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15
Jun

Jamaica Takes on Paraguay

Chances are it will be a rude welcome for Jamaica at the Copa America, where the invited team has landed in a rough and tumble Group B that also includes Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

When Jamaica takes on Paraguay at Estadio Regional Calvo y Bascunan in Antofagasta, all eyes will be focused on Jamaican star Darren Mattocks, who will be heavily counted upon if Jamaica is going to advance out of the group stage. The 24-year-old Mattocks, a skilled and inventive dynamo who plays professionally for the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, must show the way for Jamaica. Still, Jamaica is likely to be overlooked because of the talented teams surrounding it.

The 44th Copa America features 12 teams, 10 of them from CONMEBOL and two other invited teams from CONCACAF – Mexico and now Jamaica. Mexico is a perennial invitee, but Jamaica has taken the second spot that used to belong to the United States and most recently Costa Rica.

Paraguay, going up against Jamaica, is a two-time Copa America champion and was runner-up in 2011. It may be that the best hope to advance for Paraguay, just like for Jamaica, is to be one of the two third-place teams that advance from group play. That issue may be settled when they collide.

While you’re following along, remember that the smarter way to send money to Jamaica is Xoom.com.

12
Jun

How do you stop Lionel Messi?

How do you stop Lionel Messi? That’s been the unanswerable question since October, 2004, when Lionel Andres ‘Leo’ Messi Cuccittini of Rosario, Argentina, made his debut for Barcelona.

Nothing has stopped him since. And now, with his 28th birthday only 11 days after Argentina opens its Copa America play against Paraguay, the eyes of the sport are once again trained on Argentina’s captain, wearing number 10, the unstoppable force. If he isn’t the top player in the game, he’s probably first in the conversation.

It’s true that Messi isn’t big, only 5-feet-7, but he has put up incredibly big numbers his entire career as he continues to try to measure up to the sizeable reputation of Diego Maradona as Argentina’s greatest football player ever.

Messi just ushered Barcelona to the Champions League title. No one had more goals in the tournament than Messi (10) and no one had more assists (5). For the season, Messi scored 48 goals on 187 shots in 38 games and had 18 assists.

The numbers keep on growing, but that’s not a new trend for Messi. A four-time World Player of the Year, Messi scored a European record 73 goals in 2012 for Barcelona.

Meanwhile, don’t forget that the smarter way to send money to friends and family in Argentina is Xoom.com.

Messi is one of 14 of the 23-player Argentina squad in the Copa America that made it to last year’s World Cup final. He scored four goals in the tournament and was chosen as named the best player in the World Cup.

10
Jun

Preview of Mexico vs. Bolivia in Group A Qualifiers

The pressure starts early in Group A for Mexico when it takes on Bolivia in the first match of the 44th edition of the Copa America at Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar, Chile. Not only is coach Miguel Herrera fielding Mexico’s so-called ‘B Team,’ Herrera has already gone out on a limb and predicted that El Tri will surely reach the final.

That may be a lofty goal. Mexico is facing some tough company in Group A that includes, in addition to Bolivia, Ecuador and host country Chile. Going against Bolivia, ranked 89th by FIFA, is shaping up to be a must-win opener for Mexico, ranked 23rd, if it is destined to fulfil Herrera’s goals.

There was not a great deal of buzz generated by Mexico’s fans after Mexico’s ‘B Team’ lost, 2-0, to Brazil in a recent international friendly in Sao Paulo. Mexico also had a recent 1-1 draw with Peru. In the meantime, Herrera still must sort out the goalkeeper situation. His options revolve around Jesus Corona and Alfredo Talavera. One bright spot has been the play of 21-year-old Carlos Salcedo, who came on at halftime in Sao Paulo and helped Mexico keep Brazil off the scoreboard.

And don’t forget that the smarter way to send money to friend and family in Mexico and Latin America is Xoom.com.

