Live for money

Last June 10, two Canadian naval vessels first docked at Cam Ranh port. They invited three Canadians on board to the party, including Raj Taneja - the director of a restaurant chain, Canadian ambassador to Vietnam Barbara Paul and me.

The soldiers invited me to drink Canadian beer and talk. Most of them are admirals, captains and senior positions in the navy. Everyone dressed up very nicely and properly. I looked down at my shirt, a bit old, not too bad but this is the best thing I have. Long time ago I had no money to buy new clothes.

I find myself very different from everyone else. Here, talking about finance, they are very successful. I have a view of living separately, working for passion, but recently started to sink into debt. I had to borrow money from my best friends, and I felt terribly guilty. It was like I was stuck in the swamp, the harder I struggled, the deeper I sunk, in despair. But I kept a happy face throughout the party.

After the party, Raj invited me to a nearby rooftop bar to continue talking. It was called because I had only VND 100,000 in my pocket, and I still needed it to return to Saigon. Honestly, the cost to Cam Ranh this time is also borrowed.

This is a good opportunity to get advice from a financial expert on my problem. "Raj, I don't get it, I try my best to do it well but I'm still poor. I thought I was still considered successful so I had the honor of being invited to the party by the government, but why didn't I get out of it?" financial problems. Were you wrong to choose passion over money? ".

"What is your main occupation?", Raj asked. I said that I am currently involved in about 10 projects, writing articles, writing books, and monologues in both English and Vietnamese. I said and thought about the things I did, seeing a lot.

Raj replied, my problem is work overload. It is true that we should choose passion, do the things we feel happy and creative, but we should only focus on one thing until we can balance the money and passion. But just like my situation right now, I don't know how many decades it will take to succeed in all those 10 areas. "I think you're not wrong to choose passion. Did Jesse ever hear about game theory?", He asked.

I said I heard it briefly, but I'm quite allergic to people who live for money. He explained that it is a tool to better understand economics. It has two main laws. "Zero-sum game" is a game with a zero result, in which anything gained by one is lost by the other, only those who collect income for themselves without care. to anyone. The second law is "cooperation" - when people collaborate, support each other by providing things that are useful to all, through which we make money and everyone benefits.

I realize that making money also has many paths, no need to hate making money to the extreme. My hometown now has a lot of creative people who do many things that benefit the environment and the community, and the balance between nature and the economy. Everything is progressing smoothly because everyone knows how to work together, creating both value for society and money.

I left for Saigon, thinking a lot. Maybe my weakness is time. I choose to do too many things that offer little income while being able to choose less and focus on developing it, earning more money. Should I focus on monologue, both humorous and meaningful, as I still write to the newspaper, or just write as many books as I like? All ideas hover in my head. I felt I had to seize this opportunity. The dark days can finally disappear and the sun will come out, giving me warmth.

Sitting at home, drinking tea and thinking about the future, I know that many people have chosen the wrong path for Vietnam. They choose "zero-sum game", trying to collect any money or coins for themselves, as much as possible, despite the social rake. We are focusing on collecting lifeless numbers. From an early age, children are encouraged to get the highest score "how many points are you getting today?" , then they try to buy a lot of unnecessary expensive things because their desire "points" will be higher in the eyes of others.

In philosophy, virtue is neglected to keep up with the numbers, especially when some people cheat and corrupt to gain "points" faster than the path of fairness and integrity. Virtue is the morality and good qualities of man. It is particularly important in religion, including Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, in the underground principles of the European knights or the Japanese Taoists. Virtue has taken us out of the cave, cooperating to organize a civilized society.

Too many people are focusing on their money. In order to change a country where so many people live for money, education and leaders have to work hard to set an example and think about the common good of the community.

I realize we don't seem to have enough time to focus on educating our children about the virtues of the old days anymore, or at least it's not a top priority. It's rare for people to learn virtue when their parents, schools, and companies love results based on numbers but forget honesty, kindness, integrity, courage, patience, tolerance, humility ... Its value is greater than all the numbers that people are racing to collect every day.

Jesse Peterson
(Originally in Vietnamese)
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Mr. Park's salary

During my first 24 years as a football coach, I was paid a salary from a state person. I could hardly save much. In the 2000s, my wife and I built a house on an area of ​​about 80 m2, two and a half stories. The total amount of money for building a house is over VND 400 million, but because I do not have enough money, every season, I get some bonuses, I bring them to repair more. In the end, it took more than 7 years, with 7 new builds to be completed

In 2004, while working as a coach of Song Lam Nghe An team, Mr. Dang Phuoc Dua - leader of Dong A Bank - from Saigon to Vinh met me, invited to Saigon to be the coach of the Bank's team. At that time, after the good achievements of Song Lam Nghe An, there were many places that invited me, but the East Asian leader told me they would take care of the whole family accommodation in Saigon. He also let me buy a piece of "internal" land in District 2.

I did not make a salary offer, but they offered me a salary of 40 million VND / month, three and a half times higher than what I was receiving. The salary they paid made me feel very proud and excited. That's what proves they appreciate their ability. In 2004, eating a bowl of pho in Saigon only cost 5,000 VND only.

That salary was also the highest salary I received after more than 25 years from the career of football and was also the highest salary for a football coach in Vietnam across the country at that time. Before me, Dong A Bank also paid a foreign coach the same salary.

I would like to ask the leader of Nghe An Sports Department to retire 2 years early to work in Saigon. The salary was actually paid to me and sent to my family, not spending much. What I really value is the spirit of excitement and always trying to do very well my work, to be worthy of their salary and expectations.

That salary also makes me feel proud of myself, more interested in the job. I always told myself "people want me, respect me so I take care of myself, I also have to try harder for the team to reap a lot of good achievements." And the team has also achieved, upgraded.

Salary has its message. It is a recognition. When people want to be like them, they will give that message. As a recipient, I understand that this is a way of showing what the payer expects in return.

Like Mr. Park now, we have so many expectations and he has done, even more than our initial expectations, obviously we must take action in response. People are not just people who need extra money but also because they feel accepted, just like I used to be happy because I feel my career effort is not pointless. That is why I support that we must somehow make a good raise for Mr. Park.

No need to say more about Park Hang-seo's great successes, and how we all appreciate him. That respectful attitude must be expressed by specific act of recognition. If we want him to stay behind to coach the team and create a sustainable turning point for Vietnamese football, we must respect and care for him not only with words. Because with the professional people like me who used to feel that if I received the money they paid me, I would always receive additional pressure, that I must do so I am not ashamed to receive that compensation.

