Published on September 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm Contact Michael: firstname.lastname@example.org After Maya Pitts scored in the 53rd minute Sunday to break a scoreless tie with Colgate, Syracuse goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan raised her right arm. She put up one finger and then pumped her fist as she walked toward her own goal, all while smiling and watching her teammates celebrate on the other end of the field.Before that goal, Syracuse (3-4-1) had played seven consecutive halves of soccer and four overtime periods without scoring. In total this season, the Orange has been shut out in five of eight games, struggling to provide Brosnan with support despite consistently generating scoring chances. SU finally finished two of those chances against Colgate and will look to build off that as it nears Atlantic Coast Conference play.After Syracuse played Cornell to a 0-0 tie Sept. 11, SU head coach Phil Wheddon gathered his team at midfield of SU Soccer Stadium and spoke with them for several minutes. The conversation he had with his players was similar to the ones he had with them after each of its shutout losses.“We’re trying hard to build the team’s confidence,” Wheddon said after the Cornell game. “But it’s difficult when you get repetitive actions. I think that’s the definition of insanity, isn’t it? Doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.”But when Syracuse took the field for warm-ups Sunday, Wheddon could tell that something was different.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The finishing was fantastic and it translated (to the game), so I’m happy for the players,” he said.It was, at the least, a temporary fix for a problem that has plagued Syracuse throughout the season. Not including its 6-0 win against Massachusetts on Aug. 21, the Orange has averaged 0.57 goals per game despite averaging 14 shots per game in that same span.The latter statistic is an improvement over last season, when SU averaged just over 10 shots per game, and that’s something that has given the team hope.“Even though it’s been very frustrating that we couldn’t finish (opportunities), at least we knew we were creating them,” Brosnan said after the Colgate game. “So it was literally just that one final piece that we had to get together.”Brosnan has seen two shutouts in regulation not result in victories. She’s also third in the ACC with 29 saves, and Wheddon called her the team’s best player after the Cornell game.But Wheddon also said that, in some games, Brosnan hasn’t been “troubled” by opposing attacks. He said that ACC teams will take advantage of more scoring opportunities, which will place more onus on Syracuse’s own attack to score goals.Syracuse’s final tune-up before ACC play comes Thursday night against Drexel. After that, the Orange will hit the road to face Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech — three of the conference’s top four teams in goals scored this season.If SU wants to contend with that group, it’ll need to continue its form from Sunday.“We’ve controlled games. We’ve had opportunities,” midfielder Jackie Firenze after the Cornell game. “We just haven’t put them away … We need to put the ball in the back of the net.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
High-quality Economic Development and Deep Decarbonization Can Be Achieved SimultaneouslyAt a recent policy dialogue in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer described the new consensus the world has reached over the last 10 years: Economic growth and deep decarbonization can be achieved simultaneously. A 2018 report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate estimated that the world could unlock $26 trillion in net economic benefits through 2030 by taking bold climate action. Jiankun He, who serves on China’s Advisory Committee on Climate Change, also pointed out that transitioning to a high-quality development mode is essential for China to achieve long-term deep decarbonization, as the country has committed to do. At present, China’s carbon productivity lags far behind the world’s major industrialized countries. In 2017, China generated $1,200 per ton of CO2 emissions, while South Korea, the United States and Japan produced $2,480, $3,600 and $4,000, respectively, per ton of CO2 emitted (see graphic below). To achieve both its economic ambitions and its 2030 climate commitments under the Paris Agreement, China must radically seek a green growth model that converts today’s environmental pressures into new economic benefits. Technology Innovation, Driven by Regional Integration, Is a Key Source of Green DevelopmentA knowledge-based economy, as opposed to an industrial economy, is driven by technological innovation and requires far less environmental and material inputs. China’s Greater Bay Area Integration, Yangtze Delta Regional Integration and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration are expected to create regional innovation clusters through better research, development & demonstration collaboration, technology transfer, and a more integrated market. Data compiled from major metropolitan areas in the United States shows that CO2 emissions per capita in major knowledge-based metropolitan areas are generally lower than the national average. Against