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Highlights of 40/2007
           

Created: 10/8/2007
Author: Recorded by: Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
Category: 40/2007



Members of USS Board of Directors in Kosice

On the eve of the official opening of galvanizing line no. 3, the members of the U. S. Steel Board of Directors arrived in Kosice for a two-day visit (23rd to 24th September). They saw the progress which company has made. On Sunday they attended the gala concert on the Main Street entitled "The Road to the Future", and the ice-hockey match between HC Kosice and Liptovsky Mikulas. On Monday they looked round the new galvanizing line, as well as meeting the members of U. S. Steel Kosice top management. On Monday evening the BoD members were received by Kosice City Mayor Frantisek Knapik.

New monthly shipping record

In September 2007 USSK beat the previous shipping record from March 2007 by 12 290 tons of flat rolled products. The average shift output high of April 2007 was also exceeded by 334 tons. Credit for these outstanding results goes to all the employees of the Shipping Division.

Modernization will make production more ecological

Power Division's boiler no. 1, which uses surplus metallurgical gases to produce heat energy, is to be joined during the course of this and next year by two more boilers. More ecological production will be made possible by modernization and general overhaul of coal-fired boilers nos. 2 and 3. Construction modifications to boiler no. 2 began in July of this year, and at the beginning of next year boiler no. 3 will be undergoing the same overhaul. These boilers will then be supplied with surplus cokery, blast furnace and convertor gases. Converting these boilers to gas burning will bring savings in high-grade coal, used as fuel in coal-fired boilers, and reduce the amount of emissions into the atmosphere.

Moon Ride festival of contemporary art

On Friday, September 14th, a festival of contemporary art began in Kosice. The opening of this event called Moon Ride, presenting music, theater, dance, multimedia and visuals by artists of the V4 countries, took place on the premises of the former army barracks stores on Kukucinova Street. Top-quality performers and artists from the Slovak, Czech, Polish and Hungarian alternative and non-commercial arts scene, better known and in greater demand in Western Europe than at home, have been performing for Kosice audiences in the days since then. The program of the festival, which finishes on October 13th, is on www.moonride.sk. This event, supporting Kosice's candidacy for the title of European Capital of Culture, has been prepared by the IC Culture Train contemporary arts center, which has been active in Kosice for more than a year now.

Concert season has begun

The Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra opened its 39th concert season last Thursday, September 27th, with an evening of music consisting of works by Edvard Hagerup Grieg and Johannes Brahms. There was also the debut for the Ouvertura Festiva by Mirek Krajci. This concert marking the occasion of the Slovak Republic's chairmanship of the Council of Europe in 2007 was conducted by the Kosice State Philharmonic chief conductor Jerzy Swoboda. As part of his concert tour round Slovakia, one of the world's most famous musicians performed in Kosice yesterday, October 2nd - the conductor, composer, arranger and pianist Peter Breiner, born in Humenne. Lovers of good-quality music can look forward to an extraordinary concert on October 11th. Carl Orff's Carmina Burana will be heard in a unique version for choir, percussion and two pianos. U. S. Steel Kosice is the principal sponsor of the Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra.

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