President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has formally opened the offices of PricewaterHouseCooper (PwC) in Liberia after many years of absence from the Liberian market.In her remarks, the President stated that PwC – although established in the country long before the war – is not well known. However, she said it has taken on a new face since returning to the country two years ago.“It’s a good thing to be here today to be able to recognize a significant step in our growth of local institutions,” the President added.She further stated that she was glad that PwC, among whose core activities is auditing, has satisfied all the requirements of the Liberian law for it to be in operation in the country.President Sirleaf also expressed satisfaction that as PwC takes on a new phase in Liberia, it has involved one Liberian, Mr. Taweh Jefferson Veikai as its Country Senior Partner.Although she did not categorically cite the provisions in the Act creating the Liberian Institute of Public Accountants (LIPA), the President used the occasion to register her displeasure with some provisions in the Act. “But Arthur, I know you praised your Act, we are not very happy with some provisions of the Act. But as they say ‘all’s well that ends well,’ but there are provisions in that Act that have to be looked at,” the President stressed. Speaking earlier, Mr. Arthur Fumba, president of the Liberian Institute of Public Accountants, said he was grateful for the new Act, which now compels foreign firms of such nature that come to Liberia to be regulated by LIPA. He said he was happy that PwC has come to Liberia to help in the growth of the Liberian economy and Liberians themselves. “In times past, foreign accounting organizations only came to Liberia and after they had done their auditing without any regulation, they collected their monies, put them in their suitcases and flew out of the country without any help to Liberians. Please tell all other foreign firms that if they want our money let them come and stay with us,” he said. Also speaking, Mr. Taweh Jefferson Veikai, who now heads PwC’s office in Liberia, said PwC Liberia is a full member of the network of firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited and has unrestrained access to the global network’s vast resource base of proprietary knowledge, methodologies and experience. Mr. Veikai told the audience that as professional advisors, their core values include helping their clients solve complex business problems and aim to enhance their ability to build value, manage risk and improve performance. “We take pride in the fact that our services add value by helping to improve transparency, trust, and consistency of business processes. He disclosed that in Africa, PwC is the largest provider of professional services with close to 450 partners and 8,500 people located in 33 countries. He further stated that this enables PwC to provide its clients with seamless and consistent services wherever they are located on the continent.“PwC’s return to Liberia is a sign of the significant progress made by the Liberian government in attracting Foreign Direct Investment in an emerging economy. Liberia has a huge potential for growth due to its abundant natural resources and emerging markets,” he said.He further stated that there are immense potentials in several areas, particularly in Assurance, Tax, Advisory, Government, International Development Organizations and Global investments.“We look forward to playing a major role in improving the quality of life of the people of Liberia by opening new opportunities for local businesses as well as providing job opportunities for the talented young workforce,” Veikai added.However, he said their focus first is to quickly build relationships and offer valuable solutions to their clients, based on both their understanding of the Liberian economy and global trends so that clients can get ahead of the business curve, as they expect their global clients to invest and expand new markets in Liberia.He also disclosed that they have plans to recruit, develop and build the capacity of young Liberian professionals from across various educational backgrounds, including chartered accountancy, tax, advisory, law, management, and many others.“We are currently working closely with the Liberian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (LICPA) to develop industry ready professionals,” he further stated; adding: “We are here to build long term relationships with clients, people, and the communities in Liberia through our new office. Our plan is to build a team of PwC professionals by recruiting the best, brightest, and talented young individuals in Liberia and expanding their knowledge base so that they can support an environment that encourages more companies to grow and expand by providing industry insight and helping clients solve important problems.”Toward this drive, an official of PwC disclosed that they will be sending some Liberians to Nigeria for a two-year training program and that they were also glad to receive 15 young ladies from some of the universities, which sent them on an internship program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
South Africa is a subtropical region, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau. These account for the warm, temperate conditions so typical of South Africa – and so popular with its foreign visitors.Swimmers enjoying the waves at Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal province: Beach scene. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe country is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the east by the Indian Ocean; their waters meet at Cape Agulhas, at the southernmost tip of the continent.The coastline stretches 2 798 kilometres from a desert border with Namibia in the northwest, down the icy Skeleton Coast to Cape Agulhas, then up along the wide beaches and green hills on the coast of the Indian Ocean, to the border with subtropical Mozambique in the northeast.Sea surface temperature influences the climate of South Africa’s coastal regions: the warm subtropical east and the cooler regions of the west coast. (Animation adapted from NOAA Oceans Visualizations by Mary Alexander)South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm; the world average is about 860mm. While Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region.Temperatures in South Africa tend to be lower than in other countries at similar latitudes – such as Australia – mainly because of its greater elevation above sea level.On the interior plateau, the altitude – Johannesburg lies at 1 694 metres – keeps the average summer temperatures below 30°C. In winter, for the same reason, night- time temperatures can drop to freezing point, and lower in some places.South Africa’s coastal regions have the warmest winter temperatures in the country. There is, however, a striking contrast between temperatures on two different coasts, a result of the warm eastern Agulhas current and cold western Benguela current that sweep the coastlines.In the southern hemisphere our seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America, so, yes – we spend Christmas on the beach! Summer Boulders Beach in Simonstown south of Cape Town is famous for its African penguin colony. Summertime on the Cape peninsula has glorious months of rain-free sunshine. (Image: South African Tourism)Over much of South Africa, summer, which lasts from mid-October to mid- February, is characterised by hot, sunny weather – often with afternoon thunderstorms that clear quickly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell in the air.Western Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is the exception, getting its rain in winter. Autumn Vineyards in the Hex River Valley winemaking region of the Western Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Autumn in South Africa is from mid-February to April. It offers the best weather in some respects. Very little rain falls over the whole country, and it is warm but not too hot, getting colder as the season progresses.In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with hot sunny days and warm, balmy nights which many people spend outdoors. Winter Wild waves break against the rocky shore of the Wild Coast in the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Winter in South Africa – from May to July – is characterised in the higher-lying areas of the interior plateau by dry, sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. It’s a good idea to bring warm clothes.Western Cape gets most of its rain in winter, with quite a few days of cloudy, rainy weather that can be quite stormy with high winds. On 1 June 2013, for example, a cold front accompanied by an intense upper-air trough led to heavy rains and flooding in places over Cape Town, mainly in the informal settlements.Heavy snow falls occurred over the high-lying areas in the south-western parts of Western Cape and Northern Cape, while it was extremely cold over the interior of the two provinces.However, wonderful days are spread throughout winter that rival the best of a British summer.The hot, humid KwaZulu-Natal coast, as well as the Lowveld (lower-lying areas) of Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces, offer fantastic winter weather with sunny, warmish days and virtually no wind or rain.The high mountains of the Cape and the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal usually get snow in winter. Spring Springtime daisies carpet the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism)Nowhere in South Africa is spring, which lasts from August to mid-October, more spectacular than in Northern Cape and Western Cape. Here the grey winter is forgotten as thousands of small, otherwise insignificant plants cover the semi-arid plains in an iridescent carpet of flowers.The journey to see the flowers of the Namaqualand is an annual pilgrimage for many South Africans. Best time of the year to travel? An old car holds a garden of succulent plants outside a roadside stall in the Northern Cape. (Image: Media Club South Africa)That depends on what you want to do. The Namaqualand flowers are obviously best in August and September. Winter is a good time for game watching, as the veld is not as lush as it is in summer and the lack of rain means animals are more likely to congregate around water holes and rivers.Southern right whales hang around off our coasts from about mid-June to the end of October, making for spectacular whale watching.Diving is best in most of the country outside summer (ie, from April through September), and so is surfing – but that certainly doesn’t limit either activity to those times.River rafting is better in Western Cape at the end of winter, and in KwaZulu-Natal in the height of summer (late November to mid-February). In Mpumalanga and Limpopo, it’s less time dependent.The “shoulder” seasons – spring and autumn – are best for hiking, as summer can be hot over most of the country. In the Drakensberg, summer thunderstorms are dangerous, while there is a good chance of snow in winter. In Western Cape, the winters are wet, so it’s not necessarily the best time for hikes.If you’re a birder, the palaeoarctic migrants arrive around November and the intra- African migrants usually by mid-October.Of course, if you want to lounge around on the beaches, mid-summer is the best time – though everyone else will be there too. And – big bonus – the beaches of northern KwaZulu-Natal are warm and sunny even in midwinter.Gallery: South Africa’s plant lifeRead more:Sout h Africa’s wildlife wondersWhale watching in South AfricaAdventure experiencesSouth Africa: coastal playgroundSouth Africa’s year-round beachesScuba diving in South Africa SouthAfrica.info reporter and South African TourismUpdated: 8 November 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
Tyler Garcia scored an unassisted marker at three minutes of overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the second straight for the Leafs against the Bruins this season — both one goal victories.Tyler Fyfe scored twice to lead the Leafs. Shayne Pluto scored twice for the Bruins, forcing overtime with late goal in the third period.Nelson out shot the Bruins 32-27 in the game.Joseph Barton earned the win between the pipes for Nelson.The Leafs return to action Sunday afternoon when North Okanagan visits the NDCC Arena for a 2:30 p.m. puck drop.
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