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Window World® is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, offering quality windows, doors, siding, shutters and more, with over 200 locations nationwide. Despite the ever-changing landscape of the home improvement industry, our promise has remained constant since our start in 1995,“Superior Products, Professionally Installed, at a Guaranteed Low Price.”
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Remarks by President Biden on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework
La Crosse Municipal Transit Utility
La Crosse, Wisconsin
12:58 P.M. CDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon. Thank you, Laurie. Please, please, please sit down. I once said that to a big crowd; it was in the evening. I said, “Please, sit down.” And there were no seats. They were out in a football field. (Laughter.) And the press pointed out, “Biden is losing it.” (Laughter.) Well, I can see you all have seats. (Laughter.)
Laurie, thank you very much. I told Laurie, when she was showing me the bus she’s driving now: Back when I was in law school, I drove a school bus during the summers to pick up spending money. And from one bus driver to another, Laurie, I want to thank you for all you do to make this city run, to help folks get where they need to go. And you do it in a way that sometimes is not always easy.
I’m glad to be here with great Wisconsin leaders. Gov, I guess I landed at the airport just a few minutes before you did. Thank you for making the effort to be here. And my good friend, Tammy Baldwin — Senator Baldwin is here. And Congressman Ron Kind is — and, Mom, thank you for raising a good kid. (Applause.)
And Mayor Reynolds. I was telling the Mayor — he just won reelec- — he won election. And I said, “You know, I always wonder why everybody runs for mayor,” because they — it’s the hardest job in American politics. They know where you live. You can’t go to the grocery store. “Why is that pothole still there?” I get it. You don’t even control that.
But anyway, Mr. Mayor, thank you for your service. Thank you for willing to serve.
I’m here in Wisconsin to celebrate a step forward for my country — our country — to talk a little bit about what it’s going to mean for working families here in Wisconsin and across the nation.
When I was sworn in five months ago, I pledged to put my whole soul into bringing America together. I said I was running for three reasons, the last one of which I said is unite America.
I admit it’s difficult, and I think some of my friends in the press thought it was impossible. I still don’t think it is but — because I believe that there’s nothing we cannot do if we bring — come together as a nation, Democrats and Republicans. And we’re really divided on a whole range of things.
But if you look back across our history, from the Transcontinental Railroad to the creation of the Internet, you can see the truth in that idea, about coming together. Because America — America has always been propelled into the future by landmark national investments — investments that only the government has the capacity to make; only the government, working together, could make.
Today happens to mark — coincidental — but today is the
60th [65th] anniversary of one of those significant investments to change the nation. Sixty-five years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill that created the Interstate Highway System. Sixty-five years ago today. That was the last infrastructure investment of the size and scope of what — the agreement I’m about to talk about today.
It’s time for us to write a new chapter in that story. After months of careful negotiation, of listening, of compromising together in a good faith, moving together, with ups and downs and some blips, a bipartisan group of senators got together and they forged an agreement to move forward on the key priorities of my American Jobs Plan — and one of them is sitting in front of me.
As a result, this is a generational investment — a generational investment to modernize our infrastructure, creating millions of good-paying jobs — and that’s not coming from me; that’s coming from Wall Street — millions of good-paying jobs that position America to compete with the rest of the world in the 21st century — because China is way out-working us, in terms of infrastructure.
And it’s going to make the world of difference for families here in Wisconsin. Here’s what it’s going to do: This deal will put American workers to work in good-paying jobs, not minimum wage jobs, not 15-dollar-an-hour jobs. Prevailing wage job, good-paying jobs, repairing our roads and our bridges.
You all know why that matters. One in five miles of highway and roads in America are in poor condition. One in five miles. Some states it’s worse where the weather is tougher. Five perc- — 50 years —
50  percent of our bridges are over 50 years old. More than 1,000 bridges here in Wisconsin are rated as structurally deficient by engineers. One thousand just in Wisconsin.
And I’m not — that doesn’t make Wisconsin better or worse; it’s — all across the nation is this way. The bridges — the 10 most traveled bridges in America need repair, and some need to be completely rebuilt. More than 600 — more than 600 here in the state of Wisconsin — bridges have weight limits to prevent trucks from crossing. That means long detours for farmers heading to market.
It’s more than just an inconvenience; it’s about safety, as well. In November 2019, a school bus in Arcadia, Wisconsin, tipped over going around a curve and went into a ditch with 20 students on board. It wasn’t because of snow or ice; it was just an old country road. It was rough conditions. Thank God nobody was seriously injured at the time.
But this is a drain on our economy, as well. Typical American — typical American — and it varies slightly from state to state — but the typical American pays a hidden tax of more than $1,000 a year in wasted time — wasted time and fuel due to traffic congestion.
Now, in the more the rural areas, the less the congestion. But it creates other difficulties.
You all know that feeling: losing time, sitting in traffic, or being rerouted because the bridge isn’t wide enough or the road is poorly maintained.
This deal is going to put Americans back to fixing all of that, and good-paying jobs. This deal will also put Americans to work replacing 100 percent of our nation’s lead water pipes. You know, there’s 400,000 — well, I won’t get into the numbers; I get a little carried away — but it’s really dangerous. Every single American child, at home or in school, will soon be able to turn on that faucet, and their moms and dads know that the water they’re drinking is clean and safe.
I’ll give you an example of why that matters. Just look at the city of Milwaukee. Milwaukee has more than 160,000 water service lines. More than 70,000 of them, nearly half, have lead service lines.