Uruguay is the defending champion, but Brazil remains the favorite in the 12-team Copa America, the main international tournament for the national football teams of South America.

5
Jun

Have you ever written an online review of a product or service?

One of the ways to find out whether the product or service you’re researching is up to par is to ask around, or better yet, go online. Many find the information you can come up with online as worthwhile – or not, depending on the review.

Some who review products or services online have an ax to grind and are therefore not complimentary. On the other hand, there are loads of genuinely sincere people who are completely honest in their reviews. But someone has to write these reviews, of course.

So Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, thought it would be telling to check it all out. Xoom decided to conduct a survey of some of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked the question, ‘Have you ever written an online review of a product or service?’

The numbers are indeed revealing. Some 67 percent of those who responded to the survey question said that, yes, they had written an online review of a product or service, but only 33 percent said they had not written an online review.

28
May

How many apps do you have on your phone?

It can’t be surprising that many of us are glued to our mobile phones, judging by the way how many times you’ve probably seen someone with their face stuck in their cell phone walking into a light pole. Might as well get real, cell phones aren’t going away. In fact, they’re becoming even more popular. Pretty soon, cell phones might outnumber us.

But there really is something that does outnumber us already: Apps. You name it, there’s probably an app for it, that’s why we have so many apps. Looking at the popularity of apps in our app-society, started Xoom thinking. So Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked this apparently applicable question about apps: ‘How many apps do you have on your phone?’

You may find the answers sort of surprising. The most people, 35 percent, had the greatest number of apps on their phones – 17 or more apps. But 20 percent of those who answered the survey said they had just 1-5 apps while 18 percent answered that they had 6-10 apps on their phones. Meanwhile, 11 percent said they had 11-16 apps and eight percent said they didn’t have a single app. Oh, and there were also eight percent who said they didn’t have a smart phone.

22
May

Do you plan to send money for tuition or back to school expenses to someone in the Philippines?

When it’s back-to-school time, there are a lot of feelings that each family must go though. For parents, sometimes it’s separation anxiety, just not ready to let go now. Kids have their own thoughts about back-to-school that could include a dose of anxiety, but more likely the expected thrill of seeing your classmate friends again. Oh, and maybe even learn something in school that’s going to help you down the road.

Most families could use some kind of help at back-to-school time. It could be thoughtful good wishes or organized carpools or planning after-school homework sessions at a friends’ house.

But there is yet another way to show your support and that’s what prompted Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, to conduct a survey of some of its Fil-Am customers and asked this question: ‘Do you plan to send money for tuition or back to school expenses to someone in the Philippines?’

A majority of those who answered the survey, 53 percent, said they planned to send money for tuition or back-to-school expenses to someone back home in the Philippines. And, of course, Xoom offers the safest, fastest and most convenient way to transfer money, so here’s the perfect opportunity to use Xoom, again and again.

Meanwhile, 35 percent of those in the survey said they don’t plan to send tuition or back-to-school money to the Philippines and 12 percent said that they were undecided.

20
May

Xoom Adds Home Delivery in Vietnam, Cash Pickup and Deposits to Sacombank

New partnership provides faster and more options for receiving money in Vietnam

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 11, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has partnered with Sacombank, one of the largest banks in Vietnam, to offer same-day home delivery, instant cash pickup, and fast bank deposits. With this partnership, senders can deposit money in minutes directly to Sacombank, Vietcombank, and DongA Bank as well as send fast deposits to nine Banknet banks, including Saigonbank, PVComBank, and VietinBank.

U.S. dollar service is also available with the new partnership. Customers sending money to Vietnam can now have U.S. dollars delivered, picked up, or deposited into their loved one’s accounts. Instant cash pickup is available at more than 400 Sacombank branches across the country.

