The Ohio city is one of Americas most racially segregated and under Trump, many fear a conflict between the black community and mostly white police force
Its not easy being a black cop in Cleveland. During his 23 years in uniform, and now as a detective, Lynn Hampton has weaved a tricky path between the citys African American majority and its overwhelmingly white, sometimes trigger-happy police department. Some in the black community called him a sellout. A few white colleagues regard him as an infiltrator. But Hampton did not give up working to bridge the divide.
Were trying to keep a lid on this thing here. Youve got people in this city saying the police department is racist, that we are neo-Nazis, said Hampton. Now with Trump coming on the scene, spewing out these bigotries, my community is quite frankly saying this dude is a racist. Then hes talking about bringing back law and order again, and we know what that meant in the past. Whats that saying to the black community? Were opening back up open season on African Americans. Thats what people are thinking.
Hampton, wearing a brown trilby and a gold detectives badge on a chain around his neck, added that it was bad enough that Trump used the election campaign to push for a return of discredited stop and frisk policies, and to accuse Black Lives Matter of being responsible for the killings of police officers.
Those reckless pronouncements did not go unnoticed in a city marred by two of the most notorious police shootings of recent times, including the killing of 12 year-old Tamir Rice. But then, Clevelands overwhelmingly white police union piled in by taking the unprecedented step of endorsing Trump for president.
Bad move. Horrible move, said Hampton, who is a member of the union. A slap in the face to the community which you serve. What message does that send to black people about the attitude of the police?
Now the 57-year-old detective finds himself caught between an increasingly alarmed African American community, and a department he fears will retreat to a mindset more akin to military occupation than policing.
What kind of society does he want to create? Where we headed? You cant continue to back people into a corner without anybody eventually getting tired and striking out. Are we going to have more violence against police officers? Is that what he wants? Thats the very thing that Im trying to avoid, he said.
Some of Hamptons black colleagues have had enough and are talking about quitting. Thats not for him: he says he will stay and fight.
The revaluation of business rates next month will see London paying an extra 800m a year to support services in other parts of England, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said.
Under the changes, London councils will see their incomes rise as business rates there jump, while northern councils will lose out as rates fall.
As a result, London councils will have to pay more to “top up” other councils.
The IFS said this reflected a “greater reliance” on the capital.
Neil Amin-Smith, one of the report’s authors, said: “Revaluation will mean rates bills will go up, and revenues become more concentrated in London. This is part of a more general trend of greater reliance on the capital for revenues.”
Business rates are in effect the commercial version of council tax, and are paid on the rental value of the space that businesses occupy. The amount depends on the size of the property and what it’s used for.
The next business rates revaluation comes into effect on 1 April – the first for seven years.
Although many businesses are expecting small falls in business rates in April, about a third are expecting very sharp rises, with a fifth, mainly in the South East, expecting a rise of more than 40% immediately.
The government says three quarters of businesses’ rates will either go down or stay the same.
The changes are designed to be “revenue neutral” across England as a whole. However, rates in London are due to go up by about 11% above inflation over the next five years, while rates in northern England will fall by 10%.
Business rates revenues are redistributed among councils to compensate those that lose out.
London councils are not the only ones that will “top up” local authorities in other regions.
However, the changes mean that those in the capital will contribute an extra 400m a year to councils with less income from business rates.
In addition, all councils pay half their revenue from business rates to central government.
As a result of the changes, London councils will be paying an extra 400m into this central pot.
The changes to business rates is part of a wider trend for London to shoulder a bigger proportion of the UK’s tax take.
In the 2004-5 tax year London’s taxes – including income tax, corporation tax and stamp duty – accounted for 25% of Britain’s overall tax revenue. By 2014-15 that had increased to 30%.
However, one of the report’s authors said it depended on your point of view as to whether this was a good or a bad thing.
“As London’s economy pulls further ahead, more of its revenues need to be redistributed to stop the rest of the country falling behind,” said David Phillips, IFS associate director.
In the longer term, though, London stands to gain from increase in business rates, because the rules mean it will be allowed to retain the higher rates it gets from any new developments in the capital.
Consider Wednesday’s Budget as part of a box set – the latest episode in a financial drama that began with the banking crisis.
