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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1976

CONTENTS PAG£ N0*

NEW $43 MILLION GENERAL POST OFFICE ALMOST READY . 1

MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED FOR TSIM SHA TSUI TO BE ANNOUNCED 2 INCREASING ATTENDANCES AT METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES 3

NEW AMBULANCE STATION FOR CHAI WAN ............... 4

FOUR COLOUR TELEVISION SETS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT 5

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN .......................

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1976

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NEW G.P.O. ALMOST READY X K M K M X

HONG KONG’S NEW $43 MILLION GENERAL POST OFFICE HAS VIRTUALLY BEEN COMPLETED AND WILL SOON BE OPENED.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WORKERS ARE NOW PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES TO THE MODERN FIVE-STOREY COMPLEX WHICH WILL BE THE NEW NERVE CENTRE OF HONG KONG’S POSTAL SERVICE, REPLACING THE 65-YEAR-OLD G.P.O. BUILDING AT PEDDER STREET.

DESIGNED BY A TEAM OF SENIOR P.W.D. ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS IN CONSULTATION WITH THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, THE ELEGANT STRUCTURE FEATURES A WHITE GLASS MOSAIC FINISH AND IS FITTED WITH TINTED GLASS AND ANODISED ALUMINIUM WINDOWS. UNLIKE THE OLD G.P.O., THE NEW COMPLEX IS FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED.

AT NIGHT IT WILL BE ILLUMINATED WITH SODIUM YELLOW-CAST LAMPS, ADDING ANOTHER GLOWING FEATURE TO HONG KONG’S GLITTERING SKYLINE.

APART FROM ITS IMPRESSIVE ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES, THE BUILDING HAS BEEN DESIGNED ON AN EXTREMELY FUNCTIONAL BASIS AND INCORPORATES THE LATEST MAIL HANDLING CONCEPTS.

PROMINENT AMONG THEM IS AN IN-BUILT THREE-BERTH DOCKING SYSTEM WHERE MAIL BAGS ARE LOWERED BY BOOMS INTO WAITING LAUNCHES FOR IMMEDIATE TRANSFER TO OCEAN-GOING SHIPS.

AUTOMATIC CHAIN AND BELT CONVEYORS, ALL GEARED TO FURTHER ENHANCE MAIL HANDLING EFFICIENCY, CRISS-CROSS THE BUILDING IN ALMOST SURREALISTIC PATTERNS. MANUAL BACKUP SYSTEMS ARE ALSO PROVIDED.

OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE CLOSED CIRCUIT TV SCANNERS, CENTRALISED VACUUM CLEANING DEVICES — THE FIRST IN HONG KONG — AND AN ARRAY OF OTHER ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL INNOVATIONS INSTALLED UNDER ' THE SUPERVISION OF CONSULTANT ENGINEERS FROM THE BRITISH POST OFFICE.

LOCATED ON A 3,700 SQUARE-METRE (40,000 SQ. FT.) SITE ON THE CENTRAL RECLAMATION, THE BUILDING PROVIDES A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF ABOUT 15,800 SQUARE METRES (170,000 SQ. FT.) — MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT IN THE OLD G.P.O. BUILDING.

ACCESS TO THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IS EITHER FROM STREET LEVEL OR FROM A HIGH-LEVEL PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE WHICH INTERCONNECTS OTHER BUILDINGS IN THE VICINITY.

THE MAIN PUBLIC HALL IS SITUATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR WHERE, APART FROM NORMAL STAMP SALES, 12,400 POST OFFICE BOXES ARE PROVIDED. THIS IS NEARLY TWICE THE NUMBER PROVIDED IN THE OLD G.P.O.

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THE MAIN SORTING OFFICE IS ON THE SECOND FLOOR, WHILE THE THIRD AND SECOND FLOORS PROVIDE ADMINISTRATION OFFICES.

BUILDING WORK ON THE NEW COMPLEX BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER 1974 WITH MORE THAN 25 COMPANIES PARTICIPATING IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, TECHNIC INVESTMENT AND CONSTRUCTION CO., IS A HONG KONG CONCERN, BUT SUBTANT I AL ORDERS WERE ALSO WON BY FIRMS FROM BRITAIN, JAPAN, HOLLAND AND MALAYSIA, PRINCIPALLY THROUGH HONG KONG-BASED SUBSIDIARIES OR REPRESENTATIVES

THE POSTAL MECHANISATION WAS PERFORMED BY A BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN CONSORTIUM HEADED BY JARDINES CORPORATION.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN HANDING OVER THE COMPLETED BUILDING IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND SECTIONS OF THE G.P.O. WILL BE MOVING IN PROGRESSIVELY. THE BUILDING IS DUE TO BE OPENED IN AUGUST.

TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDING, THREE COMMEMMORATIVE STAMPS ARE TO BE ISSUED — TWO DEPICTING THE OLD STRUCTURE AND ITS MODERN REPLACEMENT, WHILE THE THIRD WILL BEAR THE CHINESE CHARACTERS FOR +POSTAL SERVICE*.

MEANWHILE, THE OLD VICTOR IAN-STYLE G.P.O. IS TO BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND OFFICE TOWER BLOCK.

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PRESS CONFERENCE ON PROPOSED TSIM SHA TSUI DEVELOPMENT ******

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY (JULY 2) AFTERNOON TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS PLANNED FOR TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICT.

MR. MCDONALD WILL EXPLAIN THE NEW TSIM SHA TSUI DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLAN WHICH WILL BE GAZETTED ON FRIDAY BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, OF WHICH HE IS CHAIRMAN.

THE PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BEGIN AT 3 P.M. SHARP IN THE P.W.D CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 21ST FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE MR. ALEC MEYERS, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, AND MR. KERWIN YAN, P.W.D. PLANNING OFFICER (KOWLOON).

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

TELEVISION TEAMS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE IN TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT BEFORE THE START OF THE MEETING.

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THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1976

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MORE DRUG ADDICTS RECEIVING TREATMENT AT METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES ******

SOME 630 DRUG ADDICTS RECEIVED TREATMENT AT THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S 12 EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES IN THE FIRST WEEK OF OPERATION BETWEEN JUNE 23 AND JUNE 29.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, DESCRIBED THE INITIAL RESPONSE AS +FAVOURABLE+.

WHAT WAS MORE ENCOURAGING, HE SAID, WAS THE FACT THAT THE DAILY RETURN RATE OF THE METHADONE USERS EXCEEDED 80 PER CENT, WHICH MUST BE CONSIDERED HIGHLY SATISFACTORY.

DR. CHOA SAID THE 12 EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES GOT OFF TO A SLOW START ON JUNE 23 WHEN ONLY 72 ADDICTS TURNED UP INCLUDING 20 TRANSFERRED FROM THE DAYTIME VIOLET PEEL CENTRE.

ATTENDANCES ON THE SECOND AND THIRD DAY WERE ALSO FEW, BUT THEY BEGAN TO PICK UP TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK WHEN MORE THAN 100 NEW CASES WERE RECORDED IN ONE DAY.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THE CENTRES AT KWUN TONG AND SHEK KIP MEI IN KOWLOON AND CHAI WAN ON THE ISLAND WERE THE MOST POPULAR, ACCOUNTING FOR ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL REGISTRATION.

ALL CENTRES ARE OPEN DAILY FROM 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M. THERE ARE NINE SUCH CENTRES IN KOWLOON, ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND TWO ON THE ISLAND.

THE EVENING METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES ARE HOUSED IN GOVERNMENT OUTPATIENT CLINICS IN THE FOLLOWING DISTRICTS: CHAI WAN, WAN CHAI, KWUN TONG, SHEK KIP MEI. YAU MA TEI, SHAM SHU I PO, MONGKOK TSZ WAN SHAN, KOWLOON CITY, WANG TAU HOM, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND NORTH KWAI CHUNG.

IN ADDITION, THERE IS A DAYTIME METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRE AT THE VIOLET PEEL CLINIC OPERATING FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON WEEKDAYS AND 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. ON SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS, AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

SOME 200 ADDICTS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WITH THIS CENTRE SINCE IT WAS OPENED ON JUNE 1. THE RATE OF INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEW CASES AT THIS CENTRE HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT SLOWED DOWN BY THE MORE POPULAR EVENING CENTRES.

DR. CHOA SAID HE EXPECTED THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF METHADONE USERS TO CONTINUE AS MORE AND MORE ADDICTS CAME TO KNOW OF THE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMMES THROUGH VARIOUS PUBLICITY MEDIA.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR METHADONE MAINTENANCE CENTRES HAVE NOW REGISTERED SOME 7,300 ADDICTS, AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 2,000 IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS.

DR. CHOA REITERATED THAT SUCCESS IN ANY DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMME COULD NOT BE ASSESSED BY NUMBERS.

+THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL TIME TO THOSE WHO MAY REQUIRE TREATMENT IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER,+ HE SAID.

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NEW AMBULANCE STATION FOR CHAI WAN

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THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL SHORTLY COMMISSION A NEW AMBULANCE STATION IN CHAI WAN TO AUGMENT THE PRESENT EMERGENCY SERVICES IN THE AREA.

THIS BRINGS TO TEN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AMBULANCE DEPOTS/ STATIONS IN ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG.

SITUATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF BLOCK 2, HING WAH ESTATE, THE STATION OCCUPIES AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,700 SQUARE FEET. IT WILL HAVE A COMPLEMENT OF FOUR AMBULANCES WITH AN AMBULANCE OFFICER AND OVER 20 PERSONNEL.

PART OF THE GROUND FLOOR WILL PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR BARRACK ROOMS, KITCHEN, MESS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES WHILE THE MEZZANINE FLOOR WILL BE USED AS AN OFFICE AND A STORE ROOM.

COMMENTING ON THE PROJECT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE NUMBER OF AMBULANCE CALLS RECEIVED HAS BEEN RISING EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF GREATER ACCEPTANCE BY THE PUBLIC OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED.

+THE NEW HING WAH STATION IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE BETTER EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS AND WORKERS IN CHAI WAN AND SURROUNDING AREAS WHERE DEVELOPMENT, BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL, IS RAPIDLY INCREASING.+

A NUMBER OF OTHER NEW DEPOTS ARE ALSO PLANNED FOR KWAI CHUNG, YUEN LONG, TUEN MUN, SHA TIN, NGAU CHI WAN, CHEUNG SHA WAN, QUARRY BAY AND ABERDEEN.

+THE PLANNING OF NEW AMBULANCE DEPOTS OR FIRE STATIONS IS PREPARED AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF AN AREA,+ THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

HE SAID THE AIM WAS TO REDUCE TO A MINIMUM THE TIME REQUIRED FOR AN AMBULANCE OR A FIRE APPLIANCE TO ARRIVE AT THE SCENE OF AN INCIDENT ON RECEIPT OF A CALL FOR HELP.

MEANWHILE, PILING WORK OF THE TWO-STOREY KWAI CHUNG AMBULANCE DEPOT HAS ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

+CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT MONTH AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY MAY NEXT YEAR,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FOUR COLOUR TV SETS FOR SWD

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THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENTED WITH FOUR COLOUR TELEVISION SETS BY THE LION’S CLUB OF TAI PING SHAN ON FRIDAY FOR USE BY ITS HOMES AND CENTRES.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL RECEIVE THE SETS FROM MR. WONG CHONG CHIU, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB AT THE INSTALLATION CEREMONY OF THE 1976/77 OFFICE-BEARERS TO BE HELD AT THE KINGSGARDEN RESTAURANT.

THE TELEVISION SETS WILL BE GIVEN TO THE CHUK YUEN CHILDREN’S RECEPTION CENTRE, MA TAU WEI GIRLS’ HOME, KAI NANG TRAINING CENTRE AND KWUN TONG HOSTEL, ALL OF WHICH PROVIDE RESIDENTIAL SERVICES. AFTER THE DAILY WORK AND STUDY SESSIONS, THE RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE PLEASURES OF COLOUR TV IN ADDITION TO OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES LINED UP FOR THEM.

NOTE TO EDITORS 8

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT. THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE KINGSGARDEN RESTAURANT AT 8 P.M.

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 3).

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HEUNG CHI STREET, FU YUNG STREET, THE SEA-FRONT, TAI HO ROAD AND SHA TSUI ROAD INCLUDING TAI PA STREET AND HEUNG WO STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1976

CONTENTS PAG£ ?JC’

FAILURE TC CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING TO BE MADE A FIXED PENALTY OFFENCE ................................. 1

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT ............... 2

MAY BANKING STATISTICS .....................................

APPEAL FOR CO-OPERATION IN EMPLOYMENT SURVEY ................. 4

HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR MARCH 1976 ...............

PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ...............

CROWN LAND SALE .............................................. 7

WATER CUT ..................................................

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1976

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FAILURE TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING TO BE MADE A FIXED PENALTY OFFENCE ******

A NEW BILL MAKING FAILURE TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING A FIXED PENALTY OFFENCE IS TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY.

THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL, 1976, WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY'S GAZETTE FOR THE INFORMATION OF THE PUBLIC.

THE BILL AMENDS THE SCHEDULE TO THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) ORDINANCE BY ADDING THE NEW OFFENCE OF FAILING TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING TO THE LIST OF OFFENCES FOR WHICH A FIXED PENALTY MAY BE DEMANDED.

THE PROPOSED FIXED PENALTY FOR THIS OFFENCE WILL BE $50.

IF THE BILL IS PASSED, THERE WILL THEN BE 74 FIXED PENALTY OFFENCES.

THE BILL ALSO AMENDS THE ROAD TRAFFIC ORDINANCE BY REMOVING THE PUNISHMENT OF IMPRISONMENT FOLLOWING A CONVICTION FOR FAILING TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING.

THIS MEANS THAT MOTORISTS WHO PERSISTENTLY FAIL TO

CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING CAN BE PROSECUTED INSTEAD OF BEING DEALT'WITH UNDER THE FIXED PENALTY SYSTEM AND BE LIABLE TO A FINE OF $1,000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE AND $2,000 FOR THE SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENCES.

THE ORIGINAL PENALTY WAS A FINE OF $1,000 AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR A FIRST OFFENCE AND $2,000 AND SIX MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR THE SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT OFFENCES.

THE REVISED LEGISLATION FOLLOWS REPRESENTATIONS MADE BY UMELCO OFFICE AS A RESULT OF PUBLIC CONCERN OVER THE ORIGINAL PROPOSED PENALTY.

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1976

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT ******

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN PERCIVAL STREET FOR THE MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT WHICH WILL BE HELD AT THE LEE THEATRE.

FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE PAGEANT TOMORROW (SATURDAY), ALL PARKING ON THE WEST SIDE OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 6 P.M. TO 11 P.M.

ON SUNDAY MORNING (JULY 4), PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT TRAMS BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 4 P.M.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GO TO LEIGHTON ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, FROM PERCIVAL STREET NORTH OF HENNESSY ROAD WILL BE PERMITTED TO TURN WEST INTO HENNESSY ROAD AND THEN PROCEED SOUTH VIA CANAL ROAD EAST.

DURING THE PERIOD OF THE CLOSURE, BUS ROUTES 15B, 72 AND 170, WHICH NORMALLY USE THE SOUTHERN SECTION OF PERCIVAL STREET, WILL BE DIVERTED FURTHER WEST AND THEN PROCEED SOUTH VIA CANAL ROAD EAST.

MOTORISTS HEADING WEST IN HENNESSY ROAD FOR CAROLINE HILL AREA ARE ADVISED TO PROCEED VIA LEE GARDEN ROAD, KAI CHIU STREET AND YUN PING ROAD.

ON TUESDAY, JULY 6, A PRESENTATION SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE LEE THEATRE.

FOR THIS EVENT, ALL PARKING ON THE WEST SIDE OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 6 P.M. AND 11 P.M.

FOR THE FINALS OF THE PAGEANT ON SUNDAY, JULY 11, ALL PARKING IN PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 2 P.M.

WHEN PAGEANT EVENTS ARE HELD AT THE LEE THEATRE, SETTING DOWN OF PASSENGERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE WEST SIDE OF PERCIVAL STREET BUT MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT WAITING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

OTHER ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE THE SUSPENSION OF FOUR PARKING SPACES IMMEDIATELY NORTH OF THE TAXI STAND OUTSIDE THE LEE THEATRE” ALL METERED SPACES ON THE WEST SIDE OF PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN SHARP STREET EAST AND MATHESON STREET” AND IN SHARP STREET EAST BETWEEN PERCIVAL STREET AND MATHESON STREET.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED IN THE AREA FOR THE GUIDANCE OF MOTORISTS.

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FRIDAY, JULY 2, 1976

MAY BANKING STATISTICS

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BANKING DEPOSITS AS AT THE END OF MAY STOOD AT 338,740 MILLION, COMPRISING $10,079 MILLION IN DEMAND DEPOSITS, 314,830 MILLION IN TIME DEPOSITS AND 313,831 MILLION IN SAVING DEPOSITS.

THERE WERE 74 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG AS AT MAY 31.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE RELEASED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TODAY GIVES A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF BANK LIABILITIES AND ASSETS FOR THE MONTH

LIABILITIES $ MILLION

1. DEPOSITS 38,740

2. AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD 24,318

3. OTHER LIABILITIES 8,093

ASSETS

CASH

TOTAL LIABILITIES

71,151

AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD:

(I) DEMAND AND SHORT TERM CLAIMS

(II) TIME DEPOSITS

21,754

LOANS AND ADVANCES

I) HONG KONG I I) ABROAD

26,675

12,085

38,760

INVESTMENTS:

I) HONG KONG II) ABROAD

2,966

62

3,028

OTHER ASSETS:

I) HONG KONG I I) ABROAD

6,878

TOTAL ASSETS

71,151

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH

48.73%

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APPEAL FOR CO-OPERATION IN EMPLOYMENT SURVEY ******

THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR. D.S. WHITE-LEGGE TODAY APPEALED FOR ASSISTANCE AND CO-OPERATION FROM THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH HAVE NOT RETURNED THE DATA REQUIRED IN THE CURRENT SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT AND VACANCIES IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR.

THE SURVEY COVERS EVERY ESTABLISHMENT IN THE WHOLESALE, RETAIL AND CATERING SECTORS.

SURVEY CARDS WERE SENT LAST MONTH TO ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGED IN THE IMPORT/EXPORT, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES, AND RESTAURANT AND HOTEL BUSINESSES.

THE MANAGEMENTS WERE ASKED TO COMPLETE THE CARDS WITH THE NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THEM AND THE NUMBER OF VACANCIES THEY HAD AS AT JUNE 15, 1976.

THEY WERE ALSO ASKED TO RETURN THE COMPLETED CARDS PROMPTLY TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT USING THE POSTAGE-PAID REPLY ENVELOPE ATTACHED.

ALTHOUGH MORE THAN 30,000 ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE ALREADY RETURNED THE CARDS, A CONSIDERABLE NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE NOT DONE SO, THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

REMINDER LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THESE ESTABLISHMENTS WITH ANOTHER COPY OF THE SURVEY CARD ENCLOSED.

ON RECEIPT OF THE REMINDER LETTERS, THE MANAGEMENTS OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS SHOULD COMPLETE AND RETURN THE SURVEY CARDS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHOUT DELAY.

MR. WHITELEGGE EMPHASIZED THAT IT WAS NECESSARY TO HAVE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS AS COMPLETE AND ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE, AND TO RELEASE THE SURVEY RESULTS AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.

HE THANKED THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS, WHICH HAVE RETURNED THE SURVEY CARDS ON TIME, FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR MARCH 1976 ******

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 1976 SHOWED A DEFICIT OF $184 MILLION.

TOTAL REVENUE FOR THE MONTH WAS $648 MILLION AND TOTAL EXPENDITURE WAS $832 MILLION.

THIS DEFICIT HAS REDUCED THE ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF $407 MILLION AT THE END OF THE FIRST ELEVEN MONTHS (EXCLUDING LOAN RECEIPTS) TO $223 MILLION FOR THE FULL FINANCIAL YEAR 1975-76.

THE APPROVED ESTIMATES FOR THE YEAR ORIGINALLY ENVISAGED A DEFICIT OF $431 MILLION. A YEAR LATER, WHEN PRESENTING THE REVISED ESTIMATES FOR 1975-76 IN HIS RECENT BUDGET SPEECH, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY THOUGHT THE FINAL OUTTURN OF REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE WOULD MORE OR LESS BE IN BALANCE AND HE ASSUMED A NOMINAL DEFICIT OF ONLY $50 MILLION. HE INFORMED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THIS CHANGE IN THE ESTIMATED OUTTURN WAS MAINLY THE RESULT OF A LOWER LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE ON PUBLIC WORKS. THERE WERE FIVE REASONS FOR THIS LOWER LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE

* LOWER TENDER PRICES AND LOWER PAYMENTS ON EXISTING CONTRACTS AS A RESULT OF WAGES AND MATERIALS FLUCTUATION CLAUSES WORKING IN THE GOVERNMENT’S FAVOUR. THIS WAS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT REASON AND IT AFFECTED THE RATE OF EXPENDITURE NOT THE AMOUNT OF WORK DONE.

* LOWER COMPENSATION PAYMENTS BECAUSE OF DELAYS IN CLEARANCES WHICH, IN TURN, RESULTED IN DELAYS IN WORKS STARTING" AND LOWER RESUMPTION PAYMENTS BECAUSE MORE LESSEES OPTED FOR LAND EXCHANGE RATHER THAN CASH.

* THE UNUSUALLY HEAVY RAINS IN THE SUMMER OF 1975 SLOWING DOWN CONSTRUCTION WORK.

* LATER THAN EXPECTED STARTS ON NEW PROJECTS PARTICULARLY BECAUSE, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE BUDGET DEBATE EXTENDED INTO THE NEW FINANCIAL YEAR.

* DELAYS IN DELIVERIES OF EQUIPMENT FROM OVERSEAS. THESE DELAYS HAVE THE EFFECT OF DEFERRING PAYMENT TO THE FOLLOWING FINANCIAL YEAR.

HE ALSO DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO THE LOWER LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE ON EDUCATION SUBVENTIONS. HE ATTRIBUTED THIS SHORTFALL PARTLY TO SCHOOL MANAGEMENTS CLOSING MORE SURPLUS PRIMARY CLASSES THAN EXPECTED AND PARTLY TO FEWER SECONDARY CLASSES OPENING.

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COMMENTING ON THE FACT THAT THE FINAL OUTTURN WAS NOW A SURPLUS OF $223 MILLION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID THAT THIS WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY DUE TO REVENUE BEING HIGHER THAN HE EXPECTED WHEN HE PRESENTED THE REVISED ESTIMATES FOR 1975-76 IN HIS RECENT BUDGET SPEECH. WHILE ACTUAL EXPENDITURE HAD TURNED OUT TO BE VERY CLOSE TO WHAT HE HAD FORECAST, REVENUE WAS HIGHER THAN EXPECTED MAINLY BECAUSE OF TWO UNEXPECTED CIRCUMSTANCES. THE FIRST WAS THAT THE REVIVAL OF ACTIVITY ON THE STOCK EXCHANGE CONTINUED TO ACCELERATE INTO MARCH WITH A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN YIELD FROM STAMP DUTY. THE SECOND AND MORE SIGNIFICANT WAS THAT MORE THAN 50,000 SALARIES TAX PAYERS PAID THEIR FULL TAX IN 1975-76 RATHER THAN TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE INSTALEMENT SYSTEM WHICH WOULD HAVE ALLOWED THEM TO DEFER PART OF THE PAYMENT TO 1976-77. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT HE HAD ALLOWED FOR THE DEFERRED PAYMENTS IN THE REVENUE ESTIMATES FOR 1976-77 RATHER THAN IN THE REVISED OUTTURN FOR 1975-76.

HE SAID THERE HAD ALSO BEEN GREATER ACTIVITY THAN HE HAD EXPECTED IN RESPECT OF THE LICENSING OF NEW VEHICLES, LAND SALES AND THE USE OF THE POSTAL SERVICES AND OF THE AIRPORT, LARGELY BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUING STRENGTHENING OF THE ECONOMY.

TO PUT THE MATTER IN PERSPECTIVE, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY COMMENTED THAT THE CHANGE FROM A DEFICIT OF $431 MILLION ESTIMATED IN FEBRUARY 1975 TO AN ACTUAL SURPLUS OF $223 MILLION AT THE END OF MARCH 1976 SHOULD BE VIEWED AGAINST THE INCREASING SIZE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE WHICH NOW EXCEEDS $14,000 MILLION.

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PART-TIME LECTURERS FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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VACANCIES FOR PART-TIME EVENING LECTURERS MAY EXIST AT THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES FOR THE SESSION 1975/76 BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER.

COURSES AT CRAFT, TECHNICIAN AND POST-SECONDARY LEVELS WILL BE OFFERED IN THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ; CLOTHING INDUSTRIES COMMERCIAL STUDIES, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, PRINTING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

ANY PERSON WITH RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE IS INVITED TO APPLY FOR THESE VACANCIES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION IS JULY 20, 1976.

FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE COURSES AND SUBJECTS TO BE OFFERED BY INDIVIDUAL INSTITUTES CAN BE OBTAINED EITHER IN PERSON OR IN WRITING FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 6 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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CROWN LAND SALE * * * * *

TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON PENG CHAU ISLAND, TOTALLING ABOUT 8,000 SQ. FT., WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION ON JULY 27.

THE LOTS, BOTH SITUATED AT WAI TSAI PEAK, ARE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS (INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 4TH FLOOR,) BEGINNING AT 10.30 A.M.

THE BUILDING COVENANT ON EACH LOT IS $80,000 TO BE FULFILLED BY JUNE 30, 1979.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, NORTH KOWLOON MAGISTRACY, TAI PO ROAD, KOWLOON, OR FROM ANY OF THE SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

ANOTHER PIECE OF CROWN LAND, SITUATED AT TAI PO ROAD, IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE LAND, MEASURING 11,060 SQ. FT., WILL BE USED FOR PETROL FILLING STATION.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON, JULY 30, 1976.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAIN FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, MURRAY BUILDING, 19TH FLOOR, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

SALE PLAN CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES.

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY PRESSURE TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWUN TONG MAY BE AFFECTED FOR 18 HOURS FROM 6 A.M. ON SUNDAY (JULY 4) WHEN THE WATERWORKS OFFICE CONNECTS WATER PIPES ALONG KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN HONG NING ROAD AND TSUI PING ROAD.

THE AREA AFFECTED, INCLUDING KWUN TONG ESTATE, IS BOUNDED BY KUNG LOK ROAD, WAN HON STREET, TSUI PING ROAD, KING YIP STREET, HOI BUN ROAD, LAI YIP STREET, ELEGANCE ROAD.

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SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLANS ................ 1

NEW DIVISIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT FAN LING ............... 2

MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD HEALTH EXHIBITIONS THIS MONTH ................................................... 3

SPECIAL CENTRES FOR COLLECTION OF WATER CHARGES .............. 3

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SATURDAY, JULY 3, 1976

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TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLANS ******

THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS PUBLISHED AMENDED DRAFT OUTLINE ZONING PLANS FOR TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG INCORPORATING NEW NOTES WHICH PROVIDE FOR GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TWO DISTRICTS.

THE NOTES, WHICH FORM PART OF THE PLANS, LIST THE DEVELOPMENTS ALREADY PERMITTED IN THE VARIOUS ZONES, AS WELL AS OTHERS THAT MAY BE PERMITTED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE BOARD UPON APPLICATION.

APART FROM THE INCLUSION OF NEW NOTES INTO THE KWAI CHUNG PLAN, THE GENERAL LAND USE PATTERN IN THE DISTRICT REMAINS UNCHANGED.

IN THE TSUEN WAN PLAN, THE FORMER TSUEN WAN AMUSEMENT PARK SITE HAS BEEN REZONED AS COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL THUS MAINTAINING THE COMMERCIAL/RESI DENT I AL FRONTAGE ALONG THIS SECTION OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

LARGE SCALE DEVELOPMENT IS ALREADY TAKING PLACE IN THE TWO DISTRICTS, SPEARHEADED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT — A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT SET UP WITHIN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO CO-ORDINATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW TOWNS.

TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN IS PLANNED TO ACCOMMODATE SOME 885,000 PEOPLE IN A COMPLETE AND ATTRACTIVE SETTING BY 1986.

AN ESTIMATED $213.4 MILLION WILL BE SPENT ON THE NEW TOWN DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR — ON VARIOUS HOUSING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS.

TWO NEW ESTATES — LAI KING AND KWAI SHING ESTATES — ARE CURRENTLY BEING COMPLETED BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE AND WILL BE HANDED OVER SHORTLY TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. TOGETHER, THEY WILL HOUSE SOME 57,000 PEOPLE.

THREE OTHERS ARE BEING BUILT BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND SIX MORE ARE PLANNED.

WORK IS ALSO IN HAND ON A SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL IN KWAI CHUNG AND BUILDING WORK IS ABOUT TO START ON TWO SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND FOUR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AN AMBULANCE DEPOT AND FIRE STATION AND A SUB-DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION.

THE TSUEN WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN COVERS A TOTAL OF ABOUT 445 HECTARES (1,100 ACRES). OF THIS, ABOUT 49 HECTARES (121 ACRES) ARE RESERVED FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, 33.5 HECTARES (83 ACRES) FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL USE, 7.2 HECTARES (18 ACRES) FOR VILLAGE TYPE DEVELOPMENT, 22.6 HECTARES (56 ACRES) FOR A TOWN CENTRE, 92.2 HECTARES (228 ACRES) FOR LIGHT INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES, AND 4.8 HECTARES (12 ACRES) FOR SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL USE.

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A TOTAL OF 116 HECTARES (287 ACRES) ARE SET ASIDE FOR GREEN BELT AND 12 HECTARES (30 ACRES) FOR DISTRICT OPEN SPACE. ANOTHER 11.6 HECTARES (29 ACRES) HAVE BEEN RESERVED FOR A PARK.

THE KWAI CHUNG OUTLINE ZONING PLAN COVERS A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 1,165 HECTARES (2,880 ACRES), COMPRISING 194 HECTARES (480 ACRES) FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, 52 HECTARES (128 ACRES) OF DISTRICT OPEN SPACE, 46.5 HECTARES (115 ACRES) FOR COUNTRY PARKS, AND 329 HECTARES (813 ACRES) FOR GREEN BELT.

ANOTHER 152 HECTARES (375 ACRES) ARE RESERVED FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USE, SUCH AS SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY CENTRES, CARPARKS, FIRE STATIONS, POLICE STATIONS AND CLINICS.

COPIES OF THE TWO PLANS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1 AT THE P.W.D.’S TOWN PLANNING OFFICE, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), AND AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW DIVISIONAL POLICE HEADQUARTERS AT FAN LING.

THE NEW COMPLEX WILL BE BUILT ON A 3,330-SQUARE-METRE SITE NEAR THE FAN LING ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD AND SHA TAU KOK ROAD.

IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING SHEUNG SHU I POLICE STATION, BUILT BEFORE THE FIRST WORLD WAR, AND PROVIDE NEW ACCOMMODATION FOR THE FRONTIER DIVISIONAL HEADQUARTERS NOW HOUSED IN NISSAN (TUNNEL-SHAPED) HUTS AT FAN LING.

MR. K.M. TSENG, CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY BUILDING WORK WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND THE NEW STATION WAS EXPECTED TO BE READY BY MARCH 1978.

HE SAID THE NEW COMPLEX WOULD COMPRISE A STATION BUILDING OF FIVE STOREYS, A THREE-STOREY QUARTERS BLOCK AND A SINGLE-STOREY GARAGE BLOCK.

THE STATION BUILDING WOULD HAVE OFFICES, CELLS AND ARMOURY ON THE LOWER TWO FLOORS, AND BARRACKS, CANTEENS, RECREATION AND LAUNDRY FACILITIES ON THE UPPER FLOORS.

APART FROM PARKING FACILITIES, THE GARAGE BLOCK WOULD ALSO CONTAIN A SERVICE BAY AND A TRANSPORT OFFICE.

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HEALTH EXHIBITIONS ******

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS TO HOLD TWO EXHIBITIONS ON DIARRHOEAL DISEASES THIS MONTH TO DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE PUBLIC TO THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

THE FIRST EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD ON JULY 7 AND 8 AT THE COMMUNITY HALL OF THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT CHING TAK STREET, KOWLOON. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER EXHIBITION TO BE STAGED AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE ON THE ISLAND BETWEEN JULY 13 AND 16.

ON DISPLAY WILL BE SLIDES, PICTURES, DIAGRAMS AND CHARTS ILLUSTRATING THE VARIOUS METHODS OF PREVENTING DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID FEVER, DYSENTERY, FOOD POISONING AND HEPATITIS, WHICH ARE MORE PREVALENT IN THE WARM SUMMER MONTHS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SHORT FILMS TO SHOW HOW PEOPLE CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES AGAINST THESE DISEASES BY OBSERVING THE SIMPLE RULES OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE.

HEALTH INSPECTORS, HEALTH VISITORS AND INOCULATORS WILL BE ON DUTY TO GIVE HEALTH ADVICE TO PEOPLE ATTENDING THE EXHIBITIONS.

THE EXHIBITIONS ARE EXPECTEC TO ATTRACT A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WILL SHORTLY FINISH THEIR EXAMINATIONS. SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE FOR SCHOOLS SHOULD THEY WISH TO ORGANISE GROUP VISITS TO THE EXHIBITIONS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCIDENCE OF GASTRO-INTESTINAL DISEASES HAS REMAINED NORMAL SO FAR THIS YEAR, AND ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS IN THE SUMMER SEASON.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO HAVE THE TWO EXHIBITIONS COVERED.

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TEMPORARY COLLECTION CENTRES WILL BE SET UP BY THE TA IPO DISTRICT OFFICE IN SHEUNG SHUI AND FANLING FOR THE COLLECTION OF WATER CHARGES FOR THE FIRST PERIOD OF THIS YEAR.

THE SHEUNG SHUI COLLECTION CENTRE WILL BE LOCATED AT THE SHEUNG SHUI PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE AT SHEK WU HUI AND WILL OPERATE ON JULY 12 AND 13.

THE OTHER CENTRE WILL BE AT THE FANLING RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE AT LUEN WO HUI AND WILL OPERATE ON JULY 14 AND 15.

THE CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1976

A SECOND CARGO WORKING AREA FOR HK

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HONG KONG IS TO HAVE A SECOND PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA IN EARLY AUGUST WITH THE OPENING Or A NEW ONE AT YAU MA TEI.

IT IS SIMILAR TO THE EXISTING ONE IN WAN CHAI WHICH HAS PROVED TO BE A GREAT SUCCESS.

THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA, SITUATED AT FERRY STREET, HAS A FRONTAGE OF 2,000 FEET AND IS CAPABLE OF HANDLING MORE THAN 45 MOTOR CARGO BOATS AND EIGHT DUMB STEEL LIGHTERS SIMULTANEOUSLY. IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE PARKING SPACES FOR ABOUT 100 LORRIES.

MR. BERNARD TANG, SENIOR MARINE OFFICER (CARGO HANDLING), SAID THAT NEARLY ONE THIRD OF THE CARGO FOR HONG KONG ISLAND WAS AT PRESENT HANDLED AT THE WAN CHAI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA.

+IT USED TO HANDLE AN AVERAGE OF 33,000 TONS OF CARGO PER MONTH BUT SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR THE AMOUNT HAS RISEN TO 50,000 TONS,+ HE SAID. +THIS IS PROBABLY DUE TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CONTROL SYSTEM WHICH MAKES FAST HANDLING POSSIBLE AND ALSO THE RECOVERY OF THE ECONOMY.+

ON AN AVERAGE DAY, SOME 80 VESSELS AND OVER 300 LORRIES, USE THE AREA WHICH BRINGS IN A REVENUE OF APPROXIMATELY $600,000 EACH YEAR.

MR. TANG NOTED THAT PEOPLE PREFERRED THE CARGO WORKING AREA WHICH WAS MANAGED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TO OTHER PUBLIC SEAWALLS CHIEFLY FOR SPEED AND SECURITY IT PROVIDED.

+INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SCRAMBLE FOR BERTHS AT THE PUBLIC SEAWALLS, EVERYTHING IS CARRIED OUT IN AN ORDERLY WAY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A MARINE ASSISTANT I, WHO ENSURES THAT THE BERTHING OF LIGHTERS AND CARGO BOATS IS ON FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS,+ HE EXPLAINED. +FURTHERMORE, THERE ARE ATTENDANTS WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTING LORRIES TO THE RIGHT BERTHS.+

+SINCE WE KEEP RECORD OF EACH INCOMING LORRY, A CONSIGNEE CAN CHECK EASILY WHETHER HIS GOODS HAS BEEN PICKED UP OR NOT SHOULD HE LOSE TRACK OF THEM.+ MR. TANG SAID.

THE OPENING OF THE YAU MA TEI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA IS TO CATER FOR THE INCREASED ACTIVITIES OF CARGO HANDLING IN KOWLOON.

/THE CHARGES .....

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THE CHARGES FOR THE USE OF THE AREA WILL BE THE SAME AS THOSE OF WAN CHAI. FOR LORRIES A PARKING FEE OF $4 PER HOUR OR PART THEREOF IS CHARGED BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 7 P.M. AND $1 BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 7 A.M. FOR VESSELS USING THE WORKING AREA, A CARGO WORKING PERMIT WHICH COSTS $10 EACH DAY IS REQUIRED.

MR. TANG SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO YAU MA TEI, CARGO WORKING AT CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST AND AT HOI BUN ROAD IN KWUN TONG WOULD SOON COME UNDER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

SINCE THESE TWO PLACES WOULD NOT BE FENCED OFF THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ONLY CONTROL THE BERTHING OF VESSELS.

HOWEVER, IT IS HOPED THAT THESE TWO PLACES WILL BE DEVELOPED INTO STANDARD CARGO HANDLING AREAS SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN WAN CHAI WHEN THE WESTERN RECLAMATION AND THE WIDENING OF HOI BUN ROAD ARE COMPLETED.

MR. TANG REVEALED THAT IT WAS THE HOPE OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

TWO NEW AREAS HAVE BEEN PLANNED FOR TSUEN WAN AND RAMBLER CHANNEL AND THAT SITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN EARMARKED FOR TWO MORE IN TUEN MUN AND CHAI WAN.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, MR. TANG SAID, WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH JUST INCREASING THE NUMBER OF CARGO WORKING AREA BUT WAS ANXIOUS TO IMPROVE ITS SERVICES. THIS WAS WHY THE DEPARTMENT WAS PLANNING TO INTRODUCE A SERVICE WHEREBY CONSIGNEES COULD RING UP FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING BERTHING SITUATION IN ALL CARGO WORKING AREAS.

+THIS WILL ENABLE CARGO OPERATORS TO DECIDE WHERE TO SEND THEIS

VESSELS SO AS TO AVOID WASTING TIME,+ HE SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING LIGHTERS AND LORRIES WORKING IN THE WAN CHAI CARGO WORKING AREA ARE AVAILABLE AT GIS PRESS ROOM, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 6TH FLOOR.

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TO BEGIN THIS WEEK H H K

A THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF HONG KONG’S SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN JULY 6 AND 27 TO COLLECT UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

IT WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIRS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD SAID THAT THE INFORMATION IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE TRAINING BOARD IN MAKING FUTURE PLANS GEARED TO THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY.

THE SURVEY WILL COVER ALL SHIPYARDS, BOATYARDS AND REPAIRS PONTOONS AS WELL AS SHIP SURVEYOR AND CONSULTANT FIRMS, SHIPPING FIRMS WHICH RECRUIT ENGINE ROOM STAFF LOCALLY AND COMPANIES WHICH SERVICE MARINE ENGINES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT QUESTIONNAIRE FORMS, EXPLANATORY LETTERS AND A LIST OF DESCRIPTIONS FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS IN THE INDUSTRY, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WERE SENT OUT TWO WEEKS AGO TO ALL ESTABLISHMENTS COVERED BY THE SURVEY.

HE CALLED ON EMPLOYERS TO EXTEND FULL SUPPORT TO THE SURVEY BY READILY PROVIDING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION WHICH WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

THE INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ESTABLISHMENT.

EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION INCLUDING s

K THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED-

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING-

M THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES- AND

X A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF WORKERS REQUIRED BY JULY 1977.

DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD, INTERVIEWING OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WILL VISIT EACH OF THE ESTABLISHMENTS ON PRE-ARRANGED DATES TO COLLECT THE COMPLETED FORMS AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

SUNDAY, JULY 4, 1976

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ATTENTION NEWS EDITORS

CLEAN-UP IN TAI HANG X M H X

A SIX-DAY CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN A SQUATTER AREA IN TA I HANG WILL START TOMORROW (MONDAY).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CDO (WANCHAI) AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE CLEAN-UP IS AIMED AT IMPROVING THE SANITARY CONDITION OF ABOUT 200 HUTS IN THE SQUATTER AREA WHICH IS ONE OF THE LITTER BLACK SPOTS IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT.

DURING THE OPERATION, USD STAFF WILL CLEAR AWAY JUNK AND LITTER IN THE AREA AS WELL AS DRAIN OFF POOLS OF DIRTY WATER.

STAFF OF THE CDO (WANCHAI) HAVE EARLIER INFORMED THE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE OPERATION IN ORDER TO ENLIST THEIR CO-OPERATION. IN ADDITION TO THIS, LITTER BOXES AND PUBLIC LAVATORIES HAVE RECENTLY BEEN SET UP THROUGH THE EFFORT OF THE CDO (WANCHAI) AND THE USD.

THE USD WILL CONTINUE ITS CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS IN VARIOUS CITY DISTRICTS IN DUE COURSE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CENTRAL WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE FOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JULY 6) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY 20-62 QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, 1-21D AND 2-44 STANLEY STREET, 1-49 AND 2-76 WELLINGTON STREET, D’AGUILAR STREET, WO ON LANE, LAN KWAI FONG, 1-31B AND 2-16 WYNDHAM STREET, ON HING TERRACE AND ON LAN STREET.


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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 5, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

OVER 60,000 YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME .................................. 1

AFTER-CARE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR DRUG ADDICTS .... 2

LEGCO MEETS ON WEDNESDAY ................................ 3

TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEER SERVICES ................... 4

IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR TEACHERS ................ 4

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS ON SHAT IN PASS ROAD .............. 5

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TOMORROW ................................................ p

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SWD’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME

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MORE THAN 60,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR.

THE MAIN EMPHASIS OF THE PROGRAMME IS TO BE ON QUALITY OF SERVICES WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION ON PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT ENRICHMENT OF LIFE EXPERIENCE AND THE PROVISION OF OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

THE ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY THE 19 UNITS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION INCLUDING THE YOUTH WORK UNIT, COMMUNITY/SOCIAL/YOUTH CENTRES, ESTATE WELFARE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICES AND THE LIBRARY AND RURAL MOBILE SERVICES UNIT, WILL BE HELD IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ALL, THERE ARE ABOUT 593 EVENTS TO MEET VARIOUS NEEDS AND INTERESTS. THE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF THREE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES -TRAINING COURSES, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

TRAINING COURSES INCLUDE YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING, VOLUNTEER TRAINING CAMPS, EXPEDITION COURSES AND COURSES ON FIRST-AID AND LIFE-SAVING.

COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS INCLUDE WORK CAMPS, HOME-WORK GUIDANCE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS AND SERVICES FOR THE AGED AND HANDICAPPED.

SOME OF THE RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES ARE CAMPS FOR CHILDREN AND FACTORY WORKERS, OUTINGS AND EXCURSIONS, OBSERVATIONAL VISITS TO GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, POLICE STATIONS AND FACTORIES AND INTEREST GROUPS TEACHING YOGA, FOLK-DANCING AND TAILORING.

OTHERS ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CARNIVALS, OPEN-AIR CONCERTS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

COMMENTING ON THE ARRANGEMENTS OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, MR. HENRY AU, HEAD OF THE GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION, SAID: +WHILE THE EMPHASIS IS STILL ON RECREATION, THE TYPES OF PROGRAMMES ORGANISED HAVE BEEN DESIGNED ALSO TO BE INSTRUCTIVE AND USEFUL.+

HE NOTED THAT YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY WERE SHOWING GREATER INTEREST IN PARTICIPATION AND INVOLVEMENT. SO, THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME SHOULD GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEIR ABILITIES AND TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE.

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AFTER-CARE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR DRUG ADDICTS ******

AFTER-CARE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES ARE BEING PROVIDED FOR DRUG ADDICTS ATTENDING THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS TO BE ATTACHED TO EIGHT OF THE 12 DETOXIFICATION CENTRES DURING WEEK-DAYS TO HELP ADDICTS SOLVE THEIR PERSONAL PROBLEMS.

THE SOCIAL WORKERS, ALL VOLUNTEERS, COME FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER VOLUNTARY AGENCIES SUCH AS SARDA, THE DISCHARGED PRISONERS AID SOCIETY, THE HONG KONG FAMILY WELFARE SOCIETY, CARITAS AND THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN COUNCIL SERVICE.

THE EIGHT CENTRES WHERE AFTER-CARE AND COUNSELLING SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE ARE KWUN TONG, TSZ WAN SHAN, YAU MA TEI, SHAM SHU I PO, SHEK KIP MEI, KOWLOON CITY AND MONGKOK IN KOWLOON AND CHAI WAN ON THE ISLAND.

THE SERVICES WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE OTHER CENTRES WHEN MORE VOLUNTEERS ARE RECRUITED.

UP TO LAST NIGHT (SUNDAY), A TOTAL OF 1,232 DRUG ADDICTS, INCLUDING 76 FEMALES, HAVE RECEIVED TREATMENT AT THE 12 EVENING DETOXIFICATION CENTRES INCLUDING THE VIOLET PEEL CENTRE WHICH ALSO OPERATES DURING DAYTIME.

THE DAILY ATTENDANCE RATE HAS REMAINED VERY HIGH, AT ABOUT 80 PER CENT.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, DESCRIBED THE RESPONSE AT THE INITIAL STAGE OF THE DETOXIFICATION SCHEME AS +ENCOURAGING+.

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LEGCO MEETS ON WEDNESDAY

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UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL ASK GOVERNMENT A WIDE RANGE OF QUESTIONS WHEN THE COUNCIL MEETS ON WEDNESDAY.

SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG, WILL ASK WHETHER GOVERNMENT IS AWARE OF COMPLAINTS MADE BY SOME BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS ABOUT THE NEED TO FILL IN LONG FORMS, TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE OF THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND TO WAIT FOR MANY DAYS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A VISITOR’S ENTRY CERTIFICATE TO BRITAIN AND, IF SO, WILL IT MAKE REPRESENTATIONS TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO MINIMIZE THE RED-TAPE FOR SUCH APPLICATIONS.

HE WILL ALSO ASK WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE KNOWN THE RESULTS OF ITS INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE FEASIBILITY OF AN INTERCHANGE FOR MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY AT KOWLOON TONG.

THE HON. ROGER LOBO, WILL ENQUIRE WHETHER GOVERNMENT WILL COMPUTERISE THE RECORDS OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT AND INCLUDE IN THE PLAN FACILITIES AT ALL ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DESKS IN HONG KONG IN ORDER TO EXPEDITE PROCESSING OF PASSENGERS AS WELL AS TO ELIMINATE THE NEED TO MANUALLY CHECK THE WATCH LIST (BLACK BOOK).

OTHER QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED CONCERN, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE GOVERNMENT’S SHARE OF THE MARK SIX LOTTERY SINCE ITS INCEPTION, SUMMER JOBS FOR FORM FIVE AND SIX STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR EXAMINATIONS AND THE PRESENT SITUATION ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA.

TWO BILLS -- THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL 1976 -- WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON EIGHT OTHER BILLS. THEY INCLUDE THE METRICATION BILL 1976, THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND<THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.

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TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEER SERVICES

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ONE HUNDRED YOUNGSTERS WILL ATTEND NEXT WEEK A TRAINING COURSE AIMED AT DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND GIVING THEM THE KNOWLEDGE OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE FOR WONG TAI SIN, THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE (EAST) AND THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE COURSE WILL LAST FROM JULY 12 TO JULY 18.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE THE SKILLS IN ORGANISING CHILDREN 'S ACTIVITIES, BASIC FIRST-AID KNOWLEDGE, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY OF VOLUNTEERS.

DURING THE COURSE, LECTURES WILL BE HELD AT THE WONG TAI SFN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT 104 CHING TAK STREET BETWEEN 7.30 P.M. TO 9.30 P.M. DAILY.

AT THE END OF THE WEEK-LONG TRAINING COURSE, YOUNGSTERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ASSIST IN THE SUMMER ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE.

THE COURSE IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE ABOVE 15 YEARS OLD WHO HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST FORM I I I STANDARD.

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ABOUT 200 TEACHERS FROM SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING OR INTENDING TO IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS FOR SCIENCE AT FORM I LEVEL WILL ATTEND THE FIRST OF THREE IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES BEGINNING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

THIS EIGHT-DAY COURSE WILL BE OPENED BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. ARTHUR BROWN.

THE AIM OF THE THREE COURSES IS TO ACQUAINT THE PARTICIPATING TEACHERS WITH APPROACHES TO AND METHODS OF TEACHING THE SCIENCE SYLLABUS AT THE JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL.

THE SECOND COURSE, FROM AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 1, IS FOR 200 FORM 2 SCIENCE TEACHERS WHILE THE THIRD REFRESHER COURSE FOR 100 FORM 3 TEACHERS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER 11 TO OCTOBER 16.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OPENING CEREMONY

OF THE FIRST COURSE AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, SASSOON ROAD, HONG KONG, AT 9 A.M. TOMORROW COVERED.

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URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON THE SECTION OF SHATIN PASS ROAD BETWEEN CHOI HUNG ROAD AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD IN WONG TAI SIN, FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 8).

STARTING FROM THAT DAY, ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP AND SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 10 A.M. AND BETWEEN 4 P.M. AND 7 P.M. DAILY.

THE ARRANGEMENTS AIM TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION IN THE AREA.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO INDICATE THE RESTRICTIONS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON A MAJOR EDUCATIONAL TOPIC IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 3 P.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

TELEVISION AND RADIO CREWS ARE REQUESTED TO ARRIVE AT 2.50 P.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE. CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENTS TO REPLACE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION................................................... 1

OVER IOC CHILD CARE CENTRES HAVE OBTAINED APPLICATION FORMS FOR REGISTRATION........................................

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT FOR TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE........... 5

NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE +HOT-LINE+.................................................... 6

WATER CUT IN WAN CHAI......................................... 6

TWO PRE-WAR BUILDINGS CONDEMNED............................... 7

CAREER AND FURTHER STUDY SEMINAR............................. 8

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THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION WILL BE REPLACED FROM 1978 ONWARDS BY TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENTS OF PUPILS IN THE FIFTH AND SIXTH YEARS OF THEIR PRIMARY EDUCATION, AND BY A PUBLICLY CONDUCTED MONITORING DEVICE WHICH WILL SCALE ASSESSMENTS TO PERMIT RATIONAL ALLOCATION OF PUPILS WITHIN A SYSTEM OF SECONDARY SCHOOL NETS.

THESE MEASURES WERE ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. KENNETH TOPLEY, AFTER CAREFUL CONSULTATION WITH A WIDE CROSS-SECTION OF EDUCATIONAL OPINION INCLUDING THE MAJOR SCHOOL COUNCILS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION ON THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E.

IT WILL BE REMEMBERED THAT THE PROPOSALS OF THE WORKING PARTY RECEIVED WIDE PUBLICITY AND ACTIVE DISCUSSION BY ALL INTERESTED educational parties and the public at every level.

COMMENTS WERE CAREFULLY STUDIED BEFORE THE DIRECTOR MADE FURTHER PROPOSALS TO THE MAJOR SCHOOL COUNCILS AND EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS. IN THE LIGHT OF THIS FURTHER CONSULTATION THE DIRECTOR WAS ABLE TO GO TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION YESTERDAY (MONDAY) WHERE HIS RECOMMENDATIONS, WHICH HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOL COUNCILS AND ASSOCIATIONS, WERE ACCEPTED BY THE BOARD WHO ADVISED THAT THESE INTERIM MEASURES BE ACTIVELY REVIEWED AT THE END OF 1980.

MR. TOPLEY SAID: +THE KEY THINGS IN THE NEW ALLOCATION PROCEDURE WILL BE PUPILS’ ATTAINMENT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME MEASURED BY TEACHERS IN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS AND MONITORED BY A PUBLIC TEST= AND PARENTAL CHOICE OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITHIN REGIONS.*

IT IS WIDELY BELIEVED THAT PUPILS’ ATTAINMENT SHOULD BE GAUGED OVER A PERIOD OF TIME RATHER THAN MEASURED IN ONE AFTERNOON AS IS THE PRACTICE WITH THE S.S.E.E." BUT IT IS ALSO FELT THAT TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENTS OF PUPILS’ ATTAINMENT MAY BE SUBJECTIVE AND OPEN TO WIDE VARIATION FROM PRIMARY SCHOOL TO PRIMARY SCHOOL.

ACCORDINGLY, AN OBJECTIVE MONITORING DEVICE BECOMES NECESSARY TO SCALE DOWN THE SUBJECTIVE ELEMENTS AND VARIATIONS OF INTERNAL ASSESSMENT, AND THIS WILL TAKE THE FORM OF A PUBLICLY CONDUCTED APTITUDE TEST IN WHICH VERBAL AND NUMERICAL REASONING POWERS WILL BE THE CHIEF FACTOBS.

THE DIRECTOR STRESSED THAT THE APTITUDE TEST WAS PRIMARILY A MONITORING DEVICE TO ENSURE A FAIR BASIS FOR ALLOCATION OF PUPILS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

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+IT WILL DIFFER FROM OTHER SCHOOL AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS SUCH AS THE S.S.E.E. IN THAT IT WILL MEASURE ACADEMIC APTITUDE NOT ATTAINMENT, IN LAY TERMS INTELLIGENCE NOT INDUSTRY.

+PUPILS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO STUDY FOR THE APTITUDE TEST, AS THEY DO AT PRESENT FOR THE S.S.E.E., AND THIS SHOULD REMOVE THE PRESSURE OF THE PUBLIC EXAMINATION WHICH IS FELT BY SO MANY TO BE INTOLERABLE. NOR WILL THE APTITUDE TEST DISTORT TEACHING IN THE LAST YEARS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS, AS THE S.S.E.E. IS CLAIMED TO DO. THERE WILL BE NO SYLLABUS FOR THE APTITUDE TEST WHICH WILL BE DEVISED AND CONDUCTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. SCHOOLS, HOWEVER, WILL RECEIVE AMPLE NOTICE AND INFORMATION OF THE TEST,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

IN ARRIVING AT THE CONCLUSION THAT TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENTS OF PUPILS IN VARYING PRIMARY SCHOOLS REQUIRED A MONITORING DEVICE OF THE TYPE DESCRIBED, THE DIRECTOR WAS VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE EXTREMES OF OPINION PROVOKED BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E.

SOME BODIES CALLED FOR THE COMPLETE RANDOMISATION OF SELECTION, OTHERS FOR THE RETENTION OF THE S.S.E.E. BETWEEN THESE EXTREMES LAY AN AWARENESS OF THE VALUE OF INTERNAL ASSESSMENT BALANCED IN SOME WAY TO PROVIDE A BASIS OF THE ALLOCATION WHICH WAS FAIR, BOTH TO PUPIL AND TO SCHOOL. THE NEW SYSTEM ANNOUNCED TODAY IS BELIEVED TO BE FAIR AND WILL BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE. AS IN THE WORKING PARTY REPORT STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO FIVE BANDS OF ABILITY BUT THE MONITORING DEVICE WILL ENSURE THAT THE BANDS WILL ADEQUATELY REFLECT TRUE ABILITY AND THIS COULD NOT BE ACHIEVED IN THE SYSTEM RECOMMENDED BY THE WORKING PARTY. HOWEVER, THE PRINCIPLE PROPOSED BY THE WORKING PARTY THAT ALL STUDENTS WITHIN A BAND WERE TO BE TREATED EQUALLY IS FULLY RETAINED IN THE NEW SYSTEM.

WITH THIS IMPORTANT QUALIFICATION, THE DIRECTOR HAS ACCEPTED THE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY.

ALLOCATION TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS WILL BE ON A REGIONAL BASIS PERMITTING PARENTAL CHOICE OF SECONDARY SCHOOL WITHIN SCHOOL NETS" THERE WILL BE DISTRICT COUNCILS AS SUGGESTED TO SEE FAIR PLAY, AND THERE WILL BE A MODIFICATION OF THE FEEDER SCHOOL SYSTEM WHICH WILL BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW IN THREE YEARS’ TIME.

