World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

first_imgThe number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic.Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region, even as much of the world exits lockdowns that have wrecked economies and stripped millions of their jobs. In Brazil — the epicenter of South America’s outbreak with nearly 500,000 confirmed cases, lagging only behind the United States — disagreement among leaders over lockdown measures has hampered efforts to slow the virus as the number of fatalities in the country nears 30,000. President Jair Bolsonaro, who fears the economic fallout from stay-at-home measures will be worse than the virus, has berated governors and mayors for imposing what he calls “the tyranny of total quarantine”. As the global death toll from the pandemic surpassed 368,000, US President Donald Trump’s decision to permanently cut funding to the World Health Organization has been broadly criticised.The number of confirmed cases worldwide is more than six million, according to an AFP tally.”Now is the time for enhanced cooperation and common solutions,” the European Union said in a statement, adding: “Actions that weaken international results must be avoided.” Topics :center_img Trump initially suspended funding to the WHO last month, accusing it of not doing enough to curb the early spread of the virus and being too lenient with China, where COVID-19 emerged late last year.On Friday he moved to make that decision permanent in a major blow to the agency. The US is the WHO’s biggest contributor, supplying $400 million last year.German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the “disappointing” decision was a setback for global health, while Chancellor Angela Merkel declined to attend an in-person G7 summit that Trump had suggested he would host.Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet medical journal, said it was “madness and terrifying both at the same time”.Lockdowns easeAs the virus progresses at different speeds around the globe, there has been pressure in many countries to lift crippling lockdowns, despite experts’ warnings of a possible second wave of infections.In Britain, which is set to begin lifting its lockdown on Monday, senior advisors to the government warned that it was moving too quickly. “COVID-19 spreading too fast to lift lockdown in England,” tweeted Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. India said Saturday it would begin relaxing the world’s biggest lockdown in stages from early June, even as it marked another record daily rise in infections.Iran meanwhile announced that collective prayers would resume in mosques, despite infections ticking back upwards in the Middle East’s hardest-hit country.Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound — the third-holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia — reopened to worshippers on Sunday. With infection numbers falling in many of Europe’s most affected countries, the push to restart economies was gaining steam.Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened on Saturday, while in Paris, parks and the famed Galeries Lafayette department store flung open their doors.In Austria, hotels and cinemas were allowed to take in customers, provided they wear masks.”It is very important that things return to normal,” film buff Rotraud Turanitz said at Vienna’s historic Admiral Kino cinema on trendy Burggasse.Across the Atlantic, the US capital Washington resumed outdoor dining, while on the West Coast, restaurants and hair salons in Los Angeles reopened. New York City, the worst-hit American city with about 21,500 coronavirus deaths, is on track to begin reopening the week of June 8. The overall US death toll has topped 103,000 out of more than 1.7 million cases of the virus. Global sport has also started to rev back into action, with Austria announcing it will host Formula One’s delayed season-opener on July 5, and the NBA eyeing a July 31 return.Britain approved the return of domestic competitive sport on June 1 — with no fans present — while South Africa has given a provisional green light for training to resume.Economies shatteredBut the economic damage from weeks of lockdowns continues to pile up, with Chile and Peru securing credit lines worth billions from the IMF.India’s economy grew at its slowest pace in two decades in the first quarter, while Canada, Brazil, France and Italy also saw their GDP figures shrink ahead of an expected worldwide recession.As the virus hits the world’s poor particularly hard, Pope Francis called for a “more just and equitable society” in the post-coronavirus world and for people to act to “end the pandemic of poverty”.Even the animal world has not been left untouched by the pandemic.Gibraltar has banned tourists from touching the British enclave’s famous Barbary macaques over fears they could spread coronavirus.Singapore’s beloved otters meanwhile have been popping up in unexpected places during the city-state’s lockdown, but their increasingly daring antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull.”I simply don’t understand anyone who could not like them. They are really cute,” said 35-year-old Singaporean Pam Wong.last_img read more