Like all good series, there are episodes which allow the scriptwriters to set up the story for a more dramatic encounter later on.
That will be the case with Philip Hammond – ironically nicknamed “Box Office Phil” – as he writes his Spring Budget, experts say. They predict this Budget will be relatively low key, particularly because there will be another one in the autumn.
And – to stretch the metaphor even further – we have been told a lot about the plot already. A string of tax and benefit changes that will come into effect this April have been announced in previous Budgets and Autumn Statements.
This will be the last ever Spring Budget, with the main event moving to the autumn from then on.
The leading man in the Treasury has changed. Philip Hammond is delivering his first Budget as chancellor, following eight delivered by his predecessor George Osborne.
There’s plenty of speculation that Wednesday’s Budget could be pretty low key. Don’t be fooled, though. Your finances are set to change anyway.
Some of the policies that affect UK residents’ personal finances were announced in previous speeches by Mr Osborne, but will only take effect this April. Others were outlined by Mr Hammond in November’s Autumn Statement and will also come into force in the spring.
A number will lead to a notable change in the finances of those of working age – particularly a shift in the income tax threshold and the benefit freeze – while others target particular groups of people such as landlords.
The amount people can earn before they are subject to income tax, known as the personal allowance, is currently set at 11,000 and it has already been announced that it will go up to 11,500 in April.
The Conservatives have promised to raise this to 12,500 by 2020-21 and increase with inflation after that.
The threshold for the higher 40% income tax rate will rise from 43,000 to 45,000 in April. However, in Scotland the higher rate will be paid on income above 43,510 a year – owing to the devolved tax powers the Scottish government now holds.
Other changes that had been announced by George Osborne, but which take effect in April, include:
Many working-age benefits remaining unchanged for a second year, as part of a four-year freeze. These include Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, some types of Housing Benefit, and Child Benefit. However, state pensions, Maternity Pay and disability benefits are excluded
The launch of a new Lifetime Individual Savings Account (LISA) for those aged between 18 and 40. They can save up to 4,000 a year, and the government will add a 25% bonus if the money is used to buy a home or as a pension from the age of 60
Any family which has a third or subsequent child born after April will not qualify for Child Tax Credit, which can be more than 2,000 per child. This will also apply to families claiming Universal Credit for the first time after April
The family element of child tax credits, worth 545 per year, will be abolished. So families in which the eldest child is born on or after 6 April will not receive this payment.
Pay rates for millions of workers have already been cemented.
The National Living Wage will rise from 7.20 to 7.50 in April, for those aged 25 and over. Public sector pay has already been set at a 1% annual rise each year until 2019-20.
Salary sacrifice allow some employees to give up some of their salary in exchange for goods and services. Some items bought under the scheme such as computers, gym membership, and health screening will be subject to tax from April – in effect, salary sacrifice will be cancelled on these items.
That was announced in Mr Hammond’s Autumn Statement, as was mixed news for drivers.
Fuel duty will be frozen for a seventh year, but the cost of vehicle insurance may rise owing to an increase in the Insurance Premium Tax from 10% to 12% in June.
Shares in Snapchat company opened Thursday at $24 and rose to $27 by Friday, but analysts predict struggles similar to those of Twitter, Groupon and Fitbit
Shares in Snap Inc, the picture messaging app that went public yesterday with a valuation of $29bn this week, continued to soar on Friday as some analysts warned against hot air fuelling the dramatic rise.
Snap priced its initial public offering at $17 a share, and opened up for trading Thursday at $24. In trading since, the stock has continued to be buoyed by investor excitement, rising above $27 per share by Friday at noon.
The stock rose substantially after the media firm NBCUniversal disclosed a $500m stake taken at the initial public offering (IPO).
The initial success of the offering raises the likelihood that the tech sector could soon present further public offerings, but analysts remain wary.
In a note to clients, the Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry compared Snap to Fitbit, Groupon and Twitter all companies that have struggled to maintain valuations since going public.
Let all the hot air go out, let the private investors cash out, lets see how the Industry evolves in 1.5 years, Chowdhry wrote, according to the Wall Street Journal.
His warning was repeated by other tech sector analysts concerned that Snap will follow a pattern of hot, then cooling, tech IPOs.
