Del-Q: Delivery Quality Rating: a new rating methodology for the Software industryThe current need is that the software industry requires a new rating method that is more reliable yet economical in cost and duration and also increases the confidence among the clients who are facing challenges to make a decision on selection of a supplier /vendor of software servicesThe reasons are many, for instance, recently I had a meeting with a Quality Head of a software unit of a big organization, and during the casual discussion about the implementation of a process model he told me the following points:1. The leadership was of the view that the Quality Head should give assurance of reduction of defects in all the deliverables with accurate numbers as a result of the implementation of CMMI® ML5 practices2. As the Quality Head was not in a position to assure that, they dropped the idea of going for CMMI® ML5 and they simply were satisfied with the CMMI® ML3Though the process models such as CMMI® / ISO 9001® and others are really improving the process maturity in the organizations especially, software companies, yet these models are not able to give an accurate and precise metrics that will instil confidence among the customers. For example, no one can promise the quality of products/components in terms of the number of defects or other relevant metrics based on maturity levels. Can we say all CMMI® ML 3 organizations will have x number of defects, whereas CMMI® ML 5 organizations will have an x-n number of defects? You may have noticed the following limitations of these models:1. Customers are not able to assess the capability of the vendor/supplier based only on the maturity levels or any certification being used currently2. The quality of the deliverables varies widely among the organizations/units that have achieved the same maturity levels. For instance, a company X that is at CMMI® ML3 delivers software products /components with 100 defects per component/KLOC, a company Y at CMMI® ML3 delivers products/components with 200 defects per component/KLOC. Therefore, it is clear that maturity levels are not giving the customer the insight of the product quality through these maturity levels will give us the insight about the process maturity.3. Some of the clients had another experience that they found out a positive correlation between the maturity levels and defects injected in the same organization4. Due to business pressure, the entire models/standards are commoditized, as a consequence, the real maturity of the organization is masked5. The appraisal method that uses the employees as Appraisal Team members may impact the objectivity of the appraisal6. Moreover, the implementation and the appraisal process have become too costly to adopt in a small organizationAs everyone will agree with me that in this digital era, software plays a vital role in every sphere of life. For instance, from the rocket to the kitchen every appliance has software embedded in them. Therefore, no one will disagree to the fact that the quality of the software is really crucial and the standard that certifies the organization also is critical as based on the certification many customers will decide to select or not to select the vendorWe have come out with an initial draft of a rating methodology called Del-Q (Delivery Quality) for software organizations /units after a careful study and experience in working with current process models. This model is trying to give a precise and accurate judgement based on relevant metrics so that the real freedom of the limitations stated above.Del-Q focuses on the real metrics of the deliverables from the organization for some time. These metrics will be compared to the baseline standard. This will enable the assessor to categorize the organization in various star categories such as 1-star, 2-star,3-star,4-star and 5-star. Now based on this a customer can take an informed decision on whether to select the vendor or not. This is unambiguous without any hidden interpretation. This rating is not conflicting with any currently available process models whereas this will be complementing those modelsThe illustration given below shows how Del_Q and other process models are complementing each other:The structure and assessment methods will be published soon. As this is the initial draft I would like to invite the readers for a debate on this subject This article is the opinion of the author that is based on the overall experience only, there is no survey conducted to arrive at any conclusion
CommunityHobokenNewsPolitics & Policy Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops By John Heinis – April 9, 2020 6:26 pm 0 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network A Union City man was busted after having several small gatherings at his home, violating state emergency orders, finally charged for having people over on Wednesday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced.New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. Twitter photo.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewMoshe Knopfler, 55, of Union City, was charged with violation of the emergency orders, a disorderly persons offense, and failure to disperse – petty disorderly persons offense – Grewal said in a statement.Police had warned Knopfler on several prior occasions when he held gatherings on his property. He was charged on Tuesday, April 7th, when police found approximately 13 people on his property.