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 DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 1976

C.A.S. MEM LEARN MOUNTAIN TECHNIQUES IN U.K.

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THE TEMPERATURE WAS SOARING TO 35 DEGREES CENTIGRADE ON A SUMMER AFTERNOON WITH SWELTERING HEAT ENGULFING THE PICTURESC E SNOWDONIA IN NORTH WALES. MOST WOULD HAVE STAYED INDOORS TO EVADE THE INTENSE HEAT, BUT FIVE MEN FROM HONG KONG BRAVED THE BLAZING SUN AND FOUGHT THEIR WAY UP THE 3,262-FOOT MOUNT TREFAN.

A SENSE OF KEEN INTEREST AND VIGOUR WAS WRITTEN ON THEIR SUN-TANNED FACES AS THEY SCRAMBLED UP THE MOUNTAIN. THERE WAS DISCIPLINE IN THEIR MOVEMENT- EVERYONE CHARTING THEIR MOVES WITH MILITARY PRECISION.

IT WAS ONE OF THEIR STRENUOUS DAYS IN BRITAIN. FOR TWO MONTHS, THEY MOVED UP AND DOWN THE HILLY SLOPES AND MOUNTAIN RANGES OF SCOTLAND AND NORTH WALES, PICKING UP THE LATEST TECHNIQUES IN TAMING THE MOUNTAINS.

THE FIVE ROBUST MOUNTAINEERS WERE, IN FACT, MEMBERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT OF HONG KONG’S CIVIL AID SERVICES (CAS) WHO ARRIVED IN BRITAIN ON MAY 20 TO ATTEND A TWO-MONTH INTENSIVE TRAINING COURSE IN MOUNTAIN CRAFT AS WELL AS SEARCH AND RESCUE TECHNIQUES.

IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE CAS SENT THEIR MOUNTAIN RESCUERS ABROAD FOR FURTHER TRAINING.

+THE TRAINING WAS HARSH AND INTENSIVE, BUT WE GOT A LOT OUT OF OUR TWO MONTHS HERE+, MR. CHENG SUNG-NGAR, A SENIOR TRAINING OFFICER OF THE CAS, REMARKED ON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

TO MR. LUK CHEUNG-CHUEN, A VOLUNTEER MEMBER, THE TWO-MONTH PROGRAMME CONSOLIDATED HIS KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELD OF MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME TAUGHT HIM A GREAT DEAL HH IN MOUNTAIN LEADERSHIP AND CRAFT.

+THE COURSE NOT ONLY GAVE US A COMPREHENSIVE GROUNDING IN THE PRACTICAL SKILLS IN MOUNTAIN RESCUE BUT ALSO AFFORDED US AN INVALUABLE UNDERSTANDING OF MOUNTAINEERING AS AN ART,+ SAID MR. WONG SHUT-YING, A FULL-TIME CAS TRAINING OFFICER. +WE ARE NOW BETTER ABLE TO CARRY OUR DUTIES IN THE HILLS OF HONG KONG.+

INSTRUMENTAL IN ARRANGING THE TRAINING PROGRAMME WERE THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR PHYSICAL RECREATION.

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DURING THE FIRST MONTH TRAINING, THE CAS TEAM WAS TRAINED ALONG WITH THE LOCAL BRITISH MOUNTAIN RESCUERS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE LAND RESCUE SERVICE OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE.

THE PROGRAMME CONSISTED MAINLY OF RESCUE AND SEA..CH TECH I IQuZJ, METHODS IN RADIO COMMUNICATION TOGETHER WITH SEVERAL CVERb IG CAMPING AND RESCUE EXERCISES IN THE STEEP MOUNTAINS OF GRANTC .,-ON-SPEY, KINLOSS IN SCOTLAND AND VALLEY IN WALES. THEY WERE ALSu TAUGHT HOW TO RESCUE SURVIVORS FROM AIR CRASHES IN REMOTE AREAS. ■ *

THE SECOND PART OF THE TRAINING WAS CARRIED OUT IN THE WORLD FAMOUS NATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING CENTRE IN PLAS Y BREN IN IN NORTH WALES.

THE FOUR-WEEK COMPREHENSIVE MOUNTAIN CRAFT COURSE WAS CONDUCTED BY A FULLY-QUALIFIED PERMANENT STAFF AT THE CENTRE.

THE COURSE COVERED A WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS, INCLUDING ORIENTEERING, MOUNTAIN NAVIGATION AND WALKING, CAMPING AND PARTY LEADERSHIP, ROPE HANDLING, ROCK CLIMBING, SK I—ING, TENSION CLIMBING AS WELL AS MOUNTAIN RESCUE AND SURVIVAL. THE HEAVILY-PACKED PROGRAMME ALSO CONSISTED OF SELECTION, CARE AND IMPROVISATION OF EQUIPMENT AND TRAINING IN INSTITUTIONAL METHODS. A STUDY OF LAND FORMATION, MOUNTAINS, SCENERY AND FORESTRY WAS ALSO INCLUDED.

THE GOVERNMENT TRAINING ADVISER OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN LONDON, MR. G.N. VAN LANGENBERG, CAME AWAY VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CAS TEAM AFTER PAYING A THREE-DAY VISIT TO THE TRAINEES IN THE NATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING CENTRE AND WATCHED AT CLOSE QUARTERS THE TRAINING THEY UNDERWENT.

WITH MORE AND MORE HONG KONG PEOPLE TURNING TO HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING THESE DAYS, THE TECHNIQUES AND EXPERTISE THE FIVE OFFICERS BRING HOME WILL HELP CONTRIBUTE TO THE EFFENCIENCY OF THE 56-MAN CAS MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNIT IN COPING WITH ANY EVENTUALITIES AND EMERGENCY SITUATION WHICH MIGHT ARISE.

THEY ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO PASS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO THEIR CONTEMPORARIES AND HELP ORGANISE COURSES FOR YOUTH LEADERS IN MOUNTAIN CRAFT.

COMMENTING ON THE ROLE OF MOUNTAIN RESCUE UNITS IN GENERAL, SQUADRON LEADER JOHN VERNON, INSPECTOR OF LAND RESCUE, ROYAL AIR FORCE, WHO CO-ORDINATED THE TRAINING PROGRAMME FOR THE CAS TEAM, NOTED THAT AS WAS THE CASE THE WORLD OVER, MANY HOLIDAYMAKERS WHO SET OFF ON NOTHING MORE THAN A PLEASURE CAR RIDE TO ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE OF THE HILL OFTEN ENDED UP BEING TRAPPED IN THE MOUNTAINS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WERE ILL-PREPARED FOR SUCH AN EXPEDITION.

+THE ATTRACTIONS OF NATURAL BEAUTY AND FASCINATING LANDSCAPE ARE NO DOUBT IRRESISTIBLE, BUT THE DANGER INHERENT IN THE PURSUIT OF SUCH TEMPTATIONS IS OFTEN NOT RECOGNISED,+ HE OBSERVED.

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THE FIVE CAS MEMBERS CONSIST OF THREE FULL-TIME OFFICERS AW TWO VOLUNTEERS. THEY ARE SENIOR TRAINING OFFICER, MR. CHENG SUNG-NGAR- TRAINING OFFICERS, MR. CHOW KA-PO AND MR. WONG SHUT-YUNG AS WELL AS VOLUNTEERS MR. LUK CHEUNG-CHUEN, DEPUTY COMMANDER (GRADE V) AND MR. LEE CHUN-WAN, ACTING ASSISTANT COMMANDER.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

COPIES OF A PHOTOGRAPH SHOWING THE FIVE C.A.S. MEN AND THE GOVERNMENT TRAINING ADVISER AT THE NATIONAL MOUNTAINEERING CENTRE IN NORTH WALES ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE GIS PRESS ROOM.

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SURVEYS TO HELP TECHNICAL INSTITUTES PLAN THEIR COURSES *****

THE COMMITTEES OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL WILL CONDUCT SURVEYS THIS MONTH TO COLLECT INFORMATION TO ENABLE TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND SCHOOLS PLAN THEIR COURSES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF INDUSTRY.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE TRAINING COUNCIL DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT AND THE SOCIAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY WILL ASSIST THE COMMITTEES TO CONDUCT THE SURVEYS WHICH WILL RUN FROM AUGUST 5 TILL AUGUST 31.

THE COMMITTEE ON TECHNICAL TRAINING IN INSTITUTIONS AIMS TO FIND OUT INDUSTRY’S REQUIREMENT FOR PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSES.

IT WOULD HELP ASCERTAIN THE TYPES OF COURSES TO BE RUN IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES AND THE NUMBER OF TRAINEES OR APPRENTICES LIKELY TO BE SPONSORED BY EMPLOYERS TO THESE COURSES, HE ADDED.

IN THE OTHER SURVEY, THE COMMITTEE ON VOCATIONAL TRAINING WILL SEEK EMPLOYERS’ ASSESSMENT OF THEIR WORKERS RECRUITED FROM VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRES, PREVOCATIONAL AND SECONDARY MODERN SCHOOLS.

ABOUT 1,000 MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN MANUFACTURING, COMMERCIAL AND SERVICING SECTORS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO BE COVERED BY THESE SURVEYS. THEY WILL BE VISITED BY INTERVIEWERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

INFORMATION COLLECTED FROM THE SURVEYS WILL BE TREATED WITH STRICT CONFIDENCE AND ONLY BE RELEASED IN SUMMARY WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYER.

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TUEN MUN NEW TOWN BOOKLET * * * *

MAJOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS ARE RAPIDLY CHANGING THE FACE OF TUEN MUN WHERE THE PLANNED NEW TOWN FOR SOME 480,000 PEOPLE IS ALREADY BEGINNING TO TAKE SHAPE.

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING WORKS, SPEARHEADED BY THZ PUBLIC -vCRKS DEPARTMENT, ARE PROGRESSING ON A WIDE FRONT AND WITHIN THE NEXT TEN YEARS TUEN MUN WILL EMERGE AS A FULLY SELF-CONTAINED TOWNSHIP PROVIDING ITS RESIDENTS WITH A COMPLETE RANGE OF COMMUNITY AND OTHER ESSENTIAL FACILITIES.

DETAILS OF HOW THIS IS TO BE ACHIEVED ARE OUTLINED IN A COMPREHENSIVE COLOUR BOOKLET JUST PUBLISHED BY THE P.W.D.’S NEW TERRITORIES DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (N.T.D.D.).

THE PUBLICATION, WHICH IS VIVIDLY ILLUSTRATED WITH COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AND MAPS, IS THE SECOND PRODUCED BY THE N.T.D.D. --A CONSTITUENT DEPARTMENT OF THE P.W.D. RESPONSIBLE FOR CO-ORDINATING THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE THREE NEW TOWNS AT TUEN MUN, SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN.

THE FIRST BOOKLET, DETAILING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN, WAS PUBLISHED IN MAY THIS YEAR AND PROVED IMMENSELY POPULAR. A THIRD, ON TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN, IS NOW BEING PREPARED AND SHOULD BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY.

MR. J.R. WHITAKER, DIRECTOR OF THE N.T.D.D., SAID TODAY THAT ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS FOR PUBLISHING THE BOOKLETS WAS TO KEEP THE PUBLIC INFORMED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS FOR THE NEW TOWNS.

+WITH UNDERTAKINGS OF SUCH IMPORTANCE AND COMPLEXITY, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE POPULATION AS A WHOLE IS KEPT AWARE OF, AND FULLY UNDERSTANDS, WHAT IS BEING PLANNED FOR THEM,* HE SAID.

+THE BOOKLETS REPRESENT THE MOST COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTS YET MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THESE MAJOR SCHEMES,* HE SAID, +AND SHOULD UNDERLINE THE EXHAUSTIVE AND CAREFUL PLANNING THAT IS GOING INTO THE BUILDING OF THE NEW TOWNS.*

MR. WHITAKER SAID COPIES OF THE TUEN MUN BOOKLET WOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO COMMUNITY LEADERS IN TUEN MUN AS WELL AS TO DEVELOPERS AND INDUSTRIALISTS IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN INVESTING IN THE NEW TOWN.

COPIES WOULD ALSO BE PUT ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT STAR FERY CONCOURSE, AND THROUGH ALL CITY DISTRICT OFF ICES.

AS OUTLINED IN THE BOOKLET, TUEN MUN NEW TOWN IS TO BE DEVELOPED IN A SERIES OF BALANCED PACKAGES, DESIGNED TO BE SELF-SUPPORTING WITH ALL NECESSARY FACILITIES SUCH AS SCHOOLS, CLINICS, OPEN SPACES AND PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES.

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AMONG THE MANY PROJECTS CURRENTLY UNDERWAY ARE THE CONSTRUCTION BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF TAI HING ESTATE (STAGE I) FOR 28,000 PEOPLE, THE $300 MILLION TUEN MUN ROAD WHICH NEXT YEAR WILL PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN TUEN MUN AND TSUEN WAN, THE WIDENING OF SAN HUI BRIDGE, AND VARIOUS OTHER INTERNAL ROAD AND ENGINEERING WORKS.

A TOTAL OF 93 HECTARES OF LAND HAS ALREADY BEEN FORMED AND SERVICED, AND A MODERN SEWERAGE SYSTEM IS BEING PROGRESSIVELY INSTALLED.

IN ADDITION, WORK IS PROGRESSING ON A NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS BY PRIVATE INTERESTS, INCLUDING A FABRICS PRINTING PLANT USING THE MOST UP-TO-DATE TECHNOLOGY.

WORK IS ALSO UNDERWAY ON FURTHER MASSIVE RECLAMATION WHICH WILL PROVIDE SOME 60 HECTARES OF ADDITIONAL LAND FOR HOUSING AND INDUSTRY.

THE RECLAMATION, WHICH COVERS A LARGE PORTION OF CASTLE PEAK BAY, WILL PROVIDE SITES FOR THREE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 88,000 PEOPLE, AS WELL AS SCHOOLS, SHOPS, MARKETS AND LARGE OPEN SPACES.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

COPIES OF TUEN MUN NEW TOWN BOOKLET ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION IN THE GIS PRESS ROOM.

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H.K. TO ATTEND I.C.A.O. MEETING IN BANGKOK

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MR. ROGER AYERS, SENIOR OPERATIONS OFFICER OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, LEFT FOR BANGKOK TODAY TO ATTEND THE SECOND MEETING OF THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGIONAL SSR (SECONDARY SURVEILLANCE RADAR) PLANNING GROUP OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION.

THE FIVE-DAY MEETING WHICH BEGINS TOMORROW (MONDAY) IS TO DISCUSS AND PRODUCE A PLAN FOR THE ALLOCATION OF DISCRETE SSR CODES TO AIRCRAFT WITHIN THE I.C.A.O. SOUTHEAST ASIAN REGION.

MR. AYERS REPRESENTS THE UNITED KINGDOM AND HONG KONG. OTHER COUNTRIES ATTENDING THE MEETING INCLUDE JAPAN, THE PHILIPPINES, AUSTRALIA, THAILAND, MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE AND THE UNITED STATES.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 1976

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR NINE HOURS, STARTING FROM 9 P.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 3).

THE TEMPORARY WATER STOPPAGE WILL ENABLE STAFF OF THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT WATER PIPES IN THE AREA.

PREMISES IN SHA TSUI ROAD AND TAK WAH STREET BETWEEN KWUN MUN HAU STREET AND HAM TIN STREET WILL BE AFFECTED.

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HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY


Sunday, 1 August 1976.

FLATS EXCHANGE NOW POSSIBLE New Office Now Set Up To Assist Tenants

Tenants of public housing estates will be able to exchange their tenancies by mutual consent provided that flat sizes, rent and other criteria being suitable.

This is being made possible through the setting up of the Tenants Mutual Exchange Bureau. This new office, located on the lower ground floor of the Housing Authority Headquarters at Princess Margaret Road, will come into operation on Tuesday, August 3.

Tenants may register with the bureau by completing a form and returning it in person. A fee of $10 is payable by the applicant and his application will be valid for two years. Unsuccessful applicants may renew their registration for a similar period on payment of another $10.

Explaining the function of the bureau, a spokesman for the Housing Department said:

"The bureau provides public housing tenants with a registration facility whereby they can seek to move to other estates of their choice through exchanging their existing tenancies with other tenants who want to move in the opposite direction without involving vacant accommodation and therefore without affecting the prospects of applicants on the waiting list.”

Leaflets explaining the scheme together with registration forms are available at all estate offices and the Applications Section of the Housing Department.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1976

TANNERIES CLEARANCE DEADLINE SEEMS CERTAIN TO BE MET ******

THE 55 SHEUNG SHU I TANNERIES OPERATORS TODAY APPEARED ON THE VERGE OF REMOVING THE LAST OF THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY FROM THEIR FACTORIES TO COMPLY WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S CLEARANCE DEADLINE.

A GOVERNMENT INSPECTION TEAM HEADED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, WILL MAKE AN EARLY-MORNING TOUR OF THE FACTORIES TOMORROW (AUGUST 3) TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE EQUIPMENT HAS GONE.

BUT MR. OXLEY TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY: +IT’S ALL GOING SO WELL THAT I SEE FEW, IF ANY PROBLEMS, ARISING OUT OF THE FINAL CLEARANCE OF THE AREA.

+AS RECENTLY AS A MONTH OR TWO AGO IT APPEARED THAT WE WERE HEADING FOR A MAJOR CONFRONTATION OVER THIS CLEARANCE.

+1 AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT THIS IS NOW A VERY, VERY REMOTE POSSIBILITY INDEED.+

MR. OXLEY, AND HIS TEAM OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM SEVERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THE CLEARANCE, REMINDED OPERATORS YESTERDAY THAT ALL THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY WOULD HAVE TO BE REMOVED BY 8 A.M. TOMORROW.

+AFTER OUR FIRST INSPECTION YESTERDAY (AUGUST 1), WE WERE A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT 13 OF THE TANNERIES WHO APPEARED TO BE DRAGGING BEHIND THE REST IN MOVING OUT THEIR EQUIPMENT,* HE SAID.

+BUT AFTER TODAY’S INSPECTION IT WAS CLEAR THAT THESE 13 TANNERIES HAD MADE A VERY GREAT EFFORT IN ORDER TO CATCH UP TO MEET THE 8 A.M. TUESDAY DEADLINE.

+OUR FINAL INSPECTION WILL START AT 6.45 A.M. AND IF, AS SEEMS LIKELY, THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN MET, THEN THE GOVERNMENT PRESENCE TOMORROW AT THE SITE WILL NEED TO BE ONLY A MINIMAL ONE.

+AND ONCE WE ARE SATISFIED THAT AUGUST 3 DEADLINE HAS BEEN MET, THE TANNERS WILL BE ALLOWED ANOTHER 17 DAYS -- UNTIL AUGUST 20 -- TO CLEAR LITERALLY EVERYTHING FROM THEIR SITES.

+THIS MEANS THE REMOVAL OF SMALLER EQUIPMENT, PERSONAL POSSESSIONS, STOCK AS WELL AS THE DEMOLITION OF THEIR STRUCTURES.*

MR. OXLEY PRAISED THE TANNERIES OPERATORS FOR ADHERING +NOT ONLY TO THE LETTER, BUT TO THE SPIRIT OF THE AGREEMENT THEY SIGNED WITH THE GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK TO MEET THE CLEARANCE DEADLINE.*

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MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1976

- 2 -CURRENT SESSION OF LEGCO ENDS ON WEDNESDAY ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL WIND UP ITS CURRENT SESSION AFTER ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 4).

THE COUNCIL WILL THEN GO INTO RECESS PROVISIONALLY UNTIL OCTOBER 6‘THIS YEAR WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OPEN THE NEW 1976/77 SESSION.

DURING WEDNESDAY’S MEETING, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ASKED TO STATE ITS INTENTIONS IN REGARD TO THE PROPOSED ADOPTION OF +HONG KONG TIME+.

DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG WILL ASK WHAT EFFECTIVE STEPS IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING IN ADVISING THE PUBLIC OF PREVENTIVE AND PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST CANCER AND HEART DISEASE WHICH HAVE BECOME THE BIGGEST KILLERS IN HONG KONG.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACHIEVEMENTS AS WELL AS THE ROLE AND FUNCTIONS OF THE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES WILL BE RAISED BY THE HON. MISS KO SIU-WAH.

OTHER QUESTIONS CONCERN, AMONG OTHER THINGS, MEASURES TO REDUCE CAR EXHAUST POLLUTION AND PLANS TO EXPAND AND STRENGTHEN THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

DEBATE WILL BE RESUMED ON THREE BILLS. THEY ARE THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976, THE BOOKS REGISTRATION BILL 1976 AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1976.

BEFORE THE MEETING ADJOURNS THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WILL RAISE THE MATTER OF +CLOSER CO-ORDINATION IN SERVICES FOR YOUTH+.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 1976

- 3 -ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY MANPOWER SURVEY STARTS TOMORROW ******

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 TWO WEEKS AGO 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 BE PUBLISHED ONLY IN THE FORM OF STATISTICAL SUMMARIES WITHOUT REFERENCE TO ANY INDIVIDUAL COMPANY.

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CONTRACT SIGNING FOR CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION ******

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE MAIN CONTRACT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MULT I-MILL ION DOLLAR CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION WILL BE FORMALLY SIGNED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS AT 11 A.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MR. WONG MANG-KI, ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, WILL SIGN THE CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE P.W.D. CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT YOUTH CAMP

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SIXTY YOUNG MEN TAKING PART NEXT WEEK IN A YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING COURSE AT TAI PO WILL HAVE A DISTINGUISHED VISITOR ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 5) - THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE.

SIR MURRAY WILL ARRIVE AT THE CAMP BY HELICOPTER IN TIME TO SEE THE PARTICIPANTS UNDERGOING TRAINING IN CANOEING SUPERVISED BY INSTRUCTORS FROM THE FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP.

THE CAMP, PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME, HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SIX DISTRICTS YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 4) BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND WILL END ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON WITH A SEMINAR ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP.

THE YOUNG MEN TAKING PART, AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25, W*ILL GO THROUGH A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES.

THEY INCLUDE INITIATIVE TESTS ORGANISED BY THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF THE BOY SCOUTS' ASSOCIATION, FIRST AID TRAINING BY THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND LIGHT RESCUE WORK CONDUCTED BY THE CIVIL AID SERVICES.

THERE WILL ALSO BE COURSES ON MAP READING AND AN EXPEDITION UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF GOLD AWARDS HOLDERS OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD SCHEME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, WHICH BEGINS AT 11 A.M. AT THE TUNG TSZ BOY SCOUTS TRAINING CAMP OFF TING KOK ROAD. TRANSPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO REQUIRE IT FROM THE TAI PO LION YOUTH CENTRE, OPPOSITE THE SAN PO SING RESTAURANT, TAI PO ROAD, AT 10 A.M.

YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO THE CAMP ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, WHICH BEGINS AT 3 P.M. A 13-SEATER VAN WILL LEAVE THE GOVERNMENT SUB-POOL, BEHIND THE KOWLOON POST OFFICE, TSIM SHA TSUI, AT 1.30 P.M. FOR FURTHER DETAILS, CONTACT KERRY MCGLYNN, P. 1.0., NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, ON 3-615029.

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YAU MA TEI CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY

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SEVERAL MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND THE HAWKERS FREQUENTED FRUIT LAANS IN YAU MA TEI WILL ASSUME A TIDIER LOOK IN A FEW DAYS’ TIME AS THE DISTRICT CLEAN-UP OPERATION ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL START IN THE AREA TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

A SPECIAL CLEANSING SQUAD CONSISTING OF 40 URBAN SERVICES STAFF AND THREE VEHICLES WILL MAKE ITS INITIAL ASSAULT ON LITTER AT CHUNG KING MANSION, WHILE THE NEARBY MIRADOR MANSION WILL BECOME THE TARGET OF THE CLEANSING FORCE ON THE NEXT DAY.

FOR THE THIRD DAY OF THE OPERATION, THE 40-MEMBER TEAM WILL CONCENTRATE ON NATIONAL COURT, ANOTHER BUILDING ALONG NATHAN ROAD. ALHAMBRA BUILDING WILL BE THE SPEARHEAD OF THE SQUAD ON FRIDAY.

ACCORDING TO MR. CHAN WAI-KWOK, SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR WHO LEADS THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THE OPERATION, THE MAIN CONCERN OF THE CLEANSING SQUAD WOULD BE THE PUBLIC AREAS INSIDE THE BUILDINGS, SUCH AS COMMON PASSAGEWAYS, CANOPIES, CORRIDORS AND LIFT-WELLS.

MR. CHAN ADDED THAT THEY HAVE ALSO INFORMED BUILDING MANAGEMENTS OF THIS CLEAN-UP IN ORDER TO STIMULATE RESIDENTS TO DO THE SAME INSIDE THEIR PREMISES. MOREOVER, A NUMBER OF JUNK AND REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS WOULD BE SET UP DURING THE PERIOD TO FACILITATE DISPOSAL OF BROKEN UTENSILS AND UNWANTED FURNITURE.

THE LAST DAY OF YAU MA TEI CLEAN-UP WILL INVOLVE THE FRUIT LAANS AREA BOUNDED BY WATERLOO ROAD, RECLAMATION STREET, SHEK LUNG STREET AND TONG MEI ROAD EXTENSION.

MR. LO SHEK-CHUEN, SENIOR HEALTH INSPECTOR LEADING THE FINAL TWO DAYS OF THE OPERATION REVEALED THAT THE HAWKER AND MARKET SECTION OF THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ALSO BE MOBILISED FOR THE CLEANSING JOB AT THE FRUIT WHOLESALE MARKET.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ABOVE CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS, WHICH WILL START AT 8.30 A.M. DAILY.

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IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS REMINDED OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS X X X X X X

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY REMINDED IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS AND PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES WITHIN 14 DAYS OF IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES ON ALL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OTHER THAN THOSE CATEGORIES OF GOODS EXEMPTED UNDER REGULATION 3.

TRADE DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF 14 DAYS WILL BE LIABLE TO PENALTY CHARGES WHICH RISE AFTER TWO MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF $100 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED DOES NOT EXCEED $20,000, AND TO A MAXIMUM OF $200 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPICIFIED EXCEEDS $20,000.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT PROSECUTIONS WILL BE INITIATED AGAINST THOSE WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAIL TO LODGE THE NECESSARY TRADE DECLARATIONS.

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H K. SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM LEAVES FOR U.K.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM WILL LEAVE FOR U.K. TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO ATTEND THE 8TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AND PERFORMING ARTS TO BE HELD IN ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND AND LONDON.

THE TEAM MEMBERS AND ACCOMPANYING OFFICIALS WILL ARRIVE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT AT 6 P.M. THEY WILL LEAVE BY BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT NO. BA821 WHICH IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE OFF AT 7.20 P.M.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE TEAM’S DEPARTURE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1976

CONTENTS

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CONSTRUCTION WORK ON HONG KONG’S LONGEST FLYOVER IS ABOUT TO BEGIN ............................................ 1

SUMMER PRACTICAL COURSE FOR UNDERGRADS AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE ................................................. 2

EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION FOR DOMESTIC TENANTS OF RESUMED POST-WAR BUILDINGS ................................ 3

BUILDING CORPORATIONS URGED TO USE THEIR NAMES CORRECTLY ................................................. *

REMINDER TO PARENTS AND SCHOOLS REGARDING TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES .............................................. 5

SOCIAL WELFARE DISTRICT OFFICE MOVES ...................... 5

NEW AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER ASSUMES DUTY .................. 6

TANNERS MEET DEADLINE ..................................... 6

WATER CUTS ................................................ 7

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1976

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CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION WORK ON HONG KONG’S LONGEST FLYOVER TO DATE.

THIS IS THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION WHICH WILL SPAN SOME 1,170 METRES FROM WATERFRONT ROAD TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PROPOSED ABERDEEN TUNNEL WITHIN THE COLONIAL CEMETERY AT HAPPY VALLEY.

WORK ON THE MAIN CONTRACT, WORTH NEARLY $62 MILLION, WILL BEGIN IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT THREE AND A HALF YEARS. THE ENTIRE PROJECT, WHICH INVOLVES OTHER ANCILLARY WORKS AND LAND ACQUISITION, WILL COST SOME $85 MILLION.

THE MAIN CONTRACT FOR THE WORKS HAS BEEN AWARDED TO GAMMON (H.K) LTD. AND WAS FORMALLY SIGNED IN THE P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS TODAY.

MR. WONG MANG-KI, ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER OF THE P.W.D.’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT, WITH MR. J.E. WARD, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF GAMMON, SIGNING FOR THE COMPANY.

APART FROM EASING CONGESTION IN HAPPY VALLEY AND WAN CHAI AREAS, THE FLYOVER HAS BEEN DESIGNED AS PART OF A MAJOR ROUTE LINKING KOWLOON AND ABERDEEN.

+IT WILL CONNECT THE CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL INTERCHANGE WITH THE PROPOSED ABERDEEN TUNNEL FORMING A HIGH CAPACITY ROUTE BETWEEN KOWLOON AND THE SOUTHERN PART OF H.K. ISLAND,+ SAID MR. WONG.

♦WHEN THE SCHEME IS FULLY COMPLETED,+ HE ADDED, +IT SHOULD REDUCE TRAVELLING TIME BETWEEN KOWLOON AND ABERDEEN TO ABOUT 15 MINUTES.+

PREQUALIFYING TENDERS FOR THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, WHICH WILL RUN FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO WONG CHUK HANG, ARE CURRENTLY BEING PROCESSED AND TENDERS FOR ITS CONSTRUCTION ARE EXPECTED TO BE INVITED SOON, HE SAID.

IT IS ENVISAGED THAT THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE READY IN THE EARLY 1980’S.

MR. WONG SAID WORK ON THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER EXTENSION WOULD BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE STAGES UNDER A COMPREHENSIVE WORKING PROGRAMME WHICH PROVIDED FOR MINIMAL INTERFERENCE WITH TRAFFIC FLOW DURING THE CONSTRUCTION STAGE.

+AT SOME STAGES IT WILL OF COURSE BE NECESSARY TO INTRODUCE TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS BUT EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO KEEP TRAFFIC MOVING WHILE WORK IS IN PROGRESS,+ HE SAID.

THE EXTENDED FLYOVER WILL RUN FROM CANAL ROAD FOLLOWING THE LINE OF LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD TO THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL NORTHERN ENTRANCE JUST BEYOND THE CEMETERIES.

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THE FLYOVER CONSISTS OF AN ELEVATED TWO—LANE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY — PROVIDING FOUR LANES FOR MOTOR VEHICLES -TOGETHER WITH SIX CONNECTING RAMPS TO GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

P.W.D. ROAD PLANNERS HAVE ALSO INCORPORATED A NETWORK OF SUBWAYS UNDER MORRISON HILL ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST TO ENABLE PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS THE ROADS, PARTICULARLY DURING RACE MEETINGS, WITHOUT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT MOTOR VEHICLES.

MR. WONG SAID WORKS WOULD ALSO BE CARRIED OUT TO IMPROVE THE GROUND LEVEL ROADS BY WIDENING AND REALIGNING SECTIONS OF LEIGHTON ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND QUEEN'S ROAD EAST.

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SUMMER PRACTICAL COURSE FOR UNDERGRADS AT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE X * X X X X

ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY-SIX MECHANICAL, INDUSTRIAL AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING UNDERGRADUATES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ARE UNDERGOING A SUMMER PRACTICAL COURSE AT MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

THE NEED FOR PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IN MANUFACTURING AND WORKSHOP PROCESSES COMPLEMENTING AND AUGMENTING UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING COURSES IS WELL RECOGNISED. THE UNIVERSITY AND MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A PROGRAMME OF WORKSHOP PRACTICE OF BASIC ENGINEERING SKILLS AIMED AT COMBINING WHAT THE STUDENTS HAVE OBSERVED OR EXPERIENCED IN THEIR ACADEMIC STUDIES, AND PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR FUTURE STUDIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS!

THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS AND THE ENGINEERING TRAINING OFFICER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, MR. F.A.L. TURNER WILL PAY A VISIT TO MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE. Ol KWAN ROAD, WANCHAI, HONG KONG TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AT 2:00 P.M. TO SEE THE STUDENTS AT WORK.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED.

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EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION FOR LIVING ACCOMMODATION FOR DOMESTIC TENANTS OF RESUMED POST-WAR BUILDINGS ********

THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION TO BE PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT TO DOMESTIC TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS RESUMED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES WILL RANGE FROM $17 TO $22 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR LIVING ACCOMMODATION, DEPENDING ON THE AGE AND LOCATION OF THE PREMISES AFFECTED.

THESE RATES ARE BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF TENANCY INQUIRY BUREAU AWARDS IN RESPECT OF PRE-WAR PREMISES.

THEY WILL ALSO RECEIVE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION, BUT AT A REDUCED RATE PER SQUARE FOOT, FOR KITCHENS, TOILETS, BALCONIES AND STORAGE AREAS, PROVIDED THESE ARE NOT SHARED WITH OTHER FAMILIES.

COMMERCIAL TENANTS WILL BE PAID EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION RANGING FROM $34 TO $44 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR THEIR BUSINESS AREA, AND A REDUCED RATE FOR COCKLOFTS, TOILETS AND STORAGE SPACE.

+THIS EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES CAME INTO FORCE ON JUNE 10, 1976,+ SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY.

+IT WILL BE PAID IN TWO LUMP SUMS TO DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS AFFECTED — 50 PER CENT IN ADVANCE WHEN THEY SIGN AGREEMENTS TO LEAVE THEIR PREMISES, AND THE OTHER 50 PER CENT AFTER THEY VACATE THE PREMISES.*

AMONG THE FIRST PEOPLE TO GET THESE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAYMENTS WILL BE TENANTS OF A TENEMENT BLOCK IN SHEK KU LUNG ROAD, KOWLOON CITY, WHICH MUST BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A MUCH-NEEDED FLYOVER TO KA I TAK AIRPORT.

THESE PREMISES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MEASURED BY THE RATING AND VALUATION DEPARTMENT AND DETAILS OF EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION TO BE PAID TO ALL TENANTS ARE NOW BEING CALCULATED AND WILL BE PASSED ON TO THEM AS SOON AS THEY ARE FINALISED.

EXPLAINING THE TIME NEEDED TO CALCULATE THESE AMOUNTS, THE GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT VARIOUS CLAIMS HAD BEEN MADE BY PRINCIPAL TENANTS, TENANTS AND SUB-TENANTS OF SOME PREMISES AND THESE HAD TO BE FULLY INVESTIGATED AND DECIDED SO THAT IN EACH CASE THE RIGHT PERSON WOULD GET THE COMPENSATION.

ALL TENANTS AND OWNER-OCCUPIERS OF DOMESTIC PREMISES ELIGIBLE UNDER HOUSING AUTHORITY RULES WILL ALSO BE OFFERED RE-HOUSING.

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IF EITHER DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL TENANTS FELT THEY COULD RECEIVE MORE COMPENSATION THEN THE EX-GRATIA AMOUNTS OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, THEY WERE ENTITLED TO MAKE CLAIMS, WHICH IF NOT ACCEPTED COULD EVENTUALLY BF CONSIDERED BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL BUT THEY STILL HAD TO VACATE THE PREMISES AS REQUIRED. IF THE AMOUNT AWARDED BY THE TRIBUNAL WAS GREATER THAN THE GOVERNMENT’S INITIAL OFFER, THEN THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION DOES NOT APPLY TO OCCUPANTS OF TEMPORARY STRUCTURES OR ROOFTOP STRUCTURES, FOR WHOM THERE ARE SEPARATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ASSISTANCE.

APART FROM THE TENEMENT BLOCK AT SHEK KU LUNG ROAD, OTHER PREMISES IMMEDIATELY AFFECTED BY RESUMPTIONS FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES INCLUDE SOME BUILDINGS IN NATHAN ROAD, TAI PO ROAD AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET NEEDED FOR WORK ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, SOME BUILDINGS IN WANCHAI NEEDED FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE CANAL ROAD MARKET AND ADJOINING ROADWORKS, AND OTHER BUILDINGS NEEDED FOR THE URBAN RENEWAL SCHEME.

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BUILDING CORPORATIONS URGED TO USE THEIR NAMES CORRECTLY

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MEMBERS OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN BUILDINGS IN RESPECT OF WHICH CORPORATIONS HAVE BEEN FORMED WERE TODAY ADVISED THAT THEY SHOULD ENSURE THAT THE NAMES OF THEIR CORPORATIONS WERE CORRECTLY USED SO AS TO AVOID UNNECESSARY DIFFICULTIES OR CONFUSION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LAND OFFICE SAID THAT THIS PARTICULARLY APPLIED TO LETTERHEADS, NOTICES AND CHEQUE BOOKS.

HE ADDED THAT THE NAMES OF CORPORATIONS FORMED UNDER THE MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS (OWNERS INCORPORATION) ORDINANCE MUST BE IN A CERTAIN FORM, WHICH INCLUDES THE WORDS +THE INCORPORATED OWNERS OF+ FOLLOWED BY THE NAME OR DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT HAD BEEN DRAWN TO HIS ATTENTION RECENTLY THAT SOME MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES OR OTHER PERSONS HAD NOT BEEN USING THE CORRECT NAMES UNDER WHICH THEIR CORPORATIONS WERE REGISTERED.

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REMINDER TO PARENTS AND SCHOOLS REGARDING SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ACTION COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AND SUPPLIES AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL TODAY ISSUED A REMINDER TO SCHOOL TO THE EFFECT THAT THEY SHOULD NOT RESTRICT THE SALE OF SCHOOL BOOKS, UNIFORMS AND OTHER SUPPLIES TO ONE SUPPLIER AND PRICES FOR THESE ITEMS SHOULD BE KEPT AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.

AT THE SAME TIME, PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY ARE FREE TO PURCHASE SCHOOL SUPPLIES WHERE THEY WISH.

IT WAS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT TO REMIND SCHOOLS AND PARENTS OF THESE POINTS AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN SO MANY SCHOOLS AND CHILDREN WERE PREPARING FOR THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

SPOKESMAN FOR THE ACTION COMMITTEE AND THE CONSUMER COUNCIL REMARKED THAT IT WAS PLEASING TO NOTE THAT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES HAD ACTED SO RESPONSIBLY IN FOLLOWING THE CODE OF PRACTICE SINCE IT WAS FIRST ISSUED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY 1975. IT WAS HOPED THAT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES, PARENTS AND PUPILS WOULD CONTINUE TO CO-OPERATE.

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SWD DISTRICT OFFICE MOVES KOO#

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE FAMILY SERVICES DIV ISION,SITUATED AT SHEK LEI WELFARE BUILDING, 1ST FLOOR, TSUEN WAN, WILL MOVE TO ITS NEW PREMISES ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 5).

FROM THAT DAY IT WILL OPERATE AT KWAI KING BUILDING, 31 KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, 1ST FLOOR, KWAI CHUNG.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WHICH WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED, ARE:

SUPERVISOR - 12-212043

CASEWORKERS - 12-213488

12-212046

TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1976

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NEW AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER ASSUMES DUTY M M *

AN EXPERIENCED CIVIL AVIATION MAN AND A FAMILIAR FACE TO HONG KONG, MR. KEN SMITH HAS ARRIVED FROM AUSTRALIA AND ASSUMED DUTY TODAY (TUESDAY) AS THE AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER.

HE SUCCEEDS MR. H.M. (JOHNNY) JOHNSTON WHO LEFT LAST MONTH ON COMPLETION OF HIS AGREEMENT.

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

WELL-KNOWN FOR HIS PROFESSIONALISM AND EXPERTISE IN THIS FIELD, MR. SMITH FIRST JOINED THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, AUSTRALIA IN 1950 AND HAS SINCE HELD VARIOUS RESPONSIBLE POSTS, INCLUDING 10 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 DESPATACHES DURING THE WAR.

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TANNERS MEET DEADLINE O X * M *

THE 55 TANNERY OPERATORS AT SHEUNG SHU I CONTINUED TO CLEAR THEIR SITES TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER A GOVERNMENT INSPECTION TEAM HAD SATISFIED ITSELF THAT THE OPERATORS HAD MET AN 8 A.M. DEADLINE FOR THE REMOVAL OF ALL THEIR HEAVY MACHINERY.

THE OPERATORS HAVE ANOTHER 17 DAYS — UNTIL AUGUST 20 — TO REMOVE THE REST OF THEIR POSSESSIONS AND TO DEMOLISH THEIR STRUCTURES.

DISTRICT OFFICER TA IPO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, HEADED A TEAM OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WHO TOURED THE TANNERIES EARLY THIS MORNING TO ENSURE THAT THE HEAVY MACHINERY HAD BEEN REMOVED IN TIME.

+ALL THE OPERATORS HAD COMPLIED WITH THE DEADLINE AND THEY HAVE CO-OPERATED SO WELL THAT I AM SURE THEY’LL MEET THE AUGUST 20 DEADLINE,* HE SAID.

+IN THE MEANTIME, STAFF FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE MAKING A DAILY CHECK TO SEE THAT THE CLEARANCE IS PROCEEDING SATISFACTORILY,* HE ADDED.

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WATER CUT K * M *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WAN CHAI AMD WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY TOALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE

TSUEN WAN (AUGUST 5) TESTS.

IN WAN CHAI. THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY MARSH ROAD, GLOUCESTER ROAD, FLEMING ROAD AND THE NORTH SIDE OF HENNESSY ROAD.

IN TSUEN WAN. THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY SHA TSUI ROAD, KWAN MUN HAU STREET, CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND TAI HO ROAD, INCLUDING CHUEN LUNG STREET, HOI PA STREET, TSUEN WAN MARKET STREET, SIU WO STREET, CHUNG ON STREET AND HAM TIN STREET.

ALSO ON THURSDAY, WATER SUPPLY TO THE WHOLE OF AP LEI CHAU, INCLUDING THE POWER STATION OF THE HONG KONG ELECTRIC COMPANY, WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 P.M.

THIS IS TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO INSTALL A VALVE TO A SUBMARINE MAIN AT TIN WAN BREAK WATER.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1976

CONTENTS

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SINGLE ONE CLASS FARE FOR H.Y.F. CROSS HARBOUR SERVICES .. 1

CALL FOR CLOSER CO-ORDINATION IN YOUTH SERVICES ............. 3

SAFER INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT FOR WORKERS .................

ELEVEN PER CENT INCREASE FOR PENSIONERS ..................... 8

PLANS TO EXPAND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE ........... 9

WAYS TO TACKLE CAR EXHAUST POLLUTION ....................... 10

TEACHERS’ ROLE IN SYSTEM OF ALLOCATING SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES IMPORTANT ......................................

GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO MAINTAIN H.K. STANDARD TIME THROUGHOUT NEXT WINTER AND SUMMER ...

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COMPENSATION FOR PEOPLE INJURED AT MTR SITES ................ 13

MEASURES TO IMPROVE TAXI SERVICE BEING CONSIDERED ........... 13

GOVERNOR THANKS LEGCO FOR HARD WORK ......................... 14

FIVE BILLS PASSED IN LEGCO ............................... * * 14

MA LIU SHU I FERRY SERVICE MADE PERMANENT ................... 15

SUMMER YOUTH CAMP IN TAI PO OPENED .......................... 16

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMP ........... 16

WATER CUT IN MONG KOK ....................................... 17

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1976

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SINGLE ONE CLASS FARE FOR H.Y.F. CROSS HARBOUR SERVICES K )f H X K

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A MOTION TO INTRODUCE A SINGLE ONE CLASS FARE TO THE CROSS HARBOUR SERVICES OF THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY.

ALSO APPROVED WAS THAT THE COMPANY’S 25 PER CENT ROYALTY PAYMENT ON ITS NET PROFITS AND ITS $20,000 MONTHLY FEE FOR ITS EXCLUSIVE NORTH POINT/HUNG HOM FERRY SERVICE IN THE 1975-79 PERIOD BE WAIVED.

THE SINGLE ONE CLASS FARE WILL COME INTO EFFECT ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1976. IT WILL BE 30 CENTS FOR ADULTS AND 20 CENTS FOR CHILDREN FROM THREE TO 16.*

THE SERVICES TO BE AFFECTED INCLUDE ALL THE CROSS HARBOUR SERVICES EXCEPT THOSE BETWEEN JUBILEE STREET FERRY PIER AND KWUN TONG FERRY PIER ON WHICH A ONE CLASS FARE OF 50 CENTS IS ALREADY CHARGED.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION IN THE COUNCIL TODAY UNDER THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DEREK JONES EXPLAINED THAT A PREVIOUS FORECAST MADE IN 1974 OF AN AVERAGE ANNUAL RETURN ON THE COMPANY’S NET FIXED ASSETS OF ABOUT 8 PER CENT UNTIL 1979 HAS BEEN SHOWN TO BE TOO OPTIMISTIC.

+NOT ONLY HAS THE VOLUME OF BOTH PASSENGER AND VEHICULAR TRAFFIC USING THE COMPANY’S CROSS HARBOUR SERVICES CONTINUED TO DECLINE, BUT OPERATING COSTS HAVE ALSO CONTINUED TO INCREASE.

+THUS THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED ON THE COMPANY’S HARBOUR SERVICES FELL BY 7 PER CENT IN 1975 COMPARED WITH 1974, THAT IS FROM 131 MILLION IN 1974 TO 121 MILLION IN 1975, WHILE THE VEHICULAR FERRY SERVICES CARRIED A HALF A MILLION FEWER VEHICLES IN 1975 THAN IN 1974, OR A DECLINE OF 13 PER CENT.

+AT THE SAME TIME, THE PRICE OF FUEL OIL CONTINUED TO INCREASE, BY SOME 12 PER CENT, BETWEEN JULY 1974 AND JULY 1976,+ MR. JONES SAID.

IN THE LIGHT OF THESE ADVERSE TRENDS, HE CONTINUED, THE*. COMPANY’S RATE OF RETURN WAS NO MORE THAN 5.1 PER CENT IN 1974, AND 5.4 PER CENT IN 1975.

MOREOVER, IN 1975 THE PROFITABILITY OF ITS FERRY OPERATIONS TAKEN ON THEIR OWN WAS EVEN LESS, SINCE, OF THE TOTAL NET PROFIT OF $6.2 MILLION, SOME $1.4 MILLION ACCRUED FROM DIVIDENDS FROM SUBSIDIARY COMPANIES AND APPROXIMATELY $4 MILLION FROM OTHER NON-TRAFFIC RELATED SOURCES, LEAVING ONLY $800,000 AS BEING ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE FERRY OPERATIONS AS SUCH.

THE MEASURES APPROVED TODAY WERE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL POSITION BY SOME $4 MILLION PER ANNUM AND THOUGH NOT SUFFICIENT WERE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS RESTORING THE COMPANY TO REASONABLE PROFITABILITY.

/FURTHER......

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FURTHER PROPOSALS, WHICH WOULD RESULT FROM A DETAILED

REVIEW OF THE WHOLE OF THE COMPANY’S OPERATIONS NOW BEING UNDERTAKEN, WOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE COUNCIL AS SOON AS THEY HAVE BEEN FULLY WORKED OUT AND EVALUATED, HE ADDED.

EVEN WITH THE PROPOSALS APPROVED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, +THE MOST RECENT FORECAST OF THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL POSITION SHOWS THAT ITWOULD BE EXPECTED TO EARN ONLY SOME: THREE PER CENT ON ITS NET FIXED ASSETS IN 1976, AND THAT THERE WOULD BE A LOSS IN 1977 WHICH, SHORT OF FURTHER REMEDIAL MEASURES, WOULD STEADILY INCREASE THEREAFTER,* MR. JONES CONTINUED.

+1 AM SURE HONOURABLE MEMBERS WILL AGREE THAT THIS IS A SITUATION THAT CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO DEVELOP AND I CAN ASSURE THEM THAT CONSULTATIONS ARE NOW BEING HELD BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE COMPANY TO WORK OUT THE NECESSARY REMEDIAL MEASURES TO PUT THE COMPANY’S FINANCES ON A SOUNDER FOOTING,* HE SAID.

THE PROPOSALS APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL TODAY, WHICH HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT AND OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WERE STEPS WHICH SHOULD BE TAKEN IMMEDIATELY AS AN INTERIM MEASURE TO IMPROVE THE COMPANY’S CASH FLOW POSITION, HE ADDED.

ON THE QUESTION OF ROYALTY, MR. JONES SAID IT APPEARED THAT, FOR TAX PURPOSES, A LOSS WAS MADE BY THE COMPANY IN 1975 AND THAT NO ROYALTY WOULD BE PAYABLE FOR THAT YEAR.

+NEVERTHELESS, IN VIEW OF THE LOW RATE OF RETURN ACHIEVED BY THE COMPANY, IT IS CONSIDERED NECESSARY FORMALLY TO ABOLISH THE ROYALTY REQUIREMENT FOR THE REMAINING FIVE YEARS OF THE COMPANY’S FRANCHISE PERIOD, AS THIS WILL ASSIST ANY FURTHER MEASURES WHICH MAY BE TAKEN IN THE FUTURE TO IMPROVE THE COMPANY’S PROFITABILITY,* HE SAID.

WAIVING THE ROYALTY AND THE MONTHLY FEE OF $20,000 FOR THE NORTH POINT/HUNG HOM SERVICE FOR THE YEARS 1975 TO 1979, MR. JONES SAID, +IT WOULD BE IN HARMONY WITH THE TREAMENT ALREADY ACCORDED TO THE ’STAR’ FERRY COMPANY, THE BUS COMPANIES AND HONG KONG TRAMWAYS.*

THE INTRODUCTION OF THE SINGLE ONE CLASS FARE WOULD PRODUCE AN ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL REVENUE OF ABOUT $2.5 MILLION EACH YEAR AND WOULD SAVE ABOUT $1 MILLION PER ANNUM IN STAFF AND ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.

THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY HAS PROPOSED TO IMPROVE THE FACILITIES ON THE PRESENT LOWER DECKS OF ITS CROSS HARBOUR VESSELS AND TO SPEND SOME $1.5 MILLION ON MODIFICATIONS.

THESE IMPROVEMENTS WERE EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT A YEAR TO COMPLETE, BUT INVIEW OF THE NEED FOR IMMEDIATE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE COMPANY’S FINANCIAL POSITION, IT WAS FELT THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ONE-CLASS SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE DELAYED BEYOND SEPTEMBER 1, MR. JONES SAID.

+THERE SHOULD, HOWEVER, USUALLY BE SUFFICIENT ROOM ON THE PRESENT FIRST CLASS DECK FOR ALL PASSENGERS WHO WISH TO USE IT AND I SHOULD EMPHASISE THAT THE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO VESSELS WILL BE EFFECTED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE,* HE ADDED.

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CALL FOR CLOSER CO-ORDINATION IN YOUTH SERVICES *****

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN TODAY CALLED FOR BETTER COORDINATION, ELIMINATION OF DUPLICATION, AND +A CLEARER OVERALL PERCEPTION OF THE EFFORTS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN ATTAINING THE SHORT AND LONG-TERM OBJECTIVES OF OUR YOUTH SERVICES.*

SPEAKING AT THE ADJOURNMENT DEBATE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID THERE WOULD BE AN INCREASING URGENCY FOR THESE AS SERVICES FOR YOUTH EXPANDED AND BUILT UP.

HE REFERRED TO THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AND SAID THAT IT WAS EXPECTED TO ENCOMPASS PERHAPS UP TO TWO MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE IN OVER 5,000 RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

+THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WHICH HAS BEEN A CATALYST AND A CO-ORDINATOR OF RECREATION AND SPORTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, IS HOPING TO GET ADDITIONAL STAFF DURING THE 1976-77 PERIOD TO IMPLEMENT PHASES II AND III OF ITS RECREATION AND SPORT SCHEME AND TO HAVE RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICERS OPERATING IN 17 DISTRICTS INSTEAD OF ONLY SIX AT PRESENT,* MR. CHEONG-LEEN SAID.

+ANTICI PAT I NG AN EXPANSION OF THE RESOURCES, PROGRAMMES AND PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, IT IS PERHAPS TIMELY FOR GOVERNMENT TO STRENGTHEN ITS CO-ORDINATION AT THE DISTRICT, REGIONAL AND CENTRAL LEVELS IN ORDER TO GET MAXIMUM VALUE FOR RESOURCES EXPANDED,* HE SAID.

MR. CHEONG-LEEN PROPOSED:

* A MORE EFFECTIVE ROLE BY THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON SERVICES FOR YOUTH IN ANTICIPATING MAJOR PROBLEM AREAS, IN CLARIFYING AND CRYSTALLIZING POLICIES, AND IN SETTING UP THE POLICY GUIDELINES IN TIME=

* A PROPER USE OF THE CENTRAL CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN CO-ORDINATING AT THE TOP ALL ASPECTS OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH ONCE THE POLICIES HAVE BEEN AGREED UPON, AND

* A GREATER RESPONSIBILITY BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER AMONG THE FIVE O’S -- RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICERS, COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS, POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICERS AND URBAN SERVICES OFFICERS IN ADDITION TO THE CDO’S — TO ENSURE MAXIMUM CO-ORDINATION OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT.

+QUITE OFTEN THE INTER-RELATION AND CO-ORDINATION WORKS WELL AMONG THE FIVE O’S, BUT SOMETIMES CO-ORDINATION IS MISSING OR IS MERELY SUPERFICIAL, LEADING TO UNNECESSARY DUPLICATION OF EFFORT OR INEFFECTIVE RESULTS,* HE SAID.

+0N THE LONG-TERM OBJECTIVE FOR YOUTH SERVICES, IN THE SIMPLE WORDS OF A LAYMAN, I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES TO MAKE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE HEALTHY, RESPONSIBLE, ACTIVE, INTELLIGENT AND USEFUL CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY,* MR. CHEONG-LEEN CONTINUED.

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AS FOR THE SHORT-TERM, A HIGHLY DESIRABLE AND IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE WAS TO ASSIGN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO REDUCE SHARPLY CRIMINAL TENDENCIES AND OTHER FORMS OF ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR AMONG THE YOUNG PEOPLE, HE SAID.

+IT IS A MATTER OF THE UTMOST URGENCY FOR GOVERNMENT TO EMBARK UPON A PLAN AIMED AT REACHING OUT TO THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR MIDST WHO FOR FAMILY, SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, OR OTHER REASONS, ARE POTENTIAL DELINQUENTS OR ARE ON THE BORDERLINE OF BECOMING YOUNG CRIMINALS,* HE SAID.

A DIFFERENT RANGE OF SERVICES IS CALLED FOR. IT SHOULD:

* ENCOMPASS AND REACH OUT TO THE YOUTH GANGS THAT DOMINATE AND INSTIL FEAR AT THE NUMEROUS ’BLACK SPOT’ PLAY-GROUNDS,

* MAKE CONTACT WITH YOUTH GANGS LIVING IN THE OLDER

HOUSING ESTATES BUT WHO ROAM THE STREETS OF URBAN AREAS SEEKING ACTION, QUICK THRILLS AND EASY MONEY,

* STRENGTHEN THE LINKS WITH THE AFTERCARE SERVICE OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT,

* SEEK OUT AND TRAIN VOLUNTEER GROUPS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL TO GIVE COUNSEL AND LOOK AFTER DELINQUENTS,

* RESEARCH INTO NEW TECHNIQUES AND PROGRAMMES TO BREAK THE STRANGLEHOLD OF THE TRIAD MOVEMENT ON DELINQUENTS, AND

* RESEARCH INTO REASONS FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE OF YOUNG GIRLS FROM THEIR HOMES AND FIND OUT WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE THEIR NUMBER.

+UNLESS ACTION WITH FORESIGHT IS TAKEN NOW, THE RATE OF CRIME — AND VIOLENT CRIME AT THAT — WILL NOT COME DOWN BUT WILL WORSEN IN THE YEARS TO COME,+ HE SAID.

IN HIS REPLY, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY SAID THAT IT WAS FORTUNATE THAT ONLY A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE WAS INVOLVED IN DELINQUENCY AND THAT MOST YOUNGSTERS HAD IN THEM +A LATENT POTENTIAL TO IMPROVE SOCIETY AND IT IS THIS THAT MOST YOUTH SERVICES SEEK TO RELEASE.*

WHILE HE WOULD TRY TO STATE THE POSITION AS HE SAW IT, HE WARNED THAT THIS WAS AN AREA OF CONTROVERSY WHICH HAD NOT RECENTLY 'BEEN CRYSTALLISED IN A POLICY STATEMENT.

HE SAID THERE WERE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE TERM +COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT* WHICH MR. CHEONG-LEEN HAD USED TO DESCRIBE THE SERVICES AIMED AT ENABLING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME USEFUL CITIZENS.

+THE SOCIAL SCIENTIST SEES A NECESSITY TO ENABLE AN INDIVIDUAL TO FULFIL HIMSELF IN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT WHILE A LAYMAN THINKS IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO GET PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SAME BLOCK TO GET TOGETHER TO CLEAN THE STAIRS,* HE SAID.

IT PROBABLY DID NOT MATTER WHICH WAS THE AIM FOR BOTH WERE WORTHY AIMS, HE CONTINUED, BUT IF SOCIAL FULFILMENT LED TO CONFLICT, THE QUESTION BECAME MORE DIFFICULT.

IN HONG KONG, UNLIKE IN WESTERN CULTURES +CONFLICTS FADE OUT IN COMPROMISE,* HE SAID.

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+WHEN THEREFORE THE LEADER OF A GROUP SEES SOMETHING WRONG AND STARTS TO SAY SO THE HONG KONG REACTION IS TO BRING THIS PERSON INTO THE MACHINERY FOR DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM.

+HIS HELP IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM IS SOUGHT. HIS EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND LEADERSHIP ARE DEPLOYED IN DEALING WITH THE PROBLEM.

+OF COURSE HE DOES NOT ALWAYS GET HIS OWN WAY BUT HE IS ENABLED TO MAKE A REAL CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOLUTION OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS IN CO-OPERATION WITH OTHERS WHO IN TURN BENEFIT FROM THE NEW INSIGHT HE BRINGS.

+THIS IS WHAT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SEEMS TO ME TO BE ABOUT,+ MR. BRAY SAID.

A GREAT MANY YOUNG PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAD LEARNED THAT ACTION AIMED AT DEALING WITH SOCIAL PROBLEMS WAS A GOOD DEAL MORE SATISFYING THAN MAKING GRANDIOSE GESTURES ABOUT PROBLEMS WHICH WERE SO BIG THAT NO IMMEDIATE SOLUTION WAS POSSIBLE — WHATEVER MIGHT Bt FEASIBLE IN THE LONG TERM, AND NOT ALL THE WORK OF THE FIVE O’S HAD SUCH GRAND ENDS, HE ADDED.

TURNING TO OTHER POINTS RAISED BY MR. CHEONG-LEEN, MR. BRAY AGREED THAT MORE EFFECTIVE CO-ORDINATION WAS NEEDED AS IT WAS IMPORTANT AND WOULD BECOME MORE SO WITH EXPANSION OF THE SERVICES, WHILE ANOTHER LEVEL OF CO-ORDINATION — THE REGIONAL LEVEL — COULD BE REQUIRED AS WELL.

THE CDO NOW REGULARLY CHAIRED MEETINGS OF THE FIVE O’S AND IF CDO’S WERE TO HAVE GREATER CO-ORDINATING RESPONSIBILITIES, MORE EXPERIENCED MEN THAN WE HAD BEEN ABLE ALWAYS TO GET IN RECENT YEARS WOULD BE REQUIRED.

A DECISION WAS RECENTLY TAKEN TO TRANSFER RESPONSIBILITY FOR CYO POLICY TO THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS IN ADDITION TO HIS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR CDO’S AND RSO’S AND IT WAS HOPED THIS WOULD LEAD TO BETTER CO-ORDINATION.

AT THE DEPARTMENTAL LEVEL MR. BRAY SAID THERE HAD BEEN A HIATUS AND HE WAS NOT SURE WHETHER THE PRESENT STEERING GROUP ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND ITS TERMS OF REFERENCE WERE RIGHT.

HE PROPOSED TO EXAMINE THE PRESENT ORGANISATION WITH THE INTERDEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH SERVICES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT MR. CHEONG-LEEN’S DEFINITION OF THE OBJECTIVE OF YOUTH SERVICES REQUIRED MANY DISCIPLINES.

+THEY CANNOT PERFORM EFFECTIVELY IN ISOLATION AND AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH TO ANY SOCIAL PROBLEM IS FRAUGHT WITH DIFFICULTIES.

+WE RECOGNISE THEM, WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO DEAL WITH THEM. BY NO MEANS HAVE ALL THE PROBLEMS BEEN SOLVED. WE SHALL CONTINUE TO TACKLE THOSE THAT REMAIN,+ HE SAID.

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REGULATIONS MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WITH THE OBJECT OF BRINGING ABOUT SAFER INDUSTRIAL ENVIRONMENT FOR WORKERS WERE APPROVED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MOVING THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS 1976, MR. IAN PRICE, COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, POINTED OUT THAT ABOUT ONE THIRD OF ALL REPORTED INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WERE CAUSED BY MACHINERY.

+PRESENT REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE FENCING OF MACHINERY HAVE PROVED UNSATISFACTORY BECAUSE THEIR PROVISIONS ARE COUCHED IN BROAD AND GENERAL TERMS, AND DANGEROUS PARTS ARE NOT DEFINED,* HE EXPLAINED.

+ THIS HAS GIVEN RISE TO THE NEED FOR THESE NEW SAFETY REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE ON GUARDING OF DANGEROUS MACHINERY,* HE SAID.

THE NEW REGULATIONS SPECIFY NOT ONLY THE DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY OR PLANT WHICH NEED EFFECTIVE GUARDING, BUT ALSO FIVE METHODS OF GUARDING, FROM WHICH A PROPRIETOR CAN CHOOSE TO ADOPT ANY ONE OR A COMBINATION OF SEVERAL.

THE FIVE METHODS ARE: FIXED GUARD, INTERLOCKING GUARD, AUTOMATIC GUARD, TRIP GUARD AND TWO-HANDED CONTROL DEVICE.

MR. PRICE SAID THE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THE PROVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME OF GUARDS FOR EACH AND EVERY MACHINE IN HONG KONG.

+AS THE LAW NOW STANDS,* HE SAID, +ALL DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINES ARE REQUIRED TO BE SECURELY FENCED UNDER REGULATION 23 OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS REGULATIONS.*

MR. PRICE SUGGESTED THAT THE REGULATIONS SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED AT SOLEY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COST OF SECURE FENCING.

+AN ACCOUNTANT CAN READILY POINT TO THE COST OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES BUT HE IS NOT CONCERNED, UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE COST OF ACCIDENTS WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED BY THE ORIGINAL OUTLAY,* HE SAID.

THE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD NOT BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 1, 1977, MR. PRICE SAID, BECAUSE SOME EMPLOYERS MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AND MODIFICATIONS TO THEIR MACHINES TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PROPER GUARDING.

IN THE MEANTIME, THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORATE WOULD HELP EDUCATE EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS BY TRAINING AND BY PUBLICITY.

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MR. PRICE SAID HE ENVISAGED A FURTHER PERIOD OF AT LEAST SIX MONTHS WHEN THE REGULATIONS WOULD BE ENFORCED WITH DISCRETION

AN EXPLANATORY HANDBOOK IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE ON THE NEW REGULATIONS WOULD BE PRINTED FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION TO EMPLOYERS IN DUE COURSE. THIS WOULD ILLUSTRATE THE VARIOUS TYPES OF GUARDING SUITABLE FOR THE MORE COMMONLY FOUND MACHINES.