Euphoria could cause a short-term disconnect between fundamentals and valuation, warned the Susquehanna Financial analyst Shyam Patil in a note to investors.
Patil said that while there was still room for near-term upside, we struggle to see SNAP as a long-term investment.
On Thursday, the Instinet analyst Anthony DiClemente urged investors to reduce their holdings of Snap, warning that the company is already seeing a slowdown in the growth of daily average users and average revenue per users.
But in a letter to employees, the NBCUniversal CEO, Steve Burke, said the company had invested in Snap as part of an aggressive strategy to capitalize on increasing digital content consumption.
It is rare to have the opportunity to invest at this stage in a company as visionary and dynamic as Snap, Burke said.
He said NBC had invested over $1.5bn in digital businesses in the last 18 months, adding that Snaps CEO, Evan Spiegel, and his team had done an outstanding job building Snap into an extremely innovative and relevant company.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries of Snaps IPO include a private Catholic high school in Californias Silicon Valley that made $24m. St Francis High Schools president, Simon Chiu, said the school would use the funds for financial aid, professional development, teacher training and funding of school programs.
PricewaterhouseCoopers denies its accountants, believed to be responsible for handing out wrong best picture envelope, wanted to perform a sketch on stage
PricewaterhouseCoopers accountant Brian Cullinan, named as the person responsible for handing Warren Beatty the wrong envelope at Oscars ceremony, was distracted by tweeting backstage before the best picture award announcement and even wanted to make an on-stage appearance himself, it has been claimed.
According to Variety, Cullinan had pitched an idea to the shows producers involving him and fellow PwC accountant Martha Ruiz interacting with host Jimmy Kimmel. Variety say the idea was shot down.
Luckily, my date seemed legit, but if I’d been concerned I could have used a service like Circle 6.
You can let six of your closest friends know where you are at all times, and with just one tap you can contact them should you feel in danger while out on a date.
Online dating is a big and growing business – dating apps are worth $2.5bn (2bn) in the US alone, according to Marketdata Enterprises.
New stats from campaign Get Safe Online reveal that seven reports of dating fraud are received by the UK’s Action Fraud every day – an increase of 32% over two years.
So what are these companies doing to keep their members safe?
A few of the smaller apps are using technology such as Jumio, a digital identification service, to filter out scammers. Dating app TrueView, for example, uses it and has adopted a trust score verification system.
“We didn’t want to create just another dating app, there are tonnes of those,” says co-founder Matt Verity.
“We wanted to create one where people felt confident about who they’re talking to. The more social media accounts you link to it, the more your trust score goes up,” says Mr Verity.
But social media accounts can be bogus, too, and set up in a matter of minutes, so as well as using Jumio to delve into these accounts, they adopt another layer of identification.
“An added level of this trust score is getting users to scan in driving licences and passports – allowing you to verify who you say you are,” says Mr Verity.
“The more your trust score goes up, the more trustworthy you’ll look on the site.”
Users can then choose to filter out anyone who doesn’t have the same level of trust verification as themselves. But, he insists, anyone with a very low level trust score for a long period would be looked into further.
Yoti may be useful to check out the credentials of someone you’re interested in dating.
The app gives anyone the ability to check the name, photo and age of people they meet online.
Once you’ve made contact with someone you can simply send them a text via the app, asking them to verify themselves using a selfie, mobile number and ID, such as a passport.
A handful of other small dating sites and apps – Mai Tai for example – use similar verification systems. But VieLoco believes video is also a useful tool.
“Live video chat is the best way to discover if someone doesn’t look like their photos or behaves how you might expect them to, which may be a sign that you should proceed with caution,” says co-founder Nora Lee Notzon.
But what are the bigger dating companies doing to ensure our safety?
Many issue guidelines, such as never to give out personal information and to watch out for odd language in messages or personal profiles, for example.
Many insist they apply security measures, but won’t reveal what systems they use.
A spokesman for Match.com told the BBC: “We have a dedicated team who monitor security on the site, through both up-to-date technology and human checks.
“But, like many companies, we do not disclose details of our security and fraud prevention tools as this provides valuable information to those with criminal intentions.”
So we just have to trust them?
