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Salah has scored in each of his past eight games for the Reds, with his latest strike a brilliant individual effort against Watford at the weekend.

That prompted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to label the Egypt forward "the best" player in the world.

"Mohamed Salah is an extraordinary player," said Simeone.

"He has been playing at a fantastic level for the last few years with Liverpool and his national team."

However Simeone says it is not just Salah his side needs to be wary of.

Liverpool are unbeaten in all competitions so far this season and are top of Group B in the Champions League with two wins from two.

"They are going through a fantastic spell of football, they seem to have a different rhythm, and it is a pleasure to see them play," said Simeone.

"They have no fear to leave spaces at the back. They press high, play a high line, have speed."

Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid when the two sides last met, with the Spanish side winning both legs of their last-16 tie in early 2020.

"We lost both games the last time against them," said Klopp.

"I'm a positive person but I'm not that positive to think we have these games in our pockets.

"They have changed players and system so we face a different animal, but not a weaker one. The core are still together, and have been for a while, and they know how to win football games."

Curtis Jones missed Saturday's win against Watford with an injury picked up on England Under-21s duty and, although he has returned to training, he has not travelled to Madrid.

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara remains sidelined with a calf problem.


Source: BBC

Alexandre Lacazette scored deep into injury time to deny club legend Vieira a winning return, pouncing after Palace failed to clear a corner and Gabriel Martinelli's effort was saved.

The Gunners started brightly and led deservedly through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Vicente Guaita's diving save to deny Nicolas Pepe.

But Palace improved - as the Gunners faded - and Christian Benteke continued his good record in games against the Gunners with the equaliser.

Thomas Partey was caught in possession by Jordan Ayew and Benteke drilled a shot into the bottom corner.

Palace again stole the ball off Arsenal to go ahead, as this time Conor Gallagher dispossessed Albert Sambi Lokonga in his own half, and the visitors broke quickly, with Odsonne Edouard hammering in a shot via the underside of the bar.

Kieran Tierney almost equalised for Arsenal late on but blasted against the bar with his shot.

And it looked as if they were going to fall short before substitute Lacazette steered home a loose ball from close range.

"It was really tough," Vieira told BBC Sport. "I was really disappointed to concede at the end because the players worked really hard and they deserved those three points. I feel sorry for them today.

"I liked the personality and character we showed. In the second half, we had desire to compete and won the ball quite high.

"This is the part of the game we wanted to improve, being aggressive. lt's part of the DNA of Crystal Palace."

Arsenal were understandably aggrieved when James McArthur was only booked late in the first half for a wild kick at Bukayo Saka, who went off injured at half-time.

"It's a clear red card," said Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. "He had no intention of playing the ball. I don't know how, with VAR, he hasn't been sent off."

Arsenal move up to 12th with a sixth game unbeaten, while Palace remain 14th after a third draw in a row.

The former top military officer died on Monday morning, his family said. He was fully vaccinated.

Powell became the first African-American secretary of state in 2001 under Republican President George W Bush. He also sparked controversy for helping garner support for the Iraq War.

"We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American," the family said in a statement, thanking the staff at the Walter Reed Medical Center "for their caring treatment".

Powell had previously been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer which may have made him more susceptible to Covid symptoms, according to US media, as well as Parkinson's disease.

President Joe Biden, calling Powell a "dear friend", said he had embodied the "highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat".

Former President Bush was among the first to pay tribute to "a great public servant" as well as "a family man and a friend" who "was such a favourite of presidents that he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom - twice".

Mr Bush's vice-president Dick Cheney saluted Powell as "a man who loved his country and served her long and well" while also being "a trailblazer and role model for so many".



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Mbappe was adjudged to be onside when he slid the ball under Unai Simon after Karim Benzema's stunning equaliser at Milan's San Siro.

Spain had taken the lead through Mikel Oyarzabal, who shrugged off defender Dayot Upamecano to beat Hugo Lloris.

Lloris produced two late saves to ensure victory for the world champions.

He first denied Oyarzabal before acrobatically keeping out Yeremi Pino's effort in stoppage time, as France became the competition's second winners after Portugal in 2019.

But Mbappe's winner will prove to be a moment of debate, with the goal standing even though the Paris St-Germain striker was in an offside position when Theo Hernandez played the initial through ball.

Spain defender Eric Garcia touched the ball in his attempt to clear the danger before it came to Mbappe, and the rules state "a player in an offside position receiving the ball from an opponent who deliberately plays the ball... is not considered to have gained an advantage".

France, who reached the final by coming from 2-0 down to beat neighbours Belgium 3-2 on Thursday, had to fight back again and did so in a game that came alive after an hour of technical but sedate action.

Didier Deschamps' side's resilience was on full display again as Benzema cut in on his right foot to curl the ball over Simon, less than two minutes after Oyarzabal's opener for Spain.

