first_imgAn understrength Donegal side were well-beaten by Down in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship quarter final today.Donegal manager Ray DurackRay Durack’s side never really got going and eventually lost 1-31 to 0-10.Donegal went in at half-time trailing 1-16 to 0-7 and the game was already over as a contest.  HURLING: DONEGAL WELL-BEATEN BY DOWN IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDownHURLINGUlster quarter finallast_img read more


Something from Nothing Dept.

first_imgHow do you get optimization by chance?  In a Concepts piece in Nature this week,1 William J. Sutherland (U. of East Anglia, UK) suggested that the constraints of the environment will drive living systems toward optimal solutions.  He thinks that’s how “selective forces” shaped your teeth and jaw, for instance.  Economists and engineers use optimization theory, he reasons, so why not biologists? The use of optimization has allowed biologists to move from merely describing patterns or mechanisms to being able to predict, from first principles, how organisms should be designed.  Optimality models are based on three elements: the choices available; what is being optimized; and the constraints.    Physiologists have used optimization to answer a wide range of questions about animal morphology.  For example, optimization has been invoked to predict the design of a bone of given weight that minimizes the risk of breaking or buckling; the speed at which it is most efficient to switch from running to walking; and the gut design that provides the highest energy gain from a given diet.  The prediction of the triplet code as the most parsimonious means of coding 20 amino acids using the four bases of DNA is another successful example of this methodology.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Though the concept has its critics, Sutherland gives a few more examples of how the optimization approach might have shaped biological systems by natural selection.  But intelligent design (ID) is clearly not what he has in mind; he gives Darwin the credit: “Darwin’s theory of natural selection provided an obvious mechanism for explaining optimization in biology: more efficiently designed individuals will leave more offspring.”2  The optimization approach will be fruitful, he concludes:A considerable strength of using optimization is that once we understand why organisms are as they are, then it should be possible to understand how they will respond to new conditions.  Optimization can therefore be used to understand behaviour, and to predict population dynamics, in new environments, such as those resulting from habitat loss or a rise in sea level.    There are increasing calls for biology to be predictive.  Optimization is the only approach biology has for making predictions from first principles.  The wider adoption of these ideas right across biology should reap ample rewards.1William J. Sutherland, “The Best Solution,” Nature 435, 569 (2 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435569a.2Of course this is obvious.  How do you know the individual is efficiently designed?  Because it left more offspring.  Why did it leave more offspring?  Well, obviously, it must have been more efficiently designed.  This circular argument, is an example of a tautology, or a statement of the obvious, like “deaf people can’t hear, because they are deaf.”  Natural selection falls into this tautology trap any time fitness is defined in terms of fecundity (see 10/29/2002 entry).Sorry, Bill.  You can’t get the blood of design from a turn-up of natural selection.  Necessity is the mother of invention only when intelligence guides the process.  The only thing nature is good at optimizing is entropy.  The optimization approach will only make sense when design scientists oust the naturalistic usurpers from biology.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Contract Price for Solar Electricity Hits a Low

first_imgDebating Our All-Renewable Energy Future These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy)Renewable Energy Squabble Goes to CourtTransforming the Electric SystemWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S. Separately, Greentech Media cited a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that predicts that all types of clean energy will match the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years. The study examined cost data from some 15,000 utility-scale projects, including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and both onshore and offshore wind.IRENA said the levelized cost of energy had dropped sharply for some types of power. Over a seven-year period from 2010 to 2017, for example, the levelized cost of electricity from utility-scale solar projects plummeted to 10 cents per kWh, a 73% decline that IRENA called “remarkable.”For onshore wind, IRENA found that turbines commissioned in 2017 produced power for an average levelized cost of about 6 cents per kWh, an 18% drop since 2010.GTM Research noted that utility-scale solar prices during the fourth quarter of last year ranged from a low of 3 cents per kWh for a project in Mexico to a high of 15 cents per kWh in Japan.Factors driving the downward push on prices include technological improvements, competitive bidding for the procurement of electricity, and a growing number of experienced developers.“The trend is clear,” the IRENA report says. “By 2020, all mainstream renewable power generation technologies can be expected to provide average costs at the lower end of the fossil-fuel cost range. In addition, several solar PV and wind power projects will provide some of the lowest-cost electricity from any source.” The contract price for electricity from a new solar-electric facility in New Mexico is the lowest for distributed photovoltaic (PV) power in the U.S., the Rocky Mountain Institute said.The 3-megawatt installation in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is due to come online in March and will sell electricity to the Otero County Electric Cooperative under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The project is owned by SoCore Energy, a Chicago-based solar developer.What’s called the Carrizozo project is the second solar facility developed by the Otero Cooperative. Its first was a 76-kilowatt project built in 2014 and later expanded to a capacity of 150 kW. The array in Alamogordo is being developed without any state tax credits or subsidies.RMI, a non-profit research and consulting organization, said in a news release that it also is working with electric cooperatives in Texas and Colorado to help develop community-scale solar projects.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more