“Bigger organisations will use a variety of datasets as part of their counter-fraud solutions,” says Andrew McClelland, chief executive of the Online Dating Association (ODA).
“They are able to automate much of this using feeds from data sources such as DVLA [the UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency].”
While the ODA does provide a code of practice on how dating websites should be run and how they should keep members safe, he admits that it does “require members to carry out checks, but doesn’t prescribe how these checks are done”.
“They definitely have systems in place. However, if revealed, they can easily be mirrored by competitors,” says Tom Bourlet, a former digital marketing consultant at a dating website.
“Most use photo-recognition software. If the image is a duplicate from another website, it is instantly deleted. We also built an algorithm to read the content for duplication or syndication.”
Some experts believe dating sites could be doing more to analyse the language people use.
Last year Tom van Laer and a group of researchers at London’s City University compared tens of thousands of emails pre-identified as lies with those known to be truthful. The algorithm analysed their word use, structure and context for linguistic differences.
“Liars cannot generate deceptive emails from actual memory so they avoid spontaneity to evade detection,” says Mr van Laer.
Hawaiian Airlines isthe first U.S. airline to join an innovative new research project in the fight against climate change.
On Monday, the airline announced it had outfitted one of its planes with a special monitor that will collect air samples and measure greenhouse gases during flight.
Data from the new monitor will be sent to scientists at about 200 universities around the world, who will use it to improve weather forecasts and climate models as they look to better understand air quality and climate change.
Hawaiian Airlines move is part of a worldwide research initiativeto outfit commercial planes with tools that collect atmospheric data. Other airlines like Lufthansa and Air France are already collecting data with their planes abroad.Scientists say the data from Hawaiians plane will be especially helpful because of its many routes across the Pacific Ocean.
(CNN)He is undocumented and agrees with President Donald Trump on some of his hard-line immigration policies.
“I don’t consider it his policy. I consider it more like the law,” said Juan Carlos Hernandez-Pacheco, of West Frankfort, Illinois.
Hernandez was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month. He spent 20 days in ICE custody and said some of his cellmates, who are also undocumented, see the President favorably.
“Donald Trump was the first to be known for promise and delivery,” Hernandez remembered his cellmates saying. “They wish that the Mexican President and every other president in the world would do the same.”
Hernandez said he agrees with the President’s policies toward border security, terrorism, energy and with his Supreme Curt nominee.
Hernandez is a husband and father of three children, ages 2 to 8, who are US citizens. He said he was at home when an immigration agent was walking outside his fence on February 9. The agent recognized him, he said, from a January 2015 encounter, when ICE went to his home looking for someone who no longer lived there.
“He knew me from a few years ago,” Hernandez said. The agent knew he was undocumented “because I told him a couple years ago.”
Unlike the previous encounter, this time the agent decided to take him into custody. ICE has pointed to his two DUI convictions from nearly 10 years ago as the reason.
Hernandez, who came to the United States from Mexico almost 20 years ago, said he doesn’t feel profiled.
Most of the people he interacted with, he said, didn’t know he was undocumented. It’s not something he advertised. Especially in Franklin County, a deep conservative part of Illinois. More than 70% of votes cast here went to Donald Trump.
But as Hernandez found out, the scores of people he interacted with at the restaurant and at volunteer, business and charity events in town valued him for being a contributing member of the community, regardless of his legal status.
When the town found out he was detained by immigration authorities, many were devastated about what it could mean for his wife, Elizabeth, and their children.
“This is a very emotional deal for us because of our friendship,” said his longtime pal Tim Grigsby.
While Hernandez was still detained, Grigsby launched a local campaign asking the community to write letters of support for his friend to persuade an immigration judge to give clemency to Hernandez.
Hernandez learned about the effort from inside a detention center in Missouri, when he talked to his wife by phone.
“If you knew my friends, that’s something you should expect,” Hernandez said with a smile.
His cellmates got wind of the overwhelming support for Hernandez, and they started rallying around him inside the detention center.
“My cellmates, roommates started saying, ‘Go ahead,’ ” Hernandez said, referring to how the other detainees waved him on to make more phone calls to his friends and supporters.
