Talking about a vacation is one of life’s great pleasures. The planning, the anticipation, the expectations, the excitement, that’s all so much fun it should probably be included as part of the trip.
If nothing else, taking time off and enjoying a vacation experience is a great opportunity to sharpen up your picture-taking skills. But of course, there’s so much more to a vacation, starting with figuring out where to go.
Visiting family and friends was the choice of 30 percent of the respondents in the survey. Hitting the beach, that was the answer from 14 percent of those who took part in the survey. And nine percent wanted to get away, choosing a vacation in a foreign city such as Paris or Rome.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, five percent answered that they preferred a ‘staycation’ as their next vacation. The roller coasters and raging waters at an amusement park were chosen as their next vacation by two percent in the survey. And a full 29 percent were undecided. Maybe too many choices.
It’s Argentina and Switzerland in the knockout round, but there could be another subtext to this Round of 16? Maybe. If there really is anyone who worried about Argentina for having to dig deep and work some bugs out of its approach, such as scoring late to win, there are once again two words to consider: Lionel Messi.
Argentina defeated Nigeria, 3-2, to close out Group F unbeaten, then waited to find out its next opponent in the Round of 16. Switzerland jumped up claimed it as the runner-up behind France in Group E and that puts the Swiss directly in Argentina’s path.
So it’s Switzerland’s turn to worry about Messi.
Argentina’s biggest star scored two more goals against Nigeria – he now has four – and almost single-handedly propelled Argentina into the knockout round on Tuesday in Sao Paulo.
But it’s true Argentina has had some close-calls, beating both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran by one goal, both low-scoring games – 2-1 and 1-0. The other characteristic? Messi scored a goal in them both. He tied with Brazil’s superstar, Neymar and Germany’s scoring machine, Thomas Muller, with a World Cup high of four goals.
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As a remittance sender, you want to select a money transfer company that is vigilantly pursuing human and technological resources to protect you and your family from online predators whose mission is to coerce you to send your money to them.
You are entrusting your money transfer company to safeguard your account with them, as well as the entire transfer process, so that your money arrives safely in the hands of your loved ones at home.
That is one big responsibility and you need to have confidence that the company you choose is up to the challenge. Your provider must be prepared to deliver rapid and effective intervention should anyone or anything compromise your ability to send money, or if you happen to fall victim to a scam.
Check to see if your prospective money transfer company is using top-of-the-line data security encryption, so that all information sent between your web browser and your money transfer company’s website remains private and secure.
Generally, if a provider is “bullish” on security, they will trumpet that fact on their website. More detailed information regarding certifications from third-party security and privacy organizations should also be available on their website.
So how secure is the Xoom?
At Xoom, we strive to be the most progressive money transfer company in the industry when it comes to the deployment of the latest and most robust security protocols to protect your data and privacy. And if anything interferes with the successful transfer of your money, we are ready to take immediate corrective action to resolve the issue and get your transfer through safely to your family.
We use 128-bit data security encryption, so all information sent between your web browser and our website remains private and secure. The entire Xoom website, even pages viewed without logging in, is served via encrypted, secure pages.
The servers we use to store your information are protected both physically and electronically. They reside behind a firewall and are not directly connected to the Internet. We regularly audit our security policies to ensure the protection of your personal data.
When you sign up with Xoom, you will immediately notice how much your business means to us and how committed we are to keeping you as a customer “for life.” From the welcome call you will receive right away when you sign up, through the highly-transparent on-screen disclosure of every part of your transfer, to the fact that nobody answers the phone faster when you really need help: you will discover that Xoom is no ordinary money transfer company.
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In the remittance universe, scam prevention is a team effort between the customer and money transfer company. If you do encounter any suspicious or unauthorized activity in your account, you should contact your provider immediately. In those cases, the money transfer company should immediately secure your account, conduct a thorough investigation and, if it turns out that someone has hacked into your account and sent money in your name, your money transfer company’s policy should be to cover you for the full amount of the unauthorized transaction.
