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first_imgMembers of the Notre Dame community joined with Saint Mary’s in Take Back the Night on Thursday evening to break the silence surrounding the violence of rape and sexual assault. Amanda Downey, assistant director for Educational Initiatives at the Gender Relations Center (GRC), said the goal of Take Back the Night (TBTN) is for survivors and allies to publicly stand against all forms of sexual violence. “Men and women break the silence surrounding this violence with voices of prayer, chanting and the sharing of stories,” she said. TBTN began in Philadelphia in 1975 as a way for communities to unite against abuse, sexual assault and rape. Since then, the event has spread to thousands of universities, crisis centers and cities around the country, Downey said. Downey said Notre Dame began supporting the cause with its own TBTN several years ago. This year, the GRC worked with Men Against Violence, the Core Council and the Belles Against Violence Office at Saint Mary’s. “We have worked collaboratively since the early stages of planning,” she said. “Students and staff from both campuses worked together to plan and implement the program.” The cooperation across campuses mirrored the night’s effort of promoting solidarity among women and community members, she said. “We are all united in voices of hope and prayer that this violence will not be tolerated, and that those who have been hurt will someday find peace and healing,” Downey said. “It is important to create a survivor-friendly environment.” The night began with a group walk from Saint Mary’s Lake Marian to the Grotto for a candlelight vigil. A campus march followed the vigil and led to Holy Cross Hill, where members of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities shared their experiences in a “Speak Out” session. “I [was] really looking forward to the prayer service at the Grotto. It was a moving and beautiful event,” Downey said. “During the ‘Speak Out’ portion of the event, survivors felt empowered by sharing their own journey of healing, or by listening to the stories of others.” Downey said survivors of sexual assault witnessed the outpouring of support from the community at TBTN. She said friends, family and community members were also impacted by the events and shared stories. “The hope for this type of program is always to raise awareness and to create a safe space for survivors and friends,” Downey said. “There are a lot of people on campus who care and want to help.” For more information about on-campus support, visit the Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention’s website at www.csap.nd.edu.last_img read more


first_img View Comments Jamie Brewer(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) American Horror Story alum Jamie Brewer will make her New York stage debut in the world premiere of Lindsey Ferrentino’s Amy and the Orphans. The previously announced off-Broadway production from Roundabout will begin performances on February 1, 2018 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.The play follows Amy, a woman with Down syndrome who reunites with her two siblings following the death of their father. As they navigate the Long Island Expressway, the three finally confront the moment that changed their lives.Brewer made her television debut as Addie in the first season of American Horror Story; she went on to appear in the subsequent Coven and Freak Show seasons. She is also an activist for several non-profit organizations aimed to help people with intellectual developmental disabilities. In 2015, Brewer became the first woman with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week.The Scott Ellis-helmed production will open officially on March 1, 2018 and run through April 22.last_img read more


first_imgLazard: Renewables at an ‘inflection point,’ with new solar, wind cheaper than existing coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Engineering News:A new US study comparing the costs of energy from various generation technologies indicates that an “inflection point” has been reached where, in some cases, it is more cost effective to build and operate new renewable-energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants.The finding is contained in Lazard’s latest ‘Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) Analysis’, which the financial advisory firm compiles yearly. The report has been released together with the company’s latest ‘Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis’, which points to significant cost declines across most use cases and technologies.The analysis shows that the cost of generating electricity from utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind continued to decline last year, with solar PV decreasing by 13% and onshore wind by almost 7%. Decreases since 2009 are more dramatic, with the mean unsubsidised LCOE for solar PV falling 88% and onshore wind decreasing by 69% over the nine years surveyed by Lazard in the report.The analysis shows the “low-end” levelised cost of onshore wind-generated energy to be $29/MWh, below the average illustrative marginal cost of $36/MWh for coal in the US. The levelised cost of utility-scale solar, meanwhile, is stated to be nearly identical to the illustrative marginal cost of coal.