MR. PRICE URGED INDUSTRIALISTS AND ALL THOSE USING OR WORKING ON MACHINERY TO CLOSELY STUDY THE NEW REGULATIONS WHICH HAD BEEN DRAFTED WITH THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY IN MIND.

FURTHER REGULATIONS MADE BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR WITH THE SAME OBJECT WERE ALSO APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.

THESE WERE THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (DRY BATTERIES) REGULATIONS.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE REGULATIONS, MR. IAN PRICE, SAID THE AIM WAS TO CONTROL THE HAZARDS POSED BY CARBON BLACK, MANGANESE DIOXIDE AND AMMONIUM CHLORIDE USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF DRY BATTERIES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT CARBON BLACK CAUSED IRRITATION TO THE EYES- MANGANESE DIOXIDE WAS TOXIC AND COULD HAVE CUMULATIVE POISONOUS EFFECTS ON THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM- AND AMMONIUM CHLORIDE COULD CAUSE DERMATITIS.

BUT THE MAIN RISK, MR. PRICE SAID, WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF POISONING BY MANGANESE DIOXIDE WHICH MIGHT BE INGESTED, INHALED OR ABSORBED THROUGH THE SKIN.

THE MEASURES TO CONTROL THESE HAZARDS ARE:-

H PROPER VENTILATION OF WORKPLACES TO KEEP CONTAMINANTS IN THE ATMOSPHERE WITHIN SAFE LIMITS-

* SEGREGATION OF CERTAIN PROCESSES OF MANUFACTURE, AND PROPER STORAGE OF THE CONSTITUENT CHEMICALS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF CONTAMINATION-

* REQUIRING PROPRIETORS TO PROVIDE AND WORKERS TO USE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO AVOID CONTACT WITH THESE CHEMICALS-

M MAINTAINING A MINIMUM STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS FOR WORKPLACES-

AND

* PROVIDING WASHING FACILITIES FOR WORKERS.

MR. PRICE POINTED OUT THAT PRESENT CONTROL BY WAY OF SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE WAS UNSATISFACTORY IN THAT SUCH REQUIREMENTS COULD ONLY BE IMPOSED AFTER THE PROCESS HAD BEEN IN OPERATION.

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TO ALLOW PROPRIETORS TIME TO MAKE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS AND ALTERATIONS TO THEIR FACTORIES, THE REGULATIONS WILL BE BROUGHT INTO EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 1977.

SPEAKING IN SUPPORT OF THIS MOTION, THE HON. JAMES WU SAID HE HAD CONSULTED THE INDUSTRY CONCERNED AND MET WITH ITS REPRESENTATIVES.

+1 WAS ADVISED THAT THEIR FACTORIES HAD TO PROVIDE FOR REQUIREMENTS FOR OFFENSIVE TRADES ADMINISTERED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL HE SAID.

+THEY ALSO SAID THAT IN GENERAL THEIR PRESENT FACILITIES INCORPORATE PROVISIONS THAT ARE EQUAL OR BETTER THAN THOSE REQUIRED UNDER THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS.

+THEY SEE NO DIFFICULTY NOR HARDSHIPS INCURRED DUE TO THE IMPLEMENTATION,* HE ADDED.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS APPROVED AN 11 PER CENT INCREASE FOR ALL PENSIONS IN PAYMENT ON JULY 1, 1976 WITH EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1.

THE COST OF THE INCREASES IS ESTIMATED AT $6 MILLION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR AND $12 MILLION IN A FULL YEAR.

MOVING THE RESOLUTION IN COUNCIL TODAY, THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, SAID THIS WAS THE FIRST OCCASION THE NEW RULES ADOPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN DECEMBER 1975 FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF PENSION INCREASES WERE APPLIED.

THE PRESENT REVIEW COVERED THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1, 1974 TO JUNE 30 THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

AS THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) WAS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE WHOLE OF THIS PERIOD IT WAS NECESSARY TO USE THE OLD MODIFIED CONSUMER PRICE INDEX.

+THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 9.48 PER CENT IN THE MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF THE MODIFIED CONSUMER PRICE INDEX DURING THE PERIOD FROM APRIL 1, 1974 TO JUNE 30, 1975, AND AN INCREASE OF 1.87 PER CENT IN THE MOVING ANNUAL AVERAGE OF CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) DURING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 1, 1975 TO JUNE 30, 1976, GIVING AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 11.35 PER CENT DURING THE REVIEW PERIOD,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED, FOR THE RECORD, THAT THE AWARD OF ANY INCREASE IN PENSIONS WOULD ALWAYS BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISION OF FUNDS IN THE NORMAL WAY, AND MUST HAVE REGARD TO THE PREVAILING FINANCIAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION.

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PLANS TO EXPAND YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE H K X X

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, THE HON. IAN PRICE, TODAY ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TO EXPAND THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE.

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE SAID THAT IN THIS CITY OF OVER FOUR MILLION PEOPLE, IT WAS NOT EASY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE OF A CAREER.

+IT IS VITAL, THEREFORE, THAT THE SERVICE SHOULD MEET THE DEMAND MADE ON IT,+ HE SAID.

MR. PRICE HOPED TO EXPAND THE SERVICE IN ORDER TO PROVIDE CAREERS TALKS TO ALL FORM FIVE AND MIDDLE FIVE STUDENTS, OF WHICH ONLY 40 PER CENT ARE COVERED AT PRESENT.

IT WAS HOPED THAT THE SERVICE WOULD EVENTUALLY REACH ALL STUDENTS AT FORM THREE LEVEL AFTER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EDUCATION POLICY OF PROVIDING A THREE-YEAR POST-PRIMARY EDUCATION.

MR. PRICE ALSO HOPED TO EXPAND THE SERVICE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

THEY ARE:

* TO INCREASE THE FLOW OF CAREERS INFORMATION BY WAY OF CAREERS LITERATURE, REFERENCE MATERIAL AND AUDIO VISUAL AIDS-

* TO SET UP NEW BRANCH OFFICES IN AREAS WHERE THE SERVICE IS NEEDED, IN PARTICULAR IN THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES-

* TO CO-ORDINATE AND MAXIMISE THE EFFORTS OF VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN THEIR CAREERS GUIDANCE WORK-

* TO ORGANISE MORE CAREERS SEMINARS-

X TO HOLD A BIGGER AND BETTER CAREERS EXHIBITION IN THE NEW RAILWAY TERMINAL FROM 19TH TO 28TH NOVEMBER THIS YEAR- AND

* TO TAKE CAREERS INFORMATION TO RESIDENTS IN HOUSING ESTATES AND REMOTE AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, BY USING THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S MOBILE EXHIBITION UNIT.

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WAYS TO TACKLE CAR EXHAUST POLLUTION

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THE PROBLEM OF CAR EXHAUST POLLUTION IS BEING TACKLED IN SEVERAL WAYS, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT TOLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

+TAKEN TOGETHER, AND AS THEIR EFFECTIVENESS IS INCREASED AS PLANNED, THESE MEASURES SHOULD BRING ABOUT A GROWING IMPROVEMENT IN THE REDUCTION OF EXHAUST POLLUTION IN AREAS OF DENSE TRAFFIC,* HE SAID.

DRIVERS OR OWNERS OF VEHICLES REPORTED TO BE EMITTING EXCESSIVE SMOKE ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT THEIR VEHICLES FOR INSPECTION AND ARE LIABLE TO BE PROSECUTED UNDER ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS, HE POINTED OUT.

DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS, OWNERS OF SOME 4,000 SUCH VEHICLES WERE REQUIRED TO RECTIFY ANY FAULTS FOUND, AND THERE WERE 300 PROSECUTIONS FOR THIS OFFENCE.

+REGULATIONS ARE BEING AMENDED TO PROVIDE LEGAL AUTHORITY FOR THE USE OF SMOKE METERS TO MEASURE EXHAUST EMISSIONS ON THE SPOT. BOTH THE POLICE AND TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ARE EQUIPPED WITH THESE INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR USE WILL MAKE IT EASIER TO ENFORCE THE REGULATIONS,* MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID.

INTRODUCTION OF THE FIXED PENALTIES SCHEME, WHICH INCLUDES THE EMISSION OF EXCESSIVE SMOKE AS AN OFFENCE, SHOULD ALSO LEAD TO MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL.

+IN ADDITION, ANY VEHICLES CALLED IN FOR TESTING FOR OTHER REASONS, ARE ALSO CHECKED FOR EXCESSIVE SMOKE AND IF NECESSARY REMEDIAL WORK IS ORDERED. PLANS ARE IN HAND TO GREATLY INCREASE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES THAT CAN BE TESTED IN THIS WAY,’ HE CONTINUED.

WITH REGARD TO NEW VEHICLES, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID, ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, LEGISLATION HAD BEEN INTRODUCED REQUIRING THAT NEW VEHICLES IMPORTED INTO HONG KONG SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO MEET THE SAME HIGH STANDARDS OF EXHAUST EMISSION AS THOSE IMPOSED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET COUNTRIES.

+THESE STANDARDS APPLY IN HONG KONG TO PETROL ENGINED

VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 1974, AND TO DIESEL ENGINED

VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AFTER SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.* HE ADDED.

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CLASS TEACHERS’ IMPORTANT ROLE IN SYSTEM OF ALLOCATING SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES

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THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, MR. Q.W. LEE, SAID TODAY THE IMPORTANT ROLE TO BE PLAYED BY TEACHERS IN THE NEW SYSTEM OF ALLOCATING SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES TO PRIMARY SIX PUPILS WAS A VERY REAL ADVANCE EDUCATIONALLY.

ADDRESSING THE FIVE DISTRICTS SCHOOLS JOINT GRADUATION CEREMONY IN THE CITY HALL, MR. LEE SAID : +CHILDREN WILL NOW BE ASSESSED, AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL FUTURE WILL DEPEND NOT ON THEIR PERFORMANCE IN A BRIEF ONCE-AND-FOR-ALL EXAMINATION, BUT ON THE JUDGEMENT OF THEIR CLASS TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBSERVE THEM IN DEPTH OVER AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

+THE TEACHERS WILL MAKE THEIR DECISIONS WITH ALL THE SKILL AND DEDICATION THEY POSSESS. THEY WILL NOW RIGHTLY FILL A MUCH MORE IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE NEW SYSTEM.

+l AM CONFIDENT THAT ALL EDUCATION SPONSORS, MEMBERS OF SCHOOL BOARDS, HEADMASTERS, PARENTS AND OTHER PARTIES CONCERNED WILL CO-ORDINATE THEIR EFFORTS TO ASSIST OUR TEACHERS IN DISCHARGING THEIR EVER HEAVIER RESPONSIBILITIES SO THAT THE CONTINUING HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT OF OUR PRIMARY EDUCATION WILL BE ENSURED.+

MR. LEE SAID THE NEW SYSTEM OF TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENT PLUS AN ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE GOVERNMENT AS AN ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE ALLOCATION FOLLOWING THE PLANNED DISAPPEARANCE OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THIS METHOD NOT ONLY REMOVED THE BAD EFFECTS OF THE OLD SYSTEM, BUT ALSO RECOGNISED THE NEW OBJECTIVES OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

+IT GIVES REGARD TO THE TIME-SCALE OF THE CHANGES TO BE MADE AS WELL AS TO THE PUBLIC’S UNEASINESS OVER A SYSTEM WHICH SEEMS TO HAVE NO CENTRAL SUPERVISION.

+IT ALSO TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS OF THOSE WHO ADVOCATE A TEMPORARY BRIDGE BETWEEN SELECTIVE PUBLIC EXAMINATION AND TEACHERS’ ASSESSMENT. THE ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST IS REALLY AN ANSWER TO SUCH A NEED RATHER THAN AS A NEW FORM OF PUBLIC EXAMINATION TO REPLACE THE OLD ONE,+ MR. LEE STRESSED.

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THIS COMPROMISE HAD NOT PLEASED EVERYONE, IT DID SEEM TO HAVE BEEN GREETED BY MOST PEOPLE AS A VERY SENSIBLE MEASURE AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD ANNOUNCED THAT IT WOULD BE BROUGHT UP FOR REVIEW IN 1980.

EARLIER, MR. LEE SAID : +EDUCATION IS A PART OF SOCIAL PROGRESS WHICH IN ITSELF IS MAKING PROGRESS FROM TIME TO TIME.

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+AT PRESENT, WE ARE AGAIN IN A PERIOD OF MUCH CHANGE BOTH IN THE CONCEPT AND THE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.*

HE SPOKE ABOUT THE COMMENDABLE PROGRESS MADE IN THE INTRODUCTION OF THE +ACTIVITY METHOD* IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.

THE EMPHASIS IN THIS METHOD IS TO REDUCE MEMORISATION OF FACTS SO THAT YOUNG PUPILS, DURING THEIR MOST FORMATIVE YEARS, CAN LEARN TO OBSERVE, THINK AND JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES AND HAVE GREATER OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY.

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THE GOVERNMENT PROPOSES TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION WHICH WILL HAVE THE EFFECT OF MAINTAINING HONG KONG STANDARD TIME THROUGHOUT THE NEXT WINTER AND SUMMER TO SEE WHAT PERMANENT ARRANGEMENTS SHOULD BE MADE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. DENIS BRAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. JAMES WU AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. BRAY NOTED THAT WHEN THE BILL AUTHORISING PERMANENT +HONG KONG TIME* WAS PUBLISHED, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO STRONG VIEWS ON THE QUESTION OF THE BEST TIME FOR HONG KONG.

HE SAID THERE WERE PARTIES WHO PREFERRED EITHER A SYSTEM OF NINE HOURS AHEAD OF THE GMT OR GMT PLUS EIGHT.

THE BILL, HE ADDED, SETTLED FOR GMT PLUS NINE AND CERTAINLY GENERATED AN ANIMATED DISCUSSION.

+WE HAVE TRIED GMT PLUS NINE IN THE WINTER WHEN IT WAS ADOPTED AS A FUEL SAVING MEASURE AT THE END OF 1973,+ MR. BRAY SAID.

+IT IS NOW PROPOSED THAT WE HAVE A SUMMER WITH GMT PLUS EIGHT.

+IF AFTER THE EXPERIENCE OF STANDARD TIME THROUGHOUT NEXT WINTER AND SUMMER THIS IS STILL THE FAVOURED TIME SYSTEM, IT WILL BE ADOPTED PERMANENTLY,* HE ADDED.

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COMPENSATION FOR PEOPLE INJURED AT MTR SITES -**--*■*•*

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE HON. JOHN HOBLEY, SAID TODAY IF ANYONE VISITING A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION SITE ON DUTY OR ANYONE WHO WAS OTHERWISE ON SUCH A SITE WITH PERMISSION WAS INJURED OR KILLED ON THE SITE AS A RESULT OF THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE MTR CORPORATION OR ITS SERVANTS OR CONTRACTORS, HE OR HIS DEPENDANTS WOULD HAVE THE NORMAL CIVIL CLAIM FOR DAMAGES.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. ROGER LOBO AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

HOWEVER, MR. HOBLEY ADDED, THAT IF SUCH A PERSON WAS INJURED OR KILLED WHOLLY THROUGH HIS OWN FAULT OR ACCIDENTALLY WITHOUT FAULT ON ANYONE’S PART, NEITHER HE NOR HIS DEPENDANTS WOULD HAVE ANY CLAIM FOR COMPENSATION.

+IT IS CONSIDERED THAT IT WOULD NOT BE REASONABLE TO EXPECT EITHER THE GOVERNMENT OR THE CORPORATION TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMPENSATING A PERSON, OR HIS DEPENDANTS, WHERE THE INJURY OR DEATH IS ATTRIBUTABLE WHOLLY TO HIS FAULT OR IS ACCIDENTAL,* HE SAID.

+TO DO SO WOULD BE CONTRARY TO ALL ACCEPTED PRACTICE AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR OTHER SPHERES OF ACTIVITY, WHICH ARE IN THIS RESPECT NO DIFFERENT FROM THE RAILWAY, ARE IMMENSE,* HE ADDED.

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A WORKING PARTY REVIEWING ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATIONS IS CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF MAKING IT AN OFFENCE FOR TAXI DRIVERS TO REFUSE PICKING PASSENGERS WHILE DRIVING ALONG THE ROAD, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR. THE HON. CHUNG SZE-YUEN, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS AWARE OF THE INCONVENIENCE AND UNDESIRABILITY OF SUCH A PRACTICE.

HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE FIRST RESPONSIBILITY OF A TAXI DRIVER, DRIVING ALONG A ROAD, MUST BE TO DRIVE SAFELY AND TO OBSERVE TRAFFIC RULES.

+THIS RESPONSIBILITY HAS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT AND IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO FORMULATE REGULATIONS WHICH, ON THE ONE HAND, RECOGNISE THAT THERE ARE VALID REASONS WHY TAXI DRIVERS MAY BE UNABLE TO PICK UP PASSENGERS WHEN HAILED, AND ON THE OTHER HAND, DO NOT PROVIDE ERRING TAXI DRIVERS WITH EASY EXCUSES FOR AVOIDING PROSECUTION,* HE SAID.

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GOVERNOR THANKS LEGCO MEMBERS FOR HARD WORK *****

BEFORE CLOSING THE CURRENT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, THANKED MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL FOR +THE VERY GREAT VOLUME OF IMPORTANT BUSINESS TRANSACTED AND THE LARGE AMOUNT OF OTHER WORK WELL DONE*.

+1 SHOULD LIKE TO WISH THEM ALL SUCH RELAXATIONS AS THEY CAN GET WHICH IS VERY WELL DESERVED BEFORE WE MEET AGAIN,+ HE SAID.

+1 NOW ADJOURN THE COUNCIL. THE NEXT SITTING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 WHEN THE NEW SESSION OF THE COUNCIL WILL BEG IN,+ SIR MURRAY SAID.

BILLS PASSED * * * *

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

THEY WERE THE COMMODITIES TRADING BILL 1976, THE BOOKS REGISTRATION BILL 1976, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES (AMENDMENT) (NO. 3) BILL 1976, THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1976 AND THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) BILL 1976.

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MA LIU SHU I FERRY SERVICE MADE PERMANENT

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY ADOPTED A MOTION TO INCLUDE THE EXISTING FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN MA LIU SHU I AND WU KAI SHA IN THE SCHEDULE TO THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY (SERVICES) ORDINANCE AND IN THE COMPANY’S FRANCHISE.

IN MOVING THE MOTION, THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THE SERVICE WAS STARTED BY THE COMPANY IN JULY 1974 ON A LICENCE GRANTED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT UNDER THE FERRIES ORDINANCE TO REPLACE KAITO SERVICES.

THE KAITOS, WHICH ILLEGALLY CARRIED LARGE NUMBERS OF PICNICKERS BETWEEN THE TWO PLACES, WERE NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS TYPE OF WORK AND COULD NOT HANDLE THE OVERLOADING THAT OCCURRED.

HE RECALLED THAT IN FEBRUARY 1974, A MOTOR JUNK LOADED WITH PASSENGERS CAPSIZED OFF MA LIU SHU I RESULTING IN THE DEATH OF THREE PASSENGERS.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THE PRESENT SERVICE USING PROPER FERRYBOATS HAD PROVED POPULAR CARRYING AN AVERAGE OF OVER 30,000 PASSENGERS A MONTH.

SINCE IT HAD BEEN RUNNING SATISFACTORILY, HE SAID, IT SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE PERMANENT STATUS BY INCLUSION IN THE FERRY COMPANY’S FRANCHISE.

THE EXISTING FARE OF $1 FOR THE ORDINARY CLASS WILL BE MAINTAINED.

A DELUXE CLASS FARE AT $4 AND HOVERFERRY FARE AT $5

HAVE BEEN INCLUDED IN THE SCHEDULE SO THAT A MORE COMFORTABLE SERVICE CAN BE INTRODUCED IN FUTURE SHOULD THE DEMAND ARISE, HE SAID.

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SECRETARY FOR NEW TERRITORIES OPENS SUMMER YOUTH CAMP ******

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, TODAY OFFICIALLY OPENED A FOUR-DAY YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP AT TAI PO, AND PRAISED THE ORGANISERS FOR A WELL-DESIGNED PROGRAMME WHICH ENABLED THE YOUTH OF THE DISTRICT TO MAKE THE BEST AND FULLEST USE OF THEIR SUMMER VACATION.

SIXTY YOUNG MEN, AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25, ARE TAKING PART IN THE CAMP ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SIX DISTRICTS YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. PANG HANG-YIN.

PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME, THE CAMP INCLUDES SUCH ACTIVITIES AS INITIATIVE TESTS, FIRST AID TRAINING, MAP READING, LIGHT RESCUE WORK AND A FINAL DAY SEMINAR ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP.

MR. AKERS-JONES NOTED THAT THE PROGRAMME UNFOLDED TODAY MARKED A CONCERTED EFFORT TO CO-ORDINATE THE SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN VARIOUS AREAS OF TAI PO.

+AND I AM PLEASED TO NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF YOUTHS TAKING PART IN THESE ACTIVITIES HAS INCREASED EVERY YEAR, AS HAS THE VARIETY OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES,* HE SAID.

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LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT THE SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMP AT THE WONG NE I CHUNG FOREST OFFICE TOMORROW (AUGUST 5).

THE CAMP IS ONE OF THE SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITIES WHICH LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

TWO TEACHERS AND 18 PUPILS OF THE BUDDHIST SIN TAK COLLEGE ARE TAKING PART AND THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMP IS TO PROVIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION IN COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE CIVIC AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG.

THE CAMP ALSO PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE FOR A FEW DAYS IN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND TO WORK IN BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS WHILE THE CAMPERS INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE COMMUNITY.

THE SIX-DAY PROGRAMME IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL ARRIVE AT THE WONG NE I CHUNG FOREST OFFICE, TYTAM RESERVOIR ROAD, WONG NE I CHUNG GAP (NEAR THE HONG KONG CRICKET CLUB) AT 9.30 A.M.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 1976

WATER CUT * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN MONGKOK, KOWLOON WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS STARTING FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 6) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY TAI KOK TSUI ROAD, CHERRY STREET, TONG MEI ROAD, FUK TSUN STREET, LIME STREET, LARCH STREET AND WALNUT STREET, INCLUDING ASH STREET, OAK STREET, PINE STREET, BEECH STREET, ELM STREET, IVY STREET AND ANCHOR STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HIGHER RENT ALLOWANCE FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS .... 1

MAIL ITEMS HANDLED BY G.P.O. SET NEW RECORD ................. 2

EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED WORKERS TO GET CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION ...............................................  3

GOVERNOR VISITS YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP IN TAI PO ............. 4

LADY MACLEHOSE SEES CAMPERS AT WORK AT WONG NE I CHUNG FOREST PLANTATION ........................................... 5

SPECIAL SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED ............... 6

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO .................................. 6

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 5, 1976

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PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME RENT ALLOWANCE TO BE INCREASED FROM SEPTEMBER 1 *******

RENT ALLOWANCE PROVIDED UNDER THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME WILL BE INCREASED FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR.

THE NEW MAXIMUM ALLOWANCE FOR A FAMILY OF BETWEEN 10 TO 12 PEOPLE HAS BEEN SET AT $557, WHICH IS MORE THAN TRIPLE THE EXISTING MAXIMUM OF $176.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, RECALLED THAT THE EXISTING SCALE WAS IMPLEMENTED IN 1974, BUT SINCE THEN RENTALS OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES, WHICH ARE THE BASIS FOR THE CALCULATION OF THE ALLOWANCE, HAVE INCREASED.

MOST PEOPLE DRAWING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE ARE LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING. WITH THE INCREASE IN RENT ALLOWANCE, MR. SWEETMAN POINTED OUT, FAMILIES LIVING IN THE NEWEST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES COMMANDING THE HIGHEST RENT WILL IN FUTURE NO LONGER HAVE TO SUBSIDISE THEIR RENT OUT OF THE PART OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE GIVEN TO THEM. THIS WILL ENABLE THEM TO USE THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO SUPPLEMENT ANY OTHER INCOME TO MEET THEIR BASIC FOOD AND CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS.

+FROM NOW ONWARDS WHEN EACH PUBLIC ASSISTANCE CASE COMES UP FOR REVIEW, THE SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES WILL CALCULATE AND GRANT ANY INCREASE PAYABLE IN THE RENT ALLOWANCE,+ HE SAID.

+THE INCREASED RATES WILL BE EFFECTIVE FROM SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR AND WILL BE OF COURSE BE BACK-DATED TO SEPTEMBER 1 IN RESPECT OF CASES OF REVIEW AFTER THAT DATE,+ HE ASSURED.

MR. SWEETMAN URGED PEOPLE RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE TO EXERCISE PATIENCE AS IT WOULD TAKE SOME TIME TO CONDUCT A COMPLETE REVIEW OF THE 53,000 CURRENT CASES.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, CASES OF PARTICULAR HARDSHIP WOULD BE DEALT WITH ON APPLICATION AS ON EMERGENCY RELIEF MEASURE.

THE NEW MAXIMA FOR RENT ALLOWANCE WILL ALSO APPLY TO THOSE WHO ARE TENANTS IN PRIVATE HOUSING.

THE NEW SCALE OF THE RENT ALLOWANCE IS AS FOLLOWS :-

NO. OF ELIGIBLE

PERSONS IN THE 1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10-12

HOUSEHOLD.

EXISTING MAXIMUM

RENT ALLOWANCES $ 41 82 130 160 176 176

NEW MAXIMUM RENT

ALLOWANCES $ 63 190 285 345 406 557

ANYONE WHO IS IN DOUBT AS TO THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SHOULD CONTACT HIS NEAREST SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD OFFICE.

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ANOTHER BUSY YEAR FOR POSTMEN if O * * *

HONG KONG POSTMEN HAD A PARTICULARLY BUSY TIME DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 1976 WHEN THEY HANDLED AN ALL-TIME RECORD OF 274.8 MILLION POSTAL ITEMS — AN AVERAGE OF MORE THAN THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION ITEMS EVERY DAY.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, 98 PER CENT OF ALL LOCAL LETTERS WERE DELIVERED BY THE NEXT WORKING DAY AFTER POSTING AND A SIMILAR PERCENTAGE OF ALL INCOMING AIRMAIL WAS DELIVERED BY THE NEXT WORKING DAY AFTER ITS ARRIVAL AT KAI TAK AIRPORT.

ALL IN ALL, IT WAS A YEAR OF DRAMATIC ACHIEVEMENTS BOTH IN THE QUANTITY OF MAIL HANDLED AND THE QUALITY IN WHICH THEY WERE HANDLED, A SPOKESMAN .FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID TODAY.

REVENUE FROM POSTAL AND REMITTANCE SERVICE FOR THE YEAR AMOUNTED TO $250 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 36 PER CENT WHILE EXPENDITURE TOTALLING $148.4 MILLION SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 31.6 PER CENT.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF LETTERS HANDLED DURING THE YEAR INCREASED TO 271.5 MILLION, WHICH WAS 3.7 PER CENT ABOVE THE NUMBER IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE INCREASE WAS LARGELY ATTRIBUTABLE TO AN UPSURGE IN THE NUMBER OF LOCAL LETTERS POSTED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF THE PARCELS HANDLED, FELL BY 1.8 PER CENT FROM SOME 3.34 MILLION IN 1974/75 TO 3.28 MILLION IN 1975/76.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE DECREASE WAS DUE TO A FALLING OFF IN THE NUMBER OF PARCELS POSTED TO CHINA. HOWEVER, FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR, THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER POSTED FOR LOCAL DELIVERY WHICH AMOUNTED TO MORE THAN 104,000 AND WAS 16 PER CENT MORE THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

HE SAID THE WORLD-WIDE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WERE REFLECTED IN THE FACT THAT MORE THAN HALF OF ALL THE MAIL HANDLED BY THE POST OFFICE WAS EITHER SENT TO, OR RECEIVED FROM, PLAGES ABROAD.

+THERE CAN BE VERY FEW PLACES IN THE WORLD IN WHICH THE POST OFFICE HANDLES SO HIGH A PROPORTION OF FOREIGN MAIL,+ HE ADDED.

DURING THE YEAR, SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WAS MADE IN THE PROVISION AND EXPANSION OF SPECIAL POSTAL FACILITIES CATERING FOR THE RAPID AND RELIABLE TRANSMISSION OF BUSINESS DOCUMENTS AND COMMERCIAL PAPERS.

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THE ’SPEEDPOST’ SERVICE OPERATES TO BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, BRAZIL, JAPAN AND BELGIUM. UNDER THIS ARRANGEMENT, THE POST OFFICE COLLECTS ITEMS FROM CUSTOMERS’ PREMISES ON A CONTRACTUAL BASIS AND IMMEDIATELY DESPATCHES THEM TO THE COUNTRY OF DESTINATION WHERE THEY ARE SPECIALLY HANDLED TO ENSURE QUICK DELIVERY.

A RECIPROCAL ’ON DEMAND’ SERVICE WAS INAUGURATED WITH THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN IN MAY AND AUGUST LAST YEAR RESPECTIVELY. THIS HAS MET THE NEEDS OF BUSINESS PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A REGULAR, PRE-DETERMINED REQUIREMENT FOR THE ULTRA-FAST TRANSMISSION OF DOCUMENTS.

REVENUE FROM THIS SOURCE AMOUNTED TO $1.4 MILLION FOR THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR WHICH WAS 88 PER CENT MORE THAN IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE ’EXPRESS’ HAIL SERVICE, WHICH BEGAN IN 1974, NOW OPERATES ON A RECIPROCAL BASIS WITH NEARLY 100 COUNTRIES. DURING THE YEAR, OVER 400,000 ITEMS WERE DESPATCHED FROM HONG KONG IN THIS SERVICE.

FOUR SPECIAL STAMPS ISSUED DURING THE YEAR WERE WELL-RECEIVED BY THE PUBLIC. THEY INCLUDED ONE COMMEMORATING THE ROYAL VISIT.

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CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION FOR EMPLOYERS OF THE DISABLED H K X *

SEVENTEEN COMPANIES WILL BE PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR THEIR SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED.

COMING FROM NINE DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES, INCLUDING ELECTRCIN ICS, GARMENTS, OPTICAL, TOYS AND WATCH-MAKING, THESE ORGANISATIONS HAVE DISPLAYED CONSPICUOUS ENTHUSIASM TOWARDS THE EMPLOYMENT AND • REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED.

THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TO BE FOLLOWED BY A TEA PARTY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CAUSEWAY ROOM OF THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL AT

10.30 A.M. s

' ABOUT 50 GUESTS FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, REHABILITATION CIRCLES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE PARTY WHICH PROVIDES THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE IDEAS ON EMPLOYMENT AND VIEWS ON REHABILITATION WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS : -

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE FUNCTION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE CAUSEWAY ROOM ON 22ND FLOOR OF THE LEE GARDENS HOTEL AT 10.30 A.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

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GOVERNOR VISITS YOUTH LEADERSHIP COURSE K * H K K

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY VISITED A YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP NEAR PLOVER COVE RESERVOIR — AND CONFESSED THAT HE WAS TEMPTED TO STAY AND JOIN THE GROUP.

SIR MURRAY ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER AT 3 P.M. IN BRILLIANT SUNSHINE AND EXTENDED HIS SCHEDULED HALF-HOUR STAY BY NEARLY 15 MINUTES.

SIXTY YOUNG MEN AGED BETWEEN 16 AND 25 ARE TAKING PART IN THE FOUR-DAY CAMP WHICH HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SIX DISTRICTS YOUTH RECREATION CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

SIR MURRAY WAS GREETED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICER, TAI PO, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, WHO INTRODUCED HIM TO THE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. RAYMOND PANG HANG-YIN, AND OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND LOCAL DI GN I TOR IES.

SIR MURRAY SPENT THE FIRST PART OF THE VISIT CHATTING TO INSTRUCTORS FROM THE FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUP WHO WERE TEACHING THE THEORY OF CANOEING.

THEN HE WALKED TO THE BANKS OF TOLO HARBOUR WHERE ANOTHER GROUP WAS CANOEING — SOME OF THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME.

AFTER WATCHING THE YOUNGSTERS GO THROUGH THEIR PACES, AND TAKING A +PADDLES UP+ SALUTE FROM THEM, SIR MURRAY TOLD LOCAL OFFICIALS: +THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES. IT’S A TEMPTATION TO STAY TO HAVE A SWIM, OR GO SAIL ING.+

BUT WITH HIS BUSY SCHEDULE PRESSING, THE GOVERNOR INSTEAD HAD TO RE-BOARD HIS HELICOPTER FOR ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT.

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LADY MACLEHOSE SEES CAMPERS AT WORK ******

LADY MACLEHOSE BRAVED THE RAIN THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING TO VISIT THE SCHOOL FORESTRY WORK CAMP AT WONG NE I CHUNG FOREST OFFICE.

THE SIX-DAY CAMP, ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, FORMS PART OF THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

TWO TEACHERS AND 18 PUPILS OF THE BUDDHIST SIN TAK COLLEGE ARE TAKING PART AND THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMP IS TO PROVIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATION IN COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVATION AND INVOLVEMENT IN THE CIVIC AFFAIRS OF HONG KONG.

LADY MACLEHOSE WAS MET ON HER ARRIVAL BY MRS. L. MOK, DEPUTY CHIEF INSPECTOR, AND MR. K.K. LAI, SCIENCE INSPECTOR, BOTH FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT- MR. K.C. IU AND MR. K.K. YEUNG, FORESTRY OFFICERS OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AND MRS. LAM MOK SAU-HING, PRINCIPAL CF THE BUDDHIST SIN TAK COLLEGE.

LADY MACLEHOSE BEGAN HER TOUR BY VISITING THE BARRACK-TYPE ACCOMMODATION. SHE TALKED TO THE TEACHER AND PUPIL CAMPERS AND ENQUIRED ABOUT THEIR DOMESTIC DUTIES.

SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO WONG NE I CHUNG FOREST PLANTATION TO SEE CAMPERS AT WORK.

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SPECIAL SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED * * * X M K

A SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMME HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE LAM TIN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE (EAST) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR 60 PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

THE PROJECT, ’PHAB AND YOU’, AIMS TO PROVIDE SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR THE HANDICAPPED, TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED, AND TO INTRODUCE THE PHAB CONCEPT TO LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE ACTIVITIES ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE EVERY SATURDAY BETWEEN 7.30 P.M. AND 9.30 P.M. UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH AT THE HALL OF THE LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING (EAST).

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES CHESS PLAYING, MUSIC APPRECIATION AND QUIZ COMPETITION- AND SPECIAL PROGRAMMES SUCH AS FILM SHOWS, EDUCATIONAL TALKS, VISITS AND HOLIDAY CAMPS.

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WATER CUT X X

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. SATURDAY (AUGUST 7) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY PO ON ROAD, PRATAS STREET, KWONG LEE ROAD AND SHEUNG FAT STREET. (INCLUDING FAT TSEUNG STREET, TONKIN STREET AND BLOCK NOS. 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 AND 15, LEI CHENG UK ESTATE).

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1976.

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

NEW RESTRAINTS ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO CANADA ................ 1

SIX SQUATTER VILLAGES TO HAVE LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY .. 2

HONG KONG’S POPULATION NOW 4,382,500 ....................... 2

SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FINDS JOBS FOR SOME 2,300 DISABLED PEOPLE SINCE 1967 ................................. 3

RESULTS OF THE H.K.C.E.E. OUT ON AUGUST 12 ................. 4

A NEW MARKET TO BE BUILT IN WANCHAI ........................ 5

AN INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS’ COURSES TO START NEXT MONTH .....................................................  5

JAPANESE VISITORS TO MEET HONG KONG’S DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE .................................................... 6

SPORTS GALA AT KWUN TONG .................................. 6

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 1976

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NEW RESTRAINTS ON TEXTILE EXPORTS TO CANADA KOKO*

HONG KONG HAS AGREED TO LIMIT ITS EXPORTS TO CANADA OF SWEATERS, CARDIGANS AND PULLOVERS OF MAN-MADE FIBRES OR WOOL TO 5,500,000 PIECES FOR ONE YEAR, STARTING ON AUGUST 1, 1976, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AFTER FOUR DAYS OF TALKS IN HONG KONG BETWEEN A TEAM OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, LED BY MR. JAMES MCKENNIERY, GENERAL DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF SPECIAL IMPORT POLICY, AND A HONG KONG TEAM LED BY MR. PETER TSAO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

THE TALKS WERE HELD UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE MULTI FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

FOR TAILORED SHIRTS WHICH ARE ALREADY UNDER RESTRAINT, IT WAS AGREED THAT THE RESTRAINT LEVEL OF ABOUT 50,000 DOZENS FOR THE PERIOD AUGUST 1 TO OCTOBER 31, 1976 BE INCREASED BY 20,000 DOZENS.

THE CANADIAN TEAM ALSO AGREED TO WITHDRAW THEIR REQUESTS FOR RESTRAINTS ON DOUBLE-KNIT AND WRAP-KNIT FABRICS AND WOVEN POLYESTER FILAMENT FABRICS. AT THE SAME TIME, IT WAS AGREED THAT THE CURRENT EXPORT AUTHORISATION ARRANGEMENT FOR DOUBLE-KNIT AND WRAP-KNIT FABRICS BE DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY AND THE EXPORT AUTHORISATION ARRANGEMENT FOR COTTON AND/OR POLYESTER WOVEN TROUSERS AND SHORTS AND COTTON WOVEN TERRY TOWELS BE DISCONTINUED AFTER SEPTEMBER 30, 1976.

A NOTICE HAS BEEN SENT TO COMPANIES INVITING SHIPMENT RETURNS ON KNITTED SWEATERS, PULLOVERS, CARDIGANS AND TAILORED SHIRTS.

THESE RETURNS SHOULD REACH THE DEPARTMENT NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 14, 1976 IN ORDER THAT THE ALLOCATION OF QUOTAS CAN BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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SIX SQUATTER VILLAGES DESIGNATED AS SPECIAL AREAS TO HAVE LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ******

SIX SQUATTER VILLAGES ON THE SLOPES OF THE KOWLOON FOOTHILLS HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS SPECIAL AREAS TO RECEIVE LEGAL ELECTRICITY SUPPLY UNDER A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE VILLAGES ARE LION ROCK UPPER, LION ROCK LOWER, YAN YEE, YAN 01, MA CHAI HANG AND TAI YUEN.

THE DESIGNATION OF THESE VILLAGES AS SPECIAL AREAS HAS BEEN MADE BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOUSING UNDER THE POWERS CONFERRED BY THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE.

THE ORDINANCE WAS AMENDED EARLIER THIS YEAR TO ALLOW FOR THE DESIGNATION OF SPECIAL AREAS WHERE THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO SPECIAL REGULATIONS. THESE REGULATIONS WERE PUBLISHED RECENTLY.

THE SIX VILLAGES ARE THOSE CHOSEN FOR A PILOT PROJECT TO PROVIDE A LEGAL SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY TO SQUATTER AREAS UNDER A SCHEME WORKED OUT BY A JOINT WORKING GROUP COMPRISING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY.

THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY TO THE VILLAGES IS BEING CARRIED OUT IN STAGES. UPPER LION ROCK VILLAGE STARTED RECEIVING ITS SUPPLY IN MID-JUNE AND WORK IS PROGRESSING ON THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR THE OTHERS.

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SLIGHT INCREASE IN POPULATION

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THE ESTIMATED POPULATION AT THE END OF JUNE 1976 WAS 4,382,500, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 2,637 PERSONS OVER THE END-YEAR 1975 ESTIMATE. THIS WAS MADE UP OF A +PLUS+ OF 23,110 THROUGH BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS AND A +MINUS+ OF 20,473 THROUGH BALANCE OF MIGRATION.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS FOR THIS FIRST HALF-YEAR WAS 35,028= THIS WAS 2,183 LESS THAN IN THE FIRST HALF-YEAR OF 1975.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE SAME PERIOD WAS 11,918 COMPARED TO 10,821 IN THE PREVIOUS FIRST HALF-YEAR.

THE FIGURE OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS ARE BASED UPON EVENTS OCCURRING RATHER THAN UPON REGISTRATIONS MADE AND THEREFORE DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM THOSE RELEASED BY THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN. TODAY PRAISED EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED WORKERS WHO HAVE PROVIDED THE ♦ULTIMATE LINK IN THE LONG CHAIN OF DIFFICULT PROCESSES IN REHABILITATION WORK+.

HE ADDED THAT THEY HAD COMPLETED THE WORK STARTED BY DOCTORS *ndependence°RKERS IN giving THE disabled their ECONOMIC

MR. SWEETMAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF 17 COMPANIES WHICH HAVE CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED.

BY PROVIDING JOBS FOR THE DISABLED, HE SAID, THE EMPLOYERS NOT ONLY PUT THEM BACK INTO THE MAIN STREAM OF THE COMMUNITY LIFE, AND RETURNED TO THEM THEIR DIGNITY AND THEIR RIGHT TO WORK. BUT DEMONSTRATED TO THE COMMUNITY THEIR FAITH AND SUPPORT IN THE EFFORT TO REHABILITATE THE DISABLED.

A TOTAL OF 2,296 DISABLED WORKERS HAVE BEEN PUT TO WORK BY THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SINCE THE UNIT WAS SET UP IN 1967.

♦THE RECORD FOR MAY AND JUNE OF THIS YEAR WAS PARTICULARLY ENCOURAGING, TOTALLING 131 FOR TWO MONTHS,* HE SAID. +QUITE APART FROM THE INCREASED SOCIAL SATISFACTION OF THE DISABLED PERSON WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN A JOB, THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS ARE SUBSTANTIAL.*

+IF WE ASSUME THAT EACH DISABLED PERSON PLACED BY THE UNIT IN EMPLOYMENT WORKS FOR THREE YEARS - A VERY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE - THE TOTAL WAGES EARNED BY THESE 2,300 DISABLED PERSONS AMOUNT TO AT LEAST $33 MILLION, NO MEAN FIGURE.*

FINALLY, HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE GUESTS FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, REHABILITATION CIRCLES AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WHO WERE ATTENDING THE FUNCTION WOULD MAKE THE MOST OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXCHANGE IDEAS ON HOW BEST THEY COULD LOCATE AND SECURE MORE JOBS IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY FOR THE VARIOUS GROUPS OF THE DISABLED.

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RESULTS OF H.K.C.E.E.

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THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD HAS ANNOUNCED TO-DAY THAT IF THERE ARE NO UNFORESEEN DIFFICULTIES. THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1976 WILL BE ISSUED TO SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE CANDIDATES ON THURSDAY. AUGUST 12, 1976.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE RESULTS WILL BE ISSUED IN THE FORM OF INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES SHOWING THE GRADES ACHIEVED IN EACH SUBJECT TAKEN.

THESE NOTICES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS ON THE MORNING OF THURSDAY, AUGUST 12. SCHOOL CANDIDATES MAY THEN SEEK INFORMATION FROM THEIR OWN SCHOOLS FOR THE COLLECTION OF THEIR RESULTS NOTICES.

RESULTS NOTICES OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES WILL BE SENT BY POST AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES ON TRE SAME DAY OR ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, AT THE LATEST. PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO, FOR ANY REASON, DO NOT RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS BY THEN MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 14 AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON OR BY TELEPHONE (TEL. NOS. 3-688708 OR 3-688602).

AS RESULTS ARE BEING SUPPLIED TO INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES, LISTS OF RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

+ENGLISH ONLY+ CANDIDATES PRESENTED BY THE EVENING INSTITUTE RUN BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HAVE THEIR NOTICES SENT TO THEM BY POST BY THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. IF THE NOTICES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, CANDIDATES MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 6TH FLOOR, KOWLOON OR BY TELEPHONE (TEL. NO. 3-884111 EXT. 280).

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CLOSURE OF STREETS FOR NEW MARKET COMPLEX ******

A PROPOSAL TO CLOSE A NUMBER OF LANES AND STREETS IN THE WANCHAI AREA TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR A NEW MARKET COMPLEX WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

AFFECTED ARE CHI SHING LANE RUNNING OFF WANCHAI ROAD AND THE UNNAMED LANE WHICH RUNS ACROSS IT AND OTHER UNNAMED LANES WITHIN THE AREA BOUNDED BY 255-269 WANCHAI ROAD, NO. 19-25 BOWRINGTON ROAD AND 1-3 CHAN TONG LANE.

THE PROPOSED NEW MARKET COMPLEX IS TO ACCOMMODATE THE STALLS IN THE EXISTING CANAL ROAD MARKET WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR ROAD WORKS. IT WILL BE ON TWO SITES ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF WANCHAI ROAD BUT THE SITES WILL BE LINKED AT FIRST AND SECOND FLOOR LEVELS BY PEDESTRIAN BR IDGES.

PRIVATE LAND AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSAL HAS ALREADY BEEN REVERTED TO THE CROWN AND THE GOVERNMENT IS IN THE PROCESS OF GRANTING EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION UNDER THE RESUMPTION PROCEEDINGS TO THE OWNERS AND TENANTS OF PROPERTIES AFFECTED.

ANY PERSON OBJECTING TO THE CLOSURE OF THE LANES AND STREETS MUST SEND HIS OBJECTION IN WRITING TO THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS SO AS TO REACH HIS OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 6 THIS YEAR.

A PLAN SHOWING THE STREETS AND LANES AFFECTED CAN BE INSPECTED AT THE CITY DISTRICT (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICECENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING ENTRANCE, HONG KONG, OR AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, 18TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING. GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG, OR AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WANCHAI) AT TUNG WAH MANSION, 201 HENNESSY ROAD, HONG KONG.

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSE

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THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE IS OFFERING COURSES FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP INSTRUCTORS OF HONG KONG. BOTH THE PART-TIME DAY RELEASE AND THE PART-TIME EVENING INDUSTRIAL TRADE INSTRUCTORS COURSE WILL COMMENCE NEXT MONTH.

THESE TWO COURSES OFFER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TRADE INSTRUCTORS AND WORKSHOP SUPERVISORS TO OBTAIN THE NECESSARY TRAINING FOR CARRYING OUT THEIR DAY TO DAY TEACHING DUTIES. FROM THESE COURSES. THEY WILL LEARN TO IMPROVE THEIR METHODS OF TEACHING, STUDY EDUCATION THEORY AND EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY.

ADVERTISEMENT ON THE COURSES IS BEING PUT IN LOCAL PAPERS TOMORROW (SATURDAY). COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE BY AUGUST 21, 1976.

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JAPANESE YOUTHS TO MEET D.S.W.

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THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY OF NAGANO PREFECTURE IN TOKYO, MR. SHIRO KOBAYASHI, WILL PAY A COURTESTY CALL ON THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, AT 10.40 A.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

ACCOMPANYING MR. KOBAYASHI WILL BE A GROUP OF 10 JAPANESE YOUTHS WHO ARE TRAVELLING ON THE 'YOUNG HOPE SHIP OF NAGANO’, THE CORAL PRINCESS, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE IN HONG KONG EARLY TOMORROW MORNING.

DURING THE VISIT TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MR. KOBAYASHI WILL ALSO PRESENT SOUVENIRS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF 10 ORGANISATIONS ENGAGED IN YOUTH WORK HERE AS A SIGN OF GOODWILL BETWEEN THE YOUTHS OF JAPAN AND HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE VISIT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S CONFERENCE ROOM ON 4TH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, HONG KONG.

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KWUN TONG DISTRICT SPORTS MEET STARTS TOMORROW ******

THE SECOND ANNUAL SPORTS MEET OF AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT WILL START TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AT THE TSUI PING ROAD SWIMMING POOL, KWUN TONG WITH A SWIMMING COMPETITION AT 2 P.M.

JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG), THE KWUN TONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE SPORTS MEET AIMS TO PROMOTE THE INTEREST OF RESIDENTS IN SPORTS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING AMONG THE 12 AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, SOCIAL BODIES AND SCHOOLS THROUGH FRIENDLY COMPETITIONS.

THERE WILL BE FIVE MAJOR EVENTS, INCLUDING SWIMMING, CROSSCOUNTRY RACE, TABLE-TENNIS, MINI-SOCCER AND BASKETBALL. EACH OF THE 12 AREA COMMITTEES WILL BE REPRESENTED BY ITS' OWN TEAM.

THE TEAM WITH THE HIGHEST SCORE WILL BE THE WINNERS.

THE FINAL EVENT - CROSS COUNTRY RACE -- WILL TAKE PLACE ON NOVEMBER 21 TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE CLOSING CEREMONY.

MR. PATRICK YIU, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG)= MR. LEUNG SIU-HUNG, CHAIRMAN OF KWUN TONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND SPORTS OFFICER OF KWUN TONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

NOTES TO EDITORS: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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SQUATTER POPULATION CONTINUES TO DROP Decrease of 136,633 in Twelve Years

The Kwun Tong district in Kowloon alone has more squatters than the whole of Hong Kong Island. This was revealed in the final results of the 1976 Squatter Control Survey conducted by the Housing Department in June.

The two largest squatter areas are Sai Tau Village with 18,053 people and Diamond Hill with 13,254 people in Kowloon.

The distribution of the squatter population is as follows: Kwun Tong - 86,682, Hong Kong Island - 81,334, Tsuen Wan - 53,510 and Kowloon - 52,901.

Most of the squatter areas on Hong Kong Inland are located on the north-eastern part with 11,685 people living in Holy Cross Path Village, 5,799 in Tsin Shui Ma Tau Village, 2,838 in Shing On Village and 1,932 in Aldrich Village.

Similarly, the larger squatter areas in Kowloon are also found in the north-eastern sector with 7»5OO people in Cha Kwo Ling, 5,000 in Lyemun and 4,842 in Sai Cho Wan.

’’The survey results indicate that there has been a welcome decrease in the squatter population from 411,060 people in 1964, when the last general survey was carried out, to 274,427 people, representing a drop of 33 per cent,” a spokesman for the department said.

There is another clear indication that fewer people are living in each squatter structure. The count shows that this has fallen to an average of 5*3 from the previous recorded figure of ten in the 1964 survey.

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The 1976 Squatter Control Survey, which involved numbering and measuring all huts as well as commercial and industrial areas, provides the Housing Department with more accurate and up-to-date information on the squatting situation,

••These information are being transferred to master copies of maps being kept by the Squatter Control Division of the department to enable more effective control over squatting," the spokesman said.

Staff of the Division will intensify its patrol of squatter areas, especially the black spots, to "freeze" the situation.

Though structures covered by the survey will in no way be immunised from demolition they will not normally be cleared until the land is required for development.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1976

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HONG KONG JOINS INTERNATIONAL FIGHT TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WILDLIFE .................................................

ENACTMENT OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE ...........

FIRST FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP ..................

SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE PUBLISHED IN GAZETTE ... 5

LABORATORY TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUTH LEADERS ................ 6

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

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HK JOINS INTERNATIONAL FIGHT TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WILDLIFE ******

HONG KONG TAKES A FURTHER STEP FORWARD IN JOINING THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN THE FIGHTING FOR NATURE CONSERVATION WITH THE PASSAGE OF NEW LEGISLATION EXTENDING PROTECTION TO A WIDE RANGE OF ENDANGERED WILDLIFE.

THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (RESTRICTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE 1976, WHICH RECENTLY CAME INTO EFFECT, EXTENDS CONTROL TO THE TRADE IN SPECIES OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION, AND BY IT, HONG KONG CONFORMS TO THE 1973 WASHINGTON CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA.

THE CONVENTION, WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY MOST OF THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, RECOGNISED THAT +THE WILD FAUNA AND FLORA IN THEIR MANY BEAUTIFUL AND VARIED FORMS ARE AN IRREPLACEABLE PART OF THE NATURAL SYSTEMS OF THE EARTH WHICH MUST BE PROTECTED FOR THIS AND THE GENERATIONS TO COME+, AND THAT +INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IS ESSENTIAL FOR THE PROTECTION OF CERTAIN SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA AGAINST OVER-EXPLOITATION THROUGH INTERNATIONAL TRADE+. ITS PROVISIONS HAVE SINCE BEEN RATIFIED BY MANY OF HONG KONG’S NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES AND TRADING PARTNERS.

THE NEW LAW WHICH EXTENDS HONG KONG’S PREVIOUS SUPPORT TO THIS INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO PROTECT THE WORLD’S DIMINISHING WILDLIFE, IS .AIMED AT REGULATING RATHER THAN PROHIBITING THE TRADE IN THESE ENDANGERED SPECIES.

CERTAIN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF SNAKES, FISH, MOLLUSCS AND PLANTS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL IN THE NEW LEGISLATION, AND THERE HAS ALSO BEEN SOME INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF CONTROLLING SPECIES OF BIRDS AND MAMMALS. THE RANGE NOW INCLUDES CHINESE PANGOLINS, OWLS AND OTHER BIRDS OF PREY, GREEN TURTLES, PYTHONS, AND SKINS OF LEOPARDS, OTHER +SPOTTED CATS+, BIRDS OF PARADISE, AND MANY OTHERS.

THE PREVIOUS SYSTEM OF CONTROLLING THE IMPORT AND POSSESSION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES BY LICENCE WILL CONTINUE, BUT THEIR EXPORT HAS ALSO BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL AS PART OF THE INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THIS FIELD. IN GENERAL, LICENCES TO IMPORT WILL ONLY BE ISSUED WHEN THE EXPORTING COUNTRY ISSUES AN EXPORT LICENCE.

UNDER THE NEW ORDINANCE, NO ONE MAY IMPORT, EXPORT OR POSSESS ANY OF THE PROTECTED SPECIES EXCEPT UNDER AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH A LICENCE ISSUED BY THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. ANYONE CONTRAVENING THESE RESTRICTIONS IS LIABLE ON CONVICTION TO A FINE OF $5,000 OR, IN THE CASE OF A SUBSEQUENT OFFENCE, A FINE OF $10,000 AND IMPRISONMENT OF SIX MONTHS.

THE EXTENSION OF THE LIST OF PROTECTED LIVE ANIMALS IS NOT EXPECTED TO PRESENT PARTICULAR DIFFICULTIES TO EXISTING TRADE. ONE ANIMAL NEWLY INCLUDED IS THE CHINESE PANGOLIN, BUT IN ANY CASE, ITS IMPORT FROM CHINA HAS DRASTICALLY FALLEN FROM SOME 3,400 IN 1974 TO ONLY 10 IN 1975.

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AS FAR AS ANIMAL PARTS ARE CONCERNED, THE INCLUSION OF FUR SKINS OF TIGERS, LEOPARDS AND SIMILAR FELINE (CAT) SPECIES IN THE PROTECTED LIST IS AGAIN UNLIKELY TO SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECT LOCAL PRODUCTION AND EXPORT. SUCH FELINE FUR SKINS ARE NOT USED TO ANY SIGNIFICANT DEGREE AND FURTHERMORE, THE VERY LIMITED MANUFACTURE-OF GARMENTS FROM THE FUR SKINS OF WILD ANIMALS HAS BEEN DWINDLING RAPIDLY BECAUSE OF THE SCARCITY OF SUPPLY AND RISING COSTS.

HONG KONG’S FUR SKIN EXPORT WENT ALMOST ENTIRELY TO JAPAN. GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES WHICH ARE ALL SIGNATORIES OF THE WASHINGTON CONVENTION AND WOULD THEREFORE NOT ACCEPT IMPORTS OF PRODUCTS MADE FROM THE FUR OF ENDANGERED SPECIES EXCEPT COVERED BY AN EXPORT LICENCE.

FUR SKINS OF ANIMALS ON THE PROTECTED LIST BROUGHT IN AS PERSONAL OR HOUSEHOLD EFFECTS, SUCH AS FUR COATS AND RUGS, ARE EXEMPTED FROM CONTROL.

SKINS OF CROCODILES, SNAKES AND LIZARDS HAVE ALSO BEEN EXEMPTED FROM CONTROL FOR THE PRESENT BECAUSE THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL TRADE INVOLVED AND IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTABLISH PRECISELY THE EXTENT THAT THESE SKINS COME FROM ENDANGERED SPECIES.

HONG KONG’S IVORY TRADE, WHICH WAS ESTIMATED AT $64 MILLION IN EXPORTS LAST YEAR, IS ALSO UNAFFECTED BECAUSE THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT, THE'MA IN SOURCE OF UNMANUFACTURED IVORY, HAS NOT YET BEEN LISTED BY THE CONVENTION AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES.

AS FOR ENDANGERED BIRDS, THE IMPORT OF OWLS, EAGLES AND OTHER BIRDS OF PREY, WHICH TOTALLED SOME 16,500 LAST YEAR, HAS BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL. THE IMPORT OF COMMON SPECIES OF PARROTS AND PARAKEETS, POPULARLY KEPT IN HONG KONG .AS PETS, WILL NOT BE AFFECTED. LAST YEAR, 4,975 RING-NECKED PARAKEETS, 153,060 BUDGERIGARS AND 41,856 WHITE-EYES WERE IMPORTED AS PETS.

AS FAR AS PLANTS ARE CONCERNED, THE LARGE VARIETY OF WILD ORCHARDS FOUND IN HONG KONG’S COUNTRYSIDE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UNDER PROTECTION AND THEIR EXPORT WILL BE SUBJECT TO LICENCE. CULTIVATED PLANTS, HOWEVER, ARE NOT SUBJECT TO CONTROL.

WITH THE PASSAGE OF THE NEW LAW, AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE COMPRISING SPECIALISTS IN THIS FIELD WILL BE SET UP TO ADVISE THE DIRCTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES ON ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

A PAMPHLET IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, EXPLAINING THE LEGISLATION AND CONTAINING A LIST OF THE PROTECTED SPECIES PREVIOUSLY RECORDED IN HONG KONG WILL BE DISTRIBUTED SHORTLY FOR THE GUIDANCE OF THE TRADE AND THE PUBLIC.

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ENACTMENT OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE ******

THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE WHICH WAS ENACTED ON AUGUST 4 AND PUBLISHED IN YESTERDAY’S GAZETTE, WILL COME INTO OPERATION PART BY PART ON DAYS TO BE APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR AND ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE.

THE LEGISLATION CONSISTING OF NINE PARTS IS DESIGNED TO PERMIT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG AS WELL AS TO CONTROL AND REGULATE TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACT.

PART 1 SETS OUT THE PRELIMINARY MATTERS AMONGST WHICH THE TERM +FUTURES CONTRACT* IS DEFINED TO REFER TO FUTURES CONTRACTS EXECUTED ON ANY COMMODITY EXCHANGE.

PART II PROVIDES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION AND A COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING WHO WILL BE THE REGULATORY AUTHORITIES RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE. THEIR FUNCTIONS WILL BE ASSUMED BY THE EXISTING SECURITIES COMMISSION AND ITS COMMISSIONER.

PART III IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A BROAD REGULATORY FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH'THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG WILL OPERATE AND PART IV DEALS WITH THE REGISTRATION OF ALL COMMODITY DEALERS IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS AND REPRESENTATIVES. AS SOON AS PART IV OF THE ORDINANCE BECOMES OPERATIVE NO PERSON SHALL CARRY ON THE BUSINESS AS A DEALER IN COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS, A COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER OR A REPRESENTATIVE UNLESS HE IS DULY REGISTERED.

PART V OF THE ORDINANCE REQUIRES REGISTERED DEALERS TO KEEP PROPER ACCOUNTS OF THEIR BUSINESSES AND TO SUBMIT ANNUALLY AN AUDITED BALANCE SHEET AND PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING WHILE PART VI DEALS WITH TRADING PRACTICES AND, INTER ALIA, PROHIBITS TRADING OF OPTIONS ON THE COMMODITY EXCHANGE.

PART VII DEALS WITH COMMODITIES TRADING COMMISSION DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE WHICH IS AD-HOC IN NATURE, AND CAN BE APPOINTED BY THE COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE ANY ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT BY THE EXCHANGE COMPANY OR ITS ASSOCIATED ORGANISATIONS.

PART VIII REQUIRES THE EXCHANGE COMPANY TO ESTABLISH A COMPENSATION FUND TO MEET CLAIMS OF CLIENTS IN THE EVENT OF DEFAULT OF A MEMBER.

THE LAST PART OF THE ORDINANCE CONSISTS OF MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS ONE OF WHICH EMPOWERS THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE COMMISSION TO MAKE REGULATIONS FOR FACILITATING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE.

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FIRST SCHOOL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP IU

SOME 30 STUDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER ORGANISED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, (THE FORMER SAI KUNG ARMY CAMP), AT TUI MIN HOI NEXT WEEK.

THE FIVE-DAY CAMP, STARTING ON MONDAY (AUGUST 9), IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG. IT PROVIDED ADEQUATE AND WELL-ORGANISED FIELD WORK IN A SUITABLE ENVIRONMENT FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS PURSUING COURSES ON BIOLOGY AND RELATED SUBJECTS.

MR. A.J. REEVE, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 11 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 9).

MR. C.H. HAYE, ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, AND MRS. MAXINE LI KWOK, CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK WILL BOTH ADDRESS THE GATHERING WHILE PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WILL GIVE A TALK ON +FIELD STUDIES CENTRES+.

DURING THE CAMP, PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN ABOUT COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION, OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY AS WELL AS TO PARTICIPATE IN A PROTOTYPE NATURE TRAIL WALK AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE FORMER ARMY CAMP HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS THE SITE BECAUSE IT HAS A VARIETY OF HABITATS OF ECOLOGICAL IMPORTANCE WHICH IS IDEAL FOR FIELD STUDIES OF BIOLOGY AND RELATED SUBJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO

COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE (FORMER SAI KUNG ARMY CAMP) AT TUI MIN HOI, LESS THAN A MILE FROM SAI KUNG MARKET, AT 11 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 9)

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SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE PUBLISHED IN GAZETTE

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THE SECURITIES (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1976 PUBLISHED IN YESTERDAY’S GAZETTE CONTAINS AMENDMENTS MAINLY CONCERNED WITH THE CLARIFICATION AND APPLICATION OF THE MAIN ORDINANCE. AND NONE INVOLVES A CHANGE IN THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THIS LEGISLATION.

AMONG THE VARIOUS AMENDMENTS, ONE IS MADE TO EXCLUDE FROM THE DEFINITION OF +DEALING IN SECURITIES* AGREEMENTS MADE WHEREBY SECURITIES ARE TGANSFERRED OR DEPOSITED WITH A PERSON AS COLLATERAL FOR A LOAN.

THE DEFINITION OF ’STOCKBROKING BUSINESS’ UNDER PART X IS NOW AMENDED TO INCLUDE ANY BUSINESS CONNECTED WITH SECURITIES CONDUCTED BY COMPANIES OPERATED BY OR UNDER THE CONTROL OF A STOCKBROKER.

THIS WILL ENABLE RECOURSE TO BE MADE TO THE STOCK EXCHANGES COMPENSATION FUND ESTABLISHED UNDER PART X OF THE ORDINANCE IN THE EVENT OF’ A DEFAULT BY ANY SUCH COMPANY RUN BY A STOCKBROKER.

SECTION 30 AMENDS SECTION 123 OF THE MAIN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE COMMISSIONER’S POWERS TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION.

