Karsan has worked closely with BMW when developing the Atak Electric small bus. It offers a claimed range of 300km with a gross weight of 11,000kg, and it is likely to come here at some point, says KarsanThere may be scope in the UK market for a lightweight, small electric bus with a range of 300km, believes Karsan. When it launched the Atak Electric in Germany recently, it revealed that delivering a right-hand drive model is in its development programme.The Atak Electric is 8.3m long and in its launch form it has two doors and 25 seats.However, the Turkish builder does not rule out revising that layout to further suit the UK. It believes that the bus has potential in several right-hand drive markets, strengthening the argument for its homologation in such a layout.Perhaps the most significant aspect of the Atak Electric is how Karsan has collaborated with BMW in developing the driveline. The five BMW batteries give a total energy storage of 220kW/h; all are positioned in the short rear overhang, either below the back seat or on the roof.A single electric motor rated at 230kW and able to deliver 2,400Nm of torque from stationary, along with an unladen weight of below 8,000kg, means that performance is sparkling. The Atak Electric’s looks are modern, and its passenger area is attractive, quiet and rattle-free.Turkish delightWhile BMW is Karsan’s driveline partner, the remainder of the vehicle is its own work. It is Karsan’s second electric bus debut in less than a year; the smaller Jest Electric is an outside bet for development in right-hand drive form.The Atak Electric utilises space frame construction, and when kneeled its step height is 270mm. Air suspension is fitted on both axles and it is independent at the front. Unusually, the front wheels are slightly larger than those at the rear. Charging is via either AC or DC. With the latter arrangement, the time required is three hours; using AC, it is either five or 10 hours depending on whether a double or single plug-in is used.A dash switch governs the level of regeneration. Under the more aggressive setting, speed is lost quickly when the accelerator is released, although engagement is ‘blended’, and there is no sudden jerk as it commences.Work is required to configure the saloon to the layout needed in the UKThe dash binnacle is entirely digital, with dials created on an LCD screen. As shown, the Atak Electric has a greater degree of driver control over some elements than would likely be wanted by many UK operators, but the cab is nevertheless a pleasant place to be.In the saloonDemonstration Atak Electrics are all fitted out to a continental layout, where the volume of standees is greater than the number of seated passengers.A 22kW air-conditioning unit is fitted to the roof. It uses heat pump technology, and as a result Karsan says that it is highly efficient. Additionally, side radiators are also fitted, although the manufacturer adds that they are only necessary in sub-zero temperatures.The air-conditioning unit worked well in an ambient temperature of over 30oc. Also dotted around the saloon are USB charging points.It is only beyond the drive axle that the floor rises, with two steps into the rear area. Visibility throughout the bus is good, but the most noticeable aspect is how quiet it is. Not only is the driveline almost silent, but there are no rattles whatsoever even on a poor road surface.Behind the wheelKarsan made three Atak Electrics available for test. The most striking thing when driving them is how fast they are. The motor has already been reined in from its original specification – when Karsan says it could propel the bus from stationary to 50mph in less than eight seconds – and it will be further moderated before production begins in August.As is typical with an electric bus, acceleration is constant regardless of the starting road speed. The opportunity was provided to drive the Atak Electric through a variety of chicanes, and another impressive aspect is how well it handles being pushed hard. There is no oversteer at all, although the anti-slip regulation cut in more than once when the throttle was opened while the bus was not completely straight.The five BMW batteries of 44kW each are amounted behind the rear axleCoach-style electrically adjusted and heated mirrors are fitted, and external lighting all round is with LEDs.Coming here soon?Karsan will need to do a reasonable amount of work to make the Atak Electric suitable for the UK. The main bulk of that will be moving the steering wheel, but adjusting the wheelchair area’s location and potentially removing the centre door are also relevant.If it can do all of that satisfactorily, the Atak Electric stands a chance of being taken up here.Important to note is that it is neither a low-cost nor a low-quality bus. Its retail price starts at the equivalent of around £295,000, but it is an attractive model that seems to be well put together.The attraction of a claimed 300km range in a bus with a GVW of 11,000kg is obvious, and the use of BMW technology in the driveline should give an assurance of durability. Karsan will provide a warranty of two years for the motor and four years or 200,000km on the batteries.It remains to be seen what potential the smaller Jest Electric has in the UK, but on this first showing, the Atak Electric will certainly tick some boxes.
