How Much Insulation Is Enough?

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also wrote Insulation: The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation Products and Practices, which provides in-depth guidance on the selection of insulation materials. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. I’m often asked the question, “How much insulation should I install in my house”? It’s a great question. Let me offer some recommendations:First of all… it depends. It depends to a significant extent on where you live. And it depends on whether we’re talking about a new house or trying to squeeze insulation into an existing house.To simplify the discussion, let’s assume, for the time being, that we’re talking about new constructionAs for location, I’ll provide recommendations for three different climates, based on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) climate zones. These DOE climate zones range from Zone 1 at the extreme southern tip of Florida, to Zone 7, which covers the tip of Maine, stretches across the northern reaches of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and includes a few high-elevation places in the Rockies (see map). In my recommendations, I group these into three larger zones for simplicity.Cold climates: Zones 5-7Zones 5-7 cover much of the northern half of the U.S., from roughly the Mason-Dixon Line at the East Coast across the northern third of Missouri and the northern edge of eastern Kansas, then dipping south in the higher-elevation Plains States through northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, nearly all of Nevada (except the Las Vegas area), and the northeastern corner of California and the eastern three-quarters of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I follow the widely quoted recommendations from Building Science Corporation and aim for the 5-10-20-40-60 rule. These numbers refer to the R-value recommendations for windows, foundation slabs, foundation walls, above-ground walls, and attics (or roofs), respectively.These recommendations are for “true” R-values, not the nominal values listed on insulation packaging. For example, if you install R-19 fiberglass batts in 2×6 frame walls, with the studs 16 inches on-center, double top-plates, and other elements of “standard” framing, the actual R-value of the whole wall with the R-19 insulation will be about R-15. The whole-wall R-value is lower because of thermal bridging through the wood framing.To achieve R-40 in the walls requires a lot of insulation — far more than is found in standard construction. This level of insulation, if combined with strategies for minimizing air leakage, will result in a house that will be affordable to heat even if energy prices double or triple. And if combined with some passive solar heating will result in a house that should never come close to freezing in winter, even if the heat is turned off.With window R-values, the recommendation refers to the “unit R-value,” a measure that averages the center-of-glass R-value and the R-value at the window edges — where the heat loss is greater (at least with high-performance windows). These unit R-values are the inverse of the U-factors listed on NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) labels found on most new windows: R = 1/U.Hot climates: Zones 1-2Zones 1-2 include the hottest areas in the U.S., covering most of Florida and a band west to central Texas, as well as southern Arizona and the Imperial Valley of extreme southeastern California.Here, I recommend a 3-5-10-20-60 rule: R-3 windows, R-5 under slabs and for any below-grade foundation walls, R-10 for above-grade foundation walls and slab perimeter (full foundations are rare in these climates), R-20 for above-ground walls, and R-60 for attics. These recommendations come from an informal conversation with John Straube of Building Science Corporation. Again, these are true R-values (unit values for windows).It will surprise some to see the recommendation for attics to be the same as in cold climates. This is because of the difference in temperature (delta-T) between the living space and the attic on a hot summer day can be as high as wintertime delta-T in a cold-climate between indoors and outdoors. With windows, I further recommend a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of 0.3 or lower to minimize unwanted solar gain.Moderate climates: Zones 3-4Zones 3-4 include much of the southern half of the country, with the boundary between Zones 4 and 5 dipping south across the center of New Mexico and Arizona. This moderate region excludes Florida and the Gulf Coast, but includes most of California and the western edge of Oregon and Washington.For these locations, I recommend intermediate insulation values between those for cold climates and hot climates. I suggest a 4-5-10-30-60 rule: R-4 windows, R-5 under slabs, R-10 foundation walls or slab perimeter, R-30 above-grade walls, and R-60 in the attic or roof.What about existing houses?In new construction, the incremental cost of increasing insulation levels are relatively modest. With existing houses, retrofit insulation costs are usually much higher, so it is usually difficult to justify such high insulation levels. The exception is attics, where adding lots of additional insulation is usually quite affordable.So, in existing homes, determining reasonable insulation levels is project-specific. In a full gut-rehab (where the house is taken down to the structure, or the frame is opened up on either the interior or exterior), achieving close to the recommended insulation levels for new construction may be possible (though higher costs for extending window and door jambs and, sometimes, roof overhangs also need to be considered).And with windows, whether to replace or improve existing windows is a key question. Look for recommendations in future blogs.last_img read more