And, by the way, I’m not — it’s not picking on Wisconsin, Gov. Every state is like this. But just to know what you’re going to be doing for the state of Wisconsin here.
You know, we know that exposure to lead in drinking water can trigger a number of serious problems. Even low levels of lead can cause behavior and learning problems in children, impairing their growth.
There are up to 10 million homes with lead pipe service lines and pipes. Children in up to 400,000 schools — 400,000 schools — and childcare facilities are at risk of exposure to lead. This deal contains the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in American history.
This deal also provides something you’re very familiar with in the Island. It provides funding to get dangerous chemicals out of our water systems, known as PFAs, or “forever chemicals.” This is a problem all across the country, and I know that you’re feeling it right here — right here.
Here in La Crosse County, just this spring, the state had to provide free bottled water to thousands of people on French Island because they were worried about those chemicals in the groundwater, which were linked to cancer and other illnesses. We’ll pay for that. We’ll get that done.
We’re also going to surge federal resources to help address the forever chemicals not just here, but all across America. Unfortunately, Wisconsin is not unique in this problem.
This deal will also put Americans to work building transmission lines — the largest investment in clean energy transmission in American history. Power outages cost the U.S. economy up to — now, this is — now, we know this, but until you add it up, it doesn’t seem to be that big a deal. It costs the economy, Congressman, $70 billion annually. You hear me? Nationally, $70 billion annually.
And as climate change induces extreme weather events more and more frequently, we need to make investments to build a more resilient grid to carry this electricity.
The majority of the nation’s grid is aging. Some components are over a century old. And 70 percent of transmission and distribution lines are well into the second half of their lifespans. You saw what happened in Texas this winter: The entire system in the state collapsed. The entire system.
That’s why we have to act. This deal will modernize the power grid to be more energy efficient and resilient to — and resistant to extreme weather; resilient against bad actors who try to hack and attack the grid. Because I just spent a lot of time in Europe trying to work on that.
And it’s going to strengthen and revitalize our natural infrastructure, like our coastlines and levees, while preparing our physical infrastructure for wildfires, floods, and other extreme weather.
Anybody ever believe you’d — you hear — turn on the news, and it’ll say it was 116 degrees in Portland, Oregon. A hundred and sixteen degrees. “But don’t worry, there is no global warming. It doesn’t exist. It’s a figment of our imagination.” Seriously.
When a severe storm rolls in, like you had in some parts of the state just recently, the power is going to be less likely to go out, town water systems will be able to withstand what happens if we — once we make these investments.
And all — as all of you know, America has one of the highest road fatality rates of anywhere in the industrial world. Let me say that again: the highest road fatality rates of any industrial nation in the world. I lost a wife and daughter and almost lost two sons.
Look, our fatality rate is double the rate in Canada on a per capita basis. I bet every one of you here can tell me what the most dangerous intersections in your town are. I’ll lay eight to five, no matter what the town is. Maybe you don’t have many, but everybody knows what intersections are the most dangerous.
When you’re teaching your kid to drive, what do you do? You tell them, “No, don’t go down that road when you come home.” I’m being deadly earnest. “When you come home, come home the other way.”
Well, guess what? We got an agreement to invest $11 billion to help cities and localities reduce crashes and fatalities in the community — especially for cyclists and pedestrians, which are increasingly significant.
This deal is going to more than double the funding directed to state and local programs that improve the safety of people in vehicles, including highway safety, truck safety, pipeline and hazardous materials safety.
I won’t even get into this now, but, you know, we have — we have thousands of miles of pipeline. The vast majority of those pipes are 60 years or older — some of them more than 80 years old. A lot of them are leaking.
This is the United States of America, for God’s sake. What are we not doing?
This deal will also help high-speed Internet and make sure it’s available to every American home, including 35 percent of rural families who currently go without it.
As of last spring, more than 82,000 children here in Wisconsin, which prides itself on its education, didn’t have reliable Internet access at home. Think about that year — in a year of remote schooling. When so many of our needs and our connections were forced to move online, tens of thousands of Wisconsin kids got left behind.
Did you ever think, here in America, that kids would have to sit in a fast-food parking lot just to do their schoolwork and homework because they could connect online? Not a joke. Ask any mom who has kids in school or a dad who is taking care of them. No child should have to do that.
And no farmer here in Wisconsin should lose business because they don’t have a reliable connection to the Internet — know when to buy, know when to sell, and know what’s going on.
You know, back in 1936, the federal government brought electricity to nearly every home and farm in America, and it spread the opportunity out for cities in every part of the country. It changed the lives and fortunes of thousands and thousands of homeowners, thousands of hometowns, and millions of American families. And it set the stage for a massive, sustained economic boom that would follow World War Two.
High-speed Internet is the equivalent of that today. It’s a similar — it’s an equivalent of that. It isn’t a luxury; it’s now a necessity, like water and electricity. And this deal would provide for it for everyone, while bringing down the cost of Internet service across the board.
This deal has also put Americans to work through a first-ever national effort to install electric vehicle charging stations — 500,000 charging stations nationwide along our highways and in rural and disadvantaged communities as well.
Think about what that can mean to the American autoworker and the future of electric vehicles. China is going full bore. They’re providing more electric vehicles than any nation in the world. You know, it used to be, when I first got to the United States Senate, actually a couple of — actually, in the ‘60s, when I was getting out — the late ‘60s, when I was getting out of law school, what happened? We invested more in R&D and investment and manufacturing than any nation in the world.
