Busan News for Monday, March 8th, 2010

Middle School Student Murder in Busan

Now that the body of the missing middle school girl,  Lee, has been found in Busan, police are concentrating their full efforts on arresting the murder suspect.

 Lee’s body was found around 9:30 pm on the 6th in a water tank on the roof of a one-story house only 50 meters from her house.

 She was stripped naked and her clothes and shoes were placed in a plastic bag and hidden under lime powder and construction tiles in the tank. Continue reading

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Busan News for Friday, March 5th, 2010

Accident Rate in Busan is the Highest among 7 Largest Korean Cities

Reports show that Busan has the highest rate of death by accidents of the 7 largest cities in the country and the economic loss from those deaths amounts to more than 1 trillion 11 billion won.

The results were revealed through a diagnosis of the safety of local communities and were presented by a team led by professor 배정이. The analysis, which is based on 2008, showed that accidents killed nearly 60 out of every 1 thousand people in Busan, compared to 45.5 in Seoul, 49.7 in Ulsan, 57.1 in Daegu, and 57.3 in Incheon. Continue reading

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Busan News for Thursday, March 4th, 2010

East Busan Tourism Complex Sites to be Sold

Sites at the DongBusan tourism complex will be will be divided and sold separatedly now that the project has been delayed for a short time due to a lack of investors. The Busan Metropolitan Corporation said that it is hard to more forward with the project because it has yet to draw in a massive resource of capital. The corporation said that it would find investors by slicing up the complex into individual units and facilities. The entertainment and beach zones will be divided into 185 square meters plots first and investors will be sought after until the 25th. This new tactic has increased the voices of concern about the project now that it is proceeding in a way without unity.

Busan to the North Pole: Discussions Start Continue reading

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Busan News for Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Plans to Enhance Gaming Industry in Busan

The city of Busan is coming up with a plan to boost the gaming industry.
The plan is aimed at building a “2020 game industry center city” that will generate 1 trillion won in sales.
It contains initiatives to attract major domestic players and global research and development teams as well as ramp up local game businesses to the status of a major complex with an investment of 420 billion won.
In particular, the “Busan Culture Contents Complex,” which is being built in Centum City, will be the center for development and integration for the local gaming industry.
The city is also considering plans to draw in a branch center to develop game contents and solutions and create models for the game industry and the global industry of cooperation.
In addition, the successful international game fair, “G-Star,” will be held regularly and an international game machine certification center for exporting arcade games will be launched at Dongseo University. Continue reading

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Busan News for Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Busan Mayor Huh Nam Sik

Busan Mayor Huh Nam Sik

Dredging up the Nakdong River

The project to dredge the Nakdong river has hit a snag because of the clay composition of the soil at the site.
According to the city of Busan, results from a geological survey showed that 10 of 13 samples take from a 3.8 kilometer section of the surface layer turned out to be clay.
Clay was also discovered in another 3 samples take from depths below 9 meters.
This is a problem because the dredged soil cannot be moved to the Meongji International Business City because of its weak foundation.

If the soil has to be used elsewhere, transportation costs would soar, putting the company in increased financial hardship. Continue reading

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Busan News for Monday, March 1st, 2010

Today’s Samil Jul (삼일절), a national holiday here in Korea.  So, the staff downstairs at KNN aren’t here to write some Busan specific news for all of you to read.  So, I scoured the Internet for any “Busan” specific news stories.  Not much was available today unfortunately.

S Korean ex-convict hopes to visit Japan
A South Korean man, who served time in a Japanese prison for the murders of two gangsters in 1968, said he hopes to make a return visit to Japan to pay his respects at his mother’s grave. Kim Hui Ro, 81, who was released on parole in 1999 and currently lives in Busan, South Korea, said he plans to file a request with the Japanese government around March seeking permission for a visit. Continue reading

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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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Technology day – iPad & technology that writes for you?

Well, I was contemplating buying a $400 laptop (roughly $370, I guess if you do the direct exchange from Korean won to US Dollar) at Costco, but Apple just released their iPad today which kind of lets me do what I want with that cheaper laptop.

The problems I have though are that it may not be available here in Korea and also with the exchange rate and if the pricing is similar to the iPod Touch or the iPhone, I should expect to pay a bit more than than the original price tag for the iPad.  Plus, Apple usually has a few glitches with their new products.  I’m wondering now if I should buy the iPad versus the laptop (a Dell, by the way).

Also, I saw this product advertised while watching the videos of the iPad release called White Smoke.  The product advertises that it helps you write even if you’re not a native speaker of English.  So, will technology replace English instructors here in Korea eventually?  My old company CDI (aka Chungdahm) struck a deal with the biggest cellular phone company (SK) to teach ESL on handphones.

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A writing example for Andy

Alrighty, this is for Andy who is my student living here in Dongrae.

So, Andy if you ever want an example of what I’d like you to write, feel fre to come here to this blog and see this.    Basically, just write whatever you’re feeling.  A few examples could be like the following:

Example A:

Right now, I’m typing away at this computer or rather on this keyboard and I don’t have a lot of original ideas.  However, I am just typing because Brandon told me to do this.  This desk that I’m typing on is very white.  In the next room, my mother and father are resting from a full day of work and other things.  Today, I went to E2E and it was o.k. However…oops, I shouldn’t use “however” twice in a paragraph.  Alright, is that enough today?

Example B: 

Today, it was quite cold.  Brandon mentioned that actually it was so cold that he couldn’t ride his motorcycle to my house.  So, he’s taking the subway which is something he isn’t used to these days.  However (and it’s o.k. to use this once since this is the first time I used it), he bought a new iPod Touch to keep him from being bored.  Unfortunately, his old ipod fell in the toilet and so it doesn’t work anymore.  As a result, he had to buy a new device and tonight, he explained why he bought it in addition to being something that keeps him entertained in terms of music.

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