India inks tech-leveraging smart city pact with Russia

first_imgDonal Power India signed a deal with Russia over the cooperation of smart city initiatives and the use of IT technology from Russian companies.As reported by the Times of India, Russia and India signed the Memorandum of Understanding against the backdrop of bilateral talks between the two countries.The MOU was signed in Goa, where Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were holding expansive talks covering a range of bilateral engagement.According to an official statement, an agreement was signed between Russia’s JSC Rusinformexport and India’s ministries of Urban Development and Home affairs, as well as the National Buildings Construction Corp. and the Haryana government.India previously announced plans to develop 100 smart cities around the country by 2022. By last month 60 of the cities have been chosen under the ambitious plan that the government hopes will act as a springboard to modernize outdated urban infrastructure across India.Russia just helping fellow BRICS smart city effortsThis comes as senior Indian government officials have been promoting potential opportunities to foster smart city cooperation among fellow BRICS nations. This includes further information sharing between these nations to enhance and accelerate the smart city learning process.However, concerns have been raised that India’s laws will need a major overhaul in order to accommodate the modern challenges such smart cities will presentThe huge increase in data that smart cities’ connected infrastructure will produce raises privacy issues that may be beyond the scope of India’s existing laws.As well, there are questions being raised as to how exactly municipalities will be able to raise the massive amounts of capital needed to make these smart cities a reality.City leaders have said that implementing India’s ambitious smart city goals will likely mean cities will need to boost revenues to cover costs of managing multiple stakeholders involved in smart city systems. This would require amendments to various laws including those governing municipalities and municipal corporations. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#India#Internet of Things#IoT#Russia#Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more