Now we’re number eight in the world. China used to be number nine; now they’re number two in the world.
And when you build a charging station, it spurs even more investment and more infrastructure around it — the local convenience store, the local hamburger place. You know, think about — nobody is old enough, but my dad used to tell me — because he worked, back in the days, for the American Oil Company — they came along with the — the combustion engine. You needed to be able to put gas in the engine. I mean in the car — the tank. Well, guess what? You had to build gas stations.
One of my dad’s jobs and my Grandpop Biden’s jobs was to go from city to city convincing them it was okay to bury these great big tanks with gasoline in them. And entire communities grew up around it.
Well, this is exactly what we have to do with regard to electric vehicles. This deal is also going to help our cities, our towns, our school districts deploy electric buses. Thirty-five thousand electric school buses that are accounted for. And there are about 475,000 school buses in this country, 95 percent of them like the ones you had here —
(A child falls off their chair.) Is he okay, honey? You sure? He took a little bit of a tumble.
Ninety-five percent of them run on diesel. So, every day, more than 25 million kids and thousands of bus drivers breathe polluted air on the way to and from school.
Diesel air pollution is linked to asthma and other health problems. It hurts communities. It causes students to get sick and miss time in school.
We owe it to our kids to clean up the school buses, and this deal will help do just that.
I know that the city of La Crosse is getting two electric transit buses this fall — I think I saw them both. I was down in the Carolinas, looking at the bus company where you’re going to buy them — charging stations to power them.
This bipartisan deal — by the way, you had half Republicans and half Democrats come along and present this deal and negotiate this deal. It’s going to help advance that effort.
This deal also — also modernizes our outdated airports, ports, and waterways. That means fewer delays that drain away so much money from families and from businesses. There’s no good reason why that zero — zero of the top 25 airports in the world are in American. Zero. Not one in the United States of America.
This deal will put Americans to work through long-overdue national environmental cleanups. That means good-paying jobs, capping hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells that need to be cleaned up and capped — methane leaks — protecting the health of our communities. Making the same money it took to dig that well. And there’s thousands of them.
Not to mention, this deal represents the largest investment in American passenger rail and in freight rail since the creation of Amtrak.
Now, I know I’m “Mr. Amtrak.” I’ve traveled over 2 million miles on Amtrak. I commuted every day. I get it. I know you think I’m nuts. But after my wife and daughter were killed, I decided to commute back and forth to Delaware. It was a 257-mile roundtrip.
I’ll tell you a real quick story. I shouldn’t bore you with it. But, you know, the Secret Service — they’re the best in the world — doesn’t like you taking Amtrak because it stops too many times — the train. They want me flying home in the small jets that were available as Vice President. And that cost a lot of money, so I would go home on Fridays, you know, because my mom was passing away. I’d go home on Amtrak. And they published — they keep fastidious record of the miles you travel in an air- — in a Air Force aircraft as President and Vice President.
And toward the end of my term, a headline came out in all of the papers: “Biden travels…” — I think it was 1.3 or 1.7 million miles on Air Force planes. And so, I’m getting on the train on that Friday, and these guys who all became my family — all — the conductor. And a guy named Angelo Negri came up, and he goes, “Joey, baby!” Grabs my cheek like that. (Laughter.) And I thought they were going to shoot him. I really did. (Laughter.)
I said, “No, no, no, no, no, no, no. He’s a friend.” He was like, “What the hell.” And he said, “Big deal, Joey. A million…” — whatever it was — “…three-hundred thousand miles. You know how many miles you’ve traveled on Amtrak, Joey?” And I said, “No, Ang. I don’t.” And he said, “At that retirement dinner, we calculated it. We estimated 127 days a year, 250 miles back and forth, 3 — 36 years, then as Vice President. Joey, you traveled more on Amtrak.” (Laughter.)
Well, I — and when they named a station after me in my city, someone complained that Biden is using his influence. I said, “Hell, they should name the whole Northeast Corridor after me.” I’ve — (laughter) — more than anybody else.
But all kidding aside, studies show that if you can get to your destination in the same amount of time or less on rail than you can by car, people will take rail. And, Gov, you know this better than anybody. Imagine if you could get from Chicago — from La Crosse to Chicago in two hours, instead of four and a half. That’s what this will allow us to build the capacity to do.
And besides, it will not only make your travel easier, not — I don’t know why you’d go to Chicago, but — you know, all kidding aside — it would reduce the largest source of pollution in America: vehicle travel.
We’re not just tinkering around the edges here. We’re going to invest $66 billion in rail to eliminate backlogs, bring world-class rail service to areas outside the Northeast.
Here in Wisconsin, we’ll add new stops in Green Bay, Madison, and Eau Claire.
This deal also makes the largest investment in public transit in American history. A whole lot of people here in Wisconsin depend on public transportations, like the bus system here in La Crosse, to get to work, to school, and get around. Because of this deal, it will be safer, quicker, cleaner, more frequent, and more avail- — more reliable.
More transit options mean more people can access good job — access good jobs as well. One study found that it leads to higher wages for workers because businesses can attract more customers with the rail.
This bipartisan breakthrough is a great deal for the American people — not just for folks in the cities, not just for red states or blue states, but for everybody.
And this job — this jobs — the jobs that are going to be created here — largely, it’s going to be those for blue-collar workers, the majority of whom will not have to have a college degree to have those jobs.