Patrick Vieira targets Arsenal job after Unai Emery

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Oct 2019 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link129Shares Patrick Vieira won three Premier League titles with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisementBut when asked by RMC Sport about potentially managing Arsenal in the future, Vieira says he would be keen to take the job: ‘Yes, like any player, when we do this job we want to touch the very highest level.‘But the very high level I can touch with Nice from the moment we give ourselves the means to succeed and from the moment the way which we work is quite consistent.‘But we do this job, and I do this job, to one day to be the coach of a team that participates in the Champions League.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Patrick Vieira says he would want to manage Arsenal one day (AFP/Getty Images)Patrick Vieira admits he would welcome the opportunity to manage Arsenal after Unai Emery.The 43-year-old, who won three Premier League titles as a player at Arsenal and captained the team for three years, is currently in his second season as manager of Nice.Vieira began his managerial career at New York City FC before making the move to Ligue 1, while he guided Nice to a seventh-placed finish in his first season at the club.The World Cup winner also held brief talks with Arsenal following Arsene Wenger’s departure last year but the Gunners opted to replace the Frenchman with Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Patrick Vieira targets Arsenal job after Unai Emery Advertisementlast_img read more

These are the suburbs where homes are selling the fastest

first_img9 Gowrie St, BrendaleIf you snooze, you’ll lose in these suburbs where properties sell quicker than most buyers can get a chance to see them.There are 26 suburbs within the greater Brisbane region, where houses or units sell within 20 days or less of hitting the market.The fastest seller in the house market was Brendale, about 17km from the CBD, where a house could sell on average within just nine days.Only 13 houses changed hands in the small northside suburb in the past 12 months, according to CoreLogic.And with little on offer and a reasonably affordable median house price of just $465,000 it’s not hard to see why.There are only two houses listed for sale in Brendale on realestate.com.au.One is a three-bedroom home at 8 Doonside Parade which is listed for offers of more than $425,000. The other one is a five-bedroom home at 9 Gowrie St, listed for $525,000.Donna Roughan of Pine Rivers Property Services – Strathpine said while Brendale was better known for commercial activity, the pocket of residential homes had started to attract the same “kudos’’ as nearby suburbs such as Eatons Hill. Ms Roughan was marketing 9 Gowrie St, after having sold it to the current owners a few years ago.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoShe said the market value of the property had increased substantially since then and believed that Brendale had become more popular because it was closer to up-market suburbs in the area such as Albany Creek and Eatons Hill.Ms Roughan said those areas had experienced an increase in amenity and infrastructure in recent years which also made it a more desirable location.“I just think people are coming five minutes further out and finding Brendale is a nice place to live.”9 Gowrie St, Brendale, one of only two houses listed for sale in the suburb.She said in the past quarter buyers had begun commenting on how quickly homes were selling in the area and that no sooner had they come on the market than they were under contract.The fastest selling unit market within the greater Brisbane area was Wishart on the southside, about 16km from the CBD, where units sold on average after 11 days on the market. The median unit price was $440,000 and there are no units listed for sale on realestate.com.au at the moment.The only other suburb where units sold in such a short period was Boondall with a median unit price of $416,000 and an average 20 days before a buyer was found.BRISBANE’S FASTEST SELLERS:BRENDALE (House) – 9 daysWISHART (Unit) – 11 daysFERNY HILLS (H) – 14 daysCARINA (H) – 14 daysCHAPEL HILL (H) – 15 daysJINDALEE (H) – 16 daysCHERMSIDE WEST (H) – 16 daysGEEBUNG (H) – 16 daysARANA HILLS (H) -16 daysSTRATHPINE (H) – 16 daysSALISBURY (H) – 17 daysMOOROOKA (H) – 18 daysALBANY CREEK (H) – 18 daysBRAY PARK (H) – 18 daysGRIFFIN (H) – 18 daysMANSFIELD (H) – 19 daysSTAFFORD (H) – 19 daysTINGALPA (H) – 19 daysMARBURG (H) – 19 daysPINE MOUNTAIN (H) – 19 daysKALLANGUR (H) – 19 daysPETRIE (H) – 20 daysBOONDALL (U) – 20 daysCARINA HEIGHTS (H) – 20 daysKEPERRA (H) – 20 daysROCHEDALE SOUTH (H) – 20 daysSource: CoreLogiclast_img read more

