Saturday, March 30, 2019

Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years

Source Website: https://www.asiaone.com/world/garfield-beach-phone-mystery-solved-after-30-years
By AFP, Asiaone, 29 March 2019 at 10:48am


Spare parts of plastic 'Garfield' phones are displayed on the beach in Plouarzel, western France, after being collected from a sea cave by environmental activists.
PHOTO: Spare parts of plastic 'Garfield' phones are displayed on the beach in Plouarzel, western France, after being collected from a sea cave by environmental activists. - For more than 30 years, plastic phones in the shape of the famous cat 'Garfield' have been washing up on French beaches. The mystery is now solved: a shipping container which washed up during a storm in the 1980s, was found in a hidden sea cave.
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PLOUARZEL, France - For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them.

Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades.



Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades.
PHOTO: Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to blame for the novelty landline phones, modelled on the prickly feline cartoon character, that have plagued the northern Finistere beaches for decades. But it wasn't until a local resident revealed that he had discovered the container after a storm in the 1980s that they were finally able to locate it - wedged in a partially submerged cave only accessible at low tide.
The farmer contacted Ar Vilantsou and told them about the incident. He also recalled, tucked away in some
sea caves, a container that blew off the ship that day.
So curious anti-littering crusaders followed the farmer into the sea cave. And there, they found the remnants of a broken shipping container. All around were more pieces of Phone Garfield. At last, they'd found the breeding ground of their orange mystery.
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"Our association has existed for 18 years and in that time we have found pieces of Garfield telephones almost each time we clean," said Claire Simonin, the head of local beach cleaning group Ar Viltansou in Brittany.

But it wasn't until a local resident revealed that he had discovered the container after a storm in the 1980s that they were finally able to locate it - wedged in a partially submerged cave only accessible at low tide.



Alas, while the mystery is solved, the problem is not. Garfield will continue to wash up on the shore, because the container is wedged in an inaccessible spot.
PHOTO: Alas, while the mystery is solved, the problem is not. Garfield will continue to wash up on the shore, because the container is wedged in an inaccessible spot.
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"He told us where it was... it was very, very dangerous," Simonin told AFP after an expedition to track it down.

"We found this incredible fissure (crack) that is 30 metres deep and at the very bottom, there were the remains of a container."

"Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires. They were everywhere," she added.



Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires.
PHOTO: "Under the boulders in front of the entrance, we found 23 complete handsets with electronics and wires. They were everywhere," Simonin told AFP after an expedition to track it down.
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But the mystery is not fully solved.

"We have no idea what happened at the time: we do not know where it came from, what boat," said Fabien Boileau, director of the Iroise Marine Nature Park in Finistere.

"And we don't know if several containers fell into the water, or only one."

The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.



But the mystery is not fully solved.
PHOTO: But the mystery is not fully solved.
"We have no idea what happened at the time: we do not know where it came from, what boat," said Fabien Boileau, director of the Iroise Marine Nature Park in Finistere.
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And we don't know if several containers fell into the water, or only one.
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The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
PHOTO: The dry-witted Garfield, first dreamed up by illustrator Jim Davis in the late 1970s, has since spawned a television show, a film series starring Bill Murray as the voice of the titular cat, and a merchandising empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

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"Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed," (1 Corinthians 15:51)
"But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay." (Psalm 40:17)

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Reference
[1] AFP, Asiaone, Garfield beach phone mystery solved after 30 years, posted on 29 March 2019 at 10:48am, https://www.asiaone.com/world/garfield-beach-phone-mystery-solved-after-30-years


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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

SGH ranked world's third best hospital by Newsweek

Source Website: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/sgh-ranked-worlds-third-best-hospital-newsweek
By Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent, The New Paper, 22 March 2019 at 06:00 am


Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has been ranked the third best hospital in the world by Newsweek magazine, in part for its clinical research and 'outstanding nursing'.
PHOTO: Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has been ranked the third best hospital in the world by Newsweek magazine, in part for its clinical research and "outstanding nursing".
Singapore General Hospital was one of two hospitals from Asia in the list.
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It comes behind two American hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

The magazine said SGH, as a tertiary referral hospital with ancillary on-campus specialist centres, "provides affordable care for patients, leads patient-driven clinical research and provides undergraduate to postgraduate educational training for both students and medical professionals".