A lot of those folks are being left behind now. The guys I grew up with in Scranton and Claymont are being left behind. This is the answer for good-paying jobs. Jobs is jo- — jobs not just in our biggest cities, along our coasts, but in small towns across the country so families can build wealth and opportunity in rural hometowns and don’t have to leave when they’re grown up.
We’ve said it all along: This is a blue-collar blueprint to rebuild America. And long before, families in Wisconsin are going to see the benefits firsthand.
Look, I’m always quoting my dad because he was smart and I loved him. My dad used to say, “Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in the community.” I mean he really would say this. When he lost everything in Scranton and we had to move down to Claymont, Delaware — a little steel town.
And he said — and the deal is going to deliver breathing room. All he said was, “All you want, as a middle-class person, is just to have a little bit of breathing room. Not — just a little bit of breathing room.”
That’s why we got to build this economy from the bottom up and the middle out, not trickle down — creating good-paying jobs with dignity and jobs that cannot be outsourced.
And critically, we’re going to get it all done without raising taxes on a single American earning less than $400,000. Now, all of you making over $400,000, I love you, but I don’t mind a little bit if your taxes go up a little bit.
But all kidding aside, I made a commitment: Nobody — I would not support anything that raised a penny in tax on someone making under 400 grand. And that means, in this bill, there is no gas tax. Working families have already paid enough.
Instead, we’re going to pay for these investments, in part, by giving the Internal Revenue Service the resources it needs to collect taxes on the wealthiest Americans who owe but are currently not paying under the existing tax rules.
And, by the way, it’s not done by this — it will be done by conservative economists and liberal economists. It cracks down on tax cheats, not just hardworking, middle-class Americans.
And there’s a lot of important investments in this deal that are long overdue. Economists of all stripes agree that it’s going to create good jobs and dramatically strengthen our economy in the long run. It makes it easier for businesses to seamly [seamlessly] transport their goods, makes it easier for workers to more easily access job opportunities.
But the reason this agreement matters so much — it’s about what it represents. This deal isn’t just the sum of its parts; it’s a signal to ourselves and to the world that American democracy can come through and deliver for all our people. We can be united.
I just met with the G7. I just met with all of NATO. And I just met with Putin. The autocrats think that democracy can’t keep up with autocrats. Not a joke.
But it’s living proof that we can still come together in this country and accomplish something big and transformational.
I know that neither the Democrats nor Republicans get everything they want in this agreement. It’s not all that I proposed. But that’s what our economy is all about. That’s what it means to compromise and reach consensus. And that’s what every — in the heart of every democracy.
And we can’t give up on what we — keep finding ways to come together. Because every time we negotiate in good faith and come together to get something big done, we break a little more of the ice that too often keeps us frozen in place and prevents us from solving the real problems people are facing.
Let me be clear: There’s much more to do. And I’m going to continue to fight for more. I am going to keep working with Congress to pass even more of my economic agenda so we can keep building an economy from the bottom up and the middle out.
As we bring home key parts of my American Jobs Plan, I’m going to make the case — and I’ve told this to the negotiators — I’m going to — I’m going to continue to make the case there — critical investments are still needed, including those in my Family Plan — American Family Plan.
Maybe the most important among them is extending the Child Tax Credit, which will significantly benefit middle-class and working folks. Let me explain what that is.
Pretty soon, taxpayers in America are going to get a significant check back from the IRS. For example, if you are — if you — if you have to pay taxes and you have a good income, you get to deduct $2,000 per dependent — per child. And that comes off the bottom line of your taxes, and you probably still owe more after that’s cut off.
But for families — for families who, in fact, don’t have that big a tax bill, they don’t get anything from this. So, we changed the law this year, and it’s cutting child poverty by 40 percent. And here in Wisconsin, by July 15th, we’re going to start — they’re going to be picking up the phone and calling you to say, “Thanks, Gov.” And they’re going to get checks from the IRS.
Here’s what’s in it: For every child you have under the age of six, you’re going to get $3,600. And for every child under the age of — between — over the age of 12, you’re going to get $3,000. So, you’ll actually get a cash payment instead of just a credit against your taxes, because you don’t pay that many taxes if you’re — if you’re making — if you’re making the minimum wage or you’re making $20-, $30-, $40,000 a year. And people say, “Well, that’s a giveaway.” You guys, I think it’s time to give ordinary people a tax break. The wealthy are doing fine. (Applause.) No, I mean it. I mean it.
Why is this not a tax break for working folks, when the stuff we give to the super wealthy are called “tax breaks”? Look, major action on clean energy, housing, caregiving, on child and paid leave, universal pre-K, free community college. The human infrastructure is intertwined with our physical infrastructure. It’s going to help us create more good jobs, ease the burden on working families, and strengthen our economy in the long run.
And I’m going out — I’m — I’m going to be out there making the case for the American people until this job is done; until we bring this bipartisan deal home; until our human infrastructure, also, needs are met; until we have a fair tax system to pay for all of this.
And, by the way, what I’m talking about in the Family Plan — let me tell you how I’m going to pay for it. And the American people, in the polling data, overwhelmingly support it. If we just raise the corporate tax to 28 percent — it used to be 35 percent. It was supposed to come down to 28; it’s now 21. If you raise it to 28 percent, you know how much money that raises? $1.4 trillion. If you have a minimum global tax, which we agreed to in Europe — that means so corporations can’t avoid paying the taxes at home — that would generate, in America, $385 billion. If you end deductions for foreign corporations who ship their profits out of the United States, that raises $260 billion in these tax havens.
