30 Minutes with… Scott Higginbotham

first_img What is your abiding memory of the 2011 World Cup?What sticks in my mind the most was carrying Nathan Sharpe off the field after our third-place play-off match against Wales. Sharpie obviously didn’t finish playing rugby until the following year, but that was initially thought to be his last-ever game.Do you have any phobias?There are probably too many to mention, but my biggest fear would have to be of bugs. All kinds of bugs scare me: spiders, bees, grasshoppers, moths. You name it, everything insect-like scares me.Any practical jokes you can share with us?One of the best I saw was when I was with the Queensland Reds, alongside Daniel Braid. I remember him letting off a fire extinguisher in a van full of our team-mates when we were on tour in South Africa. There was white smoke everywhere and everyone was doing a lot of coughing.What are your bugbears?In terms of rugby, it would probably have to be try celebrations. I think some blokes tend to think they’ve just scored a goal for Manchester United in the Premier League when they’re celebrating a try.Red alert: Man United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates a goal. Photo: Getty ImagesIf you could be any team-mate, who would it be and why?I don’t think I’d like to be anyone besides myself. I like the way I play rugby and I don’t think I would want to play like anyone else. I do sometimes wish I could play in the backs, though. Playing at 15 would be fun – you get to kick a bit more.Which person would you like to be stuck in a lift with?You would only want to be stuck in there with someone small.If you could have any superpower, what would it be?Out of any power, I’d have to say flying. Belting performance: Scott Higginbotham sings the Australia national anthem. Photo: Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought?Buying water while you live in Australia is pretty silly. What comes out of the tap is fine – what a waste of money!What is your guilty pleasure?There aren’t a lot of things better in life then some freshly-made scones with a little jam and cream…Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?The late Bob Marley and Heath Ledger, and Brandon Boyd from the band Incubus. Two great musicians and an Australian actor I’ve admired.Music man: Bob Marley performs in the late 1970s. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?It was in 2010 when Australia played Italy away. We were all lined up before the game and the people at the ground played the Australian national anthem twice!What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?It would be nice to own a few more businesses or cafés – I have a few in Brisbane – and also live close to the beach. I’d maybe do a bit of coaching for a local team, so I give something back to grass-roots rugby.How would you like to be remembered?center_img Australia No 8 Scott Higginbotham talks bugs, Bob Marley and business I hope as a tough player but a great bloke on and off the field.This article appeared in the September 2015 edition of Rugby World. For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here or find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes About Author: Staff Writer Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Banking and Housing Lobby Petitions for CFPB Structural Changes ABA Banking and Housing Lobby CFPB NAFCU NAR 2017-06-27 Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: ABA Banking and Housing Lobby CFPB NAFCU NAR Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save June 27, 2017 1,161 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: Ever-Changing TRID Demands Companies Pivot to Stay Current Next: Lowest Home Appreciation in the U.S. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News  Print This Post The banking and housing lobby has recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House appropriations committees expressing their position that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should be restructured from a single director to a bipartisan panel of five people. A total of 22 organizations signed on, including the American Bankers Association, the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, and the National Association of Realtors, amongst others. In the collective letter, the authors make their case: “A Senate confirmed, bipartisan commission will provide a balanced and deliberative approach to supervision, regulation, and enforcement for consumers and the financial institutions the CFPB oversees by encouraging input from all stakeholders. The current single director structure leads to regulatory uncertainty and instability for consumers, industry, and the economy, leaving vital consumer financial protection subject to dramatic political shifts with each changing presidential administration. Moreover, a commission is the traditional and customary structure for the regulators of our nation’s depository institutions.” It is not immediately clear why the letter was sent to the appropriations committee.  However, Victor Whitman at imagines it has to do with the fact that these two committees control the budget process. “Certain bills can be fast-tracked through budget resolutions employing special rules in what is known as reconciliation, and would not require 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to pass. This is how the Senate Republican leadership plans to pass its version of the Obamacare repeal bill and replacement, but legal experts have told Scotsman Guide News that changes to the CFPB couldn’t be done this way.” Currently, the director can only be removed by the president, “for cause,” however, many analysts don’t believe that Congress will be able to pass legislation before Richard Cordray’s appointment is up in 2018.  Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Pearl Jam Kicks Off Their Summer “Away Shows” With Missoula Performance [Videos]

