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Living in the old mansion

HanoiWhen she heard that she had a guest, Ms. Nguyen Thi Tinh groped step by step, touching the wall until she found the light switch.

The 15 m2 room of an 87-year-old woman, located in an old villa, was surrounded by furniture, so day or night it was as black as ink.

This is the place where Mrs. Tinh used to receive guests, the altar and also the bed. Half of the bench holds books, under the chair is a place to store medicines. Some paintings were placed on the floor because of lack of space to hang. The place where the table should be should make room for the reclining mattress of Mrs. Tinh and also the seat of the guests.

Mrs. Tinh in a room of 15 m2 divided from the villa at alley 57B Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, the afternoon of April 22. Image: Pham Nga

Ms. Tinh and her husband are both former officers of the Hanoi Department of Foreign Trade. Due to displacement, grandparents had to wander, so they were given a corner in the villa located on Phan Chu Trinh street, Hoan Kiem district. Although only 15 m2, this room was once inhabited by 6 people. In addition to the main loft, she and her husband built an additional loft on the roof of the kitchen for two sons and a daughter to sleep.

Her children all told her that she had to have her own house to get married, but this room “didn’t have any space to squeeze in”. Fifteen years ago, the eldest son bought a plot of land of more than 15 square meters next to it and got married when he was over 30 years old. Her second son and daughter also chose to leave the villa when getting married.

The plight of Mrs. Tinh’s house is no different from 12 other families living in this villa. All have only one bathroom, one shared toilet. “After work, rain or shine, we have to queue in front of the bathroom to wait for our turn,” said Mrs. Tinh, looking at three bathrooms covered in black moss because of mold. The hardest part is on heavy rainy days, you still have to wade to take a bath because the water is almost knee-deep. In winter, if you want to take a warm bath, each house boils 3-4 thermos of water.

Ms. Tinh said that for two years now, the flood scene has stopped because the city has installed a drainage system. Some households have built their own toilets, so there are no queues.

She is known to live in a villa, but Mrs. Tinh and her husband rarely invite guests to visit. Once, a few close friends took the initiative to visit, they were surprised by her cramped living space. “Why is your brother, who is a high-ranking official, lives like …”, one person left the sentence in mid-sentence. “I know they’re right and don’t mean anything, but I’m very moved,” Ms. Tinh said.

In the house, she hangs many photos taken at her brother’s and sister’s house, but has never taken any pictures in her own home. “What’s the point of taking pictures like this, whoever sees them will laugh,” sighed the old woman, who likes to take pictures.

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh lives on the 2nd floor in villa number 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.  The first floor is divided into 2 renovated spaces for rent with the architecture almost opposite to the 2nd floor facade. Photo: Pham Nga

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh lives on the 2nd floor in villa number 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. Image: Pham Nga

Also in an old villa like Mrs. Tinh, the room of Mrs. Tran Thi Hanh, 64 years old, is larger with 20 m2 but life is not much different.

Ms. Hanh got married and lived in an old French villa at 57B Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi since the early 1980s. As a rented house since her parents-in-law’s time, she and her husband have to pay more than 200,000 VND per month. . The house is inhabited by 7 households, with a total usable area of ​​about 100 m2.

Her family’s 20-square-meter room at the end of the corridor on the second floor is sometimes the residence of 7-8 members. The living room cum bedroom and the kitchen and bathroom are just enough for two people to stand with their backs to each other. When taking a bath, everyone has to pull the curtain to separate the cooking area. Water used is from a cement tank built in the early 90’s, where Ms. Hanh has to raise goldfish to kill bugs. Previously, the house did not have a toilet, so it had to be shared with many households. For seven years now, she asked for a corner at the foot of the stairs to build a toilet, but when it rains, the rain often gets wet.

Hanh’s family shares a one-square-meter balcony with the apartment next door, dedicated to drying clothes. Although the balcony faces Hang Bo Street, a busy neighborhood in the heart of the capital, this woman does not dare to go out to enjoy the fresh air, because she is afraid that the tiles will fall from the top. “The balcony door had to be closed all the time due to many rats. At one point, my family caught a few every day”, Ms. Hanh shared.

Rats are not the only fear. Leaking rain has been an obsession for her family for decades.

Before, in addition to husband and wife and two daughters, there were also sisters-in-law’s family and father-in-law living together. To expand the area, the family built more lofts, as a place to study for the children, but now their biggest use is to prevent rainwater from falling below. On rainy days, when water rushed into the house, Mrs. Hanh constantly used a broom to sweep the water out, but it couldn’t. “Without a quick sweep, the water was once ten centimeters high,” the 64-year-old woman said of the heavy rain over a year ago.

Ms. Tran Thi Hanh talked about the rain that caused the roof to leak.  Last year, rain water flooded the house, making her unable to move in time.  Photo: Pham Nga.

Mrs. Hanh stood in the kitchen and the bathroom, about 4 square meters in size, talking about last year’s rain. Image: Pham Nga.

The family of Mrs. Tinh or Mrs. Hanh is typical of life in an old villa in Hanoi. The capital currently has more than 1,200 villas, including 367 state-owned, 732 mixed-owned between the state and households or between households; 117 units are privately owned. The old villas are mainly located in the districts of Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem, Hai Ba Trung, Dong Da and Tay Ho. Most of them have been built for more than 100 years, many works are not maintained and repaired regularly, so they are degraded and damaged.

In mid-April, Hanoi intended to sell 600 old state-owned villas, with 5,686 households signing leases and sold to nearly 5,000 households. Currently, 713 households are renting in unsold villas.

Regarding the conditions for buying a house, the leader of the Hanoi Department of Construction said that only those who are using stable, have a previous house rental and distribution contract will be considered for purchase. However, the plan was later put on hold for review.

“I don’t know if I am eligible to buy it, what will the price be, my family can afford to buy it again or not,” wondered Mrs. Hanh. Both husband and wife are retired workers, with a total salary of more than 8 million dong a month. If she had to leave, she did not know where to go, because she was used to life here. This woman’s biggest wish is to have the villa renovated by the state so that she won’t have to worry every time the rainy season comes.

