Vipers to play Gor Mahia in CECAFA Quarters

first_img Tags: gor mahiaKagame CECAFA Cup 2018vipers sc Vipers have been drawn against Gor Mahia (Photo by Vipers Media)CECAFA Challenge cup 2018Vipers SC (Uga) vs Gor Mahia (Ken)Chamazi Stadium, TanzaniaSunday, 08-07-2018The organizing committee of the CECAFA Kagame Cup 2018 had to invoke the FIFA Fair Play Rule used in the 2018 World Cup to determine Vipers’ opponents in the quarter finals.This was after Rayon Sport of Rwanda and Kenya’s Gor Mahia were both tied on everything at the top of group B.The Kenyan reigning champions were declared group winners on grounds of accumulating fewer Yellow Cards (4) compared to rayon sport, the same rule that eliminated Senegal at the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018.Gor Mahia will now face Uganda’s representatives Vipers on Sunday while Rayon Sport takes on Tanzanian giants and holders Azam FC the following day.In other quarter final games, record CECAFA Kagame Cup winners Simba SC face Djibouti’s AS Port while JKU of Zanzibar will battle surprise package, AS Port of Djibouti.The winner between Gor and Vipers will take on the either Rayon Sport or Azam in the semi-finals.The last and only time Vipers played in the competition, they were eliminated at the quarter finals stage by Simba.The teams that qualified for the quarter finals.-Gor Mahia, Vipers, Azam, Rayon Sports, Simba SC, AS Port, Singida United, JKUQuarter Finals Match Ups:Sunday July 8 -Gor Mahia (Kenya) Vs Vipers (Uganda)-Simba (Tanzania) Vs AS Port (Djibouti)Monday July 9-Azam (Tanzania) Vs Rayon Sport (Rwanda)-JKU (Zanzibar) Vs Singida (Tanzania)Semifinals :-Wednesday July 11Comments last_img read more