6 Ways to Implement AR/VR into Your Business Today

first_imgAugmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) crazes didn’t die out with Pokémon GO. This dynamic-duo is alive, well, and benefiting businesses. AR and VR technologies are living up to and surpassing expectations in terms of creating riveting user experiences.Using this technology has a unique way of increasing brand engagement, and generating new ways to interact with services and products. If your company hasn’t yet experimented with AR or VR technologies, explore the following innovations. The answer to improving your numbers this year may be to implement AR/VR into your business today. Provide a More Immersive User Experience Why mail out hundreds of sample products when your customers can test them on your website using AR and VR technologies for a fraction of the cost?You could potentially build an AR or VR system that lets customers “use” your products in a virtual environment — helping them through the buyer journey. This saves you and your company the exorbitant investment in test products or samples. You will be interested in how much your “true” clients and customers want to help you and give you information. Innovative brands are using AR and VR technologies to give customers trial runs in the following industries:Retail (e.g., trying out makeup products, clothing, shoes, new furniture, etc.).Automotive (e.g., test-driving vehicles).Realty (e.g., showing potential buyers around a property without leaving the office).Construction (e.g., letting customers see home improvement renovations before breaking ground).Video gaming (e.g., introducing products to new audiences).Tourism (e.g., providing virtual traveling experiences that save money).Hospitality (e.g., showing guests the inside of a hotel before booking).Software proof of concept examples.Hiring local, global and freelancers.Education (e.g., almost any education can be adaptive to AR/VR).The possibilities for AR/VR technology for free trials and product testing are endless. Creating a virtual trial experience can save a company time and money, as well as increase the odds of a customer completing a sale. Rather than answering customer questions about a product with simple words, use augmented or virtual reality to show the customer what the item, service, or experience would be like for them personally.Customers can develop stronger bonds with the product or service in the virtual environment, increasing the odds of making a purchase. Related Posts Go ahead and be the company that goes above and beyond in an age that emphasizes engaging, immersive user experiences (UX). Implement AR or VR technologies into your company or website to give unforgettable UX users will talk about with their friends and family. Something as simple as giving a virtual tour of your establishment in 3D can be enough to increase clicks and decrease bounce rates. Generate a buzz and get people talking about your brand with exciting immersive UX.If you partner with the right developer for your website’s AR or VR elements, you could create personalized UX based on the user’s previous shopping habits. For example, your e-commerce store could offer an augmented reality changing room experience, recommending different clothing items the user can “try on” virtually, based on previous purchases. You can take related products and suggestions to the next level with AR and VR technologies. Tags:#AR#Augmented Reality#marketing#Proof of Concept#sales#virtual reality#VR Stephen Moyers Break the Mold and Stand Out from the Competition Help Yourself and Others Using AR and VR Technologies A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AR and VR provide excellent opportunities not only to increase company profitability but to genuinely improve the user experience. It’s a win-win technology for everyone involved. Your company can provide engaging UX, bring people together, improve employee training, and increase customer happiness with immersive technology — all while boosting your brand’s reputation and recognition in your niche.Creative brands are utilizing AR and VR to provide more engaging user experiences, let customers try out new products, expand employee training programs, and much more. You, too, can use AR and VR technologies in affordable and realistic ways and enjoy a measurable change on your bottom line. Explore all the ways augmented and virtual reality technologies may be able to boost your business. AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are the largest generation in American history. They are the most important consumer type to most businesses, with