“Although diversified energy resources are still required for a modern grid, we have reached an inflection point where, in some cases, it is more cost effective to build and operate new alternative energy projects than to maintain existing conventional generation plants,” Lazard power, energy and infrastructure group head George Bilicic says in a statement. “As alternative energy costs continue to decline, storage remains the key to solving the problem of intermittency and we are beginning to see a clearer path forward for economic viability in storage technologies,” Bilicic adds.The Lazard findings are significant for the US, with the calculations pointing to the possible further early retirements of coal-fired plants, notwithstanding President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to revive the coal industry.More: Lazard says ‘inflection point’ reached making new renewables cheaper than existing coallast_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York More than a dozen protestors rallied outside New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ district office in Rockville Centre Wednesday demanding the end to a controversial tax abatement program intended to foster affordable housing that instead also benefits some of the ultra-wealthy.Carrying signs and shouting chants including “Help Homeowners, Not Millionaires!” demonstrators held a press conference on the sidewalk, voicing grievances ranging from multi-million-dollar savings for billionaire tenants of an uber-posh penthouse tower in Manhattan to the exorbitant property taxes paid by low- and middle-income families across Nassau and the state.“He’s got his priorities screwed up,” slammed Hempstead resident and Long Island Chapter President of nonprofit New York Communities for Change Diane Goins, of the 16-term lawmaker. “We’re here to change his mind.”Known as the 421-A program, the scheme grants property tax exemptions for developers if construction of multi-family residential buildings affects their property values, with varying benefits based on location, property use and affordable housing requirements. It’s designed to incentivize more affordable housing development in New York City, yet has come under fire in recent months and weeks, with critics citing massive tax breaks for wealthy developers, luxury condominium owners and deep-pocketed political campaign donors, financed on the backs of the very taxpayers the program was originally intended to assist.Case in point: One57, a 75-story luxury skyscraper on West 57th Street—one of several comprising a stretch known as “Billionaires’ Row.” Units at the monolithic glass-walled spire with breathtaking penthouse views of Central Park sell for tens of millions of dollars; the prime minister of Qatar dropped a reported $100 million for a single penthouse last month and set a New York City record. Yet the building’s developer, Extell Development Company, was granted equally monolithic tax breaks under the 421-A abatement program—at least $35 million worth, according to reports—and prompting an investigation into the arrangement by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, according to the New York Post.“Right now 421-A is servicing billionaires and millionaires,” lamented Dennis Jones, of Hempstead, toting a homemade poster reading “Long Island Property Taxes” featuring a large frowny face emoticon. “We are now on Long Island considered the most expensive place to live in the country,” he explained, adding that he pays $16,000 in property taxes.“Help homeowners, not millionaires!” he shouted.Aida Rowe, another Hempstead resident protesting outside Skelos’ office, told news crews she forks over $14,000 in annual property taxes and said demonstrators were there to persuade the Republican lawmaker “not support 421-A when it comes up for reevaluation” in June.“We must speak out,” she contended. “Our taxes on Long Island, in Nassau Country, are exorbitant.”Protestors rallied outside NYS Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ district office in Rockville Centre Feb. 25, 2015 against 421-A tax incentives doled out to wealthy hedge fund tycoons and CEOs. (Long Island Press/Christopher Twarowski)Goins, Jones, Rowe and their dozen or so fellow demonstrators aren’t alone in decrying abuses of the program. In November 2014 state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlement agreements with a New York City landlord and three developers as part of an ongoing investigation by his office targeting such improprieties. Perversion of 421-A by elected officials is also predominant allegation in the U.S. government’s criminal complaint against disgraced former State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan)—who was arrested on federal corruption charges on Jan. 22.An investigative report released Tuesday by The Hedge Clippers—a project supported by the Strong Economy for All Coalition, an alliance of community groups and labor unions working to fight income inequality—discovered, among other revelations, that while low- and middle-income residents are forced to dole out hefty property tax bills in counties across the state, the wealthy tenants of One57 enjoy a 95-percent tax slash.“How much of a subsidy are One57 residents getting?” asks the group on its website HedgeClippers.org.“So far, more than one billion dollars of condos have sold at One57, with the average sale price of $26.1 million. Yet the average owner will pay a mere $5,230 in property taxes this year. In total, the forty-four identified sales [as of 2/18/15] will pay a combined $230,138 in property taxes, saving a collective $4,774,029 from the 421a abatement, for this year alone.”“And all that is before taking into account how massively under-assessed these condos are,” the Hedge Clipper report continues. “The average One57 condo has an estimated market value of just 8.73% of its sale price. That means that the 4,483 square foot condo purchased by a shadowy Hong Kong front company for $30mn has an estimated property value of only $2,177,857. Over the life of the 421a exemption, New York tax payers will lose out on an estimated $35 million.”For comparison, if the very same tax credits enjoyed by One57’s tenants were extended to a family living in a $400,000 home on the South Shore of Long Island, the group calculates its new 421-A tax rate would be $430. The estimated $35 million subsidy for these billionaires, suggests HedgeClippers.org, could instead pay 458 public school teachers’ salaries, fund a year of universal pre-K for 3,418 New York City children, or even house 930 homeless families in New York City for one year.The group identifies some of One57’s “super wealthy” tenants as billionaire hedge fund barons, CEOs and healthcare specialists. It also discovered that 421-A developers who received incentives were big campaign donors to politicians with sway as to which projects and developers get the abatements—contributing $2.98 million to state races since 2008, according to HedgeClippers.org—“including $295,000 directly to Andrew Cuomo. Extell Development, who built One57, contributed $100,000 directly to Cuomo on the very day that the tax breaks were announced,” the group states.It’s revelations such as these that get protestors Phyllis Pruitt and Paul Merkelson’s blood boiling.“Stop taking advantage of me!” blasted Pruitt, also of Hempstead, outside Skelos’ office. She said she pays $17,900 in property taxes.“We should be able to use tax money to build affordable housing, not luxury housing,” slammed Port Washington resident and father of two Merkelson. “The housing situation here is in crisis.”With media cameras in tow, they and others marched into the majority leader’s office to sufficiently express and relay their demands, flooding its narrow adjacent hallway and attracting the presence of several Rockville Centre police officers.Skelos was not on the premises, a visibly shaken aide told them, declining a formal comment.“I will pass along your messages to the senator,” he repeated to each appeal.“We’ll be back,” Goins promised on the way out.last_img read more


first_imgA new survey has found Brisbane market uncertainty is turning home buyers off. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty ImagesMARKET uncertainty is spooking would-be home buyers in Brisbane, with a new survey finding most people would put off purchasing a property for at least another two years.Place Advisory’s annual Investor Sentiment Survey for 2017 has found more than half (51 per cent) of respondents believe the Brisbane property market has suffered in the past 12 months compared to only 42 per cent the year before.Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker said there had been a significant change in sentiment considering 71 per cent of people believed the market was improving four years ago.“The biggest hurdle to buying property at the moment is market uncertainty,” Mr Walker said.“If we had some jobs growth and positivity in the economic market, we’d see the property market performing better.“That’s what’s holding people back.”Place Advisory survey finds more than half of respondents believe the Brisbane property market has suffered in the past 12 months.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe survey found 27 per cent of people would put off buying a home for two years, while 17 per cent would wait five years.Mr Walker said it was also a reflection of the recent oversupply concerns and the slowdown in the inner Brisbane apartment market.“A couple of years ago there was a lot of focus on apartment living and people have pulled away from that a little bit,” he said.The survey of 500 potential property buyers found the majority of people looking to buy in Brisbane wanted a three bedroom home in the city’s middle ring, close to public transport and amenities.Place Advisory director Lachlan Walker.The survey found proximity to public transport and retail and entertainment were the biggest factors, followed by school zones, parks and walkways and employment opportunities.Almost 40 per cent of people would prefer to buy in Brisbane’s middle ring suburbs and nearly half of respondents wanted three or more bedrooms.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe key to a Brisbane price boomMore homes at risk of defaultWow, these views are impressiveMr Walker said the latest survey showed people were more willing to make sacrifices to get into the property market than in previous years by finding opportunities to buy in suburbs that were located further from the CBD.“It’s probably reflective of the wider sentiment out there that people are willing to move a little bit further out if it’s more affordable and as long as it has access to amenities,” he said.The survey also found almost one third of property investors expected to achieve unrealistic capital growth.New survey finds people are more willing to make sacrifices to get into the Brisbane property market. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.While the majority of investors expect to achieve between 4 and 6 per cent capital growth, 28 per cent expect to achieve above 8 per cent growth on their investment.CoreLogic head of research Cameron Kusher agrees jobs growth is holding Brisbane’s housing market back.“I think that’s still the big drag on Brisbane,” Mr Kusher said.“We’ve been thinking for a number of years that Brisbane is the next market to take off, and certainly others have as well, but I think the big missing ingredient ultimately has been that strength in the jobs market.”But the news isn’t all doom and gloom.Mr Walker was keen to point out there were still active buyers in the Brisbane housing market.“There’s definitely money in the market,” he said.“People have got the ability to buy, but they’re looking for value, which is a good thing.”Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84last_img read more


first_imgUS carrier Matson reported a net income of USD 34.1 million for the third quarter of 2017, up from USD 25.3 million posted in the same period a year earlier.Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2017 was USD 543.9 million compared with USD 500.4 million reported for the third quarter of 2016.For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, Matson reported net income of USD 65.1 million, also up from USD 61.4 million booked in 2016. Consolidated revenue for the nine-month period was USD 1,530.8 million, compared with USD 1,422.3 million in 2016. “Matson achieved better-than-expected third quarter results due to stronger demand for our expedited China service, stronger southbound volume in Alaska, the timing of fuel surcharge collections, and higher lift volumes at SSAT. These positive contributors were somewhat moderated by lower volume in Hawaii and continued competitive pressure in Guam,” Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented.“Stronger performance year-to-date in China, Alaska, and SSAT have more than offset the negative trends this year in Guam and more recently with lower construction-related cargo in Hawaii.  Overall, we expect our businesses to continue to perform well during the fourth quarter, and due to our stronger-than-expected third quarter results we are raising our outlook for full-year EBITDA to modestly exceed last year’s EBITDA of USD 290 million,” Cox added.However, the company expects full year 2017 Ocean Transportation operating income to be lower than the USD 142.7 million achieved in 2016.last_img read more


