The disappointment felt by most Jamaicans at the fourth-place finish of the Sunshine Girls at the Netball World Cup is understandable. In all fairness to the girls, though, they played with a lot of heart, passion, commitment and self-belief throughout the entire tournament. Australian technical director, Jill McIntosh, on the other hand, is the one that failed them and should take the bulk of the blame for the below-par results at the championship. Unfortunately for McIntosh and the rest of the coaching staff, Jamaica and the world were able to see the games, so no ‘hogwash excuses’ or unfair blaming of the players will be tolerated by us, the fans. Most of us stayed up to the wee hours of the morning to watch the games and saw exactly what went wrong. Intensity, intent and desire were not lacking on the part of the players. Ultimately, what led to the demise of the team was player fatigue. The writing was on the wall from the first-round losses to New Zealand and England, where in both games the Sunshine Girls were competitive and indeed brilliant in the first and second quarters, but ended up losing their grip on the games in the third and fourth quarters when the intensity and performance levels dropped when coaching staff went to the bench. This trend continued into that close one-point win of Malawi in the semi-final round, and again into the semi-final against eventual winners Australia, and by the time the crucial third-place play-off against England came around, the seven Jamaican starters who had played close to maximum minutes all tournament were clearly overworked, banged up and tired. This is absolutely inexcusable for such an experienced coach as Jill McIntosh. The lack of depth in the squad is a function of team selection and coaching, especially for a tournament of this nature where difficult back-to-back games were always on the cards. The onus was on the technical staff, headed by McIntosh, to select a strong-enough squad where, with prudent player rotation, optimum performances would be forthcoming when needed. One can remember clearly some months before the start of the tournament the Australian who won two world titles as coach of her native land saying very few if any new players would be added to the Sunshine Girls squad, suggesting she had the players needed to get the job done. Obviously, she was wrong. McIntosh and company also dropped the ball technically and tactically. The Jamaicans were one-dimensional and thus predictable in their execution, and were effectively pressured and nullified by all the stronger teams. That is also an index of coaching. Jamaica went for an experienced foreign coach to tweak what we were doing and thus improve the efficiency and, ultimately, the results. This was sadly not achieved. Indeed, it could be argued that McIntosh, with here comparatively expensive salary package, not only did not improve the fortunes of the team, she made them worse. I hope this is the last we have seen of McIntosh in her present capacity. Coaching is a results business and her results with the Sunshine Girls have been poor. Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard must also shoulder her share of the blame for her blind faith in the Australian. As for the Girls, I feel nothing but love and sympathy for them, especially the overworked starting seven. One got the sense that they genuinely wanted to do better and make Jamaica proud. We could see it in their efforts. Unfortunately, the Girls were let down big time by the lack of competent leadership from the boardroom, but even more so from the bench. Bon voyage, Jill.
Ateneo, Lyceum banner SMART City Hoops’ first seniors tournament Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The Golden Booters have now amassed 22 points to get to the third seed, two points above De La Salle.Kent Galaura found the back of the net in the 8th minute to give UE a 1-0 lead that lasted until halftime before Gino Clariño scored the equalizer in the 55th minute for UST.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We really deserved this win,” said Golden Booters head coach Marjo Allado in Filipino as his team makes its third straight semifinals appearance.“The first half was too boring, it seemed like we didn’t have any fitness, no training session. But it turned into a come-from-behind win and this is a big win for us.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast University of Santo Tomas completed the Final Four cast after subduing University of the East, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.Ian De Castro headed home Steven Anotado’s cross in the 88th minute that broke the 1-1 deadlock that lasted for 33 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In the second game, top seed University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University split points after settling for a goalless draw.The Maroon Booters are atop the table with 32 points, four more than defending champion Ateneo’s total.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award This is ours.The legend grew out of a called game winner last season, when Desiderio told his University of the Philippines teammates “atin ‘to” in a huddle before nailing a game-winning triple.