Hess to spend two thirds of 2018 budget on Guyana and Bakken assets

first_imgU.S. oil company Hess Corporation will spend about two thirds of its 2018 budget on Guyana asset and Bakken shale play. Hess on Wednesday announced that its E&P capital and exploratory budget for 2018 will be $2.1 billion, the same as 2017.The 2018 budget allocates increased capital for continuing exploration and development activities offshore Guyana and for the Bakken, which includes growing the rig count from four rigs to six rigs. These increases are offset by lower capital allocated to the Gulf of Mexico and Malaysia compared to 2017, the company explained.Also in line with this plan, Hess in October 2017 sold its assets offshore Equatorial Guinea for a total consideration of $650 million to raise cash for its offshore development project in Guyana.Hess Corporation CEO, John Hess, said: “We are allocating approximately two thirds of our 2018 budget to our transformative investment opportunity in Guyana that continues to get bigger and better and to our low cost position in the core of the Bakken, which together are expected to drive industry leading returns for Hess shareholders for many years to come.Hess also added: “Our 2018 budget is consistent with our strategy to grow our resource base in a capital disciplined manner, move down the cost curve so we are resilient in a low oil price environment, and be cash generative at a $50 per barrel Brent oil price post 2020.”Out of its $2.1 billion budget, $1.17 billion or 56 percent will be used for production; $555 million or 26 percent will be used for offshore developments, and $375 million or 18 percent will be used for exploration and appraisal activities.ProductionAccording to Hess, $900 million will be used primarily to increase from four rigs to six rigs by the end of 2018 and to drill approximately 120 new wells and to bring online approximately 95 new wells in the Bakken Shale in North Dakota. Funds are also included for non-operated wells and pad construction in preparation for 2018-2019 drilling.Furthermore, Hess allocated $175 million for production activities at North Malay Basin (Hess 50 percent and operator) and the Malaysia/Thailand Joint Development Area (Hess 50 percent) in the Gulf of Thailand.Finally, Hess allocated $95 million for production operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, completion of five previously drilled wells in the Utica Shale in Ohio (Hess 50 percent and operator), production operations in Libya (Hess 8.16 percent), and production operations at the South Arne Field (Hess 61.5 percent and operator) in Denmark, where a sales process is underway that is expected to be completed in 2018.DevelopmentsWhen it comes to the developments part of business, Hess devoted $250 million for the Liza Phase 1 development offshore Guyana (Hess 30 percent), where development drilling is expected to start in the second quarter of 2018 with first production expected by 2020. The Liza development is operated by ExxonMobil. The final investment decision for the project was taken by both partners back in June 2017.Further in this section, Hess allocated $65 million for front end engineering and design work for future development phases and capitalized interest in Guyana.Also, $240 million for continued development of the Stampede Field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (Hess 25 percent and operator), which is on track to start up in the first quarter of 2018.Exploration & appraisalFor E&P part of business, Hess is putting aside $375 million to drill exploration and appraisal wells on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana (Hess 30 percent), one exploration well on Block 42 in Suriname (Hess 33 percent) and one exploration well offshore Nova Scotia, Canada (Hess 50 percent).Funds are also included for seismic acquisition and processing and for license acquisitions.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Soccer Teams Get ‘W’s’ Against Lady Knights