Xoom expands its service to Vietnam to help the estimated 1.3 million Vietnamese immigrants living in the United States send money more easily to friends and family. Most Vietnamese immigrants remit money using agent locations — an experience that’s typically time-consuming and inconvenient. Xoom offers a mobile phone app that allows money to be sent in seconds, while saving the customer from the hassle of driving to the store, waiting in line, and talking to an agent.

Anne Le Tran, Xoom’s senior copywriter for Products, moved from Saigon to the U.S. at the age of nine. “I enjoy working at Xoom.com because the company is committed to helping immigrants save time, while providing a great service for their families back home,” said Le Tran. “I recommend Xoom.com to anyone who needs to send money to Vietnam,” she adds.

“We are excited to partner with Xoom,” said Mr. Le Vu Bang, head of retail banking at Sacombank. “Together, we offer a revolutionary money transfer service where the sender sends in just seconds, and the receiver picks up in seconds — giving instant access to their money.”

Xoom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with the time difference between the United States and Vietnam. During banking hours in Vietnam, customers can receive their funds at a Sacombank location instantly.

Pia Guter, an immigrant from the Philippines, is the marketing director in charge of Vietnam. “Xoom is the easiest way to send money to Vietnam. Customers can send money in seconds with Xoom’s app,” says Guter. “Sacombank is a great partner that offers our customers plenty of choice for sending money. Whether you want delivery or pickup, dong or dollar — Xoom offers it,” adds Guter.

Recipients don’t need to have a Sacombank account to receive a money transfer from Xoom. In addition, door-to-door delivery is available to most cities and provinces. Same-day delivery is available for most major cities and is one to two days for provincial areas.

Visit Xoom.com/vietnam for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended March 31, 2015, Xoom’s more than 1.3 million active customers sent approximately $7.0 billion with Xoom. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

About Sacombank
Headquartered and listed in Vietnam, Sacombank is one of the leading commercial banks in the country and continuously growing in Cambodia and Laos with more than 10,000 employees and more than 420 business locations in the region. Sacombank (Cambodia) Plc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sacombank, was transformed from a branch in October 2011. The bank offers broad range of banking products and services to private individuals, self-employed customers, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region wide.

6
May

Xoom partners with Sampath Bank to launch Instant Money Transfer Service to Sri Lanka

Xoom’s revolutionary technology enables instant deposit to Sampath Bank accounts and within 24 hours to all other banks 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, April 28, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, today announced the launch of its money transfer service to Sri Lanka. Xoom has partnered with Sampath Bank, one of the largest banks in Sri Lanka, to offer instant deposits to Sampath Bank accounts in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Xoom will also provide bank deposits within 24 hours to other banks in Sri Lanka, including Hatton National Bank, Bank of Ceylon, Peoples Bank, Commercial Bank, and more. With the addition of Sri Lanka, Xoom’s money transfer services now reach 33 countries

“We are delighted to extend Xoom’s services to the Sri Lankan market,” said John Kunze, Xoom’s President and CEO. “With our breakthrough technology, Sri Lankans in the U.S. can securely, conveniently, and cost-effectively send money to their friends and family back home.”

“Sampath Bank is very proud to announce its partnership with Xoom,” said Mr. Kusal De Silva, Senior Manager of Remittances at Sampath Bank. “This is yet another step by the bank to provide an even more convenient service for its customers. Through our collaboration with Xoom, families in the U.S can send money to their loved ones in Sri Lanka instantly and safely.”

Xoom makes it secure and convenient for Sri Lankan immigrants to send money from their computer, tablet, or mobile phone. When paying with a bank account, customers can send up to $1,000 for just $4.99, and transfers are fee-free for transactions over $1,000. Customers can also download Xoom’s app for Android and iOS mobile devices to send money on the go. Visit Xoom.com/sri-lanka for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended December 31, 2014, Xoom’s more than 1.2 million active customers sent approximately $6.9 billion with Xoom. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

About Sampath Bank
Sampath Bank is one of Sri Lanka’s leading and most established banks and is quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange.