More Vietnamese willing to donate organs after death

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By Le Nga   August 10, 2022 | 08:08 am GMT+7

More Vietnamese willing to donate organs after death

A doctor checks the eyes of a 53-year-old woman in Vietnam after she received corneas from a brain-dead man at a hospital in HCMC. Photo by VnExpress/Thu AnhThe number of people registered to donate organs after brainstem death has kept increasing over the years to almost 50,000.

When the Vietnam National Coordinating Center for Human Organ Transplantation was established in 2014, it received just 200 registrations, most including center officials and staff while the rest comprised medical workers.

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Men and their worsening drinking habits

By Dang Khoa, Xanh Le   May 27, 2022 | 07:49 am GMT+7

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Men and their worsening drinking habits

People enjoy beer at a Hanoi restaurant. Photo by ReutersTran Van Minh of HCMC says he has “a knack for drinking” and feels “uneasy” if he does not drink for two or three days.

The factory worker claims he is not an alcoholic though he goes out drinking several times a week and consumes around a dozen cans of beer each time or the equivalent in hard liquor.

“Like many others, I drink because it helps me forget my problems.”

Often he blacks out after getting too drunk and wakes up the next day without remembering what happened.

Minh is one of many Vietnamese men who claim they cannot survive without drinking alcohol.

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Hãy bình đẳng thực với phụ nữ

Chào các bạn,

Đây là vài mẩu chuyện mình nghe thường từ những người bạn, là những phụ nữ, là những người mẹ xung quanh mình:

Cô là bác sĩ, cô yêu nghề, cô làm việc cật lực, cô vừa đi làm ở bệnh viện, vừa làm thêm và chăm sóc con và tất nhiên cả chồng và gia đình. Giữa ngày bệnh nhân đông nghìn nghịt, trong ca trực, anh chồng nhắn tin nói dạo này cô bỏ bê việc không chăm nom đến con. Chồng cô muốn cô bỏ việc bệnh viện để làm thêm ở nhà. Cô quá mệt mỏi. Cô khóc tức tưởi ngay tại chỗ. Rồi cô đi rửa mặt, lau nước mắt và quay lại tiếp tục thăm khám chăm sóc bệnh nhân.

Đứa nhỏ đi bệnh viện, trong lúc mẹ bé chuẩn bị đồ đạc bồng đứa bé để xuất viện, bác sĩ đưa đơn thuốc dặn dò bố đứa bé cách chăm sóc. Về nhà, mẹ bé tìm đơn thuốc để biết bác sĩ nói sao. Ông bố vì lý do nào đó đã quăng đâu mất tiêu đơn thuốc và cũng không nhớ bác sĩ dặn dò sao. Rồi bé có vấn đề. Gia đình lo lắng, ông bà họ hàng xúm lại sao con mẹ mày đoảng quá, có vậy mà không biết chăm con!

Các bạn, đây là những người phụ nữ, những người mẹ bị xã hội gán cho danh hiệu “vinh quang” gọi là “Phụ nữ giỏi việc nước, đảm việc nhà”. Các bạn có nhìn thấy vấn đề ở đây?

Tại sao không phải là anh chồng bỏ thời gian nhiều hơn chăm sóc con để hỗ trợ vợ, để ủng hộ vợ tiếp tục công việc sự nghiệp? Tại sao không trách ông bố lơ đãng vô trách nhiệm với con mà câu cửa miệng là đổ tội cho mẹ đứa bé?

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Vietnam drug user number rises by 10,000 in a year

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By Sen    June 13, 2020 | 06:05 pm GMT+7

Vietnam drug user number rises by 10,000 in a year

Drug users work at a rehabilitation center in Hanoi, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Anh Duy.

Vietnam registers more than 10,000 new drug users last year, with the users getting younger and being concentrated in the southern region.

Revealing this at a conference on Thursday, Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Ha said that there are now middle school students in many places using drugs.

Many rehabilitation centers in the country are overcrowded, she noted.

Vietnam had 111 licensed centers with around 35,000 inmates as of April.

As of last November the country had 235,314 drug addicts in its official records, 10,215 more than a year earlier.

“The number and the seriousness of crimes like robberies, disturbing public order, and murders committed by drug users has also gone up,” Ha said.

Ngo Thanh Binh, deputy director of the Ministry of Public Security’s department of drug crime investigation, said the number of addicts aged between 12 and 18 is on the rise, and it is difficult to send them to rehab due to legal complications arising from international charters on child rights Vietnam has signed.

Vietnam treats drug addiction as a “social evil.”

According to the department, the quantity of drugs seized last year was the highest ever at nearly nine tons.

Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín

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(Petrotimes) – Chưa có kết luận chính xác nào cho rằng những người tin vào thánh thần, tin vào truyền thuyết, huyền thoại để cầu cúng, lễ bái là có trình độ dân trí thấp, cần phải giáo dục. Nhiều tín đồ có trình độ học vấn cao, họ vẫn “siêu mê tín” vào đấng thần linh có thể cứu rỗi họ. Nhiều vị tổng thống có tiếng trên thế giới, khi nhậm chức còn ngửa tay lên trời cầu nguyện Thượng đế ban phước lành.

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Cuộc sống ngày càng khó khăn và nhộn nhạo thì con người càng dễ tìm về cội nguồn, hướng về một tôn giáo hay tín ngưỡng nào đó để họ có niềm tin trong cuộc sống. Có một điều rất quen thuộc là, cho dù sự thành công là kết quả của lỗ lực bản thân nhưng người ta vẫn không quên nói rằng đó là do “có quý nhân phù hộ” hay “Trời Phật có mắt”.

