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February 18, 2006

H5N1 confirmed in France

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H5N1 confirmed in France

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The strain of bird flu lethal to humans, H5N1, has been confirmed to have infected a dead wild duck, found on Monday, in marshland near Lyon in the east of France. France is the seventh country in the European Union to suffer this virus; following Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece and Italy. Suspected cases of H5N1 in Croatia and Denmark remain unconfirmed.

Globally, The H5N1 strain has infected 171 people, and killed 93 of them, since 2003.

Emergency measures

A 3 km (2 mi) safety area has been set-up from the area in which the bird died. In accordance with EU guidelines, vets will check all the birds in this zone. Surveillance has increased on wild birds within 10 km (6 mi).

In an attempt to address the public concern, a telephone line and website has been set-up. This notifies them not to touch dead birds, but to report them straight away to the authorities.

France, as the largest producer of poultry in Europe, already has farmers worrying about their livelihood; despite the fact the avian flu has not affected any of the nation’s poultry. If the disease transfers to poultry, the transport of poultry can be restricted.

Further tests have been done on two ducks that have died in the Somme region in the north of France.

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August 15, 2005

Chelsea signs Essien for £26 million

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Chelsea signs Essien for £26 million

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Michael Essien will sign a contract worth £26 million (US$47 million, €38 million) with the London football club Chelsea. The record-breaking offer from Chelsea was accepted by the French club Lyon on Monday. Several of Chelsea’s previous offers were rejected.

Essien, the 22-year old Ghanian midlfielder, did not sign the 5-year contract on Tuesday as planned, because Lyon delayed sending the necessary forms to complete the transfer. Lyon will receive Chelsea player Tiago along with the payment worth one third of Lyon’s budget.

Essien will likely now arrive in London on Wednesday or Thursday for his medical.

Bernard Lacombe, a Lyon representative, describes playing in England as Essien’s “dream”. Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas characterizes the loss of Essien as “a wrench but for the club this is a good deal”.



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December 17, 2004

Draw for Champions League round of 16 made

Draw for Champions League round of 16 made

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Friday, December 17, 2004

NYON, SWITZERLAND – The draw for the first knockout round of the Champions League proper has been made today at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland. In perhaps the tie of the round the league leaders of the Premier League and La Liga, Chelsea and Barcelona, have been drawn together.

Here is the complete draw:

Real Madrid v. Juventus
FC Porto v. Inter Milan
Barcelona v. Chelsea
Werder Bremen v. Lyon
Liverpool v. Bayer Leverkusen
PSV v. Monaco
Manchester United v. AC Milan
Bayern Munich v. Arsenal

The teams listed first will play their home game first. The first leg matches will be played on February 22/23, with the return games played on March 8/9. The FC Porto-Inter Milan second leg will be played on March 15 due to UEFA rules saying that a stadium cannot be used to host two games on consecutive days; Inter share their San Siro ground with AC Milan



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