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Video: BMW M135i vs. Mercedes A45 AMG in Euro small-lux throwdown

By Brandon Turkus

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BMW and Mercedes-Benz – please, please, please bring the M135i and A45 AMG hatchbacks to North America. For as long as we can remember, buyers in the New World have been forced to look longingly at Europe and Great Britain and the excellent super hatches that are so routinely offered there. And while we’re quite content with the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen GTI, having a 360-horse five-door with a premium, content-rich interior sounds quite nice.

Our envy for Europe has grown after watching the latest video from Drive, which stars Chris Harris, the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M135i. This latest battle between MB and BMW takes place on both road and track, with Harris providing a running commentary. If you’re interested in the upcoming Mercedes CLA45 AMG, you should pay special attention to the section on the A45, as the two are essentially fraternal twins. While the video is a bit on the long side, it provides a comprehensive rundown of both cars, giving those of us in North America just a small taste of what we’re missing. Check it out by scrolling below.

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Report: Formula E calendar set at ten races, top F1 teams being courted

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Formula E, the open-wheel EV racing series has finalized the calendar for its inaugural season. Set to kick of in 2014, the races looks like to have been distributed quite evenly across the globe.

Two American races (LA and Miami) along with a pair of South American races in Rio and Buenos Aires round out the contests in the New World. London, Berlin and Rome make up the European leg of the championship, while Beijing, Bangkok and Putrajaya cover Asia.

This news follows a report from Autoweek that Formula E is courting some of the top Formula One teams. According to AW, series organizer Alejandro Agag is already in talks with McLaren, and is of the opinion that one day the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull will take part in the emissions free series.

Despite the current lack of big names, the parts of the Formula E cars look promising. Batteries from Williams are mated to electric motors from McLaren, while Dallara provides the chassis. Like F1, there’s only one tire supplier, although we’re happy to announce it’s Michelin rather than Pirelli. Series test driver Lucas di Grassi showed us just what the FE cars can do with an in-car video a few months ago.

As for drivers, we don’t see Sebastien Vettel leaving his gas-powered racer soon. Formula E could see an influx of retired F1 drivers and GP2 veterans, although Agag told Autoweek “I can’t say any names yet.” The series will kickoff in 2014, in the Italian capital of Rome.

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Damaging non-native forest pests at home in northeastern US

Beginning with early colonists who landed in the New World loaded with dreams, grit and perhaps the continent’s first alien forest pests, and continuing today with the expansion of global trade, the northeastern United States has been ground zero for damaging non-native forest pest invasions. …read more

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As Coffee Rust Devastates Latin America, Colombia’s Cenicafé Leads The Resistance

By The Huffington Post News Editors

The British have long favored tea as their caffeinated beverage of choice, but another drink had its moment during the glory days of the British empire — coffee.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the British controlled vast coffee plantations across southern India and Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka. But a strange fungal disease called coffee rust became widespread by the mid-19th century, crippling the industry and forcing producers to switch to tea cultivation. The change effectively altered beverage preferences across the empire as coffee drinkers were forced to switch as well. Today, the region that was Ceylon is best known for the teas grown there.

Now the shift could be happening again in the “New World,” as coffee rust strikes at crops across Central and South America. A recent outbreak is causing the worst devastation since the disease was first spotted in the Western Hemisphere in 1970; Guatemala has declared a national emergency, 2013-2014 harvests in some parts of Costa Rica may be half of what they were last year and there are troubling reports of the disease in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico.

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The Rise and Fall of the Largest Company of All Time

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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O’er the glad waters of the dark blue sea,
Our thoughts as boundless, and our souls as free,
Far as the breeze can bear, the billows foam,
Survey our empire and behold our home!
These are our realms, no limits to their sway —
Our flag the sceptre all who meet obey.
Ours the wild life in tumult still to range
From toil to rest, and joy in every change.
Lord Byron, The Corsair

In centuries past, those who mastered the sea were often the ones who ruled the world. This was never truer than during the Age of Sail that followed the expeditions of Columbus. For nearly a hundred years, Spain and Portugal fought wars of trade and conquest in the New World and throughout the Orient. Their glory would not last. At the dawn of the 16th century, one company — the first publicly traded company in the history of the world — rose to prominence in Amsterdam. It would eventually become the largest company the world has ever seen.

