Driver flees after hitting SP building

December 30, 2019 0 Comments

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. From wire services Los Angeles police are seeking the driver of a black Volkswagen sedan that crashed into a San Pedro apartment building early Tuesday. The wreck at West 26th Street and Pacific Avenue occurred about 1 a.m., and the driver ran off, said Lt. Robert Long of the Harbor Division station. Police found a bottle of vodka and a driver’s license on the front passenger seat of the car, which was lodged in the wall of a bedroom. No injuries were reported.last_img read more

DD Fitness: It’s time to man up and look after your health

December 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThis week our fitness guru Emmet Rushe takes a look ahead to Men’s Health Week which is highlighted this coming week. It runs from Monday 10th of June to Sunday 16th of June and is an important week as it highlights all the things, we as men tend to hide from.We like to think we are infallible and that the different health scares and things we see and read about could never happen to us. We have grown up in a society where talking about your feelings is largely frowned upon and is a show of weakness if we do it.But that isn’t the case.We are neither infallible or weak, most of the time we are stupid or afraid or some combination of the 2.So, it’s time to man up and start taking care of our physical and mental health. If you are in a bad place mentally, talk to someone.There is only a 50% chance that men who are feeling depressed would talk to someone about it.We can view this as a sign of weakness and this leaves us in a place where we bottle it up instead of telling someone.Don’t leave things until they are too late.Hiding things from your partner or family or friends might be what we tend to do, but it isn’t manly and it sure as hell isn’t smart. Talk to your partnerTalk to your G.PTalk to a colleague or friend.Just talk and don’t try and deal with things on your own.Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. 38% of Irish men are obese and it is growing each year.While being overweight is becoming ‘accepted’ and is being normalised, it is NOT normal and there are worse things that come from being overweight or obese. Heart disease StrokeHigh blood pressureDiabetesSome CancersGallbladder disease and gallstonesBreathing problems, such as asthma and sleep apnea OsteoarthritisGoutAll of the list above are obesity-related diseases, and while some might not be caused by it directly, if you have a family history of any of these, being overweight makes it more likely that you will be affected.Gaining weight and getting unhealthy as you grow older is NOT growing old Gracefully.After the age of 35;Your Metabolism will slow down.Your testosterone levels will dropYou will lose muscle massYou will find it easier to gain weight This, however, is no reason to give up.Eating healthier and exercising will offset all the above and make a huge difference to your overall health.Men, you need to look after yourselves right now and even more so, when you pass your 30’sStart exercising. Lift weights Reduce alcohol consumption Increase protein and veg in your dietDo some cardioDrink more water Get more sleep. Get a yearly MOTAll these things will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle well into middle age.If you haven’t had a health check ever or haven’t had one in years, stop sitting on your hands and get checked.It’s a great Irish trait to say ‘ah, it’ll be grand’ and that’s fine until it isn’t.So, it’s time to Man up and get checked out.If you’ve found something and are scared to say, tell someone NOW.If you are a father and have kids, you need to realise that they are great mimics and that they will copy and learn from us and what we do.If you don’t exercise, have a bad diet and spend most of your day in front of the television, you can’t question why your kids are doing the same.So, time to pull up the big boy pants and prove you’re a real man.Stop with the excuses, man up and start being a hero for your wife and kids.Start exercising, start eating better and let’s use this week to change old habits.There is a list of contacts in the Men’s Health Forum in IrelandIf you need to talk to someone about a health issue or for anything you might need, you can find allinformation through the link above.#leanin2019If you need some help, The Rushe Fitness Summer Shape Up 2019 is now open for booking.If you or the man in your life would like to start your health and fitness journey, we can help.After the success of the last 2 years, we have brought it back and made it bigger than ever.You could win one of 2 holidays worth €1500 and get in shape in the process.Click the link and find out how you could win the holiday of a lifetime: CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW!We start on June 24th.DD Fitness: It’s time to man up and look after your health was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Emmet RusheShare 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:dd fitnesslast_img read more