Mr. Tran Van Cao, the leader of Group 5, Hang Bo Street, where Hanh’s family lives, said that renovating the villa street is the permanent desire of people living here. “However, in order to proceed, it needs the consent of many agencies, units and people. This is not easy,” he said.

Like Mrs. Hanh, Mrs. Tinh, even though she lived a miserable life, did not want to leave. “This is a place to worship my father, my husband, a place where many memories are attached, so I will still stay. I just hope to be renovated to make it more spacious and clean”, Ms. Tinh said and said that it is a 10-minute walk from the house. Right out of Hoan Kiem Lake, you can go for a walk and meet friends.

Buying a piece of land to build a house next to Mrs. Tinh’s villa, 83-year-old Mrs. Tran Thi Hoa also lived in poverty in an old villa. She decided to move out for four years now to enjoy a free life, but not far from the old town. “I want to live out my old days, free and quiet,” said the woman, a former official of Hanoi’s Foreign Trade Department.

She hopes the city government has a solution to renovate thousands of villas in Hanoi, to keep the capital’s beauty both ancient and modern, but not out of date with civilization.

Hai Hien – Pham Nga


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Accidental words help mother reclaim her dead son

ChinaThought her son died when he was just born, but 17 years later, suffering mother Truong Thai Hong was shocked to find that her son was adopted by another family.

Truong Thai Hong was born in 1967, working as a nurse at a hospital in Phai district, Xuzhou city, Jiangsu province. She married Ly Duc Quan, an auto mechanic at the bus station, but she was not supported by her parents because she criticized Quan’s low education.

Less than half a year, Hong became pregnant, realizing that her husband was a patriarch, and her mother-in-law respected men and despised women. When she learned that she was pregnant with a daughter, her husband’s family reacted by using emotional violence to cause a miscarriage. The second pregnancy, Hong had a headache because the two families quarreled. She couldn’t go to her husband’s house, but she couldn’t stay at home, but she had to stay at the house of her maternal cousin, Wei Thanh Ha. Ha and her husband enthusiastically welcomed Hong and took good care of them in the last few days of pregnancy.

In the winter of 1993, Hong gave birth to a baby boy at a hospital near Ha’s house. Not happy for a long time, Hong heard from her sister-in-law that the child could not straighten his legs, he was disabled. Having just given birth, her health was still weak, and Hong asked Ha and her husband to take their son to the hospital for examination. After half a day, she was informed by the Hong couple that the child had died.

Hong broke down, did not know how to explain to her husband’s family. Heartbroken, after being discharged from the hospital, Hong alone went to the Northeast, jumped into the river to commit suicide but was saved. After that, she was helped by her classmates to find a doctor for psychological treatment and cut off contact with her family.

Hong disappeared, even her mother’s family did not know where she went. A year later, Quan was angry and filed a lawsuit to the court for a divorce.

After being treated in the hospital for two years, Hong’s pain of losing her child gradually eased. She also missed her parents very much, so she decided to return to her hometown in 1995, returning to work at the hospital. At that time, Quan was remarried and had one child. In 1997, Hong also married a new family.

But one afternoon in January 2010, an overheard conversation turned Hong’s peaceful life upside down. She was injecting medicine to a patient when she heard a young man and woman sitting nearby talking: “I heard people say that my neighbor’s child was born by a nurse at this hospital, I heard her husband’s husband She works at the bus station. She thought her son was dead, but it’s not.”

After waiting for the injection, Hong quickly ran out to find the two people to ask for clarification, but they were nowhere to be seen. In doubt that there was something hidden that year, Hong told everything to her current husband and was supported to find children.

Hong guessed that the couple at the hospital were locals, so their neighbors might also be in Phai district. It’s been 17 years, her son is probably in high school. From then on, from time to time, Hong ran to the high schools in the district, standing at the gate looking for someone who looked like her ex-husband.

After many efforts, in September 2010, Hong saw a male student whose face resembled both hers and her ex-husband. She quietly inquired and knew the boy’s name was Luu Thuong Thuong. But Hong did not expect that the boy’s “mother” was Truong Vinh Van – the biological sister of Ha’s wife.

Hong found her ex-husband, asked her to take Thuong with her to determine the blood relationship, so that she could accept the child’s name. But Quan refused, saying that Hong was responsible for losing his child, then disappeared again. On the other hand, Quan is afraid that accepting the child will destroy the current family happiness.

Hong had to come alone to find Thuong, explain everything and convince her son to go for a DNA test. A week later, the results showed that the two were biological mother and daughter.

Hong wanted Ha and her husband to help to get their child back, but was unexpectedly kicked out of the house by them. On October 21, 2010, Hong sued Ha, but the police refused to make a file because the procedure was overdue for 10 years.

Hong came back disappointed and found that her son was nowhere to be found. It turned out that Ha informed her brother-in-law about the matter. To prevent Hong from reclaiming her child, Van allowed Thuong to change schools and change places of residence.

During the next two years, Hong joined many anti-trafficking groups, called on the community for help, and ran everywhere looking for her son’s whereabouts. In early June 2013, she received a call from a kind person revealing that Thuong would return to Phai district for the entrance exam.

However, when they met again, Thuong was indifferent to his biological mother, criticizing her for abandoning him that year. Hong knew that Thuong’s adoptive parents had fabricated himself to separate mother and child. She showed me the diary and the train tickets to look for me for the past two years.

Knowing the truth, Thuong decided to live with his biological mother, not informing his adoptive parents. Hong changed his son’s name to Truong Thuong Thuong, after his mother’s last name. Under the advice and economic support of his mother, Thuong changed his mind to work as a hired worker after graduating from high school according to the previous arrangement of his adoptive parents, and passed the entrance exam to university.