Master pianist Marco Benevento has announced an extensive fall tour schedule! With dates focused in the Northeast and Midwest, Benevento is bringing his good time vibes out to a theater near you!After a two-night stint at the 1-Up in Denver, CO, Benevento and his band of Dave Dreiwitz and Andy Borger will hit the road again on September 11th, playing shows in upstate New York and Burlington, VT. There are some Southern dates, some shows along the East Coast, a two-night stint in Chicago… all Marco, all the time!Check out the full schedule below. Tickets and more information are available via Benevento’s website.July 24 & 25 – Denver, CO – The 1upSeptember 11 – Sherman, NY – Night Lights FestivalSeptember 12 – Hector, NY – Stonecat CafeSeptember 13 – Burlington, VT – Grand Point North FestivalSeptember 24 – Austin, TX – Empire Control Room ^September 25 – Guthrie, OK – Taloe Music Festival October 8 – Baltimore, MD – 8×10October 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground ArtsOctober 10 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’sOctober 15 – Northampton, MA – Parlor RoomOctober 16 – Providence, RI – Columbus TheatreOctober 17 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville TheatreOctober 20 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron WorksOctober 21 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands TavernOctober 22 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders BrewingOctober 23 & 24 – Chicago, IL – Tonic RoomOctober 25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland BallroomJanuary 6-11 – Miami, FL – Jam Cruise[Photo via Greg Horowitz] read more
Young Pirates celebrate their win in the SAFA Cape Town men’s Coke Cup final. Veteran Young Pirates striker Royston Lindsay scored his fourth goal in two matches when he netted the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory against Helderberg’s Two For Joy in this year’s Coke Cup final, at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.The lanky forward was also on point in the semi-finals, where he almost single-handedly eliminated Mitchell’s Plain’s Beacon Spurs with a brilliant hat-trick to secure Pirates’ spot in Saturday’s final.However, it took a collective effort to keep their stubborn opponents at bay. with goalkeeper Zaheer Meiring in superb form between the post and livewire winger Tasreek Judaar causing all the problems for the defence. However, the vocal Pirates fans had to wait until late in the first half before Lindsay’s strike had caused an eruption that nearly blew the roof off the stadium. There were moments of panic though, as Two For Joy threatened to score early on but were prevented from doing so thanks to Meiring’s acrobatics. Meiring and co would have been wary of their opponents’ goalscoring reputation as they demolished Hanover Park’s Melchester Rovers 5-1 in the semi-finals.The fleet-footed keeper produced a stunning save from close range to deny the opposition a foot in the door. A few minutes later, the Helderberg side thought they had a penalty but the referee, Akhona Ndzingo – who had an excellent game in the middle – dismissed their appeal and awarded them a free kick just outside the box.The Strand-based side failed to make good use of that opportunity as the ball went wide for a corner kick.From then on, the Heideveld side came back strongly, getting close on a number of occasions but their front runners couldn’t penetrate their opponents’ defence.Judaar put in the hard yards up front, confusing the opposition defence with his trickery on the ball. He was running riot down the left and the right flanks and would have been an ideal canididate for man of the match, had such an award been on offer. Pirates were particularly impressive in the middle with Thembisile Salmani and Mthuthuzeli Matshabane pulling the strings in the middle. They made sure that, after winning the battle in the middle, they played the ball over the opposition defence straight to the pacey Judaar.But Pirates didn’t have it all their own way as the Two For Joy wall stood firm and they tried to catch their opponents on a counter. They just didn’t get the breakthrough they needed. Pirates, on the other hand, used the one opportunity that came their way, with Lindsay scoring in the last minute of the first half. The second half, especially in the early stages, proved to be a ding-dong affair as neither side really took charge of things. The battle got tighter in the middle and, as a result, the strikers didn’t get enough supply to test the keepers. Two For Joy were, at that point, getting desperate for the equaliser but their opponents were not giving anything away. And, if they found the opening, Pirates goalie was always alert, protecting his side’s lead.Pirates held on until the final whistle to record their first-ever Coke Cup victory. And coach Roger Fortune admitted his side had to dig deep for their victory as Two For Joy proved to be stubborn, especially at the back.