. However, this financing program will help promote the formation of sharing and cooperation hubs among these enterprises while ensuring their stable operation by protecting them from gentrification…” In addition, Gyeonggi Province also plans to introduce special financial guarantee support for social economy enterprises using social economy funds. There are more than 3,200 social economy enterprises in the province. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.07.27Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi to Provide Middle/High School Uniform Cost Support (180716-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Province transition committee announced that, from next year, the provincial government will provide all new middle and high school students with school uniform cost support, securing necessary budgets through the amendment of related ordinances. ▲ Choi Ok-hui / Mother of 1st Year High School Student, Seongnam City Choi (최옥희), a mother in Seongnam (성남) City, recalls how Gyeonggi Province’s school uniform cost support eased her financial burden when her son started high school. ▲ Choi Ok-hui / Mother of Beneficiary, Seongnam City “I was very pleased with such financial help. Feeling that the local government was doing something for my son, it felt like a present for my son’s school entrance.” ▲ School Uniform Cost Support Program First introduced in Seongnam (성남) City when Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) was mayor of that city, this support program covers the maximum school uniform prices permitted by the Ministry of Education. ▲ School Uniform Cost Support Expanded Throughout Gyeonggi Province The school uniform cost support, which amounts to approximately KRW 300,000 per person, has now been expanded to the entire province. ▲ Support to Be Provided from 2019 The budget plans for next year have been adjusted accordingly while motions have already been made for related ordinance amendment in the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. When all preparations are complete, this program will be implemented from next year in cooperation with local governments. Article 2. Gyeonggi Acts to Protect Livestock from Heat (180717-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With heat wave warnings in effect for almost all regions of Gyeonggi Province, livestock farms in the province face emergency situations. Gyeonggi Province began taking actions to protect livestock from the heat. ▲ Chicken Farm in Yangju City This chicken farm in Yangju (양주) City operates 25 large fans in its sheds 24 hours a day while spraying shed floors with water every hour to keep temperatures from rising. Temperatures higher than 30 degrees Celsius can be fatal to the chickens. ▲ Kim Jin-bok / Chicken Farmer “I can’t keep my eyes off the chickens since I have to act as soon as I see any negative signs, otherwise my year’s work will disappear in a moment.” Last year alone, more than 190 livestock farms were affected when approximately 280,000 animals perished in heat waves. ▲ Gyeonggi Officials Mobilizes Livestock Emergency System Recently, Gyeonggi Province began implementing emergency measures to minimize heat risks for livestock. ▲ Control Measures Being Taken for Livestock Types These measures have been developed for different animal types to help them fight the heat. ▲ Water and Mist Spraying Vehicles Mobilized Mist and water spraying vehicles are being mobilized to cool shed interiors and roofs. ▲ Cooling Facility Support Provided Ventilators and fans have been installed on some farms as required. In addition, special task force teams have been organized jointly with local governments and livestock associations. ▲ Lee Gang-yeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Team "We are monitoring damage status and taking actions to help recovery through compensation and insurance.” Other heat relief supplied by Gyeonggi Province to minimize related risks to livestock includes shade facilities and animal vitamins. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Develop Senior-friendly Town (0719) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Gyeonggi Province developed a residential area in Seongnam (성남) City known as Carnation Town, an area with ample customized jobs and amenities for seniors. This year, the provincial government plans to develop one more Carnation Town. ▲ Carnation Town / Seongnam City The entire area of this Carnation Town has been redeveloped specifically for the wellbeing of seniors. This area abounds with new businesses, such as cafes and restaurants, which are established and operated by seniors. There are also common workshops in which seniors work together in shared business undertakings as well as a job center staffed by seniors. ▲ Park Byeong-ju (Age 70) / Senior Welfare Consultant “Being a senior myself, I can better understand the preferences and difficulties faced by seniors and can provide them with assistance effectively.” This area features non-slip pedestrian walkways, wheelchair parking lots with high-speed battery chargers, and environmental designs for the convenience of seniors. There are also many leisure programs as well as talent donation opportunities for seniors. ▲ Lee Cheon-hwan (Age 73) / Carnation Town Resident, Seongnam City “When I learn new skills, I can use them to please my grandchildren on their birthdays or other seniors at senior facilities. Besides, learning new things is itself a joy.” ▲ Gyeonggi Province to Develop More Carnation Town Investing KRW 310 million, Gyeonggi Province plans to develop another Carnation Town with matching local characteristics this year through the creation of jobs and the improvement of welfare and environments for seniors. ▲ Ji Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Welfare Division “… to improve the quality of life of seniors through the creation of senior-friendly environments…” After the selection of a location this July, the development of the new Carnation Town will be completed by the end of the year. Article 4. Gyeonggi Relieves Families in Economically Critical Situations (180719-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Unknown to welfare tems, there are those who suffer overwhelming difficulties like the mother who, unable to endure the hardships of life, ended her life and her daughter’s life a few months ago. Gyeonggi Province began searching for such households to provide them with emergency relief. ▲ Kim Bok-nam / Gwangmyeong City After her only son suddenly ended contact with her, Kim (김복남), a senior over ninety years of age with signs of mild dementia, has been living on leftover kimchi that she keeps in an otherwise empty refrigerator. ▲ Kim Bok-nam (Voice Modulated) “I wasn’t aware of such a thing. It is addressed to my son, so I didn’t pay any attention to it.” She was speaking about the outstanding apartment management fees that now amount to almost KRW 3 million, which also caused a local official, who accidentally found a stack of monthly fee statements in Kim’s mail box, to check on her wellbeing. ▲ Gyeonggi Provides Households in Critical Situations with Emergency Financial Relief There are many individuals like Kim who have legal guardians but are, in reality, in critical situations. Most have accrued months of unpaid utility bills. More than 2,600 such households in the province were identified and provided with emergency financial relief totaling KRW 730 million in the form of basic livelihood benefits or living cost support. ▲ Jeong Chang-seop / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Welfare Team "Since apartment residents seldom socialize with neighbors, we began searching for those who are in welfare blind spots ourselves.” Since privately developed apartments have their own billing management tems, individuals in welfare blind spots are hard to identify. However, Gyeonggi Province will continue searching for those who fall outside of welfare tems simply because of they are unaware of such tems. Article 5. More Publicly Operated Senior Club Centers Open in Gyeonggi (180716-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are an increasing number public facilities being opened for senior clubs in Gyeonggi Province. Known as ‘senior club centers,’ these locations feature a wide range of activities. ▲ Senior Club Center, Gwanggyo Senior Welfare Center, Suwon City In this senior club center, participants, whose average age is 65, move in unison as they perform an aerobic dance to lively music. ▲ Lee Hye-suk (Age 68) / Senior Aerobics Club Member, Suwon City “… since it is good for both mental and physical health. We feel closer together and a sense of fellowship after a session of aerobic dancing.” This senior painting club meets once a week. The eyes of the members sparkle just like those of artists when they are immersed in their creative pursuit of water or oil painting. ▲ Jeong Seong-ju (Age 65) / Senior Painting Club Member, Suwon City “People tend to become emotionally barren as they grow old. Painting is a great way to prevent that.” ▲ Senior Club Centers At senior club centers in Gyeonggi Province, anyone over 60 years of age can participate in a variety of club activities from percussion music and singing to discussions on subjects of choice. Senior club centers are located in educational institutes such as lifelong learning centers as well as at welfare centers and senior centers. ▲ Ansan Senior Club Center (Opened on July 12), Ansan City Lifelong Learning Center The first senior club center opened last year, and 40 more opened this year. Gyeonggi Province plans to hold a senior club contest this coming October. ▲ Ji Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Welfare Division “(By opening senior club centers), we aim to satisfy the need among seniors for places in which they can participate in cultural activities within walking distance of their homes.” Senior club centers are helping seniors regain their joie de vivre through participation in enjoyable cultural activities. Article 6. Gyeonggi Expands Local ‘Small Library’ Support Program (180717-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has operating a ‘small library’ designation tem. Designated libraries are provided with provincial support for reading culture programs. ▲ Okcheon Goeupnae Library, Yangpyeong County This library features a reading program in which a storybook is read to children by the writer himself. [Sync] “A retainer who has been searching for a crown for the queen became so tired that he fell asleep.” The book-reading session is followed by the children painting about the story that they just heard. ▲ Kim Hyeon-gyu (Age 13) / Storybook Reading