Awaiting a court date
Hernandez is elated to be back in his beloved small Illinois town. He posted $3,000 bail and is waiting for an immigration court date. His attorney said it could take years, given the backlog in immigration court.
But one more thing is weighing heavy on his shoulders. He can’t work, which is standard for an undocumented immigrant awaiting a court date.
“It is going to be difficult … not be able to work, not be able to provide for the family,” he said, adding that his wife, a US citizen, has a job.
While he cannot keep his job, now that he is out of the shadows, he plans to keep one promise to his oldest son.
“I told him that I was here to stay. I’m going nowhere,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he has been trying to attain legal status for 10 years and wants to become a US citizen.
“I’ve been trying and trying but the system is broke. It didn’t allow me to go forward. Other than to do an application (for permanent resident status). And just wait,” he said.
Ellis coyly told CNN: “Michelin is always evaluating exciting new destinations for the Guide.”
But while Dubai has recently seen an influx of famous international chefs, such as Hein Beck, Jason Atherton and Gordon Ramsay, and has a thriving street food scene, does it really deserve one of the world’s most prestigious culinary rating systems?
CNN put that question to three Dubai-based food critics, and asked what restaurants they thought should feature in a Dubai Michelin Guide.
How has Dubai’s dining scene evolved recently?
Samantha Wood: It’s slowly moving away from a reliance on celebrity chef imports and international restaurant chains, with the opening of locally developed independent concepts — but we still need more of the latter and less of the former.
Shaika Al Ali: Dubai has seen an increase in homegrown businesses, emerging in a very organic way. People are embracing the concept of being loyal to a certain food experience or business — supporting it and encouraging it to grow.
Angela Boshoff Hundal: The city is expanding at a crazy rate, launching new developments all the time. Residents here are genuinely excited about food, and most are willing to try new things. You can find cuisines from around the globe, from Peruvian to Ethiopian, Cuban and even one of the only government-approved North Korean restaurants — Okryugwan, in Deira, one of the older parts of the city.
What’s the big food trend in Dubai right now?
SW: We’ve seen many big-name restaurants and small cafes close down. The market is challenging and saturated, so I expect we’ll see many more shut shop over the next few years.
SAA: Lots of simple, well made, rustic restaurants. A big focus on speciality coffee, as well as restaurants that have a better connection with farmers and suppliers.
ABH: Food trucks have come to the forefront of the dining scene over the past two to three years, taking up residence in parks, festivals and even a dedicated food truck park, Last Exit, which has seen mixed reviews. More recently, I’ve noticed a lot of “authentic and traditional” restaurants representing real food from the home countries — for example, from Ethiopia and Peru.
Samantha Wood’s Dubai Michelin Guide picks
Any misconceptions about the food scene?
SW: There is a perception that dining in Dubai is restricted to glitzy hotels — whilst there are indeed plenty of restaurants within hotels, there are also just as many outside. Some of these are in free zone establishments and can therefore serve alcohol, and some are independent non-licensed cafes, as well as small roadside joints serving ethnic eats.
SAA: That it is mainstream. To be completely honest, some things are. But if you look closely and choose well, you’ll find a beautiful community that enjoys good food, good coffee, and good ingredients.
ABH: People often assume everything is very expensive, when you can actually find incredible deals across the city, in both five-star eateries and in smaller, more humble establishments in the older parts of Dubai. The most delicious Punjabi food can be found in Karama at restaurants like Pind Da Dhaba and Sind Punjab. I would not call these restaurants expensive, and the quality of the food is wonderful.
Does Dubai deserve a Michelin guide?
SW: As much as I would love to see a Michelin Guide in Dubai, which is an excellent marketing platform, I don’t think Dubai has enough critical mass of restaurants that would make the Michelin cut.
We need to see more … high-end licensed restaurants serving modern interpretations of cuisine from the Arab world to really demonstrate a mature dining scene worthy of a Michelin Guide.
SAA: In every country, there is a food scene that is worth discovering. I think (a Michelin Guide and Dubai) would be a perfect pair, considering how the food scene in Dubai is becoming more diverse. There are so many different food experiences now.
AH: It’s about time Dubai had a Michelin guide. The range of food here is incredible — people could eat a different country’s cuisine every night, if they wished. And the restaurants aren’t all fine dining or gourmet.