AT PRESENT, FEEDER SCHOOLS ENJOY 85 PER CENT PREFERENCE IN ALLOCATION TO THEIR PARENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THIS PERCENTAGE WILL BE REDUCED TO 50 PER CENT IN RESPECT TO CHILDREN ENTERING PRIMARY 1 OF THESE SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1977, SO AS TO PERMIT WIDER ACCESS TO PARENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS FOR PUPILS FROM OTHER PRIMARY SCHOOLS. THE SITUATION WILL BE REVIEWED IN 1980.

THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E. IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICY. OF THE WHITE PAPER ON THE EXPANSION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION AND FOLLOWS CONSULTATION WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF EDUCATIONAL OPINION.

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OF NECESSITY, ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF EXPERIENCE, BUT THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION BELIEVES THAT THE CHANGES ENVISAGED, TOGETHER WITH THE EXTENSION OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY BY WHICH ALL PRIMARY SCHOOL LEAVERS ARE ASSURED OF ENTRY INTO SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER 1978, THE SCHOOL BUILDING PROGRAMME AND THE ENRICHING OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION BY CURRICULUM REFORM AND THE INTRODUCTION OF EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS THIS YEAR, REPRESENT SIGNIFICANT SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS WHICH MUST BE WELCOMED.

THE WORKING PARTY ON THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E. WAS APPOINTED BY THE DIRECTOR IN 1975 AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE WORKING PARTY HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED AND WIDELY DISCUSSED.

HEADS OF SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, EDUCATIONAL BODIES AND COUNCILS WERE INVITED TO COMMENT, AND THESE COMMENTS, WITH THOSE OF THE INTERESTED PUBLIC, WERE CAREFULLY EVALUATED BEFORE ARRIVING AT FIRM PROPOSALS WHICH WERE THEN REFERRED BY THE DIRECTOR TO SCHOOL COUNCILS AND THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CONSULTATIVE PROCESS.

+THE RESULT HAS BEEN A CAREFUL DECISION BASED ON EDUCATIONAL, SOCIAL AND PRACTICAL GROUNDS,+ MR. TOPLEY SAID.

THE DIRECTOR EXPRESSED HIS GRATITUDE TO MEMBERS OF THE WORKING PARTY FOR THEIR VALUABLE REPORT WITHOUT WHICH HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ARRIVE AT A DECISION.

HE ALSO WISHED TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAD COMMENTED ON THE WORKING PARTY’S REPORT FOR THEIR VIEWS WHICH HAD PERMITTED HIM TO MAKE PROPOSALS ACCEPTABLE TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

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CHILD CARE CENTRES APPLICATION FORMS

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ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN CHILD CARE CENTRES HAVE OBTAINED APPLICATION FORMS FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SINCE THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE CAME INTO OPERATION A MONTH AGO.

COMMENTING ON THE ENCOURAGING RESPONSE, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN SA IDs +OF THESE, 19 HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE FORMS AND FORWARDED THEM TO THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT STRUCTURAL ALTERATIONS OF THEIR PREMISES ARE NECESSARY FOR SAFETY, HEALTH AND SANITATION REASONS.+

HE URGED THOSE WHO HAD NOT YET TAKEN ANY STEPS TO REGISTER TO DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

+THIS WILL ENABLE THE DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO INSPECT THE PREMISES AT AN EARLIER DATE AND SO THE APPLICANTS WILL HAVE MORE TIME TO MAKE ANY NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS TO COMPLY WITH THE CODE OF PRACTICE, NOW THAT THE GRACE PERIOD HAS ONLY 11 MONTHS LEFT.+

MEANWHILE, A SET OF APPLICATION FORMS HAS BEEN SENT TO CENTRES WHOSE ADDRESSES ARE KNOWN TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOGETHER WITH A LETTER ASKING THEM TO COMPLETE THE FORMS AND TO SEND THEM TO THE APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES WITHOUT DELAY.

+IF AN OPERATOR FAILS TO REGISTER HIS CENTRE WITH US BY MAY 31, 1977, HE WILL BE OBLIGED TO CEASE OPERATION TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE CHILDREN ALREADY ENROLLED IN THE NURSERY. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO QUESTION OF ALLOWING UNREGISTERED CHILD CARE CENTRES TO CARRY ON AFTER THAT DATE.+ MR. SWEETMAN STRESSED.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THOSE WHO MIGHT HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN UNDERSTANDING THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THE LAW, HE NOTED THAT AN EXPLANATION OF THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS IN CHINESE WILL SOON BE READY.

+A COPY OF THIS PUBLICATION WILL BE OBTAINABLE AS FROM JULY 19 FROM THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AT 21 HOSPITAL ROAD, SAI YING PUN,+ HE ADDED.

MR. SWEETMAN SAID HE IS ORGANISING A SERIES OF TALKS BY SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR OPERATORS AND PARENTS TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE ORDINANCE, REGULATIONS AND THE CODE OF PRACTICE.

+THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING THE TALKS ARE ASKED TO CONTACT MR. CARLOS LEUNG AT THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OR CALL 5-404736 OR 5-404669,+ HE ADDED.

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SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS FOR TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO BUILD A SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT AT TAI PO TO COPE WITH TRADE WASTES FROM THE FUTURE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE PLANNED IN THE AREA.

TENDERS FOR THE CIVIL ENGINEERING WORKS FOR THE PLANT ARE NOW BE TNG INVITED AND CONSTRUCTION IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST. THE PLANT SHOULD BE READY BY THE BEGINNING OF 1978.

MR. CHAN YAN, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE P.W.D.’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE DRAINAGE WORKS DIVISION, SAID TODAY THE PLANT WOULD INCORPORATE PURIFICATION SYSTEM TO PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IN THE AREA.

+INITIALLY,* HE SAID, +THE PLANT WILL SERVE THE STAGE ONE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BUT ALLOWANCE IS MADE TO EXPAND IT LATER ON TO SERVE THE WHOLE OF TAI PO DISTRICT.*

THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IS TO BE BUILT ON A THREE-HECTARE (7.4-ACRE) SITE ON PART OF NEW LAND NOW BEING RECLAIMED BY THE P.W.D.’S DEVELOPMENT AND AIRPORT DIVISION.

THE RECLAMATION BEGAN EARLY THIS YEAR AND WILL PROVIDE A TOTAL OF 24 HECTARES (60 ACRES) OF LAND BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR FOR STAGE ONE OF THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE FIRST SITES IN THE ESTATE ARE EXPECTED TO BECOME AVAILABLE FOR DEVELOPMENT NEXT MONTH, AND IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL PLANTS WILL BE IN OPERATION BY THE SECOND HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

MR. CHAN SAID THE SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WOULD PROVIDE ADEQUATE SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITIES IN THE AREA.

+IT WILL PROVIDE COMPLETE SEWAGE PURIFICATION USING WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE ACTIVATED SLUDGE PROCESS. SEWAGE FIRST PASSES THROUGH GRIT CHANNELS AND SETTLING TANKS TO REMOVE GRIT AND SUSPENDED SOLIDS AND THEN THROUGH AERATION TANKS FOR BIOLOGICAL REDUCTION OF ORGANIC MATERIALS.

+THE QUALITY OF THE CLARIFIED EFFLUENT WILL THEREFORE BE SUCH THAT TOLO HARBOUR WILL NOT BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED,* HE SAID.

OTHER WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT WOULD INCLUDE STAFF QUARTERS AND AN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING.

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT ITS LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE +HOT-LINE+ FOR URGENT CONSULTATIONS, AFTER OFFICE HOURS, HAS BEEN CHANGED. THE NEW NUMBER IS 5-764720.

THE CHANGE TOOK EFFECT WHEN MR. CHAN SIU-TUNG, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER (LABOUR RELATIONS) TOOK OVER FROM MR. TO SAU-HONG, LABOUR OFFICER, WHO HAD DEALT WITH EMERGENCY EMPLOYER-EMPLOYEE MATTERS FROM HIS HOME IN THE PAST SEVEN MONTHS.

MR. TSUI TIM-FOOK, CHE IF LABOUR OFFICER OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE, SAID TODAY THAT MR. CHAN WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP WITH URGENT CONSULTATIONS.

HE STRESSED THAT THE AFTER-HOURS SERVICE SHOULD BE USED ONLY FOR URGENT MATTERS.

+ORDINARY CONSULTATIONS SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE MADE THROUGH DISTRICT LABOUR RELATIONS OFFICES DURING NORMAL WORKING HOURS,* MR. TSUI SAID.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WANCHAI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 8) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY MARSH ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, PERCIVAL STREET, AND THE NORTH SIDE OF HENNESSY ROAD.

DURING THE SAME PERIOD, SALT WATER SUPPLY TO BLOCKS 34 - 53 OF THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE WILL ALSO BE SUSPENDED TO ENABLE ANOTHER LEAKAGE TEST TO BE CARRIED OUT.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 559 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS, AND ORDERED THAT THE BUILDING SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS THREE STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING HAD REINFORCED CONCRETE FLOORS AND ROOF AND LOAD-BEARING MASONRY AND BRICK WALLS.

THE ADJACENT BUILDING AT NO. 561 CANTON ROAD WAS RECENTLY THE SUBJECT OF AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER, AFTER A MAIN WALL WAS FOUND TO BE SERIOUSLY BULGED AND FRACTURED.

+IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NO. 559 CANTON ROAD WOULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE DEMOLITION OR COLLAPSE OF NO. 561, WITH WHICH IT SHARES A COMMON STAIRCASE AND SEVERAL STRUCTURAL MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 3, 1976 WAS POSTED TODAY.

ALSO DECLARED TO BE IN A DANGEROUS CONDITION AND ORDERED TO BE DEMOLISHED WAS NO. 25A WING ON STREET, PENG CHAU.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS SINGLE STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH A PITCHED TIMBER ROOF ON LOAD-BEARING WALLS.

AN ADJACENT BUILDING, OF SIMILAR CONSTRUCTION, AT NO. 27 WING ON STREET, WAS RECENTLY THE SUBJECT OF AN EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDER FOLLOWING A PARTIAL COLLAPSE.

+THE ROOF OF NO. 25A HAS MANY DEFECTIVE TIMBERS AND THE PARTY WALL IT SHARES WITH NO. 27 IS BULGED AND FRACTURED,* HE SAID. +IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NO. 25A IS IN DANGER OF COLLAPSE AND SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED JOINTLY WITH THE REMAINING PARTS OF NO. 27 WING ON STREET.*

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON AUGUST 3, 1976 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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A FIVE-DAY CAREER AND FURTHER STUDY SEMINAR SPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES WILL BE HELD FROM JULY 19 AT DELIA MEMORIAL SCHOOL AT 19 YUET WAH STREET, KWUN TONG.

ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, THE SEMINAR AIMS TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION ON CAREER AND FURTHER STUDY OPPORTUNITIES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES.

ON THE SUBJECT OF FURTHER STUDY, TALKS WILL BE GIVEN ON POST SECONDARY STUDY OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG UNIVERSITIES, THE POLYTECHNIC AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES.

GRADUATES AND UNDERGRADUATES OF LOCAL UNIVERSITIES, THE POLYTECHNIC AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SPEAK ABOUT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS, APPLICATION PROCEDURES, FACULTIES OF STUDY, TUITION AND BOARDING FEES, CAMPUS ACTIVITIES AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES AFTER GRADUATION.

AS TO THE SUBJECT OF CAREER, THE TALKS GIVEN WILL INCLUDE ACCOUNTING, LAW, SPECIALISED PROFESSIONS OF CHARTERED BODIES, INDUSTRY, SALES PROMOTION AND ADVERTISING, BANKING, NURSING AND AIR HOSTESSES, GOVERNMENT JOBS AND SOCIAL WORK.

THE GUEST SPEAKERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE FROM DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS, WILL TALK ABOUT THEIR WORK AND RELATE THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES.

EACH TALK OF THE SEMINAR WILL BE LIMITED TO 300 STUDENTS ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADUATES WHO WISH TO ATTEND ANY OF THESE TALKS SHOULD OBTAIN AN APPLICATION FORM FROM THE KWUN TONG C.D.O. AT TUNG YAN STREET3 THE NGAU TAU KOK SUB-OFFICE AT BLOCK 2 OF THE NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE ■= THE SAU MAU PING SUB-OFFICE AT BLOCK 28 OF THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE, OR THE YAU TONG SUB-OFFICE AT BLOCK 24 OF THE YAU TONG ESTATE. COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BY JULY 13 AT THE LATEST.

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METRICATION ADVISORY BOARD TO 3E APPOINTED ............. 1

HONG KONG’S TEXTILE EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA ............... 3

MORE LOCALLY PRODUCED TV PROGRAMMES FOR CHILDREN NEEDED .. 4

CONCESSION FOR NEW DOMESTIC PREMISES EXTENDED .......... 6

UPSURGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE PREDICTED ........ 7

STIFFER LAW FOR ADMISSION OF CINEMA-GOERS SUGGESTED .... 9

PROCEDURES TO SEARCH PREMISES TO REMAIN UNCHANGED ..... IC

FOUR ADDITIONAL STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS ........ 11

TEN BILLS PASSED ....................................... H

ONLY FOUR DAYS NEEDED TO PROCESS APPLICATION FOR U.K. ENTRY CERTIFICATE ..................................... 12

MTR - KCR INTERCHANGE STATION FEASIBLE ................ 13

PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE AT SHEK 0 IMPROVED ........... 14

NO PLANS TO PROVIDE JOBS FOR STUDENTS DURING THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS .............................................. 15

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN ................................ 15

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METRICATION ADVISORY BOARD TO BE APPOINTED

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THE SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER ITS DECISION ON METRICATION AND PUBLISH THE FOUR REPORTS PREPARED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE METRICATION BILL 1976, DR. CHUNG SAID IT WAS +REGRETTABLE AND INDEED UNDESIRABLE* THAT THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT ACCEPT THE PROPOSAL OF THE METRICATION COMMITTEE TO SET UP AN AUTONOMOUS METRICATION BOARD, AND INSTEAD DECIDED TO EXPAND ITS OWN METRICATION UNIT +TO HELP, PLAN, GUIDE, FACILITATE AND EXPEDITE METRICATION, INITIALLY AND PRIMARILY, IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.+

+THIS IS BECAUSE IT IMPLIES THAT METRICATION IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS OF SECONDARY IMPORTANCE AND THAT THE PRIVATE SECTOR IS LEFT OUT IN THE COLD IN MATTERS CONCERNING METRICATION,* HE SAID.

+IF THE METRICATION MOVEMENT IN HONG KONG IS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THE METRICATION UNIT SHOULD NOT AND MUST NOT OPERATE IN ISLOATION WITHIN GOVERNMENT,* HE STRESSED.

+IT MUST NOT ONLY INVOLVE BUT INVOLVE HEAVILY WITH VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.*

TO MINIMISE THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION. THE COST OF CHANGE AND THE AMOUNT OF DISRUPTION, HE SAID, THE METRICATION UNIT, THOUGH ATTACHED TO THE ECONOMIC SERVICES BRANCH OF THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, SHOULD CARRY OUT ITS WORK UNDER THE GENERAL GUIDANCE AND DIRECTION OF A METRICATION BOARD CONSISTING OF REPRESENTATIVES BOTH OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

TURNING TO THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE, DR. CHUNG SAID IT SHOULD BE REPLACED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT WAS OUT OF DATE AND HAD A NUMBER OF DEFICIENCIES.

+FIRST, THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ARE IN IMPERIAL AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE UNITS. SECONDLY, ONLY UNITS OF MASS, LENGTH AND VOLUME ARE INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE. THIRDLY, IT SEEMS RATHER ODD IN MODERN DAY HONG KONG THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IS THE AUTHORITY TO CERTIFY WEIGHTS AND MEASURES,* HE SAID.

HE CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH ITS OWN STANDARDS BUREAU WHERE STANDARDS OF ALL THE METRIC UNITS, INCLUDING SI UNITS AND NON-SI UNITS, ARE KEPT AND THE ACCURACY OF MEASURING INSTRUMENTS CAN BE VERIFIED AND CERTIFIED.

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IN REPLY. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID IT WAS THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO APPOINT A METRICATION ADVISORY BOARD WHICH WOULD COMMAND RESPECT, BOTH IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND WITHIN THE GOVERNMENT, AND WHOSE ADVICE WOULD BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

HE SAID THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE METRICATION COMMITTEE’S RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSALS IN THIS RESPECT WERE NOT VERY SUBSTANTIAL. +ESSENTIALLY THE ONLY DIFFERENCE WILL BE THAT THE BOARD WILL NOT BE AUTONOMOUS AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD,+ HE SAID.

+BUT IN A MATTER AS IMPORTANT AS THIS, AND GIVEN THE WAY WE NORMALLY ARRANGE MATTERS IN HONG KONG WITH THE HELP OF ADVISORY BODIES WHOSE ADVICE IS TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY THE GOVERNMENT I THINK THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT IS BEST SUITED TO OUR CIRCUMSTANCES,+ HE ADDED.

MR. HADDON-CAVE POINTED OUT THAT A GREAT DEAL OF WORK TOWARDS METRICATION HAD ALREADY BEEN DONE WITHIN DEPARTMENTS, BUT THAT THE FURTHER WORK NEEDED WOULD REQUIRE CO-ORDINATION OF THE METRICATION UNIT.

WHEN THE UNIT IS STRENGTHENED AND WHEN THE METRICATION ADVISORY BOARD IS ESTABLISHED, THE BOARD AND THE UNIT TOGETHER COULD BEGIN THE TASK OF INTRODUCING METRICATION THROUGHOUT HONG KONG GENERALLY, HE ADDED.

HE AGREED WITH DR. CHUNG THAT THE WEIGHTS AND MEASURES ORDINANCE WAS OUT OF DATE, AND SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD ALREADY PUT IN HAND A REVIEW OF ITS PROVISIONS.

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STANDARDS BUREAU, AS WELL AS PUBLICATION OF THE REPORTS PREPARED BY THE METRICATION COMMITTEE, ARE ALSO UNDER CONSIDERATION, HE ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY I, 1976

RESTRICTIONS ON HK TEXTILE ^XPORTS TO AUSTRALIA UNDER REVIEW

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IS CLOSELY REVIEWING THE SITUATION ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA, WITH PARTICULAR REGARD TO ITS RIGHTS, AND AUSTRALIA’S OBLIGATIONS, UNDER THE ARRANGEMENT REGARDING INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN TEXTILES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, THE HON. BILL DORWARD, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS EXPRESSED ITS INTENTION TO SEEK RECOURSE TO THE PROVISIONS OF THAT ARRANGEMENT WHEREVER THIS IS FEASIBLE, AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL, AS IS ITS PRACTICE, RESPOND PROMPTLY AND CONSTRUCTIVELY TO ANY APPROACH THE AUSTRALIAN AUTHORITIES MAY TAKE IN THIS CONTEXT,* HE SAID,IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN.

HE RECALLED THAT THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAD, SINCE DECEMBER 1974, INTRODUCED A SERIES OF RESTRICTIVE MEASURES IN THE FORM OF TARIFF QUOTAS AGAINST TEXTILE IMPORTS.

+THE TARIFF QUOTAS FOR 1976, WHICH HAVE RECENTLY BEEN ANNOUNCED, REPRESENT A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE OVER 1975 LEVELS, ALTHOUGH IN A NUMBER OF CASES THEY REMAIN STILL WELL BELOW ACTUAL TRADE FIGURES FOR 1973/74,+ MR. DORWARD SAID.

HOWEVER, THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUBSTANTIAL RECOVERY IN TEXTILE EXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA AS A RESULT OF INCREASED TARIFF QUOTAS FOR 1976 MAY BE OFFSET BY THE IMPACT OF A SUBSTANTIAL EXTENSION IN COVERAGE OF THE TARIFF QUOTAS FROM JULY 1 THIS YEAR, HE POINTED OUT.

THIS EXTENSION, HE SAID, TOOK IN THOSE ITEMS WHICH WERE PREVIOUSLY SUBJECT TO A BILATERAL RESTRAINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN HONG KONG AND AUSTRALIA WHICH LAPSED ON JUNE 30, 1976.

+AS FAR AS HONG KONG IS CONCERNED THEY NOW AFFECT ABOUT 50 PER CENT OF THE TEXTILE PRODUCTS WE EXPORTED TO AUSTRALIA IN 1975,+ HE SAID.

+THE GLOBAL TARIFF QUOTAS WHICH HAVE BEEN SET FOR THESE NEW ITEMS ARE GENERALLY COMPARABLE TO, OR ARE HIGHER THAN, AUSTRALIAN IMPORTS OF THESE PRODUCTS IN 1975, SO THEIR EFFECT ON THE VOLUME OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS OF THESE PRODUCTS TO AUSTRALIA WILL BE LARGELY DETERMINED BY OUR COMPETITIVENESS,+ MR. DORWARD SAID.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WOULD BE A DEPRESSING EFFECT ON PRICES AND PROFIT MARGINS BECAUSE OF THE TRANSFER OF COMMERCIAL BARGAINING POWER TO AUSTRALIAN IMPORTERS WHO, AS QUOTA HOLDERS, COULD SELECT THEIR SOURCES OF IMPORT.

+THE EXPORT VALUE TO HONG KONG OF THE PRODUCTS NEWLY SUBJECTED TO TARIFF QUOTAS WAS 3180 MILLION IN 1975,+ HE SAID.

THOUGH IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO PREDICT THE LIKELY DURATION OF THESE MEASURES, MR. DORWARD SAID THAT A FURTHER WIDENING OF THE COVERAGE MUST BE ASSUMED TO BE UNLIKELY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT IN ANNOUNCING THESE MEASURES, THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAD DESCRIBED THEM AS SHORT TERM MEASURES, PENDING RECEIPT LATER THIS YEAR OF A REPORT BY THE INDUSTRIES ASSISTANCE COMMISSION ON THE LONG TERM PROTECTIVE NEEDS OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

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COMPETITIVE TELEVISION BRINGS BETTER PROGRAMMING FOURTH REPORT OF TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD PUBLISHED KOOK

KEEN COMPETITION BETWEEN THE RIVAL TELEVISION COMPANIES

IS CLEARLY ACHIEVING ITS PRINCIPAL OBJECTIVE OF BRINGING BENEFITS TO THE PUBLIC IN THE FORM OF BETTER AND MORE VARIED TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT.

THIS IS STATED BY THE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD IN ITS FOURTH REPORT WHICH WAS TABLED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) . THE REPORT COVERS THE PERIOD FROM MID 1974 UP TO THE END OF 1975.

HOWEVER, THE BOARD EXPRESSES CONCERN THAT THE COMPANIES HAVE NOT YET MET THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING IK CHINESE FOR THE IMPORTANT MINORITY OF YOUNG VIEWERS IN THE 5 TO 9 YEAR OLD AND 10 TO 15 YEAR OLD AGE GROUPS.

ON THIS SUBJECT THE BOARD NOTED SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THIS FIELD SINCE IT LAST REPORTED IN 1974.

+MORE RECENTLY, IT SAYS, THE NUMBER OF JAPANESE PROGRAMMES APPEALING TO YOUNG PERSONS BUT CONTAINING AN UNDESIRABLE AMOUNT OF VIOLENCE HAVE BEEN REDUCED BOTH BY THE VOLUNTARY ACTION OF THE LICENCEES IN EITHER LIMITING OR REPLACING OF THESE PROGRAMMES AND BY THE EXECUTIVE ACTION OF THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY IN CURTAILING SOME NEW SERIES OF A SIMILAR TYPE.+

THE BOARD SAYS: +THERE IS STILL A HEAVY RELIANCE BY THE STATIONS ON JAPAN AS’ A SOURCE OF PROGRAMMES WHICH APPEAL TO THE YOUNG. A NUMBER OF THESE PROGRAMMES,PART ICULARLY SOME OF THE MORE RECENT CARTOON SERIES, ARE EXCELLENT AND WE WELCOME THEIR ADDITION TO THE SCHEDULES- BUT WE ARE ANXIOUS TO SEE THE GROWING MATURITY AND ABILITY OF THE LICENCEES IN THE FIELD OF THEIR OWN LOCAL PRODUCTIONS USED TO A GREATER EXTENT TO PROVIDE THE YOUNG OF HONG KONG WITH THEIR OWN POSITIVE, WHOLESOME AND ENTERTAINING TELEVISION PROGRAMMES.

THE IMPACT OF TELEVISION ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YOUNG CITIZEN IS A PROBLEM WHICH IS CONCERNING MOST AREAS OF THE WORLD WHERE TELEVISION VIEWING IS A MAJOR LEISURE ACTIVITY. HONG KONG, WITH ITS Bl-SESSIONAL PRIMARY SCHOOL SYSTEM WHEREBY HALF OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN WHO ATTEND THE AFTERNOON SCHOOL MAY BE STAYING UP LATE AND WATCHING TELEVISION RPOGRAMMES UNTIL CLOSE-DOWN, PRESENTS A SPECIAL PROBLEM.

+WE WERE THEREFORE PLEASED TO LEARN DURING THE LATTER PART OF 1975 THAT THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY WAS HOLDING DISCUSSIONS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY REGARDING THE POSSIBILITY OF A STUDY BEING MOUNTED TO ENQUIRE FURTHER INTO THE VIEWING HABITS OF YOUNG PERSONS.+

/CONCLUDING

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CONCLUDING ITS ANALYSIS OF PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT DURING THE PERIOD, THE BOARD EXPRESSES THE HOPE THAT THE FUTURE WOULD BRING DEVELOPMENTS SIMILAR TO THOSE ACHIEVED IN ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION TO THE SPECIALIST AREAS OF INFORMATION, EDUCATIONAL AND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMING. +WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH PROGRESS CAREFULLY AND, WHEREEVER POSSIBLE, TO STIMULATE SUCH ENDEAVOURS,+ THE BOARD SAYS.

COMMENTING ON THIS STATEMENT, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD SAID TODAY THAT DURING THE FIRST FEW MONTHS OF 1976, SUBSEQUENT TO THE PERIOD COVERED BY THE REPORT, THERE HAD BEEN A NUMBER OF ENCOURAGING INITIATIVES BY THE LICENCEES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE SPECIALIST PROGRAMMES AND HE HOPED THAT THESE HERALDED A NEW ERA IN A MORE POSITIVE USE OF THE TELEVISION MEDIA.

THE BOARD ALSO NOTED A DEFINITE IMPROVEMENT IN THE QUALITY OF SOME LOCALLY PRODUCED TELEVISION COMMERCIALS. QUITE A NUMBER OF THESE IN THE OPINION OF THE BOARD, WERE +COMPARABLE IN THEIR IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES WITH MANY BEING MADE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE INDUSTRY IS AT A MORE ADVANCED STAGE IN SUCH MATTERS.*

REFERRING TO ADVERTISING REVENUES, THE BOARD SAID THAT GROWTH WAS LIMITED TO SOME EXTENT BY ECONOMIC FACTORS AND BY THE FACT THAT THE NEW LICENCEES HAD NOT YET FIRMLY ESTABLISHED THEMSELVES. NEVERTHELESS, THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN OVERALL TELEVISION REVENUE DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE BOARD NOTED A MORE MARKED INCREASE IN THE COSTS TO LICENCEES OF OPERATING AND MAINTAINING THEIR SERVICES.

COMMENTING ON THIS ASPECT, THE REPORT SAYS: +THIS INCREASE FOR THE MOST PART IS A REFLECTION OF WORLD-WIDE INFLATIONARY TRENDS BUT WE BELIEVE THAT THE POSITION MAY BE EXACERBATED BY THE COMPETITION BETWEEN THE STATIONS FOR AVAILABLE TALENT AND PROGRAMME MATERIAL. SHOULD THIS IMBALANCE BETWEEN REVENUE GROWTH AND COST GROWTH CONTINUE IT SEEMS TO US POSSIBLE THAT PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOME AREAS OF TELEVISION MAY NOT BE AS RAPID AS WE HAVE HOPED.

+HOWEVER, THE GENERAL ECONOMIC POSITION IS IMPROVING AND IT IS REASONABLE TO ASSUME THAT REVENUE GROWTH WILL ADVANCE IN THE MONTHS AHEAD. THERE MAY ALSO BE AREAS OF PROGRAMME PLANNING WHERE THE STATIONS CAN COOPERATE WITH ONE OTHER TO HELP KEEP COSTS DOWN AND WE WOULD VIEW ANY SUCH ACTION AS BEING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC.*

ON THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT, THE BOARD NOTED THAT THE OPENING OF THE THIRD STATION HAD CONFIRMED THE PRACTICABILITY OF THE TELEVISION FREQUENCY PLAN, AN EXTREMELY COMPLICATED WIRELESS FREQUENCY ALLOCATION SCHEME FOR THE OPERATION OF ALL THE LICENCEE’S MAIN TRANSMITTERS AND NUMEROUS TRANSPOSERS. THIS PLAN WAS DEVELOPED IN 1972 BY THE POST OFFICE ON THE BASIS OF TECHNICAL ASSESSMENTS MADE BY MESSRS. CABLE AND WRIELESS AND THE BOARD STATES, +IT IS GRATIFYING TO NOTE THAT IT HAS BEEN ABLE TO MEET OUR TELEVISION TRANSMISSION REQUIREMENTS SUCCESSFULLY.*

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THE REPORT CONTINUES: +SIMILARLY, THE SCHEME FOR THE SHARING OF FACILITIES AND SITES AT TRANSMITTING STATIONS HAD PROVED A PRACTICAL AND WORKABLE ARRANGEMENT.+

IT ADDS, HOWEVER, THE BOARD HAS EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT TECHNIAL STANDARDS AND QUALITY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO DETERIORATE ADN REQUESTED THE P.M.G. TO ESTABLISH A TECHNICAL MONITORING AND SURVEY SERVICE IN PARALLEL WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY TO MONITOR PROGRAMME CONTENT.

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THE PRESENT CONCESSION, THROUGH WHICH ALL NEW DOMESTIC PREMISES COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1977 ARE TEMPORARILY EXEMPTED FROM CONTROLS OVER RENTS AND TENURE, WILL BE EXTENDED FOR ONE YEAR, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. D.P.H. LIAO, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, HE SAID HE WAS GLAD TO SEE A MARKED REVIVAL OF CONFIDENCE IN PRIVATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS, BUT ADDED IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO SAY TO WHAT EXTENT THIS WAS DUE TO NATURAL CYCLICAL INFLUENCES, OR TO THE OLD CONCESSION.

HOWEVER, MR. LIAO SAID, IT WAS IN EVERYONE’S INTEREST THAT PRIVATE DEVELOPERS SHOULD MAKE THE BIGGEST POSSIBLE EFFORT IN THESE TIMES, BECAUSE A BIGGER SUPPLY OF HOUSING WAS THE ONLY WAY TO REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON LEGISLATION REGULATING RENTS AND SECURITY OF TENURE.

+IN THIS SITUATION WE SHOULD BE PREPARED TO GIVE EVERY POSSIBLE ENCOURAGEMENT TO DEVELOPERS AND PURCHASERS OF FLATS,+ HE SAID.

MR. LIAO SAID IT HAD BEEN THEREFORE DECIDED THAT ALL NEW DOMESTIC PREMISES COMPLETED BY DECEMBER 31, 1978 WOULD, FROM THE DATE OF ISSUE OF THE OCCUPATION PERMIT, ENJOY FIVE YEARS’ FREEDOM FROM ANY CONTROLS OVER RENT AND SECURITY OF TENURE THAT MIGHT THEN BE IN FORCE.

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UPSURGE IN DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE PREDICTED

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THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN TODAY CALLED FOR +AN IN-DEPTH AND LONG-RANGE APPRECIATION OF GOVERNMENT’S EVOLVING POLICY TOWARDS SUPPORTING CULTURAL GROWTH IN HONG KONG*.

HE TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT TOGETHER WITH THE URBAN COUNCIL’S CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, THE GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TOWARDS THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE MIGHT NOT BE IN SUM TOTAL ALL THAT INSIGNIFICANT.

IT WOULD THEREFORE SEEM DESIRABLE, MR. CHEONG LEEN SAID, THAT A SEPAREATE CULTURAL SERVICES DESK BE NOW SET UP IN THE HOME AFFAIRS AND INFORMATION BRANCH FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLARIFYING, EXPEDITING AND CO-ORDINATING THE PRIORITIES IN GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO FOSTER THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT AT PRESENT, ALL THIS WORK WAS IN THE HANDS OF A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY WHO WAS ALREADY BURDENED WITH OTHER IMPORTANT TASKS.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE JOB SHOULD BE GIVEN TO A +CULTURE-ORIENTED+ PERSON.

+IT APPEARS THAT HONG KONG CAN LOOK FORWARD TO A CULTURAL UPSURGE WHICH AUGURS WELL FOR A LOCAL CULTURAL IDENTITY TO EMERGE IF THERE IS CLOSE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT, THE URBAN COUNCIL, AND SUCH INSITUTIONS AS THE UNIVERSITIES, THE ARTS CENTRE, AND THE PRIVATE CULTURAL ORGANISATIONS,* HE SAID.

SPEAKING ON THE SAME SUBJECT, THE HON. ALEX WU SAID HONG KONG, WHICH HAD MOUNTED SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS OF THE ARTS, WAS NOT A CULTURAL DESERT.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT IT WAS A CULTURALLY UNDER-DEVELOPED AREA WHICH SIMPLY NEEDED AN + I RR I GAT I ON PLAN*.

MR. WU STRESSED THAT THE EXPENDITURE OF EFFORT AND MONEY ON CULTURE SHOULD NOT BE PLACED FAR DOWN THE LIST AFTER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

+HOWEVER COMMITTED WE ARE TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, HOWEVER HARD WORKING OUR COMMUNITY, WE DO HAVE LEISURE TIME AND WE ARE ALREADY EXPOSED, COMMERCIALLY, TO A VAST AMOUNT OF ENTERTAINMENT,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO HONG KONG’S ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE CULTURAL FIELD, MR. WU SAID THEY WERE STILL OF A KIND AND A RANGE WHICH REACHED ONLY AN ELITE FEW.

+THE NEXT STEP MUST LIE WITH THE GOVERNMENT AND IT MUST INVOLVE A STATED GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT AND AN ELEMENT OF ''■(INSTRUCTIVE PLANNING,* HE SAID.

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HE ASKED FOR A DEFINITE STATEMENT ON THE BROAD ISSUE AND ON GOVERNMENT’S INTENTIONS IN PRACTICAL TERMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

IN REPLY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON.

F.K. LI, SAID HE WOULD CERTAINLY CONSIDER MR. CHEONG-LEEN’S SUGGESTION THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN OFFICER IN THE HOME AFFAIRS AND INFORMATION BRANCH SOLELY OR PREDOMINANTLY CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CO-ORDINATING AND DEVELOPING SOME ASPECTS OF CULTURAL SERVICES.

HE FELT THAT THERE HAD BEEN A GROWING AWARENESS OF THE NEED IN THE COMMUNITY TO DO MORE TO DEVELOP CULTURE IN HONG KONG.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, RADIO

TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD BEEN PROVIDING CULTURAL SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN THE FORM OPERAS, CUTLURAL AND ARTS COMPETITIONS AND TEACHING OF CULTURAL SUBJECTS.

+AS FAR AS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONCERNED, IT HAS PROVIDED AN IMPETUS TO PROVIDE BETTER CULTURAL SERVICES AT ALL FRONTS,* HE SAID.

+IT IS WITH THIS IN MIND THAT A PROGRAMME IS BEING DRAWN UP, AS PART OF AN OVERALL GOVERNMENT SERVICES DEVELOPMENT PLAN, TO OUTLINE GOVERNMENT’S OBJECTIVES IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT AND TO DEFINE THE SCOPE OF SERVICES TO BE PROVIDED IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS,* HE ADDED.

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STIFFER LAW FOR ADMISSION OF CINEMA-GOERS SUGGESTED

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THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH TODAY URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING LAWS TO RESTRICT ENTRY TO SPECIFIED FILMS TO PERSONS OVER A PARTICULAR AGE.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MISS KO SAID SHE APPRECIATED THAT SUCH LEGISLATION MIGHT BE DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE, PARTICULARLY AS THE PREVENTION AND DETECTION OF CRIME WAS OF MAJOR IMPORTANCE.

BUT SHE ADDED THAT ONE OF THE REASONS FOR THE INCREASING CRIME RATE WAS THE READY AVAILABILITY OF FILMS WHICH MADE CRIME AND VIOLENCE APPEAR THE NORM.

+PERHAPS ONE OF THE ANSWERS TO THIS PARTICULAR PROBLEM MAY EE FOR CINEMA OPERATORS TO RESTRICT THEIR SALES OF ADVANCE BOOKINGS OR TO MAKE OTHER MANAGERIAL CHANGES,+ SHE SAID.

MISS KO REALISED THAT THIS MIGHT NOT BE WELCOMED BY CINEMA OPERATORS. BUT IN THE LIGHT OF THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM WHEREBY SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WERE ATTENDING UNSUITABLE MOVIES, SHE THOUGHT IT WELL WORTH THE BURDEN.

REFERRING TO INDECENT FILM ADVERTISEMENTS APPEARING IN NEWSPAPERS, MISS KO EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THEY WOULD BE DEALT WITH MORE FIRMLY UNDER THE OBJECTIONABLE PUBLICATIONS ORDINANCE.

IN REPLY TO THE POINT ABOUT RESTRICTING ADMISSION OF VIEWERS ACCORDING TO THEIR AGE, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI, SAID THE PROBLEM OF ENFORCEMENT WAS A DIFFICULT ONE.

+THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND FILMS HAS RECENTLY DISCUSSED WITH THE INDUSTRY THE POSSIBILITY OF CINEMA MANAGEMENTS TAKING UP ENFORCEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES BUT THE RESPONSE HAS NOT BEEN ENCOURAGING,* HE SAID.

THIS ISSUE, HE ADDED, HAD BEEN KEPT UNDER REVIEW SINCE IT WAS LAST RAISED IN THE COUNCIL IN 1971.

MR. LI DOUBTED IF A SATISFACTORY SOLUTION COULD BE FOUND UNTIL THE PROBLEMS RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT HAD BEEN RESOLVED.

AS REGARDS THE QUESTIONS OF OBJECTIONABLE MATERIALS APPEARING IN NEWSPAPERS, HE POINTED OUT THAT ALL FILM ADVERTISEMENTS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WERE PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS, WERE SUBJECT TO CENSORSHIP.

OTHER FILM PUBLICITY MATERIAL PUBLISHED IN NEWSPAPERS AND ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINES WAS ALSO MONITORED, MR. LI SAID.

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PROCEDURES TO SEARCH PREMISES M If K K H *

THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY HE WOULD NOT PROPOSE TO CHANGE THE PROCEDURES SO AS TO OBLIGE POLICE AND ICAC OFFICERS TO RELY ON MAGISTRATES’ WARRANTS IN THE SEARCHING OF HOMES OR NON-DOMESTIC PREMISES, EXCEPT ON OCCASIONS OF EMERGENCY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT ANY CHANGES IN THE LAW OR IN THE PROCEDURES OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THIS RESPECT COULD HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON HONG KONG’S FIGHT AGAINST CRIME AND CORRUPTION.

MR. DAVIES SAID PRIVATE PREMISES MIGHT BE ENTERED AND SEARCHED ONLY ON THE AUTHORITY OF A MAGISTRATE’S WARRANT EXCEPT IN CERTAIN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE PARTICULAR ORDINANCES CONTAIN SPECIAL PROVISIONS.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE OFTEN SUCH THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT MUST BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY, IF IT WAS TO BE EFFECTIVE AND WHICH WERE OF SPECIAL CONCERN IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CRIME.

+IN EACH CASE THE PARTICULAR SPECIAL PROVISION HAS BEEN CONSIDERED JUSTIFIED BY THIS COUNCIL PRIOR TO THE ENACTMENT OF THE ORDINANCE CONCERNED,* HE EMPHASISED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT BOTH THE POLICE FORCE AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION HAD ADMINISTRATIVE INSTRUCTIONS IN FORCE REGULATING THE EXERCISE OF THE POWERS OF ENTRY WITHOUT WARRANT.

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A BILL TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PAID STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS IN HONG KONG FROM SIX TO-TEN WAS APPROVED BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) WITH MINOR AMENDMENTS.

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1976 PROVIDES ALL MANUAL WORKERS AND ALL NON-MANUAL WORKERS EARNING NOT MORE THAN $2,000 A MONTH, WITH FOUR EXTRA PAID HOLIDAYS IN ADDITION TO THE EXISTING SIX TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED.

THE AMENDMENTS GAVE EFFECT TO THE PROPOSAL BY THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG THAT ONE OF THE ADDITIONAL STATUTORY HOLIDAYS SHOULD BE A +FLOATING HOLIDAY* TO BE DESIGNATED BY EMPLOYERS FOR EACH YEAR.

THIS WAS THE HOLIDAY ORIGINALLY DESIGNATED TO FALL ON THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN JULY OR ALTERNATIVELY THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

WITH THE INCORPORATION OF THESE AMENDMENTS, THE NEW STATUTORY HOLIDAYS ARE THE THIRD DAY OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR= THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL, THE CHINESE WINTER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL OR ALTERNATIVELY, CHRISTMAS DAY, AND THE FLOATING HOLIDAY TO BE DESIGNATED BY. EMPLOYERS FOR EACH YEAR. IF THE EMPLOYER DOES NOT DESIGNATE THIS HOLIDAY IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY FALL ON THE FIRST WEEK DAY IN JULY OR THE FIRST MONDAY IN AUGUST.

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TEN BILLS PASSED THEIR COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY AND BECAME LAW.

THEY WERE THE METRICATION BILL 1976, THE PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE IMMIGRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS PENSION (EXEMPTION) BILL 1976, THE COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE ROAD TRAFFIC (AMENDMENT) (NO.2) BILL 1976, THE LANDLORD AND TENANT (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, AND THE SUPREME COURT (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976.

TWO BILLS — THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL 1976 -- WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIRST READING.

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U.K. ENTRY CERTIFICATES ******

THE PROCESSING OF APPLICATIONS FOR U.K. ENTRY CERTIFICATES FROM HONG KONG BRITISH PASSPORT HOLDERS USUALLY TAKES ONLY FOUR DAYS TO COMPLETE, THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE HON. LEWIS DAVIES, SAID TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, HE SAID THAT IN SOME CASES THE APPLICATIONS MIGHT HAVE TO BE REFERRED TO THE U.K. AUTHORITIES, IN WHICH CASE COMPLETION MIGHT TAKE UP TO FOUR WEEKS.

PEOPLE WHO APPLY FOR SUCH ENTRY CERTIFICATES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A STANDARD U.K. FORM CONTAINING 20 QUESTIONS AND TO FILL IN A SUPPLEMENTARY FORM IN CERTAIN CASES, HE ADDED.

+THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION IS REQUIRED TO ASCERTAIN THE THE APPLICANT’S FINANCIAL MEANS BUT IT IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY TO SCRUTINISE BANK STATEMENTS,* MR. DAVIES EXPLAINED.

AS TO COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURE, MR. DAVIES SAID THAT SO FAR, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION WAS AWARE OF ONLY ONE RECENT COMPLAINT, MADE ANONYMOUSLY IN THE PRESS.

+UNFORTUNATELY THE COMPLAINANT HAS NOT RESPONDED TO AN INVITATION TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT AND CANNOT BE TRACED FROM THE INFORMATION GIVEN IN HIS LETTER,* HE SAID.

IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES, MR. DAVIES SAID, IT WAS NOT PROPOSED TO MAKE PRESENTATIONS TO THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO MINIMISE THE RED-TAPE FOR SUCH APPLICATIONS.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 1976

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MTR-KCR INTERCHANGE STATION FEASIBLE ******

THE HON. DAVID MCDONALD, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, SAID TODAY IT WAS FEASIBLE IN PRINCIPLE TO BUILD AN INTERCHANGE STATION AT KOWLOON TONG WHICH COULD BE USED BY BOTH THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY.

+HOWEVER, MORE DETAILED EXAMINATION OF ITS PRECISE LOCATION, LEVEL AND LAYOUT IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS THAT MIGHT USE IT CAN BE HANDLED BY BOTH RAILWAY STATIONS,* HE SAID.

IT WOULD ALSO HAVE TO BE DETERMINED, HE SAID. WHETHER THE TWO RAILWAY SERVICES COULD OPERATE SATISFACTORILY WHILE THE INTERCHANGE WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

MR. MCDONALD WAS SPEAKING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN ANSWER TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN WHO ASKED WHEN THE RESULT OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR AN INTERCHANGE STATION AT KOWLOON TONG WOULD BE MADE KNOWN.

MR. MCDONALD SAID THE STUDY WAS STILL IN PROGRESS AND WAS DEPENDENT ON OTHER INVESTIGATIONS PROCEEDING CONCURRENTLY, SUCH AS THE DOUBLE TRACKING AND REGRADING OF THE K.C.R. LINE THROUGH BEACON HILL AND PREDICTIONS OF PASSENGER PATRONAGE.

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PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHEK G IMPROVED ******

FOUR NEVTMEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO IMPROVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS FOR SHEK 0 ON SUNDAY AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, HE SAID THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY HAD RESERVED A FLEET OF 30 DOUBLE-DECK BUSES FOR ROUTE 9 WHICH OPERATES BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN AND SHEK 0.

+PR0VIDED THAT THEY ARE NOT IMPEDED, THESE BUSES WILL OPERATE AT A TWO-MINUTE FREQUENCY,+ HE SAID.

PART OF THE CAR PARK HAS BEEN CONVERTED INTO A SUPPLEMENTARY BUS TERMINUS AND THE EXISTING PLB STAND HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO ACCOMMODATE 50 PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, HE ADDED.

THERE IS ALSO A GREATER POLICE PRESENCE IN CONTROLLING. TRAFFIC, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

+WHEN THE PLB STAND IS FULL, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE STOPPED AND TURNED ROUND AT THE JUNCTION OF SHEK 0 ROAD AND BIG WAVE BAY ROAD,+ HE ADDED.

+THESE ARRANGEMENTS HAVE IMPROVED THE SITUATION ALTHOUGH, WITH THE HEAVY DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT AT SHEK 0 ON FINE SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, SOME CONGESTION IS INEVITABLE,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, IN CO-OPERATION WITH THE CHINA MOTOR BUS COMPANY, ARE KEEPING THE SITUATION UNDER REVIEW.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR. CHEONG-LEEN ON LANTAU BUS SERVICES DURING HOLIDAYS, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT WAS INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY OF USING CONTRACT HIRE VEHICLES, SUCH AS SCHOOL BUSES, BROUGHT FROM URBAN AREAS TO TEMPORARILY SUPPLEMENT THE LANTAU FLEET DURING HOLIDAYS.

THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING DOUBLE DECKER BUSES TO LANTAU FOR USE ON SUITABLE ROUTES IS ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED, HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW LANTAU BUS COMPANY HAD, IN THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, EXPANDED ITS FLEET FROM 41 TO 45 VEHICLES.

+THIS, PLUS IMPROVED TIMETABLES, HAS MEANT A 22 PER CENT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PASSSENGERS CARRIED BETWEEN JANUARY AND MAY THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

+ALTHOUGH THE VERY HIGH DEMAND ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IS NOT MET, ON THESE DAYS THE SYSTEM CARRIES MORE THAN TWICE THE NORMAL WEEKDAY TRAFFIC,* HE SAID.

BECAUSE BUSES ARE FULLY UTILISED ON HOLIDAYS AND GROSSLY UNDER-UTILISED ON WEEKDAYS, IT WOULD BE UNECONOMICAL TO FURTHER INCREASE THE LOCAL FLEET PURELY TO MEET PEAK DEMAND, HE ADDED.

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TEMPORARY JOE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS ******

THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT PLAN TO PROVIDE TEMPORARY JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE FOR FORMS V AND VI STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS, SAID ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. NEIL HENDERSON TODAY (WEDNESDAY). (

ANSWERING A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON. MISS S;W. KO IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. HENDERSON SAID THAT In”THE PRIVATE SECTOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES WERE A MATTER FOR INDIVIDUAL FIRMS AND UNDERTAKINGS.

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HOWEVER, HE WENT ON, BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT LABOUR SHORTAGE IN SOME INDUSTRIES THERE WERE MUCH BETTER ;OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEMPORARY SUMMER EMPLOYMENT THAN DURING THE RECESSIONARY CONDITIONS OF THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS.

+l UNDERSTAND THAT, PARTICULARLY IN THE ELECTRONICS AND ASSEMBLY INDUSTRIES, SUCH STUDENTS ARE FAIRLY EAGERLY SOUGHT, AND THAT SOME FACTORIES ARE EVEN RUNNING HALF-SHIFTS LARGELY TO CATER FOR THEM,+ HE SAID.

• MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFERED A PLACEMENT SERVICE FOR JOB-SEEKERS, BUT IT WAS MAINLY GEARED TO THOSE SEEKING REGULAR EMPLOYMENT. IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO TREAT FORM V AND FORM VI AS A SPECIAL GROUP, BUT ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE WAS ALWAYS GIVEN BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE.

WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 9) TO ALLOW WATERWORKS STAFF TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IN BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, SHA TSUI ROAD, TAI CHUNG ROAD, PUN SHAN STREET INCLUDING CHAI WAN KOK STREET, AND THE SEA FRONT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE LAND IN KWAI CHUNG AVAILABLE TO TANNERY OPERATORS .. 1

P.W.D. DIRECTOR PREDICTS BRIGHT FUTURE FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY .................................................... 2

CANCER HAS BECOME NUMBER ONE KILLER DISEASE IN HONG KONG 3

PASSING-OUT PARADE FOR PRISON OFFICERS ...................... *

HOMES OF MA WAN FISHERMEN RENOVATED.......................... 5

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR HK SOUTHERN DISTRICT.......... 6

WATER INTERRUPTION IN YAU MA TEI ............................ 6

PRINCIPAL OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TO RETIRE SOON.................................................. 7

CLUB STREET TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC ............... 7

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1976

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TANNERY OPERATORS GRANTED ADDITIONAL LAND Ji U

MEMBERS OF FOUR CONSORTIA OPERATING SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES WHICH ARE TO BE CLEARED ON JULY 31 WERE TOLD TODAY THAT THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAD APPROVED THE GRANT OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR THEM AT KWAI CHUNG ON A PRIVATE TREATY BASIS ON THE CONDITION THAT THEY COMPLY WITH THE CLEARANCE DEADLINE.

DETAILS OF THE OFFER WERE MADE TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE FOUR CONSORTIA AT A MEETING AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CLIVE OXLEY.

THE ADDITIONAL LAND COVERS AN AREA OF 88,530 SQUARE FEET AND IS ADJACENT TO THE LOTS ALREADY PURCHASED BY THE OPERATORS IN THE KWAI CHUNG OFFENSIVE TRADES AREA.

THE CONSORTIA REPRESENTATIVES WERE TOLD THAT THE SAME LICENSING AND EFFLUENT TREATMENT CONDITIONS WOULD APPLY TO THE ADDITIONAL LAND AS IN THE LAND THEY ORIGINALLY PURCHASED.

THE FIFTH CONSORTIUM, COMPRISING 33 OF THE SMALLER TANNERIES DID NOT FORMALLY APPLY FOR ANY ADDITIONAL LAND. +BUT THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THIS CONSORTIUM WERE TOLD AT THE SAME MEETING THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PREPARED TO PAY THEM CLEARANCE COMPENSATION UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES,* MR. OXLEY SAID.

+THE FIFTH CONSORTIUM ALSO HAS A PARCEL OF LAND IN KWAI CHUNG BUT IT IS MUCH TOO SMALL FOR THEIR OPERATIONS AND AS THEY HAD NOT TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF ACQUIRING MORE LAND, IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THEY DO NOT INTEND TO CONTINUE IN THE TANNERY INDUSTRY.

+IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PREPARED TO OFFER THIS CONSORTIUM CLEARANCE COMPENSATION FOR A CHANGE OF TRADE IF THEY ADHERE TO THE CLEARANCE DEADLINE.

+THE REPRESENTATIVES LEFT THE MEETING TO DISCUSS THE NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE CONSORTIA.

+DURING THE MEETING WITH THE FIVE CONSORTIA IT WAS AGAIN STRESSED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO ALTERATION OF THE JULY 31 DEADLINE.*

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P.W.D. DIRECTOR SEES BRIGHT FUTURE FOR BUILDING INDUSTRY

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THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING PREDICTED A BRIGHT YEAR AHEAD FOR HONG KONG’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL DINNER GATHERING OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, HE SAID THE LAST FEW MONTHS HAD SEEN GREATER ACTIVITY IN THE CONTRACTING FIELD.

+AND THE PROSPECT FOR THE YEAR AHEAD IS BRIGHTER STILL,+ HE SAID.

MR. MCDONALD STRESSED, HOWEVER, THAT BUILDING EFFICIENCY WOULD HAVE TO IMPROVE FURTHER TO MAINTAIN OUTPUT IN THE SHORTER WORKING PERIOD THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE IF PROPOSALS FOR TIGHTER CONTROLS ON NOISY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AND MORE STATUTORY HOLIDAYS FOR WORKERS WERE APPROVED.

AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS, HE SAID, WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY MEAN GREATER COMPETITION FOR MATERIALS AND LABOUR AND IT WAS TO BE EXPECTED THAT CONSTRUCTION COSTS WOULD ALSO INCREASE.

HE HOPED, HOWEVER, THAT THIS WOULD STIMULATE MORE INTEREST IN NEW METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION SUCH AS A GREATER DEGREE OF MECHANISATION ON BUILDING SITES.

AS SOME FORMS OF MECHANISATION COULD AGGRAVATE THE PROBLEM OF NOISE POLLUTION, LEGISLATION WAS ALREADY BEING DRAFTED WITH THE AIM OF BANNING THE USE OF ANY MECHANICALLY OPERATED DEVICE BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 7 A.M. AS WELL AS ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

+THIS, COUPLED WITH THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED EMPLOYMENT(AMENDMENT) BILL WHICH WILL GIVE WORKERS ANOTHER FOUR STATUTORY HOLIDAYS EACH YEAR, WILL MEAN THAT WE SHALL ALL BE ABLE TO REST QUIETLY, BOTH AT NIGHT AND ON OUR DAYS OFF.+

IT WOULD ALSO MEAN, HOWEVER, THAT CONTRACTORS WOULD HAVE FEWER HOURS EACH DAY WHEN PLANT COULD BE OPERATED AND IT WOULD BE UP TO CONTRACTORS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY TO MAINTAIN OUTPUT IN THE SHORTER WORKING PERIOD AVAILABLE, HE SAID.

MR. MCDONALD SAID THAT DESPITE MECHANISATION, HOWEVER, TRAINED CRAFTSMEN WOULD STILL CONTINUE TO BE NEEDED.

+1 AM THEREFORE VERY PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE BUILDING OF THE CONSTRUCTION TRAINING CENTRE IS UNDER WAY AND PROGRESSING WELL.

+FUNDS DERIVED FROM THE LEVY OF 0.25 PER CENT ON THE VALUE OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS ARE BEGINNING TO BUILD UP AND THE INCREASED AMOUNT OF WORK SHOULD RAISE THE CASH FLOW FROM A TRICKLE TO A FLOOD OVER THE NEXT YEAR OR S0,+ HE SAID.

AMONG THE GUESTS AT THE DINNER WAS MRS. MCDONALD WHO DREW THE WINNING NUMBERS OF A RAFFLE.

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1976 •

CANCER -- NUMBER ONE KILLER DISEASE IN HK ******

CANCER AND HEART DISEASES HAVE NOW TOPPED THE LIST OF 10 LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN HONG KONG, FOLLOWING SUCCESSES IN CONTROLLING INFECT IOUS DISEASES SUCH AS TUBERCULOSIS, ONCE THE NUMBER ONE KILLER DISEASE.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES, DR. G.H. CHOA, SAID THIS IN A TALK TO THE LIONS CLUB OF HONG KONG CENTRAL THIS AFTERNOON.

HE POINTED OUT THAT CANCER NOW ACCOUNTED FOR 24 PER CENT AND HEART DISEASE 15.6 PER CENT OF ALL DEATHS IN HONG KONG WHILE TUBERCULOSIS DROPPED TO SEVENTH PLACE WITH ONLY THREE PER CENT.

DR. CHOA SAID THE PRINCIPLES INVOLVED IN PREVENTING CANCER ARE TO AVOID EXPOSURE TO CAUSATIVE AGENTS AND TO PROTECT AGAINST THE ACTION OF CAUSATIVE AGENTS.