â€œOur police officers are working bravely and tirelessly every day to protect us during this health crisis.Â Regrettably, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the emergency ordersâ€” or what is more egregious, people using the virus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,â€ Grewal added.Violations of the emergency orders constitute a disorderly persons offense carrying a potential sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.Grewal also said that anyone seeing a lack of compliance with the governorâ€™s emergency orders should contact your local police department or report here.This afternoon, the New Jersey Department of Health disclosed that there are now 51,027 cases of the coronavirus statewide, along with 1,700 deaths, including 5,879 cases in Hudson County and 132 deaths â€“ the third most in the state by county. Bayonne Facebook Twitter Previous articleHudson County Community College going the extra mile for students during COVID-19Next articleWith COVID-19 deaths surging in Hoboken, measures underway to protect seniors John Heinis TAGSgurbir grewalnew jersey attorney general’s officestay-at-home order SHARE Bayonne AG: Union City man busted after having several small gatherings, violating state orders RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Bayonne
ABC News(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Hurricane Florence is pummeling the North Carolina coastline, making landfall with life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds.“I see a biblical proportion flood event that’s going to occur,” Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Chief Ralph Evangelous told ABC News. “I see the beach communities being inundated with water, and destruction that will be pretty, pretty epic in nature.”More than 372,000 customers in North Carolina are without power early Friday, as residents brace for the impact of the Category 1 storm. Here’s the latest:Catastrophic flooding is feared in much of the coastal Carolinas. Rainfall has already reached as much as 2 inches per hour in parts of eastern North Carolina.More than a foot of rain has already drenched Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.In Bayboro, North Carolina — one of the areas under evacuation — resident Kim Dunn stayed behind, and now she’s trapped in her truck surrounded by rising water, as her boyfriend and his cousin are stranded on a paddle boat less than a mile away.The water is as high as street signs, and “we have no way to get to them,” Dunn told ABC News Friday morning.“They’ve been out there for about six hours now, just screaming for help,” she said. “Only communication we have with them is just me flashing my lights to them, and I think they have a flashlight they’re flickering back to us.”Dunn — mother to a 10-month-old, a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old — said she made a decision to stay behind as others evacuated.“We were trying to figure out if we had enough finances to get out, and if we were to get out, were we going to be able to get back home? So we made a decision to stay,” she said. “I don’t know how long it’s gonna be before the water actually starts to come into the apartment.”In nearby New Bern, where water levels reached 10 feet overnight, 150 people have requested rescue. Volunteers are using private boats to pitch in and help, city spokeswoman Colleen Roberts said.The downtown area, at the confluence of two rivers, is mostly underwater.“You may need to move up to the second story, or to your attic, but WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU,” the city said on Twitter.The rainfall is forecast to reach 20 to 40 inches over the next several days.Storm surge could be as high as 11 feet in parts of North Carolina, prompting officials to closely watch the rise of rivers in the eastern part of the state. River flooding may be worse than Hurricane Floyd in 1999. “Surviving this storm will be a test of endurance, teamwork, common sense and patience,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. “The heavy rains and high winds are likely to spread across North Carolina and linger for days.”“We will survive this, and we will endure,” he said. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Migrant EducatorFunction and Scope: The Brockport Migrant Education Programis a Title I federally funded program that provides educationalsupport to the children of migratory agricultural workers inMonroe, Orleans and Niagara Counties. Migrant Educators provideadvocacy leading to self-advocacy and tutoring support to eligiblestudents age 3- 21.BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES INCLUDING LEVEL OF SUPERVISIONREQUIRED:Assess the needs of every migrant child within a specifiedservice area and plan appropriate interventions, which will enableeach student to reach a high standard of academicperformance.Provide tutorial services to at risk students either throughvirtual platforms or in-person following approved safetyguidelines.Provide advocacy by linking with service providers in the areaand referring students and families as needed.Provide advocacy within the school district to supportappropriate grade placement for students, entrance into specialprograms as needed, access to interpretation, and other districtprovided requirements.Support students and parents to develop skills forself-advocacy.Support communication between assigned school district andparents through home contact on a regular basis.Transport students/ parents for Program activities whennecessary and following approved safety guidelines.Participate in Migrant Education Parent Engagement meetings andstudent enrichment activities.Attend local and State professional development training andmeetings using virtual platforms.Maintain records on every assigned student that includes astatement of goals, a plan of action, periodic updates and recordof supplemental services provided. Fulfill data collectionrequirements.Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.Required Qualifications:Excellent oral and written communication skillsPost secondary education, preferably a B. S. DegreeCareer goals related to educationDriver’s license and reliable vehicleAbility to work with a culturally diverse populationBilingual (English-Spanish)Preferred Qualifications:Teaching/ tutoring experienceExcellent math skillsSPECIAL NOTES:Request application and forward credentials.Work sites in Orleans & Niagara Counties.Includes some evening and weekend hoursThis position is a Research Foundation for The State Universityof New York (RF) position and issubject to The Research Foundationfor SUNY policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines, and theavailability of funding< 2 l. All finalists for this positionwill be subject to suitable pre-employment back-groundinvestigation and may include confirmation of credentialing. Offersmay not be extended until we receive a positive outcome from thepre employment background investigation.The Research Foundation for The State University of New York(RF) is a private non-profit educational corporation. The RF is notan agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. RF employeesare not state employees, do not participate in any state retirementsystem, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The RF operatesunder a contract with The State University of New York and receivesno directly appropriated state funding.Applicants will not be reimbursed for any travelexpenses.Research Foundation employees working more than 50% of the timereceive fringe benefits.For more information about the RF, check our website: http://www.rfsuny.orgBeginning Review Date: As neededPersons interested in the above position should submit a resumealong with a letter of application and three (3) letters ofreference to:Name: Donna Peterson-Spence, DirectorBrockport Migrant Education ProgramAddress: SUNY Brockport350 New Campus DriveBrockport, NY 14420-2945Telephone: (585) [email protected] Research Foundation for The State University of New York(RF) is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination inemployment for all qualified persons without regard to race, color,religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin,citizenship, age, creed, disability, veteran status, maritalstatus, familial status, military status, domestic violence victimstatus, sexual orientation, genetic characteristics/geneticinformation, or any other trait protected by federal, state, orlocal law. This policy applies to all employment practicesincluding recruitment, advertising, selection, hiring, promotion,upgrade, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, return fromlayoff, performance evaluation, rate of pay or other forms ofcompensation and fringe benefits, and selection for training anddevelopment.jeid-b7aac9841526d041913d83a628c8880f
Curriculum Vitae1971: Joins the Christian Democratic Union 1974-79: Student of law and history at the universities of Münster and Freiburg 1983-84: Member of staff to mayors of West Berlin, Richard von Weizsäcker and Eberhard Diepgen 1986: Gains doctorate in law, University of Münster 1985-89: Head of the policy division, Berlin Senate Chancellery 1990: Aide to the prime minister of the last GDR government; member of the delegation negotiating the Unification Treaty 1990-94: State secretary, ministry of culture, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 1994-98: Head of the state chancellery, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania 1999: Minister of state and head of the state chancellery, Saxony 2001-02: Minister of state for finance, Saxony 2002-04: Minister of state for justice, Saxony 2004-05: Minister of state for the interior, Saxony 2005-09: Head of the federal chancellery and federal minister for special tasks 2009-: Federal minister of the interior Fact File Not all that long ago, Thomas de Maizière could pop over to Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof from his office and snack on a late-night döner kebab without anyone recognising him. With his square-edged glasses, greying black hair and unspectacular suits, passers-by might easily have mistaken the 57-year-old Rhinelander for a mathematics professor or civil servant. Angela Merkel’s interior minister and trusted confidant had always prided himself on being one of the men behind the scenes, the kind without whom the machinery of governance could not run – at least, not smoothly. Even as Merkel’s pointman on domestic security – Germany’s sheriff – he managed to remain inconspicuous longer than anyone would have predicted, especially given the likes of his loud, media-conscious predecessors, Otto Schily and Wolfgang Schäuble. Unlike the law-and-order types who usually wear the badge, de Maizière exudes calm from behind a fatherly smile. “I’m the minister for