Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Timeline

El Chapo Guzmán Timeline

On July 17, the Mexican drug kingpin and former leader of the Sinaloa cartel Joaquín Guzmán, known as “El Chapo”, was sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison. The sentence was handed down by a federal judge in Brooklyn, within a 11-week trial that followed Guzmán’s conviction five months ago. The 62-year-old drug lord was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in ill-gotten proceeds acquired through the massive distribution of cocaine and other drugs in and around the United States.

The Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Timeline gives a visual summary of the illegal activities that made him one of the most powerful and most-wanted drug traffickers in the world.

Known as “El Chapo” (meaning “Shorty” in Spanish) due to his 5ft 6 stature, Guzmán was born on 4th of April 1957 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Raised in a poor family and subjected to physical abuse by his father, the young Guzmán was introduced to drug trade by the very same person. Starting to work for a local drug lord in the early 1970s, he soon learned the ins and outs of the industry and gradually received increasingly important responsibilities within the drug cartel. By the start of the 90s, he was already a well-established leader of the Sinaloa faction due to his (in)famous and fierce ways of doing business.

Not only did this propel him at the top of Mexican drug traffic hierarchy, but also made him the target of countless attempts of assassination plotted by his rivals and wide-range manhunts organized by the Mexican government. He was captured and sent behind the bars by the national authorities twice, but managed to break out of prison each time only to return to leading his drug empire with renewed, more violent strength.

Overseeing operations whereby a wide range of drugs was produced, smuggled, and distributed in the U.S., Europe and Asia, he gained notoriety for pioneering the use of tunnels to move drugs, which enabled him to export more narcotics in the U.S. than any other trafficker ever.

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The Chernobyl Disaster Timeline

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Sometimes, it takes years or months for certain events to unfold and reveal their full-scale magnitude and long-term effects. However, others take just only a day to make a major impact on humankind and the course of history. So it goes for the accident that took place at the Chernobyl nuclear power station on the 26th of April 1986, permanently altering that region and making the area around the former plant uninhabitable for an estimated 20,000 years. Initially denied as having happened by the Soviet authorities, the disaster is now considered the worst of its kind in history.

To illustrate how the Chernobyl nuclear accident escalated to a historic calamity, we created The Chernobyl Disaster Timeline, which gives a blow-by-blow narrative of the missteps that triggered this tragic meltdown.

Background Facts

  • The nuclear accident occurred at the V.I Lenin Nuclear Power Station, near the city of Chernobyl (65 miles north of Kiev, Ukraine), in the former URSS.
  • The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was considered a model of Soviet engineering, using four RBMK nuclear reactors to produce electricity for about 30 million homes and businesses.
  • The power plant’s newest reactor (the fourth one) was the scene of the tragedy. It contained 1,600 radioactive uranium-235 fuel rods. Due to the unstable nature of U-235, its atoms are capable of releasing neutrons that hit other U-235 nuclei, which in turn release new neutrons. All this causes a chain reaction, the byproduct of which is the release of huge quantities of heat and energy which are used to turn water into steams. The steam then drives a turbine, thus generating electricity.
  • To contain the chain reaction within limits, control rods made of a neutron-absorbing substance need to be inserted between fuel rods. For Reactor No. 4’s control rods (a total of 211), the element boron was used. Raising the control rods leads to the acceleration of the chain reaction, while the lowering of the control rods causes the chain reaction to slow down.
  • Ironically, it was a safety test that brought about the destruction. Coinciding with a routine downtime for maintenance, the test was scheduled to determine whether the reactor could still be cooled in case of a power failure. In preparation for this process, Chernobyl’s operators initiated power reduction on the 25th of April (1:00 pm) and, after twelve hours, Reactor No. 4 reached 50% power. According to the standard procedures of the safety test, the required threshold was of 30%. However, due to an apparent need for electricity in the region, the Soviet authorities called for the reactor to remain at 50% for another 9 hours. Meanwhile, the emergency core cooling system was switched off...
  • With power plummeting far below the level at which the reactor would be stable, operators were asked to remove almost all control rods against safety guidelines. The violation of these protocols led to a sudden power surge inside the plant. Despite the attempt to shut down the reactor altogether, control rods jammed upon entering the core, causing a series of explosions inside and then the final one, that literally blew apart the reactor and the 1,000-ton roof above it, spewing radioactive material into the atmosphere.

Killing 31 people directly (28 workers and firefighters dying of acute radiation poisoning), the Chernobyl calamity is considered responsible for thousands of premature cancer deaths as well. Encased in a massive steel structure deployed in 2016, the remains of the reactor still require containment and monitoring efforts, with its cleanup expected to last until at least 2065.

