zoomImage by WMN Italy’s Fincantieri has entered into a binding Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Carnival Corporation & plc for the construction of two cruise ships, with an option for additional four vessels.The deal, subject to several conditions, has a value of around USD 1.5 billion for the first two ships, which will be built for the Chinese market at the SWS yard, a facility of CSSC Group. The first delivery is expected in 2023.“We are proud to be able to order the first China-built cruise ships and play a leadership role in developing cruise shipbuilding capabilities for the first time in China, which represents another important milestone in building a sustainable and prosperous cruise industry, and demonstrates our commitment to helping China become a leading cruise market as part of its five-year economic development plan,” Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, said.The deal comes on the back of a joint venture agreed between Fincantieri and China’s shipbuilding conglomerate CSSC aimed at developing and supporting the growth of the Chinese cruise industry.The joint venture was set up to design and sell cruise ships intended and customized for the Chinese and Asian markets.
(Wilbur Dedam. Government of New Brunswick photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former chief of Esgenoopetitj was arrested by New Brunswick RCMP officers Wednesday on allegations of committing sex crimes dating back to 1977, APTN National News has learned.Wilbur Dedam, 56, was driving back from a trip to the Miramichi, NB, when he was pulled over by an RCMP cruiser before he reached the boundary of his reserve. An eye-witness said he was handcuffed and put into the back of the RCMP cruiser.Dedam is scheduled to appear in Miramichi provincial court Thursday.The RCMP said in a press statement that officers arrested a 56 year-old man from the community on sex crime allegations. The statement said the crimes dated from 1977 to 1996 and that three alleged victims had stepped forward. The RCMP would not confirm the identity of the individual.The investigation began in March.Dedam was running for a councillor spot on the band council at the time of his arrest.He was at the end of a two year ban preventing him from running for council imposed by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2011.The ban was triggered by an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Dedam and other councillors around email@example.com@JorgeBarrera