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Reporter : Kim Se-jeong
Fri, December 8, 2023 | 04:38
5-day safety drills begin Monday
Five-day safety drills began nationwide Monday in an effort to enhance the government’s emergency response to natural and man-made disasters. According to the Ministry of Interior and Safety, the largest scale exercises will continue until Friday, including 388 field exercises featuring diverse scenarios.
Man who writes autobiographies
Park Bum-joon, 42, is the founder and editor of Book of Memories, a social enterprise publishing autobiographies for ordinary people. What began as a personal project to mend his personal relationship with father has become a thriving business with 16 employees.
Authorities to right ferry Sewol
The committee responsible for recovering human remains and other remnants from the sunken ferry Sewol said it will reposition the ferry so that it can stand upright. Currently, the ferry is lying on its side at Mokpo New Port.
Pet management rules to be toughened
The government vowed Monday to toughen regulations on pet dogs that attack people, in response to the recent death of a famous upscale Korean restaurant owner who was killed by her neighbor’s dog. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, increasing the number of breeds required to wear a muzzle when outside is one of the measures. Currently, only bree...
French architect chosen to build public transit center in southern Seoul
A consortium led by French architect Dominique Perrault was selected to build a public transit center in southern Seoul, the Seoul city government said Monday. Due to open in 2023, it is an underground public transit center between Samseong Station on Line 2 and Bongeunsa Station on Line 9, which is 560 meters long.
A victory for new way of gauging public opinion
A commission’s decision to resume the stalled construction of the Shin-Kori 5 and 6 nuclear reactors set an important precedent for resolution of controversial issues by the people, analysts said. Kim Ji-hyung, the head of a commission set up to measure public opinion on the nuclear energy issue, announced the majority of a jury comprising 471 citizens voted to resume the con...
OECD chief advises Korea to increase regular workers
The promotion of irregular workers to regular ones can be a critical element for a country to boost economic growth, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said Thursday. “Non-regular workers don’t have the same level of wages, social protection or opportunity,” Gurria said during a meeting with Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon on the sidelines of the Global Mayors Forum held in the capital. Irregular employment status “affects productivity very seriously,” he said, calling this “dualism” of regular and irregular workers “bad for ethical, moral and political reasons because people are angry and feel i...
Seoul launches 3 gastronomy tour packages
The Seoul Metropolitan Government together with Seoul Gastro Tour, a startup company, is now offering three gastronomy tour packages in central Seoul. Each tour offers guests a chance to taste a variety of Korean food in commercial restaurants coupled with visiting major tourist destinations in the area.
4 police officers indicted over farmer's death
The prosecution indicted four police officers Tuesday on charges of negligent homicide in the death of farmer Baek Nam-ki. Spray from a water cannon knocked Baek down during an anti-government protest in downtown Seoul, Nov. 18, 2015. He died Sept. 25, 2016 at Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) after remaining unconscious for almost 10 months. “Baek’s death was a result of abusive power exerted by the authorities who failed to follow the water cannon manual and supervise the officers on duty,” said prosecutor Lee Dong-jin. “What’s left to us now is to bring them to justice for abusing...
Samsung, LG emit too much greenhouse gas in phone production
Samsung and LG are poor performers among the world’s 17 leading consumer electronics companies when it comes to "green" manufacturing, according to Greenpeace, Tuesday. “While Samsung highlights a range of efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas production, they are insufficient to curb its rapidly rising emissions,” Greenpeace International said in its Guide to Greener Electronics 2017 report.