After playing with several of the world’s best soccer players, Johnson (17), a senior defender/midfielder, has collected four assists this year but is still without a score of her own.[/media-credit]After living in Wisconsin for her whole life, senior defender/midfielder and Wisconsin women’s soccer team captain Lindsey Johnson left her comfort zone and spent her summer in one of the most bustling cities in the United States: Seattle.It’s one thing to go from Sussex, Wis., with a population just over 10,000 people to Seattle with a population 62 times larger than that in the city. But to play soccer on the same team as Hope Solo, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan – some of the best soccer players in the world – is an experience most could only dream of. Johnson lived that dream this summer.She had just finished her third year at Wisconsin and was a defensive staple for the Badgers’ women’s soccer team, starting in all 20 matches and named to the second team all-Big Ten.Johnson then set her sights on the summer. She was planning to play soccer, but not sure where, and thanks to Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins, who encouraged Johnson, she took a chance and played in Seattle.“I was thinking of playing somewhere else in the summer,” Johnson said. “I didn’t really know where I was going to go, but then Paula kind of pushed me to [go to Seattle]. She put the idea in my head, and I thought about it, and then I just went for it.”So Wilkins put in a good word with head coach Michelle French and with that Johnson was on her way to play for the Seattle Sounders of the USL W-League.Johnson remembers what it was like when she first landed in Seattle.“When I first arrived, I was probably the most nervous I have ever been in my entire life,” Johnson said. “A guy that worked for the team picked me up at the airport. I was pretty much on the verge of freaking out right after I got on the plane, but as soon as I met him and met my host family and my team, the nerves went away pretty quickly.”Johnson noticed professionalism was the biggest difference between her W-League team and college team. She said the practices weren’t too different from college, but noted the intensity of the games was above and beyond anything she had ever known.She recalled an event in particular that set the tone for the rest of the summer.“In my very first game, I remember there was a ball going out on the end-line for a corner for the other team, and there was no way I could have gotten to it to save the corner. So naturally I didn’t go for it. But I was screamed at because I didn’t attempt to save it – and that’s the moment I knew that this was going to be a completely different experience than I have ever before experienced.”Johnson went on to play in eight of the team’s 15 games, tallying 378 minutes and a shot during the season. The Sounders ended the season with a record of 10-4-1.The senior captain said playing in the W-League presented challenges she had never experienced before.“It was definitely a different experience,” Johnson said. “First of all, in Seattle, the fans are outrageous. There were 4,500 people at every game… and that was ridiculous. I’ve never been in an environment like that.“The pace and everything is higher. It’s just a different experience and playing with girls that have been in such a high [level of] environment – it makes me look forward to what I can do in the future.”While in Seattle, Johnson had the opportunity to play with Solo, Morgan and Rapinoe because the U.S. professional women’s soccer league was suspended due to a financial dispute.Johnson made relationships with some of the players there, hanging out with the team through various team-bonding exercises that included a team get together at Solo’s house for the Fourth of July.Reflecting on the experience, she said just being able to be in a different city and playing alongside some of the best players in the world was an experience she will never forget.“I’ve never been on my own like that in my entire life,” Johnson said. “It was really different living with a family that wasn’t my own, and then I had to play with players I wasn’t used to and be on a team that I wasn’t used to and coaches that I wasn’t used to. Then [to] play with players of that caliber was just outrageous.”Senior midfielder Monica Lam-Feist, who is close with Johnson, says she can tell that her teammate’s time in Seattle was beneficial for her.“I’m pretty close with LJ so I know that she has never really been outside her comfort zone before,” Lam-Feist said. “She’s never really played outside of Wisconsin so going to Seattle for a summer was a good experience for her. I definitely saw a side to her come out of her shell a bit. It was nice to see.”This season, Johnson has started all 12 of UW’s games and is tied for the team lead in assists with four.Wilkins says she can tell some good habits have rubbed off on Johnson after playing with such talented players over the summer.“I think when you see how professional some people can be, I think that you can learn from that,” Wilkins said. “It’s pretty amazing to be in that culture. Obviously playing with the Alex Morgans and the Hope Solos of the world you see what they do day-in and day-out to become a better player, and I think that’s something that will be a great experience for her.”Follow Spencer on Twitter
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RALEIGH, N.C. – Six out of the seven college students killed last month in a beach house fire had alcohol in their systems, although a prosecutor said he doesn’t believe drinking played a role in the deaths. The blood-alcohol levels ranged from .16 percent to .29 percent, Dr. John Butts, the state’s chief medical examiner, said Friday. The legal limit for driving in North Carolina is .08 percent, and Butts said the alcohol levels may have affected the students’ coordination and “their ability to respond.” But Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore dismissed the suggestion that drinking contributed to the deaths. He noted there was no trace of alcohol in the seventh victim. Six other students staying at the house were able to escape the blaze, and at least two did so by jumping from a window. “It’s a tragedy when they have those levels of alcohol,” Gore said. “But I haven’t seen anything to indicate that was a major contributing factor to the fire or to the chances of survival.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Investigators have said the cause of the fire is undetermined, but they were unable to rule out improperly discarded cigarettes.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signed off for Dortmund with a German Cup winner’s medal 1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain from Borussia Dortmund in a deal believed to be worth £61m.The 27-year-old striker will join the French giants this summer after signing up to £8.75m-per-year wages and a £5m signing-on fee.A Gabon international, Aubameyang has been linked with Europe’s biggest clubs, including Liverpool, Man United and Real Madrid, but the French Cup and French League Cup holders appear to have secured his signing.Aubameyang scored 40 goals in all competitions last season, including the winner in the German Cup final, and clinched the Bundesliga Golden Boot with 31 goals, taking his tally to 120 goals in 189 matches in four seasons in Germany.
