New Fear Arises During Covid-19’s Contingency Planning Season In Higher Education

Leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping and, for those currently commuting beyond bed-to-home-office, daylight drive times are lessening as darkness arrives earlier and earlier. It’s fall!

This is traditionally the season chockfull of superficial banter separating those with and without a penchant for all that is pumpkin spice. Remember those days? Those lighthearted days? Seems like a lifetime ago.

Hamilton’s King George sings, “What comes next?” We know it may be hard things. On college campuses what comes next could very well mean quarantines, persistent feelings of isolation and disconnectedness, early closures, overnight shifts to all virtual and, as is always possible during Covid-19, much, much worse. Those are the hardest things.

There are certainly other difficult things for leaders to think about as they are equally important. Also entirely manageable if we work on them together.

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Microsoft Planning To Bring Xbox Game Pass To iOS By 2021, Report Says

KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft games boss Phil Spencer wants to bring Game Pass to iOS devices by next year, a report says
  • Apple hasn’t allowed streaming game services in the past because it couldn’t review each title in the catalog
  • A former Apple App Store director claimed Apple doesn’t want competition for its own Arcade service

Microsoft could bring its Xbox Game Pass to Apple devices by 2021, according to a new report.

Business Insider reported, citing sources with “direct knowledge of his comments,” that games boss Phil Spencer told Microsoft employees at an all-hands meeting on Wednesday, “We will absolutely end up on iOS.”

Game Pass is a video game subscription service launched in 2017 where players pay $9.99 monthly to have access to a catalog of games from various publishers. Often compared to Netflix, Game Pass adds and withdraws games for certain periods of time.

It is available to

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Microsoft reportedly planning app for Xbox Game Pass to get around Apple rules

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An app may soon allow iPad and iPhone users to access Xbox Game Pass.


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Microsoft is developing an iOS app to bring Game Pass to the iPad and iPhone, circumventing Apple App Store rules, Business Insider reported Thursday.

“We absolutely will end up on iOS,” Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer told employees at an all-hands meeting Wednesday, according to Business Insider.

Microsoft announced in August that its Project xCloud video game service would be released September for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service gives people access to more than 100 games on the Xbox or PC, as well as its Xbox Live gaming social network.

Microsoft said at the time that devices powered by Google’s Android operating system would be supported but said Apple was blocking its

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Resources for end-of-life planning, from wills to emergency health plans

The pandemic has prompted people of all ages to consider wills and emergency health plans.

At a minimum, lawyers recommend New Yorkers complete a health care proxy and consider a power of attorney, which, respectively, allow others to steer their treatment and finances, if necessary.

Here are few resources for end-of-life planning.

Definitions and documents

When and why

Consider and codify your preferences when you’re healthy because documents cannot be finalized if there are questions about your ability to understand what you’re signing, said Maria Hunter, director of the public benefits unit at New York Legal Assistance Group, which provides free financial planning and legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers.

Be aware that if your wishes do not match the state’s framework, you will want to draft your own plans. Working with an attorney becomes more important when your preferences are “jumping the line,” according to Erika Verrill, attorney for

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Ludovic Blanquet Joins smartTrade as Chief Product and Strategic Planning Officer

LONDON & AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–smartTrade Technologies today announces that Ludovic Blanquet has joined as Chief Product and Strategic Planning Officer. Ludovic will support smartTrade to deliver world class integrated eTrading solutions.

Ludovic brings 20 years of industry experience to the role. He joins from Finastra where he was the Global Head of Product Strategy across its five lines of business. Prior to this, he built Credit Agricole APAC’s global equities trading platform and was APAC regional director for SmartStream, a corporate banking software vendor. Ludovic has experience working across multiple international markets having lived in Tokyo, London and Singapore during his career.

Ludovic will help shape smartTrade’s vision to deliver the leading cross-asset eTrading solution, capitalising on its market leading eFX LiquidityFX (LFX) cloud offering. Now based in London, Ludovic will lead a team of strategy and product managers responsible for designing and delivering on the future product

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Workday Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning & Analysis …

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Workday (NASDAQ:WDAY), a leader in enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for CloudFinancial Planning & Analysis 1 for the fourth year in a row.

Today’s business environment requires continuous planning to adapt to ever-changing economic, health, and geopolitical impacts. As a result, finance leaders are turning to Workday to help them model, forecast, and analyze their business with a proven planning solution. Workday Adaptive Planning delivers powerful modeling that’s easy to use, allowing customers to embrace enterprise-wide planning for greater agility. To date, it has been selected by more than 5,300 customers, including American Family Insurance, Denny’s, IBM, Microsoft, and South Shore Health, to manage their financial, sales, workforce, and/or operational planning in the cloud.

Choice and Flexibility to Accelerate

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Planning a foliage trip to Vermont? There’s something you should know

LAKE GEORGE — With the Columbus Day holiday nearly here, and autumn foliage nearing its brilliant peak, resorts around the Capital Region are rolling out the red carpet.

In Lake George, steamboat tours are proving popular, while farther north, Revolution Rail is offering excursions on an unused rail line out of North Creek, and Gore Mountain is featuring gondola rides.

In the Berkshires, a number of museums, including the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown and the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, are open, some with timed entry.

But Vermont? You might want to reconsider. Residents from much of the Capital Region, including Albany, Saratoga, Warren, Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties, are facing travel restrictions because of the relatively high rate of Covid-19 in those counties.

Visitors staying overnight would need to fill out forms or pass a Covid-19 screening and quarantine before they arrive in the state. Details and a

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Don’t Shortchange Employee Well-Being When Planning Future Investments For The Business

For decades very few companies saw supporting their workers’ health and well-being as a business priority. They did what was necessary by law to create a safe and healthy work environment. But exercising, good nutrition, and engaging in self-care to boost physical, mental and emotional health — these were pursuits for employees to worry about and manage on their own time.

However, that attitude eventually evolved as it became harder for employers to ignore the connection between unhealthy behaviors — such as sitting hunched over a desk and staring at a computer for hours on end — and lower employee productivity, decreased morale and higher absenteeism. These, in addition to rising healthcare costs, prompted employers to start promoting workers’ overall wellness.

Many businesses have expanded their efforts in recent years as they have sought to position themselves as an

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California energy leaders say planning failures led to August blackouts

California’s rolling blackouts this summer were caused largely by a combination of planning failures that led to a lack of adequate power supplies, state energy leaders told Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.



A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.


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A deer walks through dry grass beneath high voltage power lines seen from Terrace Drive in El Cerrito in September.


Electricity demand exceeded what the state had secured because of an extreme heat wave, fueled by climate change, that affected areas across the Western United States, three crucial energy agencies said in a report about the outages. That’s in line with what grid managers have maintained since the blackouts happened in August.

Current energy resource procedures “are not designed to fully address an extreme heat storm like the one experienced in mid-August,” said top officials at the California Independent System Operator, the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission.

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