security, not insecurity,” he says. Merkel appointed de Maizière because of his even keel – an asset, she felt, in dealing with a coalition partner prickly about government incursions into the private sphere. And true to that task, de Maizière refrained from sounding the alarm on terrorist threats at the least provocation – a course resented by hardliners in his own party. Thus, when de Maizière’s smile vanished and he did finally put Berlin on high alert last November, no one, not even the government’s most vociferous critics, accused it of crying wolf. German and US intelligence services had intercepted communications that a jihadist attack on Germany was imminent, most probably in downtown Berlin, maybe even on the Reichstag. De Maizière was everywhere on the evening news and talk-shows. The city crawled with machine gun-toting police who scoured train stations, public buses, and interrogated civilians milling around the Brandenburg Gate. The Reichstag was fenced off and security visibly beefed up around government buildings. “There’s cause for concern, but not for hysteria,” said de Maizière, tempered words that speak to his demeanour and the way he defines his job. Though de Maizière may not be a household name in Germany, even now that he is spotted in the Hauptbahnhof, the republic’s insiders have had him on their radars since unification. De Maizière is a scion of Calvinist Huguenots who fled persecution in 17th- century France to find sanctuary across Protestant Europe, not least in Prussia. The de Maizière family seems never to have forgotten its debt to the German state, in whatever form it took at the time. His father was a career officer who served the fighting forces of the Weimar Republic, then the Third Reich, and finally the Federal Republic, rising to inspector-general of the Bundeswehr at the height of the East-West conflict – a position that meant Thomas grew up in West Germany’s Cold-War capital, Bonn. His mother was an artist who steeped her two boys in the fine arts and classics, a cultural education befitting a family of upright and sophisticated Bildungsbürger straight out of a Thomas Mann novel. De Maizière studied law and entered politics through the West German Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the only party of choice for a de Maizière. It was, though, another conservative de Maizière who first grabbed the political spotlight in his generation – when the Berlin Wall fell, Thomas’s first cousin Lothar represented East Germany in the unification negotiations and served as its first, and last, democratically elected minister-president. Thomas acted as his adviser and even recommended a certain Angela Merkel to his cousin as spokesperson. It was her first position of authority and cemented a bond – friendship, even – that persists to this day. Thomas de Maizière’s specialty is getting governments and public bureaucracies to function at their highest capacity, so that they can deliver to citizens what they are supposed to deliver. It was therefore in former East Germany – the site of an enormous, dysfunctional, post-communist bureaucracy – that de Maizière made his career. In the aftermath of the GDR’s collapse, de Maizière was one of the western imports sent over to show the ‘new federal states’ how things are done. He held one ministerial post after another in CDU governments, first in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania along the Baltic Sea and then in Saxony. “He wasn’t one of the westerners who came in thinking he knew everything already,” says Steffen Flath of the Saxony CDU. “He was curious and asked us about our experiences. He really wanted to get to know the place before making decisions.” So at home did the de Maizières – Thomas, his wife, and three teenage sons – feel in Saxony that they settled in a village outside Dresden, where they live today. (Sundays are sacrosanct: a day of church and classical music – Bach and Brahms are de Maizière’s favourites.) De Maizière’s inclinations are liberal, inclinations that are currently being tested by a data-retention law that Germany’s highest court struck down last year. The 2008 legislation, which the CDU sponsored, allowed for the storage of data on telephone calls, text messages, and email traffic for a period of six months. The Christian Democrats want a revamped version of it that de Maizière argues is essential for chasing down terrorists. “On this issue, he puts on a better show that the guys before him,” says the Greens’ security expert Hans-Christian Ströbele, “but he wants the same thing: wide-ranging access to private data that can be used for any purpose”. Even the Christian Democrats’ coalition partners, the Free Democrats, oppose the measures, a source of coalition tension that in 2011 might well force de Maizière out of his corner. In 2005, when the first Merkel government took office, the chancellor-elect called on de Maizière to be her chief of staff, the perfect post for a behind-the-scenes operator. Merkel values de Maizière so highly because of his supreme competence, but also because he poses no threat to her – at least not until recently, when his name was raised as a possible successor to Merkel. Does the modest and soft-spoken perfectionist harbour ambitions for higher office? TV appearances and pressing flesh are not his forte. But if the call comes – and some see it coming – it would be difficult for a de Maizière to say no to his country.
