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first_img Shop Logan Schmitt illustrations at SummitGeneral.store! King Bear Screen Print Logan Schmitt is an illustrator who grew up in the woods in Wheeling, West Virginia. His fascination with nature and the small places of the forest are ever-present in his work and are a continual source of inspiration. center_img Stylistically, he uses lots of lines and flat colors to present animals and other natural elements in an otherworldly light. When he isn’t illustrating posters for bands or designing t-shirts, you can find him somewhere in the woods or down by the creek. He lives in Wheeling with his wife and owl figurines. Woodland Wolf Screen Print An illustrator who grew up in the woods of Wheeling, West Virginia last_img read more

first_img“Senegal have a magnificent team. There are young players, a lot of whom have played in France and now in England.”Having waited for the call that never came, Koulibaly was astounded to hear France coach Didier Deschamps cite his name in an interview on French television last year when asked about players who he was monitoring.“I was watching the programme without really paying attention and then I heard my name. He must have missed something. I don’t blame him for it,” said Koulibaly, who is now focused fully on helping the country of his roots.Runners-up in 2002, Senegal have never won the Africa Cup of Nations before.However, the presence of players such as Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Sadio Mane, Moussa Sow and Koulibaly in their squad means they are one of the favourites going into this year’s tournament in Gabon.In a Group B also containing much-fancied Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe, Senegal should at least make the knockout rounds, something they failed to do in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.“Our common objective is to get past the first round,” admitted Koulibaly, who has shaken off an injury to make the squad, after an audience with President Macky Sall.Finishing ahead of Algeria would be no mean feat, and the sides will meet each other in a likely group decider in Franceville on January 23.The Fennecs of Algeria have a star-studded front line, but none of them will relish coming up against Koulibaly, a player revered at Napoli and described by club legend Diego Maradona as a “phenomenon”.After modest beginnings at Metz, the defender starred for Genk in Belgium, earning himself a move to Napoli in 2014 when Rafa Benitez was still in charge of the Italians.Koulibaly did not initially believe the Spaniard could possibly be interested in him, saying: “I thought it was a friend joking around.”But the move happened and the player’s stock has risen to such an extent that English Premier League leaders Chelsea have been linked with a mega bid of £50 million for his services.Nevertheless, his presence in Gabon allied with Napoli’s continuing involvement in the UEFA Champions League means any transfer will surely have to wait until the end of the season at least.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kalidou Koulibaly has admitted he waited and waited for the call to come from France before choosing to play for Senegal, and does not regret his decision for one second.The powerful 25-year-old centre-back was born in France and represented the country of his birth at under-20 level, but he accepted the call from coach Aliou Cisse in September 2015 to help the Lions of Teranga qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.“I waited for a long time for a call-up for Les Bleus,” says the Napoli star. “I know there was a possibility at the time of my arrival at Napoli, but I have made my decision now and I don’t regret it.last_img read more

first_imgOne of Douglas La Bouff’s neighbors remembers him as a man who had the military in his blood at a young age. “When he was around 8 years old, he would always be running around the street with military battle fatigues on,” said Louis Perez, mayor pro tem of La Puente. On Saturday, La Bouff, 36, a major in the Army, was killed in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Military officials said La Bouff, along with seven other troops and four American civilians, was aboard a Black Hawk helicopter as part of an air team providing support for the 101st Airborne Division. They were flying between bases when communications were lost, officials said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation; military officials said it was the deadliest crash in almost a year. La Bouff was born in Baldwin Park and grew up in La Puente. He graduated from Bishop Amat High School in 1987, according to Dr. Merritt Hemenway, the school’s principal. A biography prepared by family members said that in high school La Bouff played football and earned the Congressional Gold Medal for establishing an anti-drug program in his community. He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Whittier College and a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton, where he enrolled in the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. La Bouff made a career out of the military and was assigned to the Army’s 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment in Fort Carson, Colo. Army Capt. Robert Medina, a longtime friend of La Bouff’s, described him as a man who encompassed many commendable traits. “He was intelligent, physically fit, a devoted Catholic, a loving father and a perfect husband,” Medina said. Medina said La Bouff was in the military for 10 years and had almost completed his tour in Iraq. “He was in Iraq for 10 months and he was scheduled to leave in late February. That’s what is so tragic,” he said. David Lasher, assistant to the city manager, said flags at City Hall are being flown at half staff and will stay that way for a week as a sign of respect for La Bouff. “The family had a strong tie to the community, and the children grew up a few doors down from Councilman Perez,” City Manager Hal Ledford said. “There is an obvious sadness that goes along with knowing a family that was so prominent in the community.” La Bouff is survived by his wife, Karen, and two children. “He was everything that people should strive to be,” Medina said. “I think if he had lived longer he would have achieved more achievements and higher ranks and that’s what he wanted,” Medina said. “When you think of people dying in Iraq you (hear) of the young guys who are 21 and 22 who are out there on the front lines,” Perez said. “La Bouff was a major, the one making decisions, but you never know what’s going to happen when you step on a ship, on a plane or on a helicopter. You just never know.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more