first_imgJV Game | Batesville 1 – South Dearborn 0The JV girls soccer team kicked off their season last night against the South Dearborn Lady Knights. It was a hard fought game on the bumpy terrain, but the girls persevered. The Knights had many opportunities in the first half but Olive Cerniglia shut them down. Heading into half time with a score of 0-0 the Bulldogs knew they needed to make a move. Passes started to connect and touches began to improve in the second half. Ashley Nobbe scored the lone goal of the match off an upper 90 penalty kick. The JV girls celebrated their first win with a score of 1-0.Varsity Game | Batesville 2 – South Dearborn 1The Batesville Lady Bulldogs moved to 3-0 in the EIAC and 4-0 on the season after posting a 2-1 victory over the host South Dearborn Lady Knights on Tuesday evening. The first half was a hard fought battle with Batesville outshooting the South Dearborn 10 – 2. However, it was the Lady Knights who went up 1-0 with 1 minute to play in the half on a counter-attack that got the Batesville defense on their heels and Erin Huber put her team on top. After conceding their first goal of the season, it was defender Ellie Cassidy who evened the score with :20 seconds on the clock in the first half. After a South Dearborn handball, it was Cassidy who took a perfectly placed free kick from 35 yards out that went past Holder in goal.‘After the excitement in the last minute of the half, both teams went into break having fought hard. As the second half began, Coach Laker looked for his team to finish their chances and keep fighting until the end against this scrappy Lady Knight team.. With 28 minutes to play, Batesville was able to score what proved to be the game-winning goal. After a deflection, the ball went to the right wing on Batesville’s attacking half. Ashlyn Czerniak worked hard to track it down and hit a nice cross into the box and Georgia Gratz was able to connect on the other end for her 9th goal of the season. Coach Laker commented on the game saying, “I am proud of the effort given by all my players tonight, but especially the way Ashlyn worked to get the loose ball and get that cross in during the second half. It is that kind of effort that will continue help us to win these tight matches!’ Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.Batesville is back in action on Thursday as they host the Seymour Lady Owls. The JV match will start at 5:30 PM with the Varsity game following.last_img read more

Mourinho fumes over VAR as Spurs held, Ings keeps Golden Boot bid alive

first_imgEverton striker Richarlison celebrates after scoring against Southampton At Goodison Park, Southampton extended their unbeaten run to three games and dented Everton’s bid to reach the Europa League. Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse won a penalty in the 28th minute when he was tripped by Andre Gomes, but the midfielder blazed his spot-kick against the crossbar. Three minutes after that miscue, Ings put Southampton ahead. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time9 Heroes Of Popular Memes Then And Now7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCristiano Ronaldo Turns His Hotels Into Coronavirus Hospitals?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Loading… Read Also: La Liga: Barcelona close title gap in bad tempered Espanyol win Stuart Armstrong miscued his shot into Ings’ path and the striker rounded Jordan Pickford to claim his 19th league goal of the season, three behind the top-flight’s current leading scorer Jamie Vardy. Richarlison equalised for Everton in the 43rd minute, the Brazilian taking Lucas Digne’s superb long pass in his stride before guiding a clinical finish over Alex McCarthy for his 14th goal of the season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham suffered fresh VAR frustration as Harry Kane was denied a clear penalty in their damaging 0-0 draw at Bournemouth, while Danny Ings boosted his bid for the Premier League’s golden boot in Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Everton on Thursday. Jose Mourinho’s side have won just once in their last three games and are in danger of missing out on European competition for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Tottenham were off-key for long periods, but could feel hard done by after Josh King’s push on Kane in the penalty area went unpushed despite a VAR review in the first half. Tottenham were struggling to find any rhythm and Erik Lamela’s woeful drive over the bar summed up their lethargic first half display. Mourinho responded by sending on Son Heung-min and Tanguy Ndombele at the interval. Struggling Bournemouth’s problems mounted when Adam Smith was injured in a clash of heads with Ben Davies. Smith was stretchered off after an eight-minute delay while he was examined on the pitch. With Tottenham running out of ideas, Bournemouth thought they had won it in stoppage-time. But Callum Wilson’s overhead kick clearly hit King’s hand on its way past Hugo Lloris and their celebrations were short-lived as VAR intervened. “The same referee who did the VAR decision against Sheffield United, Michael Oliver. Opinions matter, It’s not only mine. Everybody knows that’s a penalty and when I say everybody, I mean everybody,” Mourinho said. “The game has the most important moment and I don’t want to say any more in relation to that. Everybody knows.” On course for their lowest points total since 2011, this has been a season to forget for Tottenham, who have yet to see any significant improvement since Mourinho replaced the sacked Mauricio Pochettino in November. Just a year after reaching the Champions League final, they sit in ninth place in the Premier League, 10 points off the top four and far from certain to make next season’s Europa League. Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal, who are one point and one place above Tottenham, looms as a last chance to save their season. “The performance was not good enough. There was a lack of sharpness in the attacking areas,” Mourinho said. “I think the changes I made helped to improve the game in the last half but we didn’t score.” Bournemouth moved up one place after ending a five-match losing streak, but it is 159 days and nine games since they last won. Eddie Howe’s men are three points from safety with just four games to avoid relegation. Kane had scored seven times in his previous seven Premier League appearances against Bournemouth, but VAR rejected his strong appeal for a penalty in the opening moments. Just a week after Tottenham were the victims of a harsh VAR decision in their loss at Sheffield United, they could claim to be harshly treated again and Mourinho was visibly frustrated on the touchline.last_img read more