March 20, 1602 is typically recognized as the founding date of the Dutch East India Company. The company’s origins date to 1595, when the first four merchant ships sailed from Holland (the present-day Netherlands) on a journey of trade and adventure to the East. One vessel was lost, and two-thirds of the crew perished on that fateful trip before their return nearly two and a half years later, but the spirit of commerce had taken root in the remaining traders. It was Johan van Oldenbarnevelt who established the VOC — the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, or United East India Company — and acquired a monopoly on trade routes beyond the Cape of Good Hope.

The VOC held the first “public offering” of shares in history shortly after its founding, for much the same reason that companies offer their shares in IPOs today. Within six months, the Amsterdam bourse (stock exchange) was founded to handle trading in the company’s shares. This initial offering raised 6.5 million guilders for the VOC. In 1602, this was an astronomical sum — the equivalent to more than 32,000 years of wages for an unskilled laborer, corresponding to roughly $912 billion today. According to Clem Chambers:

The company’s IPO saw a pop of 15% to its issue price, the first opportunity for investors to snag an IPO in history. It is intriguing to imagine that somewhere in the record there may well be the name of the first stock flipper in history, though it is unlikely that many of the initial shareholders “stagged” the issue, as the actual concept of stock market trading wasn’t yet invented; buying and selling was a manual and laborious affair.

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Thousands fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis installation

Thousands of people are pouring into St. Peter’s Square to witness the official start of the papacy of the first pope from the New World.

The blue and white flags from Pope Francis‘ native Argentina fluttered Tuesday above the crowd that Italian media estimate could reach 1 million. Emergency crews set up barricades for nearly a mile along the main boulevard leading to the square to control the masses.

The installation Mass is simpler than the 2005 ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI in keeping with Francis’ style, but still grand enough to draw 132 official delegations and religious leaders from around the world, including the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians who is attending for the first time since the two branches of Christianity split 1,000 years ago.

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St. Peter's fills for Pope Francis installation

Thousands of people are pouring into St. Peter’s Square to witness the official start of the papacy of the first pope from the New World.

The blue and white flags from Pope Francis‘ native Argentina fluttered Tuesday above the crowd that Italian media estimate could reach 1 million. Emergency crews set up barricades for nearly a mile (two kilometers) along the main boulevard leading to the square to control the masses.

The installation Mass is simpler than the 2005 ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI in keeping with Francis’ style, but still grand enough to draw 132 official delegations and religious leaders from around the world, including the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians who is attending for the first time since the two branches of Christianity split 1,000 years ago.

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Pope Francis Inauguration 2013: Catholic Leader Begins Ministry In St Peter’s Square

By The Huffington Post News Editors

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis officially began his ministry as the 266th pope on Tuesday in an installation Mass simplified to suit his style, but still grand enough to draw princes, presidents, rabbis, muftis and thousands of ordinary people to St. Peter’s Square to witness the inauguration of the first pope from the New World.

Francis thrilled the crowd at the start of the Mass by taking a long round-about through the sun-drenched piazza and getting out of his jeep to bless a disabled man. It was a gesture from a man whose short papacy is becoming defined by such spontaneous forays into the crowd and concern for the disadvantaged.

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Francis pays tribute to Benedict, reflects on age

Pope Francis has paid a heartfelt tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI, saying his faith and teaching had “enriched and invigorated” the Catholic Church and would remain its spiritual patrimony forever.

Francis offered the respects during an audience Friday with the cardinals who elected him to succeed Benedict, whose resignation set in motion the extraordinary conclave that brought the first prelate from the New World and first Jesuit to the papacy.

Speaking at times off the cuff, Francis said Benedict had “lit a flame in the depths of our hearts that will continue to burn because it is fueled by his prayers that will support the church on its missionary path.”

Francis tripped when he greeted the dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Scola, but he recovered immediately.

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New style of papacy: Pope Francis pays hotel bill

On his first day as shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis picked up his luggage at a Vatican hotel, personally thanked each member of the staff and even paid his own bill. Then, at his first Mass, he delivered a short, unscripted homily — in Italian, not the Latin of his predecessor — holding the cardinals who elected him responsible for keeping the church strong.

