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National Lacrosse League

The National Lacrosse League is a men's professional box lacrosse league in North America. Headquartered in Conshohocken, the NLL has thirteen teams: eight in the United States and five in Canada; the NLL ranks third in average attendance for pro indoor sports worldwide, behind only the NHL and NBA. Unlike other box lacrosse leagues which play in the summer, the NLL plays its games in the winter and spring, from December to June; each year, the playoff teams battle for the National Lacrosse League Cup. The NLL has averaged between 8,900 and 10,700 spectators per game each year since 2004; the NLL plays four 15-minute quarters with 2-minute breaks between quarters and a 16-minute half-time. If a game is tied after regulation, the two teams play sudden death overtime; each team dresses 19 players: 2 goaltenders and 17 "runners". NLL goals are 4' tall; the NLL uses a 30-second shot clock. Fighting does not result in an automatic ejection; each team in the NLL plays 18 games during nine at home and nine away.

The teams are divided into three divisions: the 4-team East and North Divisions and the 5-team West Division. Each team plays at least 9 of its 18 regular season games against division opponents, each team plays each of the teams in other divisions once. NLL games are played on Saturday nights, save for the occasional Sunday game; the regular season ends in April. Starting in 2018, the league announced that the playoffs will be expanded to eight teams to accommodate expansion. For the 2020 playoffs, the three division winners will be seeded #1-#3, with the three division runners-up seeded #4-#6; the two teams league-wide with the best remaining records will be seeded #7 and #8. After determining seeding, the tournament will play out as a standard 8-team bracket without respect to divisional alignment; the first two rounds are single-elimination, the championship round is a best-of-three. The NLL adopted a soft salary cap of US$400,000 per team for the 2013 season; the average base salary as of the 2013 season was $19,135.

The maximum salary for a franchise player is $34,000. Most NLL players have full-time jobs off the floor, such as Buffalo's John Tavares, a high school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario. Although eight of the thirteen teams are based in the U. S. less than 7% of players are Americans. About 83% are Canadians and 10% Iroquois from either Canada or the U. S. An asterisk denotes the franchise moved to its present location and has been in one or more previous locations in its history; the rebirth of major professional box lacrosse in the United States came on March 13, 1986, with the formation of the Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League, incorporated by Russ Cline and Chris Fritz. In 1985 box lacrosse sponsored an event played at the Spectrum in Philadelphia; the USA/Canada Superseries was an eight-game series seen as a precursor to the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The league opened play for the 1987 season with two games on January 10, 1987: the Philadelphia Wings at the New Jersey Saints and the Baltimore Thunder at the Washington Wave.

Darrell Russell was named Commissioner of the league. The four teams contested a six-game regular season before a postseason which saw all four teams qualify for a single knockout tournament which ended with the Baltimore Thunder being crowned as the EPBLL's first champion in 1987. Coached by Bob Griebe, the Baltimore Thunder defeated the Washington Wave by a score of 11–10 to capture the league's first championship; the league announced that a total of 124,536 fans attended Eagle Pro Box Lacrosse League games in its first season. Those same four teams played in the second season of the EPBLL; the teams expanded to an eight-game schedule, set up a three-team playoff with the regular season winner claiming a bye to the title game. The league began its second season with each of the four teams playing an eight-game schedule; the league became known as the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. The New Jersey Saints became the second league champions by defeating the Washington Wave, 17–16 before 8,125 fans at the Capital Centre.

For the Wave, it was the second time in as many years they reached the championship game, only to come away on the short end of a one-goal game. The league announced that the Saints would relocate to the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island beginning in the 1989 season; the team name was changed to the New York Saints to reflect their new home. The MILL announced that it would award expansion teams to Detroit and Boston, Massachusetts; the teams began play in the 1989 season. The Detroit team was named the Turbos, began play in the Joe Louis Arena, their team colors were announced to be purple and black. The Boston entry was called the New England Blazers and they played their home games at the Worcester Centrum; the Blazers used green and white as their team colors. The league prepared to open its third season with six teams: the Baltimore Thunder, the Detroit Turbos, the New England Blazers, the New York Saints, the Philadelphia Wings, the Washington Wave; each of the six teams played an eight-game schedule in 1989, with an four home and road games.

In its first regular season game, 12,171 Detroit fans watched the expansion Turbos defeat the Washington Wave, 11–9, in the debut of the 1989 season. As the season went on, regular season attendance figures for the league totalled at 230,724 for 24 regular season games, which made an average of 9,614 people in the stands per game; when adding the postseason, the numbers grew to an average of 9,811 a game. That year, the Philadelphia Wings captured the league championship in front of

National Threshers Association

The National Threshers Association is a non-profit group of enthusiasts who are interested in steam-powered traction engines - known as "steam tractors", "steam traction engines" or "steam engines" - as well as related equipment. The group's premier event is its annual reunion/show, which features live exhibits of antique steam engines and gas-powered machinery from throughout the United States and Canada. Dating back to 1944, the annual show is recognized as the oldest event of its type in the United States. Organized in 1944 on a farm in Alvordton, Ohio, in the northwest corner of the state, thresherman Leroy Blaker’s goal was to provide a weekend gathering of fun and fellowship with his hardworking neighbors. Today, at the more accommodating Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, that same concept exists to help show others how many of today’s farm tasks were handled; the association's current membership is worldwide, new members are welcomed. The annual National Threshers Association show is held during the last full four-day weekend in June at the Fulton County Fairgrounds near Wauseon, Ohio.

The fairgrounds are located on Ohio State Route 108 just north of the Ohio Turnpike exit 34. Each year, the National Threshers Association reunion/show features 50 steam engines - all operating - in addition to hundreds of gas tractors and gas engines. Daily demonstrations include wheat threshing, straw baling, sawmill, a shingle mill, farm plowing, machinery parades with covered grandstand seating for spectators. Other highlights include antique tractor and steam engine pulling displays, hill climb, engineer skills contests, evening spark shows, pony brake horsepower testing, Baker fans, gas tractor parade into the nearby town of Wauseon, other displays. Air-powered engines displays are featured, along with photos and memorabilia displays dating back to the reunion's first show; the John F. Limmer Best Restored Engine award is awarded each year to the steam engine, best restored to its original condition; the equipment, exhibited each year at the annual reunion/show represents a wide range of makes and models of steam engines, gas tractors, stationary gas engines and related equipment.

Steam engine makes include: Advance, Advance-Rumeley, American-Abell, Aultman-Taylor, Avery, A. D. Baker, Buffalo-Pitts, J. I. Case, Frick, Gaar Scott, George-White, Greyhound Banting, Harrison Jumbo, Keck-Gonnerman, Leader, Nichols & Shephard, Peerless Geiser, Port Huron, Robert-Bell, M. Rumeley, Sawyer-Massey, Upton and others. Boilers for all steam engines must pass certification requirements for operation, as set forth by the State of Ohio. Gas tractor makes include: Advance-Rumely, Allis-Chalmers, Aultman-Taylor, Avery, J. I. Case, Cockshutt, Co-operative Mfg. John Deere, Ferguson, Greyhound, Hart-Parr, International Harvester, Massey-Ferguson, Massey-Harris, Minneapolis-Moline, Rock Island, Plymouth & Silver King, others. National Threshers Association website

The End (2012 film)

The End is a 2012 Spanish thriller film directed by Jorge Torregrossa and based on David Monteagudo's novel Fin, with a screenplay by Sergio G. Sánchez and Jorge Guerricaechevarría; the film was produced by Antena 3 Films. It was first screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival in September and opened in Spain on 23 November of the same year; the film marks the screen debut of model Andrés Velencoso. Felix is invited to a weekend reunion with a group of old friends at a remote mountain cabin, it has been twenty years since the group last met, although at first it seems that little has changed between them, behind the laughter and stories, secrets emerge from their collective past that create rifts between the friends. Before leaving for the reunion Felix is stopped in the subway by a strange man carrying a sheaf of drawings. Only much does he realise that the man is one of his friends, Ángel, although he does not recognise him at the time; as Felix and his new girlfriend Eva drive to the cabin, Felix describes his friends to Eva, although he evades her questions about Ãngel.

Eva is introduced to Felix's friends – Sergio, Sergio's wife Sara, party boy Rafa, the motherly Maribel, handsome playboy Hugo, Hugo's new wife Cova. As the group reminisces and parties late into the night, tensions begin to surface. Eva soon learns that Felix had had a brief relationship with Maribel; as time passes Sara, who has organised the weekend, becomes agitated by the absence of the mysterious Ãngel. She confesses that it was Ángel himself who had instructed her to invite everyone to Sergio's cabin for the reunion, a revelation that disturbs the rest of the group. While Eva is making mojitos in the kitchen, the philandering Hugo makes a pass at Eva. Late that night, sitting around the campfire, an intoxicated Sergio strips naked and throws his clothes into the fire, he taunts Rafa about the failure of his business claims that he has spiked the group's food and drink with hallucinogenic mushrooms. The ensuing argument leads to a disturbing revelation – at their last gathering 20 years earlier, several of the friends had forced Ãngel to take a large quantity of unknown drugs, which had tipped Ãngel into schizophrenia, causing him to become violent and delusional, he had to be institutionalised.

Moments the group is startled by an eerie flash that illuminates the entire night sky, accompanied by an ominous rumbling. They soon discover that all power and communications are out, all electrical and electronic devices including their cars and phones are inoperable, they have no contact with the outside world and no way to leave except on foot, they notice that all the clock in the house has stopped at the exact moment of the flash, 12:20am. The next morning the group decides to walk to the next farm to get help, but they find it deserted, with two vultures scavenging food from the dining table, everything appears as if the occupants have left suddenly; the friends notice that the clock here has stopped at 12:20am. As they move on further, they come across a hikers' campsite, but it too is deserted, they are puzzled by why the hikers would leave all their expensive hiking gear behind, they realise that the phenomena caused by the previous night's event seem to be in effect everywhere, that all the people they might have expected to encounter have vanished, as if into thin air.

The group begins to realise that some invisible power or force is abroad, that it is making people disappear, that this affects only humans, since the group observe animals, although these act in an strange and sometimes aggressive manner. Heading down the mountain, they traverse a narrow, precipitous path cut high into the face of a steep river gorge. Halfway along, the group is charged by a panicked herd of mountain goats. Further down the gorge they come upon a lorry full of sheep that has crashed into the wall of a road tunnel; the driver has vanished, although the seat belt is still fastened, they realise that the truck has collided with another vehicle, which has crashed through the guard-rail down into the gorge. They are horrified to discover, they realise that he was killed in the car accident on his way to the cabin – although his watch reveals that he had died some hours before the mysterious phenomenon, suggesting that the mysterious force is only taking living people. Felix recovers Ãngel's sketchbook, filled with a sequence of strange, ominous drawings.

When they reach the bottom of the gorge Hugo and Felix go for a swim in the river, but after a short argument about Cova, Hugo walks away from Felix, dives back into the river, but he does not surface. Although Felix and Sara both dive into the pool in search of him, they soon realise that Hugo too has vanished without a trace. Hours the remaining four – Felix, Eva and Maribel – arrive at a caravan park, but it too is deserted, they find bicycles, collect some food, decide to ride to the nearest town, but just as they are about leave they are sud