Angry that Thuong left his biological mother, Van and his wife filed a lawsuit in court, demanding that Hong pay 300,000 yuan in child support fees.

The adoptive parents of Luu Thuong Thuong. Image: CCTV

On September 25, 2013, the People’s Court of Phai district heard a rare case, called “the first case of child traffickers suing the biological parents of a kidnapped child in China”.

The couple’s lawyer said that Hong was unable to raise the child at that time, so he gave the child to someone else. Van’s family has raised Thuong for 20 years, including education and medical expenses, and a claim of 300,000 yuan is reasonable.

Hong’s lawyer said that she is a nurse, her husband’s family is also well off, there is no way that she cannot raise children. Lawyers believe that this is a case of child trafficking and that the child has been kidnapped since birth. Ha and his wife adopted a child illegally because they already had a daughter and both were under 35 years old.

Seeing no hope of winning the case, Van and his wife expressed their desire to reconcile, but Hong did not accept. However, Thuong did not want to see his biological mother and adoptive parents confront each other. Hong respects his son’s opinion, so he agrees to reconcile.

Tue Anh (According to Toutiao, Sina)


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The anger of the blind girl who was forced to marry three husbands

ChinaIn 2006, when cornered, Duong Hy, 26 years old, murdered her abusive husband out of anger.

Yang Xi was born in 1980 in Huajialing Village, deep in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi Province. This place is almost isolated, the villagers have to walk more than half a day to reach the town.

Hy’s family is among the poorest in the village, she is the youngest child, and above is a sister and a brother. Initially, his parents intended to give Hy to someone else to adopt, but no one accepted. Her parents respected men and despised women, treating her as a loser.

From childhood to adulthood, Hy had to do all the housework and farm work, and could not go to school like her siblings because the family did not have enough money. At a young age, Hy was praised for being more and more beautiful and resourceful.

When Hy was 15 years old, many people came to her house to ask to marry her. Her parents also want to marry her early to earn some money for their son’s wedding.

At the age of 17, Hy was promised by his parents to marry Cao Hong Binh in the neighboring village, because Binh’s father was the secretary of the village cell, the family was well-off, and gave the most bridesmaids. She does not want to get married too soon, nor does she like Binh, but has no right to speak out. Her parents received 10,000 yuan as a bride price to prepare to find a partner for their 30-year-old son who has yet to get married.

Hy reluctantly engaged Binh. After that, Binh went to Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province to work. Hy did not discuss with his family, but also went to Guangzhou to work as a worker with the sisters in the village.

For the first time down the mountain, Hy fell in love with life in the city. She uses 400 yuan of her monthly salary to go to the movies, go to the park, learn how to do makeup and dress up. Hy said her days in Guangzhou were the happiest time of her life.

But Binh’s family worried that Hy would not come back if she stayed outside for a long time, so she put pressure on her parents, threatening to return the money. Unable to bear the urging and coercion of her parents, Hy finally had to return to her hometown. She did not expect this return, her life began to fall into the abyss.

Duong Hy was praised for being pretty, smart, and agile before the event. Photo: Toutiao

On April 19, 1999, Binh followed Hy to the mountain to pick tea but was ignored by her. The two sides argued, Binh angrily pushed Hy down and hit him repeatedly. Being resisted, he angrily stabbed two fingers into Hy’s eyes, causing her to bleed profusely.

In a panic, Binh ran down the mountain, looked for Hy’s mother and told her to quickly go up the mountain to find his daughter, and he went to the police station to surrender. Hy was carried down the mountain by her mother, but her eyes were permanently blind. Binh was sentenced to death in September 1999 for intentionally causing injury leading to disability.

Hy stayed at home to rest for a while, but his parents and brother married a man named Trinh Quan because he did not want to raise the disabled. After getting married, Sacrifice her daughter should be hated by her husband. Quan went to another place to work as a hired worker and did not return, so Hy had to carry the child back to his biological parents’ house.

At this time, Hy’s brother suddenly died in an accident, and his sister-in-law left her son to go further, leaving the family with only the elderly, the disabled, and two children. Hy’s parents married her to a man over 16 years old named Trieu Vinh Duc.

The German house is deep in the mountains, poor, but Germany is lazy and harsh, so no one will accept it. He heard about Hy’s situation, saw that her family’s conditions were worse than his, so he asked to marry her because he knew that her parents would agree. Hy hugs his daughter who is babbling to marry Duc at the age of 21.

Not long after, Hy became pregnant. Despite being blind and pregnant, Hy still has to do all the housework. Duc mocks his wife every day, if not happy, beats her. At first, Hy also responded, but after receiving the beatings, she just kept silent. Hy’s daughter was also beaten. With no other choice, she begged her mother to take her daughter away when she visited. She agreed, but since then never visited Hy again.

In 5 years living with Duc, Sacrifice two sons. Her body is full of scars, neighbors all know that Duc beat his wife but could not dissuade her. Someone once reported to the police, causing Duc to be detained for a few days, but when he returned, he beat his wife even more, even going to the informant’s house to cause trouble.

Duong Hy after being released from prison.  Photo: Toutiao

Duong Hy after being released from prison. Photo: Toutiao

On September 29, 2006, it rained heavily. Hy had a foot fungus, so he asked for leaves from people in the village. Duc knew about it, beat Hy because he thought she was going around talking bad about him.

That night, Duc woke up in the middle of the night, shook Hy up, questioned him because he dreamed that his wife slept with a man in the village. He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her from the bed to the ground, put the ax in his hand and forced her to commit suicide. “You kill yourself, otherwise I’m not sure. Sooner or later you’ll cheat on me,” Duc said.

Without waiting for Hy’s explanation, Duc went to get a ladle of cold water for her to drink and then chose between ropes and axes, while he went to sleep. He threatened that if he woke up tomorrow morning to find her still alive, he would kill her whole family. Hy believes that Duc really dares to kill people, she intends to end it all, picks up axes and slashes consecutively to the location where Duc is lying.

