Dr. Michael Davidson, Who Studied Infectious Disease, Dies at 77


He was badly injured in a biking accident shortly after he relocated to New Jersey for a new job heading up an H.I.V./AIDS research team for Roche Pharmaceuticals.

“He had two real loves in life, the outdoors and cooking,” Dr. Sprott said in an interview. Dr. Davidson honed his culinary skills by trying every recipe in the 24-volume “Time-Life Foods of the World” cookbook collection.

For the past 10 years, he required round-the-clock home care. “He drove his aides crazy, telling them how to cook, but they could never do it like he did,” Dr. Sprott said. A lover of jazz and the blues, Dr. Davidson played the saxophone.

Michael Davidson was born on April 8, 1943, in Greensburg, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh, to Peter and Selma Davidson, who owned a men’s clothing store in Greensburg and later in Meadville, in northwest Pennsylvania, where Dr. Davidson grew up. His older sister, Paula, a nurse, died at a young age.

He earned a degree in biology in 1965 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1969. He spent a summer while in medical school on a Navajo reservation studying the high prevalence of gallstones among the people there, Dr. Thomas Welty, a friend and medical school classmate, said. The experience inspired Dr. Davidson to work with Indigenous people in Alaska, he said.

Dr. Davidson completed his internal medicine training at George Washington and Georgetown universities, and had a fellowship in infectious disease at the University of New Mexico, where he later taught while running a private practice in internal medicine. He earned a master’s degree in public health in 1983 and, in 1999, a doctorate in clinical epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. He also taught at the biomedical program at the University of Alaska.

Dr. Davidson had no immediate survivors.



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NRL 2020 Transfers: David Nofoaluma, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, Pay rise, Michael Maguire


The Wests Tigers could lose winger David Nofoaluma amid reports he will consider shifting to a Sydney rival as he chases a pay rise.

Nofoaluma comes off-contract at the end of next year and would command significant interest on the open market after a strong 2020 season.

The Daily Telegraph reports Parramatta are a likely suitor for the 27-year-old who could command as much as $450,000 a season on the open market.

Nofoaluma has a relationship with Eels coach Brad Arthur and considered joining teammate Mitchell Moses as a replacement for Semi Radradra in 2017.

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F1 news 2020, Michael Schumacher son, Mick, update, Haas, driven line up, Sakhir Grand Prix, Bahrain, latest


Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, will race in Formula 1 next season after Haas announced him as part of their new-look driver line-up for 2021.

Schumacher, who is currently leading the F2 championship, has joined Haas on a multi-year deal to join Nikita Mazepin, whose own promotion was announced yesterday.

The 21-year-old is part of Ferrari’s young driver scheme and given Haas’ close ties with the F1 giant, the move had been mooted for a while.

Schumacher will drive the car first during Practice 1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix next weekend before participating in the post-season tests at the same circuit the following week.

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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick to race for Haas in Formula 1 next year



Mick Schumacher, son of Ferrari great and seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher, will race for Haas in Formula 1 next season, the US-owned team has announced.

The 21-year-old German is leading the Formula 2 championship ahead of the final round at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit this weekend.

“Always believed that this dream will become true!” Mick wrote on Twitter following the announcement.

“The prospect of being on the Formula 1 grid next year makes me incredibly happy.

“I look forward to going on this journey together with Haas F1 Team.”

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David Nofoaluma, Wests Tigers, Parramatta Eels, contract, Michael Maguire


The Wests Tigers could lose winger David Nofoaluma amid reports he will consider shifting to a Sydney rival as he chases a pay rise.

Nofoaluma comes off-contract at the end of next year and would command significant interest on the open market after a strong 2020 season.

The Daily Telegraph reports Parramatta are a likely suitor for the 27-year-old who could command as much as $450,000 a season on the open market.

Nofoaluma has a relationship with Eels coach Brad Arthur and considered joining teammate Mitchell Moses as a replacement for Semi Radradra in 2017.

The Eels have Blake Ferguson coming off contract at the end of 20201

It is understood the Tigers have tabled a three-year offer to Nofoaluma but have yet to secure his signature.

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Nofoaluma has been at the Tigers since making his NRL debut in 2013 but admitted to the Daily Telegraph last week that he could leave if it meant capitalising on his last chance at setting himself up for the future.

“I obviously love the Wests Tigers and the fans, you can tell by my passion.” Nofoaluma said.

“But in reality, I am heading into what could potentially be my last contract.

“I am going to explore all my options and weigh up what’s the best decision for myself and more importantly my future.”

Parramatta are also still a chance of taking out the premiership while the Tigers are largely considered to still be a few seasons away from contention.

They have the current longest finals drought in the NRL and with Nofoaluma’s career nearing its end, he may opt to leave for the Eels if it means a better shot at the premiership.

Nofoaluma had 17 tries, 164 running metres and 112 tackle busts from 20 games in a stellar 2020 that saw him in Origin contention.



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NRL 2020: coaches under pressure in 2021, John Morris, Sharks, Kevin Walters, Broncos, Michael Maguire, Tigers, Brad Arthur Eels


Who would want to be an NRL coach? It’s got to be one of the toughest gigs in Australian sport.

Unless you’re Craig Bellamy, Wayne Bennett or Trent Robinson, your days are numbered. Although, even master coach Bennett knows what it’s like to be shown the door.

If anyone can attest to the pressure cooker role it’s the five men who were either axed or walked from their jobs in 2020. Stephen Kearney, Dean Pay, Paul McGregor, Anthony Seibold and Paul Green all left their respective clubs last season and it’s a real reminder of just how ruthless the gig is.

While all 16 coaches will be under pressure in one way or another in 2021, we expect these five coaches to feel the heat the most.

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NRL 2020 Transfers: Josh Aloiai to Sea Eagles, Joe Ofahengaue to Wests Tigers, Michael Maguire


The Wests Tigers have confirmed the release of Josh Aloiai and signing of Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue on a three-year deal.

Aloiai pushed for an immediate release from the club earlier in the month.

The Tigers though were standing their ground according to club chairman Lee Hagipantelis, who was adamant Aloiai would see out of his deal until the end of 2021.

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Pope Francis sued by three Australians allegedly sexually assaulted by Melbourne paedophile priest Michael Glennon


Three men who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a paedophile priest are suing Pope Francis, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and the Catholic Church.

It is the first known case in Australia where victims have claimed compensation from a pope for failing to take action to stop the clerical sexual abuse by a known abuser.

The three men from one extended family were allegedly abused — repeatedly and regularly — by serial paedophile Michael Glennon in the 1980s.

A writ has been lodged with the Victorian Supreme Court, claiming damages against Pope Francis, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, Peter Comensoli and one of his predecessors, Frank Little.

The entity representing the church is also named.

Glennon was sentenced a number of times for child sex offences and died in prison in 2014.

“There were requests made to defrock him but that didn’t occur until well after our clients’ alleged abuse occurred,” said Angela Sdrinis, the lawyer representing the men.

Ms Sdrinis said the requests to have Michael Glennon defrocked should have been acted on sooner.(ABC RN: Jeremy Story Carter)

She said the Pope had been included because only he can sack a priest.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t within the power of the Archbishop of Melbourne or indeed the Melbourne archdiocese to laicise the priest. That is a function of the Pope,” she said.

“That’s why we’ve been led to a position where we feel we almost have no choice but to join the Pope.

“We say that step should have been taken much earlier. It should have been taken after the first conviction, which was 1978.”



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Republicans commend President Trump for pardoning Gen. Michael Flynn


FILE – President Donald Trump’s former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. President Donald Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Trump formally pardoned former national security advisor, General Michael Flynn. The President took to Twitter Wednesday to announce the move. He went on to congratulate Flynn while wishing him and his family a happy Thanksgiving.

“What General Flynn went through is so unfair and he’s still going through it,” stated President Trump.”If he were a Democrat, that would’ve never happened number one.”

This came after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorneys for Flynn argued, however, that he was entrapped by so-called “Obama holdovers” who allegedly coerced him into lying and set him up for prosecution.

The President’s pardon, which spares Flynn the possibility of any prison sentence, won praise from several Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Lee Zeldin who both said it was “100-percent the right call.”

Additionally, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said in a statement that Flynn’s prosecution was politically motivated and should never have happened. Scalise argued further, stating that Democrats and the FBI destroyed Flynn’s life to try to attack the President.

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