Weekly English news | 2018.04.19Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Farm Tours Add to Farmer Income (180409-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been providing support to farms that operate farm tour programs for extra income. Such programs have also resulted in significant marketing effects for these farms. ► Dairy Farm, Yongin City The provincial support extends to dairy farms. At this farm, visitors can experience a range of dairy farm work from feeding and milking cows to cheese making. This farm is a popular destination for children from childcare centers and kindergartens. ► Kim Ji-hyeon (Aged 5) / Dairy Farm Visitor “The milk from the cow was warm. It wasn’t cold.” This farm sees approximately 30,000 visitors annually. ► Product Sales Add to Income Since farm tourists also make considerable purchases on site, farmer income has more than doubled through such tour programs. ► Hwang Byeong-ik / Dairy Farmer “The greatest advantage is that these programs provide public relations opportunities and enable us to sell our products at prices less distribution margins.” ► Ostrich Far, Paju City A farm tour program also relieved this ostrich farm of marketing problems since the program helped publicize ostrich meat and its taste. ► Nam I-seok, Ostrich Farmer “Tourists are potential customers. We introduce ostrich meat and its extracts to them. That is how we find new customers, through direct sales, either on site or on a regular basis thereafter.” ► 20+ Gyeonggi Dairy Farms Attracted 160,000+ Visitors in 2017 The number of farm tour operators has increased steadily since 2007 to more than 20 last year. Gyeonggi Province provides these farms with tour facility cost support and consultation services. ► Gyeon Heung-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Division “We will continue to expand support so as to promote the livestock industry of the province and to help increase farmer income.” Encompassing all primary, secondary and tertiary industry elements – thus referred to as the sixth industry – farm tours are creating stable markets for related farms. Article 2. Employment Policy Results of Current Gyeonggi Administration (0412-1) [Anchor’s Headline] At the beginning of its term, the Gyeonggi provincial administration dedicated itself to ‘creating a safe and warm Gyeonggi Province with lots of jobs’. With the current administration`s term ending in less than two months, GTV has planned special reviews of the results of provincial policies in key administrative fields. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (April 10) Gyeonggi Province Political Review Meeting This week we focus on employment policies, following the agenda for the provincial political review meetings of senior officials. ► Jobs Created in Gyeonggi Accounts for Half of National Total During this administration’s term, which began in July of 2014, 621,000 jobs were created in Gyeonggi Province, accounting for more than half of the national total. ► Lee Hui-jun / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Employment & Labor Policy Bureau “Over the past three years and six months, we have created new jobs that account for 50.7 percent of the national total. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that, throughout this period, we have been devoted to job creation.” Employment became the core of administrative policies from the beginning as seen by the establishment of related organizations and administration teams. ► Establishment of Startup Campus The establishment of the Startup Campus was a major step forward in job creation. Targeting 200 business startups by 2020, this campus provides comprehensive business startup support and has produced more than 300 graduates to date. ► Development of Techno Valleys Adding to current Pangyo (판교) Techno Valley, seven techno valley projects for advanced technology industries around the province will create homes for nearly 9,000 enterprises and approximately 190,000 new jobs. ► Lee Chun-pyo / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Urban Housing Office “I assure you that we will create a successful model in each project area through meetings (with interest groups) before the implementation of the project by specialists.” The Working Youths Account was the most popular employment policy item among youths. ► Working Youth Accounts Secured 15,500 subions from Youths Working Youth Account, a savings account program for youths, has secured 15,500 subions from youths to date. The general success of this administration’s employment policies is attributed to the practicality of the policies that targeted those who are in need as well as to the creation of ideal environments for business activities. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “For the past four years, we have all worked hard together to create a safe and warm Gyeonggi Province. If you ask me to point out the most successful result, it would be the creation of new jobs.” The Gyeonggi provincial administration will continue to do its utmost to realize the targeted creation of 700,000 new jobs during its term. The provincial political review meetings will continue on a weekly basis for welfare, safety and northern provincial development policies. Article 3. Gyeonggi Supports Multicultural Streamers (180409-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the number of multicultural families in Korea surpassing half a million and Gyeonggi Province being home to the largest number of these families, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government began providing these families with support for multicultural content streaming via online platforms such as YouTube. ► Streamer, Seongnam City Using a mobile phone, this Russian family conducts a talk show in Russian and Korean via real-time online personal broadcasting, also known as streaming. [Sync] “I was surprised to learn that the audience expected to hear foreign languages…” Through a support program known as the Gyeonggi Dream Creator Program, Gyeonggi Province is nurturing streamers for the personal broadcasting of multicultural contents. ► Oksana, Lee Ye-eun, Lee Ye-seung / Gyeonggi Dream Creators “We hope that our broadcasts enable audience members to better understand foreign cultures. Although there are negative views of multicultural families in society, we see positive changes…” The contents of such broadcasts are expanding beyond cultural boundaries. ► Gyeonggi Dream Creator Program The Gyeonggi Dream Creator Program is currently being provided to its first twenty participants from multicultural families of diverse origins whose ages range from their teens to 50s. ► Monthly Support of KRW 400,000 Provided for Video Contents Creation Consisting of streaming education and operational support, the objective of this program, the first of its kind in Korea, is to propagate Gyeonggi provincial policies and multicultural information. ► Kim Mi-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Infrastructure Team “We expect that the production of video contents from the perspectives of multicultural families will promote their understanding of Gyeonggi provincial policies while creating job opportunities for them.” Streaming by multicultural ‘Dream Creators’ can be accessed from April 25 by searching for ‘Gyeonggi Dream (경기 드림)’ on YouTube or Facebook. This customized multicultural family support program is leveraging the advent of a multicultural age in Korea and one-person media technologies. Article 4. Gyeonggi’s Business Re-challenge Support Program (180410-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Those who have failed in business due to financial reasons rarely regain any hope for revival. Gyeonggi Province has been providing such persons with support to help them revive their business dreams. ► Lee Do-yong / Former Businessperson Lee (이도용), a game developer, recently attempted to start a business for the third time after having failed twice. Although his previous failures eroded his confidence, he regained confidence after participating in Gyeonggi Province’s Re-challenge Success Package Program. ► Lee Do-yong / Re-challenge Success Package Program Participant “Knowing that I was being helped, that I was not alone and there are wonderful resources such as educational and financial support that I could use helped in regaining confidence.” ► Re-challenge Success Package Program The Re-challenge Success Package Program is being operated by the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator. This program is open to those who have material business ideas and attempt to restart businesses after failed experiences. ► Kim Gil-a / Deputy Director, Business Startup Support Team, GBSA “This program aims to help those who previously failed in business startups establish a foundation for success in their new attempts and create new jobs in the process.” ► Mentoring by Specialists and Customized Business Startup Education This provincial support program is geared to help those with business ideas in technical fields. Support includes mentoring and failure analysis services by specialists, customized business startup education geared to minimize the risk of failure, financial support for prototype development and production, and business incubation facility support. Article 5. New Gyeonggi Provincial Anseong Hospital Building Opens (180412-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Anseong (안성) Hospital of the Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center, the only general hospital in its region, reopened with an increased number of beds and additional departments after the completion of a new building. ► Anseong Hospital (April 10) Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital Opening Ceremony On April 10, the Anseong (안성) Hospital resumed full medical services in its new building. Construction of this 7-story building began in 2015 on a site of 29,000 square meters. Its construction cost was KRW 53 billion. ► Number of Bed Increased to 308 The number of beds has been increased more than twofold to 308, of which more than 50 feature personal nursing and care services. ► Yu Hui-jun / Anseong City Resident “I go to no other hospitals than provincial hospitals because these hospitals have good facilities, their services less expensive and their kindness makes me feel at home.” New departments that opened with the new building include… ► New Departments Rehabilitation medicine, family medicine and oriental medicine departments ► Artificial Joint Center and Rehabilitation Center The hospital also saw the addition of the Artificial Joint Center and Rehabilitation Center. ► Kim Yong-suk / Director, Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Anseong Hospital “We will introduce a variety of projects for public benefit while improving medical service quality so as to help relieve Anseong citizens of health-related concerns.” The Anseong Hospital will also provide such services as hospice, which private hospitals often evade, and strengthened emergency services. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We now have the wonderful Anseong Hospital. Gyeonggi Province will provide the hospital with all necessary support so that it can provide local residents with quality services.” With comprehensive advanced medical facilities in place, Anseong (안성) Hospital will not only serve Anseong residents, but also play a key role as a regional medical center. Article 6. Gyeonggi Begins Vibrio Surveillance at Fishing Ports (180412-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The onset of vibrio diseases arrives earlier every year due to global warming. Gyeonggi Province urges residents to be cautious when consuming raw fish and shellfish, primary carriers of vibrio diseases at this time of year. ► Fish Market, Ansan City Fish markets feature increased varieties and quantities of marine products at this time of year. ► Ryu In-su / Shopper from Siheung City “I came to enjoy sashimi since the weather is good.” Marine products should be consumed more cautiously when sea water temperatures rise above 18 degrees centigrade, enabling vibrio bacteria to become active. This now occurs during spring instead of summer. ► Lee So-hyeopn / Researcher, Gyeonggi Province Institute of Health and Environment “The first vibrio vulnificus sepsis case of the year usually occurred in May or June. However, we have been seeing the first case occur during the period from March to April in recent years.” ► Gyeonggi Begins Vibrio Bacteria Surveillances in Coastal regions In order to prevent vibrio diseases, Gyeonggi Province has already commenced vibrio bacteria surveillance at fishing ports in five Yellow Sea coastal regions. The province also warns residents to be extra cautious when consuming marine products. Vibrio bacterial infection occurs when fish or shellfish is consumed raw or open wounds are exposed to sea water. The symptoms of vibrio vulnificus sepsis include fever, chills, muscular pain, diarrhea and blisters. Severe cases can be fatal, especially for those with liver or kidney diseases or with weakened immune tems. ► Kim Jeong-yeon, M.D. / Gyeonggi Provincial Medical Center Suwon Hospital “Vibrio diseases progress quite rapidly. Unless diagnosed and treated in early stages, their fatality rates are high at 50 to 80 percent since they can lead to sepsis.” To prevent vibrio diseases, it is best to clean fish and shellfish thoroughly under tap water, use sterilized knives and cutting boards, and to cook thoroughly before consuming. Article 7. Pocheon to Host Fashion Industry Complex (180410-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Pocheon (포천) City of Gyeonggi Province will become the host of a new fashion industry complex. On April 9, Gyeonggi Province, Pocheon (포천) City and related textile organizations signed an agreement for the development of the Gyeonggi Designer Village ‘Gomorie’ (고모리에). ► ‘Gomirie’ Development Site, Pocheon City In northern Gyeonggi regions, the textile and furniture industries constitute 30 percent of all manufacturing industries. Pocheon (포천) City’s Gyeonggi Designer Village ‘Gomorie’ (고모리에) will house comprehensive fashion industry facilities that combine these manufacturing industries on a site of 440,000 square meters. ► Gyeonggi Creative Economy Innovation Center (April 9) Cooperation Agreement for Gyeonggi Designer Village ‘Gomorie’ Development Gyeonggi Province plans to develop this complex into a design center of global caliber in which designers and fashion s can maximize their potential on an existing foundation formed by competitive textile enterprises. Gyeonggi Province and Pocheon (포천) City will undertake necessary administrative procedures and provide funds to secure the development site. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Gyeonggi Province and Pocheon City will provide total support so as to make this project a success.” Textile organizations will also provide active support to induce related enterprises to the Gomorie (고모리에) complex. ► Gomorie to Create Economic Effects of KRW 1.5 Trillion and 8,000+ New Jobs When successfully developed, the ‘Gomorie’ (고모리에) complex is projected to induce economic effects of KRW 1.5 trillion and to create more than 8,000 new jobs while contributing to balanced regional development in northern provincial regions. ► Pocheon City Mayor Kim Jong-cheon “We will pursue the creation of a world-class design and tourism center that can provide one-stop, total solutions that encompass creative activities, distribution, shopping and experiences.” The ‘Gomorie’ (고모리에) project is currently being reviewed for approval by the central government with completion slated for 2023. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.04.12Article 1. Gyeonggi Regional Differences in Water Source Protection (180402-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province recently took the initiative in bringing the city administrations of Pyeongtaek (평택), Anseong (안성) and Yongin (용인) to a negotiation table over long-standing differences regarding development restrictions in water source protection areas. ► Jinwicheon Stream, Pyeongtaek City When a water treatment plant was established in Pyeongtaek (평택) City in 1979, disputes arose over the ensuing development restrictions on upstream areas that affected 10 percent of the Yongin (용인) City area and 17 percent of the Anseong (안성) City area. The disputes between these three cities have remained unsettled to this day. ► Kim Yeong-hun / Chairman, Anseong City Ri Representatives Committee “While Pyeongtaek City enjoys development with the addition of new buildings every day, in Anseong City, even existing building permits have to be cancelled due to water source area development restrictions …” Pyeongtaek (평택) City maintains that the water quality of the Pyeongtaek (평택) Watershed would be compromised if development is permitted in upstream areas. ► Son Ui-seong / Representative of Pyeongtaek Civic Environment Organization “Water source protection measures must be in place to ensure that the inflow water is clean and to prevent the influx of unusable, contaminated water.” ► Gyeonggi Province Water Resources Headquarters (March 29) Establishment of Cooperation Task Force for Mutual Benefit In order to help settle differences that have escalated almost to the point of becoming regional conflicts, Gyeonggi Province took the initiative and established a cooperation task force for the mutually beneficial settlement of these long-pending issues. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “We will create an exemplary cooperation model that will help preserve water source quality while accommodating regional interests through the rationalization of regulations.” Consisting of representatives of the province and the three cities involved, this task force will focus on the mitigation of old regulations while protecting water sources. Article 2. Gyeonggi Operates Mobile Slaughterhouse (180403-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Small stock farms in Korea have difficulties accessing slaughterhouses when needed since these facilities are primarily committed to large users. In order to address such issues, Gyeonggi Province began operating a mobile slaughterhouse exclusively for small stock farmers. ► Chicken Farm, Seongnam City For this chicken farm with 2,000 Korean native chickens, securing slaughter services in time for delivery has always been a major challenge. ► Park Cheol-nam / Chicken Farmer “If we have to deliver frozen chickens instead of fresh ones (due to problems with slaughtering), the quality of the chickens is affected and we lose competitiveness.” Most small stock farmers face similar situations since few slaughterhouses operate in small quantities. Yet operating their own facilities is too expensive for most small farms. ► First Mobile Slaughterhouses in Korea to Be Introduced by Gyeonggi Province This mobile slaughterhouse is fully equipped with related facilities on a 13.7-meter long trailer truck. Operating on a trial basis, this truck will serve small stock farms, primarily chicken farms and goat farms, as well as animal breeders in traditional markets around the province. ► Kim Yong-bok / Animal Breeder in Market “We no longer have to travel to slaughterhouses with collective numbers of animals. It is now possible to use slaughtering services even for just a few animals right here. That is what is most convenient.” Introduced for the first time in Korea, this mobile alternative to an established slaughterhouse also resolves problems that arise from the aversion of residents. ► Sin Byeong-ho / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Stock Farm Products Safety Team “It has been difficult for small livestock farms to use slaughterhouses due to a lack of available facilities nearby. We introduced the mobile slaughterhouse to address such issues and ensure the hygiene of the products of these farms.” While relieving difficulties faced by small stock farms, the mobile slaughterhouse also prevents illegal slaughtering in traditional markets. Article 3. Gyeonggi Accelerates Road Work in Northern Regions (180404-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been investing large amounts in road construction in northern provincial regions. This year will see active progress in these efforts, known as the ‘five key road construction projects.’ ► Tonggu-ri, Yeongcheon County Large truck traffic on this road in Yeoncheon (연천) County has increased significantly with the development of an industrial complex in the area. ► Groundbreaking of Road Expansion on Local Road #371 (April 3) Work has begun to expand Local Road 371 between Yeoncheon (연천) County and Paju (파주) City in this area at a cost of KRW 120 billion. ► Lee Jae-an / Representative of Enterprise Relocating to Industrial Complex “I am certain that traffic convenience and safety issues will be resolved (after the completion of work).” ► Gyeonggi to Continue Large Investments in Key Roads in Northern Regions Gyeonggi Province has been investing more than KRW 80 billion annually in key road construction projects in northern areas of the province so as to promote balanced regional development and to prepare for national reunification. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “We will do our utmost to eliminate traffic problems, create new jobs and prepare for national reunification.” The key road construction projects include five projects on seven roads in northern provincial regions. These projects will cost more than KRW 920 billion in total. In addition to work on Local Road 371, work on the Onam - Sudong (오남-수동) section of the road between Seoul and Gapyeong (가평) began this year. Two projects for roads between the cities of Yangju (양주) and Paju (파주), and between the cities of Donducheon (동두천) and Pocheon (포천) are slated for completion later this year. The remaining project for work between Jangheung (장흥) and Gwajeok (과적) in connection with the Seoul Beltway will see the beginning of design this year. Article 4. Gyeonggi Invests KRW 170 Billion in Road Safety in 2018 (180402-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With the number of registered vehicles having increased by 230,000 over the past year and with more vehicles on the road, Gyeonggi Province announced the investment of KRW 170 billion in road safety projects. ► Intersection in Anseong City After the introduction of a rotary intersection last year, this 6-road juncture in Anseong (안성) City, which used to be the scene of frequent accidents, became safer with smoother traffic flow. ► Sin Gil-sik / Driver from Cheongyang County, South Chungcheong Province “There used to be heavy traffic jams and a high accident risk. However, after the rotary intersection was established, traffic became smoother, even though slower.” ► Intersection in Oigacheon-ri, Anseong City On the other hand, this intersection requires major restructuring. Vehicles often tangle together in traffic jams due to its inefficient and confusing geometric structure. [CG] There are 5.39 million registered vehicles in Gyeonggi Province with traffic problems worsening each year. ► Gyeonggi to Invest KRW 170 Billion in Road Safety Projects in 2018 This year’s investment in road safety by Gyeonggi Province is 25 percent larger than that of last year. ► 26 Projects in 5 Categories This investment will be utilized for a total of 26 projects in five categories that include: the promotion of safety through the elimination of dangerous elements; the improvement of environments for pedestrians; the expansion of advanced traffic information tems; the implementation of semi-public intercity bus operation management; and the strengthening of transportation service provider supervision and education. ► Park Chan-gyu / Gyeonggi Province Transportation Welfare Team Official “The objectives (of the road safety projects) are to prevent road accidents and reduce the number of road accident victims by creating safe road environments.” Through multifaceted road safety projects, Gyeonggi Province is targeting a reduction in road accident fatalities of more than 40 percent relative to 2015. Article 5. Good Morning House Resumes Full Annual Operations (0405-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has remodeled the former gubernatorial residence and opened it to the public for cultural activities. Known as Good Morning House, these facilities, which include spaces for exhibitions and performances as well as lodging, recently resumed annual operations. ► Good Morning House Café (April 4) Cultural Healing Brunch Concert When our reporter visited the Good Morning House, its café was filled by families and children who came to enjoy a brunch concert with a meal in a laidback atmosphere. [Sync] – Site Sound - The sweet voice of the singer adds to the relaxed mood of spring warmth. ► Heo Hye-ju, Lee Yeon-suk / Visitors from Hwaseong City “My daughter asked me to come here with her to have a cup of tea. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy a concert. I am glad I came, and I want to come again.” ► Brunch Concert on Every Wednesday and Friday Good Morning House Café hosts a brunch concert featuring classical music, jazz or traditional Korean music every Wednesday and Friday. There are also a variety of events held at Good Morning House throughout the year. ► Weekly Children’s Programs, Education Programs, ‘Book Club’ These events include weekly programs such as experiential programs for children, educational programs, and book club meetings. ► ‘Picnic on Mats’ on Saturdays (Until May) There is also the ‘Picnic on Mats’ program that will run every Saturday until May, as well as flea markets, art markets, busking, and tea ceremony events. ► Ko Hyeon-suk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Good Morning House Team “This year’s programs were organized for enjoyment by diverse groups of people throughout the day.” Opened in 2016, Good Morning House attracted more than 110,000 visitors last year and has now firmly established itself as a popular provincial cultural activity center for visitors of all ages. Article 6. Yangju Techno Valley to Host Drone Technology Enterprises (180404-3) [Anchor’s Headline] On April 3, Gyeonggi Province and Yangju (양주) City signed a cooperation agreement with the Korea Drone Association for drone technology development. ► Yangju Techno Valley Site, Yangju City According to the agreement, Yangju (양주) Techno Valley, which is slated for completion in 2024 on a site of 550,000 square meters in Yangju (양주) City, will host a drone industry complex. ► Drone Industry Complex Development Cooperation Agreement (April 3) The three parties to the agreement will work closely together for the realization of the complex. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Yangju Techno Valley should lead the 4th industrial revolution. To this end, we just witnessed the establishment of a foundation for the drone industry today.” ► Yangju City Mayor Lee Seong-ho “I hope that this agreement is a stepping stone for Yangju Techno Valley in becoming a leader in the world drone market.” Yangju (양주) Techno Valley will also become a center for provincial drone technology education, development and consultation support. ► Jang Seong-chang / Director, Korea Drone Association “I am certain that Gyeonggi Province will become a national leader (in drone technologies) through the combination of drone industry knowhow and the locational benefits of Yangju Techno Valley.” ► Development of Yangju Techno Valley to be Completed in 2024 The Yangju (양주) Techno Valley project in the northeastern region of the province is currently in the feasibility study stage with completion slated for 2024. When completed, this techno valley will house, in addition to a drone industry complex, biotech, electric and electronic enterprises with more than 23,000 jobs, creating economic effects valued at KRW 1.9 trillion. Article 7. Pyeongtaek Port Tour Vessel ‘Camellia’ Begins Operation (0406-2) [Anchor’s Headline] A port tour vessel with a capacity of over 80 tons and more than a hundred passengers recently began operation at Pyeongtaek (평택) Port. This vessel will guide passengers through port facilities. ► Pyeongtaek Port Tour Vessel Named Camelia, this boat is 26.6 meters in length and 6.6 meters in width; it has a capacity of 85 tons and a maximum speed of 17 knots. Camelia covers all docking and distribution facilities of the port. ► Yun Jin-ju / Student in International Trade, Bucheon City “I heard about container docks and automobile quays but this was the first time I saw their operations first hand. As a student of international trade, I was very interested.” The interior of the vessel can also be used for meetings. ► Maximum Capacity: 153 Persons Camelia can carry up to 153 persons including crew. ► Operates Twice Daily, 3 Days a Week Camelia will operate twice daily, three days a week. This vessel will provide its passengers with a 50-minute tour of the port in cooperation with related port service operators and the Korean Navy. ► Kim Jae-seung / Director, Gyeonggi Pyeongtaek Port Corp. Project Development Division “The objective is to better inform domestic exporting and importing enterprises about Pyeongtaek Port and to promote the port as the only international port of the province among provincial residents…” ► Services Provided to Marine Transportation and Port Service Personnel, General Public Port tour services are available to businesses, marine transportation and port service personnel, and the general public. Reservations are required at least five days in advance via the Gyeonggi Pyeongtaek Port Corporation. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.04.03Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Gyeonggi Announces Perennial Drought Measures (180326-2) [Anchor’s Headline] With the intensity of droughts and their damaging effects increasing each year, Gyeonggi Province recently announced measures to fundamentally resolve drought-related issues through efficient water management. ► Madun Reservoir, Anseong City (Last Summer) Last year, Gyeonggi Province suffered severe droughts that began early in the summer, leaving most reservoirs dry. ► Yeongdong-ri, Gwangju City (Last Winter) Suffering continued, especially in mountainous areas, through a winter that saw extremely cold weather. ► Kim Sun-I / Mountain Village Resident “We could somehow manage most difficulties. However, frozen toilets and boilers made our lives extremely difficult.” Droughts have become more frequent in recent years due to climatic changes. [CG] In fact, the frequency of droughts has more than doubled from 0.36 times annually before the year 2000 to 0.76 times after. ► Gyeonggi Develops Permanent Anti-Drought Measures The announced measures are geared to permanently address drought issues. ► Jeon Pil-geun / Gyeonggi Province Natural Disaster Response Team Official “There are significant regional differences in climatic change and the amounts of precipitation. Since droughts have become more intense and are causing more serious agricultural damage, we developed these measures to resolve the related problems on a permanent basis.” The primary objective of these measures is the security of agricultural water supplies. ► Improvement of Reservoir and Irrigation Facilities Such endeavors will include utilizing KRW 3.2 billion to minimize water losses at five old reservoirs and connected water courses. ► Construction of Irrigation Canals between Pyeongtaek Watershed and Reservoirs In addition, new irrigation canals will be constructed from the Pyeongtaek (평택) Watershed to reservoirs that supply water to more than 2,500 hectares of farmland in surrounding areas. ► Water Supply to Remote Areas and Use of Sewage Treatment Discharge Water Other anti-drought measures include reuse of discharge water from sewage treatment plants and the installation of water supply facilities on remote islands and in mountainous regions. Article 2. Japanese Artists’ Exhibition at Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation (180327-2) [Anchor’s Headline] An exhibition by Japanese artists is being held at the Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation. Titled ‘Deep Breath’, this exhibition showcases their interpretations of Korean cultural objects that can be rediscovered by calmly ‘inhaling’ them. ► ‘Epic Chant ‘Pansori’, an Orally Conveyed Literature’ Pansori (판소리), a form of traditional Korean chanting, is appreciated in a different way here via images of the lips and teeth of the performer who conveys dramatic emotions. ► ‘Capture’ This unorthodox trap with three scorched insects caught in it depicts the predatory nature of mankind that has been passed down from ancient days. ► ‘Samganghaeksildo’ – Virtues of Noble People This work helps us rediscover an ancient drawing about virtues by presenting parts of it alongside corresponding images of modern depictions. ► Lee Jae-yeong / Viewer from Suwon City “The objects of the artwork at this exhibition are something beyond our normal imagination. However, it was fascinating to see these fundamental things along with how we normally perceive them…” ► Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation (Until April 6) ‘Deep Breath’ Exhibition This exhibition features 14 depictions of Korean culture in the form of installation and image art created by the Japanese artist duo Hiroyas Yukawa (히로야스 유카와) and Keichi Nakayas (케이치 나카야스) – known by the combined name of Yukawa Nakayas (유카와 나카야스). ► Lee Ji-hyeon / Curator, Gyeonggi Cultural Foundation “The philosophy of the artwork showcased in this exhibition begins with a deep breath, a primitive act that we do to gain composure when we face something foreign and unfamiliar. This exhibition will provide a new opportunity to rediscover Korean culture through the eyes of Japanese artists.” Following this exhibition, which will run until April 6, the two Japanese artists plan to showcase their interpretation of Taiwanese culture at the Artist Village in Taiwan in May. Article 3. Gyeonggi Expands Coverage of Microdust Measures (0328-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In addition to the strengthening of microdust-related environmental standards by the Korean government, Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the coverage of microdust measures including the supply of protective equipment to more vulnerable individuals. [CG] The lowest limit for a ‘high’ microdust concentration per cubic meter of air was adjusted from 50 micrograms to 35 micrograms. [CG] This means 82 days this year saw high microdust levels with ‘very high’ levels seen on 6 days. With these numbers being expected to increase rapidly, Gyeonggi Province decided to expand the coverage of protection measures. ◊ Microdust Masks on Buses during Microdust Emergency Periods First, 3.75 million microdust-grade masks are made available on buses in the province for free use by passengers during microdust emergency periods. ► Lee Tae-gyeong / Suwon City Resident “I was in a rush in the morning and forgot to take a mask with me. However, I was able to get one on the bus; I find it really convenient.” ◊ Free Microdust Masks Supplied to Children and Seniors Children under 7 years of age and senior users of local public health centers are supplied with free microdust masks, beginning last month with the supply of 2.8 million masks in the cities of Gwangju (광주) Anseong (안성) and Suwon (수원). ◊ Air Purifier Installation at Senior, Disabled and Children’s Facilities Air purifier installation is currently underway at more than 20,000 facilities for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and children. Air purifiers will also be installed on 2,200 long-distance buses later this year. ► Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Response Team “We prioritized practicality of benefits in policy establishment and focused on the protection of population who are more sensitive to microdust through the supply of Ddabok masks and air purifiers…” In addition, Gyeonggi Province also plans to provide support for eco-friendly wallpaper and floor replacement at 500 welfare facilities as well as for the replacement of boilers with those that use eco-friendly fuels at small businesses in northern provincial regions. Article 4. Gyeonggi Local Governments’ Regulatory Reform Contest (180328-2) [Anchor’s Headline] On March 27, the finals of a regulatory reform case contest took place between 16 local governments of Gyeonggi Province. The finalists vied for a place among ten winners of provincial special reform support totaling KRW 30 billion. [Sync] “Let’s go and reform!” ► Gyeonggi Institute of Science & Technology Promotion (March 27) 2018 Regulatory Reform Project Contest Held in an audition format, the contest was enlivened by presenters who represented their local governments in characteristic attire as well as by enthusiastic cheering squads from each locality. ► Kim Chang-woo / Yangju City Presenter “We finally realized our dream of inducing a techno valley!” After each presentation, the presenter and the corresponding government head were asked questions by a panel of judges. ► Lee Byeong-gil / Judge Committee Chairman “Do you believe that the amendment of that official order was solely the result of the efforts of Ansan citizens?” ► Ansan City Mayor Je Jong-gil “Shoreland being permitted for land registration is solely the results of Ansan citizens’ efforts. However…” This contest was organized with the aim of identifying exemplary regulatory reform cases and sharing them with other local governments of the province. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Regulations may cause tax payer money to be wasted and slow down growth engines. (On the other hand,) regulatory reform helps create new jobs and drives a virtuous circle of welfare.” Of the sixteen reform cases in the finals, those that overcame local economic growth obstacles such as development restrictions numbered 12. ► Uijeongbu City Won 1st Prize The first prize went to Uijeongbu (의정부) City for its case of culture and shopping complex development at a former US military base site. ► Ko Jin-taek / Uijeongbu City Presenter “The case we presented pertains to lifting development restrictions on an area. We expect that the Uijeongbu Cultural Complex to be developed in this area will help revive our city significantly.” The ten winning local governments will be provided with provincial special reform support totaling KRW 10 billion as well as prize money. Article 5. Gyeonggi Seeks Revitalization of Pyeongtaek Port (180328-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In its search for ways in which to revitalize Pyeongtaek (평택) Port, Gyeonggi Province organized an informal meeting with related specialists. Trade activities through this international port have been declining with recent negative developments in related trade. ► Pyeongtaek Port Such negative developments include the planned withdrawal of a foreign automobile enterprise and the trade protectionism of the United States. These are the leading causes of a recent decline in the use of Pyeongtaek Port facilities. SMEs that are heavily dependent on exports, especially auto part suppliers, will be hit hard by such developments. ► Pyeongtaek Port Revitalization Meeting (March 27) During the meeting, various opinions for the revitalization of Pyeongtaek (평택) Port and exports were shared among the attendees. ► Sin Il-seung / Marine Transportation Enterprise Pyeongtaek Branch Manager “Attracting a cargo ship to a port has the effect of creating a large number of jobs, as many as the establishment of a new factory may generate. Therefore, we need to pay more attention to such possibilities…” ► Yun Yong-ho / Director of Distribution Enterprise “I hope that a new town or at least a residential complex can be established within five-kilometer radius of the port.” Other opinions suggested during the meeting that warrant further discussion include the diversification of shipping lanes and the establishment of a business incubation center. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Pyeongtaek Port is the only international port of the province. Gyeonggi Province will endeavor to increase trade volume through the port and induce industrial complexes with many new jobs through the development of supporting infrastructure.” Gyeonggi Province also plans to establish a task force for the administrative support of Pyeongtaek (평택) Port and for the promotion of the port through proposals to the central government. Article 6. Development of Gyeonggi’s Techno Valleys in Full Swing (180329-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s Ilsan (일산) Techno Valley and Gwangmyeong-Siheung (광명-시흥) Techno Valley projects, two advanced technology complex projects, will soon enter full development stages, suggesting a significant change in the industrial map of the province in 5 years. ► Ilsan Techno Valley Site, Goyang City The Ilsan (일산)Techno Valley will be established in Goyang (고양) City on a site of approximately 800,000 square meters, large enough to encompass 97 soccer fields. This complex will house enterprises in advanced technology fields including IT contents, convergence technologies and autonomous vehicles with aggregate annual sales of KRW 70 trillion. ► 326th General Meeting of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly (March 22) These projects have recently been approved by the Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly. ► Choi Chun-sik / Member of Gyeonggi Provincial Assembly “This project was approved in its original form due to its job creation potential.” ► Gwangmyeong-Siheung Techno Valley Site, Gwangmyeong City The development of Gwangmyeong-Siheung (광명-시흥)Techno Valley also received a green light. [CG] With a project cost of approximately KRW 1.7 trillion, this techno valley is planned on a site of roughly 2 million square meters. Of its four sub-projects, a housing complex project was approved by the provincial assembly. ► Lee Su-dae / Gwangmyeong City Resident “When the techno valley is established, the quality of life of residents will be improved with improved surrounding environments and amenities.” The completion of Ilsan (일산) Techno Valley is slated for the year 2023, the same year targeted for the completion of Gwangmyeong-Siheung (광명-시흥)Techno Valley. Article 7. Gyeonggi Promotes Traditional Markets for Young Consumers (180329-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been promoting business startups by youths in traditional markets so as to help these markets attract more young consumers. The provincial government plans to continue its policy of changing traditional markets to meet the needs of young consumers. ► Anseong Matchum Market ‘Youths’ is a word frequently encountered in this traditional market in Anseong (안성) City. Since this market section was designated by Gyeonggi Province for business startups by youths last year, its atmosphere has changed to appeal to the tastes of youths and its visitors have become younger. ► Lee Seung-yeon / Shopper “I visit this market more often these days. I had seldom entered these alleys before. However, since I began coming to these alleys, I am naturally attracted to other things.” ► Hyeondae Market, Seongnam City This traditional market in Seongnam (성남) City boasts elegant facilities that are comparable to those of department stores and offers an indoor atmosphere preferred by young consumers. ► Jeong Gyeong-hui / Hyeondae Market Merchant “(After remodeling,) it became much easier for us to work and passages became wider and cleaner for shoppers, who appreciate the changes…” Traditional markets in Gyeonggi Province are slowly restoring patronage by youths thanks to provincial promotional efforts. ► Development of ‘Young Markets’ This year, Gyeonggi Province will expand its traditional market support to create ‘Young Markets’ that can also attract tourists. ► Yun Jeong-hun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Traditional Market Support Team “Making markets younger helps them serve the needs of a wider range of consumers. For that reason, we increased the budget (for traditional market support) 250 percent this year.” Shedding shabby old images, traditional markets with new appearances are expected to restore their vitality through increased popularity among consumers of all age groups. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.03.29Greetings, everyone, and thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. I’m Don Valiant and this is the news from Gyeonggi Province this week. Article 1. Orientation for First Participants in Gyeonggi’s Working Youth Series (180319-2) [Anchor’s headline] The Working Youth Series, Gyeonggi Province’s young SME employee support programs slated for launch this year, drew considerable interest from youths as indicated by an associated website being overwhelmed during the first application period. ► Seosuwon Chilbo Sports Arena (March 18) Orientation Session for Working Youth Series Participants At an orientation session held in a local sports stadium on March 18, more than 1,500 youths who had successfully qualified to participate in these programs filled the venue. The first application period that ended last month saw a high competition rate at 3.4 to 1. ► Jeong Ki-tae / Youth Pension Program Participant, Namyangju City “I believe that (with Working Youth Series support) one will be more motivated and continue to be employed for a long period of time, realizing dreams for the long term.” ► Wu Su-yeon / “Youth Pension Program” Participant, Yongin City “I see the possibility of having my own home and saving enough money for marriage after ten years…” This was the first orientation session organized for Working Youth Series participants. During the event, Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil (남경필) delivered an address and spoke with youths regarding the programs. Of the three Working Youth Series programs, the orientation session on this day was for participants in the Youth Pension program. ► Working Youth Series Programs - Youth Pension - Youth Meister Account - Youth Welfare Points The three programs are: Youth Pension, a 10-year pension account program; Youth Meister Account, a periodic deposit account program; and Youth Welfare Points, cashable points based on employment duration. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “Youths can nurture their dreams through these programs. I hope that more similar programs will be developed and propagate throughout the nation.” Part of Gyeonggi Province’s youth employment support policies, these programs aim to promote the employment of youths at small and medium-sized enterprises. The second application period for the Working Youth Series is slated for April. Article 2. Gyeonggi Promotes Animal-friendly Livestock Farming (180320-2) [Anchor’s headline] Last year, chicken farms in Korea were devastated by a nationwide egg boycott that followed reports of pesticide-tainted eggs. In order to help alleviate such risks for livestock, Gyeonggi Province recently announced a new policy. ► Cattle Farm in Icheon City At this cattle farm with more than 100 cows, three cows share a shed of approximately 32 square meters, an area usually occupied by five or six cows at most other farms. Enjoying more spacious quarters, the cows at this farm suffer less stress. In addition, this farm uses eco-friendly, non-chemical methods of insect control. ► Lim Gwan-bin / Cattle Farmer “We are in an environment-conscious livestock farming age. If we are to enjoy positive consumer ratings, we should maintain clean and better environments for animals.” ► Gyeonggi Introduces ‘Happy Livestock Farm’ Designation System The new policy of Gyeonggi Province, the Happy Livestock Farm designation tem, is geared to promote more spacious animal sheds as an alternative to conventional factory-style sheds. To qualify for designation, farms are required to have an average shed space of 10 square meters per cow or 0.8 square meters per pig as well as being subject to tests for residual chemicals and antibiotics. ► Gyeon Hong-su / Director, Gyeonggi Province Livestock Policy Division “…to promote livestock farming methods that provide the animals with natural living environments while also minimizing stress and unnecessary suffering…” Designated Happy Livestock Farms will be provided with financial support as well as consultation services for facility modifications. In addition, these farms will be provided with provincial certification that enables their products to enjoy advantages in pricing and consumer recognition. Gyeonggi Province plans to designate 40 Happy Livestock Farms this year and will increase the number to 400 by the year 2022. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Eliminate Long Unfinished Buildings (180321-1) [Anchor’s headline] Gyeonggi Province plans to take the initiative in eliminating buildings that have been left unfinished in urban areas for prolonged periods of time, creating unsightly scenes and posing a danger as scenes for criminal activities. ► Building Construction Site, Yongin City Provincial intervention with such sites will begin this September. This spa construction site between a residential area and a local park has remained unfinished for years since construction work was halted after the constructor went bankrupt six years ago. ► Kim Mun-su, Local Resident, Yongin City “It is unsightly and harms the appearance of the area. Something must be done to enable the work to be finished…” ► Building Construction Site, Yongin City This half-finished building has become a ruin through exposure to the elements over a twenty-year span. In Gyeonggi Province, there are 42 such building sites that have been left unfinished for more than two years – sixty percent of them for more than ten years. ► Gyeonggi to Eliminate Long-unfinished Buildings from September Gyeonggi Province plans to intervene in the situations of individual sites – usually arising from financial reasons or disputes – so as to identify ways in which to either resume the original construction work or allocate the sites to other uses. ► Song Hae-chung / Director, Gyeonggi Province Architecture & Design Division “There is no legal basis that enables the administration to intervene. However, we will seek ways in which to resolve such situations through dialogue with interested parties and specialists…” Building sites that involve complicated claim and obligation relationships will be assigned individual building managers and become subject to regular safety management. Provincial intervention in long-abandoned building sites is also expected to have positive effects on local people’s lives. Article 4. Free Facial Masks for Individuals Vulnerable to Microdust (0320-1) [Anchor’s headline] In order to protect individuals who are vulnerable to microdust, which is regarded as more harmful than smoking, Gyeonggi Province is supplying free facial masks to seniors and children. Free masks are also available to the public on buses during microdust emergency periods. ► Public Health Center, Anseong City Free facial masks are available at local public health centers. [Sync] “The purpose of wearing these masks is to prevent harmful dust from entering our bodies through the respiratory tem.” Known as Ddabok Masks, these masks are rated as KF80 in the filtration of microdust. ► Ddabok Masks Available to 30,000 Seniors from Local Public Health Centers Seniors over 65 years of age may receive up to six Ddabok Masks at local public health centers throughout the province. ► Jeong Han-kuk (Aged 79), Anseong City Resident “The availability of these masks helps us protect our bodies from microdust. People of advanced ages appreciate it…” ► Childcare Center, Siheung City Ddabok Masks are also available free of charge to children under 7 years of age. ► Ddabok Masks Distributed to 400,000 Children under 6 These masks are being distributed to children through childcare facilities, children’s shelters and local children’s centers. ► Yun Mi-ra / Director, Childcare Center “We have always been concerned about microdust and yellow dust. With these masks, the safety and health of our children can now be ensured and they can even play outdoors.” ► Ddabok Masks Available on Buses during Microdust Emergency Periods During each microdust emergency period, 100 Ddabok Masks will be placed in a dispenser on each of the 12,500 buses in the province for free use by the general public. ► Kim Tae-su / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Microdust Measures team “We will do our utmost to enable our residents not to worry about microdust anymore.” In addition to the free distribution of Ddabok Masks, Gyeonggi Province is also pursuing diverse microdust reduction measures such as the installation of air purifiers and bus idling-prevention devices. Article 5. Gyeonggi Provides Homeless with Education in the Humanities (0319-3) [Anchor’s headline] With the number of homeless individuals in the province surpassing 1,000, Gyeonggi Province has been successfully operating a special education program for these individuals so as to help them restore their hopes in life. ► Hanshin University (March 15) ‘Shoulder-to-shoulder Humanities School’ Opening Ceremony On March 15, the opening ceremony of this humanities school was held in a university lecture room. More than 30 homeless individuals who have enrolled in this free education course, titled Shoulder-to-shoulder Humanities School, attended the ceremony and listened intently to the opening-day lecture. ► Park Deuk-seo / Homeless Individual, Humanities School Attendee “I want to rediscover what I am worth and what I have. Beyond that, I also want to find my aptitude and a new job to give myself a chance to become closer to society.” ► Curriculum Customized for Individuals The education course includes subjects in the humanities such as movies, art and literature, therapeutic programs such as physical education, camping and psychological counselling, and vocational certification courses. ► Jeong Chang-seop / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Muhandolbom Team “Restoration of self-respect is very important for the realization of self-reliance by homeless individuals. Humanities education combined with psychological and therapeutic programs is provided to help them readapt to society…” Out of 187 humanities school graduates, 146 have succeeded in attaining economic independence to date. Home to the third largest number of homeless individuals in Korea following Seoul and Daegu (대구), Gyeonggi Province is opening a path to a new life for those who once believed they had lost everything. Article 6. Gyeonggi Supports Small Business Startups (0320-3) [Anchor’s headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a small business startup support program titled ‘Success Package for Promising Small Businesses’. Program participants are provided with customized support in a range of fields from financing to actual business establishment. ► Lee Ju-yeon, Handicraft Shop Proprietor, Anseong City Last September, Lee (이주연) opened a one-person handicraft accessory business. Despite initial difficulties, she was able to steer her business in the right direction thanks to Gyeonggi Province’s small business startup support. Achieving stable monthly sales of KRW 2 million, she is now looking at entering overseas markets. ► Lee Ju-yeon / Former ‘Success Package for Promising Small Businesses’ Participant “I was almost completely lost at first. However, after receiving nearly ninety hours of education, I was able to have some idea of what steps to take to open a business.” ► ‘Success Package for Promising Small Businesses’ Program This small business startup support program is open to anyone who has ideas and techniques of good business potential. Participants are provided with customized personal assistance through the entire business startup processes as well as financial support of up to KRW 8.5 million. ► Heo Jeong-ho / Deputy Manager, Small Business Support Center, Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator “We provide aspiring small business founders who have potential business ideas and techniques with a comprehensive business startup support package.” ► Applications Received Until April 5 Applications for this small business startup support program are being received at the Small Business Support Center of the Gyeonggi Business & Science Accelerator until April 5. Article 7. Illegal Alternative Medicine Practitioners Uncovered in Gyeonggi (0321-3) [Anchor’s headline] The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police recently uncovered a large number of unlicensed tattooists and alternative medicine therapists. The public is cautioned to be wary of these illegal practitioners and the health-related consequences that their services may entail. ► Semi-permanent Makeup Parlor - Hair Salon in Goyang City Using various tattooing and medical supplies, this hair salon in Goyang (고양) City has been offering semi-permanent makeup services. Unbeknownst by its clients, this shop has been operating without a license. ► Semi-permanent Makeup Parlor – Nail Salon in Yangju City This nail salon also has been offering permanent eyebrow and eyeline tattooing services without a license. [Sync]. “You were going to begin the (tattooing) service, weren’t you?” “Yes, I admit I was.” ► Cupping Therapist – Sauna in Goyang City There is also a cupping therapist who has been practicing at a sauna without a license. Client records show the dates of the procedures performed. Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine practice that must be performed only by qualified therapists to prevent serious medical and hygienic issues. ► Cho Hang-rae / Dermatologist “Eyebrow tattooing increases the risk of secondary infections and may cause allergic reactions to the pigments used.” ► 130 Violators Uncovered in Gyeonggi During the crackdown, 130 unlicensed providers of such services were apprehended and charged for criminal practices. These illegal services were primarily provided at hair salons, saunas, and even private studios. ► Yu Ye-na / Inspector, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Goyang Center “The crackdown was conducted based on information that eyebrow tattooing is being performed widely at hair salons. Out of 358 suspected locations, we discovered violations at 130 locations.” The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police have decided to deal with the apprehended violators strictly according to criminal laws. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV. We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.03.22Greetings, 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 Local Fruits Replace Imports (180312-1) [Anchor’s Headline] In recent years in Gyeonggi Province, the production of foreign fruits, especially tropical fruits such as guavas that are primarily imported from South America and Southeast Asia, has been increasing and gradually replacing imports. ► Orchard in Pyeongtaek City At an orchard in Pyeongtaek (평택) City, a forest of passion fruit trees is heavily laden with well-grown fruit. These strongly aromatic, purple fruits are of Brazilian origin and grow at temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. ► Lee Gil-hwan / Passion Fruit Orchard Farmer “The required environmental conditions are similar to those for red peppers. You can grow them easily as long as you keep temperatures right.” ► Pineapple Farm, Icheon City Choi (최종웅), who changed his main crop to pineapples this year, can produce fully ripe pineapples without having to harvest prematurely for prolonged shipping. ► Choi Jong-wung / Pineapple Farmer “You will be able to experience a big difference in taste compared to unripe imported pineapples. You can enjoy the full taste and aroma…” There are also an increasing number of other foreign fruits as well as Jeju Island specialty tangerines being produced in Gyeonggi Province. ► Tropical Fruit Production Increases in Gyeonggi Province Such an increase in tropical fruit production in the province is attributed to climatic change stemming from global warming. ► Lee Mun-mu / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Horticultural Products Team “The cultivation limits of sub-tropical and tropical fruits have been moving north and progressively reaching Gyeonggi Province over the past five years. Production also increased during this period.” With local production of tropical fruits increasing, imported fruits in markets are gradually being replaced by tastier and fresher fruits grown locally. Article 2. Gyeonggi to Promote Adoption of Abandoned Pets (180312-3) [Anchor’s Headline] With the number of pets increasing, issues relating to abandoned animals are also increasing in Korea. In order to address such issues, Gyeonggi Province will launch an abandoned animal adoption support program in cooperation with the central government this year. These days, Choi (최선자) is in love with her new dog, Happy, who follows her everywhere. Deserted by its previous owner after being injured in a car accident last year, Happy was lucky to be rescued and later adopted by a new owner. ► Choi Seon-ja / Deserted Dog Adopter, Yongin City “When I first looked at his eyes, I saw the sorrow of an abandoned animal. I wanted to wash that look from his eyes, so I took him home.” In Korea, approximately 100,000 pet dogs are abandoned annually, of which 40 percent end up dying of health issues or being euthanized while in shelters. Although animal abandonment is a well-publicized social issue, health problems and treatment costs lead to only 29 percent finding new homes. ► Gyeonggi Provides Support of up to KRW 100,000 for Abandoned Animal Adoption Gyeonggi Province’s abandoned animal adoption support program aims to promote the adoption of such animals. Support of up to KRW 100,000 per animal will be provided for treatment and vaccination costs. ► Yeo Wun-chang / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province “We expect that this program will help promote respect for animal lives and reduce animal abandonment.” This year, Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 650 million for this program with the aim of supporting the adoption of 6,500 animals. Those wishing to apply for provincial support should produce evidence of medical tests and treatments after adopting the animal from a local animal shelter. Beneficiaries will also be subject to regular post-adoption monitoring by the province. Article 3. Local Economy Support after Provincial Government Relocation (180****-*) [Anchor’s Headline] In order to help maintain the livelihood of areas around the current site of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex after its relocation in 2021, the provincial government allocated a budget of KRW 50 billion for local economic support. ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex There is increasing concern among owners of local businesses such as cafes and restaurants in these areas, which have enjoyed close proximity to the provincial government complex for the past 51 years, regarding possible ‘dead city’ effects that may occur after its re// ► Song Bong-su / Restaurant Proprietor “Gyeonggi officials use my restaurant in groups for lunches and dinners. Without them, this street will be almost empty.” ► Gyeonggi Provincial Government Complex (March 21) Gyeonggi Province and Suwon City Join in Local Economic Restoration Efforts Gyeonggi Province and Suwon City agreed on four local economic restoration projects so as to prevent the economic decline of these areas after the relocation of the provincial government. ► Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “… so as to establish a foundation for economic prosperity as well as for the vitality of culture and art…” [CG] These projects include the establishment of culture streets for youths and additional parking lots as well as the creation of a safe environment through the installation of safety features. ► Suwon City Mayor Yeom Tae-yeong “We hope that the provincial government will help create an area that will remain as economically lively as it was before the relocation of the provincial government complex…” In addition to local economic restoration projects, Gyeonggi Province also plans to relocate a number of provincial organizations to the vacated site so as to prevent a vacuum effect after the relocation of the provincial government complex. Article 4. Spring Stream Clean-up Underway in Gyeonggi Province (180****-*) [Anchor’s Headline] With the spring thaw almost complete, many local streams are seeing large amounts of debris swept up by the melt water. In order to prevent contamination downstream, a province-wide spring stream clean-up is underway in Gyeonggi Province. ► Pungdeok Stream, Hanam City The banks of this stream in Hanam (하남) City are covered with piles of trash created by flotsam including paper, styrofoam and plastic. ► GTV Reporter Gu Yeong-seul “If you look closely, you can see all kinds of trash from drink cans to half-empty gas cartridges that have been thrown away together with the scruples of their users.” The trash accumulated on and under the ice until being washed away with the melt water. ► Kang Seong-gu / Hanam City Resident “When I stroll along the stream, unsightly trash and contaminated water are too offensive for comfort while foul odors cause headaches.” Stream clean-up is being performed throughout the province, especially for streams that flow into the Han River, a water source for a large population. ► Spring Stream Cleanup in Gyeonggi Province The spring stream clean-up is being performed by Gyeonggi Province in cooperation with K-water and local governments. At each clean-up site, work is performed for hours by dozens of personnel using special equipment. ► Choi Yeong-nam / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Paldang Water Source Management “Stream clean-up aims to ensure water source safety while promoting good practices for keeping streams clean among local residents…” In addition to stream clean-up work, Gyeonggi Province will strengthen the monitoring of Paldang (팔당) Watershed areas for illegal practices and introduce stringent management of 15 tributaries so as to protect the water source. Article 5. Rural Childcare Center Personnel Requirements Mitigated (180****-*) [Anchor’s Headline] Childcare centers in rural areas face difficulties finding teachers due to established personnel requirements. To alleviate such difficulties, Gyeonggi Province recently adjusted these requirements based on practicality. ► Childcare Center, Goyang City Childcare center teachers in rural areas often have to commute for more than an hour. ► Kim Mi-seon / Rural Area Childcare Teacher “When I started working here, I commuted by car for about an hour and a half. It wasn’t easy but was worth it because I was happy to be able to work in a rural area.” Remoteness sometimes forces childcare centers in rural areas, especially those in northern provincial regions, to close due to difficulties in recruiting teachers and in operations. ► Gyeonggi Adjusts Childcare Teacher-to-Child Ratio In order to help resolve such issues, Gyeonggi Province approved special exceptions in childcare teacher requirement criteria exclusively for 885 childcare centers in northern Gyeonggi regions. For these childcare centers, the maximum number of children per teacher will be increased to four, and teachers will be paid a rural teacher’s allowance. ► Sin Ji-ae / Director, Rural Area Childcare Center “Although the supply of childcare teachers in rural regions is difficult due to geographical reasons, the rural teacher’s allowance seems to be helpful in recruiting teachers.” The adjustment also includes an increase in the maximum number of children from 21 to 39 for a childcare center in which a director can double as a teacher. ► Park Ki-suk / Gyeonggi Province Childcare Support Team Official “Difficulties in supplying childcare teachers and in the operation of childcare centers in rural regions will be significantly alleviated (by this special exception approval).” The application of these special exceptions based on practicality is expected to significantly improve the operational efficiency of childcare centers in rural regions. Article 6. Gyeonggi Continues Commercial Sign Replacement Support (180****-*) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a commercial sign replacement support program so as to improve the appearance of urban environments by replacing excessive commercial signage with pleasing, simpler designs. ► Street in Namchang-dong, Suwon City The appearance of this small street in Suwon (수원) City, which is lined with handicraft shops, changed significantly when disorderly signage disappeared. The previous board-style signs that covered building fronts were replaced with stylish three-dimensional signs with characteristic designs for individual shops. ► Park Yeong-hui / Handicraft Workshop Proprietor “Those chaotic, protruding signs were removed completely during the implementation of the sign replacement support program. We now have a wider and farther view without obstruction…” Since 2004, more than 34,000 signs have been replaced in Gyeonggi Province through this program. ► Creation of Streets with Beautiful Signs This year, Gyeonggi Province will use KRW 3.6 billion to support the replacement of more than 1,300 commercial signs on selected streets in the cities of Yeoju (여주) and Anseong. ► Hwang In-hwan / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Design Policy Team “The purpose of this program is to improve the appearance and environment of the cities through the replacement of commercial signs and to promote good practices in street advertisement.” Streets in Gyeonggi Province are transforming with appearances improved simply by the replacement of signs. Article 7. Tram System to Relieve Siheung-Ansan Smart Hub Traffic Problems (0314-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province announced its plan to introduce a tram tem for the Siheung-Ansan (시흥-안산) Smart Hub, a large industrial complex that is home to more than 18,000 enterprises, so as to alleviate long-standing public transportation problems in this region. ► Siheung-Ansan Hub With limited public transportation service availability in this region, a large proportion of the more than 250,000 workers at this industrial complex use private cars for commuting, worsening the situation even further by choking streets with their illegally parked vehicles. With a population increasing with the development of neighboring regions, the transportation outlook is near hopeless. ► Kang Gyeong-hui / CEO of Chemical Enterprise “Streets are choked by parked cars that often suffer damage from passing vehicles. In most cases, car owners are unable to trace the vehicles that inflicted the damage.” Gyeonggi Province has been seeking solutions to the traffic problems of this region jointly with the central and local governments. ► Introduction of Tram Systems The proposed solution is the introduction of a tram tem. [CG] This tram tem will cover a 16.2 kilometer route from Oido (오이도) Station though to the Siheung-Ansan (시흥-안산) Smart Hub to Hanyang (한양) University Station. The construction of this tram tem only needs the approval of the related ministry in July to proceed. ► Nam Dong-gyeong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Metropolitan & Urban Railroad Division “Once ministry approval has been obtained, we will do out utmost to implement the construction plan in cooperation with local governments and related organizations.” This is one of the tram tems currently planned by Gyeonggi Province including those slated for Dongtan (동탄) New Town, Suwon (수원) City and Seongnam (성남) City. 