NEW YORK — Revelation came to Sunita Viswanath one summer morning six years ago, as she set down to read the newspapers in her living room in Taos, New Mexico. There was a story in The New York Times about Rohan Narine, a young American Hindu community organizer who wanted to screen the 2008 animated movie, “Sita Sings The Blues,” by trailblazing Jewish female director Nina Paley. Narine chose his uncle’s Hindu temple as the location, hoping the screening could be part of a series of events through which young Sikhs and Hindus — the two dominant religions in his Indo-Caribbean community — could “get to know each other.” Narine’s peaceful attempt backfired spectacularly. Before the screening, Narine was inundated with thousands of hate messages from supposed community leaders who, in turn, organized Hindus to criticize the movie and blamed Narine for insulting the Divine Holy scriptures revered by Hindus. After two unsuccessful attempts, Narine was forced to screen the movie in his own living room and to a much smaller audience. Sunita Viswanath said she jumped up when she first read this story that morning. As a progressive Hindu, she feels strongly about any kind of censorship and thought Narine had been treated unjustly by his own people. “This man is totally Hindu; his family has a temple. You don’t get much more Hindu than that,” she said. In response, Viswanath co-founded Sadhana, the Coalition of Progressive Hindus. “We seek to mobilize Hindus to speak up whenever justice is denied,” said Viswanath. The word “sadhana” means daily spiritual practice in Hindi. For Viswanath and her collaborators, it is “faith in action.” The platform is committed to a vision of social justice, which the members believe is at the heart of Hinduism. The movement’s three pillars include: ekatva (the oneness of all), ahimsa (non-violence) and seva (the responsibility to put one’s shoulder to the wheel in service of struggles for justice everywhere). Together with Aminta Kilawan, an attorney and legislative counsel to the New York City Council, Viswanath founded Sadhana in 2011. Rohan Narine, the resilient community organizer from Queens whose story first inspired Viswanath, joined them as the third co-founder and board member. “The right-wing Hindus have done a fantastic job in organizing. Why can’t we?” Viswanath remembers asking, referring to the “Sita” movie screening backlash. One obstacle is the definition of secularism among Hindus. The progressive world in India is adamantly secular, according to Viswanath. Not wanting to make a fuss about their Hinduism, which has gradually “become synonymous with right-wing Hinduism,” secular Hindus in America, who care about social justice and would potentially be interested in movements like Sadhana, would like to be equidistant to all religions: “They don’t want to alienate Muslims or Christians,” Viswanath said. Others warned Viswanath also about an old Indian stereotype: “People think that you can’t organize Hindus around a common cause because of the notion of dharma,” she noted. Dharma is a kind of individual mission statement for Hindus. It dictates the notion of “what I’m supposed to do with my life has nothing to do with what you’re supposed to do with yours,” according to Viswanath. Undeterred by poor prospects, Viswanath and her co-founders felt sure that there was a percentage of devout Hindus who went to the temple regularly, but also believed in justice for all and doing the right thing. Since their founding, Sadhana has been embracing progressive and inclusive values. “We could argue that Hindu theology reveres women, while cultural norms have tended to discriminate against women,” said one co-founder of Sadhana in support of Planned Parenthood. They have also held workshops to address gender-based violence and reached out to other Hindu organizations to explain what it means to be a progressive Hindu. Recently, the movement is focused on fighting racism, casteism and Islamophobia and promoting LGBTQ rights. After six years, more and more Hindus have embraced this kind of progressive Hinduism. Queens activist and current Sadhana leader Rohan Narine may once have been denied permission to screen a controversial film at a Hindu temple. But a little over a week ago, Shaanti Bhavan Mandir, a Hindu temple in Queens, in collaboration with Sadhana, became the first Hindu temple to become a sanctuary congregation in the United States. Addressing nearly 100 congregants after Sunday prayers, the temple’s main priest Pandit Manoj Jadubans said: “There are people in the world today that are confused, they are scared, they feel threatened, and they don’t know what to do, who to turn to, or where to go. ... Remember a mandir (temple) is not just a place that we come and we pray. It goes beyond that. It’s an institution for higher learning and we are learning how to allow this place to reach out to the public now. You give them shelter, a place where they can come and feel safe and secure and protected.” Shaanti Bhavan Mandir will hold a general meeting in April and invite other Hindu temples to learn about becoming a sanctuary temple. Already, a Hindu temple in Taos, New Mexico, is showing strong interest to become the second Hindu sanctuary congregation in the country. As for Viswanath, who is seeing the movement she helped develop reach new heights, the old adage still holds true: “If you build it, they will come.” This article was first published in Auburn Voices, a media platform for the multifaith movement for social justice. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Leaving Big Money on the Table: Arbitrage Opportunities in Delaying Social Security -- by Gila Bronshtein, Jason Scott, John B. Shoven, Sita N. Slavov
Recent research has documented that delaying the commencement of Social Security benefits increases the expected present value of retirement income for most people. Despite this research, the vast majority of individuals claim Social Security at or before full retirement age. Claiming Social Security early is not necessarily a mistake, as delaying Social Security commencement requires forgoing current income in exchange for future income. The decision to claim early could therefore rationally be driven by liquidity constraints, mortality concerns, bequest motives, a high time discount rate, or a variety of other preference related factors. However, for some individuals, delaying Social Security offers a significant arbitrage opportunity because they can defer Social Security and have higher income in all future years. Arbitrage exists for most primary earners who either purchase a retail-priced annuity or opt for a defined benefit annuity when a lump sum payout is offered, while forgoing the opportunity to defer Social Security. These individuals are essentially buying an expensive annuity when a cheaper one is available, and their decision to claim Social Security early is almost certainly a mistake. The magnitude of the mistake can reach up to approximately $250,000.
