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Seafood supply in danger after Sanchi oil tanker sank

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Marine life in the East China Sea is at risk of heavy metal contamination from the Iranian oil tanker spill, but scientists say its impact on the seafood supply is unclear given that fish stocks in the area have been depleted.

UN chief to attend PyeongChang Olympics opening ceremony

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
"I am ... encouraged by the decision of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the Republic of Korea," Guterres told an informal meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, according to an official transcript. "I will be there myself in the opening ceremony."

Kimchi trade deficit hits record high in 2017

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Last year's deficit is the largest since the Korea Customs Service began to track data in 2000. Data showed that South Korea imported 275,631 tons of the fermented vegetables, a main side dish in Korean meals, while exporting 24,311 tons. Notably, 99 percent of the imports were from China.

[INTERVIEW] Driving home equality, diversity and inclusion

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Cecilia Johansson, store manager of IKEA Goyang, readily unwinds the strings holding the price tags of the stylish home furnishing products, as she waits to be photographed for this interview, Monday. "It's because of the ventilation that this happens," Johansson said, explaining why the strings get twirled up. At Korea's second IKEA store, which covers a 52,199-square-meter plot of land in Goyang, Gyeonggi Province, Johansson watches attentively to see if anything else needs be done. At the store, all employees do whatever they can, such as pick up trash off the floor or anything else that would make the store better.

Korea Image Awards go to French politician, Russian 'elf'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Conglomerate CJ Group, French politician Joachim Son-Forget and Russian social media star Angelina Danilova were recipients of this year's annual Korea Image Awards given by the Corea Image Communication Institute (CICI), which aims to promote Korean culture overseas.

Coway to roll out clothing refreshing system in 1st half of year

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Coway, the nation's leading water and air purifier manufacturer, plans to begin sales and rental of its clothing refreshing system for homes in the first half of this year. Coway CEO Lee Hae-sun said the Fresh Wear Styling System (FWSS) will be another cash-cow product for the company, along with water purifiers, air purifiers, bidets and mattresses. The firm showed its new device at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 held in Las Vegas last week. CES is the world's largest electronics and IT exhibition where companies showcase their high-tech items.

Mixed reactions to bitcoin impact on games

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
The domestic game industry is scratching its head over how to deal with cryptocurrencies as digital money is expected to expand into the sector. As cryptocurrency is currently likened to gambling and speculation, the bad reputation as well as the government's pending regulations are feared to bring adverse effects on the industry.

Assange needs change of address

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
What to do with the Guest That Wouldn't Leave? We've all been there. That's where Ecuador finds itself now, stuck with a five-year lodger who's worn out his welcome.

Cousins in rivalry for duty free supremacy

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Hotel Shilla President Lee Boo-jin and Shinsegae Department Store President Chung Yoo-kyung will begin a competition this week to see who gets the right to operate a duty free store at Incheon International Airport's new passenger terminal. The two female CEOs are cousins who have the same grandfather, Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chul. Since they vied in 2015 for licenses to run new duty free shops in Seoul, the businesswomen have maintained their rivalry. Chung defeated Lee in a bid for a new downtown duty free store license in 2016, but Lee won against Chung last year in a bid for a license to run a duty free shop at Jeju International Airport.

Seoul public transport free on Wednesday

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Seoul’s public transport fees during commuter hours will be waived on Wednesday, according to the city government Tuesday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government said it will implement the measure once again - just two days after the last time - as part of efforts to reduce ultra-fine dust. Commuters during the morning (6 a.m. to 9 a.m.) and evening (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.) hours won’t be charged for using buses or trains.

'America First'?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Donald Trump, an American merchant, one of the richest men not only in America, but also throughout the world, surprisingly jumped into the presidential election and unexpectedly won. His campaign motto was “America First.”

President Trump required to re-energize administration

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Donald Trump's first year in office ends this week (Saturday 20). After his remarkable election victory in November 2016, big domestic policy wins have been very short on the ground, yet he retains the potential to turn his presidency around and win re-election in 2020.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Today is Wednesday, January 17, the 17th day of 2018. There are 348 days left in the year.

Stuck in metal dust town, Sawol

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
SAWOL, Incheon - This town is busy with the heavy traffic of dump trucks. The roads are dusty and noisy. Those big trucks gather at the entrance to a large quarry in the southern part of the town. Joining at that chokepoint is a fleet of trucks heading to and from Sudokwon Landfill next to the quarry. That landfill is the world’s biggest dumping ground where garbage and all kinds of waste from Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Province, home to millions of people, end up.

More police dying from suicide than while on duty

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
More police officers died of suicide than while on duty over the past five years, a ruling party lawmaker said Tuesday. According to Rep. Park Nam-chun of the Democratic Party of Korea, an average of 20 police officers committed suicide every year since 2013 - putting the death toll at 100 over five years. During the same period, 79 officers died in the line of duty. The number of suicide deaths was greater by 27 percent. The number of police officers committing suicide has continued to increase over the past decade. Compared to seven police suicides in 2007, the number jumped by 2.6 percent to make 24 last year only up to September.

A Study on Comparison between Malthus' Demographic and Zobrist's Opinion in 'Inferno'

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
The main subject of this study is common and differing points regarding the demographic problem and the solutions suggested by Malthus in “An Essay on the Principle of Population” and by Zobrist in the movie 'Inferno,' and what modern society should do as a solution to this matter.

Korean vocalist rises to stardom on YouTube

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Korean pop sensation J.Fla, known for covers including Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” has become one of YouTube’s best cover stars, gaining over 5 million subscribers to her channel. J.Fla, whose Korean name is Kim Jung-hwa, is a songwriter and vocalist from Seoul. She has written songs for people including American-born Japanese artist Ito Yuna.

How culture drives successful sales organizations

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
Since my job is to research implementing change in organizations, I am always curious about what brings about success in organizations. Based on my observations, many sales organizations prevent their own success by not valuing their personnel as human beings, but rather viewing them as sales tools. Sales organizations find ways to make their salespeople more successful, but they end up creating sales instruments rather than people who contribute to organizational success.

Artificial intelligence vs. dark energy

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
I am a big fan of astrophysics and artificial intelligence (AI). Thus far, I didn't think the two interesting topics would mix so well before I read “Life 3.0,” which was written by MIT Prof. Max Tegmark. It is so exciting but at the same time so apocalyptic.

Is won on course toward 3-digit level?

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:56
With the rapid appreciation of the Korean won, concerns are brewing that the local currency will rise in value up to the three-digit level against the U.S. dollar.