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Vaduz

Vaduz is the capital of Liechtenstein and the seat of the national parliament. The town, located along the Rhine River, has 5,450 residents. Although Vaduz is the best-known town in the principality internationally, it is not the largest. Vaduz is mentioned in historic 12th-century manuscripts as Faduzes. In 1322 a mention of the castle is made, sacked by the Swiss in 1499 during the Swabian War; the entire town was destroyed. In the 17th century the Liechtenstein family was seeking a seat in the Reichstag. However, since they did not hold any territory, directly under the Imperial throne, they were unable to meet the primary requirement to qualify; the family yearned for the added power a seat in the Imperial government would bring, therefore sought to acquire lands that would be reichsunmittelbar, or held without any feudal personage other than the Holy Roman Emperor himself having rights on the land. After some time, the family was able to arrange the purchase of the minuscule Herrschaft of Schellenberg and countship of Vaduz from the Hohenems.

Tiny Schellenberg and Vaduz possessed the political status required: no feudal lord other than the Emperor. Thereby, on January 23, 1719, after purchase had been duly made, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, decreed Vaduz and Schellenberg were united, raised to the dignity of Fürstentum with the name "Liechtenstein" in honour of " true servant, Anton Florian of Liechtenstein", it is on this date. As a testament to the pure political expediency of the purchases, the Princes of Liechtenstein did not set foot in their new principality for over 120 years. Vaduz features an oceanic climate with cool winters. Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as Marine West Coast Climate; the city experiences a noticeable increase in precipitation during the summer, but in general all twelve months see some precipitation. Vaduz receives, on average 900 mm of precipitation per year. Vaduz's warmest month, sees average high temperatures reach 25 °C while average low temperatures are about 14 °C.

The city's coldest month, sees average highs of 3 °C and average lows of −3 °C. The most prominent landmark of Vaduz is Vaduz Castle, the home of the reigning prince of Liechtenstein and the Liechtenstein princely family; the castle is visible from any location in Vaduz, being perched atop a steep hill in the middle of the city. The Cathedral of St. Florin, Government House and City Hall are well-known landmarks, displaying the various styles and periods of architecture that the city is known for; the National Art Gallery as well as the National Museum are located in Vaduz. The art gallery is a museum of modern and contemporary art showing displays from the private princely Liechtenstein Collection, the main public display of, in Vienna; the building is an architectural landmark built by the Swiss architects Morger and Kerez. It forms a "black box" of tinted concrete and black basalt stone; the museum collection is the national art collection of Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein National Museum is showing a permanent exhibition on the cultural and natural history of Liechtenstein as well as special exhibitions.

There are the Postage Stamp Museum and a Ski Museum. Evelyne Bermann, artist Barbara Erni thief and confidence trickster, the last person to be executed in Liechtenstein Josef Rheinberger and composer Carl von In der Maur, government official Prince Aloys of Liechtenstein renounced his rights to the succession on 26 February 1923, in favor of his son Franz Joseph II. Josef Ospelt, first Prime Minister of Liechtenstein from 2 March 1921 to 27 April 1922 Gilbert von In der Maur, military officer, leading figure of the Austrian National Socialist Party Medea de Novara actress who appeared in Mexican films Franz Joseph II, Prince of Liechtenstein the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein from 1938 until his death, lived full-time in the principality. Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein the monarch and head of state of Liechtenstein, lives in Vaduz Castle Wolfgang Haas, first archbishop of the Archdiocese of Vaduz Marlies Amann-Marxer, politician who served as Minister of Infrastructure and Sport in the Government of the Principality of Liechtenstein Christoph Zeller a German billionaire businessman, owns Ivoclar Vivadent Alexander Kellner a Brazilian geologist and paleontologist, expert in pterosaurs Adrian Hasler and the current Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein regent of Liechtenstein since 2004 Aurelia Frick a Liechtenstein politician, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Culture.

Ruslaan Mumtaz, Indian Bollywood film and television actor Raphael Gray a British computer hacker Rainer Hasler footballer who played as a defender, selected by the Liechtenstein Football Association as the country's Golden Player Ronny Büchel a former international footballer, played 72 games for the national side Philippe Erne an international footballer, 34 games for the national side Marco Ritzberger a retired foot

Stanley Cup playoffs

The Stanley Cup playoffs is an elimination tournament in the National Hockey League consisting of four rounds of best-of-seven series to determine the league champion and the winner of the Stanley Cup. Eight teams from each of the two conferences qualify for the playoffs based on regular season points totals; the final round is known as the Stanley Cup Finals, which matches the two conference champions. The NHL is the only major professional sports league in North America to refer to its playoffs by the name of its championship trophy, a tradition which has arisen because the Stanley Cup is North America's oldest professional sports trophy, dating back more than two decades before the establishment of the NHL. Inscribed the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, the trophy was donated in 1892 by Lord Stanley of Preston, then–Governor General of Canada as a "challenge trophy" for Canada's top-ranking amateur ice hockey club. From 1893 when the first Cup was awarded to 1914, the champions held onto the Cup until they either lost their league title to another club, or a champion from another league issued a formal challenge and defeated the reigning Cup champion in a final game to claim their win.

Professional teams first became eligible to challenge for the Stanley Cup in 1906. Starting in 1915, the Cup was competed between the champion of the National Hockey Association and the champion of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. After a series of league mergers and folds, including the 1917 establishment of the NHL as a successor to the NHA, the Stanley Cup became the championship trophy of the NHL prior to the 1926–27 season; the NHL has always used a playoff tournament to determine its champion. The league's playoff system has changed over the years, from the NHL's inception in 1917, to when the NHL took over the Cup in 1926, to the current setup today; the Stanley Cup playoffs consists of four rounds of best-of-seven series. Each series is played in a 2–2–1–1–1 format, meaning the team with home-ice advantage hosts games one, two and seven, while their opponent hosts games three and six. Games five and seven are only played if needed. Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.

In the playoff series format instituted in 2014, the first and third place team in each of the four divisions qualify for the playoffs automatically. Two additional teams from each conference, regardless of divisional alignment qualify for the playoffs by having the highest point totals out of the remaining teams in the conference; these teams are referred to as the Wild Cards. Since there is no attention paid to divisional alignment with the wild cards, it is possible for one division in a conference to have five teams in the postseason while the other has just three. In the First Round, the teams are split into two separate brackets by division; each bracket consists of one of the wild cards. The lower seeded wild card plays against the division winner with the best record while the other wild card plays against the other division winner, both wild cards are de facto #4 seeds; the other two series match the third place teams from the divisions. The winners of both First Round series advance to the Second Round.

The reseeding in the previous format, which ensured the top seed would play the lowest remaining seed, was discarded. The winners of these series advance to the Conference Finals and the two Conference Final winners move on to the Stanley Cup Finals. In the first two rounds, the higher-seeded team has home-ice advantage. Thereafter, it goes to the team with the better regular season record; the team with home-ice advantage hosts games one, two and seven, while the opponent hosts games three and six. Any ties in the standings at the end of the regular season are broken using the following protocols: The greater number of regulation wins only; the greater number of regulation and overtime wins. The greater number of total wins, including shootouts; the greater number of points earned in games between the tied clubs. If two clubs are tied, have not played an equal number of home games against each other, the points earned and available in the first game played in the city of the club that had the greater number of home games in games between the two are not included.

If more than two clubs are tied, the higher percentage of available points earned in games among those clubs, not including any "odd" games, are used to determine the standing. The "odd" games are identical to those mentioned in the previous paragraph, that is, the first game in the city of the club that has had more home games in games between each club in the tie. Note that, because of this procedure, if two teams in the multi team tie have only played once against each other, the points earned in that game are not included; the greater differential between goals for and goals against during the entire regular season. The greater number of goals for. If two clubs are still tied on regulation wins and overtime wins, total wins, points earned between the tied clubs, regular season goal differential, regular

Electoral district of Brisbane Central

Brisbane Central was an electoral division in the state of Queensland, Australia. The electorate covered the central portion of Brisbane, including the Brisbane central business district as well as the inner suburbs of Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Kelvin Grove, Spring Hill, New Farm and Windsor, it is bordered on the south by the Brisbane River. The Town of Brisbane was one of the original electorates established by Order-in-Council in 1859. Since the name of the electorate covering what is now the CBD of Brisbane has been variously known as Brisbane City, North Brisbane, Brisbane North, Brisbane. Brisbane Central was created in 1977 and was held from 1989 to 2007 by Labor's Peter Beattie, Premier of Queensland from 1998. Beattie resigned as both Premier and Member for Brisbane Central and a 2007 Brisbane Central by-election was held; the seat was won by Labor candidate Grace Grace. In the 2017 electoral redistribution, the Electoral Commission of Queensland changed the name of the electorate to McConnel.

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