Will naval base discussions take place?
Gangjeong representatives now want meeting open to press
Last month, the prime minister's office and the Gangjeong village council agreed to hold a debate July 10th to discuss issues related to the construction of the naval base in the village, but with things as they stand now, it's anyone's bet if those talks will actually take place.
The plan is for representatives from the two sides to meet Tuesday at the Seogwipo municipal office and discuss the issues until an agreement is reached on how to overcome them.
Representatives from the provincial government are also supposed to sit in on the discussions and maintain a neutral stance in the proceedings.
The parties agreed to keep the details of what is said at the meeting from the press. Village representatives now say they will not attend the talks unless they are open to journalists, though, so the fate of the discussions is far from certain.
Jeju specialties on sale in Beijing, Osaka
Stores to open in August, September
Stores that display and sell Jeju specialties will open in China and Japan, two important export destinations for the products.
The Jeju provincial government says that the Jeju Small & Medium Business Center will run the one in Beijing and that it will open in late August.
The province will establish the Jeju Trade Corporation as a subsidiary of the business center, and that corporation will run the shop in Osaka, which will open in September.
Jeju International Airport expansion complete
Work cost 343.2b, began in May 2007
Workers have completed a six-year expansion of Jeju International Airport.
The Jeju office of the Korea Airports Corporation says that the project that began in May 2007 had a 343.2-billion-won price tag.
Prior to the enlargement, the facility could accommodate 13.14 million people annually, but now it can handle 25.47 million people, which is a 93 percent increase in capacity. Annual flight capacity has grown 20 percent from 143,000 to 172,000.
Finally, there had been parking spots for 1,700 vehicles at the airport, but now there are spaces for 2,620.
Turning to Arirang now, former South Gyeongsang Province Governor Kim Doo-kwan has announced his bid to become the presidential candidate for the main opposition party in December's election. He is just the latest among several candidates from across the political spectrum who are hoping to win over voters with their policy agendas. Arirang's political correspondent (이지윤) Lee Ji-yoon has the latest.
[DUP Kim Doo-kwan announces presidential bid]
To make a country of equal opportunity and to become a leader that communicates with the public.
These were few of the many promises made on Sunday by presidential hopeful Kim Doo-kwan(김두관) of the main opposition Democratic United Party... as he officially announced his bid to run for president.
Kim, who resigned as South Gyeongsang Governor last week, is known for being a strong supporter of the late President Roh Moo-hyun.
However, he faces tough competition from other DUP candidates,... such as heavyweights Moon Jae-in and Sohn Hak-kyu.
The local media has called him the "rising dark horse" as some DUP lawmakers have been urging him to run for president.
[Park Geun-hye to announce her bid Tuesday]
Meanwhile, the ruling Saenuri Party's presidential frontrunner Park Geun-hye(박근혜) is expected to officially announce her candidancy on Tuesday in central Seoul.
This is the same day as the party begins registering presidential candidates.
Park's election campaign, under the slogan of "A country where my dreams come true," focuses on creating a fairer economy and improving the lives of ordinary citizens.
But three other Saenuri Party presidential hopefuls, representatives Chung Mong-joon and Lee Jae-oh and Gyeonggi Governor Kim Moon-soo, are still trying to decide whether to run in the party's presidential primary.
They are demanding an open primary,... saying they will not take part if the rules aren't changed.
[Reporter] Lee Ji-yoon
However, the Saenuri Party has decided to keep its current primary rules in which half of the votes come from party members and the other half from the public.
The three are expected to announce their decision as early as Monday.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
Waxy corn is a variety grown on the island. Farmers in Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo grow it after they harvest winter radishes, and because they can use their land in the off-season, it has become an extra source of income for them. But Lara Gonzales now reports, that's not the only benefit.
This corn has grown taller than a fully grown man. The ripe ears of corn hang on these thick stalks.
In winter, radish is grown in this field, but after it is harvested, farmers grow corn here.
The corn grown here this season is sweeter and stickier than usual, thanks to longer exposure to the sunshine during the recent period of drought.
Farmers are expecting their crops to be sold at higher prices than in previous years.
[Interview] Song Jong-mahn
Recently, the corn has become another good source of income for (성산) Seongsan farmers in the summer.
When farmers grow waxy corn in addition to radish, they make an average of 70,000 won for every 100 square meters, which is almost twice as much as the income made by farmers only growing radish.
Since the stalks can be used as compost, corn is very much a useful crop.