HOWEVER, AS THE NATURE OF THE DISEASE WAS NOT CLEARLY UNDERSTOOD AND THE CAUSES WERE NOT WELL-DEFINED, THERE ARE AS YET NO DIRECT EFFECTIVE MEASURES TO PREVENT CANCER OR, SIMILARLY, HEART DISEASE, HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE COMMONLY OCCURRING CANCERS IN HONG KONG ARE CANCERS OF THE LIVER, NASOPHARYNX, EREAST AND CERVIX, THOUGH BY AND LARGE THE CAUSATIVE AGENTS ARE UNKNOWN.

+ IT IS CLEAR THAT UNLESS WE CAN IDENTIFY THE CAUSATIVE AGENTS WE CANNOT AVOID EXPOSURE TO THEM OR BE PROTECTED AGAINST THEM,+ HE ADDED.

DR. CHOA SAID ONE VERY IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE MEASURE AGAINST CANCER THAT COULD BE ADOPTED WAS TO DETECT IT AT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE STAGE BY VARIOUS SCREENING METHODS AND TESTS.

CANCERS OF THE BREAST AND CERVIX, FOR INSTANCE, COULD BE DETECTED EARLY, ESPECIALLY THE LATTER THROUGH ROUTINE CYTOLOGICAL EXAMINATION.

DR. CHOA ADVISED THE PUBLIC TO WATCH OUT FOR THE FOLLOWING WARNING SIGNALS ISSUED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY : CHANGE IN BOWEL AND BLADDER HABITS, A SORE THAT DOES NOT HEAL, UNUSUAL BLEEDING OR DISCHARGE, THICKENING OR LUMP IN BREAST OR ELSEWHERE, INDIGESTION OR DIFFICULTY IN SWALLOWING, OBVIOUS CHANGE IN A WART OR MOLE AND HAGGI NG COUGH OR HOARSENESS.

TURNING TO HEART DISEASE, DR. CHOA SAID PEOPLE SHOULD BE AWARE OF SUCH RISK FACTORS AS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, RAISED BLOOD FATS, SMOKING, OBESITY AND PHYSICAL INACTIVITY.

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THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1976

HE SAID HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SHOULD BE TREATED OR CONTROLLED AS SOON AS IT IS DISCOVERED.

+A VISIT TO YOUR DOCTOR ONCE A YEAR IS SUFFICIENT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE REMAINS NORMAL. +

TO PREVENT RAISED BLOOD FATS THE EMPHASIS MUST BE ON DIETARY DISCRETION RATHER THAN MEDICAL TREATMENT, SAID DR. CHOA.

+WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS TO USE POLYUNSATURATED FAT WHICH IS CONTAINED IN VEGETABLE OILS FOR COOKING, RATHER THAN SATURATED OIL WHICH IS CONTAINED IN ANIMAL FAT.+

DR. CHOA FURTHER ADVISED THAT OVER-WEIGHT, WHICH HAS THE TENDENCY TO DEVELOP AFTER MIDDLE-AGE, SHOULD BE CONTROLLED BY DIET AND EXERCISE AND NOT BY ANY KIND OF DRUGS.

+WE SHOULD ALL DEVELOP THE HABIT OF WALKING SHORT DISTANCES TO OUR OFFICE OR SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS, CLIMBING THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF TAKING THE LIFTS IF WE HAVE ONLY 2-3 FLOORS TO GO, AND DO SOME WALKING, SWIMMING, CYCLING, GOLFING OR TAKE SOi-iE EXERCISE SOMETIME DURING THE WEEK IF NOT EVERY DAY.+

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PASSING-OUT PARADE OF PRISON OFFICERS

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR. SZETC WAI, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 56 OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT AT 11 A.M. THIS SATURDAY (JULY 10).

THE PARADE WILL BE HELD AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT IN STANLEY.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

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MA WAN ISLAND FISHERMEN’S HOMES RENOVATED

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THE HOMES OF 30 FISHERMEN ON MA WAN ISLAND HAVE BEEN RENOVATED — THANKS TO A NORTH AMERICAN AID AGENCY AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THE CO-OPERATIVE FOR AMERICAN RELIEF EVERYWHERE (CARE), THE DISTRICT OFFICE TSUEN WAN AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT COMBINED THEIR RESOURCES TO COMPLETE THE RENOVATIONS, WHICH WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED TODAY.

THE CEREMONY WAS CHAIRED BY THE FISHERMEN’S REPRESENTATIVE, MR. NG CHAU, AND ATTENDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF CARE, MR. LARRY HOLZMAN: MR. JOHN TODD, DISTRICT OFFICER (RURAL), AND A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

CARE PROVIDED THE MONEY TO BUILD 24 OF THE 30 HOMES IN 1975 UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE WHILE THE FISHERMEN BUILT THE OTHER SIX THEMSELVES.

LAST YEAR THE FISHERMEN APPROACHED THE DISTRICT OFFICE WITH A REQUEST FOR HELP BECAUSE THE BALCONIES AND STAIRWAYS OF THEIR HOMES NEEDED REPAIR.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND CARE AGAIN JOINED FORCES AND THE RENOVATIONS WERE CARRIED OUT AT A COST OF $10,000, ONE QUARTER OF WHICH WAS PROVIDED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE TSUEN WAN.

CARE ALSO RECENTLY AGREED TO PROVIDE NEW ROOFS FOR THE HOUSES AND THE WORK SECTION OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE TSUEN WAN IS PLANNING TO HAVE THE NEW ROOFS INSTALLED BY THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF Hl< *****

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG ISLAND WILL START THIS WEEKEND WITH AN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG ON SATURDAY (JULY 10) AT 2.30 P.M.

THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY. BANNERS AND SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE ADVISERS AND OFFICIALS CONNECTED WITH THE ORGANISATION OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, THERE WILL BE A BAND DISPLAY AND MILITARY TATTOO PERFORMED BY THE BAND AND BUGLES OF THE FIRST BATTALION LIGHT INFANTRY OF THE BRITISH FORCES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A VARIETY SHOW WHICH INCLUDES DANCING, SINGING AND JUDO DEMONSTRATION PERFORMED BY SCHOOLS AND YOUTH CENTRES IN THE DISTRICT.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT MORE THAN 3,000 CHILDREN AND YOUTHS WILL ATTEND THE FUNCTION. ADMISSION AND DRINKS WILL BE FREE.

IN THE EVENING, BETWEEN 8 AND 10 P.M., THERE WILL BE A CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMED EY THE LUNG CHEUNG OPERA TROUPE OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL, 1 WONG CHUK HANG ROAD, HONG KONG ON SATURDAY (JULY 10) AT 2.30 P.M.

MR. LEE’S SPEECH WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH G.I.S. ON THAT DAY.

WATEP. CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YAUMATEI WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS ON SATURDAY (JULY 10) FROM 1 AM TO ENABLE WATERWORKS STAFF TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED WILL EE ALL PREMISES BOUNDED EY KANSU STREET, SHANGHAI STREET, SAIGON STREET AND CANTON ROAD, INCLUDING THOSE IN PAK HOI STREET, BATTERY STREET AND RECLAMATION STREET.

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CHAMBERLAIN RETIRING SOON

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MR. TERENCE CHAMBERLAIN, PRINCIPAL OF SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, IS GOING ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE LATER THIS MONTH AFTER 21 YEARS’ SERVICE.

ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR CF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE WILL PRESENT MR. CHAMBERLAIN WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT TOMORROW (FRIDAY) MORNING.

MR. CHAMBERLAIN JOINED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN JULY 1955 WHEN HE TOOK UP THE POST OF EDUCATION OFFICER.

HIS CAREER IN HONG KONG BEGAN INITIALLY IN THE CLASSROOM OF QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL AND LATER AT TWO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

IN DECEMBER 1967 HE WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER AND HE SERVED AS PRINCIPAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL UNTIL HIS TRANSFER TO SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION IN AUGUST 1970.

MR. CHAMBERLAIN WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, ON APRIL 1, 1972.

NOTE TO EDITORS 8

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 11.30 A.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY) COVERED. IT WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CLUB STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT CLUB STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL MOTOR VEHICLES FROM 8.30 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 10) TO 6 A.M. ON SUNDAY (JULY 11).

THIS IS TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

AN ALTERNATIVE TRAFFIC ROUTING IS AVAILABLE VIA CHATER ROAD AND MURRAY ROAD TO JOIN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TOUGHER LA* PROPOSED TC CONTROL NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS AND MALPRACTICE OF INJECTING WATER INTO MEAT .............. 1

CHILDREN SHOULD BE IMMUNISED AGAINST MEASLES .............. 2

3UILDING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED ........ 3

LAND TC BE RESUMED FOR HOUSING ESTATE ..................... 3

NEW GENERAL MANAGER FOR KAI TAK AIRPORT ................... A

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME .................................... 5

REVENUE OFFICERS’ FASSING-OUT PARADE ...................... 6

NE* TRAFFEC ARRANGEMENTS FOR BUTE STREET .................. 6

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FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1976

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TOUGHER LAW PROPOSED FOR INJECTING WATER INTO MEAT

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THE STRENGTHENING OF THE LAW TO DEAL WITH SUCH OFFENCES AS INJECTING WATER INTO MEAT IS A MAIN PURPOSE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) NO. 3 BILL, PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

ANOTHER PROVISION IN THIS AMENDMENT BILL COVERS EXCESSIVELY NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SHORTLY. IF ENACTED, IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO FAIL TO ABATE A NUISANCE CAUSED BY SUCH AIR-CONDITIONERS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE NEW LAW WOULD ENABLE ANY INSTRUMENTS USED FOR INJECTING WATER INTO MEAT TO BE SEIZED. IT WOULD ALSO MAKE THE SALE OF ADULTERATED MEAT AN OFFENCE AND WOULD MAKE LICENSEES RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY SUCH OFFENCES COMMITTED ON THEIR PREMISES.

ON NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS AND VENTILATORS, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT AMENDING LEGISLATION INTRODUCED RECENTLY HAD MADE LEGAL ACTION POSSIBLE AGAINST NUISANCES CAUSED BY AIR-CONDITIONERS EMITTING BLASTS OF HOT AIR OR LEAKING WATER.

WHEN SUCH A NUISANCE IS DETECTED, IT BECOMES AN OFFENCE TO FAIL TO END IT WITHIN A REQUIRED PERIOD.

THE LATEST AMENDMENT BILL WOULD MAKE SIMILAR ACTION POSSIBLE IN THE CASE OF EXCESSIVELY NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS.

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CROSS-TOLO HARBOUR SWIMMING RACE

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OWNERS, COXSWAINS AND PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF LOCAL CRAFT ARE URGED TO NAVIGATE WITH EXTREME CAUTION OFF TAI PO ON SUNDAY (JULY 11) WHEN THE CROSS-TOLO HARBOUR SWIMMING RACE IS HELD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THE RACE WOULD TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 10.30 A.M. AND 12.30 P.M.

IT WOULD START FROM THE BEACH NEAR SHUEN WAN AND WOULD FINISH AT ISLAND HOUSE, YUEN CHAU TSAI, TAI PO.

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PARENTS URGED TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN IMMUNISED AGAINST MEASLES

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS AGAIN URGED PARENTS

TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE IMMUNISED AGAINST THE INFECTIOUS. DISEASE OF MEASLES, WHICH HAS BEEN STEADILY INCREASING IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCIDENCE OF MEASLES WENT UP FROM 60 CASES IN APRIL TO 130 IN MAY AND TO 260 LAST MONTH, BRINGING THE TOAL TO 600 CASES WITH FOUR DEATHS SO FAR THIS YEAR.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THE INCIDENCE OF MEASLES HAS CONSIDERABLY INCREASED, IT HAS NOT REACHED EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS.

HOWEVER, TO PREVENT A MAJOR OUTBREAK PARENTS MUST IMMEDIATELY HAVE THEIR CHILDREN VACCINATED, HE SAID.

FREE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH ARE LOCATED IN EVERY DISTRICT.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD EARLIER WARNED THE PUBLIC OF THE POSSIBILITY OF AN OUTBREAK OF MEASLES DURING THE LATTER PART OF 1975 OR EARLY 1976.

THIS WAS BECAUSE THE DISEASE HAD, IN THE PAST, DISPLAYED A DISTINCT BIENNIAL PATTERN OCCUR I NG IN AN ENDEMIC FORM EVERY ALTERNATE WINTER/SPRI NG.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT THE LAST OUTBREAK OF MEASLES OCCURED IN LATE 1973 AND EARLY 1974 WHEN 53 CHILDREN DIED OF THE DISEASE.

HE EXPLAINED THAT MEASLES IS A HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE AFFECTING MOSTLY CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS OF AGE.

+ALTHOUGH IT IS SELDOM FATAL, THE COMPLICATIONS OF THE INFECTION SUCH AS BRONCHO-PNEUMONIA OR ENCEPHALITIS, OFTEN LEAD TO DEATH, + HE SAID.

A SURVEY BY THE DEPARTMENT SHOWED THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN HONG KONG STILL REMAINED SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DISEASE, ALTHOUGH SOME 41 PER CENT OF THE CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED.

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 1976


BUILDING INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY REPORT PUBLISHED ******

THE REPORT ON THE THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.

PREPARED BY THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, IT CONTAINS DETAILED STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY AND SHOWS THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES IN EACH PRINCIPAL JOB.

APART FROM A FORECAST OF THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY, THERE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO COPE WITH THESE NEEDS.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE DRAWN UP IN THE LIGHT OF THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WHICH WAS CONDUCTED IN APRIL LAST YEAR BY THE BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BUILDING CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION LIMITED, LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

THE REPORT, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, SELLS AT $7 A COPY.

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LAND TO BE RESUMED FOR HOUSING ESTATE

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SOME 570,000 SQUARE FEET OF AGRICULTURAL LAND IN TUEN MUN IS TO BE RESUMED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PHASE II OF THE TAI HING HOUSING ESTATE.

THE RESUMPTION WILL INVOLVE THE CLEARANCE OF 230 STRUCTURES ON BOTH PRIVATE AND CROWN LAND AND A TOTAL OF 36 FAMILIES OCCUPYING TEMPORARY DOMESTIC STRUCTURES. THESE FAMILIES WILL BE OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING IF ELIGIBLE OR ACCOMMODATION IN A LICENSED AREA.

THE TOTAL COST OF RESUMPTION IS ESTIMATED TO BE $6.3 MILLION OF WHICH ABOUT 35.8 MILLION IS TO BE OFFERED AS COMPENSATION FOR THE LAND AND THE REST AS PAYMENTS FOR CROPS AND FRUIT TREES, WELLS AND FISHPONDS AFFECTED.

PHASE II OF THE ESTATE, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BETWEEN 1979 AND 1980, WILL HOUSE 17,500 PEOPLE.

THE FIRST PHASE OF THE ESTATE, CAPABLE OF HOUSING SOME 29,000 PEOPLE, IS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED IN NINE MONTHS’ TIME.

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AN EXPERIENCED CIVIL AVIATION MAN AND A FAMILIAR FACE TO HONG KONG, MR. KEN SMITH, ARRIVES FROM AUSTRALIA ON JULY 31 TO TAKE UP THE POST OF AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER AT KAI TAK.

HE HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO SUCCEED THE RETIRING MR. H.M. (JOHNNY) JOHNSTON WHO LEAVES ON JULY 15 TO JOIN THE OVERSEAS CONSULTANCY SERVICE DEPARTMENT OF THE BRITISH AIRPORTS AUTHORITY IN LONDON.

MR. SMITH’S ASSOCIATION WITH KAI TAK BEGAN IN FEBRUARY 1973 WHEN. FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF A PREVIOUS AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER, Ar. BILL MORGAN, HE WAS SECONDED TO HONG KONG FROM THE MELBOURNE (TULLAMARI NE) AIRPORT WHERE HE WAS SENIOR DIRECTOR.

HE THEN HELD THE POST ON A TEMPORARY BASIS FOR 14 MONTHS UNTIL MR. JOHNSTON ARRIVED. THIS HONG KONG EXPERIENCE IS, AS THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION. MR. ROY DOWNING, PUT IT, A GREAT ASSET NOT ONLY TO HIS WORK, BUT ALSO FOR THE FUTURE OVERALL WELL-BEING OF THE AIRPORT.

WELL KNOWN FOR HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERTISE IN AVIATION WORK, MR. SMITH FIRST JOINED THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AUSTRALIA, IN 1950 AND HAD SINCE HELD VARIOUS RESPONSIBLE POSTS, INCLUDING TEN YEARS AS AIRPORT MANAGER AT ESSENDON AIRPORT, AND AIRPORT DIRECTOR OF MELBOURNE AIRPORT.

HONOURS BESTOWED ON HIM INCLUDE A DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND A MENTION IN DESPATCHES DURING THE WAR.

THE OUTGOING MANAGER, MR. JOHNSTON, 55, IS AN AVIATION ADMINISTRATOR WITH WORLD-WIDE EXPERIENCE. HE HELD THE SAME TITLE IN EDINBURGH AIRPORT IN SCOTLAND SINCE 1971.

AFTER AN OUTSTANDING CAREER WITH BOMBER COMMAND DURING THE WAR, HE WAS AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER, THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS AND A MENTION IN DESPATCHES.

HE LATER GAINED EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN A NUMBER OF CIVIL AVIATION POSTS, WHICH PROVED TO BE OF CONSIDERABLE VALUE DURING HIS HONG KONG SERVICE.

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SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME

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THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OF ALL AGES WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE SOME LIVELY ENTERTAINMENT AT THE YEUNG UK ROAD PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (SATURDAY) WHEN THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME BEGINS

TO MARK THE START OF THE EVENT, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, WILL OFFICIATE AT A CEREMONY AT 7.30 P.M.

ALSO OFFICIATING WILL BE MR. JAMES HAYES, DISTRICT OFFICER (TSUEN WAN) AND MR. HAROLD KWOK, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE (D.Y.R.C.C.).

CERTIFICATES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE SPONSORS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS OF THE D.Y.R.C.C.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, THERE WILL BE A DRAGON DANCE BY THE NEW TERRITORIES MARTIAL ART ASSOCIATION, A BAND DISPLAY BY THE GURKHAS AND A MOTOR CYCLING DRILL BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

ON SUNDAY, THE YAU MA TEI/TSIM SHA TSUI DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE KOWLOON PARK AT 2 P.M.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MR. CANICE MAK, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (YAU MA TEI)- PRESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, AND MR. MUI KAN-KIT, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER (YAU MA TEI) WHO IS ALSO THE ADVISER TO THE COMMITTEE.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW WITH FOLK DANCING KARATE DEMONSTRATION, CHORUS-SINGING, AND JUDO DEMONSTRATION.

GAMES STALLS WITH OVER 6,000 PRIZES WILL ALSO BE SET UP FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF YOUNGSTERS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORD I ALY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS

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PASSING-OUT PARADE OF REVENUE OFFICERS

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE, MR. PAUL WONG, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 31 ASSISTANT REVENUE OFFICERS AT 10.45 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE PARADE WILL BE HELD AT THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, NEW TERRITORIES.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENT.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PRESS. A LAUNCH WILL LEAVE THE GOVERNMENT PIER EAST ARM (OPPOSITE INTERNATIONAL BUILDING) AT 9.40 A.M.

FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO GO BY CAR, THEY SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER, TSIM SHA TSUI, NEAR THE OLD RAILWAY STATION BEFORE 9.30 A.M. A CAR, NO. AM 5606, WILL BE WAITING FOR THEM THERE.


TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN BUTE STREET

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BUTE STREET, BETWEEN SHANGHAI STREET AND PORTLAND STREET, WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 12).

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS RE-ROUTING THE PROHIBITION ON THE ENTRY OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES INTO THE SECTION OF BUTE STREET BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND NATHAN ROAD WILL BE CANCELLED. THIS WILL ALLOW PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES TO TRAVEL FROM SHANGHAI STREET THROUGH BUTE STREET TO LAI CHI KOK ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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SATURDAY, JULY 10, 1976

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PRISONS FREE FROM DRUGS ...................................... 1

EMPLOYMENT SERVICE TO HELP TANNERY WORKERS ................. 2

THIRTY-ONE PREVENTIVE SERVICE RECRUITS COMPLETE TRAINING . 3

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG ....................................

MOUNT BUTLER QUARRY IMPROVED ...............................

CROSS-TOLO HARBOUR SWIM ...................................... 5

FUN FAIR AND SPORTING EVENTS FOR CHILDREN .................... 6

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PENAL INSTITUTIONS FREE FROM DRUGS

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HONG KONG’S PENAL INSTITUTIONS ARE NOW FREE FROM DRUGS AND CONTROLS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED TO ENSURE THAT THERE WILL BE NO MORE DETERIORATION IN THIS SITUATION.

THIS WAS STATED BY AN EXECUTIVE COUNCILLOR, MR. SZETO WAI, AT THE PASSING-OUT PARADE OF 56 OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR. SZETO SAID: +IT IS HEARTENING TO KNOW THAT THE SERIOUS PROBLEM OF ILLICIT DRUGS WHICH PLAGUED STANLEY PRISON IN THE PAST HAS BEEN FIRMLY DEALT WITH.+

ON OVERCROWDING IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS, HE SAID IT WAS A SERIOUS AND PERENNIAL PROBLEM.

HE NOTED THAT BOTH THE VICTORIA RECEPTION CENTRE AND STANLEY PRISON, HAD BOTH BEEN FORCED UPON THEM A POPULATION MORE THAN TWICE THEIR DESIGNED CAPACITY, AND THEIR CONDITIONS IN THIS RESPECT FELL VERY SHORT OF THE REQUIREMENTS AS LAID DOWN IN THE STANDARD MINIMUM RULES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PRISONERS ADOPTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS.

MR. SZETO WAI EMPHASISED THAT SUCH SERIOUS OVERCROWDING GAVE RISE TO MANY DIFFICULTIES AND PROBLEMS OF HEALTH, DISCIPLINE AND, ABOVE ALL, SECURITY.

+IT IS THEREFORE ENCOURAGING TO KNOW THAT THE NEW RECEPTION CENTRE AT LAI CHI KOK WILL BE COMPLETED IN 1977 WHICH WILL REPLACE THE AGED AND INADEQUATE VICTORIA RECEPTION CENTRE.*

HOWEVER, MR. SZETO WAI ADDED THAT A SHORTAGE OF ACCOMMODATION IN HONG KONG’S PRISONS FOR MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISONERS CONTINUED TO PRESENT A VERY SPECIAL PROBLEM WHICH MUST BE RESOLVED WITH URGENCY.

IN THIS VEIN, HE SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT MEASURES WOULD BE EXPEDITED TO IMPROVE THE EXISTING SECURITY AND PHYSICAL FACILITIES IN STANLEY PRISON.

MR. SZETO WAI POINTED OUT THAT IN 1973 SPECIALISTS IN PRISON ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING WERE CONSULTED AND HAD MADE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GENERAL IMPROVEMENT IN ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS BUILDING PROPOSALS.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS CARRIED OUT CANNOT BE OVER-EMPHASISED IN THE FACE OF HONG KONG’S RAPIDLY INCREASING CRIME RATE RESULTING IN A GROWING PENAL POPULATION COMPRISING LARGELY OF INCREASINGLY SOPHISTICATED CRIMINALS.

IN SUMMING UP, MR. SZETO WAI SAID THAT PRISONS INDUSTRIES MUST BE GIVEN GREATER IMPETUS BECAUSE IT PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE REHABILIATATION OF PRISONERS.

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EMPLOYMENT SERVICE TO HELP TANNERY WORKERS

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS TO OPEN A TEMPORARY BRANCH OFFICE OF ITS LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE AT SHEUNG SHU I, THE NEW TERRITORIES ON MONDAY (JULY 12) TO HELP THOSE PEOPLE WHO MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE OF TANNERIES ON JULY 31.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICERS WILL BE ON DUTY AT THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE, 24 SAN FUNG AVENUE, GROUND FLOOR ON MONDAY AND THURSDAY MORNINGS EACH WEEK.

ARRANGEMENTS COULD BE MADE TO KEEP THE DAYS OF THE WEEK ALSO IF THE NEED AROSE, HE

OFFICE OPEN ON OTHER ADDED.

TANNERY WORKERS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE IN

EMPLOYMENT EMPLOYMENT

... FINDING ALTERNATIVE

MAY CALL AT THE CENTRE TO REGISTER WITH THE LOCAL SERVICE. NO FEE WILL BE CHARGED.

OTHER RESIDENTS IN THE AREA WHO WISH TO MAKE USE OF ITS FACILITIES ARE ALSO WELCOME TO CALL AT THE OFFICE.

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ROLES OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS

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PREVENTIVE SERVICE OFFICERS HAVE TO BE ALERT AND FLEXIBLE TO MATCH CUNNING WITH ASTUTENESS, THE ACTING DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE, MR. PAUL WONG, SAID THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

ADDRESSING 31 ASSISTANT REVENUE OFFICERS DURING THEIR PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN TAI LAM CHUNG, MR. WONG SAID THE RESULTS OF PREVENTIVE SERVICE’S EFFORTS IN THE FIELD OF NARCOTICS HAD NOT GONE UNNOTICED BY THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC.

+WE, HOWEVER, CANNOT BE COMPLACENT AS THE WELL-BEING OF INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE CONTINUES TO BE THREATENED BY THIS SOCIAL EVIL, AND SOPHISTICATED METHODS OF SMUGGLING ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING,* HE STRESSED.

MR. WONG POINTED OUT THAT THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE WAS CHARGED WITH MANY RESPONSIBILITIES, PRINCIPALLY THE COLLECTION AND PROTECTION OF REVENUE FROM DUTIABLE COMMODITIES SUCH AS ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS, TOBACCO, HYDROCARBON OILS AND METHYL ALCOHOL.

+HK $550 MILLION WAS COLLECTED LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR REVENUE MAY REACH HK $650 MILLION,* HE SAID.

WITH THE SPECIALIST KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNIQUES THEY HAVE ACQUIRED DURING THEIR TRAINING PERIOD, MR. WONG FELT SURE THE NEW RECRUITS WOULD BE ABLE TO PERFORM THEIR DUTIES EFFICIENTLY AND, WITH CONFIDENCE, DISCHARGE THEIR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES WITH TACT, TOLERANCE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WITHOUT ANY ABUSE.

IN THIS RESPECT THEY WILL HAVE THE ASSISTANCE AND GUIDANCE OF THEIR MORE EXPERIENCED COLLEAGUES.

+GOOD TEAM WORK AND HIGH WORKING MORALE ARE THE HALLMARK OF THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE,* HE SAID.

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WATER CUT

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 P.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 12) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT WATER PIPES AT THt SECTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD BETWEEN KWAI CHEONG ROAD AND KUNG YIP STRcET.

PREMISES IN KUNG YIP STREET, WAH SING STREET AND THE SECTION OF TAI LIN PAI ROAD BETWEEN KWAI ON ROAD AND KUNG YIP STREET WILL BE AFFECTED.

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MT. BUTLER QUARRY IMPROVED

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS COMPLETED A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME AT MT. BUTLER QUARRY.

THE NEW PLANT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 3.30 P.M. ON MONDAY (JULY 12) BY MR. DAVID STEAD, DIRECTOR OF THE P.W.D’S ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE FUNCTION.

AFTER THE OPENING CEREMONY, MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY OF TOURING THE NEW INSTALLATION AND SEE THE MODERN MECHANICAL PLANT IN OPERATION.

TWO VANS (AM2068 AND AM3295) WILL BE PROVIDED TO TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO THE QUARRY AND BACK.

THEY WILL LEAVE THE P.W.D’S CARPARK AT MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, AT 3 P.M. SHARP.

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CR0SS-T0L0 HARBOUR SWIM

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AN AMERICAN BANKER AND AN ENGLISH SCHOOL TEACHER ARE AMONG 367 PEOPLE WHO WILL TAKE PART IN THE CROSS-TOLO HARBOUR SWIMMING RACE TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE RACE IS TIMED TO START AT 10.30 A.M. FROM HA HANG, ON THE TAI PO TO PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR ROAD, AND THE WINNER WILL FINISH AROUND 30 MINUTES LATER AT YUEN CHAU TSAI.

THE AMERICAN ENTRANT - THE FIRST IN THE RACE’S NINE-YEAR HISTORY - IS MR. TOCHER MITCHELL, 29, AN ASSISTANT TREASURER WITH AN AMERICAN BANK.

HE SWAM COMPETITIVELY IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE WAS IN UNIVERSITY, BUT ADMITS HE HAS BEEN +OUT OF TRAINING FOR SEVEN YEARS+.

+WHEN I WAS SWIMMING COMPETITIVELY, THE LONGEST DISTANCE I EVER RACED WAS 1,650 YARDS, SO THIS 2,000-METRE COURSE IS GOING TO BE A REAL CHALLENGE.

+1 ’VE NEVER SWUM THE COURSE BEFORE, SO I JUST HOPE SOMEBODY POINTS ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.+

THE ENGLISH ENTRANT IS A TEACHER AT THE YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RACE ORGANISERS, THE TAI PO DISTRICT SPORTS FEDERATION, SAID THAT ENTRANTS THIS YEAR HAD COME FROM ALL PARTS OF HONG KONG.

THE OLDEST SWIMMER WILL BE MR. CHAN CHUNG-YAU WHO, AT 65, IS STILL A KEEN AND WELL-KNOWN WINTER SWIMMING ENTHUSIAST. THE YOUNGEST ENTRANTS ARE TWO 12-YEAR-OLD SCHOOL BOYS, WONG CHAK-CHUNG AND CHOW LIT-MAN, WHO COME FROM THE LI CHENG UK ESTATE.

THE RACE WILL BE OFFICIALLY STARTED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, AND PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED BY MRS. JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THERE WILL BE SEPARATE PRIZES FOR THE MEN’S AND WOMEN’S SECTIONS AND ALL SWIMMERS WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE IN UNDER 80 MINUTES WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE.

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FUN FAIR AND SPORTING EVENTS

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THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN WILL TAKE PART IN TWO SPORTING EVENTS AND A FUN FAIR TO BE HELD ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HARBOUR TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS, THE SPORTING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE IN WANCHAI AND WONG CHUK HANG ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE FUN FAIR IN KWUNTONG, KOWLOON.

MORE THAN 100 YOUTHS WILL TAKE PART IN A TABLE TENNIS INDIVIDUAL KNOCK-OUT COMPETITION WHICH WILL BE HELD AT TUNG WAH YOUTH CENTRE IN HENNESSY ROAD, WANCHAI FROM 9 A.M.

A LOCAL-STYLED +DECATHLON+ WHICH INCLUDES HIGH JUMP, LONG JUMP, BASKETBALL SHOOTING AND FOOTBALL DRIBBLING, WILL BE HELD AT THE WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE’S NUMBER EIGHT PLAYGROUND. MORE THAN 600 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 A.M.

THE FUN FAIR WITH 20 GAMES STALLS WILL START AT 2 P.M. AT A MINI-SOCCER PITCH IN SAU MAU PING ESTATE (SOUTH) NEAR BLOCK 25.

MORE THAN 6,000 RESIDENTS OF THE ESTATE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE FAIR.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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SUNDAY, JULY 11, 1976.

WORK OF VARIOUS GOV’T DEPARTMENTS DURING TYPHOON

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THE HOISTING OF A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNAL NAY MEAN A QUIET, RESTFUL DAY AT HOME TO THE AVERAGE MAN, BUT FOR OFFICERS OF MANY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND MEMBERS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, IT MEANS SWINGING INTO FULL ALERT AND STEPPING UP PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY.

WHEN A STORM GETS CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE A THREAT, DEPARTMENTS WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES IMMEDIATELY ACTIVATE THEIR EMERGENCY ARRANGEMENTS AND OFFICERS REPORT FOR DUTY, GEARED UP TO DEAL WITH ANY EVENTUALITY.

LONG BEFORE THIS AND WELL BEFORE THE START OF THE TYPHOON SEASON EVERY YEAR, DETAILED CONTINGENCY PLANS AND COMPREHENSIVE WARNING SYSTEMS ARE DRAWN UP SO THAT ALL DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES ARE. THIS ENSURES THE SMOOTH RUNNING OF ALL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS TO GIVE MAXIMUM PROTECTION TO THE COMMUNITY.

FOR PEOPLE WHOSE HOMES MAY BE ENDANGERED, THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT CAN, AT VERY SHORT NOTICE, SET UP A CHAIN OF 115 TEMPORARY SHELTERS WHICH CAN BETWEEN THEM ACCOMMODATE MORE THAN 22,000 PEOPLE.

THESE CENTRES ARE OPEN ONCE THE NUMBER 8 STORM WARNING SIGNAL IS UP AND ANYONE CAN STAY THERE UNTIL IT IS SAFE TO RETURN HOME.

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ALSO GOES ON ALERT WHENEVER THERE IS A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING, PARTICULARLY WHEN HONG KONG’S LARGE FLEET OF FISHING VESSELS AND JUNKS ARE RETURNING TO BASE.

PATROL LAUNCHES INSPECT ALL TYPHOON SHELTERS TO ENSURE THAT BOATS ARE SAFELY SHELTERED AND THAT FIRE LANES AND FAIRWAYS ARE NOT BLOCKED. SPACES ARE ALSO RESERVED FOR CROSS HARBOUR FERRIES BECAUSE THEY ARE USUALLY THE LAST TO CEASE OPERATION.

AS LONG AS WEATHER CONDITIONS PERMIT, FAST LAUNCH PATROLS THE HARBOUR TO OFFER ASSISTANCE AND SAFETY ADVICE TO OCEAN-GOING VESSELS. IF A SHIP IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE, THE DEPARTMENT’S PORT COMMUNICATION CENTRE ACTS AS THE CO-ORDINATOR OF ANY SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATION. GOVERNMENT VESSELS INCLUDING MARINE POLICE LAUNCHES, FIREBOATS, AND NAVY CRAFT MAY ALSO BE CALLED IN TO HELP.

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THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG, WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR KEEPING THE PUBLIC INFORMED SC THAT ADVANCE PRECAUTIONS CAN BE TAKEN, ALSO GO ON FULL ALERT.

IF THE SITUATION SO WARRANTS, GIS WILL WORK AND RTHK BROADCAST ROUND THE CLOCK.

LATEST STORM INFORMATION AND PRECAUTIONARY ADVICE ISSUED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ARE DISTRIBUTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE MEDIA THROUGH THE GIS NETWORK OF TELEPRINTER AND FASCIMILE. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THE LATEST TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND EVENTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST ARE ALSO ISSUED CONTINUOUSLY BY GIS.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS GOING ON ALERT INCLUDE THE FIRE SERVICES WHICH HELPS OUT IN RESCUE WORK AS WELL AS FIGHT FIRES- THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WHICH TAKES CARE OF THE INJURED- THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WHICH PROVIDES RELIEF, SHELTER AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRY PEOPLE- THE POLICE WHICH MAINTAIN ROAD COMMUNICATIONS AND TRAFFIC MOVEMENTS, THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WHICH REPAIRS DAMAGE TO ROADS, BUILDINGS AND DRAINS- THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WHICH PROVIDES FOOD AND OTHER RELIEF, AND THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WHICH GIVES TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATI ON TO PEOPLE MADE HOMELESS.

PLAYING AN EQUALLY IMPORTANT ROLE DURING EMERGENCIES ARE THE AUXILIARY SERVICES INCLUDING THE CIVIL AID SERVICES, THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES, THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.

MEMBERS OF THE C.A.S. CAN BE CALLED OUT TO HELP TO CLEAN ROADS AND DANGEROUS BUILDINGS, TO EVACUATE CASUALTIES, TO CARRY URGENT DISPATCHES AND TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD AND OTHER RELIEF ARTICLES TO STORM VICTIMS WHILE A.M.S. MEMBERS ARE MOBILISED TO STAFF EMERGENCY AMBULANCES IN FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S AMBULANCE DEPOTS.

AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE CAN BE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY ONCE STORM WARNING NUMBER 3 IS UP, AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT, TOGETHER WITH THOSE OF THE ARMED FORCES, CAN BE QUICKLY MOBILISED TO FORM RESCUE PARTIES, FIRST AID TEAMS, EMERGENCY TREATMENT UNITS, OR TO SUPPORT THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES IN CLEARING ROAD, FIGHTING FIRES AND HANDING CUT RELIEF.

VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE HONG KONG RED CROSS AND THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE ARE ALSO ON STANDBY AND CAN BE CALLED IN TO PROVIDE FURTHER ASSISTANCE.

RESPONSIBLE FOR DIRECTING AND CO-ORDINATING ALL THESE EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AUXILIARY SERVICES AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IS THE CIVIL CO-ORDINATION CENTRE, WHICH IS USUALLY ACTIVATED WHEN TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING NUMBER 8 OR HIGHER IS HOISTED.

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UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, THE C.C.C. ACTS AS THE CENTRAL AUTHORITY FOR THE WHOLE EMERGENCY OPERATION.

THE SAME PRECAUTIONS ARE ALSO TAKEN DURING SEVERE RAINSTORMS, FLOODINGS, AND OTHER EMERGENCIES.

THROUGH THESE ARRANGEMENTS THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS WELL PREPARED TO PROTECT THE COMMUNITY AND WORK TOWARDS A RAPID RETURN TO NORMAL CONDITIONS.


+TRAFFIC SEPARATION* SYSTEM FOR HARBOUR PROVES SUCCESSFUL

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A UNIQUE SAFETY SCHEME INTRODUCED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT FOR INCOMING AND OUTGOING SHIPS IN THE HARBOUR HAS PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THE SCHEME KNOWN AS THE +TRAFFIC SEPARATION* SYSTEM, STARTED EARLY THIS YEAR.

THE SENIOR MARINE OFFICER/PLANNI NG, MR. GORDON MILWARD, SAID THE SYSTEM COMPRISED TWO ROUTES, ONE COVERING THE EASTERN APPROACHES TO THE HARBOUR AND THE OTHER AT THE WESTERN APPROACHES.

THE EASTERN PASSAGE IS FROM W'AGLAN ISLAND TO LEI YUE MUN PASSING THROUGH THE TATHONG CHANNEL AND THE WESTERN ROUTE THROUGH EAST LAMMA CHANNEL TO GREEN ISLAND.

MR. MILWARD SAID THE WESTERN POINT WAS BEING HEAVILY USED BY TANKERS OF UP TO 100,000 TONS ON THEIR WAY TO ANCHORAGE AND BY CONTAINER SHIPS CALLING AT KWAI CHUNG TERMINAL.

MARINE DEPARTMENT PATROLS FREQUENTLY VISIT THE TWO AREAS TO ENSURE THE PROPER USE OF THE PASSAGES BY VESSELS.

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SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT FOR NEW GPO X X X * M

A SOPHISTICATED POSTAL MECHANISATION SYSTEM, WHICH WILL MAKE HONG KONG ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED MAIL HANDLING CENTRES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN THE NEW GPO BUILDING IN PREPARATION FOR ITS OFFICIAL OPENING EARLY NEXT MONTH.

COSTING SOME $12 MILLION, THE SYSTEM INCORPORATES A WIDE RANGE OF THE LATEST MAIL HANDLING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING A NETWORK OF CHAIN AND BELT CONVEYORS LINKING THE NEW BUILDING WITH ADJACENT SEA BERTHS TO PROVIDE BETTER LOADING AND UNLOADING FACILITIES.

AN AUTOMATIC STAMP CANCELLING MACHINE, CAPABLE OF STAMPING AND SORTING 25,000 LETTERS AN HOUR, HAS ALSO BEEN INSTALLED.

ALL THIS EQUIPMENT WILL SAVE CONSIDERABLE MANPOWER AND FURTHER ENHANCE EFFICIENCY TO COPE WITH THE POST OFFICE’S EVER INCREASING WORKLOAD.

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CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOT COLLECTED THEIR CERTIFICATES OF THIS JANUARY’S UNIVERSITY OF LONDON G.C.E. EXAMINATION ARE URGED TO DO SO BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

+CANDIDATES SHOULD CALL IN PERSON DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR ADMISSION FORMS OR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS/PASSPORTS FOR IDENTIFICATION,* AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT UNCLAIMED CERTIFICATES WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON AT A LATER DATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LAND GRANT IN KOWLOON BAY FOR MTR’S KOWLOON DEPOT ......... 1

PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF MOUNT BUTLER QUARRY TO TRIPLE ... 2

DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES TO MEET THE MEDIA .............. 3

ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION COMMENDS STUDENTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME ..................................... A-

SALE OF USED TEXTBOOKS IN TA I HANG TUNG .................. 5

TWENTY-ONE OFFICERS OF FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS RETIRING .................................... 5

SECOND EXHIBITION ON DIARRHOEAL DISEASES .................. 6

WATER CUT IN CHAI WAN AND REPULSE BAY ..................... 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1976

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LAND GRANT FOR MTR’S KOWLOON DEPOT

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TO MAKE A GRANT OF SOME 1.72 MILLION SQUARE FEET (40 ACRES) OF LAND IN KOWLOON BAY TO THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

THE LAND IS TO BE USED EY THE MTRC FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ITS MAIN KOWLOON DEPOT WHICH WILL INCLUDE WORKSHOP AND MAINTENANCE AREAS.

A HOUSING ESTATE WILL ALSO BE BUILT ABOVE THE DEPOT PODIUM. TOGETHER WITH THIS ESTATE THERE WILL BE A COMMERCIAL COMPLEX, COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACE FOR THE RESIDENTS. FOOTBRIDGES WILL PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE SURROUNDING MAIN ROADS TO THE ADJOINING RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

THE HOUSING ESTATE WILL COMPRISE SOME THREE MILLION SQUARE FEET GROSS OF SPACE WHICH WILL EE DEVELOPED INTO 5,000 FLATS EACH WITH A NET LIVING AREA IN THE RANGE OF 500 SQUARE FEET.

THE ESTATE IS EXPECTED TO HOUSE 25,000 PEOPLE WHEN FULLY DEVELOPED.

THE FLATS IN THE ESTATE WILL BE SOLD TO THE PUBLIC WHILE THE COMMERCIAL PREMISES WILL BE RENTED OUT. THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION WILL BE FORMING ITS OWN PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT UNIT FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF THE ESTATE TO ENSURE THAT PROPER STANDARDS ARE MAINTAINED.

THE MONEY FROM THE SALE OF THE FLATS AND FROM THE LEASING OF THE COMMERCIAL PREMISES WOULD BE EMPLOYED BY THE CORPORATION EITHER IN FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE RAILWAY OR TO HELP MEET ITS DEET SERVICE CHARGES AND OPERATING EXPENSES.

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PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF MT. BUTLER

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QUARRY TO TRIPLE

THE P.W.D.’S DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, MR. DAVID STEAD, TODAY PUSHED A BUTTON SETTING IN MOTION A FULLY-MECHANISED PRODUCTION SYSTEM AT THE P.W.D.’S MOUNT BUTLER QUARRY, MARKING THE END OF A $5.5 MILLION PROGRAMME TO TRIPLE THE QUARRY’S DAILY PRODUCTION CAPACITY.

THE FINAL ADDITION FOR THE QUARRY’S AUTOMATED PRODUCTION SYSTEM IS A GIANT CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT CAPABLE OF PRODUCING EACH DAY 1,500 TONNES OF CRUSHED ROCK — AN ESSENTIAL COMMODITY IN BUILDING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING PROJECTS.

AT TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY, MR. STEAD ALSO OPENED A NEW $1 MILLION ROAD WHICH PROVIDES ACCESS TO ALL LEVELS OF THE QUARRY.

MR. STEAD SAID THE MECHANISATION OF MOUNT BUTLER QUARRY MARKED AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN HONG KONG’S QUARRY INDUSTRY.

+WITH THE INCREASED ACTIVITY IN THE CONSTRUCTION FIELD, PARTICULARLY IN THE NEW TOWNS, MORE CONCRETE AGGREGATES WILL BE REQUIRED AND THE NEW STREAMLINED PLANT WILL HELP MEET SOME OF THE EXTRA DEMAND,+ HE SAID.

+THE STONE IN MT. BUTLER QUARRY IS AMONG THE BEST IN HONG KONG, AND I HOPE THAT BUILDING CONTRACTORS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE MUCH IMPROVED SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE,* HE ADDED.

MR. STEAD SAID THE PRODUCTION CAPACITY OF THE PLANT WAS NOW IN EXCESS OF 250,000 TONNES OF CONCRETE AGGREGATES AND 50,000 TONNES OF ASPHALTIC MATERIALS A YEAR, WORTH ABOUT $9 MILLION AT TODAY’S PRICES.

TODAY’S OPENING CEREMONY CULMINATED 12 YEARS OF CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE MODERNISATION PROGRAMME LAUNCHED IN 1964.

BY TODAY’S STANDARDS, THE OPERATION AT THAT TIME WAS RATHER PRIMITIVE AS BLASTED ROCK HAD TO EE BROKEN DOWN BY HAND AND TRANSPORTED IN TUBS PUSHED ALONG BY WORKERS.

THE FIRST IMPROVEMENT CAME IN 1966 WITH THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW PRIMARY CRUSHER CAPABLE OF REDUCING BOULDERS OF UP TO ONE METRE CUBE (THREE FEET CUBE) AND 1-1/2 TONNES IN WEIGHT TO ROCK FRAGMENTS NO LARGER THAN 200 MH (8 INCHES).

AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY THIS CRUSHER HANDLES JUST OVER 200 TONNES OF ROCK PER HOUR -- TEN TIMES THE AMOUNT PRODUCED PER DAY BY THE OLD MANUAL METHODS.

AT THE SAME TIME, MODERN MECHANICAL PLANT AND A SERIES OF CONVEYOR BELTS WERE INTRODUCED TO HANDLE AND TRANSPORT THE ROCK FROM THE QUARRY FACE AND FEED IT TC THE CRUSHER, THUS ELIMINATING THE OLD MANPOWERED RAIL TUBS.

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THE NEXT STEP WAS TO CARVE THE QUARRY FACE INTO A SERIES OF TERRACES SO AS TO INCREASE EFFICIENCY AND ELIMINATE DANGER TO ROCK DRILLERS WHO AT SOME STAGES HAD TO WORK AT HEIGHTS OF UP TO 90 METRES (300 FEET).

THIS WAS A LONG PROCESS INVOLVING THE REMOVAL OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF ROCK AS WELL AS FORMATION OF ROADS TO ENABLE VEHICLES TO REACH THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE QUARRY.

IN THE INITIAL STAGES UNSURFACED ROADWAYS WERE ADEQUATE FOR THE PURPOSE, BUT THE P.W.D. PLANNERS BEGAN DRAWING UP PLANS FOR A PROPER AND PERMANENT ROAD WHICH WOULD PROVIDE SAFE AND ALL-WEATHER ACCESS TO ALL LEVELS OF THE QUARRY FOR ITS ULTIMATE DEVELOPMENT.

IN 1970, THE OLD AND OBSOLETE ASPHALT MIXING PLANT WAS REPLACED BY A NEW ONE WITH A CAPACITY OF 35 TONNES PER HOUR, SUFFICIENT TO MEET ALL THE NEEDS FOR ROADWORKS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

SHORTLY AFTER, A NEW AND EFFICIENT DUST COLLECTION UNIT WAS ALSO FITTED TO THE PLANT AND CONSIDERABLY IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL AND WORKING CONDITIONS.

THE LAST PHASES OF THE PROGRAMME WERE COMPLETED LAST MONTH WITH THE INSTALLATION OF A NEW CRUSHING AND SCREENING PLANT AND THE COMPLETION OF A NEW 800-METRE ROAD PROVIDING EASY ACCESS TO THE VARIOUS LEVELS OF THE QUARRY.

SAID MR. STEAD: +QUARRYING AT MT. BUTLER HAS CERTAINLY COME A LONG WAY SINCE 1957 WHEN IT WAS FIRST OPENED, AND NO DOUBT WILL CONTINUE TO IMPROVE.

+QUARRY DEVELOPMENT, AS ANY OTHER INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, IS NECESSARILY A CONTINUOUS PROCESS, AND WHAT WE ARE COMMISSIONING TODAY IS A MAJOR LANDMARK RATHER THAN THE END OF THE ROAD.*

+MEET THE MEDIA*

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A +MEET THE MEDIA* SESSION WILL BE HELD IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE ON THE FIFTH FLOOR OF BEACONSFIELD HOUSE ON THURSDAY (JULY 15) AT 4 P.M.

ATTENDING THE MEETING WILL BE THE DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, MR. W.T. KNIGHT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE MEETING. TELEVISION CREWS ARE ADVISED TO ARRIVE EARLY SO THAT THEY HAVE AMPLE TIME TO SET UP THEIR EQUIPMENT.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE TODAY PAID TRIBUTE TO THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S STUDENTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME.

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, MR. HAYE REMARKED THAT HONG KONG STUDENTS COULD HOLD THEIR OWN ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. HE CONGRATULATED THE YOUNG +AMBASSADORS+ SELECTED BY THE ASSOCIATION ON THEIR INITIATIVE.

MR. HAYE TOLD THE STUDENTS THAT THEY NEED HAVE NO FEARS WHEN THEY REPRESENTED HONG KONG OVERSEAS. THEY WERE AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ELSEWHERE.

THE DIRECTOR SAID THAT HE WAS FREQUENTLY TOLD THAT THE LOCAL EDUCATION SYSTEM PRODUCED NOTHING BUT STUFFED DUCKS. HE REJECTED THIS CRITICISM BY POINTING TO THE REMARKABLY HIGH STANDARDS ACHIEVED BY PRODUCTS OF THE LOCAL EDUCATION SYSTEM -STANDARDS WHICH STOOD COMPARISON WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD. IT WAS A FACT THAT HONG KONG STUDENTS ACHIEVED SINGULAR DISTINCTION OVERSEAS. THEY WERE A CREDIT TO THE SYSTEM WHICH PRODUCED THEM.

IN ADDITION TO THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S STUDENTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME, MR. HAYE REMARKED THAT HE HAD RECENTLY BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SELECTION OF HONG KONG STUDENTS FOR UNITED WORLD COLLEGES’ SCHOLARSHIPS AND FOR THE BEST STUDENT OF THE YEAR COMPETITION, THE RESULT OF WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS EXPERIENCE CONFIRMED HIS HIGH OPINION OF HONG KONG STUDENTS WHICH WAS FURTHER UNDERLINED BY THE BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE HE WAS MEETING IN THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S STUDENTS AMBASSADOR PROGRAMME.

MR. HAYE ADVISED THE +STUDENT AMBASSADORS+ TO MAINTAIN THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE AND PRIDE IN HONG KONG. EVERYWHERE THEY WENT HONG KONG WOULD BE JUDGED BY THE PEOPLE WHO MET THEM. HONG KONG WOULD BE PERSONIFIED BY THE YOUNG +AMBASSADORS+ AND IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THE +STUDENT AMBASSADORS+ REMEMBERED THIS.

+HONG KONG IS A GREAT PLACE AND YOU ARE THE PRODUCTS OF THE HONG KONG SYSTEM,* MR. HAYE SAID.

THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S STUDENTS AMBASSADOR SCHEME CELEBRATES ITS NINTH ANNIVERSARY TODAY. HUNDREDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE FOLLOWED A LIVELY COURSE PLANNED BY THE ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THEIR AWARENESS OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF HONG KONG WHICH THEY CAN DESCRIBE ABROAD.

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SALE OF USED TEXTBOOKS

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THE WEST KOWLOON YOUTH GUIDANCE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY WORK UNIT OF THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE ARE SPONSORING A USED TEXTBOOKS SALE TO HELP PARENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS KEEP BOOK COSTS DOWN.

THE COLLECTION, SORTING AND SALE OF TEXTBOOKS WILL BE HANDLED BY THE YOUTH UNION, A SELF-PROGRAMMING GROUP OF THE CENTRE.

BOCKS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM JULY 19 (MONDAY) UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH AT ROOM 101, TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE.

COLLECTION TIMES WILL BE FROM 7 P.M. TO 9.30 P.M. ON MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS AND BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M. ON TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND SATURDAYS.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 5 AND 7.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. E.H. NICHOLS, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO 21 RETIRING OFFICERS OF THE FISH AND VEGETABLE MARKETING ORGANISATIONS WHO HAVE BETWEEN THEM CHALKED UP A TOTAL OF 458 YEARS’ SERVICE.

THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN WHOLESALE VEGETABLE MARKET, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, ON THURSDAY (JULY 15) AT 4 P.M.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION COVERED

MONDAY, JULY 12, 1976

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EXHIBITION ON DIARRHOEAL DISEASES

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THE SECOND EXHIBITION ON DIARRHOEAL DISEASES, ORGANISED BY THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WILL BEGIN TOMORROW (TUESDAY) AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE. IT WILL LAST FOUR DAYS.

THE FIRST EXHIBITION HELD ON JULY 7 AND 8 AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE ATTRACTED MORE THAN 4,000 VISITORS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID THAT RESPONSE TO THE FIRST EXHIBITION HAD BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING, ESPECIALLY FROM SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS GROUPS. THE SECOND EXHIBITION IS EXPECTED TO ATTRACT EVEN MORE VISITORS.

LIKE THE FIRST ONE, THE SECOND EXHIBITION WILL FEATURE SLIDES, PICTURES, DIAGRAMS AND CHARTS ILLUSTRATING THE VARIOUS METHODS OF PREVENTING DISEASES SUCH AS TYPHOID FEVER, DYSENTERY, FOOD POISONING AND HEPATITIS, WHICH ARE MORE PREVALENT IN THE WARM SUMMER MONTHS.

THERE WILL ALSO BE SHORT FILMS TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE IN THE PREVENTION OF THESE DISEASES AND HEALTH VISITORS AND INOCULATORS WILL BE ON HAND TO GIVE ADVICE AND ANSWER QUERIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE INCIDENCE OF GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASES HAD REMAINED NORMAL SO FAR THIS YEAR, THE PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE ALL POSSIBLE PRECAUTIONS TO PREVENT POSSIBLE OUTBREAKS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CHAI WAN AND THE REPULSE BAY AREA WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 14) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN CHAI WAN, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY BLOCK 1-15 CHAI WAN ESTATE, SAN HA STREET, TAI PING VILLAGE, CALTEX PETROL FILLING STATION AND SUN YIP STREET.

IN THE REPULSE BAY AREA, PREMISES BOUNDED BY SOUTH BAY ROAD, BEACH ROAD, HOUSE NO. 58 REPULSE BAY ROAD AND REPULSE BAY LOT 167 ON REPULSE BAY ROAD ARE AFFECTED.

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"BEWARE OF IMPERSONATORS" HOUSING DEPARTMENT WARNS

The Housing Department today (Monday) warned applicants for public housing to be on the alert for impersonators who promise accommodation in return for ’’tea money.”

Over the past couple of days, eight separate reports have been received by the department and referred to the police. In two cases, the complainants claimed to have handed over £300 and £300.

"Usually, the impersonator called at random at homes 5nd enquired if anyone had applied for public housing and hinted that their applications would be processed quickly in exchange for tea money," a spokesman for the department said.

He advised those approached in this manner to- contact the department or the police immediately and in no case should they pay any money.

"The Housing Department does not charge any fee for processing applications. This is clearly printed in the information leaflet attached to the application form," the spokesman said.

He further said that all investigation staff of the department carried with them their departmental identity card and would produce them to identify themselves.

Normally, an investigator finding an applicant not at home will call again. It is not the practice to verbally inform an absent applicant to present himself at any of the department’s offices.

In the case of successful applicants, they will be informed by letter to call at a specific estate office at an appointed date for the signing of tenancy agreements and the allocation of flats.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG DELEGATION TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WELFARE ........................................... 1

INDUSTRIALISTS URGED TO SUPPORT PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES RUN BY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ......................... 2

SSEE RESULTS EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FROM THIS FRIDAY .. 3

TWO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO HOLD GRADUATION CEREMONIES TOMORROW .................................................... 3

+HONG KONG REVIEW OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1975+ NOW ON SALE. 4

WATER STOPPAGE IN KWAI CHUNG ................................ 4

OPENING CEREMONY OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME AT TUEN MUN .................................................... 5


Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1.97J

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HK TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WELFARE

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THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL 'WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, LEFT FOR SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO THIS (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON TO ATTEND THE 18TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL WELFARE AS HEAD OF THE HONG KONG JtLEGATI ON•

THE 16-MAN DELEGATION COMPRISES PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING, HCNG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES.

THE THEME OF THE WEEK-LONG CONFERENCE, WHICH BEGINS ON JULY 18, IS +STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - STRATEGIES FOR SOCIAL WELFARE ACTION*.

IK CONNECTION WITH THE CONFERENCE, HONG KONG WILL BE TAKING PART IN AN EXHIBITION TO ILLUSTRATE ITS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS IN VARIOUS SOCIAL SERVICES, INCLUDING SOCIAL WELFARE, HOUSING, EDUCATION AND MEDICAL SERVICES.

PRIOR TO THE CONFERENCE, A NUMBER OF THE DELEGATES WILL ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SCHOOLS OF SOCIAL 'WORK ALSO BEING HELD IN SAN JUAN.

