US sanctions Congo election officials

first_img…says they obstructed voteThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on three senior officials from Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral commission, accusing them of corruption and obstructing December’s presidential election.The US Treasury said in a statement that the commission’s organization of the Dec. 30 election, which led to Congo’s first ever transfer of power via the ballot box, “failed to ensure the vote reflected the will of the Congolese people.”Even so, the statement stopped short of calling into question the legitimacy of President Felix Tshisekedi’s victory, despite what sources told Reuters was outright rigging to deny runner-up Martin Fayulu the win.The US sanctions target commission President Corneille Nangaa, Vice President Norbert Basengezi and Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi, an adviser to Nangaa and son of Norbert Basengezi.Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi were not immediately available for comment. Marcellin Mukolo Basengezi could not be reached for comment.The Treasury statement focused on what it said were efforts by the three “to obstruct and delay preparations” for the election, which had originally been due in 2016, and corruption related to procurement of voting machines and other materials.File photo: President of Congo’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), Corneille Nangaa, speaks during a press conference announcing the results of the presidential election in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 10, 2019 (REUTERS/Jackson Njehia)Former President Joseph Kabila was required by the constitution to step down in December 2016 following an election to choose his successor, but the commission repeatedly postponed the vote, citing logistical obstacles.Treasury said the three officials facilitated the delays by embezzling money meant to finance the vote into shell companies and accused Nangaa and Norbert Basengezi of bribing justices on Congo’s top court to approve an election delay in 2016.It also said that commission officials, under Nangaa’s leadership, inflated by as much as $100 million the cost of electronic voting machines “with the intent to use surplus funds for personal enrichment, bribes, and campaign costs to fund the election campaign of Kabila’s candidate.”Kabila’s preferred candidate, former Interior Minister Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, finished a distant third in the official results.Congolese sources in contact with Nangaa and other senior government officials told Reuters that Fayulu actually won the election but that top officials instructed the commission to award the vote to Tshisekedi, who the Kabila’s camp viewed as less hostile to its interests.Kabila and Tshisekedi’s camps both deny the vote was rigged.The United States sharply criticized the conduct of the election but eventually recognized Tshisekedi’s victory and said it was committed to working with his Government. (Reuters)last_img read more

‘Toy Story 4’ — starring Buzz, Woody and … Rickey Henderson?

first_imgBuzz and Woody, meet Rickey Henderson.Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” hits the big screen this summer and with each installment of the popular franchise comes a few new toys. So get ready for an Oakland A’s bobblehead doll in the form of the “Man of Steal.”We’ve had the chance to view some scenes from the highly anticipated movie during a screening at Pixar’s studio in Emeryville and are happy to report that Rickey —  all clad in green and gold — makes a cameo appearance.Pixar producer Jonas Rivera …last_img

Athletics walk off in the 11th inning to claim series against Kansas City Royals

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Mark Canha’s walk-off hit in the 11th inning to give the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday afternoon. The A’s now hold a temporary 2.5 game lead for the first wild card spot over Tampa Bay.Homer Bailey bailed out a clearly fatigued offense with one of his best performances of the season. HIs splitter has been consistent, and was lethal on Wednesday. He struck out a season-high 11 Royals, …last_img

RED Native Workflow in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgYou can now edit R3D files natively within Final Cut Pro X!  In this video tutorial from RED Digital you’ll learn an FCPX based RED workflow, including working with camera files without transcodingAs Apple continues to improve Final Cut Pro X for the professional video editor, one welcome feature addition is the ability to edit RED files natively within the app.  In the following video tutorial you’ll be walked through a RED workflow in FCPX.  Topics covered in the video include importing, accessing and modifying RED metadata and RED RAW file settings, as well as enabling RED Rocket for use with Final Cut Pro X.The example shows RED footage shot at 5K, another recent feature boost for FCPX.  Video editors with a RED Rocket card installed on their system can take full advantage of this high resolution playback.  Users without a Rocket will have their playback quality throttled down in FCPX for best performance.Check out this useful video tutorial on RED workflow in FCPX:last_img read more

Manchester United set to seal loan move for Radamel Falcao

first_imgRadamel Falcao is set to join Manchester United on loan after the Premier League club agreed to a loan deal with Monaco, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.The Colombia striker’s season-long loan deal will cost United about $9 million and is subject to a medical examination and personal terms being agreed to, the person told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been completed.Premier League clubs have until 2200 GMT Monday to sign players before the transfer window closes.United’s need for reinforcements has been highlighted by the failure to win any of its opening four matches under manager Louis van Gaal, who had been hired to halt the decline under David Moyes last season. United’s latest setback was a 0-0 draw at Burnley on Saturday, following a humiliating League Cup loss to third-tier club MK Dons.Falcao, who signed with Monaco a year ago, would be joining a United side out of the Champions League after last season’s seventh-place finish.last_img read more