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Šargan Eight

The Šargan Eight is a narrow-gauge heritage railway in Serbia, running from the village of Mokra Gora to Šargan Vitasi station. An extension to Višegrad in the Republika Srpska and Herzegovina, was finished on 28 August 2010, it was planned to extend the railway to the village of Kremna by the end of 2011, in 2013 to extend to the city of Užice. Construction began during World War I and the plan was to connect Serbia with Austro-Hungary, which occupied both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time. Šargan was located 9 km away from the pre-war border. Austrians enlisted numerous Russian and Italian prisoners of war in order to speed up the construction. During the digging of the "Budim" tunnel, the ceiling collapsed killing the entire shift of workers; the works were halted and were only continued in 1921, in the newly formed Kingdom of the Serbs and Slovenes. The construction of the railway was completed in 1921. A descent of 300 m was surmounted with the tracks; the track is 15.44 km long and due to the curvature, on some sections the train passes twice through the same points.

In total, there are 22 tunnels on the route. The entire area is abundant in water. There are 365 known water springs along the route; the water is dripping down the tunnel walls. The former East Bosnian railway with a gauge of 760 mm was an important part of the former narrow-gauge main line from Sarajevo to Belgrade and closed in 1974. Between 1999 and 2003 the section over the Šargan pass was rebuilt by the Serbian Ministry of Tourism and the Yugoslav state railway JŽ, now the Serbian railways with great help from Emir Kusturica, a famous film director who had the town of Drvengrad built for one of his movies; as of 2017, the train popularly named "Ćira" but called "Nostalgia", still runs only on the route Mokra Gora-Šargan Vitasi-Mokra Gora, with running to Višegrad. During the snowy periods, it runs only from Mokra Gora to Jatare. In 2017 season it had 75,000 visitors, out of. Attractions include the restaurant carved into the rock at Šargan and a rock named "crazy stone" at Golubići, which "invokes love".

In the 2019 season, number of visitors grew to 88,000. In 2019 reconstruction of the tunnels began. Works should be finished by a centennial of the railroad. Narrow-gauge railways in Bosnia and Herzegovina Narrow-gauge railways in Serbia Tourism in Serbia Official information on Serbian Railways Site The'Šargan Eight' Narrow Gauge Railroad Tour Šargan Eight gallery Šargan Photo Gallery

Chaunté Lowe

Chaunté Lowe is an American athlete who competes in the high jump. A four-time Olympian, she is the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2005 World Championship silver medalist and the 2012 World Indoor gold medalist, she finished sixth in the 2008 Olympic high jump final, but was promoted to the bronze medal in 2016 after three competitors were disqualified. She is the American record holder in the women's high jump with an outdoor clearance of 2.05 m in 2010, holds the indoor record with a clearance of 2.02 m in 2012. Lowe graduated from John W. North High School in Riverside, where she won the National Scholastic Indoor Championships twice, she won the 2001 CIF California State Meet in the high jump and finished second in 2002 in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, leading her team to the state team championships. Among her first successes was a high jump bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. Lowe jumped 1.85 m in the qualifying round of the women's high jump at the 2004 Summer Olympics and did not reach the final.

In the qualifying round, Lowe tied with Iryna Mykhalchenko for second in her group with a height of 1.93 m. In the final, Lowe placed second behind Kajsa Bergqvist, who jumped 2.02 m, with a height of 2.00 m. Lowe jumped 1.93 m in the qualifying round at the 2008 Summer Olympics to reach the final. She placed sixth in the high jump final with a height of 1.99 m. In late 2016, the International Olympic Committee stripped Russians Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko and Ukrainian Vita Palamar of their placements ahead of Lowe due to positive tests for banned drugs, resulting in Lowe being awarded the bronze medal for the event. Competing in 2009, she became the national champion with a clearance of 1.95 m at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, beating Amy Acuff to the title on countback. This gained her qualification into the 2009 World Championships in Athletics: she reached the 2009 high jump final, but she could not repeat her past medal performance and finished in seventh place.

She closed the year with a fourth-place finish at the last edition of the World Athletics Final. Lowe improved her indoor best with a jump of 1.98 m at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2010. She just knocked the bar at the last moment. At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she won a bronze medal in the high jump with a clearance of 1.98 m. On May 30, 2010, Lowe broke Louise Ritter's American record of 2.03 m set in 1988 with a clearance of 2.04 m in Cottbus, Germany. Less than a month On June 26, 2010, Lowe improved her record with a clearance of 2.05 m in Des Moines, IA. Lowe capped a successful 2012 Indoor season by winning the USA Indoor Championship at Albuquerque, NM, on February 26, with a new national record of 2.02m: That broke the American indoor, Championship meet, mark of 2.01 established at the 1998 USA Indoor Championship meet by Tisha Waller. Lowe won the competition as the only jumper to clear 1.93 went on to clear 1.96, 1.99, scaled 2.02 on her third attempt, made three attempts at 2.04.