Mr. Park was also a professional coach for many years in Korea, and then was loved by everyone in Vietnam. He affirmed his affection for the country and the Vietnamese public, and in return, the Vietnamese audience was very warm to him. I really respect people's hearts, but that is not a replaceable factor, so that we can pay you a lower salary than the regional football market, let alone the international market. general.

Romance is affection. I can't use my emotions to make up for my legitimate salary and pay people a non-market rate.

We must treat him well to keep him, it is not just the private business of some people. International precedent allows sponsors, the state, businesses and people to work together to pay the head coach of the national football team. Because the first national football was for the public.

We all know that VFF cannot immediately pay a large sum of money to pay his salary, nor is our payment mechanism as flexible as other countries. I believe Mr. Park and his colleagues understand. But as the grandparents said, "there is no real truth to the religion". It is impossible to remove emotions to disguise the market principle of wages.

Broadly speaking, the salary level of professional football coaches in Vietnam for many years is still very low and almost unchanged. Vietnamese football has entered the professional period for 18 years (from 2001 until now) but the average salary of domestic coach is only about 20-30 million, professional class is only 30-40 million is very high. There are young coaches who only get a salary of 10, 12 million VND which is very high, even some places pay only 6-7 million VND.

I find it very strange why the salary of a young coach is not improved. The inadequacy of the coach itself does not dare to speak out, I myself find it very difficult to speak. But it is a very bad thing, leaving many coaches (and football players) still. They do not earnestly strive to reach this level and that in their profession, and some have quit their jobs to get more money to improve.

Revising the salary policy of coaches and footballers is also necessary to motivate domestic football. Changing the mindset of pay with football in particular and sports in general is because of the advancement of football. The Football Federation and the General Department of Sports and Sports need to think about that.

Before reforming football, you must reform your salary in football. It is impossible to have a professional football background if the salary is not professional.

Nguyen Thanh Vinh
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The city is not smart

I was born in Nha Be. The distance of more than 18 km from home to work in District 1 in the past few years has been nothing compared to the continuous work. Every day, it only takes me 30-40 minutes to work.

And now, the same way, the travel time is one or one and a half hours, and much harder. At 7 am on a normal day, the sun is already burning, we - the poor citizens scramble to the station from Tan Quy junction inching up in Kenh Te Bridge, one of the three arterial bridges connecting the whole activities of southern residents to the city.

I often witnessed someone trying to stop cars to swear, asking the driver to return the lane to the motorbike when two cars lined up to block the width of the bridge; or the snobbish motobike to climb a sidewalk, which already has a controlled base of sandwiches and stalls, only a gap is enough for a motorbike to slip through.

Time spent on the bridge was enough for me to listen to the whole young couple's argument about money from the car, or collect more than 10 spring songs from another car. Once, when I was in a rush, I desperately followed some people to turn into a small alley in order to escape, but it was really just to know that: there was no way out here.

On lucky day, we crossed the bridge about 500 m in 15 minutes, the unlucky day took half an hour buried in the whistle, the sound of the engine and the smoke of gasoline, in the sunshine for up to 40 days. Celsius, sticking to the saddle of the scorched car, sweat crawling from my ears to my cheeks, listening to the screams, and telling myself not to let those annoying sounds ruin a day so many things are waiting.

You will ask, "whoever knows what is stuck and who rushes into that place", please say because there is no way. You said that because the bridge is being renovated by authorities to widen 2m horizontally, that's why. It's true that it was repaired in mid-last year with a promise to be completed by the end of the year. Nearly a year after the promise, the project is still under construction. And fixing the bridge will only make the traffic jam worse.

The flow of people motionless every morning on the arterial bridges is the specific picture of traffic infrastructure bottlenecks, which is also the bottleneck of the economy. Traffic congestion has become a specialty of the roads from south to district 1 for the past few years and is getting worse.

In October 2017, I was delighted to hear that the place I lived in began to transform myself into a "smart city" even though HCMC was ranked last in 12 Southeast Asian cities in terms of competitiveness and quality of life. . In this project, one of 10 problems to be solved on the road towards "intelligence" is to improve the transportation network.

At the Conference on the development of the Southern key economic region, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc commented that this economic region had shown signs of slowing growth. An important cause is the impediment of infrastructure and transportation of the region. Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Secretary Nguyen Thien Nhan also said that "the development of infrastructure and transportation in the region is not stable". He cited that in the city, there are 2.1 km of every square kilometer while the standard must be 10 km, "every 5 years, the city adds one million people, the number of motorbikes is increasing equivalent. making traffic difficult ". On the other hand, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The concurs that urban transport is a "serious bottleneck" of this key economic region.

Because roads, bridges and roads to support traffic from District 7 to District 2, District 4 and District 8 must exist before hundreds of real estate projects spring up in this area. Because if the promises to build bridges and build roads to rescue the southern part of the city - had been made nearly ten years ago - were fulfilled, things would have been different.

Last week, while moving in my stream, I suddenly heard the boy's voice nearby: "Why don't you run up to the sidewalk over there?" For the first time, I felt indignant about something that wasn't mine. Why is driving on the sidewalk remembered by an elementary student as a way to "advise" their parents? Definitely not a lesson from the textbook.

Before the city became intelligent in the sense that policymakers were using it, its citizens were "smart" up their way. Is smart city affordable when a child tells his father to climb up on the sidelines?

Because with the current infrastructure, there must be a lot of intelligence like that for people to survive in this city?

Phong Vinh
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The price of fairness

11 years ago, in the summer of 2008, the generation born in 1990, we entered the most important and thrilling exam in life, the university exam.

It was the last year of the college entrance exam under the old textbook program. So for girls born and raised in rural families like us, this exam is "birth - death" in many ways. If you do not pass the university that year, it means the opportunity to retake next year will be much more difficult because you have to revise under the new program. No passing, which means helping with the care and expectation of parents, relatives and the door of life will be ever more wandering than ever.

So, the closer it gets to the exam day, the more the examination pressure will weigh. Two mornings and afternoons, I study for exams in school. The night of extra classes until 9pm. After dinner, I continued studying until 11:00. The next morning, I get up from 3:00 am, review until dawn. Every day, I only sleep 4 hours. Just like that for over a month, I studied non-stop. Around the corner of the study table are the words of self-encouragement: Tuan, have to pass university; I will win; Oh Tuan, fighting; See you in college ...

Then the big exam also came. Dad collected money to sell rice and pigs, and took me to Ha Dong to take the exam. To save money, the father and son shared a room with about a dozen other people, sleeping on the floor.

I still remember very well, when I finished my first exam, Literature, I came near the gate and saw my father sweating profusely, standing in the scorching sun, holding a hat, holding a bottle of water, trying reaching through the school gate beckoning. Besides, there are many other fathers and mothers. Those parents patiently watched our students work for three hours. That scene was imprinted on my mind forever after.

