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  1. I'm going to buy a new car and my friend recommended one named KIA "soul" . Now i'm searching for information about Korea's brand car. is there anyone who has one? I'd like to share information with you all. Hyundai-Kia Sell Over 100,000 Cars Per Month in the U.S. The Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group saw peak sales of 105,065 cars in the U.S. market last month to cap five straight months where sales had exceeded the 100,000 benchmark. Its July sales figure in the U.S. marked an on-year rise of 17 percent. For its part, Hyundai Motor America sold 59,561 vehicles in July to mark a 10-percent increase in annualized terms prompted by brisk sales of the Sonata midsize sedan (2,884) and the Elantra compact car (15,181), it said Tuesday. The Santa Fe SUV was another hot seller with 8,119 units snapped up. Kia sold 45,504 vehicles in the same month to rack up a 29 percent jump from 2010, Kia Motor America said. The Sorento SUV posted record monthly sales of 13,262 units, while the Soul compact continued to sell more than 10,000 units for the fifth consecutive month, and the midsize sedan Optima sold 6,772 units. Hyundai-Kia's U.S. market share was 9.9 percent, the same as in June. It sold a total of 672,966 vehicles in the U.S. from January to July, up 31 percent from a year earlier. Sales increased 23 percent to 382,358 units for Hyundai and 41 percent to 290,608 for Kia. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/...080400523.html they seem like to be quite popular in U.S
  2. The South Korean prosecution has launched a sweeping investigation into Internet users carrying out anti-state acts including praising North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il, its military and society, officials said Tuesday. The move comes as the number of pro-Pyongyang postings on websites based here and overseas has increased, which according to observers has threatened to undermine social order and incited other citizens to join their praise of the communist state. Investigators believe that the content of the postings is “beyond what can be tolerated within the freedom of expression.” The National Security Law sanctions up to seven years in jail for anyone who knowingly supports or encourages anti-state entities. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office and related organizations including the National Police Agency and Korea Communications Commission plan to hold a meeting next month to discuss measures to jointly respond to online anti-state acts, officials said. “The number of cases ― in which those who hold grudges against South Korean society register postings online, threatening our democratic system ― has increased,” a prosecutorial official said, declining to be named. “It is not just out of curiosity about the North Korean system. They appear to have done this without thinking that this could be illegal and constitute a crime.” Among the recent cases, one man has been investigated for praising the North Korean social system and its leader Kim Jong-il about 120 times online from August until recently, according to investigators. Last month, the prosecution investigated another man who allegedly praised the North’s “military-first” principle through his online postings, and exchanged email messages glorifying its hereditary power transfer process with others some 50 times. According to a KCC report, the number of pro-North websites detected that were based overseas was 122. Forty-four are still operating while the rest have been shut down. The number of those who were caught producing pieces of writing with expressions praising the North has steadily increased in recent years. The figure, which stood at 13 in 2003, increased to 22 in 2009 and 64 last year, according to the prosecution. I think S.Korea will be struggling to fight against those people and it will be getting difficult for Korean government to find spies in S.Korea.
