This report is part of a series titled "Discrimination in America." The series is based on a survey conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. While many surveys have explored Americans' beliefs about discrimination, this survey asks people about their own personal experiences with discrimination. Majority of LGBTQ people say they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have experienced violence, threats, or sexual harassment because they are LGBTQ; 34% report harassment in bathrooms Chart 1 shows that a majority of all LGBTQ Americans polled say that they or a friend or family member who is also LGBTQ have experienced multiple forms of discrimination. Among all LGBTQ people, 57% say that they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been threatened or non-sexually harassed because of their LGBTQ identity. A majority of LGBTQ people also says they or an LGBTQ friend or family member have been sexually harassed … [Read more...] about Poll: Most LGBTQ Americans report violence, threats, or sexual harassment
2011 was not kind to Sony. The company has been preparing its investors for just how bad for over a month. Sony finally reported its earnings for its fiscal year that ended in March, and it was not a pretty sight. The company reported a $5.74 billion loss for the year, less than the $6.4 billion loss it was previously expecting but still a record. The Consumer Products and Services division that includes the PlayStation business in particular was struck an absolutely crushing blow, a $2.8 billion loss for the year, down from a $135 million profit in fiscal 2011.What happened? For the PlayStation brand, falling hardware sales were a plague. The PlayStation 3 saw only a slight dip, falling to 13.9 million consoles sold last year compared to 14.3 the year previous. Sony’s other surviving devices continued a steady decline into market irrelevance. PSP sales totaled 6.8 million handhelds, down from 8 million the year before, and the PlayStation 2 continued to slowly bow out of the … [Read more...] about Sony posts record $5.74 bil annual loss, PlayStation division reports $2.8 bil loss
Life Sciences Current human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical used in many polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, is of "some concern" for effects on development of the prostate gland and brain and for behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children, according to a final report released by the National Toxicology Program (NTP).The report provides the NTP’s current opinion on BPA’s potential to cause harm to human reproduction or development. The conclusions are based primarily on a broad body of research involving numerous laboratory animal studies. The report is part of a lengthy review of the scientific literature on BPA and takes into consideration public and peer review comments received on an earlier draft report. The final report is available at http://cerhr.niehs.nih.gov/chemicals/bisphenol/bisphenol.pdf."There remains considerable uncertainty whether the changes seen in the animal studies are directly applicable to humans, and whether they would result … [Read more...] about NTP Finalizes Report on Bisphenol A
The stretch of bad news continued for PC maker Dell, with the company saying Monday it would delay the filing of its second quarter financial report amid questions about past accounting practices.Dell told the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that it would delay the final report on its second fiscal quarter and use the additional time to cooperate with investigations by the SEC and others.Dell also disclosed that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has joined the SEC staff in requesting information from the company.Dell is suspending its ongoing share repurchase program and will postpone its annual analyst meeting, which has already been pushed back once and was slated to take place this Wednesday. A new date was not announced.The company will go forward with a Technology Day slated for Tuesday in New York City, where it will showcase new products for businesses and home entertainment.Dell shares were down about 2 percent in midday trading Monday to … [Read more...] about Dell Woes Continue With Quarterly Report Delay
Canada experienced a spike in e-commerce activity in2001 and progressed measurably in other e-businessdisciplines as well, according to a report released Monday bythe CanadianE-Business Opportunities Roundtable.The consortium's final report -- "Fast Forward 3.0:Maintaining the Momentum" -- showed Canada leadingNorth America in Internet connectivity.However, the report suggestedthat improvements remain to be made in such areas ase-business adoption among small and mid-sizedenterprises (SMEs) and venture capital availability."It is unusual for a public-private-sector partnershipto work as well as this one did," roundtablechairperson and iFormation Group CEO DavidPecaut told the E-Commerce Times. "We havedramatically changed the e-business environment inCanada."Overall, officials of the public-private-sectorconsortium gave Canada an "A minus" in e-businessadoption.Despite leading the United States in Internetpenetration in 2001 by a count of 60 percent to 52percent, Canadian consumers … [Read more...] about Report: Canada Closes E-Biz Gap with U.S.