Program Participant, Yangpyeong County “Painting helped me remember and think about the story.” ▲ Borisu Small Library, Uijeongbu City At this small library, seniors with glasses take turns reading the lines of poems. They then enhance their appreciation of the poems by writing them down in a notebook. ▲ Ra Chun-sil (Age 74) / Borisu Small Library Visitor “I feel emotionally calmed while reading the poems and could appreciate the poem even better while painting the scene with pastel.” At small libraries, which can be found in any local area, users can better familiarize themselves with books. ▲ Small Library Support Program Gyeonggi Province has been operating the small library support program since 2012. ▲ 80 Small Libraries Added This Year This year, 80 more local libraries were selected for small library designation to facilitate the operation of a variety of reading culture programs. These programs are customized to promote reading among different generations. ▲ Park Hae-myeong / Gyeonggi Province Small Library Team “While a wide range of age groups participating in reading cultural programs at small libraries has a reading promotion effect, the increased number of users has a small library promotion effect…” Small libraries in local communities provide residents with opportunities to indulge in reading culture in a variety of ways. The small library in your neighborhood is also an ideal summer sanctuary. Article 7. Gyeonggi Orchards Suffer Low Fruiting Rates (180718-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Fruit farmers in Gyeonggi Province are experiencing poor fruit formation rates due to abnormally low temperatures during the spring. Estimating a 30 percent decrease in fruit production, the provincial government began taking action to minimize damage to orchards. ▲ Vineyard, Pocheon City These grapevines should be heavy with fruit at this time of year, but they are only heavy with leaves. ▲ GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “Although harvesting must begin next month, there are few or no grape clusters on the vines.” This is due to a short cold spell last spring when temperatures dropped to minus 3 degrees Celsius. ▲ Sin Ae-ja / Grape Farmer “I have never seen this happen in my ten years of experience (in grape farming). We harvest once a year, and I can’t believe this …” ▲ Apple Orchard, Pocheon City The situation is similar for apple orchards. Most apples are less than two thirds of their normal size due to the cold spell in the spring ▲ Park Myeon-gyo / Apple Farmer “Out of 21,000 square meters, 13,000 suffered damage, which is more than I can handle. I don’t know how I can survive.” [CG] A total of more than 1,300 hectares of orchards suffered cold damage in Gyeonggi Province. ▲ Up to 30 Percent Decrease in Fruit Production Expected in Gyeonggi Province While fruit prices are expected to increase significantly, Gyeonggi Province began preparing emergency measures to minimize damage to fruit farms. ▲ Emergency Relief for Farm Management and Restoration The province plans to release KRW 9.1 billion for emergency orchard management and KRW 2.5 billion for damage restoration. ▲ Lee Mun-mu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Horticultural Production Team “Gyeonggi Province plans to provide cost support for management as well as restoration, expand agricultural disaster insurance, and provide wide-angle fan support so as to promote an environment in which farmers can operate more safely.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide consultation services for maximum harvests in given situations as well as disaster prevention facility support. 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Weekly English news | 2018.07.20Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi-Seoul-Incheon Administrators Discuss Microdust Issues (180709-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With microdust-related health threats escalating in the capital region of Korea, the administrators of Gyeonggi Province, Seoul and Incheon convened to discuss measures to address these issues. During the meeting, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) called for participation by South Chungcheong (충청) Province. ► Conference House Dalgaebi, Seoul (July 6) Regional Administrators’ Meeting on Microdust This meeting took place in Seoul on July 6 with the participation of the Minister of Environment and marked the beginning of inter-regional cooperation in related issues among the three regional governments that are directly involved in microdust issues. Home to several thermoelectric power plants, neighboring South Chungcheong (충청) Province is also a large contributor of atmospheric microdust. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “Since thermoelectric power plants in South Chungcheong Province have significant effects on microdust levels in southern Gyeonggi regions, I suggest that it participate from the next meeting. South Chungcheong Province is home to most of the thermoelectric power plants in the nation.” Governor Lee also asked the central government for support since Gyeonggi Province is home to a large number of microdust-generating small enterprises. ► Cooperation in Resolving Microdust Issues to Be Strengthened The three administrators and the Minister of Environment agreed to strengthen cooperation in resolving microdust issues and decided to meet on a quarterly basis while operating monthly meetings of utive officials. ► Seoul City Mayor Park Won-sun “I believe that, with collective inter-regional efforts, we will be able to overcome challenges even as tough as microdust issues. We will be able to make some positive results.” ► Incheon City Mayor Park Nam-Chun "In addition to microdust issues, we can also effectively tackle other common issues such as those regarding landfill sites through the formulation of inter-regional bodies …” The meeting participants agreed on some microdust reduction policies such as increasing microdust reduction targets and enacting related legislation. Other policies discussed during the meeting included raising diesel fuel prices and increasing national support to promote the early scrapping of old diesel vehicles. Article 2. Gyeonggi Supplies Fire Safety Equipment to Foreign Residents (180710-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Although every household is legally required to have fire alarms and extinguishers, a large number of foreign residents are exposed to fire risk simply because they are unaware of such requirements. Gyeonggi Province has begun supplying fire equipment to foreigners free of charge. ► Special Multicultural Zone, Ansan City Eight out of every ten residents in this neighborhood in Ansan (안산) City are foreigners. Living in densely packed housing with few working fire alarms or extinguishers, they are seriously exposed to fire risk. ► Foreign Resident (voice modulated) “We don’t keep fire extinguishers and such. Why bother to buy them when we don’t use them now?” With the majority of the two million foreign residents in Korea being manual laborers on frugal budgets, many frequently neglect to protect themselves from fire hazards. ► Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters Installing Fire Alarms in Foreign Resident Homes The Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters began installing smoke detectors in studio apartments and multi-unit homes of foreign workers free of charge. [Sync] “Fire! Fire!” While installing the fire alarms, technicians also check the availability of working fire extinguishers and provide free extinguishers to those without. ► Lee Jae-yeol / Director General, Gyeonggi Disaster & Safety Headquarters “…in order to ensure the safety of those who live in housing conditions that are poor and vulnerable to fire damage.” The Gyeonggi Disaster and Safety Headquarters also provided foreigners with safety instructions and fire extinguisher education. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the fire equipment supply program to households in low income brackets. Article 3. Korean Contemporary Printmaking Exhibition Held in Gyeonggi (180710-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art is currently featuring a special exhibition titled ’60 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking’. This exhibition showcases works that represent the history of modern Korean printmaking techniques. ► Halo 34 by Kim Hyeong-tae This woodblock print of tree rings was created during the advent of modern Korean printmaking art. ► A Landscape with Knots by Han Wun-seong This work was created with a metal plate and corrosive chemicals to give an impression of rust. Others use colorful paints instead of simple achromatic tones. Digital printing on bags and clothes represent the newest printmaking techniques. ► Park Ha-rin / Viewer from Siheung City “They were diverse. I thought printmaking artwork was stereotypical. However, I was surprised to see cheerful pieces that can even be used as interior items.” The beginning of contemporary Korean printmaking dates back to 1958 when the Korean Prints Association was established. ► ’60 Years of Korean Contemporary Printmaking’ Exhibition This exhibition of 160 works created by 120 artists represents the history of Korean contemporary printmaking. ► Kang Min-ji / Curator, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art “Through this exhibition, you will be able to see how various endeavors including experimental digital prints contributed to broadening the horizons of Korean modern art.” ► Diverse Accompanying Programs This exhibition also features a number of interesting accompanying programs such as video presentations that help viewers understand procedures and a printmaking experiential program. ► Exhibition Opens until September 9 This Korean contemporary printmaking exhibition runs until September 9. Article 4. 10th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Convenes (0711-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 10, the 10th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly convened for its first general meeting. During this meeting, the Assembly Chairperson was elected and standing committee chairpersons were nominated. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (July 10) 1st General Meeting of 329th Extraordinary Session This was the first general meeting of the assembly’s 329th extraordinary session, which will run for 14 days until July 23. The primary agenda of this session is the organization of subcommittees. Assembly Member Song Han-jun (송한준) was elected to the position of Assembly Chairperson. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Chairperson Song Han-jun “I will perform my duties as a chairperson who works with a humble attitude, keeps promises to residents, and listens to assembly members.” Two Vice Chairpersons were also elected during the general meeting. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Vice Chairperson Kim Won-ki “I will do my utmost to help create a Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly brings hope to our residents instead of failing them.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly Vice Chairperson An Hye-yeong “I will endeavor to help create a Gyeonggi Province with a vision, checks and balances, and advancement.” Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) offered congratulations on the opening of the 10th Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly and promised his cooperation. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung “The new Gyeonggi Province will be created through cooperative governance, which is more than a political coalition but, instead, a new political standard.” During this extraordinary session, the twelve chairpersons of the standing committees will confirmed by vote during the 2nd general meeting slated for July 17. Standing committee members, the Budget and Accounting Committee Chairperson, and the Ethics Committee Chairperson will also be elected during the session. Article 5. New Recipes Using Rice Developed in Gyeonggi (180709-2) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, rice is being used in a variety of new recipes including cookies and breads. Rice is also being used to make a variety of processed foods such as wines and soft drinks. ► Rice Bakery, Hwaseong City At this bakery in Hwaseong (화성) City, bakers are kneading rice flour dough to make rice bread in a variety of colors and tastes. The rice used here is produced in Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Hye-won / Rice Bakery Customer “Since these breads were made with rice, they have pleasing chewy texture. I like rice breads since they don’t use artificial colors and can substitute for steamed rice.” With the increasing popularity of tasty and digestible rice bread, this rice bakery has recently opened two more locations. ► Kim Seung-cheol / Rice Bakery Manager “Since we use rice of different colors, we don’t need artificial coloring. Rice is rarely the cause of allergies. This makes rice bread more popular.” ► Rice Cookie Enterprise, Yangpyeong County This rice cookie company produces more than 50 cookie varieties. These cookies come in many different colors including those using natural ingredients such as strawberries and spinach. With their nutty taste and natural sweetness, these cookies are popular among children. This company exports its products to eight countries. ► Kim Mi-suk / Vice President of Rice Cookie Enterprise “We only use environment-friendly grown rice and no artificial coloring or fragrances. Instead, we use sweet pumpkin, spinach, bananas and strawberries. That is why our products are tasty and colorful.” Rice is becoming an ingredient in a broader range of foods. ► Gyeonggi Agricultural Institutes Develops 30+ Processed Rice Foods The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services has also developed more than 30 processed rice foods including breads, drinks and children’s dishes ► Seo Jae-sun / Research Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “We are promoting rice consumption through the transfer of processed rice food recipes. We will continue to develop new processed rice foods.” In Gyeonggi Province, rice is emerging as a new food ingredient to create a variety of enjoyable processed foods. Article 6. Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art Holds Relay Shows of Four Artists (180711-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In cooperation with the Gyeonggi Creation Center, the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art has been nurturing artists. The museum is currently featuring four of these new artists in the form of relay shows. Titled Quantum Jump 2018, this event currently features the experimental artwork of the first of these four artists. ► Threshold Time by Kim Jae-min In this work, rice grains move on a wind-up clock. Originating from many different countries, these rice grains represent the culinary cultures of humankind. ► Cabinet 4 by Kim Jae-min The white mass that rotates in a glass case is a lump consisting of cooked rice from different parts of the world that is covered with mold. This art piece is another depiction of human culture. ► What Do the Deer Eat? By Kim Jae-min In this work, people from different parts of the world talk about the culinary cultures of other people. This is another depiction of the culinary cultures of humans. ► Baek Hye-won / Viewer from Ansan City “It was difficult to see what the artists want to express. However, the fact that these artworks were created with familiar foods helped me understand them a little better.” ► Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art (Until July 29) ‘What Do the Deer Eat?’ of ‘Quantum Jump 2018 4 Artists Relay Show’ This exhibition – titled ‘What Do the Deer Eat?’ – is part of the ‘Quantum Jump 2018 4 Artists Relay Show. It features the artwork of Kim Jae-min (김재민) who uses rice to depict human cultures. ► Kang Min-ji / Curator, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art “This show is part of the joint new artist promotion and support project of the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art and the Gyeonggi Creation Center. The first occasion of this relay show features culinary cultures of people from different parts of the world.” ► ‘4 Artists Relay Show’ Kim’s show will be followed by a relay of shows of three more new artists who are supported by the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art and the Gyeonggi Creation Center. This relay show will continue until July 29. Article 7. 5th Session of Gyeonggi Video Academy Begins (180712-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On July 11, the 5th session of the Gyeonggi Video Academy began with an opening ceremony. This session opened with the participation of 21 young students who aspire to become visual media specialists. Courses include lectures by professionals and the creation of their own video contents as well as visits to broadcasting stations. ► North Gyeonggi Provincial Office Complex (July 11) 5th Gyeonggi Video Academy Opening Ceremony The 21 aspiring visual media specialists of the 5th Gyeonggi Video Academy include those who are interested in one of four education fields: video planning and production, filming, video editing, and speech and reporting. ► Lee Hye-yeon / 5th Gyeonggi Video Academy Student “After attending the orientation and having been impressed by the excellent education environment, I know I will learn a lot here and I am looking forward to it.” ► Jeong Ye-jin / 5th Gyeonggi Video Academy Student “I was looking for a visual media school. Finding that the curriculum at the Gyeonggi Video Academy can provide me with opportunities to gain a lot of experience, I applied for a place in it.” ► Free Use of Video Facilities Offered to Students and Graduates During the education course, students have free access to video equipment and editing facilities. Graduates are also provided with free equipment loans. ► Park Sin-hwan / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Balanced Development Planning Office “We established this academy to help you, who have passion and ambition, to realize your dreams in this rapidly changing world.” ► On-site Training at Broadcasting Stations This year, education includes field trips to broadcasting stations including CJ and Channel A. During these visits, students will experience video production techniques first hand and meet with professionals who will provide mentoring services. Classes will be held once a week for eight weeks until August. 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Weekly English news | 2018.07.13Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Exhibition of Ceramic Images Used in Commemorative Items (0703-3) [Anchor’s Headline] A special exhibition showcasing commemorative items such as postage stamps and bank notes that bear images of ceramics is being held at the Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum. Our reporter was there. ► Postage Stamp Issued to Celebrate Goryo Celadon (1962) The first Korean stamps that featured ceramics were issued in 1962 as part of a cultural asset stamp series. These stamps featured the blue celadon of the Goryo (고려) Dynasty. ► 10 Stamps of Treasured Korean Historic Ceramics (1977) In 1977, 10 stamps bearing images of nationally treasured historic ceramics were issued. Ceramics were also frequently used as commemorative subjects on bank notes. ► Commemorative Coins Bearing Goryo Celadon Issued Exclusively for Foreign Collectors (1971) There have also been coins bearing Goryo celadon images issued exclusively for foreign collectors. ► Ceramics Used as Emergency Currency in Germany and Japan There were times in the 20th century when ceramics were used as an alternative currency in wartime Germany and Japan. ► Je Se-ri / Viewer from Seoul “I didn’t expect to see such variety of items from different time periods with ceramic images. It was very interesting.” ► ‘Commemorating Ceramics’ Exhibition, Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum (Until August 26) Consisting of stamps, bank notes and other commemorative items that feature ceramic images as a motif, the items being exhibited are from the personal collection of a ceramic historian who collected them in Korea and overseas. ► Kim Jin-yeong / Curator, Gyeonggi Ceramic Museum “Ceramics represent the traditions and life history of a region. Through the images of ceramics on the displayed stamps and notes, one can appreciate cultural the characteristics and traditions of the regions they came from…” This exhibition also features a children’s corner that aims to promote their interest in stamps and notes through experiences. Article 2. ‘New Gyeonggi Committee’ Website Opens (180703-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The gubernatorial transition committee for newly elected Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) recently established a website for public suggestions on provincial policies. Within the first week of its opening, this website received more than 12,000 suggestions. This initiative is in line with the ‘direct democracy’ declared by the new governor as the top administrative objective and with a number of other initiatives already launched to elicit public participation. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (June 28) “The biggest and foremost duty of public officials is to reflect public opinions in administration since they are what they are only to make people’s lives better…” ► Website ‘New Gyeonggi Committee’ (www.newgg.org) Titled ‘New Gyeonggi Committee’, this gubernatorial transition committee website is open to anyone with administrative ideas for different fields or regions. ► 12,000+ Suggestions Gathered in One Week Public interest in this website has been phenomenal, with over 12,000 suggestions having been registered within a week of its opening. ► Eun Chan-ho, Lee Yun-jeong / Hwaseong City Resident “Since residents can voice their administrative opinions freely (through this website), provincial policies will now reflect more of what residents want…” ► Seo Yong-jun / Gunpo City Resident “It being an online channel itself has merit. There are limitations in organizing meetings and forums offline.” This website also features an administration hotline section for the public reporting of corruption and related damage. ► Public Participation in Administration to be Expanded It has also been reported that the Gyeonggi gubernatorial transition committee is considering the introduction of a petition tem similar to that of the central government, as well as a public legislation proposal tem. Article 3. Policy Changes by New Gyeonggi Administration (180702-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the administration changeover, there have been changes in Gyeonggi provincial policies including the handover of urban regeneration project approval authority from the governor to mayors. GTV examined some of these changes. ► Urban Regeneration Project Site, Bucheon City Urban regeneration projects previously required gubernatorial approval. ► Approval Authority Transferred from Governor to Mayors However, approval authority was handed over to the mayors of the cities, the owners of the projects, from July. This transfer will help expedite project implementation. ► Aging Diesel Vehicles to Be Banned in 17 Gyeonggi Cities Diesel-powered vehicles without diesel particulate reduction tems or those that fail to pass annual inspections will be banned in 17 cities of the province. Those who operate such vehicles in these cities will be fined up to KRW 2 million. ► Park Dae-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Traffic Environment Team “Automobiles are major sources of microdust. As part of microdust reduction policies, restrictions have been imposed on deteriorating diesel vehicles with capacities greater than 2.5 tons that were produced before 2005.” ► Compulsory Purchase of Bonds Exempted for Purchases of New Smaller Vehicles The compulsory purchase of regional development bonds, which is imposed for new automobile purchases, will be exempted until the end of this year for vehicles with engine displacements of less than 2,000 cubic centimeters and prices of less than KRW 50 million. ► Construction Payment Information System to Be Introduced A construction payment information tem will be introduced to promote transparency in construction expenditures. ► Payments by Contractors Monitored in Real Time (pay.gg.go.kr) This tem will be operated on a website through which payments by contractors can be checked in real time. ► Seo Jeong-in / Director, Gyeonggi Province Construction Policy Division “This tem will help encourage payments by contractors to their subcontractors and thus improve the relations between them.” Other changes include raising the age limits of children eligible for free influenza vaccines and those of single parent families eligible for free female sanitary items, as well as the expansion of the middle income bracket range. Article 4. Insect Farms in Gyeonggi Increase 15-fold in 7 Years (180703-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With public interest in insects as a food source rising, the number of insect farms in Gyeonggi Province has grown fifteen-fold over the past seven years. ► Insect Farm, Hwaseong City At this insect farm, farmers tend crickets and mealworms with care. These insects are supplied to the producers of feeds and nutritional supplements for pets. Established nineteen years ago, this farm has been struggling and began making a profit only five years ago. ► Kim Hyeon-suk / Insect Farmer “There are markets for pet feeds. Realizing business potential, many have shown interest in purchasing our crickets and starting their own cricket farms…” ► Gyeonggi Province Home to 500+ Insect Farms There are more than 500 insect farms in Gyeonggi Province. [CG] The number and size of these farms has been growing each year. Such increases are attributable to the growing recognition of insects as a food source. Although the size of the insect industry is expected to grow to KRW 500 billion by the year 2020, insect consumption by the general public still remains a challenge. ► Gyeonggi Province to Promote Insect Industry To address this issue, Gyeonggi Province has established a 5-year plan to promote the insect market, identify new insect resources, and develop insect products. ► Choi Ha-yeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services Insect Technology Team “We plan to promote the insect industry as a potential future industry through market expansion. We will also endeavor to publicly promote recognition of insects as a food source so that people can accept insects more naturally.” Although the external growth of the insect industry and insect farming popularity is becoming evident, substantial growth still remains an issue to be resolved. Article 5. Gyeonggi’s Reemployment Education for Mature Adults (180704-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating reemployment education for mature adults. Held in the form of lectures, this education is receiving enthusiastic responses with each session being filled up long in advance. ► Gyeonggi Province 4050 Reemployment Education / Kangnam University This reemployment education classroom is filled to capacity with mature, gray-haired adults. In addition to 200 individuals who reserved their seats in advance, there are also those who applied for participation on site. Although extra chairs have been provided, there are still a few who were unable to secure a seat and have to attend the class sitting on the floor. Such enthusiasm reflects the pressing need for employment among middle-aged individuals. ► Jeon Jong-su (Aged 55) / 4050 Reemployment Education Participant “I need a job where I can work for at least twenty years. This lecture provided helpful guidance in finding employment.” ► 300+ Middle-aged Job Searchers Attended The reemployment education held at this location saw more than 300 participants in their forties and fifties. This is similar to a previous education session held at another location several days ago. ► 30 Education Sessions Planned until This Month Education will continue through a total of 30 sessions until the end of the month and will take place in 10 cities and counties of the province. ► Participants to Receive Additional Employment Support Participants will also be provided with additional employment support. ► Jeong Seong-chan / Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Employment Growth Office “We will provide those planning for the second phase of their lives but who lack economic and social backgrounds with necessary support based on their experience and requirements by employers.” ► Applications: www.jobaba.net Applications for education are being received via the employment support website Jobaba (잡아바). Article 6. Gyeonggi Nurtures Young International Trade Specialists (180704-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a trade specialist education program for youths. Graduates are also provided with employment support at SMEs that require qualified trade personnel with foreign language capabilities. ► Trade Specialist Education Program This trade specialist education is provided to job searchers in their twenties. In two months, 150 youths have applied for this education program. The program includes practical experience at trade fairs and internships at trading enterprises. This program is especially popular among those who have foreign language proficiency. ► Im Sang-wu / Trade Specialist Education Participant “I expect to gain a lot of experience that will help me find employment in my preferred field…” ► Jeong Eun-ji / Trade Specialist Education Participant “There is a growing interest in trading (among job searchers). After participating in this education program, I hope to be able to find a managerial job as a trade specialist.” Among graduates of last year’s program, 64 percent succeeded in finding employment at trading enterprises. ► Foreign Language Capabilities and Trade Knowledge Since graduates have both foreign language capabilities and knowledge in trading, they are highly sought after by trading enterprises. ► Jo Yun-jae / Director, Korea Trace Association Trading Education Office “There is high demand for those who have knowledge in trading as well as foreign language proficiency. SMEs will benefit from employing individuals who have received education in both while …” ► Personnel for Trading Enterprises, Job Opportunities for Youths Launched in 2016 by Gyeonggi Province, this education program has the dual purpose of providing SMEs with much needed trade specialists and providing youths with job opportunities. ► Park Geun-gyun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Export Strategy Team “This education program aims to alleviate employment mismatches by helping SMEs secure qualified trade specialists while creating job opportunities for youths.” This education program is followed by employment placement of graduates at SMEs. This program is also expected to have positive effects on improving the trade competitiveness of employers. Article 7. Gyeonggi Governor Lee Visits Sewol Ferry Disaster Memorial Classrooms (180705-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung (이재명) visited memorial classrooms for students who perished in the Sewol Ferry disaster and promised to create a safe and life-cherishing Gyeonggi Province. ► 4∙16 Memorial Classrooms, Ansan Reginal Office of Education (July 4) This visit had been planned as the first official act of Governor Lee, but was postponed due to a typhoon. During his visit, Governor Lee paid tribute to victims in each classroom where desks are adorned with articles left by the students. He also left a short note in the visitors’ book. [CG] In his note, Governor Lee promised to do his part in creating a safe and happy country. During his visit, Governor Lee also met with the families of the deceased and the Mayor of Ansan City. ► Jeon Myeon-seon / 4∙16 Family Committee Chairman “…so that families of the Sewol Ferry disaster victims, who are committed in their demands for an inquiry into the accident, can return to society. We won’t be able to do that on our own…” During this meeting, Governor Lee promised to provide support in the resolution of related issues. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myeong “I will remember the incident and help create a country in which people’s lives and safety are properly ensured and a Gyeonggi Province in which people’s lives and safety are accorded utmost respect.” A Gyeonggi Province spokesperson explained that Governor Lee’s statement was an affirmation to keep the promise he had written in the visitors’ book at the memorial classrooms. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.07.06Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Suwon Haenggung Urban Regeneration Plans Announced (180625-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The areas around Suwon Hwaseong (수원 화성), an historic fortress and World Cultural Heritage site, have been the subject of development through a local urban regeneration project. Recently, detailed project plans were finalized. ► Cultural Asset Protection Zone, Haenggung-dong, Suwon City Packed with decades-old tile-roofed houses around the fortress walls, these areas have been subject to development restrictions imposed on cultural asset protection zones. ► Hyeon Wan / Local Resident “Local residents have been unable to use and enjoy their own properties as they want. Naturally, the living environments in these areas have deteriorated…” ► Urban Restoration Plans In 2016, these areas were selected by the local government for an urban restoration project. The finalization of this project, to be completed by 2020 at a cost of KRW 218.5 billion, was realized as approval was granted for detailed plans by Gyeonggi Province. ► Creation of Tourism Town leveraging Local Characteristics This project aims to leverage local historical and cultural characteristics to create a tourism town. ► Choi Gyu-tae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Urban Regeneration Team “This project will enable these areas to become prosperous through resident involvement and an influx of tourists.” This project consists of 23 sub-projects including resident-proposed initiatives and joint projects with the central government. • Residential Environment Improvement • Cultural Asset Area Regeneration • Development of Alleys with Local Characteristics • Creation of a Traditional Korean House Village The project focuses on four development categories: residential environment improvement through repair, remodeling, or even complete reconstruction of old housing; the regeneration of areas with cultural assets; the development of backstreets as historical walkways; and the creation of a traditional Korean house village. Article 2. Online Virtual Reality Game Development Initiated in Gyeonggi (180626-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province launched a research team for the development of online virtual reality games. While virtual reality is being applied to games and movies, no online game that integrates such technology yet exists. However, we may be able to see the first tournaments of such games before the end of the year. ► G-HUB, Gwanggyo Business Center G-HUB, a Gyeonggi provincial institute, is a place where one can sample virtual reality games. Gaining popularity among game lovers, these games feature increasingly diverse equipment and contents. ► Gang Pil-seok / G-HUB Visitor from Incheon City “I am drawn to these games since I can feel as if I am really the character in the game who wields a sword or fires a rifle.” ► Development of New Online Game Contents Using Virtual Reality With assistance from professional gamers, this research team, the first of its kind in Korea, began work on the development of online games, also known as e-sports, that combine virtual reality technologies. ► Han Seung-yong / Research Team Leader “With e-sports markets growing extensively, there is a high potential for the virtual reality games to become part of them. Our objective is to develop such games which will lead the market when that time comes…” E-sports refers to online games in which players compete via computers or mobile devices. ► Gyeonggi Aims to Hold World’s First VRe-sports Tournament Gyeonggi Province aims to hold the world’s first online virtual reality game, or VRe-sports, tournament. ► Lee Jeong-hwa / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Policy Team “After analyzing the results and user responses, we plan to introduce VRe-sports business models by the end of the year.” With e-sports having been selected for inclusion as an official event in the Asian Games from 2022, the growth of the game industry is expected to be accelerated even further. Gyeonggi Province plans to introduce VRe-sports during a related game tournament slated for July. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Establish Namhansanseong Museum (180627-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to establish a museum that showcases the history of Namhansanseong (남한산성), an ancient fortress and a World Cultural Heritage site, and has been collecting related relics. ► Namhansanseong Namhansanseong (남한산성) represents traumatic events in Korean history. ► Gasegumun (‘Records of Three Scholars’) These relics include a book about three scholars who opposed surrender to invaders from the Qing Dynasty of China and who were later uted. This book also contains the writings of successive kings. ► Yeojido (Late 18C Gyeonggi Map) A late 18th century map of Gyeonggi Province shows the names Gwangju (광주) and Namhan-san (남한산), which are still used today. There is also an identity tag for a nobleman who used to live within the fortress and a small notebook kept by an army officer of the fortress. ► 380 Namhansanseong-related Relics Collected To date, more than 380 relics have been collected by Gyeonggi Province and collection efforts will continue until the museum opens in 2022. ► Lee Yeong-ae / Namhansanseong World Cultural Heritage Center Antiquities Preservation Team Official “The purpose (of the museum) is to provide those who want to know more about Namhansanseong with necessary information and to play a role in making the site more valuable…” Gyeonggi Province also plans to collect more than 2,000 ceramic items, weapons and paintings for the museum through public purchases. Article 4. Big Data-based Drought Forecast System Planned in Gyeonggi (0625-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to develop Korea’s first drought forecasting tem utilizing big data. ► Rice Fields, Anseong City Long droughts often cause rice fields, which should be constantly immersed, to dry out, exposing cracked ground. Emergency groundwater pumps simply cannot supply enough water. ► Son Chang-gyu / Farmer, Anseong City “We fear drought most. Drought destroys all crops including rice and fruiting plants. Those who are lucky enough to have access to groundwater may be able to manage, but others simply have to give up any hope.” ► Drought Forecasting System In order to minimize drought damage that occurs almost every year, Gyeonggi Province plans to develop a drought forecasting tem that uses big data. ► Water Facility Information, Drought Damage Forecasts Using big data and weather information, this tem will provide information about available water facilities such as groundwater wells, reservoirs and water pumps as well as possible drought damage in specific regions. ► Park Jong-seo / Director, Gyeonggi Province Big Data Division “Since this tem operates on agricultural water-related data, it can be used by local offices to make decisions regarding anti-drought measures with locational priorities.” This tem will be able to help develop locally specific anti-drought measures such as the installation of water pipes and pumps as well as special crop management. ► Trial Operation Planned in 5 Cities Before expanding this forecasting service to its 31 cities and counties, Gyeonggi Province plans to initially operate the tem in 5 cities on a trial basis until the end of the year. Article 5. Crackdown on Ozone-related Air Pollutant Emissions in Gyeonggi (0625-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began a crackdown on businesses that emit air pollutants, especially those that cause atmospheric ozone levels to increase. Ozone is highly oxidative, is harmful to breathe, and can damage vegetation. ► Industrial Waste Treatment Plant, Siheung City Large amounts of ash from incinerators at this industrial waste treatment plant flow into the open air and are blown into the atmosphere. There is no adequate facility to prevent ash from being blown away. [Sync] “Both ash deliveries and the collection tanks are exposed to the air. In that situation, ash is easily blown away by wind. You should take corrective actions immediately.” “I will.” ► Coating Factory, Siheung City At this coating factory, spray painting is underway with powdered paints. These paints contain volatile organic compounds that can react to produce ozone when diffused to the open air as seen here. ► Crackdown on Ozone-related Air Pollutant Emitting Facilities This crackdown targets 980 industrial sites that generate chemical air pollutants that can increase ozone levels in the air. Inspectors are aided by high-tech devices including drones. ► Yu Chung-ho / Gyeonggi Province Industrial Complex Environment Management Office “This crackdown is performed until August on industrial sites that generate large amounts of nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds that can react in the air to produce ozone.” ► Ozone Levels Increase in Summer The chemical reactions that produce ozone from substances such as nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds increase when air temperatures are high. Odorless and colorless, ozone can cause respiratory diseases as well as skin afflictions. Violators of related laws will be subject to administrative punishments while serious violations will be subject to further investigation by the special judicial police. Article 6. Gyeonggi’s Monsoon Measures in Full Effect (0626-1) [Anchor’s Headline] While the monsoon season is expected to continue through to next month, Gyeonggi Province is fully implementing measures to minimize damage from storms and floods. ► Multi-housing, Gwangmyeong City During the monsoon season last year, this multi-housing complex was flooded by rain water. Each household suffered significant property damage. ► Choi