Will Trump's visit help or hinder relief efforts?

Will Trump's visit help or hinder relief efforts?

During both stops, Trump remarked on the unprecedented nature of the storm — which has left parts of Houston and southeastern Texas under several feet of water — and talked up recovery efforts being led by state and federal officials. In Corpus Christi, Trump said he hoped the disaster response efforts in the wake of the hurricane would become a model for future natural disaster relief efforts. “We want to do it better than ever before. We want to be looked at five years, 10 years from now, as this…

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Uber ends invasive post-trip tracking

Uber ends invasive post-trip tracking

UBER is pulling a heavily criticised feature from its app that allowed it to track riders for up to five minutes after a trip, as the ride-services company tries to fix its poor reputation for customer privacy. The change, which restores users’ ability to share location data only while using the app, is expected to be announced on Tuesday and rolled out to Apple iPhone users starting this week. It comes as Uber tries to recover from a series of crises culminating in the ouster of Chief Executive Travis Kalanick…

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Roebourne 'let down by government' Terry Redman admits

Roebourne 'let down by government' Terry Redman admits

Posted August 30, 2017 07:29:56 Photo:Roebourne locals have been urged to play a role in addressing the town’s problems. (ABC News: Robert Koenig-Luck) Related Story: The heart in the darkness of a broken town Successive West Australian governments have failed the remote community of Roebourne but a fresh approach is working, former regional development minister Terry Redman says. Mr Redman was in government as incidents of child abuse continued to grow in the Pilbara town. An ongoing police investigation into child sexual abuse in the west Pilbara has led to…

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US battles Turkish-backed rebels in Syria

US battles Turkish-backed rebels in Syria

The coalition believes the attackers are part of the Turkish-backed opposition forces, a loose grouping of Arab and Turkmen fighters that have helped the Turkish military clear ISIS from the Turkish-Syria border area. “Recent incidents have occurred in territories primarily under the control of Turkish-backed fighters. We are engaged with Ankara and other parties to address this danger,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN. Many of these Turkey-supported forces originated as part of the opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and they have also clashed with the US-backed and Kurdish-led…

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Poisonous progress

Poisonous progress

Image copyrightScience Photo Library Image caption Chemist Thomas Midgley insisted that tetraethyl lead was safeLeaded petrol was safe. Its inventor was sure of it. Facing sceptical reporters at a press conference in October 1924, Thomas Midgley dramatically produced a container of tetraethyl lead – the additive in question – and washed his hands in it. “I’m not taking any chance whatever,” Midgley declared. “Nor would I… doing that every day.” Midgley was – perhaps – being a little disingenuous. He had recently spent several months in Florida, recuperating from lead…

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