Guide to leading successful fundraising teams published 219 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 220 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Former fundraising director Carla Miller has published a guide to how to lead successful fundraising teams. “Leading Successful Fundraising Teams” is now available as a Kindle book on the Amazon store. The book explains how to get the most from your team and influence colleagues, including trustees and the CEO. It is aimed at new managers, heads of team and directors.Miller conducted interviews with seven leader Fundraising Directors, including Mark Astarita OBE of British Red Cross, Catherine Miles of Breast Cancer Now and Kate Collins of Teenage Cancer Trust. The book includes their experiences and advice on leadership skills ranging from team building to developing strategies.Miller, who coaches leaders in the sector, explains why she wrote the book. She said:“My first couple of years as a manager were rocky. I made more than my fair share of mistakes but I also had great role models to learn from. And I was constantly observing and learning. What worked? What didn’t and why? How do you build trust and respect and how do you tackle difficult situations?Carla Miller“You couldn’t find that information in textbooks or on training courses and how I wished you could – it would have saved me a lot of time and energy. I wrote this book to provide that information to others, drawing on my experience as a leader and coach but also asking the fundraising leaders that inspired me what they’d learnt along the way. Together we’ve created what I hope will be a really valuable resource for the sector.”The book’s publication has attracted positive responses. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: leadership Management Howard Lake | 28 July 2017 | News “Hugely recommend reading @carlacharity’s newly published book on Leading Successful Fundraising Teams. So much useful content in there for anyone stepping up to manage a new team or taking their first Head/Director role in the sector.”Nick Billingham, Charity People.The 244-page Leading Successful Fundraising Teams is available from Amazon for £5.99.
Activists celebrate release from jail; Scott Williams, second from right.WW photo: Joseph PiettePhiladelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey and District Attorney Seth Williams planned to address a local Town Hall on March 19 with the intention of whitewashing recent police killings which have led to the movement against police brutality rocking the city and the country.Before the event could start, however, around 40 demonstrators from the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice as well as Action against Black Genocide, the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee and others confronted these establishment figures with chants of “No justice, no peace, no racist police!”When the protesters stepped in front of the speakers, top civilian affairs police started aggressively pushing them. The scene erupted as more police attacked protesters, trying to start fights. Leading activists, including some who had not even been at the front of the crowd, were arrested.This explosion of violence by the police was posted immediately on the Internet. Media from across the U.S. showed that the people of Philadelphia have a serious problem with police racism and corruption.The Black Lives Matter Movement in Philadelphia has been taking on one of the country’s most notoriously racist, corrupt and violent police organizations. Earlier that day, DA Williams had announced that the city would not be pressing charges against any Philadelphia police officers in the Dec. 15, 2014, police killing of Brandon Tate-Brown.The incident, involving two cops who shot Tate-Brown in the back of the head after pulling him over in the middle of the night — he was “driving while Black” — led to organizing by the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice, along with Tate-Brown’s mother, Tonya Brown.Police Chief Ramsey, who is currently President Obama’s “Top Cop” and leader of Washington’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, has refused to release the tapes in the case of Brandon Tate-Brown. He also refuses to identify the police officers who killed Tate-Brown. Rather, Ramsey has attempted to pacify the movement through “soft” policing: using informants, a strong police presence and civilian affairs officers who try to befriend demonstrators. This is so he won’t have to arrest demonstrators and can keep his image as a progressive police chief.While he has built the image of the ultimate “good cop,” Ramsey’s history is quite the opposite. As police chief in Washington, D.C., Ramsey led illegal mass arrests of thousands of protesters in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Since taking over the Philadelphia police in 2008, he has trained 1,500 in the use of AR-15 assault rifles. That means the Philly police are ready at any moment to wage war against this majority-Black city, which the Philadelphia Inquirer describes as “the poorest big city in America.”Arrests in tradition of racist RizzoThe Philadelphia police are historically a violent, criminal organization that crushes its opposition. Frank Rizzo, the right-wing police chief-turned-mayor in the 1960s and 1970s, used terror against the Black Panthers, anti-war activists and anyone building a strong political movement on the left.Rizzo’s legacy is not a thing of the past. In the 1980s, the Philly police framed Mumia Abu-Jamal and tried to legally lynch him through the courts. In 1979 and 1985, the Philly police laid siege to the MOVE organization’s headquarters. On May 13, 1985, they shot over 1,000 rounds of ammunition and dropped explosives on the MOVE house from helicopters, eventually killing 11 people and