Dalmatia is one of the four historical regions of Croatia, alongside Croatia proper and Istria. Dalmatia is a narrow belt of the east shore of the Adriatic Sea, stretching from the island of Rab in the north to the Bay of Kotor in the south; the hinterland ranges in width from fifty kilometres in the north, to just a few kilometres in the south. Seventy-nine islands run parallel to the coast, the largest being Brač, Hvar; the largest city is Split, followed by Zadar, Šibenik. The name of the region stems from an Illyrian tribe called the Dalmatae, who lived in the area in classical antiquity, it became a Roman province, as result a Romance culture emerged, along with the now-extinct Dalmatian language largely replaced with related Venetian. With the arrival of Croats to the area in the 8th century, who occupied most of the hinterland and Romance elements began to intermix in language and culture. After the Medieval Kingdom of Croatia fell in 1102, its cities and lands were conquered by, or switched allegiance to, the kingdoms of the region during the Middle Ages.
The longest-lasting rule was the one of the Republic of Venice, which controlled most of Dalmatia between 1420 and 1797, with the exception of the small but stable Republic of Ragusa in the south. Between 1815 and 1918, it was a province of the Austrian Empire known as the Kingdom of Dalmatia. After the Austro-Hungarian defeat in the First World War, Dalmatia was split between the Kingdom of Serbs and Slovenes which controlled most of it, the Kingdom of Italy which held several smaller parts, after World War II, the Socialist Republic of Croatia as a part of Yugoslavia took complete control over the area. Following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Dalmatia became a part of an independent Croatian state; the name Dalmatia derives from the name of the Dalmatae tribe, connected with the Illyrian word delme meaning "sheep", compare the Albanian word for sheep, delmë. Its Latin form Dalmatia gave rise to its current English name. In the Venetian language, once dominant in the area, it is spelled Dalmàssia, in modern Italian Dalmazia.
The modern Croatian spelling is Dalmacija, pronounced. Dalmatia is referenced in the New Testament at 2 Timothy 4:10, so its name has been translated in many of the world's languages. In antiquity the Roman province of Dalmatia was much larger than the present-day Split-Dalmatia County, stretching from Istria in the north to modern-day Albania in the south. Dalmatia signified not only a geographical unit, but was an entity based on common culture and settlement types, a common narrow eastern Adriatic coastal belt, Mediterranean climate, sclerophyllous vegetation of the Illyrian province, Adriatic carbonate platform, karst geomorphology. Dalmatia is today a historical region only, not formally instituted in Croatian law, its exact extent is therefore subject to public perception. According to Lena Mirošević and Josip Faričić of the University of Zadar:...the modern perception of Dalmatia is based on the territorial extent of the Austrian Kingdom of Dalmatia, with the exception of Rab island, geographically related to the Kvarner area and functionally to the Littoral–Gorski Kotar area, with the exception of the Bay of Kotor, annexed to another state after World War I.
The southern part of Lika and upper Pounje, which were not a part of Austrian Dalmatia, became a part of Zadar County. From the present-day administrative and territorial point of view, Dalmatia comprises the four Croatian littoral counties with seats in Zadar, Šibenik and Dubrovnik. "Dalmatia" is therefore perceived to extend to the borders of the Austrian Kingdom of Dalmatia. However, due to territorial and administrative changes over the past century, the perception can be seen to have altered somewhat with regard to certain areas, sources conflict as to their being part of the region in modern times: The Bay of Kotor area in Montenegro. With the subdivision of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia into oblasts in 1922, the whole of the Bay of Kotor from Sutorina to Sutomore was granted to the Zeta Oblast, so that the border of Dalmatia was formed at that point by the southern border of the former Republic of Ragusa; the Encyclopædia Britannica defines Dalmatia as extending "to the narrows of Kotor".
Other sources, such as the Treccani encyclopedia and the "Rough Guide to Croatia" still include the Bay as being part of the region. The island of Rab, along with the small islands of Sveti Grgur and Goli, were a part of the Kingdom of Dalmatia and are and culturally related to the region, but are today associated more with the Croatian Littoral, due to geographical vicinity and administrative expediency. Gračac municipality and northern Pag. A number of sources express the view that "from the modern-day administrative point of view", the extent of Dalmatia equates to the four southernmost counties of Croatia: Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva; this definition does not include the Bay of Kotor, nor the islands of Rab, Sveti Grgur, Goli. It excludes the northern part of the island of Pag, part of the Lika-Senj County. However, it includes the Gračac Municipality in Zadar County, not a part of the Kingdom of Dalmatia and is not traditionally associated with the region; the inhabitants of Dalmatia are culturally subdivided into two groups.