first_imgGlenna L. Bauer, age 102, of Brookville, Indiana died Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Ridgewood Legacy Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Born August 9, 1914 in Franklin County, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Cornelius & Katherine (Klemme) Beckman. On June 27, 1936 she was united in marriage to William G. Bauer, and he preceded her in death on July 30, 1996. A homemaker, Mrs. Bauer also served as bookkeeper for the family business, Bauer Trucking. She was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ in Klemmes Corner, where she had held various positions over the years. She had written the Klemmes Corner Community Column for the Brookville Newspapers for many years; was a member of the Franklin County Fair Board & Franklin County Extension Boards for many years; in addition to being a 4-H Leader for 45 years. She along with her late husband were also active in the Model T & Model A Ford Clubs. Survivors include four children and their spouses, Aleen (William) Thackery, Wayne (Linda) Bauer all of Brookville, Indiana; Rosalie (Major) Weber of Cape Coral, Florida, and Nelson (Lisa, deceased) Bauer of Norwood, Ohio; a brother, Lester Beckman of Greenwood; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Alvin Beckman; 10 Grandchildren, Brenda (Charles) Bohl, Todd (Anne) Thackery, Bill Bauer, Fred Bauer, Rob (Rita) Bauer, Lara Weber, Maj (Heather) Weber, Aaron (Mindy) Bauer, Keith Bauer, Gregory Bauer; 14 great-grandchildren, Andy Bohl, Matthew Bohl, Mariah Bohl, Katie (Ben Keller) Thackery, Hannah Thackery, Adam (Brittany) Thackery, Abigail Thackery, Hannah Bauer, Ethan Bauer, Hunter Weber, Noah Weber, London Weber, Rory Bauer, Sadie Bauer; one great-grandson, Gideon Keller. In addition to her parents & husband, William, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Lisa Bauer; five siblings, Ezra Beckman, Irene Baudendistel, Alvin Beckman, Marie Redelman and Vernie Beckman; 2 nephews and 1 niece. Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville. A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Klemmes Corner United Church of Christ, 11001 Bossert Road, Brookville, Indiana. Burial will then follow in St. Peters United Church of Christ Cemetery Klemmes Corner. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Peters United Church of Christ Cemetery Fund or the Franklin County 4-H Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Glenna Bauer, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.last_img read more


first_img The Reds agreed a club-record £75million deal with Barcelona on Friday and the Uruguay international – currently serving a four-month worldwide ban from all football activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup – will travel to Spain for a medical next week. Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances and won the golden boot last season with 31 in 33 league matches and his departure leaves behind a huge void, but Rodgers said filling it was not insurmountable. Press Association “If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual,” he said. “I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts; domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League. “We are focused on the future, as we strive to continue with the progress we have made and build on last season’s excellent Barclays Premier League campaign. “I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve.” Suarez asked fans to understand his decision to leave for Spain less than a year after agitating for a transfer to Arsenal. “I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision,” he said in a statement. “This club did all they could to get me to stay but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right. “It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. “Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city but most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. “You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters. “I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League. “Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Suarez left Anfield, however, with a reminder from Rodgers that while they were grateful for all he had done in his three-and-a-half years, he should not forget that his improvement was linked with being at the club. “Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool,” he told liverpoolfc.com. “I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team and has benefited from being here, as we have benefited from him. “The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool. “It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. “We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends.” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is adamant the club will cope without the world-class talent of Luis Suarez. last_img read more