After days of examinations, a long series of days the whole family waited anxiously for results. Then came the joy of breaking, when the notice came home. Later, my mother reminded those days as if living in a dream. That dream belongs to poor fathers and mothers, their whole life only wanted their children to pass the university entrance exams, so that their future will be brighter.

More than 10 years have passed, the three-year university exam is now gone, only the national high school exam is held in localities. In recent exam seasons, families in the countryside have not struggled hard to pack in big cities anymore. Students also have to practice for one exam instead of for the various exams like before. The goal of saving for society, reducing the pressure on parents and students of this test is somewhat effective.

But I can be sure that, if given the choice, families throughout the village like my parents will never accept "frugality" and have to worry about skepticism and transparency. degree by the exam. They will still spare their efforts and money to take their children to the university exams. They believe that the hard work will be offset by the fairness of the test results.

In the view of rural young people like me, college is the only way to create a sense of fairness, to find opportunities to change fate. What the whole society looks forward to in this exam is fairness. It should also be considered the ultimate goal of an exam, more than any other goal. "Saving" is not really a priority feature of this exam, given its meaning.

In recent days, the Ministry of Education and Training is also having to solve another unfinished exam from the previous year, how to prevent fraud. The provinces where fraudulent examinations have occurred, such as Ha Giang, Son La and Hoa Binh, have carefully selected officials to take the exams, with the police assessing many personal cycles. Many forms of strict handling with examination and grading officials violating exam regulations are in place.

But the question is: are these enough to make society - or millions of people, in particular, see college exams as the most significant opportunity to find equality - feel secure?

In the world, many countries are currently maintaining the general university entrance exam for the whole country. South Korea is famous for the Suneung University Exam (CSAT), China is famous for "high test". CSAT is also known as the "life and death arena" of Kim Chi students. On the test day, agencies and businesses must postpone working time to avoid traffic for candidates. Many road and air transportation vehicles around the school are prohibited so as not to cause noise to candidates.

The security of the "high" exams has become a legend: electronic scanners at the door of exam rooms such as airport security, special teams review the exam room with specialized signal detectors, CCTV report directly. examination room setting (even parents outside the gate can participate in mobile supervision). Candidates are identified by digital technology, avoiding the case of exam taking.

Of course, many can say that it is the story of a country richer than Vietnam. But every time I recall what I've been through, and the thousands of faces I've met and observed on exams during my years as a reporter, I believe few people feel the need to save on justice. While so many public investment projects are skeptical and opposed, no one will object if we start pouring money on the security of national examinations. Even if the investment process can take years, if we don't start now, we will never have peace of mind.

Human and process solutions are also important. But the errors related to people in us are too great. The concept of "strict handling" or "strict handling" - one of the solutions constantly raised by the education and police sector in this exam - is actually something that Vietnamese society is gradually taking .. immunity.

Investing in security technology to control nearly one million test sets in 40,000 exam rooms could reach tens of trillion dong. But I believe it will be the least criticized "trillion" project right now. Justice is priceless.

Writing Compliance
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Unexpected call

Every day I receive one or two calls with the following lines: "Hello, I called from ...", or: "You are one of the lucky customers ..."

Those were unexpected phone calls. Not only are they annoying, but they also steal a valuable time. Mass calls are replicated to customers from spa service centers, real estate for sale, tutors for children, and English classes.

If we take an average of about 15 seconds a day to hear such an unexpected phone call, then 1 year would take us 91 minutes for this. No matter how many seconds we hang up the phone when we realize that calls do not want to be heard, we fall into a state of forced listening. Perhaps at some point I had to change my cell phone number I had used for nearly ten years just to avoid being disturbed.

What's more worrying is that one day I received a phone call: "Do you have an apartment in My Dinh that you want to sell?". I was startled because both private information, personal information seems very secret also someone knows and access. The place to call is completely the service I have never used or contacted before.

Our personal information is being transformed into public information or a form of goods for data trading services. Privacy rights are not respected. Currently, personal information such as name, family, home address is also easily sold.

On the Internet, services that sell information about groups of customers are posted publicly at prices proportional to the abundance of "customer file" goods. We live in an age of data-driven marketing, whoever holds data has power from politics to business. But that means every single person, or more, seconds, faces unexpected security risks.

You will say that I have disclosed my information somewhere so I have leaked it. Maybe I accidentally left my phone number in a transaction or service. However, for businesses that interact with customers online, trust plays an important role in protecting customer data and is central to the success of a business. Ethics, technology and brand trust are always intertwined for a business that wants to develop sustainably and be socially responsible and compliant with the law.

In order to protect the trust and reliability of users, many brands on their information channels have a privacy policy. If we try to go to a telecom site like Vodafone, we see the privacy policy very clearly. The first sentence they clearly said: "Protecting your privacy is a big problem. At Vodafone, we are strict about how we handle personal information."

Or even a fashion brand like Forever 21, clearly states in this section: "Our privacy and privacy policy is intended to protect your privacy and provide you with a safe and secure experience. fashion, style and shopping secrets ".

Last April, the British parenting club Bounty was fined £ 400,000 (11 billion) under European data protection rules. They shared the collected data with the marketing agencies without the user's permission.

The European Parliament approved the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2016 with the aim of strengthening personal data laws across Europe and to protect the privacy of EU citizens in a worldly gender is increasingly based on data. This provision applies to all companies processing personal data of EU citizens regardless of where it operates.

This rule states that companies must use clear language when seeking permission from an individual to use their data. Companies must also notify individuals that their data is likely to be breached within 72 hours after noticing data breaches. Data processors are also required to notify their customers.

There are many laws in Vietnam relating to customer information security. For example, Article 38 of the Civil Code 2015 clearly states that "Personal mails, phones, telegrams and other forms of electronic information are kept safe and confidential". Or Article 66 of Decree 174/2013 of the Government stipulates that persons who commit acts of trading, or exchanging private information of telecommunications service users will be fined from VND 50 million to VND 70 million.

And there are many other provisions in the law on protecting and protecting customer information, but the situation of exchanging and trading customer information has not changed. Personal phone numbers or internet traces (what I mentioned in the article Personal goods are goods) are all things that need to be protected and careful. However, the implementation of these regulations is not necessary to be a professional can answer.

To me, unwanted or unwanted calls are all harassment. You too. So what's the solution? We can block that number so we don't get a second call. But we can't block other remote salespeople, or you'll even have to hear the phone from the same salesman yesterday. declined, when the prepaid phone sim was still sold comfortably on the sidewalk.