first_imgLast Wednesday, the iconic ’90s rock act Pearl Jam began their brief U.S. run of “Home” and “Away” shows, which kicked off with a pair of performances in their native Seattle, WA, marking the band’s first shows in their home city in five years. The “Home Shows” raised over $11 million to fight the city’s homelessness, with 90% of the proceeds going to King County organizations.Last night, Pearl Jam continued embarked on the “Away” portion of their U.S. summer stadium run at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT, the home state of bassist Jeff Ament. Below, you can check out the setlist and watch some fan-shot footage of Pearl Jam’s Missoula performance:“Pendulum” [Fan-Shot][Video: Sonny J. Rock]“Daughter”[Video: Jorge Cubas]“Imagine” [John Lennon cover][Video: Jorge Cubas]“Go”[Video: Jorge Cubas]“Jeremy”[Video: Jorge Cubas]“Better Man”[Video: Jorge Cubas]“Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town”[Video: Jorge Cubas]View VideosPearl Jam’s “Away Shows” continue with a pair of two-night runs at historic Major League Baseball stadiums: Chicago, IL’s Wrigley Field (8/18, 8/20) and Boston, MA’s Fenway Park (9/2, 9/4). For a full list of Pearl Jam’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Pearl Jam | Washington-Grizzly Stadium | Missoula, MT | 8/13/18Pendulum, Low Light, Go, Do The Evolution, Arms Aloft (Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros), Mind Your Manners, Corduroy (Preceded by “Blackbird” (The Beatles) snippet and The Rolling Stones mashup), Pilate, Even Flow, In My Tree, Down, Lightning Bolt, Not For You (with ‘Modern Girl’ tag), Daughter (w/ ‘It’s Ok’ tag), Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder song), Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Can’t Deny Me, PorchE: Bee Girl, Fatal, Imagine (John Lennon), Given to Fly, Throw Your Hatred Down (Neil Young), Better Man (with “With or Without You” (U2) and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend” (The Ramones) tags), Jeremy, Know Your Rights (The Clash, FTP since 9/30/12), Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young), Indifferencelast_img read more

Worldwide, women’s inequality

first_imgMost of the 350,000 women who die in childbirth each year — almost all of them in developing countries — should not do so. In addition, women around the world remain underrepresented in schools, jobs, and governments. And the situation is changing too slowly to meet international goals, according to Helen Clark, administrator for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).Clark, who spoke Thursday at the Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, said that progress toward achieving the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals is mixed. While some, such as reducing extreme poverty, may be achieved by the 2015 deadline, others, such as those involving maternal health and sanitation, remain far from being reached.Clark, who responded to questions put forth by Philip Hilts, director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT, delivered a progress report on the goals during the hour-long program and discussed possible next steps to lift billions out of poverty and ill health in the coming decades.The anti-poverty goal — to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, on less than $1.25 a day — has already been achieved, said Clark, a former prime minister of New Zealand. Much of that success is due to rapid development in China, and has come at an environmental cost. Clark said that goal still leaves nearly a billion people around the world in extreme poverty.There also has been progress toward achieving universal primary education, Clark said, though 67 million children still are not in school. She said the picture gets less rosy when considering how many students eventually drop out.Efforts to fight infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis have made major gains, Clark said, with many nations turning the tide in their fight against them. Similarly, it appears that the goal of access to clean drinking water will be achieved. There has been significant progress on reducing child mortality, though likely not enough to meet the development goals.Maternal mortality rates remain unacceptably high, and improvements to sanitation are far from being achieved. Clark said she recently sat on a panel with India’s prime minister at which he questioned the priorities of his population, commenting that most of his people have cellphones but few have toilets.Though the development goals are measured globally, there have been local success stories. The West African nation of Burkina Faso, where adult literacy is less than 25 percent, has made a great progress, with 68 percent of its children now in school. The government has committed to providing small generators for each village to power lights and run mills to reduce the labor burden on women to grind food. Rwanda and Ghana also have made a lot of progress. Clark said that the slowest-developing nations are invariably war-torn: Afghanistan, Mali, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.Development officials are looking into what the next steps will be, Clark said. Environmental sustainability likely will be emphasized as a component of future development, given both the environmental challenges facing the world and the fact that pollution is often a side effect of rapid development.It seems clear, she said, that increasing equality for women is critical. Women in many developing nations have little access to credit, even though they are significant players in the economy, particularly the farm economy. Educating girls will help them to delay marriage and their first child, which will improve maternal mortality statistics. Access to sexual and reproductive health services is also important.Clark said new attention also will have to be paid to the rise of noncommunicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes in the developing world. China, for example, has an estimated 100 million diabetics. The spread of tobacco products around the world is also a challenge, and strategies that have proven successful in developed nations can be adapted.“We can’t stop. The question is how to carry on after 2015,” Clark said.Health as a Gateway to Global Development: A Conversation with UNDP’s Helen Clark <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1vSHGAgImE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/H1vSHGAgImE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), spoke on January 31 in a one-on-one conversation about global health and how universal health coverage and addressing social determinants of health can promote sustainable development. She also discussed what lessons we can take from the successes or shortfalls of eight international development targets called the Millennium Development Goals, set to expire in 2015.last_img read more