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe didn’t need to repeat the words again, but everyone knew Desiderio would lay claim to the game when everything went down the line in overtime against the Adamson Falcons.“There was no play called, that was all him,” said UP coach Bo Perasol in Filipino, moments after an 89-87 victory Wednesday that propelled the Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Finals for the first time in 32 years. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He proved that with Adamson in the Final Four, where he wasn’t about to let a historic run come to an end just yet.Whatever happens against Ateneo, those final five points that ousted the No. 2 Falcons will be Desiderio’s enduring legacy—a swagger that losing seasons could not drown, a confidence that bad shooting nights couldn’t deflate.“Syempre, atin ‘to.”This is ours.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “Ang kapal talaga ng mukha nito,” Perasol joked.“You all saw he had several misses already,” Perasol added. “But he knows that when it’s for the win, he’s going to shoulder the responsibility.”Atin ‘to.This is ours.The clock was winding down to the last 40 seconds and Adamson was ahead by a point when Desiderio nailed a wide open trey to give UP the lead, 87-85.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After a tense sequence that knotted the score, Desiderio iced the final count with a jumper.Atin ‘to.This is ours.The night before the game, Desiderio reminisced on his years in UP. He went through a lot. He watched the school go 0-14. He witnessed a one-win season. This was a program where a lone victory was enough cause for celebration.“For 30 years, we were the butt of jokes … the basketball team didn’t have the bragging rights,” Perasol said.Desiderio said he was glad to be part of the Maroons’ turnaround.“Before, we didn’t have prized recruits. We didn’t have budget,” Desiderio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “Now, you can see the UP program is rising.”And so is the team’s confidence, no thanks to a skipper whose belief in himself and his team never wavered.“I’m very, very happy especially since I am graduating already,” Desiderio said after his clutch performance that set up a Finals duel with overwhelming favorite Ateneo. “Whatever chance we have in the Finals, we’re going to grab it.”At the very least, the Maroons will have their captain on board for two more games. No matter how much of an underdog UP will be against the defending champions, Desiderio won’t let his team go down without a fight. F2 Logistics greases All-Filipino win streak Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s one phrase that will be forever attached to Paul Desiderio’s college career.“Atin’ to.”ADVERTISEMENT
Special Prosecutions Unit Even as criticism continues to be heaped on the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government over a decision to appoint special prosecutors for what it termed “high-profile cases”, the coalition has come out in full defence of the decision.In recent days, criticism has been piling on the Government after it announced that it would appoint special prosecutors after investigations were concluded into cases involving Pradoville 2 and the Cricket World Cup among others.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon addressing Thursday’snews conferenceAmong the most vocal critics were former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and independent political analyst Ramon Gaskin.However, speaking at a post-Cabinet news briefing on Thursday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, debunked statements that the initiative amounted to the Executive descending into prosecution – the remit of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Guyana Police Force.“The Government does not prosecute. The Government provides information and the Police or special prosecutors prosecute,” Harmon told journalists.He went on to explain that the special prosecutors would merely be representing the interest of the State in the courts and were not the ones who would investigate.“These are people who will do the prosecution; these are not people who will do the investigations; the investigation is done by the Police and then that investigation is handed over for the prosecution in court,” Harmon stressed.Executive influenceHarmon rubbished concerns that since the prosecutors would be selected by Attorney General Basil Williams, a member of the Executive, this could lead to interference in the process,“There is nothing wrong with the AG being the Government’s legal adviser advising on the composition of a team. The AG will not be prosecuting himself, he will be identifying persons who have the capacity, the legal training and the background to be able to represent the State in these cases,” the Minister of State reasoned.Nothing newHarmon said that there was precedence in Guyana for the appointment of special prosecutors in high-level cases. He also took a swipe at Nandlall who he said was a special prosecutor in the Mark Benschop treason trial.“The statements made by a certain gentleman that these people were to be dealt with by the DPP and that there should be no special prosecutors, that gentleman almost before the ink was dried on his Hugh Wooding Law School certificate was a special prosecutor in the Mark Benschop case for many months,” he explained, adding that “throughout time there have always been special prosecutors”.He further explained that all that was required was the DPP issuing her fiat (A fiat is a short order or warrant of a Judge or Magistrate directing some act to be done; an authority issuing from some competent source for the doing of some legal act) for the special prosecutors to function.Williams said earlier Thursday that the reason Government had to go down the route of special prosecutors was because staff from the DPP Chamber indicated they were uncomfortable with prosecuting these matters.“They have suggested that they are political cases and some indicated they might have known the Minister, but largely because it is a political nature,” the Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Williams as saying.UnconstitutionalMeanwhile, on Wednesday, Gaskin waded into the Government for its decision, which he said was a blatant violation of the Guyana Constitution.Gaskin made it pellucid that the Constitution stipulated that the Executive was barred from getting involved in prosecutions and emphasised the need for Government’s decision to be challenged in the courts.He highlighted that the Constitution of Guyana provides only for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to deal with matters involving prosecutions.Article 122 says “there shall be an Attorney General of Guyana who shall be the principal legal adviser to the Government of Guyana and who shall be appointed by the President.”Article 116 says “there shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions whose office shall be a public office.”Article 187 outlines the DPP’s functions which include instituting and undertaking criminal proceedings against any person before any court, with the powers conferred upon the Director vested in him to the exclusion of any other person or authority and that Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.Article 187 also notes that the powers of the Director may be exercised through other persons acting under, and in accordance with, the Director’s general or special instructions.Stakeholders’ silenceGaskin also lambasted watchdog bodies such as the Guyana Bar Association (GBA); the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) for their evident silence on the matter.When contacted, head of the GHRA , Mike McCormack said that his organisation did not examine the special prosecutors’ issue in isolation, but has been examining a raft of new measures, including legislation the Government, proposed and would make a comprehensive pronouncement on these issues in due course. He refused to give the GHRA’s initial position on the issue.TIGI President, Dr Troy Thomas said he would be seeking legal guidance and promised to pronounce on the issue by Friday, while GBA head Gem Sandford-Johnson was said to be in a meeting and could not respond. Further calls to her mobile phone went unanswered.
Mary Maguire from Derrybeg, Co. Donegal was the lucky winner of €1,000 this week complementary of Gallaghers Bakery Grab a Grand competition.After finding a golden ticket in her White Sliced Pan bought in her local shop Gallaghers of Derrybeg, Mary was entered into a draw with other contenders and was randomly selected as this week’s Grab a Grand winner.Delighted with her win Mary says: “Gallaghers White Sliced Pan has always been a favorite in our house throughout the years. I couldn’t believe it when my ticket was pulled from this week’s draw and I would like to thank Gallaghers Bakery for the fantastic prize, it is much appreciated” Each week Gallaghers Bakery will put 20 lucky golden tickets into their famous White Sliced Pan with one ticket holder walking away €1,000 richer.Gallaghers Bakery bread lovers must simply enjoy their white sliced pan, check the inside of their bread wrapper for their golden ticket, contact Gallaghers Bakery and quote the promotional code before the expiry date and they will be entered into a random draw along with the other lucky ticket holders.Declan Gallagher, who returned as the new owner on 1st of May congratulated Mary on her win.“Well done Mary for choosing this week’s lucky Gallaghers White Sliced Pan. The competition is gathering great momentum as it enters its fourth week and anticipates unveiling its fourth lucky winner. We wish the very best of luck to all our other bread lovers as our Grab a Grand competition continues. Next week it could be you!” To be in with your chance to Grab a Grand pick up your Gallaghers white sliced pan from any store, enjoy the new and improved recipe and keep your fingers crossed for the lucky loaf with the golden ticket.You can find out more details about the Grab a Grand promotion on the Gallaghers Bakery Facebook page. Terms and conditions apply and can be downloaded from the Facebook page.MARY GRABS HERSELF A GRAND OF DOUGH FROM GALLAGHERS! was last modified: July 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GALLAGHERS GRAB A GRAND