MR. LEE WILL CHAIR ONE OF THE COMMISSIONS ENTITLED +ACCESS OF SERVICES IN THE ATTAINMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE RIGHTS*. HE a ILL ALSO ATTEND A SPECIAL MEETING OF DIRECTORS OF SOCIAL WELFARE.

THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OK SOCIAL WELFARE (1.0.3.*..) ORGANISES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES BIENNIALLY IN DIFFERENT CITIES OF THE WORLD. THE I.C.3.... IS A PERMANENi WORLD ORGANISATION FOR INDIVIDUALS AND AGENCIES CONCERNED WITH SOCIAL WELFARE. IT IS AN INDEPENDENT, NON-GOVERNMENTAL, NON-POLITI CAL AND NON-SECTAR IAN BODY WHICH PROVIDES AN INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR THE DISCUSSION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AND RELATED ISSUES.

HONG KONG HAS BEER IN THE PAST ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THESE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES.

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INDUSTRIALISTS URGED TO SUPPORT PART-TIME DAY-RcLEASE COURSES

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THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS TODAY CALLED ON INDUSTRIALISTS TO SUPPORT THE PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES IN THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

+THESE PART-TIME COURSES ARE IN FACT LINKED VERY CLOStLY WITH APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING. THIS IS, IN TURN, LINKED WITH THE APPRENTICESHIP ORD I NANCE,+ MR. WATERS TOLD THE LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF THE PENINSULA.

APPRENTICES ARE NORMALLY RELEASED BY THEIR FIRMS Ok FULL PAY TO ATTEND SUCH COURSES AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR ONE FULL DAY A WEEK. THIS CONSISTS OF SIX HOURS OF STUDY. IN ADDITION, A BOY NORMALLY STUDIES TWO EVENINGS A WEEK, WHICH CONSISTS OF FOUR HOURS, IN HIS OWN TIME. THUS A BOY STUDIES A TOTAL OF TEN HOURS A WEEK.

MR. WATERS SAID: +THIS IS MORE SATISFACTORY THAN BY A BOY TRYING TO STUDY IN THE EVENINGS, WHEN HE IS TIRED, AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT SINCE 1970, INDUSTRIALISTS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD PART-TIME DAY CLASSES GOING WITH A REASONABLE DEGREE OF SUCCESS.

BUT HE EMPHASISED THAT +MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE.+

MR. WATERS SUGGESTED THAT ANY EMPLOYER INTERESTED IN SENDING STUDENTS ON SUCH COURSES SHOULD CONTACT THE NEAREST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR THE TECHNICAL BRANCH OF THE EDUCAT I Cl. DEPARTMENT.

+WE CONSIDER THAT THE RUNNING OF PART-TIME DAY COURSES IS OUR NO. 1 PRIORITY IN INSTITUTES,* THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID.

HE CONTINUED: +AS INDUSTRY BECOMES SO, IN TURN, THE EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS IN BECOME MORE SOPHISTICATED AS WE NEED TO INDUSTRY AND EVEN, IN CERTAIN CASES, TO

MORE SOPHISTICATED INSTITUTES HAVE TC KEEP IN STEP WITH SET AN EXAMPLE.

+STAFF IN THE TECHNICAL BRANCH ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATIONS AND INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS. I. ADDITION, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION HAS REPRESENTATIVES SITTING ON THE VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND WORKING PARTIES OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL COMPLEX. WE ALL HAVE OUR EAR TO THE GROUND IN VARIOUS WAYS.

+ IN TURN SYLLABUSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE SUBMITTED TO THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL FOR COMMENT. IN THIS WAY, WE ARE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT THE CURRICULUM MEETS THE ACTUAL NEEDS OF INDUSTRY. WE ARE ALWAYS OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS.*

MR. WATERS STATED THAT LONG-TERM PLANNING HAD NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN AS THE TECHNICAL BRANCH WAS DRAWING UP A TEN-YEAR TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME PLAN.

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SSEE RESULTS AVAILABLE FROM JULY 16

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+ IT IS EXPECTED THAT, IF NO UNFORESEEN DIFFICULTIES ARISE THE RESULTS OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION wILL BE AVAILABLE TO PARENTS AND CHILDREN AT THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS FROM JULY 16,+ MR. HERBERT WOO, SECRETARY OF THE EXAMINATION, ANNOUNCED TO-DAY.

HEADS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS ARE BEING ADVISED WHEN AND WHERE TO COLLECT THEIR RESULTS IN THE USUAL WAY.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS WILL NOT EE ISSUED TO NEWSPAPERS. +THIS IS TO SAVE TIME AND PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN THEIR CHILDREN’S RESULTS AT LEAST TnO DAYS EARLIER THAN WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE IF THE PRESS LIST HAD TO BE COMPILED AND CHECKED,+ MR. WOO SAID.

THIS YEAR, CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE FOR FIVE-YEAR PLACES ARE GROUPED INTO FIVE BLOCKS, CALLED XI, X2, X3, X4 AND X5, EACH HAVING APPROXIMATELY 4,500 PUPILS= CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE FOR THREE-YEAR PLACES FORM TWO BLOCKS, Y1 AND Y2, EACH HAVING ABOUT 20,000 PUPILS, AND THE REMAINDER WILL BE IN FIVE BLOCKS, Zl, Z2, Z3. Z4 AND Z5, EACH HAVING ABOUT 7,100 PUPILS.

CANDIDATES’ PERFORMANCE IN INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS, CHINESE, ENGLISH AND MATHtMATICS ARE GRADED AS BEFORE, GRADE 1 BEING THE BEST AND GRADE 9 BEING THE WORST.

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THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION WILL HOLD THEIR GRADUATION CEREMONIES TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 11.00 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. RESPECTIVELY AT THE CONCERT HALL, CITY HALL.

IN THE MORNING, DR. RAYSON HUANG, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WILL OFFICIATE AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GRADUATION CEREMONY v.HILE HR. JOHN WINFIELD, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (FURTHER) WILL TAKE THE CHAIR.

IN THE AFTERNOON, MR. J.D. MCGREGOR, DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, WILL DE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION GRADUATION CEREMONY AND MRS. MCGREGOR WILL PRESENT CERTIFICATES AND PRIZES.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE BOTH CEREMONIES COVERED.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1976

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HONG KONG REV I EV. OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1975

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THE +HONG KONG REV I EV; OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN 1975+ IS AVAILABLE FOR SALE TO-DAY,

IT CONTAINS A BRIEF TEXT, EIGHT GRAPHS AND 24 STATISTICAL APPENDICES, ILLUSTRATING HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE PERFORMANCE IN 1975 W ITH COMPARATIVE FIGURES OF PREVIOUS YEARS.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID: +THE REVIEW AIMS TO PRESENT A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE DIRECTION AND COMPOSITION OF OVERSEAS TRADE IN THE YEAR 1975. +

IN ADDITION TO AN ANALYSIS OF CHANGES IN TRADE VALUES, HE SAID, ESTIMATES OF PRICE AND QUANTITY CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND IMPORTS WERE ALSO INCLUDED. THESE ESTIMATES INDICATED HONG KONG’S TRADE PERFORMANCE IN QUANTITY TERMS AS WELL AS COST TRENDS OF IMPORTED ESSENTIAL FOODSTUFFS, RAW MATERIALS AND SEMIMANUFACTURES. +HONG KONG’S EXPORT PERFORMANCES IN MAJOR FOREIGN MARKETS ARE ALSO COMPARED WITH FHOSE OF ITS MAIN ASIAN COMPtlI TORS,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE REVIEW IS AVAILAELE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG, AT HK$10.00 PER COPY.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG, NEW territories will be interrupted for five hours, beginning at 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 15).

THE TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGc WILL ENABLE THE STAFF OF THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY ’ " ' ' ----

OUT A MIGHT LEAKAGE TEST

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE IN TAI AND BLOCK NOS. 27 TO 42 OF KWAI CHUNG ESTATE.

WO HAU ROAD

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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN CHA' BERo, wILL OPEN A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMME OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES AT TUEN MUN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES EVERYTHING TO CAMPING AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING.

FROM CYCLING AND SWIMMING

MR. CHAMBERS WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN THE PROGRAMME, WHICH HAS DEEN ORGANISED BY CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES AUD COMMUNITY LEADERS, AT THE TUEN MUN PLAYGROUND AT 2.30 P.M.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, MR. LAL' TSE-YUEN, AND OTHER MEMBERS, '..ILL TAKE FART IK THE OPENING CEREMONY.

A FULL LIST OF THE EVENTS IK THE PROGRAMME FOLLOWS

JULY 1 - AUG. 31 CAMP 1 NG

JULY 14 OPEN ING CEREMONY/VARIETY SHOW/FUN FAIR

JULY 19 - AUG. 21 SUMMER YOUTH P.E. TRAINING SCHEME

JULY 19 - AUG. 30 LEADER TRAINEE SCHEME

JULY 21 SWIMMING COMPETITION

JULY 28 CYCLING COMPETITION

JULY 28 H.K. ISLAND TOUR

JULY 28 SCHOOL PICNIC

AUG. 14 - AUG. 15 YOUTH SOCCER TOURNAMENT

AUG. 15 - AUG. 22 COOKING COMPETITION

AUG. 26 - AUG. 28 LEADER TRAINEE CAMP

NOTE TO NEWS EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED iU SEND RcPR'ESENTAT I VcS TO COVER TrE OPENING CEREMONY AND FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ON JULY 14. FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT MR. KERRY MCGLYNN, P. I. C./.N. T. A. , 3-615029.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FASTER AND MORE ACCURATE RESULTS FOR 1976 BY-CENSUS........... 1

NEW LIST OF COMMON JURORS..................................... 2

TEMPORARY TYPHOON SHELTER FOR SHAM SHING HUI.................. 3

GOOD RESPONSE TO SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME................ 4

JUNE WAS WETTER AND WARMER THAN NORMAL........................ 5

DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS TO VISIT TUNG WAH MUSEUM............. 6

EXTENSION OF PLB RESTRICTED ZONE IN QUEENSWAY................. 7

WATER INTERRUPTION IN MONG KOK................................ 7

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 14, 197b

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FASTER RESULTS FOR EY-CENSUS

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SELECTION OF ENUMERATORS FOR THE THE COMING BY-CENSUS HAS CONCENTRATED ON QUALITY RATHER THAN QUANTITY.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, "R. BENJAMIN MOK, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) I HA” THE CGMFARATIVcLY SMALL NUMBER OF ENUMERATORS ENGAGED FOR THE 1976 BY-CENSUS WILL FACILITATE THE COLLECTION OF MORE ACCURATE INFORMATION, AS BETTER QUALIFIED CANDIDATES COULD BE SELECTED AND A MORE INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE DESIGNED.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT A LIONS CLUB OF THE PEAK LUNCHEON MEETING HELD A” । HE MANDARIN HOTxL.

MR. MOK SAID THAT ONLY 2,150 ENUMERATORS WOULD BE EMPLOYED AS THE 1976 BY-CENSUS COVERS ONLY 10 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION. HE RECALLED THAT THE 1971 FULL CENSUS INVOLVED 18,GOO ENUMERATORS, AND POINTED OUT THAT THE HEAVY REDUCTION IN FIELD STAFF FOR THE BY-CENSUS WOULD LOWER THE COST AS ..ELL AS SHORTEN THE I IME REQUIRED FOR COMPUTER DATA PROCESSING.

+IT WILL BE POSSIBLE TO RELEASE THE CENSUS INFORMATION HALF A YEAR EARLIER THAN THAT OF A FULL-SCALE CENSUS. THE INITIAL OVERALL POPULATION ESTIMATE WILL EE AVAILABLE IN ABOUT MID-CCTOBER, AND THE MORE DETAILED RESULTS IN MID-JULY 1977,+ HE ADDED.

+FOR THE SAME REASON, IT IS POSSIBLE TO INCLUDE IN THE EY-CENSUS MORE DETAILED BUT USEFUL CENSUS QUESTIONS WHICH a ILL NOT BE ASKED IN A FULL CENSUS, SUCH AS QUESTIONS ON TECHNICAL CR VOCATIONAL TRAINING, FIELD OF TRAINING, INTERNAL MOVEMENT AND HOUSEHOLD COMPOS ITI ON.+

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THE COMING BY-CENSUS, SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 8, aCULD INVOLVE ABOUT 100,000 HOUSEHOLDS, WHICH HAD BEEN SELECTED AT RANDOM. IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT RESULTS WOULD BE REPRESENTATIVE CF THE POPULATION AT LARGE, SAMPLING WAS AIDED BY REFERENCE TO GEOGRAPHIC AREAS, HOUSING AND OTHER RELEVANT CRITERIA.

+WITH THE HELP OF THE COMPUTER, DATA OF THE 1971 CENSUS WERE RE-TABULATED ON A SAMPLE BASIS TO ASSESS THE PRECISION THAT CAN BE OBTAINED IN A SAMPLE OF A CERTAIN SIZE. IT IS EASED ON THESE ANALYSES THAT WE DECIDED TO TAKE A SAMPLE OF 10 PER CENT FOR THE EY-CENSUS,+ HE EXPLAINED.

BESIDES UP-DATING INFORMATION ON THE DEMOGRAPHIC, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POPULATION COLLECTED IN 1971, THIS YEAR’S BY-CENSUS WOULD ALSO SERVE THE PURPOSE CF SEEKING DATA ON SOME OTHER IMPORTANT SUBceOTS SUCn AS LABOUR FORCE UTILIZATION AND POPULATION IIITER^L MOVEMENTS, ON WHICH SYSTEMATIC INFORMATION IS STILL LACKING.

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+UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, BUT THE USE OF CENSUS DATA IS NOT ONLY CONFINED TO THE GOVERNMENT. REQUESTS FOR THESE HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY RECEIVED FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BOTH LOCAL AND ABROAD,* MR. MOK ADDED.

THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT EVERY POSSIBLE MEASURE WOULD BE TAKEN TO ENSURE THE STRICTEST SECRECY THROUGHOUT ALL OPERATIONS OF THE BY-CENSUS. MOREOVER, ALL SCHEDULES CONTAINING PERSONAL PARTICULARS WOULD BE DESTROYED AFTER A STIPULATED PERIOD OF TIME.

THE FIRST PART OF THE OPERATION, THE MARINE BY-CENSUS, HAD BEEN HELD FROM MAY 29 TO JUNE 1, AND MET WI TH ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT. MR. MOK HOPED THAT THE LAND BY-CENSUS WOULD RECEIVE THE SAME LEVEL OF PUBLIC CO-OPERATION.

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NEW JURY LIST * * * * *

THE REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR. JOHN RAYMOND OLIVER, ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A FURTHER LIST OF COMMON JURORS WOULD EE POSTED ON THE NOTICE BOARD NEAR THE LIFT INSIDE THE SOUTH-WEST ENTRANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING ON JULY 21, 1976.

THIS LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS.

DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY BY NOTICE IN WRITING TO THE REGISTRAR REQUIRING THAT HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED UPON CAUSE DULY ASSIGNED IN THE NOTICE.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL, IF NECESSARY, ALTER THE LIST.

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1976

TEMPORARY TYPHOON SHELTER AT SAM SHING HUI

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ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY HUI AS PART CF A RECLAMATION

TOWN DEVELOPMENT.

WORK WILL BEGIN SHORTLY TYPHOON SHELTER AT SAM SHING PROJECT IN THE TUEN MUN NEW

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TUEN MUX, SAID TulaY THAT 82 FISHING FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THE RECLAMATION HAD BEEN OFFERED EITHER FACILITIES AT THE SHELTER OR PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS OR LICENSED AREA ACCOMMODATION IF THEY WANTED TO GO ASHORE.

THE SHELTER IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED ON SEPTEMBER 7 AND ALL BOATS WHICH WANT TO SHIFT ANCHORAGE WILL HAVE TO DO SO ON THE COMPLETION DATE, HE ADDED.

THE SEA AREA TO BE RECLAIMED IS ENCLOSED ON THREE SIDES BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, THE HOI TIN RESTAURANT AREA AND THE NEW FISH MARKET, AND WILL PROVIDE THE SITE FOR A HOUSING ESTATE FOR 6,000 PEOPLE.

THE ESTATE IS DUE TO EE COMPLETED IN 1979.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE AFFECTED BOAT PEOPLE HAD BEEN FINALISED FOLLOWING TALKS BETWEEN THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND RURAL COMMITTEE OF TUEN MUN AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BOAT PEOPLE.

SPECIAL AREAS WOULD BE SET ASIDE IN THE SHELTER FOR ANCHORAGE OF THE VARIOUS KINDS OF AFFECTED BOATS.

HE ADDED THAT THOSE BOAT PEOPLE WHO CHOSE TO GO ASHORE WOULD HAVE TO GIVE UP THEIR BOATS TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR DEMOLITION.

+EVEN THOUGH PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN TUEN MUN, THERE IS SUFFICIENT LICENSED AREA ACCOMMODATION, AND NO DISLOCATION OF THE BOAT PEOPLE IS EXPECTED,* HE SAID.

+A STANDPIPE WHICH THE BOAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN USING TO GET THEIR WATER SUPPLY WILL BE REPROVISIONED AT A LOCATION TO BE DECIDED LATER.+

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SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME

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THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME ORGANISED EY THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS AND SUPPORTED EY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS IN PROGRESS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S CAREERS OFFICER, MISS ROSE LAU, WHO IS ALSO THE SECRETARY OF THE ASSOCIATION, Sa ID TODAY THAT 61 FORM 5 STUDENTS HAD BEEN ASSIGNED TO 19 ORGANISATIONS. THEY ARE ALICE HO MUI LING NETHERSOLE HOSPITAL, AVEX LIMITED, COMMERCIAL RADIO, GAMMON (H.K.) LTD., GRANTHAM HOSPITAL, HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, JOHN B.P. BYRNE AND CO., LAI SUN GARMENT CO. LTD., LI AND FUNG (TRADING) LTD., MCGREGOR SWIRE AIR SERVICES LTD., MEYER ALUMINIUM LTD., MOBILE OIL LTD., OUR LADY OF MARYKNOLL HOSPITAL, LTD., PROJECT CONCERN, SHAKESPEARE (H.K.) LTD., SONCA INDUSTRIES LTD., THE NEW ZEALAND INSURANCE CO. LTD., UNION INSURANCE SOCIETY OF CANTON LTD., AND UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL.

EACH OF THESE ORGANISATIONS IS OFFERING A PROGRAMME OF ATTACHMENT CONSISTING OF A PERIOD OF INDUCTION AND A PERIOD OF PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE, AND EACH PROGRAMME LASTS FROM ONE WEEK TC TWO MONTHS.

MISS LAU SAID THE ASSOCIATION RECEIVED THE READY SUPPORT

OF SIK SIK YUEN AND THE H.K. BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION. BOTH HAD PLEDGED THEMSELVES AS SPONSORS OF THE PROJECT AND DONATED $3,000 AND $3,400 RESPECTIVELY TO THE ASSOCIATION TO HELP DEFRAY THE CHARGES INVOLVED IN FINANCING TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE TO STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO HOSPITALS AND VOLUNTARY SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES.

MEANWHILE ANOTHER 50 SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO ATTEND FOUR THREE-DAY CAREERS GUIDANCE SEMINARS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ASSOCIATION AND THE HONG KONG LAND CO. LTD.

THE FIRST SEMINAR BEGAN HELD TOMORROW.

ON JULY 5 AND THE LAST ONE WILL BE

STUDENTS TAKING PART IN THE CAREERS GUIDANCE SEMINAR WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND TALKS GIVEN BY REPRESENTATIVES GF THE HONG KONG LAND CO. LTD., AND TO MAKE VISITS TO THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF THE COMPANY.

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JUNE SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN NORMAL

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AFTER FIVE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS WITH BELOW-AVERAGE RAINFALL, JUNE WAS SLIGHTLY WETTER THAN USUAL WITH A TOTAL RAINFALL OF 424.9 MM. THIS BROUGHT THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO 734.4 MM, WHICH IS STILL 25 PER CENT BELOW NORMAL.

DURING THE MONTH, TWO TYPHOONS PASSED OVER THE REGION AND TYPHOON RUBY-CAUSED THE FIRST TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS OF THE YEAR TO BE HOISTED. THE STANDBY SIGNAL, NUMBER 1, *AS HOISTED IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 26 AND THE STRONG WIND SIGNAL, NUMBER 3, WAS HOISTED IN THE SAME EVENING. ALL SIGNALS WERE LOWERED IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 29.

THE MONTH UNDER REVIEW WAS LESS SUNNY BUT SLIGHTLY WARMER THAN USUAL, WITH THE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.8 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON JUNE 26 AND 29. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 22.5 DEGREES CELSIUS WAS RECORDED ON JUNE 11.

THE WEATHER FOR THE FIRST TEN DAYS OF THE MONTH WAS MAINLY CLOUDY WITH HEAVY SHOWERS AND OCCASIONAL THUNDERSTORMS. RAIN wAS HEAVIEST ON JUNE 2 AND 3 WHEN NEARLY 200 MM WAS RECORDED --ABOUT HALF OF THE MONTH’S TOTAL AMOUNT.

THE WEATHER IMPROVED ON JUNE 14 AND IT BECAME FINE AND SUNNY UNTIL JUNE 19. HOWEVER, CONDITIONS BECAME CLOUDY WITH THUNDERY SHOWERS ON JUNE 20 AND 21. FROM JUNE 22 TO 26, THE WEATHER WAS FINE AND SUNNY APART FROM SOME SHOWERS EARLY IN THE MORNING OF JUNE 23.

ON JUNE 28 AS TYPHOON RUBY DRIFTED EASTWARDS FROM PRATAS ISLAND, THE WEATHER BECAME FINE AND HOT. EXCEPT FOR SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING OF JUNE 29, THE REST OF THE MONTH WAS SUNNY AND VERY HOT.

DURING THE MONTH, A TOTAL OF FOUR AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS. NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

NOTE TO EDITORS: A MORE DETAILED WEATHER REPORT FOR THE MONTH PREPARED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ..ILL BE BOXED FOR COLLECTION.

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DIRECTOR OF HOME'AFFAIRS TO VISIT TUNG WAH MUSEUM » M )f K H X

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFARIS, MR. JOHN WALDEN AND THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, WILL VISIT THE TUNG -WAH MUSEUM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT 2.30 P.M.

THEY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. CAN ICE MAK, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (MONGKOK) AND ER. CHARM HO I-SANG, CHAIRMAN OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS.

ALSO PRESENT WILL BE MR. WILSON CHEUNG, MR. MA CHING-WAI AND MR. CHOW HAK-WING, VICE CHAIRMEN- SIR SIU-KIN TANG AND DR. LEE YIU-CHEUNG, MEMBERS OF TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS ADVISORY BOARD- MR. LEO LEE AND MR. CHARLES LUI, EX-CHAIRMEN AND OTHER DIRECTORS.

SITUATED AT KWONG WAH HOSPITAL IN WATERLOO ROAD, THE MUSEUM WAS FOUNDED IN 1970 TO CELEBRATE THE CENTENARY OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS. ITS EXHIBITS INCLUDE THE HISTORICAL RECORDS OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS, CULTURAL CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC, BOOKS PUBLISHED BY THE GROUP, FAMOUS BOCKS ON CHINESE MEDICAL PRACTICE.

TO CELEBRATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE KWONG WAH HOSPITAL, THE MUSEUM WAS FURTHER EXPANDED IN 1971.

A DISCUSSION WILL ALSO BE HELD ON THE REORGANISATION OF THE MUSEUM.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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EXTENSION OF PLB RESTRICTED ZONE M H ** *

THE PLB RESTRICTED ZONE ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF i( QUEENSWAY WILL BE EXTENDED EASTWARDS FOR ABOUT 120 FEtT rROi. 10 A.,’-. ON FRIDAY (JULY 16).

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE PLB DRIVERS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREM ISES iN MONG KOK WILL BE ALLOWDTHEFWATERWORKSHOFFICERTC CARRY’OUT Ar NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

tmc adca AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHUNG WUI STREET, KOK ruCHJStreet FUK LEE STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD,^BOUNDARY STREET, SYCAMORE STREET, MAPLE STREET, _T'JKG_CHAUaTRccT^ WALNUT STREET, BEDFORD ROAD, LIME STRctT A,rD URCri STRcET, INCLUDING HOP KWAN STREET, LOK K'-’AN Si RtET,.ic . ,

WAI ON STREET, MAN ON STREET AND ». ILLOW STxEcT.

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Wednesday, 14 July 1976

MOST TAI WO HAU TENANTS HAVE APPLIED FOR REHOUSING Adequate Low-Rent Flats Reserved

The Housing Department today (Wednesday) reassured tenants of Tai Wo Hau Estate affected by the rehousing scheme that there is a suitable supply of low-rent flats in various estates for families who may prefer them.

The assurance was given by Dr. E.G. Pryor, Assistant Director, Redevelopment and Planning in response to an allegation by a small group of youths, claiming to be from Tai Wo Hau Estate, that inadequate arrangements had been made to rehouse low-income tenants from blocks 12 and 13 of the estate.

Dr. Pryor said that tenants have responded favourably to the rehousing scheme and so far 650 families or 80 per cent of the 800 families involved have already voluntarily applied for rehousing. In this respect, applications from tenants who have not yet completed their forms may be sent in to the estate office.

Meanwhile, processing of the applications from tenants is proceeding smoothly.

Dr. Pryor added that he had every confidence in the good judgement of the tenants who should be left to make their own decisions.

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THURSDAY, JULY 15, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE THAN 63,200 SSEE CANDIDATES ALLOCATED FORM 1 PLACES ...............................................   1

HONG KONG REMAINS A CHOLERA FREE AREA .................. 3

BUS ROUTE CHANGES ...................................... 4

LIMITED MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM ....................... 4

CLEAN-UP OPERATION' IN SAI KUNG ........................ 5

SEMINARS ON LEGAL PROBLEMS OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT ...... 5

C.A.S. TO RUN MOUNTAIN CRAFT COURSES FOR YOUTH LEADERS . 6

SEMINARS ON ACTIVITY APPROACH IN TEACHING .............. 7

GOVERNMENT TO APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT DECISION ON DEMARCATORS ............................................ 7

SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE IN LATEST MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS ............................................. 8

WATER INTERRUPTION IN SHAM SHU I PO .................... 3

REGISTRATION PRECEDURE FOR HOTEL GUESTS ................ 9

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MORE THAN 63,200 FORM 1 PLACES ALLOCATED

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A TOTAL OF 63,266 CANDIDATES WHO TOOK THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION IN MAY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FORM 1 PLACES BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE EXAMINATION, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS MEANS THAT 14,712 MORE PUPILS GAINED FORM 1 PLACES COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 48,554 PLACES ALLOCATED IN 1975.

ALTOGETHER 97,930 CANDIDATES SAT FOR THE EXAMINATION THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH 96,119 IN 1975.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE GIVES COMPARATIVE FIGURES IN RECENT YEARS

YEAR NO. OF CANDIDATES SAT NO. OF PLACES ALLOCATED PERCENTAGE

1976 97,930 63,266 64.6

1975 96,119 48,554 50.5

1974 93,501 46,762 50.0

1973 87,374 41,483 47.5

1972 79,156 34,989 44.2

OF THE 63,266 PLACES ALLOCATED THIS YEAR, 23,082 ARE GOVERNMENT AND AIDED FIVE-YEAR PLACES, 290 PRIVATE FIVE-YEAR PLACES, 9,655 GOVERNMENT AND AIDED THREE-YEAR PLACES AND 30,239 PRIVATE THREE-YEAR PLACES.

THESE FIGURES COVER ALL CANDIDATES IN BLOCK XI TO X5, Y1 AND Y2 AND ALSO SEVEN BLOCK Z1 CANDIDATES WHO WERE OFFERED UNFILLED THREE-YEAR PLACES IN SCHOOLS NEAR THEIR HOMES. THE ALLOCATIONS TO THE SEVEN BLOCK Z1 CANDIDATES DO NOT APPEAR IN THE FULL RESULTS LISTS ISSUED TO PRIMARY SCHOOLS- THEIR PARENTS WILL BE INFORMED INDIVIDUALLY IN WRITING, AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE ADDED : +CANDIDATES MAY INQUIRE ABOUT THEIR RESULTS AT THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS TOMORROW. THEY SHOULD REPORT TO THEIR PRIMARY SCHOOLS AGAIN ON JULY 21 (WEDNESDAY) TAKING WITH THEM THEIR ADMISSION FORMS, IN ORDER THAT THEIR INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SLIPS MAY BE ATTACHED TO THE FORMS.+

SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED FIVE-YEAR OR THREE-YEAR PLACES IN GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS OR ASSISTED PLACES (FIVE-YEAR ASSISTANCE) IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DATES AND TIMES SPECIFIED THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN SUPPLIED TO ALL PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

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CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED ASSISTED PLACES (THREE-YEAR ASSISTANCE) IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD REPORT TO THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED DURING THE FIRST THREE-DAY REGISTRATION PERIOD, I.E. AUGUST 3, 4 AND 5, 1976, IF THEY WISH TO TAKE UP THE PLACES OFFERED. THERE WILL BE A SECOND THREE-DAY PERIOD OF REGISTRATION, I.E. AUGUST 6. 9 AND 10, 1976 DURING WHICH ANY OF THESE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO TAKE UP THE PLACES OFFERED WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND PLACES FOR THEMSELVES IN OTHER PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS OFFERING THREE-YEAR ASSISTED PLACES WHICH MAY HAVE VACANCIES.

PARENTS OF CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THREE-YEAR ASSISTED PLACES IN PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS SHOULD MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY READ THE GUIDE TO PARENTS PRINTED ON THE BACK OF THE ALLOCATION SLIPS TO BE ISSUED TOGETHER WITH THE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS SLIPS. THIS.GUIDE EXPLAINS THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURES IN DETAIL.

PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT CANDIDATES WHO HAVE BEEN AWARDED THREE-YEAR PLACES IN GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND EVENTUALLY FIND PLACES FOR THEMSELVES IN ANY PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO GOVERNMENT FEE ASSISTANCE.

ANY PROBLEMS CONCERNING ALLOCATIONS SHOULD BE REFERRED TO THE PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS SECTION OR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 1-

PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS SECTION, LEE GARDENS, 3/FL., HYSAN AVENUE.

HONG KONG. AREA EDUCATION OFFICERS : CHAN YAM-PANG HO WAI-MAN YUNG YICK-CHEUNG HSU SHOW-HOO CLEMENT WONG GEORGE LAW IEONG IOK-LON LEUNG SHUNG-SHAN TONG KAI-HONG T.W. MAK SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 10/FL., KOWLOON. SECRETARY, SSEE ASST. SECRETARIES, SSEE: STEPHEN P.K. CHAU JOSEPHINE L.S. KO TEL. 5-778311 E. 218 E. 218 E. 219 E. 141 E. 141 E. 213 E. 213 E. 158 E. 158 E. 159 TEL. 3-688702 3-688702 3-686862

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FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO IMPORTED CHOLERA CASE

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS CARRIED OUT FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS INTO LAST WEEK’S IMPORTED CASE OF CHOLERA INVOLVING AN AMERICAN TOURIST WHO IS NOW RECOVERING AT PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL.

HEALTH OFFICERS HAVE TRACED THE DIRECT CONTACTS OF THE CHOLERA INFECTED WOMAN AND TAKEN RECTAL SWABS FROM ALL OF THEM FOR BACTERIOLOGICAL TESTS.

RESULTS OF THE TESTS SHOWED THAT ALL STOOL SPECIMENS EXCEPT ONE WERE NEGATIVE. THE ONE SPECIMEN THAT SHOWED POSITIVE RESULT WAS FROM A 2O-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO HAD BEEN IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE AMERICAN WOMAN.

THE GIRL WAS TAKEN TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL TO BE ISOLATED AND PUT UNDER MEDICAL SURVEILLANCE. ALTHOUGH HER STOOL SPECIMEN WAS POSITIVE, SHE SHOWED NO SIGNS OF THE DISEASE AND WAS THEREFORE REGARDED AND TREATED AS A CARRIER.

FURTHER RECTAL SWABS WERE THEN TAKEN FROM HER CONTACTS AND RESULTS ON THESE PROVED TO BE NEGATIVE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT STRESSED THAT THE GIRL IS NOT SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA AND SHE WOULD BE DISCHARGED FROM HOSPITAL WHEN HER STOOL IS CLEARED OF THE CHOLERA ORGANISM.

THE CONDITION OF THE AMERICAN WOMAN HAS ALSO MARKEDLY IMPROVED, AND SHE IS EXPECTED TO BE DISCHARGED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

HE SAID THAT NO OTHER CASES HAVE BEEN DETECTED APART FROM THIS ONE IMPORTED CASE, AND HONG KONG REMAINS AN UNINFECTED AREA.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT MEASURES TO PREVENT ANY OUTBREAK OF CHOLERA IN HONG KONG AND TO LOCATE CARRIERS OF THE DISEASE ARE TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND THESE INCLUDE THE EXAMINATION OF NIGHTSOIL SAMPLES AND ALL CASES OF DIARRHOEA FOR CHOLERA ORGANISMS.

BUT HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO CONTINUE THEIR VIGILANCE IN PROTECTING THEMSELVES AGAINST CHOLERA AND OTHER DIARRHOEA DISEASES BY OBSERVING THE SIMPLE RULES OF PERSONAL HYGIENE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

ANTI-CHOLERA VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL GOVERNMENT CLINICS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO BE VACCINATED.

HOWEVER, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT CHOLERA VACCINATION DOES NOT PROVIDE FULL PROTECTION.

+THE MOST RELIABLE MEASURES ARE TO ENSURE CLEANLINESS IN THE PREPARATION AND CONSUMPTION OF FOOD, AND GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE,+ HE ADDED.

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BUS ROUTE CHANGES *****

A NUMDER OF BUS ROUTE CHANGES WILL TAKE PLACE DURING THE NEXT FEW DAYS, A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

IMPROVED BUS SERVICES WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE TUEN MUN AREA TOMORROW (FRIDAY). THIS INCLUDES THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW KMB ROUTE 61 BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG VIA HA TSUEN.

IN KOWLOON, K.M.B. ROUTE 2C WILL BE AMENDED SO AS TO TERMINATE AT TAI HANG TUNG INSTEAD OF YAU YAT CHUEN.

STARTING FROM SUNDAY (JULY 18), CMB ROUTES 3, 6, 6A AND 15 WILL BE RE-ROUTED ON JOURNEYS TO CENTRAL VIA QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND QUEEN VICTORIA STREET INSTEAD OF PEDDER STREET.

AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN CMB AND THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT FOR A NEW ROUTE TO BE INTRODUCED SHORTLY BETWEEN THE HING WAH ESTATE AT CHAI WAN AND LAI TAK TSUEN VIA NORTH POINT AND CAUSEWAY BAY. IT IS HOPED TO START THIS SERVICE AT THE EARLIEST IN AUGUST.

MAIL SERVICES TO VIETNAM ******

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT REGISTERED AND ORDINARY AIR AND SURFACE LETTER-POST ITEMS WILL NOW BE ACCEPTED AT THE POST OFFICES FOR DESPATCH TO THE SOUTHERN PARTS OF VIETNAM.

THESE ITEMS INCLUDE LETTERS, POSTCARDS, PRINTED PAPERS, LITERATURE FOR THE BLIND AND SMALL PACKETS.

OTHER SERVICES, SUCH AS PARCEL POST, EXPRESS AND SO ON, ARE STILL SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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CLEAN-UP OF N.T. PICNIC AREA

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A PARTY OF 60 YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALISTS WILL START A THREE-DAY WORKING BEE+ ON SUNDAY (JULY 18) TO CLEAN UP THE KEI LING HA PICNIC AREA AT SAI KUNG NORTH.

MEMBERS OF THE YOUTH ENVIRONMENT ACTION GROUP, COMPRISING SECONDARY SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, WILL PITCH CAMP AT NOON TO PREPARE FOR THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION, PARTICULARLY OF THE FORESHORE AREA WHICH IS POPULAR WITH CANOEING AND BOATING ENTHUSIASTS.

THEIR EFFORT IS BEING CO-ORDINATED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TAI PO, WHICH WILL HELP PAY FOR THE PUBLICITY MATERIAL THE STUDENTS WILL DISTRIBUTE TO GET THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE ACROSS.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAS ALSO ARRANGED FOR THE ARMY TO SUPPLY BEDS, PILLOWS AND TRANSPORT WHILE THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR THE CLEAN-UP IS BEING PROVIDED BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KEI LING HA RURAL COMMITTEE, MR. WONG CHUN-WAI, WILL VISIT THE SITE AT 10 A.M. ON MONDAY, JULY 19. YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES. A N.T.A. VAN (AM 3274) WILL LEAVE THE GOVERNMENT SUB-POOL BEHIND THE KOWLOON POST OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 9 A.M. KERRY MCGLYNN, P.I.O./N.T.A., WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.

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SEMINARS ON LEGAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING BUILDING MANAGEMENT •*••* * * * *

THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF THREE SEMINARS ON GENERAL LEGAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING BUILDING MANAGEMENT BODIES, INDIVIDUAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT 8 P.M. IN KOWLOON WAH YAN COLLEGE, WATERLOO ROAD.

THE SEMINARS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (MONG KOK). YANG MEMORIAL SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE AND MONGKOK SOUTH AREA COMMITTEE.

THEY ARE AIMED AT ENHANCING THE KNOWLEDGE OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT BODIES, INDIVIDUAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS ON THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

THE SEMINARS FEATURE TALKS BY LEGAL PROFESSIONALS.

THE OTHER TWO SEMINARS WILL BE HELD AT 8 P.M. ON JULY 20 AND JULY 30 RESPECTIVELY IN KOWLOON WAH YAN COLLEGE.

NOTE TO EDITORS: MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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C.A.S. MOUNTAIN RESCUERS COMPLETE TRAINING IN U.K. *****

THE CIVIL AID SERVICES PLANS TO RUN MOUNTAIN CRAFT COURSES FOR YOUTH LEADERS LATER THIS YEAR.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, A CAS SPOKESMAN SAID FIVE OFFICERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT HAD JUST COMPLETED THEIR ADVANCED TRAINING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THEY ARE THE FIRST MOUNTAIN RESCUERS SENT ABROAD TO RECEIVE FURTHER TRAINING IN MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE AND MOUNTAIN CRAFT.

THE GROUP, WHICH LEFT HONG KONG IN MAY, FIRST ATTENDED A MOUNTAIN LEADERSHIP COURSE IN GRANTOWN, SCOTLAND, BEFORE RECEIVING ANOTHER WEEK OF MOUNTAIN RESCUE TRAINING IN THE SCOTTISH TOWN OF KINLOSS.

FROM SCOTLAND, THEY WENT TO NORTH WALES WHERE THEY RECEIVED FURTHER TRAINING IN MOUNTAIN RESCUE AND MOUNTAIN CRAFT.

THE TRAINING WAS CARRIED OUT WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE RAF LAND RESCUE SERVICE AND THE UK CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR PHYSICAL RECREATION.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +THE OFFICERS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR TRAINING WILL PASS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF CAS ON THEIR RETURN.+

HE POINTED OUT THAT AS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO GO HIKING WAS ON THE INCREASE, THE NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WOULD INEVITABLY GO UP.

+IT IS IMPORTANT, THEREFORE, CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUERS SHOULD BE TRAINED IN THE MOST MODERN TECHNIQUES IN ORDER TO COPE WITH THE SITUATION.+

AT PRESENT, THE CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT CONSISTS OF 56 MEMBERS. THEY ARE TRAINED TO RESCUE PEOPLE WHO ARE INJURED, TRAPPED OR BECOME LOST ON MOUNTAINS. IN ADDITION, THEY ARE TAUGHT HOW TO RESCUE SURVIVORS FROM AIR CRASHES IN REMOTE AREAS.

ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, VOLUNTEERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT ARE ON STANDBY DUTY AT THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE AT 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON FROM 10 A.M. TO 9.30 P.M. THEY CAN BE CONTACTED ON TELEPHONE NOS. 3-015011 OR 3-016030.

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250 TEACHERS TO ATTEND SEMINAR ON ACTIVITY APPROACH ******

TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY HEADS AND TEACHERS OF THE 31 PRIMARY SCHOOLS ADOPTING THE ACTIVITY APPROACH WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR AT THE GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FROM 9.30 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE PURPOSE OF THE SEMINAR IS TO HIGHLIGHT VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE ACTIVITY APPROACH FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF THE IDEAS OF PURPOSEFUL AND MEANINGFUL INNOVATIVE CHANGES IN TEACHING.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. ARTHUR BROWN.

OTHER SPEAKERS WILL BE DR. BENJAMIN CHAN OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND MR. CHEUNG KING-KWONG, INSPECTOR (ART).

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE SEMINAR COVERED.

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GOVERNMENT TO APPEAL AGAINST HIGH COURT DECISION

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THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IT INTENDS TO APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION OF THE HIGH COURT IN THE PROCEEDINGS BROUGHT BY A NUMBER OF DEMARCATORS.

THE DEMARCATORS CONCERNED WILL, IN THE MEANTIME, BE PAID THEIR FULL SALARIES WITH EFFECT FROM APRIL 1 IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE DECLARATIONS MADE BY THE HIGH COURT.

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APRIL ISSUE OF MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS

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THE APRIL ISSUE OF THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS, WHICH CONTAINS A SPECIAL REVIEW ARTICLE, IS NOW ON SALE.

THE ARTICLE INTRODUCES AN EFFECTIVE (TRADE-WEIGHTED) EXCHANGE RATE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR, ITS METHOD OF CALCULATION AND ITS MOVEMENTS SINCE DECEMBER 18, 1971 WHEN THE SMITHSONIAN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED.

CONVENTIONALLY, THE’ EXTERNAL VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR HAS BEEN EXPRESSED IN TERMS OF AN INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY SUCH AS THE U.S. DOLLAR. BECAUSE OF THE FLOATING EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM AND THE RELATIVE STRENGTH OF THE H.K. DOLLAR AGAINST OTHER MAJOR CURRENCIES, THIS IS NO LONGER A RELIABLE YARDSTICK FOR MEASURING EXCHANGE VALUES OF THE H.K. DOLLAR.

WHILST THE HONG KONG DOLLAR MAY DEPRECIATE OR APPRECIATE AGAINST THE CURRENCIES OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS, SOME INDICATION ON THE NET, OVERALL POSITION REQUIRES THAT AN EFFECTIVE (TRADE-WEIGHTED) EXCHANGE RATE BE CONSTRUCTED. THE EFFECTIVE (TRADE-WEIGHTED) EXCHANGE RATE ATTEMPTS TO INDICATE THE MOVEMENTS OF THE EXTERNAL VALUE OF THE HONG KONG DOLLAR IN TERMS OF 15 CURRENCIES OF HONG KONG’S TRADING PARTNERS.

THE HONG KONG MONTHLY DIGEST OF STATISTICS IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG AT HK$6.00 PER COPY.

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PREMISES IN SHAM SHU I PO, KOWLOON

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF

WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS, STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 17) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT

A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

BOUNDED BY CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, NAM , CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND KWEILIN STREET, FUK WING STREET, UN CHAU STREET AND

THE AREA AFFECTED IS CHEONG STREET, TAI PO ROAD INCLUDING FUK WA STREET,

PEI HO STREET.

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REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR HOTEL GUESTS

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ANY PERSON OVER THE AGE OF 15 WHO INTENDS TO STAY IN A HOTEL OR A LODGING PLACE SHOULD ON ARRIVAL INFORM THE KEEPER OF THE PREMISES HIS FULL NAME AND NATIONALITY.

IN A NOTICE, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION ALSO DREW THE ATTENTION OF SUCH PERSON, WHO IS AN ALIEN, THAT HE SHOULD ALSO INFORM THE KEEPER OF THE DATE OF HIS ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG, THE NAME OF THE SHIP OR AIRLINE BY WHICH HE ARRIVED AND HIS OCCUPATION.

IN ADDITION, HE SHOULD INFORM THE KEEPER BEFORE HIS DEPARTURE THE PLACE TO WHICH HE IS GOING AND ALSO THE NAME OF THE SHIP AND AIRLINE BY WHICH HE WILL DEPART.

UNDER THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE 1971, THE KEEPER OF THE PREMISES IS REQUIRED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, TO KEEP FOR AT LEAST 12 MONTHS A RECORD IN WRITING OF THE INFORMATION GIVEN TO HIM BY A LODGER AND AN IMMIGRATION OFFICER OR POLICE OFFICER MAY INSPECT AT ANY TIME THE RECORD KEPT BY THE KEEPER OF ANY PREMISES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 16, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FITTING OF SAFETY SEAT BELTS IN NEW PRIVATE CARS TO BE MADE COMPULSORY ............................................. 1

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI ...........................  1

APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE ON JULY 19 .. 2

SHEUNG SHU I TANNERS MUST MOVE BY JULY 31 .................   4

AMENDMENT TO DRAFT WAN CHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PROPOSED . 6

THREE CITY DISTRICTS’ SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES START TOMORROW ...................................................  7

SERVICE PROJECT ORGANISED BY C.A.S. CADETS FOR THE AGED .. 8

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

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COMPULSORY FITTING OF SEAT BELTS IN NEW PRIVATE CARS * * * * *

REGULATIONS HAVE BEEN AMENDED TO MAKE THE FITTING OF SAFETY SEAT BELTS IN NEW PRIVATE CARS COMPULSORY.

UNDER THE ROAD TRAFFIC (CONSTRUCTION AND USE) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1976 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY, ALL PRIVATE CARS REGISTERED AFTER JULY 31, 1976, MUST BE FITTED WITH SEAT BELTS.

THE REGULATIONS WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM JANUARY 1 NEXT YEAR. THIS WILL ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR MOTOR VEHICLE TRADERS TO IMPORT THE REQUIRED SEAT BELTS.

THE REGULATIONS DO NOT APPLY TO TAXIS, PUBLIC CARS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND GOODS VEHICLES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT ALTHOUGH THE FITTING OF SEAT BELTS WILL BE COMPULSORY, THE WEARING OF SUCH BELTS IS NOT.

HOWEVER, HE ENCOURAGED MOTORISTS TO WEAR SAFETY SEAT BELTS BECAUSE EXPERIENCE IN SOME COUNTRIES SHOWED THAT THE WEARING OF SEAT BELTS HAD RESULTED IN A NOTABLE REDUCTION IN THE NUMBER OF DEATHS AND INJURIES THROUGH ROAD ACCIDENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID : +THE MOST FREQUENT AND SERIOUS INJURIES TO DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS IN PRIVATE CARS OCCUR WHEN, AS A RESULT OF RAPID DECELERATION AFTER A COLLISION, THEY ARE THROWN FORWARD ON TO THE STEERING WHEEL, DASH-BOARD OR WIND SCREEN.

+A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF SUCH INJURIES WOULD BE AVOIDED OR RENDERED LESS SERIOUS IF DRIVERS AND FRONT SEAT PASSENGERS WORE SEAT BELTS.+

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI * * * *

WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON HENNESSY ROAD AND SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON FENWICK STREET WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN LEFT AT THE JUNCTION OF HENNESSY ROAD AND FENWICK STREET WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (JULY 20).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE ON MONDAY

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TWENTY-THREE TRADES ARE THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE ANNOUNCED THAT THE ORDINANCE COME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 19.

SPECIFIED AS DESIGNATED TRADES UNDER 1976 IN TODAY’S GAZETTE. IT WAS ALSO AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WILL

THE TRADES SPECIFIED ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL BY THE GOVERNOR ARE s-

VEHICLE MECHANIC- VEHICLE ELECTRICIAN- VEHICLE PANEL BEATER/ BODY BUILDER- VEHICLE PAINTER- CONSTRUCTION PLANT MECHANIC-CLOTHING MACHINE MECHANIC- KNITTING MACHINE MECHANIC- ELECTRICAL FITTER- ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES SERVICE MECHANIC- CABLE JOINTER (POWER)- OVERHEAD LINESMAN- LIFT ELECTRICIAN- LIFT MECHANIC-REFRIGERAT I ON/A I R-COND I T I ON I NG MECHANIC- RADIO/TV MECHANIC- MOULD AND DIE MAKER AND REPAIRER- PRINTING COMPOSITOR- PROCESS CAMERA OPERATOR- LITHO OFFSET PLATE-MAKER- PRINTING MACHINE OPERATOR (LETTER PRESS)- PRINTING MACHINE OPERATOR (LITHO OFFSET-BOOKBINDER- AND TEXTILE MECHANIC.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MR. NEIL HENDERSON SAID THE LEGISLATION WOULD BE VITAL IN THE PROMOTION AND REGULATION OF THIS IMPORTANT AREA OF SKILLED MANPOWER TRAINING AND ENSURE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE IN DESIGNATED TRADES RECEIVED PROPER PRACTICAL TRAINING AND THE NECESSARY RELATED INSTRUCTION IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTION.

THE ESSENCE OF THE ORDINANCE IS THAT AN EMPLOYER CAN ONLY ENGAGE A YOUNG PERSON IN A DESIGNATED TRADE IF HE HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP OR IF THE EMPLOYEE HAS ALREADY COMPLETED AN APPRENTICESHIP IN THAT TRADE AND HOLDS A CERTIFICATE. THE ORDINANCE INITIALLY APPLIES TO PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 14 AND 18. THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR HAS POWER TO GRANT EXEMPTION IN CERTAIN CASES.

THE REGULATIONS PROVIDE FOR DETAILED TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONTRACT.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE FIRST BATCH OF DESIGNATED TRADES WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IN CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR.

+THEY WERE SELECTED ON THE BASIS OF THE DEGREE OF SKILLS INVOLVED, THEIR NUMBERS AND IMPORTANCE TO INDUSTRY AND WITH REGARD TO THE AVAILABILITY OF RELATED TECHNICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES,* HE ADDED.

MR. HENDERSON SAID THE DESIGNATED TRADES WOULD BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 20. IN THE MEANTIME THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD BE CONTACTING EMPLOYERS IN DESIGNATED TRADES SEEKING INFORMATION ON YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING FOR THEM.

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+THE INTERIM PERIOD WOULD GIVE EMPLOYERS TIME TO GET TO KNOW THE PROVISIONS OF THE NEW LEGISLATION AND PREPARE THEMSELVES TO COMPLY WITH THEM,+ HE SAID. IT ALSO ALLOWED THE TEACHING INSTITUTIONS TO GEAR THEMSELVES UP TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY TECHNICAL COURSES.

MR. HENDERSON POINTED OUT THAT IN THE EARLY STAGES THE LAW WOULD BE ENFORCED WITH DISCRETION.

OFFICERS OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING DIVISIONS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WOULD ASSIST EMPLOYERS WHO NEEDED HELP IN UNDERSTANDING THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINANCE.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WILL

(I) ADVISE AND ASSIST EMPLOYERS IN THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING OF APPRENTICES,

(II)- CO-OPERATE WITH TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS IN ENSURING THAT APPRENTICES OBTAIN THE NECESSARY AMOUNT OF RELATED TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION,

(III) GENERALLY SUPERVISE THE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING OF APPRENTICES, AND

(IV) INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS FROM AND ENDEAVOUR TO SETTLE DISPUTES BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES.

TO ENABLE THE COMMISSIONER TO CARRY OUT HIS FUNCTIONS, THE ORDINANCE ALSO EMPOWERS HIM TO :

(I) REQUIRE AN EMPLOYER TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRAINING,

(II) REQUIRE AN EMPLOYER TO SUPPLY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE EMPLOYMENT OF ’’YOUNG PERSONS” IN DESIGNATED TRADES,

(III) REQUIRE AN EMPLOYER TO MAKE RETURNS AND REPORTS,

(IV) SPECIFY THE PERIODS OF APPRENTICESHIP, AND

(V) LENGTHEN OR SHORTEN THE PERIOD OF APPRENTICESHIP IN CERTAIN CASES.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE EFFECT OF THE ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS WILL BE HELD AT G.I.S. THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, AT 3.00 P.M., MONDAY (JULY 19). MR, H.R. KNIGHT, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING), MR. T.Y. CHUI, SENIOR INDUSTRIAL TRAINING OFFICER, AND MR. AU-YEUNG MAN-TAK, INDUSTRIAL TRAINING OFFICER, WILL BE THERE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

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SHEUNG SHU I TANNERS MUST MOVE * * * *

THE COLONIAL SECRETARY, SIR DENYS ROBERTS, HAS WARNED THE 55 SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES OPERATORS THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL CLEAR THEIR SITES IMMEDIATELY AFTER JULY 31 IF THEY HAVE NOT CLOSED DOWN AND MOVED THEIR OPERATIONS BY THEN.

IN A LETTER TO THE TANNERS REPLYING TO A PETITION THEY PRESENTED ON JULY 2, SIR DENYS HAS CONFIRMED THERE CAN BE NO POSTPONEMENT OF THE JULY 31 DEADLINE FOR THE TANNERIES REMOVAL.

SIR DENYS SAID : +THE GOVERNMENT HAS MADE IT CLEAR ON MANY OCCASIONS THAT THE MAIN REASONS FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE TANNERIES FROM SHEUNG SHU I ARE THE NEED TO ELIMINATE A SOURCE OF GROSS AND UNACCEPTABLE POLLUTION, AND TO MAKE AVAILABLE A LARGE AREA ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE GROWING TOWN OF SHEUNG SHU I FOR DEVELOPMENT.

+GOVERNMENT HAS ACCEPTED FOR MANY YEARS THAT IT IS NOT PRACTICABLE TO REDUCE THE POLLUTION TO AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL SO LONG AS THE TANNERIES REMAIN AT THEIR PRESENT SITES, AND THAT THE ONLY POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM WAS THE REMOVAL OF THE TANNERIES OPERATIONS TO A PROPERLY DESIGNATED OFFENSIVE TRADES AREA, WHERE THE TRADE COULD BE CARRIED OUT IN MODERN BUILDINGS WITH EFFECTIVE MEANS OF EFFLUENT TREATMENT.*

SIR DENYS POINTED OUT THAT THE CROWN RE-ENTERED THE LOTS ON WHICH THE TANNERIES ARE SITUATED EARLY IN 1972, WHEN THE OPERATORS WERE TOLD THEY WOULD HAVE TO MOVE FROM SHEUNG SHU I.

+HOWEVER, AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF YOUR REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF REMOVAL ON YOUR BUSINESSES AND YOUR WORKERS, THE GOVERNMENT AGREED THAT, PROVIDED YOU ACQUIRED LAND IN THE OFFENSIVE TRADES ZONE AT KWAI CHUNG, YOU WOULD BE PERMITTED TO REMAIN AT SHEUNG SHU I FOR A REASONABLE PERIOD TO ENABLE YOU TO DEVELOP THESE NEW LOTS.

+YOU WERE GIVEN POSSESSION OF THE LOTS AT KWAI CHUNG IN MAY, 1974, AND WERE INFORMED THAT THE DEADLINE FOR FINAL REMOVAL FROM SHEUNG SHU I WAS JULY 31, 1976.+

SIR DENYS ALSO REFERRED TO THE OPERATORS’ CLAIMS THAT THE LOTS THEY PURCHASED AT KWAI CHUNG WERE NOT LARGE ENOUGH FOR THEIR PURPOSES.

HE SAID s +1 WOULD REMIND YOU THAT YOU YOURSELVES DECIDED ON THE AREAS WHICH YOU WISHED TO ACQUIRE.

+MOREOVER, I UNDERSTAND THAT ALL FIVE CONSORTIA OBTAINED APPROVAL FROM THE BUILDING AUTHORITY MORE THAN ONE YEAR AGC FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MULTI-STOREY FACTORY BUILDINGS, AND I Av INFORMED THAT CONSTRUCTION WORK ON ONE OF THE BUILDINGS HAS BEGUN RECENTLY.

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♦ IT WAS NOT UNTIL EARLY THIS YEAR THAT YOU STATED THAT YOU NEEDED ADDITIONAL LAND, AND AS YOU ARE AWARE FROM THE LETTERS DATED JULY 8, 1976, FROM THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES TO CONSORTIA 1-4, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED PRIVATE TREATY GRANTS OF ADDITIONAL AREAS TO THE FOUR CONSORTIA WHICH HAVE FORMALLY APPLIED.*

SIR DENYS ALSO DEALT WITH THE ROLE PLAYED BY THE TANNERIES IN THE LEATHER-GOODS INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

♦WHILST NOT DISPUTING THE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE LOCAL TANNERY INDUSTRY, I WOULD POINT OUT THAT CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN HALF THE LEATHER USED IN THE LOCAL INDUSTRY IS IMPORTED,+ HE SAID.