The Greek embassy and residence previously occupied three buildings on Sheridan Circle, considered the heart of Embassy Row, with dozens of stately converted mansions, but now just the middle building of the Greek compound is used.Built in 2006, this newest of the three contains the official embassy offices and reception areas, while the brick building to the right, once the home of the widow of General Phil Sheridan, sits vacant, waiting to be sold. The mansion to the left of the center building, positioned on the circle itself, was once the ambassadorial residence, with four floors of opulent salons and eight-bedrooms the structure was impressive; it now wallows in disrepair, renovations abandoned in 2010 due to lack of funds.“The cost to maintain the residence and bring it up to date is immense, in the millions,” says Maria Galanou, who works in the press office at the embassy. “We just don’t have the funds, and we haven’t for many years now.” Fifteen years ago, when pockets were deeper, that wasn’t the case; the residence underwent a glamorous facelift helmed by one of Washington’s society decorators, Aniko Gaal Schott, the go-to designer for embassies and residences in need of a refreshing. Those days appear to be long gone. “We used to use the residence on occasion for ceremonial events, but now we don’t at all,” added Galanou.Greece may have serious money troubles, but Christos Panagopoulos is doing his part for austerity. Europeans are accusing the Greeks of profligate spending, but tell that to poor Christos Panagopoulos, Greece’s ambassador to the U.S., who lives in a rented house in Washington because his country hasn’t been able to afford its own ambassadorial residence for the past several years. Though nestled in the pricey enclave of Foxhall Crescent, the Greek rental in no way comes close to competing with the grandeur of other European ambassador residences in Washington.The Italians have serious budgetary problems at home too, but you wouldn’t know that from visiting Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero’s opulent mansion a few miles from Panagopoulos’ house. The 24,000-square foot, $42 million, neo-Tudor, Northwest Washington estate, dubbed Villa Firenze, comes complete with a pipe organ and a bowling alley in the basement. Spain is also causing huge headaches for the eurozone because of its massive debt, but Spanish ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares’s modern masterpiece features a main reception hall the size of a football field and stately rooms decorated with 16th century tapestries. French Ambassador Gerard Araud, meanwhile, is hosting several hundred people for the annual Bastille Day party on Thursday night in his newly renovated residence in Kalorama, a 19-bedroom estate whose recent, two-year overhaul cost France a whopping $4 million.Even the Turkish residence, on the same Mass Ave circle as the Greek residence, boasts a ballroom and four grand reception rooms, plus an indoor swimming pool.
Johnson has earmarked Monday to reveal more information about the U.K.’s plans to resume travel overseas, as the country gradually lifts lockdown restrictions.A government task force led by the Department for Transport had been set up to look at the safety of resuming global travel, as well as the rules for traveling overseas.Spain and Greece have already said they want to attract British tourists this summer, as long as they can prove they have received a coronavirus jab or a negative PCR test. For the time being, anyone trying to leave the U.K. without an essential reason to do so can be fined £5,000. LONDON — Vaccination passports will “definitely” be necessary to cross international borders in the near future, Boris Johnson said in his clearest hint about the U.K.’s plans for resuming global travel.Speaking during a visit to Middlesbrough, the U.K. prime minister said other countries and the aviation industry are interested in this policy and “there’s a logic to that.”“There’s definitely going to be a world in which international travel will use vaccine passports,” he said. “I think when it comes to trying to make sure that we give maximum confidence to businesses and customers in the U.K., there are three things – there’s immunity whether you have had it before so you have natural antibodies, whether you have been vaccinated, and of course whether you have had a test.”
Bassist MonoNeon released a new eight-track album on Wednesday, Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time!Related: MonoNeon Joins Charles Cornell For Auto-Tuned Remix Of Cardi B’s Swisher Sweets Uggs VideoThe quirky project hears MonoNeon (real name, Dwayne Thomas Jr) playing a captivating and loose mix of space-funk on his bass and other instruments with additional contributions from Amber Baker (drums), Sam Porter (drums, keyboards), Nina Gnewd (vocals), and Jelani Brooks (tenor saxophone). Tracks on the album include “Don’t Get Drunk, Just Believe In Yourself”, “Your Life Is Wild, Keep Smiling”, “Can We Start Over? Unblock My Number”, and the previously-released “MYPA (Masturbate Your Problems Away)“.The arrival of Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! on Wednesday marks the second album from the funk-rock bassist so far this year, as he released the nine-track My Feelings Be Peeling back in January.MonoNeon has been with his Ghost-Note bandmates throughout most of the summer as part of the band’s 2019 world tour, which continues into the fall months. The next scheduled performances will see the band team up with The New Mastersounds for a three-show run throughout Colorado in mid-October. Head to the band’s website for tickets and tour info.Scroll down to stream MonoNeon’s new album in full.MonoNeon – Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! – Full Album<a href=”http://dywanethomasjr.bandcamp.com/album/living-the-best-and-worst-life-at-the-same-damn-time”>Living The Best And Worst Life At The Same Damn Time! by MonoNeon</a>[Audio: MonoNeon Bandcamp]