Latest Shuttlecock Stories

2009-02-23 07:00:00

HONG KONG, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The global trade in sports balls may have taken a dramatic bounce for the better because of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, according to data collected by Alibaba.com (HKSE: 1688; 1688.HK), the world's largest business-to-business e-commerce company. Despite the downturn in the worldwide economy, interest in sports showed a significant upturn according to the figures revealed by search requests made on the online international marketplace. Soccer...

2006-03-13 20:25:00

By Catherine Hornby LONDON (Reuters) - The feathers of the badminton world are being ruffled by the threat of bird flu. Shortages of goose feathers in China and tightened manufacturing regulations are pushing up prices of shuttlecocks, the feathered projectiles hit over the net in badminton. The H5N1 epidemic has added to long-term concerns about the supply chain of feathers because it has led to the culling or deaths of some 200 million birds since late 2003. "It (bird flu) has put more...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.