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Weekly English news | 2018.03.16Greetings, 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. KTX Departures from Suwon to Open in 2021 (180306-1) [Anchor’s Headline] On average, 1.36 million travelers use KTX, the Korean express rail tem, from Suwon Station annually. Despite such high demand for KTX services, these travelers have been inconvenienced by the lack of departures from this station. ► Suwon Station In addition, KTX trains stop at Suwon Station only eight times daily in both directions combined. [Sync] “You’ll have wait for about two hours. Will that be OK?” Even the Seoul-Busan line, the only KTX line currently accessible from Suwon Station, is slow in some sections near Suwon due to incomplete railway construction. ► kim Sang-yeop / KTX User, Suwon City “It often takes longer (to travel south) because I have to go up to Seoul Station to get a KTX train since there are very few departures (from Suwon Station)...” ► Gyeonggi Urged Korean Government for KTX Work since 2014 Gyeonggi Province has been urging the central government to improve KTX service. Recently, the Korean government announced a working plan. [CG] According to this plan, work will begin to enable KTX departures from Suwon Station by completing the delayed rail section. [CG] When this work, which will cost approximately KRW 270 billion, is completed, KTX travel times both southwest and southeast will be significantly reduced. The number of daily KTX runs will also be increased significantly to 36 times. ► Hong Ji-seon / Director General, Gyeonggi Province Railroad Bureau “Although the commencement of construction work was originally slated for the second half of next year, Gyeonggi Province plans to begin the work including design earlier.” When departure services begin in 2021 as targeted, the annual number of KTX users from Suwon will increase to 3.3 million. Article 2. Libraries Open at Gyeonggi Subway Stations (0305-3) [Anchor’s Headline] Following the first subway station library that opened in Gyeonggi Province in 2016, two more such libraries have opened in the province with the latest one in Gwangyo (광교) Central Station. This library also hosts a variety of book-related events. ► Gwangyo Central Station, Sinbundang Subway Line In the middle of the waiting area of this station, a large table entices passers-by to a moment of knowledge-gathering from more than 400 books on contemporary topics as well as books by independent writers. ► Cho Hye-jin, An Seo-yeon / Suwon City Residens “This library helps me save time since I can read books using extra time while traveling. This library also draws me into it even though I hadn’t planned to read books.” ► Anyone Can Borrow Books for up to 2 Weeks Free of Charge At this library, anyone can read or borrow books for up to two weeks free of charge. This library is the third of its kind following the one established in Dongcheon (동천) Station in 2016 and in Jeongja (정자) Station last year. ► ‘Subway Study’ Opens at Gwangyo Central Station (February 27) On the day of its opening, this library hosted a meeting with authors that featured a drama writer and professor as well as a bestselling novelist. ► Kim Yeong-ha, Novelist “I used to memorize a poem every time I traveled by subway. All those poems I read at the time might have made me become a writer.” Subway libraries in Gyeonggi Province also feature various events such as book readings and meetings with writers. ► An Dong-gwang / Director, Gyeonggi Province Contents Industry Division “The Subway Study is an unmanned library in which citizens can borrow and return books freely. Gyeonggi Province will continue to support such libraries based on the results of their operations.” These are open libraries operated autonomously by users. ► GTV Reporter Choi Chang-sun “Let us hope that the subway libraries of Gyeonggi Province will lead to the opening of similar libraries nationwide. This is Choi Chang-sun, GTV. Article 3. Revisit Art World of Baek Nam-jun at His Memorial Art Center (180307-3) [Anchor’s Headline] The late Nam June Paik (백남준) was a renowned Korean video artist who attempted to convey the message of ‘communication’ even before the advent of the information age. A special exhibition that enables viewers to revisit his artistic vision opened at his memorial art center. ► An Experiment by Me and David Edward (1969) Paik used space generously to arrange devices that generate moving images. This work depicts the state of a ‘high’ induced by drugs that were widely used during the 1960s. ► Hand in Hand with the World (1988) In this work, images of artists from around the world are displayed in an endlessly turning video editing machine. Created to commemorate the Seoul Olympic Games held in 1988, this work depicts the world the way the artist viewed it. ► Lee Mi-reu, Lee Hyeon-seo / Viewers from Yongin City “At first, I thought that those were random images. However, as I watched them for a while, I found that they were relating a kind of messages.” Paik used video equipment as a vehicle upon which to create his philosophical world. ► ‘More than 30 Minutes’ Exhibition, Nam June Paik Art Center Titled ‘More than 30 Minutes’, this exhibition features more than twenty works that require at least that much time to truly appreciate. ► Gu Jeong-hwa / Curator, Nam June Paik Art Center “If you look at the video artworks of Nam June Paik, you will be able to see the visions that the artist wanted you to see…” Paik’s message of communication makes us wonder what his message would be if he could see the communication technologies of today. ► Exhibition Opens until September 26 The ‘More than 30 Minutes’ exhibition will run until September 26. Article 4. Farm Sharing Spreads over Gyeonggi Province (180305-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province’s shared economy policy is spreading into agriculture. Last year, the province introduced a farm sharing program so as to help farmers increase their income while providing urban consumers with opportunities to run farms. ► Family Dinner, Suwon City Last year, under this program, Jeong (정혜선) rented a small rice farm plot for an annual fee of KRW 100,000. Today, she is busy preparing dinner for her family using rice she harvested from this farm. She and her family are happier having dinner with rice they grew themselves. ► Choi Yu-gyeong, Jeong Hye-seon / Farm Share Participants “We seldom have opportunities to experience rural life. We really enjoyed the rice farming and various other experiences we had in this program as well as eating the rice we grew ourselves.” Farmers who rented their farms to annual tenants also acted as farming instructors throughout the year. ► Han Tae-hui / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Emerging Agriculture Team “Participants from cities can enjoy safe food while farmers can increase their income through extra earnings.” Consumers from cities and farmers work together in all of the farming processes. This program also provided farmers with opportunities to sell their produce directly to consumers while enabling consumers to experience actual farming. ► Farm Share Program This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to diversify the agricultural production activities of the Farm Share program so as to enable more agricultural producers to connect with consumers. The Farm Share program will be open to farmers for participation throughout the year. Article 5. Gyeonggi Conducts Landslide Prevention Inspections (180305-2) [Anchor’s Headline] This time of year, the risk of landslides increases in mountainous areas as snow and ice melt and the ground begins to thaw. In order to prevent possible disasters, Gyeonggi Province began inspections of areas with higher risks of landslides in cooperation with related bodies. ► Mountain Village, Yongin City Residents of this mountain village are concerned since a frozen mountain stream and snow will soon begin to thaw and may cause landslides as the water flows. ► Ko Won-sang / Mountain Villager “When snow melts, the water flow brings with it collapsed soil. We are really scared everyday. It is also very difficult to move around and very inconvenient.” Finding this area to be highly risky, inspectors recommend the construction of barriers below steep slopes to prevent landslides. [Sync] “Upstream water may overflow and continue down the slope in that direction. So a barrier should be placed there to prevent overflow.” ► 2,200+ Landslide Risk Areas Located in Gyeonggi Province There are more than 20,000 areas known to be subject to higher risks of landside in Korea, of which more than 2,200 are located in Gyeonggi Province. ► Gyeonggi to Inspect Landslide Risk Areas for Safety In cooperation with the Korea Forest Service and local governments, Gyeonggi Province began safety inspections of these areas. The resulting data will also be used for the creation of a map for a landslide disaster manual. ► [PiP] Kim Seong-gak / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Landslide Response Team “We are performing joint inspections as part of national safety inspections in 2018 so as to prevent disasters and accidents that may occur during the spring thaw.” The landslide prevention inspections are taking place in 29 localities of the province and will continue until April 13. Article 6. 1-on-1 Consultation Services for Job Searchers (180306-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a job search cost support program for youths who are unable to afford employment preparation. Support is granted to selected applicants. For those not selected, the provincial government recently launched a free employment consultation program. ► Song Jeong-ju, Job Searcher Having obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering, Song (송정주) spent a full year preparing for employment at a power plant. After repeated job application failures, he was almost lost and had no idea what he was lacking. However, he regained his confidence after receiving one-on-one specialist consultation services provided by Gyeonggi Province. ► Song Jeong-ju (Aged 26) / Job Searcher “Although I worked with friends, I was nervous since I wasn’t able to properly prepare myself for employment without knowledge in areas of my interest. However, I feel more comfortable now after receiving personal consultation services from a specialist.” ► Employment Preparation Support Program, ‘Chuieolup’ Song was one of the participants of this employment consultation program. Gyeonggi Province initially selected more than 300 youths and provided them with 1-on-1 consultation services for one month. Consultations were customized for different job fields in subjects that included interview skills and lectures as well as personal grooming. ► Kim Min-ki / Job Search Support Team Leader, Gyeonggi Province Employment Foundation “Youths who are preparing for employment for the first time or seeking better employment will have a better chance of finding employment after receiving consultation services and advice from specialists.” Customized personal services will help program participants find employment. Gyeonggi Province plans to expand the coverage of this program as well as the number of its service recipients. Article 7. More Universal Designs in School Zones in Gyeonggi (180308-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been employing universal designs to improve safety and convenience for residents, especially children, in school zones. After such improvements, these areas have become significantly safer for young schoolchildren. ► Dogok Primary School, Gwangju City The front gate of this primary school is crowded with parents who came to pick up their children. Although the road is narrow, everyone is safe in this area with street parking away from the gate and wooden decks protecting pedestrians. ► Sin Se-jeong / Parent “Children tend to run without looking. In this area, however, children are safe since no cars are allowed here. I like that very much.” Titled Safe School Road, this is one of the areas transformed with universal designs by Gyeonggi Province. ► Universal Design Concept Applied to School Roads in Gyeonggi Since 2016, ten Safe School Roads have been created with universal designs in school zones in Gyeonggi Province. Universal design focuses on the safety and convenience of users and includes the levelling irregular surfaces and the installation of safety features and signs for drivers as well as for pedestrians. ► Song Hae-chung / Director, Gyeonggi Province Architecture & Design Division “These designs aim to serve individuals with different physical conditions and primarily focus on the safety of children who are more vulnerable to road accident risks…” Local residents have expressed high satisfaction with this program. Gyeonggi Province has set aside KRW 2.5 billion to create five more Safe School Roads this year and plans to expand the program to include parks and local public office areas. 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Weekly English news | 2018.03.07Greetings, 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. Food Fraud by ‘Unlimited Refill’ Restaurants Uncovered (180223-3) [Anchor’s Headline] There are restaurants in Gyeonggi Province that provide unlimited refill services at prices that often seem unprofitable. During a crackdown by the Gyeonggi judicial police, a number of these restaurants were discovered to be using fraudulent ingredients. ► Unlimited Refill Barbecue Restaurant, Guri City At this barbecue restaurant, the origins of the pork were listed as Chilean and Belgian when it was in fact of German origin due to a recent price drop stemming from a viral contamination scandal. “I see that this notice does not say the pork belly is from Germany.” “No. Only Belgium and Chile are indicated (as countries of origin).” Other restaurants apprehended during the crackdown falsely presented imported Chinese kimchi as being homemade and used meat far past the expiration dates. “We checked the distribution number, and found that the expiration dates were altered.” “Our production manager had a traffic accident yesterday and didn’t have time to correct them.” ► 15 Restaurants Uncovered for Food Ingredient Fraud During the crackdown on restaurants that provide unlimited refill services, the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police uncovered 15 violations including false indication of country of origin and use of ingredients past expiration dates. ► Oh Yeon-seok / Director, Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police Seongnam Investigation Center “These restaurants used cheap meat to reduce costs and falsely presented them as local produce or higher quality imported meat.” The apprehended restaurants were charged for their violations and instructed on site to take corrective actions. If restaurants offering unlimited refill services are to avoid the public perception that their foods are of low quality, they will have to comply with the law. Article 2. Gyeonggi Supports Use of Mobile EV Chargers in Apartment Complexes (180222-1) [Anchor’s Headline] This year, Gyeonggi Province plans to provide 1,000 apartment complexes in the province with support for the installation of electronic tags for mobile electric vehicle chargers as part of its efforts to expand charging infrastructure. These electronic tags enable mobile chargers to be conveniently charged from ordinary power outlets in parking lots. [Voice from Device] “This is a charging service.” These devices eliminate the need to travel to charging stations. ► Kim Jin-yun / Electric Vehicle User, Suwon City “I have no problem with charging (my car). I simply connect the charger plug to a power outlet in the parking lot when I return from work, without needing to occupy extra space for charging. The car is ready for use the next morning.” When the user places a mobile charger near an electronic tag connected to a power outlet, this tag identifies the charger wirelessly and the amount of electricity used for charging is then billed to the owner of the charger. [CG] A mobile charger is only one third of the cost of a common low-speed charger. ► Gyeonggi to Expand Mobile EV Charger Connection Tag Installation Support Gyeonggi Province is promoting the use of mobile chargers through the expansion of connection tag installations. ► Park Dae-geun / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Traffic Environment Team “There is no additional space required for charging. Since existing power outlets can be used, this tem will provide an innovative solution to charging infrastructure expansion and electric vehicle promotion.” Gyeonggi Province has so far helped install approximately 13,000 electronic connection tags and this year targets the installation of more than 10,000 tags in 1,000 apartment parking lots. The increased availability of these connection tags is expected to lead to a significant increase in the use of electric vehicles. Article 3. Gyeonggi to Host Center for Individuals with Developmental Disorder (180227-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province will become the host of the nation’s fifth vocational training center for individuals with developmental disorder. These centers provide trainees with vocational education through actual job experience as well as employment support. ► Seoul Vocational Training Center for the Developmentally Disabled This barista course is one such experience-based education program. [Sync] “Good afternoon, sir. May I help you with your order?” In this class, trainees learn everything about café operations from coffee brewing to customer service, and discover personal aptitudes through practical experience which includes role play. The vocational education programs also include a bakery course. ► Seo Hyeong-deok / Education Participant with 3rd Degree Intellectual Disabilities “I wasn’t really interested in baking. However, having learned how to bake, I want to use these skills for others in difficult situations.” Currently, four vocational training centers are being operated by the Korea Employment Agency for the Disabled in cooperation with related organizations and enterprises. The announced fifth center will be located in Gyeonggi Province. ► Lee Hyo-seong / Director, Seoul Vocational Training Center for the Developmentally Disabled “To date, 77 trainees have succeeded in finding employment, accounting for 96 percent of the graduates. Such excellent results are attributable to practical experience-based education methods.” ► Gyeonggi to Host Vocational Training Center for the Developmentally Disabled Home to the largest number of individuals with developmental disorders among the local autonomies of Korea, Gyeonggi Province has been pursuing the inducement of these education facilities that provide training programs to help users securely establish themselves in society. ► Lee Gi-uk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Handicap Job Opportunities Team “This center will help Gyeonggi Province, which has been lacking training facilities for individuals with disabilities, satisfy demand for such facilities with more tematic, specialized job training programs.” After the determination of its location, Gyeonggi Province’s Vocational Training Center for the Developmentally Disabled is expected to receive its first users before the end of the year. Article 4. Presentations by New AR & VR Businesses Held in Gyeonggi (0227-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been supporting business startups in virtual and augmented reality fields. Recently having completed a 6-month customized business incubation program, these new enterprises presented their concepts in front of potential investors. ► Gwanggyo Gyeonggi Cultural Creation Hub The business ideas presented by these enterprises had originally been selected at a contest titled Creative Audition. One such idea is this shooting game in which players must survive in a virtual reality world to win. Virtual reality and augmented reality technologies can also provide effective tools for education such as a picture diary with moving images and a Hangeul game that helps young children learn Korean characters. ► Choi Jin-won / CEO, Augmented Reality Education Tool Enterprise “The biggest advantage (of these education tools) is that they enable children to learn while having fun playing via a combination of IT devices.” ► Gwanggyo Gyeonggi Cultural Creation Hub (February 26) VR/AR Demo by 1st Creative Audition Winners All the concepts presented at this event were developed over the past six months of business incubation based on ideas introduced at the VR/AR Creative Audition held last July. ► Kim Ho-gyu / Director, Virtual Reality Game Enterprise “I hope that the number of users of this game will increase consistently and reach 70 to 100 thousand, which I ambitiously target.” This presentation event featured a total of 19 new business concepts in various stages as well as public projects in VR/AR fields. Assessments were made by a panel of 30 specialists including potential investors, business incubation partners and representatives of related organizations. ► Gyeonggi Province Vice Governor Lee Jae-yul “We will continue to nurture businesses in these fields that can become global enterprises and create many quality jobs.” New augmented and virtual reality businesses have already shown significant potential for growth through provincial support. The next presentation event is slated for May. Article 5. Residents Participate in Gyeonggi’s Community Project Selection (180226-1) [Anchor’s Headline] Gyeonggi Province has been operating a unique local community project support program titled Ddabok (따복) Community. Even more noteworthy is that residents who compete for project selection also participate in the assessment of other local community projects. ► Ddabok Community in Hwaseong City A group of mothers in this apartment complex created a community activity group. Using individual expertise, these mothers provide children of kindergarten to middle school ages in the same apartment complex with extracurricular lessons in such subjects such as origami and culture. ► Lee Jeong-hye / Representative of Local Community Activity Group, Hwaseong City “We should educate children so they learn how to live in harmony with others and become a whole person receptive to a variety of things in life…” ► Suwon Labor & Welfare Complex (February 22) Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Project Selection Meeting The title Ddabok Community is granted to the owners of the voluntary, sustainable local projects selected for provincial support. During selection, each project is presented by residents in front of a panel of judges that consists of specialists as well as residents who represent other applying projects. This assessment procedure helps applicants view and learn from the projects of others and facilitates the fairness of selection. ► Yu Seong-a / Representative, Anseong Welfare & Sharing Community Project “It was nice to have residents on the judging panel since, unlike specialists, they have more delicate approaches and ask questions from the perspective of residents.” This year, a total of 530 community projects from 22 localities applied for provincial support, of which 224 will be awarded facility and operational support totaling KRW 2.75 billion. ► In Chi-gwon / Director, Gyeonggi Province Ddabok Community Support Division “Since the Ddabok Community is Gyeonggi Province’s community support brand, the Gyeonggi Provincial Government will do its utmost to help these communities realize continuous growth.” Since its launch in 2015, Ddabok Community has provided community project support to more than 1,000 local communities. Article 6. Paldang Observatory Enjoys Steady Flow of Visitors (180226-2) [Anchor’s Headline] The Paldang (팔당) Observatory, which overlooks the scenic Paldang Watershed, has firmly established itself as a popular tourist destination in Gyeonggi Province. In recent years, the annual number of visitors to this observatory remained above 50,000. ► Paldang Observatory With the watershed still frozen, the views from this observatory offer a picturesque vista of the seasonal beauty of winter. Some visitors appreciate the scenery through telescopes while others do it sitting comfortably and enjoying warm drinks. ► [PiP] Yun Se-byeong, Lee Hyeon-ju / Visitors from Gwangju City “I like the elegant facilities and the beautiful scenery here. So we always visit this observatory whenever we come to this region.” This observatory also features an additional section that explains the importance of water and displays the Paldang Watershed in virtual reality. ► Lee Eun-jo, Park So-yeon, Lee Chae-wung / Visitors from Gwangju City “There are not only beautiful views but also educational facilities such as virtual reality and quiz devices that are also educational for children.” The Paldang Observatory was established in 2008 to promote awareness of the importance of aquatic environments. ► Number of Visitors Surpassed 50,000 for 4 Consecutive Years The annual number of visitors to this observatory has surpassed 50,000 for four consecutive years. Families, drawn partly by the educational and entertaining facilities, account for more than half of the visitors. ► Cho Jun-sik / Director, Gyeonggi Province Water Resource Headquarters Water Quality Division “We will continue our public relations and make operational improvements so as to increase the annual number of visitors to more than 60,000.” With spring coming, the scenery of the Paldang Watershed will soon transform and the Paldang Observatory will receive visitors with improved operations and services. Article 7. Work-Life Balance Movements Spread Among Enterprises (180227-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Korea, the number of youths who value of time over money is increasing. This is leading to the pursuit of a balance between work and life as represented by the new portmanteau, ‘WoLiBal (워라밸)’. This trend is also spreading among enterprises in Gyeonggi Province. ► SME in Ansan City Kang (강진숙), a working mother, has a flexible work schedule. In the morning, she is more relaxed than others and takes her time dropping her child off at a childcare center before arriving at work. ► Kang Jin-suk / Working Mother and Worker at SME “Since I drop my child at the childcare center myself, I no longer worry about and can concentrate on work while in workplace.” Flexible working schedules are deemed to have positive effects on the productivity of employees. ► Kang Yeong-seok / CEO of SME “I believe that flexibility working schedules improve productivity through increased employee job satisfaction and reduced employee turnover rates. ► Gyeonggi Invites SMEs to WoLiBal Consultation Services (Until March 16) In order to promote WoLiBal culture among enterprises, Gyeonggi Province began receiving applications for WoLiBal consultations from SMEs. These enterprises will be provided with customized consultation services by certified labor attorneys. ► Ko Yeong-mi / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Women’s Job Team “We endeavor to create good working environments for women, and furthermore, working environments satisfactory to both employers and workers.” ► WoLiBal Culture Improves Productivity of Enterprises Studies have also found a connection between flexible working schedules and productivity gains. To date, a total of 86 enterprises have adopted WoLiBal culture through consultations with Gyeonggi Province. ► Application for Consultation: www.egbiz.or.kr Applications for WoLiBal consultations are being received via Gyeonggi Province’s SME support website until March 16. Thank you for joining us for this week’s edition of GTV We look forward to seeing you again next week.