“We prepared thoroughly for this final, did our homework and came here with a plan. We knew they were going to attack us using their wings, which was where we needed to stop them. Two For Joy came hard at us but our players kept our shape well and the concentration levels were on point. “We were able to close the supply and, once they were starved of the ball, they got frustrated and we capitalised,” said Fortune.He also noted that the players were, before the match, aware that there was more at stake than just winning the trophy for themselves and the club.“This win means a lot to us. We were playing for Heideveld as a whole and you can see the Heideveld people here are over the moon. We are proud of the boys’ achievement. They gave their all through the tournament and this is the reward,”said Fortune.He said the team had a difficult run in the competition. In fact, they were at some point referred to as penalty kings as they won most of their Coke Cup matches on penalties. However, Pirates played like champions scoring 30 goals and conceding only five after beating Santos 1-0, Newfields FC 16-0, Bellville United 2-0, Benfica 3-2 on penalties after a 1-all draw, Stanfurf 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw, Florentina 5-4 after a 2-all draw, United 5-0 and Beacon Spurs 3-2, ahead of Saturday’s final. Fortune said their style was based on attacking football, which was coupled with solid defence. And, that was in full display on Saturday as his side attacked in waves, and also proving to be stingy at the back, in terms of giving away goal-scoring chances. read more
The current system of continuing professional development (CPD) is ‘failing and open to abuse’, the Legal Services Consumer Panel said today.In response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s consultation on proposed changes to CPD, the panel says it welcomes the regulator’s wish to take a new approach to improve standards. But it said enforcement action and periodic re-accreditation are equally important in protecting consumers. In February the regulator suggested an overhaul of CPD in which it said the regime is largely ‘tick-box’ with no real focus on the quality or appropriateness of the professional development undertaken.The SRA’s preferred option is to provide non-mandatory guidance. The second option is a requirement on solicitors to plan and reflect on their development, which they would have to document in an annual cycle. Its third option was to retain a minimum hours scheme with some modifications. The consumer panel says it has serious concerns about the SRA’s preferred option, in relation to individual accountability and monitoring the quality of work. The panel said it favours the second option as it requires solicitors to ‘show evidence of their planning, recording and reflecting on their development activity’.The panel says it does not believe option three would achieve the desired results as it would have the effect of continuing a discredited model ‘out of step with good practice’.In its response the panel also criticised the consultation for failing to discuss sanctions on individuals and entities for not carrying out adequate CPD.The consultation closes tomorrow. read more
Paul Pogba wildly celebrated Jose Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United by insisting ‘he f***** with the wrong baller’.The Portuguese boss was finally relieved of his duties at Old Trafford earlier this week following the club’s worst start to a top-flight season since 1990. His last game was a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.One of Mourinho’s biggest failings was a failure to bring the best out of Pogba, who re-joined the club from Juventus for a staggering £89million in August 2016.The pair engaged in numerous arguments and Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy in the final few months of Mourinho’s tenure.According to The Sun, Pogba shouted: ‘He thought he could make a fool of me and turn the fans against me. He f***ed with the wrong baller,’ at the club’s Carrington training ground on Tuesday morning.It is claimed the only player who did not join in the celebrations was striker Romelu Lukaku, who was signed by Mourinho for an initial £75million in 2017.Michael Carrick, who served on Mourinho’s coaching staff, was quick to get involved though and reminded Pogba that no player is bigger than the club.The report suggests Carrick reminded players that anyone who is not up to scratch