May 29, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Iran hosted a peace conference on Syria on Wednesday titled "Political Solution, Regional Stability. " The Iranian news media dubbed the gathering in Tehran the "Friends of Syria Conference," a term used by a coalition of Western and Arab states that support the Syrian opposition forces fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It came as Russian and U.S. officials are trying to organize a peace conference on Syria in Geneva next month. Iran, Assad's key regional ally, has yet to be invited to the Geneva conference, spurring some observers to believe Wednesday's conference was a move by Tehran to portray itself as an important player. Iranian media reported that officials from 40 countries and representatives from regional and international organizations were to take part in the conference.
December 7, 2012 |
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
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August 20, 2013 |
Mission Viejo party hosts could end up paying for a helicopter in addition to the keg. Under an ordinance passed by the City Council on Monday, hosts could be fined for the costs of Orange County deputies, K-9 units and helicopters that respond to repeat calls about a “loud or disruptive” gathering. “We're not going to come out like the Gestapo and start slapping fines on people,” said Lt. Chris Wilson, chief of sheriff services for Mission Viejo. “But it's a useful tool the deputies can use to solve a problem and help ensure the quality of life for others.” Officials said repeated responses drain resources and time.
September 11, 2012 |
"The Talk" had its third season premiere on Monday, and the only thing missing was the makeup. "The Talk's" Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osborne all hosted the show without any makeup, wearing only towels and robes. At the top of the show, the five hosts were shown in a cluster chanting, "It's season three, we're makeup free!" The women were then unveiled to the audience with their hands over their faces before revealing how they looked without a stint in the makeup chair.
February 26, 2013 |
Hasan Arat, the head of Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, not only wants his city to host the Games, he wants wrestling reinstated if it does. “If we are awarded the Games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul,” Arat said Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee executive board voted earlier this month to drop wrestling beginning in 2020. The three finalists to host the 2020 Games are Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC meets in September and will make a decision then.
January 21, 2014 |
A recent study released by Harvard Business School professors says black hosts on Airbnb typically charge lower fees than non-black hosts for similar properties, signaling the black hosts may be facing discrimination through the online service. The study looked at Airbnb members with properties listed in New York City in 2012. On average, non-black hosts charged approximately 12% more than black hosts for similar rentals. Airbnb is a start-up that has risen in popularity for letting users rent spare rooms or vacation homes, among other things, from others for short stays.