first_img The most recent season was not without incident for Pearson, who found himself at the centre of several controversies. The 51-year-old was fined £10,000 and handed a one-match touchline ban after arguing with a fan during the club’s loss to Liverpool in December. Two months later, he put his hands around Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur’s neck while the player was on the ground but Pearson later accused Match of the Day pundits of “making a mountain out a molehill”. In March, he bizarrely called a reporter an “ostrich” after being irked by the line of questioning before issuing an apology the following day. Pearson’s son James was one of three players sacked for their part in a sexually-explicit video in which racist language was used during the club’s post-season tour of Thailand. For most of the season it seemed Leicester were destined for a return to the Championship as they were bottom of the Premier League standings at Christmas, while they were still rooted to the foot of the table with nine games remaining. From there, though, they won seven times to catapult themselves up the table and safety was already attained by the time they thrashed QPR 5-1 on the final day of the season. It was not enough to spare Pearson, though. Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester despite keeping the Foxes in the Barclays Premier League last season. The club said in a statement: “The board of directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the club, particularly during the last three and a half years. “However, it has become clear to the club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. “Regrettably, the club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the board is no longer viable. “We trust that the club’s supporters will recognise that the owners have always acted with the best interests of the club at heart and with the club’s long-term future as their greatest priority.” Assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take temporary charge of the club until a successor is appointed. The decision was greeted with dismay by former Leicester striker Gary Lineker, who referenced rumours of his sacking in February which proved untrue. He wrote on Twitter: “Leicester City have sacked Nigel Pearson! Really? WTF! Could you kindly reinstate him like the last time you fired him? “Getting LCFC promoted and the greatest escape ever, Pearson is sacked? Are the folk running football stupid? Yes.” Pearson took charge at the King Power Stadium for the second time in November 2011 and presided over promotion in the 2013/14 season to the top-flight, where they finished a respectable 14th in their maiden campaign after a brilliant run of results in the final weeks. However, the club announced Pearson had been relieved of his duties, saying “fundamental differences in perspective exist between us”. Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: Robert Kubica, who became the first Polish driver in the history of Formula One, knows the art of survival. His career changed with two devastating crashes in 2007 and 2011. The crash in 2011, in particular, during a rally car race, almost severed his right arm and many pundits said his racing career was done. However, in a remarkable turnaround, eight years since that devastating crash, Kubica has been signed up by team Williams as a driver for the 2019 Formula One season.  The 33-year-old competed in a series of practice sessions and his promotion was confirmed just ahead of the season-ending Abu Dhabi race.Williams announced the signing officially on their Twitter handle (@WilliamsRacing). Along with Kubica, 21-year-old British driver George Russell will be his team-mate. Kubica replaces Russia’s Segey Sirotkin in the roster, who had an average year with Williams in 2018.Read More | Lewis Hamilton wins Brazilian GP, Max Verstappen involved in punch-upKubica made his debut in 2006 for BMW Sauber and started off on a steady note. However, in 2007, his season was marred by a horrific accident in the Canadian Grand Prix. On lap 27, his car made contact with Jarno Trulli’s Toyota and hit a hump in the grass which lifted the car’s nose into the air. The car then hit the concrete retaining wall and rolled as it came back across the track, striking the opposite wall on the outside of the hairpin and coming to rest on its side. Kubica was conscious and talking and there were reports that the Polish driver suffered a broken leg.Read More | Lakshya Sen secures bronze in World Junior Badminton ChampionshipHowever, the year 2008 saw Kubica at his best as he won the Canadian Grand Prix and finished the driver’s championship in fourth for BMW Sauber. In 2009, he finished second in the Brazilian Grand Prix and in 2010, he moved to Renault.Horrific crashIn the 2011 Ronde di Andorra rally in Italy, Kubica took part in the rally for personal fun but suffered a horrific crash when his car left the road at high speed and hit a crash barrier near the church of San Sebastiano. Kubica was trapped in the car for more than an hour before rescue workers were able to extricate him. It was confirmed that he had suffered partial amputation of his forearm, compound fractures to his right elbow, shoulder and leg, as well as significant loss of blood. The severity of his injuries was the result of the crash barrier penetrating the car’s cockpit.Tragically, before the accident happened, he was in talks with Ferrari for a seat in the 2012 season but it was announced that he would not be ready.Kubica recovered slowly and in 2012, won the Ronde Gomitolo Di Lana in a WRC car months after breaking his leg. After racing in GT3 and Formula E, Kubica returned to Formula One, this time for Renault in 2017 as a test driver. Following Felipe Massa’s retirement, he raced for Williams in 2017 and became a reserve driver for the team in 2018.Speaking about the announcement, Kubica said, “What seemed almost impossible is now beginning to feel possible, as I am excited to be able to say that I will be on the Formula One grid in 2019. Being back on the F1 grid next season will be one of the greatest achievements of my life. It has been a long road to get to this point, but as that challenge now comes to an end with this announcement, a new challenge begins working with Williams on track.”After overcoming near-death experiences, one hopes that Kubica’s performance in 2019 script a fairytale story of success. For all the Latest Sports News News, Motorsports News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more