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Young Moroccan Creates New Social Photo Sharing Application

Rabat – Redouane Abbad, a young Moroccan, created Groupr, a social photo sharing application that enables its users to create groups in order to access and share their photos instantly without being connected outside of the app.London-born Moroccan Abbad aims to break the social norm of sharing photos via personal social media accounts, email or phone number by simply using a Groupr code. This allows a group of people to generate a unique code for the sole purpose of sharing photos.“The aim of creating the app was [to address] a need that I had and the lack of viable options available. I was a little frustrated that even though we have all these photo-sharing medians, they all took the hassle of being ‘connected’ for granted. Therefore, I thought, if they cannot do it, then I can,” he told MWN. The CEO of Groupr explained how the idea came to him while he was on a vacation with his friends. They began asking each other to share their photos in a complicated way.“During a holiday with my friends, I overheard them requesting… once they return to their homes [that] they…share Dropbox links of photos that have been taken. This made no sense to me to ask all of them about their information, email addresses and Facebook friend requests. Thus, I figured it out easily by creating Groupr.”Groupr offers the accessibility of sharing photos simply by typing a unique code for each group. The code can easily be shared verbally or in its written form, making it ideal for large gatherings and events. Users can add themselves to groups without the delay of a required request approval from others.The 28-year-old Tangier native Abbad revealed that he has a genuine interest in the financial markets but has always had the desire to work as his own boss. He studied economics and finance and currently works in the investment management industry.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

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UKs Labour Party wants push on Sri Lankan issue

Reiterating his colleague’s call for further action, Barry Gardiner MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, also said the Sri Lankan government cannot be allowed to deceive the international community through another resolution at the UNHRC: “I think it is now time that we should say not just no to a second resolution, but that that we have a referral from the UN Human Rights Council to the UN General Assembly. And I think that really is where this must now go.”The meeting’s host, Joan Ryan – the MP for Enfield North, said: “The slaughter of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in the Vanni in the final weeks of the war will never be forgotten.”“[…] There are many of us – and I am one – who would say that a genocide took place against the Tamil people on the beaches of Mullivaikal and elsewhere. It is shameful that so many questions about what happened to the disappeared remain unanswered and that justice and accountability has still not prevailed. Justice delayed is justice denied.” “[…] We must not allow the commitment to an investigation that involves international judges and others to just be brushed under the carpet. This was a commitment that Sri Lanka itself made. It was a very, very important step forward in 2015, and we must not allow that to disappear.” The meeting was chaired by Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden.The comments of the senior members of the Labour Shadow Cabinet were echoed by Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North, Rt. Hon Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, and Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central.The messages of the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn MP, and Kate Osamor MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, who could not attend the meeting due to unavoidable circumstances, were read out by their colleagues. Speaking at a packed Tamils for Labour event in the UK Parliament, John McDonnell MP, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the Labour Party is “extremely concerned about the role that the Sri Lankan government has in the recent period – [they] are trying to undermine the UN resolutions and the way which the Human Rights Council has sought to address this matter. I think the Sri Lankan government have had a strategy for dividing and ruling the Tamil community; dividing and ruling the international community; and trying to undermine any attempt to seek truth and justice on this particular issue.” McDonnell went on to say that “there is a real anxiety that the Sri Lankan government will again manipulate the situation in the Human Rights Council where again we don’t get any further movement on this. That’s why we are saying to the UK government it is important that they stand firm in these negotiations; that we get both the proper investigation: the monitoring of the Sri Lankan government’s activities; and at the end of the day also the holding to account the perpetrators of these human rights abuses that have taken place, particularly in recent years.” Britain’s Labour Party has called on the UK Government to ensure that Sri Lanka honours the promises it made – in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution 30/1 – to address the legacy of the country’s armed conflict.The Government of Sri Lanka’s commitments to achieving justice, accountability and reconciliation, under resolution 30/1, will be assessed by the UNHRC at its current 34th Session in Geneva, Switzerland. “[…] It cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government is allowed to investigate itself. That is not an independent inquiry. In addition to that, it cannot be right that the Sri Lankan government almost vetoes elements of international representation in independent inquiries – that will never achieve the security of truth that we are seeking in this matter.”Emily Thornberry MP, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, said she was “far from convinced that this is the right time to reintroduce EU trade concessions [GSP+] to Sri Lanka. We need to think about what message this would send on human rights. So I am writing to the Foreign Secretary and urging his government to press for further progress on human rights before trade concessions are offered to Sri Lanka.” Speaking at the event, Sen Kandiah, the Chair of Tamils for Labour, called for the UNHRC to establish an in country monitoring office in the North and East of Sri Lanka to ensure that the fundamental rights and freedoms of Tamils are respected and upheld. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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