Weekly English news | 2018.02.28Greetings, 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. Korea International Boat Show 3 Months Away (180219-1) [Anchor’s Headline] With this year’s Korea International Boat Show three months away, GTV examined the details of this show that will be held, as in previous years, at two venues – the KINTEX exhibition complex in Goyang (고양) City and Ara Marina in Gimpo (김포) City - for the largest combined area in the history of the event. One of the three largest boat shows in Asia, the Korea International Boat Show has been growing each year. Last year, the show attracted more than 45,000 visitors and saw dealings valued at more than USD 250 million. ► Korea International Boat Show - ‘Employment & Boat Show’ It was revealed that this year’s show will be held under the new theme of ‘Employment and Boat Show.’ ► Kim Jin-wuk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Exhibition Strategy Team “This year’s show will feature a simultaneous large-scale job fair for personnel-recruiting enterprises and job seekers in marine leisure fields.” ► Exhibition Area Increased The show will include a variety of marine leisure experiential programs such as boat riding, sea fishing and scuba diving. The exhibition area will be increased to more than 60,000 square meters, large enough to encompass four soccer fields, and will feature Taiwanese participants for the first time. ► Kim Jin-wuk / Deputy Director, Gyeonggi Province Exhibition Strategy Team “The Taiwanese presence in the Taiwan Hall is the result of exchanges between Korean and Taiwanese boat shows, which will continue in the future and also help local enterprises launch their products in Asian markets.” The numbers of booths will be increased to more than 1,700 and the number of visitors is expected to be more then 47,000. ► 4-Day Show from May 24 Showcasing the latest of all types of marine leisure equipment and offering a variety of experiences, this year’s Korea International Boat Show will run for four days from May 24. Article 2. Gyeonggi Life Cultural Center ‘Sangsang Campus’ (180219-3) [Anchor’s Headline] In Suwon (수원) City of Gyeonggi Province, there is a provincial cultural center, titled ‘Sangsang (상상) Campus’, that provides Gyeonggi residents of all ages with educational programs and space for learning and participating in various cultural activities. ► Gyeonggi Sangsang Campus, Suwon City The leathercraft workshop is one such program in which participants can learn and create their own leather items such as pendants and key rings. This workshop is one of the cultural handicraft workshops offered. ► [PiP] Kim Bo-hyeon / Sangsang Campus User “I like this place since I can have various enjoyable experiences here. In the leathercraft workshop, we can explore a wide variety of leather materials under the guidance of an instructor. It’s great fun.” These handicraft workshops, nostalgically titled ‘Hand-to-Mouth Craft Workshops’, currently include those for candle making, carpentry and flower arrangement. The Sangsang (상상) Campus was established in 2016 by Gyeonggi Province on a former Seoul National University campus site. ► Hand-to-Mouth Craft Workshops Available at Low Cost There are five workshop spaces that are available for use on a yearly basis at low rental and management rates. ► Baek Seol-a / Representative of Hand-to-Mouth Craft Workshop “Ordinary craft workshops require to revenue through sales for continuous operation. However, we can focus on our creative activities free from such pressure.” ► ‘Cultural Hub Café’ for Recipe Sharing In addition to handicraft workshops, there are also other cultural facilities including cooking workshops, titled ‘Cultural Hub Café’, in which participants can present and share their personal recipes. With new occupants, these workshops will open in March. ► Jin Hyeon-ju / Manager, Gyeonggi Life Cultural Center “With spaces available at very low monthly rental rates and deposits, and support provided for educational programs, there will be a wide variety of educational programs as well as cooperation programs.” The Gyeonggi Sangsang (상상) Campus is located in a green environment on a former campus of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences of Seoul National University in Suwon City. Article 3. Gyeonggi Presents This Year’s First Resident Awards (180220-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Every month, Gyeonggi Province honors residents who exhibited exemplary citizenship through unselfish work for the people of the province. This year’s first resident awards were presented at Good Morning House on February 19. Our reporter was at the award ceremony. ► Kim Yeong-wung / Ansan City Resident On a cold night, Kim (김영웅), a company employee, leaves home carrying food and a bag of rice on his shoulder. He stops and enters a humble house, the home of an elderly woman who lives alone. [sync] “Yes, I am good. Since I am eating well (thanks to you), I feel warmer.” “That’s nice, ma’am.” It has been eight years since Kim began helping solitary seniors, following his father who was raised by a single mother. ► Kim Yeong-wung / Gyeonggi Resident Award Recipient “I have more than forty seniors on my help list. I started this following in the footsteps of my father, who was a kind man. I hope that my son will take over the work some day…” ► Kim Sun-gu / Private Childcare Center Operator, Pyeongtaek City Over the past seventeen years, Kim (김순구), who introduced herself as an ‘auntie’ next door, has been operating a private childcare center for dozens of children. ► Kim Sun-gu / Gyeonggi Resident Award Recipient “I thought, if there was someone who could help with babysitting for parents in difficult situations, we could prevent these children from losing their sense of family. That was why I started (this work)” ► Good Morning House (February 19) Gyeonggi Resident Award Presentation Ceremony This year’s resident awards were presented to a total of 26 individuals in five categories: disaster and safety education, sports facility safety management, local childcare center promotion, local stability, and philanthropic deeds. ►Gyeonggi Province Governor Nam Kyung-pil “You remind us of how valuable it is to share our time and what we have with neighbors. I thank you for your work on behalf of everyone.” Acts of kindness by ordinary people continue at this very moment and are warming society even in the cold. Article 4. Gyeonggi Establishes Solitary Senior Housing (180220-1) [Anchor’s Headline] The number of solitary seniors who live without families has been increasing in Gyeonggi Province. Over the past five years, Gyeonggi Province has established multi-unit housing for solitary seniors, titled ‘Carnation House,’ with common facilities to help these seniors overcome issues related to being alone. ► Neunggok Carnation House, Siheung City In a common room of this Carnation House, seniors happily chat together while making calendars. These ladies spend their leisure time together, sometimes engaged in easy work to earn small sums. In Carnation House, living with pleasant company significantly improves quality of life for seniors. ► An Suk-ja (age 77) / Carnation House Resident, Siheung City “Before I moved here, I was always sorry to be alive. Living with many friends and participating together in activities, such as singing classes, I no longer feel sorry for myself and…” These seniors do everything together, even preparing and having meals just as families do. ► Carnation House Open to Solitary Seniors Each year, Gyeonggi Province establishes more Carnation Houses for solitary seniors ► [PiP] Ji Jae-seong / Director, Gyeonggi Province Senior Welfare Division “This program aims to prevent solitary seniors from suffering loneliness and to improve their lives by helping them escape lives in seclusion and develop social relationships.” These senior residences are provided with a variety of work opportunities including shopping bag making and product packaging. ► Gyeonggi to Establish 4 More Carnation Houses This Year Currently, there are 43 Carnation Houses in Gyeonggi Province. This year, the provincial government plans to establish four more such facilities [CG] The number of solitary seniors recently surpassed 330,000 in Gyeonggi Province alone. Such multi-unit housing provides solitary seniors in the province, who account for approximately 22 percent of the senior population of Korea, with ideal living environments. Article 5. Unlicensed Lodgings Uncovered in Gyeonggi (180221-3) [Anchor’s Headline] During a recent crackdown on illegal accommodations by the Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police, a number of disguised lodgings were uncovered. Some were found to operate on a large scale. ► Accommodation Restricted Area in Yongin City This area lies in close proximity to a ski resort in Yongin (용인) City and is within an accommodation restriction area. However, there are a large number of lodgings closely packed together along alley entrances. [Sync] “You are running this place without license, aren’t you?” “I am not the only one. Everyone in this area does…” Of these lodgings, only one in four was properly registered as a rural family-operated lodging. The rest operate without licenses. ► Jukneung-ri, Yongin City The situation is similar in neighboring residential areas. Most houses that advertise lodging services are illegal. These lodgings operate in ways that are improper and unhygienic. [Sync] “When guests request additional bedding, is this (dirty bedding) what you provide?” “Yes.” Those larger lodgings heavily advertise their facilities and charge 50 percent more than smaller lodgings. ► 17 Illegal Accommodation Facilities Uncovered During the crackdown, 17 larger lodgings were uncovered by the judicial police. Most were apprehended for building expansion beyond permitted limits or for illegal renovation without permits. ► Geum Jin-yeon / Chief Inspector, Gyeonggi Province Judicial Police Investigation Team I “Rural family-operated lodging permits are provided to households that run lodging services for additional income. However, the lodging providers caught during the crackdown operated as businesses for personal gain.” The illegal lodging operators will be sent to prosecution and ordered to close. The Gyeonggi Province Special Judicial Police will continue the crackdown on illegal accommodations throughout the province. Article 6. Book Reading Promoted in Gyeonggi Province (180221-1) [Anchor’s Headline] It was revealed that four out of every ten persons did not read even one book last year, marking a new low. The primary reason cited was a lack of time. Recognizing the seriousness of this trend, local governments in Gyeonggi Province are implementing various book-reading programs. ► Giheung Station, Yongin City The passengers in a subway station notice an unusual vending machine on a platform. When a person presses a button, a literary note is dispensed. ► Literature Vending Machine This vending machine dispenses copies of more than 1,000 famous poems, novels, and quotes free of charge. ► Kim Hye-rim / Suwon City Resident “I seldom go and select books to read. However, this machine gives me references to good books that I may actually buy.” These vending machines were installed for the first time in a subway station and in city hall by Yongin (용인) City. ► Book-reading Train Paju (파주) City uses a train to promote book reading. ► Train Carriage Transformed into Library An entire carriage of a train that travels between Paju (파주) City and Seoul was transformed into a library with more than 500 books and four electronic book readers. ► Geum Sae-ron / Goyang City Resident “I was impressed by the book designs. It helps me become more familiar with books.” ► Gwangyo Central Station, Suwon City Suwon City is expanding public library services and recently began operating a library in a railway station. At this library, users can search for books, reserve books they want to read, and borrow and return books. ► Kim Byeong-ik / Director, Suwon City Library Administration Office “We are doing our utmost to enable citizens to create environments in which they can find and read books easily.” The efforts of local governments in Gyeonggi Province to promote book reading among residents will continue in a variety of forms. Article 7. Gyeonggi Expands Labor Consultation Services for Youths (0222-2) [Anchor’s Headline] Since young employees are more vulnerable to unfair treatment by employers, Gyeonggi Province has been operating a special desk to provide working youths with free consultation services regarding labor issues. Last year, Kim (김지은) was employed as a day worker at a clothing shop but was not paid for her work a week later as was promised. She tried to contact the shop owner but could not reach him. ► Kim Ji-eun (alias, voice modulated) / Former Clothing Shop Employee “The shop owner simply ignored payment. I felt bad and didn’t want to talk about it with him any more. It was embarrassing since I have never experienced such thing before.” Young employees are frequently victimized by unfair treatment such as unpaid wages. However, most fail to claim their rights because the amounts involved are small and labor attorneys are expensive. ► Gyeonggi Labor Consultation Desk for Youths In order to help such youths, Gyeonggi Province opened a labor consultation desk exclusively for youths last December. At this desk, designated labor attorneys provide free consultation services regarding inappropriate work assignments, damages, and labor act violations. ► Jang Seong-cheol / Gyeonggi Province Labor Attorney “An on-duty labor attorney will provide detailed consultation services about violations by employers regardless of whether they are ignorant of related laws or intentionally violated the laws.” This desk is currently located at the Gyeonggi Provincial Government complex in Uijeongbu (의정부) City, but will also open at the Suwon (수원) City complex. ► Kim Bok-ho / Director, Gyeonggi Province Labor Policy Division “We will expand the consultation services through linkages with our legal offices and the 24/7 public service centers so as to expand the protection of labor rights for youths.” In addition, Gyeonggi Province will further protect the labor rights of youths through the investigation of youth internship sites and dialogue with students. 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