would be sold and they needed to pull together to improve results on the pitch.It is also claimed in The Sun that Mourinho told Pogba during a meeting that he should try to be like Frank Lampard, his former Chelsea player.In a bid to improve the Frenchman’s attitude, Mourinho pointed out Lampard as ‘an example of the perfect midfielder’.Rather than take the advice on board though, Pogba reacted furiously and asked if Lampard had won the World Cup like he managed to do with France earlier this year.It is believed Pogba’s dismissive response was the final straw for Mourinho and confirmed his feelings that his relationship with Pogba was beyond repair.Mourinho is also believed to have told another United player to stay clear of Pogba because he was becoming such a bad influence. read more
FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will look at a resolution at their meeting on Tuesday that shows the boroughs support regarding the current laws and regulations of the State of Alaska Regarding Oil Spill Prevention and Response. The resolution is sponsored by Assembly President Kelly Cooper, and Vice President Willy Dunne. In a memo to the assembly, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has participated in both the Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Councils since their inception with borough appointed members to each organizations’ board of directors. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has been soliciting input regarding the regulations that protect our citizens and economic activities which could beharmed by oil spills. The existing regulations have been developed over several decades with participation from industry and the public, according to the companion memo to the resolution. The resolution supports CIRCAC and PWS RCAC in their role as public watchdogs and asks the State of Alaska to retain the existing rigorous rules for oil spill contingency plans and other protections that benefit the citizens of the borough. Cooper and Dunne in the assembly, “We are currently represented by Grace Merkes on the CIRCAC board and Mako Haggerty on the PWS RCAC board.” The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) has recently proposed an overhaul of the state’s oil discharge prevention and contingency plans regulations, something CIRCAC says is unnecessary. Michael Munger the Executive Director of CIRCAC: “We question the DEC’s motivation. They justified this review because it’s unnecessarily burdensome to industry. These laws are working well as written, we vigorously oppose the change in oil spill prevention and response laws, and are recommending the DEC leave them alone.” Photo provided by: oil-and-gas/hot-water-from-high-pressure-hoses-exxon-valdez-oil-spill-trustee-council read more
LONDON, (CMC) – Scott Borthwick struck an exciting hundred but West Indies A’s seamers still managed to contain Surrey, on the opening day of their four-day contest at the Oval here Monday.The left-hander, who played a single Test for England four years ago, finished on 153 not out as the hosts reached 309 for eight in their first innings.Ryan Patel struck 47 while wicketkeeper Adam Rouse chipped in with 36, but the remainder of the Surrey batting failed to capitalise.The fast bowling trio of Sherman Lewis (2-44), Chemar Holder (2-44) and Raymon Reifer (2-46) proved steady, making strikes at key stages of the innings to limit Surrey.West Indies A had the better of the early exchanges in the morning session as the new-ball pair of Lewis and Holder caused openers Arun Harinath (10) and Test batsman Mark Stoneman (1) problems.Lewis eventually claimed the left-handed Stoneman in the third over, to a diving catch in the cordon by John Campbell before Harinath, dropped off Holder a couple of overs earlier, was taken at mid-on by Oshane Smith off first-change pacer Romario Shepherd.However, Borthwick and Patel combined in a 131-run, third wicket partnership which repaired the damage.Borthwick faced 232 balls and batted all day, hitting 20 fours and a six while the 20-year-old Patel stroked eight fours in an 82-ball knock which lasted eight minutes shy of 2-1/2 hours.When Patel was bowled missing a pull at Holder, Surrey slumped somewhat, losing three wickets for 20 runs as 20-year-old Will Jacks was removed by Reifer and captain Tom Curran fell to a catch at the wicket off Holder without scoring to the second ball he faced.Borthwick, however, remained solid and found an ally in Rouse, with whom he added a crucial 93 runs for the sixth wicket.The stand was broken by part-time off-spinner John Campbell in this third over and Rouse’s wicket triggered another slide where Surrey lost another three wickets for 30 runs at the end. read more