Who’s got the remote control? What are you, sitting on it? Let me have it. And so begins another of the friendly family discussions about just who is in charge of what we watch on television. Controlling the remote control may be about as much of a sport as what we’re trying to find on television.
Most probably can’t name anything that is more vital to the Sofa Set than who’s got their mitts on the clicker. And once that TV is fired up, sports is often what we watch. Like weather and politics, the topic of sports is an ice-breaker, and watching sports is an international pastime.
So, with one hand firmly on the remote control, Xoom jumped into the TV-Sports world. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked, ‘What’s your favorite sport to watch on TV?’
What would be your guess? Well, it’s basketball, according to 38 percent of those who took part in the survey, with football the next favorite sport to watch on TV with 25 percent. Soccer was farther down the list with six percent and five percent said that baseball was their favorite sport to watch on TV. A full 26 percent said other sports were their favorites.
While the top men’s teams in South America were making headlines in Chile, the best women’s teams representing countries all over the world were doing the same thing in Canada. The highlights are probably seared into your mind.
- Lionel Messi distributing the ball like a magician on Argentina’s march to the Copa America final against Chile.
- The heartbreak of Laura Bassett whose own goal in stoppage play allowed Japan to eliminate England, 2-1, in the World Cup semifinals.
- Host Chile playing like a champion, reaching the Copa America final and attempting to win the tournament for the first time.
- Japan trying to repeat its 2011 World Cup victory in the final against the United States and the U.S. just as strongly opposing.
- Hope Solo playing brilliantly in goal for the United States, reaching the World Cup final.
All along the way, all over the world, people took notice, proven by attendance records, huge television audiences and record ratings. It’s been a wild ride, to be sure, and also a magical one. But while it’s nearly over, it’s still one for the books.
Something’s got to give when Argentina takes on host Chile in Saturday’s final of the 44th Copa America. Both teams have something in common, two unsettling streaks they are trying to end – Argentina has not won the Copa America since 1993 while Chile has never won it.
So history will clearly be made in the final in Santiago.
Argentina, ranked No. 3 in the world by FIFA, seems to have all the momentum right now after its 6-1 semifinal thrashing of Paraguay, the 2011 finalist. Angel Di Maria scored twice and superstar Lionel Messi helped out on five of the six goals.
But Chile, ranked 19th in the world, cannot be discounted, and looked impressive in its 2-1 victory over Peru in the other semifinal. Chile relies on Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas, who have combined to account for seven of the 13 goals Chile has scored in the tournament. Still, it has to rankle Chile that it is one of only three South American countries (Venezuela, Ecuador) that has not won the Copa America since it began in 1916.
Messi, as usual, counters for Argentina. His three assists so far ties him with Chile’s Jorge Valdivia for the most in the tournament.
Host Chile pushed it way into Monday’s semifinal showdown against Peru in Santiago de Chile as a result of its 1-0 quarterfinal upset of Uruguay – the first time Chile has defeated Uruguay in the Copa America since 1983. Peru earned its matchup against host country Chile with a bruising 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Bolivia.
Paraguay stunned Brazil on penalty kick shootout (4-3) after the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Derlis Gonzalez scored the game-winner on his penalty kick. It was the second consecutive time that Paraguay has ousted Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Argentina made it to Concepcion and Tuesday’s semifinal against Paraguay, also on penalty kicks (5-4), following a scoreless tie against Colombia.
There is no extra time at the Copa America. The games go straight to penalties if the score is tied after 90 minutes.
Household budgets are sometimes difficult to plan and maintain, but everyone recognizes their value in the scheme of life. How you handle your bills means a great deal to your financial stability, especially when you’re talking about credit card bills. They don’t seem to ever go completely away, do they?
There are contrasting payment plans for credit card debt, we all know, but Xoom came up with the notion to dig a little deeper on the subject. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an extensive, exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers to ask them about credit card debt. Xoom posed the question: ‘How much of your credit card balance do you pay each month?’
The largest number of people who took the survey, 48 percent, said they paid more than the minimum payment but less than the full amount. Almost a full third of the respondents, 32 percent, said they paid off the full amount every billing cycle. Then again, 13 percent of those who answered the survey said they don’t even own a credit card while 17 percent said they pay just the minimum amount on each credit card bill.
Xoom lanza su programa transfronterizo Pago de Facturas a El Salvador – Paga facturas en línea desde los EE.UU.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 10 de diciembre de 2014 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero, ha lanzado oficialmente (Paga Facturas a El Salvador con Xoom) Xoom Bill Pay to El Salvador, una plataforma de avanzada que transforma los pagos transfronterizos de facturas permitiendo que, a las personas que viven en El Salvador, les paguen sus cuentas sus seres queridos que viven en Estados Unidos.
“Pago de Facturas Xoom está cambiando completamente la manera como las facturas transfronterizas se pagan en El Salvador, al ofrecer una experiencia nueva e innovadora para que los clientes en EE.UU. paguen facturas en nombre de sus familiares y amigos con tan solo unos pocos clics o toques de pantalla”, dijo Bobby Aitkenhead, Vice Presidente de Xoom Bill Pay. “Pago de Facturas Xoom les ahorra a quienes viven en El Salvador, el inconveniente y el riesgo de ir a pagar cuentas”.
