Bloomberg Cigarette Display Ban: Another Nanny State Initiative After his soda ban was struck down by lawmakers, Mayor Bloomberg is now seeking yet another seemingly futile ban against displaying cigarettes in convenience stores. If it passes, New York will be the first city in the country to ban in-store cigarette displays, although parts of Canada and Europe have successfully banned tobacco sales.
Critics of the mayor say he is still bracing after a painstakingly careful campaign to weed out sodas, or “sugary drinks,” over 16 ounces. But does the out-of-sight, out-of-mind rule ring true for cigarettes? It turns out more is at stake than just sheer health consciousness: both political and racial implications are affecting policy as the mayor heads into the final stretch of his last term.
Syrian opposition elects Ghassan Hitto as interim PM ISTANBUL — The Syrian National Coalition for Opposition & Revolutionary Forces (SCARF) elected Ghassan Hitto on Monday in their meeting in Istanbul as prime minister to lead an interim government which will serve in parts of Syria controlled by rebel fighters.
The opposition coalition has nominated twelve candidates for the office from technocrats, businessmen and economists.
Ghassan Hitto received the votes of 35 SCARF Members out of 62 members who voted.
Assad Asheq Mustafa received 7, Walid al-Zoabi received 2 while 18 members blank voted.
Sources said, Hitto received the majority of votes from Islamists.
New Syrian opposition leader educated in Indianapolis A Syria-born American who lived, studied and worked in the Indianapolis area was elected today as prime minister of the Syrian opposition.
Ghassan Hitto, 50, was chosen to lead Syria’s main exile groups. He earned degrees in mathematics and computer science from Purdue University in 1989 after attending classes at its IUPUI campus.
Hitto was also a volunteer who helped stage the annual conventions of the Plainfield-based Islamic Society of North America. He worked for the North American Islamic Trust, an organization affiliated with the Islamic Society, said Ahmed El-Hattab, an Islamic Society leader.
Hitto left the Indianapolis area several years ago and has been living in Texas, but maintains friends here, particularly in the small Muslim community in Plainfield.