Netherlands loses ‘AAA’ credit rating at S&P

Thanks;Carla Mozee LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Standard & Poor’s on Friday downgraded its long-term sovereign credit rating on the Netherlands to AA+ from AAA , citing growth concerns. S&P said the country’s growth prospects are weaker than it had previously anticipated. “We do not anticipate that real economic output will surpass 2008 levels before 2017,…

China Aims to Curb Wrongful Convictions Amid Abuse

Thanks;AP / Gillian Wong  Nov. 27, 2013 (BEIJING) — Chen Keyun’s legal nightmare began in 2001 when he was accused of detonating a bomb outside a Communist Party office in his southern coastal city of Fuqing. Chen denied committing the crime but was held for 12 years, during which he was tortured into confession and twice…

FAO warns of the risk of a double tragedy in the Philippines

Thanks;FAO News Additional $11 million needed to support typhoon-affected farmers to clear land, clean canals and ensure harvests for 2014 Funds are urgently needed to help farmers clear their land and plant their crops. 27 November 2013, Manila – Immediate assistance from the international community for Philippine farmers is critical to avoid a double tragedy…

FDA orders 23andMe to stop sales of home-testing genetics kit

Thanks;Olivia Solon The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Google-backed genetics company 23andMe to stop marketing its home testing kit because it hasn’t been able to provide proof that the tests work. 23andMe sells saliva testing kits that cost $99 (£61), which people can use at home and send to the company for…

Top Tables Update: Bangkok’s 10 Best New Restaurants 2013

Originally posted on Vaniceseasonal's Blog:
Thanks;Gregoire Glachant, Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet | Oct 17, 201 Showing our dedication, we’re already thinking about our Top Tables guide for 2014 (out in March, next year). Here are the new restaurant openings most likely to make the cut—along with a few things that have fallen out of favor. Still…

Iran nuclear deal reached in Geneva

Originally posted on Vaniceseasonal's Blog:
Thanks;Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) – A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out.…

Iran nuclear deal reached in Geneva

Thanks;Jim Sciutto and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN Geneva, Switzerland (CNN) – A historic deal was struck early Sunday between Iran and six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program that slows the country’s nuclear development program in exchange for lifting some sanctions while a more formal agreement is worked out. The agreement — described as an…

U.S. to Allow Transplants of HIV-Infected Organs

Thanks;Sara Reardon and Nature magazine Image: NIH The U.S. is poised to overturn its ban on accepting organs from HIV-positive donors, a move that would lead to organ transplants between infected patients. Legislation approved by the House of Representatives on November 12 seeks to end the 25-year prohibition on HIV-infected organs. It also directs the…

Top Tables Update: Bangkok’s 10 Best New Restaurants 2013

Thanks;Gregoire Glachant, Pieng-or Mongkolkumnuankhet | Oct 17, 201 Showing our dedication, we’re already thinking about our Top Tables guide for 2014 (out in March, next year). Here are the new restaurant openings most likely to make the cut—along with a few things that have fallen out of favor. Still don’t have a copy of Top…

Dropbox aims for $8 billion

Thanks;Fortune Magz The file-syncing startup is reportedly seeking to raise hundreds of millions at an astronomical valuation. FORTUNE — Just how much does Dropbox need to fuel an aggressive push into the enterprise space? $250 million, if a report today is correct. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the rapidly-expanding file-syncing business is looking to raise $250…