Photo: Phierce Photo Lotus and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have been out on the road together for the last few days, turning heads each with their unique brand of improvisationally-influenced music. Whether it’s the funky rock approach of Pigeons or the smooth electronic influences of Lotus, both bands know exactly how to keep fans engaged when they’re on stage. Both bands continue to evolve with experience, as Pigeons are planning a new album release later this year and Lotus just released their first ever album with vocals on every track. With the two bands going back to back at Express Live in Columbus, OH, you can bet that this was a great night of music!Check out a full recording from the Pigeons’ set, courtesy of taper mott77.You can see the full gallery of images from the night below, courtesy of Phierce Photo, as well as a video recap from the performance. Load remaining images
But many Russian voices expressed the opposite view, calling the decision a politicized one.The head of Russia’s curling federation, Dmitry Svishchev, asserted: “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”I have a third view. The IOC decision was tragic but necessary.“Russia,” however, should neither be blamed nor defended.Instead, the Russian government must be assigned full responsibility for this tragedy, both by foreign governments and athletes but also by Russian society.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, oversaw this industrial cheating scheme.That’s why the IOC banned Mutko from all future Olympic competitions. Gold medal winners will not get to hear the Russian national anthem, all because of Putin’s decision to cheat.The other losers are fans around the world, including me, who wanted to see these Russian athletes compete in Pyeongchang not as “Olympic athletes from Russia” but as fierce, proud, and patriotic members of the Russian national team.International and Russian fans who wanted to see the Russians compete in the Winter Games next year must blame Putin for this tragedy, not all of Russia and most certainly not all Russian athletes.And Russian citizens must stop blaming foreigners for this sad outcome as well and start beginning to hold their own government accountable.It’s time for Russians to start pressing Putin and his government to make different decisions. Russian athletes, and fans around the world of the Winter Games, deserve better.Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a fellow at Stanford University.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Another close Putin confidant and president of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was suspended as an IOC member.Make no mistake: Mutko and Zhukov were not some rogue actors, acting independently from Putin or the Russian government.They were his lieutenants.In Putin’s government today, there are no independent actors.Obviously, the IOC had no interest in banning one of the powerhouses in winter sports from the Games. Putin compelled them to make this decision.In assigning blame to the Kremlin, the international community as well as Russian society also should recognize that the biggest victims of the Russian government’s decisions are the clean Russian athletes who played by the Olympic rules.Putin has said Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing as neutrals, but that means they will be denied the proud moment of watching the Russian flag ascend during the medals ceremony — what should be the highlight of their athletic careers. Categories: Editorial, OpinionLast week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a shocking decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to Russia’s “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules.”The public reaction to this decision — by government officials and public commentators, and on my Twitter feed — was very polarized.Most around the world rejoiced. “Russia” got what it deserved, so many explained.
Caterpillar has just launched their new Cat 306 CR Mini Hydraulic Excavator, marking the company’s entry in the 6-ton class offering. According to Caterpillar, the 306 CR mini excavator is built to exceed customer expectations with strong performance, enhanced operator experience and simplified maintenance with extended service intervals.The new mini excavator features heavy-duty main structures, a fuel-efficient engine, load-sensing hydraulics, spacious cab and exclusive Cat Stick Steer system. It shares a similar controls layout and common components with the full line of Cat Next Generation mini excavators to simplify training, offer quick adaptation for operation and lower owning/operating costs.With its long stick option, the 306 CR delivers a maximum dig depth of 162 in (4 110 mm) and 15,821-lb (7 175-kg) maximum operating weight when equipped with the sealed and pressurized cab.Built with a swing boom, this Next Generation mini excavator’s compact radius design provides a low, 58-in (1 475-mm) tail swing with counterweight for working close to obstructions.
1 Fredy Guarin Manchester United target Fredy Guarin says he is delighted to still be at Inter Milan and insists he no longer has any thoughts of leaving the club.The Colombia international was linked with a move away from the club in the summer, with Manchester United thought to be keen on signing him.But no move materialised and now Guarin says he is now determined to ‘prove his worth’ to the Italian side.“The people who needed to do something to keep me here did so – and by that I mean everyone, from the club to the fans,” he told Sky Italia.“Now it’s up to me to prove my worth. They helped me and now I have to help myself.“What’s in the past is in the past. We have a new group of players now and a coach who is really hungry and determined – he shows us players that constantly.“I’m here and ready to show put my skills to use on the pitch, just as he does it off the pitch.”