Eun-sim / Multi-housing Resident “Rainwater poured in through that hole. Although this threshold is high, water overflew it. There was so much water that we had to take turns bailing water out…” ► Gyeonggi Province Suffered Water Damage of KRW 2.7 Billion in 2017 More than 1,500 households suffered water damage totaling KRW 2.7 billion during the monsoon season last year in Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi Implements Storm & Flood Measures Declaring the period until the middle of October as a summer natural disaster period, Gyeonggi Province is implementing storm and flood measures that were prepared in advance. ► Frequent Petrol in Areas with High Fatality Risks Each area with a high fatality risk is assigned a dedicated official who will patrol as necessary and oversee disaster control in that area. Drainage pump stations were put into emergency operation mode while emergency shelters have been designated. ► Baek Seung-ju / Gyeonggi Province Disaster Safety Headquarters Disaster Response Team “We began operating the emergency response tem including the warning tem. We will do our utmost to minimize possible fatalities through continuous preventive patrols.” Eighty locations that are prone to flooding will be blocked immediately in the event of a localized downpour during the monsoon season. Article 7. Gyeonggi Locations Worth Visiting during ‘Patriots and Veterans’ Month’ (0627-2) [Anchor’s Headline] June is the month in which the Korean War began. It is also Patriots and Veterans’ Month. GTV examined memorial locations in Gyeonggi Province that are worth visiting. ► Imjingak Pyeonghwanuri Park [Sync – music] Sorrowful music greets visitors to Imjingak Nuri Peace Park. The music emanates from the memorial stone for those missing their hometowns in North Korea. The observatory offers views of villages in the north. ► Jeong Gyeong-cheol, Lee Jun-hyeok / Visitors from Seoul “This visit made me think about those who perished defending our country. I also saw a lot of historical relics and information. This visit also made me wish for peaceful national reunification even more.” ► Icheon National Cemetery The Icheon National Cemetery is home to persons of national merit who sacrificed their lives for the nation. Its Memorial Tower is flanked with letters and flowers from the loved ones of those resting here. ► Song Yeong-uk / Visitor from Seoul “It was meaningful to come here and think about those who perished for the nation. I believe that everyone should visit here and pay respect.” The memorial hall in the cemetery also houses wartime records. ► Kim Seon-nyeon / Docent, Icheon National Cemetery “When you enter the Icheon National Cemetery, you have a chance to celebrate the noble sacrifices of patriots by paying respect, and your patriotic spirit will be enhanced through exhibits and experiences.” ► National Memorial for Abductees during Korean War There is also a national memorial hall that was established in memory of those who were kidnapped to North Korea during the Korean War. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.06.29Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi’s Proposal for Utilization of Former US Military Sites (180619-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In a recent report, the Gyeonggi Research Institute proposed the utilization of former US military sites in northern provincial regions for local economic advancement through the development of these sites as exchange bases between South Korea and North Korea. ► Former US Military Base, Uijeongbu City There are 51 sites in Gyeonggi Province which have been returned by the US military. The closure of these sites, combined with defense-related development restrictions, has caused serious hardships for local businesses. Provincial development plans for these areas, which were established in 2008, have done little to revive the local economy. ► Kim Seong-il / Resident Near Former US Military Site “Since no change in properties is permitted, we can’t shift to new businesses even if we want to. In fact, we have been in such despair for so long that we don’t even know what we want now.” This proposal includes legislation that permits development in areas around the returned US military sites. ► Transformation of Returned US Military Sites into Inter-Korean Exchange Bases Asserting that the returned US military sites should be developed as inter-Korean exchange and reunification bases, this proposal identifies 22 locations with high potential near the DMZ. ► Central Government-led Development Plans Suggested The proposal further suggests that special organizations be launched by the central government to pursue these initiatives. ► Jang Yun-bae / Research & Planning Director, Gyeonggi Research Institute “In order to realize development as national projects, it is necessary to have special organizations in place; a special task force to oversee project development and a national corporation to undertake project implementation.” Among the returned US military sites, the former Camp Greaves has been developed for defense tourism while the former Camp Kyle is currently being developed as a northern Gyeonggi administration town. Article 2. Suwon Stadium Features Korea World Cup Matches (180619-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With a 33-day international soccer drama currently unfolding at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Suwon World Cup Stadium has opened to the public for the viewing of matches featuring the Korean national team. The first such match drew over 8,000 spectators. ► Suwon World Cup Stadium (June 18) It’s three hours before the match between Korea and Sweden begins and spectators have already begun to enter the stadium. ► Eom Il-yong, Eom Tae-yun / Spectators from Osan City “I hope that my son will experience morale boosting by viewing this World Cup match and join in supporting our national team.” Before the match, the Suwon World Cup Stadium was transformed into a festival site with pop music performances and red uniforms worn by fans. ► Jang Mun-bok / Member of ‘Outsider’, Gyeonggi Province Public Relations Ambassador “The buzz of excitement was amazing. I could feel the energy of the players as well as the energy of supporters…” Waving national flags and balloon sticks, and with others sounding horns, all fans in the stadium cheer for the Korean team in unison as if they were part of the team. [Sync] “Dae-han-min-kuk! Dae-han-min-kuk! (Korea! Korea!)” Throughout the game, fans filled the stadium with cheers, surging from their seats at every exciting moment. Unfortunately, the Korean team lost the match. ► Lee Sa-ra, Kim Byeong-seok / Spectator from Suwon City “They did their best. I am still proud of them. I hope that they will win the next match.” This World Cup viewing event was organized jointly by Gyeonggi Province and the Suwon World Cup Stadium. ► Choi Ho-jin / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province PR Contents Team “We organized the event with a variety of accompanying artistic and music performances.” Viewing of World Cup matches will continue on June 24 and June 27 when the Korean team plays against the Mexican and German teams. Article 3. Gyeonggi Begins Online Overseas Job Information Service (0619-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, an online overseas employment information service opened for those seeking jobs overseas. The information covered by this service includes job fairs, overseas job training and volunteer work. ► Working Overseas Preferred by 90% of Job Seekers According to a joint survey by the Korea Trade Association and an employment portal, nine out of ten job-searching youths in Korea are positive about working overseas if such jobs offer good working conditions and career development opportunities. However, finding jobs overseas is a challenging task. ► Kim Jeong-hun / College Student Seeking Employment “It is not easy (to get information). I’ve had to rely on personal advice from older graduates. It is difficult to prepare (for job applications) without knowing what the personnel requirements are and how to meet employers.” ► Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Opens Online Overseas Employment Information Service This online overseas employment information service was launched by the Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation. ► Employment Support Platform, Jobaba (www.JOBaba.net) This service can be accessed via the online employment support platform Jobaba (잡아바), which is operated by the foundation. Information includes comprehensively structured coverage regarding overseas job vacancies and volunteer work as well as related employment education and support programs currently available. ► Kim Seon-yeong / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation Contents Management Team “Youths seeking overseas jobs are experiencing great difficulties finding necessary information. We help them to effectively prepare for employment by providing easy access to necessary information.” On the Jobaba (잡아바) website, overseas employment information can be found in the new Special Theme section. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Supply 42,000 Rental Housing Units This Year (180620-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced general housing plans that include the supply of 42,000 public rental housing units to families without homes this year. The tenants from low income brackets will also be entitled to expanded housing rental and repair support. The number of rental housing units to be supplied this year is approximately 1,000 units greater than last year. ► 29,000 New & 13,000 Existing Housing Units These housing units consist of 29,000 newly constructed units in publicly planned residential complexes for monthly rental and 13,000 existing units for purchase or lease. ► Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Housing Policy Team “These rental housing supply plans were established based on how much we can accomplish through this year’s housing projects. These plans target those living without homes and those in low income brackets” ► 176,000 Households to Benefit This year’s provincial housing support targets 176,000 households, a 2.5 percent increase from last year. Among related budgets, housing payment support comprises the greatest portion. ► Average Monthly Rental Support: KRW 135,000 Housing payments include average monthly rental support of KRW 135,000 per household and housing repair support of up to KRW 10 million for those living in substandard homes. ► Rent Deposit Support Available to Living Cost Support Recipients Recipients of rent deposit support, which was introduced last year, have been expanded to include all households receiving living cost support. ► Housing Improvement Support for Individuals with Limited Capabilities Housing support also includes housing improvement support for more than 600 homes of individuals with limited capabilities including those with disabilities. In addition, Gyeonggi Province will work with residents at 190 aging small housing complexes and the central government to realize housing safety and stability in the province. Article 5. Mobile Trauma Counseling Launched for Gyeonggi Firefighters (180619-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Witnessing gruesome scenes on a daily basis, seven out of ten firefighters are known to be suffering from some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder. To help address such suffering, Gyeonggi Province launched the ‘119 Healing Car’ service, the first visiting trauma counseling service for firefighters in Korea. ► Choi Go-ya / Firefighter, Uijepongbu Fire Station Choi (최고야) has been tormented by memories of the grim experiences he has had while working as a firefighter over the past two years. However, he feels better after being visited by a 119 Healing Car and receiving psychological counseling. ► Choi Go-ya / Firefighter, 119 Healing Car Service Recipient “I sought help for my traumatic stress but didn’t get any better. However, they came to visit me and gave me much needed counseling…” ► Psychological Counseling and Health Checkups In addition to psychological counseling, the 119 Healing Car service also provides health checkups and a massage service. ► First Visiting Psychological Counseling Services for Firefighters in Korea Staffed by firefighters who have psychological counseling licenses, the 119 Healing Car, the first of its kind in Korea, began operation in Gyeonggi Province. ► Fire Stations and General Hospitals This mobile counseling service vehicle visits firefighters at fire stations and general hospitals. ► Heo Beom-seong / Chief Official, Gyeonggi Province Northern Fire & Disaster Headquarters Health & Safety Team “A large number of firefighters have PTSD. The 119 Healing Car will visit them and help them restore peace of mind and recover their mental health.” The 119 Healing Car service can even be extended to taking subject firefighters to healing programs offered at forest retreats. This mobile service will provide firefighters with effective mental healing and resting opportunities. Article 6. ‘Technical Schools of Life’ for Retirees in Gyeonggi Province (180620-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating education programs for adults who seek to start the second phase of their lives with new skills. Titled ‘Technical School of Life,’ these programs are popular among mature, retired individuals. ► Dog Grooming School, Seongnam City Most students at this dog grooming school are in their 50s and 60s. [Sync] “Help me!” (Mimicking Voice of Instructor) This school was opened recently by Gyeonggi Province for mature adults who aspire to become dog groomers, an increasingly popular profession. Preparing for their new lives in earnest, students intently hone their skills with scissors. ► Choi Ok-I (Aged 59) / Dog Grooming School Student from Yongin City “I am turning 60. That means I am at the beginning of the second act of my life. I hope that, through this training, I will be able to open a new business and make money.” ► Cooking School, Ansan University, Ansan City This cooking school is also filled with silver-haired men and women. Opened in a university classroom, this school is one of Gyeonggi Province’s Technical Schools of Life and offers free cooking classes in fusion cuisine using traditional Korean sauces. ► Choi Chung-gyu (Aged 62) / Fusion Cooking School Student from Siheung City “This school is wonderful because the cooking courses are free of charge and based primarily on practice. You can also receive business startup education and consultation at the end of the course.” ► Technical School of Life The Technical School of Life covers subjects that retirees can use for business startups or new employment. ► Approx. 700 Retirees Participate in Current School Term In the current school term, approximately 700 retirees are participating in a variety of technical training courses. ► Technical Courses Suitable for New Careers Education subjects range widely from wallpapering and carpentry to financial management, which are useful skills with which to start new careers. ► Choi Min-sik / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Lifelong Education Support Team “Last year’s courses were primarily subjects for men such as wallpapering, electric work and tiling. However, courses are more diverse this year and include such subjects as dog grooming and side dish preparation.” Courses are currently being held at six locations and will be expanded next year. Each course offers weekday, weekend, and evening class options. Article 7. Gyeonggi to Expand Bus Seat Reservation System (180621-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In Gyeonggi Province, a bus seat reservation tem has been in operation on some inter-city bus and M-bus routes. From June, this tem will be expanded to more bus routes. ► Jeong Da-yan / College Student For Jeong (정다얀), a college student, commuting to school in Seoul by bus is no longer a formidable task. Every morning before he leaves for school, he reserves a seat on the bus he uses. ► Jeong Da-yan / Bus Seat Reservation System User “With many commuters using buses in the morning, I’ve often had to travel standing. However, since I began using the (bus seat reservation) tem, I am guaranteed a seat and no longer worry about being late for school.” ► Intercity Bus & M-Bus Seat Reservation System Introduced on limited inter-city bus and M-bus routes last year, the bus seat reservation tem enables users to reserve their seats on a bus on selected routes, at selected stops, and at selected times. This tem reduces the waiting time while dispersing bus users over a wider time range. ► System Expanded to 13 Routes The seat reservation tem, which has been operating on a trial basis, will now be expanded to 13 routes. [CG] Expansion will be implemented in phases starting with routes 8201 and M4101 on June 25 and on three more routes in July ► Kim Nam-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning Bus Policy Team “The expansion of the bus seat reservation tem will help reduce inconvenience in bus use by reducing waiting time as well as the number of passengers who travel in opposite directions to secure seats.” The Gyeonggi Province bus seat reservation tem can be accessed via a mobile application or through the service website. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.06.21Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Farm Weddings Gaining Popularity in Gyeonggi Province (180611-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With more Korean couples now opting to have economical yet memorable wedding ceremonies, scenic farmland in Gyeonggi Province is being offered for such purposes. These farm wedding services have been realized through provincial support under the Farm Share Program. ► 20th Wedding Anniversary Party at Orchard, Yeonju City Today, this orchard was transformed into a venue for Mr. and Mrs. Lee’s 20th wedding anniversary party with a beautiful outdoor chandelier over a table and a few close relatives. This special family event began with the couple reading heartwarming letters to each other and a song performed by their son. ► Kim Su-jeong, Lee Cheol-jae / Farm Wedding Service Users “We wanted to spend our wedding anniversary in a simple but entertaining and relaxed setting. Here, we could do just that and had a wonderful and memorable time.” ► Farm Wedding Services Using Surplus Farmland Launched by Gyeonggi Province this year on a trial basis, the Farm Share Program, which is also in line with province’s shared economy policies, helps generate extra income for participating farmers through the combination of surplus farmland with cultural contents. ► Lee Tae-hyeop / Orchard Farmer, Farm Share Program Participant “Farmers often seek to diversify in food processing and services as well as in experiential programs when farming does not generate sustainable income. This program also helps farmers with agricultural products sales…” While providing beautiful settings for important personal events including weddings for urbanites, this orchard also offers free use of decorative items and a flower arrangement workshop, as well as attire necessary for the events. ► Han Tae-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province New Growth Agriculture Team “The cultural needs of the public are satisfied by utilizing rural culture as well as the beauty of rural environments…” ► Applications: Farming Fund Website (http://farmingfund.co.kr) Applications for farm weddings are being received via the website of Farming Fund, a Farm Share Program coordinator. Article 2. Old Buildings in Gyeonggi Subject to Safety Inspections (180612-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last month, a small old commercial building collapsed in Seoul. Investigators from police and fire agencies suspect that the deterioration of the building may have been the cause of collapse. Following this incident, Gyeonggi Province began safety inspections of aging buildings in the province. ► Multi-housing Units, Anyang City Constructed in 1980s, these two-story multi-housing structures received a safety grade of D in 2004, which means that they required immediate repair and reinforcement work for continued human habitation. Inspectors from the Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters found a 0.1-millimeter wide crack that runs all the way from the floor to the ceiling in a staircase that leads to the second floor. [Sync] “This crack reduces tolerance and can lead to the collapse of the building.” Other residential buildings that received safety grade assessments of D exhibited similar defects. One building had a large gap around the entranceway as the cement wall around it has been eroded by rainwater. The fact that most aging buildings are small multi-housing structures without building management makes building maintenance non-existent. ► Local Resident “That building has been empty and deserted for a long time because there is no guarantee that it won’t collapse. No one knows when it will, do they?” ► Emergency Aging Building Safety Inspections The Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters identified buildings at more serious risk among aging buildings in the province and began