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Международное общество авиационной электросвязи
19 июля, 13:45

«Уральские авиалинии» и S7 могут отменить рейсы из-за отсутствия сводок погоды

Частные авиакомпании, среди которых S7 и «Уральские авиалинии», могут ограничить количество рейсов в связи с трудностями получения прогнозов погоды в локальных аэропортах.

18 июля, 11:56

S7 может закрыть часть рейсов из-за прекращения информирования о погоде в некоторых аэропортах

Как сообщает газета «Ведомости» со ссылкой на гендиректора авиакомпании «Сибирь» (входит в S7 Group) Владимира Объедкова, компания может полностью отменить рейсы по некоторым направлениям из-за того, что ФГБУ «Авиаметтелеком Росгидромета» перестало предоставлять авиакомпаниям и международным информационным системам (SITA, Jeppesen) метеорологическую информацию по большому количеству аэропортов.Наличие такой проблемы изданию подтвердили два менеджера «Уральских авиалиний». По их словам, «Авиаметтелеком» готовит метеосводки только по 19 крупнейшим российским аэропортам, хотя раньше готовил по 56. Как заявил господин Объедков, «Авиаметтелеком» объяснил свои действия тем, что его услуги не оплачиваются, и выставил S7 счета с 24 марта на десятки миллионов рублей. Однако, согласно приказу Минтранса, с 24 марта плата за метеорологическую информацию включена в состав аэронавигационных…

18 июля, 00:26

S7 и «Уральские авиалинии» могут закрыть часть рейсов

На прошлой неделе ФГБУ «Авиаметтелеком Росгидромета» перестало предоставлять авиакомпаниям и международным информационным системам (SITA, Jeppesen) метеорологическую информацию по большому количеству аэропортов. Об этом рассказал гендиректор авиакомпании «Сибирь» (вместе с авиакомпанией «Глобус» входит в S7 Group – крупнейшего частного игрока) Владимир Объедков. Количество таких аэропортов критическое, хотя в большей степени это коснулось локальных аэропортов, добавляет топ-менеджер. Компания рассматривает возможность отменить рейсы по ряду направлений, продолжил Объедков.

18 июля, 00:26

Авиаторы остались без погоды

На прошлой неделе ФГБУ «Авиаметтелеком Росгидромета» перестало предоставлять авиакомпаниям и международным информационным системам (SITA, Jeppesen) метеорологическую информацию по большому количеству аэропортов. Об этом рассказал гендиректор авиакомпании «Сибирь» (вместе с авиакомпанией «Глобус» входит в S7 Group – крупнейшего частного игрока) Владимир Объедков. Количество таких аэропортов критическое, хотя в большей степени это коснулось локальных аэропортов, добавляет топ-менеджер. Компания рассматривает возможность отменить рейсы по ряду направлений, продолжил Объедков.

16 июля, 22:25

DHS Outlines Mandatory Biometric ID At Airports For Foreign Travel

Authored by Nicholas West via ActivistPost.com, What at first seemed like creeping tip-toe incrementalism toward the use of biometric ID for travel is quickly becoming a warp-speed reality. Over the past couple of months I’ve been covering some disturbing developments at national airports that seem to show an acceleration of the plan to use biometric identification in a variety of ways. On May 19th I reported on a new program initiated by Delta Airlines at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport to have automated baggage kiosks for “priority customers” that will first scan a traveler’s passport, then their face in order to match identity to checked luggage. It was promoted as a “pilot program” that Delta launched to seek customer feedback in the hope that it could be rolled out more widely in the future. This announcement was followed by JetBlue who stated they will “test facial- and fingerprint-recognition technology at two U.S. airports to replace boarding passes, building on industry efforts to increase security and ease passage through airports.” However, these stories were nothing compared to what followed on June 20th when U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that they would integrate government databases with a private company to speed up biometric processing. JetBlue is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and SITA, an information-technology provider for airlines.   …   “This is the first integration of biometric authorization by the CBP with an airline and may prove to be a solution that will be quick and easy to roll out across U.S. airports,” Jim Peters, SITA’s chief technology officer, said in the statement. (emphasis added) It’s a plan that has been in the making for 15 years, but is just now coming to fruition. In the article “CBP will implement long-mandated biometric exit at airports, official says” we discover the hurdles that needed to be overcome and why we most likely are witnessing intensified media coverage at this moment: U.S. Customs and Border Protection is finally addressing the 15-year-old-plus legislative mandate to check the identity of departing foreign visitors using biometrics, CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner said Thursday.   …   Wagner said the goal would be accomplished by making use of existing data collection, the latest facial recognition technology and cloud computing. He acknowledged there would be privacy issues – particularly because the facial recognition technology would capture images of U.S. citizens as part of the overall process.   “We’re out of time, we’re out of excuses,” Wagner said. With that as the backdrop, if one weren’t already alarmed by this trend, DHS is now laying out a clear plan for mandatory face scans for all travelers to foreign destinations, stating that “the only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” That’s right, no opt-out, just stay home. The full 18-page DHS document is posted below and is also available at the bottom of this page at TechDirt. Naturally, DHS is giving assurances that scans of U.S. citizens won’t be retained, but reading through the following doublespeak should render that notion laughable: John Wagner, the Customs deputy executive assistant commissioner in charge of the program, confirmed in an interview that U.S. citizens departing on international flights will submit to face scans.   Wagner says the agency has no plans to retain the biometric data of U.S. citizens and will delete all scans of them within 14 days.   […]   However, [Wagner] doesn’t rule out CBP keeping them in the future after going “through the appropriate privacy reviews and approvals.” (Source: TechDirt) This should only be viewed as the next stage of incrementalism before biometric ID will be required for domestic travel as well. And, as we have seen with the TSA, airports may not be the final destination. People are being transformed into digital organisms made easier for scanning and processing. The political will is there, the databases exist, and the technology is clearly being rolled out across every meaningful area of human activity.

