Weekly English news | 2018.06.14Greetings, 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 Job Search Cost Support Proves Effective (180604-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A job search cost support program launched a year ago for youths in Gyeonggi Province has since benefited more than 7,400 individuals. This program garnered a high satisfaction rating among its surveyed beneficiaries with approximately one third of them having succeeded in finding employment. ► Gye Yun-jin / Job Searcher, Guri City Since last month, Gye (계윤진), a 26-year-old college graduate, has been receiving job search cost support from Gyeonggi Province. This support enabled him to quit his temporary job and concentrate on preparing himself for job applications through such efforts as studying English. ► Gye Yun-jin / Gyeonggi Province Job Search Cost Support Recipient “Since I am now able to concentrate on preparing myself for pre-employment tests, I feel more confident that I will soon be able to find a job.” Jang (장하영), another job search cost support recipient, has actually succeeded in finding employment. He is especially satisfied with the one-on-one employment consultation services provided in tandem with this support. ► Jang Ha-yeong / Gyeonggi Province Job Search Cost Support Recipient “I have felt all along that I had someone on my side, guiding me, instead of struggling to do everything on my own.” Gyeonggi Province’s job search cost support program was launched in May last year. ► 7,400+ Youths Benefited This support program helps its beneficiaries begin job searching immediately without having to earn money for that purpose. In this regard, the program received a high satisfaction rating of 94 points out of 100 on average in a survey of support recipients. ► 32% of Support Recipients Succeed in Finding Employment Three out of every 10 support recipients have actually succeeded in finding employment to date. ► Song Eun-sil / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Employment Mismatch Measures Team “The employment rate (of support recipients in Gyeonggi Province) is more than twice as high as that of other autonomous bodies. Such a high success rate can be attributed to the sense of comfort that the beneficiaries felt.” The job search cost support program of Gyeonggi Province is clearing the way for youths to join the workforce. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Introduce Community Bookshop Certification System (0605-1) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Gyeonggi Province introduced the Community Bookshop certification tem so as to help private offline bookshops improve their competitiveness. These conventional bookshops have been losing ground to large franchise bookshops and online stores. ► Daedong Bookshop, Ansan City For the past thirty years, this café-style bookshop has enjoyed the patronage of local residents who came here to read books in a comfortable atmosphere. ► Je Ok-hwa / Ansan City Resident “I walk here from home as exercise. When I enter the shop and open a book, I feel eyes light up.” Also serving light refreshments, this bookshop is a popular destination among local community members. However, despite the added features that aim to attract customers and reflect its struggle to survive, the sales of this bookshop have dropped to half the level of only five years ago. ► Choi Chang-gyu / Proprietor, Daedong Bookshop “We simply can’t fight anymore. Unable to survive the competition individually, most private bookshops in local communities are bound to go extinct in the end.” ► Daedong Bookshop (June 4) Gyeonggi Province Community Bookshop Certification Plaque This bookshop recently received Community Bookshop certification. In addition to certification, Community Bookshops also receive additional benefits from Gyeonggi Province. ► Certified Community Bookshops Entitled to Priority Treatment in Provincial Book-related Projects These benefits are provided in the form of points that entitle them to priority treatment when they participate in provincial book-related promotional programs. ► Acting Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-yul “Bookshops play an important role in local communities. Gyeonggi Province will provide extensive support so as to promote local community bookshops.” Out of 183 bookshops that submitted certification applications, accounting for 66% of all private offline bookshops in the province, 169 were awarded certification. Article 3. 6 Northern Gyeonggi Railroad Projects to be Completed Soon (180605-2) [Anchor’s Headline] From next year until 2024, six current railroad construction projects in northern Gyeonggi Province are expected to see completion and open one after another as scheduled. ► Two Rail Lines to Open in 2019 Gyeongwon Line: Dongducheon - Yeoncheon Subway Line 4 Extension: Danggogae Station, Seoul – Jinjeop, Namyangju With these new rail lines, the railroad network in northern Gyeonggi regions will be significantly expanded. [Caption] The Gyeongwon (경원) Line section between Dongducheon (동두천) and Yeoncheon (연천) is expected to open next year after five years of construction work. Subway Line extension 4 to Namyangju (남양주) will also open during this time. [CG] The section between Goyang (고양) and Gimpo (김포) is expected to be completed in two years, while the extension of Subway Line 8 from Amsa-dong (암사동) in Seoul to Byeolnae-dong (별내동) in Namyangju (남양주) will open in 2022. ► Yu Tae-yeong / Seongnam City Resident “I often gave up traveling to certain destinations such as Ilsan for fear of heavy traffic. I think the traffic situation will get better (when these rail lines open).” ► GTX A Line between Paju and Seoul to Open in 2024 The work on GTX A Line between Paju (파주) and Seoul as well as on the line between Dobong-dong (도봉동) in Seoul and Yangju (양주) will soon commence with completion slated for 2024. ► Hong Ji-seon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Railroad Bureau “We expect that traffic situation will improve significantly for both commuters and general travelers” When all six of these rail lines are completed, the average travel time between Seoul and northern Gyeonggi regions is expected to decrease by more than 20 minutes. Article 4. Abnormal Temperatures Cause Planting Confusion for Korean Farmers (180604-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Korea saw a shorter spring and the early arrival of summer. Frequent climatic anomalies such as this are causing confusion among farmers regarding the timing of planting, which is especially important at this time of year. ► Kim Dae-sik / Rice Farmer, Ansan City Kim (김대식) is a veteran rice farmer with more than 40 years of experience. However, he planted rice five days earlier than usual, assuming that summer will arrive sooner this year when a heat wave occurred early in May ► Kim Dae-sik / Rice Farmer “I’ve been growing rice for more than 40 years. Since summer has been arriving sooner in recent years, we have become rushed and feel compelled to plant rice early.” Rice farmers like Kim are deeply concerned that they might have been too hasty. Accurate timing of planting is critical for the growth of rice as well as for its production quantity and quality. ► 98% of Gyeonggi Rice Farms Completed Planting by End of May Driven by such haste, planting was completed on 98 percent of rice farms in Gyeonggi Province by the end of May. However, a Gyeonggi provincial agricultural institute warns that the accurate timing of planting depends on regional locations and crop types. [CG] In Gyeonggi Province, depending on rice breeds, the best planting time fell between the middle of May and June 10. However, beans should now be sown without delay. ► Late Bean Planting Can Decrease Production If the sowing time is missed, beans may fail to fully ripen and the harvest will be significantly reduced. [CG] The best bean sowing period in Gyeonggi Province is from June 1 to 20. ► Choi Byeong-yeol / Crop Breeding Team, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “Research results indicate that the best rice planting and bean sowing times fall later, not earlier, this year, within a period from middle of May to early June.” Farming schedule guidance is currently being provided by local agricultural technology centers. Article 5. Gyeonggi to Ensure Water Quality at Water Recreation Facilities (180605-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to conduct intensive water quality inspections so as to protect the health of residents, especially children, who enjoy water parks and fountains. ► Pyeongchon Central Park Fountains like this one in a downtown park are crowded with children running through or even lying down under cool water sprays during the summer. ► Jeong He-in, Park Se-eun / Visitors from Gunpo City “Since temperatures rose suddenly, we have been coming here often with children. They love to play in the cool fountain.” However, chemicals and pathogens in landscaping water can come into contact with skin or enter the body through the mouth and nose. ► 360 Water Landscapes Exist in Gyeonggi Province There are more than 360 water recreation facilities in Gyeonggi Province alone. ► Entertainment Water Quality Inspections All these facilities, including private facilities, will be subject to water quality inspections. ► Comprehensive Water Quality to Be Examined Inspections of water quality – including acidity, clarity and residual chlorine – will be performed on an on-going basis until August in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and local governments. ► Beom Yeong-hyu / Chief Official, Regional Management Team, Gyeonggi Province Water Source Headquarters “The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that children can play at water recreation facilities safely and to prevent facility-related accidents in advance.” Those facilities with floating objects will be directed to undertake cleanups while those in violation of water quality standards will receive fines as well as operation suspensions and orders for remedial actions. Article 6. Free Public Water Parks Open Early in Gyeonggi Province (180607-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A number of free public water parks operated by local governments opened early in Gyeonggi Province. Located primarily in city centers, these water parks are popular summer destinations close to homes. ► Water Park at Yakdaeul Sports Park, Namyangju City This water park in downtown Namyangju (남양주) City offers a wonderful oasis from the heat during the summer. It features a complex fountain with jets of water that dance to music as well as an artificial waterfall under which families enjoy bathing. ► Kim Seong-jin, Kim Ji-a, Kim Ji-u / Local Family “I came here with my children. This water park – and its water – is very clean and features a variety of facilities. Our children have a wonderful time playing at these facilities.” This year, this water park opened almost one month earlier than in previous years. ► Open 10:30 am - 5:00 pm on Weekdays (Except Mondays) This water park is open from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays except Mondays. ► Water Park at Nakyang Mulsarang Park, Uijeongbu City Also located in a city center, this water park features a variety of water entertainment facilities including a water slide. It is especially popular among local children who come in groups. ► Le El-la, Lee Song-I / Local Children “We had great fun on the water slide.” ► 15 Water Recreation Facilities Offering 15 different water recreation facilities, this water park is operated by Uijeongbu (의정부) City. It will operate until August. ► Open 10 am - 5 pm on Weekdays This admission-free water park operates from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. ► Han Yong-min / Uijeongbu City Water Quality Management Team Official “The water park in Nakyang Mulsarang Park is operated by Uijeongbu City admission free. Children and adults are welcome here to have lots of fun and enjoy a refreshing day.” There are also 22 other publicly operated, admission-free water parks in Gyeonggi Province that opened on June 9. Article 7. Gyeonggi Shaman Dance Designated as Intangible Cultural Asset (180607-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, a shamanistic ritual dance for peace, titled ‘Sinawi (시나위)’ Dance, was designated as a Gyeonggi Provincial Intangible Cultural Asset. ► Gyeonggi Dodangut Sinawi Dance The Sinawi (시나위) Dance is a shamanistic dance performed at rituals that took place in the villages to invoke good fortune. A legacy of Gyeonggi Province, this dance consists of seven component dances. ► Bujeongnori Dance The first is performed by a dancer who wears a red hat and frightens evil spirits away using a fan and bells. ► Dosalpuri Dance The last dance is an exorcism performed by a group of dancers holding long scarves. The Sinawi (시나위) Dance has a characteristic style unique to Gyeonggi Province. ► Lee Jeong-hui / Head of Gyeonggi Dodanggut Sinawi Dance Successor Organization “The rhythm of this shamanistic dance induces a spiritual state among the dancers. Thus it is recognized as a shamanistic dance even to the eyes of ordinary people. That is why this dance is very difficult to perform…” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Intangible Cultural Asset #64 The successor of the Sinawi (시나위) Dance was also officially assigned to a traditional dance preservation organization. ► Oh Who-seok / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Culture, Sports & Tourism Bureau “Gyeonggi Provincial Intangible Cultural Asset designation of this dance was based on the excellence with which it conveys the tradition, history, local culture and art of Gyeonggi Province.” With this addition, Gyeonggi Province now has 68 intangible cultural assets. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.06.07Greetings, 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 Rural Relocation Training Helps Country Life Seekers (180529-2) [Anchor’s Headline] One out of every three people who sought a rural life and received relocation training at a Gyeonggi provincial institute has actually relocated to rural communities. ► Hong Seung-han / Yangpyeong City Resident After receiving this training, Hong (홍승한), who had been a city dweller his entire life, chose a village in Yangpyeong (양평) County for his new rural life. He is optimistic as he now waits for the first harvest from the blueberry trees that he planted on a hillside. ► Hong Seung-han / Graduate of Gyeonggi Province Rural Relocation Training “It’s better to face challenges head on than to keep thinking. This realization led me to decide to make the move no matter what.” ► 30% of Rural Relocation Trainees Relocate to Rural Areas It was revealed that approximately 30 percent of these trainees have actually left their urban lives and made new homes in rural areas. [CG] More than half of these individuals are running vegetable farms or orchards, with twice as many males as females relocating. [CG] Gyeonggi Province was the most favored destination for relocation, followed by South Cheolla (전라) Province and South Chungcheong (충청) Province. ► Park yang-eun / Agricultural Education Team, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services “This training is not limited to education, but also expands to linking with farmhouses and additional support for successful rural settlement.” Among those who have not yet relocated to rural areas, 42 percent have stated that they are still preparing and plan to do so within two or three years. Article 2. Gyeonggi Promotes Small Business Franchising (180530-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently launched a franchising promotion program for small businesses and social economy enterprises. Taking advantage of the marketing convenience of franchises, these businesses will be organized as a combination of a franchise and cooperative. ► Franchise Restaurant, Suwon City Within six month of its opening, this franchise barbeque restaurant has achieved stable customer numbers and monthly sales. Such success is primarily due to its affiliation to a franchise cooperative that enables it to purchase quality meat at low prices. ► Lee Yong-ae / Proprietor, Barbeque Restaurant “We can secure quality meat at minimum costs, which enables us to serve our customers better with good meat and low prices…” Since franchise affiliates are also members of their cooperative, proprietors of the franchise businesses have a say in the management of the franchise cooperative, share central office profits and knowhow, and reduce operation costs. ► Jeong Chang-yun / Chairman, Franchise Cooperative “Year-end dividend amounts are determined by annual sales. This structure generates more profit as it is utilized more and creates a virtuous circle through competition.” Jeong’s statement provides a viable deion of a franchise cooperative. ► Combination of Franchise and Cooperative for Small Businesses and Social Economy Enterprises Gyeonggi Province plans to promote the franchise cooperatives initially among small businesses and social economy enterprises in the fields of sterilization and disease prevention as well as interior design and remodeling. ► Gwon Se-jin / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Support Center “The business activities of social economy enterprises and small businesses can be expanded through joint purchases, joint brand development, sustainability realization, and strengthened competitivity …” Based on an analysis of the results, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the program to other business fields. ► Enquires and Applications: Ddabok Community Support Center Webpage (www.ddabok.or.kr) Enquiries and applications can be directed to the Gyeonggi Province Ddabok (따복) Community Support Center website. Article 3. 119 Call Abuse Subject to Service Denial or Heavy Fines (0531-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A 119 caller who had been locked out of his home and demanded emergency services unlock his door while using abusive language and falsely claiming that his baby was alone inside was fined KRW 1 million. ► Gyeonggi Province General Disaster Control Center The officer who received the early morning call, which was made last month, denied the service since it was not an emergency. However, this individual called the 119 emergency number 11 times, even using different cell phones. [Sync] “… because I am locked out and I have a baby inside home” “Is there nobody home except a baby?” “Yes” “You mean you left home leaving the baby alone?” “It’s just that I locked the door using a wrong passcode and now I can’t open it…” After 40 minutes of pleading with the officer, this person began to use profanity. [Sync] “How dare you xxx talk like that to me.” The rescuers who finally arrived found that it was a false emergency. ► KRW 1 Million Penalty Charged This 119 call abuser was fined KRW 1 million according to rescue and relief laws. This was the first fine imposed based on the mobilization criteria for life and safety. ► Emergency Service Mobilization Criteria for Life & Safety In Gyeonggi Province, the related criteria have been applied since March at three levels: emergency, potential emergency and non-emergency. ► Emergency Service Mobilization Reduced by 24% As a result, the number of life and safety service mobilization cases has been reduced by 24 percent. ► Kim In-gyeom / Vice Chief, Response & Rescue Team, Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters “The implementation of the mobilization criteria for life and safety will help emergency services mobilize swiftly for real emergency sites and protect more lives and property.” Gyeonggi Province will improve emergency response capabilities while responding to non-emergency service requests using volunteer fire squads. Article 4. Gyeonggi to Nurture Docents for Documentary Festival (180531-3) [Anchor’s Headline] For the first time in Korea, Gyeonggi Province plans to train documentary docents. Also referred to as ‘docu docents’, these trainees will work as documentary guides for visitors to the DMZ International Documentary Festival organized by Gyeonggi Province. ► Documentary Screening at Duwon Technical University Paju Campus At a university theater, a documentary docent provides viewers with a brief explanation about the documentary to be screened as well as viewing points [Sync] “This documentary features North Korean defectors. However, the conflicts and ideological differences between the two Koreas are not in its foreground…” The introduction by the docent is followed by a screening of ‘Old Marine Boy’, the opening documentary at last year’s DMZ International Documentary Festival. Viewers later commented that this explanation helped them better appreciate the film. ► Go Eun-hye / Viewer at DMZ International Documentary Festival “It helped me concentrate on the film and better understand what the documentary conveys, which led me to better appreciate the film in general.” Docents are individuals who typically lead guided tours of museums and art galleries. The documentary docents introduced by Gyeonggi Province are the first of their kind in Korea. ► Docu Docent Docu docent services will draw more interest from viewers and help them better understand the documentaries. ► Seo Yong-wu / Executive Secretary, DMZ International Documentary Festival “We believe that docu docents will be helpful for those who seek to appreciate documentaries from a more intellectual perspective and that their services will help promote documentaries.” Docu docent training will begin in June. The first docu docents will appear at the DMZ International Documentary Festival that opens in September. Article 5. Gyeonggi Launches Heat Wave Measures (180529-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With temperatures rapidly rising, Gyeonggi Province has prepared and begun implementing heat wave measures. The implementation of these measures will continue until September [CG] The highest temperature in Gyeonggi Province in May was 30 degrees Celsius, 3 degrees higher than average. ► Senior welfare Center, Gwacheon City The air conditioning tem at this senior welfare center has already begun operating. ► Park Chun-geum (Aged 82) / Senior Welfare Center User, Gwacheon City “It’s already too hot to stay under the sun without risking heat stroke. Heat stroke can cause us to collapse, which is also dangerous.” The heat wave peak is expected to occur from late July until the middle of August this year. ► Gyeonggi Province Heat Wave Measure Gyeonggi Province has prepared comprehensive heat wave measures for implementation until September. ▶ 7,000 Heat Shelters More than 6,900 heat shelters with air conditioning tems will operate at various facilities including welfare centers and banks. ▶ 11,000+ Heat Wave Disaster Aides More than 11,000 heat wave disaster aides including senior assistants and nurses began visiting individuals in need of help during heat waves. ▶ 200+ Cool & Call Ambulances For the timely relief of hyperthermia patients, more than 200 Cool & Call Ambulances with emergency body temperature-reducing equipment will be mobilized. ► Seong Sang-hyeon / Natural Disaster Response Team Official, Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters “The average summer temperatures have been rising continuously, causing the frequency and intensity of heat waves to increase. Gyeonggi Province has prepared measures to respond to heat waves and alleviate related damage.” ► Cool & Call Ambulances On Call at 119 The Cool & Call ambulances can be summoned for hyperthermia patients by calling 119 emergency services. Article 6. Pot Hole Reporting and Repair Time to Improve in Gyeonggi (180530-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Pot holes, which exist on roads in various sizes and shapes, can be dangerous for drivers and vehicles. With the installation of a real-time pot hole reporting tem, pot hole reporting and repair will become much quicker in Gyeonggi Province. ► Road Surface, Uijeongbu City Some vehicles on a busy road suddenly rattle when they pass a certain spot in the middle of the road. The culprit is a pot hole that is not easily seen by drivers. ► GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “Deep pot holes such as this one can damage vehicles and also cause road accidents.” [CG] Last year, more than 400 cases of pot hole-related vehicle damage occurred in Gyeonggi Province, a more than 100-case increase over the previous year. ► Road Surface Damage Reporting and Repairing Time to Improve This new tem, which includes reporting by taxi drivers, will improve pot hole reporting and repair time in Gyeonggi Province. ► Park Mi-suk / Taxi Driver, Good Morning Gyeonggi Road Monitoring Corps “I have experienced my car being damaged (by pot holes). I can now help other drivers prevent accidents and …” Part of the tem is a group of taxi drivers who will monitor pot holes. ► Real-time Reporting by Good Morning Gyeonggi Road Monitoring Corps Titled Good Morning Gyeonggi Road Monitoring Corps, these drivers will now be able to report pot holes via a real-time reporting tem. ► Real-time Road Surface Damage Reporting Using Text Messages Through this tem, the details of road surface damage are reported to related officials via text messages. This method reduces report processing time, which currently takes three days. ► Yang Yeong-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Pavement Management Task Force “Road surface damage such as pot holes must be repaired quickly. This new tem will enable repair work to be performed in much shorter period time.” Gyeonggi Province will expand the coverage of Good Morning Gyeonggi Road Monitoring Corps to 20 cities and counties this year and to the entire province by next year. Article 7. Gyeonggi Begins Hygiene and Safety Inspections of Taxis (180531-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province began hygiene and safety inspections of all taxis including company taxis and privately operated taxis. Those found in violation of related laws will be subject to prescribed punishments. ► Taxi Stop, Suwon City This taxi stop is busy with people getting out of taxis and those waiting in line for their taxis to arrive. ► Bisan 3-dong, Anyang City At this taxi stop, a team of officials from Gyeonggi Province, local governments and the Taxi Cooperative discover that the hygiene and safety conditions of a large number of taxis are alarmingly poor. [Sync] “The emergency lamps must be kept off to prevent misjudgments by other drivers. If they are kept on, we will give the taxi driver an order to take a corrective action.” ► Interiors and Hygiene Inspected Inspections will focus on the interiors and hygiene of taxis including torn seat covers, dust, private items that occupy the interiors, and other items that may jeopardize the health of passengers. ► All Taxis in Gyeonggi Province to be Subject to Inspection Inspections will be performed on all taxis in the province over a four-month period until August. Those taxis drivers that refuse inspections will be subject to fines and suspension of their taxi licenses. ► Hwang Jae-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Taxi Service Support Team “We are performing these inspections so as to make taxi rides safe and clean for taxi users. I hope that these inspections will inspire taxi drivers to become more polite to passengers, to keep interiors clean and to drive the taxis more safely.” Taxi drivers who are found to have violated important hygiene and safety requirements will be subject to administrative punishments. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.06.01Greetings, 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. Open Cultural Arena Opens at Gyeonggi’s Cultural Center (180521-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A new cultural activity space available free of charge to the public recently opened at the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, a provincial creative cultural center located on a former campus of Seoul National University. ► Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus M3 Today, this place is a venue for Korean traditional music performances including a relay of gayageum (가야금) performances by different musicians. The gayageum is a Korean traditional string instrument with unique, beautiful tones. ► Ha Byeong-won / Spectator from Suwon City “It gave the audience an opportunity to appreciate Korean classical music presented in a different way and in a difference space than usual, as if it was an experimental event.” This 2-story cultural facility, named ‘M3’, was established on the former College of Agriculture & Life Science campus of Seoul National University. ► Open Cultural Arena Also referred to as an ‘open cultural arena’, M3 is available for free use by artists and offers free admission to the public ► Park Gyeong-so / Gayageum Player "This place enables me to discover new ideas through experiments and experiences. It is like a free escape route…” This site itself is an experimental space that can become a gallery or a concert hall depending on who its users are. ► Bae Nam-wu / Project manager, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “This place is freely available for use in any way you like. Users can create their own contents here…” M3 will be available for a variety of cultural activities including exhibitions and performances free of charge. Detailed information can be obtained from the Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus website. Article 2. Improper Hospital Waste Disposal Exposed in Gyeonggi (180521-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Recently, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police uncovered hospitals that did not observe proper disposal procedures for medical waste such as used syringes and soiled diapers that can be tainted with infectious pathogens. ► Animal Hospital, Gwangmyeong City At this animal hospital, an endless array of medical waste items such as bloodstained gauze, medical scissors, and syringes were found in pay-as-you-throw trash bags. [Sync] “Have pay-as-you-throw trash bags been used (for medical waste) continuously for the past two years here?” “As far as know, yes.” ► Animal Hospital, Hwaseong City At another animal hospital, the pay-as-you-throw trash bags, which are for ordinary trash, contained blood-soaked cotton, fluid tubes, and syringes filled with bloody discharge haphazardly mixed with ordinary trash. ► Convalescence Hospital, Yangju City A similar situation was observed at convalescence hospitals such as this one which had disposed of a large quantity of soiled diapers using pay-as-you-throw trash bags. [Sync] “You said these disposable diapers had been used by patients?” “Yes, I did.” ► Large Number of Waste Control Law Violators Uncovered in Gyeonggi These hospitals are among a large number of such facilities in Gyeonggi Province that have recently been exposed in violation of waste control laws. ► 84 Convalescence Hospitals and Animal Hospitals A total of 84 convalescence hospitals and animal hospitals were apprehended for failing to observe proper medical waste disposal processes. ► Cha Hyeon-wu / Director, Uijeongbu Center, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “Moral laxity driven by the need to reduce medical waste disposal costs and a lack of understanding of proper medical waste disposal procedures and control standards have caused…” Of those apprehended, 27 will be subject to criminal charges and the rest will receive administrative punishments. Article 3. Hangul Exhibition at Yeoju International Life Ceramics Museum (0523-3) [Anchor’s Headline] This year marks the 600th anniversary of the coronation of King Sejong (세종) of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty, the inventor of the Korean alphabet known as Hangeul (한글). To commemorate the occasion, a Hangeul (한글) exhibition opened at the Yeoju (여주) International Life Ceramics Museum. ► Yeoju International Life Ceramics Museum (Until December 31) ‘Hangeul, a New Perspective’ Exhibition Hangeul is regarded as being exemplary both in its forms and in the application of its modified forms. Such manifestations can now be appreciated in ceramic art. ► Hangeul Espresso by Kim Sam-hyeon The consonants of Hangeul make an interesting ornamental pattern on the handle of this coffee cup. ► White Ceramic with Overlapping Inions by Jeon Seong-geun This white ceramic artwork bears overlapping Hangeul inions that can be used as a word search puzzle or appreciated as geometric art. ► Park Gyeong-ok / Viewer from Gwangju City “At first, they seemed like traditional patterns. However, when I found that they were Hangeul, I was impressed by the versatility of our written language.” Hangeul is also used by designers to form patterns in fashion as well as in furniture found in our daily lives. ► ‘Hangeul, a New Perspective’ Exhibition Taking place in Yeoju (여주) City, the site of the royal tomb of King Sejong (세종), this Hangeul exhibition features dozens of art pieces created by nine artists who combined handicrafts, design and modern art with Hangeul. ► Kim Gwang-rae / Chief Official, Yeoju Ceramic World Team, Korea Ceramic Foundation “This exhibition conveys that Hangeul is not simply a means of communication but can also be used as a visual material with ample possibilities and emotional expressions” This exhibition is accompanied with a variety of entertaining Hangeul-related hands-on programs for visitors. Article 4. Gyeonggi Tourism Organization’s 10 Recommended Destinations (180524-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Tourism Organization announced this year’s 10 recommended tourist destinations in Gyeonggi Province. ► Anseong Farm Land Anseong (안성) Farm Land in Anseong City offers a variety of livestock farming experiences as well as entertaining programs. During an animal parade, visitors have great fun watching ducks, sheep and horses race in their own fashion. Entertaining programs include various experiential opportunities such as animal feeding and horseback riding. The green waves of a large rye field provide another spectacle to enjoy. ► Park Jong-hun / Visitor from Jinju City, South Gyeongsang Province “This place has nice walkways good for strolling with my children. They love animal feeding more than anything.” ► Uiwang Rail Park The Uiwang (의왕) rail park with a scenic lake in the background features a variety of leisure facilities including a zipline upon which users can glide as well as rail bikes that run around the lake. ► Gil Min-a / Visitor from Yongin City “It is nice to come out here away from the concrete jungle for a change. This place is not even far from where I live.” ► Gimpo Ara Marina, Gimpo City (May 24 – 27) 2018 Korea International Boat Show From May 24 to 27, the Korea International Boat Show took place at Gimpo (김포) Ara Marina. Visitors to this event could experience a large variety of marine leisure sports. Other tourist destinations recommended by the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization include an exhibition held to commemorate a millennium of the name Gyeonggi, the Jeongok (전곡) prehistoric site, and a cultural forest garden in Paju (파주) City. ► Park Dae-dong / Chief Official, Domestic Marketing Team, Gyeonggi Tourism Organization “We selected (these sites) based on an assessment of their local characteristics, marketability and tourism potential. You can experience the forests, nature, history and culture of Gyeonggi Province at these sites.” ► Gyeonggi Tourism Organization (www.ggtour.or.kr) Detailed information about this year’s recommended tourist destinations in Gyeonggi Province can be obtained from the website of the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization. Article 5. Blockchain Education Facility Established in Gyeonggi (180524-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Korea’s first education institute specializing in blockchain, a secure record management technology, was established in Gyeonggi Province. There was previously no facility that offered theoretical or practical education about blockchain technology, which is likened to a second semiconductor or internet revolution. ► Blockchain Campus, Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center, Seongnam City Established in the Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center in Pangyo (판교) of Seongnam (성남) City, this institute, titled Blockchain Campus, will provide specialist and business startup education in blockchain technology. [Sync] “We talk about things like machine-running, clouds and IoT as the core technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. However, blockchain can be used as the platform for these technologies.” The current 40 trainees of the Blockchain Campus were selected via a competition rate of more than ten-to-one. They consist of youths who aspire to start businesses using blockchain platforms as well as public sector employees. ► Lim Jae-wu / Blockchain Campus Student (University Student) “I personally wish to open a business that specializes in solving problems in the finance field.” ► Jeopn Ho-in / Blockchain Campus Student (Company Employee) “The biggest advantage (of attending the Blockchain Campus) is that we can develop various applications ourselves here, an opportunity that no other education institute could offer to date. This is the first school to offer such program and I hope more such schools will be established…” ► Beginner Course, Intensive Course, Specialist Education Courses I & II There are four education courses, each lasting for four weeks. They include: a beginner course on understanding blockchain technology; an intensive course on basic development; and specialist courses on the development and distribution of blockchain applications. ► Kim Min-ho / Director, Convergence Security Support Center, Advanced Institutes of Convergence Technology “The objectives (of the Blockchain Campus) are to nurture teachers, support business startups, help those supporting the industry, and enable Gyeonggi Province to become a leader of the blockchain industry in Korea.” Through the Blockchain Campus, Gyeonggi Province plans to nurture those who will lead domestic and international blockchain markets while also promoting business startups and job creation in this field. Article 6. Hand Axe Art Exhibition Held at Prehistory Museum in Gyeonggi (180523-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An art exhibition with the combined themes of hand axes and the Gyeonggi Millennium is being held in Yoncheon (연천) County of Gyeonggi Province. Yoncheon (연천) County is where prehistoric hand axes were found for the first time in East Asia. ► Cosmos-Archeological Chart, ‘Yogncheon Centennial’ by Lim Geun-wu This Gyeonggi Province map is dotted with hand axe images surrounded by animals and primitive humans as well as modern humans and flowering trees, as if ancient and modern lives coexist in harmony in Gyeonggi Province. ► Cosmos-Archeological Chart by Lim Geun-wu The two figures portrayed in this art piece are the artist and Lucy, the name given to the remains of one of the earliest humans discovered by scientists. Above their heads is a peach tree in full bloom. This artwork depicts the coexistence of modern and ancient times in Gyeonggi Province. ► Han Jae-han, Han yeong-jun / Viewers from Seongnam City “We learned about hand axes and the evolution of humans while looking the displayed pieces. It was a meaningful time for us to learn more about the history (of Gyeonggi Province).” ► Jeongok Prehistory Museum (Until August 26) ‘Gyeonggi Millennium X Hand Axes 1000’ Exhibition This art exhibition, titled ‘Gyeonggi Millennium - Hand Axes 1000’, was organized under the combined themes of the millennium of the name Gyeonggi and the hand axes discovered in the province. The venue of the exhibition is Jeongok, a site at which hand axes have been discovered. ► Millennium in the Past, Millennium in the Future This exhibition consists of seven sections including one that features viewer participation projects. ► Sim Gyeong-bo / Curator, Jeongok Prehistory Museum “Hand axes were high-tech tools for ancient humans. They are also beautiful to the eyes of modern viewers. This exhibition showcases hand axes as perceived by ancient and modern humans.” The ‘Gyeonggi Millennium - Hand Axes 1000’ exhibition, which presents hand axes as well as the Gyeonggi Millennium, will run until August 26. Article 7. Rainwater Used for Rooftop Vegetable Gardens (180524-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are an increasing number of people in urban areas who engage in vegetable growing using odd spaces such as rooftops or who participate in community vegetable gardens. A Gyeonggi provincial institute recently introduced rooftop vegetable gardens that use rainwater. ► Rooftop Vegetable Garden, Suwon City The rooftop of a local public office is covered with thriving green vegetables. This vegetable garden is tended by dozens of local residents and also functions as a socializing place for these residents. The reason why these vegetables are flourishing on a rooftop is that they are grown using rainwater and solar energy. ► Jeong Jeong-yeong / Rooftop Vegetable Garden Participant, Suwon City “Using rainwater makes it easier to grow vegetables. We share harvested vegetables among us. We also have a pond with fish in it. This garden is also educational for children and can be used for resident meetings.” ► Energy-saving Eco-friendly Rooftop Vegetable Gardens The rainwater used for this rooftop vegetable garden is collected in a jar-shaped tank that has a capacity of 2,000 liters. Even without rain, this tank can supply enough water for twelve vegetable garden patches for two dry months. The power required to move water to each garden patch comes from solar generators installed on the rooftop. ► Additional Benefits – Resources Recycled, Heat Island Effects on Buildings Reduced This vegetable gardening method is eco-friendly since it uses recycled materials, requires less human intervention, even during dry spells, and reduces heat island effects since the top of the building is cooled by rainwater. ► Kim Hye-yeol / Research Official, Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services “The rooftop vegetable gardens utilize the numerous idle spaces on building rooftops in urban areas and reduce energy consumption through the use of solar energy.” The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, which developed the rooftop vegetable gardening method, plans to expand the application range of this method to items such as rooftop parks. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.05.24Greetings, 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 Investigate False Real Estate Transaction Reports (0514-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to investigate false real estate transaction reports in high speculation areas. Those exposed will be fined 5 percent of the purchase values. Purchasing a home with a value of more than KRW 300 million in such areas requires a funding plan when transaction reports are filed. ► All Suspected False Real Estate Transaction Reports Subject to Investigation Based on those funding plans, investigations will be performed until May 25 on all 91 suspected false reports that Gyeonggi Province had found in high speculation areas during initial inspections. [CG] These cases include an individual younger than 30 years of age who purchased a home valued more than KRW 900 million and others who purchased more than 3 homes during the last 6 months ► Kim Yeong-ok / Deputy Director, Land Information Team, Bundang Borough, Seongnam City “Housing prices in the Bundang area have been increasing for some time since the development of the area; the trend has recently spread into the Pangyo area. We believe that such price increases are the primary cause (of speculative housing transactions).” After scrutiny of suspected false transaction reports, those who will need to provide further financial proof will be summoned for a personal investigation. If they fail to provide satisfactory evidence, they will be reported to the tax office. ► Gwon Gyeong-hyeon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Real Estate Management Team “We hope that these investigations will help suppress speculative investments in real estate and improve housing stability for our residents.” In addition to transfer to the tax office, those who submitted false reports will be subject to a heavy punitive fine by Gyeonggi Province. Article 2. Gyeonggi Supports Local Community Learning Clubs (180514-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing residents with self-education support through space donation. Known as ‘Local Community Classrooms’, the subjects being taught include leisure and hobbies as well as vocational skills. ► Local Community Classroom (Café) – Handicraft At this café, career-discontinued women gather at a weekly Local Community Classroom to learn how to make dolls, bags and other handicraft items. The finished items are then sold at the café or through flea markets. This handicraft class has also become a new business for its participants. ► Lee Myeong-suk / ‘Local Community Classroom’ Participant, Siheung City “What we began as a hobby has become an occupation. We are earning money while enjoying what we do with no stress. It’s fun and we are gaining confidence in our work.” ► Local Community Classroom – Psychotherapy At another Local Community Classroom, the attendees learn psychotherapy skills using calligraphy and flower arrangements while being trained as volunteer therapists for youths. ► No Gyeong-hui / ‘Local Community Classroom’ Participant, Suwon City “I will be able to give more to those children and comfort their troubled minds better…” The Local Community Classrooms utilize surplus spaces in public offices as well as donated spaces such as cafes. Originally limited to leisure activities, the subjects of support have been expanded to include activities that can benefit local communities such as vocational education. From this year, provincial support also covers instructor fees. ► Kim Hyo-jeong / Gyeonggi Provincial Institute for Lifelong Learning “People come to a location to check out the program. They can also be diverted to other programs, which can lead to more opportunities to use other available spaces…” Creating a virtuous cycle of sharing and learning, the number of Local Community Classes has increased to more than 500 in the three years since their introduction. Article 3. New Technology Tools Help Revitalize Korean Rice Farming (180515-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The application of new technology tools such as drones is inspiring hope for rice farming in Korea, which suffers from a serious lack of labor due to the aging of rural society. ► Rice Farm, Hwaseong City A motorboat crisscrosses a water-filled rice field of three hectares, spraying insecticide before sowing. Then sowing is completed within minutes by a drone. All is done in a surprisingly short period of time. For a rice field of this size, it would have normally taken four or five farmers working a whole day to complete the amount of work done by these machines. ► Lee Se-yeong / Rice Farmer “Spring is the season during which the labor shortage problem is most serious since every farm needs hands simultaneously in this season. (With new technologies,) we can now save time and costs while using labor…” Drones are 2.5 times more efficient than ordinary machines in terms of job time in the sowing of fields. ► Use of Drones in Direct Rice Sewing Reduces Manpower Requirements 30% The use of drones for direct rice sowing also reduces labor requirements by 30 percent. A new ‘waterless rice sowing’ technology also significantly reduces the need for costly labor. ► Waterless Rice Sowing Reduces Labor Requirements by up to 65% The rice fields that use this technology are less prone to drought damage and require no transplantation, thus reducing labor requirements by up to 65 percent. New technologies also help increase farmer income. ► Kim Si-yeol / Gyeonggi Agricultural Research & Extension Services Food Technology Team Official “The use of new technologies primarily focuses on the reduction of cost and labor requirements. However, R&D efforts are also being made with the objective of ensuring stable production…” Gyeonggi Province plans to introduce advanced farming technologies in six localities on a trial basis this year before expanding their use. Article 4. Gyeonggi Proposes Making Apartment Manuals Obligatory (180516-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the living environments of new apartments becoming more complex, Gyeonggi Province made a proposed to the central government for the obligatory production of apartment resident manuals by constructors prior to occupation. ► Jeong Yeong-bae / Senior Resident of Ansan City Jeong (정영배), a senior who is waiting to occupy the new apartment he recently purchased, is worried about learning how to use the smart tems that will be included in his new home. He is also concerned about the surrounding environments of the apartment. ► Jeong Yeong-bae / Purchaser of New Apartment, Ansan City “Old people may not be able to learn and will have to ask someone else all the time. Technologies are good but we are unfamiliar to them. I hope that they make the manuals easy to understand.” The apartments built by large construction companies are supplied with guidebooks. However, the occupants of those without guidebooks often face difficulties adapting to their new apartments. ► Gyeonggi Proposes Making Apartment Manuals Obligatory Such issues led Gyeonggi Province to propose the compulsory supply of apartment manuals to new occupants by construction companies. ► Ko Yong-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Apartment Quality Inspection Team 2 “We are pursuing this institutionalization to ensure that all occupants of new apartments are considered regardless of the construction enterprise classes…” The manuals contents include general guides and instructions for furniture as well as fire and safety equipment. ► Gyeonggi Proposal Include Additional Obligations of Constructors Gyeonggi Province’s proposal also includes other obligatory requirements for construction companies including automatic doors for senior resident halls, landscaping and underground parking lots. To this end, Gyeonggi Province will communicate closely with related central government bodies. Article 5. Gyeonggi Supports Cultural Street Performances (180514-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been supporting street performances, also known as busking. This year, the provincial government plans to provide support for more than 1,300 street performances in a range of entertainment fields including music, dancing and magic. ► Sau-dong, Gimpo City This high-spirited street performance of percussion music, titled ‘Nanta (난타), attracts the attention of many passing pedestrians. Spectators enjoy the performance, moving their bodies to the music and applauding with enthusiasm. ► Park Sang-min, Park Wu-gyeong / Spectator from Goyang City “We stopped to watch the performance for a while and lost track of time enjoying it. It is wonderful to be able to appreciate the cultural arts on the street.” The sweet melodies played by a guitarist transforms a night street into a moody theater. ► Cho Seong-wu / Street Artist “We have limited opportunities to play. However, it is wonderful to be able to play for a large audience in a large open space using excellent audio equipment thanks to the support (by Gyeonggi Province).” ► Cultural Street Performance Support Gyeonggi Province’s cultural street performance support is provided for a wide range of performance arts. ► ‘Arts on the Street’ Introduced five years ago as ‘Arts on the Street’, Gyeonggi Province will support 1,300 performances that will take place on the streets and parks in the province from May until the end of the year. ► 750 Performance Organizations to Receive Support This year, Gyeonggi Province will select 750 performance groups and provide support of up to KRW 500,000 per group. ► Cha Jeopng-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Province Cultural Policy Division “The purpose of this support policy is to help amateur artists gain experience and improve their performances while providing residents with opportunities to enjoy the performances near their homes.” The Arts on the Street program is delivering culture and arts to Gyeonggi residents by transforming the streets in their towns into performance venues. Article 6. North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center Opens (180515-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center opened on May 11. This is the second of its kind in the province following the South Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center and the eleventh of its kind in Korea. ► North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center, Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospital, Uijeongbu City Kim (김철석), who suffered sa evere fracture in a road accident, was one of the patients who received treatment at this new trauma center. ► Kim Cheol-seok / Trauma Patient “I had an accident while riding a motorcycle and was brought to the trauma center in a ambulance. I hope that this trauma center will save a lot of lives by providing treatment before it is too late.” ► North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center Opening Ceremony (May 11) Containing 73 beds in its 5-story structure, the North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center is located at the Catholic University of Korea’s St. Mary’s Hospital in Uijeongbu (의정부) City. ► Fully Equipped for Trauma Treatment This center is fully equipped with trauma treatment facilities including special beds and operating rooms for trauma patients, as well as a resuscitation room and a heliport that is directly connected to the resuscitation room. ► Park Tae-cheol / Director, Catholic University of Korea’s Uijeongbu St. Mary’s Hospita “This trauma center opened with more than 100 dedicated staff members as well as 50 beds in the patients ward and 20 beds in the intensive care unit.” The North Gyeonggi Regional Trauma Center will play an important role in dealing with severe trauma cases in northern Gyeonggi regions in which hiking and military-related accidents occur frequently. Article 7. Gyeonggi Provides Textile Enterprises with Korea Certification Cost Support (180516-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to provide textile enterprises with Korea Certification cost support. Textile enterprise will require this certification for their products when the Electrical and Household Goods Safety Control Act, also known as the Jeonan (전안) Act, enters effect in July. ► Swim Suits Enterprise, Pyeongtaek City This swim suit company has been forced to delay the shipment of large quantities of finished products to the market since its hundreds of different products will now require Korea Certification. ► Kong Myeong-suk / Executive Director, Textile Enterprise “We need to obtain this certification. However, that will cost a fortune since certification costs approximately KRW 1.6 million for each product item and takes two to four weeks.” ► Jeonan Act Requires KC Certification for Clothing According to the Jeonan (전안) Act, household goods including clothing must have Korea Certification as do electrical appliances. Violation is punishable by fines or legal penalties from July. However, the cost and time required for the certification process can be a huge burden for smaller enterprises. ► GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “I examined a company and made a quick calculation of the certification costs this company needs to pay for its swim suits and children clothing items. The total cost will be almost KRW 10 million.” ► Gyeonggi to Provide Support for up to 75% of Test Costs Gyeonggi Province’s certification cost support will cover up to 75 percent of the cost of hazardous substance tests. With the enactment of the law imminent, Gyeonggi Province expanded the range of support recipients ► Support Granted to Small Businesses on First-come, First-served Basis For small retail and wholesale businesses including accessory businesses, support will be provided for entire costs on a first-come, first-served basis ► Yu Eung-hyeon / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Textile Infrastructure Team “Support will be provided to businesses in textiles as well as accessory fields. Certification can be costly since it is required for individual product types and colors. We hope that our support can alleviate part of the burden.” Gyeonggi Province will begin operation of two hazardous substance laboratories in August. Inquiries regarding provincial support are being received at the Korea High Tech Textile Research Institute. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.05.18Article 1. Gyeonggi Prepares for Agricultural Damage during Monsoon (0509-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With this year’s monsoon season expected to occur in the middle of June, Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 64 billion to prevent agricultural damage from associated storms and floods. ► Okcheon Reseroir Last year, farmland around this reservoir was inundated when the embankment burst after a two-day, 450-millimeter downpour, sweeping away greenhouses and crops. ► Yun In-seiok / Farmer, Yeoju City “When the embankment gave way, water instantly overwhelmed everything including greenhouses and homes in its way.” The monsoon season in Korea can ruin a year’s farming. ►Monsoon Season Expected Mid-June in Korea Korea expects to see the monsoon season in the middle of June this year. ► Agricultural Damage Prevention Project Gyeonggi Province will use this money for agricultural damage prevention projects. ► Drainage System Improvement Work in Water Damage Prone Areas These projects include drainage tem improvement in areas prone to water damage as well as the maintenance of aging reservoir and barrier facilities. ► Drainage System Inspections Inspections of all drainage tems in the province will be performed by the middle of May ► Baek Seong-beom / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Infrastructure Development Team “The increase in horticultural and non-rice cultivation and localized downpours due to climate change are increasing the necessity for the improvement of drainage tems. This led Gyeonggi Province to implement agricultural disaster damage prevention projects.” Since climatic change makes disaster prediction more difficult, Gyeonggi Province is taking action to prevent agricultural disaster damage. Article 2. Resident Involvement in Gyeonggi Province Budget System (0509-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a budget tem through which residents participate in the planning and ution of certain budgets so as to promote transparency. This year the provincial government will expand the coverage of this tem. ► Nusan 6-ri, Gimpo City This small village in Gimpo (김포) City, which is home to approximately 500 households, has no parks. However, this village now has a wonderful walkway after proposing it through the resident-involved budget tem. ► Choi Gi-yong / Nusan 6-ri Resident “People in rural areas are not always working, you know. We also pursue the improvement the quality of our lives through leisure activities.” ► Local Road #321 The resident-involved budget tem also benefited this residential area by improving transportation through road construction and expansion. ► Hong Yeon-hui / Chairman, Resident-Involved Budget Committee “(The purpose of this tem is) to enable residents to feel more involved in local administrations and to be more aware of how tax revenue is used.” Introduced in 2012, the resident-involved budget tem has been applied in 99 projects, including local food shop support and visiting safety education, with an aggregate budget of KRW 190 billion. The advantage of this tem is the improvement of financial administration transparency and public awareness of provincial policies through resident participation in budgeting. ► KRW 50 Billion Allocated for This Year’s Resident-involved Budget System This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to ute budgets totaling KRW 50 billion through the resident-involved budget tem for a variety of projects prioritized and selected by the Resident-Involved Budget Committee, which consists of more than 100 residents. ► Jeong Jae-jin / Deputy Director, Resident-Involved Budget team “This tem is operated in linkage with a monitoring team of residents. Since implementation of the subject projects can be reviewed later, the integrity of Gyeonggi Province’s financial administration can be improved…” The resident-involved budget tem is providing a means by which to build the political awareness and trust of residents. Article 3. Gyeonggi Supplies Eco-friendly Toilets to Farm Fields (0509-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Agricultural Research and Extension Services, or GARES, has developed eco-friendly toilets and is supplying them to farming sites in the province. These toilets will help resolve the distress often experienced by workers in farm fields far away from the nearest toilets. ► Seoha-ri, Gwangju City This farm field, which is used jointly by the residents of a local village, has no toilet. The maggot-infested traditional field toilets are shunned by rural residents nowadays because of foul odors and filthiness. Those who spend ten-hour work days here are experiencing great difficulties due to a lack of toilets. ► Lee Bong-yong / Farmer “We have difficulties relieving ourselves. We often do it hiding as best as we can. Women often dig a hole to use for an emergency relief.” ► GARES Supplies Eco-friendly Toilets to Farming Sites The toilets supplied by this provincial institute are environment-friendly and ensure access to hygienic facilities in farm fields. ► Odorless, Hygienic Toilets These toilets are odorless, require no water, and feature a rotating plate that scatters waste evenly in the storage tank. ► Waste Recycled as Organic Fertilizer The waste can be recycled by adding microbes that decompose it to create organic fertilizer. ► Choi So-yeong / Deputy Director, Living Technology Team, GARES “These toilets are receiving highly favorable responses since they are convenient to use, hygienic, and can produce organic fertilizer by adding microzymes.” Used commonly by local farm workers, these toilets help prevent water pollution and preserve natural environments. GARES plans to install these toilets at 10 locations initially before expanding installations. Article 4. Gyeonggi Arbitration Committee for Commercial Building Disputes (0510-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating an arbitration committee to help settle disputes between the tenants and landlords of commercial buildings. Such disputes often lead to feuds between the involved parties if handled by themselves. This committee has helped resolve a number of such cases. ► Commercial Building, Seongnam City Last December, a table fire at a barbecue restaurant in this commercial building affected the ceiling and damaged the air conditioning tem. The restaurant owner and the landlord had since been in a dispute over repair costs. ► Go Jun-hyeok / Representative of Tenant “Only this sprinkler went on and was involved in the accident at the time. However, because the dispute remained unsettled, the entire tem on the first floor had been left inoperable, leaving the area in dangerous situation…” Deadlocked in their dispute, both parties turned to Gyeonggi Province’s Arbitration Committee for Disputes between Commercial Building Landlords and Tenants, and were able to settle the dispute by accepting the settlement conditions proposed by the committee. ► Go Jun-hyeok / Representative of Tenant “This committee worked as a kind messenger between the landlord and the tenant. I think it is an important role. We could settle the case smoothly thanks to the role played by the committee.” ► Arbitration Committee for Disputes between Commercial Building Landlords and Tenants This arbitration committee helps commercial building landlords and tenants settle disputes without having to bring their cases to the court. ► 485 Cases Handled Consisting of professors, lawyers, certified realtors and specialists, this committee has provided consultations in 485 cases since last September. ► Jeon Gi-song / Director, Gyeonggi Province Legal Affairs Division “Since arbitration takes place before lawsuits are raised, conflicts are resolved before causing psychological and financial burdens.” ► Application for Arbitration Committee Services: ☎031-8008-2875 or www.gg.go.kr Arbitration committee services are available free of charge by applying through the Legal Affairs Division or the website of Gyeonggi Province. Article 5. Defense Tourism Boosted by Inter-Korean Summit (0510-2) [Anchor’s Headline] After the first Inter-Korean summit in eleven years that took place on April 27, defense tourism in Korea is seeing an unexpected boom. Seizing this opportunity, Gyeonggi Province has accelerated related tourism projects including DMZ tours and tourism infrastructure expansion. ► Imjingak, Paju City Imjingak (임진각) in Paju (파주) City at the northern tip of Gyeonggi Province is in the region in which Korea’s leading defense tourism destinations are located. On the first weekend after the summit, the 1,800-vehicle parking lot was packed with tour buses that brought more than 76,000 tourists to the site, almost twice as many as on usual weekends. ► Kim Hwang-geon (Aged 92) / Visitor from Paju City “I just want to be able to visit my hometown and see my old home even if it is now an empty place.” ► Bethany Christensen, Sara Woctionery / Tourists from USA “… to understand more of the history behind it so that these places can be appreciated for what they are.” ► Underground Tunnel No. 3 Underground Tunnel No. 3 also saw almost twice as many visitors as on weekdays after the Inter-Korean summit. ► Choi Hyeon-sik / Official, Paju Tourism Promotion Center “We are receiving an explosion of defense tourism phone enquiries. In fact, we received so many tourists last weekend the shuttle bus tickets sold out very early.” With the peacetime mood between South and North Korea continuing, the number of tourists to defense tourism destinations is expected to increase. ► Gyeonggi Accelerates Development Near DMZ Gyeonggi Province is also accelerating its efforts to develop areas near the Demilitarized Zone including the Special Reunification Economic Zone. ► Cho Jang-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province DMZ Policy Team “We are making increased efforts to promote tourism and protect ecotems. We plan to pursue such efforts in cooperation with Paju City, Yeoncheon County and Gimpo City as well as Gangwon Province…” ► Expansion of Tourism Infrastructure Gyeonggi Province’s efforts will initially focus on the expansion of tourism infrastructure, beginning with the opening of camping sites near Imjingak (임진각) next month and followed by the operation of shuttle buses by July that provide access to the former Camp Greaves while bypassing admission procedures. Gyeonggi Province will also expand Demilitarized Zone-related tours and events and establish a related task force for the handling of various projects around Panmunjeom (판문점). Article 6. Gyeonggi’s 3 Support Programs for Women Entrepreneurs (0510-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province will implement three support programs for women entrepreneurs of SMEs in the province and has begun receiving applications until May 25 for participation in each of these programs. ► Women SME, Goyang City This animal disease diagnosis instrument-manufacturing company is a women enterprise. Established eleven years ago, this company was selected as a ‘Good Women Enterprise’ by Gyeonggi Province, recognizing its contribution to the local economy. ► Kim Jeong-mi / Representative, Women SME “Although we are a women enterprise, we could succeed by working without being conscious of it. We will continue our export-oriented business to maintain our reputation as a global animal disease diagnosis instrument manufacturer even 50 years and 60 years later…” △ Selection of Good Women Enterprise Those selected as Good Women Enterprises will be provided with marketing and commercialization support of up to KRW 4 million as well as various incentives for helping other businesses. △ Women Enterprise Open Market Exhibition Those enterprises that experience difficulties in product marketing are recommended to apply for participation in the Women Enterprise Open Market Exhibition, which provides opportunities to find customers. △ Customized Solomon Support for Women Enterprises The Customized Solomon Support provides women entrepreneurs who experience management difficulties with specialist consultation services as well as consultation cost support of KRW 2 million. ► Yu Man-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Promotion Team “There are many women enterprises in the province that face difficulties in marketing or management. We aim to help these enterprises achieve management stability through the provision of open market exhibition support and management stability solutions...” ► Applications: EGBIZ Website (www.egbiz.or.kr) Inquiries and applications for these three programs can be directed to the website of EG Biz. Applications are being received until May 25. Article 7. Annual Festivals at Ansan Sihwa Reclaimed Land to Resume (0511-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The discontinued annual flower and rock festivals held on Ansan Sihwa (안산 시화) Reclaimed Land will finally resume thanks to regulatory reform efforts by Gyeonggi Province. ► Ansan M Valley Rock Festival (2015) The flower and rock festivals that took place on Ansan Sihwa (안산 시화) Reclaimed Land in 2015 saw more than 150,000 visitors and economic effects of more than KRW 30 billion. ► Ansan Sihwa Reclaimed Land However, the festival sites have been deserted to date since they were subject to land use regulations. According to these regulations, reclaimed land can only be used for temporary experimental cultivations. Consequently, these festivals, which had led local economic promotion, had to be discontinued from 2016. ► Lee Jeong-hui / Director, Ansan City Daebu Development Division “They were big events creating large economic effects. Their discontinuation raised many complaints from local residents.” Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing regulatory revision to help resume these festivals. ► Gyeonggi Province Proposes Related Statutory Amendments to Central Government Gyeonggi Province began pursuing the expansion of reclaimed land use with a statutory amendment proposal through the related central government body. As a result, the amendment of the related law was recently realized in a pre-announcement of legislation that added cultural festivals as well as cultural and art exhibitions to reclaimed land uses. ► Park Seong-ku / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Regulatory Reform Task Force Team “Each event is expected to attract approximately 150,000 visitors annually. That will have economic effects of about KRW 300 billion and create more than 600 jobs.” In order to eradicate irrational regulations that prevent local development, Gyeonggi Province established the Regulatory Reform Headquarters and has been proactively pursuing regulatory reform and job creation.
