Tuesday, 24 October 2017
The United Nations said that more than 500,000 Rohingyas have fled to Cox's Bazar since August.
Temporary camps have been set up to accommodate them.
Conditions are harsh and food is scarce, with the refugees relying wholly on organisations like the SRC, Mercy Relief and Global Ehsan Relief.
For three days, eye doctor Quah Boon Long swam till his arms and legs burned.
Yesterday, under the scorching sun, the 54-year-old finally hit his mark, swimming 1,500 laps at Safra's Swim for Hope charity drive.
The three-day event ended yesterday and involved more than 2,000 swimmers doing laps at five Safra clubhouses - Yishun, Mount Faber, Jurong, Toa Payoh and Tampines.
This year, 210,901 laps were swum, raising $155,372 - the most since the event was started in 2011.
The funds raised will be distributed equally to four beneficiaries: Aquatics Heart and Hope, Singapore Disability Sports Council, Rainbow Centre Singapore and Singapore Armed Forces Care Fund.
The horrifying accounts of the aftermath of atomic bomb on Hiroshima deeply affected Dr Ronald McCoy when he was a young medical student in post-war Malaya. He felt helpless over how to prevent such utter devastation from occurring again.
"I didn't think there was anything I could do about it," Dr McCoy told The Straits Times.
Dr McCoy joined IPPNW, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War many years later. Years of campaigning to eradicate nuclear weapons led the retired obstetrician to found the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican) 10 years ago.
On Oct 6, 2017, Ican won the Nobel Peace Prize, after the United Nations announced in July that 122 countries had signed on to adopt a total ban on nuclear weapons.
Local professional boxer Muhamad Ridhwan was pushed to the distance in his fight with Namibia's Nataneal Sebastian at the Roar of Singapore III event at the Suntec Convention Centre last night.
The two fighters went the full 12 rounds in their battle for the International Boxing Organization (IBO) International super featherweight title, before the 29-year-old Singaporean got his arm raised in victory after recieving a unanimous decision from the three judges (115-113, 115-113, 115-114).
The win stretched Ridhwan's unbeaten record as a professional to nine and currently ranked 70th in the world, while Sebastian was undefeated in nine fights before the fight with Ridhwan.