Và quan chức ở ta cũng không nằm ngoài quy luật ấy. Thậm chí họ mê tín hơn hẳn những người chắc có chức vụ bởi càng có chức vụ lớn thì họ càng cần phải có một chỗ dựa tinh thần vững chắc để tiếp tục đấu tranh trong công việc, cọ sát cùng môi trường làm việc cạnh tranh khốc liệt. Đôi lúc, nó còn là “ô dù” lớn nhất che đỡ cho thành công chốn quan trường. Tiếp tục đọc “Khi quan chức ngày càng mê tín”

A Zen Master’s Advice On Coping With Trump

huffingtonpost_For HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, we’re telling stories of how people are standing up to hate and supporting those most threatened. What will you stand up for? Tell us with #LoveTakesAction.

What can Zen Buddhism teach us about the art of effective activism in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency?

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been a social and environmental activist for more than 40 years, has said the most important thing for those feeling a sense of despair is to remember that meeting anger with more anger only makes matters worse.

The 90-year-old Vietnamese monk, who is considered to be one of the world’s leading spiritual teachers, is known for creating the idea of Engaged Buddhism, a method of linking mindfulness with social action.

His essential teaching on activism is that mindfulness gives people the ability to find peace in themselves so that their actions come from a place of compassion.

“Mindfulness must be engaged,” Hanh writes in his new book At Home in the World. “Once we see that something needs to be done, we must take action. Seeing and action go together. Otherwise, what is the point in seeing?”

“Nonviolence is not a set of techniques that you can learn with your intellect,” he goes on to say. “Nonviolent action arises from the compassion, lucidity and understanding you have within.”

Drawing from his own experience in seeking an end to the Vietnam War, Hanh writes that activists must learn to look after themselves if they are to be effective:

[I]f we don’t maintain a balance between our work and the nourishment we need, we won’t be very successful. The practice of walking meditation, mindful breathing, allowing our body and mind to rest, and getting in touch with the refreshing and healing elements inside and around us is crucial for our survival.

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The rise of the cashless city: ‘There is this real danger of exclusion’

theguardian_Cities from Sweden to India are pushing for a totally cash-free society. But as more shops and transport networks insist on electronic payments, where does this leave the smallest traders and poorest inhabitants?

Homeless man begs in London
A two-tier city: as many go increasingly cash-free, others are left behind. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images 

West Bank garden of teargas canisters – in pictures

theguardian _ The Palestinian residents of Bilin have come up with a novel use for the teargas canisters left over from clashes with Israeli soldiers during the weekly protest against the West Bank separation barrier

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Vietnam powerless to stop illegal gold mining

An accident last Tuesday that killed four gold miners in the south-central province of Quang Nam has once again given rise to public disquiet over illegal gold mining in central Vietnam.

Despite nearly 40 people having been killed in nine separate gold mine accidents in Quang Nam alone since 2009, thousands continue to put their lives at risk while digging up ranges of mountains in the unlawful pursuit of the precious metal.

Despite nearly 40 people having been killed in nine separate gold mineaccidents in Quang Nam alone since 2009, thousands continue to put their lives at risk while digging up ranges of mountains in the unlawful pursuit of the precious metal.

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Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons

As a youth worker, Amy Barwise is used to dealing with pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but after a week of revelations at home and work she decided safer was better than sorry

The doctor told me that teens are most likely to have sex after school before their parents get home from work. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

theguardian – An hour before the kids get home from school on Friday, I check the kitchen drawer where I’ve left about 400 condoms for the boys. It’s virtually empty. Clearly it’s been a busy week on the sexual front in my small house. Nothing to do with me and I’ve been in all week, so I know there’s been no action within these four walls.

I make a cup of tea and mull it over. It’s been a hectic week.

Last Friday, the landline rang. As it usually means it’s someone over 40 calling, nobody else answers, so I do. But it was my son Ben’s best mate; sunny, chatty Danny. He sounded like he was a million miles away. He asked if Ben was in and when I said yes, he explained he needed to talk to him and was coming straight over. And he was gone.

I told Ben, who looked shifty. Nothing unusual in that.

I guessed the call had something to do with last Saturday’s sleepover at another friend’s house. Danny had siphoned off the top inch of spirits from his parents’ collection and mixed them into such a lethal cocktail that he was hospitalised and his dad was called. Tiếp tục đọc “Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons”

Why states with more marriages are richer states

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Washingtonpost – There is a story gaining steam among some academics that suggests the institution of marriage — particularly marriage for parents of young children — could play an important role in strengthening the American economy. It is a story about growth and poverty, about responsibility and work ethic.

And largely, it is a story about men.

According to new research, states with a high concentration of married couples experience faster economic growth, less child poverty and more economic mobility than states where fewer adults are married, even after controlling for a variety of economic and demographic factors. The study, from the conservative American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Family Studies, also finds that the share of parents who are married in a state is a better predictor of that state’s economic health than the racial composition and educational attainment of the state’s residents. Tiếp tục đọc “Why states with more marriages are richer states”

Juvenile abortion rate remains high

A range of obstetrics and gynecology clinics sit along Giai Phong Street, across from Bach Mai Hospital. — Illustrative photo vietnamnet.vn

Vietnamnews.vn – HA NOI (VNS) — A range of obstetrics and gynecology clinics sit along Giai Phong Street, across from Bach Mai Hospital.

Staff members wearing white blouses wait at the front doors of those private facilities, ready to approach anyone who passes by slowly or appears to be seeking an abortion. Tiếp tục đọc “Juvenile abortion rate remains high”