The beautiful thinkers

first_imgThey are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A,They are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A checklist of the top Thinking Man’s Sex Symbols in Delhi and what some men who matter feel why they are what they are.Chitrangada SinghThere is a mysterious air about her which makes Chitrangada a perfect combination of beauty and talent. Maybe that is the reason why director Ketan Mehta describes her as rare. Passionate, inquisitive and compassionate are the adjectives she uses to describe herself. “I’m a very regular person and do a lot of the usual stuff,” says she. What appeals to her in men is their confidence and honesty.Raseel GujralWhen asked to describe herself in five adjectives, the first thing she mentions is. “I am deeply loyal.” And that’s the reason, she votes for her husband, Navin as the sexiest man alive.”I am not a window shopper. But I find George Clooney and Sean Connery sexy too.” She is constantly stimulated by design, beauty in space, objects, art and textiles. “I often need to unwind myself and I do that by reading, watching films and spending time with my younger son as he is uncomplicated.”In touch with reality, Gujral prefers to call herself a girl next door.Jagi PandaStanding at five-foot-nine inches with an impeccable look, Jaggi Panda, wife of parliamentarian Jay Panda, has donned many hats-an airhostess with Air India to a supermodel to a broadband entrepreneur. She negates the typical image of a neta’s wife. An ideal example of beauty and brains, Panda keeps herself intellectually stimulated by following what’s happening in the industry worldwide by attending conferences and reading industry related books or magazines. Work takes most of her time while fitness comes second. “Five days a week, both cardio and weights is a must.” She runs two companies, has some 500 employees working under her, but that doesn’t take away some of the girl next door qualities she has. “When at home, I love looking at magazines on interiors and doing little things for the house.” She likes men who are compassionate, good communicators, large hearted and have a vision. And the sexiest man alive, according to her is Denzel Washington.Soha Ali KhanHer charming smile and almond eyes make million hearts go thump. She is the ultimate beauty who has made a name for herself. She turned out to be a fine actress and after her kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in Tum Mile, she became the talk of tinsel town. This alumni of British School, Delhi, calls herself a boring person and one who doesn’t like many changes. When it comes to food, she prefers a simple meal. Dal, roti and vegetables form part of her staple diet. But she loves to binge on the Bengali food that her mother cooks.Kalyani ChawlaA patron of the arts and fashion, Kalyani Chawla and her grandeur is hard to miss. Being a successful art curator and the vice president of Dior India, she has set a high benchmark for not just her peers but aspiring fashionistas and art lovers. But behind her enchanting avatar is a traditional Bengali girl who like most Bengalis is a culture vulture with a superiority complex that she claims to be rightfully true. “My love for European art, books and music was derived from my father who is the best looking grey haired Bengali bhadrolok I know,” she smiles.Indrani DasguptaThis glamrous diva considers fashion the most important thing in anyone’s life.Before she entered the world of fashion, Indrani wanted to be a lawyer. That’s what makes her a voracious reader. “I read whatever I get my hands on. Newspapers, magazines, fiction and non fiction.I love the smell of books, old or new,” says Dasgupta. She describes herself as a girl next door. When she isn’t walking the ramp in her high heels, she loves to curl up in her oldest tee and pajamas. And when it comes to men, she adds, “I like a man who has a funny bone and a good sense of humor. Somebody who wears his skin well.”Ayesha SharmaThis young TV anchor is a muse for those who aspire to follow the same career. While men think of her as a perfect example of beauty with brains, Ayesha, on the contrary, says, “Beauty has little to do with intellect but it’s true that people react differently to someone who looks good.I don’t think the two need to be mutually exclusive.” She is a foodie and loves to binge on but her keen interest in sports keeps her fit.Meera AliWith unmatched enthusiasm and charm, Meera Ali is every thinking man’s fantasy. She keeps herself busy by meeting people who are not affected by their own status in the society, working with the rural folk, craftsmen and children whose minds are open to new and challenging ideas. “Listening to poetry from my husband, reading and designing for my fashion label keeps my mind active,” says the woman who feels looks will only take a person that far, but beyond that, each person needs to be intellectually sound.Manjari ChaturvediBeing the only Sufi Kathak dancer in the world, Manjari Chaturvedi has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance to create a stunning new art form. “I read a lot and I am obsessed with my dance that gives me no time to think of physical beauty,” says Chaturvedi who insists on wearing black to negate all the attention so that the audience sees beyond the body. “When not dancing, I like to sew and want to make a sewing room in my house,” she smiles.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more


Hyderabad Test: India look to continue domination over West Indies

first_imgIndia take on West Indies in the second Test on Friday in Hyderabad, where the Indians will look to gain more confidence while the Windies would want to salvage some pride.The Windies were thwarted by Virat Kohli-led Indian side by a record innings and 272 runs in the first Test in Rajkot. It was the way in which the Windies were absolutely outplayed that drew a lot of criticism.As India and West Indies prepare to take on once more, captain Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only well known fast bowler Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the Test.India, on the other hand, have decided not to make any changes and instead opted for the same side in the second Test as well.The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December.Also read – Virat Kohli unhappy with quality of SG balls, says Dukes most suited for Test cricketIn fact, Virat Kohli’s team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test. In 2011, India dominated West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn’t pan out well as they lost the series.It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.advertisementThe only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord’s and 145 at Melbourne.Also read – Hyderabad Test: West Indies have come up with plans for Prithvi Shaw, says Roston ChaseRahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017).His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the Australia series, which could be make or break for him.The Indian team has decided against any experiments with Mayank Agarwal failing to find a place in the XII for this game.Bowling coach Bharat Arun put up a strong argument for the out-of-form KL Rahul (14 failures in 16 knocks this year).The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in Adelaide on December 6.Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.Also read – Prithvi Shaw a sharp guy but give him space to grow: Virat KohliMohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series.For West Indies, the aim will be to at least put up some fight unlike the Rajkot game where they didn’t even last 100 overs across both innings.Kieran Powell’s 83 and Roston Chase’s 53 were the only notable contributions from the Caribbean batting line-up in the first game.In the second innings, it looked as if the batsmen were in a tearing hurry to hit every ball where the need of the hour was to show patience.The West Indies’s slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level. They would love to redeem themselves, even as they face a formidable unit.Teams:India Final 12: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.West Indies Squad: Jason Holder (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and Jomel Warrican.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


