In one of the bigger unveil events of the year, General Motor’s GMC premium truck and SUV brand has just revealed its new 2020 GMC Sierra HD. The heavy-duty, full-size pickup is touted as “the crown jewel of the GMC lineup” and the model that most lives up to the brand’s “Professional Grade” motto, so it’s important that they get it right with this new generation.Let’s cut right to the most important detail you need to know about the 2020 GMC Sierra HD: when properly equipped, it has an estimated towing capacity in excess of 30,000 pounds. If you could find a trailer big enough to carry an F-250 Super Duty, a Nissan Titan XD and the previous generation Sierra HD, this new 2020 Sierra HD could tow ’em all. That’s like two African elephants (or 3,000 cats) worth of mass; we’re talking serious pulling power. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech GMC also brings its MultiPro tailgate from the smaller Sierra to the HD party. This soft-opening tailgate has a smaller tailgate nested within it that allows a total of six functions including full-open, half-open, easy access, step-up and extended loading modes. The bed also features box steps on all sides, 12 tie-down points and an available in-bed 120-volt outlet. Inside, the Sierra’s dashboard is home to the familiar GMC Infotainment System — a dark reskin of General Motors’ MyLink/IntelliLink software — featuring snappy navigation, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Like other Sierra and Silverado models, the Sierra HD will also feature available USB-A and USB-C ports, 120-volt outlets and available wireless charging to keep any devices onboard juiced up. Denali and AT4 GMC tells us that more than half of the Sierras it sells are the pricier, premium Denali trim level. So, the 2020 Sierra HD will step up its game to appeal to those buyers with premium leather seating, open-pore real wood trim and dark-finish aluminum details. New for 2020 is an off-road focused AT4 trim level that matches trail-busting capability with the Sierra HD’s heavy-duty capacities. The Sierra HD AT4 will feature an off-road suspension with Rancho Shocks, an Eaton locking rear differential, skid plates and, of course, bright red tow hooks. The rubber meets the dirt road at 18-inch wheels — or optional 20s — wrapped in Michelin all-terrain tires. The heavy-hauling 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD will hit the road later this year in premium Denali and new AT4 trim levels. GMC In addition to the hardware, the AT4 will also get a special off-road software setting for its Traction Select System with hill descent control and hill start assist features. The Sierra’s 15-inch head-up display gets augmented with an off-road inclinometer that shows how severely you’re ascending or descending at a glance and a standard surround-vision camera helps the driver spot the vehicle’s surroundings on tight trails. The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this year in 2500HD and 3500HD dually and single rear wheel configurations. Pricing, packaging and more complete specifications will be announced later closer to launch. More From Roadshow Trucks Tags Share your voice 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model Comments 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD has super strength, X-ray vision 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel 55 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 1:40 2 GMC General Motors 4G LTE Towing and tech That towing prowess is made possible by a larger, beefier frame, a new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission — the first 10-speed in this heavy-duty pickup class — and GMC’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel. Thanks to improved breathing and cooling, the Duramax is now good for 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque, which can be put to the road with better control thanks to the transmission’s close-spaced gear ratios. Towing, you may have guessed, is a big reason people consider heavy-duty pickups, so GMC has loaded the Sierra HD with a laundry list of trailering technologies and electronic traction and stability control acronyms and even integrations with the ProGrade Trailering System’s in-vehicle Trailering App. By stitching together multiple camera views, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD’s Transparent Trailer feature can see through a towed payload. GMC I’m most impressed, however, by the new camera-based trailering technologies. The Sierra HD boasts a ridiculous 15 selectable camera views and a class-first Rear Camera Mirror that allow the driver to get the best view of the road around the large pickup and its payload. None of those 15 views is more impressive than the “Transparent Trailer” mode that stitches together views from two tailgate cameras and an accessory remote camera mounted at the back of the trailer to make the trailer appear invisible when viewed through the dashboard display. It’s like your very own x-ray machine that lets you see through the trailer you’re towing.Easier to work and live with Aesthetically, the Sierra HD is looking pretty good, leading off with a grille and headlamp design that’s much less… divisive than its recently debuted cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado HD. The Sierra HD’s C-shaped LED light signature doesn’t differ too much from the standard-scale Sierra, but its grille is significantly beefier. That grille isn’t the only thing that’s larger. The 2020 Sierra HD is longer with a taller hoodline than the 2019 model, which gives it a more imposing look. However, GMC has designed the Sierra HD to be more approachable and easier to live with, thanks to details like a 1-inch lower bed height that makes for easier loading.
Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Evicted sharecroppers along Highway 60 in New Madrid County, Mo., in January 1939. Photo by Arthur Rothstein/LOC/Creative CommonsWASHINGTON (RNS) — A Christian anti-hunger group has released a devotional guide to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Va.“Lament and Hope: A Pan-African Devotional Guide” was produced by Bread for the World and is set to be dedicated at a prayer service at a Washington church on Thursday (Feb. 28), the last day of Black History Month.The free guide addresses past and current issues of unequal access to land, housing and education. It begins with verses from the Bible’s Book of Lamentations that speak of homelessness and affliction and conclude with a proclamation of the “steadfast love of the Lord.”The Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith speaks at a Religious Freedom Center class for black theological students on Jan. 8, 2019, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks“We are saying that the history of people of African identity has been a legacy of spiritual resistance,” said the Rev. Angelique Walker-Smith, editor of the guide. “There’s been that resistance against the evils of enslavement and all the things that accompanied that.”The devotional has been released at the start of a year in which many activities commemorating the arrival of the first African captives in Jamestown are planned, including some by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 400 Years of African-American History Commission that was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Trump in early January.Walker-Smith, senior associate for Pan-African and Orthodox Church relations at Bread for the World, said a delegation of young adults from across Africa plans to represent her organization in August at events planned in Jamestown, where people from the modern-day southwest African country of Angola were brought 400 years ago.Bread for the World’s 2019 Pan-African Devotional Guide. Image courtesy of Bread for the WorldBread for the World’s guide was produced to help readers answer questions about how to move from lamentation to hope, drawing on the example of African people who were forced into slavery and protested it, she said.“That spiritual resistance is actually a source of hope and still is a source of hope,” Walker-Smith said.The guide will be promoted through partnerships with global, African and American networks of churches. It features monthly entries written by current and former leaders of the Angola Council of Churches, the United Theological College of the West Indies and the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative.The dedication service and the guide itself will encourage participants to contemplate disparities that remain across the globe and determine ways to advocate to eliminate them, Walker-Smith said.“At the end of the service, there will be a call to action to say you have a role in this narrative, you have an opportunity to be a part of this legacy,” she said. “What are you doing and how can you further this sense of hope?” Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,Jewish youth organization nabs $25 million gift to help empower young women Tags400 years Angelique Walker-Smith Black History Month Bread for the World devotional homepage featured Jamestown Pan-African slavery Virginia,You may also like Somali sheikh leads a seven-year campaign to end female genital mutilation Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Catholicism We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Share This! Share This! By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Kolkata: The third day of Madhyamik examination passed peacefully on Friday, even as allegations of the question paper being circulated on WhatsApp were repeated again. It was found that the question papers of History had been doing rounds on social media, an hour after the commencement of the examination. State Education minister Partha Chatterjee, however, denied the incident. “I have constantly been in touch with the District Magistrates and the Police Superintendents and they had informed me that everything was in place,” Chatterjee said. This is the third day in a row when question papers of Madhyamik have been found circulating on WhatsApp. The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education, which is responsible for conducting the examination, has already lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar Cyber Crime Police station, urging a probe in this regard.
