Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
US Ambassador in Slovakia visits USSK
During his visit to Kosice on Wednesday of last week, the Ambassador of the United States of America in Slovakia Rodolphe Vallee also visited U. S. Steel
Kosice. Here he met Company managers and several Deans from the Technical University in Kosice. He spoke with them about assistance from industrial companies to universities and colleges in
Slovakia, and other opportunities for cooperation.
Fifth victory for a Kenyan marathoner
The course record for the Kosice Peace Marathon, 2h12m35s set by the Pole Adam Dobrzynsky in 2004, has held, but it was a close call - just 19 seconds, and it would
have been beaten on Sunday, October 1st, by the young winner, 22-year-old Edwin Kipchon from Kenya. The start of the Marathon saw 674 endurance runners set out. Kosice people were curious to see
how their representative, Marcel Matanin from Obal Servis Kosice Sports Club, would get on, and he finished in 13th place.
By doing so, he also gained the title of Champion Marathon Runner of Slovakia for this year. Reaching the finish just in back of him was U. S. Steel Kosice
employee Imrich Pastor from the Power Division, who got silver in the Slovakian Championship. In the women's race first place was taken by Natalia Kulesova from Belarus. Of our steel-making
colleagues, Billa finished in 7th spot and Tiszova came in ninth. The half-marathon had 622 runners start out, and like last year the winner's place was taken by Obal Servis Kosice Sports Club
member Miroslav Vankona. The women's race was won by Hill Running World Champion Katarina Beresova, also from Obal Servis Kosice. Another feature of the 83rd edition of KPM was the half-marathon
for inline skaters, won by Krizan and Karabova in the men's and women's races respectively.
The whole Marathon festival on Sunday included a mini-marathon, company run, brides' run and under-14s boys' and girls' relay race known as the Zabala Memorial Race.
These events had individuals participating from the youngest of runners right up to the seniors, not only from Kosice but also whole families with children of employees from U. S. Steel
Kosice, as well as the families of our American managers.
National Association of Employers Presidium session
On Thursday of last week, September 28th 2006, U. S. Steel Kosice hosted a session of members of the Presidium of the National Association of Employers.
The agenda of this working meeting, chaired by Anton Jura, President of this, the largest employers' organization representing the interests of entrepreneurs in Slovakia, featured some
organizational matters, but also discussions on tax law issues, the national strategic frame of reference, points of employment law, and amendments to the law on occupational safety and health
protection. The meeting continued with a plant tour looking at selected divisional plants and operations.
Tracing the history of iron production
Involving the best part of fifty specialists from Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Luxemburg, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic, for three days last week,
September 27th to 29th, Kosice was the venue for an international conference and working meeting on the "Iron Road" project. This event was organized in the Ferrocentrum Social Center jointly by
the Slovak Technical Museum Kosice, U. S. Steel Kosice, the Kosice Self-governing Region, SR Ministry of Culture, Slovak Magnesite Works Jelsava and the Faculty of Metallurgy at the
Technical University Kosice, and it was attended by Council of Europe representative Fanny Egretaud and Kosice Self-governing Region President Zdenko Trebula, while U. S. Steel Kosice
was represented by Vice-president Labor Relations and Compensation Martin Pitorak.