Munster’s Champions Cup quarter-final fixed for April 1st

first_imgThe match at Thomond Park will kick off at 5.45pm.Leinster’s last eight encounter in the competition is on the same day.Their clash with Wasps at the Aviva Stadium is due to get underway at 3.15pm. If Munster win against the French side they’ll be away to either Glasgow or Saracens in the semi-finals while a win for Leinster will mean a trip to France to face either Clermont or Toulon.last_img

Nigerian Actor Accuses Kerala Filmmakers of Racial Discrimination

first_imgA Nigerian actor, who was part of a recent Malayalam movie, has accused its producers of “racial discrimination” after noticing alleged disparity in the payment between him and his Indian co-stars, PTI reported.  According to the actor named Samuel Abiola Robinson, even the least experienced Indian newcomer in the Malayalam film industry would be paid considerably more than what he received.Robinson, who was essaying the role of a footballer in the movie Sudani from Nigeria, wrote in a Facebook post that he was paid less as he is “black.” The actor said it was his responsibility to speak up to “ease the suffering of the next generation of black actors.”  The movie, which was about a football club in Malappuram district of Kerala, opened to rave reviews and is seeing packed theater in the southern Indian state since its release on March 23.In his post, Robinson says that he does not want this kind of discrimination to happen to another “helpless young black actor.” Robinson returned to Nigeria after the celebration of the film’s success.His post said: “I believe that I was a victim of racial discrimination while in Kerala. It was nothing violent or directly in my face but for my role in Sudani from Nigeria, the producers offered me far less money than Indian actors who are not half as popular or accomplished as i am would normally earn (sic).“I was paid less than 3 lakhs,” the actor said in response to a comment on his Facebook post.In a follow-up post, Robinson said he did not receive any racist treatment from people of Kerala, and that he loves the state and enjoyed the “biryani”. He added: “I do not think that Kerala people are racist as I experienced no such racist treatment from the general Kerala public. I very much enjoyed my stay in Kerala, the culture, the Biryani and all.Robinson, 19, said that he made his judgement after discussing payment with several other young actors. “I am of the opinion that this (underpayment) happened purely because of my skin color and the assumption that all Africans are poor and don’t know the value of money,” he alleged.The actor did not blame debutante director Mohamed Zakaria, saying “there was little change he could foster” as he was not financing the movie himself. Zakaria was unavailable for comments, the report said.“I believe the promises (by the producers) were simply tools of Manipulation to get me to eagerly commit the 5 months of availability for work being October, November, December 2017, January and March 2018 for the shoot and promotion of the movie (sic),” Robinson said.The producers Sameer Thahir and Shyju Khalid have not responded to allegations. Some Malayalam film directors, however, came forward in support of the filmmakers.“I’m pretty sure this is the result of some misunderstanding and immaturity on the part of the actor,” Ganesh Raj told the New Indian Express, saying that the actor should have made the disagreement clear in the beginning itself. “Someone close to Samuel must have mislead him. I have gone through his Facebook statements and I’ve seen the figures; the amount paid to him, in my view, was not just fair, it was more than fair. He seems to have no understanding of how the Malayalam industry works. ”In the movie, said to be a “comedy drama,”  Robinson’s character becomes a part of local soccer club in Malappuram. Robinson began his career as an actor in 2013. He has appeared in several productions in Africa, such as Walt Disney’s Desperate Housewives Africa. Related ItemsKeralamalayalamnigerialast_img read more

Effect of Social Benefit Programs Chronically Underestimated by Public

first_imgShare64TweetShare5Email69 SharesNovember 2, 2015; Washington Post, “WonkBlog”On the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, there’s new evidence that social safety net programs are working better than most people believed. The new understanding comes from looking at experiential data.The Washington Post explains what’s behind a series of stories that have appeared over the past several months. In the Post story, Dr. Bruce D. Meyer, a professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, describes how he and a colleague matched data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey against actual service data from the State of New York:“We’re talking about a huge gap,” said Meyer, whose findings are in a recently published National Bureau of Economic Research paper. “When the numbers are corrected, we see that government programs have about twice the effect that we think they do.”Dr. Meyer’s paper is also the basis for a CityLab story, “The Benefits of Housing Vouchers Have Been Grossly Understated.” Earlier this year, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities had a similar story that found that Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) were “the most effective tool to help homeless families with children find and keep stable housing.” The article by Douglas Rice, “Major Study: Housing Vouchers Most Effective Tool to End Family Homelessness,” was based on a HUD study of a range of HUD funded efforts to prevent homelessness. Then, this past week, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities issued a new report designed to urge Congress to expand the HCV program in the 2016 budget. “New Research Reinforces Case for Restoring Lost Housing Vouchers” builds on another study by Harvard’s Raj Chetty, who analyzed HUD’s Move to Opportunity (MTO) data. Douglas Rice of CBPP writes:Children whose families moved to low-poverty neighborhoods when they were young were more likely to attend college and less likely to become single parents as adults than control group families that did not receive an MTO voucher; they also earned significantly more as adults.What ties all these stories together is that the studies are based on real experience,, not opinion or ideology.So why does the Washington Post describe the discovery of program effectiveness as having “serious implications for the poor”? After all, these new analyses make the case that some social welfare programs are doing better than policymakers thought at reducing or preventing poverty. The danger, the Post article suggests, is that decision-makers might conclude that things are not so bad and they can relax efforts to remediate the poor. Citing Dr. Meyer, the Washington Post writer Roberto A. Ferdman observes:The official poverty rate now is higher it was three decades ago, but by almost any measure the poor are better off than they were then. Meyer believes that a more accurate gauge would show that things are better or, at the very least, not worse.However, if the message is that some programs are working, Congress seems not to be getting it—at least, not yet. Just this summer, Representative Jeb Hensarling, chair of the Housing Financial Services Committee, which oversees HUD authorizations, invited Americans to offer alternatives to the 50 years of failure of HUD programs. “For whatever good HUD does, it clearly has not won the War on Poverty. Only economic growth and equal opportunity can do that.” What if the data now show clearly that the some programs do reduce or prevent poverty? What if the limiting factor is, as Center for Budget and Policy Priorities argues, that the programs deserve more funding in order to achieve more success?There’s another interesting angle to the Washington Post’s story. Dr. Meyer’s explanation of “the growing problem” has an eerie resonance in the context of the repeated political polling failures of the past year:The truth is that surveys in general are becoming problematic. They are widely used in social science, and regularly relied upon in public policy, but they are fickle things. When people tell the truth and eagerly take part, as Americans did for many years, they tend to be wonderfully accurate. When people grow tired of answering questions, when they shy away from sharing truthful information about themselves, the gap between what surveys suggest and what is actually true begins to grow.This hypothesis seems to be relevant to the recent failures of political polling in the Israel, United Kingdom, and Canadian parliamentary elections, and, most recently, the statewide races in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio. Pollsters are struggling to explain to the media this pattern of failure on all sorts of technical breakdowns. Pollsters’ credibility and livelihoods could be on the line, but the idea that respondents are lying to pollsters has the ring of common sense.While the hidden impact of social programs seems like good news, social service progressives may want to step lightly for now. Overpromotion of some preliminary findings has a way of backfiring as academic researchers sift through more and more experiential data. Also, it’s important to understand that using data based on experience, some HUD programs did not show great success. Still, there’s a strong argument that some social programs can’t be simply dismissed as being ineffective boondoggles. Can you imagine if Congresspersons were required to distinguish between social initiatives based on real data, not opinion or ideology?—Spencer WellsShare64TweetShare5Email69 Shareslast_img read more