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7
Jan

Casa Blanca confirma mas de 53.000 casos aprobados bajo programa DACA

Un informe reciente demuestra lo popular que el Programa de Acción Diferida para los  llegados en la Infancia - conocido como DACA por su abreviación en Ingles - ha sido entre los inmigrantes.

Desde que el presidente Barack Obama hizo el anuncio el pasado verano que a ciertos trabajadores indocumentados se les permitiría permanecer en el país y que no debían temer ser deportados, muchas personas aprovecharon para enviar dinero a sus familias. Un informe reciente demuestra lo popular que el Programa de Acción Diferida para los llegados en la Infancia -conocido como DACA por su abreviación en Ingles-, ha sido entre los inmigrantes.

Según los últimos datos publicados por la Casa Blanca, a cerca de 53.300 jóvenes indocumentados se les ha concedido asilo en virtud de la DACA. Y eso es sólo el número de personas que han sido aprobados. Desde el 15 de noviembre más de 300.000 solicitudes han sido procesadas por el Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de los EE.UU. Lo que según muchos, más demora el proceso se refiere a la verificación de antecedentes, ya que esto puede tomar un tiempo.

El informe también mostró que los principales países de donde se originaron las personas que han solicitado acción diferida son: México que fue de lejos, el principal país del que la gente deriva y que solicita asilo, con más de 212.500 solicitudes. Otros países líderes fueron El Salvador en un distante segundo lugar con 13.769 solicitudes recibidas, luego Honduras con 8.577, Guatemala con 7630 y Perú con un poco más de 5.000.

Algo más que el informe detalló se refería a la información sobre donde estos inmigrantes principalmente han vivido en los EE.UU. Los números reflejan en gran medida los datos que otros han demostrado, y es que California es el hogar de adopción para la mayoría de gente que vino de otro país originalmente. La Casa Blanca dice que cerca de 82.000 solicitudes han llegado desde el Estado Dorado, seguido por Texas, Nueva York, Florida e Illinois.

Tal vez la parte más alentadora de la información divulgada es que sólo un número relativamente pequeño de solicitudes han sido denegadas. Por ejemplo, mientras que casi 300.000 han sido aceptados, sólo 10.000 fueron rechazadas. Esto sugiere que quienes deseen aplicar, no se preocupen de que vayan a ser rechazado, ya que puede enviar su solicitud en cualquier caso.

Son varios los criterios que la gente tiene que cumplir para poder ser elegible para el programa de acción diferida. Como se ha señalado por el USCIS, los solicitantes deberán tener en cuenta si eran menores de 31 años de edad a la fecha del 15 de junio, si llegó a los EE.UU. antes de cumplir los 16 años, si ha residido en los EE.UU. de forma continua durante al menos cinco años y si se ha graduado ya sea de la escuela o de la Escuela Militar.

Hay algunos otros puntos de referencia que deben ser cumplidos, pero pueden ser revisados en el sitio web de USCIS.

27
Sep

Xoom Introduces Bank-to-Bank ULTRA

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ULTRA, a supreme level of service from Xoom, provides confirmed bank deposits in less than one hour.

Xoom introduces Bank-to-Bank ULTRA, a new higher-tiered level of service that provides confirmed bank deposits in less than one hour.

Xoom customers can deposit money in one of the selected bank services deemed Bank-to-Bank ULTRA, and that money will be available for withdrawal in less than one hour during partner bank processing hours. Customers will then receive confirmation that the transaction has been completed via email – all at no additional fees.

“While our customers can always expect great service from Xoom and our partner banks—convenient, fast deposits with guaranteed exchange rates and no added fees—we are very excited to introduce Bank-to-Bank ULTRA,” said John Kunze, President and CEO of Xoom Corporation. “Although all of Xoom’s bank deposit services are excellent, some are so fast that they feel almost magical.  At Xoom, we are calling these services Bank-to-Bank ULTRA.”   Kunze added that if an ULTRA deposit takes more than one hour,* the customer can request a coupon for the value of the service fee on their next transfer.

