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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Erdogan meets with reps of religious minorities
  • [02] Greek PMI jumps to 51.1 in Aug.
  • [03] Finance ministry 'green roof' saves 5,630 euros in costs

  • [01] Erdogan meets with reps of religious minorities

    ANKARA (ANA-MPA / A. Abatzis) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday met with representatives of religious minorities on the well-known Marmara Sea island of Prinkipos (Büyükada), where he noted that "certain steps regarding minority issues may be taken in the next few days."

    The visit follows Erdogan's earlier meeting on the same island, off Istanbul, with minority representatives, followed by a tour of the Greek orphanage building on the isle, where he was greeted by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Vartholomeos). At the time, the Turkish premier was accompanied by Minister of State and chief EU negotiator Egemen Bagis and Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu.

    Following that meeting, the Patriarch had referred to new hope for a resolution of various problems faced by the ethnic Greek minority in the neighbouring country.

    [02] Greek PMI jumps to 51.1 in Aug.

    Greeces Purchasing Managers Index jumped to 51.1 points in August, recovering after 11 months of decline. The seasonally adjusted PMI, compiled by Markit, records business activity in the manufacturing sector. Readings above 50 indicate a growth sector, while readings below 50 a shrinking sector.

    Increases in production and new orders were the main supporters behind PMIs recovery in August. Greek manufacturers said new orders rose for the first time since September 2008, despite a slight decline in Greek exports.

    Greek manufacturers purchasing activity in supplies - grew in August, but inventories fell for the 10th consecutive month although with a weaker rate since September 2008.

    [03] Finance ministry 'green roof' saves 5,630 euros in costs

    The "green roof" created on the roof the economy and finance ministry building in Syntagma Square has resulted in savings of 5,630 euros a year, the ministry announced on Tuesday. The savings arise from a reduction in power used for cooling, amounting to 3,600 euros a year, and a reduction in fuel used for heating by 2,030 euros a year.

    The green roof was created in July 2008 and covers about 650 square metres, or roughly half the surface at the top of the building.

    Measurements carried out by the applied thermodynamics laboratory at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) mechanical engineering department have shown that the difference in temperature between the areas of the roof with plants and those without are 18C, with the former reaching 37C and the latter 55C, respectively.

    The measurements also confirmed that the energy savings from the planting amount to 9.6 percent for cooling and 4.4 percent for heating. For the top floor of the building, especially, the energy costs for cooling can be more than halved.

    The finance ministry noted that the project was initiated to help improve the environment in central Athens, save energy and reduce the buildings operating costs, as well as acting as a model that might encourage initiatives by other private and public organisations.


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