safety inspections of these buildings. Those buildings found to be unsafe will be subject to orders for remedial actions. ► Lee Sang-wuk / Chief Inspector, Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters Mobile Inspection Team 1 “…when disaster risk factors are identified, we will ensure that such risk factors are eliminated through repair and reinforcement work before the arrival of the monsoon season…” In the meantime, Gyeonggi Province will seek ways in which to raise necessary funds through dialogues with the central and local governments. Article 3. Gyeonggi Institute Launches Free Rice Bakery Startup Education (180611-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services has developed recipes for rice cookies and breads and launched a free education program to share these techniques with those aspiring to open rice bakeries. ► Rice Bakery, Pyeongtaek City All the appetizing breads on display at this bakery have been made with rice. Rice breads are also ideal for breakfast. ► Ham Yeong-sun / Rice Bakery Customer from Hwaseong City “I have noticed differences between rice breads and wheat breads. To me, rice breads seem to be more easily digestible, so I eat them often as a substitute for steamed rice. My children like them, too.” Word spread quickly about the enjoyable texture, high fiber content and easy digestibility of rice breads. Within only 7 months of its opening, this bakery has had sales of over KRW 100 million and opened its third shop. ► Ra Hyeon-suk / Rice Bakery Proprietor “These breads were made with Chamdream Gyeonggi 5 rice developed by the Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services. Since we only use the fine flour of fresh rice, the breads are fresh and easily digestible.” ► Rice Bakery Startup Education Rice bakery startup education is provided as part of the institute’s rice consumption promotion efforts. ► Baking Technique and Bakery Startup Education Provided Free of Charge The free 2-month education program covers rice baking techniques as well as bakery startups. ► Choi So-yeong / Deputy Director, Living Technology Team, GARES “…to promote rice consumption and help farmers increase income by increasing added value to rice, and to help create jobs through bakery business startups…” The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services encourages anyone interested in opening a rice bakery to participate in its education program. Article 4. Job Development Program for Individuals with Developmental Disorders (180612-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a job development program for individuals with developmental disorders. This program consists of customized job training and employment placement at hospitals and welfare facilities. ► Yun Ji-ho / Former Job Development Program Participant Yun (윤지호), a former job development program participant with a 2nd-degree developmental disorder, now works at a general hospital maintaining personal aid equipment such as wheelchairs and strollers. ► Yun Ji-ho / Patient Self-transport Equipment Maintenance Worker “I enjoy coming to the hospital and doing assembling and cleaning work.” ► Personal Aid Maintenance Job Development Program Officially termed the Personal Aid Maintenance Job Development Program, this program helped Yun find employment. ► Customized Job Training for Individuals Aged 18 to 35 with Developmental Disorders In this program, which is available to individuals 18 to 35 years of age with developmental disorders, participants are provided with customized job training at work sites before being employed at personal aid equipment-related facilities. ► Personal Aid Maintenance Job Development Program Graduation (June 8) To date, 19 graduates have succeeded in finding employment since the program was introduced in 2016. ► Ham Jin-hyeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Welfare and Employment Team “When individuals with disabilities reach adulthood, many welfare services become no longer available, causing them to face difficulties in living. The purpose of this program is to help such individuals gain independence through training for jobs that they can perform.” There are also other employment support programs currently being operated by Gyeonggi Province for individuals with disabilities including the Disabled Employment Support Program, the Care Worker Assistant Job Program and other vocational training programs. Article 5. Former US Military Camp near DMZ Opens for Cultural Activities (180614-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As if reflecting the mood of peace that recently developed on the Korean Peninsula, a former US military camp near the demilitarized zone was transformed into a venue for diverse cultural events. ► Camp Greaves DMZ Stop-for-Peace Street Performances (June 9) Since the departure of US military personnel in 2004, Camp Greaves has typified every image of a deserted site. However, it is now filled with bright-faced visitors who are enjoying a magic show. ► Choi Seon-eon / Magic Show Attendee “It was a noble experience to be able to enjoy performances in at a special place such as here near the DMZ. I hope that there will come a time when free cultural exchanges between the two Koreas are realized…” ► Cultural and Art Performance on Every Weekends until October A number of street artists will appear at Camp Greaves every weekend until October. Performances will take place at various locations within the camp and include Korean modern and classical music and dancing as well as street plays. ► GTV Reporter Kim Tae-hui “This is the only former US military installation above the Civilian Control Line that has been returned to Korea. This military camp, which used to be a symbol of military confrontation, has now been reborn as a site of cultural and artistic activities. A total of ten artistic teams have been selected to perform at the camp this year. ► Cho Jang-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Policy Team “We launched this program to utilize Camp Greaves as a place in which everyone can appreciate cultural performances. We will continue our efforts to stage different cultural programs at Camp Greaves.” ► Shuttle Bus Operation between Imjingak and Camp Greaves Every weekend during the entire performance period, a shuttle bus service will be available free of charge between Imjingak (임진각) and Camp Greaves to help more visitors access the camp. Article 6. Gyeonggi Lifelong Education Website Opens 10 Leisure Classes (0614-1) [Anchor’s Headline] G-Seek, the lifelong education website of Gyeonggi Province, recently opened a variety of new courses in leisure fields including guitar, fishing, calligraphy and even the game Go. GTV examined the details. With more than 340,000 subscribers, all G-Seek education courses are provided free of charge. ► Leisure Classes Open via Gyeonggi Lifelong Education Website, G-Seek A total of ten leisure subjects have been selected by Gyeonggi Province as recommended leisure studies. [Sync] “When you are finished playing, unwind the strings like this. Since the tension in the strings is equivalent to 70 kg of weight, you don’t want your guitar to keep bearing that stress unnecessarily.” ► ‘Guitar for Beginners’ If you want to be able to play at least one musical instrument, the ‘Guitar for Beginners’ course will guide you from the very beginning through to playing chords. Music courses also include music composition as well as hip-hop music that you can learn with J’Kyun (제이켠), a popular hip-hop musician. ► Outdoor Leisure Courses: Cycling, Fishing, Photography Among outdoor leisure subjects, a cycling course teaches detailed techniques while photography classes include instructions and practice. A fishing course is more popular among middle-aged men. ► Calligraphy, Drawing, Crochet, Go Indoor leisure classes include calligraphy, drawing, crochet and Go. ► Lee Sun-neum / Director, Gyeonggi Province Education Policy Division “With our life expectancy approaching 100 years, please do continue to study anything you want by joining our education programs which cover a wide range of subjects from foreign languages to leisure.” All that is required is membership, and then you can access any education course you like free of charge. Article 7. Gyeonggi Warns of Tick Bites Outdoors (180614-2) [Anchor’s Headline] There are an increasing number of reports about tick bites in Korea including a recent fatality. Since there is no vaccine or accepted treatment for tick bites, one should be careful to avoid ticks when outdoors. ► Hard Tic (Family Ixodidae) Among tick families, hard ticks are potential killers. They become active from April or May. ► Severe Febrile Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) Ticks cause a viral disease known as SFTS. Symptoms include high fever and a decreased platelet level in one’s blood. To avoid ticks, one should avoid direct contact with bushes and grasses while engaging in outdoor activities. ► Lee Byeong-gwon / Suwon City Resident “Since both tick larvae and adults are harmful to us, I don’t sit on the lawn without a mat or …” ► Symptoms > Early Symptoms Similar to Common Cold: Coughing, Fever > Vomiting, Diarrhea, Hemorrhage Those affected will develop cold-like symptoms including coughing and a fever after a latent period of one to two weeks. Later symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and hemorrhaging. Children and seniors who have low immunities are especially vulnerable to tick diseases. ► Kim Jeong-yeon M.D. / Infectious Disease Dep’t, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Suwon Hospital “Fatalities are still high since we can only provide conservative treatment. Reported fatalities are higher among seniors with existing chronic diseases.” ► Tick Infections in Gyeonggi Province Increased after 2013 No tick infection case was reported in Gyeonggi Province in 2013. However, the number of cases has since been increasing rapidly, with 17 cases recorded last year. This year, the first related fatality in the province occurred in Yanpyeong (양평) County on June 8, one month earlier than last year. ► Cho Jeong-ok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Infectious Disease Management Division “This year, 3 cases were reported during the month of May. We have already had a fatality, and so we need to be extra alert.” The best way to prevent tick infections is to avoid being bitten by ticks. Minimize skin exposure when engaging in outdoor activities and wash clothes and mats immediately afterwards. Tick repellent spray may be helpful. If the location of a tick bite develops crust or suspicious changes, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.