Podolski is expected to complete the formalities of his move over the weekend, and is said to have agreed to a pay-cut to help facilitate the move. “I expect so much from this adventure,” the Germany international said at the airport. “I spoke to (Roberto) Mancini and think he is a great coach. He wanted me and I am happy to be here. “I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. “Forza Inter – we hope to have a great season.” The 29-year-old had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities with the Gunners, and will now look to further his career in Serie A. Inter, whose initial interest was described as a “joke” by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, posted photos on their official Twitter feed of Podolski’s arrival, where he was greeted by the club’s fans and quickly draped in their blue-and-black scarf. Press Association Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has arrived in Italy ahead of a proposed loan move to Inter Milan.
Follow Yasmeen on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan Ranked No. 23, USC and crosstown rival UCLA tied on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings released Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Both schools increased one spot higher from last year, sharing the ranking with Carnegie Mellon, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University. Last year, both Los Angeles schools shared the No. 24 ranking with the University of Virginia.Rankings are determined using multiple criteria, including acceptance rates, graduation rates, faculty and freshmen retention. However, U.S. News and World Report said their methodology for determining this year’s rankings has changed, putting less emphasis on freshmen academics and adding more emphasis to factors such as graduation rate performance and incoming freshmen SAT and ACT exam scores.Overall, the magazine said these changes have had a minimal effect on the top 50 rankings.
The Tracker Flyers are heading to he NAMHL league semi-finals.The Tracker Flyers have defeated the Peace River Royals 2-0 in their three game divisional final. In game two of the series Saturday in Dawson Creek, the Flyers ended up winning the game 3-2.Connor Fynn, Dylan Houle and Mark Readman scored the goals for the Tracker Flyers.- Advertisement -The Flyers will now await the winner of any of the following series, KC Colts and St. Albert Blues, Camrose Kodiaks and the Northeast Panthers and the PAC Spruce Grove Saints and St. Albert Crusaders.
Sometimes it takes a village – at least that’s the approach Van Nuys residents are taking to deal with the long-standing issue of prostitution in their neighborhood. Joining forces with the City Council and the Los Angeles Police Department, residents are picking up signs, flashlights and cameras to participate in monthly marches through the streets of their neighborhood. They begin after dark and walk the streets until midnight. The idea is to send a message to streetwalkers and their johns. “Families in this neighborhood are fed up with this issue,” said Ron Hay, a Van Nuys resident for 10 years. Usually the women work a circuit, and the Sepulveda Boulevard corridor ranks among the top three locations in Southern California, police said. “Unfortunately, this has been going on for decades,” C rdenas said. “As a community, we feel compelled and obligated to do whatever we can to reduce this problem. Children in these neighborhoods should not have to look at the evidence of this problem on their walk to school every morning. They shouldn’t have to deal with that.” Residents are encouraged to bring still and video cameras to the marches, too. “This is the safest way let them know we are looking at them, we are watching them and we are recording them,” C rdenas said. “We can let them know they are not supposed to be doing that in our neighborhood.” The walks seem to be leading to results. Although authorities couldn’t provide specific numbers, Sgt. McNeill Gardner said he has seen a “significant drop in street prostitution.” “The women have seen the community’s involvement and they have started to shy away from the area,” said Gardner, who patrols the Van Nuys-North Hills area. With officers already stretched thin, he said it is a community program like this that can make a difference. “Law enforcement is 50percent police and 50percent community,” he said. “There is only so much we can do.” Hay said the organized effort has also created some side effects that have led to his neighborhood’s improvement. Extra lighting has been added to some streets, and extra officers have been assigned to key hot spots along the boulevard. For Hay, who is captain of his street’s Neighborhood Watch program and has several officers’ numbers on speed dial, community members need to realize that apathy is not an option. “So many people would rather stay home and ignore what’s going on,” he said. “But people need to become a part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you don’t, your neighborhood goes down the tubes.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Hay said it is not uncommon for hookers to walk by as close as his driveway. “I have heard people screaming in a car having sex in front of my house. I have found condoms in the gutter,” he said. “It is just unpleasant.” Officer Ron Carter, who initiated the monthly marches, said the idea is to get those most affected involved in getting rid of the problem. “Community policing – that is where it all begins,” Carter said, adding that his vice officers regularly organize stings and undercover operations. Councilman Tony C rdenas, who helped put together the task force that launched the monthly marches, said as soon as he was elected, he heard from the community about the prostitution.