Andy BILLINGHAM, Iveta FIALOVA
Twentieth anniversary of November events marked also in USA
With the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajcak and the Ambassador of the Slovak Republic in the USA Peter Burian in attendance,
together with the best part of two hundred guests including current and former representatives of the American administration, compatriots' associations and American investors, a gala evening was
organized in Washington on November 18th which was the culmination of events in the USA marking the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of November 17th, 1989. Among the speeches made during
the evening was one by U. S. Steel Corporation CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors John P. Surma accompanied by other representatives of the Corporation management.
WIPO Award for Ladislav Horvath
Third place in the eighth edition of the annual international ecology competition EKO 2009 in the Companies category was awarded during the official ceremony for the
announcement of the competition results held in Řeka in the Czech Republic on November 27th to the team from USSE Research consisting of Ladislav Horvath, Tomas Suchy and Iveta Popikova, for
their project entitled "Analysis of the Influence of Additives on the Temperature of Ash Flow in a Smelting Pan." The leading researcher in this competition project Ladislav Horvath was also
awarded the gold plaque of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This award is granted to innovators, scientists, researchers and inventors only once in their lifetime, and
Ladislav Horvath will be presented with it at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva next year.
Competition in support of cost-saving
Energy Star, Orient Express and Long Life - these are the names with which the section of General Manager Production Support has started off a competition for
U. S. Steel Kosice employees, including PhD students and undergraduates at the Technical University of Kosice from the ranks of the steelmakers, aimed at finding more solutions for
reducing Company costs in the fields of energy, transport and plant maintenance. The competition is intended to intensify steelmakers' activity in seeking out further cost-saving possibilities.
The closing date for submission of projects is January 31st, 2010.
Building work starts on Steel Arena Training Hall
The training hall for the Steel Arena in Kosice, where construction work began on November 12th of this year, will be ready to welcome the participants in the World
Ice-Hockey Championships in May 2011. Completion of the building is planned namely for December 2010. The dimensions of the hall will be length 56 meters, width 26 m and height 11.5 m, with a
capacity of two to three hundred seats for spectators. Below the hall there will be a new 45-space car-park. Once the Championships are over, the hall will serve for the training and matches of
the HC Kosice youth teams, and for more cultural events for the people of Kosice, when it will be able to take in audiences of up to two thousand.