♦THERE IS NO DOUBT, THEREFORE, THAT ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF SUPPLY ARE AVAILABLE TO THE LOCAL GLOVE INDUSTRY.+

IN HIS LETTER, SIR DENYS NOTED THAT THE TANNERIES OPERATORS HAD NOT ACCEPTED REPEATED OFFERS FROM THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO GIVE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE ON THE EFFLUENT TREATMENT MEASURES THAT WILL BE REQUIRED AT KWAI CHUNG.

HE ADDED THAT A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SHEUNG SHU I AREA WAS NOW BEING PREPARED AND WOULD BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.

♦YOU HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THE REQUIREMENT TO MOVE FROM SHEUNG SHU I SINCE 1972 AND HAVE HAD AMPLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS,+ HE SAID.

♦THERE CAN BE NO POSTPONEMENT OF THE DEADLINE OF JULY 31, AND I WOULD URGE YOU, THEREFORE, TO CLOSE DOWN AND REMOVE YCUR OPERATIONS FROM SHEUNG SHU I BY THAT DATE, F A I i_ I NG WHICH THE GOVERNMENT WILL HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE EUT TO CLEAR THE AREA IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS.*

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DRAFT WAN CHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN TO BE AMENDED

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS PROPOSED AN AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT WAN CHAI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN, IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE.

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THE AMENDMENT CONCERNS THREE MAJOR SITES ON THE WAN CHAI RECLAMATION ZONED FOR COMMERCIAL USE.

THE BOARD ON REVIEWING THE ZONING OF THE THREE SITES TOOK THE VIEW THAT IT WAS DESIRABLE TO INTRODUCE SOME RESIDENTIAL POPULATION INTO THIS AREA TO KEEP IT ’’ALIVE” AFTER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS AND TO MAKE BETTER USE OF FACILITIES AND SERVICES. IT, THEREFORE, DECIDED TO RE-ZONE THE SITES FOR COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT. HOWEVER, ADEQUATE COMMUNITY FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED TO CATER FOR THE INCREASE IN RESIDENTIAL POPULATION.

THE AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN, WHICH WILL NOT AFFECT ANY PRIVATE PROPERTY, IS NOW EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION DURING NORMAL OFFICE HOURS AT THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE ON THE 17TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, THE C.D.O. (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING) HONG KONG AND THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

COPIES OF THE AMENDMENT PLAN MAY ALSO BE PURCHASED FROM THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 19TH FLOOR MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE AMENDMENT MAY BE MADE IN WRITING TO THE SECRETARY, TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/0 PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, NOT LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1976.

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THREE CITY DISTRICTS’ SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES START TOMORROW

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THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES OF THREE CITY DISTRICTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON WILL START TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 3 P.M. AT CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

MRS. MABEL HAYES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN)= MR. SIU MING, CHAIRMAN OF THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE" MR. LAM WING-CHEUNG, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MR. HUNG CHAN-YAN, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION WHICH AIMS TO INTRODUCE TO THE PUBLIC THE VARIOUS KINDS OF SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE COMMITTEE.

THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME OF THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT 7.30 P.M. IN SOUTHCRN PLAYGROUND BY MR. BOWEN LEUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WAN CHAI)" NR. LEE WAN-YUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI CITY DISTRICT YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE” MR. AU KWONG-MAN, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MISS E.S. MAK, CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHO'.. FEATURING MOTOR BICYCLE AND BAND PERFORMANCES, AND DRAGON DANCE.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT YOUTH PROGRAMME WILL TAKE PLACE AT 7.30 P.M. IN TANG KANG PO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN TIN KWONG ROAD.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE MRS. GRACE HO, URBAN COUNCILLOR" MR. BILLY LAM, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY)" MR. NG KWAN-YUI, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MR. TANG TAI-CHUEK, CHAIRMAN OF THE KC'.LOON CITY DISTRICT RECREATION COUNCIL.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW CONSISTING OF MODERN DANCES, MUSICAL AND MARTIAL APTS PERFORMANCES.

NOTE TO EDITORS s

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENTS.

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SERVICES FOR THE AGED * * * *

MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL AID SERVICES CADET CORPS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL ORGANISE A SERVICE PROJECT FOR OLD PEOPLE IN THE WONG TAI SIN AREA DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE PROJECT IS AIMED AT PROVIDING SERVICES AND WELL-ORGANISED ACTIVITIES FOR OLD PEOPLE AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING YOUNGSTERS TO HAVE A DEEPER CONCERN FOR SOCIETY.

THE PROGRAMME STARTS ON SUNDAY (JULY 18) WHEN SOME 30 OLD PEOPLE, UNDER THE CARE OF THE CARITAS TUNG TAU CENTRE, WILL BE TAKEN ON A DAY’S OUTING TO THE SHING MUN RESERVOIR. EACH OF THEM WILL BE ESCORTED AND LOOKED AFTER BY A C.A.S. CADET.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A SOCIAL GATHERING ON AUGUST 8 AT THE CARITAS TUNG TAU CENTRE WHERE THEY WILL BE ENTERTAINED BY A CYCLING DEMONSTRATION AND CHINESE OPERA PERFORMED BY THE CADETS.

APART FROM THESE TWO FUNCTIONS, THE CADETS WILL ALSO CALL ON THE HOMES OF THE OLD PEOPLE ON AUGUST 15 AND 22 TO CARRY OUT VARIOUS ODD JOBS FOR THEM.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE OUTING AND THE SOCIAL GATHERING COVERED. ON SUNDAY (JULY 18), THE PICNICKERS AND CADETS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE CARITAS TUNG TAU CENTRE AT BLOCK 20, GROUND FLOOR, TUNG TAU ESTATE AT 8.30 A.M. THEY WILL ARRIVE AT THE SHING MUN RESERVOIR ABOUT 10 A.M.

THE SOCIAL GATHERING TO BE HELD AT THE CARITAS TUNG TAU CENTRE ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 WILL BEGIN AT 2 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1976

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SOME 1,500 FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES MADE AVAILABLE FOR LOWER-PAID CIVIL SERVANTS ................... 1

NEw FIRE STATION FOR AP LEI CHAU .......................... 2

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO HOLD COURSE AND EXHIBITION ON SOCIAL STUDIES ............................................ 3

KWUN TONG SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME STARTS TOMORROW .......... 4

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET .......... 4

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SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1976

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PUBLIC HOUSING AVAILABLE FOR LOWER-PAID GOVERNMENT STAFF ******

SOME 1,500 FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE THIS YEAR FOR LOWER-PAID GOVERNMENT STAFF, PENSIONERS AND DEPENDENTS OF DECEASED OFFICERS. APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN INVITED FROM THOSE INTERESTED IN TAKING UP THE OFFER.

THIS IS THE SCHEME IN WHICH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY RESERVES AN ANNUAL AVERAGE OF 1,500 FLATS IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES FOR LOWER-PAID CIVIL SERVANTS.

SOME OF THE FLATS ARE LOCATED IN THE LAI YIU, LAI KING AND KWAI SHING ESTATES IN KWAI CHUNG AND OTHERS ARE AT THE TAI HING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN.

PRIORITY WILL BE GIVEN TO WIDOWS AND/OR DEPENDENTS OF OFFICERS WHO DIED IN SERVICE WHILE OCCUPYING DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS- GOVERNMENT PENSIONERS OCCUPYING DEPARTMENTAL QUARTERS, AND SERVING OFFICERS WHO HAVE HAD AT LEAST TWO YEARS SERVICE, IN THAT ORDER.

FOR THE LATTER CATEGORY, THEIR TOTAL FAMILY INCOMES MUST BE WITHIN THE SAME FIXED MAXIMUM LEVELS AS ARE APPLIED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, WHICH ARE:

FAMILY SIZE

TOTAL MAXIMUM HOUSEHOLD INCOME LIMITS

3 PERSONS

4 PERSONS

5 PERSONS

6 PERSONS

7 PERSONS

8 PERSONS

9 PERSONS

10 PERSONS OR MORE

A TYPICAL FLAT CONSISTS KITCHEN OR COOKING BENCH.

$1,500 $1,600 $1,700 $1,800 $1,900 $2,000 $2,100 $2,200

OF A ROOM WITH BALCONY,

TOILET AND

RENTS, WHICH WILL INCLUDE RATES, WILL RANGE FROM ABOUT $190 A MONTH FOR A FIVE-PERSON FLAT TO ABOUT $390 FOR AN ELEVEN-PERSON FLAT.

THE FLATS WHICH REMAIN UNALLOCATED FROM THE 1976-77 QUOTA WILL REVERT TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR ALLOCATION TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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FIRE STATION FOR AP LEI CHAU ******

AP LEI CHAU, A SMALL ISLAND OFF ABERDEEN, WILL SHORTLY HAVE A FIRE STATION OF ITS OWN.

THIS IS PART OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S EXPANSION PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE AND SPEEDY FIRE COVER IN STRATEGIC LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

THE SINGLE-STOREY STATION, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF 3,000 SQUARE FEET, IS LOCATED AT SAN SHI STREET.

IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING DORMITORY ACCOMMODATION FOR OFFICERS AND MEN, THERE ARE LOCKER ROOMS, STORE ROOMS, A DINING ROOM, A KITCHEN AND ABLUTION FACILITIES.

THE NEW STATION, COSTING ABOUT $500,000, WILL HAVE A COMPLEMENT OF TWO LIGHT PUMPING APPLIANCES WITH ONE OFFICER AND SIX FIREMEN.

AT PRESENT, MAJOR FIRE COVER FOR AP LEI CHAU COMES FROM THE FIREBOAT WHICH IS MOORED AT THE ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET.

IN THE EVENT OF FIRE, THE FIREBOAT IS USED TO TRANSPORT FIRE SERVICES PERSONNEL FROM ABERDEEN AND TO PROVIDE SUPPLEMENTARY WATER PUMPING POWER IF THE LOCAL HYDRANTS ARE INADEQUATE.

MEANWHILE, THE NEW SUB-DIVISIONAL FIRE STATION ON TSING Yl ISLAND IS GRADUALLY TAKING SHAPE.

THE THREE-STOREY STATION, BUILT ON A 27,QOO-SQUARE-FOOT SITE NEAR THE TSING Yl BRIDGE, WILL HAVE FOUR BAYS FOR FIRE APPLIANCES.

OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE A DRILL YARD, OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, BARRACK AND LOCKER ROOMS, CANTEEN AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

WHEN COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR, THE NEW STATION WILL REPLACE THE ONE NOW ACCOMMODATED IN SUB-STANDARD TEMPORARY PREMISES.

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SOCIAL STUDIES COURSE AND EXHIBITION

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ABOUT 100 TEACHERS OF SOCIAL STUDIES WILL ATTEND A FOUR-DAY COURSE AT THE ST. MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE FROM NEXT TUESDAY.

THE COURSE, ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, IS TO GIVE MORE GUIDANCE TO THE TEACHERS ON THE FORM 2 SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

THE ACTING CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOL, MR. ALEX REEVE WILL OPEN THE SUMMER COURSE IN THE DEMONSTRATION ROOM OF THE COLLEGE AT 9.30 A-.M.

AT 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE WILL BE AT THE COLLEGE GYMNASIUM WHERE HE WILL OPEN AN EXHIBITION OF CURRICULUM PROJECT ON MOST OF THE FORM 1 TOPICS OF THE SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

THIS EXHIBITION IS BEING PREPARED BY THE 15 MONITORED SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

HEADS AND TEACHERS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND MEMBERS OF

THE SOCIAL STUDIES SUBJECT COMMITTEE OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION WHICH IS BEING HELD CONCURRENTLY WITH THE COURSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE TWO EVENTS COVERED. ST. MARY’S CANOSSIAN COLLEGE IS AT 162 AUSTIN ROAD, KOWLOON.

SATURDAY, JULY 17, 1976

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THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED AT THE TSUI PING ROAD RECREATION GROUND AT 9.30 A.M. TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

OFFICIATING WILL BE MR. PATRICK YIU, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER FOR KWUN TONG- MR. KWOK NAI-SIK, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR KWUN TONG= REPRESENTATIVES FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTSAND SEVEN HONORARY PRESIDENTS OF THE YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR THE DISTRICT.

FOLLOWING THE CEREMONY, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW WHICH INCLUDES CHINESE BOXING DEMONSTRATION, A BICYCLE DRILL AND GYMNASTIC DEMONSTRATION. THERE WILL ALSO BE A BAND DISPLAY BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE EVENT.

'NO ENTRY’ RESTRICTION TO BE REMOVED ******

THE RESTRICTION PROHIBITING ENTRY OF ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, INTO PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, BETWEEN TEMPLE STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET, WILL BE REMOVED ON TUESDAY (JULY 20) FROM 10 A.M.

THIS WILL ENABLE TRAFFIC IN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET TO TURN LEFT INTO SHANGHAI STREET SOUTHBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, A 24-HOUR CLEARWAY FOR ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE INTRODUCED IN PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, BETWEEN TEMPLE STREET AND SHANGHAI STREET.

NO VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM PUBLIC SQUARE STREET INTO SHANGHAI STREET NORTHBOUND WHICH WILL REMAIN A +BUS ONLY+ LANE.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS

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FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL * * * *

SET AGAINST THE SCENIC SURROUNDINGS OF PAT HEUNG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS A TRAINING SCHOOL RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING ONE OF THE MOST EFFICIENT FIRE FIGHTING FORCES IN THE WORLD.

THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT EIGHT ACRES, IS THE PLACE WHERE NEW RECRUITS ARE TURNED INTO CONFIDENT AND PROFESSIONAL FIREMEN.

LAST YEAR, A TOTAL OF 20 FIRE OFFICERS, 100 FIREMEN AND 18 AMBULANCEMEN RECEIVED TRAINING AT THE SCHOOL AND WERE POSTED TO VARIOUS FIRE STATIONS. IN ADDITION, THREE FIRE OFFICERS FROM BRUNEI ALSO COMPLETED A COURSE AT THE SCHOOL.

ACCORDING TO A FIRE SERVICES SPOKESMAN, OPERATIONAL TRAINEES ARE REQUIRED TO UNDERGO 26 WEEKS’ INSTRUCTION COVERING MORE THAN 1,000 PRACTICAL PERIODS, LECTURES AND VISITS.

HE SAID: +THE RANGE OF INSTRUCTION IS EXTREMELY WIDE, COVERING SUCH SUBJECTS AS CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS, HYDRAULICS, LAW, MECHANICS, FIRE PREVENTION, RESCUE PROCEDURES AND FIRST AID.*

DURING THE EARLY STAGES OF THE TRAINING, STUDENTS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO OPERATE VARIOUS TYPES OF FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS LADDERS AND PUMPS. LATER, THEY ARE TRAINED TO FIGHT DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIRES AND TO RESCUE PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS SITUATIONS.

THROUGH CONSTANT REHEARSALS IN THE SCHOOL’S 80-F00T +DRILL TOWERS+, TRAINEES BECOME USED TO HEIGHTS AND CONDITIONS IN MULTISTOREY BUILDING FIRES. THEY ALSO RECEIVE TRAINING, FULLY EQUIPPED, IN A SIMULATED SEWER TO BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO CRAMPED CONDITIONS.

+AS A FIREMAN’S JOB REQUIRES ALL HIS STRENGTH AND COOL-HEADEDNESS, THERE IS MUCH EMPHASIS ON PHYSICAL FITNESS,* THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

+THEREFORE, BESIDES PHYSICAL TRAINING AND REGULAR SWIMMING AND SPORT ACTIVITIES, CROSS COUNTRY RUNS ARE ORGANISED.*

AT THE END OF THE SIX-MONTH INTENSIVE TRAINING, ALL RECRUITS HAVE TO PASS AN EXAMINATION BEFORE BEING POSTED TO STATIONS FOR DUTY.

FOR SERVING FIREMEN, REFRESHER COURSES ARE HELD THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THESE ARE DESIGNED TO EVALUATE THEIR PHYSICAL CONDITION AS WELL AS TO ENSURE STANDARDISATION OF PROCEDURES, DRILLS AND EQUIPMENT USAGE.

/EACH COURSE ...........

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EACH COURSE LASTS FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

APART FROM TRAINING FIREMEN, THE SCHOOL ALSO RUNS SHORT FIRE FIGHTING AND BREATHING APPARATUS COURSES FOR THE STAFF OF OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND PRIVATE COMPANIES.

+THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PARTICIPATING IN THESE COURSES, USUALLY LASTING FROM ONE TO FOUR DAYS, IS ON THE INCREASE, REFLECTING A GROWING INTEREST AND AWARENESS IN FIRE FIGHTING AMONG PRIVATE FIRMS IN HONG KONG,+ THE SPOKESMAN NOTED.

OVER 140 SUCH COURSES WERE HELD IN 1975 AND WERE ATTENDED BY NEARLY 3,000 STAFF MEMBERS FROM LOCAL SHIPPING COMPANIES, SEA TRAINING SCHOOLS AND THE MARINE DEPARTMENT. IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR, 55 COURSES WERE HELD FOR 1,074 PERSONS.

A NUMBER OF TWO-DAY COURSES WERE ALSO ORGANISED FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF THE THREE LOCAL FLOATING RESTAURANTS.

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USED TEXTBOOKS SALE

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THE LAM TIN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE (WEST) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING A USED TEXTBOOKS SALE TO HELP PARENTS OF SCHOOL STUDENTS KEEP BOOK COSTS DOWN.

THE COLLECTION, SORTING AND SALE WILL BE HANDLED BY THE STUDY ROOM SERVICE GROUP OF THE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE.

BOOKS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF LAM TIN (WEST) ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING FROM 2 P.M. TO 5 P.M. AND 7 P.M. TO 9 P.M. DAILY.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 8 AND 14.

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SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1976

INCREASE IN TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIP

A TOTAL OF 358 TRADE UNIONS WITH A DECLARED MEMBERSHIP OF 372,000 WERE ON THE REGISTER AT THE END OF LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, ENDING ON MARCH 31.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE REGISTRAR OF TRADE UNIONS, THE MEMBERSHIP FIGURE SHOWS AN INCREASE OF 44,520 OVER THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR.

DURING THE YEAR, 13 NEW UNIONS WERE REGISTERED AND FOUR WERE DE-REGISTERED.

OF THE 358 UNIONS, 301 ARE EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS WITH A TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF 361,000, 44 EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS WITH 4,800 MEMBERS, 12 MIXED ORGANISATIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS WITH 5,900 MEMBERS AND ONE TRADE UNION FEDERATION COMPRISING FOUR REGISTERED EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS.

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN MEMBERS CONTINUED TO GROW SIGNIFICANTLY AND AT THE END OF 1975, THE OVERALL TOTAL OF WOMEN UNIONISTS STOOD AT 76,821, COMPARED WITH THE 60,785' ON DECEMBER 31, 1974, AN INCREASE OF 16,036.

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN MEMBERS IN EMPLOYEES’ UNIONS ROSE BY 16,035 TO 75,458 WHILE THOSE OF THE EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND MIXED ORGANISATIONS OF EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS NUMBERED 365 AND 998 RESPECTIVELY, THE FORMER SHOWING AN INCREASE OF FOUR AND THE LATTER A DECREASE OF THREE AS COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DURING THE YEAR, 732 INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED AT THE DEPARTMENT WITH TRADE UNION OFFICIALS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC. THE SUBJECTS DEALT WITH IN THESE INTERVIEWS WERE MAINLY ADVICE ON THE FORMATION OF NEW UNIONS, HARMONIZING THE RULES OF NEW UNIONS WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TRADE UNIONS ORDINANCE, CLARIFICATION OF PROPOSED ALTERATIONS IN REGISTERED RULES AND CHANGE IN NAME OF EXISTING UNIONS, ELIGIBILITY OF UNION OFFICERS, DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS AND THE GENERAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON LOCAL TRADE UNIONISM.

STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT ALSO CARRIED OUT INSPECTIONS OF ACCOUNT BOOKS AND REGISTERS OF MEMBERS AT 88 UNION PREMISES TO ENSURE FUNDS WERE BEING CORRECTLY BROUGHT TO ACCOUNT AND TO GIVE ON-THE-SPOT PRACTICAL ADVICE, WHERE NECESSARY, TO REMEDY ANY ACCOUNTING OR ADMINISTRATIVE DEFECTS DISCOVERED.

SUNDAY, JULY 18, 1976

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KING’S COLLEGE GOLDEN JUBILEE ART EXHIBITION * * * * *

THE ART CLUB OF KING’S COLLEGE WILL HOLD AN ART EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE THE GOLDEN JUBILEE OF KING’S COLLEGE AT THE SCHOOL HALL FROM 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M. TOMORROW (MONDAY) AND ON TUESDAY TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS OF STUDENTS IN ART.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE HELD AT THE COLLEGE AT 10 A.M. TOMORROW. WORKS BY THE STUDENTS INCLUDING FOLD-DYE, TIE-DYE, BATIK, PAINTING, DRAWING, ETCHING, DESIGN, PLASTIC, SCREEN-PRINTING AND CERAMIC WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THERE WILL BE A DESIGN SECTION SHOWING EXHIBITS OF BOOK-JACKETS AND RECORD-COVERS, T-SHIRTS, BAGS AND OTHER THINGS DESIGNED BY THE STUDENTS.

A DEMONSTRATION OF THE PROCEDURE OF MAKING POTTERY, ETCHING AND SCREEN-PRINT WILL BE DONE BY THE STUDENTS AT THE EXHIBITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED.

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HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

Sunday, 18 July 1976

AUTHC^ITY ANNOUNCES NE-.7 DESIGN FOB PU3LIC HOUSING

A new building design that will set the pace for public housing standards in the future were announced today (Sunday) by the Housing Authority.

The new "point blocks”, which are H-shape in design, will give tenants more privacy, better light and ventilation as well as generate a sense of community.

Flats in this new design will have slightly bigger kitchens, toilets and balconies. There will also be a better lift service to ensure a smooth flow of traffic and reduce the waiting time for tenants.

Besides incorporating improvements over the central corridor, balcony access and twin-tower designs, the new plan will provide different size flats and fewer units on each floor — eight of about 380 square feet and four two-bedroom flats of about 700 square feet.

The services as lifts and staireases will be confined to the central cross-bar of the blocks which will rise 28 to 32 storeys high. This new design will give architects more flexibility to plan various combinations giving estates more interesting and varied layouts. They also include substantial structural improvements over previous designs and will also enable rationalised method of construction to be employed.

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The first estates to include the new designs will be Phase II of Ngau Chi V/an and Shun Lee Tsuen and Phase I of Chai Wan Redevelopment.

The contracts for the first stages of Ngau Chi Wan and Shun Lee Tsuen were signed last week.

The Shun Lee Tsuen contract, worth 348 million, was for the building of three twin-tower blocks for 16,000 people, a three-storey carpark and a primary school. The second contract of $41 million for Ngau Chi '/an is also for the development of three more twin-tower blocks for 16,000 people, a primary school and a kindergarten.

Building works for both projects should commence later this month and be completed in mid-1978.

Shun Lee Tsuen Estate, the home of 66,000 people on completion in the early 1980s, has been comprehensively planned, completed with its own essential ancillary facilities for educational, commercial and social activities. Systems of elevated walkways will be provided to connect various parts of the estate with the estate’s commercial centre.

Ngau Chi Van Estate occupies a 40-acre site on both sides of Clearwater Bay Road. Due to the contours, a number of platforms at differing heights has been formed for the building of housing blocks. The two levels of the estate will be linked by elevated walkways over Clearwater Bay Road.

In line with the present day estate planning concept, there will be a large commercial complex and a welfare building. There will be four primary schools and a same number of kindergartens. Ngau Chi tyan Estate will house 60,000 people on completion in 1979-

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 19, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING TO BECOME PART OF POLYTECHNIC ................................................ 1

MOST VACANCIES IN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS LAST YEAR WERE FILLED LOCALLY ........................................ 3

THE CAUSES BEHIND THE RISE AND FALL OF TEMPERATURES ........ 4

NEXT ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER ......... 6

WATER CUT ................................................   6

SAI KUNG CLEAN-UP OPERATION ENDS TOMORROW .................. 7

COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES VISITS HOUSING ESTATES ............ 7

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

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INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING TO BECOME PART OF POLYTECHNIC K * O H M

THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING WHICH PROVIDES A TWO-YEAR CERTIFICATE COURSE FOR MID-LEVEL SOCIAL WORKERS, IS TO BE INTEGRATED WITH THE POLYTECHNIC FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 1977.

THE INSTITUTE WAS SET UP IN 1973. IN ORDER TO ALLOW IT TIME TO BECOME PROPERLY ESTABLISHED AND STAFFED BEFORE A DECISION WAS MADE ON ITS PERMANENT STATUS IT OPERATED UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE RECOMMENDATION TO INTEGRATE IT WITH THE POLYTECHNIC HAS BEEN MADE BY THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE INSTITUTE’S ACADEMIC BOARD AND THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL WORK TRAINING FOLLOWING EXAMINATION OF THE EXPERIENCE GAINED OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID, IT WAS FELT THAT SOCIAL WORK TRAINING AND ITS FURTHER DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE AT A TERTIARY LEVEL AS PART OF THE POLYTECHNIC RATHER THAN IN A GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION.

+AS MEMBERS OF A LARGE TERTIARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS WOULD HAVE EXTENSIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONTACTS WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN OTHER DISCIPLINES AND PROFESSIONS, THUS BROADENING THEIR OUTLOOK,+ HE SAID.

IN ADDITION, THE RESOURCES OF OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE POLYTECHNIC WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE TRAINING IN RELATED SOCIAL SCIENCE FIELDS SUCH AS ECONOMICS.

THE POLYTECHNIC ITSELF WOULD BENEFIT, HE POINTED OUT, IN THAT THE ADDITION OF A SOCIAL WORK PROGRAMME WOULD ASSIST IN DEVELOPING ITS APPLIED SCIENCE PROGRAMMES AND ITS SOCIAL SCIENCE STAFF RESOURCES.

THE OTHER ADVANTAGES ARE THAT THE POLYTECHNIC HAS THE MACHINERY TO EXPLORE AND MEET MANPOWER NEEDS AND IS BEST FITTED TO COPE WITH ACCOMMODATION FOR EXPANDING SOCIAL WORK TRAINING IN FUTURE- RECOGNITION AND ACCREDITATION OF SOCIAL WORK COURSES CAN BEST BE ACHIEVED AND MAINTAINED IN A BROADER TERTIARY INSTITUTION SUCH AS THE POLYTECHNIC, AND IT WOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A MORE SATISFACTORY CAREER STRUCTURE FOR FACULTY MEMBERS.

THE DIRECTORS AND THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE POLYTECHNIC HAVE BEEN CONSULTED AND SUPPORT THE INTEGRATION SUBJECT TO THE NECESSARY FINANCE BEING MADE AVAILABLE.

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THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING IS PRESENTLY HOUSED IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE IN Ol KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ITS PROGRAMME FOR THE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN SOCIAL WORK IS DIVIDED INTO TWO ACADEMIC YEARS. FIELD WORK PLACEMENTS TAKE PLACE DURING THE SUMMER IN BOTH YEARS SO THAT STUDENTS HAVE AT LEAST 1,000 HOURS OF FIELD PRACTICE.

IN THE FIRST YEAR, AN OVERALL GENERAL APPROACH IS ADOPTED AND A DEGREE OF SPECIALISATION IS PERMITTED IN THE SECOND YEAR. IN KEEPING WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO PROVIDE FRONT LINE WORKERS FOR HONG KONG’S SOCIAL SERVICES, EMPHASIS IS LAID ON THE PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF TRAINING IN THE CONTEXT OF LOCAL NEEDS AND PROBLEMS.

THE INSTITUTE AT PRESENT HAS A TOTAL ENROLMENT OF 121 STUDENTS IN EITHER THEIR FIRST OR SECOND YEAR OF STUDY. ABOUT A THIRD OF THEM ARE SERVING SOCIAL WORKERS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY THEIR PARENT VOLUNTARY AGENCY OR GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT.

THE TRAINING STAFF CONSISTS OF THE PRINCIPAL AND 18 OTHER PROFESSIONAL STAFF ALL OF WHOM ARE OFFICERS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THE POLYTECHNIC WILL RECRUIT ALL THE NECESSARY SOCIAL WORK TRAINING STAFF BY SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR, BUT IN CERTAIN CASES IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE TO SECOND TEMPORARILY SOME OF HIS STAFF TO ASSIST DURING THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.

THE INSTITUTE’S PRESENT PREMISES IN THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE WILL CONTINUE TO BE USED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AFTER SEPTEMBER 1977 FOR EXPANDED IN-SERVICE TRAINING COURSES FOR NURSERY WORKERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHILD CARE CENTRES ORDINANCE, AND THOSE BEING TRAINED FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WORK.

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OF THE 2,635 VACANCIES WHICH OCCURRED IN VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS LAST YEAR, 2,561 WERE FILLED BY LOCAL RECRUITMENT AND 74 BY OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES COMMISSION.

ACCORDING TO FIGURE RELEASED BY THE P.S.C. THE VACANCIES FILLED LOCALLY INCLUDED 960 NEW APPOINTMENTS, 1,141 PROMOTIONS, 227 RENEWALS OF CONTRACT, 126 TRANSFERS AND 107 OTHER APPOINTMENTS.

VACANCIES REFERRED OVERSEAS FOR RECRUITMENT INCLUDED THREE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS, ONE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C, ONE PERSONAL ASSISTANT AND VARIOUS OTHER POSTS IN 17 DEPARTMENTS.

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OFFERED THE GREATEST NUMBER OF 13 VACANCIES FOR OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT FOLLOWED BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT WITH EIGHT VACANCIES.

IN HIS REPORT FOR 1975, THE P.S.C. CHAIRMAN, SIR RONALD HOLMES SAID THAT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS THE NUMBER OF NEW APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS ON WHICH THE COMMISSION’S ADVICE WAS SOUGHT SHOWED A SUBSTANTIAL REDUCTION.

+THIS WAS DUE TO THE ADOPTION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF STRICT ECONOMY MEASURES MADE NECESSARY BY THE GENERAL CONTRACTION OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE WHICH CAME ABOUT IN 1974,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THROUGHOUT 1975 THE POLICY WAS TO RESTRICT THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR THE MOST PART TO ITS EXISTING STRENGTH AND TO APPROVE CAREFULLY CONTROLLED EXPANSION IN ONLY A FEW ESSENTIAL SECTORS.

THEREFORE, THE FIGURES OF VACANCIES AND PROMOTIONS IN 1974 WERE HIGHER. THERE WERE 4,732 VACANCIES OF WHICH 207 WERE RECOMMENDED BY THE COMMISSION FOR OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT AND 4,525 FOR LOCAL RECRUITMENT WHILE THE FIGURE FOR PROMOTIONS WAS 1,651.

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TEMPERATURES IN HONG KONG * * * * *

PEOPLE IN HONG KONG OFTEN COMPLAIN ABOUT THE HEAT WHEN TEMPERATURE REACHES 30 DEGREES CELSIUS, BUT IMAGINE SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD, IT CAN BE AS HOT AS 57.8 DEGREES CELSIUS.

THIS RECORD TEMPERATURE OCCURRED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 1922 IN TRIPOLITANIA, A PROVINCE OF LIBYA IN AFRICA.

FORTUNATELY, THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN HONG KONG EVER SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884 IS 36.1 DEGREES CELSIUS, WHICH CAN HARDLY BE DESCRIBED AS HIGH BY WORLD STANDARDS.

THIS READING WAS RECORDED ON AUGUST 19, 1900. THE SECOND HIGHEST READING IS 35.7 DEGREES CELSIUS AND THE THIRD, 35.6 DEGREES CELSIUS.

IN A RECENT PUBLICATION ON EXTREME TEMPERATURES, MR. PETER PETERSON, SENIOR SCIENTIFIC OFFICER OF THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, POINTS OUT THAT NINE OF HONG KONG’S TEN HOTTEST DAYS WERE ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL CYCLONES TO THE EAST OR SOUTHEAST OF HONG KONG.

OF THE 20 HOTTEST DAYS BETWEEN 1884 AND 1976, 14 OF THEM WERE ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL CYCLONES.

ALL THESE TROPICAL CYCLONES WERE CENTRED AROUND THE LUZON STRAITS WHERE THEY WOULD JUST BEGIN TO CAUSE NORTHERLY OR NORTHWESTERLY OFFSHORE WIND IN HONG KONG AND AS LAND TEMPERATURES WERE HIGHER THAN SEA TEMPERATURES HONG KONG EXPERIENCED HOT WEATHER.

ONE RECENT EXAMPLE WAS TYPHOON RUBY WHICH THREATENED HONG KONG FOR SOME TIME LATE LAST MONTH. DURING ITS APPROACH TEMPERATURE REACHED 36.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AT TAI 0 ON JUNE 26. WHILE AS IT MOVED AWAY CHEUNG CHAU RECORDED 35.1 DEGREES CELSIUS ON JUNE 29. AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, READINGS FOR BOTH DAYS WAS 33.8 DEGREES CELSIUS.

ANOTHER FEATURE ABOUT THE HOTTEST DAYS IS THAT THEY TEND TO FOLLOW DRY SPELLS.

IN 1963, HONG KONG EXPERIENCED THE DRIEST MAY ON RECORD WITH ONLY 6 MM OF RAINFALL. ON MAY 31, THE TEMPERATURE REACHED 35.5 DEGREES CELSIUS FOLLOWED BY 35.6 DEGREES CELSIUS THE NEXT DAY, THESE ARE THE FOURTH AND THE THIRD HIGHEST TEMPERATURE ON RECORD RESPECTIVELY.

THESE VERY HIGH TEMPERATURES NOT ONLY MEAN DISCOMFORT TO PEOPLE, BUT THEY ARE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE DESIGN OF PROJECTS LIKE AIR-CONDITIONING SYSTEMS, POWER CABLES AND RAILWAY LINES. EXTREME TEMPERATURES ARE IMPORTANT TO THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY.

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THE LOWEST TEMPERATURES IN HONG KONG, ARE ALSO NOT VERY LOW BY WORLD STANDARDS.

THE RECORD TAKEN ON JANUARY 18, 1893, STANDS AT 0 DEGREE CELSIUS, WHILE A STRIKING -88.3 DEGREES CELSIUS HAS BEEN RECORDED IN ANTARCTICA.

THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED AT PLACES OTHER THAN THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY IS -3 DEGREES CELSIUS. IT WAS TAKEN ON TAI MO SHAN ON FEBRUARY 8, 1974.

ALTHOUGH HONG KONG’S WEATHER IS NOT REALLY COLD BY WORLD STANDARDS, PEOPLE STILL FEEL QUITE COLD IN WINTER BECAUSE BUILDINGS HERE WERE GENERALLY DESIGNED TO BE WELL VENTILATED AND COOL IN SUMMER AND ARE THEREFORE NOT EASILY HEATED IN WINTER. ALSO THE COLDEST WEATHER IN HONG KONG OFTEN ARRIVES RATHER SUDDENLY BEFORE PEOPLE HAVE TIME TO BECOME ACCLIMATIZED.

THE COLDEST PLACE IN HONG KONG IS OFTEN THE TOP OF TAI MO SHAN AT A HEIGHT OF 958 METRES.

HOWEVER, LOWER TEMPERATURES ARE RECORDED MORE FREQUENTLY BY TATE’S CAIRN RADAR STATION AT A HEIGHT OF 575 METRES. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT THE WINTER MONSOON USUALLY RESULTS IN TEMPERATURE INVERSION SO THAT THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE DOES NOT USUALLY OCCUR AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL.

IN WINTER, PHENOMENA SUCH AS FROST, RIME AND SNOW APPEAR BUT THEY ARE GENERALLY LOCAL AND DO NOT LAST LONG. SNOW AND SLEET HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED FROM TIME TO TIME.

COLD SPELLS HAVE OFTEN CAUSED THE DEATH OF POULTRY AND POND FISH AND DAMAGE TO PLANTS AND VEGETABLES.

SINCE RECORDS BEGAN IN 1884, THE MEAN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAVE INCREASED BY ABOUT 1.5 DEGREES CELSIUS AND THE MEAN MINIMUM TEMPERATURES EY ABOUT 0.75 DEGREE CELSIUS.

THE INCREASE IN MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES IS MOSTLY DUE TO DECREASE IN VENTILATION AS A LARGE NUMBER OF TALL BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN ERECTED AROUND THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.

THE INCREASE IN MINIMUM TEMPERATURES CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO A COMBINATION OF FACTORS, INCLUDING ARTIFICIAL HEATING FROM INDUSTRY AND AIR-CONDITIONERS TOGETHER WITH RADIATIVE EFFECTS.

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NEXT T.O.E.F.L. TEST TO BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER * * * * *

THE NEXT T.O.E.F.L. TEST (TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE) WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1976, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT ALL CANDIDATES WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE TEST SHOULD COMPLETE THE NECESSARY REGISTRATION FORMS AND TAKE THEM IN PERSON TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1OTH FLOOR, BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM JULY 26, TO JULY 30.

+THEY SHOULD BRING WITH THEM THEIR PASSPORTS OR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS AND TWO RECENT PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS, + HE SAID +JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY A PHOTO-BEARING DOCUMENT.+

HE STRESSED THAT THE LACK OF IDENTIFICATIONS DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING STANDARD PHOTOGRAPHS, COULD DISQUALIFY A CANDIDATE FROM REGISTERING.

+REGISTRATION BY MAIL AND LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED,+ HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE TEST FEE OF HK$95 PER CANDIDATE MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 4 AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR.

+FEES MAY ALSO BE PAID BY CROSSED CHEQUE PAYABLE TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE POST,+ HE ADDED.

COPIES OF THE BULLETIN OF INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FORMS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 10TH FLOOR= THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIP SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 2ND FLOOR, 91, LEIGHTON ROAD= AND THE INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, 408, J. HOTUNG HOUSE, 4TH FLOOR, 5-15 HANKOW ROAD, KOWLOON.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CASTLE PEAK WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR EIGHT HOURS FROM 10 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY (JULY 21) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT WATER MAINS AT CASTLE PEAK ROAD NEAR SAM SHING HUI.

ALL PREMISES AND VILLAGES ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN TAI LAM CHUNG AND TSEUNG TAU SHEUNG TSUEN, SAN HUI, WILL BE AFFECTED.

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CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN SAI KUNG ENDS TOMORROW * * * *

A PARTY OF YOUNG ENVIRONMENTALISTS WILL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) COMPLETE A THREE-DAY CLEAN UP OF THE KEI LING HA PICNIC AREA — AND THEIR FINAL +HAUL+ WILL BE ABOUT 400 BASKETS OF RUBBISH.

, THE 35 YOUNGSTERS, WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE ACTION GROUP, HAVE BEEN COLLECTING RUBBISH WELL AS DISTRIBUTING CONSERVATION LITERATURE

SINCE SUNDAY YOUTH ENVIRONMENT FROM THE AREA AS

TO PICNICKERS.

THEY WERE VISITED TODAY BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, AND THE CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE SAI KUNG NORTH RURAL COMMITTEE, MR. WONG CHUN-WAI AND MR. LAU MAN-HEI.

MR. OXLEY PRAISED THE GROUP FOR GIVING UP THEIR FREE TIME TO CLEAN UP A POPULAR NEW TERRITORIES RECREATIONAL SPOT.

+THE Y.E.A.G. EFFORT IS A GOOD EXAMPLE THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMMUNITY MUST WORK CLOSELY TOGETHER TO ENSURE WE CONSERVE OUR SCENIC SPOT,+ MR. OXLEY TOLD THE GROUP.

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THE COMMANDER BRITISH FORCES, LIEUTENANT GENERAL SIR JOHN ARCHER, HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO SONS TODAY SPENT THREE HOURS VISITING VARIOUS TYPES OF HOUSING ESTATES IN KOWLOON.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, MR. D.P.H. LIAO, THE PARTY WAS DRIVEN TO BEACON HILL WHERE THEY WERE SHOWN THE BIRD’S EYE VIEW OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA.

SIR JOHN AND HIS FAMILY WERE THEN TAKEN TO PING SHEK PART-BUILT LICENSED AREA WHERE SOME 4,000 PEOPLE NOW LIVE. FOLLOWING THIS, THE PARTY TOURED ONE OF THE BIGGEST HAWKER BAZAARS IN WONG TAI SIN.

THE PARTY WAS ALSO BRIEFED ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROGRAMME TO CONVERT MARK ONE ESTATE TO PROVIDE BIGGER LIVING SPACE WITH BUILT-IN KITCHEN AND TOILETS FOR THE TENANTS.

THE TOUR ENDED WITH A VISIT TO ONE OF THE FLATS IN THE 01 MAN ESTATE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE APPROVED 75 NEW BUILDINGS LAST MONTH ................................................ 1

MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY ................... 2

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETS TOMORROW ....................... 3

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN 01 MAN ESTATE ................. 4

PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN AT WU KWAI SHA .................................................. 5

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

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75 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE HIGHEST MONTHLY TOTAL SINCE AUGUST 1974 ******

A TOTAL OF 75 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT --THE HIGHEST MONTHLY TOTAL SINCE AUGUST 1974.

THIS BRINGS TO 355 THE NUMBER OF NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, AN INCREASE OF 112 OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR.

OF THE 75 NEW PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH, 36 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 16 FOR KOWLOON AND 23 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED PLANS FOR A SERIES OF HIGH-RISE APARTMENT AND COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS OF 20 OR MORE STOREYS, A HOME FOR THE AGED AT KWAI CHUNG, A SEVEN-STOREY FUNERAL PARLOUR BY THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS OFF WINSLOW STREET AS WELL AS A 26-STOREY FACTORY BUILDING AT KWAI CHUNG.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO 5314.4 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $69.9 MILLION FOR MAY THIS YEAR.

THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO 2,091,622 SQ. FT., COMPRISING 1,307,674 SQ. FT. OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 783,948 SQ. FT. OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

DURING THE MONTH, THE B.0.0. GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 45 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING A WELFARE CENTRE AT CHUNG HOM KOK, ONE DEPARTMENTAL STORE, BANK, OFFICE BUILDING AT YAU MA TEI, AS WELL AS ONE APARTMENT BUILDING WITH 968 FLATS AT QUARRY BAY.

SIXTY-FOUR COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH.

THESE INCLUDED EIGHT BLOCKS FOR THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY’S LAI TAK TSUEN ESTATE AT TAI HANG ROAD, A SCHOOL BUILDING AT THE JUNCTION OF GUILDFORD ROAD AND WATFORD ROAD, ONE ELECTRIC POWER SUBSTATION AT FUK LO TSUEN ROAD, AND A CONTAINER GODOWN AT YAU TONG BAY.

THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO CONSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 68 BUILDINGS.

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY

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A MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN AUGUST 3 AND 24 THIS YEAR TO UP-DATE INFORMATION ON TRAINING REQUIREMENTS.

THIS IS THE FOURTH SUCH SURVEY AND WILL BE CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

DR. LOUIS CHANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD, SAID: +THE TRAINING BOARD WILL MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON MANPOWER TRAINING FOR THE INDUSTRY BASED ON THE SURVEY*.

QUESTIONNAIRES AND EXPLANATORY LETTERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE WERE SENT TODAY TO ALL ELECTRONICS COMPANIES IN HONG KONG.

INTERVIEWING OFFICERS WILL VISIT EACH COMPANY AND HELP EMPLOYERS TO COMPLETE THE QUESTIONNAIRES.

EMPLOYERS ARE ASKED TO SUPPLY INFORMATION INCLUDING:

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT EMPLOYED’

* THE NUMBER OF WORKERS AT PRESENT UNDER TRAINING’

* THE NUMBER OF EXISTING VACANCIES’ AND

* A FORECAST OF THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL VACANCIES BY AUGUST 1977.

DR. CHANG SAID THE INFORMATION COLLECTED WOULD BE HANDLED IN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WOULD EE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL COMPANY.

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LEGCO MEETS TOMORROW

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AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY), THE HON.

T.S. LO WILL ASK THE GOVERNMENT THE POSSIBILITY OF REVIVING THE J.P. COURTS AS OVER 90 PER CENT OF THE PEOPLE PLEAD GUILTY WHEN THEY APPEAR BEFORE THE MAGISTRATES.

THE GOVERNMENT WILL ALSO BE ASKED WHETHER IT WILL EXPAND THE SCOPE OF THE UMELCO COMPLAINTS SYSTEM, OR INTRODUCE AN OMBUDSMAN, SC THAT INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION MAY BE MADE INTO THOSE COMPLAINTS OF MALADMINISTRATION AGAINST PERSONS EMPLOYED EY THE CROWN AND AGAINST PERSONS WHOSE SALARY IS INDIRECTLY PAID OUT OF THE PUBLIC PURSE WHICH CANNOT NOW BE DEALT WITH EY UMELCO.

ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT TEMPORARY MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE THE TRAFFIC CONGESTION AT PEAK HCURS ON COTTON TREE DRIVE AND GARDEN ROAD BEFORE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PLANNED FLYOVER AT THE TOP OF GARDEN ROAD WILL BE RAISED BY THE HON. F.W. LI.

OTHER QUESTIONS CONCERN ELECTRIFICATION OF THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY, THE USE OF CERTAIN AREAS UNDER FLYOVERS FOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND STANDARDISATION OF FARES FOR THE VARIOUS ROUTES OF THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NC. 3) EILL 1976 IS THE ONLY BILL WHICH WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE COUNCIL TOMORROW.

DEBATE WILL RESUME ON FOUR OTHER BILLS. THEY ARE THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL 1976, THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) BILL 1976.

THERE WILL BE FOUR MOTIONS. THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE TWO OF THE MOTIONS, ONE CONCERNING THE WRITES-OFF FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1975-76 AND THE OTHER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION ORDINANCE. THE OTHER TWO MOTIONS TO BE MOVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT DEAL WITH AMENDMENTS TO AND DELETION OF CERTAIN PARTS OF THE SCHEDULE OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN 01 MAN ESTATE *****

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN 01 MAN ESTATE, IN KO MAN TIN, KOWLOON, FROM 10 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 22).

THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, AIMED AT IMPROVING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS IN 01 MAN ESTATE, ARE AS FOLLOWS s

* PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM USING CHUNG HAU STREET BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH HAU MAN STREET**

* HAU MAN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND1*

* PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 12 MIDNIGHT IN CHUNG HAU STREET FROM HAU MAN STREET (NORTHERN JUNCTION) TO A POINT ABOUT 230 FEET NORTH OF THE CHUNG MAN STREET JUNCTION, AND

* A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND WILL BE DESIGNATED IN HAU MAN STREET BETWEEN CHUNG HAU STREET AND CARMEL VILLAGE STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY FOR FISHERMEN’S CHILDREN

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, MR. E.H. NICHOLS, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY AT THE END OF A FOUR-DAY SUMMER CAMP FOR 720 FISHERFOLK CHILDREN AT THE WU KWAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) MORNING.

THE SUMMER CAMP, ORGANISED AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, IS ATTENDED BY 405 BOYS AND 315 GIRLS FROM 13 SCHOOLS OF THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

THE CAMP, THE EIGHTH OF ITS KIND RUN BY THE F.M.O., AIMS TO PROVIDE THE CHILDREN OF FISHERFOLK FROM DIFFERENT DISTRICTS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING NEW FRIENDS, TO ENCOURAGE GROUP LIFE, TO PROMOTE A CO-OPERATIVE SPIRIT AND TO CULTIVATE AN INTEREST IN SPORTS.'IT IS FINANCED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION.

A WIDE RANGE OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTING EVENTS ARE RUN FOR THE CAMPERS. COMPETITIVE GAMES SUCH AS SWIMMING, BALL GAMES, AND CROSS-COUNTRY RACES ARE HELD IN THE MORNINGS’ DEMONSTRATIONS BY CAS CADETS AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS IN THE AFTERNOONS’ AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS, BARBECUE PARTIES AND MASK AND FANCY DRESS COMPETITIONS IN THE EVENINGS.

TH" FINALS OF THE GAMES WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) MORNING AND PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED BY MRS. NICHOLS, WIFE OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE SILVER

BAND

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRIZE-GIVING

CEREMONY COVERED. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A VAN OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL LEAVE THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES COMPOUND AT 9.45 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 23) FOR MA LIU SHU I PIER WHERE A SPECIAL LAUNCH WILL LEAVE FOR WU KWAI SHA AT 10.45 A.M.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PASSENGER CAR SERVICE TO BE STREAMLINED .................. 1

FAILURE TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING IS NOW A FIXED PENALTY OFFENCE ................................... 2

MAXIMUM LOAN GUARANTEES FOR MTR FURTHER INCREASED ......... 4

LOANS SCHEME FOR SMALL FACTORIES TO BE DISCONTINUED....... 6

TANNERS BEGIN MOVING TO MEET THE JULY 31 DEADLINE ......... 7

SUBVENTIONS FOR WELFARE AGENCIES .......................... 8

STEPS TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN GARDEN ROAD ........... 8

+MAXICAB+ SYSTEM POPULAR .................................. 9

CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JUNE UP BY TWO POINTS ........... 10

TWO BILLS PASSED ......................................... 10

VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES’ CHANGES ....................... 11

COUNSELLING SERVICES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE .................... 13

WATER SUPPLY TO KAT 0 .................................... 14

AREAS UNDER FLYOVERS USUALLY UNSUITABLE FOR RECREATIONAL USE ....................................................... 15

CHINESE CLASSES FOR HONG KONG CHINESE IN U.K............... 15

SOCIAL STUDIES EXHIBITION OPENS .......................... 16

WATER CUT ................................................. 17

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1976

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MEASURES TO IMPROVE PASSENGER CAR SERVICE

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THE GOVERNMCNT HAS DECIDED TO INTRODUCE NEW MEASURES WITH THE OBJ'CT CF PROVIDING A BETTER AND MORE RATIONAL PASSENGER CAR SERVICE FOR THE PUBLIC, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JOHN BREMRIDGE, HE SAID THE MEASURES WERE THE ISSUE BY TENDER OF 100 TAXI LICENCES PER MONTH FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD, THE INTRODUCTION OF CONTRACT HIRE PERMITS, AND THE ABOLITION OF PUBLIC CARS.

EXPLAINING THE GOVERNMENT’S MOVE, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH A SHORTAGE OF TAXIS WAS TO INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS.

REF-RRING TO THE INTRODUCTION OF CONTRACT HIRE PERMITS, HE SAID: +THESE WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANY CAR OWNER WHO WISHES TO HIRE OUT HIS PASSENGER CAR, PROVIDED THAT HE HAS ADEQUATE INSURANCE COVER FOR SUCH USE AND THAT THE VEHICLE IS MECHANICALLY SOUND. THE USE OF SUCH CARS AS ILLEGAL TAXIS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO HEAVY PENALTIES.+

ON THE ABOLITION OF PUBLIC CARS, HE SAID THAT THESE CARS CLOSELY RESEMBLED AND WERE OFTEN OPERATED AS, ILLEGAL TAXIS, ALTHOUGH IN LAW THEY SHOULD BE HIRED ONLY ON A PRE-ARRANGED CONTRACT.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT FULL DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED MEASURES WOULD BE ANNOUNCED VERY SHORTLY.

AT PRESENT, HE ADDED, THERE WAS NOTHING IN THE LAW TO PREVENT TAXI DRIVERS’ PRACTICE OF COVERING THE METER FLAG WITH A TOWEL TO INDICATE THAT THEY WERE NOT INTERESTED IN PICKING UP PASSENGERS WHILE RETURNING TO THEIR GARAGES.

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FAILURE TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHILE DRIVING NOW A FIXED PENALTY OFFENCE ******

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, TODAY ASSURED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THAT THE OFFENCE OF FAILING TO CARRY A DRIVING LICENCE WHEN DRIVING WOULD NORMALLY BE DEALT * I TH BY A DEMAND FOR PAYMENT OF THE FIXED PENALTY AND NOT BY PROSECUTION.

+PROSECUTIONS WILL BE INSTITUTED ONLY IN THE CASE OF DRIVERS WHO PERSISTENTLY FAIL TO CARRY THEIR DRIVING LICENCES AND THEN ONLY ON THE AUTHORITY OF A POLICE OFFICER OF THE RANK OF SUPERINTENDENT,* HE SAID.

HE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON. JAMES WU DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE ON THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL 1976.

MR. HOBLEY SAID HE RECOGNISED THE CONCERN WHICH HAD BEEN EXPRESSED BY DRIVERS ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT HEAVY FINES MIGHT BE IMPOSED IN THE EVENT OF PROSECUTION.

+ACCORDINGLY I THINK IT APPROPRIATE TO EMPHASIZE, FIRSTLY, THAT THE MONETARY PENALTIES NOW PROPOSED ARE MAXIMUM PENALTIES AND, SECONDLY, THAT THE COURTS IN DEALING WITH INDIVIDUAL OFFENDERS MUST TAKE ACCOUNT OF THEIR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING THEIR MEANS, IN DECIDING THE LEVEL OF FINE TO EE IMPOSED IN A PARTICULAR CASE,* HE ADDED.

EARLIER, MR. WU, SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THE BILL, HAD ASKED FOR AN ASSURANCE THAT THE PROSECUTION FOR SUCH AN OFFENCE II. COURT WOULD ONLY BE INSTITUTED UNDER VERY SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THAT THE DECISION TO INSTITUTE COURT PROCEEDINGS FOR THIS OFFENCE SHOULD ONLY BE MADE BY A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE POLICE FORCE OR THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS, THROUGH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THEIR UNIONS, HAD EXPRESSED TO THE UNOFFIOIALS THEIR CONCERN OVER THE HEAVY FINES WHICH MIGHT BE IMPOSED UPON CONVICTION OF THIS PARTICULAR OFFENCE.

MR. WU SAID THE DRIVERS FELT THAT THE THREAT OF A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 31,000 OR $2,000 WAS UNDULY SEVERE FOR PERSONS WHO WERE EARNING THEIR LIVING BY DRIVING BECAUSE THIS OFFENCE COULD EASILY ARISE THROUGH ABSENT-MINDEDNESS OR OVERSIGHT, AGGRAVATED BY THE NEED TO CHANGE CLOTHING FREQUENTLY IN SUMMER AND EY THE OCCURRENCE OF A DRIVING LICENCE BEING MISPLACED, DROPPED OR STOLEN.

+MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES ARE SYMPATHETIC TO THE PLEA BUT ARE AWARE THAT THE INCLUSION OF THIS NEW OFFENCE IS CRUCIAL TC THE WORKING OF THE WHOLE SCHEME OF FIXED PENALTIES UNDER THE FIXED PENALTY (CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS) ORDINANCE,* HE SAID.

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HCWpVpR HE ADDED, +IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE $50 FIXED PENALTY FOR THIS OFFENCE IS GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE AND ADEQUATE IN DETERRENT EFFECT.+

MR WU SAID THAT THE UNOFFICIALS WERE NOW PREPARING TO PRESENT*SOME OF THE POINTS COLLECTED DURING THEIR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE UNIONS-FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WITH A VIEW TO AVOIDING AMBIGUITIES AND AtsUSE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FIXED PENALTY LAWS.

HE STRESSED THAT IN THE HIGHLY CONGESTED CONDITIONS OF HONG KONG PRACTICAL AND EFFECTIVE LAWS WERE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE FOR SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW WITH MINIMUM OBSTRUCTION, HAZARDS AND DANGER TO ALL ROAD USERS, AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEDESTRIANS, PASSENGERS, AND PROFESSIONAL AS WELL AS NON-PROFESS IONAL DRIVERS.

+APPRCPRIATE PENALTIES FOR OFFENDERS IMPOSED IN A FAIR AND JUST MANNER WOULD ENSURE SATISFACTORY ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW, AND THIS DESERVES THE SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION OF ALL CONCERNED,+ HE SAID.

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MAXIMUM LOAN GUARANTEES FOR MTR FURTHER INCREASED ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A MOTION TO FURTHER AMEND THE SCHEDULE TO THE COUNCIL’S RESOLUTION OF OCTOBER 23, 1975 DEALING WITH LOAN ARRANGEMENTS TO BE GUARANTEED BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ON BEHALF OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON.

PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID THAT IN EARLY JULY, THE CORPORATION HAD LET A FURTHER EIGHT ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CONTRACTS WORTH ALMOST $700 MILLION.

A FURTHER TWELVE CONTRACTS HAVE STILL TO BE LET AND THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE WHOLE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM REMAINED WITHIN THE ORIGINAL ESTIMATE OF $5,800 MILLION, HE SAID.

THE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TODAY SOUGHT + TO COVER THE RELATED BORROWINGS THAT WILL BE MADE BY THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION AS A RESULT OF THE RECENTLY LET CONTRACTS.+

TO THIS END, HE SAID THE MOTION SOUGHT TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM GUARANTEE IN RESPECT OF CERTAIN EXPORT CREDITS AND LOANS, AND TO AUTHORISE HIM TO GRANT ADDITIONAL GUARANTEES IN RESPECT OF LOANS TO FINANCE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS WHICH HAD BEEN LET.

