The Korean daily media headlines and humorWednesday, November 27, 2013
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Here are The Korea Post news, African proverbs, humor from Korean-language economic dailies, and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:
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At the KUK Cultural Foundation Building behind Ritz Carlton Hotel
KUP hosts Year-end Concert with famed World Vision Children’s Choir of Korea
The Korea United Pharmaceutical Co. (KUP), hosts a Gala Year-end Dinner and Concert at the Cultural Foundation Building of the Company in Seoul (located behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel) on Dec. 26, 2013. It is presented by the famed World Vision of Korea Children’s Choir. Chairman Kang Duk-yung of the KUP invites the ambassadors and madams to the prestigious concert.
Dr. Sang-Ki Hahn's African wise-saying:
If a tree stands on a hill, it soon becomes tall.
-A Kenyan proverb
The firewood fetched by a lazy man is used last for making fire.
- A Nigerian proverb
If someone strikes the top of your head, he strengthen your neck.
- A Ghanaian proverb
Humor from Korean-language economic dailies this morning:
Employer to applicant: "In this job, we need someone who is responsible."
Applicant: "I'm the one you want. On my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible."
An old woman in a nursing home looks up to find an elderly man looking down on her.
She smiles and asked him what he wanted.
“To get straight to the point, I know we are old and can no longer enjoy sexual activity, but I was wondering if you would help me.” “Of course,” she smiled.
“I was wondering if we could walk down to the park and if you could hold my penis for a while.”
The old woman saw no harm in it, so she agreed.
Since then they made it a regular occurrence, and everyday the two elderly people sat on the park bench and she held his penis. One day, the woman went to the bench, but the man was not there. Feeling hurt she looked around for him. To her amazement, she saw him and another woman was holding his penis. “What does she have that I don’t?” she screeched.
“Parkinson's,” he replied.
Seoul to Provide US$500 Mln Loan to Philippines
The Finance Ministry says it is holding talks with Manila on providing the Philippines a 500 million U.S. dollar loan for typhoon relief.
Gov't to Discuss Expanding Air Defense Zone to Include Ieodo
Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin says he will discuss with other ministries expanding the country’s air defense zone to include Ieodo Reef.
Gov't Hosts Job Fair to Meet 70% Employment Pledge
Anchor: The divisions and affiliates of South Korea's ten major corporate groups took part in a government-run job fair Tuesday to recruit lawyers, psychiatrists, pharmacists, language interpreters and other professionals seeking part-time positions.
S. Korea’s Rice Self-Sufficiency to Exceed 90%
This year's strong harvest will likely make South Korea more than 90 percent self-sufficient in rice.
KOSPI Closes Higher
Korean shares have closed higher for three straight sessions.The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) on Tuesday rose six-point-66 points, or zero-point-33 percent, to close at two-thousand-22-point-64.
N. Korea slams U.S. for laying out 'absurd preconditions' for nuclear talks resumption
North Korea on Tuesday blasted the United States for laying out "absurd preconditions" for the resumption of long-stalled nuclear disarmament talks, saying it will never accept them.
Korean manufacturers' confidence for Dec. falls to 3-month low
Business sentiment among local manufacturers declined to the lowest in three months in December amid lingering economic uncertainty, the central bank said Wednesday.
One dead, three in critical condition in power plant gas leak
A fatal gas leak at a local power plant left one dead and three others in critical condition on Tuesday, local authorities said.
S. Korea displeased with illegal fishing nation designation by EU
South Korea on Tuesday expressed its displeasure with the European Union's preliminary designation of the country as an illegal fishing nation, noting it has already revised law to intensify fishing regulation set to go into effect early next year, according to a ministry official.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
China’s aerial ambitions deepen territorial tensions
Territorial disputes are escalating in East Asia with China stepping up its push for maritime interests despite strong p...
Prosecution launches probe into left-wing Catholic priest
The prosecution said Tuesday it has begun an investigation into Park Chang-shin, a senior pries...