  3. A Korean restaurant has received a star rating on the Michelin Guide for the first time. The prestigious guide gave one star out of a maximum of three to "Danji," a restaurant in Manhattan run by Korean-American Hooni Kim, in its New York edition, which hit book stores on Wednesday. Previously, the only Korea restaurant to appear on the guide's radar was Sorabol in Hong Kong, which received a fork rating one notch below a star rating. Danji is exclusive and only has enough seating for 36 people. It was praised earlier by the New York Times as offering "only joy" and has become popular with long waiting lines a common sight. Another distinctive feature of the sophisticated eatery is that it is not located on 32nd and Broadway amid the main cluster of Korean restaurants, but in Hell's Kitchen further along the west side where locals tend to head. The menu is divided between traditional and modern Korean offerings. The traditional items include "bossam," or meat and kimchi wrapped in lettuce, and "pajeon," or vegetable and seafood pancakes, among other popular dishes. More modern variants include the "bulgogi slider" sandwich, a kind of fusion of Korean and American cuisine. Kim was born in Seoul and moved to the U.S. when he was 10. He quit medical school in California to become a chef after studying at a French cooking school in New York while taking a year off due to health problems. After graduating from the culinary school, he worked at the famed Manhattan eatery "Daniel," which won three stars on the Michelin Guide. http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/10/06/2011100600798.html
  4. North Korea doing something you thought you'd see in movies. Several times in the past weeks, activists against North Korea have been marked for assassination by North Korean agents.... with poison needles. Three times in recent weeks, activists opposing the government of North Korea's Kim Jong Il have been marked for assassination by well-trained agents wielding poisoned needles, fellow activists allege. A 46-year-old South Korean pastor named Kim living in Dandong, a Chinese city near the North Korean border, was found unconscious in the street - his face and fingers badly discolored - and died. The next afternoon in the Chinese city of Yanji, a South Korean involved with missionary work was standing at a traffic light when he felt a pinprick in his lower back. As he collapsed to the sidewalk, he heard a man muttering behind him in Chinese, "Sorry, sorry." He survived the apparent attack. Initially, the stories about North Korean assassins wielding poisoned needles sounded improbable, but the activists gained some support for their charges this month when South Korean intelligence announced that it had foiled an attack in Seoul in which the intended weapon was a poisoned needle. The target in that case was Park Sung-hak, an activist who had launched balloons into North Korea carrying antigovernment leaflets. This seems very serious... and we all expected North Korea to consider sinister and extreme methods like assassination. I just didn't think they'd go for poisoned needles... Read more here(source) : "North Korea accused of poison attacks on activists" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...MNKU1L9K9Q.DTL
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    K-POP cover dance festival

    K-POP cover dance festival is going to be held in korea. K-POP cover dance is that people imitate Korean singers' dance with their popular music. Many fans like this because people could learn a language and enjoy melody while they are dancing to the song. this festival is composed of 3 stages. first, people will get through the preliminaries and they are going to be assessed by the world fans. the teams that are selected in former preliminaries will go on the second preliminary and they will be appraised again by korean famous dancers and musicians. if they pass the final off-line preliminary, they will participate in the main festival. Who will be the best in the cover dance? Many fans are looking forward to see it. Sibuya in Japan, K-pop Cover dance competition.
  6. I'm a gamer and like sudden attack and starcraft 2. I read some news that Lately, Korean progamers are sweeping the awards in Major league gaming, North America Star league, intech extreme masters etc. They seem to be top in various games now. Many famous progamers are visiting to korea to challenge them. Most of star gamers receive top-notch treatment and salaries. So, it's quite difficult for them to begin again from the bottom in Korea. Now, they are quite struggling to win against korean progamers even in a ladder game not a real competition. Going to Korea is regarded by them as a required course. it's effect seem to be good for them. Some of people see that negatively. but I don't think, that is bad. As a gamer, I hope to improve my ability.