this background, WRI is exploring key issues for China to address as it embarks on decoupling economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions through regional integration. Forthcoming research will address issues like sectoral transformation, regional policy coordination, long-term climate strategy, environmental-economic synergies and more. Better regional integration will enable China to embark on a low-carbon transition and adopt more ambitious climate policies in the 14th-Five Year period and beyond. As China looks to develop its 14th Five-Year Development Plan, the country has a great opportunity to shift toward a higher-quality and lower-carbon economic development strategy. While China has a relatively high annual GDP growth rate compared with the rest of the world, that growth has been slowing. China’s GDP grew by 6.6% in 2018 compared with an average annual growth rate of 9.6% from 1980 until 2017, but energy-related CO2 emissions have ticked upward since 2017. Premier LI Keqiang has acknowledged his annual work report to the 13th National People’s Congress that China’s old economic drivers are running out of steam.Achieving China’s goal of a modern, harmonious and creative society by 2030 will require a new development pathway. The Central Government has turned to key regional integration for China’s next stage of economic development, announcing or strengthening mega-region initiatives like the Yangtze River Delta Integration, Greater Bay Area Development and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Integration. This effort aims to foster economic development through technology and innovation that supports high-tech or services hubs, rivaling such metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, New York City and Silicon Valley. If done right, regional integration can also help shift China onto a low-carbon pathway.Low-Carbon Development through Regional Economic IntegrationThe three regions in the country’s integration strategy are a good starting point for a low-carbon transition in China, as they represent around 35% of the country’s GDP and include some of the most economically dynamic regions of the country. The graphic below shows how these regions stack up against some of the other metropolitan areas in the world that achieved the kind of integration China seeks to foster. WRI is partnering with high-level policy research organizations in China to identify opportunities for new sources of green growth that can help drive this regional integration.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder and CEO of Montage Hotels & Resorts, announced the opening of Montage Beverly Hills, the company’s long-awaited second property. The company’s flagship property, Montage Laguna Beach, opened in 2003.Montage Beverly Hills, a 201-room luxury hotel situated in the “golden triangle” of Beverly Hills, opens its doors to the public on November 17. Fuerstman personally selected renowned hotelier and Managing Director Ali Kasikci to direct the operations of the 201-guest room property, which is the first new luxury hotel to be built in Beverly Hills in more than 16 years.“I am delighted that the second hotel that continues our distinctive Montage brand of hospitality for the affluent traveler will soon come alive with staff and guests,” said Fuerstman. “Montage Beverly Hills stands as a dynamic tribute to our Associates’ ability to deliver impeccable service with grace and style, and our management’s skill at honoring our corporate vision to provide an experience with a unique sense and spirit of place. I know that all will flourish under the expert leadership of Ali Kasikci.”Set in the heart of Beverly Hills just steps from world-class shopping and dining, the striking Spanish Colonial Revival design of the property celebrates the rich past of Beverly Hills in sophisticated residential-style public spaces that are at once intimate in nature and grand in detail. Legacy artisans hand-crafted many of these details, including the hand-painted ceilings in the Marquesa ballroom and the Library. A curator-assembled art collection showcases Hollywood’s golden age. Three restaurants are devoted to the most inventive seasonal dining. The two-level Spa Montage offers holistic treatments by the country’s most rigorously accredited staff. Gracious guest rooms and suites offer rich interiors that reflect the area’s glamour estates of the 1920s and 1930s, paired with the latest in technology. Even the outdoor topiary gardens, a first in the area, evoke the feeling of those grand estates.Montage Beverly Hills, an eight-story hotel featuring 201 well-appointed guestrooms, including 55 suites, pays tribute to both old-style Hollywood and modern day luxury. The exterior, designed in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, couples terra-cotta roofs with authentic tile detailing to complement the rich history and tradition of Southern California’s most celebrated neighborhood. Located steps from Rodeo Drive, in the heart of the Golden Triangle, guests and residents find convenient access to luxurious retailers and exquisite dining. Through every facet, Montage Beverly Hills embodies the essence of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Those who experience it will come to know a life well-lived.