First ‘Yonsama’, Now ‘Byonsama’

 First 'Yonsama', Now 'Byonsama'

First ‘Yonsama’, Now ‘Byonsama’

More than 20 years ago, African statesman Jomo Kenyatta defied his inner circle and left power to a political novice, Daniel arap Moi. Now history is set to repeat itself as Moi prepares Kenyatta’s youngest son to take over the presidency. A Gemini correspondent reports on the controversy surrounding the candidacy of a man lampooned as a “mamma’s boy”.

Rising sea levels and coastal erosion have combined to disrupt life on Nigeria’s exclusive Victoria Island. Until recently a magnet for the rich porno and powerful, residents are now rushing off the flooded island. To stem the tide of escapees, the government has just agreed to pay for new, expensive installations that scientists think will solve the problem, reports Gemini. ‘A Bittersweet Life’ – the Beginner’s Guide

Some 450 reporters flocked to a promotional press conference for Lee Byung-hun’s film “Bittersweet Life” on Thursday – evidence that the Korean Wave continues unabated in the island xvideos country despite strained relations between the neighbors. There were 150 cameramen alone on the roof of the Shinjuku branch of the Isetan department store, in fierce competition to capture Lee’s slightest moves for posterity.
The Japanese press including the Sankei Shimbun and Nikkan Sports ran detailed reports of the press conference in their Friday editions as curiosity about “Byonsama” reached fever pitch.

Lee, dapper in a black suit and tie, said, “‘Bittersweet Life’ is an important work for me as an actor. I feel very strongly about it.” He charmed the Japanese press with his sense of humor as he discussed various episodes that occurred during the shooting of the film.

“When we shot the scene where I put the sugar in the espresso, the first two takes didn’t turn out well,” Lee said to polite laughter. “So director Kim Ji-woon tried dropping the sugar in himself, but he still didn’t like it, so I ended up trying it once again. In the final cut, however, it’s the director’s hand that you see. It seemed he really wanted to get into the film.”

Lee also appeared live on TBS and will return to Korea after an interview with Fuji TV on Sunday. “Bittersweet Life” will debut in Japan at the end of the month, and Lee is well on his way to becoming a household name. About 100 bodyguards were mobilized for the actor’s arrival at Narita Airport, and tickets to the preview of his film were selling for W400,000 (US$400) on Internet auction sites — a popularity exceeding that of even Hollywood stars.

Grief, Speculation Greet Mysterious Lee Eun-ju Suicide

 Grief, Speculation Greet Mysterious Lee Eun-ju Suicide

Grief, Speculation Greet Mysterious Lee Eun-ju Suicide

Top Actress’s Suicide Shocks Nation Entertainment World Says Goodbye to Lee Eun-ju

Grief and a hyperactive rumor mill have greeted the suicide of film star Lee Eun-ju, who was found dead in her apartment Tuesday. The Daum portal site’s most popular story on Wednesday afternoon was about Lee’s funeral scheduled for Thursday. Daum said users posted more than 250,000 replies to some 50 to 60 articles on Lee’s suicide on Feb. 22 and 23. More users read news articles about Lee’s suicide than about the abduction and killing of Kim Sun-il by Iraqi militants last year. The portal site temporarily crashed due to the sudden onslaught of traffic.

Five articles about Lee’s suicide got the most hits on portal site Naver.com. Only an hour or two after they were posted, more than 4,000 replies were attached to the articles. The Chosun Ilbo’s website was also inundated with more than 1,000 mourning messages for Lee.

Speculations over the cause of Lee’s suicide reached fever pitch. Although Lee left relatively detailed suicide notes, it was difficult for people who knew nothing about her personal life to understand her suicide.

“It is nice having money…I wanted to make money,” Lee wrote in a suicide note – sentences that baffled many, considering that Lee was a top advertising model earning hundreds of millions of won in fees.

“I want to return to the days one year ago,” Lee said in another note. Immediately after her suicide, Lee was said to have agonized over nude scenes she took for the film “The Scarlet Letter,” which were linked to her decision to take her life. But fans point out that Lee also did nude scenes for the film “Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors” after debuting in 1997.

One suicide note contains the enigmatic words, “The last call… Thank you. You told me that today is the right day.” Speculation to whom the note was addressed naturally ran high.

Kim Jong-shik of Lee’s management agency Namoo Actors said the company would explain the cause of her suicide after the funeral. Meanwhile, prosecutors and police closed their investigation into the suicide and ruled out foul play.

The mortuary at Seoul National University Hospital in Bundang where Lee’s body is being kept was crowded with fellow entertainers and reporters. Singers Bada and Jeon In-kwon, actors Park Jung-hun, Seol Kyung-ku, Lee Byung-heon and Cha Tae-hyun, and actress Kim Ji-su all came to pay their respects to Lee. Tanzania is to launch a malaria control project next year that will use the pesticide DDT in a bid to control mosquitoes that spread malaria. The move angers environmentalists, who argue that the controversial pesticide is harmful to humans. A Gemini News Service correspondent wades into the debate.

Sex, voyeurism, rape and murder – it all greets the people of Mauritius in their newspapers and radios every day. But complaints of unfair and sensational reporting on women and children have caused journalists to set up Mauritius Media Watch. As Gemini News Service reports, the media watchdog hopes to bring – without censorship – fairness and respectable reporting to both sexes. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has been successfully ‘rebranded’ as the African Union. But is there more to this name-change than the mere cosmetic? A Gemini News Service correspondent leafs through the new African grouping’s plans and finds four promising reasons for hope of a more successful organisation – despite that dropped ‘O’. Winding its way through Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the Zambezi River is a prized resource. Its waters provide fisheries, tourism, and increasingly, electricity. But as Gemini News Service reports, Mozambique’s attempt to dam the river is pushing environmentalists into the deep-end and could send Mozambique’s rural economy to sleep with the fishes.


The South African government is considering introducing a sex-offenders register. But this has been contested by various organisations and experts – and has sparked heated debate. A Gemini News Service correspondent looks at both sides of the issue in a country where child sex abuse is skyrocketing.

It’s been three years since leprosy was brought under control in Senegal. Thanks to ambitious government programmes and partnerships, the disease is nearly eradicated and reintegration efforts have been set up for the patients. But, as Gemini News Service reports, overcoming leprosy’s major societal side effect – stigma – remains a long-term challenge. Swaziland is the last country in sub-Saharan Africa ruled by a hereditary king. The king also sets standards for such social customs as polygamy, but its popularity appears to be dipping outside the extended – and considerably large – royal world. Hindrances, reports Gemini News Service, include women’s desire to be free and the considerable burden of ‘bride price’.