The Disco Biscuits Announce Free Asheville Webcasts, Camp Bisco 2018 Daily Lineups

first_imgThe Disco Biscuits are gearing up for a big late-May run beginning this Friday night, May 18th, with a two-night run at Asheville, NC’s Salvage Station. Today, the band has announced that they will offer free webcasts for both nights of their North Carolina run via their official YouTube page. Both the May 18th and May 19th shows begin at 6 p.m. ET.From there, the Disco Biscuits will make their way to Colorado for their annual Bisco Inferno run including three straight nights at Denver’s famed Ogden Theatre (May 24, 25, and 26) leading up to a May 27th blowout at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison with support from two of the most buzzed-about rising acts on the road—Spafford and Organ Freeman. For more information on this year’s Bisco Inferno, or to grab your tickets, head here.Following their Colorado excursion, the Disco Biscuits will prepare for their annual multi-night festival, Camp Bisco, set to take place at Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Montage Mountain on July 12th, 13th, and 14th. Yesterday, the festival released the daily schedules for this year’s event, which will see the band play one set on Thursday, July 12th (alongside Tipper, Bonobo Live Band, STS9, Lettuce, and more); two sets on Friday, July 13th (along with Bassnectar, Lotus, Papadosio, Sunsquabi, Kung Fu, The Floozies, Mungion, and more); and three sets on Saturday, July 14th (in addition to performances by Excision, Illenium, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Ghostface Killah, TAUK, Magic Beans, ProbCause, and more). To grab your tickets to Camp Bisco 2018 today, head to the festival website here.last_img read more

Mother’s diet ‘can make kids fat’

first_img 51 Views   one comment HealthLifestyle Mother’s diet ‘can make kids fat’ by: – April 18, 2011 Share Can a baby predict the environment it will be born into?A mother’s diet during pregnancy can alter the DNA of her child and increase the risk of obesity, according to researchers.The study, to be published in the journal Diabetes, showed eating a lot of carbohydrate changed bits of DNA.It then showed children with these changes were fatter.The British Heart Foundation said the results showed the need for better nutritional and lifestyle support for women.It is thought that a developing baby tries to predict the environment it will be born into, taking cues from its mother and adjusting its DNA.EpigeneticsStudies in animals have shown that changes in diet can alter the function of genes – known as epigenetic change.It is a growing field trying to understand how the environment interacts with genes.In this study, the researchers took samples from the umbilical cord and looked for “epigenetic markers”.They showed that mothers with diets rich in carbohydrates, such as sugars, had children with these markers.They then showed a strong link between those same markers and a child’s obesity at ages six and nine.Professor Keith Godfrey, who is from the University of Southampton and led the international study, told the BBC: “What is surprising is that it explains a quarter of the difference in the fatness of children six to nine years later.”The report says the effect was “considerably greater” than that of birth weight and did not depend on how thin or fat the mother was.The changes were noticed in the RXRA gene. This makes a receptor for vitamin A, which is involved in the way cells process fat.Professor Godfrey said: “It is both a fascinating and potentially important piece of research.“All women who become pregnant get advice about diet, but it is not always high up the agenda of health professionals.“The research suggests women should follow the advice as it may have a long term influence on the baby’s health after it is born.”Professor Mark Hanson, of the British Heart Foundation, said: “This study provides compelling evidence that epigenetic changes, at least in part, explain the link between a poor start to life and later disease risk.“It strengthens the case for all women of reproductive age having greater access to nutritional, education and lifestyle support to improve the health of the next generation, and to reduce the risk of the conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, which often follow obesity.”By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC News Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Iraq war death toll on decline

first_img“We must maintain the momentum that together we have achieved. We are confident that you and your fellow citizens will continue to display determination, that Iraqi security forces will remain vigilant and that additional Iraqis will join our combined effort,” they said. Their message opened with greetings to the Iraqi people during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims focus on their spiritual lives and fast from dawn to dusk. “Please know that we remain absolutely committed to this effort. ? Much work lies ahead of us. Despite the challenges, we can, together, achieve success,” the two men wrote in the statement signed and dated by each. Of particular note, the message referred to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr by his honorific, Sayyid Muqtada. Sayyid is a title designating a religious figure as a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad. “We also sincerely hope that the cease-fire declared by the Sayyid Muqtada will continue to be observed and be further extended to all members of Jaysh al-Mahdi (Arabic for Mahdi Army),” Crocker and Petraeus wrote. After a violent confrontation between the Mahdi Army and guards at a shrine in Karbala in August, al-Sadr said he was standing down his fighters for six months to reorganize. Col. Steven Boylan, spokesman for Petraeus, credited increased U.S. troop strength, saying that had allowed American forces to step up operations against al-Qaida in Iraq and other insurgent and militia fighters. Anthony H. Cordesman, former director of intelligence assessment at the Pentagon and analyst with the private Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the decline in violent deaths was a positive trend that does seem to be related to the increase in U.S. forces. But he said it was too early to know if it will last. “We tend to focus too much on killing rather than wounded, on extreme acts of violence rather than patterns of displacement or ethnic cleansing.” He said that when looking at overall stability in Iraq, killings are only one measure. “This is, I think one of the great difficulties. It’s a very complex pattern of fighting and people look for simple statistical bottom lines rather the overall pattern,” he said. While civilian deaths were lower, Baghdad remained the center of violence in percentage terms. For this year, 54 percent of all sectarian killings occurred in the capital and suburbs. That figure declined to just above 49 percent in September. For the year, the next two most violent regions were the provinces of Diyala and Nineveh. The 487 civilian deaths in Baghdad far outstripped any other region in September.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The U.S. military toll for September was 64, the lowest since July 2006, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press from death announcements by the American command and Pentagon. More dramatic, however, was the decline in Iraqi civilian, police and military deaths. The figure was 988 in September – 50 percent lower than the previous month and the lowest tally since June 2006, when 847 Iraqis died. The Iraqi death count is considered a minimum based on AP reporting. The actual number is likely higher, as many killings go unreported. Nevertheless, the heartening numbers emerged just three weeks after U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and commander Gen. David Petraeus argued before a divided Congress that more time was needed for Iraq to begin seeing results from President Bush’s dispatch of an additional 30,000 forces to pacify Baghdad and surrounding regions. On Monday they issued an unusual joint statement to the Iraqi people that credited them for the decline in violence. By Steven R. Hurst THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – The number of American troops and Iraqi civilians killed in the war fell in September to levels not seen in more than a year. The U.S. military said the lower count was at least partly a result of new strategies and 30,000 additional U.S. forces deployed this year. Although it is difficult to draw conclusions from a single month’s tally, the figures could suggest that U.S.-led forces are making headway against extremist factions and disrupting their ability to strike back. last_img read more