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Hope pinned on divers

Tragedies create heroes and heroines and the sinking of the ferry Sewol, off the country’s southwestern coast Wednesday en route to Jeju, is no exception. Among them, military and civilian divers could deserve the biggest praise as they work around the clock with the hope of saving the almost 300 passengers who remain missing. Some […]

Park pledges full support for rescue work

President visits site to console family members President Park Geun-hye visited the site of the sunken ferry Sewol, Thursday, to console grieving families of the missing and encourage rescue workers. She met the family members in a gymnasium in Jindo, near the scene of the tragedy, to hear their tearful complaints and explain about rescue […]

The AsiaN on 18 April 2014

The AsiaN on 18 April 2014

The AsiaN on 18 April 2014.

Countries offer condolences

Countries offered their condolences to the families affected by a ferry disaster off Korea’s southwestern coast and offered help with the ongoing search-and-rescue efforts. “We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives on board the South Korean ferry,” said Marie Harf, the U.S. State Department’s deputy spokeswoman, Thursday. […]

Korea praying for a miracle

Korea praying for a miracle

No more survivors found in race against time JINDO ― The nation was hoping against hope Thursday that more survivors from the sunken ferry Sewol would be found. Unfortunately, that collective prayer fell short of helping find anyone alive many hours after the ferry capsized near Jindo Island off the southwestern coast. The government confirmed […]

Buddhist monk leads return of royal seals

After learning that U.S. authorities had confiscated nine stolen Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) seals late last year, Buddhist monk Hye Moon started a campaign to get U.S. President Barack Obama to bring them to Korea. Many expressed skepticism, but he silenced doubters once and for all as Obama is expected to return them during his visit […]

Teen girls flock to EXO showcase

Teen girls flock to EXO showcase

If the decibel level from a cheering crowd measures the popularity of a pop band, EXO tops them all. During the one-and-half hour showcase for the K-pop boy-band’s second mini-album, “EXO Comeback Show,” Tuesday night, the non-stop screams from swooning female teenage fans were literally deafening. Yet it was not even a proper concert — […]

Diageo, Pernod Ricard to cut jobs

Diageo and Pernod Ricard, the world’s top two liquor companies, are cutting their workforces in Korea due to declining whiskey sales, their Korean branches said Wednesday. Last week, Diageo Korea said it will provide an early retirement program for all managers and executives in a move to cut costs amid slowing sales, a spokesman for […]

Hyun hints at easing rules on hotel construction

Strategy and Finance Minister Hyun Oh-seok indicated Wednesday that the government will ease regulations on hotel construction to boost the tourism industry. “The tourism industry is very effective in boosting the domestic economy and creating jobs. Currently, the number of foreign tourists is rising thanks to the growing popularity of K-pop, dramas and movies,” Hyun […]

Boosting youth hiring

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Korea usually wrestle with chronic labor shortages. It’s not strange, therefore, even if it’s hard to find young workers at small factories. By contrast, many young college graduates are out of work ― the employment rate among youths aged 15-29 remained at 39.7 percent in March, compared with the […]

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