first_imgMarine cold air outbreaks (MCAOs) are events where cold air flows over a relatively warm sea surface. Such outbreaks are associated with severe mesoscale weather systems that are not generally resolved in global climate models, such as polar lows and boundary-layer fronts. Here, an analysis of winter climatology and variability of MCAOs in the Southern Hemisphere (SH) is presented. Near the sea ice edge, north–south fluctuations of the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) index are key, while further north, large-scale wave disturbances are needed to move air masses far enough away from the Antarctic continent to instigate MCAOs. Unlike in the Northern Hemisphere (NH), the spatial patterns of mean and extreme values of the MCAO index differ considerably. Near 60°S, both mean and extreme values of the index are similar to those found in the main MCAO regions in the NH. Further north, the mean MCAO index is quite high, but the extreme values are much lower than in the NH. We conclude that MCAOs in the SH are as widespread and can be as strong as in the NH, but severe MCAOs near densely populated regions such as the Tasman Sea are less common than in the Nordic Seas and near Japan.last_img read more

first_imgThe shop at Bettys Café Tea Rooms in the centre of Ilkley is the second of the brand to be updated.All six Bettys Café Tea Room branches in Yorkshire will be undergoing improvements. The most recent completed redesign was that of Bettys Café Tea Rooms in St Helen’s Square, York.The Ilkley work used sustainably-sourced oak, cast bronze fittings and marble counter tops, in a style based on the Arts & Crafts movement, complementing the design of the café.There is now a tasting area to allow customers to sample Bettys Speciality Tea and Coffee, and a new chocolate counter offering a selection of 20 varieties of handcrafted chocolates. The shop will now also offer a wedding and celebration cake consultation service.Samantha Lawton, manager at Bettys Ilkley, said: “We are thrilled with the new-look shop.“We have been careful to keep the ‘Bettys feeling’ that we’re known and loved for, and our lighter and brighter shop area offers a much more engaging shopping experience for customers, with more room for browsing, sampling and demonstration of our craft skills.”last_img read more

first_imgThe chief executive of Denmark’s Industriens Pension has predicted that market returns will be lower in 2018 and volatility higher, after a buoyant 2017 for international financial markets.The pension fund, which covers the Nordic country’s industrial sector workers, reported an 8.2% return on its total investment portfolio for 2017 in preliminary financial results for the year. This amounted to DKK12.2bn (€1.64bn) in absolute terms.Last year’s result was boosted mainly by listed equities, with infrastructure and real estate generating 8.8% and 8.1% respectively, according to the data published.Laila Mortensen, chief executive of Industriens Pension, said: “The development of financial markets in 2017 was marked by a high level of global growth and continued very easy monetary policy.” Laila Mortensen, CEO, IndustriensShe added that slightly lower returns and greater fluctuations could be expected in 2018 compared to last year, when the markets were unusually stable and rose for most of the year.Market developments last year had contributed to securing a high return on equities and other risk assets, Mortensen said.“But it should also be mentioned that the return on stable, unlisted investments such as infrastructure and property has been very gratifying,” she added.Foreign listed shares, in which Industriens Pension has DKK33.8bn invested, produced a 15.3% return last year, topped by the return on domestic listed shares of 18.9%.The pension fund has DKK11bn in Danish listed equities.Government bonds generated 1.3%, and investment-grade corporate bonds produced 4.4%.Private equity, in which the pension fund has invested DKK16.5bn of its portfolio, returned 10.3%.Mortensen said the pension fund had generated an average annual return of 9.5% over the course of the past decade.Industriens Pension’s total assets under management rose to DKK165bn at the end of last year, from DKK157bn reported at the end of 2016.last_img read more

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