Style the Classic Denim Like Liza Soberano and Mari Jasmine

Denim—it’s more than just a piece of fabric. It has countless trends as it looks just as good when it’s worn out and tattered as it does when it’s brand new. Basically, your denims are a keeper. Its humble origins started in 1873 when Levis Strauss and business partner, Jacob Davis commissioned the first pair of bespoke jeans for […]

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Border crossing: whitewater rafting in Hells Canyon, US

A five-day rafting and camping trip in dazzling Oregon and Idaho, along the deepest canyon in North America, was the perfect adventure challenge for our devil-may-care writer

A hole in the ground called Hells Canyon sounded like a place to avoid. And avoiding it is easy: it is the deepest canyon in North America, on the border between Oregon and Idaho, and all but inaccessible except by boat or raft. Which, for somebody with a fear of water – such as me – should have been even more reason to stay out of it. But when I was offered the chance to spend five days whitewater rafting the Snake river through the heart of Hells Canyon, I said yes.

I had never been on a multi-day river trip and I had never rafted class-four rapids. But the invite came the day after I survived a spectacular car wreck and I felt compelled to say yes, because rafting Hells Canyon scared the hell out of me – and I thought it may help me deal with my new-found fears at the wheel.

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Obama arrives in Argentina to reset diplomatic relations after historic Cuba visit

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Argentina on Wednesday to reset diplomatic relations and strengthen trade ties with a country that was part of South America’s left-wing bloc until pro-business President Mauricio Macri took power in December.

Obama’s two-day visit marks a rapprochement after years of sour relations and is a sign of support for Macri’s investor-friendly reforms aimed at opening up Latin America’s third biggest economy.

Obama and his family landed in Buenos Aires shortly after 1 a.m. and were met by Argentina’s foreign minister, Susana Malcorra, before being whisked away to the U.S. ambassador’s residence.

The U.S. leader will hold talks with Macri on Wednesday morning ahead of a joint press conference. He will also lay a wreath at the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis has celebrated Mass, and meet young entrepreneurs before attending a state dinner.

French President Francois Hollande and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi also recently visited Argentina, quick to reach out to a South American leader whose predecessor forged closer ties with Venezuela, Iran and China.

“It’s good that Obama is visiting. Closing ourselves off in a Chavez-like system was not the way to go,” said Claudio Mazzakalli, a 32-year-old locksmith, referring to Venezuela’s former socialist president, Hugo Chavez. 

In his first 100 days in office, Macri lifted capital and trade controls, slashed bloated power subsidies and cut a debt deal with “holdout” creditors in the United States. U.S. officials say Obama has been impressed by the pace of reform.

Yet Macri still has to grapple with double-digit inflation, a yawning fiscal deficit and a shortage of hard currency. 

Luring foreign investors is a cornerstone of his strategy to revive the spluttering economy, and Obama arrives with a large business delegation in tow. 

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‘Dirty war’

Left-wing political parties have promised protests during Obama’s visit, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the coup on March 24, 1976, that installed the “dirty war” military junta.

Some are wary of too warm a detente with Washington, an early supporter of the bloody 1976-1983 dictatorship. 

“The timing of the visit is a provocation,” said Miguel Funes, 39, a lawmaker from former President Cristina Fernandez’ Front for Victory party. 

The United States initially backed the dictatorship, which killed up to 30,000 people in a crackdown against Marxist rebels, labor unions and leftist opponents. 

Many were “forcibly disappeared” – a euphemism for kidnapped and murdered – and hundreds of children were stolen from their imprisoned parents.

The United States announced last week it would declassify documents from U.S. military and intelligence agencies related to the dictatorship, a move aimed at soothing criticism over the timing of the trip. Obama will also honor the victims of the dictatorship on Thursday before flying to Patagonia.

The last U.S. president to visit Argentina was George W. Bush, who attended the Summit of the Americas in 2005, when South America’s leftist “Pink Tide” was in full flow and anti-U.S. sentiment ran high across the region.

The turbulent relationship stretches back decades. In the 1990s, relations were so close the foreign minister of right-wing President Carlos Menem described them as “carnal”.

But Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic depression left millions of Argentines fuming against the U.S.-backed neoliberal reforms of the 1990s. Relations turned increasingly hostile during Fernandez’s 2008-2015 rule.

Macri has urged a “productive and intelligent” relationship. He and Obama will discuss the economy, climate change and drug trafficking. U.S. officials say a number of bilateral agreements are expected.

Carlos Guglielmi, a bank worker, welcomed the thaw in relations but said his main concern is Macri’s economic reforms. 

“It’s good that Macri has Obama’s support. But what he needs is the support of the Argentine people,” said Guglielmi. “If he governs only for the rich and keeps cutting state spending, his popularity won’t last.” 

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Home Loans 101: Housing Loans In Singapore

Home Loans: Laying a Good Foundation Many people dream of owning their own home. No more catering to a landlord’s wishes! Let’s paint the walls bright pink! Make good on an original design idea and knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room! It all sounds exciting, but remember that a house may be the most expensive acquisition that most of us will make in our lifetime. Purchasing your dream home will likely require financing since most people don’t have that level of cash required to pay for a house outright. A home loan or mortgage allows you to borrow money to pay for residential property. Properties that qualify for home loans include HDB flats, private properties that already exist and private properties that are still under construction. Before you decide to take out a home loan, assess your financial standing. How much can you afford to make a down-payment on the house? How much do you need to borrow? How much are you eligible to borrow? Research and compare the loans offered by various banks and financial institutions. The details of a repayment plan for a home loan generally depend on the loan principal, loan repayment period, […]

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How Did Chloe Grace Moretz Turn Down Taylor Swift’s Invite to the ‘Squad’?

Last year, Taylor Swift took over a chock full of international stages throughout the 1989 World Tour and also through bringing her good-looking squad along that included Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, and Kendall Jenner. It all seems too perfect and logical that these people would be together. But Chloe Grace Moretz seems to know something […]

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This Cool New Office in Singapore Might Just Make You Want to Switch Jobs

I have a feeling that we are soon going to say good-bye to staid office cubicles more and more in the next few years. The rise of co-creative spaces should be an indication along with more companies and jobs that no longer follow the traditional business model. Just look at how Airbnb’s new office in […]

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