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Ilir Daja

Ilir Daja is an Albanian professional football coach and former player, the current manager of Skënderbeu. Daja spent his youth career before playing for Dinamo Tirana for ten years. In 1989, in Dinamo's European Champion Clubs' Cup clash against Dinamo București, Daja suffered a major knee injury that forced him to go on surgery several times. Daja started his managerial career in 2005 with Elbasani whom he stayed until 2007, helping the club to win the Albanian Superliga in 2005–06 season, he signed with Dinamo Tirana two seasons to prevail again in this competition. In October 2015, Daja begun negotiations with KF Tirana and on 28th, Daja signed a contract until the end of the season, he was presented to the media the next day. Tirana defeated Kukësi 2–1 at home in Daja's first match in charge, returning in winning ways after three league matches. On 1 November 2016, following the goalless draw against Vllaznia Shkodër, Daja was released from his contract by club president Refik Halili. On 3 January 2017, Daja was hired as the new coach of Skënderbeu Korçë hours after the departure of Andrea Agostinelli, released from the club.

He was introduced the next day, declaring that if the team didn't win the league, it would be a big failure. In the summer of 2017, Daja guided the team in the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds, being the mastermind as Skënderbeu achieved group stage for the second time and become the first Albanian club to pass four rounds, they won in the first qualifying round versus amateur side Sant Julià, progressing to the next round 6–0 on aggregate. In the second round, Skënderbeu managed a 1–1 draw versus Kairat at Almaty Central Stadium for the first leg. In the second leg, Daja's team won 2 -- 0. In the first match of third round versus Mladá Boleslav, Skënderbeu lost 2–1 after a late goal scored by the opposition, only one minute after Skënderbeu's equalizer. In the second match, Daja's side won with the same score, which led the match to penalty shootouts where his side was more precise as they won 4–2 to reach the play-off for the third time in history. In the play-off round, the team played Dinamo Zagreb.

On 9 May 2018, Skënderbeu Korçë was confirmed as Albanian Superliga champion following a 4–2 win at Lushnja and Kukësi's 3–2 away defeat to Teuta Durrës. On 27 May, he led to team to the Albanian Cup success, by defeating 1–0 Laçi in the final for their first Albanian Cup title. Skënderbeu thus completed the domestic double for the first time in history. Daja become the first manager since Sulejman Mema in 1999 to achieve this feat. On 19 June 2018, after Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld UEFA's decision to exclude Skënderbeu from UEFA competitions for the next 10 years, Daja announced his departure from the club; as of 23 May 2018 Albanian Superliga: 11990 Skënderbeu KorçëAlbanian Superliga: 2017–18 Albanian Cup: 2017–18 Ilir Daja coach profile at Soccerway

Pakistan Observer

The Pakistan Observer is one of the oldest and read English-language daily newspaper of Pakistan. Published in six cities, Karachi, Quetta and Muzzafarabad; the newspaper was founded in 1988 by the veteran journalist late Zahid Malik. The newspaper was first published on 1 November 1988 in Islamabad, making it the first newspaper to be published in the capital city; the newspaper is now led by Faisal Zahid Malik, the Editor in Chief. The head office is in the capital city Islamabad and it has 4 other offices in Karachi, Lahore and Muzafarabad. Abdus Sattar former Foreign minister of pakistan is the lead current affairs analyst of this newspaper, he focuses on international security. The daily Pakistan Observer is one of the largest circulated English newspapers of Pakistan, being published from Islamabad, Lahore and Quetta. In 2016, its readership and Newspaper Web Ranking within Pakistan rated by the International Media & Newspapers website, was ranked in top 10. List of newspapers in Pakistan Pakistan Observer official website

Jeff Smisek

Jeffery Alan "Jeff" Smisek is an American businessman and investor who serves on the board of trustees of Rice University and on the board of directors of Finch Therapeutics. Smisek worked in the airline industry as the chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Airlines and of United Airlines. Smisek was born in 1954, his father, was a World War II bomber pilot. His mother, was a big-band singer with the USO. Smisek grew up on military bases around the United States and Europe until his parents permanently moved to San Antonio in 1963. In 1976, Smisek graduated from AB summa cum laude in Economics, he obtained a JD magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, in 1982. Before leaving the airline industry in 2015, Smisek spent the bulk of his career in leadership positions at Continental Airlines and United Airlines. Smisek was a partner at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston, but in 1995 was persuaded by Continental's then-CEO Gordon Bethune to join Continental as general counsel to help reverse the ailing airline's fortunes.

When he joined Continental, Smisek joined a carrier, running out of cash and hurting from a work slowdown by its pilots and poor service delivered by dispirited workers who were scarred by two trips through bankruptcy. Smisek's first task at Continental was to convince financiers to let it break leases on its Airbus A300 fleet, which were bleeding the airline dry. Rather than dumping the unwanted planes on the leasing companies, Smisek found other takers for the aircraft. Smisek became one of the chief architects of Continental's dramatic turnaround. Bethune once told USA Today. “It’s not like in the movies when some guy saves an airplane from spinning to Earth... But he engineered the salvation of our company.” In 2004, Smisek was elected to Continental's board of directors. He became chief operating officer in September 2008 and CEO in January 2010; as a wave of consolidation hit the airline industry in 2008, Smisek led negotiations to merge Continental with United Airlines. The two airlines merged in October 2010, keeping the United name, Smisek became president, CEO and chairman of the board.