Premier League winter break set to clash with FA Cup replays again next season

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True Liverpool chief suggests Reds pair will be key to Jurgen Klopp’s transfer plansThe pair will try again at the Etihad Stadium next Wednesday, February 19 after the Premier League sought special dispensation from UEFA to play a top-flight match on a same evening as Champions League games, which is forbidden by the continent’s football governing body. Two last-16 matches in European football’s premier competition are scheduled for that night, including Tottenham’s home game against RB Leipzig, but UEFA allowed the game at the Etihad Stadium to go ahead due to exceptional circumstances. The Mail report that a draft schedule for the 2020/21 season shows the winter break again scheduled for the first two weekends in February, with half of the division taking one weekend off and half taking the other. Read Also:Premier League clubs non-home grown quota to be reduced to 13 However that will again have to change if any side is taken to a replay in the FA Cup fourth round, which will once again be scheduled for the first midweek in February. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Premier League and the FA have risked the ire of several top managers by again scheduling next season’s FA Cup fourth-round replays during the winter break, according to the Mail Online. Lucas Moura (R) saved Tottenham’s blushes at Middlesbrough. Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, and Newcastle were all forced to alter their winter break plans after being taken to replays this season, with the Reds boss Jurgen Klopp opting to boycott his side’s Anfield clash with Shrewsbury Town. Citing a Premier League letter that was sent to clubs at the end of last season, Klopp ordered his senior players to go away on holiday and instead allowed under-23s boss Neil Critchley to take charge of the youngest side in the club’s history for the return game, in which they beat the League One side 1-0. Manchester City and West Ham have also seen their winter break plans changed after Storm Ciara forced the postponement of their Premier League meeting on Sunday. Man City vs West Ham date confirmed as UEFA relax rules to accommodate rearranged fixtureAdvertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Flutter shareholders greenlight Stars Group merger

first_img Closing Tuesday trading, Flutter Entertainment governance confirms that company shareholders have approved the FTSE100 firm’s merger bid with Toronto TSX rival The Stars Group Inc (TSG).This afternoon, Flutter governance confirmed that following the conclusion of its extraordinary general meeting, group investors backed the Flutter-TSG combination by 99%.The merger which seeks to create a new $11 billion global gambling conglomerate, awaits its final shareholder vote by TSG investors, which will take place on Friday 24 April.Leading the bid, Flutter governance maintains its corporate schedule in seeking to complete the deal by H2 2020. The merger transaction received regulatory clearance from both the UK CMA and Australian ACCC competition authorities, secured during Q1 trading.Last month, deal stakeholders published a corporate update related to the governance structure of the business, which will be overseen by Flutter Chairman Gary McGann with TSG counterpart Divyesh Gadhi serving as Deputy Chairman.Flutter Group CEO Peter Jackson will lead the merged enterprise, supported by a new corporate leadership team formed by an equal share of Flutter and TSG executives.Further merger developments announced today, saw both companies agree on a ‘single brand strategy‘ for the firm’s Australian market presence, which will see Flutter’s larger Sportsbet domain absorb the assets of TSG’s BetEasy brand. Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services  July 8, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Alexander: Dodgers, Angels in good hands in weird circumstances

