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Reporter : Lee Hae-rin
Tue, October 19, 2021 | 17:32
Korea's solar energy project backfires
Thousands of solar energy facilities have been built in rural mountainous regions in recent years, in line with a government policy to increase the ratio of renewable energy sources in the country's energy mix. However, many of them have become danger zones as the removal of trees for their construction has heightened the possibility of landslides, becoming a major headache f...
6 out of 10 Seoulites want to work in 'metaverse' offices
Six out of 10 Seoulites would rather work in a virtual setting, such as the “metaverse” where people interact with each other as avatars, rather than going to a physical office. Seoul Woman Up, the city government's research institute for women's labor force development, surveyed 4,476 Seoul citizens - 3,473 women and 1,003 men - from Aug. 10 to 19, on their preferred type of...
Foreign parent can win child custody despite Korean language limitations: top court
It is wrong to deprive a foreign parent of child custody in a divorce settlement based only on the parent's lack of fluency in Korean, the nation's top court said, Sunday. The ruling states that language limitations cannot be a fair cause to take child custody rights away from a foreign parent who had been fully raising and economically supporting their child, and what matter...
For joint inter-Korean use of waterway
Unification Minister Lee In-young, second from right, and other dignitaries wave a Korean Unification Flag on a boat in the Han River estuary of Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province, near the inter-Korea boarder, Wednesday. Lee urged Pyongyang to respond to Seoul's call for dialogue on joint use of the waterway as agreed at an inter-Korean summit in 2018. Yonhap
Hotel and outdoor activity vendor plan real-life 'Squid Game' event
A hotel in Gangwon Province and a company that sells tickets to outdoor recreational activities plan to capitalize on the soaring popularity of the Netflix original series, “Squid Game.” But whether the real-life game will be held as planned remains uncertain due to social distancing restrictions. St. John's Hotel in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, recently announced on its Inst...
Local governments conduct fight against smell of ginkgo nuts
Local governments here are collecting nuts from roadside ginkgo trees before they fall naturally, following continuous complaints every autumn about the pungent stench released when they are crushed on the streets. The Seoul Metropolitan Government, along with 25 district offices in the capital, organized a “ginkgo collection taskforce” and initiated an early harvest from the...
Abnormally warm October
People sit under the shade of a parasol to cool down at Songjeong Beach in Busan, Thursday, when the city's daytime high was around 27 degrees Celsius. Abnormally high temperatures have been continuing across the country, with Daegu recording 31.5 degrees, Oct. 4, the highest for that day since the temperature measurements started there in 1907. Yonhap
Public health center forces pregnant women to pledge breastfeeding
An online posting has drawn attention with its claim that a public health center here forced pregnant women to vow to breastfeed their babies when they registered their pregnancy to receive welfare benefits. The person who posted the story on Twitter, Wednesday, said her friend visited the center in Jangan-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, recently, and was forced to sign a writt...
Netflix to edit scenes with real phone number in 'Squid Game'
Netflix has announced it will edit several scenes in “Squid Game” showing a phone number, following the revelation that the number actually belonged to a real person here who has been bombarded with messages and phone calls from viewers of the globally successful original TV show. “Together with the production company (Siren Pictures), we are working to resolve this matter, i...
Starbucks employees protest heavy workload, working conditions
Employees of Starbucks Korea are up in arms about their working conditions, particularly the frequent promotional events that have been increasing their workload significantly. They said they will hold rallies calling on the company to refrain from holding such events so frequently and improve their working conditions. This protest is the first collective action by the coffee...
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