Smisek oversaw the complex merger, which sought to combine route networks, negotiate new contracts with its employee groups, merge and update disparate IT systems. From 2010 to 2015, Smisek tripled the value of United's stock. Difficulties stemming from the merger of United and Continental led to initial complaints over customer service and employee satisfaction and problems with the integration of Continental. By late 2014 Smisek had regained the trust of Wall Street analysts after a strategy of cost cuts, share buybacks and conservative expansion of capacities. Smisek resigned from United on September 8, 2015 following accusations that the airline had attempted to influence officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Smisek was never charged with wrongdoing and instead Port Authority Chairman David Samson was convicted of a felony for impeding an airport project to coerce United Airlines to fly to an airport in South Carolina, near a home that he owned. Smisek left United Airlines with a severance payment worth $28.8 million.

In February 2017, Smisek led a $5.6 million Series A financing of Finch Therapeutics, a clinical-stage microbiome therapeutics company. Smisek joined the board of the company which in 2017, began a collaboration with Takeda, merged with Crestovo, in 2018 completed a $36 million Series B financing. Smisek was named Aviation Week's Person of the Year for 2010. Smisek is married to Diana Strassmann, an American economist, has two children


Ōi-juku was the forty-sixth of the sixty-nine stations of the Nakasendō. It is located in the present-day city of Gifu Prefecture, Japan. From Ōi-juku to the next post town, Ōkute-juku, there are 13 hills. Travellers using the Shitakaidō used Ōi-juku, too, as they travelled on to Makiganetsui afterwards. Much of Ōi-juku was laid out using right angles, giving it a ordered appearance; the other parts of the post town were named Hon-machi, Tate-machi, Chaya-chō and Hashiba. It was near the banks of the Agi River. Nakasendō Nakatsugawa-juku - Ōi-juku - Ōkute-juku

Jean-Gilles Malliarakis

Jean-Gilles Malliarakis is a French far-right politician and writer. Jean-Gilles Malliarakis is the son of Greek painter'Mayo' and of a French mother, he grew up in an intellectual, artistic background, as his father was a friend of Jacques Prévert and Albert Camus. He says that he became anti-communist at the age of 15 after seeing a play written by Camus and based on Dostoevsky's Demons. While still a teenager, he began frequenting far-right groups, he became close to Action française and Jeune Nation and joined the student movement Occident, alongside other notable French political figures such as future government members Alain Madelin, Gérard Longuet, Patrick Devedjian and future National Front executive François Duprat. He stopped frequenting Occident in 1966 and was formally expelled from the group the following year. Whilst a student at the Sciences Po, he created his own movement, Action nationaliste, classified as neofascist. In 1969, he notoriously organized at Sciences Po a meeting the celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fasci Italiani di Combattimento's founding by Mussolini.

In May of that year, he was arrested after a left-wing student was grievously wounded during a fight between student activist groups. Malliarakis, knocked out during the fight, was found unconscious by police forces and put in detention, he was freed three weeks later. In 1970, he took part to the founding meeting of the neo-fascist groupe Ordre Nouveau. Afterwards, he left front-line politics for a few years, he resurfaced in the mid-1970s when he bought the bookstore owned by his wife. His shop, the "Librairie française", became a notorious venue for the far right in Paris. At the same time, he joined the Groupe action jeunesse, a movement which advocated solidarist and anticapitalist positions and a "third way" between communism and capitalism. In 1979, he renamed the GAJ Mouvement nationaliste révolutionnaire, he advocated at that time "national revolutionary" positions. Historian Pierre Milza described Malliarakis' positions as somewhat similar to Mussolini's early left-wing fascism and Georges Valois's interwar Faisceau.

In 1982, Malliarakis attempted to create a coalition with other far right groups such as Pierre Sidos' L'Œuvre française, but the alliance was short-lived. As the National Front became dominant in the French far right, he tried to create an alliance with the Party of New Forces and, in 1984, renamed his own movement Third Way, he tried to form an alliance with the GRECE but this attempt was fruitless. An alliance with the GUD was short-lived. During the 1980s, he started working for the neo-Poujadist syndicate Confédération de défense des commerçants et artisans and became a speaker at the right-wing station Radio Courtoisie. In 1991, the Third Way movement split after a conflict with Christian Bouchet's tendency. Malliarakis dissolved what was left of the movement and retired from frontline politics to concentrate on his work at Radio Courtoisie and to his activity as a book publisher under the imprint Éditions du Trident, he adopted neoliberal positions and joined Alain Madelin's Idées action mouvement.

In February 2007, after the death of station founder Jean Ferré, he left Radio Courtoisie as he disagreed with the policies of the radio's new director Henry de Lesquen. He has since continued his activity as book publisher and as an online politics commentator, he works for the anticommunist think tank Institut d'histoire sociale. Yalta et la naissance des blocs, Albatros. Ni trust ni soviets, Paris, La Librairie française-Le Trident, 458 p.. L'Éditeur emprisonné, avec Franco Freda, La Librairie française. Le Livre noir des retraites, Le Trident. La Droite la plus suicidaire du monde, Le Trident. L'histoire recommence toujours, Le Trident. La Question turque et l'Europe, Le Trident. L'Alliance Staline-Hitler, 1939-1941, Le Trident. Pour une libération fiscale, Le Trident. La Faucille et le Croissant: islam et bolchevisme au congrès de Bakou, Le Trident. Frédéric Charpier, Génération Occident: de l'extrême droite à la droite, Seuil, 2005, 353 p. Pierre Milza, L'Europe en chemise noire: Les extrêmes droites en Europe de 1945 à aujourd'hui, Seuil, 2002, 480 p. Ariane Chebel d'Apollonia, L'extrême droite en France: de Maurras à Le Pen, Seuil, 1999, 520 p. Jean-Yves Camus, Les Droites nationales et radicales en France, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 1992, 526 p. Website