Daily Information Bulletin - 1970s - 1977 - AUG - ENG

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST i, 1977

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$5.6 MILLION MORE TO DEVELOP SPECIAL EDUCATION ........... 1

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CAS YUEN TUN CAMP ................ 2

SWIMMING PARTY FOR 1,000 KOWLOON CITY CHILDREN ........... 2

PRINCESS MARGARET RD FLYOVER TO BE CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE .............................................. 3

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MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 1977

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$5.6 MILLION BOOST FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION IN HONG KONG IS MOVING FURTHER AHEAD FOLLOWING APPROVAL BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF A NUMBER OF PROPOSALS BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

+FUNDS APPROVED BY FINANCE COMMITTEE PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR TEACHERS IN THIS SPECIAL FIELD AND FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF SPECIAL EDUCAT I ON,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

IT IS ESTIMATED THAT FOR A FULL FINANCIAL YEAR ABOUT $5.6 MILLION WILL BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT THE DECISIONS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: +IMPROVED MANNING SCALES AND SPECIAL ALLOWANCES FOR HEADS AND TEACHERS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO PROVIDE DEDICATED AND TRAINED TEACHERS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION CAREERS WITH FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES THAT THEY PREVIOUSLY DID NOT ENJOY.+

TEACHERS IN THE FIELD OF SPECIAL EDUCATION WILL RECEIVE AN ALLOWANCE EQUAL TO ONE INCREMENT OF THEIR SALARY SCALE WHILE IN TRAINING AND THEY WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL INCREMENT ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE COURSE.

+AS LONG AS THEY CONTINUE TO SERVE IN SPECIAL EDUCATION THEY WILL RECEIVE THIS ALLOWANCE EQUIVALENT TO TWO INCREMENTS OF THEIR SALARY SCALE (ABOUT TEN PER CENT CF THEIR SALARY). HEADS OF LARGER SPECIAL SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE AN ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCE WHICH RANGES FROM 3100 TO $900 A MONTH DEPENDING ON THE SIZE AND TYPE OF THE SCHOOL,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A SEPARATE PROMOTION STRUCTURE WILL BE PROVIDED FOR TEACHERS OF SPECIAL CLASSES IN ORDER TC RETAIN THEM IN THE FIELD OF SPECIAL EDUCATION. THIS WILL GIVE THEM PROMOTION OPPORTUNITIES COMPARABLE TO THOSE OF THEIR COLLEAGUES IN ORDINARY SCHOOLS.

CLASS SIZES FOR MULT I-HAND I CAPPED AND PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO PERMIT GREATER CARE FOR THESE PUPILS.

THE AVERAGE CLASS GRANT FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS AND SPECIAL CLASSES HAS BEEN RAISED FROM $1,303 TO 32,100 A YEAR.

+IN SPECIAL SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF, WHICH REQUIRE SUPPLEMENTARY SPEECH AND LANGUAGE TEACHING TO INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN, ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WILL BE PROVIDED TO ENABLE THE TRAINING 70 EE CARRIED OUT MORE EFFECTIVELY,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A SEPARATE CODE OF AID FOR SPECIAL SCHOOLS IS BEING FINALISED TO INCLUDE THE FEATURES DESCRIBED AND WILL BE ISSUED TC SCHOOLS BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT CAS CAMP *****

LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT THE CIVIL AID SERVICES YUEN TUN CAMP AT TSING LUNG TAU, NEW TERRITORIES ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 3 ).

DURING THE VISIT, LADY MACLEHOSE WILL SEE THE FACILITIES AND TRAINING OF SOME 250 CADETS AT THE 50-ACRE CAMPSITE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE VISIT WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE AND WILL DEPART FROM THE CAS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204 ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON, AT 9 A.M.

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+SWIM-IN+ FOR 1,000 KOWLOON CITY CHILDREN * * * *

ABOUT 1,300 YOUNGSTERS IN KOWLOON CITY WILL ENJOY _ . THE FUN OF SWIMMING IN KOWLOON CHAI SWIMMING POOL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) MORNING FROM 9.45 A.M. TO'NOON.

THE SWIM-IN IS ONE OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMMES, AND IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CITY DI STR I CT OFF ICE (KOWLOON CITY) AND THE KOWLOON CITY YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL.

APART FROM SWIMMING, THE CHILDREN WILL BE TREATED TO LIGHT REFRESHMENTS. A LUCKY DRAW WILL ALSO BE HELD. LIFE GUARDS WILL BE PRESENT TO LOOK AFTER THEM.

MR. TANG TAI-CHUEN, CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT YOUTH SERVICES COUNCIL, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE PRIZE-PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 11.30 A.M.

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YOU ARE CORDIALLY TO COVER THE EVENT.

INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER * * * *

THE PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD FLYOVER WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES FROM 1 A.M, TO 6 A.M., FROM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY (AUGUST 4 TO 6) TO ENABLE MAINTENANCE WORKS TO BE CARR FED OUT.

DURING THESE PERIODS, NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC FROM PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD TO WATERLOO ROAD MAY TURN LEFT INTO ARGYLc oTREET, MAKC A U-TURN IN FRONT OF THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY AND ENTER WATERLOO ROAD.

FOR SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC, MOTORISTS MAY DRIVE ALONG WATERLOO ROAD, CROSS ARGYLE STREET AND ENTER PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1977

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SIR MURRAY TOURS TAI PO...................................... j

JUNE BANKING STATISTICS ...............................

TAI CHI CLASSES EXTENDED TO NT ....................

EMERGENCY DRILLS REQUIRED FOE LAUNCH CREWS .................. £

SWD PROMOTES SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH‘S 7

LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT GIRL GUIDES CJMP 7

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SIR MURRAY SEES DEVELOPMENT IN TAI PO

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY SPENT THE WHOLE AFTERNOON IN TAI PO DISTRICT WATCHING A YOUNG LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP IN SESSION AND INSPECTING THE DEVELOPMENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

HE WAS GIVEN A FULL BRIEFING ON THE DISTRICT’S DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AND ALSO DISCUSSED SOME OF ITS ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS ITH LOCAL RURAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS.

ACCOMPANYING HIM THROUGHOUT THE VISIT WERE THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CLIVE OXLEY.

SIR MURRAY STARTED THE TOUR AT TUNG TSE WHERE 200 SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE UNDERGOING A THREE-DAY LEADERSHIP TRAINING CAMP ORGANISED BY THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING.

HE .vATCHED THE YOUNG STUDENTS ATTENDING TRAINING SESSIONS WHICH INCLUDED FOLK DANCING, OBSTACLE COURSE TRAINING, MAP DRAWING, USE OF COMPASS AND SCOUT KNOTS, AND LATER MET SENIOR OFFICIALS OF THE FRIENDS OF SCOUTING AT A TEA RECEPTION.

THE NEXT STOP WAS AT THE ROOFTOP OF A HIGH-RISE BUILDING WHICH COMMANDS A PANORAMIC VIEW OF TAI PO. THERE THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED ON THE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR THE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDED:

* THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE OF WHICH THE FIRST STAGE RECLAMATION WORK IS ALMOST COMPLETE, PROVIDING 24 HECTARES OF LAND ALONG THE SOUTHERN END OF TING KOK ROAD. THE SECOND STAGE RECLAMATION IS TO START LATER THIS YEAR TO PROVIDE A FURTHER 53 HECTARES OF LAND=

* RECLAMATION NOW UNDERWAY AT THE NORTH-WESTERN END OF TOLO HARBOUR, WHICH ..ILL PROVIDE SITES IN EARLY 1979 FOR A BALANCED +MIX+ OF PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING, AND A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES. THE ESTIMATED POPULATION UPON FULL DEVELOPMENT WILL EE ABOUT 50,000=

* A 512 MILLION ALL-SEASON FANLING SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX .■.HIGH WILL SERVE THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN TIME FOR NEXT YEAR’S SUMMER SWIMMING SEASON= AND

* A 0223 MILLION TRUNK ROAD WHICH WILL LINK SHA TIN AND TAI PO AND THEN GO NORTH TO JOIN YUEN LONG, FANLING AND SHEUNG SHU I. CONSTRUCTION .ORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN MID-1978 ON THE SECTION FROM YUEN CHAU TSAI TO NORTH TAI PO.

FOLLOWING A MEETING AT THE TAI PC RURAL COMMITTEE OFFICE, THE GOVERNOR ..EXT ON A BRIEF VISIT TO THE FORMER TANNERY AREA AND THE DODWELL’S RIDGE POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN FANLING.

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THE TOUR THEN TOOK THE GOVERNOR TO A CENTUR Eo-OLD VILLAG=.

- SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN - WHERE SIR MURRAY MET THE VILLAGE ELDcRS AT THE VILLAGE’S ANCESTRAL HALL, WHICH IS ONE Or THE LARGtST Ar.J BEST PRESERVED OF THE ANCESTRAL HALLS (CHI TONG) IN THc Nc* TERRITORIES.

SHEUNG SHU I TSUEN IS ONE GF THE OLDEST VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES, DAT I NG EACK TO YUAN DYNASTY KlZ6O-13b8). IT HAS THE LARGEST POPULATION (ABOUT 5,000) OF ANY SINGLt VlLLAGc.

SIR MURRAY ENDED THE TOUR WITH A VlolT TO THE FUNG *A' SCHOOL .HERE HE SAW STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN A NUMBER ^CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SIX DISTRICTS ARTS ADVANCEMENT

ASSOC I AT ION.

THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN A REGULAR VENUE FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES SPONSORED EY THE ASSOCIATION.

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BANKING STATISTICS FOR JUNE

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BANKING DEPOSITS AT THE END OF JUNE 1977 STOOD AT 347,825 MILLION, COMPRISING $11,275 MILLION (N DEMAND DEPOSITS, $18,207 MILLION IN TIME DEPOSITS AND $18,343 MILLION IN SAVINGS DEPOSITS.

THERE WERE 74 LICENSED BANKS IN HONG KONG AT THE END OF JUNE.

THE FOLLOWING TABLES RELEASED BY THE-COMM ISSI ONER OF BANKING TODAY GIVE A DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF BANK LIABILITIES AND ASSETS AND MONEY SUPPLY FOR THE MONTH

©MILLION

LIABILITIES

1. DEPOSITS

2. AMOUNT DUE TO BANKS ABROAD

3. OTHER LIABILITIES

47,825

32,286

9,080

TOTAL LIABILITIES 89,191

ASSETS

1. CASH 793

2. AMOUNT DUE FROM BANKS ABROAD »

(I) DEMAND AND SHORT TERM CLAIMS 25,840

(II) TIME DEPOSITS 4,250 30,090

3. LOANS AND ADVANCES s

( I) HONG KONG (II) ABROAD

33,096

16,313 49,409

4. INVESTMENTS s

I) HONG KONG I I) ABROAD

3,430

71

3,501

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5. OTHER ASSETS s

(I) HONG KONG

(II) ABROAD

4,069

1,329 5,398

TOTAL ASSETS 89,191

AVERAGE LIQUIDITY DURING MONTH

44.89%

MONEY SUPPLY

MONTH ENDED JUNE 30, 1977

^MILLION 1. LEGAL TENDER COINS AND NOTES IN CIRCULATION

(A)

(I) COMMERCIAL BANK ISSUES 5,140

(II) GOVERNMENT ISSUES 490 5,630

2. LICENSED BANKS’ HOLDINGS OF LEGAL TENDER

COINS AND NOTES (B) 793

3. LEGAL TENDER COINS AND NOTES IN HANDS OF

NON-BANK PUBLIC (A) - (B) = (C) 4,837

4. DEMAND DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS (D) 11,275

5. MONEY SUPPLY (DEFINITION 1) (C) + (D) - (E) 16,112

6. TIME DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS (F) 18,207

7. SAVINGS DEPOSITS WITH LICENSED BANKS (G) 18,343

8. MONEY SUPPLY (DEFINITION 2) (E) + (F) + (G)

= (H) 52,662

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 2,

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TAI CHI BROUGHT TO THE NEW TERRITORIES * * * H

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE .■■■ILL EE BRINGING THE ART OF TAI CHI TO THE NEW TERRITORIES AS ..'ELL AS TO THE MANY RUEL IC PLAYGROUNDS AND HOUSING ESTATES IN THE URBAN AREAS.

OF THE 333 ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THIS MONTH, ALMOST ONE THIRD ARE NEW PROGRAMMES, INCLUDING 32 TAI CHI CLASSES, MANY OF WHICH ARE OPEN TO THOSE WHO JOIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

THESE CLASSES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, TO EE HELD MOSTLY IN THE EARLY MORNING, WILL BE OPEN TO RESIDENTS IN YUEN LONG, HUNG SHU I KIU, KAM TIN, TUEN MUN, TAI LAM CHUNG, FAN LING, TAI PC, SHEUNG SHU I, AND TO DRUG ADDICT CONVALESCENTS ON SEK KWU CHAU.

TAI CHI LESSONS WILL ALSO BE GIVEN TO NEW-COMERS IN HEALTHY VILLAGE IN NORTH POINT, AT THE SHAUKIWAN FACTORY STREET PLAYGROUND, CAUSEWAY ROAD SPORTS CENTRE, ON THE ROOFTOPS OF LAI TAK TSUEN AND KWUN LUNG LAU, AT THE WONG CHUK HANG AND TIN WAN ESTATE RECREATION GROUNDS, BOUNDARY STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL, ANCHOR STREET PLAYGROUND, TAI KOK TSUI FERRY PIER AND THE PICNIC AREA AT ABERDEEN RESERVOIR.

NEW CLASSES IN TENNIS, TABLE TENNIS, BADMINTON, MINI-SOCCER TRAINING, FOLK DANCING, GYMNASTICS AND SWIMMING WILL ALSO EE HELD THIS MONTH.

AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, THERE WILL EE SPORTS OR RECREATION CAMPS FOR THE HANDICAPPED, THE JUNIOR POLICE CALL AND YOUTH AND FAMILY GROUPS, AND A +RECREATIONAL ART* CAMP.

THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE WILL ALSO EXPAND ITS ACTIVITIES IN DISTRICT EVENTS, BY ORGANISING NEW SPORTS AND GAMES FOR RESIDENTS IN WONG CHUK HANG, WAH FU, LAU FAU SHAN, CHEUNG CHAU, AND FOR YOUNG ISLANDERS ON PC TOI ISLAND, IN ADDITION TO SPORTS DAYS AT MUI WO, SOUTH LAMTAU AND PENG CHAU.

THOSE INTERESTED IN JOINING ARE WELCOME TO ENQUIRE AT THE HEADQUARTERS OR THE 17 DISTRICT OFFICES OF THE SERVICE.

A LEAFLET LISTING THE EVENTS LINED UP FOR EACH MONTH AND THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THESE OFFICES ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, NE.. TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES, AND OFFICES OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

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LAUNCH CREWS MUST BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES

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A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY REMINDED OWNERS, MASTERS AND CREW OF PASSENGER LAUNCHES AND FERRIES OF THE IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR TRAINING IN EMERGENCY PROCEDURES AND MUSTERS AND DRILLS.

♦OWNERS AND MASTERS ARE REMINDED OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE TAKEN FOR THE SAFETY OF THEIR PASSENGERS AND CREW IN AN EMERGENCY.

♦OWNERS ARE TO ENSURE THAT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ARE LAID DOwN AND THAT CREWS ARE ADEQUATELY TRAINED IN THEIR DUTIES,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT MUSTERS AND DRILLS SHOULD EE PRACTISED AT FREQUENT REGULAR INTERVALS AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER A MAJOR CHANGE OF CREW.

+THE MUSTER AND DRILL IS TO DE SO ARRANGED AS TO ENSURE THAT THE CREW THOROUGHLY UNDERSTAND AND ARE PRACTISED IN THE DUTIES THEY HAVE TO PERFORM,* HE SAID.

THEIR DUTIES INCLUDE INSTRUCTION IN THE MUSTER OF PASSENGERS, DONNING OF LIFE JACKETS, HANDLING AND OPERATION OF LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT AND FIRE FIGHTING APPLIANCES, CLOSING OF FUEL VALVES, FIRE DOORS AND SHUTTERS, VENTILATORS AND FANS.

COPIES OF LIFE JACKET DONNING INSTRUCTIONS, SUITABLY PROTECTED FROM DAMAGE, SHOULD BE POSTED CONSPICUOUSLY IN BOTH PASSENGER AND CREW SPACES.

+THE MASTER OF THE VESSEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRACTICE OF MUSTERS AND DRILLS AND IS TO ENSURE THAT EACH CREW MEMBER KNO'aS HIS ASSIGNED EMERGENCY DUTIES WELL.

+THE MASTER IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT ALL SAFETY EQUIPMENT KEPT ON BOARD IS MAINTAINED IN AN EFFICIENT CONDITION READY FOR IMMEDIATE USE,* HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A PRACTICE MUSTER AND DRILL BY THE COMPLETE CREW WOULD EE WITNESSED BY A SURVEYOR OR AN INSPECTOR OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AT THE FINAL SURVEY EEFORE A CERTIFICATE OF SURVEY IS ISSUED.

IN ADDITION, A MUSTER LIST, CONTAINING INFORMATION ON THE DUTIES ASSIGNED TO EACH MEMBER OF THE CREV. li\ THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY, SHOULD BE DRAWN UP AND DISPLAYED CONSPICUOUSLY IN THE NAVIGATING BRIDGE, CREW QUARTERS AND PASSENGER SPACES.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE SMALL NUMBER OF CREW MEMBERS, A MUSTER LIST MIGHT BE UNNECESSARY FOR SMALL OPEN VESSELS CPERATI NG- WITrI. CLASS I PLYING LIMITS, HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THESE SAFETY PRACTICES MUST ZE OBSERVED BY VESSELS LICENSED UNDER THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (LAUNCHES AND FERRY VESSELS) REGULATIONS PRESCEIEED BY PART XIII OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ORDINANCE. HE ALSO- POIXTcD OUT THAT HONG KONG REGISTERED VESSELS ARE SUBJECT TO THE"PROVISLONS OF THE MERCHAI. i SHIPPING (MUSTERS) RULES 19c=.

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SUMMER FUN FOR YOUTHS

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A PROGRAMME OF EEEN ORGANISED THIS ENABLE THEM TO MAKE

SUMMER FUN ..ITH EDUCATIONAL INTERESTS HAS MONTH FOR MONG KOK AND LAM TIN YOUTHS TC GOOD USE OF THEIR- SUMMER VACATION.

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE IM LAM TIN ESTATE WILL CONDUCT A TOUR OF HISTORICAL SITES IN THE NS;, TERRITORIES THIS SATURDAY (AUGUST 6) AND HOLD A SERIES CF LECTURES, VISITS AND STUDY CAMPS FROM AUGUST 10 TO AUGUST 27.

THE NEW TERRITORIES TOUR, INCLUDING VISITS TO TSANG’S HOUSE IN SHA TIN, A HISTORICAL CHINESE FACTORY, SHEUNG SHU I CLAN TEMPLE, KUT HING WALLED VILLAGE IN KAM TIN AND ANCIENT TOMBS IN TSUEN WAN, WILL GIVE 50 YOUTHS OF CVER 14 YEARS OLD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIDEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND TO HAVE A DAY OF FUN.

THE LECTURES, VISITS AMD STUDY CAMPS ARE AIMED AT PROMOTING THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CONCERN TOWARDS COMMUNITY AND STIMULATING THEM TO BECOME VOLUNTEERS. THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS, HOWEVER, IS LIMITED TO 40 STUDENTS CF FORM 3 LEVEL OR ABOVE.

FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 25 AND LIVING IN MONG KOK DISTRICT, CAMPING IN THE COUNTRY HAS EEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SWD’S MONG KOK COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AND THE ARMY.

THE THREE-DAY CAMP STARTS FROM AUGUST 11 AND WILL BE HELD AT SAN TIN. APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE MONG KOK COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE AT 33-40, SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, MONG KOK.

THE MAIN EMPHASIS OF THE CAMP PROGRAMME WILL BE PLACED ON PHYSICAL TRAINING MIXED WITH ENTERTAINMENT.

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LADY MACLEHOSE TO VISIT GIRL GUIDES CAMP

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LADY MACLEHOSE WILL VISIT THE GIRL GUIDES CAMP IN PING SHAN, NEa TERRITORIES, ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 4) MORNING IN HER CAPACITY AS PRESIDENT OF GIRL GUIDES IN HONG KONG.

ON ARRIVAL, LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BE TAKEN ON A TOUR OF THE CAMP WHERE SHE WILL VIEW AN EXHIBITION OF HANDICRAFTS AND OBSERVE SOME GIRL GUIDES MAKING MACRAME AND DOING FOLK DANCE.

THE TOUR WILL START AT 10 A.M. AND FINISH AT 11 A.M.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER LADY MACLEHOSE’S VISIT. PRESS TRANSPORT HAS BEEN ARRANGED AND WILL LEAVE AT 9.15 A.M. ON THURSDAY FROM THE GIRL GUIDES HEADQUARTERS, 8, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1977-

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TRAFFICKING, TRIADS AND CORRUPTION UNDER CONTROL IN PRISONS ............................................ 1

INSPECTOR APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE MAF CREDIT LTD .. 3

83 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE ............. 4

EMPLOYMENT IN CONSTRUCTION TRADE ROSE 7 PER CENT ... 5

RECREATION FUND AVAILABLE TO 140 ORGANISATIONS THIS YEAR .. 5

LADY MACLEHOSE SEES TRAINING OF CAS CADETS ......... 6

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1977

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PRISONS DEPARTMENT HAS TRAFFICKING, TRIADS AND * M M * *

CONTROLLED

CORRUPTION

THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY TACKLED THE THREE EVILS -- TRAFFICKING, TRIADS AND CORRUPTION.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE COMM ISSI ONER,■MR. TOM GARNER AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF LIONS CLUB OF BAYVIEW THIS AFTERNOON.

HE SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ENGAGING IN SUCH ACTIVITY WOULD ALWAYS BE PRESENT IN PENAL INSTITUTION, IT WAS THE INTENTION OF THE DEPARTMENT TO MAKE SURE THAT ANYONE DOING SO WOULD BE CAUGHT AND PUNISHED.

+TO THIS END,+ MR. GARNER STRESSED, +WE MAINTAIN CLOSE COOPERATION WITH THE POLICE AND THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION AGAINST CORRUPTION.+

♦COOPERATION IS OF COURSE TWO WAY AND, AS AN EXAMPLE, THE DEPARTMENT RECENTLY COMPLETED FOR ICAC A TWO-WEEK COURSE AT OUR STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE FOR THEIR STAFF WHO ARE ENGAGED ON CUSTODIAL WORK,+ HE ADDED.

EARLIER, MR. GARNER CLARIFIED SOME ASPECTS OF THE REORGANISATION WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS.

HE SAID: +TO SOME PEOPLE, REORGANISATION WOULD BE REFERRED TO AS REFORM- HOWEVER, I AM SUSPICIOUS OF THE WAY IN WHICH THE WORD REFORM HAS BEEN USED IN MANY COUNTRIES IN RECENT YEARS, FOR SOME ’SO CALLED REFORMS’ HAVE BEEN NOTHING MORE THAN CHANGE AMOUNTING TO THE BUYING OF PRISONER COOPERATION.

♦THIS, I ASSURE YOU IS NOT THE CASE IN THE REORGANISATION WHICH HAS TAKEN PLACE WITHIN THE PRISONS HERE. INDEED, FAR FROM IT, A PRISONER TODAY HAS A MUCH MORE ARDUOUS LIFE WITH FIRM DISCIPLINE AND IMPROVED SURVEILLANCE THAN WAS THE CASE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.+

MR. GARNER THEN BRIEFLY REFERRED TO WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS

♦A LITTLE OF WHAT HAD BEEN ACCOMPLISHED IN STANLEY PRISON+ NOTING THAT THERE WAS A WELCOME DROP IN THE POPULATION FROM 2,515 IN MAY LAST YEAR TO 1,964 TODAY.

♦THIS PRISON HOLDS THE MAJORITY OF THE MORE VIOLENT ANTIAUTHORITARIAN OFFENDERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE SERVING LONG SENTENCES, AND SOME OF WHOM WILL GO TO ANY LENGTHS IN ORDER TO ESCAPE, ENGAGE IN SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES OR IN GENERAL CREATE TROUBLE FOR THE STAFF AND OTHER PRISONERS,* HE SAID.

HOWEVER, MR. GARNER POINTED OUT THAT THE BUILDING OF AN ADDITIONAL BLOCK TO HOLD 80 PRISONERS HAD ENABLED EFFECTIVE SEGREGATION OF CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS TO BE ACHIEVED.

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THIS ACTS AS A DETERRENT TO THE MAJORITY OF THE PRISONERS WHO WANT NO PART OF THE PROGRAMME WHICH IS ENFORCED IN THIS BLOCK, INCLUDING THE VERY RIGID DISCIPLINE, THE VERY CLOSE SUPERVISION AND THE ENFORCEMENT OF A PRISON RULE.WHICH ALLOWS FOR A PRISONER TO WORK IN HIS CELL. _______________

+THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NOW SOME 20 EMPTY CELLS IN THIS 1L0CK IS A WELCOME SIGN ALTHOUGH WE KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT IT WILL NOT STAY THAT WAY FOR LONG,* HE SAID.

THE REDUCTION IN THE POPULATION OF STANLEY PRISON HAS ENABLED THE DEPARTMENT TO ACCOMMODATE MORE LONG-TERM PRISONERS, ONE PER CELL AS OPPOSED TO THREE PER CELL WHICH IS NORMALLY THE RULE WHEN SEVERE OVERCROWDING OCCURS. PRESENTLY, THERE ARE SOME 1,286 PRISONERS ACCOMMODATED ONE PER CELL AND 678 PRISONERS THREE PER CELL.

ON JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT WE HAD NOW ACHIEVED A POSITION WHEREBY ALL YOUNG OFFENDERS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WERE HOUSED IN SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION. THEY WERE ALSO EXPOSED TO PROGRAMMES ESPECIALLY GEARED TO THEIR NEEDS (THAT IS APART FROM SOME 10 YOUNG OFFENDERS WHO ARE PRESENTLY GRADED CATEGORY ’A’ AND WHO ARE HOUSED IN STANLEY PRISON FOR SECURITY REASONS).

+HOWEVER, IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, THEY TOO WILL BE TRANSFERRED ELSEWHERE,* MR. GARNER SAID. +THIS IS NO SMALL ACHIEVEMENT AND SOMETHING WHICH IS AS YET TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE U.K. AND IN MANY OTHER COUNTRIES.*

THE COMMISSIONER SAID THIS REFLECTED THE CONCERN OF THE AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THAT PRISONERS WERE ADEQUATELY ACCOMMODATED AND LOOKED AFTER.

+FOR LET US MAKE NO MISTAKE,* HE EMPHASISED, +PRISONERS ARE PEOPLE AND WE MUST AT ALL TIMES PRESERVE THE DIGNITY OF MAN AND FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES WHICH ARE CLEARLY LAID DOWN FOR OUR PROFESSION. THERE IS PLENTY OF ROOM FOR FIRM DISCIPLINE, CONTROL AND GOOD SUPERVISION, BUT ABSOLUTELY NONE FOR BRUTALITY OR INADEQUATE TREATMENT.*

MR. GARNER REVEALED THAT ON AUGUST 1, THE DEPARTMENT HAD EMBARKED ON A NEW SCHEME FOR A YOUNG ADULT DETENTION CENTRE WHICH WOULD CATER FOR THE 21 - 24 AGE GROUP. THIS PROGRAMME PROVIDES FOR A MINIMUM DETENTION PERIOD OF THREE MONTHS AND A MAXIMUM OF 12 MONTHS FOLLOWED BY A COMPULSORY PERIOD OF ONE YEAR’S AFTER-CARE. THIS IS IN CONTRAST TO THE PROGRAMME FOR THE UNDER 21 WHICH PROVIDES FOR A MINIMUM OF ONE MONTH TO A MAXIMUM OF SIX.

WITHOUT DOUBT, THE COMMISSIONER SAID, THE DETENTION CENTRE PROGRAMME WHICH HAS NOW BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR OVER FIVE YEARS WAS A SUCCESS.

REFERRING TO THE RECENT CREATION OF A POST FOR GENERAL MANAGER OF PRISON INDUSTRIES, THE COMMISSIONER SAID HE HOPED THIS VACANCY WOULD BE FILLED BY SEPTEMBER.

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ALTHOUGH TOO EARLY TO TALK IN CONCRETE TERMS OF RETURNS, MR. GARNER SAID THAT GIVEN SUFFICIENT SUPPORT IN.STAFF, EQUIPMENT AND WORKSHOP SPACE, THERE WAS LITTLE DOUBT THAT IN ABOUT THREE YEARS FROM NOW THE TOTAL TURNOVER IN FINANCIAL TERMS FROM PRISON INDUSTRIES WOULD DOUBLE BRINGING IT UP TO ABOUT $26 MILLION WITH A PROBABLE NET SAVING TO GOVERNMENT OF AROUND $14 MILLION A YEAR.

♦I HAVE LITTLE DOUBT THAT THIS CAN BE FURTHER EXPANDED SO THE TURNOVER COULD AMOUNT TO SOME $50 MILLION WITH OF COURSE MUCH GREATER SAVINGS TO GOVERNMENT.*

ON THE ROLE OF DRUG ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTRES, THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THEY CONTINUE TO CONSTITUTE THE LARGEST TREATMENT FACILITY IN HONG KONG WHICH HAS THE AIM OF TAKING PEOPLE PERMANENTLY OFF DRUGS.

♦I HAVE OFTEN SAID, AND I MAKE NO EXCUSE FOR REPEATING IT, THAT IN THIS AREA HONG KONG LEADS THE WORLD FOR ITS ENLIGHTENED APPROACH TO THE TREATMENT OF ADDICTS WHO HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.*

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MAF CREDIT INVESTIGATION * * * *

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HE HAS APPOINTED MR. MICHAEL J. JOHNSON, CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT, OF MESSRS. ARTHUR ANDERSEN AND COMPANY AS INSPECTOR TO INVESTIGATE THE AFFAIRS OF MAF CREDIT LIMITED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 143 (C) (III) OF THE COMPANIES’ ORDINANCE CAP. 32.

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OVER 80 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN .JUNE ******

A TOTAL OF 83 NEW BUILDING PLANS WERE APPROVED IN JUNE BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT — THE HIGHEST MONTHLY TOTAL THIS YEAR.

THIS BRINGS TO 378 THE NUMBER OF BUILDING PLANS APPROVED FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

OF THE 83 NEW PLANS APPROVED IN JUNE, 26 WERE FOR BUILDINGS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 26 FOR KOWLOON AND 31 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THEY INCLUDED PLANS FOR A SCHOOL FOR SLOW LEARNING CHILDREN AT SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, A HOSPITAL EXTENSION AT WATERLOO ROAD, AND A KINDERGARTEN AT WAH FU ESTATE.

PLANS FOR ANOTHER SCHOOL AT KWAI CHUNG, AN ELECTRICITY SUB-STATION AT THE JUNCTION OF ARGYLE AND SHAMCHUN STREETS, AND A 30-STOREY APARTMENT-COMMERCIAL BUILDING AT ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, WERE ALSO APPROVED.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS $202.25 MILLION, COMPARED WITH $123.3 MILLION FOR MAY THIS YEAR.

THE TOTAL USABLE FLOOR AREA OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING JUNE THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO 193,215.5 SQUARE METRES, COMPRISING 143,811.3 SQUARE METRES OF NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 49,404.2 SQUARE METRES OF DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

DURING THE MONTH, THE B.0.0. GAVE CONSENT FOR WORK TO START ON 60 NEW BUILDING PROJECTS, INCLUDING A CENTRE FOR MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AT POKFULAM ROAD, A SCHOOL AT SYCAMORE STREET, A HOME FOR THE AGED AT THE JUNCTION OF KUNG LOK ROAD AND HONG KEE ROAD AND A BUS DEPOT AT TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

+FORTY-SIX NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WERE CERTIFIED FOR OCCUPATION DURING THE MONTH, INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE AT TAI YIP STREET AND TWO SCHOOLS AT TAI PO MARKET AND KIU KIANG STREET.

THE BUILDING ORDINANCE OFFICE ALSO CONSENTED TO THE DEMOLITION OF 39 BUILDINGS.

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7 PER CENT INCREASE IN EMPLOYMENT AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN JUNE

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THE NUMBER OF MANUAL WORKERS ENGAGED AT BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES HAS RISEN TO 58,390 IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO A RECENT EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 3,860 WORKERS OR 7 PER CENT OVER MARCH. COMPARED WITH JUNE LAST YEAR, EMPLOYMENT IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION TRADE ROSE BY 15,630 WORKERS OR 37 PER

THERE WERE 1,120 BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SITES IN OPERATION IN JUNE 1977 AND 800 SITES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR ALONE ACCOUNTED MARCH31977 W0RKERS’ AN INCREASE of 740 WORKERS OR 2 PER CENT OVER

DURING THE PERIOD FROM MARCH TO JUNE, THE NUMBER OF WORKERS ENGAGED AT CONSTRUCTION SITES TENDERED BY THE PUBLIC WORKS AND HOUSING DEPARTMENTS WAS 18,380, AN INCREASE OF 13 PER CENT. EMPLOYMENT AT THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION SITES ALSO RECORDED AN INCREASE OF 17 PER CENT, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED AT MTR SITES TO 6,510.

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GRANTS APPROVED FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION *******

A TOTAL OF 140 APPLICATIONS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION THIS YEAR HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

' THE GRANTS, TOTALLING $429,000, WILL ENABLE THE ORGANISATIONS CONCERNED TO PROVIDE VARIOUS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR BOTH YOUNG AND OLD PEOPLE.

THE SIR DAVID TRENCH FUND FOR RECREATION WAS SET UP IN 1970 TO ENABLE FACILITIES TO BE PROVIDED FOR RECREATION, SPORT, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SPECIALLY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE SO THAT THEY MAY USE THEIR LEISURE TIME IN A MEANINGFUL WAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNCIL FOR RECREATION AND SPORT, WHICH ADMINISTERS THE FUND, SAID THAT APPLICATIONS FOR GRANTS FOR 1978/79 WOULD BE INVITED LATER THIS YEAR.

AN ANNOUNCEMENT WOULD BE MADE IN BOTH THE ENGLISH AND CHINESE NEWSPAPERS AROUND MID-DECEMBER, AND THE NECESSARY APPLICATION FORMS WOULD THEN BE AVAILABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE URBAN AREAS, AND FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS CAS CAMP ******

LADY MACLEHOSE THIS MORNING VISITED THE CIVIL AID SERVICES YUEN TUN CAMP AT TSI NG LUNG TAU IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND SAW SOME 250 C.A.S. CADETS TAKING PART IN VARIOUS CAMPING ACTIVITIES.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE C.A.S. CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, MR. JOHN FORTUNE AND THE COMMANDANT OF THE C.A.S. CADET CORPS, MR. NORMAN LEUNG, LADY MACLEHOSE FIRST VISITED A GROUP OF CADETS ENGAGED IN MAP-READING.

SHE WAS SHOWN A MODEL OF THE 50-ACRE CAMP SITE AND WAS BRIEFED BY MR. FORTUNE ON FACILITIES IN THE CAMP WHICH INCLUDE A SWIMMING POOL, A BASKETBALL COURT, A FISH POND AND A PUTTING FIELD.

SHE ALSO SAW SOME OF THE CADETS UNDERGOING A LIFE-SAVING COURSE IN THE SWIMMING POOL, AND VISITED THE OBSTACLE COURSE TRAINING AREA WHERE ANOTHER GROUP OF CADETS WAS LEARNING ROPE-CLIMBING.

DURING THE HOUR-LONG VISIT, LADY MACLEHOSE PAUSED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO TALK TO THE CADETS AND ENQUIRED ABOUT THE TRAINING FACILITIES IN THE CAMP.

THE CAMP WAS OPENED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE LAST APRIL. IT PROVIDES A CENTRE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND LAND-ORIENTED TRAINING FOR C.A.S. MEMBERS, CADETS AND OTHER YOUTH ORGANISATIONS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 1977

CONTENTS

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LANTAU DEVELOPMENT UNDER PLANNING .......................... 1 LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS GIRL GUIDES CAMP ..................... 2 179 GRADUATED FROM SOCIAL WORK TRAINING INSTITUTE .......... 3 PLB TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK ....................... 4 BETTER TELEPHONE SERVICE TO JOB HUNTERS ....................

TAI KOK TSUI RD CLOSED FOR REPAIR WORKS ....................

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 1977

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LANTAU COUNTRY PARK PLANNED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING STEPS TO GAZETTE THE MAJOR PART OF LANTAU ISLAND AS A COUNTRY PARK- TO PRESERVE RECREATIONAL RESOURCES ON THE SCENIC ISLAND.

THIS IS IN LINE WITH ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY A TEAM OF CONSULTANTS WHICH WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1973 TO LOOK INTO THE RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON LANTAU AND OTHER SUITABLE PLACES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. DAVID TSUI, TODAY TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG LIONS CLUB.

THE PROPOSED LANTAU COUNTRY PARK WOULD EXCLUDE THE DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN MUI WO, SOUTH LANTAU, TUNG CHUNG AND TAI 0, AS WELL AS POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN NORTH LANTAU.

+THE COUNTRY PARK AREAS ARE EXPECTED TO ACCOMMODATE A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVE AND PASSIVE RECREATION USES LIKE SWIMMING, HIKING, PICNICKING AND CAMPING,* HE SAID.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WOULD IN DUE COURSE PROVIDE THE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES REQUIRED FOR THE OPERATION OF A COUNTRY PARK, HE ADDED.

MR. TSUI SAID OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE CONSULTANTS INCLUDED:

* THE SETTING UP OF A COASTAL PROTECTION AREA WHERE DEVELOPMENT IS NOT ENCOURAGED IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. THE LAND BETWEEN SOUTH LANTAU ROAD AND THE SHORELINE FROM PUI 0 TO TONG FUK MIU WAN FALLS WITHIN THIS RECOMMENDED CATEGORY-

* THE SETTING UP OF CONSERVATION AREAS WHERE VARIOUS DEGREES OF ACTIVITIES AND DEVELOPMENT WOULD BE PERMITTED-

* THE PROVISION OF LAND ALONG SOUTH LANTAU ROAD FOR PRIVATE RECREATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THREE MINOR TWO-STOREY RESIDENTIAL LAYOUT PLANS IN SOUTH LANTAU ARE BEING PREPARED AND SOME LAND WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR DISPOSAL BY AUCTION AND EXCHANGES LATER THIS YEAR- AND

* THE CREATION OF AN URBAN DEVELOPMENT RESERVE AREA ON THE NORTHERN PART OF LANTAU.

MR. TSUI ALSO SPOKE ON THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR MUI WO AND TAI 0.

IN MUI WO, HE SAID, WORK, COSTING ABOUT $19.8 MILLION IS TO START SOON ON LAND FORMATION FOR A $9 MILLION FERRY CONCOURSECOMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL SITES NEAR THE PIER- RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 1,200 PEOPLE WHICH SHOULD EE READY BY 1979“ VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSING AND WORKSHOP AREAS IN MUI WO VALLEY- AND THE PROVISION OF ROADS AND FOOTPATHS FROM THE PIER TO THE VALLEY.

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IN TAI 0, MR. TSUI SAID WORK HAS ALREADY STARTED ON SITE FORMATION FOR RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING FOR 3,000 PEOPLE. THE COST FOR THE ENGINEERING WORK IS ABOUT $22.5 MILLION.

IN ADDITION, HE SAID, SITES WILL BE FORMED FOR PRIVATE VILLAGE-TYPE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND THERE WILL ALSO BE COMMUNITY FACILITIES LIKE MARKETS, COMMUNITY CENTRES, PLAYGROUNDS AND SCHOOLS.

MR. TSUI SAID ALL THESE REPRESENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANTAU ISLAND IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE.

+AS REGARDS THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT OF LANTAU, I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WOULD BE THE SUBJECT OF A REPORT TO BE COMMISSIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT,* HE ADDED.

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITS GIRL GUIDES CAMP

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LADY MACLEHOSE VISITED THE GIRL GUIDES CAMP IN PING SHAN, NEW TERRITORIES, THIS MORNING IN HER CAPACITY AS THE HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION.

SHE WAS GREETED ON HER ARRIVAL BY MRS. MARGUERITE GORDON, GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION COMMISSIONER, MRS. AKERS-JONES, CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW TERRITORIES LOCAL ASSOCIATION AND OTHER OFFICIALS OF THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION.

THE CAMPERS PRESENTED LADY MACLEHOSE WITH A POT OF FLOWERS IN A MACRAME SLING BEFORE SHE STARTED HER HOUR-LONG TOUR. SHE SAW SOME 20 CAMPERS LEARNING MACRAME AND OTHER HANDICRAFT, AND WATCHED A SPECIAL FOLK DANCE PERFORMANCE GIVEN BY THE BROWNIES OF THE 82ND NEW TERRITORIES PACK. LADY MACLEHOSE THEN WALKED ROUND THE CAMP TO GET A BETTER IDEA OF THE FACILITIES IT PROV IDED.

BEFORE SHE ENDED HER VISIT, LADY MACLEHOSE HAD A LONG CHAT WITH THE CAMPERS ABOUT THEIR DAILY ACTIVITIES

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INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING HOLDS LAST GRADUATION CEREMONY * * * *

THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING HAS PRODUCED 179 GRADUATES SINCE IT WAS ESTABLISHED NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO, THE DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. THOMAS LEE, SAID TODAY.

MR. LEE WAS SPEAKING AT THE THIRD AND LAST GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE INSTITUTE BEFORE ITS INTEGRATION WITH THE POLYTECHNIC NEXT MONTH. AT THE CEREMONY, 50 STUDENTS RECEIVED THEIR CERTIFICATES IN SOCIAL WORK AFTER COMPLETING THE TWO-YEAR COURSE.

THE DIRECTOR NOTED THAT THE INSTITUTE WAS SET UP TO PROVIDE GENERIC AND PRACTICAL TRAINING AT THE BASIC LEVEL FOR FRONT-LINE JOBS, AND IT HAD FULFILLED ITS FUNCTIONS 'MOST APPROPRIATELY’.

+YOUR GRADUATES WILL BE INVOLVED IN DAY-TO-DAY, FACE-TO-FACE CONTACT WITH CLIENTS- IT IS THEREFORE THEY WHO WILL HAVE THE MOST IMPACT ON THE PUBLIC AND IT IS ON THEIR PERFORMANCE THAT THE TRUE EFFECTIVENESS OF ALL WELFARE SERVICES WILL GREATLY DEPEND,* HE SAID.

WITH THE INTEGRATION OF THE INSTITUTE INTO THE POLYTECHNIC, MR. LEE CONTINUED, THIS ORIGINAL ROLE AND FUNCTION WOULD BE FURTHER STRENGTHENED AS STUDENTS WOULD BE TRAINED IN A BROADER EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT AND WITH GREATER CONTACT WITH, AND SUPPORT FROM, OTHER DISCIPLINES.

+THIS WOULD GIVE THE STUDENTS THE CHANCE TO ACQUIRE A BROADER PERSPECTIVE AND SO FIT HIM BETTER TO PLAY HIS PART AS A FRONT-LINE SOCIAL WORKER,* HE ADDED.

MR. LEE THEN ASSURED THAT BOTH HE AND HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT WOULD CONTINUE THE CLOSE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THEM AND THE NEW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK OF THE POLYTECHNIC.

+NOT JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INVOLVED, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF OUR CONCERN AND INTEREST IN THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL WELFARE MANPOWER IN MEETING SOCIAL SERVICE NEEDS,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN HIS INTRODUCTORY REMARKS, MR. L.B. MACQUARRIE, CHAIRMAN OF THE ACADEMIC BOARD OF THE INSTITUTE, SAID THAT THE CERTIFICATE IN SOCIAL WORK WHICH THE GRADUATES RECEIVED TODAY WOULD BE CONSIDERED ON THE SAME BASIS AS THE POLYTECHNIC DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK.

+AS FAR AS POLYTECHNIC IS CONCERNED, AND PARTICULARLY AS FAR AS THE NEW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK IS CONCERNED, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL WORK TRAINING GRADUATES WILL HAVE THE SAME STATUS, BENEFITS AND RELATIONSHIPS AS FUTURE POLYTECHNIC SOCIAL WORK GRADUATES.

/+WE HOPE ....

THURSDAY, AUGUST U, 1977

+WE HOPE THAT TODAY’S GRADUATING CLASS AND THE GRADUATING CLASSES OF 1975 AND 1976 WILL CONSIDER THEMSELVES AS HAVING THE SAME CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK AS THEY HAVE FELT WITH THE INSTITUTE,* MR. MACQUARRIE SAID.

FINALLY, HE ANNOUNCED THAT MR. THOMAS LEE, FIRST CHAIRMAN OF THE INSTITUTE ACADEMIC BOARD HAD BEEN APPOINTED AS THE FIRST CHAIRMAN OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE OF THE POLYTECHNIC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK.

MOST OF THE 50 GRADUATES ARE NOW IN FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT, SOME OF THEM WITH THE GOVERNMENT SECTOR AND SOME IN THE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, MAINLY CARITAS, BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUBS ASSOCIATION AND Y.W.C.A.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK

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A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS CONCERNING PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE INTRODUCED AS FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8) IN MONG KOK TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW ON CERTAIN SECTIONS OF SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SHANTUNG STREET AND SOY STREET.

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (THURSDAY), THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET WOULD EE EXTENDED BY ABOUT 18.3 METRES (60 FT) SOUTHWARDS.

A NEW PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND WILL BE DESIGNATED IN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN SHANTUNG STREET AND SOY STREET.

MEANWHILE, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM STOPPING TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT ON THE FOLLOWING SECTION OF ROADS:

* SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET BETWEEN ARGYLE STREET AND DUNDAS STREET, OTHER THAN AT THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND PROVIDcD IN THIS SECTION OF STREET-

* SHANTUNG STREET BETWEEN THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS CLEARWAY SIGN AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET- AND,

H SOY STREET BETWEEN NATHAN ROAD AND SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UD TO GUIDE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS DRIVERS.

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IMPROVED TELEPHONE FACILITIES FOR JOB HUNTERS *****

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS INSTALLED NEW TELEPHONES EQUIPPED WITH A NUMBER HUNTING DEVICE AT ALL ITS LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICES TO IMPROVE THE COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC.

EXPLAINING THE BENEFIT OF THE NEW SYSTEM, SENIOR LABOUR OFFICER, MR. CHAN WING-KIT, SAID: +THE DEVICE HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF AUTOMATICALLY FINDING THE NEXT OR A THIRD TELEPHONE NUMBER IF THE FIRST ONE IS ENGAGED.+

+ IN THIS WAY,* HE SAID, +IT WILL PROVIDE AN EFFICIENT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM BETWEEN ENQUIRERS AND THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE.+

THE NEW NUMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S EIGHT LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE OFFICES ARE: •

TEL.

* NEW RODNEY BLOCK, 99 QUEENSWAY, HK

5-270276 5-270515-6

5-270622

* CANTON RD GOVT OFFICES BLDG, 4TH FL, KLN 3-695525-8

* SHAM SHUI PO POST OFFICE BLDG, 1ST FL, UN CHAU ST, KLN

3-7OO293-5

* PARIS THEATRE BLDG, GRD FL, 7 KING FUK ST, 3-265121-4 SAN PO KONG, KLN

* KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICE BLDG, 3-424251-3 2ND FL, TUNG YAN ST, KWUN TONG, KLN

* CHARTERED BANK BLDG, 3RD FL, TSUEN WAN, NT 12-420154-6

* 52 PO HEUNG ST, GRD FL, TAI PO, NT 12-662822

* 31 TAK CHING COURT, GRD FL, TUEN MUN, NT 12-819300-2

+WITH THE INSTALLATION OF THESE NEW TELEPHONES,* MR. CHAN ADDED, + IT IS HOPED THAT EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE VACANCIES TO FILL MILL BE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE.*

MR. CHAN ALSO POINTED OUT THAT EMPLOYERS COULD SAVE BOTH THE EXPENSE OF ADVERTISING AND THE TROUBLE OF SORTING THROUGH A LARGE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TO FIND THE RIGHT CANDIDATES IF THEY MAKE USE OF THE LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICE FOR THEIR STAFF RECRUITMENT.

MR. CHAN URGED PEOPLE SEEKING EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE TO PERSONALLY REGISTER WITH THE SERVICE, GIVING RELEVANT PARTICULARS SUCH AS THEIR QUALIFICATIONS AND THE SALARY THEY EXPECT.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE SECTION OF THE NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI KOK TSUI ROAD BETWEEN POK MAN STREET AND FUK CHAK STREET HAS BEEN CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC SINCE AUGUST 1 TO FACILITATE EMERGENCY REPAIRS TO A BURST WATER MA IN.

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THIS TEMPORARY CLOSURE WILL LAST UNTIL AUGUST 9.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS HAVE BEEN SET UP TO GUIDE MOTOR1ST*

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 1977

CONTENTS

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FORGED SHIP OFFICERS CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY DISCOVERED ................................................. 1

HKCEE RESULTS AVAILABLE NEXT THURSDAY ...................... 2

PLAN TO REDEVELOP FAN LING, SHEK WU HUI AND SHEUNG SHUl . 3

FOUR LOTS OF LAND FOR SALE ................................. 4

VISITOR BOOM BRINGS LITTER PROBLEMS TO COUNTRYSIDE ......... 5

US EXPERT TO HELP COMPUTERISE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADDICTS .................................................... 6

VOLUNTEERS FOR PROBATIONERS TO ATTEND ORIENTATION COURSE 7

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FRAUDULENT SHIP OFFICERS CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY DISCOVERED

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS UNCOVERED 95 CASES OF FORGED CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY OF SENIOR SHIP OFFICERS SUPPOSEDLY TO HAVE BEEN ISSUED IN HONG KONG.

A MARINE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE LIBERIAN MARITIME AUTHORITIES IN NEW YORK HAD RECENTLY PROVIDED THE DEPARTMENT WITH COPIES OF DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED TO THEM BY APPLICANTS FOR LIBERIAN LICENCES FOR SEA SERVICE IN THE CAPACITY OF MASTER, FIRST AND SECOND OFFICER, AND CHIEF, SECOND AND THIRD ENGINEER.

IN EACH CASE THE APPLICATION WAS BASED UPON SUBMISSION OF PAPERS WHICH WERE CLAIMED TO BE PHOTOCOPIES OR ELECTROSTATIC COPIES OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ISSUED IN HONG KONG AND ELSEWHERE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE MERCHANT SHIPPING ACTS, HE SAID.

+ON EXAMINATION BY THE CREWS DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT IT HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED THAT ALL THESE SUPPOSED COPIES OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ARE IN FACT COPIES OF FORGERIES. NOT ONE OF THE DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY THE LIBERIAN MARITIME AUTHORITIES IN NEW YORK HAS BEEN FOUND TO BE A COPY OF A GENUINE CERTIFICATE.

+IN THE MOST RECENT BATCH OF PAPERS RECEIVED FROM NEW YORK 95 APPLICATIONS BY A THIRD PARTY ON BEHALF OF SEAMEN CLAIMING TO HOLD CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY AS MASTER, FIRST MATE, SECOND MATE AND FIRST AND SECOND ENGINEER BY EXAMINATION IN HONG KONG WERE ALL FOUND TO BE FRAUDULENT.

+OTHER SUPPOSED COPIES OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ISSUED ELSEWHERE IN THE COMMONWEALTH REFERRED TO THE MARINE DEPARTMENT BY THE LIBERIAN AUTHORITIES REPRESENT FRAUDULENT APPLICATIONS IN RESPECT OF 32 CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ISSUED IN ENGLAND, EIGHT IN CANADA, 11 IN AUSTRALIA, 11 IN NEW ZEALAND, THREE IN SINGAPORE AND ONE IN INDIA*, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE SAID THAT ALL THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE LIBERIAN AUTHORITIES IN NEW YORK HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THE COMMERCIAL CRIMES OFFICE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE WITH WHOM THE DEPARTMENT IS CO-OPERATING CLOSELY, IN PUTTING A STOP TO WHAT WAS SEEN TO BE A WIDESPREAD AND CAREFULLY ORGANIZED FRAUDULENT OPERATION.

HE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WAS AWARE TO WHOM THESE LIBERIAN CERTIFICATES, WHICH HAD SINCE BEEN INVALIDATED, WERE ISSUED, BUT ITS PRINCIPAL IMMEDIATE CONCERN WAS TO ADVISE THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY OF THE EXISTENCE OF OVER 170 SUPPOSEDLY QUALIFIED SHIPS OFFICERS IN HONG KONG WHO HAD OBTAINED THEIR LIBERIAN LICENCES BY MEANS OF DECEPTION.

+THESE MEN HAVE NOT BEEN FOUND BY ANY COMMONWEALTH EXAMINING AUTHORITY TO BE COMPETENT TC DISCHARGE THE DUTIES IN RESPECT OF WHICH THEY WERE ISSUED WITH LIBERIAN LICENCES.

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♦THEIR PRESENCE IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY ON ANY VESSEL PLACES IN THE GREATEST JEOPARDY THE LIVES OF THE REMAINDER OF THE CREW WHO MAY NOT BE AWARE UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE THAT THEIR OFFICERS ARE NOT IN FACT QUALIFIED OR HAVE INSUFFICIENT EXPERIENCE FOR THE POSITIONS THEY HOLD,* HE SAID,

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT INQUIRIES CONDUCTED BY THE POLICE AND BY THE DEPARTMENT INTO THIS SKILFULLY ORGANIZED OPERATION WOULD BE PROTRACTED BUT WOULD BE THOROUGH.

+EVENTUALLY IT IS HOPED TO BRING TO COURT ALL THOSE WHO ARE NOW IDENTIFIED AS HAVING MADE FRAUDULENT APPLICATIONS FOR LIBERIAN LICENCES TO SERVE AS SHIPS OFFICERS,* HE STRESSED.

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THE RESULTS OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1977 WILL BE ISSUED TO SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE CANDIDATES ON AUGUST 11 BARRING UNFORESEEN DIFFICULTIES, THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY.

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

THESE NOTICES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS ON THE MORNING OF AUGUST 11. 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 AUGUST 11. PRIVATE CANDIDATES, WHO, FOR ANY REASON, DO NOT RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS BY AUGUST 12 MAY THEN MAKE ENQUIRIES ON AUGUST 13 AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON OR BY TELEPHONE (NOS. 3-636738 OR 3-688602).

+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 THESE NOTICES ARE NOT RECEIVED BY AUGUST 12, CANDIDATES MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES THE NEXT DAY AT THE ADULT EDUCATION SECTION AT KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, 6TH FLOOR, KOWLOON OR BY TELEPHONE (NC. 3-384111 EXT. 280.)

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PUBLIC HOUSING FOR OLD TANNERIES SITE

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THE GOVERNMENT IS ABOUT TO EMBARK ON A PROGRAMME TO REHOUSE 5,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN SHEK WU HUI AND SHEUNG SHU I IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE MOVE IS PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO REDEVELOP THE FAN LING-SHEK WU HUI-SHEUNG SHU I AREA INTO A SELF CONTAINED MARKET TOWN OF 100,000 PEOPLE — ALMOST TREBLE THE PRESENT POPULATION.

THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. CLIVE OXLEY, SAID TODAY THE 5,000 PERSONS WOULD BE MOVED SO THAT WORK COULD START IMMEDIATELY ON MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE AREA.

THESE INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE FOR 30,000 PEOPLE AT SHEK W'U HUI - ON THE TANNERIES SITE CLEARED BY THE GOVERNMENT LAST YEAR - A TOWN HALL AND BUS TERMINAL AT SHEUNG SHU I AND A NEW ROAD FROM WONG KONG SHAN TO THE FAN LING ROUNDABOUT AND THEN ON TO SHEK WU HUI.

MR. OXLEY SAID THAT THE SITE FORMATION COSTS OF THE DEVELOPMENT PACKAGE WOULD RUN TO ABOUT 373 MILLION.

+IT IS PLANNED TO BUILD THE SHEK WU HUI HOUSING ESTATE IN TWO STAGES, THE FIRST BEGINNING EARLY NEXT YEAR,* HE SAID.

+SITE FORMATION WORK WILL ALSO BEGIN ON AN AREA OF 20.8 HECTARES WHICH WILL BE GIVEN OVER TO PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ALONG WITH SOME LIGHT INDUSTRY.

+ THE SHEUNG SHU I TOWN HALL IS STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGE, BUT IT IS ESTIMATED THAT IT WILL COST $4.2 MILLION.

*THE TOWN HALL WILL HAVE A HALL, STAGES, BASKETBALL GROUNDS, A CANTEEN, A CHILDREN’S NURSERY, A LIBRARY AND OTHER FACILITIES.

+T0 MAKE THESE PROJECTS POSSIBLE, WE WILL HAVE TO MOVE 5,000 PEOPLE FROM THE AREA BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT YEAR,* MR. OXLEY SAID.

+THEY WILL BE PROVIDED WITH HOMES IN A TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA AT FAN LING, THE FIRST STAGE OF WHICH IS DUE FOR COMPLETION AT THE END OF THE YEAR.*

HE SAID THAT THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE RESUMING ABOUT 16,132 SQUARE METRES (173,645 SQ. FT.) OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND AND ABOUT 568 SQUARE METRES (6,114 SQ. FT.) OF PRIVATE BUILDING LAND TO =RCVIDE SPACE FOR THE SECOND STAGE OF THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

A MONTH’S NOTICE OF GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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MR. OXLEY SAID THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD BE MAKING BOTH STATUTORY AND EX-GRATIA PAYMENTS AS COMPENSATION FOR THE RESUMED LAND.

+ALTHOUGH PUBLIC HOUSING IS AVAILABLE IN SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN NEW TOWNS, WE ANTICIPATE THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY THE RESUMPTION WILL WANT TO STAY IN THE DISTRICT, WHICH IS WHY WE ARE BUILDING THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA,* MR. OXLEY SAID.

+ONCE THE PUBLIC HOUSING IS AVAILABLE AT SHEK WU HUI, WE WILL DEVELOP THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA WITH COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND OPEN SPACE.*

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ANOTHER PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT SITE AT REPULSE BAY WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE P.W.D.’S LANDS AND SURVEY DEPARTMENT ON AUGUST 26.

THE SITE, LOCATED AT BELLEVIEW DRIVE, OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 4,700 SQUARE METRES.

THREE MORE LOTS OF CROWN LAND WILL ALSO BE OFFERED FOR SALE ON THE SAME DAY.

ONE, WITH AN AREA OF 1,330 SQUARE METRES AT STIRLING ROAD, MA TAU WAI, KOWLOON, IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT.

ANOTHER LOT, LOCATED AT KO SHAN ROAD, KOWLOON, HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 490 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES.

THE THIRD LOT, OCCUPYING AN AREA OF ABOUT 92 SQUARE METRES, IS AT YUK WAH CRESCENT, KOWLOON. IT IS FOR NON-1NDUSTRI AL USE.

AT THE SAME AUCTION, A FLAT SITUATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR, OF NO. 4 TAK CHEONG LANE, KOWLOON, WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE. IT HAS AN AREA OF 51 SQUARE METRES.

THE PROPERTY IS SUBJECT TO EXISTING TENANCIES AND INSPECTION OF THE PREMISES MAY BE MADE ON AUGUST 17 BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND NOON.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND SALE PLANS INSPECTED AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (*EST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG AND AT THE CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD, TENTH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

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VISITOR BOOM BRINGS LITTER PROBLEMS TO COUNTRYSIDE * * * *

THE AMOUNT OF LITTER BROUGHT BY AN INCREASING NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE COUNTRYSIDE HAS RISEN BY MORE THAN 200 PER CENT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AN AVERAGE OF 141,294 LARGE BASKETS OF RUBBISH LEFT BEHIND BY PICNICKERS EVERY MONTH WERE COLLECTED FROM COUNTRYSIDE RECREATIONAL AREAS IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR.

THIS REPRESENTS ABOUT 1,413 TONNES (1,390 TONS) OF LITTER FOR THE WHOLE OF THE YEAR — AN INCREASE OF 216.5 PER CENT OVER 1975-76.

+THIS IS ONE OF OUR MAJOR MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS — THE PHYSICAL REMOVAL OF LITTER SCATTERED OVER NEARLY 260 SQUARE KILOMETRES (100 SQ. MILES) OF COUNTRYSIDE,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT SAID.