At dawn, Hy went to the nearest neighbor’s house, confessed to killing Duc and told them to call the police.

At the police station, Hy recounts her life, when describing the murder process, she is extremely calm, saying she has no regrets.

Thanks to the villagers working together to reduce the punishment, Hy was only sentenced to 12 years in prison. Because she is blind, unable to work normally, the prison guards let her learn massage. In 2014, Hy was released early because of good rehabilitation. She was brought to Wenzhou by her sister. Here, Hy found a massage job and met her first love, a blind person.

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Go to the forest to collect money code fruit

Binh ThuanIn the season of monetas, people in the highlands of My Thanh, Ham Thuan Nam district, go to the forest to collect fallen fruit, split seeds, and sell 50,000 VND per kilogram.

At 6 a.m., the sun shines through the top of Turtle Mountain, dispelling the cold in the highlands. The village of the indigenous Rai people, My Thanh commune (Ham Thuan Nam district) gradually revealed itself in the middle of the fog, waking up with the sound of wild birds and wild roosters crowing in the morning.

Ms. Ta Yeng Thi Hue, 42 years old, Rai ethnic group (Raglai) living in Rua mountain village, specializes in finding and gathering forest medicinal herbs to start a new day. Having hurriedly made two cups of dried fish rice to fill her stomach in the morning, she and a few acquaintances in the village carried bags on their shoulders to the forest to find monetas seeds, a type of grain sold as medicine in traditional medicine.

Ms. Ta Yen Thi Hue collects wild cashmere berries, February 2022. Photo: Viet Quoc

Walking more than 2 km through the oil field, the woman Rai waded back up to the direction of Da Ban stream to find the tall and ripe mondo trees to collect seeds. By the stream, a money tree nearly 30 meters high, with a root diameter of more than half a meter, interspersed among the foliage are ripe orange spherical votive fruits.

Beneath the big tree, ripe fruit lay scattered on the dry grass and dry leaves. Ms. Hue and her companions put down the basket and quickly picked up spherical coins nearly the size of a ping-pong ball. They piled it up, then used their hands to squeeze the shells to break them, then separate the seeds and put them in bags.

The votive beads are round like a coin with a dent in the middle like a button (button) on a shirt, about 2 cm in diameter, silver gray, smooth. “Many ripe fruits, rotten shells were pecked by birds or insects, and seeds flew out and mixed with dry leaves and hay, we had to dig for them,” Hue said.

According to Ms. Hue, My Thanh forest has a lot of money code. In the dry season, when the fruit is ripe, many people in the village invite each other to find a cup to get the seeds to sell to people who buy medicinal herbs from downhill. They went from tree to tree, forest to forest, and returned before the sun had set on the other side of the mountain.

Every day, on average, each person like Ms. Hue earns 6-7 kg of dry seeds, one day when she wins a big tree, she earns more than ten kilograms. The code is currently being purchased for 50,000 VND per kg. From morning to afternoon, they earn 300,000-350,000 VND every day.

“At the beginning of the season, we get close trees, then we have to go further, from mountain to mountain for dozens of kilometers of forest roads, even passing near Tanh Linh, it’s very hard, but not happy,” Hue said.

The seeds have been separated from the shell by Ms. Ta Yen Thi Hue and prepared to be sold.  Photo: Viet Quoc

The seeds have been separated from the shell by Ms. Ta Yen Thi Hue and prepared to be sold. Photo: Viet Quoc

Ms. Le Thi So, 53 years old, also looking for seeds of psyllium, said that in this area, only one crop is cultivated in the rainy season. In the dry season, men as well as women here have to go to the forest to find forest products to sell. Some people go to get honey and wild vegetables, some people go to find medicinal herbs such as money code to have money to buy rice, buy salt, and support their families.

Ms. So has been collecting money seeds for more than a decade. At first, few people went to pick it up, she often collected a whole bag of seeds that lost ten kilograms on one trip. When she met a large tree with many ripe fruits, in addition to picking up fallen fruit, she also climbed on the tree and shook the fruit to fall, collecting nearly a kilo (100 kg).

“Such large trees have to go to high mountains, far away, so they often have to bring rice and dried fish, stay the night to cook, and come back the next day,” Sister said.

According to Ms. Sister, now many people go, the amount of seeds each person can find per person is less; But thanks to higher prices than before, workers also have a stable source of income in the dry season.

“If anyone works diligently and searches in remote places, they can get a few hundred thousand every day,” said Ms. Sister, adding that as much as the seeds collected were collected by the focal points.

It is difficult to get rich from this profession, but the profession of collecting votive seeds helps people in the highlands of My Thanh have an income to cover their lives in the dry season and leisurely farming. Since then, local people have consciously kept the forest, protecting the living space for the money tree as well as other livelihood trees.

“Among the people who go to pick cycads, there are also households that contract to protect the forest, so they often provide the station with useful information in protection work when they see unusual signs in the forest,” said Mr. Nguyen Van Quang, Head of Deo Nam forest protection station (forest department of My Thanh commune, Ham Thuan Nam district) said.

A money tree has given fruit in My Thanh forest (Binh Thuan province).  Photo: Viet Quoc

A money tree has given fruit in the forest of My Thanh. Photo: Viet Quoc

According to the book Vietnamese medicinal plants and herbs, the scientific name Strychnos nuxvomic. Fenugreek seeds have a healing substance called strycnin. Western medicine uses the seeds as a stimulant for the central nervous system, increases the reflexes of the marrow, enhances the nutrition of the body… Eastern medicine and folk experience are often used to treat scabies, skin diseases, rheumatism, pain. joint pain.

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The tragedy of a 13-year-old girl graduating from college

10 years old became a student, 13 years old graduated from university, but now Truong Di Van’s life is just a rebellion.

Recently, a video of a doctor in Nanjing forcing his 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son to study Advanced Mathematics and Ancient Literature has gone viral in China. While teaching, this “tiger father” also often used insulting words, even using violence when the two children did wrong homework.