HE PROPOSED TO:

* INCREASE THE U.K. EXPORT CREDIT GUARANTEE FROM 80 MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO 140 MILLION POUNDS STERLING TO COVER THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL CONTRACTS PLACED WITH BRITISH FIRMS,

* INCREASE THE GERMAN EXPORT CREDIT GUARANTEE FROM 41.5 MILLION DEUTSCHE MARKS TO 69.6 MILLION DEUTSCHE MARKS TO COVER THE ONE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL CONTRACT AWARDED TO A GERMAN a FIRM,

* INCREASE THE GUARANTEE IN RESPECT OF LOANS ARRANGED BY WARDLEY LIMITED FROM HK357O MILLION TO HK$690 MILLION TO COVER THE RECENTLY AWARDED LOCAL CONTRACTS,

* GUARANTEE A LOAN FACILITY OF HKS72.5 MILLION TO BE ARRANGED BY JARDINE FLEMING LIMITED TO FINANCE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS,

* GUARANTEE A LOAN FACILITY OF HK$15 MILLION TO BE ARRANGED BY KYOWA LIMITED TO FINANCE CONTRACTS PLACED IN JAPAN,

* GUARANTEE A LOAN FACILITY OF US$55 MILLION TO BE ARRANGED BY JARDINE FLEMING LIMITED TO FINANCE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS,

* GUARANTEE A US DOLLAR LOAN FACILITY AND HONG KCNG DOLLAR LOAN FACILITY OF UP TO US$17 MILLION OR ITS HONG KONG DOLLARS EQUIVALENT FOR CONTRACTS PLACED IN THE UNITED STATES AND TO

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H GUARANTEE A STERLING LOAN FACILITY OF 3 MILLION POUNDS TO FINANCE CONTRACTS PLACED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED THAT THE EULK OF THE FINANCx ASSCCIAT-D WITH SPECIFIC CONTRACTS HAD NOW BEEN ARRANGED AND THE CORPORATION WAS NOT AT PRESENT PLANNING FURTHER MEDIUM TERM FORtIGN CURRENCY LOANS.

+HOWEVER, I EXPECT THAT, FROM TIME TO TIME, THE CORPORATION WILL ARRANGE LONGER TERM FINANCE IN HONG KONG DOLLARS AND FOREIGN CURRENCIES IN SUBSTITUTION FOR SOME OF ITS EXISTING SHORTER TERM FACILITIES AND THUS FURTHER AMENDMENTS TO THE SCHEDULt TO FHE RESOLUTION OF OCTOBER 23, 1975 WILL BE NECESSARY,+ HE SAID.

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LOANS SCHEME FOR SMALL FACTORIES TO BE DISCONTINUED ******

A LOANS SCHEME, DESIGNED TO HELP SMALL FACTORIES INCREASE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY, IS TO BE DISCONTINUED DUE TO LACK OF RESPONSE FROM INDUSTRIALISTS.

THIS WAS ANNOUNCED IN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD, WHO SAID THAT BOTH THE LOANS FOR SMALL INDUSTRY COMMITTEE AND THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD HAD BEEN CONSULTED ON THE MATTER.

THE SCHEME, CALLED THE LOANS FOR SMALL INDUSTRY SCHEME, WAS INSTITUTED IN 1972 FOR AN INITIAL TRIAL PERIOD OF THREE YEARS. ITS OBJECTIVE WAS TO ASSIST SMALL INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES, DEFINED ORIGINALLY AS BEING FACTORIES EMPLOYING NOT MORE THAN 200 WORKERS AND HAVING NOT MORE THAN 0600,003 IN PROPRIETORS’ FUNDS, TO INCREASE THEIR PRODUCTIVITY BY THE PURCHASE OF MODERN MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT.

MR. DORWARD POINTED OUT THAT DESPITE EXTENSIVE PUBLICITY AND TWO MAJOR MODIFICATIONS, INVOLVING AN INCREASE BOTH IN THE LOAN CEILING AND MAXIMUM PROPRIETORS’ FUNDS, THE SCHEME HAD BEEN LITTLE USED.

HE ADDED: +DURING THE ORIGINAL THREE YEAR TRIAL PERIOD AND A ONE YEAR EXTENSION, ONLY 10 LOANS HAD BEEN APPROVED, TOTALLING 51.4 MILLION AGAINST THE PERMISSIBLE COMMITMENT OF 330 MILL ION.+

THE SCHEME WAS EFFECTIVELY A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE BANKING SYSTEM. MEDIUM TERM LOANS AT REASONABLE INTEREST RATES WERE MADE THROUGH COMMERCIAL BANKS, AND THESE, MR. DORWARD EXPLAINED, WERE UNDERWRITTEN BY THE GOVERNMENT TO THE EXTENT OF 50 PER CENT, SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM COMMITMENT OF 330 MILLION.

MR. DORWARD ALSO POINTED OUT THAT FROM THE OUTSET OPINION HAD BEEN DIVIDED ON THE NEED FOR SUCH A SCHEME. THERE WERE THOSE, HE SAID, WHO MAINTAINED THAT SMALL INDUSTRIALISTS WERE SOMETIMES UNABLE TO OBTAIN MEDIUM TERM LOANS DUE TO COLLATERAL SECURITY.

+BANKING OPINION, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS THAT THE EXISTING SYSTEM PROVIDED ADEQUATE FACILITIES. EXPERIENCE INDICATES THAT THE LATTER VIEW WAS PROBABLY CORRECT,* MR. DORWARD SAID.

MR. DORWARD ADDED THAT HE HAD BEEN ASSURED BY BANKING CIRCLES THAT ADEQUATE FACILITIES WOULD CONTINUE TO EE AVAILABLE TO MEET THE KIND OF NEEDS THE SCHEME WAS ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO SERVE.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 1976

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TANNERS BEGIN MOVING

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OPERATORS OF 15 OF THE MAJOR SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES TODAY BEGAN REMOVING THEIR MACHINERY AND DEMOLISHING THEIR FACTORIES IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S JULY 31 CLEARANCE DEADLINE.

THE OPERATORS ARE MEMBERS OF THREE OF THE FIVE CONSORTIA WHICH OPERATE 55 TANNERIES IN THE AREA.

ASPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY IT WAS EXPECTED THAT MEMBERS OF OTHER CONSORTIA WOULD ALSO BEGIN THEIR OWN REMOVAL OPERATIONS SOON.

+WE ARE HOLDING DISCUSSIONS WITH THE REMAINING OPERATORS REGARDING FINAL DETAILS OF THE REMOVAL FROM SHEUNG SHUI.+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+THEY KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL MOVE IN AND CLEAR THEIR SITES IMMEDIATELY AFTER JULY 31 IF THEY HAD NOT MOVED BY THAT DATE.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE OPERATORS WHO BEGAN MOVING TODAY HAD BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO TEMPORARILY STORE THEIR MACHINERY, EQUIPMENT AND STOCK ON THE LAND THEY HAD ALREADY PURCHASED AT THE KWAI CHUNG OFFENSIVE TRADES AREA AS SITES FOR THEIR NEW FACTORIES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED: +THE TANNERIES OPERATORS HAVE SOME VERY VALUABLE MACHINERY WHICH THEY WANT TO STORE UNDER TEMPORARY STRUCTURES ON THEIR KWAI CHUNG LAND WHILE THEY GET ON WITH BUILDING THEIR NEW FACTORIES.

+WE HAVE GIVEN THEM PERMISSION TO DC SO BECAUSE IT IS OBVIOUSLY BEST FOR ALL CONCERNED IF THE OPERATORS THEMSELVES REMOVED THEIR EQUIPMENT AND DEMOLISHED THEIR STRUCTURES BEFORE THE JULY 31 DEADLINE.*

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SUBVENTIONS FOR WELFARE AGENCIES *****

OF THE §52 MILLION PROVIDED THIS YEAR FOR SUBVENTIONS TO SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES, OVER SI MILLION HAS BEEN SET ASIDE TO MEET URGENT APPLICATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS AND FOR UNFORESEEN CONTIGENCIES DURING THE YEAR.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. M.C. MORGAN, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. HARRY S.Y. FANG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. MORGAN SAID THE MONEY WAS SET ASIDE ON THE ADVICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND IT WAS CONSIDERED THE AMOUNT WOULD BE ADEQUATE TO COPE WITH ANY DIFFICULTIES AGENCIES MIGHT BE FACING.

+BUT IF IT SHOULD PROVE INSUFFICIENT, THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS PREPARED TO CONSIDER RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE,* HE SAID.

+THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE HAS ALREADY INDICATED TO VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES THAT SUPPLEMENTARY SUBVENTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THOSE AGENCIES WHICH REQUIRE THEM TO IMPROVE THE SALARIES OF THEIR STAFF IN LINE WITH THE RECENT AWARD TO THE CIVIL SERVICE,* HE ADDED.

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TWO NEW MEASURES TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN GARDEN ROAD AND COTTON TREE DRIVE ARE ABOUT TO EE PUT IN HAND, THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. D.W. MCDONALD TOLD THc. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. F.W. LI, HE SAID: +THE FIRST OF THESE MEASURES IS THE PROVISION OF ADDITIONAL DOUBLE-LINE LANE MARKINGS ON COTTON TREE DRIVE BEYOND TH; KENNEDY ROAD SLIP-ROAD UP THROUGH GARDEN ROAD TO THE ROUNDABOUT.*

THIS SHOULD PREVENT THE IRRESPONSIBLE LANE-JUMPING WHICH OFTEN CAUSES ACCIDENTS, DELAYS AND FRUSTRATION, MR. MCDONALD SAID.

THE SUCCESS OF THE RECENTLY APPLIED DOUBLE-LINE LANE MARKING ON COTTON TREE DRIVE DOWNHILL OF THE SLIP-ROAD TO KENNEDY ROAD, HE ADDED, JUSTIFIED EXTENDING THE MARKINGS UPHILL.

+THE SECOND MEASURE IS AN INTERIM WIDENING OF ROBINSON ROAD FROM GARDEN ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 YARDS WEST OF OLD PEAK ROAD WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOR TWO LANES OF WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AND WILL ALLOW VEHICLES DESTINED FOR OLD PEAK ROAD TO SLIP CUT FROM THE ONGOING TRAFFIC FLOW,* HE EXPLAINED.

THIS WIDENING, HE SAID, WOULD ALSO HELP TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS DURING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PERMANENT ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS ALONG ROBINSON ROAD BETWEEN OLD PEAK ROAD AND GLENEALY.

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THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY THAT THE +MAXICAB+ SYSTEM BY WHICH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES OPERATE OVER SPECIAL ROUTES AND AT STANDARD FARES HAD PROVED TO BE A SUCCESS.

HE SAIDs +ON THE ADVICE OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND WHEN THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT HAS ADDITIONAL CONTROL STAFF, THIS SYSTEM WILL BE EXPANDED SO THAT MORE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL IN FACT OPERATE ON STANDARD FARES AND ROUTES.+

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN ABOUT GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO STANDARDISE FARES FOR THE VARIOUS ROUTES OF THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES SO AS TO REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF OVERCHARGING.

HE SAID CONSIDERATION HAD BEEN GIVEN TO THE STANDARDISATION OF FARES FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BUT THIS WOULD INVOLVE NOT ONLY THE RIGID DESIGNATION OF A COMPLEX NETWORK OF ROUTES BUT ALSO THE IMPOSITION OF CONTROLS ON A SYSTEM WHICH GENERALLY SEEMED TO BENEFIT THE PUBLIC BY BEING FLEXIBLE IN MEETING DEMANDS.

+ALSO IT WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO ENFORCE STANDARD FARES OVER SUCH A WIDE NETWORK OF ROUTES AND UPON SO MANY INDIVIDUAL OPERATORS,* HE SAID.

MR. ARMOSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD CONSIDERED A SYSTEM OF ZONAL FARES BUT CONCLUDED THAT THIS WOULD NOT WORK, ALSO BECAUSE OF THE ENFORCEMENT DIFFICULTIES.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX FOR JUNE * * * *

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) FOR JUNE 1976 WAS 111, TWO POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS ROSE BY THREE POINTS. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH, OTHER FISH, FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRESH FRUITS.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING ADVANCED BY ONE POINT AS A RESULT OF AN INCREASE IN THE RENTS OF PRIVATE DWELLINGS.

INCREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE INDEXES FOR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO, AND MISCELLANEOUS GOODS.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY AND SERVICE WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JUNE 1976 WAS 112, TWO POINTS HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS ROSE BY THREE POINTS. INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES FOR SALT WATER FISH, OTHER FISH, FRESH VEGETABLES, FRESH FRUITS AND MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME.

THE INDEX FOR HOUSING ADVANCED BY ONE POINT AS A RESULT OF AN INCREASE IN THE RENTS OF PRIVATE DWELLINGS.

INCREASES OF ONE POINT EACH WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE INDEXES FOR DURABLE GOODS AND SERVICES.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDEXES FOR OTHER SECTIONS OF COMMODITY WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

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THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976, WHICH INTRODUCES A NUMBER OF AMENDMENTS REGARDING THE ADMISSION OF SUITABLY QUALIFIED PEOPLE AS SOLICITORS AND BARRISTERS IN HONG KONG, TODAY PASSED THROUGH ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND BECAME LAW.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS PROPOSED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, DURING ITS COMMITTEE STAGE WAS THE POSTPONEMENT TO AUGUST 1, 1976 OF THE DATE AFTER WHICH NEWLY QUALIFIED SOLICITORS AND SOLICITORS QUALIFIED IN BRITAIN WOULD HAVE TO SPEND A PERIOD OF UP TO TWO YEARS AS ASSISTANT SOLICITORS BEFORE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PRACTISE ON THEIR OWN OR IN PARTNERSHIP.

THE POSTPONEMENT, MR. HOBLEY SAID, WAS NECESSARY BECAUSE OF THE DELAY IN THE PASSAGE OF THE BILL THROUGH COUNCIL.

ALSO PASSING THROUGH ITS COMMITTEE STAGE AND THIRD READING TODAY WAS THE MISCELLANEOUS AMENDMENTS (ROAD TRAFFIC) BILL 1976.

THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1976, WHICH SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN THE LAW DEALING WITH SUCH OFFENCES AS INJECTING WATER INTO MEAT AND EXCESSIVELY NOISY AIR-CONDITIONERS, WAS INTRODUCED INTO COUNCIL FOR FIRST READING.

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CHANGES FOR VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES * * * * *

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY ADOPTED TWO MOTIONS CONCERNING THE OPERATION OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY’S VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES -- ONE INTRODUCING REVISED CATEGORIES OF VEHICLES AND CHARGES AND THE OTHER EXEMPTING THE COMPANY FROM PAYING ITS MONTHLY FEE OF 5100,000 FOR RUNNING THE NORTH POINT TO KWUN TONG VEHICULAR SERVICE.

IN MOVING THE FIRST MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, SAID THE EXISTING SCALE OF CHARGES FOR VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES WAS BASED ON A CLASSIFICATION OF-VEHICLES WHICH IN SOME CASES ONLY VAGUELY MATCHED THE VEHICLES USING THE SERVICE.

THERE IS, FOR EXAMPLE, NO MENTION OF LIGHT BUSES AND OMNIBUSES, HE SAID.

+T0 REMOVE DOUBTS AS TO THE CATEGORY OF ANY PARTICULAR VEHICLE, IT IS PROPOSED THAT THE CLASSIFICATION SHOULD ACCORD WITH THE CLASSIFICATION USED IN ROAD TRAFFIC LEGISLATION,+ HE SAID.

ALSO, A DISTINCTION WILL BE MADE BETWEEN GOODS VEHICLES UNDER 100 HUNDREDWEIGHT AND THOSE OVER 100 HUNDREDWEIGHT, AND NEW CHARGES WILL BE LEVIED ON THOSE EXCEEDING 100 HUNDREDWEIGHT AND LONG VEHICLES EXCEEDING 36 FEET IN LENGTH.

+AS THESE VEHICLES OCCUPY MORE SPACE THAN ORDINARY GOODS VEHICLES AND REQUIRE ADDITIONAL STAFF TO CONTROL THEIR LOADING AND UNLOADING, IT IS CONSIDERED APPROPRIATE THAT THEY SHOULD ATTRACT HIGHER CHARGES,+ MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT ADDED.

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT IN THE REVISED SCALE OF CHARGES, THE EXISTING CHARGES LEVIED ON PRIVATE CARS, MOTORCYCLES, LIGHT BUSES, OMNIBUSES AND ORDINARY GOODS VEHICLES WOULD REMAIN UNCHANGED.

IN MOVING ANOTHER MOTION WHICH SOUGHT TO WAIVE THE MONTHLY FEE PAYABLE BY THE COMPANY FOR THE SERVICE BETWEEN NORTH POINT AND KWUN TONG, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT POINTED OUT THAT THE COMPANY WAS GIVEN PERMISSION TO OPERATE THIS ROUTE IN AUGUST 1972 WHEN IT BECAME APPARENT THAT THE NORTH POINT TO KOWLOON CITY VEHICULAR SERVICE WOULD HAVE TO BE SUSPENDED TO AVOID DUPLICATING THE ROUTE SERVED BY THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THE TERMS OF THE NEW SERVICE INCLUDED THE NORMAL ROYALTY OF 25 PER CENT OF THE NET PROFIT, AMD A MONTHLY FEE OF $100,000 WHICH WAS WAIVED FOR THE FIRST TWO YEARS TO GIVE THE SERVICE TIME TO SETTLE DOWN. THE COMPANY WAS ALSO GIVEN THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR A TERMINATION OF THE SERVICE ,T DC?OVED TO BE UNPROFITABLE. HE ADDED.

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THE NORTH POINT TO KWUN TONG VEHICULAR SERVICE STARTED OPERATION ON JULY 1, 1974 AND THE MONTHLY FEE OF 3100,000 BECAME PAYABLE FROM JULY 1, 1976.

IN 1975, THE SERVICE SUSTAINED A LOSS OF $82,500 BUT THE COMPANY HAD INDICATED TO THE GOVERNMENT THAT IT WOULD BE PREPARED TO CONTINUE OPERATING IT FOR THE TJME BEING IN THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC IF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD EXEMPT IT FROM PAYING THE MONTHLY FEE OF $100,000 FROM JULY 1, 1976, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

+THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT, IF THE MONTHLY FEE WERE TO BE ENFORCED ON THIS SERVICE, THE COMPANY WOULD RESPOND BY APPLYING FOR A TERMINATION OF THE SERVICE,* MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

THIS, HE ADDED, WOULD RESULT IN MOST VEHICLES DIVERTING TO THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, ADDING TO THE CONGESTION OF THE ROAD SYSTEMS AT BOTH ENDS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE COMMUNITY WOULD ALSO LOSE A USEFUL ADJUNCT TO THE CROSS-HARBOUR VEHICULAR FACILITIES AND THE PROSPECTIVE FEE WOULD BE LOST TO GENERAL REVENUE.

+IT IS THEREFORE PROPOSED THAT THE MONTHLY FEE SHOULD BE WAIVED IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THIS VEHICULAR SERVICE IS MAINTAINED,* HE SAID, +THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED EXEMPTION OF THE MONTHLY FEE.*

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COUNSELLING SERVICES.FOR YOUNG PEOPLE *****

COUNSELLING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IS ALREADY AVAILABLE AT ALL 13 DISTRICT FAMILY SERVICES OFFICES AND CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR SOCIAL SERVICES, THE HON. M.C. MORGAN, SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, HE SAID: +IN ADDITION, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES ARE OPERATING AN EXPERIMENTAL YOUTH COUNSELLING PROJECT TO PROVIDE IN-DEPTH COUNSELLING TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND FOUR PILOT YOUTH GUIDANCE SCHEMES ON A DISTRICT BASIS.

+THESE SCHEMES AIM AT SEEKING OUT AND HELPING YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 11 AND 15 YEARS WHO ARE SCHOOL DROP-OUTS OR POTENTIAL DROP-OUTS OR WHO HAVE BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS.+

MR. MORGAN SAID THE FORMER PROJECT WAS ALREADY UNDER REVIEW AND THE LATTER SCHEMES WILL BE EVALUATED AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

EXPERIENCE GAINED, HE ADDED, SHOULD BE INVALUABLE IN DETERMINING IN WHAT DIRECTION SUCH SERVICES SHOULD DEVELOP.

HE POINTED OUT THAT COUNSELLING WAS ALSO AVAILABLE ON A LIMITED BASIS TO STUDENTS THROUGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK.

+IT IS THE INTENTION TO EXPAND THESE SERVICES AS RESOURCES PERMIT,* HE CONCLUDED.

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WATER SUPPLY TO KAT 0

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THE PRESSURE AND THE QUALITY OF THE KAT 0 WATER SUPPLY SHOULD BE SAT(FACTORY WHEN THE NECESSARY REPAIRS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT ARE COMPLETED WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH, THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WAS TOLD TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON. DAVID AKERS-JONES, SAID THE VILLAGE RECEIVED ITS WATER FROM A DAM ON THE MAINLAND THROUGH AN UNDERSEA PIPELINE.

HE SAID COMPLAINTS WERE RECEIVED EARLIER THIS YEAR FROM THE VILLAGERS THAT THE WATER WAS DISCOLOURED AND THAT THE PRESSURE WAS LOW.

+TESTS CARRIED OUT BY THE WATERWORKS OFFICE SHOWED THAT WHILE THERE WAS SOME RUST PRESENT, THE WATER WAS SUITABLE FOR DRINKING PROVIDED IT WAS BOILED.+

THE LOW PRESSURE, HE ADDED, WAS DUE TO BLOCKAGE AT THE INTAKE, SILTING AND INCRUSTATION OF THE PIPELINE AS WELL AS A LARGE NUMBER OF LEAKS.

REPLYING TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MR. CHEUNG, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES SAID AN APPLICATION FROM THE TIN HAU TEMPLE MANAGEMENT BOARD AT KAT 0 FOR A GRANT TOWARDS THE COST OF PURCHASING A NEW VESSEL FOR THE PRIVATELY RUN LOCAL FERRY BETWEEN KAT 0 AND SHA TAU KOK WAS CONSIDERED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECENTLY.

+THE COMMITTEE WAS UNABLE TO RECOMMEND SUCH A GRANT SINCE TH- SERVICE DOES MAKE A CONSIDERABLE PROFIT, WHICH IS APPLIED TO FINANCE THE CELEBRATION OF RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS, AND NOT FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PURPOSES,+ MR. AKERS-JONES SAID.

HE ADDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE BOARD WAS ABLE TO RAISE THE NECESSARY FUNDS FROM ITS OWN RESOURCES, AND THAT THE Nez, FtRRY

WAS NOW IN SERVICE.

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AREAS UNDER FLYOVERS USUALLY UNSUITABLE FOR RECREATIONAL USE ******

THE AREAS UNDER FLYOVERS ARE USUALLY QUITE UNSUITABLE FOR RECREATIONAL USE BECAUSE OF THEIR SHAPE OR HEADROOM AND LACK OF SAFE OR EASY PEDESTRIAN ACCESS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. ROGER LOBO, HE ADDED THAT AT HEAVILY TRAFFICKED AND CONFINED INTERCHANGES, THE TRAFFIC FUMES AND DUST PROVIDED A POOR ENVIRONMENT FOR RECREATION.

+HOWEVER, WHERE REASONABLY SUITABLE AREAS CAN BE FOUND UNDER FLYOVERS, THESE ARE FENCED OFF AS GARDENS AND AMENITY AREAS AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR INFORMAL RECREATIONAL PURPOSES,+ MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

+FOR EXAMPLE, THE AREAS UNDER THE WANCHAI AND HUNG HOM FLYOVERS AT THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL ENTRANCES AND THE AREA UNDER THE KOWLOON CITY INTERCHANGE HAVE BEEN TREATED IN THIS WAY,+ HE ADDED.

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CHINESE CLASSES FOR HK CHINESE IN U.K.

X X X X X

THIRTEEN CHINESE CLASSES OF VARYING SIZE ARE BEING ORGANISED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE.

THIS WAS STATED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY BY THE Acting director of education, the hon. colvyn haye, in reply to A QUESTION BY THE HON. ALEX WU.

IN ADDITION, MR. HAYE CONTINUED, THERE WERE A NUMBER OF OTHER CLASSES ORGANISED BY CHINA-ORIENTED GROUPS.

+iHE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE HAS RESPONDED TO ALL REQUESTS IT HAS RECEIVED FOR ASSISTANCE EITHER BY DONATION OF TEXT BOOKS OR BY FINANCIAL GRANTS,+ HE SAID.

+THE POLICY HAS BEEN TO DEVELOP THIS SERVICE GRADUALLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARTICULAR LOCAL NEEDS, BEARING IN MIND THE OVER-RIDING DESIRABILITY OF ENCOURAGING THE CHINESE COMMUNITY TO INTEGRATE INSTEAD OF EMPHASISING ITS SEPARATE IDENTITY,* HE ADDED.

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SOCIAL STUDIES EXHIBITION OPENS ******

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) CONGRATULATED THE SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS ON THEIR INITIATIVE, INDUSTRY AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS FOR THE SUBJECT AT FORM I LEVEL.

+TO ME,+ HE SAID, +THE AIM OF SOCIAL STUDIES IS HIGHLY COMMENDABLE - TO MAKE CHILDREN AWARE OF THEMSELVES AND OF THE SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY LIVE, TO GIVE THEM AN EDUCATION THAT IS MORE RELEVANT AND INTERESTING, TO ENABLE THEM NOT ONLY TO HAVE A MORE REALISTIC KNOWLEDGE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR HERITAGE BUT ALSO TO SEE THE PART THEY CAN PLAY IN THE RAPIDLY CHANGING SOCIETY IN WHICH THEY LIVE.+

MR. HAYE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE SOCIAL STUDIES EXHIBITION PREPARED BY THE 15 MONITORED SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES SYLLABUS.

HE NOTED THAT THE TEACHERS HAD FORMED THEIR OWN TEACHERS’ WORKING GROUP FOR JUNIOR SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES AND WERE NOW STAGING AN EXHIBITION OF THEIR OWN PERSONAL PROJECTS, THE PRODUCTION OF CURRICULUM PACKAGES ON INDIVIDUAL TOPICS IN THE FORM I SYLLABUS.

+THIS, TO ME AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION IS MOST SATISFYING -THE FACT THAT TEACHERS ARE INVOLVED IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN SUCH A REALISTIC AND PRACTICAL WAY,+ MR. HAYE SAID.

HE ASSURED THE TEACHERS THAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS KEEN TO CO-OPERATE WITH THEM IN EVERY WAY THROUGH THE TEAMS OF INSPECTORS.

IT WAS ALSO THE INTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT TO USE THE MEDIUM OF TELEVISION FROM THIS SEPTEMBER ONWARDS TO PROMOTE AN EVEN MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES AND OTHER SUBJECTS IN THE COMMON CORE CURRICULUM FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS AT THE JUNIOR SECONDARY LEVEL, HE ADDED.

MR. HAYE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE EFFORTS AND SUCCESS OF THE 15 MONITORED SCHOOLS WOULD ATTRACT OTHER TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS TO ADOPT THE NEW PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS IN SOCIAL STUDIES.

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WATER CUT * * *

IN TSIM SHA TSUI, WILL BE TURNED OFF 23) TO ALLOW THE

PREMISES

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF

KOWLOON AND IN CENTRAL ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN TSIM SHA TSUI, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD MODY ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, HART AVENUE AND CARNARVON ROAD, INCLUDING CORNWALL AVENUE AND HANOI ROAD.

IN CENTRAL, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ALBANY ROAD ARBUTHNOT ROAD, CHANCERY LANE, OLD BAILY STREET, ELGIN STREET, HOLLYWOOD ROAD ABERDEEN STREET, KAU U FONG, WEST SIDE OF GAGE STREET, LYNDHURST TERRACE, POTTINGER STREET, INCLUDING WYNDHAM STREET*

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1976

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ISSUE MORE TAXI LICENCES................. 1

FOUR NEW MEMBERS FOR ICAC’S CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS...................................... 3

TEXTILE QUOTA POSITION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE EEC... 4

SUMMER COURSE ON TEACHING OF GRAPHIC DESIGN................. 6

YOUNGSTERS COMPLETE TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEER SERVICES. 6

WATER CUT IN POKFULAM....................................... 7

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1976

GOVT PLANS TO ISSUE MORE TAXI LICENCES * * * *

Trie GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING TO ISSUE MORE TAXI LICENCES NEXT YEAR.

DISCLOSING THIS TODAY, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. A.T. ARMSTRONG-..RIGHT, SAID THAT THIS MOVE WAS PART OF A PACKAGE OF PROPOSALS AFFECTING TAXIS, PUBLIC HIRE CARS AND +PAK PAIS+ ON WHICH THE ADVICE OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS RECENTLY OBTAINED.

HE SAID THAT ONCE SUFFICIENT NEW TAXI LICENCES HAD BEEN ISSUED IT WAS THE INTENTION SUBJECT TO APPROVAL OF THE NECESSARY LEGISLATION TO PHASE OUT THE EXISTING CATEGORY OF +RED PLATE+ OR PUBLIC HIRE CAR.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT IT WAS NOT GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO PHASE OUT PUBLIC HIRE CARS OVERNIGHT. THESE VEHICLES HE EXPLAINED, WOULD BE PHASED OUT BY NOT RENEWING THEIR LICENCES WHEN DUE, STARTING MOST PROBABLY BY JUNE NEXT YEAR. THIS MEANS THAT BY THE END OF JUNE 1978 PUBLIC HIRE CARS WILL BE COMPLETELY ABOLI SHED.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SAID THAT AT PRESENT THERE WERE NEARLY 1,300 PUBLIC HIRE CARS, BUT MANY OF THEM WERE PAINTED TO RESEMBLE TAXIS AND HAD A FORM OF METER AND OPERATED AS THOUGH THEY WERE TAXIS.

ALTHOUGH, IN LAW, PUBLIC HIRE CARS SHOULD BE HIRED ONLY ON A PRE-ARRANGED CONTRACT, MANY ARE ESTIMATED TO OPERATE, AT LEAST FOR PART OF THE DAY, ILLEGALLY AS TAXIS.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID, HOWEVER, THAT FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REASONS IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO ISSUE MORE THAN 100 NEW TAXI LICENCES EACH MONTH BY TENDER BUT THESE WOULD BE ISSUED FCR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD UNTIL IT WAS CONSIDERED THAT THE OVERALL TAXI STRENGTH WAS ADEQUATE TO MEET THE DEMANDS OF THE PUBLIC AND SO THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE TO RESORT TO THE USE OF ILLEGAL TAXIS.

HE ALSO SAID THAT THERE HAD BEEN SOME SUGGESTION IN THE PRESS RECENTLY THAT PUBLIC HIRE CAR OPERATORS WOULD BE ALLOWED TO EXCHANGE THEIR CURRENT LICENCES FOR TAXI LICENCES.

+ THIS IS NOT TRUE.+ HE SAID. +PUELIC HIRE CAR OPERATORS '.-.ILL HAVE TO TENDER FCR TAXI LICENCES THE SAME WAY AS EVERYONE ELSE.+

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT THERE STILL REMAINED A GENUINE REQUIREMENT FOR SOME FORM OF PRIVATE HIRE CAPE SERVICE .-.HIGH COULD EE PRE-BOOKED AND IT WAS THE INTENTION TO C 'TER FOR THIS BY INTRODUCING A NEW FORM OF PERMIT TO ENABLE PRIVATE CARS TO CARRY PASSENGERS FOR HIRE SUBJECT TO CERTAI;. CONDITIONS.

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PUBLIC HIRE CAR OPERATORS COULD OF COURSE CONTINUE THEIR TRADE IN THIS WAY, HE SAID, BUT CONTRACT HIRE CARS WOULD REMAIN IN THE PRIVATE CAR CATEGORY AND WOULD NOT BE IDENTIFIABLE FROM THEIR LICENCE PLATES OR THE COLOUR OF THEIR BODY WORK AS HIRE CARS.

IT IS PROPOSED THAT ANY CAR OWNER WHO WISHES TO HIRE OUT HIS PASSENGER CAR SHOULD BE ISSUED WITH A PERMIT TC DO SO, AT A CHARGE OF ^500 ANNUALLY, PROVIDED THAT HE CAN SHOW THAT HE HAS ADEQUATE INSURANCE COVER FOR SUCH USE AND THAT THE VEHICLE IS MECHANICALLY SOUND.

HE SAID THAT AS IN THE CASE THEIR USE AS ILLEGAL TAXIS WOULD

OF ALL PRIVATE CARS, PROOF OF LEAD TO SEVERE SANCTIONS.

REFERRING TO SANCTIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT SAID THAT SANCTIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES TO ENSURE THAT THE NEW PROPOSALS WHICH HE MENTIONED EARLIER WOULD NOT BE UNDERMINED BY ILLEGAL PRACTICES WOULD REQUIRE NEW LEGISLATION, WHICH WOULD BE DRAFTED FOR SUBMISSION TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

HE SAID IT WAS INTENDED THAT THIS LEGISLATION WOULD PROVIDE FOR SOME SORT OF PROCEDURE FOR THE SUSPENSION OF LICENCES OF UNLAWFULLY USED VEHICLES AND FOR THE IMPOUNDING OF THE VEHICLES.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT ALSO RECALLED HIS EARLIER ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THERE WOULD BE A NEW CLASS OF TAXIS FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, FOR WHICH IN THE FIRST INSTANCE, 750 LICENCES WILL EE ISSUED, TO PROVIDE A LEGAL TAXI SERVICE TO REPLACE RURAL +PAK PAIS+ WHICH GENERALLY OPERATE BETWEEN REMOTE AREAS AND LOCAL MARKET TOWNS.

REGULATIONS WOULD BE INTRODUCED, HE SAID, TO RESTRICT THESE TAXIS TO THE MORE RURAL AREAS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES AND THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE OUTSIDE THEIR PERMITTED BOUNDARIES. ORDINARY TAXIS, HOWEVER, WILL CONTINUE TO EE ALLOWED TO OPERATE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. I.F.C. MACPHERSON, SAID THE TENTATIVE TIME-TABLE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROPOSALS IS : -

(A) START INVITING APPLICATIONS FCR THE FIRST BATCH OF 250 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES IN EARLY AUGUST 1976 .vlTH A VIEW TO ISSUING ALL THE 750 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES BY THE END OF MARCH 1977=

(B) START CALLING FOR TENDERS FCR ORDINARY TAXIS AT THE RATE OF 100 LICENCES PER MONTH IN ABOUT FEBRUARY 1977=

(C) INTRODUCING STIFFER SANCTIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL USE OF VEHICLES IN EARLY 1977=

(D) START ISSUING CONTRACT HIRE PERMITS IN ABOUT MAY 1977=

(E) HAVING GIVEN PUBLIC CAR LICENCE HOLDERS AMPLE TIME TO EID FOR ORDINARY TAXI LICENCES OR TC ACQUIRE CONTRACT HIRE PERMITS, TO START PHASING OUT THE EXISTING CATEGORY OF PUBLIC CAR BY MOT RENEWING LICENCES IN JUNE 1977= IT WOULD THEREFORE BE BY ABOUT MID-1978 BEFORE THE LAST PUBLIC CAR WAS DELICENSED.

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ICAC’S CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOUR NEW MEMBERS * M M *

ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS APPOINTED

FOUR NEW MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS (CACCR) -THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT OF THE ICAC.

THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO REAPPOINTED THE CHAIRMAN, SIR Y.K. KAN AND 11 ORIGINAL MEMBERS TO SIT ON THE COMMITTEE FOR A SECOND TERM OF ONE YEAR.

THE FOUR NEW APPOINTEES TO THE CACCR ARE:

MR. WILSON CHEUNG, AN ARCHITECT, AND THE FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE TUNG WAH GROUP OF HOSPITALS. HE IS ALSO SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG JUVENILE CARE CENTRE.

MR. HO YUEN-CHOW, BOOK-KEEPER OF THE PARAGON MANUFACTORY LTD., IN KWUN TONG. MR. HO IS VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH POINT ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION AND THE NORTH POINT (WEST) AREA COMMITTEE. HE IS ALSO AN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE 86TH HONG KONG SCOUT GROUP.

MR. NATHAN MA NING-HEI, THE PRINCIPAL OF THE YUEN LONG LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE IS A MEMBER OF YUEN LONG’S DISTRICT COMMITTEE AND CITIZENS AWARD COMMITTEE.

MR. PONG DING-YUEN, THE CHAIRMAN OF SHIU WING STEEL CO. LTD. MR. PONG IS AN HONORARY ADVISOR TO THE PO LEUNG KUK AS WELL AS TO THE 1976-77 CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE OF THE COMMUNITY CHEST. IN ADDITION, HE IS THE HON. PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL DISTRICT MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADVISING THE COMMISSIONER OF ICAC ON THE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO ENLIST AND FOSTER PUBLIC SUPPORT IN COMBATTING CORRUPTION AND TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AGAINST THE EVILS OF CORRUPTION.

IN THIS RESPECT, IT WILL RECEIVE AND CALL FOR REPORTS ON ACTION TAKEN BY THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPARTMENT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO MONITOR COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO THE COMMISSION’S WORK AND PUBLIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS CORRUPTION IN GENERAL.

DURING THE PAST YEAR, THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY RELATIONS MET FIVE TIMES AND THREE SUB-COMMITTEES, I.E. THE MASS MEDIA SUB-COMMITTEE, THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE AND COMMUNITY LIAISON SUB-COMMITTEE, HAVE BEEN SET UP TO EXAMINE AND ADVISE ON THE WORK OF VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT. THE SUB-COMM ITTEES HAVE HELD A TOTAL OF 25 MEETINGS.

THE MEMBERS OF THE CACCR ARE:- SIR YUET-KEUNG KAN (CHAIRMAN), MR. J. CATER (VICE-CHAIRMAN), I S3 SALLY SIAN, REV. J.M. BENNETT, MR. LOUISE L.Y. CHA, MR. CHAN KWOK-KEUMG, MR. GEORGE HO, DR. HENRY H.L. HU, MRS. KWAN KO SIU-WAH, MRS. LEE LO YUK-SIM, REV. PATRICK MCGOVERN, DR. DANIEL C. .. TSE, MR. D. AKERS-JONES, MR. WILSON CHEUNG, MR. HO YUEN-CHOW, MR. NATHAN NING-HEI MA, AND MR. PONG DING-YUEN.

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THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1976

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TEXTILE QUOTA POSITION * K * *

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE END OF JUNE 1976 FIGURES ON THE UTILISATION OF QUOTAS IN RESPECT OF ALL RESTRAINED MARKETS.

COMMENTING ON THE FIGURES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WHILST THE RATE OF UTILISATION WAS HIGH IN A NUMBER OF CATEGORIES TO CERTAIN MARKETS, THE FLEXIBILITY PROVISIONS IN THE AGREEMENTS COULD ENABLE HONG KONG TO EXPORT UP TO CERTAIN SPECIFIED PERCENTAGES OVER AND ABOVE THE RESTRAINT LIMITS.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT FREE QUOTAS FOR CERTAIN CATEGORIES AND MARKETS WERE STILL AVAILABLE FOR APPLICATION AND INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DEPARTMENT FOR FURTHER DETAILS.

FOLLOWING IS A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE QUOTA POSITION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE EEC, HONG KONG’S TWO MAJOR TEXTILE MARKETS.

USA

IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THE US TEXTILE RESTRAINT PERIOD WHICH BEGAN ON OCTOBER 1, 1975, TOTAL QUOTAS USED AMOUNTED TO 579 MILLION EQUIVALENT SQ. YDS. OR 65 PER CENT OF THE OVERALL ANNUAL LIMIT.

FIGURES SHOWING THE QUANTITIES LICENSED FOR EXPORTS AND PERCENTAGE UTILISATION ON A GROUP BASIS ARE SET OUT BELOW: -

DESCR IPTION QUANTITY LICENSED PERCENTAGE UTILISATION AGAINST GROUP LIMITS

GROUP 1 YARNS AND FABRICS OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES 150.9 62%

GROUP 11 APPAREL OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES 386.1 7054

GROUP 111 MADE-UPS AND MISCELLANEOUS ARTICLES OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES 23.5 43%

GROUP IV WOOL TEXTILE AND APPAREL 18.6 45%

NOTE: FIGURES ON QUANTITY LICENSED ARE IN MILLION EQUIVALENT SQ. YDS.

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OF THE CATEGORIES SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC LIMITS IN THE HONG KONG/US TEXTILE AGREEMENT, THE RATE OF UTILISATION IN FIVE OUT OF 21 CATEGORIES COULD BE DESCRIBED AS RELATIVELY HIGH. THESE FIVE CATEGORIES WERE CATEGORY 22/23 (TWI-L AND SATEEN), CATEGORY 41/42/43/62(2) (COTTON KNIT T-SHIRTS AND OTHER KNIT SHIRTS AND BLOUSES EXCEPT SWEAT-SHIRTS), CATEGORY 50/51 (COTTON WOVEN TROUSERS), CATEGORY 218/219/224(5) (M.M.F. KNIT SHIRTS. BLOUSES, TOPS AND VESTS) AND CATEGORY 221 (M.M.F. KNIT SWEATERS). IN ADDITION, RELATIVELY HIGH UTILISATION WAS ALSO RECORDED IN CATEGORY 116/117 SWEATER PERMITS. THE UTILISATION FOR THE REST OF THE SPECIFIC CATEGORIES WAS RELATIVELY LOW.

THE CURRENT 12-MOHTH EEC TEXTILE RESTRAINT PERIOD BEGAN ON JANUARY 1, 1976. QUOTA UTILISATION POSITIONS ON MEMBER STATE BASIS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS ENDING JUNE 1976 ARE GIVEN BELOWs-

MEMBER STATE

QUANTITY LICENSED PERCENTAGE UTILISATION

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY 13 46%

UNITED KINGDOM 30.4 45%

BENELUX 2.7 32%

DENMARK 1.6 50%

ITALY i 24%

FRANCE 0.9 42%

IRISH REPUBLIC 0.2 32%

NOTE: FIGURES ON QUANTITY LICENSED ARE IN MILLION EQUIVALENT

KGS.

OUT OF A TOTAL OF 108 CATEGORIES ON MEMBER STATE/CATEGORY BASIS, THE RATE OF UTILISATION IN 24 OF THEM '..AS RELATIVELY HIGH. THE POPULAR CATEGORIES INCLUDED CATEGORY 3 (KNIT SHIRTS AND BLOUSES), CATEGORY 4 (KNIT SWEATERS), CATEGORY 8 (WOVEN TROUSERS), CATEGORY 10 (WOVEN DRESSES), CATEGORY 11 (WOVEN BLOUSES), CATEGORY 12 (WOVEN SHIRTS) AND CATEGORY 13 (WOVEN PYJAMAS).

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SUMMER COURSE ON TEACHING OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

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'■ TWO-WEEK SUMMER COURSE ON THE TEACHING OF GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR ART TEACHERS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAS BEEN ORGANISED EY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

TuC COURSE WHICH WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY (JULY 26), AT THE CULTURAL CRAFTS’CENTRE IN NORTH POINT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE PARTS COMPRISING TALKS, VISITS AND WORKSHOP SESSIONS.

am pnilCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID EMPHASIS WOULD BE PLACED NOT oJIy ON THE £ ART AND DESIGN SYLLABUS (GRAPHIC DESIGN)

-'"INC COMPILED FOR FORMS 4 AND 5 TO HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF education exam nation level but als6 on THE specific needs of the TEACHERS AS EXPRESSED BY THEM DURING RECENT DISCUSSION.

+information will be provided on contemporary and traditional TECHNIQUES, INCLUDING RELEVANT ’DO-IT-YOURSELF’ TIPS FOR TEACHING AIDS,* HE SAID.

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YOUNGSTERS COMPLETE TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEER SERVICES * * * * *

ONE HUNDRED YOUNGSTERS, WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED A WEEK-LONG TRAINING COURSE ON VOLUNTEER SERVICES, HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP IN ORGANISING SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES FOR THE WONG TAI SIN AREA.

THE COURSE, AIMED AT DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS IN ORGANISING RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WAS SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE FOR WONG TAI SIN, THE TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE (EAST) AND THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

THE YOUNGSTERS, CONSISTING OF 40 GIRLS AND 60 BOYS, ARE NOW INVOLVED IN VARIOUS ACTIVITIES LIKE CHILDREN SUMMER CLUB, HOLIDAY CAMP, INTEREST GROUP, GAMES COMPETITION AND FILM SHOW.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE TRAINING COURSE, THE FIRST ONE ORGANISED THIS YEAR, HAD PROVIDED A VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE YOUNGSTERS TO LEARN BOTH THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE PRACTICAL SKILLS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICES.

+WE HOPE MORE YOUNGSTERS WILL ENROL IN SUCH COURSES ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN FUTURE SO AS TO MAKE BETTER USE OF THE FACILITIES AVAILABLE,* HE ADDED.

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WATER CUT

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN POKFULAM ON THE HONG KONG ISLAND AND WONG TAI SIN IN KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 24) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN POKFULAM, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY BISNEY ROAD, CROWN TERRACE, SASSOON ROAD AND TELEGRAPH BAY VILLAGE.

IN WONG TAI SIN, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY JUNCTION ROAD TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD, TUNG LUNG ROAD AND TUNG WOR ROAD, INCLUDING TUNG TSI NG ROAD, TUNG TAU ESTATE BLOCK 5 AND MEI TUNG

ESTATE.

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1976.

CONTENTS

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GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS IN APRIL SHOW SURPLUS OF $106 MILLION .................................................. 1

JOB STANDARD MANUAL FOR CLOTHING INDUSTRY NOW ON SALE .. 1

USD START CLEANING UP SUTLEJ RIVER ....................... 2

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION REPLIES TO STUDENT TEACHERS’ PETITION ................................................. 3

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS TO VISIT SUMMER CAMPS ........... 4

SALE OF USED TEXTBOOKS IN SHEK LEI ESTATE ...............  5

NEW P.O. BOX NUMBER FOR MARINE DEPARTMENT................. 5

TEXTILE APPLICATION FORMS ................................ 6

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1976.

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APRIL ACCOUNTS SHOW $106 M. SURPLUS

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 1976 SHOW A SURPLUS OF $106 MILLION COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $18 MILLION IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

GROSS' EXPENDITURE WAS $406 MILLION COMPARED WITH $423

MILLION IN APRIL 1975, BUT THERE WERE ONLY 21 WORKING DAYS IN APRIL THIS YEAR COMPARED WITH 24 LAST YEAR. THE EXPENDITURE FIGURE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED SALARY INCREASE, EFFECTIVE FROM APRIL 1, 1976 WHICH WILL NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE ACCOUNTS UNTIL JUNE.

TOTAL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS FOR THE MONTH AMOUNTED TO $512 MILLION COMPARED WITH $405 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR. THERE WERE EXPECTED INCREASES UNDER MOST HEADINGS, PARTICULARLY IN REVENUE FROM LAND SALES. INTERNAL REVENUE DID NOT INCREASE AS MUCH AS EXPECTED, DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF SALARIES TAXPAYERS WHO PAID THEIR FULL TAX IN 1975-76 RATHER OF THE INSTALMENT SYSTEM WHICH ALLOWED THEM

THAN TAKE ADVANTAGE

TO DEFER PAYMENT TO 1976-77.

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JOB STANDARD MANUAL FOR CLOTHING INDUSTRY PUBLISHED * * * * *

THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL HAS PRODUCED A MANUAL OF JOB STANDARDS FOR THE INDUSTRY.

OF THE 22 PRINCIPAL JOBS FOR WHICH MINIMUM STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS WERE SET OUT, THREE WERE AT TECHNOLOGIST LEVEL, FIVE AT TECHNICIAN LEVEL, FOUR AT CRAFT LEVEL AND TEN AT OPERATIVE LEVEL.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE TRAINING BOARD SAID THAT THE MANUAL WAS PREPARED WITH A VIEW TO INTRODUCING AN ACCEPTABLE-STANDARD OF SKILL FOR PRINCIPAL JOBS AND PROVIDING GUIDELINES FOR COURSES AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS AND TRAINING CENTRES.

HE SAID THAT IT ALSO AIMED AT ASSISTING EMPLOYERS IN PLANNING PROPER TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR THEIR APPRENTICES AND IN ASSESSING THE COMPETENCE OF THEIR WORKERS.

THE MANUAL, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, IS OBTAINABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, AT $7.00 A COPY.

FRIDAY, JULY 2J, 1976

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RESTORING LIFE TO THE SUTLEJ USD MEN BEGIN RIVER CLEAN-UP OPERATION *****

URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF HAVE BEGUN WORK ON CLEANING UP THE SUTLEJ RIVER AT SHEUNG SHU I, WITH THE OBJECT OF RESTORING LIFE TO THIS MUCH POLLUTED NEW TERRITORIES STREAM.

A U.S.D. TASK-FORCE OF ABOUT 24 MEN IS NOW WORKING ITS WAY DOWNSTREAM TOWARDS THE TANNERIES, WHICH ARE ABOUT TO BE CLOSED AND REMOVED TO KWAI CHUNG. THIS INITIAL CLEAN-.UP OPERATION SHOULD EE COMPLETED IN SIX WEEKS’ TIME.

A U.S.D. SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE THREE-MILE-LONG SUTLEJ, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE SHEK SHEUNG HO AND WHICH JOINS THE RIVER INDUS AT PAK HA, HAD BEEN GROSSLY POLLUTED FOR YEARS BY INDUSTRIAL AND AGRICULTURAL DISCHARGES.

EXAMINATION OF WATER SAMPLES HAD GIVEN APPALLING RESULTS, THE SPOKESMAN ADDED. LABORATORY FINDINGS SHOWED THAT SUCH WATER WAS PRACTICALLY INCAPABLE OF BEING TREATED EVEN AT THE MOST ADVANCED WATERWORKS TREATMENT CENTRES.

THE CLEAN-UP OPERATION, WHICH WILL COST ABOUT $12,000, HAS BEEN DIVIDED INTO FIVE STAGES. THE FIRST, ON WHICH WORK IS NOW UNDER WAY, CONSISTS OF CLEANING THE STREAM COURSE FROM THE VILLAGE OF PING KENG DOWNWARDS.

THE NEXT THREE STAGES COMPRISE THE TOUGH TASK OF CLEANING THE RIVER IN THE AREA OCCUPIED UP TO NOW BY THE TANNERIES.

THE FIFTH AND FINAL STAGE WILL BE THE CLEANING OF THE LOWER COURSE, DOWNSTREAM OF THE TANNERIES.

THE U.S.D. TEAMS WILL BE USING VARIOUS METHODS TO CLEAN THE RIVER. THEY WILL BE GIVING THE RIVER BED A THOROUGH +SWEEPING+ AFTER PUTTING UP TEMPORARY WE I RS'’AND DAMS SO THAT WATER CAN BE HELD UP OR DIVERTED AND POLLUTED SLUDGE DEPOSITS CAN BE REMOVED FROM THE BED.

A DESLUDGING VEHICLE WILL EE USED IN SUITABLE AREAS. IN INACCESSIBLE PARTS SLUDGE WILL BE DEALT WITH MANUALLY ON THE SPOT.

SCUM WILL BE SKIMMED FROM THE SURFACE, AND UNDERGROWTH AND TREES WHICH EITHER OBSTRUCT THE RIVER FLOW OR PREVENT ACCESS TO THE BANKS WILL BE CUT AWAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT A TOTAL OF ABOUT 14,000 BASKETS, OR 300 TONS, OF SOLID WASTE WOULD HAVE TO BE CARRIED AWAY.

HE ADDED THAT, AFTER YEARS OF INTENSE POLLUTION FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, THIS INITIAL EXERCISE COULD NOT BE EXPECTED TO RESTORE THE WATER TO FULL PURITY.

♦BUT WE ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE A GOOD START ON THE PROBLEM,* HE SAID, +AND TO ACHIEVE SOLID PROGRESS. WE HOPE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT BEFORE TOO LONG FISH-BREEDING WILL BE POSSIBLE IN SUTLEJ WATERS AND THAT THIS STREAM WILL SOON BEGIN TO ATTRACT VISITORS TO ITS BANKS INSTEAD OF REPELLING THEM.*

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1976

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D.E. SENDS REPLY TO COLLEGE OF EDUCATION STUDENTS’ UNIONS *****

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE TODAY REPLIED TO THE PETITION RECENTLY ADDRESSED TO HIM BY STUDENTS’ UNIONS OF THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.

COMMENTING ON MAJOR ISSUES RAISED BY THE -STUDENTS’ UNIONS, THE DIRECTOR REJECTED INCONSISTENCIES CLAIMED BY COLLEGE STUDENTS IN HIS DEALING WITH THEIR CONCERN.

VERY COMPREHENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE WITH THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO DEAL WITH THEIR GRADUATES’ EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS. STUDENTS WERE REMINDED THAT THEY HAD BEEN CLEARLY INFORMED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THAT THE INFORMATION SERVICE ON TEACHING VACANCIES FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES, ESTABLISHED IN 1975, WAS AGAIN WORKING QUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLY IN THEIR INTERESTS THIS YEAR. THE SERVICE OPERATED THROUGH THE PRINCIPALS OF THE COLLEGES, WHO SPOKE WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE DIRECTOR.

MR. HAYE REITERATED THAT THE SITUATION WAS NOT AS REPRESENTED BY THE COLLEGE STUDENTS. AT LEAST 532 VACANCIES IN SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD BE AVAILABE IN AUGUST. THE STUDENTS HAD BEEN TOLD MANY TIMES THAT GRADUATES WOULD BE FREE TO APPLY FOR THESE VACANCIES WHEN THE SCHOOLS IN WHICH THEY WERE EXPECTED COULD BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED BY THE END OF THIS MONTH. STUDENTS WERE AWARE THAT ADDRESSES OF THE SCHOOLS WOULD BE POSTED ON COLLEGE NOTICE BOARDS WHEN SERVING REDUNDANT TEACHERS IN THE AIDED PRIMARY SECTOR HAD BEEN PLACED BY THE END OF JULY. HE SAID THAT ADVANCE LISTS OF SOME SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR IN WHICH SOME OF THE 532 VACANCIES WERE EXPECTED HAD ALREADY BEEN POSTED ON COLLEGE NOTICE BOARDS, BUT THE COMPLETE LIST INCLUDING PRIMARY SCHOOLS COULD ONLY BE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THERE WAS NOTHING UNUSUAL IN THIS ARRANGEMENT, HE SAID, AS THE SAME THING HAD HAPPENED LAST YEAR. IN FACT THE TIME-TABLE HAD BEEN ADVANCED THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR WOULD BE PERMITTED TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM COLLEGE GRADUATES FROM JULY 31 INSTEAD OF MIDAUGUST.

THE DIRECTOR MADE IT CLEAR THAT WHILE IT WAS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GOVERNMENT TO FIND WORK FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD NEVERTHELESS ALWAYS SHOWN SYMPATHY FOR THE GRADUATES AND WAS DOING ALL IT COULD TO PUT ASPIRING TEACHERS IN TOUCH WITH SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE VACANCIES.

MR. HAYE EXPECTED THE GREAT MAJORITY OF GRADUATES FROM THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION TO FIND TEACHING POSTS IN THE 'COMING TERM.

WHILE THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WAS CONSISTENT IN ITS VIEW THAT COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD PROPERLY DEAL WITH THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH COLLEGE PRINCIPALS, MR. HAYE BELIEVED THAT RECENT GRADUATES MIGHT LEGITIMATELY DISCUSS THEIR EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS WITH SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND HAD ARRANGED A MEETING FOR THURSDAY, JULY 29, AT 3 P.M.

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LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLORS TO VISIT SUMMER CAMPS * * * * *

MR. OSWALD CHEUNG, AN UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, WILL SEE FOR HIMSELF HOW THE YOUNG PEOPLE SPEND THE SUMMER VACATION MEANINGFULLY THIS YEAR WHEN HE VISITS THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CAMPS NEXT WEEK.

ON SUNDAY (JULY 25), HE- WILL VISIT THE FAMILY SPORTS CAMP ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

MR. CHEUNG WILL BE MET ON HIS ARRIVAL BY THE CAMP DIRECTOR, WARDENS AND CHIEF COACH BEFORE BEING TAKEN ON A CONDUCTED TOUR OF ALL THE ACTIVITIES CENTRES.

THE AIM OF THE FAMILY SPORTS CAMP IS TO GIVE FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A SPORTS HOLIDAY WITH EXPERT INSTRUCTION IN THE SPORT OF THEIR CHOICE.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES WHICH INCLUDE ARCHERY, FENCING, CANOEING, TRAMPOLINING AND THE MORE COMMON TYPES OF SPORT LIKE SWIMMING, TENNIS AND BADMINTON.