New Hyundai Genesis unveiled
Hyundai Motor on Tuesday took the wraps off the long-anticipated new Genesis, which the carmake...
Chief of Korean studies academy declares ‘Hallyu 3.0’
Now is the time of “Hallyu 3.0,” when academia could become the driving force of Korean cultu...
Pope issues mission statement for papacy
Pope Francis issued the mission statement for his papacy Tuesday, outlining how the Catholic Church and the papacy itself must be reformed to create a more missionary and merciful church that gets its hands dirty as it seeks out the poor and oppressed.
S. Korea displeased with illegal fishing nation designation by EU
Penny Lane: Gitmo's other secret CIA facility
The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Racism paints K-pop into corner
K-pop artists’ bigotry threatens to defray the main genre of “hallyu” or Korean wave. Last month, Min, a member of popular girl band miss A, landed in hot water for posting a photoshopped image on her Instagram account that show...
CPAJ's anarchic stance joined by Buddhists, Christians
The heated stand-off between President Park Geun-hye and Jeonju diocese of the Catholic Priests’ Association for Justice (CPAJ) is going onto a fiercer round as authorities representing Buddhists and Christians decided to side w...
'Nothing can be spared for Ieodo'
Seoul should respond if Beijing poses a military threat over Ieodo, a submerged Korean-controlled ...
Priest under probe for pro-NK call
The prosecution has launched an investigation into a “progressive” priest whose “pro-North remarks...
Samsung to offer customized phones for Pepsi, Coca Cola
Samsung Electronics said Tuesday that it is developing smartphones customized for professionals at...
EU blacklists Korea for illegal fishing
The European Union (EU) has added Korea to a group of blacklisted countries that face possible san...
Iconic Space building acquired by art gallery
After months of anticipation, the Arario Gallery stepped up to be the new owner of Seoul’s Space G...
Government farmers' guide 'ignores' foreigners' rights
The Ministry of Employment and Labor was criticized Tuesday over its 2009 labor law guidebook for ...
Accidents may ground airlines
The government will impose flight bans of up to 30 days on airlines responsible for accidents that...
Seoul stuck in diplomatic dilemma
Seoul is locked in a diplomatic impasse falling victim to surrounding powers’ pursuit of their nat...
Cabinet endorses troop dispatch to Philippines
The Cabinet Tuesday endorsed a motion to dispatch Korean troops to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines...
Ex-KB chief may not get stock options
KB Financial Group has delayed a plan to grant stock options worth billions of won to its former C....
Dong A (http://english.donga.com)
President Park’s visit to part-time job fair
Korea’s 10 major conglomerates participated at the 2013 Part-time Job Fair held at COEX in Seoul on Tuesday. The job fair is expected to help part-time jobs expanded in the private sector as well as the public sector...
Park In-bi and caddie
Park In-bi (left) and Brad Beecher, her caddie from Australia, are pictured in this file photo taken at the British Open Championships last August. The duo, who remains a team for the sixth year, is enjoying the...
Students take ‘fun traffic safety class at school’
“There are many cars passing by in front of the main gate to the school. Who do you think should be careful, you or the cars?” Listening to the instructor’s questions, children answered one after another, with their...
Psychodrama for dual-income families
“Mom, can’t you stay at home today?
Park In-bee and her long-term caddie Beecher
“Were it not for his help, my performance and capacity would not have reached this level.” South Korean golfer Park In-bee, 25, expressed special gratitude to her caddie in the acceptance speech after receiving the "LPGA Player of the Year" award for the first time as a Korean golfer last week.
Chosun Ilbo (http://english.chosun.com)
Some USFK Troops to Stay Near Frontline
Part of the U.S. Forces Korea needs to remain north of Seoul near the frontline after headquarters relocates south of the capital, USFK commander Curtis Scaparrotti said Monday. The plan so far has been for the entire USFK to retreat to a new base in Pyeongtaek in southwestern Gyeonggi Province by 2016.