Register Now » This story appears in the December 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global December 1, 2015 If there’s one thing software company Ebsta understands, it’s customer relationship management. The San Diego- and London-based company sells a $10 per month per user Chrome browser extension that syncs customers’ email accounts to the Salesforce database to streamline the onerous task of updating a CRM system. But finding new prospects for Ebsta is difficult and, as vice president of sales Bernhard Peters points out, expensive — especially for a company with roughly $1 million in annual revenue. “We’re still a tiny company,” Peters says. “We have to be careful who we chase; we don’t have a lot of money or manpower to spare. Buying lists never works; they’re out of date. And data-mining companies charge at least $25,000 upfront, with no guarantee of ROI.”The FixPeters was in a San Diego restaurant when he overheard Olin Hyde, co-founder and CEO of Englue, explaining how his artificial intelligence product LeadCrunch could mine the web to uncover leads based on names of a company’s best customers. It’s the same technology Englue developed for a Lockheed Martin contract with the U.S. Navy.“The Navy uses our software to identify intent,” Hyde says. “In other words, determining whether that’s a commercial vessel traveling outside of traditional shipping lanes or a Chinese destroyer up to something suspicious. It does this by categorizing millions of variables to come up with a unique digital fingerprint.” That strategy can also be used to find qualified leads for sales managers.Peters introduced himself and later handed over a list of Ebsta’s 100 best U.S. customers, which he’d identified by the length of the sales cycle, cost of acquisition and amount of revenue each brought in. LeadCrunch took the names and scanned the web to find similarities among them. Once it had developed a unique digital profile for the ideal customer, the system searched for similar prospects. Within days, Peters had a list of 100 prospects to pursue.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessThe Result“The quality of the information was so much better than anything I’d ever seen,” Peters says. “We had names and direct emails and phone numbers of the real decision-makers.” Working that list, Peters saw a 30 percent conversion rate and slashed the time between initial outreach and a face-to-face meeting from 35 days to 10.More surprising, LeadCrunch opened Peters’ eyes to bigger enterprise-level customers. “It matches our culture with any company’s culture, no matter what size,” he says. “From the outside looking in, I would have thought, ‘No way we get them as a client.’ But LeadCrunch found the person in that company who was in sync with our vibe and would be receptive to our product.”Since then, Peters has gone back to LeadCrunch, paying $250 for 200 leads at a time. With each submission, he says, the tool grows smarter, and the conversion rate holds steady. “This is the first game-changing tool we’ve ever implemented,” he says.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingA Second Opinion“What’s interesting about LeadCrunch is that it’s based on what already works, not assumptions or gut feelings about the future, yet it still has the power to open the door for unexpected wins in totally new markets,” says Kelly Kuhn-Wallace, a Minneapolis-based marketing consultant focused on seed-stage startups. She believes LeadCrunch’s technology to be sound but says its pricing structure may not be sustainable. “I fully expect the pricing to go up as people discover how valuable it really is. So try it now, while it’s still cheap.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Look, it’s fairly easy to dismiss The Chairless Chair — a wearable exoskeleton developed by Swiss company Noonee that allows you to sit wherever — as a ridiculous piece of technology.But once you shake off the initial giggles of seeing someone wearing a robot suit and squatting by their workstation, the applications of the device become clear. For people who work with heavy machinery or on production lines or do other jobs that require long periods of standing, The Chairless Chair could be a lifesaver.Related: Google Glass Enterprise Edition Is Ready for WorkSitting is not always feasible in those kinds of environments, due to the clutter chairs could create. And standing in non-ergonomic positions for long periods of time can lead to joint issues. The company claims its product could lead to fewer employee absences caused by injuries.The Chairless Chair supports up to 220 pounds in each leg and locks into place when its user wants to sit. It then unlocks when the wearer stands up to walk.Related: Why Warren Buffett Is Investing in Wearable TechKeith Gunura, co-founder and CEO of Noonee, told Fortune that Audi, BMW, Daimler and Airbus are interested in The Chairless Chair.He said in a video (below) that the company sought to create a “simple exoskeleton that solves just one problem.” It plans to produce around 10,000 units over the summer. July 26, 2017 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.