• Want to avoid divorce? Here's when to get married

    by Kelly Putter

    You’re smart, right? You waited till your mid to late thirties to tie the knot after earning a post-secondary education, travelling some and getting a solid foothold in your career.

    Better hang on to that pre-nup.

    A new study flips conventional wisdom on its head by suggesting that those who marry older face a higher risk of divorce, according to a sociologist at the University of Utah whose data unearthed surprising results about marriage success and age.

    Nicholas H. Wolfinger found that people who marry after their early thirties are more likely to divorce than those who wed in their late twenties. While his data confirms the commonly held belief that getting hitched in your late teens and early twenties is a sure-fire ticket for failure, the finding that older brides and grooms are more likely to split is an eye opener.

    According to his numbers, once past the age of 32, the odds of divorce increase by five per cent per year of age at marriage. His analysis is from

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  • Reporters doing live TV hits are frequently video bombed by strangers from the public and, most often, the result isn’t hilarious.

    But in this case, two pranksters performing magic tricks during a live broadcast have won over the internet.

    Reporter Ashish Joshi, from Sky News, was completely oblivious to what was going on behind him while doing a live update in Westminster, England.  

    Standing outside the Houses of Parliament, Ashish was presenting on UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s latest National Health Service (NHS) reform plans.

    Meanwhile both magicians, Richard Young and Sam Strange, appear in the shot and make light of the whole situation. 

    In the YouTube video posted by Young and Strange, the two are seen doing a “shrinking man” illusion magic trick, which has since gone viral with over 100,000 views. 

    “We thought it might get a few hundred views!” the magicians told the Guardian. “Videobomb videos are boring, everyone just makes faces or waves to their mum, we wanted to try

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  • Celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner have helped raise awareness about transgender issues. (Getty Images)Celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner have helped raise awareness about transgender issues. (Getty Images)

    There are only two surgeons in all of Canada that specialize in complicated sex reassignment surgery, according to experts. And they both work at the same clinic in Montreal.

    Glowing news articles on celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner in recent months are certainly inspiring, but the reality for Canadians who identify as transgender is not quite as heart-warming.

    To be clear, not all people who identify as transgender want to undergo sex assignment surgery, but for those who do it’s a long, hard and often expensive process.

    Waiting a ‘really long time’

    “People have to wait a really long time,” said Jan Buterman, president of the Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA), in a phone interview with Yahoo Canada.

    Indeed, because there are so few doctors and surgeons specializing in the field there are really long wait times in Alberta, as well as in the other provinces and territories.

    Funding for the surgery was halted in Alberta in 2009, but reinstated in 2012 after a public outcry.

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  • The Rogers Centre is one venue where patrons have experienced difficulty with accessibility. (Getty Images)The Rogers Centre is one venue where patrons have experienced difficulty with accessibility. (Getty Images)

    As the PanAm Games draw to a close and Toronto prepares for the ParaPanAm Games to get underway, accessibility issues are leaving something to be desired for patrons with disabilities.

    Recently, Yahoo Canada highlighted how walker user Mary Penner lost out on her $150 accessible seats to the opening ceremonies because someone was already sitting in them and Global News reported the story of Joey Freeman, a man with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease who had to walk 400 metres from his parking spot to the Rogers Centre after finding no accessible parking close by for the Opening Ceremonies Dress Rehearsal.

    Then, when looking for an accessible entrance close to his seat, he was instructed by a PanAm volunteer to walk from one gate to another on the other side of the building and the route back to his car became just as circuitous.

    PanAm/ParaPanAm Games CEO Saad Rafi insists that both volunteers and staff received extensive training on accommodating people with disabilities. He

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  • Warning: If you haven’t cried yet today, this video may change that.

    The student chorus from PS22 on Staten Island performed a moving rendition of Martina McBride’s Grammy-nominated song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” for teacher Adriana Lopez, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

    “Because we were inspired by your fighting spirit, we wanted to give something back to you,” chorus director Gregg Breinberg told Lopez in the video.

    “When you feel lost and scared to death, like you can’t take one more step, just take my hand, together we can do it — I’m gonna love you through it,” sang the 5th-graders.

    “I want to thank you for this special moment,” Lopez said, after shedding more than a few tears. “It’s not easy, but I will get through it because I have wonderful friends at this school.”

    The PS22 Chorus has made quite the name for itself since its inception in 2000, having sung for everyone from Beyonce to President Obama to Stevie Nicks. The public school also recorded a

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  • Strangers stop mother’s car from being towed while she’s in the ER with her baby

    “It made a very tough and stressful situation a lot easier for me."