first_img“You got to roll with it, man,” Maddon was saying the other day. “You just can’t be inflexible right now … I mean, I can’t say anything’s been difficult.“It’s really weird, though, when you really have to spit, how tough it is to spit. I mean, that’s probably the most difficult thing. Otherwise, it’s not been that bad.”In such moments are we again reminded of what the title of “manager” means. So much is made of lineups and in-game strategy and how much of a role front-office functionaries play in each, but the real heart of a manager’s work is in managing personalities and creating the right atmosphere.(And, these days, also reminding them to avoid high-fives and leave the sunflower seeds at home.)“You’re always trying to make sure the players are physically, mentally and emotionally prepared, and things are always kind of unknown and unpredictable,” Roberts said. “But obviously, like everyone else, (with) this kind of layer with the global pandemic, I never really thought I would have to try to educate myself so I could kind of help the players along and really keep their psyches positive and focused on baseball. Let’s face it: Pandemic Baseball is already a squirrel derby, to use the pet phrase of one of This Space’s favorites, the late Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College football coach Gene Murphy. It is going to be different, it is occasionally (often?) going to be chaotic, and the normal boundaries aren’t always going to apply for players, fans, executives, whatever.Under those circumstances, if you are a Southern California baseball fan, you should be heartened. From a managerial standpoint, at least, the Dodgers and Angels are in good hands as they try to navigate whatever craziness is ahead.Dave Roberts has already created and nurtured a Dodgers clubhouse philosophy of flexibility, especially with a position player group where, with a couple of exceptions, nothing is guaranteed night to night. New Angels manager Joe Maddon believes in the comfort of being uncomfortable, acknowledging the hurdles and working through them, and keeping the lines of communication open to a greater degree than most managers.It would be easy to be thrown off by this new (temporary?) normal, right down to a list of protocols previously unimaginable in this most traditional and routine-oriented of sports. “Everyone is in that same bucket, I guess … There’s a lot of logistic things that are still kind of coming towards us as you get closer to the season. So I’m just trying to be open-minded (and) nimble, and hopefully our players will follow suit.”The Dodgers have had a player opt out in pitcher David Price. Both teams, along with just about every other team, have had players who have reported late or haven’t yet arrived at Training Camp 2.0, for reasons the managers have said they couldn’t describe but very well might be coronavirus related.There are new additions to the language of baseball, satellite camps and taxi squads, and the hallowed routines of baseball – including the clubhouse as refuge/hangout/bonding space – are being revised out of necessity.There will be unforeseen twists and turns going forward, and everything is overlaid with the possibility that in the event of a major outbreak within the sport, the season doesn’t get completed at all.Amid all of that, players still have to perform.“I’m just trying to, no pun intended, take a daily temperature, like trying to figure out everybody’s comfort zone and how everybody’s processing all of this,” Maddon said.“… There’s so many different ways that our mood is influenced before we ever get here, and then you have to come here and be a major-league baseball player and try to park it all. I’m a feel guy, and as much as ever I’ve been attempting to keep the feelers out there and try to understand where everybody is at every day. This includes the coaching staff, too, and I got to be aware of that. It includes my family, my daughter, my granddaughter, my wife.“You can look at somebody’s face. There’s something, concern or preoccupation. We all know what that feels like when you’re preoccupied with different thoughts to take you away from this exact moment. You get out of the present tense. That’s very concerning, and it could take you away from your ability to play this game. … I really believe empathy and the ability to be aware of who’s next to you and how they’re feeling matters now more than ever.”The mind reels at the idea of a Billy Martin or Dick Williams or Leo Durocher – the crusty old-school type of manager who believed feelings were for wimps – trying to navigate these choppy waters. It would be ugly.There are other factors here. Maddon turned 66 in February. Roberts is 48 and a cancer survivor. Both could be considered part of the group that could be hardest hit by COVID-19, but neither has shown any hesitancy in pushing forward. Roberts had previously said he had consulted with Dodgers’ medical people who told him people with prior cancer history “haven’t been prone to be at higher risk.”“I thought about what was at stake, given my health history,” Roberts said this week. “I talked to my wife and family. I just wanted to make sure, you know. I had to make sure that I’m responsible. But I never really considered opting out or choosing not to manage.”For his team, that’s a very good thing. Pandemic Baseball is an environment that’s uncertain and in some ways scary. The steadier the hand at the helm, the [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