And even though France had less possession (36%), they constantly looked a threat on the counter-attack as Mbappe struck the decisive - and perhaps fortunate - blow.

Benzema, who returned to the international fold before Euro 2020 in the summer, told French television channel M6: "I really wanted to win a trophy with France, and now it's done.

"We showed strength of character, because this team is very strong, never gives up and we have proven it today.

"It is the sign of a great team not to panic, to be patient and to wait for the right opportunity."

Some farmers in Ngwezi ward in Kazungula district, who took their maize to Ngwezi satellite depot, have asked government to provide them with empty grain bags as soon as possible.

The farmers complained that they have been sleeping at the depot for over three months now waiting for the Food and Reserve Agency (FRA) to purchase their produce.

A check by ZANIS at Ngwezi depot yesterday revealed that most of the grain bags are damaged and the maize might go to waste very soon.

Sydney Siantwala, who spoke on behalf of other farmers, requested the new dawn government to quickly address their plight.

And Kazungula District Cooperation Union chairman Elias Muluwa said farmers in the area were suffering and needed urgent help from the government.

“Farmers have brought their maize here for three to four months now. The rains are coming very soon. Look at the bags of maize which are tearing up resulting to maize pouring out. This situation is unacceptable to hard working farmers,” Mr. Muluwa lamented.

He said farmers were suffering hence government should assist them by providing them with empty grain bags.

Meanwhile, Katombola Member of Parliament Clement Andeleki assured the farmers of Ngwezi ward that government will purchase empty grain bags for their maize.

Dr. Andeleki, who addressed the people of Ngwezi ward at the central market yesterday, bemoaned the poor leadership of the previous regime saying the Patriotic Front (PF) government did not plan properly about the procurement of maize in the area.

 Source: LT《》RT

CHAOS rocked a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting yesterday after scores of demonstrators, who were calling for the ouster of Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro, were teargassed by police.

The demonstrators were denied entry into the venue at Marymount Teachers College by armed police.

They then tried to block Madiro from leaving the premises, saying he should address them.

Zanu PF Manicaland provincial spokesperson Oliver Mandipaka confirmed the meeting.


Madiro left the college in a huff before riot police pounced on the demonstrators.

NewsDay was denied entry into the venue, with only reporters from the public media being allowed.

Tempers flared after Mutare district co-ordinating committee (DCC) secretary for youth affairs, Danmore Mambondiyani, reportedly told Madiro to address members outside the college.

Mambondiyani also confirmed the skirmishes.

“Yes, the violence happened and we are now being taken to Mutare Central Police Station along with three other members,” he said.

Among some of the people, who were assaulted by the police, was Zanu PF Manicaland committee member Guy Mutasa.

Zanu PF Manicaland women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa sought refuge in the kitchen of a nearby fuel service station.

Madiro is being accused of imposing candidates ahead of the Zanu PF provincial elections likely to be held at the end of the year.

He is being challenged by Makoni DCC chairperson Albert Nyakuedzwa and Chipinge South MP Enock Porusingazi.

Nyanga North MP Chido Sanyatwe is tipped to win the provincial women’s leadership position.

In September, Zanu PF postponed the polls following an outbreak of violence.

 Source: NZ《》RT

At least 990 graduate government interns, under the third and fourth cohorts of the internship programme, have not been receiving their monthly allowances since July this year; a development they say has led to failure to sustain themselves in their respective duty stations.

National chairperson for the interns Arthur Chadokota said the cohorts started their internship in April and June, respectively, and have been engaging Ministry of Labour on the allowances.

“We went to Capital Hill where we met some senior officials from Ministry of Labour where we were assured that we would get our allowances in the soonest time possible. Now they keep changing dates.

“The officials told us that the problem was as a result of government adopting a new payment system and we are surprised it is taking so long for the problem to be rectified,” he said.

An intern at Machinga District Council, who opted for anonymity, said they are facing challenges to meet daily needs such as food and money for rentals, adding that some interns have already been evicted from rented houses.

“We are told to compile a list where we should include our bank account details, yet they can just refer to the forms we filled when we were applying for the internships. We want government to act with speed in solving this problem,” the concerned intern said.

Deputy Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule said the non-payment was a result of a technical glitch within the ministry and Accountant General’s office due to changes in Integrated Financial Management Information System which demanded a new payment model.

“We understand the tough times the interns are going through, but we are in the final stages of addressing this challenge. The Accountant General and Ministry of Finance have assured us that the payments will be done very soon,” Kamtukule said.

She further asked for patience from the interns while also revealing that the ministry will be meeting their leadership tomorrow on the matter.

However, when contacted, Chadokota said he was yet to be notified of the planned meeting.

On Thursday, the ministry released a statement, signed by Principal Secretary Dickson Chunga, indicating that it was working with other government institutions to address the challenge.