Bank-to-Bank ULTRA is available in the Philippines, United Kingdom, Mexico and several countries throughout Central and Latin America. Click Xoom’s Bank-to-Bank ULTRA to find out which countries and banks provide the ULTRA service.  Also included are ‘honorable mentions’ – bank deposit services that don’t quite meet the ULTRA criteria yet, but are worth highlighting.

*Excludes transactions that are subject to additional Xoom review for risk management.  Deposit times may vary.  ULTRA service is available when sending money within the partner bank regular processing times.

15
Feb

About Xoom Coupons

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Many online sites may claim to have Xoom coupons, but the truth is Xoom never publishes coupon codes on third party websites or coupon sites.

The Xoom experience is all about providing you with the easiest, most secure and time-saving way to send money home to friends and family in the Philippines, India, Latin America, Europe, Canada, South Africa and Australia.

There are many reasons Xoom does not offer coupon codes. We provide a time-saving online money transfer service with near-instant cash pickup, bank deposits in minutes or hours to many countries, our Xoom Money Back Guarantee, and Customer Service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, where you’ll be greeted by a friendly customer team team member who speaks either English or Spanish.

Keep in mind some sites may offer you “Xoom Coupons” but this is not the case. There are some commonly used terms to look out for:

“Xoom Coupons”
“Xoom.com Coupons”
“Xoom Coupon Codes”
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Compare the Xoom money transfer experience to the competition. Our service is an easy, secure, and convenient way to send money to a location near your family’s home or directly to your family’s bank account–all from the privacy of your home or work computer or mobile device.

Plus, Xoom always offers competitive, locked-in exchange rates, no bank landing fees, an easy, four-step send money experience in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and of course, our TrustE-compliant website and TrustE-certified Privacy Policy.

Each of these benefits ensures a level of service that we feel supersedes the value of a coupon. All of our policies are available for you to read in the Xoom Help Center.  Although you won’t find Xoom coupon codes here, you will find many reasons to send money with Xoom. We are dedicated to serving you and providing you with the best way to send money home to friends and family!

To get started, just follow these four easy steps:

  1. Sign up or log in to your Xoom account.
  2. Select the country and amount you’d like to send and how you would your recipient to receive the money.
  3. Enter your recipient’s information.
  4. Enter your payment information and authorize.

26
Oct

Diwali: A day of celebration

Diwali: A day of celebration

Today marks Diwali, the "festival of lights" in the Hindu tradition. This holiday has come to take on varied meanings around the world, with significant differences in custom depending on the region of India in which the holiday is being celebrated.

However, one common theme runs strongly throughout the holiday: family. Families who celebrate this holiday often gather and partake in sweets and other delicious treats. Lighting fireworks is another common practice to celebrate Diwali. And of course, the "festival of lights" is ultimately based around the ceremonial lighting of oil lamps. Even families who are separated across the world often send money to each other in order to help with the celebrations and use on gifts.

Diwali has come to signify many other virtues and occasions as well. It marks the beginning of the new year on the Hindu calendar, and is typically seen as the end of harvest season for agricultural workers. Many also assign religious meaning to the holiday, often involving the events surrounding the many gods in the Hindu pantheon. Depending on the region and sect of Hinduism, the story as to what exactly the day represents can vary. The most common meaning is that it marks the return of Rama, one of the avatars of Vishnu, to the kingdom of Ayodhya after his exile.

21
Oct

Australian wunderkind Cummins could make debut against South Africa

Australian wunderkind Cummins could make debut against South Africa

At just eighteen years old, Australia's Pat Cummins already looks destined for greatness. The young player can bowl 150 km/hour and has already been dominating in Australian domestic leagues. In fact, his performance thus far has spurred talk that he could be named to Australia's main test team for their upcoming fixture with South Africa.

Cummins has already set several records, such as the youngest player to be awarded a Cricket Australia contract. If selected, he would be the youngest player since the legendary Ian Craig played for Australia in 1953, at just seventeen.