THE PREVIOUS SECTION 123 COVERED THE NAMES OF PERSONS FROM, OR TO, OR THROUGH WHOM, OR ON WHOSE BEHALF, SECURITIES ARE BOUGHT OR SOLD, AND TO THE NATURE OF INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN IN RESPECT OF A PURCHASE OR A SALE.

THE PURPOSE OF THE AMENDMENT IS TO MAKE IT CLEAR, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORIGINAL INTENTION OF THE PRINCIPAL ORDINANCE, THAT NOMINEE COMPANIES ARE OBLIGED TO DISCLOSE SUCH INFORMATION TO THE COMMISSIONER, EVEN THOUGH THEIR INSTRUCTIONS HAVE TAKEN THE FORM OF A REQUEST TO DELIVER SHARES TO A REGISTERED DEALER, THE CLIENT HIMSELF, OR A THIRD PARTY RATHER THAN AN EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION TO SELL.

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LABORATORY TRAINING COURSE FOR YOUTH LEADERS

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THE YOUTH WORK UNIT OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS TO ORGANISE NEXT MONTH A LABORATORY TRAINING COURSE AIMED AT HELPING POTENTIAL YOUTH LEADERS TO DEVELOP THEIR SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE IN HUMAN RELATIONSHIP.

THE LABORATORY METHOD IS A NEW APPROACH IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN THROUGH EXPERIMENTING IN A SECURE ENVIRONMENT.

THE COURSE WILL LAST FROM SEPTEMBER 12 TO 26 DURING WHICH LECTURES WILL BE GIVEN EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY BETWEEN 7 P.M. AND 10 P.M. AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE AT 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THE COURSE WILL END WITH A WEEKEND CAMP AT THE WESLEY VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTRE IN TAI HANG ROAD.

IT IS OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 25 WHO HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST FORM V LEVEL. CERTIFICATES OF ATTENDANCE WILL BE AWARDED TO THOSE WHO FINISH THE WHOLE COURSE.

AS THE COURSE IS LIMITED TO 44 PARTICIPANTS, ENROLMENT WILL BE ON A FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED BASIS. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE YOUTH WORK UNIT ON THE TOP FLOOR OF THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICES BUILDING AT 405 NATHAN ROAD, KOWLOON UNTIL AUGUST 30. THE COST OF THE TWO-WEEK COURSE IS $15 A PERSON.

EIGHT SIMILAR COURSES HAVE BEEN ORGANISED SINCE EARLY 1974. MORE THAN 200 APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED IN EACH OF THE PAST COURSES INDICATING THAT THERE IS A DEMAND FOR THIS TYPE OF TRAINING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 1976

HK’S SHORELINES EXPAND THROUGH RECLAMATION ■ * * * * M

ONE MILLION PEOPLE IN HONG KONG - A QUARTER OF THE POPULATION -LIVE ON LAND THAT WAS ONCE THE EXCLUSIVE DOMAIN OF CHINESE FISHING JUNKS.

ALTOGETHER, 1,628 HECTARES OR NEARLY 18 SQUARE KILOMETRES OF LAND, HAVE BEEN RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA SINCE HONG KONG WAS FOUNDED.

MOST OF THE NEW LAND WAS FORMED SINCE WORLD WAR II WITH TOTAL COSTS ESTIMATED AT OVER HK$l,000 MILLION. THIS ENORMOUS EXPENDITURE, AND THE SHEER SIZE OF THE EXERCISE, MAKE IT ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS RECLAMATION PROJECTS CARRIED OUT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

MANY OF HONG KONG’S MAJOR BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES ARE SITUATED ON RECLAIMED LAND. THESE INCLUDE KAI TAK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE NEW RAILWAY TERMINAL, THE MAMMOTH CONTAINER BERTH COMPLEX AT KWAI CHUNG AND MUCH OF THE INDUSTRIAL SATELLITE CITY OF KWUN TONG.

THE GREATER PART OF THE CITY’S CENTRAL COMMERCIAL DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND ALSO STANDS ON LAND RECLAIMED FROM THE SEA. IN THIS AREA, ONE OF ASIA’S TALLEST BUILDINGS — THE 52-STOREY CONNAUGHT CENTRE — RISES FROM LAND RECLAIMED AS RECENTLY AS 1965.

FURTHER EXTENSIVE RECLAMATION WORKS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY AND STILL OTHERS ARE AT THE PLANNING STAGE. THREE HUGE +NEW TOWNS+, DUE FOR COMPLETION IN THE COMING DECADE, ARE BEING BUILT LARGELY ON LAND RECLAIMED FROM HONG KONG’S HARBOURS AND BAYS. THESE RECLAMATION PROJECTS ARE DIRECTED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT (P.W.D.), PRINCIPALLY THROUGH ITS PORT WORKS DIVISION, HEADED BY CHIEF ENGINEER MR. H.R.A. CHAMBERLAIN. MR. CHAMBERLAIN ESTIMATES CURRENT AVERAGE COSTS OF RECLAMATION OPERATIONS AT HK$1 MILLION PER ACRE.

HONG KONG IS FORCED INTO THIS EXPENSIVE UNDERTAKING BY THE DUAL PRESSURES OF POPULATION GROWTH AND A DYNAMICALLY-EXPANDING INDUSTRIAL BASE. WITH A TOTAL LAND AREA OF ONLY 1,046 SQUARE KILOMETRES AND ALMOST 4.5 MILLION PEOPLE, IT IS ONE OF THE MOST DENSELY-POPULATED PLACES IN THE WORLD.

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LAND RECLAMATION IS THE OBVIOUS SOLUTION - AND IN HONG KONG THIS CAN LITERALLY MEAN MOVING MOUNTAINS. FOR, UNLIKE MOST COUNTRIES WHICH HAVE CARRIED OUT RECLAMATION WORKS, HONG KONG CAN MAKE ONLY LIMITED USE OF SEABED DREDGE MATERIAL FOR FILL. ITS SEABED IS LARGELY COMPRISED OF MUD AND SILT, SO MASSIVE EARTHWORKS ARE SOMETIMES REQUIRED TO PROVIDE FILL FROM NEARBY MOUNTAINSIDES.

HOWEVER, USING FILL FROM MOUNTAINS HAS CEASED TO BE THE MOST COMMON METHOD OF RECLAMATION IN HONG KONG. WHEREVER PRACTICABLE, A SEAWALL IS NOW ESTABLISHED AT THE REQUIRED DISTANCE FROM SHORE AND THE ENCLOSED AREA IS THEN OPENED AS A PUBLIC DUMP FOR SUITABLE MATERIAL.

IN THIS WAY FILLING COSTS ARE REDUCED, ALTHOUGH DRAINAGE THROUGH RECLAIMED LAND CONTINUES TO BE AN EXPENSIVE AND COMPLICATED TASK.

DESPITE THE HIGH COSTS OF OBTAINING LAND FROM THE SEA, RECLAMATION OPERATIONS ARE INDISPENSABLE TO HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENT.

EVEN IN THE 19TH CENTURY LAND RECLAMATION WAS SEEN AS A SOLUTION TO LAND SHORTAGE, AND THE HARBOUR SHORELINES WERE GRADUALLY EXTENDED INTO THE SEA.

FOR EXAMPLE, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL ONCE BORDERED THE SEA.

TODAY IT IS FAR INLAND AND ALL THE MANHATTAN-STYLE SKYSCRAPERS THAT RISE ON THE HARBOUR SIDE OF THIS ROAD ARE BUILT ON LAND ACQUIRED THROUGH SUCCESSIVE RECLAMATION OPERATIONS STARTING OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AGO.

TODAY THE ONLY REMAINING BIT OF ORIGINAL NORTHERN SHORELINE OF HONG KONG ISLAND IS AT THE LEI YUE MUN CHANNEL, WHERE A POINT OF THE ISLAND JUTS OUT TOWARDS KOWLOON PENINSULA.

ON KOWLOON SIDE, RECLAIMED LAND EXTENDS FROM KWAI CHUNG RIGHT AROUND TO THE NORTHERN HEADLAND OF LEI YUE MUN CHANNEL.

THE MOST RECENT MAJOR FACILITY CONSTRUCTED ON A RECLAIMED SITE IN HONG KONG IS THE NEW FIVE-STOREY GENERAL POST OFFICE TO BE OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, ON AUGUST 11.

HONG KONG’S SECOND RACE COURSE AT SHA TIN IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, AN INTERNATIONAL-CLASS TRACK SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1978, IS ALSO BEING BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND.

EVEN OUR LATEST RESERVOIR, DUE TO START IMPOUNDING IN 1978-79, IS BEING CARVED FROM THE SEA. DAMS ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED TO LINK BOTH ENDS OF HIGH ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND. THE SEA WATER WILL THEN BE PUMPED OUT AND FRESH RAINWATER ALLOWED TO REPLACE IT.

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PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT RECLAMATION PROJECT CURRENTLY UNDERWAY IS WORK ASSOCIATED WITH THE BUILDING OF THE THREE +NEW TOWNS* AT SHA TIN, TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN. THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO ACCOMMODATE NO FEWER THAN 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN THESE TOWNS BY THE 1980S.

THIS UNIQUE AND AMBITIOUS PROJECT INVOLVES EXTENSIVE RECLAMATION OPERATIONS.

IN TUEN MUN 240 HECTARES (600 ACRES) OF TIDAL FLATS ARE CURRENTLY BEING RECLAIMED AND ABOUT HALF THE NEW TOWN WILL BE DEVELOPED ON THE NEW GROUND.

IN TSUEN WAN, RECLAMATION HAS BEEN PROCEEDING SINCE THE 192OS AND, WITH RECENT ADDITIONS, THE RECLAIMED AREA OF THE NEW TOWN WILL ALSO TOTAL ABOUT 240 HECTARES (600 ACRES).

ABOUT ONE-FIFTH- OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN WILL BE BUILT ON RECLAIMED LAND.

FOR THE FUTURE, RECLAIMED LAND WILL CONTINUE TO ALTER THE FACE OF HONG KONG TO KEEP PACE WITH INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

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ANTl-FLY/MOSQUI TO CAMPAIGN IN WANCHAI DISTRICT STARTS ON MONDAY * * * *

A 12-DAY ANTl-FLY/MOSQUITO CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED IN WANCHA I DISTRICT ON MONDAY (AUGUST 9) TO REDUCE THE NUISANCE CAUSED BY THESE PESTS WHICH ARE VERY ACTIVE IN SUMMER.

TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE CHAIRMEN OF THE SIX AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT WILL PRESENT BANNERS TO REPRESENTATIVES OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT A CEREMONY AT 10.00 A.M. ON MONDAY AT THE WANCHAI DISTRICT OFFICE OF URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT 219, QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

THE 12-DAY CAMPAIGN IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (WANCHAI), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE SIX AREA COMMITTEES OF WANCHAI DISTRICT.

. DURING THE CAMPAIGN, OFFICERS OF EIGHT ANTl-FLY/MOSQUITO SQUADS OF THE U.S.D. WILL SEEK OUT AND CLEAN INSECT BREEDING PLACES IN THE DISTRICT, SUCH AS ROOF TOPS, CONSTRUCTION SITES, VACANT CROWN LAND, BACK LANES AND BLOCKED DRAINS.

EDUCATIONAL PAMPHLETS ON THE PREVENTION OF FLY AND MOSQUITO BREEDING WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHING CEREMONY AT THE USD WANCHAI DISTRICT OFFICE, 219 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AT 10 A.M. ON MONDAY.

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NO POSTPONEMENT OF TWO BUILDING RESUMPTIONS NEEDED FOR MTR *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THERE WOULD DEFINITELY BE NO POSTPONEMENT OF THE RESUMPTIONS OF TAI ON MANSION, AT 2-4 TAI PO ROAD, OR A NEARBY BUILDING AT 2O5-2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, BOTH OF WHICH MUST BE DEMOLISHED TO ALLOW TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

+BOTH BUILDINGS MUST BE VACATED BY SEPTEMBER 1 AND PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO CLEAR THEM EARLY IN SEPTEMBER,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+IT IS REGRETTABLE THAT THE BUILDINGS MUST COME DOWN AND THAT EXTENSIONS CANNOT BE GRANTED. HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT IS DOING EVERYTHING IT CAN TO HELP THE DOMESTIC TENANTS, OWNEROCCUPIERS AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS CONCERNED.+

HE OUTLINED THIS ASSISTANCE AS FOLLOWS I

FOR DOMESTIC TENANTS :

EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF ABOUT $20 PER SQUARE FOOT OF LIVING SPACE OCCUPIED, AND SLIGHTLY LESSER FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, TOILETS, CORRIDORS ETC® HALF OF THIS MONEY TO BE PAID IN ADVANCE, WHEN THE TENANTS SIGN AGREEMENTS TO LEAVE, AND THE BALANCE AFTER THEY LEAVE THE PREMISES. IN ADDITION ALL ELIGIBLE TENANTS ARE BEING OFFERED RE-HOUSING.

FOR COMMERCIAL TENANTS s

EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF ABOUT $40 PER SQUARE FOOT OF THE SHOP OR OTHER COMMERCIAL PREMISES CONCERNED, AGAIN WITH HALF THE AMOUNT BEING PAID IN ADVANCE ON THE TENANT SIGNING AN AGREEMENT TO LEAVE, AND THE BALANCE AFTER THEY HAVE VACATED THE PREMISES.

FOR DOMESTIC OWNER-OCCUPANTS :

REIMBURSEMENT AT CURRENT MARKET VALUE OF THEIR PREMISES, DEPENDING ON THEIR SIZE. AS WITH THE OTHER TWO CATEGORIES, PAYMENTS WILL BE MADE IN TWO LUMP SUMS, ON SIGNING AN AGREEMENT TO LEAVE AND ON ACTUALLY LEAVING. ALSO, ELIGIBLE OWNEROCCUPANTS ARE BEING OFFERED RE-HOUSING.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE TUNNEL WILL GO BENEATH THE TWO BUILDINGS AND THE DEMOLITION OF BOTH IS ABSOLUTELY UNAVOIDABLE.

+THE CLEARANCE OF THE BUILDINGS AND THEIR DEMOLITION IS TIED IN CLOSELY WITH CONTRACTS FOR THE TUNNELLING ON THE SITE, WHICH MUST BEGIN ON TIME,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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+FOR THIS REASON, ANY POSTPONEMENT IS OUT OF THE QUESTION.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT SOME OF THE SEVEN COMMERCIAL TENANTS HAD TAKEN AN OBSTRUCTIONIST ATTITUDE AND MADE UNREASONABLE DEMANDS.

+THE PAYMENT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES TO COMMERCIAL OR DOMESTIC TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS SUCH AS TAI ON MANSION DID NOT COME INTO FORCE UNTIL JUNE 10, SO THESE TENANTS ARE ALREADY MUCH BETTER OFF NOW THAN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN OTHERWISE,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

COMMERCIAL TENANTS, IF DISSATISFIED WITH THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF ABOUT $40 PER SQUARE FOOT, MAY OPT TO PUT THEIR CASE TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, WHICH WILL GIVE AN INDEPENDENT (AND FINAL) RULING ON THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION THEY ARE ENTITLED TO.

OWNERS OF PREMISES IN THE BUILDINGS ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO GO TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL IF THEY ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE REIMBURSEMENT OFFERED, BUT AGAIN THE TRIBUNAL’S DECISION WILL BE FINAL.

+ALL THIS SHOWS THE VERY GREAT LENGTHS TO WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING IN ITS ATTEMPTS TO BE AS FAIR AND GENEROUS AS POSSIBLE TO THESE PEOPLE,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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CHILDREN FUN FAIR IN EASTERN DISTRICT

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ABOUT 1,000 YOUNG CHILDREN OF EASTERN DISTRICT WILL ENJOY A HAPPY AFTERNOON TOMORROW (MONDAY) AT A CHILDREN FUN FAIR AT SO CHIT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN CHING WAH STREET, NORTH POINT.

THE FUN FAIR IS ORGANISED BY THE H.K. AND KOWLOON KAIFONG WOMEN WELFARE ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN) TO PROVIDE RECREATION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

THERE WILL BE 10 GAMES STALLS RUN BY SOCIAL BODIES AND VOLUNTEERS OF EASTERN DISTRICT.

MRS. MABEL HAYES, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN) WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 4.30 P.M.

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

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Redevelopment of Older Public Housing Estates Progressing Steadily and Smoothly

The Housing Authority’s long-terms programme for the redevelopment of the older public housing estates is moving on steadily and smoothly.

In the past three years, redevelopment work has started on four estates with old Marks I and II blocks with a view to completely re-modelling the estates and bringing living conditions up to modern standard.

Lower Shek Kip Mei Estate, the first to undergo the metamorphosis, has reached the half way mark*

After the completion of the third phase of the estate’s rehousing programme earlier this week, 4,982 families comprising 28,164 people, or nearly half of the estate’s population, have been rehoused to Upper Pak Tin or to converted blocks at Lower Shek Mei estate itself.

A total of 346 families received f:.nanc’>l assistance amounting to S225,524 to help them meet removal and decoration expenses.

’’The department’s rehousing programme at Shek Kip Mei has provided an opportunity for all affected tenants to enjoy radically improved living conditions,” said Dr. E.G. Pryor, Assistant Director, Redevelopment and Planning of the Housing Department.

At Chai Wan, where the first phase was launched earlier this year, 530 out of the 841 families comprising 4,697 people have already moved to their new homes at Hing Wah (II) Estate and other estates where cheaper rent accommodation has been made available. Applications from the remaining families are being processed.

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Of the 803 families comprising 4,2^8 people involved in the first phase of Tai Wo Hau redevelopment scheme, 700 tenants have registered for rehousing. Of this total 70% have indicated a wish to move to Lai King and Kwai Shing II/III estates. Two hundred families have asked for rehousing in cheaper rent flats in other estates.

Dr. Pryor reaffirmed that there is an adequate stock of flats for such households. So far 169 tenants have been offered rehousing and a number have already arranged to move.

Meanwhile, construction of the new reception estate for the Tai Hang Tung Redevelopment project is progressing as scheduled. Six multi-storey housing blocks are being built on the former Tai Hang Sai Cottage area site.

Commenting on the general progress of rehousing operations, Dr. Pryor said that time and patience are the main ingredients for ensuring the satisfactory rehousing of tenants. He emphasised that great care is taken in establishing a full understanding in an individual basis of the preference of tenants and also of any problems they may have.

’’The success of the Shek Kip Mei Scheme demonstrates this point”, he said.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 1976

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REVISED SEAMEN RECRUITING PROCEDURES TO STAY AFTER A THREE-MONTH TRIAL PERIOD .................................... 1

NEED FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF FIELD STUDIES CENTRES ............. 3

GOVERNOR TO OPEN NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING ........... 5

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU MADE 117,800 INSPECTIONS BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE ............................................ 6

MANPOWER SURVEY OF METAL WORKING INDUSTRY REPORT NOW ON SALE ........................................................ 7

KWUN TONG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ............................. 8

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ...................................... 9

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT P.H.A.B. CAMP ...................... 9

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NEW SEAMEN RECRUITING PROCEDURES

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THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY, WITH THE AGREEMENT OF THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING ADVISORY BOARD, HAS DECIDED THAT THE REVISED SEAMEN RECRUITING PROCEDURES INTRODUCED ON TRIAL FOR THREE MONTHS ON MAY 10 THIS YEAR SHOULD CONTINUE BEYOND AUGUST 9.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THE NEW PROCEDURES REPRESENTED, IN THE OPINION OF THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY, +A POTENTIALLY SIGNIFICANT ADVANCE IN ERADICATING, OR AT LEAST REDUCING, THE POSSIBILITY OF CORRUPTION OPPORTUNITY EXISTING IN THE SELECTION OF SEAMEN FOR EMPLOYMENT.*

UNDER THE NEW PRACTICE, SHIPPING COMPANIES MUST NOTIFY THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE OF ALL VACANIES IN SPECIAL FORMS WHICH ARE POSTED TWICE DAILY AT THE SRO FOR INSPECTION BY ALL SEAMEN.

THE INFORMATION IS CLASSIFIED AS +IMMEDIATE VACANCIES* OR +EXPECTED VACANCIES IN WAITING LIST* ACCORDINGLY IN SEPARATE FORMS.

A SEAMAN WISHING TO APPLY FOR A JOB MUST APPROACH THE SRO WHICH WILL CARRY OUT A PRELIMINARY SCREENING IN RESPECT OF HIS QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE.

THE SEAMAN WILL THEN BE ISSUED WITH A FORM (SR 10) WHICH MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE SHIPPING COMPANY WHEN THE SEAMAN GOES FOR AN INTERVIEW.

ON ACCEPTING THE SEAMAN AFTER THE INTERVIEW, THE SHIPPING COMPANY MUST COMPLETE THE APPROPRIATE PART +B+ OF THE FORM FOR THE SEAMAN TO FINALISE LISTING FORMALITIES AT THE SRO.

IF THE SEAMAN IS REJECTED, THE FIRM MUST RETAIN THE FORM AND STATE THE REASONS FOR THE REJECTION BEFORE RETURNING IT TO THE SRO.

IN ADDITION, SHIPPING FIRMS ARE REQUIRED TO INFORM THE SRO WHEN THEIR VACANCIES ARE FILLED.

+THE NEW PROCEDURES ARE CONSIDERED, ON BALANCE, TO BE BENEFICIAL TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE SELECTION AND RECRUITING OF SEAMEN,* THE SPOKESMAN CONTINUED.

+T0 SEAMEN, THE PROCEDURES ENSURE THAT ALL VACANCIES IN LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENTS AND ON COMPANY ROSTERS ARE NOTIFIED AT ONE CENTRAL LOCATION AND GUARANTEE THEM A SELECTION INTERVIEW FOR ANY VACANCY THEY MAY SEEK.

+T0 THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE, THEY ENSURE THAT IT IS KEPT PROPERLY INFORMED AS TO THE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR UNEMPLOYED SEAMEN.

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+LASTLY, TO SHIPOWNERS, THEY ENSURE THAT THE EXISTENCE OF WHAT CASUAL VACANCIES THEY HAVE IS KNOWN TO AS LARGE A BODY OF POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES AS POSSIBLE AND NOT ONLY TO A FEW FAVOURED INDIVIDUALS. IN THIS CONTEXT FIGURES PRODUCED BY THE SRO INDICATE THAT, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF POSTS FOR NAVIGATING OFFICERS, IN ALL OTHER SHIP BOARD DEPARTMENTS EMPLOYERS MAY EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO INTERVIEW AT LEAST TWO OR THREE SEAMEN AND SOMETIMES MORE FOR EVERY VACANCY NOTIFIED,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE CONTINUED : +THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING AUTHORITY RECOGNISES, HOWEVER, THAT THE REVISED PROCEDURES MAY BE CAPABLE OF IMPROVEMENT AND THAT THERE HAS BEEN A DEGREE OF OPPOSITION TO THEIR IMPLEMENTATION ON THE PART OF EMPLOYERS AND SOME SEAMEN.

+IT IS ALSO RECOGNISED THAT IN RESPECT OF SOME SPECIALISED MANNING REQUIREMENTS THE SYSTEM MAY NOT NECESSARILY PRODUCE FOR SELECTION THE EXPERIENCED PERSONNEL REQUIRED.*

HE SAID THAT THE AUTHORITY INTENDED TO HAVE DISCUSSIONS CONDUCTED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SEAMEN’S RECRUITING OFFICE WITH EMPLOYERS AND ALSO WITH SEAMEN AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.

THE DISCUSSIONS WILL DETERM4NE WAYS IN WHICH THE ADMINISTRATIVE ASPECTS OF THE REVISED PROCEDURES MAY BE ALTERED SO AS TO REMOVE SOME SOURCES OF MINOR DIFFICULTY AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF SPECIALISED MANNING WHILST ENSURING THAT THE INTENTIONS BEHIND THEIR ADOPTION SHALL NOT BE NEGATED.

BETWEEN MAY 10, 1976, WHEN THE REVISED PROCEDURES WERE FIRST INTRODUCED, AND JULY 9, 1976, THE SRO WAS ADVISED OF 1,644 JOB VACANCIES BY COMPANIES OPERATING LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENTS AND COMPANY ROSTERS.

A TOTAL OF 1,764 SEAMEN APPLIED TO THE OFFICE FOR S.R.

10 FORMS, ENABLING THEM TO BE INTERVIEWED FOR THESE JOBS, AND 1,323 OF THEM WERE SUCCESSFUL IN OBTAINING EMPLOYMENT.

THE REVISED PROCEDURES LEADING TO THE SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT OF SEAMEN HAVE APPLIED ONLY TO THAT SMALL PERCENTAGE OF SEAMEN EMPLOYED OUT OF HONG KONG, WHO HAVE NOT, SINCE THEIR DISCHARGE FROM THEIR LAST EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT, REMAINED LISTED WITH A PARTICULAR LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENT OR COMPANY ROSTER.

THUS, APPROXIMATELY 5 PER CENT OF SEAMEN NOW EMPLOYED OUT OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REVISED PROCEDURES IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF OPERATION.

THEY WILL NOT AFFECT SEAMEN WHO REMAIN LISTED WITH LICENSED CREW DEPARTMENTS OR WITH COMPANY ROSTERS WHEN THEIR CURRENT ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT (SERVICE AGREEMENTS) TERMINATE.

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NEED FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF FIELD STUDIES CENTRES *****

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE SAID Today that there was a need for the establishment of a’ number OF FIELD STUDIES CENTRES IN HONG KONG TO PROVIDE FACILITIES For ADEQUATE AND SUITABLE FIELD WORK FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPILS PURSUING COURSES IN BIOLOGY AND RELATED SUBJECTS, PARTICULARLY AT THE SENIOR SECONDARY LEVEL.

+FIVE THOUSAND PUPILS WHO ARE PURSUING MATRICULATION LEVEL COURSES IN BIOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY NEED TO DO FIELD WORK AS PART OF THEIR COURSES,* MR. HAYE STRESSED.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A FIVE-DAY FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER ORGANISED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE (THE FORMER SAI KUNG ARMY CAMP) AT TUI MIN HOI.

THE CAMP IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR. HAYE SAID THAT SINCE MAY OF THIS YEAR A WORKING PARTY ON FIELD STUDIES CENTRES HAS HELD MEETINGS AND DISCUSSIONS CHAIRED BY PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER, HEAD OF THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

+THE TWO UNIVERSITIES AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING MY OWN, HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED AT THESE MEETINGS. HEADS OF SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CONTACTED AND IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE PRINCIPALS OF SCHOOLS OPERATING FORM 6 AND/OR MIDDLE 6 CLASSES ARE VERY MUCH IN FAVOUR OF A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS WEEK’S CAMP IS TO MAKE THE TEACHING PROFESSION AND THE PROSPECTIVE SPONSORING BODY, PO LEUNG KUK, AWARE OF THE USEFULNESS AND FUNCTION OF A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE.

IT IS ALSO TO PROVIDE THE WORKING PARTY WITH CONCRETE SUGGESTIONS AND GUIDELINES ON THE PLANNING, ORGANISATION AND CONDUCT OF A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE FOR HONG KONG PUPILS.

+DURING THESE FIVE DAYS, PUPILS WILL BE INTRODUCED TO THREE DIFFERENT ECOSYSTEMS, I.E. MANGROVE, GRASSLAND AND FRESH WATER= THEY WILL ALSO BE GIVEN SOME KNOWLEDGE OF COUNTRYSIDE MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION, OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY AND OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE PART IN A PROTOTYPE NATURE TRAIL WALK AND ORGANISED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

+1 MUST SAY THAT FROM AN EDUCATIONAL POINT OF VIEW THIS SCHOOL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP PROVIDES A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR PUPILS AND 1 HOPE IT WILL PROVE VERY SUCCESSFl1' AND BE THE FIRST OF A NUMBER OF CENTRES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND^POSS IBLY, IN THE OUTLYING ISLANDS,* THE DIRECTOR SAID.

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IN HIS TALK, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON'FIELD STUDIES CENTRES, PROFESSOR THROWER, SAID THE REASON FOR RUNNING THE FIVE-DAY CAMP WAS TO FIND OUT WHETHER THE PREMISES WERE SUITABLE, AND WHETHER THERE WERE ANY SPECIAL PROBLEMS TO RUNNING FIELD STUDIES COURSES.

+WE DECIDED TO RUN A PROTOTYPE COURSE LASTING FIVE DAYS FOR 30 STUDENTS. THE PROGRAMME HAD TO BE ORGANISED AT SHORT NOTICE AND AS ECONOMICALLY AS POSSIBLE. THE NEED FOR ECONOMY IS REFLECTED IN THE FACT THAT TEMPORARY TABLES ARE BEING USED IN PLACE OF PERMANENT BENCHES, MOST FITTINGS ARE MAKE-SHIFT, AND MUCH OF THE EQUIPMENT IS ON LOAN. HOWEVER, THE PROGRAMME OF STUDIES WILL BE 600D,+ THE PROFESSOR SAID.

THE COURSE, HET POINTED OUT, WAS A MODEL FOR COURSES THAT WOULD BE RUN IF THE FIELD STUDIES CENTRE BECAME A REALITY.

HE TOLD THE PARTICIPANTS: +WE SHALL VALUE YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM DURING AND AT THE END OF THE COURSE. DON’T WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE TEMPORARY NATURE OF THE FITTINGS IN THE LABORATORY AND THINGS OF THAT KIND. YOUR ADVICE ON THE PROGRAMME AND THE ACTUAL EXERCISES WILL BE PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO US.+

PROFESSOR THROWER SAID THE ORGANISERS OF THIS FIRST FIELD STUDIES CAMP BELIEVED THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE WOULD BRING ABOUT AN IMPORTANT IMPROVEMENT IN THE TEACHING OF BIOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY IN HONG KONG.

BUT HE EMPHASISED THAT IT WAS FOR THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WISHED TO HAVE A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG.

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GOVERNOR TO OPEN NEW G.P.O.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL OPEN THE NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 11).

FOLLOWING THE OPENING, SIR MURRAY WILL SEE SOME OF THE SOPHISTICATED MAIL-HANDLING EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN THE $43 MILLION BUILDING.

TO ALLOW SUFFICIENT TIME FOR BOTH THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY AND TO TRANSFER OPERATIONS FROM THE OLD BUILDING, THE NEW G.P.O. COUNTERS WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS UNTIL 8 A.M. THE FOLLOWING DAY (THURSDAY).

ACCESS TO THE OFFICE CAN EITHER BE FROM STREET LEVEL OR FROM A HIGH-LEVEL PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE INTERCONNECTED WITH OTHER BUILDINGS NEARBY.

THE MAIN PUBLIC HALL ON THE FIRST FLOOR HAS COUNTERS FOR NORMAL STAMP SALES AND ACCOMMODATES THE 12,400 POST OFFICE BOXES.

THOSE WHO WANT TO HAVE A LAST LOOK INSIDE THE OLD G.P.O. BUILDING IN PEDDER STREET, WHICH HAS BEEN SERVING THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THE LAST 65 YEARS, CAN DO SO ON WEDNESDAY WHEN BUSINESS WILL CONTINUE TO BE CONDUCTED THERE UNTIL 6 P.M.

THEREAFTER IT WILL BE CLOSED AND LATER WILL BE DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY STATION AND AN OFFICE TOWER BLOCK.

MEANWHILE, THE THREE NEW STAMPS ISSUED TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW GENERAL POST OFFICE WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON WEDNESDAY.

THE STAMPS ARE IN DENOMINATIONS OF 20 CENTS, $1.3 AND $2.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDING ON WEDNESDAY.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE NEW G.P.O. AT CONNAUGHT PLACE NOT LATER THAN 10.30 A.M.

G. I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU CARRIED OUT 117,800 INSPECTIONS IN FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR

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THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT CARRIED OUT OVER 117,830 INSPECTIONS, RE-INSPECTIONS AND'FOLLOW-UP VISITS TO RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR.

THE TOTAL REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF SOME 46 PER CENT OVER THE FIGURES OF THE SAME PERIOD IN 1975.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY, COMPLAINTS FEATURED LARGELY IN THE TOTAL WITH MORE THAN 59,130 RELATING TO MEANS OF ESCAPE. A FURTHER 12,080 GENERAL COMPLAINTS WERE INVESTIGATED.

MORE THAN 24,350 INSPECTIONS OF FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL PREMISES WERE CARRIED OUT.

INSPECTIONS RELATED TO THE MANUFACTURE AND STORAGE OF DANGEROUS GOODS NUMBERED 3,802.

APART FROM LOOKING INTO COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEANS OF ESCAPE, THE BUREAU ALSO CARRIED OUT 6,062 REGULAR VISITS TO BUILDINGS TO ENSURE THAT THE EXITS ARE FREE OF OBSTRUCTIONS.

DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW, THE VENTILATION DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT INSPECTED 3,625 SYSTEMS IN BUILDINGS AND VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.

OTHER INSPECTIONS INCLUDED RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS (1,867), SCHOOLS (1,479), FIRE SERVICE INSTALLATIONS (1,259), CINEMAS AND THEATRES (291), DANCE HALLS (67), TIMBER YARDS (96), NEON SIGNS (48) AND MISCELLANEOUS (1,210).

ALTOGETHER 113 FIRES WERE INVESTIGATED BY FIRE OFFICERS IN DEPTH.

THE NUMBER OF PLANS RECEIVED NEW BUILDING PROJECTS WAS 3,556.

AND PROCESSED IN RESPECT OF

OVER 1,080 VEHICLES USED FOR CONVEYING COMPRESSED GASES AND INFLAMMABLE LIQUIDS WERE EXAMINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SCHEME TO LICENSE SUCH VEHICLES ANNUALLY.

IN ADDITION 4,730 FIRE HAZARD ABATEMENT NOTICES WERE ISSUED AND 869 PROSECUTIONS WERE TAKEN OUT RESULTING IN THE IMPOSITION OF FINES AMOUNTING OVER $459,260.

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MANPOWER SURVEY OF METAL WORKING INDUSTRY REPORT NOW ON SALE

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THE HONG KONG TRAINING-COUNCIL’S REPORT OF THE THIRD MANPOWER SURVEY OF THE MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY IS NOW ON SALE'.1

THE REPORT, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, IS OBTAINABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG ISLAND, AT $9.00 A COPY.

IT CONTAINS BOTH STATISTICAL AND ANALYTICAL INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY, SUCH AS DESCRIPTION OF PRINCIPAL JOBS, THE, NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES ENGAGED IN EACH OF THESE JOBS, THE DISTRIBUTION OF EMPLOYEES BY TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME RANGE AND THE PREFERRED EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS OF WORKERS FOR DIFFERENT JOBS.

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IT ALSO PROVIDES A FORECAST'OF THE NUMBER OF ADDITIONAL WORKERS REQUIRED TO FILL VACANCIES RESULTING FROM EXPANSION AND WASTAGE IN THE SEVEN-YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1975 AND 1981.

IN ADDITION, THERE ARE PROPOSALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, MADE TO BOTH THE INDUSTRY AND THE GOVERNMENT, ON MEASURES TO MEET THE TRAINING NEEDS AS WELL AS ON ROUTES FOR TRAINING TECHNOLOGISTS, TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN.

THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 1974 BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL’S MACHINE SHOP AND METAL WORKING INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE LABOUR AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENTS.

IT COVERED ALL LEVELS OF MANPOWER FROM TECHNOLOGISTS TO UNSKILLED WORKERS IN THE FOLLOWING BRANCHES OF THE INDUSTRY, NAMELY .—

* IRON AND STEEL BASIC TRADES"

* NON-FERROUS METAL BASIC TRADES"

* MANUFACTURE OF MACHINERY EXCEPT ELECTRICAL ONES- AND

* MANUFACTURE OF FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT.

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KWUN TONG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ******

NEW TRAFFIC AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN KWUN TONG FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 11) IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY IN KWUN TONG.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, NO TRAFFIC WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM KWUN TONG ROAD INTO TUNG YAN STREET NORTHBOUND OR FROM TUNG YAN STREET INTO KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND, WHILE FRANCHISED BUS SERVICES WILL BE RE-ROUTED AS FOLLOWS s

* CMB AND KMB CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL ROUTE 101 WILL OPERATE VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, TUNG YAN STREET AND YUE MAN SQUARE (TERMINUS) ON INWARD JOURNEYS AND WILL LEAVE VIA HONG NING ROAD, NGAU TAU KOK ROAD, SHING SHUN ROAD AND KWUN TONG ROAD FOR KENNEDY TOWN. THE TERMINUS WILL BE TRANSFERRED FROM THE NORTH SIDE OF YUE MAN SQUARE TO THE SOUTH SIDE AT THE WESTERLY SECTION OF YUE MAN SQUARE"

* KMB ROUTES 3D, 17 AND 204 WILL OPERATE VIA TUNG YAN STREET, YUE MAN SQUARE, HONG NING ROAD AND KWUN TONG ROAD ON JOURNEYS TO TSZ WAN SHAN (NORTH), 01 MAN AND LAI CHI KOK (BRIDGE) RESPECTIVELY-

* KMB ROUTE 19 ON JOURNEYS TO NGOK YUE SHAN WILL OPERATE VIA HOI YUEN ROAD, KWUN TONG ROAD, HIP WO STREET, TUNG YAN STREET, YUE MAN SQUARE AND THEN HONG NING ROAD- AND

* BUS STOPS ON KWUN TONG ROAD BETWEEN HONG NING ROAD AND TSUI PING ROAD WILL EITHER BE CANCELLED OR RESITED.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS AND NOTICES WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS AND BUS PASSENGERS.

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE

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THE SECTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH STUBBS ROAD AND THE ACCESS ROAD TO WAH YAN COLLEGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 1.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. FROM WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY (AUGUST 11 - 13).

THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STEEL FOOTBRIDGE ACROSS QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLOSURE THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS ARE NECESSARY :

* EASTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED LEFT ALONG SPRING GARDEN LANE”

* NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG KENNEDY ROAD WILL HAVE TO TURN LEFT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST”

* NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC DOWN.STUBBS ROAD WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT INTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST”

* NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG WONGNAICHUNG ROAD PROCEEDING TOWARDS CENTRAL WILL HAVE TO TURN RIGHT INTO MORRISON HILL ROAD” AND

* WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ALONG LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED RIGHT INTO MORRISON HILL ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT P.H.A.B. CAMP *****

NOTE TO EDITORS:

LADY MACLEHOSE IS TO VISIT THE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED AND ABLE-BODIED CAMP AT WU KAI SHA ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 12).

SHE WILL BE MET ON HER ARRIVAL BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG P.H.A.B. ASSOCIATION, MR. LI KWAN-HUNG, AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL WATCH WHEELCHAIR GAMES AND PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS. SHE WILL ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT A DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES OF THE CAMP IN THE MAIN HALL OF THE WU KAI SHA YOUTH VILLAGE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED. A LAUNCH WILL LEAVE MA LIU SHUI PIER AT 4 P.M. FOR WU KAI SHA.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

HONG KONG BEGINS A NEW ERA IN ITS POSTAL HISTORY TOMORROW WITH OPENING OF NEW G.P.0...................................... 1

THERE HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN AIR PASSENGERS AND CARGO AT KAI TAK IN LAST TEN YEARS ............................ 4

ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY TO VISIT FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP ............................................... 6

BURIAL GRANT FOR SUSPECTED RAPE AND MURDER VICTIM ............. 6

PRE-WAR BUILDING IN TSUEN WAN DECLARED DANGEROUS .............. 7

BOARD APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE INTO THE ACCIDENT AT TSING Yl TANKER JETTY ............................................... 7

RECORD PRICE FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN .................. 8

WATER CUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND REPULSE BAY AREAS .............. 8

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

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HK BEGINS A NEW ERA IN ITS POSTAL HISTORY * * * *

HONG KONG’S POSTAL SERVICE WILL TURN A NEW PAGE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) WHEN THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE OPENS THE $43 MILLION NEW G.P.O. BUILDING AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

BUILT ON A 40,000 SQ.FT. SITE AT THE WATERFRONT, THE FIVE-STOREY BUILDING PROVIDES A TOTAL OF 170,000 SQ.FT. OF FLOOR SPACE -- MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT IN THE 65-YEAR-OLD G.P.O. BUILDING IN PEDDER STREET WHICH WILL BE PULLED DOWN TO MAKE WAY FOR MTR WORK.

THE HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MECHANISED SYSTEMS IN THE NEW COMPLEX PUT HONG KONG’S MAIL HANDLING FACILITIES ON A PAR WITH THOSE IN ADVANCED COUNTRIES.

ITS CHAIN CONVEYOR SYSTEM — OVER 1,000 FEET IN LENGTH --IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE PHYSICAL EFFORTS OUT OF CONVEYING MAIL BAGS AROUND THE BUILDING, PROVIDING AUTOMATIC DISCHARGES ALONG ITS ROUTE.

ANOTHER MODERN MECHANICAL DEVICE IS THE HIGH-SPEED LETTER TRANSPORT SYSTEM WHICH CAN CONVEY LETTERS FROM THE SORTING OFFICE TO THE P.O. BOX PROCESSING AREA AT A RATE OF 45,000 ITEMS AN HOUR.

THE LOADING AND UNLOADING OF MAIL LAUNCHES BERTHED ALONGSIDE THE PIER ADJOINING THE BUILDING IS ALSO DONE BY AUTOMATIC MECHANICAL DEVICES.

THE MOST MODERN EQUIPMENT IN THE SORTING OFFICE IS THE +STAMP CANCELLER MACHINE* WHICH IS CAPABLE OF SEGREGATING AND STAMPING 25,000 LETTERS AN HOUR.

THE OPERATIONS OF ALL THESE DEVICES TOGETHER WITH OTHER MODERN EQUIPMENT IN THE BUILDING ARE MONITORED BY CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION.

THE NEW FULLY AIR-CONDITIONED POSTAL COMPLEX IS PROVIDED WITH A CENTRALISED VACUUM CLEANING SYSTEM — THE FIRST EVER USED IN HONG KONG.

APART FROM SERVING AS THE NERVE CENTRE OF MAIL HANDLING, THE NEW BUILDING ALSO HOUSES THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE POST OFF ICE.

A SPACIOUS PUBLIC HALL WITH COUNTERS FOR STAMP SALES AND ACCEPTING REGISTERED MAIL IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR WHICH IS LINKED WITH THE GROUND FLOOR BY ESCALATORS AND THE ADJOINING BUILDINGS INCLUDING THE CONNAUGHT CENTRE BY ELEVATED PEDESTRIAN PROMENADE.

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THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDING WAS DESIGNED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE OF THE P.W.D. IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION OF THE POST OFFICE, AND P.W.D. CHIEF ARCHITECT, MR. K.M. TSENG, WAS THE PROJECT ARCHITECT.

MR. TSENG SAYS ITS MODERN DESIGN MAKES IT AN APPROPRIATE SYMBOL OF A DYNAMIC AND FAST-GROWING METROPOLIS - JUST AS ITS PREDECESSOR, THE 1911-VINTAGE VICTORIAN STYLE FORMER G.P.O. RECALLS THE HONG KONG OF AN ERA NOW PAST.

THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE P.W.D. HANDLED THE CONTRACT FOR POSTAL MECHANISATION INSTALLATION, AND THE POSTAL MECHANISATION SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED BY ENGINEERS FROM THE BRITISH POST OFFICE CONSULTANCY SERVICE.

OUTLINING THE HISTORY OF THE PROJECT, MR. TSENG SAID THAT PLANNING FOR THE NEW G.P.O. BEGAN IN 1969 AND PILING AND CONSTRUCTION IN 1974. THE BUILDING ITSELF TOOK 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MR. TSENG SAID MORE THAN 25 COMPANIES PARTICIPATED IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE P.W.D. THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR WAS TECHNIC CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD.

THE MAIN PUBLIC HALL OF THE NEW G.P.O. IS ON THE FIRST FLOOR WHERE WHITE MARBLE COUNTERS, FLOURESCENT LIGHTING, LIFTS AND ESCALATORS PROVIDE A BRIGHT, SPACIOUS ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION TO STAMP SALES COUNTERS, THIS FLOOR PROVIDES 12,400 POST OFFICE BOXES, NEARLY TWICE THE NUMBER OF THE OLD G.P.O.

A MODEL OF THE NEW BUILDING AND SURROUNDING AREA AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHS OF HONG KONG’S POSTAL HISTORY ARE CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE MAIN PUBLIC HALL.

ACCORDING TO MR. TSENG, THE EXTERIOR WALLS OF THE BUILDING ARE FINISHED IN WHITE GLASS MOSAIC AND FITTED WITH TINTED GLASS AND ANODISED ALUMINIUM WINDOWS. HE SAYS AT NIGHT THESE WILL BE ILLUMINATED WITH SODIOUM YELLOW-CAST LAMPS TO CONTRAST WITH THE WHITE FLOODLIGHTING OF THE CONNAUGHT CENTRE.

COMPANIES FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT COUNTRIES PARTICIPATED IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND EQUIPMENT CONTRACTS. APART FROM THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, TECHNIC CONSTRUCTION CO. LTD. WHICH IS A HONG KONG CONCERN, SUBSTANTIAL ORDERS WERE ALSO WON BY FIRMS FROM BRITAIN, JAPAN, HOLLAND AND MALAYSIA, PRINCIPALLY THROUGH HONG KONG-BASED SUBSIDIARIES OR REPRESENTATIVES.

BRITAIN SUPPLIED THE SPECIALIST CONVEYORS AND ASSOCIATED ELECTRICAL CONTROLS THROUGH A CONSORTIUM PUT TOGETHER BY JARDINE ENGINEERING CORP. COMPRISING VICKERS, MANUFACTURERS EQUIPMENT, GEORGE ROBSON, DAVIS PRITCHARD AND RICHMOND AND MIDLAND DYNAMO UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF THE BRITISH POST OFFICE CONSULTANCY SERVICE.

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GENERAL ELECTRIC PROVIDED THE BUILDING’S ELEVATORS, CHUBB THE STRONGROOM DOORS, WORMALD INTERNATIONAL THE FIRE FIGHTING FACILITIES AND PHILIPS HANDLED THE ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION. FROM JAPAN, FUJISASH WON THE TENDER FOR ALUMINIUM WINDOWS AND SUZUKI SHUTTER CO. SHIPPED IN THE ROLLING SHUTTERS.

THE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUE ITSELF WAS STRAIGHTFORWARD, WITH REINFORCED CONCRETE FOR PILING AND FOUNDATION AND THE CONVENTIONAL REINFORCED CONCRETE COLUMN AND BEAM METHOD FOR THE SUPERSTRUCTURE.

THE COMPLETION OF THIS IMPRESSIVE NEW BUILDING FILLS HONG HONG’S NEED FOR INCREASED MAIL-HANDLING CAPABILITY, WHICH IN TURN IS A REFLECTION OF THE CONTINUING DYNAMIC GROWTH OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

THE NEW G.P.O. WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 8 A.M. ON THURSDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE REMINDED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDING. PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE MAIN ENTRANCE OF THE NEW G.P.O. NOT LATER THAN 10:30 A.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). G.I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST THE PRESS.

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN AIR PASSENGERS AND CARGO

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SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN BOTH AIR PASSENGERS AND CARGO HAS BEEN RECORDED AT KAI TAK AIRPORT DURING THE PAST TEN YEARS, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR. BRIAN KEEP, SAID TODAY.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF LION ROCK, HE POINTED OUT THAT THE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS HAD QUADRUPLED AND THE AMOUNT OF CARGO HAD INCREASED BY NEARLY TEN TIMES COMPARED WITH THE FIGURES TEN YEARS AGO.

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, MORE THAN FOUR MILLION PASSENGERS PASSED THROUGH THE AIRPORT, THE LARGEST NUMBER HANDLED IN ANY ONE YEAR SO FAR, WHILE 152 MILLION KILOS OF AIR FREIGHT WERE HANDLED -REPRESENTING INCREASES OF NEARLY TEN PER CENT IN PASSENGERS AND A STAGGERING 46 PER CENT IN CARGO OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

HE NOTED THAT THE ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE FIGURES WERE SHOWN BY THE EARNINGS OF THE AIRPORT AT $220 MILLION IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY AT $3,000 MILLION, NOT TO MENTION THOSE OF THE AIRLINES RELATED TO HONG KONG WHICH PROBABLY AT LEAST EQUAL THOSE OF THE TOURIST INDUSTRY.

ON THE CARGO SIDE, MR. KEEP SAID 25 PER CENT OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND 30 PER CENT OF RE-EXPORTS WERE CARRIED BY AIR, REPRESENTING A TOTAL OF OVER $8,500 MILLION OF TRADING.

THE FACT THAT THE AVIATION INDUSTRY HAD BEEN ABLE TO COPE WITH THESE RATES OF INCREASE, ESPECIALLY IN THE FIELD OF CARGO, WAS SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF, HE SAID.

FORTUNATELY, MR. KEEP CONTINUED, THE GROWTH IN THE CARRIAGE OF PASSENGERS AND CARGO HAD NOT HAD TO BE MATCHED BY A SIMILAR GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS AND, IN FACT, THE TOTAL 1975 MOVEMENTS WAS ONLY 2-1/2 TIMES THOSE OF 1965.

THIS MAINLY RESULTED FROM THE USE OF MORE WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT WHICH CARRIED MORE PASSENGERS. +IF THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY HAD NOT ADOPTED LARGER AIRCRAFT BUT CONTINUED TO USE AIRCRAFT OF 1965 VINTAGE, WE WOULD HAVE HAD TO HANDLE SOME 90,000 AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS AT HONG KONG AIRPORT LAST YEAR INSTEAD OF THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF 50,000.+

HOWEVER, WITH A PATTERN OF AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS SIMILAR TO THAT AT PRESENT, HE SAID CONSTRAINTS COULD BE EXPECTED TO APPEAR ABOUT 1984 DUE TO LACK OF CAPACITY.

THE GOVERNMENT, MR. KEEP WENT ON, HAD NOT BEEN INSENSITIVE IN THE PAST TO THE PROBLEMS WHICH COULD ARISE FROM LACK OF AIRPORT CAPACITY. +THE IMPORTANCE WHICH IT ATTACHES TO THE CONTINUING EFFICIENCY OF THE AIRPORT AND THE AIR TRANSPORT SYSTEM MAY BE JUDGED FROM THE EXPENDITURE WHICH HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR PROJECTS AT THE AIRPORT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AND THE COMMITMENTS WHICH IT HAS MADE FOR THE FUTURE.+

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AT LEAST $370 MILLION HAS BEEN OR ARE BEING SPENT ON EXPANDING OR IMPROVING THE VARIOUS AIRPORT FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE EXTENSION OF THE RUNWAY AND THE PASSENGER TERMINAL BUILDING, AND THE VISUAL NAVIGATION SYSTEMS.

+ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS WILL MAXIMISE THE USE WHICH WE CAN GET FROM OUR VERY SUBSTANTIAL AND MODESTLY PROFITABLE INVESTMENT IN THE AIRPORT,* HE SAID.

IN 1976, THE AIRPORT IS EXPECTED TO CARRY PASSENGERS NUMERICALLY EQUAL TO THE WHOLE POPULATION OF HONG KONG. UNLESS THERE IS A RETURN TO THE CRISIS DAYS OF 1974, MR. KEEP SAID AIR TRAFFIC COULD BE EXPECTED TO INCREASE STEADILY AGAIN UNTIL REACHING THE PRACTICAL CAPACITY.

TO THIS END, CONSULTANTS WORKING FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HAS ALREADY UNDERTAKEN AN EXTENSIVE STUDY OF THE PRESENT AIRPORT AND THE ALTERNATIVE COURSES AVAILABLE TO HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE FEASIBILITY OF BUILDING A NEW AIRPORT, HE SAID.

ON CIVIL AVIATION IN GENERAL, MR. KEEP SAID THERE WAS SCARCELY A CORNER OF THE WORLD WHICH WAS NOT SERVED BY REGULAR AIRLINE SERVICES.

+BUT THE INTERNATIONALISM OF AIR TRAVEL GOES FAR BEYOND TERRITORIAL ASPECTS. HOW IS IT THAT CIVIL AVIATION IS ABLE TO FUNCTION WITH THE DEGREE OF RELIABILITY, REGULARITY AND SAFETY WHICH IT HAS ACHIEVED OVER THE YEARS?

+THERE IS NO OTHER TRANSPORT INDUSTRY WHICH IS OPERATED TO THE SAME UNIFORMITY OF HIGH STANDARDS AS CIVIL AVIATION.*

FOR A FEW EXAMPLES, HE SAID AVIATION IS OPERATED UNDER ONE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION LANGUAGE, ONE SET OF RULES OF THE AIR (THE AVIATION HIGHWAY CODE), STANDARDISED NAVIGATION SYSTEMS, STANDARDISED OPERATION OF AIRCRAFT AND THE LICENSING OF AIRCREW, AND STANDARDISED COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE AVIATION CENTRES OF THE WORLD.

ALL THESE HAD SPRUNG FROM THE SETTING UP IN 1945 OF AN AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS KNOWN AS THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION (ICAO).

THE ORGANISATION COMPRISES 132 MEMBER STATES WHO HAVE AGREED TO ABIDE BY THE CONVENTION ON CIVIL AVIATION, ITS ARTICLES, STANDARDS AND RECOMMENDED PRACTICES.

THE MACHINERY OF ICAO AND THE WILLINGNESS OF ITS MEMBERS TO USE THAT MACHINERY EFFECTIVELY HAD, THEREFORE, BEEN THE BACKBONE OF THE ORDERLY TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION, MR. KEEP ADDED.

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ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY TO VISIT SUMMER CAMP * M * 8

THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, IS TO VISIT THE FIRST SCHOOL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 12).

THE CAMP, ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECT SECTION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, FORMS PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

MR. HADDON-CAVE, WHO WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOMt AFFAIRS, MR. DENIS BRAY AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, WILL SEE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS CARRYING OUT FIELD STUDIES IN BIOLOGY AND OTHER RELATED SUBJECTS AND CAMPING ACTIVITIES.

SOME 30 STUDENTS FROM WA YING COLLEGE AND PO LEUNG KUK C.F.A. NO. 1 COLLEGE ARE TAKING PART IN THE FIVE-DAY CAMP WHICH BEGAN ON AUGUST 9.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT. MR. HADDON-CAVE WILL ARRIVE AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AT 3 P.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 12).

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THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD TODAY (TUESDAY) DECIDED TO AWARD A BURIAL GRANT OF $1,100 TO THE FATHER OF THE LATE NG WAI KUEN, THE SEVEN-YEAR-OLD VICTIM OF SUSPECTED RAPE AND MURDER. THE BODY.OF THE GIRL WAS FOUND IN THE LAM TIN ESTATE ON AUGUST 8, 1976.

COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS OF CRIMES OF VIOLENCE IS PAID OUT FROM PUBLIC FUND THROUGH THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION BOARD.

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PRE-WAR BUILDING DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NO. 71, HOI PA VILLAGE, TSUEN WAN LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AND REQUIRES THAT THE BUILDING SHALL BE DEMOLISHED.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT THIS SINGLE-STOREY PRE-WAR BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED WITH A PITCHED TIMBER ROOF ON LOAD-BEARING WALLS, WHICH WERE OF IRREGULAR CONSTRUCTION AND SHOWED SIGNS OF STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS.

THE ADJACENT BUILDINGS AT NOS. 72 AND 73, HOI PA VILLAGE ARE OF SIMILAR CONSTRUCTION, AND WERE RECENTLY THE SUBJECT OF EMERGENCY CLOSURE ORDERS FOLLOWING A PARTIAL COLLAPSE. DEMOLITION OF THESE BUILDINGS IS NOW NECESSARY.

IT IS CONSIDERED THAT NO. 71, HOI PA VILLAGE WOULD BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE DEMOLITION OR FURTHER COLLAPSE OF NOS. 72 AND 73, HOI PA VILLAGE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER IN KOWLOON DISTRICT COURT AT 9.30 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 7, 1976 WAS POSTED TODAY.

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INVESTIGATION INTO ACCIDENT AT TSING Yl TANKER JETTY

X X X X 3£ X

THE HONG KONG PILOTAGE AUTHORITY HAS APPOINTED A BOARD OF INVESTIGATION TO INQUIRE INTO THE CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING TO AN ACCIDENT WHICH OCCURRED ON FEBRUARY 24 THIS YEAR, INVOLVING THE KUWAITI TANKER +KAZIMAH+ AND THE MOBIL OIL COMPANY JETTY AT TSING Yl ISLAND.

THE BOARD OF INVESTIGATION, WHICH WAS SET UP AFTER PRELIMINARY INQUIRIES, WILL MEET TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND ON THURSDAY AT THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

THE MEETING WILL BE CHAIRED BY MR. KENNETH MOK WAH-KO, DEPUTY CROWN SOLICITOR, ASSISTED BY CAPTAIN J. MAYO, SENIOR SURVEYOR OF SHIPS AND COMMANDER A.H.F. WILKS, OF THE ROYAL NAVY.

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R-CORD PRICE FOR INDUSTRIAL LAND AT TUEN MUN

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A DEVELOPMENT COMPANY TODAY PAID A LOCAL RECORD PRICE OF $208.50 A SQUARE FOOT FOR AN AREA OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN.

A REPRESENTATIVE OF HOI KA COMPANY LTD., BOUGHT 18,610 SQUARE FEET (1,729 SQ. METRES) OF LAND IN THE NEW TOWN EARMARKED FOR GODOWN AND INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES FOR 83.88 MILL ION.

IT WAS THE FIRST AUCTION OF INDUSTRIAL LAND IN TUEN MUN FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS.

AT THE LAST AUCTION, IN SEPTEMBER 1974, THE WINNING BID WAS $67 A SQUARE FOOT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, WHICH CONDUCTED THE AUCTION, SAID TODAY’S FINAL BID MORE THAN DOUBLED THE UPSET PRICE OF $1.8 MILLION.

+THE KEEN INTEREST AND VERY COMPETITIVE BIDDING REFLECT THE CONTINUING INTEREST AND CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF TUEN MUN AND THE NEW TOWNS GENERALLY,* HE SAID.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND REPULSE BAY AREAS WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 12) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AFFECTED AREA IN TSIM SHA TSUI IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, AUSTIN ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, AUSTIN AVENUE, KIMBERLEY ROAD AND OBSERVATORY ROAD, INCLUDING HILLWOOD ROAD.

IN REPULSE BAY, THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE HOUSE NOS. 12, 16, 20, 24, 37, 41, 43 AND 45 REPULSE BAY ROAD.

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CONTENTS PAGE NO.

POSTAL SERVICES IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY ........... 1

CO-OPERATION NEEDED TO ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING ...................................... *

RECRUITING STAFF THROUGH L.E.S. ADVANTAGEOUS TO EMPLOYERS 5

H.K.C.E. EXAM RESULTS AVAILABLE TOMORROW ................... 6

CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR PEOPLE RECEIVING METHADONE TREATMENT .................................................. 7

RECOGNITION OF H.K.C.E. RESULTS 3Y HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES ...................................... 7

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CLU3 STREET ........................... 8

HONG KONG STUDENT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICERS TO ATTEND COURSE IN U.K........................................ 8

INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS EXAMS ............................... 9

WATER CUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI AND TSZ WAN SHAN ................ 9

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1976

POSTAL SERVICES IMPORTANT TO HK’S ECONOMY

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POSTAL SERVICES ARE OF THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND +ONLY IF WE CONTINUE TO KEEP PACE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY OF MODERN COMMUNICATIONS WILL WE BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN OUR POSITION AS A LEADING CENTRE OF TRADE AND FINANCE,+ THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE SAID TODAY.

HE WAS POST OFFICE

SPEAK ING AT THE OFFICIAL AT CONNAUGHT PLACE.

OPENING OF THE NEW GENERAL

+AS AN INDICATION OF THE WAY IN WHICH OUR POST OFFICE HAS KEPT ABREAST OF MODERN METHODS,+ SIR MURRAY SAID, +IT WAS THE FIRST OUTSIDE EUROPE AND AMERICA TO INTRODUCE THE ULTRA-FAST ’SPEEDPOST’ SERVICE WHICH NOW OPERATES TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, BELGIUM, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA AND BRAZIL.*

HE ADDED THAT WORK ON THE NEW $43 MILLION INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE AT HUNG HOM WOULD START LATER IN THE YEAR AND WOULD MAKE POSSIBLE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE HANDLING OF HAIL.

+THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE ENJOYS A HIGH REPUTATION BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD,* THE GOVERNOR SAID. +OUR LINKS WITH THE BRITISH POST OFFICE ARE LONGSTANDING AND OUR RELATIONS WITH OTHER POSTAL AUTHORITIES INCLUDING THE KWANGCHOW POST OFFICE ARE CLOSE AND FRIENDLY.*

TURNING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS, SIR MURRAY SAID OFFICE ALSO HAD RESPONSIBILITIES IN THIS FIELD.

THAT THE POST

THIS ARM OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH CONTROLS THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF ALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG, WILL ALSO BE HOUSED IN THE NEW G.P.O. BUILDING.

THE WIDE RANGE AND STRIKING MODERNITY OF THESE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY AND CABLE AND WIRELESS, HE SAID, HAD EARNED FOR HONG KONG THE STATUS OF AN IMPORTANT CENTRE IN BOTH THE REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, AND THE PART THEY HAD PLAYED IN HONG KONG’S EMERGENCE AS AN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL AND TOURIST CENTRE HAD BEEN IMMENSE.

EARLIER, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR. MALKI ADD I SAID IN HIS SPEECH THAT THE NEW G.P.O. WOULD PROVIDE FOR THE STAFF INFINITELY BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS AND WELFARE FACILITIES.

+AND THIS, PERHAPS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, GIVES ME GREATER SATISFACTION THAN ANY SINGLE ADVANCE WE HAVE MADE IN THE POST OFFICE SINCE I CAME HERE 17 YEARS AGO.*

MR. ADD I SAID THAT THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE WOULD CELEBRATE ITS 135 BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 24.

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HE RECALLED THAT IT WAS FIRST ACCOMMODATED IN A SMALL WOODEN BUILDING ON A LITTLE HILL JUST ABOVE THE SITE OF THE PRESENT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL.

IT MOVED TO A WATERFRONT SITE ON QUEEN’S ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION WITH WYNDHAM STREET IN 1846, BUT IN COURSE OF TIME, LAND WAS RECLAIMED AND THE WATERFRONT RECEDED. IN 1911 IT MOVED TO THE PEDDER STREET SITE WHICH WAS THEN ALSO ON THE WATERFRONT.

+ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE PATTERN SET OVER THE YEARS. WE ARE AGAIN ON THE WATERFRONT — TO THE ENVY, I SUSPECT, OF MANY -- AND, I AM SURE YOU WILL AGREE, WE HAVE NOW ON THIS SITE A FINE, NEW BUILDING OF WHICH HONG KONG CAN BE JUSTLY PROUD,+ HE SAID.

MR. ADD I THANKED ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT FOR THEIR HARD WORK, IN PARTICULAR THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND THE PROJECT ARCHITECT AND THE BRITISH POST OFFICE CONSULTANCY SERVICE WHO DESIGNED THE MECHANISED SYSTEMS.

BEFORE HANDING OVER THE KEYS TO THE BUILDING TO MR. ADD I, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL IN HIS SPEECH SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE NEW G.P.O. WAS ONLY FIVE STOREYS HIGH - ABOUT THE SAME HEIGHT AS THE OLD POST OFFICE BUILDING, IT PROVIDED A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF 170,000 SQ. FT. - MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT IN THE OLD BUILDING.