+ THE NEED FOR AN ONGOING EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO PERSUADE PEOPLE TO TAKE THEIR LITTER HOME WITH THEM OR, AT LEAST, TO PUT IT IN THE BIN, IS UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, SELF-EVIDENT. IT IS FOR THIS REASON ALSO THAT OUR COUNTRY PARK LITTER BINS ARE SO DISTINCTIVELY AND CONSPICUOUSLY COLOURED — SO THAT THEY CANNOT BE ’OVERSIGHTED’ ALTHOUGH THEY ARE ALL TOO OFTEN IGNORED.*

THE NUMBER OF VISITORS GOING TO THE RURAL AREAS ALSO INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY. AT THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S 16 COUNTRYSIDE RECREATION AREAS WHERE DAILY RECORDS ARE KEPT, THE TOTAL COUNT REACHED OVER 2,356,000 DURING THE YEAR, COMPARED WITH 1,858,900 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE MOST POPULAR PICNIC SPOT WAS AT BRIDE’S POOL IN TAI PO, WHERE THERE IS A GOOD CIRCULAR ROAD SYSTEM AND ROADSIDE PARKING SPACE. THE NUMBER OF VISITORS INCREASED BY 56 PER CENT TO OVER ONE MILLION.

SAI KUNG PENINSULA CONTINUED TO INCREASE IN POPULARITY WITH PICNICKERS AND HIKERS, AND THE DAILY RECORDS KEPT DURING THE LAST HALF OF THE YEAR SHOWED A TOTAL OF SOME 435,600 VISITORS.

THE OTHER MANAGED AREAS IN ORDER OF POPULARITY ARE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK, TAI LAM CHUNG (INCLUDING PAT HEUNG), WONG NE I CHUNG AND TAI TAM, KAM SHAN COUNTRY PARK, SHEK PIK, ABERDEEN RESERVOIR, NAM SHAN ON LANTAU ISLAND, CHI MA WAN, TAI PO KAU, LEAD MINE PASS, CHUEN LUNG, CHEUNG SHEUNG, LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK, LAM TEI AND THE ROUTE TWISK AREA.

THERE WERE 216 PICNIC PLACES SET UP AT THE END OF MARCH BY THE DEPARTMENT AT MOST OF THESE AREAS, WITH TABLES AND BENCHES AND BARBECUE PITS AND OTHER FACILITIES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF VISITORS.

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US EXPERT TO HELP COMPUTERISE CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADDICTS * * * *

A COMPUTER EXPERT FROM NEW YORK ARRIVED IN HONG KONG TODAY (FRIDAY) TO HELP IMPLEMENT A PLAN TO COMPUTERISE THE GOVERNMENT’S CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ADDICTS.

THE EXPERT, MR. BENT WERBELL, HAD VISITED HONG KONG IN APRIL LAST YEAR FOR A THREE-AND-A-HALF MONTHS CONSULTANCY, DURING WHICH HE PRODUCED A PLAN TO STREAMLINE AND COMPUTERISE THE REGISTRY IN THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT.

THE PLAN, WHICH IS AIMED AT MONITORING THE TRENDS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF DRUG ABUSE IN HONG KONG AND ASSESSING THE IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-NARCOTICS EFFORTS, WAS FULLY ENDORSED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) IN AUGUST LAST YEAR.

SHORTLY AFTERWARDS, THE NARCOTICS DIVISION BEGAN COLLECTING REPORTS ON INDIVIDUAL DRUG ADDICTS, IN ANTICIPATION OF A SECOND VISIT BY MR. WERBELL TO HELP IMPLEMENT THE NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM THIS YEAR.

AS IN LAST YEAR, MR. WERBELL’S CURRENT VISIT IS SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA) OF THE U.S.A.

HE WILL STAY IN HONG KONG FOR THREE MONTHS AND WORK WITH STAFF MEMBERS OF BOTH THE NARCOTICS DIVISION AND THE DATA PROCESSING DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, AND THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. TO PRODUCE A BLUE-PRINT FOR THE COMPUTERISATION REQUIREMENTS OF THE REGISTRY.

THE TESTING OF THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WILL BE CONDUCTED BETWEEN NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND MARCH NEXT YEAR AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE FIRST PRINT-OUT WILL BE AVAILABLE ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR. IT WILL THEN BE ABLE FOR THE REGISTRY TO OBTAIN PRINT-OUTS AT REGULAR INTERVALS IN FUTURE.

SINCE SEPTEMBER LAST YEAR, THE NARCOTICS DIVISION HAS COLLECTED MORE THAN 26,000 REPORTS ON DRUG ADDICTS. THE MAIN REPORTING SOURCES ARE THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT, POLICE, MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND THE SOCIETY FOR THE AID AND REHABILITATION OF DRUG ADDICTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, HOWEVER, STRESSED THAT THESE REPORTS WOULD ONLY BE USED COLLECTIVELY TO MONITOR THE DRUG PROBLEM AND GOVERNMENT’S ANTI-DRUG EFFORTS. PERSONAL PARTICULARS WOULD BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

VOLUNTEERS FOR PROBATIONERS ORIENTATION COURSE

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ANOTHER 40 PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENROLLED AS VOLUNTEERS FOR PROBATIONERS WILL ATTEND AN ORIENTATION COURSE STARTING TOMORROW (AUGUST 6).

THE COURSE WILL START WITH A TEA RECEPTION TO BE HELD AT 2.30 P.M. AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE TO INTRODUCE THE SCHEME TO THE VOLUNTEERS IN MORE DETAIL AND TO LET THEM HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET EACH OTHER.

THE 'VOLUNTEERS SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS’ , WHICH WAS INAUGURATED IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, IS ONE OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES ORGANISED FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT S PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION. IT IS A COMPLEMENTARY SERVICE RENDERED BY SELECTED VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE PERSONAL AND MORAL SUPPORT THROUGH FRIENDSHIP TO PROBATIONERS.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE RECEPTION AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE AT Ol KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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INDUSTRIALISTS URGED TO SUPPORT PART-TIME COURSES ......... 1

MORE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP PROBATIONERS ....................

'TODAY AND YESTERDAY IN TSUEN WAN’ EXHIBITION ............. 3

AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE CONTRACT TO BE SIGNED .................. 4

SIR MURRAY TO TOUR MTR CONSTRUCTION SITES ................. 4

COUNTRY PARKS POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION POPULAR ........... 5

CAREER TRAINING DURING SUMMER VACATION .................... 6

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE CONTINUES IN KOWLOON CITY ............... 7

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

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INDUSTRIALISTS URGED TO SPONSOR STAFF FOR PART-TIME DAY RELEASE COURSES * * * * *

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), MR. DANIEL WATERS THIS EVENING CALLED ON MORE CONTRACTORS IN THE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SECTORS TO CONSIDER SPONSORING STUDENTS ON THE CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIANS’ PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE COURSE AT THE MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE GRADUATION DINNER MARKING THE FOURTH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THIS COURSE WHICH FIRST STARTED AT THE INSTITUTE IN 1970.

+THE COURSE HAS BEEN WELL SPOKEN OF BY THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL,* MR. WATERS SAID. +THIS IS PRAISE INDEED.*

DESCRIBING THE COURSE AS +A SUCCESS.* THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THAT BOTH THE CONTRACTORS AND THE STUDENTS FELT THAT THE COURSE SERVED A USEFUL PURPOSE.

BUT MR. WATERS WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT SO FAR THERE HAD BEEN ONLY ONE CLASS. HE HOPED THAT MORE EMPLOYERS WOULD SEND THEIR STAFF TO ATTEND THE COURSE.

♦STUDENTS ARE SPONSORED BY THEIR EMPLOYERS AND THEY ATTEND THE COURSE FOR ONE FULL DAY AND FOR TWO EVENINGS A WEEK.

♦WHILE ATTENDING THE COURSE DURING THE DAY, THEY ARE ON FULL PAY. ON THE OTHER HAND, WHAT THE STUDENT LEARNS ON THE COURSE WILL FAR OUTWEIGH THE ACTUAL COURSE FEES OR THE VALUE OF THE TIME SPENT,+ MR. WATERS POINTED OUT.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SAID HE WAS NOT JUST TALKING ONLY TO CONTRACTORS AND THE BUILDING INDUSTRY.

HE SAID: +1 AM TALKING TO ALL EMPLOYERS IN ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES. I WOULD URGE THEM TO SPONSOR STUDENTS, AT BOTH CRAFT AND TECHNICIAN LEVELS.

♦WE NOW HAVE AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF PART-TIME DAY-RELEASE CLASSES IN TECHNICAL INSTITUTES. THEIR BIG ADVANTAGE IS THAT THEY LINK THE RELATED TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE WITH ON-THE-JOB TRAINING EXPERIENCE. ONE CANNOT BE DIVORCED FROM THE OTHER. THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT.+

HE CONGRATULATED THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG FOR SHOWING CONSIDERABLE INITIATIVE AND FORESIGHT.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE TO BE OPENED LATER THIS MONTH WAS A VERY COMMENDABLE ACHIEVEMENT AND ONE WHICH OTHER INDUSTRIES COULD DO WELL TO CONSIDER, MR. WATERS SAID.

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MORE ENROLLED AS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PROBATIONERS *****

ANOTHER 40 VOLUNTEERS WHO HAVE ENROLLED TO HELP PROBATIONERS ARE NOW ATTENDING AN ORIENTATION COURSE ORGANISED FOR THEM BY THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THIS COURSE FOLLOWS TWO SUCCESSFUL ONES HELD LAST DECEMBER AND APRIL WHEN 25 AND 30 VOLUNTEERS ENROLLED RESPECTIVELY.

THE ’VOLUNTEERS SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS’, ONE OF THE REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES ORGANISED FOR YOUNG OFFENDERS, IS A SERVICE RENDERED BY SELECTED VOLUNTEERS TO PROVIDE PERSONAL AND MORAL SUPPORT THROUGH FRIENDSHIP TO PROBATIONERS.

THE 40 VOLUNTEERS, ALL AGED BETWEEN 17 AND 26, COME FROM A CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY AND COMPRISE TEACHERS, STUDENTS, OFFICE CLERKS AND FACTORY WORKERS.

A BRIEF OPENING CEREMONY FOR THE ORIENTATION COURSE WAS HELD THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON AT THE LADY TRENCH TRAINING CENTRE TO INTRODUCE THE SCHEME TO THE VOLUNTEERS IN MORE DETAIL AND TO LET THEM HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET EACH OTHER.

AT THE CEREMONY, MR. MAK WING-HONG, HEAD OF THE PROBATION AND CORRECTIONS DIVISION SAID: +AFTER THE INITIAL INTRODUCTION, TRAINING SESSIONS WILL BE ARRANGED FOR THE VOLUNTEERS. TALKS, GROUP DISCUSSIONS AND OBSERVATION VISITS ARE THE MAJOR SUBJECTS IN THE TRAINING PROGRAMME.

+VOLUNTEERS WILL BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE WORK OF THE PROBATION SERVICE, THE SPECIAL PROBLEMS OF DRUGADDICTS, TRIAD OFFENDERS ON PROBATION AND PROBLEM GIRLS ON PROBATION, AND THEIR ROLE AND FUNCTION AS VOLUNTEERS IN THE SCHEME.+

WHEN THEY HAD BEEN EQUIPPED BY THE TRAINING, THEY WOULD BE ’MATCHED’ WITH THE PROBATIONERS AND START HELPING TO REFORM THEM, HE ADDED.

COMMENTING ON THE MAJOR ADVANTAGE OF THE ’VOLUNTEERS SCHEME FOR PROBATIONERS’, MR. MAK SAID, +A YOUNG OFFENDER MAY FEEL MORE AT EASE WITH A VOLUNTEER WHO IS NOT ASSIGNED BY THE AUTHORITY TO KEEP AN EYE ON HIM. HE OFTEN REGARDS THE VOLUNTEER AS A FRIEND AND CONFIDES HIS DEEPEST SECRETS TO HIM.+

HE FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THE SCHEME WOULD BE IMPORTANT TOWARDS REHABILITATING THE YOUNG OFFENDERS, AS A VOLUNTEER COULD ALWAYS INTRODUCE A PROBATIONER TO A NEW CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AND HELP HIM BREAK AWAY FROM HIS FORMER BAD ASSOCIATES.

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TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN EXHIBITION

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AN EXHIBITION SHOWING THE DEVELOPMENTS WHICH ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN WILL BE OPENED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8).

THE EXHIBITION, ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, WILL MARK THE OPENING OF A PUBLIC EXHIBITION AREA IN THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK.

ENTITLED +TODAY AND YESTERDAY IN TSUEN WAN*, THE EXHIBITION WILL HIGHLIGHT THE GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMMES AND THE PROVISION OF COMMUNITY AND RECREATION FACILITIES IN THE NEW TOWN.

IT WILL HAVE MODELS, PLANS, DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE MANY SCHEMES BEING UNDERTAKEN IN THE TOWN.

THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED BY THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, MR. JAMES HAYES, AND MRS. JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

MR. HAYES SAID TODAY THE EXHIBITION WOULD BE AN EXTENSION OF THE TOWN SQUARES EXHIBITION STAGED BY HIS OFFICE IN JUNE.

+WE HAD ABOUT 7,000 LOCAL PEOPLE COME TO THE LAST EXHIBITION AND WE HOPE THAT A LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE WILL BE INTERESTED IN THIS NEW EXHIBITION,* HE SAID.

+WE WERE ASKED BY MR. DEACON CHIU, PROPRIETOR OF THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK, TO PUT ON THIS EXHIBITION IN A HALL HE IS SETTING ASIDE FOR DESERVING BODIES WHO WISH TO DISPLAY MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.

+WE WERE DELIGHTED TO ACCEPT THE INVITATION.*

CENTREPIECE OF THE EXHIBITION WILL BE THE PLANS DRAWN UP BY ARCHITECTURAL STUDENTS FROM THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY FOR FIVE OF TSUEN WAN’S TOWN SQUARES — TA I PEI SQUARE, Yl PEI SQUARE, SAM PEI SQUARE, HAU TEI SQUARE AND LO TAK COURT.

ALSO ON DISPLAY WILL BE DESIGN SKETCHES FOR TSUEN WAN’S PLANNED TOWN HALL, ITS INDOOR GAMES HALL AND THE KWAI CHUNG SPORTS GROUND.

THE EXHIBITION WILL RUN FOR TWO WEEKS AND WILL BE OPEN BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 11 P.M. DAILY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE +TODAY AND YESTERDAY IN TSUEN WAN* EXHIBITION AT THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8) AT 5 P.M. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN (AM 3213) WILL LEAVE FROM BEHIND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE AT 4.15 P.M. TO TAKE PRESS REPRESENTATIVES TO AND BACK FROM LAI CHI KOK.

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CONTRACT FOR AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE

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WORK WILL BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH ON THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE WHICH WILL LINK THE FISHING VILLAGE OF AP LEI CHAU WITH ABERDEEN.

CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WILL BE FORMALLY SIGNED AT THE P.W.D. HEADQUARTERS AT 2.30 P.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8).

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE AND/OR PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE SIGNING CEREMONY WHICH WILL BE HELD IN THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD.

MR. T. S. NG, CHIEF ENGINEER, HIGHWAYS/CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW AFTER THE SIGNING CEREMONY.

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SIR MURRAY TO VISIT MTR WORK SITES * * *

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, WILL VISIT A NUMBER OF CONSTRUCTION SITES OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ON MONDAY (AUGUST 8) AFTERNOON.

SIR MURRAY WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS, MR. JOHN WALDEN AND THE M.T.R. CORPORATION CHAIRMAN, MR. N.S. THOMPSON.

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT TO SHEK KIP MEI AND LOK FU STATIONS. THOSE COVERING THE VISIT ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE M.T.R.C. PROJECT OFFICE, QUEENSWAY, AT 3.15 P.M. TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AND WILL RETURN TO THE OFFICE AT 5.30 P.M.

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GOOD RESPONSE TO POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION

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NINETY-FIVE ENTRIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED SO FAR IN THE COUNTRY PARKS POSTER DESIGN COMPETITION JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY SAID: +OF THE ENTRIES, 87 ARE FOR THE JUNIOR SECTION FOR ALL STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 15- AND EIGHT FOR THE OPEN SECTION FOR EVERYONE UNDER THE

AGE OF 25.+

THE COMPETITION AIMS TO PROMOTE AWARENESS OF THE COUNTRY CODE AND THE NEED FOR CONSERVATION AND PROPER USE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE, HE ADDED.

THERE WILL BE FIVE PRIZES IN EACH SECTION — A FIRST PRIZE OF $500, A SECOND PRIZE OF $200 AND THREE THIRD PRIZES OF $100 EACH.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES IS AUGUST 15, 1977.

CONDITIONS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE OBTAINABLE FROM ALL CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, ALL NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT OFFICES OR DIRECT FROM THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY, CARE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

POSTERS FOR ENTRY SHOULD EMPHASISE ONE OR MORE OF THE SIX POINTS IN THE COUNTRY CODE AND SHOULD INCORPORATE THE WORDING OF THE CODE IN ENGLISH OR CHINESE:

* DO NOT DESTROY BY FIRE OR VANDALISM,

* DO NOT SPOIL WITH LITTER AND DIRT,

* DO NOT POLLUTE WATER CATCHMENT AREAS, WATER COURSES AND RESERVOIRS,

* DO NOT DESTROY VEGETATION AND WILDLIFE,

* DO NOT DAMAGE CROPS- RESPECT FARMERS’ PROPERTY, AND

* RESPECT THE COUNTRYSIDE.

MANY OF THE POSTERS TO BE ENTERED FOR THE COMPETITION WILL BE PUT ON DISPLAY LATER.

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SUMMER EXPERIENCE CAN BE A LIFE TIME CAREER ******

EDWIN TAM, A FORM V STUDENT OF THE KOWLOON TECHNICAL SCHOOL KNOWS WHAT HE WILL DO FOR A CAREER WHEN HE LEAVES SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.

FOR EDWIN, WHO IS ONE OF MORE THAN 100 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THIS YEAR’S SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS, IS NOW A LABORATORY ASSISTANT AT THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL.

+1 AM THINKING OF TAKING UP PATHOLOGY AS MY CAREER,+ 18-YEAR-OLD EDWIN SAID BEAMING WITH CONFIDENCE.

+HOSPITAL WORK IS INTERESTING AS WELL AS CHALLENGING AND THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO LEARN,+ HE ADDED.

+UNDER THE GUIDANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE REGULAR STAFF, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PICK UP NEW KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTISE ON THE THEORIES I HAVE LEARNED IN SCHOOL.

+1 HAD WANTED TO DEVOTE ONE MONTH OF MY VACATION TO THE SUMMER JOB. I HAVE NOW ASKED TO STAY ONE MORE MONTH TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE JOB,+ HE SAID.

HE HOPED THAT MORE STUDENTS COULD JOIN THE SUMMER WORK SCHEME AND URGED THAT MORE EMPLOYERS SHOULD GIVE STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY OUT THEIR ABILITIES AND INTERESTS AT A JOB DURING THE LONG SCHOOL RECESS.

MISS ROSE LAU, SECRETARY OF THE ASSOCIATION, EXPLAINED THAT THE SCHEME NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR PROVIDES FORM V AND FORM THREE STUDENTS OF PRE-VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS AN OPPORTUNITY TO +GET THE FEEL OF WORK+ SO AS TO ADJUST BETTER IN THEIR EVENTUAL TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO WORK IN SOCIETY.

+IT ALSO HELPS THE STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR OWN POTENTIALS AND INTERESTS AND THUS GAIN MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE WHEN CHOOSING A LIFE CAREER,+ SHE ADDED.

MISS LAU, WHO IS ALSO THE CAREERS OFFICER OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, POINTED OUT THAT WORK EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE STILL AT SCHOOL WAS SOMETHING COMPARATIVELY NEW IN HONG KONG AND WAS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM ORDINARY SCHOOL VISITS TO PUBLIC OFFICES AND FACTORIES WHERE THE STUDENTS OBSERVE OTHER PEOPLE AT WORK.

THE SCHEME INSTEAD GIVES THE YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE TO ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT AT A PARTICULAR JOB FOR A SHORT PERICD, SHE SAID.

MORE THAN 333 SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE SCHEME SINCE IT WAS If- _E 'ENTED IN 1974 AND SOME 73 FIRMS AND ORGANISATIONS HAVE CO T-.IBUTED TO IT BY PROVIDING aORK OPPORTUNITIES. THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ALLOCATED PLACES HAS INCREASED FROM 58 IN THE FIRST YEAR TO 136 THIS SUMMER.

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AS THERE HAS BEEN GOOD RESPONSE FROM BOTH THE STUDENTS AND THE SPONSORS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WOULD BE LOOKING INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPANDING THE SCHEME NEXT YEAR, MISS LAU INDICATED.

EACH YEAR, CIRCULARS AND INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHEME ARE PASSED TO THE 245 MEMBER SCHOOLS OF THE ASSOCIATION OF CAREERS MASTERS FOR DISSEMINATION TO THE STUDENTS.

AFTER INTERVIEW BY A SELECTION PANEL, USUALLY HELD BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE VACATION, THE STUDENTS ARE ASSIGNED TO THE VARIOUS FIRMS AND ESTABLISHMENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME, MISS LAU EXPLAINED.

THE ALLOCATIONS ARE MADE ACCORDING TO THEIR INTERESTS AND ABILITIES AND THEY WILL SPEND A PERIOD FROM SEVERAL WEEKS TO TWO MONTHS AT THE NEW WORK ENVIRONMENT, SHE SAID.

SHE ADDED THAT BESIDES PROMOTING THE SUMMER WORK EXPERIENCE SCHEME, THE CAREERS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH HONG KONG LAND CO., LTD. AND JOHN SWIRE AND SONS (H.K.) LTD. ALSO ARRANGES CAREERS GUIDANCE SEMINARS FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE SUMMER.

SINCE 1974 A TOTAL OF 400 SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THESE SEMINARS. CAREERS TALKS ARE ALSO ARRANGED AT FREQUENT INTERVALS FOR SENIOR STUDENTS OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO ACQUAINT THEM WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM AFTER FINISHING SCHOOL, SHE SAID.

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ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION SERVICE FOR KOWLOON CITY AND WANG TAU HOM *****

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS OF KOWLOON CITY AND WANG TAU HOM NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY (AUGUST 8 AND 9).

THIS WILL BE THE FOURTH DISTRICT ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN KOWLOON.

DURING THE TWO-DAY OPERATION, THREE TEMPORARY DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING CENTRES WILL BE SET UP AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

* JUNCTION OF FUK CHEUNG STREET AND FU NING STREET (AT SIDE OF CHRISTIAN ALLIANCE COLLEGE)"

* JUNCTION OF HAU WONG ROAD AND CARPENTER ROAD (AT SIDE OF LI KEE MEMORIAL DISPENSARY)"

* JUNCTION ROAD AT SIDE OF LOK FU BUS TERMINUS

(NEAR HONG NIN BANK).

THESE CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. DAILY. DOG OWNERS LIVING IN THESE DISTRICTS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR PETS IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIES.

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FIRING PRACTICE

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MONDAY'(AUGUST*!)'FOR“f I VETM?S^LACE " C4STLE PE4K R4NGE F«OM

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE :

DATE HOURS

AUGUST 8 (MONDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11 P.M.

AUGUST 9 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M.

AUGUST 10 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 11 p.M.

AUGUST 11 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 11 p.M.

AUGUST 12 (FRIDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EXPORTS ROSE 6.6 PER CENT IN FIRST HALF OF YEAR ............ 1

COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS WILL FEATURE HK ORCHIDS ............... 5

NEW SAFER EXPLOSIVES POPULAR WITH DEVELOPERS ............... 7

530,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN UK ........................ 9

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 1977

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HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JAN-JUNE 1977

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY RELEASED DETAILED TRADE FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR. THE VALUE OF HONG KONG’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS ROSE BY 6.6 PER CENT IN JANUARY TO JUNE THIS YEAR OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR. IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS BOTH INCREASED BY 13.7 PER CENT AND 3.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

THE FOLLOWING SHOWS HONG KONG DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TEN MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS!

JAN-JUNE 1976 JAN-JUNE 1977 PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ MN.) (HK$ MN.)

U.S.A. 4,912 6,033 +22.8%

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,885 1,636 -13.2%

UNITED KINGDOM 1,626 1,357 -16.6%

AUSTRALIA 676 587 -13.2%

JAPAN 609 589 -3.2%

CANADA 641 536 -16.4%

SINGAPORE 357 394 +10.2%

NETHERLANDS 334 355 +6.3%

FRANCE 157 214 +36.4%

ITALY 146 185 +27.0%

THE INCREASE IN EXPORTS TO U.S.A. WAS MAINLY DUE TO

INCREASED EXPORTS OF CLOTHING (+12.9%), MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED

ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC TOYS AND DOLLS) (+40.1%), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (+33.1%).

THE CONTINUING DECLINE IN THE EXPORTS OF CLOTHING, TEXTILE YARN, FABRIC AND MADE-UP ARTICLES WAS THE RESULT OF REDUCED EXPORTS TO F.R. OF GERMANY, U.K., AUSTRALIA AND CANADA.

AN ANALYSIS OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE EXPORTS BY MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS IS PRESENTED BELOW:

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JAN-JUNE 1976 JAN-JUNE 1977 PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HKS MN.) (HKS MN.)

CLOTHING 6,760 6,308 -6.7%

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY PLASTIC FLOWERS, TOYS AND DOLLS) 1,988 2,674 +34.5%

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (MAINLY TRANSISTOR RADIOS AND ELECTRONIC PARTS) 1,724 2,307 +33.8%

TEXTILE YARN> FABRICS AND MADE-UP ARTICLES 1,506 1,246 -17.2%

PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS, PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 632 852 +34.8%

MANUFACTURES OF METAL, N.E.S. (MAINLY FINISHED STRUCTURAL PARTS AND STRUCTURES, AND TOOLS FOR USE IN THE HAND OR IN MACHINES) 379 453 +19.5%

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EXPORTS OF CLOTHING CONTINUED TO DECLINE BY 6.7 PER CENT. THE INCREASE IN EXPORTS OF MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES w'AS MAINLY ATTRIBUTED TO INCREASED EXPORTS OF PLASTIC ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS (+$30 MILLION) AND TOYS (+$364 MILLION).

EXPORTS OF ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES RECORDED A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE BY 33.8 PER CENT BECAUSE OF AN INCREASE OF $165 MILLION IN ALL TRANSISTORIZED RADIOS AND $105 MILLION IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS AND PARTS FOR COMPUTER. THE DROP OF 17.2 PER CENT IN THE EXPORTS OF TEXTILE YARNS, FABRICS, MADE-UP-ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS WAS DUE TO REDUCTIONS IN EXPORTS OF TEXTILE YARN (-$34 MILLION) AND FABRICS (-$240 MILLION).

EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS TOTALLED $642 MILLION IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THE YEAR, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 34.5

PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR. CHANGES OF IMPORTS FROM TEN MAJOR SOURCES ARE RECORDED BELOW:

JAN-JUNE 1976 JAN-JUNE 1977 PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ MN.) (HK$ MN.)

JAPAN 4,530 5,471 +20.8%

CHINA 3,615 3,685 +1.9%

U.S.A. 2,404 3,095 +28.7%

TAIWAN 1,467 1,650 +12.5%

SINGAPORE 1,222 1,416 +15.8%

UNITED KINGDOM 892 1,010 +13.2%

SOUTH KOREA 754 834 +10.6%

THAILAND 362 438 +20.8%

ITALY 228 312 +36.7%

ISRAEL 205 279 +36.2%

THE INCREASE IN IMPORTS FROM JAPAN WAS LARGELY EXPLAINED BY A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE- IMPORTS OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (+$258 MILLION). OTHER INCREASES OCCURRED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (+$106 MILLION), MACHINERY, OTHER THAN ELECTRIC (+$123 MILLION), PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS- PHOTOGRAPHIC AND OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS (+$189 MILLION).

INCREASES OF IMPORTS OF TEXTILE FIBRES (+$423 MILLION), ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS (+3105 MILLION) FROM U.S.A. CHIEFLY ACCOUNTED FOR A 28.7% INCREASE IN IMPORT VALUE.

THE FOLLOWING LISTS OUT THE MORE IMPORTANT CHANGES IN COMMODITY SECTIONS:

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JAN-JUNE 1976 JAN-JUNE 1977 PERCENTAGE CHANGE

(HK$ MN.) (HK$ MN.)

MANUFACTURED GOODS CLASSIFIED CHIEFLY BY MATERIAL (MAINLY TEXTILE YARN AND FABRICS, AND DIAMONDS) 6,624 6,969 + 5.2%

MACHINERY AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT 3,557 4,550 +27.9%

FOOD AND LIVE

ANIMALS 3,085 3,486 +13.0%

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY WATCHES) 2,267 2,900 +27.9%

CRUDE MATERIALS, INEDIBLE, EXCEPT FUEL 1,622 1,816 +12.0%

CHEMICALS 1,697 1,770 +4.3%

THE MORE REMARKABLE INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES (+$471 MILLION) AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT (+$350 MILLION). IMPORTS OF WATCHES AND CLOCKS ALSO REFLECTED AN INCREASE OF $246 MILLION. IMPORTS OF TEXTILE FABRICS AND TEXTILES YARN DECREASED BY $128 MILLION AND $91 MILLION RESPECTIVELY DUE TO A DOWNTURN IN THE EXPORT ORDERS FOR TEXTILE PRODUCTS.

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ALSO ANNOUNCED THE

VARIOUS TRADE INDEX NUMBERS (1973 ’ 130) FOR MAY AS FOLLOWS!

VALUE INDEX UNIT VALUE INDEX QUANTUM INDEX

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 182 131 139

IMPORTS 173 134 129

THE TERMS OF TRADE INDEX (I.E. PRICES) FOR MAY IS 98. EXPORT PRICE OVER IMPORT

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COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS TO FEATURE HONG KONG ORCHIDS * * * * *

THE NEXT ISSUE OF COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS, TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 12, WILL FEATURE THREE HONG KONG ORCHIDS, POPULARLY KNOWN AS BUTTERCUP, LADY’S SLIPPER AND SUSAN ORCHID.

THE FLOWERS IN THE STAMPS DESIGN, WHICH CAN BE FOUND GROWING WILD LOCALLY, ARE FROM WATER COLOURS SPECIALLY PAINTED BY MRS. BERYL WALDEN OF HONG KONG.

THESE ORCHID STAMPS IN DENOMINATIONS OF 23 CENTS. $1.30 AND $2 WILL BE THE FIFTY-SECOND COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE BY THE POST OFFICE SINCE HONG KONG STAMPS WERE FIRST PRODUCED IN 1862.

ANOTHER SET OF COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS, THE LUNAR NEW YEAR ISSUE, WILL BE RELEASED FOR SALE ON JANUARY 26, 1973.

THIS SET OF THE YEAR OF THE HORSE STAMPS WAS DESIGNED BY MR. PATRICK CHUNG, A GRAPHIC DESIGNER IN HONG KONG. IT WILL BE THE TWELFTH AND LAST OF THE LUNAR NEW YEAR SERIES WHICH COMMENCED WITH THE YEAR OF THE RAM ISSUE IN 1967.

IN RECENT YEARS MANY OF THE COMMEMORATIVE ISSUES DESIGNED BY HONG KONG ARTISTS HAVE COVERED VARIOUS ASPECTS OF LIFE IN HONG KONG-THE FESTIVALS CELEBRATED BY THE PEOPLE, THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND IMPORTANT EVENTS.

THROUGH THESE STAMPS, WHICH WERE SENT OUT ON TENS OF MILLIONS OF LETTERS AND PARCELS EACH YEAR, THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE AS WELL AS THE BEAUTY OF HONG KONG HAS BEEN VIVIDLY BROUGHT TO EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLD. THIS WILL CONTINUE IN THE FUTURE AS MORE COMMEMORATIVE ISSUES ARE BEING PLANNED FOR THE YEARS AHEAD.

FIRST DAY COVERS, PRODUCED TO COINCIDE WITH THE STAMP ISSUES, ARE USUALLY AS POPULAR AS THE STAMPS THEMSELVES, SO MUCH SO THAT THEY ARE SOMETIMES SOLD OUT. HOWEVER STOCKS HELD OUT TO SUPPLY A RECORD 204,030 FIRST DAY COVERS FOR THE QUEEN’S SILVER JUBILEE ISSUE IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER POPULAR ITEM IS THE CHRISTMAS AEROGRAMME WHICH IS NORMALLY DESIGNED EACH YEAR BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. GREETINGS AND GOODWILL MESSAGES WERE CONVEYED LAST YEAR THROUGH SOME 113,000 OF THESE COLOURFUL AEROGRAMME FORMS TO OUR OVERSEAS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.

THE DEFINITIVE STAMPS NOW IN USE IN HONG KONG HAVE THE PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AS THE MAIN FEATURE OF THEIR DESIGN,TAKEN FROM A PHOTOGRAPH OF A BAS-RELIEF BY ARNOLD MACHIN. THE HIGHEST VALUE OF THE 14 DENOMINATIONS IS $20 AND THE LOWEST 10 CENTS.

/THE SMALLEST......

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THE SMALLEST FACE VALUE POSTAGE STAMP ISSUED IN HONG KONG WAS A ONE CENT STAMP WHICH WAS PUT IN CIRCULATION IN 1903.

THE FIRST ISSUE OF POSTAGE STAMPS IN HONG KONG WAS MADE IN 1862. THE STAMPS FEATURED A PORTRAIT OF QUEEN VICTORIA AND THE LOWEST DENOMINATION IN THE SERIES WAS TWO CENTS.

ONE SUCH TWO CENT STAMP, ON A PARCEL WRAPPER SENT FROM YOKOHAMA TO SHANGHAI IN JULY 1865, AND CANCELLED WITH A SUNBURST POSTMARK, FETCHED S22,OOO - MORE THAN A MILLION TIMES ITS ORIGINAL VALUE - IN AN INTERNATIONAL STAMP AUCTION HELD IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR.

SIZES OF STAMPS VARY, AND ARE MEASURED FROM PERFORATION TO PERFORATION. IN THE CURRENT DEFINITIVE SERIES THE LOWER VALUE STAMPS, FROM 10 CENTS TO $1, MEASURE 0.95 INCH BY 0.8 INCH AND THE HIGHER VALUES, $1.30 TO $20, MEASURE 1.310 INCHES BY 1.125 INCHES.

COMMEMORATIVE ISSUES ARE USUALLY 1.1 INCHES BY 1.75 INCHES BUT SOMETIMES, ESPECIALLY IN THE CASE OF OMNIBUS ISSUES SUCH AS FOR THE SILVER JUBILEE, A LARGER SIZE IS USED.

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REVOLUTIONARY EXPLOSIVES INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH HK DEVELOPERS # # # * X

HONG KONG CONTRACTORS ARE TURNING TO A NEW TYPE OF FXPLO«tlVF<? AS AN AID IN MAJOR BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS? EXPL0SIVES

KNOWN AS WATER GEL OR ’SLURRY’, THE NEW BLASTING AGFNT I? AN IMPORTANT RECENT BREAKTHROUGH IN HIGH EXPLOSIVES TECHNOLOGY WHICH HAS REVOLUTIONISED THE INDUSTRY WITH ITS HIGH QUALITY AND SUPERIOR SAFETY CHARACTERISTICS?

B1111 'JIS N0W EXTENSIVELY USED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IN MAJOR BUILDING DEVELOPMENTS, AND IS FAST BECOMING A VITAL TOOL IN HONG KONG’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

ALREADY WATER GEL IS BEING EXCAVATIONS AND TUNNELLING WORK QUARRYING AND MINING OPERATIONS, WORKS.

SUCCESSFULLY USED IN DIFFICULT FOR THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, IN ROADWORKS AND IN PRIVATE BUILDING

LAST YEAR, 140 TONNES OF WATER GEL WERE USED IN VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN HONG KONG, AND THIS YEAR THE FIGURE IS EXPECTED TO RISE TO 200 TONNES.

AND ACCORDING TO MR. GEORGE RANSON, CHIEF EXPLOSIVES OFFICER OF THE MINES DIVISION, WATER GELS WILL PLAY AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF FURTHER LARGE SCALE PROJECTS IN BOTH THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS.

+AT THE MOMENT, WATER GELS ARE BY FAR THE SAFEST TYPE OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES AVAILABLE AND ARE IDEALLY SUITED FOR LOCAL CONDITIONS,+ SAID MR. RANSON, AN ACKNOWLEDGED EXPLOSIVES EXPERT WITH MORE THAN 17 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN ALL TYPES OF COMMERCIAL EXPLOSIVES.

+THEY ARE PARTICULARLY SUITED FOR BLASTING OPERATIONS IN URBAN AREAS AS THEY ARE SAFER TO HANDLE AND CONTROL, AND THERE IS MUCH LESS RISK OF ACCIDENTAL DETONATION FROM IMPACT, FIRE, HEAT OR FRICTION,* HE SAID.

MR. RANSON NOTED THAT WORKERS WERE MUCH MORE AT EASE WITH WATER GEL THAN WITH OTHER EXPLOSIVES, BUT EMPHASISED THAT ONE STILL NEEDED TO BE CAREFUL WITH IT AS IT WAS A HIGH EXPLOSIVES WHICH REQUIRED PROPER HANDLING.

HE SAID ITS HIGH QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS HAD MADE WATER GEL READILY ACCEPTABLE TO LOCAL CONTRACTORS AND ENGINEERS WITH A KEEN APPRECIATION FOR HIGHER SAFETY STANDARDS AND NEW BLASTING TECHNIQUES.

AMONG THEM IS OVE ARUP AND PARTNERS, CONSULTING ENGINEERS FOR THE GIANT HOPEWELL CENTRE PROJECT IN WAN CHAI WHICH WILL BE THE TALLEST BUILDING COMPLEX IN ASIA WHEN COMPLETED NEXT YEAR.

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+BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE SITE AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE PROJECT ITSELF WE’VE NEEDED TO CARRY OUT A SERIES OF BLASTS TO IMPROVE EXCAVATION PROGRESS FOR THE FOUNDATION WORK, AND WATER GEL HAS PROVED EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE,+ SAID MR. JULIAN WALLACE, RESIDENT ENGINEER IN CHARGE OF BLASTING AT THE HOPEWELL CENTRE SITE.

+DYNAMITE WOULD PROBABLY HAVE SERVED AS WELL,+ HE ADDED, +EUT WATER GEL GIVES YOU A MUCH WIDER SAFETY MARGIN AND IS FAR EASIER TO HANDLE.

+IN PRACTICAL TERMS, IT THEREFORE HAS DISTINCT ADVANTAGES OVER DYNAMITE.

+FOR INSTANCE, WATER GEL DOES NOT CAUSE THE SEVERE HEADACHES ASSOCIATED WITH DYNAMITE AND IT ALLOWS MUCH BETTER CONTROL OVER VIBRATION IN THE TYPE OF BLASTING THAT WE ARE DOING,+ SAID MR. WALLACE.

WATER GEL IN CARTRIDGES WAS FIRST INTRODUCED INTO HONG KONG IN 1974 BY THE AMERICAN FIRM DU PONT WHICH IS THE MAJOR SUPPLIER OF ’SLURRY’ EXPLOSIVES TO HONG KONG. A LIMITED QUANTITY IS ALSO IMPORTED BY THE BRITISH FIRM I.C.I.

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SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDY IN U.K.

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A 330,000 SCHOLARSHIP IS TO BE DONATED BY THE CHINESE BRITISH-RETURNED STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR A HONG KONG STUDENT WISHING TO TAKE A TWO YEAR GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR THE YEARS 1978-79 AND 1979-80, SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF A SUITABLE PLACE IN A SCHOOL.

A CHEQUE FOR THE AMOUNT WILL BE HANDED TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR. CARY YEUNG,ON AUGUST 10.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID APPLICANTS SHOULD BE UNDER 17 ON SEPTEMBER 1, 1978, AND SHOULD HAVE OBTAINED VERY GOOD RESULTS IN THE 1978 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

SELECTION WOULD BE BASED MAINLY ON THE RESULTS IN THE EXAMINATION BUT ALSO ON A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE HEAD OF THE SCHOOL IN WHICH THE STUDENT COMPLETED FORM 5 AND, IF NECESSARY AN INTERVIEW.

THE SPOKESMAN EMPHASISED THAT THE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WOULD NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO COVER ALL THE EXPENSES FOR A TWO-YEAR COURSE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

+APPLICANTS SHOULD THEREFORE HAVE ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO MAKE UP THE BALANCE OF SCHOOL FEES, THE COST OF RETURN AIR PASSAGES AND SO ON.

+ IT IS DIFFICULT TO ESTIMATE THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF ADDITIONAL FUNDS REQUIRED BUT THE SUCCESSFUL STUDENT SHOULD BE PREPARED TO PAY SOME $30,000 FROM HIS OWN RESOURCES TO FINANCE HIMSELF OVER THE TWO-YEAR PERIOD,* HE SAID.

STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE SCHOLARSHIP AND WHO ARE CONFIDENT OF OBTAINING VERY GOOD RESULTS IN THE 1978 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION INCLUDING GOOD RESULTS IN ENGLISH, MAY OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HONG KONG BRANCH OFFICE, HONG KONG IN JUNE 1978.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE PUBLICATION OF THE 1978 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION RESULTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE PRESENTATION OF THE $39,000 CHEQUE TO THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION COVERED. THE CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 10 IN THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS, LEE GARDENS, THIRD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

$32 MILLION AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE CONTRACT SIGNED ..... 1

MORE PASSENGERS NOW TRAVEL BY AIR BUS .............. 2

EXHIBITION SHOWS OLD AND NEW TSUEN WAN ............. 3

LABOUR DEPARTMENT APPRENTICESHIP SUB-OFFICE SET UP . 4

PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST BOGUS OFFICIALS .............. 5

OVERSEAS ENGLISH EXAMS OPEN TO LOCAL STUDENTS ...... 6

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 8, 1977

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WORK TO BEGIN ON AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE

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WORK WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK ON THE MULTl-MILLI ON DOLLAR SCHEME TO LINK AP LEI CHAU TO ABERDEEN, PAVING THE WAY FOR AN ERA OF RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH ON THE FORMER FISHING ISLAND.

A $32 MILLION CONTRACT WAS SIGNED AT PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE MAJOR WORKS IN THE SCHEME.

THE CONTRACT, AWARDED TO GAMMON (HK) LTD., IS FOR THE AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE AND ITS NORTHERN ROAD CONNECTIONS.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT HIGHWAY ENGINEER, MR. S. BARDEN, SAID AT THE CONTRACT-SIGNING CEREMONY THAT TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROADS ON AP LEI CHAU ITSELF WOULD BE CALLED WITHIN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS.

THE ENTIRE SCHEME, INCLUDING ALL ANCILLARY WORKS AND LAND ACQUISITION, IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT 360 MILLION.

MR. BARDEN SAID: +IN THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE YEARS, THERE WILL BE CONSIDERABLE RESIDENTIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ON AP LEI CHAU, ALONG WITH THE NECESSARY SUPPORTING GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS, COMMUNITY AND WELFARE CENTRES, SCHOOLS AND MARKETS.+

THE 230-METRE LONG BRIDGE -- THE FIRST TO LINK HONG KONG WITH ONE OF ITS OFFSHORE ISLANDS -- WILL CARRY TWO TRAFFIC LANES, WITH A CAPACITY OF ABOUT 1,500 VEHICLES PER HOUR.

THERE WILL BE PROVISION FOR WIDENING THE BRIDGE IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY IN THE FUTURE.

THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO CARRY A WATER MAIN AND OTHER ESSENTIAL UTILITIES TO SERVE THE EXPECTED POPULATION GROWTH ON THE ISLAND, WHERE A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IS ALREADY BEING BUILT TO ACCOMMODATE 19,000 PEOPLE.

THE BRIDGE WILL ALSO MEAN THAT THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A QUICK SERVICE FROM THE MA INLAND.

MR. BARDEN SAID THE BRIDGE WOULD BE OF THE BALANCED CANTILEVER TYPE, AND WOULD SPAN THE ABERDEEN CHANNEL AT A POINT NEAR THE ABERDEEN POLICE STATION.

IT WOULD HAVE A CLEARANCE OF 16 METRES TO ENABLE BOATS TO PASS BENEATH IT.

HE SAID THE NORTHERN ROAD CONNECTIONS TO BE BUILT AS PART OF THE BRIDGE CONTRACT SIGNED TODAY WOULD EE NEAR THE ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL, AND WOULD COMPRISE AN OVERPASS AT WONG CHUK HANG AND SEVERAL SLIP ROADS.

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A FOOTBRIDGE WOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE OVERPASS TO ALLOW PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS SAFELY.

HE SAID WORK WOULD BEGIN IN A FEW MONTHS ON THE SOUTHERN APPROACH ROADS ON THE ISLAND ITSELF, BUT THEY WOULD BE TIMED FOR COMPLETION AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BRIDGE AND THE NORTHERN APPROACH ROADS, SO THAT THE WHOLE SCHEME COULD BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC BY MID-1979.

MR. BARDEN SAID THE AP LEI CHAU PROJECT FORMED PART OF THE GOVERNMENT’S PLANS TO DEVELOP THE SOUTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND.

OTHER IMPORTANT PROJECTS INCLUDED AN INTERCHANGE FOR THE 1.9-KILOMETRE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, BEGINNING AT HAPPY VALLEY WHICH WILL EMERGE AT WONG CHUK HANG.

MR. BARDEN SAID: +BY MID-1980, WHEN BOTH THE AP LEI CHAU BRIDGE AND THE $280 MILLION ABERDEEN TUNNEL ARE COMPLETED, THERE WILL BE A FAST AND DIRECT ROAD LINK FROM AP LEI CHAU TO THE NORTHERN PART OF HONG KONG ISLAND VIA THE ABERDEEN TUNNEL, AND THENCE THROUGH THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL TO KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.*

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IN LARGER AIRCRAFT * * * * *

PASSENGER TRAFFIC AT KAI TAK FROM APRIL TO JUNE THIS YEAR SHOWED AN INCREASE OF 13.1 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR DESPITE A DROP OF 2.5 PER CENT IN AIRCRAFT MOVEMENTS.

ACCORDING TO STATISTICS PUBLISHED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT TODAY, A TOTAL OF 1,198,389 PASSENGERS PASSED THROUGH THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN APRIL, MAY AND JUNE COMPARED WITH THE 1,059,587 ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURES DURING THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1976.

IN THE SAME QUARTER, THE DEPARTMENT RECORDED A TOTAL OF 12,071 INCOMING AND OUTGOING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS WHILE THE FIGURE FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR STOOD AT 12,385.

THESE FIGURES, WHILE SHOWING THAT MORE VISITORS ARE COMING TO HONG KONG, ALSO REFLECT THE CONTINUING TREND OF INCREASED OPERATION OF WIDE-BODIED AIRCRAFT BY INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES.

AIR CARGO MOVEMENT, AFTER SLACKENING IN THE FIRST QUARTER, SHOWED AN INCREASE OF NEARLY 6 PER CENT. HOWEVER, THE INCREASED AIR CARGO, REACHING 39,095 METRIC TONS, STILL REFLECTED A DECLINE OF 0.05 PER CENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

MAIL CARRIED INTO AND OUT OF HONG KONG TOTALLED 1,474

METRIC TONS. THIS WAS AN INCREASE OF 18.7 PER CENT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD LAST YEAR AND A RISE OF 4.6 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

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TWO-WEEK EXHIBITION OF TSUEN WAN OLD AND NEW OPENED ******

THE RECENT ESTABLISHMENT OF TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES PROVIDES MORE DIRECT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL PEOPLE TO TELL GOVERNMENT WHAT THEY WANT AND GENERALLY TO ASSIST ITS EFFORTS.

THIS WAS STATED TODAY BY THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, MR. JAMES HAYES, WHEN HE JOINTLY OPENED THE +TODAY AND YESTERDAY IN TSUEN WAN+ EXHIBITION IN THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK WITH MRS. JANE AKERS-JONES, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE TWO-W'EEK EXHIBITION, PRODUCED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE, CONCERNS TWO THEMES - TSUEN WAN OLD AND NEW, SHOWING THE PUBLIC THE DEVELOPMENTS WHICH ARE CHANGING THE FACE OF TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN.

MR. HAYES SAID PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN TSUEN WAN WOULD IN TURN GENERATE MORE STEAM FOR THE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME AND THE MEANS TO ACCOMPLISH IT.

+MEANWHILE, THE WORK OF COMMUNITY BUILDING CONTINUES APACE. THIS CANNOT BE DONE WITHOUT FIRST BRINGING GOVERNMENT OFFICERS INTO CLOSER TOUCH WITH LOCAL PEOPLE AND THEIR PROBLEMS,* HE SAID.

+YOU WILL SEE FROM THE EXHIBITS AND CHARTS THAT THERE ARE NOW TWO TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES IN TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG, EACH WITH ITS OWN LIAISON AND EXECUTIVE STAFF AND HEADED BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER.

+THESE OFFICES ARE EQUIVALENT TO CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN THE URBAN AREA AND PROVIDE COMPARABLE SERVICES TO THEIR LOCAL PUBLIC. WE HOPE THEY WILL EE WELL USED.*

MR. HAYES CONTINUED : +HOWEVER, SUCH OFFICES CANNOT OPERATE EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT PUBLIC INTEREST AND SUPPORT AND I AM HAPPY TO STATE THAT LOCAL PARTICIPATION IS, IN FACT, CONSIDERABLE.

+IT IS SPEAR-HEADED BY THE TSUEN WAN RECREATION AND AMENITIES COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED IN 1976. THIS IMPORTANT BODY HAS A MAJORITY OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, 15 IN NUMBER, SELECTED FROM PUBLIC SPIRITED PERSONS MANY OF WHOM HAVE LONG SERVED THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.*

MR. HAYES POINTED OUT THAT THE NETWORK OF AREA COMMITTEES -THERE ARE AT PRESENT SIX AND THEIR NUMBER WILL EE EXPANDED -ALSO ASSISTS THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS TOWN MANAGEMENT OFF ICERo WITH THEIR WORK, BRINGING FORWARD LOCAL PROBLEMS AND GIVING ADVICE AND HELP WHEN REQUESTED.

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ANOTHER LABOUR OFFICE TO SERVE KOWLOON AND NT

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THE APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS OPENED A SUB-OFFICE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S BRANCH OFFICE IN KING FUK STREET, SAN PO KONG.

THE SUB-OFFICE ON THE MEZZANINE FLOOR OF THE PARIS THEATRE BUILDING IS PART OF A LONG-TERM PLAN TO SET UP MORE LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICES IN MAJOR INDUSTRIAL AREAS AND WILL SERVE THE WHOLE OF THE KOWLOON PENINSULA AND THE NEW TERRITORIES UNTIL OTHER SUB-OFFICES ARE ESTABLISHED.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE FUNCTION OF THE APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION WAS TO ADMINISTER THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE AND TO ASSIST AND GUIDE EMPLOYERS AND APPRENTICES TO COMPLY WITH ITS PROVISIONS.

HE SAID THE AIM OF THE ORDINANCE WAS TO PROMOTE APPRENTICE TRAINING AND TO REGULATE THE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OF YOUNG PERSONS IN DESIGNATED TRADES.

+UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE, AN EMPLOYER SHOULD ENTER INTO A CONTRACT OF APPRENTICESHIP WITH ANY YOUNG PERSON BETWEEN THE AGE OF 14 AND 18 YEARS WHO IS ENGAGED IN A DESIGNATED TRADE. HOWEVER, AN EMPLOYER CAN APPLY TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR FOR EXEMPTION FROM THESE PROVISIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

+ALL CONTRACTS OF APPRENTICESHIP FOR YOUNG PERSONS IN DESIGNATED TRADES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE APPRENTICESHIP DIVISION FOR REGISTRATION WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER EXECUTION.* HE ADDED.

THERE ARE 23 DESIGNATED TRADES AT PRESENT.

A GUIDE ON THE APPRENTICESHIP ORDINANCE AND A LIST OF DESIGNATED TRADES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ANY OFFICES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE NEW SUB-OFFICE ARE 3-219285 AND 3-213208.

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WARNING AGAINST BOGUS OFFICIALS

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ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR MR. LIN HUO-FU, TODAY WARNED FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO BE ON GUARD AGAINST IMPOSTORS.

HE SAID THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAD RECENTLY RECEIVED SEVERAL COMPLAINTS OF A MAN IMPERSONATING AN OFFICER OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHO THREATENED TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST PROPRIETORS UNLESS HE WAS PAID A SUM OF MONEY.

MR. LIN POINTED OUT THAT ALL LABOUR DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS HAVE WITH THEM GOVERNMENT IDENTITY CARDS AND WARRANTS WHICH CARRIED THE PHOTOGRAPH AND NAME OF THE HOLDER.

MR. LIN SA IDs +MEMBERS OF THE INSPECTORATE HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO IDENTIFY THEMSELVES BY PRODUCING THEIR WARRANTS WHEN VISITING FACTORIES.*

+NO OFFICER OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AUTHORISED TO ASK FOR MONEY FOR ANY PURPOSE WHATSOEVER,* HE EMPHASISED.

+IN ANY EVENT, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS NORMALLY DO NOT DEAL IN CASH ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS PAYMENT OF WHICH, IF ANY, ARE ALWAYS CHANNELLED THROUGH AN OFFICIAL COUNTER OR THE TREASURY.*

MR. LIN ADVISED FACTORY PROPRIETORS TO CHECK THE IDENTITY OF VISITORS CLAIMING TO BE OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, AND IF IN DOUBT, TO REPORT THE MATTER IMMEDIATELY TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS OPEN TO LOCAL STUDENTS

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THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE AND THE INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS WILL HOLD ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMINATIONS IN DECEMBER FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS.

THE EXAMINATIONS TO BE HELD BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE, BETWEEN DECEMBER 13 AND 15, ARE FOR THE FIRST CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH AND THE CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH.

SCHOOL CANDIDATES WHO INTEND TO SIT FOR ANY OF THE TWO EXAMINATIONS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR ENTRIES THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLS.

PRIVATE CANDIDATES CAN OBTAIN ENTRY FORMS FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 15) FROM THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON.

COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES, ALONG WITH THE PASSPORT OR HONG KONG IDENTITY CARD AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS CF THE APPLICANT, MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON TO THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION FROM AUGUST 15 TO 19. ALL FEES MUST BE PAID NOT LATER THAN AUGUST 22.

THE CHARGES FOR THE FIRST CERTIFICATE IN ENGLISH AND CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH EXAMINATIONS ARE $115 AND $145 RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT FOR AN OPTIONAL PAPER IS $63.

MEANWHILE, THE EXAMINATIONS TO BE HELD BY THE INSTITUTE OF LINGUISTS FOR STUDENTS AT VARIOUS LEVELS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN DECEMBER 5 AND 9. CANDIDATES MUST ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON ANY DAY BETWEEN NOVEMBER 28 AND DECEMBER 16 FOR THE PART 1 (ORAL) TESTS.

ENTRY FEES FOR THE EXAMINATIONS RANGE FROM $80 TO $160. ENTRY FORMS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FROM THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

COMPLETED FORMS, WITH PROOF OF IDENTITY AND TWO RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE APPLICANT MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION ANY TIME BETWEEN 9 A.M. AND 4 P.M. FROM AUGUST 15 TO 19.

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL EE ACCEPTED AND THE EXAMINATION FEES MUST BE PAID ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 22 AT THE SAME OFFICE.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IS TO BE REORGANISED .... 1

LORD MAYOR OF LONDON ON VISIT TO HONG KONG .................. 2

LAST LEGCO MEETING THIS SESSION ON WEDNESDAY ................ 2

MARINE OFFICER ON ANTI-POLLUTION COURSE ..................... 3

DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED ..................................... 3

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 1977

REORGANISATION OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT ***** ft

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD, SAID TODAY THAT A SUBSTANTIAL REORGANISATION OF THE DEPARTMENT WAS IMMINENT. A FULL ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE SHORTLY.

+THE REORGANISATION ALSO INVOLVES AN EXPANSION AT SENIOR LEVELS TO COPE WITH THE MOUNTING COMMITMENTS IN THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE PRESENT DEPARTMENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES,* MR. DORWARD SAID.

+THESE INCLUDE TRADE NEGOTIATIONS, INDUSTRIAL PROMOTION, CONSUMER PROTECTION, TRADE CONTROLS AND CUSTOMS WORK.+

ONE REASON FOR THE EXPANSION IS THE INCREASING AMOUNT OF TIME SENIOR OFFICERS HAVE TO SPEND ABROAD. TO MEET THE PROBLEMS CREATED BY THIS, THE TWO PRESENT DEPUTY DIRECTORS WILL BECOME HEADS OF THEIR OWN DEPARTMENTS WITHIN A FEDERAL FRAMEWORK UNDER THE PRESENT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY. HIS POST WILL BE RETITLED DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

AN ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF AUTHORITY WILL BE INJECTED BY EACH OF THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS BEING GIVEN DEPUTIES WHO WILL PROVIDE CONTINUITY OF ADMINISTRATION AND SHARE THE BURDEN OF OVERSEAS TRAVEL.

AN IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCE OF THE IMPENDING REORGANISATION WILL BE THE RETURN TO HONG KONG FROM GENEVA IN SEPTEMBER OF MR. L.W.R. MILLS TO TAKE OVER ONE OF THE NEW DEPARTMENTS. HIS REPLACEMENT AS COUNSELLOR FCR HONG KONG AFFAIRS IN GENEVA WILL BE MR. P.K.Y. TSAO, AT PRESENT DEPUTY DIRECTOR.

+THIS CHANGE-OVER HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR SOME TIME AND FOLLOWS THE SEQUENCE OF PREVIOUS POSTINGS TO THIS KEY JOB IN GENEVA,* MR. DORWARD SAID.

+THE TIMING OF THE REORGANISATION AND A NATURAL BREAK IN MAJOR COMMITMENTS DURING THE SUMMER HOLIDAY PERIOD IN EUROPE HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT NOW.*

MR. MILLS WILL HAVE SERVED IN GENEVA FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS BY THE TIME HE RETURNS.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

LORD MAYOR OF LONDON ON HK VISIT

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THE RT. HON. THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON, COMMANDER SIR ROBIN GILLETT, WILL ARRIVE IN HONG KONG ON THURSDAY (AUGUST 11) FOR A FOUR-DAY VISIT IN THE COURSE OF A TOUR OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES.

THE LORD MAYOR WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE LADY MAYORESS, THE SHERIFFS, THE CHIEF COMMONER AND TWO OF HIS HOUSEHOLD OFFICERS, THE COMMON CRYER AND SERJEANT-AT-ARMS AND THE CITY MARSHAL.

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, AND LADY MACLEHOSE WILL BE AT KAI TAK AIRPORT TO MEET THEM.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE ARRIVAL OF THE LORD MAYOR ON PR 306 AT 5.55 P.M. ON THURSDAY.

TWO PRESS POSITIONS WILL BE SET UP FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE MEDIA IN COVERING THE OCCASION. THEY ARE :-

POSITION A : ON THE TARMAC (FOR GENERAL PRESS)-

POSITION B : ON THE ROOF OF THE EQUIPMENT BUILDING

FACING BAY 2 (FOR TV AND CINE-CAMERAMEN ONLY).

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE PRESS ROOM NOT LATER THAN 5.30 P.M. OK THURSDAY. G. I.S. OFFICERS WILL BE ON HAND TO HELP NEWSMEN.

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THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WILL HOLD ITS LAST MEETING FOR THIS SESSION TOMORROW WITH 19 QUESTIONS SCHEDULED TO BE ASKED.

AT LEAST FOUR UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO SPEAK ON THE MOTION THAT THE COUNCIL WELCOMES THE DECISION TO EXTEND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SYSTEM TO TSUEN WAN.

THE SPEAKERS ARE DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, THE HON. T.S. LO, AND THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN.

UNOFFICIAL COUNCILLOR, THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, WILL SEEK TO PROPOSE AMENDMENTS TO THE THIRD PARTY INSURANCE IN AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE, AND THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN WILL MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE FIRST REPORTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY AND THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY.

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MARINE OFFICER ATTENDS ANTI-POLLUTION COURSE

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A MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICER IS ATTENDING A TWO-WEEK COURSE ON POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL BEING HELD IN SWEDEN.

MR. M.R.M. SEALE, MARINE OFFICER OF THE POLLUTION CONTROL UNIT, WAS NOMINATED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO TAKE PART IN THE COURSE FOR MARITIME ADMINISTRATORS WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE INTER-GOVERNMENTAL MARITIME CONSULTATIVE ORGANISATION (IMCO).

THE COURSE IS EXPECTED TO END ON AUGUST 21.

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DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED *****

THE GOVERNOR AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE ADVICE OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, HAS DECIDED THAT THE DEATH SENTENCE PASSED ON APRIL 14, 1976 ON WANG CHIN-TI SHOULD BE COMMUTED TO IMPRISONMENT

FOR 15 YEARS.

