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In Brief: Music firm's web fight delayed

AN action by music companies trying to block access by Irish internet users to the free file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been adjourned for a month at the Commercial Court.

Four companies last December initiated the case against five internet service providers aimed at requiring them to block or disable access by their subscribers to Pirate Bay and related sites. The action is by EMI, Sony, Warner Music and Universal, and is against UPC, Imagine, Vodafone, Digiweb and Hutchison 3G Ltd.

Sanders' wife files for divorce

Rupert Sanders' wife has filed for divorce five months after it was revealed the director had a brief affair with actress Kristen Stewart.

Liberty Ross, Sanders' wife of more than nine years, filed for divorce on Friday in Los Angeles citing irreconcilable differences for the couple's breakup. They have two children.

The model-actress is seeking joint custody of the children and spousal support from Sanders.

34pc halt fitness bid in February

A third of people stop their New Year's fitness regime after just one month, new figures show.

After 30 days of exercise, 34pc of people who started a fitness drive in January last year gave up.

Common excuses for hanging up running shoes were loss of interest, a lack of time and unwillingness to exercise in the cold weather.

"Physios recommend that exercising little and often is the best way to start an exercise regime," a spokesman for the UK-based poll said.

Morrissey pulls out with ulcers

Former Smiths frontman Morrissey has postponed a series of concerts due to a bleeding ulcer.

The 53-year-old singer was forced to cancel six shows on his US tour as he required hospital treatment.

His spokeswoman Lauren Papapietro said: "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time.

"Morrissey apologises greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour."