Parker: Bird Construction settles into new nest

Moving his Calgary staff into a new office at 59th Avenue and 11th Street S.E. is piece of Ian Reid’s journey in the construction industry. Reid, the vice-president and Calgary district manager of Bird Construction, joined the company in 1989 after graduating from SAIT as a journeyman carpenter. He quickly rose through the ranks to a superintendent’s role working on a University of Lethbridge expansion. Today, he oversees more than 100 employees responsible for $200 million in annual completions. The new office covers 16,000 square feet on the third floor of the Airstate Centre that’s much larger than the space it occupied at the Southbend Business Park. Bird Construction was… Read More

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“It made me cry”: Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson breaks silence over Trump’s condolence call

Nineteen days after her husband’s death and two days after his wrenching burial, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson said she has “nothing to say” to President Donald Trump, whose condolence call pulled the grieving widow into the center of a national controversy. “Very upset and hurt; it made me cry even worse,” Myeshia Johnson told “Good Morning America” about her conversation with the president. Making her first public comments since she took the call from Trump last week – on the same day her husband’s remains were flown back to the United States – Johnson recalled that the president said her husband “knew what he signed up for,… Read More

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Gio Rescigno is unblemished as Rutgers’ starting QB but not pleased with passing attack

Keith Sargeant may be reached at Rutgers is winning games thanks to a run-heavy offense. But Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash says the passing attack needs to be better. Watch video PISCATAWAY — Giovanni Rescigno didn’t throw an interception or commit a fumble the ball on any of his seven rushing attempts in Rutgers’ 14-12 win over Purdue on Saturday, executing a turnover-free offense. “We didn’t have any turnover … we emphasized that this week,” Rescigno said after improving to 2-0 as Rutgers’ starting quarterback this fall. “It was a big part of us winning this game.” That’s true. But for the second straight week, the Scarlet Knights’ passing attack… Read More

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WADA investigating claims of systematic doping in China

BERLIN — The World Anti-Doping Agency is looking into allegations made by a German broadcaster that Chinese athletes benefited from systematic doping in the 1980s and 90s. “The allegations were brought forward by former Chinese physician, Xue Yinxian, who is said to have looked after several national teams in China during the decades in question,” WADA said Monday. Xue, who recently arrived in Germany and is seeking political asylum with her son, told broadcaster ARD that more than 10,000 athletes were affected, some as young as 11, and that anyone who was against doping was considered “a danger to the country. And anyone who endangered the country is now in… Read More

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