WANG WAS FOUND GUILTY OF THE MURDER OF TOM FAY.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MTR EXTENSION TO TSUEN WAN GETS LEGCO APPROVAL .......... 1

MR. HADDON-CAVE ANSWERS MTR CRITICISMS ................ 6

HONG KONG’S EEC NEGOTIATION POSITION REAFFIRMED ........ 10

LOOPHOLES IN THIRD PARTY INSURANCE ..................... 11

MORE PUBLIC FLATTED FACTORIES PLANNED .................. 13

NT TAXIS PROGRESS REPORT READY IN OCTOBER .............. 14

HK/LONDON PASSENGER FLIGHT DELAYS CAUSE CONCERN ........ 15

784 ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BUSES .......................... 16

STRONGER TEAM OF TV MONITORS NEEDED .................... 17

CLINICS WITHOUT REGISTERED DOCTORS GIVEN THREE MORE YEARS 18

TWO INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES OPENING SOON ............. 19

EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORP LIABILITY INCREASED ....... 20

SECOND OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE PLANNED IN TSUEN WAN .. 21

SIGNPOSTS SET UP AT COUNTRYSIDE WALKS .................. 21

LOCAL STAFF BEING TRAINED TO FILL DESALTER POSTS ....... 22

SEPARATE LOCALISED RAINFALL REPORTS NOT POSSIBLE ....... 23

CHAI WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA HAS PUBLIC SERVICES .... 24

INDIVIDUAL METERED WATER SUPPLY FOR YUEN LING VILLAGERS 25

RTHK COVERAGE OF LEGCO PROCEEDINGS OUTLINED ............ 26

PLEASURE CRAFT OWNERS WILL HAVE TO TAKE THIRD PARTY INSURANCE .............................................. 27

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SEPARATE CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION MAY SERVE NT ......... 27

NEED FOR NAVIGATION BEACONS BEING STUDIED ................ 28

PROHIBITION ON COMPANY PARTNERSHIPS MAY BE REMOVED ....... 28

SIR MURRAY CONGRATULATES LEGCO AT END OF SESSION ......... 29

CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAM RESULTS TOMORROW ........... 29

WATER SUPPLY FROM CHINA FURTHER EXTENDED ................. 30

MRS. F.K. LI TO VISIT REHABILITATION CENTRE .............. 30

PLB RESTRICTIONS IN TIN CHIU STREET TO BE EXTENDED ....... 31

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 1977

LEGCO WELCOMES DECISION TO EXTEND * * * *

MTR TO TSUEN WAN

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAS PASSED A MOTION WELCOMING THE DECISION TO EXTEND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SYSTEM TO TSUEN .»AN.

FIVE UNOFFICIALS SPOKE DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE TODAY. DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG AND THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN SPOKE IN FAVOUR, .'.HILE THE HON. ~.S. LO VOTED AGA I NS’ I’.

OPPOSING THE MOT 101., MR. LG REFUTED THE ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXTENSION MADE BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY IN THE COUNCIL TwO WEEKS AGO.

FIRSTLY, AS REGARDS THE LACK OF KERB SPACE, MR. LO SUGGESTED THAT THE PROBLEM COULD EE OVERCOME BY THE RESUMPTION OF LAND ALONG BUS ROUTES AND REQUIRING ITS REDEVELOPERS TO CREATE SUFFICIENT SPACE FOR BUS BAYS.

SECONDLY, HE COULD NOT ACCEPT THE ARGUMENT THAT THE EXTENSION HAS TO BE BUILT BECAUSE IT IS CHEAPER TO DC SC NOW THAN LATER.

THIRDLY, HE FOUND IT HARD TC AGREE THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD PREFER TC USE THE MTR RATHER THAN A BUS UNLESS THE RAILWAY IS BOTH CHEAPER AND MORE COMFORTABLE.

MR. LO CITED THE CASE OF LONDON AND TOKYO TO PROVE HIS POINT THAT A MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM MAY NOT EE THE BEST MEANS TC SOLVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION. HE FELT THAT AN EVEN BETTER SYSTEM OF RCA_S AND FLYOVERS WAS THE ANSWER. IN THIS CONNECTION, HE SAID THAT IT WAS A PITY THAT THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAD NOT BEE;. CONSULTED ON THE PROPOSED EXTENSION.

ESTIMATING THAT THE DIFFERENCE IN FARES BETWEEN THE MTR AND BUSES ON THE KWUN TONG TO TSUEN SAN ROUTE WOULD COME TO $9.33 A DAY OR ONE-AND-A-HALF MONTHS’ PAY OF AN AVERAGE WORKER 11. 193c, HE DOUBTED THE VIABILITY OF THE MTR UNLESS OTHER FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARE RESHAPED SC AS TC INDUCE GOVERNMENT’S CAPTIVE CUSTOMERS IN TSUEN WAN, KWAI CHUNG, TSIMG Yl AND TUEN MUN TO PAY WHATEVER FARE THE MTRC ./ILL HAVE TO CHARGE TC MAKE THE EXTENSION VIABLE.

+ INDEED, INSTEAD OF PLANNING A TRANSPORT SYSTEM TC SERVE THE POPULATION GOVERNMENT ..ILL HAVE TC PLAN HOW TO FORCE THE PEOPLE TO PAY FOR ITS EXTRAVAGANT VENTURE*, HE SAID.

UNCERTAINTIES OVER INTEREST RATES AND HONG KONG’S OWN GROWTH RATE MADE THE SCHEME EVEN LESS ATTRACTIVE, LG ADDED.

HE REITERATED THE WARNING FADE ;.HEN HE LAST DEBATED THE ISSUE THAT THE GOVERNMENT «AS LAUNCHING ON A HUGE GA-IDLE THAT HONG -.01/0 COULD NOT AFFORD TO LOSE. HE SAID T.-.-T TC INCREASE THE STAKES DY BUILDING THE EXTENSION WOULD HOT I!.CEE .£ OU- CHANCES OF ..INNING BUT MERELY THE EXTENT OF CUR POTENTIAL LOSS AND SUFFERING.

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HE CONCLUDED BY SUGGESTING THAT THOSE OF HIS COLLEAGUES WHO SUPPORTED THE MOTION MIGHT CONSIDER IT WISE TO ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO WITHDRAW IT UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT HAD EXPLAINED HOW IT INTENDED TO INCREASE ITS RESERVES TO COVER THE CONTINGENT LIABILITIES INVOLVED IN GUARANTEEING THE MTR’S ADDITIONAL BORROWINGS.

DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG SUPPORTED THE MOTION WITH CAUTION, COMMENTING ON THREE ASPECTS OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION - ITS ECONOMIC VIABILITY, FINANCING AND GOVERNMENT GUARANTEES, AND TIMING.

+AS A PROJECT, THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION SEEMS TO BE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE,* HE SAID.

DR. CHUNG CALCULATED THAT THE NET PROFIT OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION FOR THE FIRST TEN YEARS AFTER DEPRECIATION WOULD BE $8,178 MILLION, AND AFTER PROFITS TAX $6,746 MILLION.

WITH THE TOTAL FIXED ASSETS FOR THE MTR AMOUNTING TO $4,255 MILLION, THE AVERAGE RETURN ON FIXED ASSETS OVER THE FIRST TEN YEARS WOULD BE ABOUT 16 PER CENT PER ANNUM WHICH WAS QUITE ATTRACTIVE.

+IF THE FARE INCOME WERE REDUCED BY 25 PER CENT, AS A RESULT OF EITHER LESS PASSENGERS OR A FARE REDUCTION OR A COMBINATION OF THESE TWO FACTORS, THE AVERAGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT WOULD BE REDUCED FROM 16 TO 10 PER CENT PER ANNUM — A RETURN WHICH IS STILL QUITE ATTRACTIVE,* HE SAID.

BUT AS A LAYMAN HE WOULD NOT DARE TO SPECULATE ON WHETHER THE SPEED, REGULARITY, COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF THE MTR WOULD COMPENSATE FOR THE HIGHER FARES AND ATTRACT THE BULK OF COMMUTERS. +ONLY TIME WILL TELL WHICH SIDE IS CORRECT,* HE SAID.

HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT FOR THE FIRST TEN YEARS, THE ESTIMATED TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURE OF $1,772 MILLION REPRESENTED ONLY 15 PER CENT OF THE FORECAST TOTAL FARE INCOME OF $11,993 MILLION, INDICATING THAT THE MTR WAS A VERY CAPITAL-INTENSIVE OPERATION.

+IN THE INFLATIONARY ERA OF TODAY, CAPITAL-INTENSIVE VENTURES HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF SUCCESS THAN OPERATING-COST-INTENSIVE ONES,* HE SAID, AND THIS WAS IN THE MTR’S FAVOUR.

AS TO THE FINANCING OF THE MTR, DR. CHUNG SAID ITS TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOAN FROM 1981-85 WOULD PEAK BETWEEN $9,500 TO $10,500 MILLION WHILE THE POSSIBILITY OF INTEREST RATES RISING IN THE FUTURE COULD NOT BE RULED OUT.

+WITH SUCH EXTREMELY HIGHLY GEARED LOAN FINANCING (90 PER CENT LOAN AND 10 PER CENT EQUITY), ANY MODERATE UPWARD MOVEMENT IN INTEREST RATES WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY AND ADVERSELY AFFECT THE ECONOMIC VIABILITY OF THE WHOLE MTR PROJECT.*

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HE CITED THE DIFFICULTIES OF THE HONG KONG TELEPHONE COMPANY IN 1974, AND ASKED WHO *OULD RESCUE THE GOVERNMENT FROM BANKRUPTCY SHOULD IT FIND ITSELF IN A SIMILAR SITUATION AS THE COMPANY.

+THIS IS MY GRAVEST CONCERN AND CAUSE OF APPREHENSION WHICH I BELIEVE, IS SHARED BY MANY OF MY UNOFFICIAL COLLEAGUES,* HE SAID.

REFERRING TO TWO OF THE FIVE REASONS GIVEN BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY FOR PROCEEDING WITH THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION NOW DR. CHUNG SAID IF THE REASONS WERE ACCEPTED, +THERE WOULD BE PERPETUAL I CONSTRUCTION OF THE MTR SYSTEM AND ONLY GOD KNOWS WHEN AND WHERE IT WOULD END.+

+IN THIS REGARD,* HE ADDED, +1 AM VOICING THE VIEW OF A NUMBER OF UNOFFICIALS WHO WISH TO PUT ON RECORD THAT THESE TWO FACTORS (COMPETITIVE BIDDINGS AND BUILD-UP OF EXPERTISE) SHOULD NOT BE USED AS REASONS FOR PROCEEDING WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION.*

THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WELCOMED THE MTR EXTENSION TO TSUEN WAN BUT THOUGHT THAT THE GOVERNMENT’S REJECTION OF THE CORPORATION’S PROPOSAL TO INJECT AN ADDITIONAL $500 MILLION EQUITY IN THE SYSTEM MIGHT WELL BE A SHORT-SIGHTED POLICY.

+THAT IS PARTICULARLY DETRIMENTAL TO THE COMMUNITY INTEREST IF THE CORPORATION IS FORCED TO CHARGE INITIAL FARES WHICH ARE BEYOND WHAT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC CAN AFFORD,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE CORPORATION’S CASH FLOW PROJECTION SHOWED A SURPLUS OF $469 MILLION BY 1990, AND AN ACCUMULATED SURPLUS OF $2,155 MILLION WITH ALL LOANS FULLY PAID UP BY 1992.

+IN OTHER WORDS, FOR A TOTAL EQUITY OF $1,381, CONSISTING OF $800 MILLION IN CASH AND THE REST IN LAND AND DELAYED RATES, GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE CORPORATION WILL BE OWNING BY 1992 A DEBT-FREE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SYSTEM PLUS A SURPLUS OF $2,155 MILLION,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THIS DID NOT INCLUDE AN ESTIMATED $800 MILLION WHICH MIGHT PROBABLY BE SAVED THROUGH REFINING THE COSTING PROCESS, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $600 MILLION IN PROFITS TAX BETWEEN 1990 AND 1992, BESIDES THE EXTRA PROFITS OF THE CORPORATION ARISING FROM ITS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS.

HE PREPARED A TABLE OF PROJECTED MTR FARES BY 1980 AND 1932, BASED ON THE CORPORATION’S ASSUMED RATE OF 7 PER CENT INFLATION A YEAR, WHICH SHOWED FARES RANGING FROM $1.40 TO $3.50 AND $1.60 TO $4 RESPECTIVELY.

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HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD CONSIDER SERIOUSLY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF TRAVELLING COSTS AND THE EFFECT ON LIVING STANDARDS, WHETHER THESE FARES WOULD BE COMPATIBLE WITH BUS AND OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES, WHETHER THE LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO WOULD DAILY USE THE SYSTEM WOULD BE ABLE TO AFFORD THEM AND TO WHAT EXTENT THE FARE STRUCTURE WOULD ESCALATE PRODUCTION AND WAGE COSTS THUS ADVERSELY AFFECTING HONG KONG’S EXPORT-ORIENTED ECONOMY.

REFERRING TO THE PLANNED STUDIES BY THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF THE MTR ON THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM, HE URGED THE GOVERNMENT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT THE MTR, APART FROM PROVIDING AN EFFICIENT SERVICE, SHOULD CHARGE FARES THE PUBLIC COULD REASONABLY BEAR, AND THAT THE FARES OF THE MTR SHOULD BE LOw ENOUGH SO THAT IT IS UTILISED TO CAPACITY WITH MINIMUM DISCOMFORT TO THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT THE COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO MONITOR CAREFULLY WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO ALLOW THE CORPORATION TO RETAIN ITS SPECIAL STATUS OF NOT REQUIRING ITS FARE STRUCTURE TO BE APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL.

THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN STRONGLY SUPPORTED THE MOTION AND RECALLED THAT HE HAD ASKED A QUESTION IN THE COUNCIL LAST DECEMBER TO HAVE AN EARLY DECISION ON THE PROPOSED EXTENSION.

THE EXTENSION, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD NOT ONLY DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH OVER-CROWDING ON EXISTING TRANSPORT MODES AND AVOID CONGESTION ALONG THE WEST KOWLOON AND TSUEN WAN CORRIDORS, BUT ALSO ENABLE THE URBAN AREA OF KOWLOON TO BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE TSUEN WAN AND ITS ENVIRONS, HE SAID.

MR. TIEN THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ILLOGICAL NOT TO EXTEND. +THE SYSTEM WOULD BE INCOMPLETE AND, SOONER OR LATER, SUCH AN EXTENSION WILL HAVE TO BE BUILT AND THIS WILL CERTAINLY COST MUCH MORE AT A LATER DATE.* <

HE ADDED THAT ALTHOUGH MANY SCHEMES INVOLVING FLYOVERS, DOUBLE-DECKED HIGHWAYS AND SIMILAR STRUCTURES TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION HAD BEEN CONSIDERED AND PLANNED, +WE MUST REMEMBER TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE NEXT DECADE WHEN THE ACTUAL CONGESTION IS SUCH, THAT THE PRACTICAL MEASURES MUST BE TAKEN NOW TO PLAN PUBLIC TRANSPORT FOR LARGE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WITHOUT ADDING TO EXISTING CONGESTION.+

IN THE MTR, HE CONTINUED, +HONG KONG WILL BE GETTING A SYSTEM WHICH EMPLOYS NOT ONLY THE MOST UP-TO-DATE TECHNIQUES BUT MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, A SYSTEM WHOSE RELIABILITY AND SAFETY FEATURES ARE THOSE WHICH ARE PROVEN BEYOND DOUBT.+

THIS +VITAL CONSIDERATION OF SAFETY* SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE EXPECTED SPEED, REGULARITY, COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF THE MTR SYSTEM. +IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC WILL APPRECIATE THESE FEATURES OF THE SYSTEM AND BE PREPARED TO TRAVEL ON IT,+ HE SAID.

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DR. THE HON. HARRY FANG ALSO SUPPORTED THE MOTION AND REITERATED HIS EARLIER PLEA FOR ACCESS LIFTS TO BE INSTALLED FOR THE DISABLED +SO THAT, LIKE ANY OTHER MEMBER OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, THEY TOO CAN MAKE USE OF THE SPEEDIER AND MORE RELIABLE MODE OF TRANSPORT WHICH THE EXTENSION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY TO TSUEN WAN WILL PROVIDE.*

DR. FANG POINTED OUT THAT MANY HANDICAPPED PEOPLE, +WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK*, WERE PREVENTED FROM ACCEPTING JOBS THROUGH LACK OF A SUITABLE MEANS OF TRANSPORT.

+TSUEN WAN IS AN IMPORTANT MANUFACTURING TOWN, HENCE PROVISION' FOR THE HANDICAPPED ON THE KOWLOON-TSUEN WAN SECTION OF THE MTR WOULD OPEN UP GREATER POSSIBILITIES OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THE DISABLED,* HE EXPLAINED.

ACCESS LIFTS WOULD ONLY BE REQUIRED AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE SECTOR, HE SAID, AND SINCE THE TERMINAL AT KWUN TONG WAS TO EE ABOVE GROUND, THE PROVISION OF LIFTS AT PRINCE EDWARD STATION SHOULD MEAN THAT THE DISABLED COULD ALSO USE THE KWUN TONG SECTOR AND INCREASE THEIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THAT HEAVILY INDUSTRIALISED AREA.

HE WAS SURE SINKING ONE OR EVEN TaO LIFTS AT PRINCE EDWARD STATION AND IF NECESSARY AT THE TERMINAL AT TSUEN WAN WEST FOR USE BY THE DISABLED WAS NOT BEYOND THE COMPETENCE OF THE MANY MTR EXPERTS NOW IN HONG KONG AND SHOULD NOT BE BEYOND OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

IF THE MTRC WAS UNABLE TO ACCEPT THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT INVOLVED, HE SUGGESTED THAT THE GOVERNMENT INCREASE ITS EQUITY IN THE MTR TO MEET THE COST WHICH, IN RELATION TO THE TOTAL OUTLAY, WOULD BE NEGLIGIBLE.

HE FURTHER HOPED THAT TO ENABLE THE DISABLED TO GET TO THE MTR STATIONS, FEEDER BUSES, MODIFIED FOR USE BY THE DISABLED WOULD ALSO EE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION AS =>ART CF THE LONG-TERM PLAN TO PROVIDE MORE ADEQUATE AND SUITABLE TRANSPORT FACILITIES FOR THEM.

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HIEF SECRETARY GIVES DETAIL EXPLANATION

OF MTR EXTENT ION TO TSUEN WAN * * * *

THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY, THE HON. PHILIP HADDON-CAVE DtFENDED THE DECISION TO EXTEND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SYSTEM TO TSUEN WAN DURING THE RESUMED DEBATE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

HE ANSWERED THE POINTS RAISED BY THE SEVEN UNOFFICIALS WHO SPOKE DURING THE DEBATE WHICH BEGAN TWO WEEKS AGO, UNDER EIGHT SEPARATE HEADINGS:

CASE FOR AN MTR

ON THE NEED FOR A MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID OTHER OPTIONS SUCH AS A SURFACE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEM, DOUBLE DECKING THE MAIK ROADS IN THE URBAN AREA, BUILDING MORE AND WIDER ROADS, WOULD EITHER NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM OF CONGESTION, OR WOULD BE MORE COSTLY, OR BOTH.

♦FURTHERMORE, MOST OF THESE OPTIONS WOULD NEED TO BE PAID FOR FROM GENERAL REVENUE, WHEREAS THE GREATER PART OF THE COST OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY WILL BE MET FROM LOANS WHICH WILL BE REPAID FROM REVENUE,* HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MORE SEVERE RAOD CONGESTION IN LONDON ANY TOKYO DESPITE THEIR EXTENSIVE MASS TRANSIT SYSTEMS wAS CAUSED BY THEIR MUCH HIGHER RATIO OF REGISTERED PRIVATE CARS TO THE POPULATION AND LOW PROPORTION OF PASSENGERS CARRIED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

MTR AS AN INVESTMENT

THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY DENIED THAT THE MTR WAS A HUGE GAMBLE, POINTING OUT THAT A DECISION TO PROCEED WITH THE PROJECT WAS TAKEN AFTER YEARS OF STUDY BY TRANSPORT AND ENGINEERING EXPERTS AND FINANCIAL ANALYSTS.

HE POINTED TO THE CONFIDENCE IN THE MTR SHOWN BY INTERNATIONAL BANKERS WHO HAD BACKED THE INITI AL .SYSTEM BY PROVIDING ALL THE MEDIUM AND LONG TERM FINANCE AND MORE RECENTLY WERE WILLING TO FINANCE THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION ON MORE FAVOURABLE TERMS, PREPARING AT THE SAME TIME TO DISPENSE WITH A GOVERNMENT GUARANTEE IN RES°ECT OF THAT PORTION NOT COVERED BY EXPORT CREDIT GUARANTEE ARRANGEMENTS.

IF THE MTR WAS EVER A GAMBLE, THE ODDS HAD SHORTENED AND WOULD FURTHER SHORTEN WITH THE TSUEN WAN EXTENSION, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID. HE EXPLAINED THAT THE EXTENSION WOULD INCREASE THE RATE OF RETURN FOR THE COMBINED SYSTEM FROM 13-1/2 PER CENT TO 15 PER CENT, SO THAT THE CORPORATION WOULD EE IN A POSITION TO REPAY ALL LOANS 13 YEARS AFTER THE OPENING OF THE EXTENSION COMPARED WITH 12 YEARS FOR THE INITIAL SYSTEM ALONE.

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FUTURE OF BUS AND PLB SERVICES

MR. HADDON-CAVE STRESSED THAT THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NC INTENTION ON THE PART OF THE GOVERNMENT TO DEPRIVE THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC OF SUCH SERVICES WHERE THE DEMAND EXISTED.

+ THE INTENTION (OF ’RESHAPING’ BUS AND PLB SERVICES) IS THAT A RANGE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, DIFFERING IN COMFORT, CONVENIENCE, S3EED AND COST WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

+EUS, PLB AND FERRY SERVICES ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE IN MTR CORRIDORS, AFTER THE MTR OPENS, AS THERE WILL STILL BE A MAJOR ROLE TO BE PLAYED BY SURFACE PUBLIC TRANSPORT MODES,+ HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE PRECISE DETAILS OF THIS +RESHAPING+ HAD YET TO BE DETERMINED, BUT IN GENERAL TERMS, IT MEANT THE PROVISION OF NEW FEEDER SERVICES TO LINK MTR STATIONS TO AREAS AWAY FROM THE STATIONS AND ALSO FOR CHANGES IN EXISTING ROUTE IN MTR CORRIDORS AS THE RAILWAY AFFECTED SURFACE TRAVELLING PATTERNS IN THESE CORRIDORS.

IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL AT THIS STAGE PRECISELY, HOW +RESHAPING+ WOULD AFFECT THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC, MR. HADDON-CAVE CONTINUED. HE POINTED OUT HOWEVER, THAT LOWER PATRONAGE OF SURFACE PUBLIC TRANSPORT IMPLIED LOWER REVENUES AND FARES HIGHER THAN AT PRESENT AND THE COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE OF A MODERN TRANSPORT SYSTEM HAD TO BE PAID FOR.

+THE ALTERNATIVE IS A VERY RAPID DETERIORATION IN TRAVEL CONDITIONS WITH ALL THAT THAT WOULD INVOLVE FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY,* HE SAID.

HE ALSO REFERRED TO FORECAST FIGURES OF PATRONAGE OF THE VARIOUS TRANSPORT SERVICES WHICH +CERTAINLY DO NOT INDICATE THAT THE MTR WILL HAVE ANY SORT OF MONOPOLY.*

PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES AND VIABILITY OF MTR

MR. HADDON-CAVE EMPHASISED THAT THERE HAD NEVER BEEN ANY INTENTION OF REVISING SURFACE PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES, ROUTES AND SERVICES SOLELY TO MAKE THE MTR VIABLE. AS IN THE PAST, REVISION WOULD ONLY BE MADE +WHEN THE INTERESTS OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC AS A WHOLE ARE THUS BEST SERVED,* HE SAID.

HE DISCLOSED THAT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS HAD RECENTLY STARTED EXAMINING THE FULL IMPLICATIONS OF THE LIKELY IMPACT OF THE INITIAL SYSTEM ON TRAVEL PATTERNS. THE STUDY WOULD BE COMPLETED AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR AND WOULD BE FOLLWfD BY CONSULTATIONS WITH THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPERATORS, AFTER WHICH THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL WOULD BE CONSULTED.

TURNING TO DOUBTS RAISED ABOUT THE ABILITY OF THE PUBuIC TO AFFORD A FARE STRUCTURE OF J1.43 TO 33.53 IN 1933 AND 31.6'3 TO 34 IN 1962, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID COMPARISON OF THESE FARES WITH WAGES AS WE KNEW THEM TODAY IGNORED TWO POINTS.

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FIRSTLY, HE SAID, WAGES WERE THEMSELVES A PRICE FOR LABOUR SERVICES AND WOULD TEND TO INFLATE AT THE SAME RATE AS THE GENERAL PRICE LEVEL. SECONDLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HE ADDED, WAGES WOULD BENEFIT FROM INCREASES IN PRODUCTIVITY AND THE TREND RATE OF INCREASE IN OUTPUT PER HEAD WAS BETWEEN 3 AND 4 PER CENT PER ANNUM.

+BY 1980 WE CAN EXPECT REAL WAGES TO HAVE INCREASED BY AT LEAST 16 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH THEIR 1975 LEVELS.*

AS TO WHETHER THE FARE STRUCTURE WOULD AFFECT INDUSTRIAL COSTS. MR. HADDON-CAVE POINTED OUT THAT WITH OR WITHOUT THE MTR THE RELATIVE COST OF TRANSPORT WAS GOING TO RISE BECAUSE IT WOULD BECOME INCREASINGLY EXPENSIVE TO MOVE A GROWING POPULATION IN A LIMITED SPACE.

HE ALSO ASSURED THAT OUR FISCAL RESERVES WOULD BE ADEQUATE TO SECURE OUR CONTINGENT LIABILITIES OVER THE NEXT DECADE.

TRENDS IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES

DEFENDING THE ASSUMPTION BY THE MTR CORPORATION THAT FARES WOULD INCREASE IN LINE WITH A 7 PER CENT ANNUAL INFLATION, MR. HADDON-CAVE POINTED OUT THAT BETWEEN 1946 AND 1970 THERE WAS VERY LITTLE CHANGE IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES, BUT BETWEEN 1970 AND 1976 CMB FARES INCREASED BY ABOUT 150 PER CENT, KMB BY 110 PER CENT, TRAMWAYS BY 100 PER CENT, THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY BY OVER 160 PER CENT AND THE STAR FERRY BY 33 PER CENT, REPRESENTING AVERAGE ANNUAL RATES OF INCREASE OF 16.7 PER CENT, 13.3 PER CENT, 12.2 PER CENT, 17.8 PER CENT AND 4.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IT WAS REASONABLE FOR THE CORPORATION FROM A COMMERCIAL POINT OF VIEW TO ASSUME A RATE OF 7 PER CENT, HE SAID, AND THE 7 PER CENT INCREASE WOULD BE AN AVERAGE OVER THE PERIOD AND NOT IN EACH AND EVERY YEAR, SO THE MTRC WOULD NOT +FORCE' THE PACE* FOR OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT FARES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT BUSES WERE MORE LABOUR INTENSIVE AND WAGES COULD BE EXPECTED TO RISE FASTER THAN THE GENERAL PRICE LcVEL WHILE THE PUBLIC WAS PROBABLY GOING TO DEMAND A MORE COMFORTABLE BUS JOURNEY, WHICH WOULD TEND TO INCREASE BUS FARES QUITE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE MTR.

DEMAND FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT

ON THE EXPECTED PROPORTION OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS TO BE CARRIED BY THE MTR, MR. HADDON-CAVE SAID THE RAILWAY’S POTENTIAL PASSENGERS IN 1986 OF 1.8 MILLION OUT OF A TOTAL OF 7.5 MILLION PASSENGERS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT EACH DAY, REPRESENTING A RATIO OF 1 TO 4 ONLY, WAS NOT ’RATHER OPTIMISTIC’.

HE SAID BY THE STRATEGIC SITING OF THE 26 STATIONS ON THE EXTENDED SYSTEM, ALMOST 40 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S POPULATION AND ALMOST 53 PER CENT OF THE PLACES OF EMPLOYMENT ..EFE JUDGED TO BE WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF A STATION.

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+ A HEARTENING CONFIRMATION OF THE PASSENGER PREDICTIONS,* HE ADDED, + IS THE CONFIDENCE WHICH HAS BEEN SHOWN AND CONTINUES TO BE SHOWN, BY INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL VIABILITY OF THE RAILWAY.*

MTR AND THE DISABLED

AS TO THE POSSIBILITY OF PROVIDING ACCESS LIFTS IN SOME OF THE MTR STATIONS, THE ACTING CHIEF SECRETARY REPEATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD CONCLUDED THAT IT WOULD BE NEITHER IN THE INTERESTS OF THE HANDICAPPED NOR PRACTICABLE BECAUSE OF THE LARGE NUMBERS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL ON THE MTR, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES AND COST.

HOWEVER, HE SAID ANTICIPATED IMPROVEMENTS IN COMFORT ON SURFACE PUBLIC TRANSPORT, AS A RESULT OF THE MTR, WOULD MAKE TRAVEL FOR THE DISABLED MUCH MORE PRACTICABLE.

FURTHERMORE, HE ADDED, AN EXPERIMENTAL MINIBUS SERVICE FOR THE DISABLED WAS BEING STUDIED IN KWUN TONG AND, IF RESULTS WERE ENCOURAGING, THIS WOULD FORM A MUCH BETTER MEANS OF PROVIDING TRANSPORT FOR THEM.

MR. HADDON-CAVE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT, ALONG WITH THE COMMITTEE ON ACCESS OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE, WAS INVESTIGATING THE TRAVELLING PROBLEMS OF THE DISABLED IN A BROADER CONTEXT.

FINANCING STRATEGY

MR. HADDON-CAVE EXPLAINED THAT THE MTR CORPORATION’S APPROACH IN FINANCING THE MODIFIED INITIAL SYSTEM HAD BEEN TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE FACILITIES WERE AVAILABLE WHEN CONTRACTS WERE LET.

+IMMEDIATE STEPS WERE THEN TAKEN TO SECURE AS MUCH DEBT AS POSSIBLE FOR LONG PERIODS, PREFERABLY AT FIXED RATES OF INTEREST,* HE SAID.

TO THIS END, HE EXPLAINED, THE CORPORATION OBTAINED AS MUCH EXPORT CREDIT FINANCE AS POSSIBLE SINCE SUCH FINANCE, AS WELL AS BEING LONG-TERM, WAS GENERALLY AT ADVANTAGEOUS FIXED RATES OF INTEREST. OUT OF A TOTAL OF SOME 52,030 MILLION EQUIVALENT OF EXPORT CREDIT FINANCE SECURED, SOME 31,714 MILLION OR 86 PER CENT WAS AVAILABLE AT FIXED RATES.

OF THE BORROWED FUNDS SO FAR DRAWN DOWN BY THE CORPORATION, HE ADDED, 93 PER CENT WAS AT FIXED RATES AND 7 PER CENT AT FLOATING RATES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT THE GOVERNMENT, AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION DID NOT INJECT FURTHER CASH EQUITY INTO THE CAPITAL STRUCTURE OF THE CORPORATION BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE LITTLE DIFFERENCE TO THE GEARING.

+AND AS THE CORPORATION IS A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, AS IT WERE, OF THE GOVERNMENT, A HIGH LOAN/EQUITY GEARING HAS LITTLE RELEVANCE TO THE CORPORATION’S ABILITY TO BORROW ON INTERNATIONAL CAPITAL MARKETS,* HE SAID.

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DORWARD REITERATES HONG KONG’S NEGOTIATING POSITION * * * * *

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD, SAID TODAY THAT HONG KONG WAS PREPARED TO NEGOTIATE A REASONABLE TEXTILE AGREEMENT WITH THE EEC WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK AND THE TERMS OF THE GATT MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

MR. DORWARD, WHO WAS ANSWERING A QUESTION BY THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, STRESSED THAT HONG KONG HAD NOT MOVED FROM ITS BASIC POSITION.

MR. TIEN HAD ASKED THE GOVERNMENT TO MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE FORTHCOMING TEXTILE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE EEC HAVING REGARD TO THE VISIT TO HONG KONG OF THE COMMUNITY’S CHIEF TEXTILE NEGOTIATOR, MR. TRAN VAN THINH.

MR. DORWARD EXPLAINED THAT MR. TRAN’S VISIT WAS NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF NEGOTIATION, BUT RATHER FOR DISCUSSION OF A POSSIBLE BASIS FOR NEGOTIATION LATER THIS YEAR. +FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW, THIS WAS A USEFUL EXERCISE. WE BELIEVE MR. TRAN ALSO FOUND IT S0,+ HE SAID.

MR. DORWARD POINTED OUT THAT MR. TRAN HAD SAID PUBLICLY YESTERDAY THAT HE FOUND HONG KONG’S REACTION TO HIS TENTATIVE PROPOSALS TO BE TOUGH' BUT THAT HE (TRAN) ALSO EXPRESSED OPTIMISM THAT THERE HAD EMERGED THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEGOTIATED AGREEMENT.

MR. DORWARD ADDED: +WE ARE ENCOURAGED BY MR. TRAN’S OPTIMISM IN THE FACE OF A VERY EXPLICIT STATEMENT OF OUR POSITION AND ARE NOW READY TO OPEN NEGOTIATIONS IN BRUSSELS, PROBABLY IN EARLY OCTOBER.

+GIVEN THAT THIS IS NOW A MATTER FOR SERIOUS NEGOTIATION, I DO NOT FEEL I CAN REASONABLY BE MORE EXPLICIT IN RESPECT OF THE POSTURE WE SHALL BE, ADOPTING' OTHER THAN TO SAY WE SHALL NOT LOSE SIGHT OF THE FACT THAT DAMAGE TO THE HONG KONG TEXTILE INDUSTRY WOULD BE, IN SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC TERMS, A RELATIVELY MUCH MORE SERIOUS MATTER THAN THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIMILAR PROBLEMS FACED BY THE TEXTILE INDUSTRIES OF THE EEC,+ MR. DORWARD SAID.

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LEGCO URGED TO PLUG THIRD PARTY INSURANCE LOOPHOLES ******

UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, THE- HON. OSWALD CHEUNG, PROPOSED TO SEAL THE LOOPHOLES IN THE MOTOR VEHICLES INSURANCE (THIRD PARTY RISKS) ORDINANCE WHICH ALLOW INSURANCE COMPANIES TO WRIGGLE OUT OF LIABILITY IN HONG KONG.

MOVING AN ADJOURNMENT DEBATE ON THIRD PARTY INSURANCE IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, MR. CHEUNG POINTED OUT THERE IS NO MOTOR INSURERS BUREAU IN HONG KONG, AND OUR LEGISLATION IS THEREFORE +GLARINGLY DEFECTIVE,* AS IT IS BASED ON THE +BULLET RIDDLED ACTS OF 1930 AND 1934.+

HE TABLED A NUMBER OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE ORDINANCE, SUGGESTING THATi

* ALL OWNERS OF MOTOR VEHICLES SHOULD BE OBLIGED TO INSURE THEMSELVES AGAINST THE CLAIMS OF THIRD PARTIES WHENEVER IT IS ESTABLISHED THAT THE VEHICLE WAS DRIVEN NEGLIGENTLY AND WHEN DRIVEN WITH THE OWNER’S CONSENT, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED- AND

* INSURERS BE FORBIDDEN FROM RELYING ON A BREACH OF CONDITION, MISREPRESENTATION OR NON-DISLOSURE AS AGAINST A THIRD PARTY ONCE THE THIRD PARTY HAS BEEN INJURED.

AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO HIS PROPOSALS, MR. CHEUNG SAID IT MIGHT BE RIGHT TO INTRODUCE OR ASK THE INSURANCE COMPANY IN HONG KONG TO INTRODUCE A MOTOR INSURANCE BUREAU.

MR. CHEUNG POINTED OUT THAT ONLY RECENTLY HE BECAME AWARE OF THE MANY SHIFTS AND.DEV ICES WHICH HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY INSURERS TO AVOID LIABILITY, IN CASES WHEN NEGLIGENCE HAS BEEN CLEARLY ESTABLISHED AGAINST THE DRIVER AND THE PARTY INSURED.

+INSURERS WOULD HEDGE THE POLICIES WITH SO MANY WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE LIABILITY, FOR EXAMPLE, IF AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, THE CAR WAS BEING DRIVEN BY A JEW, A BOOKMAKER OR AN ACTOR,* HE SAID.

+SOMEWHERE IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS, THROUGH COMPROMISES AND AMENDMENTS, THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACT OF 1930 BECAME LARGELY USELESS, AND THE INTENTION OF THE LEGISLATURE WAS LARGELY FRUSTRATED.

+PERSONS INJURED OR THEIR DEPENDANTS WERE UNABLE TO RECOVER AGAINST THE INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND WERE LEFT WITH EMPTY JUDGMENTS AGAINST INDIGENT DRIVERS AND OWNERS AGAINST WHOM NEGLIGENCE HAD BEEN CLEARLY ESTABLISHED,* HE SAID.

MR. CHEUNG SAID IT WAS A MISTAKE TO ALLOW THE MOTORIST SUCH FREEDOM OF CHOICE AS TO WHAT RISKS HE SHOULD INSURE AGAINST, AND TO ALLOW INSURERS TO AVOID LIABILITY AFTER INJURY TO A THIRD PARTY HAS OCCURRED.


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+A MAN WHO IS KILLED OR INJURED OUGHT TO HAVE A RIGHT TO COMPENSATION IF A MOTOR CAR IS DRIVEN NEGLIGENTLY AND WHEN DRIVEN BY THE OWNER OR WITH HIS CONSENT. THE THIRD PARTY IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE TERMS ARRANGED BETWEEN CAR OWNER AND INSURER,* HE STRESSED.

MR. CHEUNG ALSO SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT, AS A SOCIAL WELFARE MEASURE, THAT COMPENSATION BE PAID TO THE THIRD PARTIES INJURED WHOLLY THROUGH THEIR OWN FAULT AND THROUGH NO FAULT OF THE DRIVER, IF IT WAS THOUGHT DESIRABLE.

ON THE QUESTION OF HIT AND RUN DRIVER, HE SUGGESTED THAT PERHAPS ACCIDENT VICTIMS COULD EE BROUGHT UNDER THE CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME.

BUT WHEN A VEHICLE IS DRIVEN WITHOUT ANY INSURANCE POLICY AT ALL, THE OWNER OUGHT TO BE VERY SEVERELY DEALT WITH UNDER THE CRIMINAL LAW, HE URGED.

IN REPLY, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. G. BARNES, SAID GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN EXAMINING THE POSSIBILITY OF INTRODUCING MORE COMPREHENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ENSURING THAT PERSONS WHO OUGHT TO BE PROTECTED BY THIRD PARTY INSURANCE ARE NOT LEFT WITHOUT COMPENSATION AND WILL CONSIDER WHETHER MR. CHEUNG’S PROPOSALS SHOULD BE PART OF THEM.

BUT MR. BARNES SAID THAT AFTER CONSULTING THE ATTORNEYGENERAL, HE WAS AS YET UNCERTAIN WHETHER MR. CHEUNG’S SOLUTION WAS THE RIGHT ONE.

+AS MR. CHEUNG HAS CONCEDED, THE LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS WHICH HE SUGGESTS WOULD STILL LEAVE CERTAIN OBVIOUS CASES UNRESOLVED.*

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HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL BUILD MORE FLATTED FACTORIES * * * * *

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS DECIDED TO CONTINUE BUILDING FLATTED FACTORY BLOCKS TO RELOCATE SMALL WORKSHOPS DISPLACED BY GOVERNMENT CLEARANCES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. DONALD LIAO SAID IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

THE SECRETARY SAID SITES IN VARIOUS DISTRICTS HAD BEEN EARMARKED AND A BUILDING PROGRAMME DRAWN UP. THE FIRST NEW FACTORY BLOCK AT KOWLOON BAY, TO BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1979, WOULD HAVE AN IMPROVED DESIGN PREPARED BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT INCORPORATING LIFTS, HIGHER LOADINGS AND AMPLE PARKING FACILITIES.

MR. LIAO POINTED OUT THAT THE NEW BLOCK WOULD CONTAIN ABOUT 600 UNITS OF 25 SQUARE METRES EACH AND HAVE A TOTAL FLOOR AREA OF OVER 26,000 SQUARE METRES INCLUDING CIRCULATION AREAS, IN HIS REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. S.L. CHEN WHO WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WAS BEING DONE TO OVERCOME THE EXTREME SHORTAGE OF ACCOMMODATION FOR THOSE OPERATORS WHO OPTED FOR FLATTED FACTORY SPACE RATHER THAN FOR AN EX-GRATIA ALLOWANCE.

HE SAID THE AUTHORITY’S CURRENT STOCK OF FACTORY SPACE STOOD AT 500 UNITS OR A TOTAL OF 11,900 SQUARE METRES (128,000 SQ. FT.).

+EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO USE THIS STOCK ECONOMICALLY AND TO POSTPONE CLEARANCE WHICH WOULD NOT UPSET DEVELOPMENT PLANS, UNTIL THE FIRST OF THE NEW KOWLOON BAY FACTORY BLOCKS IS COMPLETED.

+NEVERTHELESS, IT IS LIKELY THAT SOME OPERATORS MAY HAVE TO ACCEPT CASH COMPENSATION IN 1978,+ HE SAID.

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NT TAXIS REPORT IN OCTOBER

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A HALF-YEARLY PROGRESS REPORT ON THE OPERATION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS WILL BE READY IN ABOUT OCTOBER.

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. G. BARNES SAID THIS IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO QUESTIONS FROM DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG.

+THE REPORT WILL INCLUDE A REVIEW ON THE OPERATIONAL BOUNDARIES OF THE SERVICE,* MR. BARNES ADDED.

MR. BARNES POINTED OUT THE SCHEME HAD SUCCESSFULLY REPLACED THE ILLEGAL PAK PAIS AND PROVIDED A LEGAL TAXI SERVICE IN RURAL AREAS WHERE URBAN TAXIS DID NOT NORMALLY OPERATE.

ON THE QUESTION OF EXTENDING THE OPERATIONAL BOUNDARIES OF THE SERVICE, MR. BARNES SAID THE PRESENT BOUNDARIES WERE DRAWN UP TO EXCLUDE SHA TIN AND TSUEN WAN SINCE THE NEW TOWNS WERE REASONABLY WELL COVERED BY URBAN TAXI SERVICES.

+MOREOVER, THE TRADE IN THESE AREAS COULD WELL DRAW AWAY NUMBERS OF NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, OPERATING WITH LOWER FARES AND LICENSED FEES, FROM THE RURAL AREAS WHICH THEY ARE INTENDED TO SERVE,* MR. BARNES ADDED.

THESE IMPORTANT FACTORS TEND TO INDICATE THAT THE +NEED+ TO EXTEND THE OPERATIONAL BOUNDARIES MAY WELL BE OVER-SHADOWED BY OTHER CONSIDERATIONS, HE NOTED.

THE GOVERNOR-IN-COUNCIL, WHEN CREATING THE NEW TERRITORIES TAXIS, ORDERED THAT A REPORT ON THEIR PROGRESS SHOULD BE MADE SIX MONTHS AFTER THE SCHEME CAME INTO FULL OPERATION.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 750 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES WERE BALLOTTED IN THREE BATCHES BETWEEN LAST SEPTEMBER AND JANUARY THIS YEAR. THE MAJORITY OF THE NEW TAXIS WERE INSPECTED AND LICENSED BY APRIL 1977.

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HONG KONG/LONDON PASSENGER FLIGHT DELAYS TAKEN UP WITH UK AUTHORITY ******

MORE THAN A THIRD OF BRITISH AIRWAYS’ SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHTS TO AND FROM LONDON ARRIVED OR DEPARTED MORE THAN AN HOUR LATE IN THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON, REVEALED IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. OSWALD CHEUNG.

TO ANOTHER QUESTION BY MR. CHEUNG, MR. JEAFFRESON SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT SATISFIED WITH THE PUNCTUALITY OF SUCH SCHEDULED FLIGHTS AND HAD REPEATEDLY TAKEN IT UP WITH THE TOP MANAGEMENT OF BRITISH AIRWAYS, BUT NO SUSTAINED IMPROVEMENT HAD RESULTED.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN PURSUING THE MATTER WITH THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY, THE BODY IN LONDON RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING THE STANDARDS OF SERVICE OF U.K. REGISTERED AIRLINES.

ELABORATING ON THE STATISTICS ON THE DELAYS, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY POINTED OUT THAT BRITISH AIRWAYS CARRIED 95 PER CENT OF THE PASSENGERS ON THE SAME-PLANE SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND LONDON.

ALTHOUGH THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION KEPT A RECORD OF THE ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES OF ALL FLIGHTS USING KAI TAK AIRPORT, HE SAID, IT WAS KEPT ON THE BASIS OF INDIVIDUAL MOVEMENTS AND NOT ON THE BASIS OF PARTICULAR AIRLINES OR PARTICULAR ROUTES.

HOWEVER SEPARATE RECORDS WERE KEPT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF BRITISH AIRWAYS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE UNSATISFACTORY NATURE OF THE SERVICES CONCERNED, HE SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT AIRPORT AUTHORITIES AND AIRLINES ADOPTED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS AS TO WHAT CONSTITUTED A DELAYED FLIGHT AND FOR THE PURPOSES OF HIS OWN STUDY, THE DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION HAD CHOSEN TO REGARD ONLY FLIGHTS THAT ARRIVED OR DEPARTED MORE THAN AN HOUR LATER THAN THEIR SCHEDULED TIMES AS BEING DELAYED.

ON THE BASIS OF THIS DEFINITION, MR. JEAFFRESON NOTED, THE PERCENTAGE OF BRITISH AIRWAYS’ SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHTS DELAYED DURING THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS THIS YEAR WAS 34.7 PER CENT, THE AVERAGE DELAY HAD BEEN 4 HOURS AND 45 MINUTES, AND A FURTHER TEN FLIGHTS WERE CANCELLED.

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NEARLY 800 ACCIDENTS IN SIX MONTHS INVOLVE PUBLIC BUSES ******

THERE WERE 784 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS INVOLVING PUBLIC BUSES IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR OF WHICH 38 INVOLVED DEATHS AND 257 SERIOUS INJURIES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. 6. BARNES IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. LYDIA DUNN AT THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. BARNES SAID, +IN PURELY ARITHMETICAL TERMS ACCIDENTS HAVE INCREASED BY 55 PER CENT SINCE 1973, AND THIS INCREASE MUST OF COURSE BE A CAUSE FOR CONCERN.+

♦ BUT BUS MILEAGE HAS ALSO INCREASED DURING THIS PERIOD BY ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME PERCENTAGE AND THE RELATIVE PERCENTAGES OF TOTAL ACCIDENTS SHOW FAR WORSE INCREASES IN OTHER FORMS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

+1 DOUBT, THEREFORE, WHETHER THERE IS CAUSE FOR PARTICULAR CONCERN ABOUT OMNIBUS ACCIDENTS AS SUCH,+ SAID MR. BARNES.

ON THE CAUSES OF OMNIBUS ACCIDENTS, HE SAID THE PATTERN OF ACCIDENTS INVOLVING BUSES IS NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THE GENERAL PATTERN OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS NOR IS THERE ANY OBVIOUS SINGLE FACTOR TO WHICH ANY SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THESE CASES COULD BE ATTRIBUTED.

+CAUSES OF ALL TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ARE DETERMINED AND RECORDED BY THE POLICE, BUT TO ATTRIBUTE CAUSES FOR ANY PARTICULAR CLASS OF VEHICLE WILL TAKE SOME TIME.+

HE ADDED THAT AN ANALYSIS OF THE 784 ACCIDENTS IS NOW BEING CARRIED OUT.

IN REPLY TO ANOTHER QUESTION FROM MISS DUNN, MR. BARNES SAID INFORMATION ON THE NUMBER OF TIMES KMB AND CMB BUSES WHICH HAVE BROKEN DOWN SO FAR THIS YEAR, IS NOT YET IN HAND AS IT IS PART OF COMPENDIOUS MAINTENANCE RECORDS KEPT AT THE INDIVIDUAL BUS DEPOTS AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NOT YET HAD TIME TO EXTRACT THE RECORDS OF THE FAULTS WHICH CAUSED BREAK-DOWNS ON THE ROADS FROM THOSE IDENTIFIED IN THE DEPOTS OR TERMINI.

MR. BARNES SAID HE IS PREPARED TO ANSWER MISS DUNN’S QUESTION WHEN THE ANALYSIS ON THIS HAS BEEN COMPLETED.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1977

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MONITORING TELEVISION STANDARDS

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THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR INSTANCES IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS WHERE PREVIEWING OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMES WAS FELT NECESSARY AND TWO OF THESE CONCERNED VIOLENT SCENES.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION RAISED BY THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN.

THE TELEVISION ORDINANCE REQUIRES A LICENSEE TO CONFORM WITH THE STANDARDS ESTABLISHED BY A CODE OF PRACTICE GOVERNING PROGRAMME STANDARDS. THIS CODE INCLUDES PROVISION AGAINST EXCESSIVE VIOLENCE, MR. LI POINTED OUT.

WHERE IT APPEARS THAT A LICENSEE HAS MISINTERPRETED OR HAS NOT FOLLOWED THE PROVISIONS IN THE CODE, THEN THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY TAKES THE NECESSARY STEPS TO PREVIEW FURTHER MATERIAL IN THE SAME SERIES, HE EXPLAINED.

WITH THE INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF LOCALLY-PRODUCED PROGRAMMES MATERIAL OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS AND THE INCREASING SOPHISTICATION AND COMPLEXITY OF THIS MATERIAL, THERE IS AN INCREASING NEED FOR MORE GUIDANCE FROM THE TELEVISION AUTHORITY TO THE TELEVISION COMPANIES RELATING TO PROGRAMME STANDARDS.

+THE COMMISSIONER FOR TELEVISION AND ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING HA RECENTLY REVIEWED HIS STAFF RESOURCES AND HAS COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HIS ESTABLISHMENT OF SIX TELEVISION STANDARDS CONTROL OFFICERS NEEDS TO BE STRENGTHENED AND HE IS PREPARING A SUBMISSION TO GOVERNMENT ACCORDINGLY,* HE REVEALED.

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CLINICS WITHOUT REGISTERED DOCTORS MAY OPERATE FOR THREE MORE YEARS *****

CERTAIN CLINICS THAT PROVIDE USEFUL COMMUNITY SERVICE MAY BE ABLE TO OPERATE WITHOUT A REGISTERED DOCTOR FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS.

THIS FOLLOWS THE PASSING OF A RESOLUTION TODAY IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO EXTEND UP TO THE END OF 1980 THE POWERS OF THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES TO EXEMPT CERTAIN CLINICS FROM THE REQUIREMENT TO BE UNDER THE CHARGE OF A REGISTERED DOCTOR.

THE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICE, DR. THE HON. K.L. THONG, TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THIS POWER CONFERRED ON THE DIRECTOR, AS REGISTRAR OF CLINICS, WOULD CEASE ON DECEMBER 31 THIS YEAR UNLESS EXTENDED.

I

HE SAID THAT THE POSITION OF THESE CLINICS HAD BEEN REVIEWED AND WAS NOT FOUND TO BE CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY.

+THESE CLINICS ARE PROVIDING A USEFUL SERVICE TO MANY AT REASONABLY LOW COST AND THEIR CLOSURE WILL NOT BE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST,+ HE ADDED. ,

THERE ARE AT PRESENT 321 EXEMPTED CLINICS EMPLOYING 289 UNREGISTERED DOCTORS COMPARED WITH 337 EXEMPTED CLINICS EMPLOYING 330 UNREGISTERED DOCTORS IN 1974 WHEN THE RESOLUTION WAS FIRST PASSED.

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TWO INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES TO BE OPENED SOON

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THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRES IS THE TANGIBLE RESULT OF YEARS OF JOINT EFFORTS OF THE TWO INDUSTRIES AND THE GOVERNMENT -- IN PARTICULAR THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE HON. FRANCIS TIEN TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+THESE TRAINING CENTRES ARE A MILE-STONE IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID, TABLING THE FIRST ANNUAL REPORTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AND CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITIES.

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE AT KOWLOON BAY HAS ALREADY BEEN BUILT WITH INITIAL FACILITIES TO TRAIN ABOUT 660 FULL-TIME TRAINEES EACH YEAR IN THE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION TRADES, MR. TIEN,WHO IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE HONG KONG TRAINING COUNCIL, SAID. IT WILL BE OFFICIALLY OPENED NEXT WEEK.

+THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS FOR MANY YEARS BEEN EXPERIENCING AN ACUTE SHORTAGE OF CRAFTSMEN, RESULTING NOT ONLY IN INCREASING INEFFICIENCY WITH THE INDUSTRY BUT ALSO IN A RAPID INCREASE IN CONSTRUCTION COST.

+UNLIKE THE SKILLED WORKERS IN OTHER INDUSTRIES, MOST SKILLED WORKERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ARE EMPLOYED ON A CASUAL SHORT TERM BASIS AND ALMOST ALL WORK IS CARRIED OUT UNDER SPECIAL CONTRACT BY LOOSELY KNIT TEMPORARY GROUPS OF WORKS.

♦UNDER SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES, THE PROVISION OF CRAFT APPRENTICE TRAINING BASED WHOLLY ON ON-THE-JOB TRAINING IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY HAS ALWAYS GIVEN RISE TO INSURMOUNTABLE PROBLEMS,* HE POINTED OUT.

THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE AT KWAI CHUNG, WHICH WILL INITIALLY BE ABLE TO TRAIN ABOUT 3,600 OPERATIVES EACH YEAR, WOULD BE OFFICIALLY OPENED IN OCTOBER, MR. TIEN SAID.

THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY IS ONE OF HONG KONG’S LARGEST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY BOTH IN TERMS OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF EXPORT AND THE NUMBER OF WORKERS EMPLOYED. IT EMPLOYS 180,000 WORKERS WHO TURNED OUT $14,000 MILLION CLOTHING ITEMS IN 1976 OR ABOUT 45 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS.

♦ BUT FOR SOME YEARS ITS DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN HINDERED BY A SHORTAGE OF WORKERS AT THE OPERATIVE LEVEL,* MR. TIEN SAID.

+MANY MANUFACTURERS HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO PROVIDE PROPER TRAINING, WHICH IS MAINLY ON THE JOB, FOR THE LARGE NUMBER OF OPERATIVES REQUIRED BECAUSE OF THE GENERAL SHORTAGE OF SPACE AND THE CONSEQUENTIAL DISRUPTION TO ACTUAL PRODUCTION.*

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EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE LIABILITY INCREASED ******

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY ENDORSED A PROPOSAL TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM CONTINGENT LIABILITY OF THE EXPORT CREDIT INSURANCE CORPORATION FROM HKS1.753 MILLION TO HK$2,330 MILLION.

ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON, IN MOVING A MOTION, TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT THE CORPORATION’S ADVISORY BOARD HAD UNANIMOUSLY ADVISED THAT THE MAXIMUM CONTINGENT LIABILITY BE INCREASED TO HK$2,303 MILLION AS THE EXISTING STATUTORY LIMIT OF $1,750 MILLION MIGHT BE REACHED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

+FAILURE TO RAISE THE LIMIT WOULD RESULT IN THE CORPORATION HAVING TO TURN AWAY FURTHER BUSINESS,* HE SAID.

MR. JEAFFRESON EXPLAINED THAT THIS MAXIMUM LIABILITY WAS A THEORETICAL AMOUNT AND NEVER LIKELY TO BE AT RISK AT ANY ONE TIME.

+THE CORPORATION ESTIMATES THE ACTUAL FIGURE AT RISK AT ANY ONE TIME AT HK$453 MILLION TO HK$533 MILLION,* HE SAID.

HE SAID THAT SINCE THE COUNCIL HAD AGREED TO AN INCREASE FROM HKS1,25O MILLION TO HK$1,75O MILLION THREE YEARS AGO, THE CORPORATION’S LIABILITY UNDER CONTRACTS OF INSURANCE HAD RISEN BY MORE THAN HK$333 MILLION, AND AT THE END OF LAST MONTH STOOD AT NEARLY HK$1,5OO MILLION.

+THE CORPORATION NOW SERVICES ABOUT 900 POLICIES AND PROTECTS EXPORTS ON CREDIT TERMS TO VIRTUALLY ALL HONG KONG MARKETS. AT ANY ONE TIME ALMOST $500 MILLION OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS ARE COVERED BY THE CORPORATION’S POLICIES,* HE SAID.

+INCREASES IN THE CONTINGENT LIABILITIES THE CORPORATION IS ASSUMING, ARE BROUGHT ABOUT BY BOTH THE CORPORATION ISSUING NEW POLICIES AND BY INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF INSURABLE BUSINESS CARRIED OUT BY EXISTING POLICY HOLDERS,* THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY ADDED.

AT PRESENT THE CONTINGENT LIABILITIES OF THE CORPORATION ARE INCREASING AT A RATE OF ABOUT HK345 MILLION EACH QUARTER.

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR THE CORPORATION PAID OUT A TOTAL OF HKS6.9 MILLION IN RESPECT OF CLAIMS DURING THE YEAR. AND THERE WERE ALTOGEHTER 45 CLAIMS, MOST OF WHICH DERIVED FROM COMMERCIAL RATHER THAN POLITICAL REASONS.

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SECOND OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE. READY IN 1979 * * « i€ «

A SECOND GOVERNMENT OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE IS WELL INTO THE PLANNING STAGES AT TSO KUNG TAM PARK IN TSUEN WAN AND SHOULD BE READY FOR USE IN 1979, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION MR. COLVYN HAYE, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THIS AFTERNOON.

IN A REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. LEUNG TAT-SHING, MR. HAYE SAID THIS SECOND CENTRE WOULD PROVIDE SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES SIMILAR TO THOSE AT THE VERY POPULAR SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

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COUNTRYSIDE PATHS SIGNPOSTED

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES HAS ALREADY INITIATED A SYSTEM FOR INDICATING POPULAR WALKS IN THE COUNTRY PARKS BY MEANS OF COLOURED POSTS.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY REV. THE HON. JOYCE BENNETT IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. BELL SAID THAT THE SYSTEM HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY INTRODUCED AT TAI PO KAU, ABERDEEN AND SHING MUN, AND WOULD BE INTRODUCED IN FUTURE COUNTRY PARKS AS THESE WERE DESIGNATED.

HE ADDED THAT SOME PATHS WERE ALREADY SIGNPOSTED AND A SYSTEM RELATED TO THE COUNTRYSIDE MAPS WAS UNDER CONSIDERATION TO INDICATE REMAINING PATHS WHICH WERE NOT WITHIN THE COUNTRY PARKS.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1977

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LOCAL STAFF TRAINED FOR SENIOR POSTS IN DESALTER

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STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO TRAIN THOSE LOCAL OFFICERS WITH POTENTIAL TO FILL THE MORE SENIOR POSTS IN THE LOK ON PAI DESALTER ON THE COMPLETION OF THE CONTRACTS OF EXPATRIATE STAFF, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, SAID TODAY.

Tie was replying to a question by the hon. li fook-wo in

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR. LI HAD ASKED WHEN WOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE ABLE TO RECRUIT SUFFICIENT LOCAL ENGINEERS TO OPERATE THE LOK ON PAI DESALTER FULLY WITHOUT FURTHER RECOURSE TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF OVERSEAS CONTRACT STAFF.

MR. BELL SAID THAT THE APPROVED ESTABLISHMENT FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE DESALTER INCLUDED 26 POSTS FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS WITH GOOD WORKING EXPERIENCE, PREFERABLY IN DESALTING PLANT OR ALTERNATIVELY IN STEAM POWER PLANT OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE.

HE SAID THAT BECAUSE OF THE SPECIALIST NATURE OF THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, NOT UNEXPECTEDLY, THE FIRST LOCAL RESPONSE WAS VERY LIMITED.

+CONSEQUENTLY IN ORDER TO MEET THE MINIMUM STAFF REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COMMISSIONING AND SUBSEQUENT OPERATION OF THE PLANT, OVERSEAS RECRUITMENT WAS INITIATED,* MR. BELL SAID.

+AS A RESULT, 10 EXPATRIATE ENGINEERS WERE APPOINTED IN 1973/74. THIS NUMBER WAS SUBSEQUENTLY INCREASED TO 15 IN 1975/76, AND WITH WASTAGE, THE NUMBER NOW STANDS AT 13. THIS NUMBER REPRESENTS SOME FOUR PER CENT OF THE TOTAL APPROVED ESTABLISHMENT OF 325.+

OF THE REMAINING 13 POSTS, MR. BELL SAID, 10 HAD NOW BEEN FILLED BY LOCAL OFFICERS, AND THERE WERE THREE VACANCIES AT A SENIOR LEVEL.