burning down 65 houses in West Philadelphia.The vicious machinations of the Philadelphia police did not end 30 years ago. Heavy repression in the buildup to the 2000 Republican Convention, the November 2011 eviction of Occupy Philadelphia and the current attack on the Black Lives Matter movement proves that the Philadelphia police — no matter how progressive their leadership wants to appear — is still a wildly repressive, anti-democratic organization.In response to the latest incident, the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice immediately released a statement condemning the police violence. “This is just another example of cops abusing their power. We have the right to peacefully assemble and question those in positions of power. Tonight, Philly police responded with arrests and threats of arrest,” said Deandra Jefferson.The Philly Coalition for REAL Justice is demanding the release of the name of the officer who shot Brandon Tate-Brown and of the police tapes that show the killing, as well as that all charges be dropped against those arrested.The movement against racist police brutality will continue until the killer cops are jailed and justice is won for Brandon Tate-Brown and all victims of police brutality. Now the struggle includes justice for the “Philly 10” and all those whose democratic rights are stolen and abused by police.Williams is one of the 10 people targeted and arrested by Philadelphia police at the March 19 Town Hall.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNews By admin – August 9, 2016 A Donegal Senator has claimed that there are more than 15,000 Donegal people on hospital waiting lists.Out of the 15,000, almost 4,500 of whom have been waiting for more than 9 monthsSenator Padraig MacLochlainn says it has been well documented that Letterkenny University Hospital has been seriously neglected through the years.He is demanding a clear plan from Government for investment in the public health system to address this ongoing crisis:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/padraighhospitals.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Pinterest Over 15,000 on Donegal’s hospital waiting lists – Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+ Facebook Previous articleRoad closed following two vehicle collision near LettermacawardNext articleIreland defeat England B at home International Snooker tournament in leeds admin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th
No Rationale In Retiring High Court Judges At 62; Increase Number Of Working Days Of Judges To Combat Pendency: Parliamentary Standing Committee
News UpdatesNo Rationale In Retiring High Court Judges At 62; Increase Number Of Working Days Of Judges To Combat Pendency: Parliamentary Standing Committee Akshita Saxena16 March 2021 10:33 PMShare This – xGiven the mounting pendency of cases in Indian High Courts and the time taken by the authorities in appointment of Judges, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has expressed that there is a need to revisit the age of retirement of High Court judges. In the 107th Report on Demand for Grants for the Law Ministry for 2020-2021,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginGiven the mounting pendency of cases in Indian High Courts and the time taken by the authorities in appointment of Judges, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice has expressed that there is a need to revisit the age of retirement of High Court judges. In the 107th Report on Demand for Grants for the Law Ministry for 2020-2021, the Committee chaired by BJP MP Bhupendar Yadav, and composed by 27 other MPs as its members including Senior Advocates Vivek Tanka and P Wilson said, “When Judges of Supreme Court can work upto 65 years of age, there is no rationale in retiring the High Court Judges at 62, and therefore, reiterates and recommends the [Law & Justice] Department to raise the age of retirement of High Courts judges from 62 to 65 years so that there is uniform age of retirement in both Supreme Court and High Courts.”[In June 2019, then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had requested the Prime Minister to take steps to raise the retirement of High Court judges as 65 years.] It may be noted that the retirement age in different Tribunals has also been increased up to 70 years for Chairman and 65 years for Members. In its report, the Committee expressed concern over the declining rate of judicial appointments in the country, invariably leading to increased number of pending cases. As per the data supplied by the Committee: Appointment of High Court judges has gone down from 126 in 2016 to only 66 in the year 2020, which is a decrease of 52 percent (approx.) over appointment made in the year 2016.4 High Courts including the those at Gauhati, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand were functioning without a Chief Justice as on December 31, 2020.In High Courts, approximately 39% posts of Judges are vacant.As against the approved strength of 1080 Judges in High Courts, only 661 are in position with 419 vacancies.Highest numbers of judges’ vacancies are in the High Court of Allahabad (64), Calcutta (40), Punjab and Haryana (37), Delhi (31), Patna (31) and Bombay (30). As against the retirement of 69 High Court judges in the year 2020, only 66 Judges were appointed in various High CourtsAs compared to February 1, 2020, the vacancy positions of Judges increased by 2.09% as on February 1, 2021— which is 5.63% in the Allahabad High Court, 11.11% in the Calcutta High Court, 7.54% in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, 7.55% in the Patna High Court and 8.24% in the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The Committee notes several reasons for decline in the appointment rate such as time line for appointments are rarely adhered to by the