Andy BILLINGHAMKamila DEMKOVA
Kosice City Award for Christopher Navetta
Every year since 1995 the people of Kosice have celebrated together one of the most important events in the history of the city, when on May 7th 1369 King Ludovicus
Magnus granted Kosice, as the first city in Europe, a warrant for a coat of arms. For ten years now this memorable day has been associated with the grand ceremony of presenting the City Awards
and the Mayor's Awards and Plaques to individuals and groups who have contributed, through their actions in various areas, to the social and cultural development of Kosice and the spreading of
the city's good name both within and beyond the borders of Slovakia.
This year the Municipal Council acknowleged the credit due to Christopher Navetta with regard to the city's development, granting him the Kosice City Award. This is
his rightful reward for the extraordinary effort and personal commitment he has put into the completion of the new winter stadium, and supporting projects undertaken in the fields of culture,
sport, health care and education, the majority of which have been intended for children and youth. Juraj Augustin, General Manager for Regional Development and Director of the Economic
Development Center, received the Kosice City Mayor's Award for spreading the good name of the city and region abroad and his important work in the area of foreign investment.
The same award was given for the first time in the history of the Kosice steelworks to the workforce of U. S. Steel Kosice employees as a whole, for their
demonstration of human feeling and participation in the financial collection organized by U. S. Steel Kosice in 2004 for the Kosice Rescue Service. The award was accepted on everyone's
behalf by Vice-president Human Resources Miroslav Kiralvarga. Among the eight individuals presented with Kosice City Mayor's Plaques was another steelworks employee, USSK East Markets Department
staff member Anetta Smikova, rewarded for her extraordinary activity in the social sphere and charity work. The financial prizes accompanying the awards were donated to charity by all
Working lunch with rolling-mill employees
Sitting round the table sharing a special lunch on Wednesday of last week were nine employees of the Hot Strip Mill, selected in recognition of their outstanding
productivity, together with not only the current U. S. Steel Kosice President Christopher J. Navetta, but also David H. Lohr, who takes over this post from June 1st this year.
USS Health Day
On Friday of last week, May 6th, the Kosice-Saca Hospital, the first private hospital in Slovakia, organized a presentation of its activities which was called USS
Health Day. Members of the management and the Board of Trustees of this health-care institution met U. S. Steel Kosice President Christopher Navetta, his successor David Lohr and other
U. S. Steel Kosice managers in order to present the results of activities in the area of preventive health-care for steelworks employees. During this event there was also discussion of
new diagnostic and therapeutic trends in preventive treatment, and the Hospital's aims and activities in the field of medicine-related capital investment which it plans to accomplish in the very
Footballers compete for the USSK Championship
The month of May every year sees the start of another competition for the title of U. S. Steel Kosice Champions, this time for the footballers. Twelve
teams altogether will be competing in four groups, from which the top two teams will go through to the quarter-finals. Games of two 30-minute halves are being played at the Technical University
stadium on Watsonova (formerly Solovjevova) Street in Kosice.
On Monday of this week (May 9th) our football championships began with the initial matches played between the Heat-treating Plant and Purchasing, Steel Plant and
Cokery, and Management and Cold Strip Mill. Further games will be played in the groups during this week, namely on Wednesday, May 11th and Friday, May 13th, at 3.30, 4.45 and 6.30 pm on both
days. The final match of the Championships takes place on June 8th.