Grind for February 14th, 2019
“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.”
– William Shakespeare.
Infamous drug lord El Chapo finally indicted
On Tuesday, New York judge Brian Cogan determined Joaquin Guzman guilty on 10 counts related to drug trafficking.
Guzman AKA “El Chapo” is a world famous drug lord who led the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. He escaped prison twice but was recaptured in 2016 following a controversial interview with Hollywood actor Sean Penn.
Charges against him include:
— Manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs including cocaine and heroin
— Murder conspiracy
— Illegal use of firearms
Prosecutors described Guzman as a cutthroat leader who used violence, bribes, and money laundering to become one of the richest, most powerful drug lords in the world.
Witness testimonies suggest Guzman bought off former Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto for $100 million. And according to court documents, he regularly raped girls as young as age 13 and referred to them as the ‘vitamins that brought him life.’
Guzman, 61, will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The verdict “will bring a sentence of life without the possibly of parole,” said NY attorney Richard Donoghue. “It is a sentence from which there is no escape, and no return.”
Guzman will receive his final sentence on June 25th.
New artificial heart charges wirelessly inside the human body
Last December, 24-year-old Ismail Tursunov became the first person to receive a new kind of mechanical heart pump.
Unlike a traditional pump, the new device is able to charge wirelessly inside Tursunov’s chest.
The wireless system, developed by an Israeli tech company, eliminates one of the most common malfunctions in a device whose failure can lead to instant death.
Traditional pumps (VADs) are most commonly recommended in the following cases:
— When a patient is waiting for a heart transplant
— When a patient is ineligible for a heart transplant
— When a patient is suffering temporary heart failure
— During or after heart surgery
Traditional VADs run on a corded battery that must be recharged using a power outlet or external battery. The system requires patients to maintain an uncomfortable hole in their abdomen though which the cord passes.
Patients must constantly protect the exit hole from infection and are advised to keep backup batteries on hand in case of a power failure – which can prove fatal in about 15 minutes.
Mr. Tursunov doesn’t have to worry about all that.
His implant includes a battery, a receiver inductive coil, and an internal controller. The battery recharges electromagnetically by way of an external coil located inside a vest.
The wireless device allows patients to experience a “significant improvement in the quality of life,” says VAD expert Nir Uriel. “The patient has the freedom to go about his daily routine without having to worry about being connected to a power source via a driveline and can forget for a few hours that he is supported by an LVAD.”
Tursunov’s device comes with a wrist monitor that allows him to keep a close eye on his pump’s battery life. A low battery or malfunction sets off an internal vibration alarm (impossible to miss), in which case Tursunov would be forced to use his wired back-up system.
Thankfully he’s never had to use it.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
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