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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-05

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] New opinion polls
  • [02] Biogas plant in Kavala

  • [01] New opinion polls

    The situation in the political scene following prime minister Costas Karamanlis' address at last week's meeting of the ruling New Democracy (ND) party's central committee is reflected in three new opinion polls, the results of which appeared in the Sunday editions of the newspapers Eleftheros Typos, To Paron, and Kathimerini.

    According to an MRB opinion poll on behalf of Eleftheros Typos, PASOK amassed 29.4 percent with regard to voter intent (which party the respndent would vote for if elections were to be held the following day), with ND just behind with 29.3 percent, followed by the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA, the SYN-led parliamentary alliance with 10.1 percent, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) with 7.2 percent, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party with 4.9 percent, the Ecologists-Greens with 2.2 percent, and the undecided vote at 15.4 percent.

    Regarding who was the most suitable for prime minister, 42.3 percent of the respondents preferred premier Costas Karamanlis, followed by 36.6 percent who preferred PASOK leader George Papandreou, while 20.1 percent responded "neither of the two".

    As for which party the respondents believed would win elections, regardless of their own voting preference, ND lead with 43.5 percent, against 34.6 percent for PASOK.

    The MRB poll was conducted nationwide between October 1-2, on a sampling of 1,050 respondents.

    In a second opinion poll, conducted by RASS on behalf of To Paron, ND amassed 31.3 percent with respect to voter intent, with PASOK a close second with 31.1 percent, followed by SYRIZA with 9.3 percent; the KKE with 7.2 percent, LAOS with 4.4 percent, the Ecologists-Greens with 2.7 percent, and the undecided voters at 12.9 percent.

    As for the most suitable for prime minister, Karamanlis led with 45.9 percent over 32.8 percent for George Papandreou, while 20.2 percent responded "neither of the two".

    Regarding which party they expected would win elections, regardless of personal voting preference, ND led with 47.5 percent against 44.8 percent for PASOK.

    The RASS opinion poll was conducted nationwide by telephone between September 29 and October 3 on a sampling of 2,000 respondents.

    According to the third opinion poll, conducted by Public Issue on behalf of Kathimerini, 74 percent of the respondents believed that ND was currently undergoing a crisis, while 45 percent believed that PASOK needs a change of leader.

    To a question on which party was capable of governing the counry, PASOK led with 34 percent against 30 percent for ND, while 25 percent of the respondents replied "neither of the two parties".

    The Public Issue opinion poll was conducted nationwide by telephone between September 29 and October 1, on a sampling of 1,190 respodents.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [02] Biogas plant in Kavala

    Greece's first biogas plant was inaugurated in Kavala on Saturday night by Drama-Kavala-Xanthi supra-prefect Costas Tatsis and Kavala prefect Theodoros Kalliontzis.

    The new, ultra-modern plant will produce biogas and organic fertilizer through a state-of-the-art integrated animal waste management system.

    The 3.5 million euros model unit, unique in Greece, was built by the listed company KREKA S.A., based in Kavala, and was co-financed under developmental law 3299/2004 by the company's own-capital (50 percent) and the economy and finance ministry (50 percent).

    The animal waste management system comprises a furnace where dead animals and material hazardous to the public health, such as bones, blood, entrails are incinerated, and an anaerobic digestor -- an aneorobic digestion processing and biogas production unit in which manure, expired milk and other foodstuff unfit for consumption will be destroyed.

    A treatment process of the above waste produces biogas, namely methane, which is used as fuel for the needs of the venture, such as heating or for combining of the organic waste in the bio-reactor, as well as for the production of steam and heat for the sterilization of solid waste and the operation of the incinerator. The biogas left over from the above activities is stored in a special container and is used for the production of electricity.


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