Executive and the Judiciary. For instance, the Committee noted— High Courts are not initiating the proposal for appointment of Judges as per the Memorandum of Procedure; there is a delay upto 6 years in some High Courts in filling the vacancies. [As against 419 vacancies in the High Courts, 208 recommendations were received by the Law and Justice Department and 211 recommendations are yet to be received from High Courts Collegiums.] Overall, the average time taken for appointment of Judges in High Courts is between 5-7 months! Another reason for the delay is high rate of rejection by the Collegiums. In this context the Committee noted that the Supreme Court Collegium rejects about 40-50% recommendations made by the High Court Collegiums. In this backdrop the Report stated, “The Committee notes that there are still a large number of vacancies of Judges in High Courts. The Committee had also taken note of the problem in its previous Reports. It is of the view that justice delivery system in the country is moving towards a stage, where both vacancy positions of judges and pendency of cases are increasing year after year and this state of affairs may erode the trust of public on the justice delivery system. The Committee strongly recommends that existing vacancy positions of judges need to be filled up immediately and the vacancies arising in future should be filled strictly as per the extant guidelines. The Committee also recommends the Department to request all the stakeholders, including High Court Collegiums, to expedite the process of initiation of recommendations so that appointments are not delayed.” With respect to Supreme Court, the Committee has informed that about 12% posts of Judges remain vacant. On top of it, as against retirement of 3 Judges in the year 2020, no appointment has been made. Also Read: Over 400 Judicial Vacancies In Indian High Courts; Four In Supreme Court And 31 In Delhi HC: Law Ministry Tells Lok Sabha Regional Supreme Court Benches In the instant report, the Committee has reiterated the need for setting up of Supreme Court Benches in other parts of the country, with a view to providing justice to the poor, for whom it is impossible to visit the national capital. It said, “This Committee in its Second, Sixth, Fifteenth, Twentieth and Twenty Sixth Reports on the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Law and Justice had recommended for setting up of Benches of the Supreme Court in Southern, Western and Eastern parts of the country on the premise that it is not possible for the people living in far-flung and remote areas to come to the National Capital for seeking justice for various reasons. The Committee directs the Department to submit its considered view on the matter for its consideration.” Related Reports: Vice President Bats For Regional Benches Of Supreme CourtAmend Article 130 To Establish Regional Benches of SC: Sr Adv P Wilson Writes To Law Minister RS PrasadIdea Of Establishment Of SC Bench Outside Delhi Has Not Found Favour With Supreme Court: Law Ministry Pendency As per the data supplied by the Committee, there are 4.34 crore cases pending in country, which includes 3.77 crore in Subordinate Courts, 57 lakh (approx.) in High Courts and 66,000 (approx.) in the Supreme Court as on 28th February, 2021. Members of the Committee felt that the huge pendency of cases at all levels of judicial hierarchy can be dealt by increasing the number of working days of judges. Socio-economic diversity on Bench The Committee has expressed an opinion that composition of higher judiciary should reflect the socio-economic diversity and inclusiveness and accordingly, it has recommended that the Department should submit its considered view to the Committee on the matter such as social diversity statistics in the appointment in Higher Judiciary to provide effective representation. Also Read: Govt Has Requested To Consider Members From SC/ ST/ OBC Communities, Minorities & Women For Appointment as HC Judges: Law Ministry Note: The Department of Justice has been allocated Rs. 1266.42 crore for the coming Financial Year, which also includes provision of Rs. 200 crore under National Mission for Safety of Women for establishment of Fast Track Special Courts. Click Here To Read/ Download Full ReportNext Story
Don McClean, famous for the song “American Pie,” is new to the summer concerts at the Music Pier. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City) Ocean City’s popular Summer Concert Series on the Music Pier announces two new acts for the 2020 season: Don McLean with opening act Al Stewart (August 17) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 6).Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 for both these shows with a special pre-sale (use code BRE) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.McLean is best known for his eight-and-a-half minute epic sing-along “American Pie,” and Stewart hit it big in the 1970s with tracks like “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages.” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are icons of the Jersey Shore music scene and are still rocking with soulful guitars and blistering horns.The Summer Concert Series is nearly complete, and tickets are on sale now for eight different shows. The series brings popular rock and contemporary music acts to the stage usually on Monday nights throughout the summer.Performer Al Stewart will open for Don McClean. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)Ticket sales are open for the following shows: Get The Led Out: A perennial favorite tribute to Led Zeppelin. 7 p.m. Monday, June 22. Tickets Los Lobos and Alejandro Escovedo: This L.A. band blends rock, Tex-Mex, zydeco and blues with hits like “La Bamba”. 