From People By Jed Dreben and Stephen M. Silverman First Rachel McAdams told Elle that her boyfriend influenced her film choices – and now Ryan Gosling has returned the compliment. "She's kind. She doesn't need any help from me. She's inspired me to do so much as well," Gosling, 26, said Sunday when asked about McAdams's comments at a junket for his new thriller Fracture. McAdams, 30, told the magazine's April issue that her beau – and costar in 2004's The Notebook – "never does the same thing twice. He's very brave." Tango’s Take
From The Brunei Times By Debbie Too A FIRM that offers help to couples to conceive a baby with their preferred gender has received positive response from Bruneians, with 50 couples having availed themselves of this unique service. ChoiceBaby Enterprise has been helping 50 couples in Brunei, said Vivien Kuan, an agent at the consultation firm which established presence in the sultanate in May 2005. Ten of the couples have successfully achieved the baby gender of their choice, while the rest are awaiting the results. "There are many families in Brunei with either an all-girl or all-boy brood," she said. "Some parents no longer wish to keep trying over and over without an assurance that the next child they conceive will be of the gender that they prefer." Tango’s Take
From Scripps-McClatchy Western Service California soon could become the first state where workers are paid for leaving their job to care for a seriously ill mother-in-law. Or father-in-law. Or brother, sister, grandparent or grandchild. Pending legislation would expand a 3-year-old, state-run program that provides temporary pay for bonding with a new child or caring for an ill parent, child, spouse or domestic partner. Sen. Sheila Kuehl, a Santa Monica Democrat who proposed the new measure, Senate Bill 727, said it would create flexibility to help most families respond to health emergencies. California's current paid family leave program excludes too many people in a state of 37 million people, where it is not uncommon for extended family members to live together, Kuehl said. "It was sort of artificial to say that if you happen to have a parent to take care of you, that's fine, but if you happen to only have your brother or sister, they can't take time off," Kuehl said.
Forget the seven-year itch, those in relationships are more likely to suffer the ‘two year bloat’ according to new research. An overwhelming two thirds of Brits say their partner has put on weight in the first 24 months of the relationship. Half of the 4,000 adults surveyed by LIPObind, a new medically certified weight management product, think their partner could do with losing a few pounds. Three quarters admitted they would stop fancying their partner if they put on more weight, whilst a brave 79 per cent of people would tell their partner if they thought they were getting too fat.
From The San Francisco Gate
From Associated Press By Nahal Toosi NEW YORK – Chana and Simon Taub can't stand each other. He claims she is a gold-digging liar. She claims he abused her. Things got so nasty during their divorce case that a court-ordered wall was put up in the feuding spouses' Brooklyn house to keep them apart. It would seem like an open-and-shut divorce case, with no shortage of reasons to justify ending the marriage once and for all. But it is never that easy in New York, where you can get just about anything except a fast, blameless divorce. New York is the only state that won't allow the speedy dissolution of a marriage without proof that one spouse is somehow at fault, experts say. Adultery is sufficient grounds, but irreconcilable differences are not. “He beats me” (with proof) works, but “We grew apart” doesn't cut it. Tango’s Take