an estimated spending power of around $10 trillion over their lifetimes. Millennials are also unique in terms of what they respond to when it comes to branding and advertisements. They are the first “digitally native” generation and keen on companies that keep this in mind.One of the fastest ways to get to the hearts of millennial shoppers is by offering a modern e-commerce experience. Millennials love technology, and they value experiences and excitement. Combine all three of these wish-list items by immersing visitors in an AR or VR shopping experience.Attract and impress a younger audience by implementing AR and VR user experiences on your website. Just make sure your technology works and doesn’t have any kinks; millennials are quick to bounce if the tech doesn’t function the way it should. Have a place on your site for your millennials to “do a quick fix” for you — and they will — for free. A millennial is more likely to help you than any other sector of the population. Ask — provide a way — they’ll help you.Millennials also appreciate authenticity. Don’t do your company the disservice of implementing just any off-the-shelf AR/VR experience. Make it unique to your brand. Customize your own alternate-reality feature to make it brand-specific.An example (especially for the millennial): Support a cause such as environmental sustainability, then show customers the rainforest you’re saving or the recycled-material apparel you create through enchanting AR and VR experiences. Let your authenticity and uniqueness shine in your AR or VR tech. Attract a Millennial Audience China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Stephen Moyers is an out of the heart writer voicing out his take on various topics of social media, web design, mobile apps, digital marketing, entrepreneurship, startups and much more in the cutting edge digital world. When he is not writing, he can be found traveling outdoors with his camera. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMoyers. The emphasis on personalization has grown in business as brands discover the benefits of tailoring the user experience to achieve greater engagement. Yet personalization isn’t only valuable in the consumer sector — it’s also making waves in-house. Personalizing the employee experience can garner amazing results, especially when it comes to worker hiring, training, and retention. AR and VR offer exciting new ways to provide personalized learning experiences to your employees, potentially boosting productivity and cutting HR costs.AR and VR make it possible for companies to develop personalized training programs that can enhance learner engagement. Employees can have more fun while they learn and get a “feel” for the concepts they will be implementing in the job. Putting the worker in a virtual environment can generate immediate engagement, increasing the odds of employees remembering and implementing what they learned later.AR/VR in the workplace isn’t just an idea – Walmart, Verizon, and JetBlue are already using STRIVR tech to change the way they train employees. STRIVR uses simulators to put employees in realistic environments, where they can test their abilities to handle work-related situations.Employers can then grade their efforts and make changes or suggestions to apply to similar real-life situations in the future. If your company could benefit from better employee training or retention, consider an immersive AR or VR program to do the trick. Your augmented- or virtual-reality technology doesn’t have to be especially complex or sophisticated. Something as simple as building your own AR/VR app can be enough to set your brand apart from competitors. Gaining a competitive edge is all about doing something other brands aren’t doing. AR and VR are still relatively new enough that the chances are high your competitors have yet to fully take advantage of these technologies. Beat them to the punch by adopting AR/VR sooner rather than later.Get creative with your AR or VR technologies. Have your team — or an outsourced provider — create a fun and immersive game for your customers to play. Request that customers submit their email addresses to access the game, helping you build your contact list for campaigns.This is a simple example of how you can use AR and VR at your company to stand out from competitors and as a marketing tool. The creative possibilities are endless when you start brainstorming ways to have fun with AR and VR. Create Personalized Employee Learning Systems Revolutionize Product Testing and Free Trials How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your…last_img read more

