FIFA WORLD CUP 1986:
Maradona initially denied that he had scored his first goal in the match Argentina against England with his bare hands. Maradona said: “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”
The historical moment in the history of FIFA World Cup footballbecame known as the “Hand of God,” or “la mano de Dios.”
Ultimately, on 22 August 2005 Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he had hit the ball with his hand purposely, and that he immediately knew the goal was illegitimate. The goal stood, much to the wrath of the English players.
FIFA World Cup 2010:
Uruguay’s Luis Suarez said “the ‘Hand Of God’ now belongs to me” after his goal-line handball helped his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.
The striker punched Adiyah’s goal-bound header to deny Ghana what would have proved to be the extra-time winner. Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty and Uruguay went on to win a shoot-out.
As a consequence of his ‘hand of God’, Suarez now misses the semi-final match against The Netherlands – where he became the 2010 top scorer in the Dutch football competion for his club Ajax – Amsterdam!
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September 11, 2009
An impression from Mars.
‘Fingerprint of God’?
Earlier this year (april) NASA reported a Chandra X-ray observatory including a ghostly blue cloud that resembled a hand with outstretched fingers grasping a ball of fire – the media were joking amused: ‘It’s the hand of God!‘. In the first week of september NASA reported another phenomenon found on planet Mars: a striking range of dunes and craters (see also the photo below) that appears to form a giant cosmic fingerprint on the surface of the Red Planet.
Scientists believe the undulating ground reveals global climate changes that took place on Mars over the past few million years.
The area is in the Coprates region, a large trough that forms part of the Valles Marineris – a system of canyons stretching thousands of miles along Mars’ equator.
The whitish areas could be evaporites – mineral sediments left behind when salt water evaporates. Such deposits would be of great interest as they indicate potential habitats for past martian life.
The detailed image is just one of thousands of pictures recently unveiled taken by Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The images were collected using a High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera during more than 1,500 telescopic observations.
Each full image from HiRISE, taken between April and August last year, covers a strip of Martian ground six kilometers (3.7 miles) wide, showing details as small as one metre, or yard, across. They are the most detailed pictures of the Red Planet’s surface taken from space.
A close up shot of gullies at the edge of the Hale Crater on the red planet Mars:
Swine flu battle hits Brazilian priests: ‘no holding hands, nor shaking hands’ – God doesn’t provide immunisation!
August 10, 2009
Last week two Brazilian priests made various recommendations on hand hygiene guidelines for religious meetings. Changing religious habits appears to another tool for containing the swine flu in Latin America’s largest country.
The Brazilian Roman Catolic priest Roberto Francisco Daniel (a.k.a. ‘Padre Beto’) told his congregation:
“…not to hold hands while saying the Lord’s Prayer and to refrain from shaking hands and kissing in his morning mass to avoid getting swine flu. At least if you don’t have skin touching, you eliminate contact with secretions of somebody infected.”
Recently ‘Padre Beto’ faced a dilemma when called to a hospital to bless a Catholic with the swine flu. But he had to decline the request, following a recommendation from the hospital crew. “Even religious matters need to have a limit” Padre Beto said. “I asked them to tell her we were praying for her.”
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