Archive for August, 2014

Gov't Issues Advisory for Scrub Typhus

[Science] :

The government has issued an advisory for scrub thyphus, an infectious disease that is transmitted to humans from field mice and rats through the bite of mites that live on the animals.

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'N. Korea, Japan Hold Secret Meeting on Abduction Issue'

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Japan’s Kyodo News Agency said that North Korean and Japanese officials held a secret meeting recently on the North’s investigation into Japanese abductees.

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Funeral to be Held for Yoo Byung-un, De Facto Owner of Sewol Ferry

[Domestic] :

A funeral has been scheduled for Yoo Byung-un, former chairman of Semo Group and head of the family that owned the holding company that ran the Sewol ferry.

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Saenuri Party Pressures Main Opposition Party to Return to Parliament

[Politics] :

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party urged the main opposition party to return to parliament after the New Politics Alliance for Democracy scheduled a mass outside rally on Saturday, stating the gathering is a “fight against public sentiment.”

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Pres. Park Praises Exemplary Volunteers over Lunch

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President Park Geun-hye took an opportunity to praise 34 leading volunteers for their spirit of …

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Gov't Orders Crackdown on Car Sharing Service Uber X

[Economy] :

The government has asked Seoul City to crack down on the personal ride sharing service called Uber …

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Court to Suspend Confinement of Yoo Byung-eon's Family Members

[Domestic] :

The court has decided to suspend the confinement of four members of the Yoo family, allowing them to attend the funeral of their patriarch,Yoo Byung-eon, the deceased owner of the sunken Sewol ferry.

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Historic Site with Relics from Paleolithic Era to Joseon Dynasty Found in Chungju

[Culture] :

A historical site where relics from the Paleolithic Era through the Joseon Dynasty are buried has been found in Chungju, North Chungcheong Province.

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Korean Drivers Are Bad But There May Be Worse

Korean drivers are notoriously bad but I can tell you from firsthand experience that Russian drivers are at a completely different level. I do have a theory. Korean drivers do not know any better but while Russian drivers know better, they just do not care! The sheer size of the country, combined with lax, and often corrupt, law enforcement, and a legal system that rarely favors firsthand accounts of traffic accidents has made dash cams all but a requirement for motorists. “You can get into your car without your pants on, but never get into a car without a dashRead More

Ruling Party, Victims Families Discuss Sewol Bill

[Politics] :

Families of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster have for the second time met with the ruling …

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Hollande Appoints Pellerin as Culture Minister

[International] :

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday appointed Secretary of Commerce Fleur Pellerin to …

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Japanese, Chinese, Russian to be Enabled for Use in Online EMS Shipments

[Domestic] :

The Korea Post said Tuesday that starting next month, the Japanese, Chinese, and Russian languages will be enabled for use with the online international express mail service (EMS).

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S. Korea's Household Credit Hits New High in Q2

[Economy] :

South Korea’s household credit hit a new high in the second quarter.

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5th Annual Cheosok Dead Seoul Run

7 September 2014 – Wheels up 12:00: VFW 8180 10:00-11:30: Breakfast at VFW (donations appreciated) 12:00-14:30ish: Ride the deserted streets of Seoul 15:00-?: After party at Thunderhorse Tavern 10USD (10,000KRW) per bike (including passenger) or 10 per person for non-riders 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes at Thunderhorse Tavern VFW: Hae Bang Chang Gil, Yongsan Dong 2 Ka 44-16, Seoul, Korea 140-835 fb.com/VFW.Bonifas.Barrett.Memorial.Post8180 GPS: 37.541322, 126.987106 Thunderhorse Tavern: Noksapyung 220, Seoul, Korea fb.com/ThunderhorseTavern GPS: 37.537454, 126.986915    

New Ambassador to Japan: Summit is Possible if Japan Reflects on History

[International] :

South Korea’s new Ambassador to Japan Yoo Heung-soo says that a summit between South Korea and …

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NPAD Calls Park 'Heartless' over Sewol Bill

[Politics] :

The main opposition party has criticized President Park Geun-hye for not mentioning the pending …

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S. Korea Defeats Japan to Reach Final of Little League Final

[Sports] :

South Korea defeated Japan to reach the final of the baseball Little League World Series.

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Male Skater Wins First Gold at ISU Junior Grand Prix

[Sports] :

South Korea’s figure skater Lee Joon-hyung has won a gold medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix in France.

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Defense Ministry to Send Negative Response Regarding Ombudsman System

[Politics] :

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense is expected to hand in to parliament a negative response regarding suggestions to institute a military ombudsman at the National Assembly.

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WFP's N. Korea Food Aid Operation May be Shut Down Early 2015

[International] :

A World Food Program (WFP) official says a food aid operation run by the UN agency may have to be shut down early next year due to a lack of donations.

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