Pope for barely 12 hours, Francis brushed off years of tradition and formality Thursday with a remarkable break in style that sent a clear message that his papacy is poised to reject many of the trappings enjoyed by now-retired Benedict XVI.

That was hardly out of character for Francis. For years, as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the Argentine pastor took the bus to work, kissed the feet of AIDS patients and prayed with former prostitutes, eschewing the luxurious residence that would have been his due as archbishop of Buenos Aires.

But now he is pope — the first from the New World and the first Jesuit — and his style both personal and liturgical is in a global spotlight.

On his first day, he couldn’t have signaled a greater contrast to Benedict, the German academic who was meek and generous in person but formal and traditional in public.

The differences played out Thursday in the Sistine Chapel as the 76-year-old Francis celebrated his first public Mass as pope.

Whereas Benedict read a three-page discourse in Latin, Francis had a far simpler message. Speaking off-the-cuff for 10 minutes in easy Italian, he said all Catholics must “build” the church and “walk” with the faith.

He urged priests to build their churches on solid foundations, warning: “What happens when children build sand castles on the beach? It all comes down.”

“If we don’t proclaim Jesus, we become a pitiful NGO, not the bride of the Lord,” he said.

“When we walk without the cross, and when we preach about Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord. We are mundane. We are bishops, priests, cardinals, popes, but we are not disciples of the Lord.”

The new style was evident even in Francis’ wardrobe. Rather …read more
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Latin America sees change under region's 1st pope

The famous words uttered to announce that a leader of the Catholic Church has been chosen now have special resonance for Latin America, which had felt neglected by the Vatican and has finally produced the New World‘s first pope.

“”Habemus Papam.’ ‘WE have a pope,'” said Tom Quigley, former policy adviser on Latin American and Caribbean affairs at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. “This will instill a sense of pride and happiness and will have a very positive effect.”

The selection of former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as pope is already energizing the world’s most Catholic continent, which has been rapidly losing its faithful.

Many hope Pope Francis will bring a familiar cultural warmth, while pushing the church to address a divisive gap between rich and poor in the region. He is also seen as someone who could bridge Latin America‘s left-right political split as a conservative devoted to fighting poverty and not afraid to speak out against the hierarchy.

But first, the papacy of Francis is being seen as an overdue acknowledgement of the home of 40 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics that felt distant from former Pope Benedict XVI.

“It’s a recognition of the millions of Spanish-speaking faithful who belong to the church,” said Salvadoran President Mario Funes.

Almost everything about Pope Francis suggests a shift from Benedict, his reserved academic predecessor, who put his focus on saving Europe and was criticized for waiting seven years before visiting Spanish-speaking Latin America on a trip last year to Mexico and Cuba.

The new pope picked a name that has never been used, an apparent reference to a humble friar who dedicated his life to helping the poor. He comes from an order, the Jesuits, that had never produced a pope. He considers social outreach, rather than doctrinal battles, to be the essential business of the church.

“For me it’s a sign from God, who is inviting us to commit ourselves to a continental mission,” said Bishop Eugenio Lira, secretary-general of the Mexican Conference of Bishops. “He will imprint his Latin American personality … He knows the joys, the pains, the problems and the opportunities of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean and that will create a very close relationship.”

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World leaders welcome Catholic church's new Argentine Pope Francis

World leaders sent in their congratulations and Catholics around the world were celebrating Wednesday after the Vatican announced the election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy — making him the first pontiff from the Americas.

As bells tolled and crowds cheered across Latin America, President Barack Obama offered warm wishes to Pope Francis and said the selection speaks to the strength and vitality of the New World.

“I offer our warm wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis,” Obama said. “As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than 2,000 years.”

In Europe, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also issued statements of congratulations.

Wednesday was “a momentous day for the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world,” Cameron said in a message posted to Twitter, while Merkel, the daughter of a Lutheran pastor, said millions of Catholics and non-Catholics alike would be looking to the new pope for guidance not just in questions of faith but in matters of peace, justice and protecting creation.

Merkel said she was particularly happy for Christians in Latin America, who now had one of their own called to be pope for the first time. Francis was elected after German-born Pope Benedict XVI stepped down last month, saying he lacked the strength to continue in the job.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he looked forward to cooperation with the Holy See under Pope Francis‘ “wise leadership,” while European Union leaders Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso wished the new Catholic leader “a long and blessed pontificate.”