    (Photo credit: Facebook: Kaylee Katrine Goemans)(Photo credit: Facebook: Kaylee Katrine Goemans)

    When you’re facing an emergency at the hospital, the last thing you’re worried about is putting more money in the parking meter.

    And thanks to some understanding strangers, Kaylee Goemans didn’t have to.

    When Goemans rushed her six-month-old son to the emergency room in Barrie, Ontario, she paid for four hours parking, thinking she wouldn’t need any more time than that.

    The doctor had just called her to inform her that her son, Dominic, had complications due to an intestine disorder and urged her to get to the ER fast, reports TODAY.

    But once they arrived at, Goemans and her son were forced to wait three long hours for the doctor. 

    That’s when it donned on the 27-year-old that her parking meter would most likely run up before the visit was over.

    Goemans, who didn’t want to leave her sick son in order to top up the meter, took to Facebook in search of help.

    On a Facebook group for local mothers, Goemans reached out to ask strangers if they knew whether her car had been ticketed or

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  • REUTERS/Pilar OlivaresREUTERS/Pilar Olivares

    For all the parents who tell their kids to log off their devices and get outside – a new program may just keep them online a little longer.

    North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), an online school funded by the North Carolina General Assembly, is set to launch an online physical education class this coming school year.  

    How will it work?  

    “Teachers will provide video demonstration of a physical activity or sport, then students will practice those skills and build their own video portfolios to document their progress and display mastery,” a press release posted by the N.C. Department of Instruction explains.

    The online gym class will provide those students enrolled in the virtual school with a well-rounded education, says Karen Creech, an instructional director.

    “We knew there was a need to offer PE online, so we thought outside the box and came up with a program that we believe will give students a valuable high school physical education experience,” Creech told reporters.

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  • Florida woman wrestles with an alligator to save her dog

    “It was the dumbest, bravest thing I’ve ever done, but I wasn’t going to let her go.”

    There’s nothing this woman wouldn’t do for her beloved dog, even if it means risking her own life.

    Lori Beiswenger owns a golf course in Inverness, Florida, where alligators lurking in the water hazards are fairly common. But earlier this week, a gator on the course became much more than a simple occupational hazard. 

    According to ABC News, Beiswenger was out and about earlier this week, doing some gardening with her nine-year-old terrier-mix, Hope.  

    Beiswenger was working when she heard the dog frantically screaming and quickly noticed a seven-and-a-half foot gator pulling her dog into a nearby pond. 

    “I hear the most God awful, piercing scream that I have ever heard in my life,” she told ABC News.

    Instinct took over and Beiswenger jumped into action, leaping into the pond and grabbing the alligator by its tail with her bare hands.

    “I wasn’t thinking,” Beiswenger told WTSP 10 News. “It was the dumbest, bravest thing I’ve ever done, but I wasn’t going to let her go.”

    Beiswenger began

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  • At least there’s no backlog to deal with.

    Canada’s newest immigration scheme for wealthy international investors has proven so popular that just six – count ‘em, six -- people have signed up for it since it was launched in late January.

    The Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program was supposed to draw 60 well-heeled newcomers to Canada out of a pool of up to 500 eligible applicants. But an access to information request by a Vancouver immigration lawyer revealed only six applications had been received by June 8, even with repeated extensions of the original deadline first set for mid-February.

    Poor design is the reason for the collective yawn from potential applicants, says Richard Kurland, the lawyer who made the request at the urging of Jean-Francois Harvey, a fellow immigration lawyer now based in Asia.

    Ottawa policymakers, “built a mousetrap that doesn’t catch mice – and for good reason,” Kurland told Yahoo Canada. “It’s designed so that immigrants have a good chance of losing

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  • An aerial view shows the spill near the Nexen Energy's Long Lake oilsands facility. (Reuters)An aerial view shows the spill near the Nexen Energy's Long Lake oilsands facility. (Reuters)

    The recent spill of diluted oil sands bitumen after a pipeline break in northern Alberta has largely fallen off the news radar in most of Canada.

    It’s probably not surprising, given the remote location at Nexen Energy’s production site near Fort McMurray. If five million litres (about 30,000 Imperial barrels) of emulsion made up of bitumen, water and sand had created a small lake near, say, Calgary, it would be front-page news.

    Nonetheless, those who follow such things have taken note. The double-walled production pipeline was only about a year old and supposedly had the latest leak-detection technology. Both apparently failed; it was a Nexen worker who happened to be in the area who spotted the spill.

    The embattled energy industry can ill afford another black mark. It’s already tough enough  to sell Canadians on the idea of more pipelines to pump large quantities of bitumen diluted with solvents (known as diluent) through pipelines headed west to the B.C. coast, east through central

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