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Tickets Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie: Two folk legends share the stage in Ocean City. 7 p.m. Monday, June 29. Tickets Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Jersey Shore rockers return to the Music Pier after a sold-out show in 2017. 7 p.m. Monday, July 6. TicketsKiller Queen: The premier Queen tribute featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury. 7 p.m. Monday, July 13. TicketsStraight No Chaser: An a cappella group with a wide repertoire and viral appeal. 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 20. TicketsDon McLean with special guest Al Stewart: Two iconic songwriters team up to bring back songs from the ’70s and more. 7 p.m. Monday, August 17. TicketsMarshall Tucker Band and Pure Prairie League: Bands who helped invent Southern rock and country rock. 7 p.m. Monday, August 24. TicketsTickets for these shows are available only through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. If these shows are not sold out before then, a limited number of tickets may be available through the Music Pier Box Office in the spring. The Music Pier is on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace.The fashion show is April 3.TICKETS ON SALE FOR GIRLS WEEKEND FASHION SHOWTickets are on sale now for the popular annual Girls Weekend Fashion Show. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and this year moves to a larger venue at PLAAY Fitness and Yoga at 910 Asbury Avenue.The event features clothes and accessories for sale in Ocean City’s retail shops and modeled by locals of all ages, including members of City Council. The lighthearted event will be catered by local restaurants. Advance tickets ($20) are required. They will be for sale:At the Route 52 Causeway Welcome CenterAt the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street entrance at 861 Asbury Avenue)At Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), Making Waves (836 Asbury Ave.), 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.) or the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.)Online through the Girls Weekend Blog: www.oceancityvacation.com/blog/girlsweekend2020.Hotel and accommodations specials have been announced, and classes and activities will be following in the next few weeks. Follow updates on the Girls Weekend Facebook event page or on the event blog at oceancityvacation.com.ALSO COMING UP MARKET MADNESS (March 7): Boardwalk and downtown merchants in Ocean City will offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions at a new event planned for Saturday, March 7. “Market Madness” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel. Parking will be free, and food will be available for purchase a la carte.U.S. AIR FORCE BAND (March 15): Enjoy a free concert by the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. The show will feature orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements. You must reserve tickets for this free concert by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, stopping by an Ocean City Welcome Center or calling 609-399-6111. General admission seating. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
Greencore has announced it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods, following an announcement last week that it was still considering its options.In November 2010, food manufacturers Greencore and Northern Foods agreed on the terms of a recommended merger, which would have seen the creation of one of the largest convenience food businesses in the UK and Ireland.However a counter bid by Boparan Holdings was subsequently backed by the board at Northern Foods over the Greencore deal.In January the boards of BH Acquisitions (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boparan Holdings Limited) and Northern Foods announced that they had reached agreement on the terms of a unanimously recommended cash offer of 73 pence per Northern Foods share, to acquire the entire issued, and to be issued, ordinary share capital of Northern Foods.Greencore said that, over the past few weeks, it had been working with a partner in order to agree a simultaneous sale of certain Northern Foods branded businesses, which was intended to provide funding and allow Greencore to acquire only the parts of the Northern Foods business with the greatest synergy potential.“This relatively complex structure required a range of stakeholders to reach agreement,” explained Greencore. “However, after substantial investigation, the board has determined that an improved offer could not be concluded on terms which would deliver sufficiently strong returns to Greencore shareholders.”As of 2 March, Boparan had received valid acceptances from Northern Foods’ shareholders in respect of 107,933,805 Northern Foods shares, which represents approximately 23.03% of the existing issued ordinary share capital of the firm.>>Greencore’s food-to-go sales up>>Northern awaits Boparan bid details>>Northern Foods and Greencore announce merger
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) The White House / Tia Dufour WASHINGTON – A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has been arrested at the New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. Her name was not immediately released.The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials.The officials were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. There have been several prior instances in which U.S. officials have been targeted with ricin sent through the mail.A Navy veteran was arrested in 2018 and confessed to sending envelopes to Trump and members of his administration that contained the substance from which ricin is derived. The letters were intercepted, and no one was hurt.In 2014, a Mississippi man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after sending letters dusted with ricin to President Barack Obama and other officials.