The atmosphere across Latin America brimmed with excitement and surprise, with people bursting into tears and cheers on streets from Buenos Aires to Caracas, Venezuela.

“It’s incredible!” said Martha Ruiz, 60, who was weeping tears of emotion in the Argentine capital. She said she had been in many meetings with the cardinal and said, “He is a man who transmits great serenity.”

At the St. Francis of Assisi church in the colonial Old San Juan district in Puerto Rico, church secretary Antonia Veloz exchanged jubilant high-fives with Jose Antonio Cruz, a Franciscan friar.

“It’s a huge gift for all of Latin America. We waited 20 centuries. It was worth the wait,” said Cruz, wearing the brown cassock tied with a rope that is the signature of the Franciscan order.

Arcilia Litchfield, a 57-year-old tourist from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was walking down the cobblestone streets when they glanced at a TV and saw that a new pope had been chosen. She and her husband then went to the San Juan Cathedral, where the remains of Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon are buried.

“It’s historic. It’s the first time a pope has been chosen from this part of the world,” she said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Even in Communist Cuba, there was pride as church bells rang to celebrate the news. Elsewhere on the continent, people traded stories about the new pontiff.

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Saba Unveils Advanced Cloud Platform to Support the New World of Work

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Saba Unveils Advanced Cloud Platform to Support the New World of Work

Open, Standards-Based Platform Provides Advanced Integration, Analytics, Social, Mobile and Collaboration Capabilities

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– At People 2013: Saba Global Summit today, Saba (NAS: SABA) announced significant new enhancements to its next-generation cloud platform that underpins the Saba People Cloud solution. The new platform leverages the company’s ongoing investment in its highly secure, scalable and reliable cloud infrastructure, which currently supports more than 10.4 million subscribers worldwide.

New technologies are forcing IT departments to adjust their strategies away from cumbersome, proprietary technology architectures to open, cloud-based platforms. This shift is enabling more agility and access to innovative new cloud solutions, while providing a high level of security, scalability and reliability. Saba’s next generation technology platform underpins its new Saba People Cloud solution, is optimized for the cloud and is flexible enough to expose data, connect processes and aggregate content from other diverse technology environments. It provides new capabilities in five key areas:

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Mobile Applications – Built to easily support native applications for Apple iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android smartphones and tablets, Saba has mobile applications on the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

 

A Whole New World of Investment Possibilities

By Alex Planes, The Motley Fool

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After completing the first of his three world-changing voyages to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus returned to Europe — Lisbon, to be exact — on March 4, 1493. It had been exactly seven months since Columbus and his three ships departed from the Spanish region of Castile on a journey to the Far East, having since found a New World that turned out to be of far greater importance to global trade and commerce than a new seaward passage to known lands. In his possession was a letter written on the return journey, which was sent to the Castilian court to emphasize the vast untapped commercial potential of the lands he had found. By the time Columbus returned to the Spanish court on March 15, his extravagant embellishments of what he had found had already begun to spread far and wide. Within a year, the letter had reached most of the major cities of Europe, generating enormous interest in the riches of these undiscovered countries.

Columbus had good reason for his hyperbole. The Castilian crown had given him extremely generous terms in return for success, including high titles, control over discovered territories, and 10% of the revenues that might be generated from such discoveries for an essentially unlimited time. These terms were not difficult to extract, as Columbus’ belief in a smaller-sized Earth was not popular, and no one really expected him to return. Contrary to the popular myth, the notion of a spherical Earth was widely accepted in Columbus’ day, and most scholars and navigators adhered to an assessment of size that closely aligns with its actual diameter. Columbus wasn’t ahead of his time; he was backwards. But he got lucky.

Columbus briefly governed the Castilian territories in the New World but was deposed and arrested over the brutality carried out during his tenure. Although he was not held long, Columbus never regained the power and wealth he had held as governor, and the generous terms of his first exploration were never upheld. After his death, Columbus’ heirs initiated a protracted series of lawsuits to gain what they felt were the rights to a perpetual share of the revenue generated by New World activity. The fact that the Columbian heirs are not well-known to history should give you some indication of the ultimate success of those lawsuits.