  7. crazybear

    2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea

    Daegu Flashes Its Organizational Wizardry to World as Championships End a Success The 2011 World Championships in Athletics came to an end on Sunday following nine days of drama, mishaps and tears of frustration and joy in Daegu. The biennial track and field meet was filled with interesting episodes, but perhaps the biggest achievement was raising global awareness of the Korean city. When Daegu won its bid to host one of the top three global sporting events in Mombasa, Kenya on March 17, 2007, international track and field officials were surprised by the ambition and challenging spirit shown by the little-known Korean city. It was a hard-won battle to host the competition. The decision caused skeptics to voice their disapproval, and some officials at the International Association of Athletics Federations, which organizes the Worlds, to express concern that organizing such a behemoth may be beyond Daegu's capability. However the city's hosting of the competition has drawn not only applause, but also talk that the latest edition of the Worlds was the most successful in its history. The city of 2.5 million, which was virtually unheard of on the international stage before, has now appeared firmly on the radar and in the hearts of many athletes and fans. While many former host cities of the Worlds -- or the Olympics or FIFA World Cup -- have ended up in debt after constructing new sports stadiums and other facilities that have subsequently fallen into disuse, Daegu is being lauded for its efficient budgeting. The city used pre-existing sports facilities to host most of the events and was able to avoid falling into debt. Daegu Stadium, which was built in 2003, was fitted with a new race track and its sound system received an overhaul, but those were the only major changes made. At the same time, the machines brought in to clean up the sand on the track and retrieve equipment used in throwing events received a "Class-1" rating by the IAAF. The 6,700 volunteers who helped out at the stadium and other venues of the World Championships also played a pivotal role in the event's success. Around 17,000 supporters from 137 volunteer groups not only welcomed and cheered the athletes and IAAF officials, but also served them meals and guided them on tours. The high level of civic awareness demonstrated by the residents of Daegu was also worthy of praise. Local government officials and members of the organizing committee were concerned about being unable to fill the 60,000 seats at the stadium. But thanks to group sales, attendance was high and ticket sales strong. Simple but refined exhibitions and performances, top-notch facilities for athletes, and a focus on environmentally-friendly technology left an indelible impression on the minds of those who visited the city. "Before the competition, there were those who were skeptical about the successful hosting of the event," said Lee Seong-keun, head of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Development Institute. "But careful preparation over the last four years and the strength of the people of Daegu made it possible for the city to successfully host one of the world's top three sports competitions."
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    2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea

    Bolt Nails World Record for Jamaica in Men's Relay as Daegu Wraps Up Jamaica ensured the World Athletics Championships ended on a high note on Sunday when Usain Bolt accelerated like a firework down the final stretch of the 4x100-m relay to nail the gold medal and wrap things up at Daegu Stadium with the tournament's first world record. Bolt collected the baton from new 100-m world champion Yohan Blake after Nesta Carter and Michael Frater had played their part, and tore over the finish line with explosive speed to give Jamaica a time of 37.04 seconds, shattering the previous record of 37.10 seconds. Usain Bolt of Jamaica reacts after setting a new world record in the men's 400-m relay at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu on Sunday. France (38.20) took silver and St Kitts and Nevis (38.49) bronze. As usual, Bolt, the lanky 25-year-old with an irrepressible sense of humor that has inflamed the delicate sensibilities of IAAF and Olympic officials, rounded off his race with some typical showboating that included some frenetic dance moves. It was Bolt's second gold medal in Daegu after he won the 200 m one day earlier, and his fifth overall at the World Championships after he picked up a hat trick at Berlin 2009. Jamaican athletes pose by a billboard after winning the men's 400-m relay in a new world record of 37.04 seconds in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Daegu on Sunday. Sunday night's world record will also help ease memories of the disappointing false start that saw the Beijing Olympics triple gold medalist disqualified from the 100-m final on Day Two of competition on Aug. 28. Before Sunday's exhilarating performance, Daegu was set to become only the fourth IAAF World Championships where no new world records were set. This would add it to a list shared by Athens (the 1997 host), Edmonton in Canada (2001) and Osaka in Japan (2007).
