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Canadian victories bolster Pan Am support. Pan Am organizers spend $1.4M on floor repairs in Athletes Village. 9 Pan Am Brazilian cyclists escorted off the DVP. Eurozone leaders reach bailout deal for Greece. Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman escapes prison. +**Special Air Quality Statement Issued in Toronto.**
CANADIAN VICTORIES BRING OUT PAN AM SUPPORT
They certainly called it. Pan Am organizers say ticket sales doubled to roughly 20,000 on Saturday, the first full day of competition. Officials expect the trend to continue as excitement surrounding the games continues to grow with Canada sitting atop the medal standings. Team Canada is currently leading the Games overall with 24 medals, 10 of them gold. In second is the United States of America with 17, and Mexico, with 14. It was an exciting day for Canada at Day 2 of the Pan Am Games. Canada took double gold in rugby sevens competition, finishing up the two-day competition with a 22-19 decision over Argentina after dramatic wins of 26-19 over the U.S. in the semifinals and 17-12 over Chile in the quarter-finals. The women’s team also won gold after defeated the U.S. 55-7. It was a good day for cyclists as well, as Emily Batty won gold in the women’s mountain biking event while teammate Catharine Pendrel was second. In the men;s, Raphael Gagne of Quebec City finished 50 seconds ahead of the competition, taking the gold.
There was certainly no shortage of Pan Am buzz over the weekend, but for some, the trickle-down effect wasn’t nearly what they expected. Toronto cab drivers are sitting at the top of that list of complaints. Water Taxi admitted things were pretty quiet for a hit sunny weekend in July.
PAN AM ORGANIZERS SPEND $1.4M ON FLOOR REPAIRS IN ATHLETES VILLAGE
Organizers with the 2015 Pan Am Games are defending $1.4 million-dollar upgrades to the floors in the athletes village. According to the Games organizing committee, the repairs were made months ago following an inspection that found the bare concrete floors were pitted an uneven. They say the upgrades were necessary and cost effective to preserve the events international image, citing that the floors were worse than the ones at the athletes village in Guadalajara, Mexico, which hosted the last Games in 2011. The concrete floor was eventually covered with carpet in the hallways and in some common areas, costing $200,000, with dark grey floor sealing with baseboards in the athletes room, costing $1.2 million. “Canada prides itself on being a welcoming and accommodating host for our international guests,” TO2015 spokesman Teddy Katz told reporters in an email. “Unfinished floors and ragged walls without baseboards would reflect poorly on our region’s reputation as hosts. Quite simply, the village wouldn’t look finished. The upgrade was covered by the budget for the village, funded by the provincial government. Once the Games are done, the village will become condos and low-income houses, as well as dorm residence for George Brown students.
BRAZILIAN PAN AM CYCLISTS PRACTICE ON DVP, ESCORTED OFF BY POLICE
Some Pan Am newcomers got a little confused this morning. 9 members of the Brazilian cycling team had to be escorted off of the Don Valley Parkway as they rode with traffic. Police believe the group crossed out of the Pan Am Games Athletes Village and went from there to a northbound ramp of the DVP. No one was injured and no charges are expected.
EUROZONE REACHES TENTATIVE BAILOUT DEAL FOR GREECE
European negotiators in Brussels have reached a tentative bailout deal for Greece. Negotiations lasted well over 16 hours over the course of the weekend. Greece is urging the European Central Bank to increase its emergency assistance to all of the Greek banks European Union President Donald Tusk says this agreement will give creditors a chance to get the country “get back on track.”
MEXICAN DRUG LORD JOAQUIN ‘EL CHAPO’ GUZMAN ESCAPES PRISON
An intense manhunt continues for drug lord. Joaquin Guzman managed to escape from a maximum-security prison west of Mexico City. Officials say if Guzman isn’t caught immediately, it won’t be long before he’s back in full command of the Notorious Sinaloa Cartel, which stretches across North America. The cartel is thought to control most of the major crossing points for drugs along the US-Mexican border.
Special Air Quality Statement Issued in Toronto
Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for a number of areas including Toronto. Halton, Peel, York and Durham are also affected. Environment Canada’s Geoff Coulson says this isn’t quite the same has a smog alert however. “Now, we’ve gone over to the Air Quality Health index which is a scale that goes from 1-to-10 and when we start to get to the moderate range like a four or six we usually issue these statements”. Coulson said. Coulson anticipates the city’s air quality to return to normal this evening before showers and possible thunderstorms roll in on Tuesday.