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2006-02-09 09:44:02

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Baseball and softball's bids to get on the program of the London 2012 Olympics failed on Thursday. International Olympic Committee members voted against even holding a ballot to decide their re-admission to the Olympic program. The two sports were thrown off the program after a vote at the Singapore Session last year, becoming the first to be cut from the Games since polo in 1936. The refusal to reconsider the sports means London will stage a...

2006-02-08 15:10:04

By Karolos Grohmann TURIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is to investigate whether South Korean member Park Yong-sung has violated its ethics code following his conviction for embezzlement in Seoul on Wednesday. Park, who became an IOC member in 2002, could be expelled from the IOC if the Ethics Commission rules his conviction has compromised his position with the international body. Park, a prominent businessman and president of the International Judo Federation,...

2006-02-08 12:36:44

TURIN (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee is to investigate whether South Korean member Park Yong-sung has violated its ethics code following his conviction for embezzlement in Seoul on Wednesday. Park could be expelled from the IOC if the Ethics Commission rules his conviction for financial improprieties has compromised his position with the international body. Park, a prominent businessman and president of the International Judo Federation, was found guilty on Wednesday...

2006-02-06 14:08:05

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Softball could be in line for an 11th-hour reprieve and restored to the Olympic program after being axed from the London 2012 Games last year. Former International Olympic Committee vice-president Anita DeFrantz told reporters on Monday that she would be rallying her fellow members at this week's Session to restore softball. Its only hope is if IOC members vote the sport back in. IOC president Jacques Rogge said on Monday that if this did not happen...

2006-02-05 11:37:32

By Ossian Shine TURIN (Reuters) - Softball and baseball's hopes of returning as Olympic sports at the 2012 Games suffered a blow on Sunday when it was revealed the topic was not even on the agenda for discussion by IOC members. The sports' only hope for readmission to the London 2012 program after being axed from the Olympic list last year is if IOC members vote them back on at their Session in Turin next week. However, IOC director of communications Giselle Davies said on Sunday...

2005-12-26 04:05:00

BEIJING -- Beijing's Olympic marketing campaign is going so well that the 2008 Games could generate millions of dollars in profits, state media said on Monday. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) expected Beijing to surpass Los Angeles's 1984 Olympic profit record of $220 million. Chinese organizers had set a more modest profit target of $16 million, Xinhua news agency reported. Since the Los Angeles Games, most hosts have struggled even to break even as the costs of running the...

2005-11-23 13:25:07

Researchers at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) have developed a new machine that can reveal how electrons behave inside a single nano-object. The results from initial tests on pyramidal gallium-arsenide quantum dots are presented in an article in the November 24 issue of Nature. Hiding in the lab behind a dramatic black curtain, the hardware setup is not particularly imposing. It doesn't look expensive. Nonetheless, this machine in EPFL's Laboratory of quantum...

2005-10-27 09:19:10

By Ossian Shine LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) drew a line under the Jerome Young doping saga on Thursday and demanded he return his gold medal. "The athlete...is disqualified from the 4x400 men's relay event of the Games...in Sydney," a statement said. "The United States Olympic Committee is ordered to return to the IOC the medal and diploma awarded to Mr Young for the 4x400 men's relay event." The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)...

2005-10-27 08:52:42

By Ossian Shine LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - A bid to introduce women's boxing at the 2008 Beijing Games was rejected by the International Olympic Committee on Thursday. But the IOC continued its drive to increase the number of women competitors by raising participation in other sports. Women's teams were increased from 10 to 12 in soccer, hockey and handball while a women's 3,000 meters steeplechase will also be added to the program. An open water 10km swimming race for men...

2005-10-26 08:21:48

By Ossian Shine LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Edgy athletes fearing a cull of sports from the Olympic program want the International Olympic Committee to raise the minimum number of sports needed to stage a Summer Games from 15 to 25. The Athens Games in 2004 showcased 28 sports, the maximum permitted under IOC rules. But at the IOC's Session in Singapore in July softball and baseball were slung off the program, the first sports to be cut from the Games since polo was axed in...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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