Global demand for South African art

December 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneSouth African art has been breaking price records at auctions and exhibitions. The prestigious Bonhams auctioneers in London hosted their second South African art sale in January. Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques, and the event was billed as the biggest sale of South African art in the world.Most of the 200 buyers who sent prices flying sky-high were from the United States and Europe. Over 295 pieces by 100 artists were sold and fetched over £ 4.4 million (R60 million). The sale featured some of the country’s best artists, including Irma Stern, whose works led the lot and attracted the highest bids.Sterns’ painting Still Life with Chrysanthemums and a Pumpkin fetched the top price at £ 378, 400 (R5.7 million), setting a new world record for a still life by this artist. It had been estimated to sell at between £ 250 000 (R3.8 million) and £350 000 (R5 Million).The work of another well-known female artist, Maggie Laubser, achieved a stunning result with The Harvesters, which went for £126, 000 (R 2 million); the estimate had been between £25 000 (R400 00) and £35 000 (R530 000). This, too, is a world record price for a Laubser landscape.Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, says, “The demand for high quality South African painting has moved beyond the domestic South African market, and is now truly international.”In May last year, Bonhams became the first international auction house in the world to hold a sale dedicated to South African art outside of South Africa. Enthusiastic bidders packed the saleroom at Bonhams in London, as three world record prices were smashed by some of South Africa’s major artists. The total price achieved for the sale realised was £1 461 (R20 million).At the May auction, a rare piece by the legendary South African artist Gerard Sekoto was sold for £117 600 (R1.8 million), more than 10 times its estimate, and the highest price ever paid for one of his paintings.Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is said to be one of Britain’s leading art collectors, was among the many who bid at the show.It’s believed that the boom in the growth of South African art sales overseas has triggered a rush from South Africans across the world seeking evaluations of their old pieces.The Mandela Rhodes foundation co-hosted the event, with an original by former president Nelson Mandela. The signed lithograph The Window, from the My Robben Island series, shows the bars of Mandela’s cell, with the sea and Table Mountain in view.Bonhams’ auctions of South African art have been so successful that they are planning to have a third sale in September this year. Local artists have been urged to come forward and have their work evaluated for the auction.Useful linksSouthAfrica.info: South African Artlast_img read more

Sufias Accessories Zig Zag Hair Band Toothed Headband Alice Band Sports Sharks Tooth Ladies Mens : Could have better design

December 18, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Love it wish they had it in various colours but fantastic. Looked every where for them wife loves them will buy again. Looked every where for them wife loves them will buy again. Love it wish they had it in various colours but fantastic. Ends stick into head behind ear so not comfortable. Thank you was as described and arrived quickly. It’s keeps my hair off my face, as it’s a hairband. Thank you was as described and arrived quickly. The product is nice and well built. Maybe a little small for my head but being a man i suppose these may be better suited to women?. Or i have a big head, either or.Nice product though, well built and for the price cant really go wrong. Ends stick into head behind ear so not comfortable. It’s keeps my hair off my face, as it’s a hairband. Ok, i bought 2 of them, both broke after 2 months of daily use due to the slim body. In general they are good hair bands. Ok, i bought 2 of them, both broke after 2 months of daily use due to the slim body. In general they are good hair bands. The product is nice and well built. Maybe a little small for my head but being a man i suppose these may be better suited to women?. Or i have a big head, either or.Nice product though, well built and for the price cant really go wrong. Good for the priceCould have better designZig Zag Hair Band Toothed Headband Alice Band Sports Sharks Tooth Ladies MensMaterial: PlasticSuitable for men or women.PlasticHairband great to keep hair away from face when playing sports.Measurement: 23 mm wide.Suitable for school.last_img read more