30 Dead, 200 missing in Bahamas after #HurricaneDorian

first_imgAt least 30 people are dead, and about 200 are reported missing in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.The Category 5 hurricane devastated the islands over the weekend and health officials expect the death toll to rise as search and recovery efforts continue.Bahamas Prime Minister Huber Minnis says the U.S. Coast Guard has been conducting rescue operations, and that both President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have pledged assistance with relief efforts.Dorian, the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas, wiping out entire neighborhoods, and then lingered for days, continuously slamming the same battered places before it ended.As of Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard says to have rescued 205 people.International teams have been dispatched in small planes and helicopters to the northern islands of the Bahamas, which has been the primary focus of the rescue missions.The international team is reportedly searching that area for those stranded or displaced.“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” said Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. “Make no bones about it, and the numbers will be far higher.”“It is going to be significantly higher than that, and it’s just a matter of retrieving those bodies, making sure we understand how they died,” Sands added.This story is developing.last_img read more

Beef talks over pricing dispute to get under way later today

first_imgTalks will begin later today between representatives of the meat industry, the Beef Plan Movement, as well as farming representatives and Government agencies, in an effort to resolve a dispute over beef prices.On Friday, nationwide pickets of meat plants across the country by members of the movement were suspended pending the outcome of the discussions.Dozens of farmers in Carrigans had been protesting over the last five days, since Monday last, outside the Foyle Meats factory. For several weeks, Beef Plan Movement members and individual farmers have been protesting outside meat factories to highlight their concerns about low beef prices.They say their sector is in crisis with beef and suckler farmers incurring losses of between €150 and €200 per animal.The talks will get under way in Co Kildare this afternoon and will be chaired by independent chairperson Michael Dowling.Beef talks over pricing dispute to get under way later today was last modified: August 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Ice Cream Month!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mooove on over dairy month, it’s time for National Ice Cream Month. National Ice Cream month was designated in July 1984 by Ronald Regan. Although, the history of ice cream dates clear back to fourth century B.C., Kudos to President Regan for giving ice cream the title it surely has deserved for centuries. In the U.S., before 1800 ice cream consumption was rare and enjoyed largely by the upper class. As technology improved, especially in the areas of mechanization and refrigeration, the production of ice cream increased, allowing everyone to enjoy a scoop. The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) states that the U.S. now produces over 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream a year. More than 10% of all milk produced goes to make ice cream, taking 12 pounds of milk for each gallon of ice cream made.Ohio ranks 8th in the U.S. for ice cream production. The ice cream made right here in Ohio can fit anyone’s palate and pocket book. Toft’s, Velvet, and Smith’s fill the shelves in local groceries. Ice cream shops such as Jeni’s and Graeters are popping up in neighborhoods across the state. Ayars’, Young’s and Hartzler’s delicious ice cream treats are available right on the farm.Bonnie Ayars, from Ayars Family Farm Ice Cream has been making ice cream with her husband John, and son Lucas since 2010. Lucas helps provide the muscle during ice cream production in this family business. The ice cream business started as a way to connect consumers across the fence with the farm and cows they were seeing. Their ice cream recipe box contains 28 flavors, which are made throughout the year in small batches of 32 pints or less per batch, depending on the flavor. Potential new flavors are taste tested by tasting as many as six different ice creams to see how they want their new flavor to taste. I’d love to be on that panel, wouldn’t you? Once they create a new flavor, lucky neighbors and friends get to taste and evaluate. White Chocolate Raspberry is one of their most popular flavors.Ayars Family Ice Cream makes around 500 pints of ice cream a month. Ice creams are named after cows, which Bonnie states just seemed like the natural thing to do to include the cows in their ice cream venture. What makes their ice cream different? It is 100% Guernsey milk, it has less air so it melts slower and it’s more about the ice cream and less about the fixings added to it. Bonnie loves finding and sharing the joy of agriculture from the farm to consumers. What better way than with ice cream? They share their ice cream in single servings during school farm tours in April, May and in the fall. Pints are available in local establishments as well as a few retail farm markets, stores and a country club