HE SAID THE PLANNING OF THE BUILDING BY THE PWD’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER 1969. PILING WORK COMMENCED IN APRIL 1974 AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE IN OCTOBER 1974. THE BUILDING ITSELF TOOK SOME 21 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

+IM ADDITION TO MODERN POSTAL MECHANISATION, THIS BUILDING IS ALSO EQUIPPED WITH EFFICIENT AIR-CONDITIONING AND LIGHTING SYSTEMS, A SOPHISTICATED FIRE PREVENTION SYSTEM, A NETWORK OF CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION SECURITY SCANNERS AND ALSO A CENTRAL VACUUM-CLEANING PLANT WHICH, I AM TOLD, IS THE FIRST ONE INSTALLED IN HONG KONG,+ MR. BELL SAID.

FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE GOVERNOR’S SPEECH :

+THE MOVE OF THE GENERAL POST OFFICE TO THIS FINE NEW BUILDING IS OVERDUE. THE OLD POST OFFICE WAS A WELL-KNOWN LANDMARK. TO SOME IT HAD AESTHETIC APPEAL, BUT NONE CLAIMED ITS EXTERIOR WAS SUGGESTIVE OF THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY WHICH POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS HAVE BECOME SINCE IT WAS BUILT. AND WE HAVE HEARD WHAT THE POSTMASTER GENERAL HAD TO SAY ABOUT ITS INTERIOR. SO WE ALL CONGRATULATE HIM ON THIS MOVE TO MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE APPROPRIATE OFFICES, AND INCIDENTLY ON THE RECOVERY OF HIS UNINTERRUPTED HARBOUR VIEW.

+THE SERVICES WHICH HIS DEPARTMENT PROVIDES ARE OF THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMY. ONLY IF WE CONTINUE TO KEEP PACE WITH THE TECHNOLOGY OF MODERN COMMUNICATIONS WILL WE BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN OUR POSITION AS A LEADING CENTRE OF TRADE AND FINANCE. TOO OFTEN WE ARE APT TO TAKE FOR GRANTED THE EASE WITH WHICH WE COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER PEOPLE, BOTH IN HONG KONG AND ABROAD. WE FORGET THE AMOUNT OF TIME, EFFORT AND SKILL REQUIRED OF THE STAFF OF THE POST OFFICE.

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+ALMOST A MILLION POSTAL ITEMS ARE HANDLED IN HONG KONG DAILY, AND THEY ARE SENT ABROAD OR DELIVERED LOCALLY WITH REMARKABLY LITTLE FUSS. MOREOVER, UNLIKE MOST OTHER POSTAL ADMINISTRATIONS IT IS ALL DONE WITHOUT TAXPAYERS SUBSIDY.

+THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE ENJOYS A HIGH REPUTATION BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD. OUR LINKS WITH THE BRITISH POST OFFICE ARE LONGSTANDING AND OUR RELATIONS WITH OTHER POSTAL AUTHORITIES INCLUDING THE KWANGCHOW POST OFFICE ARE CLOSE AND FRIENDLY.

+AS AN INDICATION OF THE WAY IN WHICH OUR POST OFFICE HAS KEPT ABREAST OF MODERN METHODS IT WAS THE FIRST OUTSIDE EUROPE AND AMERICA TO INTRODUCE THE ULTRA-FAST ’SPEEDPOST’ SERVICE WHICH NOW OPERATES TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, BELGIUM, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA AND BRAZIL. WORK ON A NEW HK$43 MILLION INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE AT HUNG HOM WILL START LATER IN THE YEAR, AND WILL MAKE POSSIBLE FURTHER IMPROVEMENTS IN THE HANDLING OF MAIL.

+THE POST OFFICE ALSO HAS RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE FIELD OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS. THIS ARM OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHICH CONTROLS THE ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF ALL TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN HONG KONG, WILL ALSO BE HOUSED HERE. THE'WIDE RANGE AND STRIKING MODERNITY OF THESE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY AND CABLE AND WIRELESS HAVE EARNED FOR US THE STATUS OF AN IMPORTANT CENTRE IN BOTH THE REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK, AND THE PART THEY HAVE PLAYED IN HONG KONG’S EMERGENCE AS AN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL AND TOURIST CENTRE HAS BEEN IMMENSE.

+l AM GLAD, MR. POSTMASTER GENERAL, THAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF ARE NOW TO BE HOUSED IN THIS SPLENDID BUILDING. I TRUST THAT NONE OF YOU WILL NEED IN FUTURE TO SWELTER IN THE SUMMER AND FREEZE IN THE WINTER IN THE GOOD CAUSE OF KEEPING HONG KONG IN THE FOREFRONT OF POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

+l HAVE GREAT PLEASURE IN DECLARING THIS NEW HONG KONG GENERAL POST OFFICE OPEN.+

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CO-OPERATION NEEDED TO ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING ******

MR. HORACE KNIGHT, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR (INDUSTRIAL TRAINING) AND SECRETARY FOR THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SAID THAT EFFECTIVE MANPOWER PLANNING AND TRAINING MUST INVOLVE THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH BOTH WILLING TO FULFIL THEIR RESPECTIVE RESPONSIBILITIES TO ACHIEVE THE COMMON OBJECTIVE.

ADDRESSING THE ROTARY CLUB, KOWLOON WEST, MR. KNIGHT SAID THE TRAINING COUNCIL FUNCTIONED AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT, THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE TRAINING INSTITUTIONS.

THE TRAINING COUNCIL WHICH REPLACED THE INDUSTRIAL TRAINING ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN 1973 COMPRISES SEPARATE TRAINING BOARDS FOR HONG KONG’S TEN MAJOR INDUSTRIES AND FIVE SPECIALIST COMMITTEES RESPONSIBLE RESPECTIVELY FOR APPRENTICESHIP, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, TECHNICAL TRAINING IN INSTITUTIONS, INSTRUCTOR TRAINING AND TRANSLATION, ACCORDING TO MR. KNIGHT.

AN AD HOC COMMITTEE ON TRAINING IN COMMERCE AND THE SERVICES WAS ALSO APPOINTED IN 1974 FOLLOWING A DECISION TAKEN BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL TO EXTEND ITS WORK INTO THESE SECTORS, HE ADDED.

THE PRINCIPAL TASK OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL IS TO ADVISE THE GOVERNOR ON THE MEASURES NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS A COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEM OF MANPOWER TRAINING GEARED TO MEET THE DEVELOPING NEEDS OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY, THAT IS, INDUSTRY, COMMERCE AND THE SERVICE SECTOR.

MEMBERS OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL, THE BOARDS AND THE COMMITTEES COMPRISE LEADING INDUSTRIALISTS REPRESENTING THE MAJOR TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND OFFICIALS FROM RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

MR. KNIGHT SAID THAT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TRAINING COUNCIL WERE CONTAINED IN PERIODICAL MANPOWER SURVEY REPORTS OF THE INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARDS, ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE COUNCIL AND OTHER DOCUMENTS.

THESE DOCUMENTS WERE WRITTEN FOR ALL ENGAGED IN THE MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY, IN INDUSTRY, IN COMMERCE AND IN THE SERVICE SECTOR, HE SAID.

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RECRUITING STAFF THROUGH *

L.E.S. ADVANTAGEOUS TO EMPLOYERS * * K *

EMPLOYERS WOULD SAVE MONEY AND TIME IF THEY RECRUITED EXTRA STAFF THROUGH THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (L.E.S.) OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT. MR. DAVID LIN, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, SAID THIS (WEDNESDAY) EVENING.

ADDRESSING THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT KAIFONG WELFARE ASSOCIATION, HE SAID THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT-SERVICE, WHICH OPERATES FROM FIVE OFFICES THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, HELPS EMPLOYERS FIND SUITABLE WORKERS AS WELL AS MATCHING REGISTERED JOB-SEEKERS WITH SUITABLE JOBS.

+BY MAKING USE OF THE FREE FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE L.E.S., EMPLOYERS COULD SAVE MONEY ON RECRUITMENT ADVERTISEMENTS AND TIME AND TROUBLE NEEDED TO GO THROUGH APPLICATION FORMS AND MAKE PRELIMINARY SELECTIONS,+ MR. LIN SAID.

HE DISCLOSED THAT THE L.E.S. PLACED AN AVERAGE OF 500 WORKERS IN NEW JOBS EACH MONTH.

ON THE QUESTION OF EMPLOYMENT IN INDUSTRY OF CHILDREN UNDER 14 WHICH IS PROHIBITED BY LAW, MR. LIN SAID THAT THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN STERN ACTION TO STAMP OUT THE PRQBLEM. THIS INCLUDED SPECIAL ANTI-CHILD LABOUR CAMPAIGNS AND PROSECUTING OFFENDERS.

MR. LIN DEPLORED THAT PEOPLE MADE INDISCRIMINATE CHARGES AGAINST HONG KONG IN RELATION TO CHILD LABOUR.

+MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,+ MR. LIN SAID, +THEY RELY ON UNSUBSTANTIATED REPORTS WHICH, WHEN FOLLOWED UP, EITHER REPRESENT A MISUNDERSTANDING OR ARE BASED ON VAGUE ALLEGATIONS.*

MR. LIN POINTED OUT THAT THERE ARE STRICT STATUTORY RESTRICTIONS ON THE HOURS OF WORK NOT ONLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OF 14 AND 15 YEARS, BUT ALSO FOR WOMEN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16 AND 17 ALTHOUGH THEY ARE LEGALLY ALLOWED TO BE EMPLOYED.

THE EXISTING LAWS BANNED OVERTIME FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 14 AND 15 AND LIMITED OVERTIME FOR THOSE WHO ARE 16 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE AND FOR ALL WOMEN TO 200 HOURS A YEAR.

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H.K.C.E. EXAM RESULTS AVAILABLE TOMORROW

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THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1976 WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS TOMORROW MORNING. RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN POSTED AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES BY FRIDAY AT THE LATEST.

AS RESULTS ARE BEING SUPPLIED TO ALL CANDIDATES INDIVIDUALLY, EITHER DIRECT OR THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS, LIST OF RESULTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT CITY DISTRICT OFFICES OR OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES. HOWEVER, ANY PRIVATE CANDIDATES WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS BY AUGUST 14 MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11/FL., KOWLOON, TEL. NO. 3-688708 OR 3-688602.

THIS YEAR, 70,440 CANDIDATES ENTERED FOR THE EXAMINATION. WHEN COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OF 63,992, THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 10.08 PER CENT.

ALTOGETHER 30 SUBJECTS WERE EXAMINED. COPIES OF AN ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS IN THE MAJOR SUBJECTS ARE DISTRIBUTED SEPARATELY IN THE G.I.S. PRESS BOXES. THE PERCENTAGE OF AWARDS OF GRADE E OR ABOVE FOR THOSE CANDIDATES SITTING THE MAJOR SUBJECTS WAS 61.61 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 61.81 PER CENT IN 1975.

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CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR PEOPLE RECEIVING METHADONE TREATMENT * K * *

THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED A CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR PEOPLE RECEIVING METHADONE TREATMENT IN THE EVENT OF A TYPHOON OR TROPICAL STORM.

FOUR CENTRES — ONE ON THE ISLAND, TWO IN KOWLOON AND ONE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES -- WOULD REMAIN OPEN IF THE NO. 8 OR ABOVE SIGNAL WAS HOISTED.

THEY ARE THE VIOLET PEEL CENTRE IN WAN CHAI, THE KWUN TONG HEALTH CENTRE IN EAST KOWLOOM, THE YAU MA TEI JOCKEY CLUB POLYCLINIC IN CENTRAL KOWLOON AND THE LADY TRENCH POLYCLINIC IN TSUEN WAN.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID ANYONE WHO IS ON EITHER THE METHADONE MAINTENANCE OR THE DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMME COULD GO TO ONE OF THESE CENTRES IN HIS OWN REGION FOR THEIR DOSAGE.

ALL OTHER METHADONE MAINTENANCE AND DETOXIFICATION CENTRES WOULD BE CLOSED ONCE THE NO. 8 OR ABOVE SIGNAL WAS UP, HE SAID.

SOME 10,000 DRUG ADDICTS HAVE NOW REGISTERED WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S FOUR MAINTENANCE CENTRES AND 12 DETOXIFICATION CENTRES.

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THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT WITH THE 'EXCEPTION OF THREE SUBJECTS, NAMELY, BUDDHIST STUDIES, SHORTHAND AND TYPEWRITING ACHIEVEMENTS AT GRADE C OR ABOVE IN ALL SUBJECTS TAKEN IN CHINESE AS WELL AS ENGLISH IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION ARE RECOGNISED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS UNIVERSITIES AS EQUIVALENT TO O-LEVEL PASSE?; FOR THE PURPOSE OF FULFILLING UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS.

■WITH THE AMALGAMATION OF THE SUBJECTS OF BIOLOGY, BIBLICAL KNOWLEDGE AND HISTORY THIS YEAR, IN THE SENSE THAT COMMON SYLLABUSES, QUESTION PAPERS AND STANDARDS IN GRADING ARE ACHIEVED IN BOTH THE ENGLISH AND THE CHINESE VERSIONS, THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD HAS VIRTUALLY COMPLETED THE PROCESS OF AMALGAMATION OF THE FORMER HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (ENGLISH EXAMINATION) AND THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (CHINESE EXAMINATION), WHICH IT SET OUT TO ACHIEVE IN 1974.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CLUB STREET

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT CLUB STREET IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED AT ITS JUNCTION WITH.CHATER ROAD FROM 10 A.M. ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 15). THE CLOSURE IS TEMPORARY AND WILL NOT EXCEED SIX MONTHS.

DURING THE CLOSURE, JACKSON ROAD BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND CHATER ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND, AND THE PROHIBITION AGAINST PLB’S IN CLUB STREET WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO JACKSON ROAD.

CROSS-HARBOUR EXPRESS COACH ROUTE NO. 200 WILL OPERATE VIA JACKSON ROAD ON OUTWARD JOURNEYS.

THE PARKING METER SPACES IN JACKSON ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENTS ARE TO FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION WORK OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CHATER STATION.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE PUT UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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H.K. STUDENT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICERS TO ATTEND COURSE IN U.K.

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FOUR STUDENT AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL OFFICERS OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT HAVE LEFT FOR THE UNITED KINGDOM TO ATTEND A BASIC AERODROME AND APPROACH CONTROL COURSE AT THE COLLEGE OF AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, BOURNEMOUTH (HURN AIRPORT.)

THE OFFICERS, MR. LUI CHUNG-KAM, MR. TSE KEE-FAT, MR. YEUNG KONG AND MR. CHAN PING-KIN, ARE TAKING THE COURSE IN PREPARATION FOR FURTHER SPECIALISED TRAINING IN VARIOUS CONTROL POSITIONS IN HONG KONG.

THE COURSE, FROM AUGUST 16 UNTIL NOVEMBER 5, PROVIDES BOTH THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL TRAINING.

THE SUBJECTS INCLUDE METEOROLOGY, RADIO THEORY

GENERAL AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

NAVIGATION,

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THE INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS ENGLISH EXAMINATIONS FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKING CHINESE CANDIDATES WILL BE HELD IN EARLY DECEMBER.

ENTRY FORMS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 16).

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS TOGETHER WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY (HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD OR PASSPORT) AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS (2-1/2 INS X 2 INS) OF THE CANDIDATE MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION BETWEEN AUGUST 16 AND 20.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AND ALL FEES MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 24 TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION.

CANDIDATES ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST MAKE THEMSELVES AVAILABLE FOR THE PART I ORAL TESTS AT A DATE TO BE FIXED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 29 AND DECEMBER 17.

DETAILS OF THE EXAMINATIONS AND THEIR FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE OF EXAMINATION FEES

GRADE PART 11 PART III PART IV WHOLE EXAM. REFERRED (FOR ONE OR TWO PARTS)

PRELIMINARY DEC.10,76 DEC.10,76 $80 $50

GRADE 1 DEC.10,76 DEC.10,76 DEC.10,76 $105 $65

GRADE 1 1 DEC.10,76 DEC.10,76 DEC.9,76 $130 $80

INTERMEDIATE DEC.6,76 DEC.7,76 $160 $95

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WATER CUT * # * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL EE TURNED OFF FOR 10 HOURS FROM 10 P.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 13) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO ADD TWO VALVES TO THE 12-INCH FRESH WATER MAIN ALONG NATHAN ROAD.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES ARE THOSE ALONG NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN MIDDLE ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD, INCLUDING KOWLOON PARK.

ALSO ON THE SAME DAY, WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSZ WAN SHAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY TSZ WAN SHAN ROAD, WAN WAH STREET, SHUNG WAH STREET, AND SHEUNG FUNG STREET, INCLUDING TSZ WAN SHAN ESTATE BLOCK NOS. 4-32.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1976

CONTENTS PAG£ NO*

JULY WETTER THAN NORMAL ...................................... 1

SOME 9,000 MORE CHILDREN IMMUNIZED AGAINST MEASLES ........... 2

GOVERNOR TO VISIT RECREATION CAMP IN SAI KUNG ON SATURDAY . 3

RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL FOR WONG TAI SIN ............... 4

MR. AND MRS. HADDON-CAVE VISIT STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP. 5

HONG KONG TO HOST COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY ............................. 6

FIREMEN TO RECEIVE LETTERS OF COMMENDATION ................... 6

WATER CUT IN CAUSEWAY BAY .................................... 7

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12, 1976

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JULY RAINFALL 15 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL ******

HEAVY RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH SEVERE TROPICAL STORM VIOLET LAST MONTH BROUGHT THE AMOUNT OF ACCUMULATED RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS TO 1,161.2 MM, ONLY 14 PER CENT BELOW THE AVERAGE FIGURE COMPARED WITH A 47 PER CENT DEFICIT FOR THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS.

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT COMPILED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, THE RAINFALL FIGURE FOR JULY WAS 426.8 MM OR ABOUT 15 PER CENT ABOVE NORMAL. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A SPELL OF FINE AND HOT WEATHER AROUND THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH, THERE WAS LESS SUNSHINE THAN USUAL. OF THE FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES THAT DEVELOPED IN JULY, ONLY SEVERE TROPICAL STORM VIOLET AFFECTED HONG KONG.

TWO TYPHOONS -- SALLY AND RUBY — BECAME EXTRATROPI CAL OVER THE PACIFIC TO THE EAST OF JAPAN ON JULY 3 AND 4 RESPECTIVELY.

THE OTHER THREE TROPICAL CYCLONES — TYPHOON THERESE, TYPHOON ANITA AND TROPICAL STORM WILDA — STRUCK JAPAN WITHIN ONE WEEK AND CAUSED WIDESPREAD DAMAGE AND FLOODING IN KYUSHU.

VIOLET FIRST FORMED AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA ON JULY 20 AND MOVED NORTHWESTWARDS AT ABOUT 7 KNOTS TOWARDS THE SOUTH CHINA COAST TO THE WEST OF HONG KONG. IT INTENSIFIED INTO A SEVERE TROPICAL STORM BY THE EVENING OF JULY 24. AFTER CHANGING COURSES SEVERAL TIMES, IT CROSSED THE COAST OF SOUTH CHINA ABOUT 150 MILES WESTSOUTHWEST OF HONG KONG EARLY ON THE MORNING OF JULY 26 AND GRADUALLY DEGENERATED INTO AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE.

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MONTH, A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE REMAINED QUASl-STATIONARY NEAR THE SOUTH CHINA COAST AND THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG DURING THE FIRST FIVE DAYS WAS MAINLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS WHICH WERE HEAVY AND THUNDERY AT TIMES.

A SPELL OF BRILLIANTLY FINE AND VERY HOT WEATHER WAS EXPERIENCED FROM JULY 15 - 21 WHEN AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE COVERED SOUTH CHINA. DURING THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 21, THE AIR TEMPERATURE REACHED A MAXIMUM OF 33.9 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED DURING THE MONTH.

DUE TO THE INFLUENCE OF SEVERE TROPICAL STORM VIOLET, THE WEATHER IN HONG KONG BECAME CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS ON JULY 22 AND 23. AFTER VIOLET DISSIPATED OVERLAND ON JULY 27, THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON BECAME ACTIVE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AND THE WEATHER REMAINED UNSETTLED WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS FOR THE REST OF THE MONTH. ON THE MORNING OF JULY 30, THE AIR TEMPERATURE DROPPED TO A MINIMUM OF 24.4 DEGREES CELSIUS WHICH NAS THE LOWEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED DURING THE MONTH.

NO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS AND NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED.

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RESPONSE TO IMMUNISATION PLEA MOST ENCOURAGING * * * *

SOME 9,000 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED AGAINST MEASLES DURING JULY AND THE FIRST WEEK OF AUGUST.

OF THESE, 2,151 WERE INOCULATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 4,251 IN KOWLOON AND 2,230 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT DESCRIBED THE PUBLIC RESPONSE TO RECENT APPEALS FOR IMMUNIZATION AGAINST THE DISEASE AS +MOST ENCOURAGING*.

HOWEVER, HE SAID THERE WERE STILL A LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN WHO REMAINED SUSCEPTIBLE TO MEASLES.

HE AGAIN URGED PARENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN, PARTICULARLY THOSE BETWEEN NINE MONTHS AND FIVE YEARS OF AGE, ARE VACCINATED AGAINST THE HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASE.

HE SAID ONE SINGLE INJECTION COULD GIVE LONG-LASTING PROTECTION.

HE REMINDED THE PUBLIC THAT FREE VACCINE WAS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AT ALL THE DEPARTMENT’S MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CENTRES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INCIDENCE OF MEASLES CONTINUED TO EE HIGH IN JULY WITH A TOTAL OF 269 CASES COMPARED WITH 260 IN JUNE.

SIX CHILDREN HAVE DIED SO FAR THIS YEAR AS A RESULT CF THE DISEASE.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT ALTHOUGH MEASLES IS NOT ITSELF FATAL, THE DISEASE COULD CAUSE COMPLICATIONS SUCH AS MIDDLE-EAR INFECTION, BRONCHITIS AND ENCEPHALITIS.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT RECREATION CAMP IN SAI KUNG ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, IS TO FLY OUT TO THE NEW TERRITORIES IN A HELICOPTER ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 14) TO SEE THE ACTIVITES INSIDE THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CAMP.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE MET BY THE PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER (PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION AND SPORT), MR. MIKE CASWELL, AND THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER, MISS BETTY MAIR WHEN HIS HELICOPTER LANDS AT A FOOTBALL PITCH NEXT TO THE SAI KUNG POLICE STATION.

THE PARTY THEN PROCEEDS TO THE CAMP WHERE THEY WILL BE MET BY THE CAMP DIRECTOR, MR. RAYMOND CHAN, OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THE GOVERNOR WILL THEN BE ESCORTED ON A TOUR OF THE CAMP WHERE HE WILL SEE YOUTHS UNDERGOING TRAINING IN ARCHERY, TRAMPOLIN, VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL.

SOME 280 YOUTHS ARE TAKING PART IN THE CAMP WHICH ALSO CONSISTS OF A MUSIC CAMP AND AN ART AND CRAFT CAMP.

SIR MURRAY WILL ALSO SEE 20 VOLUNTEERS DECORATING THE NISSEN HUTS UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A FIVE-MAN TEAM FROM THE DESIGN SECTION OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED. THE GOVERNOR WILL ARRIVE AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE AT 12 NOON ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 14).

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RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL FOR WONG TAI SIN

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RECREATION AND SPORT ARE A GOOD WAY TO ENGENDER A SENSE OF BELONGING AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL SO THAT FAMILIES CAN CO-OPERATE WITH THEIR NEIGHBOURS IN A SPIRIT OF COMRADESHIP AND MUTUAL AID, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS AND INFORMATION, MR. DENIS BRAY, SAID TONIGHT.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE RECREATION AND SPORTS COUNCIL FOR WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT, HE SAID A GREAT DEAL WAS ALREADY BEING DONE AND, +UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, A FAR FREER EXCHANGE OF VIEWS AND AN IMPROVED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN DISTRICT ASSOCIATIONS AND GOVERNMENT IS BECOMING MORE AND MORE EVIDENT EVERYDAY.+

MR. BRAY, WHO IS ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED WITH THE ACTIVE GAMES AREAS BEING OPENED UP IN MORSE PARK.

+ HERE WITH THE FIRST ARTIFICIAL TURFED FOOTBALL PITCH IN HONG KONG AND THE LATEST INDOOR GAMES HALL, A WHOLE NEW RECREATIONAL CONCEPT HAS BECOME AVAILABLE,* HE SAID.

+IT IS NOW ESSENTIAL TO PUT THESE FACILITIES TO PROPER USE. THEY MUST EE UTILISED FAIRLY FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE -- NOT AS PLACES WHERE THEY CAN BE INFLUENCED BY UNDESIRABLE ELEMENTS.

+WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE PAST THAT MERE PROVISION OF FACILITIES DOES NOT BRING SOCIAL WELL BEING.* HE POINTED CUT.

HE NOTED THAT PLAYGROUNDS HAD ACQUIRED A BAD REPUTATION AS A GATHERING GROUND FOR BULLIES AND YOUNG HOODLUMS.

THIS REPUTATION, HE EMPHASISED, COULD ONLY BE CHANGED BY CHANGING WHAT WENT ON AT PLAYGROUNDS, BY RUNNING PROPERLY ORGANISED GAMES AND COMPETITIONS.

+IT WILL BE FOR YOU TO STIMULATE HEALTHY USE OF THESE PLAYGROUNDS AND EITHER DISLODGE ROUGH TOUGHS WHEN THEY ARE FOUND OR REFORM THEM,* HE ADDED.

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MR. AND MRS. HADDON-CAVE VISIT STUDIES AND

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THE ACTING COLONIAL SECRETARY, MR. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE, AND HIS WIFE TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID A 90-MINUTE VISIT TO THE SCHOOL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED EY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. DENIS ERAY AND THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE.

THE VISITORS WERE MET ON ARRIVAL EY PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER, CHAIRMAN OF THE AD HOC WORKING PARTY ON +FIELD STUDIES CENTRE* AND MR. A.J. REEVE, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS).

AFTER BEING BRIEFED ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE CAMP, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND EVER ORGANISED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS, MR. HADDON-CAVE AND THE PARTY PROCEEDED TO THE LABORATORY TO SEE CAMPERS CARRYING OUT PRACTICAL LABORATORY WORK ON GRASSLAND FLORA AND FAUNA.

THE VISITORS ALSO SAW THE BARRACK-TYPE ACCOMMODATION MADE AVAILABLE FOR THE CAMPERS.

THE FIVE-DAY CAMP, ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE SCIENCE SUBJECT SECTION AND THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, FORMS PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

SOME 30 STUDENTS FROM WA YING COLLEGE AND PO LEUNG KUK C.F.A. NO. 1 COLLEGE ARE TAKING PART IN THE CAMP WHICH ENDS TOMORROW.

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COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY TO EE HELD IN HONG KONG

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HONG KONG IS TO HOST A COMMONWEALTH REGIONAL SEMINAR ON +TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY* FROM SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 7.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT ABOUT 30 OVERSEAS DELEGATES FROM 14 COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES AND A NUMBER OF OBSERVERS FROM INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANISATIONS WILL COME TO HONG KONG FOR THE EVENT.

THE SEMINAR IS BEING ORGANISED BY THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARIAT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE POLYTECHNIC.

THE AIM OF THE SEMINAR IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KEY PERSONS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE EDUCATION AND TRAINING OF TECHNICIANS FOR INDUSTRY TO MEET AND DISCUSS PROBLEMS OF COMMON CONCERN.

THE DELEGATES WILL EXAMINE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, HOW THE MOST FRUITFUL PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY CAN BE ACHIEVED.

THE HONG KONG DELEGATION WILL BE LED BY MR. ANDREW KINGWELL, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL).

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY DR. 3.Y. CHUNG, SENIOR UNOFFICIAL MEMBER OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

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PRESENTATION OF LETTERS OF COMMENDATION * * * * *

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (KOWLOON), MR. FRED JACKSON, WILL PRESENT THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION TO A PRINCIPAL FIREMAN AND THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES’ COMMENDATION TO A DIVISIONAL OFFICER AND THREE FIREMEN AT A CEREMONY TO EE HELD AT THE MONG KOK.fTrE STATION AT 9 A.N.. TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

AT THE SAME CEREMONY, THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, MR. EILL DOORE, WILL ALSO PRESENT HIS LETTERS OF COMMENDATION TO NINE AMBULANCE MEN.

THE RECIPIENTS ARE RECOGNISED FOR THE PART THEY PLAYED IN A THIRD ALARM FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT AT NOS. 1-9 CHEUNG SHA STREET, KOWLOON, ON FEBRUARY 19 THIS YEAR.

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE PRESENTATION. THEY SHOULD MEET MR. CHUI HUNG-FAT AT THE MONG KOK FIRE STATION, TONG MEI ROAD, NOT LATER THAN 8.45 A.M.

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WATER CUT M K H

SALT WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER CF PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL EE TURNED OFF FOR 12 HOURS FROM 8 P.M. TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO INSTALL A 24-INCH VALVE AT KWOK SHU I ROAD, NEAR FU UK ROAD.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY THE SOUTHERN HALF OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD FROM TAI LIN PAI ROAD TO TAI WO HAU ESTATE, INCLUDING KWAI HING ESTATE, KWAI FONG ESTATE AND KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL BERTH NOS. 1, 2, 3, AND 5.

ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 14), WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN CAUSEWAY BAY WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.Mi. TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY YEE WO STREET, SUGAR STREET, GREAT GEORGE STREET, PATERSON STREET, KINGSTON STREET AND CLEVELAND STREET.


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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST. 13, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

- < BAN ON PILING MAY BE EXTENDED AS PART OF ANTI-NOISE DRIVE ...................................................... 1

MORE FLEXIBILITY FOR USE OF QUOTAS FOR WEST GERMANY ........ 2

HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE GROUP WON ADMIRERS IN SCOTLAND ................................................... 3

LEGISLATION PROPOSED TO EXTEND MTR COMPENSATION PERIOD .. 4

COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE COMES INTO OPERATION NEXT MONDAY 5

SHEK KIP MEI WILL HAVE BETTER RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES IN REVISED ZONING PLAN .......................... 6

FOURTEEN FIREMEN AND AMBULANCEMEN RECEIVED COMMENDATIONS FOR THEIR PERFORMANCE IN A THIRD ALARM FIRE ............... 7

GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR MAY SHOW $21 M. SURPLUS ........... 8

NO RESTRICTIONS ON USE OF DRUGS BY GOVERNMENT DOCTORS ... 9

FIVE ACRES OF INDUSTRIAL LAND TO BE RESUMED IN TUEN MUN 9

DETAILS OF NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM OF FORM 1 PLACES ........ 10

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1976

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MORE ANTI-NOISE MEASURES TO BE INTRODUCED * M U « I

THE SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MR. ALAN ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT, TODAY (FRIDAY) CALLED FOR PUBLIC CO-OPERATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST NOISE POLLUTION.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT POINTED OUT THAT +NO AMOUNT OF LEGISLATION IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC CO-OPERATION.*

+WITH IMPROVED AFFLUENCE LEADING TO GREATER USE OF NOISE PRODUCING EQUIPMENT AND APPLIANCES, THE PUBLIC HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE AN ALMIGHTY DIN, IT IS ALSO WITHIN THE POWER OF EACH AND EVERYONE OF US TO MAKE A LITTLE LESS NOISE IF WE ONLY PUT OUR MIND TO IT — IF WE DO, OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORT WOULD RESULT IN A VERY DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENT,* HE EMPHASISED.

MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT STRESSED THAT THE REDUCTION OF NEIGHBOURHOOD NOISE +WAS VERY MUCH IN THE HANDS OF THE PUBLIC AND A GENERAL AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO AVOID UNNECESSARY NOISE WOULD BE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE THAN ANY AMOUNT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS.

HE RECALLED THAT A CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED LAST YEAR AGAINST SUCH NOISES CAUSED BY ELECTRIC GUITARS, CASSETTE TAPE PLAYERS, BANGING SAUCEPANS AND THE CLATTER OF MAHJONG TILES.

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HE NOTED THAT MOST OF THESE NEIGHBOURHOOD NOISES WERE COVERED BY VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE SUMMARY OFFENCES ORDINANCE, IN PARTICULAR THE SECTION THAT IMPOSED A GENERAL BAN ON EXCESSIVE NOISE FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M., THE NEXT DAY.

+CONSTRUCTION NOISE,* HE SAID, +GAVE RISE TO THE GREATEST NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS.*

ON THE ADVICE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION (EPCOM), HE DISCLOSED, AN AMENDMENT TO THE REGULATIONS WAS BEING DRAFTED TO EXTEND THE BAN ON PILING FROM 7 P.M. TO 7 A.M. THE NEXT DAY AS WELL AS ALL DAY ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.___________________________________________________

IT WAS ALSO THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION TO ADD TO THIS BAN ALL NOISY ITEMS OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT, HE SAID.

+ALSO UNDER CONSIDERATION IS THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING A SYSTEM OF TYPE APPROVALS, OR SOME OTHER SYSTEM TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT WHICH EMBODIES NOISE SUPPRESSION DEVICES OR FUNCTIONS REASONABLY QUIETLY,* HE SAID.

TURNING TO ’TRAFFIC NOISE’, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT SAID THAT THERE WERE PLANS TO GREATLY INCREASE THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT’S CAPACITY TO INSPECT VARIOUS TYPES OF VEHICLES.

ON ’AIRCRAFT NOISE’, HE SAID MEASURES TO DEAL WITH IT INCLUDED A VIRTUAL BAN ON FLIGHTS BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND 6.30 A.M. AND CERTAIN RSTRICTIONS ON OPERATIONS TO REDUCE NOISE BETWEEN 9 P.M. AND 7 A.M. WERE EFFECTIVE IN PROVIDING RELIEF WHEN IT WAS MOST NEEDED. ___________ ______________________________

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AS FOR NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY ’VENTILATING SYSTEMS AND AIR CONDITIONERS’, MR. ARMSTRONG-WRIGHT POINTED OUT THAT IN MOST CASES, WITH PROPER DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE, NOISE FROM THIS TYPE OF EQUIPMENT COULD BE KEPT DOWN TO A REASONABLE LEVEL.

TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM, HE SAID, THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND URBAN SERVICES REGULATIONS HAD BEEN AMENDED RECENTLY ON THE ADVICE OF EPCOM TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION TO MAKE THE OWNERS OF EXCESSIVELY NOISY VENTILATING SYSTEMS AND AIRCONDITIONERS, REDUCE THE NOISE.

+IT IS INTENDED TO MOUNT ANOTHER ANTI-NOISE CAMPAIGN NEXT MONTH — THIS TIME DIRECTED AT AIR-CONDITIONING AND VENTILATING NOISE,+ HE ADDED.

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ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY FOR UTILIZATION OF QUOTAS FOR WEST GERMANY * * * * *

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT CONFIRMED TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY WILL SHORTLY BE PROMULGATING REGULATIONS GIVING HONG KONG ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY IN THE USE OF ITS 1976 TEXTILE QUOTAS FOR WEST GERMANY.

THIS WAS CONVEYED IN A FORMAL NOTE TO THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT’S OFFICE IN BRUSSELS.

THE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITIES TAKE THE FORM OF ADDITIONAL +SWING+ AND ADDITIONAL +ANTICIPATION+. THIS IS TO SAY, A MORE FLEXIBLE ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSFERRING QUOTAS FROM CERTAIN CATEGORIES OF TEXTILES TO OTHER CATEGORIES, AND PROVISION FOR BORROWING A BIGGER PERCENTAGE OF QUOTA FROM NEXT YEAR’S QUOTA THAN IS AT PRESENT ALLOWED FOR CERTAIN CATEGORIES.

THE ITEMS FOR WHICH THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL +SWING+ ARE TROUSERS, SKIRTS AND DRESSES.

THE ITEMS ALLOWED ADDITIONAL +ANTICIPATION+ ARE KNITTED UNDERGARMENTS, SHIRTS AND T-SHIRTS, KNITTED PULLOVERS WOVEN DRESSES AND SHIRTS, NIGHTWEAR, KNITTED OUTERGARMENT, RAINCOATS, WOVEN SHIRTS AND JACKETS, WOVEN TROUSERS, WOVEN COATS,AND JACKETS FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS, WOVEN BLOUSES AND HOUSEHOLD LINEN.

THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT WILL BE ISSUING A NOTICE TO EXPORTERS ANNOUNCING THE CONTROL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY FACILITIES.

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HK SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE GROUP WELL RECEIVED IN SCOTLAND * * * *

CHEERS AND APPLAUSE FILLED THE EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS, SCOTLAND, THIS WEDNESDAY WHEN THE HONGKONG SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE GROUP GAVE A SUPERB PERFORMANCE BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF 400.

APPEARING IN COLOURFUL CHINESE DANCING COSTUMES, THE SCHOOL DANCERS PERFORMED 12 CHINESE CLASSICAL AND FOLK DANCES DEPICTING THE RICH CULTURE AND HERITAGE OF CHINA.

THE PROGRAMME BROUGHT THE ENTHRALLED AUDIENCE BACK IN TIME TO THE HAN DYNASTY IN THE +DANCE OF SUNFLOWERS* AND AT TIMES TOOK THEM RIDING ALONG WITH MONGOLIAN HORSEMEN, OR SHARING AN INTIMATE COURTSHIP IN THE LOVE DUET OF A SINKIANG DANCE.

THE FIRST HALF OF THE PERFORMANCE ENDED WITH THE +DANCE OF THE MYTHICAL LANCE+, A COMBINATION OF CHINESE MARTIAL ART AND CHOREOGRAPHY, AND THE CURTAIN FELL ON A GRAND FINALE WITH ALL THE GROUP’S 26 DANCERS PERFORMING WITH FANS, RIBBONS AND FLOWER LANTERNS.

THE MANAGER OF THE EDEN COURT THEATRE, MR. GEORGE MCLAREN WAS THEN PRESENTED WITH A BANNER BEARING THE CHINESE CHARACTERS ’’ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP” AND A COPY OF THE 1976 HONGKONG ANNUAL REPORT.

BACK STAGE AFTER THE SHOW, IT WAS A SCENE OF WARM FRIENDSHIP AND SINCERE COMPLIMENTS WITH MANY OF THE AUDIENCE CONGRATULATING THE DANCERS AND TEAM OFFICIALS AND ASKING FOR AUTOGRAPHS. AN ELDERLY SCOTTISH LADY GAVE THE DANCERS THREE BOXES OF CHOCOLATES AS A TOKEN OF APPRECIATION FOR WHAT SHE REGARDED AS ’’AN IMMACULATE AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCE BY A MOST NON-PROFESS IONAL GROUP”. THE PERFORMANCE BY THE HONGKONG SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE GROUP IN INVERNESS WAS THEIR FIFTH APPEARANCE IN SCOTLAND AS PART OF THEIR PROGRAMMES IN THE EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AND PERFORMING ARTS CURRENTLY HELD IN SCOTLAND.

RESPONSE TO THE GROUP HAS BEEN SO OVERWHELMING THAT THE ORGANISERS HAVE ASKED THE HONGKONG GROUP TO STAGE AN EXTRA PERFORMANCE IN ABERDEEN ON AUGUST 19.

OVER 500 PEOPLE HAD TO BE TURNED AWAY ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF THE GROUP’S APPEARANCE BEFORE A CAPACITY AUDIENCE OF 600 AT THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION THEATRE IN ABERDEEN ON AUGUST 8.

MRS. JOY BRYER, SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF YOUTH ORCHESTRAS AND PERFORMING ARTS SAID THAT SHE HAD NEVER SEEN SUCH A BIG GRQUP ON PAST OCCASIONS. ’’THIS BEARS TESTIMONY TO THE APPEAL OF THE HONGKONG GROUP”, SHE SAID.

THE DANCERS PERFORMED AT THE SAME PLACE ON AUGUST 9. THE THEATRE WAS ONCE AGAIN PACKED TO CAPACITY. AMONG THE AUDIENCE WERE LORD PROVOST ROBERT LENNOX OF ABERDEEN AND THE LADY PROVOST. AT THE END OF THE HOUR-LONG PERFORMANCE WHICH CONSISTED OF 13 DANCES, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GROUP PRESENTED THE LORD PROVOST WITH A BANNER AND A COPY OF THE 1976 HONGKONG ANNUAL REPORT AND THE LADY PROVOST WITH A SOUVENIR COIN. •

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IN HIS BRIEF REMARK, THE LORD PROVOST DESCRIBED THE HONGKONG GROUP’S PERFORMANCE AS ’’FANTASTIC’* AND ONE ’’FULL OF BEAUTY AND GRACE”.

THE HONGKONG DANCERS CHALKED UP ANOTHER RESOUNDING SUCCESS WHEN THEY STOLE THE LIMELIGHT IN A FIREWORKS TATTOO HELD IN LINSFIELD STADIUM IN THE EVENING OF AUGUST 10 BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF 6,000. THE TATTOO FEATURED, AMONG OTHER THINGS, MARCHING BANDS, CHINESE DANCES, MASSED CHOIRS AND PIPERS CULMINATING IN THE ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE OF TCHAIKOVSKY’S 1812 OVERTURE AND A SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY.

THREE DANCES WERE PERFORMED BY THE GROUP THAT NIGHT. THEY WERE THE ’’FLOWER DRUM DANCE”, AND "DANCE OF SUNFLOWERS” AND THE NORTHERN LION DANCE.

THE DANCE GROUP MADE ITS DEBUT IN THE EVENING OF AUGUST 7 (SATURDAY), A FEW HOURS AFTER THE FESTIVAL WAS DECLARED OPEN, WHEN THEY MADE A PROCESSION DANCE WITH FLOWER DRUMS ALONG UNION STREET, ABERDEEN’S THOROUGHFARE. PARTICIPANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ALSO TOOK PART IN THE SAME MARCH WHICH ATTRACTED HUNDREDS OF ON-LOOKERS.

MRS. ELEANOR LEE, LEADER OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE TEAM SAID THAT IT WAS EXTREMELY ENCOURAGING THAT THE GROUP HAD RECEIVED SUCH TREMENDOUS ACCLAIM. ”1 FEEL VERY PROUD OF OUR DANCERS’ MAGNIFICENT PERFORMANCE”, SHE SAID.

AFTER FIVE HECTIC DAYS OF CONTINOUS PERFORMANCE AND AN APPEARANCE IN THE GRAMPIAN TELEVISION, THE DANCERS WERE ENJOYING THEIR FIRST FREE DAY IN SCOTLAND AND TOURING AROUND THE CITY OF ABERDEEN.

MORE THAN 1,300 PARTICIPANTS FROM 16 COUNTRIES TOOK PART IN THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL. THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY WAS HELD IN THE MUSIC HALL ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 7. THE HONGKONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. S.T. KIDD WAS AMONG THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS.

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THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR ,<HICH CLAIMS CAM BE MADE FOR COMPENSATION FOR PECUNIARY LOSS OR DAMAGE CAUSED DY THE TEMPORARY OF INDEFINITE CLOSURE OF A STREET BECAUSE OF WORK O’. THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE '.E.. PROVISION, WHICH ..ILL ALSO COVER LOSSES CAUSED BY SUBSTANTIAL ALTERATIONS TO A STREET, .-.CULD EXTEND THE PERIOD FOR WHICH CLAIMS CAN BE MADE TO ONE YEAR FROM THE RE-OPENING OR REINSTATEMENT OF THE STREET.

DETA I.S ARE GIVEN IN THE MASS TRANSIT RAI-WAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) (AMENDMENT) BILL PUBLISHED IK TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE BILL Wl-L GO BEFORE ’THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AFTER IT RESUMES BUSINESS.

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COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE EFFECTIVE FROM MONDAY * * * *

THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE 1976, WHICH PROVIDES FOR AREAS OF HONG KONG COUNTRYSIDE SUITABLE FOR PUBLIC ENJOYMENT TO BE SET ASIDE AS COUNTRY PARKS WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON MONDAY (AUGUST 16), ACCORDING TO THE GAZETTE TODAY.

IT ALSO PROVIDES FOR ANY AREA OF CROWN LAND WHETHER INSIDE OR OUTSIDE A COUNTRY PARK, TO BE SET ASIDE AS A SPECIAL AREA, AGAIN FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC.

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, A BOARD, CONSISTING OF SIX OFFICIALS AND TEN UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, HAS BEEN SET UP UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES. IT REPLACES THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND NATURE CONSERVATION.

THE COMPOSITION OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD IS AS FOLLOWS s

CHAIRMAN s DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES.

OFFICIAL MEMBERS i DIRECTOR OF LANDS AND SURVEY, DIRECTOR OF WATER SUPPLIES, SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES.

UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS : MRS. MADELINE TANG, MR. J.H. BREMRIDGE, PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER, MR. A. DONALD YAP, MR. R.S. SHELDON, MR. R. HUTCHEON, MR. C.M. LEUNG, MR. WOO TING-SANG, MR. WILLIAM W.T. HSU AND MR. LEE KWAN-CHUNG.

THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WILL BE THE AUTHORITY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS.

IT WILL BE HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNOR THE AREAS TO BE DESIGNATED AS COUNTRY PARKS OR SPECIAL AREAS.

IN ADDITION, IT WILL BE HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE MEASURES TO PROTECT THE VEGETATION AND WILD-LIFE INSIDE THE PARKS OR AREAS AND TO PRESERVE AND MAINTAIN BUILDINGS AND SITES OF HISTORICAL OR CULTURAL INTEREST. HE WILL ALSO ENCOURAGE THE USE AND DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS FOR RECREATION AND TOURISM AND PROVIDE SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR PUBLIC ENJOYMENT.

THE ORDINANCE PRESCRIBES PROCEDURES FOR THE DESIGNATION OF COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS. THERE ARE STATUTORY PROVISIONS FOR OBJECTIONS BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

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SHEK KIP MEI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN

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MORE RECREATIONAL AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES ARE PROPOSED IN A REVISED OUTLINE ZONING PLAN FOR SHEK KIP MEI PREPARED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THE NEW DRAFT PLAN INCLUDES THREE ZONING CHANGES AS WELL AS A NEW FORM OF NOTES WHICH DEFINE THE PERMITTED USES OF THE VARIOUS SITES AS WELL AS THOSE WHICH MAY BE EXCEPTIONALLY PERMITTED BY THE BOARD.

ONE MAJOR AMENDMENT IS THE REZONING OF A LARGE AREA OPPOSITE THE TAI HANG TUNG ESTATE FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

THIS AREA, WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY RESERVED PARTLY FOR INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL, AND FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES, PROVIDES AN ADDITIONAL FOUR HECTARES FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND IS TO EE DEVELOPED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE NEARBY ESTATES.

OTHER CHANGES ARE THE PROVISION OF A COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL SITE OFF TAT CHEE AVENUE EXTENSION AND SITES FOR PETROL FILLING STATIONS ALONG TAI PO ROAD.

THE PLAN COVERS A TOTAL AREA OF 221.8 HECTARES, OF WHICH 82.2 HECTARES ARE RESERVED FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, 34.8 HECTARES FOR OPEN SPACE AND 33 HECTARES FOR GREEN BELT.

A TOTAL OF 44.8 HECTARES IS EARMARKED FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES SUCH AS SCHOOLS, CLINICS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD, THE NEED FOR FURTHER SITES FOR GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY USES WAS EXPECTED TO INCREASE IN THE NEXT DECADE AND SITES HAVE THEREFORE BEEN PROVIDED IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE DISTRICT.

TENTATIVE RESERVATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR A HOSPITAL AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS ADJOINING NAM CHEONG STREET AND CORNWALL STREET, HE SAID.

TENTATIVE RESERVATIONS HAD ALSO BEEN MADE FOR A CIVIC CENTRE NEXT TO THE EXISTING POLICE STATION AT TAI HANG SAI STREET. FURTHER SITES FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES HAD ALSO BEEN RESERVED ALONG THE NORTHERN SECTION OF TAT CHEE AVENUE, HE ADDED.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT AMENDED PLAN, INCLUDING THE NEW NOTES, ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (CENTRAL AND WESTERN), THE SHAM SHU I PO C.D.C., AND AT THE TOWN PLANNING OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING.

UNDER A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZETTE, ANY PERSON AFFECTED BY THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN MAY SUBMIT WRITTEN OBJECTIONS TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TOWN PLANNING ECARD, C/O PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, HONG KONG, BEFORE OCTOBER 12, 1976.

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FIREMEN AND AMBULANCEMEN COMMENDED M H M K * *

FOURTEEN MEMBERS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WERE TODAY (FRIDAY) HIGHLY COMMENDED FOR THEIR COURAGE, TENACITY AND DEVOTION TO DUTY WHICH THEY DISPLAYED DURING A THIRD ALARM FIRE IN KOWLOON EARLY THIS YEAR.

AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE MONGKOK FIRE STATION THIS MORNING, THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (KOWLOON), MR. FRED JACKSON, PRESENTED THE GOVERNOR’S COMMENDATION TO PRINCIPAL FIREMAN MAK SUM= THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES HIGH COMMENDATIONS TO FIREMEN LEE KWOK-FAN, CHAN. CHI-MING AND WAI SHIU—FA 1= AND THE DIRECTOR OF FIRE SERVICES COMMENDATION TO DIVISIONAL OFFICER TAI CHUN-LAU.

AT THE SAME CEREMONY, THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER, MR. BILL DOORE, ALSO PRESENTED HIS COMMENDATIONS TO NINE AMBULANCE OFFICERS. THEY WERE SENIOR AMBULANCEMEN WONG PEE-TAK, CHAN YUK-LUNG AND CHAN LOY-SUN, AMBULANCEMEN LAM WING-KEUNG, WONG YEE-FONG, WONG YIM-SANG, WONG WE I-SING, LO CHI-MING AND POON YUEN-WING.

THE 14 RECIPIENTS WERE RECOGNISED FOR THE PART THEY PLAYED IN THE RESCUE OPERATIONS DURING A FIRE WHICH BROKE OUT AT NOS. 1-9 CHEUNG SHA STREET, KOWLOON, ON FEBRUARY 19 THIS YEAR.

THE FIRE STARTED ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING SHORTLY BEFORE 6 A.M. AND DUE TO THE INTENSIVE USE OF TIMBER FOR PARTITIONS AND DECOR INSIDE THE FLAT, THE BLAZE SPREAD RAPIDLY.

AS A RESULT, FIRE AND SMOKE QUICKLY ENGULFED THE STAIRCASES, THREATENING THE LIVES OF SOME 150 PEOPLE ON THE UPPER FLOORS, MOST OF WHOM WERE STILL ASLEEP AT THAT TIME.

PRINCIPAL FIREMAN MAK AND THE THREE FIREMEN CONCERNED WERE THE CREW OF AN EMERGENCY TENDER DESPATCHED FROM THE MONGKOK FIRE STATION TO THE SCENE THAT MORNING.

ON ARRIVAL THEY SAW THE FIRST AND THE SECOND FLOORS WERE BURNING FURIOUSLY WITH SMOKE LOGGING THE UPPER FLOORS.

AFTER TELLING THE OCCUPANTS OF THE UPPER FLOORS NOT TO JUMP, THE TEAM ENTERED THE BUILDING AND LED THEM TO SAFETY. AMONG THOSE RESCUED WERE A PREGNANT WOMAN, AN UNCONSCIOUS BOY AND AN OLD WOMAN WHO HAD TO BE CARRIED DOWN.

PRINCIPAL FIREMAN MAK LATER FOUND A SEMI-CONSCIOUS BOY ON THE STAIRCASE BETWEEN THE 7TH AND STH FLOORS. ALTHOUGH BY THIS TIME HE HIMSELF WAS NEAR EXHAUSTION, HE PICKED UP THE CHILD AND CARRIED HIM DOWN THE CONGESTED STAIRS TO THE STREET WHERE HE COLLAPSED BEFORE HE COULD REACH AN AMBULANCE, WITH THE CHILD STILL CLASPED IN HIS ARMS. BOTH OF THEM WERE CONVEYED TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.

WHILE THEIR OFFICER-IN-CHARGE WAS BEING SENT TO HOSPITAL, FIREMEN LEE, CHAN AND WAI ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE CONTINUED THEIR SEARCH OF THE UPPER FLOORS AND SUCCESSFULLY ESCORTED MANY TENANTS TO SAFETY.

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THE CITATION IN RESPECT OF THE FOUR FIREMEN STATES'THAT THEIR ACTIONS, IN PARTICULAR PRINCIPAL FIREMAN MAK, WERE OF THE HIGHEST ORDER.

THEIR CONDUCT THROUGHOUT WAS FIRST CLASS AND INDICATED THE QUALITIES OF THE MEN OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT OF WHICH THE PUBLIC SHOULD BE JUSTLY PROUD.

DIVISIONAL OFFICER TAI WAS COMMENDED FOR THE FIRST CLASS LEADERSHIP AND RESOURCEFULNESS HE DISPLAYED WHEN DIRECTING THE FIRE FIGHTING OPERATION AND RESCUE OF THE PEOPLE TRAPPED.

AS A RESULT OF HIS OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP, THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY SUBDUED, STAIRCASES CLEARED, PERSONS SPEEDILY RESCUED AND REMOVED TO WAITING AMBULANCES FOR TRANSPORTATION TO HOSPITALS.

THE AMBULANCE OFFICERS WHO WERE AWARDED THE CHIEF AMBULANCE OFFICER’S COMMENDATIONS WERE RECOGNISED FOR THEIR EFFICIENCY IN TREATING THE PATIENTS AT THE ABOVE INCIDENT.

ALTOGETHER THEY MADE 11 TRIPS TO HOSPITAL CARRYING 17 INJURED PERSONS WITHIN 45 MINUTES.

THEIR PROMPT ACTION PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE SURVIVAL OF THOSE RESCUED.

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 1976 SHOW A SURPLUS OF $21 MILLION COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF $60 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

THIS HAS RESULTED IN AN ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF $127 MILLION FOR THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THIS FINANCIAL YEAR, COMPARED WITH A DEFICIT OF §78 MILLION FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

GROSS EXPENDITURE AT $446 MILLION WAS §21 MILLION LESS THAN IN MAY 1975. THE EXPENDITURE FIGURE DOES NOT INCLUDE THE SALARY INCREASE FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE EFFECTIVE FROM 1ST APRIL 1976, WHICH WILL NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE ACCOUNTS UNTIL JUNE.

TOTAL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS AT $467 MILLION FOR THE MONTH WAS $61 MILLION MORE THAN IN MAY 1975, DUE MAINLY TO INCREASED RECEIPTS FROM RATES, INTERNAL REVENUE, MOTOR VEHICLES TAXES AND LAND SALES.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 1976 '

ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF DRUGS IN GOV’T HOSPITALS * * * *

GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS WILL HAVE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF DRUGS FOR PATIENTS SEEKING IN-PATIENT OR OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT DURING THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THERE WAS NO SHORTAGE OF DRUG SUPPLIES NOR HAD THERE BEEN ANY CUTBACK IN THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS ON DRUGS.

HE WAS COMMENTING ON RECENT PRESS REPORTS THAT DOCTORS AT QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL HAD BEEN INSTRUCTED TO CUT DOWN THE USE OF DRUGS BECAUSE FUNDS WERE SHORT.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE ON DRUGS FOR 1976/77 IS $35 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF $5 MILLION OR 16.6 PER CENT OVER THE ESTIMATE FOR 1975/76.

BASED ON THE DRUG SPENDING LAST YEAR, A PRELIMINARY $6 MILLION HAS BEEN ALLOCATED TO QUEEN MARY HOSPITAL FOR DRUGS DURING THE CURRENT YEAR, HE SAID.

IN ORDER TO ENSURE THE BEST USE TO BE MADE OF THE FUNDS, CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES ARE BEING SET UP IN THE MAJOR GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS. THESE COMMITTEES ARE MADE UP OF THE MEDICAL SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CONSULTANTS WHO HEAD THE VARIOUS UNITS OF THE HOSPITALS. THEIR PRIMARY OBJECT IS TO MAKE SUB-ALLOCATIONS TO INDIVIDUAL DEPARTMENTS ON A FAIR AND EQUITABLE BASIS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE OVERALL ALLOCATION UNDER THE DRUG VOTE TO A HOSPITAL, AND TO MONITOR DRUG USAGE ON A REGULAR BASIS.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT AT NO TIME HAD DOCTORS BEEN INSTRUCTED TO CUT DOWN THE USE OF DRUGS BECAUSE OF SHORTAGE OF FUNDS.

LAND RESUMPTION IN TUEN MUN *****

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME MORE THAN FIVE ACRES OF LAND IN TUEN MUN FOR FURTHER INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW TOWN.

ONE MONTH’S NOTICE OF THE RESUMPTION, WHICH COVERS 105,561 SQUARE FEET OF PRIVATE LAND, WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY THAT NONE OF THE AFFECTED AREA WAS CLASS IF I ED AS BUILDING LAND, ALTHOUGH 23 TEMPORARY STRUCTURES AND A SHRINE WOULD HAVE TO BE CLEARED FROM THE SITE.

SIX FAMILIES WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THE CLEARANCE, HE SAID, AND HAD BEEN OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING OR ALTERNATIVELY SPACED IN A LICENSED AREA.

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DETAILS OF NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM OF FORM 1 PLACES * M * * *

PUPILS ENTERING PRIMARY 5 THIS COMING SEPTEMBER WILL BE THE FIRST TO TAKE PART IN THE NEW PROCEDURES FOR THE ALLOCATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACES. DETAILS OF THE NEW SCHEME HAVE BEEN RELEASED TO SCHOOLS.

THE NEW SCHEME IS TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO HAVE A SUBSIDISED SECONDARY SCHOOL PLACE FOR EVERY PRIMARY 6 LEAVER IN 1978, THUS ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.

SCHOOLS WILL BE ASKED IN OCTOBER WHETHER OR NOT THEY WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NEW ALLOCATION PROCEDURE. WHERE THEY DO NOT ELECT TO PARTICIPATE, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL INVESTIGATE THE CIRCUMSTANCES TO ENSURE THAT NO CHILD WILL BE DEPRIVED OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO SECURE A SUBSIDISED FORM 1 PLACE.

IT IS HOPED THAT ALL PRIMARY SCHOOLS WILL TAKE PART IN THE NEW ALLOCATION PROCEDURES WHICH ARE BASED ON SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS OF THEIR STUDENTS’ ABILITY AND INDUSTRY.

SCHOOL ASSESSMENTS WILL BE MONITORED BY A CENTRALLY ADMINISTERED ACADEMIC APTITUDE TEST WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IS TO MONITOR AND SCALE THE ASSESSMENTS. IN PRINCIPLE, EVERY STUDENT FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MUST TAKE THE APTITUDE TEST IN ORDER TO MAKE THE MONITORING AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE, BUT GENUINE AND UNAVOIDABLE ABSENCE FROM THE TEST WILL NOT AFFECT A PUPIL’S ALLOCATION.

THE TEST WILL CONSIST OF MACHINE MARKED MULTIPLE CHOICE PAPERS, ONE ON VERBAL REASONING AND ONE ON NUMERICAL REASONING. BOTH PAPERS WILL BE SET IN THE MEDIUM OF CHINESE AND SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE IN SCHOOLS IN WHICH THERE ARE STUDENTS UNABLE TO TAKE THE TEST IN CHINESE. OFFICERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ARE ALREADY AT WORK DESIGNING DETAILS OF THE TEST AND PREPARING SPECIMEN PAPERS.

THE NEW PROCEDURES INVOLVE THE CREATION OF SCHOOL NETS, OR GROUPS OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS WHICH SUPPLY STUDENTS TO BALANCED GROUPS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS. DETAILS OF THE SCHOOL NETS WILL BE DRAWN UP IN THE AUTUMN AFTER APPROPRIATE CONSULTATION AND IT IS HOPED TO HAVE THESE PUBLISHED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION EARLY IN 1977.

SIMILARLY, DETAILS OF THE COMPOSITION, FUNCTIONS AND CONSTITUTION OF THE DISTRICT COUNCILS WILL BE DRAWN UP AFTER CAREFUL CONSULTATION AND SHOULD BE FINALISED IN TIME FOR THE COUNCILS TO BE SET UP BEFORE SCHOOLS SUBMIT THEIR FIRST SET OF INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS IN THE SUMMER OF 1977.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, STRESSED THAT THE NEW SYSTEM OF ALLOCATION WAS THE FAIREST AND MOST PRACTICAL WAY OF REPLACING THE S.S.E.E. IT WAS DECIDED UPON ONLY AFTER THE DEPARTMENT HAD TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE REPORT OF THE WORKING PARTY ON THE REPLACEMENT OF THE S.S.E.E., AFTER FURTHER CONSULTATION WITH MAJOR SCHOOL COUNCILS AND ASSOCIATIONS, AND AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

HE POINTED OUT THAT A PUBLIC TEST WAS STILL NECESSARY, BUT THAT THE NEW APTITUDE TEST WAS NOTHING LIKE THE FORMER S.S.E.E. IN THE FIRST PLACE, IT COULD NOT BE PREPARED FOR, AS IT HAD NO SYLLABUS, AND, APART FROM THE NEED FOR TWO OR THREE PRACTICE TESTS, WORKING THROUGH TEST PAPERS WOULD PRODUCE NO APPRECIABLE IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE. IN THE SECOND PLACE, INDIVIDUAL ALLOCATION WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED BY PERFORMANCE IN THE TEST. PUPILS IN UPPER PRIMARY FORMS COULD THEREFORE NOW CONCENTRATE ON THE BALANCED COURSE OF STUDY RECOMMENDED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND SCHOOLS COULD ASSESS THEIR PUPILS ON THAT COURSE.

MR. HAYE ADDED THAT REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF

THE NEW ALLOCATION SYSTEM WOULD BE EXPERIENCE BY 1980.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

COPIES OF A GENERAL SEPARATELY IN THE G.I.S.

SCHOOL CIRCULAR ARE DISTRIBUTED PRESS BOXES.

IT IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES TO INFORM SCHOOLS OF THE GENERAL ARRANGEMENTS REGARDING THE SYSTEM OF ALLOCATION OF FORM 1 PLACES WHICH WILL REPLACE THE S.S.E.E. AFTER THAT EXAMINATION IS HELD FOR THE LAST TIME IN MAY 1977.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

WORK ON MORRISON HILL INDOOR GAMES STADIUM TO START NEXT MONTH .................................................. 1

ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK MISSION HERE TO DISCUSS LOAN ......... 2

HONG KONG SCHOOL DANCERS APPEAR ON TELEVISION IN NORTH SCOTLAND .................................................... 2

GOVERNOR VISITS SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE .......... 3

REPORT ON MANPOWER SURVEY OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY .............. 4

CHAI WAN CARNIVAL ........................................... 4

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1976

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WORK ON ANOTHER MAJOR INDOOR GAMES CENTRE BEGINS NEXT MONTH ft * * * * *

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN WORK NEXT MONTH ON ANOTHER MAJOR INDOOR GAMES CENTRE WHICH WILL PROVIDE A WIDE RANGE OF FACILITIES FOR BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS.