THESE VACANCIES WERE CURRENTLY BEING ADVERTISED LOCALLY, BUT IN CASE NO SUITABLE LOCAL CANDIDATES WERE AVAILABLE, AND BECAUSE OF THE PRESSING NEED TO FILL THE POSTS, AN OVERSEAS INDENT HAD ALSO BEEN PLACED.

+WITH REGARD TO THE FUTURE PROGRESSION OF LOCAL OFFICERS, STEPS ARE BEING TAKEN TO TRAIN THOSE WITH POTENTIAL TO FILL THE MORE SENIOR POSTS ON THE COMPLETION OF THE CONTRACTS OF EXPATRIATE STAFF,+ HE SAID.

MR. BELL POINTED OUT THAT THE CONTRACTS OF 10 EXPATRIATES WOULD EXPIRE BETWEEN 1978 AND 1981 AND IT WAS HOPED THAT MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF THESE POSTS COULD BE FILLED PROGRESSIVELY BY PROMOTION OF LOCAL OFFICERS BY 1981.

THE REMAINING THREE EXPATRIATE OFFICERS ARE ON PERMANENT AND PENS IONABLE TERMS.

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SEPARATE RAINFALL REPORTS NOT POSSIBLE * * *

THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, THE HON. G. BARNES SAID IT WOULD NOT AT PRESENT EE POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE SEPARATE DAILY AVERAGE RAINFALL REPORTS FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE RESERVOIR CATCHMENT AREAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH MONITORING STATIONS TO PRODUCE SEPARATE MEANINGFUL AVERAGE RAINFALL FIGURES IN BROADER AREAS.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM DR. THE HON. S.Y. CHUNG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

MR. BARNES SAID THE DAILY RAINFALL MEASUREMENTS USED IN WEATHER REPORTS ARE TAKEN AT THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY ITSELF.

+THESE ARE SUPPLEMENTED, WHERE NECESSARY, BY REPORTS FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF OTHER STATIONS, AND WHERE THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE AMOUNTS REPORTED, REFERENCE TO THIS IS OCCASIONALLY INCLUDED IN WEATHER BULLETINS.+

MR. BARNES ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THERE IS A SYSTEM OF REPORTING FROM OVER 103 RAINFALL STATIONS AROUND HONG KONG MANNED BY VOLUNTEERS WHO MAIL THE RESULTS OF THEIR OBSERVATIONS TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY MONTHLY.

+THIS DATA IS CHECKED AND ANALYSED BY THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY, AND A CHART SHOWING THE GEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION OF RAINFALL IS PUBLISHED IN THE OBSERVATORY’S MONTHLY WEATHER SUMMARY. THE SUMMARY IS AVAILABLE ON SUBSCRIPTION, AND IS SUPPLIED TO THE PRESS,+ ADDED MR. BARNES.

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SERVICES PROVIDED TO CHAI

* *

WAN TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA * * *

THE NEW CHAI WAN II EXTENSION TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, COMPLETED EXACTLY A YEAR AGO AND BUILT ON A RECLAIMED SITE WITH PART-BUILT STRUCTURES, HAS ELECTRICITY, WATER SUPPLY AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR HOUSING, THE HON. DONALD LIAO SAID TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION BY DR. THE HON. HENRY HU IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON IMPROVEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE AREA.

+ALTHOUGH THERE IS AN ADEQUATE DRAINAGE SYSTEM THERE HAS BEEN SOME SILTING AND BLOCKAGE RECENTLY.

+THE DRAINAGE CHANNELS HAVE BEEN CLEARED OUT ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS AND WILL BE REGULARLY CHECKED IN FUTURE. SOME MINOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE DRAINAGE CHANNELS HAVE ALSO BEEN DECIDED UPON AND WILL BE CARRIED OUT TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF FUTURE BLOCKAGES,* HE SAID.

THE SECRETARY SAID THERE WAS ADEQUATE ACCESS OVER THE RECLAMATION FOR FIRE APPLIANCES, AMBULANCES AND OTHER ESSENTIAL VEHICLES, AND ALTHOUGH THERE WAS NO PROPER ROAD AS YET, VEHICLES HAD NO DIFFICULTY IN REACHING THE TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

HE NOTED THAT THERE WERE 162 LIGHTS FIXED TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDINGS FOR THE COMMON PASSAGE WAYS, BESIDES 12 MERCURY VAPOUR STREET LAMPS WITHIN THE AREA, WHICH TOGETHER PROVIDED GOOD LIGHTING.

THERE WAS ALSO A 24-HOUR SECURITY SERVICE WITHIN THE AREA IN ADDITION TO NORMAL POLICE COVERAGE, HE ADDED.

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INDIVIDUAL MAINS SUPPLY SOON TO BE CONNECTED TO YUEN LING VILLAGt * * * * *

STAFF OF THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT ARE NOW PROCESSING SOME 2.000 APPLICATIONS FROM RESIDENTS IN YUEN LING VILLAGE AT DIAMOND HILL FOR INDIVIDUAL METERED SUPPLIES, THE ACTING DI RECTOR OF PUBL IC WORKS, THE HON. WILLIAM BELL, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TOvAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN WHO HAD ASKED ABOUT THE PRESENT POSITION REGARDING THE SUPPLY OF MAINS WATER FOR DOMESTIC USERS IN THE VILLAGE.

MR. BELL SAID THAT FOLLOWING INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE DEMAND FOR INDIVIDUAL METERED SUPPLIES, THE DEPARTMENT HAD EARLIER THIS MONTH RECEIVED SOME 2,030 APPLICATIONS FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THt YUEN LING KAIFONG ASSOCIATION, WHO HAD BEEN APPROACHED TO ASSIST IN THE MATTER.

SPECIALLY

♦THESE APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT STAFF AND DEMAND NOTES AND CONNECTION FEES WILL BE ISSUED OVER THE NEXT

PROCESSED BY THE FOR METER DEPOSIT FEW WEEKS,+

HE SAID.

+MATERIALS FOR THE WORK HAVE BEEN DRAWN AND CONNECTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED FOLLOWING COMPLETION FORMAL IT IES.+

INDIVIDUAL OF THE USUAL

MR. BELL SAID THAT IN ORDER TO SPEED UP THE CONNECT ON OF INDIVIDUAL SERVICE, IT WAS INTENDED TO POST A HOUSE SERVICE INSPECTOR AT THE KAIFONG HEADQUARTERS TO ASS ST RE°IDENTb aNj LICENSED PLUMBERS IN COMPLETING THESE FORMALITIES WHILE THc. SUB-MAINS WERE BEING LAID.

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RTHK TO INCREASE LEGCO COVERAGE

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THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING IS AWARE OF THE NEED TO GIVE CREDIT TO THE LARGE PART PLAYED BY UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN ITS PROCEEDINGS AND WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO INCREASE THIS COVERAGE, THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, THE HON. F.K. LI, TOLD THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY.

+LAST YEAR, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG DID CARRY A PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDED INTERVIEWS WITH BOTH OFFICIAL AND UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS. THOUGH THIS DID NOT TURN OUT AS WELL AS WE HAD HOPED, I SHALL ASK HIM TO CONSIDER ITS RE-INTRODUCTION OR PERHAPS PRODUCE A COMPLETELY NEW PROGRAMME ALONG SIMILAR LINES,* HE SAID, ANSWERING A QUESTION FROM THE HON. ROGER LOBO.

A PREVIEW OF QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER IN THE COUNCIL TOGETHER, WHEN TIME PERMITS, WITH THE NAMES OF THE MEMBERS ASKING THESE QUESTIONS IS INCLUDED IN THE NEWS BULLETINS BROADCAST ON THE DAY BEFORE AND ON THE MORNING OF LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEETINGS, MR. LI REVEALED.

THE ACTUAL MEETING IS BROADCAST LIVE WITHOUT INTERRUPTION, HE ADDED, AND A ROUND-UP OF THE PROCEEDINGS IN THE COUNCIL IS INCLUDED IN THE NEWS BULLETINS TRANSMITTED IN THE LATE AFTERNOON, IN THE EVENING AND ON THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

ALL THESE BROADCASTS ARE CARRIED ON BOTH THE CHINESE AND ENGLISH CHANNELS OF RTHK, HE SAID.

+IN SO FAR AS THE ROUND-UP OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS CONCERNED, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE NOT ACHIEVED THE POSITION WHEREBY INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE QUESTIONS THEY HAVE ASKED ALTHOUGH THIS IS OFTEN DONE, AS I HAVE MENTIONED, IN RESPECT OF THE PRE-LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NEWS BULLETINS AND ALWAYS IN THE LIVE BROADCAST.

+THE PROBLEM OF A ROUND-UP IS THAT THE NEWS EDITOR HAS TO WALK A TIGHT ROPE BETWEEN THE APPROPRIATE LENGTH OF EACH INDIVIDUAL ITEM TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NEWS BULLETINS AND THE NEED TO AVOID REPETITIVE INTRODUCTION TO THOSE ITEMS WHICH COVER MEMBERS’ QUESTIONS,* HE EXPLAINED.

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THIRD PARTY INSURANCE FOR PLEASURE CRAFT

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A BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN THE NEXT SESSION TO REQUIRE ALL PLEASURE CRAFT OWNERS TO INSURE AGAINST THIRD PARTY RISKS, THE ACTING FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THE HON. DAVID JEAFFRESON, REVEALED TODAY.

HE WAS REPLYING TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. PETER C. WONG IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

MR. JEAFFRESON SAID THAT PROVISON IS BEING INCLUDED IN THE MERCHANT SHIPPING (AMENDMENT) BILL FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMITTEE ON BOATING AND YACHTING AND THE MARINE ASSOCIATION OF HONG KONG.

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CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION MAY BE SET UP IN THE NEW TERR I TOR IES

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A RECOMMENDATION TO ESTABLISH A SEPARATE CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION WITHIN THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S NEW TERRITORIES REGION IS BEING EXAMINED BY THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, THE HON. DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY.

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IN REPLY TO A QUESTION BY THE HON. LEUNG TAT-SHING, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID THE SEPARATE DIVISION, RECOMMENDED BY THE USD DIRECTOR IF APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TH IMPLEMENTATION OF PLANS AND POLICY FOR THE PROVISION OF CULTURAL FACILITIES SUCH AS LIBRARIES, AUDITORIA, AND EXHIBITION HALLS, TO THE SAME EXTENT AS THAT PROVIDED IN THE URBAN AREA.

+IF ALL GOES WELL, THE NEW STAFF FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES CULTURAL SERVICES DIVISION WILL BE IN POST BY THE END OF THIS YEAR,+ HE ADDED.

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NAVIGATION BEACONS STUDY K * * *

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, THROUGH ITS STANDING COMMITTEE ON NAVIGATIONAL AIDS, HAD ALREADY BEEN INVESTIGATING THE NEED FOR NAVIGATION BEACONS AT FAT TONG MUN AND SOR SEE MUN FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID T.K. WONG SAID TODAY.

A CONCLUSION IS LIKELY TO EE REACHED WITHIN TWO WEEKS, HE ADDED IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. T.S. LO.

+AS FOR FAN TSANG MUN, NO STUDY HAS AS YET BEEN INITIATED BUT BECAUSE CF MR. LO’S QUESTION ONE WILL EE UNDERTAKEN BY THE STANDING COMMITTEE,* HE SAID.

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AMENDMENT TO COMPANY PARTNERSHIPS LAW * * * *

A BILL WHICH WILL LIFT THE PROHIBITION FOR PARTNERSHIPS OF SOLICITORS, PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS, MEMBERS OF A RECOGNISED STOCK EXCHANGE AND MEMBERS OF SUCH OTHER BODIES AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE GOVERNOR, IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THIS WAS REVEALED BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, THE HON. DAVID T.K. WONG, IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY IN REPLY TO A QUESTION FROM THE HON. JOHN BREMRIDGE.

MR. WONG ADDED THAT THE AMENDMENT OF SECTION 345 OF THE COMPANIES ORDINANCE, WHICH PROHIBITS PARTNERSHIPS WITH MORE THAN 23 MEMBERS OTHER THAN FOR THE BUSINESS OF BANKING, IS ONE OF THE MANY RECOMMENDATIONS MADE IN THE SECOND REPORT OF THE COMPANIES LAW REVISION COMMITTEE.

+ SOME OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PASSED INTO LAW,* HE SAID AND +WORK ON AN OMNIBUS BILL TO IMPLEMENT MOST OF THE REST OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IS IN PROGRESS.*

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GOVERNOR CONGRATULATES LEGCO

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, TODAY CONGRATULATED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL NOT ONLY FOR ITS +UNUSUALLY LONG,+ BUT ALSO +UNUSUALLY PRODUCTIVE AND LIVELY* SESSION.

HE MADE THIS CLOSING REMARK AT THE END OF THE COUNCIL MEETING WHICH HAS BEEN ADJOURNED FOR THE ANNUAL HOLIDAYS UNTIL OCTOBER 5.

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HKCE EXAM RESULTS AVAILABLE TOMORROW * * * *

THE PERCENTAGE OF AWARDS OF GRADE E OR ABOVE FOR THOSE CANDIDATES SITTING THE MAJOR SUBJECTS IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION 1977 WAS 62.48 COMPARED WITH 61.61 PER CENT IN 1976, THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THIS YEAR 86,520 CANDIDATES ENTERED FOR THE EXAMINATION COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR’S TOTAL OF 70,440, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 22.83 PER CENT. ALTOGETHER 34 SUBJECTS WERE EXAMINED.

THE RESULTS OF THE EXAMINATION WILL BE ISSUED TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS NOTICES FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE OFFICE OF EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT FOR COLLECTION BY SCHOOLS TOMORROW MORNING.

RESULTS NOTICES FOR PRIVATE CANDIDATES HAVE BEEN POSTED AND SHOULD REACH CANDIDATES TOMORROW. HOWEVER, IF THEY DO NOT RECEIVE THEIR RESULTS BY AUGUST 13, THEY MAY MAKE ENQUIRIES AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, 11TH FLOOR, KOWLOON, TEL. NO. 3-688708 OR 3-688602.

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WATER supply from china further extended * * * *

AGREEMENT HAS BEEN REACHED BETWEEN THE P.W'.D.’S WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT AND THE BUREAU OF WATER SUPPLY AND CONSERVANCY IN KWANGTUNG PROVINCE FOR THE SUPPLY OF A FURTHER 1,200 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID: +WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THIS ADDITIONAL SUPPLY WHICH WILL HELP AUGMENT OUR WATER STORAGE.+

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MRS. EDITH LI, WIFE OF THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, WILL VISIT PO LEUNG KUK’S KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12) MORNING TO INSPECT ITS REHABILITATION SERVICES.

MRS. LI WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY MR. CHEUNG ENG-KUAN, CHAIRMAN OF PO LEUNG KUK, MRS. KITTY SZETO SIU, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE KUK, MR. LEUNG CHIN-MAN, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (KWUN TONG) AND OTHER KUK OFFICIALS.

THE CENTRE, WHICH HAS A HOSTEL, A SHELTERED WORKSHOP, A CANTEEN AND RECREATION ROOM, IS THE LARGEST IN HONG KONG FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED AND IS THE ONLY ONE PROVIDING THEM WITH MULTIPLE SERVICES.

DURING HER TOUR, MRS. LI WILL ALSO SEE PART OF THE TRAINING PROGRAMME IN PROGRESS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT OF MRS. LI TO THE KO CHIU ROAD CENTRE FOR MENTALLY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AT 11.30 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12).

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PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE - TIN CHIU STREET ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 12), THE EXISTING PUBLIC LIGHT BUS RESTRICTED ZONE APPLYING TO THE SECTION OF TIN CHIU STREET BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND JAVA ROAD BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7 A.M. AND MID-NIGHT WILL BE EXTENDED NORTHWARDS TO A POINT 42.7 METRES (140 FT.) TO THE NORTH OF JAVA ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO INDICATE THE RESTRICTED ZONE.


DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

JULY WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN USUAL ........ 1

WAN CHA I/HUNG HOM FERRY RESCHEDULED ........ 2

PRESS PREVIEW OF NEw AIRPORT EXTENSION ...... 2

PASSING OUT CEREMONY FOR 79 PRISON OFFICERS . 3

TwO KWAI CHUNG STREETS REROUTED ............. 3

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 1977

LESS SUNSHINE IN JULY YET WARMER, DRIER THAN USUAL

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JULY HAD LESS SUNSHINE THAN USUAL, BUT IT WAS WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL.

THE MONTHLY TOTAL OF 276.1 MM WAS ABOUT 26 PER CENT BELOW AVERAGE WHILE THE ACCUMULATED RAINFALL DURING THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS AMOUNTED TO 904.6 MM WHICH WAS 33 PER CENT BELOW AVERAGE AND RANKED THE NINTH LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THE SAME PERIOD SINCE 1884.

DURING THE MONTH, TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS WERE HOISTED FOR THREE OF THE FOUR TROPICAL CYCLONES THAT WERE REPORTED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC AND THE CHINA SEAS.

APART FROM SOME CLOUDY PERIODS AND A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS, CONDITIONS DURING THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THE MONTH WERE FINE AND SUNNY. AND WHEN A TROPICAL DEPRESSION PASSED HONG KONG ON JULY 5 AND 6, STRONG WINDS FROM THE EAST WITH MAXIMUM GUSTS OF 49 KNOTS BLEW FOR 23 HOURS IN THE HARBOUR.

FROM JULY 5 TO 7, THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH SQUALLY

SHOWERS. THE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 24.7 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED DURING THE SHOWERS ON THE MORNING OF JULY 7 WAS THE LOWEST OF THE MONTH. ONE AIRCRAFT WAS DIVERTED FROM THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON JULY 5 AS A RESULT OF ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

DURING THE PERIOD FROM JULY 8 TO 18, SUNNY AND HOT CONDITIONS PREVA ILED.

TYPHOON SARAH HAD BROUGHT HEAVY SQUALLY SHOWERS AND SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS TO HONG KONG FROM JULY 19 TO 21.

CONDITIONS FROM JULY 22 TO 25 WERE FINE, SUNNY AND HOT WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 33.8 DEGREES CELSIUS RECORDED ON THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 25, WHICH WAS THE HIGHEST OF THE MONTH.

TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH, THE WEATHER TURNED CLOUDY WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS AND SUNNY PERIODS.

DURING THE MONTH NO FIRE DANGER WARNINGS WERE ISSUED WHILE THUNDERSTORM AND HEAVY RAIN //ARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON 10 DIFFERENT DAYS.

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REDUCED SAILINGS OF HYF WAN CHAI/HUNG HOM SERVICE ON WEEKENDS MHO

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS AUTHORISED THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY TO WITHDRAW ONE FERRY FROM THE <iAN CHAI TO HUNG HOM SERVICE CN WEEKENDS ON A TRIAL BASIS FOR AUGUST.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THIS WOULD MEAN REDUCING THE BASIC FREQUENCY OF THE SERVICE TO EVERY 30 MINUTES AFTER ID A.M. ON SATURDAYS AND THROUGHOUT THE DAY ON SUNDAYS.

HE SAID THAT THE FERRY WITHDRAWN FROM THIS ROUTE WAS BEING USED TO SUPPLEMENT AN EXCURSION SERVICE BETWEEN TAI PO KAU AND PING CHAU.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT THE MOVE WAS AIMED AT MEETING THE HEAVY WEEKEND DEMAND ON THE EXCURSION SERVICE BETWEEN TAI PO KAU AND PING CHAU.

HE SAID: +THIS MOVE IS JUST FOR THIS MONTH BUT IF IT PROVES SUCCESSFUL WE MAY ALLOW THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY COMPANY TO RETAIN THIS CHANGE.+

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PREVIEW OF AIRPORT TERMINAL EXTENSION * * * *

A PRESS PREVIEW OF THE NEW EXTENSION OF THE KAITAK AIRPORT PASSENGER TERMINAL, HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM NOT LATER THAN 2 P.M. WHERE MR. H.L. KO, PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT WILL BE PRESENT TO ASSIST.

AFTER A BRIEFING BY MR. R.A. SIEGEL, ASSISTANT AIRPORT GENERAL MANAGER (ADMINISTRATION), THE PRESS PARTY WILL BE CONDUCTED ON A TOUR OF THE NEW DEPARTURES AREA AND THE BASEMENT WHERE A COMPUTERISED PASSENGERS’ BAGGAGE SORTING SYSTEM IS INSTALLED.

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PASSING OUT PARADE OF PRISON OFFICERS * * * *

A PASSING OUT PARADE OF 79 OFFICERS OF THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT WILL BE HELD AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 13).

THE INSPECTOR OF PRISONS, MR. D. HAMPTON, W ILL INSPECT THE PARADE WHICH BEGINS AT 11 A.M.

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

TRAFFIC REROUTING IN KWAI CHUNG STREETS * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT MAN FONG STREET AND KWONG FAI CIRCUIT WILL BE REROUTED ONE WAY IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION WITH EFFECT FROM 19 A.M. NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 15) TO IMPROVE- THE EXISTING TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN THESE STREETS.

’APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS * ILL EE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY AT AIRPORT BEING DOUBLED . 1

SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK DESIGNATED ..................... 3

NEW DRIVING TEST SYSTEM FROM MONDAY .................. 4

570.3 MILLION SURPLUS IN MAY ACCOUNTS ................ 5

LADY MAYORESS VISITS CHESHIRE HOME ................... 5

LORD MAYOR OF LONDON TALKS ON UK ECONOMY ............. 6

GROUNDWORK PREPARED FOR TWO NEW ESTATES .............. 7

TAI KOK TSUI FLYOVER TENDER INVITED .................. 3

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN MONG KOK FOR MTR WORKS ....... 9

RESIDENTIAL SITES ON PENG CHAU FOR SALE ............. 10

CONTRACT FOR TAI HING ESTATE 30-STOREY BLOCK SIGNED . 11

SIGN LANGUAGE EXPERT RETIRES ........................ 12

YOUTH ACTIVITIES EXHIBITION ......................... 13

PWD ENGINEER COMPLETES 24 YEARS PUBLIC SERVICE ...... 13

GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR RETIRES ............. 14

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 1977

AIRPORT PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY WILL BE DOUBLED BY YEAR END ******

THE PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY OF KAI TAK AIRPORT WILL BE MORE THAN DOUBLED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WHEN A NEW EXTENSION TO THE EAST OF THE EXISTING TERMINAL BUILDING COMES INTO OPERATION.

THE EXTENSION IS PART OF THE 5303 MILLION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TO SPEED UP PASSENGER FLOW AT KAI TAK AIRPORT WHICH IS ALREADY ONE OF THE BUSIEST AND EEST EQUIPPED AIRPORTS IN THE FAR EAST.

AT PRESENT THE PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY IS 2,203 PERSONS AN HOUR, BUT WITH THE NEW EXTENSION COMING INTO FULL OPERATION BY THE YEAR’S END, IT WILL BE INCREASED TO ABOUT 4,500 PERSONS AN HOUR.

MEANWHILE, A NEW DEPARTURE CONCOURSE WILL BE OPENED FROM NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

MR. R.E. DOWNING, DIRECTOR OF CIVIL AVIATION, SAID TODAY THAT THE PASSENGER HANDLING CAPACITY WOULD PROGRESSIVELY RISE TO 5,533 PERSONS AN HOUR WHEN MODIFICATION TO THE EXISTING TERMINAL BUILDING WAS COMPLETED.

+THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME HAS BEEN CAREFULLY PHASED AND FROM NEXT MONDAY, THE CHECK-IN AREAS IN THE EXTENSION ON THE FIRST-FLOOR LEVEL WILL EE PUT INTO USE AND THIS WILL EE FOLLOWED BY THE OPENING OF A PORTION OF THE GROUND FLOOR EXTENSION A LITTLE LATER,+ MP. DOWNING SAID.

+AS PART OF THE PROGRAMME, A FLYOVER FOR EAST-BOUND TRAFFIC FROM PRINCE EDWARD ROAD TO SERVICE THE AIRPORT AT THE DEPARTURES LEVEL WILL EE BUILT AND IT IS DUE FOR COMPLETION IN 1979,+ HE SA ID.

OTHER IMPROVEMENTS WILL INCLUDE THE EXTENSION OF A NEW BAGGAGE SYSTEM TO THE EXISTING TERMINAL BUILDING, FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE AIRSIDE ARRIVALS PIER, A NEW AIRPORT RESTAURANT, A MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK AND AN EXTENSION OF THE WEST PODIUM AT THE FIRST-FLOOR LEVEL TO IMPROVE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC.

MR. DOWNING WENT ON THAT CONTINUING DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERMINAL BUILDING AND THE AIRPORT FACILITIES .AS ESSENTIAL TO KEEP PACE aITH THE RAPID GROWTH IN AIR PASSENGER TRAFFIC THROUGH HONG KONG.

+THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THESE IMPROVEMENTS HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO ENSURE THAT THE STANDARD OF SER-VICE PROVIDED BY THE TERMINAL FACILITIES CAN MEET THE DEMANDS PLACED UPON THEM EY THE INCREASING PASSENGER TRAFFIC THROUGH THE AIRPORT,* HE SAID.

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ON COMPLETION OF THE PRESENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME, THE DEPARTURE PASSENGER DROCESSING AREA WILL BE INCREASED FROM 14,300 SQUARE METRES TO 25,000 SQUARE METRES.

THE NEW EXTENSION WILL HAVE TWO CHECK-IN ISLANDS PROVIDING A TOTAL OF *8 CHECK-IN POSITIONS EACH EQUIPPED WITH AN INTERCC SYSTEM AND A BUILT-IN POSITION FOR THE SECURITY EXAMINATION OF PASSENGERS’ CHECKED BAGGAGE. THEY ARE ALL LINKED TO A NEW SEMI-AUTOMATIC BAGGAGE SYSTEM FROM WHERE PASSENGERS’ BAGGAGE will ee Channelled to a computerised sorting system in the BASEMENT rtHICH WILL DIRECT BAGS TO A LOCATION DESIGNATED FOR EACH FLIGHT. f

THE DEPARTURE IMMIGRATION CONTROLS WILL HAVE 47 DESKS AS AGAINST 19 AT PRESENT TO COMPLEMENT THE EXTENDED DEPARTURE PASSENGER PROCESSING CONTROLS.

IN ADDITION, 12 SHOPS AND A NUMBER OF AIRLINE INFORMATION DESKS AND +HOSPITALITY LOUNGES+ WILL ALSO BE ACCOMMODATED IN THE NEw EXTENSION FOR THE BENEFIT OF TRAVELLERS.

THE ARRIVING PASSENGER PROCESSING AREA WILL INCREASE FROM 12,303 SQUARE METRES IN AREA TO 21,003 SQUARE METRES. THE ENLARGED CUSTOMS HALL WILL HAVE TWO NEW BAGGAGE RECLAIM UNITS WITH AUTOMATIC DISPLAYS TO INDICATE. THE LOCATION OF ARRIVING PASSENGERS’ BAGGAGE. ONE OF THESE WILL BE BROUGHT INTO USE LATER THIS MONTH.

TO MATCH THE EXPANSION, 44 ADDITIONAL IMMIGRATION DESKS FOR PROCESSING ARRIVING PASSENGERS ..ILL EE PROVIDED TO SUPPLEMENT THE PRESENT 32 DESKS AND 22 MORE +CONVEYORISED CUSTOMS BENCHES* WILL BE BROUGHT INTO USE.

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SAI KUNG PENINSULA TO BE PUT UNDER COUNTRY PARK MANAGEMENT

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SAI KUNG PENINSULA, WHICH HAS SOME OF HONG KONG’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND PICNIC SPOTS AND COMPRISES AN EXTENSIVE AREA OF COUNTRYSIDE, IS PROPOSED FOR COUNTRY PARK DEVELOPMENT.

A GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NOTICE TODAY PUBLISHED TWO SITES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COUNTRY PARKS ON THE PENINSULA — SA J KUNG WEST WHICH LIES BETWEEN THREE FATHOMS COVE AND PAK TAM CHUNG-KO TONG ROAD, STRETCHING SOUTHWARDS FROM HOI HA TO TAI MONG TSAI-AND SAI KUNG EAST WHICH IS SITUATED IMMEDIATELY EAST OF PAK TAM CHUNG-KO TONG ROAD AND STRETCHES FROM LONG HARBOUR SOUTHWARDS TO HIGH ISLAND.

SAI KUNG WEST COUNTRY PARK IS BOUNDED WITHIN AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,000 HECTARES AND INCLUDES 850 HECTARES OF FORESTRY PLANTATIONS AND NATURAL WOODLAND, GRASSLAND OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR CATCHMENT AREA AND THE ADJOINING HILLS. THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK EAST IS EVEN LARGER, COVERING AN AREA OF 4,470 HECTARES, INCLUDING 375 HECTARES OF NATURAL WOODLAND, GRASSLAND AND ADJOINING HILLS AND 710 HECTARES OF WATER SURFACE ON COMPLETION OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR.

THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY HAS PREPARED AN EXPLANATORY STATEMENT AND A DRAFT MAP FOR BOTH PARKS WHICH MAY BE INSPECTED AT A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES DURING NORMAL WORKING HOURS WITHIN THE NEXT 60 DAYS.

THESE OFFICES ARE THE LAND REGISTRY AT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION HEADQUARTERS, THE P.W.D.’S CROWN LANDS AND SURVEY DEPARTMENT IN MURRAY BUILDING, THE DISTRICT OFFICES IN TSUEN WAN, TAI PO, TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG, SAI KUNG AND SHA TIN, THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT COMMISSIONER AND THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICES IN KOWLOON CITY, KWUN TONG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHU I PO AND WONG TAI SIN.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT MAPS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $6 A COPY FROM THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AT 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

UNDER THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE, NO NEW DEVELOPMENT IS ALLOWED IN THE AREA OF THE PROPOSED COUNTRY PARKS SHOWN IN THE DRAFT MAPS WITHOUT FIRST HAVING APPROVAL FROM THE AUTHORITY.

ANYONE WHO IS AGGRIEVED BY THE PROPOSED COUNTRY PARKS MAY WITHIN THE 60 DAYS SEND A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF HIS OBJECTIONS TO THE AUTHORITY AND TO THE SECRETARY OF THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD AT THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

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NEW DRIVING TEST SYSTEM FOR PRIVATE CAR TO BE INTRODUCED

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THE DRIVING TEST SYSTEM FOR PRIVATE CAR WILL BE REVISED FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15) TO ALLOW CANDIDATES TO TAKE THEIR TESTS IN THREE SEPARATE PARTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE PRESENT SYSTEM COMPRISES A WRITTEN TEST ON THE HIGHWAY CODE (PART A) AND A COMBINED ROAD TEST WHICH INCLUDES BASIC MANOEUVRES (PART B) AND DRIVING IN TRAFFIC (PART C).

AT PRESENT CANDIDATES ARE GIVEN TESTING APPOINTMENTS FOR THE COMBINED ROAD TEST (PARTS E AND C) ONLY AFTER PASSING THE WRITTEN TEST (PART A). IF THEY FAIL IN EITHER PART OF THE COMBINED TEST, THEY ..ILL HAVE TO TAKE BOTH PARTS E AND C AGAIN IN ORDER TO QUALIFY THEMSELVES FOR THE ISSUE OF A FULL DRIVING LICENCE FOR PRIVATE CAR.

UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM, IF A CANDIDATE PASSES PART B OF THE COMBINED TEST AND FAILS PART C, HE WILL ONLY HAVE TO TAKE PART C THE NEXT TIME.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE REVISED PROCEDURE WILL RESULT IN A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF SUCCESS WITHOUT LOWERING OF DRIVING STANDARDS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IN THE PAST IT WAS NOT UNUSUAL FOR A CANDIDATE TO TAKE THE COMBINED TEST SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE GETTING A FULL LICENCE BECAUSE HE WAS UNABLE TO PASS BOTH PARTS AT THE SAME TIME.

HE SAID THAT THE PASS RATE FOR PART A HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY GOOD, RANGING FROM 93 PER CENT TO 96 PER CENT. HOWEVER, THE PASS RATE FOR THE COMBINED ROAD TEST, PARTS B AND C, WAS ALWAYS VERY LOW, VARYING BETWEEN 28 PER CENT AND 33 PER CENT. OF THE 89,533 COMBINED ROAD TESTS ARRANGED FOR PRIVATE CAR LAST YEAR, 52 PER CENT WERE FOR REPEATERS.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD REDUCE THE LENGTHY WAITING TIME FOR PRIVATE CAR DRIVING TESTS, WHICH IS AS LONG AS TEN MONTHS IN KOWLOON.

HE ADDED THAT THERE WOULD FOR A DRIVING TEST FORM, WHICH

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GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR MAY

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THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTS FOR THE MONTH OF MAY SHOW A SURPLUS OF $70.3 MILLION AS COMPARED WITH A SURPLUS OF $20.9 MILLION IN MAY LAST YEAR.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE AT 3529.3 MILLION WAS S82.9 MILLION MORE THAN IN MAY 1976.

TOTAL REVENUE AND RECEIPTS AT 3599.6 MILLION WAS $132.2 MILLION MORE THAN THE SAME MONTH LAST YEAR.

LADY MAYORESS TOURS CHESHIRE HOME * * * *

THE LADY MAYORESS OF LONDON, WHO ARRIVED HERE YESTERDAY a I TH THE LORD MAYOR, COMMANDER SIR ROE IN GILLETT FOR A FOUR-DAY VISIT, S=ENT THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING TOURING THE CHESHIRE HOME, AN INSTITUTION FOR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE IN CHUNG HOM KOK.

LADY GILLETT WAS GREETED ON HER ARRIVAL EY MR. KENNETH T.C. LC, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHESHIRE HOME COMMITTEE AND MISS S.C. KEN, THE HONE’S SUPERVISOR.

AFTER A BRIEFING EY MR. LO ON THE HISTORY OF CHESHIRE HOME, LADY GILLETT STARTED HER TOUR EY INSPECTING THE HANDICRAFT ROOM. HERE SOME OF THE RESIDENTS WERE BUSY SEwING GLOVES AND TROUSERS OR MAKING FEATHER FLAGS FOR A FLAG DAY TO EE HELD LATER THIS MONTH TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THE HOME.

SHE THEN TOURED THE MODERN FACILITIES OF THE HOME, WHICH CCST $3 MILLION TO BUILD.

IT CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 93 RESIDENTS EUT AT PRESENT THERE ARE ONLY 52. TWELVE MORE RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE ADMITTED LATER THIS MONTH.

THE CHESHIRE HOME WAS FORMALLY OPENED BY LADY MACLEHOSE II. MARCH THIS YEAR TO REPLACE THE OLD ONE WHICr. SAS ESTABLISHED I'. 1961 ON THE SAME SITE.

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POSITIVE SIGNS OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY IN BRITAIN X * H *

THE BRITISH ECONOMY IS AT LAST SHOWING POSITIVE SIGNS OF RECOVERY AND HER BALANCE OF PAYMENTS CONSTRAINT IS VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED, THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON, COMMANDER SIR ROBIN GILLETT TOLD MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG GENERAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE DURING LUNCH AT THE HILTON HOTEL TODAY.

SIR ROBIN SAID THIS WAS DUE TO THE CONTRIBUTION OF NORTH SEA OIL AND TO INCREASED EXPORTS WITH A SUSTAINED SURPLUS IN SIGHT FOR THE END OF THE YEAR.

CURRENCY RESERVES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY BY 45 PER CENT SO FAR THIS YEAR OVER 1976 LEVELS, MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT HAS BEEN ON INCREASE FOR A YEAR AND CBI (CONFEDERATION OF BRITISH INDUSTRY) INDUSTRIAL TRENDS SURVEYS POINT TO 20 PER CENT RISE IN 1978 OVER 1977, HE POINTED OUT.

HE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT WHETHER BRITAIN COULD SUCCEED IN GETTING INFLATION DOWN TO THE LEVEL OF HER CHIEF COMPETITORS NEXT YEAR WOULD DEPEND ON THE LEVEL OF FUTURE PAY SETTLEMENTS.

HE THOUGHT A RETURN TO FREE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING WOULD NOT RESULT IN RUNAWAY WAGE SETTLEMENTS THAT MIGHT BE EXPECTED. THERE WOULD BE DEMANDS PERHAPS, HE SAID, BUT NOT SETTLEMENTS FOR TWO REASONS.

FIRST THE INABILITY OF FIRMS TO PAY AND THE THREAT OF FURTHER UNEMPLOYMENT IF CLAIMS WERE PRESSED, AND SECONDLY THE LESSON LEARNT FROM THE LAST WAVE OF INFLATION THAT INCREASES PAID IN CONFETTI MONEY ARE USELESS TO THE RECIPIENTS, HE SAID.

INVISIBLE EARNINGS TOO HAD MAINTAINED RECORD LEVELS AND WERE SET TO IMPROVE FURTHER THROUGH NEXT YEAR, SIR ROBIN SAID.

HE DISCLOSED THAT THESE EARNINGS, WHICH WERE THE PARTICULAR CONCERN OF THE CITY OF LONDON, CONTRIBUTED TO ONE THIRD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM’S TOTAL FOREIGN EARNINGS AND WERE EQUAL TO NEARLY ONE HALF OF THE COUNTRY’S IMPORT BILL.

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GROUNDWORK TO BE LAID FOR TWO MORE HOUSING ESTATES ******

THE GOVERNMENT HAS STARTED PREPARING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO MORE PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES IN THE NEW TOWNS OF SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN.

THE ESTATE AT SO KWUN WAT, TUEN MUN, WILL PROVIDE HOMES FOR 50,000 PEOPLE WHILE THE MAI LAM ESTATE IN SHA TIN WILL HOUSE 17,000.

BOTH ARE SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN 1981.

TO FACILITATE WORK ON THE PROJECT, THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RESUME AREAS OF LAND TO ENABLE EARLY WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SAID TODAY.

AT SHA TIN, A TOTAL OF 62,286 SQUARE FEET OF PRIVATE AGRICULTURAL LAND ALONG THE SOUTH BANK OF SHING MUN RIVER IS TO BE RESUMED TO ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION OF A TRUNK SEWER WHICH WILL BE USED PRIMARILY TO SERVE THE NEW ESTATE.

THE TRUNK SYSTEM FORMS PART OF THE $175 MILLION SHA TIN SEWAGE TREATMENT WORKS WHICH IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE A PROPER SEWAGE DISPOSAL SYSTEM TO SERVE THE NEW TOWN.

AT TUEN MUN, 116,946 SQUARE FEET OF AGRICULTURAL LAND AND 450 SQUARE FEET OF PRIVATE BUILDING LAND IS BEING RESUMED SO THAT AN ACCESS ROAD CAN BE BUILT TO A BORROW AREA WHICH IS BEING USED TO PROVIDE FILL FOR THE PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENT.

AT SHA TIN, THE OWNERS OF THE LAND WILL BE OFFERED CASH COMPENSATION OR LAND EXCHANGE ENTITLEMENT DOCUMENTS.

AS THE PRIVATE LAND INVOLVED AT TUEN MUN IS NOT COVERED BY A STATUTORY OR LAYOUT PLAN, THE OWNERS WILL NOT BE OFFERED THE ALTERNATIVE OF LAND EXCHANGE TO CASH COMPENSATION.

THE ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID THAT CULTIVATORS INVOLVED IN BOTH RESUMPTIONS WOULD BE OFFERED A WIDE RANGE OF STATUTORY AND EX-GRATIA COMPENSATION PAYMENTS.

FAMILIES WHO WILL BE CLEARED IN THE RESUMPTIONS WILL BE OFFERED LOCAL PUBLIC HOUSING, IF ELIGIBLE, OR TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA ACCOMMODATION, HE SAID.

ONE MONTH’S NOTICE OF BOTH RESUMPTIONS WAS PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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TENDER CALLED FOR TAI KOK TSUI FLYOVER ******

WORK WILL BEGIN SOON ON A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR ELEVATED ROADWAY FROM TAI KOK TSUI TO SHAM SHU I PO AND THE ASSOCIATED GROUND LEVEL ROADS.

TENDERS FOR THE WORK, WHICH FORMS PHASE ONE OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE $300 MILLION WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR PROJECT, WERE INVITED TODAY.

WHEN COMPLETED, IT WILL PROVIDE A VERY DESIRABLE BY-PASS FOR TRAFFIC TRAVELLING THROUGH THE HEAVILY CONGESTED TAI KOK TSUI AREA.

MR. T.S. NG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE P.W.D.’S HIGHWAYS OFFICE SAIDj +WORK WILL BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND IS EXPECTED TO TAKE 27 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.+

+THE WORK WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ELEVATED NORTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ALONG TAI KOK TSUI ROAD FROM CHERRY STREET TO THE TUNG CHAU STREET JUNCTION, AND AN ELEVATED SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY WITH A SLIP ROAD LEADING TO TUNG CHAU STREET AND TERMINATING IN THE VICINITY OF THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD JUNCTION,+ HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE ELEVATED STRUCTURE WITH THREE TRAFFIC LANES IN EACH DIRECTION WOULD BE ABOUT ONE KILOMETRE IN LENGTH.

MR. NG SAID THAT THE ASSOCIATED GROUND LEVEL ROADS AT TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND TUNG CHAU STREET WOULD BE RECONSTRUCTED ON A NEW ALIGNMENT.

MR. NG POINTED OUT THAT THE ELEVATED ROADWAY WOULD BE EXTENDED IN STAGES TO LINK UP IN THE SOUTH WITH GASCOIGNE ROAD/FERRY STREET SECTION WHICH IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IN THE NORTH WITH LAI CHI KOK ROAD TO COMPLETE THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR.

ON COMPLETION, THE WEST KOWLOON CORRIDOR WILL PROVIDE A PRIMARY DISTRIBUTOR HIGHWAY FOR TRAFFIC BETWEEN THE CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL AND WEST AS WELL AS NORTHWEST KOWLOON.

THE SCHEME HAS BEEN DESIGNED, AND THE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY CONSULTANT ENGINEERS, MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA ON BEHALF OF THE HIGHWAYS OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR MONG KOK

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NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE MONG KOK AREA FROM 13 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15) IN ORDER TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION WORK TO BE CARRIED OUT ON BOTH SIDES OF NATHAN ROAD NEAR THE °RINCE EDWARD AND ARGYLE MTR STATIONS.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS, SEVERAL SECTIONS OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND DUNDAS STREET IN THE MONG KOK AREA WILL BE REDUCED FROM THREE-LANE TRAFFIC TO TWO-LANE TRAFFIC SOUTHBOUND.

IN ADDITION, CERTAIN CLASSES OF VEHICLES WILL HAVE TO BE DIVERTED AWAY FROM NATHAN ROAD SO THAT ESSENTIAL TRAFFIC ON NATHAN ROAD CAN STILL RUN AT A REASONABLE SPEED AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT CAN EE MAINTAINED FOR THE MAJORITY OF COMMUTERS.

PRIVATE CARS, TAXIS AND PUBLIC HIRE CARS WILL BE EXCLUDED FROM CERTAIN PARTS OF NATHAN ROAD BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 7 P.M. DAILY BECAUSE OF THEIR FLEXIBILITY IN ROUTE PLANNING AND BECAUSE OF THE SMALL NUMBER OF PASSENGERS CARRIED BY THESE VEHICLES.

IT IS CONSIDERED THAT THIS EXCLUSION WILL NOT GREATLY AFFECT CARS AND TAXIS AS THEY ARE ALREADY NOT ALLOWED TO PICK UP OR SET DOWN PASSENGERS ALONG NATHAN ROAD DURING THE CLEARWAY HOURS OF 7 A.M. TO 7 P.M. DAILY.

TWO NEW TAXI STANDS WILL BE STREET, SOUTH OF NULLAH ROAD AND

PROVIDED IN SAI YEUNG CHOI SOUTH OF MONGKOK ROAD.

THE SECTIONS CF ROADS TO EE PROHIBITED TO CARS, TAXIS AND HIRE CARS AREs

* NATHAN ROAD, BETWEEN BOUNDARY STREET AND PLAYING FIELD ROAD-

* NATHAN ROAD, BETWEEN PRINCE EDWARD ROAD AND DUNDAS STREET-

* NULLAH ROAD, BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND NATHAN ROAD-

* ARRAN STREET, BETWEEN LAI CHI KOK ROAD AND NATHAN ROAD-

* LAI CHI KOK ROAD (SOUTHBOUND), BETWEEN PORTLAND STREET AND NATHAN RO.AD-

* SHAN TUNG STREET, BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND PORTLAND STREET"

AND

* SOY STREET, BETWEEN SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET AND PORTLAND STREET.

/TRAFFIC

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TRAFFIC SIGNS INDICATING THE NEW ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE SET U? TO GUIDE MOTORISTS. ‘'APS SHOWING THE DIVERSIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES AND FROM PETROL FILLING STATIONS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG.

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PENG CHAU LAND TO EE SOLD FOR RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT * * * * *

THE LEASES OF TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON PENG CHAU ISLAND, TOTALLING SOME 1,344 SQUARE METRES (11,238 SQUARE FEET) a ILL EE OFFERED FOR SALE EY PUBLIC AUCTION ON AUGUST 33.

BOTH LOTS, SITUATED AT WAI TSAI PEAK WITH AN EXCELLENT SEA VIEW ARE RESTRICTED TO DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SALE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, ON THE 4TH FLOOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, 141 DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL, HONG KONG, AT 10.30 A.M.

THE BUILDING COVENANTS ARE 3100,000 AND $125,330 FOR THE T.»0 LOTS, TO BE FULFILLED EY SEPTEMBER 33, 1980, AND THE ANNUAL RENTALS ARE $333.

FULL PARTICULARS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE NE;. TERRITORIES ADI'I N ISTRAT I ON, HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING, 5TH -LOOR, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON, OR FROM ANY OF THE SEVEN DISTRICT OFFICES.

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$24 MILLION CONTRACT FOR FIRST TAI HING ESTATE BLOCK SIGNED ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN WORK SHORTLY ON THE FIRST BLOCK OF THE SECOND STAGE OF THE TAI HING ESTATE IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

THE $24 MILLION CONTRACT FOR THE WORK WAS AWARDED TO THE DICKSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, AT A CEREMONY IN P.W.D. OFFJCES TODAY.

MR. JOSEPH LEI, CHIEF ARCHITECT, SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND MR. YIK TAK-TSING, MANAGING DIRECTOR SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE COMPANY.

THE CONTRACT COVERS THE CONSTRUCTION OF ONE 30-STOREY CRUCIFORM BLOCK WHICH CONTAINS ABOUT 1,300 FLATS. THE WORK WILL TAKE ABOUT 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

MR. LEI SAID THAT TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ONE OF THE TWO REMAINING BLOCKS HAD BEEN CALLED AND THE CONTRACT WOULD BE SIGNED SHORTLY FOR CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN. TENDERS FOR THE FINAL BLOCK WILL BE INVITED NEXT MONTH.

HE SAID THAT THE WHOLE OF STAGE TWO WAS SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1979 AND WOULD BE HANDED OVER TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AS PART OF ITS 10-YEAR HOUSING PROGRAMME.

+LIKE STAGE ONE OF THE ESTATE, THERE WILL BE OPEN AND RECREATIONAL SPACE IN AND AROUND THE ESTATE WITH PLAYGROUNDS AND REST GARDENS FOR RESIDENTS,* MR. LEI SAID.

+COMMERCIAL FACILITIES ARE PROVIDED TO SERVE THE RESIDENTS. THESE INCLUDE SHOPS AND A CENTRALLY LOCATED MARKET CONSISTING OF ABOUT 50 STALLS OF VARIOUS SIZES AND A LARGE RESTAURANT.*

HE ADDED THAT THE RESTAURANT, MEASURING ABOUT 1,500 SQUARE METRES, WOULD BE LOCATED AT THE COMMERCIAL COMPLEX WITH PARKING FACILITIES.

MR. LEI SAID THAT, ON COMPLETION, THIS $200 MILLION HIGH QUALITY HOUSING ESTATE WOULD HOUSE A TOTAL OF 46,000 PEOPLE IN SOME 8,500 FLATS.

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EXPERT IN SIGN LANGUAGE RETIRES

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MR. CHAN SIK-FUNG, OFFICER-IN-CHARGE OF THE WONG TAI SIN DEAF CLUB, WILL BE RETIRING SHORTLY AFTER 17 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE.

MR. CHAN WAS EDUCATED AT THE SUN YAT SEN UNIVERSITY IN CANTON WHERE HE GRADUATED IN 1936 WITH A LAW DEGREE. BEFORE JOINING THE CIVIL SERVICE, HE 'WAS A TEACHER AT THE OVERSEAS CHINESE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND DUMB. HE JOINED THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IK JUNE 1960 AS A SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER CLASS III AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY RETITLED ASSISTANT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER IN 1964.

THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, HIS DEVOTION AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES ESPECIALLY IN TEACHING SIGN LANGUAGE FOR THE DEAF HAD BEEN HIGHLY VALUED.

MR. CHAN HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE IN SETTING UP THE VARIOUS CLUBS WHICH PROVIDE INFORMAL EDUCATION FOR DEAF CHILDREN IN THE WONG TAI SIN, LI CHENG UK, TAI HANG TUNG AND SAU MAU PING DISTR ICTS.

OVER THE YEARS, MR. CHAN HAS TAUGHT MORE THAN 400 DEAF CHILDREN AND HAS BEEN REGARDED AS A ’COUNSELLOR AND FRIEND’ IN THE DEAF COMMUNITY. HE ALSO PIONEERED THE ORGANISING OF A NUMBER OF SCOUT TROOPS FOR DEAF CHILDREN.

IN 1962, HE WAS SWORN IN AS A COURT INTERPRETER AND SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN FREQUENTLY ASSISTING THE POLICE AND THE COURTS IN CASES WHERE DEAF PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED. MR. CHAN WILL ALSO BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION IN THE COMPILATION OF A HAND-SIGN MANUAL OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

MR. CHAN WAS AWARDED A E.E.M. LAST YEAR.

TO MARK THE OCCASION OF MR. CHAN’S RETIREMENT, A DINNER PARTY a ILL BE HOSTED BY HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE REHABILITATION DIVISION TOMORROW (SATURDAY) EVENING.

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A YOUTH ACTIVITIES EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY KOaLOON JAYCEES AND 12 OTHER ORGANISATIONS, WILL BE HELD AT ST, PAUL’S COLLEGE ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 14).

THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. CCLVYN HAYE, AND THE NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG JAYCEES, MR. Y.K. CHAN a ILL JOINTLY OPEN THE ONE-DAY EXHIBITION. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE EXHIBITION. ADMISSION IS FREE.

THE AIM OF THIS EXHIBITION IS TO PROMOTE THE INTEREST OF YOUTHS IN HONG KONG TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTHY AND MEANINGFUL ACTIVITIES.

THERE WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHIC DISPLAYS, SLIDE AND FILM SHOWS, FIRST-AID DEMONSTRATIONS, KUNG-FU AND A BAND PARADE.

THE ORGANISATIONS TAKING PART IN THE EXHIBITION ARE KOWLOON JAYCEES, JUNIOR POLICE CALL, CIVIL AID SERVICES, AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICE, GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION, THE H.K. FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, H.K. AIR CADET CORPS, ST. JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE, H.K. SEA CADET CORPS, Y.W.C.A., Y.M.C.A., AND THE CENTRAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE FOR YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

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THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. PAUL’S COLLEGE, BONHAM ROAD, HONG KONG ON SUNDAY AT ID A.M. YOU ARE INVITED TO HAVE THE EVENT COVERED.

PWD ENGINEER RETIRES AFTER 24 YEARS’ SERVICE * * * *

MR. LAU FAT-YIP, AN ENGINEER IN THE P.W.D.’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE WILL GO ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE AFTER ABOUT 24 YEARS’ I i.

THE PUBLIC SERVICE.

MR. LAU, WHO IS 58, FIRST JOINED THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN 1953 AS AN ASSISTANT ENGINEER.

HE WAS PROMOTED TO ENGINEER IN 1963 AND LATER BECAME

ENG I NEER-IN-CHARGE OF THE P.W.D.’S MATERIALS TESTING LABORATORIES IK 1969. HE HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE LABORATORIES AND THE IMPROVEMENT OF THEIR TESTING TECHNIQUES AND SERVICE.

ON ACCOUNT OF HIS CREDITABLE SERVICE TO THE GOVERNMENT, HE WAS SENT TO THE UNITED KINGDOM FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO VISIT VARIOUS MAJOR LABORATORIES UNDER THE MERIT TRIPS SCHEME IN 1'74.

AT A PRESENTATION CEREMONY TODAY (FRIDAY) TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, MR. H.C. BEATON, ACTING PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT eNGINeeR OF THE P.W.D.’S NEW GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE, PRESENTED MR. LAU aITH A RETIREMENT GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS COLLEAGUES.

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PWD SURVEYOR RETIRES AFTER 17 YEARS’ SERVICE

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MR. KEN BOYCE, GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR OF THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE, WILL RETIRE LATER THIS MONTH AFTER 17 YEARS’ SERVICE WITH THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

MR. BOYCE, AGED 55, FIRST JOINED THE DEPARTMENT AS A BUILDING SURVEYOR IN I960 AND BECAME MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR IN 1964.

HE WAS APPOINTED CHIEF MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR IN 1967 AND GOVERNMENT MAINTENANCE SURVEYOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

TO MARK HIS RETIREMENT, MR. JACK STEAN, DIRECTOR OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT, TODAY PRESENTED HIM WITH A GIFT ON BEHALF OF HIS FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, MR. STEAN SAID MR. BOYCE FIRST ARRIVED IN HONG KONG DURING THE WAR WHEN HE WAS AN OFFICER IN A SUBMARINE OPERATING IN THIS AREA.

AFTER LEAVING THE NAVY AND QUALIFYING AS A CHARTERED SURVEYOR, MR. BOYCE RETURNED HERE IN I960 TO TAKE UP AN APPOINTMENT AS THE ONLY BUILDING SURVEYOR IN THE ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

MR. STEAN SAID THAT OUTSIDE HIS OFFICIAL DUTIES MR. BOYCE HAD MADE A CONSIDERABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE WELFARE OF THE COMMUNITY.

THIS INCLUDED EIGHT YEARS SERVICE IN THE AUXILIARY POLICE, SERVICE ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE ST. JAMES SETTLEMENT WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE BUILDINGS, AND FOR SEVERAL YEARS HE HAS ACTED AS AN ADVISER TO THE ST. JOHN AMBULANCE ASSOCIATION AND BRIGADE ON THE MAINTENANCE OF THEIR PREMISES.

IN THE SPORTING FIELD, MR. BOYCE WAS AN EARLY MEMBER OF THE HEBE HAVEN YACHT CLUB AND HE IS A KEEN YACHTSMAN AND PROMOTER OF YACHTING IN HONG KONG AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF THE H.K. YACHTING ASSOCIATION.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC SERVICES EXPANDED ...................... 1

JOB AS PRISON OFFICER REWARDING .............................. 2

'ON DEMAND’ SPEEDPOST TO JAPAN FROM MONDAY ................... 3

FINAL PHASE OF DEFUNCT BANK DIVIDEND PAY-OUT ...............

PRESS CONFERENCE BY LORD MAYOR OF LONDON ...................

FIFTH DISTRICT ANTI-RABIES DRIVE IN KOWLOON ................. A-

NEW JURY SERVICE LIST TO BE POSTED .........................

5 RE-ROUTING OF NEW STREET ...................................

FIRING PRACTICE ............................................

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1977

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SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC SERVICES AUGMENTED *****

THE SECOND PHASE OF THE MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR SOUTH KWAI CHUNG POLYCLINIC HAS BEEN COMPLETED, PROVIDING ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES FOR A COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF SPECIALIST SERVICES.

THE $6.8 MILLION MEDICAL COMPLEX IS AN EXTENSION OF THE EXISTING SOUTH KWAI CHUNG JOCKEY CLUB POLYCLINIC WHICH HAS BEEN PROVIDING GENERAL OUT-PATIENT, MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH, CHEST AND X-RAY SERVICES.

THE EXTENSION WILL ADD SUBSTANTIALLY TO THESE BY PROVIDING SPECIALIST SERVICES IN MEDICINE, SURGERY, PAEDIATRICS, ORTHOPAEDY, SOCIAL HYGIENE, OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY. THESE SPECIALIST UNITS WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL FROM AUGUST 22.

IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATION FOR A REHABILITATION CENTRE, A DAY TREATMENT CENTRE FOR PSYCHIATRIC CASES, AN OPHTHALMIC CLINIC AND AN EAR, NOSE AND THROAT CLINIC. THESE ARE EXPECTED TO BE OPENED TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE BUILDING CONSISTS OF TWO WINGS, RISING TO SIX AND SEVEN STOREYS RESPECTIVELY. THE FIRST FLOOR WILL BE DEVOTED TO A PAEDIATRIC OUT-PATIENT CLINIC AND GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICES. MEDICAL OUTPATIENT AND ORTHOPAEDIC CLINICS ARE LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR, AND SURGICAL AND SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS ON THE THIRD.

THE FOURTH FLOOR HOUSES THE OBSTETRIC AND GYNAECOLOGY CLINICS, THE EYE CLINIC AS WELL AS THE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT CLINICS.

THE REHABILITATION CENTRE WILL BE ON THE GROUND FLOOR, WITH FACILITIES FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, ORTHOPAEDIC AND PROSTHETIC APPLIANCES AND MEDICAL SOCIAL WORK.

THE REMAINING FLOORS WILL HOUSE A PSYCHIATRIC OUT-PATIENT AND DAY TREATMENT CENTRE.

THE POLYCLINIC, PROVIDING SUPPORTING SERVICES TO THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL, WHICH IS THE REGIONAL HOSPITAL FOR THE WEST NEW TERRITORIES, WILL FURTHER IMPROVE MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DENSELY POPULATED AREAS OF TSUEN WAN AND KWAI CHUNG.

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PRISON OFFICER’S JOB REWARDING

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THERE ARE VERY FEW FIELDS OF WORK IN WHICH PEOPLE HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITY TO DO AN IMPORTANT AND RESPONSIBLE JOB THAN THAT OF A PRISON OFFICER.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE RETIRING INSPECTOR OF PRISONS, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT DAVID HAMPTON WHEN HE ADDRESSED 79 GRADUATING OFFICERS AND ASSISTANT OFFICERS AT A PASSING-OUT PARADE AT THE PRISONS DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING.

MR. HAMPTON ADDED J +AMONG PRISON OFFICERS YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND A GREAT SENSE OF PRIDE IN BELONGING TO THE SERVICE AND AN AWARENESS THAT THEY ARE CARRYING OUT A WORTHWHILE TASK, DESPITE THE FACT THAT MOST OF WHAT THEY DO CANNOT BE PUBLICISED BECAUSE IT AFFECTS INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SUCCESSFULLY BEEN REHABILITATED, AND THUS GOES UNRECOGNISED BY SOCIETY AT LARGE.*

RECALLING HIS OWN CAREER WITH THE SERVICE, MR. HAMPTON SAID WHEN HE JOINED THE DEPARTMENT SOME 30 YEARS AGO THERE WAS ONLY ONE ORDINANCE UNDER WHICH THE DEPARTMENT OPERATED AND THE ONLY INSTITUTIONS WERE PRISONS AND THEN THERE WERE ONLY TWO.

TODAY, HE STRESSED, THERE ARE FOUR ORDINANCES AND THE DEPARTMENT ADMINISTERS 17 DIFFERENT ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH INCLUDE TREATMENT, TRAINING AND DETENTION CENTRES, RECEPTION CENTRES AND A PSYCHIATRIC CENTRE.

MR. HAMPTON SAID THAT EVEN WITH A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF THE PRISON POPULATION THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE A NEED TO CONTAIN CERTAIN TYPES OF OFFENDERS UNDER SECURE CONDITIONS.

+ IN MY OPINION AND CONTRARY TO THE OPINION OF SOME, IMPRISONMENT HAS PROVED TO BE THE MOST DURABLE OF PENAL METHODS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE ANY CORRECTIONAL SETTING.*

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’ON DEMAND’ SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO JAPAN

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A SPEEDPOST 'ON DEMAND’ SERVICE TO JAPAN WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15) FOLLOWING AGREEMENT WITH THE JAPANESE POSTAL AUTHORITIES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE POST OFFICE SAID TODAY THE SERVICE WOULD INITIALLY BE CONFINED TO POST OFFICE PRIVATE BOX HOLDERS AT TOKYO AND OSAKA.

