Mercedes XClass pickup might be ready to kick the bucket report says

first_img 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class puts some fancy trim on your cowboy boots 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Enlarge ImageGood night, sweet prince, we hardly knew ye. Mercedes-Benz If you live in the US and don’t pay particularly close attention to car and truck models that aren’t sold here, you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that Mercedes-Benz makes a pickup truck. It’s called the X-Class, and it’s actually pretty cool.Unfortunately, it may not be long for this world if a report published Tuesday by Automotive News Europe is to be believed. The reason for the possible demise of the X-Class is the current worldwide sales slump for new vehicles. The X-Class, being kind of a niche product — and a badge-engineered one at that — is an easy target for cost savings. Yep, we said badge-engineered. The X-Class is based on a Nissan pickup (that we also don’t get in the US) called the Navara. Obviously, Mercedes being what it is, it changes a ton of stuff, so it’s not quite as bad as say, Volkswagen rebadging a Grand Caravan as the Routan.In any case, the X-Class (which has been around since 2017) hasn’t exactly been flying off of dealer lots. Automotive News Europe pegs the global sales for the model at just 16,700 units. By comparison, Mercedes shifted around 15,000 S-Class models in 2018 in the US alone.When you consider that the S-Class costs more than twice as much as an X-Class (based on German market prices) and sedan sales are in the proverbial terlet here, the model’s discontinuation starts to make some real sense.Now, we’ll shed no tears for the X-Class if and when it goes away, but we do like the idea of a Mercedes pickup. We just need to convince the folks back in Stuttgart to do some really wild stuff like make a Jeep Gladiatoresque version of the G-wagen and sell it in America. 0 Share your voice 48 Photos Mercedes-Benz Nissan 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing Tags 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box 8:42 Now playing: Watch this: Trucks Car Industry Post a comment 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-door: A fancy-pants muscle car Mercedes-Benz More From Roadshowlast_img read more

Rohingyas elect female camp leaders

first_imgRecently arrived Rohingyas living in the Shalbagan-Nayapara camp in Cox’s Bazar district, for the first time, have selected their own camp committee, led by women.The election in Shalbagan camp is a pilot project under the community governance process, an initiative taken by the UN refugee agency UNHCR in partnership with ADRA and Bangladeshi local authorities.Rohingyas living in Shalbagan chose their own camp committee consisting of a chief, a deputy, an assistant, a general member and 12 block representatives.The elected camp leader, deputy leader and half of all block representatives are female.“This is a remarkable achievement. Rohingya refugees in Shalbagan have spoken and decided they want 50 per cent of their representatives to be women. They should be congratulated on this,” said Bernadette Castel-Hollingsworth, UNHCR’s Senior Protection Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.This is the first time elections for camp leaders have been rolled out to ensure community representation in areas where recently-arrived Rohingya refugees, who fled violence in Myanmar, are living.“This election marks a transition to a more democratic form of representation,” said Bangladesh’s Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abdul Kalam.“Through the election, the voices of people will have a firmer ground to communicate gaps in services and their needs,” he said.The camp committee selection process at Shalbagan began seven weeks ago with refugees nominating 20 candidates who were then screened against eligibility criteria.The newly-elected refugee committee began work this week, starting with capacity-building plans supported by UNHCR, humanitarian partners and local authorities.As part of the Community Governance Process, Camp Committee elections are intended to be rolled out across other refugee sites in the coming months.last_img read more

2 killed in Lalmonirhat road crash

first_imgRoad accident LogoTwo people were killed and seven others injured when a truck rammed a human-hauler on Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway in Aditmari upazila on Monday morning, reports UNB.The deceased Alamgir Hossain, 19, was a garment worker from Duhuli village in Kaliganj upazila, and Abdul Khaleque, was human-hauler driver and son of Rahmat Ali of the same upazila.Quoting witnesses, police said the Burimari land port-bound truck hit the human-hauler coming from the opposite direction near Palli Bidyut substation, leaving two people killed on the spot and seven others injured, said Masud Rana, officer-in-charge of Aditmari police station.The injured were taken to Sadar hospital.Police seized the truck and arrested its driver.last_img read more