outside the local community. Special order single servings are also becoming popular for weddings and other celebrations.She connects her love of cows and their products in all aspects of her life. Ice cream has even found its way into her initial dairy judging class at the Ohio State University. Students give their first round of oral reasons, using flavors of ice cream.What’s the hot new thing in the world of ice cream? It’s always about the exciting flavors being created. IDFA states America’s top five favorite flavors are vanilla, chocolate, cookie ‘n cream, strawberry and mint chocolate chip. Ice cream and flavor creation has even crossed the fence into the world of education. My husband Paul assists the chemistry teacher at our local high school, in making liquid nitrogen ice cream. Students learn all about the chemical properties of liquid N as well as to think outside the box to mix flavors to create a chemical reaction that tingles the taste buds and pleases the senses. One of the best flavors was “The breakfast of champions”— a maple syrup, pancake batter with bacon ice cream. The worst one to date in eight years was this year with barbecue sauce and bananas, which had to be thrown out.Watching your waistline and your health? Don’t blacklist ice cream. WebMD states “It’s not always about the lowest fat grams. Ice Creams around 120 calories for a half cup with four grams of fat or less, three grams or less of saturated fat, no more than 10 milligrams of cholesterol and less than 15 grams of sugar are great choices.” Edy’s Loaded Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, Cherry Chocolate Chip and Raspberry Chip Royale, Breyer’s Smooth & Dreamy Vanilla Bean, Rocky Road, Chocolate and Weight Watchers Giant Chocolate Cookies & Cream and Mint Fudge round out WebMD’ top favorite ice cream treats.Ice cream rocks this world, in moderation of course. No matter what fence ice cream is crossing, it’s sure to make a sweet difference. Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a big healthy scoop! I can’t wait for mine.Eat well and healthy,Shelly Peach Ice Cream www.mountvernon.orgGeorge Washington loved ice cream and sharing it with his friends. This is from his recipe collection. 3 pounds fresh ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, thinly sliced 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided, plus more as needed 3 cups heavy cream 3 cups half-and-half 1. Stir together the peaches and 1/2 cup of the sugar. Set aside, stirring occasionally, to dissolve the sugar.2. Scald the cream (bring just below the boiling point), remove from the heat, and add the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, stirring to dissolve. Blend in the half-and-half.3. Coarsely mash the peaches, either by hand or in a food processor, and then combine with the cream and half-and-half, stirring well. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.4. When ready to freeze, stir the mixture and add more sugar, if desired. Freeze in an ice-cream machine according to the manufacturer’s directions. Brownie Oreo Ice Cream Bars chelseymessyapron.com1 package brownie mix + ingredients called for24 Oreos + 3 for topping1 container (12.8 ounces) hot fudge topping1 container (48 ounces) cookies and cream ice cream1 container (8 ounces) whipped topping, completely thawed Prepare the brownies according to package directions. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with nonstick spray and bake the brownies according to package directions.Remove and allow the brownies to cool completely.Top evenly with Oreos.Warm the hot fudge for 30 seconds and then pour and smooth the hot fudge evenly over the brownies.Place in the freezer for 10 minutes and remove the ice cream to soften a bit at this time.Scoop large amounts of ice cream over the hot fudge. Evenly scoop out the entire container of ice cream over the hot fudge layer.Smooth the ice cream down using a metal spatula until it is even.Spread the whipped topping evenly over the ice cream and, if desired, garnish with three crushed up Oreos (no need to remove the filling).Cover and return to the freezer to fully harden.Allow to sit out for a few minutes before slicing.  Avocado ice cream altonbrown.comMay 2015 I had an avocado ice cream without dairy than I love. I found this one and am anxious to try it.12 ounces avocado flesh, about 3 medium specimens-worth1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed1 1/2 cups whole milk1/2 cup sugar1 cup heavy cream Halve the avocados, remove pits and use a large spoon to scoop out the flesh.Place avocado, lemon juice, milk and sugar in blender carafe and puree until smooth.*Reduce blender speed to low and slowly add the cream.Chill the mixture in an air-tight container until it reaches 40 degrees F or below, 4 to 6 hours.Process the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. This mixture sets up very fast, so count on it only 5 to 10 minutes to process to soft-serve consistency.Serve immediately or harden in freezer for 3 to 4 hours for a firmer texture.Alton Brown’s Notes*Yes, you can use a food processor in a pinch, but you’ll have to scrape down the sides a lot and it will take longer. Just sayin’Yield: 1 quartPrep Time: 45 minutesTotal Time: 12 hoursA malted vanilla ice cream is loaded with chunks of peanut brittle and milk chocolate.last_img read more