Gov't to Preserve Records of Former Sex Slaves
The government will preserve records of former sex slaves in the National Archives of Korea. The archives on Monday said it will keep 3,060 records related to women who were forced to serve as sex slaves for Japanese troops during World War II. The documents are currently held by a charity in Gwangju that shelters the women, who are now in their 80s.
Mobile App Line Celebrates 300 Millionth Subscriber
Free mobile messaging service Line has racked up more than 300 million global subscribers just 2.5 years after Korea's NHN launched it in Japan in June 2011. It took Facebook five years and eight months to achieve the same feat.
Hiddink to Have Knee Surgery in Korea in January
Guus Hiddink, the Dutchman who led South Korea to an unprecedented fourth-place finish at the 2002 World Cup, will have his knee operated on by Song Joon-seop, an orthopedic...
France Sending 1,000 Troops to Central African Republic
France is sending about 1,000 extra troops to the Central African Republic to help support African peacekeepers in trying to return order to the country. French Defense Minister...
Obama Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
President Barack Obama has defended the nuclear deal world powers struck with Iran, calling it the "right thing" for security. Israeli officials and some members of Congress...
China Sends Aircraft Carrier to South China Sea for Training
Italian Prosecutor Seeks 30-Year Sentence for Amanda Knox
Earliest' Buddhist Shrine Discovered
To remove lint from clothes
Park administration’s prickly reaction to priest’s comments Ruling party avoiding calls for president to step down and honing in on priest’s N. Korea remarks
Key figures in the government and ruling party - including President Park Geun-hye, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, and Saenuri Party leaders - unleashed a barrage of criticism on Nov. 25 in response to comments made on Nov. 22 by priest Park Chang-shin. During a special mass calling for Park’s resignation held by the Jeonju diocese of the Catholic Priests’ Association for Justice (CPAJ), Father Park Chang-shin mentioned North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.
President should respond sternly to state interference, not priest’s comments
President Park Geun-hye has made it clear that she plans to respond sternly to comments made during a recent special mass calling for her resignation held by the Jeonju diocese of the Catholic Priests’
US military may leave troops behind in north Gyeonggi after all
staff reporter The US military is considering plans for a joint division north of the Han River even after moving its 2nd Infantry Division from north Gyeonggi ...
Government ignored almost all outside recommendations on labor rights
staff reporter The Ministry of Employment and Labor , which has been facing harsh criticisms from the labor community in South Korea and abroad for revoking ...
South Korea found as key partner helping the US and Australia spy
Lee Soon-hyuk and Park Byong-su, staff reporters South Korea served as a key listening and surveillance partner for the “Five Eyes” network, a report reveal...
Temp. teachers don’t help quality of education
Members of the Korean Teachers’ and Education Workers’ Union and the National Parents’ Association hold a press conference outside of the Central Government Complex in Seoul on ...
Conservatives following Park’s orders
This cartoon depicts President Park Geun-hye as a military leader similar to her father former President Park Chung-hee directing conservative forces to attack Catholic Priest P...
Police protect cathedral
Police guard Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul on Nov. 25, around the time that conservative civic groups were holding a press conference denouncing comments made about North Korea ...
