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Jung Yong-hwa of the idol band CNBLUE will be leaving a cable TV show after the revelation that he received preferential treatment in graduate school admission, his agency said Wednesday. "After much thought, Jung decided to voluntarily quit the program, feeling responsibility for today's controversy and hoping the issue would not hurt the show, and delivered the decision to the show's production team," FNC Entertainment said in a release.
Seoul residents will be able to track ambulances in real time with a new automatic system that is expected to be adopted later this year. The Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disasters Headquarters (SMFDH) said Wednesday the service will send location information and the rescue official’s number to the smartphone of the person reporting the incident so he or she can take prompt emergency measures. It also will send a text message showing the closest automated defibrillators so the person reporting can respond to urgent situations during the critical moments before emergency officials arrive.
As South Korea is pushing for a joint women's hockey team with North Korea for the upcoming Winter Olympics, one of its opponents is none too pleased with the prospect of facing an expanded roster in the tournament. South Korea is looking to add a few extra North Korean players at the Feb. 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Games. The two sides are scheduled to further discuss the issue later Wednesday.
South Korea women's hockey head coach Sarah Murray said Tuesday her players will suffer "damage" if North Korean players are added to the team for next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Murray made the remarks after returning home from the team's U.S. training camp in the wake of the South Korean government's proposal to form a single Korean team at the Olympics.
The long anticipated Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport opens its doors to passengers and planes, Thursday. The shiny, brand-new terminal is not only equipped with state-of-the-art technology for the best travel experience, but also with a handful of artworks that will enrich the passengers’ sensibilities even before their flights start.
Hyper-trendy, beauty-conscious Korea has risen to leadership status in the world of nail art, which is positioned as a way of expressing individuality, fashion savvy and even humor. Nail art, a meticulous business that turns manicures into art, uses nail polish, nail stickers and tiny jewels to decorate nails often lengthened with extensions to create certain looks. Nail artists boast their techniques with applicator brushes or small nail brushes, focusing on cuticles, tips or the entire canvas.
Today is Thursday, January 18, the 18th day of 2018. There are 347 days left in the year.
Two major Indonesian and Malaysian companies are scheduled to come to Korea on incentive trips. The two, Sahajidah Hai-O and Tupperware-Indonesia, are the first overseas corporations to come to Korea on such tours this year and will bring 2,700 of their employees.
North Korea said it will send a 230-member cheering squad to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the unification ministry said Wednesday.
Environment ministry at work to make odd-even vehicle ban mandatory
Financial authorities all have a common view as to what is right; therefore, industries and relevant companies do the right thing and avoid external forces that might have different ideas.
Jung Yong-hwa, the frontman of the popular four-member boy band CNBLUE, confirmed Wednesday he’s the once undisclosed singer who passed the doctoral degree program test of Kyung Hee University through a flawed selection process. In a handwritten statement posted on Instagram, Jung offered an apology for causing a stir. “I sincerely apologize (for causing the trouble),” he wrote. “I am responsible for it, so I will take full responsibility for the consequences.” His written apology came a day after the Seoul police investigated a Kyung Hee University professor identified only by the surname Lee for obstruction.
President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday that he fully supported forming a joint South-North women's ice hockey team for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics during a visit to the Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province. The visit came amid a growing dispute over the government’s efforts to field a team including North Korean players. At the training center, he met with ice hockey players and had lunch with other Olympic athletes.
Top diplomats of South Korea, the United States and Japan met in Vancouver, Canada, Tuesday, to discuss how to handle North Korea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday. They agreed to make joint efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss denuclearization, while at the same time implementing international sanctions on it, a ministry official said, without giving further details.
Efforts for a constitutional revision are likely to fall apart as the ruling and opposition parties still cannot narrow their differences over when and how to rewrite the country's basic law. This could deal a setback for the people aspiring to have a new Constitution which will lay the groundwork for a mature democracy and a better future.
Korea Post will introduce a five-day workweek for mail carriers this year, the postal authority said Wednesday. Under an agreement with its labor union, the system, which has been introduced in other public sectors, will first be tested in 24 post offices across the country from March to June and expanded to other places in July.
Hana Financial Group Chairman Kim Jung-tae still thinks the way he is treated by financial authorities these days is “not fair.”