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on a Script

first_imgHave you written or received a script for your next project? Here are eight questions to ask before moving into production.There are a tremendous amount of scripts written every year. Conservative estimates began at 30,000-50,000 scripts, and that’s only including those filed with the Writers Guild of America (WGAe & WGAw). If scripts filed for copyright are included, the number can easily go up to 100,000.With all those scripts floating around, it must be easy to find your next project — right? Wrong. According to the latest Scoggins Report, only 90 specs were sold in 2014. Up until March 2015, only 26 specs have been sold.So what does all this mean to you as a filmmaker? If you find a script that you can get behind 100%, then you have found a very rare story. Here are some questions to ask before you get your film moving.1. Why Do I Want to Tell This Story?It seems like an easy question, but it really isn’t. When it comes to deciding on a project, you must be willing to give your whole life to seeing it through. That means you need to be emotionally involved with every character. You need to know every little detail in order to make this project a reality.If you don’ think you need to know every character, just look at D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the showrunners of Game of Thrones. The duo actually got the green-light for the show when an HBO executive saw Benioff working out in the gym while reading his annotated copy of his Game of Thrones book. That’s the type of dedication a project requires.2. Why Am I the Best Person to Tell This Story?You cannot only dedicate yourself to a script, but you also have to believe in yourself. If you don’t feel like you have the ability to see a project through to its completion the way it should be done, then you’ll begin to question your own abilities. Don’t be afraid to walk away from a project if you don’t believe in yourself. A bad film can destroy your mentality.If you do believe in yourself, don’t just rely on your skill. Really push yourself to do something you’ve never done before. This is a chance to not only hone your skills, but to create a project that you can cherish forever. You need to believe that you are the perfect person for this job, and that no one could ever do it better.3. What Is My Emotional Connection to This Script?Image: Inside Out via Slash FilmAs mentioned in the first question, you need to become emotionally involved with every character. You also need to become emotionally attached to the story itself. What is the true meaning of the film? What do you want your audience to take away after the credits start rolling?This was something incredibly challenging for director Pete Docter as he was re-working his film about emotions, Inside Out.I’ll tell you a story: there was a dark point about three years into the making of the film. The pressure was mounting. We were approaching a screening and I went for a walk the weekend before, going, “Shoot, it’s just not working. What if I just quit and move to Mexico — what would I miss the most?” And I thought, well, my friends. But then I thought, the people I really feel close to are the people that, yeah, I’ve felt happiness with, but also they are people that I’ve been pissed off at, and scared for. The subject matter I’m dealing with in this movie is the key to relationships. So I got electrified, went back, talked to the guys, we rewrote the script, and that was a major turning point in the film. [Wired]4. Am I Willing to Dedicate Months or Years to This Project?Image: Mad Max: Fury Road 1999 storyboard via The NerdistIs the story so great that you are willing to dedicate yourself to the project for years? You don’t know what obstacles await, and your production could be halted. Are you willing to wait to make this film?For a great recent example, let’s look at director George Miller. His 2015 film Mad Max: Fury Road received rave reviews, and the film was heralded as an all-around spectacular action film. You may not know that the film was stuck in “development hell” for 20 years. Miller reacquired the rights to Mad Max in 1995. It took three more years until he had his story in place.He was set to start filming in 2001, and then the events of September 11th postponed the project. Then turmoil in Namibia, the location of the shoot, postponed the project further. Principal photography didn’t begin until July 2012.5. How Long Is the Final Product?Image: Whiplash (Short) via The IndependentIs this a full length feature or a short film? That is one of the first things you need to decided. If it’s still very early in your career, making any film over 30 minutes in length can be an incredibly daunting task. The length of the film will also help determine the length of production. You have to take into account the budget and time you have to make this project. From there you can decide the length you want to aim for.If you can’t afford the project, can you make another version? If you are unable to make the full length feature, try making it a short film first. Short films have successfully turned into features. Look at Bottle Rocket, or last year’s Best Motion Picture Oscar Nominee, Whiplash.Director/Writer Damien Chazelle was unable to secure funding for his film Whiplash. He pulled one of the most prominent scenes from the film and turned it into a short. His goal was to submit the short film to film festivals in hopes of securing the funding for the feature. The short film was so powerful and well done, he not only secured funding, the short won Best Short Film at Sundance.  The next year, the feature was nominated for five Oscars, winning three of them.6. When and Where Is the Film Set?Image: Primer storage facility via The Primer UniverseThe setting of your film is a huge factor. Do you have the budget to shoot an epic in the desert? Is the film a period piece? If so, go ahead and hand over your budget to costumes. Are you able to turn this script into a film you can actually shoot now? The best thing you can do as a filmmaker is embrace your limits.The 2004 film Primer is a perfect example. Not only did the film have a limited budget (approximately $7000), the script called for time travel.  The story and science behind it was so sound, the story actually carried the film. With some creative thinking, nearly the entire film was shot in a storage unit. A perfect example of embracing you limits and working with your budget.7. How Many Actors and Crew Members Will the Project Need?Now that you have looked at the story itself, what about the practical necessities for bringing the story to life? How many characters do you need to cast? How big of a crew do you need? These are major factors. Not only do you need to know how many people you need, you need to know how much each of them will get paid.Will you be able to afford costumes, or even food for the set? Are you still going to have enough left over for your camera, lights, and gear? This leads us to our next point.8. Can You Afford to Make This Film?As any filmmaker can tell you, making a film is incredibly expensive. Every project presents even more expenses you never accounted for. This is why many projects require multiple studios collaborating to make a film. Trying to take on a whole project alone is nearly impossible.Even if you can’t afford it now, you may be able to afford it later. We’ve presented many examples already with making short films first, or even waiting for years.After all of this, you still face your decision to move forward with this project or not. If you have not been swayed at all, and you mind is still set on a project, get to it. Start making the film. Just know challenges will arise, but handling problems is the greatest skill a director can have.Are you ready to turn your script into a feature? Be sure to take advantage of all our post from pre-production to post-production.last_img read more

