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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notice, humor from a Korean business daily and a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

P.S.: 1. To see the desired site, press down the Control key and click the blue URL of the media.

2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.

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The Korea Post news:

An independent wins in the opposition-strong Gwangju

Saenuri sweep 3 districts and NPAD loses all 4 at April-29 by elections

The ruling Saenuri Party swept three out of the total four electoral districts in the by-elections on April 19, 2015. The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) lost all four districts. The remaining one district went to an opposition-oriented independent candidate.

The main cause of the loss of elections by the NPAD is attributed to the division in the party. The outstanding result of this loss of unity in the NPAD came in the form of plural opposition candidates in the same district vis-?-vis a single ruling party candidate, where the favorable votes were split among the opposition candidates, while the ruling party candidate was able to solidify the votes of his supporters.

For further details, visit: /news/view.html?section=158&category=167&no=931

Winners: From left, Saenuri Party`s Shin Sang-jin andAhn Sang-soo, Independent Chun Jung-bae and the Saenuri Party`s Oh Shin-hwan (in the order of winning rate of votes)

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The Korea Post notice:

Finally, it is tomorrow! Please do not miss this rare opportunity to view the entire expanse of the Siwaho Tide Electric Power Plant from a 100-meter-high Observation Tower during the tour of the 2015 Ansan International Street Arts Festival on Friday afternoon, May 1, 2015.

Excellencies and Madams will also see the highly classified Power Generation Facilities under the ground and see a 10-minute introductory video.

As mentioned in the Schedule of Invitation already transmitted to Your Excellency, the meeting time is 2 pm and the meeting place is Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Partly cloudy skies are forecast for the day with a high of 27 degrees centigrade and a low of 14 degrees.

If Your Excellency has not made a reservation, please call David Chung (English) or Ms. Kim Jung-mi (Korean) at 2298-1740/2, 1745/6, 010-3481-1101 (David) or 010-3388-1682 (Ms. Kim).

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Show the food of your country to the Korean people, expatriates

For exhibition at the Namyangju Slow Food & Life Expo in October this year to be sampled by half a million people expected to visit during the Expo.

Please introduce the mouth-watering food of your country while it is hot.

(Please send the recipe and comments to edt@koreapost.com, korpost@chol.com or yeskoreapost@gmail.com.

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At Ansan Culture Plaza on May 1-3, 2015

Ansan City hosts International Street Drama Festival

The Ansan City, some 26 miles southwest of Seoul, hosts the 2015 Ansan International Street Drama Festival (AISDF) at the Ansan Culture Plaza on May 1-3, 2015 in a three-day run on the theme of City in Action! which is also a slogan for the event.

A total of 61 works will be presented during the Festival, namely 48 from Korea and 13 from nine foreign countries.

The AISDF poses a substantial contrast with conventional street drama festivals in the fact that it attempts to produce new works created through a harmonious merger between the intrinsic artistic value of the street dramas and regional features of Ansan.

Among the 12 official entries are six Korean works and the remaining six entries from a number of different countries, namely France, Australia, the Netherlands and Portugal.

The Korean works consist of (1) AnNyeong (literally, Hi!) created by Creative Group NoNI, (2) Falling As I Lean Against the Wall, (3) Living The Good Life by Ambiguous Dance Company, (4) Pyro Art Work by HWARANG Art Pyrotechnics (5) Donkey Shadow Trial by Art-Factory Comma And and (6) Tempest by THEATRE HADDANGSE. Among the six Korean works, the opening work is AnNyeong.

Among the foreign works, the opening entry is one from France named Envolee created by Aerosculpture Group. Others include the Megaphone Project by the Megaphone Project from Australia, The Poet on the Street from the Netherlands and the Remaining People from Portugal.

Ambassadors and Madams are invited to attend the opening ceremony on May 1, 2015. For our possible transmission failures, please call Tel 2298-1740/2, 010-5201-1740 or send an email to edt@koreapost.com or korpost@chol.com.

For further details, please visit /news/view.html?section=161&category=181&no=898.

A scene from Envolee created by Aerosculpture Group of France.

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Todays humor:

Hankuk Kyungje

Ace Job

A man goes to a placement agency in London and asks if they have any jobs.

Certainly, replies the interviewer, Ive got an ace job - working in a strip club. What you would have to do is help the girls undress and dress, oil them and all that sort if things.

Sound good, says the man.

Great, can you get to Newcastle right now?

Why, is that where the job is?

No, thats where the queue starts.

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