Many of the top money transfer companies provide tips on their websites to help you protect yourself from harmful situations when sending money back home. The different types of scams are well-documented and a few online searches can provide a comprehensive list of the most “popular” scams in use today.
Here, we will quickly summarize a few of the most commonplace scams, just to give you an idea of what is out there and a few suggestions about how to spot them and prevent them from ever causing you trouble.
Send Only to People You Know – This is just common sense. Only send money to the family or someone you know well. Don’t send a dime to anyone you don’t know. Strangers will try all sorts of creative ways to con you out of your money. Family and friends only. Period.
Be Vigilant – Always be on the alert for scammers with offers that are too good to be true or who send you alarming messages that someone close to you is sick or in danger and needs money sent right away to prevent some sort of disaster. Other all-too-familiar categories of scams include lotto winnings, disaster relief, loans, classified ad purchases, fake checks, romance and a host of others. Bottom line: If you’re not totally convinced right away that it is a scam, independently verify with another family member or friend so you can be 100% sure whether it’s a scam or legitimate (rare).
Safeguard Your Password – Here’s another very important reminder: Don’t give out your password. And don’t create a password that might be easy for someone else to guess. Complex combinations of letters, numbers and symbols will go a long way to preventing any unauthorized person from gaining access to your account. If you do think your password may have been compromised, change it immediately and contact your provider.
Now that Colombia is in the Round of 16 at the World Cup, what’s the ceiling for Los Cafeteros? Look up. It could be that the sky is the limit. Colombia dominated Group C, winning all three of its games, racking up nine points, scored nine goals while allowing only two, and demonstrating that it is one of the top teams in the world.
Uruguay, the runner-up in Group D, is Colombia’s opponent in the knockout round, and they will meet Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Chances are that Uruguay may have its hands full.
A new batch of stars is emerging for Colombia, featuring the electrifying James Rodriquez and also Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. Rodriguez, better known simply as James, is making up for the absence of the injured Radamel Falcao, his teammate on the French club, AS Monaco.
At 22, James may be the best young player in the World Cup. And if Colombia is going to advance further than its best previous World Cup finish – the quarterfinals in 1990 – James could very well make the difference.
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Argentina’s march through the World Cup continues with its final Group F match, against Nigeria, in Port Alegre, Brazil.
But you can be sure that Argentina is already looking ahead to the Round of 16, a ticket that Argentina has already punched with a 1-0 victory over Iran. And yet the race is not yet over. Argentina has six points and leads Group F, but Nigeria can say something about that and remains in the conversation with four points. While Argentina was edging Iran, Nigeria was doing the same with a 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.
So the top two teams in Group F collide, a meeting of Argentina scoring star Lionel Messi and the team-oriented defensive front of Nigerian Coach Stephen Keshi. Messi has scored a goal in both Argentina games while Nigeria has not allowed a goal in its two previous games.
Looking ahead to the knockout round, the Group F winner would play the second-place team from Group E, and that spot is far from decided, either France, Ecuador or Switzerland. And that Group F runner-up will play the Group F winner – France now leads.
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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?
Colombia added to its rich soccer history, reaching the World Cup knockout round with a 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast – combined with some good fortune. When Japan and Greece played to a scoreless draw in Natal, Brazil, it meant Colombia would advance from Group C to the round of 16 for only the second time in its World Cup history and for the first time in 14 years.
The pitch in Brasilia, Brazil, was littered with good news for Colombia. For the first time in its five appearances in the World Cup – 1962, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2014, Colombia won two matches. And it’s the first time Colombia has reached the round of 16 since 1990.
But it wasn’t easy against a challenging Ivory Coast team. It took goals from two left-footed kickers to put Colombia on the right foot. The victory required second-half goals from Juan Quintero and the eventual game-winner from James Rodriguez to move on.
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With a 3-0 victory over Greece and a second success over the difficult Ivory Coast, Colombia is ready to take on the rest of the world.