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Preschoolers Spend More Time in Classes Than Playgrounds
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Preschoolers Spend More Time in Classes Than Playgrounds

Young Korean children spend too much time studying and not enough time playing outside, a study suggests.

According to the Korea Institute of Child Care and Education, even five-year-olds spend an average of three hours a day sitting down with learning materials but just over an hour playing outside. The data is based on a survey last year of 2,276 parents and instructors of private classes.

As more and more parents start sending their kids to private classes earlier than ever before, children end up swamped with pressure to learn things before they can even ride a bike. Even two-year-olds spend an average of an hour and nine minutes a day being taught something, while children aged five spend two hours and 55 minutes.

Radio Host Bae Chul-soo Celebrates Show’s Record Run
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Radio Host Bae Chul-soo Celebrates Show’s Record Run

Bae Chul-soo celebrated his radio program's unbroken 10,000-show run on Thursday.

Bae started hosting "Music Camp" on MBC radio in March 1990, mostly featuring contemporary American and British pop music. It is now the longest-running show ever of its kind in Korea.

To mark the milestone, he invited faithful listeners to the celebrations.

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Caution Advised in Scorching Post-Monsoon Heat
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Caution Advised in Scorching Post-Monsoon Heat

The public has been reminded to use caution as temperatures rise dramatically in early and mid-August. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday there is usually a spike in heat-related illnesses in the first half of August and advised taking extra care.

Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause heat stroke and exhaustion. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, and the conditions can be fatal.

According to the KCDC, heat-related ailments were reported most in the first and second weeks of August, accounting for 39.5 percent of all 5,910 cases from 2012 to 2016. From May 29 to Aug. 1 this year, 919 cases were reported, with five resulting in deaths. This was up about 7 percent from the same period last year, which saw the highest number of patients over the last five years.

Small Businesses Still Can’t Find Staff Despite Crowded Job Market
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Small Businesses Still Can’t Find Staff Despite Crowded Job Market

Youth unemployment is rising to unprecedented levels, yet small and mid-sized firms still cannot find the staff. According to job portals, some 60 percent of SMEs were unable to meet their hiring targets for the first half of this year.

Saramin polled 141 small and mid-sized businesses last week, and found that 106 of them tried to hire new staff in the first half and 59.4 percent failed to fill their intended targets. And the average scores they gave to their newly hired workers was just 65 out of 100, and 71.6 percent said they suffer chronic staff shortages.

Gov’t to Stop Bosses Pestering Staff After Hours
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Gov’t to Stop Bosses Pestering Staff After Hours

The government has set its sights on preventing bosses from piling work on staff after hours via text message or social media. The Labor Ministry on Thursday said it will gather opinions from unions and businesses about the practice by the end of the year and commission a study to determine how widespread it is.

A Labor Ministry official said, "Actual working hours are getting longer because bosses issue work orders after office hours, which is making it difficult for workers to leave their work behind".

Seoul City Bus Tours Lose Appeal
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Seoul City Bus Tours Lose Appeal

Seoul City Bus Tour is seeing fewer and fewer passengers as critics accuse the rides of failing to catch up with the interests of visitors. The rides started in 2000 catering mostly to foreign tourists visiting the capital, and two private operators run 21 buses on six different routes.

The operators complain that their problem is a lack of funding. The Seoul Metropolitan Government subsidized them until 2011, but now they have to fend for themselves.

The number of users dropped from 251,000 in 2014 to 194,000 last year and stood at only 66,000 in the first five months of this year, or 437 a day. That means each bus carries only four or five passengers at a time, and foreigners account for a paltry 30 percent of the total.

Park Ji-sung to Join Efforts to Promote Pyeongchang Olympics
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Park Ji-sung to Join Efforts to Promote Pyeongchang Olympics

Retired footballer Park Ji-sung will join efforts to promote the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, organizers said Wednesday.

Park returned to Korea last month after completing the FIFA Master Course, a program on sports management and administration.

Park will perform various activities after being formally appointed as a promotional ambassador for the Olympics at a ceremony to be held in Seoul on Friday.

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Government to Tackle Rising Housing Prices
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Government to Tackle Rising Housing Prices

Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Hyun-mee on Wednesday announced new measures aimed at reining in speculative investments in the housing market.

Kim said the government is against real estate speculation as a means of earning money.

New stricter rules will require multiple-home owners to pay higher taxes when they sell a home and seeks to increase housing supply for low-income earners by expanding state-leasing of apartments.

The government felt the need to tighten the leash on the housing market further after measures announced in June failed to prevent housing prices from soaring.

Budget Carriers Boost Int’l Flights from Regional Airports
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Budget Carriers Boost Int’l Flights from Regional Airports

A growing number of budget carriers are starting to offer international flights from regional airports to escape intensifying competition. The move comes because the market for flights from Incheon and Gimpo international airports in the Seoul metropolitan area is saturated.

T'Way Airlines started flying from Gimhae Airport in South Gyeongsang Province to Da Nang, Vietnam and Osaka, Japan on Tuesday.

Just three years ago, budget carrier Air Busan was practically the only airline offering regular international flights from Gimhae Airport, which had long been seen as a white elephant.

[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Save Me” Episode 1
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[HanCinema’s Drama Review] “Save Me” Episode 1

It takes a lot to make someone with my film experience feel uncomfortable and "Save Me" manages it. The premiere episode packs the kind of punch we rarely see in Korean drama. The atmosphere is oppressive, the production quality great and prepare a cold shower for how sullied you will feel after meeting some of these characters. Episode one is all about exposition and preparing us for the present.

Right off the bat, the series looks and sounds stunning.The camera angles, the use of light and shadow, the careful use of special effects, everything just works well and creates cinematic quality material. The director of photography in particular is not messing around here and while no visuals can elevate a messy story, they can definitely complement a decent or good one, which I hope "Save Me" is going to be.