S.P.D. #1 – Welcome! — Geocache of the Week

December 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTraditionalGC45297by Sedona Police Dept. Location:Arizona, United StatesN 34° 51.780′ W 111° 48.826′ Difficulty:1.5Terrain:1 “911 what’s your emergency?”“I need to find a geocache!”“Please go down to the Sedona police station for immediate assistance.” You don’t need to be a fugitive to find this cache, but it may make you momentarily feel like one. In 2013, in an effort to support responsible geocaching and become a part of the geocaching community, the Sedona Police Department published its first geocache. Since then, it has accrued almost 1,000 finds and 427 Favorite points, making it Sedona’s most-favorited and most-secure geocache.Annually, the Sedona Police Department welcomes nearly four million visitors and many of them are geocachers. Open 24 hours a day, GC45297 can be logged at any time and you don’t need to be sneaky (in fact, you couldn’t be if you tried). The cache is a bright orange toolbox protected by handcuffs. You will need to look around to locate where the key to the handcuffs are in order to get inside the box and set your smiley free.Opening the box queues the dramatic COPS theme song and police lights flash red and blue, but don’t be “alarmed” — this is supposed to happen. Inside the toolbox you’ll see the tupperware geocache container, a number of swag items, and trackables that the police station will regularly take inventory of. The cache page also reminds geocachers of an important rule of the game:  no food is allowed in the cache, so donuts can be left at the front desk where the can be safely “disposed” of. What geocachers have to say:Step into the building and there it is. What you do next is up to you. Just remember where you are so don’t get too rowdy if you have problems. It is a nice change of pace when the local police put in a cache and not ask you what you are doing in this parking lot or wherever they find you hunting for a CC. TFTC Jean & Bob– ~Bailey~I was coming up on 6,000 finds and wanted to do a really neat one for this milestone. I searched for a cache that had a lot of favorites and found this one. My wife and I along with 6 of my closest friends drove 2 1/2 hours from Gold Canyon to Sedona just to get this one. We stopped along the way so our friend Patsanboo could get up to 599 fined. Then we went to the police station. What a great group of people there! They were so nice to us and had fun with our inability to read the profile page. 🙂 We got the cache open and posed for pictures. This one truly deserved a favorite and if I could give it two I would do so. This is an original hide and, for some strange reason, the cache doesn’t get muggled in this location. 😉 I dropped 5 brand new travelbugs here. – travelingsagesContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related5 Sharable Tips for Logging Your Next GeocacheMay 20, 2013In “Geocaching Quizzes”5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching StardomFebruary 4, 2013In “Community”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Get Ready for a Green Building Ordinance