ON MONDAY (JULY 26) MORNING, MR. CHEUNG WILL BE JOINED BY ANOTHER UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, DR. HARRY FANG, ON HIS VISIT TO THE DAY CAMPS FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, ORGANISED ALSO BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AT THE LIFE GUARD CLUE TRAINING HEADQUARTERS, REPULSE EAY.

THEY WILL SEE CHILDREN FROM THE SPECIAL CLASSES AND SCHOOLS FOR THE PHYSICALLY-HANDICAPPED AND THE MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED ENJOYING THEMSELVES IN ACTIVITIES LIKE SWIMMING, DRAWING, SINGING, GAMES AND COMPETITIONS.

IN THE AFTERNOON, MR. CHEUNG WILL BE OUT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AGAIN VISITING THREE SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMPS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

ACCOMPANIED BY STAFF OF THE TWO DEPARTMENTS, HE WILL FIRST TOUR THE TAI PO KAU CAMP AND THEN THE LEAD MINE PASS CAMP. FROM THERE HE WILL PROCEED TO THE CAMP AT SHING MUN, STOPPING ON HIS WAY TO SEE CAMPERS AT WORK ON A WORK SITE.

AT THE THREE FORESTRY WORK CAMPS, HE WILL MEET TEACHER LEADERS AND STUDENT CAMPERS AND SEE THE ACCOMMODATION, KITCHEN AND DINING FACILITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE VISITS.

ON SUNDAY, MR. CHEUNG WILL ARRIVE AT THE POST-GRADUATE HALL ENTRANCE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AT 10:30 A.M.

ON MONDAY MORNING, HE AND DR. HARRY FANG WILL ARRIVE AT THE HONG KONG LIFE GUARD CLUB TRAINING HEADQUARTERS AT REPULSE EAY AT ABOUT 10 A.M.

FOR THE VISIT TO SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMP ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, MR. CHEUNG WILL ARRIVE AT CHUNG CHAI YUEN PARK, ENTRANCE TO TAI PO KAU AFFORESTATION AREA AT ABOUT 3 P.M.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1976

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USED TEXTBOOK SALE * * * * *

THE SHEK LEI ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING A USED TEXT300KS SALE TO HELP PARENTS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN KEEP BOOK COSTS DOWN.

BOOKS ARE COLLECTED FROM TODAY (FRIDAY) UNTIL JULY 28 AT THE HALL OF THE SHEK LEI ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES.

COLLECTION TIMES WILL BE FROM 10 A.M. TO 12 NOON, 2 P.M. TO 6 P.M. AND 7 P.M. TO 9 P.M. EVERYDAY.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 3 AND 6.

NEW P.O. BOX NUMBER

X X X X X X

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT ITS POST OFFICE BOX NUMBER WILL BE CHANGED WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY JULY 26.

THE NEW POSTAL ADDRESS WILL BE !

P.O. BOX 4155,

GENERAL POST OFFICE,

HONG KONG.

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1976

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TEXTILE APPLICATION FORMS

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 2, APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT AUTHORISATION AND SWING AND TRANSFER OF QUOTAS MUST EE MADE ON THE APPROPRIATE PRINTED FORMS CURRENTLY ON SALE AT THE DEPARTMENT AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE.

FROM THAT DATE ONWARD APPLICATIONS MADE ON STENCILLED FORMS PREVIOUSLY OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT WOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT AS THE PRINTED APPLICATION FORMS HAD BEEN PUT ON SALE SINCE APRIL 27, THE DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED IT DESIRABLE TO FIX A DATE TO TERMINATE THE USE OF STENCILLED FORMS WHICH HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY DISTRIBUTED AS A TEMPORARY MEASURE.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THREE NEW STAMPS TO BE ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW GPO ..................................... 1

GOVERNOR VISITS HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON ........ 2

SWIMMERS ADVISED TO OBSERVE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ............. 3

DETAILS OF INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSES TO BE ANNOUNCED .................................................. *

FUN FAIR AT NGAU TAU KOK .................................. 4

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF SAI KUNG AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE SUB-UNIT ................................................... 5

OFFICE WORKERS TO VISIT SHATIN WATER TREATMENT PLANT ....... 5

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SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1976

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NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES THE ISSUE OF THREE SPECIAL STAMPS TO COMMEMORATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING CF THE NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING. •

THE THREE STAMPS ARE IK THE 20 CENTS, <,1.30 AND 4,2.00 DENOMINATIONS AND WILL BE PLACED OK SALE AT ALL POSI OFFICES EXCEPT THE NEW CENTRAL POST OFFICE OK AUGUST 11.

THE STAMPS WERE DESIGNED BY TAOHO DESIGN ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS AND ARE PRINTED IN VERTICAL FORMAT. THE DESIGNS OF THE <1.30 AND <2.00 STAMPS DEPICT THE PRESENT CENTRAL POST OFFICE BUILDING AND THE FRONT ELEVATION OF THE NEW BUILDING, WHILE THE 20 CENTS STAMP BEARS THE WORDS -+PCSTAL SERVICES* IN CHINESE CHARACTERS.

SPECIAL FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST

OFFICES FROM WEDNESDAY, JULY 23 AT 20 CELTS EACH. THE PUBLIC ARE ASKED TO OBTAIN THEIR REQUIREMENTS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

ADVANCE ORDERS FOR SERVICING OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL EE ACCEPTED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, PEDDER STREET- KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, NATHAN ROAD- AND TSI'i SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, SALISBURY ROAD.

FOR THIS SERVICE, ADDRESSED FIRST DAY COVERS MUST EE HANDED IN WITH AN ORDER FORM TOGETHER WITH A REMITTANCE TO COVER THE COST.

THE CHARGE WILL BE 03.73 PER COVER WHICH INCLUDES THE COST

OF THREE STAMPS TOGETHER WITH A SERVICE FEE OF 20 CENTS. THE COVERS MUST EE FULLY ADDRESSED 3Y THE APPLICANT, AUD NOT LESS THAN 10 COVERS WILL EE ACCEPTED WITH EACH ORDER.

ORDER FORMS WILL EE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFF ICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AUD TSI''' SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON JULY 26.

CO VERS ADDRESSED TO A LOCAL D ESI I L.-.T I ON MAY Be COLLECTED ON AUGUST 12, FROM THE OFFICE WHERE THE ORDER WAS PLACED. COVERS ADDRESSED OVERSEAS WILL EE SENT DY ORDINARY POST, SURFACE MAIL, UNLESS SUFFICIENT STAMPS ARE AFFIXED TO COVER AIRMAIL AND/OR REGISTRATION CHARGES. THE LATEST ACCEPTANCE DATe rOR ADVA.vCe CP.jeF.S FOR SERVICED COVERS WILL DE < P.M. CK FRIDAY, AUGUST 6.

A SERVICE WILL EE PROVIDED ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 AT ALL POST OFFICES WHEREBY FIRST DAY COVERS WILL DE ACCEPTED OVER THE COUNTER, IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST OFFICE DATE STAMP AND HANDED BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM. KO TIME TYPE WILL APPEAR IN THE POSTMARK. THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR THIS SERVICE ARE:-

(A) ONLY ARTICLES BEARING AN I'.DICATIC. THAT THEY ARE +FIRST DAY COVERS* ILL EE SO TREATED-

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(B) THE ARTICLES MUST EE ADDRESSED TC A LOCAL. ADDRESS-

(C) THE ARTICLES MUST NOT BEAR ANY OTHER CANCELLATION-

(D) NO REGISTERED ITEMS WILL EE PROCESSED EY THIS METHOD.

SPECIAL POSTING BOXES WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE ON AUGUST 11 FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FIRST DAY COVERS CAREFULLY HAND-POSTMARKED BEFORE DESPATCH TO THE ADDRESS ON THE COVERS.

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GOVERNOR VISITS H.K. STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, PAID A VISIT TO THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE IN LONDON ON THURSDAY (JULY 22) NIGHT.

HE JOINED A SHERRY PARTY IN THE COMMON ROOM WHERE HE MET MEMBERS OF THE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE AS WELL AS OTHER STUDENT MEMBERS.

IT WAS THE THIRD TIME THAT SIR MURRAY HAD VISITED THE CENTRE, WHICH HAS LONG BEEN A POPULAR FOCAL POINT FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS IN BRITAIN.

THE HONG KONG STUDENTS CENTRE WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1956 AND IS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN LANCASTER GATE IN THE HEART OF LONDON.

SEVENTY-SEVEN STUDENTS ARE NOW LIVING IN THE CENTRE WHICH HAS AN OVERALL MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 3,003.

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SWIMMING SAFETY * * * *

WHO WILL BE THE UNLUCKY 13 TO BOOST THE TOLL IN SWIMMING MISHAPS THIS YEAR?

TWELVE’ PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN DROWNED THIS YEAR AND THE THIRTEENTH ACCIDENT WILL HAPPEN TO THE SWIMMER WHO DOES NOT OBSERVE THE VERY BASIC SAFETY PBECAUTIONS.

SO, WHEN YOU GO SWIMMING, CHOOSE A BEACH WHERE THERE ARE LIFC GUARDS. IF YOU PREFER TO GO TO THE REMOTE AND LESS CROWDED SPOTS, DO NOT GO ALONE BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDS MAY GIVE YOU HELP IF YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.

IT IS ALSO ADVISABLE TO LISTEN TO THE RADIO OR TELEVISION BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE BEACH TO CHECK WHETHER THE RED FLAG HAS BEEN HOISTED AT ANY BEACH. RED FLAG MEANS IT IS DANGEROUS FOR SWIMMERS TO ENTER WATER. BUT SOME PEOPLE MAY IGNORE THIS WARNING AND PUT THEIR LIVES IN PERIL.

ANOTHER RULE TO REMEMBER IS NEVER SWIM IMMEDIATELY AFTER A MEAL OR WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY OR TIRED.

ALWAYS KEEP WITHIN THE ALLOTED AREA AND NEVER GO OUT OF DEPTH UNLESS YOU ARE CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN MAKE THE DISTANCE WITHOUT ANY DIFFICULTY. YOU SHOULD NEVER RELY ON SWIMMING AIDS BECAUSE INFLATED MATTRESS, RINGS AND FLOATS CAN LOSE THEIR BUOYANCY OR FLOW CUT OF YOUR GRASP.

EQUALLY IMPORTANT IS NOT TO STAY IN THE WATER FOR TOC LONG ESPECIALLY IF IT IS VERY COLD AND DO NOT WEAR MASKS OR SNORKELS UNLESS YOU ARE TRAINED TO USE THEM. IT IS DIFFICULT TC SHOUT FOR HELP WITH THESE EQUIPMENT ON.

IF YOU WANT TC DIVE, MAKE SURE YOU DO SO AT THE POINT WHERE THE WATER IS DEEP ENOUGH.

BOATING HAS BECOME VERY POPULAR BUT UNLESS YOU ARE A GOOD SWIMMER, DC NOT ROW AN ORDINARY RUBBER DINGHY OR A LOOSELY-BUILT SAMPAN OUT AT SEA.

IF YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF IN TROUBLE, THE FIRST AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS +KEEP CALM+, THEN RAISE YOUR RIGHT ARM AND SHOUT FOR ASSISTANCE AND AT THE SAME TIME, TRY TO TREAD ..ATER OR FLOAT ON YOUR BACK.

IF YOU SEE YOUR FRIEND IN TROUBLE, YCU SHOULD DRAW THE ATTENTION OF THE LIFE GUARDS AT ONCE AND YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME THAT SOMEONE HAS DONE SO OR THE LIFE GUARDS HAVE MOST PROBABLY SPOTTED HIM BECAUSE THE BEACHES ARE USUALLY FULL OF PEOPLE, THUS MAKING IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE LIFE GUARDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON EVERY INDIVIDUAL SWIMMER.

REMEMBER THESE PRECAUTIONS EVEN I- YOU ARE SWIMMING IN POOLS WHICH HAVE CLAIMED LIVES TOO. IN ADDITION, YOU SHOULD NEVER RUN ALONG THE POOL SIDE OR DIVE WHEN THE POOL IS CROWDED.

REMEMBER SWIM IN SAFETY OR YCU MAY NOT LIVE TO REGRET IT.

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ATURDAY, JULY 24, 1976

TRAINING OF INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS X X X it X

NOTE TO EDITORS: THE PRINCIPAL Or THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, MR. PETER SMITH WILL GIVE DETAILS OF INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSES AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT 2.30 P.M. CN I3CNDAY, JULY 26.

YOU ARE INVITED TC SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD, EAST, HONG KONG.

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FUN FAIR IN NG AU TAU KOK * * * * *

MORE THAN 2,500 CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS LIVING IN THE NGAU TAU KOK DISTRICT WILL BE ENTERTAINED AT A FUN FAIR TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE FUN FAIR WILL BE HELD AT NO. 1 PLAYGROUND OF JORDAN VALLEY ESTATE FROM 11 A.M. TO 1 P.X.. THERE WILL BE 20 GAMES STALLS.

THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S NGAU TAU KOK ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE AND 13 SCHOOLS AND WELFARE AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

SATURDAY, JULY 24, 1976

5TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAI KUNG AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE SUB-UNIT ******

THE SAI KUNG AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE SUB-UNIT WILL CELEBRATE ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY IN A COLOURFUL CEREMONY AT THE PLAYGROUND CF SUNS TSUN SCHOOL, SAI KUNG, TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE CEREMONY WILL COMMENCE AT 10 A.M. WITH A PARADE

AND THE INSPECTION OF A CONTINGENT COMPRISING 42 MALE AND FEMALE MEMBERS OF THE SUB-UNIT.

HIGHLIGHTS WILL INCLUDE A DEMONSTRATION IN FIRST AID, CASUALTY HANDLING, LIGHT RESCUE AND DRILLS.

THE AMS CORPS OF DRUMS AND BUGLES WILL GIVE A DISPLAY. THE CORPS CONSISTS OF 60 YOUNG MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN TRAINED AS MUSICIANS.

THE SAI KUNG SUB-UNIT IS REGARDED IN THE AMS AS ONE OF ITS BEST EQUIPPED TEAMS IN THE SERVICE. APART FROM THE NORMAL SCALE OF AMBULANCE DEPOT EQUIPMENT, IT HAS RECEIVED FROM THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE A STANDARD AMBULANCE FITTED WITH RESUSCITATION EQUIPMENT AND FIRST AID KIT.

THIS SUB-UNIT, WITH 37 MEMBERS, IS STILL EXPANDING, AND YOUNG HEN AND aOMEh! FROM SAI KUNG DISTRICT OVER THE AGE OF 17 ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN AND SERVE RESIDENTS IN THEIR OWN AREA.

OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS BOTH THE SAI KUNG RURAL COMMITTEE AND THE SUPERVISORS OF SUNG TSUN SCHOOL HAVE RENDERED TREMENDOUS HELP IN RECRUITING MEMBERS FOR THE SUB-UNIT.

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SPEECHES

OFFICE WORKERS TO VISIT SHAT IN WATER TREATMENT PLANT * * * * *

A GROUP OF 50 OFFICE WORKERS II' THE CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL VISIT THE SHATIN WATER TREATMENT PLANT TOMORROW (SUNDAY) TO ENRICH THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.

THE VISIT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED EY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AND CENTRAL COMMERCIAL AREA COMMITTEE AS PART OF A SERIES OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES SPECIALLY ARRANGED FOR OFFICE WORKERS IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT.

AN ENGINEER OF THE WATERWORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO BRIEF THEM ON MATTERS OF INTEREST RELATED TC THE TREATMENT PLANT.

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SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1976

OVER S6OM GRANTS FOR SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS FROM LOTTERIES FUND *******

THE GOVERNMENT’S LOTTERIES FUND CONTINUES TO PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE IN HONG KONG.

IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1965, A TOTAL OF 37.7 MILLION WAS APPROVED IN GRANTS AND LOANS FOR 16 PROJECTS OF 15 VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES.

TODAY, MORE THAN 180 WELFARE AGENCIES HAVE RECEIVED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND. AS AT THE END OF MARCH THIS YEAR, A TOTAL OF $62.2 MILLION HAD BEEN APPROVED FOR NEARLY 400 PROJECTS INITIATED BY THESE ORGANISATIONS IN HONG KONG.

THE SUM COMPRISED MOSTLY FREE GRANTS RANGING FROM SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS TO OVER $3 MILLION. A $3 MILLION GRANT WAS APPROVED FOR FINANCING THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MULTI-STOREY DUKE OF WINDSOR SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE IN WAN CHAI IN 1972 TO HOUSE THE HEADQUARTERS OF MANY VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AS WELL AS THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE.

ANOTHER GRANT OF $2 MILLION, ALLOCATED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RESIDENTIAL CENTRE OF THE SOCIETY OF BOYS’ CENTRES, WAS APPROVED IN JANUARY 1973. THE CENTRE, NOW KNOWN AS THE ’CHAK YAN CENTRE’, PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR 160 BOYS, AGED BETWEEN 8 AND 16, WHO ARE DEPRIVED OF NORMAL PARENTAL CARE OR WHO MIGHT BECOME DELINQUENTS.

A GRANT OF $1.5 MILLION WAS APPROVED IN JUNE THIS YEAR FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW BUILDING FOR THE CHESHIRE HOME AT CHUNG HOM KOK. THIS HOME PROVIDES RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR 40 SEVERELY DISABLED ADULTS WHO ARE HOMELESS AND INCAPABLE OF REHABILITATION.

OTHER SMALLER GRANTS WERE USED FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES SUCH AS EQUIPPING AND RENOVATING ACCOMMODATION FOR NURSERIES AND YOUTH CENTRES.

A SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS FROM THE FUND WOULD BE ENTERTAINED FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES i CAPITAL SUBVENTION TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES-RECURRENT GRANTS OF LIMITED DURATION TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES- CAPITAL LOANS TO VOLUNTARY AGENCIES- AND GOVERNMENT CAPITAL PROJECTS WITHIN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SERVICES EXCEPT PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF STATUTORY DUTIES AND GENERAL MEDICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS.

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Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5'233191

SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1976

FOR THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, Co MILL l-CH FRCr. THE LOTTERIES FUNO HAS ZEE’. EARhARKES FOR VARIOUS SOCIAL V.ELFAEE PROJECTS, OF /.HI Or. ...4.6 ;*;ILLlCi\ ON REHABILITATION SERVICES, ’,1.4 MILLION 0 . GROUP AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, 01.5 MILLIOK OH FAMILY SERVICES, ■ / ~nn r-L1 mp nnn rr r/r-nc 'iiwricr:

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FAR THIS YEAR, THE LARGEST SINGLE GRANT OF ABOUT ,-250,030 HAS

BE:M MADE lO THE ST. JAMES SHELTERED 'WORKSHOP FOR THE HANDICAPPED THE DEJECT OF THE WORKSHOP IS TO PROVIDE OCCUPATION AND ASSISTANT TO PERSONS, WHO BECAUSE CF MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITY, ARE LOT ABLE TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE. THE WORKSHOP AIMS TO GIVE A SENSE OF BELONGING TO ITS MEMBERS AMD TO DEVELOP THEIR SELF-rr.t.'c inT-'rr

ANOTHER GRANT OF 3120,000 HAS DEEM MADE THIS YEAR TC THE HONG KONG FEDERATION CF YOUTH GROUPS TOWARDS THE SETTING UF OF A YOUTH CENTRE IN THE 01 MAN ESTATE.

01. THE SOURCES OF THE INCOME FOR THE LOTTERIES FUND IN THE PAST YEARS, THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT ABOUT 67 PER CENT HAD LEE'. THE PROCEEDS FROM LOTTERY SALES- 4.5 PER CENT FROM AUCTIONS 0? SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS- c.6 PER CENT FROM FORFEITURE OF UNCLAIMED PRIZE MONEY- AI.D THE REST FROM ACCRUED INTEREST, •> ~~ ccjmt .'' a-, r-.r'-'.v.r — i

ALTHOUGH THE TICKETS OF THE FIRST GOVERNMENT LOTTERY ..ENT ON SALE IN 1®62 FOLLOWING THE ENACTMENT OF THE LOTTERIES ORDINANCE, IT -..AS ONLY THREE YEARS LATER THAT A RESOLUTION ..AS PASSED IK THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TC CREATE THE LOTTERIES FUND FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAKING OVER UNSPENT MONEY RAISED FROM THE SALE OF THE LOTTERY TICKETS.

THE AIM OF THE FUND WAS TO USE PROCEEDS FROM FUTURE LOTTERIES TO FINANCE SOCIAL WELFARE PROJECTS.

THE FUND RECEIVED A CONSIDERABLE BOOSTING IN I \Y 1973 .;HEN THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT STARTED AUCTIONING +LUCKY+ CAP LICENCE KUGLERS TO THE HIGHEST BIDDERS.

SC FAR, 29 AUCTIONS HAVE SEE.; HELD AMD THE LOTTED IES FUND IS RO.; RICHER EY 34.7 MILLION.

ANOTHER TURNING POINT TOCK PLACE '..HEI, THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES WERE REPLACED BY THE MARK SIX LOTTERIES IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR. THE NEW LOTTERIES, WHICH ARE DRAWN TWICE WEEKLY, HAVE ALREADY CHANNELLED S3.3 MILLION TO THE FUND.

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ENROLMENT INTO TECHNICAL INSTITUTES

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ENROLMENT OF STUDENTS ^OR FULL-TIME, PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE AND CLOCK RELEASE COURSES FOR THE 1976/77 SESSION ARE BEING INVITED BY THE THREE EXISTING TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

THE COURSES, FOR SOTH CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS, COVER A VARIETY OF COMMERCIAL AMD INDUSTRIAL SUBJECTS AND WILL BEGIN THIS SEPTEMBER. THE NEW CLASSES LAST FOR ONE TO THREE YEARS.

7H-RE ARE VARIOUS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS AND THEY INCLUDE CCMF-ETIOM ~~ PRIMARY SIX EDUCATION AND THE NEED FOR SPONSORS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER DETAILS OF THE COURSES ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE AT 6 01 KWAN ROAD, WANCHAI ON HONG KONG ISLAND, KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL IKST’JTUTE IN HING SHING ROAD, KOWLOON, AND KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE IN HIU MING STREET, ALSO IN KOWLOON.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD REACH THE INSTITUTE CONCERNED ON OR EEFORE MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 1976. LATE AND INADEQUATELY COMPLETED FORMS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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A NUMBER OF PLE CLEARWAYS WILL BE INTRODUCED ALONG PORTLAND STREET IN MONG KOK, FROM IC A.M. ON TUESDAY (JULY 27).

PUELIC LIGHT BUSES WILL NOT EE ALLOWED TO STOP ALONG THE FOLLOWING LENGTHS OF PORTLAND STREET BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT DAILY:-

* FROM THE JUNCTION OF WATERLOO ROAD AND PORTLAND STREET TO A POINT 75 FEET NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION-

* FROM THE JUNCTION OF DUNDAS STREET AND PORTLAND STREET TO A POINT 75 FEET NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION-

* FROM THE JUNCTION OF SHAN TUNG STREET AND PORTLAND

STREET TO A POINT 75 FEET NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION- AND

* FROM A POINT APPROXIMATELY 75 FEET SOUTH OF THE JUNCTION OF ARGYLE STREET AND PORTLAND STREET TO A POINT 75 FEET NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE ABOVE RESTRICTIONS ARE TO IMPROVE ENTRY AND EXIT CONDITIONS I. PORTLAND STREET IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC ALONG THE AJOR THOROUGHFARES WITH WHICH PORTLAND STREET CONNECTS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL EE ERECTED TO GUIDE PUELIC LIGHT BUS DRIVERS.

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TH" SHAM SHU I PG YOUTH CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SPONSORING A USED TEXTBOOKS SALE TO RELIEVE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AKO THEIR PARENTS Or THE BURDEN ARISING FROM THE FURCHASt OF NEW TEXTBOOKS.

BOOKS WILL BE COLLECTED FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) TO AUGUST 4 AT THE YOUTH CENTRE AT SS YU CHAU STREET, 1ST FLOOR, KOWLOON.

COLLECTION TIMES WILL BE FROM 2.30 P.M. TO 5 P.M. AND 7.30 P.M. TO 9 P.i . EVERYDAY.

THE SALE .-.ILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN AUGUST 9 AND 14.

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT ITS WAN CHAI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA WILL BE OPEN AS USUAL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 2) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THE VICTORIA SMALL CRAFT LICENSING OFFICE WILL ALSO EE WORKING BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 11 A.M. CH THAT DAY.

ALL OTHER SECTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL EE CLOSED FOR THE

DAY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, JULY 26, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COURSES FOR 300 INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS .......... 1

AMENDMENTS TO THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976 ......... 2

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FINDS WORK FOR 71 DISABLED IN JUNE ................................................. 3

EDUCATIONAL VISITS FOR MONG KOK YOUNGSTERS .............. 3

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS OF 0 PUI SHAN BOYS’ HOME .................................................... 4

REPORT ON ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY NOW ON SALE ................................................. 4

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

MONDAY, JULY 26, 1976

COURSES FOR 300 INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS

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ABOUT 300 INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS ARE TO BE TRAINED IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR AT THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IN MODERN TEACHING METHODS TO ENABLE THEM TO PLAY AN EFFECTIVE ROLE IN THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES OF THEIR RESPECTIVE INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS, THE PRINCIPAL OF THE COLLEGE, MR. PETER SMITH SAID TODAY.

THE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSES COVER ENGINEERING, AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, TEXTILES, GARMENT MAKING, CONSTRUCTION, PLASTICS AND TOY MAKING- OFFICE ARTS, PRINTING AND SUPERVISOR TRAINING.

IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, SUCH COURSES RUN BY THE COLLEGE AND BEFORE IT BY THE TECHNICAL TEACHER DEPARTMENT OF THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WERE CONDUCTED IN THE EVENINGS AND AS PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES.

+IN THE COMING SESSION,* MR. SMITH SAID, +THE COLLEGE IS OFFERING ADDITIONAL COURSES IN WHICH THE TRAINEE-INSTRUCTORS SPEND TWO WEEKS FULL-TIME AT THE COLLEGE WHEN THEY WILL BE TAUGHT METHODS OF INSTRUCTION FOLLOWED BY TWO WEEKS AT THEIR PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT WHEN COLLEGE TUTORS VISIT THEM TO ASSIST IN APPLYING THESE TECHNIQUES WITHIN THEIR OWN COMPANIES.*

+THE COLLEGE HAS ALREADY HAD EXPERIENCE WITH SUCH COURSES SINCE IT HAS ORGANISED ONE FOR A VERY LARGE PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY. THAT EXPERIENCE LEADS US TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THESE BLOCK RELEASE COURSES ARE BY FAR THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF TRAINING INSTRUCTORS.*

THE PRINCIPAL POINTED OUT THAT IN THE PAST SEVEN YEARS 500 INSTRUCTORS HAD RECEIVED CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE AFTER TAKING THE COURSES WHICH WERE RUN BY SPECIALISTS WHO STUDIED THE ORGANISATION OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA.

MR. SMITH STRESSED THAT THE ECONOMIC SURVIVAL OF HONG KONG DEPENDED UPON THE FLEXIBILITY OF ITS WORK FORCE AND IN THESE DAYS OF CHANGE +OUR INDUSTRIAL MANPOWER NEEDS TRAINING AND RE-TRAINING MORE AND MORE FREQUENTLY.*

HE SAID THAT DURING A SURVEY OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF HONG KONG INDUSTRY FOR INSTRUCTORS, 128 COMPANIES EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE FOR COURSES OF A BLOCK RELEASE PATTERN. THE SURVEY WAS CARRIED OUT BY THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL.

+IT IS HOPED THAT THIS NEW SCHEME WILL MEET THEIR NEEDS. BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS OF INSTRUCTORS NEEDED IN EACH INDUSTRY, THE COLLEGE WILL BE OFFERING COURSES SPECIFIC TO PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES.

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+THIS WILL ENABLE EACH COURSE TO CONCENTRATE ON THE PROBLEMS OF INSTRUCTION FOR BOTH THE TYPE OF EQUIPMENT USED AND ON THE KIND OF EMPLOYEE MET WITH IN THAT PARTICULAR INDUSTRY,* THE PRINCIPAL SAID.

THE FIRST OF THE COURSES FOR THE COMING SESSION WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER. THE LAST ONE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR ADMISSION TO THE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE COLLEGE AND THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 15. THE TUITION FEE IS $60 FOR EACH MEMBER OF A COURSE.

NO FORMAL EXAMINATION WILL BE HELD BUT A CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE ISSUED BY THE COLLEGE TO THOSE INSTRUCTORS WHO ATTEND THE COURSE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE PRINCIPAL.

MEANWHILE, COPIES OF A DESCRIPTIVE BOOKLET AND ENROLMENT FORMS ARE BEING MAILED TO 1,000 EMPLOYERS.

COMPANIES WHICH HAVE NOT RECEIVED A COPY BUT WOULD LIKE ONE ARE INVITED TO WRITE TO THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE, 373 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG.

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COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976 ******

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY WILL MOVE CERTAIN AMENDMENTS TO THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976 DURING THE SITTING OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON AUGUST 4.

ONE OF THE AMENDMENTS WILL ENABLE CONTRACTS MADE WITH UNREGISTERED DEALERS TO BE RESCINDED BY ANY OTHER PARTY TO THE CONTRACT AND TO THE RECOVERY OF ANY MONEY PAID UNDER THE CONTRACT.

ANOTHER AMENDMENT ADDS A NEW CLAUSE TO THE BILL WHICH MAKES PROVISION AGAINST SYNDICATED TRADING. IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $25,000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR FOR ANY DEALER (OR HIS REPRESENTATIVE) TO MAKE, OR OFFER TO MAKE, A FUTURES CONTRACT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL KNOWING, OR HAVING REASON TO BELIEVE, THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS ACTING ON BEHALF OF A SYNDICATE.

IN ADDITION, ANY PERSON WHO ’TOUTS’ FOR SYNDICATED FUTURES CONTRACTS WILL ALSO COMMIT AN OFFENCE AND SHALL BE LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $25,000 AND TO IMPRISONMENT FOR ONE YEAR.

A FURTHER AMENDMENT DELETES THE REQUIREMENT OF A DEALER TO PAY INTEREST ON A CLIENT’S DEPOSIT.

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71 DISABLED PLACED TO WORK IN JUNE *****

THE NUMBER OF DISABLED PEOPLE PLACED TO WORK IN JUNE BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S JOB PLACEMENT UNIT REACHED 71, AN INCREASE OF 54 (OR MORE THAN FOUR TIMES) AS COMPARED WITH THE FIGURE FOR THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

AMONG THE DISABLED EMPLOYED, 35 WERE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED, 19 DEAF, FOUR BLIND, SEVEN FORMER MENTAL PATIENTS AND SIX MENTALLY-RETARDED.

THE MAJORITY OF THOSE PLACED TO WORK WERE EMPLOYED AS MACHINE SEWING WORKER, PRESS MACHINE OPERATOR, RADIO REPAIRER, PACKER AND ASSEMBLER.

WITH REGARD TO THEIR SALARY, 33 WERE EMPLOYED ON DAILY RATE RANGING FROM $12 TO $23 WHILE SEVEN WERE PAID ON PIECE-RATE BASIS. THE SALARY OF THE OTHERS AVERAGED $550 A MONTH.

COMMENTING ON THE INCREASING NUMBER OF DISABLED PLACED TO WORK, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SA IDs +THE EMPLOYERS IN HONG KONG ARE BECOMING MORE CONSCIOUS AND APPRECIATIVE OF THE ABILITY OF THE DISABLED AND MORE CONFIDENT IN EMPLOYING THEM IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES*.

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EDUCATIONAL VISITS FOR MONG KOK YOUNGSTERS * * * *

A SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL VISITS TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAS BEEN ARRANGED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (MONG KOK) TO GIVE THE AREA’S YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO SEE AT FIRST HAND HOW DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS WORK.

THE VISITS, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST, WILL TAKE THE YOUNGSTERS TO RADIO HONG KONG, THE NEW KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TERMINAL BUILDING IN HUNG HOM, THE SHATIN WATER TREATMENT PLANT, THE PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR, THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG AND POLICE LAUNCHES IN ABERDEEN, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S CONTROL TOWER, AND THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE.

ALL YOUNG PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12 AND 18 AND LIVING IN THE MONG KOK DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO JOIN THE VISITS. THEY SHOULD REGISTER WITH THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (MONG KOK) AT 751, NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON.

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 1976

SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR RESIDENTS OF 0 PUI SHAN BOYS’ HOKE

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LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER BOYS IN HONG KONG. THOSE UNDER THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S 0 PUI SHAN BOYS HOME v.ILL ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO ENJOY SOME HEALTHY AND COLOURFUL INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER.

AN OPENING CEREMONY TO MARK THE START OF THEIR SUMMER PROGRAMME WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HOME ON THURSDAY (JULY 29) AT 3 P.M.

OFFICIATING WILL BE MR. MAK WING—HONG, HEAD OF THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND MR. J.L. BARRINGTON-JONES, A MAGISTRATE OF JUVENILE COURT.

PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE BOYS WITH BEST CONDUCT AND STUDIES DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR 1975-76.

THE SIX-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAMME INCLUDES BALL GAMES, EDUCATIONAL TALKS, VISITS, VARIETY SHOWS AND SOCIAL GATHERINGS.

TO WIND UP THE PROGRAMME, A HOLIDAY CAMP IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER 6 TO 10 AT THE SILVER MINE BAY.

NOTE TO EDITORSi

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 0 PUI SHAN BOYS’ HOME AT KAU WAH KENG ON THURSDAY (JULY 29) AT 3 P.M.

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REPORT ON ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY

NOW ON SALE * * * *

THE REPORT ON THE THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

IT WAS COMPILED BY THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRIAL TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL AFTER COLLATION AND ANALYSIS OF THE INFORMATION COLLECTED IN THE SURVEY WHICH WAS CONDUCTED IN MAY LAST YEAR.

IN ADDITION TO DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY, THE REPORT CONTAINS A FORECAST OF THE ANNUAL TRAINING NEEDS BETWEEN 1976 AND 1978 FOR EACH PRINCIPAL JOB AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES TO COPE WITH THESE NEEDS.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE DRAWN UP IN THE LIGHT OF THE FINDINGS OF THE SURVEY WHICH THE TRAINING BOARD CARRIED OUT WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

THE REPORT, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, SELLS AT $12 A COPY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LOK ON PAI DESALTING PLANT NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL ........ 1

SHEUNG SHU I TANNERY SITE TO BECOME A MODERN AND BALANCED COMMUNITY AREA ................................. 2

EXPORTS UP BY NEARLY $140 MILLION LAST MONTH ............ 3

YOUTH CAMP IN SAI KUNG STARTS TOMORROW .................. 4

GROWING INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS ............................................... 5

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN .................................. 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

TUESDAY, JULY 27, 1976

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LOK ON PAI DESALTING PLANT NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL

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THE LOK ON PAI DESALTING PLANT IS NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL AND HAS BEGUN CONTRIBUTING TO HONG KONG’S WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM.

MR. WU YU-NGONG, GOVERNMENT WATER ENGINEER (DESALTING) OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, SAID TODAY ACCEPTANCE TESTS ON EACH OF THE SIX DESALTING UNITS HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED AND THE EVAPORATORS WERE WORKING WELL.

+NO MAJOR PROBLEMS WERE ENCOUNTERED DURING THE TESTING PERIOD APART FROM SOME MINOR DIFFICULTIES WHICH ARE INEVITABLE IN A PROJECT OF SUCH MAGNITUDE AND COMPLEXITY, BUT THESE HAVE BEEN OVERCOME,+ HE SAID.

MR. WU SAID ONE OF THE SIX UNITS WAS NOW CONTRIBUTING 6.67 MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER DAILY TO THE SUPPLY SYSTEM.

SINCE ACCEPTANCE TESTS ON THE PLANT BEGAN IN MARCH LAST YEAR, HE SAID, THE DESALTER HAD CONTRIBUTED SOME 3,000 MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER TO THE RESERVOIRS.

+THE TESTS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY RIGID BECAUSE, APART FROM BEING THE LARGEST DESALTER IN THE WORLD, THE LOK ON PAI PLANT REQUIRES HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED INSTRUMENTS AND CONTROL GEAR AND WE HAD TO BE SURE THAT IT WAS UP TO THE HIGHEST OPERATIONAL STANDARDS,* HE SAID.

GIVING AN IDEA OF THE RIGOROUS PERFORMANCE TESTS REQUIRED, MR. WU SAID THESE MAINLY COMPRISED:

* A 24—HOUR CAPACITY-EFFICIENCY EVAPORATOR TEST RUN

* SIX MONTHS OF CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE TO ENSURE LONG-TERM OUTPUT IS REASONABLY MAINTAINED, AND

* A FINAL EFFICIENCY TEST TO SHOW THAT THE FUEL REQUIREMENT HAS BEEN MET FOR THE COMPLETE PLANT AND ALL ITS MAJOR COMPONENTS.

+THESE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE WATERWORKS OFFICE AND THE PLANT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL,* HE SAID.

+AT THE MOMENT WE ARE RUNNING ONLY ONE UNIT BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A HEALTHY STORAGE IN THE RESERVOIRS, BUT MORE UNITS CAN BE BROUGHT INTO SERVICE DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION,* HE ADDED.

WORKING AT FULL CAPACITY, HE SAID, THE PLANT COULD PRODUCE UP TO 40 MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER PER DAY.

MEANWHILE, THE WATERWORKS OFFICE REPORTED THAT AT 9 A.M.

THIS (TUESDAY) MORNING THE TOTAL WATER IN STORE IN ALL RESERVOIRS AMOUNTED TO 54,772 MILLION GALLONS, REPRESENTING 81 PER CENT OF FULL STORAGE CAPACITY OF 67,300 MILLION GALLONS.

AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THE TOTAL STORAGE STOOD AT 65,897 MILLION GALLONS.

OF TODAY’S TOTAL STORAGE, PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR -- THE LARGEST IN HONG KONG — HELD 42,023 MILLION GALLONS, COMPARED WITH 49,924 MILLION GALLONS ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR.

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REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR SHEUNG SHU I

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PLANNING A COMPREHENSIVE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME FOR THE LAND AT SHEUNG SHU I WHICH IS TO BE VACATED SOON BY THE TANNERIES.

A DRAFT OUTLINE PLAN FOR THE AREA RELEASED TODAY ENVISAGES THAT THE FINAL REDEVELOPMENT WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR MORE THAN 27,000 PEOPLE IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING.

THE PLAN ALSO PROPOSES SUBSTANTIAL AREAS OF OPEN SPACE, COMMUNITY BUILDINGS AND A LIGHT INDUSTRIAL AREA.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY THE PLAN HAD BEEN DEVISED TO TRANSFORM WHAT HAD BECOME AN EYESORE INTO A MODERN AND BALANCED COMMUNITY AREA.

+APART FROM HIGH-DENSITY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE HOUSING, THE PLAN ALSO INCLUDES VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSING WHICH IS SUITABLE FOR THIS AREA,* HE SAID.

+ IN A WIDER CONTEXT, THE REDEVELOPMENT SCHEME WILL SLOT IN WITH THE OVERALL PLANS NOW BEING DRAWN UP FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHEUNG SHU I AND FANLING AS MARKET TOWNS.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE PLAN COVERED 44 HECTARES ON THE SOUTH-WESTERN SIDE OF THE RAILWAY LINE AND INCORPORATED THREE SPECIFIC PLANNING AREAS.

THE FIRST PLANNING AREA — A TRIANGULAR SHAPE COVERING MORE THAN 15 HECTARES BETWEEN THE RAILWAY LINE AND TAI PO ROAD — WILL BE THE MAIN RESIDENTIAL SECTION WITH A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR NEARLY 9,000 PEOPLE AND PRIVATE HIGH-DENSITY HOUSING FOR ANOTHER 14,400 PEOPLE.

THE SECOND AREA, BOUNDED BY TAI PO ROAD, DODWELL’S RIDGE CAMP AND NG UK YUEN, HAS BEEN SET ASIDE MAINLY FOR THE PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO-STOREY HOUSING FOR 1,500 PEOPLE.

THE ADJOINING THIRD PLANNING AREA HAS BEEN EARMARKED TO PROVIDE MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF HECTARES FOR LIGHT INDUSTRY AS WELL AS VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSES FOR 2,500 PEOPLE.

+GENERALLY, THE PLAN HAS BEEN WELL-BALANCED TO PROVIDE VARIOUS TYPES OF HOUSING, INDUSTRY THAT WILL PROVIDE JOBS AND, OF COURSE, RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+PLANS ARE NOW IN HAND FOR THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TO CARRY OUT A DETAILED ENGINEERING STUDY OF THE AREA INVOLVED.

+THIS HAD NOT BEEN POSSIBLE UP TO NOW BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE OF THE TANNERIES.*

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EXPORTS UP BY NEARLY $140 M LAST MONTH

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THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR JUNE WAS $2,831 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF $139 MILLION OR 5.2 PER CENT, BY VALUE, COMPARED WITH MAY.

ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS DROPPED BY $115 MILLION OR 3.1 PER CENT, WHILST RE-EXPORTS WENT DOWN BY $14 MILLION OR 1.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH MAY.

HOWEVER, THE FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD APRIL TO JUNE 1976 SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 50.8 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 39.2 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 29.8 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1975.

THE FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM JULY 1975 TO JUNE 1976 COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 31.1 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 26.2 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 20.8 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE FOLLOWING TRADE TABLE GIVES THE COMPARATIVE FIGURES i-

COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS APRIL-JUNE 1976 APRIL-JUNE 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 7,957 5,275 +2,682 +50.8

IMPORTS 10,889 7,825 +3,065 +39.2

RE-EXPORTS 2,147 1,655 + 492 +29.8

LATEST MONTH JUNE 1976 MAY 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 2,831 (79.3%) 2,692 (78.2%) + 139 + 5.2

IMPORTS 3,653 3,768 - 115 - 3.1

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 737 (20.7%) 751 (21.8%) - 14 - 1.9

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CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE JAN. - JUNE 1976 JAN. - JUNE 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

- $ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 14,800 (77.7%) 9,804 (75.3%) +4,997 +51.0

IMPORTS 20,606 14,819 +5,788 +39.1

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 4,259 (22.3%) 3.213 (24.7%) +1,046 +32.6

LAST 12 MONTHS JULY 1975 TO JUNE 1976 JULY 1974 TO JUNE 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 27,856 21,243 +6,612 +31.1

IMPORTS 39,259 31,100 +8,159 +26.2

RE-EXPORTS 8,019 6,639 +1,380 +20.8

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YOUTH CAMP IN SAI KUNG STARTS TOMORROW

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UNDER THE ARRANGEMENT OF CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG), A GROUP OF 60 YOUTHS IN KWUN TONG DISTRICT WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY CAMPING IN THE QUIET AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE OF SAI KUNG.

THE THREE-DAY CAMP, STARTING TOMORROW, FORMS PART OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

DURING THIS PERIOD, THE YOUTHS WILL STAY IN THE CHUK WAN YOUTH HOSTEL IN TAI MONG CHAI.

RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING BADMINTON COMPETITION AND BARBECUE, HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR THE CAMPERS.

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INCREASING INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN FIGHT AGAINST NARCOTICS MM*

THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, MR. E.l. LEE, TODAY EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE NARCOTICS PROBLEM IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING AT THE CANADIAN CLUB’S LUNCHEON MEETING, HE SAID THAT A LEADING LOCAL MAGAZINE HAD RECENTLY DESCRIBED THE TASK CF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS POLICIES AS A +MISSION IMPOSSIBLE*. <

HOWEVER, MR. LEE ADDED THAT HE DID NOT SUBSCRIBE IN ANY WAY TO SUCH +DEFEATISM+.

+ I TAKE COMFORT FROM THE FACT THAT IN MANY FIELDS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOUR, SO MUCH WHICH, NOT SO LONG AGO, WAS DESCRIBED AS IMPOSSIBLE, HAS NOW BEEN ACHIEVED,* HE SAID.

HE SAID COUNTRIES ALL OVER SOUTHEAST ASIA, EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA WERE NOW PAYING AN INCREASING INTEREST TO INTRA-REGIONAL AND INTER-REGIONAL CO-OPERATION.

+THE INCREASING WILLINGNESS AND DESIRE OF THESE COUNTRIES TO COME TOGETHER AND CO-OPERATE INTERNATIONALLY IS DUE, IN LARGE PART, TO DOMESTIC PRESSURES AND COMPULSIONS,* MR. LEE SAID.

HE SAID BIG CITIES AND POPULATED AREAS OF EUROPE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA WERE NOW MENACED BY THE MUSHROOMING GROWTH OF NARCOTICS ADDICTION AND THE GOVERNMENTS HAD NOW REALISED THAT DRUG ABUSE REPRESENTED A GROWING THREAT TO THE FABRIC OF THEIR SOCIETIES.

AS EVIDENCE OF THE GROWTH OF INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION. MR. LEE LISTED A NUMBER OF MAJOR EVENTS WHICH OCCURRED DURING THE PAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS.

THESE INCLUDED THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OPERATIONAL HEADS OF NATIONAL NARCOTICS BUREAUX, THE APPOINTMENTS OF A UNITED NATIONS NARCOTICS LIAISON OFFICER AND AN INTERPOL REGIONAL NARCOTICS LIAISON OFFICER TO BANGKOK, THE POSTINGS OF HONG KONG POLICE OFFICERS TO BANGKOK, PARIS AND LONDON, AND THE RECENT JOINT MEETING IN CHIANG MAI OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS FROM EUROPE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THESE DEVELOPMENTS, WHICH STARTED IN THE FIELD OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, WERE NOW SPREADING TO THE LINKED AREAS OF TREATMENT, REHABILITATION AND PREVENTION OF DRUG ABUSE.

TALKING ABOUT ANTI-NARCOTICS WORK IN HONG KONG, THE COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS SAID THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS HAD RECENTLY ADOPTED A NEW STRATEGY IN THE FIELD OF PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY.

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HE SAID THAT THE STRATEGY CONSISTED OF FOUR AIMS AND ONE OF THEM WAS TO REACH +THE PRIMARY TARGET AUDIENCE+ — THE POTENTIAL ADDICT OF A YOUNG MALE UNSKILLED OR SEMI-SKILLED LABOURER OR FACTORY WORKER AGED BETWEEN 15 AND 24, WITH A MAXIMUM OF FIVE YEARS PRIMARY EDUCATION, LIVING IN OVER-CROWDED TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION.

THE OTHER THREE AIMS WERE TO REACH THE EXISTING DRUG ADDICTS, TO KEEP THE DRUG ABUSE ISSUE CONSTANTLY BEFORE THE PUBLIC SO AS TO OBTAIN ITS PRACTICAL SUPPORT, AND TO KEEP OVERSEAS GOVERNMENTS AND COMMUNITIES AWARE OF HONG KONG’S ACTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND INTENTIONS IN COMBATTING THE NARCOTICS PROBLEM.

WATER CUT M * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (JULY 29) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED WILL BE BOUNDED BY TAI HO ROAD, YEUNG UK ROAD, LUEN YAN STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD, INCLUDING HO PUI STREET, SAN TSUEN STREET, SAI LAU STREET, TAI UK STREET, CHUEN LUNG STREET, CHUNG ON STREET AND HAM TIN STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BUILDING INDUSTRY URGED TO GO METRIC WITHOUT DELAY ......... 1

MAN WAH LANE TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL NEXT YEAR ........ 2

TANNERIES GIVEN UNDERTAKINGS ON REMOVAL .................... 3

NEW LICENSING ARRANGEMENT FOR GARMENT EXPORTS TO U.S.A. . 4

COLOUR POSTER PUT UP TO AROUSE PUBLIC INTEREST IN EGRETS 5

PRIMARY CLASSES SONG BOOK NOW ON SALE ...................... 6

WATER CUT IN WONG TAI SIN .................................. 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5'233191

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1976

BUILDING INDUSTRY URGED TO GO METRIC WITHOUT EcLAY

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HONG KONG’S BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION FIR,IS WERE rODAY UR'ED NOT TO DELAY IN ADAPTING THEMSELVES TO METRICATION AS THE TIME FOR A CHANGEOVER TO METRIC UNITS IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY WAS RAPIDLY DRAWING NEAR. <

MR. MARK LUXTON, GOVERNMENT QUANTITY SURVEYOR OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, REMINDED THE INDUSTRY TODAY THAT THERE WERE ONLY FIVE MONTHS LEFT BEFORE IT WAS EXPECTED TO BECOME COMPULSORY FOR BUILDING PLANS TO BE SUBMITTED EXCLUSIVELY IN METRIC UNITS.

+ONCE THE DATE FOR METRIC SUBMISSIONS IS FORMALLY GAZETTED, EXCEPTIONS TO THE REQUIREMENT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN,* HE WARNED.

+THOSE WHO ARE AUTHORISED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE TO SUBMIT PLANS FOR APPROVAL WOULD THEREFORE BE WELL ADVISED TO TAKE EVERY ADVANTAGE OF THE TIME LEFT TO TRAIN THEIR STAFF IN THE USE OF METRIC TERMS, IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO,+ HE SAID.

MR. LUXTON SAID THAT ALTHOUGH NOT YET FORMALLY GAZETTED LOCAL ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS HAD BEEN KEPT FULLY INFORMED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO REQUIRE SUBMISSION FOR NEW WORKS MADE ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1977 TO BE EXCLUSIVELY IN METRIC.

HE RECALLED THAT LAST NOVEMBER THE P.W.D.’S BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE HAD, AS AN INTERIM MEASURE, ISSUED A SPECIAL SCHEDULE SHOWING EXACT METRIC EQUIVALENTS FOR IMPERIAL MEASUREMENTS CONTAINED IN THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE SO AS TO ASSIST APPLICANTS IN PREPARING METRIC BUILDING PLANS.

THE B.O.O., WHICH IS THE CONTROLLING AGENCY FOR BUILDING LEGISLATION, IS NOW IN THE PROCESS OF TRANSLATING ALL EXISTING BUILDING ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS INTO METRIC TERMS.

IN ANOTHER EFFORT TO HELP AUTHORISED APPLICANTS IN ADAPTING THEMSELVES TO METRICATION, THE B.O.O. HAD SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR GIVEN APPLICANTS THE OPTION OF SUBMITTING BUILDING PLANS FOR APPROVAL IN EITHER IMPERIAL OR METRIC UNITS, HE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE OPTIONAL PERIOD WAS NOW COMING 1 AN END Al 1 HE STRONGLY ADVISED AUTHORISED APPLICANTS TO PREPARE THEMSELvcS FOR THE CHANGEOVER. THE P.W.D., HE SAID, WAS READY TO OFFER ADVICE, INFORMATION AND DATA ON REQUEST.

MR. LUXTON SAID A WORKING PARTY OF THE P.W.D.’S STEERING COMMITTEE ON METRICATION, OF WHICH HE IS CHAIRMAN, HAD ALSO PREPARED A GLOSSARY OF S.l. TERMINOLOGY IN THE CHINESE LANGUAGE TOGETHER WITH A COMPREHENSIVE BUT SIMPLY STATED BOOKLET WHICH WOULD BE PUBLISHED SOON FOR USE BY BUILDING AND ENGINEERING TRADESMEN.

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THE WORKING PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PRODUCING A DEFINITIVE TRANSLATION OF ALL INFORMATION AND DATA ISSUED WITHIN THE P.W.D.

OVERALL. HE SAID, MUCH PROGRESS HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE TOWARDS METRICATION IN HONG KONG, BUT IT WOULD BE SOME YEARS BEFORE HONG KONG WOULD’BE TRULY METRIC.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WAS ON THE BRINK OF FULL METRICATION, HE SAID, AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAD ALSO VIRTUALLY +GONE METRIC* WHILE OTHERS HAD MADE POSITIVE PROGRESS.

SINCE JULY 1974, HE SAID, ALL DESIGN WORK ON NEW CONTRACTS WITHIN THE P.W.D. AS WELL AS BY CONSULTANTS ENGAGED ON P.W.D. PROJECTS WERE REQUIRED TO BE CONDUCTED IN METRIC, AND THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE HAD ALREADY BEGUN CONDUCTING SALES OF CROWN LAND AND LEASES IN METRIC UNITS.

CONSIDERATION WAS BEING GIVEN, HE SAID, TO SETTING UP A METRICATION ADVISORY BOARD WHICH WOULD MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ADVICE TO A GOVERNMENT METRICATION SECRETARIAT ON ASPECTS OF THE CHANGEOVER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

AND GIVE THE MANY

CLOSURE OF MAN WAH LANE UKOK

THE NORTHERN SECTION OF MAN WAH LANE BETWEEN DES VOUEX ROAD CENTRAL AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, WHICH HAS BEEN CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC SINCE JULY 2, 1975, WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 2, 1977, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STATION ENTRANCE AND A VENTILATION SHAFT FOR THE FUTURE WESTERN MARKET STATION WHICH WILL FORM PART OF THE FULL SYSTEM OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ENTRANCE AND THE VENTILATION SHAFT MUST BE INCORPORATED INTO FOUNDATION WORKS FOR THE RE-DEVELOPED WING ON CENTRE TO PREVENT SERIOUS DISRUPTION AFTER THE CENTRE IS COMPLETED.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS IN THE AREA.

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TANNERIES GIVE UNDERTAKINGS ON REMOVAL ******

MEMBERS OF FIVE CONSORTIA OPERATING 55 TANNERIES IN SHEUNG SHU I HAVE GIVEN THE GOVERNMENT A WRITTEN UNDERTAKING THAT THEY WILL HAVE CEASED OPERATING BY NEXT SATURDAY (JULY 31).

THEY HAVE ALSO ASSURED THE GOVERNMENT THAT ALL THE HEAVY MACHINERY USED IN THE FACTORIES WILL HAVE BEEN REMOVED NOT LATER THAN 8 A.M. ON AUGUST 3 — THE FIRST WORKING DAY AFTER THE CLEARANCE DEADLINE SET BY GOVERNMENT.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNMENT HAS WARNED THE OPERATORS THAT ON AUGUST 3 IT WILL FORCIBLY CLEAR ANY TANNERY WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE AGREEMENT.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE DISTRICT OFFICER TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, SAID THE UNDERTAKINGS GIVEN BY THE OPERATORS WERE SENSIBLE AND REALISTIC CLIMAX TO THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO MOVE THE TANNERIES TO THE OFFENSIVE TRADES ZONE AT KWAI CHUNG AFTER JULY 31.

+MANY OF THE TANNERS HAVE ALREADY PACKED UP MUCH OF THEIR HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND HAVE TAKEN IT TO KWAI CHUNG WHERE THEY ARE STORING IT ON A TEMPORARY BASIS WITH OUR PERMISSION,* HE SAID.

+MANY OF THE STRUCTURES AT SHEUNG SHU I ARE ALSO BEING DEMOLISHED BY THE OPERATORS THEMSELVES.

+THOSE WHO HAVE NOT STARTED DOING THIS HAVE TOLD US THAT THEY WILL BE GETTING ON WITH IT IN SUFFICIENT TIME TO MEET THE DEADLINE.

+THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS OF THE AGREEMENT ARE THAT THE TANNERIES WILL HAVE CEASED OPERATING BY THE DEADLINE DAY AND WILL HAVE REMOVED THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY BY THE FIRST WORKING DAY AFTER THAT, WHICH HAPPENS TO FALL ON AUGUST 3 BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC HOLIDAY NEXT MONDAY.

+BUILT INTO THE AGREEMENT IS THE CONDITIONAL CLAUSE THAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL FORCIBLY CLEAR ANY INDIVIDUAL TANNERY ON THAT DAY WHICH HAS NOT MET WITH THE AGREEMENT CONDITIONS.

+AFTER THE REMOVAL OF THE MACHNIERY ALL THAT REMAINS TO BE DONE IS FOR THE OPERATORS TO REMOVE THEIR STOCK, SMALLER EQUIPMENT AND PERSONAL POSSESSIONS AND TO FINISH DEMOLISHING THEIR STRUCTURES.

+AT THEIR REQUEST WE WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO THIS BUT WE HAVE TOLD THEM THAT THE SITES MUST BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR TO OUR SATISFACTION BY AUGUST 20, OTHERWISE THE GOVERNMENT WILL MOVE IN AND DO IT AND CHARGE THE COST TO THE OFFENDING OPERATOR.

+BUT OBVIOUSLY IT IS MUCH BETTER FOR ALL CONCERNED IF THE TANNERY OPERATORS COMPLETE THE CLEARANCE THEMSELVES.

+FROM THE GOVERNMENT’S POINT OF VIEW, THIS SAVES A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME , MONEY AND MANPOWER.*

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NEW LICENSING ARRANGEMENT FOR GARMENT EXPORTS TO U.S.A.

