The Milken Institute and The Harris Poll today released the findings of a joint research program called “The Listening Project,” finding a global void in leadership as the COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than one million people worldwide and has crippled international economies.
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Source: Milken Institute and The Harris Poll, “The Listening Project”
The global survey, which was conducted in two phases (before and during COVID-19*) among nearly 30,000 people across 27 countries, found “access and affordability to healthcare” and “communicable/infectious disease containment and prevention” tied as the top two priorities on the list. “Corruption and transparency” rose to the third most urgent problem, as citizens became frustrated with government’s handling of COVID-19 around the globe.
“The Listening Project” demonstrates the widespread lack of support for how countries have handled COVID-19. For example:
Globally, 71% of respondents said “this is the lowest point in my country’s history.”
Nearly two-thirds of people say that “their leaders are out of touch with the rest of the country” (63%) and that “the people running the country don’t really care what happens to me” (62%).
Out of 12 countries surveyed in September, in only three (Malaysia, China, and India) did more than half of the respondents strongly support their country’s handling of the pandemic.
In the U.S., only 29% of respondents strongly support the country’s response.
“‘The Listening Project’ confirms the most urgent global priorities for which we and our partners across corporate, government, and philanthropic sectors must develop solutions,” said Richard Ditizio, President and COO of the Milken Institute. “Through the Milken Institute’s convening and programmatic platforms, we help leaders, experts, and influencers step up to the challenges in front of us, whether it’s rapidly developing vaccines and treatments, increasing access
Press release from the Office of Senator Kevin Witkos:
Oct. 11, 2020
State Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) is honored to announce that he has recently received a Leadership Award from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and ReadyCT for his work in supporting computer science education in Connecticut. The award was recently presented during the CSTA & ReadyCT Virtual Summit held on October 2nd.
“I am honored to have received this award and I’m so proud of the efforts we’ve made over the past few years in ensuring computer science becomes part of the curriculum for students across Connecticut and that our teachers recognize the importance of this field. With many industries and sectors of our economy becoming more technological and digital, computer science skills are more important than ever. I’m proud of the bipartisan work that went into passing this legislation and so thankful for the work of CSTA, ReadyCT, Code.Org, and all of the hard working educators and computer science advocates across Connecticut” said Senator Witkos.
“Last year I had the chance to visit with the Girls Who Code group at Avon High School and was extremely impressed by the passion that the students and their teachers share for coding. Coding is something that students of all ages can excel at and I’m excited for the future of computer science and coding in our schools” added Senator Witkos.
In 2019, Senator Witkos introduced a bill which ultimately became part of Public Act 19-128 An Act Concerning Computer Science Instruction in Public Schools.
Among other things, the bill does the following:
1. allows the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to develop a model internship program for technology and advanced manufacturing (§ 7);
2. adds computer science to the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission’s (CETC) statewide plan regarding
World Trade Organization members selected two final candidates — Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee — to advance to the final round in the race to lead the Geneva-based trade body, according to people familiar with the matter.
By advancing two women to the final round of the selection process, the WTO will likely have the first female director general in its 25-year history.
Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg
Okonjo-Iweala served two stints as Nigeria’s finance minister and one term as foreign affairs minister. She has experience working at international governance bodies as a former managing director of the World Bank and as a chairman at the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization.
Yoo is South Korea’s trade minister. During her 25-year career in government, she has helped expand her country’s trade network through bilateral accords with China, the U.K. and the U.S.
Photographer: Jean Chung/Bloomberg
WTO General Council Chairman David Walker plans to formally announce the results to the institution’s delegates on Thursday morning in Geneva.
“They’re both very well qualified, it’s going to be a fight,” said William Reinsch, a trade official in the Clinton administration and senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The top challenge will be “restoring the organization to full strength and viability, and restoring its reputation. “You need members to have confidence that the WTO is capable of solving problems. I think right now that confidence is eroded.”
Yoo told Bloomberg TV last month that she wanted the WTO to offer a meaningful platform for the U.S. and China to discuss their trade disputes. She vowed to play the role of mediator, if
Three members of Apple’s leadership team, CFO Luca Maestri, COO Jeffrey Williams and SVP of Legal and Global Security Katherine Adams, each saw a batch of restricted stock units vest last week.
Revealed in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings made public on Monday, Maestri and Williams both acquired 519,080 shares of Apple stock on Oct. 1, a lode worth just under $60.5 million at the end of trading today. Adams saw 459,856 RSUs worth nearly $53.6 million vest on the Oct. 1 conversion date.
Apple withheld 275,649 shares from Maestri and Williams’ awards, and 227,496 shares from Adams, to satisfy tax laws.
Williams on Oct. 2 sold 257,343 shares in multiple trades ranging from $113.02 to $114.41, equating to about $29.2 million in proceeds. He currently holds 489,260 shares. Following the grant, Maestri retains 353,703 shares and Adams owns 323,396 shares.
The executives’ bonuses are distributed on a yearly bases and derived from a target number of RSUs scheduled to vest based on Apple’s total shareholder return relative to other companies in the S&P 500. Last week’s award was calculated on share performance during a three-year period from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 26, 2020. Further, the RSUs vested in accordance with Apple’s 4-to-1 stock split at the end of August.
As detailed in the documents, TSR is calculated based on a change in AAPL share price during the three-year period. At the start date in 2015, Apple stock was valued at $39.20, while the ending value as of Sept. 26 was calculated to be $121.12, adjusting for dividends. For the observed period, Apple’s TSR was 208.96%.
In comparison to other companies in the S&P 500, Apple’s performance ranked fourth out of 472 firms, putting it in the 99th percentile.
As with past awards, the bonus structure
Apple on Friday updated its leadership webpage to reflect Greg Joswiak’s replacement of Phil Schiller as Worldwide Marketing head, as well as to note Schiller’s new role of “Apple Fellow.”
The Cupertino tech giant announced in August that Phil Schiller would be transitioned out of his role as SVP of Worldwide Marketing and replaced by Joswiak. As “Apple Fellow,” Schiller will continue to lead the App Store and Apple events, but will no longer oversee Apple’s marketing team.
On its updated leadership page, Joswiak is now listed as Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, while Schiller is the only one on Apple’s executive leadership team to carry the title of “Apple Fellow.”
In August, Schiller confirmed that he is not leaving Apple and that he would remain with the company “as long as they will have me.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in August that Joswiak’s “many years of leadership in the Product Marketing organization make him perfectly suited to this new role and will ensure a seamless transition at a moment when the team is engaged in such important and exciting work.”
Prior to his current position, Joswiak served years as Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. He has spent more than 20 years at the company.