2012 State Of Origin Referees Announced

first_imgThe 2012 State of Origin Series will be held on Friday, 21 September and Saturday, 22 September 2012 at the Port Macquarie Regional Sports Stadium and will be held in conjunction with the Touch Football Australia 2012 X-Blades National Youth Championships event. To view the list, please click on the media release below. Related Files2012_soo_referees_announcement1-pdflast_img

17 days agoNakhi Wells keen on QPR stay

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nakhi Wells keen on QPR stayby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNahki Wells would welcome a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers.The Burnley striker has excelled during his second loan spell with West London, having scored seven goals this season.Asked about joining QPR permanently, Wells said: “That’s all stuff that’s beyond any of my decision-making of course.”But I think the club, the fans, the board – everyone knows what my decision would be.”I love it here, it feels like home to me.”Of course football is a business though and there’s a lot more that goes into it than just me saying I’d like to stay here.”But if it was possible I wouldn’t hesitate one bit.” last_img read more

Miller Mayhem Fundraiser

first_imgAs well as music there will be a Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw, Guitar Raffle, Refreshments and Midnight Lunch as ‘Dale takes the lead on ALS.’There will be Safe Rides to and from the event.In October 2018, Dale Miller was given the diagnosis of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). A very rare condition, the incidence of ALS in Canada is 2/100,000 and of those cases, 5-10% is the familial type of ALS. There are only about 150-300 people in Canada with familial ALS.A GoFundMe Account has been set up in Miller’s name as the Account says, ‘With ALS, everyone’s situation progresses in an unpredictable fashion but leads to the same outcome. This is a fatal condition and there is no hope for a cure in Dale’s lifetime. Dale’s remaining time will include a gradual, but certain, decline in mobility and independence.’The Account goes on to share Dale has been unable to work since his diagnosis and having lived a life of modest means and hard work, often seasonal in nature, financial resources are extremely limited. Dale and Pam are already trying to prepare for the financial and emotional challenges they will need to face together.Dale and Pam have lived and worked in the Fort St. John, BC, area for many years. Many know Dale as a musician as he has been actively engaged in the live music scene around town, playing in various ensembles, both formally and informally, (some of you may know him as “Sea-legs” or “Silverback” or “Big Sexy”). FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Miller Mayhem Benefit Event is set to help raise funds for Dale Miller and his battle with ALS.The Fundraiser has been set to take place at the Taylor Curling Club on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 from 7 pm – 1:30 am. Entry to the Event is by Donation.Several local musicians will be performing the night such as Rob Fraser, Cory Hipkiss, Airik Clark, Smokey Roads, Inroads and Rob Doucette and friends. To view the GoFundMe; CLICK HERE To view the FB Event; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Indian women lose second T20, series to England

first_imgGuwahati: The Indian women’s cricket team suffered a five-wicket defeat to England in the second T20 International, surrendering the series with a sixth straight loss in the shortest format. Chasing 112 for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, England completed the task in 19.1 overs, holding nerves after losing a few quick wickets. Opener Danielle Wyatt was Engalnd’s star performer with the bat, top-scoring with an unbeaten 64 off 55 balls. During her stay in the middle, Wyatt struck six boundaries, and was ably supported by Lauren Winfield (29). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherWhile Wyatt held one end firm on the way to her fourth T20 half- century, England needed three back-to-back boundaries by Winfield to take the game away from India. Opting to bowl, England produced a brilliant performance to prevent the hosts from putting up a big score at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, with Katherine Brunt emerging as the most successful bowler. The veteran seamer returned figures of 3/17, sending back stand-in skipper Smriti Mandhana (12) and Jemimah Rodrigues to put India on the backfoot. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThe wicket of Mandhana was important for England as the opener had powered India to 24 for no loss in 2.3 overs before Brunt had her caught behind. Coming in to bat at one drop, the young Rodrigues (2) did not last long, getting bowled by Brunt. In the next over, the dismissal of Harleen Deol by left-arm spinner Linsey Smith (2/11) left the hosts in a spot of bother at 34 for three. The experienced Mithali Raj, in the last leg of her career, top-scored with 20 off 27 balls, while Deepti Sharma and Bharati Fulmali contributed 18 each. England were off to a steady start but slow left-armer Radha Yadav did not let the opening partnership flourish, disturbing Tammy Beaumont’s stumps in the fifth over. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav had Amy Jones caught and bowled in a soft dismissal and Ekta Bisht picked up two wickets, including the big one of skipper Heather Knight, to leave the visitors in trouble at 56 for four. But Wyatt and Winfield saw England through with their 47-run partnership for the fifth wicket. India bowled tightly and conceded just three extras in comparison to England’s 18. England won the first match by 41 runs.last_img read more