When the stalks are shredded here in the fields, it works just like an organic fertilizer.
Experts say it's just as effective as 60 tons of fertilizer per one hectare of land.
[Interview] Kang Seong-min
Farmers say that they have difficulties storing and finding markets to sell their corn, and this is why many farmers are reluctant to grow the crop.
In response, the (동부) Dongbu Center of the Agricultural Research and Extension Service says that it will resolve the issue by providing needed technology for rapid cooling and preservation.
Lara Gonzales, KCTV.
This July, the old train car in Sammu Park, which has been nothing more than an interesting place to visit, will be transformed into a book cafe for children. Here's Bu Hye-seon with more on the programs that will be offered.
This is Registered Cultural Property 414, an old steam train located here in Sammu Park.
From the middle of July, it will be used as a children's book cafe.
Tamna library is planning to supply 100 books every other week on a rotating basis, and more than 600 books have already been donated by officials at Jeju City Hall.
For both children and other local residents who visit here, comfortable tables and chairs for reading will be in place. Two staffs from the new book cafe will be on hand to explain about the train, and read books for children.
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A story-telling session will also be held every weekend, so it should appeal greatly to children.
Local residents are also pleased with the news.
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Given the fact that a significant number of students are now, at some level, addicted to computer games and the internet, it is hoped that this new book cafe will provide a wholesome alternative.
Bu Hye-seon, KCTV.
Media research group 'Sawolhoe' visits KCTV
Group of current and former professors, journalists
A small media research group comprising current and former professors and journalists made a visit to KCTV Jeju because they deem it to be a good example of what a local broadcaster can be.
Ten members of '사월회' Sawolhoe visited July 6th for a look at company operations, achievements, and the broadcasting system it uses. KCTV CEO (김귀진) Kim Gwi-jin spoke about what the company has learned and how it became second to none in the field.
The visitors say they came to KCTV because it has overcome the limitations of a cable TV company to become an object of study based on its significant role and status as a local broadcaster.
Plans for DUI traffic stops to be released
Locations and times to be released online prior to Friday crackdowns
We reported last week on police plans to crack down on drunk driving throughout the month of July, and now we have word that authorities will alert the public to the location and times of the traffic stops before they take place.
The Jeju Provincial Police Agency will set up stops every Friday in Jeju City and Seogwipo along major roads, in downtown areas with a lot of restaurants and bars, and near tourist destinations.
Thirty areas will be targeted, and the crackdown will be focused on different places each week. The times and exact locations of the traffic stops will be listed on the police agency's website.
Per capita parkland decreasing annually
Only 6.8 square meters in Jeju while national average is 7.6
Each year brings with it less per capita parkland for Jeju residents.
According to data released by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, there's now 6.8 square meters for every islander, but the national average is 7.6 square meters.
There's 8.4 square meters of parkland for every Seoul resident, while Ulsan has the most green space in the nation per inhabitant at 16.6 square meters.
Jeju had the second most per capita parkland in the country in 2009, when it had 10.2 square meters. By the next year, the local figure had fallen to 6.9 square meters, and it continued its annual slide this year.
▶ Jeju Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition entitled 'Animal Friends' through August 25th.
Title - 'Animal Friends'
Details - Gwak Soo-hyun, two other artists
Date - Through August 25
Location - Jeju Museum of Art
▶ Jeju Educational Museum is displaying documents from schools that have closed.
Title - 'Traces of Old Schools'
Details - Documents from closed schools
Date - Through November 30
Location - Jeju Educational Museum
▶ A local pottery club is hosting its 11th annual exhibition through July 11th.
Title - 'Jeju Stones and Winds'
Details - Local potters
Date - Through July 11
Location - Jeju Culture and Art Center
▶ Sculptures by (조성묵) Jo Seong-mook are on display at Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art through August 28th.
Title - Jo Seong-mook
Details - Sculptures
Date - Through August 28
Location - Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art
▶ Art by (김현철) Kim Hyeon-cheol is on display at Gallery (라온) Raon through the end of the month.
Title - Kim Hyeon-cheol
Details - Korean style art
Date - Through July 31
Location - Gallery Raon
▶ The 15th annual Jeju Souvenir Competition is underway. Applications must be downloaded at www.jeju.go.kr and then turned in at the provincial office.
Title - Jeju Souvenir Competition
Application Deadline - July 13 at provincial office
Submission Deadline - July 23 at Jeju Welcome Center
Host - Provincial Association of Tourism Craft