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27/02/2008 12:01:17

Bayliss plans fitting finale at Phillip Island
WINNERS are grinners and Troy Bayliss was in a relaxed frame of mind in Melbourne yesterday as he basked in his first-round victory in the World Superbike Championship.
His dream of a third world championship in his farewell season almost turned into a nightmare early last month when he broke his collarbone during pre-season testing at Phillip Island.
The Island is the venue for the second round of the series, and the Ducati racer is quietly confident of farewelling his fans by sweeping both races on Sunday.
"I feel OK and we were quick there in testing, so it's something I know is possible," Bayliss said.
"The only thing I'm not hoping for is rain - we've done no testing on the bike (a Ducati 1098) in the rain."
Win or lose, Bayliss is adamant this is the last time he will race a motorbike in Australia.
"When I walk away at the end of the year, I won't race a motorbike again," he said.
"Knowing it's the last race in front of my home crowd will be special. I think it will definitely give me a bit more motivation."
Despite his confidence - and familiarity with the circuit - Bayliss said he was four weeks off being fully fit.
"I went for a swim - tried to go for a swim with my kids yesterday," he said.
"It's all right to ride with my arms like this," he added, setting his hands on the bars of a virtual Ducati, "but not to move it above the shoulder."
The 38-year-old Monaco resident rates the Yamaha pair of fellow Australian Troy Corser and Japan's Nori Haga as the riders to watch.
"They've both been consistently quick at every track we tested on and Troy took the Superpole (last weekend)," Bayliss said.
"I was actually sitting on the grid in the first race and wondering how quickly they'd clear off. They did, but then they dropped back to us when their tyres went off.
"In the second race Troy just chose the wrong compound, so he'll be back this weekend."
Corser, a seven-time world superbike race winner at Phillip Island, is fifth in the championship after finishing third and seventh last weekend.

19/02/2008 16:47:21

F Word

With our release of the F Word series 3 on March 10th, here are a few facts about Gordon Ramsay:

*Gordon James Ramsay,
OBE (born November 8, 1966) is a Celebrity chef, television personality and entrepreneur.

*He has 12
Michelin stars and is currently one of only three chefs in the UK whose restaurant is rated 3 Michelin stars.

*Ramsay was actively scouted by Scottish football club,
Rangers , the club he supported as a boy, but when he seriously injured his knee during training he was unable to play professionally again.

*In September
2006 , he was named as the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry in the annual Caterersearch 100 list, published by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine. He overtook Jamie Oliver , who had been top of the list in 2005 .

*Ramsay married Cayetana Elizabeth Hutcheson (known as Tana), a Montessori -trained schoolteacher, in 1996 . The couple have four children: Megan, twins Jack and Holly, and Matilda. Ramsay's father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, is responsible for the business operations of Ramsay's restaurant empire.

19/02/2008 15:16:01
With so many great titles, it's hard to know which one to choose, so we have created the IMC top ten, a list of our best selling titles for this month.

1. Weight Loss Without Diet

2. F Word Series 1 & 2 Box set

3. Stop Smoking Within One Hour

4. Spartans – The Last Stand of the 300

5. Learners

6. Look Years Younger Naturally

7. Fabulous Four

8. George Best Remembered

9. Spartans – The Rise & Fall

10. Pilates Gymball

18/02/2008 14:19:04

US predicts polar bear meltdown

Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be gone by the middle of the century, says a US government agency.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) says parts of the Arctic are losing summer ice so fast that no bears will be able to live there within several decades.

The US government commissioned the study to assess whether polar bears should be protected under the national Endangered Species Act.
Its decision is due in January 2008. The species (Ursus maritimus) is classified as Vulnerable to extinction on the internationally acknowledged Red List of Threatened Species.
The USGS surveyed evidence on the decline of Arctic summer ice, which has accelerated in the last decade, and the projections of climate models.

Based on this, they concluded that some areas where polar bears now roam, such as the Barents Sea north of Norway and Russia, would be unable to support the animals at all by the middle of the century. The bears might persist in other regions; but about 40% of the summer habitat will be gone by 2050, and with it, two-thirds of the current population, the USGS concludes

Scientists at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said Arctic summer ice was almost 30% below the long-term average, and predicted 2007 would show the lowest ice cover on record. Polar bears use ice as a hunting base. The Center has petitioned the US to list the polar bear as an endangered species, which would oblige the government to protect it. Campaigners believe this would mean curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

As the USGS report came out, the US administration was negotiating the "Sydney Declaration", a document on climate change, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum in Australia. The deal aims to reduce the rate of growth of greenhouse gas emissions on a voluntary basis. 

* In the wild - Polar bears with Ewan Mcregor - 20% off

14/02/2008 12:46:05
Four of Hollywood's biggest stars have taken out adverts in US trade papers urging their leaders to start contract talks in a bid to avert a strike.

Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro want the Screen Actors Guild to negotiate with studios over a contract which ends on 30 June.Their call comes as US writers begin to return to work after they voted to end a three-month strike.
Networks have started to announce the return of shows halted by the strike.TV and film writers are now returning to work after the WGA's back-to-work order was approved by 92.5% of the 3,775 members who voted on the deal struck by leaders at the weekend. But it will take weeks for the TV industry, in particular, to mobilise while new material is prepared.

Network CBS has announced that a number of its most popular dramas, including Cold Case, Criminal Minds and Without a Trace, will be back on air by early April.
NBC's superhero series Heroes is expected to stay off air in the US until autumn for that reason. Fox thriller 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland as agent Jack Bauer, is now scheduled to begin in January 2009 so that all 24 episodes can be shown in full.