Boyata eyes Champions League chance

first_img Boyata has played for his country just once, a substitute appearance against Austria in 2010, but is hoping he can rekindle his international career by performing for Celtic. “You can be at Manchester City but if you are not playing you are obviously not giving the national team manager any reason to pick you,” he said. “Now if I play regularly and play well….it is a big important thing.” Boyata joins the Hoops as a direct replacement for former City team-mate Jason Denayer, who has returned to the Lancashire club after a successful season on loan, and Boyata is hoping to make the same impact. “I know Jason when he came through the reserve team (at City),” he said. “He is someone that I follow and I think he had a really good season last year. “Hopefully I am going to do the same thing, and have a similar season. “This is a big opportunity and I am really delighted. “I spoke with the manager who came to Manchester to see me, and the plans he has for me were good. “He told he needed a centre back to replace Jason, who could play football, bring the ball from the back and win headers. “Celtic are getting a strong defender who is quick and who has ability on the ball.” “Celtic is a team that wins titles so I am here to win titles and get qualified for the Champions League,” Boyata said. “The Champions League is really important for any player. “In the last couple of years when City were in the Champions League I never had the chance to go on the pitch. “I was getting as far as the bench. “So, for me, it is really important to play in the Champions League because for any player it is the way to show the big world on TV how good you are. “It has been a few frustrating years. As a footballer, you want to play as many games as possible. “It was getting a bit complicated and I wasn’t getting the games that I wanted. “So from the moment that I agreed with the manager that it was time to go, I knew that I had to go for another challenge.” Celtic new boy Dedryck Boyata wants the world to witness his talents in the Champions League next season after ending a frustrating time at Manchester City. The 24-year-old Belgian defender met the media at Celtic Park on Tuesday afternoon after becoming Ronny Deila’s first signing of the summer in a move worth at least £1.5million, possibly rising to £2million. The Brussels-born player signed for City as a youngster in 2006 and made his first team debut four years later but failed to make his mark at the big-spending English club. He was sent out on loan to Bolton and Dutch side FC Twente but has now decided to move on. Press Associationlast_img read more