Also, blocking a phone number only solves the tip of the problem. If the status of illegal online customer data is still widespread, we cannot know if the call will be an important call from work, friends or "brother / sister, please." allow a few minutes to present ... "in our precious time bank.

Pham Hai Chung
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The unfortunate children

I, just like the parent who was suffering so badly, only a few days ago, took my son by the hand of the gate of the beautiful, modern and friendly school to enter grade 1. I, a parent of Gateway, had undergoes a horrible hard to describe word.

My son stood with the ill-fated child at the first flag salute ceremony, surprised to follow his older siblings singing the National Anthem. The two of them ate the first buffet lunch at the school with very attractive children such as spaghetti, fried chicken and ice cream.

Like my baby, my baby has a habit of sleeping in the car. Fortunately for my parents, I live close to the school so I can take my child to school by myself in the morning.

If only she was in charge of shuttle and counting enough children to get on and off the car! If only the driver checked a car before returning to the dock! If only the teacher could contact the family promptly when the students were not in class! If only...

There are many "what if"! As long as that "price" was realized, the baby would not have suffered such a pitiful outcome. We are angry. Many want Gateway to be closed because "this school doesn't deserve to be taught any more children". Many of us are considering finding a new school.

But a skeptic and obsession were imprinted on our minds: Leaving the Gateway, are you truly safe at other schools? Is the series of errors leading to the death of the child rare or something that often happens, except that there are no consequences? And are we, in painful and angry adults, truly courageous against the tragedy at the Gateway and elsewhere, in other circumstances?

In 1990, Vietnam was the second country in the world to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We have the Children's Law, there are months of action for children. The slogan "Protecting children is the responsibility of the whole society" is still frequently mentioned. The achievements of protecting children in Vietnam, we also learned a lot from the media.

But look at the attitude of a country that has not ratified the United Nations Children's Rights Convention, the United States.

There is a famous story in American media for several years. 9-month-old Leslie played with a curling iron and suffered a burn on her leg. The single Mercedes mother does not allow her to go to the clinic but takes care of herself at home. The case is reported to the authorities. Child protection officials were present and asked to look into Leslie's injuries. Mercedes protested. The government stated that she was incapable of raising her children. They decided to isolate both children from their mothers.

To regain custody, Mercedes must attend designated parenting courses, child safety workshops. Mercedes is required to detoxify drugs. Her whereabouts are checked regularly. Mercedes' battle to regain custody for more than ten years. During that time, two children were given to foster parents chosen by the government.

The story of Mercedes, starting from a burn, is a typical example of the cases of parental loss of children occurring regularly throughout the United States. The implementation of child protection policies in this country remains inadequate, hiding extremism and racism. However, it is worth noting here, is an attitude, a realistic and drastic child protection perspective.

Protecting children requires more than conscience, responsibility and willingness. Child protection is not just about mass organizations' campaigns, awareness campaigns and months of action. Child protection must be specifically legislated, ultimately implemented with an effective justice system and support agencies.

We are seeing cases of child rights abuses taking place every day, the tragic accidents where child victims occur with the frequency is not inferior. We adults are heartbroken and wrathful. But we do not realize that we are also compromise, indulgent and easy.

It is not difficult to find examples. High-rise apartment buildings in recent years have sprung up in big cities, along with reports of children dying from falling from above. The reason is similar: adults take advantage of the outside, tables and chairs close to the balcony or windows, no safety net ...

But many times, these incidents are still considered tragic accidents rather than the result of irresponsibility. A lot of tears and sympathy - perhaps that makes people hesitate when talking about responsibility. As for the easier things, such as checking a series of buildings and apartments to detect the risk of falling from a height for children, no organization, organization or agency has initiated and implemented them yet. .

There are deficiencies that belong to the consciousness or individual perception, there are deficiencies that belong to the perception of the whole system. Children under 6 years old do not need to wear a helmet - this is regulated by the government decree. No compelling reason has been provided.

Meanwhile, in a report submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Transport in 2009, the joint working group of the World Health Organization, the Asian Injury Prevention Fund and the United Nations Children's Fund confirmed the helmet. hardly affects babies' neck muscles.

Or the abandoned babies on the roadside and the landfill. The law provides for very specific penalties, including deprivation of custody for up to 2 years in prison depending on the severity. But very rarely, these regulations are enforced. The common reaction of the community when such incidents occur is still to seek and persuade parents to receive their children. Giving the child to the person who violated their rights in the most violent way is arguably the most sensible solution.

And we still haven't forgotten about the fact that Hao Anh boy was forced into labor since he was 12 years old, and was tortured like a medieval by the violent employer. In pain and indignation, hundreds of millions of dong were donated in order to alleviate her misfortune. But the most essential thing is that a capable and responsible sponsor, the whole family, society and country could not bring to this boy. To this day, it is the hearts of benefactors who become the agents who deprive the future of being kind people of Hao Anh.

Child protection also means that it is a remote precaution of possible risks, not just following the consequences. Yet even when the consequences have occurred, we are still easy to prevent.

Earlier this year, when I went to a well-known interdisciplinary school in Hanoi, I was surprised to see free cars coming and going and stopping right on the student's playground. It was not long after two cases of cars running in the school yard that killed and injured students in Son La and Hanoi.

Overalls, this absurd reason has also taken the lives of at least 4 children in preschools in less than 10 years. We are paying a heavy price for lessons that are not new.

How many more children need to be killed by a car, crushed to death by a closet, died from an apartment building, drowned, and drowned and left in the car to die until someone thinks of building it proactively Develop standards and standard procedures that can be applied on a large scale to ensure children's safety?

"Protecting children is a responsibility not unique to anyone" only really makes sense when society has effective regulations and mechanisms for people to fulfill that responsibility. When it comes to slogans, that responsibility is not anyone's.

Huong Thuy
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Contact the parent

At our school, we have separate chat groups for teachers and parents in each class. And yet parents sometimes still worry about their children.

When establishing my educational organization, I firmly put the child safety first. Each month, we send primary and secondary school students field trips to different locations for two days with rigorous procedures. Prior to each trip, there is always an orientation session for members including parents to attend nearly 3 hours to help parents, students and teachers understand the steps. For example, it is required to take attendance twice when boarding a car, checking baggage, equipping students with the skills to handle car sickness, sickness, first-aid skills, self-care and skills to handle arising situations. And especially, there must be a close connection between teachers, the school and parents in all matters of children.

For each class, we create a Viber group with phone numbers for all parents, teachers and the administration. They communicate directly with each other easily almost every time on issues related to travel, play, and study of children. Teachers are responsible for updating all activities and photos in that group so parents know what their children are doing.