Dhoni not to play last 2 ODIs, likely to have played last game on Indian soil

first_imgRanchi: India’s seniormost player Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be “rested” for the final two ODIs of the ongoing series against Australia and Friday’s match here could well be his last international outing on home soil. “We will have some changes in the last two games. Mahi will not be playing in the last two games. He will be taking rest ,” India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told mediapersons after the match. With India not having any home matches till October, the match here could well be the last time that Dhoni has played in India Blues on home soil. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe World Cup is widely believed to be Dhoni’s swansong in India colours. However, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association believes that they would get one limited overs match during the next home season where Dhoni could bid a proper farewell. Knowing Dhoni’s allergy to publicity, the chances of that happening is pretty dim at the moment. Rishabh Pant will keep wickets during the last two ODIs in Mohali and New Delhi.last_img read more

BJP never said Rs15L will come to your account, says Rajnath Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) never made promises of transferring Rs 15 lakh into bank accounts of the people. “Never said Rs 15 lakh will come (to accounts of people). We had said that we will take action (karyawahi) against black money. Action is being taken against black money. It was our government which made SIT on the topic of black money,” a news agency quoted Rajnath Singh as saying. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The statement of the Union minister comes in the backdrop of opposition parties slamming the BJP for making false promises to woo the people of India ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and repeating it yet again in 2019. Bringing black money was one of the key issues for the 2014 elections. In this year’s manifesto of the BJP, there is a mention of cracking down on parallel economy but it doesn’t occupy pride of place in speeches by political leaders. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe opposition, especially the Congress, has been quick to point out that the BJP has not delivered on ‘bringing back home illegal wealth stashed abroad’ as was promised. Refuting allegations of political vendetta behind Income Tax Department and Enforcement Directorate raids on opposition leaders and their aides, home minister Rajnath Singh said the agencies are autonomous bodies and they are acting on their inputs. In an interview to ANI, Singh said, “The agencies which are conducting raids are autonomous bodies. Model Code of Conduct does not apply to them. They are acting on their inputs. How can we stop them?”last_img read more

Dutch Minister of FA Urges King Mohammed VI to Prevent Anti-Israeli…

first_imgCasablanca- According to Dutch news agency Novum, Frans Timmermans, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, has recently urged HM King Mohammed VI to prevent the adoption of a law seen as anti-Israeli law.  Last Thursday, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs urged HM King Mohammed VI, before the Dutch parliament, to prevent the adoption of the controversial draft law which is aimed at illegalizing any relations with Israel and with Israeli nationals.“I count on Morocco’s wisdom,”said Mr. Timmermans, responding to a question he was asked in the Dutch government, adding that “the Sovereign along with the government have to prevent such a law from seeing the light of day.” According to the draft law, which was presented by five parliamentary groups, the presence of Israelis in Morocco would be strictly prohibited, and would be deemed an “offense”punishable by “two to five years of incarceration and a fine between MAD 100,000 and MAD 1 million.”If passed, the anti-Israeli law would also ban the participation of Moroccans, both those residing in the Kingdom or in Israel, in Israeli-related activities.However, this is not the first time HM the King has been called upon to stop the anti-Israeli law from being adopted. In November 2013, a global Jewish human rights organization addressed a letter to King Mohamed VI urging him stop the anti-Israeli law from being enacted.The letter was sent by Dr. Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Director for International Relations.“In your absence, various groups in your Parliament plan to damage Morocco’s reputation for tolerance, its standing as a Western ally and its long history of warm ties with the Moroccan Jewish Diaspora in the United States, Europe and Israel,”he states in his letter.Since the anti-Israeli law was announced, many Moroccans, both Jews and Muslim, have been condemning it and warning against its negative repercussions.  “It would be a shame for our country to join the fanatics, because Morocco is known for its multicultural and multi-religious tolerance,”states Michel Attias, a Moroccan Jew living in California.“Moroccans please do not fall in this trap, the people with these insane ideas have no idea of the consequences our dear country will endure. We stand for a free Morocco with obviously the respect of each other’s religion and culture,”Attias adds. “Israel is Israel and being a Jew does not mean that you agree with Israel’s acts and policy.”Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more