Australian cricketers have been weighing in on whether or not they think Cummins should play. Nobody denies his talent, but the question comes down to injury risks. Test cricket can be grueling, and Cummins has had back problems already in his career.

"I think you've got to use a guy like that when you can,'' cricketer Mitchell Johnson told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''He can bowl up to 150km/h; you've got to make the most of it, I think. I went through back fractures, stress fractures at that age. I'm not saying he's going to go through that, he might not get injuries…. It's possible he'd get through it and if he does then good on him and it's good for us, good for our future in Australian cricket."

Fans can see if Cummins makes his debut against South Africa when they send their first Xoom transfer to any bank in India, the U.K., South Africa, Australia or Canada. Qualifying transactions will receive a free online subscription to Willow TV for the next two months, where supporters can watch Australia versus South Africa and many other great cricket contests. 

19
Oct

Pacquiao training at torrid pace

Pacquiao training at torrid pace

Most boxers train hard for every fight – or at least tell the media that they do. But Manny Pacquiao is ramping things up to another level in his preparation for his third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12th.

The Filipino phenomenon has been hard at work training under veteran trainer Freddie Roach, to the point that he's going through sparring partners like tissue paper. Jorge Linzres, who had been training with Pacquiao for about three weeks, pulled out of sparring in order to focus on his fight for the World Boxing Council's lightweight title. Pacquiao's regular sparring partner, Ray Beltran, probably didn't want to be the sole punching bag for the fiery Pacquiao, so the camp brought in Zambian Olympian boxer Hastings Bwalya.

Bwalya is known to be a bit brash and boisterous, and he wasn't intimidated by Pacquiao's legendary pedigree. The Zambian boxer talked a good game before the sparring began, but he didn't have too much to say after two rounds – Pacquiao left him with a bloody nose and jaw. Beltran came back in for another four rounds, before Bwalya came in for two more.

Why is Pacquiao so motivated? It wasn't just Bwalya's trash talk. This fight is personal for Pacquiao after Marquez claimed that the judges "robbed" him of a victory the last time they met. This time, Pacquiao doesn't want the fight to end up in the hands of the judges – he's training for the knockout, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"He wants to be as big as he was against Miguel Cotto," conditioning coach Alex Ariza told the news source. Cotto was the last fighter that Pacquiao knocked out. "But Cotto was the equivalent of a linebacker, and Marquez is a free safety. I think he just wants to kill Marquez."

In fact, the Filipino fighter seems so focused that his coaches have had to slow him down.

"We're way ahead of where we usually are, like 75 to 80 percent of where we should be by fight night," Roach told the news source. "We're usually around 50 percent right now. I have to make sure we don't overdo it."

Boxing fans can see it all go down when they use Xoom to send their first money transfer to the Philippines, Latin America or the Caribbean. Qualifying transactions will get to see the fight free live on pay-per-view on November 12th. Those who complete their transactions before October 25th will be entered to win tickets to see the fight live in Las Vegas.

18
Oct

Hundred-year-old man completes marathon

Hundred-year-old man completes marathon

Every now and then, a story comes along that defies all reason. The case of Britain's Fauja Singh is definitely one of them, as he recently set the record for oldest person to run a marathon at the ripe old age of 100.

The centenarian athlete crossed the finish line at the Toronto Marathon eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds after he started, coming in 3,850th overall. He wasn't dead last in the race, finishing ahead of five other competitors. Singh, who is of Indian descent, is now the world record holder for the oldest person to complete a marathon.

Many see his story as inspirational, because almost all logic and common wisdom says he shouldn't have been able to do it. According to the BBC, running in a marathon can actually put as much stress on your body as a heart attack. In addition, oxygen circulation and muscle strength – two key components of running – sharply decrease as you age.

Singh says that a diet of ginger curry and never smoking or drinking alcohol allowed him to achieve his goal. He also says that staying positive as he trained for the event was a major key in his success.