Columbus’ success generated a huge surge of interest in exploring these new lands, and within a century vast tracts of South American land had been colonized in the name of the Spanish and Portuguese crowns. The widespread exchange of crops, people, culture, and disease between the Eastern and Western hemispheres was later termed the Columbian Exchange, and it would prove to be one of the most transformative periods of humanity’s existence. Corn, potatoes, tobacco, and tomatoes came to Europe, while horses, coffee, and sugarcane were …read more
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Mayflower Replica Undergoing Extensive Repairs

By The Huffington Post News Editors

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — A replica of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago is undergoing major repairs.

The 56-year-old Mayflower II was brought to dry dock in Fairhaven, Mass., in December for routine maintenance and inspection. During that work, it was discovered that the wooden vessel needed repairs to its frame that could not be deferred.

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ZooKeys opens the gates to America's moth diversity

Since its inception in 2009, the “Contributions to the systematics of New World macro- moths” series in ZooKeys has been playing an important role in publishing taxonomic changes and new discoveries concerning moth diversity in North America. With a total of 49 publications by 38 authors, this well-established series is among the topic leaders, alongside publications such as Canadian Staphylinidae. …read more
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Christianity — The Soul Of America

By Kevin Banet

Jefferson Christian Christianity — the Soul of America

Some years ago, I was interviewed by a TV station about the issue of abortion. I had been matched up with a representative of Planned Parenthood; and after the interview, I happened to ride down the elevator with the woman who was my opponent.

I mentioned that Christianity was part of our Constitution, and she shot back: “Christianity is not in the Constitution!”

Well, she got me there; and I had to do some catch-up reading. It’s true that Christianity is not in the Constitution (unless of course you include the date at the very end, which says “in the Year of our Lord….”) It’s true that Article VI states that “no religious Test shall ever be required” as a qualification to any office or public trust.

They Brought the Persecution With Them

But there’s more to it. As every schoolboy knows, one of the main reasons why the Pilgrims (and many other immigrants in later years) came to the New World was to escape religious persecution. But the early settlers brought with them the same persecution from their homeland. For example, the Puritan fathers of Massachusetts Bay Colony ran a theocracy and did not tolerate those of other religions. And in various places, Baptists, Catholics, and Congregationalists were either prohibited from holding public office, driven from the area, or just plain executed.

We’ve got to fix this, thought the Founders of our country. Madison and Jefferson were among those who shaped the idea that the government should not officially support any “sect” of Christianity. This thinking went into the writing of the Constitution, and thus Christianity was not promoted in that document. But the Founders certainly did not have in mind some kind of atheist utopia, where our civic leaders abandon all moral direction or support of Christianity.

Chocolate Cake Argument

A closer look at our governing ethos certainly shows Christianity as an essential part. The Declaration of Independence, for example, has several references to God. The document appeals to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and that all men are “endowed by their Creator” with unalienable rights (attention, Mr. Obama: this phrase is really here). At the end, it asks for “a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence….”

The Smithsonian Institute, in a recent article, describes America as a “secular republic.” This phrase, however, doesn’t do justice to our form of government any more than a list of ingredients in a cookbook make up a chocolate cake. In baking a cake, there is also action and good will, with the purpose of making something that is both good and pleasing. There is a person behind the baking of a cake. And there are people and a purpose behind the acting out of our government.

Yank Christianity Out of Government

You can’t yank Christianity out of our government any more than you can yank the soul out of a man and still call him a man. Has our government recognized Christianity? You bet. Just look at the credit in granite given to Christianity and the moral laws in our monuments and public buildings in Washington, D.C. Take a look at the newly-released Sons of Liberty Radio YouTube video that shows impressive footage of Bible quotes and presidential mentions of God and Christianity in our nation’s capital. (Disclosure: Sons of Liberty Radio partners with our firm, TreeFrogClick). Bet you didn’t know that there were tiny Bible verses engraved into the walls of the Washington monument. Or that carved into the cornerstone of the wings of the Capitol building is the speech of Daniel Webster, which culminates in the words:

And all here assembled … with hearts devotedly thankful to Almighty God for the preservation of the liberty and happiness of this country, unite in sincere and fervent prayers that this deposit, and the walls and arches, the domes and the towers, the columns and the entablatures now to be erected over it may endure forever.

So where is the true America? Its guiding principles are in its soul — in Christianity.

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