Vermont’s population grew a modest 2.8 percent to 625,741 from 2000 in the recently completed census. The US Census Bureau also announced yesterday that the 2010 Census showed the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2010, was 308,745,538.The resident population represented an increase of 9.7 percent over the2000 US resident population of 281,421,906. Commerce Secretary GaryLocke, Acting Commerce Deputy Secretary Rebecca Blank and Census BureauDirector Robert Groves unveiled the official counts at the National PressClub in Washington, D.C.‘A big thanks to the American public for its overwhelming response tothe 2010 Census,’ U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. ‘The result wasa successful count that came in on time and well under budget, with a final2010 Census savings of $1.87 billion.’Rebecca Blank, now Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce who has overseenthe 2010 Census as Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, echoed Locke. ‘The2010 Census was a massive undertaking, and in reporting these firstresults, we renew our commitment to our great American democracypeacefully, fairly and openly for the 23rd time in our nation’s history.’The US resident population represents the total number of people inthe 50 states and the District of Columbia.The most populous state was California (37,253,956); the least populous,Wyoming (563,626). The state that gained the most numerically since the2000 Census was Texas (up 4,293,741 to 25,145,561) and the state thatgained the most as a percentage of its 2000 Census count was Nevada (up35.1% to 2,700,551).Regionally, the South and the West picked up the bulk of the populationincrease, 14,318,924 and 8,747,621, respectively. But the Northeast and theMidwest also grew: 1,722,862 and 2,534,225.Additionally, Puerto Rico’s resident population was 3,725,789, a 2.2percent decrease over the number counted a decade earlier.Just before today’s announcement, Locke delivered the apportionmentcounts to President Obama, 10 days before the statutory deadline of Dec.31. The apportionment totals were calculated by a congressionally definedformula, in accordance with Title 2 of the U.S. Code, to divide among thestates the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Theapportionment population consists of the resident population of the 50states, plus the overseas military and federal civilian employees and theirdependents living with them who could be allocated to a state. Each memberof the House represents, on average, about 710,767 people. The populationsof the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are excluded from theapportionment population, as they do not have voting seats in Congress.‘The decennial count has been the basis for our representative form ofgovernment since 1790,’ Groves said. ‘At that time, each member of theHouse represented about 34,000 residents. Since then, the House has morethan quadrupled in size, with each member now representing about 21 timesas many constituents.’President Obama will transmit the apportionment counts to the 112thCongress during the first week of its first regular session in January. Thereapportioned Congress will be the 113th, which convenes in January 2013.Beginning in February and wrapping up by March 31, 2011, the CensusBureau will release demographic data to the states on a rolling basis sostate governments can start the redistricting process.Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution calls for a census of thenation’s population every 10 years to apportion the House seats among thestates. The 2010 Census is the 23rd census in our nation’s history.For more information about the U.S. Census Bureau, please visit http://www.census.gov/>
Guyana-Mexico rice dealThe promised rice deal between Guyana and the North American Spanish-speaking country of Mexico is yet to become a reality, as Guyana awaits the completion of a Pest Risk Assessment currently being carried out by that country.Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) General Manager Nizam Hassan told Guyana Times on Wednesday that the Board had already played its part in this Risk Assessment, which he believed would create brighter prospects for rice farmers. He said Guyana has already submitted the necessary information to Mexico for it to carry out the analysis. It is now awaiting the results.Hassan disclosed further, however, that Guyana still has another hurdle to cross after the analysis. “We have been told that the Pest Risk Assessment is under review by SENASICA (the Mexican Government agency responsible for such activity) and that the next step will be to submit it to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for potential comments.”Last year, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo publicly announced that Government was moving in the direction of securing a rice deal with Mexico. This was a few months after the lucrative rice deal with Venezuela came to an abrupt end. It was noted that the relationship between Guyana and Venezuela became extremely tense and further deteriorated after the A Partnership for National Unity /Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government made a decision not to allow the Venezuelan State-owned airline Conviasa Airlines to land in Guyana over the non-payment of its bond. As time progressed, the two countries drifted from the cordial relations they were sharing for a number of years to bilateral talks breaking down. The rice industry in Guyana is suffering even more since the deal with that country was by far the most profitable.In earlier reports, Rice Producers Association (RPA) General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj had disclosed that there was no progress on the Mexican deal since the collapse of the lucrative Venezuelan deal. According to Seeraj, “There were promises of Guyana selling into the Mexican market as to replace, if not by value, by volume, the Venezuelan market, but we are still awaiting some progress of that arrangement with Mexico.”Seeraj had also highlighted that the proposed rice deal with Mexico might not even be a lucrative one. He said the RPA was not too optimistic about that market becoming a reality, and even if it did, it may not be at a competitive price, as the United States supplied about 95 per cent of the rice sold to Mexico at very economical prices.“Mexico is also very close to the US so there are a lot of logistical advantages over a country like Guyana that is way down in South America.”He reminded that Mexico and the US were also part of the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA), a trading bloc protected by protocols involving taxes on imports for extra-regional sources. Guyana, he said, can be classified as an extra-regional source taking into consideration NAFTA.