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A History of Software Updates for All iPhone Models to Date

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Apple is one of the top brands within the global smartphone industry, its high status being owed to a series of qualities such as sleek design, cutting-edge functionalities and vigorous marketing. However, another factor that has contributed to its popularity among smartphone users resides in the company’s constant software updates.

To illustrate how long Apple supports older iPhone models, we have created a simple visual summary of the software updates the technology giant has offered for all major iPhone models to date.

With the introduction of every new iPhone model, Apple guarantees upwards of four years of major iOS updates to the customers that buy the newly-launched device. According to data sourced by Statista, this interval has only gone up for the latest released iPhones.

Looking at Apple’s ‘genealogy’, one can confirm and trace this trend back to the iPhone 4s. Starting with its release, every major subsequent model has received at least five important iOS updates before being cut off. So it’s the case with the iPhone 6, the most recent Apple smartphone to be deprived of the yearly updates with iOS 13.

If we compare the number of updates iOS and Android devices get during their lifetime, the former have a clear upper hand over the latter, which have reached three updates at most. This ascendancy is noticeable even in the distribution numbers, with Android’s latest version being installed in only 10.4% of devices as opposed to a crushing 87% of iPhones with the last major iOS software upgrade.

Not only do these constant updates enable the older models to benefit from the latest features Apple offers to the newer devices, but they also add to the product’s value retention. This is why many owners hold on to iPhones for so long. Let’s take iPhone 6s users, for instance, who got to enjoy Apple’s 2019 extension for the iOS13 update all the way back to devices released in 2015. In other words, they were granted an “extra lease” and they don’t care much if they are cut off next year. After 5 years of upgrades, it is acceptable to move on to a new smartphone which is likely to see a similar lengthy lifespan of updates.

Of course software upgrade frequency is not the only criterion to be considered before buying a smartphone. However, for those prospects who care for this aspect, Apple has definitely got an ace up its sleeve.

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Michael B. Jordan Timeline

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This Saturday, talented actor Michael B. Jordan turns 32. Best known for his roles in Black Panther, Creed and Creed II, he also starred in 3 of the most acclaimed TV dramas of the past decade, namely The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Having started his acting career with performances in television productions at the early age of 12, he has now become one of Hollywood’s new leading men.

To wish a happy birthday to the one who aced the main antagonist part in 2018’s highest-grossing movie at domestic box office, we have created Michael B. Jordan’s timeline, which overviews his work and achievements as an actor.

Before embarking on his current profession, Jordan worked as a model for several companies and brands. In 1999, he made his debut on the screen with appearances in the TV series The Sopranos and Cosby. It was in 2013 that he played his first major leading role in Fruitvale Station, which brought him the National Board of Review award for breakthrough performance. Not only did this movie help the actor garner many accolades, but it also led to future collaborations with its director, Ryan Coogler, who cast Jordan in Creed and Creed II.

Now firmly set on Hollywood directors’ radar, Michael B. Jordan has already accepted a promising series of roles in films to be released in 2020. For his upcoming birthday, we wish that his middle name, Bakari, which means “of noble promise” in Swahili, will do justice to his acting future.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Timeline

Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart Timeline

This Sunday marks 263 years since the birth of the prodigious and iconic composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Having created a massive body of 600 musical works in his 35 years of existence, he has influenced other maestros such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, and continues to be a source of inspiration to many, from film directors to computer scientists. Spanning every form and style of his time, Mozart's music has redefined numerous types of composition, from symphonies and chamber music for string quartets, to sonatas for the piano and church music. In trying to explain why the composer’s work was revolutionary, writer Arthur Miller said "Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined."

To praise the undeniable and enduring legacy that the Austrian composer left to posterity, we have created the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Timeline, which overviews his life, including the premiere dates of his most important works.

Born as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart in Salzburg, he displayed a prodigious talent at the early age of 4 when he learned how to play the keyboard, one year later already composing his own little musical pieces. This tremendous ability led to his father taking him in several European journeys to perform as a child prodigy. By the age of 20, when he was contracted as a musician at the Salzburg court, Mozart had already given countless acclaimed performances in Munich, Paris, London, The Hague, Milan and other cities.

Despite being employed as court musician in his hometown, young Mozart was discontent and hoped to find a position elsewhere, which determined him to resign in 1777 and venture to a series of cities in search of employment. Unfortunately, none of these attempts materialized into long-term commitments. In 1781, however, things would change for him when, after the successful premiere of his opera Idomeneo in Munich, he was summoned to Vienna. Settling in Europe’s then culture capital, he would establish himself as a virtuoso and reach the pinnacle of his creation, profoundly influencing the subsequent Western art music and earning the reputation of one of the greatest people of the millenium.

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