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2019 GMC Sierra Revealed: Diesel Power and a Carbon-Fiber Bed

2019 GMC Sierra Revealed: Diesel Power and a Carbon-Fiber BedThe new Sierra has a few tricks all its own.



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Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra Leone

Families wait in rain to ID lost loved ones in Sierra LeoneFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Hawa Stevens spoke through tears of the 28 family members she lost after surging mudslides and floodwaters swept through Sierra Leone's capital, killing hundreds and leaving hundreds more missing.



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312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capital

312 dead as mudslides, flooding sweep through Sierra Leone capitalAt least 312 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless on Monday when heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown, leaving excavators to pull bodies from rubble and overwhelming the city’s morgues. An AFP journalist saw several homes submerged in Regent village, a hilltop community, and corpses floating in the water in the Lumley West area of the city, as the president assured emergency services were doing all they could to tackle one of the worst natural disasters ever to hit the city. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the death toll was 312 but could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown and tally the number of dead.



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Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'

Sierra Leone landslide: More than 300 killed as roads turn into 'churning rivers of mud'More than 300 people have been killed after a mudslide and heavy flooding in Sierra Leone. Relatives were left digging through mud in search of their loved-ones, as a mortuary in the capital of Freetown was overwhelmed by bodies. Houses were submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse, with roads described by witnesses as being turned into "churning rivers of mud". Dramatic footage of deadly #Freetown#floods#Sierraleone#climatechangeisreal = more intense rains, flash flooding pic.twitter.com/yvHiceM13y— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 A coroner's official said that more than 200 bodies had been taken to the city mortuary, which was left struggling to cope. The Red Cross said the death toll had risen to 312. However, a precise death toll is not yet clear and is likely to rise as many people might have been asleep when the mudslide happened in the early hours of Monday.  An estimated 2,000 people have also been made homeless after heavy rains caused properties to disappear under water. Houses were left submerged in mud after a night of heavy rain that saw a hillside in the Regent area collapse Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Speaking at the scene, Sierra Leone's Vice President, Victor Foh, said: "It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble." He added: "The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken. We're trying to cordon (off) the area (and) evacuate the people." People cried as they looked at the damage under steady rain, gesturing towards a muddy hillside where dozens of houses used to stand. Cars submerged in muddy water in streets in Regent Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital, told local media that the number of those killed had overwhelmed the facility. "The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses," he told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corporation. Youngsters flee flooded homes in Regent, near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone/AFP Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted its regular programming to show scenes of people trying to retrieve the bodies of loved-ones. Others were seen carrying relatives' remains in rice sacks to the mortuary. Military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation in the West African country. Flowing water floods the streets in an area on the outskirts of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone  Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Fatmata Sesay - who lives on the hilltop area of Juba - said she, her three children and husband were woken at 4.30am by rain beating down on their mud house, which was by then submerged by water. She managed to escape by climbing onto the roof. "We have lost everything and we do not have a place to sleep," she told AFP. Villagers look on in this image that shows the aftermath of the Sierra Leone mudslide Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Images shared by local media showed people waist-deep trying to navigate streets of flowing water. Locals carry belongings after the mudslide early on Monday in this picture said to show the scene near Freetown Credit: Society for Climate Change Communication Sierra Leone Other pictures showed scenes after a section of a hill in the Regent area was reported to have collapsed. #SierraLeone#Flood alert Heavy rains cause landslide at Regent, back of GUMA reservoir – Eyewitness report section of hill has collapsed pic.twitter.com/gUEznTqHaQ— S4CCC-SL (@scccsierraleone) August 14, 2017 Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit annually by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera. Many of the impoverished areas are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during the country's rainy season. We are saddened to hear about awful flooding in areas of Freetown. The strong spirit of the people of SL & Hull will help you get through. pic.twitter.com/OfTEbPl1d1— The Freetown Society (@FreetownSociety) August 14, 2017 Flooding in the capital in 2015 killed 10 people and left thousands homeless. #freetown #rainseason #myafricanadventure #Komba A post shared by Jacob Lund (@jacobluund) on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:06am PDT Sierra Leone was one of the west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014 that left more than 4,000 people dead in the country and it has struggled to revive its economy since the crisis. About 60 percent of people in Sierra Leone live below the national poverty line, according to the United Nations Development Programme.  The mudslide happened in Regent, a town near Freetown in Sierra Leone Hundreds of bodies recovered after mudslides in Sierra Leone 00:58  



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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homesMore than 200 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes. The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red Cross spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said.