DDTV: BREAKING NEWS….IT’S 6.00AM and 80 pupils from Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin in Letterkenny have just boarded two buses for a journey to Dublin.They will take to the stage of the National Concert Hall later today after reaching the final stages of Waltons Music for Schools Competition.They will perform ‘Draíocht an Cheoil’ (Magic of Music).They are among just six primary and six post-primary schools to have been chosen by judges from Waltons Music, Waltons New School of Music and RTÉ lyric fm to perform with the chance of winning musical instruments and/or equipment to the value of €10,000. One national school will win €3,000 worth of equipment, whilst a secondary school will win prizes to the same value, with runners-up prizes too.If you can’t make it today – you can watch how good they are by pressing play on the video.Ádh Mór… DDTV: GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNÁIN PUPILS SET TO HIT THE HIGH NOTE AT NATIONAL CONCERT HALL was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:gaelscoil adhamhnainNational Concert Hall Dublinwaltons music for schools competition
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Deere & Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, a calfornia-based leader in applying machine learning to agriculture.“We welcome the opportunity to work with a Blue River Technology team that is highly skilled and intensely dedicated to rapidly advancing the implementation of machine learning in agriculture,” said John May, President, Agricultural Solutions, and Chief Information Officer at Deere. “As a leader in precision agriculture, John Deere recognizes the importance of technology to our customers. Machine learning is an important capability for Deere’s future.”Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present, optimizing the use of inputs in farming – a key objective of precision agriculture.“Blue River is advancing precision agriculture by moving farm management decisions from the field level to the plant level,” said Jorge Heraud, co-founder and CEO of Blue River Technology. “We are using computer vision, robotics, and machine learning to help smart machines detect, identify, and make management decisions about every single plant in the field.”Already in 2017, Blue River Technology has been listed among Inc. Magazine’s 25 Most Disruptive Companies, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, CB Insights 100 Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies in the World, and the Top 50 Agricultural Innovations by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.Deere said it will invest $305 million to fully acquire Blue River Technology. Deere plans to have the 60-person firm remain in Sunnyvale with an objective to continue its rapid growth and innovation with the same entrepreneurial spirit that has led to its success. The transaction is expected to close in September.May said the investment in Blue River Technology is similar to Deere’s acquisition of NavCom Technology in 1999 that established Deere as a leader in the use of GPS technology for agriculture and accelerated machine connectivity and optimization.
If you love Nicholas Sparks, here’s another reason to keep doing so: he loves helping kids.The novelist, known for tearjerker stories that sometime became tearjerker movies like “The Notebook” and “Dear John,” has created the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, which promotes learning, scholarship opportunities and cultural awareness for low-income families.In fall 2013, shoppers at Joss & Main helped give his non-profit a boost through the innovative program, “Curate for a Cause.” Sparks worked with the retailer to create a collection of furnishings that reflect his personality and literary style, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit his foundation. The Nicholas Sparks-inspired collection included items with an Americana look and feel, plus some fanciful Southern twists and touches.Along with some general items that reflect elements of his world and culture, vignettes were created that were inspired by several of his books.• “The Notebook” jumps back and forth between the decades describing the lingering attraction between Allie and Noah and the correspondence between them that begins and ends in a nursing home. The collection included architect’s desks, plush headboards, patterned chaises, and comfy, yet classy furnishings. The pieces have to be strong and functional yet contain some elements of Southern charm in the 1940s and modern day, plus colors and shades that evoke the look, feel and mood of coastal North Carolina. • “Dear John” shows how love remains strong over the years in spite of war and other forces that try to force it apart. As a collection of furnishings, think weathered coffee tables, throw pillows, and colonial-style décor – it’s sturdy, but also far from rustic. • “The Longest Ride,” Sparks’ newest book, shares the story of two families separated by time. There are secrets revealed and forgotten memories unearthed. The action moves from World War II to bull-riding arenas. The story’s rough-and-tumble elements of Western living co-mingle with more refined pursuits like art collecting, so the furnishings reflect the different times and generations. You’ll see wicker tables, cowhide rugs, leather sofas.Sparks isn’t the only celebrity who has been involved in “Curate for a Cause.” During the last few years, Joss & Main has invited other popular performers and writers to take part by coming up with their own lines of furnishings and charities close to their hearts.Actor Orlando Bloom, known for his work in “The Lord of the Rings,” “Hobbit” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchises, was involved in 2012. His charity of choice was Epidermolysis Bulloma Medical Research Foundation, which seeks a cure for a devastating genetic disorder. The pieces in this collection were a little more eclectic than Sparks’ softer hues, such as Herman Miller Eames lounge chairs, but reflected Bloom’s diverse and fantasy-oriented film background and creative imagination.Courteney Cox, star of “Friends” and “Cougar Town” also dedicated a portion of proceeds from her collection to the Epidermolysis Bulloma Medical Research Foundation. Her look was inspired by her own home, a blend of modern and classic styles. Her collection featured elegant poster beds, fun accent pieces, and bright throw pillows. She likes neutral items enhanced with a few bright splashes of color.
APTN National newsTwo British Columbia chiefs have joined together to launch a class action suit over what they claims is glaring hypocrisy.Hundreds of their members were ineligible for residential school compensation only because they were allowed to return home at night.These students are known as day scholars and the chiefs are fighting on their behalf.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.