Monthly Archives: February 2010

18 year old son of a popular celebrity I grew up watching commits suicide

Michael Blosil and his mom Marie Osmond

Michael Blosil

Donnie and Marie were always on TV when I was growing up.  Their smiles lit up the networks and they seemed as happy as all can be.  However, we just learned today, all is not always happy behind the scenes with celebrities unfortunately.

From the Daily Mail.

Michael Blosil, 18, left a suicide note for his family saying he had decided to end his life because of the ‘torment’ of his long battle against depression and drug and alcohol abuse.  A police source said Blosil, who had been adopted as a baby by Osmond and her ex-husband Brian, jumped off the roof of the ten-storey apartment block in central LA where he rented a £1,500-a-month flat.

Michael Blosil, 18, left a suicide note for his family saying he had decided to end his life because of the ‘torment’ of his long battle against depression and drug and alcohol abuse.  A police source said Blosil, who had been adopted as a baby by Osmond and her ex-husband Brian, jumped off the roof of the ten-storey apartment block in central LA where he rented a £1,500-a-month flat.

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It’s pronounced Kim Yuh-Na or Kim Yeon-ah not Yoo-Na

kim yuna

kim yuna

Korea’s incredibly proud of it’s figure skating champion which many forms of media have spelled her name “Kim Yu-Na” or “Kim Yu Na.”  However, as it would be phonetically pronounced when reading the name from the west, people are calling her “Yoo-Na” which I think she’s probably gotten used to by now.

Her name in Hangul is “김연아” which if you want to be more accurate in pronouncing her name correctly, her name is pronounced “Kim Yeon-Ah” as the characters are spelled out.

However, this has been an age old problem with Korean people pronouncing words in English and for English speakers to pronounce Korean names spelled in English, but are Korean.  For example, the surname “Cheh” or “Chae” is spelled “Choi” instead because the Korean characters which make up the last name actually are combined to sound like “Choi” if you separate the characteres “ㅗ” and “ㅣ” which represent the sounds “Oh” and “Ee.”   Continue reading

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Busan News for Friday, February 26th, 2010

Busan Birthrate

Busan still ranks last among the 16 cities or provinces in the country according to birthrate, even through the city has made a strong push to encourage its citizens to have more children.
According to last year’s birthrate statistics from the National Statistical Office Busan remained at the bottom for the 13th consecutive year.
The total fertility rate for Busan, which is the average number of children one women has during her lifetime, was just .94, well below the nation’s average of 1.15.
There were only 25 thousand children born in Busan last year, down 5.7% compared to 2008. It is the second year in a row the number has gone down.
Studies show that many young couples from Busan are moving to other regions including Gyeongnam in search of better jobs.
In the meantime, the average birthrate and total number of babies dropped across the country while the average age for giving birth rose slightly to 31. Continue reading

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Busan News for Thursday, February 25th, 2010

busan education

busan education

Private Education Expenses in Busan

A report shows that Busan ranks lowest among 7 special and metropolitan cities according to average private education costs and student participation rates.
According to a survey on private education expenses conducted in 2009 by the National Statistical Office and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, families in Busan were paying a monthly average of 203 thousand won per  student.
The average rate of participation was 72.4%. In Ulsan, average tuition rates were slightly higher, at 234 thousand won per month, along with participation rates which topped 75%.
The national average for private education costs was 242 thousand won per student, up nearly 4% compared to the year before.
The entire country spent 21 trillion 600 billion won on private education last year, a 3.4% increase compared to 2008. Continue reading

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Busan News for Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

천마산 tunnel

Now that a preferred private bidder has been chosen to construct the 천마산 tunnel, which will be part of the costal beltway in Busan, construction can start as early as next June.

The city has reported that the Daewoo consortium will be the company that will construct the tunnel connecting the Namhang bridge and the Gamcheon port. Continue reading

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Advice to help you be happier in life

The first story’s titled:

5 Things That Will Make You Happier

Clara Moskowitz
LiveScience Senior Writer
LiveScience.com
– Mon Feb 22, 11:50 am ET

Some scientists have argued that happiness is largely determined by genetics, health and other factors mostly outside of our control. But recent research suggests people actually can take charge of their own happiness and boost it through certain practices.

“The billion-dollar question is, is it possible to become happier?” said psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky of the University of California, Riverside. “Despite the finding that happiness is partially genetically determined, and despite the finding that life situations have a smaller influence on our happiness than we think they do, we argue that still a large portion of happiness is in our power to change.”

Lyubomirsky spoke here Saturday at the annual meeting of theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science. She and colleagues last year reviewed 51 studies that tested attempts to increase happiness through different types of positive thinking, and found that these practices can significantly enhance well-being. The results were published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Here are five things that research has shown can improve happiness: Continue reading

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