THE day has finally arrived.This afternoon Carl McHugh from Lettermacaward will take to the hallowed surface at Wembley hoping to be part of history and pull off the greatest Cup shock ever.His League 2 side Bradford City take on Premiership star Swansea in the Capital One League Cup Final. And even Carl admits it’s all a bit surreal.“This season has been crazy but great for me,” said the 20-year-old Donegal native.“I am really enjoying it. When I came to Bradford in the summer, I just wanted a chance to play football somewhere. I needed to reignite my career after what happened last year.“Being released by Reading, you do have your doubts and think about what the future will bring. But I wanted to work hard and hope that things went well. “There were times this season when I wasn’t playing, just playing in the reserves, but the gaffer told me to work hard and wait for my chance.“The gaffer gave me that chance and I have taken it. But now I want to kick on.”And with 120 family and friends in the crowd at Wembley today, there’s no better place to kick on!His manager Phil Parkinson said: “It’s going to be a great occasion and we’ve got to make sure we savour every moment.“The fans must remember they could be supporting their club all their lives and never have anything like this. “We should all be privileged to be involved.“Everybody needs to understand the position we are in and soak up the atmosphere.”The match is live on Sky, kick-off 4pm with highlights on BBC at 10.20pm.COMEBACK KID CARL SET FOR WEMBLEY DREAM was last modified: February 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Donegal County Childcare is delighted to announce a second roll-out of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion training for early childhood educators throughout the county. The programme will see training being conducted trí mhean na Ghaeilge as well as English. The highly popular 15-hour programme aims to help those working with young children explore a wide variety of challenges that can inhibit or prevent early childhood services from being fully inclusive to all children. The training centres around the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Charter and Guidelines for Early Childhood Care and Education, which are a core element of the new Access and Inclusion Model for children with disabilities. This training aims to ensure that Donegal’s preschool children are supported to build positive identities and experience a sense of belonging, in an atmosphere where diversity is celebrated and respected. Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare is delighted with the success of the programme and states “Donegal’s early childhood educators continue to show a high interest in participating in training that enables them to support and provide opportunities for all children, regardless of individual ability or cultural tradition. “In practice, this means that Donegal early childhood services make a positive contribution to creating a more inclusive society for all children at the earliest stage in the education system”. It is expected that 134 of Donegal’s early childhood educators will have completed the training by the end of 2017, including a total of 44 participants trained exclusively through the Irish language. Suzanne Nic Géidí, Comhar Naoínraí na Gaeltachta welcomes this development and states “This delivery will be the first of a number of roll-outs through the medium of Irish to Irish speaking Early Years practitioners particularly in Gaeltacht areas, throughout Ireland. CNNG are delighted to facilitate the training in conjunction with DCCC. This is also reinforcing the principles as set out by the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Charter. “Beidh an clár seo ar an gcéad chuid dá chineál trí mheán na Gaeilge do Chleachtóirí Luathbhlianta atá ag feidhmiú trí Ghaeilge, go háirithe sna ceantair Ghaeltachta ar fud na hÉireann. Tá áthas ar CNNG a bheith ag tacú leis an traenáil i gcomhar le Coiste Cúram Páistí Chontae Dhún na nGall. Tá sé seo ag treisiú na bprionsabail atá leagtha amach sa Chairt um Chomhionannais, Éagsúlacht agus Cuimsiú chomh maith”.The Irish Language and Letterkenny EDI roll-outs are fully booked, however, there are a few places remaining on the Donegal Town training. If you would like to more information or to book a place, please follow the link to Eventbrite booking: Book Tickets for Donegal TownFurther information on the EDI programme can be found on the DCCC website at www.donegalchildcare.com or by contacting Donegal County Childcare on 07491-23442.Donegal’s Preschools step up to welcome all children was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:childrendiversityDonegal County Childcareeducationpreschools
