Miley urges New York Governor to spend on homeless youth

Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2015 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood on Feb 22. The singer is campaigning to help homeless youth.


Think Miley Cyrus, think outrageous outfits, naked pictures, twerking (of course) and just some outright weirdness. 

But there is another side to the pop star.

While some thought that Miley Cyrus asking a homeless man to accept her trophy at last year's Video Music Awards was a stunt, Cyrus takes the issue of homeless youth very seriously.

She set up her Happy Hippie Foundation specifically to help young people without homes an on the streets.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old posted a heartfelt letter on Instagram that she has sent to the  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asking for $4.75 million (S$6.54 million)  in the state budget to help protect homeless youth.


Speaking up so homeless youth in NY can have a place to sleep!!! #makingchange #HappyHippies @happyhippiefdn

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According Cyrus' figures, the numbers are rising and shelters cannot cope.

Cryus writes:

“As you probably know, 1.6 million kids across the US are homeless, and the problem is especially serious in New York.

Between 2009 and 2012, the number of kids turned away from homeless youth shelters in New York grew from 570 to more than 5,000.”

Explaining the plight of these teens on the streets, Cyrus wrote:

They've been kicked out of their homes or are fleeing abusive parents. And too often they're forced into dangerous situations just to find a place to sleep

Time reports that since starting the foundation, Cyrus has been raising funds by hosting backyard concerts with a variety of guest artists - from punk band Against Me to Ariana Grande



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Source: Time, Instagram

Infant survives near drowning after 101 minutes of CPR

A 22-month-old US infant who underwent one hour and 41 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after nearly drowning has made an extraordinary recovery.

Gardell Martin was playing with his two brothers outdoors on March 11 at about 6pm when he fell into an icy creek near his Pennsylvania home, reported The Patriot-News.

He was swept downstream for about 400m in frigid waters.

A neighbour found the boy stuck among branches of a partially-submerged tree less than 30 minutes later, reported But by then, Gardell had no pulse.

Emergency personnel performed CPR on the lifeless body while in the ambulance, at the community hospital, while on board a medical helicopter and finally, at a children's hospital near the town of Danville in California, reported The Patriot-News.

'Extraordinarily rare'

Gardell's temperature was 25 deg C when he finally arrived at the hospital, 12 deg C below the normal body temperature of 37 deg C.

It took a team of about 50 people to bring the boy back to life, WGN TV reported Dr Frank Maffei as saying.

The doctor said Gardell suffered a few broken ribs due to the CPR effort, reported The Patriot-News.

Gardell was discharged from hospital on Sunday (March 15).

On Thursday (March 19), doctors said the boy had made a full recovery.

CBS News quoted Dr Maffei as saying: "It's not only extraordinarily rare that we got the kid back, but what's even more extraordinary is the rate at which he recovered and the completeness of his recovery."

He added: "The stars and moon aligned, and he had an angel on his shoulder."

Sources: The Patriot-News,, CBS News, WGN TV,


Tags: US news, cpr and drowning

WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres finally gets pranked by The Today Show's Matt Lauer

Ellen DeGeneres is known for her pranks during her show.

She especially loves to pull pranks on Matt Lauer, the host of The Today Show.

The 57-year-old television journalist has been the victim of many cheeky digital edits of his show by DeGeneres and her team. He and his co-workers have been made to look like they had a Fifty Shades of Grey makeover and kinky foot fetishes. 

No other celebrity has ever managed to prank the sharp Degeneres, but Lauer did.

He said, "It took a lot of balls to pull this prank." 



He waited for the taping of DeGeneres' show to fill her car with 20,000 table tennis balls. 

When she discovered the mess, it didn't take her long to figure out who did it. 

"I'll get you, Matt Lauer!" she screamed. "Damn you, Lauer! He's littering. This is against the law!"

Although they ended up laughing and declaring their love for each other, Lauer admitted he knew he was in trouble. 

Photos: YouTube

He said on The Today Show, "You know the definition of a nanosecond? That's the period of time between feeling good about getting her back and being scared for your life."

Source: E! Online, The Today Show

US woman found guilty of forcing granddaughter, 9, to run until she died

Joyce Garrard , 49, was convicted of murdering her granddaughter by forcing the nine-year-old to run back and forth in a yard carrying wood for almost three hours as punishment.

She ate chocolates – something she had been forbidden from eating. Then she lied about it.

As punishment, nine-year-old Savannah Hardin was forced by her grandmother to run non-stop at her home in Alabama in 2012.

She ran back and forth carrying wood in the yard for almost three hours before collapsing and going into seizures.

She died days later in  hospital from dehydration and low sodium, authorities said.

On Friday (March 20), Savannah's grandmother, Joyce Garrard, 49, was convicted by a jury of murder.

A spokesman for the local sheriff's office said: "There was a verdict in the case guilty of capital murder."

Acted like a drill instructor

Etowah County assistant district attorney Marcus Reid told the jury during opening statements that Garrard had acted like a drill instructor.

He said Garrard gave different accounts about what had happened when police and paramedics arrived at the home: that the girl had fallen in the yard, that she had a seizure, or had a neurological problem.

Defense attorney Dani Bone argued that Savannah did not die as a result of dehydration but had retained too much water in her body.

The girl suffered from unspecified medical issues that resulted in frequent visits to doctors, according to court documents.

Garrard said in a conversation with a bus driver captured on video: "She's going to run till I tell her to stop."

Hardin had a bladder condition and was not allowed to have anything containing caffeine, Garrard told the driver.

The child's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, has also been charged with murder for allegedly witnessing the punishment and failing to intervene.

Source: Reuters

U-23 footballers must show discipline and desire

The national under-23 team, captained by Shakir Hamzah (left), are under the spotlight after losing to Syria and Cambodia.

National Under-23 football coach Aide Iskandar is feeling the heat.

On Thursday, his charges, who are targeting a first South-east Asia (SEA) Games gold medal this June on home soil, crashed 3-1 to Cambodia’s U-22 side at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

This defeat follows an 8-1 loss to Japan’s U-22 team and a 2-1 defeat by Syria’s U-23 side last month.

Some in the stands made their displeasure known by shouting for Aide’s sacking and the former national skipper, 39, later apologised to the supporters for his team’s performance.

Former national striker Aleksandar Duric believes the U-23 players should take responsibility for their poor showing against the Cambodians.

“The players should look in the mirror and ask themselves if they deserve to play at the SEA Games,” said the 44-year-old, who called time on his international career following Singapore’s triumph at the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup.

“I was in the national team so I know the pressure and how tough it is to deliver with the spotlight on you. It’s a heavy responsibility, but the boys must know they have to deliver.”

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Lorry driver hits prostitute with 30cm gear stick after she says no to sex without condom

Abdul Jalil Mohamad Yusof.

They were supposed to have paid sex in his lorry at an open-air carpark.

But the prostitute, 41, a Chinese national who was here on a social visit pass, called off the deal as the man did not have a condom on him.

He then threatened her with a knife, hit her with a 30cm gear stick and drove off as she was still in the lorry.

She only escaped by jumping off the moving lorry, injuring herself in the process.

Yesterday, deliveryman Abdul Jalil Mohamad Yusof, 34, was sentenced to 18 months' jail for criminally intimidating the prostitute, failing to stop the vehicle for her to alight, driving a vehicle while disqualified and consuming drugs.

He was also banned from driving for 18 months.

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