Archive for May 10th, 2012
As with Christmas, Easter is a religious holiday that has become secularized over the centuries of its observance. Due to the high appeal of its customs, people around the world celebrate the holiday as a chance to gather with the people they love and enjoy the coming of spring. Easter happens one time a year. And that’s the truth you can’t fight with. Once in a year everybody sits around the table and eat a lot of eggs with joy from Jesus resurrection. The tradition demands to give some small presents to share this happiness. Gift baskets are some of the most popular gifts.
Some Easter gift baskets have everything from key chains to cookies and sweets. While it may sound like a good idea to give a basket that has something of everything, it doesn’t really make a good gift because it neither relates to the holiday nor to the person you are giving the gift to. These baskets will have lots of candy and chocolate in it and it may not necessarily be packed to look like eggs or bunnies and are more than likely to give kids a sugar high. They are best ordered for parties where the content can be put out in proper quantities and not necessarily as a gift. That goes for cookie baskets as well. Cookies aren’t as big a part of Easter as candy and chocolate so if you skip the cookies, it’s no harm done.
By John M. Glionna
April 11, 2009
Seoul is waging a propaganda campaign against foreign journalists and economists whose writings run counter to the official line on government action to stem South Korea’s economic slide.
Reporting from Seoul —
In South Korea, image and perception are paramount — especially when it comes to how the conservative Lee Myung-bak administration is dealing with the global financial crisis.
In an apparent effort to restore confidence among international investors, officials here are waging a not-so-subtle propaganda campaign against foreign journalists and economic experts who publish articles or reports that are contrary to authorities’ view of events.
Offenders are lectured, blacklisted and sometimes threatened with legal action by officials who use domestic newspapers to decry “Korea-bashing” reports by the foreign news media.
Last month, Finance Minister Yoon Jeung-hyun said at a gathering of officials that they must “monitor and correct misinformed reports” by foreign journalists who chronicle the nation’s attempts to stem its frustrating financial slide, according to local news reports.
Yet just days after Yoon called for better communication with the journalists, his office declined an interview with The Times about the Lee administration’s tactics when dealing with what it views as inaccurate or biased reporting.