Source: BuaNews The South African government has identified several sectors with the potential to create new jobs as the country embarks on a shift to a more labour-absorptive economy, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. The recession took a heavy toll on South Africa’s economy, with some 870 000 people losing their jobs in 2009 and households suffering from falling incomes and high levels of debt. The domestic economy contracted by an estimated 1.8% in 2009 as a result of a decline in consumption spending and weak investment growth. Discussions had been held with companies, industry associations and organised labour on matters such as the exchange rate, industrial policy and trade policy. He added that the new growth path, aimed at stepping up the fight against poverty and unemployment in South Africa, would recognise the crucial role of the private sector in creating new jobs. Advisory panel 24 March 2010 Delivering his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday, Patel said the new growth path would include a focus on manufacturing, infrastructure development, rural development and agro-processing, and the “green” economy. Patel said recovering the jobs lost in 2009 would require a major improvement in the employment performance of the economy, with a focus on decent work opportunities and “better social outcomes”. Patel said an important policy focus for his department would be the creation of sustainable livelihoods and addressing the challenge of enterprises in the informal or “second economy”, adding that the government would also be looking at ways to improve the performance and impact of public institutions that were vital to economic development. “We call this the development of a new growth path,” he said. “The central ideas in the developmental growth path are to enhance the labour absorbing capacity of the economy … and to find ways to connect knowledge and innovation to the challenge of jobs and growth,” Patel said. “What started as a financial crisis rapidly spread to the real economy and impacted on jobs,” Patel said. “Real GDP fell by 1.8% in 2009 but is expected to start growing to 2.3% this year, rising to 3.6% in 2011.” While South Africa’s economy had started to show signs of recovery, Patel conceded that regulatory reforms that encouraged employment were needed. Patel further announced the formation of a special ministerial advisory panel, which he said will serve as an ideas forum. “I am pleased to announce that we have made good progress in establishing the panel since my announcement of the idea some two weeks ago here in Parliament.” Reforms to encourage employment
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This cab cam, sponsored by Fennig Equipment, jumps in the combine with Nate Douridas, farm manager of the Molly Caren Agricultural Center — the grounds for the Farm Science Review. With the window between dry and wet weather hard to find, the farm is taking whatever opportunity it can to get work done in the field with their crops of all kinds progressing along at breakneck pace. Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood has more in this video.
RELATED ARTICLES Adding the insulationChoosing insulation for the interior service wall was challenging. I originally thought that I would do the work myself with batts. Intimidation set in once I realized how many wires, plumbing pipes, receptacles, and mechanical elements are integrated into the walls. Reading an article by Allison Bailes on insulation installation quality made me wonder whether it would even be possible to get a Class I installation in walls with so many complications.Luckily, Bill Gifford of Home Shield Insulation, the insulator for my attic spaces, also knows a thing or two… or three… about dense-packing fiberglass. He uses the Owens Corning ProPink wall insulation system, which is really a type of BIBS (Blown In Blanket system).The system involves stapling a breathable, semi-stretchy fabric to the service walls. The fabric is cut to allow for wall penetrations like electrical boxes, pipes, etc. Then, a pointy ended pipe attached to a flexible hose is pushed through the blanket in several places and the insulation fills the cavity. It is not quite as simple as that, so I’ll elaborate.Blowing the insulation into the walls is very methodical and appears to be an art of sorts. Bill typically starts in the bottom corner of a stud cavity and angles the pipe towards the corner. As the corner fills, the sound of the air coming out of the pipe changes, and the flow rate of the insulation delivery basically stops once the dense packing is complete for the settings on his machine. As soon as the pipe is moved, the insulation starts flowing again. A cavity can be filled pretty quickly.I suspect Bill’s technique has been developed after years of doing this type of insulation system. He interacts fluidly with the delivery hose. Once dense packing is complete in one area of the cavity, he moves the delivery pipe to another, stabs a hole and starts filling again. He was able to complete the insulation upstairs in one day. Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of blogs by David Goodyear describing the construction of his new home in Flatrock, Newfoundland, the first in the province built to the Passive House standard. The first installment of the GBA blog series was titled An Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House. For a list of Goodyear’s earlier blogs on this site, see the “Related Articles” sidebar below; you’ll find his complete blog here. Grading the Installation Quality of InsulationService Cavities for Wiring and PlumbingGetting to Know Spider Insulation Our plan of attack from the beginning was to erect all exterior service walls first and then frame the interior partitions later. The plans called for 2×4 framing 24 inches on center. The framers worked pretty quickly, and the service walls were nearly complete in just two days. To strengthen the interior petitions and service walls, we installed staggered blocking at half height to help prevent the studs from bowing, warping and twisting (see Image #2 below).Now it’s starting to look like a house!Because we would be installing drywall returns around all windows, I opted to add 1/2-inch slots to the window frames at the time they were made. To make the lives of the drywall installers easier, the rough stud openings had to align with the drywall returns so shims would not have to be used.The exterior service walls sit on 1 1/2-inch-thick strips of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. The foam prevents thermal bridging through the bottom wall plate to the concrete stem wall foundation. We attached the service wall to the 2×8 exterior stud wall with 5-inch #10 screws, toed through top and bottom plates. To ensure the walls were straight, we placed shims behind the screw locations and straightened the wall with string lines. Once straightened, the wall was secured by driving the screw though the top plate of the service walls, through the OSB and into the exterior wall plates. Testing the resultIt took about two days to staple the fabric and two days to complete the insulation installation. After installation was complete, he carried out some quality assurance testing with an Inspect-R gauge, a device which measures R-values using compressed air (see Image #4 below). Values acquired for the gauge were higher than 0.65, so we have at least R-15 in the interior service wall.Besides the fact that the R-value is higher than typical batts for a 2×4 cavity, the filling is much better. The insulation fills everything: it works around electrical boxes, between wires, etc. No cutting, splitting and pulling batts into place. This is a great wall system. I am much happier now looking at pink walls! I have been staring at studs for much too long. The structure is now starting to look like a house.Things are warming up! Before Christmas, the building was cold and I found it unbearable while working. The electrical inspection passed and the service was hooked up to the pole on December 22. Since then the heat has been on. Heating up a cold structure is no small feat. The amount of thermal mass in the concrete slab alone is huge, i.e. about 25 cubic meters. I estimated that it would take almost 300 kWh of electricity to bring it up to temperature!Thick walls and lots of material make for a slow heating process. With temporary construction heaters running we have chewed through almost 1500 kWh just bringing the house up to temperature. The heating load has decreased considerably since the temperature inside has leveled. The load does appear to be related to the number of people working in the house and whether or not it’s a sunny day. I have nothing quantitative at this point but it looks like the house is behaving as it should! Tackling the stairsI had been dreading the stairs because I had never worked on a staircase before. My plan was to build the rough staircase so it could be capped later. Quite a bit of planning had to go into this. I had to ensure that all the components were offset from the walls to account for drywall and a skirt board, and make sure I had room for railings.Another reason I dreaded the staircase was because the house plans called for a winder stair in order to make up the number of stairs required for the 9-foot ceilings. The winder looked confusing. However, once I investigated further I determined that two risers and a landing would work fine. The rest of the staircase just worked out. The rise and run meet code and will be very similar in feel to the staircase in my current house.There were no details in the plans about connecting interior walls to the service walls. Blocking seemed like a good method to get more insulation into the service wall, and it also provided a place to nail drywall (see Image #3 below).The weather has turned cold — then warm — then cold again. While working at the house I have had a lot of time to assess how the house behaves. With no heat source in the house and many cloudy days, the house cooled a lot. One day when it turned 14°C outside (57°F), I walked into the house and it was like an icebox! I could see my breath!Twenty-four hours later it felt just as cold and I could still see my breath despite 24 hours of warmer than seasonal temperatures. Having the sun shining the past couple of days has been welcomed. It has warmed the space significantly. Despite not having any attic insulation yet, I am pleased with the way the house responds to exterior temperature swings. It really goes to show that air sealing plays a huge part in energy savings. BLOGS BY DAVID GOODYEAR Air Sealing the PenetrationsBlower Door Test Comes Up RosesWrapping Up the Air BarrierInsulation and an Air BarrierInstalling Windows and DoorsFoam Sheathing and Window DetailsFraming and Air SealingA Well Insulated SlabFootings and Frost WallsA Final Design and Energy ModelingAn Introduction to the Flatrock Passive House