To satisfy the ideological demands of both parties, the U.S. political system has created a tax code that is progressive, as Democrats demand, but, in line with GOP principles, raises too little money to pay for the government that most Americans seem to want. Alan Viard and Sita Nataraj Slavov of the American Enterprise Institute have an incendiary proposal to fix that.
The Welfare Cost of Retirement Uncertainty -- by Frank N. Caliendo, Maria Casanova, Aspen Gorry, Sita Slavov
Uncertainty about the timing of retirement is a major financial risk with implications for decision making and welfare over the life cycle. Our conservative estimates of the standard deviation of the difference between retirement expectations and actual retirement dates range from 4.28 to 6.92 years. This uncertainty implies large fluctuations in total wage income. We find that individuals would give up 2.6%-5.7% of total lifetime consumption to fully insure this risk and 1.9%-4.0% of lifetime consumption simply to know their actual retirement date at age 23. Uncertainty about the date of retirement helps to explain consumption spending near retirement and precautionary saving behavior. While social insurance programs could be designed to hedge this risk, current programs in the U.S. (OASI and SSDI) provide very little timing insurance.
Ajen Sita, CEO of EY Africa, discusses Africa’s regional dynamics and integration, and what it means for the future of continent’s emerging middle class.
Ajen Sita, EY Africa's CEO, on some of the major factors contributing to Africa’s economic growth and the expansion of their middle class.
Требование предъявила английская компания SITA Information Networking Computing UK Limited. Петербургский арбитраж 17 марта уже решил взыскать в ее пользу с "Трансаэро" более 15,3 тысячи долларов долга.
Себестоимость обеспечения доступа в интернет на борту воздушного судна очень быстро снижается, через три года подключение к интернету в самолете будет осуществляться по той же цене, что и в большинстве гостиниц, рассказал эксперт.
It is north India and Pakistan’s greatest street food – but how do you recreate this intensely savoury potato snack at home? Aloo tikki, or spiced potato fritters, are to northern Indian and Pakistan what the chip is to Britain: a near ubiquitous street food, best served hot, crisp, and satisfyingly salty. Substitute ketchup for chutney, and a banana leaf for a twist of newspaper (or, less romantically, a foil dish for a polystyrene box), and it’s a perfect match. Though it must be admitted that aloo tikki is a bit more sophisticated.The great Madhur Jaffrey writes evocatively in her memoir, Under the Mango Trees, of the aloo-ki-tikiyas of her childhood, bought from a stall just outside the theatre door: “As soon as he got the order, the vendor would place a patty on a leaf, split it open and smother both parts with sweet-and-sour tamarind chutney. We would carry these hot patties back into the dark cinema house and eat them as we watched Hanuman trying to rescue Sita, the good queen, from the clutches of the demon king of Sri Lanka.” Continue reading...
Немного теории ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) — цифровая система связи, применяемая в авиации для передачи коротких, относительно простых сообщений между воздушным судном и наземными станциями, либо через прямую радиосвязь, либо через спутниковые системы. AIRCOM – Сервер (шлюз) обмена сообщениями между различными сетями. Производитель — компания SITA. Связывает бортовое оборудование ACARS через сети ARINC с системой планирования полетов LIDO OC (Jeppesen Jet Planner или др.), электронной почтой, SITAtex, телефонией, файловым обменом и другими необходимыми информационными системами, используемые в авиакомпании. Принцип работы AIRCOM Server Информационная система SITA AIRCOM Server реализована на MS SQL и используется для обеспечения воздушных судов авиакомпании данными о маршруте, ветру на эшелонах, погоде и для обмена сообщениями «экипаж — ЦУП — экипаж». AIRCOM Server настроен на бортовое оборудование ACARC и функционирует совместно с ним. AIRCOM Server является критически важной информационной системой для обеспечения полетов. Читать дальше →
По информации словацких СМИ, Минобороны Словакии достигло договоренности с должностными лицами Швеции по поставке в лизинг истребителей JAS-39 «Грипен» на условиях оплаты летных часов. Как сообщило словацкое новостное агентство SITA со ссылкой на представителя Министерства обороны Мартину Баллекову, окончательное решение по поставке истребителей «Грипен» для обеспечения защиты воздушного пространства Словакии будет принято новым правительством, сформированным по итогам выборов в парламент, запланированных на март 2016 года. Предполагается, что Словакия получит в лизинг 8 истребителей, ежегодный налет которых, как ожидается, составит 1200 часов. Как ранее сообщал ЦАМТО, министр обороны Словакии Мартин Глвач впервые заявил о намерении начать переговоры о лизинге в январе 2015 года после встречи со своим шведским коллегой Петером Хультквистом (Peter Hultqvist). Как тогда было заявлено, Швеция является единственной страной, которая предложила Словакии передать самолеты в лизинг на условиях оплаты летных часов. Словакия планирует принять на вооружение новые многоцелевые истребители для замены выработавших свой ресурс МиГ-29, которые планируется вывести из эксплуатации в 2016 году. Поскольку договор с РСК «МиГ» на МТО МиГ-29 истекает в конце 2016 года, первый новый самолет должен поступить в эксплуатацию в 2016 году или в начале 2017 года. По оценке руководства Словакии, Братислава не может по финансовым причинам приобрести новые истребители. В данных условиях нынешнее руководство Словакии последовало примеру соседней Чехии, которая получила шведские JAS-39 «Грипен» в лизинг. Процесс переговоров с Братиславой несколько затянулся из-за разногласий в оценке стоимости лизинга. Источник: ЦАМТО 11.01.2016 Tweet январь 2016
**From three years ago: Antonio Fatas**: [On the Global Economy: Ignorance as an excuse](http://fatasmihov.blogspot.com/2012/11/ignorance-as-excuse.html): "Via Greg Mankiw I read a response [by Aparna Mathur, Sita Slavov, and Michael R. Strain] to the argument by Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez... >...that the top marginal tax rate in the US should be raised to about 73%.... I... want to... discuss the logic used by the criticism of Diamond and Saez work. The authors... contrast... the willingness of Peter Diamond to offer a concrete policy recommendation with the answers that... Tom Sargent and Chris Sims... gave.... Sims answered.... >>Answers to questions like that require careful thinking, a lot of data analysis, and that the answers are not likely to be simple. So that asking Tom [Sargent] and me for answers off the top of our heads to these questions--you shouldn’t expect much from us. >And when asked for a specific policy conclusion he added: >>If I had a simple answer, I would have been spreading it around the world. >The authors praised Sims' answers as the 'model of how academic economists should behave when facing questions about specific policy.' I find this... odd and depressing.... As Sims points out... one can find answers...
SITA приобрела Type22 — нидерландского разработчика решений для регистрации и сдачи багажа в аэропортах
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Work Incentives in the Social Security Disability Benefit Formula -- by Gopi Shah Goda, John B. Shoven, Sita Slavov
We examine the connection between taxes paid and benefits accrued under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program on both the intensive and extensive margins. We perform these calculations for stylized workers given the existing benefit structure and disability hazard rates. On the intensive margin, we examine the effect of an additional dollar of earnings on the marginal payroll taxes contributed and future benefits earned. We find that the present discounted value of disability benefits received from an additional dollar of earnings, net of the SSDI payroll tax, generally declines with age, becoming negative around age 40 and reaching almost zero at age 63. On the extensive margin, we determine the effect of working an additional year on the additional payroll taxes and future benefits as a percentage of income. The return to working an additional year at an income level just large enough to earn Social Security credits for the year is large and positive through age 60. However, the return to working an additional full year is substantially smaller and becomes negative at approximately age 57. Thus, older workers face strong incentives to earn enough to obtain creditable coverage through age 60, but they face disincentives for additional earnings. In addition, workers ages 61 and older face work disincentives at any level of earnings. We repeat this analysis for stylized workers at different levels of earnings and find that, while the program transfers resources from high earners to low earners, the workers experience similar patterns in the returns to working.
By Magaly Olivero Airlines worldwide are increasing onboard connectivity for tech-savvy passengers looking for wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) to enhance the travel experience. “In-flight connectivity trends are booming,” said Francois Rodriguez, chief strategy and marketing officer for SITA, a global company specializing in air transport communications and information technology. “Wireless in-flight entertainment [...]
The Financial Feasibility of Delaying Social Security: Evidence from Administrative Tax Data -- by Gopi Shah Goda, Shanthi Ramnath, John B. Shoven, Sita Nataraj Slavov
Despite the large and growing returns to deferring Social Security benefits, most individuals claim Social Security before the full retirement age, currently age 66. In this paper, we use a panel of administrative tax data on likely primary earners to explore some potential hypotheses of why individuals fail to delay claiming Social Security, including liquidity constraints and private information regarding one's expected future lifetime. We find that approximately 31-34% of beneficiaries who claim prior to the full retirement age have assets in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) that would fund at least 2 additional years of Social Security benefits, and 24-26% could fund at least 4 years of Social Security deferral with IRA assets alone. Our analysis suggests that these percentages would be considerably higher if other assets were taken into account. We find evidence that those who claim prior to the full retirement age have higher subjective and actual mortality rates than those who claim later, suggesting that private information about expected future lifetimes may influence claiming behavior.