February 2012

Mandatory insurance for two-wheeled vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 50cc

Tag: busan, citynews, driving, insurance, korea, news, regulations
Mandatory insurance for two-wheeled vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 50cc

BUSAN, South Korea - Following the revision of the Automobile Management Act, Busan City has announced that, starting this January, insurance for two-wheeled vehicles with an engine capacity of less than 50cc is mandatory, and registration of these two-wheeled vehicles at the Gu/Gun office and the attaching of a license plate to the vehicles is required as well. 

Completion of the registration process for two-wheeled vehicles with an engine of less than 50cc purchased before January 1, 2012 is required by June 30, 2012 and the registration of any such vehicles purchased after January 1, 2012 is required immediately after purchase. Two-wheeled vehicles which have a top speed of only 25 kilometers per hour, including mini bikes, motorboards and electric wheelchairs, are exempt from registration.  

Violations will result in a fine of up to 500,000 won.



Basketball - KT Replaces Okosa with Chris Alexander

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Basketball - KT Replaces Okosa with Chris Alexander

BUSAN, South Korea - The KT Sonic Boom have appeared to replace Reggie Okosa with Chris Alexander according to Jumpball Korea.

The 7-foot-1 center logged in averages of 14 points and 20.33 rebounds in three games for the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the Philippines, helping them reach a 2-1 record according to GMA News.

Alexander wasn't too happy with his release.

“I’m blaming myself somehow. I thought Ginebra needed only a rebounder and defensive player because they have Mark Caguioa, Kerby Raymundo and others to score,” he said.

Alexander last played in the KBL for Changwon LG Sakers in the 2009-10 campaign when he averaged 12.8 points and 10 rebounds.



KEB Launches English Website

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KEB Launches English Website

BUSAN, South Korea - The Korean Exchange Bank has launched an English website for the English speaking community.  The website includes transaction fee rates and a wide range of KEB’s banking services: internet banking, money transferring, credit card issuance, and other services. KEB also runs a call center for expats to eliminate as many banking inconveniences as possible. 


* KEB EXPAT Banking Service : http://www.keb.co.kr/netc/en/expat/accounts.html
* KEB Expat Call Center
  • Banking 82-1544-3000
  • Credit Card 82-1544-3500

Source: Busan Life Magazine



Hotel Nongshim Names Foreign CEO

Tag: ceo, citynews, executive, foreign, hotel nognshim, John Erksin Banta
Hotel Nongshim Names Foreign CEO

BUSAN, South Korea - John Erksin Banta has been named as the CEO of the Hotel Nongshim, an affiliate of the Nongshim Group.

Banta was chosen for his transformation of the hotel's recent renovations, and proven marketing strategies. He's been working as a consultant for the hotel for the past 15 months.

He is only the third foreigner to hold the CEO position of a hotel in the country, after  the Grand Hyatt Seoul, the Millennium Hilton Seoul, and the Best Western Incheon.

 

 



Hiphopplaya Announces Their 2011 Awards

Tag: 2011, awards, beenzino, dok2, Hiphopplaya, J Tong, life, tablo, Verbal Jint
Hiphopplaya Announces Their 2011 Awards

SEOUL - Hip hop musician Tablo's album "Fever's End" took the title of the 2011 Album of the Year for website hiphopplaya, a Korean website dedicated to hip hop music. The awards have been given out since 2001.

Other winners included J Tong for Rookie of the Year, Dok2 for Producer of the Year, Beenzine for Feature of the Year, and Verbal Jint who scored a double with Single of the Year and Video of the Year for their song "Cho-ah Bo-yeoh." 



Deadline for Two Free Pairs of Tickets to Hong Kong Approaching!

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Deadline for Two Free Pairs of Tickets to Hong Kong Approaching!

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Feature: China and North Korea`s Growing Drug Trade

Feature: China and North Korea`s Growing Drug Trade

SEOUL, South Korea -- Over the last several years, there has been a steady increase in the number of reported drug smuggling cases along the Chinese/North Korean border. Most of the smuggling suspects have been North Koreans, but Chinese authorities have been reluctant to react to the cross-border dealings of it’s close ally and neighbour.  

The surge of narcotics, mostly methamphetamines, coming into China from North Korea has created wide-spread addiction problems in Chinese provinces that share a border with North Korea.

According to a Newsweek article that ran in June of 2011, the incidence of addiction in Chinese border provinces has sky-rocketed in recent years:



Guitar Wolf in Korea for Three Shows with the Rock Tigers

Guitar Wolf in Korea for Three Shows with the Rock Tigers

BUSAN, South Korea -- Long time rockabilly all-stars, The Rock Tigers, are teaming up with Japan’s, Guitar Wolf, for a show in Busan this Thursday March 1st, followed by a Friday show in Jeonju and one on Saturday in Seoul.

Both bands are well known on international indie-rock circuits with the veteran act of the two, Guitar Wolf, having first formed in 1987, while Korea’s own Rock Tigers and their brand of rockabilly, which they call 'Kimchibilly,' first came together in 2001, led by the charismatic, Velvet Geena.



Football - IPark Win Hawaiian Invitational

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Football - IPark Win Hawaiian Invitational

HONOLULU, HI - The Busan IPark won the Hawaiian Islands Invitational with an impressive 3-0 victory over Yokohama FC in front of 10,073 fans Saturday night in Honolulu.

Seungwhan Bang opened the scoring in the 14th minute on a beautiful header into the corner, while Lim Sang-hyub put the IPark up a double before the end of the first half on a breakaway in stoppage time to give IPark a comfortable advantage going into the half.

Fagner sealed Yokohama's fate in the 71st minute after a great heading pass from Bang and drilled a shot into the lower right corner to give IPark the title.

The IPark will return to gear up for the season opener on the road against Suwon on March 4th.  



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