Sunday, July 11, 2010

Germany is No. 3

Malaysia began her national headcount Tuesday (July 06) and it will end Aug 22, with 29,000 enumerators fanning throughout the country, visiting an estimated 7.5 million homes to collect data (Blogpage, accessed today). Officially called the Population and Household Census of Malaysia 2010, this is one massive exercise that is going to cost the government a lot of money. The Malaysian Insider put the cost at RM200 million (Webpage, posted June 29, 2010).

Perhaps, Malaysia should consider UK’s re-think on this same matter. The official population count, or Census, looks set to be scrapped in the UK after more than 200 years, it emerged yesterday. UK’s The Daily Telegraph had disclosed that Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude was reported to have said that the Census, which takes place every 10 years, was an expensive and inaccurate way of measuring the number of people in Britain. Instead, the Government is examining different and cheaper ways to count the population more regularly, using existing public and private databases, including credit reference agencies.

This behemothic survey which takes place every 10 years is a big-ticket item and the next Census (expected in 2011) is estimated to cost a whopping £482 million. According to webpage, posted July 09, 2010), this suggestion is likely to be approved by Cabinet next week. It will be too late to prevent the next Census on March 27, 2011 from going ahead – but if the Census is done away with, then it will represent a historic shift in the way that information about the nation’s population, religion and social habits is gathered.

Maude has declared that the Census was "out of date almost before it had been done". He is one smart dude! Now, will the Malaysian government please take note of this?!?!

The Germany-Uruguay game is really inconsequential and even meaningless because no self-respecting football fan is going to remember it after it is over. This third-place play-off is often billed as a match that no team wants to play. Some say the two teams will play for pride and honor. To their credit, both teams were determined to end this World Cup campaign on a high note and so, we witnessed a rousing and pulsating game.

Germany’s Thomas Mueller capped a period of dominance with a straightforward finish (18) after Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera spilled a long-range drive from Bastian Schweinsteiger. Undaunted, Uruguay forced their way back into proceedings through Edinson Cavani (28) and then went ahead when Diego Forlan met Egidio Arevalo’s cross with a superb volley (51). But more poor goalkeeping from Muslera allowed Marcell Jansen to equalise (56) and Sami Khedira then capitalised on Uruguay's failure to clear a Mesut Ozil corner (82) to ensure Germany would end their tournament on a happy note. Yes, Germany secured third place with a 3-2 win.

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