THE 12-STOREY COMPLEX, COSTING AN ESTIMATED $27 MILLION, IS TO BE BUILT ON A 2,910-SQ. METRE SITE AT MORRISON HILL BETWEEN 01 KWAN ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

TENDERS FOR THE PRELIMINARY SITE FORMATION WORKS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

MR. C.S. LEE, A SENIOR P.W.D. ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY THE COMPLEX SHOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED BY THE END OF 1978.

+IT WILL HAVE FACILITIES FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING - FROM TABLE TENNIS AND BADMINTON TO ATHLETIC AND GYMNASTIC EVENTS,+ HE SAID.

+IN ADDITION TO TRAINING ROOMS, LECTURE AND COMMITTEE ROOMS, THERE WILL ALSO BE WARM-UP GYMNASIUMS, CHANGING ROOMS AND HOSTEL ACCOMMODATION FOR VISITING TEAMS,+ HE SAID.

ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES OF THE COMPLEX, MR. LEE SAID, WOULD BE A LARGE MULTI-PURPOSE STADIUM WITH SEATS FOR SOME 3,900 SPECTATORS.

THE STADIUM WILL TAKE UP THE THIRD TO FIFTH FLOORS OF THE 12-STOREY COMPLEX AND WILL PROVIDE A CENTRE ARENA OF ABOUT 290 SQ. METRES.

THE HOSTELS WILL OCCUPY THE UPPER FLOORS WHILE THE LOWER FLOORS WILL PROVIDE SUCH FACILITIES AS WARM-UP GYMS, TABLE TENNIS PRACTISING HALLS, CHANGING ROOMS AND SHOWERS, CONFERENCE ROOMS AND MEETING ROOMS.

ANOTHER LARGE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE BASEMENT OF THE COMPLEX TOGETHER WITH TWO SQUASH COURTS AND FACILITIES FOR TABLE TENNIS.

THE NEW SPORTS COMPLEX IS THE FOURTH TO BE BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE COMPLETED THREE INDOOR GAMES HALLS AT MORSE PARK, CHEUNG SHA WAN AND BOUNDARY STREET, PROVIDING FACILITIES FOR SUCH SPORTS AS BASKETBALL, VOLLEYBALL, BADMINTON, GYMNASTICS, BOXING, JUDO, TABLE TENNIS, WEIGHTLIFTING, FENCING AS WELL AS FOLK DANCING AND YOGA.

WORK WILL ALSO BEGIN SOON ON A 15,000-SEAT MULTI-PURPOSE INDOOR STADIUM AT HUNG HOM.

THIS GIANT COMPLEX WILL BE IN THE FORM OF AN INVERTED PYRAMID ON A PODIUM NEAR THE NEW HUNG HOM RAILWAY STATION AND WILL PROVIDE INTERNATIONAL STANDARD FACILITIES FOR SPORTING EVENTS AS WELL AS CONVENTIONS, EXHIBITIONS AND THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES.

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A.D.B. MISSION HERE TO DISCUSS LOAN * * * * * *

AN APPRAISAL MISSION FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK HAS ARRIVED IN HONG KONG FOR A PERIOD OF TWO OR THREE WEEKS.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS VISIT IS TO DISCUSS WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOAN FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK TOWARDS PART OF THE COST OF BUILDING A PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX, INCLUDING CERTAIN COMMUNITY FACILITIES, IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

THERE IS AS YET NO COMMITMENT BY EITHER PARTY TO A LOAN, AND THESE TALKS WILL BE OF AN EXPLORATORY NATURE.

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THE PRESENCE OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ CHINESE DANCE GROUP IN ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND, HAS CONSIDERABLY ENHANCED THE IMAGE OF HONG KONG.

THEY HAVE APPEARED ON THE GRAMPIAN TELEVISION AND THE INDEPENDENT TELEVISION IN NORTH SCOTLAND.

IN ADDITION, THE GROUP’S LIAISON OFFICER, MRS. ESTHER WONG, HAS TAKEN PART IN A DISCUSSION PROGRAMME AND GIVEN THREE INTERVIEWS ON BOTH-BBC’S NATIONAL AND ABERDEEN RADIO NETWORKS.

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ DANCERS ARE MORE THAN SUPERB PERFORMERS ON STAGE. THEY ARE ALSO AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL OFF STAGE.

RECIPROCATING THE CORDIALITY OF THEIR COUNTERPARTS FROM THE UNITED STATES - THE ST. LOUIS CIVIC BALLET TROUPE - 426 SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM HONG KONG ATTENDED A PERFORMANCE BY THE TROUPE AT THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION THEATRE ON THURSDAY (12 AUGUST) NIGHT, AND SWARMED THE CHANGING ROOMS TO OFFER THEIR CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AMERICANS AFTER THE SHOW.

THE BACK STAGE WAS AT ONCE TURNED INTO A SCENE OF INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP AND UNDERSTANDING, WITH THE DANCERS FROM TWO DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD HUGGING EACH OTHER AND EXCHANGING SOUVENIRS.

DURING THE FIRST TWO NIGHTS OF THE HONG KONG GROUP’S APPEARANCE AT THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION THEATRE, THE AMERICAN BALLET GROUP TURNED OUT IN FULL FORCE TO WATCH EACH SHOW AND CHEERED THE SCHOOL DANCERS AFTER EACH PERFORMANCE.

THE HONG KONG - AMERICAN +TIE+ IS MORE THAN ONE OF INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING. IT IS A SIGN OF GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS FOR THEY ARE STAYING IN THE SAME HOSTEL AT ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY.

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GOVERNOR VISITS SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY HAD ON THE FIELD DISCUSSIONS WITH STAFF OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF SAI KUNG RECREATION CAMP WHILE ON A TOUR OF THE FIRST CAMP ORGANISED THERE BY THE SERVICE.

SAI KUNG RECREATION CENTRE WAS FORMERLY SAI KUNG ARMY CAMP AND WAS HANDED OVER ABOUT A MONTH AGO TO THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE FOR CONVERSION INTO AN OUTDOOR HOLIDAY CAMP FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

A TEAM OF STUDENTS FROM THE DESIGN SECTION OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC, ASSISTED BY YOUNG VOLUNTEERS, HAVE DRAWN UP LAY-OUT PLANS AND HAVE SET ABOUT TO DECORATE THE NISSEN HUTS.

THE CENTRE. WHICH CAN CATER FOR OVER 200 CAMPERS AT PRESENT, IS EXPECTED TO BE EXPANDED TO ACCOMMODATE UP TO 400. IT WILL BE OPEN ALL THE YEAR ROUND AND WILL BE THE FIRST-EVER LARGE-SCALE OUTDOOR HOLIDAY CENTRE OFFERING ORGANISED RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

DURING HIS VISIT TODAY, THE GOVERNOR SAW SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES OF 280 YOUNGSTERS WHO WERE HAVING THEIR LAST DAY AT THE CAMP.

THE ACTIVITIES WERE DIVIDED INTO FOUR GROUPS -- FIELD STUDIES. ART AND CRAFT, MUSIC APPRECIATION AND SPORTS TRAINING. THE ART AND CRAFT CAMP HAD ON DISPLAY AN EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS BY THE CAMPERS AND A BAND FROM THE MUSIC CAMP PROVIDED LIGHT-MUSIC FOR THE VISITORS. SPORTS TRAINING WAS AVAILABLE IN TRAMPOLIN, ARCHERY, ROPE LADDER SCALING, ROLLER SKATING AND BALL GAMES.

SIR MURRAY WAS BRIEFED ON DEVELOPMENTS THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HAD IN MIND FOR THE CENTRE, INCLUDING A SWIMMING POOL FOR LEARNERS AND A GAMES AREA, AND HAD DISCUSSIONS ON THE SPOT WITH THE PRINCIPAL EDUCATION OFFICER (PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION AND SPORT), MR. MIKE CASWELL, AND THE CHIEF RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER, MISS BETTY MAIR AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF ON HOW BEST TO MAKE USE OF THE RECREATION SITE.

BEFORE HE LEFT, THE GOVERNOR PAID A VISIT TO THE CAMP LECTURE ROOM AND LABORATORY SET UP FOR THE SCHOOL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP WHICH ENDED YESTERDAY, AND WAS MET BY PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY, CHAIRMAN OF AN AD HOC WORKING PARTY ON +FIELD STUDIES CENTRE+.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 1976

- 4' -REPORT ON MANPOWER SURVEY OF PLASTICS INDUSTRY *******

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

PREPARED BY THE PLASTICS INDUSTRY TRAINING BOARD OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, IT PROVIDES DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYMENT STRUCTURE OF THE INDUSTRY AND CONTAINS A FORECAST OF THE ANNUAL TRAINING NEEDS FOR EACH PRINCIPAL JOB BETWEEN 1976 AND 1978.

THERE ARE ALSO RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES NECESSARY TO MEET THESE NEEDS.

THE REPORT, IN CHINESE AND ENGLISH, SELLS AT $4.00 A COPY.

THIS TRAINING BOARD AND NINE OTHERS WERE SET UP BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TO DEAL WITH THE TRAINING PROBLEMS OF MAJOR INDUSTRIES HERE.

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A CARNIVAL, ORGANISED BY THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT, WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

IT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTRE BETWEEN 1 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

THE PROGRAMMES INCLUDE FUN AND GAMES STALLS, A BAZAAR, A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION, A BEER-DRINKING COMPETITION AND A VARIETY SHOW.

THE CARNIVAL IS THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES LINED UP FOR THE +CHAI WAN COMMUNITY WEEK* AIMED AT ENCOURAGING MORE RESIDENTS TO MAKE USE OF THE VARIOUS FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDE A CHILDREN’S DAY SCHEDULED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 16) WHEN SOME 400 CHILDREN WILL BE ENTERTAINED.

TUESDAY WILL BE A +MINI+ SPORTS DAY FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN FOUR AND SIX YEARS OF AGE, WHILE THE EVENINGS OF WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR FILM SHOWS AND VARIETY SHOWS.

THE +CHAI WAN COMMUNITY WEEK+ WILL END ON FRIDAY WHICH IS ALSO THE CENTRE’S ANNIVERSARY DAY. TO MARK THE OCCASION, THE CENTRE IS TO HOLD AN OPEN DAY WHICH WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A CELEBRATION CEREMONY IN THE EVENING.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 1976

EXPANSION OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ******

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS STEPPING UP ITS EFFORTS TO FOSTER BETTER AND MORE HARMONIOUS FAMILY LIFE.

STARTING NEXT MONTH, IT WILL EXPAND AND DEVELOP ITS FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME BY ORGANISING TALKS, SEMINARS AND FORUMS ON A LARGE SCALE AND ON A LONG-TERM BASIS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL DISSEMINATE TO STUDENTS, MARRIED COUPLES, PARENTS, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSEHOLD THE KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, INTER-FAMILY RELATIONSHIP, DATING AND COURTSHIP, MARITAL RELATIONSHIP, CHILD CARE AND THE QUESTION OF GENERATION GAP.

ACCORDING TO MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN, ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, THE AIM OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IS FIRSTLY, TO PROMOTE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG INDIVIDUALS BY ENHANCING UNDERSTANDING OF SELF, OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIP WITHIN THE FAMILY AND THE ROLE EACH FAMILY MEMBER PLAYS- AND SECONDLY, TO PREVENT FAMILY BREAKDOWNS BY EQUIPPING EACH MEMBER WITH KNOWLEDGE OF MARRIAGE, PARENTHOOD AND ONE’S RESPONSIBILITIES IN ENRICHING FAMILY LIFE.

HE NOTED THAT THE RESEARCH REPORT ON +SOCIAL CAUSES OF VIOLENT CRIME AMONG YOUNG OFFENDERS IN HONG KONG+ HAD INDICATED SEVERAL REASONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DRIFTING TOWARDS DELINQUENCY THOUGH NO SINGLE FACTOR WAS OF OVERWHELMING IMPORTANCE IN EXPLAINING THE RISE IN THE CRIME RATE.

+HOWEVER, WE HAVE A STRONG BELIEF THAT THOUGH IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE BETTER LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A DETERRENT TO CRIME, IT IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT THAT PREVENTIVE MEASURES SHOULD BE TAKEN TO PROVIDE PROPER GUIDANCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE BEFORE THEY GO ASTRAY,+ MR. SWEETMAN CONTINUED.

+EACH PERSON IS A MEMBER OF SOCIETY, HIS ACTIONS AND DECISIONS AFFECTED NOT ONLY HIMSELF, BUT ALSO THE COMMUNITY TO WHICH HE BELONGS. THEREFORE, FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF OUR TOTAL EDUCATION FOR LIFE AND IT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AT TIMES OF RAPID SOCIAL CHANGES WHEN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ARE SUBJECT TO CONSTANT STRESSES AND STRAINS.*

MR. SWEETMAN POINTED OUT THAT IN THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, OUR SOCIAL WORKERS WILL PREPARE YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THEIR COURTSHIP, ENGAGEMENT, WEDDING AND MARITAL RELATIONSHIP- AND THOSE WHO HAVE JUST BEGUN TO SET UP A FAMILY FOR THEIR MUTUAL ADJUSTMENT, DIVISION OF RESPONSIBILITY, PREPARING BUDGETS AND PLANNING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF CHILDREN.

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HE WENT ON TO EXPLAIN THAT FOR THE YOUNG MARRIED COUPLES WHO ARE EXPECTING CHILDREN,* WE PREPARE THEM ON CHILD CARE AND GROWTH, AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SKILLS.*

+AS FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN, WE ADVISE THEM ON THE WAYS OF HELPING CHILDREN TO ADJUST TO AUTHORITY AND TO DEVELOP A POSITIVE SCHOOL-HOME RELATIONSHIP,* HE CONTINUED. +OUR STAFF ALSO HELP TO BRIDGE THE GENERATION GAP, ENABLE PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN, AND EDUCATE THEM TO BE LESS HARSH ON THE YOUNG ONES.*

TURNING TO THOSE WHO HAVE ADOLESCENTS IN THE FAMILY, MR. SWEETMAN SAID THAT THE SOCIAL WORKERS WILL ADVISE THEM TO RECOGNISE THE DESIRE OF YOUNG PEOPLE FOR INDEPENDENCE AND AT THE SAME TIME CRAVING FOR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.

+FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE THEMSELVES, WE GIVE GUIDANCE TO THEM ON THE SELECTION OF SCHOOLS, CAREER AND MARRIAGE.

+AND FINALLY, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEREAVEMENT IN THE FAMILY, OR WHO BECOME WIDOWED, HANDICAPPED, OR AGED, WE GUIDE THEM TO DEAL WITH PAINFUL EMOTIONAL SHOCK,* HE ADDED.

AT PRESENT, SERVICE OF THIS NATURE IS UNDERTAKEN THROUGH INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING TO PARENTS AND CHILDREN AND POSSIBLY TO OTHER MEMBERS IN THE SAME HOUSEHOLD- OR THROUGH SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICE IN WHICH DIRECT COUNSELLING AND SERVICES ARE EXTENDED TO THE PUPIL HIMSELF AND VERY OFTEN TO PARENTS AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY.

FURTHERMORE, MR. SWEETMAN CONTINUED, THE COMMUNITY CENTRES IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN ORGANISING GUIDANCE PROJECTS FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS AND THEIR PARENTS IN THE SUMMER TO PREPARE THE STUDENTS IN THEIR FURTHER STUDIES AND TO HELP THEM CHOOSE A JOB.

TO EXPAND AND DEVELOP THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMME, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS TO ADOPT THE GROUP DISCUSSION APPROACH BY ORGANISING TALKS, SEMINARS AND FORUMS ON A LARGE SCALE.

MR. SWEETMAN SAID THE ADVANTAGE THAT THE GROUP DISCUSSION APPROACH HAD OVER THE CASEWORK APPROACH WAS THAT PARTICIPANTS COULD SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE, HELP SOLVE EACH OTHER’S PROBLEMS AND SPREAD THE KNOWLEDGE OF A HEALTHY FAMILY LIFE AMONG THEMSELVES.

THE GROUP DISCUSSION APPROACH TO PROMOTE THE NEW PROGRAMME WILL BE AIMED AT CONTACT ING

I) PARENTS WHOSE CHILDREN ARE UNDER INSTITUTIONAL CARE OR IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS-

II) SCHOOLS, BY EXPANDING SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK-

III) CHURCH GROUPS- AND

IV) THE COMMUNITY THROUGH COMMITTEES ORGANISED AT DISTRICT LEVEL.

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+A LONG-TERM COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMME IS BEING PLANNED WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICERS PLAYING A LEADING ROLE.+ MR. SWEETMAN SAID.

+LOCAL COMMITTEES WILL BE FORMED IN THE DISTRICTS AND LOCAL LEADERS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND SCHOOLS REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE INVITED TO SIT ON THESE COMMITTEES TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR IDEAS AND ADVICE ON THE WAYS AND MEANS OF PROMOTING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IN THE RESPECTIVE DISTRICT.

♦MORE FORUMS, TALKS, SEMINARS AND CONTESTS TO INCREASE FAMILY AWARENESS WILL BE ORGANISED, + HE ADDED.

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CONTRACT SIGNING FOR PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX ******

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A CONTRACT FOR A MULT I-MILL ION-DOLLAR PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX AT PAK TIN FOR 15,700 PEOPLE WILL BE SIGNED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 16.

THE SIGNING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10.30 A.M. IN THE P.W.D ARCHITECTURAL CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE 12TH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO HAVE THE CEREMONY COVERED.

MR. THOMAS KU, CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT, WILL SIGN ON BEHALF OF THE GOVERNMENT AND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS AFTER THE CEREMONY.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 1976

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106 FAMILIES ACCEPT RE-HOUSING TO MOVE FROM TAI ON MANSION AND NEARBY RESUMED BUILDING ******

A TOTAL OF 106 FAMILIES OF DOMESTIC TENANTS LIVING AT TAI ON MANSION. NOS 2-4 TAI PO ROAD, AND A SECOND BUILDING AT 2O5-2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, HAVE ALREADY ACCEPTED OR INDICATED THAT THEY WILL ACCEPT PUBLIC RE-HOUSING, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

THIS REPRESENTED ABOUT 80 PER CENT OF THE FAMILIES LIVING IN THE TWO BUILDINGS.

+DOMESTIC TENNANTS AMONG THESE PEOPLE ARE TO GET EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF ABOUT $20 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR LIVING ACCOMMODATION AND LESS FOR KITCHENS, TOILETS,. BALCONIES AND STORAGE AREAS, PROVIDED THESE ARE NOT SHARED WITH OTHER FAMILIES,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+HALF OF THIS AMOUNT WILL PAID TO THEM IN ADVANCE AND THE BALANCE WHEN THEY LEAVE THEIR PREMISES.

♦THE MONEY PAID IN ADVANCE WILL ENABLE THEM TO PAY THE COST OF REMOVAL AND OTHER EXPENSES CONNECTED WITH MOVING INTO THEIR NEW HOMES.

+THUS THEY HAVE TAKEN A REALISTIC ATTITUDE TO THE FACT THAT THEY MUST VACATE THEIR PREMISES TO MAKE WAY FOR TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT.

+ALSO THEY HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER OF EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION AND RE-HOUSING FOR THOSE ELIGIBLE FOR IT.+

THE SPOKESMAN REPEATED THAT TAI ON MANSION AND 205-205A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET WOULD HAVE TO BE VACATED BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 AND THAT THERE DEFINITELY WOULD BE NO POSTPONEMENT OF THE RESUMPTIONS.

+THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN SPECIAL STEPS TO GIVE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION TO THE COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC TENANTS OF SUCH POST-WAR BUILDINGS REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+THOSE TENANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY ACCEPTED RE-HOUSING HAVE TAKEN A REALISTIC ATTITUDE AND IT IS HOPED THAT THE REMAINING DOMESTIC TENANTS, AND OTHER COMMERCIAL TENANTS AND OWNER-OCCUPIERS INVOLVED, TAKE A SIMILAR ATTITUDE AND ACCEPT THE FAIR TERMS AND SPECIAL TREATMENT BEING OFFERED TO THEM.*

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HONG KONG PLANS TO ATTRACT TOURISTS WITH NEW FEATURES ... 1

GOVERNOR ADDRESSES FIRST MEETING OF COUNTRY PARKS BOARD . 2

HONG KONG CONTRIBUTES ANOTHER 3100,000 TO UNFDAC ........... 3

LAST PHASE OF PAK TIN ESTATE TO BE COMPLETED IN 20 MONTHS 4

ALL REDUNDANT PRIMARY TEACHERS FOUND ALTERNATIVE POSTS .. 5

STAFF CHANGES IN HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT ................... 6

NEW $5 COINS GO INTO CIRCULATION ........................... 7

CLOSURE OF WAI CHI STREET IN KOWLOON ....................... 7

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CHILDREN HOLIDAY CAMP AT FANLING 6

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MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 1976

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THE TOURIST INDUSTRY — HONG KONG’S SECOND BIGGEST MONEY EARNER AFTER THE TEXTILES AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY — PLANS TO SELL HONG KONG WITH ITS NEW ATTRACTIONS, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MR. DEREK JONES DISCLOSED TODAY.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 19TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF TRAVEL AGENTS (AFTA) AT THE CONVENTION CENTRE, HE SAID THAT THE INDUSTRY WAS NOW BUSY TRYING TO DIVERSIFY THE OLD IMAGE OF GOOD SHOPPING, COMFORTABLE HOTELS, THE STAR FERRY AND THE FABULOUS VIEW OF THE HARBOUR FROM THE PEAK.

+WHAT IT IS SEEKING TO DO, LED BY THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, IS FIRST TO DEVELOP NEW ATTRACTIONS AND, SECONDLY, TO DRAW ATTENTION TO MORE ATTRACTIVE FEATURES OF HONG KONG WHICH HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE BUT HAVE BEEN LITTLE PUBLICISED,* HE SAID.

THE CONVENTION CENTRE, MR. JONES SAID, WAS AMONG THE NEW FEATURES THROUGH WHICH HONG KONG HOPED TO ATTRACT ITS FAIR SHARE OF THE CONVENTION AND INCENTIVE TRAFFIC NOW MOVING AROUND THE WORLD.

TOGETHER WITH OTHER FACILITIES IN COMFORTABLE HOTELS AND HONG KONG’S POSITION AT THE CENTRE OF COMMUNICATIONS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, IT SHOULD MAKE HONG KONG A MOST ATTRACTIVE CENTRE FOR LARGE' SCALE BUSINESS MEETINGS AND OTHER GATHERINGS.

+ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE 180 ACRE OCEANARIUM NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE HONG KONG ISLAND,* HE SAID. +WHEN COMPLETED, THE OCEAN PARK WILL BE ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST SOPHISTICATED DEVELOPMENT OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD.*

+THERE ARE ALSO PLANS NOW BEING DEVELOPED BY VARIOUS BUSINESS INTERESTS TO BUILD SEVERAL HOLIDAY RESORTS ON OUR LARGEST ISLAND, LANTAU.

+THESE WILL ALL HAVE ACCESS TO WHAT ARE NOW FAIRLY REMOTE BEACHES AND WILL INCLUDE HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, GOLF, TENNIS, SWIMMING, SAILING AND OTHER POPULAR WATER SPORTS,* HE SAID.

MR. JONES NOTED THAT MORE THAN 1.3 MILLION VISITORS CAME TO HONG KONG LAST YEAR, SPENDING ALMOST HK33.OOO MILLION. OR A$500 MILLION.

THIS YEAR, HE SAID, HONG KONG HOPED TO DO SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER AND, IF LUCKY, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITORS COULD TOP THE 1.5 MILLION MARK.

WITHIN LAST YEAR’S TOTAL, HE DISCLOSED, A RECORD 127,000 AUSTRALIAN VISITORS CAME TO HONG KONG, OR ALMOST 10 PER CENT OF THE F IGURE.

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+THIS PUTS AUSTRALIA AMONG THE TOP FIVE OF HONG KONG’S VISITOR GENERATING MARKETS,+ HE SAID. +MORE THAN THAT, AUSTRALIANS SEEM TO SPEND MORE MONEY THAN THE AVERAGE OF OTHER VISITORS AND THEY STAY LONGER.+

+SO, AUSTRALIAN VISITORS ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN 13 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S GROSS INCOME FROM TOURISM" AND THEIR AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY WAS 4.6 NIGHTS, WHICH IS WELL ABOVE THE OVERALL AVERAGE OF 3.7 NIGHTS,+ HE INDICATED.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, HE WENT ON, AUSTRALIAN VISITOR ARRIVALS WERE AS MUCH AS 32 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1975.

+THIS IS A VERY CONSIDERABLE INCREASE BY ANY STANDARDS AND IT SEEMS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THE HONG KONG TOURIST PRODUCTS IS BEING SOLD VERY EFFECTIVELY BY AFTA MEMBERS,+ HE SAID.

+FOR OUR PART IN HONG KONG, THE TOURIST INDUSTRY IS WELL AWARE THAT THERE IS STILL CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL IN THE AUSTRALIAN VISITOR MARKET IF IT CAN BE REACHED AND SOLD THE RIGHT PACKET OF ATTRACTIONS.*

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, PLACED GREAT EMPHASIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS IN HONG KONG WHEN HE ADDRESSED THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD TODAY.

IN HIS ADDRESS, SIR MURRAY SHOWED EXTREME INTEREST IN THE PROGRESS OF COUNTRY PARKS WORK WHICH HE REGARDED AS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DRIVE TO PROVIDE BETTER RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE DESPOLIATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE AND ITS URGENT NEED FOR PROTECTION AND HE STRESSED THAT THE FIRST DUTY OF THE BOARD WOULD BE TO ASSIST IN DESIGNATING SCENIC AREAS AS COUNTRY PARKS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND TO BRING THEM UNDER EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTION.

CONSIDERATION OF THEIR USE AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD FOLLOW, TOGETHER WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN APPROPRIATE ORGANISATION TO GIVE FULL EFFECT TO THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY’S DECISIONS.

THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD IS ESTABLISHED UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE TO ADVISE AND ASSIST THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, NOW FORMALLY VESTED IN THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, IN HIS RESPONSIBILITIES IN RESPECT TO THE COUNTRY PARKS PROGRAMME.

THE ORDINANCE BECOMES EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY (AUGUST 16).

FOLLOWING SIR MURRAY’S ADDRESS, THE BOARD IMMEDIATELY GOT DOWN TO THE BUSINESS OF CONSIDERING THE PROGRESS ALREADY MADE, AND SETTING UP WORKING COMMITTEES TO EXPEDITE BUSINESS AND ARRANGING VISITS TO KEY AREAS DURING THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.

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HONG KONG CONTRIBUTES $100,000 AGAIN TO UNFDAC * * * * *

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TODAY (MONDAY) MADE A SECOND CONTRIBUTION OF $100,000 TO THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL (UNFDAC), DEMONSTRATING FURTHER ITS SUPPORT FOR THE WORLD-WIDE STRUGGLE AGAINST NARCOTICS.

ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, SIR JAMES BOTTOMLEY, AMBASSADOR AND U.K. PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE TO THE U.N. OFFICE IN GENEVA, PRESENTED A CHEQUE FOR $100,000 TO DR. JACOBUS DE BEUS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UNFDAC, AT THE U.N. HEADQUARTERS IN GENEVA.

HONG KONG’S FIRST CONTRIBUTION TO THE FUND, ALSO AMOUNTING TO $100,000, WAS MADE EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO. IT WAS THE LARGEST OF ALL CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED BY THE FUND FROM DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES IN 1975 AND WAS EVEN LARGER THAN A NUMBER OF THOSE FROM DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

COMMENTING ON THIS YEAR’S CONTRIBUTION, MR. E.l. LEE, COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS, SAID IT INDICATED THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO THE NEEDS AND OBJECTIVES WHICH PROMPTED THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FUND, AND WAS A TANGIBLE RECOGNITION OF THE RESULTS WHICH HAD SO FAR BEEN ACHIEVED.

+IN HONG KONG, WE RECOGNIZE THAT OUR DRUG ABUSE PROBLEM CANNOT BE SOLVED BY INTERNAL MEANS ALONE AND WE THEREFORE STRONGLY SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL ACTION, THE GROWING EFFECTIVENESS OF WHICH IS EVIDENCED BY THE INCREASING INTEREST BEING PAID ALL OVER SOUTH EAST ASIA TO INTER-REGIONAL AND INTRA-REGIONAL CO-OPERATION,+ MR. LEE SAID.

UNFDAC, ESTABLISHED IN 1971, IS NOW FINANCIALLY ASSISTING MORE THAN 50 ANTI-NARCOTICS PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD. AMONG THE PROJECTS ARE THE ANNUAL MEETINGS OF OPERATIONAL HEADS OF NARCOTICS LAW ENFORCEMENT BUREAUX IN SOUTH EAST ASIA, WHICH ARE PRODUCING POSITIVE RESULTS, AND THE FIVE-YEAR THAILAND/U.N. CROP SUBSTITUTION PILOT PROGRAMME WHICH AIMS AT SUBSTITUTING OPIUM POPPIES WITH OTHER CROPS IN THE +GOLDEN TRIANGLE+ REGION OF THE COUNTRY. OTHER UNFDAC ACTIVITIES INCLUDE TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS, DISSEMINATION OF INFORMATION ON THE WORLD SITUATION OF NARCOTICS, AND EXTENSIVE RESEARCH INTO METHODS OF DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT.

ACKNOWLEDGING HONG KONG’S CONTRIBUTION, DR. DE BEUS SAID HE WAS PROFOUNDLY GRATEFUL FOR THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S INTEREST IN, AND CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH, THE FUND.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN MAKING ITS ANTI-NARCOTICS EXPERTISE AND FACILITIES FREELY AVAILABLE TO THE UNITED NATIONS BY PROVIDING TRAINING TO ANTI-NARCOTICS OFFICERS FROM ASIA, WHO WERE SPONSORED BY THE UNITED NATIONS OR ITS AGENCIES.

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LAST PHASE OF PAK TIN ESTATE TO BE COMPLETED IN 20 MONTHS MX X X *

A $33 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER MAJOR PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX IN KOWLOON WAS SIGNED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS TODAY (MONDAY).

THE ESTATE, WHICH WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR MORE THAN 15,700 PEOPLE, WILL BE BUILT ON A 4.4-HECTARE SITE NEAR THE EXISTING PAK TIN ESTATE AT SHEK KIP MEI.

THE BUILDING CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO A LOCAL CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, YEU SHING CONTRUCTION CO. LTD., WHICH WILL CARRY OUT THE WORKS UNDER THE OVERALL SUPERVISION OF THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

MR. THOMAS KU, ACTING CHIEF P.W.D. ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY THE COMPLEX REPRESENTED THE LAST PHASE OF PAK TIN ESTATE AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN 20 MONTHS.

+IT WILL CONSIST OF SIX HIGH-RISE DOMESTIC BLOCKS, TWO PRIMARY ESTATE SCHOOLS, A SHOPPING CENTRE AS WELL AS PLAY AND REST AREAS,+ HE SAID.

+THERE WILL BE THREE BLOCKS OF 16 STOREYS AND THREE OF EIGHT STOREYS PROVIDING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 2,400 FLATS OF AN IMPROVED DESIGN WITH BETTER FACILITIES.

+THESE WILL INCLUDE LARGER BALCONIES OF ABOUT 11 SQUARE METRES NEARLY DOUBLE THAT IN OLDER ESTATES - PROPER KITCHEN AND TOILET FACILITIES, AND A HIGHER STANDARD OF FINISHING,* HE SAID.

COMMUNAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, HE ADDED, HAD ALSO BEEN DESIGNED TO A HIGHER STANDARD WHICH IS CURRENTLY BEING ADOPTED FOR ALL HOUSING ESTATES BUILT BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

+THIS MEANS THAT TENANTS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE MORE SPACE BUT THE LIVING QUARTERS AND THE SURROUNDINGS WILL BE MADE MUCH MORE ATTRACTIVE.*

MR. KU SAID THE SIX DOMESTIC BLOCKS WOULD PROVIDE FLATS OF VARIOUS SIZES RANGING FROM ABOUT 28 SQ. METRES FOR FAMILIES OF FIVE PERSONS TO 37 SQ. METRES FOR EIGHT PERSONS.

CONSIDERATION WAS ALSO BEING GIVEN, HE SAID, TO PROVIDING A NUMBER OF LARGER FLATS FOR FAMILIES WITH 10 MEMBERS.

+THIS IS A NEW DESIGN PRODUCED BY P.W.D. ARCHITECTS AND ENVISAGES FLATS OF 56 SQ. METRES WITH FOUR BEDROOMS, TWO TOILETS, LIVING AND DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, UTILITY SPACE AND AN ACTIVITY AREA THAT CAN BE USED AS A STUDY,* HE SAID.

+THE DESIGN HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED AND MAY BE INCORPORATED IN THE NEW BLOCKS OF THE ESTATE,* HE SAID.

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MR. KU SAID THE ESTATE WOULD HAVE A CENTRALLY LOCATED SHOPPING COMPLEX INCORPORATING A MULTI-STOREY CARPARK, RESTAURANT, SUPERMARKET, WELFARE HALL, CAFE, COOKED FOOD STALLS, A MARKET AND SHOPPING ARCADES.

+THERE WILL ALSO BE SIX RECREATION GROUNDS WITH REST GARDENS, BASKETBALL COURTS AND FOOTBALL PITCHES, AND A BUS TERMINUS AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS TERMINUS WILL BE PROVIDED RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF THE ESTATE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE RESIDENTS,* HE SAID.

+IN ADDITION, TWO STANDARD ESTATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND A KINDERGARTEN WILL BE BUILT WITHIN THE ESTATE TO CATER TO THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF THE CHILDREN.*

MR. KU SAID THE NEW DOMESTIC BLOCKS AND FACILITIES WERE INTENDED FOR TENANTS OF THE OLD SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE NEARBY WHICH IS BEING REDEVELOPED IN STAGES TO PRODUCE BIGGER AND BETTER FLATS.

SO FAR, THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE HAS CONVERTED SEVEN BLOCKS OF THE 20-YEAR-0LD ESTATE. ANOTHER SIX BLOCKS ARE NOW BEING REMODELLED.

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ALL REDUNDANT PRIMARY TEACHERS FOUND ALTERNATIVE POSTS

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THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY), MR. LAM TAT-LAU, HAS THANKED THE SUPERVISORS OF ALL AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOLS FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION AND PATIENCE IN MAKING THE PLACEMENT SERVICE A SUCCESS.

MR. LAM ADVISED THE SUPERVISORS TO PROCEED WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF TRAINED TEACHERS, INCLUDING RECENT GRADUATES OF THE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, TO ANY OUTSTANDING VACANCIES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER.

HE SAID THAT 218 REDUNDANT TEACHERS HAD REGISTERED WITH THE PLACEMENT SERVICE. OF THIS NUMBER, 165 WERE PLACED IN ALTERNATIVE TEACHING POSTS WHILE 47 HAD THEIR REDUNDANCIES WITHDRAWN FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF SPECIAL CLASSES FOR SLOW LEARNERS IN THEIR SCHOOLS OR BECAUSE OF RESIGNATIONS. SIX OTHER REDUNDANT TEACHERS DECLINED ASSISTANCE FOR PLACEMENT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID THAT THE PLACEMENT EXERCISE WAS COMPLETED ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE.

+IN FACT, THE OPERATION WAS COMPLETED A FORTNIGHT EARLIER WHEN COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S EXERCISE,* MR. LAM ADDED.

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STAFF CHANGES IN HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT ******

MR. MICHAEL LEUNG MAN-KIN, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C, HAS BEEN APPOINTED CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER FOR HONG KONG.

MR. LEUNG, WHOSE APPOINTMENT IS EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY (MONDAY), SUCCEEDS MR. JOHN CHAN CHO-CHAK, WHO IS ON LOAN TO THE FINANCE BRANCH FOR SPECIAL DUTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE COMMONWEALTH FINANCE MINISTERS MEETING.

MR. LEUNG, A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HAS SERVED 11 YEARS IN THE GOVERNMENT.

HE SERVED FOR SOME TIME IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION AND THE FORMER SECRETARIAT FOR HOME AFFAIRS BEFORE RETURNING TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT IN AUGUST 1973.

OTHER STAFF CHANGES IN THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY ARE:

MR. J.A. MILLER, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, HAS BEEN APPOINTED CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN) WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW (AUGUST 17) TO REPLACE MR. LAU CHAU-WAH WHO WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

MR. MILLER, A GRADUATE OF LONDON UNIVERSITY, HAS BEEN WITH THE GOVERNMENT FOR FOUR YEARS AND HAS SERVED IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR.

MR. MIU WAH-ON, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, HAS BEEN APPOINTED CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KOWLOON CITY) FROM AUGUST 3, SUCCEEDING MR. BILLY LAM CHUNG-LUN WHO HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO THE POST OF ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS.

MR. MIU, A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, WAS APPOINTED ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN AUGUST 1974. AFTER SERVING SEVERAL MONTHS IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT, HE WAS POSTED TO THE DEPARTMENT AS CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL) IN DECEMBER 1974. IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, HE PROCEEDED TO THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR TRAINING.

MR. THOMAS SHARR, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, HAS REPLACED MR. CAN ICE MAK CHUN-FONG AS CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (YAU MA TEI) FROM AUGUST 3. MR. MAK REMAINS AS CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (MONGKOK).

MR. SHARR, ALSO A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HAS HAD NEARLY TWO YEARS SERVICE WITH THE GOVERNMENT.

HE WAS FIRST APPOINTED IN AUGUST 1974 AS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AND HE WENT TO THE U.K. FOR TRAINING IN SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR.

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NEW 35 COINS START CIRCULATING TODAY * * K M M

THE NEW $5 COINS, WHICH ARE TO GRADUALLY REPLACE THE 35 BANKNOTES IN USE AT PRESENT, START CIRCULATING TODAY (MONDAY).

THE INITIAL SUPPLY TO THE BANKS CONSISTS OF 3.2 MILLION COINS OR 316 MILLION. STARTING FROM NEXT WEEK, THE SUPPLY BE ABOUT 500,000 COINS PER WEEK.

WILL

THE 35 COINS WERE INTRODUCED BECAUSE OF THE ESCALATION OF NOTE

EARLIER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED PRINTING COSTS.

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.

CLOSURE OF WAI CHI STREET IN KOWLOON

FROM TOMORROW TUESDAY (AUGUST 17) WAI CHI STREET, IN SHEK KIP MEI, KOWLOON, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC AT NIGHT BETWEEN 12.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M.

THIS IS TO ENABLE A TEMPORARY DECK TO BE ERECTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

THE ARRANGEMENT WILL LAST FOR ONE WEEK.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CHILDREN HOLIDAY CAMP AT FANLING

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LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BE SEEING AT FIRST HAND HOW CHILDREN FROM THE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS ENJOY THEMSELVES IN WELL-ORGANISED ACTIVITIES WHEN SHE VISITS THE CHILDREN HOLIDAY CAMP AT FANLING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE CAMP, ONE OF THE MANY EVENTS OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

ON HER ARRIVAL AT THE CAMP SITE -- THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL -- LADY MACLEHOSE WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH 80 CAMPERS AND ABOUT 40 CHILDREN FROM SURROUNDING VILLAGES PARTICIPATING IN 15 KINDS OF GROUP GAMES AT THE ADJACENT FANLING RECREATION GROUND.

THE WINNERS OF THESE GROUP GAMES WILL RECEIVE PRIZES FROM LADY MACLEHOSE.

BEFORE HER DEPARTURE, LADY MACLEHOSE WILL TOUR THE NEW WING OF THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH HOSTEL IN THE COMPANY OF MR. WONG CHEE-KHET, WARDEN, WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE-MRS. MARIA TONG, CAMP WARDEN- MR. HENRY AU, SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK DIVISION AND MR. JACOB LAM, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE, FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE VISIT. LADY MACLEHOSE WILL ARRIVE AT THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL, TAI PO ROAD NEAR FANLING MAGISTRACY, AT ABOUT 10.30 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY. (PLEASE SEE LOCATION PLAN BELOW)

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SPECIAL ADVANCE COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR SMALL BUSINESSMEN AFFECTED BY MASS TRANSIT HOARDINGS ......................... 1

PUBLIC HIRE CAR OPERATORS ALLOWED TO CONVERT THEIR LICENCES INTO.TAX I LICENCES .............................   2

OVER $18.7 MILLION ENTERTAINMENTS TAX COLLECTED LAST YEAR 2

DETAILS OF OFFERS TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS AND OWNEROCCUPIERS IN TAI ON MANSION ANNOUNCED ...................... 3

REPORT ON SURVEY OF INSTRUCTORS NOW ON SALE ................ 4

MORE SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE BY THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM IN SCOTLAND ............................. 5

S.W.D.’S USED BOOK SALE SERVICES PROVE POPULAR ............. 6

WATER CUT IN YUEN LONG ..................................... 6

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1976

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GOVERNMENT SCHEME TO HELP SMALL SHOP OPERATORS AFFECTED BY MASS TRANSIT HOARDINGS KOK#

THE GOVERNMENT HAS DRAWN UP A SPECIAL ADVANCE COMPENSATION SCHEME TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSMEN WHOSE TRADING IS AFFECTED BY MASS TRANSIT HOARDINGS PLACED OUTSIDE THEIR SHOPS.

+THE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO HELP THE OPERATORS OF SMALL SHOPS AND OTHER LITTLE BUSINESSES WHO WOULD OTHERWISE FACE SERIOUS HARDSHIP BECAUSE OF REDUCED TURNOVER,+ SAID A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MASS TRANSIT STUDIES.

THE MAXIMUM MONTHLY ADVANCE PAYMENT WILL BE $7,500.

ABOUT 2,000 OPERATORS OF SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADVANCE PAYMENTS — MANY OF THEM WITH PREMISES FRONTING NATHAN ROAD.

OTHERS AFFECTED INCLUDE THE OPERATORS OF SOME SMALL SHOPS IN WONG TAI SIN AND, ON HONG KONG ISLAND, THE OPERATORS OF A FEW SHOPS IN CHATER ROAD. »

PEOPLE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ADVANCE COMPENSATION IF THE HOARDINGS OUTSIDE THEIR SHOPS ENCROACH ON THE FOOTPATH BY ONE THIRD OR MORE,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

THEY BECOME ELIGIBLE FROM THE TIME THE HOARDINGS GO UP UNTIL THEY COME DOWN.+

ALL ADVANCE COMPENSATION PAYMENTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM FINAL CLAIMS AWARDED TO THE OPERATORS UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

ADVANCE PAYMENTS WILL BE MADE ON A GRADUATED SCALE ACCORDING TO THE RATEABLE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY UP TO A MAXIMUM OF $7,500 A MONTH FOR PREMISES WITH A RATEABLE VALUE OF BETWEEN $100,000 AND $250,000.

BECAUSE THE SCHEME IS AIMED AT HELPING SMALL OPERATORS, NO ADVANCES ARE PLANNED FOR THE TIME BEING FOR BUSINESSES OCCUPYING PREMISES WITH A RATEABLE VALUE OF MORE THAN $250,000.

OTHER DETAILS OF THE ADVANCE COMPENSATION SCHEME ARE t

* . THE PREMISES MUST BE USED FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES AND THE APPLICATION FOR AN ADVANCE MUST BE FOR TRADING LOSSES-NO ADVANCES WILL BE MADE TO LANDLORDS FOR LOSS OF RENT-

M A BUSINESS CONCERNED IN A CLAIM MUST HAVE BEEN OPERATING BEFORE THE STREET CLOSURE WAS GAZETTED-

* THE APPLICANT MUST PRODUCE PROOF OF HIS RIGHT TO OCCUPY THE PREMISES-

* AN APPLICATION FOR AN ADVANCE MUST INCLUDE A STATEMENT THAT THE APPLICANT INTENDS TO CLAIM COMPENSATION UNDER THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (LAND RESUMPTION AND RELATED PROVISIONS) ORDINANCE.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES.

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CONVERSION OF PUBLIC HIRE CARS TO TAXIS

* M M M K

THE GOVERNMENT HAS REAFFIRMED ITS DECISION TO GO AHEAD WITH PLANS TO ISSUE MORE TAXI LICENCES EARLY NEXT YEAR.

HOWEVER, AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED TO ALLOW OPERATORS OF PUBLIC HIRE CARS TO CONVERT THEIR LICENCES INTO TAXI LICENCES ON THE PAYMENT OF A PREMIUM OF $75,000.

THIS DECISION FOLLOWS A MEETING THREE WEEKS AGO BETWEEN THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. IAN MACPHERSON AND REPRESENTATIVES OF PUBLIC HIRE CAR OPERATORS.

THE REPRESENTATIVES WERE OFFICIALLY INFORMED TODAY OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION.

DETAILED ARRANGEMENT FOR THE CONVERSION OF PUBLIC HIRE CARS TO TAXIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER.

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CINEMA-GOERS PAID $15 M. ENTERTAINMENTS TAX LAST YEAR * M * M * *

ENTERTAINMENTS TAX COLLECTED BY THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR AMOUNTED TO OVER $18.7 MILLION.

OF THIS SUM, OVER $15 MILLION WAS PAID BY CINEMA-GOERS AND OVER $3.6 MILLION BY RACE-GOERS.

TAX ON CINEMA TICKETS WAS RE-INTRODUCED ON APRIL 1 LAST YEAR UNDER THE ENTERTAINMENTS TAX (AMENDMENT) ORDINANCE 1975 AFTER A TWO-YEAR BREAK.

THERE WERE 83 CINEMAS IN OPERATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. SIX OPENED DURING THE YEAR AND FOUR CLOSED.

ONE CHINESE FILM ALONE GROSSED OVER $4.5 MILLION AND ANOTHER THREE EXCEEDED THE $2 MILLION MARK. ONE NON-CHINESE FILM GROSSED MORE THAN $5 MILLION- ANOTHER EXCEEDED $2 MILLION.

Tax collected from race-goers showed a slight drop of $14,894 OR 0.4 PER CENT FROM THE FIGURE OF 1974-75. THIS FRACTIONAL FALL IN REVENUE FROM RACE MEETINGS WAS PROBABLY DUE TO THE FURTHER EXPANSION OF OFF-COURSE AND TELEPHONE BETTING FACILITIES.

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GOVERNMENT GIVES DETAILS OF OFFERS TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS AND OWNER-OCCUPIERS IN TAI ON MANSION *****

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY GAVE THE FOLLOWING DETAILS OF OFFERS MADE TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS AND OWNER-OCCUPIERS OF PREMISES IN TAI ON MANSION, SHAM SHU I PO, WHICH MUST BE VACATED BY SEPTEMBER 1 TO ENABLE TUNNELLING FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TO TAKE PLACE SAFELY:

* THE SEVEN COMMERCIAL TENANTS HAVE BEEN OFFERED A TOTAL OF $137,632 IN EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION.

* THE 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS HAVE BEEN OFFERED $3,601,000 FOR THEIR FLATS. THIS FIGURE INCORPORATES NEW OFFERS MADE TODAY TO 36 OF THE OWNER-OCCUPIERS, BASED ON FRESH EVIDENCE SUBMITTED BY THE OWNERS’ REPRESENTATIVES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +THE OFFERS OF EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION TOTALLING $137,632 MADE TO THE SEVEN COMMERCIAL TENANTS HAVE BEEN CALCULATED AT A RATE OF $40 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR THOSE PARTS OF EACH COMMERCIAL PREMISES BEING USED FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES, AND AT LESSER RATES FOR STOREROOMS, BATHROOMS AND THE LIKE.

+IF THEY ACCEPT THE EX-GRATIA OFFER THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 50 PER CENT ON THE TENANT SIGNING THE AGREEMENT AND THE BALANCE WHEN HE VACATES THE PREMISES.

+THE COMMERCIAL TENANTS ARE ALSO ENTITLED TO MAKE STATUTORY CLAIMS COVERING A WIDE RANGE OF ITEMS SUCH AS REMOVAL EXPENSES, TEMPORARY LOSS OF PROFITS AND THE VALUE OF SHOP FITTINGS AS THEY STAND AT THE PRESENT.

+IN ADDITION, IF ANY SHOP OPERATOR INTENDS TO CLOSE DOWN HIS BUSINESS AND NOT RE-OPEN IN OTHER PREMISES, THEN THE OPERATOR IS ENTITLED TO MAKE A STATUTORY CLAIM FOR LOSSES BECAUSE OF FORCED SALE OF MERCHANDISE AND SHOP EQUIPMENT.

+SUCH A STATUTORY CLAIM WOULD ALSO INCLUDE REDUNDANCY PAY, AT RATES DEFINED UNDER THE LABOUR ORDINANCE, FOR ANY EMPLOYEES OF SUCH A BUSINESS WHO HAD TO BE LAID OFF.+

SUCH STATUTORY CLAIMS, SAID THE SPOKESMAN, WOULD HAVE TO BE SUPPORTED BY SATISFACTORY EVIDENCE.

IN CASES WHERE SUCCESSFUL STATUTORY CLAIMS EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT OF EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAID, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE UP THE BALANCE TO THE OPERATOR.

IN ONE CASE, HE ADDED, A SHOP OPERATOR WAS ARRANGING TO MOVE TO OTHER PREMISES BUT COULD NOT OCCUPY THEM FOR SIX MONTHS. IN THIS CASE, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD REIMBURSE HIM FOR THE STORAGE OF HIS STOCK AND GOODS FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL HE RE-STARTED OPERATIONS.

CONCERNING THE NEW OFFERS MADE TODAY TO 36 OF THE 39 OWNEROCCUPIERS OF TAI ON MANSION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THESE VARIED BETWEEN $215 AND $240 PER SQUARE FOOT OF THE FLATS’ AREA.

/The increases

TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1976

THE INCREASES RANGED BETWEEN $1,000 AND $12,000 PER FLAT, DEPENDING ON THE AREAS INVOLVED.

IN ADDITION, ALL ELIGIBLE OWNER-OCCUPIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES WERE BEING OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT COMMERCIAL TENANTS DISSATISFIED WITH STATUTORY COMPENSATION OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT, AND OWNEROCCUPIERS DISSATISFIED WITH THEIR OFFERS, WERE ALL ENTITLED TO TAKE THEIR CLAIMS TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, WHICH WOULD GIVE AN INDEPENDENT RULING.

IF THE TRIBUNAL’S FIGURE WAS HIGHER THAN THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

+ALL THIS SHOWS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO BE AS FAIR AND REASONABLE AS POSSIBLE TO THE PEOPLE CONCERNED,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

+IT IS HOPED THAT TODAY’S OFFER TO THE OWNER-OCCUPIERS WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT THEY WANT AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT CAN OFFER, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT MARKET VALUES AT THE TIME OF RESUMPTION IN THE SAME AREA AS TAI ON MANSION, RELATIVE TO PROPERTIES OF SIMILAR AGE AND CONDITION.+

MEANWHILE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT TWO MORE FAMILIES RENTING FLATS IN TAI ON MANSION HAD INDICATED TODAY THAT THEY WOULD ACCEPT GOVERNMENT HOUSING.

THIS TOOK TO 108 THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES LIVING IN TAI ON MANSION AND A NEARBY BUILDING IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, ALSO RESUMED FOR ESSENTIAL MASS TRANSIT WORKS, WHO HAD ALREADY ACCEPTED GOVERNMENT HOUSING OR INDICATED THAT THEY WOULD DO SO.

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REPORT ON SURVEY OF INSTRUCTORS PUBLISHED ******

RECOMMENDATIONS ON MEASURES TO MEET INSTRUCTOR TRAINING NEEDS IN HONG KONG ARE CONTAINED IN A REPORT RELEASED BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL TODAY (TUESDAY).

THEY WERE DRAWN UP IN THE LIGHT OF A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN JUNE LAST YEAR BY THE TRAINING COUNCIL'S COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE SCOUTS ASSOCIATION AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE REPORT, IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, ALSO INCLUDES DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF INSTRUCTORS EMPLOYED IN LOCAL INDUSTRIAL AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY AND A FORECAST OF THE ANNUAL NEED FOR INSTRUCTORS IN THE TWO-YEAR PERIOD FOLLOWING THE SURVEY.

THE REPORT, OBTAINABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG, SELLS AT $4.00 A COPY.

THE COMMITTEE ON INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WAS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR ON THE ADVICE OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL IN 1974.

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H.K. DANCERS WIN MORE FRIENDS IN SCOTLAND ******

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM, AT PRESENT ON A SUCCESSFUL TOUR OF SCOTLAND, WILL APPEAR IN KIRKALDY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) AND GIVE AN EXTRA PERFORMANCE IN ABERDEEN ON THURSDAY BEFORE GOING TO LONDON TO TAKE PART IN A GALA SPECTACULAR AT SADLER’S WELLS THEATRE NEXT SUNDAY (AUGUST 22).

LAST SUNDAY (AUGUST 15), IN THEIR SIXTH APPEARANCE ON STAGE FOLLOWING THEIR ARRIVAL IN SCOTLAND, THE DANCERS AGAIN CAPTURED THE HEARTS OF THE AUDIENCE IN ABERDEEN’S +HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE*.

BEFORE A CAPACITY AUDIENCE OF 1,500, THEY ADDED A LARGE MEASURE OF CHINESE GRACE AND SPLENDOUR TO AN INTERNATIONAL +GALA VARIETY SPECTACULAR* BY PROVIDING THE GRAND FINALE TO THE SHOW WITH +THE DANCE OF THE RED SILK+, +SONG OF THE SUNFLOWER* AND THE +NORTHERN LION DANCE*.

BACK IN THE CHANGING ROOMS, FESTIVAL SECRETARY GENERAL, MRS. JOY BRYER CONGRATULATED TEAM OFFICIALS FOR +A MARVELLOUS AND FABULOUS PERFORMANCE*.

+THE HONG KONG CHILDREN HAVE BROUGHT A NEW VISTA OF DANCE INTO BRITAIN. I AM SURE ABERDONIANS WILL NEVER FORGET THE BLOSSOMING BEAUTIES OF YOUR DANCERS ON THE STAGE,* SHE SAID.

LAST FRIDAY (AUGUST 13), HONG KONG’S POPULAR DANCING TROUPE WAS HOST TO 700 PARTICIPATING PERFORMERS FROM 16 COUNTRIES IN A +HONG KONG NIGHT*.

AMONG THE GUESTS WERE LORD PROVOST ROBERT LENNOX OF ABERDEEN AND THE LADY PROVOST AND MR. AND MRS. LIONEL BRYER. DURING THE TWO-HOUR CULTURAL FUNCTION, THE GUESTS WERE TREATED TO CHINESE MUSIC, DEMONSTRATIONS IN CALLIGRAPHY, HAIR DRESSING, CHESS, FORTUNE TELLING, TEA AND SNACKS.

MRS. ELEANOR LEE, LEADER OF THE HONG KONG GROUP, SAID A GREAT DEAL OF PLANNING AND ORGANISATION HAD GONE INTO THE +HONG KONG NIGHT* WHICH WAS +AIMED AT ACQUAINTING OUR FELLOW PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WITH THE FEW FACETS OF CHINESE CULTURE AND CUSTOMS*.

NEXT MORNING, APPEARING IN THEIR BLUE DANCING COSTUMES UNDER THE HONG KONG FLAG, THE DANCERS WERE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE OF MANY NATIONS WHO CHEERED AND WAVED AS THE QUEEN AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY DROVE PAST ABERDEEN’S ALBIN PLACE ON THEIR WAY TO DEESIDE.

IN THE EVENING, THE HONG KONG DANCERS ATTENDED A PERFORMANCE BY THE NIGERIAN FOLK DANCE GROUP.

THE NIGERIANS LATER THREW A PARTY FOR THE HONG KONG CHILDREN WHO WERE SERVED WITH CHINESE FRIED RICE, ROAST AND BARBECUED DUCK.

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S.W.D.’S USED BOOK SALE SERVICES PROVE POPULAR M * * X * K

MORE PEOPLE ARE MAKING USE OF THE USED BOOK SALE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE VARIOUS COMMUNITY AND YOUTH CENTRES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT THIS YEAR.

DURING THE SUMMER VACATION, OVER 45,000 USED TEXTBOOKS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED BY EIGHT CENTRES AND ABOUT HALF OF THEM HAVE BEEN SOLD AT NO MORE THAN HALF OF THE ORIGINAL PRICE.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE SERVICES IS TO HELP REDUCE THE COSTS OF TEXTBOOKS FOR WHICH SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS NORMALLY HAVE TO SPEND A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF MONEY EACH YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE SERVICES PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR AND AN AVERAGE OF ABOUT 300 STUDENTS VISITED EACH OF THE CENTRES DAILY.

THOSE WHO MADE USE OF THE SERVICES WERE MOSTLY STUDENTS OF FORM 1 TO FORM 3.

THE EIGHT COMMUNITY AND YOUTH CENTRES WHICH PROVIDE THE USED BOOK SALE SERVICES ARE THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE, THE TAI HANG TUNG COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE LAM TIN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE. THE KWUN TONG COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE, THE SHEK LEI ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE, THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE SHEUNG SHU I SOCIAL CENTRE.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YUEN LONG, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 19) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY YUEN LONG MAIN ROAD, FUNG CHEUNG STREET, HOP YICK ROAD, TAI TONG ROAD, KAU YUK ROAD, NULLAH, WAH NING PATH AND TAI YUK ROAD, INCLUDING YAU SAN STREET, HONG LOK STREET AND THE YUEN LONG POLICE STATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NUMBER OF REGISTERED BIRTHS STAYS BELOW THE 100,000 MARK LAST YEAR ...................................... 1

OVER $50,000 ADVANCE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAYMENTS MADE TO 17 TENANTS ....................................... 2

TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATE SALES SET NEW RECORD ........ 3

LABOUR DEPARTMENT HOLDS CAREERS NIGHT IN MORSE PARK . 4

LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP AT FANLING .... 5

TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN CENTRAL TO ALLOW ERECTION OF HARCOURT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE ............................ 6

NEW POST OFFICE IN LAI KING ESTATE OPENS FOR BUSINESS ON FRIDAY ........................................... 7

WATER CUT ........................................... 7

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

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MORE THAN 78,000 BABIES BORN LAST YEAR H M * * K M

THE NUMBER OF REGISTERED BIRTHS IN HONG KONG STAYED BELOW THE 100,000 MARK FOR THE TENTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR LAST YEAR.

WITH THE TOTAL STANDING AT 78,200, 1975 WAS THE FIRST YEAR SINCE 1972 IN WHICH A DROP WAS RECORDED WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEEDING YEAR. THE FIGURE FOR 1974 WAS 81,879.

THE 1975 FIGURE WAS THE THIRD LOWEST IN THE PAST DECADE, COMING AFTER 77,465 IN 1970 AND 76,818 IN 1971.

OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF REGISTERED BIRTHS, 76,157 WERE CHINESE AND 2,043 WERE NON-CHINESE.

JUST LIKE THE PREVIOUS YEARS, MORE BABY BOYS WERE BORN. THE NUMBER WAS 40,754 AS AGAINST 37,446 BABY GIRLS, BUT IT WAS THE FIRST TIME WHEN BABY GIRLS MADE UP LESS THAN 48 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS.

A TOTAL OF 442 MULTIPLE BIRTHS WAS REGISTERED IN THE YEAR, 441 OF TWINS AND ONE OF TRIPLETS, PRODUCING ALTOGETHER 885 LIVEBORN BABIES. ALSO INCLUDED IN THE TOTAL NUMBER WERE 6,543 BIRTHS REGISTERED AS ILLEGITIMATE AND TEN FOUNDLINGS.

DURING THE SAME YEAR, THE NUMBER OF DEATHS REGISTERED DROPPED BY 859 TO 21,191. THEY COMPRISED 11,665 MALES, 9,521 FEMALES AND FIVE OF UNKNOWN SEX.

OF THE TOTAL, 1,315 DIED FROM ACCIDENTS OR SUICIDES.

CAUSES OF THE ACCIDENTAL DEATHS INCLUDE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS, ACCIDENTAL POISONING, ACCIDENTAL FALLS FROM HEIGHTS AND OTHER ACCIDENTS WHILE SUICIDES WERE COMMITTED BY POISONING, JUMPS FROM HEIGHTS AND BY OTHER MEANS.

MORE MEN LOST THEIR LIVES IN ACCIDENTS AND SUICIDES. DURING THE YEAR, 534 MALES WERE KILLED IN ACCIDENTS AS COMPARED WITH 246 FEMALES. IN THE CASE OF SUICIDES, 326 MALES COMMITTED SUICIDES AS COMPARED WITH 209 FEMALES.

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SEVENTEEN TENANTS COLLECT ADVANCE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION

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SEVENTEEN DOMESTIC TENANTS OF TAI ON MANSION AND A NEARBY BUILDING IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SHAMSHUIPO, HAVING SIGNED AGREEMENTS TO MOVE OUT, HAVE COLLECTED A TOTAL OF $50,104 IN ADVANCE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP WITH REMOVAL EXPENSES.

IN ADDITION TO THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION, ALL ELIGIBLE DOMESTIC TENANTS FROM THESE BUILDINGS ARE BEING OFFERED PUBLIC HOUSING.

BOTH BUILDINGS HAVE TO BE VACATED BY SEPTEMBER 1 TO MAKE WAY FOR TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAYi +THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION SCHEME FOR TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS RESUMED FOR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC PURPOSES CAME INTO FORCE IN JUNE THIS YEAR.

+AS PART OF THE SCHEME, ADVANCE PAYMENTS OF 50 PER CENT OF THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION ARE MADE WHEN TENANTS SIGN AGREEMENTS TO LEAVE THE PREMISES, TO HELP THEM WITH REMOVAL EXPENSES.

+THE BALANCE IS PAID AFTER THEY VACATE THE PREMISES.*

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAYMENTS FOR DOMESTIC TENANTS WERE COMPUTED AT ABOUT $20 PER SQUARE FOOT OF LIVING SPACE, AND AT REDUCED RATES FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, TOILETS, BALCONIES AND PASSAGEWAYS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS TO THE 17 TENANTS OF TAI ON MANSION AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET RANGED UP TO AS MUCH AS $11,514 AND AVERAGED MORE THAN $5,000 TO EACH DOMESTIC TENANT.

+MORE CHEQUES FOR PEOPLE IN BOTH BUILDINGS WILL BE GOING OUT IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO AS MORE TENANTS SIGN AGREEMENTS TO MOVE OUT,+ THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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BIG INCREASE IN THE SALE OF TAX RESERVE CERTIFICATES KOOK

A RECORD $63.9 MILLION WORTH Of TAX reserve CERTIFICATES WERE SOLD BY THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 178 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR FIGURE.

THE INCREASE INDICATED A GROWING AWARENESS BY TAXPAYERS OF THE WISDOM OF MAKING ADEQUATE PROVISION DURING THE YEAR FOR THEIR ANNUAL TAX LIABILITIES.

AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, ABOUT 90 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL SALES WAS TO BANKS ON BEHALF OF TAXPAYERS WITH STANDING INSTRUCTIONS.

TAX FREE INTEREST RATE PAID TO THE BUYERS OF THE CERTIFICATES BY THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN REDUCED FROM 5.7 PER CENT PER ANNUM TO 4.2 PER CENT PER ANNUM FOR CERTIFICATES ISSUED AFTER SEPTEMBER 19, LAST YEAR.