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    2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Korea

    yes...that was too shameful..:-( but...I'm looking forward to see Bolt's 200m , Jeter's 200m & 400m relay !! [iAAF NEWS] Source : http://www.koreaherald.com/sports/De...20110829000983 DAEGU ― Two-time defending world champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia walked across the finish line first in the 20-kilometer walk to add another gold at the 2011 World Championship in Daegu on Wednesday. In full sunshine and sweltering humidity, the 26-year-old Olympic gold medalist had led almost the whole race and really took off before the 15 kilometer mark, finishing with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 42 seconds. The Russian walked with teammates Vera Sokolova, Anisya Kirdyapkina and China’s Liu Hong but increased her lead ahead of Liu and Kirdyapkina to break the “cover curse.” “Thankfully no one told me about this before the race, they only told me after,” said Kaniskina with a laugh. Favored athletes featured on the cover of the Daily Programmes at the games have seen losses this year, including Usain Bolt for a false start and 110-meter hurdler Dayron Robles for obstruction. Featured on the opening day cover, the Aussie defending world champion Steven Hooker failed to pass the bar at 5.5 meters in the pole vault qualification on Saturday. Featured on the fourth day was Russia’s world record holder and two-time world and Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbaeva, who was unable to clear 4.80 meters, 26 centimeters below her record, in the finals. The Russian team did not make a clean sweep at the podium with Liu winning silver, followed by Kirdyapkina who finished third, some 13 seconds behind the Chinese athlete. “Compared to Osaka and Berlin this race was very difficult. We were prepared for the hot and humid weather but not for the sun,” said Kaniskina. Liu came in for bronze at the previous championships in Berlin, and was just shy of the Olympic podium on her home soil. World-record holder Sokolova was unable to keep up with her compatriots or the pack and fell back before the three-quarter mark finishing in 11th place. Portugal’s 36-year-old Susana Feitor set a new record by competing in her 11th consecutive World Championship, finished at a modest sixth place. Korea’s own Jeon Yong-eun gave it her all to finish in 26th place with a season best of 1:35:52 before collapsing at the line. "The fatest woman in the world - Carmelita Jeter" DAEGU (AP) -- Carmelita Jeter of the United States beat Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica to win the women's 100 meters at the world championships on Monday. Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago took bronze. Defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the best start but Jeter swept past her with about 40 meters to go and finished in 10.90 seconds. Campbell-Brown ran in the outside lane and finished in 10.97 seconds. Baptiste had a time of 10.98. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfDfdJeuV3Y Her 100m match She has won the championships three times since 2007. She is going to run 200m race and 400m relay. Her match and Usaine Bolt's 200m are noted now.
  10. Isinbayeva Falls Foul of Daegu Curse Yelena Isinbayeva, widely regarded as the greatest female pole vaulter of all time, had a disappointing sixth-place finish on Tuesday at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, which has so far been beset by controversies and seen no new world records set. The Russian sizzled out after only getting as high as 4.65 m, falling far short of the world record of 5.06 m she set at a Golden (currently Diamond) League event in Zurich in 2009. She came to Daegu with full of promise and with a season’s-best jump of 4.76 m under her belt. But a couple of gambles on Tuesday night definitely did not pay dividends for the woman, who, in her prime, set 27 world records. Fabiana Murer cleared 4.85 m to win the gold, giving Brazil its first-ever title at the World Championships. Germany’s Martina Strutz took silver and Svetlana Feofanova of Russia claimed the bronze. Murer, last year’s World Indoor Championships winner, has apparently shaken off the jinx that ruined her life three years ago in Beijing, when she was forced to bow out of the Olympics having lost her pole. This time round it was her former training partner, Isinbayeva, who left under a rain cloud. But the Russian nonetheless fared better in this southern Korean city on Tuesday than sprinter Usain Bolt and Cuba’s world record-holding hurdler Dayron Robles. Bolt was ejected from Sunday’s 100-m final after false starting, and Robles was disqualified for tussling with China’s Liu Xiang after winning Monday’s 110-m final. More bad luck befell British sprinter Christine Ohuruogu, the reigning Olympic champion, who was disqualified for false starting in the women’s 400 m. And Australian Steve Hooker, the defending champion and Beijing Games hero, failed to advance beyond the preliminaries in the men’s pole vault. So has the 29-year-old Isinbayeva permanently lost her grip on the sport that she, until recently, had a vice-like grip on, or did she simply fall victim to the Daegu curse? After a stormy couple of years, including three failed attempts at the previous Worlds in Berlin, she