Once, we organized children to come to Hoi An. When the group went to the beach to play at the end of the afternoon, a 12-year-old boy refused to go and asked permission to stay at the hotel with the school manager. Even though my friends gathered convincingly, I still chose to stay in the room. When the teacher updated the children 's fun pictures to the chat group, his mother called me immediately to ask why she did not see her children.

I explained in detail to her, and even though we encouraged her, the child chose to stay, and that she should respect her feelings. The parent later happily hung up. She said, well, okay, knowing that is more reassuring about your child.

Such situations do not just happen once. It helps me understand the mentality of parents who always want to know what their children are doing and doing. Although there are only small changes in their children's schooling and eating schedules, if they are not updated, parents can think in a negative way. Timely sharing of children's situation is extremely important for parents to feel confident in teachers and the school. In addition to updating class activities, in case of unexpected changes from the school, parents can also make their views and suggestions to help the school operate more effectively.

We also agree with each other, which information should be put on the common group, which information should be contacted individually, which hours should not be contacted. Teachers also take the initiative to communicate privately with parents when there is a need to discuss individual students. The administrative administration of the school through these chat groups also monitors the interaction between parents and teachers, seeking their opinions to improve activities. I think that half of a child's time at school with a teacher and the other half with his family, so the relationship between parents, students and teachers is like a tripod, which greatly determines the quality. teach that student. Together, teachers and parents can give children peace of mind and joy.

But for a few days now, following the case of the abandoned boy on the High School Gateway bus, I was quite surprised that the school absolutely didn't give parents the personal number of the homeroom teacher. All communications must go through the administrative department and an application on the phone. Parents said they met the homeroom teacher for a phone number but the teacher didn't give "because that's the school's principle".

This can prevent parents from having a negative impact or requiring teachers to comply with their individual requirements. But really left unpredictable consequences.

The application of information technology in education, although modern and time-saving, cannot replace people. In the end, it is the school staff who is still checking that attendance application system and notifying the parent if not the head teacher. Gateway seems to have come up with a rigid process that does not take into account the flexibility in handling specific situations.

The counterproduction of this principle is to reduce the role of teachers in accompanying children and families when teachers themselves are not allowed to interact with young families. The teacher who knows the health, the spirit, the learning situation and the personality of the child, the communication from the school to the family must have the role of the person next to the child every day. not a machine or the administration might not even know each of you.

The essence of an education is the close connection between the family and the school in raising people. The most important representative of the school connects with parents in most cases, as far as we have experienced, is the homeroom teacher, not a third part. Gateway's fault of operation is a great lesson for the whole society, not just a few people.

It is time for the Ministry of Education to immediately issue a document to guide the implementation of school-specific processes, including the provisions on monitoring, evaluation and implementation of those processes, especially the Safe programming for children in moving, connecting and learning. The core value of education is to nurture the human character, so even with the supportive technology, the role of teachers, school staff and families should be emphasized and clarified in any way. which school.

Every school definitely needs to revise or develop effective management processes to best support teachers. Teachers should be the most effective bridge between the family and the school in operating an educational model. There, if everyone works with the highest spirit of conscience and responsibility, they will surely build a long way for the school itself.

"Education is a common commitment among dedicated teachers, students who are interested in learning, and parents who are enthusiastic in supporting to achieve expectations" - US lawmaker Bob Beauprez once famously said. Once teachers are excluded from the interactive circle of this relationship, education is no longer the color of human education.

Van Anh
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Save people in the storm

When I posted the Wipha storm warning on my personal page, one week before the storm reached the shore, I was confident that because there was information soon there would certainly be no loss of life.

It was a week before the storm hit the shore. But the reality is not as I thought. All week after the storm, I was obsessed with the soulless gaze of the man who lost his family after a flood in Quan Son, Thanh Hoa. He had just broken up with his family a few days ago to work on the street, and when he returned, his parents, sister, wife and two young children were swept away with their house. It is hard to imagine this pain. His life, like so many others, changed forever after the natural disasters in Vietnam.

In my mind, I kept asking the question why the storm is not big and the loss and damage are so great? Cause from? Warning information is the crux of the problem.

Over the past 10 years, my professional work has been closely linked to natural disasters and climate change. I have a habit of giving a warning about disaster on my site in the hope that people will be best informed about the potential risks. I hope I can help people, even a few, know how to stay safe and protect their property.

I am very happy to receive the thank you message after each disaster from people I have never met. Mother and daughter, a sister in Nha Trang, after reading the forecast about Hurricane Damrey in 2017, went to avoid the storm at her grandparents' house. By the time they returned, the house was in ruins. "Without information, my mother and I don't know how," she texted and befriended me.

Last year, by following my forecast for a record heatwave, a family of medicinal herbs gathered their ingredients, dried them and processed them instead of planting new ones. She gave the product as a thank you, and I'm still using their herbal shampoo.

My extreme weather reports aren't always true, but one thing I always keep in mind for readers is that it's not subjective, especially with hurricane circulation. The statistics of damage caused by natural disasters in Vietnam show that storm circulation caused heavy rains, floods and flash floods caused much greater damage than the previous storm itself.

People are often subjective when they hear the forecast "storm has weakened into tropical depression" and consider themselves in a safe area. In fact, tropical depressions and circulation after storms inland are very dangerous. Most of the loss of life and property is due to inaccurate, inaccurate forecasts, or people who have heard the forecast but are subjective that floods will not reach their place. The remote villages have less chance of updating. Information is still a great distance, as valuable as human life.

I have always said that in order to improve our ability to cope with natural disasters and extreme climate change, the most important thing is to save people. If you cannot save anything, you must save people. And actually, saving people is not difficult. We only need to know where and when storms and storms will occur. If it is determined, the evacuation of people will be simple, there will be no story of dozens of deaths and disappearances after a small storm.

For example, if people are notified after an hour the flood will come, they do not even need to run, just walk away from the area at risk of flash floods, at least protect their lives and their families. .

The crux of the problem is that: there are predictions, even by reputable global forecast centers and Vietnamese authorities, that it is not possible to determine in detail where and when the flood will come. come on. The task of forecasting natural disasters and extreme weather is currently unable to forecast details of each commune, ward, river and stream.

The Vietnamese authorities have only stated that there is a "flash flood risk" but cannot confirm that "flash floods will occur". And the people, who hear the same news repeating day after day, no longer feel the attention and awareness of the seriousness of the disaster warnings. This need to be corrected immediately by detailing the forecast, not repeating the same forecast every day and every locality.

