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Human resources agency slammed for bungled management of certificate exams
The Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRDK) under the direct control of the Ministry of Employment of Labor is facing criticism over a grave error in handling completed test papers while conducting recent exams for national technical qualification certificates. It shredded the answer sheets of 609 exam takers before grading them, according to Uh Soo-bong, presiden...
Korea to raise number of quarantinable diseases from 11 to 20
The government will nearly double the number of infectious diseases subject to quarantine at airports and seaports and enhance monitoring to increase its ability to stem the spread of contagious illnesses.
Korea to send inspection team to Fukushima Sunday
Korea will dispatch a 21-member delegation to Japan this Sunday to assess the neighboring country's plan to discharge treated radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, the government announced, Friday. The delegation, led by Yoo Guk-hee, who chairs the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission, will stay in Japan until May 26 to conduct on-site inspectio...
Unprecedented heat wave likely to hit Korea this summer
A scorching heat wave is likely to hit the Korean Peninsula this summer beginning next month, the state weather agency forecast on Friday. The possibility of unprecedented heat is due to high-pressure systems and the return of a stronger El Nino.
New gov't guidelines for telemedicine face criticism
Fewer people are likely to receive non-face-to-face medical services, or telemedicine, starting next month. The government made the decision to narrow the telemedicine services currently available, Wednesday, allowing mainly second-visit or regular patients to benefit from its trial program.
Korea University graduate wins gold medal at global AI tech contest
Sohn Ho-yeol, a graduate of Korea University, won the gold medal in a recent Kaggle contest, in which some 1,400 artificial intelligence (AI) developers and teams from around the world competed for three months. Kaggle, hosted by Google, is the world's largest data science community, where global developers engage in open competition to suggest solutions to tasks assigned by ...
Nurses reject doctors' 'unlawful' orders following Yoon's veto of Nursing Act
Nurses across the country began their collective action, Wednesday, in protest against President Yoon Suk Yeol's veto of the opposition-led Nursing Act. The collective action, led by the Korean Nurses Association, began with physician assistant (PA) nurses rejecting “unlawful” orders made by doctors such as to perform certain parts of operations or prescribe medicine instead ...
Nurses set to take collective action after Yoon vetoes Nursing Act
President Yoon Suk Yeol exercised his veto power against the opposition-led Nursing Act, Tuesday, despite continued calls from nurses to sign it into law. The president made the decision during a Cabinet meeting, siding with doctors, nursing assistants and other medical workers, who claim the act will only divide the medical profession and cause conflict and confusion.
US doctor gives lectures on VNS therapy for epilepsy in Korea
James Wheless, professor and chief of the Department of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, gave lectures earlier this month at Korean hospitals on vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), a technique for treating people with epilepsy.
Opposition party urges president not to overuse veto power
Rep. Park Kwang-on, floor leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), urged President Yoon Suk Yeol not to overuse his veto power, Monday, as the president is widely expected to veto the opposition-led Nursing Act during a Cabinet meeting set for Tuesday amid strong protests from doctors and nursing assistants who are opposed to the proposed law.