You know, there are 30 corporations in America of Fortune 500 making billion — I’m — I come from the corporate capital of the world, Delaware. Not a joke. More corporations are incorporated in Delaware than all the rest in America combined. Okay?
And guess what? Fifteen of the Fortune 500 companies last year paid — I mean, 30 — excuse me — paid zero taxes, and they made billions of dollars. Paid not a penny in tax, not a single cent.
I’m not trying to punish anybody. I’m just saying, “Let’s be fair.” If you just set up a minimum tax — you had to pay at least 15 percent of your earnings as a corporation — that alone would raise $230 billion.
The point is, I have never had a reputation of being someone who’s out there trying to just out-tax people. But here’s the deal, folks: I think it’s about time there be fairness in the tax code. I don’t want you paying more than your share.
But the tax cut that was passed under Trump — the $2 trillion, not a penny of which was paid for — where did it go? Over 80 percent of it went to the top one quarter of 1 percent. I think you should be able to be a billionaire. I think you should be able to be a millionaire. But, for God’s sake, at least pay. Pay your fair share. Pay your fair share.
Folks, there’s a lot of work ahead to finish the job I’ve just outlined. There’ll be more disagreements to resolve, more compromises to forge along the way.
But, today, the American people can be proud of Democrats and Republicans; families here in Wisconsin can be proud; Congress can be proud, because this country came together, forged a bipartisan deal — which a lot of has to do with your state — your senator — that delivers for everybody. We’ve shown the world and, just as importantly, we’ve shown ourselves that American democracy can come through. There’s nothing — nothing, nothing — beyond our capacity when we come together as one nation.
So, thank you, Wisconsin. Thank you all for who you are and what you do. May God bless you all, and may God protect our troops. Thank you, Wisconsin. (Applause.)
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What are the requirements to use the Stretch Internet portal?If you’re on a desktop or laptop computer, we suggest using the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. If you’re using an alternate browser, please ensure you’re using the most updated version of that browser. To access live or on-demand video, you will need a download speed of at least 1.0 Mbps (1,000 Kbps) for standard definition broadcasts and 3.0 Mbps (3,000 Kbps) for high definition broadcasts. You can measure your download speed atwww.speedtest.net. Our broadcasts are also compatible on any Apple mobile devices running iOS 7 or later and on Android devices running OS 4.4.4 or later. If you’re wishing to view the broadcasts on your TV, we suggest using AppleTV to wirelessly stream content from a Mac or Apple mobile device – or connecting an HDMI cable from your computer or device to your TV. While some Smart TVs can also be used to access our streams, we cannot guarantee compatibility.
Are there multiple viewing options in the portal?
While viewing a broadcast on a tablet or computer, you will see either 2 or 3 icons at the right of the event description bar near the top of the portal. The first icon provides a “full view” option with the video presentation maximizing the portal. The second icon offers a split view and is helpful if the client is utilizing any other features, such as Twitter feeds or live stats updates. If you’re watching a live sporting event and the client has live stats available, the third icon offers a “stats heavy” window with rich statistical information and a minimized video or audio player. Additionally, you can watch up to four events simultaneously in the portal by clicking on any of the view icons at the bottom of the video player, and selecting another available event.
Do I need to sign in or register to access an event?
If you’re attempting to watch a live or on-demand event that is free, you generally will not be required to create an account or sign in. For live events, simply click on the “Watch” or “Listen” icon and you’ll be redirected immediately to the portal page for the event. If the portal is set up on a pay-per-view or pay-per-listen basis, you will be required to register or sign-in, and you’ll be guided through the steps after clicking on the icon for any event.
Why am I experiencing low-quality audio or video?
If you’re experiencing video or audio playback that skips, freezes or buffers, please ensure you have sufficient bandwidth and computer resources available. Buffering can also occur if there are connection issues on-site. If you’re not experiencing video or audio playback issues, but encountering other issues, such as pixellated video or distorted audio, there are very likely issues at the originating site. We work proactively with our partners to address these issues and are generally able to resolve them in a timely manner, but certain conditions are outside our control. Please click the “Submit Support Request” link inside the “Help” tab if you need assistance addressing issues.
Are the live broadcasts available for archived viewing?
Archived broadcasts will be available in the “On Demand” tab of the portal. Keep in mind that our staff manually edits and prepares the archives for most audio-only events before they are posted to the portal, so please allow up to 72 hours or more for those to become available. Video archives are generally available almost immediately following the event. Keep in mind that many clients choose not to archive some or all of their events, or choose to password-protect their archives. If you are asked for a password prompt, please contact the client directly if you’re like to request access.
Who do I contact with a complaint about the broadcast production?
If you don’t have any issues with the audio or video playback, but have a complaint about an element of the production, you can use the “Submit Support Request” link inside the “Help” tab. While Stretch Internet does NOT produce the broadcasts and makes no warranties about the content of any broadcast, we can relay your comments or concerns to the school producing the event. Examples of production-related complaints include poor camera operation, mispronunciations, factual inaccuracies, etc.
Why are live stats not available for every game?
Our live stats modules utilize XML code generated by the software used by the majority of colleges and universities. However, the only sports that include live stats output are soccer, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, softball and lacrosse. Additionally, some schools choose not to utilize our live stats service, while others only provide live stats for home games, and that can also be contingent on the availability of a high-speed Internet connection.
Why are the live stats frozen or not synced up with the audio or video?
