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River of Smoke: NASA Captures Huge Plumes of Stubble Flowing to Delhi as Capital Stuck | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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Active burn marks as seen on November 11, 2021 by NASA satellites.  (Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

Active burn marks as seen on November 11, 2021 by NASA satellites.

(Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

Monday 22 November: Since early November, toxic pollutants have enveloped the National Capital Region, suffocating residents by “severe” and “very poor” air quality levels. So far there is no sign of relief! On Monday, Delhi’s overall air quality index (AQI) remained in the ‘very poor’ category at 311 according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

SAFAR’s latest forecast shows that winds are likely to prevail over the city at least until tomorrow, leading to a marginal improvement in air quality to the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category if there is no increase in numbers. is burning. AQIs between 401-500 are categorized as ‘severe’, which can have serious consequences for people with existing diseases and also the well-being of healthy people. Furthermore, AQIs between 301-400 are classified as ‘very bad’, which can cause respiratory disease with prolonged exposure.

But what causes the air in Delhi to become so toxic every year? A toxic combination of meteorological, geographic and human factors increases pollution levels in November, December and January, year after year. The deadly pollutants in Delhi’s atmosphere come from vehicle emissions, industrial pollution, waste incineration and dust from construction sites.

Another major source of pollution in Delhi continues to be stubble burning activities in neighboring states such as Haryana and Punjab. As farmers burn crop residues to make room for a fresh batch of crops, recurring seasonal pollution is often exacerbated.

Satellite images show huge plumes of smoke

Influx of dust from the Thar Desert westwards as seen on Nov. 12, 2021. (Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

Influx of dust from the Thar Desert to the west as seen on November 12, 2021.

(Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

To underline the magnitude of the problem, the US space agency NASA recently released a series of satellite images of large numbers of plumes gushing towards Delhi. The images show a huge ‘river of smoke’ from fires in Punjab and Haryana stretching towards Delhi. Some smoke heading towards Delhi is linked to similar crop-burning activities in northern Pakistan.

NASA’s update also pointed out that this year’s ongoing monsoon period has slowed down the spike in pollution levels at the beginning of this month. However, since November 11, fire activities have accelerated. The VIIRS has registered more than 74,000 fires in Punjab as of November 16.

River of smoke flows toward Delhi on Nov. 11, 2021. (Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

River of smoke flows towards Delhi on November 11, 2021.

(Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory)

“Looking at the size of the November 11 plume and the population density in this area, I would say a conservative estimate is that at least 22 million people were affected by smoke on this one day,” said Pawan Gupta, a Universities Space Research Association. (USRA) scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Satellite images from Nov. 12 also show another factor: dust moving west from the Thar Desert, which usually goes undetected.

Role of the winter season

Farmers cultivate with a tractor and cheerful seeder in a field as smoke rises from burning paddy stubble in Ludhiana, Punjab.  (Piyal Bhattacharjee/TOI, BCCL, Delhi)

Farmers cultivate with a tractor and cheerful seeder in a field as smoke rises from burning paddy stubble in Ludhiana, Punjab.

(Piyal Bhattacharjee/TOI, BCCL, Delhi)

The arrival of the winter months coincides with the stubble-burning activity of farmers in the neighboring states. This adds to the pollution problems of the landlocked capital that is bordered to the east by the Himalayan foothills.

The pollutants remain trapped in the atmosphere longer than usual due to favorable weather factors such as a drop in mercury levels and lack of wind. Lower temperatures lead to inversion, where the air near the ground surface remains colder than the upper atmosphere. Because colder air is denser, it doesn’t rise, allowing pollution to build up close to the surface. This leads to thick smog, especially in the morning hours.

The combined impact of all the pollution sources makes Delhi’s air quality dangerous for even healthy people, while seriously affecting those with respiratory problems. Although the government tries to limit car traffic, construction activities and emissions from thermal installations, they often have limited influence in reducing pollution levels. In recent years, the sensors placed in various parts of Delhi and in northern India have shown a relentless increase in air pollution every winter.