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THE CURRENT LICENSING PROCEDURE FOR EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES OF GARMENTS UNDER RESTRAINT, AS WELL AS A FEW GARMENT ITEMS NOT UNDER RESTRAINT, IS TO BE BROUGHT INTO LINE WITH THE PROCEDURES OPERATING FOR EXPORTS OF TEXTILES TO OTHER COUNTRIES WITH WHICH HONG KONG HAS RESTRAINT AGREEMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT AN EXPORTER WOULD IN FUTURE BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN ADDITIONAL COPY OF HIS LICENCE APPLICATION - A FOURTH COPY - FOR ENDORSEMENT.

THIS FOURTH COPY WILL BE STAMPED +APPROVED FOR EXPORT TO THE USA+ AND MUST BE SENT BY THE LOCAL EXPORTER TO HIS U.S. IMPORTER SO THAT THE LATTER MAY SECURE ENTRY OF THE GOODS.

THE NEW ARRANGEMENT GOES INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 6, 1976.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE ARRANGEMENT MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR BOTH THE HONG KONG AND U.S. AUTHORITIES TO RELY ON ONE COMMON DOCUMENT AS THE BASIS FOR MONITORING HONG KONG’S GARMENT EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES.

HE SAID: +ALTHOUGH THE ARRANGEMENT TAKES EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 6, APPLICATIONS AFTER AUGUST 4 SHOULD BE SUBMITTED IN QUADRUPLICATE SINCE A LICENCE IS VALID FOR 28 DAYS.*

A NOTICE CONTAINING DETAILS FOR THE NEW ARRANGEMENT HAS BEEN ISSUED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 1976

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EGRETRY IN SHA TAU KOK

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A FULL-COLOUR POSTER, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, HAS BEEN PUT UP BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AT THE EGRETRY IN YIM TSO HA, SHA TAU KOK, TO GIVE VISITORS SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE EGRETS IN THE AREA AND TO AROUSE MORE INTEREST IN NATURE CONSERVATION.

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THE POSTER DEPICTS THE FOUR COMMONEST SPECIES IN THE EGRETRY — THE CHINESE POND HERON, THE NIGHT HERON, THE CATTLE EGRET AND THE LITTLE EGRET. IT IS DESIGNED TO GIVE AN AMATEUR VISITOR A BASIC IDEA OF THE BIRDS’ GENERAL APPEARANCE, THEIR FEEDING HABITS AND WORLD DISTRIBUTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT AN AVERAGE OF SOME 1,000 EGRETS CAN BE FOUND IN THE EGRETRY DURING THE NESTING SEASON WHICH IS BETWEEN APRIL AND SEPTEMBER EVERY YEAR.

THEY MIGRATE SOUTH DURING THE WINTER, HE ADDED.

+DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, PHOTOGRAPHERS AND BIRDWATCHERS USUALLY GO NEAR THE EGRETRY TO GET A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THESE RARE AND BEAUTIFUL BIRDS IN THEIR HABITAT,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID. +THE AREA IS ALSO FREQUENTLY VISITED BY PICNICKERS.*

HE POINTED OUT THAT EGRETS ARE A FULLY PROTECTED SPECIES UNDER THE WILD BIRDS AND WILD MAMMALS PROTECTION ORDINANCE AND THAT THE EGRETRY IN YIM TSO HA IS A RESTRICTED AREA UNDER THE SAME ORDINANCE.

+PICNICKERS CAN WALK AROUND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE EGRETRY AND WATCH THE BIRDS FROM THE SURROUNDING AREAS, BUT ONLY PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL PERMITS ISSUED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE RESTRICTED AREA,* HE SAID.

ACCORDING TO GAME WARDENS PATROLLING THE AREA, THE NEW POSTER IS ALREADY AROUSING A LOT OF INTEREST IN EGRETS AMONG PICNICKERS.

THE SPOKESMAN RECALLED THAT SIMILAR POSTERS, GIVING DETAILS OF THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE BLACK-EARED KITE, HAD BEEN DISPLAYED AT THE KOWLOON HILLS AND THE ABERDEEN RESERVOIR, AND HAD PROVED POPULAR.

+THESE POSTERS, TOGETHER WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF NATURE TRAILS ALONG PINEAPPLE DAM, SHING MUN RESERVOIR AND THE DRAGON’S BACK, ARE PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S CONTINUING EFFORTS TO AROUSE MORE INTEREST IN NATURE CONSERVANCY AMONG THE PUBLIC,* HE ADDED.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1976

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A REVISED EDITION OF SONGS FOR PRIMARY CLASSES VOLUME 1 HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED AND IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE (STAR FERRY CONCOURSE) AT $1.40 EACH.

THIS WIDE RANGING COLLECTION FEATURES TRADITIONAL AND FOLK SONGS FROM MANY LANDS TOGETHER WITH ACTION SONGS.

THE SONGS HAVE BEEN SCORED TO ENCOURAGE PUPIL PARTICIPATION THROUGH THE USE OF CLASS-MADE AND MANUFACTURED INSTRUMENTS.

SPECIAL CARE HAS BEEN TAKEN TO ENSURE THAT THE MELODY RANGE IS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN’S VOCIES AND THAT THE TEXT OF THE SONGS IS APPROPRIATE FOR LOWER PRIMARY CLASSES.

CREATIVITY IS ENCOURAGED IN A VARIETY OF INTEGRATED MUSICAL ACTIVITIES AND THE WHOLE COLLECTION PROVIDES AMPLE MATERIAL TO DEVELOP MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING THROUGH SINGING AND PLAYING.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WONG TAI SIN, KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (JULY 30) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY LUNG CHEUNG ROAD, CHING TAK STREET, MING TAK STREET, TUNG TAU TSUEN ROAD AND SHAT IN PASS ROAD. INCLUDING BLOCKS NO. 6 TO 10 AND 19 IN LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE AND BLOCKS NO. 1 TO 12 IN UPPER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR EIGHT HOURS STARTING FROM 10 P.M. TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT WATER PIPES IN THE AREA.

PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD BETWEEN 28-1/2 MILESTONE AND 31-1/2 MILESTONE, INCLUDING LONG HA, TAI SANG WAI, FUK HING LANE, HA SAN WAI, SHEUNG CHUK YUEN, HA CHUK YUEN, NGAU TAM MEI, WO SANG WAI, KO HANG, MAI PO, TAM KON CHAU, SHEK WU WAI AND SAN TIN.

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Wednesday, 28, July 1976.

CLEARANCE OF OLD LICENSED AREAS PROGRESSING SMOOTHLY

The Authority’s decision to clear all old licensed areas which have no proper electricity and house water supplies is now in progress and by early next year nearly 9,000 people will be accommodated in public housing estates.

Lei Muk Shue and part of Sam Ka Chuen licensed areas had already been cleared. Now in process of being cleared are the Ex-Rifle Range, Hong'Ning -Road, Kowloon Bay (East) and Ma Chai Hang licensed areas.

The others, including Chai Wan Hill, Fu Tau Wat, Pak Fuk Road, Nam Hang,.balance of Sam Ka Chuen, will also be cleared between now and early next year and tenants housed in public housing estates.

A spokesman for the Housing Department today (Wednesday) categorically denied that insufficient notice of removal had been given to tenants.

"It is the normal practice to give three months’ notice so that tenants are well aware of their impending removal. This also gives our staff time to look into their particular needs,” the spokesman said.

The department, he added, was quite aware of the many problems involved and would dp its utmost to assist tenants.

However, demands from single person families for their own flat definitely cannot be entertained. They shall need to share accommodation with others. For couples and two-nenber families, the department will make every effort to house them in small flats in older estates.

Other families, depending on their circumstances, may also be offered low-rent flats. In the current clearance of the Ex-Rifle Range, Hong Ning Road, Kowloon Bay (East) and Ma Chai Hang licensed areas, 95 families have been offered low rent flats in various estates

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1976

CONTENTS PA6E N0-

OVER 2,000 ENUMERATORS TO START 1976 BY-CENSUS INTERVIEWS TOMORROW ..................................... 1

SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN INCIDENCE OF MEASLES ............ 2

FIRE STATION FOR CHUNG HOM KOK .......................... 3

TANNERS’ REMINDED ABOUT THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE .................................... 4

FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND TO BE AUCTIONED ..................

RETIREMENT OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ASSISTANT ............. 5

HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS ............................. 5

WATER CUTS .............................................. 6

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong. Tel: 5-233191

THURSDAY, JULY 29, 1976

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VAST DATA-COLLECTI NG PROCESS STARTS TOMORROW

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THE BIG SAMPLE-TAKING OPERATION FOR THE 1976 BY-CENSUS STARTS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WHEN 2,150 ENUMERATORS WILL SET ABOUT CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS ALL OVER HONG KONG.

A TOTAL OF ABOUT 100,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE DISTRICTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON, NEW KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY A RANDOM PROCESS FOR THIS SAMPLE CENSUS AND THE INTERVIEWS WILL TAKE PLACE FROM JULY 30 TO AUGUST 8.

QUESTIONS INCLUDED IN THE CENSUS QUESTIONNAIRE ARE MAINLY ON HOUSEHOLD COMPOSITION, HOUSING AND RENT, INCOME, LABOUR FORCE, TRANSPORT, EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS.

+ INFORMATION OBTAINED IS ESSENTIAL FOR FUTURE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, BUT THE USE OF CENSUS DATA IS NOT CONFINED TO THE GOVERNMENT,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID. +REQUESTS FOR THESE HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY RECEIVED FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS, INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC BOTH LOCAL AND ABROAD.*

HE URGED THE PUBLIC TO CO-OPERATE BY GIVING ACCURATE ANSWERS, AND PEOPLE INTERVIEWED NEED NOT WORRY ABOUT THE PERSONAL NATURE OF THE QUESTIONS, AS ALL ENUMERATORS ARE UNDER OATH OF SECRECY AND INFORMATION OBTAINED ABOUT ANY INDIVIDUAL OR HOUSEHOLD WILL BE TREATED AS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

HE STRESSED THAT CENSUS WtA WOULD NOT BE REVEALED TO ANY PERSON OR BODY OUTSIDE THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. EACH ENUMERATOR WILL CARRY A CENSUS IDENTITY CARD WHICH HE IS REQUIRED TO PRODUCE WHEN ENTERING PREMISES.

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN INCIDENCE OF MEASLES H * * * H K

THE PRESENT OUTBREAK OF MEASLES COULD BECOME MORE SERIOUS IF PARENTS DID NOT BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO GOVERNMENT HEALTH CENTRES FOR VACCINATION IMMEDIATELY.

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT ISSUED THIS WARNING TODAY IN YET ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO ALERT THE PUBLIC IN THE PREVENTION OF THE HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE.

DESPITE REPEATED PLEAS FROM THE DEPARTMENT, A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN STILL HAVE NOT BEEN IMMUNISED AND THUS REMAIN SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE DISEASE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE INCIDENCE OF MEASLES HAD SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, FROM 60 IN APRIL TO 130 JN MAY AND 260 IN JUNE.

THE INCIDENCE REMAINED HIGH THIS MONTH WITH SOME 250 CASES IN THE FIRST FOUR WEEKS, HE ADDED.

SIX CHILDREN HAVE DIED SO FAR THIS YEAR AS A RESULT OF THE DISEASE.

+IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL PARENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE IMMUNISED SO THAT LIVES ARE NOT NEEDLESSLY LOST,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT MEASLES, THOUGH NOT FATAL BY ITSELF, COULD CAUSE COMPLICATIONS SUCH AS BRONCHITIS, PNEUMONIA, MIDDLE-EAR INFECTION AND ENCEPHALITIS.

ALL CHILDREN BETWEEN NINE-MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS OF AGE SHOULD BE VACCINATED AS THIS AGE GROUP IS MOST SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE ATTACK OF MEASLES.

ONE VACCINATION CAN GIVE LIFELONG PROTECTION.

VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE FREE AT ALL MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

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FIRE STATION FOR CHUNG HOM KOK * * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO BUILD A NEW FIRE STATION AT CHUNG HOM KOK TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FIRE COVER TO THE REPULSE BAY AND STANLEY AREAS.

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MR. K.M. TSENG, CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY BUILDING WORK WOULD BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

HE SAID THE STATION WOULD BE A THREE-STOREY STRUCTURE OCCUPYING A SITE OF ABOUT 1,395 SQ. METRES OFF CHUNG HOM KOK ROAD ABOUT MIDWAY BETWEEN THE TWO DISTRICTS.

+AS THE SITE IS SITUATED IN A LOW DENSITY RESIDENTIAL AREA AMONG GARDEN FLATS AND ABUNDANT GREENERY, AN ATTEMPT IS BEING MADE TO DESIGN THE BUILDING COMPLEX TO BLEND IN WITH THIS RURAL SETTING, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME RETAINING THE CHARACTERISTICS COMMON TO A STANDARD FIRE STATION,* HE SAID.

TO ACHIEVE THIS, HE SAID, THE HOSE DRYING TOWER OF THE STATION — NORMALLY A BULKY FEATURE — WOULD BE MADE AS SLENDER AS POSSIBLE AND THE RAKING WALLS OVER THE APPLIANCE ROOM WOULD BE SO DESIGNED AS TO FURTHER REDUCE THE APPARENT BULK OF THE BUILDING.

THE UPPER FLOORS OF THE STATION, HE SAID, WOULD CONTAIN GENERAL OFFICES, WATCH ROOMS, OFFICERS ACCOMMODATION AS WELL AS RECREATIONAL AND CANTEEN FACILITIES.

OTHER FACILITIES WOULD INCLUDE STAND-BY ACCOMMODATION FOR ADDITIONAL STAFF DURING EMERGENCIES AND A DRILL YARD OF ABOUT 650 SQ. METRES.

FOUR FIRE APPLIANCES AND TWO AMBULANCES WOULD BE BASED AT THE NEW STATION, HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THE ABERDEEN FIRE STATION PROVIDED THE MAJOR FIRE COVER FOR THE TWO DISTRICTS.

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TANNERS’ OBLIGATIONS UNDER EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE ******

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS WRITTEN TO ALL THE T.NNERY OPERATORS AT SHEUNG SHU I WHO ARE DUE FOR REMOVAL OR CLOSURE POINTING OUT THEIR OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT ORDINANCE.

MR. DAVID LIN, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, SAID THAT EMPLOYERS ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE PROPER NOTICE OR WAGES IN LIEU IF THEY DECIDE TO LAY OFF THEIR WORKERS. IN ADDITION SEVERANCE PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE.

OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT HAVE ALSO BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE WORKERS’ UNION CONCERNED.

ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR AN OFFICER FROM THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE TO BE STATIONED AT THE SHEUNG SHU I PUBLIC ENQUIRY CENTRE FULL TIME DURING THE CLEARANCE OPERATION TO ANSWER ANY ENQUIRIES FROM THE TANNERY WORKERS AND TO DEAL WITH LABOUR RELATIONS PROBLEMS.

MR. LIN ADDED, +THIS ACTION REFLECTS THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S CONCERN ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF LABOUR RELATIONS PROBLEMS WHICH MAY ARISE AS A RESULT OF THE CLOSURE OF THE TANNERIES.*

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FOUR LOTS OF CROWN LAND WITH A TOTAL AREA OF OVER 43,000 SQUARE FEET WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION NEXT MONTH.

THE AUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 27 (FRIDAY) AT 2.30 P.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM, 8TH FLOOR, CITY HALL.

ONE LOT, MEASURING 13,790 SQUARE FEET, IS SITUATED IN SHEK KU STREET, HO MAN TIN, KOWLOON. IT IS EARMARKED FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

DETAILS OF THE OTHER THREE LOTS, TO BE USED FOR NON INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES, ARE AS FOLLOWS

* HAI TAN STREET, KOWLOON, 2,458 SQUARE FEET,

* YEE KUK STREET, KOWLOON, 2,874 SQUARE FEET AND

* KING’S ROAD, HONG KONG, 24,000 SQUARE FEET.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 10TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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MRS. NORMA HILL RETIRING

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MRS. NORMA HILL, AN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL ASSISTANT CLASS II WHO HAS WITNESSED THE BIRTH AND GROWTH OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT IS RETIRING AFTER MORE THAN 28 YEARS OF SERVICE.

SHE IS AMONG THE FEW REMAINING LONG SERVICE STAFF WHO HAVE SEEN KAI TAK UNDERGO MANY CHANGES AND DEVELOPMENT WHICH HAVE LED TO THE PRESENT BUSY MODERN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

A GRANDMOTHER OF TWO, MRS. HILL SAID THAT IF ONLY SHE WAS YOUNGER, SHE WOULD CERTAINLY LOVE TO CONTINUE HER WORK IN CIVIL AVIATION.

+MY JOB HAS BEEN SO INTERESTING AND EXCITING. IT ENABLES ME TO LEARN NEW THINGS ALMOST EVERY DAY,+ SHE SAID.

THE ROYAL AIR FORCE WAS STILL CONTROLLING ALL AVIATION ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG WHEN SHE JOINED THE R.A.F. AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IN LATE 1947.

ABOUT SIX MONTHS LATER, THE GOVERNMENT TOOK OVER THE CIVIL AVIATION RESPONSIBILITY AND MRS. HILL, TOGETHER WITH FIVE R.A.F. GIRL COLLEAGUES, THEN JOINED THE NEWLY FORMED CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AS WOMAN CONTROL ASSISTANT IN AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL BRANCH AT KAI TAK.

THEY WERE REGRADED TO THEIR PRESENT RANK IN LATE 1962 WHEN THE PRESENT AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING WAS OPENED.

TO BID FAREWELL TO HER, A PARTY WAS HELD AT THE AIRPORT STAFF CANTEEN TODAY WHEN THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR. BRIAN KEEP, PRESENTED HER WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT - A STEREO AMPLIFIER.

MRS. HILL TOLD HER COLLEAGUES THAT SHE WOULD JOIN HER DAUGHTER IN ENGLAND TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR BUT WOULD LEAVE WITH MIXED FEELINGS. +1 HAVE MANY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES HERE AND I WILL MISS THE DEPARTMENT AND HONG KONG,+ SHE SAID.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS

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POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONDAY (AUGUST 2), WERE ANNOUNCED BY THE POSTMASTER GENERAL TODAY.

A GENERAL HOLIDAY,

THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON THAT DAY.

AT THE SAME TIME, 32 POST OFFICES, INCLUDING THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE, WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 9 A.M. TO 12 NOON.

ALL OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

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WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAUK IWAN AND MONGKOK WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 31) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

IN SHAUK IWAN, THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ALDRICH STREET TO SUN SING STREET AND SHAUKIWAN ROAD TO THE SEA-FRONT, INCLUDING FU TAU WAT VILLAGE, TSIN SHU I MA TAU VILLAGE AND ALDRICH VILLAGE.

IN MONGKOK, PREMISES BOUNDED BY TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, LARCH STREET, WALNUT STREET, BEDFORD STREET, LIME STREET, TUNG CHAU STREET, TONG MEI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET, PINE STREET, IVY STREET AND BEECH STREET, INCLUDING FIR STREET WILL BE AFFECTED.

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL ALSO BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (JULY 31) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE PREMISES AFFECTED WILL BE THOSE IN ELECTRIC ROAD, JAVA ROAD BETWEEN LAU SIN STREET AND TIN CHIU STREET, NORTH POINT ROAD, CHUN YEUNG STREET, TONG SHU I ROAD, SHU KOK STREET, KAM HONG STREET, SOUTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD MING YUEN WESTERN STREET TO MODEL LANE, INCLUDING TSAT TSZ MUI ROAD, TANNER ROAD AND PAK FUK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR N.T. TAXI LICENCES ....... 1

REGULATIONS FOR LEGALISED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO SPECIAL AREAS .............................................. 3

NEW $5 COIN TO START CIRCULATING ON AUGUST 16 ...... 3

MEASURES TO IMPROVE PLB SERVICES TO COME INTO EFFECT NEXT YEAR ............................................... 4

TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COURSE IN HOTEL AND CATERING ... 5

JUNE BANKING STATISTICS ............................ 6

YAU MA TEI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ..................... 7

UNITED NATIONS ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ABOARD +AVA+ .............................. 9

SPECIFIED APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACT FORMS OBTAINABLE FROM LABOUR DEPARTMENT .................................. 9

FIRING PRACTICE ................................... 10

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR N.T. TAXI LICENCES

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN NOW APPLY FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A TOTAL OF 750 N.T. TAXI LICENCES WOULD BE ISSUED IN THREE BATCHES OF 250 EACH.

HE SAID THAT EACH APPLICANT COULD ONLY APPLY FOR ONE LICENCE.

+IF MORE THAN 250 APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED ON THIS AND SUBSEQUENT OCCASIONS, A PUBLIC BALLOT WILL BE HELD IN THE PRESENCE OF MEMBERS OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE LICENCE OR AUTHORITY TO OPERATE AN N.T. TAXI WOULD NOT BE TRANSFERABLE.

THE PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR AN N.T. TAXI LICENCE IS AS FOLLOWS: -

AN APPLICANT MUST BE AN INDIVIDUAL PERSON AND BE THE OWNER OF A PRIVATE CAR REGISTERED AND LICENSED IN HIS NAME SINCE JANUARY 1, 1976 AND HAS BEEN IN POSSESSION OF A VALID DRIVING LICENCE FOR A PRIVATE CAR FOR A PERIOD OF AT LEAST THREE YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO HIS APPLICATION.

THE VEHICLE PRESENTED FOR LICENSING AS AN N.T. TAXI MUST BE A SALOON CAR. IT MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH A TAXIMETER AND COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO TAXIS.

THE STANDARD COLOURS FOR NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE WHITE ON THE TOP AND GREEN (BRITISH STANDARD PAINT NUMBER SL5853) IN THE LOWER HALF. SUITABLE PARKING ACCOMMODATION MUST BE PROVIDED FOR THE VEHICLE. ALL N.T. TAXIS MUST PASS A MECHANICAL EXAMINATION BEFORE LICENSING.

THE DRIVER OF AN N.T. TAXI MUST POSSESS A VALID N.T. TAXI DRIVING LICENCE, I.E., VEHICLE CLASS CODE 11 SHOWN ON THE HONG KONG DRIVING LICENCE.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL BE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS TO TEST NEW APPLICANTS FOR N.T. TAXI DRIVING LICENCES.

THE ANNUAL LICENCE FEE FOR AN N.T. TAXI IS $500. THE

N.T. TAXI FARE STRUCTURE IS $1.00 FOR THE FIRST MILE AND 20 CENTS FOR EVERY ONE-FIFTH OF A MILE THEREAFTER. FARES FOR WAITING TIME AND ADDITIONAL FARES ARE THE SAME AS THOSE APPLICABLE TO OTHER TAXIS.

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AN N.T. TAXI WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAND OR PLY FOR HIRE WITHIN THE PERMITTED AREA AS DEFINED IN THE ROAD TRAFFIC (TAXIS PUBLIC OMNIBUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND PUBLIC CARS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1976. THIS AREA COVERS THE NORTHERN NEW TERRITORIES BUT EXCLUDES SHAT IN AND TSUEN WAN. THE ACTUAL

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BOUNDARY POINTS ARE :

CASTLE PEAK ROAD - THE LIDO CAR PARK NEAR THE 11-1/2 MILESTONE, TING KAU.

(B) ROUTE TWISK - SEK KONG VILLAGE.

(C) TAI PO ROAD - VILLA DEUX PONTS AT 12-3/4 MILESTONE.

(D) CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD - 2.200 FEET WEST OF THE JUNCTION OF HIRAM’S HIGHWAY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE REGULATIONS, WHICH WERE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, WOULD COME INTO OPERATION ON AUGUST 3, 1976.

HE SAID LANTAO ISLAND, WHICH IS PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES, WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRESENT N.T. TAXI SCHEME.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT AN N.T. TAXI WOULD BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL BEYOND THE BOUNDARIES MENTIONED ABOVE IF IT WAS FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ATTENDING A VEHICLE EXAMINATION CENTRE BUT THAT NO PASSENGERS SHOULD BE CARRIED FOR HIRE OR REWARD ON SUCH OCCASIONS.

REFERRING TO APPLICATION FORMS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THESE COULD BE OBTAINED ONLY BY WRITING TO THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, LICENSING OFFICE, 2 MURRAY ROAD, MEZZANINE FLOOR, HONG KONG.

THE FORMS, WHICH WILL BE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE, WILL NOT BE GIVEN TO APPLICANTS IN PERSON. THE COMPLETED FORM MUST BE RETURNED TO AND SHOULD REACH THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE AS INDICATED ON THE FORM.

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REGULATIONS FOR LEGALISED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO SPECIAL AREAS ********

THE ILLEGAL TAPPING OF ELECTRICITY AND THE TAMPERING WITH AN ELECTRIC COMPANY’S EQUIPMENT IN ANY AREA THAT IS DESIGNATED AS A SPECIAL AREA UNDER THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE ARE MADE OFFENCES UNDER NEW REGULATIONS PUBLISHED TODAY (FRIDAY).

IN EITHER CASE, THE PENALTY FOR DOING SO, IS A FINE OF $2,000 AND THREE MONTHS IMPRISONMENT. IN THE CASE OF AN UNAUTHORISED CONNECTION<THERE IS A FURTHER FINE OF $100 FOR EACH DAY THE OFFENCE CONTINUES.

THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY (SPECIAL AREAS) REGULATIONS 1976

ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE ELECTRICITY TO BE SUPPLIED TO SPECIAL AREAS WHERE, BECAUSE DIFFERENT SUPPLY SYSTEMS MAY HAVE TO BE USED, SOME OF THE EXISTING REGULATIONS CANNOT BE APPLIED.

THESE REGULATIONS FOLLOW RECENT AMENDMENTS TO THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE IN CONNECTION WITH THE SCHEME NOW UNDER WAY TO PROVIDE A LEGALISED SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY TO SIX SQUATTER VILLAGES IN KOWLOON. THE SCHEME WAS DEVISED BY A WORKING PARTY COMPOSED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD.

THE NEW REGULATIONS FOR SPECIAL AREAS GAZETTED TODAY ALSO COVER TECHNICAL MATTERS INCLUDING THE RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POWER COMPANIES AND CONSUMERS REGARDING THE MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT AND PRECAUTIONS AGAINST FIRE- INSPECTION OF CONSUMERS WIRINGS AND INSTALLATIONS BEFORE CONNECTION, AND THE USE OF SAFETY FUSES OR CIRCUIT BREAKERS TOGETHER WITH PENALTIES FOR ANY CONTRAVENTIONS.

IN ADDITION, MOST OF THE EXISTING GENERAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY REGULATIONS ARE MADE APPLICABLE TO SPECIAL AREAS AS WELL.

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NEW $5 COIN TO CIRCULATE ON AUGUST 16 * * * *

THE NEW $5 COIN'WILL START CIRCULATING FROM AUGUST 16. IT WILL GRADUALLY REPLACE THE $5 BANKNOTE IN USE AT PRESENT.

ACCORDING TO A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN, THE COINS ARE BEING INTRODUCED EARLY BECAUSE OF THE ESCALATION OF NOTE PRINTING COSTS.

ORIGINALLY, HE SAID, THE COINAGE REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED THAT THE $5 COIN SHOULD BE INTRODUCED IN 1978.

+THE ECONOMIES DERIVE FROM THE FACT THAT THE LIFE OF A CO CAN BE AS MUCH AS 50 YEARS WHEREAS THE $5 NOTE ONLY HAS A LIFE ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS,* HE SAID.

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THE NEW COIN IS 10 SIDED AND MEASURES 31 MILLIMETRES DIAGONALLY.

IT IS MINTED IN CUPRO-NICKEL LIKE THE PRESENT ONE DOLLAR COIN AND IS ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS THE PRESENT ONE DOLLAR COIN BUT WEIGHS SLIGHTLY LESS.

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MEASURES TO IMPROVE PLB SERVICES EFFECTIVE NEXT YEAR

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REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE GREATER SAFETY AND BETTER SAFEGUARD OF SERVICES FOR PEOPLE USING PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND ALSO TO PROTECT PLB'DRIVERS AGAINST PASSENGERS NOT PAYING THE STIPULATED FARE WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON AUGUST 1, 1977, ACCORDING TO A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THE REGULATIONS, KNOWN AS THE ROAD TRAFFIC (PUBLIC OMNIBUS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUS AND PUBLIC CAR) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS, WERE MADE IN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR BUT WERE NOT BROUGHT INTO FORCE AT THAT TIME IN ORDER TO GIVE PLB OPERATORS SUFFICIENT TIME TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

THE REGULATIONS LAY DOWN SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DISPLAY AND COLOURS OF DESTINATION INDICATORS AND FARE CARDS ON PLB’S, AND FORBID THE CHANGING OF AN INDICATOR DURING A JOURNEY WITH INTENT TO CHARGE EXTRA FARES OR TO CUT SHORT THE ORIGINAL JOURNEY.

ONE PROVISION REQUIRES A PLB DRIVER TO DISPLAY NOT MORE THAN ONE DESTINATION INDICATOR OF AN APPROVED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE.

THE INDICATOR, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE CHARACTERS, MUST SHOW THE DESTINATION CLEARLY BY REFERENCE TO A ROAD JUNCTION OR SOME OTHER EASILY RECOGNISED PLACE. IT SHOULD BE ILLUMINATED DURING DARK HOURS.

UNDER THE REGULATIONS, A SERIES OF STANDARD COLOURS OF DESTINATION INDICATORS WILL BE INTRODUCED FOR DIFFERENT ZONES. ALL INDICATORS WILL HAVE WHITE LETTERS AND CHARACTERS, BUT THE COLOURS OF THE BACKGROUND WILL VARY.

IT WILL BE A DARK BLUE BACKGROUND FOR ANY ROUTE ON HONG KONG ISLAND OTHER THAN A CROSS-HARBOUR ROUTE- A GREEN BACKGROUND FOR ANY ROUTE WHICH OPERATES WHOLLY IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON, A YELLOW BACKGROUND FOR ANY ROUTE WHOLLY IN THE NEW TERRITORIES OR BETWEEN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON- AND A RED BACKGROUND FOR ANY CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTE.

A PLB DRIVER WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO DISPLAY IN AN APPROVED POSITION ON THE VEHICLE A FARE CARD, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE CHARACTERS, OF AN APPROVED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. THE FARE SHOULD BE INDICATED IN RED LETTERS AND CHARACTERS ON A WHITE BACKGROUND.

THE REGULATIONS PROVIDE FOR BETTER SAFEGUARD OF SERVICES FOR PLB PASSENGERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE CARRIED TO THE INDICATED DESIGNATION AND ARE NOT CHARGED A HIGHER FARE THAN THEY EXPECTED TO PAY WHEN BOARDING THE VEHICLE.

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PLB DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM CHANGING A DESTINATION INDICATOR DURING A JOURNEY WITH INTENT TO INDUCE ANY PASSENGER TO GET OFF FROM THE VEHICLE BEFORE REACHING THE DESTINATION INDICATED AT THE TIME THE PASSENGER BOARDED THE VEHICLE, OR TO PAY A FARE ADDITIONAL TO THE FARE INDICATED AT THE TIME THE PASSENGER BOARDED THE VEHICLE.

IN ADDITION, PLB DRIVERS SHALL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REQUIRE ANY PASSENGER, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, TO GET OFF BEFORE REACHING THE DESTINATION INDICATED AT THE TIME HE BOARDED THE VEHICLE.

TO PROTECT PLB OPERATORS, THE REGULATIONS MAKE IT AN OFFENCE FOR A PERSON TO BOARD A PLB KNOWING HE CANNOT PAY THE FARE OR WITH INTENT TO AVOID PAYING IT.

IN VIEW OF THE NECESSITY FOR MODIFYING EXISTING VEHICLES TO BE FITTED WITH PROPER DESTINATION EQUIPMENT, A FULL YEARS NOTICE IS BEING GIVEN TO THE TRADE SO AS TO ENSURE ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES CAN COMPLY WITH THE NEW REGULATIONS IN AUGUST 1977.

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM SUITABLY QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO TAKE UP A ONE-YEAR FULL-TIME TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COURSE IN HOTEL KEEPING AND CATERING.

HOLDERS OF ORDINARY NATIONAL DIPLOMA (UK) OR EQUIVALENT WITH PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION TO BE ADMITTED TO THE COURSE WHICH BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR.

DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE, INDUCEMENT GRANTS RANGING FROM $1,070 TO $1,640 PER MONTH WILL BE PAID TO SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS DURING THE COURSE OF STUDY.

GRADUATES FROM THE COURSE MAY APPLY FOR TEACHING POSTS, WITH A MONTHLY SALARY RANGING FROM $1,850 TO $3,820, IN THE CHEUNG SHA WAN TECHNICAL INSTITUTE OR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS. CAREER PROSPECTS INCLUDE PROMOTION TO A HIGHER GRADE WITH A MAXIMUM SALARY OF $5,060 PER MONTH.

DETAILED INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AT 373, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, HONG KONG.

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JUNE BANKING STATISTICS ******

BANKING DEPOSITS AS AT THE END OF JUNE STOOD AT $39,691 MILLION, COMPRISING $10,303 MILLION IN DEMAND DEPOSITS, $15,029 MILLION IN TIME DEPOSITS AND $14,359 MILLION IN SAVINGS DEPOSITS.

THERE WERE 74 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG AS AT JUNE 30.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE RELEASED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING TODAY GIVES A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF BANK LIABILITIES AND ASSETS FOR THE MONTH

LIABILITIES $ MILLION

(1) DEPOSITS 39,691

(2) AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD 26,016

(3) OTHER LIABILITIES 7,984

TOTAL LIABILITIES 73,691

ASSETS

(1) CASH

(2) AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD:

(I) DEMAND AND SHORT TERM CLAIMS 21,577

(II) TIME DEPOSITS 1,876

(3) LOANS AND ADVANCES:

(I) HONG KONG 26,975

(II) ABROAD 12,822

(4) INVESTMENTS:

(I) HONG KONG 3,124

(II) ABROAD 62

(5) OTHER ASSETS

(I) HONG KONG 3,508

(II) ABROAD 3,041

TOTAL ASSETS

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH - - - - 0--------------------------------- ‘

706

23,453

39,797

3,186

6,549

73,691

49.82%

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YAU MA TEI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN * * * M *

MORE SCHOOLS, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, CIVIC AND WELFARE CENTRES ARE AMONG THE MANY PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN A REVISED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR YAU MA TEI PREPARED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE REVISED PLAN, WHICH HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, AIMS AT PROVIDING MORE LAND FOR A WIDE RANGE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES TO IMPROVE THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DISTRICT’S ESTIMATED EVENTUAL POPULATION OF 200,000.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL BLOCKS AWAY FROM THE MAIN RESIDENTIAL AREAS, A CARGO WORKING AREA AND AN IMPROVED ROAD SYSTEM INCLUDING POSSIBLE PEDESTRIAN STREETS.

THE PLAN COVERS A LAND AREA OF 71.25 HECTARES BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, JORDAN ROAD, ARGYLE STREET AND CHERRY STREET, AND THE WATERFRONT. THE TOTAL PLANNING AREA IS 127.58 HECTARES, INCLUDING THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON ANCHORAGE.

ACCORDING TO MR A.F. MEYERS, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT TOWN PLANNER OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DRAWBACKS IN YAU MA TEI IS THE SHORTAGE OF OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES PARTICULARLY IN THE AREA NORTH OF WATERLOO ROAD.

THE REVISED PLAN INCLUDES A TOTAL OF NEARLY 5.62 HECTARES EARMARKED FOR OPEN SPACE AND SOME OTHER FAIRLY LARGE AREAS ADJACENT TO THE YAU MA TEI CIVIC CENTRE. THERE WILL ALSO BE A NUMBER OF SMALLER SITES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT FOR LANDSCAPED AMENITY PLOTS, CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS FOR RESIDENTS.

THE PRESENT SHORTAGE OF GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES HAS BEEN IMPROVED WITH A TOTAL OF 10.12 HECTARES ZONED FOR THIS PURPOSE.

+TWO MAJOR AREAS ARE PLANNED FOR THESE PURPOSES,+ SAID MR MEYERS, +ONE IS THE YAU MA TEI CIVIC CENTRE SOUTH OF PUBLIC SQUARE STREET, NOW BEING BUILT BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFF ICE.+

WHEN FULLY COMPLETED, IT WILL PROVIDE A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL AND STAGE FOR CONCERTS, FILM SHOWS, INDOOR SPORTS AND EXHIBITIONS-A BASKETBALL COURT- CONFERENCE, READING AND STUDY ROOMS- FACILITIES FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD PEOPLE’S GROUP ACTIVITIES- A NURSERY-ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THE OTHER MAJOR AREA IS BOUNDED BY TUNG KUN STREET, RECLAMATION STREET, WATERLOO ROAD AND THE TONG Ml ROAD EXTENSION, WHERE THREE PRIMARY SCHOOLS HAVE ALREADY BEEN BUILT AND ONE SECONDARY SCHOOL IS PLANNED.

IN ADDITION, PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR SMALLER GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY SITES DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT FOR LOCAL SOCIAL WELFARE CENTRES, HAWKER BAZAARS AND OFF-STREET REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS.

/MR. MEYERS

FRIDAY, JULY JO, 1976

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MR MEYERS SAID: +ALTH0UGH PART OF THE AREA PREVIOUSLY ZONED FOR COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTI AL DEVELOPMENT HAS NOW BEEN ZONED FOR OTHER PURPOSES SUCH AS OPEN SPACE AND COMMUNITY USE, COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL USES WILL STILL REMAIN THE PREDOMINANT LAND USE, ABSORBING ABOUT 31 PER CENT (22.30 HECTARES) OF THE TOTAL LAND AREA.+ <

IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE INTERMIXING OF INCOMPATIBLE USES IN THE SAME BUILDING, SUCH AS WORKSHOPS ADJACENT TO RESIDENTIAL APARTMENTS, HE SAID, IT IS PROPOSED TO BUILD BLOCKS OF FLATTED FACTORY BUILDINGS AT CHERRY STREET FOR LIGHT INDUSTRY.

IT IS ALSO PROPOSED TO PROVIDE A CARGO WORKING AREA, POSSIBLY INCORPORATING ASSOCIATED USES AND LORRY PARKING SPACES, ALONG THE YAU MA TEI WATERFRONT. ACCESS TO THE CARGO WORKING AREA WILL BE FROM FERRY STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD.

REGARDING THE ROAD SYSTEM, MR MEYERS SAID IT IS PLANNED EVENTUALLY TO MAKE ALL LOCAL DISTRIBUTORY ROADS +ONE WAY+ AND TO CLOSE A NUMBER OF MINOR EAST TO WEST ROADS.

+THIS WILL REDUCE THE PENETRATION OF UNNECESSARY TRAFFIC INTO RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBOURHOODS AND CREATE ADDITIONAL LAND WHICH COULD BE USED FOR LOCAL PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITES SUCH AS HAWKER BAZAARS, OPEN SPACE AND AMENITIES,+ HE SAID.

MR MEYERS EMPHASISED THAT THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN IS DESIGNED TO ILLUSTRATE ONLY THE BROAD PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE DISTRICT AND TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE FOR MORE DETAILED PLANNING. WHILE THE VARIOUS ZONES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED FOR SPECIFIC USES, FLEXIBILITY IS PROVIDED IN THE ATTACHED NOTES TO THE PLAN WHICH PROVIDE FOR SUITABLE ALTERNATIVE USES OF SITES PERMITTED AS OF RIGHT OR ON APPLICATION TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

HE NOTED THAT A NUMBER OF SITES ZONED FOR COMMUNITY

PURPOSES AND OPEN SPACES ARE PRIVATE PROPERTIES WITH NON—RENEWABLE LEASES AND THESE WILL HAVE TO BE ACQUIRED IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT THE PROPOSALS HOWEVER, WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR RESUMING THESE JrOPERTIES, ADEQUATE COMPENSATION WILL BE PAID TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE PLAN.

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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 1976

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UNITED NATIONS ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR VIETNAMESE REFUGEES ABOARD ’AVA’ * * * *

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES HAD AGREED TO ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE 94 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES STILL ABOARD THE BURMESE VESSEL ’AVA’.

A U.N.H.C.R. REPRESENTATIVE IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG SHORTLY TO ARRANGE TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION FOR THE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG PENDING THEIR PERMANENT SETTLEMENT IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA AND ELSEWHERE.

FOR THE TIME BEING THE REFUGEES WILL REMAIN ON BOARD THE ’AVA’, WHICH IS ANCHORED IN THE INNER HARBOUR. CONDITIONS ON BOARD ARE GOOD AND MORALE IS HIGH.

COMMENTING ON THIS DEVELOPMENT, THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR. MARTIN ROWLANDS SAID* +THE SUPPORT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE UNITED NATIONS AND FROM THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE USA, CANADA AND FRANCE HAS BEEN MOST GRATIFYING, AND I AM HAPPY THAT WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION TO LAND THESE REFUGEES TEMPORARILY IN HONG KONG.+

+1 SHOULD LIKE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE MASTER OF THE ’AVA’, CAPTAIN KHIN MAUNG, AND HIS CREW, FOR LOOKING AFTER THESE REFUGEES SO WELL DURING THE PAST TRYING WEEKS.+

APPRENTICESHIP CONTRACT FORMS

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THE FORM OF CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP, THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OF APPRENTICESHIP AND TEN OTHER FORMS WERE SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR IN TODAY’S GAZETTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE 1976 AND ITS SUBSIDIARY REGULATIONS WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT ON JULY 19 THIS YEAR.

ALSO SPECIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER WERE THE PERIOD OF APPRENTICESHIP FOR EACH OF THE 23 DESIGNATED TRADES AND THE SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES BY WHICH THE PERIOD OF APPRENTICESHIP COULD BE REDUCED.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. IAN PRICE, SAID THAT THESE SPECIFICATIONS WERE NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER ADMINISTRATION OF THE ORDINANCE.

ALL SPECIFIED FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

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FIRING PRACTICE

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 20 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF THE FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE :

DATE HOURS

AUGUST 3 (TUESDAY) • 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 4 (WEDNESDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 5 (THURSDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 6 (FRIDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 9 (MONDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 10 (TUESDAY) 8.00 A.M. 11 P.M.

AUGUST 11 (WEDNESDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 12 (THURSDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 13 (FRIDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 16 (MONDAY) 8.00 A.M. 9 P.M.

AUGUST 17 (TUESDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 18 (WEDNESDAY) 8.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 19 (THURSDAY) 7.00 A.M. 11 .59 P.M.

AUGUST 20 (FRIDAY) 5.00 A.M. 5 P.M.

AUGUST 23 (MONDAY) 7.00 A.M. 11 .59 P.M.

AUGUST 24 (TUESDAY) 5.00 A.M. 11 .59 P.M.

AUGUST 25 (WEDNESDAY) 5.00 A.M. 7 P.M.

AUGUST 26 (THURSDAY) 7.00 A.M. 11 .59 P.M.

AUGUST 27 (FRIDAY) 5.00 A.M. 5 P.M.

AUGUST 31 (TUESDAY) 7.00 A.M. 11 .59 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

C.A.S. RECRUITMENT DRIVE PROVES TO BE A SUCCESS ........... 1

PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS 2

FIRE SERVICES TO RECRUIT 100 MORE FIREMEN ................. 3

FUN FAIR FOR YOUNGSTERS IN EASTERN DISTRICT ............... 4

GOVERNOR VISITS YOUTH CAMP IN MA WAN ...................... 5

NEW FEES FOR 1977 H.K.C.E.E................................ 5

BEACHGOERS TO BE ENTERTAINED BY POP AND FOLK GROUPS AT SHEK 0 ................................................... f.

Issued by Government Information Services, Beaconsfield House, Hong Kong.Tel: 5-233191

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1976

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C.A.S. RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN — A SUCCESS * * * *

THE RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN RECENTLY LAUNCHED BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL.

A C.A.S. SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DURING THE ONE-DAY EXERCISE, OVER 2,000 APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN THE ADULT SERVICE AND 600 APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLMENT IN THE CADET CORPS WERE RECEIVED.

IN VIEW OF THE LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS, HE SAID, APPLICANTS WOULD HAVE TO WAIT FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS BEFORE THEY WERE CALLED FOR INTERVIEW.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED THAT EVERY EFFORT WAS BEJNG MADE TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF APPLICATIONS.

AT PRESENT, THE C.A.S. HAS A STRENGTH OF 2,020 ADULT MEMBERS AND 1,541 CADETS. THEIR DUTIES RANGE FROM HELPING OTHER REGULAR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN COMBATING NATURAL DISASTERS TO ASSISTING IN THE REGISTRATION AND FEEDING OF THE HOMELESS.

THE ADULT RECRUITS WILL BE TRAINED TO HANDLE CASUALTIES, TO CONDUCT LIGHT AND HEAVY SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS AND TO GIVE ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE LOST OR INJURED IN THE MOUNTAINS. THEY WILL ALSO BE TRAINED IN CROWD CONTROLL I NG.FOREST FIRE-FIGHTING AND MANNING TYPHOON SHELTERS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THOSE RECRUITED FOR THE CADET CORPS WILL BE TAUGHT THE BASIC SKILLS AS PRACTISED IN THE ADULT SERVICE IN ADDITION TO CAMPING, COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT AND HOME RECREATION. FOR THE BIGGER BOYS, MORE ADVANCED COURSES WILL BE HELD IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, CANOE-MAKING AND MOUNTAINEERING TECHNIQUES.

IN SHORT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, ALL THESE ACTIVITIES AIMED TO GUIDE AND TRAIN THE CADETS TO BECOME GOOD CITIZENS.

+IT IS INDEED ENCOURAGING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE, BOTH ADULTS AND YOUTHS, WILLING TO DEVOTE THEIR LEISURE TIME TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY,* HE SAID.

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PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS ******

MANY PUPILS CLAMOUR TO JOIN PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS BECAUSE THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PREVOCAT I ONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

ADDRESSING THE JOINT SPEECH DAY OF FOUR CARITAS PREVOCATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE COMMUNITY HALL OF CARITAS HOUSE IN CAINE ROAD, HE SAID MANY OF THE SCHOOL LEAVERS WOULD GO DIRECTLY INTO EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRY.

+BECAUSE THEY HAVE STUDIED A CRAFT IN-DEPTH THEY ARE NORMALLY ALLOWED TO ENTER DIRECTLY INTO THE SECOND YEAR OF AN APPRENTICESHIP, HE SAID. +AGAIN, BECAUSE OF THEIR PREVIOUS STUDIES IN ONE OF YOUR SCHOOLS THEY ARE NORMALLY ALLOWED TO ENTER THE SECOND YEAR OF A PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE AT A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.+

MR. WATERS POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG WAS A BIG BUSTLING CITY FULL OF ACTIVITY AND IT NEEDED A LARGE WORKFORCE.

+MANY EXCITING PROJECTS ARE UNDERWAY OR WILL MATERIALISE WITHIN THE NEAR FUTURE, FOR EXAMPLE, TAKE THE NEW UNDERGROUND RAILWAY.

+THEN THERE IS THE LARGE NETWORK OF ROADS AND THE MANY LARGE BUILDING PROJECTS — BOTH PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT — WHICH ARE UNDERWAY OR WILL TAKE SHAPE,* HE SAID.

MR. WATERS TOLD THE GRADUATES THAT IT WAS A GOOD TIME FOR THEM TO TAKE STOCK OF THEMSELVES, TO SIZE UP THEIR CAPABILITIES AND DRAW UP PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

+THERE IS NOTHING LIKE BEING AMBITIOUS, BUT I MUST WARN YOU NOT TO BE TOO AMBITIOUS.

+AFTER YOU HAVE DRAWN UP A PLAN, IT IS UP TO YOU TO CARRY IT OUT. DON’T LET ANYTHING PUT YOU OFF ACHIEVING IT. YOU HAVE A DUTY TO YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOURSELF,* HE SAID.

MR. WATERS POINTED OUT THAT THEY ALSO HAD A DUTY TO THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH THEY LIVE. +THAT IS WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN SOME ORGANISATION THAT DOES WORK FOR CHARITY,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO MADE IT CLEAR THAT IT SHOULD NOT BE ALL WORK AND NO PLAY. +EVERYONE OF US SHOULD HAVE SOME HOBBY WHICH WE ENJOY DOING OUTSIDE OUR WORK-A-DAY LIFE,* HE SAID.

FINALLY, MR. WATERS PAID TRIBUTE TO THE CHINESE PARENTS +FOR THE WAY THEY ARE PREPARED TO SACRIFICE ALMOST ANYTHING TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN.*

+IN GENERAL, THIS IS COMMENDABLE, ALTHOUGH ONE SOMETIMES FEELS THAT SOME PARENTS OVER-SACRAFICE TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN A FIRST-RATE ACADEMIC EDUCATION, WHEN POSSIBLY AN ALTERNATIVE FORM, PERHAPS IN SOME TECHNICAL FIELD, MIGHT BE MORE SUITABLE,* HE SAID.

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FIRE SERVICES TO RECRUIT 100 MORE FIREMEN ******

THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING APPLICATIONS FROM YOUNG AND PHYSICALLY FIT MEN TO JOIN IN THE RANK OF FIREMEN.

ABOUT 100 MEN WILL BE RECRUITED TO FILL THE PRESENT VACANCIES AS WELL AS THOSE WHICH WILL ARISE IN THE NEAR FUTURE WHEN NEW FIRE STATIONS ARE BUILT.

THE NEW RECRUITS WILL BE TRAINED FOR GENERAL FIRE FIGHTING AND RESCUE DUTIES.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 30, HAVE GOOD PHYSIQUE AND NORMAL EYE SIGHT, BE ABLE TO SPEAK FLUENT CANTONESE, AND READ AND WRITE CHINESE. THEY SHOULD HAVE LIVED IN HONG KONG FOR A CONTINUOUS PERIOD OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.

ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED SHOULD APPLY IN PERSON BETWEEN 1 P.M. AND 8 P.M. DAILY FROM AUGUST 3 TO 7 AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING RECRUITMENT CENTRES:

HONG KONG ISLAND - HARBOUR ROAD FIRE STATION, HARBOUR ROAD

KOWLOON - TSIM SHA TSUI FIRE STATION, CANTON ROAD, AND KWUN TONG FIRE STATION, KWUN TONG ROAD AND

NEW TERRITORIES - TSUEN WAN FIRE STATION, TAI CHUNG ROAD

HE SHOULD BRING ALONG HIS IDENTITY CARD TOGETHER WITH OTHER DOCUMENTS PROVING HIS RESIDENTIAL AND EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS.

APPLICATION FORMS WILL BE COMPLETED AT THE CENTRES WHERE PRELIMINARY PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

THE STARTING SALARY FOR A FIREMAN IS $1,120 AND THE MAXIMUM IS $1,635.

ON BEING SELECTED, A RECRUIT IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL AT PAT HEUNG FOR A SIX-MONTH RESIDENTIAL COURSE COVERING DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF FIRE FIGHTING. AT THE END OF THE INITIAL TRAINING, HE HAS TO PASS A FINAL EXAMINATION BEFORE BEING POSTED TO A FIRE STATION FOR DUTIES.

A RECRUIT WILL BE PUT ON PROBATION FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF SERVICE, AFTER WHICH, PROVIDED HE HAS CARRIED OUT ALL HIS DUTIES SATISFACTORILY, HE IS CONFIRMED TO THE PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE ESTABLISHMENT.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT ARE EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN A HIGH STANDARD OF DISCIPLINE AND TURNOUT.

/COMMENTING

SATURDAY, JULY J1, 1976

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COMMENTING ON THE RECRUITMENT, A FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PROSPECTS FOR YOUNG MEN JOINING THE DEPARTMENT WERE VERY GOOD.

♦EXPANSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS ENSURES PROMOTION PROSPECTS FOR THOSE WHO ARE PREPARED TO WORK HARD AND STUDY TO BECOME QUALIFIED FOR HIGHER POSTS,* HE STRESSED. +IN FACT, A LARGE NUMBER OF THE SERVING OFFICERS BEGAN THEIR CAREERS WITH THE DEPARTMENT AS FIREMEN OR AMBULANCEMEN,*

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT A FIREMAN’S JOB WAS ONE THAT WOULD REQUIRE STRENGTH, INITIATIVE, COURAGE AND COOL-HEADEDNESS.

HE CALLED UPON YOUNG AND ENERGETIC MEN TO COME FORWARD TO JOIN THE FIRE SERVICES, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN IN THE WORLD.

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FUN-FAIR FOR YOUNGSTERS IN EASTERN DISTRICT

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ABOUT 3,000 YOUNG CHILDREN IN EASTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO A FUN FAIR TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON AT QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

THE FUN FAIR, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) AND THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, FORMS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME FOR THE EASTERN CITY DISTRICT.

THERE WILL BE OVER 20 GAMES STALLS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS, SCHOOLS AND SOCIAL BODIES IN THE DISTRICT.

MR. SHUM CHOI-SANG, CHAIRMAN OF THE CAUSEWAY BAY KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE’OPENING CEREMONY AT 1 P.M.

NOTE TO EDITORS'. MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 1976

GOVERNOR VISITS YOUTH CAMP

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE TODAY FLEW BY HELICOPTER TO MA WAN WHERE HE SAW 40 YOUNG PEOPLE OF A YOUTH CAMP AT WORK.

THE CAMP, ORGANISED BY THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE CENTRE, IS ONE OF THE EVENTS IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME THAT SIR MURRAY WILL BE VISITING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

MEETING HIM AT THE CAMP SITE WERE MR. HAROLD MOK, DISTRICT OFFICER/URBAN, TSUEN WAN- MR. JOHN TODD, DISTRICT OFF ICER/RURAL, TSUEN WAN- MR. WONG KING-TONG, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER, TSUEN WAN- MRS. MARGARET AU, WARDEN OF PRINCESS ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY CENTRE AND MR. CHAN KWONG-CHUEN, CHAIRMAN OF MA WAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS WORK CAMP IS TO GIVE THE YOUTHS IN TSUEN WAN DISTRICT AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY PROJECTS.

THEY ARE ONE OF THE FOUR GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE CURRENTLY CONSTRUCTING THE 1,200 FOOT-LONG CONCRETE PATH STRETCHING FROM A SITE NEAR MA WAN PUBLIC PIER TO NAM WAN.

IN ADDITION, THEY WILL ALSO ORGANISE VARIETY SHOWS AND SEMINARS FOR RESIDENTS IN THE EVENING.

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NEW FEES FOR 1977 H.K.C.E.E * # * *

THE INITIAL ENTRY FEES FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, 1977 WILL BE RAISED FROM $25 TO $28.

HOWEVER, THE SUBJECT ENTRY FEES WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, I.E. $5 PER SUBJECT FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES AND $10 PER SUBJECT FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

THIS ADJUSTMENT OF INITIAL ENTRY FEES WHICH WAS DECIDED BY GOVERNMENT AFTER CONSULTING THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD, IS TO MEET THE RISING COST OF OPERATING THE EXAMINATION.

CANDIDATES OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICAT OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION WILL BE PAYING ABOUT HALF THE TOTAL COST OF THE EXAMINATION AS WAS THE CASE BEFORE THE REVISION OF FEES.

SATURDAY, JULY 31,.1976

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FOLK GROUP MAKES SWEET MUSIC AT SHEK 0 H M * *

DELAYED BY TYPHOON SIGNALS THAT POSTPONED LAST WEEK’S TWO BEACH SPECIALS, THE +SACCHARIDES+, A FIVE-MEMBER FOLK GROUP FROM DELIA MEMORIAL SCHOOL, WILL MAKE THEIR FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE ON THE MOBM-E STAGE AT SHEK 0 BEACH TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

OTHER PROGRAMMES FOR THIS 90-MINUTE SHOW OF MIXED ENTERTAINMENT WILL INCLUDE SONGS BY POP SINGER JIMMY YUE AND THREE TVB ARTISTES, MUSIC BY THE COMBO BAND +THE NICE BALL+ AND A ’CLEAN BEACH’ DRAMA.

THE SHOW WILL START AT 3.30 P.M. WHEN CLEAN YOUR CITY GROUP MEMBERS FROM THE SHAUK IWAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BE IN ACTION OFF-STAGE.

THEY WILL INVOLVE BEACHGOERS IN THE CLEAN-UP EXERCISE BY DISTRIBUTING LITTER BAGS AND LEAFLETS, AFTER WHICH THEY WILL OFFER TO REMOVE RUBBISH FOR THEM.

FREE FRISBEES WILL BE AWARDED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HANDING IN BAGS OF LITTER THEY HAVE COLLECTED THEMSELVES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE BEACH SHOWS AT SHEK 0 BEACH.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT QUEEN’S PIER AT 1.45 P.M. TOMORROW TO WAIT FOR THE SPECIAL COACH.

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