CERTIFICATES ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE COUNTER AT THE DEPARTMENT’S MAIN COLLECTION OFFICE AND AT BRANCH OFFICES IN KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE GROWTH OF THE SALE OF TAX

RESERVE CERTIFICATES BETWEEN APRIL 1971 AND AT THE END OF THE LAST

FINANCIAL YEARi 1971/72 1973/74

1972/73

SALES - NUMBER OF CERTIFICATES 23,038 26,040 25,142

VALUE $11,893,450 $14,954,850 $16,682,700

REDEMPTION -NUMBER OF CERTIFICATES 22,954 23,499 25,700

VALUE $11,205,450 $13,055,050 $16,335,400

INTEREST $ 235,040 $ 291,271 $ 443,882

1974/75 1975/76

SALES - NUMBER OF

CERTIFICATES 26,929 36,477

VALUE $23,050,250 $63,868,920

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REDEMPTION -NUMBER OF CERTIFICATES

30,118

31,417

VALUE

$23,815,800

$50,460,070

INTEREST

$ 571,204

$ 1,097,968

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CAREERS NIGHT IN MORSE PARK * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS HOLDING A'+CAREERS NIGHT+ PROGRAMME AT THE OPEN-AIR THEATRE, MORSE PARK, KOWLOON TODAY AND TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY) TO BRING CAREERS INFORMATION TO STUDENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEAR-BY HOUSING ESTATES.

ORGANISED BY THE YOUTH EMPLOYMENT ADVISORY SERVICE (YEAS) OF THE DEPARTMENT, IT FEATURES A MINI CAREERS EXHIBITION ON WHEELS.

THE DISPLAY MATERIALS ON SHOW AND FILMS WHICH WILL BE SCREENED DEAL WITH JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND APPRENTICE TRAINING.

THE STAFF OF THE YEAS WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM YOUNG PEOPLE WISHING TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ON THE SPOT.

CAREERS NIGHT IS A NEW VENTURE FOR THE MOBILE EXHIBITION UNIT SINCE IT MADE ITS DEBUT ABOUT A YEAR AGO. A PORTABLE GENERATOR RECENTLY DONATED BY THE KOWLOON EAST ROTARY CLUB HAS MADE THIS POSSIBLE.

MR. C.C. SZE, PRESIDENT OF THE KOWLOON EAST ROTARY CLUB, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE BRIEF CEREMONY BY STARTING THE GENERATOR TO ENABLE THE MOBILE EXHIBITION UNIT TO BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT IN POWER SUPPLY.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 8 P.M. SHARP. OFFICERS OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES.

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS CHILDREN’S SUMMER CAMP AT FANLING ******

LADY MACLEHOSE WAS A WELCOMED VISITOR TO SOME 200 CHILDREN WHO ARE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES IN A SUMMER CAMP AT THE FANLING ROTARY YOUTH CENTRE AND HOSTEL THIS MORNING.

THE CHILDREN, FROM WESTERN DISTRICT ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND FROM THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES IN FANLING, WERE SPENDING THEIR SECOND DAY OF A THREE-DAY HOLIDAY CAMP ORGANISED BY THE WESTERN DISTRICT COMMUNITY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE WESTERN POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICE.

THEIR ACTIVITIES INCLUDED LEARNING ABOUT CAMPING AND OUTDOOR RECREATION SKILLS, GAMES AND SPORTS COMPETITIONS AND A VISIT TO THE PAT HEUNG FIRE SERVICES TRAINING SCHOOL.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE YOUTH CENTRE, LADY MACLEHOSE FIRST SAW SOME 80 CHILDREN TAKING PART IN A GROUP PAINTING COMPETITION ORGANISED AS A SUMMER YOUTH ACTIVITY FOR FANLING YOUNGSTERS.

THE CHILDREN IMAGINATIVELY USED MATERIALS SUCH AS STRAWS AND WOOD SCRAPINGS IN THEIR PASTICHE WORK AND LADY MACLEHOSE WAS PARTICULARLY IMPRESSED BY A CHILD GLUEING PEAS ONTO HER PAINTING TO REPRESENT MELONS IN AN ORCHARD.

MOVING ONTO THE SPORTS GROUND ADJOINING THE CENTRE, LADY MACLEHOSE TOOK UP A FLAG AND ACTED AS STARTER FOR A TUG OF WAR BETWEEN TWO TEAMS OF CAMPERS.

SHE GAVE THE PRIZE TO THE WINNING TEAM AND WAS PRESENTED WITH A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS BY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CHILDREN.

ACCOMPANIED BY MR. JACOB LAM, OFF ICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE CENTRE AND MR. HENRY AU, SENIOR PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, GROUP AND COMMUNITY WORK, AND OTHER SWD OFFICIALS, LADY MACLEHOSE MET SOME OF THE VOLUNTEER TEAM LEADERS AND CHATTED WITH THE CHILDREN IN THE CAMP.

SHE ALSO TOURED THE NEW DORMITORY WING OF THE CENTRE. LOOK I NG AT THE FACILITIES. SHE WAS GIVEN A HEARTY SEND-OFF BY THE CHILDREN.

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TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN CENTRAL

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT A NUMBER OF ROADS IN CENTRAL DISTRICT WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DURING THE EARLY HOURS OF FRIDAY (AUGUST 20) IN ORDER TO ALLOW THE HARCOURT ROAD FOOTBRIDGE TO BE ERECTED.

THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL BETWEEN EDINBURGH PLACE WEST AND EDINBURGH PLACE EAST WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TO 3 A.M. MOTORISTS PROCEEDING EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA STAR FERRY AND QUEEN’S PIER.

THE HARCOURT ROAD FLYOVER CARRYING WESTBOUND TRAFFIC WILL BE CLOSED FROM MIDNIGHT TO 3 A.M. AND TRAFFIC PROCEEDING WESTWARDS WILL BE DIVERTED ONTO THE HARCOURT SLIP ROAD, THEN ONTO COTTON TREE DRIVE AND QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL.

BETWEEN 2 A.M. AND 6 A.M. HARCOURT SLIP ROAD, BOTH WESTBOUND AND EASTBOUND, BETWEEN COTTON TREE DRIVE AND MURRAY ROAD, WILL BE CLOSED. AT THE SAME TIME, MURRAY ROAD NORTH OF CHATER ROAD WILL ALSO BE COMPLETELY CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

MOTORISTS ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT FROM MIDNIGHT TO 1 A.M. HARCOURT ROAD AND GLOUCESTER ROAD WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TWO LANES LEAVING ONE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF CONCRETE BEAMS, IN THE REVERSE DIRECTION, FROM WANCHAI RECLAMATION TO THE WORK SITE OPPOSITE HUTCHISON HOUSE.

TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP IN THE AREA AND TRAFFIC POLICE WILL BE ON HAND TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 1976

NEW POST OFFICE IN LAI KING ESTATE

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A NEW POST OFFICE AT LOK KING HOUSE, IN LAI KING ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG, WILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 20).

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID ITS OPENING WOULD MARK A FURTHER STAGE IN THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME OF THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT.

+IT ALSO BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICES TO 72, INCLUDING A MOBILE POST OFFICE OPERATING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE ADDED.

A FULL RANGE OF POSTAL FACILITIES, EXCEPT FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF INSURED LETTERS AND BOXES, WILL BE AVAILABLE AND A STAMP VENDING MACHINE HAS BEEN INSTALLED TO SUPPLY 10-CENT STAMPS AT ALL HOURS.

THE BUSINESS HOURS WILL BE FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. AND 2.15 P.M. TO 5 P.M. DURING WEEKDAYS, AND FROM 9 A.M. TO 1 P.M. ON SATURDAYS. IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN YUEN LONG WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 20) TO ALLOW WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TAN KWAI TSUEN ROAD, INCLUDING HUNG UK TSUEN, TAN KWAI TSUEN, SHEK PO TSUEN, LEI UK TSUEN, SAI SHAN TSUEN, SAN UK TSUEN, LO UK TSUEN, SIK KONG TSUEN, SIK KONG WAI AND TSEUNG KONG WAI.

ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 21), WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY 17-106 HILL ROAD, 71A, 71B AND 71C, POKFULAM ROAD, PO TACK STREET, CLARENCE TERRACE, CHUN SING STREET AND 450-496, QUEEN’S ROAD WEST.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 19, 1976.

CONTENTS

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NEW HARBOUR FAIRWAY SYSTEM WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1 ................................................... 1

AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO EXPLORE MARINE RESOURCES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA .................................. 2

TENDERS INVITED FOR SHOPPING SPACES ON KCR’S WALKWAY.......... 3

VOLUNTEER LIFESAVERS TO MAN CHEUNG SHA BEACH AT LANTAU ______ 4

’URBAN LIFE CAMP’ FOR SAI KUNG YOUTHS ......................... 5

FIRST CONTRACT OF PLANETARIUM TO BE SIGNED TOMORROW ........... 5

WATER CUT IN SHAM SHU I PO ..................................   6

GRADUATION CEREMONY OF NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASS .............. 6

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 1976

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MARINE DEPARTMENT ALTERS HARBOUR FAIRWAY SYSTEM AND ESTABLISHES A +CLEARWAY+ FOR CONTAINERSHIPS * * * M * *

THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (CONTROL OF PORTS)(AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1976 WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1.

CHANGES IN SHIPPING PATTERNS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE INCREASED MOVEMENTS OF LARGE SHIPS IN THE WESTERN APPROACHES AND THE WESTERN HARBOUR.

THIS, TOGETHER WITH THE REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE VIRTUALLY UNOBSTRUCTED WORKING AREAS FOR THE IMMERSED TUBE TUNNEL SECTION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WHICH WILL BE LAID IN THE CENTRAL HARBOUR, HAVE NECESSITATED DREDGING OF THE CENTRAL FAIRWAY TO A DEPTH SUFFICIENT TO ALLOW HEAVY DRAFT VESSELS, INCLUDING PASSENGER LINERS BERTHING AT THE OCEAN TERMINAL, FREE ACCESS IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE HARBOUR.

AT THE SAME TIME A MAJOR RE-ORGANISATION OF THE BUOYAGE SYSTEM FOR OCEAN-GOING SHIPS PRESENTLY BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND EXISTING AND PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS ALONG THE NORTH-WESTERN SHORE OF HONG KONG ISLAND HAS REACHED THE POINT WHERE CHANGES IN THE PRESENT'MAJOR FAIRWAYS ARE NECESSARY.

THUS, THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SOUTHERN, CENTRAL AND HUNG HOM FAIRWAYS LISTED IN THE SECOND SCHEDULE TO THE PRINCIPAL REGULATIONS WILL BE VARIED AND TWO NEW FAIRWAYS WILL BE ADDED. THEY ARE THE NORTHERN AND NORTH GREEN ISLAND FAIRWAYS.

REFERRING AGAIN TO THE MOVEMENTS OF LARGE SHIPS IN THE WESTERN HARBOUR AND WESTERN APPROACHES, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE HAS BEEN CONCERNED WITH THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO MOVEMENTS OF CONTAINERSHIPS IN THE AREA BETWEEN TSING Yl ISLAND AND THE NORTHERN PART OF THE WESTERN TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEME RUNNING UP TO THE EAST LAMMA CHANNEL.

THIS AREA IS A VERY POPULAR ANCHORAGE FOR SHIPS INTENDING TO ANCHOR THERE FOR A SHORT PERIOD, BUT THE 3RD GENERATION CONTAINERSHIPS PROCEEDING TO AND FROM KWAI CHUNG ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY MANOEUVRING THROUGH ANCHORED VESSELS IN THIS AREA.

THESE SHIPS BEING UP TO 1,000 FEET IN LENGTH WITH DRAFTS IN THE REGION OF 40 FEET HAVE LIMITED MANOEUVRING ABILITY AND ARE ALSO RESTRICTED TO FAIRLY DEFINED ROUTES BY THEIR DRAFT.

HYDROFOILS AND JETFOILS REGULARLY USE AN EAST-WEST ROUTE PAST GREEN ISLAND AND THEIR MOVEMENTS WILL BE MADE EASIER BY REMOVING SUCH OBSTRUCTIONS.

IN ORDER TO ASSIST SUCH SHIPS AND TO AVOID POSSIBLE ACCIDENTS OR STRANDINGS, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE WILL, FROM SEPTEMBER 1, ESTABLISH AN AREA FROM THE NORTHERN END OF THE EAST LAMMA CHANNEL SEPARATION SCHEME THROUGH KELLET BANK TO SOUTH EAST TSING Yl ISLAND WHERE SHIPS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ANCHOR.

THIS HAS BEEN DECLARED BY NOTICE TO MARINERS NO. 49(T) OF 1976 UNDER REGULATION 5(1) OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (CONTROL OF PORTS) REGULATIONS.

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GOVT TO EXPLORE MARINE RESOURCES IN SOUTH CHINA SEA ******

ANOTHER SERIES OF FISHERY SURVEYS WILL BE CARRIED OUT LATER THIS YEAR BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TO EXPLORE MARINE RESOURCES IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

THIS DECISION WAS TAKEN FOLLOWING STUDIES WHICH SHOWED THAT HONG KONG WILL FACE A SHORTAGE OF SEA FISH IN 1981.

MR. ROY CHILVERS, SENIOR FISHERIES OFFICER (DEVELOPMENT) OF THE DEPARTMENT, POINTED OUT THAT THE AIM OF THESE SURVEYS WAS TO ESTABLISH THE TEMPORAL AND GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF UNEXPLOITED MIDWATER FISH STOCKS IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA TO HELP DETERMINE WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO MAINTAIN AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF FISH FOR HONG KONG.

DEPENDENT UPON WHICH SPECIES WERE FOUND TO BE THE MOST ABUNDANT, THE SURVEYS WOULD ALSO HELP GOVERNMENT TO PLAN THE INTRODUCTION OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FISHING GEAR FOR THEIR CAPTURE, AND THE BEST METHODS OF UTILISING THEM.

MR. CHILVERS STRESSED THAT THE FISHING GROUNDS FREQUENTED AT PRESENT WERE IN DANGER OF BEING OVER-EXPLOITED.

+THE PROBLEM AT THE MOMENT IS THAT THE POPULAR BOTTOM LIVING FISHES ON THE TRADITIONAL GROUNDS ARE APPARENTLY BECOMING LESS ABUNDANT AND THE FLEET IS HAVING TO MOVE FURTHER AFIELD TO MAINTAIN SUPPLIES OF THESE SPECIES,+ HE SAID.

+THIS, OBVIOUSLY, CANNOT GO ON INDEFINITELY. CLOSER TO HONG KONG, THERE IS AN ABUNDANCE OF OTHER TYPES OF FISH WHICH, HOWEVER, ARE NOT POPULAR WITH EITHER THE CONSUMER OR THE FISHERMEN.*

HE SAID THAT ONE GOOD EXAMPLE WAS THE FILE FISH WHICH COULD BE FOUND IN LARGE SHOALS OVER THE CONTINENTAL SHELF OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA.

MR. CHILVERS RECALLED THAT DURING A DEMERSAL SURVEY CRUISE IN THE MIDDLE OF 1972 THE CATCH RATE TO THE WEST FOR THIS ONE SPECIES AVERAGED ONE HALF OF A TON PER HOUR.

EARLIER THIS YEAR, A TRIAL MIDWATER SURVEY DEMONSTRATED THE PRESENCE OF VERY LARGE SHOALS OF THE SAME FISH TO THE EAST OF HONG KONG WHERE IT HAD ALSO BEEN CAUGHT ON THE BOTTOM IN 1972.

FOR THE COMING STUDY, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT PURCHASED A POWERFUL SONAR WHICH HAS BEEN INSTALLED ON BOARD ITS RESEARCH VESSEL +CAPE ST. MARY+ TO LOCATE SHOALS OF FISH.

IN ADDITION, AN EXPENSIVE ECHO SOUNDER AND OTHER SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT WILL BE FITTED IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS’ TIME.

THIS, HE ADDED, WAS ON LOAN TO THE DEPARTMENT FROM THE SOUTH CHINA SEA FISHERIES DEVELOPMENT AND CO-ORDINATING PROGRAMME BASED IN THE PHILIPPINES AND SPONSORED BY THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS.

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THE EQUIPMENT INCLUDING THE ECHO SOUNDER, WOULD BE USED TO MAKE FAST DIRECT ASSESSMENTS OF THE QUANTITIES OF FISH LOCATED.

MR. CHILVERS SAID THAT THE SURVEYS, FIVE IN ALL, WILL BEGIN SOMETIME IN OCTOBER AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ABOUT 12 MONTHS’ TIME.

IN THE MEANTIME, HE CONTINUED, THE DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED EXPERIMENTS ON THE TRIAL PRODUCTION OF FISH SILAGE AS AN ADDITIONAL MEANS OF UTILISING THE EXISTING CATCHES OF SMALL INSHORE PELAGIC FISHES.

IT IS HOPED TO USE THE SILAGE AS FEED FOR SWINE AND POULTRY.

IF THIS PROVES SUCCESSFUL, OTHER SPECIES, SUCH AS FILE FISH. WILL BE USED AS THE RAW MATERIAL, THUS CREATING A DEMAND FOR SUCH APPARENTLY ABUNDANT, BUT LITTLE UTILISED SPECIES.

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SHOPPING SPACES ON KCR’S WALKWAYS TO BE TENDERED ******

THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY (KCR) IS INVITING TENDERS FOR SHOPPING SPACES IN ONE OF ITS COVERED PEDESTRIAN WALKWAYS LEADING TO THE TERMINAL AT HUNG HOM.

KCR ALREADY HAS SHOPS WITHIN ITS NEW KOWLOON TERMINAL BUILDING BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SHOPPING SPACES ARE LET IN THE WALKWAYS WHICH CONNECT THE BUSY RAIL PASSENGER CENTRE WITH NEARBY FERRY AND BUS TERMINALS.

THE SHOPPING SPACES, TOTALLING 3,693 SQ. FT., ARE AT THE WESTERN PEDESTRIAN WALKWAY. IT IS USED DAILY BY PASSENGERS, AND CONNECTS THE TERMINAL WITH BUS STOPS AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND OTHER PASSAGEWAYS OF THE STATION COMPLEX.

THE TERMINAL COMPLEX IS INCREASINGLY BECOMING A POPULAR MEETING POINT FOR HONG KONG PEOPLE. FURTHERMORE, WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLYTECHNIC NEARBY, MANY MORE VISITORS ARE EXPECTED TO COME TO THE STATION, PARTICULARLY ON HOLIDAYS.

CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO PROPOSALS BY TENDERERS TO AIR-CONDITION THE SHOPPING SPACES AND TO PROVIDE GATES TO CLOSE PART OF THE WALKWAY AT NIGHT.

FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE KCR GENERAL MANAGER AT KOWLOON STATION IN HUNG HOM.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE 12 NOON ON SEPTEMBER 3, 1976.

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LIFESAVERS TO GUARD’CHEUNG SHA BEACH

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS ARRANGED FOR 15 VOLUNTEER LIFESAVERS TO MAN THE TREACHEROUS CHEUNG SHA BEACH AT LANTAU FOR THE REST OF THE SUMMER.

THE VOLUNTEERS WILL SWING INTO ACTION ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 21) AND WILL BE ON GUARD DUTY EVERY WEEKEND AND PUBLIC HOLIDAY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 26 — 14 +SWIMMING DAYS+ IN ALL.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, RECRUITED THE LIFESAVERS FROM THE HONG KONG LIFE SAVING CLUB HEADQUARTERS AND ITS CHEUNG CHAU AND MUI WO BRANCHES.

THE DISTRICT OFFICER ISLANDS, MR. DAVID TSUI TODAY PRAISED THE VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT.

+WE WILL BE PAYING THEM TRAVELLING EXPENSES BUT THEY WILL PROBABLY STILL BE OUT OF POCKET. HOWEVER, THEY DON’T SEEM TO MIND BECAUSE THEY SAY THERE’S A JOB TO BE DONE,+ HE SAID.

NINE OF THE VOLUNTEERS WILL BE POSTED ON THE LONG BEACH WHILE THE OTHER SIX WILL WATCH THE CHEUNG SHA' LOWER VILLAGE BEACH. THE GROUP WILL BE ASSISTED BY TEENAGERS FROM THE VILLAGE WHO HAVE ALSO OFFERED THEIR HELP.

THE LIFESAVERS WILL BE USING WATCH TOWERS BUILT FOR THEM BY THE 1ST BATTALION LIGHT INFANTRY, AND WILL ALSO HAVE TWO RESCUE CANOES ON STANDBY.

MR. TSUI SAID HE HAD ALSO RECEIVED ASSISTANCE IN ARRANGING FOR THE BEACH GUARDS FROM THE AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES HEADQUARTERS AND ITS CHEUNG CHAU BRANCH.

+EVERYBODY HAS CO-OPERATED ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMISE DANGER AT THE BEACH,+ HE SAID.

BUT MR. TSUI APPEALED TO SWIMMERS NOT TO USE THE BEACH WHEN A STRONG WIND SIGNAL WAS HOISTED BECAUSE IT WAS PARTICULARLY HAZARDOUS WHEN EXPOSED TO SOUTH-WESTERLY WINDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS;

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE FIRST DAY OF THE LIFE GUARD PATROL AT CHEUNG SHA BEACH ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 21). THE LAUNCH SIR CECIL CLEMENTI WILL TAKE MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO THE BEACH, LEAVING THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PIER, HONG KONG ISLAND, AT 8.45 A.M. AND THE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER AT 9 A.M. KERRY MCGLYNN, PRINCIPAL INFORMATION OFFICER, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST WITH ANY INQUIRIES.

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URBAN LIFE CAMP

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SIXTY YOUNGSTERS FROM YUNG SHUE 0, A REMOTE VILLAGE ON THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA, WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE URBAN LIFE NEXT WEEK.

AN ’URBAN LIFE CAMP’ HAS BEEN ORGANISED FOR THEM AT THE LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING (EAST) BETWEEN AUGUST 22 AND 25.

PROGRAMMES IN THE CAMP WILL INCLUDE A GAMES PARTY WITH URBAN CHILDREN AND VISITS TO POLICE STATION, HOSPITAL, COMMUNITY CENTRE, THE CITY HALL AND THE KOWLOON CANTON RAILWAY STATION.

APART FROM THE CAMP, RECREATIONAL PROGRAMMES WILL ALSO BE ORGANISED FOR THE VILLAGERS IN YUNG SHUE 0 SUCH AS STALL GAMES AND CAMP FIRE.

THE PROJECT IS ORGANISED BY THE SHARE LOVE SOCIETY, A SELFPROGRAMMING GROUP OF THE LAM TIN ESTATE COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE.

SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUTH SCHEME, THE PROJECT IS AIMED AT ENLIGHTENING RURAL CHILDREN WITH KNOWLEDGE OF URBAN LIFE AND AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR URBAN YOUNGSTERS TO EXPERIENCE RURAL LIFE.

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FIRST CONTRACT OF PLANETARIUM TO BE SIGNED TOMORROW ## X O K

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE FIRST CONTRACT FOR HONG KONG’S PROPOSED PLANETARIUM WILL BE FORMALLY SIGNED IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE TOMORROW (FRIDAY, AUGUST 20) AT 10.30 A.M.

P.W.D. OFFICERS INCLUDING MR. THOMAS KU, THE PROJECT ARCHITECT, WILL BE ON HAND TO GIVE DETAILS OF THE PROJECT.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SIGNING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, 12TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING. GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN SHAMSHUIPO WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 21) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY PO ON ROAD, PRATAS STREET, KWONG LEE ROAD AND CHEUNG FAT STREET INCLUDING FAT TSEUNG STREET, TONKIN STREET AND BLOCK NOS. 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 AND 15, LEI CHENG UK ESTATE.

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GRADUATION CEREMONY

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 22ND NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASS OF THE ABERDEEN FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (F.M.O.) SECONDARY SCHOOL WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (AUGUST 20) AT 3 P.M.

THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE ABERDEEN F.M.O. SECONDARY PRACTICAL AND PRIMARY SCHOOL, NO.2, TIN WAN HILL ROAD, ABERDEEN.

MR. A.K. MURRAY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (FISHERIES AND MARKETING) WILL OFFICIATE THE CEREMONY.

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

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1976

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FIRST CONTRACT OF $20 MILLION PLANETARIUM SIGNED . 1

HONG KONG SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRENDS -- 1964-74 .. 2

TWO MORE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES TO BE OPENED . 3

TEXTILE QUOTA UTILISATION POSITION ............... 4

FIFTEEN YOUNG MEN COMPLETE NAVIGATION COURSE ..... 6

APPOINTMENT OF NEW CITY DISTRICT OFFICER ......... 6

COMMODITIES TRADING REGULATIONS, 1976 ............ 7

GOVERNMENT TO BUILD AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE ........... 8

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1976

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PILING WORKS ON PLANETARIUM SITE TO START IMMEDIATELY ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS TO BEGIN WORK IMMEDIATELY ON PREPARING A,7,600 SQ. METRE SITE FOR HONG KONG’S $20 MILLION PLANETARIUM ON THE FORMER KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY TERMINUS SITE AT TSIM SHA TSUI.

THE FIRST CONTRACT FOR THE PROJECT WAS SIGNED IN THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING, MARKING THE FIRST STEP IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING.

THE CONTRACT, WORTH $1.8 MILLION, IS FOR THE PILING WORKS AND HAS BEEN AWARDED TO RIGID ENGINEERING CO. LTD. FURTHER CONTRACTS WILL BE LET IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS FOR THE BUILDING WORKS.

MR. JACK STEAN, DIRECTOR OF THE P/W.D.’S BUILDING DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, SAID TODAY SITE PREPARATION AND PILING WORK WOULD TAKE FOUR MONTHS AND BUILDING WORK ON THE SUPERSTRUCTURE WOULD COMMENCE IN DECEMBER.

+THE ENTIRE PROJECT,* HE SAID, +WILL TAKE ABOUT 20 MONTHS TO COMPLETE AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING WILL BE COMPLETED IN MID-1978.+

THE PLANETARIUM, WHICH WILL FORM PART OF THE PROPOSED CULTURAL CENTRE IN TSIM SHA TSUI, IS BEING BUILT BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE ON BEHALF OF THE URBAN COUNCIL, WHICH IS FINANCING THE PLANETARIUM PROJECT.

TODAY’S SIGNING OF THE $1.8 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE PILING WORKS IS THE CULMINATION OF TWO YEARS OF EXHAUSTIVE PLANNING AND RESEARCH BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND A TEAM OF P.W.D. ARCHITECTS HEADED BY MR. THOMAS KU, SENIOR ARCHITECT IN CHARGE OF THE PROJECT.

MR. STEAN SAID : +AS THIS IS THE FIRST PLANETARIUM IN HONG KONG, BOTH THE P.W.D. AND THE URBAN COUNCIL ARE NATURALLY ANXIOUS THAT ITS DESIGN SHOULD BE COMPARABLE WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE PLANETARIA IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD.*

+MR. KU WAS THEREFORE SENT ON A STUDY TOUR OF SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED PLANETARIA IN THE WORLD TO ENSURE THAT HONG KONG’S PLANETARIUM IS OF THE VERY LATEST DESIGN AND INCORPORATES THE NEWEST IDEAS IN PLANETARIA,* HE SAID.

MR. KU VISITED 15 PLANETARIA IN THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AND GERMANY.

SAID MR. KU : +THE DESIGN OF THE PLANETARIUM HAS BEEN A GREAT CHALLENGE, NOT ONLY BECAUSE IT WILL FILL AN IMPORTANT RECREATIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEED, BUT BECAUSE THE BUILDING MUST ITSELF BE SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT HONG KONG CAN BE PROUD 0F.+

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MR. STEAN SHARED MR. KU’S SENTIMENTS AND SAID THE INTERESTING DESIGN OF THE BUILDING WOULD INTRODUCE A SPECTACULAR LANDMARK IN TSIM SHA TSUI IN THE FORM OF THE EGG-SHAPED DOME STRUCTURE OF THE SKY THEATRE.

THIS WILL CONSIST OF A SEMI-HEMISPHERE 23 METRES IN DIAMETER WITH SEATS FOR BETWEEN 350 AND 400 PEOPLE AND IT IS HERE THAT VISITORS WILL BE MAKING IMAGINARY TRIPS TO THE STARS AND EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE.

THE SKY THEATRE WILL BE LOCATED ON AN UPPER LEVEL SURROUNDED BY A GALLERY OVERLOOKING A LARGE EXHIBITION AREA BELOW FOR DISPLAYS ON ASTRONOMY, EARTH SCIENCES AND ASTRO-NAVIGATION.

THE CONTROL ROOM, STUDIOS, WORKSHOPS AND OFFICES WILL BE LOCATED UNDER THE THEATRE.

CONNECTED TO THE SKY THEATRE WILL BE A TWO-STOREY ANNEXE WHICH WILL PROVIDE SUCH FACILITIES AS A LARGE RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND, ON THE GROUND FLOtfR, A LECTURE HALL TO SEAT AN AUDIENCE OF 200 PEOPLE.

MEANWHILE, THE MAJOR PART OF THE EQUIPMENT WHICH INCLUDES A SOPHISTICATED PLANETARIUM STAR-PROJECTOR, A PROJECTION DOME AND VARIOUS +SPECIAL-EFFECTS+ PROJECTORS, HAVE ALREADY BEEN ORDERED FROM A GERMAN FIRM AND WILL BE DELIVERED FOR INSTALLATION WHEN THE BUILDING WORKS HAVE REACHED AN ADVANCED STAGE.

THE MAIN PROJECTOR, WHICH WILL BE FITTED IN THE CENTRE OF THE SKY THEATRE, CAN PROJECT ABOUT 8,900 FIXED STARS IN THEIR NATURAL CONFIGURATIONS, SOME OF THEM IN THEIR OWN DISTINCTIVE COLOURS OR WITH THEIR CHARACTERISTIC TWINKLING EFFECTS.

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HONG KONG SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TRENDS - 1964-74 # * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS JUST PUBLISHED A HANDBOOK SETTING OUT IN CONCISE FORM THE MAJOR STATISTICS MOST DESCRIPTIVE OF THE MAIN TRENDS OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG OVER THE ELEVEN-YEAR PERIOD BETWEEN 1964 AND 1974.

THIS PUBLICATION, SECOND IN THE SERIES, CONTAINS 73 TABLES AND 52 GRAPHS AND CHARTS, TOGETHER WITH DETAILED EXPLANATORY NOTES ON SOURCES AND COVERAGE.

SOME CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE PRESENT EDITION IN LAYOUT AND CONTENT.

THE MAIN CHANGES INCLUDE THE EXTENSION OF THE REFERENCE PERIOD FROM FIVE TO 11 YEARS TO FACILITATE IDENTIFICATION OF TRENDS, AND ENLARGEMENT OF COVERAGE TO INCORPORATE THE RESULTS OF THE 1973 CENSUS OF INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION AND THE 1974 WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADES SURVEY.

THIS PUBLICATION IS NOW ON SALE AT $10 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE, HONG KONG.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1976

TWO MORE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES TO BE OPENED

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT TWO MORE METHADONE DETOXIFICATION CENTRES WOULD BE OPENED NEXT WEDNESDAY TO COPE WITH THE EXPECTED INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF DRUG ADDICTS SEEKING METHADONE TREATMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE DECISION TO OPEN MORE CENTRES WAS PROMPTED BY THE RECENT LARGE DRUG SEIZURES BY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES, WHICH HAVE CURTAILED LOCAL SUPPLIES SENDING PRICES TO AN ALL-TIME HIGH.

IT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT THE DRUGS SEIZED THIS MONTH, WORTH ABOUT $70 M. IF REACHING THE STREET SALE LEVEL, WERE MEANT FOR LOCAL CONSUMPTION.

ONE OF THE TWO NEW CENTRES TO COME INTO SERVICE IS THE HOMANTIN HEALTH CENTRE, WHICH WILL BE A DAY DETOXIFICATION CENTRE OPERATING FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M., AND THE OTHER IS THE KENNEDY TOWN CLINIC, WHICH WILL BE AN EVENING CLINIC OPERATING FROM 6 P.M. TO 10 P.M.

THESE TWO ADDITIONS WILL BRING TO 15 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DETOXIFICATION CENTRES — TWO DAY CENTRES AND 13 EVENING CENTRES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALTHOUGH THE IMPACT OF THE RECENT NARCOTICS SEIZURES HAD NOT YET BEEN FULLY FELT, THE NUMBER OF NEW PATIENTS REGISTERED AT THE EXISTING 13 CENTRES SHOWED A STEADY INCREASE IN THE PAST FEW DAYS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT DURING THE PAST FOUR DAYS, THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF NEW REGISTRATION WAS 60 A DAY, COMPARED WITH ABOUT 33 A DAY IN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

SINCE THE DETOXIFICATION PROGRAMME WAS INTRODUCED IN JUNE, NEARLY 4,000 ADDICTS HAVE BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE CENTRES FOR TREATMENT WHILE THE ATTENDANCE RATE RANGES FROM 60 TO 70 PER CENT.

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TEXTILE QUOTA UTILISATION POSITION

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE END OF JULY 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 10 MONTHS OF THE US TEXTILE RESTRAINT PERIOD WHICH BEGAN ON OCTOBER 1, 1975, TOTAL QUOTAS USED AMOUNTED TO 644 MILLION EQUIVALENT SQUARE YARDS OR 73 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 : -

QUANTITY PERCENTAGE UTILISATION DESCRIPTION LICENSED AGAINST GROUP LIMITS

GROUP I YARNS AND FABRICS OF 165.8 69 PER CENT

COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES

GROUP II APPAREL OF COTTON AND 428.7 78 PER CENT

MAN-MADE FIBRES

GROUP III MADE-UPS AND MISCELLANEOUS 27 49 PER CENT

ARTICLES OF COTTON AND MAN-MADE FIBRES

GROUP IV WOOL TEXTILE AND APPAREL 23 55 PER CENT

NOTE : FIGURES ON QUANTITY LICENSED ARE IN MILLION EQUIVALENT SQUARE YARDS.

OF THE CATEGORIES SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC LIMITS IN THE HONG KONG/US TEXTILE AGREEMENT, THE RATE OF UTILISATION IN FOUR OUT OF 21 CATEGORIES COULD BE DESCRIBED AS RELATIVELY HIGH. THESE FOUR CATEGORIES WERE CATEGORY 22/23 (TWILL 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) AND CATEGORY 218/219/224(5) (M.M.F. KNIT SHIRTS, BLOUSES, TOPS AND VESTS).

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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.

EEC

THE CURRENT 12-MONTH EEC TEXTILE RESTRAINT PERIOD BEGAN ON JANUARY 1, 1976. QUOTA UTILISATION POSITIONS ON MEMBER STATE BASIS FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS ENDING JULY 1976 ARE GIVEN BELOW :

MEMBER STATE QUANTITY LICENSED PERCENTAGE UTILISATION

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY 21 55 PER CENT

UNITED KINGDOM 34.3 51 PER CENT

BENELUX 3.5 42 PER CENT

DENMARK 1.8 58 PER CENT

ITALY 1.1 ' 27 PER CENT

FRANCE 1.2 55 PER CENT

IRISH REPUBLIC 0.25 37 PER CENT

NOTE : FIGURES ON QUANTITY LICENSED ARE IN MILLION 1 EQUIVALENT KGS

OUT OF A TOTAL OF 108 CATEGORIES ON MEMBER STATE/CATEGORY BASIS, THE RATE OF UTILISATION IN 29 OF THEM WAS RELATIVELY HIGH. THE POPULAR CATEGORIES INCLUDED CATEGORY 2 (WOVEN FABRICS), CATEGORY 3 (KNIT SHIRTS AND BLOUSES), CATEGORY 8 (WOVEN TROUSERS) AND CATEGORY 10 (WOVEN DRESSES).

NOTE TO EDITORS s

COPIES OF THE RELEVANT NOTICES TO EXPORTERS WHICH GIVE DETAILED FIGURES OF UTILISATION OF QUOTAS FOR EACH RESTRAINED MARKET ON A CATEGORY BY CATEGORY BASIS ARE ATTACHED.

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GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 22ND NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASS ******

NAVIGATION COURSES, PROVIDED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, ARE DESIGNED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE DEVELOPING OFFSHORE FISHING FLEET AND IMPART A WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF CHART WORK, SEAMANSHIP, SIGNALLING AND NAVIGATION.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY MR. A.K. MURRAY, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF FISHERIES AND MARKETING, AT THE GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE 22ND NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASS OF THE ABERDEEN FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO) SECONDARY SCHOOL.

HE SAID THE PARENTS OF THE 15 GRADUATES HAD MADE A CONSIDERABLE SACRIFICE BY ALLOWING THEIR SONS TO ATTEND THE SIX-MONTH NAVIGATION TRAINING CLASSES.

+HOWEVER, I AM CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL FIND THAT YOUR SACRIFICES HAVE NOT BEEN IN VAIN AND THAT WITH THE ACQUISITION OF THEIR NEW SKILLS, YOUR SONS SHOULD BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN OPERATING YOUR VESSELS MORE EFFICIENTLY,* HE SAID.

+AT LEAST, THEY SHOULD GET YOU TO AND FROM YOUR FISHING GROUNDS BY THE SHORTEST COURSE WITH CONSEQUENT SAVINGS IN FUEL CONSUMPTION, A VERY NECESSARY REQUIREMENT IN THESE DAYS OF RISING FUEL COSTS.*

DURING THE COURSE, HE EXPLAINED, TWO ONE-WEEK PRACTICAL SESSIONS WERE CONDUCTED AT SEA ON BOARD FISHERIES RESEARCH VESSELS, IN MID-TERM AND AT THE END.

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APPOINTMENT OF NEW CITY DISTRICT OFFICER *****

THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN, ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY) THE APPOINTMENT OF MR. R. FUNG CHOI-CHEUNG, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, AS CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) WITH EFFECT FROM AUGUST 23, 1976 TO REPLACE MR. NICHOLAS NG WING-FUI, WHO WILL BE GOING TO U.K. FOR TRAINING.

MR. FUNG, A GRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, HAS HAD SIX YEARS’ SERVICE IN THE GOVERNMENT.

BEFORE HE WAS APPOINTED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT ON AUGUST 27, 1974, HE HAD SERVED FOR SOMETIME IN THE GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND COLONIAL SECRETARIAT AS AN EXECUTIVE OFFICER I I. HE WENT TO U.K. FOR TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1975.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 1976

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COMMODITIES TRADING REGULATIONS, 1976 ******

THE REGISTRATION PROVISIONS OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE 1976 TOGETHER WITH THE APPROPRIATE REGULATIONS, I.E. COMMODITIES TRADING (DEALERS, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS AND REPRESENTATIVES) REGULATIONS 1976 WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY WILL BE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION ON OCTOBER 1, 1976.

AFTER OCTOBER 1. 1976, NO PERSON WHETHER AN INDIVIDUAL, CORPORATION OR FIRM (PARTNERSHIP) MAY CARRY ON THE BUSINESS OF TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES ON A COMMODITY EXCHANGE, UNLESS HE IS REGISTERED AS A COMMODITY DEALER.

ANY DIRECTOR OR PARTNER OF A CORPORATION OR FIRM WHICH IS REGISTERED AS A DEALER IS ALSO REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED IF HE IS DULY AUTHORIZED TO ACT ON BEHALF OF THE CORPORATION OR FIRM FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRADING IN COMMODITY FUTURES.

SIMILARLY, ANY PERSON, CORPORATION OR FIRM WHO ACTS AS A COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER IS ALSO REQUIRED TO BE REGISTERED* AND SO ARE PERSONS WORKING AS REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMODITY DEALERS AND COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS.

HOWEVER, IF A PERSON TRADES IN COMMODITY FUTURES ONLY THROUGH A REGISTERED COMMODITY DEALER, HE NEED NOT REGISTER HIMSELF.

ONE OF THE PRE-CONDITIONS FOR REGISTRATION OF A COMMODITY DEALER IS THAT THE APPLICANT, OR THE CORPORATION OR FIRM TO WHICH HE IS ACCREDITED, MUST BECOME A SHAREHOLDER OF THE HONG KONG COMMODITY EXCHANGE AFTER IT IS ESTABLISHED OR HE MUST BE A MEMBER OF ONE OF THE OVERSEA EXCHANGES LISTED IN THE SECOND SCHEDULE TO THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE, 1976.

THE ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE IS $1,000 FOR A CORPORATION OR FIRM WHICH IS A DEALER OR COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER, $500 FOR A DEALER OR COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER WHO IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND $200 FOR A REPRESENTATIVE.

A COMMODITY DEALER HAS TO PAY TO THE COMMISSIONER A DEPOSIT OF $100,000 IN CASH ON REGISTRATION. HOWEVER, THE FOLLOWING APPLICANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO PAY THE DEPOSIT : -

(A) AN APPLICANT THAT IS A CORPORATION OR FIRM, IF ANY DIRECTOR PARTNER OR EMPLOYEE ACCREDITED TO IT AS A DEALER HAS PAID SUCH DEPOSIT-

(B) AN APPLICANT WHO IS A SHAREHOLDER, OR ACCREDITED TO A SHAREHOLDER OF THE HONG KONG EXCHANGE COMPANY IF THE EXCHANGE COMPANY HAS MADE IN RESPECT OF THE SHAREHOLDER A DEPOSIT TO THE COMPENSATION FUND.

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THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING HAS ISSUED A PAMPHLET FOR GUIDANCE OF PERSONS APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION WHICH MAY BE OBTAINED FREE OF CHARGE AT THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING AT ROOM 2404 CONNAUGHT CENTRE, HONG KONG.

MEANWHILE, COPIES OF PURCHASED DIRECT FROM THE STAR FERRY CONCOURSE.

THE ORDINANCE AND REGULATIONS MAY BE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATION CENTRE AT THE

TO FACILITATE THE WORK OF THE COMMISSIONER, THOSE TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION ARE ADVISED TO SEND IN THEIR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE 2404, CONNAUGHT CENTRE, HONG KONG.

WHO WISH APPLICATIONS AT ROOM

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THE GOVERNMENT WILL BUILD A BRIDGE TO LINK ABERDEEN AND AP LEI CHAU.

THE DECISION TO INCLUDE THE BRIDGE AS AN ITEM IN THE PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME FOLLOWS AN INVESTIGATION ON THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING THE BRIDGE BUILT BY PRIVATE ENTERPRISE IN RETURN FOR A GRANT OF LAND ON AP LEI CHAU FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

HOWEVER, IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT THE LAND ON THE ISLAND WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT IS NEEDED FOR PUBLIC HOUSING AND ITS LOSS WOULD CREATE A SERIOUS SHORTFALL IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME FOR THE WESTERN AREA OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

WHEN THE BRIDGE IS COMPLETED, IT WOULD ALSO BE POSSIBLE FOR THE FIRE STATION IN ABERDEEN TO PROVIDE SERVICE TO AP LEI CHAU.

+CONSULTING ENGINEERS WILL BE APPOINTED IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND IT IS HOPED THAT TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BRIDGE AND APPROACH ROADS WILL BE CALLED WITHIN THE NEXT 12 MONTHS,+ A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

COMPLETION OF THE BRIDGE IS EXPECTED IN ABOUT 2-1/2 YEARS’ TIME.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1976.

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

+DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE* FOR 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS OF TAI ON MANSION ..................................................... 1

NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES REMAINED STABLE LAST MONTH ....... 2

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT FAMILIES SPORTS CAMP ................ 2

SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS .......................... 3

WEEKEND CAMP FOR YOUNGSTERS ................................. 3

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 1976

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GOVERNMENT OFFERS ’DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE’ TO 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS OF TAI ON MANSION * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO PAY AN EX-GRATIA +DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE* TO THE 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS OF FLATS IN TAI ON MANSION, SHAM SHU I PO, WHICH MUST BE VACATED BY SEPTEMBER 1 TO MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY: +SINCE COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC TENANTS ARE BEING GIVEN EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION FOR THEIR LOSS OF PREMISES, AND TO PAY THEIR REMOVAL COSTS, OWNER-OCCUPIERS ARE ALSO TO RECEIVE AN EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE FOR DISTURBANCE TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES AS WELL AS REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR PROPERTIES.

+THE DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE WILL BE .CALCULATED AT ABOUT $20 A SQUARE FOOT FOR ACTUAL LIVING ACCOMMODATION, AND AT SLIGHTLY REDUCED RATES FOR KITCHENS, BATHROOMS, BALCONIES AND PASSAGEWAYS.

+THE INDIVIDUAL AMOUNTS PAYABLE TO THE 39 OWNERS AFFECTED WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL MEASUREMENTS ARE COMPLETED, AND THIS WORK IS BEING DONE AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD AMOUNT TO A REASONABLE SUM WHICH IT IS HOPED WILL BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER AND WHAT THE OWNERS ARE ASKING FOR.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER TO THE OWNEROCCUPIERS HAD BEEN INCREASED EARLIER THIS WEEK TO BETWEEN $215 AND $240 PER SQUARE FOOT FOLLOWING THE ADMISSION OF FRESH EVIDENCE SUBMITTED BY THE OWNERS TO SUPPORT THEIR CLAIMS.

+OWNER-OCCUPIERS RETAIN THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL CONCERNING THEIR REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS, AND THOSE ELIGIBLE RETAIN THE RIGHT TO BE GIVEN GOVERNMENT HOUSING,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

HOWEVER, HE ADDED, THE 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS WOULD HAVE TO AGREE THAT ANY DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE PAID TO THEM WOULD BE DEDUCTABLE FROM ANY PAYMENTS CONCERNING DISTURBANCE OR REMOVAL EXPENSES WHICH MIGHT BE MADE BY THE LANDS TRIBUNAL.

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NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES REMAIN STABLE if X X If if

THE NEW CONSUMER PRICE INDICES (A) AND (B) FOR JULY WERE 111 AND 112 RESPECTIVELY, SAME AS THOSE FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFF REMAINED STABLE. HOWEVER, THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF FRESH WATER FISH, PORK, FRUITS AND MEALS BOUGHT AWAY FROM HOME ADVANCED WHILE THOSE OF RICE, LIVE POULTRY AND FRESH VEGETABLES DROPPED.

IN THE INDEX (A) BASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM HOUSEHOLD SPENDING BETWEEN $400 AND $1,499, AN INCREASE OF ONE POINT WAS RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR SERVICES DUE MAINLY TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR HAIRDRESSING. THIS WAS OFF SET BY A DROP OF ONE POINT IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR.

IN THE INDEX (B) EASED ON WEIGHTS DERIVED FROM HOUSEHOLD SPENDING BETWEEN $1,500 AND $2,999, THERE WAS A ONE-POINT RISE IN THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES DUE MAINLY TO HIGHER CHARGES FOR MOTOR CAR INSURANCE. A DROP OF ONE POINT WAS RECORDED IN THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR.

MOVEMENTS IN THE INDICES FOR OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS AND SERVICES WERE INSIGNIFICANT.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT FAMILIES SPORTS CAMP * * K *

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT A FAMILIES SPORTS CAMP AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG ON MONDAY (AUGUST 23).

ORGANISED BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE (RSS) OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, THE CAMP IS AIMED AT GIVING FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A SPORTS HOLIDAY WITH EXPERT INSTRUCTIONS IN THE SPORT OF THEIR CHOICE.

AT THE CAMP, FAMILY MEMBERS ARE INTRODUCED TO VARIOUS SPORTS ACTIVITIES WITH THE PURPOSE THAT EACH MEMBER WILL LEARN AT LEAST ONE OR TWO SPORTS IN THE CAMP, AND CARRY ON WITH THE SAME ACTIVITY AFTER THE CAMP.

SPORT COACHING COURSES INCLUDE ARCHERY, FENCING, SWIMMING, CANOEING, SKIN DIVING, TENNIS AND MINI GOLF. RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES RANGE FROM FOLK DANCING TO MORNING FITNESS PROGRAMME.

ADULTS ARE CHARGED $50 PER PERSON WHILE CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN 8 AND 14 ARE CHARGED $25 EACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT. LADY MACLEHOSE WILL ARRIVE AT THE POST-GRADUATE HALL OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AT 10.30 A.M.

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SUMMER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS

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FORTY BIOLOGY TEACHERS ARE TO ATTEND A SIX-DAY SUMMER COURSE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 23).

MR. A.G. BROWN, ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS COURSE IS TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF BIOLOGY TEACHING, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE NEW METHODS OF APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF THE SUBJECT AT MIDDLE 6 LEVEL.

THE COURSE WILL COVER STUDIES ON FUNGI AND THEIR ECONOMICAL IMPORTANCE, ECOLOGY INCLUDING FOOD WEB AND POLLUTION, ANIMAL REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT AND GENETICS.

THE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ATTENDING LECTURES AND ILLUSTRATED TALKS GIVEN BY PROFESSOR L.B. THOWER OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND HIS STAFF IN THE MORNINGS. IN THE AFTERNOONS, THEY WILL BE CARRYING OUT INDIVIDUAL PRACTICAL WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD AT LECTURE ROOM L5, SCIENCE CENTRE, THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AT 9.30 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 23).

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FIFTY YOUNGSTERS WILL PARTICIPATE IN A WEEKEND CAMP TO BE HELD AT TAM MEI LINE, CASSINO CAMP, SAN TIN BETWEEN AUGUST 27 AND 29.

THE CAMP, JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE YUEN LONG COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE SIXTH GURKHA RIFLES OF THE BRITISH FORCES, IS TO HELP DEVELOP THE , PARTICIPANTS’ CHARACTER, SELF-RELIANCE AND LEADERSHIP TO BETTER EQUIP THEM TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

SUBJECTS TO BE COVERED IN THE CAMP WILL INCLUDE PONY RIDING, BALL GAMES, TRAMPOLINI NG, ABSEILING, JUDO, AND EDUCATIONAL TALKS.

YOUNGSTERS, WHO ARE BETWEEN 16 AND 22 AND INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CAMP, CAN APPROACH THE YUEN LONG COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AT YUEN LONG TOWN HALL, TAI YUK ROAD.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 1976

REPAIRS TO THREE ANCIENT TEMPLES

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THE GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT TO GIVE A FACELIFT AND CARRY OUT REPAIRS TO THREE HISTORICAL LANDMARKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY ARE THE TIN HAU TEMPLE AT SOK KWU WAN, SOUTH LAMMA, THE HAU WONG TEMPLE AT TUNG CHUNG ON LANTAU ISLAND AND THE TUNG CHUNG FORT.

AT THE REQUEST OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, THE CHINESE TEMPLES COMMITTEE HAS MADE GRANTS OF MORE THAN $50,000 FOR RESTORATION WORK ON THE TWO TEMPLES WHILE SMALLER CONTRIBUTIONS ARE ALSO BEING MADE BY LOCAL RESIDENTS.

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, ISLANDS, MR. THOMAS CHAN, SAID TODAY THAT WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY. +BOTH TEMPLES NEED RE-PAINTING, REPLASTERING, ROOF REPAIRS AND OTHER WORK TO GET THEM BACK INTO GOOD CONDITION,+ HE SAID.

THE SOUTH LAMMA TEMPLE IS MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD AND RECORDS SHOW THAT IN 1898 IT WAS ONE OF THE FEW STRUCTURES IN WHAT IS NOW THE BUSY FISHING VILLAGE OF KOK KWU WAN.

+THE TEMPLE IS USED QUITE EXTENSIVELY AND PARTICULARLY OF COURSE AT THE TIME OF THE TIN HAU FESTIVAL WHEN A LARGE NUMBER OF JUNKS CONGREGATE IN SOK KWU WAN,+ SAID MR. CHAN.

THE TUNG CHUNG TEMPLE DATES BACK TO AT LEAST 1765, THE YEAR INSCRIBED ON THE TEMPLE’S BELL. ACCORDING TO THE INSCRIPTION, THE BELL WAS DONATED BY A GROUP OF 13 WORSHIPPERS, ALL OF THEM RESIDENTS OF TUNG CHUNG.

THE TEMPLE ALSO HAS A GROUP OF STONE TABLETS DATED THE +8TH MOON, THE SECOND YEAR OF THE SUEN TUNG+ (1909) TELLING THE STORY OF AN EARLIER RESTORATION. ACCORDING TO THE TABLETS, THE +ANCIENT TEMPLE+ WAS RENOVATED BY TWO GROUPS OF RESIDENTS KNOWN AS TUNG YUEN TONG AND SAI YUEN TONG.

THE TABLETS ALSO LIST THE NAMES OF ABOUT 700 SHOPS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO CONTRIBUTED A TOTAL SUM OF $2,000 TOWARDS THE RENOVATION.

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THE NEARBY TUNG CHUNG FORT, WITH ITS SIX OLD CANNON POINTING OUT TO SEA, HAS LONG BEEN A HONG KONG ATTRACTION FOR HISTORIANS AND TOURISTS.

IT WAS FIRST BUILT IN 1817 AS A PROTECTION AGAINST THE PIRATES WHO TERRORISED THE COASTLINE AT THAT TIME. MOST OF THE OLD BUILDINGS INSIDE THE FORT ARE STILL IN GOOD CONDITION, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHICH HAVE BEEN USED FOR MANY YEARS AS A PRIMARY SCHOOL AND BY THE TUNG CHUNG RURAL COMMITTEE.

BUT HEAVY RAINS HAVE CAUSED THE COLLAPSE OF ONE OF THE FORT’S STONE SLAB WALLS AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL BE SPENDING ABOUT $10,000 TO REBUILD IT.

SAID MR. CHAN: +WE WILL, OF COURSE, BE USING THE ORIGINAL STONES AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THE HISTORY AND ORIGINAL APPEARANCE OF THE FORT CAN BE MAINTAINED.

+THE COLLAPSED WALL COULD ALSO UNDERMINE ONE OF THE WATCH TURRETS, SO THAT IS ANOTHER GOOD REASON FOR REBUILDING IT.+

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT PLAY CENTRE K * O

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL PAY A VISIT ON TUESDAY TO THE SAU MAU PING PLAY CENTRE WHERE CHILDREN FROM THE NEARBY ESTATE WILL TAKE PART IN VARIOUS RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

THE ACTIVITIES, ORGANISED BY THE CHINESE Y.M.C.A., IS PART OF THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

THE GOVERNOR WILL BE ABLE TO SEE CHILDREN AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 14 PARTICIPATING IN SMALL GROUP GAMES, STORY TELLING AND SINGING AND COMPETING IN POTATO-SACK JUMPING AND JUMPING ROPE CONTESTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT. SIR MURRAY IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT THE IN-SERVICE COURSE OF TRAINING FOR TEACHERS (H.K.) ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOOL, SAU MING ROAD, SAU MAU PING (SOUTH) ESTATE, KOWLOON AT 2.45 P.M.

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A SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE ON FORM 2 JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE CURRICULUM WILL BE CONDUCTED FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS FROM NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 24).

THE COURSE WILL BE HELD BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SCIENCE SUBJECTS SECTION ON AUGUST 24-27, 31 AND SEPTEMBER 1 AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL EACH DAY.

THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. A.G. BROWN WILL ADDRESS THE PARTICIPANTS AT AN OPENING CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT THE ST. STEPHEN’S GIRLS’ COLLEGE, LYTTELTON ROAD ON TUESDAY.

ABOUT 150 FORM 2 SCIENCE TEACHERS FROM SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE (FORMERLY KNOWN AS INTEGRATED SCIENCE) SCHEME WILL ATTEND.

THE AIM OF THE COURSE IS TO ACQUAINT IN-SERVICE TEACHERS WITH THE NEW CURRICULUM AND THE MODERN APPROACH TO SCIENCE TEACHING.

ITS ESSENCE - A 'CHILD CENTRED’ APPROACH - IS TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AT THEIR OWN PACE ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN ABILITIES.

PARTICIPATING TEACHERS, APART FROM ATTENDING LECTURES AND FILM SHOWS, WILL SPEND MORE THAN HALF OF THE COURSE TIME TO CARRY OUT EXPERIMENTS SUGGESTED IN THE NEW SYLLABUS. SPECIAL EMPHASIS WILL BE MADE ON LABORATORY SAFETY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE TALKS ON THE FACILITIES AND ASSISTANCE THAT ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND A DISPLAY OF REFERENCE BOOKS AND HOME-MADE APPARATUS.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 24) AT THE SCHOOL HALL OF ST. STEPHEN’S GIRLS’ COLLEGE, LYTTELTON ROAD, HONG KONG.

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C.D.O. (SOUTHERN) MOVES TO NEW OFFICE ON MONDAY

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DUE TO INSUFFICIENT OFFICE SPACE, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (SOUTHERN) WILL MOVE TO A NEW OFFICE AT 22 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD AND WILL BE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC ON MONDAY (AUGUST 23).

THE NEW OFFICE, WITH AN AREA OF MORE THAN 2000 SQ.FT., WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE EXISTING C.D.O. SERVICES TO RESIDENTS OF SOUTHERN DISTRICT.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW OFFICE ARE LISTED AS FOLLOWS

CITY DISTRICT OFFICER 5-531282

ASSISTANT CITY DISTRICT OFFICER AND

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS 5-540271

PUBLIC ENQUIRY COUNTER 5-524429

PART OF THE FORMER OFFICE AT 52-64 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WILL BE RETAINED AS A BRANCH OFFICE OF CDO (SOUTHERN). THE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR EXECUTIVE OFFICERS IS 5-5341'11.

HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC ENQUIRY OR STATUTORY DECLARATION SERVICES AT THIS BRANCH OFFICE.

THE MAJOR PART OF THE PREMISES WILL BE TAKEN OVER BY THE RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICE (SOUTHERN) OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE (SOUTHERN) OF SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

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THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ANNOUNCED THAT ITS PORT HEALTH VACCINATION CENTRE AT OCEAN TERMINAL WILL BE CLOSED FROM AUGUST 31 AS A RESULT OF REDEVELOPMENT AT THE TERMINAL COMPLEX.

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE CENTRE WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE NEARBY STAR HOUSE, BUT IT WILL BE AT LEAST TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE NEW CENTRE IS READY FOR OPERATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1 UNTIL THE OPENING OF THE NEW CENTRE AT STAR HOUSE, RESIDENTS REQUIRING VACCINATION CERTIFICATES FOR TRAVELLING PURPOSES WOULD HAVE TO ATTEND THE PORT HEALTH VACCINATION CENTRE AT THE LI PO CHUN CHAMBERS AT DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL.

THE NEW CENTRE AT ROOM 529A STAR HOUSE IS BEING RENOVATED AND IS EXPECTED TO BE IN OPERATION IN EARLY OCTOBER.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 1976

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SEMINARS ON ETV PROGRAMMES FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS 1

PUBLIC URGED TO START THINKING METRIC NOW .................. 2

TAI ON SHOPKEEPERS GET +HIDDEN SUBSIDY+ OF $73,000 IN UNPAID RENTS AND RATES ..................................... 4

DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS TO VISIT CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED ................................................... 5

SIXTY-SEVEN NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED LAST MONTH ......... 6

IMPROVEMENT IN QUALITY OF BIOLOGY EDUCATION ................ 7

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MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 1976

SECONDARY ETV SEMINARS FOR TEACHERS M * * M M M

THE ETV DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS TO HOLD A SERIES OF EIGHT SEMINARS FOR HEADS AND TEACHERS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH THE ETV PROGRAMMES WHICH WILL BE TRANSMITTED BY THE THREE COMMERCIAL TELEVISION STATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER 13.

THE SEMINARS WILL TAKE PLACE AT QUEEN ELIZABETH SCHOOL FROM AUGUST 25 TO 27 BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. THEY WILL BE CONDUCTED MAINLY IN CANTONESE.

EACH SEMINAR WILL LAST ABOUT TWO HOURS DURING WHICH THE ETV TEACHING SYLLABUS FOR FORM 1 WILL BE DISCUSSED. THE TEACHERS WILL ALSO BE SHOWN HOW TO OPERATE THE TELEVISION SETS AND VIDEO CASSETTE TAPE RECORDERS TO RECEIVE AND RECORD THE PROGRAMMES WHICH WILL BE TRANSMITTED IN COLOUR.

MORE THAN 2,000 SECONDARY TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINARS.

DURING THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR, THERE WILL BE 16 SECONDARY ETV PROGRAMMES ON EACH OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR SUBJECTS s CHINESE LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES.

EVERY FORTNIGHT THERE WILL BE A NEW PROGRAMME, EACH LASTING ABOUT 20 MINUTES. EIGHT PROGRAMMES ON EACH OF THE FOUR SUBJECTS WILL BE TRANSMITTED FROM SEPTEMBER 13, 1976 TO JANUARY 14 NEXT YEAR WHILE THE REMAINING EIGHT PROGRAMMES WILL BE TELEVISED BETWEEN JANUARY 31 AND JUNE 24.

THE HOURS OF TRANSMISSION ARE s 8.55 A.M. - 9.15 A.M. AND 9.45 A.M. - 10.05 A.M. ON RTV (ENGLISH CHANNEL), 10.35 A.M. -10.55 A.M. AND 1.55 P.M. - 2.15 P.M. ON HK-TVB (PEARL NETWORK), AND 3.20 P.M. - 3.40 P.M. AND 5.35 P.M. - 5.55 P.M. ON CTV.

THE PROGRAMMES WILL INITIALLY HAVE AN AUDIENCE OF 80,000 FORM 1 PUPILS INCREASING TO MORE THAN 250,000 PUPILS IN FORMS 1 TO 3 IN SEPTEMBER 1978. WITH THE FULL EXTENSION OF ETV TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS, THE EVENTUAL AUDIENCE OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PUPILS WILL BE IN THE REGION OF 600,000 CHILDREN.

ETV IN HONG KONG IS IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS, BRINGING THE SKILLS OF RELATIVELY FEW SPECIALIST TEACHERS TO MANY, SUPPLYING VALUABLE IN-SERVICE TRAINING FOR TEACHERS AND FACILITATING CURRICULUM REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT WHERE NECESSARY.

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PUBLIC URGED TO START THINKING METRIC NOW ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S METRICATION OFFICER, MR. JIM MCGUINNIETY, SAID TODAY NO ONE IN HONG KONG COULD ESCAPE THE INEVITABLE CHANGEOVER TO THE METRIC SYSTEM AND HE URGED EVERYONE TO BEGIN THINKING METRIC — NOW.

+THE CHANGEOVER WILL BE WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, AND WILL NOT ONLY AFFECT INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, BUT EVENTUALLY EVEN HOUSEWIVES WILL BUY RICE AND VEGETABLES IN KILOGRAMS FROM MARKET STALLS,* HE PREDICTED.

+THE TIME HAS THEREFORE COME FOR ALL OF US TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO GET USED TO METRES AND KILOGRAMS INSTEAD OF INCHES AND CATTIES.+

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE VICTORIA ROTARY CLUB, MR. MCGUINNIETY SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S METRICATION PROGRAMME WAS ABOUT TO TAKE ANOTHER BIG STEP FORWARD WITH THE IMPENDING GAZETTING OF THE METRICATION OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE.

THIS WOULD REQUIRE AUTHORISED PERSONS TO SUBMIT BUILDING PLANS IN METRIC TERMINOLOGY ONLY AS FROM JANUARY 1, 1977.

+THE IMPACT WILL BE WIDESPREAD, AFFECTING NOT ONLY DESIGNERS, BUT ALSO THE CONTRACTING SIDE OF THE INDUSTRY INCLUDING SUPPLIERS OF MATERIALS, MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTERS OF MATERIALS,* HE SAID.