In order to get detailed and quality forecasting information, it is important that we have an early flood warning system at the headwaters of rivers and streams, based on studies of rainfall and topography. and hydraulic maps, then gather information and issue warning messages. However, Vietnam has complex mountainous terrain upstream with thousands of branches of rivers and streams. It is almost impossible to invest in installing and operating an early warning system in the context of incomplete infrastructure and limited financial resources. I think this is an important task to tackle.

The next thing is that local decision-making authority is not well established. The initiative of the local government in organizing activities with the people to prevent natural disasters already exists with the motto "four on the spot", including: on-the-spot command, on-site forces, on-site means and logistics. in place. However, the application of this motto is still inadequate due to limited information and resources so grassroots cadres still have to "wait for direction".

The person most responsible for the disaster is the local leader. But I know there are situations where local officials have difficulty making decisions, for example, the chairman of the commune judges that flash floods are at risk, he has the right and, by law, to mobilize officials. Function of evacuating people in dangerous areas. The problem is that he does not dare to evacuate people voluntarily if information about natural disasters is not really clear and there is no guidance from superiors. Because if natural disasters do not occur, people complain, he will be disciplined.

Just at the beginning of the rainy season, we have been sad news of human damage. Then, like many years, very quickly we will forget. Disaster risks are forgotten in the mindset of planners, those involved in local government, in the community of the area where the disaster has occurred, except the death of a family. And then, most likely it repeats elsewhere.

Nguyen Ngoc Huy
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Song Hong lamented

I stood on the 16th floor of Luong Yen Building No. 3, took a picture along the banks of the Red River. I really want Capital leaders to see this scene.

Not knowing what to call it, the dike was crowded like an unorganized residential ward. Immediately afterward, I could not even see an alley like the lovely song "small lane, small street, my house was there" (Musician Le Vinh). I looked closely, only to see that this house was close to another house, there was an upper floor that was protruding out.

I wonder where those people were before, sometimes from a spacious land full of air and light, yet trying to get a home in Hanoi. I know many people, spacious and airy houses in the province, trying to find ways to buy houses in Hanoi. Immediately for the children to go to school, then they plan to move back to the capital with their children after retirement.

Due to working conditions, I have had the opportunity to travel to more than 30 capitals of countries. Few places have beautiful shade trees like many streets in Hanoi and few places have many lakes in the heart of a cute city like our capital. But the story of the alley, narrow streets, cluttered houses, not in any architectural style, and importantly making people's lives so difficult as the situation along the Red River, indeed I have not had the opportunity to look see.

People living close to the Red River are now completely assured, no longer worry about flooding as before, because there are Hoa Binh and Son La hydroelectricity. But small alleys, small streets, even if you look carefully at the picture, it's okay to see. I read in a newspaper, with comrade leader lamented: "From the plane looking down along the Red River close to the Capital, it feels like someone from heaven swung down a handful of messy gravel." Later I heard another authorities ask: "Has anyone crushed the capital?".

I suddenly thought that if I was there, how could my friends find a house to come to, and how could I deliver the newspaper every morning? Thinking of explosions that could never have happened, how could the fire truck ever get in? The fire spread, the people there have no way to support it? Then how to rescue patients, ambulance has no way to get in? Must have put on a stretcher and jog.

I recalled the image I encountered in Ky Son District, Nghe An. Mr. Moong Van Nghe - Chairman of the District, who was taking me to visit, suddenly saw a crowd running and running like robbers. It turns out that the Kho Mu people here who see emergency people for malignant malaria are rushing out to take them to emergency. Two young men on the stretchers run very fast. Tired then put down and two other young men hurriedly relayed. It was an emergency in Ky Son, and in "small lane, small street" in Hanoi, could this scene happen? There are thousands more children living here, if there is a school to pick them up by bus, where can they pick them up? Moreover, the children who come home from school just hang around in the narrow walls, there is no land to gather and have fun, even just a small football field?

Not only along the Red River, the whole Hanoi is becoming more and more deformed and increasingly challenged with traffic congestion because of the lack of good planning hands. It seems that the real estate owners see any golden land as they are rushing to build high-rise buildings immediately. Now, whoever walked through the Daewoo hotel area and the Lotte building would all think, what about when everyone has arrived in a row of newly built high-rise buildings right next to it? The apartments in this area are very high prices and make sure that many residents here have their own cars, what will happen with tens of thousands of cars and motorcycles in the morning? Have the capital managers thought about this?

When licensing the area, does anyone remember the urban area that was once considered a model Linh Linh urban area? Residents now take a taxi now, because drivers are afraid of being stuck at any time of the day. Many taxi drivers often complain to customers who don't understand how people can make buildings so thick.

In the old days in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, there were offices of the Chief Architect. The people were assured because there were certainly people and units to take care of the planning. They are selected architects, so the understanding is definitely more extensive than ordinary people. Do not understand why these titles disappear.

Lack of talented architects? Nonsense! No one is taking responsibility? Also ridiculous! Perhaps the whole plan is under the responsibility of the City People's Committee, when these public officials are always flooded with work to worry, floods, storms, and then every day how to bury thousands of tons of waste that are half indestructible, all kinds of things.

Without the chief architect for the city, we are not promoting the talents and responsibilities of hundreds of talented architects across Vietnam. I have a very good best friend who participated in the construction of Uncle Ho's Mausoleum. When discussing urban planning, you laughed and said, "Nobody asked us where to join in." I still think that, if good architects are gathered in the City Chief Architect's Office, people will probably complain less about the problem of construction lacking in the current planning view.

Honestly, it's better late than never. If we just let Hanoi build like it is, we don't know what our city will look like in a few years?

Nguyen Lan Dung
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Dialogue in Silicon Valley

At dinner with friends in Silicon Valley, my friend Vikash said: "Most of the tech startups here are made up of Indian engineers."

Forty years ago, when Indian migrants started coming to the United States, they never thought they could be as successful as their predecessors - China or Japan. But over the past twenty years, more Indians have worked and succeeded here than other groups of migrants. For example, Sundar Pichai - CEO of Google, Satya Nadella - CEO of Microsoft, Santana Narayen - CEO of Adobe, and many thousands of senior management positions. "We are even reaching out to other industries, you can see Indira Nooyi - CEO of Pepsi Cola, Vikram Pandit - CEO of Citi group, and many more," Vikash continued.

I was surprised: "That's interesting information, but I wonder what happened to other groups like Chinese and Japanese?". Vikash explained, that the majority of Chinese migrants focus on small businesses, such as commerce, imports, exports or restaurants; the majority of Japanese people are interested in government jobs, but few pay attention to the technology sector. Indians seized this opportunity and became the most successful among the tech industry's migrants.