Although the police and the Women’s Union later intervened, the father still said he did the right thing, because “for the future of the children”. “This is also my private affair, no one is allowed to attend,” this person declared.

Truong Di Van, then 9 years old, was cheerful in the first year of the exam to enter the Cangqiu Institute of Technology, Henan Province. Photo: xinhuanet.

The father’s “violent ripening” education method in Nanjing reminds many parents in China of the girl who was once considered a genius Truong Di Van.

Truong Di Van was born in 2007, in a family with parents working as teachers in Cangqiu city, Henan province. Her father, Truong Dan Thao from a young age, was intelligent and studious, likening himself to “modern Lu Xun” because he had published a number of articles criticizing social evils.

When Di Van was born, Mr. Truong put all his hopes on his son. When she was young, she followed her father to learn letters from morning to night. At the age of four, he already knew thousands of kanji, far beyond the understanding of his peers. At the age of his children going to school, Mr. Truong did not like the schools in the city, so he decided to open a private school to teach his children knowledge.

Truong plans to study very differently. Accordingly, Di Van needs to complete high school before the age of 9, get a doctorate by the age of 20, and then engage in scientific research. To achieve the goal, Truong forced his son to study only scientific knowledge, not to expose subjects such as history, geography… With this method, within only four years, Di Van completed the popular program. necessary information that the average student would take 12 years to complete.

Every day, Truong Di Van has to get up at 5 am to study. After lunch, rest for an hour and study again. At night, she has to study until 10 o’clock before going to bed. In my world, there is no time to work other than study. If you want to go out, you also need to wait for the arrangement and consent of your parents. Di Van always lives in a stressful mood every day.

Once confided in a friend, Di Van said that he had completely lost the happiness he should have had in his childhood. Truong Dan Thao never cared about these feelings of his son. According to him, time waits for no one, so learning is a top priority.

After two years of hard work, Mr. Truong believes that his daughter has reached the standard level in the university entrance exam. The father himself went to the school to register Di Van, when the girl was only 9 years old.

Because I have never attended official school, so I have no student status, registering for university entrance exams encounters many problems. Truong asked many relationships to issue equivalent educational certificates for his children, and finally succeeded.

But that year Di Van got low scores and failed university. The father then analyzed the reason himself and then took his son to the cram school, determined to pass the exam. After a year of practice, Di Van also passed the exam at the age of 10. This time she was accepted into the Thuong Khau Institute of Technology, a three-year program.

The news that Truong Di Van was admitted to university at that time became a topic of interest for many parents in China. Some people question whether the daughter is a tool to advertise the father’s private school. Moreover, a child enters college, a series of difficulties will have to be faced.

Faced with doubts, Mr. Truong was very calm. This man said that he had planned a life for his daughter, so that she could quickly enter a high-class society.

Truong Di Van fell in love with his classmates because of the age difference.  Photo: qq

Truong Di Van fell in love with his classmates because of the age difference. Photo: qq

However, with a young student like Di Van, she always feels lost and lonely. Due to being so young, there is a clear generation gap between Di Van and his classmates. Communication is hindered and without a true friend, she always has low self-esteem and fear when going to class.

Because she has not attended a regular school, Di Van’s basic knowledge is not stable. She often feels exhausted because she cannot follow the program. In the second year, Di Van had to switch to studying animation design, because the study was too difficult. In July 2020, she graduated from Shangqiu Institute of Technology with average scores.

Graduated, but no company recruited Di Van because of his young age. At this time, at the age of 13, she could only return to her father’s private school and become an assistant teacher with a salary of 1,500 yuan a month (7.2 million dong).

Mr. Truong has received many criticisms for forcing his children to become geniuses too early, pointing out a path that is too big for his children’s abilities. However, he hit back at those who expressed love for his child: “She feels lonely, but I think loneliness is not necessarily a bad thing, and loneliness is like exercise.” He also outlined the next future for his children when he asked Di Van to take a master’s exam, so he could study abroad later.

Truong Di Van with his parents on the first day of admission to Thuong Khau Institute of Technology 2017. Photo: xinhuanet.

Truong Di Van with his parents on the first day of admission to Thuong Khau Institute of Technology 2017. Photo: xinhuanet.

Since I was a child, every decision of Truong Dan Thao has not taken into account the feelings and thoughts of his daughter. But now at the age of 15, Di Van has become rebellious, taciturn and often blames her father for controlling her life.

Even so, Mr. Truong is still drawing up a new plan for his 10-year-old son – Di Van’s younger brother: Finish high school in three years, 13 years old will pass into Jiaotong University in Xi’an… This father always believes that his stage-burning educational plan will bring proud achievements to his children.

Chinese netizens are constantly criticizing. “Clearly, Truong Dan Thao’s educational ideology is forcing children to become prodigies, forcing them to grow up according to the framework set by adults without giving them the right to freedom and development. naturally,” one person commented. In it, another commented: “A father’s thought that imposes everything he wants can turn his children into robots that can only learn, but the children themselves do not understand how to learn to learn. doing what?”

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Catch snails to write and make millions

Ben treMany people take advantage of the low tide to go to the beach to catch snails and write – “lucky heaven” washed ashore by waves, earning from a few hundred thousand to millions of dong every day.

People go to the beach to catch snails and write about the windy season. Video: Hoang Nam

At more than 9am, Ms. Vo Thi Tu and two women in Thoi Thuan commune (Binh Dai) brought a plastic basket to the sand dunes at the Bai Muoi dune to catch snails. The beach is about 7 km long, from September to the end of March of the lunar calendar, millions of snails appear, washed ashore by waves during the bad wind season. The snails are as long as an adult’s index finger, shaped like a pen, and the waves are pounding, so people only need to wear socks, sit in one place to collect them, and don’t have to go far to pick up each one.