was hoping to restore her reputation in Daegu. But her luck at the biennial track and field meet seems to have run out ahead of her talent. As if to underscore the point, she set the current world record only 11 days after crashing out of the Worlds two years ago. After a few more competitions, she complained of feeling exhausted and took a year-long layoff from the sport. This week will not have done her confidence any good, but Isinbayeva -- who racked up two Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008, and two world titles in 2005 and 2007 -- will be keen to show she is still champion material when the Olympics travel to London next year. I was looking forward to see the highly expected athletes'games but all of them may go into a slump. ohh... Source : http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/08/31/2011083101084.html
  11. North Korea attempts up to 250 million indiscriminate cyber attacks on government agencies and private corporations in South Korea per day, said an official with the National Cyber Security Center under the National Intelligence Service last Thursday. "In the past, the North focused its cyber terrorist attacks on major government agencies, but it has recently been expanding attacks on the civilian sector, including finance, aviation, transportation, and electric power," the official added. He urged private corporations to invest more in cyber security and wake up to the dangers of failing to protect themselves. The NIS says the North attacks private corporations indirectly by hacking computers controlled by staffers of private firms that maintain and repair their computer systems. A typical example was the paralysis of computer systems at the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation, also known as Nonghyup, in April. At the time, the computer of an IBM Korea staffer who maintained Nonghyup's computer systems was hacked by a North Korean unit. The NIS has a great number of technologies to detect intrusions, but the North's hacking skills are improving by the day, it warned. An NIS officer said the North's General Bureau of Reconnaissance has about 1,000 hackers who can create malicious computer codes and avoid detection. Source : http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/08/30/2011083000444.html I heard that S.Korea is often attaked by N.Korea on Cyberspace. N.Korea's skilled hakers are always ready to attack S.Korea. S.Korea should prepare for protecting themselves well. if not, their economy or critical systems will be stopped by N.Korea.
  12. On the second leg of his Central Asia tour, President Lee Myung-bak met with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov in Tashkent on Tuesday. They agreed to develop natural resources worth US$4.16 billion. The agreement envisages developing the Surgil gas field near the Aral Sea, which has a deposit of 130 billion cubic meters of natural gas -- equivalent to 96 million tons of liquefied natural gas or 830 million barrels of crude oil -- and building a gas and chemicals plant. Lee leaves Uzbekistan for Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Many countries started Energy & Source diplomacy for future. sometimes, i think, could the energy war really be happened in the future? We can violate all of the international rules for energy? I wonder how long this like cooperation can keep going.
  13. Rebel fighters have seized Moammar Gadhafi's compound in the capital, Tripoli, and are celebrating what they consider a major victory over the Libyan leader and his loyalist troops. The rebel fighters fought their way into Gadhafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound Tuesday despite heavy gunfire from pro-Gadhafi forces. Hundreds of rebels could be seen firing their weapons in the air in celebration. Others waved flags and tore down posters of Gadhafi. Black smoke filled the skyline, while gunfire and explosions continued around the compound and several other parts of the city. It was not clear if Gadhafi or members of his inner circle were in the compound at the time, or the city of Tripoli. U.S. officials in Washington said Tuesday they believe Gadhafi was still in Libya. In New York, Libya's Deputy UN Ambassador, Ibrahim Dabbashi, told reporters he expects Tripoli to be completely liberated within the next 72 hours. EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton said Tuesday the rebels' political leader, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, told her they have control of 80 percent of the Libyan capital. Meanwhile, Libyan rebels say they also have taken control of the eastern oil port of Ras Lanuf Tuesday. The major oil port is east on the road to Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte. A resident of Benghazi told VOA that residents of the rebel-stronghold were honking their horns and waving flags out of their cars in celebration. He said he expected many more people to celebrate after Muslims broke their daily Ramadan fast in the evening. A NATO spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, told reporters in Brussels that NATO's mission in Libya is not over, and that it will continue military operations until all attacks and threats of attacks against civilians have stopped. NATO military spokesman Colonel Roland Lavoie added that NATO forces are not specifically targeting