15 days agoEriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in January

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eriksen reluctant to leave Tottenham in Januaryby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid aim to prise Christian Eriksen away from Tottenham for a bargain £30million in January.But AS says Eriksen would rather wait until his deal runs out in June so he can leave for free and pick up a huge signing bonus.Real can enter talks on January 1 over a summer switch as clubs abroad will not be breaking rules speaking to a player in the final six months of his deal.But they could still try and tempt Spurs into cashing in, which would give Eriksen a choice to make.Zinedine Zidane’s No1 midfield target was Paul Pogba but Manchester United were not open to selling. last_img read more


Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell Posts Photo Of His Return To The Field

first_imgOle Miss celebrates the Sugar Bowl win over Oklahoma State.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Laquon Treadwell #1 of the Mississippi Rebels celebrates during the trophy ceremony after their 48-20 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)Ole Miss star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell is a little over three months removed from a brutal ankle injury that cut short a brilliant season. Treadwell recently posted video of himself on the treadmill rehabbing, and today he celebrated his return to the field. Treadwell documented the occasion on his Instagram account.For anyone who watched Treadwell get hurt, the fact he’s made this much progress this quickly is just remarkable. We wish him well as he continues his recovery process.last_img read more


Provinces feds to square off over tax proceeds of legalized marijuana

first_imgOTTAWA – A cross-country squabble over how best to divvy up the proceeds of Canada’s coming legal-weed windfall is about to intensify as finance ministers gather for high-stakes talks in Ottawa.For the provinces and territories, a key question looms: what entitles Ottawa to claim so much as half of the tax revenues that will start flowing when marijuana is legalized next summer?The provincial and territorial governments insist they should get the lion’s share of the funds because they’ll shoulder most — if not all — of the costs associated with legalization.But federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will counter with an argument during the meetings that Ottawa has already made big financial commitments towards pot legalization, said a senior government official.Morneau will explain that he’s already earmarked more than $1 billion toward legalization over the next five years, with a focus on areas such as public safety, policing and awareness, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.Nearly $700 million of that commitment was outlined in Morneau’s recent fall economic update.“We’ve identified significant funds that we are going to put forward in that regard,” Morneau said on Sunday as he headed to a working dinner with his provincial and territorial counterparts.“We need to cover our costs — they’re legitimate.”At the same time, Morneau added that it’s important to consider how municipalities and provinces will cover the costs required.Negotiations will be centred on the federal Liberal government’s proposal to impose a cannabis excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher.It’s expected to bring in as much as $1 billion per year. Ottawa has long insisted its legalization plans were never about the money, but about keeping pot away from kids.An initial federal offer of a 50-50 split with the provinces was met with equal parts disdain and incredulity.The federal government has since said it’s prepared to go further — as long as some of that extra cash goes to cities. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities wants a third of the revenues earmarked to help municipal governments handle administrative and policing costs.Morneau reiterated Sunday that he “can be flexible,” but he refused to say how much he’s willing to accept.For ministers like B.C.’s Carole James, it’s unclear why Ottawa should keep any of it.“Before we even get to talking about sharing, we want to hear about what responsibilities the federal government’s taking on to justify taking any of the percentage,” James said in an interview.“Certainly, from our perspective the formula put out by the federal government is a no-go. That’s very clear.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also wants Morneau to explain how the Trudeau government plans earn its share.“I want to know what the feds are going to put in — what they’re going to pay for,” Sousa said in an interview.“I want us to have unity around Canada on this issue and I definitely want to see more because we’re bearing more of the costs.”The added expenses likely to land with the provinces are expected to include public-awareness campaigns, beefed-up policing, busier court systems and increased road safety efforts.“If the responsibility resides with the provinces, then the resources must flow to the provinces,” Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an interview.“Any departure from that theme, then, must come with concessions from the federal government.”There’s no guarantee that revenues will be higher than the associated costs, said Friesen — particularly considering Ottawa’s rushed timeline to legalize cannabis by July.The federal government might face some “very small” fixed costs such as those related to its administrative role for taxation, he added, but that “pales in comparison” to the size of the responsibility and the added risks that will be assumed by the provinces.Ottawa has also committed $274 million to support policing and border efforts related to legalization, and some of the money is to go to the provinces.But it remains to be seen if more federal commitments are on the way.Regardless of how it’s divvied up, the excise tax is expected to generate big bucks — as much as $1 billion per year, by one estimate from Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the Trudeau government’s point man on legalizing cannabis.Federal and provincial sales taxes would be applied on top of the excise tax, but governments are aiming to ensure the total cost stays reasonable so as to keep black marketeers at bay.Also on the table Sunday and Monday will be the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan and the federal government’s proposed tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments.Equalization is designed to help poorer provincial governments provide public services that are reasonably comparable to those in other provinces.On Sunday, Ottawa released the 2018-19 equalization payments for the federation’s so-called “have-not” provinces. The same six will receive cash through the $18.9-billion federal program: Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.At $11.7 billion, Quebec will once again receive by far the biggest payment from Ottawa. It will be an increase of nearly $700 million compared to this year.Ontario, which has seen its economy improve in recent years, will receive $960 million next year — down nearly $500 million from this year.The “have” provinces, which won’t receive any funds through the program, will once again be B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.The formula is also based on a three-year moving average of economic growth, so a province’s have- or have-not status can lag economy-altering events.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more