This year, snails write in a good season, gather in piles, people just have to sit and collect, not go far to pick up each one like last year.  Photo: Hoang Nam

Snails are gathered into piles, people just sit and collect in baskets. Photo: Hoang Nam

Near 12 o’clock, looking at the basket, each person wished to have collected more than 200 kg, while the waves “sticked” behind their backs, so they urged each other to pour snails into the bags to load the car. After about 5 minutes, the waves covered the area they had just caught. Many motorbikes did not have time to run to the mainland, they were knocked over by the waves, died, and had to ask someone to push them.

Not far away, Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy (44 years old, Thoi Thuan commune) and her husband smiled and loaded sacks full of snails written on the motorbike to return. “Today won a lot, the couple caught and bought back a total of 800 kg, the selling price at the barn was 4,000 VND per kilogram, the income was more than 3 million VND”, Ms. Thuy shared.

Around 11am is the time when the water is high, people take advantage of the car to bring snails to the mainland.  Photo: Hoang Nam

Around 11am is the time when the water is high, people take advantage of the car to bring snails to the mainland. Photo: Hoang Nam

Ms. Thuy has been writing snails for more than 30 years, and recently also bought and sold. This year, she bought on the spot for 2,000 VND per kilogram, transported to the barn, preliminary processed, divided into many types, the largest size snail cost 7,000 VND per kilogram. After cleaning the sand, snails can be fried with coconut milk or stir-fried laksa leaves.

“It’s not difficult to catch snails, but it takes a long time to soak, so it’s easy to catch cold or get hurt by snails,” Thuy said, adding that at 1-3am, when the sea level is low, that’s when people wear lights to catch the most. .

The snail shop of Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy.  Photo: Hoang Nam

The snail shop of Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Thuy. Photo: Hoang Nam

Mr. Phan Ngoc Tien, Vice Chairman of People’s Committee of Thoi Thuan Commune, informed that when the wind is strong, the sea appears some types of snails, most of which are snails, which is considered the livelihood of the people. “If caught well, the couple from 2:00 to 7:00 can earn 1.5 million dong,” Mr. Tien said.

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Worried that Long Thanh airport is behind schedule

Dong NaiAfter more than a year of construction, Long Thanh airport is still just an empty land, not yet seen the atmosphere of the great construction site.

On January 5, 2021, the Long Thanh International Airport project was started after many years of preparation and site clearance. This is the time to mark the start of component projects in phase 1 invested by Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), including: demining, leveling, connecting roads. , runways, passenger terminals and ancillary aviation infrastructure…

However, after a year, when the fence and demining works were basically completed, the ground leveling has not been done, making the project progress dangerously behind schedule. Government leaders have continuously made inspection visits in the past two months to urge and direct.

Phase 1 of Long Thanh airport has largely been cleared of the ground, but the construction site is still less active than planned. Photo: Phuoc Tuan

On February 6 (the 6th of the Lunar New Year), Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, while observing and listening to the progress report of the project, pointed out how the organization and work of the project is not good. Long Thanh International Airport is a big and national key project, but so far many things have not been put into operation smoothly. “The project management board has not come to the workplace, will the project be completed in four years?”, the Prime Minister said.

According to Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, Chairman of ACV’s Board of Directors, after the Prime Minister’s direction, ACV cooperated with consultants to immediately organize the review and overall assessment to ensure the shortening of the progress. degree. It is expected that in December 2024, the project will complete the construction of airport infrastructure; March 2025 completed construction of the station. After that, stakeholders enter the phase of articulating component projects and synchronously commissioning the entire project.

Mr. Thanh said, the consultant’s experience at international airport projects of similar nature and scale as the Long Thanh airport project, the time for coupling and synchronous testing usually takes from 3 to 3 days. 6 months. Therefore, Long Thanh International Airport Phase 1 will be inaugurated at the latest on the 80th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2, 2025), shortening 3 months compared to the plan.

After starting the ground leveling and drainage works last week, ACV delivered a briefing at the construction site immediately, together with the contractors for the leveling package, to complete the work plan, divide the construction area, and ensure the construction method. progress.

“We require the contractor to carry out the rolling construction, prioritizing the time for leveling the station floor in only 5 months, the flight area in 15 months”, Mr. Thanh said. For the construction of main items such as the airport, the terminal, ACV will organize a tender to select the general contractor to ensure the synchronization and smooth connection from the very beginning, contributing to reducing the project implementation time. put into operation.

Machinery is constructing ground leveling and drainage items at Long Thanh Airport project

Machines are constructing items for leveling and drainage at Long Thanh airport project. Photo: Phuoc Tuan

In addition to the above investment and port construction items, the site clearance work invested by the People’s Committee of Dong Nai province starting from 2017 is also said to be behind schedule (completed before December 31, 2017). 2021).

Long Thanh District People’s Committee said that so far, the locality has approved the compensation and support plan for 5,464 cases on 5,541 households and individuals with a land area of ​​more than 2,300 hectares out of a total of more than 2,900 hectares of land owned by households. , personal use. Currently, more than 1,000 cases with an area of ​​more than 281 hectares are continuing to complete the procedures for land acquisition, compensation and support.

For the land area of ​​more than 1,900 hectares used by organizations, so far Dong Nai has completed the acquisition of 16 organizations. Currently, the remaining land area of ​​more than 56 hectares of the two organizations has not yet completed land acquisition.

Regarding land handover, Dong Nai has handed over nearly 1,500 hectares out of a total of more than 2,500 hectares (including 1,810 hectares for airport construction and 722 hectares for redundant land reserve areas) for the construction of Long Thanh airport in the phase first.

Vice Chairman of Dong Nai Provincial People’s Committee Vo Tan Duc said that the province is committed to handing over the entire area for construction of Long Thanh airport in phase 1 in the first quarter of 2022 and the entire area of ​​the following project. that’s 3 months. “For urgent and urgent locations for construction, Dong Nai will pay temporary residence for people to hand over the site to the construction investor,” Mr. Duc said.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh listened to the construction unit of the Long Thanh airport project report on the overall planning and construction progress of the items.  Photo: Nhat Bac

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh listens to the construction unit of the Long Thanh airport project reporting on the overall planning and construction progress of the items, on February 6. Photo: Nhat Bac

Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said that in order to speed up the progress, the Ministry has directed ACV to request contractors to immediately receive and carry out the construction. The highest goal is to shorten the schedule and complete it as soon as possible to accelerate the project.