In the month of November, for example, a sensor in Delhi has recorded concentrations of particulate matter (PM2.5) well above 400 micrograms per cubic meter several times in recent years. The World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines clearly state that this level of pollutants should be well below 15 micrograms per cubic meter; otherwise it could cause serious health problems as it can penetrate deep into the lungs and even enter the bloodstream.

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San Francisco restaurant receives negative reviews after asking cops to leave

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A San Francisco restaurant was hit by a spate of negative reviews after it made headlines for asking uniformed police officers to leave because the presence of guns made staff uncomfortable.

Hilda and Jesse, a breakfast restaurant in the city’s North Beach neighborhood, sat down with three uniformed officers on Friday, but said the staff felt uneasy about the presence of “multiple weapons” shortly afterwards.

The restaurant’s Instagram page said this was not a political decision and was made in the best interests of their staff.

“We respect the San Francisco Police Department and are grateful for the work they are doing,” the statement said on social media. “We welcome them to the restaurant when they are off duty, without uniforms and without their weapons.”

The restaurant owners also met with officers at the department’s main station on Saturday to discuss the incident. according to NBC Bay Area.

A deluge of negative 1-star reviews hit the Hilda and Jesse Yelp page this weekend.

“Refuting law enforcement because they were in uniform is all I need to know about this place,” said one review. “Will never step foot in there. Definitely DO NOT call the police if you get robbed!! Don’t be hypocrites!!”

Another review wrote: “What’s wrong with you? Looking forward to your bankruptcy. You are a disgrace. Throw the cops out????”

Sunday morning, the restaurant page had a 1-star rating with over 460 reviews.

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott spoke on the matter on Saturday in a series of tweets. Scott said the department stands for “safety with respect,” even if the officers find someone else’s wishes “personally disappointing.”

“I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers, who deserve to know that they are appreciated for the difficult work we ask them to do – in their uniforms – to keep our neighborhoods and businesses safe,” added Scott.

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The 10 Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Hampshire According to TripAdvisor

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The 10 Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Hampshire According to TripAdvisor

With its mix of beautiful scenery and idyllic coastal towns, Hampshire is a major draw for families.

The county also has plenty of great restaurants, but which ones are the most kid-friendly for families to visit?

With that in mind, HampshireLive took a look at TripAdvisor and compiled a list of the 10 top-rated restaurants suitable for children.

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1. Mexifun – Southampton

At the top of the list is this Mexican/Latin inspired restaurant with 177 reviews and an overall rating of five out of five. Of these reviews, 174 said it was ‘excellent’, while only one gave it a ‘poor’ grade.

It also caters to special diets, with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Reviewers noted that the restaurant is small but has a welcoming atmosphere with very friendly staff.

2. Spices and Spirits – Basingstoke

Next up is Spices and Spirits, an Indian and Asian restaurant priced from £10 – £50. Over 379 reviews it has a five out of five rating and according to one reviewer it has a “great selection of street food such as pani puri, chaat and vegetarian dishes.”

The restaurant states that this is ‘not your typical curry house’ and warns that the spiciness of their food is often a bit higher, but that it is very tasty. So make sure you are a family that can handle hot food.

3. Miss Ellie’s Cafe – Southampton

Another five out of five reviews, this time from 178 reviewers. But it’s a complete contrast in price range to Spices and Spirits, with prices between £2 and £6.

The food is cooked fresh to order and many reviewers have complimented and described the full English breakfast as great value for money.

4. Saltwater – New Forest

Another cafe, this time Milford on Sea in the New Forest, with the highest marks out of five. One reviewer said “The Sushi Bowl is amazing”, while another called it a “Wonderful gem of a cafe”.

The cafe must have done enough to impress families as another comment was “Both kids definitely want to visit again.”

5. The Old Clock and Crown – Andover

This is the first place to score points, with a rating of 4.5 out of 377 reviews. Priced from £6 – £18, the pub serves traditional pub grub such as Sunday roasts and burgers.