03 июля, 16:11

Pathways to Retirement through Self-Employment -- by Shanthi Ramnath, John B. Shoven, Sita Nataraj Slavov

We examine the role of self-employment in retirement transitions using a panel of administrative tax data. We find that the hazard of self-employment increases at popular retirement ages associated with Social Security eligibility, particularly for those with greater retirement wealth. Late-career transitions to self-employment are associated with a larger drop in income than similar mid-career transitions. Data from the Health and Retirement Study suggest that hours worked also fall upon switching to self-employment. These results suggest that self-employment at older ages may serve as a "bridge job," allowing workers to gradually reduce hours and earnings along the pathway to retirement.

12 июня, 16:33

Social Security and Saving: An Update -- by Sita Slavov, Devon Gorry, Aspen Gorry, Frank N. Caliendo

Typical neoclassical life-cycle models predict that Social Security has a large and negative effect on private savings. We review this theoretical literature by constructing a model where individuals face uninsurable longevity risk and differ by wage earnings, while Social Security provides benefits as a life annuity with higher replacement rates for the poor. We use the model to generate numerical examples that confirm the standard result. Using several benefit and tax changes from the 1970s and 1980s as natural experiments, we investigate the empirical relationship between Social Security and private savings and find little to support the strong predictions from the theoretical model. We explore possible reasons for the divergence between theoretical predictions and empirical findings.

02 июня, 01:59

JetBlue Will Soon Accept Selfies As Boarding Passes

JetBlue has partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and SITA to use biometrics and facial recognition technology that allows passengers to board planes by taking a selfie.

23 мая, 15:06

Киоски самостоятельной регистрации пассажиров научили передвигаться

Компания SITA Lab представила интеллектуальные киоски самообслуживания KATE, которые способны самостоятельно перемещаться в наиболее загруженные зоны аэропорта. Для зарядки аккумуляторов или пополнения запаса посадочных талонов и багажных бирок KATE будут автоматически возвращаться к своим док-станциям.

22 мая, 06:47

22.05.2017 06:47 : Австралии и Новой Зеландии работают с задержками из-за компьютерного сбоя

Крупнейшие международные аэропорты Австралии и Новой Зеландии работают сегодня со значительными задержками из-за выхода из строя компьютерной системы паспортного контроля пассажиров. Проблемы с регистрацией на международные рейсы наблюдаются в утренние часы в аэропортах Сиднея, Мельбурна и Брисбена. Как сообщает новозеландское интернет-издание Stuff, такая же ситуация сложилась в международном аэропорту Окленда. Официальный представитель Министерства иммиграции и охраны границ Австралии подтвердил наличие проблем в работе «внешней (компьютерной) системы SITA (Society International Telecommunications Aeronautiques), что повлияет на авиапассажиров, прибывающих и покидающих Австралию». Сотрудники некоторых авиалиний начали проверять у пассажиров документы вручную, что значительно замедляет процесс. Представители международных аэропортов крупнейших городов Австралии призвали пассажиров сегодняшних рейсов заранее узнавать информацию возможных изменениях в расписании.

30 марта, 05:40

Progressive Hindus Declare Queens Temple The First Sanctuary Of Its Kind In U.S.

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.

28 ноября 2016, 17:14

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.

29 октября 2016, 15:06

Worst of Both Worlds

Alan D. Viard and Sita Nataraj Slavov say the U.S. tax system is the wrong compromise between Republican and Democratic ideals.

25 октября 2016, 23:09

A Solution For What Ails U.S.? Raise Taxes On The Middle Class, Say Two Economists.

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.

05 сентября 2016, 16:12

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.

08 августа 2016, 17:20

Ajen Sita, CEO Of EY Africa, On The Evolving Dynamics Of Africa's Regional Economies

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.

01 августа 2016, 16:22

Worst Trip Ever? Horrible Airline Annoyances Everyone Hates

Travel never goes as seamlessly as we want it to, but some airline annoyances really go to far. These ones are the absolute worst.

12 июля 2016, 12:32

Российские авиакомпании терпят убытки

О том, что кризис в отрасли только набирает обороты, свидетельствуют данные Росавиации, согласно которым пассажиропоток за первое полугодие сократился на 14,4% до 1,3 млн пассажиров.

12 апреля 2016, 20:08

Ajen Sita, CEO Of EY Africa, On Africa's Development Within The Global Economy

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.