Joong Ang (conservative): (http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/)
Gov’t boosts its goals for space
Timing advanced and budget increased for lunar, Mars missions
Korea plans to launch an exploratory lunar probe aboard its own launch vehicle by June 2020 and later embark on missions to Mars and asteroids by 2040, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning announced yesterday. This represents a revision of the space development blueprint that moves up…
Prosecution is probing firebrand leftist priest
The prosecution opened an investigation into the left-wing priest who publicly condemned President Park Geun-hye and seemingly supported North Korea’s shelling…
After chopper hit apartment, new accident rules
Following the July Asiana Airlines accident in San Francisco and a helicopter smashing into an apartment building in Seoul, the government decided to impose…
Day care center abuses to be publicized: Gov’t
Starting next month, the government will publicize the names of day care center managers and teachers involved in child abuse.The Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday…
NIS raids UPP houses, arts office
The national spy agency yesterday raided homes and an office linked to three members of the Unified Progressive Party on suspicions that they violated…
Navy rebuts claims by left-wing priest on NLL
Amid lingering outrage over a leftist Catholic priest’s defense of North Korea during an “emergency Mass” on Friday, related government institutions have scrambled…
Aussie boy charged in Korean woman’s killing
Police yesterday charged an Australian teenager for the murder of a young Korean woman, whose battered body was found in a park in central Brisbane…
Asphalt mars palace walkway’s scenic charm
On the roadway surrounding the perimeter of the Deoksu Palace in central Seoul, a traffic sign marks the speed limit as 30 kilometers per hour…
North refuses fax asking for detainee’s ID
North Korea did not accept the faxed message from Seoul demanding to check the identification of the South Korean citizen allegedly detained by the regime…
Test-takers cry foul over CSAT questions, answers
The results of the dreaded, all-important college entrance exam were announced yesterday. But rather than breathing a sigh of relief, some students…
Bank controls under a microscope
Following the embezzlement of 9 billion won ($8.5 million) worth of housing bonds by a KB Kookmin Bank employee surnamed Park, the focus is on the effectiveness…
Agreement should clear up overseas travel deals
Contracts for overseas trips with travel agents will be changed starting next year to make them more clear and easy for consumers to understand…
Crack down on black economy first, says LG report
A prominent think tank said it would be far better if the government filled its tax coffers by cracking down on the so-called “black economy” rather than increasing taxation…
[US the closing price]The U.S. Dow Jones Index, 0.26p(0.00%) steadiness.
The U.S. Dow Jones Index Closing (At 2013.11.26) The Dow closed at 16,072.80p, steadiness 0.26p(0.00%) fr...
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[Table] Today’s Stock Market Brief
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[Closed] Domestic rate of return of final bid closed. 3-year government bond down -1bp.
This is the rate of return of final bid. Quoted by Korea Financial Investment Association, domestic rate of return of final bid of 3-year government bond recorded at 2.96%, down (-1bp) from yesterday. ...
[Closed]Dollar-won 1,059.90won, slightly down -2.00won(-0.19%)
Korean won closed at 1,059.90won per dallar slightly down -2.00(-0.19%) from previous day. [table] currently market of won dollar ...
Maeil Kyungje (neutral-oriented conservative, economic/business): (http://news.mk.co.kr/english/)
Gov’t to clear path for small software firms to directly win orders
South Korea’s conglomerates have so far cashed in on their stronger recognition levels to receive orders, and then commissioned the entire order receipts to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) at lower prices, reaping fraudulent gains.
40,000 job seekers flock to part-time job fair
The ‘part-time job’ fair held at COEX in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, was visited by around 40,000 job seekers. Part-time job creation is in line with Park Geun-hye administration’s initiative to achieve a 70 percent employment rate.
Japan cannot intervene in peninsula affairs without Seoul’s agreement: Sung Kim
Japan’s self-defense forces or armed forces of any country will not be allowed to land on the Korean peninsula or intervene in other ways without the agreement of the Korean government, Sung Kim, the US Ambassador to Korea said in an exclusive interview with Maeil Business Newspaper Monday to mark his second years in office in Korea.
Trial against CJ chairman to be held from December 17
South Korea’s court will start a trial of CJ Group chairman Lee Jae-hyun from mid December, who has been charged with taking over 200 billion won ($188.5 million) in embezzlement, breach of trust and tax evasion.
Top 10 conglomerates to hire 10,000 flexible part-time employees
South Korea’s 10 biggest business groups are set to recruit 10,000 flexible part-time workers.
Gov’t to abolish educational grants for public officials next year
The South Korean employees at 295 public firms will not be entitled to educational grants from next year.