Check out today’s leading news stories.
-- The first cases of the African swine fever epidemic have been discovered at a local husbandry facility in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang, the provincial Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine confimed on Friday.
-- Hong Kong surpassed South Korea, Singapore, Chinese, and Japan to become Vietnam’s biggest foreign investor in the first five months of 2019, with a total investment of US$5.08 billion as of May 20, making up 30.4 percent of the total FDI inflow to the country.
-- VinCommerce outplayed 200 nominees from 16 countries to win the “Social Empowerment” prize at the Asia Enterprise Awards (AREA), which recognizes and honors Asian businesses for championing sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship, in Taiwan on Friday.
-- Remittances to Ho Chi Minh City reached $1.7 billion in the first five months of 2019, up 5.8 percent from the same period last year.
-- Vinamilk, Vietnam’s biggest dairy producer, on Friday began the first phase of construction for an organic milk cow farming resort complex in the Lao province of Xiengkhouang.
-- The producers of Vietnamese Indie hit “The third wife,” which was withdrawn from Vietnam cinemas admidst child actress controversy earlier this week, were subject to an administrative fine of VND50 million (US$2,150) for “screening the film with different content from the approved one.”
-- “Hieu”, a 25-minute dark dramedy about a Vietnamese-American family directed by San Francisco-based filmmaker of Vietnamese descent Richard Van, won the second prize at the Cannes Film Festival’s top film school shorts awards Cinéfondation Selection on Friday.
-- Vietnam’s Under-23 will play a friendly against Myanmar U23s in the northern Vietnamese province of Phu Tho on June 7, with tickets available for online purchase from 10:00 am today, May 25.