The magazine said SGH, as a tertiary referral hospital with ancillary on-campus specialist centres
PHOTO: The magazine said SGH, as a tertiary referral hospital with ancillary on-campus specialist centres, "provides affordable care for patients, leads patient-driven clinical research and provides undergraduate to postgraduate educational training for both students and medical professionals".
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Professor Kenneth Kwek, SGH's chief executive officer, said: "We are humbled to be recognised for our medical and nursing care."

SGH, he said, has a strong tradition of working to improve the outcomes of patients through integrated clinical practice, innovation, cutting-edge research and new models of care.



Professor Kenneth Kwek, SGH's chief executive officer, said: 'We are humbled to be recognised for our medical and nursing care.'
PHOTO: SGH, Professor Kenneth Kwek said, has a strong tradition of working to improve the outcomes of patients through integrated clinical practice, innovation, cutting-edge research and new models of care.
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"Our staff are passionate about healthcare and we continually challenge ourselves to do better for our patients, their family members and our staff," he added.


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Of the 10 top hospitals chosen by the magazine's panel of doctors, medical professionals and administrators on four continents, four are from the US.

The only other hospital in Asia to make the list is the University of Tokyo Hospital, in eighth place. The hospital opened the trail-blazing Department of Disaster Medical Management, said the magazine.

TOP 10 HOSPITALS
1 Mayo Clinic, US

2 Cleveland Clinic, US

3 Singapore General Hospital

4 Johns Hopkins Hospital, US

5 Charite, Germany

6 Massachusetts General Hospital, US

7 Toronto General Hospital, Canada

8 University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan

9 Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland

10 Sheba Medical Centre, Israel



The only other hospital in Asia to make the list is the University of Tokyo Hospital, in eighth place.
The only other hospital in Asia to make the list is the University of Tokyo Hospital, in eighth place.
PHOTO: The only other hospital in Asia to make the list is the University of Tokyo Hospital, in eighth place. The hospital opened the trail-blazing Department of Disaster Medical Management, said the magazine.
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Singapore General Hospital (SGH)  comes behind two American hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.
Singapore General Hospital (SGH)  comes behind two American hospitals, the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.
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Singapore General Hospital
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The oldest hospital in Singapore, founded in 1821, has grown from a British imperial troop cantonment near the banks of the Singapore River into the island nation’s largest health system, serving more than 1 million patients annually. As a tertiary referral hospital with ancillary on-campus specialist centers, the SGH provides affordable care for patients, leads patient-driven clinical research and provides undergraduate to postgraduate educational training for both students and medical professionals. It was the first hospital in Asia to achieve the Magnet designation in 2010 for nursing excellence, awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. [2]
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U.S. magazine, Newsweek, collaborated with market research and data collecting company Statista Inc. to rank hospitals around the world.
PHOTO: U.S. magazine, Newsweek, collaborated with market research and data collecting company Statista Inc. to rank hospitals around the world.
The hospitals were ranked based on their ability to innovate and adapt to challenges while maintaining quality care for patients.
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The tertiary referral hospital with ancillary on-campus specialist centers was also the first hospital in Asia to be awarded the Magnet designation in 2010 for nursing excellence, Newsweek said.
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Reference
[1] Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent, The New Paper, SGH ranked world's third best hospital by Newsweek, posted on 22 March 2019 at 06:00 am, https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/sgh-ranked-worlds-third-best-hospital-newsweek

[2] Noah Miller, Newsweek Magazine, The 10 Best Hospitals in the World, posted on 20 March 2019 at 9:55 AM EDT, https://www.newsweek.com/2019/04/05/10-best-hospitals-world-1368512.html


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