Each intern is supposed to get a K80, 000 monthly stipend.

Government rolled out the internship programme in September 2018 with an aim of giving fresh graduates an opportunity to gain work experience while also beefing the workforce in the civil service.

 Source: Times Group《》RT

United Party for National Development (UPND) Deputy Secretary General Getrude Imenda has advised party structures across the country to encourage more women participation in leadership positions at provincial and district levels.

Ms. Imenda expressed disappointment with the low number of women in leadership positions across the country.

She has since urged the party to consider adopting more women when opportunities arise.

Ms. Imenda made these remarks during a meeting with Lusaka Province UPND party officials in Lusaka today.

She further urged party officials to be gender sensitive during the selection process so that Zambia is in line with the protocols of having 50 percent women representation in leadership positions.

And Lusaka Province Minister Sheal Mulyata, has invited all concerned citizens to visit her office to discuss developmental ideas and to air out their grievances.

Ms. Mulyata also urged all UPND members to work as a team in order to help President Hakainde Hichilema achieve the much needed national development.

 Source: LT《》RT

CHIEFS are lobbying government to urgently change the nomenclature of traditional leaders’ titles from chiefs to kings.

Chief Zvimba, born Stanley Urayayi Mhondoro, is leading the lobby.

He gained prominence earlier this year after decreeing the exhumation and reburial of late former president Robert Mugabe from his rural home in Zvimba to a site at the National Heroes Acre in Harare.

Speaking at an interactive meeting between traditional leaders and Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) officers at Inkomo Barracks in Nyabira at the weekend, Chief Zvimba said the title chief compromised their standing and onerous responsibility in society.

 He said some posts such as those of top company executives and engineers were prefixed with the word chief, which belittles their office and status.

Mhondoro, who was speaking in Shona, said: “Chieftainship speaks to royalty. We don’t like to be equated with chief executives and chief engineers, we are not different but what separates us is the work we do and the trajectory we traverse to be installed. One doesn’t go to school to become a chief, neither is there promotion but it comes with central lineage.”

He appealed to Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) Chief of Staff (Quartermaster Staff) major-general Hlanganani Dube to relay the message to President Emmerson Mnangagwa to immediately action the demand to alter the title.

“Kindly pass on this request to His Excellency (Mnangagwa) that chiefs from Mashonaland West, represented by Chief Zvimba, no longer want to be addressed as chiefs.

“King George and Queen Elizabeth are not addressed as chiefs because they are royals. Historically there were kings, therefore it’s better to say Mambo (King) Zvimba or Mambo Chundu because saying chief does not befit our lofty status and image,” he said.

“We have refused to be called chiefs, we don’t want it. There is urgent need to look for another title as the current one puts us in the wrong perspective, it gives us false personal,” he added.

The annual luncheon between chiefs and the army generals is aimed at cementing civil-military relations, thereby vindicating assertions by observers who doubt the impartiality of both traditional leaders and soldiers, seen as defacto commissars of the ruling Zanu PF party.

 Source: NZ《》RT

Fuel prices have gone up with effect from today, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) announced yesterday at a news conference in Lilongwe.

Mera Chief Executive Officer Henry Kachaje said petrol has now moved from K899.20 to K1,150 per litre representing 27.89 hike; diesel from K898 to K1,120 representing 24.72 percent and paraffin from K719.60 to K833.20 per litre representing a 15.79 percent increase.

The average hike for the three oil commodities is 22.8 percent.

Kachaje said several factors have contributed to the increase in pump prices.

They include the exchange rate of the kwacha against the United States dollar, changes in local factors that determine the maximum pump price on the landed cost of petroleum products and the combined effect of the movement of the Free On Board prices.

“Due to the above factors, the landed costs of petrol, diesel and paraffin increased,” Kachaje said.

Kachaje also said according to the Automatic Pricing Mechanism (APM), all the three products qualified for an upward price adjustment since the changes in their landed costs were beyond the plus or minus five percent trigger limit.

“In the October 2021 price review, the Mera Board has considered the changes in economic fundamentals outlined above and has resolved to adjust upwards pump prices of petrol, diesel and paraffin in line with the Automatic Pricing Mechanism effective October 10, 2021,” he said.

Director of Centre for Research and Consultancy Milward Tobias said the new fuel prices were expected considering the weakening of the kwacha against its trading partners.

“This means rising costs of commodities as fuel price is inflationary. Economy is run by transport. We need transport to move goods from area of production to markets. We need transport to get people to place of work and business,” Tobias said.

Tobias added that whenever a price of a component in the transport system goes up, prices of everything in the economy go up.

Tobias, however, indicated there is need for the political leadership to give solutions to stabilise the economy.

Mera last adjusted fuel prices in March this year.

 Source: Times Group《》RT

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