Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Daily Kor for Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I guess it's hot in the city tonight. Although I grew up where it was not unusual to have temperatures into the triple-digit range (100°F is about 38°C), I realize it's way different when it's as humid as it gets on the peninsula. If it's hitting 33°C and the humidity is high, it's probably best to stay indoors and enjoy the A/C, I guess. Don't over-exert yourself: heat stroke is a real possibility, and its victims are often people who think they can handle it but don't realize their body's own limits.
  1. Justice Ministry announces plans to give neighbors detailed information about sex offenders live in their vicinity (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  2. Korea Meteorological Association issues heat wave advisory for nation as temperatures reach 33°C (Yonhap, Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  3. ROK military apologizes for Marines firing at Asiana Airlines jet flying in from China that was mistaken as North Korean military aircraft (AP via WaPo, Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  4. Police and prosecutors reach last-minute compromise to end dispute over investigative rights that will empower police to open investigations on their own (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  5. Out-going USFK commander General Walter Sharp says ROK-US alliance prepared to meet any threat from North Korea (UPI, Joongang Daily)
    • General Sharp reaffirms Washington's opposition to redeploying tactical nukes to South Korea (Korea Times)
  6. European Union trade official says FTA with South Korea is model for free-trade agreements with other Asian countries (AP via WaPo)
    • Obama administration hopes to send South Korea, Colombia, and Panama FTAs to Congress before August recess (Miami Herald, Yonhap
  7. Unification Ministry is undecided whether to allow South Korean businesses holding assets at North Korea's Kŭmgangsan resort to visit DPRK to discuss disposal of frozen and seized properties (Xinhua)
  8. ROK President Lee Myungbak says government will form “green technology” center to study technology related to energy, information technology, environment, and to share that knowledges with emerging nations (Bloomberg, Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  9. Education Ministry says South Korean university tuition rates are third highest in OECD (Yonhap)
  10. STX announces plans to build $1 billion shipyard in Russia (Reuters)
  11. Financial Supervisory Service warns Korean banks of possible foreign exchange liquidity crunch in advance of possible tightening of international credit markets (Reuters)
  12. Transportation Ministry to curb incidents involving male drivers accidentally parking in female-only parking spots by enlarging pink labia-and-clitoris icon (Yonhap)

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