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Meet Oliver, a University of Denver Student & 2017 WU Scholar Recipient

Oliver is one of 174 WU Scholars recipients selected to receive a USD $2,500.00 scholarship from the Western Union Foundation for demonstrating academic excellence, as well as perseverance, aspiration and community-mindedness. The WU Scholars Program is a global program focused on supporting students around the world to pursue an undergraduate education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), business and entrepreneurship. Oliver is using the scholarship to continue his studies in business, entrepreneurship and real-estate – and he plans to continue ...

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Western Union’s enduring history in Denver

Western Union‘s connection to Denver goes back 154 years, creating a deep bond between WU and the community to the city where our global headquarters has been located since 1995. In October 1863, the Pacific Telegraph Company, which subsequently merged into Western Union, completed building a wire along the South Platte River from Denver to Julesburg – up in the northeastern corner of Colorado – to connect to the Transcontinental Telegraph.  Before the two hundred mile line was built, telegraph messages in the area ...

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Jewelry Lover’s Pilgrimage: 10 Dazzling Destinations

Projected to produce $300 billion in global sales by 2020, it’s no question that the international jewelry industry is flourishing. While jewelry can transform any drab outfit, its symbolism means so much more. Each piece tells a story from the moment it leaves the maker to the second it’s on your body. So whether you’re a collector or an avid window shopper, take your next shopping trip beyond the local boutiques to one of these jewelry districts around the ...

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MAPPED: The Top Immigrant Population in Each Country

According to the United Nations, a staggering 244 million people lived outside their country of birth in 2015. That’s roughly 3.3 percent of the global population, an increase of 41 percent from the year 2000. If the world’s migrant population formed a new nation, it would be the fifth largest.   Of course, in reality migrants are dispersed throughout the world. Their movement is part of the international shift towards globalization. In a 2016 BBC poll, 51 percent of respondents in 18 different countries identified more ...

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Michelin-Starred Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Under $30

The Michelin Guide has helped travelers find restaurants on the road since the 1920s. Their star rating system has become synonymous with the best names in food. You might expect this kind of clout to come with a steep bill, and usually you’d be right, but there are some Michelin-approved spots offering inexpensive eats.   Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Location: Singapore, Singapore Cost: SGD5 to SGD10 (~$3.50 to $7.50)   Asia’s greenest and most livable city is also ...

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Insta-Lona: An Instagrammer’s Guide to Barcelona

Just last year, 23 million tourists visited Barcelona, far outnumbering the city’s 1.6 million residents. And it’s easy to see why. Home to architectural masterpieces, a powerhouse fútbol team, and tapas por dias, this lively city’s a one-stop shop for Instagram inspiration. Check out the best spots to ‘gram your way through Barcelona.   1. La Sagrada Familia Number of Hashtags: 1,036,824   One last shot to end our series of #SagradaFamilia ?Our full travel guide on visiting the beautiful ...

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Western Union Moves Cash into Puerto Rico

In Readiness to Serve Customers Placing currency directly into the hands of our customers has long been a Western Union strength, empowering people to pay for necessities during the course of everyday life, which becomes even more essential in times of natural, economic or political disasters. Today, our company is preparing to transport physical currency into Puerto Rico and hold it securely until our Agent network is ready to service the millions of residents impacted by Hurricane Maria. Western Union ...

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Urban Sustainability: How Cities Are Growing Food Locally

Sprawling pastures, rows of vegetables, and Instagram-worthy views — the countryside is ripe with idyllic imagery. But global urbanization is infringing on agriculture as we know it, and that seemingly endless landscape is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Much of our food production has already moved to urban centers, and it’s only expected to increase in relation to rapid urban growth. From urban gardens to farmers markets, learn how city dwellers are getting creative to keep up with ...

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7 Surreal Places to See the Colors Change

You know fall has officially arrived when everything from cereal to hummus starts appearing in pumpkin spice. While that means shorter days and cooler weather; football, chunky sweaters, and fall hues make up for that, solidifying autumn’s position as America’s favorite season. While the fall isn’t peak travel season, peak foliage is the perfect reason to travel. Here are some of the most stunning places to see the colors change around the world.   New England, United States ...

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Fly in Style: How to Access Airport Lounges for Less

We’ve all been there: Long layovers, delayed flights, lost luggage. While it may be a necessary evil, the list is endless when it comes to airport grievances. Luckily, there’s an escape from your personal airport hell. From free Wi-Fi and plush lounge chairs to unlimited food and booze, airport lounges are like an oasis in the middle of the airport.   What if we told you these coveted sanctuaries aren’t just for first class flyers? In fact, ...

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