Streaming traffic uses a different protocol and transfer mechanism than live stats, so it’s virtually impossible to guarantee a perfect sync between the two. Also keep in mind that the stats might not be entered immediately on site, which can result in delays in the live stats. If the on-site stats computer is experiencing technical difficulties, the live stats will not update. We contact our schools when the stats have not been updated for 5 or more minutes, but you’re also welcome to contact us using the support link if you think there might be an issue.
How do I purchase an passport to access an event?
You can follow these steps to purchase a passport:
1) On the portal landing page, click on the appropriate watch or listen icon next to the broadcast you’re interested in
2) Select the passport you’d like to purchase and click “NEXT”
3) Login with your username and password or register a new account by clicking “REGISTER”
4) Enter your personal and billing information (this information MUST match exactly the info on record with your credit card issuing bank) and click “NEXT”
5) Enter your credit card information and click “NEXT”
6) Review the details of your order and click “NEXT”
7) If your order is successful, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and you can access your event with25 minutes of the scheduled start time by clicking on the corresponding watch or listen icon and clicking the “Sign In” link if you’re not already signed in.
What is your refund policy?
If you are a paying subscriber and are unsatisfied with the quality of the product or services we provided, we will refund single-event passport fees for live or on-demand audio or video subscriptions in full if, a) there are confirmed, authenticated issues originating solely with the Stretch Internet services, including network downtime and/or latency, or, b) the broadcasting partner experiences technical difficulties which result in transmission quality deemed as low or unacceptable by the Stretch Internet support staff, and/or c) the broadcast is canceled or postponed before the completion of the event. If you have purchased a season or all-access pass that includes the event in question, a pro-rated refund will be issued upon request. You should always ensure your systems are compatible with the minimum requirements outlined in the Stretch Internet FAQ section on the portal. If you experience difficulties during a live event, you should contact us immediately so as to allow our support staff a chance to remedy any issues in a timely fashion.
What do I do if I’m still experiencing issues?
You can open a support ticket by clicking on the “Submit Support Request” link inside of the “Help” tab. Please complete all of the form fields and provide as much information as possible before submitting the ticket. You can expect to promptly hear back from a member of our support team.90,000 Seeing the whole world through a window: a site for those who are tired of sitting at home
The project was launched when Sonali Ranjit and her husband Vaishnav Balasubramaniam, who run large creative agencies in Singapore, got tired of sitting at home and seeing only what is happening outside the window. So they created a site where you can see the world through someone else’s eyes and “feel a little better until you can again responsibly explore our beautiful planet,” Ranjit wrote on Bored Panda.
This virtual Airbnb is easy to navigate. Click on the button in the center of the main page to be taken to the view from the window of another user – wherever it is – and start your journey. Do you want a change of scenery? Just tap again to take you to your next destination.
This is not the same as the street view on Google Maps. In the upper left corner of each window, you can see the name of the sender, and in the upper right – his location.Any personal belongings can get into the frame: a toaster in Wehrheim, Germany; pots and pillows in Nes Zion, Israel; mug in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. Each window gives you the opportunity to feel like in a different part of the world thanks to the atmosphere in someone’s home.
And these are not just static images on the screen – users are also submitting 10-minute videos so you can watch the rain showering on ferns in Gurgaon, India or the wind blowing on willow trees in Glasgow, Scotland. You can even see an adorable beagle on a porch in Bangalore and a gray cat on a windowsill in Rochester, NY.
The creators of the site claim that the videos have been submitted by over 500 people, and about 100 have already been published. They sort them “the old fashioned way, so it takes time.” Videos are submitted by users from 21 to 81 years old. If you want to share a small corner of your world, you can do so here.
The result is amazing wherever you go.
Cover photo: Dirima / Shutterstock90,000 It’s better to cry in a Rolls-Royce than to be happy on a bike.An excerpt from the book “Gucci House”
In early December, Russia will host the premiere of Ridley Scott’s incredibly stellar film “Gucci House”. An unprecedented number of Hollywood celebrities starred in the film – Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, Jared Leto and others. A vibrant biographical thriller explores one of the most successful business empires – the Gucci house, which became hostage to its own luxury, and its protagonists are Maurizio Gucci and Patricia Reggiani, a young couple of heirs to a business empire whose passion led to a terrible tragedy.
Scott’s film is based on the book “Gucci House. A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor and Greed” by Sarah Gay Forden, published by Exmo. Forden has produced a detailed and captivating analysis of the world of haute couture, glitz, glamor, intrigue, litigation, jealousy and passion. An excerpt published by TASS tells how young Maurizio Gucci finally gets approval from his strict father Rodolfo to marry Patricia and, with the help of his visionary wife and uncle Aldo, sets out to conquer America.
Two years have passed since Maurizio left home. That evening he returned home to dine in a cozy attic apartment in the center of Milan, on Via Durini, which Reggiani had given them. Patricia greeted him with an enigmatic smile.
“I have good news for you,” she said. “Your father wants to see you tomorrow.
Maurizio was amazed and happy.
– Thank your uncle Aldo … and me too. – And Patricia threw herself into his arms.
The next day, Maurizio walked a few blocks to his father’s office above the Gucci store. He worried, not knowing what they would say to each other, but worrying in vain. His father greeted him warmly from the doorway, as if nothing had happened between them: the way it was with Gucci.
– Ciao, Maurizio! He said with a smile. – Come stai? How are you?
They both did not mention the spat or the wedding. Rodolfo asked about Patricia.
– Would you like to live with Patricia in New York?
Maurizio’s eyes lit up.