Paper View: Darwin, of All the Nerve

first_imgAmerican neurons are due to get a workout this day.  The taste buds and olfactory neurons will get their exercise first at Independence Day barbecues across the land, then the visual cortex and auditory neurons will max out as the fireworks start after dark.  Escorted by the Editors of Science Magazine, Darwin is here in America and wants to get in on the action for his 200th birthday tour.  Surely his handlers will have something evolutionary to say about all this electrical stimulation going on that makes the revolutionary holiday joyous.  Picture a bandstand in the park with an audience eager to hear about the old man’s viewpoint on nervous systems.    Greg Miller, in a series celebrating the white beard of evolution for Science,1 tackled the question in Darwinian style with his essay, “On the Origin of the Nervous System.”  Let’s see if it wins applause from the crowd.  The editors give the introduction to the man of the hour: “What did the first neurons and nervous systems look like, and what advantages did they confer on the animals that possessed them?  In the seventh essay in Science’s series in honor of the Year of Darwin, Greg Miller discusses some tantalizing clues that scientists have recently gained about the evolutionary origins of nervous systems.”  Drum roll.  Miller steps up to the mike.  Will he be nervous?  It always helps to start an essay with a grand parade of amazing facts:The nervous systems of modern animals are amazingly diverse.  A few hundred nerve cells are all a lowly nematode needs to find food and a mate.  With about 100,000 neurons, a fruit fly can perform aerial acrobatics, dance to woo a mate, and throw kicks and punches to repel a rival.  The sperm whale’s 8-kilogram brain, the largest on the planet, is the navigation system for cross-ocean travel and 1000-meter dives and enables these highly social creatures to communicate.  The human brain—one-sixth that size—is the wellspring of art, literature, and scientific inquiry.He’s won some applause for those lines, but has not yet answered the question.  Might as well dive right in: “But how did they all get started?  What did the first neurons and nervous systems look like, and what advantages did they confer on the animals that possessed them?”  Miller detours briefly into history to absolve Mr. Darwin.  The old man was ill-equipped to answer that question, he said.  Neuroscience did not really begin till after he died.  It has taken decades to develop the tools to even begin to understand the subject matter that needs explaining by Darwinian theory.  With the father of evolution thus exonerated, how are modern researchers doing?Using such modern tools, scientists have recently begun to gain some tantalizing clues about the evolutionary origins of nervous systems.  They’ve found that some of the key molecular building blocks of neurons predate even the first multicellular organisms.  By looking down the tree of life, they are concluding that assembling these components into a cell a modern neuroscientist would recognize as a neuron probably happened very early in animal evolution, more than 600 million years ago.  Most scientists agree that circuits of interconnected neurons probably arose soon thereafter, first as diffuse webs and later as a centralized brain and nerves.    But the resolution of this picture is fuzzy.  The order in which early branches split off the animal tree of life is controversial, and different arrangements imply different story lines for the origins and early evolution of nervous systems.  The phylogeny is “a bit of a rat’s nest right now,” says Sally Leys of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  Scientists also disagree on which animals were the first to have a centralized nervous system and how many times neurons and nervous systems evolved independently.  Peering back through the ages for a glimpse of the first nervous systems is no easy trick.The audience, naturally, is only going to tolerate excuses for so long about how hard the question is.  So far, they have only heard about “tantalizing clues” and “story lines” and low-resolution pictures compounding the problem – followed by the suggestion that this complicated system arose several times independently.  No answer is yet in sight.    Surprisingly, Miller tries to soften up the audience on the radical idea of multiple independent origins by quoting an evolutionary colleague who said, “If you look at any other organ or structure, people easily assume it could evolve multiple times,” so, by implication, why the heartburn about nervous systems?  The audience looks this way and that as if asking, What people are you talking about?    Miller next sets up the problem: “How to Build a Neuron.”  He discusses the varieties of neurons, how they all transmit electricity in one direction, and other empirical facts.  Dendrites, neurotransmitters, all the objects of study in the neuroscience lab get a brief mention.  Then he tells what they’re good for:Arranged in circuits, neurons open up new behavioral possibilities for an animal.  Electrical conduction via axons is faster and more precise than the diffusion of chemical signals, enabling quick detection and a coordinated response to threats and opportunities.  With a few upgrades, a nervous system can remember past experiences and anticipate the future.The audience is sensing this is another distraction from the subject.  Miller responds to their impatience as if to say I’m getting there, but gives another excuse: “Although the advantages of going neural are clear, how it first happened is anything but.”    On come the stories, or “plausible scenarios” as he calls them.  Maybe jellyfish were the first pioneers to explore the possibilities of nerves.  Back in 1970, “George Mackie of the University of Victoria in Canada envisioned something like the sheet of tissue that makes up the bell of a jellyfish as starting material.”  Those cells respond to touch and contract.  Perhaps these multifunctional cells “may have given rise to” additional cell types, and the ions began to flow.  “With further specialization, the distance between the sensory and muscle cells grew and axons arose to bridge the gap,” he said, embellishing this story without any appeal to observational evidence.  “Eventually, ‘interneurons’ appeared,” (how?  from where?) “forming synapses with sensory neurons at one end and with muscle cells at the other end.”  The audience is puzzled.  He seems to have conjured up the evolutionary rabbit out of a hat of pure speculation.    So far this “plausible scenario” is tall on imagination and short on empirical support.  Miller calls on another evolutionist who seems to have stronger faith in the power of convergent evolution: “Neurons may have appeared in multiple lineages in a relatively short time.”  That doesn’t calm the rustling in the audience much.    Realizing he needs some factual support quick, Miller appeals to Paramecium and other single-celled organisms that can respond with a cascade of signals when they touch an obstacle.  Voltage-gated channels in the membrane allow ions to flow as part of the response mechanism.  It strikes some in the audience strange that Miller appeals to one complex system to explain the origin of another complex system.  He works up his nerve to say, “Electrical excitability, it seems, evolved long before neurons made it their specialty.”  A critic in the audience jots down a note that he has not described any of this in terms of mutations and natural selection.  So far, it sounds Lamarckian.    Miller wipes his storyboard with a sponge.  His next plot line is that sponges may have been a transitional link.  After all “Many scientists think” that sponges “are the living creatures most similar to the common ancestor of all animals.”  The audience shuffles restlessly again: who is he talking about?  “And to many researchers, sponges look like animals on the verge of a nervous breakthrough.”  That pun gets a brief courtesy giggle followed by furrowed brows.  He continues, “Sponges don’t have a nervous system, or even neurons, but they do have a surprising number of the building blocks that would be needed to put a nervous system together.”    Miller shows they have these building blocks by referring to the genome of a marine sponge that can build some proteins used in synapses of neurons.  These sponges, of course, lack synapses, but they appear to have some genes for neurotransmitter receptors.  The audience perks up at this revelation.  What does it mean?  Miller is not sure: “the function of these synaptic scaffolding proteins in a sponge is a mystery….”  Some in the audience are toying with alternative explanations.  Simultaneously, Miller seems to realize his vulnerability.  He just failed to explain why Darwinian selection would build equipment for an animal that appears to lack any use for it.    Surprising revelations might just keep the audience off guard.  Miller describes some sponge larvae that “express a handful of genes that spur neural precursor cells to develop into full-fledged neurons in more complex animals.”  These genes, he continues enthusiastically, stimulate the formation of extra neurons when inserted into fruit flies.  Isn’t it therefore possible that these sponge larvae have “protoneurons”?  The audience listens, but some are wondering what a protoneuron would be good for.  “Bernard Degnan speculates that they may somehow help the free-floating larvae sense their environment and find a suitable place to settle down and metamorphose into their adult form.”  The audience is listening intently now.    Miller continues with stories of how these sponges seem to have a kind of “neural foreshadowing”.  The critic jots down another note: in Darwinian theory, evolution acts only for the present and cannot see possibilities down the line, so ‘neural foreshadowing’ makes no sense  One sponge, Miller continues, seems to have a reaction potential and a slow-but-effective reflex response.  How this improves on Paramecium is not clear, but he says Leys and Mackie think it’s interesting.All in all, says Leys, sponges provide a tantalizing picture of what an animal on the brink of evolving a nervous system might look like.  Their cells have many of the right components, but some assembly is still required.  And although they have a wider behavioral repertoire than most people realize, Leys says, their “reflexes” are far slower than those of animals with a nervous system.The thought of a sponge as a primitive link between single-celled organisms and animals with nervous systems is on the audience’s minds.  But before they get too enthusiastic about this possible evolutionary transition, Miller pauses to caution them that “some researchers argue that sponges aren’t the most primitive living animals.”  The audience goes from elation to deflation.    Now what?  It might be, Miller continues, that comb jellies lie at the base of the evolutionary tree.  This is very bad news for the sponge believers.  “Like true jellies, ctenophores have bona fide neurons and a simple netlike nervous system,” Miller reveals.  “Their position at the base of the animal family tree—if it stands up—would shake up many researchers’ views on nervous system evolution.”  The audience gasps.  This has other “unpalatable implications,” he moans: “if ctenophores came before sponges, the assorted nervous system components that have turned up in sponges may not be foreshadowing after all but rather the remnants of a nervous system that was lost after the sponge lineage split off from that of ctenophores.”  The audience groans in disbelief.  Sixteen paragraphs into the lecture and he is back at square one.    What will he do next?  He takes a brief foray into discussing another contender for the earliest animals: cnidarians (which includes true jellyfish, sea anemones and corals).  But that is not much help, because cnidarians have more complex neuronal components than sponges, just like ctenophores.  