+WITH THIS FACILITY, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN SEND BUSINESS PAPERS AND DOCUMENTS TO THESE DESTINATIONS WITHOUT THE NEED TO MAKE PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE POST OFFICE,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HE EXPLAINED THAT PACKAGES POSTED IN HONG KONG BY 1 P.M. WOULD BE DESPATCHED ON A FLIGHT LEAVING KAI TAK IN THE SAME AFTERNOON, ARRIVING IN JAPAN IN THE LATE HOURS OF THE SAME DAY FOR SUBSEQUENT DELIVERY THE NEXT MORNING.

’ON DEMAND’ ITEMS MAY BE HANDED IN AT THE SPECIALLY DESIGNATED COUNTERS AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE, THE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE.

THE COST IS A BASIC CHARGE OF $100 FOR THE FIRST POUND AND $5 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL OR PART OF A POUND.

THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CAN CONTACT THE POST OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE ON TELEPHONE NO. 5-2671105.

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LAST PHASE OF FINAL DIVIDEND PAY-OUT TO CANTON TRUST AND COMMERCIAL BANK CREDITORS * * * * *

THE FINAL PART OF THE PAYMENT PROGRAMME FOR CREDITORS OF THE CANTON TRUST AND COMMERCIAL BANK WHO HELD ACCOUNTS IN THE BANK’S HEAD OFFICE AND BRANCH OFFICES ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL BEGIN ON AUGUST 24.

THE PREVIOUS TWO PARTS OF THE PROGRAMME, ALREADY ANNOUNCED, .'.'ERE FOR ACCOUNT HOLDERS IN KOWLOON AND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

PAYMENT OF THE FINAL DIVIDEND OF 20.7 CENTS IN THE DOLLAR IS BY CHEQUE AND WILL EE MADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUE, WONG NE I CHONG ROAD, HAPPY VALLEY, HONG KONG, FROM AUGUST 24 TO THE END OF THE MONTH.

A NOTICE LISTING DETAILS OF THE TIME AND METHOD OF COLLECTION FOR INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT HOLDERS WILL BE ADVERTISED ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 16).

WITH THIS LAST PART OF THE DIVIDEND PAYMENT PROGRAMME COMPLETED, ALL CREDITORS OF THE DEFUNCT BANK WILL HAVE RECEIVED A TOTAL DIVIDEND OF 73.7 CENTS IN THE DOLLAR.

ALL PAYMENT CENTRES WILL EE CLOSED BY AUGUST 31, ..HEN FURTHER ARRANGEMENTS WILL EE MADE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT CLAIMED THEIR DIVIDEND BY THAT DATE.

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PRESS CONFERENCE EY LORD MAYOR OF LONDON

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NOTE TO EDITORS

THE RT. HON. THE LORD MAYOR OF LONDON, COMMANDER SIR ROBIN GILLETT, WILL GIVE A PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15) AT THE GIS THEATRE, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE, 5TH FLOOR, AT 10.15 A.M.

THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE LORD MAYOR AND LADY MAYORESS, wHO ARRIVED IN HONG KONG ON THURSDAY, ENDS TOMORROW BUT THEY WILL STAY ON AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE UNTIL AUGUST 17.

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL OFFER ADDITIONAL DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING SERVICES IN TO, KWA .-AN AND HUNG HOM ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY (AUGUST 15 AND 16).

THIS WILL BE THE FIFTH DISTRICT ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN KOWLOON.

DURING THE TWO-DAY OPERATION, TEMPORARY DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING CENTRES WILL BE SET UP AT THE JUNCTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING ROADS:

* TO KWA WAN ROAD AND CH l-KIANG STREET,

* SHEUNG HEUNG ROAD AND PAU CHUNG STREET, AND

* MING ON STREET AND BULKELEY STREET (AT SIDE OF LUX THEATRE)

THESE CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A. TO 5 P.M. DAILY. DOG OWNERS LIVING IN THESE DISTRICTS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR PETS IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIES.

ALL UNWANTED DOGS CAN ALSO BE TAKEN TO THESE CENTRES FOR DISPOSAL.

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NEW JURY SERVICE LIST

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THE ACTING REGISTRAR OF THE SUPREME COURT, MR. PETER CAMERON, HAS ANNOUNCED THAT A LIST OF COMMON JURORS WILL BE POSTED UN THE NOTICE BOARD NEAR THE LIFT INSIDE THE SOUTH-WEST ENTRANCE OF THE SUPREME COURT BUILDING NEXT TUESDAY (AUGUST 16).

THIS LIST WILL REMAIN POSTED FOR 14 DAYS.

DURING THIS PERIOD ANY PERSON MAY APPLY, IN WRITING AND GIVING REASONS, TO THE REGISTRAR FOR HIS NAME OR THE NAME OF SOME OTHER PERSON BE POSTED OR REMOVED.

THE REGISTRAR SHALL IN HIS DISCRETION, POST OR REMOVE SUCH NAME ACCORDINGLY AND SHALL, IF NECESSARY, ALTER THE LIST.

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NEW STREET TEMPORARY RE-ROUTING * * * * *

THE SECTION OF NEW STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND HOUSE NO. 2A WILL EE RE-ROUTED TWO-WAY . I TH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 15).

THE RE-ROUTING WILL FACILITATE LANDSLIDE REMEDIAL WORKS. APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL EE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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FIR ING PRACTICE * * * K

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 15) FOR FIVE DAYS.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE

DATE HOURS

AUGUST 15 (MONDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 6 P.M

AUGUST 16 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M

AUGUST 17 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M

AUGUST 18 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M

AUGUST 19 (FR IDAY) 8 A.M. - 6 P.M

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 1977

CONTENTS PA6E N0-

SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK POPULAR AND UNSPOILT ................. 1

COMPUTERISED 3AGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEM AT AIRPORT ............ 3

HONG KONG HAS OVER 4-1/2 MILLION PEOPLE .................... 4

NEW ROAD TO SERVE DEVELOPMENT OP TSI NG Yl ..............

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 1977

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POPULAR SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK HAS UNSPOILT BEAUTY

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SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK, THE LARGEST, THE MOST REMOTE AND PROBABLY THE MOST SCENIC AND UNSPOILT OF ALL THE AREAS SO FAR PROPOSED FOR HONG KONG’S COUNTRY PARKS HAS BEEN GAZETTED FOR PUBLIC INFORMATION.

ALREADY THE POPULARITY OF THE PROPOSED PARK IS SUCH THAT IN MAY THIS YEAR, WITH THE HOT WEATHER APPROACHING AND WHEN MOST PEOPLE SWITCH TO WATER RECREATION, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE VISITING THE AREA WAS STILL OVER 100,OOO.

IN THE EIGHT MONTHS FROM NOVEMBER LAST YEAR A TOTAL OF 654,700 VISITORS SOUGHT THE PLEASURES OF THE RURAL SURROUNDINGS AND ENVIRONMENT HERE, WITH 130,000 BEING RECORDED IN NOVEMBER 1976 ALONE.

SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK STRETCHES FROM THE AREA OF THREE FATHOMS COVE EASTWARDS UP TO THE EDGE OF THE SEA, AND FROM HOI HA IN THE NORTH TO HIGH ISLAND IN THE SOUTH.

IT RETAINS EVEN TODAY AN IMPRESSION OF ISOLATION FROM THE REST OF HONG KONG, AND OF SOMETHING DIFFERENT. BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR THE SAI KUNG PENINSULA WAS VIRTUALLY ANOTHER WORLD, REMOVED FROM THE CITY PROPER. ACCESS WAS MAINLY BY SEA OR BY FOOT BECAUSE THERE WERE NO ROADS, NO BUSES AND FEW VISITORS.

THE VILLAGERS FOUND IT BURDENSOME TO TREK THE SEVERAL MILES TO THE CITY AND SO GROUPS OF VILLAGES AND SMALL HAMLETS GREW UP ALONG THE COAST, WITH BOATS AS THE MAIN FORM OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THEM, AND WITH SEA FISHING AN IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THEIR LIVELIHOOD.

HIRAMS HIGHWAY (ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT PART OF THE COUNTRY PARK) WAS BUILT IN 1945 BY THE BRITISH FORCES. IT WAS THE FIRST MAJOR ROAD PROVIDED FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE PENINSULA, AND IT LINKED THE WOODED SAI KUNG COUNTRY TO THE CITY.

DETAILS OF THE HISTORY OF THE AREAS THAT LIE WITHIN SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK ARE SPARSE AND LARGELY UNKNOWN, AN OFFICER OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT REMARKED, BUT THERE WERE PROBABLY SETTLEMENTS IN THE AREA FROM EARLY TIMES.

HE ADDED THAT CERTAIN PARTS ARE SO EMPTY THAT, IN A DAY’S HIKE, NOT A SINGLE PERSON IS ENCOUNTERED EVEN TODAY.

BUT AT OTHER PLACES, VILLAGES AS OLD AS 200 YEARS WITH TEMPLES ARE TO BE FOUND, MAINLY INHABITED BY OLD MEN AND WOMEN. THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS HAVE GONE TO WORK IN THE URBAN AREAS, OR HAVE GONE ABROAD TO EARN A BETTER LIVING.

THE PARK COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 7,500 rECTARES (29 3.. MILcS) INCLUDING THE WATER SURFACE OF HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR WHEN IT IS COMPLETED. THIS MEANS THIS PARK ARE* Io K£»-<Y Ta ICE THE olZc OF SHING MUN, LION ROCK, KAM SHAN, TAI TAM AND ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARKS PUT TOGETHER.

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THERE ARE MANY HECTARES OF NATURAL WOODLAND AND FORESTRY PLANTATIONS, BUT GRASSLAND PREDOMINATES AROUND THE CATCHMENT AREAS OF THE RESERVOIR AND THE ADJOINING HILLSLOPES.

THE COUNTRY PARK IS DIVIDED INTO VARIOUS ZONES CAREFULLY PLANNED WITH THE AIM OF ALLOWING FOR CONTROLLED PUBLIC RECREATION AND AT THE SAME TIME PROTECTING THE NATURAL BEAUTY AND FUNG SHU I OF THE COUNTRY.

+WE WANT TO SEE IT KEPT THIS WAY+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD SAID, +AND BY TURNING THIS BEAUTIFUL PENINSULA INTO A COUNTRY PARK, WE SHALL SET UP A MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION WHICH WILL DO ITS BEST TO MAKE THIS A REALITY+.

+RECREATION ZONES* ARE CONCENTRATED ALONG THE TAI MONG TSAI ROAD, THE SHORES OF THE HIGH ISLAND RESERVOIR, AND THE NORTH COAST NEAR HOI HA.

SOME OF THE MORE POPULAR SPOTS ARE AT TAI MONG TSAI, CHEUNG SHEUNG, HAM TIN, SAI WAN, LONG KE AND PAK LAP. THE PICTURESQUE CHEUNG SHEUNG PLATEAU IS OF PARTICULAR SIGNIFICANCE TO HIKERS. ON EVERY NEW YEAR DAY, REPRESENTATIVE GROUPS FROM PRACTICALLY ALL LOCAL HIKER CLUBS SCALE THE STEEPY +LADDER TO HEAVEN* FROM YUNG SHU 0 AND MEET THERE FOR AN +ANNUAL CONGREGATION*. THERE ARE BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AT SOME OF THESE AREAS WITH THOSE AT THREE FATHOMS COVE AND HOI HA THE MOST POPULAR. THE WATER IS UNPOLLUTED AND THE SAND SMOOTH AND WHITE.

USUAL FACILITIES, SUCH AS BARBECUE PITS, PICNIC BENCHES AND TABLES, CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE PLAYGROUNDS AND SHELTERS ARE BEING PROVIDED IN SUITABLE PLACES WHERE FIRE RISK CAN BE CONTAINED, AND MORE WILL BE SET UP.

FOR PURE ENJOYMENT OF THE COUNTRY ATMOSPHERE, THE +WILDERNESS ZONE* - ENCLOSED BY MILES OF HILLY PATHS CRISS-CROSSING DEEP INTO THE WOODS - PROVIDES PLEASANT WALKS FOR NATURE LOVERS. IT ALSO AFFORDS EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY. THE PADDY FIELDS, CLUSTERED VILLAGES, THE HILLS AND STREAMS BLEND INTO A PERFECT BACKDROP FOR SPLENDID COMPOSITIONS AND, FOR THE PATIENT BIRD WATCHER THERE ARE ADEQUATE REWARDS WITH THE BLUE KINGFISHER TO BE OFTEN SEEN.

BUT THERE IS STILL MUCH PARK DEVELOPMENT TO BE CARRIED OUT SUCH AS NATURE TRAILS AND GUIDED WALKS- AND WHERE HILLS HAVE BEEN ERODED, YOUNG TREES, BOTH LOCAL AND INTRODUCED, ARE BEING MIX-PLANTED WITH FLOWERING BUSHES.

A PARK SPOKESMAN SAID THAT AT PAK SHA 0 ALONE, MORE THAN 60,000 YOUNG TREES AND BUSHES HAVE BEEN PLANTED IN 1977 TO STOP THE EROSION OF SOIL, AND MORE WILL FOLLOW.

A PROJECT TO BEAUTIFY THE RESERVOIR WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT.

AREAS BY LANDSCAPING

MEANS OF ACCESS TO THE COUNTRY PARK ARE MANY. THE PUBLIC MAY ENTER THE PARK BY ROAD FROM SAI KUNG TOWN OR BY TOLO HARBOUR FERRY FROM TAI PO KAU, OR BY WATER TAXI FROM CENTRAL TO HIGH ISLAND. AT THE MOMENT THE PUBLIC MAY APPROACH THE PARK BY ROAD FROM SAI KUNG TOWN DISMOUNTING AT THE CAR PARK AT TAI MONG TSAI. BEYOND THAT, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ROADS WHICH WILL BE USED BY A SPECIAL PARK BUS SERVICE TO ENABLE THE VISITORS TO REACH THE MAIN RECREATION AREAS.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 1977

HONG KONG AIRPORT INSTALLS COMPUTERISED

BAGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEM

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A NEW SEMI-AUTOMATED BAGGAGE HANDLING SYSTEM WITH A COMPUTERISED SORTATION COMPLEX HAS BEEN INSTALLED AT THE DEPARTURES LEVEL OF THE AIRPORT’S EXTENDED PASSENGER TERMINAL WHICH WILL OPEN TOMORROW (MONDAY).

AT THE SAME TIME, TWO NEW CONVEYORISED BAGGAGE UNITS HAVE BEEN FITTED IN THE BAGGAGE RECLAIM HALL AT THE ARRIVALS LEVEL IN THE NEW EXTENSION.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY BAGGAGE HANDLING PLAYS A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN PASSENGER PROCESSING -A FACTOR VITAL TO EFFICIENT OPERATION OF AN AIRPORT, AND KAI TAK, LIKE OTHER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS, IS ATTENDING TO AN EVER-INCREASING NUMBER OF AIR TRAVELLERS.

THE SEMI-AUTOMATED BAGGAGE SYSTEM WILL MEET PASSENGER NEEDS AND MAINTAIN THE EFFICIENCY ACHIEVED IN PASSENGER HANDLING, HE SAID.

THE SYSTEM WILL SERVE ALL 24 CHECK-IN COUNTERS IN TWO ISLANDS AT THE NEW DEPARTURES HALL. EACH COUNTER IS INSTALLED WITH AN ELECTRONIC CONVEYOR WEIGHSCALE WHICH FEEDS BAGGAGE DIRECTLY ONTO TWO LATERALLY RUN CONVEYOR BELTS. THE BAGGAGE IS THEN DELIVERED TO THE COMPUTERISED SORTATION SYSTEM AT THE BASEMENT THROUGH VERTICAL CONVEYORS.

ONCE IN THE BASEMENT, THE BAGGAGE PASSES THROUGH ONE OF FOUR SORTATION STATIONS WHERE AN OPERATOR DIRECTS EACH BAG TO A PRE-ALLOCATED LOADING SPUR. IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC SYSTEM, PROVISION IS ALSO MADE FOR INTERLINE AND OUTSIZE, HEAVY AND VULNERABLE BAGGAGE.

TWO VERTICAL CONVEYORS ARE FITTED FOR EACH CHECK-IN ISLAND TO PROVIDE A DUPLICATION IN CASE OF CONVEYOR FAILURE.

THE TIME FROM ACCEPTANCE OF A BAG TO SORTATION VARIES FROM THREE TO SEVEN MINUTES, DEPENDING ON THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE CHECKIN COUNTER AND THE SORTATION STATION IN USE.

A JAM DETECTION DEVICE WHICH SOUNDS AN ALARM IN THE CONTROL ROOM AND INDICATES THE LOCATION OF THE JAM WHEN A BAG BECOMES STATIONARY FOR OVER 10 SECONDS DURING DELIVERY IS PROVIDED TO PERMIT RAPID ATTENTION WITH MINIMUM EFFECT ON BAGGAGE FLOW.

AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF THIS BAGGAGE SYSTEM IS THAT WHEREVER POSSIBLE FLEXIBILITY AND DUPLICATION OF MAJOR FUNCTIONS HAVE BEEN BUILT IN TO ENABLE ANOTHER PART OF THE SYSTEM TO TAKE THE LOAD, OR FOR IT TO BE TEMPORARILY CIRCUMVENTED BY MANUAL HANDLING.

THE SYSTEM, COSTING MORE THAN $12 MILLION, WILL ULTIMATELY EE CAPABLE OF HANDLING UP TO 6,000 PIECES OF BAGGAGE AN HOUR, oHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO A BUSY HOUR RATE OF 3,200 DEPARTING PASSENGERS.

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THE TWO NEW BAGGAGE RECLAIM UNITS AT THE ARRIVALS HALL EACH COMPRISES A 90-METRE-L0NG CONVEYOR AND TWO AUTOMATIC FEED CONVEYORS WHICH DELIVER BAGS TO THE RECLAIM TRACK AT A RATE OF UP TO MORE THAN 70 BAGS PER MINUTE.

WORKING AT THIS RATE, IT WILL ONLY TAKE 10 TO 15 MINUTES TO UNLOAD A WIDE-CABIN JET WITH HIGH LOAD FACTORS.

EACH OF THESE UNITS HAS A CAPACITY IN EXCESS OF 800 PASSENGERS PER HOUR RESULTING MAINLY FROM THE AUTOMATIC FEED OF BAGS FROM THE INDUCTION BELTS ONTO THE ROTATING LOOPS.

A JAM DETECTION DEVICE IS ALSO INCORPORATED TO ENSURE RAPID ATTENTION WHEN A BAG IS BLOCKED FOR MORE THAN EIGHT SECONDS AT ANY POINT.

WHEN THE THREE SHORTER LOOPS IN THE EXISTING RECLAIM HALL ARE REPLACED AND WITH THE SYSTEMS MODIFIED IN 1979, THE FOUR RECLAIM UNITS WILL BE CAPABLE OF MEETING THE DEMAND EQUIVALENT TO A BUSY HOUR RATE OF 3,200 ARRIVING PASSENGERS.

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POPULATION OF HONG KONG OVER 4-1/2 MILLION ******

THE ESTIMATED POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT THE END OF JUNE THIS YEAR WAS 4,513,900, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS ANNOUNCED TODAY.

THE FIGURE REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 36,294 PERSONS OVER THE 1976 YEAR-END ESTIMATE, MADE UP OF A +PLUS+ OF 24,145 THROUGH BALANCE OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS AND A GAIN OF 12,149 THROUGH BALANCE OF MIGRATION.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR WAS 36,629 — 1,601 MORE THAN THE FIGURE FOR THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS FOR THE HALF-YEAR WAS 12,484, COMPARED WITH 11,918 FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD IN 1976.

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

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PAVING THE WAY FOR TSING Yl DEVELOPMENT

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD A ROAD ON TSING Yl ISLAND TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO NEW DEVELOPMENTS ALONG ITS WEST COAST.

THE ROAD WILL BE JUST OVER TWO KILOMETRES LONG AND 16 METRES WIDE, RUNNING FROM THE TSING Yl POWER STATION AROUND THE SOUTH-WEST CORNER OF THE ISLAND TO THE WEST COAST WHERE SITES ARE BEING FORMED FOR SHIPYARDS.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THIS ROAD ALONG WITH MAJOR STORMWATER DRAINAGE WORKS, ARE BEING INVITED.

THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT TWO YEARS TO COMPLETE.

MR. NORMAN TUCKER, THE P.W.D.’S CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE TSUEN WAN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, SAID THE PROJECT FORMED PART OF THE TSING Yl DEVELOPMENT UNDER THE OVERALL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR THE NEW TOWN.

THE DEVELOPMENT ON TSING Yl CALLS FOR THE PROVISION OF ABOUT EIGHT HECTARES OF LAND FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PURPOSES INCLUDING A SMALL TOWN CENTRE WITH A SIMILAR AREA FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT.

IN ADDITION, 30 HECTARES OF UNFORMED LAND WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LAND INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES.

MR. TUCKER SAID THAT THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF TSING Yl WAS BEING ACCOMPANIED BY HOUSING AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES, AS PART OF THE BALANCED OVERALL DEVELOPMENT OF TSUEN WAN AS A NEW TOWN.

ABOUT 6,000 PEOPLE HAVE SO FAR MOVED INTO THE RECENTLY COMPLETED BLOCKS OF THE CHEUNG CHING ESTATE.

THE ENTIRE ESTATE WILL, ON COMPLETION, PROVIDE HOMES FOR ABOUT 65,000.

EVENTUALLY, THE POPULATION OF TSING Yl IS EXPECTED TO RISE FROM ITS PRESENT 9,000 TO 185,000 WITH ABOUT 150,000 ACCOMMODATED IN PUBLIC HOUSING.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE N0-

POWER STATION STUDY ON NORTHEAST LANTAU ...................... 1

SPEEDPOST SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE TO ANY ADDRESS IN UK ......... 2

SCIENCE TEACHERS TO TAKE REFRESHER COURSE .................... 2

PART-TIME TECHNICIAN CLASSES INVITE APPLICANTS ............... 3

TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN WAN CHAI ............................... 3

JAPANESE YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES TO CALL AT SWD ................ 4

PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER TEMPORARY CLOSURE ................. 4

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 1977

LANTAU SITE PROPOSED FOR NEW POWER STATION

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GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT IT HAD GIVEN THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER COMPANY PERMISSION TO INVESTIGATE NORTH-EAST LANTAU BETWEEN TA PANG PO AND PA TAU KWU FOR A SUITABLE SITE FOR A NEW POWER STATION.

THE POWER COMPANY HAS ALSO BEEN INFORMED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE PREPARED IN PRINCIPLE TO MAKE A GRANT OF LAND IN THIS AREA FOR THE PURPOSE.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE COMPANY HAD BEEN SEEKING A SITE TO PROVIDE THE EXTRA GENERATING CAPACITY WHICH WILL BE REQUIRED IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES IN THE EARLY 1980’S.

SEVERAL GENERAL AREAS HAD BEEN SUGGESTED AND EXAMINED BY THE COMPANY, INCLUDING CASTLE PEAK AND TOLO HARBOUR, BUT PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS WERE THAT NORTH LANTAU WOULD PROBABLY BE THE MOST SUITABLE AREA FROM BOTH THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND OPERATIONAL POINTS OF VIEW.

HOWEVER, IT WILL BE NECESSARY FOR THE COMPANY TO CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS ON SITE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE AREA IS PRACTICABLE,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE INVESTIGATIONS WILL TAKE THE FORM OF SURVEYS AND SOIL TESTS, AND WILL INVOLVE THE PLACING OF SURVEY INSTRUMENTS AND DRILLING OF BOREHOLES.

DURING THE INVESTIGATIONS NO EXTENSIVE ENGINEERING WORKS WILL BE UNDERTAKEN AND THE SMALL LOCAL COMMUNITIES ON NORTH-EAST LANTAU ARE EXPECTED TO BE LITTLE AFFECTED.

THE DISTRICT OFFICE, TSUEN WAN, IS IN TOUCH WITH THE MA WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, WHICH INCLUDES REPRESENTATIVES FROM NORTH-EAST LANTAU, TO GIVE A PRELIMINARY INDICATION OF THE EXTENT OF THE INVESTIGATIONS,+ HE ADDED.

THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATER THIS MONTH.

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SPEEDPOST FOR ANY ADDRESS IN UK NOW ACCEPTED * * *

THE POST OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT +ON-DEMAND+ SPEEDPOST ITEMS WHICH HAVE BEEN RESTRICTED TO THE PR INCIPAL CITIES AND TOWNS IN BRITAIN, COULD NOW BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY ADDRESS THROUGHOUT THE

COUNTRY.

THIS MEANS THAT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CAN SEND BUSINESS PAPERS, SAMPLES AND MERCHANDISE TO BRITAIN WITHOUT MAKING PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE POST OFFICE.

+ON-DEMAND+ ITEMS MAY BE HANDED IN AT THE SPECIALLY DESIGNED COUNTERS AT G.P.O., KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE, AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE.

THE COST FOR THE SERVICE IS A BASIC CHARGE OF $100 FOR THE FIRST POUND PLUS $15 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL POUND.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SERVICE CUSTOMERS ARE ASKED TO CONTACT THE POST OFFICE REPRESENTATIVE ON 5-2671105.

REFRESHER COURSE FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS

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ABOUT 200 TEACHERS WILL BE ATTENDING A REFRESHER COURSE ON JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE FOR FORMS 2 AND 3 SCIENCE TEACHERS BEGINNING ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 17).

THE REFRESHER COURSE II, ORGANISED BY THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, WILL BE HELD AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE 8-DAY COURSE WAS AIMED AT FAMILIARISING SCIENCE TEACHERS WITH HOME-MADE APPARATUS, NEW APPROACHES TO AND METHODS OF TEACHING THE NEW SCIENCE SYLLABUS AT FORMS 2 AND 3 LEVEL.

IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A BOOK AND AN EQUIPMENT EXHIBITION, EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, WORKSHOPS, ASSESSMENT AND PRACTICAL WORK.

THE ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. A.J. REEVE, WILL MAKE A SPEECH TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE COURSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE REFRESHER COURSE FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS WILL BEGIN AT 9.45 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 17), AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, GASCOIGNE ROAD, KOWLOON.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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PART-TIME EVENING TECHNICIAN COURSE OPEN

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THE MORRISON HILL, KWAI CHUNG, KWUN TONG AND HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE INVITING APPLICATIONS FOR PART-TIME EVENING TECHNICIAN STUDY PROGRAMMES WHICH WILL BEGIN NEXT MONTH.

SECONDARY SCHOOL LEAVERS WHO HAVE OBTAINED GRADE E OR ABOVE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B), PHYSICS, MATHEMATICS AND AT LEAST ONE OTHER SUBJECT IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION HELD IN MAY THIS YEAR ARE INVITED TO APPLY.

FIELDS OF STUDY INCLUDE BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, CIVIL ENGINEERING, ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING, MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING, PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, SHIPBUILDING AND SHIP REPAIR, AND TEXTILE INDUSTR IES.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE AUGUST 24. APPLICATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM:

* MORRISON HILL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

- 6, 01 KWAN ROAD, WAN CHAI, HONG KONG-

• * KWAI CHUNG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

- HING SHING ROAD, KWAI CHUNG, KOWLOON-

* KWUN TONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

- 25, HIU MING STREET, KWUN TONG, KOWLOON- AND

* HAKING WONG TECHNICAL INSTITUTE

- 702, LAI CHI KOK ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN, KOWLOON.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI ******

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED TWO TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN WAN CHAI DISTRICT WHICH WOULD COME INTO EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (AUGUST 17 AND 18) IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

ON WEDNESDAY, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO TURN RIGHT FROM MORRISON HILL ROAD, NORTHBOUND, INTO SHARP STREET BECAUSE OF ROAD WIDENING WORKS IN TIN LOK LANE AND MORRISON HILL ROAD.

ON THURSDAY, VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM WAN CHAI ROAD INTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WESTBOUND, BECAUSE OF ROAD WORKS IN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTOR I STS.

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JAPANESE YOUTHS VISIT SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT * * * *

THE VICE GOVERNOR OF NAGANO PREFECTURE IN TOKYO, MR. G. YOSHIMURA AND THE LEADER OF THE ’YOUTH HOPE SHIP OF NAGANO’, MR. D. YAMANOI, WILL PAY A COURTESY VISIT TO THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AT 3.30 P.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE ’YOUTH HOPE SHIP OF NAGANO’, ON BOARD THE ’CORAL PRINCESS’ WITH ABOUT 450 JAPANESE YOUTHS, IS ON ITS ANNUAL VISIT TO HONG KONG FOR THE PURPOSE OF EXCHANGING IDEAS ON THE PROMOTION OF SOCIAL WORK. THE SHIP IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE EARLY TOMORROW MORNING.

ACCOMPANYING MR. YOSHIMURA AND MR. YAMANOI WILL BE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE JAPANESE YOUTHS TRAVELLING ON BOARD. THEY WILL BE GREETED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR. JIMMY SWEETMAN.

DURING THE VISIT, SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF 13 LOCAL ORGANISATIONS ENGAGED IN YOUTH WORK AS A SIGN OF GOODWILL BETWEEN THE YOUTHS OF JAPAN AND HONG KONG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE COURTESY CALL WHICH IS TO TAKE PLACE AT THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE ROOM, FOURTH FLOOR, LEE GARDENS, AT 3.30 P.M. ON TUESDAY.

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OF PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A SECTION OF THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD FLYOVER WOULD BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR THREE NIGHTS STARTING THURSDAY (AUGUST 18).

THE CLOSURE OF THE SECTION BETWEEN HAU WONG ROAD AND SHORT STREET WILL BE FROM 11 P.M. TO 6 A.M. EACH NIGHT TO ENABLE MAINTENANCE WORKS TO BE CARRIED OUT ON THE FLYOVER.

DURING THE CLOSURE PERIOD, THE TRAFFIC ON THIS SECTION OF THE FLYOVER WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE DOWN RAMP NEAR HAU WONG ROAD.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE POSTED TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY INITIATES TRAINING SCHEME .............. 1

NT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE PROJECT .......... 2

QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY PUBLISHED .......................... 3

HONG KONG TAKES PART IN MACAU FIREMEN’S DAY .................. 4

SCIENCE TEACHERS TAKE REFRESHER COURSE ....................... 5

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION SEMINAR ......................'......... 5

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1977

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY COMMENDED FOR INITIATING TRAINING SCHEME ******

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WAS COMMENDED BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, FOR TAKING THE INITIATIVE TO SOLVE ITS SKILLED MANPOWER PROBLEMS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE IN KWUN TONG THIS MORNING, SIR MURRAY SAID DEMAND ON THE BUILDING INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WOULD CERTAINLY BE EXCEPTIONALLY HEAVY, AND THE PROBLEM OF MEETING THEM WOULD NOT BE SOLVED WITHOUT VIGOROUS AND IMAGINATIVE ACTION.

TODAY’S OPENING OF THE TRAINING CENTRE, THE FIRST PROJECT OF ITS KIND, WITNESSES A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN HONG KONG, HE SAID.

AFTER UNVEILING A PLAQUE TO COMMEMORATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING, SIR MURRAY TOURED THE SIX-STOREY BUILDING AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS TRAINING FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY, MR. GEOFFREY YEH.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR THIS MORNING :

+TODAY WITNESSES A SIGNIFICANT STEP FORWARD IN THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRIAL TRAINING IN HONG KONG. THIS TRAINING CENTRE IS THE FIRST PROJECT OF ITS KIND AND REPRESENTS THE INDUSTRY’S RESPONSE TO THE REQUIREMENT OF A STEADY SUPPLY OF TRAINED MANPOWER.

♦THE TASKS OF IDENTIFYING MAJOR PROBLEMS IN MANPOWER TRAINING AND ASSISTING THE TRAINING NEEDS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FELL ON THE SHOULDERS OF ITAC’S BUILDING TRADES INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE.

+ IN 1970 THE BUILDING TRADES INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE PROPOSED TO GOVERNMENT A TRAINING SCHEME WHEREBY ALL CONTRACTORS UNDERTAKING CONSTRUCTION WORK IN HONG KONG WOULD CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE PROVISION OF SOUND BASIC TRAINING FOR ABOUT 700 CRAFT TRAINEES ANNUALLY.

+IN SEPTEMBER 1975 THE SCHEME BECAME LAW, THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING AUTHORITY WAS APPOINTED WITH THE LATE T.S. WONG AS THE FIRST CHAIRMAN, AND FINALLY THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDED A LOAN OF S8.8 MILLION TO ASSIST THE TRAINING AUTHORITY TO BUILD AND EQUIP THIS CENTRE.

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+THE DEMAND FOR THE SCHEME SEEMS PROVED SINCE I UNDERSTAND THAT APPLICATIONS FOR ENROLMENT EXCEEDS THE CAPACITY MANY TIMES OVER.

+l SHOULD LIKE TO COMMEND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY GENERALLY FOR TAKING THIS INITIATIVE TO SOLVE ITS SKILLED MANPOWER PROBLEMS. CERTAINLY THE DEMAND ON THE BUILDING INDUSTRY OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS WILL BE EXCEPTIONALLY HEAVY, AND THE PROBLEM OF MEETING THEM WILL NOT BE SOLVED WITHOUT VIGOROUS AND IMAGINATIVE ACTION.

+MANY PEOPLE HAVE WORKED HARD TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY. I AM SURE YOU WOULD WISH ME TO REMEMBER THE VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION MADE BY THE LATE MR. T.S. WONG. I CONGRATULATE YOU, MR. YEH, AND MEMBERS OF YOUR TRAINING AUTHORITY FOR YOUR DEDICATED EFFORTS IN BRINGING THIS CENTRE INTO EXISTENCE SO SPEEDILY.

+ l HAVE THE GREATEST PLEASURE IN DECLARING OPEN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY TRAINING CENTRE.*

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NT FUND RAISING DRIVE FOR SPORTS CENTRE

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A MASSIVE DRIVE WILL SOON BE LAUNCHED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO RAISE FUNDS AS THE NEW TERRITORIES PEOPLE’S CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE COST OF THE SILVER JUBILEE. SPORTS CENTRE PROJECT.

A NEW TERR I TOR IES-WIDE +WALK FOR A MILLION* IS PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE SOMETIME BEFORE NOVEMBER. THE TARGET IS $2 TO 32.5 MILLION.

OTHER FUND RAISING MEANS WILL ALSO BE DEVISED TO BOOST THE NEW TERRITORIES’ FINANCIAL SHARE OF THE SPORTS CENTRE WHICH IS TO BE BUILT IN SHA TIN NEXT YEAR.

A CENTRAL COMMITTEE WAS FORMED TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO CO-ORDINATE THESE FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES. THE CHAIRMAN IS THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE DRAWN FROM THE HEUNG YEE KUK AND A WIDE SECTION OF THE NEW TERRITORIES COMMUNITY, AS WELL AS THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

TWO SUB-COMMITTEES WERE ALSO SET UP. ONE IS CHARGED WITH THE TASK OF PLANNING THE TERRITORY-WIDE CHARITY WALK, UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. CHEUNG YAN LUNG, WHO IS THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, AND THE OTHER WITH ORGANISING OTHER FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. CHAN YAT SUN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE KUK.

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THE TWO SUB-COMMITTEES WILL MEET SHORTLY TO FORMULATE PLANS AND REPORT TO THE MAIN COMMITTEE IN DUE COURSE.

OUTLINING THE BACKGROUND TO THE FUND RAISING DRIVE, MR. AKERS-JONES SAID TODAY THE QUEEN’S SILVER JUBILEE PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY FOR BUILDING SOMETHING OF PERMANENT VALUE FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF

HONG KONG AND FOR ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS.

+THAT IS WHY IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO BUILD THE SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE AND WE ARE LUCKY BECAUSE IT WILL BE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES,* HE SAID.

FOR THIS PROJECT THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAS DONATED 41 ACRES OF LAND RECLAIMED AT A COST OF $25 MILLION ADJACENT TO THE SHA TIN RACE COURSE, WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WILL PROVIDE ANOTHER $25 MILLION FOR BUILDING WORKS.

+HOWEVER, $25 MILLION WILL NOT BE ENOUGH FOR ALL THE FACILITIES WE WILL NEED IN THE SPORTS CENTRE. MORE MONEY IS NEEDED.

♦I UNDERSTAND THAT THE JOCKEY CLUB WILL MEET DOLLAR TO DOLLAR THE SUM OF MONEY THAT IS RAISED.

♦ THE SILVER JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE IS AN IMPORTANT PROJECT FOR ALL YOUNG PEOPLE, AND I AM SURE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY THOSE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, WILL GIVE THEIR FULLEST SUPPORT TO THIS WORTHWHILE PROJECT,* HE SAID.

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REPORT ON QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS COMPILED A REPORT ON A QUARTERLY BUSINESS SURVEY HELD IN JULY 1977 - THE SECOND OF A SERIES OF QUARTERLY SURVEYS FIRST IMPLEMENTED IN APRIL 1977.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN CAUTIONED THAT IN A SURVEY OF THIS NATURE, CONSIDERABLE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN THE INTERPRETATION OF RESULTS, AS IT HAD YET TO BE ESTABLISHED FIRMLY THE EXTENT TC WHICH THE RESPONDENTS’ PERCEPTION OF THE PAST AND THE FUTURE ACCORDS WITH THE UNDERLYING TRENDS.

ABOUT 620 FIRMS FROM VARIOUS TYPES OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, FORMING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY, WERE ASKED ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN THE SECOND QUARTER OF THIS YEAR, AND THEIR BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS FOR THE THIRD QUARTER OF THE YEAR.

THE RESULTS SHOW A WIDE VARIATION IN RESPECT OF LIKELY PERFORMANCE DURING THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1977 BETWEEN PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES AND INDIVIDUAL FIRMS, THOUGH SOME GROWTH WAS LIKELY FOR THE ECONOMY AS A WHOLE.

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THE TEXTILE AND CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, IN PARTICULAR, WERE EXPECTING RELATIVELY SLACK BUSINESS, BUT THE CLOTHING INDUSTRY WAS THE LESS WORRIED OF THE TWO.

FOR OTHER MANUFACTURING SECTORS, INDUSTRIALISTS WERE LESS OPTIMISTIC THAN THEY WERE THREE MONTHS AGO-

+THIS MUST BE SEEN AGAINST THE BACKGROUND THAT THE THIRD QUARTER IN A YEAR IS THE NORMAL EXPORTS SEASONAL PEAK. NONMANUFACTURING SECTORS, ON THE WHOLE, HAD A SOMEWHAT BETTER OUTLOOK,+ THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

WITH REGARD TO THE BUSINESS OUTCOME IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THE SURVEY SUGGESTS THAT THE ECONOMY, TAKEN AS A WHOLE, ACHIEVED SOME GROWTH. EXCEPT FOR THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY, MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES FELT THAT THEY HAD MADE SOME PROGRESS. THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY DID WELL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID ALL THIS WAS IN LINE WITH THE PREVIOUS FORECAST. WITHIN THE WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE, FIRMS REPORTED VARYING EXPERIENCES, AND THE TRADE AS A WHOLE SEEMED NOT TO BE DOING AS WELL AS WAS PREVIOUSLY FORECAST.

COMMENTING ON THE SURVEY, THE SPOKESMAN STATED THAT THE DATA, OBTAINED WITH A MINIMUM TIME LAG, WERE BASICALLY INTENDED TO FACILITATE A QUICK ASSESSMENT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION OF HONG KONG.

+APART FROM A LIMITED NUMBER OF QUESTIONS REQUIRING ANSWERS IN QUANTITATIVE TERMS, THE FIRMS WERE ASKED TO COMPARE THE QUARTER JUST PAST WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER AND THE FORTHCOMING ONE. THEY HAD TO INDICATE WHETHER, IN THEIR OPINION, A CERTAIN ECONOMIC VARIABLE WAS ’UP’, ’SAME’ OR ’DOWN’,+ HE SAID.

COPIES OF THE REPORT, CONTAINING AN ANALYSIS AND STATISTICAL TABLES ON VARIOUS ECONOMIC VARIABLES, HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO FIRMS TAKING PART IN THE SURVEY AND OTHER BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS.

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A PARTY OF 20 OFFICERS OF THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN INVITED BY THE MACAU FIRE BRIGADE TO ATTEND THEIR FIRE F'.’c DAY TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

WHILE IN MACAU, THE PARTY, HEADED BY DIVISIONAL OFFICER TAM HOM-CHEONG, WILL BE ATTENDING A REQUIEM MASS FOR THE SOULS J-DECEASED FIREMEN TOMORROW MORNING AND IN THE AFTERNOON A FRIEND^ MINl-SOCCER MATCH BETWEEN MEMBERS OF THE TWO SERVICES I_L_3E HELD, TO BE FOLLOWED 3Y A FRATERNITY DINNER AT Tre MACAU CzN.RA-fIre’station.

THE PARTY WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON FRIDAY MORNING.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1977

JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE REFRESHER COURSE

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THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. ALEC REEVE STRESSED THIS MORNING THAT +SCIENCE IS A PRACTICAL SUBJECT THAT REQUIRES BOTH ’BRAIN’ AND ’HAND’, AND THE. ROLE OF A SCIENCE TEACHER IS TO MAKE SCIENCE INTERESTING AND TO GUIDE HIS PUPILS TO INVESTIGATE FOR THEMSELVES.*

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE REFRESHER COURSE W JUNIOR SECONDARY SCIENCE HELD AT GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

+PUPILS NEED TO DO EXPERIMENTS, TO OBSERVE AND RECORD OBSERVATION, TO THINK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIMENTAL RESULTS AND FINALLY TO DRAW THEIR OWN CONCLUSIONS.

+IT IS ESSENTIAL, THEREFORE, THAT TEACHERS SHOULD PREPARE THEIR PUPILS BEFOREHAND, ENCOURAGE ACTIVE THINKING DURING AND AFTER PRACTICAL WORK, AND ORGANISE FOLLOW-UP DISCUSSIONS,* HE ADDED.

THE EIGHT-DAY COURSE IS DESIGNED TO ACQUAINT TEACHERS WITH APPROACHES TO AND METHODS OF TEACHING THE SECOND HALF OF THE NEW SCIENCE SYLLABUS.

ENCOURAGING THE TEACHERS TO IMPROVISE SIMPLE HOME-MADE APPARATUS, MR. REEVE SAID, +HOME-MADE APPARATUS IS DEFINITELY MUCH CHEAPER AND OFTEN BETTER SUITED TO THE NEEDS OF TEACHERS AND PUPILS.*

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A SEMINAR ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WILL BE HELD FOR MONG KOK RESIDENTS ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 19) TO PROMOTE THE CONCEPT OF SUCH EDUCATION.

SPONSORED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, ABOUT 60 RESIDENTS IN THE AREA ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR AT THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICE CENTRE, MONG KOK, FROM 7 P.M. TO 9.30 P.M.

SOCIAL WORKERS FROM THE FAMILY SERVICES DIVISION OF THE DEPARTMENT WILL BE THE SPEAKERS AT THE SEMINAR.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IK IT SHOULD APPLY TO THE COMMUNITY «lfi) YOUTH OFFICE AT 38-40 SAI YEUNG CHOI STREET, SECOND FLOOR, MONG KOK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1977

CONTENTS

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NEW S56 MILLION RAILWAY STATION FOR SHA TIN ................. 1

POSTMEN HAD A BUSY YEAR ..................................... 2

GOVERNMENT TO SET UP SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL PLANT ............. 3

MR. F.K. LI TO ATTEND TABLE TENNIS COMPETITION .............. 4

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT REORGANISED ................ 5

’LICENTIATE DOCTORS’ EXTERNSHIP TO BEGIN NEXT MONTH ......... 6

JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN TO HK STUDENTS ................... 7

ANOTHER SPEEDPOST CONTRACT SIGNED ........................... 7

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON NT ROADS .........................

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1977

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NEW $56M SHA TIN STATION IN 1979

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A NEW $56 MILLION RAILWAY STATION IS TO BE BUILT AT SHA TIN NEW TOWN WHICH WILL RIVAL THE HUNG HOM TERMINUS IN DESIGN AND FACILITIES FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF PASSENGERS.

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO CALL TENDERS FOR THE FIRST STAGE OF THE REDEVELOPMENT TO COPE WITH THE EXTRA RAIL TRAFFIC RESULTING FROM THE GROWTH OF THE NEW TOWN.

THE ACTING CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE P.W.D.’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, MR. LEUNG MIN-SUN, SAID TODAY THAT IN THE FIRST STAGE, THE NUMBER OF TRACKS PASSING THROUGH THE STATION WILL BE INCREASED FROM THREE TO FOUR.

+TWO MORE COVERED ISLAND PLATFORMS WILL ALSO BE BUILT TO PERMIT MORE CONVENIENT ACCESS TO TRAINS, AND IMPROVE PASSENGER SAFETY BY SEGREGATING THEM FROM THE TRACKS.+ HE SAID.

MR. LEUNG ADDED THAT THE PRESENT CONTRACT WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE WORKS, EARTHWORKS AND THE PROVISION OF SERVICES.

IN THE NEXT STAGE, A NEW STATION WILL BE BUILT ON A REINFORCED CONCRETE PODIUM EXTENDING OVER THE PLATFORMS AND RAILWAY TRACKS.

MR. LEUNG SAID THAT +THE STATION CONCOURSE WILL BE LARGE ENOUGH TO ACCOMMODATE 2,600 PASSENGERS AND WILL PROVIDE FACILITIES TO RIVAL THOSE AVAILABLE AT HUNG HOM.+

+IT WILL INCORPORATE BOOKING AND STATION-MASTER OFFICES, A PUBLIC RESTAURANT AND BAR, A BOOKSTALL, A MINI-BANK AND A CANTEEN AND CHANGING ROOMS FOR KCR STAFF.+

MR. LEUNG SAID THAT THE NEW STATION COMPLEX WOULD BE COMMISSIONED TOWARDS THE END OF 1979.

+AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME,+ HE SAID, +DOUBLE TRACKING BETWEEN HUNG HOM AND LO WU SHOULD BE COMPLETED, CONSIDERABLY IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE NEW TOWN.+

THE REDEVELOPMENT PLANS ALSO CALL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO ADDITIONAL TRACKS WITHIN THE SHA TIN STATION BOUNDARY FOR THE STABLING AND MARSHALLING OF GOODS TRAINS.

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A BUSY YEAR FOR POST OFFICE

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THE POST OFFICE HANDLED A RECORD 292.5 MILLION POSTAL ARTICLES OR SOME 800,000 A DAY IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR ENDED MARCH 31, 1977.

THIS WAS AN INCREASE OF 6.4 PER CENT IN WORK-LOAD COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED BY THE POST OFFICE.

THIS HIGHER VOLUME OF BUSINESS, ALONG WITH THE EFFECTS OF A RATES REVISION FOR OVERSEAS MAIL INTRODUCED IN JANUARY 1976 ON RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION CONVENTION, BROUGHT THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE FOR THE YEAR TO NEARLY $290.7 MILLION ■— AN INCREASE OF $40.2 MILLION OR SOME 16.3 PER CENT OVER 1975-76.

THE FIGURES ALSO SHOWED THAT AIRMAIL LAST YEAR FROM HONG KONG, INCLUDING LETTERS, POST CARDS, PRINTED PAPERS, SMALL PACKETS AND PARCELS, WEIGHED MORE THAN 2.8 MILLION KILOGRAMMES, OR ALMOST 25 PER CENT MORE THAN THE PRECEDING YEAR.

THE AMOUNT OF FOREIGN LETTER MAIL, FOR DELIVERY AS WELL AS FOR DESPATCH, REFLECTING THE WORLD-WIDE INTERESTS OF LOCAL PEOPLE, CONTINUED TO OCCUPY ABOUT HALF THE VOLUME OF MAIL, INCREASING FROM 133.8 MILLION ITEMS IN 1975-76 TO 137.7 MILLION ITEMS LAST YEAR.

LOCAL LETTER MAIL ALSO RECORDED A 10.1 PER CENT INCREASE IN TRAFFIC OVER 1975-76, FROM 135 MILLION ITEMS TO 148.7 MILLION.

PARCEL MAIL, HOWEVER, EXCLUDING AIRMAIL PARCELS WHICH INCREASED IN WEIGHT BY 25 PER CENT, WAS GENERALLY ON THE DECREASE. IT DROPPED IN THE CASE OF LOCAL PARCELS BY OVER 23 PER CENT FROM A HIGH OF MORE THAN 104,000 ITEMS IN 1975-76.

THE NUMBER OF PARCELS DESTINED FOR CHINA ALSO CONTINUED TO FALL, FROM 773,900 TO 555,800, WHILE OVERSEAS PARCELS FOR DELIVERY TO LOCAL ADDRESSES DROPPED SLIGHTLY IN QUANTITY FROM 526,900 TO 523,800 ITEMS.

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HONG KONG TO BUILD FIRST SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL PLANT ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW 338 MILLION SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL PLANT AT CHAI WAN TO DEAL WITH THE INCREASING AMOUNT OF REFUSE GENERATED BY THE RAPID GROWTH OF HONG KONG.

TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FOUNDATIONS AND THE SUPERSTRUCTURE FOR HONG KONG’S FIRST PULVERISING AND COMPOSTING PLANT WILL BE INVITED TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MR. K.C. WONG, CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE CONSULTANTS MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF THE P.W.D.’S CIVIL ENGINEERING OFFICE, SAID TODAY THAT WHEN FULLY OPERATIONAL AT THE END OF NEXT YEAR, THE NEW PLANT WILL INITIALLY BE CAPABLE OF DISPOSING 240 TONNES OF MIXED URBAN REFUSE PER DAY.

THE NEW COMPOSTING PLANT WILL OCCUPY AN AREA OF ABOUT 9,300 SQUARE METRES ON RECLAIMED LAND AT SUN YIP STREET OFF CHAI WAN ROAD.

APART FROM THE STEEL-PILE FOUNDATIONS WORK AND A STEEL FRAME BUILDING SUPERSTRUCTURE, THE CONTRACT IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REINFORCED CONCRETE TWO-STOREY ADMINISTRATION OFFICE, WORKSHOP AND STORE BUILDING, AND A STEEL FRAME BUILDING FOR THE COMPOST STOCKING AREA, TOGETHER WITH ANCILLARY ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

MR. WONG SAID THAT THE NEW PLANT REPRESENTED A MAJOR STEP IN THE P.W.D.’S EFFORTS TO DEVELOP BETTER AND MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE MEANS OF DISPOSING REFUSE.

+THE MECHANISED COMPOSTING PROCESS IS A RELATIVELY NEW SYSTEM OF REFUSE DISPOSAL WHICH IS BECOMING MORE WIDELY USED IN ADVANCED COUNTRIES AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IS BEING INTRODUCED IN HONG KONG,+ HE SAID.

+IT WILL SUBSTANTIALLY BOOST OUR PRESENT FACILITIES AND , TOGETHER WITH THE EXISTING INCINERATOR AT KENNEDY TOWN, WILL ENABLE US TO DEAL EFFECTIVELY WITH THE ISLAND’S REFUSE UNTIL WELL INTO THE ’EIGHTIES’,* HE SAID.

AT PRESENT, SOME 760 TONNES OF REFUSE ARE COLLECTED EACH DAY ON HONG KONG ISLAND. OF THIS, 620 TONNES ARE BURNT AT THE KENNEDY TOWN INCINERATOR WHILE THE REST IS DUMPED AS FILL AT P.W.D. CONTROLLED TIPS.

MR. WONG SAID THE COMPOSTING PLANT FORMED PART OF AN OVERALL 10-YEAR SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR HONG KONG AS RECOMMENDED BY THE P.W.D.’S CONSULTING ENGINEERS, MAUNSELL’S CONSULTANTS ASIA.

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PLANS WERE IN HAND FOR BUILDING A SECOND PULVERISING AND COMPOSTING PLANT TO BE LOCATED AT SHA TIN.

HE SAID ONE OF THE BIG ADVANTAGES OF THE COMPOSTING PROCESS — WHICH BASICALLY INVOLVES THE BREAKING DOWN OF SOLID WASTES INTO HYGIENICALLY SAFE, INERT AND INOFFENSIVE MATERIALS — WAS THAT IT DID NOT CAUSE ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION.

+ANOTHER ADVANTAGE IS THAT THE SOLID WASTE IS REDUCED TO ABOUT ONE-FOURTH ITS ORIGINAL VOLUME, WHICH MAKES TRANSPORTATION TO MAINLAND FILL AREAS THAT MUCH EASIER,* HE SAID.

THE NEW PLANT WAS DESIGNED TO ACCEPT DOMESTIC, INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SOLID WASTE, INCLUDING BULKY REFUSE.

HE SAID THE COMPOST PRODUCED WOULD BASICALLY BE DISPOSED OF AS LAND FILL BUT SOME MIGHT BE USED AS TOP SOIL FOR RESTORING BORROW AREAS AND QUARRIES AND FOR TURFING.

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SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS TO ATTEND PING PONG COMPETITION ******

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. F.K. LI, WILL ATTEND THE TABLE TENNIS OPEN COMPETITION TO BE HELD AT CHEUNG SHA WAN INDOOR GAMES HALL ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 21) EVENING.

OVER 1 000 YOUNG PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION WHICH IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE HONG KONG TABLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION AS A SUMMER PROGRAMME FOR THE UNDER 20S. THE COMPETITION WILL LAST ABOUT A MONTH.

MR. LI WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY MR. H.M.A. BRISTOW, DEPUTY DIRECTOR (OPERATION), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND THE ASSISTANT STAFF OFFICER (RECREATION PROMOTION), MRS. HANNY YEUNG.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE OCCASION. MR. LI WILL ARRIVE AT CHEUNG SHA WAN INDOOR GAMES HALL AT 6 P.M.

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COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT REORGANISED

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THE REORGANISATION OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR SOMETIME, HAS NOW BEEN APPROVED AND GOES INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY, THE DEPARTMENT’S SPOKESMAN SAID THE PURPOSE OF THE REORGANISATION, THE FIRST IN MORE THAN TEN YEARS, WAS TO STRENGTHEN THE DEPARTMENT AND TO ENABLE IT TO STAY ON TOP OF THE WORKLOAD WHICH HAS INCREASED VERY SUBSTANTIALLY IN SCOPE AND VOLUME.

THE CHANGE PROVIDES FOR THE SPLITTING UP OF THE COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT INTO TWO DEPARTMENTS - A DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND A DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS, EACH WITH ITS OWN HEAD, BUT UNDER THE OVERALL CONTROL OF A DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS.

THE ACTING HOLDER OF THE FORMER POST OF DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, MR. BILL DORWARD, NOW BECOMES ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS. MR. ROY PORTER IS ACTING COMMISSIONER OF INDUSTRY AND CUSTOMS. MR. PETER TSAO IS ACTING DIRECTOR OF TRADE UNTIL SEPTEMBER WHEN HE LEAVES FOR GENEVA TO TAKE UP HIS NEW POST AS COUNSELLOR FOR HONG KONG AFFAIRS. THIS POST IS HELD AT PRESENT BY MR. LAWRENCE MILLS, WHO WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG TO ACT AS DIRECTOR OF TRADE.

+AN ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF AUTHORITY WILL ALSO BE INTRODUCED, THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS BEING GIVEN DEPUTIES WHO WILL PROVIDE CONTINUITY OF ADMINISTRATION AND SHARE THE BURDEN OF OVERSEAS TRAVEL IN CONNECTION WITH TRADE NEGOTIATIONS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AS PART OF A SEPARATE EXERCISE, THE PREVENTIVE SERVICE HAS BEEN RETITLED THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE SERVICE IN ORDER TO ACCORD IT AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TITLE AND TO MAKE ITS FUNCTIONS MORE READILY UNDERSTOOD OVERSEAS, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELD OF ANTI-NARCOTICS OPERATIONS-THIS CHANGE IN TITLE HAS NO IMPLICATIONS IN REGARD TO THE CONTINUED FREE PORT STATUS OF HONG KONG, THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1977

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EXTERNSHIP FOR +LICENTIATE DOCTORS* NEXT MONTH

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THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL COUNCIL HAS ANNOUNCED THAT CANDIDATES SUCCESSFUL IN THIS YEAR’S LICENTIATE EXAMINATION WOULD COMMENCE THEIR EXTERNSHIP FOR ASSESSMENT AND TRAINING IN APPROVED HOSPITALS ON SEPTEMBER 19, 1977.

OF THE 112 CANDIDATES SUCCESSFUL IN THE FINAL PART OF THE LICENTIATE EXAMINATION, 99 HAVE SO FAR INDICATED A WISH TO COMMENCE THEIR EXTERNSHIPS NEXT MONTH BUT THREE HAVE ASKED TO DEFER STARTING THEIR EXTERNSHIP FOR PERSONAL REASONS.

THE SECRETARY OF THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE, MR. I.A.S. YOUNG, SAID THAT EXTERNS WILL BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM DUTIES SIMILAR TO THOSE UNDERTAKEN BY INTERNS AND TO ATTEND A PROGRAMME OF LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS. DURING THE PERIOD OF THEIR EXTERNSHIP THEY WILL BE PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT AT THE SAME RATE AS INTERNS.

THE LICENTIATE COMMITTEE HAS AGAIN CALLED FOR APPLICATIONS FROM UNREGISTRABLE DOCTORS IN HONG KONG TO REGISTER AS CANDIDATES, AND CANDIDATES WHO HAVE FAILED IN THIS YEAR’S EXAMINATION TO BE RE-REGISTERED FOR EXAMINATION IN 1978.

MR. YOUNG WENT ON TO SAY THAT PERSONS REGISTERING FOR THE FIRST TIME AND CANDIDATES WHO FAILED IN PART I OF THE EXAMINATION THIS YEAR SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS BY SEPTEMBER 17. CANDIDATES WHO FAILED IN PART I I OR I I I OF THE EXAMINATION MAY RE-REGISTER ANY TIME UP TO DECEMBER 31, 1977.

IN ADDITION, THIS YEAR ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PAY A NON-REFUNDABLE STATUTORY REGISTRATION FEE OF $100 WITH THEIR APPLICATION FORMS.

THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ELIGIBILITY TO SIT THE EXAMINATION ARE UNCHANGED. THESE ARE THAT A CANDIDATE MUST HOLD A MEDICAL QUALIFICATION AWARDED AFTER COMPLETING AT LEAST FIVE YEARS FULLTIME MEDICAL STUDY, HAVE PERMISSION TO RESIDE AND WORK IN HONG KONG AND BE OF GOOD CHARACTER.

APPLICANTS MAY BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AT A LATER DATE TO VERIFY THEIR CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE AND TO PRODUCE THE ORIGINALS OF ANY SUPPORTING DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE.

THE SECRETARY SAID THAT NEXT YEAR’S EXAMINATION IS EXPECTED TO BE HELD FROM APRIL TO JULY AND WILL AGAIN BE CONDUCTED IN THREE PARTS - A MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTION PAPER ON PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE, A SIMPLE WRITTEN TEST OF PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH AND AN ORAL EXAMINATION OF CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR REGISTRATION OR RE-REGISTRATION AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE EXAMINATION IN 1978 MAY BE OBTAINED BY APPLYING WITH A SELF-ADDRESSED AND STAMPED ENVELOPE, TO THE LICENTIATE SECTION (EXAMINATION APPLICATION), BONAVENTURE HOUSE, 91, LEIGHTON ROAD, THIRD FLOOR, HONG KONG OR BY CALLING IN PERSON AT THE LICENTIATE SECTION.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 1977

JAPANESE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HONG KONG STUDENTS ******

TWO SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING OFFERED BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO HONG KONG STUDENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES UNDER THE MOMBUSHO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME FOR THE 1978 ACADEMIC YEAR.

ONE OF THE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL MAJOR IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE AT THE TOKYO UNIVERSITY OF FOREIGN STUDIES AND THE OTHER IN SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES AT A NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.

APPLICANTS MUST BE OVER 18 AND UNDER 22 YEARS OF AGE ON APRIL 1, 1978. THEY MUST BE WILLING TO RECEIVE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION IN JAPANESE LANGUAGE.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS OF EITHER OF THE TWO UNIVERSITIES IN HONG KONG OR POSSESS HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY.

APPLICATION FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS REGARDING THESE SCHOLARSHIPS AND UNIVERSITY COURSES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT BRANCH OFFICE, BONAVENTURE HOUSE, SECOND FLOOR, 91 LEIGHTON ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

ALL COMPLETED FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE SECTION NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 13, 1977.

THE DIRECTOR OF THE JAPAN INFORMATION AND CULTURAL OFFICE, CONSULATE-GENERAL OF JAPAN WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED BY THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION.

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SPEEDPOST CONTRACT WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS SIGNED

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A CONTRACT FOR A SPEEDPOST SERVICE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM WAS SIGNED TODAY BETWEEN AMERICAN EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL AND THE HONG KONG POST OFFICE.

AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY IN THE OFFICE OF MR. KARL KIRCHER, VICE PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN EXPRESS, MR. A.C. HEATHCOTE, DEPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL, ASSURED THAT THE SERVICE WOULD PROVIDE CLIENTS WITH FAST, RELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL FACILITIES TO THE UNITED KINGDOM.