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New Providence is a New Jersey Transit station in New Providence, New Jersey along the Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex line. The original 1899 station, built by the Delaware and Western Railroad still stands. New Providence Station is located across from the intersection of Old Springfield Avenue and Division Avenue. Springfield Avenue was rerouted north of the station in 1931; the former segment of Springfield Avenue on the opposite side of the tracks has been turned into an additional parking lot. The station was named West Summit until March 1927, as the borough of New Providence felt there was confusion for not being on railroad timetables; the station was renamed over the opposition of Summit residents. The station has one low-level side platform. Media related to New Providence at Wikimedia Commons
The 2014–15 Champions Hockey League was the first season of the Champions Hockey League, a European ice hockey tournament launched by 26 founding clubs, six leagues and the International Ice Hockey Federation. The regulation round began on 21 August 2014 and ended on 8 October 2014; the playoffs began on 4 November 2014 and ended with the Champions Hockey League Final on 3 February 2015. Luleå HF defeated Frölunda HC 4–2 to win the first edition of Champions Hockey League. On 9 December 2013, the IIHF announced that they had launched the Champions Hockey League tournament, starting in the 2014–15 season; the season's format was revealed on 20 December 2013, during the playoffs of the 2013 European Trophy. A total of 44 teams from eleven different European first-tier leagues participated in the 2014–15 Champions Hockey League; the teams were decided with regards to different licenses for the founding teams and wildcards. The participating teams were decided with regards to different licenses for founding teams, league teams and other wildcard teams.
A license: The 26 founding teams all got an A license, since they play in the first-tier league of their respective domestic league system in the 2014–15 season. B license: Two teams – the regular-season winner and the play-off champion in the 2013–14 season – from each of the founding leagues received a B licence to the tournament. If those teams had received an A license, other teams from the league took the B license spots; the order the B licenses were handed out is:National champion Regular season winner Runner-up, regular season Play-off finalist Best placed semifinal loser Worst placed semifinal loserC license: There were six wild cards, five for the champions of the Slovak Extraliga, GET-ligaen, Elite Ice Hockey League, Ligue Magnus and Metal Ligaen, as well as one for the regular season winner of GET-ligaen. The Elite Ice Hockey League champion Belfast Giants were forced to turn down the chance due to lack of arena availability, giving place for the Challenge Cup winner Nottingham Panthers.
A full list of the teams participating in the inaugural season and how they qualified was presented on 10 May 2014. The schedule of the competition is; the group stage draw took place on 21 May 2014 in Minsk and the teams were assigned to eleven groups from A to K. The 44 teams were allocated into four pots based on their positions in their national leagues 2014, with the top seeded teams being placed in Pot 1 and the lower ranked teams in Pot 2, Pot 3 and the lowest ranked teams in Pot 4, they were drawn into eleven groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association could not be drawn against each other. In each group, teams played against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format, giving six games per team. In total, 132 games were played in the group stage; the schedule was released on 2 June 2014, with 30 of 44 teams playing their first game 21 August 2014, the other teams playing their first game the following day. The match days were 21–22 August, 23–24 August, 4–5 September, 6–7 September, 23–24 September and 7–8 October 2014.
All game times are local times. The 11 group winners and the five best ranked runners-up qualified for the playoffs; the five best runners-up were determined by ranking all runners-up based on their number of points and goal differential in their respective groups, explained more detailed in the detailed group stage article. See the detailed group stage page for tiebreakers if two or more teams are equal on points. See the detailed group stage page for tiebreakers if two or more teams are equal on points. In the playoffs, the teams played against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis with the team with the better standing after the group stage having the second game at home, except for the one-match final played at the venue of the team with the best competition track record leading up to the final; the mechanism of the draw for playoffs are as follows: The entire playoff was drawn at a single occasion on 10 October 2014 to determine the eight pairings for the eighth-finals. After the draw, all matches up to the final.
In the draw for the eighth-finals, the eight best group winners were seeded, the three group winners with worst record and the five best runners-up were unseeded. The seeded teams were drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group could not be drawn against each other. Note: The teams listed on top of each tie play first match at home and the bottom team plays second match at home; the draw for the entire playoff was held on 10 October 2014. The first legs were played on 4 November, the second legs were played on 11 November 2014. Notes The first legs were played on 2 December, the second legs were played on 9 December 2014; the first legs were played on 13 January, the second legs were played on 20 January 2015. The final was played on 3 February 2015 at the venue of the team with the best competition track record leading up to the final. Rankings based upon points, sorted by goals. Goalkeepers with 40% or more of their team's total minutes, ranked by save percentage.
The 44 teams will compete for a grand total of 1.5 million euros. However, the money distribution has not been announced