SBU looks to extend streak vs Davidson

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (12-11, 6-5) vs. Saint Bonaventure (17-8, 9-3)Reilly Center, St. Bonaventure, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Saint Bonaventure looks for its sixth straight conference win against Davidson. Saint Bonaventure’s last A10 loss came against the Rhode Island Rams 81-75 on Jan. 25. Davidson easily beat Fordham by 30 at home in its last outing. DID YOU KNOW: Davidson as a team has made 9.3 3-pointers per game this season, which is tops among A10 teams. The Wildcats have averaged 11 3-pointers per game over their last five games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com SBU looks to extend streak vs Davidson February 13, 2020center_img SQUAD LEADERS: The play-making Kyle Lofton has averaged 14.2 points and 6.1 assists to lead the way for the Bonnies. Dominick Welch is also a key contributor, accounting for 11.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 74.4 points per game across 11 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they managed over 12 non-conference games.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. The senior guard has accounted for 27 field goals and 36 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Davidson is a perfect 10-0 when it holds an opponent to 63 points or fewer. The Wildcats are 2-11 when opponents score more than 63.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Bonnies. Saint Bonaventure has 55 assists on 88 field goals (62.5 percent) over its past three games while Davidson has assists on 57 of 76 field goals (75 percent) during its past three games. Associated Press last_img read more

GuyanaNRA pays courtesy call on Minister of Sport

first_imgTHE GuyanaNRA paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Minister Dr George Norton, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport recently.The Honorary Secretary Ryan Sampson along with Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, paid the courtesy call on behalf of the GuyanaNRA and updated the new Sport Minister on the upcoming 150th Anniversary Shoot in October.The status of the preparations of the ranges, the arrival of participants and accommodation and the intensity of the team training were discussed.The minister was also told of the planned Kaieteur Falls tour that the participants have booked and will experience. This formed part of the sports tourism that the Association pushed when the participants were invited.The Honorary Secretary stated that this will contribute directly to the economic aspect of our country’s tourism community.Minister Norton has graciously accepted an invitation from Fullbore captain Mahendra Persaud, to be at the opening ceremony of the Championship, the presentation and the dinner ceremony that will follow.The minister was pleased with the update and further committed on assisting with transportation for the championship. The Fullbore contenders plan to test and train with the recently arrived Hornady ammunition today and tomorrow in preparation for the Championship.last_img read more

Rugby World cup quarter-final| Ireland seek another slice of history against New Zealand

first_imgBy Greg StutchburyTOKYO, Japan (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has been used to making history in his six years in charge and he could make a little bit more tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against his native New Zealand.The Irish have never advanced past the quarter-finals at the global showpiece, with the clash against the All Blacks at Tokyo Stadium that kicks off at 19:15hrs. (1015 GMT) possibly their best chance to break that curse.Their structured game plan under Schmidt has led to three Six Nations titles, their first series win in Australia in almost 40 years and, more importantly, their first two victories against the All Blacks – a 40-29 victory in 2016 in Chicago then 16-9 last year in Dublin.Both Schmidt and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen have said the recent results would have little influence on what happens tomorrow, but they have given the Irish players belief that the three-time world champions were fallible.“They have had some pretty successful experiences together. There are a number of players within that side who have contributed to a fair bit of history for us,” Schmidt told reporters.“So the accumulation of those experiences together hopefully builds a bit of confidence – because you need to have some belief.“You can’t go out against an All Blacks side and accept that you’re second fiddle. You’ve got to go out and put your best foot forward.”Ireland’s best foot belongs to inside backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, whose tactical kicking will be crucial in turning New Zealand around and putting pressure on their back three.Their ability to control possession also appears to confuse the All Blacks and creates frustration.While they will be without the suspended Bundee Aki, Schmidt selected his strongest possible side, with seven of the forwards that dominated the All Blacks last November in the starting team.Hansen, who is stepping down after the tournament, said he was well aware of early exits, having been an assistant to Graham Henry when they were bundled out by France in the 2007 quarter-finals.That was the All Blacks’ worst finish at the tournament and they have been unbeaten at the World Cup since, winning the titles in 2011 and 2015.He named his strongest possible side available with Brodie Retallick back in the side after he recovered from a shoulder injury.“We have experienced (an early exit) ourselves in ‘07 and there’s no guarantee we won’t experience it again,” Hansen said.“Ireland are in a situation where they haven’t gone past a quarter-final, so they will be doing their darndest not to go home.“We’ll be the same.”last_img read more