HE SAID THAT SPEEDPOST WAS AN EXPANDING SERVICE AND REVEALED THAT THE NUMBER OF ITEMS HANDLED LAST YEAR WAS DOUBLE THAT OF THE PREVIOUS YEAR. INDICATIONS WERE THAT THE GROWTH IN SPEEDPOST BUSINESS WOULD BE SIMILAR THIS YEAR, HE ADDED.

+THE HONG KONG BUSINESS COMMUNITY REQUIRED EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE COMMUNICATIONS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES AND I AM SURE THAT THE SPEEDPOST SERVICES MEET THIS CRITERIA,+ HE SAID.

MR. KIRCHER SAID THAT SIMILAR SPEEDPOST CONTRACTS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES WOULD FOLLOW.

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ON NT ROADS

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TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS WILL BE IMPOSED ON A NUMBER OF ROADS IN SHA TIN AND TUEN MUN WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 23).

BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND MIDNIGHT EACH DAY, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES:

* LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD FROM A POINT 66 FT. SOUTH OF SHING MUN RIVER BRIDGE TO ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD,

* TAI PO ROAD FROM 160 FT. WEST OF THE LEVEL-CROSSING IN TAI WAN TO ITS JUNCTION WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, AND

* SHA TIN BYPASS ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO A POINT 130 FT. SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD.

DURING THESE PERIODS ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM PICKING UP OR SETTING DOWN PASSENGERS, OR LOADING AND UNLOADING GOODS.

ALSO WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY, THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUS PROHIBITED ZONES:

* THE TWO UNNAMED ROADS LEADING FROM SHA TIN BYPASS TO LEK YUEN ESTATE, SHA TIN NEW TOWN,

* PUI TO ROAD, AND

* KEI TAI ROAD, BOTH IN TUEN MUN NEW TOWN.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

AMENDMENTS TO DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN .. 1

AIRCRAFT OVERFLIGHT CHARGES ............................. 2

RETIRING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION GIVES PARTING ADVICE .................................................. 3

CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY AT CAPE COLLINSON TO BE ENLARGED ................................................ 4

PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF ALIENS REQUIRED ................. 4

CROSS-TOLO HARBOUR SWIM ON SUNDAY ...................... 5

TSUEN wAN COMMUNITY CENTRE ORGANISES BLOOD DONATION DRIVE ................................................... 5

EARLY SUSPENSION OF TRAM SERVICE FOR MTR WORK TOMORROW . 6

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND TO KWA WAN ...... 6

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 1977

AMENDMENTS TO DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI PLAN PROPOSED ******

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED TODAY FOR THE DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN - THE BLUEPRINT FOR A MAJOR FACELIFT FOR HONG KONG’S RENOWNED ENTERTAINMENT AND TOURIST CENTRE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID TODAY A TOTAL OF TEN AMENDMENTS ARE PROPOSED TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN UNVEILED IN JULY LAST YEAR BY THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS, MR. DAVID MCDONALD, WHO IS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD.

SEVEN OF THE CHANGES RESULT FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD UPHOLDING OBJECTIONS TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN, AND THE OTHER AMENDMENTS HAVE BEEN INITIATED BY THE BOARD.

THE OUTLINE ZONING PLAN AFFECTS A TOTAL AREA OF 178 HECTARES ON KOWLOON PENINSULA, OF WHICH 2.6 HECTARES WILL BE RECLAIMED FROM THE SOUTHERN TIP OF THE PENINSULA AND AT THE NORTH CAMBER BREAKWATER OFF CANTON ROAD.

IT ENVISAGES A HOST OF NEW AND EXPANDED COMMUNITY SERVICES AND FACILITIES FOR KOWLOON RESIDENTS INCLUDING A CULTURAL COMPLEX, LANDSCAPED PUBLIC PROMENADES AND PARKS, A SWIMMING POOL COMPLEX, PLAYGROUNDS, SCHOOLS, MARKETS AND COMMUNITY CENTRES.

THE AMENDMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE AS A RESULT OF OBJECTIONS ARE

* REZONING OF NO. 5 OBSERVATORY ROAD FROM GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY INSTITUTION USE (G.I.C.) TO COMMERCIAL/RESIDENT I AL (C/R)-

* THE PROPOSED WIDENING OF THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY HAS BEEN DROPPED, AND THE ACCESS ROAD WILL NOW BE INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL G.I.C. ZONING FOR THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY"

* DELETION OF THE SETBACK OF THE NATHAN ROAD PAVEMENT AT THE NORTH END OF KOWLOON PARK, AND THE CORRESPONDING ALTERATION TO THE ALIGNMENT OF THE BOUNDARY OF THE PARK-

* CHANGE IN ZONING FROM +OPEN SPACE+ TO C/R FOR TWO AREAS ON THE WESTERN SHORE OF THE PENINSULA- AND

* REZONING OF THE G.I.C. SITE AT THE JUNCTION OF CANTON ROAD AND PEKING ROAD TO C/R, AND ITS AMALGAMATION WITH THE EXISTING C/R SITE WHICH INCLUDES THE MARINE POLICE HEADQUARTERS TO THE SOUTH. THE WHOLE SITE IS NOW ANNOTATED +TO INCLUDE A PUBLIC TRANSPORT STATION*, AND AS A RESULT THE WORDS *BUS TERMINUS* ARE DELETED FROM THE ANNOTATION ON THE CULTURAL COMPLEX SITE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OBJECTIONS TO THESE PROPOSALS COULD BE MADE. BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1 TO THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

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TWENTY-ONE DAYS ARE ALLOWED FOR OBJECTIONS TO THE THREE AMENDMENTS TO THE +NOTES+ INITIATED BY THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD.

THESE PROVIDE FOR :-

* STAFF QUARTERS TO BE PERMITTED AS A RIGHT WITHIN G. I.C. ZONING"

* SPECIFIED USES FOR THE COMPREHENSIVE RE-DEVELOPMENT AREA TO BE SUBJECTED TO SPECIAL PERMISSION OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD AND THAT APPROVAL MAY REQUIRE COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN CONDITIONS- AND

* ADDITIONAL USES FOR KOWLOON PARK, SOME AS A MATTER OF RIGHT, OTHERS WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD. A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, GARDEN AND RUNNING TRACK WILL NOW BE ALLOWED, SUBJECT ONLY TO COMPLIANCE WITH THE RELEVANT BUILDING ORDINANCE REGULATIONS, AND PLACES OF PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT, A SOCIAL OR SPORTS CLUB, VIEW TOWER OR ZOO MAY BE PERMITTED IN THE PARK, SUBJECT TO TOWN PLANNING BOARD APPROVAL.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR OBJECTIONS TO THESE AMENDMENTS IS SEPTEMBER 8.

COPIES OF THE REVISED DRAFT TSIM SHA TSUI OUTLINE ZONING PLAN ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE MAP SALES SECTION OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

A COLOURED PLAN COSTS $25 DOLLARS, AND $5 FOR UNCOLOURED ONES.

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OVERFLIGHT CHARGES FOR AIRCRAFT * * * * *

THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT IS TO LEVY ONWARD NAVIGATION CHARGES FOR COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT PASSING THROUGH THE HONG KONG FLIGHT INFORMATION REGION WITHOUT LANDING AT HONG KONG AIRPORT FROM NOVEMBER 1, 1977.

A SLIDING SCALE OF CHARGES RANGING FROM $675 FOR THE SMALLER AIRCRAFT OF UNDER 22,680 KGS TO $865 FOR THOSE OF OVER 136,078 KGS, IS TO BE INTRODUCED TO COVER THE OPERATING COST IN PROVIDING THE ONWARD SERVICES TO AIRCRAFT OVERFLYING HONG KONG AIR SPACE.

THE FEES HAVE BEEN WORKED OUT AFTER LENGTHY CONSULTATIONS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION, PARTICULARLY ITS AIRPORT CHARGES WORKING GROUP.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT SAID THAT NO FEES WERE PREVIOUSLY CHARGED FOR ONWARD FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND AVIATION METEOROLOGY BECAUSE OF THE COMPARATIVELY SMALL NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT USING THE SERV ICE.

THE NUMBER OF OVERFLIGHTS HAD INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS FROM 1,225 IN 1974-75 TC 1,913 IN 1975-76 AND 2,346 IN 1976-77, RAISING THE OPERATIONAL COSTS FOR PROVIDING THE FACILITIES.

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DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION GIVES PARTING

ADVICE

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THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR. D.C. READMAN TODAY TOLD A GROUP OF RECRUIT ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS THAT WHILE THEY OFTEN HAVE TO SAY +NO+ TO PEOPLE, IT HELPS TO REMIND THEMSELVES PERIODICALLY THAT THE PERSON OPPOSITE THEM HAS THE SAME FEELINGS AND NEEDS AS THEY THEMSELVES.

THIS WAS THE FAREWELL ADVICE MR. READMAN GAVE TO THE RECRUITS AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT PARADE GROUND, HAPPY VALLEY, THIS MORNING.

MR. READMAN, WHO GOES ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE SHORTLY AFTER 29 YEARS’ PUBLIC SERVICE, SAID: +THE DEPARTMENT IS A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY, AND SOMETIMES, WE ARE OBLIGED TO PROSECUTE PEOPLE IN THE COURTS, OR REMOVE THEM FROM HONG KONG ALTOGETHER AND PREVENT THEM RETURNING.

♦BECAUSE OF THIS LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKGROUND, AT TIMES THERE HAS BEEN A TENDENCY FOR SOME OF US TO BE RATHER ABRUPT AND DICTATORIAL IN OUR DEALINGS WITH MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC,* HE POINTED OUT.

HE ADDED IT WOULD HELP TO CONSIDER HOW THEY WOULD EXPECT TO BE TREATED IN THE SAME SITUATION.

+IT WILL HELP TO REMEMBER THAT EVERYONE WANTS TO BE TREATED CONSIDERATELY AND FAIRLY AND THAT NO ONE RESPONDS WELL TO A BULLYING, DICTATORIAL ATTITUDE,* HE ADDED.

MR. READMAN SAID THAT THE FIRST DUTY OF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS IS TO CARRY OUT THE POLICIES LAID DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE SECOND IS TO DO THIS IN AS HUMANE AND CONSIDERATE A WAY AS POSSIBLE.

+THE FIRST IS NOT DIFFICULT AND NEITHER SHOULD THE SECOND BE, BUT IT IS IN THIS LATTER AREA, IN OUR DAY TO DAY CONTACT WITH THE PUBLIC THAT POSSIBLY YOUR GREATEST DIFFICULTY WILL LIE,* HE SAID.

SIXTEEN ASSISTANT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS COMPLETED THEIR THREE MONTH INDUCTION TRAINING AND TOOK PART IN THE PASSING-OUT PARADE TODAY.

AFTER THE PARADE, MR. READMAN PRESENTED PRIZES TO THE BEST RECRUIT OF THE INDUCTION COURSE.

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MORE SPACE FOR BURIAL

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THE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY AT CAPE COLLINSON WILL BE ENLARGED BY NEARLY 7 HECTARES UNDER A PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE DRAFT CHAI WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLAN PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE TODAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID TODAY THAT AN ADDITIONAL 6.88 HECTARES OF LAND WILL BE ALLOCATED TO THE CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY AT CAPE COLLINSON.

PART OF THIS ADDITIONAL LAND (ABOUT 2.23 HECTARES) IS WITHIN THE CHAI WAN PLANNING AREA AND WAS ZONED +GREEN BELT+.

AS A RESULT OF THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD’S AGREEMENT TO ALLOCATE THE ADDITIONAL LAND TO THE CEMETERY, IT HAS NOW BEEN REZONED FOR CEMETERY USE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE 21 DAYS TO LODGE OBJECTIONS TO THIS PROPOSAL.

THE GAZETTE ALSO PUBLISHED A SECOND CHANGE AFFECTING THE DRAFT URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT OUTLINE PLAN FOR WESTERN.

THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD SAID THAT AN AMENDMENT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE NOTES TO THE PLAN, WHEREBY PERMISSION MAY NOW BE SOUGHT FROM THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD TO DEVELOP LAND ZONED +INDUSTRIAL+ FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

OBJECTIONS TO THIS AMENDMENT WILL BE RECEIVED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1, 1977.

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PERSONAL PARTICULARS OF ALIENS REQUIRED * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION TODAY DREW THE ATTENTION OF ALIENS STAYING IN HONG KONG WHO ARE OVER THE AGE OF 15 TO THE REQUIREMENT UNDER SECTION 16 OF THE IMMIGRATION ORDINANCE TO INFORM HIM WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF ANY CHANGE IN THEIR REPORTED PERSONAL PARTICULARS.

THESE INCLUDE PARTICULARS FURNISHED IN THEIR ARRIVAL CARD, IN THE PRESCRIBED ALIEN REGISTRATION CARD, PARTICULARS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED UNDER THIS SECTION, AND THEIR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

HOWEVER, THOSE WHO ARE LAWFULLY IN HONG KONG AND WHOSE STAY IS NOT LIMITED, ARE EXEMPTED BY THE DIRECTOR FROM THIS REQUIREMENT.

AN ALIEN IS A PERSON WHO IS NOT A BRITISH SUBJECT, A BRITISH PROTECTED PERSON OR A CITIZEN OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

CENTRAL BUILDING FOR GOVT OFFICES IN TAI PO ..... 1

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WAGE LAW IN FORCE FROM NOVEMBER ... 2

PHYSICAL FITNESS CLASSES FOR THE ELDERLY ........ 3

KWUN TONG AND SHAM SHUI PO TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS . 4

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE MOVES TO ANOTHER KOWLOON DISTRICT .... 5

FIRING PRACTICE ................................. 5

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1977

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CENTRAL GOVT OFFICE BUILDING FOR TAI PO

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A NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICE BUILDING WILL BE BUILT AT TAI PO TO KEEP PACE WITH THE NEEDS OF THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING AREA AND TO ENSURE THAT THE FULL RANGE OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

MR. PAUL YIU, ACTING SENIOR ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY THAT WORK ON THE PROJECT WOULD START IN OCTOBER AND WOULD BE COMPLETED IN EARLY 1979.

THE NEW OFFICE BUILDING WILL BE SITUATED AT THE JUNCTION OF TAI PO ROAD AND TING KOK ROAD AND WILL BECOME THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICE SERVING TAI PO AND THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES.

TAI PO, WHERE MAJOR DEVELOPMENT WORKS ARE UNDERWAY, WILL BE DEVELOPED AS ONE OF THE MARKET TOWNS UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S RURAL TOWNSHIP DEVELOPMENT SCHEME.

IT WILL EVENTUALLY PROVIDE HOMES FOR 30,000 PEOPLE WITH ALL BASIC COMMUNITY FACILITIES, INCLUDING SCHOOLS, MARKET AND SHOPPING CENTRES, CLINICS, OPEN SPACES FOR RECREATION AND COMMUNITY HALLS FOR SOCIAL FUNCTIONS.

IN ADDITION, SITES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PRIVATE DEVELOPERS FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL USES.

MR. YIU SAID THAT THE NEW GOVERNMENT OFFICE COMPLEX WILL CONSIST OF A SIX-STOREY HIGH BLOCK PROVIDING A TOTAL OF ABOUT 9,000 SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE SPACE AND A SINGLE-STOREY ANNEX.

WHEN COMPLETED, HE SAID, IT WILL PROVIDE OFFICES FOR VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS INCLUDING THE POST OFFICE, MARRIAGE REGISTRY, URBAN SERVICES, LABOUR DEPARTMENT, SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, CROWN LAND AND SURVEY OFFICE, REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE AS WELL AS THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SINGLE STOREY ANNEX WILL HOUSE ALL THE NECESSARY ANCILLARY SERVICES, SUCH AS AN AIR-CONDITIONING PLANT, STORES AND CARETAKER QUARTERS.

THE OFFICE COMPOUND, HE SAID, WOULD ALSO HAVE 49 PARKING SPACES FOR CARS AS WELL AS SPACES FOR 22 BICYCLES AND SCOOTERS.

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WORKERS WAGE PROTECTION LAW EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER ******

THE EMPLOYMENT (AMENDMENT) (NO. 4) ORDINANCE 1977, WHICH PROTECTS WORKERS AGAINST DEFAULT IN WAGE PAYMENT BY BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION SUB-CONTRACTORS WILL COME INTO FORCE ON NOVEMBER 1, IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

THE ORDINANCE, ENACTED IN JUNE THIS YEAR, IMPOSES A VICARIOUS LIABILITY ON ALL PRINCIPAL CONTRACTORS, NOMINATED SUB-CONTRACTORS AND SUPERIOR SUB-CONTRACTORS TO PAY WAGES TO SUB-CONTRACTORS’ EMPLOYEES IN THE EVENT OF DEFAULT IN PAYMENT OF WAGES BY THEIR SUB-CONTRACTORS.

THIS LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO TWO MONTHS’ UNPAID WAGES OWED TO WORKERS ON THE SITE.

UNDER THE NEW LAW, EMPLOYEES WHO ARE OWED WAGES MUST NOTIFY THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR OR NOMINATED SUB-CONTRACTOR OF THEIR WAGE CLAIMS IN WRITING WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE WAGES BECOMING DUE.

THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR MUST, IN TURN, NOTIFY ANY SUPERIOR SUB-CONTRACTOR ABOUT THE DEFAULTING SUB-CONTRACTOR WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE EMPLOYEES’ NOTICE OF WAGE CLAIMS.

ALL SUB-CONTRACTORS IN THE CHAIN OF SUB-CONTRACTING ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR WITH INFORMATION RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES CLAIMING UNPAID WAGES IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER HE WAS IN FACT PAYING WAGES TO THE RIGHT PARTIES.

THE NEW LAW ALSO REQUIRES AN EMPLOYER WHO IS A SUB-CONTRACTOR TO SUPPLY HIS EMPLOYEES WITH THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR OR NOMINATED SUB-CONTRACTOR AND OF EVERY SUPERIOR SUB-CONTRACTOR WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF A WRITTEN REQUEST.

THE PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR, NOMINATED SUB-CONTRACTOR OR SUPERIOR SUB-CONTRACTOR WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECOVER ANY MONEY PAID OUT IN WAGES FROM THE DEFAULTING CONTRACTOR AS A CIVIL DEBT.

HE CAN ALSO CLAIM CONTRIBUTION FROM OTHERS LIABLE OR DEDUCT, BY WAY OF SET-OFF, THE AMOUNT PAID BY HIM FROM ANY SUM DUE TO A SUB-CONTRACTOR WITH WHOM HE HAS ENTERED INTO A SUB-CONTRACT.

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PHYSICAL FITNESS CLASS FOR THE AGED

* * * *

MRS. CHU PUI-CHUN IS 77 YEARS OLD. SHE WALKS WITHOUT THE AID OF A STICK- HER GRIP IS FIRMER AND SHE AVOWS THAT SHE FEELS A LOT HEALTHIER NOW.

ALL THIS, MRS. CHU ATTRIBUTES TO A COMMITMENT TO KEEPING AN APPOINTMENT WITH A MORNING PHYSICAL FITNESS CLASS ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

AT THE CRACK OF DAWN, EVERY MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY, MRS. CHU PREPARES FOR HER 7.15 A.M. RENDEZVOUS WITH 40 OTHER ELDERLY WOMEN AT THE KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK IN EASTERN STREET, WESTERN DISTRICT.

THE FITNESS EXERCISE COURSE LASTS FOR ONE HOUR AND IS CONDUCTED BY A PART-TIME YOUNG INSTRUCTOR OF THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE.

THE FITNESS COURSE FOR THE AGED IS ONE OF THE MANY THAT TAKES PLACE IN VARIOUS PARTS OF HONG KONG AND IS DEVISED TO PROMOTE THE HEALTH OF THE OLD PEOPLE WHO, OTHERWISE, HAVE VIRTUALLY NO ACTIVE EXERCISE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE POINTED OUT.

+MOREOVER, THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY KNOWLEDGE OR PROPER PROGRAMME OF PHYSICAL FITNESS,+ HE ADDED. +THAT IS WHY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HAS STEPPED IN TO TEACH THEM.+

THE FITNESS CLASS STARTS OFF WITH A 15-MINUTE WARM-UP EXERCISE, FOLLOWED BY A 10-MINUTE BREAK, MISS LAM SIU-CHUI, THE INSTRUCTOR, EXPLAINED.

THEN THE COURSE CONTINUES IN AN EXERCISE-BREAK-EXERCISE ORDER FOR ONE HOUR.

THE EXERCISES ARE NECESSARILY SIMPLE AND NON-VIGOROUS, SUCH AS LEG LIFTING, ARM STRETCHING, MOVING OF SHOULDERS AND NECK, AND DEEP BREATHING. THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE PARTICIPANTS, WHOSE AGE RANGES FROM 60 TO 73, ARE NOT EXHAUSTED.

SINCE THE COURSE STARTED IN APRIL, THERE HAVE BEEN ABOUT 90 ELDERLY PEOPLE TAKING PART, MR. CHO.-. SIU-LUN, ASSISTANT RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICER IN CHARGE OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT SAID.

COMMENTING ON THE COURSE, MR. CHOW SAID IT NOT ONLY ACHIEVED THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTI NG-THE HEALTH OF THE AGED, BUT ALSO IMPROVED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE OLDER RESIDENTS IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1977

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KwUN TONG AND SHAM SHU I PO

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KWUN TONG AND SHAM SHU I PO WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY (AUGUST 22) AND FRIDAY (AUGUST 26) RESPECTIVELY.

IN KWUN TONG, THE RIGHT TURNS FROM HONG NING ROAD INTO KWUN TONG ROAD AND VICE VERSA WILL BE BANNED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 12.30 A.M. AND 5.30 A.M. FOR FOUR MONTHS STARTING FROM MONDAY, BECAUSE OF MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION THERE.

MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE ROUNDABOUT AT THE JUNCTION OF HIP wO STREET AND HOI YUEN ROAD AS AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

IN SHAM SHU I PO, WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE DRAINAGE WORKS IN THE AREA, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF ROADS WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO THEIR PREVIOUS TRAFFIC DIRECTIONS WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON AUGUST 26:

* THE SECTION OF HAI TAN STREET BETWEEN YEN CHAU STREET AND KIU KIANG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND'

* THE SECTION OF KIU KIANG STREET BETWEEN HAI TAN STREET AND TUNG CHAU STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY EASTBOUND- AND

* THE SECTION OF KWEILIN STREET BETWEEN HAI TAN STREET AND TUNG CHAU STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

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ANTI-RABIES I NCICUL AT I ON SERVICE FOR KWUN TONG AND YAU TONG

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS OF KWUN TONG AND YAU TONG DISTRICTS NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY (AUGUST 22 AND 23).

THIS WILL BE THE SIXTH DISTRICT ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE TO EE CARRIED OUT IN KOWLOON.

DURING THE TWO-DAY OPERATION, THREE TEMPORARY DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING CENTRES WILL BE SET UP AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

* 1 YUE MAN SQUARE (AT SIDE OF H.K. AND SHANGHAI BANK),

* 12 YUET WAH STREET (GOODVIEW MANSION), AND

* 2 SHUNG SHUN STREET (OPPOSITE LEI YUE MUN VILLAGE ENTRANCE).

THESE CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. DAILY. DOG OWNERS LIVING IN THESE DISTRICTS ARE REQUESTED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THEIR PET IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIES.

IN ADDITION, ALL UNWANTED DOGS CAN BE TAKEN TO THESE CENTRES FOR DISPOSAL.

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firing practice will take place at castle peak range from

MONDAY (AUGUST 22) FOR FIVE DAYS.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE:

DATE (MONDAY) 8. HOURS - 8 P.M

AUGUST 22 .30 A.M.

AUGUST 23 (TUESDAY) 8 A.M. - 8 P.M

AUGUST 24 (WEDNESDAY) 8 A.M. - 8 P.M

AUGUST 25 (THURSDAY) 8 A.M. - 11 P.M

AUGUST 26 (FRIDAY) 4 A.M. - 4 P.M

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1977

CONTENTS

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DRUG ABUSE TO BE TAUGHT ON ETV ............................... 1

FIRE SERVICES DIVERS’ JOB GRUELLING .......................... 2

FIRST IN SERIES OF COUNTRY PARK LEAFLETS ..................... 3

NEN POLICE CADET SCHOOL IN TAI PO ............................ 4

300 MORE TAXIS BY END OF OCTOBER ............................. 5

LIST OF SCHOOLS IN NEXT HKCEE ................................ 5

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

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 19,77

DRUG EDUCATION ON ETV PROGRAMME

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MORE THAN 70,000 FORM II STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN ABOUT DRUG EDUCATION THROUGH TELEVISION FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR.

IN A JOINT VENTURE THE EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION DIVISION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG HAVE RECENTLY PRODUCED AN ETV PROGRAMME ON DRUGS.

THE PROGRAMME, LASTING 20 MINUTES, DESCRIBES DIFFERENT KINDS OF DRUGS AND TELLS THE STORY OF A DRUG ADDICT.

IT WILL BE READY FOR RELEASE IN OCTOBER.

THROUGH GRAPHICS AND PHOTOGRAPHS, THE STUDENTS WILL BE

TOLD THAT THE MISUSE OF CERTAIN DRUGS, SUCH AS

PEP PILLS, STIMULANTS, LSD, OPIUM AND HEROIN WILL CAUSE ALL SORTS OF ILL EFFECTS OR EVEN DEATHS.

THE PROGRAMME WILL BE USED AS AN AID TO TEACHERS TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES.

DRUG EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS, REGARDED BY MANY WORLD ANTINARCOTICS EXPERTS AS IMPORTANT, HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYLLABUSES FOR PRIMARY 6 TO FORM III CLASSES.

THE REASON FOR INTRODUCING DRUG EDUCATION IN THESE CLASSES, A NARCOTICS DIVISION SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED, IS BECAUSE STUDENTS AT THIS STAGE ARE QUITE INTELLIGENTLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY MATURE ENOUGH TO RECEIVE THE KNOWLEDGE.

+HOWEVER,+ HE ADDED, +CAUTICUS MEASURES ARE TAKEN NOT TO ’SQUEEZE’ TOO MUCH STUFF INTO THEIR MINDS WHICH MAY PROVOKE THEIR CURIOSITY AND STIMULATE THEM TO TRY DRUGS.*

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S SYLLABUSES ON DRUG EDUCATION ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE SOME GUIDELINES FOR TEACHERS WHO WILL DISSEMINATE THE KNOWLEDGE TO THE STUDENTS STEP BY STEP.

TO FURNISH TEACHERS WITH DRUG INFORMATION, COPIES OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) REPORTS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS FOR REFERENCE.

COUPLED WITH THIS, OFFICIALS FROM THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT VISIT SCHOOLS, GIVING LECTURES AND ARRANGING FILM SHOWS FOR THE TEACHING STAFF.

THE NARCOTICS DIVISION ALSO PLANS TO HOLD A DRUG SEMINAR FOR TEACHERS DURING THE SHAM SHU I PO DISTRICT ANTI-NARCOTICS CAMPAIGN IN LATE OCTOBER.

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GRUELLING JOB AS A FIRE SERVICES DIVER

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SOMEWHERE A CHILD HAS FALLEN INTO A RESERVOIR WHILE ON PICNIC, A CAR HAS PLUNGED INTO THE SEA WITH ITS PASSENGERS, AND A SWIMMER WHO VENTURED OUT FROM A BEACH HAS NOT RETURNED — THE ALARM IS RAISED, AND THE FIRE SERVICES DIVER TAKES OVER.

HIS JOB, LIKE THAT OF OTHER FIREMEN, IS GRUELLING AND REQUIRES ABUNDANT RESERVES OF STAMINA TO STAND UP TO. BEFORE QUALIFYING AS ONE, HE HAS TO PASS A RIGID MEDICAL EXAMINATION AS WELL AS A HIGHLY DEMANDING DIVING APTITUDE TEST.

+WE BLACK OUT THE DIVING MASK OF THE CANDIDATE TO SEE IF HE SHOWS ANY SIGN OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA AND WHETHER HE RESPONDS WELL TO DIRECTIONS GIVEN TO HIM BY LINE SIGNALS,* A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FIRE SERVICES SAID.

+ IT TAKES A LOT TO BECOME A DIVER,* HE CONTINUED, +AFTER BEING SELECTED, THE FIREMAN HAS TO UNDERGO A SIX-WEEK INTENSIVE COURSE WHICH COVERS TRAINING IN BASIC LIFE-SAVING, ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION AND RESUSCITATION, METHODS OF UNDERWATER SEARCH AND RESCUE AND USE OF DIVING EQUIPMENT.*

THE DIVER USUALLY WORKS DOWN TO A DEPTH OF 45 FT. WHICH IS THE AVERAGE DEPTH OF THE SEABED IN THE HARBOUR.

THE DURATION OF EACH UNDERWATER OPERATION IS LIMITED BY THE CAPACITY OF THE DIVER’S AIR CYLINDER WHICH LASTS 20 TO 30 MINUTES WHEN USED NEAR THE SURFACE.

THE CAPACITY HOWEVER DECREASES AS HE GOES DEEPER AND AT 45 FT. HE HAS ONLY A TEN-MINUTE AIR SUPPLY WHICH INCREASES THE RISK OF HIS WORK.

POOR VISIBILITY IS ONE OF THE OBSTACLES THE DIVER HAS TO SURMOUNT. +EVEN IN THE BEST CONDITIONS, WHEN THE SUNLIGHT IS STRONG AND THE WATER CALM, VISIBILITY UNDERWATER IN THE HARBOUR IS ONLY ABOUT TEN FT. AND INVARIABLY LESS WHEN THE MUD AT THE BOTTOM IS STIRRED UP.*

STRONG CURRENT UNDERWATER IS ANOTHER PROBLEM. +FOR EXAMPLE,* THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED, +AT A SPEED OF ABOUT THREE FEET PER SECOND, A STRONG CURRENT CAN SWEEP A DIVER SOME 90 FT. AWAY IN HALF A MINUTE FROM WHERE HE HAS ENTERED THE WATER.

+IT IS THEREFORE A RULE THAT OUR DIVERS MUST WORK IN PAIRS WITH A STANDBY DIVER FULLY GEARED UP, IN 40 LBS. OF WEIGHT BELT AND EQUIPMENT, IN CASE HELP IS NEEDED URGENTLY.

+FURTHERMORE, A LIFE-LINE IS TIED ROUND THE WAIST OF EACH DIVER WHENEVER HE GOES UNDERWATER TO ENSURE HIS SAFETY,* HE ADDED.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS THIS YEAR, FIRE SERVICES DIVERS WERE CALLED OUT 20 TIMES TO GIVE HELP. ELEVEN CASES WERE FOR SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSONS AND THREE FOR WEAPONS THROWN INTO THE SEA.

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THERE WERE GRUESOME OCCASIONS WHEN THEY WERE ASKED TO LOOK FOR PARTS OF DECOMPOSED BODIES. UNUSUAL REQUESTS TO LOCATE A SAFE SAID TO HAVE FALLEN INTO THE HARBOUR ALSO CROP UP SOMETIMES.

THE PROSPECT OF THESE MISSIONS MIGHT HAVE DETERRED MANY OTHERS WITH FAINT HEARTS, BUT NOT THE DIVERS.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT DIVING WAS ONLY PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND FIREMEN JOINED THE COURSE PURELY ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS.

THE DIVING TEAM STARTED WITH A HANDFUL OF NINE TRAINED OFFICERS 17 YEARS AGO. TODAY, DUE TO HEAVY DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES AND EXPANSION IN PAST YEARS, IT NOW HAS OVER 60 MEMBERS.

THE DIVERS ARE PUT ON DUTY ROUND THE CLOCK AT THE VARIOUS FIRE SERVICES STATIONS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG AND WHEN THEY ARE NOT CALLED UPON TO CARRY OUT UNDERWATER WORK, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO PERFORM THE NORMAL FIRE-FIGHTING DUTIES.

COMMENTING ON THEIR PERFORMANCE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THEY HAD ATTAINED A CONSIDERABLE HIGH STANDARD WHICH COMPARED FAVOURABLY WITH ANY OTHER EMERGENCY SERVICES WHICH PARTICIPATED IN DIVING OPERATIONS.

+IN ITS 17-YEAR HISTORY, THE DIVING TEAM HAS HANDLED THOUSANDS OF OPERATIONS AND ASSISTED THE LAW-ENFORCING DEPARTMENTS TO RETRIEVE INCRIMINATING EVIDENCE FROM THE SEA.

+ALL THESE WERE CARRIED OUT IN SITUATIONS UNFAMILIAR TO THE DIVERS AND SOMETIMES UNTHINKABLE TO ORDINARY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC --HUGE WATER TANKS, IN THE SUBMERGED HOLDS OF SHIPS, OR EVEN DEEP INSIDE THE EARTH AT THE BOTTOM OF A WELL,+ HE SAID.

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FIRST COUNTRY PARK LEAFLET NOW ON SALE

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THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF LEAFLETS PROVIDING INFORMATION ON INDIVIDUAL COUNTRY PARKS IN HONG KONG IS NOW ON SALE.

THE LEAFLET, IN FOLDER FORM, IS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE. IT IS ILLUSTRATED WITH COLOUR PICTURES OF SCENERY AND FACILITIES IN THE SHING MUN COUNTRY PARK.

A DOUBLE-PAGE COLOUR DIAGRAM IS INCLUDED SHOWING MARKED WALKS WITHIN THE PARK, AND THE LOCATIONS OF RAIN SHELTERS, BARBECUE AND PICNIC PLACES.

THE LEAFLET PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO THE LOCATION, AREA AND HISTORY OF THE PARK, ITS VEGETATION AND MINERALS AND MANAGEMENT WORK.

THE LEAFLET, AT 50 CENTS EACH, IS AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL.

MORE LEAFLETS IN THE SERIES ON THE COUNTRY PARKS AT KAM SHAN, TAI TAM, ABERDEEN AND LION ROCK ARE BEING PREPARED, AND WILL BE PUBLISHED SHORTLY.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1977

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TENDER FOR NEW POLICE CADET SCHOOL

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL FORM MORE THAN 7.5 HECTARES OF LAND AT TAI PO, AS A SITE FOR A NEW CADET SCHOOL FOR THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT ARE BEING INVITED BY THE P.W.D.’S ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE.

MR. K.M. TSENG, CHIEF ARCHITECT, SAID TODAY THAT WORK ON THE CONTRACT WOULD START IN NOVEMBER AND WOULD TAKE ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE CONTRACT, HE SAID, WOULD INVOLVE SITE FORMATION OF MORE THAN 6 HECTARES AND RECLAMATION OF OVER 1 HECTARE OF LAND FROM THE SEA.

+ON COMPLETION OF THE CONTRACT, WORK WILL BEGIN ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SUPERSTRUCTURE OF THE NEW CADET SCHOOL WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE READY IN LATE 1980,+ HE SAID.

+THE NEW SCHOOL, WHICH IS TO REPLACE THE EXISTING TEMPORARY CADET SCHOOL AT FANLING, WILL PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR ABOUT 1,200 CADETS.

+APART FROM 30 CLASSROOMS, THE SCHOOL WILL ALSO PROVIDE QUARTERS FOR THE CADETS AND THE RESIDENT STAFF, ALONG WITH ADMINISTRATION BLOCKS.+

MR. TSENG SAID THAT IT WOULD ALSO HAVE AN ASSEMBLY HALL/ CINEMA, GYMNASIUM, ASSAULT COURSE, LIBRARY AS WELL AS LANGUAGE LABORATOR IES.

OTHER FACILITIES, HE SAID, WOULD INCLUDE A SPORTS GROUND, A PARADE GROUND, BOAT STORAGE FACILITIES AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE CADETS AND STAFF.

MEANWHILE, TENDERS ARE ALSO BEING CALLED FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW POLICE STATION AT HANG HAU.

MR. TSENG SAID THAT THE NEW STATION, WHICH WILL BE A TWO-STOREY BUILDING, WOULD BE BUILT ON A 2,600-SQUARE METRE SITE AT CLEARWATER BAY ROAD NEAR SILVER STRAND BEACH.

HE SAID THAT CONSTRUCTION WOULD BEGIN IN OCTOBER AND WOULD BE COMPLETED LATE NEXT YEAR.

+THE NEW POLICE STATION WILL SERVE THE HANG HAU AND SAI KUNG AREA AND WILL HOUSE NORMAL POLICE OPERATIONAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICES, ARMOURY AND RECREATION ROOMS,* HE SAID.

+IT WILL ALSO PROVIDE QUARTERS FOR THE RESIDENT POLICE STAFF AND STATION INSPECTOR’S FAMILY.+

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300 MORE TAXIS ON THE ROAD BY END OF OCTOBER * * * *

THE 300 ADDITIONAL TAXIS WHOSE LICENCES WERE LET OUT BY TENDER RECENTLY WILL BE ON THE ROADS BY THE END OF OCTOBER.

LAST MONDAY (AUGUST 15), 35 OF THEM HAVE ALREADY BEEN REGISTERED AND LICENSED AND HAVE JOINED THE FLEET OF URBAN TAXIS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT ALL THE SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS FOR THE TAXI LICENCES HAVE PAID UP THE PREMIA WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD. THE REVENUE COLLECTED AMOUNTED TO ALMOST 355 MILLION.

RESULTS OF THE TENDER WERE PUBLISHED IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE ON JULY 22 AND REGISTRATION OF THE 300 TAXIS IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF OCTOBER.

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LIST OF H.K.C.E.E. PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS * * *

THE SECRETARY OF THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD ISSUED TODAY A LIST OF SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED TO ENTER FORM 5 OR MIDDLE 5 CANDIDATES FOR THE 1978 HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION.

COPIES OF THIS LIST ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT THE EXAMINATIONS DIVISION, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 11TH FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE BEEN AUTHORISED TO ENTER +ENGLISH ONLY+ CANDIDATES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE LIST.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TALLER INCINERATOR CHIMNEY AT LA I CHI KOK ................... 1

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES ROSE ONE POINT ........................ 2

PROPER USE OF LPG ON BOATS WILL BE PUBLICISED ................ 3

HONG KONG ADOPTS USE OF POSTER PILLAR ........................ 4

NEW BUS SERVICES TO TAI HING ESTATE .......................... 5

WORK ON NEW SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BEGINS .................... 6

WAN CHAI AND KWUN TONG TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS .................. 7

LOCAL GIRL WINS SCHOLARSHIP TO MUSIC SCHOOL .................. 8

SHA TO VISIT HANDICAPPED CHILDREN SWIMMING CLASS ............. 9

520,000 CHEQUE FOR *HOME OF LOVING FAITHFULNESS* ............. 9

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1977

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LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR CHIMNEY TO BE EXTENDED

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL BEGIN WORK NEXT MONTH ON RAISING THE EXISTING 88-METRE TALL CHIMNEY AT THE LAI CHI KOK INCINERATOR TO 119 METRES IN AN EFFORT TO MINIMISE POLLUTION IN THE AREA.

THE EXTENSION IS MADE POSSIBLE FOLLOWING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW AIRCRAFT APPROACH GUIDANCE SYSTEMS FOR KAI TAK AIRPORT WHICH PERMIT A STRUCTURE OF THIS HEIGHT NEAR THE FLIGHT PATH.

AT PRESENT, THE EXHAUST GASES FROM THE INCINERATOR ARE DISCHARGED THROUGH THREE CHIMNEYS, SERVING TWO DIFFERENT PLANTS IN THE INCINERATOR.

IN ADDITION TO EXTENDING THE CHIMNEY, MODIFICATIONS WILL EE MADE TO DIVERT THE FLUE GASES FROM ONE OF THE PLANTS NOW SERVED BY TWO 66-METRE CHIMNEYS TO THE TALL ONE.

ON COMPLETION, USE OF THE TWO SMALLER CHIMNEYS WOULD NO LONGER EE NECESSARY UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

MR. J. COLLIER, ACTING SENIOR ENGINEER (OPERATIONS) OF THE P.W.D.’S ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL OFFICE, SAID THAT THE MODIFICATION WOULD ENABLE THE EXHAUST GASES TO DISPERSE AT A MUCH HIGHER LEVEL.

+THIS WILL UNDOUBTEDLY RESULT IN AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE ATMOSPHERE NEAR THE INCINERATOR, PARTICULARLY DURING PERIODS WHEN METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS CAUSE TEMPERATURE INVERSION WHICH KEEPS THE EXHAUST GASES AT A LOWER LEVEL,+ HE ADDED.

WORK ON EXTENDING THE CHIMNEY WILL TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

DURING THIS PERIOD, MR. COLLIER SAID, THE EXHAUST GASES WOULD HAVE TO BE DISCHARGED THROUGH THE TWO SMALL CHIMNEYS, WHICH WOULD UNFORTUNATELY CAUSE SOME TEMPORARY INCONVENIENCE.

+HOWEVER ANY NUISANCE ARISING FROM THIS UNAVOIDABLE PROBLEM WILL BE SHORT-LIVED, AND BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT YEAR RESIDENTS IN THE AREA WILL FIND A VERY MARKED IMPROVEMENT IN A SITUATION wHICH HAS BOTHERED THEM FOR SOME TIME,+ MR. COLLIER SAID.

MEANWHILE, WORK IS IN PROGRESS ON THE NEW KWAI CHUNG INC INERATOR.

THE INCINERATOR, WILL HAVE A 150-METRE

EXPECTED TO EE OPERATIONAL BY EARLY 1979, TALL CHIMNEY, THE TALLEST IN HONG KONG.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEX UP

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THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (A) AND CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (B) FOR JULY ROSE TO 119, AN INCREASE OF ONE POINT OVER THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

THE C.P.I. (A) IS EASED ON 1973-74 EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $400 - $1,499 A MONTH AND THE C.P.I. (B) IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE OF HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $1,500 - $2,999 A MONTH.

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS WAS ONE POINT HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE PREVIOUS MONTH IN BOTH C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B). INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT WATER FISH, FRESH VEGETABLES AND FRESH FRUITS.

FOLLOWING AN UPWARD REVISION IN THE HONG KONG AND YAUMATI FERRY CROSS-HARBOUR FARES, THE INDEX FOR TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES ADVANCED BY ONE POINT EACH IN C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B).

ON THE OTHER HAND, THE INDEXES FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR, AND MISCELLANEOUS GOODS DECLINED BY ONE POINT EACH IN C.P.I. (A) AND C.P.I. (B) OWING TO LOWER PRICES FOR SOME ITEMS OF MEN’S AND CHILDREN’S CLOTHING AND CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINES.

PRICE MOVEMENTS IN OTHER COMMODITY SECTIONS AND SERVICES WERE INS IGNIFICANT.

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MARINE DEPARTMENT ACTS ON ABERDEEN EXPLOSION FINDINGS ******

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IS TAKING SEVERAL COURSES OF ACTION TO PREVENT A RECURRENCE OF THE TRAGEDY IN ABERDEEN HARBOUR LAST APRIL WHEN THREE OF ITS OFFICERS DIED AS A RESULT OF AN EXPLOSION ON BOARD A FISHING VESSEL.

FOLLOWING THE FINDINGS OF THE DEATH INQUEST, THE DEPARTMENT WILL ADVISE SMALL CRAFT OPERATORS OF THE PROPER AND SAFE USE OF LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS (L.P.G.) ON THEIR BOATS WHICH, HOPEFULLY, WILL PREVENT SIMILAR ACCIDENTS IN THE FUTURE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY THAT OFFERS OF ASSISTANCE HAVE BEEN READILY FORTHCOMING FROM THE L.P.G. INDUSTRY, THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, THE MARINE POLICE AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS FOR COMPILING AND PUBLICISING THIS ADVICE.

+ THE MAJOR OIL COMPANIES, REPRESENTING THE INDUSTRY, HAVE AGREED IN PRINCIPLE TO ASSIST IN PUBLICATION AND HAVE ALREADY GIVEN SOME USEFUL ADVICE AND INFORMATION,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AT THE SAME TIME, IS PREPARED TO BROADCAST INFORMATION ON THE PROPER USE OF L.P.G. TO FISHERMEN ON THE +FISHERMEN’S HALF HOUR* RADIO PROGRAMME, WHILE THE MARINE POLICE HAVE OFFERED THE USE OF PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS ON THEIR LAUNCHES FOR BROADCASTING PRE-RECORDED MESSAGES.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE SAFETY MESSAGE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO BE CONVEYED BY POSTERS OR PAMPHLETS, WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED T BOAT CLUBS, FISHERMEN’S ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMERCIAL CRAFT ASSOCIATIONS.

THEY WILL ALSO BE OBTAINABLE AT THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICES TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE WIDELY DISTRIBUTED

THE MESSAGE WILL FURTHER BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW EDITION OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT PAMPHLET +SAFETY AFLOAT*, WHICH IS BEING PREPARED FOR PUBLICATION.

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POSTER PILLAR - A NEW MEDIUM FOR MESSAGES

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A NEW MEDIUM OF COMMUNICATION MADE ITS DEBUT IN HONG KONG THIS WEEK, WITH THE FIRST INSTALLATION OF A POSTER PILLAR GRACING THE PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT OF KWAI FONG ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG.

+WE’RE NOT QUITE SURE WHAT TO CALL IT,* EXPLAINED A

SPOKESMAN FOR GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS INNOVATION. +1T’S REALLY A SORT OF POSTER PILLAR DESIGNED AS A PICTURESQUE PAGODA.+

ONE OF THE YOUNGER RESIDENTS OF KWAI FONG, DUBBED IT A +MESSAGE MERRY-GO-ROUND*.

+THE CONCEPT, OF COURSE, IS BASED ON TRADITIONAL POSTER PILLARS WHICH FORM SUCH A DISTINCTIVE FEATURE OF CERTAIN EUROPEAN CITIES, SUCH AS PARIS,* SAID THE SPOKESMAN. +WE HAVE MERELY GIVEN IT A HONG KONG TOUCH.*

MEASURING SEVEN-AND-A-HALF FEET HIGH AND FOUR FEET IN DIAMETER, THE PILLAR CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 12 POSTERS, ARRANGED IN TWO ROWS OF SIX EACH.

THE STRUCTURE IS OF CONCRETE, WITH A DISTINCTIVE RED AND GREEN TOP THAT RESEMBLES THE CANOPY OF AN ANCIENT PAGODA.

THE RED TILES ARE DIVIDED INTO EIGHT EQUAL SECTIONS BY EIGHT BEAMS IN GREEN. AT THE APEX OF THE ROOF IS A BEIGE-COLOURED CALAEASH-LIKE STRUCTURE - A VITAL ELEMENT IN YIELDING GOOD +FUNG SHU I*.

ACCORDING TO THE ASSISTANT HOUSING MANAGER OF KWAI FONG ESTATE, MR. CHIU PING FUN, THE PILLAR 'WILL NOT ONLY PROVIDE A PROMINENT SITE FOR GOVERNMENT POSTERS, IT WILL ALSO BECOME AN EMBELLISHMENT TO THE PLAYGROUND WHERE IT IS SITUATED.

MR. CHIU BELIEVED THAT THE POSITION WAS CHOSEN WISELY, SINCE MOST OF THE RESIDENTS WILL BE PASSING THROUGH THE PLAYGROUND TO THE BUS TERMINUS AS THEY GO IN AND OUT OF THE ESTATE TO CONDUCT THEIR DAILY BUSINESS.

THE GIS SPOKESMAN INDICATED THAT CONSIDERATION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SIMILAR PILLARS IN OTHER HOUSING ESTATES IS IN THE PIPELINE, SUBJECT TO A SURVEY TO DE CARRIED OUT OVER A THREE-MONTH PERIOD ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SUCH POSTER FACILITIES.

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NEW BUS SERVICES TO HOUSING ESTATE IN NT * * * *

TWO MAJOR TRAFFIC SCHEMES ARE BEING INTRODUCED TOMORROW (TUESDAY) INVOLVING THE OPENING OF TAI HING ESTATE AT TUEN MUN AND A COMPLETE REVISION OF TRAFFIC FLOW IN SHATIN.

A LARGE NUMBER OF BUS ROUTE REVISIONS ARE BEING INTRODUCED INCLUDING SERVICES TO LA I YIU, LAI KING, CHEUNG CHING, TAI HING AND LEK YUEN ESTATES.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A NEW COACH SERVICE, NO.246, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO LAI YIU AND LAI KING ESTATES AND DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES ARE BEING ALLOCATED TO THE CURRENT ROUTE 45.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THREE BUS ROUTES, 33A, 37A AND 44A HAVE BEEN DIVERTED TO SERVE THE CONTAINER PORT ROAD. ADDITIONAL BUS ROUTES NOW SERVE TAI HING ESTATE, SUCH AS ROUTE 52A BETWEEN TSUEN WAN AND TUEN MUN, ROUTE 59 TO PAK KOK AND ROUTE 61 FROM TAI HING TO YUEN LONG.

THE ACTING ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR. PETER MILLER AND THE SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER RESPONSIBLE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. JOHN SHEARMAN, WILL EE ON HAND EARLY TOMORROW MORNING AT ALL THE VARIOUS LOCATIONS WHERE THE REVISIONS WILL BE INTRODUCED TC MONITOR THE SITUATION.

INCLUDED IN THEIR VISITS WILL BE CHEUNG CHING IN PREPARATION FOR THE INTRODUCTION OF LARGER DOUBLE-DECKER BUSES ON ROUTE 44A TO KOWLOON, AND ALSO IN READINESS FOR A NEW ROUTE 43 FROM CHEUNG CHING TO TSUEN WAN FERRY.

AT LEK YUEN ESTATE IN SHA TIN THEY WILL BE INSPECTING THE SITUATION AS A RESULT OF INCREASED FREQUENCIES ON ROUTES 87 AND 89, ALONG WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF LARGE CAPACITY DOUBLE DECKERS ON THESE TWO ROUTES.


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WORK ON NEW S35M TAI PO ROAD STARTS ******

THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT WILL TOMORROW (TUESDAY) START THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE 335 MILLION NEW TAI PO ROAD FROM TAI WAI VILLAGE TO THE END OF THE NEW RACE COURSE AT SHA TIN.

PART OF THE EXISTING TAI PO ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM TOMORROW SO THAT THE WORK CAN GO AHEAD.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER OF THE P.W.D’S SHA TIN NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT OFFICE, MR. S.K. KWEI, SAID TODAY THAT THE SHA TIN BYPASS WOULD BE MADE TWO-WAY AND URBAN CLEARwAY RESTRICTIONS WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS A MINIMUM OF INCONVENIENCE TO MOTORISTS.

MR. KWEI SAID THAT THE FOUR-LANE, NEW TAI PO ROAD WAS DUE TO BE COMPLETED IN THE LATTER HALF OF NEXT YEAR.

+UNTIL THEN, THE SHA TIN BYPASS, WHICH IS AT PRESENT ONE-WAY, WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC.*

+THE URBAN CLEARWAY RESTRICTIONS,* HE SAID, +WILL BE INTRODUCED FROM 7 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT ON SHA TIN BYPASS BETWEEN THE RAILWAY CROSSING AND WO CHE ESTATE, ON LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD FROM THE SHING MUN RIVER BRIDGE TO THE JUNCTION WITH TAI PO ROAD AND ALSO ON THE SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD FROM TAI WAI VILLAGE TO ITS JUNCTION a I TH LION ROCK ROAD.

+TO FURTHER FACILITATE TRAFFIC FLOW, PLBS wILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO ENTER LEK YUEN ESTATE, «O CHE ESTATE OR THE ROAD FROM THE SHA TIN BYPASS TO THE SHA TIN MARKET,* MR. KWEI SAID.

+ONE CARRIAGEWAY IN THE NEW TAI PO ROAD FROM THE JUNCTION WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD TO SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR FRANCHISED BUSES AND AUTHORISED VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO SHA TIN RAILWAY STATION.

+IN ADDITION, TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS WILL BE IN OPERATION ON THE SHA TIN BYPASS AT THE JUNCTIONS WITH LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD, SHA TIN MARKET ROAD, AND LEK YUEN ESTATE ACCESS ROADS,* MR. KWEI SAID.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI AND KWUN TONG *****

THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN CANAL ROAD EAST AND CANAL ROAD WEST AND THE SECTION OF WESTBOUND MORRISON HILL ROAD BETWEEN LEIGHTON RCAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT TRAMS FRCM 10 A.M. TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE ROAD CLOSURE, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO LAST A YEAR, WILL FACILITATE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER.

DURING THIS PERIOD ALL TRAFFIC OTHER THAN TRAMS WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE TWO NEWLY-BUILT SLIP ROADS SOUTH OF THE CLOSED ROADS.

IN KWUN TONG, WITH EFFECT FROM 10 A.M. ON FRIDAY (AUGUST 26), THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN FORCE:

* YEE ON STREET BETWEEN HONG NING RCAD AND TUNG MING STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY WESTBOUND TO ONEWAY EASTBOUND,

* MING CHI STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY EASTBOUND TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND, AND

* A PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND WILL EE DESIGNATED ON TUNG MING ROAD NORTH OF YEE ON STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL EE PUT UP AT THESE PLACES TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1977

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HONG KONG GIRL WINS MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

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A HONG KONG STUDENT, 13-YEAR-OLD VIENIES SAN YUEN-YUM, HAS BEEN AWARDED A MAJOR SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY AT THE WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL IN SOMERSET, ENGLAND. THIS SCHOOL IS ONE OF ONLY THREE SPECIALIST MUSIC SCHOOLS IN BRITAIN.

AN EXAMINER FOR THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC, MR. DAVID STONE, HEARD MISS SAN PLAY THE VIOLIN AT A MASTER CLASS WHICH HE GAVE WHILE IN HONG KONG LAST YEAR. MR. STONE, A DISTINGUISHED VIOLINIST AND CONDUCTOR, WAS INVITED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO REVIEW INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC DURING HIS STAY HERE.

IMPRESSED BY HER PLAYING, MR. STONE SUGGESTED THAT SHE SHOULD APPLY FOR A PLACE AT WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL AND IT WAS ON HIS RECOMMENDATION THAT SHE WAS HEARD BY AN AUDITION PANEL IN HONG KONG IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

IN THE FACE OF SOME STIFF COMPETITION, MISS SAN WAS AWARDED THE PREMIER SCHOLARSHIP.

VIENIES SAN IS THE DAUGHTER OF MR. SAN SEONG TUCK, A PIANO TEACHER. SHE IS A PUPIL OF MR. THOMAS WANG YAU-SAM, THE WELL-KNOWN VIOLINIST AND TEACHER.

VIENIES TOOK UP VIOLIN PLAYING AT THE AGE OF SEVEN AND HAS PASSED WITH DISTINCTION THE GRADE VIII (FINAL) EXAMINATION OF THE ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC.

SHE HAS WON MANY FIRST PRIZES IN THE HONG KONG SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL. MISS SAN HAS ALSO BEEN SUCCESSFUL ACADEMICALLY. SHE HAS COMPLETED PRIMARY 6 AT HEEP WOH (A.M.) PRIMARY SCHOOL.

VIENIES, WHO COMES FROM A MUSICAL FAMILY, ALSO PLAYS THE PIANO WHICH SHE LEARNT FROM HER FATHER.

SHE WILL LEAVE HONG KONG BY AIR FOR BRITAIN TOMORROW EVENING. VIENIES WIL BE ACCOMPANIED BY HER MOTHER, MRS. SAN WANG YIEN-YING, WHO IS A VOCALIST. SHE HAS A 23-YEAR-OLD BROTHER WHO PLAYS THE PIANO AND VIOLON-CELLO.

THE HEADMASTER OF WELLS CATHEDRAL SCHOOL ANTICIPATES THAT MISS SAN WILL BE A PUPIL OF HIS SCHOOL UNTIL SHE HAS COMPLETED AN ADVANCED LEVEL COURSE IN THE GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION IN THE SUMMER OF 1982.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 1977

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS TO VISIT HANDICAPPED CHILDREN

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THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. F.K. LI, WILL VISIT MORSE PARK SWIMMING POOL ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 24) MORNING, TO SEE HOW HANDICAPPED CHILDREN ARE TAUGHT SWIMMING.

THE TWO-WEEK LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAMME FOR HANDICAPPED CHILDREN, WHICH STARTED LAST WEEK, IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SO THAT THEY MAY BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE SPORT AS ANY ABLE-BODIED CHILDREN.

ABOUT 40 STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS FOR THE HANDICAPPED HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PART IN THE EVENT WHICH WILL END ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27).

MR. LI WILL BE MET ON ARRIVAL BY MR. A.J. REEVE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), MRS. CHIU SHUM SHUK-HAAN, THE INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) (SPECIAL SERV ICE)/SWIMMING, MR. MA YING-KIN, AND THE POOL SUPERVISOR AT MORSE PARK, MR. CHENG TAK-HOY.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER TO COVER THE VISIT. MR. LI WILL ARRIVE AT THE MCRSE PARK SWIMMING POOL AT 10 A.M.

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CHEQUE FOR +THE HOME OF LOVING FA ITHFULNESS + * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES, MR. DAVID AKERS-JONES, WILL PRESENT A CHEQUE FOR 220,000 TOMORROW (TUESDAY), TO MISS VALERIE CONNIBEAR AND MISS WENDY BLACKMUR WHO RUN +THE HOME OF LOVING FAITHFULNESS* FOR SEVERELY HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS AT SHEUNG SHU I.

MR. AKERS-JONES WILL PRESENT THE CHEQUE ON BEHALF OF THE RECENTLY INAUGURATED LIONS CLUE OF THE NEW TERRITORIES. THE PRESENTATION WILL TAKE PLACE IN HIS OFFICE, NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, HOUSING AUTHORITY BUILDING, 101 PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD, KOWLOON AT 4.30 P.M.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EVENT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1977

CONTENTS

PAGE NO.

BUILDINGS IN WESTERN FOUND TO BE DANGEROUS ................... 1

EDUCATIONALIST IMPRESSED BY HK CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT .... 2

ONE MAIL DELIVERY NEXT MONDAY................................ 2

AWARDS FOR IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ............................. 3

GOVERNMENT TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ON SALE ...................... 3

WELFARE BUILDING CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY ............... 4

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

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1977

BUILDINGS IN WESTERN DECLARED DANGEROUS

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY TODAY DECLARED NOS. 10 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 2 TSUI ON LANE, 11 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 1 TSUI ON LANE AND 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS.

IN A STATEMENT ISSUED TODAY, THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR SAID THAT AN OLD WALL SUPPORTING CIRCULAR PATHWAY BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL AND HOLLYWOOD ROAD APPEARS TO BE IN IMMINENT DANGER OF COLLAPSE.

+WATER, FROM AN UNKNOWN SOURCE, IS CLEARLY EXERTING

PRESSURE ON THIS WALL, WHICH IS BULGING. SUBSIDENCE AND CRACKS HAVE OCCURRED IN CIRCULAR PATHWAY3 THE CRACKS ARE NOTICEABLY WIDENING AND EXTENDING,* HE SAID.

+SOME OF THE CRACKING IS EXTENDING ADJACENT TO NOS. 10 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 2 TSUI ON LANE,* HE ADDED.

CRACKS HAVE ALSO OPENED IN THE GROUND BETWEEN CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND THE BUILDING AT NOS. 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD (WHICH IS AT A HIGHER LEVEL).

+THE INDICATIONS ARE THAT THIS OLD WALL MAY COLLAPSE AT any Time and that if it does, circular pathway and the ADJOIN MIG LAND WILL ALSO COLLAPSE.

+THE FULL EXTENT OF SUCH A COLLAPSE CANNOT ACCURATELY BE PREDICTED BUT THE BUILDINGS AT 10 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 2 TSUI ON LANE, 11 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 1 TSUI ON LANE AND 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD COULD IN THIS EVENT BE AT RISK.

+THE P.W.D. GEOTECHNICAL OFFICE, WITH CONSULTANTS, IS STUDYING THE PROBLEM IN ORDER THAT REMEDIAL WORK MAY BE COMMENCED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

♦BECAUSE OF THIS RISK iTHAS BEEN CONCLUDED THAfNOS. 10 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 2 TSUI ON LANE, 11 CIRCULAR PATHWAY AND 1 TSUI ON LANE AND 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD ARE LIABLE TO BECOME DANGEROUS AND THEREFORE NOTICES OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR CLOSURE ORDERS IN VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AT 4.30 P.M. TODAY (TUESDAY) WERE POSTED.

+IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE OCCUPANTS OF THESE BUILDINGS WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMES WHEN REMEDIAL WORK HAS REMOVED THE DANGER,* HE SAID.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 1977

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VISITING PROFESSOR IMPRESSED BY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG * * * *

PROFESSOR JOHN LEWIS, HONORARY PROFESSORIAL FELLOW AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF CARDIFF, WHO RECENTLY SPENT A WEEK HERE, WAS GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE DEVELOPMENT OF TEACHING CURRICULUM IN HONG KONG.