This is not to be missed! For one-night-only, Harry Connick, Jr. will be performing in concert at Lincoln Center. Tickets are now available to see the Grammy and Emmy winner and Tony nominee at Avery Fisher Hall on March 7, 2015. The show marks Connick’s return to the New York stage since his sold out two-week concert run at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theater in July 2010. The concert will feature music from Connick’s vast musical catalog, including songs from his most recent releases Smokey Mary and Every Man Should Know. To date, Connick has released 29 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and garnered sales of 28 million. In addition to his prolific music career, Connick was seen on Broadway in the smash hit and Tony Award winning musical The Pajama Game, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. Connick recently returned for a second year as judge on American Idol, with season 14 of the show premiering in January 2015. View Comments
Vermont Department of Employment & TrainingVermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted) January 2003 December 2002 January 2002Total Labor Force 351,600 351,900 345,500 Employment 337,400 338,700 332,600 Unemployment 14,300 13,200 12,900 Rate (%) 4.1 3.7 3.7Montpelier – The Department of Employment and Training recently announced aseasonally adjusted state unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for January, an increase offour tenths of a percentage point from the revised December estimate. The comparablenational rate was 5.7 percent, down three tenths of a point from the prior month.Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 13 labor market areas ranged from 2.2 percent inHartford, to 8.4 percent in Newport. Labor market area rates are not seasonally adjusted;for comparison, the unadjusted rate for Vermont was 4.1 percent.”Modest improvement in our job statistics provided a positive sign in January butnational economic conditions remained uninspiring,” said Anne V. Ginevan,Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Training. “Unemployment isgenerally higher than a year ago according to our latest estimates.”The Department revised its preliminary unemployment and job estimates for 2002according to the requirements of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This procedure isused each year to incorporate the latest information in the monthly estimates. The reviseddata indicates Vermont’s unemployment rate was generally lower in the last six monthsof 2002 than originally estimated. The increase from the revised December 2002unemployment rate to the January 2003 rate reflects, at least partly, some differences inthe estimation process.Seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs jumped 2,500 in January (see graph). Government educationemployment appeared to decline less than usual during the break in the school year; thusprompting an increase in the seasonally adjusted statistics. Private educational institutionsalso contributed to the surge. School calendar effects are temporary and usually offset thenext month, or soon thereafter. Retail trade experienced a modest improvement inJanuary, despite the usual cutbacks after the holiday season. Retail employment appearedless robust than usual in December and apparently the cuts were more modest in January.The detailed, unadjusted nonfarm jobs total fell by more than 5,000 due to seasonallayoffs in education, retail, construction and manufacturing. The net decline in jobs,however, was the smallest for January in at least 13 years. Leisure and hospitalityprovided a significant employment boost, although it was less than last year at this time.
May 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia announced today that a 5-year-old girl died of H5N1 avian influenza, while a hospital official in Vietnam reported that a 30-year-old man is being treated for the disease, apparently marking the country’s first human case in a year and a half.Joko Suyono of the Indonesian health ministry’s avian flu center said the young girl died on May 17, according to a Xinhua news report today. She was taken to a doctor on May 8 and was hospitalized May 15 in Solo, Central Java, the report said.The girl reportedly had contact with infected birds, health ministry official Muhammad Nadhirin told the Associated Press (AP) today. About 20 birds had recently died near her home, the AP report said.If her case is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will be listed as Indonesia’s 97th case-patient and 77th fatality. Indonesia leads the world in the number of human H5N1 cases and deaths.The WHO announced May 16 that it would accept H5N1 test results from Indonesia’s newly accredited national laboratory. Before that, the agency had refused to confirm any cases reported by Indonesia since late January, because the country had stopped sending viruses to WHO collaborating labs in December.Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man from Vietnam’s northern province of Vinh Phuc, about 35 miles from Hanoi, tested positive for H5N1 infection at a Hanoi hospital, where he continues to be treated, the AP reported today. Tran Quy, director of Bach Mai hospital, told the AP the man tested positive 3 days ago.Samples from the patient will be shipped to a WHO lab for analysis, said Hans Troedsson, a WHO official in Vietnam, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report today. Vietnam’s hasn’t had a human H5N1 case since November 2005, but Troedsson said the case is “not really a surprise,” given the known risk of H5N1 transmission from birds to humans.Quy told the AP, “The man is in a critical condition. He has a high fever, difficulty breathing, coughing, and the x-ray of his lung was completely white. All of these are typical bird flu symptoms.”The man was hospitalized last week; relatives reported he fell ill after helping prepare chickens for a wedding reception.If his infection is confirmed, it will be the country’s 94th case. With 93 confirmed cases and 42 deaths, Vietnam has the world’s second highest H5N1 toll.Vietnam had a lull in human cases and poultry outbreaks through most of 2006, during which the country was praised for its H5N1 virus control efforts. The virus resurfaced among ducks in several central Mekong Delta and central provinces in December and January. In early May the country began reporting a new rash of poultry outbreaks throughout the country.