Obama passes on Philippines Prez Pot plants at daycare ExGF sets fire

first_imgPot plants found outside of Connecticut day care.Marijuana plants found at West Haven day care worth over $1 million, police say https://t.co/6WXE7YDkMH pic.twitter.com/YxSGokUBk6— FOX 61 (@FOX61News) September 5, 2016 Advertisement Exploding Ice.Exploding ice ? Credit: Tito4re pic.twitter.com/yDzZYirl3w— Destroying Stuff (@DestroyingClip) August 21, 2016 Fox settles harassment suit with Carlson for $20 million.BREAKING: Fox settles with Gretchen Carlson for $20 million https://t.co/v5Hx8UFz9M pic.twitter.com/0evSI4u92r— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 6, 2016 Bayer/Monsanto merger imminent.MORE: Bayer, Monsanto deal could happen within a week or two, people familiar say » https://t.co/jIjMN7o5hk— CNBC (@CNBC) September 6, 2016 Time lapse shows earth rotating instead of sky. Angry ex-girlfriend sets fire to the wrong car.She set fire to a car. She thought it was her ex’s. It wasn’t. https://t.co/cRlpDb1q9S pic.twitter.com/K6v3231jPp— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) September 6, 2016 Obama cancels meeting with Philippines President Duterte, who called him a “son of a bitch.”Obama cancelled a meeting with the Philippine president following an obscene warning https://t.co/twugDPxvQT via @ludacristiano— POLITICO (@politico) September 6, 2016 Right-wing activist Phyllis Schafly dies at 92.Far-right activist and author Phyllis Schlafly has died https://t.co/PJVqbssFpI— Bloomberg (@business) September 6, 2016last_img read more

Oceania Cruises OLife makes for an allaround delectable experience at sea

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> ONBOARD OCEANIA MARINA — Reporting from the lovely environs of Oceania Marina is pure pleasure. Whether your clients are seasoned cruisers or first-timers to the cruising world, and whether they gravitate to super luxury or easy comfort, you can confidently assure them that Oceania presents a lifestyle at sea that is so inviting, so gracious at every level, that being a passenger aboard an Oceania vessel feels much like being a valued member of a private, upscale country club where – one might say – membership reaps rewards.Oceania cruising is a lifestyle. The cruise line has cleverly branded the lifestyle OLife and, along with it, made the Oceania culinary experience an integral and signature hallmark of that brand.Simply put, here’s what this means for your clients: No matter their level of accommodation – from oceanview to Owner’s Suite – they can expect gourmet fare throughout all Oceania ships, plus the privilege of dining in any specialty restaurant without paying a premium dining fee, though reservations are required.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThree days into my ‘Tropical Tempos’ itinerary aboard the Marina, as an unabashed lover of fine food I am astonished by the superb quality and presentation of meals, and the fact that almost all dishes are prepared à la minute, and occasionally, tableside. (More about the Italian, French and pan-Asian restaurants in an upcoming article in Travelweek.)Having already honed a diverse roster of tours in international ports of call, and having already established the first hands-on cooking school at sea, Oceania has enhanced the touring possibilities by researching and creating culinary discovery experiences that allow passengers to have authentic, intimate experiences with locals of the destination.For example, when the Marina calls at Roatan this morning, I’ll be joining a farm-to-table tour with a local farmer, learning how hydroponic technology has increased produce for the area, helping to gather lettuces and greens, and participating in a cooking program at a local restaurant.So far this Marina cruise has been an all-around delectable experience. I look forward to sharing tasty Oceania details, as well as tidbits of the OLife experience, in my upcoming article for Travelweek. Toby Saltzman Posted by Wednesday, February 22, 2017 center_img Share Tags: Oceania Cruises Oceania Cruises’ OLife makes for an all-around delectable experience at sealast_img read more