IN A LETTER TO THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, THE PROFESSOR SAID HE WAS +GREATLY IMPRESSED BY THE SOUNDNESS OF THE QUIET WORK THAT IS GOING ON IN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM.+

HE SAID THE CURRICULUM APPEARED TO HIM TO BE LIKELY TO PROVE MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN MANY OF THE VERY EXPENSIVE AND MUCH PUBLICISED EFFORTS HE HAD SEEN ELSEWHERE.

+IT ALSO WAS EXTREMELY HEARTENING TO LEARN OF THE THOUGHT BEING GIVEN OF HOW AT THE END OF THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF GENERAL SECONDARY EDUCATION IT MAY EE POSSIBLE TO ASSESS BOTH ATTAINMENT AND APTITUDE AND THEREFORE BE ABLE TO BETTER ADVISE ON THE MOST APPROPRIATE LINES OF SPECIALISATION PUPILS MAY PURSUE TO THE BEST CAREER ADVANTAGE,+ HE SAID.

THE DEPARTMENT’S EFFORTS TO GAIN THE UNDERSTANDING CO-OPERATION OF PARENTS, TEACHERS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE IN THESE AND OTHER MATTERS COMPARED MORE THAN FAVOURABLY WITH-WHAT WAS ATTEMPTED ELSEWHERE, HE OBSERVED.

PROFESSOR LEWIS, WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, WAS IN HONG KONG DURING A TOUR OF FAR EASTERN COUNTRIES.

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ONE MAIL DELIVERY ON GENERAL HOLIDAY KM***

THF POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT THERE WILL BE ONE DELIVERY OF MAIL NEXT MONDAY (AUGUST 29) WHICH IS A GENERAL HOLIDAY.

AT THE SAME TIME. 32 POST OFFICES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE

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FROM 9 A.M. TO NOON.

ALL OTHER POST OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

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AWARDS FOR SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY ******

THREE GOVERNMENT OFFICERS TODAY (TUESDAY) RECEIVED CASH AWARDS RANGING FROM $150 TO $750 FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY IN THE CIVIL SERVICE.

THE AWARDS, MADE UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S STAFF SUGGESTION SCHEME, WERE PRESENTED TO THE OFFICERS BY THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. RCN BRIDGE, AT A BRIEF CEREMONY IN HIS OFFICE.

THE HIGHEST AWARD WAS TO MR. CHIU YUE-KIN, A CLERICAL OFFICER SERVING IN THE TREASURY, FOR SUGGESTING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TREASURY PERSONNEL FILE COVER DESIGN WHICH INCREASES FILING ACCURACY AND SAVES MANPOWER IN LOCATING AND RETRIEVING FILES FROM FILE RACKS.

A SUGGESTION FOR WHICH A $200 AWARD WAS MADE CAME FROM ffi. E.J. CLOONEY OF THE ENGINEERING AND MECHANICAL OFFICE OF THE P.W.D. AND WAS FOR THE PAYMENT OF. SALARIES ABOVE $2,000 BY ORDER CHEQUES IF FOR ANY REASON IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR THE SALARIES TO BE PAID INTO OFFICERS BANK ACCOUNTS. THIS REDUCES SUBSTANTIALLY THE AMOUNT OF CASH HANDLED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ON PAY DAYS.

THE THIRD AWARD OF $150 WENT TO MR. R.F. HANDFORTH AS AN INTERIM AWARD FOR HIS SUGGESTED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE FORM FOR PAYMENT OF RATES. THE IMPROVEMENTS, HOWEVER, INVOLVE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, WHICH IN TURN DEPENDS UPON THE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION AT THE NEW TREASURY COMPUTER AND NEW COMPUTERISED RECEIPTING FACILITIES.

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LATEST ISSUE OF GOVT TELEPHONE DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE

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THE LATEST REVISED EDITION OF THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TELEPHONE DIRECTORY WITH A SLIGHTLY CHANGED FORMAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE 236-PAGE DIRECTORY, COMPILED IN JULY, LISTS IN DETAIL THE TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, THE ICAC AND A NUMBER OF SEMI-OFFICIAL ORGANISATIONS, AND THE EXTENSION NUMBERS AND NAMES OF THOSE CURRENTLY HOLDING POSTS IN THESE OFFICES.

IT IS ON SALE AT $7 A COPY AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE IN CONNAUGHT PLACE.

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WELFARE BUILDING CELEBRATES THIRD ANNIVERSARY * * * *

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING (WEST) WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS THIRD ANNIVERSARY TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TO MARK THE OCCASION, AN ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME WILL BE ORGANISED FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT BEGINNING AT 3 P.M.

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES STAGE DRAMA, FOLK DANCING AND GROUP SINGING. PRIZES WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO WINNERS OF COMPETITIONS THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING. THIS WILL BE FOLLOWED BY AN OPEN DAY OF THE AGENCIES OPERATING IN THE BUILDING AND A SLIDE SHOW INTRODUCING THE VARIOUS SERVICES PROVIDED IN THE BUILDING.

THE LAM TIN ESTATE WELFARE BUILDING (WEST) IS ONE OF THE EIGHT WELFARE BUILDINGS OPERATED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. IT HOUSES A VARIETY OF SERVICES INCLUDING A NURSERY, A LIBRARY, A YOUTH CENTRE, A TRAINING CENTRE FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED AND A COMMUNITY WORK OFFICE.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMPROVED SALARY STRUCTURE AND BETTER PROSPECTS FOR PWD SURVEYORS .................................................... 1

SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS VISITS SWIMMING CLASSES ........... 3

NORTH POINT AND WAN CHAI TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ................ 3

SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION ......................... 4

AIRPORT SHOP OPEN TO TENDER .................................. 4

MARINE DEPARTMENT OFFICE HOURS ON AUGUST 29 .................. 5

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

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, I977

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BETTER PAY AND PROSPECTS FOR PWD SURVEYORS ******

THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TODAY APPROVED A NEW SIMPLIFIED STRUCTURE WITH IMPROVED PAY SCALES AND CAREER PROSPECTS FOR A NUMBER OF THE TECHNICAL GRADES IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. THE NEW SCALES TAKE EFFECT FROM AUGUST 1, 1977.

AT THE SAME TIME IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE GOVERNOR WOULD APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY TO ENQUIRE INTO THE FACTS OF THE CURRENT DISPUTE BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND P.W.D. STAFF ASSOCIATIONS ABOUT THE NEW STRUCTURE, AND TO PROFFER INDEPENDENT ADVICE ON THE FAIRNESS OR OTHERWISE OF THE NEW PAY STRUCTURE.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. RON BRIDGE, SAID THAT THE APPROVAL OF THE NEW STRUCTURE WITH ITS THREE MAIN GRADES OF INSPECTOR/CLERKS OF WORKS, TECHNICAL OFFICER AND SURVEY OFFICER FOLLOWED PROLONGED DISCUSSIONS WITH THE STAFF ASSOCIATIONS CONCERNED.

HE IS CONFIDENT THAT THE NEW PAY SCALES ARE VERY FAIR AND REASONABLE.

HOWEVER, THEY HAVE NOT YET BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE STAFF ASSOCIATIONS.

AS A RESULT OF THE DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND STAFF, MOST OF THE MEMBERS OF ONE OF THE ASSOCIATIONS, THE ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENT LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEYING OFFICERS (AGLESO), COMPRISING LAND AND ENGINEERING ASSISTANTS IN THE P.W.D., HAVE BEEN REFUSING TO PERFORM OUTDOOR SURVEY WORK, WHICH CONSTITUTES THE BULK OF THEIR USUAL DUTIES, SINCE JULY 12, 1977.

MR. BRIDGE SAID THAT THE REVISED STRUCTURE AROSE FROM A DETAILED STUDY OF THE WORK AND ORGANISATION OF THE P.W.D. TECHNICAL GRADES.

HE EXPLAINED THAT LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEYING ASSISTANTS USUALLY ENTER WITH CLERICAL LEVEL QUALIFICATIONS (CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION), DO THREE YEARS TRAINING AT GOVERNMENT EXPENSE, AND ON COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING RECEIVE A VERY SUBSTANTIAL JUMP IN SALARY OF OVER $1,000 A MONTH.

THE NEW STRUCTURE GIVES THEM HIGHER PAY SCALES AND GREATLY IMPROVED CAREER PROSPECTS. FOR EXAMPLE, IT PROVIDES THE 442 LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEYING ASSISTANTS WITH:

* A GRADE TITLE OF SURVEY OFFICER WHICH HAD BEEN SUGGESTED BY AGLESO ITSELF,

* STARTING PAY OF $2,240 ON SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THEIR TRAINING,

* A $305 (10.4%) INCREASE PER MONTH IN PAY FOR THOSE ON THE MAXIMUM OF THE BASIC SURVEY OFFICER RANK SCALE IN ADDITION TO THE RECENT GENERAL CIVIL SERVICE PAY INCREASE OF 7.5%,

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* GREATLY IMPROVED CAREER PROSPECTS TO A NEW RANK OF SENIOR SURVEY OFFICER, WITH AN INCREASE IN PAY AT THE MAXIMUM OF $635 A MONTH (14.8%) HIGHER THAN THE PRESENT SENIOR RANK,

* AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF POSTS OF THE NEW SENIOR SURVEY OFFICER RANK FROM 80 TO 103, AND

M THE CREATION OF 10 POSTS IN A NEW HIGHER RANK OF PRINCIPAL SURVEY OFFICER WITH A SALARY MAXIMUM OF $6,935 PER MONTH (COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS MAXIMUM AT THE TOP OF THE GRADE OF $4,295).

MR. BRIDGE SAID THAT AGLESO IS ASKING FOR A FURTHER $880 (27.3%) INCREASE PER MONTH FOR THOSE ON THE MAXIMUM OF THE NEW SURVEY OFFICER RANK SCALE IN ADDITION TO THE APPROVED 10.4% INCREASE, WHICH IS ITSELF ADDITIONAL TO THE GENERAL CIVIL SERVICE INCREASE OF 7.5%. AT THE TOP OF THE SENIOR SURVEY OFFICER SCALE AGLESO IS ASKING FOR A FURTHER $500 (10.1%) ON TOP OF THE 14.8% AND 7.5% ALREADY APPROVED.

MR. BRIDGE SAID THAT THE INCREASES SOUGHT BY AGLESO WOULD PUT THE MAXIMUM PAY FOR THE SURVEY OFFICER WELL ABOVE THAT OF THE ASSISTANT INSPECTOR/ASSISTANT CLERKS OF WORKS AND BRING THE MAXIMUM OF THE SENIOR SURVEY OFFICER UP TO THAT OF THE INSPECTOR AND CLERKS OF WORKS.

AGLESO’S REQUESTED SALARIES WERE FAR HIGHER THAN COULD BE JUSTIFIED BY ANALYSIS OF THE EVIDENCE PROVIDED BY THE INDEPENDENT PAY INVESTIGATION UNIT’S RECENTLY CONCLUDED SURVEY OF PAY RATES FOR COMPARABLE WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO BEAR IN MIND ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO THE PUBLIC NOT TO ALLOW LENGTHY DELAY IN IMPORTANT PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS, INCLUDING THE PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMME, AND IN PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE APPROVED NEW STRUCTURE AND PAY SCALES IN RESPECT OF THOSE LAND AND ENGINEERING SURVEY OFFICERS WHO ARE CURRENTLY REFUSING TO PERFORM OUTDOOR SURVEY DUTIES WILL, THEREFORE BE CONDITIONAL UPON THEIR RETURN TO NORMAL DUTIES.

HOWEVER ALL THE POINTS AT ISSUE WOULD BE REVIEWED BY THE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR, AND THE NEW STRUCTURE WILL BE REVIEWED IN THE LIGHT OF THE COMMITTEE’S ADVICE.

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SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS VISITS YOUNG SWIMMERS * * * *

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR. F.K. LI THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING VISITED MORSE PARK SWIMMING POOL TO SEE SCORES OF HANDICAPPED CHILDREN TAKING PART IN A ’LEARN-TO-SWIM’ COURSE ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

MR. LI BEGAN HIS VISIT BY WATCHING SOME SCHOOL CHILDREN DOING WARM-UP EXERCISES AT THE POOL SIDE. HE THEN MOVED ON TO THE TRAINING POOL WHERE HANDICAPPED CHILDREN WERE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SPLASHING AND PADDLING IN THE POOL UNDER THE TUTORSHIP OF INSTRUCTORS FROM THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. HE ALSO WATCHED A GROUP OF SCHOOL CHILDREN TAKING THEIR SWIMMING LESSON IN ANOTHER P0t>L.

MR. LI PAUSED ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS TO CHAT WITH THE CHILDREN AND ENQUIRED WHETHER THEY ENJOYED THEIR SWIM.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MR. A.J. REEVE-THE PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR (PHYSICAL EDUCATION), MRS. CHIU SHUM SHUK-HAAN= PHYSICAL EDUCATION INSPECTOR, MR. MA YING-KIN AND THE MORSE PARK SWIMMING POOL SUPERVISOR, MR. CHENG TAK-HOY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT AND WAN CHAI * * * *

THE SECTION OF CHUN YEUNG STREET BETWEEN NORTH POINT ROAD AND TONG SHU I ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC EXCEPT TRAMS BETWEEN 11.30 A.M. AND 4 P.M. THIS FRIDAY (AUGUST 26).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT EXPLAINED THAT THE STREET IS TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO ENABLE THE RESITING OF HAWKERS.

MEANWHILE, IN THE EARLY MORNING BETWEEN 3 A.M. AND 5 A.M. ON THE SAME DAY, THE SECTION OF LEIGHTON ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN MATHESON STREET AND CANAL ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE STREET LIGHTING WORKS.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE PLACES TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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- 4 -SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND PROCEDURES ******

A SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND PROCEDURES FOR FACTORY MANAGEMENTS IN CHAI WAN WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AND ON FRIDAY FROM 2 P.M. TO 6 P.M. DAILY TO ENABLE THEM TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE GOVERNMENT WORKS.

A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE INVITED TO SPEAK AT THE SEMINAR WHO INCLUDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), LABOUR DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORT OFFICE (EASTERN), URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT, HOUSING DEPARTMENT, ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE, ICAC AND THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE. MISS CHRISTINE CHOW, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (EASTERN) WILL DELIVER THE OPENING SPEECH.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY THAT THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SEMINAR ARE TO +STRENGTHEN THE LIAISON WITH THE LARGE NUMBER OF FACTORIES IN CHAI WAN AND TO INCREASE THE CITIZENS’ KNOWLEDGE OF GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND PROCEDURES WITH A VIEW TO ENHANCING THEIR CIVIC AWARENESS AND TO ERADICATING CORRUPTION OPPORTUNITIES.*

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON CHAI WAN COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS WHICH COMPRISES THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (EASTERN), THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE AND THE ICAC FOOK-SING SUB-OFFICE, AND SPONSORED BY THE CHAI WAN AREA COMMITTEES NOS. 9 AND 10.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND PROCEDURES TOMORROW AT 2 P.M. IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

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AIRPORT SHOP TO LET * * * *

TENDERS WILL BE INVITED FOR THE TENANCY OF A SHOP AT HONG KONG AIRPORT FOR SELLING CONFECTIONARY, TOYS, FLOWERS, OR OWN BRAND AND MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS.

THE SHOP, NO.151, WITH AN AREA OF 375 SQ. FT. IS SITUATED AT THE DEPARTURES LEVEL IN THE TERMINAL BUILDING.

DUE TO DEVELOPMENT TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN THE PASSENGER TERMINAL, THE TENANCY WILL BE FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS AND THEREAFTER ON MONTH-TO-MONTH TERMS.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT OR THE HONG KONG AIRPORT.

ALL TENDERS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY OF THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 9).

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MARINE DEPARTMENT OPENING HOURS ON PUBLIC HOLIDAY

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THE MARINE DEPARTMENT'S WAN CHAI AND YAU MA TEI PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS AND PORT COMMUNICATIONS CENTRE WILL REMAIN OPEN ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29) WHICH IS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

THE DEPARTMENT’S VICTORIA SMALL CRAFT LICENSING OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M. THAT DAY., WHILE THE MACAU FERRY WHARF UNIT OFFICES WILL BE OPEN FROM 7.30 A.M. TO 1.30 A.M. THE NEXT DAY (TUESDAY).

ALL ITS OTHER OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1977

CONTENTS

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NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED TO LEGCO AND EXCO ..................... 1

TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO OPEN AT KWAI CHUNG ................ 3

DISABLED INVITED TO JUMBO JET PARTY ......................... 4

NEW 50-CENT COINS ACCEPTED FOR STAMP VENDING MACHINES .... 5

MAIL IN POSTING BOX DESTROYED BY FIRE ....................... 5

PASSING OUT PARADE FOR 150 CAS RECRUITS ..................... 6

SPEED LIMIT RE-IMPOSED ON SHA TIN ROAD ...................... 6

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1977

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NEW APPOINTMENTS TO LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE COUNCILS ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHCSE TODAY ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO ADDITIONAL UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS AND ONE ADDITIONAL OFFICIAL MEMBER TO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

THE NEW UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE DR. RAYSON LISUNG HUANG, VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND MR. CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, A LAWYER, CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK. '

THE NEW OFFICIAL MEMBER IS MR. JOHN WALDEN, DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS.

ALL THREE APPOINTMENTS ARE FOP, A TERM OF TWO YEARS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1 THIS YEAR AND THE NEW MEMBERS WILL ASSUME THEIR SEATS AT THE COUNCIL’S NEW SESSION WHICH OPENS ON OCTOBER 5.

THE APPOINTMENTS FOLLOW AN ORDER-IN-COUNCIL BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN AMENDING THE ROYAL INSTRUCTIONS TO ENABLE THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF BOTH UNOFFICIAL AND OFFICIAL MEMBERS (INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR AND FOUR EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS) TO BE INCREASED TO 25. HOWEVER, WHILE THE TRADITIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL POWER TO RETAIN AN OFF IC IAL MAJORITY HAS BEEN MAINTAINED, ALL THE SEATS HAVE NOT BEEN FILLED AT THE PRESENT TIME.

A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE APPOINTMENTS FURTHER STRENGTHEN THE EXPANDED LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL WHICH HAS JUST CONCLUDED AN UNUSUALLY PRODUCTIVE AND LIVELY SESSION.

+THE ADDITION OF A DISTINGUISHED LIBERAL ACADEMIC AND A PROMINENT NEW TERRITORIES LAWYER, BOTH OF WHOM HAVE BEEN ACTIVE IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, MARKS ANOTHER STEP IN THE PROCESS OF WIDENING THE BACKGROUND OF EXPERIENCE FROM WHICH MEMBERS ARE ABLE TO SPEAK,+ HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE WORKLOAD OF UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL HAD INCREASED CONSIDERABLY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS — IN TERMS OF LEGISLATIVE TASKS, COMMITTEE WORK, THE HEARING OF COMPLAINTS AND REPRESENTATIONS BY ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND ALSO IN THE NUMBER OF QUESTIONS BEING ASKED BY THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ON Afi INCREASINGLY WIDE RANGE OF SUBJECTS AFFECTING ALL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST.

+THE ADDITIONAL MEMBERS WILL THEREFORE HELP EASE THE BURDEN ON PRESENT SERVING MEMBERS,* HE SAID.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE GOVERNOR HAS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF A SERVING UNOFFICIAL MEMBER, THE HON. J.H. BREMRIDGE, TO THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL AS FROM SEPTEMBER 1. MR. BREMRIDGE REPLACES THE HON. GUY SAYER WHO IS LEAVING HONG KONG ON RETIREMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER. MR. SAYER HAS SERVED ON THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SINCE JULY 1974.

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THE GOVERNOR HAS ALSO RENEWED FOR A FURTHER TWO YEARS THE APPOINTMENT OF FIVE SERVING UNOFFICIAL LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS WHOSE TERMS ARE DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH.

RE-APPOINTED ARE, THE HON. P.G. WILLIAMS, THE HON. LI FOOK-WO,’ THE HON. JAMES WU MAN-HON, THE HON. HILTON CHEONG-LEEN, AND THE HON. ALEX WU SHU-CHIH.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE NEW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL MEMBERS.

DR. RAYSON LISUNG HUANG, CBE, JP

A RESPECTED EDUCATIONALIST, DR. HUANG WAS BORN IN SWATOW, CHINA IN 1920 AND EDUCATED IN HONG KONG, UK AND THE UNITED STATES. HE IS A GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG OF WHICH HE HOLDS THE B.SC. DEGREE AND THE HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF SCIENCE, AND IS NOW THE UNIVERSITY’S VICE-CHANCELLOR. DR. HUANG HAS BEEN ENGAGED IN UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND RESEARCH FOR MORE THAN 26 YEARS, AND IS THE AUTHOR OF A LARGE NUMBER OF RESEARCH PAPERS. HE IS A MEMBER OF A NUMBER OF PUBLIC BODIES, INCLUDING THE ICAC ADVISORY AND OPERATIONS TARGET COMMITTEES, AND THE BOARD OF THE POLYTECHNIC. HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE T.K. ANN COMMISSION INTO THE CONDITIONS OF SERVICE OF CERTIFICATED MASTERS. BEFORE BECOMING VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG IN 1972, HE WAS VICE-CHANCELLOR OF NANYANG UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE. DR. HUANG WAS MADE A CBE IN THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS IN 1976. HE IS MARRIED WITH TWO SONS.

MR. CHARLES YEUNG SIU-CHO, JP

MR. YEUNG IS ACTIVE IN YUEN LONG AFFAIRS BEING CHAIRMAN OF THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AS WELL AS VILLAGE REPRESENTATIVE OF YEUNG UK, YUEN LONG. HE IS A J.P., A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HEUNG YEE KUK, AND WAS SECRETARY OF THE KUK’S RECENT MISSION TO LONDON. A SOLICITOR BY PROFESSION, MR. YEUNG IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN YOUTH WELFARE AND IS CHAIRMAN OF THE SOCIETY OF BOYS CENTRES, VICE-CHAIRMAN OF KOWLOON REGIONAL SCOUT COUNCIL, AND VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE JUVENILE CARE CENTRE.

MR. JOHN WALDEN, JP

MR. WALDEN JOINED THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AS A CADET OFFICER IN 1951 AND SINCE THEN HAS HELD A NUMBER OF POSTS, INCLUDING ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR CHINESE AFFAIRS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY, AND DEPUTY COMMISSIONER FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES. IN 1972 HE WAS APPOINTED COMMISSIONER FOR RESETTLEMENT AND WAS APPOINTED TO HIS PRESENT POST OF DIRECTOR OF HOME AFFAIRS IN JANUARY 1976.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

(FRIDAY

THE ABOVE ANNOUNCEMENT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 6 A.M. TOMORROW AUGUST 26). ON NO ACCOUNT SHOULD LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND TELEVISION STATIONS COVER THE ITEM UNTIL THEN. NO NEWS OVERSEAS RADIO TRANSMISSION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT MAY INFORMATION WITHOUT THE EMBARGO QUALIFICATION.

RADIO AND AGENCY OR CARRY THE

OPENING OF KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE

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HONG KONG’S FASTEST GROWING NEW TOWN OF TSUEN WAN IS SOON TO HAVE ITS SECOND CITY-DISTRICT STYLE OFFICE - THIS TIME FOR KWAI CHUNG AREA.

THE KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE, TO BE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27), IS THE SECOND OF ITS KIND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE FOR CENTRAL TSUEN WAN AREA OPENED IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR AT THE HOI PAI STREET BRANCH OFFICE OF THE TSUEN NAN DISTRICT OFFICE.

THE SETTING UP OF THE TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICES IN TSUEN WAN FORMS PART OF AN OVERALL COMMUNITY-BUILDING WORK FOR THE NEW TOWN.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE IN KWAI KING BUILDING, 31, KWONG FAI CIRCUIT, AT 10 A.M.

IT WILL START WITH A LION DANCE. LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR. FRANCIS TIEN, WILL DOT THE EYES, FOLLOWED BY A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY OFFICIATED BY MR. TIEN, MR. DEACON CHIU, A LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER, AND MR. PETER YEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN v.AN RURAL COMMITTEE.

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER (TOWN MANAGEMENT), MRS. ALICE LAI, WILL LATER ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

NOTE TO EDITORS

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY. PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. A GOVERNMENT VAN (AM23Sc), WILL LEAVE FROM BEHIND THE TSIK SHA TSUI POS i CFrJCc *T 9.20 A.M. ON SATURDAY TO TAKE PRESS REPRESENTATIVE iC AND BACK FROM TSUEN WAN.

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JUMBO JET PARTY FOR THE DISABLED

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TWENTY DISABLED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO A PARTY THIS SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) AT THE AIRPORT WHERE THEY WILL VISIT A JUMBO JET AND LATER HAVE REFRESHMENTS AND ENJOY A FILM SHOW AT THE VIP LOUNGE.

THE DISABLED PEOPLE ARE TRAINEES AT THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE AND WILL BE THE FIRST OF FOUR GROUPS OF THE HANDICAPPED UNDER THE CARE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT TO BE INVITED TO SUCH A PARTY.

THEY WILL BE SHOWN THE INTERIOR OF THE JUMBO JET, INCLUDING THE COCKPIT, BY MR. JAMSON CHAN, AIRPORT STATION MANAGER OF NORTHWEST ORIENT AIRLINE WHICH IS ARRANGING THE VISITS, AND WILL BE ESCORTED BY STAFF OF THE CENTRE.

THE WORLD REHABILITATION FUND DAY CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN KWUN TONG PROVIDES SPECIALISED SERVICES AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION TO THE BLIND, THE DEAF, THE MENTALLY RETARDED AND THOSE PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED.

IT POOLS TOGETHER ALL THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO ENSURE THAT THE BEST AND MOST PRACTICAL FUTURE IS PLANNED FOR EACH OF ■ THE DISABLED UNDER ITS CARE.

THE CENTRE HAS A TOTAL OF 340 PLACES, 120 OF WHICH ARE IN PRE-VOCATIONAL TRAINING, 100 IN VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND 120 IN SHELTERED WORK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO COVER THE PARTY AND THE VISIT TO THE AIRCRAFT THIS SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 8.30 A.M.

PRESS REPRESENTATIVES ARE ASKED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM NOT LATER THAN 8 A.M. G.I.S. OFFICERS OF THE CIVIL AVIATION AND SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1977

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STAMP VENDING MACHINES ACCEPT NEW COINS *****

THE PUBLIC CAN NOW USE BOTH THE OLD AND THE NEW COINS TO BUY STAMPS FROM ALL THE 50-CENT STAMP VENDING MACHINES.

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT ALL THE 50-CENT STAMP VENDING MACHINES AT PRESENT IN USE HAVE BEEN MODIFIED TO ACCEPT THE OLD AND THE NEW COINS.

THE NEW 50-CENT COINS, WHICH ARE SMALLER AND LIGHTER, WERE INTRODUCED TEN DAYS AGO TO GRADUALLY REPLACE THE PREVIOUSLY ISSUED CUPRO-NICKEL COINS.

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MAIL IN KWUN TONG POSTING BOX DESTROYED ******

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN HAS ANNOUNCED THAT MAIL POSTED IN A POSTING BOX AT THE KWUN TONG GOVERNMENT HOUSING ESTATE AFTER THE FINAL COLLECTION ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 23) WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNKNOWN BUT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF NEGLIGENT BURNING OF JOSS PAPER NEARBY.

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CAS RECRUITS PASSING OUT PARADE * * * *

ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY RECRUITS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR BASIC CIVIL AID SERVICES TRAINING WILL SOON BE POSTED TO VARIOUS UNITS FOR FURTHER OPERATIONAL TRAINING AND ACTIVE DUTY.

TO MARK THE COMPLETION OF THEIR INITIAL TRAINING, THE C.A.S. WILL HOLD A PASSING OUT PARADE ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) AT ITS KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE.

MR. ROGER LOBO, CIVIL AID SERVICES COMMISSIONER, WILL INSPECT THE PARADE. HE WILL ALSO AWARD SPECIAL CERTIFICATES TO THE MOST OUTSTANDING RECRUITS, AND PRESENT CIVIL DEFENCE LONG SERVICE MEDALS AND LONG SERVICE CLASPS TO 16 RECIPIENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PASSING OUT PARADE OF CIVIL AID SERVICES RECRUITS ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27) AT 7 P.M. AT THE C.A.S. KOWLOON TRAINING CENTRE, 204, ARGYLE STREET.

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SPEED LIMIT ON SHA TIN ROAD

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A SPEED LIMIT OF 30 MILES PER HOUR WILL BE RE-IMPOSED ALONG A STRETCH OF ROAD STARTING FROM NEAR THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TOLL BOOTHS TO NEAR SIU LEK YUEN ROAD IN SHA TIN.

THE SPEED LIMIT WILL COME INTO FORCE FROM 10 A.M. ON SATURDAY (AUGUST 27).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADVISED MOTORISTS TRAVELLING TO SHA TIN VIA THE LION ROCK TUNNEL TO OBSERVE THE SPEED LIMIT ALONG THIS STRETCH OF ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE N0‘

JULY PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES SHOW INCREASES ............... 1

SIR MURRAY INAUGURATES HK END OF INTERNATIONAL CABLE .... 3

LIGHTING SCHEME FOR VILLAGE STREETS ......................

HK EXAMS AUTHORITY GETS DOWN TO WORK .....................

PLANS FOR OPENING OF TSUEN WAN TEMPORARY MARKET ............. 6

MACHINE SAFETY CAMPAIGN NEXT MONTH .......................... 7

COUNTRY PARKS POSTERS ON DISPLAY ............................ 7

KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN ZONING PLANS AMENDED ............

SECTION OF ARGYLE STREET MADE CLEARWAY ...................... 8

RTHK HOLDS MODEL CAR RACE ................................

FIRING PRACTICE ..........................................

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR JULY * * * * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY PUBLISHED THE PROVISIONAL FIGURES FOR HONG KONG’S EXTERNAL MERCHANDISE TRADE DURING LAST MONTH. THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS FOR JULY WAS $3,396 MILLION, IMPORTS WERE WORTH $4,239 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS, $816 MILLION.

THE FIGURES FOR THE PERIOD MAY TO JULY (LATEST THREE MONTHS) SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1976 OF 9 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 11.5 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 9.3 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTH IN 1976, INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF $400 MILLION OR 13.3 PER CENT IN EXPORTS, $535 MILLION OR 14.5 PER CENT IN IMPORTS AND $68 MILLION OR 9.1 PER CENT IN RE-EXPORTS WERE RECORDED.

THE SHORT-TERM CHANGES, JULY COMPARED WITH JUNE, SHOWED INCREASES OF $466 MILLION OR 15.9 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, $248 MILLION OR 6.2 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND $10 MILLION OR 1.2 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

+THE CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN THIS MONTH’S DOMESTIC EXPORTS IS CONSISTENT WITH THE SEASONAL RISE USUALLY BEGINNING AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR,+ A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT SAID.

THE FIGURES FOR THE 12-MONTH PERIOD FROM AUGUST 1976 TO JULY 1977 COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE PREVIOUS 12-MONTH PERIOD SHOWED INCREASES, BY VALUE, OF 18.1 PER CENT FOR DOMESTIC EXPORTS, 16.4 PER CENT FOR IMPORTS AND 14.6 PER CENT FOR RE-EXPORTS.

THE FOLLOWING TABLES GIVE THE COMPARATIVE FIGURESs

LATEST 3 MONTHS MAY - JULY 1977 MAY - JULY 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 9,284 8,519 + 765 + 9.0

IMPORTS 12,408 11,124 +1 ,283 +11.K

RE-EXPORTS 2,443 2,236 + 208 + 9.3

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR JULY 1977 JULY 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 3,396 (80.6%) 2,996 (80.0%) + 400 +13.3

IMPORTS 4,239 3,704 + 535 +14.5

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 816 (19.4%) 747 (20.0%) + 68 + 9.1

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LAST MONTH JULY 1977 JUNE 1977 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$ MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 3,396 (80.6%) 2,930 (78.4%) + 466 +15.9

IMPORTS 4,239 3,992 + 248 + 6.2

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 816 (19.4%) 806 (21.6%) + 10 + 1.2

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN. - JULY 1977 JAN. - JULY 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

$• MN. $ MN. 3 MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 19,172 (77.9%) 17,797 (78.0%) +1,376 + 7.7

IMPORTS 27,679 24,310 +3,369 +13.9

RE-EXPORTS (% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) 5,425 (22.1%) 5,007 (22.0%) + 419 + 8.4

LAST 12 MONTHS AUGUST 1976 TO JULY 1977 AUGUST 1975 TO JULY 1976 INCREASE OR DECREASE

5 MN. $ MN. $ MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 34,005 28,790 +5,215 +18.1

IMPORTS 46,661 40,080 +6,581 +16.4

RE-EXPORTS 9,347 8,159 +1,188 +14.6

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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GOVERNOR INAUGURATES OLUHO SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEM H * K M

THE GOVERNOR, SIR MURRAY MACLEHOSE, SAID THE OLUHO CABLE, WHICH STRADDLES THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, GREATLY EXPANDS THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITHIN AND WITHOUT THE AREA, AND WOULD HELP ALL TO PROSPER.

SIR MURRAY WAS SPEAKING TO PRESIDENT MARCOS OF THE PHILIPPINES AND PRIME MINISTER FUKUDA OF JAPAN WHEN HE INAUGURATED THE HONG KONG END OF THE CABLE LINK AT THE FURAMA HOTEL TODAY.

SIR MURRAY SAID THAT HONG KONG HAD INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL IMPORTANCE, AND GENERATED A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, OUT OF ALL PROPORTION TO ITS SIZE, AND AS THE SOUTHWEST TERMINAL OF THE CABLE WOULD BE A MAJOR BENEFICIARY OF IT.

+WE, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, ARE PROUD TO BE JOINED WITH SUCH IMPORTANT CENTRES AS THE PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN IN THIS NEW OLUHO CABLE LINK, AND WE WISH THEM ADDED PROSPERITY FROM IT.+

THE FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF SIR MURRAY’S SPEECH:

+1 THANK YOUR EXCELLENCIES (PRESIDENT MARCOS,PRIME MINISTER FUKUDA) FOR YOUR GREETINGS TO THE ASSEMBLY HERE AND ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG I EXTEND OUR GOOD WISHES TO EVERYONE PARTICIPATING IN THE INAUGURATION OF THE OLUHO SUBMARINE CABLE SYSTEM.

+ITS CONSTRUCTION IS A MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT - BY THE THREE COMPANIES CONCERNED, JAPANESE, PHILIPPINE AND BRITISH, AND BY THEIR MANAGERS, ENGINEERS, ECONOMISTS, TECHNICIANS AND SEAMEN. WE ARE HERE TO HONOUR AND APPLAUD AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT OF MULTI-NATIONAL CO-OPERATION.

+THE CABLE STRADDLES THE WESTERN PACIFIC AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, AN AREA WITH ONE OF THE FASTEST ECONOMIC GROWTH RATES IN THE WORLD. TO CONTINUE TO GROW IT MUST HAVE A FIRST-CLASS AND WORLD-WIDE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM.

♦ THE OLUHO CABLE GREATLY EXPANDS THE SYSTEM WITHIN AND WITHOUT THE AREA, AND WILL HELP ALL OF US TO PROSPER.

+HONG KONG HAS AN INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL IMPORTANCE, AND GENERATES A NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS, OUT OF ALL PROPORTION TO ITS SIZE, AND AS THE SOUTHWEST TERMINAL OF THE CABLE WILL BE A MAJOR BENEFICIARY OF IT. AT THE SAME TIME THE EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH STANDARD OF COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT INSTALLED IN HONG KONG BY THE CABLE AND WIRELESS COMPANY WILL BENEFIT ALL USING THE CABLE.

+W'E, THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, ARE PROUD TO BE JOINED WITH SUCH IMPORTANT CENTRES AS THE PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN IN THIS NtW OLUHO CABLE LINK, AND WE WISH THEM ADDED PROSPERITY FROM IT.+

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EXTENSIVE STREET LIGHTING PROGRAMME FOR VILLAGES

M K H * H

THE NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH AN EXTENSIVE PROGRAMME TO LIGHT UP FOOTPATHS AND ACCESS ROADS IN REMOTE VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE VILLAGE LIGHTING PROGRAMME WILL MAKE WALKING AT NIGHT SAFER IN THESE VILLAGES. ITS COST WILL FORM PART OF THE N.T.A.’S $5 MILLION LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS VOTE.

WORK IS TO START NEXT MONTH ON INSTALLING THE FIRST 23 STREET LIGHTS IN TWO VILLAGES ON LANTAU ISLAND — TAI TEI TONG AND LUK TEI TONG. IT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF DECEMBER.

+SITES FOR STREET LIGHTS IN THE TWO VILLAGES HAVE ALREADY BEEN CHOSEN, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE VILLAGERS’ REPRESENTATIVES,* A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY.

HE SAID TENDERS WOULD BE CALLED SHORTLY AND THE SUBSEQUENT ’WORK WOULD BE SUPERVISED BY AN ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR ATTACHED TO THE N.T.A.

PLANS ARE ALSO IN AN ADVANCED STAGE FOR SIMILAR PROVISIONS IN SOME VILLAGES IN SHA TIN, YUEN LONG AND SAI KUNG, AND WORK WILL START EARLY NEXT YEAR, HE ADDED.

MORE THAN 80 STREET LIGHTS WILL BE INSTALLED COVERING NINE VILLAGES IN THE THREE DISTRICTS, HE SAID.

+LATER ON, THE PROGRAMME WILL BE EXTENDED TO OTHER VILLAGES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES WHERE THERE IS A NEED FOR VILLAGE LIGHTING.*

THE PROGRAMME, HE SAID, HAS BEEN PLANNED FOLLOWING REQUESTS BY REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS VILLAGES.

HE SAID THE PAST MONTHS HAD SEEN MUCH PREPARATORY WORK DONE WITH THE DISTRICT OFFICERS CONCERNED AND VILLAGERS’ REPRESENTATIVES GOING OUT ON INSPECTIONS TO LOOK FOR SUITABLE SITES AND TO DECIDE ON THE ROUTINGS.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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FIRST MEETING OF HK EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, SAID TODAY THAT A CONSCIOUS EFFORT MUST BE MADE TO CO-ORDINATE EXAMINATIONS WITH THE REST OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM AND SUBORDINATE THEM TO FUNDAMENTAL AIMS.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE FIRST MEETING THIS AFTERNOON OF THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY, SET UP UNDER THE HONG KONG EXAMINATIONS AUTHORITY ORDINANCE WHICH CAME INTO OPERATION ON AUGUST 1.

THE AUTHORITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE THREE EXISTING MAJOR SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS - THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION, THE MATRICULATION EXAMINATION OF THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, AND THE ’A’ LEVEL EXAMINATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG -TOGETHER WITH ANY OTHER SCHOOL EXMINATIONS THAT MAY BE INTRODUCED SUBSEQUENTLY, AS WELL AS THE EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS.

MR. HAYE, WHO CHAIRED THE MEETING, EXTENDED A WARM WELCOME TO THE MEMBERS AND SAID HE WAS CONFIDENT THAT THE AUTHORITY WOULD ACHIEVE ITS BASIC OBJECTIVE -- TO PROVIDE THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF HONG KONG AND THEIR SCHOOLS WITH A RATIONAL, COHERENT EXAMINATIONS SERVICE THAT WOULD ASSIST AND REINFORCE THE EFFORTS OF TEACHERS AND PUPILS IN THE CLASSROOM AND LABORATORY, THE WORKSHOP AND LIBRARY, AND WHEREVER ELSE PEOPLE MIGHT STRIVE TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY.

+SO I SEE OUR TASK, IN BRIEF, AS TWO-FOLD: ON THE ONE HAND AT THE OPERATIONAL LEVEL, IT IS TO MAINTAIN AND WHERE POSSIBLE IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY AND CO-ORDINATION 07 THE VARIOUS EXCELLENT ’MACHINES’ WE ARE INHERITING - AND THIS ASPECT OF OUR WORK IS BOUND TO DOMINATE OUR THINKING IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE- BUT IN THE LONG RUN, OUR MORE IMPORTANT WORK IS TO FORMULATE AND APPLY, SYSTEMATICALLY OVER ALL THE LEVELS AND SUBJECTS WITHIN OUR SCOPE, A CONSISTENT PHILOSOPHY OF EXAM I NAT IONS,+ THE ACTING DIRECTOR SAID.

HE APPEALED TO PEOPLE WHO COULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF THE AUTHORITY, AT WHATEVER LEVEL, TO OFFER THEIR SERVICES AND HE ASKED THAT THEY BE ENCOURAGED AND RELEASED FOR THIS IMPORTANT SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

ITEMS DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING TODAY INCLUDED AN AMENDED CONSTITUTION FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION BOARD AND THE SEEKING OF OVERSEAS RECOGNITION FOR THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION AND FOR THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY ’A’ LEVEL EXAMINATION.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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PREPARATIONS FOR OPENING OF NEW TEMPORARY MARKET FOR TSUEN WAN

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TSUEN WAN’S NEW $1 MILLION TEMPORARY MARKET WILL BE OPENED FOR BUSINESS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

CONTRACTORS ARE NEARING COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT AT THE JUNCTION OF YAN CHAI AND TAK WAH STREETS. IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING MARKET IN THE NEARBY HOI PA STREET AREA.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE ALSO FINALISING PLANS FOR THE TRANSFER OF THE TRADERS FROM THE OLD MARKET AREA TO THE NEW MODERN PREMISES.

OFFICIALS FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT TODAY MET LOCAL LEADERS AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO DISCUSS THE TRANSFER PLAN.

THIS WAS A FOLLOW-UP TO A SIMILAR MEETING HELD BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND THE LOCAL LEADERS LAST MARCH WHEN PLANS FOR THE SURVEY AND RESITING OF THE TRADERS WERE FIRST DISCUSSED.

ATTENDING TODAY’S MEETING WERE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE TSUEN WAN HAWKERS’ ASSOCIATION.

A NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION SPOKESMAN SAID LATER: +THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL BE SENDING A LETTER TO TRADERS IN THE EXISTING MARKET WITHIN A FEW DAYS OUTLINING DETAILS OF THE RESITING PROPOSALS.

+THE DEPARTMENT HAS EXTENSIVELY SURVEYED THE OLD MARKET AND WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT ALL THOSE FOUND ELIGIBLE FOR RESITES IN THE TEMPORARY MARKET WILL BE ACCOMMODATED.

+WE ARE ALSO SETTING ASIDE A SPECIAL AREA ADJACENT TO THE NEW MARKET FOR FARMER-HAWKERS, SO THAT THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN THIS TRADE AT THE OLD MARKET FOR SOME YEARS CAN CONTINUE TO DC SO WITHOUT LOSING THEIR FARMER-HAWKER STATUS OR COMMITTING THEMSELVES TO A LEASE OF A MARKET STALL.

+THE NEW TEMPORARY MARKET WILL OPEN UP A MORE SPACIOUS, BETTER-EQUIPPED AND MORE HYGIENIC AREA WHICH WILL GREATLY BENEFIT BOTH TRADERS AND SHOPPERS.+

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ONCE I HE OLD MARKET AREA SITE IS CLEARED, PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT CONTRACTORS WOULD MOVE IN IMMEDIATELY TO START WORK ON A STREAMLINED PERMANENT MARKET.

IT WAS PLANNED FOR THIS MARKET TO BE OPENED BY THE END OF 1979, HE ADDED.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

MACHINE SAFETY CAMPAIGN

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A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN THE G.I.S. THEATRE, ON WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 31) TO LAUNCH THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S INDUSTRIAL SAFETY MACHINE GUARDING CAMPAIGN. THE CAMPAIGN WILL START ON SEPTEMBER 1 AND RUN UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. P.B. WILLIAMS, AND SENIOR OFFICERS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL EE PRESENT. RADIO AND TELEVISION INTERVIEWS CAN BE ARRANGED FOLLOWING THE CONFERENCE.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WILL BE HELD AT 3 P.M. IN THE THEATRE, FIFTH FLOOR, BEACONSFIELD HOUSE.

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ENTRIES FOR COUNTRY PARKS POSTER COMPETITION ON DISPLAY

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A SELECTION OF POSTERS ENTERED FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS POSTER COMPETITION WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY ROAD FROM NOON UNTIL 6 P.M. TOMORROW (SATURDAY) AND FROM 9 A.M. UNTIL 6 P.M. ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

ALTOGETHER THERE HAVE BEEN 220 ENTRIES FOR THE JUNIOR SECTION AND 122 FOR THE SENIOR SECTION. ABOUT 30 POSTERS FROM EACH SECTION HAVE BEEN PICKED OUT FOR DISPLAY AND THESE WILL BE ON SHOW.

ADMISSION TO QUEEN’S COLLEGE IS FREE.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK AND ALL THE POSTERS FROM WHICH THE FINAL SELECTION IS MADE WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE OCEAN TERMINAL.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. IT AIMS AT PROMOTING THE AWARENESS OF THE COUNTRY CODE AND TO ILLUSTRATE THE FACILITIES IN COUNTRY PARKS, AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR CONSERVATION OF THE COUNTRYSIDE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A SELECTION OF POSTERS ENTERED FOR THE COUNTRY PARKS POSTER COMPETITION WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN QUEEN’S COLLEGE, CAUSEWAY ROAD FROM NOON ON SATURDAY. THERE IS NO OPENING CEREMONY BUT THE JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE SAME DAY BEGINNING AT ABOUT 2.30 P.M. YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE EXHIBITION.

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AMENDMENTS TO DRAFT KWAI CHUNG, TSUEN WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLANS

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THE TOWN PLANNING BOARD HAS APPROVED THE DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO KWAI CHUNG AND TSUEN WAN OUTLINE ZONING PLANS.

BOTH THESE AMENDMENTS ARE PUBLISHED TODAY.

THE KWAI CHUNG PLAN INVOLVES ADJUSTMENTS TO BOUNDARIES AND ZONING IN THE KAU WAH KENG AREA.

THE MAJOR CHANGE IS THE RE-ZONING TO +VILLAGE+ OF A PORTION OF DISTRICT OPEN SPACE TO THE SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA TO PERMIT THE RE-SITING OF THE KAU WAH KENG VILLAGE.

FOLLOWING AN ENGINEERING INVESTIGATION, THE EXTENT OF THE RESIDENTIAL (A) ZONE TO THE NORTH OF LAI KING ROAD HAS NOW BEEN CLEARLY DEFINED.

THE AREA WILL BE SERVED BY LOCAL ROADS FROM THE LAI KING ROAD BUT THE THROUGH LINK TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD SHOWN ON THE PREVIOUS OUTLINE ZONING PLAN HAS BEEN DELETED.

THE INVESTIGATION HAS ALSO PERMITTED THE OPEN SPACE (PARK STRIP) ZONING LIMITS TO BE CLEARLY DEFINED.

AMENDMENTS HAVE ALSO BEEN MADE TO THE PROVISION OF LAND FOR GOVERNMENT USE AND THE SOUTHERN BOUNDARY TO THE PLANNING AREA HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO INCLUDE THE LAI CHI KOK AMUSEMENT PARK AS A GOVERNMENT, INSTITUTION AND COMMUNITY ZONE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO OBJECT TO AMENDMENTS TO THE PLAN MAY DO SO BY WRITING TO THE SECRETARY/TOWN PLANNING BOARD, C/C PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15, 1977.

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SECTION OF ARGYLE ST MADE CLEARWAY

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ARGYLE STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH NATHAN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, FROM 10 A.M. ON MONDAY (AUGUST 29).

THE CLEARWAY WILL EXTEND WESTWARDS FROM THE JUNCTION FOR ABOUT 33 FEET AND WILL BE IN FORCE DAILY BETWEEN 7 A.M. AND 13 A.M. AND BETWEEN 4 P.M. AND 7 P.M.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THE AIM OF THE CLEARWAY IS TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION AT THE JUNCTION OF NATHAN ROAD AND ARGYLE STREET.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS ..ILL DE SET UP TO MARK THE EXTENT OF THE URBAN CLEARWAY.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 1977

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

RTHK TO ORGANISE MODEL CAR RACING

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DIFFERENCE -- WIRELESS ON SUNDAY (AUGUST 28)

RTHK IS ORGANISING A CAR RACE WITH A MODEL CAR RACING. THE EVENT WILL EE HELD ... .

AT WAN CHAI RECLAMATION PLAYGROUND, NEAR THE WAN CHAI PUBLIC PIER.

THE RACE WHICH WILL START AT 2 P.M., IS ANOTHER UNUSUAL GAME ACTIVITy’fOR YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE +KIMMY WILL FIX IT+ SERIES. IT FOLLOWS A RAFT RIDE IN THE HARBOUR AND A PICNIC AT

A TREE TOP CAMP RECENTLY.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE RACE ON SUNDAY AND THE CAR-TESTING SESSION THIS (FRIDAY) AFTERNOON AT 4 O’CLOCK, AT ETV, BROADCAST DRIVE.

DRIVE.

FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT 17 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT - FLYING DURING

AREA WHEN THE FLAGS ARE

IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

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THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE:

DATE

HOURS

SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER

1 (THURSDAY)

2 (FRIDAY)

5 (MONDAY)

6 (TUESDAY)

7 (WEDNESDAY)

8 (THURSDAY)

9 (FRIDAY)

15 (THURSDAY)

16 FRIDAY)

19 (MONDAY)

20 (TUESDAY)

21 (WEDNESDAY)

22 (THURSDAY)

23 (FRIDAY)

27 (TUESDAY)

29 (THURSDAY)

30 (FRIDAY)

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8 A.M.

4 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

4 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

4 A.M.

4 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

8 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

8 A.M.

4 A.M.

8 A.M.

8 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

8.30 A.M.

8 A.M.

- 11 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 11 P.M.

- 4 P.M.

- 11 P.M.

- 11 P.M.

- 4 P.M.

- 6 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 11 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

- 4.30 P.M.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1977

CONTENTS 222L221

LINK WITH TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS STRENGTHENED ................

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HONG KONG COMMEMORATES LIBERATION DAY .....................

PARKING METERS ACCEPT NEW COINS ...........................

SHAM SHU I PO CHILDREN’S GAMES RALLY ......................

RECREATION FOR TYPHOON SHELTER AND LAM TIN YOUTHS .........

TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE PRINCIPAL RETIRES ............... 5

ANTI-RABIES DRIVE '*OVES TO NORTHEAST ..........................

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FIRING PRACTICt ..................................

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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1977

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STRONGER LINK

BETWEEN GOVERNMENT r r r- r rt

AND TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS *

T..'O MORE ’UBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES ..ILL SCON OPEN IN LA I K ING ESTATE AND ON TSING Yl ISLAND TC STRENGTHEN THE LINK BET..EEN THE COVER’. 1ELT A'.D LOCAL PEOPLE IN TSUEN wAN NEW TO’.'.N. SIX SUCH CENTRES ARE ALREADY BEING CPERATED EACH OF THEM CENTRALLY LOCATED IK VARIOUS AREAS TO FACILITATE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER (TOWN MANAGEMENT), MRS. ALICE LAI, SAID THIS TODAY AT THE OPENING CEREMONY Or THE KWAI CHUNG TO«N MANAGEMENT OFFICE -- THE SECOND CITY DISTRICT STYLE OFFICE IN THE NEW' TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE, FOR CENTRAL TSUEN WAN, WENT INTO OPERATION IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR.

ADDRESSING THE CEREMONY THIS MORNING, MRS. LAI SAID THE SETTING UP OF THE TO..N MANAGEMENT OFFICES WAS AIMED AT PROVIDING A FURTHER MEDIUM OF CONTACT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AS A RESULT OF RAPID DEVELOPMENT IN TSUEN WAN.

+THE TOTAL POPULATION OF KWAI CHUNG DISTRICT IS IN THE REGION OF 433,303, OF WHOM SOME 360,030 LIVE IN PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES WHILE THE REMAINING 43,030 LIVE IN THE PRIVATE SECTORS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT.

+APART FROM THIS, THERE ARE ABOUT DISTRICT ITH AN INDUSTRIAL POPULATION WHOM COME FROM OTHER DISTRICTS OUTS IDE

2,030 FACTORIES IN THE OF SOME 73,030, MANY OF KwAI CHUNG,+ SHE SAID.

MRS. LAI SAID THE GREAT INFLUX OF POPULATION FROM URBAN DISTRICTS INTO TSUEN WAN HAS, AMONG OTHER THINGS, CREATtD A STRONGER PRESSURE UPON THE EXISTING COMMUNITY SERVICES AND FACILITIES.

+IN ORDER TC ENABLE EVERY ASPECT TC COPE WITH LOCAL DEVELOPMENT, IT IS MOST ESSENTIAL TO OBTAIN THE OPINIONS AND SUPPORT FROM THE LOCAL PEOPLE,+ SHE SAID.

THE NEW KWAI CHUNG TOWN MANAGEMENT OFFICE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY MR. FRANCIS TIEN, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR" MR. UAMES HAYES, TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER- MR. DEACON CHIU, LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADER- AND MR. PETER YEUNG, CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE.

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THE OPENING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A LION DANCE, WHOSE EYES WERE DOTTED BY MR. TIEN. THE NEW TOWN MANAGEMENT OFF ICc IS AT KWAI KING BUILDING, 31 KWONG FAT CIRCUIT.

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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 29)

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 BE FOLLOWED BY THE SOUNDING OF THE LAST POST BY A TRUMPETER, A TWO-MINUTE SILENCE AND REVEILLE, AND THE FIRING OF THREE VOLLEYS OF SALUTE.

THE FIRING PARTY AND TRUMPETER WILL REGIMENT.

BE PROVIDED BY THE

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PARKING METERS ADAPTED TO NEW COINS . ***** 1

THE MAJORITY OF PARKING METERS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED TO ACCEPT BOTH OLD AND NEW 50 CENT COINS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT WHERE METERS HAVE NOT BEEN MODIFIED, NOTICES HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THEM SAYING THAT ONLY 10 CENT COINS OR OLD 50 CENT COINS MUST BE USED.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT ABOUT 8,000 PARKING METERS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED TO ACCEPT THE TWO SIZES OF 50 CENT COINS IN CIRCULATION.

+THE CONVERSION WAS COMPLETED EARLIER THIS YEAR AT A COST OF SOME $39,000,+ HE SAID.

HE SAID THERE WERE ABOUT 2,400 OLD-RATE METERS, THAT IS, METERS WHICH ACCEPT 10 CENT AS WELL AS OLD 50 CENT COINS, WHICH HAD NOT BEEN CONVERTED BECAUSE OF TECHNICAL PROBLEMS.

THE MAJORITY OF THESE WERE INSTALLED IN TSUEN WAN, WITH SMALL NUMBERS IN KWUN TONG, KAI TAK AND SAN PO KONG AND ALSO AT PARKING SPACES FOR GOODS VEHICLES ONLY THROUGHOUT KOWLOON.

MOTORISTS SHOULD NOT ENCOUNTER ANY DIFFICULTIES WITH THE METERS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN CONVERTED. IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY OLD 50 CENT COINS THEY CAN USE 10 CENT COINS INSTEAD, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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GAMES RALLY FOR SHAM SHU I PO YOUTHS

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THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE WILL WIND UP ITS SUMMER PROGRAMME THIS YEAR WITH A GAMES RALLY AND A PRESENTATION CEREMONY ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30).

THE CHILDREN’S GAMES RALLY, TO BE HELD AT THE MAPLE STREET FOOTBALL PITCH, WILL BEGIN AT 9 A.M. THE PROGRAMME INCLUDES BALL GAMES, A TUG-OF-WAR, A SPOON CHASE, A STEEPLE CHASE AND A RELAY RACE.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE GAMES, WHO ARE NOMINATED BY COMMUNITY WORK AGENCIES IN THE DISTRICT, WILL BE COMPETING IN TEAMS.

MR. LAM KWOK-WAN, PRINCIPAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER, WILL PRESENT PRIZES TO THE WINNERS.

MR. LAM WILL ALSO ATTEND A CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY LATER IN THE AFTERNOON AT THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE. THE CEREMONY WILL BE FOLLOWED BY A LUNCH BUFFET.

THE CERTIFICATES ARE FOR APPRECIATING THE WORK OF SUMMER YOUTH WORK VOLUNTEERS AND FOR THE BEST VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SEND YCUR REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE TWO EVENTS. PRIZES FOR THE CHILDREN’S GAMES RALLY AT THE MAPLE STREET FOOTBALL GROUND WILL BE PRESENTED AT 12 NOON. THE CERTIFICATES FOR SUMMER YOUTH WORK VOLUNTEERS WILL EE PRESENTED AT THE SHAM SHU I PO YOUTH CENTRE, AT 3S YU CHAU STREET, AT 1 P.M.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

HEALTHY RECREATION FOR TYPHOON SHELTER AND LAM TIN YOUTHS

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YOUNGSTERS LIVING IN YAU MA LAM TIN AREA WILL BE TAKING PART ORGANISED FOR THEM BY THEIR CITY

TEI TYPHOON SHELTER AND IN THE IN HEALTHY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES DISTRICT OFFICES.

II YAU MA TEI, A GAMES DAY WITH AN INTERESTING AND EXCITING PROGRAMME WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (SUNDAY) FOR 123 CHILDREN OF TH; TYPHOON SHELTER.

THE GAMES DAY, WHICH IS ORGANISED WITH THE HELP OF THE YAU MA TEI YOUTH CENTRE OF THE FEDERATION OF YOUTH GROUPS AND THE HONG KCNG FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION OF FLOATING POPULATION, WILL BEGIN AT 11 A.M. ON BOARD A CEREMONIAL BOAT +UING LEE+ IN THE TYPHOON SHELTER.

MR. THOMAS SHARR, CITY DISTRICT OFFICER (YAU MA TEI), AND THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER, THE RECREATION AND SPORTS OFFICER AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CO-CRGANI SERS ..ILL JOINTLY OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

IN LAM TIN, A FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT WHICH AIMS AT PROMOTING MEANINGFUL OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AMONG THE DISTRICT’S YOUTHS WILL BEGIN TOMORROW.

A TOTAL OF 27 TEAMS, 17 FOOTBALL AND 13 BASKETBALL, HAVE ENTERED FOR THE TOURNAMENT WHICH IS ORGANISED BY THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE (KWUN TONG) TOGETHER WITH THE LAM TIN AREA COMMITTEE.

THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICER, MR. LEUNG CHIN-MAN, THE COMMUNITY AND YOUTH OFFICER AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE KWUN TONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND LAM TIN AREA COMMITTEE WILL KICK OFF THE TOURNAMENT TOMORROW AT 9 A.M. AT THE LAM TIN ESTATE BLOCK 19 FOOTBALL PITCH.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE TWO EVENTS TOMORROW.

IN YAU MA TEI, A EOAT WILL BE AVAILABLE MAN CHEONG STREET FERRY PIER TO CONVEY MEDIA CEREMONIAL BOAT +WING LEE+.

AT 10.50 A.M. AT THE

REPRESENTATIVES TC THE

IN LAM TIN, THE FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT OPENING CEREMONY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE LAM TIL' ESTATE BLOCK 19 FOOTBALL PITCH AT 9 A.M.

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COLLEGE OF EDUCATION PRINCIPAL RETIRES

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MRS. MAGDALEN CHOW TIU YUK-CHUN, PRINCIPAL OF GRANTHAM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, IS GOING OK PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE SHORTLY AFTER 28 YEARS’ SERVICE.

ON BEHALF OF HER FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, WILL PRESENT MRS. CHOW WITH A RETIREMENT GIFT ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30) AFTERNOON.

MRS. CHOW JOINED THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AS AN ASSISTANT MISTRESS IN APRIL, 1949. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN THE CLASSROOM OF YAU MA TEI GOVERNMENT PRIMARY P.M. SCHOOL.

IN APRIL, 1950 SHE WAS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT EDUCATION OFFICER. NINE YEARS LATER SHE WAS APPOINTED EDUCATION OFFICER.

HRS. CHOW BECAME A PRINCIPAL INSPECTOR IN MAY, 1972 AND IN SEPTEMBER, 1973 SHE WAS PROMOTED TO PRINCIPAL, COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

SHE WAS APPOINTED A MEMBER OF THE MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE IN 1976 IN RECOGNITION OF HER SERVICES.

MRS. CHOW HAS MADE A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROGRESS OF EDUCATION IN HONG KONG, PARTICULARLY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULA AND COURSES OF TEACHER EDUCATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY AT 3.33 P.M. CN TUESDAY (AUGUST 30).

IT WILL BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, LEE GARDENS, 3RD FLOOR, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 1977

ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION SERVICE FOR NE KOWLOON

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THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS OF NGAU TAU KOK, CHOI HUNG AND SAN PO KONG ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 30 AND 31).