MR. MCGUINNIETY NOTED THAT MUCH HEADWAY HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE IN VARIOUS AREAS WITHIN GOVERNMENT, PARTICULARLY WITHIN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WHICH HAD VIRTUALLY COMPLETED A FOUR-YEAR METRICATION PROGRAMME.

THE P.W.D. METRICATION UNIT, HE SAID, WOULD NOW BE TRANSFERRED TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROMOTION OF AN OVERALL POLICY AND FOR PRODUCING PROMOTIONAL AND INFORMATION MATERIAL FOR USE WITHIN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AS WELL AS TO CO-ORDINATE THE EFFORT BETWEEN DEPARTMENTS AND TO ADVISE ON CHANGES IN LEGISLATION.

+AS OTHER DEPARTMENTS GET INTO GEAR ON METRICATION, THE COMMUNITY WILL BECOME MORE AND MORE AFFECTED,* HE SAID.

+THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT, FOR INSTANCE, WILL INFLUENCE OUR DAILY LIVING WHEN THEY AMEND LEGISLATION SO THAT ROAD SIGNS WILL BE IN METRIC DISTANCES. THIS IN TURN WILL AFFECT TAXI METERS AND FARE STRUCTURES AND PETROL WILL BE SOLD IN LITRES INSTEAD OF GALLONS.*

+LIKEWISE, THE POST OFFICE WILL CONVERT ITS POSTAL RATES TO METRIC AND OF COURSE ALREADY FOR SOME YEARS WE HAVE HAD ONLY METRIC INFORMATION FROM THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY.*

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TO CO-ORDINATE THE CHANGEOVER IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR, THE GOVERNMENT WAS INVESTIGATING THE APPOINTMENT OF A METRICATION BOARD COMPOSED ALMOST ENTIRELY OF NON-GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES WHO WOULD ENDEAVOUR TO PROMOTE THE CHANGE THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, M?. MCGUINNIETY SAID.

THE MAIN TASK OF THE BOARD WOULD BE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT AND INDUSTRY ON A PLANNED AND ORDERLY CHANGEOVER PROGRAMME.

+THE PROBABLE PATTERN FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BOARD MAY WELL BE TO MAKE THE MEMBERSHIP REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG, SUCH AS ENGINEERING, MANUFACTURING, IMPORT AND EXPORT, CONSTRUCTION, SHIPPING, TRANSPORT, PUBLIC UTILITIES, EDUCATION, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADING.

+TO ACHIEVE CO-ORDINATION, THE METRICATION BOARD CAN BE EXPECTED TO PROMOTE ADVISORY COMMITTEES OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN EACH OF THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF INDUSTRY. SUCH COMMITTEES WILL USUALLY BE CHAIRED BY A BOARD MEMBER SO THAT DIRECT LIAISON WILL BE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN ADVISORY COMMITTEES AND THE BOARD,+ HE SAID.

MR. MCGUINNIETY SAID THE DECISION TO GO METRIC HAD NOT BEEN A UNILATERAL ONE ON PART OF THE GOVERNMENT. +IN FACT, IT CAN BE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN STEERED TOWARDS METRICATION BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR. +

INDUSTRIAL LEADERS, HE SAID, FIRST HAD TALKS WITH THE GOVERNMENT ON THE SUBJECT AS FAR BACK AS 1968. A METRICATION COMMITTEE WAS APPOINTED IN 1970 AND IN ITS SUBSEQUENT REPORTS STRESSED THE SUITABILITY AND INEVITABILITY OF THE METRIC SYSTEM FOR HONG KONG AS WELL AS FOR THE EARLY INVOLVEMENT OF SPECIFIC GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE P.W.D. AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

LAST MONTH, THE GOVERNMENT OPENED THE DOOR TO FULL SCALE METRICATION BY ENACTING THE METRICATION ORDINANCE PROVIDING AUTHORITY FOR CHANGING NON-METRIC UNITS IN ANY EXISTING LEGISLATION TO METRIC TERMS.

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SHOP OPERATORS IN TAI ON MANSION, SHAM SHU I PO, ARE GETTING A +HIDDEN SUBSIDY* OF AT LEAST $73,000 IN UNPAID RENTS AND RATES, NOT ONE CENT OF WHICH HAS BEEN CHARGED SINCE THE PROPERTY REVERTED TO THE CROWN ON APRIL 13 THIS YEAR.

THIS WAS POINTED OUT TODAY TO FOUR REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SEVEN AFFECTED SHOPKEEPERS, WHO WENT TO THE COLONIAL SECRETARIAT TO ASK FOR REPROVISIONING OF SHOPS, HIGHER COMPENSATION AND A POSTPONEMENT OF THE CLEARANCE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID AFTER THE MEETING: +THE SHOPKEEPERS WERE ASSURED THAT THEIR CLAIMS FOR EXTRA COMPENSATION WOULD BE FAVOURABLY CONSIDERED PROVIDED THE CLAIMS WERE ADEQUATELY SUBSTANTIATED.

+HOWEVER IT WAS POINTED OUT THAT ONE SHOP OPERATOR PAYING $7,500 A MONTH RENT UNTIL APRIL 13 WILL HAVE HAD A WINDFALL OF MORE THAN $33,000 IN UNPAID RENT BY AUGUST 31, WHEN THE PREMISES MUST BE VACATED TO MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

+ALSO, IT WAS POINTED OUT, OTHER SHOP OPERATORS ARE GETTING NO-RENT ’BONUSES’ RANGING BETWEEN $18,000 AND, FOR THE SMALLEST OPERATOR, ALMOST $6,000.

THE SHOPKEEPERS’ REPRESENTATIVES WERE REMINDED THAT THESE UNPAID RENTS AND RATES TOTALLING AT LEAST $73,000 HAD TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THEM AS WELL AS THE TOTAL OF $137,632 OFFERED TO THEM IN EX GRATIA COMPENSATION.

THEY WERE ALSO REMINDED THAT THEY WERE ENTITLED TO MAKE CLAIMS FOR REMOVAL EXPENSES, TEMPORARY LOSS OF PROFITS AND THE VALUE OF SHOP FITTINGS AT THE TIME OF VACATING THE PREMISES, AND THAT WHERE SUCH SUCCESSFUL CLAIMS EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT OF EX GRATIA COMPENSATION PAID, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE UP THE BALANCE TO -THE SHOPKEEPER. '

ALSO THEY WERE TOLD THAT THEY WOULD GET ASSISTANCE IN LODGING APPEALS TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, AND IF THE TRIBUNAL’S INDEPENDENTLY-GIVEN RULING ON OVERAteC COMPENSATION EXCEEDED THE GOVERNMENT’S TOTAL OFFER, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

IT WAS ALSO EXPLAINED THAT THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION SCHEME UNDER WHICH THE SHOPKEEPERS WERE RECEIVING SUCH HELP HAD BEEN INTRODUCED ONLY LAST JUNE AND THAT THEY WERE THE FIRST COMMERCIAL GROUP TO RECEIVE SUCH AID, WHICH APPLIES TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS OF POST-WAR BUILDINGS WHICH MUST MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC WORKS.

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEDE TO THE SHOPKEEPERS’ REQUEST FOR REPROVISIONING OF SHOP SITES BECAUSE COMPARABLE GOVERNMENT SHOP SITES WERE NOT AVAILABLE, AND THEREFORE THE GOVERNMENT HAD DRAWN UP THE DETAILED AND GENEROUS ARRANGEMENTS MADE TO HELP THEM SET UP IN BUSINESS ELSEWHERE.

CONCERNING THEIR REQUEST FOR A POSTPONEMENT IN VACATING THE PREMISES, THE SHOPKEEPERS WERE REMINDED THAT SINCE FEBRUARY LAST YEAR THEY HAD BEEN RECEIVING VERBAL AND WRITTEN WARNINGS THAT THE BUILDING WOULD HAVE TO BE VACATED, AND NO EXTENSION COULD BE GRANTED.

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THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN, WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE REHABILITATION SERVICES OFFERED BY THE PO LEUNG KUK WHEN HE VISITS ITS KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 25).

ACCOMPANIED BY MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS- MR. PATRICK YIU, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG)-MRS. MAXIM LI KWOK, CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK- MR. CHENG ENG-KUWN, FIRST VICE-CHAIRMAN- MR. CHIU CHON-BONG, MRS. NANCY SUK-YING CHU AND MR. PHILIP K.C. YUNG, DIRECTORS, MR. WALDEN WILL TOUR ROUND THE CENTRE AND SEE SOME OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN PROGRESS.

A DISCUSSION WILL ALSO BE HELD ON THE FUTURE EXPANSION OF THE SERVICES OF PO LEUNG KUK.

OFFICIALLY OPENED IN MARCH THIS YEAR, THE KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE IS THE LARGEST REHABILITATION CENTRE FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED IN HONG KONG.

WITH A TOTAL AREA OF 13,000 SQ. FT. IT ACCOMMODATES 60 BOARDING FEMALE TRAINEES OF OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE AND 40 NON-BOARDING TRAINEES OF BOTH SEXES. IT IS ALSO THE ONLY REHABILITATION CENTRE IN HONG KONG WITH MULTIPLE SERVICES FOR THE TRAINEES.

THE CENTRE CONSISTS OF, AMONG OTHER THINGS, A HOSTEL, A SHELTERED WORK SHOP, A CANTEEN AND RECREATION ROOM.

NOTE TO EDITORS; YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE VISIT.

MR. WALDEN WILL ARRIVE AT THE PO LEUNG KUK KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE AT 11 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY.

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JULY BUILDING FIGURES * * * * *

A TOTAL OF 67 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED LAST MONTH BY THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT’S BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE, COMPARED WITH 52 FOR JULY LAST YEAR.

OF THE NEW PLANS APPROVED, 30 WERE FOR PROJECTS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 12 IN KOWLOON AND 25 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THESE INCLUDED PLANS FOR A 23-STOREY HOTEL OFF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST. A LOW-COST HOUSING SCHEME OF 20 STOREYS AT KING’S ROAD. A TRAINING SCHOOL AT KWAI CHUNG BY THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, AND PLANS FOR A COMPLEX OF TEN 15-STOREY APARTMENT AND COMMERCIAL BLOCKS AT TO KWA WAN.

PLANS FOR AN ART GALLERY ANNEX AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AND ANCILLARY BUILDINGS FOR THE SHA TIN RACECOURSE WERE ALSO APPROVED.

DURING THE MONTH, THE B.0.0. ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO BEGIN ON 44 BUILDING PROJECTS. THESE COMPRISED MAINLY A SERIES OF HIGHRISE APARTMENT/COMMERCI AL BUILDINGS AND FACTORIES.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING JULY AMOUNTED TO $163.15 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $108.04 MILLION IN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED AMOUNTED TO 1,472,750 SQUARE FEET, COMPRISING 580,529 SQ. FT. OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 892,221 SQ. FT. OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE B.0.0. ISSUED 45 OCCUPATION PERMITS FOR COMPLETED BUILDINGS, INCLUDING TWO HOSTELS AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY AT SHA TIN AND THREE HIGHRISE APARTMENT BLOCKS OF 26 STOREYS

DURING THE MONTH, THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO GAVE CONSENT FOR THE DEMOLITION OF 28 BUILDINGS, INCLUDING FOUR BUILDINGS DECLARED DANGEROUS BY THE BUILDING AUTHORITY.

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THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. ARTHUR BROWN TODAY SPOKE ABOUT THE EXCELLENT CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, PROFESSOR L.B. THROWER AND HIS STAFF HAD BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SCIENCE SUBJECT SECTION’S STAFF TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF BIOLOGY EDUCATION IN HONG KONG.

MR. BROWN WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF A JOINTLY ORGANISED SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE FOR BIOLOGY TEACHERS.

THIS YEAR’S COURSE WAS MODIFIED AND IMPROVED FOLLOWING A STUDY OF FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS OF LAST YEAR’S COURSE BY THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

A WORKING PARTY HAD KEPT IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH PARTICIPANTS OF THE FIRST COURSE TO WORK OUT A BETTER ONE THIS YEAR.

THE PURPOSE OF THE COURSE IS TO RAISE THE STANDARD OF BIOLOGY TEACHING, WITH EMPHASIS ON THE NEW METHODS OF APPROACH TO THE TEACHING OF THE SUBJECT AT MIDDLE 6 LEVEL.

MR. BROWN SAID IT WAS THROUGH EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES AND IDEAS AMONG TEACHERS THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO MAKE A GREATER CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

HE SAID THAT THE RECENT FIVE-DAY RESIDENTIAL FIELD STUDIES AND RECREATION CAMP AT SAI KUNG FOR 32 FORM 6 STUDENTS WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL.

THE TEACHER-WARDENS AT THE CAMP TOLD THE DEPARTMENT’S SCIENCE INSPECTORS THAT THEIR STUDENTS HAD LEARNT A LOT ABOUT ECOLOGY AND ECOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES FROM THE THREE ECOSYSTEMS THAT THEY HAD CARRIED OUT WITH THEIR TUTORS.

ALL THE EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT USED AT THE CAMP WAS BORROWED FROM THE BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY.

THIS WAS AN EXAMPLE OF THE CO-OPERATION BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY’S BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

HE CITED ANOTHER EXAMPLE: A PROPOSED BIOLOGY SYLLABUS FOR THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG MATRICULATION CLASSES WAS DEVELOPED AS A JOINT EFFORT BETWEEN THE BIOLOGY SUBJECT COMMITTEE OF THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND THE STAFF OF THE UNIVERSITY’S BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT.

MR. BROWN SAID: +THE PROPOSED NEW MIDDLE 6 BIOLOGY SYLLABUS FITS IN VERY WELL WITH THE NEW FORMS 4-5 BIOLOGY SYLLABUS ISSUED BY THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

+THUS THERE IS A CONTINUOUS TREND FROM FORM 1 INTEGRATED SCIENCE TO MIDDLE 6 BIOLOGY.+

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE THAN 1,600 UNREG ISTRABLE DOCTORS APPLY TO SIT FOR EXAMINATION ................................................. 1

CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES IN CHAI WAN 1

SUCESS OF METHADONE PROGRAMMES .............................. 2

MORE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT NEW JUNIOR SCIENCE CURRICULUM .................................................. 3

DENTENTION CENTRES PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN REHABILITATING

YOUNG CRIMINALS ............................................. 4

INTERVIEWS FOR ADMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ........... 5

WATER CUT ................................................... 5

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OVER 1,600 UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS APPLY FOR EXAM *****

A TOTAL OF 1,684 UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS HAVE APPLIED TO THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE HONG KONG MEDICAL COUNCIL AS CANDIDATES FOR AN EXAMINATION WHICH WILL LEAD TO THE AWARD OF A LICENCE TO PRACTISE IN HONG KONG.

THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE, MR. I.A.S. YOUNG, DESCRIBED THE RESPONSE FROM UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS AS GOOD.

HE SAID THESE APPLICATIONS WERE NOW BEING CHECKED, ADDING THAT IF ANY OF THE INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE REQUESTED WAS MISSING THE CANDIDATES CONCERNED WOULD BE CONTACTED AND HELPED AS FAR AS POSSIBLE.

HE SAID ANY APPLICATION WHICH HAD NOT BEEN MADE IN THE FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMITTEE OR WHICH HAD BEEN RECEIVED AFTER THE CLOSING DATE FOR THEIR SUBMISSION WOULD NOT BE ENTERTAINED AND WOULD BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT.

ON THE QUESTION OF EXEMPTION, WHICH HAS BEEN THE SUBJECT OF NUMEROUS ENQUIRIES RECEIVED BY THE COMMITTEE, MR. YOUNG SAID NO CANDIDATE WOULD BE EXEMPTED FROM ANY PART OF THE EXAMINATION, EXPECTED TO BE HELD EARLY NEXT YEAR.

HE ADDED THAT REQUESTS FOR EXEMPTION FROM THE PERIOD OF EXTERNSHIP WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED UNTIL THE APPLICANTS HAVE PASSED ALL PARTS OF THE EXAMINATION.

THE SECRETARY URGED CANDIDATES NOT TO BE MISLED BY RUMOURS CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION SYLLABUS.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS NO SET SYLLABUS AS CANDIDATES WOULD BE EXAMINED ON MATTERS WITH WHICH TYHEY SHOULD BE FAMILIAR.

FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE EXAMINATION WOULD BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE, HE ADDED.

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CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE IMPOSED IN CHAI WAN ON THE SECTION OF LIN SHING ROAD BETWEEN WAN TSUI ROAD AND WA HA STREET.

THE RESTRICTIONS WILL BE ENFORCED BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT DAILY AND WILL COME INTO EFFECT TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE PLB DRIVERS.

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SUCCESS OF METHADONE PROGRAMMES * * *

DRUG PUSHERS, ALARMED BY THE SUCCESS OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S METHADONE PROGRAMMES, ARE MAKING ALL POSSIBLE ATTEMPTS TO LURE THE ADDICTS AWAY FROM METHADONE DETOXIFICATION OR METHADONE MAINTENANCE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (NARCOTICS), DR. K.F. CHAN, TOLD A MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF KOWLOON EAST THAT THE PUSHERS LURKED AROUND SOME OF THE METHADONE CENTRES OFFERING CHEAP HEROIN TO THE PATIENTS AND SPREADING FALSE RUMOURS ABOUT THE ILL-EFFECTS OF METHADONE.

HE URGED DRUG ADDICTS NOT TO BELIEVE IN THE RUMOUR THAT METHADONE PROGRAMMES WERE GOVERNMENT EXPERIMENTS USING ADDICTS AS GUINEA PIGS OR THAT METHADONE CAUSES GREENISH OR BLACKISH DISCOLOURISATION OF THE SKIN OR EVEN DEATH.

DR. CHAN STRESSED THAT GOVERNMENT WAS NOT EXPERIMENTING WITH ADDICTS, ADDING THAT METHADONE PROGRAMMES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE STUDIES COMMENCED IN 1972 BY BOTH THE HONG KONG DISCHARGED PRISONERS AID SOCIETY AND THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAD PRODUCED EVIDENCE THAT THIS METHOD OF TREATMENT WAS SUITABLE FOR LOCAL ADDICTS.

DR. CHAN ASSURED THAT METHADONE WOULD NOT GIVE RISE TO ANY PERMANENT DISCOLOURISATION OF THE SKIN.

+IN FACT, AFTER A FEW WEEKS ON DETOXIFICATION, THE PATIENTS THEMSELVES WILL NOTICE THAT THEY PRESENT A FRESH COUNTENANCE,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT SINCE 1972 WHEN THE FIRST MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME WAS STARTED THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE SINGLE CASE OF DEATH DUE TO METHADONE.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF ANY DRUG TREATMENT PROGRAMME DEPENDED ON THE MOTIVATION AND DETERMINATION OF THE ADDICTS THEMSELVES.

HE OBSERVED THAT SOME ADDICTS HAD NO MOTIVATION AT ALL, AND THEY CAME FOR METHADONE WHEN THEY HAD NO MONEY BUT BACK TO HEROIN WHEN THEY COULD AFFORD IT.

IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE PATIENTS WERE IN NEED OF REGULAR BOLSTERING OF THEIR MOTIVATION, SAID DR. CHAN.

FOR THIS PURPOSE, HE SAID, ADDICTS ATTENDING METHADONE CENTRES WERE GIVEN IN-DEPTH COUNSELLING BY EITHER A DOCTOR OR A SOCIAL WORKER AND WERE FREE TO DISCUSS THEIR PROBLEMS IN CONFIDENCE.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1976

IF THEY WISHED, MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES COULD BE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE DISCUSSION.

+INDEED, THE UNDERSTANDING, ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT OF THEIR FAMILIES PLAY A VERY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THEIR RECOVERY,* HE SAID.

DR. CHAN SAID THE RESPONSE TO THIS NEW METHOD OF TREATMENT HAS BEEN SATISFACTORY.

SO FAR, ABOUT 4,000 PEOPLE HAVE REGISTERED AT THE CENTRES AND THE DAILY ATTENDANCE RATE IS ABOUT 60 PER CENT.

MORE SECONDARY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENT NEW JUNIOR SCIENCE CURRICULUM ******

THERE HAS BEEN A RAPID INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING THE NEW JUNIOR SCIENCE CURRICULUM, THE ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (PROFESSIONAL), MR. ARTHUR BROWN SAID TODAY AT THE OPENING OF A SIX-DAY REFRESHER COURSE FOR ABOUT 150 FORM 2 SCIENCE TEACHERS AT ST. STEPHEN’S GIRLS’ COLLEGE.

ABOUT 65 MORE SCHOOLS HAVE INDICATED THAT THEY WILL IMPLEMENT THE NEW FORM 1 - FORM 3 SCIENCE CURRICULUM NEXT MONTH, BRINGING THE TOTAL TO ABOUT 180 SCHOOLS WHICH WILL FOLLOW THE INTEGRATED SCIENCE CURRICULUM IN THE COMING ACADEMIC YEAR.

MR. BROWN RECALLED THAT ONLY 20 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED IN 1973 WHEN THE INTEGRATED SCIENCE CURRICULUM WAS FIRST INTRODUCED AS A PILOT PROJECT.

+1 SHOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP IN SPREADING THE NEW IDEAS EMBODIED IN THIS . CURRICULUM TO OTHER TEACHERS WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED ANY OF THE REFRESHER COURSES SO FAR AND ALSO TO ASK FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION IN EVALUATING THIS CURRICULUM,* MR. BROWN SAID.

TEACHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE COMMENTS ON THE CURRICULUM WERE INVITED TO SEND THEM TO THE SCIENCE INSPECTORS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

TEACHERS ATTENDING THE PRESENT REFRESHER COURSE WILL GO TO SIX DIFFERENT SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO DO PRACTICAL WORK.

THIS WILL GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SEE THE DIFFERENT SETTING OF LABORATORIES IN THESE SCHOOLS.

+SUCH A WORTHWHILE OPPORTUNITY IS THE RESULT OF THE CO-OPERATION OF MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE ORIGINAL PILOT SCHEME AND IS MUCH APPRECIATED,* MR. BROWN SAID.

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DETENTION CENTRES A GREAT SUCCESS * * * *

DETENTION CENTRES ARE PLAYING A VERY IMPORTANT AND SUCCESSFUL ROLE IN THE REHABILITATION OF YOUNG CRIMINALS IN HONG KONG, THE ACTING COMMISSIONER OF PRISONS, MR. TOM ECOB, SAID TONIGHT (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT A DINNER OF THE WEST KOWLOON LIONS CLUB, MR. ECOB RECALLED THAT DETENTION CENTRES WERE FIRST MOOTED BY A FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE AT THE OPENING OF THE AZZISES IN 1970.

AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION, THESE CENTRES WERE EVENTUALLY ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG IN 1972. THE AIMS ARE TO INDUCE IN YOUNG OFFEN ERS A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AS CITIZENS, A SENSE OF PRIDE IN THEMSELVES, AN AWARENESS OF THEIR NEGLECTED ABILITIES AND TO TEACH THEM HOW TO LIVE WITH PEOPLE AND RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

THESE AIMS, MR. ECOB POINTED OUT, WERE TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE IN OTHER INSTITUTIONS FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS WHERE VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION WERE THE GUIDELINES TO REHABILITATION.

HE EXPLAINED: +THE EMPHASIS WITHIN A DETENTION CENTRE IS

ON HARD WORK, FIRM AND STRICT DISCIPLINE. LIFE IS HARD, UNPLEASANT AND UNCOMFORTABLE. THESE ARE THREE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS, BUT IN NO WAY CAN THE SYSTEM BE CLASSIFIED AS NOT HUMANE AND EACH DETAINEE ONLY HAS DEMANDS MADE UPON HIM THAT IS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF HIS ABILITY TO COPE.+

+QUITE NATURALLY,* HE ADDED, +NOT ALL YOUNG OFFENDERS ARE SUITABLE FOR SUCH A SYSTEM AND A CAREFUL SELECTION IS VERY NECESSARY BEFORE AN OFFENDER IS ACCEPTED FOR SUCH TREATMENT.*

+IN GENERAL, THE AIM IS TO SELECT AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT YOUNG OFFENDERS WITH A SHORT HISTORY OF CRIMINAL INVOLVEMENT.*

AS THE PROGRAMME OF A DETENTION CENTRE WAS PRIMARILY DETERRENT IN NATURE, MR. ECOB STRESSED THAT NO SLACKNESS WAS TOLERATED AND THAT A DETAINEE COULD BE AWARDED UP TO 12 STROKES OF THE LIGHT CANE IF HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF BREACHING DISCIPLINE BY AN ADJUDICATING OFFICER.

CANING, HE ADDED, WAS AN EFFECTIVE DETERRENT TO A WAYWARD YOUTH.

COMMENTING ON THE SUCCESS RATE OF THE DETENTION CENTRES, MR. ECOB SAID THAT AVAILABLE STATISTICS SHOWED THAT SO FAR ONLY 15.2 PER CENT OF THOSE WHO WERE SENTENCED TO A DETENTION CENTRE AND HAVING COMPLETED THEIR SUPERVISION PERIOD, HAD BEEN RE-CONVICTED.

+THIS IN ITSELF IS A CLEAN INDICATION OF THE SUCCESS THAT THIS DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAMME IS HAVING ON THE YOUNG CRIMINALS OF TODAY,* HE ADDED.

MR. ECOB URGED EMPLOYERS AND BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS TO EMPLOY FORMER DETAINEES. IN DOING SO, HE ADDED, THEY WOULD GREATLY ASSIST IN THEIR REHABILITATION.

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INTERVIEWS FOR ADMISSION TO COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ******

APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW FOR ADMISSION TO A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ARE ADVISED TO REPORT IN PERSON TO THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION OR TO SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE OF EDUCATION ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 26).

THOSE WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR THE ENGLISH COURSE SHOULD GO TO NORTHCOTE WHILE THOSE FOR THE CHINESE COURSE SHOULD REPORT TO SIR ROBERT BLACK COLLEGE BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 9.30 A.M. AND 12.30 P.M. OR 2 P.M. AND 4.30 P.M.

LISTS OF APPLICANTS WHO HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR INTERVIEW ARE AVAILABLE FOR REFERENCE AT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS IN LEE GARDENS, THE DEPARTMENT’S KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE IN NATHAN ROAD, THE THREE COLLEGES OF EDUCATION, THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES CENTRAL/WESTERN, EASTERN, KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG AND SHAM SHU I PO AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OFFICES AT YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND TSUEN WAN.

WATER CUT * * *

A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE WITHOUT WATER SUPPLY FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 26) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD, HAIPHONG ROAD HANKOW ROAD, PEKING ROAD, CANTON ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD, INCLUDI ASHLEY ROAD, CANTON ROAD FIRE STATION AND POLICE QUARTERS.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NUMBER OF CIVIL SERVANTS TOTALLED 104,157 ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR ................................................... 1

COMMENCEMENT OF THE HONG KONG PROMOTION IN LONDON ........... 1

COURTESY VISIT TO DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS BY MEMBERS OF GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY ............................ 2

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAI YIP STREET ...................... 2

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN ...................................... 3

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CIVIL SERVICE STRENGTH

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THE TOTAL STRENGTH OF CIVIL SERVICE ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR WaS 104,157, ACCORDING TO THE ANNUAL REPORT ON THE CIVIL SERVICE FOR 1975-76 PUBLISHED TODAY.

COMPARED WITH THE NUMBER ON THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR, IT SHOWED A DROP OF 134.

OF THE TOTAL, 82,387 WERE MEN AND 21,770 WOMEN- 60,065 WERE PENSIONABLE AND 44,092 NON-PENSIONABLE AND 101,581 WERE LOCAL STAFF AND 2,576 OVERSEAS STAFF.

THERE WERE 19,809 STAFF IN THE RANK AND FILE OF DISCIPLINED SERVICES WHILE THE NUMBER OF MINOR STAFF TOTALLED 30,829.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF STAFF WHO RETIRED DURING THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR AMOUNTED TO 1,456.

THE SECRETARY FOR CIVIL SERVICE SAID: +EXPANSION OF THE CIVIL SERVICE IS CAREFULLY CONTROLLED, AND BEFORE ANY ADDITIONAL POSTS ARE APPROVED, HEADS OF DEPARTMENTS MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT THE POSTS ARE ESSENTIAL IN TERMS OF WORKLOAD AND GENERAL EFFICIENCY.+

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HON6 KONG PROMOTION IN LONDON *****

THE HONG KONG AUGUST PROMOTION IN LONDON GOT OFF TO A SPECTACULAR START YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) AFTERNOON WITH THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE GROUP PERFORMING THE FLOWER DRUM DANCE ON THE LAWN IN FRONT OF THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE IN LONDON.

LATER, HUNDREDS OF LONDONERS AND TOURISTS LINED THE BALCONIES OF THE INSTITUTE WHEN THE DANCERS GAVE TWO 30-MINUTE PERFORMANCES IN THE MAIN GALLERIES. THE VISITORS WERE TREATED TO A SPLENDID DISPLAY OF CLASSICAL AND FOLK DANCES, INCLUDING THE POPULAR ’DANCE OF THE SUN FLOWERS’.

A DEMONSTRATION OF CARPET MAKING BY TWO YOUNG CRAFTSWOMEN FROM THE HONG KONG CARPET MANUFACTURING LIMITED ATTRACTED MANY VISITORS TO THE PERMANENT HONG KONG EXHIBITION IN THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE.

THERE WAS ALSO A DISPLAY OF CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARRANGED BY MR. RAYMOND MAN, A NOTED CHINESE MUSICIAN WHO NOW LIVES IN BRITAIN, AND WHO GAVE IMPROMPTU PERFORMANCES.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HONG KONG PROMOTION INCLUDE A PRODUCT DISPLAY BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AND CONTINUOUS SHOWS OF HONG KONG FILMS AND THE +HONG KONG LIGHT SHOW+.

AN INFORMATION DESK MANNED BY STAFF OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION WAS SET UP AT THE MAIN ENTRANCES TO THE INSTITUTE.

TO MARK THE HONG KONG PROMOTION, A RECEPTION ATTENDED BY SOME 500 PEOPLE WAS HELD AT THE INSTITUTE LAST NIGHT.

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MEMBERS OF THE GOLD AND SILVER EXCHANGE SOCIETY PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AT 3.00 P.M.

THEY INCLUDED MR. WOO HON-FAI, PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY-MESSRS. YIP SHIU-MING AND YING TSE-YEN, VICE PRESIDENTS- DR. HO SIN-HANG, MR. MA KAM-CHAN, MR. HO TIM, ADVISERS- AND MR. MA KAM-WOON, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE.

THE PARTY WAS RECEIVED BY MR. JOHN WALDEN AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT AT INTERNATIONAL BUILDING IN CENTRAL. THE PRESIDENT, MR. WOO HON-FAI, TOLD MR. WALDEN ABOUT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES OF THE SOCIETY AND PLEDGED THEIR FULL SUPPORT TO ANY COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT REQUIRED OF THEM BY THE GOVERNMENT.

IN REPLY, MR. WALDEN PRAISED THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SOCIETY IN BOTH THE ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY SERVICE FIELDS. HE ALSO EXPRESSED THE WISH THAT THE SOCIETY WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN FUTURE.

ALSO PRESENT WERE MR. AUGUSTINE KAM CHUI, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS AND MR. STEPHEN Y.S. HO, CHIEF LIAISON OFFICER.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAI YIP STREET

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MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED THAT WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 27, 1976, A CENTRAL DIVIDER WILL BE ERECTED ALONG WAI YIP STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTIONS WITH LAI YIP STREET AND HOI YUEN ROAD IN KWUN TONG.

ALL U-TURNS BETWEEN THE ABOVE JUNCTIONS, AND RIGHT TURNING MOVEMENTS AT THE JUNCTION WITH HOW MING STREET AND TSUN YIP STREET, WILL BE PROHIBITED.

MOTORISTS AFFECTED BY THESE RESTRICTIONS ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL ALONG WAI YIP STREET TO THE JUNCTION WITH LAI YIP STREET WESTBOUND OR HOI YUEN ROAD EASTBOUND WHERE THEY MAY THEN PROCEED IN THE DESIRED DIRECTION.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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WATER CUT * * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN, NEW TERRITORIES, WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 27) TO FACILITATE A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES ON SHA TSUI ROAD BETWEEN HAM TIN STREET AND TEXACO ROAD, AND PART OF LUEN YAN STREET, YEUNG UK ROAD, HAM TIN STREET AND SHA TSUI ROAD.

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SAU MAU PING RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY LANDSLIDE TO GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE .................................... 1

DOMESTIC TENANTS OF TWO SHAM SHUI PO BUILDINGS TO RECEIVE $333,200 IN EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION .............. 2

RECEPTION TO MARK HONG KONG PROMOTION IN LONDON ......... 3

ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON AUGUST 30 ....................... 3

CONSTRUCTION FIRM FINED $12,000 FOR VIOLATING SAFETY REGULATIONS ............................................. 4

EVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR SCHOOLS ...................... 5

WATER CUT IN TSIM SHA TSUI .............................. 5

RESUMPTION OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR MEN’S AND BOYS’ WOOL SUITS TO THE UNITED STATES ......................... 6

THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND FOR SALE BY AUCTION ............ 6

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 1976

GOVERNMENT CASH RELIEF FOR SAU MAU PING RESIDENTS *****

TENANTS OF BLOCKS 9 AND 15 OF SAU MAU PING ESTATE WHOSE HOMES WERE AFFECTED BY THE MUDSLIDE BROUGHT ON BY THE HEAVY RAINS YESTERDAY, ARE TO BE GIVEN GRANTS FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ERF) BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES.

THE GRANTS WILL BE $1,500 PER HOUSEHOLD FOR REDECORATION PURPOSES AND $200 PER PERSON FOR REMOVAL AND RE-EQUIPMENT. FOR AN AVERAGE FAMILY OF FIVE THE TOTAL GRANTS WOULD AMOUNT TO $2,500.

SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT ARE ALSO CONTACTING RELATIVES OF THE INJURED IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THEM WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WHICH WILL RANGE FROM $120 UP TO $3,600 DEPENDING ON HOW LONG THEY HAVE TO STAY IN HOSPITAL.

IN ADDITION, BURIAL GRANTS OF $1,100 EACH WILL BE MADE TO RELATIVES OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE TRAGEDY. THE RELATIVES THEMSELVES WILL ALSO RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RANGING FROM $4,700 TO $14,300, DEPENDING ON WHETHER IT WAS THE SOLE WAGE EARNER WHO DIED AND ON THE NUMBER OF DEPENDANTS.

FURTHERMORE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WILL BE LOOKING INTO THE QUESTION OF PROVIDING EX-GRATIA ASSISTANCE FROM THE FUND OR OTHER SOURCES TO SHOPKEEPERS AND MODULAR STALL HOLDERS FOR LOSS OF STOCK. THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE INTENDS TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS FACING THESE SMALL TRADERS WITH THE ERF COMMITTEE.

THIS IS PART OF THE OVERALL GOVERNMENT EFFORT TO ASSIST THOSE AFFECTED BY THE LANDSLIDE.

THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT THROUGH ITS KWUN TONG CITY DISTRICT OFFICE THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON MADE CASH GRANTS OF $50 EACH OUT OF THE SING TAO FAT CHOY FUND TO ALL THOSE WHO HAD TO MOVE OUT OF THE TWO BLOCKS IN ORDER TO ASSIST THEM WITH ANY IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL NEEDS.

THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING AFTER THE ACCOMMODATION FOR THE EVACUATED. OF THE 2,400 PEOPLE WHO HAD TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES SOME 520 ARE TEMPORARILY HOUSED IN ITS KOWLOON BAY FACTORY BLOCK. THE OTHERS HAVE GONE TO RELATIVES OR FRIENDS TO STAY. SOME 1,214 OF THEM, HOWEVER, ARE BEING FED AND PROVIDED WITH BLANKETS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. CONSIDERATION IS ALSO BEING GIVEN TO ALTERNATIVE HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THOSE WHOSE HOMES WERE AFFECTED BY THE MUDSLIDE.

THE ARMY HAS OFFERED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THOSE STAYING IN KOWLOON BAY.

IN THE MEANTIME, ENGINEERS FROM THE HOUSING AND PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENTS ARE WORKING WITH CONSULTANTS TO INVESTIGATE THE DAMAGE AND PLAN REPAIRS TO THE EMBANKMENTS.

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WHILE THE RESIDENTS OF BLOCK 9 AND 15 OF SAU MAU PING ESTATE WERE THE MOST AFFECTED, APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO OTHERS WHO SUFFERED FROM THE HEAVY RAINS ELSEWHERE IN HONG KONG, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

SO FAR, A SUM OF $300,000 FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT AND THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION TO HELP WITH CROP AND OTHER LOSSES.

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DOMESTIC TENANTS OF TWO SHAM SHU I PO BUILDINGS TO GET $333,200 IN EX-GRATIA ******

FORTY-SIX DOMESTIC TENANTS WHO WILL RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $333,200 IN EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION HAVE BEGUN MOVING OUT OF TAI ON MANSION AND FROM NOS. 205 AND 2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SHAM SHU I PO.

BOTH BUILDINGS MUST BE VACATED BY THE END OF THIS MONTH TO MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL TUNNELLING WORK FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY : +DOMESTIC TENANTS ARE ALREADY MOVING OUT OF BOTH BUILDINGS, MOST OF THEM INTO NEW HOMES IN GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATES.

+AS THEY SIGN AGREEMENTS TO VACATE THEIR FLATS THEY ARE RECEIVING 50 PER CENT OF THEIR EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION IN ADVANCE, AND THE BALANCE ON ACTUALLY LEAVING THE PREMISES.

+THE PAYMENT OF EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCES TO DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS OF SUCH POST-WAR BUILDINGS AS THESE, WHICH ARE REQUIRED FOR ESSENTIAL PUBLIC WORKS, WAS DECIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN JUNE THIS YEAR AS A WAY TO HELP SUCH PEOPLE WITH REMOVAL EXPENSES AND TO HELP THEM MOVE INTO THEIR NEW HOMES.+

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT ALL DOMESTIC TENANTS OF BOTH BUILDINGS WERE BEING OFFERED EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF $20 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR ACCOMMODATION USED FOR LIVING PREMISES, AND SLIGHTLY LESS FOR OTHER PARTS OF THEIR FLATS SUCH AS BALCONIES, PASSAGEWAYS, KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS.

TENANTS OF LARGER FLATS WERE RECEIVING EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF MORE THAN $12,000, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ONLY ONE DOMESTIC TENANT OF TAI ON MANSION AND FIVE DOMESTIC TENANTS OF THE NEARBY BUILDING IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET HAD YET TO SIGN AGREEMENTS TO MOVE, AND ALL WERE EXPECTED TO DO SO WITHIN THE NEXT DAY OR SO, SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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RECEPTION TO MARK HK PROMOTION IN LONDON ******

MORE THAN 400 GUESTS ATTENDED

A RECEPTION AT THE COMMONWEALTH

INSTITUTE, LONDON, ON TUESDAY NIGHT TO MARK THE HONG KONG AUGUST PROMOTION IN LONDON, WHICH IS CENTRED AROUND THE VISIT OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE SCHOOLS DANCE TEAM.

THE RECEPTION WAS GIVEN JOINTLY BY THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT OFFICE AND THE LONDON REPRESENTATIONS OF THE HONG KONG TOURIST ASSOCIATION, THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AND CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS. THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION, WHICH REPRESENTS COMPANIES WITH BUSINESS INTERESTS IN HONG KONG. WAS ALSO AMONG THE JOINT HOSTS.

A 30-MINUTE PERFORMANCE BY THE DANCERS, AND A RECITAL OF CHINESE AND WESTERN SONGS BY THE HONG KONG TELEVISION STAR, FRANCIS YIP, WHO APPEARED BY THE COURTESY OF CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS, WERE VERY WARMLY APPLAUDED.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS AT THE RECEPTION INCLUDED A DEMONSTRATION OF CARPET-MAKING BY TWO CRAFTSWOMEN FROM THE TAI PING CARPET FACTORY, A SPECIAL PRODUCT DISPLAY MOUNTED BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, AND THE TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S +HONG KONG LIGHT SHOW+.

THERE WAS ALSO A DEMONSTRATION OF CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY BY MR. Y.Y. CHEUNG, WHO IS EMPLOYED IN LONDON BY THE TUNG PO OVERSEAS LIMITED. MR. CHEUNG PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR WITH THE GUESTS, WHO LINED UP TO HAVE THEIR NAMES WRITTEN IN LARGE CHINESE CHARACTERS.

AT THE RECEPTION, THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. S.T. KIDD PRESENTED COMMEMORATIVE BANNERS TO THE MAYOR OF KENSINGTON, COUNCILLOR DAVID B. COLLENETTE, AND TO MRS. ELEANOR LEE, TEAM MANAGER OF THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM, ON BEHALF OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

MRS. LEE, ON BEHALF OF THE DANCE TEAM, ALSO PRESENTED BANNERS TO MR. KIDD AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE, MR. J.K. THOMPSON.

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HOLIDAY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES THAT THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 30), WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

THIRTY-TWO 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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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 1976

BUILDING INDUSTRY URGED TO COMPLY WITH SAFETY REGULATIONS VIOLATION LIABLE TO HEAVY FINES ******

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY WARNED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS DETERMINED TO DISCOURAGE ANYONE IN THE BUILDING INDUSTRY FROM FLOUTING SAFETY REGULATIONS. OFFENDERS, HE SAID, WOULD BE LIABLE TO HEAVY FINES.

HE WAS COMMENTING ON A CASE BROUGHT BEFORE MAGISTRATE A.G.T. WANE AT TSUEN WAN MAGISTRACY YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), WHEN A CONSTRUCTION FIRM WAS FINED A TOTAL OF $12,000 FOR VIOLATING SAFETY REGULATIONS BETWEEN NOVEMBER LAST YEAR AND JANUARY THIS YEAR.

THE DEPARTMENT’S FACTORY INSPECTORS WHO VISITED THE FIRM’S WORK SITE AT TUEN MUN, NEW TERRITORIES, FOUND THAT IT HAD NOT SECURELY FENCED TWO WORKING PLATFORMS AND FLOOR EDGES, USED A POWER DRIVEN TOWER CRANE FOR LIFTING PEOPLE AND FAILED TO TAKE REASONABLE STEPS TO ENSURE THE WORKERS ON CONSTRUCTION SITE WEARING SAFETY HELMETS. IT WAS FINED $4,000 FOR THE FIRST OFFENCE, $3,000 FOR THE SECOND AND $5,000 FOR THE THIRD.

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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ******

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS MADE DETERMINED EFFORTS TO INTRODUCE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS OF SCHOOLING IN HONG KONG, MR. A.J. REEVE, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), SAID TODAY AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE JOINT SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL.

+ALTHOUGH ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES IS NOT TREATED AS AN INDEPENDENT SUBJECT IN THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM, THE PRINCIPLES OF ECOLOGY, CONSERVATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT ARE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS CONTINUOUSLY AT EVERY LEVEL FROM PRIMARY ONE TO UPPER VI AND WITHIN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES SUCH AS THE SCIENCES, SOCIAL STUDIES AND GEOGRAPHY,+ HE POINTED OUT.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAD APPROVED NEW PROVISIONAL SYLLABUSES FOR INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES BOTH OF WHICH INCLUDED A GREAT DEAL OF STUDY, OBSERVATION AND PRACTICAL WORK ON ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION, POLLUTION AND POPULATION.

AT THE SAME TIME, MR. REEVE ADDED, GOVERNMENT WAS VERY INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING A FIELD STUDIES CENTRE ON A PERMANENT BASIS SINCE THE PROTOTYPE FIELD STUDIES CAMP ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND THE TWO UNIVERSITIES HAD PROVED TO BE SUCCESSFUL.

THE PROGRAMMES OF THE JOINT SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT FESTIVAL WHICH WERE DESCRIBED BY MR. REEVE AS +HIGHLY ORGANISED AND AMBITIOUS* INCLUDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, AN EXHIBITION, A FORUM, A WORK CAMP AND FILM SHOWS.

MR. REEVE ALSO CONGRATULATED THE PARTICIPANTS ON THEIR +INITIATIVE AND ENTERPRISE* AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THIS FESTIVAL WOULD BE THE FIRST OF MANY SIMILAR FESTIVALS.

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WATER CUT * * *

WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSIM SHA TSUI WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 28) TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN AUSTIN ROAD AND MIDDLE ROAD, CARNARVON ROAD, CAMERON ROAD, CHATHAM ROAD, HART AVENUE AND HANOI ROAD, INCLUDING PRAT AVENUE.

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RESUMPTION OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR MEN’S AND BOYS’ WOOL SUITS TO THE UNITED STATES

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THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT IT WILL RESUME, WITH EFFECT FROM TOMORROW, THE ISSUE OF EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR SHIPMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES OF MEN’S AND BOYS’ WOOL SUITS (CATEGORY 120) WHICH WAS SUSPENDED IN JUNE THIS YEAR.

THE DECISION TO RESUME ISSUING EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS FOR THIS ITEM FOLLOWED CONSULTATIONS IN HONG KONG TODAY BETWEEN A THREE-MAN TEAM OF US TRADE NEGOTIATORS, LED EY MR. MICHAEL SMITH, CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR IN THE US OFFICE OF SPECIAL TRADE REPRESENTATIVE, AND A HONG KONG TEAM LED BY MR. PETER TSAO, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID, HOWEVER, THAT IN VIEW OF THE CLOSE OF THE US TEXTILE YEAR ON SEPTEMBER 30, ALL APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT AUTHORISATIONS IN RESPECT OF THIS ITEM MUST EE SUBMITTED ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 31, 1976. APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT LICENCES, ON THE OTHER HAND, WILL BE ACCEPTED UP TO NOON OF SEPTEMBER 4, 1976.

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CROWN LAND SALE

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THREE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL BE PUT UP FOR SALE BY AUCTION ON SEPTEMBER 24 (FRIDAY) AT 2.30 P.M. IN THE LECTURE ROOM, 8TH FLOOR, CITY HALL.

ONE LOT, SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF KIANG HSI STREET AND KO SHAN ROAD, KOWLOON IS EARMARKED FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NONINDUSTRIAL PURPOSES. IT MEASURES 585.3 SQUARE METRES.

ANOTHER LOT, MEASURING 289 SQUARE METRES, IS SITUATED BETWEEN UPPER LASCAR ROW AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD, ON HONG KONG ISLAND. IT IS SET ASIDE FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL PURPOSES.

THE THIRD LOT, TO BE USED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES ONLY, IS AT LEE CHUNG STREET, CHAI WAN AND MEASURES 621.1 SQUARE METRES.

A FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM 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.

SALE PLANS CAN ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THESE OFFICES

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUPPLEMENT

Thursday, August 26, 1976

EMBARGOED NEWS ITEM

Note to Editors of Newspapers,

News Agencies & Broadcasting

Stations:

The following announcement is embargoed until 4 p.m. today (Thursday). On no account should local newspapers and radio and television stations cover the item until then. No news agencies or overseas radio transmission of the announcement may carry the information without the embargo qualification.

NEW APPOINTMENTS TO LEGISLATIVE 8c EXECUTIVE COUNCILS

The Governor, Sir Murray MacLehose today (Thursday) announced the appointment of eight new Unofficial and five new Official Members to the Legislative Council.

The new Unofficial Members are: The Rev. Joyce M* Bennett, an educationist and social worker; Mr. S.L. Chen, an engineer* Miss Lydia Dunn, a company director; Mr. Henry Hu Hung-lick, a barrister and an elected Urban Councillor; Mr. Leung Tat-shing, a trade unionist; the Rev. Father Patrick Terence McGovern, founder of the Industrial Relations- Institute; Mr. Peter C. Wong, a solicitor; and Mr. Wong Lam, an MAC Chairman and member of the Central Fight Violent Crime Committee.

The new Official Members are: the Secretary-designate for Economic Services, Mr. D.G. Jeaffreson; the Secretary for the Civil Service, Mr. A.J. Scott; the Solicitor-General, Mr. G.C. Thornton, Q.C.; the Director of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mr. E.H. Nichols; and the Director of Social Welfare, Mr. Thomas Lee Chun-yon.

/The appointments

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

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The appointments of the new Unofficial and Official Members to the Legislative Council, which are all for a term of two years from September 1, 1976 to August JI, 1978, will bring the total membership of Unofficial Members to 22 and of Official Members to 19*

At the same time, two new Unofficial Members have been appointed to the Executive Council, also for a term of two years with effect from September 1, 1978. They are Mr. Lee Quo-wei and Mrs. Joyce Symons^ both of whom are at present Members of the Legislative Council. They are to replace Mr. P.C. Woo and Mr. Szeto Wai, who are retiring after having served on the Executive Council since 1972.

Notwithstanding his appointment to the Executive Council, Mr. Lee will remain on the Legislative Council, where has served since 1968. However, Mrs. Symons is retiring after having served on the Legislative Council since 1972.

By an Order in Council signed by Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Instructions have been amended to increase the maximum number of the Unofficial Members from 15 to 25, and that of the Officials from 10 to 18 (in addition to the Governor and four Ex-Officio Members). Though the traditional constitutional power to retain an official majority has thus been maintained, all the official seats have not been filled and one spare unofficial seat has been retained in case of further expansion.

The same Order-in-Council changes the title of the post of “Colonial Secretary*1 to “Chief Secretary’1.

A Government spokesman said that the eight new Unofficial Members of the Legislative Council were appointed in line with the Government’s policy to expand the unofficial membership of the Council to include members who can speak from personal experience of a wider social background, and to ease the burden of work on individual members.

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"Together with the serving members, the new Legislative Council, will be drawn from a wide cross-section of the community,” he said.

The Governor said in his annual review on October 8, 1975 that he attached greatest importance in the circumstances of Hong Kong to providing opportunities for public participation at all levels.

’’These new appointments mark an evolution of the Legislative Council,” the spokesman added.

He pointed out that the appointments of Official Members to the Legislative Council are not based on seniority, but on a forecast of the amount of Legislative activity and development of policies and public interest in the fields for which they are responsible.

The spokesman went on to say that, for some time, the Government had felt that the expenses involved for Unofficial Members in performing their duties associated with membership of both the Executive and Legislative Councils should be borne at least in part from public funds.

’’Proposals were accordingly made to the Finance Committee on

August 4, 1976. As a result, Unofficial Members of both councils will be entitled to claim reimbursement of expenses up to a maximum of $4,OCX) a month with effect from September 1, 1976,” he said.

The following are some brief biographical notes on the eight new

Unofficial Members of the Legislative Council:

Thg Rgv. Joyce Bennett: Miss Bonnett, who came .to Hong Kong in 194^, is a priest of the Anglican Church and Principal of St., Catharine’s School for Girls', Kwun Tong. A respected educationistst and devoted social worker, Miss Bennett is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Christian Family Centre, Kwun Tong; the Curriculum Development Committee, Education Department;

the District Committee, Kwun Tong; and the Citizens Advisory Committee<n /Community *.••.

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Community Relations and the Public Education Sub-Committee, both of the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption). Her work has been among people in the lower income bracket in Kwun Tong. She has vigorously encouraged young people and students to participate in community activities.

Fir. S.L. Chen: Mr. Chen, an engineer by profession, is the General Manager of the Hong Kong Electric Company. He has been a member of the Hong Kong Training Council and the Board of Governors of Polytechnic since 197J. Mr. Chen is well known amongst the present generation of managers as one who has risen through his professional and managerial ability.

Miss Lydia Dunn: Miss Dunn is Managing Director of Swire and Maclaine (FE) Ltd. She is a member of the Textiles Advisory Board, the Export Credit Insurance Corporation Advisory Board and the Council of the Hong Kong Management Association. She was a member of the Lotteries Fund Management Committee from 1971 to 1975* She was a member of the Ready-to-Wear Organising Committee from 1968 to 1976 and was Chairman of the Committee for the 1976 Festival. Miss Dunn was a member of the Commission of Inquiry into the Telephone Company in 1975» She is typical of the younger generation of highly qualified managers emerging in Hong Kong.

Mr. Henry Hu Hung-lick: Mr. Hu, an elected Urban Councillor, is a Barrister-at-Law by profession. He is Vice-Chairman of the Urban Council and Chairman of its Hawkers Select Committee. He is also a member of the Hong Kong Playground Association, »

the Hong Kong Council of Social Services, the Criminal and Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation Board, and is vice-president of the Neighbourhood Advisory and Action Council.

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Mr. Leung Tat-shing: Mr. Leung, who retired as a Chief Health Inspector of the Urban Services Department in 1971 $ is a well-known trade unionist. He was president of the Hong Kong Public Health Inspectors’ Association from 19&9 to 1971• An elected member of the Labour Advisory Board since 1971» Mr. Leung was chairman of the Urban Services Department Kowloon Workers General Union from 19$5 to 1971 and since then its president. He was a member of the Industrial Training Advisory Committee and the Hong Kong Productivity Council. He is the secretary of the Yau Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan.

The Rev. Father Patrick Terence McGovern, SJ; Father McGovern, who arrived in Hong Kong in 19551 was educated by the Society of Jesus with special training in sociology and social work. He taught in the Wan Yan College for many years and worked as the Director of Caritas Centre, Kennedy Town from 1955 to 1958. Very active amongst industrial workers, Father McGovern is the founder, past chairman and currently is advisor to the Industrial Relations Institute. He is Warden of Ricci Hall at the Hong Kong University. Father McGovern is a member of ICAO’s Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Relations.

Mr. Wong Lam: Mr. Wong, formerly a bus-conductor, now works as an operations officer for the Kowloon Motor Bus Company. He is chairman of the Wing Ying Mutual Aid Committee and vice-chairman of the Kwun Tong Industrial Area Committee and a member of the Mong Kok 3ast Area Committee since 1975. He is a member of the Central Fight Violent Crime Committee. Mr. Wong is the founder director of the Kwun Tong

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Sports Association (founded in 1970) and has been chairman of the Kwun Tong Scouts Association since 1972. He was chairman of the Kwun Tong District Youth Recreation Co-ordination Committee and vice-chairman of the Kwun Tong Road Safety Campaign in 197^• hr. Peter C. Wong: Mr. Wong, a solicitor and notary public by profession, has participated in a wide field of public service, including membership of the following boards: the Inland Revenue Review, Lands Tribunal, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Law Enforcement Injuries Compensation, and Liquor and Licensing. He is a past chairman of the Law Society.

Note to Editors:

For the convenience of the press, arrangements have been made for seven of the eight new Unofficial Members of the Legislative Council to meet the press for -'iterviews.

These interviews will be held in the G.I.S. Theatre on the fifth floor of Beaconsfield House in three groups. The time and dates for the meetings are fixed as follows:

1. At 5 today (Thursday);

Mr. S.L. Chen, Mr. Leung Tat-shing and Mr. Wong Lam.

2. At 11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday):

Miss Lydia Dunn and Mr. Peter Wong.

3. At 3 p.*ra«. tomorrow (Friday):

The Rev. Joyce Bennett and Mr. Henry Hu Hung-lick..

You are cordially invited to cover these meetings.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1976

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

50 ACRES OF LAND ON TSI NG Yl ISLAND MADE AVAILABLE FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A $250 MILLION SHIPYARD ............... 1

EXPORTS UP BY $166 MILLION IN JULY ........................ 2

CLOSURE OF SECTION OF SAU MAU PING ROAD ................... 3

PARTS OF COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE BECOME EFFECTIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1 ...........................................  4

GOVERNOR TO VISIT ANNUAL CAMP OF SEA CADET CORPS AT

WU KAI SHA ................................................ 5

FOREIGN SECRETARY EXTENDS HIS SYMPATHY TO RAINSTORM

VICTIMS ................................................... 5

FIRING PRACTICE ........................................... 6

SECURITIES (STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING) RULES OPERATIVE ON SEPTEMBER 1 ............................................... 6

P.W.D. TO HOLD EIGHTH SWIMMING GALA ....................... 7

LIBERATION DAY CEREMONY AT CITY HALL ON MONDAY ............ 7

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1976

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$250 MILLION DOCKYARD FOR TSI NG Yl ISLAND

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THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A PRIVATE TREATY GRANT OF ABOUT 50 ACRES ON THE WEST COAST OF TSI NG Yl ISLAND FOR THE HONG KONG UNITED DOCKYARD LTD. TO BUILD A $250 MILLION SHIPYARD.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID THE COMPANY PLANNED TO PHASE IN THE TSING Yl DEVELOPMENT TO REPLACE ITS PRESENT OPERATIONS AT TAIKOO DOCKYARD AND, EVENTUALLY, ITS FACILITIES AT HUNG HOM.

HE SAID THE GRANT OF LAND HAD BEEN APPROVED ON CONDITION THAT THE COMPANY RESTRICTS ITSELF TO SHIPBUILDING, SHIP REPAIRING AND ANCILLARY SERVICES AND SUCH HEAVY AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AS MAY BE APPROVED BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERR ITORIES.

THE GRANT ALSO CARRIES A BUILDING COVENANT THAT THE COMPANY MUST SPEND $90 MILLION ON DOCKYARD PLANT, INSTALLATIONS AND BUILDINGS WITHIN 10 YEARS OF BEING GIVEN POSSESSION OF THE SITE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE COMPANY HOPED TO HAVE LIMITED FACILITIES IN OPERATION AT TSING Yl BY 1978 AND THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT COMPLETED BY 1980.

HE ADDED: +THIS IS A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ON TSING Yl ISLAND AND SHOULD BE A BOOST FOR SHIP REPAIRING INDUSTRY IN PROVIDING EXCELLENT FACILITIES FOR THE LARGER VESSELS NOW BEING USED IN WORLD TRADE.

+TSING Yl IS MUCH BETTER LOCATED FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES THAN THE CENTRAL HARBOUR AREA BECAUSE IT IS SITUATED ON THE WESTERN APPROACH TO HONG KONG HARBOUR AND CLOSE TO THE KWAI CHUNG CONTAINER TERMINAL.

+FURTHERMORE, THE USE OF THE AREA IS NOT IN CONFLICT WITH FURTHER DEVELOPMENT NOR WILL IT COMPETE FOR ALTERNATIVE URBAN USE. IN FACT IT FITS IN WITH THE HEAVY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT THAT IS TRANSFORMING TSING Yl INTO A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREA.+

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EXPORTS UP BY 1166 M LAST MONTH X * * * M *

THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR JULY WAS $2,997 MILLION, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF $166 MILLION OR 5.9 PER CENT, BY VALUE, COMPARED WITH JUNE.

ACCORDING TO PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS WENT UP BY $51 MILLION OR 1.4 PER CENT AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY $10 MILLION OR 1.4 PER CENT COMPARED WITH JUNE.

THE FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD MAY TO JULY 1976 SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 50.1 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 35.8 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 30.9 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM AUGUST 1975 TO JULY 1976 COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 35.8 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 29.6 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 22.6 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE FOLLOWING TRADE TABLE GIVES THE COMPARATIVE FIGURES I-

COMPARATIVE FIGURES INCREASE OR DECREASE

LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY - JULY 1976 MAY - JULY 1975

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 8,519 5,677 +2,842 +50.1

IMPORTS 11,124 8,194 +2,930 +35.8

RE-EXPORTS 2,236 1,708 + 528 +30.9

LATEST MONTH JULY 1976 JUNE 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 2,997 (80.0%) 2,831 (79.3%) + 166 + 5.9

IMPORTS 3,704 3,652 + 51 + 1.4

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 747 (20.0%) 737 (20.7%) + 10 ♦ 1.4

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CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE JAN - JULY 1976 JAN - JULY 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. S MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 17,797 (78.0%) 11,866 (75.6%) +5,931 +50.0

IMPORTS 24,310 17,702 +6,609 +37.3

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 5,007 (22.0%) 3,821 (24.4%) +1,186 +31.0

LAST 12 MONTHS AUGUST 1975 TO JULY 1976 AUGUST 1974 TO JULY 1975 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 28,790 21,205 +7,585 +35.8

IMPORTS 40,080 30,915 +9,165 +29.6

RE-EXPORTS 8,159 6,657 +1,502 +22.6

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT THE SECTION OF SAU MAU PING ROAD BETWEEN SAU MING ROAD AND SAU MAU PATH IS CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THIS ROAD SECTION IS CONSIDERED UNSAFE FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN VIEW OF THE UNCERTAIN STATE OF THE ADJOINING CUTTING.

APPROPRIATE SIGNS HAVE BEEN PUT UP FOR GUIDANCE OF MOTORISTS.

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PARTS OF COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE EFFECTIVE FROM NEXT MONTH ** * M X

IT IS ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY THAT PART I, III AND VI OF THE COMMODITIES TRADING ORDINANCE 1976 WILL COME INTO OPERATION ON SEPTEMBER 1.

PART I CONTAINS THE PRELIMINARY PROVISIONS, INCLUDING THE DEFINITION OF THE TERMS USED IN THE ORDINANCE.

PART III IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A BROAD REGULATORY FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH THE FUTURE COMMODITY EXCHANGE IN HONG KONG WILL OPERATE. UNDER THIS PART, THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL IS EMPOWERED TO GRANT A LICENCE TO THE EXCHANGE COMPANY TO ESTABLISH AND OPERATE AN EXCHANGE UPON APPLICATION.

PART VI DEALS WITH TRADING PRACTICES. THERE.ARE PROVISIONS PROHIBITING THE CREATION OF A FALSE MARKET IN COMMODITIES AND MARKET RIGGING AND DECEPTIVE PRACTICES. IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO MAKE FALSE OR MISLEADING STATEMENTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF INDUCING THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF COMMODITY FUTURES CONTRACTS.

THE REMAINING PARTS OF THE ORDINANCE WILL COME INTO OPERATION AT LATER DATES WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE.

THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR COMMODITIES TRADING SAID THAT PART IV OF THE ORDINANCE DEALING WITH REGISTRATION OF COMMODITY DEALERS, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISERS AND REPRESENTATIVES WILL BECOME OPERATIVE ON OCTOBER 1.

FROM THAT DAY, NO PERSON MAY ACT AS A COMMODITY DEALER, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER OR A REPRESENTATIVE UNLESS HE IS REGISTERED.

REGISTRATION WORK IN THIS CONNECTION HAS ALREADY COMMENCED. ANYONE WHO WISHES TO APPLY FOR REGISTRATION AS A COMMODITY DEALER, COMMODITY TRADING ADVISER AND REPRESENTATIVE IS ADVISED TO SUBMIT HIS APPLICATION AT HIS EARLIEST CONVENIENCE.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SEA CADET CAMP * * * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, IS TO VISIT THE ANNUAL CAMP OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS AT WU KAI SHA ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 29).

SIR MURRAY, WHO IS THE PATRON OF THE SEA CADET CORPS, WILL

BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS AREA COMMITTEE, THE CAPTAIN-IN-CHARGE OF HONG KONG, CAPTAIN R.L. GARNONS-WILL I AMS OF THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXECUTIVE AND FINANCE COMMITTEE, MR. P.B. WILLIAMS.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY WILL BE A SERIES OF SPORTS AND GAMES COMPETITIONS WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO BE WATCHED BY MANY PARENTS AND FRIENDS OF THE CADETS.

THE PURPOSE OF THE CAMP, IN WHICH SOME 400 YOUTHS ARE TAKING PART, IS TO GIVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE AN EXCITING TIME DURING THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS.