She set a meet record at the Drake Relays in April with a jump of 1.98 m. On March 10, she topped this successful indoor season by becoming World Indoor Champion at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on in Istanbul being the only one to clear 1.98 m. At the Summer Olympics, she again reached the final and again finished in 6th place, a result she found disappointing because she was one of the favourites. Back from pregnancy for the 3rd time in 2013, Lowe was the runner-up in the high jump in 1.94 meters at 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships but was awarded as the winner because Inika McPherson was disqualified for doping. At the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup, Lowe took 2nd place behind Mariya Kuchina in a season's best of 1.97 m. Lowe won the high jump in 1.91 meters at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her results were less great as the other years because she needed to help her second daughter who suffers of autism, she failed to clear the first bar at 1.80 m. During the indoor season, Lowe came back to the great heights and cleared a season's best at 1.95 m in Albuquerque.

She finished 3rd at the US Indoor Championships with a 1.93 meters' clearance. Back outdoors, she jumped a WL of 1.93 m in February won the Ibero-American title with a 1.96 m clearance. On July 3, she qualifies for her 4th Olympic team by winning the 2016 Olympic Trials with 2.01 m, tying her own trials record. She jumped a WL, she gave birth to her daughter, Jasmine. Another daughter was born in April 2011, she is married to a triple jumper. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2008, she is attending Western Governors University for her master's degree. Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record All results regarding high jump Female two metres club Chaunte Lowe at World Athletics Chaunte Lowe at USA Track & Field

Heelas, Reading

Heelas was a major department store in Reading in the English county of Berkshire. It was known as Heelas until 2001 and that name is still in common usage; the store fronts on to Reading's main pedestrianised shopping street, Broad Street, backs onto Minster Street and The Oracle shopping centre. The store now belongs to the John Lewis Partnership. Heelas started in Reading with just one small shop at 33 Minster Street. John Heelas, who had a shop in Wokingham, set up the new business in 1854 with his sons and Daniel, they described themselves as'Linen and Woollen Drapers, Silk Mercers etc..'. Over the years they acquired adjacent properties and by 1877 the business had become a department store. In 1897 the family firm became Heelas Sons and Co.. Ltd, in 1890 the House of Heelas was appointed Linen Drapers and House Furnishers to the Prince of Wales; this warrant was continued on his accession to the throne as King Edward VII. The shop was rebuilt in 1907 and the Directors were confident that the'handsome well-arranged buildings would add to the great comfort of the customers'.

Both John and Daniel Heelas died in 1910 and their successors, John Heelas Junior and Edward Heelas, inherited a thriving business. Heelas became a major entity in Reading, in 1937, the John Lewis Partnership entered into takeover discussions with the department store; these did not work out and in 1947 Heelas was sold to Charles Clore. He disposed of it three years to United Drapery Stores who, in turn sold it to the John Lewis Partnership in 1953. Throughout these changes, the store continued to trade as Heelas. At the time of John Lewis's takeover, the store was the largest shop in Berkshire. With the business continuing to grow, the shop became seen as too small and in need of expansion. Ambitious redevelopment plans were announced in 1975 and a large-scale model of the re-envisaged Heelas was put on display in the shop; the building work started in December 1979 and was split into three phases allowing the shop to continue trading throughout the period. While the front of the store dating from 1907 was little changed, the earlier rear was demolished and replaced with a new five-storey building complete with atrium.

The work was completed by November 1985. In 1999 a major new shopping and leisure centre, The Oracle, opened behind the store. Among its many shops it houses department stores from Debenhams and House of Fraser, thus increasing the level of competition in Reading. On Sunday 2 September 2001, as part of a wider company rebranding, the store's name was changed from Heelas to John Lewis, it was the first time the shop had opened on a Sunday. Managing director Felicity Miller retired on 1 September. All the in-store and external signage was changed, but the name Heelas can still be seen where it was built into the external brickwork of the 1979 building; the rename caused some local controversy, as some people felt the town was losing a part of its history. On 9 February 2007, the store was awarded a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty The Queen; this allows John Lewis Reading to display The Queen's coat of arms, together with the words "By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen, Suppliers of Household and Fancy Goods", on the store's building and stationery.

John Lewis Partnership - memorystore. Heelas of Reading. Retrieved 26 September 2019. John Lewis Reading web site