– Your uncle Aldo would like to invite you to his place and asked for your help, – added Rodolfo.
Maurizio was in seventh heaven. Less than a month later, the newlyweds moved to New York. Despite her eagerness to get to Manhattan, Patricia was not happy with the third-rate hotel that Rodolfo put them in until they found an apartment.
– Your last name is Gucci, and we should live like the poor? – she complained to her husband.
The next day she moved him to the St. Regis Hotel, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, a stone’s throw from the Gucci store.From there they moved to one of Aldo’s rented apartments, where they lived for about a year, until Patricia noticed a luxurious apartment in the Olympic Tower – a skyscraper of bronze-colored glass built by Aristotle Onassis. She loved the view of the elegant doorman at the door and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Fifth Avenue.
– Ah, Mau, I want to live here! – she exclaimed and threw herself on her husband’s neck.
He blushed, embarrassed by the real estate agent.
– You’re out of your mind! He protested.- How do I come to my father and tell him that I want to buy a penthouse in Manhattan?
– If you don’t have the courage, then I myself will go to him! – snapped Patricia.
When she addressed this to Rodolfo, he was furious:
– You want to ruin me!
– And you think, this is an excellent investment, – Patricia calmly objected.
Rodolfo shook his head, but promised to think it over. Two months later, Patricia got what she wanted: a two-story apartment of 150 square meters.She finished the walls with cream suede fabric, decorated the rooms with modern furniture with tinted glass, and laid leopard and jaguar skins on the sofas and floors. She happily drove around New York in a car with a personal driver and a “Mauricia” license plate; in general, New York life was to her taste. Once in an interview for television, she confessed that she was “better off crying in a Rolls-Royce than enjoying a bike.”
Later she received other gifts from Rodolfo: a second apartment in the Olympic Tower, a piece of land on a hillside in Acapulco, where she wanted to build a house, a Cherry Blossom farm in Connecticut and a two-level penthouse in Milan.
Rodolfo’s generosity was quite traditional in Italy: Italian parents usually give their children accommodation for a wedding. Before marriage, adult children usually live with their parents. Housing as a gift can be a part of a family home, as well as a cooperative apartment or even your own house. Of course, wealthy parents sometimes donate country villas and even real estate abroad in addition to their main home.
The quarrel between Maurizio and Rodolfo over Patricia led to the fact that the newlyweds initially lived in a Milan apartment that Papino Reggiani gave them.Patricia was annoyed, believing that they deserved more. After the reconciliation between father and son, the apartment in the Olympic Tower and other gifts indicated that Rodolfo was trying to make amends – and, according to Patricia, to thank her for everything she had done for Maurizio.
“Rodolfo was more and more generous to me,” she recalled. – Each gift was a gratitude for the happiness that I gave my husband. And in particular – tacit gratitude for my diplomatic move with Aldo.
However, Patricia had no ownership of an apartment in New York, a slope in Acapulco, a farm in Connecticut, or a penthouse in Milan. It all belonged to Katefield AG, the family’s offshore holding company headquartered in Liechtenstein. By transferring family property to holding companies, the Gucci kept the family’s wealth with them. That is, for example, if the daughter-in-law left the family, it would be extremely difficult for her to legally get what she was “given”, in fact, transferring it to the holding company.
Patricia loved Maurizio and admired Rodolfo’s generosity, so she was little concerned about property issues. She dedicated herself to being a good wife and mother. Alessandra, their first daughter with Maurizio, was born in 1976, and named her after Maurizio’s mother, which truly made Rodolfo happy. The second daughter, Allegra, was born in 1981.
– We lived in perfect harmony, – said Patricia. – We were faithful to each other, and together nothing bothered us.He let me take over the house, society, girls. He gave me an abyss of attention, gifts, loving looks … He listened to me.
In honor of the birth of Allegra, Maurizio made his most daring purchase: the Creole yacht with three masts, 64 meters long. This yacht was once owned by the Greek tycoon Stavros Niarchos. Sailors said it was the most beautiful ship in the world – although when Maurizio and Patricia first saw the Creole, the ship looked like a dilapidated old vessel.Maurizio bought the yacht for a relatively small price – less than a million dollars – from a Danish drug rehabilitation center that no longer needed the boat. The yacht was sent from the Danish shipyard, where Maurizio saw her for the first time, to the Ligurian port of La Spezia for initial repairs. Maurizio planned to return Creola to its former beauty.
This yacht was originally built for Alexander Cochran, a wealthy American carpet maker, renowned by the English shipbuilding company Camper & Nicholson.She was given the name “Vira” and it was one of the largest ships built at that time. But the history of this ship turned out to be associated with tragedy. Cochran died suddenly of cancer, and the heirs soon sold the ship. After that, it changed its name and owners several times; at the end of the war, when the ship was withdrawn from the naval forces, it was returned to the commercial market. Stavros Niarchos, who fell in love with this ship, purchased it from a German businessman in 1953, restored it and named it “Creole”.He replaced the cramped cockpit with a spacious teak and mahogany cockpit that freely accommodated a large bedroom and workshop. Niarchos did not like to sleep in the rooms below deck: he was always afraid of drowning in sleep. Is it worth believing the maritime omen that changing the name of the ship is a bad omen (“Creole” was renamed three times), only Niarchos suffered a tragedy. In 1970, his first wife Eugenia committed suicide, poisoning herself with medicines, right on the Creole. A few years later, his second wife Tina, Evgenia’s younger sister, also took her own life on this ship.Grieving for the loss, Niarchos hated the yacht and never set foot on her deck. As a result, he sold it to the Danish Navy, from where it was transferred to the use of a rehabilitation institution. Maurizio acquired Creole in 1982.