THE THREE-DAY CAMP WILL END ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 31).

ALL MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG SEA CADET CORPS ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SEA ACTIVITIES. THEY ARE BETWEEN 12 AND 20 YEARS OF AGE.

THE CORPS PROVIDES NAUTICAL TRAINING AND ASSISTS THOSE BOYS WISHING TO MAKE THEIR CAREERS AT SEA. IT WILL HAVE THE SUPPORT FROM THE ROYAL NAVY AND THE MARINE POLICE WHOSE SHIPS AND LAUNCHES WILL PROVIDE TRAINING AT SEA AS WELL AS PASSAGE TO AND FROM THE CAMP.

NOTE TO EDITORS: YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE VISIT COVERED. THE

GOVERNOR WILL ARRIVE AT WU KAI SHA AT 11.15 A.M

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FOREIGN SECRETARY EXTENDS HIS SYMPATHY TO VICTIMS OF RECENT NATURAL DISASTER ******

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR. ANTHONY CROSLAND, TODAY (FRIDAY) EXTENDED HIS SYMPATHY TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WHO HAVE SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THE NATURAL DISASTER CAUSED BY THE RECENT RAINS.

IN A TELEGRAM TO THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, MR. CROSLAND SAID : +1 AM DISTRESSED TO LEARN OF THE LOSS OF LIFE AND DAMAGE IN HONG KONG CAUSED BY THE RECENT RAINS.

♦PLEASE EXTEND MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE BEREAVED, THE INJURED AND ALL AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY.+

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FIRING PRACTICE

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FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE ON CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON EIGHT 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

SEPTEMBER 1 (WEDNESDAY) 5.00 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 2 (THURSDAY) 7.00 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 3 (FRIDAY) 5.00 A.M. - 6 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 16 (THURSDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 17 (FRIDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 5 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 21 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 22 (WEDNESDAY) 8.00 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 23 (THURSDAY) 8.00 A.M. - 11 P.M.

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SECURITIES (STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING) RULES

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THE SECURITIES (STOCK EXCHANGE LISTING) RULES 1976 MADE SY THE SECURITIES COMMISSION UNDER THE SECURITIES ORDINANCE AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF STOCK EXCHANGES ARE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

THESE RULES PROVIDE THAT THE SECURITIES OF A COMPANY SHALL NOT BE LISTED ON A STOCK EXCHANGE, OR, IN THE CASE OF LISTED SECURITIES, THAT DEALINGS IN THOSE SECURITIES SHALL BE SUSPENDED, UNLESS THE COMPANY IS AN APPROVED SHARE REGISTRAR OR EMPLOYS AN APPROVED SHARE REGISTRAR.

THE RULES WILL COME INTO OPERATION NEXT WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) BUT COMPANIES ARE GIVEN THREE MONTHS TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS.

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THE EIGHTH P.W.D. SWIMMING GALA WILL BE HELD AT THE MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

OVER 150 FINALISTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE SWIMMING GALA WHICH WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL.

SWIMMERS WILL COMPETE IN OVER 20 RACES INCLUDING MEN’S AND WOMEN’S FREESTYLE, BREASTSTROKE, BACKSTROKE AND BUTTERFLY EVENTS.

SPECIAL RACES HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED FOR VETERAN SWIMMERS OVER THE AGE OF 40 AND FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16.

THE FINAL EVENT OF THE DAY WILL BE THE INVITATION MEN’S 4 X 50 METRES DEPARTMENTAL FREESTYLE RELAY.

APART FROM THE COMPETITIVE EVENTS, THE P.W.D. GALA WILL INCLUDE A SWIMMING DEMONSTRATION BY OLYMPIC GAMES SWIMMERS OF THE HONG KONG AMATEUR SWIMMING ASSOCIATION.

MISS ROWENA LAM, MISS HONG KONG 1976, WILL DRAW THE LUCKY P.W.D. RAFFLE TICKET AT 5 P.M. AND TROPHIES AND PRIZES WILL BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS BY P.W.D. DEPARTMENT DIRECTORS.

MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE PIPES AND DRUMS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE.

NOTE TO EDITORS! YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OCCASION BETWEEN 2 P.M. AND 5 P.M. AT MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL.

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LIBERATION DAY CEREMONY AT CITY HALL *****

HONG KONG WILL OBSERVE THIS YEAR’S LIBERATION DAY WITH A WREATH LAYING CEREMONY AT THE CITY HALL ON MONDAY (AUGUST 30) AT 11 A.M.

DURING THE 15-MINUTE CEREMONY, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONG KONG PRISONERS OF WAR ASSOCIATION AND THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) WILL LAY WREATHS AT THE SHRINE IN MEMORY OF MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG VOLUNTEER DEFENCE CORPS WHO DIED DURING THE BATTLE OF DECEMBER 1941 OR LATER AS PRISONERS OF WAR.

THIS WILL EE FOLLOWED EY THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST POST EY A TRUMPETER, A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY AND TRUMPETER WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE REGIMENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 1976

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CONSTRUCTION OF MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE TO START IN NOVEMBER ...............................................    1

EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY UP BY OVER SEVEN PER CENT .................................................. 2

NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI ...................... 2

HONG KONG SCHOOLS’ DANCE TEAM RAISED 2,000 POUNDS STERLING FOR AN APPEAL FUND IN U.K......................... 3

EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ....................... 4

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WORK ON MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER * M * X *

A SEVEN-STOREY COMPLEX. WHICH WILL BECOME THE NERVE CENTRE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT’S DENTAL SERVICE, IS TO BE BUILT AT MORRISON HILL.

THE MACLEHOSE DENTAL CENTRE, AS IT IS TO BE CALLED, WILL BE SITUATED BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND 01 KWAN ROAD ADJACENT TO THE TANG CHI NGONG SPECIALIST CLINIC.

THE BUILDING WILL ACCOMMODATE A TRAINING SCHOOL FOR DENTAL NURSES, A SCHOOL CHILDREN'S DENTAL CLINIC AS WELL AS FACILITIES TO REPROVISION THE EXISTING DENTAL HEADQUARTERS IN THE WAN CHAI DENTAL CLINIC AT KENNEDY ROAD.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PROJECT. WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1977.

THE DENTAL CENTRE WILL COST ABOUT $7 MILLION TO BUILD AND AN ADDITIONAL $1 MILLION TO EQUIP AND FURNISH. RECURRENT COST INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT IS ESTIMATED AT $5 MILLION PER ANNUM.

THE PROJECT IS ONE OF THE ACCEPTED RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE 1974 WHITE PAPER ON THE FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES IN HONG KONG.

IN THE WHITE PAPER, THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR A DENTAL CARE SCHOOL TO PROVIDE A BASIC DENTAL CONSERVATION SERVICE AT PRIMARY SCHOOL LEVEL.

THIS SCHEME WILL PROVIDE PARTICIPANTS WITH REGULAR EXAMINATIONS AND SIMPLE CONSERVATION TREATMENT, AND WILL ALSO INCLUDE FILLINGS AND EXTRACTIONS.

MODELLED AFTER NEW ZEALAND AND OTHER COUNTRIES, THIS SERVICE COULD BE CARRIED OUT EFFECTIVELY BY PROPERLY TRAINED DENTAL NURSES PROVIDED THEY ARE SUITABLY SUPERVISED BY QUALIFIED DENTISTS.

THE SCHOOL WILL BE INCLUDED IN A DENTAL CENTRE WHICH WILL ALSO ACCOMMODATE A SCHOOL CHILDREN’S DENTAL CLINIC WITH 30 CHAIRS, SURGERIES FOR THE DENTAL OFFICERS AND THE GOVERNMENT DENTAL CLINIC PRESENTLY IN THE WAN CHAI POLYCLINIC. BOTH THE SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL CHILDREN’S DENTAL CLINIC WILL BE NAMED AFTER SIR SHIU-KIN TANG WHO HAS MADE SUBSTANTIAL DONATIONS TOWARDS THE ENTIRE PROJECT.

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EMPLOYMENT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY UP BY OVER 7 PER CENT *****

THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS IN HONG KONG IN THE MIDDLE OF JUNE WAS 748,846, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 50,059 OR 7.2 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE FIGURE OF 698,787 FOR MARCH THIS YEAR.

IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, THE FIVE LARGEST INDUSTRY GROUPS REMAINED WEARING APPAREL (238,958), TEXTILES (112,922), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES (66,353), PLASTIC PRODUCTS (63,706) AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS (57,322).

AT THE INDUSTRY SECTOR LEVEL, MAIN INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS (+10,553), GARMENTS (+7.534), PLASTIC TOYS (+7,094), MISCELLANEOUS PLASTIC PRODUCTS (+4,949) AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (+2,894). DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN SPECIAL INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (-151), COTTON SPINNING (-133), RUBBER FOOTWEAR (-127), TORCH BULBS (-112) AND SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIRING (-97).

WHEN COMPARED WITH A TOTAL OF 623,991 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE LAST YEAR, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE EMPLOYED IN JUNE THIS YEAR SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 124,855 PERSONS OR 20 PER CENT.

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NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPAIGN IN WAN CHAI

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE STAGED TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON AT SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TO PROMOTE THE 'NEIGHBOURHOOD CAMPAIGN’ JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ISLAND JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT IN WANCHAI DISTRICT.

THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT PROMOTING NEIGHBOURHOOD SPIRIT AND MUTUAL AID AMONG RESIDENTS SO AS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIVING.

THE VARIETY SHOW WILL FEATURE LION DANCES, CHINESE MUSIC, FOLK SONGS, CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS AND BAND PERFORMANCES.

MR. BOWEN LEUNG, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (WAN CHAI)- MR. TANG KWOK-WAI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE AND MR. LAM WAI-KWONG, CHAIRMAN OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SECTION OF ISLAND JCC, WILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 3 P.M.

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT.

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H.K. SCHOOLS’ DANCERS RAISED 2,000 POUNDS STERLING FOR AN APPEAL FUND IN U.K.

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THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) APPEARED BEFORE A CAPACITY AUDIENCE AT CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE IN CHICHESTER AND RAISED SOME TWO THOUSAND POUNDS STERLING TOWARDS AN APPEAL FUND TO BUILD A LIFT FOR DISABLED PATRONS OF THE THEATRE.

ALL 1,400 TICKETS FOR THE AFTERNOON PERFORMANCE, ORGANISED BY THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE SOCIETY, WERE SOLD OUT WELL IN ADVANCE.

EACH DANCE WAS GREETED WITH PROLONGED CHEERS AND APPLAUSE. AFTER THE SHOW, THE DANCERS PERFORMED THE +FLOWER DRUM DANCE+ IN FRONT OF THE LAWN OF THE THEATRE BEFORE A LARGE CROWD.

AT THE END OF THE DANCERS’ STAGE APPEARANCE, THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON, MR. S.T. KIDD, ACCOMPANIED BY MRS. KIDD, PRESENTED A BANNER TO MR. LESLIE EVERSHED-MARTIN, FOUNDER OF THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE AND PRESIDENT OF THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE SOCIETY.

MRS. RUTH RIGLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE SOCIETY, RECEIVED A BANNER FROM A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE DANCE TEAM. IN RETURN, THE SOCIETY PRESENTED THE TEAM WITH A FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH OF THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE.

AT A TEA RECEPTION HELD LATER AT VICAR’S HALL, CHICHESTER, THE SOCIETY PRESENTED EACH DANCER WITH A SOUVENIR PACKAGE WHICH CONSISTED OF A PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM WITH VIEWS OF CHICHESTER, A BOOK ABOUT THE CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE AND A SOUVENIR PROGRAMME OF THE THEATRE’S 1976 SEASON.

THE DANCE TEAM WILL APPEAR AT THE OPEN-AIR COURT THEATRE IN LONDON TODAY (SATURDAY). THEY WILL PERFORM IN CAMBRIDGE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AND IN BIRMINGHAM NEXT TUESDAY BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG.

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- 4 -EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION *******

AN EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WILL BE HELD AT THE ISLAND ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN ABERDEEN TOMORROW (SUNDAY) BETWEEN 1.30 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

CO-ORDINATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF HONG KONG, THE FUNCTION IS A JOINT EFFORT OF VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT.

THE AIM OF THE EXHIBITION IS TO INTRODUCE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THE CONCEPT AND SIGNIFICANCE OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WITH THE HOPE OF STIMULATING THE PEOPLE TO PURSUE FOR A HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER FAMILY LIFE.

APART FROM THE EXHIBITION, THERE WILL BE A VARIETY SHOW WHICH INCLUDES SONGS, A SHORT PLAY AND A SLIDE SHOW.

THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A TALK ON ’PARENTS AND CHILDREN -RELATIONSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITIES’ BY MRS. KATHERINE SHIN, SUPERVISOR OF THE CHAI WAN FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE.

ENTRIES TO A COMPETITION OF POSTER DESIGN ON ’HAPPY AND HEALTHY FAMILY LIFE’ WILL ALSO BE DISPLAYED IN THE EXHIBITION.

+THE OCCASION SETS AN INITIAL STEP TO CONVEY THE MESSAGE AND KNOWLEDGE OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION TO THE PEOPLE AND IT PAVES THE WAY FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES IN THIS ASPECT IN THE DISTRICT,+ SAID MR. KAM YING-TONG, CYO (SOUTHERN).

NOTE TO EDITORS :

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FUNCTION WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE ISLAND ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN SUNG MAN STREET, ABERDEEN, HONG KONG ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 29) BETWEEN 1.30 P.M. AND 6 P.M.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 1976

GOVERNMENT BRINGS IN INDEPENDENT VALUERS TO HELP TAI ON SHOP OPERATORS ******

THE GOVERNMENT IS ENGAGING AN INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AND VALUATION COMPANY TO VALUE THE GOODS OF TWO TAILOR SHOPS AT TAI ON MANSION WHICH ARE TO CLOSE DOWN INSTEAD OF TRANSFERRING TO NEW PREMISES.

+AFTER THE VALUATIONS ARE MADE THE TWO SHOPS WILL DISPOSE OF THEIR REMAINING STOCK AT BARGAIN PRICES OR BY AUCTION, WHICHEVER THE OWNERS PREFER, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE UP THE BALANCE BETWEEN THE INSURANCE COMPANY’S VALUATION AND THE AMOUNT ACTUALLY RECEIVED FOR THE STOCK IN EACH CASE,+ SAID A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY.

IN ADDITION, IF EITHER SHOP HAD TO LAY OFF ANY EMPLOYEES. THE GOVERNMENT WOULD COMPENSATE THE OWNERS FOR REDUNDANCY PAYMENTS MADE TO SUCH EMPLOYEES UNDER THE TERMS OF THE LABOUR LAWS.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO OUTLINED AS FOLLOWS THE OFFERS MADE TO THE SEVEN SHOP OPERATORS AT TAI ON MANSION, WHICH REVERTED TO THE CROWN ON APRIL 13 THIS YEAR AND MUST MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL TUNNELLING WORKS FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY :

1. EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF $40 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR PREMISES ACTUALLY USED FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES, AND AT A LESSER RATE FOR OTHER PARTS OF SUCH PREMISES SUCH AS STORE-ROOMS OR BATHROOMS. THIS COMPENSATION AMOUNTS TO A TOTAL OF $137,632.

2. NON-PAYMENT OF RENTS AND RATES SINCE THE BUILDING REVERTED TO THE CROWN ON APRIL 13. THESE UNPAID RENTS AND RATES TOTAL $73,000 AND IN THE CASE OF THE BIGGEST OPERATOR THIS REPRESENTS A +BONUS+ OF MORE THAN $30,000.

3. MONETARY COMPENSATION FOR TEMPORARY LOSS OF PROFITS OVER THE PERIOD OF THEIR MOVE, AND FOR THE TIME IT TAKES TO RE-ESTABLISH THEIR BUSINESS IN NEW PREMISES.

4. PAYMENT OF THE COST OF STAMP DUTY ON NEW LEASES, AND OTHER CONNECTED EXPENSES.

5. PAYMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS FROM THE OLD SHOP AT TAI ON MANSION TO THE NEW SHOP.

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6. WHERE THE NEW SHOP PREMISES ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE, PAYMENT OF TRANSPORTATION OF GOODS TO A GODOWN, PLUS PAYMENT FOR THE TRANSPORTATION OF THE GOODS FROM THE GODOWN TO THE NEW PREMISES.

7. ADDITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR THE PRESENT VALUE OF SHOP FITTINGS IN TAI ON MANSION.

8. THE OFFER TO THE SHOPKEEPERS TO TAKE AWAY SUCH SHOP FITTINGS FOR USE IN THEIR NEW SHOPS, AS A BONUS.

9. THE RIGHT OF ANY AND ALL OF THE SHOPKEEPERS TO APPEAL TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR AN INDEPENDENT RULING ON THE AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED, AND AN UNDERTAKING THAT IF THE AMOUNT GRANTED BY THE TRIBUNAL IS HIGHER THAN THAT GIVEN BY THE GOVERNMENT, THE SHOPKEEPERS WILL BE PAID THE BALANCE. ON THE OTHER HAND, IF THE AMOUNT AWARDED BY THE TRIBUNAL IS LESS THAN WHAT THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED, THEY WILL NOT HAVE TO REPAY A CENT.

FINALLY, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +ON TOP OF ALL THIS WE HAVE ALSO OFFERED TO PROVIDE GOVERNMENT STAFF WHO ARE EXPERTS IN SUCH MATTERS TO HELP THE SHOPKEEPERS TO PREPARE THE DOCUMENTS FOR ANY APPEAL THEY MIGHT LIKE TO MAKE TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL, THUS SPARING THEM THE COST OF ARRANGING THIS THEMSELVES.+

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 1976

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TYPHOON SHELTERS

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TO THOUSANDS OF SMALL CRAFT OPERATING WITHIN THE WATERS OF HONG KONG, THE HOISTING OF THE TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNAL NO. 1 IS THE STARTING SIGNAL FOR A BOAT RACE — THE RACE TO SAFETY ____

EVEN THOUGH FOR MOST HONG KONG RESIDENTS THIS IS MERELY A PREPARATORY SIGNAL.

ON HEARING THE APPROACH OF A STORM, A GOOD PROPORTION OF VESSELS, INCLUDING FISHING JUNKS, MOTOR CARGO BOATS, LAUNCHES AND LIGHTERS, BEGIN TO FLOCK TO THE VARIOUS TYPHOON SHELTERS FOR REFUGE SIGNALS HIGHER THAN NO. 1 RESULT IN A FURTHER FLOW OF VESSELS UNTIL THE POINT IS REACHED (USUALLY LONG BEFORE A STORM AFFECTS US) WHEN NEARLY ALL THE SHELTERS ARE CRAMMED, LEAVING LITTLE ROOM FOR LATE-’ COMERS. AT THIS POINT APPROXIMATELY 20,000 VESSELS ARE BEING

OF THE 13 TYPHOON SHELTERS, TOTALLING SOME 550 ACRES, MANAGED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, THE YAU MA TEI AND THE CAUSEWAY BAY SHELTERS ARE THE TWO MOST POPULAR WITHIN THE HARBOUR AREA. THE OTHER SHELTERS ARE SITUATED AT TSING Yl, RAMBLER CHANNEL, KOWLOON NORTH CAMBER, KOWLOON SOUTH CAMBER, SAM KA TSUEN, ALDRICH BAY. KWUN TONG, ABERDEEN WEST, ABERDEEN SOUTH, SHUEN WAN AND YIM TIN TSAI — THE LAST FOUR ARE OUTSIDE THE HARBOUR.

THE SHELTERS ARE SEPARATELY MANAGED BY THE THREE MARINE LICENSING DISTRICTS — CENTRAL, NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN DISTRICTS — OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT’S SMALL CRAFT LICENSING SECTION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM THESE SHELTERS, THERE ARE 10 OTHER SHELTERED ANCHORAGES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG, PROVIDING SOME 261 ACRES EXTRA BERTHING SPACE FOR VESSELS IN NEED AND THIS WOULD INCLUDE PLEASURE CRAFT.

ONCE THE STANDBY SIGNAL NO. 1 IS HOISTED, STAFF MEMBERS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL BE ON HAND AT THE TYPHOON SHELTERS TO GUIDE THE MOVEMENTS AND BERTHING OF VESSELS SO AS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE PROPERLY SHELTERED AND ARE CAUSING NO OBSTRUCTION TO THE MAIN AND MINOR FAIRWAYS. THEY ARE ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR RESERVING CONVENIENT BERTHING SPACES FOR FERRIES WHICH USUALLY CARRY ON THEIR SERVICES UNTIL HIGHER TYPHOON SIGNALS ARE HOISTED.

THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED THAT THE MAINTENANCE OF A NUMBER OF FAIRWAYS IN EACH SHELTER IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE IN TIME OF EMERGENCY, FOR INSTANCE, DURING THE OUTBREAK OF A FIRE, ASSISTANCE RENDERED BY EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PERSONNEL WOULD DEPEND ENTIRELY ON THEIR ABILITY TO MANEOUVRE SWIFTLY IN THE SHELTERS.

OTHER TIMES WHEN MARINE DEPARTMENT PERSONNEL ARE REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN ORDER IN THE TYPHOON SHELTERS ARE DURING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS AND OTHER FESTIVAL TIMES WHEN VESSELS, ESPECIALLY FISHING JUNKS, RETURN TO HONG KONG FOR CELEBRATIONS.

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ON NORMAL DAYS, THE SHELTERS ARE PATROLLED BY MARINE LAUNCHES. VESSELS FOUND OBSTRUCTING THE FAIRWAYS ARE SERVED WITH NOTICES OF REMOVAL AND IF THEY ARE NOT COMPLIED WITH, NOTICES OF PROSECUTION FOR OBSTRUCTION OFFENCES WILL THEN BE SERVED TO CRAFT OWNERS CONCERNED.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT TYPHOON SHELTERS DO NOT ONLY PROVIDE SAFE ANCHORAGE FOR BOATS SEEKING REFUGE FROM STORMS, THEY ALSO OFFER HARBOURAGE FOR SOME 2,000 UNLICENSED DWELLING BOATS WHICH ARE BASED IN VARIOUS SHELTERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND ON WHICH PEOPLE LIVE AT ALL TIMES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT FOR THE PAST YEARS, THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAD SHOWN GREAT CONCERN AT THE CROWDED CONDITIONS IN EXISTING TYPHOON SHELTERS. +SUCH CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO A SERIOUS BREAKDOWN IN CONTROL AND POSE A THREAT IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY ESPECIALLY DURING A STORM.+

THE SHORTAGE OF SPACE IN TYPHOON SHELTERS IS MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY RECLAMATIONS, AND THE INCREASE IN SIZE OF CARGO LIGHTERS, FISHING VESSELS AND OTHER CRAFT REQUIRING SHELTER, THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED.

TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR MORE SHELTERS, THE PORT’S ADVISORY COMMITTEES RECOMMENDED THAT A NEW TYPHOON SHELTER BE BUILT IN THE SOUTH-WEST APPROACHES UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE PORT WORKS DIVISION OF THE P.W.D. TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS NEW SHELTER AT CHEUNG CHAU ARE EXPECTED TO BE INVITED NEXT MONTH AND WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR. +THE NEW SCHEME, COSTING SOME $23 MILLION, WILL PROVIDE SHELTERED AREA OF 115 ACRES, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH THE TYPHOON SHELTER REQUIREMENTS BEYOND 1976 AS ASSESSED IN THE DEPARTMENT’S 1974 TYPHOON SHELTER REVIEW,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE WORK WILL CONSIST OF CONSTRUCTING TWO BREAKWATERS, WITH A TOTAL LENGTH OF ABOUT 3,000 FEET. IT IS EXPECTED TO BE READY FOR USE BY 1979.

WO MORE SHELTERS ARE ALSO PLANNED AT TUEN MUN AND CHAI WAN. THE FIRST IS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TUEN MUN. WHEN COMPLETED IN 1980, IT WILL PROVIDE SOME 100 ACRES OF SHELTER FOR LOCAL LICENSED CRAFT. IN THE MEANTIME, A TEMPORARY TYPHOON SHELTER OF ABOUT 24 ACRES IS BEING BUILT TO MEET THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF BOATS IN THE VICINITY. THE SECOND SHELTER AT CHAI WAN WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER 28 ACRES OF SHELTER IN ABOUT FOUR YEARS’ TIME. THIS SHELTER HOWEVER IS DESIGNATED AS A PUBLIC CARGO WORKING BASIN.

THE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO CONSIDERING OTHER SITES AT PENG CHAU, SAI KUNG HOI, CHEK KENG AND SHA TAU KOK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MORE TYPHOON SHELTERS FOR FUTURE USE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE SITING OF A TYPHOON SHELTER IS INFLUENCED BY SEVERAL FACTORS, INCLUDING EASY ACCESS FOR CRAFT OPERATING IN THE AREA, WIND VELOCITY, WAVE ACTION, PROTECTION AGAINST STRONG WINDS BY EITHER NATURAL BARRIERS OR TALL BUILDINGS AND THE DEPTH OF WATER OF THE SITE CHOSEN. CONSIDERATION MUST ALSO BE GIVEN TO THE PROBLEM OF POLLUTION AND RECLAMATION PROGRAMMES WHICH ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE AREA.

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U.K. MAN LEAVES AFTER 12 YEARS’ ATTACHMENT TO C.A.D. ******

A MAN WHO HAS HAD THE AIRWORTHINESS OF LOCAL AIRCRAFT AT HEART FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS IS LEAVING HONG KONG NEXT MONTH ON RETIREMENT.

HE IS CYRIL WRAY, A PRINCIPAL SURVEYOR OF THE UNITED KINGDOM CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 11, 1964 AND IS THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE TWO-MAN C.A.A. OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

AMONGST VARIOUS OTHER DUTIES, THE OFFICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE AIRWORTHINESS OF THE 20 HONG KONG REGISTERED AIRCRAFT AND ALSO ACTS AS AN ADVISOR TO THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE CONCERNING THE AIRWORTHINESS OF ITS THREE HELICOPTERS AND TWO FIXED WING AIRCRAFT.

MR. WRAY, WHO IS WELL KNOWN IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY, DESCRIBES HIS JOB AS MOST INTERESTING AND REWARDING IN VIEW OF THE MANY FACETS INVOLVED AND DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE HE MEETS.

HIS JOB INVOLVED CONSIDERABLE TRAVELLING WHICH HAS TAKEN HIM MANY TIMES TO THE U.S.A. AND AS FAR AFIELD AS VENEZUELA BESIDES TRIPS TO LAOS, CAMBODIA, THAILAND AND INDONESIA.

ONE OF THE MORE INTERESTING ASPECTS OF MR. WRAY’S DUTIES HAS BEEN THE TECHNICAL INVESTIGATION OF ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS INVOLVING LARGE AND SMALL AIRCRAFT, HELICOPTERS AND A GYROCOPTER.

HE WAS PART OF THE TEAM INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THE CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS ACCIDENT OVER VIETNAM IN WHICH A BOMB EXPLODED IN THE AIRCRAFT KILLING 81 PEOPLE. HE WAS A PRINCIPAL WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION IN THE SUBSEQUENT TRIAL IN BANGKOK.

MR. WRAY HAS SPENT MORE THAN 43 YEARS IN THE AVIATION INDUSTRY AND HAD WORKED FOR A NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING FIRMS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM BEFORE JOINING THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY IN 1949.

HE HAD SERVED IN SEVERAL AREAS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND IN CALCUTTA, PAKISTAN, THE WEST INDIES, SOUTH AMERICA AND BURMA BEFORE COMING TO HONG KONG.

HE WILL BE REPLACED BY MR. ROY ROWDEN WHO HAS WORKED IN THE AIRWORTHINESS DIVISION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. MR. PETER CRONK WILL BE ARRIVING FROM LONDON SHORTLY TO TAKE OVER MR. ROWDEN’S PLACE.

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STANLEY RESIDENTS URGED TO MAKE USE OF REGISTRATION FACILITIES *****

A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS DEPARTMENT WILL CONDUCT REGISTRATIONS AT THE C.A.S. STANLEY HEADQUARTERS FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA ON THE FIRST TWO DAYS OF NEXT MONTH (WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY).

THE VISIT IS TO ENABLE PARENTS OR GUARDIANS TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN OR WARDS AT THE AGE OF 11 FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, AND HOLDERS OF JUVENILE CARDS REACHING 18 YEARS OF AGE TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS.

REGISTRATIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. DAILY.

ALL PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS AREA ARE REMINDED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR IDENTITY CARDS AND TO REPORT CHANGES OF EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS, OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS WHICH HAVE CHANGED SINCE REGISTERING FOR THEIR IDENTITY CARDS.

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REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES FOR 1977 H.K.C.E.E *****

REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CANDIDATES FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1977 WILL BE HELD SOMETIME IN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR.

ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES, PERSONS WHO HAVE OBTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN FIVE DIFFERENT SUBJECTS AT ONE OR MORE PREVIOUS CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS OR THOSE WHO HAVE OBTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN FOUR SUBJECTS AT A PREVIOUS CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION OR PERSONS WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 22 ON JANUARY 1, 1977 MAY ENTER AS PRIVATE CANDIDATES.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT GIVING DETAILS OF REGISTRATION WILL BE MADE IN LATE OCTOBER OR EARLY NOVEMBER.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1976

MORE TEACHERS USING AUDIO-VISUAL MEDIA *****

THE CONCEPT THAT LEARNING IS A TEACHER SCRIBBLING NOTES ON THE BLACKBOARD TO BE COPIED MECHANICALLY BY STUDENTS IS CERTAINLY OUTDATED.

WITH THE HELP OF THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, TEACHERS ARE MAKING LEARNING A MORE INTERESTING EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS.

THE HELP COMES IN THE FORM OF FILMS, SLIDES, PHOTOGRAPHS, CASSETTE TAPES, LEARNING PACKAGES AND OTHER A-V MEDIA WHICH ARE ON LOAN FREE OF CHARGE TO TEACHERS.

CURRENTLY, THE LIBRARY OF THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION HAS IN STOCK SOME 1,068 REELS OF 16 MM FILMS, 3,458 FILMSTRIPS, 218 SETS OF SLIDES, 576 RECORDED TAPES, 100 SETS OF PHOTOGRAPHS, 168 CARTRIDGES OF 8 MM LOOP FILMS, 1,028 OVERHEAD PROJECTOR TRANSPARENCIES AND SOME KITS AND LEARNING PACKAGES.

MRS MAY KWOK, SENIOR INSPECTOR IN CHARGE OF THE SECTION, POINTED OUT THAT MORE AND MORE TEACHERS WERE MAKING USE OF AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA.

+TAKE THE EXAMPLE OF 16 MM FILM WHICH IS THE MOST POPULAR ITEM, 6,978 BORROWINGS WERE MADE IN 1973-75,+ SHE SAID. +IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, THE FIGURE REACHED 10,262.+

MRS KWOK SAID THAT MOST OF THE MATERIALS WERE PURCHASED FROM OVERSEAS, BUT SOME WERE DONATED BY OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS SUCH AS THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, OR ON LOAN FROM TRADE COMMISSIONS, CONSULATES AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS.

THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION ALSO PRODUCES ITS OWN AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS. THESE ARE MAINLY PHOTOGRAPHS, SLIDES AND 8 MM FILM-LOOPS.

INFORMATION OF MATERIALS AVAILABLE Is COMMUNICATED TO SCHOOLS BY MEANS OF CATALOGUES, SUPPLEMENTS AND A PERIODICAL CALLED +A-V NEWS+, ALL OF WHICH ARE PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

THE +A-V NEWS+ IS ISSUED ON A REGULAR BASIS AND CONTAINS INFORMATION ON THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE LIBRARY AND OTHER NEWS ON TRENDS AND DEVELOPMENTS OF EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS.

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THE ACQUISITION OF AUDIO-VISUAL MATERIALS IS CONDUCTED IN CLOSE CO-OPERATION WITH OTHER SUBJECT SECTIONS OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CURRICULUM PROJECTS.

+SUBJECT SPECIALISTS ARE INVITED TO INSPECT THE CATALOGUES OF OVERSEAS SUPPLIERS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON PURCHASES,* MRS KWOK EXPLAINED. +THEY WILL AGAIN BE INVITED TO VIEW THE MATERIALS WHEN THEY ARE DELIVERED TO US AND DECIDE THE GRADE LEVEL FOR AND SUITABILITY OF EACH ITEM.*

THESE SUBJECT SPECIALISTS ALSO DRAFT THE NOTES FOR THE SECTION’S OWN CATALOGUES AND SUPPLEMENTS TO SERVE AS GUIDELINES TO PROSPECTIVE BORROWERS AS TO THE CONTENT OF A CERTAIN ITEM.

IN ADDITION TO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT ARE ALSO ON LOAN TO SCHOOLS FREE OF CHARGE AND THE SECTION CARRIES OUT ON-THE-SPOT EVALUATION FOR SCHOOLS IN THEIR PURCHASE OF SUCH EQUIPMENT.

SCHOOLS WHICH BORROW THE TEACHING MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT ARE REQUIRED TO FILL IN ORDER FORMS WHICH BIND THEM TO CERTAIN CONDITIONS TO ENSURE PROPER USE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE LOAN ITEMS.

TO PROMOTE THE AUDIO-VISUAL APPROACH IN TEACHING, THE SECTION CONDUCTS VARIOUS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS FOR IN-SERVICE TEACHERS AND TRAINING OFFICERS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS. IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, A TOTAL OF 36 SUCH COURSES AND WORKSHOPS WERE ORGANISED, ATTRACTING MORE THAN 1,800 PARTICIPANTS.

ORGANISED VISITS ARE ALSO REGULARLY HELD EACH YEAR TO FAMILIARISE STUDENT TEACHERS FROM THE THREE GOVERNMENT COLLEGES OF EDUCATION. THE HONG KONG TECHNICAL TEACHERS’ COLLEGE AND FROM THE TWO UNIVERSITIES WITH THE SERVICES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE SECTION.

MRS KWOK SAID THAT APART FROM ALL THESE FACILITIES, TEACHERS WERE ENCOURAGED TO PRODUCE THEIR RESOURCE MATERIALS TO MEET THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS IN THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES UNIT RUN BY THE VISUAL EDUCATION SECTION.

HOUSED IN THE FUK WAH STREET GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN CHEUNG SHA WAN, THE MPSU IS OPEN EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY (EXCEPT SATURDAY AFTERNOONS OR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS) AND PROVIDES A VARIETY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC, REPROGRAPHIC, GRAPHIC, MODEL-MAKING, MOUNTING AND TRANSPARENCY-MAKING EQUIPMENT.

TEACHERS ARE TAUGHT HOW TO MASTER THESE MEDIA PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT BY SELF-INSTRUCTIONAL LOOP FILMS OR WITH THE ADVICE OF THE INSPECTOR AND THE TECHNICAL ASSISTANT WHO ARE ON HAND TO ASSIST THEM.

+LAST YEAR, AN AVERAGE OF 1,100 TEACHERS MADE USE OF THE MPSU,+ MRS KWOK SAID. +WE ARE HOPING TO EXPAND THE SIZE OF THIS UNIT FROM TWO TO THREE CLASSROOMS THIS SEPTEMBER AND EVENTUALLY TO EXTEND THE OPENING HOURS TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR THE FACILITIES OF THE UNIT.*

THE ULTIMATE GOAL, SHE SAID, WAS TO HAVE A SIMILAR SET-UP ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

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FIRST PROPERTY TAX DEMAND NOTES ON NEW BASIS GO OUT TOMORROW ******

THE FIRST PROPERTY TAX DEMAND NOTES ISSUED ON THE BASIS OF THE ASSESSABLE VALUE OF THE PROPERTIES CONCERNED WILL GO OUT TOMORROW (TUESDAY) FOR PROPERTIES ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AP LEI CHAU AMD MIDDLE ISLAND.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT IN NOVEMEBER LAST YEAR LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED TO ASSESS PROPERTY TAX ON A NEW BASIS, THAT OF THE ASSESSABLE VALUE OF PROPERTY.

THIS NEW BASIS CAME INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 1 THIS YEAR SO THAT PROPERTY TAX FOR THE YEAR 1976/77 (APRIL 1, 1976 TO MARCH 31, 1977) WILL BE CHARGED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ASSESSABLE VALUE.

IN THE PAST THE VALUE OF ASSESSMENT HAS BEEN THE RATEABLE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY.

COMMENTING ON THE CHANGE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +EXISTING RATEABLE VALUES ARE BASED ON 1972 RENTAL LEVELS WHICH ARE NOW OUT OF DATE.

+ON THE OTHER HAND, ASSESSABLE VALUES ARE FIXED IN LINE WITH CURRENT MARKET RENTAL VALUES.

+THIS MEANS THAT BECAUSE OF THE GENERAL RISE IN RENTS SINCE 1972, MOST OWNERS WILL BE PAYING MORE PROPERTY TAX THIS YEAR THAN IN THE YEAR 1973/74 - 1975/76, AND IN SOME CASES CONSIDERABLY MORE.

+HOWEVER, PROPERTIES WHICH ARE WHOLLY LET AT CONTROLLED RENTS WILL BE ASSESSED ON RENTS RECEIVABLE.+

FOLLOWING THE ISSUE TOMORROW OF PROPERTY TAX DEMANDS FOR PROPERTIES SITUATED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AP LEI CHAU AND MIDDLE ISLAND, DEMANDS FOR KOWLOON AND NINE SPECIFIED AREAS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WILL GO OUT ON NOVEMBER 30, 1976, AND DEMANDS FOR NEW KOWLOON ON JANUARY 31, 1977.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT EXPLANATORY PAMPHLETS WERE BEING ISSUED WITH THE PROPERTY TAX NOTICES AND DEMANDS, AND PEOPLE RECEIVING THEM WERE ASKED TO STUDY ALL SUCH PAPERS VERY CAREFULLY SO THEY WOULD FULLY UNDERSTAND THE POSITION.

+FURTHER ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL INLAND REVENUE OFFICES IN HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES, AND AT ALL CITY DISTRICT OFF ICES,+ SAID THE SPOKESMAN.

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ONE LANE TRAFFIC IN RUMSEY STREET *******

PART OF THE ROADWAY IN RUMSEY STREET WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVEN DAYS FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 1) IN ORDER TO FACILITATE DEMOLITION WORKS AT MARINE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED, HOWEVER, THAT ONE LANE TRAFFIC WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.

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94 FAMILIES TOTALLING 389 PEOPLE FROM TAI ON MANSION AND 2O5-2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET ACCEPT REHOUSING ******

SIXTY-EIGHT FAMILIES TOTALLING 277 PEOPLE FROM TAI ON MANSION AND 26 FAMILIES TOTALLING 112 PEOPLE FROM NOS. 2O5-2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, THE TWO BUILDINGS IN SHAMSHUIPO WHICH MUST BE VACATED TO MAKE WAY FOR ESSENTIAL TUNNELLING WORKS ON THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, HAVE ALREADY ACCEPTED GOVERNMENT HOUSING.

HOWEVER MOST OF THEM HAVE NOT YET MOVED AND IN SOME CASES THEY ARE WAITING FOR DECORATION OF THEIR NEW FLATS TO BE COMPLETED.

ANNOUNCING THESE FIGURES TODAY, A GOVERNZENT SPOKESMAN SA IDs +THE RESPONSE FROM NEARLY ALL OWNER-OCCUPIERS AND DOMESTIC TENANTS IN TAI ON MANSION, AND THE RESPONSE OF THE DOMESTIC TENANTS IN 2O5-2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, IS VERY ENCOURAGING.

+MOST OF THE FAMILIES AFFECTED HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFERS BY THE GOVERNMENT IN THE RESPECTIVE CASES CONCERN I NG EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION FOR TENANTS AND MARKET-RATE COMPENSATION FOR OWNER-OCCUPIERS PLUS A DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT BESIDES THE 68 FAMILIES IN TAI ON MANSION WHO HAD ACCEPTED RE-HOUSING, SIX OTHER FAMILIES WERE MAKING LAST-MINUTE ARRANGEMENTS TO ACCEPT GOVERNMENT HOUSING AND IT WAS HOPED ARRANGEMENTS COULD BE MADE FOR ALL OTHER FAMILIES APART FROM THOSE WHO HAD GIVEN UP THEIR RIGHT TO GOVERNMENT HOUSING.

AT SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, ARRANGEMENTS HAD ALREADY BEEN MADE FOR ALL BUT TWO FAMILIES APART FROM THOSE WHO DID NOT WANT GOVERNMENT HOUSING.

DETAILS OF COMPENSATION AND EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION GIVEN TO BOTH GROUPS ARE AS FOLLOWS;

DOMESTIC TENANTS; EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION OF ABOUT $20 PER SQ. FT. FOR ALL LIVING ACCOMMODATION PLUS COMPENSATION AT A SLIGHTLY REDUCED FIGURE FOR KITCHENS, BALCONIES, PASSAGEWAYS, TOILETS, ETC. THIS COMPENSATION IS TO PAY FOR REMOVAL COSTS.

PAYMENTS OF 50 PER CENT OF THE AMOUNT IN ADVANCE, AFTER THE TENANTS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO LEAVE. PAYMENT OF THE REMAINING 50 PER CENT ON THEIR DEPARTURE.

OWNER-OCCUPIERS; PAYMENT FOR PREMISES AT $215 - $240 PER SQ. FT. PLUS A 'DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE’ OF ABOUT $20 PER SQ. FT. ON THE SAME LINES AS THE EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION GRANTED TO DOMESTIC TENANTS.

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IN ADDITION, OWNER-OCCUPIERS, WHERE ELIGIBLE, WERE OFFERED AND IN MOST CASES ACCEPTED GOVERNMENT REHOUSING.

FURTHER, ALL 39 OWNER-OCCUPIERS AT TAI ON MANSION RETAIN THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR A RULING ON THE VALUE OF THEIR PREMISES AND IF THE TRIBUNAL FIGURE IS HIGHER THAN THE AMOUNT PAID, THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE UP THE BALANCE.

THE ONLY EXCEPTION WILL BE THAT THE +DISTURBANCE ALLOWANCE+ OF ABOUT $20 PER SQ. FT. WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM ANY AMOUNT AWARDED BY THE TRIBUNAL ON THE GROUNDS OF DISTURBANCE.

THERE ARE NO OWNER-OCCUPIERS AT 205-205A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET. ALL 34 FAMILIES CONCERNED WERE DOMESTIC TENANTS.

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PLANS TO CONTROL NUMBER OF FISH BREEDERS

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PLANS ARE IN HAND TO INTRODUCE SOME FORM OF CONTROL TO REGULATE THE GROWING NUMBER OF MARINE FISH CULTURE OPERATORS IN HONG KONG WATERS.

ACCORDING TO MR. PHILIP CHEUNG, FISHERIES OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, A BILL TO THIS EFFECT HAS BEEN DRAFTED.

HE EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE BILL, KNOWN AS THE MARINE FISH CULTURE BILL, WOULD BE ACCEPTED.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE ABOUT 900 FISH BREEDERS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG.

THIS BUSINESS, MR. CHEUNG SAID, HAD A RELATIVELY SHORT HISTORY AND IT STARTED IN 1972 THROUGH A NUMBER OF CIRCUMSTANCES.

+ONE OF THEM WAS THAT FISHERMEN HAD BEEN ASKED BY THEIR CLIENTS, OPERATORS OF SEA-FOOD RESTAURANTS, TO KEEP THE FISH ALIVE AS THEY DID NOT HAVE THE NECESSARY FACILITIES TO DO SO,* HE ADDED.

+THE NEED TO CONTROL THIS KIND OF BUSINESS BECOMES EVIDENT AS THESE FISH BREEDERS ARE CAUSING CONGESTION IN A NUMBER OF PLACES, ESPECIALLY IN SOK KWU WAN ON LAMMA ISLAND AND SAI KUNG WHERE MOST MARINE FISH BREEDERS OPERATE,* MR. CHEUNG SAID.

THE BILL, IF PASSED, WILL MAKE IT MANDATORY FOR A MARINE FISH CULTURE OPERATOR TO APPLY FOR A LICENCE.

+IT IS OUR INTENTION TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN FISH CULTURE SITES WHERE THESE PEOPLE CAN CARRY ON WITH THEIR OPERATIONS,* HE ADDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1976

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SOIL EXPERTS FROM OVERSEAS TO HELP INVESTIGATE THE SAU MAU PING LANDSLIDE ...................................... 1

BURIAL GRANTS FOR FAMILIES OF LANDSLIDE VICTIMS ............. 3

HONG KONG SCHOOLS DANCE TEAM WILL ARRIVE HOME ON SATURDAY AFTER SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCES IN U.K................ 4

THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE WELCOMES VIEWS ON TAXATION MATTERS ................................... 5

ALL TENANTS MOVE OUT FROM A NATHAN ROAD BUILDING............. 6

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS AGAIN REMINDED OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS 6

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI WAI, SHA TIN ................ 7

WATER CUT IN TSUEN WAN AND NORTH POINT ...................... 7

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WORLD EXPERTS TO HELP INVESTIGATE THE SAU MAU PING LANDSLIDE * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT IS TO SET UP A PANEL OF WORLD EXPERTS TO WORK WITH THE P.W.D. CONSULTANT ENGINEERS INVESTIGATING THE SAU MAU PING LANDSLIDE.

THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. WILLIAM BELL, ANNOUNCED THIS EVENING THAT A LIST OF WORLD AUTHORITIES IN THE SPECIAL BRANCH OF SOIL MECHANICS INVOLVED IN THE PROBLEM HAD BEEN SENT TO THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE IN LONDON.

HE SAID THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE HAD BEEN ASKED TO APPROACH THE PRESIDENT OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS, SIR NORMAN ROWNTREE, TO GET THE INSTITUTION’S ENDORSEMENT OF THE PROPOSED PANEL, AND TO SEE IF THE INSTITUTION HAD ANY OTHER NAMES TO SUGGEST.

THE PROPOSED PANEL DREW ON EXPERTS IN A NUMBER OF OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AS WELL AS IN HONG KONG, SO AS TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST KNOWLEDGE AVAILABLE IN THE FIELD.

MR. BELL SAID THE EXPERTS WHOSE NAMES HAVE BEEN PASSED TO THE INSTITUTION WERE NOT ONLY TOP MEN IN THE VERY SPECIALISED BRANCH OF SOIL MECHANICS INVOLVED IN THE SAU MAU PING LANDSLIDE, BUT ALSO THE APPLICATION OF THIS KNOWLEDGE TO THE SPECIFIC GEOLOGICAL CONDITIONS OF HONG KONG AND THE LANDSLIDE AREA.

+THIS IS A DEVELOPING FIELD OF TECHNOLOGY IN WHICH THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR ADVANCES IN WORLD KNOWLEDGE IN RECENT YEARS,+ SAID MR. BELL.

+ INDEED MUCH NEW KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN THROWN UP BY BINNIES’ CONTINUING INVESTIGATIONS IN PHASE II OF THE LANDSLIP STUDY.

+THERE IS EVERY INDICATION FROM BINNIES’ PRELIMINARY FINDINGS ON LAST WEEK’S TRAGEDY THAT THE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT THEY ARE NOW PREPARING WILL SHED EVEN GREATER LIGHT ON THE CONDITIONS ARISING FROM THE UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF FACTORS WHICH APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE SAU MAU PING SLIDE.+

. MR. BELL SAID THAT THE CONSULTANTS WERE NOW BEGINNING A COMPREHENSIVE SERIES OF TESTS TO VERIFY THE INDICATIONS OF THEIR PRELIMINARY FINDINGS.

A DRILLING RIG HAD BEEN MOVED ON TO THE SITE TODAY TO TAKE DEEP-CORE SAMPLES FROM THE LANDSLIDE SLOPE.

THESE SOIL SAMPLES AND OTHERS TAKEN FROM THROUGHOUT THE SLOPE AREA WOULD BE SUBJECTED TO EXHAUSTIVE LABORATORY TESTS TO PROVIDE THE DATA FROM WHICH THE CONSULTANTS WOULD PREPARE THEIR FINAL REPORT.

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THIS REPORT WOULD BE CONSIDERED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF EXPERTS IN THE FIELD. IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE PANEL WOULD ALSO WORK WITH BINNIES AS NECESSARY IN STUDYING THE DATA THROWN UP IN THE COURSE OF THE PREPARATION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE LANDSLIDE.

MR. BELL POINTED OUT THAT ALTHOUGH THE CONSULTANTS’ INVESTIGATIONS WERE NATURALLY CENTRED ON THE LANDSLIDE SLOPE BEHIND BLOCKS 9 AND 15 OF SAU MAU PING ESTATE, THEY WERE ALSO CHECKING ON OTHER SLOPES IN THE AREA.

+IF ANY OF THESE SHOWS ANY SIGN OF DISTRESS, THEY WILL BE EQUIPPED WITH MONITORING DEVICES, AS IS THE CASE WITH SLOPES IN POPULATED AREAS IDENTIFIED UNDER PHASE ONE OF THE LANDSLIP STUDY AS WARRANTING FURTHER INVESTIGATION.+

+AND IN VIEW OF SOME OF THE QUITE UNDERSTANDABLE EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN VOICED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS IN THE WAKE OF THE SAU MAU PING TRAGEDY, I WOULD STRESS AGAIN THAT WE ARE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THOSE AREAS WHERE MONITORING HAS BEEN CONSIDERED NECESSARY.

+ALL SUCH AREAS HAVE BEEN FITTED WITH DEVICES TO GIVE US PLENTY OF WARNING OF ANY CHANGE IN THE CONDITION OF THE SLOPES.

+THESE MONITORING DEVICES ARE CHECKED REGULARLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, AND FREQUENTLY DURING THE WET SEASON. THE FREQUENCY OF THESE CHECKS IS INCREASED WHEN THERE IS ANY FORECAST OF TYPHOONS OR RAINSTORMS, AND DURING WEATHER CONDITIONS SUCH AS THOSE EXPERIENCED LAST WEEK, THEY ARE CHECKED CONTINUOUSLY.

+THE DEVICES ARE PLACED SO AS TO GIVE BOTH LONG-RANGE WARNINGS AND MORE IMMINENT WARNINGS OF ANY DANGER IN THE AREA. THEY GIVE PLENTY OF TIME FOR ANY NECESSARY ACTION TO BE TAKEN.+

MR. BELL SAID THE CONSULTANTS HAD COMPLETED SITE INVESTIGATIONS IN ALL THE AREAS RECOMMENDED FOR FURTHER STUDY, AND SOIL TESTING HAD ALSO BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED IN ALL AREAS.

COMPREHENSIVE REPORTS HAD ALREADY BEEN SUBMITTED ON THE DOZEN SITES CONSIDERED TO POSE THE GREATEST PROBLEM, AND THE REMEDIAL WORKS RECOMMENDED WERE EITHER UNDER WAY OR COMPLETE.

+WE-ARE DUE TO GET NINE MORE REPORTS IN NOVEMBER, ONE IN DECEMBER AND THE REMAINING SEVEN IN FEBRUARY,* HE SAID.

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BURIAL GRANTS FOR FAMILIES OF THOSE KILLED IN RECENT LANDSLIDES

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FAMILIES OF 14 PEOPLE WHO DIED IN THE LANDSLIDES LAST WEEK WILL BE PAID A TOTAL OF $15,400 AS BURIAL GRANTS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TOMORROW.

OF THESE, 13 ARE VICTIMS OF THE SAU MAU PING MUDSLIDE.

FAMILY MEMBERS OF A VICTIM OF THE CHA KWO LING LANDSLIDE HAD ALREADY BEEN PAID $1,100 LAST SATURDAY.

ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE RANGING FROM $120 TO $3,600 WILL ALSO BE PAID TOMORROW TO FIVE PERSONS WHO WERE INJURED IN THE LANDSLIDE.

+F INANCI AL GRANTS TO OTHER CASES ARE CURRENTLY BEING PROCESSED AND PAYMENTS WILL BE MADE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,* THE SPOKESMAN STRESSED.

LAST WEEK, THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THAT TENANTS OF BLOCKS NINE AND 15 OF THE SAU MAU PING ESTATE AND OTHER VICTIMS WHOSE HOMES WERE AFFECTED BY THE MUDSLIDE BROUGHT ON BY THE HEAVY RAINS ARE TO BE GIVEN GRANTS FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (ERF) BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO RE-ESTABLISH THEMSELVES.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT SAID GRANTS WOULD BE $1,500 PER HOUSEHOLD FOR REDECORATION PURPOSES AND $200 PER PERSON FOR REMOVAL AND RE-EQUIPMENT. FOR AN AVERAGE FAMILY OF FIVE, THE TOTAL GRANTS WOULD AMOUNT TO $2,500.

IN ADDITION, FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WILL BE GIVEN TO THE VICTIMS’ RELATIVES. PAYMENTS WILL RANGE FROM $4,700 TO $14,300 DEPENDING ON WHETHER THE VICTIM WAS THE SOLE WAGE EARNER.

FURTHERMORE, THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS NOW LOOKING INTO THE QUESTION OF PROVIDING EX-GRATIA ASSISTANCE FROM THE EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND OR OTHER SOURCES TO SHOPKEEPERS AND MODULAR STALL HOLDERS FOR LOSS OF STOCK.

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H.K. SCHOOLS DANCERS ATTRACT 10,000 SPECTATORS

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NEARLY TEN SCHOOLS CHINESE

THOUSAND PEOPLE SAW PERFORMANCES BY THE HONG KONG DANCE TEAM IN LONDON AND CAMBRIDGE LAST WEEKEND.

ON SATURDAY, THE TEAM DANCED BEFORE CAPACITY AUDIENCES AT LONBoJ? PERF0RMANCES " ™ COURT THEATRE IN

ALL k1hG^SPRARADE 'J'tHE'SM""

UNIVERSITY CITY OF CAMBRIDGE TO SEE A PERFORMANCE BY THE DANCERS ON THE LAWN IN FRONT OF KING’S COLLEGE.

TWO HOURS LATER THE TEAM WAS ON MID-SUMMER COMMON, THE VENUE OF THE CAMBRIDGE BANK HOLIDAY LEISURE FAIR WHERE 4,000 PEOPLE DESERTED THE MARQUEES AND A FUN FAIR TO WATCH A FURTHER PERFORMANCE INCLUDING THE DANCE OF THE SUN FLOWERS AND THE NORTHERN LION HUNTS WHICH HAVE CAPTIVATED AUDIENCES IN BRITAIN.

PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE ON KING’S COLLEGE LAWN. THE MAYOR OF CAMBRIDGE, COUNCILLOR ROBERT WRIGHT PRESENTED MRS. ELEANOR LEE THE TEAM’S MANAGER,WITH AN INSCRIBED PICTURE OF KING’S PARADE PAINTED IN 1887. THE ORIGINAL HANGS IN THE MAYOR’S PARLOUR.

A BANNER COMMEMORATING THE VISIT TO CAMBRIDGE WAS PRESENTED TO THE MAYOR BY MR. S.T.KIDD, THE HONG KONG COMMISSIONER IN LONDON AND THE TEAM’S BANNER WAS PRESENTED TO MR. J. WILKINSON. HEAD OF THE CITY’S RECREATION AND AMENITIES DEPARTMENT.

THE TEAM WILL TODAY (TUESDAY) STAGE TWO MORE PERFORMANCES AT THE MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN BIRMINGHAM AND ON BBC TELEVISION’S +M IDLANDS TODAY+ PROGRAMME BEFORE RETURNING TO HONG KONG ON FRIDAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS CHINESE DANCE TEAM WILL ARRIVE BACK IN HONG KONG ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) BY FLIGHT BA888, ETA 1930 HOURS.

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THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE WELCOMES VIEWS ON TAXATION MATTERS

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A SPOKESMAN FOR THE THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE SAID TODAY (TUESDAY), THAT THE COMMITTEE WAS STILL SITTING, AND AS SUCH IT WAS STILL ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHED TO WRITE TO IT EXPRESSING THEIR VIEWS ON TAXATION MATTERS.

THE COMMENTS, HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT, MUST BE RELATED TO MATTERS OF TAXATION AS SET OUT IN THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE, AND CAN COME FROM ANY INDIVIDUAL, OR PROFESSIONAL BODY, TRADE ASSOCIATION OR ANY OTHER INTERESTED ORGANISATION.

LETTERS SHOULD BE SENT TO THE SECRETARY, THE THIRD INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE REVIEW COMMITTEE, ROOM 118, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1ST FLOOR, EAST WING, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG. THE COMMITTEE’S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE s -

HAVING REGARD TO THE ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES OF HONG KONG WHICH DICTATE-

(A) A COMPARATIVELY LOW LEVEL OF DIRECT TAXATION,

(B) THAT THE SYSTEM AT GIVEN TAX RATES SHOULD BE AS PRODUCTIVE OF REVENUE AS POSSIBLE, AND

(C) THAT THE RELEVANT LEGISLATION SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND INEXPENSIVE TO ADMINISTER,

TO CONSIDER THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF TAXATION OF PROFITS AND OTHER FORMS OF INCOME CONTAINED IN THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE, AND IN PARTICULAR-

(A) THE SYSTEM OF VOLUNTARY AGGREGATION UNDER PERSONAL ASSESSMENT,

(B) THE TAXATION OF HUSBANDS AND WIVES,

(C) THE TREATMENT OF DIVIDENDS AND ITS RELATION TO THE TAXATION OF CORPORATE PROFITS,

(D) THE TREATMENT OF INTEREST AND THE RELIEF FOR INTEREST PAID,

(E) THE TERRITORIAL AMBIT OF THE VARIOUS CHARGES (HAVING REGARD, INTER ALIA, TO THE EFFECTS OF CHANGING COMMERCIAL PRACTICES AND RECENT CASE LAW),

(F) THE TAXATION OF BENEFITS IN KIND,

(G) THE NOTIONAL BASIS OF THE PROPERTY TAX CHARGE,

(H) THE TAXATION OF SPECIFIC CLASSES OF TAXPAYER, INCLUDING PROFITS FROM SHIPPING, AND

(I) THE ADEQUACY OF EXISTING RELIEF FOR EXPENSES INCURRED BY BUSINESSES AND EMPLOYEES.

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ALL TENANTS MOVE OUT WITHOUT INCIDENT FROM BUILDING IN NATHAN ROAD

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THE FINISHED AND 221E

LAST OF 23 TENANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES THIS MORNING MOVING OUT OF A FIVE-STOREY TENEMENT BUILDING AT 221D POSSESS IOHAjFHATHE°$JkJ ITE'’ AND ™E G0VEFiNHE',T LATER TOOK

INS MUST C0M£ D0WN To MAKE WAY FOR WORK ON THE MASS uniAiNSr!Ji5A,LWAY' AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION LATER W TH THFMfc?n5DTmwq°VERNMENT ,N FULL F0R ALL C0STS ASSOCIATED wiin I nt KhoUnrriON.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION WAS GIVEN TO BOTH DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL TENANTS OF THE BUILDING AT THE SAME RATES AS BEING GIVEN TO TENANTS OF TAI ON MANSION AND 2O5/2O5A SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SHAM SHU I PO, BOTH OF WHICH ALSO MUST COME DOWN FOR WORK ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY.

+COMMERCIAL TENANTS WERE GIVEN ABOUT $40 PER SQUARE FOOT AND DOMESTIC TENANTS ABOUT $20 PER SQUARE FOOT FOR BUSINESS AND LIVING ACCOMMODATION RESPECTIVELY, AND THE COMMERCIAL TENANTS RETAIN THE RIGHT TO APPLY FOR ADD TIONAL COMPENSATION AND, IF THEY SO WISH, TO APPEAL TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR AN INDEPENDENT RULING ON THEIR CASES?*

,M0ST 0F DOMESTIC TENANTS ELIGIBLE FOR GOVERNMENT HOUSING HAVE ALREADY MOVED INTO THEIR NEW HOMES BUT A FEW DOMESTIC TENANTS RENOUNCED THEIR RIGHTS TO RE-HOUSING AND USED THEIR EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION TO MOVE PRIVATELY INTO OTHER ACCOMMODATION.

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IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS AGAIN REMINDED OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS ******

IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS WERE AGAIN REMINDED TODAY (TUESDAY) OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO LODGE TRADE DECLARATIONS AND PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES WITHIN 14 DAYS OF IMPORTATION AND EXPORTATION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT SAID THAT UNDER THE IMPORT AND EXPORT (REGISTRATION) REGULATIONS, IMPORTERS AND EXPORTERS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY AD VALOREM CHARGES ON ALL IMPORTS AND EXPORTS OTHER THAN THOSE CATEGORIES OF GOODS EXEMPTED UNDER REGULATION 3.

TRADE DECLARATIONS SUBMITTED OUTSIDE THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD OF 14 DAYS WILL BE LIABLE TO PENALTY CHARGES WHICH RISE AFTER TWO MONTHS TO A MAXIMUM OF $100 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED DOES NOT EXCEED $20,000, AND TO A MAXIMUM OF $200 PER DECLARATION WHERE THE TOTAL VALUE OF ARTICLES SPECIFIED EXCEEDS $20,000.

THE SPOKESMAN WARNED THAT PROSECUTIONS WILL BE INITIATED AGAINST THOSE WHO, WITHOUT REASONABLE EXCUSE, FAIL TO LODGE THE NECESSARY TRADE DECLARATIONS.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI WAI * * * * *

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN TAI WAI, SHA TIN, FROM 6 A.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, SHING HO ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND- THE SECTION OF TSUEN NAM ROAD BETWEEN SHING HO ROAD AND TAI WAI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND- AND TAI WAI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

THE EXISTING PRIVATE CAR PARKING SPACES ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF TSUEN NAM ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE ABOVE ARRANGEMENTS ARE TEMPORARY BUT NECESSARY TO FACILITATE THE OPERATION OF SPECIAL BUS AND TRAIN INTERCHANGE CONNECTIONS IN TAI WAI PENDING THE COMPLETION OF THE REPAIR WORK ON THE RAILWAY BRIDGE.

A SPECIAL SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE WILL OPERATE BETWEEN TAI WAI AND SHA TIN CONNECTING WITH TRAIN DEPARTURES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. THE SERVICE WILL OPERATE FREE OF CHARGE FOR RAILWAY PASSENGERS POSSESSING A VALID TRAIN TICKET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS AND RAILWAY PASSENGERS.

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WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN TSUEN WAN WILL BE TURNED OFF FOR NINE HOURS FROM 9 P.M. TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO ENABLE THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CONNECT FRESH WATER PIPELINES IN THE AREA.

THE AFFECTED PREMISES WILL BE THOSE ON WANG WO TSAI STREET FROM YEUNG UK ROAD TO KWU HANG ROAD, KWU HANG ROAD FROM SHA TSUI ROAD TO YEUNG UK ROAD AND THE NORTH SIDE OF YEUNG UK ROAD FROM TEXACO ROAD TO KWU HANG ROAD.

ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 2), WATER SUPPLY TO A NUMBER OF PREMISES IN NORTH POINT WILL BE INTERRUPTED FOR FIVE HOURS FROM 1 A.M. TO ALLOW THE WATERWORKS OFFICE TO CARRY OUT A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

AFFECTED WILL BE PREMISES BOUNDED BY THE SOUTH SIDE OF KING’S ROAD FROM LAU SIN STREET, ELECTRIC ROAD TO BOAT STREET. INCLUDING OIL STREET, FOOK YUM ROAD, KING WAH ROAD AND WANG ON ROAD.

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