Hillary campaign chief linked to money-laundering in Russia

NEW YORK – Emails released this week by Wikileaks indicate John Podesta, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, laundered shares of stock he received from an energy company cited in the Panama Papers money-laundering probe that has received funding from the Russian government. WND reported Oct. 6  Podesta had been paid an undisclosed amount for serving on the executive board of Joule Global Stichting, an appointment he neglected to report to regulatory authorities in the U.S. He also has received consulting fees from the Wyss Foundation, a group controlled by Swiss billionaire Hansjoerg Wyss, an investor in Joule Energy, according to Peter Schweizer’s Government Accountability Institute in a report, “From Russia with Money: Hillary Clinton, the Russian Reset, and Cronyism.” Joule Global Stichting and Joule…

Amber Portwood to depart 'Teen Mom' over 'unfair' treatment ANDERSON, Ind., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Amber Portwood says she's done with MTV reality series Teen Mom. The 26-year-old television personality announced her intent to leave the show in a series of tweets Thursday following her fight with co-star Farrah Abraham on the Season 6 finale. "Sad to say but I'm not going to be apart of #Teenmomog. The way I have been portrayed and treated is unfair. @MTV sending all my love," Portwood wrote to her 440,000 followers. "If I was treated fairly it wouldn't be an issue but it's been nothing but disrespect since the reunion show. Which keeps continuing today," she added. "Nothing has been dealt with or has made me feel any safer to even move on with people who have continuously hidden...

William Simons, combative leader of Washington Teachers’ Union, dies at 92 William H. Simons, who as the first president of the Washington Teachers’ Union led teachers’ strikes, negotiated contracts and played a pivotal role in the selection of the union as the teachers’ collective bargaining agent, died Dec. 7 in Atlanta. He was 92. His death was announced in a statement released by the union. Paul Simons, a nephew, said that at his uncle’s request, the family was not releasing details on the union leader’s death or taking questions from the media. In recent years, Mr. Simons had lived in Atlanta with a daughter. Mr. Simons was president of the WTU for 25 years before being voted out of office in 1991. In a 1979 profile, The Washington Post said he “has crusaded to change the image of teachers from one of nice ...

Iranian’s debut wins best film award at KIFF : Another Time, the first feature film by Iranian Nahid Hassanzadeh, won the best film award at the 22nd Kolkata International Film Festival. The best director award went to 30-year-old Chinese filmmaker Yao Tingting, for his directorial debut, the feature film Yesterday Once More. Speaking to The Hindu, one of the members of the jury, national award-winning actor Archana, described Another Time as a “dignified film and a bold attempt in Iranian cinema”. She said that the film “conveys the culture and tradition of Iran without any exaggeration in a very realistic manner”. Accepting the award, midwife-turned-filmmaker Nahid Hassanzadeh spoke about the difficulties in making films and how, as midwife and director, she has been “involved in the issues and problems of women in...

Killing Fidel Castro: Poisoned Cigars, Explosive Seashells Havana, Cuba:  Mobsters, poisoned cigars, exploding seashells, a contaminated diving suit: The CIA's imagination ran wild in its plots to assassinate Fidel Castro.As the late Cuban leader's ashes are laid to rest in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday, his cause of death remains a closely-guarded state secret.Castro claimed he was the target of some 600 assassination plots, but it appears likely that it was simply old age that finally felled the death-defying communist leader. He was 90 and no longer president when he died on November 25. CIA documents and a report by the US Senate's Church Committee in 1975 reveal plots that were cooked up by spooks, including some that never left "the laboratory phase."Depilate 'The Beard'Some early schemes didn't even...

New Asian eatery moving into Red Stix’s old East Side digs The five-story building at 216 E. 49th St. was, for 27 years, home to a fine Chinese restaurant, Chin Chin. It later was home, for about 27 minutes, to a terrible one, Red Stix. Despite having an alleged celebrity following, it gave up the chopsticks last spring. But soon, the address will welcome a new Asian eatery: Bay Chinese Seafood Restaurant, which will be owned and operated by chef Jun Pan, who specializes in “new Cantonese cuisine.” The 4,000-square-foot lease was negotiated for both the landlord and tenant by Eastern Consolidated’s restaurant whiz, senior director and principal James Famularo, and associate director Jake Horowitz. The asking rent was $165 a square foot. According to Famularo, Pan is an instructor at the Chinese Culinary Institute who previously ran ...

Bigg Boss 10: Cannot Stoop Low Like Priyanka And Swami Om, Says Rahul Dev Actor Rahul Dev, who got evicted from Bigg Boss 10 on Sunday said that he now thinks that he was unfit for the 'controversial' reality show as he does not believe in picking up fights. Speaking to news agency PTI, Rahul said "I am happy that I am out of the house. I think I did not fit into the role of the Bigg Boss house. For me, this is a game." The 48-year-old actor who has worked in films like Dishoom, Asoka and Awara Pagal Deewana further said, "I am 104-films old and I have got love and support from people."As soon as he left the house, he thanked his fans for the love and support he received from them.   Thank you all for ...

KCSE candidate sits exam in hospital after delivery A 19-year-old Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) candidate sat for her exams at Mama Lucy Hospital as she recuperated after delivering on Wednesday night. The St Philip High School student said she underwent a successful Caesarean section operation and delivered a baby boy. "I was brought here on Sunday by my mother after I went into labour. I delivered and did my exams," said Irene Wangari. She said the exam was tough as she had to attend to her baby and that she could not yet sit upright while sitting for the exams. However, she said the exams were fair as she had prepared well through revision. Ms Wangari's mother said the exams were brought to the teenager in hospital on Monday but it...