Anticipating the idyllic Creole cruises when the yacht would be repaired, Patricia was still worried if the tragic death of Niarchos’s two wives had left a mark on the ship’s aura. She always listened to astrologers and psychics, so she persuaded Maurizio to let the clairvoyant Frida aboard the ship so that she would drive out the evil spirits, which, in her opinion, still lived on the ship.The Creole was then taken out of the water for repairs, and the ship stood in a hangar at the La Spezia shipyard like a whale washed ashore by the waves. When all three went on deck, Frida asked everyone, including the crew, who accompanied them with flashlights, to step back. Then she went into a trance and began to slowly pace the deck, went into the main cabin and into one of the corridors, muttering indistinctly. Patricia, Maurizio and two of the crew followed her in silence a little behind. The workers exchanged skeptical looks.
– Open, open the door! – suddenly exclaimed Frida.
Maurizio and Patricia looked at each other, puzzled. They stood in the middle of an empty corridor with no door. But the Sicilian worker suddenly turned chalk white. He said that before the rebuilding of the ship, the door was exactly here. The company followed Frida further: she went into the cabins and muttered something. Finally, she stopped abruptly near the kitchen and shouted:
– Leave me alone!
The Sicilian looked at the clairvoyant in horror, and then turned to Maurizio.
“Evgenia’s body was found here,” he whispered.
Suddenly the whole ship seemed to pass through a gust of cold wind, and the crowd felt chilly.
– What’s going on here? – exclaimed Maurizio, trying to figure out where the flow of cold air could come from.
Creole was in a closed hangar, where there were no open doors or windows to create a draft. At that very moment, Frida came out of her trance.
“It’s over,” she said. – There are no more evil spirits on the Creole.The spirit of Eugenia promised me from now on to protect the ship and its crew.90,000 The train schedule for the Gorky, Kursk directions of the Moscow Railways and MCD-2 will change on November 13-14 – Society
MOSCOW, November 12. / TASS /. The schedule of trains for Gorkovsky, Kursk directions of the Moscow Railway (MZD) and MCD-2 will change over the coming weekend in connection with the modernization of infrastructure. This was reported to TASS on Friday by the press service of the Moscow Railways.
“This coming weekend, the schedule of commuter trains for the Gorkovsky, Kursk directions of the Moscow Railway and MCD-2 will change due to the modernization of the infrastructure.<…> On the night of 13-14 and 14-15 November on the Kursk direction and MCD-2, adjustments were made to the commuter train schedule in connection with the laying of turnouts at the Lyublino-sorting station, “the press service reported.
They clarified that during technological “windows” a number of trains running between the Kursk railway station, the stations Nizhegorodskaya, Balashikha, Zheleznodorozhnaya and Kupavna will be taken out of the schedule, several electric trains instead of Balashikha will run to Zheleznodorozhnaya and in the opposite direction.For some electric trains, the time of departure, arrival and the number of stops on the route will change. A number of electric trains will run from Zheleznodorozhnaya to Reutovo without stops.
“On November 14, during the day on the Zheleznodorozhnaya – Kuchino section, track work will be carried out to switch the second main track to a new axis for the subsequent construction of an island platform for a new stop at Olgino. …A total of 680 meters of track will be laid. In addition, work will be carried out to modernize power supply facilities at the Reutovo-Balashikha section of the Gorky direction, ”the press service of the Moscow Railways reported.
The Moscow Railway asks passengers to treat the work with understanding and to familiarize themselves in advance with the changes in the commuter train schedule. This can be done at railway stations and stopping points, the official website of Russian Railways in the section “Passengers” and in the mobile application “Russian Railways for Passengers”.90,000 Cheeky bet on the match Portugal – Serbia for 5.00 / 14.11.2021
Portugal will play at home with Serbia in qualifying for the World Cup. The match will take place on November 14, beginning at 22:45 Moscow time. Portugal – Serbia: forecast , rate, odds, statistics.
The Portuguese in the last round made it difficult for themselves. Draw with Ireland (0: 0) equalized the team on points with the Serbs.
So now Cristiano Ronaldo and the company will have to prove their superiority in a face-to-face meeting with the Balkans.By the way, the Portuguese achieved a draw on the road (2: 2).
Portugal is traditionally very dependent on Ronaldo. If the leader can drag the realization on himself – everything will be fine, no – problems are possible.
All predictions for the 2022 World Cup
Moreover, there are personnel problems. In the match with the Irish, the most experienced center-back Pepe was sent off. However, he may well be replaced by the equally experienced Jose Fonte.
National Team of Serbia
Serbs need to win exclusively.And you can’t say that the task is unrealistic, and the Balkans have a decent composition.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has already shot 7 goals in the current qualifying round. The coaching staff in Lisbon is counting on his genius.
The Serbian national team missed the past selection round . However, she had a control meeting with Qatar (4: 0).
In addition to Mitrovic, Dusan Vlahovic is a particular danger for the opponents’ goal. Let’s not forget about the presence of Luka Jovic!
Forecast and rate
Bookmakers offer to bet on Portugal for 1.37 , for a draw for 5.00 , and for Serbia for 9.00 .
The hosts will certainly act as the first number.
The Serbs are good at attacking, and will probably fight for the first place in the group to the last.