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GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel

GM sued over excess emissions in Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra Duramax DieselToday's auto news headlines read like a warped version of Oprah Winfrey's infamous car giveaway: "You're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! And you're getting sued for excess diesel emissions! Everyone's getting sued for excess diesel emissions!" We say that because General Motors is now being sued for excess diesel emissions. 
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al The suit filed in Detroit's federal court yesterday alleges that GM illegally outfitted 705,000 pickups with defeat devices similar to those deployed by Volkswagen in 11 million cars worldwide, including 565,000 registered in the U.S. The suit covers 2011-2016 models of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel. Unlike the lawsuit filed earlier this week against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, this one comes from consumers, not the U.S. Department of Justice. It alleges that GM employed at least three defeat devices that allowed trucks to emit up to five times the legal limit of pollutants while on the road but to keep emissions within legal limits during regulatory tests. 
Fenner et al v General Motors LLC et al alleges that GM broke a number of racketeering and consumer protection laws. Plaintiffs seek a wide range of compensation, including payouts for lost resale value and buybacks of their vehicles. They're also seeking punitive damages against the automaker. Interestingly, the suit also names German supplier Bosch as a defendant. If the case goes to trial, that could be significant, since Bosch was very closely linked to the Volkswagen scandal. If you follow car news, it probably won't surprise you to learn that plaintiffs in the GM case are represented in part by Hagens Berman law firm, which has been a key player in the Dieselgate settlement and many other auto-related suits. GM has issued a brief statement about the lawsuit that reads, in full:
"These claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend ourselves. The Duramax Diesel Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra comply with all U.S. EPA and CARB emissions regulations." It's worth noting that this is one of at least two cases being brought by consumers against GM over its diesel vehicles–the other involving emissions in the Chevrolet Cruze diesel.
Our take Who will prevail? We can't say because, much to some of our mothers' chagrin, we're not lawyers. However, we do know that the case puts GM in an awkward position. If the case goes to trial, it might prove GM's innocence, but GM's name would remain in the headlines for months and potentially years. Being associated with a high-profile case related to diesel emissions fraud at this time in history wouldn't do much for GM's diesel sales. That's a real problem, as GM appears to have banked on cornering the diesel market as other automakers retreat. On the other hand, settling this case (and the one involving the Cruze for that matter) out of court wouldn't do anything to exonerate GM. However, in terms of publicity, it might be for the best. Either way, shareholders will want GM to put the case to rest as soon as possible: stock prices took a plunge yesterday after the lawsuit was filed, though some of that value could be regained in trading today.



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Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanol

Sierra Club to sue EPA over failure to report on ethanolThe confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency administrator was expected to rankle environmental groups. Pruitt is a climate-science denier who, in his previous position as Oklahoma attorney general, sued the agency he is now charged with many multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental regulations.



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Alone and at risk: Sierra Leone’s baby-faced mothers

Isatu Koroma, 15, breastfeeds her baby at the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in FreetownDizzy and sweating, 15-year-old Isatu Koroma sits with her eyes closed in the maternity ward in Sierra Leone where she has spent the last 10 days, as her tiny little daughter begins to cry. Health workers in the west African country are battling a teenage pregnancy epidemic that peaked when the Ebola crisis was at its height late in 2014, and they say it shows no sign of slowing. Ward sister Josephine Samba describes the girl's pregnancy as "an accident", whispering that Koroma's own mother died two months after she was born as she cajoles her into breastfeeding the as yet unnamed baby.



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Ebola halts HIV progress in Sierra Leone, says U.N.

By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The West African Ebola outbreak has halted progress in tackling HIV in Sierra Leone, shutting health clinics and scaring patients from being tested or seeking treatment, the United Nations has said. In an internal document seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) raised concerns that HIV prevalence and drug resistance in the country could increase as a result. “Hospitals have closed down because they have been overrun by Ebola patients and non-Ebola patients are too afraid to go to them for fear of catching the virus,” said Hakan Bjorkman, who manages UNDP’s AIDS program.
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