Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Calabar Christmas Adult's Carnival 2010

I could not be anywhere else!!!

The 2010 Calabar Christmas Adult Carnival was as usual, the best and biggest street Party / Carnival. You could not afford to be anywhere else.

The Calabar Christmas Adult Carnival is an international event that occurs on the 27th of december each year and as usual, its always a blast. 

Every year, the crowd that comes out to watch the carnival keeps growing at a tremendous pace and all accomodations in the city are always fully occupied.

Also, for the first time ever, the Calabar Christmas Carnival also witnessed a live street fashion show of which I saw live but I just somehow did not take pictures of it.

Although, while every year's carnival is always bigger than the previous, I did something unusual this year.

Can you guess?

I actually did not watch most part of the carnival although I was at the centre of it. The reason was that, just as previous years, the carnival always brings in massive crowds from all works of life and this year's edition was no exception, but unlike previous years where I took active part in the carnival by watching and taking pictures, this years carnival was actually an exception. I spent most of the time, networking with the limitless beautiful people that where around whilst just 1-metre away from me, the beautiful carnival trains kept passing, dancing and displaying their beautiful costumes to the delight of all the spectators.

Below are few pictures I took at the fast-food thats located just 1-metre away from the Carnival route.

From Left: Eta Royalty Uso, Aniekan Essien, Raphael Njar.


Mercy Isoyip, Eta Uso
From left: Monta Ebong and Monye Akpet




Calabar Christmas Children's Carnival 2010

I was There!!!

The 2010 Calabar Christmas Carnival (Children's Category) was a blast.

The Children's Carnival is an International yearly event that occurs on  the 26th of December every year and it is always a show-stopper.

The best part of this is that, my presence at this year's (2010) children's carnival was actually my first time in attendance. 

Like previous years, I always preferred staying away from the  children's carnival and stay back to prepare myself for the Adult  Carnival that takes place on the 27th but this time around, I had no  choice, I had to attend the children's carnival as I had a very good  friend of mine who came in from Abuja and wanted to attend both the  children's and adult's category.

From Left: Eta Royalty Uso and Abdulkareem Ibrahim


It was my first experience and just as the previous years editions that  I had always been briefed about / watched on tv, this year's edition  was also worth its weight in gold.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reinvigoration

A lot of background reinvigoration is going on as regards etauso.com

See you soon!!!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Russia and Qatar To Host 2018 and 2022 World Cup


The world’s biggest sporting event continued its spread to new corners of the globe Thursday as Russia and Qatar were named as hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup soccer tournaments.

The fallout from the announcements in Zurich included a setback in soccer development for the United States, which lost its attempt to host the 2022 World Cup despite having an apparently superior technical bid. That tournament was awarded instead to Qatar, the tiny oil-rich nation in the Persian Gulf, meaning the World Cup will make its inaugural appearance in the Middle East.

“We go to new lands,” Sepp Blatter, the president of FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, told Reuters. “Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time. So I’m a happy president when we talk about the development of football.”

FIFA is an insular body, frequently criticized for its lack of transparency. Thursday’s votes by FIFA’s executive committee were conducted in secret. It was impossible to discern fully the motives of Blatter and his colleagues.

Some soccer officials believe Blatter is angling for a Nobel Peace Prize, having now orchestrated the awarding of the World Cup to South Africa in 2010, and soon to Russia and the Middle East, even if his chances of winning such an award might seem remote.

Surely, Thursday’s votes reflected in part some murky internal FIFA politics. No doubt, too, Blatter has some sincere interest in taking his sport’s grandest spectacle to all parts of the world.

The votes came amid recent news media accusations of corruption involving 6 of the 24 members of FIFA’s executive committee. Two were barred from voting. Some observers called for a delay in the votes, saying their legitimacy had been compromised by accusations of vote selling.

American soccer officials had hoped to prevail with a bid that promoted the country’s diversity, the potential for record attendance and record profits for FIFA, and the fact that all stadiums and necessary infrastructure were already built.

But perhaps FIFA officials felt they had sufficiently assisted the United States by giving it the 1994 World Cup.

And some observers felt that American bid officials lacked passion in explaining how a second World Cup would expand the game in the United States, which has not fully embraced the sport. FIFA had also expressed some concerns about a lack of federal government guarantees, one apparently having to do with its tax liability in the United States.

Russia proposed to host the tournament in 13 cities grouped in four clusters. And Putin has said that visitors will not need travel visas. Match tickets will apparently serve as visas, as they did when the 2008 Champions League final was held in Moscow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mercury Makes Birds Gay: Study



Mercury poisoning could wipe out birds - by making them gay, say scientists.

A three-year study of 120 white ibises found more than half of males exposed to high levels of the chemical chose to pair off amongst themselves instead of with females.

Males dosed up with methylmercury, the organic and most toxic form of mercury, showed reduced rates of traditional courtship behaviour. Even relatively low levels of mercury in the diet of male white ibises cause the birds to mate with each other rather than with females.

As a result many of the females can't breed, and fewer chicks are produced.

Dr Peter Frederick, of the University of Florida, warned that gay coupling could result in a 50 per cent reduction in chicks. He said: 'These effects on reproductive behaviour and sexual preference represent a novel mechanism by which contaminants may influence wild bird populations.' 

Mercury is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from rocks and soils, and in volcanic eruptions. But human activities are continually adding more. Dr Frederick's team, whose findings are published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, said methyl mercury is known to affect sex hormones of many animals but it is unclear whether bird populations may be affected.   

They said: 'Male - male pairing contributed a large proportion of the reproductive deficits documented in this study, yet to our knowledge, this mechanism has not been reported as an effect of mercury exposure or of other contaminants. Homosexual behaviour among birds and other animals has been documented before but usually when there is a shortage of female birds in the local population.

But in this study, the researchers found that the homosexual pairing began when there were still plenty of potential female birds available. The paper says: 'In a wild colony of white ibises with minimal exposure to mercury, there were no male - male pairings observed in 134 white ibis pairs studied over 15,580 pair hours of observation during four breeding seasons.'  

It is unknown whether mercury could have the same effect on humans. White ibises are long-legged, long-necked wading birds with short tails that nest in huge colonies in fresh water marshes or along the ocean coast.

Up to 80,000 individuals have been counted in one colony in the Everglades National Park, Florida. During the day they may fly at least 15 miles to find small crustaceans, fish, frogs and aquatic insects to eat and to feed their young.   

The researchers said sexual display behaviour in birds is strongly influenced by circulating hormones and mercury exposure was associated with 'a de-masculinised pattern of oestradiol and testosterone expression in males, especially during courtship'.

Courtesy: DailyMail