Hemmed in by “unpalatable implications,” Miller abandons all pretence of empirical support, and projects an imaginary world on the screen:Just as sponges, comb jellies, and sea anemones may hold clues to how the first nerves and nerve nets arose, other creatures may shed light on the evolution of more complex neural circuitry.  “I think everybody agrees that nervous systems were at first diffuse and then evolved to be centralized,” with a concentration of neurons in the front end of the animal—that is, a brain—and a nerve cord connecting it to the rest of the body, says Arendt.  “But there’s no consensus yet on exactly when this happened.”  Arendt and others have argued that a centralized nervous system existed in the ancestor of all bilaterally symmetrical animals, or bilaterians.To make the point, he alleges that genes that control development of the existing nervous system in fruit flies, worms and vertebrates all play similar roles.  What does that mean?  “That implies that these genes were already present in the last common ancestor of all these creatures—the ancestor of all bilaterians—and suggests to Arendt and others that this ancestor had a centralized nervous system.”    The audience appears poised to riot.  Did Miller really just say that the evolution of the central nervous system happened because the ancestor already had one?  Well, then, how did it evolve before that?  It appears Miller has only pushed the problem further back in time to some mythical ancestor that already had a central nervous system.    This is certainly an embarrassing moment on stage.  Miller backtracks: “But not everyone is so sure.”  He presents a “range of possibilities” (from a range of disagreeing scientists).  The responsibility for explaining the evolution of the nervous system passes back and forth between them like a hot potato.  Miller employs Truman’s Rule: “If you can’t convince them, confuse them” —Because most but not all modern bilaterians have a centralized nervous system, there will be awkward implications no matter what.  If the bilaterian ancestor had a diffuse nervous system, centralized nervous systems must have originated multiple times in multiple bilaterian lineages—a far less parsimonious scenario than a single origin.  On the other hand, if the ancestor had a centralized nervous system, several lineages, including that of Saccoglossus, must have later reverted to a diffuse nervous system—an apparent down-grade that’s hard to explain.    The puzzles don’t end there.  Fastforwarding a bit in evolutionary time raises a new set of questions.  What is the origin of the myelin insulation that speeds conduction down axons and ensures the fidelity of neural signals?  Or of the glial cells that are proving to have important roles in brain function and appear to be more numerous in complex nervous systems?The audience is reeling.  It’s as if all the props on stage are falling apart and the stage hands are running in random directions not knowing what to do next.  Miller reaches for a tried-and-true audience pleaser: prove that modern scientists are smarter than Aristotle.    The grand old Greek philosopher influenced people well into the 20th century, Miller says, by suggesting that animals could be “arranged in a linear series, with man and the angels at the top.”  But of course, “we now know that’s just nonsense.”  So even though we have no clue how a nervous system evolved, at least we are smarter than Aristotle.    As the audience sits down from its threatened riot, Miller lets loose with the whole evolutionary bag of tricks and miracle stories to end like a 4th of July Grand Finale:Most researchers now agree that equally complex—but anatomically different—brains have evolved in birds, mammals, and other animal lineages, Northcutt says: “At least four or five times independently, … major radiations of vertebrates have evolved complex brain structure.”  But whether brains that are put together differently operate on similar principles is still an open question.  And then there is the enduring question of what, if anything, is special about the human brain.  Perhaps the emerging clues about the long evolutionary path we’ve taken will one day help us decide where we are.The audience leaves, shaking their heads.  One jokes to another that if they weren’t enlightened, at least they were entertained.1.  Greg Miller, “On the Origin of the Nervous System,” Science, 3 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5936, pp. 24-26, DOI: 10.1126/science.325_24.You have to laugh at the predicament of these Darwinists.  We could dismiss this as a silly slapstick sideshow except for the fact that they have all power over the media, schools and scientific institutions with this malarkey and insist it is the only story fit to teach.  What utter nonsense!  It’s all fiction, imagination, speculation, futureware and miracles, with complex systems just emerging, giving rise to and appearing left and right without links, causes or evidence.  This was exactly like the performance Marshall gave about the Cambrian explosion back in 045/23/2006.  What the audience had come for, a scholarly scientific lecture on a matter of serious debate, turned into a circus of silliness camouflaged in jargon: Marshall’s explanation for the sudden emergence of all the major body plans in a geological instant was, in effect, “they evolved because they evolved!”  Evolution gets served to the masses as its own circular justification.    Isn’t that exactly what Miller did here?  He sidestepped this way, and that, more nimbly than Michael Jackson in a moonwalk, never getting around to answering the question except to say, in effect, “Nervous systems evolved, because… they evolved multiple times independently!”  Clueless would be a compliment for this kind of answer.  That’s really walking backward when appearing to walk forward.  We could not possibly add to the shame the Darwinians should be feeling for giving Miller a clown act to have to play for Seventh Lecturer in the Darwinian Bicentennial than to let you read his words for yourself – that they published anyway.  Of all the Nerf.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Passengers want choice

first_imgAirlines passengers want choice and plenty of it. That is the unmistakable conclusion of a new survey by PricewaterhouseCooper LLP.In PwC’s US report Experience Radar 2013: Lessons Learned from the Airline Industry, the indelible lesson is “one approach doesn’t fit all,” says Jonathan Kletzel, PwC’s U.S. transportation and logistics leader. He says different consumer segments “from senior executives to budget-minded leisure travelers have different preferences and opinions on what constitutes great travel experience.”Case-in-point, DIY, or do-it-yourself travel options. PwC’s report says time-constrained, pedal-to-the metal business travelers are 1.8 times as likely than leisure travelers to use mobile devices to do routine booking and such. That doesn’t mean when things go really awry, however, that they’re willing to settle for virtual resolution of the problem. Passengers crave flesh-and-blood human intervention. “In fact,” says the survey, “two out of three flyers prefer an agent to help resolve issues such as cancelled or missed flights.”Just how well airline folks resolve those issues “is critical to travelers’ experiences and views of an airline,” concludes PwC. The less-than-satisfying revelation is that “49 percent of airline complaints and issues are said to go unaddressed.”PwC suggests “empowering” airline agents with the right kind of tools to really solve the problem, because bad news spreads fast these days. “99 percent of travelers worldwide share memorable experiences,” says the report. “Bad stories are told and retold.” Mad passengers equipped with mobile devices have a multiplier effect when it comes to how folks view flying, and that isn’t always good news for the airlines.No newsflash here, but PwC says, “Most leisure travelers want more space.” Leisure flyers are willing to pay a seven percent premium for more leg room and recline; six percent for more hip room. More carriers are willing to do just that these days, but certainly not all.As for being willing to pay up for moving up front, into first or business class, the survey finds “nearly one in five business travelers will pay for upgrades out of pocket.”There’s a not surprising 30 percent gap ‘twixt in-flight Wi-Fi usage separating leisure and business travelers according to PwC. A full 70 percent of business flyers demand wireless connectivity on long flights; leisure travelers spend about 40 percent of their time aloft using it.Then there’s bundling. Airlines are making a significant share of their profits by unbundling in-flight amenities: food, boarding order, seat pitch and such. PwC discovered lots of passengers, however, “prefer bundles that suit their travel needs and don’t require them to pay multiple fees.” The composition of those bundles differs by segment. Cost-sensitive travelers might like Wi-Fi, food, beverage and bags. Business flyers might opt for things like lounge access and luggage pick-up and delivery. The bottom line: whatever the composition of those fees, “building goodwill” means they need to be transparent.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 20, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ryan Martin 171220Short term offers no change this morning. We have nothing different for today, tomorrow and even Friday. The next two days we see a similar pattern to yesterday, with a mix of clouds and sun. However, a cold front did slip through overnight, so temps may be slightly colder today than yesterday. On Friday we have clouds thickening up, and we can’t rule out some minor spits and sprinkles giving no more than a few hundredths to a tenth over about 40% of the state.Friday night gets a lot more active and that pattern continues through Saturday and even into early Sunday. Rains look to be very impressive and we are bumping up our top end of our rain range. WE are now calling for weekend rains of .25”-1.5” with the heavy rains staying in southern Ohio. We will not rule out thunderstorms in those heavy rain areas. The front is impressive and it has good moisture flow ahead of it. The map below shows rain totals through Saturday midnight.AS cold air blasts into the state on Sunday, we see some snow developing. However, we think the heaviest snow stays farther south and east of us. For now, we like 1-4 inches over about 70% of the state. Track is key here, and we will be waiting to put out our official snow totals until later tomorrow afternoon. But, it is looking more and more like we end up dodging a big bullet for snow on Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. Christmas afternoon should be mostly dry and sun should try to come out. However, the cold air continues to build, and we will be looking at brutal wind chills Christmas night.We are dry and very cold for Tuesday through Thursday. Temps will be well below normal. Then a clipper system rotates through the state for Thursday night and Friday, bringing potential for several inches of snow. This will be ahead of a stronger system lifting out of the southern plains for the start of New Year’s weekend. Temperatures remain very cold right on through into the New Year.In the extended period, we have another clipper for late the 1st into the 2nd that brings snows out of the Great Lakes right across the region. WE follow that with a cold front for the 3rd into the 4th that can also trigger several inches of snow. The cold holds through at least the first third of January.last_img read more