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgA few years ago, I — along with Michele Myers (the “God-Mutha uv Green”) and representatives from county government, planning and inspections staff, architects, remodelers, production builders, commercial builders, utilities, lawyers and business leaders — got together at the behest of our local planning board to work on developing a green building ordinance for our county.The wrong kind of ordinance could explode in our facesWhen we first got to the meeting they seemed ready to mandate 100% Energy Star in 12 months and 100% LEED for Homes in two years. Boom, problem solved…The first thing to we did was to point out how few builders in our town have actually built an Energy Star home, and we talked about the (well hidden) failure rate for first-time Energy Star builders and the drop-out problem with first time green builders. We have really well-intentioned builders around here who dive into Energy Star and Green Building Programs and fall down hard on the follow-through.It’s been critical for us as a green building council to have a way of incentivizing follow-through on Energy Star and Green Certification. (We do a lot of education and “green drinks” type networking events, and you can’t have a home on the green building tour if you enter a home in the program and then fail to complete the certification.)We had to bring it home to the county staff that they weren’t going to just pass a decree and magically have every builder in town come up to the level of training required to meet this standard of workmanship and to meet the level of documentation required to actually pass the certification. We have plenty of builders doing Energy Star quality work and using green building systems, but getting them up to speed on the documentation required for third-party certification is another story.We also have people who have had land in their family for generations who don’t take kindly to folks who tell them what they can and cannot do with that land — so some salesmanship and diplomacy is required.Almost two-thirds of the builders in our green building council have yet to certify a homeWe have over a hundred builders and many more businesses represented in our council, and we’ve certified well over 500 homes to our evolving green building standard, but those homes represent just forty builders. The rest are taking the classes and incorporating green building systems into the homes they build but have yet to make the step to actually certify any of the homes they build.If the county made it mandatory, we’d probably see them rush to get on the bus. But we’d also see a heavy failure rate and the county was going to need to have a good plan for what the consequences would be if a builder made a good try to be green and Energy Star certified and came up short. We argued for the use of rewards rather than requirements, and the county staff argued back that until it was mandatory there would be no compliance. In fact, there are many items in the existing building code that are mandatory and are not being enforced. (Accurate and meaningful Manual J calculations top that list.)So we worked out a staged implementationI was really impressed by the amount of homework that the county staff and inspectors had done. They had assembled and studied a huge binder of green building programs from many cities and counties all over America.I was also impressed with the extent that the building inspectors and planning staff were aware of the struggles of the business community. I also noticed that they were overwhelmed by demands put on them by the county commissioners to continually do more work without expanding their budget. At the same time their initial approach seemed alarmingly simplistic and poorly considered.Nothing simple about defining what is greenIn addition to LEED for Homes, we have a very strong Earth Craft program here in the Southeast. We also have our solar-focused NC Healthy Built program and a strong program based on the NAHB Green Building Initiative. We have a small pocket of the Audubon Green Leaf program and we also have some odd little “self-certifying” going on (i.e., greenwashing) — plus we have a whole cadre of old-school solar builders and natural builders who are so far to the left of the political spectrum that they refuse to concede that certification is relevant to what they’re doing.Between us we find very little consensus on what is the minimum definition of a green home.Incentives proved to be harder than anticipatedExpedited permitting for plans that were enrolled in Energy Star and a green certification program was an easy give for the inspections and zoning departments, but we have a health department (managing the well and septic applications in the county) that just didn’t come to the table.You can expedite zoning and plans review all you want, but if the septic and well permits still take a month you’re just hurrying up to wait. Permit fee give-backs were considered but the county budget is already a sea of red ink and our permit fees are pretty reasonable already.All plans acceptedThe inspectors were very apprehensive about needing to become versed in green building best practices, so they were easily convinced to allow any “generally recognized third party green certification program” to be recognized. By giving builders and architects the freedom to select, and pay for, third-party certification, the county hasn’t had to adopt any one standard over the others, and they don’t have to train all the inspectors to be Green certifiers or Energy Star certifiers.The county does have a great information tech staff, so they offered to create and host a Web site that would list all the builders who had certified a project to Energy Star or third-party green certification on the county Web site. No ads, just a list of which builders had certified homes and how many and how recent and what level of energy or green verification they had received. This online list helps to separate the greenwashers from the good builders, it encourages verification, and it was produced at very little cost to the county.A combined effort on green jobs trainingOur local HBA offered to give scholarships for our green building classes to building inspectors, high school teachers, and community college teachers. These scholarships were offered through our HBA educational foundation which has been set up to encourage high school students to go into the trades.That has worked out well, but I have to admit that it’s pretty intimidating to teach those guys. The county also agreed to apply for grants to promote green building education on their own and to support a green building home tour. (We have two tours per year, one in the fall that focuses more on solar builders and one in the spring that focuses more on “mainstream green.”)No “county endorsements” of one builder over another — just the factsWe also discussed creating “Orange County Goes Green” job site signs and a “wall of green” in the permit office that would display the green builder info they agreed to put on the Web site. That idea has gone nowhere as yet; I think it’s been killed by their legal department since it looks too much like a county endorsement.We’ve also been kicking the PACE program back and forth for a while; it may yet get some traction.Still, mandates are inevitableOf course the introduction of the carrot is just an attempt to postpone the stick. If we don’t hit 50% Green and Energy Star participation by the fall of 2010, they intend to go back to setting mandates.The new building code is a mandate, and — despite all the gnashing of teeth that is going on — it’s a giant step in the right direction. So, for that matter, is the proposed Energy Star revision. (Step away from the blogosphere and read the freakin’ documents. If you’re a conscientious builder, you will not have any problem with what they say.)So this is why I have global warming skeptics in my green building classesThe writing is on the wall. We will not hit 50% participation this year by a long shot, so we will be meeting in the summer and fall to discuss phasing in the mandates — which means that the builders who haven’t learned how to build green will have a longer drive to compete for fewer jobs outside of the county and building costs around here will go up once again — at the same time that impact fees are going up and wages are stagnant and declining.Learning how to build and remodel affordable and green is looking like a better business strategy every day.last_img read more