Gadhafi, but that the alliance will strike "wherever is necessary" in Libya to protect civilians. Smoke rises above downtown Tripoli following fighting at Bab al-Aziziya compound on Aug. 23, 2011. /Reuters Gadhafi's whereabouts are unknown. But his son and one-time heir apparent, Seif al-Islam, defiantly appeared in the city late Monday saying his father was still in Tripoli and that his government was still in control. The rebels earlier claimed to have arrested Seif al-Islam, but he spoke to foreign journalists at the Gadhafi-controlled Rixos Hotel, then led a convoy of vehicles through loyalist areas, where television footage showed him pumping his fists in the air as supporters cheered him on. The International Criminal Court on Tuesday disputed reports that it had earlier confirmed Seif al-Islam's detention, saying the court never received official word from the opposition Transitional National Council. Senior rebel sources also said another of Gadhafi's sons -- Mohammed -- escaped house arrest Monday. A third son apparently is still in detention. Opposition council chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Gadhafi will receive a fair trial if captured, and that the "real moment of victory" will be when he is taken into custody. Jalil acknowledged that the rebels have yet to establish full control in Tripoli, where forces loyal to Gadhafi have battled rebels in scattered pockets. The International Organization for Migration said Tuesday the fighting in Tripoli has forced it to delay docking a ship to begin evacuating stranded migrants. The group said the ship, which can carry 300 people, will remain off shore until the security situation improves. In addition to parts of Tripoli, pro-government forces also control at least two major cities affiliated with his tribe -- Sabha, to the south, and Sirte, some 450 km east of the capital along the coast. NATO says government forces fired three Scud missiles toward the city of Misrata, but no injuries were reported. The rebels broke through Tripoli's outer defenses Sunday and reached the city's central Green Square, where thousands celebrated the opposition's arrival and tore down posters of Gadhafi. Until recently, the government had used the area for mass demonstrations in support of Gadhafi. The rebel troops moved into central Tripoli with little resistance after capturing a key military base run by the government's elite Khamis Brigade and commanded by another of Gadhafi's sons. I think, Libya and North Korea are quite similar with each other. I heard N.Korea now is begging food & money of Russia. N.Korea may be in danger to be fallen down by the N.Korean crowds. I hope that N.Koreans could get more power to be set free from Kim Jong il like Libya. the democratic move is needed.
  14. [news] The main reason for Kim Jong-il's visit to Russia that began on Saturday seems to be North Korea's dire economic hardship, a senior Unification Ministry official said Sunday. The North Korean regime urgently needs money to celebrate regime founder Kim Il-sung's 100th birthday next year, when it has announced it will become a "powerful and prosperous" nation. Kim's visit to Russia seems to have been triggered by the view that dependence on China alone is not enough to secure the cash he needs. According to Cho Bong-hyun of the IBK Economic Research Institute, "North Korea urgently needs to restore power supply." Since the sinking of Navy corvette Cheonan in March last year, South Korea has imposed economic sanctions, leaving North Korea devoid of a major source of revenue. The North was forced to sell massive amount of anthracite coal to China last year, but this in turn exacerbated the country’s power shortage because it hampered the operation of domestic power plants. This is why Kim made his first stop at the Bureya Hydroelectric Power Plant, the largest in Siberia, on Sunday, experts say. Kim reportedly discussed ways to export surplus electricity from the plant to North Korea. He is expected to urge Russia to invest more in the Rajin-Sonbong special economic zone. Russia is already repairing a 52-km railroad connecting Rajin and Kazan in Russia and plans to build container terminal in Rajin Port. Russia also wants to supply natural gas produced in Siberia to South Korea through a gas pipeline passing through North Korea. South Korea and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding in September 2008 for a plan to export at least 10 billion cubic m of Russian natural gas to the South, but it was put on ice over the North Korean nuclear issue. But Gazprom vice president Alexander Ananenkov discussed the project with North Korean deputy premier Kang Sok-ju when he visited North Korea on July 4. A source familiar with North Korean affairs said, "Russia is persuading North Korea by pledging the pipeline construction project generates US$100 million of income a year for North Korea." Russia is expected to propose a project to connect the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Trans-Korean Railway through North Korea. "If they talk about gas pipelines, the railway project will have to be on the agenda," Cho said. I think The fact that N.Korea has depended on (past or current) communism countries(Russia ,China) isn't changed yet. I wonder how long their begging is keep going.
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