One reviewer said they traveled 75 miles to meet friends at this pub and would have traveled even further to get to this pub.

6. Peggy May’s Cafe – New Forest

Tucked away in Lyndhurst in the New Forest, this little cafe has had a whopping 561 reviews and scored a 4.5 in total. In addition to serving breakfast and lunch, it sells scones and cakes baked in-house.

The price range is listed as £3 – £9 and one reviewer said they look after children very well.

7. Dhaba59 – Southampton

Serving Indian and Asian dishes, this restaurant caters for vegetarians and vegans, but is also open for both lunch and dinner.

There is no price range listed, but the food sounds delicious. One reviewer said: “The lamb chops just melted in your mouth and the chicken curry was so full of flavor – probably the best curry I’ve tasted and I don’t give that accolade lightly.”



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8. Daisy B’s Kitchen – Titchfield

Based in the old village of Titchfield, Daisy B’s Kitchen scored a five and offers fresh sandwiches as well as homemade cakes and scones.

One reviewer said it was “Pprobably the best takeaway I’ve ever had!” and another said the kids lunch box on offer is “Fantastic”.

9. That Little Tea Shop – Romsey

This is a family run cafe that the regulars call Romsey’s best kept secret. The price range is a very reasonable £2 to £5 and it can be found upstairs in a small side street.

It also sounds like a flexible cafe, as one reviewer wrote: “Always a lovely and relaxing place to visit. Food is always freshly cooked to order and staff are always happy to customize breakfast. Best in Romsey.”

10. The Cedar Tree Restaurant – New Forest

The last place on the list has the most ratings with 609 and it still managed to get an overall rating of five out of five. It received 518 ratings of ‘excellent’ and zero ‘terrible’, with the latter being the lowest possible rating.

Based in Milford on Sea in the New Forest, the price range is between £12 and £30 and the food on offer is listed as ‘British’ and ‘European’, with both vegan and vegetarian options. One reviewer noted that the children’s menu is “good too with good portions.”

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SuperLotto Plus Lottery winning numbers for December 5, 2021; Winning Results

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SuperLotto Plus Lottery

The Superlotto Plus lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in California. This lottery takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and is played in the style of Mega Millions. This game started in 1986 as California SuperLotto; however, in 2000 the name was changed to SuperLotto Plus.

SuperLotto Plus lottery winning numbers and results for December 5, 2021

The winning numbers and results of the SuperLotto Plus lottery will be announced at 7:57 PM EST in the US. Look for the final results in some time. The last lottery took place on November 27, 2021, at the usual time.

SuperLotto Plus lottery previous winners

As mentioned before, the last Superlotto lottery took place on December 4, 2021. The winning numbers in this lottery were 10, 30, 45, 56, 67. The Mega number was 2. The estimated jackpot prize in this lottery was $38 million USD .

How do you play the SuperLotto Plus lottery game?

  • Find a SuperLotto Plus play coupon at any of 21,000 California Lottery retail locations.
  • Using a lottery ticket, which you can find at any lottery shop, choose 5 numbers between 1 and 47 and 1 Mega number between 1 and 27.
  • You can also select Quick Pick, or just ask the cashier for a SuperLotto Plus Quick Pick, and the random number generator will pick the numbers for you.
  • To play the same numbers for consecutive draws, simply highlight Advance Play. Advance Play allows you to play multiple draws with one purchase.
  • You can play 2 to 8, 16 or 20 consecutive draws on a single lane by marking the Advance Playbox. Pay $1 per game for each SuperLotto Plus ticket.
  • Your ticket is your receipt. Keep the receipt well. Remember that SuperLotto Plus has 9 winning ball combinations.
  • The more numbers on your ticket match the numbers drawn, the more you win. Don’t forget to also check the Mega Number, when the results are announced.
  • The Superlotto Plus lottery is one of the most popular lotteries in California.
  • This lottery takes place every Wednesday and Saturday and is played in the style of Mega Millions. This game started in 1986 as California SuperLotto; however, in 2000 the name was changed to SuperLotto Plus.

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