Vikash further explained my why then question. One of the key successes of Indians is that they have a lot of information about the job market. For example, most Chinese migrants get information from family and relatives. Family tradition still influences their decisions. If parents own a restaurant, the children follow by opening the restaurant. And the Indians all followed the new carefully. They read a lot about the job market and social trends, and they shared information about technology and job opportunities widely with thousands of blogs, social networking accounts.

When the US technology market requires special skills, many Indians know it quickly to learn these skills. The dream of Indian youth is to escape poverty by working in America. And the lack of skills in America opens the door for them.

Ramesh, another friend, added: "One of the advantages is that we speak English very well when compared to other immigrants." Because of this advantage, Indian students do well in college as well as in the company for having good communication skills. If you look further, you will see that Indians have succeeded not only in the US but also in other countries such as Singapore, England, Germany, Australia, and Scandinavia.

I refused: "But today many Chinese and Japanese also speak English well. What prevents them from achieving the success that Indians have?" Vikash answered immediately: "It's a cultural aspect. For some reason, many people don't share information with others, but keep it to themselves. For example, when Google looks for certain skills, Within minutes, most blogs and Facebook pages in India are posting this news, but you don't see it in other countries. "

There are blogs that provide advice and skills support throughout India. Others capture and seek to respond. "We believe the best way to encourage young people to learn is to provide more information, more technology news about the job opportunities and industry needs - not just in the US but everywhere else," Vikash to speak.

As he said, today the internet is a powerful tool connecting Indians working abroad and living in their home countries. We can see that in any country with strong technology industry there will be Indian engineers there. He continued: "The more advanced the technology, the better it is for the Indians because we all know how to seize the opportunity to create living in the 21st century."

The Global Industry Report 2019 uses the word "hot" for the software engineering market in the US due to the shortage of skilled and competitive people in leading companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. Over the past five years, the number of students enrolled in Computer Science, Software Engineering has increased by over 30% but still not enough to meet the demand. What is expected is that this shortage will continue for at least another seven years.

What must be learned to have a successful career in a world where technology is driving everything? What happens if I cannot enter university? What is the best way to survive in this constantly changing market? Those are questions I have received every week from many people around the world since my blog has been translated into many languages. Many parents have asked me, "Will you advise my children to study computer science or information technology? Will you advise them to go to some university like you have already entered?" My answer is: "It depends on your child after they study the school and the subject they want."

Most parents want their children to go to college and get a degree. But college is not for everyone, some people will do well but others may not study well and waste time there. Today, degrees do not guarantee anything but many parents still want their children to go to college because it is the pride of the family and a part of the culture that has existed for centuries.

However, there are many other options such as online schools, massively open online courses (MOOCs) and training programs designed for a specific field but helping learners develop the skills they need. set them up for a good job. Most online courses at edX, Coursera, Udemy focus on results because they are short and realistic. And most online courses are open to anyone, no charge (if you need a certificate, you will have to pay 20 to 50 USD). But by going through these subjects, learners will have immediate results and understand what they want and may not want. I think it's worth spending a few months studying these subjects before deciding whether going to college could be better for you.

Learners today need to be more proactive because they learn to become independent and to determine the future, what they want to do with life, to identify themselves and the job market. Educated people are not people with specialized knowledge or qualifications but who know themselves and develop a strong mind so they can learn anything they want to learn. Educated people also often read many useful books to educate themselves because reading can affect their minds and attitudes in life. The problem is that today, many people do not read anything but let the media control them. Passively watching videos on YouTube, reading everything on Facebook, Twitter can be a waste of time.

The phenomenon of successful Indians in Silicon Valley shows that, in this fast-changing world, good skills are not enough. You must be proactive by continually sharing, learning and self-learning if you want to keep a good job.

Formal education (at school) ends and you have a degree. But it is just the beginning. You have to constantly learn by yourself when things change so fast, you need to keep yourself up to the world and be judged by what you know. While at school, you spend a few weeks studying before the exam and passing it, important for good grades and diplomas. But after graduation, you will discover that "real education" begins after formal education when you learn about jobs, responsibilities, interacting with others and soft skills you didn't learned in school. At that time, you start your own independent life. There are no scores, no degrees, no assessments, no passing or failing but you have to create your own rules, your own studies, and your own life.

How do you live, how do you work, how do you react, how do you support your family, society, and how you educate yourself to face the "real life" - that will position happiness and your success.

John Vu
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The day the iPhone opened for sale

Why are you buying iPhone 11 when the iPhone 8 is still very good? A lot of people don't really have the answers.

My wife, probably like many other modern women, often stood in front of her huge closet and lamented that there was nothing to wear tomorrow.

Today social media hear all you want, you just accidentally search for something on google, in the blink of an eye those things are flooded in your "news feed". My wife, as usual, has a ton of rich fashion resources available on social media, including shoes, sandals, clothes, handbags, cosmetics and makeup. Just a message is delivered to the site.

Every time she saw something good and new she couldn't hold it back, so the closet's size increased dramatically. But with a world like ours, what you have today is outdated.

I still fully sympathize with my wife. Only thing is the situation becomes very complicated, there seems to be no way out: new and outdated, purchased and bored or not used.

Marie Kondo is a Japanese living space arranger who is the protagonist of the popular reality TV series on Netflix. Marie's client: Kevin and his wife have been married for 5 years and have a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy. Like all couples with young children, the Kevin family is a mess, a messy warehouse, from the living room, bedroom to the kitchen.

The life of Kevin and his wife was stressful because he could not arrange housework, children to focus on work. They argue, quarrel, sulk, despair, and don't know how to get out of that tragedy. Kevin's family decided to ask Kondo.

Kondo arrives at Kevin's house on a weekend. The kitchen was full of untidy chopsticks and pots, dirty and clean clothes littered the bedroom floor and in bed, toys splashed in the children's room, the warehouse was full of items on shelves and floors.

The first thing Kondo suggested to the couple was to sit still, close their eyes, be still and think about their loving home. After a moment of silence, his wife Kevin tearfully said we had never done that, we just ran around, frustrated, arguing and arguing the night.

Kondo then asked Kevin and his wife to dump all their clothes in the middle of the house into two piles, one pile of his wife and one pile of Kevin. As usual, Kevin's wife was probably 5 times taller than Kevin's. Kevin's wife said it was embarrassing but if I didn't buy it then I have nothing to wear.

Kondo laughed, reminded Kevin's wife to pick up an item and asked, do you love it, is it special for you, does it bring joy to you when you bring it, does it make you so personal, your style and make you satisfied? If yes, keep it, otherwise set it aside, gently and say, clothes thank you.