“Al facilitar el pago transfronterizo de facturas de modo seguro, confiable y exacto, Xoom ayuda a ofrecer tranquilidad a quienes viven en El Salvador, porque saben que sus facturas ya han sido pagadas. Los remitentes ahora disfrutan la posibilidad de ver los saldos de las cuentas de sus familias en tiempo real y, de pagar sus facturas al instante”.
Xoom Bill Pay facilita pagos a varias empresas de servicios públicos en El Salvador, incluyendo teléfono, Internet, electricidad y paquetes de cable. Para los remitentes que viven en EE.UU., los pagos se pueden hacer muy fácilmente desde el celular, tableta o computador del remitente. El servicio facilita el pago a CAESS, CLESA, EEO, Deusem y Delsur, los principales distribuidores de energía eléctrica en El Salvador; Claro, uno de las principales empresas telefónicas de El Salvador.
Una clienta de Xoom, Concepción Salinas, ya ha disfrutado la seguridad, rapidez y confiabilidad de Xoom Bill Pay. “Mi mamá tiene 70 años y vive sola”, dijo Salinas. “Anteriormente, yo tenía que enviarle el dinero para pagar sus facturas. Mi mamá tenía que ir a recibir el dinero y luego hacer fila en cada una de las empresas para pagar las facturas. Con Xoom Bill Pay, mi mamá ya no tiene que salir a la calle. Ya no la pongo en riesgo”.
¿Cómo les ayuda Xoom Bill Pay a las personas que viven en El Salvador?
- Los remitentes tienen acceso al valor de cada factura de modo oportuno; no hay necesidad de esperar que las cuentas lleguen por correo.
- Muchas empresas de servicios públicos no aceptan pagos parciales; Xoom Bill Pay ahora le ofrece la información del saldo al remitente, quien puede hacer el pago total en tiempo real.
- Normalmente, las empresas de servicios públicos desconectan el servicio con la primera falta de pago; Xoom Bill Pay ofrece a los salvadoreños la tranquilidad de que sus facturas han sido pagadas.
“Anteriormente, muchos destinatarios de transferencias de dinero en El Salvador, tenían que dedicar varias horas del día yendo a la empresa de servicios, esperar en fila, llenar formularios y, entregar efectivo por la casilla para pagar por el uso del teléfono o la electricidad”, añadió Aitkenhead. “Esto es ahora algo del pasado, puesto que hemos transformado el proceso al permitir que los clientes paguen las facturas transfronterizas en nombre de sus familias, de manera fácil y eficiente”.
Acerca de Xoom
Xoom es un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero que habilita a los consumidores en los Estados Unidos para enviar dinero y pagar facturas alrededor del mundo de modo seguro, rápido y eficiente, usando sus celulares, tabletas o computadores. Durante los 12 meses terminados el 30 de septiembre de 2014, los más de 1,2 millones de clientes activos de Xoom, enviaron aproximadamente $6.500 millones a familiares y amigos. La compañía tiene su sede en San Francisco y se encuentra en línea en Xoom.com.
The machine that is Lionel Messi faces its biggest challenge so far in the World Cup as Argentina tackles the dangerous Netherlands in a semifinal that will surely have far-reaching effects.
Messi, who is tied for the goal-scoring lead among players still playing in this high-scoring World Cup, will run straight into yet another great offensive player, the Dutch superstar Arjen Robben. Robben has scored three times. Messi has four goals, the same as Thomas Muller of Germany, another semifinalist. James Rodriguez of Colombia is the World Cup’s leading goal-scorer with six, but Colombia lost in the quarterfinals. Neymar of Brazil has five goals, but he is out of the World Cup because of a fractured vertebra.
Meanwhile, Argentina has its own injury problems. Angel Di Maria, who is an offensive complement to Messi, has been ruled out of the Netherlands game after he injured his hamstring in a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Belgium. Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal, so he may be asked to take some of the offensive pressure off of Messi, who needs some open space to work his magic.
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Just talking about food is usually enough to make everyone hungry. Sometimes you can envision a great dish on a plate and if you close your eyes, you can just about smell the aroma.
Most everyone has a Filipino dish that they like the best, their go-to favorite whenever they prepare it themselves or see it on the menu at a restaurant. Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked ‘What is your favorite Filipino dish?’
As you might expect there were many answers and a lot of favorite dishes.
The survey found that 13 percent said the staple Adobo marinade was their favorite Filipino dish. Nine percent of the respondents said the stew Kare-Kare rated tops with them. Pancit, noodles that are also popular on birthdays, was the favorite of eight percent of those who answered the survey.
Lechon, the roast pork dish, attracted seven percent of the votes in the survey and Lumpia, the Philippines’ take on egg rolls, was chosen by five percent of the voters.
But the Filipino dish that was favored by the majority of the voters in the survey? Everything, said 51 percent. Just one more question. When’s dinner?