WatchGuess which 12 states are the biggest losers if NAFTA is killed

MEXICO CITY — A new projection from the biggest business lobby in the United States shows the 12 states that would likely feel the impact of NAFTA’s cancellation the most also voted for Donald Trump.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has stepped up its efforts to save the North American Free Trade Agreement amid threats of an American pullout.The group’s newest projection shows the states exporting the most to Canada and Mexico in total dollars, or as a percentage of their overall global exports.Supporters cheer as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania in October, 2016. Trump won all 12 states — Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina — which delivered more than half his electoral college votes.The current round of talks, underway in Mexico City, is expected to represent a calm between two storms. The countries have now made their demands on key issues, but are likely still months away from revealing their bottom lines.Officials have played down expectations for this week’s talks. The lead NAFTA ministers for the three countries aren’t even attending the Mexico round, and Canadian officials suggest there won’t likely be movement on the most controversial issues.Canada and Mexico have suggested one potential area for compromise — the U.S. idea of regular reviews of the agreement — but don’t want it to include a so-called termination clause. The Trump administration wants the agreement to lapse after five years unless all three countries agree to extend it.Canada, Mexico prepared to bend on controversial U.S. sticking point in NAFTA negotiations72 U.S. lawmakers escalate complaints over Trump’s handling of NAFTA in flurry of lettersThinking the unthinkable on NAFTA has C$ traders doomsday preppingThat’s one of several U.S. demands that shocked observers — Canada, Mexico, numerous American lawmakers, and the business community. Several dozen U.S. lawmakers wrote to the administration this week expressing concern.And the Chamber of Commerce has begun organizing regular NAFTA events in an effort to save the agreement. It released its projections in an op-ed today headlined, “Which States Would Be Hit Hardest by Withdrawing from NAFTA?”“Imagine the scene: The U.S. unemployment rate is climbing. Crops in the heartland are rotting. Manufacturers are moving abroad. Consumer prices are rising,” the piece begins.“That’s the picture painted.” Getty Images read more

Windies set to begin preparation for Pakistan series

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPollard, Narine, Bravo, Russell ditch Windies bid for World Cup berthJanuary 25, 2018In “Sports”Gayle, Bravo sidelined as Carter, Mohammed force inMarch 20, 2017In “latest news”Kraigg Brathwaite in ODI squad, T20 call-ups for Rovman Powell, PooranSeptember 5, 2016In “latest news” (CMC) West Indies players will assemble in Barbados today (Wednesday) as they begin preparation for their four-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting next Sunday.Carlos Brathwaite (file photo)The 16-man squad, headed by captain Carlos Brathwaite, will undergo training sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before being whittled down to 13 for the opening encounter at Kensington Oval.The training group includes newcomers Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed and Veerasammy Permaul but missing is superstar opener Chris Gayle along with all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell.Russell is serving a one-year suspension for an anti-doping whereabouts violation while no explanation has been given by selectors for the exclusion of Gayle and Bravo.Trinidadian Bravo recently underwent surgery last January for a hamstring injury sustained in the Australia Big Bash but there has been no indication about the status of his recovery.West Indies will be looking to rebound after suffering a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the recent one-day series against England in the Caribbean.They will also be looking to make amends for a similar whitewash to Pakistan when the two teams last met in the United Arab Emirates last September.The remaining T20s will be played at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on March 30, April 1 and 2. read more