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Highlights of 16/2007
           

Created: 4/23/2007
Author: Recorded by: Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
Category: 16/2007



Daffodils almost run out at U. S. Steel Kosice

Daffodil Day, which took place in Slovakia on Friday of last week, April 13th, confirmed once again that the problems of oncological diseases concern many people. This is the biggest public charity collection for research and treatment of cancer, and as is now traditional it has been supported with great initiative by U. S. Steel Kosice employees.
From the early morning onwards, on the way to work or going home from it, they stopped off beside the volunteers from the Anti-Cancer League, members of the Victoria Club at the East Slovakian Oncological Institute in Kosice, and other volunteers from the ranks of the steelmakers themselves, also including the wife of the U. S. Steel Kosice President, Susan Lohr, to make a willing contribution and in return to pin a symbolic yellow daffodil flower on their chest. This year's Daffodil Day collection on U. S. Steel Kosice premises ranked among the most successful in the event's history to date. The steelmakers donated a total of 94 383 Slovak crowns, the best part of 40 000 more than last year.

Three records set by Hot Strip Mill workers

The rolling-train operators at the Hot Strip Mill are doing very well so far this year. Not only are they ahead of production plan by about 40 000 tons, but they've also managed to improve on several production records. March was especially successful. On the hot wide-strip line they exceeded the monthly record for the amount of rolled-out material set in October 2006, and they established a new quarterly maximum, improving on the previous record from 2003. This is what Ocel Vychodu was told by HSM Division Manager Stanislav Petro, who added that they are continuing the trend this month as well, as on April 3rd they managed to beat the daily production record from 2005 by 1290 tons.

What people most often ask Ambassador R. Vallee

When are we going to travel to the USA without visas, who are his favorite ice-hockey players, and how does he like Slovak women? Those are the three questions which people most often ask US Ambassador Rodolphe Vallee on his travels around Slovakia. He mentioned this during his visit last week to the firm EQ Engineers Slovakia at their head office in Kosice-Saca. He answered the question about Slovak women very diplomatically. What he particularly appreciates about them, he said, is how hard they work on themselves, how they get educated and succeed in business, how good they are at leading teams, and how excellent the results are which they achieve in their careers. By way of example he mentioned EQ Engineers Slovakia General Manager Maria Kramarova, who studied in the USA and also worked for some corporate engineering firms in America.

My Idea for this Region

Great popularity attaches to the educational program called Junior Achievement Slovakia - Youth for the Future, aimed at developing activities in the tourism business. Last week's regional competition in Kosice on the theme of My Idea for this Region was a meeting of the five winners of the district rounds. The project which stimulated most interest was the one presented by eighth-grade pupil Michal Melisek from the Park Angelinum Elementary School in Kosice named Kosice for Young People and Strolls Around Kosice for Young People.

Young musicians from Rochester play for Kosice people

We're all sold out today, was how concert-goers were welcomed last Wednesday, April 11th, by the usher in the House of Art. What succeeded in filling up the concert hall was the more than hundred-strong Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from New York State, performing in Kosice as part of its tour of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. The program was also watched by the Ambassador of the USA in Slovakia Rodolphe M. Vallee, U. S. Steel Kosice President David H. Lohr and his wife Susan, and several Vice-presidents of our steelmaking company.

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