“Recently, many relevant units have not been aware of this problem, so the Prime Minister has criticized it very harshly. The ministry is asking ACV to overcome those shortcomings”, Mr. Tuan said.

Long Thanh International Airport has a capacity of 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo per year. Estimated total project investment capital is about 336,630 billion VND (about 16 billion USD). In which, phase 1 invested 114,450 billion VND (equivalent to 5.45 billion USD), expected to be completed and put into operation in 2025.

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How effective is the ‘listen to your body’ diet?

Many experts oppose fasting or extreme weight loss, saying that people should listen to their bodies to find a balanced and suitable diet.

Caroline Dooner, a 34-year-old writer, now in Philadelphia, USA, spent her teenage years and early 20s trying to lose weight.

She was diagnosed with an endocrine disorder by a doctor and must control her weight if she does not want the disease to become more serious. Dooner tried the famous Atkins diet: low carbohydrate, high fat.

All the while, she kept thinking about her food and favorites. Dooner fell into a vicious cycle of weight loss, binge eating, weight gain, and then trying to lose weight again. She also tried other diets but to no avail.

“I obsess over my weight and what I put in,” she says.

In 2019, Dooner decided to stop dieting. She published a book about her struggles, diet, and cultural obsession with “having to be thin”. Now, she is happier than ever with her body, the female writer shared.

Dooner is not the only one exhausted and stressed with weight loss, having to limit his favorite foods and try to achieve a certain figure. They question whether the diet should be completely abandoned.

Some have found that the “diet like no diet” movement could flourish in the future, when people aren’t trying to control their weight. Instead of relying on weight and body mass index, recent groups of nutritionists advocating for weight loss focus more on other indicators such as physical endurance, sleep quality and mental health.

Experts support New dietary trends think that everyone should listen to signals from the body, approach nutrition, exercise with purpose “take care of yourself” rather than “self-control”.

Experts also warn that forms of rapid weight loss, weight loss in a short time have bad effects on health. A study that analyzed medical data from 9,500 volunteers found that those who lost or gained weight suddenly over five years had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death than those of a healthy weight. determined.

Extreme dieting can also predispose many people to eating disorders, especially young adults or teenagers.

Most doctors and medical experts say maintaining a specific weight within a specific range is also important for general health. The risk of morbidity and mortality is higher in people with a BMI of 30 or higher.

Steven Heymsfield, director of the Nutrition-Metabolism Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, advocates for weight loss that doesn’t focus on body weight, but doesn’t eliminate the weight factor entirely. According to him, instead of emphasizing body mass index, the medical community should encourage people to treat problems such as cholesterol, high blood pressure, exercise and smoke less.

In fact, maintaining a certain weight is more difficult than losing it. A meta-review of 12 different studies on the diet found that volunteers mostly lost weight after 6 months. But within the next year, they returned to their original weight.

Christy Harrison, nutritionist advocates intuitive eating, weight loss based on the body’s biological signals. Photo: WSJ

In addition, dietary guidelines often overlook the psychological effects of having to limit the intake of certain foods. According to registered dietitian Christy Harrison, this can cause people to fear and become obsessed with that food, leading to eating disorders or binge eating habits.

Instead, many advocate listening to the body’s innate cues, satiety, hunger, and food preferences. The heart of this approach is to abandon weight tracking and categorize food as “good or bad”. The idea is that the less restrictive you are on certain foods, the less cravings you will have. Dieters can eat a variety of foods from french fries and fried chicken to vegetables and fruits. This is called “visual eating”.

A meta-review of 24 studies published in 2016 found that intuitive eating improves motivation to exercise and overall life satisfaction. Another study, published in 2014 found this approach to help control blood sugar in young adults.

“In my opinion, obesity is a medical disease. But we have to abandon preconceptions and find a more effective approach, so that weight loss does not become an invincible battle between the two. mind and body,” said David Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

He advocates biological weight management, focusing on the underlying causes of hunger rather than calorie restriction. This, he thinks, could overcome the problems of conventional diets.

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Doctors struggle when Delta and Omicron circulate simultaneously

American doctors are facing a dilemma when they cannot distinguish F0 infected with Delta or Omicron mutations, which can cause patients to miss the golden time of treatment.

In F0s belonging to the high-risk group for Delta variant infection, monoclonal antibody treatment can reduce morbidity and mortality. But this method is less effective in people infected with Omicron.

US officials have advocated using a test kit that can distinguish Omicron infections based on the genetic characteristics of the mutation. But experts say this is not enough for large health systems, which are receiving huge numbers of patients.

The condition makes it difficult to get treatment in hot spots like Maryland. Here, Omicron infections account for about 58%. Meanwhile, the Delta variant is also thriving in the Great Plains and the Western Territories, including California.

Although there are no global studies on individual mutation rates, national networks and laboratories are still able to sequence genomes to track Omicron infections in the community. The local health system then uses this data to decide what treatment each patient should receive.

Many experts believe that the majority of patients infected with the Delta variant are suitable for monoclonal antibodies produced by Regeneron and Eli Lilly. Meanwhile, Omicron-infected F0s will improve health more quickly if using therapy from GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology.

Federal officials are also adapting drug distribution strategies based on this recommendation. On December 23, the government halted shipments of Lilly and Regeneron’s antibody drugs after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 73% of the country’s infections were Omicrons.

This decision was strongly opposed by some political leaders in the Republican Party because the number of people infected with Delta remained high. On December 28, the CDC announced that the number of Omicron infections was only 53%. Federal authorities resumed distribution of the antibody drug from all drugmakers.