THIS WILL BE THE SEVENTH AND ALSO THE SECOND LAST ANTI-RABIES INOCULATION DRIVE TO BE CARRIED OUT IN KOWLOON.

DURING THE TWO-DAY OPERATION, THREE TEMPORARY DOG INOCULATION AND LICENSING CENTRES WILL BE SET UP AT THE FOLLOWING ROAD JUNCTIONS:

M TING FU STREET AND TING ON STREET (OPPOSITE DOR HO RESTAURANT),

K CHOI HUNG ROAD AND LUEN YEE ROAD, DIAMOND HILL, AND

K CHOI HUNG ROAD AND YIN HING STREET (AT SIDE OF SAN PC KONG SITTING-OUT AREA).

THESE CENTRES WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M. ON THE TWO DAYS. DOG OWNERS LIVING IN THESE DISTRICTS ARE URGED TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR PETS IMMUNISED AGAINST RABIcS.

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FIRING PRACTICE * * * *

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON FOUR DAYS THIS COMING WEEK.

THE PUBLIC ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS DANGEROUS TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN THE RED FLAGS ARE FLYING DURING THE TIME OF FIRING PRACTICE.

THE PRACTICE TIMES ARE

DATE HOURS

AUGUST 30 (TUESDAY) 8.30 A.M. - 11 P.M.

AUGUST 31 (WEDNESDAY) 4 A.K, - 4 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 1 (THURSDAY) 3 A.M. - 11 P.M.

SEPTEMBER 2 (FRIDAY) 4 A.M. - 4.30 P.M

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TRACKS DOWN FORGERS ............... 1

BAGUIO VILLAS TO BE SERVED BY MAXICAB ..................... 2

NORTH POINT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ......................... 3

REGISTRATION OF PERSONS TEAM TO VISIT YUEN LONG ........... 3

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 1577

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IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT CATCHES UP wI TH FORGERS ******

A VISITOR LOOKING AT THE ASSORTMENT OF PASSPORTS, CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY, ENTRY PERMITS AND OTHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS IN A SMALL OFFICE IN A COMMERCIAL BUILDING IN CENTRAL, MAY BE FORGIVEN IF HE THINKS HE HAS WALKED INTO AN UNUSUAL COLLECTOR’S EXHIBITION.

THE PLACE IS IN FACT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE INVESTIGATION DIVISION OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT, AND ONE OF ITS RESPONSIBILITIES IS TO DETECT FORGED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS.

ON DISPLAY IN THE OFFICE ARE A VARIETY GF FAKE DOCUMENTS, SEIZED ON VARIOUS OCCASIONS BY IMMIGRATION OFFICERS. THEY ARE NOW USED AS TEACHING AIDS FOR RECRUITS TO THE IMMIGRATION SERVICE.

ONLY RECENTLY, A NEW BATCH OF SUCH TRAVEL DOCUMENTS WAS ADDED TO THE COLLECTION, FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF A FORGED RE-ENTRY PERMIT RACKET AND THE ARREST OF FIVE PEOPLE.

IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR, ABOUT 500 PEOPLE WERE BROUGHT BEFORE THE COURTS FOR USING OR POSSESSING FORGED DOCUMENTS, COMPARED WITH 360 IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

MR. DAVID MILLS, PRINCIPAL IMMIGRATION OFFICER IK CHARGE CF THE DIVISION, SAID THAT THE DETECTION RATE OF FORGED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS IN RECENT YEARS HAS BEEN VERY ENCOURAGING, AND THAT SINCE 1974 A TOTAL OF 1,168 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.

+AMCNG THE SEIZURES, A GREAT MAJORITY '..ERE COUNTERFEIT CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS, WHILE FAKE HONG KONG BRITISH PASSPORTS AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES WERE ALSO SOMETIMES DISCOVERED,+ HE SAID.

TO A LAYMAN, IT IS DIFFICULT TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN A FAKc. PASSPORT AND A GENUINE OKE. THE DISCREPANCIES HOWEVER, CAN BE EASILY SPOTTED EY THE TRAINED EYES OF IMMIGRATION OFFICERS.

+EY QUESTIONING THE HOLDER CF A SUSPECTtD FALSE DOCUMENT, CHECKING HIS DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL RECORD AND EXAMINING THE DOCUMENT T. QUESTION BY USING DEVICES RANGING FROM MAGNIFYING GLASSES TO ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT, IMMIGRATION OFFICERS HAVE OFTEN BEEN ABLE TO FOLLOW U° THEIR SUSPICIONS SUCCESSFULLY,+ MR. MILLS EXPLAINED.

HE POINTED OUT SOME OF THE USUAL TRICKS OF THE FORGERS: PHOTOGRAPH SUBSTITUTION, ALTERATION OF PERSONAL PARTICULARS, FAKE VISA AND IMMIGRATION STAMP IMPRESSIONS, REPLACEMENT OF DOCUMENT PAGES AND IN SOME CASES THE COMPLETE FABRICATION OF A HOME-MADE DOCUMENT.'

+MOST OF THE LOST DOCUMENTS OR

OWNERS,+ HE NOTED

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS USED FOR COUNTERFEITING ARE DOCUMENTS SOLD FOR PROFIT EY THEIR ORIGINAL

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+THE TECHNIQUES REQUIRED TO FORGE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ARE INTRICATE AND THE PROCESS REQUIRES CONSIDERABLE CRAFTSMANSriIP AND CORRESPONDINGLY SOPH 1STICATED EQUIPMENT.*

MR MILLS POINTED OUT THAT THE INVESTIGATION DIVISION ALWAYS STUDYING NEW AND MORE EFFECTIVE PREVENTIVE MEASURES DOWN ON SUCH ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

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TRAVEL

IS LIKELY PLOT

LATER THIS YEAR. THE ENGRAVING OF PHOTOGRAPHS ON SUCH DOCUMENTS AS CERTIFICATES OF IDENTITY AND RE-ENTRY PERMITS TO BE INTRODUCED. A COMPUTER IS ALSO_BilNG WIDELY U&ED TO INTELLIGENCE ON FORGERIES. GREATER SECURITY IN PRINTING AKj OThxR PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES ARE ALSO BEING SOUGHT TO STOP THt ILL.bAL ENTRY TO HONG KONG OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNWELCOME HERE.

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NEW MAX I CAE ROUTE TO BAGUIO VILLAS H H *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A NEW MAXICAE ROUTE WILL START OPERATING BETWEEN CENTRAL AND BAGUIO VILLAS FROM TUESDAY (AUGUST 30).

THE MAXICAB ROUTE TO BAGUIO VILLAS FROM EDINBURGH PLACE WILL GO PAST CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL, HARCOURT ROAD, COTTON TREE DRIVE, QUEEN’S ROAD CENTRAL, D’AGUILAR STREET, WELLINGTON STREET, LYNDHURST TERRACE, HOLLYWOOD RCAD, ARBUTHNOT ROAD, CAINE ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, POKFULAM ROAD, SASSOON RCAD AND VICTORIA ROAD.

THE ROUTE FROM BAGUIO VILLAS TO CENTRAL WILL BE VIA VICTORIA ROAD, SASSOON ROAD, POKFULAM ROAD, BONHAM ROAD, CAINE ROAD, OLD BAILEY STREET, WYNDHAM STREET, REDDER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND END AT EDINBURGH PLACE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT THIS MAXICAE ROUTE 8 WOULD OPERATE AT A FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES FROM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS AND AT A 30-MINUTE FREQUENCY ON SUNDAYS Ai.D PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

THE SERVICE FROM EAGUIC VILLAS WILL START AT 7.3'3 A.M. AND END AT 6.30 P.M. THE SERVICE FROM CENTRAL WILL BEGIN AT 7.45 A.i'.. AND END AT 6.45 P.M.

THE FARE WILL EE $1 FOR A SINGLE JOURNEY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN NORTH POINT * * * *

MOTORISTS IN POWER STREET, NORTH POINT WILL BE .PROCEED DIRECTLY TO FORTRESS HILL ROAD OR TURN LEFT ROAD FROM 10 A.M. ON TUESDAY (AUGUST 30).

ALLOWED TO INTO KING’S

AT THE SAME TIME, EASTBOUND VEHICLES IN KING’S ROAD WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM TURNING RIGHT INTO FORTRESS HILL ROAD.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ARRANGEMENT WAS MADE FOLLOWING THE COMPLETION RENEWAL WORKS AT THE KING’S ROAD AND FORTRESS

EXPLAINED THAT THIS OF TRAM TRACK HILL ROAD JUNCTION.

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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REGISTRATION OF PERSONS TEAM TO VISIT YUEN LONG ******* <

A TEAM FROM THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE WILL BE STATIONED IN YUEN LONG TOWN HALL FOR SIX DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE TEAM WILL BE IN THE TOWN HALL BETWEEN 9.30 A.M. AND 4.30 P.M. FROM SEPTEMBER 5 TO 9 AND AGAIN ON SEPTEMBER 12.

THE TEMPORARY OFFICE WILL BE CONVENIENT TO PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WISHING TO REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN OR WARD BETWEEN 11 AND 17 YEARS OF AGE FOR JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS, AND TO HOLDERS OF JUVENILE IDENTITY CARDS REACHING THE AGE OF 18 TO REGISTER FOR ADULT IDENTITY CARDS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PERSONS OFFICE TODAY REMINDED ALL PERSONS LIVING IN THE YUEN LONG AREA OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN FOR IDENTITY CARDS, AND TO REPORT TO THE OFFICE CHANGES IN THEIR EMPLOYMENT OR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESSES, MARITAL STATUS, OR ANY OTHER PARTICULARS WHICH HAVE CHANGED SINCE THEY REGISTERED FOR THEIR IDENTITY CARDS. '

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1977

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS HAVE SAY IN TOWN’S PLANS ................ 1

GOVERNMENT MANUFACTORY SUPPLIES MEDICINE TO MILLIONS .... 3

EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MUSIC SECTION NEW OFFICE ............... 4

POST OFFICE SERVICES INCREASINGLY POPULAR ................... 5

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

MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1977

TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS PARTICIPATE IN NEW TOWN’S DEVELOPMENT * * * *

TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS ARE HAVING A GREATER SAY THAN EVER BEFORE IN THE PROVISION OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND AMENITIES IN THE FAST-GROWING NEW TOWN.

THEIR VOICE IS BEING HEARD THROUGH A CORE GF 15 RURAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, BUSINESSMEN, SCHOOL HEADS, AND RESIDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVES WHO HAVE BEEN GETTING TOGETHER FOR THE LAST 16 MONTHS TO DISCUSS THE NEEDS OF THE TOWN AS A WHOLE.

TOGETHER WITH EIGHT GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, THEY SIT IN THE MAJORITY ON THE TSUEN WAN RECREATION AND AMENITIES ADVISORY COMMITTEE, SET UP IN MARCH LAST YEAR.

THE COMMITTEE - THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NEW TERRITORIES -MEETS El-MONTHLY WITH OFFICIAL MEMBERS REPRESENTING THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE PUBLIC WORKS, URBAN SERVICES, EDUCATION ARD SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENTS.

IN THE CHAIR IS THE TSUEN WAN TOWN MANAGER, JAMES HAYES, ASSISTED BY TWO VICE-CHAIRMEN - MR. CHAN PO-FONG, A FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE TSUEN WAN RURAL COMMITTEE, AND MR. EDDIE SHORT, THE P.W.D.’S PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE NEW TOWN.

SINCE THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP, ITS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN GETTING TOGETHER IK EIGHT FULL COMMITTEE MEETINGS AND NUMEROUS SUB-COMMITTE MEETINGS ENDEAVOURING TO MAKE TSUEN WAN A MORE ATTRACTIVE PLACE IN .HIGH TO LIVE.

THEIR WORK IN THE FIRST YEAR HAS INCLUDED :

# ADVISING ON THE CONTENT AND LAYOUT OF URBAN AMENITIES SUCH AS PARKS, PLAYGROUNDS AND SITTING-OUT AREAS.

K MASTERMINDING A DISTRICT-WIDE SURVEY ON THE PATTERN OF LEISURE-TIME ACTIVITIES OF TSUEN WAN PEOPLE, WHICH WILL FORM A BASIS FOR FUTURE PLANKING BY THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES.

H SPONSORING A SCHEME TO IMPROVE THE RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY CONDITIONS IN SOME OF THE OLDER TOWN SQUARES IN CENTRAL TSUEN WAN.

* STAGING AN EXHIBITION WHICH ENABLED THE LOCAL PEOPLE TO COMMENT ON A NUMBER OF PROPOSED NEW-LOOK DESIGNS PREPARED BY A GROUP OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FOR BEAUTIFYING THE TOWN SQUARES.

H PUTTING FORWARD SUGGESTIONS ON THE PROVISION OF FACILITIES IN THE 319.2 MILLION MULTI-PURPOSE AUDITORIUM FOR TSUEN WAN, WORK ON WHICH IS ..ELL UNDERWAY AND SHOULD BE READY BY 1979.

* MEETING THE CONSULTANTS AND COMMENTING ON PROPOSALS FOR THE TSO KUNG TAM PARK AND OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE.

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M SUPPORTING PLANS TO PRESERVE THE OLD VILLAGE OF SAM TUNG UK I’- A EID TO RETAIN SOME RE? INDER OF THE OLD DAYS IN TSUE.’I '.■>A\ ..HICH HAS A LONG HISTORY OF RURAL SETTLEMENT.

# PLANNING TO RESTORE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF A V.'ELL-KMCw'N LOCAL BEAUTY SPOT AT SAM DIP TAP' WHICH IS THREATENED BY POLLUTION AND UNSIGHTLY SQUATTER DEVELOPMENT.

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* DETAILING A SCHEME TO IMPROVE FOOTPATHS AND PROVIDE RAIN SHELTERS FOR LOCAL MORNING WALKERS IN THE HILL AREA BEHIND SHEK LEI.

LOOKING BACK OVER THE FAST 16 MONTHS OF THE COMMITTEE’S WORK, THE CHAIRMAN, MR. HAYES, SAID TODAY: +THE COMMITTEE HAS SHOWN IT CAL EE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE IN PLANKING NEW PROJECTS INTENDED TO PROVIDE, IM TIME, THE FULL RANGE OF RECREATIONAL AND AMENITY FACILITIES IK THE NEW TOWN.*

+ITS UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS ARE INTERESTED AND CAPABLE PERSONS ..'HOSE OPINIONS ARE OF GREAT VALUE TO THEIR OFFICIAL COLLEAGUES,* HE SAID.

MR. HAYES SAID THE GOVERNMENT SEES THE NEED OF HAVING AD^QUAT-FEED-BACK FROM THE LOCAL PEOPLE REGARDING FACILITIES AND AMENITIES WHICH HAVE BEEN AND KILL EE PROVIDED AS PART OF THE NEW TOWN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

THE COMMITTEE WAS THEREFORE SET UP TO ENABLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO CONSULT INTERESTED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE LOCAL PEOPLE OR THE PLANNING, MANAGEMENT AND UTILISATION OF BOTH EXISTING AND FUTURE FACILITIES AND AMENITIES.

+THIS IS A NEW VENTURE, BUT A LOGICAL STEP IN THE EVOLUTION OF OUR LOCAL MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION, AND IT IS A NECESSARY AND WORTHWHILE ONE TO TAKE AT THIS STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NE-.. COMMUNITY IN TSUEN JAN,* HE SAID.

ECHOING MR. HAYES’ REMARKS, A SUB-COMM ITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR. C.-.. HO .-CHEN, SAID: +IT HELPS FURTHER TC NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC AND ENABLES THE LOCAL PEOPLE TO SAY .'.HAT THEY WANT.

+OFFICIAL MEMBERS HAVE SHOWN THEMSELVES MOST HELPFUL AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, THEY GC ALONG . I TH OUR IDEAS,* HE SAID.

LIKE OTHER MEMBERS, MR. CHO;. DOES A LOT OF HOMEWORK BEFORE HE GIVES IDEAS AT MEETINGS. AS CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDARDS OF FACI-ITIES SUB-COMMITTEE, HE GOES ON PRIVATE INSPECTIONS OF RECREATION A’.D AMENITY FACILITIES IK THE DISTRICT AND RECOMMENDS IMPROVEMENTS HE CONSIDERS NECESSARY FCf; THE BENEFIT OF THE RESIDENTS.

EXAMPLES ARE HIS RECOMMENDATIONS O'.' THE POSSIBILITY OF MULTIPURPOSE USAGE OF FACILITIES BUILT : Ac I RALLY TO CATER FOR OKE PARTICULAR SPORT, ERIKGI.G SPORTING PITCHES UP TO STANDARD COMPETITION SIZE, AND THE INSTALLATION OF OVERHEAD FLCCD-LIGHTI ..G IN TENNIS COURTS OF THE SHA TSUI PLAYGROv.jD.

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GOVERNMENT MEDICINE FACTORY A VITAL LINK IN HONG KONG’S MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

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HIDDEN IN AN OBSCURE VI NG OF A GOVERNMENT SUPPLIES COMPOUND IN OIL STREET, NORTH POINT, IS A SMALL MANUFACTORY THAT FORMS AN IMPORTANT PART OF HONG KONG’S MEDICAL AND HEALTH SERVICES.

UNSEEN AND UNHEARD OF BY MOST PEOPLE, THE MANUFACTORY PRODUCES MILLIONS OF TABLETS, GALLONS OF MIXTURES AND THOUSANDS OF TUBcS OF OINTMENTS AND +STERILE PREPARATIONS* EACH YEAR.

THESE PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS ARE DELIVERED TO GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS FOR DISPENSING TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO SzEK TR-ATMENT. YET THE WORK OF THE MANUFACTORY, WHICH IS MANNED BY THc PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICE OF THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT, IS LITTLE KNOWN TO ITS BENEFICIARIES.

EQUIPPED WITH MODERN MACHINERY, THE MANUFACTORY PRODUCES AN ARRAY OF PILLS AND MIXTURES, VITAMINS AND INTRAVENOUS SOLUTIONS AS WELL AS OINTMENTS AND EYE-DROPS — IN FACT MOST UNPATENTED PREPARATIONS REQUIRED IN BULK BY GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

ALTHOUGH HUNDREDS yF PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS ARE MADE BY THE PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICE EACH YEAR, THEY ARE RELATIVELY SMALL COMPARED WITH THE TOTAL RANGE OF PRODUCTS USED IN THE HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. BUT BY VOLUME THE QUANTITY OF SERVICE-MADE PRODUCTS IS LARGER.

CHIEF PHARMACIST, MR. HARRY THUMB, EXPLAINED THAT COMMONLY USED PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS COULD BE MORE ECONOMICALLY AND , EXPEDITIOUSLY MADE BY THE SERVICE’S MANUFACTORY THAN BUYING THEM FROM WHOLESALERS.

+METHADONE MIXTURES FOR THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS, FOR INSTANCE, ARE MADE IN THE PHARMACY LABORATORIES,* HE SAID.

WHATEVER THE PRODUCT, MR. THUMB EMPHASISED, IT IS PRODUCED UNDER STRICT STANDARD SPECIFICATION OR FORMULA.

THE MANUFACTURING SECTION IS ONLY ONE OF MANY IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF THE PHARMACY SERVICE WHICH IS MANNED BY 27 PHARMACISTS AND 232 DISPENSERS.

DRESSINGS AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, DRUGS OR ANY PRODUCT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT MANUFACTURE, ITS PROCUREMENT SECTION SEES TO IT THAT TENDERS ARE SENT OUT AND EXPERT ADVICE GIVEN AS TO iHe BEST PRODUCT TO BUY.

ON THE TRAINING ASPECT OF ITS WORK, THE SERVICE RUNS A THREE-YEAR COURSE FOR TRAINEE DISPENSERS ON A FULL-TIME BASIS. THE TRAINc.ES QUALIFY AS A DISPENSER ONLY AFTER PASSING AN EXAMINATION O'. THz THIRD YEAR OF THEIR TRAINING.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 1977

PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL THREE AFTERNOONS EACH IN HOSPITAL AND CLINIC

AT THE MOMENT THERE ARE 2? UNDERGOING TRAINING IK CLASSROOMS FOR THREE HOURS IN .,EEK. ON OTHER DAYS THEY ARE +CH I HE JOE+

DISPENSARIES.

APART FROM TRAINING, THE SERVICE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLDING EXAMINATIONS FOR PHARMACISTS .. I TH DEGREES FROM SUCH COUNTRlEo AS TA T AN CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES AFTER THlY HAVE DON- ONc, ■'£ -RACT CAL WORK UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF REGISTERED PHARMACI STS J CHEMISTS’ SHOPS OR HOSPITALS. THOSE WHO PASSED THE EXAMINATIONS ..ILL BE ALLOWED TC REGISTER AND PRACTISE IN HONG KONG. THc EXAMINATION IS HELD TWICE A YEAR.

„.vJ, AND THE IS EQUALLY VIiAL

THE PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICE IS ALSO RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MANNING OF ALL DISPENSARIES IN GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS. AND THc ROLE OF THE PHARMACIST IN CHARGE OF THE DISPENSARY ID -------

TO THAT OF THE DOCTOR WHO PRESCRIBES THc MEDICINE.

THE MEDICINE.

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"DUCAT I ON DEPARTMENT MUSIC SECTION MOVES OFFICE * * * * *

THE MUSIC SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS MOVING ITS OFFICE FROM KOWLOON TO HONG KONG ISLAND.

THE SECTION’S NEW OFFICE FROM SEPTEMBER 1 WILL BE ON THE FOURTH FLOOR OF CAROLINE MANSION, S YUN PING ROAD, CAUSEWAY BAY. THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBERS ARE 5-779306 AND 5-779150.

THE OFFICE OF THE LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC, TRINITY COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCING, LONDON, IS LOCATED IN THE MUSIC SECTION.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC APE ADVISED THAT IF THEY HAVE ANY ENQUIRIES ON THE EXTERNAL MUSIC AND BALLET EXAMINATIONS, THEY SHOULD DIRECT THEM TO THAT OFFICE.

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YEAR OF EXPANSION FOR POST OFFICE * * * * *

THE SPECIAL SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE POST OFFICE WENT THROUGH A PERIOD OF TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

TH- POST OFFICE’S SPEEDPOST SERVICE WAS NOTICEABLY GROWING IN POPULARITY WITH BUSINESS COMPANIES EcCAUSE OF ITS RELIABLE AND FAST DELIVERY. IN VIEW OF THIS, SPEEDPOST WAS EXTENDED TO AUSTRALIA, FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS, IN' ADDITION TO ESTABLISHED SERVICES TO BRITAIN, THE UNITED STATES, BRAZIL, JAPAN AND BELGIUM AND LATER INCLUDED ITEMS OF MERCHANDISE TO BRITAIN AND AUSTRALIA.

REVENUE FROM SPEEDPOST AMOUNTED TO S3.6 MILLION, WHICH WAS 157 PER CENT MORE THAN IN 1975-76.

THE EXPRESS DELIVERY MAIL SERVICE ALSO HAD A YEAR OF RAPID GROWTH. DURING 1976-77, 713,'DOS ITEMS WERE DESPATCHED — AN INCREASE OF 77.4 PER CENT OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

THE YEAR 1976-77 WAS A YEAR OF POSTAL EXPANSION. IT SAW THE OPENING OF THE NEW MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GENERAL POST OFFICc IN AUGUST, AND THE COMMISSIONING OF THE FIRST PHASE OF THE HUNG HOM INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE AT THE END OF APRIL.

COMPLETION OF THIS PHASE OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAIL CENTRE HAS MADE AVAILABLE STORAGE AND BAG-HANDLING FACILITIES FOR MAIL SENT TO AND RECEIVED FROM CHINA. PLANNING OF THE MAIN BUILDING IN PHASE II IS NOW ALMOST COMPLETED.

THE CONCEPT OF ESTABLISHING A MAIL ROOM IN HIGH-RISE COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS HAS ALSO PROVED A SUCCESS FOLLOWING THE OPERATION OF A MAIL ROOM IN THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE. SIMILAR FACILITIES ARE BEING INTRODUCED TO OTHER COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS, INCLUDING THE RE-DEVELOPED ALEXANDRA HOUSE, TO EASE DELIVERY PROBLEMS IN SUCH BUILDINGS.

..ITH ALL THESE NEW FACILITIES, GREATER HEIGHTS WERE ACHIEVED BY THE POST OFFICE IN MANY ASPECTS OF ITS .CRK AND A SPOKESMAN OF THE DEPARTMENT FORESEES FURTHER GROWTH IN THE YEARS TO COME.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1977

CONTENTS

LAW PROFESSOR TO INQUIRE INTO DISPUTED PAY SCALE ............. 1

2

DANGEROUS BUILDINGS NOW SAFc ...............................

EVENING TECHNICAL COURSES OPEN .............................

MORE TAX DODGERS NETTED ....................................

PENG CHAU SITE SOLD FOR 3250,000 ...........................

MAIL DELAY IN ETHIOPIA .....................................

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LAW PROFESSOR TO CONDUCT PAY INQUIRY * * * * *

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT PROFESSOR P.G. WILLOUGHBY, SECOND PROFESSOR OF LAW AT HONG KONG UNIVERSITY, HAD ACCEPTED THE GOVERNOR’S INVITATION TO CONDUCT AN INQUIRY INTO THE FAIRNESS OR OTHERWISE OF THE RECENT PAY AWARD TC PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT TECHNICAL GRADES.

COMMENTING ON PROF. WILLOUGHBY’S APPOINTMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR THE CIVIL SERVICE, MR. RON BRIDGE, SAID THAT IT FOLLOWED LAST WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEW PAY STRUCTURE FOR A NUMBER OF TECHNICAL GRADES IN THE P.W.D.

HE SAID THAT THE NEW PAY STRUCTURE WAS BASED ON A MOST CAREFUL ANALYSIS OF PAY RATES FOR SIMILAR WORK IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR. HOWEVER, THE STAFF ASSOCIATIONS CLAIMED TO HAVE A CASE FOR STILL HIGHER RATES OF PAY AND HAD NOT THEREFORE ACCEPTED THE NEW PAY STRUCTURE.

IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES THE GOVERNOR HAD DECIDED TO APPOINT AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY TO ASSESS THE FAIRNESS OF THE AWARD.

DURING THE PERIOD OF THE INQUIRY ALL OFFICERS WHO CARRY OUT THEIR FULL DUTIES WILL BENEFIT FROM THE NEW HIGHER PAY RATES.

PROF. WILLOUGHBY’S TERMS OF REFERENCE ARE :

+HAVING REGARD TO THE GOVERNMENT’S PAY POLICY AS SUMMARISED IN THE ’STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES AND AIMS IN CIVIL SERVICE REMUNERATION’, TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE PROPOSALS APPROVED BY THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL FOR THE RESTRUCTURING OF THE PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT GRADES IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARE FAIR OR OTHERWISE, AND TO RECOMMEND TO THE GOVERNOR WHETHER THOSE PROPOSALS SHOULD BE AMENDED.*

PROF. WILLOUGHBY CAME TO HONG KONG IN 1973 AS A SENIOR LECTURER ON LAW. HE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EDUCATION IN 1974 AND TO THE SECOND CHAIR OF LAW IN JANUARY 1976. HE HAS BEEN LARGELY RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING THE PROGRAMME FOR THE POST GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN LAWS AND HAS LECTURED PUBLICLY, PUBLISHED A NUMBER OF BOOKS AND WRITTEN EXTENSIVELY FOR LAW JOURNALS AND THE PRESS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF LAW.

PROF. WILLOUGHBY IS NOW IN THE U.K. ON HOLIDAY. HE PLANS TO ARRIVE BACK IN HONG KONG ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2) AND TO START THE INQUIRY ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6). IT IS HOPED TO COMPLETE IT BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

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THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT HAS LIFTED THE CLOSURE ORDERS ON A NUMBER OF BUILDINGS IN THE URBAN RENEWAL AREA ISSUED LAST MONDAY AFTER A NEARBY RETAINING WALL THREATENED TO COLLAPSE.

THE P.W.D.’S PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT BUILDING SURVEYOR, MR. E.T. KENNARD, SAID THAT NOW THAT REMEDIAL WORK ON THE WALL SUPPORTING CIRCULAR PATHWAY HAS BEEN COMPLETED, THE THREAT TO 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND 1 AND 2 TSUI ON LANE, AND 10 AND 11 CIRCULAR PATHWAY HAS BEEN REMOVED, AND THE RESIDENTS CAN MOVE BACK INTO THEIR HOMES IMMEDIATELY.

NOTICES TO THIS EFFECT HAVE ALREADY BEEN POSTED.

HOWEVER MR. KENNARD SAID THAT CONSULTANTS EMPLOYED BY THE P.W.D. WOULD CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND INSPECT OTHER RETAINING WALLS IN THE AREA.

IN THE LAST WEEK, CONTRACTORS SUPERVISED BY THE P.W.D.’S GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE HAVE BUILT A FREE-DRAINING EMBANKMENT AGAINST THE OLD RETAINING WALL TO PREVENT IT COLLAPSING.

THE EMBANKMENT, WHICH IS ABOUT FIVE METRES HIGH AND 33 METRES LONG, WAS MADE FROM ABOUT 4,000 TONNES OF AGGREGATE.

REMEDIAL WORK WAS ALSO CARRIED OUT TO THE UPPER RETAINING WALL, IMMEDIATELY BELOW 127-133 HOLLYWOOD ROAD.

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THx 'AORR I Sl < HILL, A.. A I u, HL.. —, uU।. TC •.c A i HAN I hb OKb

TECHNICAL INSTITUTES ARE INVITING APPLI CAT I CHS FOE ADMISSION TO 63 ^ART-TI’E EVENING SHORT COURSES.

FIELDS OF STUDY INCLUDE CLOTHING INDUSTRIES, CC’ OERC I AL STUDIES, CONSTRUCTION, ELECTRICAL E :G I NEER I iiG, ^ELECTRON IC ENGINEERING, GENERAL STUDIES, .zCHAJ! I CAL ENGINEERING AND TEXTILE INDUSTRIES.

APPLICATION rC:V.S A E OBTAINABLE FRC‘. THE FCuF. TECHNICAL INST ITUT^S

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REVENUE INVESTIGATORS HARD ON THE HEELS OF TAX DODGERS ******

INVESTIGATORS OF THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT BROUGHT TO LIGHT 82 CASES OF TAX EVASION INVOLVING $14.9 MILLION IN BACK TAX AND PENALTIES IN THE FINANCIAL YEAR 1976-77, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY.

ABOUT $19.8 MILLION IN BACK TAX AND PENALTIES FROM COMPLETED AND NON-COMPLETED CASES WERE COLLECTED IN THE SAME PERIOD. THIS REPRESENTS AN INCREASE OF 69 PER CENT OVER THE COLLECTION FOR THE PREVIOUS YEAR. AT MARCH 31, 1977, 211 CASES WERE UNDER ACTIVE EXAMINATION AND PRELIMINARY ENQUIRIES HAD BEEN INSTITUTED IN A NUMBER OF OTHER CASES.

COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR, FIVE MORE CASES OF TAX EVASION, INVOLVING $5.3 MILLION IN BACK TAX AND PENALTIES, WERE COMPLETED AND $8.1 MILLION MORE IN BACK TAX AND PENALTIES WERE COLLECTED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THE AVERAGE UNDERSTATEMENT OF $942,000 PER CASE DURING THE YEAR REPRESENTED A STAGGERING INCREASE OF $343,000 OVER THE PREVIOUS FINANCIAL YEAR. THIS WAS A REFLECTION OF THE LARGER PROFITS INVOLVED.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID, THE RATIO OF UNDERSTATED EARNINGS OR PROFITS TO TOTAL EARNINGS OR PROFITS HAD INCREASED BY 4.5 PER CENT TO 78.5 PER CENT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT TAX EVADERS ARE CONTINUING TO UNDERSTATE A SIGNIFICANT PROPORTION OF THEIR PROFITS.

ALTHOUGH PROSECUTIONS FOR INCORRECT RETURNS WERE INSTITUTED DURING THE YEAR, THE MAJORITY OF THE OFFENCES WERE DEALT WITH ADMINISTRATIVELY, HE SAID.

+THIS WAS BY MEANS OF COMPOUNDING FOR A MONETARY SUM OR BY THE COMMISSIONER OR DEPUTY COMMISSIONER PERSONALLY EXERCISING THEIR POWERS TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL TAX UNDER THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE AS PENALTY,* HE EXPLAINED.

IN A BID TO STEP UP ITS INVESTIGATION WORK, THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAS SET UP A NEW UNIT DURING THIS YEAR TO UNDERTAKE THE DETAILED EXAMINATION OF SUSPECTED CASES.

WITH THE CREATION OF THE INVESTIGATION UNIT, THE SPOKESMAN SAID, THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF INVESTIGATORS AND SUPPORTING STAFF.

THE DEPARTMENT HAD SENT A SECOND OFFICER TO ATTEND AN INVESTIGATION COURSE HELD BY THE UNITED STATES INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE INVESTIGATION UNIT.

♦EXPERIENCE HAS SHOWN THAT AN ATTACK ON A MUCH BROADER FRONT IS NECESSARY IF THE RISK AND CONSEQUENCES .-F DETECTION ARE TO EE SUCH AS TO DETER WOULD-BE EVADERS,* THE SPOKESMAN SAID. HE STRESSED THAT IN ADDITION TO THE CASES HANDLED EY THE INVESTIGATION UNIT 130 SMALLER CASES OF EVASION WERE HANDLED BY THE SALARIES TAX AND PROFITS TAX ASSESSORS AS PART CF THEIR NORMAL DUTIES. TAX AND PENALTIES OF ABOUT $1.3 MILLION WAS ASSESSED AS A RESULT OF THESE ENQUIRIES.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1977

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AUCTION OF PENG CHAU CROWN LAND

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TWO LOTS OF CROWN LAND ON PENG CHAU ISLAND TOTALLING SOME 11,238 SQ. FT. WERE SOLD FOR $250,000 AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TODAY.

BOTH LOTS, SITUATED AT WAI TSAI PEAK, COMMAND AN EXCELLENT SEA VIEW AND ARE RESTRICTED TO DEVELOPMENT FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE SENIOR ESTATE SURVEYOR, MR. D.G. DEAR, WHO CONDUCTED THE AUCTION AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, ISLANDS, INTERNATIONAL BUILDING, STARTED THE OPENING BID FOR LOT NO. 576 AT $120,000 AND LOT NO. 577 AT $75,000.

MR. DEAR DESCRIBED THE PURCHASE BY MR. JOHN FONG, A RESIDENT OF PENG CHAU, AS A +SATISFACTORY PRICE+.

THE BUILDING COVENANTS ARE $100,000 AND $125,000 FOR THE TWO LOTS TO BE FULFILLED BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1980, AND THE ANNUAL RENTALS ARE $300.

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MAIL DELAY IN ETHIOPIA

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THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT DUE TO TRANSPORT DIFFICULTIES IN ETHIOPIA, SURFACE PARCELS AND LETTERS TO THAT COUNTRY MAY BE SUBJECT TO DELAY.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1977

contents page NO.

• •

BETTER COMMUNICATIONS CHANNELS*WI TH SCHOOLS ................. 1

4' ' '*■ ’ . ,

MOVES TO REDUCE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ......................... 2

EMPLOYMENT FIGURES UP ........................................ 3

PROGRAMME OF SPORTS FOR ALL .................................. 5

INJURED WORKERS ENSURED HELP ................................. 7

HK JOINS AIR TALKS IN LONDON ................................. 8

DESALTER WAS A GOOD INVESTMENT................................ 9

POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR PACKETS TO CHINA .................... 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ......................................... H

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

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EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IMPROVES CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATION *****

CONTACTS AND CHANNELS OF COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND SUPERVISORS, HEADS OF SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS, WILL BE FURTHER IMPROVED WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A SCHOOLS DIVISION TOMORROW.

ANNOUNCING THIS TODAY ON THE EVE OF THE NEW ACADEMIC

YEAR, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR. COLVYN HAYE, SAID THE NEW SCHOOLS DIVISION WOULD REPLACE THE EXISTING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DIVISIONS AND BE HEADED BY AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR. LAM TAT-LAU.

THE ENLARGED DIVISION WILL HAVE ITS HEAD OFFICE IN THE DEPARTMENT’S HEADQUARTERS. IT WILL HAVE THREE REGIONAL OFFICES, THE HEADS OF WHICH WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF KINDERGARTENS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THREE GEOGRAPHICAL REGIONS - HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE OFFICERS IN CHARGE OF THE REGIONAL OFFICES WILL SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOLS IN THEIR REGIONS.

MR. ALEC REEVE WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE HONG KONG OFFICE, MR. TERRY T.L. CHENG THE KOWLOON OFFICE AND MR. DAVID C.S. LEUNG THE NEW TERRITORIES OFFICE.

THE HONG KONG OFFICE IS ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, THE ONE IN KOWLOON ON THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH FLOORS OF THE KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 405 NATHAN ROAD AND THE NEW TERRITORIES OFFICE ON THE NINTH FLOOR OF THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE MERGER OF THE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY DIVISIONS INTO A SCHOOLS DIVISION IS TO ENABLE UNIFIED REGIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF KINDERGARTENS, PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GOVERNMENT SECONDARY, PREVOCATIONAL, ENGLISH-SPEAKING AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS, WHICH WILL CONTINUE TO BE ADMINSTERED AND SUPERVISED IN THE HEAD OFFICE AS AT PRESENT.

THE MERGER HAS MATERIALISED AS A RESULT OF THE EXPANSION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION, THE INTRODUCTION OF NINE YEARS SUBSIDISED EDUCATION - SIX YEARS OF FREE PRIMARY EDUCATION FOLLOWED BY THREE YEARS OF SUBSIDISED SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR EVERY CHILD -THE ABOLITION OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMINATION, THE INTRODUCTION OF A SCHOOL NET SYSTEM AtfD THE ESTABLISHMENT SHORTLY OF DISTRICT COUNCILS.

A CIRCULAR HAS BEEN SENT TO THE MEADS OF ALL SCHOOLS NOTIFYING THEM OF THE CREATION OF THE SCHOOLS DIVISION AND GIVING THEM DETAILS OF THE REORGANISATION.

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CRACKDOWN ON INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS * * * *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL STEP UP ITS ENFORCEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY REGULATIONS IN A DETERMINED EFFORT TO REDUCE THE HIGH RATE OF ACCIDENTS, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. PETER WILLIAMS SAID TODAY WHEN LAUNCHING A MONTH-LONG INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

THE COMMISSIONER POINTED OUT THAT THERE WERE OVER 30,000 ACCIDENTS AND MORE THAN 100 DEATHS LAST YEAR WHILE TEN YEARS AGO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS WAS 7,000.

+IN FINANCIAL TERMS, THESE ACCIDENTS COST THE HONG KONG ECONOMY MORE THAN $100 MILLION. THIS MUST BE ADDED TO THE UNIT COST OF PRODUCTION AND THUS AFFECTING OUR COMPETITIVE POSITION. THESE ACCIDENTS ALSO COST AN UNQUANTIFIABLE AMOUNT OF HUMAN PAIN, SUFFERING AND PERMANENT DISABILITY,* HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT NEARLY 40 PER CENT OF THE ACCIDENTS WERE CAUSED BY DANGEROUS MACHINERY, ALTHOUGH THEY WERE THE LEAST DIFFICULT TO PREVENT SINCE THE MAIN REQUIREMENT WAS THE PROVISION OF GUARDS ON DANGEROUS PARTS OF MACHINERY AND ENSURING THAT THESE GUARDS WERE NOT REMOVED.

REFERRING TO THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (GUARDING AND OPERATION OF MACHINERY) REGULATIONS WHICH WERE ENACTED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR, MR. WILLIAMS SAID IT WAS MADE CLEAR IN THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL THEN THAT THEY WOULD NOT COME INTO EFFECT UNTIL APRIL 1 THIS YEAR IN ORDER TO GIVE INDUSTRY MORE THAN A SIX-MONTH PERIOD OF GRACE TO CARRY OUT WHATEVER WORK WAS NECESSARY.

THERE WAS A FURTHER PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS DURING WHICH THE • REGULATIONS WOULD BE ENFORCED ’WITH DISCRETION’.

+THIS PERIOD IS NOW ALMOST OVER AND I AM HERE GIVING NOTICE TO THIS EFFECT. I HOPE THAT ALL CONCERNED WILL TAKE NOTE,* THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

HE SAID THE DEPARTMENT WAS APPROACHING THE PROBLEM OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ON SEVERAL FRONTS. THE NEXT PHASE WAS THE PRESENT SAFETY CAMPAIGN WHICH WOULD INTRODUCE THE CHARACTER OF +SAFETY SAM* WHO WOULD APPEAR IN A T.V. FILLER FILM AND FUTURE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY PROMOTIONS.

+IT IS HOPED,* MR. WILLIAMS SAID, +THAT THIS SOMEWHAT LIGHTHEARTED APPROACH TO WHAT IS A SERIOUS SUBJECT WILL TRIGGER A RESPONSE IN INDUSTRIAL EMPLOYEES IN THE SAME WAY THAT LAP SAP CHUNG HAS HELPED TO CREATE LITTER-CONSCIOUSNESS.*

MEANWHILE, FACTORY INSPECTORS HAD MODIFIED THEIR METHOD OF INSPECTING FACTORIES SO AS TO GIVE MORE ADVICE WITH DISCUSSION OF SPECIFIC PROBLEMS WITH FACTORY MANAGEMENT.

THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE WOULD ALSO CONTINUE ITS PROGRAMME OF SAFETY COURSES FREE OF CHARGE TO INDUSTRY WHICH WERE A WAY OF REACHING THE PEOPLE +IN THE FRONT LINE OF THE INDUSTRIAL SAFETY BATTLE,* THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1977

MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT UP IN JUNE

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A TOTAL OF 775,800 PERSONS WERE ENGAGED IN MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS AS AT JUNE 15, 1977, ACCORDING TO THE LATEST EMPLOYMENT SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF ABOUT 19,500 PERSONS OR 2.6 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 756,300 PERSONS ENGAGED IN MARCH 1977.

INDUSTRIES WHERE EMPLOYMENT ROSE INCLUDED PLASTIC TOYS, ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS, MISCELLANEOUS PLASTIC PRODUCTS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND KNITWEAR FROM YARN.

WHEN COMPARED WITH 748,800 PERSONS ENGAGED IN,JUNE LAST YEAR MANUFACTURING EMPLOYMENT IN THE SAME MONTH THIS YEAR WAS HIGHER BY 27,000 PERSONS OR 3.6 PER CENT.

IN TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT, THE FIVE LARGEST INDUSTRY GROUPS REMAINED WEARING APPAREL, TEXTILES, £L^TRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES, PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS.

A COMPARISON OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT FIGURES OVER THE PAST YEAR IS GIVEN BELOW t-

CHANGE OF JUNE 1977 OVER MARCH 1977

INDUSTRY GROUP PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1976 PERSONS ENGAGED IN MARCH 1977 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1977 PERSONS ENGAGED PERCENTAGE CHANGE

WEARING APPAREL 258,421 259,380 256,408 - 2,972 - 1.1

TEXTILES 119,615 110,144 106,019 - 4,125 - 3.7

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPLIANCES AND SUPPLIES 79,446 85,828 93,561 + 7,733 + 9.0

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 79,331 77,156 87,753 +10,597 + 13.7

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 63,308 68,635 72,241 + 3,606 + 5.3

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MAIN INCREASES OR BETWEEN MARCH AND JUNE INDUSTRY SECTOR DECREASES AT THE INDUSTRY SECTOR LEVEL

1977 ARE AS FOLLOWS CHANGE OF JUNE 1977 OVER MARCH 1977

PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1976 PERSONS ENGAGED IN MARCH 1977 PERSONS ENGAGED IN JUNE 1977 PERSONS ENGAGED PERCENTAGE CHANGE

PLASTIC TOYS 42,274 41,108 47,760 + 6,652 + 16.2

ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 62,434 68,490 75,134 + 6,644 9.7

MISCELLANEOUS PLASTIC PRODUCTS 30,556 29,276 32,484 + 3,208 + 11.0

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS EXCEPT MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, NOT ELSEWHERE CLASSIFIED 27,700 28,412 30,501 + 2,089 + 7.4

KNITWEAR FROM YARN 21,523 21,840 22,745 + 905 + 4.1

PLASTIC FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE 6,501 6,771 7,509 + 737 + 10.9

BUFFING, POLISHING AND ELECTRO-PLATING 4,065 5,137 5,696 + 559 + 10.9

JOB PRINTING 13,740 14,414 14,924 + 510 3.5

SOFT DRINKS AND CARBONATED WATERS INDUSTRIES 2,515 2,218 2,718 + 500 + 22.5

GARMENTS EXCEPT KNITWEAR FROM YARN 208,016 205,633 201,800 3,833 1.9

COTTON WEAVING 33,448 28,354 27,081 1,273 4.5

COTTON SPINNING 20,528 19,967 18,710 1,257 6.3

DETAILED FIGURES OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OTHER INDUSTRY GROUPS AND BREAKDOWNS BY INDUSTRY SECTORS ARE OBTAINABLE ON REQUEST FROM THE EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST J1, 1977

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SPORT AND RECREATION FOR EVERY AGE AND INTEREST #***##

THE PROGRAMME LINED UP BY THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE FOR SEPTEMBER IS A MIXED BAG OF ACTIVITIES WHICH HAS EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE, FROM WESTERN STYLE FENCING TO CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS, FROM MOUNTAIN ORIENTEERING TO WATER POLO AND FROM A NOVEL TRICYCLE OBSTACLE RACE TO A TRADITIONAL LANTERN CARNIVAL.

THE FENCING CLASSES ARE AMONG SOME OF THE 150 NEW COURSES BEING OPENED FOR THE MONTH, AND WILL BE HELD AT THE CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL AND THE HUNG HOM MULTI-STOREY CAR pARK, THE TOP FLOORS OF WHICH WERE RECENTLY ALLOCATED FOR USE AS AN INDOOR GAMES STADIUM TO PROVIDE MORE SPACE FOR THE EXPANDING RANKS OF SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS.

FOLLOWING ITS SUCCESS WITH TAI CHI, WHICH SAW THE MUSHROOMING OF CLASSES ALL OVER HONG KONG, THE SERVICE IS PROMOTING OTHER CHINESE MARTIAL ART FORMS, WITH THE HELP OF THE HONG KONG CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS ASSOCIATION, NOT NECESSARILY FOR SELF-PROTECTION BUT TO STIMULATE INTEREST IN BODY EXERCISE.

CLASSES WILL BE HELD TWO EVENINGS A WEEK AT CENTRES ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON AS WELL AS IN YUEN LONG, TSUEN WAN, SHA TIN, AND PENG CHAU IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

A FOUR-DAY ORIENTEERING COURSE, TO BE HELD ON TWO WEEKENDS AT THE OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL, IS ONE OF SEVEN NEW CAMPING ACTIVITIES ORGANISED FOR THE MONTH. THE OTHERS WILL BE HELD AT THE SAI KUNG OUTDOOR RECREATION CENTRE, FOR FAMILY GROUPS, FOR MENTALLY-HANDICAPPED CHILDREN AND SPECIALLY FOR KOWLOON CITY AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT RESIDENTS.

CLASSES WILL CONTINUE TO BE HELD IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS IN SKIN-DIVING, SNORKELLING, LIFE-SAVING AND WATER POLO. NEW CLASSES ARE BEING OPENED FOR LEARNER SWIMMERS WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, A NUMBER OF AQUATIC SPORTS MEETS, INCLUDING A WATER SPORT CARNIVAL AT CASTLE PEAK BAY, WILL BE HELD TO MARK THE APPROACHING END OF THE SWIMMING SEASON.

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IS COMING UP AND AS IN PAST YEARS VICTORIA PARK WILL BE TURNED INTO A FAIR GROUND FOR A TWO-DAY CARNIVAL. THE RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE REVELRY WITH THE CITY DISTRICT OFFICE AND OTHER ORGANISERS IN STAGING A CONTINUOUS PROGRAMME OF VARIED ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE TRADITIONAL LANTERN FESTIVAL.

VICTORIA PARK WILL ALSO BE THE VENUE OF AN UNUSUAL OBSTACLE CYCLING RACE THIS SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) MORNING. ENTRIES FOR THE RACES ARE STILL BEING INVITED FROM SCHOOL CHILDREN AND WORKERS IN CAUSEWAY BAY DISTRICT FOR THE THREE SECTIONS: A TRICYCLE AND MINI-BICYCLE RACE FOR THE UNDER 15S, A MINI-BICYCLE RACE FOR OLDER CHILDREN, AND A STANDARD BICYCLE RACE.

COMPETITORS WILL BE ASKED TO TREAD A ZIG-ZAG COURSE AND FOR THE MORE EXPERIENCED, RIDE ACROSS A BALANCING SEE-SAW.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST J1, 1977

THIS AND OTHER EVENTS ARE ALL OPEN TO A LEAFLET LISTING IN DETAIL THE EVENTS FOR

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

FROM CITY DISTRICT OFFICES, DISTRICT OFF ICE^^^^ 'S 0BTA,NA3LE AND THE SPORT SERVICE’S 17 DISTRICT OFFICES.

MADE BY TELEPHONE AT THESE OFFICES:

IN THE NEW TERRITORIES ENQUIRIES CAN

ALSO BE

RECREATION AND SPORT SERVICE HEADQUARTERS 3-030127

HONG KONG (CENTRAL AND WESTERN 5-452758

(SOUTHERN 5-534111 EXT. 10

(EASTERN 5-701570

(WAN CHAI 5-724844

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(MONG KOK 3-681517

(YAU MA TEI 3-682585

KOWLOON (KWUN TONG 3-436123

EAST

(WONG TAI SIN 3-269573

(KOWLOON CITY 3-028500

NEW TERRITORIES

(YUEN LONG 12-760261 EXT. 42

(TSUEN WAN 12-404361

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(SHA TIN 12-620170

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GOVERNMENT ENSURES INJURED WORKERS GET HELP * * * *

THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR. PETER WILLIAMS, TODAY OUTLINED DETAILS OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT EMPLOYEES INJURED AT WORK GET ASSISTANCE UNDER THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION ORDINANCE.

+MANY OF US IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES ARE UNAWARE OF THE SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO REALLY NEED ASSISTANCE CAN GET IT,+ HE TOLD THE ROTARY CLUB OF KWUN TONG AT THE PENINSULA HOTEL.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID IN CLAIMING WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION, AN EMPLOYEE INJURED AT WORK WOULD BE ASSISTED BY AT LEAST TWO UNITS OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT - THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT AND THE INDUSTRIAL HEALTH UNIT.

THE FORMER UNIT, HE SAID, AIMS TO ASSIST INJURED WORKMEN OR DEPENDANTS OF DECEASED WORKMEN TO OBTAIN COMPENSATIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

THIS UNIT WORKED IN CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH THE INDUSTRIAL HEALTH UNIT STAFFED BY PROFESSIONAL OFFICERS FROM THE MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

HE ADDED THAT THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT WAS PLANNING TO EXPAND ITS SERVICES WITH MORE BRANCH OFFICES IN INDUSTRIAL AREAS.

TOUCHING ON ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN KWUN TONG, THE COMMISSIONER SAID THE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN THE TOWNSHIP WITH 3,300 MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING OVER 100,000 PEOPLE, HAD TAKEN ITS ANNUAL TOLL. ACCORDING TO LABOUR DEPARTMENT RECORDS THERE WERE OVER 5,000 ACCIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT IN 1976, REPRESENTING 11.4 PER CENT OF THE RATE FOR THE WHOLE OF HONG KONG.

AND IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 2,500 OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS IN KWUN TONG, REPRESENTING MORE THAN 11 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CASES.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THAT INFORMATION ON THE OCCURRENCE OF OCCUPATIONAL ACCIDENTS WAS USUALLY OBTAINED FROM REPORTS MADE BY THE EMPLOYERS OR WORKERS, THE POLICE, OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, FACTORY INSPECTORS, HOSPITALS AND CLINICS.

A PROPRIETOR, HE POINTED OUT, WAS OBLIGED TO REPORT ANY ACCIDENT ON HIS PREMISES TO A FACTORY INSPECTOR.

IF THE ACCIDENT RESULTED IN DEATH OR SERIOUS BODILY INJURY, THE REPORT MUST BE MADE WITHIN 24 HOURS. IT SHOULD THEN BE FOLLOWED UP WITHIN SEVEN DAYS BY A STATUTORY FORM TO THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT.

IF A WORKER WAS INCAPACITATED FOR MORE THAN THREE DAYS AS A RESULT OF THE ACCIDENT, A REPORT SHOULD BE MADE WITHIN SEVEN DAYS.

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ACCIDENTS IN ESTABLISHMENTS OTHER THAN 'INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS’ MUST ALSO BE REPORTED BY THE EMPLOYER TO THE WORKMEN’S COMPENSATION UNIT, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE ACCIDENT GAVE RISE TO ANY LEGAL LIABILITY TO PAY COMPENSATION.

ALL FATAL ACCIDENTS AT WORK MUST ALSO BE REPORTED WITHIN 24 HOURS TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.

AN EMPLOYER IS CONSIDERED TO HAVE DISCHARGED THIS OBLIGATION IF HE TELEPHONED ’999’ ABOUT THE ACCIDENT.

MR. WILLIAMS PAID TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED CHRISTIAN HOSPITAL, A SUBVENTED HOSPITAL WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS ONE OF THE MANY LANDMARKS KWUN TONG HAD ACQUIRED SINCE ITS BIRTH IN 1967.

HE SAID IT PROVIDED SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THE INDUSTRIAL POPULACE OF KWUN TONG - IN THE TREATMENT OF INDUSTRIAL INJURIES AND PLAYED A PART IN PROMOTING INDUSTRIAL HEALTH IN THE

AREA.

MR. WILLIAMS SAID THE HOSPITAL HAD JUST HEALTH MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME TO PROVIDE FREE WORKERS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF EMPLOYERS.

SET UP AN INDUSTRIAL MEDICAL SERVICES TO

IT WILL LATER TRY TO HELP WORKERS AVOID OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESS.

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HK JOINS LONDON AIR TALKS

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MR. NORMAN LATHAM, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT, LEFT HONG KONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR LONDON TO ATTEND AIR SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY.

REPRESENTING THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT, MR. LATHAM WILL JOIN THE BRITISH DELEGATION AT THE TALKS DUE TO START ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

THIS IS A THIRD ROUND OF TALKS SERVICES BETWEEN FRANKFURT AND HONG

REGARDING LUFTHANSA’S AIR KONG.

THE LAST ROUND OF DISCUSSION WAS HELD IN FRANKFURT BETWEEN JULY 25 AND JULY 29.

LUFTHANSA GERMAN AIRLINES IS OPERATING SIX SCHEDULED FLIGHTS PER WEEK BETWEEN FRANKFURT AND HONG KONG, TWO OF WHICH CONTINUE TO TOKYO.

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EARLY DECISION ON DESALTER SAVED GOVERNMENT MILLIONS K * * * *

HONG KONG’S DECISION IN 1972 TO BUILD THE DESALTING PLANT AT LOK ON PAI RESULTED IN A SAVING OF SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, A P.W.D. WATERWORKS ENGINEER TOLD A LUNCHEON MEETING TODAY.

THE CHIEF MECHANICAL ENG INEER/DESALTI NG PROJECT OF THE P.W.D.’S WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT, MR. Y.N. WU, SAID THE COST OF A SIMILAR DESALTER JUMPED TWO OR THREE TIMES FOLLOWING THE FUEL CRISES OF 1973.

+THE TOTAL COST FOR LOK ON PAI WAS $480 MILLION, WHICH INCLUDES ABOUT $360 MILLION FOR PLANT, $100 MILLION FOR CIVIL WORKS, AND $20 MILLION FOR MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS INCLUDING FEES FOR CONSULTANTS,+ MR. WU TOLD MEMBERS OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG ISLAND EAST.

HE SAID THE PROJECT WAS PARTLY FINANCED BY A LOAN OF US$21.5 MILLION FROM THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK.

MR. WU WENT ON TO SAY THAT FUEL IS THE BIGGEST SINGLE ITEM IN THE DAY-TO-DAY RUNNING COST OF THE DESALTER. THE DAILY FUEL BILL FOR EACH OF THE SIX EVAPORATORS IS ABOUT $68,000.

+OUR DESALTER AT LOK ON PAI IS ONE OF THE BEST DESIGNED AND HENCE MOST EFFICIENT DESALTING PLANTS IN THE WORLD, CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DESALTED WATER AT THE LOWEST POSSIBLE COST WHICH IS CURRENTLY BETWEEN $12 TO $13 PER 1,000 GALLONS,* HE SAID.

DESALTING IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE SOURCE OF WATER IN HONG KONG, MR. WU SAID, BUT THERE ARE FEW OPTIONS.

BECAUSE OF ITS TOPOGRAPHY, HONG KONG HAS LITTLE NATURAL RESOURCES IN THE FORM OF LAKES OR RIVERS, AND AN EXTENSIVE NETWORK OF CATCHWATERS AND IMPOUNDING RESERVOIRS HAS HAD TO BE CONSTRUCTED FOR THE COLLECTION AND STORAGE OF WATER BROUGHT BY THE RAINS IN SUMMER.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE LACK OF FURTHER LAND FOR CONVERSION INTO RESERVOIRS AND THE NECESSARY CATCHMENTS AREAS, HIGH ISLAND WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST LARGE-SCALE RESERVOIR TO BE BUILT IN HONG KONG, AND THEREAFTER, DEMAND INCREASES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BE MET BY CONVENTIONAL MEANS.

HENCE IT WAS DECIDED IN 1971 TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF SUPPLEMENTING THE WATER SUPPLY FROM THE SEA.

IN ORDER TO TEST THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE LOCAL SEA WATER, AND TO PERMIT MAXIMUM DESIGN ECONOMY OF THE LARGE-SCALE DESALTER, AN EXPERIMENTAL DESALTER WAS PURCHASED AT THE BEGINNING OF 1971 AND OPERATED FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT 20 MONTHS.

A CONTRACT WAS AWARDED IN 1972 FOR THE SUPPLY AND ERECTION OF THE MAIN DESALTING PLANT, WHICH COMPRISES SIX EVAPORATOR UNITS, EACH CAPABLE OF PRODUCING 6.67 MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER A DAY (EQUIVALENT TO 30,300 TONS A DAY), MAKING A TOTAL OF 40 MILLION GALLONS A DAY (OR 181,800 TONS PER DAY).

THE FINAL TWO UNITS OF THE DESALTER WILL COME +0N STREAM* NEXT MONTH.

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NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR POSTING PACKETS TO CHINA * K # # K

THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCES TODAY THAT IT HAS RECEIVED NOTICE FROM THE CHINESE POSTAL ADM INSTRATION THAT FROM TOMORROW (SEPTEMBER 1) THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY TO ALL POSTAL PACKETS SENT TO RECIPIENTS IN CHINA:

* GOODS SENT BY INDIVIDUALS THROUGH THE POST SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO GIFTS BETWEEN FRIENDS AND RELATIVES FOR PERSONAL USE,

M EACH POSTAL PACKET CONTAINING ONLY THOSE ITEMS PERMITTED BY THE AUTHORITIES SHOULD NOT EXCEED RMP 20 IN VALUE,

* NO FAMILY IS ALLOWED TO RECEIVE MORE THAN FOUR PACKETS A YEAR, AND

FORM OR GREEN

POSTAL PACKETS MUST BEAR A CUSTOMS DECLARATION

CUSTOMS LABEL DULY SIGNED BY THE SENDER AND CORRECTLY DECLARING THE NATURE OF THE ITEMS POSTED AND THEIR WEIGHT AND

VALUE.

INFORMATION ON PERMITTED ITEMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM ANY POST OFFICE.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS

IN WAN CHAI AND AT OCEAN PARK BUS TERMINUS * * * * *

A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN WAN CHAI FROM 10 A.M. TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS IN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS, WHICH WILL LAST UNTIL ABOUT THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER, ARE:

* VEHICLES WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER LUN FAT STREET FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST,

* VEHICLES REQUIRING ACCESS TO PREMISES IN LI CHIT STREET WILL BE PERMITTED TO ENTER THE STREET FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST,

* VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER QUEEN’S ROAD EAST FROM LEE TUNG STREET, WITH THE SECTION OF THE STREET BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND JOHNSTON ROAD BECOMING A CUL-DE-SAC OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO AND FROM JOHNSTON ROAD, AND

* VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER SPRING GARDEN LANE FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WITH THE SECTION OF THE LANE BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND JOHNSTON ROAD BECOMING A CUL-DE-SAC OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO AND FROM JOHNSTON ROAD.

MEANWHILE, THE ACCESS ROAD TO THE OCEAN PARK BUS TERMINUS

WILL BE DESIGNATED A PROHIBITED ZONE FOR ALL MOTOR VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS WITH EFFECT FROM 13 A.M. ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 2).

APPROPRIATE TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL BE SET UP AT THESE PLACES TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

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