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Fri, February 23, 2024 | 16:41
Blind hiring brings hopes to jobseekers
The blind recruitment system, which seeks to hire people based on relevant skills rather than credentials, is becoming a source of hope and confidence for many jobseekers. Under this system, state-run companies are forbidden from asking questions not directly related to the job including the applicants' family background, age, sex and the school they attended on the initial a...
Police probe to focus on infection management
Police will look into the infection management system at Ewha Womans University Medical Center in western Seoul, after one of four infants who died there last week was found to have been infected with a virus, indicating possible negligence by the hospital. They will question as many as eight members of staff next week to check how the facility was operated, including the administration of medication, staff allocation and outsider's access to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) there.
Aero-K, Yangyang Flight fail to get aviation license
The government has rejected license applications by two small low-cost carriers, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Friday. The two carriers, Aero-K and Yangyang Flight, requested air operator's certificates (AOC) from the ministry on June 26 and June 29, respectively, seeking to become the next budget carriers in the country. The ministry rejected their requests, however, citing concerns about their financial status and ability to ensure safety.
Electrical spark started fire in Jecheon
Firefighters and forensics experts are suspecting an electrical spark from a plumbing malfunction started the fire, spreading to more than a dozen parked vehicles at the first floor parking lot of a sports center in Jecheon, Chungcheong Province, Thursday. Police, along with the national fire agency and forensic service, began an inspection early Friday morning to look into t...
Lawmakers urged to curb overseas adoption of Korean children
The Korean government has requested the National Assembly's approval for the ratification of the Hague Adoption Convention, which seeks to minimize inter-country adoption and establish safeguards for children. The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Sunday said the government submitted a motion seeking legislative approval on Oct. 18, according to The Korea Times' sister newspaper Hankook Ilbo. The convention, which enforces stricter requirements for inter-country adoption and calls for protections against related abuses such as child trafficking, came into effect in the international communit...
Firms struggle to adopt 'blind' recruitment
While many companies in Korea are rushing to implement the blind hiring system, it is still uncertain whether it will have its intended effect of eliminating discriminatory practices or if it will only serve to distort the job market. The system was implemented for all public sector jobs as part of the Moon Jae-in administration's drive to root out malpractices such as asking...
Multicultural award winners applauded for exemplary deeds
The sixth Korea Multicultural Youth Awards took place at the Korea Press Center in Seoul, Monday, to recognize ten award winners selected to represent multicultural families in Korea.Winners, dressed in coats and jackets, came with families, friends, and teachers from all across the country to participate in the event, organized by The Korea Times and sponsored by the Ministr...
Gov't to crack down on overpriced lodging for PyeongChang Olympics
Government authorities plan to crack down on overpriced accommodations ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, slated from Feb. 9 to 25 by the country's mountainous east coast. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety said Sunday it will conduct an intensive crackdown from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31, 2018; it will continue regular monitoring of the accommodations until March. It will also punish other practices, such as canceling reservations and failing to meet government standards in terms of hygiene and construction.
Gov't seeks to increase school hours to battle low birth rate
The government is considering a plan to increase elementary school hours to tackle the country’s declining birth rate. But education officials are fiercely resisting the move. According to Yonhap News Agency Friday, the presidential committee on the low birth rate and aging society is considering the plan to support dual-income earners with childcare. “In order to solve the low-birth issue, we need to think differently,” a committee member told Yonhap. “We are considering to first address the gap in the provision of care for children enrolled in elementary school.”
'You can achieve your dreams'
Congratulations to the winners and families of the sixth Korea Multicultural Youth Awards. I am deeply thankful to The Korea Times for organizing this meaningful event every year. In the next three years, the multicultural population will come to exceed 1 million. They have already become a proud part of the Korean society.
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