Cabinet ministers meet with Mexican presidentelect in shadow of trade spat

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s foreign affairs minister says a meeting with Mexico’s president-elect has cleared the haze about diving back into free trade talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico.The meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador came one day before his representatives travel to the U.S. to talk to American trade negotiators and in the shadow of a simmering trade war with the Trump administration.Freeland spoke in broad, largely positive terms about the meeting with the 64-year-old political veteran, but wouldn’t detail what he told Canadian officials. Freeland said she was “hopeful” NAFTA talks could hit high gear now that she gauged the policy pulse of Canada’s new political neighbour in North America.“It was important to meet with the president-elect and with his team to understand their position so we really knew where Mexico was,” she said in a conference call from Mexico City.“We have a clear understanding now and we certainly are very committed to moving forward as quickly as we can.”Lopez Obrador and his top officials have said they back the North American Free Trade Agreement, emphasizing that talks about North American trade must involve all three countries — eschewing the idea of a one-on-one deal with the Americans.Lopez Obrador, who goes by the nickname AMLO, is “astute enough to recognize that Trump is playing a game and trying to divide and conquer his two NAFTA allies,” said Laura Macdonald, an expert on Mexican politics from Carleton University in Ottawa.But, she cautioned, “we never know.”Carlo Dade, an expert on Latin American politics from the Canada West Foundation, said the uncertainty around trade pacts in North America as well as with Pacific Rim countries means Canadian politicians need to build up a personal relationship with Lopez Obrador, something which can often get overlooked.“There’s an expression in Spanish: ‘hasta en la sopa’ — even in the soup. It’s when you keep running into someone every time you turn around and that, I think, could potentially be us and Mexico at the trade table.”NAFTA negotiations were paused in late spring because of the July 1 Mexican presidential election that Lopez Obrador won with a majority of the popular vote. He assumes office in December.Trump viewed Lopez Obrador’s victory at the national and state levels as a symbol of political strength, and that’s a significant factor in the relationship between the two men, said Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center.“Trump sees AMLO as a strong leader, as a legitimate leader, somebody to be taken seriously. He didn’t always see (outgoing Mexican President) Enrique Pena Nieto in that way,” Wood said.In a letter to Trump earlier this month, Lopez Obrador called for talks between all three countries to avoid prolonged trade uncertainty that could damage economies. Trump’s reply to Mexico said such a deal would help both countries, “but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route.”A number of issues remain unresolved in the talks, including U.S. demands for changes to rules of origin for automobiles, a five-year sunset clause for a new pact and demands for Mexico to quickly hike wages.Macdonald said immediately raising auto worker wages in Mexico — Trump argues low labour costs siphon American jobs — would shutter plants. But Lopez Obrador’s vow to improve wages may help negotiators get past the thorny issue, Macdonald said.The five-year review is more problematic and Freeland said Canada’s opposition to it has stiffened throughout the talks.In the meantime, Trump is considering imposing a 25 per cent tariff on auto imports that Republican lawmakers, industry — although his own administration officials warn that such a step could kneecap the American economy.The World Trade Organization said in a report Wednesday that the proliferation of tariffs by the United States, Canada, Mexico and the European Union among others “could place economic recovery in jeopardy.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more