To Net Zero and Beyond

December 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe industry is risk-averseComing from the perspective of a consultant in many industry sectors, I have seen innovation diffusion ranging from slow (financial services) to light speed (high tech start-ups). But, even compared to the slower adopters of change, technology, and adaptation to market demands, I have not seen an industry more risk-averse than construction.In 2007, when I entered into the industry, I charged ahead with zero energy, “offsite” (a.k.a. prefab) construction. Of course, we were met with great resistance then, and 10 years later the industry, sort of, is becoming more interested in this approach. I understand, firsthand, the perils of trying something new in this space. Margins are razor-thin, buyers are fickle, labor availability is unpredictable, material costs fluctuate, and economic cycles are a roller-coaster ride.As such, NZEC found only a tiny percentage of the market – 8,203 residential units – are somewhere on the path to zero across the U.S. and Canada.But, there are the pioneers. Unlike pioneers in the history books, these builders have found success after taking only small risks. Each one that comes next takes even less risk. We know how to get to zero in any climate zone for any type of home, so minimal R&D is required. Costs of high-performance materials and systems, and solar, are dropping. And the market is not only responding, but paying more.These building pioneers have driven up zero energy construction by 33% in only one year. The number of projects has increased by 82% and projects in the pipeline for future zero energy comprise almost 30,000 units. And 95% of them didn’t do it because a buyer asked. They were built by multifamily developers and builders who just made the move.These project teams are dedicated and inspiring for the movement. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you take a look at the DOE Tour of Zero website. Here you will find beautiful photos, videos, and stories of the builders, giving you a more personal understanding of their approaches. It will be clear that we don’t need to be afraid of zero anymore. Governments have the power to create a snowball effectThis growth is no mistake. These two states also represent the #1 and #2 states (by units) in both our 2015 and 2016 inventories. In 2007, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced its goals to reach zero energy residential by 2020. In 2013, at our NZEC Summit in Irvine, California, builders and advocates from the state of Massachusetts came across members of the CPUC. They exchanged ideas and the Massachusetts contingent promptly went home to garner support for zero energy with the powers that be there. Soon after, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MDOER) announced its Pathways to Zero Net Energy Program.A tiny state has placed #2 in zero energy in North America. Clearly, government efforts have stimulated massive change in this sector and set a trajectory in motion that can only go in one direction.Likewise, cities are making great strides in setting zero energy goals across the country. After the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, 30 mayors joined a group of 1,000 public and corporate leaders that is making commitments regardless of federal action. Of the top 20 zero energy cities in our research, 18 have local programs or are located within states that have zero energy programs.Cities are not just a unilateral power. They are prompted and supported by grass roots movements that compel change. The city of Berkeley, California, is such an example where grassroots community group efforts led to “Berkeley Deep Green Building,” an incentive-based path toward buildings that meet Berkeley’s environmental and greenhouse gas reduction goals, including zero energy.Whether a builder or developer with a project, a design professional pushing the envelope with clients, or a citizen who wants to drive change, our research shows it is all possible. You, too, can start a zero energy movement. With the current state of energy inefficient construction, we desperately need it.NZEC will continue to conduct our annual inventory and hopes to see more upward gains due to movement-makers. To include your project in our next inventory, you can submit basic information via NZEC’s online form. It only takes a few minutes, and will contribute greatly to our collective knowledge of the zero energy movement. Revisiting Net Zero EnergyGetting to Zero Carbon in Menlo ParkNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero Projects The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroChoosing the Cheapest Path to Net ZeroZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’ There has been progressThe first zero energy project I was involved with in 2008 had landmines across the board. Contractors didn’t understand how to install and seal ductwork. We had to hack together an air-source heat-pump water heater. We created our own energy monitoring system and software. Nobody knew what zero energy was. The pioneers now have the “secret” knowledge that none of these issues exist anymore. With new, affordable technologies entering the market every day, and a plethora of training tools for contractors, zero is easier than it has ever been.Don’t forget, the market is changing. Sixty-two percent of homebuyers are either millennials or boomers. They do not want big homes. They can’t afford them and don’t have the time to spend maintaining them. They do care about health and indoor air quality. They do care about the environment for future generations and themselves. They really care about saving money on energy bills. Millennials, in particular, care about having the latest and the coolest. The pioneers know this and are building their businesses around these assumptions in order to bolster the future of their companies.Some perceive governments as entities that slow change and that exist to create constraints, especially when it comes to policies and codes for construction. Based on our research, this perception is completely untrue when it comes to zero energy.Those states and local governments that have simply created aspirational targets (California) as well as incentives and competitions (Massachusetts) have stimulated market movement and economic growth that has exploded their respective markets. Our report shows 104% growth in ZE in California in the last year and 128% growth in Massachusetts. Shilpa Sankaran is the executive director of the Net-Zero Energy Coalition.center_img You can read our report to understand the details of the research. In this post, we explore further insights based on both our research and our first-hand experience in the industry (and what we really think). By SHILPA SANKARANLast month, we at the Net-Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC) published our second annual inventory of zero energy (ZE) residential buildings in the U.S. and Canada, titled “To Zero and Beyond: 2016 Residential Zero Energy Buildings Study.”Prior to our first inventory report, existing data on residential zero energy was spotty. We believed it was crucial for us to quantify the current state and track progress in order to truly understand the reality of the zero energy movement.So, how much has ZE homebuilding changed since the sun set on 2015? After our baseline inventory, that was the burning question. It turns out there is a large and rapidly growing ZE community out there across the continent, and a wealth of knowledge and insights embodied in those thousands of individuals and their projects. To access this knowledge via zero energy case studies from across the country, explore our online case study database. (If you want to submit a new project to the Net-Zero Energy Coalition, use this form.) RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Microsoft’s Most Wanted: A Convicted Child Molester Worked At Yammer

December 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#America’s Most Wanted#crime#Marcus Tillman#Microsoft#Stephen Warner#Yammer owen thomas Related Posts A few years ago, a fast-growing startup, adding staff at a breakneck pace, hired a facilities manager as a contractor without asking too many questions.That startup was Yammer, now part of Microsoft. And that contractor – Marcus Tillman – is now behind bars, facing the 40-year sentence he dodged in Georgia years ago.Federal investigators, acting on a tip from authorities in Georgia, went to Yammer’s office in San Francisco last week seeking information about Tillman, known to his colleagues as “Stephen Warner.”Marcus Tillman, a convicted child molester, worked at Yammer under a false name for years.“They were more than cooperative once we told them what was going on,” Deputy Joe Palmer told ReadWrite.Within days, and with help from the information Yammer provided, Palmer and his colleagues arrested Tillman at the Cup-A-Joe Coffee House in San Francisco Thursday night. Tillman was taken into custody, awaiting extradition to Georgia.“We are as shocked and saddened as anyone to learn of these developments,” a Microsoft spokesperson told us. “While we do not want to comment on a criminal matter, we can confirm that at no point was Tillman a Yammer or Microsoft employee. Tillman was a contractor assigned to facilities-related work. We cooperated with authorities in his capture and are relieved that he has been brought to justice.” “America’s Most Wanted”In February 2009, facing trial on two charges of child molestation, Tillman cut off his ankle monitor and fled. He was convicted in absentia and sentenced. Later that year, he used a bank account opened in Atlanta to purchase a ticket at a California bus depot, drawing attention from authorities in that state. But after that, the trail appeared to have gone cold.Tillman made several appearances on “America’s Most Wanted.” But until last week, he lived relatively openly in San Francisco, albeit under his assumed name. Early employees remember him working at Yammer as long ago as 2010 or 2011. His duties included stocking the refrigerator, cleaning common areas, and fixing broken equipment.He was a constant presence at Yammer’s office – including occasions when parents brought their children to work.Surrounded by some of the industry’s brightest software engineers, Tillman appears to have excelled instead at the dark arts of social engineering, or manipulating people to his own ends. It’s not clear how Yammer hired or paid Tillman. Our sources disagree on whether he worked through an agency or as an independent contractor: It appears that his status varied over the years, and that Tillman may have used these changes in payment arrangements to deflect suspicions.Surrounded by some of the industry’s brightest software engineers, Tillman appears to have excelled instead at the dark arts of social engineering.After Microsoft bought Yammer, a maker of tools for collaboration and information sharing with businesses, for $1.2 billion in the summer of 2012, Tillman’s employment arrangements became a subject of talk at the Yammer office. Microsoft does not work with independent contractors; instead, it employs them through agencies.At the time, Yammer employees recalled discussing a widely held belief in the office that their facilities manager did not have a Social Security number. One explanation that circulated around the office: Warner’s religious beliefs forbade him from getting a government-issued identification number.But any suspicions came up at a time when Yammer was preparing hundreds of employees for a new parent company and a simultaneous move into a new office in San Francisco’s Mid-Market district. Contractor or not, Tillman had worked as “Warner” for years at that point. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… He appears to have created profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook under the Warner name. Several Yammer employees are friends with “Warner” on Facebook.One thing is clear: Had Yammer hired him as a regular employee, its practice of conducting criminal background checks – an unusual scruple for a startup of its size – would almost certainly have caught Tillman’s subterfuge.Instead, he was able to pull an elaborate deception on the place where he worked for years, exploiting loopholes and perhaps the sympathies of the people whose desks he repaired and whose cafeteria he cleaned.We asked Microsoft for the name of the agency or agencies through which it and Yammer had contracted with Warner over the years. The company declined to name them.The software giant has slowly been integrating Yammer’s operations. The companies will combine their sales teams in July. In October, human resources and finance operations will shift over to Microsoft’s central groups. Mugshot courtesy US Marshals; photo of Yammer office by Robert Scoble IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more