Rep. Candidate Charged with US$72K Theft

first_img– Advertisement – Montserrado County District#4 Rep. candidate Cecelia Teah Appears in court todayWith 29 days to the October elections, Montserrado County District#4 Representative candidate Cecelia Siaway Teah, will today appear at Criminal Court ‘C’ to answer to the charge of theft of property.Madam Teah, a wife of retired Armed Forces of Liberia Colonel and Special Commando Lieutenant-General John Teah, has allegedly converted to her personal use US$72,500 entrusted to her care to purchase materials for Basilia Resource Group (BRG), a company she helped to establish.As the company’s country representative, Madam Teah is charged with misapplication of entrusted property, but during today’s hearing, the court will ask her to answer to her indictment (charges) after it has been read in court to determine whether or not she actually committed the act.Between 2016 and 2017, defendant Teah, the court document alleges, encouraged the company’s chairman, Sunday A. Popoola, residing in the United States of America (USA), to appoint her as Liberia’s representative of the group with responsibility to deposit and withdraw money from the corporation’s account at the United Bank of Africa (UBA)-Liberia Limited.With her new position, the document claims, Mr. Popoola on two separate occasions, transferred US$32,000 and US$46,000 totaling US$78,000 to defendant Teah to deposit into BRG’s account.But the record alleges that out of the US$78,000, Teah withdrew US$44,000 from the company’s account without being authorized to do so by Popoola.Besides, the court record also alleges that US$25,000 and US$3,500 was entrusted unto defendant Teah’s care for the sole purpose of purchasing materials for the company, which money, she allegedly converted to her personal use.These are some of the questions, defendant Teah is expected to answer today when her trial starts.Madam Teah  is not the only candidate to be taken to court for debt in the upcoming elections.The Daily Observer reported in mid-August that Dr. Jeremiah Whapoe, standard bearer of the Vision for Liberia’s Transformation (VOLT) Party, was ordered arrested by the Judge of the Monrovia City Court for failure to pay back a debt in the amount of US$1,800, which he reportedly borrowed to purchase campaign materials. Dr. Whapoe reportedly fled to the United States thereafter to avoid being arrested by officials of the City Court. He resurfaced, and at the just ended Tubmanburg Presidential Debate, promised to provide 20,000 jobs for Liberians on an annual basis if elected president of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tuscany Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler the p

first_imgTuscany, Italy – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineToday marks the opening of Hotel Castello di Casole, the highly anticipated European property of Timbers Resorts. A former 10th-century castle turned 41-suite boutique hotel, Hotel Castello di Casole is located at the pinnacle of the company’s 4,200-acre private estate ideally located in Tuscany, Italy, within an hour of Florence, Siena and the Chianti and Montalcino wine regions. Hotel Castello di Casole offers guests rustic Tuscan elegance in a spectacular setting that features over 100-acres of vineyards and olive groves, a model game reserve, a state-of-the-art wellness center and some of the region’s finest cuisine.“The opening of Hotel Castello di Casole is a very proud moment for the entire Timbers Resorts and Castello di Casole teams,” said David Burden CEO & founder of Timbers Resorts. “Being a part of this extraordinary castle’s restoration has been a highlight of my career. The estate and hotel epitomize the best of the Timbers Resorts brand and hospitality and will be a gem in our portfolio for many years to come.”Once a castle home to Italian nobility, Hotel Castello di Casole has 41 suites that feature five unique styles, which blend grand Italian design with custom-made Tuscan furnishings, complementing the region’s landscape and history. With breathtaking panoramic views, 14 of the hotel’s suites also offer large private gardens and terraces with floor to ceiling windows overlooking acres of vineyards and lemon and olive trees.“Our aspiration to open a premier hotel in one of the world’s most sought after destinations is realized today,” said Bart Spoorenberg, general manager of Castello di Casole. “True to the Timbers Resorts brand, guests of our hotel will experience the fine art of hospitality with unparalleled amenities and personalized service. Whether enjoying the sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside from the pool or learning to cook Italian cuisine, the memories created at Hotel Castello di Casole will be unforgettable.”Castello di Casole boasts a three-bedroom 3,350-square-foot Bargagli Penthouse with spacious private terrace, a 5,400-square-foot Essere Spa, in what was originally the estate’s wine cellar and a restored eighteenth-century chapel perfect for both wedding ceremonies and private social gatherings. The magnificent property is also home to 28 artfully restored and reconstructed luxury Casali farmhouses and ten Hotel Villas available for both the private residence club and whole ownership purchase. Through bilingual concierges, guests can enjoy private wine tours, truffle hunting, customized on-site cooking classes and mountain biking along the many tree-lined roads in the Tuscan countryside.From now through August 31, 2012, guests looking to stay at a hotel in Tuscany can reserve “Book 4, Stay Free” which includes a complimentary fourth night. Opening rates start at €630 a night. For more information or to book this rate, call (800) 785-7429 in the US, 39-0577-961507, or visit read more