Former LG Twins Manager Kim Gi-tae Appointed as New Kia Tigers Manager
Gwangju’s professional baseball team, Kia Tigers, signed a three-year deal with the former LG Twins manager Kim Gi-tae after its formerly re-approved manager, Sun Dong-yeol, resigned last week.
The Kia Tigers explained that Kim has agreed to a three-year term as manager of the Tigers team with an annual salary of 250 million won.
Kim previously managed the LG Twins, taking the team to their first postseason in 11 years last year.
However, as the team began the 2014 season with poor records earlier this year, Kim resigned in April.
A Gwangju native, the new manager is expected to rebuild the team’s overall atmosphere and improve its record following a disappointing rank of 8th among the nine Korean professional baseball teams for two years in a row.
Kim never played for the Tigers team in his 15 seasons in Korean baseball, but is one of the biggest baseball stars to hail from Gwangju as he led the league in home runs in 1994 and won the batting title in 1997.
Gwangju Education Office Reviewing Abolishment of Placement Test for Middle and High schools
The Educational Office in Gwangju is reportedly reviewing the abolishment of the placement test at local middle and high schools.
According to the office, various measures to improve the educational environment in Gwangju are under review right now and removing placement tests, originally aimed at evenly assigning students in all ranges of academic ability to all classes in the curriculum, has been suggested.
Educational authorities in Gwangju insist that the placement test has been one of the major causes of burdening students and parents with private education fees for supplemental learning.
In addition, authorities pointed out that placement tests create unnecessary competition among students and that the level of difficulty for the exams is too high, causing students to lose interest in studying even before the start of the semester.
However, those opposing the abolishment of the test argue that there are positive functions of the placement test, such as the equal distribution of students in each class in terms of academic records and so there could be confusion in educational surroundings upon the sudden removal of the test.
Gwangju to Prepare Integrative Plans to Reduce Traffic Accidents
The city of Gwangju has announced a recent set of measures and plans to minimize traffic accidents in an effort to improve the traffic environment in the city.
Aimed at reducing the total number of traffic accidents by 20 percent, from 129 cases per 10,000 cars in the city this year to 103 cases in 2018, the city will encourage citizens to voluntarily take part in a protection of life movement and conduct analysis on measures necessary for improving transportation infrastructure.
12 detailed plans for minimizing traffic accidents, including protecting those at risk in traffic accidents, reinforcing the safe management of automobiles, and improving emergency rescue operations, have been prepared.
In Gwangju, a total of 8,036 cases of traffic accidents occurred last year alone, resulting in 111 deaths and 14,000 injured.
Gwangju to Install Outdoor Skate Rink in City Hall Culture Square
The city of Gwangju will install an outdoor skating rink just outside the city hall culture square following last year’s success in the operation of the first outdoor skating rink in Gwangju.
The city has explained it will complete the selection process for the main operator of the rink by the end of this month and begin construction in November, with completion scheduled for December.
Stretching out some 1,800 square meters, the rink will be equipped with safety poles and handrails as well as safety guards for the convenience of visitors.
Last year alone, an outdoor skate rink was opened for a total of 65 days and some 95,000 citizens in Gwangju made a visit to the rink.
The skate rink will be opened for public use on December 24th.