Journey in Life: 03/13/19

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Đường đua triệu phú

mỹ phá đường dây nhà giàu chạy suất cho con vào đại học Yale...
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The corruptions (tham nhũng, đồi bại; sự mục nát, thối rữa) of American college sports (thể thao trường đại học) and the status anxieties (khao khát địa vị) of the wealthy (nhà giàu) have achieved a spectacular commingling, as a federal indictment (bản cáo trạng) on Tuesday charged that N.C.A.A. coaches were paid to fix admissions for rich children at elite  (tinh hoa) colleges and universities, like Georgetown, Yale and U.S.C.

An entrepreneur devised this ingenious (khéo léo, tài tình, mưu trí) scam (mưu đồ bất lương, gian lận) less than a decade ago, and it involved multiple fixes, a sort of corruption minuet. Parents with cash to burn could pay to have a test taker sit in on the SAT or ACT in place of their teenagers. And if their children’s grades too were not up to snuff, they could bribe coaches to accept them as fake tennis, soccer and water polo prodigies (thần đồng).

The entry price for bribes often ran toward figures that meant this was no scheme for hoi polloi tennis (quần chúng nhân dân) dads. The bribe paying parents were weighted toward well-known actors, financiers and high-end designers. The ringleaders offered an additional service: If parents paid yet more money they could make children believe their test scores were real...

...A teenage girl who did not play soccer magically became a star soccer recruit at Yale. Cost to her parents: $1.2 million.

A student with no experience rowing (chèo thuyền) won a spot on the U.S.C. crew team after a photograph of another person in a boat was submitted as evidence of her prowess. Her parents wired $200,000 into a special account.

Xin đừng bỏ con mẹ ơi

máy bay đi malaysia phải quay về nơi xuất phát (ả rập saudi) vì một bà mẹ quên con ở sân bay...
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A Malaysia-bound plane had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a passenger realised she had left her baby in the terminal.

The pilot, en route to Kuala Lumpur, made the unusual request to return to the airport in Jeddah shortly after takeoff when the passenger told cabin crew she had forgotten her child.

A video of the pilot calling into air traffic control reveals the unusual exchange between him and the operators, as he asks for permission to go back to King Abdulaziz airport.

“May God be with us. Can we come back?” the pilot asks. The scenario, seemingly a first for the air traffic controllers, leaves the operator confounded and he can be heard conferring with others over the appropriate action.

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