Weekly English news | 2018.05.11Greetings, 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. Non-forest Wildfires Most Frequent in Spring (180430-3) [Anchor’s Headline] According to the Gyeonggi Province Disaster and Safety Headquarters, wild fires outside of forested areas are most frequent in spring, accounting for one third of annual fire incidents. They often cause secondary damage due to dry weather. ► Wild Fire, Namyangju City (March) A man-made fire at a home garden spread to a warehouse, engulfing it in black smoke. Luckily, this fire was suppressed before reaching the nearby forest. ► Wild Fire, Dongducheon City (February) Fires on farms like this one, which occurred on a chicken farm and originated from an unextinguished cigarette, can spread quickly to houses and forests, causing massive damage. [CG] Of more than 2,400 non-forest fires that occurred in Gyeonggi Province over the past three years, 64 percent occurred during the spring. ► Weed/Trash Burning Primary Cause of Wild Fires in Spring The primary cause of non-forest wild fires in spring is the incineration of weeds and trash at the beginning of annual farming preparations. ► Park Mi-sang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Disaster and Safety Headquarters Fire Investigation Team “While the number of forest fires decrease during the period from March to May each year, that of lowland wild fires increase during this period. We should take special precaution to prevent human casualties in such fires since they usually occur close to inhabited areas.” When something must be burned in a field, it is recommended to have fire extinguishers and safety equipment on hand and to keep inflammables away from the fire so as to prevent its spread. Article 2. Gyeonggi’s Visiting Horseback Riding Program for Children (180501-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is operating a horseback riding program for children to help youths develop good posture and concentration skills. This program is provided on site on an application basis and includes additional entertaining experiences such as horse feeding. ► Goindol Park, Osan City At this park in downtown Osan (오산) City, two ponies appear unexpectedly and attract children. This park is today’s venue for the program in which children can experience riding, feeding and grooming the ponies. ► Lee Chan-pyo (Aged 7), Jandari Childcare Center, Osan City “I was afraid to come closer to them at first, but when I did, I found them cute.” After donning safety gear, children take turns riding the ponies and awkwardly try to remain on the ponies while holding the reins tightly. ► Lee So-yun (Aged 7), Jandari Childcare Center, Osan City “I was shaky on the back of the pony. He was soft when I touched him. It was great fun.” ►Visiting Horseback Riding Program This visiting horseback riding program enables children to experience horseback riding near their homes without having to travel to riding courses. This program is operated on site for children at childcare centers, kindergartens and schools in the province. ► Yu Min-yeong / Director, Childcare Center “We don’t have to have children travel long distance to a horseback riding course, thus avoiding safety risks and saving time.” Developed with the aim of promoting horseback riding, this program also includes entertaining experiences for children. ► Byeon Hui-jeong / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Promotion Center “We hope that this program helps promote horseback riding as a popular sport by enabling children to experience horseback riding during their growth stages and to develop a healthy hobby …” Gyeonggi Province plans to expand this program to welfare facilities. ► Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Promotion Center (☎ 031-8008-6336) Program applications and enquiries are being received at the Gyeonggi Province Veterinary Promotion Center. Article 3. Area-wide Disaster Supply Center Established in Gyeonggi (180502-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently established an Area-wide Disaster Supply Center. This facility stores rescue and relief equipment as well as supplies that can be used in the event of disasters such as earthquakes and floods. ► Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province (November 2017) The earthquake that struck the Pohang (포항) area last year shows that Korea is geologically active. ► Area-wide Disaster Supply Center, Gwangju City The first of its kind in Korea, this facility will serve as a disaster supply depot with a wide range of equipment and materials from temporary tents and household items for use at shelters to personal protective clothing and gear. ► 170,000 units of 125 items for 3,000 Persons As well as restoration equipment, this center stores approximately 170,000 units of 125 emergency items that can serve as many as 3,000 persons at disaster sites. ► Choi Nam-yeol / Director, Gyeonggi Province Area-wide Disaster Supply Center “Since disasters can occur at any time, this center will remain ready 24 hours a day.” In addition to the provincial center, local centers with a supply capacity for 200 persons were also established. ► Kim Jeong-jun / Director, Gyeonggi Province Disaster & Safety Headquarters Safety Management Office “In the event of disasters such as earthquakes and large-scale floods, these centers will provide supplies necessary for the swift restoration of local functions.” [CG] In addition to this center in Gwangju (광주) City, which covers eastern provincial regions, Gyeonggi Province plans to establish two more similar centers for southern and northern provincial regions with 65 local centers that cover all 31 localities of the province. Article 4. Gyeonggi Administration’s Northern Development Policies (0502-3) [Anchor’s Headline] As part of policy result reviews of the current Gyeonggi provincial administration, GTV summarized the results of this administration’s policies in the category of northern Gyeonggi Province development. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (May 1) Gyeonggi Province Senior Officials Core Policy Reviewal Meeting Since the beginning of its term, the Gyeonggi provincial administration has been pursuing exchanges between South and North Korea. ► Humanitarian Support and Athletic Exchanges with North Korea Gyeonggi Province provided North Korea with medical support for tuberculosis patients and industrial workers and organized youth soccer matches in Pyeongyang (평양). ► Social and Cultural Exchanges with North Korea Exchanges also encompassed social and cultural fields including a traditional Korean house preservation project and special exhibitions. ► Park Sin-hwan / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Balanced Development Planning Office “Although South and North Korean relations have made the implementation of Gyeonggi Province’s South-North Korean exchange policies difficult, there have been some tangible results in this field…” ► 5 Key Northern Province Road Construction Projects In the transportation field, five key road construction projects were launched to improve road coverage in northern provincial regions. ► 2 Road Construction Projects Completed and 1 Project Partially Completed Costing more than KRW 80 billion annually, two of these projects have already been completed and another was partially completed. ► 3 Road Construction Projects Underway Construction work for two other projects and the remaining section of the partially completed project is underway. In addition, 370 kilometers of railroad have been constructed on nine lines. ► Jeong Yong-sik / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Construction Bureau “We will endeavor to expand transportation infrastructure in northern provincial regions while pursuing the construction of connection lines with North Korea.” Northern provincial development efforts also included the development of tourism contents including Korean Wave-related tourism products and thematic tours as well as the establishment of a DMZ experience center. ► Northern Gyeonggi Regions Attracted 30 Million Visitors in 2017 As a result, the annual number of tourists in northern Gyeonggi regions increased to more than 30 million last year. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Looking back, I feel proud of having accomplished what has been accomplished. Without the dedication of everyone here, it would not have been possible. For that, I thank you all.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to do its utmost to promote tourism in northern provincial regions through multifaceted efforts including the development of night tour contents and camping sites. Article 5. Marine Cultural Complex Planned on Gyeonggi Coast (180501-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced the development of a marine cultural complex near the ports of Pyeongtaek (평택) and Dangjin (당진) that will feature marine tourism and sports facilities as well as supporting facilities. ► Sinyeong-ri, Pyeongtaek City With additional accommodation facilities, this complex will comprise a marine cultural city on the west coast of the province. ► Marine Cultural City on 1.84 Million Square-Meter Site The marine cultural complex will be developed on 1.84 million square meters of reclaimed land. ► Rental Housing, Convention Center, Park Supporting facilities will include rental housing for workers in the complex, a convention center and parks. ► Marine Center, Pyeongtaek Port (April 12) Project Presentation for Developers It was revealed during the official presentation that the project will be implemented jointly by public and private developers overseen by Pyeongtaek (평택) City. ► Lee Jun-jae / Pyeongtaek City Spokesperson “Once potential developers are selected, a special purpose company will be established, followed by the finalization of detailed development plan proposals.” The presentation for private developers saw more than 250 attendees including investors, constructors and related enterprises. ► Jeong Gi-yeong / Representative of Real Estate Development Enterprise “It is a strategically ideal location with a number of advantages. We consider it profitable if we can participate in development…” Pyeongtaek (평택) City will invest a total of KRW 450 billion in this marine cultural complex by the year 2023. When completed, the map of this area will differ significantly with the inclusion of the complex. With the planned Tourism Complex and Free Economic Zone nearby, this marine cultural complex will contribute to the local economic development of this area. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Introduce More Low-entry Buses (180502-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to increase the number of low-entry buses. These buses are equipped with low floors and sloped entryways for easy access by wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. ► Jeon Chi-guk with First-degree Disabilities With first-degree disabilities, Jeon (전치국) relies on an electric wheelchair wherever he goes. He always uses low-entry buses when he must use public transportation since he can board and disembark from these buses while in his wheelchair. ► Jeon Chi-guk / Low-Entry Bus User “Wheelchair-bound persons like myself cannot pass steps including the entries to most vehicles. However, the low-entry buses enable us to access easily. They are also safe and environment-friendly …” The floors of these buses are low and feature gently sloped entryways. ► Low-entry Buses Designed for Passengers with Limited Mobility The low-entry buses were designed for passengers with limited mobility. ► Jeon Dong-sik (Aged 84) / Siheung City Resident “My knees hurt when I climb the high steps of ordinary buses. However, low-entry buses are much easier to board since they have no steps.” [CG] There are an estimated 3 million individuals of limited mobility in Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi to Purchase Additional 174 Low-entry Buses Gyeonggi Province will invest KRW 16 billion this year to purchase additional 174 low-entry buses. There are approximately 1,600 low-entry buses currently operating in the province. ► Choi Sin-tae / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Service Improvement Team “Low-entry buses have low floors for easy access by passengers with limited mobility such as those with disabilities, seniors and pregnant women. They are also environment-friendly and cause no air pollution.” Gyeonggi Province will continue to introduce more low-entry buses with environment-friendly designs. Article 7. Gyeonggi Helps SMEs with Product Design (180503-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are SMEs that face difficulties in marketing products due to limited design capabilities. Gyeonggi Province has been providing such enterprises with product design support. ► CCTV System Manufacturing Enterprise, Siheung City This surveillance camera tem manufacturer has been experiencing difficulties attracting consumer interest. However, with improved product designs, the company enjoyed an increase of almost KRW 600 million in sales last year thanks to product design support from Gyeonggi Province. ► Oh Sang-rok / Representative, Gyeonggi Province Product Design Support Recipient Enterprise “We were able to develop products but faced difficulties in designing final products. However, thanks to provincial support, we could develop our own brands and create brand images …” Most SMEs experience similar difficulties since they cannot afford investment in design. ► Gyeonggi Province’s Design Development Support for SMEs Gyeonggi Province’s design support is geared to help such enterprises with their product design. ► 1:1 Consulting Services from Problem Diagnosis to Final Development This support consists of one-on-one consultation services by product and package design specialists as well as design cost support of up to KRW 18 million. To date, more than 300 enterprises have benefited from this provincial design support. ► Yu Man-seok / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Enterprise Promotion Team “There are a large number of SMEs experiencing difficulties in design development. We provide such enterprises with tematic support from diagnosis and consultation through to commercialization so as to help improve their product competitiveness.” This year, Gyeonggi Province is targeting 160 enterprises as beneficiaries of provincial design development support to improve the competitiveness of these enterprises and their products. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.05.04Greetings, 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. Semi-public Intercity Bus Operation Begins in Gyeonggi (180423-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The semi-public intercity bus management tem with shift-working drivers finally began operation in Gyeonggi Province amid high expectations for safer and more convenient bus services. ► Intercity Bus Stop, Changyeon-ri, Namyangju City From the first day of operation, the daily working hours of drivers in the tem-covered regions were reduced to half instead of a single shift workday tem. ► Park Yeon-ho, Intercity Bus Driver “We feel more relaxed, of course. That helped us serve the passengers in a more relaxed and kind manner.” ► Intercity Bus Terminal, Daeseong-ri, Gapyeong County The driver lounges at bus terminals became more crowded with drivers present for midday shift changes. ► Semi-public Intercity Bus Operation Begins in Gyeonggi Since 2015, Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the Semi-public Intercity Bus Management System, an electoral commitment, and finally realized its initial operation in 14 regions of the province. ► Intercity Bus Service and Safety Improvement Expected The principle of semi-public management is the subsidizing of intercity bus operators to offset possible operational losses so as to ensure service stability, quality and safety while promoting investments in service expansions. ► Lee Yeong-ja / Intercity Bus User, Namyangju City “The shiftwork tem should be better because these buses serve a lot of people and must serve them safely.” ► Lee Jong-seop / Intercity Bus User, Namyangju City “Using buses will become much easier and more convenient for commuters …” Gyeonggi Province will implement the tem in phases until it reaches stable operation. The province will initially secure 12,000 more intercity bus drivers by July so as to prevent accidents by relieving drivers from overwork. ► Lim Seong-man / Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning Bus Task Force “Intercity buses will become more convenient to use through public management and serve improvement.” While expanding the semi-public tem for intercity bus operations in its remaining localities, Gyeonggi Province also plans to pursue a similar tem for locally operated buses. Since additional operating costs will be borne by local governments, there will be no increase in bus fares. Article 2. Korean National & Provincial Parks to Become Alcohol Free (180424-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Drinking at mountains is common among Koreans. However, from this coming September, the consumption of alcoholic beverages will be prohibited in all national and provincial parks in Korea. After a grace period that began last month, violators will be fined. ► Bukhan Mountain Around the summit of Bukhan (북한) Mountain, a national park, it is easy to find groups of mountaineers having drinking parties, ignoring banners that announce the drinking ban. [Sync] “Have a drink. Come here. Come here.” Consuming alcoholic beverages in secluded spots around the summit, commonly referred to as having ‘summit drinks’, is a popular ritual among some mountain goers. [Sync] “Without drinking culture, there can be no fun.” “At least a bottle per person should be allowed.” Drinking in mountains can be offensive to others and increases accident risks. [CG] In fact, 30 percent of the accidents that occurred in Korean national parks were related to inebriation. ► Jeon Sun-hui / Seoul Resident “They often stumble and fall, and frequently need emergency helicopter services. They annoy others in many ways.” ► Kim Suk-yeon / Seoul Resident “You can suffer injuries. I saw people carried by emergency rescuers …” ► Drinking in National & Provincial Parks Fined from September Until this drinking ban is fully enforced in September, its violators are currently being dismissed with only a warning. ► Lee Seoing-gyu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Parks & Landscape Division “During the grace period that lasts until September, we will promote the ban through various means. After this period, we plan to conduct an intense crackdown.” [CG] A fine of KRW 50,000 will be imposed for first-time violations and KRW 100,000 for repeated violations. When members of the public change their drinking habits, efforts to make national and provincial parks alcohol free will be successful. Article 3. 2018 Play Expo to Open in Gyeonggi on May 10 (180425-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the opening of the 2018 Play Expo, an annual international game industry festival, only days away, GTV examined details of this year’s event that will feature, in addition to new games, the championship finals of popular e-sports and a variety of other entertaining programs. ► 650 Game Enterprises from 25 Nations Featuring 650 game enterprises from 25 nations, this year’s Play Expo will be the largest in its 10-year history. Its 1,100 booths will offer experiences in a wide range of games including virtual and augmented reality games, arcade games and mobile games. ► 10-Year Anniversary Special Event Hall There will be a special 10th anniversary event that presents the history of the game industry. ► Cho Gwang-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “At the 10th Anniversary Special Event Hall, visitors will be able to see the past, present and future of games, how they have evolved and will evolve …” There will also be a variety of accompanying programs geared to be entertaining. ► New Games to Be Unveiled by Korea’s 3 Largest Arcade Game Enterprises Games developed by Korea’s three largest arcade game enterprises are expected to attract considerable interest from game lovers. They feature dancing, bowling and racing games with the newest graphic ad sound technologies. There will also be meetings with professional gamers and streamers as well as matches among professional gamers. ► ‘Overwatch’ National Championship Finals Professional game matches will include national championship finals of ‘Overwatch’, a globally popular e-sport with approximately 35 million players. ► Cho Gwang-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Support Team “We organized e-sport championship games in which visitors can see professional Overwatch gamers play on site …” This event is also expected to attract more than 2,500 game-related businesspersons from around the world. ► 2018 Play Expo to Open on May 10 for a 4-Day Run Projected to attract more than 70,000 visitors, the 2018 Play Expo is slated for a 4-day run starting on May 10 at the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고양) City. Article 4. Evergreen Trees of Jeju Island Survive in Gyeonggi Province (180423-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center recently tested the winter growth resilience of Jeju Island evergreen oak trees and disclosed reasonably successful results that countered common expectations. ► Evergreen Oak Tree Test Forest This test was performed in cooperation with the Warm Temperate & Subtropical Forest Research Center of the National Institute of Forest Science. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Evergreen oaks like this one grow naturally in Jeju Island. This tree has endured many winters and still maintains green leaves after being planted in Gyeonggi Province in 2010.” The evergreen oak is known to exist naturally only in warm temperate zones since its leaves do not fall during winter. [CG] However, the survival rate of these trees was higher than 70 percent in southern Gyeonggi Province and 27 to 32 percent on Ganghwa (강화) Island. This counters general expectations that these trees would not survive the cold winters of Gyeonggi regions. ► Chae Jeong-woo / Research Officer, Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center “Global warming has been causing climate changes and raising winter temperatures. Winter in Gyeonggi Province is not as cold as in the past and can now support evergreen broad-leaved trees.” ► Dryness More Ascribable than Coldness to Deaths of Warm Temperate Evergreen Trees Researchers also found that dryness is more ascribable than cold to the deaths of warm temperate evergreen trees. ► Evergreen Oak Can Help Protect Ecotems and Increase Carbon Absorption When propagated in place of their deciduous counterparts, evergreen oak tress can help protect ecotems while increasing carbon absorption in the central part of the Korean Peninsula. ► Kwon Yeong-dae / Chief of Tree Research Team, GFERC “If these trees can be introduced in central regions, they will have positive effects such as stabilizing forest ecotems and increasing farmer income.” The Gyeonggi Forestry Environment Research Center will continue its management and monitoring of test forests and related research. Article 5. First Rental Housing for Newlyweds Receive Occupants (180424-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been developing low-cost rental housing for young couples, titled ‘Ddabok (따복) House for Newlyweds’. The first Ddabok (따복) House opened in downtown Anyang (안양) City and began receiving its first occupants. ► Anyang Gwanyang Ddabok House This newly married couple were able to find their first home in Ddabok (따복) House near a subway station with a deposit of only KRW 96 million for which Gyeonggi Province provided a loan with 40 percent support for interest. This couple only needs to pay monthly rental fees of KRW 160,000. ► Jeon Hye-rim, Kim Jin-yeong / Newlywed Ddabok House Tenants “This housing is best for newlyweds who need to save money before starting to raise children since 40 percent of the interest on the deposit loan is supported by …” ► Anyang Gwanyang Ddabok House Opening Ceremony (April 23) First Ddabok House for Newlyweds Opens This couple is among those who were selected as the first tenants of the first Ddabok (따복) House for Newlyweds opened in Anyang (안양) City. ► Rental Rates 20% Lower than Local Rates This Ddabok (따복) House contains 47 housing units of 44 square meters and is available at rental rates that are 20 percent lower than local rates. [CG] Deposit loan interest support varies depending upon the number of children: the base is support for 40 percent, 60 percent for couples with one child, and 100 percent for couples with more children. With the maximum lease term being 10 years, tenants have sufficient time to become economically stable. ► Common Facilities There are also common facilities such as child nursing rooms, offices and kitchens with customized designs for young couples. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “This is a warm and blessed place to start a home at a low cost. I hope many young couples have children and have happy lives here.” Engaged couples and couples married for less than 5 years are eligible for a minimum 6-year lease at Ddabok House. Gyeonggi Province plans to supply 5,000 Ddabok housing units by 2020. Article 6. Gyeonggi Pear Farms Damaged by Cold Spell in Early April (180425-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A cold spell in early April when pear blossoms were in full bloom caused them to wither before the year’s farm work even started, leaving pear farmers in Gyeonggi Province devastated. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government quickly reacted with measures for their relief. ► Pear Orchard, Namyangju City The pear trees in this orchard are laden with white blossoms. Although these blossoms seem normal, 90 percent of them were damaged by frost during a cold spell that saw temperatures drop down to minus 4.7 degrees Celsius. ► Cho Byeong-yeon / Pear Farmer “Blossoms died even before they could form the seeds. I am devastated and frustrated. I don’t know how I can survive…” ► Pear Flowers Damaged at Below -2℃ Pear blossoms are vulnerable to the cold and, without artificial insemination, die of frost damage when exposed to temperatures below minus 2 degrees Celsius for more than 4 hours. [CG] More than 600 pear orchards with a combined area of more than 600 hectares in nine cities and counties of Gyeonggi Province suffered frost damage this year. Such abnormal temperature drops that coincided with the emergence of blossoms caused massive damage among pear farms. ► Gyeonggi to Provide Pear Farms with Emergency Support Gyeonggi Province will provide these farms with emergency support for farming and living costs as well as for preventive facility installation costs. ► Lee Mun-mu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Horticultural & Specialty Crop Team “Pear farms suffered great damage from abnormal temperature changes. Since Gyeonggi Province is the second largest pear producer in the nation, the scale of its losses is that much greater. We hope that our emergency support measures will help pear farms recover from such damage.” ► Detailed Investigation of Damage to Be Performed by May 4 Gyeonggi Province will perform a detailed investigation of frost damage by May 4 and will provide damaged farms with insurance payments or recovery support based on the results. Article 7. Photo Studio & Exhibition Held at Good Morning House (0426-2) [Anchor’s Headline] To commemorate the millennium of the naming of ‘Gyeonggi’, a special event is being held at Good Morning House of Gyeonggi Province. This event features 10 photo studios and galleries in which visitors can take photographs and exhibit their photos. ► Nuguna Gallery, Good Morning House (Until June 17) Gyeonggi Millennium Life Photo Studios The Nuguna (누구나) Gallery of Good Morning House has been turned into photo studios with colorful background images in the theme of the Gyeonggi millennium. At these studios, visitors in family groups take photographs surrounded by hundreds of flowers and pigeons, the provincial bird of Gyeonggi, to record happy memories in a page of their lives. ► Cho Ha-na / Visitor from Hwaseong City “I took photographs of my baby and they came out beautifully. This is my second baby. I think I will come again with my first baby and my husband.” ► ‘Gyeonggi Millennium Photo Studios’, Good Morning House Nuguna Gallery Titled ‘Gyeonggi Millennium Photo Studios’, this is a combination event in which visitors take photographs of themselves in the studios and contribute their photos to the exhibition. ► 10 Photo Studios with Gyeonggi Designs The ten photo studios at this event were designed with the emblems, history and traditions of Gyeonggi Province, and equipped with special illumination and cameras for various effects. ► Ko Hyeon-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning House Team “I hope that many Gyeonggi residents come to the event and create happy memories of their lives with family members, friends and lovers.” The Gyeonggi Millennium Photo Studios are open free of charge at the Nuguna (누구나) Gallery of Good Morning House until June 17. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.04.27Greetings, 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. Recycling Transforms Old Urban Scenes in Gyeonggi (180416-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing support to old urban communities for environment improvement through recycling. Officially termed ‘Resource Recirculation Towns’, these communities are reborn with livelier atmospheres through the elimination of disorderly trash disposal practices. ► ‘Recycling Town’, Wonmi-1-dong, Bucheon City The appearance of this neighborhood in Bucheon (부천) City has changed completely after piles of trash that used to clutter its alleyways were removed and replaced with refreshing flower beds and attractive environmental signage. ► Mok Yeong-hui / Wonmi-1-dong Resident “There were voices raised among residents initially regarding restrictions on illegal trash dumping on streets. However, such issues were resolved as people gradually changed their attitudes…” ► Hadaeun-dong, Seongnam City The streets of this town in Seongnam (성남) City, which are densely packed with more than 30-year-old small multi-unit houses, have also been transformed after communal recycling bins were installed. ► Choi Yeong-suk / Hadaeun-dong Resident “Small multi-unit housing areas have lacked trash separation tems for recycling. However, after the introduction of these tems, the appearance of this town visibly improved and …” Based on voluntary resident movements, Resource Recirculation Town activities include, in addition to separate trash disposal, the reuse of plastic containers, the largest part of residential trash. ► ‘Resource Recirculation Town’ Support Program Introduced in 2012 The Resource Recirculation Town support program was introduced in 2012 to eradicate illegal trash disposal in old urban areas. ► Han Seong-gi / Director, Gyeonggi Province Resource Recirculation Division “Gyeonggi Province provides individual towns with customized consultation services and also presents awards to those that successfully implement the program …” For this year’s Resource Recirculation Town support, Gyeonggi Province has selected ten old urban towns around the province. These towns will soon regain lively atmospheres through environment-friendly transformations. Article 2. Gyeonggi Inspects Food Businesses in School Zones (180417-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Beginning this month, Gyeonggi Province will conduct hygiene inspections of food businesses in school zones. The subjects of inspection include arcades that feature food items as prizes. ► Children’s Favorite Haunts - Low-cost Restaurants Low-cost restaurants near primary schools are popular among children since they feature children’s favorite snacks. These snacks are often displayed without covering, left exposed for prolonged periods of time. ► Restaurant Proprietor “Children favor spicy rice cakes, rice cake skewers…” ► Children’s Favorite Haunts - Amusement Arcades Arcades with crane games are also favorite haunts of children. The crane games feature diverse items including snacks such as candies as prizes. However, these food items often remain in the machines for long periods, sometimes past their expiration dates and even to the point of becoming spoiled. ► Primary School Student “We share and enjoy the food we win. These games make us forget time once we start playing them.” ► 7,000 Food-related Businesses in School Zones Subject to Inspections More than 7,000 food-related businesses in school zones in the province are subject to inspections that began this month. The crackdown will be performed primarily in areas with dense concentrations of schools and arcades and will be intensified during the period around Children’s Day. ► Kim Gyeong-min / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Food Culture Team “Among the inspection subjects, we have also included advertisements with vulgar contents that can be harmful to the emotional development of children.” Violators of the Food Hygiene Act uncovered during inspections will be fined or subjected to administrative punishments. Article 3. Gyeonggi Reclaims Century-old Tree from Former Provincial Government Site in Seoul (0417-1) [Anchor’s Headline] A century-old thuja tree that was planted next to the former Gyeonggi Provincial Government building when it was constructed in Seoul in 1910 has finally been returned to the province. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Building in Seoul in 1920s This tree had remained in place even after the provincial government moved to Suwon in 1967 and was spared even when the building was later demolished. ► ‘Citizens Square’ This site was developed as ‘Citizens’ Square’ with this tree still in place. Originally the site of the former department of state of the Joseon (조선) Dynasty, this site is currently undergoing historical excavation. In order to reclaim the tree, Gyeonggi Province negotiated with Seoul for its transfer and finally succeeded in having it moved to the province. ► Suwon Gwangyo Museum This tree is being temporarily lodged at the Suwon Gwangyo (수원광교) Museum until it is permanently planted at the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex. ► Yun Seong-jin / Director, Gyeonggi Province Gyeonggi Hybrid Town Taskforce “We finally succeeded in reclaiming our century-old thuja tree after half a century. This is a meaningful event in the history of Gyeonggi provincial government buildings.” Since repeated planting can be hard on this old tree, Gyeonggi Province will provide the tree with intensive care by specialists. ► Lee Gyu-beom / Deputy Director, Tree Hospital “The examination results of its branches and new shoots indicate that this tree is still in good condition. Although we cannot be absolutely certain, we will do our best (to nurture the tree).” This historical tree will be replanted at the new Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex when construction of the complex is completed in 2020. Article 4. Gyeonggi Establishes Export Support Center (180418-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Last year, Korea saw a record-breaking amount of exports with Gyeonggi Province playing a key role, accounting for 21.6 percent of the national total. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government has established an export support center so as to help exporting enterprises overcome difficulties that are intensifying due to negative developments in global trade environments. ► Auto Parts Manufacturer, Siheung City The exports of this automobile parts manufacturer were affected seriously by the Chinese trade ban on Korean products. Crises continue since the withdrawal of General Motors from Korea is expected to negatively impact the situation. ► Yang Min-kuk / Representative of Auto Parts manufacturer “When sales drop on a long-term basis, the operation rates of production facilities also decrease, which can lead to employee layoffs.” ► ‘Triple Unfavorable Factors’ for Export Environments Negative trade factors include the deterioration of relations with the US and China, high interest rates and the instability of exchange rates. ► Comprehensive Export Support Center Gyeonggi Province’s export support center provides SMEs with assistance in exports, minimizes damage in negative trade environments, and promotes exports in linkage with related agencies. ► Kim Hyun-su / Director General, Gyeonggi Province International Cooperation Bureau “The purpose of this center is to provide customized export solutions to SMEs that have limited capabilities to overcome trade difficulties.” This center covers an extensive range of activities including the provision of export solutions to SMEs impacted by unfavorable trade environment developments and assistance in international trade disputes, as well as support tem formation in cooperation with related government agencies. The center is located in the Gwangyo (광교) Business Center in Suwon (수원) City. Article 5. Gyeonggi Publishes Guides for Using Elevators with Dogs (180416-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently published a safety guide for using elevators with dogs with the aim of preventing dogs from attacking fellow elevator passengers, incidents of which are becoming more frequent. ► Apartment Elevator, Yongin City Whoever enters an elevator and finds a dog as a fellow passenger is likely to feel uncomfortable even if the dog is on a leash and accompanied by its owner. ► Lee Hong-ryul / Yongin City Resident “If the dog is big, it is scarier. I hope that their owners would put muzzles on such dogs in addition to leashes.” ► Gyeonggi Province’s Safety Guides for Using Elevators with Pet Dogs To prevent dog attacks in elevators, Gyeonggi Province prepared this guide and began distributing 20,000 copies to residential buildings. [CG] The number of dog bite victims who visit hospitals has been increasing by approximately 100 each year since 2015. This guide covers safety rules recommended to elevator users as well as dog owners. This includes avoiding the blockage of a moving dog and, when accompanied by a dog, using the next elevator if the current one is already occupied by other persons. ► Yeo Un-chang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Animal Protection Team “This guide will help prevent dog bites while using elevators, reduce inconvenience and discomfort among apartment residents, and promote good practices in using elevators with dogs.” With the number of dogs in Korea surpassing five million, Gyeonggi Province’s safety guide for using elevators with dogs will help establish a desirable pet-related culture. Article 6. Gyeonggi to Accelerate Old Urban Area Regeneration Efforts (180417-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province is accelerating its efforts to regenerate old urban areas. These efforts will primarily focus on the improvement of existing environments instead of redevelopment. ► Wonmi-dong, Bucheon City This neighborhood in Bucheon (부천) City, known as a beehive village, is densely packed with rundown housing with cracked walls and exposed steel bars. Some houses seem on the verge of collapse. ► Lee Jyeong-sun / Local Resident “With crumbling houses and protruding steel bars, we always feel insecure and inconvenienced. I hope to be able to live in decent conditions in improved environments.” Developed 45 years ago, this area was selected for urban regeneration by Gyeonggi Province. [CG] There are more than 230 rundown urban areas in the province with a combined population of approximately 4.5 million. Gyeonggi Province plans to improve these areas through urban regeneration projects ► Gyeonggi Province to Accelerate Implementation of Urban Regeneration Projects Gyeonggi Province recently announced the investment of KRW 100 billion by the year 2026 for the implementation of its urban regeneration projects. ► Local Urban Regeneration Support Centers to Be Established by 2020 To this end, urban regeneration centers will be established in each of its 31 localities. Gyeonggi Province will also pursue the selection of Gyeonggi areas by the central government for urban regeneration endeavors. ► Lee Jong-gu / Director, Gyeonggi Province Urban Regeneration Division “With participation by local residents, the urban regeneration projects strengthen the competitiveness of cities, improve quality of life for residents through the elimination of inconveniences, and create new jobs through urban regeneration centers.” Gyeonggi Province plans to initially invest more than KRW 230 billion by the year 2022 in the large-scale regeneration of old urban areas. Article 7. Large Number of Microdust Generators Uncovered in Gyeonggi (180418-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With microdust becoming a serious national concern in Korea, Gyeonggi Province staged a crackdown and uncovered a large number of businesses that illegally generate microdust. ► Construction Site, Icheon City A large truck loaded with soil leaves a construction site without passing through the wheel-cleaning tem as required. This tem is not even in working order. [Sync] “It was because the wheel cleaning tem was out of order, wasn’t it?” “They said they turned the tem on, but it didn’t work…” ► Furniture Factory, Hwaseong City The dark spray paint fumes that fill the air in a furniture factory are emitted through a window without being filtered. [Sync] “Are these black stains we see here the collection of dust from the paint shop?” “Yes.” ► Furniture Factory, Namyangju City Another furniture factory illegally incinerated wood scraps on site instead of sending them to a licensed disposal company. ► 164 Illegal Microdust-generating Sites Uncovered by Gyeonggi Judicial Police During the illegal microdust generation crackdown on 672 sites by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, violations were uncovered at 164 sites. [CG] This is equal to one in every four sites, a more than 6 percent increase over last year. Such ongoing violations are primarily ascribable to weak punishments. ► Kim Jong-gu / Superintendent, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police “Violators are fined KRW 3 million. However, moral laxity is common among those who would rather pay the fine and continue the violations.” The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police plan to propose stronger penalties for illegal microdust generation while proceeding with criminal charges against violators. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.