first_imgBEIJING (AP): Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has signed to play for Shanghai Shenhua, becoming the latest in a procession of star players to join the Chinese Super League. Shanghai Shenhua said yesterday that they paid an US$11 million transfer fee to Argentine club Boca Juniors. A person familiar with the negotiations said the 32-year-old Tevez would be paid US$40 million over two years. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to divulge details of the transaction. Tevez is expected to join team training on the Japanese island of Okinawa next month, with a formal introduction to follow soon afterward. The next Super League season begins in March. Chinese clubs have spent heavily over the past year to attract mainly South American stars. Last week, Shenhua’s city rivals Shanghai SIPG sealed a deal with Oscar from Chelsea. Other stars to join Chinese clubs include the Brazilians Hulk, Ramires and Paulinho, Colombian striker Jackson Martinez and Argentine forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. Tevez will be coached by Gus Poyet, the former Sunderland and Real Betis manager who became Shenhua’s manager in November. Other internationally recognised managers in the Chinese Super League include Guangzhou Evergrande coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas, and Hebei China Fortune’s Manuel Pellegrini. China’s government wants to turn the country into a football power, setting the goal of having a team capable of winning the World Cup by 2050. Leading the national team is Italian coach Marcello Lippi, signed earlier this year to a hefty contract of his own. China has also invested in youth soccer and building stronger pipelines to develop homegrown talent.last_img read more

first_img “Too many trucks on the highways are sweatshops on wheels,’ said Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, one of the safety advocate groups. Calling large trucks “rolling time bombs on our highways,’ she and other activists urged Congress to reject a federal regulation they say will lead to more accidents. The federal rule, which went into effect Oct. 1, allows a 14- hour workday with truckers required to rest 10 hours for every 11 hours of driving. Previously, truckers could drive only 10 consecutive hours in a 15- hour workday. Patricia Lee, a spokeswoman for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, said while the regulations do allow an extra hour of driving time, by shortening the day “the rules put them closer to a regular schedule. It allows them more opportunity for rest.’ But activists feel those regulations don’t go far enough, and are fighting attempts by the trucking industry to codify it in an upcoming appropriations bill moving through the Senate. In California, truckers carrying only intrastate goods can ride up to 12 hours a shift. California Highway Patrol Capt. Andrew Jones said while fatigue is often an associated factor in truck accidents, speed is the top reason for crashes. He also noted that while the raw numbers of crashes has increased recently, when fatalities are calculated per 100 million miles, California has seen a steady decline. Since 1997, the number of California highway miles traveled by truckers annually has shot up from 14.5 billion miles to 18.9 billion. The state suffered 1.65 deaths per 100 million miles, lower than the federal fatality goal for the year. Activists also said Monday they are outraged by a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory ordering regulators not to cite or even document non-compliance with the rules until December. The group issued a “travel warning’ to motorists telling them to be especially wary of trucks in the next few months. “Bad as the rule is, they’re not even going to enforce that,’ Claybrook said. “This is an invitation to death and injury for truck drivers and families on the highways.’ Lee said the agency will continue to monitor egregious violations, but wants to give the industry time to educate drivers “because of the complexity and impact of the rule.’ @tagline columnist:Lisa Friedman can be reached at (202) 662-8731 or by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deadly big-rig accidents are piling up on California freeways, putting the Golden State second only to Texas in the number of annual truck fatalities, a study released Monday found. While the number of per-capita fatalities in California is fairly low about 1.16 crash deaths per 100,000 people compared to 8.09 deaths in Wyoming deadly truck accidents in the state have risen two years in a row. Last year, California saw 415 fatal truck crashes. Nationally, 5,190 people died last year in truck crashes. The Truck Safety Coalition, composed of four consumer safety groups that released the study, maintains trucker fatigue is the top reason for deadly crashes. It called on federal officials to limit the number of hours drivers can be on the road before they must pull over to sleep. last_img read more