A ward for F0s treated with monoclonal antibodies at Pembroke Pines City Hospital, USA. Photo: NY Times

In the coming weeks, as the country grapples with two types of mutations that circulate unevenly in many regions, according to Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant director of the virology lab at the University of Washington Medical Center, Categorizing treatments for individual patients would be “extremely difficult”.

Dr. Greninger and colleagues have developed a test kit that distinguishes between nCoV strains. But he worries the health system cannot adapt quickly and categorize patients. Mass reporting is also quite difficult.

Furthermore, sequencing the gene took almost a week, well past the ideal time for treatment with antibody methods that reduce the risk of hospitalization in the first place. This makes it difficult for doctors and nurses, said Dr. Mark Siedner, a researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In Massachusetts and surrounding states, an estimated 44.5% of infections are Omicrons. Dr. Siedner said his medical system has stopped using the monoclonal antibodies of Regeneron and Eli Lilly because they are not effective against the new strain.

A promising solution to this situation is Covid-19 drugs such as Paxlovid and molnupiravir, which can be easily used at home at the onset of symptoms. However, the supply of oral drugs is extremely limited.

Health officials and doctors across the country have a difficult time deciding which patients to take the drug. Some people who are at high risk for severe disease after nCoV infection are overlooked because they have been vaccinated.

Many hospitals run out of certain drugs, others only have a few dozen courses available. Medical staff must dispense vitamins to patients instead of therapeutic drugs. Others raced to establish patient selection criteria.

Dr Natasha Bagdasarian, director of the Michigan Department of Health, said: “We simply don’t have enough medication to distribute to people with Covid-19 in the coming weeks, including patients at risk of complications. severe illness. There’s no way to guarantee getting the drug to the right people at this time.”

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Americans ‘undercover’ the 4th and 5th dose of Covid-19 vaccine

Stacey Ricks, 49 years old, living in the US, has three different immunization green cards for not declaring her vaccination status to the doctor.

As a kidney transplant recipient and on immunosuppressive drugs, Ricks did not develop antibodies after the first two doses of the Moderna vaccine.

In June 2021, when health authorities had not yet approved the booster shot, she went to a hospital to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine without reporting the previous two doses. Therefore, she was granted an additional vaccination green card.

A month later, the doctor said that Ricks had not yet developed enough antibodies. She persuaded a pharmacist she knew to give her a dose of Pfizer – the fourth dose of the vaccine and received an additional injection certificate.

“Pharmacists kept saying, ‘I don’t have enough clinical data to do that.’ But I said ‘I’m the clinical data,'” she recalls.

Stacey Ricks is one of many immunocompromised people in the US who have ignored government guidelines and actively injected the 4th and 5th doses of vaccines against the regulations.

Normally, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are responsible for determining who gets the booster vaccine. But some patients and their doctors feel federal officials are acting too slowly.

Stacey Ricks, 49, received four doses of the vaccine before the CDC’s recommended deadline. Photo: NY Times

Israel began administering a fourth dose of the vaccine from December 29 to health workers and people aged 60 and over, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said. Meanwhile, the CDC updated its vaccination guidelines for the last time in October, stating that immunocompromised people are eligible for a fourth dose six months after the third. Thus, at least until the end of February 2022, this population group will be allowed to inject additional doses.

In the context of the emergence of the Omicron strain, vaccination rates in many areas remain low, and immunocompromised patients become anxious. Many people are unsure whether three shots of the vaccine are safe and effective enough.

It is generally the discretion of the physician to prescribe approved medications beyond their recommended use. Therefore, some people still inject the Pfizer vaccine to patients if it is appropriate.

However, injection units must sign a legal agreement with the CDC. If they break agency rules, they could be removed from the vaccination program, putting them at risk of prosecution. The CDC has also previously warned that if a doctor injects a patient with an unapproved vaccine and something goes wrong, they won’t be legally exempt. However, according to experts, government regulations are not enough deterrent.

It is not illegal for the person who goes to inject the fourth and fifth dose of vaccine. They could be subject to civil prosecution if the doctor decides to file a lawsuit for fraud, but this is rarely the case, according to Govind Persad, an assistant professor at Denver Sturm College of Law. Therefore, many Americans are still trying to get the 4th and 5th dose of the vaccine even though it is not yet 6 months old. After four shots of the vaccine, Ms Ricks developed “moderate” levels of antibodies, but not a “standard immune response”. She continued to take the same precautions as before receiving the vaccine.

According to medical experts, depending on the status of drug use, some immunocompromised patients never create a sufficient immune response, no matter how many shots of the vaccine are given.

The CDC has not yet commented on the illegal injection. But in October, the agency said moderate and severely immunocompromised people, ages 18 and older, could get a third dose of the vaccine at least six months after the first two. People with moderate and severe immunodeficiency can receive 4 doses of the vaccine by the end of February this year, depending on their doctor’s prescription. The agency cautions people to distinguish between “supplementary” and “booster” doses.

“Additional dose is used in people with moderate to severe immunodeficiency, to improve antibody response. A booster dose (booster) given when a person has completed the first two doses, potentially protective. of vaccines decreases naturally over time,” the CDC said.

Stacey Ricks' three different vaccinations followed two doses of Moderna, one J&J and one Pfizer.  Photo: NY Times

Stacey Ricks’ three different vaccinations followed two doses of Moderna, one J&J and one Pfizer. Photo: NY Times

The agency does not recommend that immunocompromised people receive both booster and booster doses, nor do they recommend vaccination before 6 months.

According to Shane Crotty, professor at the La Jolla Institute for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, injecting a booster dose too soon can be counterproductive. The immune system’s long-term memory works better if there is a break between two doses of the vaccine, he explained. The body also takes many months to perfect the process of making antibodies after the first vaccination.

Dr. Lianne S. Gensler, a specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, said that if you do not want to receive too many vaccines, patients can choose to use monoclonal antibodies. The FDA in December approved antibody therapy specifically for vulnerable populations.

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