Archive for December, 2016

College Graduates Outnumber High-School Leavers for 1st Time

The latest census unveiled on Monday by Statistics Korea show seismic changes in society, where university graduates now outnumber those with only a high-school education. They also show that jeonse or Korean-style deposit leases is on its way out and being replaced by monthly rental contracts.◆ Sur… …read more

Rescued N.Korean Fishermen Sent Home

Seoul on Monday sent eight North Korean fishermen home after they were rescued from their drifting ships in the East Sea last week.
“We handed eight North Korean crewmen and two boats over to North Korean authorities at sea this monring,” Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee told reporters… …read more

Truck Rams into Christmas Market in Germany, Killing At Least 9

[International] : A truck has plowed into a crowd of people shopping at a Christmas Market in Berlin on Monday, leaving at least nine people dead and some 50 others injured.[more…] …read more

Attorneys of President Park Refutes Impeachment Motion Against Her

[Politics] : Anchor: Lawyers defending President Park Geun-hye in her impeachment trial sent their argument to …[more…] …read more

More Koreans Dine Out Alone

Koreans dine out alone 6.5 times a month on average, according to a survey, and those in their 20s 7.8 times.
In the survey of 3,040 people by Korea Agro-Fisheries and Food Trade Corporation, 56.5 percent said they have eaten out alone in the past month.
Men eat out alone 7.3 times a month and wome… …read more

Independent Counsel Places Travel Ban on Samsung Heir VP

[Politics] : The independent counsel probing the Choi Soon-sil scandal has placed a travel ban on Samsung …[more…] …read more

Today's Photo: December 17, 2016

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Stanford University to Open Korean Major

[International] : Stanford University has decided to add a Korean major to its Department of East Asian Languages and …[more…] …read more

Over 10,000 Electric Cars on the Roads

The number of electric vehicles on the streets has hit 10,000 only five years after they were introduced. The Environment Ministry on Thursday said there were 10,528 EVs on the roads as of Tuesday.To mark the milestone the ministry is holding an exhibition until the end of this year at COEX in Seoul… …read more

Today's Photo: December 16, 2016

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Ministry: Launch of Deterrence Group to Affirm Steadfast Alliance

[International] : The Foreign Ministry said that a new consultation body with the United States on extended …[more…] …read more

Korea Shivers in Coldest Weather So Far This Winter

Korea was gripped by the coldest temperatures so far this winter as the mercury dipped to nearly -10 degrees in Seoul and central parts on Thursday morning.Cheorwon in the mountains of Gangwon Province will see the mercury drop to -14 degrees on Friday, the Korea Meteorological Administration said W… …read more

4th Parliamentary Inquiry to Spotlight Choi Soon-sil Family

[Politics] : South Korean lawmakers probing the Choi Soon-sil scandal on Thursday will delve into suspicions surrounding Choi’s ex-husband and their daughter but it will likely proceed without many key witnesses.[more…] …read more

Defense Minister Meets USFK Chief on N. Korean Threats

[Politics] : South Korea and the United States are vowing to maintain a strong and unified defense posture to …[more…] …read more

Tech Has-Beens Fight Back in Smartphone Market

Nokia will launch a new smartphone early next year in hopes of clawing back some of the glory of being the world’s biggest manufacturer of pre-smart mobile phones in the early millennium.Nokia famously missed the smartphone bus in 2007 and fell to barely also-ran status behind Samsung and Apple. It … …read more

UN Chief Ban Passes Baton to António Guterres in Farewell Speech

[Politics] : Anchor: Outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has delivered his farewell address to the UN …[more…] …read more

António Guterres Sworn in as New UN Chief

Portugal’s António Guterres was sworn in Monday as the ninth UN secretary-general.”The United Nations needs to be nimble, efficient and effective,” Guterres told member states. “It must focus more on delivery and less on process; more on people and less on bureaucracy,” he said.The 67-year-old forme… …read more

N.Korean Commandos Practice Attack on Cheong Wa Dae

North Korean commandos have practiced attacking South Korea’s presidential compound and abducting key officials as leader Kim Jong-un watched, official media reported Sunday. Given the state media’s practice of reporting events a day late, the attack drills probably took place on Saturday, a day aft… …read more

Kim Jong-un Stages Commando Drill at Mock Presidential Office

[Inter-Korea] : Anchor: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly observed a special forces’ exercise …[more…] …read more

Nuke Envoys of S. Korea, China Vow to Faithfully Implement UN Resolution

[International] : Top nuclear negotiators of South Korea and China met Friday, the same day South Korea’s parliament voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye.[more…] …read more