South Korea’s civil servants have been ordered to do their public duty by switching off the heating and donning long johns as the severe cold puts a strain on power resources, officials said last Monday.
In an emergency energy savings plan, all ministries and state-run companies have been told to turn off the heating from 11am to noon and 5pm to 6pm, the Ministry of Know-ledge Economy said.
Government buildings have to keep the office temperature below 18°C and state employees are encouraged to wear thermal underwear to battle the cold, it said.
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“Offices will be quite cold under the required temperature, so state employees, whether encouraged or not, will end up wearing thermal underwear anyway,” a ministry official told AFP.
Officials will patrol state buildings to check the temperature, he said.
“We’re trying to set an example because the country may face a severe electricity shortage if the current pace (of heating consumption) continues.”
Knowledge Economy Minister Choi Kyung-Hwan warned of possible blackouts two weeks ago after electricity demand soared to record highs this winter.
The temperature in Seoul on Jan. 16 fell to a 10-year record low of minus 17.8°C. Large parts of the Han river that bisects the capital are frozen over.
The temperature in the southeastern port of Busan sank to minus 12.8°C on Jan. 16, the lowest level in 96 years, causing the death of a homeless man.
Water supplies in the southeastern city of Gimhae were cut off on the same day after pipes burst.
1. don v.
戴上；穿上 (dai4 shang4; chuan1 shang4)
例: It’s very cold. If you go out you’d better don your hat and coat.
2. blackout n.
停電 (ting2 dian4)
例: I bought some candles just in case there’s another blackout tonight.
3. bisect v.
平分 (ping2 fen1)
例: The teacher drew a vertical line, neatly bisecting the triangle into two equal parts.
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Let’s go for a spin in my new set of wheels (2/5) 坐我的新車去兜風吧（二） A: How about we organize a road trip to test out my new set of wheels? B: Alright. Any thoughts on where to go? A: I’m thinking of driving along the east coast and staying in Taitung for a long weekend. What do you think? B: That’s a great idea — but does your vintage car have air conditioning? A: I’m afraid not, but at least the weather is starting to cool down now. How about this Saturday? B: Sure. Let’s do it! A: 我們來規劃一趟公路旅行，試試我的新車，你覺得如何？ B: 好啊。你有想到去哪裡嗎？ A: 我打算沿著東海岸開，然後週末連假待在台東。你覺得呢？ B: 那真是太棒了──不過，你的經典車有空調嗎？ A: 恐怕沒有哦，反正天氣開始變涼了。星期六出發怎麼樣？ B: 當然。就這麼做吧！ （Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報章厚明譯） English 英文: Chinese 中文: