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A New Take on Panoramic Pics: The Vertical Panorama

If you own a smartphone, you probably already know how to take a panoramic photo. It’s a great way to capture a sprawling landscape, like the sun setting over the coast. But did you know your panoramic photos don’t have to be horizontal? It seems pretty obvious once you hear about it, but many people aren’t aware that you can actually take a panoramic photo vertically. Not only does this feature make your photos look epic; it ...

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A History of Inspiring Hope Around the World

Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has strived to create opportunity for refugees and immigrants through grants that support education, skills training, language classes and more. Through our partnership with NGOs, the Foundation is proud to support individuals and communities seeking economic opportunity. Here are a few ways that the Western Union Foundation has been Standing #WithRefugees and immigrants throughout the years

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Messenger and Western Union

Creating Millions of Connections for Cross-Border Money Movement April 18, 2017 By Odilon Almeida Technology is allowing us to live increasingly borderless lives. Through social networks, it’s easier than ever to connect with people all around the world – from Miami to Manila and beyond. As a result, our customers expect evolving choices to move money easily. While choice has evolved, the experience consumers expect when moving their money has not changed substantially since Western Union commenced moving money 166 years ago. Consumers ...

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WU & WU Foundation Provide Disaster Relief in Colombia

By Elizabeth Roscoe, Executive Director of the Western Union Foundation Western Union and the Western Union Foundation are supporting relief efforts, to help address the most critical needs of those in Mocoa, Colombia and surrounding areas. The Western Union Foundation is committing USD$ 25,000 to Mercy Corps who will help hundreds of families in Mocoa meet their urgent needs and begin to recover from this disaster. Mercy Corps will distribute more than 19,000 water purifiers to ensure families have access to clean ...

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Using points to support education across the globe

We have all been touched by the images and stories of refugees who have been displaced from their homes across the globe. At Western Union, we are on a mission to help and believe that access to quality education will be a critical cornerstone to the long-term resolution of this global crisis. That’s why Western Union has expanded redemption offers for the My WU® rewards program, to empower its members to redeem1 points towards a donation  in support of ...

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How to Travel with Friends – and Stay Friends

Going on a trip with friends has much higher stakes than grabbing a bite, seeing a movie, or playing Catan on game night. Everyone has different travel styles, and on the road, tensions run high. Anything from snoring on the train to picking the right coffee spot can start a bestie brawl. So before you plan your next group trip, do everything you can to ensure the whole squad has an awesome trip.   Create a Private Facebook Group Communication ...

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8 Eco-Friendly Cities Making a Difference

With nearly 97% of climate experts agreeing that “climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities,” it’s no surprise that cities around the world are taking action with environmental regulations and initiatives to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Here are a few of the top eco-friendly cities and their commitments to going green.   1. Amsterdam, Netherlands Home to more bikes than people, Amsterdam is known for having one of the most bicycle-friendly infrastructures in ...

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8 Towns So Significant They’re Protected by UNESCO

To protect mankind’s most prized creations, UNESCO designates culturally significant places around the world with heritage status. Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China, and the Statue of Liberty immediately come to mind, but some locations are so important that their value can’t be narrowed to one building, monument, or fort. In those instances, the entire town or city can be granted World Heritage status.   1. Lijiang, China Originally a commercial center in the 1300s, Lijang Old Town’s ...

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Scuba Lover’s Pilgrimage: 10 Best Diving Destinations

Marine biologists have found we’ve only explored less than five percent of the world’s oceans. But with what we have explored, we’ve learned that the deep, blue sea has loads to offer. Besides beneficial natural resources, like minerals and marine life, the ocean is also an immaculate escape from life on the land. Below we dive through some of the best scuba spots in the world.   1. S.S. Yongala, Queensland, Australia Dive depth: 25-30 meters Difficulty ...

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The Death of Checks? Millennials Think So

Many of us look forward to it each year: birthday and holiday money from friends and family. But a lot more goes into gifting money than stuffing cash in a greeting card for some people. It’s not just how much people gift, but how people gift.   According to our February 2017 Gifting Survey†, checks could be on the decline. Only 7% of millennials prefer gifting checks over cash, branded gift cards, and money transfers, compared to 20% of people over 55. And ...

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