Rains lash Bihar

first_imgHeavy rain and acute waterlogging for the last 36 hours in Patna and certain parts of Bihar have thrown life out of gear, with the district administration pressing the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to shift marooned people to safer places.Bihar rain: waterlogging throws life out of gear in many parts of State Electricity, phone connection, internet have gone kaput in these areas and people are considering vacating their homes for safer places.last_img

Maroof at Stanbrooks Law

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In our report yesterday on the bail denial of Kirshna Penn in connection with the Kevino Smith killing from 2015, we said that attorney, Laura Maroof was at F Chambers Law firm; we correct that she is actually at the new Stanbrook’s Law firm, we do apologize Ms Maroof.  She is the attorney representing Penn in the murder case which returns to court for a Sufficiency Hearing on April 7.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTlast_img read more

Briton Krishna Maharaj framed by Columbian drug lord

first_imgKrishna Maharaj, a self-made millionaire who moved to Florida in the mid-1980s, spent 15 years on death row for the killing of his business partner Derrick Moo Young, of Jamaican-Asian descent, and his son Duane before his sentence was appealed and commuted to two life sentences in 1997. He has always maintained he is innocent. The 75-year-old’s lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, of human rights organisation Reprieve, says evidence suggests the execution style murders at a downtown Miami hotel in 1986 were ordered by Escobar, the former head of the infamous Medellin cartel. His defence team are now hoping new evidence at the three-day hearing will be enough to persuade Florida circuit court judge William Thomas to overturn Maharaj’s conviction. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenA former American pilot who flew cocaine shipments for the cartel told the court on Monday that during a conversation with Escobar at his Colombian ranch in 1986 he heard the drug lord admit to having killed ‘los chinos’ (the Chinese) at a downtown Miami hotel. Maharaj had gone to the hotel that day and waited in room 1215 for a business associate who, he says, never turned up. His legal team claims Maharaj was lured there to leave his fingerprints at the scene, and left before the Youngs arrived. Stafford Smith claims Maharaj, who was suing Young for fraud at the time, was framed to cover up Colombian cartel murders.  Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut prosecutors claimed he lay in wait for Young, 53, and his son Duane, 23, confronted them about missing cash – then shot them both dead. Maharaj was arrested while eating dinner at a Miami restaurant later that evening with his wife, Marita. A retired DEA agent, Henry Cuervo, also testified that the initial 1986 investigation by Miami police ignored ‘red flags’ pointing to the involvement of Colombian drug traffickers, including documents that indicated the Moo Youngs were involved in money laundering. Brenton Ver Ploeg, a lawyer who investigated a $1.5 million life insurance policy held by the  Youngs, told the court that financial records suggested the family company was involved in illegal activities including drug money laundering. He said he stored the documents in the case for 28 years because he felt there was ‘something wrong’ with the case, and was surprised that investigators never asked to see his files until years later. Prosecutors sought to block Monday’s testimony saying the defense case consisted of hearsay.last_img read more

Monsoon to hit North Bengal in 3 days

first_imgKolkata: The Monsoon is all set to hit North Bengal within the next three days but for the South Bengal districts, it might take some more time. There may be some pre-monsoon rains in the South Bengal districts including Kolkata. Various South Bengal districts received moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday morning disrupting normal life. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore, South Bengal districts including the city may witness thunderstorms as a result of pre-Monsoon rains within the next 48 hours before the advent of Monsoon in the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to a senior official of the weather office, a circulation which was staying over Bangladesh could trigger a storm in some parts of North Bengal. A favourable atmosphere for rain has already been prevailing in the Himalayan regions. Various South Bengal districts including North 24-Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad, Hooghly, Howrah and parts of the city received moderate to heavy rainfall on Monday morning. “Local clouds have started forming due to the impact of approaching Monsoon. It will trigger mild thunderstorms mainly in the North Bengal districts. However, there is hardly any possibility of squall in the city and the South Bengal districts. Cloud masses which have been floating in from the neighbouring areas for the past few days are not potent enough to initiate a squall in the Southern parts,” a senior official of the weather office said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned here that Monsoon currents have already reached Tripura and parts of central Assam and Bangladesh. The currents have started advancing towards North Bengal. It is expected that Monsoon currents will arrive in North Bengal by the middle of this week.However, it is difficult to predict the date of the arrival of Monsoon in South Bengal and Kolkata as there is no clear indication to the weather office. This is because there is no low-pressure or any cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal. The Monsoon is not likely to hit this week as there is no such system prevailing over the Bay of Bengal.last_img read more