The runner was undoubtedly encouraged by his friends and family as he pursued his dream. One way to show support for loved ones back home is by using online money transfer services to send funds quickly and easily.

14
Oct

Australia captain Clarke denies match-fixing

Australia captain Clarke denies match-fixing

Australian test and one-day captain Michael Clarke has hit back at accusations that Australian players were involved in a match-fixing scandal, which were made during a corruption trial for two former players.

Pakistani ex-captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif are on trial for corruption facing match-fixing accusations of their own. During the trial, testimony was given by sports agent Mazhar Majeed, who is also facing accusations of his own. Majeed claimed that Australian players were the "the biggest" culprits when it came to the dishonest play.

But Clarke denied the accusations completely in comments made to the Cricket Australia website.

"The players I have played with, I'm 100 percent confident they would never be involved in that," he added on the Cricket Australia website. "It is not the Australian way. Never in my time have I experienced a conversation with anybody about any such things."

Clarke admitted that players had been approached by those hoping to fix matches. However, he said that it has never taken place and that any incidents were always reported to Cricket Australia and the ICC.

Australia will next face South Africa in three one-day internationals and two tests throughout October and November. You can catch these matches, and all the latest cricket matches, on Willow TV, which is free for two months when you send your first Xoom transfer to any bank in India, the U.K., South Africa, Australia or Canada.

14
Oct

India prepares for series against England

India looks for revenge against England

Last month, the Indian cricket team went on a tour of England that saw them absolutely battered in just about every way, coming home from the long journey without one single win against their British rivals. Now, MS Dhoni's team is looking to return the favor as the England team comes to India for a series of one-day internationals (ODIs) and tests.

The Indian press are calling it "The Payback Series," and rightfully so. The team was plagued by injuries while they were in England, and many are still going to be out for this upcoming series, including Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel. On the other hand, that gives fringe players like Ravichandran Ashwin the chance to make a case for themselves on the international team.

History is not on the English team's side. They've lost 12 of their last 13 ODIs played on Indian soil. They also have not won an ODI series in India for more than 25 years, when the 1984/1985 team, led by David Gower, beat India 4-1 on their home turf.

Keep in mind that you can watch all the action of this exciting series when you send your first Xoom money transfer to any bank in India, the U.K., South Africa, Australia or Canada. Qualifying transactions will receive a free online subscription to Willow TV for the next two months.

20
Sep

Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, is honored around the world

On October 2, Indian people will honor the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, and people around the world will honor the day known as Gandhi Jayanti as well. The Father of the Nation was born on this day in 1869, and he played a major role in the Indian independence movement. He is credited with the development of satyagraha, or non-violent protest, and has inspired many civil rights movements around the world.

Gandhi lived modestly, humbly and honestly, and he encouraged others to follow suit. His non-violent approach to changing the world for the better rubbed some people the wrong way, and he was assassinated in January 1948 while approaching a stage to lead a prayer meeting. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Sangam at Allahabad, where the Ganges and Yamuna rivers meet. The site is sacred in the Hindu religion and bathing in a sangam is said to free a person of the rebirth cycle and wash away their sins.

To honor the memory of the Father of the Nation, prayer services, ceremonies and other events are held throughout the nation and the world on Gandhi Jayanti. Many people sing Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, which was Gandhi's favorite devotional song. Flowers are placed on statues of the iconic figurehead throughout the nation and many people who are working in other countries will send money to their families in India so they can buy flowers to decorate their monuments to Gandhi.

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared that this day would also be recognized as the International Day of Non-Violence. Around the world people gather to take part in multi-faith prayers, light ceremonies that promote peace and public lectures and art exhibitions on non-violence and current issues.

The humble man's wisdom is revered around the world, and his approach to social change still proves to be one of the most effective. He believed that it was best to avoid violence and seek more peaceful means of resolution and his beliefs fueled his contribution to the freedom of India from British rule.

"The only virtue I want to claim is truth and non-violence," Gandhi once said. "I lay no claim to super human powers – I want none."