WU Foundation’s Response to the Sierra Leone Mudslides

By Elizabeth Roscoe The Western Union Foundation is supporting the Red Cross in its efforts to provide emergency services to the affected communities in Sierra Leone, where recent flooding and mudslides have killed at least 400 people and displaced thousands more. We are donating USD $10,000 to the Red Cross, so that it can provide the community with urgently needed clean water, shelter, hygiene kits and other essential supplies. Our hearts go out to the families affected by the devastation in Sierra ...

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The Most In-Demand Careers Around the World

Like financial markets, the job market ebbs and flows. Jobs come into demand when the number of openings outpace the number of qualified workers. These talent gaps are often a result of tech revolutions, like the widespread adoption of smartphones, which has created a shortage of skilled software engineers and app developers. They’re also an indication of growth, both in infrastructure and population, which calls for more teachers, medical professionals, surveyors, and builders. Take Canada, for example: With one ...

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Rebuilding Lives After Disaster Strikes

This past spring, deadly mudslides tore through Mocoa, Colombia, killing and injuring more than 650 people and devastating the area. In response, the Western Union Foundation provided financial support to Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian aid agency which swung into action to assist in the recovery effort. In this guest blog, Britt Rosenberg, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Mercy Corps, describes their work:   Early in the morning on April 1, heavy rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides in the city of ...

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Everything you need for back to school

It’s almost here! In just a few weeks it will be time to see them off, or hold their hands on the way, for another year of school. The weeks leading up to that first day of a new grade or semester can be stressful for parents for many reasons. Your little ones are growing up! And … you need to go back-to-school shopping!   Whether they’re headed for their very first day of JK, or their last year ...

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Why Cruise Lovers Are Ditching the High Seas for Rivers

Good news, boat lovers: there’s a new way to explore the world by ship. Riverboats have solidified their position in the global cruise industry by offering as many amenities and destinations as the standard ocean liner. In 1992, the opening of the Main-Danube Canal connected over 2,200 miles of Europe’s waterways and the river cruising industry was born. Over the last two decades, its made its way to the global stage as one of the hottest new travel trends of 2017 (...

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Future of Person-to-Person Money Flows

Staying ahead of changing economics and geopolitics The multi-billion-dollar person-to-person money transfer business is very dynamic and sensitive to economic and geopolitical changes. Operating in more than 200 countries and territories, 20,000 corridors and 130 currencies, Western Union is in front and center in the industry, successfully navigating the worlds’ volatility that became the new norm. Western Union’s Global Money Transfer President Odilon Almeida shares his thoughts on globalization, immigration and the future of the P2P money flows. “You can be ...

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10 Great Cities for Your Golden Years

Favorable exchange rates, lower healthcare costs, and government incentives can make retiring abroad a bargain. We’ve rounded up 10 of the best cities around the world for retirement, based on cost of living (for a household of two*), local attractions and activities, and other quality of life indicators. You might just find you’re ready for retirement sooner than you thought.   1. George Town, Malaysia   Monthly Cost of Living Estimate: $1,035 A former British trading post on the island of Penang, ...

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What Fortune 500 CEOs & Startup Entrepreneurs Can Teach Each Other

By Lisa Curtis-Kuli Kuli Foods It isn’t everyday that you get to sit down with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company and the CEO asks you for advice. It’s happened to me twice in the past few months. What makes this even more surprising is that I’m 29 years old and have less than 10 years of experience in business. But the experience I do have, the journey of taking a company from an idea to our first few ...

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Mexi-Go: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Mexico City

Last year, the New York Times rated Mexico City the top destination to visit in 2016. With an abundance of street art, over 150 museums, and exciting new restaurants, there’s something for everyone! We’ve analyzed hashtag data to find the perfect spots for your Insta-feed. 1. Teotihuacan  Number of Hashtags: 297,948   #uncropped for #WHPmyoasis @instagram #mexico #teotihuacan A post shared by Eduardo Gómez (@eddga) on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:10am PDT   Home to the third largest pyramid in the world, Teotihuacan ...

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Beyond the Cubicle: The Digital Nomad Trend

The freelance phenomenon is taking the U.S by storm. In fact, 35% of the American workforce classified themselves as freelancers last year. And as technology advances, more of these freelancers are ditching their desk chair and working wherever they want – even as they travel. The trend has created a workforce of “digital nomads,” working from coffee shops and beach chairs all over the world. Sipping a Mai Tai during a conference call and meeting a deadline the same day you ...

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