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New Horizons makes historic Pluto flyby. Uber Launches Carpooling Service During Pan Am Games. Canadians continue to lead medal count at Pan Am Games. OLG extends cutoff for buying lotto tickets. Nuclear deal between Iran, world powers struck in Vienna. +**Poll suggests Canadians will not take on more debt with interest rate drop.**
NASA MAKES HISTORIC PLUTO FLYBY
The US is now the only nation to have visited every planet in our solar system. According to NASA, New Horizons has made it to Pluto – about 12,500 km way from the planet. At 7:49 a.m. EDT this morning, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach after a journey spanning 9 1/2 years and 3 billion miles. NASA marked the moment live on TV, broadcasting from flight operations in Maryland.
UBER LAUNCHES CARPOOLING SERVICE DURING PAN AM GAMES
Uber is launching a new carpooling service that will run during the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Called “uberPOOL,” the service will allow users to “share a ride, split the cost and help Toronto move,” meaning users can share a ride with another passenger heading in the same direction. “It’s the same reliability, safety and comfort of UberX, for up to half the price,” Uber said in a statement, “Congestion is a major pain point in Toronto, especially during the Games. We want to be part of the solution.” The service being launched today, runs until July 26th. UberPOOL will be free during the morning and evening commutes today for users to test it out. According to Uber spokeswoman Susie Heath, Toronto is the sixth city in the world to introduce UberPOOL, in addition to city’s like San Francisco and New York City.
City Councillor warns visitors about Uber risk
One Toronto City Councillor is warning Pan Am visitors about using “Uber”, instead of licensed taxi services. With the launch of Uber’s latest carpooling service, Councillor Jim Karygiannis says visitors “risk being charged and fined up to $20,000 if they use any unlicensed bandit taxis like UBER in Ontario” He adds, “Two weeks ago a judge ruled that passengers, not Uber, arranges rides with UBERX drivers. It is this court ruling which now puts passengers at risk. UberX drivers are unlicensed taxis. Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act a person who arranges for a ride in an unlicensed taxi is guilty of an offence with a fine of not less than $300 and not greater than $20,000. “ Karygiannis believes the judgement from Justice Sean Dunphy, took UBER off the hook, but not passengers and drivers. He adds “Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act passengers can be charged. My advice to visitors and residents of Toronto is, when in doubt use a licensed taxicab”
CANADA CONTINUES TO LEAD PAN AM MEDAL COUNT
Canada is a top the medal standings at the Pan Am Games. 41 total with 17 gold, 14 Silver and 10 Bronze. 7 Gold medals won for Canada on Monday which includes:
– The Men’s C2 1000 meters canoeing
– The Women’s Synchronized 10m Platform
– Kelita Zupancic winner the Women’s -70 kg Judo event
– Ellie Black in Women’s all around Artistic Gymnastics
– A couple team rowing events, Men’s Coxless Four & Women’s Double Sculls
– Amanda Chudoba in Women’s Trap shooting
On Tuesday, Canada’s next opportunity for a gold-medal will likely be in the pool at the Aquatic Centre. Audrey Lacroix, competes in the Women’s 200-metre butterfly. Meanwhile, Canada takes on the US in the Women’s Water Polo final. The US has yet to lose in the competition going 4-0-0, so far. And there are more opportunities to win medals in canoeing at the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre. Michelle Russell will go for her third medal of the Pan Am Games, while Mark Henry, Saul Garcia, Katherine Sauks & Liz Fenje are medal contenders.
OLG EXTENDS CUTOFF TIME FOR BUYING LOTTO TICKETS
You’ll have a little more time to buy your ticket for the 30 Million dollar 6-49 Jackpot, on Wednesday. OLG expanding hours for ticket purchases. The cut off used to be 9:pm, now machines close at 10:30 eastern, giving players an extra 90 mins to select their winning numbers The new cut off times are for the major games including Lotto Max, 6-49, Ontario 49, Lotterio, and Encore. Another change, the Lotto Max jackpot cap is being raised from the current $50 million to $60 million as of July 17. No winner for last Friday’s Lotto Max, so an estimated $55 million could be won this coming weekend.
HISTORIC NUCLEAR DEAL STRUCK BETWEEN IRAN & WORLD POWERS
A historic nuclear deal has been stuck between Iran and six world powers. The deal which came after 18 days of negotiations in Vienna will keep Iran from producing enough material for a nuclear weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. In return, Iran will receive billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. Reaction to the deal has been varied with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani saying that the deal marks “a new chapter” in relations between his country and the world, while the Iranian foreign minister says the deal in “not perfect” but still a win win. The US are also welcoming the deal with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Vienna saying that it is the “good deal that we sought” adding that persistence paid off in the end. Israel on the other hand has been swift in it’s condemnation. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal is a “bad mistake of historic proportions”, adding that it would enable Iran to “continue to pursue its aggression and terror in the region.” The country has warned that it could take military action on its own, if necessary.
Poll suggests Canadians will not take on more debt with interest rate drop
A CIBC poll suggest that Canadians are not likely to increase borrowing if the Bank of Canada drops interest rates. The poll by Angus-Reid was conducted in early July, surveyed just over 1,500. Results say 93 percent of respondents would likely not borrow, whereas seven percent said they would consider it if rates came down. Speculation is that the Bank of Canada may move to lower interest rates on Wednesday. The idea is to stimulate the economy believed to be in a “technical recession” due to consecutive quarters of negative growth, by reducing the trend-setting rate.