If you're wondering, Kondo will ask, when was the last time you wore it, how many times did you wear in the past year. After a while, the wife's stuff was only 1/3, and her husband was only half left. The extra clothes Kondo suggested they sold were liquidated or donated to charity. Similarly, they handle kitchen and storage.

In fact, we buy a lot of things we think we need but are not. Clothes today we change it when it is out of social value, not because it is out of use, a great waste is burdening us.

The reason is that we are forced to buy things we don't need. It is no one else other than marketing and advertising that are the culprits that cloud our environment.

Although I am a long-time marketer, I have to confess sometimes that what people are out there in terms of their living standards, the lifestyle is mostly bullshit.

You rush in to buy shoes they call new fads, clothes they think are trendy, expensive technology toys, you get rid of almost brand-new shoes, piled up in cabinets of suits wings only wear a few times because people think they are outdated, you queue up and pay unreasonably high prices to get the latest iPhone ... Those are nonsense.

There is a world famous project called Project 333. Courney is an energetic woman who works at a company office, which requires her to communicate a lot. Tired of having to follow the fashion trend, Courney composed 33 of his favorite items to wear and changed them for 3 months. In fact, no one realized that Courney only had 33 items in a row, over and over again during that period, and everyone thought Courney was bargaining for a large closet. From there Courney challenged other friends to do the same and it spread into a movement, living more with less things around you.

After only 1 month, Kevin and his wife's life changed completely, from the kitchen to the storage room and the bedroom, especially since they made folding clothes every night a fun thing for them. The house is tidy, they love each other more and life is worth living.

Following this same principle, my wife and I started to filter our belongings, and it was surprising that my unused portion was as much as my wife's, they were not only clothes but also books, magazines, tools, technology stuff. We share all of that supplies with our brothers, friends and family members. The house naturally widened to ten square meters.

After that, every time we buy things, we consider whether it is really necessary or really makes our life happy, meaningful and affordable. Sometimes we buy something of value, but make sure it's good and lasts for a long time.

Be minimalist. We always ask why the salary is not enough to live, the cost is increasingly expensive, the overtime, extra money makes us so tired while every night we or our wife stand in front of our wardrobe full of charcoal not knowing what to wear, looking around my friends on the phone and then I have not, our race is not over. But as soon as our needs decrease, life becomes easier and more spacious right in front of us.

Pham Vu Tung
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Quietly SEA Games

Sweat and tears still fall daily on the training ground, in the arena. But not many people remember it because they are not footballers.

When I was a magazine, I introduced a lot of athletes who are both talented and beautiful in shape to do portrait work. They are all ripped off because "nobody knows". The sweat of those who dreamed of standing on the podium still fell, despite mental and physical injuries. But they are "no one knows" sweats.

Sunday, December 1, was probably the most memorable day in the life of weightlifting female Vuong Vuong Huyen. Overcoming Indonesia's formidable opponent, Lisa Setiawati, overcoming the trauma of trauma, overcoming the pain of losing her father just over a dozen days before leaving for the SEA Games, Huyen won the first gold medal for weightlifting. Vietnam in the weight class 45 kg.

It should have been an inspirational story. The story of a person who has overcome the pain of the past, fought hard in the present and dreamed about the future, because Huyen is also an athlete who has been heavily invested in the goal of winning a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics It was also inspired by the Bac Giang girl who burst into tears on the podium to receive the medal, perhaps because of happiness, or perhaps because she remembered her father. As she herself confided later to the journalist. Before the competition, she whispered "Daddy, trust me".

But on Monday morning, did she open her phone and see what it was on newspapers and social media? Only one topic: Bui Tien Dung and his mistake. It's a bit unfair, when between a SEA Games congress with all the sports, we turn a new match in the group stage into the current mainstream, instead of a medal competition final. We ignore an example of success to dissect an individual, a collective sport, in a match that we have won.

From Bui Tien Dung's mistake, we continue to argue about the exaggeration of a commentator on television. Facebook has always been the same, pulling everyone into a "hot trend" and ignoring other notable information. Looking at it, we think that the SEA Games only has football.

In fact, football only competes with a medal set like every other sport. The players of the U22 Vietnam team practiced hard, but do not forget the other athletes too. They also buried themselves in the gym, were under pressure of achievement and also buckled themselves with injuries. How many of us remember the names that have made Vietnam's sport known? They are Dang Dinh Tien with billiards, Mai Cong Hieu in cycling, table tennis Doan Kien Quoc; female football players Luu Ngoc Mai and Doan Thi Kim Chi; track athlete Pham Dinh Khanh Doan; volleyball player Kim Hue; Hai Thao is in cloud sphere, Cao Ngoc Phuong Trinh and Van Ngoc Tu in Judo, Hoang Xuan Vinh in shooting, Huyen Dieu and Phan Tan Dat with Taekwondo, gymnastics athletes Ha Thanh, Truong Minh Sang and Le Thanh Tung ... and many other names.

I once received a question like this from journalism students: "In the course of your career, what kind of character did you find difficult to interview?". "The most difficult is interviewing sports athletes," I replied immediately. Because they are the ones who spent their youth in the gym. The problem with Vietnamese sports is that we always professionalize our athletes too early.

Sports talents were pulled from the family, as well as from the school too early. They were stuffed into one goal: to bring the achievement back to the locality and the nation. Most of them have limited communication, because they are not used to talking to anyone but colleagues, coaches and officials of the subject? Their whole youth is just training, resting, playing, and so on and so forth. Among the hundreds of weightlifting athletes, how many people are exposed to meager colored lights such as Vuong Thi Huyen or Thach Kim Tuan - those whose probability to recognize them among the crowd must be far below a bridge. Subs of U22 are attending the SEA Games.

Reportage in magazines not for them. Advertising spots not for them. Many top sports athletes in Vietnam are increasingly forgotten while the football fever has not shown any signs of cooling. The players are everywhere on the street. And when the top players are full, the brands turn to the lesser-known players.

We argue about a goalkeeper's mistake. Someone blamed him for advertising, catwalk but that lack of expertise. The defender said, he is also human and do not forget his past contributions. Then people will go crazy for Bui Tien Dung if he successfully blocks a free kick or keeps the net. And online, the security guards Tien Dung will have the opportunity to counterattack, my co-host will be mocked. All the waves are ceaseless, sweeping away everything.

While somewhere in the Philippines, maybe many people also expect themselves to have a crisis like Bui Tien Dung, a comforting crisis of a person who is concerned about the whole country. It is the happiness of a stoned man, better than the unhappiness of forgotten bodies.

Tran Minh
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