21 February 2013 South African culinary school The Hurst Campus has become the first from Africa to receive an international endorsement and gain admission as a member of the renowned French Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance. It was also granted exclusivity for South Africa as a member of the alliance, the school announced at the beginning of February. The Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance is made up of 14 partners in 14 countries and aims to encourage cross-cultural educational experiences and promoting the hospitality and culinary arts sector. It was established in 2004 and provides an annual four-month intensive course for 30 top students from each of the partner institutions to perfect their technical skills. “Our membership of the Institut Paul Bocuse Worldwide Alliance underscores the fact that our training at The Hurst Campus meets the highest global standards, and our students will take with them a qualification that is recognised worldwide,” owner and director Rebecca Hurst said in a statement. The Hurst Campus started life as The Culinary Academy in 1997, when it only offered a food and wine diploma programme. Hurst completed a diploma at the academy and was offered a partnership following her graduation in 1997; she took over in 2002. The Culinary Academy was re-branded as The Hurst Campus at the start of 2013 as part of Hurst’s “Campus Evolution” plans, which also include the extension of the diploma in hospitality management into a three-year full-time course and the move to a privately owned farm in the Cape winelands. “It is a great honour to be accepted as a member of this alliance of world-leading training institutions, and I am thrilled that it opens so many network opportunities and exchange programmes for both faculty members and students, to network globally and improve their skills to internationally accepted standards,” Hurst said. SAinfo reporter
“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added. Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries. “Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. Story Highlights Bilateral relations between Jamaica and Mexico have fostered excellent cooperation across a wide range of areas critical to national development in the two countries.“Our ties in trade, investment and tourism continue to be strong. Both trade and investments have shown healthy increases,” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr.“Indeed, Mexico continues to be a significant investor in Jamaica’s tourism,” he added.The State Minister was speaking at a reception to commemorate the 208th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico, held on Friday (September 14) at the Ambassador’s Residence, 9 Cherry Gardens Avenue, St. Andrew.He said the two countries have advanced their bilateral agenda during 2018, and cited the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister, His Excellency Dr. Luis Videgaray Caso, in March as “another tangible demonstration of the strength of the Jamaica-Mexico partnership”.The State Minister said the Government is looking forward to hosting the Ninth Meeting of the Mexico-Jamaica Bi-national Commission in Kingston early next year.In his remarks, Ambassador of Mexico, His Excellency Juan Jose González Mijares, said that Jamaica is increasingly becoming an important destination for Mexican companies, with investments expanding in the tourism, airport management and construction sectors.He mentioned ongoing projects in the areas of energy, statistics, agriculture, maritime security, the preservation of digital archives and disaster risk-management.“The objective is to span the promotion of investments and technological exchanges in agricultural services and the Blue economy, among others,” he noted.The Ambassador said that the visit by the Mexican Foreign Minister “elevated our political dialogue and cemented Mexico’s willingness to support Jamaica as a reliable partner in the achievements of its strategic economic objectives”.He thanked the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, led by Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, for its dedication to facilitating the dialogues and for widening “our economic and cooperation exchanges”.The Ambassador also offered his full support to Ambassador Jason Hall, who has been appointed to head Jamaica’s Mission in Mexico.“We will work together in bringing not only more of Mexico to Jamaica but more presence of Jamaica in Mexico,” he said.The ceremony featured a performance by the Quemacocos band, which delivered an eclectic fusion that combines rock and roll with traditional Mexican music, and the presentation of El Grito de La Independencia (Independence Cry) directed by Ambassador González Mijares.Diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Mexico were established in March 1966.
Japanese shipping company Daitoh Trading has been linked to orders for five chemical/product tankers with compatriot builders.According to data provided by Intermodal, the company has placed an order for three 16,000 dwt vessels with Japan’s Fukuoka Shipbuilding, and for an additional two units with the shipbuilder’s subsidiary Usuki Shipyard.The three tankers are scheduled for delivery during the period from 2020 to 2021, while the two units from Usuki Shipyard would join their owner in 2019.The company did not unveil any financial details related to the tankers, which will feature 16,000 dwt, respectively.World Maritime News Staff